not your average book

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Missing You and You Only

“I’m glad you could make it,” Ethan rasped, his voice groggy from the morning and arising from the dead of sleep. Truthfully, he hadn’t had that peaceful of a sleep in a long time, more specifically, in a couple months -since the last time he was home with you.

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Caffeine Challenge 19

I had to do this one late because of other commitments. Only used prompt 2. A little warning. There are no section breaks in this story. There are also no characters. There is also no plot.

Usually people though their preferred method of payment was money. Typically they thought this only once. You could only go to Goblin Market once before it would become clear that The Goblins were not interested in money.

No. Money was only worth what people said it was worth. And people tended to disagree. Factor in the travelling between universes and money would would be so different in one place than another that it  might not even be recognised as money.

Instead The Goblins wanted one simple payment which was always worth exactly what they wanted it to be worth. The Goblins preferred payment was spoons.

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@harrypotternetwork Self Fancast Event: Hermione Granger
“Books! And cleverness! There are more important things - friendship and bravery and - oh Harry - be careful!”

really the main difference between the characterization of Sophie and Howl in the movie and Sophie and Howl in the book

is that your average ghibli protagonists are a good-hearted and naive young person who needs to learn to believe in themself and their companion who is both more worldly and more otherworldly but needs to learn to believe in others

and your average diana wynne jones protagonists are little shits. all of them. such little shits.

loving me is a bad idea
i’ll love you like nothing else
but i break everything i touch
and from the moment i set my eyes on you you’ll be cursed
Just something I noticed

I was perusing my copy of the Deathly Hallows book and I came across these couple of little bits which really made me think

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, chapter seven ‘The Will of Albus Dumbledore’:

“‘This isn’t your average book’ said Ron ‘It’s pure gold: Twelve Fail-Safe Ways to Charm Witches. Explains everything you need to know about girls. If only I’d had this last year, I’d have known exactly how to get rid of Lavender and I would’ve known how to get things going with…well, Fred and George gave me a copy and I’ve learned a lot’”

“Hermione made purple and gold streamers erupt from the end of her wand and drape themselves artistically over the trees and bushes.

‘Nice,’ said Ron, as with one final flourish of her wand, Hermione turned the leaves on the crab-apple tree to gold. ‘You’ve really got an eye for that sort of thing.’

‘Thank you, Ron!’ said Hermione, looking both pleased and a little confused. Harry turned away, smiling to himself. He had a funny notion that he would find a chapter on compliments when he found time to peruse his copy of Twelve Fail-Safe Ways to Charm Witches…”

Quite a few things to unpack here

Ron was given a copy of this book by Fred and George, presumably because they heard about how badly his relationship with Lavender went and probably thought he needed help when it came to romantic stuff

Hermione is clearly the person of Ron’s affection here, although he doesn’t really want Harry to know just yet. In the films, he was waaay more obvious with it, as evidenced by this little bit of awkward dormitory chatting in their sixth year

Give me strength…

Ron’s more sensitive and caring nature in regards to Hermione in a lot of the Burrow scenes from this book make a lot of sense when you remember that Ron was actively taking notes from this book. The scenes where he comforts her, puts his arm round her, and generally behaves more maturely towards her are evidence of this.

I find it quite sweet that Hermione is pleased and appreciative that Ron is showing more obvious affection for her, but isn’t entirely sure why he’s doing it. I suppose after years of constantly bickering with him, she’s a little bewildered by him being so sweet to her. I mean, the last time he acted like this…

Yeah, she didn’t have high hopes of him repeating it.

I also quite like that the book doesn’t advise any sexist nonsense or anything. It’s based around showing women respect and treating them as human beings with thoughts and opinions. This could have so easily turned into ‘perform these easy tricks on witches and they’ll fall in love with you!’ but thankfully JK Rowling is a much better author than that. 

Also, Harry is clearly well aware of Ron and Hermione’s blossoming feelings for each-other, and seems pretty happy about the two of them progressing with their relationship. Harry was basically the original Romione shipper. 

Anyway, I thought this was a nice little bit from the book, and I hope you enjoyed me gushing over this. 

Romances set outside the US or England/Scotland

… well, mostly.

Recently I put out a call for romance novels set outside the United States, England, or Scotland – for extra difficulty, you could suggest ones without American or English main characters.

We ended up with a decent list! Because I have not personally read most of these, I can’t guarantee that every one has an HEA. If I suspect or know that a book doesn’t have a happy ending, I’ll note so with an ***. 

