Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Out with the old, in with the new: What to expect from TLS in 2014

The Old:
Three short years ago I logged onto Blogger and created a neon rainbow colored blog (that didn't last long) for twilight fanfiction recommendations. The color format quickly changed from neons to the well embraced black and yellow TLS theme. We formulated a poll to post each and every week that you logged on to vote and help us determine the fics of the week.

The New:
Fast forward to today and we are just shy of 1,000 followers, have a personalized theme and continue to pump out weekly features. We bring you story recs with our Staff Recommended Fic Features, New story recs through our TLS Nursery posts each month, One-shot recs with our monthly round up of the Lemon Drops, we offer a Flash Fic Friday feature every friday during the summer and we have added a feature that highlights published reads as well!

Just to reiterate... TLS doesn't plan on going anywhere. We love all of our followers and thank each and every one of you for hanging here with us... Seriously a big thanks to everyone that has logged on to vote on our polls from the beginning. The TLS facebook group started on December 17, 2010 with our first blog post on January 6, 2011... we've continued to evolve effortlessly since. I hope that all of you will stick around and read with us as we continue to rec the best of the best fics out there. 

We will still feature staff recommended stories, bring you Nursery recs, Lemon Drops and published reads... we just won't be posting polls any longer. From the beginning, we've done a poll every week and though it's been fun, it's created a lot of extra work. Blame me if you're upset about it. I ultimately made that call. We want to keep it fun, not make this a job ... so therefore I decided to take polls out of the equation all together.

We aim to take the work out of fic diving by only bringing you trusted recs that won't let you down... that's our goal for 2014. We don't want to let you down, so tell us how we're doing from time to time. Leave comments under the features, fill out the contact form on the blog or just rec a story that's rocking your world.

Thank you to the ladies that bring this blog to life each week: Kennedy Nicole Maddock, Ed Mazin, Kim Swanson, Michelle, Twilover SevenSix, Jaime Arkins, Nat McEvil, Six Dlbfive,  Obsmama and Surething302.

We hope that each of you have a safe and happy New Year's Eve and we will see you in 2014!


You didn't think we'd leave you without recs did you? Hold tight and listen up... here are three stories that TLS'ers are buzzing about:

Rochelle Allison rec'd this and it seems that everyone in TLS LOVES loves this one:
The Violet Hour by TheBlueWatch (amazing collab b/t VampsHaveLaws and SparrowNotes24)
"As the days blurred by, his presence stirring up something inside of me, I couldn't decide who had affected me more. The storm. Or him." A story of finding passion when you least expect it.

Ed Mazin and Thimbles say to read this one:
With Ties by BelieveItOrNot
When everything Bella hoped for in a future is no longer an option, she has to find a way to rise above. She learns that expectations are meaningless and that sometimes, a throw-away length of thread can hold more value than a diamond ring. A Light the Darkness Contest Entry. First Place Winner Public and Judges' Vote.

Nic and Kim Swanson say that this one is a must:
Vespers by spoons are for marmalade skies
A tragedy leaves Bella in a spiral of strange events. She's more confused than ever when a hot, magnetic lawyer offers a distraction from the tangled feelings she has for her oldest friend.

Stay tuned in 2014 for new features and the announcement of the 2013 TLS Fic of the YEAR!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Welcome to TLS Nursery!

Welcome to TLS Nursery!

Here we nurture all of the newborn stories that we love! Everything in our nursery has been read and approved by a few - or a lot - of the TLS ladies, and we think you'll enjoy cuddling up to these babies as well.

As ever, there are some incredible stories to check out this month.

Remember to leave these lovely ladies some love, and let them know TLS sent you!

We wish you a very Happy New Year, and a special 2014!


Gate 19 by iambeagle
After finding out her flight from Denver to Seattle has been cancelled, Bella accepts a ride from a stranger who is also hoping to get home for Christmas. ExB Christmas fluff, y'all.

Up on the Rooftop by Marvar
Bella and her friends have a few naughty surprises for the guys that dumped them right before the holiday. Rated M for Merry Fucking Christmas

New Girl by LyricalKris
iving with three guys was never going to be without drama. Jasper and Emmett were easy, but Edward was a little harder to enjoy. Bella guessed he was hiding a secret behind that abrasive exterior, but then again, so was she. A collab with EveryDayBella.

