Brit Pack Alert: Bobby Long sings "A Strange Song"

Fabulous Fic Rec Friday

WitchyVampireGirl presents Snapshots by LyricakKris

If there is anything you’ll eventually learn about me, is that recently, I’ve become a fic snob. I’m no longer content with the same old same old. I don’t want to know how the story will go simply by reading the summary. I want to be engaged, surprised, and without a wimpy Bella in sight. Those kinds of fics are hard to find. But when I do find one, I treasure it. I found such a story in Snapshots by LyricalKris.
If you’re looking for a romance story, this isn’t it.
If you’re looking for fluff and warm fuzzies, this story isn’t for you.
If you want humor and crazy situations, move on.
What you’ll get with this story is gritty, angsty, raw emotion. You’ll vacillate between crying, cheering and being as pissed as you could ever be. But in the end, you’ll feel purged, humbled and maybe a little appreciative.
Right from the opening paragraph, LyricalKris gabs you by the nuts and refuses to let go. We watch as Edward comes home to Bella, his wife, only to spot an innocuous envelope sitting on the table. As Edward’s stomach falls to the floor, we feel his pain. Those envelopes represent so much not only to Edward, but Bella. You see, they come from Jasper, who has been MIA for the last three years. The only communication he has with anyone, is a single envelope with a picture.
The pictures, you learn, can be anything—places, other people, or items that capture emotion. They are all taken by Jasper, who is parts unknown. Each picture is filled with emotion; not only what Jasper is feeling, but how each member of the family feels when they learn another pictured has arrived. But in this opening chapter, it’s just not a picture, but a simple letter—Jasper is coming home.
What happens next is a ride unlike anything else I’ve ever read. You soon learn that while Edward and Bella are married, they weren’t always a couple. In fact, when Jasper left, Bella was his girl. Adding to the drama, you also learn that the little girl Edward calls his, is biologically Jasper’s. That’s right folks, Jasper left Bella with a baby while Edward, who always harbored a secret crush on Bella, stepped in to support her.
Can you feel the angst?
But while you may feel things are cut and dry, you soon learn they are anything but. What follows next is a wonderful journey of forgiveness, family, love, and redemption. Each character from parents Carlisle and Esme, to brothers Edward, Emmett, and Jasper, are flawed and imperfect. While the others seem to rise above their demons, we learn how Jasper was unable to do to that, and instead he fall prey to his addiction.
You see, Jasper is back home to mend the bridges he left in crumbling shambles when his drug addiction took him from everything and everyone who ever loved him. We listen to his harrowing and dark story of drugs and despair. How he fought against death every time a needle entered his body.
We discover the power of the absolute love that Edward has for Bella, even when he felt Jasper didn’t deserve her. We cheer his faithfulness and selfishness as he supports Bella and her frail newborn infant in their darkest hours. And finally, cheer when his greatest dream of being with Bella is realized.
Carlisle and Esme are portrayed as realistic parents, watching a loved one struggle with addiction. Sometimes the choices they made did more harm than good, but it all came from a place of love. While they accept and rejoice Jasper’s return, they also have unresolved feelings about his departure. What follows is their struggle to forgive both themselves and Jasper.
Most touching of all, is the complicated dynamic that exists between Bella, Jasper and the child he didn’t know he had. There are so many open, bleeding wounds that each chapter throbs with the pain. But you also sense the tiny amount of healing that takes place. Bella needs to find a place to forgive, while Jasper realizes he has a ton more to atone for.
I don’t want to give away how it all plays out. But suffice to say, it is a story that you will start reading and be unable to stop until reach the end. Have a box of Kleenex nearby and maybe a soft blanket to bring you comfort when it gets intense, you’ll need them.
Story Link:

blueeyedcherry presents Sleeping Angel by BlueIsSoul

I love when I open a story and there are palpable, strong emotions that come right out and grab me in the very first chapter. And, that's exactly what happened when I started reading Sleeping Angel by BlueIsSoul.