The notes below are a mix of comments from the contributor and my own research.

Contributed by @honeybeeshepherd

Contributed by @lizabethstucker

Contributed by @jamjamque

Contributed by @sequinedably

  • @sequinedably​ says Mary Balogh has a book set in Venice, Italy. I don’t doubt this at all, but after spending a not-insignificant amount of time trying to find the title, I gave up.
  • As You Desire by Connie Brockway. Set in Cairo, Egypt in 1890.

Contributed by @diehard-fangirl​, @not-your-average-romance​, @lucyreadsromance​, and @customerservicebotdolores

Contributed by @not-your-average-romance

  • Rise of a Queen by Chanta Rand. Set in Ghana in 1071. Fair warning: It’s pretty clear from the book summary that the heroine rapes the hero. Rand has also written other books set in Africa.
  • Mystic Cove series by Tricia O’Malley. Set in Ireland. First book is Wild Irish Heart.

Contributed by @lobsterhug

Contributed by @raspberriesandbumblebees

Contributed by @thecrankyagnes​ and @yuubisensei

  • Hell Squad series by Anna Hackett. Currently at 12 books, all set in post-alien-invasion Australia. First book is called Marcus.

Contributed by @theduchessapproach

Contributed by @mariaslozak

Contributed by @alexbookpages

Contributed by @meags09

  • Natasha Anders (author). According to the contributor, she writes romances set in South Africa. I couldn’t confirm settings for her books, the closest I came is A Ruthless Proposition, which includes a one-night-stand in Tokyo.

Contributed by @elenajohansen

  • Escape to New Zealand series by Rosalind James. Obviously, set in New Zealand. First book is called Just This Once.

Contributed by @mariesbookblog

Contributed by @maddie-grove​ and @mariaslozak

Contributed by @maddie-grove

Contributed by @iartiyochi

Contributed by @romancetherapy

Contributed by @lucyreadsromance

Contributed by @sonya-heaney

  • This contribution was a list of authors without specific books mentioned, so I went through their most popular books on Goodreads and picked the first one that fit the rules.
  • Sarah Mayberry (author). The Other Side of Us is set in Australia, at a beach, if I’m not mistaken.
  • Karina Bliss (author). What the Librarian Did is set in New Zealand.
  • Amy Andrews (author). No More Mr. Nice Guy is set in Brisbane, Australia.
  • Nicki Edwards (author). Intensive Care is set in rural Australia.
  • Bronwyn Parry (author). As Darkness Falls is set in rural Australia.
  • Barbara Hannay (author). Zoe’s Muster is set in North Queensland, Australia.
  • Rachael Johns (author). Jilted is set in rural Australia.
  • Stefanie London (author). The Rules According to Gracie is set in Australia.

Contributed by @linotte-melodieuse 

Thanks for the contributions, everyone! Happy reading!

In The Wrong Hands Part 3 (Reggie Mantle X Reader)

Okay sooo here is part three of In the wrong hands and i really hope nobody kills me over this because it is not as long as the other two parts but i felt that it needed a sweet ending. Some of you might feel as if the ending is till super cliff hangy and i know i feel it too so i may have to do a forth part if you are wanting something that has a better conclusion to it.

Part  Three

The girl’s locker room had always been a safe space for you and Cheryl, whenever one of you needed to get away from the bustling halls of the school you came to the locker room. The bench in the middle provided you with enough space to lay down and at the beginning of the year Cheryl had stuff one of the lockers with enough travel pillows and blankets to keep the two of you comfortable. At the moment, the two of you were laying down on opposite sides of the bench, fitting hanging off one end and the tops of your heads just touching. Cheryl was trying to comfort you with her opinion of things, talking through the vast ideas of way Veronica would suddenly kiss your lovely Reggie.

So far Cheryl’s theories consisted of:

 * Veronica getting close and manipulating Reggie so that the two of you would break up.

* Veronica trying to gain popularity over you and Cheryl so that she would be queen bee.

* Veronica has a horrible personality and should be crushed before she can do anything else.

Each theory was a bit dramatic but then again so was Cheryl, you turned over on your side when you heard familiar voices outside of the locker room door. In an instant Cheryl jolted up, grabbed your elbow and dragged you behind a row of lockers. Confusion swept over you as Cheryl pressed a finger to her lips and winked. The silence was thick and the creaky hinges of the door sliced through the dimmed locker room like a hot knife in butter. You heard two sets of footsteps walk in before the talking resumed.