In Every Life (A Little Snow Must Fall) by cosmogirl7481
Life happens. It passes us by in fleeting moments filled with unexpected encounters. It gives us choices to say and do the right thing. And chances to make it better, even when our choices were wrong. A short holiday story.

He Said, She Said by araeo
Boy meets Girl and sweeps her right off her feet – which just happen to be slightly slutty when it comes to a certain tall, dark (and slightly gingered) piece of walking sex, who decides to pursue her without mercy. A fluffy novelette about a girl who does something questionably stupid, yet lucks out incredibly by finding her Mr. Right. All human. Utter nonsense.

Iteration: The Perks and Pitfalls of Talking Too Much by m81170
Jobless, penniless, college dropout Edward takes a chance on a Craigslist job listing to be the face of Jasper's new company. An unlikely friendship blossoms over pancakes and ketchup but is tested when a saucy new waitress catches Edward's eye. Too bad she's the press, and Edward can't afford to be scooped. Life is hard for an ex-Russian-Literature-Major turned professional liar.

Rest My Soul by MrsSpaceCowboy
On opposite corners of Third Street and Beale, two lonely people fight to stay that way. Her scars are on the surface, soft on her skin and in her eyes. His run bone-deep, seeped in bourbon and blues. EPOV.

The Red Coats by ericsatwilight
She loves the holidays. He loathes them. As new neighbors, they have to learn to tolerate each other. The problem for Edward is that she's irresistible in red. Can she bring the Grinch around in time to save him from a lonely New Year?

Removed by JiffyKate
"Every ending is a new beginning." Originally written for the Mark Me Contest.

The Best Mistake Of All by MrsK81
Living the perfect life with no cares or responsibilities suited Bella just fine, but her family had other ideas and all of a sudden everything was changing... and not necessarily in a good way. One last night out, one quick escape through a bathroom window, one assumption about her new boss plus so many other things proved to be one mistake after another or so it seemed.

A Christmas Partnership by Lost In Fanfiction
What happens when Bella resorts to unusual methods to catch the attention of Edward, a shy and slightly oblivious co-worker?

The Brightest Star by chocaholic123
Porn stars, suburbia and Christmas lights. Sometimes the brightest star shines in the darkest places. And sometimes you're so blind you can't see it. E x B AH and full of smut. Happy Christmas from me!

A Southern Gentleman by Mrs. Brownloe
Honor, duty and gentility were the guiding principles of a southern gentleman. So, there was only one thing to do when Edward discovered the truth of something that happened long ago, something he was honor-bound to repair if it took him the rest of his life.

Tommy by HelloElla
They were just kids, growing up much too fast. When life felt like a deep & freezing ocean in which they drowned in, they saved each other every single time up until she disappeared the night of their high school graduation. Now, older & convinced she is still alive, Edward returns home in hopes of finding traces that will lead him back to Tommy, the tomboy girl who saved his life.

Yes by GeekChic12
"He talks to me sometimes. I mean, it's usually sort of one-sided, but… every once in a while, he'll make eye contact with me, and I feel like I've won the lottery or something."

True Confessions of a Coffee Girl by Deebelle1
A perfect cafe au lait was all it took for Hollywood's most eligible bachelor to fall in love with me...the coffee girl.

He Came Along by Hopesparkles
This was going to be a fresh start; a new beginning, in a far off place. But what happened that night, on a dark road near Maxwell changed everything for Bella.

Santa And The Bearded Elf by MrsK81
Santa, a bearded elf, a closet, and the most amazing kiss... definitely a good deed with a difference for Bella Swan. But what if her Santa turned out to be someone a little closer to home, maybe a little too close to home? How does she tell him who she really is? A fun, little Christmas story with daily updates finishing on Christmas Day.

The Second Time Around by anhanninen
One call changes Edward Cullen's life, giving him a second chance to be the father he always imagined. Piecing together his broken daughter isn't easy, and he soon realizes she needs more help than he can offer. His daughter comes first, but feelings can't always be controlled and he might just find another second chance he didn't count on. All Human.

Look How You Turned Out by counselor
If I was going to write another story it would be something like this...

Shelter by Marvar
Two people. One night. No power. Can two people fall for each other as they seek shelter? Rated M because Edward has a British accent and wears suspenders. My birthday present for Cosmogirl7481.

The Donor by alchemilla mollis
Novelist Isabella M. Swan is pushing thirty and seeking fertility treatment. Her vampire husband can't exactly contribute. Bella tests the limits of Edward's devotion when she plays off colleagues, fans, and her husband's trust in order to achieve her goal.

