Welcome dear readers! This post is special to us here at the International House of FanFic as a year ago we published our very first post. A year on and we are still doing what we love – celebrating wonderful authors and their stories. So, a big thank you to you all for being along for the ride!! To kick us off, our good friend, FluffyLiz has a treat for us…
This clever little fic does something which, although not unique, is rarely done successfully; it is written in present tense, first/second person narrative. In other words, Bella is ‘talking to’ Edward throughout, recounting to him, in the here and now, the genesis of their love. I’ve seen it done before, but more often than not authors who try to do it veer wildly back and forth between past and present tenses and end up referring to Edward as ‘him’ instead of ‘you’. Here, NewTwilightFan has absolutely nailed the style.
And then there’s the story, which is both sweet and sexy, with an Olderward who Bella doesn’t even meet until nearly half way through. It’s also, in places, very funny – there is a passage involving dog poo which had me crying with laughter, and my British sense of humour is seldom stimulated by self-styled ‘humour’ fics. But I digress. This is a tale of our times, an internet love affair which seems destined to fizzle out due to both Bella’s insecurity and simple geography – she’s in Seattle and Edward lives in Chicago: she can’t afford to visit him, and he’s too busy to visit her. The bond they build right from the start of their ‘virtual’ relationship is strong, but the years of never meeting and the distance between them take their toll. One of them needs to be proactive before it all slips away, but to Bella the logistics seem insurmountable.
I don’t think it’s giving anything away to say that they do, of course, eventually meet, but how they get to that point, and where they go from there is the joy of this story. Resurfacing is pretty short by fanfiction standards, but there’s such a beautiful economy about the writing, with not one word wasted or superfluous, and yet I never felt short-changed or that it was rushed in any way. If you decide to give it a try, I promise you won’t be disappointed. It’s scandalously under-reviewed for such a delightful and engaging fic, so please leave the author a little love, even if it’s just a quick comment at the end.
Summary: Bella is anxious to finally meet the object of her desire: handsome, wealthy, enigmatic Edward Cullen. After almost three years of talking and teasing via e-mail, text and phone calls, is she truly ready for something real? Romance – Rated: M – Bella & Edward – Complete (Future take in the works.)
It was kind of poetic and fitting that we were able to read the second book The Unveiling while at the beach. You see, Maxfield Caswell has a lot in common with the ocean – he is deep, mysterious, completely mesmerising and at times, unpredictable. For those of you who have read the first book, you will know exactly where we are coming from here – but even for those of you have haven’t yet sampled Work of Art’s delights yet – we aren’t giving any secrets away when we say unequivocally that Max is certainly a force of nature!
Ruth has certainly created a character to really love and admire in the intelligent, passionate Ava. She was instantly lovable in the first book, but you see her start to blossom into an incredible woman in The Unveiling. It takes a special sort of woman to take Max head on, but Ava is more than qualified for the job! Watching Ava’s journey with Max is definitely a roller coaster ride and one we are so glad we got in line for.
Being the second book of a trilogy, we don’t want to spoil the storyline for any of our readers, but there is definitely not a doubt in our minds that Ruth Clampett is not just a good writer and storyteller, she is a brilliant one.
We can’t wait for the next book – The Masterpiece. Thank Goodness Ruth isn’t making us wait long – it will be here in February!
For many years now, the Vamp stories have become archipelagos few and far between – gems marooned in a large sea of All-Human stories. One of those glistening gems is Metaphysics, written by anais mark, and now I’m very happy to report to all of you “completed story only readers” that this beauty of a fic has just been marked complete!
Metaphysics is a drama and romance that will inspire deeper thought as the reader begins the journey because it’s a fantastically written story spanning many centuries, so there’s diversity and depth to the surprising plot curvatures within it. The way that anais mark bridges the storylines into a broader story arc is really quite engaging for the reader, because it’s a “thinking” story just as much as it’s an entertaining one.
The reader, from the very start, grows to appreciate the lush descriptions as the mysteries within the story unfolds. There’s an eloquence to Metaphysics that will captivate readers, and the slow reveal of the background stories soft-pedals readers into a true sense of appreciation of the pace as, chapter by chapter, some secrets are revealed while other questions arise. It’s a beautifully entertaining balance of mystery, attraction, love, insatiable desire, gently burgeoning intimacy and a great deal of excitement too. It’s got something for everyone. I highly recommend this story!
