Weekend Writing Warriors: Dumbstruck

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 book, Stay With Me (the full synopsis is below). Last week, Noah was stocking shelves when a beautiful woman walked in and immediately arrested his attention. He found himself awestruck by her, unsure of how to respond to her beauty, but also her actions.


You should probably move out of her way, Noah thought to himself, but his brain had ceased communicating to the rest of his body–he couldn’t move.

She stopped, mere inches between them, and gazed at him with lovely brown eyes. Noah could see the freckles dotting her nose. He could smell the lavender on her skin and in her hair. For a moment, he thought to ask her if she needed help, but he was dumbstruck in that department as well. 

Without saying a word, she rose up on her tiptoes and leaned into him. A couple of the books slid out of his arms as she held onto him for support, but she neither apologized nor broke eye contact. She simply smiled, then closed her eyes as she leaned further in and gently kissed him.



Noah is stocking shelves at the local bookstore when Alma walks in and kisses him. He has barely enough time to grasp what’s happening when she ends the kiss and walks away. Too intrigued not to respond, the normally introverted shopkeeper goes after Alma…only to discover keeping up with the outgoing vixen is more difficult than he imagined.

Everything Alma does is impulsive and Noah is no different. The good-looking, but reserved clerk captured her attention on a previous visit and since then she’s been determined to steal a kiss. However, seeing him again after the purloined smooch was not part of her plan; and now that he wants to get to know her, Alma finds the future she’s carefully planned is suddenly uncertain.

With the odds stacked against them, Noah and Alma must decide if their fledgling relationship is worth pursuing, because if they can get past their doubts and insecurities, they might just have a future together.

The book is available at AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks and Kobo.

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