Monday, August 15, 2016

What we're reading in TLS this week:

We have a variety of fic choices to improve your Monday. We have some fledgling fics, some established ones capturing our attention with every update and a few old favorites worth revisiting. Whatever your taste in fic, we have a sample of something just for you! We hope you enjoy these as much as we have. Be sure to let the author know where you saw them rec'd, when you leave them some love.  Enjoy and have a great week!

♥ Nic & Six

Come Undone by GemmaH-rec'd by SixDlb5
I know everything about Isabella Marie Swan - the girl is an open book - but what she knows about me could be scrawled on a flyleaf, large and untidy, and still have blank space below it. I flip back and forth between happiness at her lack of awareness guilt that she's so much in the dark. She never pushes, never questions. I guess I know she's afraid to ask. Rated M

Eight Days by Windchymes-rec'd by SixDbl5
A lot can happen in eight days... Rated M

Free by cynosure23-rec'd by Nic
Bella has never been free. But maybe Edward can change that. Rated M

Gravity Series 4: Fire & Ice by drotuno-rec'd by Nic
FOURTH in the Gravity Series. When one of their own is threatened, the crew will have to travel halfway around the globe to get them back. What they find will have them racing against the odds to save more than just one life. AH E/B Series. Rated M

Incognito by Ericastwilight-rec'd by Midnight Cougar
Edward Cullen just wants to join the masses at an annual event, but he needs a disguise. Will the young artist help him walk around incognito or expose him before the day even starts? A birthday fic for MyHeroin1 Rated M

Mutually Assured Destruction by Remedy25-rec'd by Nic
"Sometimes the world doesn't need another hero. Sometimes what it needs is a monster." Isabella Swan had a plan-Find. Infiltrate. Destroy. That all changes when the prodigal son of Carlisle Cullen returns after a five year absence, suspicious of the circumstances of his father's death and her involvement, with his own agenda. Ready or not, here I come. You can't hide. Rated M

Rising Dream, Fallen Star by MrsShortHand-rec'd by Nic
He was the lead singer of The Volturi. I was a new musician with everything to prove. We were Hollywood's It couple. Until he ruined everything. Can our love be saved if he can't save himself? A story about love, lemons, lies, and learning to forgive. AH Rated M

Running for Home by Ooza-rec'd by Maplestyle
Edward discovers his entire past is a fabrication. On his journey to uncover the truth he meets Bella, a young woman neglecting all responsibility for the first time in her life. Road trip! ExBxVolvo BPOV/EPOV AH AU OOC M for language and future lemons. Rated M

Safe Harbor by OzellaMarie-rec'd Nic
After receiving unsettling news, Bella Swan has found herself in the small, quiet town of Safe Harbor, and the daunting task of saying goodbye to the only man she ever loved. But what happens when a secret threatens what she thought was true love and another walks into her life promising forever? A/H Edward/Bella Romance-Humor-Hurt-Comfort HEA Mature Content and Strong Language. Rated M

Silent Embers by Cazzy20-rec'd by Melissa L
Can a secret stay silent forever? Or will it burn its way free? Rated M

Symmetry by Aftrnoondlight-rec'd by Midnight Cougar
Love comes slowly when it's the truest. A modern day romance designed and told by Edward. Rated M

The Red String of Fate by Gemini13me-rec'd by SixDlb5
The two people connected by the red string of fate are destined lovers, regardless of time, place, or circumstances. The string may stretch or tangle, but never break. Rated M

The Watcher by Tottteacher-rec'd by SixDlb5
The vampire world has changed now that the Vampires have realized things as they once knew them were wrong. It is only Edward's ability to read minds that allows him to be the watcher to uncover everyone's secrets. Rated M

Tie the Knot by Payton79-rec'd by Midnight Cougar
Statistics say arranged marriages have a better chance at lasting. Is that still true if the couple is chosen by a group of experts and married on TV with at least one partner in it for the wrong reasons? A lost bet, the promise of money and a stranger for a bride. Will confirmed bachelor Edward Masen find a match made in heaven or hell? Inspired by the show Married at First Sight. Rated M

Uncredited by Shouldbycleaning-rec'd by MariahajilE
Steal: to take (another person's property) without permission or legal right and without intending to return it, to dishonestly pass off (another person's ideas) as one's own, or to take the opportunity to give or share (a kiss) when it is not expected or when people are not watching. Rated M

Saturday, August 6, 2016

TLS Special SNEAK PEEK Feature

The Lemonade Stand has spent so many years bringing you the best the Twilight fandom has to offer, and we are very excited to have the chance  to offer you even MORE. We've watched stories grow and develop from first post through COMPLETE, and now we're lucky enough to share  previews of the stories that will  soon be your new addiction.