Summary: Edward & Bella are graduate students in London ‘coincidentally’ researching the same poets. More than 300 years after the fact, Carlisle & Edward must find out why Carlisle’s past won’t stay there – before Bella digs it up researching her thesis. Drama/Romance – Rated: M – Bella & Edward – Complete
Bingo! This fabulous fic, Mr. Stats and the Bingo Boinker, can be summed up in that one word as every reader is a winner. Those of you who have a soft spot for a hot, nerdy Edward will consider you’ve hit the jackpot – this FicSister does. Why? Well, while a disinterested patron enjoying a quiet drink might notice a man pick up a woman from the hotel bar yet consider them inconsequential, we view it differently. These characters have been given life by ingenious Bornhonhalloween, so naturally, they are more than noteworthy; they’re also engaging, refreshing, and fun! Let’s take a closer look at this sweet Actuaryward who has taken his mother to a Bingo extravaganza for her 60th birthday…
I’ve always considered myself successful—I have a secure job with a decent salary and dental coverage. I own a three-bedroom house in Groton, Connecticut, plenty of space for a hypothetical wife and two kids. I work out five days a week, and I have the body to show for it—not steroid-puffed or anything, but solid enough. I know how to dress, and I’m not afraid to put my metrosexual out there. If I’m occasionally mistaken for gay? So what. I’m not homophobic. Hell, it’s a compliment nowadays—translation: you’re hip, interesting, stylish, edgy.
People think winning is about luck, but luck didn’t get me where I am today. Logic, data, and careful planning—that’s how “good luck” is made. The large majority of time, if x is supposed to happen, by golly, x happens. I’m careful. I do my homework, calculate the odds, and plot my life’s path according to the probabilities. That all said, a guy’s Ma is a guy’s Ma, and a promise is a promise, and I needed not to be an ass.
Then in walks a full-time Bingo player by the name of Bella Jean, and between the tequila, and her feminine wiles, his head is soon turned. “The girl twisted toward me on her stool, dragging a French fry through a puddle of ketchup and thwapped it onto her tongue like an exhausted stripper collapsing onto a waiting bed.“ What an analogy! What a funny Drunkward! Don’t you just love him already?
So, what do you think, ladies, is that ‘x’ going to happen? And, is Bella Jean going to hit the jackpot, too? 😉
Summary: A casino is no place for an actuary, but when Edward promises his mother a trip to Foxwoods for her 60th birthday, he has no choice but to suck it up. When fate seats Edward next to a full-time bingo player named Bella Jean, will luck be a lady tonight? Humor/Romance – Rated: M – Bella Jean & Edward – WIP
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Angie125: This story is a must read – BellaScotia‘s Secrets and Lies. I have just read it again over the holidays. It is just amazing.
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. Hurt/Comfort/Romance – Rated: M – Bella & Edward – Complete
Nunzia Castellane: I highly recommend Gothic by a new FF writer, author self insert. I like fics where Bella doesn’t care for Edward in the beginning and with this Edward you will agree she has reasons to hate him. But, she was his only alibi for a murder and now he wants her help.
Summary: Ten years ago, Edward was accused of murder and Bella was his alibi. Now, the murder remains unsolved and Bella hates Edward. Can a penchant for gothic mystery, a hearty dose of lingering hostility and the desire for a clean conscience really be enough to right old wrongs? AH Drama/Mystery – Rated: M – Bella & Edward – WIP
MissRedBoots: Carpe Aestatem by vysed ~ I love the unexpected; a whodunit fic that’s different and keeps you guessing…vysed gives us that in spades (katinki recommended it way back when too, if she says read something, I do!) It’s only 10 quick chapters and has the Case Files to accompany the story.
Summary: Special Agent Edward Masen is assigned to solve four seemingly unrelated murders. He finds himself in a race to protect a possible fifth victim as June 9th looms closer. Mystery/Crime – Rated: M – Bella & Edward – Complete
Thanks so much to Angie, Nunzia and MissRedBoots for sharing their love today!
SarcasticBimbo recently shared her love for How to Forget by Shadow Masen (here) and told us we had to watch out for Come Back Tomorrow, as it was going to blow us away. Well, SarcasticBimbo was right – consider us blown away!
