Weekend Writing Warriors: That’s It?

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). Picking up where we left off last week, Noah had ventured into a tattoo shop to try to get more information about the mystery woman, who he learned is named Alma. Instead he found Glen, the seven-foot-tall and menacing-looking owner of the shop, who wants to know why he’s looking for Alma.


They walked into a small room, outfitted with a tattoo chair, a stool and a small table with various needles and inks. Glen held his arm out to the chair and Noah reluctantly sat.

“Now,” Glen said as he dropped onto the stool, “What did Alma do?”

“Uh,” Noah began again, eying the man as he picked up a six-inch needle off the table, “She, uh…kissed me.”

Both of Glen’s eyebrows shot up.

“And that’s it?”

Noah nodded.

Glen placed the needle back on the table, stood up and said, “Then consider yourself a lucky man and move on because she’s trouble.”



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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10 thoughts

    1. Hmm…you might be onto something… Actually Noah is looking for the artist who did the tattoo on the mystery woman. But you’ve given me a great idea for the second book. Thanks!

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