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A Beginning

Title: A Beginning
Fandom: NCIS: New Orleans
Pairing: Sebastian/Mark
Rating: PG
Word Count: 3,566
Warnings: N/A
Summary: Sebastian receives an unexpected gift.

Notes: A huge thank you to my amazing beta jdl71 Written for Small Fandom Fest on DW. Also written for hc_bingo prompt: Rejection, table Here. Mark is from the season 3 episode A House Divided. He was the witness at the top of the episode and I thought the two of them had a connection, and I wanted to explore that.  Also Sebastian needs some love, sometimes he seems so lonely.

Here on AO3

A Sweet Escape

Title: A Sweet Escape
Fandom: Sahara (film)
Pairing/Characters: Dirk Pitt/Al Giordino
Rating/Category: R/Slash
Prompt: Sun kissed
Spoilers: None
Summary: Escape: A form of temporary distraction from reality or routine.
Notes/Warnings: A great big thank you to my beta jdl71 they were awesome, and any remaining mistakes are my own.  Written for Small Fandom Fest prompt: sunkissed.  Also written for H/C Bingo prompt: chronic pain.  Second fic for 100 Fandoms prompt: alive. Title from the inspiring song Pocketful of Sunshine by Natasha Bedingfield.

Here on AO3

Wooden Nickels

It's 1920's Baltimore. Prohibition. Those who sell and distribute liquor can become rich — or dead if the mob doesn't get their cut. The gangsters have taken over, and in organized crime the one weapon valued more than a Tommy gun is a mage. Welcome to the world of White Lightning.

Hattie Malloy has two goals in life—get the hootch from warehouse to seller, and make sure no one finds out she can conjure illusions. But when her shipment of rum is attacked by pirates on the Chesapeake Bay and she needs to call on the mob for help, those two goals collide. Suddenly the safety of her family and friends rests on her helping a group of gangsters that she wants nothing to do with.

The mob is the only family that time pincher Vincent Calendo has ever known. When his boss Vito says he wants to expand his “stable” of mages, Vincent is tasked with finding unaffiliated, or free, pinchers and bringing them into the fold—willingly or not.

Can Hattie keep her talents a secret from Vincent or will she lose the freedom her parents have sacrificed everything to give her?
~Amazon Book Description

I have been reading a ton and I  haven't had a lot of time to review but I really enjoyed this one.  The story being set during the time of Prohibition was so novel and well done I was thoroughly hooked by the end of the first chapter.  I loved both protagonists, Hattie is a free pincher who can create illusions, she also runs alcohol along the East Coast.  Her parents made sure she stayed under the radar when it came to her powers, because almost all of the pinchers are under control of the Church, the government, or crime families.  Vincent is also a pincher although his powers are different, and his background as well.  His parents sold him to the mob when he was two, and he was raised to be obedient and to use his power to stop time at their behest.  Both characters are sympathetic and interesting and the journey they go on from hostile strangers to quasi-friendly allies is an intriguing one.  This is the beginning of a series and I will definitely be reading the next one.

This entry was originally posted at https://under-the-silk-tree.dreamwidth.org/57156.html

just you and the moon on my skin

Title: just you and the moon on my skin
Fandom: NCIS: New Orleans
Pairing: Loretta Wade/Dwayne Pride
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 6,374
Warnings: Car crash
Summary: Loretta and Pride are at an out of town conference when their relationship changes.
Notes: A huge thank you to my awesome beta meridian_rose. Written for smallfandomfest prompt: car crash. Also written for hc_bingo prompt: exhaustion. First fic for 100fandoms prompt: storm. Title comes from the lovely song Eavesdrop by The Civil Wars.

Here on Ao3

Hurt/Comfort Bingo Round 10

I once again signed up for [community profile] hc_bingo and I am mostly happy with what I received this year.  Several of the prompts have my muse intrigued, such as exhaustion, broken bones, and phobias but they are scattered about so I may have trouble connecting them.  This is the second year I have gotten body swap, I really need to remember to make that one of the three prompts that you can opt out of.  I love all the possibilities that come with signing up for something like this because I love dreaming about all the potential stories that I could write.  

