A Sincere Message Of Thanks

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To my lovely readers:

I do know that I’ve been silent quite awhile. I have been fighting my battle with depression and thought I was winning. I was finally, FINALLY seeing that light at the end of the tunnel. It was a nice feeling, to be honest.

Without going into too much detail, I will just bluntly say, “shit happens.” Now I feel as though I’ve been plunged back into the darkness once more. It is almost like I’m drowning and struggling to stay afloat.  Because of that, I can not see myself writing anymore. It was once something that ignited my creativity and I had a passion for it.

I’ve tried to reignite it, and it worked to a certain extent. Granted, I don’t think what I have is fit to be published, but its there in all its glory stored on Microsoft Word. Perhaps someday in the distant future I will edit what I have and hit that publish button. As of now, they won’t be seeing the light of day anytime soon.

You may wonder why. The short answer would be this, no matter how crudely put – Depression is a bitch of epic proportions. Certain events in my life this past year have only served to make it worse. My little family has had a couple of small crises that I’d rather not delve into here, and there have been other issues I’ve had to deal with. Needless to say, writing is the farthest thing from my mind. Not to mention I’ve now lost my zeal for it.

Some days, I felt like I was battling my demons and winning. I can’t say that is the case right now. It seems Mr. Depression is winning this round. Its taking everything I have to hold on for my husband and my son. I’m hanging by a thread at the moment, but at least its something.

So, with all that in mind, I have decided to put off writing for indeterminate amount of time. I have to focus on my little family and on myself. It is the only way I can see myself fighting off this depression. The decision is not an easy one as I know there are many of you who have been waiting for updates. I know I’ve let you down and I’m sorry. But for once in my life; I have to think of me.

I do want to thank each and every one of you who have read my stories, left a review, voted for me in a contest and/or sent me the sweetest PM’s, offering kind words of encouragement.  All of you have been like stars shining brightly onto the midnight blue sky for me. Your support has made me smile and sustained me in ways I could never express in words. Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I hope that someday we shall meet again!

Warm Regards,

M4T

Update, Update! Take A Chance & Read All About It!!

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Hello There!

I am going to keep this short and sweet. There is an update to Second Chances! Yay me! I actually got it edited and published!!

But first…..

Now that is out of the way, I will tell you that the aforementioned update is almost 14,791 words. So get comfy, grab a snack and a beverage. 🙂  As usual, click on the banner below to take you to it.

Welcome To Wherever You AreHave a great weekend, y’all!

M4T

Hiya!

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Hiya!

You may or many not be wondering if I dropped off the face of the planet. Nope, I’m still here. Still undecided on whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing at the moment. Before I continue on, I have to profusely apologize for not getting my update to Second Chances up like I promised. I feel as though I’ve let you all down in that. Believe me, it has not been for the lack of trying…

My anxiety and depression kicked into high gear, and it made focusing on editing very tedious, especially when I saw the need to add some things to the chapter. Then, there was the matter of my two abscessed teeth. The pain was completely unbearable. They eventually had to be removed by an oral surgeon, along with two teeth near them. I’m still recovering from that and it should be completely healed up in about six weeks. They had to cut through the bone, and I tell ya…that is not fun at all!

The second thing I would like to mention is the Fanatic Fanfics Awards. Yes, I was nominated, though I did not place. Thank you from the bottom of my heart  to those who did vote for me and I offer  a sincere congrats to the winners!

Now I’ve got those two subjects out of the way, let me tell you my plans….First up, I will get back to editing part three of Second Chances and post it for you as soon as its done – I promise! After that, I plan to finish up my one-shots that are sitting there unfinished in my Microsoft Word docs (and maybe chapter four of Ties That Bond). Then, eventually get them edited and posted. I have to emphasize that I will have to go where the muse takes me, so I am unsure of what will be posted and when. I completely give up on trying to have a sensible schedule for posting. I’m sorry about that, but I can’t help it. I do thank you for your patience as you wait on my updates.

But….I can give you a glimpse of what is coming. Some of these may sound familiar because I’ve mentioned them before…

Shades of the Past – A TVD/Twilight crossover with our favorite blue-eyed vamp and like most all of my fics, he will be paired with Bella (Well, sorta). It will be more of  a flashback type of story where she reflects on her childhood and an old lover of her mother’s. Like many of my stories, it is AU and takes place after Edward breaks up with Bella. Its a little bit different style than what I’ve written in the past.

Love Don’t Live Here Anymore – An Angel(the series) and Twilight crossover featuring MY favorite broody vamp. Its a bit melancholy, with plenty of drama. Ultimately, it is a love story. The show is much darker in tone than Twilight, for those who aren’t familiar with Angel. I dare say, it is probably darker than TVD and the story reflects that. Its my aim to take the reader on an emotional journey along with Bella. With most of my fics, I tend to write in character and this story will be one of the few where some of myself seeps in.  I started writing it when the depression kicked in. You’ll notice it in the tone of the story.

A Kind of Magic – This is one you guys have been PM-ing about the most….Yes, its the Twilight/Charmed crossover with Chris and Bella as the pairing. I am halfway done with the second part of it, which I had to rewrite because the muse on that one wasn’t happy and I was half scared she’d blow me up, LOL (yes, its Piper). Again, this is AU and takes place during the events of Eclipse in the Twilight verse. I had to fudge the Charmed timeline  a bit to fit the story, though. This  is actually one of my favorite stories that I’ve ever  written  and hope y’all will love it as much as I do.

WARNING!!! The next one is a shocker….

It’s a Bella/Stefan story…..

Breathe…..relax…..take a sip of soda, coffee, tea, or whatever you have.

It sure shocked the hell out of me when that little plot bunny exploded in my head! I will admit that I am NOT Stefan’s biggest fan. That said, I wanted to challenge myself and write outside my comfort zone. The story is called Chances Are and takes place after season five of TVD and around three years after the events in New Moon. Its going to be one of my PG-13 stories because I can not imagine writing a lemon with Stefan, and we all know what a Mr. Goodie Two-Shoes he is. So, that means no blood baths either! If a sweet little romance piques your interest, then this is the story for you! I like what I have for it so far.

One shots are easier for me to write, and hopefully it’ll help me get back into the groove of writing. I have a couple other ideas and I’ll probably write those, too. Once those o/s are out of my head and published,  expect chapter updates to show up.

Hope you all have great weekend!

Love,

M4T

A Snippet With A Super-Size Side Of Thanks!

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Hello Everyone!

The results of the Non-Canon Awards were announced last night. I am tickled to announce that I placed in two categories. I received second place (silver) for the Underdog award and my story, Spirits in the Mist placed third (bronze) for the Underfictionated.  I would like to take a moment to thank each and everyone of you that voted for me. It warms my heart knowing that people enjoy my writing the stories my crazy brain comes up with. So, Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I would also like to extend a heartfelt “Congratulations” to the other authors who placed in their categories! Way to go, everybody!! Below are my two banners. I thought it would be nice to share them with you.

