Sunday, May 1, 2016

Weekend Writing Warriors #162!

Hello, my friends! So glad to have you here. It's time for more 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: 

Anymore? Did they ever? A chill ran down her spine as she contemplated what exactly this guy got thrown into the slammer for. Well, maybe it wasn’t a serious crime. It could have been something as harmless as tax evasion…or public indecency. She cocked her head, inspecting his outward appearance. He was fully-clothed, and nothing was unexpectedly poking out, thank the Lord.
            “Like what you see?” he asked, shooting her a wink.
            Her gaze shifted to the counter where she desperately sought out Sam. Where the hell are you, barista boy? 

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

The last couple weeks have been tough for me. Seeing all the Mother's Day commercials on TV and cards in the stores has made me miss my mommy more than ever. I found myself stopping to read a few cards today, just so I could hypothetically choose the one I would have purchased for her. Inevitably, the waterworks came. When I left the store, it was nearing dinner time so I stopped at my favorite wing place to get a take-out order. The girl working there must have noticed my eyes looked a bit bloodshot. She couldn't have been sweeter to me, and when my order was packed and ready to go, she said, "Take care of yourself." Although some days are more difficult than others, it's the little things like this that go a long way. You can always depend on the kindness of strangers. :) And on that note, enjoy your week ahead, my friends! 

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Weekend Writing Warriors #161!

Hiya, friends! Welcome back! We'll just jump right into another excerpt from Adventures in Online Dating, so hold on for the ride!

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: 

“Uh, thanks, I think.”
            He chuckled. “Well, ya know, ya don’t see a lot of folks of the female persuasion when you’re on the inside, but you make being a free man feel pretty damn good.”
            Jesus. Did that mean what she thought it meant? “You mean ‘free’ as in single…right?” Please, God, let me be right, or let me be carrying some pepper spray…
            “’Course I’m single.”
            Her held breath came out in a whoosh.
            “Surprisingly, most chicks don’t find a guy with a criminal record appealing anymore.” 

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

I spent a wonderful day yesterday with the BF, hiking through the hills of Gatineau Park, Quebec. It was such a beautiful, sunshiny day, and we had a wonderful time, though I think 10 km was a tad ambitious. It might be the reason why I'm having trouble getting out of bed this morning. However, it was totally worth it in order to earn the giant pizza we shared for dinner...followed by a giant chocolate bar. :D Have a wonderful week, all! 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Weekend Writing Warriors #160!

Greetings, friends and warriors! Welcome back! I'll be sharing a few final excerpts from Adventures in Online Dating, so enjoy 'em while they last!

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:

“C’mon,” he said, his hand still on her arm. “We’ll grab a seat at the corner table. It’s more private.”
            She obediently did as he said, wondering just how bold and blunt the man would be in a more secluded setting. Sydney took a seat, expecting him to sit across from her like most guys would do on a first date. But not this guy. Instead, he dragged his chair to within inches of hers, crowding her in a way that strangely felt more inviting than invasive.
            “Hey, you know what?” he asked as he tucked a tendril of hair behind her ear. “You are the sexiest woman I’ve seen in thirteen years.”
            How...specific. 

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Last Sunday I had the pleasure of attending my baby nephew's first birthday party, during which time I witnessed enough baby hugs to make my ovaries burst. Cuteness overload! Also, since there were so many babies on the premises, it was essentially a germ factory. I'm surprised I only managed to catch a cold once the festivities concluded, but it was worth it just to be there to help my sweet boy celebrate being on this Earth for a whole year. Besides the cold, I'm feeling much better these days, both emotionally and physically. Again, I can't thank you all enough for the support you've given me these past several weeks. I finally have a Sunday off so I'll be making the rounds today! Wishing everyone a fantastic week ahead! :)

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Weekend Writing Warriors #159!

Hello, my dear friends. Thanks again for all the support you've shown me during these difficult weeks. You're a fabulous group of people and I'm grateful to know you. :) Here's more from 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: 

“Hey, pretty lady,” he said in a husky voice. A voice that was a perfect freakin’ match for his body. Sexy texts were one thing, but until you officially met a guy, there was no telling what he’d sound like. Collin’s voice was like foreplay. It made her knees weak and her toes tingle. And he called her pretty, and he was rubbing her upper arm with his strong, manly hand. And she hadn’t said a thing in response.
            “Huh—iii. Hi. Hey, Collin.” 