This story holds so much promise – at just two chapters so far, the intense emotions and unique storyline has captured us already. Come Back Tomorrow deals with a sensitive subject matter – we want to be clear about that. Bella is a clinical psychologist who spends off-duty time as a friend and companion to those on the oncology ward without visitors. Edward is one of those patients. We have yet to discover why Bella does this, or if/why Edward has chosen to face his battle alone.
The story is labeled angst, and we expect tears to be shed while reading – that’s a given – but for those who wish to know, the author has left a note pertaining to the ending. It’s your choice to read the A/N or not.
We know Come Back Tomorrow is going to be one of those stories that stick with you long after you have finished reading.
Summary: Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly in the path of the best things that will ever happen to us. Angst/Romance – Rated: M – Bella & Edward WIP
Sins of My Past captured us by the heart from the first two chapters and didn’t let go when we read it way back when it was a WIP. Content1 has woven an amazing storyline and has created a truly unique and engaging character in Edward and Bella’s fourteen year old daughter Carlie – you will love her from the moment she comes crashing into Edward’s life in the first chapter.
We meet Edward on the morning of Bella’s birthday where he and his whole family are meeting for their charitable organisation (the fact that they are meeting on his lost love’s birthday is no coincidence, by the way).
Edward was unaware of Carlie’s existence until that moment – a moment that starts a chain of events fifteen years in the making…..
Excerpt from chapter one..
“Mr. Cullen, I apologize, but there is a young lady here, and she insists on seeing you.”…
…Bella stood in front of me, her chest heaving and a flush blossoming across her pale cheeks. Her dark chocolate hair swirled around her slim body. She was dressed in the jeans she so often wore, and the deep green of her long sleeved shirt emphasized her wide green eyes.
My green eyes…”
You learn from the very start of the story that Edward has never gotten over the break-up of his relationship with Bella fifteen years earlier. He is still deeply in love with her and masks his pain by being a total manwhore; and he sees the appearance of Carlie in his life as his salvation.
In the early stages of this story you will wonder how Bella and Edward can make it, but these two share the deepest love, but it takes Bella an understandably long time to start to heal from the hurt that Edward and his family have caused.
We don’t want to give too much away about the plot, as we think the journey of reading this story and the discovery of all the finer elements that content1 has written about is a part of this story’s beauty. It might seem like the glimpse I have given you gives the impression that the Cullens are bad people, they aren’t. They had their own tragic heart-breaking reason for so easily believing the lies told about Bella. One of the many things we really love about SOMP is the family interactions and loyalty. These Cullens are one of the best interpretations we have read and the family unit portrayed by Jacob, Leah and their kids, as well as Aro and his family (shock! they are actually good guys in this one!) are just brilliant.
Most importantly, SOMP has that element that we all look for here at IHoFF – that deep, deep love and connection that is magical and otherworldly. SOMP has this element in spades. The characters that content1 has created in Edward and Bella are wonderful, sure Edward has his faults, but he is also a man capable of the greatest love, for Carlie, Bella and his family. Bella’s strength of character in SOMP is unequalled, she is a wonderful mother, she is loving and strong, loyal and successful in her professional life. So, ladies, give it a go – we hope you love it as much as we do!!
PS: Something we need to add, SOMP is told from various points of view, mostly Edward, Bella and Carlie’s – but you do see guest points of view as well – some of which are very entertaining at times!
Summary: Bella was left by Edward to clean up the ruins of her life after his betrayal. What happens when Edward finds out that not all was as it seems. What are the consequences of his sins and what will he do to get her back? Angst/Romance – Rated: M – Bella & Edward – Complete
A post, by reader Isa, in Edward’s Eternal’s FB few days ago was the inspiration for this sweet, sweet one shot. It was a video about a young flower girl and ring bearer who later got married themselves. Naturally, Edward’s Eternal’s readers asked to see this love story written by her talented hand. Then Midnight Cougar joined in the chorus, and Edward’s Eternal wrote this for her as a surprise.
My Life With You is a tale of endearing friendship progressing to love, romance and commitment. This Edward is… Gah! Perfect! Read and enjoy!
Summary: At the young age of six, they walked down the aisle for the first time. Twenty years later they did it again. This time was forever. Romance/General – Rated: M – Bella & Edward – O/S
Thank you for being here with us for another post, we hope you enjoy the stories as much as we have. We would also like to thank FluffyLiz and Gothic Temptress for joining us this week. Happy reading!