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Now, I do believe that I mentioned that I would give you a snippet of part three of Second Chances if I didn’t get a chance to finish editing it.  I know I am running behind on getting it published. For that, I am sorry. I have been really busy as of late and just haven’t had the time to get to it. The good news is that I am halfway done with the editing. I hope to get it posted before the end of the week. I appreciate your patience. The snippet I am sharing made me giggle as I wrote it and its one of my favorite bits. Remember, I may tweak a bit when I do the final read-through before publishing, but it’ll likely stay as is. Hope you enjoy….


The next morning, Bella was in her boyfriend’s bedroom haphazardly tossing clothes out of her bag, desperately searching for something to wear for a lunch meeting with Bonnie that Caroline had arranged. She wasn’t one that normally put much thought into what she should wear, but hearing from Damon just how judgmental the little witch was, she wanted the odds in her favor to make a good first impression. To say she was nervous would be a vast understatement – she was damned near petrified.

Damon stood at the threshold of the bedroom, his arms crossed wearing an expression of amusement. “You know, if you unpack…you just might find something…”

She turned her head to him with a glare upon her face, “When have I had the time? We just got here yesterday! We spent ages talking with Stefan and Caroline, not to mention…” she then cleared her throat with a smile, “our other activities.”

He sighed, walked over and removed the article of clothing from her hands. “You’re worried about meeting the witch, aren’t you?”

She grimaced, hating how he could read her so easily.

“It will be fine. You’ve already won over Blondie. Believe me, that’s a feat in itself. The only thing Bonnie will hold against you is that fact you’re with me, but that’s more about me than you. She’ll like you…then, she’ll tell you in a thousand and one ways how evil I am.”

She laughed, “I know how evil you are…”

He smirked, “And sexy, charming, irresistible…”

She laughed again and shook her head, “That you may be, but I know you’re also an ass!” She arched her eyebrows to emphasize her point before focusing her attention back to her bag and digging through it.

“What in the hell do I wear for meeting judgy little witches?” she muttered under her breath.

He bumped her aside with his hip, dug through the bag and pulled out a white sleeveless top, “Well, if you want to seem innocent and virginal…you wear this. But you’re not quite that pure, anymore.” He wiggled his eyebrows just as he tossed the shirt on the floor. “So…that one goes in the ‘no’ pile.”

He pulled out a flowy red tank top, “If you want to exude power and confidence… you wear this.” He then threw it on the bed. “That’s the ‘maybe’ pile.

He grabbed a black button-down shirt, “Now, if you want to be sexy and mysterious, you wear this.”

Bella snatched it from him, “Says the man that only wears black…”

She took another look at the shirt. “And you can almost see through that! I don’t remember buying that!!”

Damon chuckled, “No, you didn’t. But I did.” He then tugged at the neckline of her tank top and unashamedly peered down at her breasts, “You could just stay home and entice your boyfriend…”

Her cheeks turned scarlet as she gaped up at him, “Seriously?!”

“Hmm, hmm.” was the reply while scanning her lasciviously from head to toe.

She scowled at him, grabbed a pair of jeans from the bag, picked up the white shirt from the floor, and stomped off into the bathroom.

He threw his hands in the air with a grin, “I was only trying to help! Women these days!”

He jaunted out of the room, then made his way downstairs towards the liquor cart in the parlor.

“Sounds like you met your match.”

He snapped his head to the familiar voice of his brother and nodded. “Feisty little thing, isn’t she?”

Stefan smiled, “Yeah… I think she and Caroline hit it off last night and I wouldn’t be surprised if they got close.”

“What did you think of her?” Damon quietly asked.

“I like her. She’s beautiful, smart, kindhearted, and brutally honest. I have to say it – a much better match for you than Elena ever was.”

Damon said not a word, taking a sip of Bourbon. He wouldn’t voice it aloud, but Stefan’s opinion mattered to him and so did Bonnie’s. While he was glad Blondie had taken to his girl, he had some uncertainty about the witch. If he were to be completely honest, he was just waiting for someone to yell at him because he fell in love with another while Elena rest in a magical coma. The little group had criticized him before for far less than that.

“You’re apprehensive about her meeting Bonnie, aren’t you?” his younger sibling asked.

“Maybe a little…but I don’t think Isabella will put up with any of her judgy crap, or allow her to condemn me. I actually hope the witch likes her.”

“You never did go into detail about her past…” Stefan timidly commented.

“And that is HER story to tell, not mine.”  he bluntly retorted just as Caroline waltzed into the room.

Damon eyed the blonde, “Don’t pepper her with too many questions today. She’s been through a lot and if and when she wants you to know about it, she’ll tell you.”

“Okay…” she said with a nod just as Bella bounded down the stairs.  The conversation suddenly halted as they watched her enter the room.

“Gee, guys! You really need to get some lessons on how to not be so obvious you were talking about the person that just walked into the room!”

Damon snorted loudly as he draped an arm around her shoulders. Caroline giggled and Stefan just smiled.

“I love your outfit!” the blonde remarked.

Bella tugged at the black shirt she swiped from Damon’s closet, her cheeks tinting pink. She wore it knotted at the waist, along with some jeans and black ballet flats.

“So, you went for sexy and mysterious to meet Bonnie?” he said in a teasing lilt.

“Well, I’m pretty sure a McDreamy will show up at the bar and maybe I’ll want to impress him.” she stated flippantly.

He cocked a brow, “McDreamy?!”

Caroline burst into hysterical giggles, “You need to watch Grey’s Anatomy…and I think McAss suits you better!”

Bella covered her mouth, attempting to stifle her laughter while Damon stood there glaring at them both.

Unfazed by his demeanor, she batted her eyelashes playfully. “I love you…” she stated cheerily.

His eyes softened as he blew out a breath, “And I love you.”

“Awe! How sweet!” Caroline sarcastically said. “I have a toothache!”

 “Give me a nice, sharp, stake…” he sing-songed threateningly, “then I’ll make sure you have an ache in your heart!”

She blew off his comment and pecked Stefan on the lips, “Love you, but we got to get going.” She then faced Bella, “You ready?”

The petite brunette nodded, grabbing her purse. She was almost to the door when Damon loudly cleared his throat.

“Forgetting something?”

Her eyebrows puckered as she thought on it. “Uh…no.”  

He scoffed, “You know, two lips meet another set of lips…”

She smiled coyly, “Damon Salvatore, are you asking for a goodbye kiss?”

