Saturday, March 18, 2023

TLS Special SNEAK PEEK Feature


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

Today we are featuring the amazing drotuno, author of fandom favorites like the Gravity Series, the Angel SeriesOnce Upon Another Time, Man Behind the Mask, and Masen Manor. She has graciously agreed to share a sneak of her upcoming new fic, Common Ground. 

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Common Ground

Summary: Common ground or mutual understanding – the ability to find a shared event, feeling, or mind-set. Detective Edward Masen rarely cared about finding common ground with anyone, but he may find he has no choice when it comes to solving his current homicide case. AH/ExB/Rated M


The sun tried to peek through the early morning drizzle of Seattle as I made my way across to the park. I pulled my truck up next to the Crime Scene Unit’s van, reaching into the console to pull out a few pairs of rubber gloves.

Garrett was standing by my door when I opened it.

“Who’ve we got?” I asked him, pulling on the gloves.

“Maria Navarro. Originally from Texas. Twenty-seven. Her throat was cut, so she bled out.”


“Looks like it.”

Nodding, I gestured for him to lead the way. His former partner had retired six months ago, and I’d put in the transfer from Narcotics to Homicide. Garrett Spears was a few years older than me. He was tall, lean, and as laid-back as someone who’d smoked a joint, though his came naturally. His wife, Kate, was expecting their first kid by summer, and he was obnoxiously happy about it.

I ducked under the crime scene tape, ignoring the media and waiting for the coroner to finish making an assessment. Once he stood up, I stepped closer to the body.

No wounds showed other than the slice across her neck. The ground beneath her was saturated in blood, so she did die at the scene.

“I know her,” I said, glancing over my shoulder to Garrett.

“Yeah, she’s from your old department, I’d guess.” He pointed to the track marks along the inside of her arms – and probably between her toes if we took her shoes off.

“Mmhm, she’s a dancer down at The Inferno, but she had lots of extracurricular activities – online adult entertainment, part-time prostitute, and drug mule. Nasty drug habit – heroin. All under the watchful eye of James Hunt.”

“Fuck me,” Garrett hissed.

I gazed back down at the victim, pulling out a pen from my pocket to shift her hand a little. “She’s holding something,” I stated, waving over one of the CSI techs. “You might want to bag her hands. She’s got something in a grip.”

“Will do, Masen,” the young girl said, taking a few photos before pulling out a bag to cover Maria’s hands. She looked nervously to me. “We’re just about finished processing, which means we’ll be moving her soon.”

Nodding, I stood up and walked the whole scene. As the morning got lighter, I could see that they’d picked the perfect location to kill her. She was on the bank of a small pond, not easily accessible from the park’s walking trail. The park was known for drug deals – nothing big, just weed and a little coke. 
With a glance around, I saw a middle-aged man holding the leash of a black lab.

“Let me guess. The dog found the body,” I asked her.

She smiled. “Good guess. He’s the one who called 911. He said his dog went after a duck, and well, there you go.” She gestured to the body. “She’s soaking wet, and rigor has already set in, so she’s been here several hours. Overnight.”



“Thanks, Jessica. Can you let me know when you’ve processed evidence? And a tox report too?”

“Yeah, yeah. For sure.”

Garrett stepped up as Jessica started to turn the body over to document more pictures.

“It doesn’t bother you that every female on the fucking force knows your name, yet you pay zero attention to that shit?”

Raising an eyebrow his way, I shrugged a shoulder. “Why would I give a shit?”


Remember to put drotuno on alert so you don't miss out! Common Ground will begin posting soon.

Monday, March 6, 2023

What we're reading in TLS this week:

Here are the latest round of TLS approved recs just for you!  As always, be sure and leave the authors some love in the form of a review and let them know where they were recommended! Happy Reading!

