Sunday, July 5, 2015

Weekend Writing Warriors #126!

Greetings and salutations, fellow readers, writers, and friends! Happy Sunday! I'll be sharing another excerpt from Adventures in Online Dating today, so, without further ado, read on! 

Here's the blurb: After too many failed relationships, too many shots of tequila, and too many not-so-gentle nudges from her best friend, Sydney Montrose joins an online dating site in hopes of finding THE ONE. During her adventures, she crosses paths with a professional gamer who lives with his parents, a sweet and sarcastic parking enforcement officer, a flirty barista, a mystery man, a touchy-feely former felon, and a clown. Which one will she choose? Well, that's all entirely up to you! :-D

And here's an excerpt, continuing from where we left off: 

A smile deepened the lines bracketing his mouth. “Beautiful name for a beautiful woman.”
            She dove for her mug so she could hide the giddy-swoony-girly grin that was threatening to split her face behind the ceramic. When she schooled her features to a less freakish level, she murmured a polite, “Thank you.”
            “So where’d you pick him up, that Joe fella?”
            Sydney sighed. “Online dating--he was my first, and most likely my last. I’m not so sure it’s for me.”
            “And the world of online daters collectively mourns the loss of their greatest acquisition.”
            “Where were you before I registered for the site and paid more than my month’s supply of coffee?” 

Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to visit the other Weekend Writing Warriors!

Well, today I'm off to my first family reunion of the summer. So excited to spend some quality time with my family, enjoy fabulous food, and revel in the festivities. But really, the main reason for my excitement is the fact that I get to squeeze my baby nephew! :D I'll be sure to give him an extra kiss or two (hundred) for all of you! Wishing everyone a fantastic week ahead! :)


Sunday, June 28, 2015

Weekend Writing Warriors #125!

Hey, gang! Happy Sunday! Ready for more Adventures in Online Dating? Read on!

Here's the blurb: After too many failed relationships, too many shots of tequila, and too many not-so-gentle nudges from her best friend, Sydney Montrose joins an online dating site in hopes of finding THE ONE. During her adventures, she crosses paths with a professional gamer who lives with his parents, a sweet and sarcastic parking enforcement officer, a flirty barista, a mystery man, a touchy-feely former felon, and a clown. Which one will she choose? Well, that's all entirely up to you! :-D

And here's the excerpt, continuing from where we left off:

She brought the mug to her lips and let loose a moan as the hot, soothing beverage trickled down her throat. “Joe wouldn’t know a cuppa joe if it smacked him in the face.”
            “Joe, huh? He didn’t really look like a Joe.”
            She gave Mystery Man a good once-over. He definitely didn’t look like a Joe--maybe a Hunter, or a Preston, or a Luke. “So tell me your name.”
            “Garrett,” he answered without preamble, “and you are?”
            Good heavenly God, Garrett was a sexy name. “Sydney.”
            
And Mystery Man finally has a name! lol. Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to visit the other Weekend Writing Warriors!

As of yesterday, I officially kicked off my summer break! I can't tell you how much fun I had this past week with all my coworkers, celebrating the end of another year of teaching. I ate SO much cake, I laughed, I cried, and I got in a whole bunch of hugs. I sure don't mind being off for two months, but I'll miss them a ton. Now begins the summer of Evelyn! Wishing everyone a fabulous week ahead, and happy Canada Day to my fellow Canucks! :) 


Sunday, June 21, 2015

Weekend Writing Warriors #124!

Hiiiiiiiii! Happy Sunday! It's time once again for me to share an excerpt from Adventures in Online Dating! 

Here's the blurb: After too many failed relationships, too many shots of tequila, and too many not-so-gentle nudges from her best friend, Sydney Montrose joins an online dating site in hopes of finding THE ONE. During her adventures, she crosses paths with a professional gamer who lives with his parents, a sweet and sarcastic parking enforcement officer, a flirty barista, a mystery man, a touchy-feely former felon, and a clown. Which one will she choose? Well, that's all entirely up to you! :-D

And here's an excerpt, continuing from where we left off: 

“I’ll be back in a minute,” he said, never taking his eyes off her. “Promise you won’t leave?”
            “Not before I get that Cappuccino.” In truth, she was willing to glue her butt to the seat if it meant spending more time in his company.
            Mystery Man wore a navy tailored suit, and when he stood at his full height she guessed he had to be at least 6’2. Well-dressed and well-bred. She looked on as he bantered with the barista behind the counter. He swiped his card in the machine, grabbed the drinks, and was back at the table before she could take another stab at his possible career. She’d left off at investment banker.
            “A cappuccino for you, and a refill for me,” he said as he set the drinks on the table, then reclaimed his seat.

