Saturday, January 31, 2015

TLS Special SNEAK PEEK Feature

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

This month, the exciting young talent allihavetodoisdream, author of the incredible stories Hollywood and Dark Paradise, shares a little detail on her upcoming story Kiss the Sky with us.

Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim

In a nutshell: Bella knew something was wrong.  She just didn't know how serious it was until her mother was dead and gone.

Then everything changed.

Lost and lonely, Bella finds some form of comfort in her new friendships with Tanya and Jazz.  She leaves behind ten o’clock bedtimes and frantic study sessions for parties and delinquent behavior.  She’s desperate to escape her pain.

And a quiet new boy helps her do just that.


This story isn't like anything I've written before. Not only is it personal, it also touches on some really sensitive topics—the two biggest ones being suicide and mental illness.
While this sounds depressing, the story is ultimately meant to be uplifting. This is Bella’s journey towards acceptance and learning how to deal with issues most people want to ignore.

Mental illness is such a major issue, and I think it warrants discussion: thus this story was born.

 I hope it doesn't disappoint!

Here’s a little teaser:

I’m good at lying, at hiding things now.

        Grandma and Dad don’t even know I’m hung-over the next morning. I sit at the breakfast table and eat Lucky Charms like I’m not about to throw up.  I smile like my head isn't splitting open. I laugh like my heart isn't sad and broken—but that has nothing at all to do with the hangover. It won’t go away tomorrow and it won’t get better with medicine.  It’ll just stay that way.

        Maybe forever.

        “Did you have a good night, Bells?” Dad asks, reading a fishing magazine.

        I remember the scrape of Edward’s stubble against my neck, the brush of his fingers on my thighs, and I shift a little, clearing my throat. “Yeah.” My voice is surprisingly even. “How about you?”

        Charlie just grunts.

        “Why don’t you eat something other than that crap?” Grandma asks me, motioning towards my cereal box. “Let me fix you a real breakfast—bacon and eggs.”

        My weak stomach makes the decision for me. “No, thanks. I’m good. Really.”

        Grandma sighs, ruffling my hair as she passes. “You’re always eating junk, Bella. I don’t know how you aren't four hundred pounds. But your mother was the same way.”

        There’s this little beat of silence, the way there always is when she’s mentioned.

        Dad’s mustache stops twitching, so I know he’s stopped reading. He’s just staring at his magazine blankly. But then the twitching resumes, and everyone is breathing again.

        Everyone is breathing but Mom.


As Lila's beta, I've been lucky enough to read the first few chapters of this story, and I'm being completely unbiased when I say how truly amazing it is. Lila has grown so much in such a short time as a writer, and I'm so incredibly proud of what she's achieved with this story. It's not only beautifully written, but has so much emotion, you'll be left thinking about what you've read for hours afterwards. She's my little superstar.

Don't forget to pop Lila on alert so you don't miss out!

♥ Kim 

Monday, January 19, 2015

What we're reading in TLS this week:

Happy Monday everyone! Lemonade anyone? We have a wide variety of Recs for you this week; from completed fics, to fics just starting out and grabbing our attention. Some are funny, some are angsty, but all of them have the TLS stamp of approval. Dig in and leave the authors some love, letting them know where you saw their story recommended!

♥ Nic & Six

A Measure of Grace by Saritadreaming-rec'd by Evilnat
A virus sweeps over the earth, killing man and man's best friend. For the few survivors, the nightmare is just beginning. Who set the virus free, and how far will the remains of the government go to find a cure? An innocent girl, a fiercely loyal dog, a jaded man with a past. Can they survive this new world and its secrets? Rated M

A Swallow to a Dove by Shouldbecleaning-rec'd by Nic
Timid Isabella is sent to keep the home and children of widower Edward Cullen. Rated M

Adult Education by Staceleo-rec'd by Midnight Cougar
Their job is to teach the young. Now the teachers are becoming the students when learning about romance. A silly tale about love, teaching, and learning to live to the fullest. Rated M

Ballad of the Spinster and the Outlaw by Alby Mangroves-Rec'd by Edmazing
"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

Breakfast in the Dunes by Miss Baby-rec'd by Midnight Cougar
They were the most unlikely two people to fall in love; one a driven student on the brink to greatness, the other a jaded rock star on the road to ruin. But when hopes, dreams and the New York State Division of Parole force them together, fate takes over and hate soon grows into a different sort of passion. Rated M

