Monday, August 31, 2015

What we're reading in TLS this week:

We have been devouring fics both old and new this time around and we’re excited to share them with you! We’ve revisited some old favs and rediscovered some we missed during their WIP stages. As always, we are enjoying some new ones just getting started that might become new favorites once they complete. Please remember to let the authors know where you saw them recommended and be sure to leave the authors some love via pm or reviews. Enjoy! 

♥ Nic & Six

Belward by Footprints358-rec'd by Midnight Cougar
Access Hollywood thinks he's gay. Extra thinks he's secretly married. In reality, Hollywood Hot Shot Edward Cullen is just busy. The literary world recognizes M. Dwyer as one of the most prolific writers of this generation. The business world knows Isabella Swan as a philanthropic real estate mogul. What happens when all of this comes crashing together? Rated M

Dirty Little Secret by Sexysiren1981-rec'd by Nic
There is nothing more tempting than the forbidden. That goes double for Edward Cullen. Rated M

Fill Me With Your Poison by Nolebucgrl-rec'd by Nic
Bella Swan's intrigued by vampires. Edward Cullen's bored and alone. What happens when they meet? Rated M

Fly Away Home by LyricalKris-rec'd by SixDlb5
Because her own life was so devoid of it, Bella always wanted to protect sweetness and innocence in other people. Maybe that was what drew her to Edward, a strange, socially awkward, but very sweet man. She couldn't know the secret he held-that he wasn't what he seemed, and she was the one being protected. Rated M

High School Reunion by DayDreamingFairy-rec'd by Nic
Ten years after graduation, Bella goes to her high school reunion. Is Edward still the unattractive nerd he was back then, and what other surprises will this night bring her?
Rated M

Jilted by Vampiregirl93-rec'd by Nic
Jail time, first loves, bittersweet moments and kisses through the phone. She waits for his call because she's jilted, her heart still sings for the boy who only ever smiled for her. He committed crimes and she told lies. She loves him on accident, and he loves her forever. They didn't choose their secrets, they were born into this. AH-AU Rated M

Masen Manor by Drotuno-rec'd by Maplestyle
Masen Manor, home to a prestigious boarding school, Masen Academy. An immortal hiding from the world has his faith tested by a hundred-year-old fortune and a broken, silent girl. Rated M

On The Line by NewTwilightFan-rec'd by Midnight Cougar
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

Pinky Swear by Kharizzmatik-rec'd by EvilNat
Bella always knew she loved her best friend, but it isn't until she finds out he's engaged that she remembers just how much. How far will she go to make him see he's marrying the wrong woman? A story about finding your heart and losing your head. AH E/B Twilight - Rated M

Scorched by Cosmo7481-rec'd by Nic/Jenn Granat
"She was unafraid and shameless. She expected to feel everything. And she did." A story about summer, of love and loss, and everything that burns in between. Rated M

The Governess by IBACULLEN-rec'd by Nic
Isabella, desperate for a job after college agrees to move across the country to apply to be governess for two young children. She soon finds out that the Cullen Estate and the Master that resides within are dark and frightening. For the sake of her charges, she must attempt to find a way to reach the heart of the man who looks at her as no more than a servant. Rated M

The Man Next Door by RobzBeanie-rec'd by Nic/Jenn Granat
When Edward Cullen is released from prison, 18-year-old Bella becomes fascinated by her new next door neighbor. But is this strong young woman strong enough to handle his past? ** MAY TO DECEMBER ROMANCE CONTEST ENTRY ** Rated M

The Real Life of E A Masen by  Vancouver-Canuck-Girl-rec'd by Nic
Edward Cullen - to most, he's a boring book editor but he's really an elusive romance novelist with an erotic flair. When he's not writing porn, I mean romance, he's just a guy who's married to his high school sweetheart and father of three teens. 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

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

Saturday, August 29, 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 week, the lovely Vancouver-Canuck-Girl, author of the hilarious Awkwardly Yours, shares a little detail on her upcoming story A Father's Love with us.

A Father’s Love - A Different Kind of Love Story

First of all, a big thank you to Nic for inviting me to do this! 

A Father’s Love has been in the works for two long years. I previously wrote The Real Life of EA Masen in which Edward is the father of three teens. Some of my favorite parts to write were Edward's flashbacks with his babies, and I wanted to write another Daddyward.

