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Real name: Books
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Member Since: July 29, 2008
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Hi, I'm Books.

I publish under the pen name Booksgalore on Twilighted and Bookishqua on

I am a judge for the Eddies and the Bellies

Occasionally, I tweet updates and teasers. You can follow me on Twitter @Bookishqua

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Cullenary Coupling - What if Edward lied to everyone about that whole being in love at first sight with Bella business? And then kinda sorta accidentally did fall in love with her much against his will, this not-so-dull-after-all-human girl? The story is told out of sequence, begins about 3/4 ths of the way through, and initially comes across as very canon-esque. Please don't be fooled into thinking this is a post Eclipse/ pre-BD clone.

The first several chapters serve as a shell to uncover the back story which is an alternate MS/Twilight Saga from EPOV using a completely different plot, as to howwhy, and when Edward and Bella fell in love. I will not be recreating the exact events from the saga because we've all read them over and over and over (and many have done them far, far better than I ever could).

What I will do in this story is address many of the themes that I found curious in the Twilight Saga: why does Edward hate himself and given that, how did he fall in love with Bella in the first place? What about that whole pesky, 'do you lose your soul when you become a vampire' issue? What is so special about Bella Swan? What motivates Bella to want to sacrifice everything to become a vampire - you know friends, family, possibly all her memories? Why does Bella love him - yet still fear he's going to leave her deep down inside? How does a nice girl like Bella Swan fall in love with a reformed mass murderer? How does a reformed mass murderer tell a nice girl like Bella Swan that he is, in fact, a reformed mass murderer? What is behind that whole stalking/courting routine of Edward's?

I have a different story to tell.

What is behind the sexual dynamic of her being the aggressor and him constantly vigilantly refusing to change their physical boundaries? Why did they even agree to get married? Stench issues aside: What was behind the hostility between the wolves and the vampires? And the Cullens - how are they taking this whole Edward/human pairing? Jacob is not a love interest in this story, so what is his deal, and why won't he leave Bella in peace?

I should warn you I have a sick sense of humor, and adore torturing Mike Newton (who is not a bad guy in this story) as many ways with humiliating situations as I can envision. Jacob, too. Charlie Swan as well. Also, I think Tanya is much more fun when she's tempting other people besides Edward, although she really is perturbed that he's just not that into her. Everyone else is. Or has been. clears throat

As shown in the back story, CC Edward is dark, snarky, and unapologetic about both.

The story of their romance is a mystery, a comedy, with some dark angst as well.

Cullenary Coupling has a thread on Twilighted(dot)net - please stop by and say hello. I don't bite. Much.



I am a serious nerd. I love reading stories from all genres. Although I have always enjoyed writing, I've never tried my hand at fiction until now. I have a twisted sense of humor, so like to bring that to my writing. Cullenary Coupling is my first fanfiction which I've made, I suspect, the world's most complicated plot purely for entertainment and self-torture purposes. Aside from that, I'm dreadfully boring.


Mt. Olympus from Mt. Carrie

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Edward discovers that Bella has a talent he didn’t know about. He makes the mistake of telling Emmett and Jasper, who find great humor in it. Will Bella -- or Edward -- ever live it down?


Categories: Eclipse Characters: Alice, Bella, Edward, Emmett, Jasper
Series: None
Chapters: 6 Completed: Yes Word count: 8781
[Report This] Published: May 14, 2008 Updated: October 21, 2008

Reviewer: booksgalore Signed
Date: August 19, 2008 Title: Chapter 5: Chapter 5 - Explanation

That's just soooooo wrong. Love it!

Summary: Edward was my son, and I had a fatherly duty to him to teach him about these things. I was going to give my hundred and seven year old, virgin son a sex talk. God help me, this was going to be awkward.
Categories: Eclipse Characters: Alice, Bella, Carlisle, Edward, Emmett, Jasper
Series: None
Chapters: 4 Completed: No Word count: 3889
[Report This] Published: May 27, 2008 Updated: August 01, 2008

Reviewer: booksgalore Signed
Date: August 02, 2008 Title: Chapter 4: Almost

Crash test dummies - oh that was priceless!!

Author's Response: Thanks!

Seducing Ms Swan by Rialle Rated: PG-13 starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 3026]


AU Post-New Moon.

Bella never jumped, Alice never had her vision and Edward never came back. Six years later, Bella is struggling to make a new life for herself as a teacher in Rochester, New York. How will she fare when a very familiar student crops up in her classroom? Will she be able to remain professional, or will old ties get in the way?

Edward is convinced that getting Bella back is just a matter of 'persuasion', but Bella isn't prepared to be that cooperative. What's more, she's in the grip of a dark secret which threatens to prevent her from loving ever again.

