Monday, June 20, 2016

What we're reading in TLS this week:

In honor of Edward Cullen’s birthday today, we thought it might be fun to feature some of our favorite Vampwards! While all fics considered for this list are still available to read online, we’d be remiss not to at least mention a few of our pulled all time favorites like Bratty Vamp’s In Vain, Abbracciare Il Cantante or Masen Vixen’s Stranger Than Fiction. Be sure to let the author know where you saw them rec'd when you leave them some love. Happy reading!

♥ Nic & Six

A Litany at Dusk by duskwatcher2153
Edward's been a solitary vampire, hunting on the edges of society. He rejoins his family in Forks, ready to abstain and runs across a young woman praying. A choice must be made between one's heart, one's desires and one's soul. Darkward ExB AU Rated M

An American Vampire in Chicago by Just4Ale
Bella is a business school student when she meets Edward, a PhD student. Is this handsome stranger too good to be true? AU/Vampires/Humans. My vamps are slightly different from SM's. Indie TwiFic Award Winner! Rated M

Angel Series 1: Broken Angel by drotuno
The FIRST in the Angel series. This is my version of New Moon and beyond if Edward didn't return for 2 years. Jacob is NOT the sweet boy everyone thinks he is. What kind of Bella did Edward come back to? How does she react? AU/OOC-somewhat...Future LEMONS! Rated M

Bloodlines by windchymes
With just weeks to go before the wedding, Edward reveals a secret from his human life which leaves Bella shocked and wondering just how well she knows the man she is about to marry. This is very much an Edward and Bella love story. S Meyer owns all. Rated M

Bonne Foi by Amethyst Jackson
AU. Edward Masen was changed in 1918 and abandoned by his sire. He feeds on human blood, unaware of any other way…until he stumbles across college freshman Bella Swan for a night that will change everything. Rated M

Bronze by mothlights
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

Creature of Habit by EZRocksAngel
Bella begins working for the elusive and distant Edward Cullen who she discovers is hiding behind an elaborate charade to maintain his secret lifestyle. Bella is determined to find out the mysteries of Edward Cullen but with what results? Rated M

Distractions by windchymes
An unexpected discovery and Bella realises Edward lied when he left her. She is determined to find him, but as she searches she finds there is more to Edward Cullen than she ever realised. Rated M

Dogstar by Spanglemaker9
One choice is made and everything changes. Paths diverge, lead astray, and still lead home. AU. Rated M

Ethan Church by dryler
When Bella accepts an offer to write the biography of a severely reclusive author, the old, dying man she’s presented with and the young, too perfect man she meets while there convince her she’s missing some very important parts of the story. E/B, AU. Rated M

Fill Me With Your Poison by Nolebucgrl
Bella Swan's intrigued by vampires. Edward Cullen's bored and alone. What happens when they meet? AU, vampire. Rated M. Inspired by Katy Perry's ET. Rated M

For Whom The Bell Tolls by CyraBear
There's a dusty old bookstore in Seattle where the proprietor keeps odd hours and knows the location of every book in his stock. What surprises hide in its stacks? Rated M

Goodbye Peter Pan by Bled Dry
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

Goodnight, Noises Everywhere by Feisty Y. Beden
Bella is the only survivor of a virus which has killed off the human race. Is there anyone-anything-still alive on this dying planet? Entry for the Twilight 25 Challenge. Post-apocalyptic good times. Rated M

Grasping Darkness by KiyaRaven
She dreams of darkness. Lust. Passion. The man she fantasizes about has it all, especially the darkness. The problem is, he's not really a man. Rated M for language & dark themes.
Rated M

Here in the Garden of Sin by ooza
Edward has spent his entire existence longing for one thing. When he finally gets it, his careful control starts slipping. It doesn't matter to his savior, she's dying either way. Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it. Rated M

House of the Horde by Raggdolly
Bella endures the dark side of LA. After being abducted and taken into the Hollywood Hills, she learns that humans are not at the top of the food chain. Can she escape or will she fall victim to a treacherous vampire? OOC/Dark Themes/No rape. Outtakes included. Rated M

Masen Manor by drotuno
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

Osa Bella by Myg
Bella is a school counselor, but Edward is a vampire posing as a student. Will Bella defy her head and follow her heart? Or will she conquer her desire and do what she believes is right? Not your daughter's/niece's/little sister's Twilight. Angsty. Rated M