What She Deserves by GeekChic12
She deserves better than what I can give her. She deserves everything. AH

Vespers by spoons are for marmalade skies
A tragedy leaves Bella in a spiral of strange events. She's more confused than ever when a hot, magnetic lawyer offers a distraction from the tangled feelings she has for her oldest friend.

Belong To Me by Edward's Eternal 
A last minute decision. A dead car. One long, cold walk. Soft eyes and gentle care warm up Edward's cold hands and start to thaw out his frozen heart. What happens when two lonely souls meet at Christmas? Do miracles still exist? Can they possibly belong to each other?

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christmas Pleasure Package

TLS is hooking you up! We've got a parcel of men who shine... and we're giving 'em to you in assorted sizes. Whoa. You're getting WIPS that are coming at you daily, completes that you can gobble down, and one shots for you hit it and quit it girls. ;) 
Enjoy the goodies and PLEASE leave your authors some love.  


A Christmas Partnership by Lost In Fanfiction
What happens when Bella resorts to unusual methods to catch the attention of Edward, a shy and slightly oblivious co-worker? Fiction M - English - Romance - Bella, Edward - Chapters: 15 - Words: 5,503

Gate 19 by iambeagle
After finding out her flight from Denver to Seattle has been cancelled, Bella accepts a ride from a stranger who is also hoping to get home for Christmas. ExB Christmas fluff, y'all. Fiction M - Romance/Humor - Bella, Edward - Chapters: 3 - Words: 3,589

In Every Life (A Little Snow Must Fall) by cosmogirl7481
Life happens. It passes us by in fleeting moments filled with unexpected encounters. It gives us choices to say and do the right thing. And chances to make it better, even when our choices were wrong. A short holiday story. Fiction M - Romance - Bella, Edward - Chapters: 23 - Words: 20,352

Seven Days to Christmas by CullensTwiMistress
She met him at thirteen and again at twenty-seven. He's never forgotten her. A Christmas story about two people, luck, and a few special deliveries. ExB; Olderward. Fiction M - Romance/Humor - Bella, Edward - Chapters: 6 - Words: 12,649 

The Brightest Star by chocaholic123
Porn stars, suburbia and Christmas lights. Sometimes the brightest star shines in the darkest places. And sometimes you're so blind you can't see it. E x B AH and full of smut. Happy Christmas from me! Fiction M - Drama/Romance - Bella, Edward, Phil, Renée - Chapters: 4 - Words: 14,020

The Red Coats by ericastwilight
She loves the holidays. He loathes them. As new neighbors, they have to learn to tolerate each other. The problem for Edward is that she's irresistible in red. Can she bring the Grinch around in time to save him from a lonely New Year? Fiction M - Romance - Bella, Edward - Chapters: 3 - Words: 4,851


The Christmas Book by ericastwilight
After the loss of his best friends,Edward is responsible for their little girl. Unable to get the child to open up, he takes her to a bookstore. Inside, he finds a loving young woman, hurting from past regrets and the owner of a magical book. Fiction T - Hurt/Comfort/Romance - Edward, Bella - Chapters: 15 - Words: 25,530
*Yes, we're making an exception to the M only rule because Six says this one's just that good. 

Footprints in the Snow by cosmogirl7481
"An hour from now, when the snow falls again, it will be like we weren't even there. But we will remember." A story of unrequited love, and how the things we keep silent can hurt us and the ones we hold closest. E/B Rated M for themes of an adult nature. Fiction M - Romance/Angst - Bella, Edward - Chapters: 17 - Words: 37,464

Operation: Merry Christmas by nicnicd
When Bella, alone for Christmas, bumps into a shy and quiet coed outside of her dorm will her negative outlook on the Holidays change? My submission to the Twilight Gift Exchange on LJ. Fiction M - Romance/Humor - Bella, Edward - Chapters: 9 - Words: 19,796

Seventh and Pine by iambeagle
Eating food, drinking beer, and watching football are acceptable ways to spend your Thanksgiving Day. Wooing your niece's insanely attractive babysitter, however, is not. EPOV Fiction M - Humor/Romance - Bella, Edward - Chapters: 9 - Words: 20,446

Snowed In by eclipsedawn
Bella travels to Alaska to vacation in the cabin Alice loaned her. What happens when Bella finds out she is not the only person staying in the cabin? Alternate Universe/Human. I do not own Twilight
Fiction M - Romance - Bella, Edward - Chapters: 29 - Words: 92,314
*Omg, this was one of the first fanfics I read! 