Is anyone else signing up this year?
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This entry was originally posted at https://under-the-silk-tree.dreamwidth.org/56615.html

Jim Henson's Labyrinth: Coronation

My Twenty-Fifth book for ljbookbingo is Labyrinth: Coronation by Simon Spurrier & Daniel Bayliss for Comic or Graphic Novel square, table found here:

Before Sarah braved the Labyrinth to save her brother, another young woman sought to save a young boy named Jareth from the clutches of the Goblins. Set in 18th-century Venice, Italy, Jim Henson's Labyrinth is a striking look into the history of the Labyrinth itself, and what happens to the little boys who don't get rescued. This is the untold history of the Goblin King. ~Amazon Book Description

This comic takes place while Jareth is waiting to see if Sarah will reach the center of the Labyrinth.  To keep a fussy Toby calm Jareth begins a tale about a woman named Maria who has to go on the same journey when her son Jareth is taken by the Goblin King.  I liked that Jareth was shown as being such an unreliable narrator, as he tells the story with a definite prejudice to how he sees things.  It was also interesting to read more about Jareth's and the Labyrinth's past.  Plus the former Goblin King was actually very terrifying, so I was honestly worried about baby Jareth.  The art was very lovely although some times the expressions on the characters faces tended towards the ridiculous. Overall I enjoyed it and it made me want to watch the movie again so that is always a plus!

And with that I have a blackout! \o/

This entry was originally posted at https://under-the-silk-tree.dreamwidth.org/56547.html

Spectred Isle by K.J. Charles

Archaeologist Saul Lazenby has been all but unemployable since his disgrace during the War. Now he scrapes a living working for a rich eccentric who believes in magic. Saul knows it’s a lot of nonsense...except that he begins to find himself in increasingly strange and frightening situations. And at every turn he runs into the sardonic, mysterious Randolph Glyde.
Randolph is the last of an ancient line of arcanists, commanding deep secrets and extraordinary powers as he struggles to fulfil his family duties in a war-torn world. He knows there's something odd going on with the haunted-looking man who keeps turning up in all the wrong places. The only question for Randolph is whether Saul is victim or villain.
Saul hasn’t trusted anyone in a long time. But as the supernatural threat grows, along with the desire between them, he’ll need to believe in evasive, enraging, devastatingly attractive Randolph. Because he may be the only man who can save Saul’s life—or his soul.
~ Book Description

This one isn't for ljbookbingo but I wanted to review it anyway as I loved it so much.  I really enjoyed Spectred Isle.  The plot was very intriguing.  I loved how the author took the mythology of England and more specifically the green men and wove a wonderful tale in post World War One London.  I absolutely loved Saul, he is such a sweet, sympathetic character, with a tragic backstory.  Randolph is an aristocrat in the arcane circles, and he is arrogant and seemingly devoid of feelings, but he is also sweetheart although he would loath for anyone to notice.  The journey the two of them go on is so interesting and I love their interactions.  Although part of a series this story ends satisfactory and how I wished, when the next one comes out I will definitely be reading it.  I highly recommend this story for those who love English mythology with complex characters and a lovely romance thrown in.