Surprise surprise!!! Another angst story from Cherry. (Is this really a surprise? I'm an emotional masochist it seems....) When Sleeping Angel opens up, we find Edward and Bella in their apartment. Edward is searching for his wedding band, which has gone missing, while Bella stars blankly at the TV, watching but not watching whatever programming happens to be on. The whole mood is dark and sad, and we soon discover that Edward's wedding ring isn't missing, but that Bella has hidden it from him. There isn't a very clear reason for her actions at first; it simply seems like she deems herself unworthy of Edward and his affection, and is therefore trying to get him to make the move and end their marriage. As the story progresses, we start to find out more and more details about their courtship and the years leading up to the present day, and one by one the pieces behind Bella's current state of emotional despair start to fall into place. 

Each chapter consists of a scene from the present followed by a flashback to old times. I enjoy how BlueIsSoul has chosen to write the story, because instead of making us wait chapter upon chapter to really understand what put Bella where she's at, we're given answers almost immediately. And for me, this helped to create some empathy for her. The situation that Bella and Edward went through is one that neither of them can hold themselves responsible for, yet Bella has taken on all the blame, piling it on her shoulders and letting it push her down to the point where she's drowning. And Edward, no matter how hard he tries, just can't seem to be the life preserver she needs to keep afloat at this point in time.

This Edward ... I feel so deeply for him. He's done nothing to deserve the way his wife is treating him, but he loves her—god, does he love her—and so he sticks by her, through thick and thin, for better or for worse. At least he does so far, that is. There's only 8 chapters of this one posted, and the author hasn't given an indication as to how long it's going to be, so I'm not exactly sure where she'll take us on this ride or what she's going to put these characters through.

It's been a while since this one updated as well, so if you're looking for something that updates on a consistent schedule, this might not be the read for you. However, if you're like me, you can and will wait patiently for updates, and trust me, this one is well worth the wait. 

Story Link:

WitchyVampireGirl's presents The Courtyard by Latessitrice

I’ve mentioned before that I tend to read in genre or theme spurts. In my early fic reading days, I loved looking for alternate universe stories, especially ones relating to New Moon. Out of all the ones I’ve read, The Courtyard by Latessitrice is the best.
It begins right at the moment when Bella runs into Edward just as he was going to step into the sun. As Edward wraps his arms around his one true love, he instantly believes, like in the book, that he has died and that Bella was waiting for him. However, this is where the author takes a turn from the book. A very sweet, lemony, sexy turn. So enthralled in their reunion kiss, Edward lets his more lusty desires take control. Bella, to her credit, does try to tell him they aren’t dead and in heaven. But with Edward macking all over her, she soon succumbs to Edwards attentions. Can you blame her?
What happens next is a wonderfully crafted love scene that blends realistic sex with true romance. There is a perfect balance between the act and the emotions that are swirling in Bella as she realizes that Edward is finally going to be giving her the type of physical relationship she has always wanted. When is all said and done, you can almost taste the tangible change in them both. Bella finally feels the love Edward has for her, while Edward sheds his stiff upbringing.
What comes next is how they develop their new intimate relationship and where they go from there. Alice of course lends her opinion, informing them both that she sees Bella’s change and it will occur soon. While cannon Edward would take this information and do his best to change it, this Edward realizes that Bella is his forever. Gone is the brooding, emo vampire. In his place is a mature man who understands that a relationship is a partnership. He no longer tries to dominate Bella and dictate how things should be. Now, that’s not to say he doesn’t remind Bella she has options, but when she makes her choice to join him in forever, he accepts and does what he can to ease her transition.
Another wonderful part to this story is that the author explores the natural consequences to the choices Bella makes. There is the fall out with Jake when he realizes that she is back with Edward, which in turns creates tension in the pack. There is saying goodbye to her parents when Bella realizes that she can’t stay in their lives after her change. There is even a slight twist with Renee’s acceptance that Bella and Edward are getting married.
Of course the drama isn’t limited to Bella and her immediate circle. Mysterious deaths are plaguing Seattle and when the Cullen’s begin to look into it, it stars to look like the works of vampires. The trouble is, they can’t find the ones responsible, which of course worries them. No one wants the Volturi to come so close to Forks and the Cullens.  While I won’t give away what going on, I will tell you that it is rather unique twist that will keep you guessing till the end.
At 15 chapters, this is a quick and fun read that will keep you smiling and thoroughly entertained. It’s perfect to read on a cold winter night with a comfy blanket and a cup of tea.
Until next time, look for the magic in everyday life!
 Story Link:

blueeyedcherry presents The Consequence of Miracles by Travis Birkenstock
I probably should have rec'd this fic immediately when we started doing Fabulous Fic Rec Friday here. It's honestly my favorite fic of them all for 2014. I haven't yet gone back to re-read it, but the idea was brought up by one of my favorite ladies in the little chat group I initially read it with, so I'm thinking I'll be returning to it in the near future. This is another angsty one—more angsty than anything I've ever read. This week for something blu, I present The Consequence of Miracles by Travis Birkenstock. 
Edward and Bella are in high school, Edward is the town baseball star, and they're lost in the throes of teenage love and experimentation and everything else that comes with growing up. They have a tight knit group of friends—each of whom has a distinctly different personality—and really, they're just your typical small town kids. Things seem great ... until Edward doesn't come home one night. People search for him and search for him, but nobody has any luck. It's as if he disappeared into thin air. Bella is broken hearted, their friends are confused, and his absence rocks not only their social circle, but the rest of the town too. Bella tries to learn how to live without him; how to forget all the plans she'd made with this boy she loved, and how to make new plans with Jacob who, like in the original series, is there to swoop in and make her feel better. And just when it seems like things might be returning to a state that somewhat resembles normalcy ... Edward Cullen comes back.
What follows Edward's return is a deep, dark, heartbreaking story. This fic contains VERY dark, VERY disturbing, and VERY intense adult content. It's not something I would recommend if you're easily triggered by sensitive subject matter (though none of it is discussed in detail). This isn't a story that's about sunshine and roses and finding a happily ever after somewhere among the rubble. It's about exactly what the title alludes to: the consequences we must face when a miracle we ask for comes to fruition. 
This is an incredibly written fic that will surely grab your emotions and get you so far wrapped inside of it that you won't know which end is up. I was so emotionally invested in this when it posted as a WIP. The weekends were torture because there weren't updates, and the moments leading up to an update were just as torturous, because I'd dread what was coming and wonder if the next chapter would hurt as much as the previous one had. I actually got sick a few times while reading, which some might see as a weird thing but honestly, if an author can invoke that strong of a reaction from his or her readers, well ... then to me, that sets them apart as a damn good one. 
If you like angst—HARD HARD angst—and if you like stories that are realistic in terms of the content, aftermath, and actions/reactions of characters, then I would absolutely recommend checking this one out. And if you need support while reading it, well, find me on Facebook and I'll hold your hand along the way (I'm Rhiannon St Clair over there). 
Until next time....
Story Link:

RobNation's #TBT Robert talking about "Breaking Dawn"

Robert Pattinson Interview Eclipse Hollywood Access

Hump Day Humor

Music Monday - Iron and Wine

Music Monday: Reloaded continues today with the final artist from the Twilight soundtrack, Iron and Wine. 

Iron and Wine consists of a single artist, Samuel Beam, who came onto the indie music scene in the early 2000s. He's recorded a total of five regular albums and three albums, and had music in multiple television shows and movies. His song "Flightless Bird, American Mouth" appeared on the Twilight soundtrack. 

Check out Iron and Wine's song "Boy with a Coin" below, and be sure to visit his official website


Pics of Robert Pattinson at the Hollywood Film Awards

Robert Pattinson shows off his partially shaved head while presenting an award on stage at the 2014 Hollywood Film Awards on Friday (November 14) at the Palladium in Hollywood.
The 28-year-old actor showed off his drastic new haircut while presenting the award for Best Director to filmmaker Morten Tyldum for his work on The Imitation Game.

