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Vampies Nomination

"Maledictum Magae" was nominated in this year's The Vampies Awards under I Can't Believe It's Not Sparkly (Best AU)!  Thank you so much to all of you who nominated the story.  Big hugs all around! ♥



Voting takes place February 14 - 28.  You can go here to check out the other nominees as well.  Thanks so much again!  Also, good luck and congrats to everyone else who was nominated. :)

Maledictum Magae A/N

Hello all!  It's the weekend!!! (Finally)




Anywho, I just wanted to inform you that the next MM update is finished!  It's now sitting with my beta.  The update is INCREDIBLY LONG (so look forward to that) which is why it took forever to write and it will take my beta probably forever to work her magic on it.  

With that said, expect it sometime within the next few days... hopefully. lol

Maledictum Magae Sneak Peek - Ch. 13

“Why… Why have I been chased all my life?” Bella questioned. “I did nothing wrong.”

“No. No you didn’t,” Edward promised her, his thumbs lightly brushing away her tears. “It was my fault they have been after you.”

Bella leaned into his touch, though she felt guilty for doing so. There were too many emotions running through her in that very moment. Her loneliness could have been spared if he had only told her the truth when he was given the first chance. Her life wouldn’t have been her only curse had Alice not been involved. Without them, maybe she would have lived and died peacefully. Maybe she would have married Jacob and mothered his children. They would have grown old together and watched their children grow old. Those had been her dreams once, and they had been violently ripped away.

But if Alice had never walked into her life, she would have never known her one and only true friend. Though she resented Carlisle for Alice’s death, she still considered him an important figure in her life and she would have never known him otherwise. Most importantly, she would have never met Edward all these years later. Would she have regretted it?  Would she have regretted not knowing any of them at all?

As she felt the coolness of Edward’s skin against her own, the tender embrace he bestowed upon her, the love he held out so openly to her, she couldn’t help but want those things too. And there was her answer.

Yes, she would have regretted everything.

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I entered a video contest on YouTube called, "The Hugging Contest."   Basically, you just focus on a scene between people hugging, whether it's between family, friends, couples, etc.  Mine's not fancy by any means, but the scene in the movie itself always puts a smile on my face.  So, I thought I'd share it here to make you smile as well.  Have a wonderful weekend everyone! 


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Maledictum Magae - Ch. 12

Disclaimer: I own nothing. All characters are property of Stephenie Meyer. And I do not get any sort of profit from this.

Summary: The curse happened in 1692. For over 300 years, Isabella Swan has lived alone, afraid to be close to anyone again. But when she finally meets someone who captures her heart, the unthinkable happens, leaving her in a kind of danger she never thought possible.




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Maledictum Magae Sneak Peek - Ch. 12

Just to set you guys up... this is part of a dream sequence.  Enjoy! 

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The sun was hot overhead and its light drifted in and out of the passing clouds.  People were shouting all around her and she pushed her way through the chaos until she was in the back of the crowd. 

It didn’t take long to spot herself standing alone, adjusting her clothes.  Goodman James was speaking to her.

“Miss Swan,” he said.

Isabella nodded curtly.

Bella knew what day this was.  It was the day that Mary Alice was hung.  She watched herself turn toward a few people standing amongst the trees.

“Carlisle,” Bella whispered, recognizing the man in the wide-brimmed hat.

Suddenly, the noise of the crowd grew and Bella could hear the squeaks of the wooden wheels carrying the cart of innocent women.  She didn’t want to look.  Instead, she kept her gaze on the man she knew many years ago.  His golden eyes slid to the left, as if watching something.

Bella looked at the people around him – an older woman balancing a child on her hip, a young man glancing down toward the ground as he quietly chewed on the end of a straw of wheat, an elderly man breathing in the warmth of tobacco from his pipe…

There was something familiar about one of those people.

Bella turned her gaze back to the younger man.  A hat hid the top of his head but he tilted his head upward and to the side, in the direction of Carlisle.  Bella instantly recognized the structure of his jaw, the elongation of his neck, the elegant muscles that shaped his arms. 

“It can’t be,” she whispered, unknowingly taking a step toward him.

Carlisle nodded minutely and the young man straightened, looking up at the crowd before him.  It was Edward.

Maledictum Magae - Ch. 11


Disclaimer: I own nothing. All characters are property of Stephenie Meyer. And I do not get any sort of profit from this.

Summary: The curse happened in 1692. For over 300 years, Isabella Swan has lived alone, afraid to be close to anyone again. But when she finally meets someone who captures her heart, the unthinkable happens, leaving her in a kind of danger she never thought possible.




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Maledictum Magae Sneak Peek # 2 - Ch. 11

Being that the next update is taking longer for me to finish, I've decided to leave another excerpt here.  So, this is my New Year's gift to all you MM readers... it's the second sneak peek I've posted for Chapter 11.  I hope you all enjoy and have a safe and Happy New Year! 

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The reflection of dead limbs passed over the clear glass of the windshield as Bella cautiously drove through the maze of trees. A crow cawed in the distance and she tightened her grip around the steering wheel in response. Though it seemed like hours, only minutes had passed by until a clearing could be seen ahead. With each turn of the tires, Bella felt her gaze shift in different directions, checking her surroundings.

As the road opened wider into the clearing, Bella recognized the outline of an old home. Though most of it appeared to be hidden beneath layers of ivy and growth, it still held the presence of grandeur. Tall pillars supported the slope of the roof. They decorated the edge of the large veranda, whose floor was hidden beneath clumps of dead roots and dried leaves. A blanket of snow had fallen over the composite of vegetation, casting the once lively manor into the form of a ghost. Two rows of windows looked out onto the forest, their panes all but smashed in from years of neglect and abuse.

