Weekend Writing Warriors #7!


Hello, you lovely people! I’m currently in Connecticut for Fiction Fest, and I’m having the most marvelous time! I’ve spent the last two evenings eating dinner with my darling friend, Kristan Higgins, and I have to say, the rest of the conference has been pretty darn great, too! I’ve made so many new friends! 🙂 Anywho, I’ll continue with that shortly, but for now, here’s more from Steeped in Love!

Continuing from where we left off….

There was a man sitting at her table. That’s what Gwen meant–this was a date. A date with a man she was obviously meeting for the first time. Addie Mitchell was looking for a man.

Unwritten story forgotten, Ethan pushed his laptop toward the center of the table so he could lean forward. If he propped his elbow on the table and twisted just a little to the right, he had a much better position for eavesdropping. 

“I was so glad you contacted me,” the guy said.

He was almost a full head taller than Addie, at least while seated, and Ethan hated him for that alone. He wore a faded grey t-shirt, his hair slicked back like he’d just gone for a run and this was the next item on his to-do list. The biceps bulging beneath the stretched-out fabric probably earned him back whatever points he lost, if any, for his less than impressive first date attire.

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!

Okay, back to Fiction Fest. I’ve been pitching, getting critiques, round table-ing, sitting in on incredible workshops, and yes, dining with the queen of romantic comedy and my new pals, Damon Suede and Geoff Symon. It’s been SO MUCH FUN!!! I’ll be here in beautiful, lovely, charming as heck Connecticut until about 2pm-ish today, and then I regrettably must venture back to Canuckland. I will most definitely be returning, hopefully sooner rather than later! Thank you, CT, KH, and co. for making this an unforgettable adventure! 🙂

15 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors #7!”

  1. Elyzabeth M. VaLey says:

    Someone is a bit jealous, hehe. Hope he doesn’t get caught eavesdropping. Great snippet, Julie!

  2. Christina Ochs says:

    Haha, eavesdropping on her dates is one way to get to know a girl. Now he just needs to keep from getting caught.

  3. Veronica Scott says:

    Well the jealousy on his part comes through loud and clear – excellent excerpt!

  4. Daryl Devore says:

    Love the last line.

  5. Jenna Jaxon says:

    I think he’s got this guy’s number and I hope Addie sends him packing. Ethan, on the other hand, needs to make his own move. If he’s that jealous, he needs to go for it before it’s too late. 🙂

  6. Charmaine Gordon says:

    Another delicious snippet and I love it. More to know about your story and I’m not far from Conecticut. NY is my home. Love you ,Julie.

  7. Rin says:

    I wonder if he’ll ever catch him eavesdropping? XD …he does seem a tad jealous as well. XD nice snippet!

  8. Teresa Cypher says:

    I love experiencing this through his eyes! He’s a bit jealous because this guy is tall? That is priceless. You are definitely onto something, Julie. After all these years with my husband, I know about his insecurities, and the kinds of things he envies in other men. Kudos for writing it so darned well!

  9. Ed Hoornaert says:

    I’m willing to place a substantial bet (in Canadian dollars, so it’s not really all that substantial) that “Steeped in Love” ends up being “Steepled in Love.”

  10. Diane Burton says:

    Poor guy. He’s got it bad. Nice showing of his insecurities. Safe travels home.

  11. Stephanie Leland says:

    What a fun premise for a romance story. Ethan sounds like my kind of guy 🙂 Have a great time at Fiction Fest.

  12. Amy Braun says:

    Great snippet! I like his jealousy… Though I may or may not be feeling a little dreamy toward the guy she’s meeting. 😉 I’m glad you had a great time at the convention. 🙂

  13. Caitlin Stern says:

    He’s not terribly subtle about his eavesdropping, is he?Love his description of the other guy–I wonder how she sees her date?

  14. Carol says:

    I love people who know the correct way to eavesdrop and also people who hate others based on nothing more than split-second impressions. I mean, sometimes you just know these things. Ethan, you’re my kind of guy!
    I’m glad Connecticut treated you right and you had fun along with the networking and other stuff. I just hope you still have time for the little people who love you.

  15. Elizabeth Alsobrooks says:

    Wow, sounds like a great conference! Enjoyed the snippet too. Learning from the other guys’ mistakes…not fair, but oh so funny! LOL!

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