Weekend Writing Warriors #31!

Hey, ladies and gents, I’m baaaaaaaaack! 😀 How’s everyone been? Very glad to be joining you again for a fun Sunday full of reading and writing. Since I’m currently adding words to Steeped in Love, I figured I’d share some snippets of the additions with you. Without further ado, let’s find out what Ethan and Addie are up to!

I’ll pretend to care? What am I, twelve?

Ethan sighed as he flipped through his very own copy of The Daily Dispatch. He’d slipped out to purchase the local paper approximately sixty seconds after Addie left, then returned to his still-warm seat in the coffee shop. He skimmed over the wacky town events and sped through the story of some guy named Joe who’d started a Go Fund Me campaign to have his bunions removed. Shuddering, he turned to the sports section, happy to read about the Kendal High Knuckleballers baseball team capturing another big win in their division. They had a tournament coming up. Maybe he’d tried to catch a game or two. As a kid, he’d taken up the sport more as a way to curb the questions that always plagued him when asked what his interests were. Writing never seemed to satisfy his critics–still didn’t.

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 had an absolutely amazing time on both my trips, despite the unexpectedly chilly weather. I didn’t even put on my bathing suit whilst in Florida, but the sun still shone, the ocean waves still crashed upon the shore, and my family made the trip extremely special. Now, as for Arizona, it’s the most picturesque place I’ve ever visited. I honestly couldn’t get over the scenery. And the Grand Canyon was breathtaking. Literally. My heart was pounding even while I stood well back behind the railing, but I couldn’t resist getting closer. So close I was actually sitting right on the edge, and I could have stayed there for hours. I will never, ever forget that feeling, and I am most definitely going back, hopefully with my girlfriends again! I’ll share some pics in my vacation post later this week. I wish you all a fantastic week ahead and a very ‘hoppy’ Easter! 🙂

23 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors #31!”

  1. Teresa Cypher says:

    I can hardly wait to read this story, Julie!

    Sounds like wonderful trips! I’ve never been farther west than Siux Falls–or DFW. This year, my husband and I are taking two weeks and going to see Rushmore and Yellowstone. Grand Canyon will have to wait to 2019. He’s been to, many times. He loved Arizona. Lived there for a short time while he was young.

    Anyway, glad you enjoyed yourself and that you made it back safe and sound!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Well, Rushmore and Yellowstone are still on my list of must-see places, so I’ll be living vicariously through you. You will absolutely LOVE the Canyon when you finally see it!

      Thanks so much for your sweet words. I can’t wait till this story is complete and I can share it with the world! 🙂

  2. Charmaine Gordon says:

    Fun ahead now that you’ve returned. The Grand Canyon is aptly named. Scary in all it’s beauty.
    Nifty snippet, my friend.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      SO true, my friend. It’s scary beautiful. Be prepared for exponentially more fun in your life now that I’ve returned! 😉 xoxo

  3. Ed Hoornaert says:

    I like the bit about funding bunion removal. I’ve lived in small towns like this one.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Hee! I just couldn’t resist. Seems like everybody and their brother has a Go Fund Me going for something. 😉 Thanks, Ed!

  4. Kim Magennis says:

    Welcome back Julie. I love Ethans inner dialogue!

  5. Margaret Ethridge says:

    Love the Go Fund Me bit! You crack me up!

  6. Sue Barr says:

    Welcome back, Julie. Glad your trip was fantabulous. Did you wave at my brother while you were in Arizona? It’s such a small place, surely you ran into him…. Nice snippet. The quirkiness continues.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Wave at him? Heck, I gave him a big hug! 😀 The quirkiness never stops when Julie’s around! lol thanks, Sue!

  7. Veronica Scott says:

    Nice slice of life snippet! I enjoyed the glimpse of his backstory and the town through his eyes.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Thanks, Veronica! I’m glad you’re enjoying the additions! 🙂

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Amen, sister friend. We could all use more of those, eh? 🙂

  8. Christina Ochs says:

    Welcome back! Love the way Ethan acquired his hobby. I don’t know why writing isn’t considered “real” by many, but it’s not.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Thanks, Christina! Happy to be back. Writing just doesn’t get the respect it deserves sometimes, eh? Well, we’ll show ’em! 😀

  9. Diane Burton says:

    Nice snippet. Love the humor. I just arrived in Arizona, visiting Son and his family, esp. Toddler Girl. The scenery is beautiful in its starkness. The blooming flowers are spectacular right now.

    BTW, the link to my post is bad. I left off the “T” in blogspot, hence the red screen and warning. So sorry. It should be:

  10. Amy Braun says:

    Nice! Welcome back! 😀

  11. Carol says:

    I’m so glad you had a fabulous time and equally happy to read more Addie and Ethan! I’ve never been to the Grand Canyon (yet!) I was to Yellowstone just long enough to see Old Faithful, and sometime I’ll have to tell you my Mt. Rushmore story. Just thinking about trips and scenic places is making the ol’ wanderlust rev up again!

  12. Caitlin Stern says:

    Writing is a great hobby. People are so judgmental.
    Sounds like a fun trip! 🙂

  13. Elyzabeth M. VaLey says:

    Welcome back! Your trip sounds wonderful! I can’t wait to read more of the story. I feel like Ethan. A lot of people don’t consider writing a worthy hobby. humph!

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