Weekend Writing Warriors #25!

Hiya, friends! Happy Sunday! There’s still a little more Steeped in Love in store for you, so let’s hop to it! 🙂

Continuing from where we left off….

“You know those types, the muscle-bound gym rats. Vain, party of one,” Addie forced a chuckle.

“But you agreed to go bungee jumping with him.”

“What? That’s what he asked me?”

The smirk on his face would’ve pissed her off if it wasn’t accompanied by a pair of dimples that completely threw her off-guard. 

“Weren’t you listening?”

“Not as much as you were, apparently,” she shot back. “Aren’t you here to write?” Like she had every right in the world, she grabbed the notebook next to his laptop and casually flipped through it.

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! 

Yesterday, I had an early birthday party with my family. We usually celebrate the occasion with Mom’s side of the family, but this time it was with Dad’s side, and it was a really nice change. We all met up at Grandma’s nursing home. Charlie was adorable as always, and Grandma got such a kick out of seeing him. We ate cake (before dinner!), I got to open presents, Charlie was adorable (did I mention that?), and then we went out for fish ‘n chips! Only one minor mishap occurred when The Royals (my bro and sis-in-law) drove away with the remaining birthday cake in their trunk. Guess that means I get to buy myself a whole new cake, right? Right. Have a fabulous week, everybody! 🙂


30 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors #25!”

  1. Christina Ochs says:

    Haha- busted! Happy Birthday! You definitely deserve Cake 2.0.

  2. Charmaine Gordon says:

    First, this is a terrific snippet in every way. The dialogue so snappy and the way she grabs his writing also grabbed my attention even more.

    Now please tell who is this Charlie? The little guy born last year or a new beau?
    Charmaine needs to know. Happy Birthday, my pal. Mine’s coming up in February. Let’s celebrate!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      😀 Thank you so much, Charmaine! That’s great to hear!

      Lol Charlie = my nephew. No new beau to speak of yet, but the year is still young. 😉 My actual birthday is on the 31st, so I’m almost a Feb. baby, too!

  3. Margaret Ethridge says:

    Fresh cake! Fresh cake! Fresh cake!

  4. Kim Magennis says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY for next week, Julie! I think it is entirely appropriate to declare the rest of your month “Birthday” and eat cake for breakfast every day. Hopefully you get mileage from the Royals misappropriating your cake.

    We need pictures of Charlie.

    I agree with Charmaine: your dialogue is really good. I love how quirky Addie and Ethan are together.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Hee! I like the way you think, Kim! I promise to include a pic or two of Charlie next week. 🙂 Thank you so much for your kind words!

  5. Veronica Scott says:

    Fun snippet, as always with these two!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Yay! I’m so happy you’re enjoying their story! 🙂 Thanks, Veronica!

  6. Kimberly Gould says:

    Happy Birthday! It sounds like a marvelous gathering. I love your snippet too. Great interplay between them.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Thank you, Kimberly! It was definitely a fun day! I so appreciate the positive feedback! 🙂

  7. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Reading a writer’s notebook without permission? She dares much. Also, happy birthday. Seeing that you’re in Ottawa, one of Canada’s coldest cities, I assume your 2nd b’day cake will be an ice cream cake?

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      I know! The nerve of that woman! Haha, ice cream cake isn’t a bad idea at all. I’ll ask for extra fudge. 😀

  8. Teresa Cypher says:

    I can hardly wait to read this! I love that humor!

    And your birthday party could be fodder for a new story. “The Birthday Cake Caper.” 😉

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Haha! That’s a clever idea! 😀 Thank you so much, Teresa! I always try to make people laugh, so I’m glad it’s working!

  9. Jessica E Subject says:

    Well, he’s teasing her in a playful way, so that shows promise of a relationship, but she just stole his book. That’s a no-no for me as a writer. I wonder how he’ll react. Great snippet!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Hee, we’ll see how Ethan handles her faux pas. 😉 Thanks so much, Jessica!

  10. Diane Burton says:

    Happy Birthday. Go for the cake! I try to stretch out mine as long as possible. LOL Good snippet. By flipping through his notebook, she’s bound to find out more than she wanted.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Thanks, Diane! She’s bound to find out more than HE wanted, more like it. 😉 lol

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Haha, not something I’d do, either. Skydiving, however…. 😀

  11. Caitlin Stern says:

    I’m not sure that’s fair to gym rats, but that guy was definitely not a keeper. And wow, they’re just invading each other’s privacy left and right! I wonder if he’s written anything about her…

    Happy birthday! You definitely deserve more cake, after it was so cruelly taken away from you!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      She (and all of you) will soon find out!

      Thanks, Caitlin! More cake it is! 😀

  12. Amy Braun says:

    Gah, your snippets are always so adorable. Loved it! And you are of course justified in buying more cake. Happy birthday! 😀

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Aww, thank you, Amy! For all of the above! Caaaaaaaake! 😀

  13. Carol says:

    I love these two! Love that he’s already tipped his hand about eavesdropping and she feels no qualms about snooping through his notes. But whoa – hands off the sacred idea notebook, lady!

    Happy early birthday! Sounds like it was a blast, disregarding the cake caper. Since cake is near and dear to my heart, I say you have the perfect right to go out and buy yourself exactly the kind you want. Get one with lots of icing roses on it!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Hee! So glad you’re enjoying them. I had a blast writing E&A! 🙂

      Thank you! I will do just that–triple the icing and quadruple the roses! 😀

  14. Bill says:

    I could not refrain from commenting. Exceptionally well written!

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