Weekend Writing Warriors: Kiss Me?

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, where participants share excerpts of their books or works-in-progress. It’s a fun way to sample new books and find new authors! Be sure to check out their website. Today’s selection comes from my new release, The Book of Joy (the full synopsis is below). It is the last post I’ll make from this book and as such, I’m leaving you in a happy place, since I love happy endings. Last time we saw Shannon and Joya, she had rejected him. He chose to focus on work and his recent promotion to partner, unaware that the matchmakers had gotten involved once again. So he’s quite surprised when Joya crashes an office party. He’s happy to see her, but eager to know why she’s there.


Shannon let out a chuckle, but even as sly as she was acting, he wasn’t going to let the subject go.

“Really, what are you doing here?” he asked again.

Joya’s amusement turned to guilt. She dropped her arms, cleared her throat and said, “I need something from you…but I’m not sure how to ask.”

Shannon’s heart sank a little. This wasn’t what he wanted to hear. But because his heart still yearned for her, and there was nothing he wouldn’t give her, he composed himself on the inside, and with a steady tone, said, “Name it.”

In a small and hesitant voice, she said, “Kiss me?”


Shannon wants for nothing except the love of a good woman. However, he is so focused on his career and caring for his elderly mother Evelyn, he doesn’t realize he’s missing anything. Until he meets Joya, the widowed daughter-in-law of a family friend. She is a loving, generous woman who brings a much-needed spark into his life; but because she is younger than him and still dealing with the loss of her husband, he is hesitant to approach her.

Joya, for her part, maintains a good attitude about her situation and is appreciative of the people around her—especially Shannon, whose friendship fills the gaps in her life that would otherwise remain empty. But after burying her husband, she isn’t sure she has it in her to fall in love again.

This, of course, will not do for Evelyn, who sees the potential for love (and grandchildren) in them. Nor for Gail, the family friend, who has her own reasons for wanting to match the two. They go to great lengths to bring Shannon and Joya together. But as the four contend with the directions their lives are moving, they soon discover that sometimes life is more about letting yourself be loved than it is about falling into it.

The book is now available at AmazonBarnes & NobleKobo and iTunes.

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