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Angel Series 5: When Angels Fall by drotuno
Fifth in the Angel series. It’s been nine years since the Cullens moved to Montana with a bigger family. They’ve shifted and adapted to new careers and homes, but a shadow hides, biding their time before seeking power and revenge. AU ExB Rated M

Animal by Saritadreaming
Edward is relieved when an old college buddy becomes the silent partner in his struggling tattoo business. He's happy when Jimmy moves to town with his girlfriend and becomes part of everyday life. But Jimmy has secrets, and Bella has bruises. AH, ExB, Angst/Drama/Romance, Drabble *Trigger Warning* Rated M

ConSeQuences by themoonwriters
A consequence is a result or conclusion. Most actions have a consequence that follows as a result. Will Edward be able to withstand the repercussions of his actions? Has he pushed Bella one too many times? Rated M 

OPERATION: Light the Fires by katinki
A bomb goes off in Paris. A World leader is executed in Davos. Scientist are again disappearing, and a powerful new enemy has risen from the ashes of Aronovic’s Deathstalkers to finish what was started. The situation is dire, but nothing is impossible. The Marines who took them down the first time are back in action. Sequel to OPERATION: Break the Dawn. AH. Rated M

SALIGIA by The Sinners
Seven sinful one-shots from seven of the Twilight Fandom’s most sinful. Rated M

The Guard by PearlyFox
He's hired to save me from myself. To keep me in line, my picture-perfect life intact, and dumb decisions at bay. All he did was show me just how foolish I've been and offer me a way out to escape my miserable life. Rated M

The Oath of My Guardian by Izzy Nava
Facing the past is never easy. It never will be. But what do you do when the past you ran from finds you and demands your attention? For Bella, it has never been easy. She thought by walking away she could stay away. But now that it’s here will she be able to turn away? Rated M

The One That Got Away by creaatingmadness
Four years ago, he broke her heart into a hundred pieces, but Bella was over him, she was. She had a good job, the perfect boyfriend; everything in her life was fine. He just had to come crashing back in and ruin everything. ExB. Rated M

The Pact by Fyrebyrd
When a rival family kills Isabella Swan's brother, it will irrevocably change her life. After a hellacious beating, she turns the tables and runs—straight into the clutches of her family's mortal enemies. Will the pact she offers be enough to save herself, or will she follow in her brother's footsteps? MOBWARD/CONTENT WARNING/ABUSE, physical and emotional.
Rated M

The Sixteen by fanficsR4nerds
There is a secret over the world. Shrouded in lies and unmatched authority, the Sixteen answer to no one but each other. When young Bella is thrust into their elite world, she must quickly learn how to survive. Absolute power corrupts absolutely, and with more than her life on the line, Bella must now figure out who to trust, what to believe, and how to grab power when she can. Rated M

Monday, February 13, 2023

What we're reading in TLS this week:

There is plenty to love about this week’s TLS rec list. We are excited to share a couple of long-awaited updates, new ones just starting, and some of our favorite Valentine’s Day fics! Remember to leave the authors some love in the form a review and let the writers know TLS sent you. Enjoy!

♥ Six Dlbfive  

Best of Us by aushapasha
He’s a career-driven, not looking for any distractions. She’s only looking for the best in others and an orgasm. When two roommates hook up the goal is to keep it from their friends, not develop feelings. When you’re looking for the bare minimum, sometimes you find a lot more. You end up finding the best of yourself. Rated M

Boycotting Valentine’s Day by jennlynnfs
Valentine's Day approaches, but Bella chooses to hang out with her best friend Alice. They decide to boycott Valentine's Day. Non-Valentine's Day activities are planned, including no boys. But, Alice's brothers, Edward and Emmett, don't count, right? Rated M

Designated Hitter by esmegrace
Orthopedic surgeon Bella Swan encounters the last person she ever expected to see again on Valentine's Day no less. Can she remain professional with Major League pitcher Edward Masen given their pasts? Rated M

My Forever Valentine by Eternally Addicted
Valentine’s Day had been the most magical day of Bella’s life, everything was perfect. That is until Edward left. Now four years later on Valentine’s Day, she’s about to marry another man. Can Edward make Valentine’s Day theirs again? Rated M

My Shipper Heart by Marvar
Edward wasn't looking for anyone, but he found her just the same. It's too bad she thinks he's just a client. Rated M

Parental Advisory by PearlyFox
Alice has the best ideas in the world. At least that's what she thinks. The last marvelous idea of Alice Masen was me moving in at her father's house. In retrospect, it was the worst idea she could ever have. Why? Her fucking dad is a fucking masterpiece. Rated M

