Penname: mapleandmahogany [Contact] Real name: Maple
Member Since: 03/05/2006
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:: Maple and Mahogany ~ Good for Transfiguration and Charms ::

I am a Harry Potter enthusiast since 1999!
Fanfic reader, writer, and a happily married mum.

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Bloody Stockings by tqpannie Rated: FG - Family Guidance starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 7]
Summary: Remus/Tonks - Christmas Stockings
Categories: Remains of the Day > Drabbles
Characters: None
Genres: Drabble
Time Period: None
Warnings: None
Challenges: Monthly Challenge: (2006-12) Yule Challenge
Challenges: Monthly Challenge: (2006-12) Yule Challenge
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 603 Read Count: 837
[Report This] Published: 12/12/2006 Updated: 12/12/2006
Reviewer: mapleandmahogany Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 12/13/2006 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

hee - Get over yourself Remus - go for it! :D

Tyrants by abigail89 Rated: MT - Mature Themes starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 3]
Summary: Harry/Ron - "Remember, all men would be tyrants, if they could" - Abagail Adams
Categories: Remains of the Day > Drabbles
Characters: None
Genres: Drabble
Time Period: None
Warnings: None
Challenges: Monthly Challenge: (2006-12) Yule Challenge
Challenges: Monthly Challenge: (2006-12) Yule Challenge
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 458 Read Count: 311
[Report This] Published: 12/16/2006 Updated: 12/16/2006
Reviewer: mapleandmahogany Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 12/17/2006 Title: Chapter 1: Tyrants

This is the kind of drabble I could read all day long.

Don't put up with that, Harry! You give it to him, give it to him good! *snort* 

Sexy is as sexy does by kerryblaze Rated: FG13 - Family Guidance13 starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 7]
Summary: FeatureHarry/Ron - Hot chocolate with whipped cream
Categories: Remains of the Day > Drabbles
Characters: None
Genres: Drama
Time Period: None
Warnings: None
Challenges: Monthly Challenge: (2006-12) Yule Challenge
Challenges: Monthly Challenge: (2006-12) Yule Challenge
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 233 Read Count: 835
[Report This] Published: 12/17/2006 Updated: 12/17/2006
Reviewer: mapleandmahogany Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 12/17/2006 Title: Chapter 1: Sexy is as sexy does

Yes! It's so very true, the boys can make anything sexy! :D

300 Galleons by madam_minnie Rated: MT - Mature Themes starstarstarhalf-star [Reviews - 4]
Summary: Past Featured StoryPansy Parkinson/Colin Creevy - "Dangerous Liasons"
Categories: Remains of the Day > Drabbles
Characters: Colin Creevey, Pansy Parkinson
Genres: Drabble
Time Period: None
Warnings: Alternate Universe
Challenges: Monthly Challenge: (2006-12) Yule Challenge
Challenges: Monthly Challenge: (2006-12) Yule Challenge
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 530 Read Count: 1331
[Report This] Published: 12/17/2006 Updated: 12/17/2006
Reviewer: mapleandmahogany Signed
Date: 12/18/2006 Title: Chapter 1: 300 Galleons

Good on Colin! I like him all grown up.

That last line was perfect!



Author's Response: Hee! I had fun with this one, can you tell? *giggles* Glad you liked it and thank you for reviewing. :)

A Buggering Wager by madam_minnie Rated: MT - Mature Themes starstarstarhalf-star [Reviews - 3]
Summary: When Ron misunderstands their wager, it still pays off handsomely.
Categories: The Broomshed > Drabbles
Characters: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley
Genres: Comedy, Drabble
Time Period: None
Warnings: Slash
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 258 Read Count: 1399
[Report This] Published: 12/25/2006 Updated: 12/25/2006
Reviewer: mapleandmahogany Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 01/21/2007 Title: Chapter 1: A Buggering Wager

Hee,hee.

Backwards, frontwards, as long as they are groping each other!



