Ray Vecchio

Migraines are from the Devil

Title: Migraines are from the Devil
Fandom: due South

Pairing: Ray Vecchio/Benton Fraser
Rating: PG
Word Count: 3,033
Warnings: Migraines/Vomiting
Summary: Ray gets the mother of all migraines.
Notes: A great big thank you to my awesome beta jdl71 who took time out of their busy schedule to help me, and any remaining mistakes are my own.  Written for Ray Vecchio day!  Also written for hc_bingo prompt: loss of vision, table here.  Third fic for 100 Fandoms prompt: home, table here.

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Ray Vecchio

Invitation to the Blues by Roan Parrish

Eight months ago Jude Lucen fled his partner, his career, and a hospital in Boston after a suicide attempt. Now back in Philadelphia, he feels like a complete failure. Piano has always been his passion and his only escape. Without it, he has nothing. Well, nothing except a pathetic crush on the most gorgeous man he’s ever seen.

Faron Locklear came to Philly looking for a fresh start and has thrown himself into tattooing at Small Change. He’s only met Jude a few times, but something about the red-haired man with the haunted eyes calls to him. Faron is blown away by Jude’s talent. What he isn’t expecting is the electricity he feels the first time they kiss—and the way Jude’s needs in bed speak directly to his own deepest desires.

Jude and Faron fall fast and hard, but Jude has spent a lifetime learning that he can’t be what the people he loves need. So when the opportunity arises to renew his career in Boston, he thinks he has to choose: music, or Faron? Only by taking a huge risk—and finally believing he’s worthy of love just as he is—can he have the chance for both. Content warning: This book contains explicit discussion of depression, anxiety, attempted suicide, and feelings of worthlessness.~Book Description

I really really really loved this book.  Jude was such a well written protagonist and the development of his relationship with Faron was such a sweet and rewarding journey.  An aspect I particularly loved was how the author wrote about Jude's lifelong depression/anxiety, and self-worth issues.  I have never read a more actuate portrayal of mental illness and how it is something that needs to be managed daily.  The way that Jude and those around him reacted to his ongoing depression resonated with me a lot.  There were no easy answers and although Faron was very supportive and loving, their relationship was never written as a fix or a cure for Jude's depression.  Having said that their relationship should be the poster child for the hashtag #relationshipgoals because the loving passionate way they are there for each other is so beautiful.   I honestly think this is one of my top five books for the year.  I am so thrilled that my library has more of Roan Parrish's books because I can't wait to read them.

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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.

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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.

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The Librarians

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.

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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.

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Ray Vecchio

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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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/

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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.

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