Wednesday, August 29, 2012

TLS Fics Of The Week 8/27 - 9/2/2012: The Fab Five Features are up!



Caged by Savage7289
This is not made for TV. This is the raw, brutal underground of no-holds-barred combat. Inside the cage there is nothing but me and the pain I inflict on those who dare enter. In the cage, I never had to worry about anyone but myself. When she started standing outside of it, everything changed. I was no longer fighting for the money or the glory – I had to fight for her. Rated: Fiction M

Review by FictionFreak95

Who was a happy silly giddy girl when she was asked to review “Caged” by Savage? *raises hand*

Awareness covered me. I knew the position of every muscle in my body, and I positioned each one in preparation for what was to come.
This was my element.
My show.
My life.
My one and only love.

*shivers*

I honestly don’t know how to explain it.  Something about Savage’s stories just grab you, something about the carefully chosen words she uses to weave a story.  Even something as simple a plot line as a cave-ward (who I will be the first to say, I completely swooned over).  She has this uncanny ability to make you so excited to see what happens next and root for a sometimes seemingly (and at times, not quite so seemingly) somewhat dickish (and yet completely loveable) person who also may or may not be an underdog of some sort.

Whew.  Say that ten times fast, to quote the lady.

This Edward intrigues me.  We don’t know a whole heck of a lot about him yet.  Only that Chivalry is not dead with this one, despite the fact that it annoys him to put it to good use. LOL … and that he is highly talented in kicking ass… oh, and that his Uncle (Aro) has paid him is (annual) visit in an attempt to convince him he doesn’t need to “live like this”.  I have taken Savage’s cryptic words to mean something along the lines of, perhaps he comes from money and has turned his back on it?  I have no idea, but I know we shall see… eventually.

Hmmph.  So, why do I love Caged… well, because Savage writes action like a pro and this Edward is not only a bad ass, but he doesn’t know or care that he’s a bad ass. He just is (my favorite).  She also doesn’t over do the attitude of said bad ass; it seems very natural and believable.  She gives Edward sex appeal without making him a man whore, she gives me us a story without needing sex in every chapter (there’s only 6 chappies right now to this one and not a kiss in sight but the sexual tension?  Now that’s another story) and there’s absolutely no question whatsoever that these two are going to give us a show we’ll treasure forever.

Excerpt from  Chapter 1

The trip-trapping sound of women's shoes on pavement caused me to look up, and I watched a young woman come into view as she passed the dumpsters at the back of the bar. She walked quickly with her head down and a purse with a long strap over her shoulder. Her long, brown hair was tied up in a pony tail at the top of her head, and she wore a pair of short-shorts, which showed off her long legs, and a tight T-shirt with the name of the bar and grill a few block down across her chest. I figured she was maybe five-foot-four and a hundred and fifteen pounds, because I tended to size people up that way. Nice build, nice tits. She didn't look over to me at all, just kept up her quick pace down the street with her eyes on her feet.
My first thought was fucking gorgeous.
My second thought was fucking stupid.
Who walked around this area of town in the middle of the night by themselves? I mean, yeah – I did – but I wasn't a very easy target. She might as well have had a sign on her back that said "mug me". I shook my head and went back to rummaging around in my bag. When I looked up again, the sound of her shoes was beginning to fade, but that wasn't what caught my attention.
The guys who had been sitting and drinking across the street had gone quiet, and were now all standing up with their heads close to one another. The guy with greasy, shoulder length, black hair turned his head to look down the street in the direction the girl was walking, and then nodded before he and a guy with a backwards baseball cap took off down the side alley that ran perpendicular to the street they were on.
I'd lived in that area a couple of years, and I knew that alley intersected with another alley, which then met up with a walkway between two of the abandoned warehouses, and dumped out onto this street a couple blocks down. The last two guys in the group were heavy set with unkempt dirty blond hair. They looked like they might have been brothers. They quickly abandoned the bottle-in-a-bag and started walking quietly but quickly in the same direction the girl was going, pulling the hoodies up over their heads as they walked.
Their intent was obvious.
"Fuck," I mumbled. I grabbed my bag, ignoring the shirt that fell out of it and on to the ground, and heaved at the heavy gate that enclosed the area behind Feet First. For once, the damn thing was padlocked. I growled before flinging my bag up and over the fence, grabbing onto the links with my fingers, and hauling myself up and over it. I had to move pretty quick if I was going to catch up with the drunks and their would-be victim.
I was never one to play the hero, but some things you just didn't let slide.

Did I mention how much I adore the way Savage ends her chapters so uniquely?  I noticed the same thing in “Transcendence” and smiled every chapter then, too.

Other reasons you should stop drop and read this story:
The stubborn disposition of this guy is killer, he’s like a kid only… not.
The banter between our 2 favorite characters is giggle worthy.
The UST between them is… GAH!
The Tanya (who is pretty bad ass herself).
The Aro (that I think I might actually like).
And the fact that he fights not only with other cage fighters but with his laundry, which cracks me up.
She teases us on Tuesdays and posts every Friday night with a new episode of fantastic reading.

If you’re one of those people who has just never gotten around to trying one of her stories for some crazy reason, this is a great one to jump into.   Be like Nike… just do it.

xoxoxoxoxo

Jo



Finding My Thunder by Counselor
Coming of age 1960's. Bella keeps her mother's secrets. But she has some of her own, a love from childhood for the golden boy Edward, the one who no longer sees her. Soon they are tied by more than childhood history. It's a long dark road toward finding her thunder. Rated: Fiction M

If you've paid attention to anything today, please pay attention to this rec. I know that we are only reviewing the 1st place poll winners these days, but because of this particular story placing in the poll, changes have been put into play and as the creator of this blog, I'm pulling my special privs card by taking just a few moments to throw my pennies in this fic rec'ing fountain of ours. If you'll give me a minute...I'd like to tell you what this story means to me.

