Monday, March 30, 2015

What we're reading in TLS this week:

This week at The Lemonade Stand, we have been reviewing some gems we loved and some we didn't get to the first time they came around. Here are a list of some of those recommendations along with a few new things to spice things up. We hope they capture your attention, like they did ours. Dive in and leave the writers some love. Tell them where you saw them recommended. Happy Monday!

♥ Nic & Six

A Change of Heart by GemmaH-rec'd by Maplestyle
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 by Chocaholic123 & GemmaH. Rated M

An Angry Man by Katinki-rec'd by EvilNat
COMPLETE. Edward is a bitter, angry man, a man suffering the sins of his past. An emotional & physical recluse, he pushes everyone away. That is, until Bella, a mysterious woman with her own demons, moves in and forces him to face himself. AH. Rated M

Angel Is A Centerfold by LyricalKris-rec'd by Cappricorn75
The Madonna-whore complex. The idea that women's sexual expression is limited to being virginal or being degraded. Or lady in the streets and a freak in the sheets? Pffft. Where's the fun in that? Rated M

Baby by HelliesWorld-rec'd by Nic
Smart, and savvy Bella wants a baby. She is willing to go the mile for one. Edward just happens upon her path. Rated M

Hard to Love by Drotuno-rec'd by Maplestyle
I didn't know how to ask him if I was going to lose the one person that had loved me unconditionally my entire life. Bella Swan had been in every moment of my life since I was seven years old. Eighteen years. She was there for it all, and it wasn't supposed to end like this. Rated M

How Do I Live by Bethesda Gray-rec'd by Maplestyle
When Edward abandons Bella to discover a human life for herself, the resulting damage is something that neither of them could have imagined, and neither can heal alone. 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

Off the Cuff by Maplestyle-rec'd by Layathomemom
Pro hockey player Edward Masen's world spirals out of control when he makes an off-the-cuff comment about how he'd personally celebrate scoring four goals in one game. *Inspired by real life events.* Rated M

Play, Pause, Repeat by RRose-rec'd by Cappricorn75
Bella Swan knows that YouTube's most subscribed gamer Edward Cullen goes to the same university as she does. She knows collaborating with him in one video will boost her fledgling cooking channel's traffic as well. What she doesn't know is that views and subscribers aren't the only things Edward can give her. Looks like their shippers might actually be on to something. 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

Sway by Love notes from morgan o'mally-rec'd by Nic
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 Breakers by Les16-rec'd by EvilNat
After spending 7 years in prison, Edward gets a new start in the fishing village of Corea, Maine. Can a little girl and her mom, Bella, see beyond his past and can they all find love again...or will the ocean swallow them whole? Rated M

To Her Door by Thimbles-rec'd by MonicaNP
She said, "I'm not standing by, to watch you slowly die / So watch me walking, out the door." A story based on the Paul Kelly song and told in three parts. Rated M

The Infinity Axiom by miss.eli-rec'd by Midnight Cougar
Axiom - a premise so obvious as to be accepted as true without controversy. Edward and Bella were best friends until a perfect storm of circumstances, insecurities, and misunderstandings separated them. But some things are just meant to be, even if they take a slight detour. Rated M

Two Blue Lines by Payton79-rec'd by Midnight Cougar
Bella, a good girl, was dumped by her long-time boyfriend. Edward, a young doctor, is feeling suffocated by his father's plans. Waking up next to a stranger is a shock for a good girl. Seeing the girl of your dreams run out on you the morning after sucks for a nice guy. What if two blue lines will bind the two together for life? What if they can't even remember how they came to be? Rated M

Saturday, March 21, 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 talented Jenna Ray, author of the stand-out story My Life as a Trophy Wife, shares a little detail on her upcoming story Bright Eyes with us.

He tells me I should have walked away when I had the chance, but this pretty-eyed stranger doesn’t know what he’s gotten himself into with me.

Bright Eyes is a story of a girl on the run, a man with a past, and what happens when their lives collide and begin to unravel.

I had three goals when I began writing this story. First, I wanted to challenge myself to take my writing to the next level. Second, I wanted to give my readers more of what they’ve come to know my writing for. While working on My Life as a Trophy Wife, I found my niche with writing a romance with darker side. Mystery, slow-burning reveal, and my cataclysmic cliffies have been a staple of my work, and something I wanted to capture again in Bright Eyes. 

Third, and a continuation of my second goal, I wanted to capture those themes while still delivering a completely different and new reading experience. Bright Eyes parallels a lot of tones from Trophy Wife, but is a horse of a different color. 

