Wednesday, November 27, 2013

TLS Fics of the Week 11/26-12/2 The Fab Five Are Up!


Awkwardly Yours by Vancouver-Canuck-Girl
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9557633/1/Awkwardly-Yours
High school Edward likes a girl named Bella, But he's not a smooth-talking kind of fella. He has his fair share of inserting foot into mouth, And inappropriate risings down south. But he's really kind of sweet, Even if he's sort of a geek. Rated M

Reviewed by: Fanfic Maplestyle

I first had the esteemed pleasure of reading something by Vancouver Canuck Girl when she was rec’d back in July of 2012 for The Real Life of E.A. Masen. Like the bad reviewer I am when it comes to stories already being posted, I read all sixteen posted chapters before leaving just one little line, where the story was rec’d and how much I loved it so far. That sparked a friendship that has spanned across two one shots and a multi-chapter story that made me laugh, cry, want to slap Edward in the face and sometimes Bella too.

Back in March she approached me while I was doing a re-read of E.A. Masen with a question that would eventually take me on an incredible journey, one I’d never taken before, that of a pre-reader, It was for a story she was working on tentatively called F*ck My Life that centers around an incredibly awkward teenage Edward, who finds himself in all sorts of trouble due to both his awkwardness and his lack of filter.

She put this boy through everything. From his parents thinking he was gay:

My mom grinned. "Aww! You have a crush on Isabella?"

"I do not. She's not my type."

"What is your type – Mike Newton?"

"Yeah, Jazz, Newton's totally my type." I spoke with a lisp to make my point. It's called sarcasm and I'm quite fluent in it.

Sparking a hilarious conversation regarding his love life, with either a man or a woman:

Mom shook her head. "So, do you actually have feelings for Bella?"

"I don't think she's my type."

"What is your type?"

Right then, I should have been honest and told them, hell yes, she's totally my type. Instead I remained tight-lipped, and simply shrugged.

"Your mom and I want you to know that whatever you decide in life, we will support you. If you were perhaps interested in say….men, we'd still love you."

I was completely oblivious to what he was insinuating.

"Great, thanks, I can go now? Wait a sec, did you say … ewww! No! I'm not interested in men!"

My mom patted my hand. "It's okay, Edward, if you are."

"I'm not!"

"We've always known you were … different … from your brother."

"Different? Yeah we're different. We have different fathers! That's not what you're talking about though, is it?"

They both shrugged as I asked.

"I'm no different than Jasper! I like boobs, and porn and all that stuff. When I jerk off— never mind." I scrubbed my hands over my embarrassed face. Even though I'd pretty much just bared my most intimate thoughts, my parents still didn't look convinced.

"Listen, I may not be having sex all the time like Jasper, but I want to, okay? With a girl." I thought it was really important to clarify that point.

This of course gets him in trouble with his brother:

Jasper knocked on my door a while later. As soon as I let him in, he tackled me to the ground.

"Get off me!"

"Eat shit and die, Edward. Why'd you tell Mom and Dad that Alice and I were having sex?"

"Well, you are, aren't you?"

"No, we're not."

I managed to push him off me and stood up. "Yeah, right, you're not having sex. I'm not stupid." I rolled my eyes. "You told me in the car you don't jerk off anymore."

"I have Alice to do it for me, idiot. There's a lot of other fun things to do besides fucking, baby bro. One day, you'll understand." He patted my head all condescending like as he went to leave then stopped in the doorway.

"I'm supposed to ask you – brother to brother – if you're gay. Mom and Dad think you'll tell me honestly."

"Are you kidding me? No! Hell no! I'm not gay! I don't like dick. I like Bella, okay? I've jerked off to pictures of her in my head the last three nights."

Jasper held his hand up. "Need to know basis. God, that's disgusting. Do you not have a filter?"

The answer to that question is no, Jasper, he does not have a filter!

Vancouver Canuck Girl certainly puts this Edward through the wringer as you can tell from the above examples, and those are only in the first chapter of the story. She also has him caught masturbating by his mother, buying tampons for his sister by his crush, really awkward sex talks with his father and probably the funniest virginity loosing scenes I have ever read, all the while telling a really sweet love story at the same time. One that proves that you only have to be yourself and there is someone out there that loves you for you.

Each chapter is wrapped up by a poem that Edward writes in his journal about his day:

Tonight I got caught jerking off 

All because I didn't hear my mother knock.

So put away your beverages to save your computers and have a laugh at one of the most awkward and adorable Edward’s I have ever read in Awkwardly Yours. Vancouver Canuck Girl can bring the funny like nobody’s business and as much as I am honoured to know her as a writer, I am more honoured to be able to call her a friend.



Calendar Guys by Popsicle99
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9595891/1/Calendar-Guys
Photographer Bella is heartbroken after her break up from Mike, but her best friend Rosalie has a plan to cheer her up - shooting a sexy calendar for Eclipse magazine. Lots of lemony fun! Rated M




Hold Me Down by Periwrites
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7949385/1/Hold-Me-Down
Not me. That's who this girl is. She is not me. And for the first time, Edward wants someone who is not me. The tequila sits at the bottom of my stomach and begins to grow tentacles. I am tequila brave. Rated M



Felt by LayAtHomeMom
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9643827/1/Felt
Former lovers lay it all out on the table. Taking shots never hurt this good. Entry for the Dirty Talkin' Edward Twific Contest. Rated M




Rest My Soul by MrsSpaceCowboy
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9786923/1/Rest-My-Soul
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. Rated M

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

TLS Fics of the Week: The Fab Five are up!



Rescission by Geekchic12
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9533161/1/Rescission
We met. We got off. We went home. We weren't lovers. We weren't even friends. We were f- buddies. It worked... Until it didn't. AH, ExB. Rated M

Review by: Lellabeth

Rescission, n. (law): an act of rescinding; the cancelling of a contract.

Between the promise of dirty in the summary, the intrigue behind the title and the unf-worthy banner (Pierced-eyebrow-Ward?!), Rescission was a fic I couldn’t wait to read. I had visions of a dirty, sexy story about a Bella and Edward that barely knew each other outside of the bedroom.

GeekChic12 gave us that.

We’re thrown in to the story at possibly the funniest scene possible - one where Edward and Bella meet not as fuck buddies, but because they’ve been set up on a blind date that also includes his sister and brother-in-law.

Awkward.

We’re gifted with small snippets of their relationship over the first chapter, though not enough that all is revealed. The dynamic between Edward and Bella is undeniably strange - they know practically nothing about each other, but there’s something between them.