It’s been a little while since we’ve had a full length story from twilightladies, so we are really excited to have her back with her new fic, Someone Like Me. She’s written gems like I Belong With You and I Do, Maybe and I can’t fail to remind you of her collab on the Dirty Talkin’ Edward Contest, Blurred Lines, that earned its spot in the Dirty Five Popular Vote! She certainly writes some intriguing Edwards, so let’s see what she has in store for us this time.

banner by beegurl13

Someone Like Me
by twilightladies

Summary: “The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero


It’s been just over a year since I posted my last fic, and I told myself that it would be the last for a while. 

Who was I kidding?

I went back through some flashfics and notes and found what turned out to be the inspiration for this story. I knew, if I wanted to start something new, it needed to be different from my previous stories. 
In the space of a few minutes, I’d gone from having no idea, no characters, and no storyline to having the first few chapters mapped out in my head. 

I wanted to step out of my comfort zone. 

To write about experiencing loss as well as finding love. 

To write about the kind of friendship that makes you smile, even more so when you get those first flutters that it might be developing into more. 

Someone Like Me is about finding someone you didn’t even know you needed.

I strip, throwing my soaked clothes into a pile on the floor and changing into my favorite sweats and t-shirt. 

On my way back downstairs, because the darkness is making my stomach churn, I turn on all the lights. Dread settles deep in my stomach, making me feel like something isn’t right, like that feeling when you’re uneasy and you don’t know why. Butterflies, but not the excited kind; the kind that make you want to throw up, and nothing will seem to settle them. 

Like a child, I check every empty room, behind the shower curtain, and under the kitchen table. I check that the doors are locked, close the curtains, and flop onto the couch, flicking through the channels before settling on The Goonies. Perfect rainy day material. 

Not long into the film, three sharp, loud knocks on the front door echo throughout the house. The abrupt noise goes straight through me, making me shiver. It’s that feeling of dread again. 

Knowing whoever is at my door in this weather can’t be bringing good news. 

The TV provides the only light as it plays in the background; some old sitcom I’m not even paying attention to. Shadows from the screen flicker across the floor as if dancing with the ones on the wall made by the trees outside. The wind’s so strong that my mom’s favorite tree by the window is almost bent in half.

It covers the window, but one branch already snapped most of the way off. Back and forth… It’s like it’s waving at me. 

Taunting me. 

It’s daunting. 

And for some reason, it makes me feel uneasy. 

The lights go off, plunging the room into darkness. My heart pounds as I check my phone, desperate to hear from Alice. 

I knew I shouldn’t have let her leave. Part of me knows I’m overreacting. As much as she acted like a kid earlier, she’s still smart. Nothing will happen, but with the weather acting as bipolar as it is, something could happen. 

And it’d be my fault for letting her leave. 

Thunder rumbles once, twice, and a third time, almost shaking the house, before lightning flashes through the sky, basking the room with light for mere seconds.  


Pop twilightladies on alert and follow along with us at TLS! 
♥  Nic

Monday, August 1, 2016

What we're reading in TLS this week:

TLS has been reading and discussing these MUST READS lately and we wanted to share them with you! We hope you enjoy these stories and authors as much as we have. Don’t forget to leave the author some love in a review. Happy Reading!