When I heard about Finding My Thunder I noticed that everyone who posted about it all had one thing in common: Passion. Readers from all walks shared the same agreeable passion for this story. You simply cannot read Finding My Thunder and not be moved. This story will change you. That's how amazing it is. Counselor has poured so much passion into Finding My Thunder that you will be convinced these characters are all walking the earth, have all lived real lives and that Counselor has followed them all around with a pen and paper, documenting their lives for us all to share. 

The feelings that this story gave me can only be compared to soul-soaring, time capsule worthy feelings. No really... I wanted to bottle those feelings up to share with as many others as possible. I experienced so many highs, lows, laughs, cries, mind boggling questions and smiles while reading that I will remember this story forever. And that's what it's all about right? How a story makes you feel? Because... that's essentially what we're all searching for when we start a story, right? That feeling that we get when we are picked up out of our lives and placed into another time, another life... A feeling that washes over you and makes you feel so enthralled that you can think of nothing else but that story. That word-induced-high that comes with a gripping read. That wonder and amazement for the author. That gratitude you feel when you read something so special that you know you'll never forget it. That's the kind of fix that you'll get while reading Finding My Thunder. 

Counselor has taken the perfect ratio of all of the wonderful emotions, your senses can handle, and folded them into a brilliant recipe for heart pounding love and sprinkled them perfectly throughout this wonderful concoction that comes in the form of this story. Don't believe me? Just take a moment to click on the reviews for Finding My Thunder and you'll see that EVERYONE, reading this story, ALL feels the same way: They all feel passionate and full of gratitude for this gift that Counselor has given us. And that, my friends, is the best word to describe this story. Just one simple word: Gift. This story is a gift. Don't leave this gift unwrapped, guys (ladies). Trust me on this, you'll be gushing and thanking her (Counselor) for it as well. This rec is my gift to you so please... take it.

I hope you all have a wonderful day and please give Naomi a big hug from me when you meet her. She's so extremely special... you'll see.

Love,

PAWsPeaches


From This Day Forward by Hopesparkles
Betrayed just days before her wedding, Bella's personal and professional life hang in the balance. When one of her closest friends offers to be the stand-in groom, Bella will find that sometimes the best things in life really aren't what you planned. Rated: Fiction M


Lost Half by LyricalKris
Even though she kept her feet on the ground, Bella always wanted to believe in the magic of true love. Edward could have taught her that kind of love existed. Too bad he showed up too late. Can you still find your soul mate when your soul has been completely shattered? Rated: Fiction M


The Single Game by Awesomesauce76
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7628327/1/
New girl Bella Swan is finally ready to start dating again, but the only boy she's interested in is too shy to even talk to her. Why are her friends convinced that the answer to her problem is some crazy party game… with kissing? AU/AH, BPOV, COMPLETE. Rated: Fiction M

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

MEET THE POLL: Please choose the FIVE that move you the most




Each week we share with you what we are reading and enjoying. The following made the top of our lists last week. Please help us determine which 5 of these will be featured as fics of the week, next week, by choosing FIVE from the poll on the right!

A Compendium of Thoughts by ItIsRaining-rec'd by Nic
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6878388/1/A_Compendium_of_Thoughts
After Edward is struck with a serious illness, Bella offers to give him a ride to school every day. His musings on life are priceless and unique. Based in its entirety on a true story.Twilight - Rated: M

Air by Rochelle Allison-rec'd by Nic
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6817781/1/Air
Edward and Bella meet at a summer barbeque. A story about - what else - falling for someone, hard. Once a WitFit.Twilight - Rated: M - English - Romance

Assumptions by Branson101-rec'd by Kitty Vuitton
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8343496/1/Assumptions
Bella has always assumed that her father didn't want her and resented that she was born. We all knows what happens when you assume things. Rated: Fiction M

Black Diamond by Dishie-rec'd by Jenny McGary Leonard
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8044335/1/Black_Diamond
The black diamond slopes of Lake Tahoe are just what Bella needs to start living her life again after a painful breakup left a hole in her heart that work couldn't fill. Will a handsome and charming skier also prove that her heart is ready for love too? Rated: Fiction M

By Your Leave by Jonesn353402-rec'd by Six Dlbfive
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8436114/1/By_Your_Leave
Honorably discharged Sergeant Major Edward Cullen meets widow Bella Black and her young son Seth. The ad says room for rent, but maybe they have more to offer each other than just space. FOR THE TROOPS! I dedicate this to you and your families.
Rated: Fiction M

Expect the Unexpected by Twimama-rec'd by Coldplaywhore Fanfiction
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8400454/1/Expect_the_Unexpected_Big_Brother_Twilight
Bella Swan entered the Big Brother house never expecting to find the man who broke her heart two years earlier. Can they make it through the summer without killing each other or will Big Brother help them find love again? AH/AU a bit OOC, lemon goodness included. Rated: Fiction M

Fairytale by CandyTwi-rec'd by SoapyMayhem Fanfiction
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6513097/1/Fairytale
Edward's life is way off track and even the privileged Rosalie Hale can't put him together. But it's when artist Bella Swan appears that the magic and challenges really happen. Rated M

Finding Sunshine by Anhanninen-rec'd by Kitty Vuitton
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8425621/1/Finding_Sunshine
Surrounded by darkness after a vicious attack almost ended her life, Bella starts over, hoping to find the sunshine she so desperately misses. She finds it when she least expects in a young, carefree doctor. Life isn't a fairytale, though, and to get to where they belong, obstacles have to be climbed and fears have to be faced. Rated: Fiction M

