Jewels of July

Welcome, dear readers! We have been spoiled this week with wonderful new works-in-progress and we celebrate some older stories that are close to our hearts here at the International House of FanFic. But first off – a serious note…

We were saddened and dismayed to hear after just two chapters Coldplaywhore made the decision to remove Company Men (reviewed in our post – Monsters and Lovers) due to nasty reviewers who assumed they knew where the story was leading. Unfortunately, now we’ll never know.  Please remember that our authors deserve respect, they give their time and talent freely. We are so lucky, let’s share appreciation and love. We send FicSister thanks for all the joy Coldplaywhore gave to this fandom over the years with her amazing stories, and wish her every happiness and success.

On a happier note, here is one of the loveliest members of our Fandom, blueeyedcherry, here to tell us about ThisIsReallyHappening‘s newest story!

Beta

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Birmingham.

One word. One city. One story … but really, it’s so, so much more than that.

Isabella “Scarlett” Swan comes from a wealthy, Caucasian family. She’s just moved to Alabama from Virginia, and though her family—her father, in particular—has a racist mentality, she’s never quite seen people of color treated the way she does in the deep south. Edward “Lincoln” Cullen is a mixed race boy, with a Caucasian mother and an African American father. He’s stayed hidden all his life, for his own safety and that of his family. One day he decides to take a risk, which is how he meets Scarlett. A friendship forms and, well, you’re going to have to go check the story out to find out more.

I’ve beta’d for Happening for some time now and each time she starts a new story, I’m floored by how she uses her words to reach out and grab readers’ emotions. She captures teenage love in this raw, powerful way, but still manages to be poetic in her delivery. Birmingham itself is unlike any other fic I’ve read. Racism is at the heart of the plot, and the story is set in the time period before desegregation and the civil rights movement took place. Happening has done a beautiful job of not only breathing life into her characters, but also depicting things in an accurate fashion.

The realistic way in which the story is written is one of the best things about Birmingham. Many of the events that took place during this time period were ugly and horrific, and even though she could shy away from them, Happening doesn’t. She handles these events with care and presents us with a story that’s riddled with angst, but also sprinkled with comedy and romance.

Birmingham is a story that will make you feel ten different emotions over the course of one chapter. You’ll smile so hard your face hurts, laugh until there are tears in your eyes, and want to scream and throw something at your computer. That’s another wonderful thing about this piece: you never know quite where Happening is taking you, but you can trust you’re in for an incredible ride.

If you’re looking for a story that will challenge you but at the same time will tug at your heart and leave you craving more, Birmingham is it.

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Summary: I loved her, even when she didn’t know love was possible. Most folks don’t see the beauty in that, but if they saw what I felt, maybe the world would be a little less blind. Angst/Romance – Rated M – Edward/Bella – WIP

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Part of the joy of reading Cara Dee‘s books is that no two are the same – she can write any genre with equal aplomb – so opening her newest published work, Breaking Free, was like stepping happily into the unknown. However, what is predictable is how easy it is to become instantly drawn into whatever world she creates – this time the lives of Tennyson and Sophie.

Hollywood and its studios are cruel masters – games have to played, buzz needs to be created, reputations built and relevance maintained. So, when young -and seemingly vacuous- Sophie lands a role being directed by serious but limelight-hating Tennyson, the studio sees an ideal opportunity to get everything they want.

A showmance between the older director and the starlet.

Young, selfish Sophie can reform her party-girl image, Tennyson can be seen about town and the movie gets media hype. The problem is that they have to spend time together. They’re very different people with almost opposing life experience, seemingly different priorities – and both are facing their own demons.

As always, Cara’s writing takes us so much deeper than first expected. She shows us Sophie’s loneliness and vulnerability, the tough choices she faces – and the girl beneath the headlines. Likewise, Tennyson is more than just a gruff perfectionist who shuns the Hollywood lifestyle. Written with a beautiful sensitivity, there are so many raw emotions and touching moments that it’s impossible not to relate to and feel for them. This fauxmance develops into so much more, just like the characters themselves.

Luckily we only have to wait until August -a mere few weeks away- for the sequel to Breaking Free. It’s a perfect summer read and one to treasure; August can’t come soon enough!

Summary: Book I of II.