Carnelian and Ice by Raum-rec'd by Drotuno
"A man struggling to escape from the darkness, and a woman who thinks she doesn't deserve the light. How will an ice sculpture affect their lives?" Rated M

For the Love of Bella by Ivy Kelley-rec'd by Jedigirl SC
Author Isabella Cullen likes to write about the unattainable, a vampire romance. After years of being alone, can a handsome human man show her that truth is better than fiction? *NewCon 2009 fanfic contest winner* Rated M

Getting Blitzed by Nolebucgrl-rec'd by Jenn Granat
The continuing adventures of Cockyback and Reed Girl. College is over and real life awaits. How will they handle the ups and downs thrown their way as Edward enters the NFL and Bella approaches graduation? Sequel to Sideline Collision. Rated M

Lessons of a MPW by Christie Hart-rec'd by Cappricorn75
Four guys. Four babies on the way. One house, and one very mad, pregnant woman.
Rated M

My Life as a Trophy Wife by Jenna Ray-rec'd by Everyfreakingbody!
Sometimes marriage can be more like a business agreement. Broke college student Bella and her best friend's Lawyer brother, Edward, have come up with just that. A business agreement to make life easier for them both. First comes marriage, then comes? Rated M

My Nightingale by Edward's Eternal-rec'd by Midnight Cougar
Edward, a photographer without roots, meets Bella, a nurse in the ER after a slight mishap. He is everything she isn't allowed. She is everything he didn't know he needed. Together they make their way, fighting against what threatens to separate them. Rated M

Rain Must Fall by Drotuno-rec'd by EvilNat/SixDlb5
It's always been said that Mother Nature finds a way to assert her power. This time, she unleashed something that walls and fences couldn't contain. Separated by an entire country, Edward and Bella must fight to stay alive in a world determined to destroy them, a world Edward must cross to get to his family, and a world where the dead don't always stay dead. Rated M

Shadow Mission by Maxigrumpling-rec'd by Maplestyle
Actor Edward Cullen is rich, famous & sexy as ere's just one fly in the ointment.He can't keep the other personalities in his head straight.Emmett, his bodyguard, needs help sorting his charge out.Enter his 'crew', Alice the hacker, Jasper his second, Rose the shrink...and Bella, the girl who's father gave his life to protect Edward's. If only he remembered why. Rated M

The Fall by Miss Winkles-rec'd by Evilnat
She's got a bulletproof heart but he's got a hollow point smile. He's a gathering storm. A spark in the darkness. A bruised heart just waiting to happen. At rock bottom, Bella Swan has nowhere to fall but everything to lose. Rated M

White Collar Boxing by RosieRathbone-rec'd by Evilnat
Retired boxer-turned CEO, Edward Cullen, is about to face his biggest challenge yet when he is landed with his teenage daughter for the summer. With the help of his feisty PA, Bella, maybe they can find something to bond over? Rated M

Monday, January 5, 2015

What we're reading in TLS this week:

Happy New Year to all of you from the Staff of The Lemonade Stand!

We hope your holidays were filled with love, laughter, and M rated reading! We have our first recommended reading list of 2015 for you and it is very eclectic, like our readers. There's something here for everyone and we hope you will let the authors know where you saw their story rec'd, when you leave them some New Year's Love.

♥ Nic & Six

A Change of Heart by GemmaH/Chocaholic123-rec'd by Midnight Cougar
Christmas in Chicago is little more than a duty visit for Edward Cullen, but that's before he gets the call that will change his life together. A birthday fic collaboration for Sparrownotes24. Rated M

A Horse of a Different Color by Winterhorses-rec'd by Evilnat
Bella is the new arrival in town, and having an infamously lewd mare isn't helping her gain any friends. Maybe a puzzling young horse whisperer can tame the beast and teach the girl how to love herself, even when she doesn't fit in with the herd. Rated M

Adore, Adore by Ooza-rec'd by Sixdlb5
Bella is in a financial pinch and facing eviction. When propositioned by her landlord, she is faced with a difficult decision: give up her apartment or give up her body. Rated M

