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Weekend Writing Warriors #34!

Happy Sunday, my dears! And happy almost-May! It’s time for more adventures from Steeped in Love!

Continuing from where we left off….

“Can I top you up?” she asked.

“No, but I’ll take another danish, please.”

She cocked an eyebrow. “Two danishes before noon? Better watch that waistline.”

Her parting wink was enough to disarm him. Gwen was pretty. He’d made that observation the first day he entered the Cup-A-Cabana. And she’d always been easy to talk to, not that they talked all that much, but it was nice. She felt like a friend, maybe the first real friend he’d made in the town.

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! 

So, last night I was able to check off one majorly awesome item on my Bucket List: BUBBLE SOCCER! If you don’t know what that is, I urge you to Google it at once, YouTube it, get visuals, get video footage…get totally educated, and then get your cleats on and try it yourself! It was SO much fun! You spend more time flopping all over the field than you do actually making contact with the ball, but it’s hilariously awkward. I highly recommend it! Pics and vids are available for your viewing pleasure on Facebook AND Twitter. 😉 Have a fabulous week, my lovelies!

18 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors #34!”

  1. Kim Magennis says:

    Super dynamics, Julie. You create a lovely sense of cosiness and camaraderie, all in one.

  2. Charmaine Gordon says:

    At this point he hasn’t met the one and only so you’ve painted a moment of pleasure for him. Lovely.
    Regarding falling all over with a ball, my dear, one can get hurt so beware the balls! Words from experience.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Thanks, my dear friend! Lol I’ve had enough experience with balls to know you speak the truth. 😉 The sporty kind, of course!

  3. Sue Barr says:

    As always, nicely done, Miss Jules

  4. Christina Ochs says:

    There’s something so warm and sweet about this story, like a danish. Mmmmm …

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Hee! Now you’ve got me craving one! Thanks, Christina! 🙂

  5. Veronica Scott says:

    I very much like the world of this Cup-A-Cabana you’ve created and the people. I would, however, caution Gwen abut making this kind of remark to people, I guess they joke around together and are fine but not everyone wants a “watch your waist” remark tossed at them when they make food choices! Especially nowadays….enjoyed the snippet though.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      That’s a great point, Veronica! Thank you for bringing it up. I’ll make some edits. 🙂 Always appreciate your support!

  6. Margaret Ethridge says:

    Good call, Veronica. I wouldn’t be likely to go back after a comment like that, joking or not. I think a food proprietor would be more careful about that. I think I’d make her joke about him hitting the hard stuff so early in the day rather than a weight thing. It’s a sensitive topic.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      I agree with you both and I’ve made some changes. 🙂 Thanks so much for bringing it up! xo

  7. Ed Hoornaert says:

    I trust he isn’t deceiving himself about her being a friend rather than just a good, friendly waitress.

  8. Nancy Gideon says:

    The best lovers start out as friends! Wonderful scene, Julie. Warm and inviting, just like that Danish!

  9. Kimberly Gould says:

    Glad he takes it lightly. That could be a stinging mention.

  10. Amy Braun says:

    I say take the second danish and damn the waistline! But at time of writing I’m hopped up on sugar, so… regardless, this is yet another one of your adorable trademark snippets. 😀

  11. Carol says:

    Another option would be that he gives Gwen a look that lets her know she stepped over the line and then she hastily backtracks – “Oh, hey, I was just teasing, you look great! Eat as many as you want, it’s good for my business.”

    I think that you and bubble soccer are a match made in heaven.

  12. Hywela Lyn says:

    Enjoyed the excerpt very much – although I have to admit I was a little surprised about her remark about his waistline but I guessed he’d take it in good spirit. I loved the parting wink and get the feeling these two are warming up to something good!

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