The Hollywood scene has always fit Tennyson Wright like a too-tight sweater. A highly respected director, he has managed to avoid the games and power plays of Tinseltown. Until now. To gain more publicity for the film he’s shooting, the studio has decided a PR relationship is in order, and soon Tennyson finds himself pushed into the spotlight with one of the actresses on set. Rich, spoiled, much younger, party princess Sophie Pierce.

Sophie, famous for being infamous, got her part in the film due to her daddy, the studio chairman. But there’s more to her than wild nights and drunken tabloid photos, and she’s aching to prove it. Under Tennyson’s protective wing, she begins to navigate the uncharted territory of responsible adulthood and takes the first steps toward a legitimate, lasting fame based on her talent, not her reputation.

But in order for Sophie to truly soar on her own, she’s going to have to shed every part of her life.

Freedom has a price.

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BlastFromPast

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From the desk of a nostalgic FicSister… 

I often see threads on Facebook where readers are chatting about the stories that they would love to be reading for the very first time again – a ‘do-over’, if you will.  I’ll admit freely I have a few stories that would fit that bill, but Secrets and Lies by BellaScotia?  Well, it is right at the top of the list.

I originally read this masterpiece way back when it was originally posted (the current version on FFN is a re-post) and I clearly remember sitting up until 2am reading until sheer exhaustion took over.  It’s just that good.

Secrets and Lies is aptly named, as Bella has been keeping a very big secret for ten years. When she comes home to care for a terminally ill Charlie, she doesn’t have much of a choice – she can’t hide that secret any more. Once the secret is out, all hell breaks loose – hell being Edward!

“So if Charlie didn’t get sick, I’d never have found out?” he roars, thumping his fist on the steering wheel.

I clutch at the handle again and quick as a flash he’s stopping me again. His face is inches from mine and I can feel his breath in my hair.

His scent surrounds me and the memories it evokes causes a traitorous zing of arousal to course through me.

“You do not want to fuck with me, Bella,” he warns in a deadly low tone.

And somewhere deep inside I hate myself for my reaction to those words. Oh but I do!”

SaL Edward is a force of nature, but you soon learn that this hasn’t always been the case. This is a story where you can see both sides of the argument – both Bella and Edward made mistakes, but intrinsically, it’s why this story is so good.  SaL Edward and Bella aren’t fairytale characters with golden halos, they are human.  Humans hurt people, particularly each other – make life-altering decisions for the wrong reasons – run away when they should stay and fight.   But within this tale of love, loss and heartbreak blossoms the most beautiful love story, and it is a love that never really died.

So to BellaScotia, we bow down to you.  You created something beautiful and real and epic.   To anyone out there who hasn’t read this story, what are you doing here?? Click that link below!

Summary: Bella once told a lie. A lie that cost her everything she ever wanted. 10 years later she returns to her hometown to an ailing father, an angry best friend, and the man from whom she has kept a secret that threatens to unravel her existence. M AU AH OOC  Hurt/Comfort/Romance – Rated M – Bella/Edward – Complete

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OnetoWatch

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It is always cause for celebration when MandyLeigh87 has a new story.  She is one of the most consistent authors in our Fandom with great quality stories from a range of genres.  Her newest story, Born of Ash and Fire is set in the days of knights, sword fights and tournaments.  We have a bit of a weakness for that genre here at FicSisters, so we were onto this one like a shot!

We took an immediate liking to Prince Edward, who we meet very early on in the first chapter – he is a free spirit, loving to get out of the castle and mix with villagers.  But how will he react to the newest villager, the blacksmith’s daughter??  *rubs hands together* We look forward to seeing what MandyLeigh87 has in store for us with this adventure.  Who doesn’t love a good joust?!

Summary: As the kingdom prepares for a grand tournament, Prince Edward becomes captivated with the Blacksmith’s daughter. But despite her love for him, her secret may tear them apart forever. EPOV. Rated M – Bella/Edward – WIP

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One-Shots

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There is no doubt that a really fabulous one shot can tell as much of a story as a full length fic. If you need evidence to back that up, look no further than IsaKassees’ amazing Monday Morning.

This one-chapter-wonder is told in Edward’s point of view and, well, let’s be honest, at first he seems stiff as a board. A No-Nonsense Nick. A Rigid Reggie. You get the picture…

The saying ‘all work and no play’ seems perfect for this Edward!

Things start to change when Bella bursts into Edward’s life (albeit one minute late). At first Bella disappoints Edward at every turn, and she seems to be lacking in every way. Wanting to push her, either towards betterment or out the door (mostly out the door), Edward starts making Bella’s life a misery, until one day, he gets a reality check.