He blurred over to her and grabbed her butt, pulling her flush against him, “I’d want a hell of a lot more than a kiss, but I don’t think you’d want to put on a show for the kids…”

Bella’s cheeks turned a bright shade of red at his comment, Caroline scoffed and Stefan did not look amused. Before he could toss out another quip, she hastily kissed him on the cheek, then scampered out the door with Caroline trailing behind her.

Damon stood there with a goofy grin on his face as his brother looked over to him.

“You got it bad, don’t you?”

“Brother, unless you want me to rip off your ring and barbeque your ass in the sun, do not say that again!”

I hope you all are enjoying your weekend!

XOXO-

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A Spirited Update

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Hiya, my lovelies!

Chapter four of Spirits in the Mist is now published for your reading pleasure! I offer my apologies for how long it took me to get an update out. Hopefully, the chapter length makes up for it. At 7300+ words, it is the longest chapter of Spirits, yet. It is from Bella’s point-of-view and I have to admit I had a bit of a struggle with it. I find it much more difficult to write from her perspective. There were a couple of rewrites, only to have the power go out when I went back to edit the final draft. Word didn’t auto save my edits and I had to go back and redo them. Believe me, I was not a happy camper! I do think the chapter turned out okay, though. But I’ll leave that for you to decide. 😉 Don’t hesitate to let me know what you think!

Click the link or the picture below to take you to it!

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M4T

Happy New Year!

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Hello Everyone!

I hope this post finds 2016 treating you well so far. I am sorry I haven’t posted lately, but I caught up in the holiday rush and really haven’t had a moment to really sit down in front of the computer other than  to check my emails and breeze through my newsfeed on Facebook.

The good news is that I started working on the next chapter for Spirits in the Mist yesterday. I am hoping to get that finished to edit, then will work on editing the next chapter of Second Chances. If I have time, I may try editing the first part of my Twilight/Charmed crossover. I really like that story and I am a bit anxious to get it posted to see what you think. Part two is halfway done, though I am unsure as to when I will finish it.

I have made it a New Year’s resolution to try and update my stories more often. There won’t be  a posting schedule, but I would like to try and aim for at least once a month, or on occasion, twice a month.  With my anxiety and other issues, I think that is a feasible goal. I am going to do the best I can to keep that resolution. Wish me luck and send some good vibes my way!

Be on the lookout for an update soon. I hope you had a very good holiday season and I wish you the best for the new year.

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XOXO-

M4T

 

Take A Chance…

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Bet you are wondering what I’m going on about. Well…. I have you know that part two of Second Chances is now published. It’s titled All That She Wants. Yes, it was named after the Ace of Base song. I truly hope you enjoy it! Just clicky-click-click on the picture below to take you to it!

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M4T

First Part Of Second Chances Is Up!

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Hiya!!

Can you believe I am actually posting something already? I actually had a chance to sit down and go back and read through the first section of the story I mentioned in yesterday’s post. I had done some editing before I submitted it to Fandom4Autism, but I still felt a little tweaking was needed I’ve read through it twice and I think it is about as good as will ever be. I hate editing my own work. I can do other people’s with no problem, but find myself overly critical when I do my own. Okay, I admit it – I am a little insecure when it comes to my writing and have a massive fear that I suck at it. But hey, I am not perfect! I just do the best I can and have to accept it. I know there are probably mistakes in my work, even after I edited it and worked on it more than once. I love my story, Reflections – but cringed at some parts of it and at some of the lengthy paragraphs when I recently re-read it. However, that was my first published story and I just don’t have the heart to go back and fix it. So that one will stay as it is. All I can do is hope I get better at both writing and editing. I just have to realize that I am not perfect, and I am by no means a pro at this. Writing is just something I do that I enjoy.

That said, I truly do hope you enjoy the new story. Second Chances is the name of the story and it’s first part is titled Bat Out of Hell. Click on the picture below to take you to it and please leave a comment and let me know what you think! Happy reading!

xoxo,

M4T

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I’m Back….

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…to let you know I can really shake ’em down!

Now that I have “Do You Love Me?” stuck in your head, let’s hope I got your attention! 🙂  As stated in the title – I’m back. And no, not in the creepy Poltergeist way. I am writing again. *Cue the fanfare, rim shots, and drum rolls*

What can I say? It makes me happy to be back at the keyboard and to be tap, tap, tapping away. I am still having issues, but the days are less stormy and I am starting to see some sunshine. It is not to say the storm has completely passed…there are still days where I sit here at my desk and stare blankly at the screen trying to formulate a sentence while the muse whispers plot bunnies and one-liners in my ear. Then again, there are days where I become consumed with a scene or idea and the flow of words passes through my fingers and onto the page. The feeling to create something is indescribable and it brings me joy when it happens.

As much as I enjoy reviews and accolades for my writing, I have discovered that writing is something I really love doing for myself – for my own amusement. Though, I have to say that being able to share my stories with you and see people actually enjoy what my little brain conjures up (which Mr. Muse takes full credit for, by the way) makes me smile. I recently went back and reread my old stories and the reviews/comments left there; both here and on Fanfiction.net. Those kind words are priceless to me and warms my soul. They also give me the drive to finish the stories I have started and the urge to keep writing.

I can’t promise weekly updates as of yet, but I can promise you that updates will be coming soon and that you may see some new one-shots and short stories featuring other fandoms. I won’t deny that I thoroughly enjoy The Vampire Diaries fandom and that I truly love writing Damon. But you knew that, right?

However, I am planning on dipping into other fandoms. Some you may be familiar with, such as The Lost Boys, Charmed, Buffy, and Angel. The others, such as White Collar, you may not be.

I have decided that my Charmed one-shot, A Kind of Magic will be most likely a two-parter. I’ve been working on that and I think it’s near completion. The muse on that one isn’t sure which direction to take it. So, the first part will be edited and posted sometime soon. The second part will be posted once its finished.

I am halfway through a one-shot I started on ages ago. It’s an Angel/Bella story and that’s called Love Don’t Live Here Anymore. I won’t reveal too much of the plot other to say its rather melancholy – but the story is about life and the choices we make. Toss in evil, Wolfram & Hart, The Powers That Be, some tragedy, love and well….its a story that stuck in my head and had to be told. Plus, there will be Spike. Need I say more? Oh, and my favorite green demon will be featured, too…

I have also worked quite a bit on Ties That Bond and I think the next chapter to that is almost finished. I am hoping that will be up sometime within the next month. Keep in mind that I am working on my stories as they come to me. I worked on Spirits in the Mist last week. I already had the next two chapters to that done, but Bella demanded to be heard, so I had to rework some things to accommodate that and  the next chapter will be from her point of view. Her voice is quite a bit different from Damon’s and writing her at that point of time is quite challenging. In my other stories, she had/has already gotten completely over Edward, or was/is on the road to it. She either knows her place in the world or she is on the brink of discovering it. In this story, she is slowly recovering, but the wounds are still there, and to add to it, she’s in love with a vampire ghost. She has a lot to say, though…

I have wrote four pages of the next chapter to Not Enough Time, but that pesky thing called writer’s block has me stalled on it. I know what I want to happen and how I want the chapter to end – just tying it all together is leaving me befuzzled. I’ll let the muse work that one out and come back to it…

I have not touched The Devil Inside, yet. But I do have ideas for it, and need to muddle through them in my head before I start on it. I have no idea when that will be.

