Saturday, November 9, 2019

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 featuring the talented MeteorOnAMoonlessNight, author of  Heart of Stone, 1500 Acres, and Seismic Shift. She's giving us this exclusive teaser of her new fic The Ember Sword.

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The Ember Sword by MeteorOnAMoonlessNight

Summary: The Prophecy of The First Blood declares the Ember Sword shall be in the care of The True-Sworn for eternity—which is how long the clan will live if they can keep the enchanted sword out of the hands of The Forsaken. With the enemy bearing down on them, the chieftess and her daughters must prepare for the coming battle.


A few months ago, I had dreams several nights in a row that bugged me to turn them into fics. When I get an idea, I write down any thoughts or phrases and move on, but this one wouldn't let me go. I dreamed of an encounter between a princess and her servant—Isabella and Edward. They were in love with each other, but not allowed to be together, and she was about to head off to war.

The idea rolled around in my head for days. Why was she going to battle? Why weren’t they able to be together? If I let them be together, would it be illicit? I had the idea that Esme was the chieftess of a clan, and the women were all royalty. They called the shots, and the men followed their orders. It sort of snowballed from there; Edward and the other men are all attendants in the household. If a woman feels that a man has proven his courage, strength, and loyalty, she can choose him as her mate. It’s against the law for men to touch a woman or even say anything about how they feel, and the women can’t propose to a man unless he’s proven himself in a major way.

I pictured Celtic women first, then I pictured Xena, then they somewhat morphed into Viking shield-maidens, and now I have a conglomeration in my mind. They are protecting a magical sword that has been given to them to guard for eternity. A rogue clan is coming for the sword, and the warriors must cut them off before they get too close to their stronghold.

Edward has proven to be loyal, and he is strong and kind. But, he has never had the opportunity to show his extraordinary courage. Isabella is frustrated that she can’t ask him to marry her when nothing has come up to allow him the chance to prove himself. There are many close encounters where they each push the boundaries in desperation.

This snippet is the first part I wrote. It comes directly from my dream, following a rather scandalous moment in Isabella’s bedchamber before she had to join the others to leave for the battle.


Edward spotted Isabella and tried to come up with a reason to pull her aside. He hadn’t a clue what he would say, but he had to try something. He stood by the edge of the building and picked up a pebble, tossing it at her boot-clad feet and slinking into the shadows when she looked up.

“Edward?” she whispered.

He gestured for her to follow him and circled around the stables to the back of the main keep. When he stopped, he spun to face her.

“Isabella, please. I beg you not to go.”

Her eyes widened and she looked around them to ensure they were alone. “Don’t be ridiculous, Edward. This is what I was born to do. I’ve spent most of my life training for battle.”

He fisted a handful of his hair, his frustration growing as she refused to take him seriously. “You’ll die.”

She laughed. If only he knew. “We’re not having this argument again.”

Isabella started to walk off and join the others, but Edward grabbed her and spun her to face him. He crushed his mouth to hers and knew the only reason he lived through the moment was because she chose not to make him a head shorter.

Edward was desperate to make Isabella see things his way before she left. He would tell her with his body if she wouldn't listen to his words. He held her face and slanted his mouth over hers, taking what he didn't lawfully have a right to take. He moved his hands to cup the back of her neck firmly, changed angles, and for one staggering moment the kiss went hot and wild and threatening. She brought her fist up, gripping his sleeve for balance as he all but swept her feet from under her. One of them moaned long and low.

It only lasted for a few moments, but felt to be an eternity.

He didn't want to pull away, didn't want to let her go. He’d known for years she would taste like honey and feel like heaven in his arms. She could kill him for getting so close and personal. He knew the laws that were imbedded in every man’s brain from day one, but he had no choice. He had to take the chance and try to make her listen to him.

When she pushed him away, her face was flushed, lips bruised and eyes bright. Her chest heaved, and he waited for her to say the words that would end his life.

Remember to put MeteorOnAMoonlessNight on alert so you can read along with us. The Ember Sword begins posting November 14, 2019.

Monday, November 4, 2019

What we're reading in TLS this week:

We’ve compiled quite a rec list this week. We’ve got some newly discovered fics, some under- appreciated fics, companion fics from favorite fandom writers, and a long-awaited favorite that updated! It’s a great start to the week! We hope you will enjoy these stories as much as we do. Please let the writers know where you saw them recommended when you leave them some love in the form of a review. Enjoy!