I had this crazy idea in my head of Edward raising Bella. I know, it sounds...weird - even to me. I tried to write it as Charlie raising Bella or Edward raising Rosalie but nothing felt right. I doubted myself many times along the way and asked the opinion of countless fandom friends if the plot was too far out in left field. Some said it might be, but most told me to stay true to my vision so I plugged along. 

And then life happened. 

I got pregnant again (with baby number three), my first fur baby passed away, we got a new puppy, I went back to work full time, we started home renovations, and we got a second puppy. Yes, we’re crazy. 

God didn’t think I had enough on my plate. In early January, my dad was taken to the hospital via ambulance in respiratory distress. He was diagnosed with end stage cancer - a massive tumor blocking 98% of his trachea. The doctor informed us he had maybe six weeks to live. Dad proved them all wrong and radiation zapped that tumor down to nothing. Unfortunately, five months later he was diagnosed with Stage 3B non small cell lung cancer.  Don’t google prognosis, it isn’t great. 

When you’re facing something like this, your mind starts to wander. I tried not to look too far into the future and chose instead to focus on the happy moments we’ve shared; so many were from when I was a little girl. The love for my dad, his unconditional love for me, inspired me to start writing again. 

And so here I am with a completed story, ready to begin posting nearly two years after the plot bunny entered my head. It’s the story of love in its purest form. In so many ways, it’s the telling of my dad’s never-ending love for me. 

The story, sixteen chapters in all, is pre-written and already beta’d. I’ll post every Tuesday, and maybe on Thursdays as well. Like most of my other fics there’s some heart, some humor. My goal is to make you laugh and cry. Most of all, I hope this story warms your heart and makes you fondly remember the love of someone special in your life.

And since this is called Sneak Peak - here’s one for you taken from the prologue which will be posted soon!


I always encourage Isabella to take chances. Tell her failure is an opportunity to practice being brave. I let her know mistakes happen and it’s okay if they do. As my Dad told me, mistakes do not define you. Good people can make bad choices— it doesn’t make you a bad person, it makes you human. And sometimes mistakes lead you down a path you were meant to take. My ‘mistake’, my sweet Isabella Claire, turned out to be everything I never knew I wanted.

And one day, if some rotten boy breaks her heart, I want her to know that not all boys will hurt her. There’s one who loves her beyond reason. That someone loved her first, with a fierceness which can not be explained or reasoned.

Isabella turned a boy into a man; a man into a father. Correction, she’d turned a man into a Daddy,  and no other title could be more important than that.

This is our story but most importantly, it’s the story of love.

A father’s love.


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

♥ Kim 

Monday, August 17, 2015

What we're reading in TLS this week:

Looking to add to your reading list? Needing a fic to read on vacation? We’ve got a fresh new round of recs to help you out! We're offering a good mix of recently updated favorites along with some new ones just getting started. Be sure to let the author know where you saw them recommended, when you leave them some love. Enjoy!

♥ Nic & Six

A Few Tables Away by Drotuno-rec’d by Nic
Edward spent most of his life trying to be invisible until he got to college. All alone, 3000 miles from home, there's only one person he wishes would see him. His Library Girl, just a few tables away. AH/Rated M/Canon couples. 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

Condemned to Us (Not Such A Bad Thing) by Cruiz107-rec'd by Midnight Cougar
"Don't act like it's a bad thing to fall in love with me.'Cause you might look around and find your dreams come true, with me Spent all your time and your money just to find out that my love was free." Bella's selfish decision will tie Edward to her for at least eighteen years, but some people refuse to be bound. Rated M

Drinking Problems by Badjujube-rec'd by SixDlb5
"How can you teach a vampire to abstain from humans?" I asked Carlisle. "Starve them and take them to the zoo?" He shook his head at me and smiled. "Rehab," he said. Rehab for vampires. It was the worst idea I'd ever heard. Rated M

Getting Blitzed by Nolebucgirl-rec'd by Jenn Granat/Suebee Betafairy
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? Rated R for Rainbow. Sequel to Sideline Collision. 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. Drama/Romance/Angst/Lemons/mild BDSM. Rated M

Goodbye Peter Pan by Bled Dry-rec'd by Nic
Prompted by a feeling, Alice leads the Cullens back to Forks, but ten years is a long time in a brief human life. Edward's wish for Bella to have a nice human life seems to have been fulfilled. Bella believes that once she loved a remarkable boy, but in the end he didn't love her. Can Edward convince her she is wrong? Rated M

