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.


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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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Weekend Writing Warriors: He Wanted To Forget

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). Last week, Julieta learned the truth behind Alex’s actions. What was it? Well, I can’t share that, but there are at least two sides to every story. Unfortunately, no one wants to hear Alex’s, especially Julieta, who feels betrayed by him. With nowhere else to go, he heads to a bar where he runs into a coworker.


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She continued filling him in on the events of the day, but Alex stopped listening after a while. He wanted to be alone; but more than that, he wanted to forget. So, when the bartender came back with Lisa’s order, he requested another beer. Then another. And another. With each beer that followed, he waited for the numbness to set in, so he could forget Julieta. It never happened though. The more he drank, the more he remembered: how she looked, how she felt, how she tasted.


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.

#TheBestLove #RuthEGriffin #AwardWinningAuthor #Love #LoveStory #Romance #WomensExperiences #WomensStories #InterracialLove #WeekendWritingWarriors #8Sunday

Weekend Writing Warriors: Fueled Her Rage

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). Without sharing spoilers, Julieta has been caught by her brother Manny making out with his friend Alex. Manny doesn’t take it well, and beats the young man, who admits the true motivation behind his attention. Needless to say, Julieta is feeling some kind of way…


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“Jules, please…” Alex begged, reaching out to her.

Hearing him call her by that name only fueled her rage. Julieta slapped him, hard.

“Go to hell,” she exclaimed, then turned her wrath on Manny, who was equally guilty in her eyes, “You too–both of you go to hell!”

Manny frowned.

“What did I do?”

“What right do you have to walk into my bedroom? I don’t need you checking up on me or rescuing me.”


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.

#TheBestLove #RuthEGriffin #AwardWinningAuthor #Love #LoveStory #Romance #WomensExperiences #WomensStories #InterracialLove #WeekendWritingWarriors #8Sunday

Weekend Writing Warriors: Lost in the Moment

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). Continuing where we left off last week, Alex may have have been the one to initiate their affair, but it’s Julieta who takes it to the next level, turning an innocent kiss into a make-out session that leaves her wanting more–and getting more than she is prepared for…


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Emboldened by it, Julieta sat up and kissed him on the lips. Alex seemed to hesitate at first, but as she deepened the kiss, he responded. Julieta opened her mouth for him and found his tongue waiting.

She laid back onto the bed, pulling him with her. Body to body, skin to skin, she ran her hands up and down his arms, tracing the tattoo closest to her. She relished the feel of his skin beneath her fingertips and listened to the rhythm of his heart, now beating in concert with hers.

Lost in the moment, Julieta was barely able to process the next words she heard:

“What the hell?”

Manny!


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.

#TheBestLove #RuthEGriffin #AwardWinningAuthor #Love #LoveStory #Romance #WomensExperiences #WomensStories #InterracialLove #WeekendWritingWarriors #8Sunday

Weekend Writing Warriors: Proud of Her Thievery

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). After spending the day with Alex, running errands she’d rather not run and fantasizing about things she’ll never have, Julieta steals something that will remind her of him.


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“Your company made the excursion bearable,” she ventured, finding enough courage in her to flirt, even if it was innocently.

“Just bearable?”

“Just,” she said, then without giving herself enough time to reconsider her actions, she leaned onto her cane, rose onto her toes and kissed him on the cheek. If ever there was a time a kiss could be justified, this was it and she was going to take advantage of it. His face was clean-shaven, and he smelled so wonderful, she almost lost her footing. But she did not; and as quickly as she kissed him, she withdrew and dropped back down to her feet, proud of her thievery.

Julieta didn’t look up immediately, but when she did make eye contact, she saw Alex lean down and kiss her. Not on the cheek, like she did him, but on her mouth, with lips so warm and supple, Julieta forgot how to react.


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.

#TheBestLove #RuthEGriffin #AwardWinningAuthor #Love #LoveStory #Romance #WomensExperiences #WomensStories #InterracialLove #WeekendWritingWarriors #8Sunday

Weekend Writing Warriors: Wishful Thinking

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). Julieta has had a crush on Alex, her brother’s friend, for a long time; and now that she’s home recuperating after a bad accident, she finds herself with nothing but time to day-dream about what could be…


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Julieta was too young to do anything about her crush then, but she had recently celebrated her twenty-second birthday, making her old enough to date him and fulfill his every desire, should he ever ask.

But it was all wishful thinking on her part: Alex had never shown interest in her and even if he did, her over-protective brother would never allow it. Manny had spent her teenaged years warning her about men who were nothing but trouble to good girls like her. Men, like Alex, who had spent time in prison and wanted only one thing from women: sex. Now that she was older and aware of her own sexuality, the thought was actually quite appealing. And to be frank, his past didn’t bother her at all—everyone deserved second chances. But she also knew she would never convince either of them that a relationship was worth pursuing.

Still, it didn’t stop her from fantasizing.


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.

#TheBestLove #RuthEGriffin #AwardWinningAuthor #Love #LoveStory #Romance #WomensExperiences #WomensStories #InterracialLove #WeekendWritingWarriors #8Sunday