This entry was originally posted at https://under-the-silk-tree.dreamwidth.org/56259.html

Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse

My Twenty-Fourth book for ljbookbingo is Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse for the Published this Year Square, table found here:

It’s been four weeks since the bloody showdown at Black Mesa, and Maggie Hoskie, Diné monster hunter, is trying to make the best of things. Only her latest bounty hunt has gone sideways, she’s lost her only friend, Kai Arviso, and she’s somehow found herself responsible for a girl with a strange clan power. Then the Goodacre twins show up at Maggie’s door with the news that Kai and the youngest Goodacre, Caleb, have fallen in with a mysterious cult, led by a figure out of Navajo legend called the White Locust. The Goodacres are convinced that Kai’s a true believer, but Maggie suspects there’s more to Kai’s new faith than meets the eye. She vows to track down the White Locust, then rescue Kai and make things right between them. Her search leads her beyond the Walls of Dinétah and straight into the horrors of the Big Water world outside. With the aid of a motley collection of allies, Maggie must battle body harvesters, newborn casino gods and, ultimately, the White Locust himself. But the cult leader is nothing like she suspected, and Kai might not need rescuing after all. When the full scope of the White Locust’s plans are revealed, Maggie’s burgeoning trust in her friends, and herself, will be pushed to the breaking point, and not everyone will survive. ~Amazon Book Description

Trail of Lightning, the first book of the series The Sixth World was one of my top books of 2018 and I have been looking forward to Storm of Locusts ever since.  I had high high hopes and I was thankfully not disappointed.  My love for Maggie and the world she inhabits grew exponentially as I read this novel.  The plot was fascinating, and the characters continued to intrigue me.  I loved the new character Ben and how she becomes family to Maggie I also loved that the Goodacre family was once again in the thick of it.  I enjoyed reading about the road trip Maggie and company took to find Kai and how they had to venture outside of the protective Walls of the Dinetah and into the unknown.  I still loved Kai and Maggie as a couple although we didn't see them together as much as I would have wished.  I give my highest recommendation to  both Trail of Lightning and Storm of Locusts.  I will definitely be reading the next book when it comes out.

This entry was originally posted at https://under-the-silk-tree.dreamwidth.org/55986.html

Killing Time by Della Van Hise

My Twenty-third book for ljbookbingo is Killing Time by Della Van Hise for the Square, table found here:

Second History: a Romulan time-tampering project that has transported the Enterprise and the galaxy into an alternate dimension of reality. Now, Kirk is an embittered young ensign and Spock is a besieged Starship commander.
Lured into a Romulan trap, Captain Spock and Ensign Kirk must free themselves from both their captors and their own altered selves...before the galaxy hurtles toward total destruction! ~Amazon Book Description

I first heard about this book on tumblr a couple of years ago.  Being a lover of fandom history and Spirk I was intrigued upon learning that after the first printing they edited out whole paragraphs due to "questionable material within." You can read the full history of both editions HERE at Fanlore, if you want the complete story.  If you wish to know how different the two editions actually are, awesome LJ user lexx_the_flex has given a paragraph by paragraph break down of exactly what is different between the two.  Also they help you identify how you can tell if a book is a first edition or a second edition if you choose to look for one at your local bookstore.  You can find this very informative and intriguing post HERE.

And wouldn't you know it one day I was browsing my local used bookstore when I saw they had the first edition.  I was super thrilled to just stumble across it like that and finally be able to read it for myself. \o/

I liked it. (Although there was a scene between Spock and a woman was that had me rolling my eyes and was totally unneeded)  The questionable material that was removed was probably a bit much for the mid-eighties but nowadays it wouldn't be all that shocking ... although considering how straitlaced some of the showrunners for Star Trek can be maybe it still wouldn't be okay.  I would say if it was a fanfic I would label it as preslash.  (In fact several times as I was reading it I kept thinking to myself that Spock and Kirk's interactions were only a sentence or two away from making it slash;)  It is a plot that hinges on time travel, and whenever time travel is a involved it has to be handled with a deft hand because it can get pretty messy pretty fast.   Ms. Van Hise did a good job of keeping the reader from getting confused.  I also loved her au versions of Spock and Kirk and how she emphasized their T'hy'la bond no matter what universe they are in.  I have recently found out there is a pdf version of the first edition that is available HERE online, if you are interested.  Overall, I would recommend this book not only for the story but also because it is part of fandom history.

This entry was originally posted at https://under-the-silk-tree.dreamwidth.org/55774.html


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