Weekend Writing Warriors #80!

Hellooooooo! Happy Sunday, my peeps! I’m ready to share another excerpt from Steeped in Love as we count down to the big release! Ready? Let’s go!

Continuing from where we left off…

She smiled as she whirled past him, her hands loaded with empty mugs and crumb-filled plates, remnants of delicious pastries that once were. Lord, he wanted a cherry danish. But not yet. Not until he cranked out the first thousand words.

Ethan had been living in Kendal for a little over a year, but even he had to admit he hadn’t done much to make an impression. Unless you counted Mrs. McCallister and her three grandchildren. They’d often cross paths at the public swimming pool.

Typical introvert, according to multiple Facebook quizzes, he liked his books and television shows and felt comfortable only in a few particular spots, like the Cup-A-Cabana coffee shop.

He’d been writing there for a few months now, thinking the change of scenery and the colorful mix of people he observed would help his writer’s block. Sure beat staring at the bland walls of the apartment he rented.

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!

Hope you’ve all had an enjoyable weekend thus far! I spent Saturday afternoon at a pool party/barbecue social with my new dragon boat team. We’ve been practicing for the last couple weeks, and next weekend we’ll be racing in the Rideau Canoe Club Dragon Boat Festival! We’re paddling 200 meter, 500 meter, and 1000 meter distances! Wish us luck! 🙂

18 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors #80!”

  1. Ed Hoornaert says:

    If he can write in a coffee shop, more power to him. I need a quieter spot.e

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      He can’t really write anywhere at the moment, but he’s pretending at least lol. 🙂 I need complete silence when I write. Too prone to distraction.

  2. Charmaine Gordon says:

    Love the concept of your story. You’ve painted a vivid picture of the scene.

    Go Team-Go. I’m cheering for you, my friend.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Thanks, Charmaine, for all of the above! You’re the best cheerleader there is! 🙂

  3. Laurie says:

    Good luck dragon boating!
    Your story is coming along quite nicely. Can’t wait to read it when it comes out.

  4. Maggie Wells says:

    I love writing at Panera. I find that the people watching helps fuel my fire! Excellent work. We’re getting close!!!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      I’m glad it works for some people, but I will have to stick to writing on my bed in the silence of my room. So inspiring. lol Thanks, my Bunny! 😀

  5. Sara Harris says:

    I love this snippet! Writer stories are my favorite and this story promises to be a sweet treat!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Thank you so much, Sara! I’m glad you enjoyed the snippet! 🙂

  6. Nancy Gideon says:

    As a fellow introvert writer, I can certainly understand him-an observer of life instead of one who lives it. He needs a good shaking up!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Yeah! I’m gonna shake him up real good! 😀 Thanks, Nancy!

  7. Jenna Jaxon says:

    Yes, his life seems to be much too complacent. He needs more than a little shaking up!

  8. Christina Ochs says:

    I love writing in coffee shops, and a pastry as a reward-per-thousand-words is a great idea! Though not for my waistline. 🙂 Good luck with the race!

  9. Amy Braun says:

    I really like this introductory of Ethan, and I also find coffee shops good to write in!

  10. Carol says:

    The very idea of writing in public makes me sweat. Nope, no way, never. It’s a private ritual, as far as I’m concerned.
    Good luck, Dragon Lady! Does your boat have a name?
    Very happy to be back at the Cup-A-Cabana again!

  11. Sue Barr says:

    I can write in Starbucks, nothing distracts — Squirrel!
    You caught me out. I get distracted by anything. I use housekeeping, baking, grocery shopping… you name it as an excuse NOT to write and use writing as an excuse to get out of housekeeping, baking, grocery shopping…
    Nice intro to Ethan

  12. Diane Burton says:

    I don’t think I could write in a coffee shop, et al. I need quiet–not even music. But congrats to Ethan for getting out of his comfort zone.

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