Weekend Writing Warriors #43!

Hi there! Happy day to you! I think it’s time to curl up someplace comfy with a spot of tea, and catch up with your pals from Steeped in Love! 🙂

Continuing from where we left off (Gwen is speaking)….

“There are lots of people looking for long-term relationships, Barker, and Ethan could be, too.” She spoke the latter part to Addie who was seriously contemplating buying a muzzle for herself. Maybe Hannah could get her a discount.

“You know I enjoy a challenge, Gwen,” Hannah said with a gleam in her eyes. “Hate to break up the party, ladies, but I better get to The Barkery. Princess Prancey Paws is coming in to get her nails trimmed and polished and she won’t sit still for anyone but Auntie Hannah.”

Both Gwen and Addie giggled as Hannah click-clacked her way to the door on her way-too-freaking-high heels. The woman had curves for days and she showcased them in form-fitting clothing that hugged her in all the right places. It made Addie wonder, not for the first time, how Tyler had ever looked past Hannah…but then again, she thought dogs should date.

“It’s weird when I’m the normal friend,” Addie murmured as the bells signalled Hannah’s departure. 

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!

Soooo…here we are, with a little over a week till I head to Orlando for the RWA conference. Am I ready? *snorts* Not so much. However! I am pretty much set for clothes and shoes and accessories, so that’s impressive, right? It’s nice when you can do most of your shopping in your own closet. Oh, look, a dress I was forced to buy and have never worn! Ooh, that’s a pretty skirt that’s never seen the light of day. It would look so great with that frilly blouse shoved back behind forty-five different T-shirts. Needless to say, I don’t do the fancy-schmancy thing very often, but it’ll be fun to play dress-up for a bit. I’ll be back in my sporty clothes again before ya know it! 😀 Have an awesome week and I’ll see ya next Sunday!

25 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors #43!”

  1. Elyzabeth M. VaLey says:

    Wait, so Hannah works with dogs and walks on heels? How does she manage? 😮 Loved the last line. Have fun in Orlando!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Lol she’s a special person. The heels are mostly for show. When she’s at her place of work, she slips into more sensible shoes. 😉 Thanks, Elyzabeth!

  2. Ed Hoornaert says:

    This line says so much about both Addie and her friends: “It’s weird when I’m the normal friend,”

  3. Charmaine Gordon says:

    Funny since I’ve always been the normal friend. Back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, that is.
    Delightful story and different. Someone’s going to love you and your book. Fingers crossed.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Haha, you and me both, sister! 🙂 You are so sweet, Charmaine, and I can’t thank you enough for your support! xo

  4. Veronica Scott says:

    Another fun peek into life in this town. enjoyed the excerpt, hope you have a great time at RWA.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Thank you so much, Veronica! I’m really looking forward to it! 🙂

  5. Maggie Wells says:

    Aww! My Princess Prancey Paws is sleeping off some McDonald’s hash browns as I type! Sometimes, I find very nice surprises when I shop my own closet. Sometimes, it’s like something out of a Stephen King novel…. 😀

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Hee! Oh Sally, such a spoiled little puppy girl. I get what you mean about the Stephen King thing. Let’s just say, I’ve been purging a lot this past week, too. lol

  6. Amy Braun says:

    Haha, great ending dialogue!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      I have my pal, Maggie Wells, to thank for that gem. 😀 Thanks, Kimberly!

  7. Christina Lay says:

    So many fun things in this snippet I don’t know where to start. I want to hang out with Addie and her weird friends.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Aww, thank you, Christina! Your comment totally made my day! 🙂

  8. Diane Burton says:

    Princess Prancy Paws? Cute! Great snippet.

  9. Carol says:

    Hmm, I think I might be more inclined to go Ethan’s route and be content to just sit close enough to eavesdrop on these three! Great dialogue between them!

    Have fun in Florida. You look fabulous no matter what you have on. Hope it’s a very successful trip!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Hee! There’s never a dull moment when those ladies are around. 😉

      Aww, thanks, A-M! Can’t wait to fill you in on all my southern adventures! xo

  10. Caitlin Stern says:

    Hannah, you’re awesome, but leave this one alone. Love the line about the muzzle! If only it were that easy not to blurt out things!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Lol, I’m not sure Hannah can hear you. Too much hairspray. 😉 Thanks, Caitlin!

  11. Sue Barr says:

    Princess Prancy Paws – say THAT five times fast. Nice snippet, Miss Jules. Have fun at RWA, and I know you will if you hook up with Miss Margaret.

  12. Nancy Gideon says:

    LOL! Love that last line. Fab scene, Julie!

  13. Hywela Lyn says:

    Great snippet – and I love the witty descriptions. Have a good time at the RWA conference – I was at the RNA (the UK equivalent) last week and packed far more clothes than were strictly necessary, LOL!

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