Weekend Writing Warriors: A Clue

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, a beautiful woman walked up to Noah and kissed him. Noah went with it, because…well, who wouldn’t? But after ending the kiss, the mystery woman makes a hasty retreat. Noah goes after her, but returns to the store empty-handed, where his coworkers are waiting for him.


“Maybe she’s playing hard to get,” Cass reasoned.

“It would’ve been nice then if she could’ve left me a clue or something,” Noah said, as they arrived at the books he dropped earlier. He cringed when he saw them: several covers were creased, pages were folded or torn and a couple of spines were bent out of shape. With a sigh, Noah hunched over and started piling up the books, straightening them up as he went along. One-by-one the stack grew, until there was nothing on the floor…except a piece of paper. He retrieved it and looked it over: it was an old receipt with random things scribbled all over it. It wasn’t his, nor was it in the aisle before: the woman must have dropped it.

“Seems she did,” Cass said.



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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13 thoughts

  1. What a entrance and exit. I’m so glad he was brave enough to run after her, even if he didn’t catch her. Great beginning.

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