Glass House by Livie79-rec'd by Rose Arcadia/Nic
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8412484/1/Glass_House
Edward and Bella had it all, but one night changed everything. How will they survive when it all comes crashing down? Love, lies, loss...life. This is that story. Rated: Fiction M

Hallett Hall by Jaxington-rec'd by SoapyMayhem Fanfiction
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6446703/1/Hallett_Hall
On our first night away at college, Bella Swan, thinking the room was her own, drunkenly stumbled into my bed. She was broken and I wanted to fix her. I loved her for four years before she left. Never did I expect her to come back, but she surprised me. Rated: Fiction M

Indecent Proposal by Pattyrose-rec'd by Kitty Vuitton
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8164847/1/Indecent_Proposal
Edward's heart was broken by the girl he's loved for almost a decade. Drifter Bella wanders into Forks aimlessly one hot summer day. When their paths cross, he proposes a scheme to get them both their deepest desires. But things aren't always as they seem & Fate can have other plans. Rated M.

Just a Kiss by rtgirl-rec'd by Nic
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7768891/1/Just_A_Kiss
Because sometimes people arent' what they seem; they're so much better. Sometimes all you need is just a kiss to know. A short-chaptered, witfit prompted fic. college aged ExBTwilight - Rated: M - English - Romance

Lies of the Soul by Knicnort3-rec'd by Memphis Lamb
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6926183/1/Lies_of_the_Soul
Edward and Ben grew up closer than best friends, but Ben was really Bella, forced to pose as a boy by her insane mother. Separated as teens, years later they reconnect, how will Edward react when he learns the truth? AH AU Rated: Fiction M

Mine by SuzyQSparkles -rec'd by Nic
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7623135/1/Mine
Bella, a sophmore in college, is an artist who has recently joined a sorority where she does not fit in. While Edward, a senior in college, is the all too perfect president of the fraternity two houses down. In this story all characters are human.Twilight - Rated: M English - Romance/Drama

Refunded, Darling by Iambeck-rec'd by Dessie Dhiee Masen
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6431092/1/Refunded_Darling
One girl's selfless deed to be a surrogate is voided by tragedy, and unfortunately, there are no refunds on this kind of thing. Now, eternally bound to a stranger in a 'divine act of God', ethics be damned... AH. Rated: Fiction M

So Be It by SophiaAnne-rec'd by Nic
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4843214/1/So_Be_It
Happy Harry is here again, live and streaming right into where you live. Are you ready for me?” Will Bella Swan find out who's behind the sexy voice that has her all hot and bothered? BxE - AU/AH, OOC, Lemons and Language. Now revised and expanded. Rated: Fiction M

The Resolution by Coldplaywhore-rec'd by MonicaNP
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5307740/1/The_Resolution
Bella is coming out of her shell with the help of her two best friends, Rosalie and Alice. All three girls have visions of falling for the popular boys, but when Bella's life is turned upside down, will Edward be able to help her? Will he even want to? Rated: Fiction M

Turkey Baster by Counselor-rec'd by Ceci Lolypowski
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7867413/1/
Bella is determined to get pregnant. What's the difference if she uses a high tech appliance or a crude flesh appendage, it's all just delivery systems, right? And here he comes now.
Rated: Fiction M

Unlock Your Heart by Momma2fan-rec'd by Kitty Vuitton
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8206908/1/Unlock_Your_Heart
Edward is head of the Cullen Family and has loved Bella from afar.When her fiance is caught cheating with his, can he get her to unlock her heart to him, or will the families enemy's keep them apart. AH/M for language and lemons. Canon couples. Rated: Fiction M

You Came Too Early by Elliania-rec'd by Nic/Evilnat
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8065162/1/You_Came_Too_Early
Edward and Bella married too young and for all the wrong reasons, so no one acted surprised when their marriage crumbled down. Two kids and five years later, events force them to live under the same roof for a while. Will they realise what they lost? AH. Older, divorced E/B. Daddyward. HEA. Rated: Fiction M 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

TLS Fics Of The Week 8/20 - 8/26/2012: The Fab Five Features are up!



The American President by Rushed
As the President of the United States, Edward Cullen finds it difficult to meet women. So his brother secretly employs the services of an escort agency to help fulfill certain presidential needs. Rated: Fiction M

Review by: ysar

It’s not often that I’m hooked on a fic in the first chapter.  Normally, I’m just intrigued enough by a summary or style of writing that I hang in for a few chapters until I’m in deep enough to know whether I want to stick around, but this story had me from the get-go.  First, there’s Presidentward.  I mean, who doesn’t want that?  And then there’s a summary that promises “the services of an escort agency to help fulfill certain presidential needs.”  Is it just me, or does that smell like citrus?  But all of that in no way prepared me for the first chapter. 

Told almost entirely from Bella’s point of view, we first meet her as a single mom, rushing her young daughter, Heidi, off to school on a very special day – the President will be visiting not just their little town, but her daughter’s class.  Cue the awesome drama! 

"Belle?" He whispered, looking at me in surprise. He turned his attention to the little girl standing between us. The blood seemed to leave his face as his eyes met mine, searching for answers.

So what happens when a little girl who doesn’t know her father meets a man who in two seconds figures out he has a daughter?  Why, we get a lemony trip down memory lane!  Ex-President (yes, little Heidi got that detail wrong) Edward Cullen was a lonely widower facing the scrutiny of his constituents if he dated, and our lovely Bella was *gasp* an escort when he was counting on a second term.  Birds + bees = lemons, lemons, and more lemons…

"Edward, the last time you invaded a country did you wait for an invitation?"
His brow furrowed for a moment before he seemed to catch on, his eyes going straight for my breasts.

