Story Spotlight: Ten Cents

Title: Ten Cents
Author: Thalia Marie Grace
Fandom: Mortal Instruments
Rating: T
AU/Canon/AH: AH
Complete? yes

Summary: He was right behind her. His hair was gold and it was unruly, and his eyes were the same colour. Without saying a word, he tapped her shoulder once, opened his wallet, and handed her a dime.

My oh-so-humble thoughts
This is cute. That is the only freaking word I can use to describe this mini little one shot. Adorable. Fantastic. Fluffy. Ridiculously awesome.

Oh hey, I did have more words. :) And yeah, this is like a mini…it’s a one shot that’s so sweet it’ll give you cavities. It all revolves around ten cents too, which is just the cutest thing ever. Seems a little like fate to me… :)

So yeah, it’s a quick read that will leave you feeling all warm and cuddly. At least the nice warm and cuddly, not the dying of heat stroke warm that I’m getting here now. (Seriously, why is it SO DAMN HOT?!?!) But anyways, head on over and leave her some love for this awesome fic. Thanks lovelies!

Story Spotlight: Designated Driver

Title: Designated Driver
Author: Thalia Marie Grace
Fandom: Mortal Instruments
Rating: T
AU/Canon/AH: AH? -could be canon but not really specified
Complete? yes

Summary: [It’s Isabelle’s twenty-first birthday, and she’s hosting a party. She also can’t figure out why Clary does not want to drink any alcohol.] “Maybe she’s pregnant.” Alec teases, slipping his arm around Clary’s shoulders. “You’re pregnant?” Isabelle demands loudly. [Turns out Clary is just the designated driver. T.]

My oh-so-humble thoughts
So I literally found this today-as in the day it posts because that’s when I’m writing it. I’m behind on TMI fanfics purely because I have to slog through the masses to find something decent. So I delved into my fave authors and found this little gem.

It’s simple. It’s literally a tiny slice of life fic that is all fluff. There’s no drama, there’s no angst, there’s no problems…which is so totally refreshing. Apparently she found this on a tumblr prompt blog and dude, I’m so glad she did.

It’s a sweet little one shot that will take next to no time (I read in in the sauna at the gym) but it’s so totally worth it cause it’ll be an instant pick me up. Or it should if you have any kind of shipper heart at all. :) So head on over and check it out and leave her some love. Enjoy lovelies!

Story Spotlight: Don’t Expect Too Much

Title: Don’t Expect Too Much
Author: StriderLover27
Fandom: Mortal Instruments
Rating: T
AU/Canon/AH: AH
Complete? no

Summary: Clarissa Fairchild didn’t expect much in life. Go to college, become an artist, get married, have children, things like that. But then Jace Herondale, the totally hot and famous teen actor, rolls into town and ruins her plans, ’cause it’s her, the perfect girl to act as Jace Herondale’s girlfriend. But small problem occurs along the road, Clary finds herself falling for the jerk.

My oh-so-humble thoughts
Hola lovelies. So I’ve struggled recently to find spotlight-worthy TMI fics…but this one is pretty frickin’ amazeballs.

It’s silly and adorable, yet still has some poignant and “aww” inspiring moments. Plus her humor comes through so well and is just so perfect! The way she writes the characters is just right on-slightly OOC for a few, but still within the realm of possible and it actually kinda makes me like it more that way.

I’ve been meaning to watch Supernatural and this fic has actually helped push me over the edge and into the “I need to watch it THIS weekend” feeling. It’s only 14 chapters so far, and the chapters are short, but she seems to be updating pretty frequently. I can’t wait to read more of it and you should definitely sit right at the edge of your seat with me. :)

Author Spotlight: Mina Lisly

Hallo lovelies! So I’m hideously late on your spotlight today, which is inexcusable, yet unavoidable. I’m seriously slacking. Ugh.

Anyhoo-this chick is the frickin bomb, alright? She’s written 30-THIRTY-Clace/TMI fics and I totally found her by accident. I read…something else (can’t remember what) and when I went to that author’s page to find more fics, my finger accidentally hit their favorite authors. I was intrigued because Mina was the only one. And so I clicked and the rest is history.

She’s awesome and I’m gonna shut up and let you read. :)


Let’s start with an introduction. I’m Kelly, or as more people know me, Kelpie.
And you are?
I am Mina Lisly, though it is my pen name.

So, tell me a little about yourself.
My life isn’t very interesting, you know. I am French and from a patchwork family, and have a total of six (step)sisters, and one (step)brother. I love them all, and we Lucky have a very deep connection. Otherwise, I am plain me, with miss everybody’s life. Subway, work and sleep (it’s a French saying to explain boring and uneventful life)

What do you do with yourself when you’re not writing?
I think about writing. I dream about writing. I think 99,99% of my time I do something writing-related. It’s obsessive. I think people close to me might kill me about that. Haha.

What are some things you never leave home without?
My music player (because music is life), and my tablet, because I write everywhere. Even while walking sometimes. I used to write on paper, but then I switched to tablet.