♥ Six Dlbfive

Broken by Pattyrose
Be careful what you do to the woman a good man loves, no matter who the hell you are. Because he'll protect her with his life. E&B. Rated M

Brotherly Devotion by Goldentemptress
When you play with fire you're gonna get burned. Bella's marriage has gone stale, and she soon finds herself tied up in a web of deceit involving her young brother-in-law Edward. Adultery is never as easy as it seems...BPOV, Rated M Twilight - Rated: M

Does My Ass Look Too Big in these Jeans by Mrs. Brownloe
Bella, an artist who had sold her soul to big business to keep food on her table and a roof over her head, has a huge crush on Edward Cullen, a game developer, at the company where they both work, but she's too shy to do anything about it until her friend Alice convinces her to buy a pair of skinny jeans. Will true love find its way? Rated M

Dominion of My Heart by Sunshine1220
Commanded by his King to seize her kingdom, he chooses to set his eyes on a different prize…dominion of her heart. What he offers her instead is a chance to choose her own fate. Kings and their kingdoms will fall. Blood will be spilled. When it seems all is lost, can they hold on to everything they’ve gained? Rated M

Friend of the Devil by belladonnacullen
Sometimes loving all the wrong things feels so right. Sometimes up is down and black is white. Sometimes it doesn't matter. Sometimes it does. Sometimes the most important thing is love. Who am I kidding - the most important thing is always love. Companion piece to Hades, A Love Story - Sort of by FictionFreak95. MA, ExB (kind of), most definitely AU.
Rated M

Hades, a love story – Sort of by FictionFreak95
A story of perseverance & the lack thereof. For the downtrodden. About love & loss along with the betrayal & bitterness that ensues in its aftermath. Long story short, a story about Hades & how maybe he's not the bad guy, after all. 1/4 c Lucifer. 2 tbsp Meet Joe Black. 1 heaping swig of Twilight. misc nonsense. Liberties with Greek mythology. MA, ExB AH (sort of) blah blah blah. Rated M

Inauguration Day by Compass54
On January 20th, the Commander in Chief swears an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. The day has a specific schedule, a historic order of events that end with a new president in the White House. This time, the name is Cullen. Rated M

Revenant by MissLiss15
Ye who, passing graves by night, Glance not to the left nor right, Lest a spirit should arise, Cold and white, to freeze your eyes... Rated M

Still Breathing by SoulsOnFire
Two years ago, their son was kidnapped. A year ago, their marriage collapsed under the weight of their grief. Can Edward and Bella pick up the pieces of their shattered life when fate gives them a second chance at a family? Rated M

The Letter by ericastwilight
The story all started with a missorted letter, but will it have a happy ending? A holiday present for all my readers. Rated M

The Rec by LiLJILL4286
I strived on only two certainties: yes or no. Hot or cold. Up or down. Call it a defense mechanism, call it whatever the fuck you want to. In my life, there was no in between. Especially when it came to Edward Cullen. Rated M

The Sonoran Inn by MrsSpaceCowboy
Somewhere, just off an Arizona highway in the Sonoran Desert, there's an inn carved into the rocks. The owner and her staff are beautiful and eager to please… until it's time to leave. There's no way out, and beauty is skin deep. This is not a love story. *Complete* Happy Halloween! Rated M

Saturday, October 26, 2019

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.

When fandom favorite MrsSpaceCowboy mentioned she was working on 'a scary little something' for Halloween, we couldn't wait to showcase her efforts! The author of legendary fics like The Give Away GirlDown Home, and Rest My Soul, is breaking away from her norm and giving us a horror fic. Are you brave enough to join us as we read The Sonoran Inn?

Banner by Lizzie Paige

The Sonoran Inn by MrsSpaceCowboy

Summary: Somewhere, just off an Arizona highway in the Sonoran Desert, there’s an inn carved into the rocks. The owner and her staff are beautiful and eager to please… until it’s time to leave. There’s no way out, and beauty is skin deep.

This is not a love story.


I’m a “sunshine and rainbows with a sprinkle of angst for good measure” kind of girl. Those are the stories I like to tell. Most of the time.

Then there are plot bunnies like this one that hit with the force of a blunt object and make me WTF myself. Horror? How did that happen? Well, it started a few years ago with a contest I couldn’t write for at the time, and then, like so many of my other stories, there was a song.

