It’s Friday, it’s Friday, it’s Friday!!! *throws Friday-shaped confetti* I’d like to thank Katiebird again for her epic guest post last week. Thank you sweets. I was knee deep in Age of Edward entries (fun, yes, but time consuming!) and really appreciated the little break. Of course, absence makes the heart grow fonder and I have been on the prowl for something new to share with all of you here.
First, I want to point out that I’m coming out of a long “I only read complete stories” phase. I’m not going to name names but I was under the influence of someone who rhymes with ‘Stinkersmell’. 😉 Anyway, I loved getting caught up in the frequent updates while Caveward was posting and found myself in a bit of a void (or a hole, if you will. See what I did there? Caveward? Stuck in a hole? Ignore me) now that it’s complete.
After some soul-searching *snort* I realized I missed having updates in my box. I missed waking up and thinking “It’s Tuesday! YAY, blankity blank is going to update”. I missed reading WIPs.
It’s more than just getting the updates though. I like taking the journey with the author, reviewing early chapters and sometimes hearing back from them. Writers really crave the feedback and I sometimes think about good stories that maybe were abandoned because the author didn’t get the encouragement they deserved. *Edward voice* They can’t read our minds. We have to tell them what we think.
So, I hit the jackpot with these two stories and I’m so excited to share them with you. I really hope you’ll read these along with me. First up is a vamp fic that came to me through Annie (Annie: You like vamps, right? Me: Vamps are cool)
After 300 years, Edward finds his mate in young vampire Bella. But the mating rituals of vampires will test their strength and belief in each other. Rated M. Author’s Note – The idea of vampire mating has always fascinated me. I love the bond that’s created between the pair. I’m borrowing a few ideas from Christine Feehan’s world. And WARNING – I sometimes get a little heavy on my lemons – so be forewarned. This story is not for the young. The entire story will run about 30 chapters and I will update weekly.
Lots more after the jump
There is so much to love about this story; the unique premise, the fluid, engaging writing, and the intrigue with a capital ‘I’. Edward and Bella are mated, in this story it’s more of a physiological thing than a “love match” though, and Bella is initially resistant to the whole concept. This type of mating reminds me of imprinting – but sexier! The connection is instant and irrevocable. Seriously, this story transports you. Most chapters so far are intense; either action-packed or heart-wrenching. Bella has a secret too and I’m as afraid as she is about what will happen when she tells Edward whatever it is. There are eight chapters posted so far and I’m looking forward to my weekly dose of Mateward.
Next up, another vamp fic but oh…. *gasps* my… *clutches sides* Edward… this is funny. *falls off chair* I am so so happy to rec…
Hardcover Paranormal Romance by Badjujube (note about the banner: This story started as a one shot and this banner is the only visual available, so far)
Edward has an issue with Bella Swan that can’t be found in the employee handbook. AU, goofy.
Fans of badjujube’s The Red Eye will love this new fic. So far, the story has been told from Edward’s point of view, that is, except for an angry email and some snarky tweets from Bella. I love that. 🙂 Edward has that classic badjujube half-tortured, half-ridiculous inner dialogue going on and I can’t get enough. I left a review for the author telling her it took me twice as long to read the chapter as it should have. I also asked if I could rent her for parties. Couldn’t stop laughing. (Incidentally, she said she does do parties but I think she was pulling my leg.)
An excerpt from Chapter two:
“I heard you mention Bella Swan,” Jessica said. “I didn’t know that you two knew each other! She and I were like best friends in high school!”
Surprisingly, she seemed to be telling at least a quasi-truth. I could see images of Bella and Jessica together in Jessica’s head. Eating lunch at Forks High, and at what seems to be a dance, dressed up and talking to each other in a balloon-infested gym.
Another strike against the dreaded Miss Swan. Not only does she smell like the vampire equivalent of bacon and have a void where her thoughts should be, but she’s “BFFs” with Jessica. My co-worker is either the most vapid, insecure woman in the continental US, or the tallest, most sexually precocious toddler.
