Come on in ~ find yourself something to read and put your feet up. We’ve got the kettle on the boil, and with such a selection of fiction there’s sure to be a story that’s your cup of tea.
We have the latest in WIPs, a new book from Jo Richardson (Jo FicFreak), four complete fics, and two satisfying one-shots.
Let’s open with a newly complete fic…
Thanks so much to the FicSisters for asking me about The Man in the Long Black Coat. The idea came to me about two and a half years ago, when I was new to the fanfiction world. I’d always been a writer, but I was not a big fanfiction fan, so to speak. My wife, MazzyStarla, was (yes, I’m a dude). She lured me in.
Anyway, I love the Joan Osborne version of Bob Dylan‘s classic song, Man in the Long Black Coat. Suddenly, while listening to it one day, the story came to me in a flash. I had recently read Midnight Sun, and that version of Edward stuck with me. In my story, Edward would be the man in the long black coat from the song. I quickly wrote up the opening scene, liked it, and went about outlining the rest of the fic. If it worked, I knew it would be epic.
It took some twists and turns along the way that I didn’t see coming, especially Bella. She turned out to be so fierce she kind of took over the story. What I thought was going to be a story about this iconic man going about his manly business turned into a story about a young woman coming into her own. My stories often do that; the female characters take over.
I don’t want to spoil anything for those who haven’t read it, but I will say that I kind of love this Bella character. Again without spoilers, readers can expect these things in the story: Charlie is a former special forces solder, the Cullens show up, Aro is an absolute madman, there is a version of world war three, and many, many people die. Think of it as a drama/thriller/action/romance.
I had seen the Twi movies before, and I read/skimmed the books while writing this, but I never was a fan. Needless to say, my story is not all that canon. But it still has the center, the love story between a tough vampire and a young woman who can stand on her own.
Summary: “Why’d you have to kill him?” she screamed. “What did he ever do to you?” The man scooped her into his arms and headed for the door. “I killed him,” he said, “because I was hungry.” AU/Vampward – Rated: M – Drama/Romance – Edward & Bella – Complete
There is nothing like a story about a famous man who has the world and every opportunity at his fingertips, and yet it takes a woman from outside his sphere of fame to touch his heart and life in ways he never imagined…I’m always drawn to story-lines like this. I think that fact is partly due to the appeal of a strong man revealed to possess a fragility that’s tangible and appealing, affecting the reader in ways that pull at the heart-strings. It may also have to do with common female sensibilities of wanting to nurture, something that I know I strongly subscribe to and feel often in real life, also wanting to read in fiction. Thankfully, I’ve found two stories posting as WIPs that feed this common fantasy:
BoysNBooksRBetter has created an interesting premise in Letter From the Heartland. After a concerned fan reaches out to the movie star, Edward’s eyes are opened to the destructive ways he’s leading his life, and soon a friendship forms. I’m looking forward to where this story goes, and how this “girl-next-door” type of Bella can handle the fame that comes with her new love, a movie star often in the limelight. (FicSister note: See our earlier review here.)
The other story that I currently run to when it updates is Man Behind the Mask by Drotuno
Oh my goodness, I’m officially hooked on this story and Deb’s Rockerward. Edward is a famous musician who has gone through a great deal of stressful experiences, and decides to establish a new kind of life in the most unlikely of places. I love Bella is this story, a woman who has some idea about the challenges of his lifestyle due to her own family’s past, and yet has separated herself enough from that climate of fame in a way that allows her to keep everything down to earth and very real. Their sexual chemistry promises to be compatible, and I can’t wait until they combust. A thing that I find intriguing about this story is how Bella’s life experiences and positive, accepting attitude will affect Edward’s perceptions about his own family/life drama, as revealed in the a recent chapter.
Both stories offer Bella’s that are nurturing, who exercise their voice in ways that try to edge each famous Edward towards joy…but will they succeed while maintaining their own autonomy and happiness? I look forward to finding out!
Summary – Man Behind the Mask:What you see isn’t always what you get. By all appearances, Masen lives the life of sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll. He’s living the dream that has turned into a nightmare because his life – and his reputation – is not his own. There must be more to life than tour buses, groupies, paparazzi, and slimy record producers. AH – Rated: M – Romance/Drama – Edward & Bella – WIP
If you’re reading any “Famouswards” and would like to recommend that story, please post the story link below so that other readers and I can find more fic goodness to read in the days and weeks to come!