That something turns out to be sex.

Very hot sex.

As the story progresses, we learn more about how their ‘relationship’ came about, and watch as they both struggle to come to terms with their growing feelings for one another. Each chapter ends with a reminder of one of the rules of their original arrangement - and a nod to how it’s been broken.

In this case, though, the saying ‘good things fall apart so better things can fall together’ definitely applies.

Edward is the perfect blend of sexy, self-assured man and a vulnerable guy with a tender heart. He’s just the right side of arrogant, edging on cocky, and it’s impossible not to love him for it. Bella is similarly complex, and therein lies what makes the story so great. Bella and Edward aren’t just characters.

They’re people.

Good-looking people who are outrageously good in bed, of course, but it’s fanfic - that’s a given.

Rescission is the perfect blend of realistic writing and enough romance to keep us all swooning. GeekChic12 balances funny with drama, sex with serious, and her writing and deep understanding of these characters is what makes the story so good.

You might have missed the boat on reading it as a WIP, but in the words of Sex Hair/Pierced Eyebrow/Can I just have him-Ward, ‘It’s okay. You’re here now.’

And you’re in for one hell of a ride.



Dear Bella by Lellabeth
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9314616/1/Dear-Bella
December 22 is the only day I let myself think of you. I don't know if you remember, but I'd do anything to forget. Rated M



Bella Donna by JiffyKate
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9175099/1/Bella-Donna
Edward and Bella are similar creatures; they both screw people for money, but one of them goes for blood. It's nothing personal...until it is. Rated M


 
*Special thanks to Beffers87 for whipping these up for us

Look How You Turned Out by Counselor
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9826376/1/Look-How-You-Turned-Out
If I was going to write another story it would be something like this... Rated M



How to Live With a Movie Star by Redtini
https://fictionpad.com/author/Redtini/stories/2801/How-To-Live-With-a-Movie-Star
How do you share the love of your life with the world? Bella Swan's fantasy became her reality when she married movie star Edward Cullen. As Bella and Edward work their way through the minefields of a Hollywood marriage, will they finally reach their happily ever after. Part 3 of 3 in the series. A/H. Rated M

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Meet the Poll: What we're reading in TLS this week



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!


Asylum by DarkNnerdy-rec'd by Twific Crackmum
https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9621919/1/Asylum
He is sin personified, wicked and inked, cruelty always at the tip of his tongue. Black wings grace his back, and blood stains his hands. She's the poison he wants to consume, but can she survive? Rated M

Awkwardly Yours by Vancouver-Canuck-Girl-rec'd by Cracked Fic
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9557633/1/Awkwardly-Yours
High school Edward likes a girl named Bella, But he's not a smooth-talking
kind of fella. He has his fair share of inserting foot into mouth, And
inappropriate risings down south. But he's really kind of sweet, Even if
he's sort of a geek. Rated M

Calendar Guys by Popsicle99-rec'd by Edmazing/Evilnat
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9595891/1/Calendar-Guys
Photographer Bella is heartbroken after her break up from Mike, but her best friend Rosalie has a plan to cheer her up - shooting a sexy calendar for Eclipse magazine. Lots of lemony fun! Rated M

Dreaming in Blood by Discordia81-rec'd by Cappricorn75
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9788947/1/Dreaming-in-Blood
Emotionally distant investment banker Edward Cullen struggles with his attraction to the mysterious vampire who changed him. Angry and denying that they're mates, Edward must reconcile the pull he feels to her. When her past threatens the fragile equilibrium they've established, Edward must decide if he'll forgive her, or abandon her to the monster from her past. Dark, non-canon. Rated M

Felt by LayAtHomeMom-rec'd by Nic/CarrieZM
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9643827/1/Felt
Former lovers lay it all out on the table. Taking shots never hurt this good. Entry for the Dirty Talkin' Edward Twific Contest. Rated M

Hold Me Down by Periwrites-rec'd by Everyfreakingbody&theirbrothersmother
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7949385/1/Hold-Me-Down
Not me. That's who this girl is. She is not me. And for the first time, Edward wants someone who is not me. The tequila sits at the bottom of my stomach and begins to grow tentacles. I am tequila brave. Rated M

Magnetic by Cupcakeriot-rec'd by Missus T
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7724528/1/Magnetic
Bella Swan - a psychic in the 24th century - becomes a pawn in her father's political games with no way out. But could her newly arranged marriage to a Prince of an alien planet be the cure to her loneliness? OOC. Lemons and possible violence. Rated M

Mate of Honor by MagTwi78-rec'd by Sixdlb5
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8750134/1/Mate-of-Honor
Best friends Bella and Edward have a deal—if they're not married by the time they're 30, they'll marry each other. While she's been searching for Mr. Right, he's been busy with Miss. Right Now. Would you be happy seeing your long-time love say 'I do' to someone else? B & E, Rated M

Puzzle of my Heart by Payton79-rec'd by Nic/Redtini
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9694150/1/Puzzle-of-my-Heart
Bella leads a promiscuous life: no relationships, no last names, no numbers. After meeting a certain green-eyed man, she begins to break her carefully set up rules. In a steamy friendship both their pasts and insecurities will be revealed. Will Bella give in to love? And what will happen when the past catches up to her? A story about lust, love and trust. AH, Rated M

Requiem by Katinki-rec'd by Twific Crackmum
https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7591168/1/Requiem
COMPLETE. For seven decades, he has worn the collar of faith and service. Wandering the earth alone, he's searched for redemption and for the soul he can never possess. Until now - when a young woman enters his world and shatters everything he ever believed. AU.  Rated M

Rest My Soul by MrsSpaceCowboy-rec'd by Nic & Everyfreakingbody :)
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9786923/1/Rest-My-Soul
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. Rated M

The Best Mistake Of All by MrsK81-rec'd by Nic
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9816957/1/The-Best-Mistake-Of-All
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. Rated M

True Confessions of a Coffee Girll by Deebelle1-recd by Midnight Cougar
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9812023/1/True-Confessions-of-a-Coffee-Girl
A perfect cafe au lait was all it took for Hollywood's most eligible bachelor to fall in love with me...the coffee girl. Rated M

Whatever is Left of Me by ViolaOphelia-rec'd by CarrieZM
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6858879/1/Whatever-is-Left-of-Me
When Edward returns to Bella, he does not realise that a few hours earlier she nearly drowned. He finds that the girl he came back to is very much altered from the girl he left behind, and that it takes more than saying sorry to rebuild their lives. Rated M

You and Me by Thimbles-rec'd by Suebee Betafairy
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8800274/1/You-and-Me
"For twelve years we've shared clothes and everything else that matters. But now—today—I hate you. So much. I hate you every bit as much as I once loved you." Bella can no longer trust her best friend, but perhaps she's just stumbled across someone she will be able to count on. Rated M

Saturday, November 16, 2013

The Lemon Drops: Thank goodness for lemons!