Heavy In Your Arms by Sophz456-rec’d by Maplestyle
"Don't trust anybody in this world. Not even yourself." After escaping Montana, Edward has to deal with all he left behind, and all that's yet to come. Undercover agent AU. EPOV E/B AH. Sequel to Camisado. Rated M

I Can’t Unlove You by BitterHarpy-rec’d by LayAtHomeMom
I was empty. I was unloved. I was nothing. Reunited suddenly after fifteen years, Bella and Edward have lived very separate lives. Can they go back or are they destined to be apart? AH, AU. Rated M

Late Night Encounters by Kyla713 – rec’d by Nic
Lonely ER doc Edward Cullen goes online one night in curiosity, never expecting to find what was awaiting him. AH/possibly some OOC. Rated M

Learning to Live by Kare831-rec’d by Midnight Cougar
Two lives struck with tragedy struggle to find themselves. Can they get past the hurt and find their way to each other and learn to live again? Rated M

Lover Of The Light by Vampiregirl93-rec'd by Maplestyle
"There's this new girl in town. I call her Brightside. Emmett likes her, but he says she smells like trees. I think she smells good, like lavender... anyway, I think she's going to have my baby." A story about a boy who made a mistake. Or two. Rated M

Masen Boys by Jdifrans1-rec'd by Nic
Is there anything better than watching three hot guys building a block foundation? Bella and Rose don't think so - that is until drinks after work lead them to meet the Masens face to face. Rated M

She tames the beast within by deJean Smith-rec'd by Midnight Cougar
She only knows of a day-to-day existence. He only knows of life on a silver platter. She only knows contentment with what she has. He only knows the lust for more, and he has her in his sights. An expansion of my Twilight 25, round 9, exploration of the prompt, 'innocence.' Rated M

Wild by PeppahLouie-Edmazing
Recently widowed Bella moves to Seattle to start a new life. Reconnecting with her friend, Bella meets Alice's brother, Chef Edward Cullen. Celibate by choice for 2 years, what happens when Edward finds himself undeniably attracted to a sexy new Bella? Twilight - Rated: M

Saturday, August 8, 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 week, the lovely drotuno, author of the brilliant Man Behind the Mask, shares a little detail on her upcoming story A Few Tables Away with us.

A Few Tables Away

SUMMARY: Edward spent most of his life trying to be invisible until he got to college. All alone, 3000 miles from home, there’s only one person he wishes would see him. His Library Girl, just a few tables away. AH/Rated M/Canon couples 


