25 April 2018 @ 08:14 pm
Fic: Five Tips for Brewing the Best Cup  
Title: Five Tips for Brewing the Best Cup
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Rating: PG
Pairing: Gregory Goyle/Ernie Macmillan.
Word Count: ~2250
Warnings: Angst, romance.
A/N: Written for [community profile] hp_coffeehouse/[livejournal.com profile] hp_coffeehouse's prompt # 13: "5 Tips for brewing the best cup”, and for the 2018 [livejournal.com profile] rarepair_shorts Number's Game featuring the pairing Gregory Goyle/Ernie Macmillan.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Five Tips for Brewing the Best Cup )
 
 
Current Mood: hopeful
 
 
25 April 2018 @ 04:49 pm
The Joys of Growing Older  
Ugh. The product is described as an "effervescent laxative with a pleasant, lemony flavor." Effervescent, yes. So bubbly it is hard to drink 10 ounces. Laxative. Ohhh, boy. Yes. Lemony. Sort of. Pleasant. No way in hell. It's like sucking on the bitterest lemon you can imagine. I actually make the face Bugs Bunny does when he is eating something nasty. I can't help it. Eyes squint, face twists, I shudder.

I had one very small polyp. Oh, joy. That means I get to pay for the procedure because it became a treatment rather than a exam. One little polyp and I'm out $2,000+. I HATE the USA "healthcare" system. Waiting to see if pre-cancerous or benign. If the former, I get checked again in five years. If the later, I can wait for my 70th birthday for another colonoscopy.

But it is done for at least five years. I've been getting all the check-ups to celebrate turning 60. Mammograms. Pelvic exams. Colon camera work. I even have pictures. So I'm good to go on all the things they can catch in advance.

I've been reading a bunch of fest entries to entertain myself and take my mind off my colon. All of them seem to be well-written but, to be honest, they are all pretty dull, day-in-the-life of sort of stories are themes that have been done to death. I guess after all these years, a fresh, original take on Snarry is pretty difficult.

Spring seems to have finally arrived in Montana. Now I have about three days to get all the garden prep work done before summer hits. The joke is we have four seasons in Montana. (Applies to all of the northern tier of states.) Almost winter. Winter. Still Winter and Construction.
Spring is a Tuesday afternoon between a blizzard and hundred degree weather. Fall is crisp afternoon between hundred degree weather and a blizzard.

On with life.
 
 
Current Mood: tired
 
 
25 April 2018 @ 09:19 am
Drabble: Up All Night  
Title: Up All Night
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Pairing/Characters: Neville Longbottom/Draco Malfoy, Teddy Lupin.
Word Count: 100 x 5
Rating: R
Challenge: Written for [info]neville100/[community profile] neville100's prompt# 380: Up all night
Warning(s)/Genre: Lame title?/Humor.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Up All Night )
 
 
Current Mood: working
 
 
24 April 2018 @ 04:18 pm
Drabble: Skin  
Title: Skin
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Rating: R
Pairing: Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter.
Word Count: 100
Warnings: None.
A/N: Written for [community profile] draco100/[livejournal.com profile] draco100's prompt #41:Skin.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Skin )
 
 
Current Mood: working
 
 
24 April 2018 @ 09:28 am
Drabble: Below the Surface  
Title: Below the Surface
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Rating: PG
Word count: 100 x 6
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters/pairings: Eloise Midgen/Angelina Johnson.
Challenge: Written for [community profile] femslash100/[livejournal.com profile] femslash100's prompt 596: Below, and for another of my assigned pairings at [livejournal.com profile] rarepair_shorts' Number's Game. :)
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and emynn.
Authors Notes: Eloise flies below the radar.

Below the Surface )
 
 
Current Mood: working
 
 
24 April 2018 @ 04:29 am
Thank you!!!  
Thank you to everyone who made the promotion for Through the Last Door such a huge success this past weekend! At its height, the book reached #2 in LGBT Fantasy, #6 in Gay Fiction, and #78 out of Fantasy fiction in general on Amazon. Pretty amazing!!!