This story is AH, AU, rated M. My major themes are mystery and romance with a side of angst and a dash of humor. 

With a big grin and fidgety toes, I am elated to finally give the first taste of Bright Eyes: 

I stepped back out into the humidity and sound of car horns and indecipherable chatter from the crowded sidewalk in front of me. As I went to take another sip of my coffee, I noticed two people ahead walking way too fast. A mousy-looking woman collided with a man distracted by his cell phone. He hit her hard with his shoulder, hard enough to knock her purse off her arm and onto the sidewalk, where the contents spilled about all over. Although it happened unintentionally, the prick didn’t have the decency to mutter an apology. 

“Hey!” I called after him. “A fucking ‘sorry’ would’ve been nice, asshole!”

I looked down at the woman who gazed up at me with wide, surprised eyes. 

“Thank you,” she said softly. 

“I couldn’t help myself.” I shrugged. “What a dick.”

I really couldn’t help myself. After years of working in bars, it found it impossible to take bullshit from people without speaking up. 

“Yeah,” she sighed, starting to collect all of her items. 

I hurried over to help her, snatching up various items and trying not to get my fingers stepped on by more assholes walking by without a second glance. One of them came dangerously close to smashing my hand, and I looked upwards, opening my mouth to yell at them. 

But then, something else caught my attention: a man standing several feet away, watching us intently. Whomever had been about to get an earful of sass from me walked on without hearing a word of it, as I now found myself inexplicably and wholly captivated by this other stranger. He wore sadly plain clothing: black jeans and a dark grey zip-up hoodie. But the tall, commanding figure that filled them literally made him stand out in a crowd. 

Despite that, though, something else held my attention so entrancingly. His face... A face that made all of the air leave my body in a single exhale.

Oh, my God.

His eyes locked on mine, the world around us moving in an apparent slow motion. His whole presence exuded masculinity. This was the kind of man that commanded all the attention in a room. The kind of man that made knees weaken, hearts flutter, and stomachs flip flop. 

I couldn’t look away from his face. He was beautiful. He had skin of caramel-colored perfection that glowed. His features, sharp and defined, boasted all angles and lines that couldn’t have been chiseled that spectacularly from marble. Black scruff from a day or two without shaving covered his chin and cheeks, the same color as the inky black mess of hair that covered his head. Every single inch of him looked hard, except for his lips. His lips, pink pillows of edible-looking flesh, appeared baby soft even from far away. 

And the eyes… My God, the eyes. 

He had the brightest eyes I’d ever seen, nothing like the barista’s deep green eyes. These eyes shined with a vibrant color; a cross somewhere between aqua and mint. They had to be colored contacts. Surely that color couldn’t be natural. They were too beautiful. And the way they stared into mine made me feel like they looked right into my soul, like they could read every thought and every fear I’d ever had. They were magnificently unnerving.          

Bright Eyes will begin posting in one week, Saturday the 28th!


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

♥ Kim 

Monday, March 16, 2015

What we're reading in TLS this week:

While Mondays are known to be normally terrible, you can't have a bad Monday when it's time for Lemonade! We have a variety of great fic recs for you to check out and hopefully cheer up your Monday. There's swagger, sex appeal, and some mystery to boot! Settle down with your computer or reading device and open the door to these possibilities. Let the writer know where you saw them recommended and as always, thanks for stopping by The Lemonade Stand.

♥ Nic & Six

A New York Affair by Kirenlocke-rec'd by Nic
"Do not trust Edward Cullen, he will destroy you." She chanted the words every day from nine to five until he decided to up and fuck her brains out against his desk. Rated M

Anyone Else But You by Iambeagle-rec'd by Cappricorn75
Bella's clueless when it comes to men, especially her friend's boyfriend. Rated M

Breaker Baby by ThisIsReallyHappening-rec'd by CullensTwiMistress
Mama said she wanted someone noble, upright, and godly for me. I just wanted him. Somewhere along the way, I found out what I wanted wasn't always what I needed. 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

Gothic by author-self-insert-rec'd by Everyfreakingbody!
Ten years ago, Edward was accused of murder and Bella was his alibi. Now, the murder remains unsolved and Bella hates Edward. Can a penchant for gothic mystery, a hearty dose of lingering hostility and the desire for a clean conscience really be enough to right old wrongs? Rated M

Heart's Desire (Ceanothus gloriosus) by Daisyandphoebe-rec'd by Cappricorn75
Bella's life, predictable and streaked with poor timing, can use a re-landscape. The decision to make some changes brings with it an old friend. The boy who had pulled up a chair, opened a sketch pad, and infiltrated her mind for four years stands, now a man, behind her screen. But inviting him in is not as simple as opening the door. Rated M