Thanksgiving’s upon us and those thankful statuses got me thinking. I’ve lived and breathed fandom for a while now and I am genuinely happy for about 99.9% of it. LOL I am happy for the friendships I have developed, my new found enjoyment of pantless days, the perv awareness I now have, and yes, yes, yes- thank you authors for all of the moves you’ve taught me.;) I’ve put together a list of my favorite re-readables. This list is by no means complete… but it’s a start. Read, reminisce, and review please. And I’d love to hear what your fave rereads are. 
Xoxo
Mel


All Good Things by jarkin33
https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7873361/1/
Miscellaneous collection of one shots most likely based on picture prompts to get back into the writing swing! E/B and probably naughty - Fiction M - Romance - Edward, Bella - Chapters: 7 - Words: 8,736

The Invisible Line by littlecat358
https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6834033/1/The-Invisible-Line
Edward and Bella, friends since high school, are very close. So close, that the line between friendship and something more is often blurred. Will they ever cross the line or will they always teeter on the edge of what could be. O/S for Fandom Against DV. Fiction M - Romance/Humor - Edward, Bella - Words: 7,562

Keep the Tofurkey, Bring on the Beer! by MrsSpaceCowboy
https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7778597/1/Keep-the-Tofurkey-Bring-on-the-Beer
Bella Swan wants an escort for Thanksgiving weekend. Edward Cullen wants a second chance. Charlie wants to know where Renee hid the key to his gun safe. Happy Thanksgiving! *First Place and Funniest Popular Vote in the Twilight of Craigslist Contest* Fiction M - Humor/Romance - Bella, Edward - Chapters: 2 - Words: 14,387

Out of My Head, I Sang by Incog Ninja
https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8514646/1/
AH. What can you learn about yourself in one night? A college student and her best friends follow their favorite rock band during their Summer break, then one night she and the lead singer learn something about themselves and each other. Fiction M -  Romance/Angst - Bella, Edward - Words: 10,823

Sleeper in a Clone Suit by annanabanana
https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5259641/
...His eyes seemed to hold secrets, and I silently wished his hair were a true reflection of him. Beautiful, surreal, barely-tamed and begging to be released." AH, AU ExB Entry for the Tattward & Inkella contest. rated M for bad words and lemony goodness. Fiction M - Romance/Humor - Bella, Edward - Chapters: 2 - Words: 18,195

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Meet the Poll: What we're reading in TLS this week:



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!


Bella Donna by JiffyKate-rec’d by Midnight Cougar
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9175099/1/Bella-Donna
Edward and Bella are similar creatures; they both screw people for money, but one of them goes for blood. It's nothing personal...until it is. Rated M


Beyond the Wine Dark Sea by Smartmouth62-rec'd by Sixdlb5
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9416302/1/Beyond-the-Wine-Dark-Sea
In colonial America Isabella meets mysterious Edward Cullen. Rated M


Boundaries Undefined by Mylisssa-rec'd by Sixdlb5
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 M


Capital E, Everything by Fortheloveofdaisies-rec'd by Twific Crackmum
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9027709/1/Capital-E-Everything
Meet Edward and Bella, two best friends who share some stupid jokes, a lot of silly banter, and even more sexual repression. A story about standing on the edge of a leap that could risk, well, everything. Rated M


Dark Romance by Smutgasm-rec'd by Amy L
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8523357/1/Dark-Romance
Bella get's set up on a blind date and it's the beginning of her sexual awakening. PWP. Various Pairings but Bella-centric. Hot tatted and pierced twilight characters. Rated M


Dear Bella by Lellabeth-rec'd by Edmazing
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9314616/1/Dear-Bella
December 22 is the only day I let myself think of you. I don't know if you remember, but I'd do anything to forget. Rated M


Falling Beyond Redemption by Aleeab4u-rec'd by Livie79/Twilover76
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4978545/1/Falling-Beyond-Redemption
A plan to keep Edward & Bella apart ends in unthinkable violence leaving Bella & Charlie battling for their lives and Edward for his soul. When the fallout threatens to destroy not only them but the Pack as well, an unlikely Shaman may be their only hope. Rated M


How to Live With a Movie Star by Redtini-rec'd by Midnight Cougar
https://fictionpad.com/author/Redtini/stories/2801/How-To-Live-With-a-Movie-Star
How do you share the love of your life with the world? Bella Swan's fantasy became her reality when she married movie star Edward Cullen. As Bella and Edward work their way through the minefields of a Hollywood marriage, will they finally reach their happily ever after. Part 3 of 3 in the series. A/H. Rated M


Look How You Turned Out by Counselor-rec'd by Everydamnbody
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9826376/1/Look-How-You-Turned-Out
If I was going to write another story it would be something like this... Rated M


One Day by RueforRegret-rec'd by Rochelle Allison
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9147787/1/One-Day
Over a quarter of a century separates single-mother Bella Swan from her hormone-riddled adolescence. Watching her teenaged daughter navigate her way through various rites of passage, Bella can't help falling prey to nostalgia. "One Day" brims with steamy reminiscences of first love and traces one woman's mid-life attempt to reclaim it. ExB, AH, mild angst, Rated M


Rescission by Geekchic12-rec'd by IReen H
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9533161/1/Rescission
We met. We got off. We went home. We weren't lovers. We weren't even friends. We were f- buddies. It worked... Until it didn't. AH, ExB. Rated M


Shifting Gears by ChocolateSparrow- rec'd by MagTwi78
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9113467/1/Shifting-Gears
A race. A cyclist. A physio. He wants to win the Tour de France at any cost. She just wants to make it through without getting burned. A birthday gift for the lovely Erron. Rated M


So Right But So Wrong by LoveRob-rec'd by Nic
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6691249/1/So-Right-But-So-Wrong
So this story is set in Forks High School with an all human Bella and Edward. Bella is the new twenty-two-year-old teacher of English Literature. Edward is an eighteen-year-old senior about to graduate. He is gorgeous and sexy and more than a little shy around girls. What will happen when sparks fly between the two? Rated M


The Runaway Bride by A Cullen Wannabe-rec'd by Sixdlb5
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9780813/1/The-Runaway-Bride
Only a week before the wedding of her dreams, Edward's bride has disappeared. Maid of Honor, Bella, and Edward have to go on a hunt to find his missing bride in the Caribbean, but nothing turns out to be exactly what either of them thought when they arrive. Will they find the bride in time to save their big wedding plans? Or does fate have other plans? Rated M


Nova by Cupcakeriot-rec'd by Honeybee Meadows
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9375632/1/NOVA
The early 27th century - a young omnilinguist gypsy girl who creates visions with her li'lute, an alien bio-weapon struggling with his control, the Federation starship Nova, and how their lives intertwine. Rated M

TLS Fics of the Week 11/12 - 11/18/2013: The Fab Five are up!


