Weekend Writing Warriors #21!

Top of the muffin to you, my dear friends! How about a hot cup of Steeped in Love to go with it? Comin’ right up!

Continuing from where we left off….

Damn, he had a nice ass. Props on covering the tab, too. From now on, if she was enjoying the date, she’d drink slower.

She rose to her feet, turning toward the counter to say goodbye to Gwen. The woman known for making the best espresso in a twenty-mile radius was the closest thing Addie had to a best friend. She wouldn’t call herself a Cup-A-Cabana regular, but she visited enough to form a tight bond with the barista. And despite her less than frequent appearances, on every visit she’d noticed the man at the corner table next to the window–the writer guy who was more than a touch mysterious. He was so quiet, so focused, even with all the goings-on around him.

Her frank perusal must have pulled him from whatever world he was creating. He lifted his gaze from his computer screen, turned around, then swiveled to face her once more, as if to confirm that she was, indeed, looking at him.

Here’s the blurb:

Addie Mitchell is a pie-on-the-fly entrepreneur who’s finally ready to settle down in the big, empty house her late great-aunt Edna left to her. Frustrated with her lack of success in romance, Addie turns to another gift her great-aunt passed on to her—the art of reading tea leaves—to aid her in her search for the ideal mate. 

Novelist Ethan Holtz is having a hard time sinking his teeth into his next project, but he finds Addie fascinating. Mainly for her ability to make her dates disappear in fifteen minutes or less. He can’t help but eavesdrop on her dates in the local coffee shop, his writing haven, and soon finds himself taking pointers on what not to do from her failed suitors.

Though her methods seem nothing short of mad, he falls fast and hard for the pixie-haired pie-pusher. She thinks they’re all wrong for each other, but Ethan teams up with the tea leaves to prove they’re so right.

Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to visit the other Weekend Writing Warriors! 

One more week to go before I’m on Christmas break! Normally we’d get off a little earlier in December, but this year the teachers voted for a longer break post-Christmas so we could relax a bit more once the craziness of the holidays quieted down. I don’t have to be back in the classroom till January 9th! Woohoo!

In other extremely exciting news, I’m *fingers crossed* soon to be dancing with Ellen DeGeneres again! Check out this post/watch my YouTube vid to learn more! 🙂

Aaaaand that’s all she wrote! Have a fabulous week, my friends!

26 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors #21!”

  1. Charmaine Gordon says:

    The plot thickens just the way we want. I’m anxious for the next one. And what’s this with Ellen?
    Happy Holidays to you and your family, my friend.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Indeed it does! Ellen and I go wayyyy back. We’re practically besties. 😉 Well, we are in my head, anyway. lol

      Happy Holidays to you and yours as well, Charmaine! xo

  2. Nancy Gideon says:

    It’s about time!! A nice holiday treat for this reader!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      I’m happy to hear that, Nancy! Stay tuned for more banter between my H/h next week! 🙂

  3. Christina Ochs says:

    So quiet, so focused on eavesdropping! 😀But that does help him contrast favorably with some of her dates!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Lol exactly. But she doesn’t know that…yet. 😉 We’ll see how this first meeting goes. Thanks, Christina!

  4. Veronica Scott says:

    Ah ha, she’s noticed him and he noticed her noticing and….I’m really enjoying the story. Best wishes on the dancing with Ellen! (Great snippet by the way.)

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      I noticed you noticing me, and I just want to put you on notice that I noticed you, too. lol my Fresh Prince tribute there. I’m so happy that you’re enjoying the story, Veronica, and thanks for the good Ellen vibes! 🙂

  5. Elizabeth Alsobrooks says:

    It’s all about the eye contact! Great snippet. And great video! Good luck with your 10 year anniversary dance! My post is up, too, but I guess I forgot to link it.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Too true! Thank you so much for all of the above, Elizabeth! I’ll be sure to check out your post! 🙂

  6. Botanist says:

    Somehow I don’t think he was quite as absorbed in his writing as she assumed 🙂

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Lol she’ll find that out soon enough. 😉 Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Sue Barr says:

    So… the writer guy is pulled from the world he’s creating. Wanna bet that world will include our heroine soon? Nice snippet Miss Jules. BTW – good luck with the Ellen campaign. My money’s riding on you to have your dream come true.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      You’re a clever girl, Sue! Thanks so much for the luck and the support! I hope you’re right! 🙂

  8. Ed Hoornaert says:

    I enjoyed how you made their ‘first contact’ so quiet and subtle. Subtlety is hard to do in writing, and you’ve done it well.

  9. Angelica Dawson says:

    Lovely snippet. I’m sure she’ll be back more often.

  10. Caitlin Stern says:

    She thinks he’s interesting, too? I ship it. 🙂

  11. Carol says:

    First off, there’s someone commenting here who DOESN’T know about you and Ellen? How in the world did that happen? You’re falling down on the job, sweetie!
    Now to the snippet – loved it! How awesome that we have confirmation that she’s noticed him, and plus now HE knows that she’s spotted him…Ooh, it’s gettin’ good!
    Enjoy your well-deserved break! I only have to get through this week and then I have a whole glorious week off.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      *hangs head in shame*

      😀 Yay! It’s about to get a whole lot good-er! I will absolutely enjoy my break, and I hope you do too! We’ve all certainly earned a little time off this year! xoxo

  12. Amy Braun says:

    Yay! She finally sees him! 😀

  13. Bill says:

    Hi there, I read your blogs on a regular basis. Your story-telling style is witty, keep
    up the good work!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Thanks so much, Bill! I appreciate your kind words! 🙂

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