My head has been consumed mostly with my one-shots and I’ve been working on them. It’s good practice to write them for me because they have the beginning, middle, and the end all in one go and I don’t have to delve too heavily on the plot. The one that is really screaming at me is a Damon/Bella story tilted, Shades of the Past.  There are a couple others, but I am not sure if those will ever see the light of day. We shall see, eh?

As I mentioned above, I do have ideas for other fandoms and will be working on those as they come to me. I will update my current stories when I can and post my one-shots when I have them all ready to go.

This weekend, I will be posting a story that started as a one-shot for Fandom4Autism and it has grown to a four-parter. I haven’t written the final chapter to it yet, but the first part was donated to Fandom4Autism and I can now put it up here and on Fanfiction.net. I have some doctor’s appointments and my son has some appointments to go to, as well. So, if I can get the time to do one more read through of it and WordPress is in a cooperative mood, I will have the first part up for you by the weekend. That story is called Second Chances. I will put a small snippet at the end of this post, along with the header for it.

I am still battling with depression and anxiety, among other health-related issues, so please keep in mind that while I am dipping my toes back into writing and updating once again, it won’t be on a regular basis and it won’t be on a schedule. But I am back and it’s oh, so good to be here. Thank you to those of you who have reached out to me with your messages of support, good vibes and love. Your kind words mean more than you’ll ever know.

Xoxo,

Mommy4Thomas

As promised, here is the story header for Second Chances and a small snippet!

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Bella’s eyes widened, “And just how long will your blood be in my system, Damon? I don’t want to be a vampire.”

He tilted his head side to side as if in thought, “Usually, it takes about 24 hours to get out of a human’s system; but you…had a lot. So, I’d say it’d probably take about a week, give or take…”

She gasped at the thought and looked at him, “Seriously?”

He chuckled, shrugging. “Seriously!” he mocked. His mouth formed into yet another smirk, “Here’s a tip…don’t die! That is, unless you change your mind about the whole undead thing. Otherwise, we’d just have to find a vein for you to tap. Viola! Brand new baby vamp!” He then snapped his fingers while she glared at him.

“How can you be so blasé about dying and living for eternity?” Bella asked, with incredulity in her voice.

He pursed his lips, “Easy! I didn’t have much choice in the matter…”

She shook her head and wondered for a moment exactly what his statement meant. She glanced anxiously towards her bag and was rather stunned he had actually went to the truck and retrieved it for her. More like stole it, she thought. There were so many questions she wanted to ask him, but she just knew he wouldn’t give any answers, at least not directly.

Damon saw her peeking at the bag and took the phone and the menu from her hands. “Go get a shower and I’ll see to breakfast.”

She arched her eyebrow at his demand, but said nothing. She got up from the bed, tugging at the ends of the t-shirt to make sure everything was covered.

He snickered, “Oh, stop that! I saw it all last night, sweetheart. Believe me, there’s nothing there I haven’t seen before!”

She placed her hands on her hips and with a huff of annoyance asked him, “Has anyone ever told you that you’re an ass?”

He smiled, “Maybe…once or twice.” He then winked cheekily at her.

“Well, you are!” she replied snappishly, deciding to blatantly ignore him while she dug through her bag to get her clothes.

His expression was rather amused as she stomped past him, heading towards the bathroom with her clothes in tow.

R.I.P. Jackie Collins

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I know I am on hiatus, but I felt that I had to come out and publically pay tribute to one of my most favorite authors, Jackie Collins. She was a true storyteller in every sense of the word. She often wrote about life around her and what she saw, only changing the names to “protect the not so innocent.” She created two of my favorite literary characters; Gino Santangelo, and his daughter, Lucky.

Gino was a typical street punk in 1930’s New York City who got into boot legging and gambling, becoming a notorious gangster and an all-around ladies’ man. He was smart and knew the art of survival in the criminal world. A man with a heart of gold that wouldn’t dare go into the more seedy things such as prostitution and drugs. He had morals – to a point. However, he was quite charming and you couldn’t help but love him.The first book followed his rise to power and the takeover of the “family business” by his twenty year old daughter, Lucky. She inherited her father’s street smarts and business acumen. Eventually, she turned everything legit and ended up buying a movie studio, then went on to build hotels. She was a true feminist and was a firm believer that women could do anything.

The books started in 1977 when feminism wasn’t exactly popular, and it was practically unheard of to write steamy sex scenes in novels. Jackie was a trailblazer in writing such stories. She was also a master at creating such well-rounded characters. She often wrote what she knew about – Hollywood. Only changing the names to “protect the not so innocent.” It was always fun to read her books and figure out exactly who she based certain characters on. She once said, “I write about real people in disguise. If anything, my characters are toned down-the truth is much more bizarre.”

I discovered her books way back in high school (which was decades after the first book was published). The Santangelo family saga is a series that encompasses eight novels. The most recent book was published last year. I read it in less than a day. Jackie had a style of writing that truly brought her characters to life and her books were paced in a way that it made you keep reading and reading until you suddenly found yourself on the last page; still wanting more. When you opened one of her books, you never knew where the stories would go or what her characters would do. It was always a wild ride.

About an hour ago, I was on Yahoo and read reports of her death. I am so deeply saddened by the news. When I write, I often try to bring my characters to life as she did, and toss in surprises for my readers. SHE is the inspiration for that. Her character, Lucky, was the inspiration for the woman I wanted to be when I read the books as a teenager – a woman with moxie, style and class, and she did it all HER way.

I hope wherever Jackie is, that she is at peace and I hope that she knew how much she was loved by millions of fans the world over. Her books will always, always be cherished by me. My thoughts and prayers are with her family on this sad day. The literary world will never be the same.

This Is Not A Goodbye, It’s A See You Later…

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It is not very often that I mention my personal life on this blog, but sometimes real life intervenes with my writing world. I have mentioned my anxiety because oftentimes it makes it difficult to focus and that’s not a good thing when you are writing.

I have also been having eating issues and difficulty swallowing food. It has been a rather difficult time for me and to add to it; I have had a visit from an old ‘friend.” His name is Mr. Depression.

He’s a ‘friend’ that has been in and out of my life since my early teens. He is definitely not someone I am too fond of, especially since he caused me to be suicidal on more than one occasion. He brings a dark cloud on my whole world, making my life very stormy. There have been times where he would disappear altogether and that dark storm would be gone and my world was brighter.