Nine Months-A Cullen Legacy Short Story by Pattyrose

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9800756/1/

Former Congressman Edward Cullen has finally overcome the forces that tried to keep him away from Bella and their daughter, Elizabeth, and the three have settled into a life together. But when Bella becomes pregnant again, how will Edward deal with nine months of expectation, combined with a new campaign run? A short story based on The Cullen Legacy. Daily updates. Rated M.

Review by: Cared

This story came about for two main reasons: the readers of The Cullen Legacy know a good thing when they discover it and are not above begging for more, and Pattyrose is a self-confessed wordy beeyotch. (Love you Patty!)

In the fantastically successful full-length story The Cullen Legacy, Edward was not with Bella through her first pregnancy with their daughter Elizabeth, therefore his experience of Bella’s second pregnancy, is the story wished for most by TCL readers.  Whether this is because of Edward being one of the most politically powerful men in the world, who understood that his family should be and is the most important thing in his world, thereby making him an amazing Daddyward, or because Edward missed out the first time around, readers wanted to see it through his eyes. Thankfully for us, this adorable Edward had quite a bit to say in his own unique and entertaining way,and the planned one-shot became a delightful short story of 11 chapters; one chapter per pregnancy month…I know what you are thinking here but please see above mention of wordy beeyotch. J Nine Months – TCLSS can be read as a stand-alone story if you are one of the ten people alive who haven’t had the pleasure of TCL. Honestly though, if you have ever been pregnant or shared the experience with someone, witnessed an expectant father, have a sense of humour, or love a good story…this one is for you.

I present you with nine of the myriad of reasons why I enjoyed this story and am confident you will too.

1. The chapter titles are an entertaining read in their ownright. For example:

Month 2: (JULY) - EXHAUSTION, MOOD SWINGS, STILL-FLAT STOMACHS AND…THE END OF SEX

Month 3: (AUGUST) – MORNING SICKNESS CONTINUES, STILL NO SEX, PERFECTLY SWOLLEN BREASTS THAT CAN'T BE TOUCHED, AND…HOW MANY HEARTBEATS?

MONTH 5: (OCTOBER) –ANNOUNCING IT TO THE WORLD, RAGING HORMONES, SWOLLEN ANKLES AND HEARTBURN, FINDING OUT THE SEXES AND VAGINAL DISCHARGE THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ME BECAUSE ACTUAL SEX IS A LONG AGO MEMORY.

Does anyone else notice Edward’s ever so slight fixation on the absence of sex?

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2. Famous last words from delusional Edward:

“Yeah, other than a little bit of morning sickness, these next few months are bound to be grand.”

Don’t worry ladies, he learns – the hard way!

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3. Edward’s attitude to sex…or more accurately - the lack of it!

“So I'm just standing here, being useless.

And horny.”

Let’s just say it’s a good thing the colour blue suits him. *Snicker*

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4. Jealousward is hot!

While perhaps it’s not an ideal quality to possess, and Edward understands that, I can’t help my body’s immediate reaction to a jealous, possessive Edward. *Shrugs*

“My nostrils flare. I'm about to walk over to them and…and…

And what? I don't even know what I'm going to do. Jesus, I'm being an asshole, I know I am. But acknowledging that you're being ridiculous and actually changing it are two very different things.”

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5. A fabulous, strong Bella, with the patience of a saint and a quirky sense of humour…

“She snorts wryly. "My feet have grown about half a size, my ankles as well; I look like I'm carrying a small army in my stomach even though each one of these babies only weighs about a pound and a half. I can no longer see me fanny well enough to groom it properly. My breasts weigh about a stone each, my nipples are darker than my pubes…"”

*Mother of four here Bella – you are preaching to the choir gf.*

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6. Words of wisdom from a most unusual character, and a wonderful mother, Renee…

“"Oh, Love, we all handle grief and loss in different ways. We can either let it consume us, or embrace what we still have left. But if you give people a chance – a couple of them if it's required – one of these days,they may surprise you."”

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7. Things never to say to a pregnant woman…

When Edward gets it right…

“In the past couple of weeks, Bella's belly has…popped out a bit to say the least. I haven't mentioned it because though I may not know much about how to handle this entire pregnancy situation, I'm a man. I know enough not to mention obvious weight gain in any way, shape or form, even if the book hadn't advised against it.”

Can we get an Amen?

And when he gets it wrong…

Too numerous to mention as it’s every single time he mentions that bloody book! (See Below)

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8. OME, the book!

Edward is nothing if not thorough, LOL and getstotally carried away by takes a great interest in learning from one of those ‘what to expect in pregnancy’ books. Mmmh, how do I put this politely…he likes to share his newfound expertise with Bella…

"The book says any unnecessary stress should be greatly avoided."

"Edward, I'm performing research in Brooklyn, not interviewing insurgents in the Middle East!"

"I know that, but the book says you need to rest as much as-"

"Ugh! I don't need to be carried!" she huffs, pressing her palm against my chest and pushing me back so she can stand on her own."And I am not rescheduling the piece! I am not under any stress unless you count having to deal with you and that bloody book!"

I wondered in my review of the first chapter just how much time (and advice) would pass, before Bella wanted to grab a hold of Edward and shove the book somewhere the sun doesn’t shine. I didn’t have to wonder for long, js. ;)

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9. And last but not least - the exciting ending…

It made me laugh; it made me cheer; it made me cry. Perfect!

P.S. Please send your copy of  ‘the book’ to Bella for her planned book burning. Only joking!


