Sweetness (Bold As Love Series, #1)
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Synopsis: Emily wished she was invisible. But after moving to a new town with her dad, a charming boy makes it impossible for her to disappear. Despite her feelings of unworthiness, Emily soon finds herself drawn to the safety of Jake's world. Good looking and the star of the hockey team, Jake has a lot going for him. What most people don't see is the difficult life he has at home. When quiet Emily steals his heart, Jake vows to help her discover she is worthy of love. Just when the two of them realize the sweetness of their relationship, they are put to the test. Only together can they overcome their haunted pasts to fight for a future together.
TOP TEN LESSONS I'VE LEARNED FROM WRITING A BOOK
Author Lindsay Paige opens about the lessons she's learned through writing books.
10) I've learned that I wasn't a very observational person before. I looked over a lot of details in everyday life and now, I pay attention more because I never know when I might be inspired by the most random, littlest things or it might be a detail that I could put into a book or give to a character.
9) I've learned how to run a business, about taxes, and about my limitations within those areas. Writing a book and then publishing it brings those things and I had to learn a lot.
8) I've learned that I have a control problem. I like all the control I have when writing books, and on the business side of things too. I've had to learn how to depend on others in certain areas because I can't do it all.
7) I've learned that I overuse certain words and how to pay more attention to word choice, not just in writing a book, but in social media and for schoolwork.
6) I've learned that it's hard to write a book. I'm not talking about the actual writing the story part of it, I'm talking about writing without life interrupting. People see me on the computer and assuming that I'm either on Facebook or that I can carry on a conversation while writing.
5) I've learned that writing is a form of therapy for me, much like reading is. That's why I started writing, to escape from my reality. It turned from being only therapy to an obsession/passion. I can't imagine not doing this for the rest of my life.
4) I've learned how to better multitask. I always have multiple things going on between real life and my writing side of things.
3) I've learned that I can go a full week without leaving the house or verbally speaking to anyone. When I get to that obsessive point of every book, all I do is write until it's over. If I can't do that straight-thru, I'm constantly thinking about it until I'm back to writing.
2) I've learned how to look at the world differently and with more perspectives. It's like I had my eyes open before, but now, there's nothing I don't see and I see a ton of different, varying sides instead of only one or just a few.
1)I've learned that writing a book opens up the possibility to so many new, wonderful, and exciting opportunities. I've met so many people, learned so many things, and have been to new places all from writing a book.
I had a sinking feeling in my stomach. Something bad was about to happen.
Speak of the devil. I glanced up and looked just to the right of Jake’s head. I waved. My dad spoke up since I wouldn’t.
“Hey, Jake, I’m Emily’s dad. You can call me Mike.” He held out his hand, which Jake promptly shook, and said hello. “Who might this be?” my dad asked turning his attention to his little brother.
“Nice to meet you, Drake.”
“Hey, Drake,” I said quietly. I wished they would leave. Why did he even have to say hey anyway?
My dad made it worst. “Would you guys like to sit with us?”
I glanced up at Jake and saw him contemplating me. He was probably trying to figure a way out of having to eat with the weird girl. Drake looked up at Jake and pleaded, “Can we please?” His eyes flickered over to me and then back to Jake who smiled and nodded. Drake scrambled over to sit beside me while my dad moved over so Jake could sit beside him.
“What’s your name?” Drake asked, shoving fries into his mouth.
“Drake, one fry at a time and no talking with food in your mouth,” Jake said in a fatherly tone.
“Sorry,” Drake mumbled before turning back to me and asking again.
“Emily,” I said. It was easier to look Drake in the eye than the others. He had such a sweet face and cute, slightly chubby cheeks.
“You’re pretty, Emily.”
I couldn’t help but smile. “Thanks, Drake. How old are you?”
“Seven. But I’ll be eight in two months!”
I was starting to relax. I laughed at Drake’s expression. He was definitely excited about turning eight. “That’s pretty cool.”
“Can I tell you what I did in school today?”
Drake began to tell me how he got to hold a big snake. “Want to know a secret?” He whispered, covering the side of his mouth.
I leaned down and asked, “What?”
“I was scared at first. It was a big snake. But I knew Jake would think I was brave, so I held it.”
I smiled down at him. “I wouldn’t have the guts to hold a snake, big or small.” The voice that came out didn’t sound like me. I was talking in a normal tone instead of my usual quiet one. It scared me. I couldn’t think about it long though, Drake was soon after my attention again.
I was taking a sip of my drink when Drake asked me a question. “Are you Jake’s girlfriend?”
I choked on my Dr. Pepper and started coughing. I shook my head vehemently and tried to quit coughing. Drake patted me on the back and asked if I was okay. Soon the question echoed from Jake and my dad.
Finally, I quit. “I’m fine,” I croaked.
With the choking over, Drake started to giggle. Jake and Dad had been caught up in their conversation because they did not know why Drake was laughing. “What’s so funny, Drake?”
I nervously looked over at Drake, he was sure to tell Jake. Sure enough, he stopped giggling long enough to say, “She started choking when I asked her if she was your girlfriend.” The look of surprise on Jake’s face sent Drake into another fit of giggles. I shook my head and tried to be invisible. Soon everyone at the table was laughing, except me. I didn’t think it was that funny. In fact, I didn’t think it was funny at all.
“Well, Drake. We need to head home.” Drake started to gather up his trash.
“We should get going too, honey,” my dad said. I nodded and placed my trash on my dad´s tray.
“I’ll take it,” Jake offered. My dad said thanks and Jake took the trays, dumped out the trash, and then came back to get Drake.
“I’ll see ya later, Emily. Nice to meet you, Mike.” He shook hands with my dad and waved at me.
“Nice to meet you, Emily,” Drake piped in, completely ignoring my dad.
I crouched down to come face to face with him. He held out his hand and I shook it. “It was nice to meet you too, Drake.” He smiled, waving goodbye as they walked off.
I followed my dad out and went home. Thank goodness.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lindsay Paige is the author of the Bold as Love series, Don't Panic, and You Before Me. She is also the coauthor of The Penalty Kill Trilogy.
She has three passions in life: reading, writing, and watching hockey, especially the Pittsburgh Penguins. Among the pile of books to read, stories to write, and games to watch, Lindsay is also focused on completing college.
Lindsay resides in North Carolina and is inspired by world around her and the people in it. Many of the aspects in her books stem from her love for hockey and her struggles in life and with anxiety, as evident in Don't Panic.
She is currently working on numerous solo works and a couple of projects with coauthor Mary Smith as well.
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Emily wished she was invisible. But after moving to a new town with her dad, a charming boy makes it impossible for her to disappear. Despite her feelings of unworthiness, Emily soon finds herself drawn to the safety of Jake's world. Good looking and the star of the hockey team, Jake has a lot going for him. What most people don't see is the difficult life he has at home. When quiet Emily steals his heart, Jake vows to help her discover she is worthy of love. Just when the two of them realize the sweetness of their relationship, they are put to the test. Only together can they overcome their haunted pasts to fight for a future together.
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