This idea started when someone posted a meme on Facebook containing a letter. It was the sweetest, shyest, most honest thing I’d ever heard – whether it was real or not. My head locked onto it and didn’t let go. It’s the only thing in the fic I didn’t write, but I wish I had. 
To the girl at the table near the back of the library,
I almost asked you what was wrong the first time I saw you crying. Then I saw the book you were reading and realized that you were crying because of it. And I was interested, because I’d never read anything that moved me that much.
I checked out the book you were reading, and guess what? I cried – just a little – too. That’s how it started. Every time I go to the library, you’re almost always there, usually with a completely new book. Sometimes you smile, or laugh out loud, or cry again, and when you do, I check out the book you’re reading.
That was it, really, until I realized how gorgeous you are. You’re not pretty in the normal kind of way, but God, when you smile, it lights up your face in the best way. 
I wish you’d notice me, sitting a few tables away from you, reading the book you were reading a few days ago. I wish you’d smile at me. I don’t have the guts to talk to you. I’m afraid you won’t be anything at all like I imagine.
One of these days, I’ll work up the courage and I’ll ask you about what you’re reading. And maybe you’ll smile that gorgeous smile and tell me all about it, and then we’ll talk about all the books we’ve read. But until then, thank you for the book recommendations. I love them.
Love, the boy a few tables away from yours
This boy in the library got into my head and wouldn’t leave, and the ideas ran the gamut – shy boy, confused vampire, back to shy, somewhat awkward human guy. That last one was the winner. It also didn’t help that when I showed Beffers87 the letter, she immediately had an idea for a banner – title and all. It’s gorgeous, along with the manips she made to put it together, so there was no fighting this plot bunny.
A Few Tables Away is set in a fictional town and college in my home state of Florida, though there are some canon touches here and there. I wasn’t expecting the turns this story took, but I hope you give Bookward a chance. 
The story will go live Sunday the 9th (tomorrow), and I’ll update Sundays/Wednesdays as long as my schedule holds true. I want to thank TLS for inviting me again. Here’s a bit of Chapter 2…
The weather in Florida was still warm, though with September almost over, I was told that the heat would lessen soon, that fall would bring less humidity. I was looking forward to it, if only for the change from what I was used to; it would be interesting to see the holidays wearing short-sleeved shirts instead of heavy coats and even heavier boots. Because there wasn’t a chance in hell I was going home for Christmas.
The coffee shop was pretty busy, with plenty of people taking up the tables outside and the sofas and chairs inside. Most of them were probably college students, though there were a few I’d guess were in high school, too. Sunset Roast had free WiFi, so the younger people of Glenhaven took advantage of it.
Jasper was running the counter when I stepped through the doors, and he grinned my way. “Ah, there he is. I’m glad we haven’t scared you off yet.”
Smiling a little, I shook my head. “No, sir.”
He snorted, gripping my shoulder. “I’m about five seconds older than you, bud. No ‘sir’ needed.” When I nodded again, he chuckled. “Actually, I’m only about two years older than you. What are you…eighteen? Nineteen?”
“Ah, yeah…well, I’m almost twenty-two, so… Don’t ‘sir’ me.”
Grimacing, I said, “Habit.”
“And it’s a good one, Ed. But save it for the old lady at the bakery for extra donuts or the old man who runs the flower shop when you need somethin’ for your girl.”
“I don’t… I mean… There’s no…”
His brow furrowed at me, but a half smile played on his lips. “Good-lookin’ kid like you? Pfft… Shit, you’ll be knockin’ them off with a stick before your first semester is over.” I could only stare at him in confusion, which seemed to amuse him more, but he changed subjects quickly. “Oh, hey… I was putting your file together. Come with me. I need to talk to you before you get to work.”
I started to panic, thinking I’d done something wrong, but he’d said I’d be getting to work, so I figured I wasn’t fired…yet. “What’d I do?”
He led me through the kitchen and down the hall to his office. Papers and files were strewn all over the top of his desk, which made the neat freak in me break out into a sweat and swallow thickly. I shifted on my feet, gazing down at my sneakers as he shuffled through some stuff, only to slap down a manila file folder with my name on it.
“Listen, I was doing the paperwork on you, and I noticed you didn’t put down a name and phone number in case of emergency.”
“There’s no one to call.”
Jasper stared at me for a moment, and I frowned at his finger pointing to the blank line on the application. He opened his mouth and then shut it, only to say, “Where’s home, Ed?”
“Washington. And everyone I know is too far away to do anything about any emergency.”
Jasper sighed, falling down in his chair. “I gotta have somethin’. Even if it’s your roommate.”
My nose wrinkled as I shook my head, and I thought it was pretty damn sad I didn’t have Ben’s phone number, but I didn’t think I’d need it.
“Parents? Mom or Dad?”
“No… N-No mother, and my dad wouldn’t care if there was an emergency.” The truth came flying out of my mouth quicker than I could pull it back in, and Jasper flinched. “If I give you my brother’s number, just…don’t bother to call if something happens. He’ll just…freak out that he can’t do anything. Then he’ll call my sister, who will… She’ll panic. I…”
Something akin to pity warmed his usually jovial, easygoing blue eyes, but he nodded, pushing the file toward me. I jotted down Emmett’s name and cell phone, looking back at him.
“And I thought my family put the fun in dysfunctional.”
I couldn’t help but laugh. “From what I can see, you’re pretty normal, so… I probably win.”
Don't forget to pop Deb on alert so you don't miss out! 

♥ Kim 

Monday, August 3, 2015

What we're reading in TLS this week:

We could not get enough of these stories lately and wanted to share them with you. We've read them, discussed them, dissected them, and sometimes even read them again! Check out these amazing stories and leave the authors some love via pm or review. Let them know you saw them featured on the TLS rec page!! Happy reading!

