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Weekend Writing Warriors #95!

Hey-hey, my peeps! Happy Sunday! I’ve got a juicy snippet from Learning to Love ready to share with you, so buckle up for the exciting twists and turns ahead!

Continuing from where we left off…

She passed her the bag, then pocketed the bills Rebecca handed over in exchange.

“I’ll have to spend a few extra hours in the gym this week, but it’s worth it.” The moment the words slipped free, Rebecca could feel the other woman’s eyes on her, sizing her up. Every woman did it, even the nice ones like Addie. Sometimes without realizing it. They’d say with a look—a raised eyebrow or a twist of their mouth—that she could stand to skip a week or ten of gym sessions. She could, maybe, but she wouldn’t. There was no way in hell she’d go back to being that scrawny kid in high school who never knew when her next meal would be. Strength, to her, was more than muscle mass. Strength meant she had power over her life, control over the choices she made; she simply had the body to prove it.

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?

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One semester’s in the books for my sixth year of teaching. Semester two begins Monday morning. I’m already counting down the days till summer vacation! 😀 Have a wonderful week, all!

21 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors #95!”

  1. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Rebecca’s attitude toward fitness is believable, and it also explains how she manages to keep it up. Addie’s attitude is also believable. A wee bit of jealousy, eh?

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Maybe a touch of jealousy. Or envy. 😉 Thanks, Ed! Glad it’s believable to you!

  2. Teresa Cypher says:

    Her dedication to staying fit comes across loud and clear. 🙂 It’s nice that you included her reasons for not skipping the gym. 🙂

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      I’m happy to hear that! Thanks so much, Teresa! 🙂

  3. Maggie Wells says:

    I love that you’re showing the disconnect between perception and reality. Rebecca has her reasons for hitting the gym, but they are not what Addie would expect them to be. Excellent work!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Exactly! Thanks, Maggie! You should see my face. Looks kinda like this: 😀

  4. Charmaine Gordon says:

    Another delightful snippet. You got it going on, my friend. Thinking of you enjoying friends and what’s going on. Charmaine says have more fun and a real life. I can see it changing.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Lol thank you, my good friend! You never have to worry about me having fun! 😉

  5. Veronica Scott says:

    I like her inner thoughts about strength, really well done snippet!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

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

  6. Sue Barr says:

    I know exactly what she’s thinking about staying strong. Even though it’s physical activity, she’s strengthening her mind and will. I like her already.

  7. Botanist says:

    Nice insights here. And why do people always feel they have either the need or the right to judge other people’s choices?

  8. Amy Braun says:

    She sounds like a strong lady and I admire her!

  9. Christina Ochs says:

    What a great, and telling insight into her character!

  10. Carol says:

    Doesn’t everyone count the days until summer vacation? Right now I’d be happy with Spring Break. (Not that I get it off anyway, but at least it’s an easier week here on campus.) Congratulations on starting the new semester, though! I know you’ll rock it!
    Really liked learning that insight into Rebecca’s background. We hadn’t been privy to that fact during earlier snippets. Should make for an interesting dynamic with William’s prep school lifestyle.

  11. The Real Cie says:

    A well-written snippet. As someone who struggled with orthorexia and eating disorders, the idea of being obsessed with going to the gym means something a bit different to me than I think it does to most people.

  12. Charmaine Gordon says:

    Thanks for your outstanding everything. You are my bestest. Always a wonder, my friend.

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