“Veronica, how could you do something like that? He has a girlfriend!” It was Betty Cooper’s frantic voice that you heard outside of the locker room.

“B, calm down. You are so not understanding my plan, I want to be captain of the River Vixens and that means taking the co-captain and captain out of the equation.” Veronica explained to the blonde beauty.

For the second time that day you were astonished by Veronica Lodge. Glancing at Cheryl, you saw her holding her phone, a smirk was placed neatly upon her face as she tapped the screen to stop the voice recording.

“Looks like itty bitty Veronica’s plan just fell into the wrong hands, what shall we do with them my darling Y/N?”  Cheryl’s voice echoed around the room as the two of you stepped out to reveal yourselves to a stunned Betty and Veronica.

“Listen up here you “ice queen” bitch. If you dare to continue with that plan, you will be burned.” Cheryl threatened, grasping your hand and dragging you out of the room before the silenced girls could reply.

The two of you didn’t get far from the locker room before you ran into a distraught Reggie. His eyes caught yours immediately and he rushed forward to hold you.

“Y/N! I don’t know what is going on but baby I love you and I would never cheat on you.” He said as he held your face in-between his large and calloused hands, his eyes searching yours. You giggled at his clumsy speech and his face melted into relief and confusion.

 “I’ll explain everything later but I have had enough drama for one day, want to skip and grab a milkshake from pop’s?” You asked him, feeling lighter now that the misunderstanding was cleared up. Reggie nodded and Cheryl chuckled at the excuse for ditching class. Linking your arms together, the three of you deserted Riverdale high for a few frosty milkshakes and good memories.


















So I don’t normally include a gif of the reader as a person, but this request is a very special one: it’s an early birthday present for @girl-next-door-writes who uses Emma Stone as her character from time to time. I wanted to upload it now because I’ve just finished it and I don’t want to forget to upload it. Happy early birthday, hun!

Prompt[s]: Happy birthday! By the way I am totally in love with you.

‘The Velveteen Rabbit’

Steve groaned loudly with his head between his hands.
“For the last time,” he stated with gritted teeth. “I’m not telling her.”

Natasha remained in the corner of the room, folded arms and a raised eyebrow indicating her opinion on the subject. Tony and Clint were behind the bar on which Steve’s elbows were resting. The former was on the far side, sipping quietly at his drink with nothing to add, whilst the latter was bent over and leaning into Steve’s personal space.
“You don’t have to tell her explicitly,” he bargained. “We’re just saying that her birthday is coming up. It might be a good time to go about… hinting at it. Perhaps with a particularly poignant gift?”

“I’m not normally one to do so,” Natasha sighed as she stepped away from her corner and sauntered closer, “but I agree with him. We’re all sick of seeing you pine for her like a little lost puppy.”

Steve cleared his throat lightly.
“I- I don’t pine, least of all for her.”

“You pine,” Natasha smirked, “and for her. In fact, it’s a miracle she hasn’t noticed.”
“Newbies tend not to be too arrogant,” Tony speculated. “They don’t like to believe they’re overstepping their bounds. Nor is anybody going to assume that the look in her boss’ eye is adoration. Apart from me maybe, but that’s just… Well, look at me.”

With a roll of his eyes, Clint took Steve’s balled fists and held them tightly.
“Something. Anything. A little more than flowers chocolate but just below a diamond ring.”

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The Mouse, the Motorcycle, and the Dreamer

Ronan didn’t intend for it to happen and yet here they where: a surly, sleep-deprived teen and a sentient, sartorial mouse. Oh, and a tiny, fully functional motorcycle.

Ronan did what he always did when confounded by his dreams: he showed up on Adam’s doorstep. It was three in the morning. Adam Parrish had finally fallen asleep. He was groggy and rumpled when he opened the door.

“Ronan,” he sighed before stepping back and letting Ronan in.

Ronan was vibrating with excess energy, his eyes wide and practically sparkling. “Parrish,” he breathed, “you will not believe this.”

Adam collapsed on his bed. He was prepared to believe anything if it meant he could go back to sleep.

“Yes?” he asked and yawned widely.


Ronan carefully reached into the pocket of his leather jacket and pulled out a mouse. A mouse who was dressed almost identically to Ronan: miniscule jeans, black muscle tee, and a leather jacket.

Adam blinked twice and rubbed his eyes.

“What… I mean, who is this?” He was wide awake now. Ronan’s weirdness had reached a new level.

“Are you kidding me?” Ronan laughed incredulously. “This is Ralph! You know… The Mouse and the Motorcycle?”