How to Marry a Movie Star by Redtini
https://fictionpad.com/author/Redtini/stories/2289/How-To-Marry-a-Movie-Star
Hollywood heartthrob Edward Cullen and best-selling author Bella Swan have overcome distance, jealousy, old flames, and misunderstandings all for love. Can their relationship survive public scrutiny, unhealed scars, insecurities and deception? Part 2 of 3 in the series. A/H. Rated M


The Loving Kind by Thimbles
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 M


Where Life Takes You by MidnightLove87
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9651536/1/Where-Life-Takes-You
It's 1962 and on Bella's 21st birthday her mother feels that it's time for Bella to settle down and get married. And while Bella thinks that getting married is the key to safety and security, her aunt takes it upon herself to give Bella other possibilities. A bus ticket, a full billfold, and red lipstick... Where will life take Bella? Come along for the ride! Rated M


Fate, Love and Second Chances by Nightviz
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9620498/1/Fate-Love-and-Second-Chances
Tragedy brought them together, perfection seemingly found between two imperfect beings. Bella is a nurse, Edward a firefighter-paramedic, both are in need of a miracle. Friendship grows into love, but a misunderstanding changes everything, and an already broken Edward hits rock bottom. Can they rebuild their lives together through the complications caused by their mistakes? Rated M

Sunday, November 10, 2013

MEET THE POLL: What we're reading in TLS this week!



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!


Bella Donna by JiffyKate-rec’d by Midnight Cougar
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9175099/1/Bella-Donna
Edward and Bella are similar creatures; they both screw people for money, but one of them goes for blood. It's nothing personal...until it is. Rated M


Beyond the Wine Dark Sea by Smartmouth62-rec'd by Sixdlb5
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9416302/1/Beyond-the-Wine-Dark-Sea
In colonial America Isabella meets mysterious Edward Cullen. Rated M


Boundaries Undefined by Mylisssa-rec'd by Sixdlb5
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 M


Capital E, Everything by Fortheloveofdaisies-rec'd by Twific Crackmum
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9027709/1/Capital-E-Everything
Meet Edward and Bella, two best friends who share some stupid jokes, a lot of silly banter, and even more sexual repression. A story about standing on the edge of a leap that could risk, well, everything. Rated M


Dark Romance by Smutgasm-rec'd by Amy L
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8523357/1/Dark-Romance
Bella get's set up on a blind date and it's the beginning of her sexual awakening. PWP. Various Pairings but Bella-centric. Hot tatted and pierced twilight characters. Rated M


Dear Bella by Lellabeth-rec'd by Edmazing
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9314616/1/Dear-Bella
December 22 is the only day I let myself think of you. I don't know if you remember, but I'd do anything to forget. Rated M


Falling Beyond Redemption by Aleeab4u-rec'd by Livie79/Twilover76
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4978545/1/Falling-Beyond-Redemption
A plan to keep Edward & Bella apart ends in unthinkable violence leaving Bella & Charlie battling for their lives and Edward for his soul. When the fallout threatens to destroy not only them but the Pack as well, an unlikely Shaman may be their only hope. Rated M


How to Live With a Movie Star by Redtini-rec'd by Midnight Cougar
https://fictionpad.com/author/Redtini/stories/2801/How-To-Live-With-a-Movie-Star
How do you share the love of your life with the world? Bella Swan's fantasy became her reality when she married movie star Edward Cullen. As Bella and Edward work their way through the minefields of a Hollywood marriage, will they finally reach their happily ever after. Part 3 of 3 in the series. A/H. Rated M


Look How You Turned Out by Counselor-rec'd by Everydamnbody
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9826376/1/Look-How-You-Turned-Out
If I was going to write another story it would be something like this... Rated M


One Day by RueforRegret-rec'd by Rochelle Allison
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9147787/1/One-Day
Over a quarter of a century separates single-mother Bella Swan from her hormone-riddled adolescence. Watching her teenaged daughter navigate her way through various rites of passage, Bella can't help falling prey to nostalgia. "One Day" brims with steamy reminiscences of first love and traces one woman's mid-life attempt to reclaim it. ExB, AH, mild angst, Rated M


Rescission by Geekchic12-rec'd by IReen H
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9533161/1/Rescission
We met. We got off. We went home. We weren't lovers. We weren't even friends. We were f- buddies. It worked... Until it didn't. AH, ExB. Rated M


Shifting Gears by ChocolateSparrow- rec'd by MagTwi78
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9113467/1/Shifting-Gears
A race. A cyclist. A physio. He wants to win the Tour de France at any cost. She just wants to make it through without getting burned. A birthday gift for the lovely Erron. Rated M


So Right But So Wrong by LoveRob-rec'd by Nic
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6691249/1/So-Right-But-So-Wrong
So this story is set in Forks High School with an all human Bella and Edward. Bella is the new twenty-two-year-old teacher of English Literature. Edward is an eighteen-year-old senior about to graduate. He is gorgeous and sexy and more than a little shy around girls. What will happen when sparks fly between the two? Rated M


The Runaway Bride by A Cullen Wannabe-rec'd by Sixdlb5
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9780813/1/The-Runaway-Bride
Only a week before the wedding of her dreams, Edward's bride has disappeared. Maid of Honor, Bella, and Edward have to go on a hunt to find his missing bride in the Caribbean, but nothing turns out to be exactly what either of them thought when they arrive. Will they find the bride in time to save their big wedding plans? Or does fate have other plans? Rated M


Nova by Cupcakeriot-rec'd by Honeybee Meadows
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9375632/1/NOVA
The early 27th century - a young omnilinguist gypsy girl who creates visions with her li'lute, an alien bio-weapon struggling with his control, the Federation starship Nova, and how their lives intertwine. Rated M

Thursday, November 7, 2013

TLS Fics of the Week: The Fab Five are up!


Dog Star by Spanglemaker9
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8087942/1/Dog-Star
One choice is made and everything changes. Paths diverge, lead astray, and still lead home. AU. Rated M

Reviewed by: JedigirlSC

Spanglemaker9 has written some great angsty AH romances, but now we get to read her first AU.

Edward is SO TIRED of being alone and around happily mated couples.

Dogstar is like canon Twilight, but in this story,  Edward leaves Forks after the first day of Biology. Terrified and ashamed of what he wanted to do to Bella and her classmates, he goes to Alaska and stays there for three years. With Tanya.  The Cullens all go their separate ways.  It feels like their family has imploded.

But don’t panic, because this is an Edward/Bella story!

But why? How could he?  The thought of Edward and Bella being separated for so long seems too sad to read about.

BUT….

Edward’s leaving changes the course of canon events. 