Edward and Bella go on disliking each other, or pretending to, until Alice turns up. I can’t even… with the funny in this chapter…. but there’s a fairly serious plot development too. Well, as serious as this story gets and perhaps only serious to someone who takes Twilight so seriously that she’s donated most of her clothes because her closet is her Twi place. What? Anyway, Alice and Jasper had been waylaid by the Volturi for years so Bella and Edward’s first meeting in the biology lab results in Edward leaving after all. No meadow. No prom. *sobs on my Pocket Edward’s shoulder* But now Alice is finally with the Cullens and showing them how it should have been. Edward is not amused.
Excerpt from chapter five:
“We stopped feeding on humans,” Alice says, patting her husband’s leg. “We were supposed to join you guys in the 1950s.” She glances at her husband, an embarrassed look on her face.
“This little thing here didn’t want to show up empty-handed, and the only appropriate gift she could think of was something from the fall collections. So we made our way over to Florence and looked at some handbags that cost more than some folks houses.” Jasper drawls, looking at his wife indulgently.
“Esme, I bought you the most beautiful crocodile bag at Gucci,” Alice sighs, waving her hands helplessly.
“Then sticky fingers here decided to steal the wrong person’s car and I ended up looking at the wrong end of the Volturi guard for the second time in my life.”
“But they saw how talented we were and decided they wanted us to stick around.”
“Which was okay for a while,” Jasper says. “But I’ll tell you what, I can get too much of sitting around talking about art and threatening each other.”
“We started trying to get out of there five years ago,” Alice says, throwing up her hands in frustration. “Especially when I saw what a mess you made of things.” Alice points at me.
“What are you talking about?” I ask.
“I’m talking about Bella Swan,” Alice says, still pointing her tiny finger at me. “You two were going to…” Alice’s voice drifts off but I can see the image in her head clearly this time. It’s Bella Swan and I, looking a little younger and a lot more like we’re getting…married? I can’t think of any other reason why she’d be wearing a veil and I’d be looking like a love-sick moron.
“I don’t get it,” I choked out. I had that freaked out, gagging feeling in my chest like I’d swallowed gum, except I don’t chew gum. Vampire, remember?
“The last thing you were supposed to do is to take one look at her and take off for Alaska for two years. That sent everything into a tailspin.”
If you love to laugh and you love Edward and you really love to laugh at Edward… please to be reading. This is sure to be a great one.
Now, I know I lost a bunch of you when I went off on my WIP tangent. Never fear, dear readers. Annie has not one but two complete fics. Fluffy fics. So fluffy I fear Annie lost her mind. 😉 Check the recs and then read Annie’s message below.
Every open door offers the chance of a great story. Ours started with a slip of pink paper…
Bella Swan always believed in happily ever afters.When she marries her high school sweetheart & starts her own wedding business, she thinks she’s living her dream.Then it all comes crashing down.Can a handsome photographer help her believe in love again?
From Annie: These are both so good I can’t wait for you to read them! Leave a comment or find me on the twitter @abinar and tell me what you think. (tosses giant pillows and stuffed animals around the room, er, blog) La Fluff baby. It’s… La Fluff. (I’m sorry, really. [Note from Deb: she’s not sorry at all]) We need your playlists, er, ficlists. Tell us what you’re reading! The feature’s dead Angela! Debb, why are you looking at me like that? [Note from Deb: Because I’m trying to figure out what you are. I have theories but… you’d laugh.]
P.S. I had planned to rec Pocket Change by aWhiteBlankPage today but then it exploded all over the fandom. I just wanted add my 2 cents. Yes, it’s that good and yes, you should read it.
*cough* I don’t know what got into us. Annie and I are going to plan an all-angst post and weep and quote the saddest Twilight quotes ever. Yes? As Annie said, we need your ficlists *swings earbuds around* so talk to us in the comments. If, indeed, you are still speaking to us at all. 😉
HAPPY FRIDAY TO ALL AND TO ALL A GOOD FIC!