So here we are.

The Sonoran Inn is not a love story. The villainess of this story doesn’t want a redemption arc. She is unapologetic, and that’s okay. This story isn’t for everyone, and that’s okay, too. There will be non-canon pairings. There will be character death—yes, major character death—because this is not a love story. The first chapter(s) will post Sunday, and the rest will follow over the next few days. We’ll wrap up on Halloween.

Have a spooky week, y’all.


They rented surfboards in Santa Cruz and caught waves bigger than any they’d ever seen at La Push or Westport. Edward’s pasty skin bronzed as the days passed, and his dark hair lightened under the sun. Girls in bikinis and moms in swim dresses approached the boys if they stayed on the sand too long, so they spent as much time as possible in the water.

And at night, Edward would take his phone and walk out to the patio chairs next to the hotel pool and call his girl to say goodnight. Once or twice, he had to soothe her through ugly bouts of vomiting and longed for the second trimester to hurry. They’d been told she might feel better then.

Edward was counting on it, because he wanted her there when he graduated from boot camp. He wanted to take her to a hotel that night and bend her over every piece of furniture in the room and then fall asleep with his ear against her belly.

He tilted his head back and listened to the waves licking at the beach, inhaled deep briny gulps of air, and stared at the stars as he listened to her talk about her days. The dirty looks. The judgmental stares.

“Fuck those people,” he told her. “We’re going places, you and me. Eventually, I’ll be able to request where we live. We’ll have beach babies and forget rainy Forks ever existed.”

“Sounds good to me,” Tanya replied. Then she dropped the phone to throw up again.

The guys pulled out of Santa Cruz early the next day and hit every beach they could until they woke up days later, shortly after noon in San Diego with eleven days left until showtime.

“I’ve got an aunt in Tucson,” Jasper said. “Ever been to Arizona?”

Edward shook his head, and they tossed their duffel bags into the backseat and hit the road instead of the waves. The sun began to sink as they sped through Yuma, kicking up dust and pointing at odd, phallic-shaped cacti and gorgeous tile-roofed cottages in every size and color. The dummy light kicked on a few miles outside of Gila Bend, so Jasper eased the Jeep off the highway at the first Love’s Travel Stop along the way.

The sky was golden pink in every direction when Edward’s feet hit the concrete next to the gas pump. He reached for it and stretched on his toes. Then he twisted his neck back and forth and grinned.

A tiny brunette in tinier denim shorts peeked around the pump and eyed him from head to toe. Edward smirked and nodded. “What’s up?”

Her red lips curved into a wide grin, and she lifted her sunglasses to rest on top of her head. “Hi.”

Edward swiped his card and waited a few moments before keying in his PIN. He lifted the nozzle and hit the button for regular unleaded. Then he waved at the cutie and followed Jasper inside to take a piss and maybe grab a candy bar.

A pleasant floral and berry scent hit him in the candy aisle a moment before a soft voice greeted him. “Where are you headed?” the brunette from outside asked after reaching for a bag of Sour Gummies.

“The clouds,” Edward replied. His eyes dropped to the edge of her calf and back up to her creamy thigh. He plucked a Snickers from the display and turned on his heel, willing his dick to cut him some slack.

She followed him through the store and over to the short line at the register. “I’m Isabella,” she said.

He glanced back. “Edward.”

Jasper saved him by cutting between them with his arms loaded with candy and sodas. “It’s going to be a long night, and some guy in the shitter said the next gas station is on the other side of the desert.” He noticed Isabella and lost his train of thought at the sight of her cleavage against the orange tank top that clung to her slim waist. He licked his bottom lip, and Edward’s hand twitched at his side.

Edward shoulder-checked his friend to turn him around so they could pay and hit the road. His head cleared the second he breathed in fresh air. The harsh smell of gasoline greeted him back at the pump. There was a small puddle next to the back tire of Jasper’s Jeep.

A tall guy in swim trunks and Chacos popped his head around the tank. “The auto-shut off failed,” he said with a shrug. “Sorry I couldn’t stop it sooner.”

Edward groaned when he saw the charges but reached out to shake the stranger’s hand. “Thanks, man.”


