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Review of chapter "The Dawn Arriving" from RinHitokiri
Review:
I have read this story quite a few times and I find the same joy in it every time I read it. I really hope that you post a sequel to this, I'd love to read more about them!
Comments from author:
The sequel is in the works. I am so glad you enjoy it. I really enjoyed writing it. It was really outside my comfort zone and required me to find the characters very carefully.

I have written 1/2 dozen chapters for the sequel, but not the first few yet, so not ready for posting... but it's still eager to be written so it will be.

Thank you

Peace,

Blue
Review By [RinHitokiri] • Date [27 Jun 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Dawn Arriving" from (Recent Donor)Luna
Review:
So sometimes I do this thing.
When an author I know posts a story but I don't think I'd like it, but then I read the reviews and they're all really positive, I read the last chapter. Bad Luna! I know :p
Anyways, this final chapter *was* really good. I love your stories because they're so love-centered - everybody's pairing up, positivity abounds, and its all really cute in a Full House type way except I don't despise it like I did the Tanners ;) Real feel-good fics, for sure.
I love the idea of Seeley Booth being Angel's descendent - I've never seen that and I totally LOVE it, especially because Liam was a bloody whore back in his human days, so it makes sense that he fathered at least one bastard.
Faith/Riley, Buffy/Graham is what I seemed to have picked up, which is interesting ;) I actually really like the latter pairing. Graham is so chill that I can see him totally being cool with a super strong super hot girlfriend, unlike Riley & his insecurities.
All in all, this was a really fun read. I will definitely have to go back and actually read it from the beginning like a normal person - however I severely doubt that you would ever be able to make me be okay with the Xander/Angel pairing. *shakes head* Nope. Tis 'ooky'. But the other aspects of the story seem like they may be enough to make me okay with a tiny bit of ooky.

Thanks for writing and sharing mi amor!
Comments from author:
OK... just saw this *after* I read your PM and was broken hearted... Blue is now kind of gruntled :-) I'm really glad that you read some of the story and found it at least a little bit interesting.

I always wondered why no one ever considered making Booth Liam's descendant... (I've only seen it once that I can remember and that story was 'a bit odd' (very oogie, actually) b/c the whole 'family' ended up sleeping together [Dru, Spike, Angel, Booth]). The whole Booth = Angel thing got old really fast for me especially b/c the two characters are really different, despite the same actor. Yeah, I do tend to make everyone happy ever after, don't I? sigh. Gonna have to look into making everyone miserable in my next story... ;-) In my defense, not everyone ends up happy ever after in my TFD story...

R/F and B/G is indeed the combination... I especially love my R/F combo... They may seem improbable, but I think they're good for each other! Yes, Graham always seemed like he was more the adult than Riley. Riley always seemed insecure and easily thrown off balance and a bit too impulsive for an officer in a secret project.

I do hope you will read it, however, I will warn you that, particularly in the early chapters, it's very much about X/A. I think you'll find that, despite following little Xander, Xander kind of agrees with you in the beginning... But there's more to this story than lots of creepiness... at least so I've been told.

You're more than welcome. Thank you for giving it a chance despite your misgivings. I do understand misgivings. Some combinations or subjects really do seem like a place too far.

Peace,

Thank you for reading and reviewing.

Blue
Review By [(Recent Donor)Luna] • Date [20 Feb 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Dawn Arriving" from (Current Donor)Katrina
Review:
Great Story!! I admit I was doubtful at the start, but it truly "grew" on me as I read and the pieces started coming together. Nice!

Thank you for sharing this with us.
Comments from author:
I really enjoyed writing this so I'm very glad you enjoyed it. I'll admit the beginning was a bit abrupt, but I've had 'sudden attraction' happen to me & I put them in a highly charged situation to bring everything to a head...

You're very welcome... Please read more! :-)

Blue
Review By [(Current Donor)Katrina] • Date [15 Jan 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Dawn Arriving" from falsegod
Review:
love, love, love
Comments from author:
Thank you so much!

Thank you for your lovely recommendation!

Blue
Review By [falsegod] • Date [8 Jan 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The Dawn Arriving" from ianquest
Review:
I just found this story and was utterly enthralled by it. It's 'lucky' that I'm currently suffering from the flu, as it gave me two days off work to read the whole thing from beginning to end...

Amazing work; very well done on the characterisation and storytelling. This is the season I would like to have seen on TV!

One thing I would like to suggest, however, is that there is such a thing as taking attribution/acknowledgement of sources too far. It's rather disconcerting to be reading a story, engrossed in mentally visualising the action, only to come across a 'TM' trademark symbol after a word (I believe it was plasticine) and be jarred to a halt in surprise at the incongruity of it.

