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Weekend Writing Warriors #99!

Hiiiiii! I’m back and anxious to share another excerpt from Learning to Love! Ready? Set? Read on!

Continuing from where we left off…

Rebecca tucked her bag of pies by her side, then surveyed her surroundings in greater detail. She smoothed her palms against the purple and gold silk draped over the table. An assortment of tarot cards lay scattered across its surface. Curiosity got the better of her and she reached for the card nearest her, studying the vibrant blue swirls that spiraled into a wide open red-tinged eye in the middle. Cool…in a creepy sort of way. Okay, why was the eye staring at her? Or did it just look like it was staring at her because it had nothing else to stare at?

Before she could turn the card over and discover the symbolism of the Eye of Sauron, it was gone, plucked from her hand and replaced with a far less exciting bottle of water.

“Don’t touch the tarot cards, dear. They might bite.”

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!

I was off last week on March break and got to spend lots of quality time cuddling these two blonde-haired cuties. Prince Charlie and Princess Irene–a.k.a. The wee Royals, a.k.a. my nephew and niece. 😀 Can’t blame a girl for being smitten.

Have a fantastic week, my friends! Happy writing to you! 🙂

12 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors #99!”

  1. Charmaine Gordon says:

    Julie, you are a wonder with all you accomplish. You absolutely warm my heart, dear friend. I’m enjoying your charming, interesting story.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Aww, thank you so very much, Charmaine. Your kind words mean the world to me. 🙂 I’m thrilled that you’re enjoying the story!

  2. Botanist says:

    Lovely description of the cards, and great last line there 🙂

  3. Ed Hoornaert says:

    I’ve read many stories in which tarot cards play a role, most notably PK Dick’s The Man in the High Castle, but never has an individual card come to life with such force as this one! But I have to ask: is Eye of Sauron *really* in the tarot deck?

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      That’s awesome to hear! Thanks, Ed! 😀 LOL no, it’s not *really* in the deck. It’s just reached that level of creep in her mind.

  4. Veronica Scott says:

    Eek, yes don’t touch the cards unless asked to do so! Enjoying this part of the story a lot, very fun, and I can’t wait to find out what her card reading will reveal. Great snippet!

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      Thanks, Veronica! Towanda won’t read her tarot cards this time around, but she’s about to have her palm read. 🙂

  5. Teresa Cypher says:

    Not the biting Tarot cards! 🙂

    I read Steeped in Love this past week and got a review up. That book is sooooooo good! I think I smiled the whole way through it.

    Your little royals are adorable. They are blessed to have you in their lives.

    1. Julie Evelyn Joyce says:

      I know you did! I wrote you a little note on Twitter thanking you, and I’ll do it again here! You have completely made my day with your amazing review! I honestly can’t thank you enough! xoxo

      I’m blessed to have them in my life, too. And YOU! 🙂

  6. Nancy Gideon says:

    Written in the cards! Love the Tarot for its subtle reveals. What’s she about to learn?

  7. Carol says:

    Oh man, I’m behind! How did that happen? (Rhetorical question – I know exactly how that happened. Mainly because Sunday is babysitting day, and it starts early!) This was a super snippet! I loved so many things in it. “Cool…in a creepy sort of way.” The Eye of Sauron. The warning not to touch the cards because they might bite. All so awesome! Your writing just continues to get better and better!

    Now I might have to reply to Nancy above, because her written in the cards comment leads me to believe she might have written in the stars knowledge!

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