Six Different Ways Inside My Heart by April09-TW
Bella & Edward meet when she is diagnosed with a life threatening disease & he is recovering from knee surgery. She confides her fears to him; he changes his life because of her. A journey through the confusion, awkwardness, pain & beauty of first love. Rated M

There Goes My Life by TheStrong1
Thirty-year-old Edward Cullen seems to have it all. Loving parents, a hot young secretary, he’s one of San Francisco’s most eligible bachelors and also Vice President of Cullen, Inc. His life is perfect until he receives and unexpected phone call that changes everything. AH Rated M

Tie the Knot by Payton79
Statistics say arranged marriages have a better chance at lasting. Is that still true if the couple is chosen by a group of experts and married on TV with at least one partner in it for the wrong reasons? A lost bet, the promise of money and a stranger for a bride. Will confirmed bachelor Edward Masen find a match made in heaven or hell? Inspired by the show Married at First Sight. Rated M

Valentine’s Day V-Card by Lellabeth
Band geeks Edward and Bella each believe they're the only virgin in their class, destined to be an outcast in college. When they discover each other's V-Card holder status, Bella comes up with a plan to solve their problem. Birthday fic for GeekChic12. Rated M

Monday, January 30, 2023

What we're reading in TLS this week:

Let’s jump starting your Monday with some Lemonade! We have some delicious choices for your reading pleasure. Get cozy and dig in. Be sure to let the author know where you saw their story featured and leave them some love. Happy Reading! 

♥ Six Dlbfive  

Advertising Love for Free by Elliemouse
"Don't do that," he says quietly. "Do what?" I reply. "Don't diminish your accomplishments ... or your abilities. You're great at your job Bella and a tremendous asset to this company." Edward Cullen is as nice as he is good-looking, and we're both going to be working on the biggest deal our Agency has seen in years. Now, if I can just figure out if he's married.
Rated M

Matters of the Heart by anhanninen
Changes come in many forms—both good and bad. For Bella Swan, a failing heart puts her on the path of meeting Edward Masen. He's the man who's meant to save her life, but what happens when sparks fly when they shouldn't? AH Drabble Rated M

Resent by Dearlybeloved'93
Post NM-5 Yrs. AU Hybrid Vamps: What happens to the ones we leave behind? Rated M

The Cleaner by katinki
Some people work in offices. Some people teach. Some heal. Others paint and make music. I do none of that. I'm the person you call when you have a problem you don't know how to deal with. Or when you don't have the stomach for it. I take out the trash. And I'm damn good at it. Call me The Cleaner. AH. Rated M

The Death of a Prince by MarieCarro
At age 7, Edward Cullen witnesses his father's death. Traumatized and terrified, he blames himself and runs away. Two minor league criminals stumble upon him when he wanders the streets at night, freezing and starving, and they decide to take him in. Years later, Edward is confronted by his past and must decide if he'll take his rightful place as the head of the Irish Mob, or remain with those who raised him. {Heavy Angst/Crime/All-Human} Rated M

The Lost Key by Lily Jill
Isabella Swan leaves home with a single purpose: to bring her family long-awaited answers about her brother's death. She discovers for every answer she finds, new questions crop up. Unsure who to believe, Isabella must learn quickly who can be trusted, and who shouldn't. What happens when she becomes caught in the webs that surround notorious pub owner, Edward Cullen? Rated M

The Way I Wanted by iambeagle
It was a fantasy that never should've been a reality. Rated M

Throttle by Sunshine1220
When history threatens to repeat itself, Edward and Bella are blindsided as the past and future come full circle. But lessons learned pave a path for absolution. All they have to do is ease off the throttle and hold on. Sequel to Clutch. Rated M

Waver, Tire, Falter, Fail by AgoodWITCH
Isabella Swan had worked her whole life to reach the office of the Vice Presidency. She had a loving relationship and her future was set, until it was turned upside down. Threats surround her and her former lover is now the man charged with her protection. But Bella is determined to prevail. Rated M

Without Wings by MeteorOnAMoonlessNight
He's been missing for 3 years. Now we finally have a target. For him... we will be the ones to burn the world to the ground to get him back. Time to suit up again. #3 in the Fallen Series
Rated M