Article Source
Image Source

Fabulous Fic Rec Friday

Friday is upon us, and that means the fic loving ladies here at RobNation have some weekend reading recs for you!

blueeyedcherry puts a little hope in your heart with Cups Full of Wishes by Chloe Masen
I'm an angst-loving fool. I've said this more than once. BUT ... I also love smooshy, sappy, love-filled stories too. And that's exactly what this gem of a fic is.
Cups Full of Wishes has a ridiculously amazing cast of characters, most of whom have lost something along the way. Edward lost his wife and child, Bella lost her husband, and Lily (Bella's daughter) watched her mother lose the sparkle in her eyes as a result of their unfortunate circumstances. But Lily isn't the type to give up, and it's her genius idea to sell hot cocoa to raise proceeds to mend her mother's broken heart that kick starts the romantic path Edward and Bella travel down.
Cups Full of Wishes is a short read, coming in at only four chapters, but it's also the type of story that will leave you wanting to revisit it over and over and over again. Lily is one of the best original characters I've ever encountered in a fic, and she'll work her way into your heart quicker than you can say "go."
So, go grab yourself a cup of you own wishes, and snuggle up with this sweet and fluffy fic today!
Story Link:

WitchyVampireGirl leads us down an angst-filled, dominating path with Release by writingbabe
Everyone knows that there is a bit of trepidation when you follow a story in progress. I have heard from many fic friends who have given up reading WIP’s after being burned too many times when the story never finishes. I tend to have a bad habit of never remembering all the stories I have on alert, so I tend not to notice if a story has updated. Such a thing happened to me earlier this week when I got an alert for Release by writingbabe.
When I read the summary in my email window my first thought was,  why doesn’t this sound familiar. From the summary it had a very New Moon-ish vibe that I wasn’t sure if it was human or not. But, because I had it on alert, I began to reacquaint myself. Boy am I glad that I did! As I read, all over again, I realized just what made me put the story on alert.
It is a haunting tale about choices and the devastating, and unimaginable consequences that come from them. Can you already smell the angst? The story opens with Bella in Forks packing up Charlie’s belongings after his death. Right away you sense that Bella wants to be anywhere but in that house. Not because of losing Charlie, but due to painful reminders of a day ten years ago.
We don’t really discover what happened all those years ago with Bella, but we soon learn that it had to do with Edward, and indirectly with his sister Alice. The air of betrayal, sadness and survival are weaved so intricately in each chapter, you can’t help click next to learn just one more nugget of information.
What we eventually learn is that Edward pulled a New Moon and pushed Bella away. Just like book, he tells a lie that sets everything into motion, and sets the characters on a journey they may never have otherwise taken. As part of the collateral damage done by Edward’s lie, he severs the close tie Bella shared with Alice. In essence, he has taken away everything and everyone Bella loved and who she thought loved her.
Fast forward ten years later and we see that Bella, in order to cope with the pain of losing Edward, turned to a rather unique form of distraction. One that involves pain, concentration, and complete obedience. In short, Bella discovers BDSM, and the escapism of being submissive. I will pause and say that where the story stands at 14 chapters, the D/s aspects are NOT a major part of the story. How much they will be later is unknown. However, even if D/s stories are not your cup of tea, I do ask you give it a go, as the focus is on how this lie has impacted everyone.
What I love about this story is that it is told in 3rd person, allowing the reader to delve into the mind of everyone. And when I say everyone, I mean everyone. Because along with Edward’s and Bella’s relationship, this story is also about the relationships of those around them. We get to see that while Alice and Jasper may be married, it has been slowly falling to pieces. We get to meet a severely damaged, but in no way a victim Rose, and hear her story of brutality and survival. She befriends Bella in her time of need and that sends Rose on her own journey of healing. Of course what story wouldn’t be complete with Emmett, who is on the cusp of writing the story of his career, if he could just locate Edward.
As each chapter unfolds we begin to realize just why Edward callously pushed Bella away. It is revealed that for the past ten years he has been in his own fight for survival, being dealt a losing hand with no chance of ever cashing out. Now, as the house of cards he has been living under begins to topple, the ever present danger he tried to protect Bella from may take her away from him once more.
I won’t give away exactly what danger Edward is in, that is best discovered for yourself. But I will tell you that this story in one of a kind, refreshingly different, and a highly engaging read. Other good news is that it was announced with the latest update, the author has pre-written the rest of the story, which hopefully means regular updates. I for one will be pouncing on each update as they come into my email. In the meantime, I highly suggest you get caught up so I have other readers to commiserate with as we wait anxiously for the next chapter.
Story Link:

WitchyVampireGirl is hitting the airwaves with So Be It by SophiaAnne
Do you have that one movie that is like your favorite blanket? You bring it out when sick, depressed, nursing a broken heart, or even when bored. The characters are familiar and comforting, and you love spending time with them. Now, imagine melding that favorite movie with fanfiction. Sounds pretty awesome, doesn’t it. That is what you get with So Be It by SophiaAnne. It is a wonderful mix of Twilight meets Pump Up the Volume. That’s right, Edward is Christian Slater AKA Happy Harry Hard-on. *cue the swoon*
This wonderful little story is a short one; 5 chapters and a little over twenty thousand words, and the author does a great job making the most of those words. She is able to blend the best of Twilight Edward and Bella with PUtV Mark and Nora. We have dark, seductive anonymous words sent over the air waves. We have Bella and most of the student body of Forks High listening, wondering just who Hard Harry may be.
While the movie is full of angst and school intrigue, this fic concentrates more on Bella’s need to discover more about Hard Harry and the elusive new boy, Edward. Finding out that they are one in the same thrills her and we see sparks fly between them. Edward is adorkable, shy, awkward, and hating that he had to move Forks. His nightly radio show is his way of expressing his feelings and treating the listeners to a little smexy fun.
Bella is a sassy, witty girl who is inspired to write some steamy poetry after Hard Harry’s shows. With every show, we get to watch as Bella’s determination to discover the true identity and cheer when the pieces fall into place. If you aren’t smiling and laughing by then end, well, then you don’t fully understand the joy that is Pump Up the Volume. For those of you who get it, when it is all said and done, you’ll want to grab the DVD and cuddle up with a blanket and a bowl of popcorn.
In the words of Happy Harry Hard-on, So Be It!
Story Link:
blueeyedcherry shares her passion and her muse with High Fidelity by IReen H
There are two things I am certain of in this life: music is my muse and writing is my passion. So you can imagine how thrilled I was when I found a fic that was brilliantly well-written AND filled with a ridiculously wonderful amount of music references (hell, even the title has to do with music).
High Fidelity by IReen H is ... well, it's amazing. Bella and Edward work in the same office building. His family owns Cullen Insurance, and he's quick to file a wrongful claim against Bella after she (and Jasper) point out that she isn't at fault for a mishap that took place in their parking lot. Edward is a total dick, a typical rich boy who uses his looks and his money to his advantage, bedding a different woman every week and never fully giving himself or his heart to any of them. Bella is a free spirit with a sassy mouth and an I-don't-give-a-fuck-what-anyone-thinks-about-me kind of attitude. Both of them have gone through a lot of shit and are carrying around baggage that must weigh in excess of 100lbs. They're damaged, each of them with a painful past, and when their worlds become intertwined ... well, let's just say there's fireworks, to say the least.
Finding out the backstories of these two was one of the highlights of reading this one for me. I hated Edward for the first ... probably half of the story? But then the more I found out about him, the more empathy I felt for him, and eventually I fell in love with how IReen had written him. And Bella ... I can't say enough about how much I love this Bella. Both of these characters rank in my top five, and this fic also ranks in my top five favorites.
IReen's words are poetic. She paints vivid pictures for her readers, invokes so much emotion with her words, and really shows instead of tells the story.
And the music ... Oh, the music. Honestly, I came away from this with a good 10-15 new songs in my collection, and even made a High Fidelity mix that I still listen to in my car a lot of the time.
This story touches on some pretty deep, difficult topics, and IReen handles that aspect of writing about them beautifully. She does justice to these issues (I won't give them away), writes accurately about them, and doesn't leave any loose ends or emotional oddities.
So, if you're into angst, looking for a story about two damaged souls that come together and start healing, enjoy music, and love a well-written story ... High Fidelity is something you should start reading. Right now.
Story Link:
RobNation © 2011 | Designed by Ibu Hamil, in collaboration with Uncharted 3 News, MW3 Clans and Black Ops | Additional Design by RobsButtonsbabe