Bella didn’t ask Jacob to tell her scary stories to learn about vampires and wolves and did not get romantically attached to Jacob after Edward broke up with her.

There was no vampire baseball game to attract James, Victoria, and Laurent.

Victoria did not create a vampire army to avenge her mate.

Riley was not changed.

*RILEY WAS NOT CHANGED.*

Three years later at college, Bella meets Riley and they develop a serious relationship.

Bella decides to major in Literature.

After three years with Tanya, Edward knows he has to stop “settling” with Tanya  and needs to move on.  He and Tanya decide to go on vacation separately, and Edward goes to visit Alice and Jasper. Alice cheerfully persuades Edward to major in Literature with her, since they have never majored in that before.

Edward and Alice see Bella in class, and they develop a cautious friendship with her and they become study partners.  Riley picks up Bella one time and immediately notices Edward and Alice’s unusual appearance and feels threatened by Edward.

We are familiar with Alice knowing the future, but this story  illustrates how Alice sees the future unfolding:

Minor (visions) involving those she was closest to came through as sharp as a film, and just as precise. …. They were like photographs.

The others—the hints and future possibilities—were like underdeveloped Polaroids, with washed out color and obscured details. No amount of squinting would bring them into focus until they were ready.

It was like putting together a complicated puzzle of the sky, every piece nothing but blue, with no clues to tell you how they were supposed to fit together.

The story has beautiful writing and has twists and turns that are different from canon.  You get the feeling that it’s leading up to some big events and dangerous collisions the whole way through.

It’s now complete, and lucky for you, because the story hooks you and makes you drop everything.

I really love the story  and anyone who loves AU and Spanglemaker9 stories needs to check this out!


Bird Girl by TheQueenWriter
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8263129/1/Bird-Girl
The small town girl who doesn't care about his celebrity status. Can Edward change Bella's mind? Rated M



From This Day Forward by Hopesparkles
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 M



What She Deserves by GeekChic12
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9778612/1/What-She-Deserves
She deserves better than what I can give her. She deserves everything. AH Rated M



When The Tree Fell by Cherry.blossomz
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9194906/1/When-The-Tree-Fell
On a random November day, Bella sees a stranger watching her. She can't shake his face from her mind. She sees him everywhere and once she summons the nerve to confront him, she discovers that Edward is a broken man. Bella is drawn to him, but she has convinced herself that she's happier alone. Edward, however, will not be dissuaded from his powerful feelings for her. A/H ANGST. Rated M

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Weather Girl Cover Reveal!

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Congratulations to Amy Vastine! Earlier this year Amy landed a book deal with Harlequin Heartwarming and we are excited to share with you the cover reveal for her debut novel, The Weather Girl due out in January 2014 in eBook and paperback!

All cover art used by arrangement with Harlequin Ent. Copyright © Harlequin Enterprises. All rights reserved. ® and ™ are trademarks of Harlequin and/or its affiliated companies, used under license.

Synopsis of the story: 

Turbulence is in their forecast 

Summer Raines knows when it's going to rain. She can feel it. That's why the local weather girl's so good at her job. Too bad she couldn't have foreseen the tumultuous arrival of Travis Lockwood, everybody's favorite star NFL quarterback. Make that former star NFL quarterback. Sidelined back to Texas after an injury, the golden boy is trying to steal her precious on-air time. Summer is reduced to reporting from…football games. It's enough to make her quit and become a storm-chaser like her parents. She's stuck with a career that's going nowhere and a man who delights in her refusal to be charmed. Falling in love isn't nearly as easy as predicting the weather.

*excited already*   If that synopsis wasn't enough to send you marking your calendars for January, you can always pre-order! I've already pre-ordered this one and you can too here from Amazon or from Barnes & Noble here.  Now check out this excerpt:

Excerpt

“Weather Girl.” Travis was all smiles as he sat on the corner of her desk. “Did you have a good weekend?”

“I had a great weekend,” Summer said, taking a good look at him. His hair was shorter, a lot shorter. It made him look older, less like a boy and more like a man. “It looks like someone attacked your head with some clippers.”

Looking sheepish, he rubbed his clean-shaven jaw with his knuckles. “I got a haircut,” he said, stating the obvious. “My aunt Kelly’s neighbor’s book club apparently thought it was too long. Kelly agreed and called my mother, who called me and said she wasn’t going to bake any red velvet cupcakes when I came to visit if I didn’t get it cut.”

“She drives a hard bargain.”

“You have no idea. Her cupcakes make me cry,” he whispered.

“Interesting,” Summer said, not interested in the least.

“I’ll ask her to bake you some. She likes you.” He cringed and closed his eyes. His cheeks turned pink. “I mean she watches you and likes you, you know, as a weather girl.”

If anyone knew about sticking her foot in her mouth, it was Summer. “If it makes you feel any better, my grandmother thinks you’re cute,” she confessed to ease his embarrassment.

“She does?” His eyes were bright like the clouds had lifted. “And would you say you consider your grandmother a wise woman?”

“Oh, Mimi is completely off her rocker. I mean, she is more than a few cards short of a full deck. Bonkers. Mad as a hatter. Crazy as a—”

“Okay, okay!” Travis put his fingers on her lips. “I get it.”

Summer’s heart skipped a beat, then flew into overdrive. Before she could process this unexpected physical reaction, Travis pulled his hand away and shoved it deep in his pants pocket.

“Did you know that the highest temperature ever recorded was 136 degrees Fahrenheit in Azizia, Libya?” she blurted out. “Can you imagine?”

His Adam’s apple bobbed up and down. “That’s crazy hot.”

*happy sigh*


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Author Bio
Amy Vastine has been plotting stories in her head for as long as she can remember. It's been a dream come true that people want to read them now that she's written them down. An eternal optimist, she studied social work with the hope she could teach others how to find their own silver lining. Now, she enjoys creating happily ever afters for all to read. Amy lives outside Chicago with her high school sweetheart turned husband, three fun-loving children, and their sweet puppy dog.



Author Links
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/amyvastineauthor
Twitter – https://twitter.com/vastine7
Website – http://www.amyvastine.blogspot.com

Buy Links:
Pre-order an ebook version at Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble:
http://www.amazon.com/The-Weather-Girl-Amy-Vastine-ebook/dp/B00EFPVE1U

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-weather-girl-amy-vastine/1116394229?ean=9781460326350


Paperback and ebook will be available January 1, 2014 for purchase at eHarlequin:

http://www.harlequin.com/storeitem.html?iid=49965

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Congratulations to you again Amy! I cannot wait to get my hands on this one :)

Monday, November 4, 2013

Today is @Nicffwhisperer's Birthday!