♥ Nic & Six

A Peek in the Dollhouse by SuddenlySandi-rec'd by Ed Mazing
Edward is trying to save Bella's mind, but it might cost him his in the process. All Human. Rated M

Back to Life by alliz-rec'd by Nic
After a broken engagement, Bella finds herself back in her hometown working for her sister and brother-in-law. Her past and present come full circle when she realizes her high school boyfriend, Edward, will be working with her. Their ending was explosive, causing Bella to keep a secret from him all these years. Is it better to know you're alive by living, or to keep yourself closed? Rated M

Break My Silence by Kittanja-rec'd by Six Dlb5
Forks was a polar opposite of Arizona, and it was perfect. I just wanted to figure out how to live again. Mom was dead, which meant I was safe now. They didn't have any use for me anymore. I just wanted to be alone, it was easier… but Edward Cullen didn't do easy. I don't know why he kept torturing himself by trying to be my friend. Rated M

Cowboys and Angels by JamesRamsey-rec'd by Six Dlb5
It's not a hobby, it's a way of life. Life in the Rodeo is a circus and sometimes it feels a bit like a soap opera. Jasper knows his friend needs to be distracted after the death of his father, riding the rodeo will be just the thing he needs. When Alice's long lost best-friend returns from the north with problems of her own, will the two of them be just what the other needs? AH/AU Rated M

Dark Thing Make a Myth of Yourself by bicyclesarecool-recd by LayAtHomeMom
"I feel her before I see her, the hairs on the back of my neck stand up in attention. When I shut my locker, she's parting the crowd like the red sea. Bella Swan is looking right at me, a smirk poised on her dark lips and something fierce in her dark eyes. There's something about her, something otherworldly. A storm is coming and I feel like i'm about to be caught in it." Rated M

Edward Takes a Holiday by Planetblue-rec'd by LayAtHomeMom
The girl's not going to know what hit her. Rated M

For the Summer by Camoozle-rec'd by SixDlb5
Every year Bella waits for the 'Pay Checks' to roll into her sleepy river town and every year Edward's hers, just for the summer. AH, AU, OOC, B/E Rated M

Marked Complete by LyricalKris-rec'd by Six Dlb5
Falling in love is effortless. Falling into a life together is harder. Love is a many splendored thing. Love lifts us up where we belong. But eventually, we all have to come down to reality. When love is a whirlwind, is there such thing as balance? A sequel to Marked. Rated M

Perfectly Loney by LendMeYourHrt-rec'd by Jenn G
Bella was content with her life, until a moody bull riding cowboy named Edward turned her world upside down. Rated M

Seeing Daylight by Jessypt-rec'd by Jenn G
She chose him. He chose the rodeo. Can her broken heart and a broken man be mended when a chance encounter brings them back together? Rated M

Show, Don't Tell by Nolebucgirl-rec'd by Nic/Jenn G
Phone sex operator Isabella Swan's, typical night takes a turn with her last phone call of the evening. Her sexy caller gives her more than she anticipated. What happens when real life collides with fantasy? Contest entry for the Control, Possess, Seduce Contest. Rated M

Six by Sarge's Girls-rec'd by Nic/Sixdlb5
Sixth sense: a special ability to know something that cannot be learned by using the five senses. Humans use 10% of their brain, but it's been proven that those with a sixth sense use more. Some wish to harness that power. With a target on us, sixxers are hunted as we try to stay hidden, blending in with the average world around us...when we are anything but average. AH ExB Rated M

SoCal by Krazyk85-rec'd by Nic/MariahajilE
Being with them wasn't the problem, but losing me was. A life filled with sandy beaches and sunshine, I felt safe here. Nothing bad ever happens in SoCal, except maybe bad Mexican food. Or so I thought. This isn't your everyday love story. Based on the movie Savages. Rated M

The Game by cynosure23-rec'd by Nic
"Baseball is a lot like life. It's a day-to-day existence, full of ups and downs. You make the most of your opportunities in baseball as you do in life." When Edward and Bella meet, they both fall hard. But nothing is easy, and together, they must learn how to make the most of this opportunity. Rated M

(Un)Requited by MeteorOnAMoonlessNight-rec'd by Midnight Cougar
Five years ago they were together, but then his weather girl got a new job in a new city and he was benched. Now, he's got a new job in her city and he's back in play. Will he score the goal, or will the game be called due to rain? Rated M

Saturday, July 30, 2016

TLS Special SNEAK PEEK Feature

The Lemonade Stand has spent so many years bringing you the best the Twilight fandom has to offer, and we are very excited to have the chance  to offer you even MORE. We've watched stories grow and develop from first post through COMPLETE, and now we're lucky enough to share  previews of the stories that will soon be your new addiction.