Bella sat in her car, parked before the abandoned home, and stared in awe. According to Harry, this was where the most recent attack had taken place. Maggie had been quick to dismiss his story as a mere rumor, but Bella couldn’t find it in herself to do the same. She could feel the presence of something unknown lurking in these woods. She felt unseen eyes watching her in that very moment. 

Her mind waged a silent battle as Bella sat in the car, deciding on whether or not to go into the home.  Her gaze drifted over the decaying appearance of the building before her, and as she studied it, a slight movement from a second story window caught her attention.  She squinted her eyes, desperate to see through the haze of snow.  Maybe her mind was playing tricks on her, but she could have sworn she saw a figure there, watching her.

Maledictum Magae Sneak Peek - Ch. 11

About time, don't you think?

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The ring of the register echoed in the distance as Bella dumped powdered cream and sugar into the brown caffeinated beverage.  No one was around close enough to notice, so she picked up a stirrer and let the wooden stick swirl in the drink on its own as she reached up to grab a few napkins.

She barely registered the sounds of quiet murmurings from the front of the store.

“Did you hear about the attack last night?” Harry muttered. 

Bella’s hand instantly halted the stirrer as her fingers gripped the rim of the cup.

Silence met his reply, so he continued.  “Up where that old, run-down mansion is?  That one that’s been there since the eighteen hundreds?”

“That old thing?  Sounds an awful lot like a horror movie setting if you ask me,” Maggie commented.  “Sure it’s not just a bunch of kids making it up?”

“If it were, the Chief wouldn’t have had most of the squad there last night.  Well, in any case, don’t go near the area, okay?”

“Ha!” she laughed, waving him on.  “What’s an old woman like me having any business being there?  I live on the other side of town, Harry.  I don’t need to go anywhere near the place.”

“Well, just so you’re aware,” he said, before walking toward the door.

“Fine, fine,” she sighed.  “Have a good one, you hear?”

Bella came here for a reason.  She had no information other than the news to go by and she was ready to search out the area where the campers had been attacked.  Now, that there had been a new attack, Maggie may be the one to give her the answers she needed.

Carefully placing a lid on her coffee, Bella walked up to the counter and pulled out a few dollars to pay for her drink.  “Hello,” she greeted warmly.

Maggie smiled back, the skin around her eyes crinkling as she did so.  “Hello, dear.  How are you doing this morning?”

“Great, thanks.”  She watched as the older woman rang up her purchase and took the money that had been placed before her. 

“I was wondering…” Bella began.  “I’m on my way back to campus and I couldn’t help but overhear that man talking about an attack?”

“Oh don’t you worry about it, honey,” Maggie voiced quickly.  “You’ll be fine.”

“Well, I just...” Maggie handed back Bella’s change and she pocketed it quickly.  “I just didn’t know if I’d be driving past that area on my way back.”

“No.  It’s in the opposite direction, dear, way out of the way of Highway 101.  Trust me, you won’t be traveling anywhere near it.”

A pleased smile spread across Bella’s lips as she picked up her coffee.  “Well, thank you very much.  I appreciate it.”

“You’re welcome, honey.  And you be careful driving back!”

Bella waved as she left the store and hurried back to her car.  Smoothing out the surface of her road map, she stared down at the dark black line that signified the highway she had been traveling on.  Closing her eyes, she focused on where she wanted to be and raised the palm of her hand so that it hovered just over the map’s surface.  Within seconds, the skin of her palm was introduced to something warm.  Bella glanced down quickly and saw a faint light sparkling up at her from the map.  It was off in an unnamed part of the map just a little ways away from Highway 101.

Now she had a destination in mind.

Without another thought, Bella pulled the Corolla back onto the highway and drove off toward the mansion that Harry spoke of.

 

Author's Note for Secret Prophecies

Hello all!  I apologize for not updating this story sooner.  I've been thinking a lot about how I want to finish with Secret Prophecies and what the best way to go about it would be.  I hate to put it on hiatus, but I believe that's what I'm going to have to do.  It'd be a very VERY temporary brief hiatus that the story would be on.  I'm not going to use that time to stop writing and then come back to it, but rather I will actually FINISH writing the story so that when I do start posting updates again, you all won't have to wait months in between updates.  With there only being a few more chapters left, there's a lot of information going into each and it wouldn't be right to have you all waiting for so long for the story to finish.  So with that said, I believe that it's only fair to you all for me to take the time to finish the story and then start posting updates.  Now, I know what you're thinking.  You're thinking that there's no point and the story won't be finished for another year or so.  We all know how long it takes me to post updates, so I don't blame you for thinking this.  However... This doesn't mean that I'm going to take several months to a year to finish Secret Prophecies.  It may take me a month or two, just because of my work schedule, but I WILL FINISH THIS STORY FOR YOU.  I PROMISE.

Like I said, I hate to classify it as "on temporary hiatus" but I feel that it's the appropriate thing to do right now.  Again, I'm going to use this time to finish the story and to tweak previous updates that were never betaed before.  Hopefully, once the story is complete, you all can start over from the very beginning and get lost in the plot that you all seemed to enjoy, without any of the breaks and cliffhangers. ;)  I know it's disappointing to have to wait even longer for another update, but I feel this is only fair to you all that you know my plans for the story.

Thank you again for your support and have a wonderful holiday!