"Well, as a matter of fac….."

"No need to get into politics now, just take my bra off. That is, if you want."

"Oh, I want," he replied, licking his lips and looking up into my face.

… and of course, a surprise pregnancy.  And that makes The American President one of the few stories in which Bella’s running and Edward’s ignorance of it all make absolutely perfect sense.   It wasn’t miscommunication, it wasn’t  judgemental family members, and it wasn’t unfounded panic.  It was just fault of who they both were and where they stood in the world.

I had no choice. I had to give up the man I loved so that I could raise his baby. And maybe one day when his term as president was finished, and if he ever found it within his heart to forgive me we could at least…..

We could at least what? Be together again. I wouldn't think that likely.
How could he ever forgive me for what I was about to do? I was going to leave, and I wasn't going to tell him. The best I could hope for was that one day he would want to play some part in his child's life.

Sixty not-too-long chapters in, and we’re finally getting to the good stuff – well, minus all those lovely lemons during Bella’s days as an escort.  Edward knows the truth, and Bella’s trying to make the right decisions so they can both move forward.  Of course, we want them to figure it out immediately, but that would take all the fun out of it.  Instead, rushed is walking us all through it at the same steady pace as the rest of the story, with realistic emotions and believable reactions from the characters all along the way.  She's taken a fanfic cliche and an improbable situation and spun it into a story that I can't wait to play out.


The Cellar by Iambeagle
Boy meets Girl. Girl's friend throws up on Boy's shoes. A story about wannabe hipsters, awkward moments, and soul mates. Rated: Fiction M


The Search by Amber1983
When Bella Swan flees to London to escape her painful and humiliating past her new life is knocked off its axis by her charismatic and ambitious boss, Edward Cullen. Can Ed unravel Bella's secrets and get what he wants without revealing his own demons...and his heart? Rated: Fiction M


The Veil by Belladonna Cullen
You always have the choice between life and death... until you don't. There is poetry at the beginning and end of our journey, but it's what you make of the interim that counts. BxE Rated: Fiction M


Holding On and Letting Go by Jenny0719
Masen Valley, SC. Population: 10,789. It was a tiny dot on a map; an escape of sorts for Bella Swan. But when circumstances bring a certain member of Masen Valley's founding family back to town, she finds that the past isn't as easy to leave behind as she thought it would be. Or let go. Rated: Fiction M

Monday, August 20, 2012

MEET THE POLL: Please choose the FIVE that move you the most




A Good Liar by Raum-rec'd by Lynn Pepper
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7817651/1/A_Good_Liar
"The first time the Grim Reaper visited Edward, it was in the form of the Spanish influenza. The second time, Death had the lovely face of Bella Swan." The Canon Tour - New Moon round's 3rd overall placement! Rated: Fiction T

Addicted to You by  Suchasaddeparting-rec'd by Maryann Liberatore
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7961769/1/Addicted_to_you
Bella and Edward are in a treacherous love affair. Can they workout their differences or will they tear each other apart? AH! Rated: Fiction M

Body of Work by TheSaintsMistress-rec'd by Kitty Vuitton
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8103538/1/Body_of_Work
B is a gossip columnist. E is an arrogant NY socialite. When E is admitted into rehab, B will stop at nothing to get her story. On her mission, B will reveal things about E that will make her doubt her intentions, as more than the truth is uncovered. Rated: Fiction M

Caged by Savage7289-rec'd by Evilnat
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8317731/1/Caged
This is not made for TV. This is the raw, brutal underground of no-holds-barred combat. Inside the cage there is nothing but me and the pain I inflict on those who dare enter. In the cage, I never had to worry about anyone but myself. When she started standing outside of it, everything changed. I was no longer fighting for the money or the glory – I had to fight for her.
Rated: Fiction M

Everlasting Why by Suitablyironicmoniker-rec'd by Lynn Pepper
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7515357/1/Everlasting_Why
A student of social work & her troubled client. Longing to help him, she suspects & soon learns there is far more beneath the surface than she could have ever guessed. & perhaps her motives for helping are more complicated than she's willing to admit. AU
Rated: Fiction M

Finding My Thunder by Counselor-rec'd by Rochelle Allison/Susan Q Susan/Michelle
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8224985/1/Finding_My_Thunder
Coming of age 1960's. Bella keeps her mother's secrets. But she has some of her own, a love from childhood for the golden boy Edward, the one who no longer sees her. Soon they are tied by more than childhood history. It's a long dark road toward finding her thunder.
Rated: Fiction M

From This Day Forward by Hopesparkles-rec'd by Twilover76/Nic
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8253956/1/From_This_Day_Forward
Betrayed just days before her wedding, Bella's personal and professional life hang in the balance. When one of her closest friends offers to be the stand-in groom, Bella will find that sometimes the best things in life really aren't what you planned. Rated: Fiction M

Little Buttons by ChocolateLover82-rec'd by Twilover76
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7023561/1/Little_Buttons
A fortunate encounter while wandering the city may lead Edward to realize that, perhaps, not everything is lost. But is he ready? AH, ExB. Rated: M

Lost Half by LyricalKris-rec'd by Nic
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8390065/1/Lost_Half
Even though she kept her feet on the ground, Bella always wanted to believe in the magic of true love. Edward could have taught her that kind of love existed. Too bad he showed up too late. Can you still find your soul mate when your soul has been completely shattered?
Rated: Fiction M

My Place in Line by Swimom7-rec'd by Lynn Pepper
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6581607/1/My_Place_in_Line
Edward has sheltered himself from the world with his memories, pain and repetition. Bella breaks through his walls, reminding him what it means to live, but can he allow himself to let go? A/H angsty at times. Rated: Fiction M