The Twelve Days of Christmas by pattyrose
On Christmas Eve, Edward Masen meets his girlfriend Rosalie's younger sister. The twelve days of Christmas will sure be interesting. All human. AU. ExB. Fiction M - Romance/Family - Edward, Bella - Chapters: 13 - Words: 57,871

Twelve Days of Christmas By: twilover76
Bella is running from her past and Edward is deciding his future. The holiday season brings them together. Can two people from different worlds be happy together? AH/M Fiction M - Romance/Hurt/Comfort - Bella, Edward - Chapters: 12 - Words: 38,020 - Complete

Willow by aftrnoondlight
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. Fiction M - Romance/Humor - Edward, Bella - Chapters: 4 - Complete


*banner found at ficcentral.com

Christmas Carols, Cocktails, and Confessions by MrsK81
For as long as she can remember, Bella has been hopelessly entangled with the one man who she could never call her own. After a night of cocktails & confessions in a bar, can she finally learn what she needs to do to get the man of her dreams? Fiction M - Romance/Drama - Bella, Edward - Words: 9,654 

Christmas Stalkings by quietruby
The lives of two strangers intersect in one packed mall on a very magical Christmas Eve. One-shot. Fiction M - Romance/Humor - Bella, Edward - Words: 12,275

Jingle Bella by cosmogirl7481
O/S Lonely and scorned, Bella is sarcastic and slightly bitter. A bad first date isn't helping things. Will a stranger rub her in all the wrong ways…or all the right ones? Rated M for dirty talk and smut because I wrote it. AH ExB Fiction M - Romance/Humor - Bella, Edward - Words: 11,068

My Best Friend's Girlfriend by Chicklette
A holidayish o/s based on one of the Love Actually plots. Jasper/Bella. No Alice or Edward. Fiction M - Romance - Bella, Jasper - Words: 9,054

Sometime Around Midnight by musegirl
Bella & Edward, best friends for eight years, spend every New Year's together. When Edward's new relationship strains their friendship, will Bella lose Edward or will she get the New Year's kiss she's been waiting for? O/S BICO contest. Rated M.- Angst/Romance - Bella, Edward - Words: 11,483

The Eggnog Effect by bananapancakes7
Jasper's convinced that he's a little known blip on the object of his affection's radar, but an office Christmas party and a cup of a seasonal horrific favorite might just change everything. Js/E. Slash. Gift fic for ThatPanicGirlE for YuleTwi'd Gay. Fiction M - Romance/Humor - Jasper, Edward - Words: 10,696

So, there you have it folks. A list of our new and old favorites. We hope you enjoy them and if we're missing out on any others please slip us a link. ;) 
Happy Holidays, 
Jaime, Kim, Mel, Nic, and Six

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Warming Up The Holidays With Books!

I know, you're probably wondering why the heck this post is showing up here on The Lemonade Stand... but over the past couple years, some of you may have noticed my focus moving away from fanfiction and into the realm of books... that's not to say I don't still read fanfiction, it's just that with the start of my book review blog, my time to read fanfiction and honestly my interest started to wane a bit.  

But that has opened the door to finding many authors and books that I have come to really enjoy.  And my hope is that I can share some of that excitement with you guys out there looking to include some books in your reading! 

So... all that said, on occasion you will now find some reviews and recommendations here for books... not just from me, but I'm kicking things off.    
Let's be honest, if you're reading fanfiction, you're not against reading books in the 'adult' genre.  But even those of you who also like the YA stuff like me will find a few suggestions!  And I thought a great way to start this feature would be to jump into the holiday genre because once the end of November rolls around, I like to dive into the holiday themed books!  Sometimes it's easy to find them, and sometimes... not so much!  But I started a list early this year of books that fall into the Christmas/New Years Theme that I'm always looking for and I thought I'd share them with you!  Some of them I've read, but others I plan to try and get to this winter!! I hope you'll join me in reading some of them!  If I've read them, there is a link to my review included.  If I've missed something you think should be on this list, please let me know in the comments! I love having a stock of books to read for special occasions! 

Once upon a time, Christmas was Kayla Green's favorite time of year. Now all the workaholic wants for Christmas is for it to be over—as fast as possible! So when duty calls her to snowy Vermont to close a deal with a new client, Kayla is grateful for an excuse to avoid the holidays for another year. 

