I currently live in the great state of South Dakota. Why do I live in a place with such nasty winters, I don't know. Since most of my family lives far away in more exotic places than I do, my life revolves around my four dogs, Sampson, Raphael, Seamus, and Mayhem. They are a min-pin, a toy poodle, a teacup Malti-Poo, and a Great Dane, respectively.
I've always had a fascination with the mental illness aspect that characterizes Bellatrix Black Lestrange. My first story is her story. On one site I was sorted into Ravenclaw but I think the hat made a mistake. Most days I feel like a Slytherin!
It was hard acting jolly when he was in a bit of a nark, but George Weasley pulled it off...Without a date for Fred and Angelina's engagement party, George asks Alicia Spinnet and sees his old mate in a new light.
Well, that was just what I needed. It was cute and romantic but not misty-eye inducing. Speaking of misty eyes, I really think there's something going on with my eyes--so, I'll dash to the doctor's this afternoon. This problem's interfering with my enjoyment of fan fiction and that's just unacceptable:) Anyway, this was fun. I smiled when Alicia's mom said she'd do anything to get redheaded grandchildren. I guess 22 is getting kind of old by wizard standards and not be married. It seems magical folk marry young. Great story. I'll see you next time.
Author's Response: I hope MNFF doesn't eat my review like for Far Away! Aside from the profusive thanks and words of admiration, :D, I asked what kind of dog Fynn is because I've used him...and his unnamed owner...in ch 8 of the AU R/T fic and right now he's described as a small dog. Also, if you want a humor fic, I'd love you to read Dear Snarky Severus!
"I'm no Ravenclaw, but I finally learnt to take no for an answer." When James stops asking Lily out, she tells him that's not Quidditch!
Aw, this is cute. It looks like James finally figured out that sometimes it's better to not persevere. Most of the time though, I believe in perseverance. I think JKR left a lot of room for imagination in this area--how James and Lily started dating and got married. I read your last response. Fynnegan Lukas-Morrison is a toy poodle. He's a phantom poodle--supposedly his color is apricot (but he doesn't really look orange to me) with black markings on his face, ears, and a spot on his back. These markings only show up when his fur gets longer. He kind of looks like a lamb. Fynn is almost like a little person for some reason with the sounds he makes and the things he does. Reminds me of Sampson the Newfie--he was kind of like a person too. My name is Liana Champagne. I tried to use my real name when I joined this site but they wouldn't let me--apparently there's someone else with my first name. On HPFF I use my real name but on the Twilight website I'm Esmerelda. Most students around her know my "vampire" name is Esmerelda the Vamp Queen:D But enough about me:) I'm planning to read the Snarky Severus story real soon. I'm not sure how much more I'll read today though--my eyes are really bothering me. Hopefully I can get that sorted out later today. My vision is blurred and they feel tired which leaves me not wanting to concentrate.
With so many characters, to give the background on all of them would have killed the momentum of the books. Boys just don't care about the romantic details, lol. I'm glad the sketchy backstories give writers loads of artistic freedom. ;)
Don't try to read until your eyes are better. If you've got allergies, this time of year can be a pain...or a dry, itchy blur! Whatever the reason, don't strain them. You need them to read another day. :D
Here's the edited quote from the yet to be posted chapter.
He turned toward the sound and saw a woman in jeans with long, black hair kneeling on a blanket, ruffling the fur of a diminutive poodle. A shouted, “Fynnegan Lukas Morrison!” sent the animal scurrying off like an errant child.
The owner waves her apologies...close as you get to a special mention, heh, but isn't there a saying, love me, love my dog...or at least immortalize him in fiction? LOL
*Nominated for a Quicksilver Quill for Best Romance- Canon.*
That was wonderful. Of course, Tonks had to go back to being colorful. I really liked that Tonks was instrumental in getting Mr. Dunne a job. I loved how she handled the nosy old biddy who kept turning in the werewolf next door to magical law enforcement. Sometimes you just have to stop being polite and tell people the honest facts of life. Excellent book. Loved every second of it. I'll see you in a bit in the next one. Thanks for writing this.
Author's Response: Thank you for reading it! Remus is so often portrayed as only down on himself and down on his luck all the time, but the books are from Harry's pov and as a boy he only sees a very limited side of Remus' personality, the encouraging teacher. I wanted to show his romantic side, and I'm thrilled you're going to read the next story in the series! :)
For a brief moment I thought, but Remus wasn't married before so how can he be the guy Tonks is trying to spy on. Then I figured she mistook Remus for someone else. Very well done. Leaves a lot of hope for the future--well I think it does anyway.
You're reading this! Three cheers! Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah! Drinks all round. :D
I couldn't see Tonks and Remus meeting in any typical way. This let them get to know each other a little and make them want to get to know each other a lot. ;)
This is too much:) It sounds like they were meant to be together from the beginning. I like this story about how the Order started. Will we meet other members as they join? Other familiar faces? Great chapter.
