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Weekend Writing Warriors #45!

Gooooood morning! I’m freakishly perky considering I’m typing this at 3:14 a.m. More on that shortly. In the meantime, please enjoy another snippet from Steeped in Love!

Continuing from where we left off….

As he crossed the threshold into the Cup-A-Cabana, his gaze immediately landed on Addie. She was behind the counter with Gwen, and the two were doubled over in a fit of laughter. He made for his usual table, set down his bag, and began unpacking all the essentials of writing—even for pretend writers. That’s how he felt anymore. Like he was an imposter, carting around his stuff, looking the part, but no more a writer than the dog he didn’t own. When he finally sat down, he was startled to find Addie sitting in the seat across from him.

“You’re very high-maintenance, Hemingway. It must be hell to travel with you.”

“Please, have a seat. Make yourself comfortable.”

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, yeah, I’m up kinda late (or way too early, depending on how you look at it). There’s a very good reason for that, my friends. I was dancing up a storm at Latin Sparks Festival in Ottawa all. night. long! It was so much fun! Yeah, it might take the next week to recover from staying out till all hours, but hey, it’s totes worth it…especially if we consider the cutie on the dance floor who danced with me for half the night and had hips that would have made Shakira proud. Merci pour la danse, François! 😀 Have a beautiful week, everyone! Be kind and love one another.

18 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors #45!”

  1. Amy Braun says:

    He’s only a pretender if he stops trying!

  2. Sue Barr says:

    Don’t we all feel like pretend authors at times? Like, when the words stop flowing and you find yourself browsing the internet, looking at other really witty snippets, wondering ‘why, why, why can’t I write like that?’ Oh wait – I’m doing that right now. Aargh…

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Hee! There, there, Sue. We’ve all done it. I’m about to make the rounds myself. 😉

  3. Charmaine Gordon says:

    Nifty snip, my dear. Let me know when your book is published. I have a new one at the publisher as we speak. I so love it and hope she does as well.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Aww, best of luck to you! I’m sure it’ll be a big hit! And, believe me, when this baby is published, I’ll be shouting from the rooftops! 🙂

  4. Hywela Lyn says:

    Yes, I think most of us have been there in the ‘I’m only pretending to be a writer’ camp! 🙂 Love the banter at the end!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Yep, it’s kind of hard to avoid sometimes, eh? You just have to keep plugging along. 🙂 Thanks so much, Hywela!

  5. Diane Burton says:

    I love the banter between them. I hope her good cheer helps him. Good snippet.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Thanks, Diane! Her good cheer is the best possible cure for his surliness. 😉

  6. Veronica Scott says:

    Oh the dreaded imposter syndrome! Yikes! Enjoyed the excerpt, your stuff is always SO good.

  7. Caitlin Stern says:

    No one’s inspiration flows eternally. The real merit of a writer is that we keep on trying! 🙂 It does sound like he has a lot of stuff, though.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      So true, Caitlin! 🙂 Yeah, he needs to learn to travel a bit lighter, for sure. lol

  8. Kimberly Gould says:

    I adore your sense of humor. It makes your characters immediately likable.

  9. Carol says:

    “all.night.long.” Hee, I see what you did there!
    My goal now is to get a messenger bag and all of the other writer-type accessories so that I can pretend too. Those two are just too cute together. Love “Hemingway” for his nickname!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Lionel would be so proud. 😀 Yes, get a messenger bag! You can’t truly pretend without one! 😉

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