Likewise with the italicising of quoted text; to suddenly come across a section of italicised dialogue (two words, even!) stops the flow of narrative as we try to figure out why the speaking character is putting emphasis on those words. We realise that it's a quote, and try to re-immerse ourselves in the narrative, only to have the same thing happen again a line or two later. We know that it's fanfiction, the owners have been acknowledged, we've seen the episodes the quote came from, and probably read it in several other stories, so we know that it's a quote. To put special emphasis mid-story disrupts the reading experience. This isn't an academic paper; footnotes aren't required, class! :)

Other than that one minor quibble, brilliant work. I'm looking forward eagerly to the next story in the series!

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to spend more time than I can really afford reading everything else you've written... ;D

Edit: I recently read a couple of ebooks which had legal acknowledgements at the beginning of the book, like what you want to do. They were on the same page as the cataloguing/publication information, and said something along the lines of "Trademarks acknowledgement: The author acknowledges the trademarked status and trademark owners of the following wordmarks mentioned in this work of fiction: Harley: Harley-Davidson Motor Company' etc. The story itself then used the words like 'Harley' purely as normal in the narrative.

I noticed it as unusual in the first ebook I read by whichever company it was, and then it stuck in my mind when I saw it in another by the same company; obviously their standard way of doing things. You could do something similar for quotes by acknowledging "Selected quoted lines of dialogue included in this work of fiction are drawn from 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' and used without permission. No challenge is intended to the copyright owners by their use." You could then quote away legally and ethically!

Yes, I read publication information pages and know about copyright; I'm a librarian, we have to be interested in this sort of stuff! You wanna make something of it? ;)
Comments from author:
I think that being told my work is enthralling has to be one of the better compliments I've received recently. Thank you. I'm especially chuffed to be told that my season three is something you'd have liked to see on screen. Blush. Happy, happy face. Sorry you were ill, but very glad that you got a chance to read and delighted you chose my story.

Sorry, if the italics/tm is jarring. I've always been bothered by the opposite. When I see a story where people don't distinguish what they didn't write, it feels like they're trying to pass off the words of others as theirs. However, I will move my TM to a footnote at the bottom of the page. As a creator of intellectual property, I may play with other people's stuff, but I don't feel comfortable not acknowledging it's not mine.

I guess I'm only doing what I hope someone would do if I were ever lucky enough to be published. And yes, my academic roots are showing. Strangely, I really chafed at having to insert all those in line notations for school. hehe.

I really hope you'll enjoy the rest of my work, despite my quirks.

Thank you for your lovely review.

EDIT:

Nope, don't want to make anything of it. Definitely not going to go head to head with a librarian. You know where to find all the good info!! I did go back and remove the 'TM'. I'd have to do an awful lot of editing to remove/change the italics in the quoted material, so that's probably not going to happen, though I will think about not making it stand out and maybe stop doing it... we'll see. You're the first person who has ever said anything about it, btw... for whatever that's worth. (smile)

Peace,

Seasons Greetings.

Blue
Review By [ianquest] • Date [22 Dec 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The Dawn Arriving" from DavidFraser
Review:
As always a full entertaining read from end to end.

And, yes, I did like the ending provided.
Comments from author:
Thank you so much for your continued support of my work. It means a great deal. So glad the ending pleased you - I had fun with it!

**Thank you for your wonderful recommendation**

Peace,

Blue
Review By [DavidFraser] • Date [29 Oct 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The Dawn Arriving" from Geyer
Review:
Excellent story! I really enjoyed this version of season 3--creative plotting, wonderful and believable characterizations, satisfying conclusion. The early introduction of Riley's team opens up interesting opportunities for changes in s4, as does the arrival of Spike and Dru as possible allies. As one of the few people who liked Wesley even in s3, I was thrilled to see how he developed here as a valuable member of the group. You did a great job with all the relationships, including the somewhat painful Xander/Jessica and Buffy/Angel interactions, which were very believable. Thanks for a great story.
Comments from author:
Thank you! I'm so glad that you found it believable and creative. I had a great deal of fun trying to follow my characters into their changing world... I've discovered that if you have characters make different choices, or experience different things, especially big different things, that it spreads out like ripples... in fascinating and often unpredictable ways... So doing the math to see where things will lead is half the fun... It's like pulling threads in a tapestry too... you end up with a very different tapestry/pond... I just couldn't believe the mayor would not know about the initiative and that he wouldn't consider them a threat. Wesley... well, I love Wes... He was such a berk in season 3, but he was also so much fun to watch and even more fun to develop. Knowing where he went in Angel was helpful, of course! Very glad you had fun with my characters/storylines... and hope you'll enjoy what's to come even more. So glad you liked my J/X and B/A bits...

