Weekend Writing Warriors: Alma

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). Noah and his coworkers have spent a good part of the day trying to determine the mystery woman’s identity. A small detail leads Noah to a tattoo shop on the other side of town, where he meets Glen…


Noah swallowed hard as a very tall man stepped through the curtain and joined the man at the counter. He had to be about seven feet tall–a full foot and some inches taller than Noah. He was as dark as midnight with a broad, muscular chest and heavily tattooed arms that were busting out of the vest he was wearing.

Because what’s the point of getting tattoos if you can’t show them off and scare the hell out of everyone, Noah thought.

“This is the guy who called about Alma,” the other man said.

Noah wanted very much to deny he said or wanted anything, taking a step or two back as Glen crossed his arms over his chest and stepped forward. “What do you want with Alma?” he asked–or rather, growled.

“I… I don’t …I don’t know who that is,” Noah stuttered, then it occurred to him–they were talking about the woman.



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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