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Weekend Writing Warriors #5!

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Happy Sunday, my friends! The second last Sunday before my summer break is over. Le sigh. It’s been one for the books, though, quite literally! Speaking of, how about we hop back into Steeped in Love!

Continuing from where we left off….

Well, that was an odd thing to say. What was she looking for? The missing word in a crossword puzzle? The meaning of life? The perfect ratio of honey to lemon in her tea—

“How’s the writing going, Ethan?”

He jumped, startled to find Gwen hovering over him with a knowing smile on her face. “Fine,” he muttered. 

Her soft hum proved she’d seen the blank page he failed to minimize fast enough. “Hope your hands don’t cramp up,” she teased, then scurried back behind the counter to cash someone out. 

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!

Today, we’re off to our final family reunion of the summer. I spent yesterday making my mom’s famous baked beans and chocolate chunk brownies for the occasion. Before I lost my mom, I wasn’t all that keen on cooking. But now, I find myself experimenting with flavours, trying new recipes, and pulling together ‘miracle’ meals in no time flat, just like Mom used to do. Her foodie spirit is alive and kicking inside of me. 🙂 Wishing you all a wonderful day filled with fun, friends, and family! xo

34 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors #5!”

  1. Kim M says:

    Nothing worse than being caught out with that damning blank page. :-}
    I am enjoying these snippets immensely, Julie. Thank you.

  2. Nancy Gideon says:

    I LOVE the banter, both between them and internal. Can’t wait to see what’s revealed in the leaves!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Yay! Thanks, Nancy! You’ll find out soon enough. 🙂

  3. Charmaine Gordon says:

    Subtle and not so subtle dialogue. So much fun to watch this develop. And you, dear Julie, your mom is part of you. I know how it feels and I see my daughter do the same with me. Blessings.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Aww, thank you, Charmaine. You always know just what to say to comfort me. I so appreciate your support and friendship. xo

  4. Christina Ochs says:

    Haha- sounds like Gwen knows exactly what’s up!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      He’s not as sneaky as he thinks he is. 😉 Thanks, Christina!

  5. Veronica Scott says:

    Oh that was a CUTE snippet! Loved it :).

  6. Jess Schira says:

    I love the first paragraph. Great snippet, and good luck with the first week of school.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Thanks so much, Jess! Hopefully it’s a quick and painless week! 😉

  7. Amy Braun says:

    Great snippet! I agree with Nancy about the dialogue. 😀

  8. Stephanie Ingram says:

    How funny. I agree with the comments about the dialogue. I am intrigued to see how this plays out.

  9. Botanist says:

    “How’s the writing going” – one question every writer dreads 🙂

  10. Shari Elder says:

    This is totally charming. Both the snippet and the blurb drew me right in.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Awesome! So, so happy to hear that, Shari! Thank you! 🙂

  11. Rin says:

    Great snippet! I enjoyed their interaction and the teasing. 🙂

  12. Margaret Ethridge says:

    Only mean girls mock a blank page!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Yeah! Although, Gwen is actually very nice…but bad form! 😀

  13. Diane Burton says:

    Fun snippet. Even though I”m coming in late, I can see how great this story will be. He’s got her pegged date-wise. Reminds me of the movie “Because I Said So” where Diane Keaton is trying to fix her daughter up with a date on the internet and interviews the prospects. And the guitarist is listening.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Hee! I loved that movie. Thanks so much for your lovely comments, Diane! So happy to have you tuning in! 🙂

  14. Ed Hoornaert says:

    It’s bad enough having writer’s block, but being mocked because of a blank page is cruel and unusual punishment.

    BTW, I heard that Queen Street is open again. My Toronto son was the project manager for the landscaping, including pavers, plantings, etc.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      ‘Tis true, Ed. I agree.

      Ahh, good to know someone on the inside. lol

  15. Caitlin Stern says:

    He obviously doesn’t subscribe to the ‘just write something’ school of thought. Love how much of a regular he is, that people are noticing his productivity, or lack thereof.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Thanks, Caitlin! I don’t always subscribe to that school of thought, either. Ethan and I need a kick in the butt. 😉

  16. Carol says:

    Ack! Somehow I missed Sunday again. Going to have to write it on my hand or something. As to the snippet, I just finished reading a book where the main character could write so many thousands of words a day that her wrists actually did ache at the end of them. Ha, not a problem I’ll ever experience! Really enjoying Ethan’s internal dialogue.
    Hope you had a great time at the reunion and that the family-style brownies and beans were a hit!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Aww, A-M! Your comments always make my day. I will never, ever have that wrist-aching problem, either. lol

      The brownies and beans were indeed a hit! Next time I’ll try to not eat so many brownies before I get there. 😉

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