Monday Morning has the perfect balance of heart-fail and happiness, and if you haven’t read it – we assure you, you won’t regret it!

Summary:  One-shot. What happens when you meet someone who challenges everything you thought you knew? Edward Cullen, partner in the Volturi firm finds out when he meets his new assistant. Slightly OOC, E/B. Rated M just in case, for language. No lemons. Romance/Family – Rated M – Bella/Edward – Complete

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One Under The Radar

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From EllieJacks

We love a challenge here at FicSisters, and what is more challenging than an Edward who likes to ‘play the field’? In Hounding for Love, you get a very *cough* detailed picture of just how Edward rolls in the first chapter.  A little taste of Edward:

“Hey, man. Are you even listening to me?” I’m vaguely aware of my friend Jasper trying to get my attention, but I’m too busy concentrating on the hot blonde over at the bar who’s been staring at me and smiling for over an hour.

She keeps turning her head towards me, twisting her amazing body that is barely covered by a little red dress. I’ve been biding my time but I think I have to go over and introduce myself. I give her my trademark grin and put my hand up to Jasper.

“Got to fly J, don’t wait up.”

Oh yes, Mr Masen is a bit of a manwhore, but nothing we can’t handle, right, dear readers?  Bella, on the other hand, is poles apart from Edward and you just know that sparks are going to fly when these two meet.  EllieJacks has done a really fabulous job of creating some very likeable characters, and there is a great feel to this story.  And we can’t wait to see if the leopard can change his spots…hmmm…

Summary: Bella moves to Seattle with Alice and Rose but when both her friends find love in the big city, she finds herself at the edge of temptation and disaster when she meets Edward Masen who is a self confessed ladies man. Romance/Angst – Rated M – Bella/Edward – WIP

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From: Ishka ~ Bonne Foi by Ameythst Jackson: I have only just read Ameythst Jackson’s Bonne Foi, and I am now wondering what took me so long. I loved this Vamp fic – it was stellar.

Summary: 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 – Drama/Romance – Edward/Bella – Complete


From: Susan ~The Remnants by Mei Li Young: I would love for you to do a review of some of the Zombie/Apocalypse stories that are out there. Especially The Remnants a brilliant story that needs more readers. Thanks.

Summary: The Remnants – In a world where the dead eat people, it is survival of the fittest. Caring for others is not a luxury that the remnants of the human race have. For Edward, this rule of survival is tested when Bella enters his life. All canon pairings. Rated: M – Supernatural/Hurt/Comfort – Bella/Edward – WiP


From: SarahW ~ Key West by PattyRose: I just reread this to get in vacation mode- dayum, I hope I meet a cute guy like Edward. The whole story makes me smile, it’s the best summer read ever.

Summary: Bella is 5 minutes away from what’s to be her happiest day – when a phone call changes it all. Frustrated and pissed-off, she embarks on a 10 day vacay to Key West, hoping for some space in which to clear her head, but when she meets the cocky, flirty and sexy-as-sin diving instructor, her plans take a much steamier turn. Rated: M – Romance/Friendship – Bella/Edward – Complete

FicSister thanks to Ishka, Susan and SarahW for their recommendations this week …we always love reader recs! ❤️


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We always get very excited to see new contests – and the Meet the Mate Contest sounds wonderful!   This contest is open to all pairings and genres within the Twilight universe, so it looks like we are in for a treat.

Meet-the-Mate

Lovers meet in the strangest ways. Was Edward cycling in the Alps when his bicycle tire broke and Bella came to the rescue? Did they accidentally sit next to each other in a lecture about Statistics and Probability and ended up in an argument about Game of Thrones? Bring it on. Let your imagination run wild. You’re free to tell the story of how they ended up together or leave the ending wide open, just show us how they met.

Important Dates

Contest open for entries: 27th July — 17th August

Public Voting: 18th August — 24th August

Winners announced: 31st August

For more information click on the Fan Fiction link below.

Check out the contest on Facebook or Twitter

Do you have graphics/bannermaking skills?  The hosts of the Meet the Mate Contest are looking for some talented people to assist them with graphics – if you can help out, please contact them via the links listed here.

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We can’t thank blueeyedcherry enough for joining us this week and to you – our wonderful readers – thank you for joining us for another post.  We can’t wait to see you all again soon!

Until then,

FicSisters xo