He started creeping back a few months ago and it seems that he has unpacked his bags and decided to stay awhile. It’s a daily battle to fight against him and the storms he creates, but I do know that there will be sunshine in the end.

I think some of it is creeping into my writing and it is not something I want to happen. Writing is something I started doing after I ended a five year battle with endometriosis. It was painful, it was discouraging at times and I had to make the wretched decision to have a hysterectomy at a somewhat young age. Coming to terms with the fact that I will never bear any more children weighed heavy on my heart, especially after I had a miscarriage two years prior.

I had been reading a lot of fanfiction to keep my mind off things and to help cope with Mr. Depression. As you can tell by the stories I write, there is a certain character that I just love and one day I picked up a notebook and wrote and wrote and wrote. That story still sits in the notebook and has yet to be published. But – it saved me from going off the deep end. Writing, my husband and my son were the light in my darkness.

About a year and a half ago, Kittyinaz hosted a writing contest on her site, and I decided to give it a try and entered Reflections. I never expected people to like it, or for it to even place third. It shocked me beyond belief. However, it gave me encouragement keep at it and eventually I started writing more stories that I publish on the blog I have here.

It makes me smile to see that people like my stories and warms my heart when they leave a kind review. Some of you may never know just how much your words have brightened my days. It has been a joy to see my site grow and to see my stories get longer bit by bit.

I have made many friends, thanks to the fanfiction world and it had been an honor and a privilege to know them. There are a few that have left a mark on my heart forever. I’m not going to name names. You know who you are and you know that I love you.

Unfortunately, writing is a double-edged sword at times. Honestly, I write for me, because it brings me joy. But I will be honest and say that when a story doesn’t seem to be well liked or my blog posts are ignored, it is a let down and it feeds Mr. Depression even more.

With that in mind, and after much thought, I have made the decision to put down the pen for now. It wasn’t an easy decision to make, believe me. I hate the thought of leaving those of you anxious for updates hanging and a part of me feels that it is irresponsible of me to simply walk away from my stories.

However, as I said before…I think the darkness is affecting my writing and at times I feel that I could do better, or that what I have published isn’t good enough. I do put my best foot forward when I write and I pour my whole heart into my characters and their world. The drive to write is still there, but there is a brick wall that prevents me from actually doing it, which is why I announced my hiatus before. I had hoped that the darkness would pass.

Unfortunately, it hasn’t. I have decided that putting everything on an indefinite hold would be better because I need time to take care of me and fight this battle until I see the light again. I know it will take a while because it its not my first go-round with Mr. Depression. I’ve kicked him to the curb before, and I will do it again. I’ve adopted Jared Padaleki’s motto, “Always Keep Fighting” and that’s exactly what I intend to do.

I bought a tee-shirt that says “I am here to kill demons and eat pie. I just finished my pie.” Well, Mr. Depression is my demon and I’m gonna kill him. While I am at it, I want to take care of me and focus on that and my family.

Until then, writing will have to wait. I promise you when the storm passes, and I see the light once again, I will pick up that pen and write until my wee little heart is content. I want to thank each and every one of you for every kind word you ever made when you commented on my stories or blog posts. I want to thank you for your support and your encouragement and I want to thank you for being a part of my little journey into fanfiction. I hope to meet with you  again soon.


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It will Soon Be Time…

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Hello Everyone!

I am working up on finishing up chapter five of Not Enough Time tonight, then I will be editing it. I am hoping I will have it up for you later today (it is after midnight now as I type this).

I think I will be working on Spirits in the Mist next. Mr. Muse has demanded a rewrite of the next chapter, so it may be a while before that one is up.

I’d like to remind you that I am on semi-hiatus due to some anxiety issues as well as some other health concerns. I appreciate your patience with my updates and I enjoy the lovely comments you all leave on my stories.

Speaking of comments, I received a very ugly-worded PM today regarding my story, The Devil Inside. While I appreciate constructive criticism and I truly don’t expect everything I write to be well received and enjoyed by everyone, I do wish that people be kind when voicing an opinion or thought about me, my writing or my storylines.

I try to be kind when I leave reviews on stories I enjoy reading. If there is a story I didn’t enjoy, I am not going to leave a comment or review to tear the author down. Coming from a writer’s perspective, I know that will only kill the muse and discourage the writer. I would never want to do that to anyone. I don’t think it is too much to ask the same in return.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend! If I don’t get my new chapter up tomorrow, I promise a small teaser, at least. It’s my goal to publish it, but anxiety is often unpredictable.

See You Soon!

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A Devil of a Time

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Boy! I’ve had such a devil of a time lately…Sick kiddo, anxiety attacks, and a pain-in-the- butt of a hubby. Then there was a heat wave, thunderstorms, and some bickering birds at my bird feeders…*giggles mischievously*

Are you about to tell me to shush, yet?

Okay, okay, okay….I guess I will tell you it is update time for The Devil Inside. It is a bit longer than the other chapters in this story and Mr. Muse was quite the little devil and I have to pop this on here… LemonCautionClicky-click on the picture below to take you to it.

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To my fellow Americans- I hope you, your loved ones and your friends all have a happy and safe Independence Day! Enjoy the BBQ’s and the fireworks!  Happy Birthday to the land of the free and home of the brave!

Until next time-

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I’m Feeling Devilish…

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Yep, I’m in a ‘devil’ of a mood and have been tapping away at chapter four of The Devil Inside. I am hoping to get it finished and published for ya sometime this week. In the meantime, I will tease you with a little snippet:

Elena Gilbert was never a soul to leave well enough alone. She thought that she was being clever and as she tip-toed through the Boarding House.

Damon had been expecting her to try such a move at some point or another. He cocked his ear from where he stood in the kitchen, hearing the splashing of liquid in a bottle. Blood, he thought. He reckoned Elena never truly learned her lessons after, all…

The last time she tried that maneuver had been when Katherine was in the tomb, when she was trying to pry information from the evil bitch. He guessed that this time, she was trying to play good cop to his bad cop routine and besides, little Miss Gilbert couldn’t help herself when it came to meddling with things she had no business meddling in.

He smirked, then thought on it for a minute while he took a healthy swig from a blood bag. He decided not to interfere. He’d enjoy the little princess biting off more than she could chew. Isabella was most definitely not the sweet and shy pushover Elena was used to. He didn’t think she realized that. She probably thought she could simply talk to her and persuade her to turn her emotions on. After all, his Iz had been truly selfless at one time and would do almost anything to please others.

Hope you liked it! Remember, things may/may not change in the final edit, but I think this part will stay pretty much the same. Happy Father’s day to all the Dads out there and I hope y’all had a great weekend! Remember to vote in the Fanatic Fanfics Awards, if you haven’t yet!

See you soon!

