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Weekend Writing Warriors #89!

Hi, friends! I’ve missed you! Sorry for skipping the last couple weeks. I spent a weekend with family, and then another one hanging with our Team Canada Olympic skaters! More on that shortly, but first, here’s a snippet from my work in progress, Learning to Love!

Donning a pair of her brightest red sneakers, Rebecca Ledgerwood took off toward the town square at a vigorous clip. Sundays in Kendal weren’t for the lazy or the lackadaisical. For as long as she’d been living there—all thirty-five years of her life and counting—it’d been the day to be out and about. To be seen. Heard. Go to church, grab a bite, socialize, exercise, and everything in between.

As she neared the gazebo that stood at the center of all the activity, a fist of longing squeezed her heart. Everywhere she turned, she spotted families and soon-to-be-families, happy couples, new mothers pushing strollers . . . visions she’d trained herself to enjoy instead of envy. But today, envy was niggling.

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!

Yeah, so, back to the Olympic skaters. Like, does anyone not know and feel all the feels for Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, our world-renowned ice dancers? And does anyone not want them to fall in love and get married and have ten thousand gorgeous future Olympic champion babies? Right, I thought so. Check this out! 😀

Bucket List item achieved! Have a fabulous week, and a very happy Thanksgiving to the ‘Mericans! 🙂

16 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors #89!”

  1. Charmaine Gordon says:

    Always lovable doubling your story and having so much fun.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      And you’re always lovable, too, my friend! Thank you! 🙂

  2. Veronica Scott says:

    Aww, a bright morning for her, out and about, but still poignant…enjoyed the excerpt!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Thanks, Veronica! I truly appreciate your kind words! 🙂

  3. Loc Glin says:

    Your description made me think of the Gilmore Girls. Loved it.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Oh, yay! Stars Hollow is totally the town I envisioned while writing this! 🙂 Thank you!

  4. Botanist says:

    Such a clear depiction here, the happiness sounds almost surreal. And it sounds like she’s had to work hard at keeping that envy in check 🙁

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      She and me…we might actually be the same person lol. Thanks so much, Ian! 😀

  5. Ed Hoornaert says:

    How in the world did you score a picture with Moir and Virtue?

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Oh, I have my ways. And a special VIP ticket that kept the Quebec authorities from tossing me in the hoosgow. 😉

  6. Amy Braun says:

    I love how you ended the snippet, and great photo!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Thanks, Amy! I still can’t believe I got to meet those two! WAY cool! 🙂

  7. Nancy Gideon says:

    You lucky dog, you!!

    Love this insight into your heroine’s soul, her loneliness, her desire to be included in the familial tribe.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      I know, right?! 😀

      Thanks so much, Nancy! This snippet is pretty much a brief autobiography lol.

  8. Carol says:

    Any story with a gazebo has got to be a good one! Lovely job setting the scene here. I can already feel how great this tale is going to be.

    I’m looking forward to the short work-week and the lovely long 4-day holiday weekend. I’m hoping I find some time to make a dent in my ‘to read’ pile!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Aww, thank you, A-M!

      Happy Thanksgiving week! I don’t mind your lack of reading time if it means more adorable pics of those sweet baby boys! 🙂

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