This week, TLS is super-duper excited to present the talented artist, formerly known as Bratty-Vamp, back from a long hiatus!!! We spent years clamoring for more from her and putting her writing on the magic thread, wishing for one more glimpse and finally, we have just that! Get excited with us for her new story, MVP!! Here she is to tell us a little about her comeback.

banner by Beegurl13

by AKABrattyVamp

Summary: "Baseball is 90% mental. The other half is physical." - Yogi Berra


Hey there. Kat here, AKA Bratty-Vamp. I’m back from the dead or, at least, back from the black depths of the mysterious void that people dive into when they jump ship. A few people have asked me what brought me back to the fandom. As most things go with me, the story is a random one. These things are to thank, or blame, for sucking me back in: Maya Angelou, the love of my life, a forest, a Bee Girl, and a fanfiction group on Facebook.

1. Maya Angelou was quoted as saying, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” I saw that quote one day, and I sort of had a breakthrough. I really missed writing.

2. Try as I might, writing felt like a chore. I still had all of the stories bubbling around in my brain, but I found no joy in the process. My husband—the love of my life—suggested I get back online and find the places and people that used to inspire me and made writing FUN.

3. I visited old, familiar online stomping grounds, like A Different Forest, and I think I wigged a lot of people out. Some people were happy to welcome me back. Some people thought I was an imposter weirdo. Someone asked if I’d seen the tribute that was written about me on the Twific Fandom Awards site. I hadn’t.

4. I followed a shared link and read the humbling and beautiful words beegurl13 had written in a tribute to Bratty-Vamp. No lie… I ugly cried. And as soon as I pulled it together, I searched for beegurl13 so I could thank her for writing what she had, to let her know how much it meant to me. After we did a slow-motion running-toward-each-other-with-our-arms-extended, wind-in-our-hair, sand-under-our-feet sort of coming together, beegurl13 punched me in the face for taking so long to come back. Okay. So not really. But we did have a nice time reconnecting. She also told me about another little secret I was clueless about.

5. There was a Bratty-Vamp fanfiction page on Facebook! Say what?! I went to check it out. Sure enough, some lovely person named Cejsmomwatson started the group years before and actually kept it going the entire time I’d been away. I immediately sent a request to join, and I then knew I was in trouble. Cejsmomwatson was very quick to remind me that before I left the fandom, I had promised to write a baseball fanfic called MVP and she was still waiting for it.

So, for what it’s worth, here it is. It comes with a big thank you to people who never forgot my stories. If you’re part of the five or six people who stuck it out and waited on Facebook, big kisses to you! This is for friendships, new and old. It’s for humbling tributes, encouraging pre-readers/cheerleaders, and for uber-talented betas. It’s for people who put their own writing out there and light a fire under my ass to try to do the same. It’s also for the people who are probably sitting around plotting bad reviews before I even post the first chapter. Some people are just like that! It takes everyone and every type to make up this wild and wacky fandom. And I’ve missed you all.



“Thirteen, Mary! Thirteen!”  

With a sigh, I stood and walked over to the curb. Mindful not to ruin my stockings, I carefully lowered myself to my knees and stretched my body forward like a cat, pressing my cheek to the warm concrete while I peered under the vehicle. Just as I thought, the ball had rolled to rest just behind the back tire. It wouldn’t be easy to reach. I pushed my arm out as far as I could and wiggled my fingers, smiling when I finally felt the rubber ball beneath my fingertips. I froze, however, when I heard someone clear their throat above me.

“Not that I mind the view,” a decidedly masculine voice said. “But would you mind telling me what in the hell you’re doing to my car?”

I closed my eyes and groaned, realizing that my bottom was pointed straight up at the owner of the vehicle that I was practically crawling beneath. Trying to muster up whatever dignity I could, I stood and straightened my clothing before turning to face the man who towered above me.

Oh, damn.    

Be sure to put AKABrattyVamp on alert, so you can follow along with TLS!  
~ Nic