Bella Swan is slipping under...


Categories: AU Characters: Bella, Edward
Series: None
Chapters: 22 Completed: Yes Word count: 124383
[Report This] Published: June 16, 2008 Updated: July 25, 2010

Reviewer: booksgalore Signed
Date: August 25, 2008 Title: Chapter 8: Innuendo

There's a lot of people who were disappointed in Breaking Dawn so you should definitely continue for those who did not like it. On the other hand there were also plenty of people who liked it as well and they might need another Forks fix. So you now have two reasons to keep writing.

Reviewer: booksgalore Signed
Date: August 25, 2008 Title: Chapter 10: WEREWOLVES?!

I really like the direction you are going with this story. And to end it on a cliffe. That's just downright cruel. I hereby assign you 20 more chapters as punishment.



Love the Tanya angle. And I love that Bella has a spine.  

Author's Response: Thank you :)

Reviewer: booksgalore Signed
Date: October 11, 2008 Title: Chapter 12: Race Against Time

Your story arc has changed from seducing Bella to understanding Bella. To me it should be about the family coming to understand just how much devastation they caused when they abandoned her. I love that you have a strong Bella who tries to stay professional.

Provided she survives the car accident and does not get changed.....I also think, and this is just my opinion, that it would be bitterly ironic to have her reject Edward at least initially because he looks too young. Edward rejected her for something that she could not control - being human. And in the books when he tells her that he will stay with her and insists that she stay mortal I remember how repulsed she was at the idea of aging and looking like his mother or his grandmother. I think it would be rather ironic given that situation for Bella to insist that despite the fact that she still has feelings for him - she is going to be an adult and make an adult choice. By making her a high school teacher she has legal issues that she has to face if she wants to hang onto her career. She would be fired from her job if she were caught having a relationship with Edward as well as brought up on criminal charges (if he is currently claiming to be underage). I can see her pointing all that out to Edward and Edward completely freaking out. Let's see how YOU feel when someone rejects you for something that is completely beyond your ability to control, sparky.I can see her telling him that he abandoned her before on a whim and she has worked so hard to build a life for herself that there is no way she's giving up what she has worked so hard for just so he can leave her again and take his family with him.

On another level, I think it would be interesting to continue on with the idea that the entire family has to come to grips with the fact that Bella might be polite to them and frienly with them but she does not trust them. They left without a word and for all intents and purposes left her to die. If I were in Bella's shoes I would be pretty upset at that and hurt, and would try not to show it to the family because I would blame Edward. And I would be particularly angry at Alice for never trying to get in touch DESPITE the fact that I was getting stalked. I would wonder why Alice didn't intervene since she could see the future - and feel further rejected. I could see Bella thinking that Alice knew all along what was happening to her and that Bella was not important enough to the family for her to interfere because Edward had insisted that they would leave her alone. That would make me all the more angry at Bella. He took away the family she thought she had gained, her love, her heart and her best friend all in one fell swoop. 

Author's Response:

Wow, what a detailed review! I love that something I wrote can provoke this kind of response in a reader :)

I agree with you on so many counts. I have always detested the way Bella took Edward back in New Moon 'no questions asked', so this entire story was built on the idea of challenging that. I'm not very good with fluffy fairy-tale endings (hence why I hated Breaking Dawn) and, as you can probably tell, I'm a big fan of angst.

The absolute truth about this story (and this is something I haven't told anyone, even my beta) is that there are two ways it could end. The first way (and the way I initially planned it to end) will please the masses, but not be quite as 'perfect' and happy as they probably want. The second way (the way which I am leaning to more and more) is pretty much the antithesis of the perfect fairytale ending, and will probably have my readers screaming for my blood. They would hate it. It's not even that it's a depressing end... but it's different. It isn't traditional. It's the sort of end that I wish Meyer had given the Twilight series as a whole. And it fits into more of what you said in your review.

Am I being hopelessly vague? I don't mean to be, but I also don't want to give too much away on this page for fear of spoiling people. If you want, you can contact me through my profile page and we can discuss this further :) It's be quite helpful to have someone to bounce ideas off of actually...

Reviewer: booksgalore Signed
Date: December 30, 2008 Title: Chapter 13: Lucky

Wow!!! I'm so excited you posted this. You have worked so hard and it is so wonderful to see what you have done with this chapter. Give yourself a pat on the back for me.




