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Weekend Writing Warriors #36!

Good morning! Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers out there. As most of you know, I lost my mother in February, 2016. I had a dream about her last night. Sometimes I think she knows when I need her the most. I always feel her spirit, but when I dream about her, it’s like she’s still here. Today’s Steeped in Love snippet is dedicated to her and all of the other beautiful mothers out there, whether on earth or in heaven.

I’m skipping ahead a little bit this week to a scene later in the story. Addie’s had a couple dates with a fella who’s showing serious potential, and her gal-pal’s are probing her for deets. 🙂

“Sooo, how’d it go?!” Hannah asked, her eyes practically bugging out of her head. Her blond curls were so elaborately coiffed, they should have been featured in a hair magazine.

“It was another really great date. We’re going out again on Tuesday.” Addie laughed as the overenthusiastic pair pulled her behind the counter for some privacy, though Hannah’s high-pitched squeals were anything but subtle.

“Oh, this is so fabulous. He’s so hot, and so tall. Oh my God, you guys are gonna have completely gorgeous babies!”

Gwen snorted. “It’s been two dates, Barker, let’s not start naming their children just yet.”

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! 

Enjoy your day, all you moms out there! Extra hugs to those of us who have lost ours. And lots of love to everyone who takes the time to visit and comment on my posts. xoxoxo

23 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors #36!”

  1. Ed Hoornaert says:

    I agree that her friends are being a bit premature … just a wee little bit.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Maybe just a tiny bit. lol. But you can’t fault their enthusiasm, eh? 😀 Thanks, Ed!

  2. Charmaine Gordon says:

    Typical of GF’s and you wrote the scene so well.

    Thinking of you and your Dad today with love and understanding having lost my loves long ago.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Thanks, my dear friend. 🙂

      I’m thinking of you as well, Charmaine. Your love and support mean the world to me. *hugs*

  3. Maggie Wells says:

    Love this. Love you. Love your mommy in Heaven. Hope mine isn’t being too bad of an influence.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Love YOU, and I love your mommy for many reasons, but especially for making you! Hope I get to meet her one day in Heaven. I’m sure she and my mom are enjoying a nice G&T today. 😉

  4. Veronica Scott says:

    Fun conversation and wow, yes, the friends are thinking way ahead LOL. Really enjoyed the snippet!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      They’re optimists, those two. 😉 Thanks so much, Veronica!

  5. Kimberly Gould says:

    Haha. Jumping the gun a bit? I’m glad your mom doesn’t seem so far away.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Yeaaaah, maybe, kinda, sorta. lol. Thanks, Kimberly. 🙂

  6. Sue Barr says:

    Everybody needs a BFF who not only commiserates and high-fives the jungle known as dating, but will also help you hide the body….
    My mom passed in 2015 and I miss picking up the phone to chat. Had she lived until this year, she would have been 100 years young. Not too shabby.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Amen to that, sister-friend!

      I totally hear you. I sometimes forget that I can’t just call her. Whenever something exciting happens, my first instinct is still to share the news with Mom. But I still can…it’s just in a different way now. Happy 100 years to your mommy! xoxo

  7. Christina Ochs says:

    Ah, it’s nice to have friends getting over-enthusiastic over your love-life.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      So true! My girlfriends are my number one cheerleaders in that department, too! 🙂

  8. Hywela Lyn says:

    Great fun excerpt – and Happy Mother’s Day. I lost mine when I was ten years old but was lucky enough to have an Aunt who cared for me and my sister as if we were her own. Let’s remember the lovely ‘care mothers’ as well as the birth mothers!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      I’m so sorry you lost your mother at such a young age, Hywela. Your aunt sounds like a wonderful person, and I’m glad she was there for you and your sister. *hugs*

  9. Nancy Gideon says:

    LOL! Two dates and their planning the bridal registry. At least our heroine is keeping a level head. Fun scene, Julie!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      😀 One of them has to be the normal friend. lol. Thanks, Nancy!

  10. Caitlin Stern says:

    Oh, definitely no picking out children’s names until the third date. 😀 Love this snippet!

  11. Amy Braun says:

    Yay! Gotta like the feeling of new romance. But yeah, a little early to pick the baby names yet haha

  12. Kim Magennis says:

    Such a delightful snippet, Julie. I had a big smile on my face when I read it, thank you❤

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