Lissa: Tea sounds lovely. My ancestors were nowhere near as interesting. That’s a great line to put in your bio. “Descended from bloodthirsty pirates, Jess Molly gets intoxicated from the tears of her anguished readers …”
JMolly *daydreams*: Sounds perfect. Okay. I’ll try to behave if you will. So, I’m supposed to talk about my favorite story of yours and you’re supposed to do the same for me.
Lissa: You said you thought you knew which story of yours I would pick.
JMolly: Yeah. It Shouldn’t Happen to a Cow. The writers’ circles involving Clarence the Cow were one of the highlights of my writing life. You and I, ladylibre, Tkegl, nuttyginger, Twilly and Katmom laughed our way through those sessions for weeks. Twilly still has nightmares about vampire cows. Good times.
Lissa: My choice is The Sad Story of Woof. Did I surprise you?
JMolly: Mind blown.
Lissa: Out of all of your work, this one is the most emotionally gripping for me. It’s a simple premise: a young man and his dog, but it’s surprisingly powerful. More than Edward and Woof, it highlights life’s casual cruelty toward the things we love. I think everyone can identify with that feeling of having their heart stomped upon, and the tempting thought of cutting off one’s emotions so as not to feel that pain again.
The beginning of the story reminds me strongly of Where the Red Fern Grows, which was set in the same time period. I loved the descriptions of Edward’s world— his little snobberies made me smile. And I became engrossed in Woof’s care along with Edward, even though at first he did it out of simple pity for a helpless creature. You crafted it well, because the reader’s affection for the dog grows with Edward’s.
JMolly: Thank you. Those are wonderful compliments. I have a real soft spot for that Edward. He was young and so soft-hearted. I’m so pleased you loved Woof. The manip Raum made for me sits on my writing desk.
Lissa: From the title, I was prepared for a sad story, but I wasn’t prepared to have my emotions shredded into a quivering heap.
JMolly: That’s me, ushering readers onto the emo roller coaster since 2008. Is it wrong to look down on your quivering form and laugh?
Lissa: I still haven’t forgiven you, actually.
Summary ~ The Sad Story of Woof: In 1921,Edward left Carlisle to rebel. This is the catalyst to his departure. Rated: T – Complete
JMolly *preens*: So which story of yours do you think I’ll pick?
Lissa: Written in the Stars, to be honest, for sentimental reasons.
JMolly: Asking me to pick between your stories is like asking me to give away one of my kids. Your stories have sentimental value for me. We met when you were writing WITS and since then, we’ve written together and shared snippets, I’ve beta edited for you and I’ve pre-read manuscripts (including one with Selkie roots). Picking a favorite took a lot of consideration.
Lissa: I am very flattered it was difficult! Lol!
JMolly: The story I dropped everything to read was Dark Goddess: Edward and Bella.
Lissa: Really! Okay, you did surprise me!
JMolly: I almost picked Some Say in Ice, which would have been a bit amusing as it’s also a sad story. Readers would get the idea that we walk around with storm clouds over our heads, when in actuality I think we’re a lot of fun.
Lissa: I like mentally exploring dire situations, but from the comfort of my nice, warm house.
JMolly: I have a thing for vamp fic and Dark Goddess is so fresh, fast-paced and intense. Surprisingly, it contains a lot of humor. Powerful friendships are made. Practically the first thing we discover is a lifetime friendship between Edward and Jacob, a pair of archeologists whose lives go from humdrum to Indiana Jones like snap after they accidentally unearth a vampire. Bella has no idea she’s a vampire and expects humans to bow down to her as a god. She makes a pretty good case for it, actually! Her powers are terrifying.
When I read, I look for motivation, maturation and relationships. Edward, Jacob and Bella must sort out where they belong, what they value and what kind of impact their choices are going to make on others. While choosing for themselves, they’re also deciding the same things for a host of fascinating supporting characters. The villains were capable of destroying everything! Wonderfully complex! I never knew what might happen next.