Summary: Feature

Seven years have passed since Edward and Bella last saw each other. They grew up as children and even became good friends. Once they entered high school, Edward became distant and eventually severed all ties with her. Confused and hurt, Bella moved on with her life in Seattle.Through it all, Bella had her older brother Emmett to get past the estrangement. Now, with Edward's imminent return to Seattle to help out with his sister Alice's wedding, Bella can't help wondering what drove away her brother's best friend all those years ago.

Nominated for Best Novel-Incomplete at the Eddie and Bellie Awards.



Categories: AU-Human Characters: Bella, Edward
Series: Always Human , SMUT - Best of the Best - Edward and Bella
Chapters: 36 Completed: Yes Word count: 247400
[Report This] Published: July 14, 2008 Updated: February 28, 2010

Reviewer: booksgalore Signed
Date: July 29, 2008 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1: "Only the Beginning"

Ok, you are going to have to have some mercy on those of us who will not be getting our Breaking Dawn books until Monday. Please submit another chapter, pretty please? I absolutely LOVE how you have made the characters so living breathing sincere. And the humor. I nearly spit out my drink when I read the line about Bella's wandering hands.

Reviewer: booksgalore Signed starstarstarstar
Date: July 29, 2008 Title: Chapter 3: Chapter 3: "The Death of Me"

You've managed to capture her heartache very well. Here's what I would like to see more of either in a revision of this chapter or in future chapters. We have learned all about Edward working for an esteemed professor, about Rosalie and her cars (nice touch, that), about Emmett, Alice, and Jaspar (I love the way you have made him such an exceptional communicator). We still don't have a sense of Bella's accomplishments intellectually. You show great promise as a writer. Keep up the good work.

Reviewer: booksgalore Signed
Date: August 09, 2008 Title: Chapter 6: Chapter 6: "Transformation"

This story is like a breath of fresh air. The scene with the lingerie was highly entertaining to read, particularly Edward's reaction combined with Bella's cluelessness to his feelings. I am very much looking forward to reading the rest of this story.



Write more!!!! 

Reviewer: booksgalore Signed starstarstarstarhalf-star
Date: August 15, 2008 Title: Chapter 7: Chapter 7: Nothing Out of the Ordinary

This story keeps getting better and better. I'm glad we get to hear about Bella's accomplishments (Communication - nice touch not that I'm not biased or anything as its my field). I also like that we get to see her shining with her advice to Jasper (the perceived credibility of web sites - great way to incorporate her expertise into the storyline and match it with Jasper's work).


I really liked how you set up and handled the Irina story. Instead of just being a vehicle to get Bella feeling insecure - you went in a more creative direction and managed to show us more about not only Edward's character, but Bella's as well.


You have a gift. Keep listening to your muses.

I eagerly anticipate your next chapter. 

Author's Response:

Thank you so much for the comment about the Irina scene. Your comment was really insightful (and on the mark!) :)


Reviewer: booksgalore Signed
Date: August 22, 2008 Title: Chapter 8: Chapter 8: Worth Fighting For

This is such a sweet story. I love the interplay you've made between E/B and B/J. You've done such a wonderful job making everyone so true to character.

Reviewer: booksgalore Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: August 28, 2008 Title: Chapter 10: Chapter 9: Mr. Dazzling: Part 2

I cannot say enough how much I love your writing. This is a story that is worth waiting for even if you only post once a week - provided I get two long chapters like this (Don't ever apologize for the length I actually caught myself looking at the screen hoping halfway through each chapter that there was more). I love how you have the increased chemistry and awkwardness between them.


Keep writing! Bravo! 

Reviewer: booksgalore Signed
Date: September 06, 2008 Title: Chapter 12: Chapter 10: Experience Part 2

Oh another two chapters! Christmas came early!

Again, well done. I can't wait till Edward figures out what is going on. :)

Reviewer: booksgalore Signed
Date: October 11, 2008 Title: Chapter 13: Chapter 11: On Purpose Part 1

Oh I'm doing the snoopy dance! You're posting again! Woo-Hoo! Hope you are feeling better! And I just adore this story. I find it so funny how you apologize for the long chapters because I find myself looking up and checking where I am in the story hoping that I haven't finished the chapter yet. I just don't want it to end. It's that good. I love how you have the relationships between the characters. Keep up the good work!

Reviewer: booksgalore Signed
Date: March 02, 2009 Title: Chapter 24: Chapter 16: Wanted Part 2

I've followed this story for quite some time and am delighted that you are working on it again. Sometimes the muses decide to leave and you have to take a break. There's nothing wrong with that. :) I'm happy to wait until you have a chapter. Your story is worth the time. Your Bella is delightful.




