Weekend Writing Warriors #58!

Hiya, peeps! How ya doin’? It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas ’round these here parts! So here, have an early present: another snippet from Learning to Love!

Continuing from where we left off….

“Harsh. I like it.”

She smiled as she bit into her wrap, chewing as quickly as she could before her lunchtime supervision in the gym started. “So, what’s the student teacher’s story?” she asked.

“Graduated from a prep school out of state. Went to Columbia. Heard he was some kind of big marketing executive, then he quit his job to become a teacher.” A full-bodied laugh shook through him. “Gotta be a bullshit story. Probably got fired for screwing his secretary.”

Here’s the blurb:

Rebecca Ledgerwood is a Physical Education teacher who’s ready to invest some sweat equity into a lasting romance. On a whim, she has her palm read before summer vacation ends, and she’s told she’s an old soul who’ll find happiness with a younger man.

William Whitney leaves an unfulfilling career to pursue teaching and gets placed at Rebecca’s school for his Physical Education practicum. He’s desperate to make a difference, convinced that the choices he made in the past contributed to his younger sister’s death. Kendal High School is nothing like the prep school he attended as a teenager, but he’s determined to make the most of his time there, especially if it makes Rebecca notice him.

Though they come from vastly different backgrounds, there’s an undeniable chemistry that sparks between the two. They resist, as they must, until his practicum ends, but when he’s offered a teaching position at his former prep school, will he take the easy way out, or fight for what’s right in front of him?

Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to visit the other Weekend Writing Warriors!

I’ve been super productive so far this weekend and hope to continue the trend today. On a whim, I decided to enter the #PitMad pitch party on Twitter a few days ago, and some editors and agents liked my pitches, so I’ve been putting together pretty little packages to send to them. Cross your fingers for me! Enjoy the coming week, my friends, and happy writing! 🙂

13 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors #58!”

  1. Jess Schira says:

    Nice set up. You’ve created interest and also laid the groundwork for conflict.

  2. Christina Ochs says:

    That is kind of an unusual background. I wonder if that’s the whole story?

  3. Maggie Wells says:

    Love it! Make a note on this section to make the bit about Will’s background a little more vague. As it is, the other guy is imparting too much detail. It has an, “As you know, Bob…” feel to it. So excited about the interest in Steeped! It’s time to get that baby out into the world!

  4. Nancy Gideon says:

    Nothing like a snarky friend! Another winner, Julie!!

  5. Amy Braun says:

    I wonder if either of them is right, and how close they are to the truth…

  6. Botanist says:

    LOL! Nothing like a bit of good lunchroom gossip!

  7. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Hilarious. Yeah, that’s exactly the sort of thing teachers would think about a guy who gives up a high paying job.

  8. Carol says:

    This story is starting off awesome! Good job getting us hooked.
    Best of luck with the pitches! If there’s anyone who knows how to pitch a home run, it’s you!

  9. Diane Burton says:

    In light of what’s happening in the news, her colleague’s assessment is cynical and expected. I’ll bet it isn’t true. Good way to impart a little backstory.

  10. Lyn Perry says:

    Ah, so what’s the dirt? Nice set up.

  11. The Real Cie says:

    Her chum seems a bit cynical. With the way things are in the world, who can blame him?
    I’m guessing the new guy isn’t a cad–hope not, anyway! 🙂

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