I fell thoroughly in love with this Edward, who starts out as a complacent academic and must rise to the heroic. Audacious Bella is a treat to meet. She manages to be loveable and haughty at the same time. She gave me quite the chuckle with her adaptation troubles. Plus, you made me love Jacob. This guy is patient, loyal, supportive, and exactly the best friend and right hand I’d want to have beside me in the middle of a war.
*gives Lissa the side eye* You would be good to have around during a war. You have skills. Zombie Apocalypse fighting skills. *nods*
Lissa: I enjoyed writing this Jacob, who often doesn’t get a fair shake in fic. He’s either the third leg of the love triangle spat, or an otherwise antagonistic character. In this story, I wanted him to love Edward too, like a brother, and be an integral part of the story.
Don’t be too sure of my apocalypse skills. I may be able to write them, but I’d probably end up sitting on a pile of rubble sobbing, “I want some tea and some time to read.”
JMolly: I hear you. So, what’s next for you, Sis?
Lissa: I have a fic I’m working on now, and several novels brewing. But being an author severely cuts down on your writing time, I’ve found, so I’m stealing moments to work on my various projects.
JMolly: I know! It totally does. But you’re going to advise me on my next endeavor, The Monster of Spitalfields. Right? Right?
Lissa: You know it. But you’ll have to write me in as a character. I’m thinking saucy fishwife.
Summary ~ Dark Goddess: A free-spirited archaeologist & a shy, absent-minded genius find a 500-year-old vampire who thinks she’s a goddess. OOC/AU – Rated M – Romance/Adventure – Bella & Edward – Complete
Cookie Cutter by Jo Richardson tells the story of Iris Alden, a divorcee with a teenage daughter who is too busy doing EVERYTHING to look for love. She works, she mothers, she sits on every local committee going, and when there’s a bake sale at school, guess who’s baking the cookies?
Carter Blackwood is her opposite. Laid-back, single with no kids, he flips houses for a living, and just happens to move into the house opposite Iris, and with one swing of a hammer he turns her life upside down. Where Iris likes order, Carter seems to thrive on chaos, and what follows is funny, heartwarming and above all romantic.
Although at first Carter seems easy and uncomplicated, as the story continues and we are given a glimpse into his history, he becomes multi-layered and complex. He’s been hurt by love before, but there’s something about Iris that intrigues him, and as much as he wants to concentrate on flipping the house and moving on, his gaze keeps drifting across the street, watching Iris as she’s leaving for work in a hurry. From the start he enjoys pushing her buttons and getting a rise from her, but you can tell that Iris enjoys the interactions too, even starts to look forward to them as the story continues.
Somewhere along the way this Harry / Sally relationship morphs into something more serious. It begins when Carter finds out that Iris’s boss has made an inappropriate pass at her, and he makes sure that he realises she’s taken. And when Iris forgets to renew her licence —giving her ex-husband ammunition to make her life miserable—it’s Carter who steps up to save the day.
One of the things I love about Jo Richardson’s writing is how relatable she makes her characters. Any mom of a teenage kid can understand how Iris feels when her child comes home and tells her she needs to bake 200 cookies, or demands to go away with a friend rather than spend time with her mom. She completely nails the frantic feeling you have when you can’t get the kids up for school making you so late for work it isn’t even funny. By the end of the book Iris seemed like an old friend — somebody I would love to spend time with, and it doesn’t get much better than that.
Reading this book really reminded me of watching a Nora Ephron movie, and anybody who knows me will understand that’s a huge compliment. It was funny, sexy and above all heartwarming. An overall fantastic read!
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Nunzia Castellane: The Trouble by Twilightholic-Tanya ~ A realistic HS portrayal of falling for a guy you just know will break your heart.
Summary: The trouble with boys like Edward Cullen is I can already see how it will end. But the thrill of driving down this road with him is almost worth the crash. Rated: M – Romance/Drama – Edward & Bella – Complete
rrsreceptible: Two by kalejay ~ This story features a dark Edward and an evil Jasper – they are conventional vampires yet the story is laced with humor! It’s hot, quick, and makes a refreshing read.