Awkwardly Yours by Vancouver-Canuck-Girl-rec'd by Cappricorn75
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

Balancoire by Gemini13me-rec'd by Nic
"Perfect balance is like a razor's edge; it can be found only in the Self." - Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Rated M

Bronze by Mothlights-rec'd by Edmazing
Edward is a rebellious newborn lashing out at those who try to help him. At his wit's end, Carlisle asks Isabella, the woman who was once his mentor, to take Edward in until his bloodlust cools. Rated M

Dark Paradise by Allihavetodoisdream-rec'd by Nic/VampsHaveLaws
She lives in a make-believe world of open roads and endless freedom to escape an addiction-riddled mother and a grabby older man with sick intentions. Adrift in a place of uncaring hearts, she makes her getaway. She finds a ratty old motel, late night smokes, a new life, and a boy with a past as clouded as her own. A boy with a dark gentleness too beautiful to ignore. Rated M

Dissonance by Mortissues-rec'd by Everyfreakingbody!
I haven't so much made a success of myself as simply fallen through the cracks in my life and somehow landed buttered side up. I am toast. The fifty percent lucky slice that you rescue from your kitchen counter and shove in your mouth as you run out the door, breathless and late, to start your new day. Rated M

Fridays With You by TheQueenWriter-rec'd by Evilnat
Can two people fall in love in the laundromat? Rated M

Going Down by Redtini-rec'd by Nic
Bella Swan was recruited to The Cullen Firm as the new Managing Director of Global Relations. Unbeknownst to her, she never remembered applying for the position. Yet, luck was on her side, and the offer was too great to pass up. Through one strange encounter and a series of events, Bella realizes that luck had nothing to do with it. Rated M

Indelible by Bannerday-rec'd by Nic
Some experiences, some people, stick with you forever, leaving their mark on your memories. You can't escape what they meant to you and you can't re-write the past. It's indelible. But the future isn't set in stone…it's yours to write. A story about forks in the road of life and a past with a future. Rated M

Lacunar by Perpetually-rec'd by Cappricorn75
He can't remember what she's done. She can't forgive herself for what's happened. When a slate has been erased, some chalk will always remain. Rated M

Please Come Home for Christmas by Kr2009-rec'd by Nic
What should be the most wonderful time of the year is now a nightmare. Reminders of her are everywhere, breaking his heart as his hope vanishes. The one thing Edward wants for Christmas seems impossible, but maybe a miracle can happen just in time. Rated M

Protector by Kitty T's Keyboard-rec'd by Nic
After a vicious attack when she was thirteen, Bella Swan writes a story about what happened to her to try to find and bring her attacker to justice. She had no idea what the ramifications of signing over the rights to have it made into a film, or what choosing Edward Cullen to play her brother Emmett would be. BPOV A/H A/U Canon pairings. Rated M

Smoke on the Water by FyreMasen-rec'd by Nic
Smoke on the Water is an annual barbeque and music festival held in a small Georgia town. It draws crowds from far and wide. Only this year, country star Bella Swan is gonna be the main act. What happens when a couple of good ole country boys win passes to meet her? Rated M

Stolen Dreams by Shasta53-rec'd by Maplestyle
Bella and Edward were ready to become parents as seniors in high school, but tragedy ended their dreams and pulled them apart. Ten years later, they reunite, but all is not what it seems. Rated M

Sway by Love notes from morgan o'mally-rec'd by Dolly Reader
A story of two people. Paths cross, lives blend and they discover they like each other more everyday. A simple, possible love story where the palms line the shore. EPOV. Rated M

The Other One by JiffyKate-rec'd by Nic
Two strangers struggling from day to day. One trying to overcome the past while the other hides behind it. Will they be able to trust one another enough to share their secrets and accept the truth despite what they've been through? Rated M

The 12 Dates of Christmas by CherrybombLuv-rec'd by Evilnat
Tired of being alone, Bella decides to put herself out there and, for the first time in a year, goes on a string of dates in the hopes of finding the one-hopefully in time for Christmas. She soon finds out that it's harder than it looks. Or is it?  Rated M

To Her Door by Thimbles-rec'd by Maplestyle
She said, "I'm not standing by, to watch you slowly die / So watch me walking, out the door." A story told in three parts. For the lovely MagTwi 78. Rated M