Jackson O'Neil left a thriving business behind to return home and salvage his family's resort—it's in his blood, and he can't let it fail. Now that he's got marketing whiz Kayla Green working with him to put Snow Crystal on the map, success is on the horizon. The fact they strike enough sparks off each other to power all the Christmas lights in Vermont is just an added bonus. 

Kayla might be an expert at her job, but she's out of her depth with Jackson—he makes her crave the happy-ever-after she once dreamed of, and it's terrifying. As the snowflakes continue to swirl, will the woman who doesn't believe in the magic of Christmas finally fall under its spell?

When It's Right by Jeanette Grey - Cosmo and I read this in early November and we both loved loved loved it.  It's a novella so it won't take you days to read it but we love Grey's wonderfully realistic and passionate characters! Pick this one up on today!  

"He's the last resolution she intends to break. "

Still licking his wounds after a messy breakup, Nate is at loose ends for New Year's Eve and itching for a wild and crazy adventure to jolt him out of his rut. Now if he could only convince his best friend, Cassie, to break away for an impromptu road trip to Times Square.

Fun as it sounds, Cassie is reluctant to accept Nate's invitation. Little does he know, she's made resolutions of her own-resolutions about finally getting over her long-standing crush on him. Telling herself this trip will be the perfect "last hurrah," she packs her bag.

The trip is a fiasco from the outset. A car that won't start, a freak storm that strands them on the side of the road, and a long drive with too much time for true confessions. Cassie's rocks Nate to the core, leaving him wondering if the best thing that ever happened to him has been right in front of him all along.

Warning: Contains two best friends, a secret crush, and a road trip that leads to tow trucks, unexpected hotel-room sharing, epiphanies, sex, and more.

Room at the Inn by Ruthie Knox - This is another Novella, but it's from Ruthie Knox so you have to know it's amazing! I read this one last year and it's a must read for the holiday season! 

Ambitious and driven, Carson Vance couldn’t wait to escape the small town where he was born. But now that Carson is back to spend Christmas with his ailing father, he must face all the people of Potter Falls he’s left behind. Topping that list is Julie Long, who’s sacrificed so much for Carson’s family, and whose heart he broke once upon a time. Now the proprietor of the local inn, Julie has blossomed from a shy schoolgirl into a successful, seductive, independent woman—everything that Carson’s looking for in a relationship. But despite several steamy encounters under the mistletoe, Julie refuses to believe in happily ever after. Now Carson must convince Julie that he’s back for good—and that he wants her in his life for all the holidays to come.

Snowbound with  the CEO by Shannon Stacey - I haven't read this one yet, but I am hoping to this month!  I know some people don't like the millionaire trope, but I don't mind it, and you can't go wrong with Shannon Stacey - I can't wait to pick this one up! 

Adrian Blackstone built a million-dollar business with hard work and determination—and by remaining professional at all times. Denying his longtime attraction to his beautiful executive assistant hasn't been easy but it's necessary. She's indispensable, and he can't stand the thought of losing her if things didn't work out.

For more than a year, Rachel Carter has been quietly dreaming of all the ways she'll never seduce her sexy, buttoned-up boss. She's worked too hard to get where she is to cross that line, no matter how badly she'd like to act on her fantasies. But then a wicked snowstorm leaves them stranded in a romantic winter wonderland…

What begins as a single kiss and a few bad Santa jokes turns into a weekend full of breathless passion and hopes for something more. But with Monday comes a return to their complicated reality—and Adrian must prove that promises made are promises kept, especially at Christmastime.

Under the Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis - Um... Jill Shalvis and Lucky Harbor.  That is all.  Kidding - lol but seriously if you haven't read ANY of the Lucky Harbor books go now.  This is a novella and a quick & lovely read!  


There's no place like home for the holidays. And the Lucky Harbor Bed & Breakfast is bursting with festive lights and good cheer. But for Mia, Christmas is turning out to be anything other than merry and bright. Her recent break-up with her boyfriend Nick has made her return bittersweet. But then a surprise arrives, when Nick follows her to town bearing gifts-and asking for forgiveness.

Nick grew up without a family of his own so he's overwhelmed by the love that Mia receives from all her relatives, gathered together to celebrate the season. Under their watchful eyes, Nick finds earning back her trust the hardest thing he's ever had to do. If he succeeds, he will receive the greatest gift of all, Mia's love for a lifetime.