Adam shook his head. The mouse, Ralph, stared at him with blatant disapproval.

Ronan was shocked. Didn’t everyone read this book as a child? Sure, Niall and Aurora weren’t your average parents but they still kept with the classic children’s books. But Adam didn’t have that, did he? Ronan swallowed around the lump in his throat. Ralph jumped off his hand and started exploring Adam’s apartment. Adam watched him with avid curiosity.

“Okay, here’s the plan,” Ronan said. “You can read the book to Opal. Lord knows she loves bedtime stories. We’ll work our way through the canon. It’ll, uh, be great.”

“Oh?” Adam asked. “Does this mean you’ll also read her some books?”

Ronan thought about it. Ralph had made it up onto Adam’s desk and was reading his history essay.

“Sure,” Ronan agreed. “But only The Dark is Rising. And A Wrinkle in Time.”

“I haven’t read those,” Adam admitted. Ronan howled and mimed being wounded. Adam playfully tackled him and it devolved into a tickle war.

They were interrupted by a surprisingly low, “Dudes.” Both of them jerked upright, nearly knocking their heads together as they scanned the room for the speaker.

“Down here,” said the voice. They peered over the edge of the bed and there was Ralph, looking distinctly uncomfortable.

“Fuck, man, I forgot you were here,” Ronan apologized.

Ralph shrugged. “Don’t worry about it.”

Adam stared at Ralph, then Ronan, before doubling over in laughter. “I *can’t* believe you dreamed yourself a… a mouse doppleganger!”

Ronan and Ralph both vehemently denied this but Adam knew the truth and he couldn’t help but be charmed by imagining kid Ronan daydreaming about an adventurous mouse and his badass bike.

You never grow out of some dreams.

[Ralph comes to live at the Barns and teaches the other mice how to ride the motorcycle. They all want one. Ronan spends a week dreaming up different models. The first all-mice motorcycle gang is formed.

Adam and Ronan start reading classic children’s books to Opal. She loves it. Her favorite story is The Graveyard Book. She says Bod reminds her of someone.]

It’s You

Request: Can I request a Sherlock x Reader, in this Sherlock like the reader and he doesn’t know what’s going on with him and he ask the reader what’s going on, then she tells him he’s in love and she gets jealous, but then he tells her that he loves her. John walks in on the kissing or something? Thanks I love your writing btw. 

Warnings: None.


Originally posted by silent-micka

“Y/N?” Sherlock asked you, his hands folded under his chin.


“You’re - average,”

“Gee thanks.” You said sarcastically, closing your book.

“I was just wondering, if you knew what was going on with me.. Must be something I’ve deleted..”

You thought for a moment, and then realized he had been different lately.

“Well, you have been very… Absent lately. Like you’re here, but at the same time, you aren’t here. You also seem happy, it’s a very odd sight actually; I rarely ever see you smiling.”

“Go on-” He squinted his eyes.

“Well, I would even go out on a limb and say you’re-”

“Yes.. Go on. I’m what?”

“-You’re, in love.”

Sherlock looked down. Surely this wasn’t possible.

Molly,’ You thought. It must be Molly. He had been a lot nicer to her lately. It was the only explanation.“I’ll see you later,” You said, standing up as you pretended to look at your watch.

“Y/N?” He grabbed your arm. “It’s you.” He said as he pulled you into a kiss. He had no idea what he was doing, it just felt right.

But the moment was over much too quickly when you spotted John in the doorway.

“Did I miss something?”



@ 8181pjh  

anonymous asked:

I think i saw you mention it just a lil while ago but, got any new original stories in the works? No waits too long i just love your writing its a lot richer than the average book.

Aw, shucks, hon, that’s sweet.

I’m actually doing Nanowrimo this month in an attempt to prioritize my next novel. I have a lot of creative projects going, both original and fanfic, and I have a tendency to get distracted by the ones with swifter turnarounds. HP whatifs are all the joy of writing a book without all the filling in! (Not entirely, but.) So this month is all novel all the time and hopefully that means I’ll come out of the next thirty days with a nice sturdy draft to move forward with.

I don’t really have any planned dates here for you (I don’t do due dates) but yes I’m still very gleefully generating original story content, some of it novel-shaped. I’m really excited to read this next book that’s coming and hopefully all of y'all will be too. I’ll keep you updated as it moves further along.

(I’ve also got like half a new HP thing floating about, but it’s probably gonna have to wait til December to get finished because fanfic words aren’t counting toward my Nano goals :) )