Summary: Vampires Edward and Jasper are partners in crime who make a game of their hunt for human blood. Their brotherly dynamic is threatened when Edward meets Bella and is tempted to start playing by his own rules. Vamp/AU/OOC. This is not slash. Rated: M – Suspense/Drama – Complete
Twilighttrin: Cracked Marble by sanguinescriptor ~ I’ve haven’t come across a story with such a sad but strong E/B. The mix of canon and new material is amazing, the original characters introduced are witty and funny. It’s a slow burn, but it’s a fire I’m happy to roast in.
Summary: Our skin is ice cold and hard like diamonds, but we are flawed. Fine lines where we should complete each other are empty. We are like cracked marble, but can we put ourselves back together after all this time? For almost a century, Edward and Bella have lived a life that neither imagined. Can an unexpected reunion in Forks repair it all? Rated: M – Romance/Drama – Edward & Bella – WIP
Many thanks to Nunzia, rrsreceptible, and Twilighttrin for sharing with us today.
Is anyone of the opinion a textbook containing algorithms could be life-changing? It’s doubtful…even for a math nerd. Yet, in this engaging new story from miss.eli, The Infinity Axiom, that theory may yet be proved wrong.
Take a look at this scenario: Edward rifles through Ben, his college roommate’s backpack in search of said mundane book, and finds something a little risqué that this FicSister hopes will change his life. *rubs hands gleefully together*
So, an algorithm is a procedure or formula for solving a problem? Agreed? And Edward has a problem: he has remained puzzled and heart-broken over being cut-out of his best friend’s life two years earlier. You don’t need to be a genius here, math or otherwise, to guess Bella is the friend whose unexplained behaviour has plagued his mind all this time. Now, thanks to Edward’s fortuitous discovery, he knows what he needs to do to figure out this conundrum once and for all.
We chatted with miss.eli earlier this week about her story inspiration. She revealed the idea struck her as a song came on the radio as she was going to lunch one afternoon. She’d heard the song a million times before, but for whatever reason, it caught her attention this time and she thought, “This would make a great fic. Someone should write this.” She couldn’t get the lyrics out of her head – all these questions just kept spinning around in her mind – Why didn’t he ever tell her he liked her? What if she felt the same way? What separated them? What if they reunite and she has no idea of the catalyst? What happens afterwards?
Then as she wrote the story moved from the jumping-off point (we are allowing you discover that for yourself) to become much more about friendship, unrequited love, and second chances. Sigh!
The first enticing chapter posted this week, and miss.eli plans to update weekly. Click that story follow button today!
Summary: Axiom – a premise so obvious as to be accepted as true without controversy. Edward and Bella were best friends until a perfect storm of circumstances, insecurities, and misunderstandings separated them. But some things are just meant to be, even if they take a slight detour. Rated: M – Romance/Friendship – Bella/Edward – WIP
This story is refreshingly different while still being somewhat canon, a surprising yet delightful mix to really capture your attention and keep it throughout the story. Yes, Edward is a vampire, yes, he pretends to be a high-school student; yes, Bella is an introverted girl living with her Chief of Police father; yes, the Cullens are a loving family and vegetarian; and yes, of course, it rains in Forks. Having said all that, A Dove’s Cry’s unique qualities are displayed not only in the heart-wrenching back stories of Edward and Bella that are gradually and painfully revealed, but also in the almost bizarre way and reason their relationship develops.
The summary tells us that Bella asks a vampire to help her attain revenge on someone who wronged and damaged her in the worst way. It’s not giving too much away to reveal the vampire in question is indeed Edward. That plea is merely a hint at the complexity of both the story and the fledging relationship, as Edward struggles to help Bella in his own way. The friendship between Bella and Alice forms from their mutual understanding of living through something they should never have been forced to endure. This story carries a warning for “sensitive and graphic material” for a reason, but the authors, karenec and transitory07, deal tactfully with the issues that are an integral part of the storyline and in no way gratuitous.
The tantalisingly written suspense, with its unexpected twists, kept this FicSister on the edge of her seat, and reading faster and faster towards the resolution. As the story progresses, A Dove’s Cry showcases the strength of the human spirit…even when that spirit lives in the body of a vampire. That is something beautiful to behold in an AU fic.
While some elements of A Dove’s Cry made my heart hurt, the many lighter moments entangled with romance, friendship, and loving family bonds brought a real smile to my face. That, my fellow fic-lovers, is my fervent hope for you.