Out of Sight by Heavenlygolden3-rec'd by Lynn Pepper
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7164794/1/Out_of_Sight
Edward Masen is a U.S. Marshal who works for the Witness Protection Program. Isabella Swan is a girl who was at the wrong place at the wrong time. Now, Edward has to protect Isabella from those who are after her, including her own father. AH EPOV Rated: Fiction M

Paper Heart by Hezpixie-rec'd by Jaime Arkin
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5827150/1/Paper_Heart
Bella and Edward fall in and out of love over the course of 5 years. We begin at the end, we end at the beginning, and somewhere in the middle, we realize just how easy it is to lose each other along the way. Rated: M

Paradox by Camsgirl-rec'd by Heather McIntyre
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7246449/1/
Bella is vegetarian vamp intent on saving the world.Edward is a homicide detective.They meet in a dark alley flipping eachother's worlds upside down.It's about crime,passion,undying love and choices...hoping they make the right ones before it's too late. Rated: Fiction M

Sleepers, Awake by  Feisty Y. Beden-rec'd by Jaime Arkin
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5118949/1/Sleepers_Awake_Wachet_auf_ruft_uns_die_Stimme
Bella, compulsive sketcher of wolves, has not dreamed in years. Unexpectedly, she begins to dream again the night tragedy takes away her first and greatest love. ExB, sort of.
Twilight - Rated: M

The Single Game by Awesomesauce76-rec'd by Dandie Goose
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7628327/1/
New girl Bella Swan is finally ready to start dating again, but the only boy she's interested in is too shy to even talk to her. Why are her friends convinced that the answer to her problem is some crazy party game… with kissing? AU/AH, BPOV, COMPLETE.
Rated: Fiction M

The Yorkshire Refugees by Katharina G-rec'd by Lynn Pepper
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8254474/1/The_Yorkshire_Refugees
The summer of 1858, England. The Great Stink has overtaken London and scattered its upper-class inhabitants, ruining the Season. A small group lands in a remote corner of Yorkshire, creating an uproar in the previously tranquil neighborhood. For the young, privileged and important, it seems the upcoming summer is all that there is and all that they need. They are the new London.
Rated: Fiction M

This Heart Renewed by Orchidmoon22-rec'd by Lynn Pepper
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7341856/1/This_Heart_Renewed
9 years ago Bella Swan had a surgery that saved her life. A humble survivor, she is making a life for herself in a new town. Along the way she meets Edward Masen. Quiet, dark, cold, angry. Can she bring him back to life? Or will the truth ruin it all? Rated: Fiction M

Untouchable by 22blue-rec'd by Obsmama
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8180890/1/Untouchable
What do you do when there's a connection between you and someone who's untouchable? Absolutely nothing. AH, short chapters. Friendship, romance, maybe some angst?
Twilight - Rated: M

When Will I Know by Deb24601-rec'd by Nic
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7841318/1/When_Will_I_Know
You don't get over Edward Cullen. Even when he was never really yours. A story about wanting, needing and, eventually, knowing. AH. Inspired by Jan 2012 Witfit prompts.
Twilight - Rated: M

You Can't Hide Forever by MrsK81-rec'd by Kitty Vuitton
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6987827/1/You_Cant_Hide_Forever
Bella has been running for six years, always hiding away not really living, but when she meets Edward Cullen that isn't an option anymore. Does she risk everything for him or can she walk away? AH with a bit of everything romance, humor, angst & suspense.
Rated: Fiction M

Friday, August 17, 2012

TLS Fics of the Week 8/13- 8/19



The Cullen Campaign by Belladonna1472
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5853742/1/The_Cullen_Campaign
Edward Cullen and Isabella Swan both have parents who are powerful on Capitol Hill. Problem is, their families are political enemies. What happens when Democrat!Edward and Republican!Bella bump into each other at Union Station in D.C.? AH. ExB. COMPLETE. Rated: Fiction M


review by luckyirishtart

 I’ve read a lot of fics in my time kicking around the twi-fandom, and there are many that have made me cry, laugh and even squirm in my seat. But this fic, this fic especially, is one of my all-time favorites. It touched me the whole way through and is backed up by witty, charming and at times downright hilarious dialogue. Belladonna1472 has created a story that I will go back to just to fall in love with the characters all over again.

And with election time once again upon us, it’s a perfect time to revisit a red and blue love story with a generous side of politics. 

Told in alternating points-of-view, the story introduces us to Bella Swan (R) and Edward Cullen (D), who inadvertently run in to each other in a D.C. train station… and, boy, do the sparks begin to fly!   There are other forces at work though, and the heated discussions that come from not only being on opposing sides of the party line, but also opposing political families, ultimately serves to build a rich and rather delectable sexual tension.

You can feel it as a bit of covert flirtation strung between barbed quips launches these two into a desperate, fumbling encounter on a swiftly moving train.

“In a bold maneuver, I lean over the armrest and reach down to put my hand on her thigh. I want her out of her jeans. Now. She leans towards me. I'm close enough to kiss her - my lips graze the soft skin of her cheek, teasing her.
"I want to claim my prize right now, actually," I whisper huskily while squeezing her thigh.
Her response is just as playful. "I want you claim it too. Against the bathroom wall."

And like the aforementioned train, this story grabs on to the rails and takes off.

With both plenty of plot and sexy-times, the story evolves into intrigue as these two across-the-aisle personalities start to want more and more of each other. But, of course, like any story where you start to root for these two, there’s that catch that makes you keep reading:  Bella’s father is Senate Majority Leader; Edward’s mother is Speaker of the House—and those two happen to despise each other.