Ever seen The Nightmare Before Christmas? "We're simply meant to be" is from one of the songs, and absolutely Remus and Tonks. At the same time, so is Rascal Flatts' "God blessed the broken road that led me straight to you" does too. Their life experiences make them appreciate each other and perfect for each other in a Grace Jones "I'm not perfect, but I'm perfect for you" way.
Lyrics for all occasions, heh.
At least Remus knows that Tonks was engaged once and will hopefully be mature enough to put two and two together. I really like your interpretation of Remus and Tonks. I'm enjoying this new book but I hope nothing bad happens. I was never really happy that Remus and Tonks died. Great chapter.
They have angsty moments and different relationship issues to work out through the series, but Tonks only has eyes for Remus and he only has eyes for her.I was so unhappy about Remus and Tonks' fate in DH that I couldn't write a DH chapter fic. I had to end the canon series on a happy note and then go AU where they live and work their way back to each other. The suspense is how and when. :)
Tonks is such a naughty girl. Remus knows who she is doesn't he? I'll bet she can morph all over the place and he'll still pick up her scent. The events surrounding the wizarding Kama Sutra were a hoot. Great chapter.
Author's Response: Oh yeah, he's got her scent and there's no fooling him. Not that she won't ever try.... :D
I'm not a big chocolate eater (preferring caramel and vanilla) but your description of the bakery kind of had me looking for the candy I bought today. No such thing as chocolate croissants around here unless I bake them. I think it's hysterical that Remus was there when Tonks came back from her run and guessed what was in the bag. Great chapter and excuse me while I go find a snack. Damn you Kerichi!!!
Author's Response: I'm an equal-opportunity sweets lover, so while I love chocolate, caramel and vanilla sounds good. Have you ever had the candy corn hershey kisses? Mmm...you have me wondering what you had for a snack. Yes, I can enjoy food vicariously. :D
I really enjoyed my date with Remus and Tonks. I tried to be real quiet so they wouldn't know I was there. I did have to avert my eyes a few times, so as not to invade their privacy. You'll be happy to know I went home after the jazz club. I'm not really a peeping tom. That was a great chapter. Tres romantique! (I'm not sure if that's how you spell romantic in French--don't have my dictionary handy--but you know what I mean.
Author's Response: While you read you are Tonks, so Remus would get a complex if you weren't there, lol. My French is limited to phrases read in books/heard in films/looked up online, but it looks correct to me!
That chapter was so sweet. I hope Tonks isn't too upset when she finds out Remus is a werewolf. Heck, he may be a werewolf but he's more of a gentleman than a lot of people I know.
BTW, I received your "warning" about not writing a series right off the bat. I've got most of the first book written, will be looking for an agent, and I know this could take a while. The toy line is kind of a joke, since the book is about my toy poodle, Fynn. I thought if the book was successfull then maybe kids would want a Fynn toy. And he kind of looks like a toy. Then, my sister and I were joking around and the idea for the second book came into being. Seriously, right now, I'm just working on the one book. So wish me luck.
I think you'll like Tonks' reaction!
It wasn't a warning as much as passing along advice. Ever listen to country music or seen the film Twister? There's a Shania Twain song called "No One Needs To Know" that fits both men or prospective editors of a future series, heh.
I got my heart, set my feet wet
And he dont even know it yet
But no one needs to know right now
Good luck...and when the first book's done, why not go for the second while you wait?
I want a Remus in my life. Actually, right now I'm happy reading about Remus. You can tell how wonderful a person is if they'll sit and watch a soap with your Gran and make meaningful comments. Great chapter.
Author's Response: Thank you for being happy to read about Remus. If I had psychic (or psychotic as Angelica from Rugrats put it) powers, I'd send a real life counterpart your way. Since I don't, I'll just send up a prayer. :)
Damn it--my reading time is over and you've left me with a cliffie. I don't think I can stay up and read anymore. Tonks' friend knows who Remus is doesn't she? Thank you for the time frame at Hogwarts. I think you mentioned it before but I got involved in the romance. Tonks would know who Mad-Eye is wouldn't she? I'm feeling a little nervous about this Death Eater party. This was a great chapter. You may not see me until Monday. Good night for now.
Author's Response: Cliffie's are useful for making readers come back and making it easy to jump into the next chapter when writing. Win/win, heh. Whenever I "see" you, you'll make my day! I hope the rest of your weekend is relaxing and fun! :)
I'm the sort of person who would just tell Tonks "Look, your boyfriend is a werewolf. But he's a really nice guy. I'm sure you'll learn to deal with it. You'd better because there aren't that many nice guys around." How long has it been since she's seen Sirius? I know I said I wouldn't be back until Monday but I couldn't resist. This is just too precious--her choice of music and plans to dance in the moonlight as I sit here with Linkin Park blaring in the background. I'd probably scare Remus away. Actually, I'm Lucius' age. I wonder if the Death Eater would be scared? Tonks is so smart. Putting on the perfume (my sister likes Moonlight Path too) and then flooing to Diagon Alley. Too bad they couldn't stay longer and get more information. Your writing is so wonderful that I can't comment enough about it. I feel bad because I know authors put so much into their writing and here I am spending every waking moment thinking about when I can read again. Excellent chapter.