Plus we have special month long giveaways going on right now to celebrate the holidays!! Come check them out! 

There you have it... some of my list of Holiday reads for the month of December! (for the full list remember to head to Fic Fare!)  What will you be reading? Did I miss something that needs to be on my list for next year?  Do you like the idea of highlighting books here on The Lemonade Stand? Let us know in the comments!! 

Friday, December 13, 2013

Nic's Lucky 13 Admin Fic Recs for 12/13/13

Hi, it's Nic~ There are certain times when I feel like reading one genre of story vs. another. There are times when I want intrigue and mystery, there are times when I want angst and sorrow, there are times when I need UST and I can ALWAYS do with an extra helping of smut!  As I started to prepare my "TLS Admin Rec List", I decided I wanted to give you an eclectic peek into my list of MUST READS. Here are 13 personal recommendations in NO particular order, just for you on Friday the 13th! Please leave the authors reviews, and tell them Nic & TLS sent you! Enjoy!!

1. Boxing Out by Meilleur Cafe  (WIP)
Bella is a little lost while trying to make a new life in the Big Apple. Edward is a Manhattan police officer who knows it to the core. They meet at court. Will this new romance be a slam dunk? AH; Rated M

This story is by a sweet writer, who is thoroughly approachable, and every word she writes is pure genius. Edward is a police officer who wants to help others and live life to the fullest. Through friends, he meets Bella, a girl working on her self esteem and putting herself out there in the dating pool. The UST is thick and lovely, the dialogue is realistic and it works, and the story is on my personal favorites list, due to the dynamics of the relationship and sizzle factor.

2. Cracks In the Pavement by VampiresHaveLaws
Life is never perfect, the cracks always appear. "My Polaroid would show the face of a girl who has forgotten how to truly smile." Even the strongest of dreams can fail to become enough. Rated M

The words within this story may very well put cracks in your heart. The writing is deep and beautiful, while being full of sorrow and tears. The writer is young, beautiful, irreverently funny & highly adored. This writing is light years beyond her age and place in life and I consider it a "Must Read" in every sense of the word. The story has you sitting on the knife's edge throughout, while navigating the pitfalls of a husband and wife (E/B) that have forgotten, due to daily life, what is important and how to communicate. It may kill you on the way to the end, but I promise you it is worth every single tear.

3. Departures by TheFicChick
Summary: Every day for the rest of my life, I will wonder how kissing a virtual stranger goodbye could have felt like a hello. Rating: Rated M (18+)

This story....ohmygosh this story!!! *flails* I can't even begin to tell you how hard I fell for this one shot when it came out. Now if you ask the writer, TheFicChick, she may recall I was the leader of her Stalker Army on Twitter lol. I begged and pleaded and pushed and prodded and bargained my way, until she got sick of the stalker army/or me and wrote us a full length story of amazing connection, UST, sizzle and LOVE. I can't emphasize enough how much chemistry and connection this Edward and Bella have and how important that is to me. You just KNOW they have to meet again. It's kismet, karma, fate. Her writing is legendary and impeccable and often featured on our site. THIS story is Top Ten material.

4. Here, In My Room by Nightcaller
Bella is Jake's girl. Edward intends to change that. Sweaty back seats, stolen glances that cross the line and unrequited love that holds back no more. Edward & Bella AH.Rated M

*Waves innocently at Pawspeaches* This....THIS....it has sizzle and seduction and HOMG! It has a coke bottle cock....geezes! It's a forbidden love, but a love that can't be stopped....until, it is. The writing is smart, hip, cool. You wish you were cool enough to read it and just remember: Heed the rating, because it's forrealsies. But just so you know, this story is under-appreciated because the author *ahem* will never allow us to feature it. *blinks eyes innocently* I love it, beyond words, but prepare yourself for the BAM! ending and NO peeking, m'kay? And...the author...I love the author beyond the sentiment conveyed on this page.

5. My Sweet Variable by LifeInTheSnow
He white-knuckles his pen, dragging a line of ink across the page. I can guess which passage he's marking: "All things truly wicked start from an innocence." Hemingway wouldn't have known about us. No one does. Teenage E/B, AH Rated M

Intelligent writing that sometimes leaves me wondering what clues I may have missed, a storyline that leaves you on the very edge of your seat wanting the next chapter, chanting "MORE MORE MORE". There's an interwoven, innocent romance that infiltrates throughout. The chemistry is sweet. The plot reads like a movie I would pay to watch. Amazing.