I love how belladonna1472 used the family angle as a device to keep these two apart, not only because it is different from some other star-crossed lovers plots, but because it made the fic so much fun to read. Background characters that add to the story? Sign me up!

So, what to do when two people are attracted to each other, but, because of the intense political rivalry between the families, it’s just not feasible? Answer: they decide to keep it on the down low in fear of repercussions, and embark on the friends-with-benefits route.  As we quickly find out, even that seems to be not enough for the both of them.

Enter the name of this clever story. Edward decides he needs to come clean and embarks on what he calls ‘The Cullen Campaign’:

"You mean something to me. So if I look at you like I care about you…I won't apologize for that."

So you know what’s coming…once their families find out, all hell breaks loose.  The way it happens? One of my favorite scenes.  Ever.

On rereading this again for the umpteenth time, I found myself smiling, sighing and clutching at my heart a little, too. The beauty of fic is that we get to see our favorite characters fall in love in so many different ways. Who knew that a Republican and a Democrat could make it so sweet?



A Thousand Leaves by Bellasunshine
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6276284/1/A_Thousand_Leaves
Isabella Swan grew up as the best friend of Alice Cullen, younger sister of Edward Cullen, who was never nice to Bella despite her being an "honorary Cullen." Everything changes when Edward is sent to prison for the murder of Bella's mother. Rated: Fiction M



Evading Edward by VampiresHaveLaws
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5399084/1/Evading_Edward
Bella's first encounter with Edward instantly leads to a mutual dislike. She is the new girl in town that has attracted more than one admirer and he's the boy who usually gets what he wants. So how will one evade when the other is set to conquer? AH Rated: Fiction M


All the President's Men by Shahula
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8284901/1/All_the_Presidents_Men
He's the most powerful man in the world, with nothing beyond his reach or influence. But is it enough to bring her back? Only time will tell. Presidentward. AH, Rated M



Going For the Gold by Bethaboo
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4483468/1/Going_for_the_Gold
Edward Cullen, an Olympic swimming star, goes to Beijing with winning gold medals on his mind, but is distracted by the beautiful but clumsy reporter he meets on his way. All Human AU, co-written by tameleine. Rated: Fiction M




Monday, August 13, 2012

MEET THE POLL: Choose the FIVE that move you THE MOST




Each week we share with you what we are reading and enjoying. The following made the top of our lists last week. Please help us determine which 5 of these will be featured as fics of the week, next week, by choosing FIVE from the poll on the right!

Boundaries Undefined by Mylisssa-rec'd by Nic
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8311620/1/Boundaries_Undefined
High school is a raging screaming battle that's mostly in her head. She won't be happy until she has him, but hell if she'll ever tell him. She sees only deception in his deepest truths,while he doesn't know the falsehoods of what he reads from her actions. Someone has to bend or the other will break. AH E/B Rated: Fiction M

Bright Like the Sun by Dryler-rec'd by Jordan Costanza
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4812429/1/Bright_Like_the_Sun
 When Bella goes to live with her father in Forks, things go much better than she expected. At least until a slick parking lot, a careening van, a broken arm, and her weird lab partner from biology get in the way. Rated: Fiction M

Dancing On My Own by Coldplaywhore-rec'd by Evilnat
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8121812/1/Dancing_On_My_Own
She's displaced, uncertain and loathes living with her mother. Bella is surrounded on all sides by what she could become, but she just wants someone to tell her who she is. Rated M for the usual. Rated: Fiction

Dark Goddess: E&B Version by Lissa Bryan-rec'd by Dessie Dhiee Masen
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7967399/1/Dark_Goddess_EB_Version
A free-spirited archaeologist & a shy, absent-minded genius find a 500 year old vampire who thinks she's a goddess. They're try to sneak back to the US, teach her about the modern world, and trying very, very hard not to fall in love with the Dark Goddess. OOC/AU/Rated M

Evening the Score by DiamondHeart78-rec'd by Jenn Granat
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6121015/1/Evening_the_Score
Bella is a relationship-weary sports journalist. Edward is a playboy, ex-pat American soccer player in London. When they meet, will they connect or kill each other? Rated: Fiction M

Holding On & Letting Go by Jenny0719-rec'd by Twilover76/Nic
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8382216/1/Holding_On_and_Letting_Go
Masen Valley, SC. Population: 10,789. It was a tiny dot on a map; an escape of sorts for Bella Swan. But when circumstances bring a certain member of Masen Valley's founding family back to town, she finds that the past isn't as easy to leave behind as she thought it would be. Or let go. Rated: Fiction M

House of the Horde by Raggdoll of Twilight-rec'd by Livie Live
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5447521/1/House_of_the_Horde
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? Rated: Fiction M

Letting Down the Walls by Edward's My Obsession1971-rec'd by Shayna Bowe
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7554892/1/Letting_Down_the_Walls
Bella is a transfer to U Dub from Phoenix with severe self-esteem issues from a chronic disease. Edward is a med school student seeing patents at his Dad's practice. When they meet, will Bella let Edward in her life or is she too damaged for love? Rated: Fiction M

Politics and Prejudices by Damsell-rec'd by Evilnat
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6695013/1/
Bella Swan, speech writer to Senator Cullen is new to politics & D.C. Edward Masen, Chief of Staff to Senator Volturi having grown up surrounded by politics is jaded by it all. Can Bella survive this new world & can Edward overcome his prejudices? AH Rated: Fiction M

Power Ten by LauraLoo7-rec'd by Nic
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6191933/1/Power_Ten
Edward Cullen is the stroke of the Brown University Crew Team. Bella Swan is his new, shy, clumsy sophomore coxswain. Can they learn to get along for his most important season, or will he toss her out of the boat before they reach the finish line?Rated: Fiction M