What are some of your favourite books?
Mu favourite books of all times are from a series called the Earth Children. I absolutely love this series. It has everything in it. Romance, drama, angst, history, lemon, medicinal knowledge, and it’s just a wonderful series. I’ve read it in French and in English a zillion times, at least. You should really check it out.

Otherwise, I am pretty open. I love as much Agatha Christie’s work, as Tolkien’s, as Rowling’s, as Stephen King’s, as Zola’s. Give me a book, and I’ll read it if I have time.

Favorite TV shows and movies?  
I am a big fan of Supernatural. Though I haven’t watched it for over a season (I’m being such a lazy fan, lately). I absolutely fangirl about Once Upon A Time with my sisters. I am the one who got them addicted to this show, haha. I used to watch Veronica Mars, because that chick rocked!  And back in the days (geez,  is wore to myself to never use that expression), I was also into Charmed and the X-Files.

And, of course, I am into Game of Thrones. Haha. Valar Morgulis.

If you were stranded on a deserted island and had 3 famous people with you, who would you choose and why?
Why only three? It’s such a small choice! I’d definitely have an Irish in the lot, because I am a big sucker for Irish people. I’d probably have Dwayne Johnson the Rock. You know, so he could be my bodyguard against all kind of evils (like crazy monkeys or something). And I’d have another Irish, just in case I get bored. Probably Collin O’Donoghue, or Jonathan Rhys Meyer. (Not Sean Bean, he’ll die within seconds with his legendary ‘luck’, haha)

What is 1 place you’d love to visit?
If I could, I’d go all around the world. Though lately, my sister and I are drooling over pictures of Japan. (And when I say lately, I mean it as I since we’re born.)

Do you have any pet peeves?
People doing rude things. Like speaking with a full mouth. Or saying swear words (which is funny, because my characters can be really vulgar, sometimes.)

What are some of your favourite foods? How ‘bout comfort foods?
My favourite food is ratatouille. It’s just so delicious. And just to kill that urban myth, real ratatouille doesn’t have any meat in it. There I said it, it’s vegan.

As for comfort food, it will be broccoli. If I feel blue and you give me a broccoli flower, I’ll definitely smile.

What’s your favourite scent-one that says “home” to you?
I’d probably say the one you have when you open a new book. I just love that smell.

What kind of music do you like? Any you absolutely can’t stand?
I am very eclectic. I listen to everything. From Mozart to Disney. From Eminem to Nightwish. From the Rolling Stones to Skrillex. But I have to admit that I have a slight preference to everything that is rock, metal, hard rock and symphonic metal. And I do have a little problem with electro music. I don’t really mind when it’s on the radio, but it’s definitely not in my music player.

Tell me one random thing about yourself.
I love broccoli.

Just for some insight into you pick one. Feel free to tell why or not.
Chocolate or vanilla?  Vanilla. Because chocolate ain’t really my thing.
Silver or gold? None. I’m allergic to both. I know, my life sucks.
Apple or PC? In between. But I’m converting to Apple more and more. I’m such a sellout. Hahah.
White wine or red wine? Neither. I don’t drink alcohol.
Liquor or beer? Well, same here.
Coffee or tea?  Tea. I don’t like coffee (I’m such a complicated person)
Sleep in or get up early? It depends. Usually, I get up early, but since I started working in this new restaurant, I sleep as much as I can. Because I go to bed at godforsaken hours.


Okay, now for the good stuff.
What are your preferred fandoms for writing/reading?
Well, I’ll be very quick. It’s the Mortal Instruments. I discovered Fanfiction through it, and though I tried, I never managed to write for something else.

What kind of environment do you write in?
Everywhere. I just need to have my music in my ears, and then I’m lost into the world I’m creating.

Ever write in your PJs?

How bout naked?
Nah. I’m too prudish. Which is funny when you know what I write. Pffff. I make no sense.

Where do you find inspiration for your stories? Do you pull your real life experiences into your writing?
I mostly find inspiration out of nowhere. But my sisters are always supporting me when I have a writer’s block. And sometimes I put little personal experiences in the lives of my characters, or in their actions or attitudes.

Do you write on a schedule?
I write whenever I have time. If I could, I’d write all day long. All night long. In my grave. Haha.

Do you plan out your stories or just write whatever comes to you?
Usually, when I think of a story, the whole story comes to me. The big lines are already drawn, and then, as I write, I fill up the little things. But the ending is already decided, the big twists are already thought of and so, I just have to follow them.

Do you have any writing rituals or superstitions?
Not really. But when I’m in a frenzy of writing, I don’t read a lot, because I don’t want to be influenced by other’s writing.

Is one genre easier for you to write than another? Is there anything that you just aren’t that great at writing?
I love writing about angst. And action. But when I have to write lemons or really fluffy/cheesy stuffs, I do struggle. But that doesn’t mean I don’t do it.

What is the hardest part for you about writing fanfics?
Not writing too much, so I can have a real life. It’s really obsessive.

Is there a method for coming up with titles for your stories and/or chapters?
Nooooo. If you ever hear of one, let me know. Because this is the biggest struggle I have. Titles. There will be the end of me.