Author's Response: Too right, you are! ;)

Fever by Emma Grant Rated: RT - Restricted Themes starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 4]
Summary: Past Featured StoryThis is the way to break a fever.
Categories: The Broomshed > Erotic Couplings
Characters: Harry Potter, Ginny Weasley
Genres: Drama, Erotica, Ficlet
Time Period: None
Warnings: Het, Strong Sexual Content
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 996 Read Count: 3343
[Report This] Published: 02/12/2007 Updated: 02/12/2007
Reviewer: mapleandmahogany Signed
Date: 01/12/2008 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

So very hot - heh. Harry's such a good boy, he'll do whatever it takes to help people. :P

What If? by WeasleysGirl Rated: GP - General Public starstarstarstarhalf-star [Reviews - 4]
Summary: Fred lets Hermione know its okay to think about what could have been.
Categories: Remains of the Day > Leaving Feast
Characters: Hermione Granger, Fred Weasley
Genres: Drabble
Time Period: None
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 290 Read Count: 335
[Report This] Published: 03/21/2007 Updated: 03/21/2007
Reviewer: mapleandmahogany Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 03/22/2007 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

That was really sweet. I think Fr and Hr would have to have a very open communication like that. Well done!

Author's Response: Thank you so much.  It took alot for me to get the nerve to submit anything.  Your stories are some of my favorites, so your review means alot!

Weasley is the Centerfold by tqpannie Rated: RT - Restricted Themes starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 1]
Summary: Ron tells us how he came to be in Wizard's Monthly.
Categories: The Broomshed > Erotic Couplings
Characters: Professor Sinistra, Ron Weasley
Genres: Erotica, Romance
Time Period: None
Warnings: Het, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 3673 Read Count: 799
[Report This] Published: 03/21/2007 Updated: 03/21/2007
Reviewer: mapleandmahogany Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 03/22/2007 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

That was great! I so dug how Ron sounded like a grown up man! and the freckle on the tip, and begging for her to ... and then Percy! I didn't expect that.

And I love how Harry is a snarky git and he's not even there. Yay!

The Test of the Heart is Trouble by Thevina Rated: MT - Mature Themes starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 2]
Summary: The end of the War brought Seamus endings to more than just fighting.
Categories: Remains of the Day > Eternity
Characters: Seamus Finnigan, Rufus Scrimgeour, Fred Weasley
Genres: Ficlet
Time Period: None
Warnings: Angst, Slash, Strong Language
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1432 Read Count: 362
[Report This] Published: 04/04/2007 Updated: 04/04/2007
Reviewer: mapleandmahogany Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 04/04/2007 Title: Chapter 1: The Test of the Heart is Trouble

*flails* You killed George! ...Okay, give me a minute. *sigh* Okay.

I really enjoy the dynamic of 'Seamus is' and 'Dean isn't' and they are still best friends. I reckon Dean would always be able to read his best mate, but having him blind made it more poignant.

You can really feel Seamus' heartache here and you know Fred's being an arse, but I'm still left with sympathy for him.

You packed so much into something so short - very cool!



Author's Response: Sorry about George; I've never done that before. :P So glad that you enjoyed the dynamic between Dean and Seamus- I have Dean on the mind these days. I'm intrigued that you had sympathy for Fred as I didn't paint a very favourable portrait of him. Thanks for reading and letting me know what you thought!

Flowers In Bloom by alloy Rated: GP - General Public starstarstarstarhalf-star [Reviews - 5]
Summary: Inspired by the prompt "Flowers"
Categories: Remains of the Day > Drabbles
Characters: Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley
Genres: Fluff
Time Period: None
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 271 Read Count: 908
[Report This] Published: 04/05/2007 Updated: 04/05/2007
Reviewer: mapleandmahogany Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 04/05/2007 Title: Chapter 1: Flowers In Bloom

*sniff*

Actually, that's one of the sweetest 'dead Harry' fics I've ever read. Well done, mate.