Prey for the Wicked by Alleab4u
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

Requiem by katinki
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

Sacrificial Lamb by Nolebucgrl
Redo on the end of Eclipse and replacing BD; when Jacob kisses Bella in the woods after threatening to kill himself. Bella does not have any love for Jacob other than friendship. She embarks on her life with Edward. Canon/AU you decide. Rated M

The Empty Bag by krnycorn
After the disastrous birthday party that injured her arm, Bella can see that Edward is pulling away from her. Tired of staying away while Edward distances himself, Bella decides to start the conversation a day earlier than he had planned. But will it change anything? Rated M

The Fallout by OCDindeed
March 16/06 the world the Cullens knew ended. Faith, hope & love are powerful things. Edward finds out how powerful they are when he loses the one person who made his life worth living. Not just an E/B story. Entire Cullen clan is here, each with their own hardships. Set during a post-apocalyptic nuclear war. Try the Prologue before passing judgment. You might be surprised! NM/AU. Rated M

The Foreign Papers by javamomma0921
AU - Bella Swan is an expert in antique documents. When the paper trail she is following leads overseas and she finds herself enamored with an enigmatic man named Edward Masen, will her training be enough to help her solve the mystery surrounding him? Rated M

The Keepsake by windchymes
Some things you never forget, they just hurt too much to remember. Rated M

The List by LauraACullen
Four weeks before her wedding to Edward, Bella is frustrated. She knows there's little-to-no chance of getting him to bend his rules and boundaries now, but there's no harm in fantasizing about what could happen later. So she begins compiling a list. Rated M

The Monster in Me by Edward’s Eternal
She arrived unexpectedly. I lusted after her body and blood. She would be mine. All of her. The monster in me demanded it. Contest entry for the Control. Possess. Seduce. Contest. Rated M

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

Troika by Mortissues
Waking up, not matter how long it takes, should be a wonderful thing. Powerful and liberating. Like emerging from the chrysalis. I should have known it wouldn't be like that for me. . . Rated M

Monday, June 6, 2016

What we're reading in TLS this week:

Memorial Day had us reminiscing about some of our favorite Military fics this past week. Everyone loves a man in uniform, right? We’ve also added a few of our recently updated favs for you to check out, if you haven’t already. As always, let the writer know where you saw them recommended when you leave them some love in a review. Enjoy

♥ Nic & Six

A Change of Heart by Chocaholic123 & GemmaH-rec'd by Nic 
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

A Weekend at Belmont by Miss Baby-rec'd by MariahajilE
No matter what Carlisle's invitation had said, our weekend at Belmont would become anything but relaxing. What we never could have predicted, though, was that in the midst of broken hearts and old resentments getting a new, unwelcome breath, there was also a killer walking among us. And everyone was a suspect..even me. Rated M

A World Away by wandb-rec'd by JennG
Bella thinks military men are arrogant womanizers. That is, until she meets Edward, a hot and unpredictable Navy SEAL who quickly deploys for six months. Will he change her mind or leave her brokenhearted? Rated M for language and lemons. BxE. Rated M

Begin Again by pattyrose-rec'd by Nic 
You can't always start over. Life gets real, and memories of first love, no matter how passionate it may have been, get relegated to weekly, monthly, yearly, and then…occasionally. Until it's time to begin again. E&B. Rated M

Coming Home by Sarge's Girls-rec'd by JennG/Maplestyle
School teacher Bella sends a care package and letter to Army sergeant Edward, who is stationed in Afghanistan. They begin a relationship through letters, phone calls, and video chats. There's love, there's language, and there's adult situations, plus a strong, independent Bella and the Edward we all know and love. 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

Departures by TheFicChick-rec'd by Nic
Every day for the rest of my life, I will wonder how kissing a virtual stranger goodbye could have felt like a hello. Rated M

Gravity Series 1: Blood & Glory by drotuno-rec'd by Nic
The definition of a mercenary is a soldier for hire. His crew are trained fighting machines. Hers are smart PIs. What happens when they need each other to survive? Rated M

Hot Tree Guy by dontlookdontask-rec'd by LayAtHomeMom
Bella has a tiny apartment, a dwindling savings fund, and a giant dog. All she wants is a nice little Christmas tree. A/H, canon couples. Rated M

Letters to a Stranger by momma2fan-rec'd by JennG
Bella was a teacher at San Bernardino High. What started as a class project slowly becomes something more. Edward is fighting in Afghanistan when he receives a letter that will change his life. What happens when love blooms through letters? Rated M

