Weekend Writing Warriors: What They Could Be

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, The Best Love (the full synopsis is below). Hoping to get drunk and forget Julieta after inadvertently breaking her heart, Alex instead gets drawn into his thoughts, remembering the one he lost.


Snippet:

Julieta had always been ‘Manny’s little sister’, invisible to him; now, though, she was something else, something more: she was smart and ambitious, but also beautiful, with dark, expressive eyes, and a warm, inviting smile. He had never considered her appearance before, but looking at her now, he couldn’t deny his attraction to her. This new view of her forced Alex to take stock of his life: he had distanced himself from his past when he met Manny, but now that he knew Julieta saw something in him worth caring for, he wanted to try harder, he wanted to be better—for her. Alex didn’t understand everything that was happening, but the longer he was around Julieta, the more he wanted her.

So, when Manny told Julieta to register for class, Alex jumped at the chance to be alone with her. How else could he know if everything he was feeling was real or not? And when he finally mustered up the courage to kiss her, it was like a spark shot through him, leaving him wanting more—of Julieta, of them, of what they could be.

Then Alex had to screw everything up.


Synopsis:

Front Cover“Ever since the accident…”

Julieta cringes every time she hears those words. Everything lately is a result of ‘the accident’, and she is so over it: after almost losing her life, Julieta’s had to make adjustments to deal with some of the challenges she now faces – physical therapy to regain use of her leg, lost school time and lower self-esteem, among them.

However, none of those changes compare to the ones in the people around her: her brother Manny is pushing her like he’s never done before; her sister-in-law Sonia is nesting and treating her like a daughter; and Manny’s friend Alex is now offering her the attention she’s been craving from him for years. So maybe good things do come out of bad situations…

Except that when Julieta finds out why Alex has been so attentive, her world comes crashing down. With her already-fractured family now at odds with each other, she is ready to give up on the notions of fate and love and happily-ever-after’s, when another accident shows them that sometimes the best love is one that begins accidentally.


The book is available at AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks and Kobo.

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The Book of Joy – Coming August 8

I will be releasing my next book, The Book of Joy, on August 8, and I am so excited. For whatever reason, this book was the most difficult for me to write. I wrote and rewrote the first chapter enough times to fill a book. And when that process didn’t yield the results I wanted, I gave up writing it altogether. I was inspired to try again when the NaNoWriMo Challenge came around last November and was finally able to put to paper the story that I saw in my head. I hope you guys enjoy it. I’ll be posting more information as well excerpts in the next few days and weeks. Stay tuned!

Cover

Shannon wants for nothing except the love of a good woman. However, he is so focused on his career and caring for his elderly mother Evelyn, he doesn’t realize he’s missing anything. Until he meets Joya, the widowed daughter-in-law of a family friend. She is a loving, generous woman who brings a much-needed spark into his life; but because she is younger than him and still dealing with the loss of her husband, he is hesitant to approach her.

Joya, for her part, maintains a good attitude about her situation and is appreciative of the people around her—especially Shannon, whose friendship fills the gaps in her life that would otherwise remain empty. But after burying her husband, she isn’t sure she has it in her to fall in love again.

This, of course, will not do for Evelyn, who sees the potential for love (and grandchildren) in them. Nor for Gail, the family friend, who has her own reasons for wanting to match the two. They go to great lengths to bring Shannon and Joya together. But as the four contend with the directions their lives are moving, they soon discover that sometimes life is more about letting yourself be loved than it is about falling into it.

#TheBookofJoy #RuthEGriffin #AwardWinningAuthor #Love #LoveStory #Romance #WomensExperiences #WomensStories #NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo2017

It’s a fortnight after the fact, but NaNoWriMo2017 is done, and I’m happy to say I completed it with 50,145 words.

Not bad for a first-timer.

So the plan right now to do nothing – well, not nothing…catch up on some of the other stuff I didn’t do in November – but once the new year arrives and I’ve had some distance from my story, I intend to edit and get it ready for publishing. Hopefully by early spring.

Goals.

But of course, I’ll keep you abreast of the progress. And I’ll be adding a page for The Book of Joy. And releasing my new novella, The Best Love.

Until then, keep reading.

#NaNoWriMo update; and The Best Love upcoming release

I am twelve days and 20,281 words into the #NaNoWriMo2017 challenge. I’ve gotten my day set into a routine where I work my big-people job, come home, eat something and then write for a couple of hours until I hit my word goal. It’s not a piece of cake, but I can atleast say, great, if I start by such and such time, I know I’ll hit my goal. And I’ve begun to ignore the many distractions that conveniently pop up the minute you decide to write (e.g. social media, Netflix, kids, work, laundry, dinner – every other exciting and mundane thing to pop up in life).

The one thing that has proven most challenging for me in all this is the editing. I am that person who has to outline everything so I know where I’m going. But I am also that person who has to make sure that what was previously written is almost perfect so I can continue forward. I’ve had to ignore that instinct and just make notes on the side to remember where and what I wanted to change. I’m sure there’s a life lesson in there somewhere, but I’m too focused right now on meeting my word count to put too much thought into it.

And while I am writing the #NaNoWriMo2017 book, I am also getting ready for the release my next book, The Best Love. I don’t have a date yet, but it will be sometime next month (just in time for Christmas!). I will post a sample tomorrow. Until then, here is the cover and synopsis for it. Enjoy.

 THE BEST LOVE:

“Ever since the accident…”

 Julieta cringes every time she hears those words. Everything lately is a result of ‘the accident’, and she is so over it: after almost losing her life, Julieta’s had to make adjustments to deal with some of the challenges she now faces – physical therapy to regain use of her leg, lost school time and lower self-esteem, among them.

However, none of those changes compare to the ones in the people around her: her brother Manny is pushing her like he’s never done before; her sister-in-law Sonia is nesting and treating her like a daughter; and Manny’s friend Alex is now offering her the attention she’s been craving from him for years. So maybe good things do come out of bad situations…

Except that when Julieta finds out why Alex has been so attentive, her world comes crashing down. With her already-fractured family now at odds with each other, she is ready to give up on the notions of fate and love and happily-ever-after’s, when another accident shows them that sometimes the best love is one that begins accidentally.

The Best Love (Paperback)-2