Weekend Writing Warriors #75!

Hi, my peoples! How’s everybody doing? I missed you all last week, but I was off on a whitewater rafting adventure in the Ottawa River, freezing my butt off. I highly recommend the rafting part, but just wait till July, like a smart person, okay? Good. Now that we have that settled, here’s more from Learning to Love!

Continuing from where we left off….

“My mom could never keep food in the house when we were growing up. Something about being inside these walls is reverting me back to my teenage self, I guess.”

“Ahh, I see.” She took another bite of her cookie and washed it down with a swig of juice. “God, I don’t miss those years,” she murmured.


“The awkwardness, the hormones, trying to fit in while simultaneously wishing you were invisible….”

“It still feels that way some days,” he said with a chuckle.

Turning to face him, she said, “Just be glad you weren’t the one with hummus on your face earlier.”

He bit his lip, trying to suppress his amusement and feign ignorance instead.

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!

Well, I have some exciting news for you folks. I’ve decided to self-publish Steeped in Love, the first book in this series! It’s currently in the hands of my fabulous new editor, and I can finally say to all of you wonderfully patient, supportive people that you can own a copy of my book before the year is through! No dates have been set yet, but I’m thinking late summer or early fall. Stay tuned! Have a fantastic week, my friends! 🙂

20 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors #75!”

  1. Laurie says:

    Looking forward to reading Steeped. I know you are proud of it. Good luck.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Thank you! I’m very proud of it, and I’m super excited to share it! I think you’ll enjoy it! 🙂

  2. Elyzabeth M. VaLey says:

    Oh, I look forward to reading Steeped! I loved the snippets you posted here. As for today’s snippet, I agree with William. Sometimes it feels like we’re still in highschool. (Which is terrible lol)

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Aww, thank you so much, Elyzabeth! You’ve all been such amazing cheerleaders. 🙂 Lol the high school feeling follows us through life, eh? Haha.

  3. Charmaine Gordon says:

    I’m thrilled for you, dear friend. As soon as Steeped is out, I’m there! Thanks for the lovely pic of you and Mom.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Aww, you are the best, Charmaine! Thank you so, so much for your support! 🙂

  4. Amy Braun says:

    Aww such a sweet scene! And yay for self-publishing! It’ll feel so good to have your book out in the world!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Thank you, Amy! Yay is the word! It’s been far too long and I’m SO ready to share this book! 🙂

  5. Veronica Scott says:

    I always love your moments of dialog – so realistic but fun to read and revealing of the characters. Great snippet!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      You always make me smile, Veronica! Thank you so much!!! 🙂

  6. Christina Ochs says:

    You captured those teenage feelings perfectly. Great news about Steeped in Love!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Thanks so much, Christina! I was so excited to share the news with all of you! 🙂

  7. Nancy Gideon says:

    You create such real characters you can almost hear and see them speaking. Well done, Julie.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      😀 <-- my face! Thank you, Nancy! That's wonderful to hear!

  8. Brittany says:

    Love the dialogue here, its sweet and fun yet give great characterization! Congrats on Steeped!

  9. Caitlin Stern says:

    When we’re kids, we think adulthood is some sort of magic wand. It really isn’t, though!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Too true! We can’t wait to escape those teenage years, and then we become adults and wish back the innocence of youth again. Le sigh… 😀

  10. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Nothing like bonding over memories of hummus.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Exactly. 🙂 Chickpeas have a way of bringing people together…

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