Weekend Writing Warriors #26!

Hello, hello! How’s everybody doing? Can you believe January’s almost over? I’m afraid the snippets from Steeped in Love are, too. We’re almost through all of chapter one. Sad but true. Savour the sips while they last, my friends. 😉

Continuing from where we left off….

“Aren’t you trying to find ‘the one’?” Her head jerked up. “Give the guy a chance.”

“You seem to know an awful lot about me, Mr….”

“It’s Holtz, but let’s not go getting formal now since your insults broke the ice.”

Addie returned the barely broken-in notebook to the table and he immediately repositioned it a fraction of an inch, out of pure rebellion, no doubt.

“I’m observant,” he continued. “We author-types tend to notice things–people, places, social interactions. I guess our own lives are far too mundane.”

She ignored the obvious jab, suppressing the urge to point out that he’d failed to notice the cherry filling clinging to the corner of his mouth…because if she pointed that out, she’d have to admit she’d been staring at his mouth.

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! 

Semester one is winding down and report card season is upon us, yet again. And life…life is crazy-busy. It’ll be hard to find time to write in between readings and assignments for the new Additional Qualifications course I’m taking, marking and submitting report cards, preparing for semester two, editing for my crit partner, judging Golden Heart entries, dating, and trying to take over the world. I will stick with the writing, though. It’s what I love, and I am entirely grateful to all of you for the support and encouragement. Hope the new month ahead is a productive one for all of us! 🙂

26 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors #26!”

  1. Nancy Gideon says:

    LOVE it! What a completely charming interaction – playful digs, hints of interest, making the reader wonder (and hope for) what comes next. Well done!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      😀 <--- my face. Thank you so much, Nancy! You totally made my day!

  2. Jessica E Subject says:

    LOL That’s awesome! They are so playful together, that I can see this relationship developing into something more.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Thanks, Jessica! Things are heating up, slowly but surely. 😉

  3. Charmaine Gordon says:

    Love often begins with annoyance, a fracas of some kind. not always roses. You’ve written this giving them room to blossom. Terrific.
    My daughter, the teacher, is so like you busy with school stuff etc. Be well, my friend.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      So very true, my friend! Thank you, as always, for your kind words!

      Tell your daughter that she has my sympathies. lol. We’ll both get through it, till the next round of report cards! I wish you well, too. xo

  4. Christina Ochs says:

    I love how they’re a bit antagonistic right now, while clearly pretty intrigued. Such a cute story!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      So glad you’re digging it, Christina! Thank you!! 🙂

  5. Veronica Scott says:

    Just an excellent excerpt, love what she’s noticing about him LOL. I always enjoy your writing.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Aww, that means so much to me, Veronica! Thank you!! 🙂

  6. Botanist says:

    Charming interplay. And she’s going to find it so hard to ignore that cherry filling now 🙂

  7. Carol says:

    Aww, I’m so sad it’s almost over, I love these two. I know you’re busy, but I hope you still find the writing time you need. Maybe it will be easier after you and Pinky take over the world.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Thanks for not calling me Pinky, lol. Although, he’s definitely the cuter of the two. 😉 I’ll make time to write, don’t you worry! Thanks, A-M! xo

  8. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Back when I was a teacher I hated writing report cards. Yuck.
    I love how smooth and effortless your writing feels. I suspect that means you put a lot of effort into that effortlessness, though.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Report cards are the bane of our teaching existence, aren’t they?

      You are always so complimentary, and I can’t thank you enough! I DO put a lot of effort into my writing, so I’m glad it shows…in a un-showy kind of way. lol 😀

  9. Teresa Cypher says:

    Wonderful snippet, Julie. Just wonderful. I have always loved the humor you infuse your stories with. Is Steeped in Love available?

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Aww, Teresa, thank you so much! You are so sweet! It’s not YET available. I’m still adding to it, but I’ve also entered it into the Golden Heart. Fingers crossed! 🙂

  10. Caitlin Stern says:

    Nice. I admire his continued snark, but this is definitely a rough start for the two of them. He better quit before she decides to hate him!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Lol, but there’s such a fine line between love and hate, isn’t there? 😉 Thanks, Caitlin!

  11. Amy Braun says:

    This is adorable, I love it!

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