Which character do you identify with the most?
None. Usually, I tend to be very annoyed with my characters at some point. I want to take them by the shoulders and shake them so hard.  But I like strong characters, especially women. I’m a bit tired of weak poor damsels in distress that I read almost everywhere.

Which of your stories is your favorite to write and why? Which of your stories is your favorite concept wise?
Haaaa. That question is too hard. They’re all my babies. From different father’s. Haha. I can’t choose.

Do you talk to your family about your writing?
Haha. I talk so much about it that I think they’re plotting to get me killed.

What is your favorite book/episode in your preferred series?  
It’s the Mammoth Hunters. Definitely my favourite boon in the Earth Children.

What is the best compliment you’ve ever received on your stories?
That I should try and get it published.

How do you deal with the inevitable criticism?
Honestly, I really don’t mind. Everything is good to hear. Everything criticism is a way to help me get better, weather they are mean or friendly.

What is your favourite/least favourite part about your preferred fandoms?
I really don’t like the Clace happily ever after. And I don’t like that Valentine died so easily. I really liked him.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
I don’t know. Just do as you feel. Don’t force it, because it will show, and you won’t be satisfied by your work.

Have any recommendations?
Don’t get discouraged. The Force is with you.

And lastly, where can all your rabid readers stalk you?  
Everywhere. Haha. On Snapchat (mina.lisly), Twitter (@MinaLisly), Instagram (mina_lisly).

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions!


So yeah. That’s that and I really think you should go check her out. I’m including her link here since it’s not above and I definitely want you to find her. :) I’m linking what I can but otherwise you’re on your own. Thanks lovelies and happy reading!

Story Spotlight: Cop Car

Title: Cop Car
Author: BeautyOfABrokenAngel
Fandom: Mortal Instruments
Rating: T
AU/Canon/AH: AH
Complete? yes

Summary: It was funny how all it took for Jace to realize his feelings for Clary, was for him to be arrested. Clace. One-Shot.

My oh-so-humble thoughts
Okay so I’m rapidly running out of decent Mortal Instruments fics to spotlight…or at least I’m reading like 10 for every one decent one I find. But this one was fluffy and adorable and perfect.

It’s so simple. Really, it’s like a quick little snippet of their lives. But the way it’s written, in Jace’s POV as if he’s talking to Clary makes it even more personal. You *get* it, if you know what I mean. His discovery is adorably organic, right down the absolute cluelessness right up until it smacks him head on. Just like a guy. *sigh*

:) So, yes. It’s short and sweet and definitely worth the read. Go and leave her some love as well cause this is her only story and she needs to give us more!!! She’s writes my Clace just perfectly. :)

Story Spotlight: Undefined Darkness

Title: Undefined Darkness
Author: Wherondale
Fandom: The Mortal Instruments
Rating: T
AU/Canon/AH: AU
Complete? yes

Summary: What would the world be like if Valentine never interfered in Jace Herondale’s life. Instead, after the Uprising, he ran away with his only daughter Clarissa Morgenstern. Leaving a distressed Jocelyn to believe both are dead. AU/OOC Dark!Clary / Clace NOW COMPLETE!

My oh-so-humble thoughts
Okay so. This sorry-gah! So good. I read it awhile ago and then she finished it without me knowing (??? Come on!!!) So I just recently reread it. And yeah-still awesome. :)

This whole reimagined TMI story is pretty original in my opinion. And it’s very true to character, or at least the characters that I’m familiar with. Remember, I haven’t finished the source books. (Oops) But yeah, this is a completely new and extremely unique perspective.

I especially love Clary’s…story, I guess you could say. I can totally feel where she’s coming from. And the twist, holy crap! I love that she included Max and she even have Jace a sibling. Both of the littles (who aren’t actually that little…13 I think) are just awesome.

So it worth a read and she definitive needs some reviews, ie love cause she wrote a freaking awesome food that totally deserves some attention. :) so happy reading lovelies!!

Story Spotlight: Starting Over

Title: Starting Over
Author: Ractre1127
Fandom: Mortal Instruments
Rating: M
AU/Canon/AH: AH
Complete? yes

Summary: After a personal tragedy, Clary Garroway moves in with her brother, Jon to start a new life when she meets the cocky next door neighbor. Will he be what she needs to move on, or is he just a player that will mess with her already fragile heart? ALL CHARACTERS BELONG TO CASSANDRA CLARE! Characters are OOC

My oh-so-humble thoughts
Okay, so I’m slacking on the TMI stuff. Like seriously. And I’m only about halfway through this story. But so far it’s pretty damn awesome.

Like I said, I’m slacking-so I’m only on like chapter 16 (out of 34 I believe) as I write this. I will probably finish tonight if I don’t pass out. But so far I’m loving it. It’s got drama and angst, but it’s not heavy. And the angst isn’t overpowering and it’s almost like…how can I put this…side angst. Like it’s there, but it’s not…ugh. I can’t describe it. It’s extremely well done though.

The characters are OOC, but I don’t find it off putting like with some fics. It’s still believable to me, ya know? I can’t wait to finish this fic. *squeal* So how bout you hop on over and read it with me and leave her some love. Yeah, that’s a great idea! :)