Weekend Writing Warriors #8!


Good morning, my friends! How’s every little thing? I’m ready to share another excerpt from Steeped in Love with you today, so here goes!

Continuing from where we left off….

But maybe this wasn’t a date.

“I love morning dates,” Addie replied.

Okay, scratch that theory.

“If it’s good, it can run right through to the afternoon and turn into lunch, maybe even dinner if you play your cards right. If it’s bad, you still have the rest of the day to make up for it.”

Her date blinked, clearly trying to catch up to the woman who talked a mile a minute. “Well, we’ll see how breakfast goes first, but I make a mean sandwich.”

He couldn’t see Addie’s reaction, but he could somehow sense she was smiling. She tucked a tendril of hair behind her ear and he spotted a tiny green leaf inked just behind her lobe. Ethan cocked his head to the side, fascinated that she’d been able to sit still long enough for someone to mark that perfect porcelain skin.

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!

I’ve had such a fulfilling week. I was able to reconnect with some old teacher friends, I tried something completely different and crazy and it might be the beginning of a new adventure (stay tuned for more on that), and I capped the week off by defending my title as ping-pong champion at a pool party with some more teacher pals! I really and truly am blessed with incredible friends and family, and that includes all of you! Have yourselves a fantastic week! 🙂

22 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors #8!”

  1. Christina Ochs says:

    Haha, I love how quickly his hope is dashed, but he’s no less fascinated.

    So glad you had a good week! *hugs*

  2. Margaret Ethridge says:

    Hee! Love this and loving it even more after last night’s storm!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      😀 It was the perfect storm! Thanks again, Magnificent Mags! xo

  3. Charmaine Gordon says:

    You go girl whatever your up to. I’m with you.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Yeehaw! Buckle up and get ready for an adventure! 😉 Thanks, my dear!

  4. Veronica Scott says:

    Wow, I’d bet many first dates would be scared off by her talking about how a morning date could run all day etc. She’s charming but quirky all right, feels quite real to me. Loving the excerpts!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      I’m so glad it feels real! Those first date jitters can cause people to say the darndest things! 😉 Thanks, Veronica!

  5. Elyzabeth M. VaLey says:

    TBH if I were her date I’d be kind of scared about her rambling about a morning date become in a lunch date etc. LOL Great snippet!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Oh, me too, but this awkwardness is barely skimming the surface of what’s to come! 😉 Thanks, Elyzabeth!

  6. Diane Burton says:

    He’s really smitten to notice even the tiny tattoo. Very nice snippet.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      He sure is! Thanks so much for stopping by, Diane! 🙂

  7. Ed Hoornaert says:

    When she starts talking about marriage or engagement rings, we’ll know for sure she’s trying to scare him off.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Lol, that may not be long from now. 😉 Thanks, Ed!

  8. Elizabeth Alsobrooks says:

    I like how he tries to keep up with her while being distracted by her tiny tattoo and perfect skin…great insight into his mind wanderings, BTW!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Yay! Thank you so much, Elizabeth! I’m so happy you’re enjoying it! 🙂

  9. Carol says:

    Gotta love a woman who babbles! I’m getting a feeling that Ethan watches more than he writes. He seems to have a lot of Addie’s physical characteristics memorized. Glad you had some fun!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      He’s a very observant man with a terrible case of writer’s block. 😉 Addie may prove to be more help than hindrance, though! Thanks, A-M! xo

  10. Caitlin Stern says:

    He is smitten, isn’t he? But her date doesn’t seem quite so charmed!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Not yet, but it’s still early on! 🙂 Thanks, Caitlin!

  11. Amy Braun says:

    Poor guy, I hope things turn up for him. This was a sweet snippet though, and I’m glad Addie is happy. Also, yay pool party! Woo!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Ethan’s life is about to get a whole lot more interesting. Pool party! Yay! 😀 Thanks, Amy!

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