Reviewer: booksgalore Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: July 10, 2009 Title: Chapter 27: Chapter 18: Pink tulips

Oh hon,

If this is what it takes to get a chapter of this quality from you, I'll wait happily without a complaint as long as you like. Reading MBBF is one of the first stories that got me into fanfiction and it's one of my all time favorites. I especially love how you make the interactions between the characters realistic yet sweet without going into a diabetic coma sweet and have an original plot. You capture the awkwardness of their communication. And I was absolutely squeeing over the conversation between Rosalie and Bella because you NEVER see sexual communication addressed this way (and this well) in fanfiction particularly between Bella and another character - and you knocked that out out of the park, my dear.

As someone who posts insanely long chapters myself - last one was 22k, I understand your concern about dividing them. I ask myself "so what" when I'm editing - so why is this really there, how does it help the plot, and if I can't answer that, it goes into killing my darlings heaven and gets cut. Mind you, my chapters still end up long anway. For me a test of a good chapter is when I'm reading if I look over at the scroll bar on the right and am disappointed that I've gone as far into the story as I have BECAUSE I don't want the chapter to end. Yours falls into that category. They're that good. I whimper when I reach the bottom. Because there are no more words. :)

My one bit of constructive criticism is that Edward's job is a little too vague. I have no idea if he has his masters and if not, how he got into a lab in the first place. My area is social science, so I'm no expert on the hard science area, but I'd expect him to either be a graduate student especially if he's working with a well known scientist. If not, I'd expect him to have some sort of low-level University job and have the Big name scientist constantly pestering him to enter graduate school. Either I missed something earlier, or that part of Edward's character is a little fuzzy to me. I like the plot angle that you've put in with his job.

I think my favorite section by far was Emmett getting himself in trouble with Rosalie over the flowers issue. The dialogue there was hilarious. Your Rosalie "pops" off the page - and I admire that since she's usually not done in depth in many stories. Well done!



Summary: Feature

It was said of early vampire books and movies that vampirism was simply a poorly disguised substitute for sex. Back in the day, the entire genre was considered extremely risque'. With that in mind, this is a parody of Midnight Sun replacing all the vampirism with sexuality - no blood lust - just extreme human lust. AH/AU and consequently, OOC.  Thank you to Debussy_This for the fabulous (and hysterical) banner!!!


Categories: AU-Human Characters: Alice, Bella, Carlisle, Charlie, Edward, Emmett, Esme, Jacob, James, Jasper, Other Character, Rosalie
Series: None
Chapters: 25 Completed: Yes Word count: 85040
[Report This] Published: July 14, 2008 Updated: April 24, 2009

Reviewer: booksgalore Signed
Date: November 28, 2008 Title: Chapter 19: Chapter 19

What an amazing chapter. Totally didn't see Edward taking that stance. Go Edward! Poor Poor Monster.

Reviewer: booksgalore Signed
Date: December 21, 2008 Title: Chapter 20: Chapter 20

As usual, it was positively divine. :)


This story is based on the idea that Edward never came back for Bella in New Moon. The Cullens stayed away and no one beyond Sam became a werewolf.

It's ten years later and Bella has moved on with her life. She is married to Jacob and they have a beautiful daugher.

As a freelance writer for a publication in Seattle, Bella is asked to cover events periodically. As a favor to a fellow writer, she agrees to review a highly anticipated piano concert given by a group of gifted high school students visiting from L.A.

Bella doesn't realize that this seemingly harmless event will force her to decide where her true happiness lies.

Categories: AU Characters: Bella, Edward, Jacob
Series: None
Chapters: 11 Completed: No Word count: 26062
[Report This] Published: July 15, 2008 Updated: October 25, 2008

Reviewer: booksgalore Signed
Date: July 30, 2008 Title: Chapter 3: Chapter 3 - Panic

Very entertaining. you've managed to capture Edward's regret. You SO have to put a scene in there where he sees her wedding band.


Sorry I just want the see the boy seriously suffer more. Evil, I know. 

Author's Response: Oh, Edward will suffer for sure  ; )

Haunted by RedDawn07 Rated: PG-13 starstarstarstarhalf-star [Reviews - 11]
Summary: A short one shot on Mike's welcome home to Edward when he returns from Italy with Bella in New Moon. *Mild New Moon spoilers*
Categories: New Moon Characters: Bella, Charlie, Edward, Mike
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes Word count: 584
[Report This] Published: July 16, 2008 Updated: July 17, 2008

Reviewer: booksgalore Signed
Date: August 23, 2008 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1 - Haunted

You know, the scene in Eclipse when Jacob sends the pictures of Bella to Edward's mind was one of my favorite. I really like what you've done with this. You should continue it!