Isabella’s perfume danced on the breeze. “Let’s go, Felix,” she said, folding her tiny frame around her companion’s thick side. “I want to get back before dark.” Felix nodded and checked the ties on a tarp covering the back of their rusty, old pickup truck. Isabella turned to Edward and smiled. “Be careful out there,” she said. “The desert can get a little weird after dark.”

Remember to put MrsSpaceCowboy on alert. The Sonoran Inn starts posting October 27, 2019.

Monday, October 21, 2019

What we're reading in TLS this week:

With Halloween quickly approaching, it’s the perfect time to showcase some of our favorite supernatural, scary and paranormal stories to haunt, thrill, and spook you. As always, leave the writers some love and tell them TLS sent you!

Read at your own risk! Not all of these have a HEA!

♥ Six Dlbfive

Elemental by TallulahBelle
When the Swans return to their birthplace, Bella learns she is no ordinary teenager, and Forks is no ordinary town. Can she fulfill her destiny with the powerful Edward Cullen, or will the dark forces that threaten their families destroy them all? Rated M

Grasping Darkness by KiyaRaven
She dreams of darkness. Lust. Passion. The man she fantasizes about has it all, especially the darkness. The problem is, he's not really a man. Rated M for language & dark themes.
Rated M

Haunted by GerominoPond
Bella Swan, a noted paranormal investigator, is called to check out the "Ghost Haven" that is Edward Cullen's house. Can she, along with Edward, defeat what is tormenting Edward in his own house? Rated M

House of the Horde by Raggdolly
Bella endures the dark side of LA. After being abducted and taken into the Hollywood Hills, she learns that humans are not at the top of the food chain. Can she escape or will she fall victim to a treacherous vampire? OOC/Dark Themes/No rape. Outtakes included. Rated M

Maledictum Magae by Bexi21
The curse happened in 1692.For over 300 years, Isabella Swan has lived alone, afraid to be close to anyone again.But when she finally meets someone who captures her heart, the unthinkable happens, leaving her in a kind of danger she never thought possible. Rated M

Master of Puppets by The Unholy Trinity of Horror
I'm pulling your strings. Twisting your mind and smashing your dreams. Blinded by me, you can't see a thing. Just call my name, 'cause I'll hear you scream. A collab between darkNnerdy, Livie79, and Raggdolly. Rated M

Que Sera, Sera by Livie79
Isabella's life was nothing more than a series of unfortunate events since the day she was born. For her, monsters are real, love is the fantasy, and fate is a cruel mistress. The future's not ours, to see...what will be, will be. Rated M

Spellbound by Claire Bloom
Imprisoned by the malicious James, Edward meets the bewitching Isabella. As he battles with his enemies, his conscience and his bloodlust, he finally falls for her whilst she ignites his male desire's & awakens his Vampiric cravings. With Vamps/AU Rated M

Stories of the Paranormal and Urban Legends by Ericastwilight
Short Twilight Fanfic stories, unedited and loosely based on urban legends, ghost stories, and videos found on YouTube FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH OF OCTOBER. Most won't even have an ending, they're only meant to spook you. HORROR Rated M

The Dollhouse by Kambria Rain
We were all going to die. I used to be an optimistic person, but that went out the window as soon as the hot mountain man decided we were going to hunt the hunters. AH. Warning: So far, there are minor character deaths, and Edward's a little scary. Rated M

The Emperors of Washington by gallantcorkscrews
Edward is a killer. But it can't be explained away by his vampire nature. He's just a sociopathic, human teenager. Rated M

The Masque of the Red Death by delusionalimperialist
Her blood would be mine. As would she. Once she begged, pleaded, demanded, and wept for my bite. And she would. The only question was how many would die first." Vampire AU. Mature audiences only. NO sexual abuse. Rated M

The Mirrors by adorablecullens
Teddy's secret and magical childhood is lost when a family heirloom is destroyed, changing his life forever. Now an adult, can Edward open himself back up to magic and love when he meets a beautiful - and hauntingly familiar - woman in real life? Rated M

The Ripper by HeartOfDarkness
Edward, a nomad killer vampire, alone for more than three centuries, comes upon his next prey in the form of talk back radio psychologist and dabbler in the dark side of human nature, Bella Swan. Darkward, kinky Bella. Rated M

Toye by AKABrattyVamp
Vampires like to play with their food. A campy and kitschy horror short-story that lets the men of the Cullen household be the monsters that Edward always claimed they were. Extremely OOC. Just in time for Halloween! Rated M