The free promotion has ended, but the book is still available to purchase for just $2.99, and is available to read without additional cost through Kindle Unlimited. If you've read the book and want to experience more of the adventures of Kaori and Hunter, there are two additional books in the series so far:

==> getBook.at/TTLD (Universal Amazon link for Through the Last Door)

==> getBook.at/eater_of_dreams (Universal Amazon link for Eater of Dreams)

==> getBook.at/tsf (Universal Amazon link for The Soul Forge)

Find more info on the Sacred Guardian series HERE.

Thank you again to everyone who helped me out with the promotion, whether by downloading a copy of the book or spreading the word far and wide or simply offering me support and encouragement as I dealt with the frenzy of book marketing this weekend (which is honestly my least favorite part of writing books). You're an amazing group of people and I couldn't have done this without you!

 
 
Current Mood: exhausted
 
 
24 April 2018 @ 04:29 am
Thank you!!!  
Thank you to everyone who made the promotion for Through the Last Door such a huge success this past weekend! At its height, the book reached #2 in LGBT Fantasy, #6 in Gay Fiction, and #78 out of Fantasy fiction in general. Pretty amazing!!!

The free promotion has ended, but the book is still available to purchase for just $3.99, and is available to read without additional cost through Kindle Unlimited. If you've read the book and want to experience more of the adventures of Kaori and Hunter, there are two additional books in the series so far:

==> getBook.at/TTLD (Universal Amazon link for Through the Last Door)

==> getBook.at/eater_of_dreams (Universal Amazon link for Eater of Dreams)

==> getBook.at/tsf (Universal Amazon link for The Soul Forge)

Find more info on the Sacred Guardian series HERE.

Thank you again to everyone who helped me out with the promotion, whether by downloading a copy of the book or spreading the word far and wide or simply offering me support and encouragement as I dealt with the frenzy of book marketing this weekend (which is honestly my least favorite part of writing books). You're an amazing group of people and I couldn't have done this without you!

 
 
Current Mood: exhausted
 
 
23 April 2018 @ 01:43 pm
Drabble: The Final Countdown  
Title: The Final Countdown
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Character(s)/Pairing(s): Harry Potter/Severus Snape.
Challenge: Written for [community profile] harry100/[info]harry100/[livejournal.com profile] harry100's prompt 335: Countdown.
Rating: R
Length: 100 x 6
Warnings: None.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

The Final Countdown )
 
 
Current Mood: working
 
 
23 April 2018 @ 09:21 am
Weekly Fic Wrap Up: Week 16, 2018  
Another Monday, another list of fic. ;)
I hope everyone's day isn't too painful. ♥

Ali's List of Fic: April 16 - April 22 )
And here's my massive list of things to do:
Ali’s To-Do/WsIP List )
 
 
Current Mood: working
 
 
23 April 2018 @ 06:30 am
Hell Week  
Before I get completely swamped again because it's "hell week" for the theater production at school, lemme point you to a few things going on.

•Snarry-a-Thon is going strong over at [community profile] snape_potter. New entries posting today at noon or check out the Week One Wrap-Up here to get caught up on what you've missed.

[community profile] weasleyjumpers is collecting prompts for their first fest! If you've got any suggestions, head over to the prompting post at DW or LJ.

[community profile] hp_may_madness is back! *\o/* I am hoping this will help me get back into actually writing something again. I can't imagine I'll manage to post every day but we shall see.

Last, here's a sneak peek at Belle and Beast from yesterday's "tea party" event. They've all been working so very hard. I can't wait to see the show!
 
