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.’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