Peace,

Blue

I'm looking forward to seeing what happens with D&S too!
Review By [Geyer] • Date [16 Oct 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The Dawn Arriving" from slytherinheadgirl
Review:
I just found this fic. It is GREAT!!!! I was also glad to see you were planning on continuing it. YAY! I look forward to reading more and finding out how dru and spike can help angel keep his soul. Keep up the good work and post some of the sequel soon.
Comments from author:
I'm so glad you found it and that you enjoyed it so much. I was terrified that folks would be disappointed, as this was my very first slash story. As soon as life allows (I finish cleaning and fixing my flooded house and broken roof and take my nursing boards) I will get back to posting regularly. Dru always wanted her 'family' back... Now she's figured out how to do it... since she's insane, I'm not sure she's seen the ramifications of her choices... yet. I'm looking forward to working on it again.

Peace,

Blue
Review By [slytherinheadgirl] • Date [9 Sep 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The Dawn Arriving" from jgoodman
Review:
Love this story and can't wait to read the sequel
Comments from author:
Thank you so much. Hopefully, I'll get to it soon.

Blue
Review By [jgoodman] • Date [22 Aug 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The Dawn Arriving" from (Current Donor)jcon
Review:
Such a lovely story. For your first slash it was marvelous. Liked the plot and the characters. Look forward to more.

Sorry about your father.
Comments from author:
Thank you. I'm really grateful it turned out so well. Was terrified I couldn't do it, but it just flowed for me.

Thank you for your condolences. I miss him. He made it his life's work to stand up for those society discriminated against.

Peace,

Blue.
Review By [(Current Donor)jcon] • Date [16 Aug 11] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The Dawn Arriving" from Angelskuuipo
Review:
This was a brilliant story. I really like the extended clan you created and am very much looking forward to more of this 'verse. Hope all you exams went well. :)
Comments from author:
Thank you so much! I had a lot of fun developing that clan. I have ideas for both a spinoff and a couple of sequels as soon as I pass my nursing boards... I passed my final exams and graduated from nursing school, so I am relieved! Now, all I need is that pesky licence... and admission to a graduate program after a 1 year break.

Blue
Review By [Angelskuuipo] • Date [23 Jul 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "The Dawn Arriving" from Elleria
Review:
Looking forward to the next bit.
Comments from author:
I'll do what I can, I promise.

Peace,

Blue
Review By [Elleria] • Date [15 Jul 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The Dawn Arriving" from kayron
Review:
What a great way to end the story! I absolutely LOVE it that Buffy got to arrest and cuff Stein! That was a wonderful! As for Spike and Dru coming to SAVE Angel's soul...complete surprise and shock! Spike's not crazy about Angel, but Drusilla loves her 'Daddy'. I'm surprised that she would want to help him KEEP his soul. I would think that she would want Angelus back. I'm glad to know that there will be a sequel coming. I liked this version of BtVS and AtS. I look forward to seeing what other changes/improvements you can make.
Comments from author:
Thank you so much. I'm so glad I let Sithspit talk me into expanding the Stein section! Go Sith! This is why people need beta readers. As for Spike and Dru? That I've known for a while... Dru is a strange creature... her motivations are beyond the understandings of normal mortals... Spike, on the other hand... he goes where his girl goes... even if it involves Peaches! There's a possibility that she's so crazy, she doesn't know what she's up to... we'll see, won't we? Maybe she wants to save his demon? I'm glad you've enjoyed my version of BtVS/AtS so far. I hope you'll enjoy what comes next.

Peace,

Blue
Review By [kayron] • Date [13 Jul 11] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The Dawn Arriving" from msdarque
Review:
I liked the ending.. very fitting, fun, exciting! :D
I'd very much be interested in a sequel or spin-off.
Congrats and many kudos! It's been a joy to read.
Comments from author:
Thank you so much. It feels amazing to hear that something I've written is a joy to read! I am glad you liked the ending. I had the last paragraphs for a while, but I wasn't sure exactly how to get there. I do hope I'll be able to get the sequel going soon.

Peace,

Blue
Review By [msdarque] • Date [13 Jul 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "The Dawn Arriving" from RyenSelenityCaliburn
Review:
You are AWESOME and AMAZING! What a great story! I loved it all the way through! You kept me interested and on the edge on my seat, I loved your versions of the characters and I'll def. be going back and reading it again and again... :D Looking forward to reading more of your work, be it in this series or spinoffs and others..
Ryen
Comments from author:
OK. Head now so big it can't get out the door! a yard wide. What an amazing review! I'm so grateful that my versions of the characters resonated. I tried to keep the recognizable while developing my own story line. It was fun working with them. I do hope you'll enjoy my other current stories and I promise the sequels will happen eventually... my brain is full of them!

Peace,

Blue
Review By [RyenSelenityCaliburn] • Date [13 Jul 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
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