FanFic Friday: What we’re reading

Happy Friday! Today, the whole FanFic Friday team is sharing what we’ve been reading—fic, books, newspapers… I kid, I kid, no one reads newspapers anymore. Annie and I used to do these types of posts in those first dark days of my fic break; we thought it would be fun to bring the feature back (cue Annie saying “the feature’s dead Angela”) and have the whole team tell you what they’ve been reading over the past few weeks [Annie: *swinging earbuds* I need your playlists]. These aren’t necessarily reccs but you will most likely find something new to check out! I’ll go first. 🙂

Read the rest, after the jump!

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FanFic Friday: Free for All Friday with Annie and Debb

It has been a great Valentine’s week here at Bookish Temptations! If you missed, be sure to check out sweet messages from some of your favourite literary characters. Swoony, smexy goodness. 🙂

A Valentine from Blake to Livia

A Valentine from Gabriel to Julia

A Valentine from Dominic to Kerrigan

A Valentine from Gabriel to Jessie

A Valentine from Caleb to Lauren

Now, Annie and I thought about doing a Valentine’s post but to be honest we don’t particularly like the holiday (lol – if it ain’t Edward who cares, right? I kid. Kinda). And besides, too much sugar is bad for you. 😉 So, in the spirit of “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get” we are having a Free For All Friday with a little of this, a little of that.

I recently read two very sad but incredibly well done one shots and have been dying to share them with you. First up, a very short one. I was actually stunned when I saw the word count after reading because I was rapt for what felt like hours. I was truly swept up in this not-an-easy-read story. Maybe it felt longer because I was holding my breath the whole time.  If you check this one out let me know. I’d love to discuss it in the comments.

Forever Mine by 107yearoldvirgin

The one shot that stemmed from two simple words: What if? Twilight – Rated: M – English – Suspense/Angst – Chapters: 1 – Words: 1,848 – Reviews: 36 – Published: 12-14-11 – Bella – Complete

Fans of 107yearoldvirgin’s stories will be happy to hear she has been reposting previously pulled fics!!! I’m especially excited to have Mannyward back on FFn. 🙂

Next up, another sad one. I love a tortured Edward and I love mentally shouting at a character while reading. This is beautifully descriptive and so poignant.

The Only Right Way Left by SleepmyBella

What if Edward never changed Bella? To him, it’s the only right way left. One-shot entry for the Black Balloon Contest. AU/in character. Rated M for lemon and mature subject matter.

*puts on my Renee voice* Okay… enough with the heavy. This next fic is just about one of the sweetest things I’ve ever read. I read it with sappy, happy tears in my eyes. I just loved it – and if you read the above fics you may need a little pick-me-up. Here it is.

Tiara by SydneyAlice

Edward had been unable to give his princess the wedding of her dreams the first time around. Can he convince her to marry him again? Valentine’s Day fluff. AH.

Two more one shot recs from Annie! First up…

I’ve had this next one on my list for a while. With Annie’s stamp of approval it’s being read TODAY!

Cherry Moon by Lola-pops

In 1962 I find truth in bad boys, loud cars and cheap bourbon. Originally written for the 2011 FGB Compilation.

From Annie: The secrets people had to keep back then are mind blowing. Angst alert. (and thank you to Nancy, aka Socalmom2four for the 1962 Edward and Bella pic! *smooch*)

Another one shot rec from Annie…

Bad Penny by elusivetwilight

In the sultry summer heat, Bella finds a dirty penny. Can she expect more in exchange from the person who finds her? One Shot written for the Fun With Your Clothes On Contest. AUAH E&B

From Annie: This one is pretty and wistful. The ending is wide open so you can imagine your own HEA.

The Age of Edward contest is now open for voting!! There are so many fantastic entries and banners. Remember, there are Young Adult and Literotica categories as well as a banner contest. A treasure trove, my friends. Be sure to check it out and vote, vote, vote. 🙂
 
Thanks so much for stopping by. We can’t wait to see what YOU have been reading. Have a lovely, fic-filled weekend. xoxo Annie and Debb
 

FanFic Friday: Spotlight! ‘Saving Myself’ and ‘Between Pleasure and Pain’

Pardon me while I yell TGIFFFriday… see what I did there? 😉 Welcome to the first FanFic Friday of the year 2012 #we’reallgonnadie. Annie and I have two recs for you, plus a couple of fic contest announcements!

First up, Annie has a work in progress for you. Seven chaps in and Annie is loving it. (Me? SOLD!)

Saving Myself by 107YearoldVirgin

He’s fresh out of the Army. She’s fresh out of luck…and her mind. They’ve just met, but when an opportunity to win 2 million on a reality show arises, can they pretend to be in love? And saving themselves for marriage? BxE/AH/Fluff-fic WIP

From Annie: It seems like a lot of us could use a bit of comedy right now. This fic ought to fit the bill. It’s seven chapters in, Bella has the strangest workplace (Some of which is based on reality. Scary.), and Emmett as a roommate is always a win. Someone on the twitter described this as quirky. They had me right there. It is. And hilarious. Hop on and enjoy the ride.

Excerpt from Chapter 2:

“You know he’s a turbo slut, right?” I pointed my empty bottle at Emmett while closing one eye so that he wasn’t a variation of three Emmett’s and only a slightly fuzzy one, instead. “And a drunk.”

Emmett ugly laughed and made a face before returning his attention to his laptop. “She,” he pointed back at me, “is both of those things, as well. Because I taught her everything I know.”

“He hooked up three girls in one night.” I shifted to the edge of the couch and narrowed my eyes. “In a five hour time frame. In the front seat of the Jeep. All of them.” Masen pressed his lips together to stifle a smile. “I rode in the back. I didn’t wanna get syphelpes from the aftermath.”

“Nice use of syphilis and herpes as a hybrid,” Emmett drawled, cocking a finger gun and shooting it at me.

“S’true, you know. That’s why his nuts are so swollen.”

Masen choked on the remainder of his beer, spitting dribbles down his chest, and stood quickly to remove his shirt. And that’s when I got to see his body firsthand and I dropped my bottle on the floor, blinking slowly as my mouth fell open and I struggled to form a coherent thought. Masen excused himself and left the room, making me turn my head and follow him all the way out of my sight.

“Get a burp cloth; you’re drooling,” Emmett slurred.

P.S. When Debb asked me to rec a WIP this week I had one in mind. It’s just getting started though and I just didn’t have that, “Oh man! You HAVE to read this!” feeling yet. Then I started Saving Myself and clouds parted, angels sang and the world was right again. Kind of like how things would be if we had gotten a certain pic of Rob in Bel Ami. coughWTFBelgianscough (Note from Deb: I was skimming to find an excerpt for you guys and ended up reading all posted chaps last night. Go read!)

My kinky rec (you’ve been warned), and some great contest announcements, after the jump!

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FanFic Friday: Happy Ho Ho Holidays Fics!

Happy Day before Christmas Eve! Welcome to FanFic Friday – Holiday EditionAnnie and I are bringing you a long list of seasonally-themed fic – both the nice and naughty. 😉

First up, a short and sweet story rec from Annie. Merry Textmas by DiamondHeart78

Bella is forced to tackle the crowds on Black Friday with her best friend, Angela. Can a random text message from a wrong number change the course of her day and her life? Banter galore! AH. VOTER’S CHOICE WINNER for the Naughty & Nice Holiday Contest!

From Annie: This was a happy discovery. Can a wrong number text lead to love? Read and see! It’s short (5 chapters), funny and very sexy. (From Deb – oooh it can be a reward for finishing your shopping! Sounds good.)

Lots more fic “presents” under the tree… I mean, after the jump!

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