Incredibly Weird World of IMSwan by Staceleo-rec'd by Suebee Betafairy
Being a teenager is annoying enough. Add in your new town being overrun by vampires and you have nothing but trouble. This is the story of the incredibly weird world of Isabella Swan. Just another reimagining of Twilight in the fan fiction world. Rated M

Lies Destroy by Awish0921-rec'd by Sixdlb5
Edward Masen's future, for all intents & purposes, was as bright as the sun. He had everything, a home, parents that loved him, girls falling all over him, law school on the horizon, then with a single twist of fate, it all came crashing down making Edward question everything he's ever known. Rated M

Milk Money by Nocturnal Emissions-rec'd by CullensTwiMistress
DRABBLE: Edward Cullen is a famous movie star. His son is a week old and can't seem to keep any formula down. The mother of the child, Tanya takes off leaving Edward alone with their newborn. After trying nearly every formula on the market, Esme, Edward's sister suggests breast milk. It seems like a long shot, but will Bella answer the ad and save the day? Rated M

Pen Pals by Greye Granger-rec'd by Midnight Cougar
After being pen pals for years, Bella and Edward had planned to meet during the fall of 2014. Unfortunately, they lost touch, and now Bella is making the trip cross country to see him. Will Edward be there? Will he have moved on entirely? Rated M

Remember Me by IsaKassees-rec'd by Edmazing
"If I only got one day a year, I would make it count." One secret tree, one magic sunset, one chance to make a wish. Childhood sweethearts turned penpals, they grow up together and apart, falling in like, lust and love. Rated M

Something Beautiful Remains by Bethesda Gray-rec'd by Midnight Cougar
After terrible loss, Bella returns to Forks to tie up loose ends. What she finds, though, is a new beginning she never could have imagined. Vampire AU, Edward/Bella. Rated M

The Baby Whisperer by Compass54-rec'd by Nic
She manipulated me so easily. Twenty-one, beautiful and curious is a perilous mix. Host's Choice and Judge's Choice in the May to December Romance Contest. Rated M

The Bull Rider by Edward's Eternal-rec'd by Jenn Granat/Midnight Cougar
Bella's an exemplary student who enjoys her part-time job at the University, helping with event days; except when she has to deal with one particular sponsor. Edward Cullen runs the most popular country bar in the area. Handsome, charming and cocky, he only has eyes for one member of the student body. Can he ever make her see beneath his fa├žade? Rated M

The Invisible Line by Littlecat358-rec'd by Nic
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? Rated M

The Road Home by Iridescent Silver-rec'd by Nic
"I let it go. It's like swimming against the current. It exhausts you. After a while, whoever you are, you just have to let go, and the river brings you home." ― Joanne Harris. Rated M

The Second Time Around by Anhanninen-rec'd by Jenn G.
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. Rated M

The Trouble by Twilightholic-Tanya-rec'd by Layathomemom
The trouble with boys like Edward Cullen is I can already see how it will end. But the thrill of driving down this road with him is almost worth the crash. Rated M

Turning Pointe by Viridian6-rec'd by Midnight Cougar
Edward's life was a non-stop party – drinking, drugs, girls – he's completely out of control. Determined to win back his father's approval, he befriends sweet & innocent Bella. His plan backfires, but can he give up his new addiction? Rated M

Witness Seclusion by FyreMasen-rec'd by Nic
Detective Cullen has only one objective: put the murderer of a young prostitute behind bars. What he doesn't consider is where his evidence might come from and what he'll have to do to ensure its safety. Rated M

Monday, March 2, 2015

What we're reading in TLS this week:

Happy Monday! As we patiently wait for Spring to arrive, we're starting to see signs of new life in the fandom, in the form of updates of cult classics and brand new baby fics being born. It's an exciting time to be a reader. We have a few rock stars, some nerds, a romantic or two, a couple of bar owners, and some fate to sift through. Dig through them with us and find your very favorites. Pop your loves on alert then let the writers know where you saw them featured. Enjoy!