6.  Pocket Change by A White Blank Page
I know of three kinds of change: the kind that jangles around in your pocket, the kind that happens slowly, every moment of every day, and the kind that blows you away in an instant. Rated M

I stumbled upon this story early on, quite by accident, when the review count was in the 40's. The writing blew me away with just a couple posted chapters. I was literally begging the writer for more. I may or may not have had to swear I wouldn't give anyone her Twitter back then LOL! *pointed look at VampsHaveLaws* Anyway, I told anyone and everyone who would listen, that this was a MUST READ! I couldn't fathom what she would do next with this Bella and Edward, that had a complicated interwoven history. It's a story of loss, hardship and the love that came from it, and the changes it inspired. Gorgeous writing!

7. Quarterback Sneak by Jayhawkbb (WIP)
As a Seattle sports talk radio host, it's my job to give my opinion on the Seahawks new quarterback, Edward Cullen. But maybe I shouldn't have said what I did...you know, about his butt. E/B Rated M

If there were actual football players like this Edward, I would probably watch sports! He is sweet, sexy, sinful, did I mention sweet? He is a new football player in town and Bella, a sports radio host, happens to make a snide comment about him on air. It leads to an interview and that leads to him pursuing her. She resists, but as you know with E/B, resistance is futile. This story has heart, soul, humor, sizzly chemistry and is written by one of the funniest ladies I know. Top Ten material.

8. The Give Away Girl by MrsSpaceCowboy
Honor student Bella Swan has mastered the arts...of manipulating her divorced parents, rolling the perfect joint, and faking an orgasm. Who wouldn't want to keep a girl like her? An unconventional coming of age tale for Gen Xer Bella. Rated M.

If this doesn't say it all about this story, it is tied for number one on my personal Top Ten list, with a fic that is now a published book!! It has chemistry, UST and sizzle. It is a story of first love, a story of friendship that takes you on a personal journey of growth, loss, hope and change. It has everything I ask for in a story and no matter how many times I read it, I want to start back over at the very beginning. The first time I read this, I started it late at night and did not sleep ONE wink that night, reading til dawn! I do have to warn you wusspervs, there is some angst here that threatened to make me choke on my heart a bit. Be sure to read the EPOV outtakes called The B Sides, also listed on the author's profile. Amazing doesn't even cover it. I can't figure out why this wonderful lady hasn't been snatched up by a publishing company yet!!

9. There is a Light by Belladonnacullen
This was 1987; before the Internet, before Twitter, before Facebook – this was back when it was still possible for people not to know about things: big things - like bands, and little things - like G-spots. AH, ExB Rated M

This story should be on the NY Times Best Seller List! The storyline could make her millions! Edward is a rock star, many years older than his young #1 fan, Bella. What starts out as a friendship, weaves into a love of a lifetime. You wonder if he did or he didn't. You wonder what and who and when. The story is intricate, haunting, and beautifully woven. I'm not even sure how I survived reading this as a WIP. It literally has no flaws. I obsessed about the clues constantly. The author is BEYOND brilliant in her writing AND in real life.

10. There's a Word For It by Eiluned price  (WIP)
I hadn't liked 17-year-old boys even when I was 17. So what is it about Edward Cullen that's so compelling? Whatever it is, I can't afford to find out. Rated M

It begins as a semblance of a reversal of roles of canon E/B. Bella is a new teacher who meets the Cullens. She is drawn to the mysterious, mature-for-his-age Edward. He is her forbidden fruit, who could cost her everything she's worked for in her life. He is a vampire who will NOT stay away from her. He is everything she never knew she wanted, or could have. When this story updates, I drop everything!

11. Vanished by Brodeurgirl30   *Nic WARNING-EXTREME Angst*
It can blind side you. Leave you breathless. Everything can be going your way; education, career, friends, the love of your life and in one moment, the flip of a simple switch can tear it all away. Anything. Everything. It can all vanish. Rated M

I found this story one day when I was feeling pretty brave. The author was unknown to me. The story was said to be based on a true one. I have to tell you that this story GUTTED ME. It's a short one at 6 chapters and is a tragic story based on someone's real life. It grabs your heart and puts it in the shredder. It could happen to anyone you know. A friend, a relative, or even a neighbor. I sobbed through the last couple chapters. It's on my YOU-MUST-READ-THIS List.