Today is the beautiful Nic The Fic Whisperer's Birthday and we wanted to make sure that all of you get a chance to celebrate with us!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NIC! From all the ladies at TLS, we appreciate all that you do and we hope that today is as bright and lovely as you are!

Twilover76 made a birthday card for Nic and if you haven't already signed it, you can all sign it as well:  http://www.groupcard.com/c/1ONhF0zxOsH/&utm_campaign=new_card&ec=ZbW0NBDnE-6



You can tell Nic happy birthday here: https://twitter.com/nicffwhisperer or submit a birthday tumble to her here: http://nicffwhisperer.tumblr.com/

Sunday, November 3, 2013

MEET THE POLL: What we're reading in TLS this week!



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!


Always by Knicnort3-rec'd by Nic
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9142460/1/Always
Bella's life was in shambles until she took a chance and rediscovered a love that refused to die...AU, B/E Rated M


Ballad of the Spinster and the Outlaw by Alby Mangroves-rec'd by Edmazing
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7981082/1/Ballad-of-the-Spinster-and-the-Outlaw
"Sometimes, at night, he'd walk in his meadow and look to the sky, hoping she was seeing the same full moon, the same brilliant stars." This is a story of second chances and intrepid hearts. Rated M


Cocktails at Eclipse by Twilightladies-rec'd by SparklyMeg
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7057448/1/Cocktails-at-Eclipse
What is she still doing here? They shouldn't be together anymore—she should be gone. She's persistent—I'll give her that—digging her claws in so we can't get near them. Rated M


Fate, Love and Second Chances by Nightviz-rec'd by Nic
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9620498/1/Fate-Love-and-Second-Chances
Tragedy brought them together, perfection seemingly found between two imperfect beings. Bella is a nurse, Edward a firefighter-paramedic, both are in need of a miracle. Friendship grows into love, but a misunderstanding changes everything, and an already broken Edward hits rock bottom. Can they rebuild their lives together through the complications caused by their mistakes? Rated M


How to Marry a Movie Star by Redtini-rec'd by Midnight Cougar
https://fictionpad.com/author/Redtini/stories/2289/How-To-Marry-a-Movie-Star
Hollywood heartthrob Edward Cullen and best-selling author Bella Swan have overcome distance, jealousy, old flames, and misunderstandings all for love. Can their relationship survive public scrutiny, unhealed scars, insecurities and deception? Part 2 of 3 in the series. A/H. Rated M


Master of Puppets by The Unholy Trinity of Horror-rec'd by Fanfiction Maplestyle
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9774726/1/Master-of-Puppets
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


Nine Months-A Cullen Legacy Short Story by Pattyrose-rec'd by Cared Cullen
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9800756/1/
Former Congressman Edward Cullen has finally overcome the forces that tried to keep him away from Bella and their daughter, Elizabeth, and the three have settled into a life together. But when Bella becomes pregnant again, how will Edward deal with nine months of expectation, combined with a new campaign run? A short story based on The Cullen Legacy. Daily updates. Rated M.


No Matter What by Lolo84-rec'd by Capricorn75
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9737542/1/No-Matter-What
No matter how big and bad you think you are, if a child hands you a toy phone, you pick it up. No matter how damaged you think you are, when someone pure and beautiful offers you their love, you love them back. And no matter how tough, when your mom asks you for a kiss, you give it. And you make it a good one. Rated M


Not So Innocent by Eternallyedward-rec'd by Nic
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9739135/1/Not-So-Innocent
Bella's been chasing after her best friend's brother for years. When she gets what she's always wanted, will it be enough for either of them? Rated M


Prey for the Wicked by Aleeab4u-rec'd by Twific Crackmum/CarrieZM
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6785758/1/Prey-for-the-Wicked
A vampire finds the true meaning of temptation, an innocent beauty with a siren's blood. Need and curiosity ignite endless possibility, but is she prey for the wicked or the answer to a prayer for salvation? When obsession has no reason and love knows no bounds, where do you draw the line? AU E/B Darkward Mature themes. Non-canon vampires. No sparkling, vegetarianism or venom. Rated M


Sinful Angel by Tea4tulips-rec'd by Nic
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9464669/1/Sinful-Angel
Bella is innocence in a world of sin. Edward is king of sin willing to do anything to earn her innocence. She's the West Coast Princess. He's the East Coast Boss. A story of love with lots of fluff and a little drama. Oh, and lots of dirty words. E/B HEA AH Rated M


The Loving Kind by Thimbles-rec'd by CarrieZM
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 M


The Space Between by AshesAshes83-rec'd by Susan Q Susan
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9605982/1/The-Space-Between
After twelve years away, Bella's best childhood friend reappears in her life and turns her world upside down. Is Edward the same boy she secretly fell in love with all those years ago, or has his big life changed him in even bigger ways? Rated M


What Wicked Games We Play by AllorNothingKR-rec'd by Nic
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7432487/1/What-Wicked-Games-We-Play
Bella & Edward fall into a unique relationship, full of competition, lust, jealousy and greed. Bella gives up everything & everyone for him and he takes all he can from her in return. A tragic incident changes the dynamics of their relationship, forever. Rated M


Where Life Takes You by MidnightLove87-rec'd by Sixdlb5
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9651536/1/Where-Life-Takes-You
It's 1962 and on Bella's 21st birthday her mother feels that it's time for Bella to settle down and get married. And while Bella thinks that getting married is the key to safety and security, her aunt takes it upon herself to give Bella other possibilities. A bus ticket, a full billfold, and red lipstick... Where will life take Bella? Come along for the ride! Rated M

Friday, November 1, 2013

TLS Fics of the Week! The Fab Five are Up!

California Dreamin' by Chocaholic123
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9428516/1/California-Dreamin1967.
Summer stalked in like a lion that year, fierce and angry; looking for someone to eat. Among the hippies, free love and Vietnam, we were forced to grow up, whether we wanted to or not. Rated M



*banner made by SparrowNotes24*

Review by: Midnight Cougar

I am thrilled to bring you this review today in celebration of my dear friend Chocaholic123’s win of Fic of the Week for her enthralling and insightful 1960’s story California Dreamin’.