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Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

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I found out last night that I made it through round two of the Fanatic Fanfics Multifandom Awards. I didn’t make it through every category that I had been nominated for, but four of my nominations made it to the second round and I am so tickled pink about it!

THANK YOU to all of you that voted for me!! It made me smile and do a little happy dance in my desk chair when I found out! Nope, not embarrassed to admit that, at all!!

I am in the running for the following:

Favorite Undiscovered Author

Favorite Undiscovered Fanfic

The Devil Inside

Ties That Bond

Favorite One-Shot Fanfic

Reflections

As happy as I am to have made it through to round two, I am completely stunned at the same time! I’d probably go into shock if I make it through the final round!

Congrats to my fellow authors that made it through this round, as well! So happy for you all and I wish you luck!

Voting for the next round starts today and ends on June 22nd. Winners will be announced on the 25th. So…Please, run over and vote for your favorites. Clicky-click on the banner below to take you to it!

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Happy Saturday, Y’all!

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Just swinging in, hoping that y’all are having a good weekend! Mine is pretty good as we are gearing up for summer fun at my house. My kiddo’s last day of school was yesterday and he is STILL happily chanting, “No more school!”

I think it will be a great summer! Although, I am sure by the time its over, I will be frazzled and have pulled my hair out….

I want to thank you for all the nice comments left on my story, Against All Odds. I am so glad you enjoyed it. It kinda makes me want to attempt another story based on a song at some point. Your comments make me smile and truly inspires me to keep on with writing. Thank you for that.

I have been busy working on my one-shot for Fandom 4 Autism. It seems its gonna be a lengthy one, so updates on my other stories might be a while. Don’t worry, though. I have worked  a little bit on Spirits in the Mist AND Not Enough Time. But I want to finish up the Fandom 4 Autism story first, because it is for a cause close to my heart. Then, I can work more on my other updates.

I would like to remind you that tomorrow is the last day to vote on the Fanatic Fanfic Awards. If you haven’t voted yet, please click on the picture below to take you to the site.

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Have a great weekend!

A New One-Shot, Against All Odds

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I Think I may have mentioned it a while back that I wrote a story based on a song and as you can guess, the song is “Against All Odds” by Phil Collins. It is now published for you to read.

I have been inspired by music quite often when I write, but I’ve never based a story solely on a song itself. I’ve seen it done before and thought I’d attempt it. I considered it a writing challenge and I wanted to see if I could accomplish it. I would say that I succeeded, but the opinion of  whether it’s any good, I will leave up to you. I happen to like it, though…

Now you may question why I chose this song in particular. Well, it is my all time favorite song. I remember being a little girl waiting at a bus station to pick up someone with my mother when this song came on the radio. I may have been too young to understand the meaning of the lyrics, but the melody of the piano touched my very soul.  It is haunting and beautiful. As I grew up and experienced more about life and relationships, I begun to understand the meaning behind the words. I think Phil Collins really wrote something from the heart and you can hear it in his voice as he sings the song. It is just one of those songs that has always stayed with me.

The idea for the story itself came to me one day when I listened to the song and the opening scene and dialogue just came to my mind. From there the story grew and became what it is.

I truly do hope you enjoy it. Click on the banner below to take you to it.

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Chapter Update: Ties That Bond

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I sat here staring at the screen for quite awhile, trying to think of a clever little pun for my post title and my mind drew a blank. And I adore a good pun…

It’s a shame, really. But the important thing is that I have finally published chapter three of Ties That Bond. It will be almost a year since I updated that story, and I’ve gotten so many requests to update it. I’m sorry it took me so long to get to it. But real life, writer’s block and a muse that wouldn’t cooperate kept me from returning to it.

I hope you enjoy the chapter. Click on the picture below to take you to it.

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Fanatic Fanfics Awards

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The nominations were recently announced for the Fanatic Fanfics Multi-Fandom Awards and I am just so pleasantly surprised to see my stories among the nominees. There are so many wonderful authors on that list and to be among them  is such an honor.

Thank you, thank you, thank you so much to all of you who nominated me. I am so glad that you enjoyed my stories enough to think of them when you cast your ballot. I started writing as a hobby and to have some escape from the ‘real world’ and to see that people enjoy what I write just warms my heart. Every nomination made me smile and think of each and everyone of you. You give me the inspiration and the motivation to write. Even though it hasn’t been as much lately due to my illness, it still gives me great joy when I do write. When a reader leaves a kind  review, it touches my heart and means more than you will ever know. Even on my worst days with anxiety, your reviews, your support and love makes me smile.

I never expected to be nominated, to be honest. I am just so touched you all thought of my stories. Once again, THANK YOU!!

I would also like to wish sincere congratulations and the best of luck to ALL the nominees!

To see the complete list, please click here. Voting starts on May 31st. Happy voting and I hope your favorites win!


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That’s the Spirit!

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Well, well, well! What do ya know? There’s an update in the mist! 🙂 Yes, you read that right! Chapter three of Spirits In the Mist is up!

As of now, I am on a semi-hiatus (not sure that’s actually a word, but going to go with it, anyway). I have been writing here and there. Working on my chapters bit by little bit. I am taking a break from that to edit what I do have completed. There’s a one-shot coming up soon and chapter four of Spirits. How soon? I don’t know. But I will get them up for you when I can.

I hope you like the chapter! Click on the picture to take you to it!

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Fanatic Fanfics Awards

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Hello Everyone!

I just wanted to pop in and say “hello” and let you know that I have been writing. I have a one-shot complete and two chapters of Spirits in the Mist done. I am working on Devil Inside, today….. I just need to get up to editing what I have done before I post, which I hope I will get to doing soon.

I am getting a little belter, health wise. But my anxiety is still really bad, and the medication I take for it makes me loopy. So that said, there’s not many days I feel up to writing. Though, on the days the days I do, the muse pushes me to go on a writing spree, lol. So… that means at some point, I will have something to be posting, soon. That is, if the muse shuts up long enough to let me edit what I have instead of writing.

I’d like to take a moment to mention that there is a fan fiction awards being held right now and they are taking nominations. It’s a multi-fandom awards and there is such a wide range of categories. I love reading fan fiction! I have a quite a few favorite stories and authors that I’ve already nominated.

I would just love to see everyone go nominate their favorites, as well. It shows an author how much you appreciate them and their stories. It also gives the reader a voice to pick their favorites and I think its just fantastic!  So go over to the Fanatic Fanfics Awards and get your favorites nominated!

See y’all soon!

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No April-Foolin’

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Nope, no April Fool’s jokes on here today. Sorry lovelies, but my sense of humor may not go over well on the World Wide Web. I just wanted to let you know I am right now editing chapter three of Devil Inside and hopefully will be posting it late tonight or sometime tomorrow. My apologies for it being later than expected. Anxiety, illness and real-life rather kept me away from the keyboard this week. I can tell you that there will be fire and purple smoke in this chapter…Perhaps that will tide you over until I post!