 
22 April 2018 @ 03:25 pm
Drabble: Receiving Accolades  
Title: Receiving Accolades
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Rating: PG
Word count: 100 x 2
Characters/pairings: Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy.
Challenge: Written for [community profile] dracoharry100/[livejournal.com profile] dracoharry100's prompt 522: Help.
This is part 104 of my H/D Auror Series (LJ/IJ/DW).
It starts at part one: The Beginning (LJ/IJ/DW).
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and emynn.
Authors Notes: A good performance is always appreciated.

Receiving Accolades )
 
 
Current Mood: thoughtful
 
 
22 April 2018 @ 12:06 pm
Translation, yay!  
Something lovely has happened. <3

My Snarry fic The Next Level has been translated into Russian by the lovely [archiveofourown.org profile] nyavka. Eee!

In that language it's called Следующий уровень. Cool, no?

Go check it out! *bounces*
 
 
Current Mood: thoughtful
 
 
22 April 2018 @ 07:15 am
Last Day to Grab TTLD for Free!  
Today is the last day to get Through the Last Door, the first book in my Sacred Guardian m/m fantasy series, for FREE on Amazon! It will be available for free download today until 11:59 PM PDT before reverting to normal listing price. Click here to download your copy of the book:

==> getBook.at/TTLD (Universal Amazon link)

Find more info on the Sacred Guardian series HERE.

Sacred Guardian is a m/m fantasy series that tells the story of young Kaori Sansa, who rises unexpectedly to the throne of the kingdom of Kazure, and his bodyguard Hunter, who is devoted to Kaori in more than just the obvious ways. Together they are faced with rebelling lords, organized criminal elements, a brewing war with a neighboring nation, and more in a breathtaking world filled with magic, intrigue, and fantastical creatures.

Here is a sample from the story:

Excerpt )




 
 
21 April 2018 @ 09:48 pm
Drabble: For the Cause  
Title: For the Cause
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Pairing/Characters: Severus Snape/Kingsley Shacklebolt, Lucius Malfoy.
Word Count: 100 x 6
Rating: PG
Challenge: Written for [livejournal.com profile] snape100/[info]snape100/[community profile] snape100's prompt # 739: Severus and the Alternate Muggle Career: Prison officer.
This is part Fifty of my Snape: Horcrux Hunter series (LJ/IJ/DW).
Warning(s): AU.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

For the Cause )
 
 
Current Mood: thoughtful
 
 
21 April 2018 @ 12:27 pm
Drabble: Interior Design  
Title: Interior Design
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Pairing/Characters: Ron Weasley/Pansy Parkinson.
Word Count: 100 x 6
Rating: PG
Warning(s): None.
Challenge: Written for [community profile] mixandmatch100/[livejournal.com profile] mixandmatch100's prompt# 36: Cosy.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Interior Design )
 
 
Current Mood: awake
 
 
21 April 2018 @ 06:26 am
Free Book Offer!  
The first book in my Sacred Guardian series, Through the Last Door is available for FREE on Amazon this weekend from Saturday, April 21, 2018, 12:00 AM PDT through Sunday, April 22, 2018, 11:59 PM PDT! Click here to download your copy of the book:

==> getBook.at/TTLD (Universal Amazon link)

Sacred Guardian is a m/m fantasy series that tells the story of young Kaori Sansa, who rises unexpectedly to the throne of the kingdom of Kazure, and his bodyguard Hunter, who is devoted to Kaori in more than just the obvious ways. Together they are faced with rebelling lords, organized criminal elements, a brewing war with a neighboring nation, and more in a breathtaking world filled with magic, intrigue, and fantastical creatures:


"All you fantasy lovers out there are about to get a true treat when you crack open this book, you will be transported to an incredible world that has a feel of feudal Japan and incredible characters who draw you into a journey that will have you gripped from the first chapter."
-MM Good Book Reviews

"My review is really quite simple; I LOVED THIS BOOK. [...] it is a story that will stay with me for quite some time."
-Gay.Guy.Reading and Friends

"The plot never gets tired and keeps the excitement and momentum building. [...] I totally recommend this book. I feel blessed to have read it."
-Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents

"It was a delightful gem that ensnared me from the first page. [...] This is an excellent book that I would highly recommend whether you like fantasy, or adventure, or a bit of intrigue. If the author ever writes a sequel, I will be first in line to buy a copy."
-Loving Without Limits

"I was riveted to the story so much so I didn’t want to stop reading. [...] if you want a good story with a brilliant plot this will be perfect for you."
-Rainbow Gold Reviews

"J.A. Jaken has written a wonderful coming of age story here. Kaori's journey from young man to King is told with intricate characters and beautiful artistry. [...] A Five Star read!"
-Jill Prand Reviews

"You just have to buckle up for this journey, because that is what it is. Forget sleep, work, and other such trivial things and just… enjoy!"
-Eyes On Books





 
 
20 April 2018 @ 09:12 pm
Removal ~ Severus & Harry - PG-13  
Title: Removal
Author: [personal profile] lilyseyes
Pairing: Severus Snape / Harry Potter
Word Count: 100 x 4
Rating : PG-13
Challenge: [community profile] harry100 Prompt 335: Countdown
Warnings: * AU, Harry is seven, mentions of child abuse/neglect*
Summary: Severus meets a child in need – what does he do now?
Part of the Worthy Child Series
Disclaimer: JKR owns the Potterverse – I just play in it. No money is made from these amateur works.

Removal )
 
 
Current Mood: busy
 
 
20 April 2018 @ 09:43 pm
Fic: Oral Fixation  
Title: Oral Fixation
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter.
Word Count: 365
Warnings: None, dialogue only.
A/N: Written for [community profile] hogwarts365/[livejournal.com profile] hogwarts365's prompt # 239: Working on a holiday, Teal, Floriography.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Oral Fixation )
 
 
Current Mood: thoughtful
 
 
20 April 2018 @ 06:09 pm
The Friday Five, 4/20/18  
Friday Five Time!
Happy 420 everyone. ;)

Spring Fever! )
 
 
Current Mood: relaxed
 
 
20 April 2018 @ 06:56 am
Reading Again  
It seems like it's been forever since I've had time or energy to get lost in a book. What with work and family and the seemingly constant migraines I've been having as winter shifts into spring here (which means lots and lots of dust storms), it's been hard to focus on much of anything. But this past week I've for some reason felt that old hunger again, and I've begun rereading the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice.

Oh, I'd forgotten how sweet it is to get lost in words. And Interview With the Vampire is such a lovely story, so sensual and erotic and full of dark beauty. It's put me into an exceptionally good mood.

As far as the migraines go, I am cautiously optimistic. I was reading an article online about a month ago that suggested magnesium supplements for weather and menstrual triggered migraines (which are my two biggest challenges), so I made an appointment to talk to my doctor about it. She did some blood tests and said yes, it would be safe for me to take them. She told me that while there's no objective evidence to support it, a lot of people have self-reported that it helps them. I figured I really have nothing to lose by trying, so I went out and bought a bottle of them at the store.

I've been taking the supplements for about two weeks now, and already I've seen a huge improvement. I'm hesitant to attribute it solely to the magnesium, because there are so many other factors at play (weather, hormone levels, who knows what else), but I'm definitely going to keep trying them. The real test will come over the summer, I think, when we get our annual monsoon storms and life generally turns into a horror show for me with all of the migraines I get during that time.

I'm really hoping the magnesium works, because my condition has been resistant to most of the prescription meds we've tried. And some of the side effects of those have been harrowing. So far, I haven't noticed any side effects from the magnesium, which is a relief. I was told that some people experience severe stomach upset while they take it, but so far at least that isn't something I've had to deal with.

So life is good! I don't have to work today, so I'm thinking that curling up with my book and a cup of hot vanilla tea sounds like just the thing. I hope you're all having a good day, too. :)

 
 
Current Mood: cheerful