How it all began was, I saw this swoonworthy manip in a Facebook group…


*made by Evenstar*


…and I thought what an excellent inspirational picture it would make for an Edward and Bella Twific, in the hands of the right person.  So, I sent it off to Choc, knowing how creative she is – from reading her other stories – and the rest, as they say, is history. And in this case, literally history, as Chocaholic123 took one look at gorgeous, sexy, black and white Edward atop that old car, the sixties swirled in her mind, The Beatles and The Mamas & the Papas – to name a few – played in her head, and because her creativity and writing talent know no bounds, she started to research and write, then to our great pleasure, California Dreamin’ was born.

This very original fic is set in 1967 and incorporates many pertinent references: the mood, settings, clothing, paraphernalia, and psychedelic music…which all depict “The Sixties” era – the “cultural decade” known for sex, drugs, freedom, irresponsible excess, flamboyance and, of course, San Francisco.

The story begins in Wentworth, California, where we meet “good girl” Bella Swan and her “queen of politics at Wentworth High” best friend, Angela. They spend the day at the beach, dreaming about their future, as they’ve just graduated from high school. They are both off to college in the fall, but before that, Angela and Bella make a plan to escape the confines of Wentworth and travel to the big city of San Francisco for the adventure of a lifetime.

*excerpt from chapter 1*

A station wagon slowly drove down Maple, swinging into the driveway opposite Angela’s house. We watched as Mrs. Black unloaded her three children, shooing them up the driveway and shouting at the dog as he refused to leave the trunk of the car.

“I’m going to San Francisco next week.” Angela confided as the eldest son turned around and stuck his tongue out at us.

“What? Why?” And the unspoken sentence; can I come?

“One of Martin Luther King’s staff is coming to make a speech. I missed his visit in January; I’m sure as hell not going to miss this.” Angela was the queen of politics at Wentworth High, and I was her willing aide. Together we’d arranged demonstrations, written banned articles and—our pièce de résistance—orchestrated a sit-in against the Vietnam War that lasted four days. The Principal hadn’t been pleased. “Plus, I seriously want to see the hippies in Haight-Ashbury; it’s social history in the making. Are you coming?”

“My dad will never let me go.” I picked at the rust on the arm of the chair, letting the flakes fall to the ground.

“So, don’t ask him. Tell him you’re sleeping over with me. My mom will back us up.” Mrs. Weber was what my dad called “permissive.” It wasn’t a compliment.

Rolling my bottom lip between my teeth, I scanned through my options. I could stay here while Angela went and had all the fun, getting to experience the excitement that was San Francisco. Or I could go with her, throw myself into the experience, and come back with a story I could tell my grandchildren one day.

For most people that wasn’t much of a choice. But I was a good girl—always maintaining decent grades, always home before curfew. I was afraid of authority; particularly fearful of my dad, and this made me procrastinate for longer than I should.

“Okay, I’ll go.” My stomach lurched at the thought.

“Really?” Angela was as surprised as I was. I nodded, unable to speak, scared that the nausea rumbling at the pit of my stomach would rise up and make itself known. Angela grabbed my hand, her grin wide with excitement. “This is going to be so much fun, Bella.”

Fun, yes, political, definitely, romantic? Oh, hell yes, because 1967 was well-known for being “The Summer of Love” in San Francisco, and when Edward Cullen – pre-med college student and soon to be Vietnam soldier – makes his appearance and sweeps sweet, innocent Bella off her feet, their connection is instantaneous, hot and progresses quickly, *wink* as they don’t have much time to waste before Edward leaves for Basic Training.

*excerpt from chapter 3*

"We need to stop," he whispered, his voice halfway between a breath and a moan. "I need to stop."

"Don't stop," I begged, causing another groan to escape from his mouth. I was drowning in sensation.

His lips lingered on mine a moment longer, as if he was afraid to let go. I let my eyes flicker open, drowning in his heated stare. My hands were still clasping his ass like a desperate woman. That's how he made me feel.

Like a woman.

He pulled away, stepping back and running his right hand through his hair. It was messy and out of place, and I remembered in a couple of months, it would all be shaved off.

I hated that.

His lips glistened from my tongue, his face pink from arousal. I was hot and bothered myself, panting out breaths and restraining myself from lunging at him.

"Wow." He smiled, the corners of his eyes crinkling.

I grinned back, patting my hair down, wondering if it was as messy as his. We knew we needed to leave; the clinic wasn't exactly giving rooms away, but I felt strangely reluctant to go. I felt so different from the Bella Swan who had woken up that morning; older, wiser, more sensual. I feared leaving the clinic was one step closer to returning to Wentworth and the Bella I used to be. It wasn't that I disliked myself, though there were aspects I was none too fond of, but now I'd experienced life like this, I didn't want to look back.

And I didn't want to let Edward Cullen go.

But, when this inevitable happens, it’s guaranteed, tears are shed and lives will change. Yet, there is so much more to learn and experience in California Dreamin’, as we live vicariously through these 60’s characters and enjoy the vivid descriptions from this world of colorful peace symbols, freedom speeches, controversial rallies, and unfortunately…the perils of the Vietnam war.

In my humble opinion, and as a pre-reader for the story, Chocaholic123 has a special way with the written word that somehow leaves me both satisfied and always wanting more. Her descriptive writing is beautiful and flows so easily, it’s like I can feel myself living in the 60’s.  So, please join us on this exciting, well-presented, historical journey that is only six chapters in and which updates weekly. And since we have a long way to go, you have lots of reading to delight in, plenty of the 60’s to experience, as we go California Dreamin’ with all the Twilight gang, on such a summer’s day!



All I Have To Give by LyricalKris
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9274888/1/All-I-Have-To-Give
For a princess, virtue is a prize to be given away to the highest bidder. This is a problem when you're in love with a man who cannot possibly win. Rated M



Coming to Terms by GinnyW 31
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8015734/1/Coming-to-Terms
A one night stand, a handful of condom wrappers, and Bella decides she's meant to be alone. Fate has other plans. Rated M


I Want My Life Back by Samekraemer
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9750606/1/I-Want-My-Life-Back
Master Sergeant Edward Cullen achieved a very important goal…twenty years of active service to country. As one chapter ends, he's determined to achieve another important goal…to get back the people he left behind in its pursuit. AH/AH. EPOV. Canon couples, but not in the canon way. Rated M…language, adult situations, citrus. Rated M



White Shadows by Sunflowersongs
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9538475/1/White-Shadows
Edward's a knight. Bella's a fair maiden in need of a protector. An arranged marriage, a run for freedom, a change of heart, a choice to be made. Lots of adventure, some humor, and a cocky Edward. Rated M