Bella Swan spent the first two years of her life in Forks developing a friendship with Jacob Black that finally turned into something more.  As she begins her senior year of high school, a new family moves to town and Bella slowly begins to question the path she thought her life would follow.  Sometimes there is a difference between what you think you need and what you never knew you wanted.  Takes place during the timeframe of New Moon and Eclipse.  J/B at first, but eventually E/B. 


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Categories: AU Characters: Bella, Edward, Jacob
Series: None
Chapters: 35 Completed: No Word count: 170230
[Report This] Published: July 16, 2008 Updated: July 19, 2009

Reviewer: booksgalore Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: September 22, 2008 Title: Chapter 20: Unrequited

I absolutely love your take on Bella and Edward. You have made her very strong and sympathetic. I am rooting for Bella - and I love your take on unrequited love. I completely agree with you that Alice's character often screams, chirps, does makeovers, or drags Bella shopping with ecstatic glee. I love that you gave her a break. The note throwing scene was highly entertaining. Can I also give you kudos because you actually remember that Edward is a doctor (few do) and you have him behaving as one. Way to go! Can't wait to read the next chapter.

Reviewer: booksgalore Signed
Date: September 26, 2008 Title: Chapter 21: Sparks

I just loved this conversation. I liked the Mother/Dauther dialogue and Renee had very valid points about how you do not have to stay with you high school boyfriend. I can see Bella just not wanting to hurt anyone but you've also made a carefully built case for her character suffocating in the relationship with Jacob. Please have her move on soon. I can't wait to see more of her and Edward in the cautious - not sure what to do - there's no boyfriend lurking around - phase.


Keep writing. You're doing a heck of a job. :)

Reviewer: booksgalore Signed
Date: October 10, 2008 Title: Chapter 23: Supernatural

So Jake is a complete jerk at the hospital when she almost dies? She has to spend the night and he's whining like a two year old in need of a potty break about whether or not she's being faithful? Please have her dump him. I love this story I really do, but the Jake part is starting to drag. And Bella putting up with him being such a jerk too is taking away from the strength that you've been having her show in the previous chapters.

Author's Response:

OK, so in my opinion, Jake isn't being a jerk in the hospital; he's been at his breaking point for weeks, and he can't keep it in anymore, especially given Bella's willingness to insult Billy, his father, in order to defend Edward Cullen.  Then, Edward just happens to save her life in the middle of the night, and Jake, being a not-fully-mature 16 year old boy, freaks out.  It's clear Bella is not on the brink of death, so his arguing with her, though poorly timed, isn't necessarily cruel; rather, it's more out of desperation, to cling to her when it's becoming painfully obvious that he's losing her.  True, he's not perfect; to make him the flawless doormat that Bella steps on en route to Edward wouldn't be very realistic.  And yes, Bella shouldn't put up with jerkish behavior, but keep in mind, this kid is her best friend and has been for several years; she can't just drop him like a hot potato.  She loves him and feels guilty beyond reason...that's just part of who she is.  Sorry for writing you a novel in this response; I am always worried that parts of this story will drag, but I have a masterplan and I hope you'll trust me to rip Bella and Jake apart when the time is right (which, I promise you, is incredibly soon).  Thanks for taking the time to review!   

Reviewer: booksgalore Signed
Date: October 16, 2008 Title: Chapter 24: Truth

That was an absolutely amazing chapter. Very well done with the pacing. I loved the talk with Alice - I think you did an excellent job of keeping her in character. She wants to interfere and yet she doesn't - you captured that dichotomy perfectly. And WOW, the role you gave Leah. I found the scene you wrote between Leah and Bella to be quite moving. Leah would never let Bella hug her. That, too was well done. Leah just wants to curl up into a ball and die - and you wrote of her pain perfectly.

I eagerly await the next chapter. :)

Reviewer: booksgalore Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: October 23, 2008 Title: Chapter 25: Monster

Oxymonic8 hon, come out from underneath the table. It's ok, you did just fine in this chapter. Frankly, it was awesome. Edward's reaction made perfect sense, and I loved his speech. I can completely see why he would want to push Bella away. I can completely see why he would say all those horrible things to her. I also absolutely loved Bella's reaction to rejection. This Bella has a spine. This Bella is not going to let it break her. This Bella realizes that she has to do the right thing as painful as that will be. Way to go on showing character growth. Exceptional dialogue between the characters that was raw, emotional, intense, and well written. Keep up the good work. Can't wait to read what you have planned next.

Author's Response: There was SO MUCH dialogue in this chapter, which is part of the reason it took me so long to write it (I put so much more time into this chapter than I usually do).  Thanks so much for your support, both here in the reviews and over in the forums!  It keeps me going.  Really.



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