Weekend Writing Warriors: What Was Coming Next

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). Having convinced Alma to go to dinner with him, Noah is now at her beck and call, as she has to run a few errands first. They stop at a boutique where Noah stands around awkwardly waiting on Alma. He is unsure of what to do, when his phone rings.


Grateful for the reprieve, he didn’t even care that it was Cass again.

“’Where are you?’” she asked, her voice low.

“It’s a long story,” he replied in an equally low tone.

“’Well, did you find her?’”

“Yeah…,” he began and instinctively turned towards Alma.

“’So, what’s her name?’”

Noah’s mouth opened, but no words came out, not even sounds, for Alma had kicked off her shoes and was unbuttoning her shorts. He should have walked away then and there, for decency’s sake, but he couldn’t—he knew what was coming next and no matter how hard he tried, he couldn’t pull away from the sight in front of 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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11 thoughts

  1. Lol. what is up with this girl! This is moving way past a kiss, and I’m starting to wonder if Alma even realizes that the behavior is socially inappropriate. Good intrigue!

  2. She does throw caution to the wind, doesn’t she? Maybe she’s an alien (or time traveler) who doesn’t realize what she’s doing. LOL

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