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

I'm sad to report that we lost another member of our family. My sweet great-uncle Jack, who was a wonderfully kind, generous, intelligent, and creative man. The funeral was yesterday, at the same place we had my mom's funeral, and they used the same minister too. She did such a fantastic job for us the last time, so we had to get her again. It was comforting seeing her, as well as many of my relatives. Although Jack lived a long (91 years) and glorious life, he died unexpectedly in a car accident, and this serves as yet another reminder of how precious each and every day is. I wish you all a safe, happy, and healthy week, my friends. xo 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Weekend Writing Warriors #158!

I want to thank all of you so, so much for your kind words last week. I appreciate it more than you'll ever know. Sending my love and thoughts back to everyone, especially those who've lost their moms (or dads) too. Sometimes it's comforting simply knowing that I'm not alone, and that I'll survive this, just as you have. *hugs* to all. 

Here's the blurb for Adventures in Online DatingAfter 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:

Sam took that as his cue to exit stage left, but before he did, he said, “He gives you any trouble, you let me know. I have my black belt.”
            Great. As if he wasn’t already perfect. “I definitely, definitely will.”
            Shooting her a wink, he disappeared into the kitchen. She was half-tempted to launch herself over the counter and chase after him, when a heavy hand landed on her shoulder. Turning on her stool, she came face to chest with a big, bulky, muscular man. Slowly raising her gaze, she found herself staring into dark green eyes that darkened even further when she swallowed. Collin. 

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


Today's the last day of my March break. It's been a wonderful time spent with friends and family. The BF took a bus down to see us on Friday and meet some of the extended family, but the flu decided to visit me too. I left little deposits all along the highway yesterday during our drive back to Dad's place, and yeah, I felt awful, but you know the best part? My two guys took wonderful care of me. They couldn't have been better nurses. As much as I miss my mom, she would have been so proud of how they handled the situation. :) I wish you all a fabulous, germ-free week ahead! xo

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Weekend Writing Warriors #157!

Hello, my dear friends. Sorry I've been AWOL as of late. I'm in the process of revamping myself as an author, which I'd planned to do even before life threw a major curve ball at me (more on that shortly), so this will be one of my last posts as Evelyn Jules. I'll let you know when the switcheroo happens and I start posting under my new name (my actual name), Julie Evelyn Joyce. I'll have a new blog to show off soon, too. :) 

For now, enjoy another excerpt from Adventures in Online Dating, continuing from where we left off: 

Points for the guy in the apron. “That is me…I mean, yeah. Yes...you’re right.
            The smile never left his face, making the man even more irresistible in an infuriating sort of way, because she wasn’t technically here to see him and he was making himself awfully appealing. “Got another hot date lined up?” he asked, as though he had every damn right in the world.
            Trouble was, she did have a date lined up, otherwise she’d happily camp out at the counter and stare at the pretty barista all day. As if somehow sensing her urge to ogle another man, her phone vibrated with a text from Collin, her date du jour, telling her he’d snagged a parking spot and was on his way in. “Bring on bachelor number three,” she mumbled. 

Thanks, as always, for stopping by, and be sure to visit the other Weekend Writing Warriors!

So...yeah. About that curve ball. I unexpectedly lost my mom a little over a month ago. As many of you know, particularly those of you who read my posts regularly, my family means the world to me. And my mom was my dearest friend in the world. It's been extremely hard adjusting to this new 'normal'. I just try to take it one day at a time. I'm turning more than ever to friends and family, seeking comfort in their support and their cherished memories of my mother. Life will go on, as it does, and amazing things will happen. I'm sure I'll get married, have kids of my own, and accomplish things I never even dreamed were possible, but deep in my heart I'll know it's because Mom is here with me, loving me, guiding me, and giving me the strength to face every challenge that stands in my way. Thanks to all of you for the support, and for being such wonderful friends. Give your loved ones a hug today. xoxo





Sunday, January 31, 2016

Weekend Writing Warriors #156!

Greetings, friends, fellow writers, and readers! You know what today is? Sunday! It's also my birthday! Here, have a present!

Here's the blurb for Adventures in Online Dating: 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: 

Moments later her coffee was delivered. She snatched it up, murmuring, “Gimme,” before taking a much-needed gulp.  
            A deliciously masculine laugh floated into her ears. “Awfully demanding. You treat your men like you treat your coffee?”
            Her head jerked up and she locked eyes with the super-sexy barista from her last visit. The new guy. “Sam…right?” As if she didn’t know.
            He beamed, clearly pleased she remembered his name.

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


So...I'm off to celebrate my birthday now with the BF and his folks. For those who missed my post last week, he's had his surgery for the broken humerus bone, and it went very well. I'll be there to kiss it better today. :) Wishing all of you a wonderful, exciting week ahead! Mine certainly will be, but I'll tell you more about that next week!