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Weekend Writing Warriors #79!

Hey, you guys, I’m baaa-aaack! I’ve been busy visiting with family, attending my second RWA national conference, and editing like crazy to get my manuscript ready to be self-published! I decided to return to posting snippets from Steeped in Love to help us gear up for the big release!

Let’s start at the very beginning…

Coffee creamed and stirred. Laptop fired up. Knuckles cracked. Ethan Holtz took a deep breath and waited for inspiration to strike.

And waited.

And waited.

He swigged some coffee, hoping a sudden jolt of caffeine might awaken the creative juices.

Nope, though it was a particularly good cup of joe this morning. Not wanting to let the discovery go unappreciated, he raised his mug in salute to Gwen, the talented barista. At least someone around here should be appreciated for their work. 

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!

Just to ramp up the excitement even more, here’s a little sneak peek at the cover for Steeped in Love! I’ll let you all know once it’s available for pre-order! 🙂

28 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors #79!”

  1. Ed Hoornaert says:

    I think all of us can appreciate the frustration of waiting for an errant muse. And welcome back!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Too true, Ed! Thanks so much! I’m glad to be back! 🙂

  2. Laurie says:

    Yep, the cover is awesome. Now go back into the writer’s cave. *cracks whip*

  3. Nancy Gideon says:

    I love this story! And how true about being appreciated at the job whether creative or service oriented. We can all feel where he is!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Thanks so much, Nancy! I’m glad you can relate. 🙂

  4. Charmaine Gordon says:

    Delightful beginning we all can relate to. Happy to know you’re back amongst us. I’ve missed you, dear friend.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      It’s great to be back! I missed you too, lovely lady. Hope all is well! 🙂

  5. Veronica Scott says:

    Terrific cover! I really enjoy this story so it was nice to see the snippet…cracks me up every time how he waits for inspiration to just STRIKE. Yeah, good luck there, Ethan…wonderful writing.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      LOL he’ll be waiting a while, eh? 😉 Thanks, Veronica! You put a huge smile on my face!

  6. Maggie Wells says:

    Hey, that cover is FAB. Cannot wait for this baby to be out in the world!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      So is the gal who made it for me! 😀 I can’t wait, either!

  7. Teresa Cypher says:

    Yay! You’re back! AND…I’m going to get to read this story!! 🙂

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      I am! And you are! 😀 So excited to share it with the world!

  8. Caitlin Stern says:

    Welcome back! And congrats on getting all that work done!

    I wonder if muses do have some sort of partnership with coffee plantations…

  9. Amy Braun says:

    Welcome back! And those barista’s need recognition too!

  10. Diane Burton says:

    I’m so glad to get back to this story. Good snippet. You really show the frustration we all experience.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Thanks, Diane! I felt some of that frustration yesterday. And the day before that. And the day before that… 😀

  11. Christina Ochs says:

    Yay! You and this story are back! I think every writer can relate to Ethan’s situation.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Yay! We are! 🙂 So happy to return to posting with my favourite warriors!

  12. Carol says:

    Welcome back! I adore this story so seeing the familiar names and hearing the FANTASTIC news that it’s going to be available is a real cause for celebration! The cover art is perfect! Very happy for you and it’s good to have you back!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      😀 <-- my face right now. Thank you so, so much, A-M! You have no idea how great it feels to know other people are just as excited about this book as I am!

  13. Siren X Star says:

    Omg, Ethan sounds like me the last few days! Kids are at their dad’s for the week, I planned on creative projects all week since summer vacation is almost over and its almost back to work for another school year (I’m a elementary school TA), but I. Just. Can’t. Focus. 🙁
    I feel Ethan’s pain. And I do want to read this book!

    I know I mentioned how nice looking your blog is, but today, I’m finding it very calming. I don’t know why, maybe its the tea cups. 🙂

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      It’s those darn bright, shiny objects. They’re so distracting!

      Aww, I love hearing that my blog is calming. 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by and for all your positive words!

  14. Sue Barr says:

    LOVE the cover!! Sorry I’m late for commenting. RL intruded. Nice to see you back and can’t wait for your book to release.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Thank you, Sue! Silly real life for intruding! I’m glad to be back and can’t wait to share my book! 🙂

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