Soooo, is Mystery Man growing on you? Not yet? Well, give it time. ;) Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to visit the other Weekend Writing Warriors! 


Guess what? This is the last week of school, and then I'm on summer break! Woohoo! #ILoveBeingATeacher. I have big plans for my two months off, including a ton of writing. I figure if I say it here you'll all hold me to it. Please do, okay? In addition to all the writing, I'll be spending lots of time with friends and family, particularly my adorable baby nephew. But I won't wish this week away, either. Lots of fun ahead, including potlucks, farewell breakfasts, and plenty of hugs too! Wishing everyone an equally wonderful week ahead! :) 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Weekend Writing Warriors #123!

Good morning, you lovely warriors, you! Hope you're all doing well! I'm just buzzing with excitement but I'll tell you more about that after. First, here's more from Adventures in Online Dating!

The blurb: After too many failed relationships, too many shots of tequila, and too many not-so-gentle nudges from her best friend, Sydney Montrose joins an online dating site in hopes of finding THE ONE. During her adventures, she crosses paths with a professional gamer who lives with his parents, a sweet and sarcastic parking enforcement officer, a flirty barista, a mystery man, a touchy-feely former felon, and a clown. Which one will she choose? Well, that's all entirely up to you! :-D

And the excerpt: When he unleashed his killer smile, she was a goner. “Okay, you win.” She took a seat across from him, already more comfortable on this impromptu date than she’d been the entire time with the official one.
            He smiled at her for several seconds without saying a word. Finally he spoke: “You look so much better at this table.”
            That’s all it took to prove she’d made the right decision. Sayonara, Joe. “It’s a great table.” Oh Lord, really? That’s the best response she could come up with?

Why is it that when there's a cute boy around, everything comes out in dork speak? I feel your pain, Syd. :D Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to visit the other Weekend Writing Warriors! 

Now, about that excitement I referred to earlier. I got to spend all day and night yesterday with the lovely and fabulously funny Kristan Higgins as she helped the Ottawa Romance Writers ring in our thirtieth anniversary! I. Love. Her. You guys, if you get a chance to attend one of her workshops or a book signing or anything, DO IT! Not only was the workshop endlessly entertaining, it was interactive too. I was asked to read an excerpt from Nutcases, my PB bootlegging story, in front of the assembly! :D Kristan had lunch with us, and a lucky few had dinner with her too. I hugged her several times. She's now following me on twitter. We're BFFs. lol. Anywho, as you can see I'm still quite giddy about it. Wishing you all a week as wonderful as my weekend has been! :)

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Weekend Writing Warriors #122!

Hi gang! Happy Sunday! The votes are in and an overwhelming majority of you urged Sydney to give Mystery Man a chance, so without further ado, here's more of their story in Adventures in Online Dating!

But first, le blurb! After too many failed relationships, too many shots of tequila, and too many not-so-gentle nudges from her best friend, Sydney Montrose joins an online dating site in hopes of finding THE ONE. During her adventures, she crosses paths with a professional gamer who lives with his parents, a sweet and sarcastic parking enforcement officer, a flirty barista, a mystery man, a touchy-feely former felon, and a clown. Which one will she choose? Well, that's all entirely up to you! :-D

And here's an excerpt, continuing from where we left off (Mystery Man has just cautioned Sydney against chasing after Joe):

She paused mid-step and swiveled to face him. “Why not?”
            He blinked and appeared almost startled by her question. The first time he’d faltered in any way. “Well, you know, he’s not the kind of guy you want to tangle with. Plus, I heard it’s supposed to rain.”
            Sydney laughed at the absurdity of his second statement. “Do you think I’ll melt? Am I made of spun sugar?”
            “Why don’t you sit down and we’ll talk about the wonder that is you after I get you a proper drink.” Mr. Smooth was back and better than ever. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to visit the other Weekend Writing Warriors!

