Weekend Writing Warriors #22!

Happy New Year! Hope you’ve all been enjoying the holiday season with your loved ones. Who’s ready to check back in with Ethan and Addie from Steeped in Love? Let’s hop to it, then!

Continuing from where we left off….

She took a step closer, admiring the half-eaten pastry on the plate next to his laptop. “How are the danishes here?”

“I never eat anything else.”

Impossibly long, thick eyelashes swept down over his hazel eyes, and freckles dusted his cheeks. 

She reached out her hand to shake his, hoping at least one guy would meet the gesture. Startled, he wiped his palms on his pants and accepted her offering. The warmth from his hand radiated into her own. “I’m Adelaide, or Addie for short.”


They held on a little bit longer than was probably right for almost-strangers.

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! 

Well, I’m about to start the second week of my holidays. The first week was filled with food (way too much food, but oh-so-delicious food), family, fun, laughter, and so much goodness. I am so blessed. I don’t know about you, but I’m kicking off the new year with writing, writing, and more writing! I wish you all a healthy, happy, prosperous 2017! May all your dreams come true! xo 🙂

16 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors #22!”

  1. Carol says:

    Oh, this was lovely! Romantic and full of the anticipation of good stuff yet to be. Which could also be the hope for the year to come! As always, wishing you the absolute best!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      That sounds good to me! 🙂 You are wonderful! Happy New Year, A-M! Hope it’s the best one yet! xoxo

  2. Charmaine Gordon says:

    Just as the romance begins so may your wonderful New Year begins with Joy, Success and Good Health. Love to my good friend from Charmaine.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Aww, thank you, Charmaine! Sending love and good wishes right back to you! Here’s to a marvelous 2017! xo

  3. Angelica Dawson says:

    I’m catching a serious whiff of chemistry here. Great excerpt

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      *sniff, sniff* Yep, I see what you mean! 😀 Thanks, Angelica!

  4. Margaret Ethridge says:

    Oh, happy story and happy new year! Can’t wait to see what you cook up for us this year!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      😀 Thanks, Mags! I can’t wait to see what I cook up, either! Happy New Year! xo

  5. Sue Barr says:

    Happy New Year my friend. I can see these two are a little attracted – good thing because you plan on writing a story about them… (insert cheeky grin here). Well done, you quirky girl.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Happy New Year, Sue! Haha, good thing, indeed. Thank you so much for stopping by! Best wishes for an awesome and productive 2017! 🙂

  6. Botanist says:

    For almost-strangers, it sounds like there’s some electricity there already.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Mmhmm. It comes in bursts with these two. 😉 Thanks, my friend!

  7. Veronica Scott says:

    Ooh, nice moment! Enjoyed the excerpt…best wishes for a very Happy New Year!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Thanks, Veronica! I wish you all the best in 2017, too! 🙂

  8. Ed Hoornaert says:

    You’ve created a nice example of love/lust-at-first-touch. In the movies, one of my favorite such scenes is “You’ve Got Mail.” Tom Hanks visits Meg Ryan when she’s sick and stops her from making a cutting remark by pressing his finger to her lips. The look on Meg’s face shows that she suddenly thinks of him for the first time as boyfriend material.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Oh, I love that scene in the movie! Those two have the best chemistry together. I’m very honoured this scene made you think of that one. 🙂 Thanks so much, Ed, and happy New Year!

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