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Weekend Writing Warriors #35!

Hey, hi, hello! Hope your May is off to a magnificent start! It’s time for another sip-pet (see what I did there?) from Steeped in Love!

Continuing from where we left off….

Addie and Gwen were friends, too. Addie…the woman who’d known him all of three seconds before insulting him six ways from Sunday. The woman he hadn’t been able to stop thinking about since she left. She’d already burrowed under his skin too much for him to pretend otherwise, but he couldn’t deny his disappointment in discovering her shallowness. There’s hardly anything worth reading anymore, she’d callously said. Whether it was an accusation or a challenge, he wasn’t sure. Self-publishing made the path to becoming published a bit easier, sure, but writing a book wasn’t easy. Anyone who’d ever tried and failed could attest to that.

He’d take it as his civic duty to correct her misconceptions about writing. There were interesting books out there; tons of ‘em!

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! 

Just want to take a moment to point your attention to a post from earlier this week. You might remember Maggie Wells (a.k.a. Margaret Ethridge) from her days on the WWW loop. She stopped by my blog this past Wednesday to share her new Play Dates cover, and she has an extra-special giveaway for one lucky commenter! Your odds are pretty spectacular at the moment since only one person has commented! Clicky the linky!

That’s all for now, folks! Have a wonderful week! 🙂

22 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors #35!”

  1. Elyzabeth M. VaLey says:

    I love the last two lines! He’s on a mission! 😀 Great snippet!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Ethan’s fighting the good fight for all of us! 😀 Thanks, Elyzabeth!

  2. Charmaine Gordon says:

    His back is up and that makes the story roll on. Fun ahead.

  3. Jacob Rosemeier says:

    He’s persistent, I’ll give him that. I hope his “civic duty” doesn’t end up falling flat on its face!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Hee! I hope you’re right. 😀 Thanks for stopping by, Jacob!

  4. Ed Hoornaert says:

    All of us in WeWriWa land can identify with his civic duty!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Amen to that! He’s a humanitarian…or an author-itarian! 😀

  5. Siren X Star says:

    I agree with Ed! Fun little snippet! I know I’m always going to smile after I read yours. 😉

  6. Christina Ochs says:

    Yes! He needs to rope Addie into a book group for two and set her straight.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Hee! Book club for two. That’s a rom-com in the making…or a prelude to a showdown. 😉

  7. Veronica Scott says:

    I always enjoy your author ‘voice’ and I love his self appointed mission to change her mind. Good luck to him on that! Great snippet as always…

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Aww, thank you so much, Veronica! That means a lot to me! 🙂

  8. Caitlin Stern says:

    I’m with him–them’s fighting words! Yes, there are books that aren’t for you out there–but there are also lovely books just waiting for you to fall in love with them. 🙂

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Hear, hear! I think he’ll be able to talk some sense into her, or maybe he’ll kiss some sense into her instead. 😉

  9. Nancy Gideon says:

    You go, Ethan!! Preach it, brother!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Ethan, an author, a hero…at least according to the WWW group. 😉

  10. Teresa Cypher says:

    I LOVE his indignation at her implying that books are all crap now. lol. Well handled.

    (Spoken as only an author can!)

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Exactly! Ethan heard our cries of outrage and now he’s fighting for all of us. 😉

  11. Kimberly Gould says:

    Challenge accepted! Self-pub still gets a bad rap, but I think it’s not done trying to meet the mark.

  12. Diane Burton says:

    Love how he takes up the challenge to prove her wrong. But will that be enough to win her over or will it make things worse? You’ve got me wondering.

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