Well, the school year has almost come to an end and big changes are around the bend. Ooh, rhyme! I'm looking for a new place to live. I hope by tomorrow I'll have made that decision. Ironically enough, I think I'll be living across the street from where I am now. lol. At least I won't have far to move. But my eleventy thousand pounds of stuff might make the process challenging nonetheless. Me thinks it's time for a good old fashioned round of purging. Wishing you all a light and lovely week ahead! :)

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Weekend Writing Warriors #121!

Hi friends! Happy last Sunday of May to you! I'll be sharing another excerpt from Adventures in Online Dating, and then it's time for all of you to make another choice. You ready for it? Read on!

Here's the blurb: After too many failed relationships, too many shots of tequila, and too many not-so-gentle nudges from her best friend, Sydney Montrose joins an online dating site in hopes of finding THE ONE. During her adventures, she crosses paths with a professional gamer who lives with his parents, a sweet and sarcastic parking enforcement officer, a flirty barista, a mystery man, a touchy-feely former felon, and a clown. Which one will she choose? Well, that's all entirely up to you! :-D

And here's an excerpt, continuing from where we left off: 
            “He’s not coming back, is he?”
            For the first time, he leveled her with a serious expression. “Unless he’s begging for change on a street corner, probably not.”
            She waited for a flood of humiliation to drag her under, but instead she was lit with a fire of indignation. “Like he was some great catch,” she growled. “Hell, I should have walked out on him first.”
            “Yeah, you should have,” Mystery Man-turned Cheerleader Extraordinaire echoed in response.
            “Well, I’m not giving him the satisfaction.” Snatching her purse from the seat next to her, she stood on determined legs. “He’d better hope he’s not still out there....”
            “Wait,” Mystery Man said, placing an impossibly warm hand on her arm, “I’m not so sure that’s a good idea.” 

Okay, readers! Time to make a choice: 1. Give Mystery Man a chance, OR 2. Track down Joe, the escape artist, and give him a piece of her mind. Let me know in your comment! Majority rules. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to visit the other Weekend Writing Warriors! 

This afternoon I'm off to baby shower numero deux for my nephew. We're hosting this one so there's lots to be done. Yesterday was the salad making extravaganza. Today we put on our perfect hostess faces and make this a party people won't soon forget. The best part? My present for the little guy. I got him a Star Wars-themed baby Adidas tracksuit. This will go down in history as the greatest gift of all time, my friends! No one can top this! I'll let you know how it goes. Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead! :)

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Weekend Writing Warriors #120!

Hi, you lovely people! Happy Sunday! You know what to do now that you're here. Sit back, relax, grab a nice drink, and enjoy another excerpt from Adventures in Online Dating! 

Le blurb: After too many failed relationships, too many shots of tequila, and too many not-so-gentle nudges from her best friend, Sydney Montrose joins an online dating site in hopes of finding THE ONE. During her adventures, she crosses paths with a professional gamer who lives with his parents, a sweet and sarcastic parking enforcement officer, a flirty barista, a mystery man, a touchy-feely former felon, and a clown. Which one will she choose? Well, that's all entirely up to you! :-D

And here's an excerpt, continuing from where we left off: 

Clearing her throat, she crossed her legs and turned to face the door again. Her conscience could be such a pain in the ass sometimes. How frigging long does it take to put a few quarters in a parking meter? Drumming her nails against the tabletop, she eyed the other patrons in the coffee shop, anyone and everyone but the man sitting at the table next to hers. 
            What had he meant by RL? Sometimes RL isn’t as good as fantasy. Sometimes...Ralph Lauren isn’t as good as fantasy?
            “Real life,” Mystery Man blurted.
            She swiveled toward him, amazed that he’d somehow read her mind and cracked the code at the same time. 
            “You were mumbling out loud,” he said, that ever-present smile in place.

Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to visit the other Weekend Writing Warriors! 

Well, I'm in the midst of an absolutely fabulous weekend with my parents here in Ottawa. Today we're off to the Byward Market for pickles and sausages. Really. The edible kind. Get your minds out of the gutter. ;) It's a beautiful, sunshiny day, and we plan on soaking up as many rays as possible whilst enjoying the fruits of this fantastic city. Wishing all of you a wonderful week ahead! :)