12.  Stay by FictionFreak95
Sometimes a blast from your past is exactly what you need to ignite your future. AH, BxE. Rated M

Ha! You thought I was gonna say Blind Spot didn't you?!! Well, that goes without saying, because Blind Spot is amazing & by the same author!  This little gem though, it might fly under your radar.  Its got sizzle and chemistry and sex in a closet!! Win, Win, and WIN! I loved the minute nods to Pretty Woman in this story *points at Jo* and I loved the heart this Edward has and how this Bella helped him to uncover it again. The romance was amazing, the lemons were sizzly, the story had structure and it made me all smiley. Don't miss out on this author. She is pure GOLD. Read all her stuff, but start here!

13.  Beneath the Undertow by Aftrnoondlighthttps
Beneath-the-UndertowDreams 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 Rated M

This is the very first story I read by Jaime & Phoebe and it made me cry. The story is beautiful and places you right in the middle of the moment the main characters (E/B) are living. I don't want to give too much away, but there is light angst referencing a tragedy that is truly heartbreaking, but it transcends into a hopeful, lovely future full of bright possibilities. I loved the story and it stuck with me. It's honestly one of the most under-appreciated stories these lovelies have written and I hope you will check it out and tell me and them what you think.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Mel's Holiday Bundle

Looking for a kick start to the holiday cheer? Here’s a couple of goodies that’ll have you reaching for the mistletoe and wanting to sit and Santa’s lap. Enjoy and please remember to leave your authors some love. 

A Home for the Holidays by CullensTwiMistress
Bella's roommate, Kate, offers her a place to stay during Christmas break. Unfortunately for Bella, Kate's dad is kind of hot. Attraction, UST, and a meddling daughter may just bring these two together. AH; ExB. Fiction M - Romance/Humor - Bella, Edward - Chapters: 3 - Words: 2,359 – Work In Progress

Yeah, I think all I need to say here is “tattooed and HOT Olderward.” This is a repost of a story that was removed last year, and while it’s unfortunate that we lost it for a bit, that means consistent updates this year! And trust me, your gonnna like getting this guy in your box. ;) 

All I Want for Christmas by sunflowersongs
Complete - What happens when Edward Cullen comes knocking and asking for favors on Christmas Eve? A short, sweet little Christmas tale. Fiction M - Romance - Bella, Edward - Chapters: 3 - Words: 18,866 - Complete

Sweet is an understatement here, guys. This holiday novella is filled with charm, hope, and swoon. Two lonely people find love after a chance meeting in a toy store at closing time. Holiday fluff and fantasy at its finest.

Christmas With the Cullens by BlueIsSoul
Ever since she can remember, Bella Swan has spent her Christmas with the Cullens. This Christmas its time to sort out those Edward related "complications". But what happens when Edward has a new introduction to make? Rating: Mature Pairing: EB, AH Fiction M - Romance/Humor - Edward, Bella - Chapters: 17 - Words: 64,691- Complete

This one’s labeled romance/humor, and it did have me laughing, but it also has a bit of angst and tons of UST. I was glued to it. Edward and Bella have a long history of tension and almosts and this is the year it all hits the fan. It has big story feels in a more convenient package.

Do over by TKegl
Every Christmas Eve, Edward Cullen sits in a bar and regrets the decision he made ten years earlier that tore Bella from him. But when he gets a second chance to right that wrong, it's not quite what he expected Fiction M - English -  Edward, Bella - Chapters: 19 - Words: 63,179 ¬- Complete

Ah, Christmas classics are always a win, especially when given a fanfic twist. Holiday introspection and a little magic combine to make this such an amazing and heartfelt story. This has become a fandom fave and there’ll be a read along for it 12/6/13. Stop by their facebook group for more information. https://www.facebook.com/events/225829710912498/

The Twelve Days of Christmas by pattyrose
On Christmas Eve, Edward Masen meets his girlfriend Rosalie's younger sister. The twelve days of Christmas will sure be interesting. All human. AU. ExB. Fiction M - Romance/Family - Edward, Bella - Chapters: 13 - Words: 57,871 - Complete

Eeep. Trips home to meet the family can be a little hairy, especially when you might be sitting next to the wrong person. This is a can’t fight fate fic, but tis’ so much more. It examines family, connection, and the ins and outs of love.