♥ Nic & Six

Alaska by Anton B-rec'd by Cappricorn75
For two years, Bella's had a cotton candy romance going on with her taciturn best friend. In her head. So after catching bits and pieces of Edward's unusual upbringing, Bella pays a visit to Alaska. Rated M

Asylum by darkNnerdy-rec'd by Maplestyle
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

Come Find Me by samrosey-rec'd by Midnight Cougar
She's no lost girl, gone girl. She's only hiding. He is the stranger who found her, saving himself from his own loneliness at the same time. She's terrified and waiting, holding out for contact. Feel me, come find me. Rated M

Faithfully by LailaB-rec'd by Jenn G.
Edward, the lead singer of Eclipse, has always considered himself fulfilled. He has never desired an emotional connection with anyone outside his band or family, until he meets a much younger Bella on European summer tour. Will love prevail? Rated M

Fire Meet Gasoline by Eddiebell69-rec'd by Nic
To her, it's all a game. To him, it's chaos created between his head and his heart. They're two strangers whose life is changed in one night. He strikes the match while she burns alive. A story where bristling desire turns pain into pleasure and fire. Written for the May to December Romance Contest. Rated M

For Love and Hockey by Josabbimommy-rec'd by Nic
Hockey Player, Edward Cullen. Successful lawyer, Bella Swan. She loved him once and he broke her heart. Will she give him another chance? Rated M

He Came Along by HopeSparkles-rec'd by Sixdlb5
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. Rated M

Kill the Lights by Jadalulu-rec'd by Nic
How many f**k buddies does it take to screw up a good thing? Two. Or maybe just one of them. Bella's never been great at math. Rated M

Kiss the Sky by allihavetodoisdream-rec'd by VampiresHaveLaws
"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." Bella learning to swim in the wake of tragedy. Rated M

Love and the Wild by Colleen Alize-rec'd by Cappricorn75
She wasn't your typical girl, and he wasn't your typical guy. She found him, or did he find her? They found each other? What happens when you're in another continent with a Gorilla-man? You find love in the wild, of course! Twilight-Tarzan mashup! If you're expecting the Disney classic, this isn't it! #Tarzanward Rated M

Luckless by NinaQ-rec'd by Edmazing
Everything about her was the same. Even after all these years, he'd recognized her, but it made no sense. There was no way she was the same woman. It couldn't be. He had watched her die. Rated M

Man Behind the Mask by Drotuno-rec'd by Suebee Betafairy
What you see isn't always what you get. By all appearances, Masen lives the life of sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll. He's living the dream that has turned into a nightmare because his life - and his reputation - is not his own. There must be more to life than tour buses, groupies, paparazzi, and slimy record producers. Rated M

Oblivious by LyricalKris-rec'd by Cappricorn75
Juggling two jobs and a full-time schedule of classes, college student Bella didn't have time to figure out just how sexy she could be. Her boss, Edward knew. She was going to figure it out sometime-why not with him? A woman in full possession of her wiles is a force to be reckoned with. Rated M

On The Line by NewTwilightFan-rec'd by Cappricorn75
New Quantico graduate Agent Isabella Swan is assigned to go under cover with a partner she's never met. Their mission will require every ounce of their skill, cunning, and discipline. . . then it will demand more. Agent Swan is totally green. Agent Masen is an enigma. Trust will be the least of their challenges when they discover how much is really on the line. Rated M

Shaky Ground by LatteLemon-rec'd by Cullen Concession
Rock 'n' roll is sexuality personified. It is attitude. It is all the things that your parents told you not to do. It's the freedom to express yourself. It's being alive. Only multi-platinum, award-winning rocker Edward Cullen is anything but until he meets Bella Swan. A collaboration fic from LatteCoug and Carson1. Rated M

Sight by Aurora18-rec'd by Jenn G.
"Swan! I wanted that file ten minutes ago, on my desk, it's outside my door, are you blind!" "No Cullen, I cannot see your office, because yes, I AM blind and I don't want to walk in and listen to you doing goodness knows what with Tanya Denali!" Rated M

Strange Brew by Magnolia822-rec'd by Nic
Soon-to-be college senior Bella Swan needs a summer job. Edward Cullen needs a worker for his new tasting room at Cullen Creek Brewery. She doesn't know much about beer, but she knows how to push his buttons. Rated M

Theories of Bellativity by Kikki7-rec'd by AlliZ
Bella Swan is a physician assistant student trying to survive a grueling clinical year. Add Dr. Edward Cullen, a cocky, irresistible ob/gyn resident. Throw in some chocolate, sprinkle with a few of Bella's quirky theories about life, and see what happens. Rated M

Until We Bleed by Livie79-rec'd by Nic
The future was so bright, but we were blinded by the headlights. Now it's dark and we can't, we only have our memories. Baby, please, let me pull you close to me, save us from this misery. Rated M

We Are Young by MyLifeandHis-rec'd by Edmazing
Destiny doesn't do home visits. I can sit and chit chat with Bella, flirting with her on my balcony all I want to, but am I actually going for it? Rated M