Radio Edit by PinkHoodie85-rec'd by Dandie Goose
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5939845/1/Radio_Edit
Bella, an intern for a popular Radio Morning Show in South Florida, enlist the help of her co-hosts to help gain the self confidence to catch the eye of a certain bronze haired neighbor. Rated: M

Sticky Sweet by SunKing-rec'd by Suebee Betafairy
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8390212/1/Sticky_Sweet
City Girl Bella meets Class Clown Edward when she moves to small-town Tennessee. He's gorgeous, flirtatious, and possibly downright nuts. Can she hold onto her heart around a guy who flirts with anything that breathes? So much fluff. Rated: Fiction T

The Affair by Johnnyboy7-rec'd by Nic/MonicaNP
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8343731/1/The_Affair
After the death of her father, Isabella Swan moves to the East coast where she meets dentist Edward Cullen. He's older, a father, and married. Sometimes, you can't tell your heart who to love. Rated: Fiction M

The American President by Rushed-rec'd by Ysar Fanfiction
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8213149/1/The_American_President
As the President of the United States, Edward Cullen finds it difficult to meet women. So his brother secretly employs the services of an escort agency to help fulfill certain presidential needs. Rated: Fiction M

The Cellar by Iambeagle-rec'd by Jordan Costanza
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7546180/1/The_Cellar
Boy meets Girl. Girl's friend throws up on Boy's shoes. A story about wannabe hipsters, awkward moments, and soul mates. Rated: Fiction M

The Heist by KreativeKreature-rec'd by Nic
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8348430/1/The_Heist
Have you ever felt like every event in your life is out of your control? Like it's all a lie? Hoax? Sham? "I'm no one, and pretty soon… you will be too." Welcome to The Heist.
Rated: Fiction M

The Loving Kind by Thimbles-rec'd by Nic
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7977210/1/The_Loving_Kind
There were nine words on the square of paper. Nine simple words that I have waited over a year to hear: "I was wrong. I miss you. I love you." My biggest mistake was falling in love with Bella. My second was telling her. Rated: Fiction M

The Price of Balance by Averysubtlegift-rec'd by Lynn Pepper
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4763112/1/
Bella is a girl with a tragic past.The mysterious Edward sweeps in and seems to be balancing out some of the bad in her life.But can love really heal wounds,and what is the real price of balance?Will they be able to pay it?AU - Rated: Fiction T

The Search by Amber1983-rec'd by Dessie Dhiee Masen
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7345952/1/The_Search
When Bella Swan flees to London to escape her painful and humiliating past her new life is knocked off its axis by her charismatic and ambitious boss, Edward Cullen. Can Ed unravel Bella's secrets and get what he wants without revealing his own demons...and his heart? Rated: Fiction M

The Veil by Belladonna Cullen-rec'd by Nic/Edmazing/Suebee Betafairy
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7784269/1/The_Veil
You always have the choice between life and death... until you don't. There is poetry at the beginning and end of our journey, but it's what you make of the interim that counts. BxE
Rated: Fiction M

Saturday, August 11, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAIME ARKIN!

Tonight we are celebrating a favorite fandom friend of ours. Most of you know her by Jaime Arkin, I prefer to add an 's' and call her jaimearkins, because I love her so much that she should be plural... 

So tonight, we would like to get the ball rolling on our birthday blogparty by inviting you to get to know Jaime as well as we do and we've brought along some of our favorite guys to help us celebrate 
one of TLS's most favorite girls.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAIME ARKIN!!!
gif love from cuppycakes

Feel free to grab an avi and use them tomorrow (Sunday, August 12) to celebrate Jaime's big day!

avi love from twilly

avi from twilly



avi from evilnat

SO LET'S START THIS PARTY WITH SOME APPROPRIATE BIRTHDAY HUMPS


 For those of you that aren't familiar with Jaime I've put together everything you need to get in the know as well as a few special birthday wishes from all of us:

Need a great place to go when you want to hold a real book in your hand but don't know which book you should buy? Jaime is my go-to gal for great book recs. Sometimes I get burnt out on fanfiction and want something I can hold in my hands... That's when I go here:
Jaime will always point you in the right direction when it comes to the best reads. She has never steered me wrong--consistently recommending gripping fiction. You can visit her blog on any given day to find amazing book reviews, adoptable banners, and fandom info.

Hang with Jaime here:

Did I mention she's also an amazing writer? Please do yourself a favor and check out her stories below.


The White Swan Lodge by jarkin33
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6389047/1/The_White_Swan_Lodge
Tragedy led her there. Commitment forced him there. Can a place of beauty and solitude hold the fate they were both seeking…



Barely Breathing by aftrnoondlight
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6339231/1/Barely_Breathing
A love taken for granted, we don't always realize what we have until it's gone. "They say bad things happen for a reason and I'd like to believe that's true." A story about realizing what's important. Edward & Bella AH


Willow by jarkin33
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6628980/1/Willow
First place winner in A Christmas to Remember contest - A quaint small town. A horse named Willow. Two lonely lovers. These are the ingredients of a DIVINE holiday romance.



Lips Like Scarlet Sugar by aftrnoondlight
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6578307/1/Lips_Like_Scarlet_Sugar
"I think you liked me touching you in front of your ex, didn't you?" E & B are alone for New Year's ... or not. Written for the Squeeze My Lemon, Lemon writing exercise.



All Good Things by jarkin33
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7873361/1/All_Good_Things
Miscellaneous collection of one shots most likely based on picture prompts to get back into the writing swing! E/B and probably naughty -



War Zone by aftrnoondlight
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6630809/1/War_Zone
Edward and Bella seek the clarity and wisdom to move on from horrific tragedy. Can they find the peace to heal in their bond? A love story as told by Edward. Collaboration with phoebes. promise for Pick a Pic challenge.