Summary: Bella’s innocence was taken from her at a young age; the secret has dominated her life ever since. When she meets a reluctant vampire, Bella decides to ask his help in seeking revenge. Warning: This story contains sensitive and graphic material. B AU – Rated: M – Hurt/Comfort/Suspense – Bella & Edward – Complete
We were excited this week to see that Jonesn published a brand new story. Even at one short chapter we are hooked and we just know there is a storm brewing in this story – and the quote at the beginning of the chapter appears to confirm our theory…
“A ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”
-John A. Shedd
It seems that new arrival to town, Bella, really should stay well clear of her new neighbor, Cullen. *whispers* But we don’t think she is going to…
We can feel the tempest coming our way, readers…
Summary: My life had always been a sea of carefully laid plans, until he blew through. Cool and quiet, like the calm before the storm. It was brewing. ~ School teacher, Bella Swan has just landed her first job in the cloudy, coastal community of Clallam Bay. Known for its fishing and logging, she supposes an occasional sunny day is the most excitement one could hope to come by. Until she meets her new neighbor. AH Rated: M – Romance/Angst – WIP
I’ve always loved history, and historical fiction. Many of the things I’ve written have had threads of history woven through them, from references to Jane Austen to hagiographies that resemble ancient mythology as much as anything. In writing Isabella, I was truly able to immerse myself (and hopefully readers!) in a world that disappeared with the Industrial Revolution – from the sights and sounds that would have been typical in 1804 Cornwall, to the manners and customs that would have shaped the characters’ perspectives and morals. It was fun, if research intensive, to write – and I hope it takes readers on a journey to the past in a way they don’t typically experience.
I also loved the idea of playing with concepts of the supernatural in a period when such beliefs were rapidly getting dismissed as ignorant superstition. The paths the characters follow due to the repercussions of this ignorance were some of the few bright lines I knew I had to follow when I first started writing.
What’s more, I was determined this version of Bella be lighter, more resilient, and above all, happy. The last story I finished was so melancholy that I knew, even if I threw all kinds of craziness her way – a scarred & retaliatory Rosalie, an ungentlemanly James, ignorant mobs, and suspicious servants – she had to finish as contented as she began.
I probably could have written about these characters forever – travelled through frontier America, the Belle Époque, and the Roaring 20s with them. But all stories must end and I think Isabella, Edward (and the friends they picked up along the way) finished in a fantastic place.
Summary: In the Cornish countryside of 1804 England, a foreign visitor brings Isabella to reconsider the inexplicable occurrences she had always taken for granted. Rated: M – Romance/Supernatural – Edward & Bella – Complete
We know for sure many of you have read The Blue Hour, by the talented Mortissues. If you have, then please read on. If not, please look away now. Do not continue to read as the text below is a huge SPOILER for that fabulous fic, The Blue Hour. No more warnings will be issued.
So, you are among the legion of brave souls who survived that amazing, gut-wrenching story with the aid of a family-sized box of tissues, an extra-large bar of chocolate, and perhaps copious amounts of alcohol. For those of you still rocking in the corner…read on quickly for help is at hand.
The very lovely moosals needed to find a HEA for The Blue Hour’s beautifully written, shattered Edward…
He was broken, body and soul. The woman he loved beyond reason, the woman whose soul he could not bring himself to damn in order to keep her, had chosen another and was expecting a child, something he could never possibly have given her.
And therefore was inspired to write her personal fantasy of his future. An eternity Edward didn’t expect, but surprisingly no less welcome.
This FicSister – a die-hard Edward and Bella girl – takes her hat off to moosals for allowing me to accept Edward can have a non-canon HEA…a seemingly impossible task.
Can she convince you too? Go read Birds Flying High right now! BTW, Mortissues told us she is delighted to support moosals’ HEA.
Summary: Rejected by Bella, who has found love and impending motherhood with another man, Edward wanders around Europe hoping to find some meaning to his life. AU – Rated: M – Supernatural/Romance – Edward – O/S
A very warm welcome and thanks to Cracked Fic, JMolly, Lissa Bryan, and Suitably Ironic Moniker. Smooches to Carrie Elks and Gothic Temptress.