Have A Nice Day!

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An Update In The Mist

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Could it be? Why yes, it could! Chapter two of Spirits in the Mist is up! But first things first, The Non-Canon Awards are still taking place and voting is still open. I was nominated for the Underdog Award, along with many other talented authors. I urge you to go vote for your favorites! Each vote counts, and  your favorites won’t win if you don’t vote!

Click on the  link below  to take  you to the ballot: https://thenoncanonawards.wordpress.com/vote/ 

Next to update is Devil Inside. I will be editing chapters two and three and they should be posted within the coming week. After that, I hope to have an update to Not Enough Time, or maybe I will be done with my Charmed/Twilight one-shot.

I hope all of you have had a good weekend. Mine’s been pretty good. Just being lazy and trying to recover from that nasty sinus infection…. Just look at me rambling on when I am sure you would like to read chapter two of Spirits. Clicky-click on the picture below to take you to it.

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Hello…

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Hello all!

Just a short note to let you know that I’ve been sick with a nasty, nasty sinus infection. That means I have fallen a bit behind on my writing. I have a chapter to edit for one story and a chapter to write for another. I also have a couple of one-shots I am working on. Look for an update sometime late Sunday or very early Monday. I’m sorry I don’t have anything for you, yet.  Both Spirits in the Mist and Devil Inside WILL be updated before next weekend. Then, after that, I will try and update Not Enough Time. I can’t promise you anything on that…I have to go where the muse leads me. He’s got me flitting around like a wild chicken between Not Enough TimeDevil Inside and my Charmed/Twilight story. Ok, that one is all me…The muse prefers Damon-centric stories, but I  do love writing Chris Halliwell and the Charmed Ones!  Mr. Muse will just have to deal with it!  🙂

Right now, I’m working on Devil Inside, because chapter two gets just a little bit intense, and I want chapter three all ready to edit when I post chapter two. I sit here grinning because something just tells me that you all will want chapter three soon after I publish chapter two…I’ll just leave you now to ponder why…

Have a fabulous weekend!

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A Teasing Spirit

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Yes, I am a teasing spirit…I know I forgot to drop off a teaser last night as promised if I didn’t update, so here is a short one from chapter one of Spirits in the Mist, which I plan to update either late tonight or sometime tomorrow. Hope you enjoy the wee little teaser!

She didn’t know how long it had been since Edward left her; she didn’t even know how she got home that day. All she could remember, aside from the break up was something brushing her cheek and how it had made a small spark travel through her. She felt it had to be real, rather than her imagination. She shook her head at the notion and let reality settle in. The woods were void of anything around her at the moment it happened, she reasoned. There were no people, no animals. She quickly thought that perhaps, it was a breeze that caused it. She stopped rocking her chair and stiffened as it dawned upon her that there was no wind that night. She sat there in disbelief as she realized there was something there. She had felt it and not just physically, either. Something had touched not only her cheek that night, but her very soul. As she sat there, she noted that at times, she could feel a presence about and even though it unnerved her, it felt as if it offered her a strength to live, to endure the pain and the sorrow of Edward’s departure.

Remember, this is unedited and certain things may change. Hope you all are having a great weekend!

A Devil Of A Story

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Hello Everyone! I just published the first chapter to my new story, The Devil Inside. I had intended it to be a one shot, but the muse keeps pushing for more, more, more. What can I say? He’s a devil, that one is!! 😉  So, now this will be a short story. Much like A Christmas Dream turned out to be.

So with a little bit of nervousness and fanfare,I present Chapter One of The Devil Inside. Click on the picture below to take you to it! I hope you like it. It’s a little different from my normal flair.

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Hello There!

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I just wanted to update and let you lovelies know that I am still working on my stories. I finally have a title for the flip-the-switch vampire Bella story I mentioned in the last post. That will be called The Devil Inside. And if you are wondering….yes, it is from the INXS song. Here’s a peeky at the banner for it.

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I also have a title for my Charmed/Twilight story. That one is called A Kind of Magic. That too, was inspired by a song. This time, Queen. I often get inspired by music when I write. In fact, a couple of stories were inspired by songs. One day, I hope to write a story where each chapter is named after a song title. 😉

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I still have no title for the Stefan/Bella story. The story itself is coming along nicely, though. I should have something published for you some time before the end of next week. Hope you all are enjoying your weekend!

xoxo,

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Drama, Drama & More Drama!!

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Hey Y’all!!

It’s not often I do a post regarding personal affairs to my life, other than mentioning my anxiety. I am also not a person to throw myself a pity-party and be all “woe is me.” So NOT my style. However, drama has happened, both online and in real life. I refuse to  go into detail…I invoke former President Clinton’s “Don’ ask, Don’t tell” policy. 😉 Those who need to know, already know what’s going on and I’ll leave it at that.

Said drama above is affecting my writing; I haven’t written a word in three days on any of my stories. The Charmed one, which still has no name, was coming along nicely before said drama happened, as well as my Stefan/Bella story. Now because of the drama, my brain is fried, my muses aren’t happy and I’m not happy. I’m not happy because I could not find the heart to write. Because of that, I feel like I am letting you all down after promising an update. So, I feel an apology is in order. *Insert a sincere apologetic face here* I am sorry I don’t have an update for you, but….

I will make an attempt at writing today. How it will go? That, I do not know! If it is god-awful, there’s always the delete button,right? Wish me luck, my dears! Again, I am sorry for the update delay and I promise you, I will not abandon my stories because of said dramas. Updates will be just a tad slower than usual…Love to each of you and Happy Sunday!

Thanks for reading!

Mommy4Thomas

Tied in Time

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Yeah, weird title, I know. You’ll see why as you read. I am now just starting to work on chapter five of Not Enough Time (it will be called “Up Against the Wall”). I have also worked  a little bit on the next chapter of Ties That Bond. The muse isn’t really pushing me on that one, so it’s been quite slow coming along. However, I got bit by a plot bunny and started on a new story. I have the first chapter of that one done, but have decided to wait until I have more written on it before I publish. I don’t want to leave anyone hanging like I have done with Ties and Time. The new story is titled Nothing Else Matters, and while it may feature certain elements from both Twilight and The Vampire Diaries, it will be an almost complete alternate universe. It is a Damon and Bella pairing (surprise, surprise, lol).

I also have been working on two one-shots. One will be a Chris Halliwell/Bella Swan pairing and I am well past the halfway mark on that one. I have yet to decide on a title for it, though. I got another story idea for a one-shot that is surprisingly a Stefan & Bella pairing. Yep,  it shocked me too when that plot bunny hit.  So, I am working on that as well. Once I am caught up on all the above, I will be working on typing up some old stories I have written in spiral notebooks over the past year or so, and editing the stories as I go, then finally posting them.  I am thinking it will give more options for you readers when you visit my page.

