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Something's Brewing At Joe's
The promise of a dream job lures Murphy to Tampa, but he arrives to the rude awakening that the offer is on hold. Now he’s got two choices: slink back to Michigan with his tail between his legs or stay and look for work. Things perk up when he goes into a coffee shop and learns the owner is looking for someone to renovate the apartment above it. He happily takes the job, only later realizing he’s met Joe Sterling, Kaffeinate’s proprietor, before… when they hooked up at a club Murphy’s first night in Tampa.
Murphy and Joe are both proud, passionate, and outspoken. Neither is looking for a relationship, though they can’t deny they go together as well as coffee and doughnuts, in spite of their tempers. But that’s before Joe learns Murphy will be working for the corporation he believes is harming local businesses and the environment—and if Murphy will be supporting it, Joe wants nothing to do with him, dooming any possibility of an unexpected happy ending.
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When I sat down to write Something’s Brewing at Joe’s, I never thought I would actually end up in the same place as one of my characters. Murphy moves to the south for the prospect of a new job. He’s twenty-something, full of wide-eyed wonder and ready to change the world.
Murphy is lucky, he quickly meets someone, gets a job where he’s surrounded by cool peeps and it isn’t long before he finds true love. I don’t see those things happening me for me, but I’m still hopeful, even though I have a few obstacles Murphy doesn’t have. I brought my job with me and since I work from home, no chance of cool peeps interrupting my schedule. I’m certainly not twenty something and I don’t need to change the world. I only need to change me. And change is inevitable isn’t it?
“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.”
I took this quote to heart and made a HUGE one. I’ve moved over seven hundred miles away from my family and have taken up residence in the south. Part of the reason behind it is I need a fresh start in my life. I was in a downward spiral both professionally and personally and before I hit rock bottom, I figured, I’d finally take the plunge.
I absolutely love the town I chose, it’s exciting, the people seem friendly and the weather is AWESOME! There will be no more winters curled up against a space heater for this girl. I can pretty much walk a mile in any direction and find a great shop, a café park, library or a number of other fun things to do and explore. There is only one problem….
Unlike Murphy, I have to do it alone.
I’m sure many of you are like me. We are book nerds, we love our stories and most of the time would rather have our nose between the pages than do just about anything. We celebrate our introvert title. It gives us a great excuse to read one more chapter. However, life may be amazing at the end of your comfort zone. I just don’t know how to take the first step out of it.
Have any of you found yourself in the same situation as Murphy and I? Were you able to overcome your fear of going out and meeting new people and making new friends? And, if so, how did you do it? For those naturally outgoing people, what’s your secret?
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