♥ Nic & Six

Breakfast in the Dunes by Miss Baby-rec'd by Maplestyle
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

Down to Earth by Powered by 23 Kicks-rec'd by Suebee Betafairy
Twilight meets Xanadu when Bella falls hard for a sexy Greek Muse sent to Earth to help keep her dreams from dying. Rated M

Edroar the Angry Lion by Tropical Sorbet-rec'd by Jenn Granat
Edroar the Angry Lion frightens all the girls and boys at Cullen Publishing with his loud roar. Will his new massage therapist Bella Swan run away like all the rest, or can she tame this savage beast? AH/AU OOC Rated M

Forgive Me, Father, for I Will Sin by AngelGoddess1981-rec'd by Nic
Home for Thanksgiving, Bella wakes up in her childhood room . . . but, much to her surprise, she's not alone. The man she's unknowingly shared a bed with just so happens to be the source of her fantasies for years . . . and her dad's closest friend. Can her fantasies finally become a reality? Romance/Drama/Humor Rated M

If This, Then by Bled Dry-rec'd by VampiresHaveLaws
If you have chemistry, you only need one other thing: timing. But timing is a bitch. Rated M

In the Pines by Soleil2-rec'd by VampiresHaveLaws
They all loved her. One of them killed her. Rated M

In the Waves by Jadalulu-rec'd by MariahajilE
A little something about a girl in love with the edge of her world. Began as June 2012 Fictionista Workshop Witfit, but Jada failed that nicely so now it's not. ExB Rated M

In Your Dreams by Winterhorses-rec'd by Sixdlb5
One mistake gives Edward the power to put anyone to sleep and search their memories, but there's a drawback: he must also sleep. When a conspiracy threatens to destroy the tenuous peace between vampire and humans, the Cullens must figure out how to get information from vampire-hater Isabella Swan. How will they uncover her secrets when she thwarts Edward at every turn? 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

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

Innocent Sinners by FallingInLoveInDecember-rec'd by Nic
Bella and her father move back to Charlie's home town, where she meets Edward. Her relationship with him grows quickly, the spark pulling them together fast, as does the threat to everyone involved. Will Edward and Bella be able to survive the truth of Renee's actions, leaving her baby with Charlie and killing herself before she could tell a soul of Bella's true, dark, beginning? Rated M

Island Nights by Compass54-rec'd by Nic
I would always remember him as a dangerously beautiful twenty-two-year-old, a sensual and affectionate lover who could put a gun to a man's head and pull the trigger. Why I couldn't forget him was no mystery. I was still in love with him. Rated M

Lead Me Not Into Temptation by Princess07890-rec'd by Nic
Bella is a good, Christian girl with a dark secret. She wants the pierced, tattooed, and foul-mouthed tattoo artist who lives across the hall from her. Will she ever get him to notice her without compromising her beliefs? Rated M

Little Dreamer by LyricalKris-rec'd by Sixdlb5
Our story opens with a frightened seventeen-year-old girl on the run- battered, starved, exhausted and nine months pregnant. How this is going to turn out is anyone's guess. Life never does know how to play fair. Rated M

Mother Father by Content1-rec'd bySusan QSusan/Nic
Raised by adoring parents, Isabella Rossi discovers, after tragedy strikes, not all is as it seems. She must trust FBI agent, Edward Cullen, to keep her alive as she learns who Bella Swan is, to whom loyalty lies, and with whom she can trust her heart. Rated M

Oh Brother by Robzbeanie-rec'd by Nic
Shy, orphaned Edward comes to live with his older brother and his wife to finish out his last year of high school, bringing with him a seven-year crush on his sister-in-law. ** TASTE OF THE FORBIDDEN CONTEST - Honorable Mention Judges Vote, Judges Favorite from SoapyMayhem ** Rated M

One And the Same by Tongue-Twied-rec'd by Susan QSusan
That whole sentiment behind the line "What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas" was probably never going to work out for someone nicknamed, Jinxie (also known as Isabella Swan).
Rated M

Rising Dream, Fallen Star by MrsShortHand-rec'd by Hadley Hemingway
He was the lead singer of The Volturi. I was a new musician with everything to prove. We were Hollywood's It couple. Until he ruined everything. Can our love be saved if he can't save himself? A story about love, lemons, lies, and learning to forgive. AH Rated M

The Girl In The Meadow by Simaril-rec'd by Susan QSusan
Bella arrives in Forks with a lifetime of memories of Edward and their time together. The only problem is that Edward hasn't met her yet. Time travel, love and forever share in a story of longing and waiting for the right moment to start their forever. Twilight/New Moon AU. Rated M

Unexpected Complication by Edward's Eternal-rec'd by Nic
Homeless Bella seeks shelter from a storm in an abandoned warehouse. But while she is there, she witnesses something she should never have seen. It was a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. After discovering her, the gunman realizes he has no choice but to protect her from what she's seen. He has to save her—even if she fights him—even if she hates him. Rated M