Letters to Corporal Masen by SolosinTwilight-rec'd by DH78
Writing to offer a bit of home to a soldier overseas, she discovers words can bind a friendship. Lonely in war torn Europe, he finds hope in letters from a stranger. What happens when the war is over? Rated M

Number Our Days by twistedkey-rec'd by Bower Bliss
Bella Swan is a time traveler, drifting between the past and present. Can the Cullens help her find the cure before time runs out? Rated M

Operation: Break the Dawn by Katinki-rec'd by DH78
An experimental weapon, one of the most lethal chemicals ever created, has been stolen. Its final destination is unknown, but there's no doubt the powerful faction behind the theft is intent on one thing: War. But they didn't count on a fight. A team of Marines, led by Capt. Edward Cullen and accompanied by Dr. Isabella Swan, isn't about to let the world go up in flames. AH. Rated M 

Playing Cops and Vloggers by LyricalKris-rec'd by Midnight Cougar
So you're standing in line for coffee, minding your own business, when a sexy cop with nerdy tattoos walks into your life. Soon, you have yourself a sexy, nerdy cop boyfriend who rocks your world. Cops can't be seen on social media, did you know that? Bella didn't. That was going to be a challenge considering she made her living as a vlogger who documented her so-called nerdy life. Rate M

The Bigger They Are by LadyExcalibur2010-rec'd by Sixdlb5
Confirmed bachelor and career soldier, Edward Cullen was perfectly happy with his life. Until a young punk busted his windshield. Suddenly, he finds himself drawn to a beautiful widow with a LOT of baggage- four rambunctious sons. AH/AU - COMPLETE  Rated M

Saturday, June 4, 2016

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, and now we’re sharing previews of the stories that will soon be your new addiction.

This week, we are hyped to share a preview from one of our very own Administrators, LayAtHomeMom, author of standout stories like Girl Code and In Your Room

banner by LayAtHomeMom

by LayAtHomeMom
Summary: “One hit will make you change your mind.”


On New Year’s Day 2015, Carrie ZM and I were on one of our typical morning phone calls where we bullshit about nothing in particular while throwing a little Pine-Sol in the sink so the house smells clean and our  husbands think we’ve been busting our humps and earning our keep. That morning, however, we got on the topic of New Year’s resolutions. We quickly decided that we’re not about that life, so instead of doing the whole new-year-new-me song and dance, we agreed we’d just spend the year doing dope shit. 

Carrie went on to co-host two fantastic fandom contests and beta’d a few fabulous stories. And me? Well I did a little writing here and there in my free time. But mostly, I sat around and watched a bunch of documentaries … about dope.

Though admittedly, I’m no cannabis connoisseur or canna-sseur, if you will, I became fascinated with the medical marijuana industry nonetheless. With each hour I spent learning the ins and outs of the green scene, a plot bunny formed, and I wondered if I could take Edward Cullen from being our own personal brand of heroin and instead make him our very favorite strain of Kush.

This fic is pure fun. No drama. No angst. Just a quick summer read with a little Edward and Bella lovin’ and hopefully a few laughs. So roll up, fandom … and get high off this weed-infused romance. 

“What hybrid strains do you grow here?”

“White Widow over here and that’s Girl Scout Cookie over there.” He  points to another area. “Back there we have Trainwreck and some Cannatonic.” We round the corner and stop in front of a large section of  purple flowering plants. “And this … is E.C. Kush.” 

“Tell me about it.” My words come out in a whisper as I step closer to the plants. “What does it do?” 

Clearing his throat, he moves to stand beside me. “Medicinally  speaking, it delivers swift pain relief without the sedative effects. No  couch-lock. Just a nice overall relaxation. Helps with anxiety too.”

“And recreationally?”

“It’s a nice balance of uplifting buzz and relaxing high.” 

“Gets you loose as a goose, huh?” 

He tilts his head back and forth. “Yeah, you could say that.”   

“Isn’t that what a good strain is supposed to do?”

“It all depends on what you’re looking for. A good strain can leave you  feeling euphoric. Lower your inhibitions. Heighten your senses.” My fingertips trace the bright purple hairs of the leaf when I feel his lips at my ear. “But I can get you higher.”

Make sure to put LayAtHomeMom on alert, so you don’t miss out!  
~ Nic