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. :)

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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?
Yup.

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 ff.net 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: 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! :)

Story Spotlight: Tequila and What?

Title: Tequila and What?
Author: ACL-Secret-Obsession
Fandom: Mortal Instruments
Rating: M
AU/Canon/AH: AH
Complete? yes

Summary: Clary goes out to Pandemonium with Isabelle. During the night she meets Izzy’s adoptive brother who needs a place to crash. When they return to the apartment, tequila shots lead to something A LOT more. Rated M, should probably be higher ;) Be warned scenes of a sexual nature (LEMONS) Rate and Review!

My oh-so-humble thoughts
So this is a one shot-an extremely long one shot. It took me most of the day to read…I was reading sporadically, but still.

Anyways, this fic-it’s so simple, but awesome! It’s got a little porny-ness to it, but it has enough plot to be compelling and interesting. It’s also something that almost everyone can relate to.

She’s managed to nail the characters in such a short fic (I say short, but we’re talking close to 15,000 words so…). It’s amazing-really. And to think I almost missed out on this fic. Seriously, I almost skipped right over it. But I’m so glad I didn’t.

So head on over and check it out. Leave her some love while you’re at it cause this fic is the bomb. :) Thanks lovelies!

Author Spotlight: Livybug

Hey lovelies! So I have a new author for you to check out. Yippee!!!

Anyways, this chick has written a few (read:4) Mortal Instruments fics. I actually found her by accident. I had a TMI fic pulled up on my phone and my finger managed to press…something-which somehow navigated me to her. Seriously, I struggled for a few minutes randomly pressing things even though my fingers were nowhere near any links. Apparently my phone knows what I like.

So yeah, I’m gonna leave you to see what she’s got to say cause she’s pretty frickin’ sweet!

 

Let’s start with an introduction. I’m Kelly, or as more people know me, Kelpie.
So, tell me a little about yourself.
I am a mother of 3. I have a slight (huge) addiction to the written word whether it be reading or writing, it doesn’t seem to matter to me. However, my passion before that was music. I love to sing as well.

What do you do with yourself when you’re not writing?
When I’m not writing, first and foremost I am Mom. I also work part time for the State I live in with individuals that have mental disabilities. After those two priorities comes reading and writing…and sleeping. I love to sleep!

What are some things you never leave home without?
Keys, phone, Kindle.

What are some of your favorite books?
That is a dangerous question. I have a few…

The Lux series, Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Arcana Chronicles, Kresley Cole.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, Laini Taylor
Shadow Hunter Chronicles, Cassandra Clare

There are so many more but these are the top…in no specific order.

Favorite TV shows and movies?
Vikings on the History Channel is my addiction right now, but I also watch, The Originals, Grey’s Anatomoy, and Empire. Movies are tough, too. Like books there are so many good ones, but Dirty Dancing is my all-time favorite.

If you were stranded on a deserted island and had 3 famous people with you, who would you choose and why?
Laini Taylor, because they way she spins words amazes me.

MacGyver, because he would know what to do with a hair tie, bobby pin and a leaf.

Chuck Norris, because…really he can do everything.

What is 1 place you’d love to visit?
I have two; Venice and New Orleans.

Do you have any pet peeves?
Yup, when people cut their toe nails anywhere BUT the bathroom. That’s just gross.

What are some of your favorite foods? How ‘bout comfort foods?
All time favorite is my Grandpa’s meatballs, yum. But I also love tacos. Comfort food is my Mom’s tator-tot hotdish.

What’s your favorite scent-one that says “home” to you?
Vanilla and lilac.

What kind of music do you like? Any you absolutely can’t stand?
I can really enjoy all kinds of music. I don’t discriminate when it comes to music, although I’m not a HUGE fan of classical or heavy metal-I’m going to scream in the mic- music.

Tell me one random thing about yourself.
I used to sing in a band.

Just for some insight into you pick one. Feel free to tell why or not.
Chocolate or vanilla?  Chocolate, because plain vanilla is boring.
Silver or gold? Silver
Apple or PC? PC, Apple is overrated.
White wine or red wine? Red, I like sweet wine.
Liquor or beer? Liquor, Beer is nasty! Ew!
Coffee or tea?  Coffee…with LOTS and LOTS of creamer…French vanilla from Wal-mart.
Sleep in or get up early? Sleep in.

Okay, now for the good stuff.
What are your preferred fandoms for writing/reading?
I’ve only written Fanfics using characters from the Mortal Instruments, but I could see myself using the Lux series as well. Characters have to talk, if they don’t, there’s no story to tell.

What kind of environment do you write in?
In my living room with screaming kids, crazy cats and my Chihuahua.

Ever write in your PJs?
99% of the time

How bout naked?
Nope, I live in the state of Snow and mosquitos, clothes are good.

Where do you find inspiration for your stories? Do you pull your real life experiences into your writing?
Inspiration is all over the place, if you’re paying attention. It could be something as small as a smile from my kids or a grand gesture from my husband or just staring out my window. And yes, I do pull real life experiences into my stories. It ties me to them, makes them part of me and if I’m invested, my readers will be, too.

