Weekend Writing Warriors: You Came on Too Strong

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). This week, we hear from Alma: Noah has spent the better part of the day with her. And while she’s been resistant to forming any kind of relationship, she doesn’t mind enjoying a temporary moment with him. She makes a move on Noah, but he turns her down, in a chivalrous desire to get to know her first. Alma doesn’t take the rejection well and runs off to the restroom to collect herself.


Alma peered into the dimly-lit bathroom mirror: her eye make-up was smudged, and her long hair was bothering her. Frustrated, she pulled out her make-up case and hairbrush; she cleaned up the smudges and applied a thick coating of black eye-liner, then she brushed her hair back into a messy-bun. She stared at herself again, her eyes bold and commanding—she liked the look, liked the way it made her feel.

Just like sex: Alma had always been comfortable in her skin, enjoying the way her body was soft, round and feminine. She was made for sex—she appreciated and loved it; sometimes it even drove her, but nothing so consuming that she trolled clubs and street corners looking for a quick lay. She just loved the adrenaline rush she got from it.

So for Noah to deny her…

You scared him, she chastised herself, you came on too strong, you always come on too strong.



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. Interesting flip on who is coming onto whom (female onto the male) and then afterwards feels like they came on to strong.

    Or maybe I’m just really getting old. lol

    Good snippet, Ruth! I am enjoying this story.

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