Outbound by aftrnoondlight




Two beautiful souls humbly traveling life's lonely path, until fate suddenly shows her hand. Will Edward and Bella surrender willingly... A tender, romantic tale of love and life in the clouds.

Dreams past, circumstance and sacrifice... young Edward and Bella bravely smile through the tears on life's complicated path. A short journey of pure and true devotion... of choosing love above all else. EPOV M for Language & Lemons

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAIME!!! WE LOVE YOU PRETTY!!


Jaime,
You make my cyber world so much fun. That's what you are to me, besides being one of the most creative, generous, encouraging people I know, you are FUN. So thank you for adding fun to my life each and every day. I hope that your day is filled with all the love and all of the FUN in the world. Happy Birthday Jaime!
Love,
PAWsPeaches

Jaime,
You know you make everyday brighter. Thank you for being a real, true friend. I will always cherish you. Happy Birthday I hope you feel how much you are loved.  
Corie

Jaime,
Thank you for always making me smile and for all you do for me and for TLS. You are a fantastic friend, an amazing person and one of my favorite authors! I'm blessed to have you in my life. Much love,
Nic~

Jaime,
Thank you for everything that you do. You are truly one of the bright spots in the fandom. Not a day goes by where you don’t bring some sunshine to so many of us. Keep staying your sweet and talented self and I hope you have a wonderful birthday!! 
Love you,
Heather aka Twilover76

Jaime, Happy birthday!
Hoping all the best for you this year. You are one of the sweetest and most talented ladies in this fandom. Your sense of humor always has me rolling. Thank you for that! xoxoxo,
Amy aka Trouble

Jaime!
Happy birthday pretty girl! Thank you for sharing you laughter and your love with all of us. The fandom would not be the same without you. I hope, hope, hope your day is filled with the best of everything. I’m talking “rainbows and Doc wearing Trent’s on unicorns” kind of happiness! 
XoxoMel (edmazing)

Jaime,
I hope that your day is as wonderful as you are. Thank you so much for all that you do!
Love,
Tracy


Dear Jaime,
You were the first person I twitter-stalked for fic recs a few years ago. I always knew it would be good if you recommended it. Nowadays I stalk your blog for banner inspiration. Thanks so much for everything you've done. Have an amazing birthday!
Nat (evilnat)

I offer my wishes for the happiest birthday yet to one of the most talented and kindest people in the fandom or otherwise. Happy Birthday Jaime.
~twilly
PS: I still want to be you when I grow up
PSS: Thank you for letting Edward knock up Bella and making her realize that blonde Bellas are all kinds of wrong.

Jaime -
You are sweet and funny and one of the best people kicking around this place. Your words and your artistic talent never cease to blow me away plus you've managed to get me reading books I never would have thought to pick up. I hope you have an amazing day and year!
Sue

Jaime you are by far amoung the best of the best in this fandom in so many more ways than one. I hope your bday is spontaneous and spectacular! 
Big love xoxo 
Jo

Happy Birthday Jaime!!
I hope you always have enough smutty books to keep you sane and enough sweet ones to keep you sighing.  
a fellow dirty librarian xoxo 
Agrutle aka Amanda

Dear Jaime, 
You're such a special friend. It's a pleasure to remember you anytime, especially on your birthday:) Remember the time you slept with Rob. I mean who could forget that. That was awesome. LOL. On this day I wish you to have the courage to live at least one more dream, fulfill one more wish and make one more person's life beautiful. The Wolfpack wouldn't be the same without you. Happy Birthday, sweet girl!
PS Mama said to mention that you have the greatest wifey ever. LOL
xoxRY

Jaime,The fandom wouldn't be the same without you in it! Thanks so much for your art, your writing, your wit & good humor. Thanks for your support & your friendship. Have a fuck-awesome day & a fabulous year!
Xoxoxo ~BDC

Happy birthday Jaime. I hope you have a wonderful birthday filled with smiles, love and happiness!
Xoxo Kitty

Happy Birthday Jaime! I hope your day is every bit as special as you are. You are such an amazing person and your talent awes me daily. You deserve to have a day that celebrates you. Not only because of the time and the generosity you give our fandom but because we all are lucky enough to call you our friend. Hope your day is filled with lots of books, Chris Martin, and cake. I hope you're spoiled from sunup to sundown. I hope you know that you are very loved! 
Lots and lots of love,
Erin aka Les16

Happy birthday, Jaime! I hope your day is as special as you are. You make me smile, and then cry with your beautiful words—the fandom would not be the same without you. You help so many of us and deserve the best of everything. ily.
KimXOXO

Dear Jaime, you are a wonderful friend and great soul. I feel lucky and tingly that I got to spend TwiCamp with you two years in a row and look forward to more great times ahead. You make me smile, giggle, and I love your pretty face. I hope your day is as wonderful as you are. Love ya, Girlie! 
xoxooSuzie55

Jaime,
Thank you for being love and sunshine and rainbows in our fandom. I couldn't love you more if I tried. Happy Birthday!
Love,
Cosmo

Jaime,
I hope you have the best birthday ever!! If anyone deserves it it's you. You're a constant bright spot for me and a lot of people around here every day. Thank you for always always being the best, most supportive and kickass friend. *sending you all the hugs and gropes and birthday cakes with naked men in them*

xoxo
~caren
Jaime,
You have been such a wonderful friend and are such a great person all around! I wish we could all be together on your birthday to laugh and make fun of people and get drunk. Sleeping with you was two of the best nights of my life! Love you and hope you have a fantastic birthday!
Love,
Lori


photo from edmazing