You had me at "I couldn't resist", :D, but you officially completed me by saying you think about when you'll read again.
My day (which is rainy and gray and sucktackular weather-wise), is now sunny and flowe-filled in my heart. Thank you so much for giving me such wonderful feedback!
Tonks reacted how I hoped she would. I would've been extremely disappointed if she had done something different. Wow!! I think this is the best chapter yet. Evan is a first class prick. Oops, can I say prick in a review. What a day for Tonks! To have first hand experience investigating a werewolf and then to find out from Evan Bloody Rosier that her new boyfriend is a werewolf--Tonks has a lot of class, but I knew she did. Excellent chapter.
Author's Response: Thank you! I think Evan will grow on you (like mold, heh) through the stories, but he's definitely making Remus look good by being such an arse! :D
That was too wonderful. I think Sirius would be more shocked. I am sitting here teary-eyed. That was too cool. I've owned huge dogs--Newfoundlands, Great Pyrenees, St. Bernard--and there's nothing like sleeping with them--knowing they'll protect you to the death and love you unconditionally. I think a wolf would be like that. Hey, I'll take a canine any day. This chapter was too incredible for words. Excellent.
Author's Response: I think his years in Azkaban have given Sirius a "don't sweat the small stuff" mentality. Protecting Harry is is top priority. He considers Tonks a grown woman (most of the time, heh) so I couldn't see him pulling a Ron and overreacting. :D
This was too cute. I can't believe she's got to impersonate Priscilla Parkinson. I'm just going ewww. I've always pictured Sirius as a Newfie. I was disappointed in the film version of his animagus form. I can see Sirius still flirting with the ladies as a dog. I love canines. This was a great chapter, I really liked the interplay among the three characters. I still thin Sirius was more shocked. Excellent chapter.
Author's Response: I'm not trying to say that Sirius will never make comments or be uncomfortable with his friend and little cousin dating (Sirius is in 4 out of the 5 canon chapter fics, so there is ongoing adjustment and growth in relationships) but he knows life is short and after what he's lived through, not a lot truly shocks him anymore.
How is Tonks gonna get out of this one? How does Evan know? Maybe he cared for Tonks more than she knew? Or is this some weird game he's playing? Does he like to pretend Prissy is Tonks and does Prissy let him do that? Can Remus intercede as her father? Probably not. This was very good. I'm on the edge of my seat though. Great chapter.
Author's Response: Thank you! Evan did care for Tonks more than she thought (he just loves himself and his business more than anything else) but she's not perfect, she gives little things away that Evan picks up on because he's a cunning Slytherin.
Well, that sounds ominous. You aren't going to make something hideous happen in these last few chapters are you? Tonks is so talented. I can't believe how she got out of her last situation with Evan. He really thinks all of these people are Tonks--and they are:) I'm sure he misses her more than he realizes. Great chapter.
Author's Response: Ta, thanks! The books were about Harry, so we didn't really get to "see" Tonks in action, much. I had fun creating her work life, and the jobs that bleed over into personal life. Nothing hideous will happen, just a lesson Tonks needs to learn, and a debt she'll have to pay in the next chapter fic. :D
Whenever I think of Sirius in his dog form I think of my Newfoundland, Sampson, who died in the summer of 2000--gone but never forgotten. I've been checking into getting another Newfie. They're great dogs--very loyal and intelligent. I'm glad Cami just needed a distraction from the bottle. That's important but I thought something worse was going on. And now we know what Sirius was doing when Harry was in the triwizard tournament. Great chapter. See you tomorrow.
Author's Response: Thank you! Sampson sounds like a big sweetie. Did he have a Delilah? :)
Somehow, I didn't quite expect that. It appears that Tonks didn't either. I guess I expected Evan to come on like a raging Death Eater, but as you said before he's in love with himself and his business. It's so sad that what gave Tonks away was the look of pity in her eyes. Sadder still, is the fact that Evan knows she pities him. To answer one of your questions, my Sampson never had a Delilah. He had a big heart full of love and he was totally devoted to me. He died way too young, we'll never know why, and he's still missed. Great chapter by the way. I was just looking up where to go next in this series. I'm so glad your Scorpius/Rose story was featured and I became familiar with your work.
Author's Response: I'm so glad you read featured stories! (I've sometimes wondered how many people actually do, :D) The next story in this series, A Wolf in the Moonlight was a featured story once upon a time. It's more of a mystery/romance that takes place over a couple of weeks in December. Had to have a Christmas ending. :D