I will also be working on some new projects, which I will be announcing soon. Looks like I will be spending a lot of time at the keyboard in 2015. 🙂 Just please remember that I am still struggling with anxiety and need to deal with those issues, so things will trickle in as they are done. Thanks for reading and thank you for your patience!

The End of A Dream

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The last chapter to A Christmas Dream is now published. It’s hard to believe that what I had intentionally planned to be a three shot ended up being a short multi-chapter story. It was an idea I had thought of a while back, and I had wanted it to feature more than one fandom. Most importantly, I wanted a story that would be just for those of you who have followed my blog. A Christmas gift for you, if you will. While I may be running a bit behind schedule with the publishing of it, the sentiment behind it is the same. I appreciate each and every one of you. When I started this page, I never expected to have so many readers. It makes me feel honored that there are people who take the time to read my stories. Truly, it does.

This will be my first completed multi-chapter story. I am elated to have finally finished it, but yet the feeling is bittersweet because the story is special to me. It has been a joy and struggle at the same time to write this. I loved writing the different characters, and using A Christmas Carol for inspiration, but  the true message of the is story this: People are there for a reason, sometimes we have a  special connection to people. Regardless of when and where those people or connections come into our lives, they are there for a reason. They are meant to be there, and they ARE a gift. I have some writer friends on FB that I love dearly, and that love fueled some of the inspiration for the story. Kitten, Sistah’, Twinnie, I love you, ladies! More than you know! Thank you for being there for me, encouraging me, the giggle fits, the crazy chats! You make my world brighter and I thank you!!  Karen, I don’t know if you’re reading this, but  your words of wisdom, your pep talks, and advice have made me smile and helped me so much. I thank you for that and I love you for it. Wendy, I know you are reading this(at least I hope you are) and I thank you for encouraging me to write, for getting me addicted to PhotoShop (yes, I blame you), and last but not least for setting up your group, which allowed me the chance to meet so many special friends, and got me into writing on the ‘net, not just my little spiral notebooks! Thanks for being a friend, as well!

I never, ever expected so many positive comments to this story and while I have not had the chance to sit down and reply to them, I have read every single one. They all make me smile and it warms my heart that it has been enjoyed by so many. Thanks to each one of you that has been kind enough to comment.

Now that we have gotten the warm and fuzzies out the way, I will have to warn you that the chapter has lemons in it. Yes, you read correctly. So remember, if you are under 18, or easily offended by adult content, don’t read it! But if you do enjoy those lemony scenes, thank the muse. I am solely placing the blame on him for those! 🙂 He’s smirking proudly behind me, by the way! So with a little fanfare, I present you chapter five of A Christmas Dream. My first completed multi-chapter!! Yay!! As usual, click on the picture below to take you to it!

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A Little Dream For You!

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Hi everyone! Still feeling a little icky from my anxiety/panic attack I had the other day, but I have been writing a bit on A Christmas Dream. I have 2500 words typed so far, so it will probably be up in a few days. In the meantime, here is a small snippet for you. I hope you enjoy!

“I love you.” Bella’s voice was reverent as she whispered the words.

A few moments passed between them as he fought the conflicting emotions of thanking whoever was responsible for giving him her, this gift, and the smidgen of doubt that he didn’t deserve her. He closed his eyes, sighing before he opened them and softly replied, “I love you.” He meant each word he spoke and the weight of them carried through his tone.

She smiled against him, tugging him closer. She traced lazy circles on his arm while she thought over the past year. It had been a whirlwind, and it not been easy. But, it was worth it. Damon was worth it, she thought.

They had been through so much in such a short amount of time, and yet here they were still very much in love. Maybe even more so now than when they first met.

Bella lifted her gaze to see that Damon was asleep. He looked so peaceful, so innocent, that it was kind of hard to fathom he was a bad ass vampire who could easily rip your heart out then ask questions later. But he was hers, and she loved that irrational nature of his just as much as she loved his passion for life. The passion he exhibited every time he kissed her, every time he looked at her, every time they made love. He had taught her life was an adventure to be lived, to explore and enjoy. She could never have asked for anyone better.

*Please keep in mind this is unedited and certain things may be changed slightly in the final version. Thanks for reading!

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Sorry my dears..I am dragging a little slow on my update to A Christmas Dream. I had an anxiety attack the night before last and those are NOT fun. My energy is completely zapped. So much so, I took a six hour nap yesterday. Feeling a little better today and am trying to get a caffeine boost so I can start writing. So, I hope you all can bear with me and I will do my best to get that final chapter/epilogue up as soon as I can.

I Must Be Dreaming!

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Either I am dreaming, or there’s an update to A Christmas Dream that was just published. *Double checks menu*. Yep, it’s there!! But first things first. There will be an epilogue written to this. I plan to start on that tomorrow. WordPress needs a virtual Midol and I just spent a lot of time formatting the chapter and getting it ready to publish, so my brain is a bit fried. But I have another surprise for you coming up soon, as well. It was something that was requested and I have been working on it. Just got stumped with some writers block. Keep your eyes open for that in the near future. Now, I can present you with Chapter four of A Christmas Dream. I hope you enjoy it. I enjoyed writing it! You know the drill by now…Click on the pic below to take you to it!

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Hello!

Hello, hello, hello!!

No, I am not channeling Adele or Lionel Ritchie, LOL….

Just a quick note to apologize for the delay in updating Second Chances. My son  was out of school for Spring Break last week, keeping me rather busy. I’ve  also been dealing with a terrible toothache. Went to the dentist and discovered I have two teeth that are abscessed. I am now on antibiotics, so the infection is starting to clear up and the pain is easing off a bit. That means I am back at my desk, editing. Finally!!

Now that is out of the way, I am pleased to announce that I have been nominated in four categories for the Fanatic Fanfics Multifandom Awards. Its an honor to be included with so many fabulous writers! Voting will be open on April 11, 2016, according to their website. Please, take a moment and vote for your favorites. Writers like myself work very hard on our stories and get much encouragement when our readers/fans show their support. It means the world just to get a nomination! Below is a list of what I am nominated for.

1. Favorite Complete Fanfic – A Christmas Dream
2. Favorite Crossover Fanfic – Not Enough Time (Twilight/Vampire Diaries)
3. Favorite One-shot Fanfic – Against All Odds
4. Favorite Work -In-Progress Fanfic – Second Chances

If you would like to see a complete list of nominees, click here. Remember, voting starts on the eleventh. I would like to wish the best of luck to all the nominees!

Okay, I am back to editing – or as I like to call it, “Damonland.” 🙂 Have a happy Wednesday, folks! I’ll see you soon!

Love,

M4T