Do you write on a schedule?
HA HA!…NO

Do you plan out your stories or just write whatever comes to you?
I am horrible at plotting. I just can’t do it. I have a general idea, but I always know the ending so as long as everything leads to that, I’m good with it.

Do you have any writing rituals or superstitions?
Writing on Sundays makes the hair on my legs grow faster…no JK, I don’t. LOL

Is one genre easier for you to write than another? Is there anything that you just aren’t that great at writing?
I tend to be good at fluff and HEA’s. I’d have a hard time with Sci-Fi I think. Love to read them and watch shows in that genre, but I just don’t think I could come up with some of that crazy stuff.

What is the hardest part for you about writing fanfics?
Staying true to the character that the author has created while making them your own.  In Fanfics your using another person’s creation. The reader has to be able to see that character in what they are reading as well as sense the difference. It’s tough.

Is there a method for coming up with titles for your stories and/or chapters?
Not really, whatever conveys the story the best. Don’t cry was called that because Jace told Clary, “Don’t cry,” repeatedly throughout the story. Last Words was named that because the whole story was based on the last words of a dying woman. My other two stories were named after songs.

Which character do you identify with the most?
From my fics, probably Izzy. She is all tough on the outside, but mushy on the inside. That’s me.

Which of your stories is your favorite to write and why? Which of your stories is your favorite concept wise?
Don’t Cry was my favorite concept wise. Using memories to tell the backstory for my characters was fun. My favorite to write was probably Wide Awake. I got to delve into 9/11 and really put myself into a situation that was not only emotional for the US, but also for the world. It was a challenge, as was Don’t Cry being that Jace was a tortured soldier thought to have died, but 9/11 really touched the whole world in a way and I wanted to write about it. For those who weren’t here to live it and for those that were to remember it.

Do you talk to your family about your writing?
LOL! Nope.

What is your favorite book/episode in your preferred series?
The Lux series, was OPAL. The Mortal Instruments was the Clockwork books. There are so many, it’s hard to remember them all off the top of my head.

What is the best compliment you’ve ever received on your stories?
It was for Wide Awake when multiple readers told me that I’d captured the feelings they felt when 9/11 happened perfectly. It was a good feeling to know I’d accomplished what I set out to do when I wrote the story.

How do you deal with the inevitable criticism?
Grain of salt. Harsh words do hurt, but not everyone will like my stories and they don’t have to. Don’t like them? Don’t read them!

What is your favorite/least favorite part about your preferred fandoms?
Remembering names to lesser characters when I need to fill a spot! LOL! There are SO many characters in the Mortal Instruments series, It’s hard to keep track of them all.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
If you want to do it, sit down and do it. Don’t just think about it. Books don’t write themselves and they take time and devotion. They are like a child that you have to nurture and love and then send it out in the world and see if others will love it, too. It’s not easy. It’s very frustrating and when that first bad review comes in, it will rip your heart out. But for every one of those, there are 10 good ones that make you smile and make you want to write more.

Have any recommendations?
If you’re into reading fics…DDPJCLAF if an AMAZING writer. She is also on Fanfiction.

And lastly, where can all your rabid readers stalk you?
Fanficion: www.fanfiction.net/u/3772573/Livybug
FaceBook: www.facebook.com/Livybug01
Tumblr: www.livybugg.tumblr.com

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

So yeah. You should really go check her out cause she’s pretty damn awesome! Leave her some love and let her know how much you adore her too cause,  ya know, we all love to hear that. Alright, thanks lovelies!!!

 

Story Spotlight: In The Welfare of War

Title: In The Welfare of War
Author: Mina Lisly
Fandom: Mortal Instruments
Rating: M
AU/Canon/AH: AU
Complete? no

Summary: General Jace Wayland had been captured by mercenaries for a month while he was on an important mission for his King. But what happens when one of his soldiers save him in the middle of the night? OOC. AH. AU.

My oh-so-humble thoughts
Okay so. I found this lovely chick a while back and I’m pretty sure I was about to start reading a fic of hers when my lovely kidlets hid my other phone. But I just found her again and duuuuuuude!!

I love this fic. It’s such an abrupt start, but completely compelling. I’m not even done with what’s published yet (24 ish chapters as of when I’m writing this).

It’s a war story, but not modern war-like knights and kingdoms and all that loveliness kinda war. And-see I’m trying not to give to much away-the story behind everything is just awesome. The way she’s woven flashbacks into the story, revealing little bits and peices is masterful. She doesn’t go too slow and she doesn’t rush-it’s juuuuuuuuust right. *smirk*

There are a few grammatical and word choice oddities (NOT errors!!!), but she’s French. My first thought was that she wasn’t American and that was totally right. *shrug* I just know some of your are slightly fanatical about grammar so I wanted to warn you. :P

It’s an awesome story that really deserves your attention and I think you should go read. Now. :) Thanks lovelies!