Now and Then by oldenuf2nobetter Rated: RT - Restricted Themes starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 54]
Summary: Even the death of Voldemort did not end the struggle between good and evil. And even the discovery of a new and unexpected power cannot save Harry from having to deal, once and for all, with an old nemesis.
Categories: The Broomshed > Dark Side
Characters: Vincent Crabbe, Seamus Finnigan, Gregory Goyle, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy, Harry Potter, Ginny Weasley, Ron Weasley
Genres: Darkfic
Time Period: None
Warnings: Angst, BDSM, Bondage, Drug Usage, Dub-Con, Graphic Violence, Het, Hurt/Comfort, Non-Con, Slash, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Threesome
Series: None
Chapters: 14 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 46660 Read Count: 15683
[Report This] Published: 04/13/2007 Updated: 06/26/2007
Reviewer: mapleandmahogany Signed
Date: 06/03/2007 Title: Chapter 12: Now and Then: Chapter 12

Congratulations on being Editor's Choice of the month! I read this story yesterday and really enjoyed it! You nailed all of my favorite ships, (H/R, H/G, R/Hr, and Trio) and putting them all in the story, all lovingly done, without bashing any ship or character, and still treated Ginny kindly. Your Ron and Harry love each other so much, in a very gender neutral sort of way, which I absolutely love. I didn't know as I read whether there was going to be 'secret love affairs' behind the others backs or what, but no! I'm so glad it's not like that. They all genuinely love each other and it's all honest . I adore that. I was already convinced that you had a fantastic grip on the Harry/Ron, his concern about Harry and how beautifully he cared for him was gripped my heart - but this;

"In the interest of honesty, that honor went to me." He thrust his forearm hard into Crabbe's larynx.  "And that man has never screamed like a girl in his life."

I absolutely cheered at that part! I love that it's vicious and violent, but with a good cause. I'm thrilled with the pacing. The back and forth of the past sequences and the present day ones with Draco could be very difficult to pull off but you are doing a good job. I hate Draco, but I love him for a smarmy badguy, and I'm so glad that you've written him as the perfect ferret that he is. I can revel in his Slytherinnes and hate every bit of him. :D

I'm looking forward to more.

~Maple 



Author's Response:

Thank you!   Part of what I really wanted to do was to protect the integrity of the characters personalities.  I think, as they get older, and after everything they have already been through and are yet to have to accomplish (horcruxes, et al), it is inevitable that the relationships will deepen.  Not necessarily in a sexual sense: I don't see Jo writing that.  But in the depth of what they feel for one another.  And I get a little tired of the 'Ginny is a bitch, which gives Harry an excuse to do boys' plot.  Not that it doesn't have merit sometimes; we know the girl can be irritating.  I just thought, in this context, that it made no sense.  And it's funny; I don't hate Draco. I actually sort of like the H/D ships.  Just not for this one.

Anyway, that so much, again, and I was really Honored to be chosen as Editor's choice.  This was my first posted fic; I was floored.  

Reviewer: mapleandmahogany Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 06/10/2007 Title: Chapter 13: Now and Then: Chapter 13

I am just frothing with frustration at Seamus. I'm saying 'yes!' - go get him Ron, go!

Trenton's 'fear' is totally messing with my head. bah! My nerves can't take it!  *breathes deep*



Author's Response: It's so great that it inspires this kind of angst! I will say, it kept me up nights planning it out.

Reviewer: mapleandmahogany Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 06/26/2007 Title: Chapter 14: Now and Then: Chapter 14

*flails* omg, omg!

I didn't think you'd actually write it! It was awful! [It was wonderful!] but just terribly, awful! [and amazing]

Draco was wonderfully hatable. I LOVE to hate him, thank you for that.

 and Ron was there, like some avenging angel; red hair flaming around his face, blue eyes filled with fury, lips pulled back in rage,

Good gawd, I love Ron, he is so beautiful. I love that you made this vicious, and brutal and didn't pull any punches and gave Draco a well earned end. Perfect! *is blood lusty*

The mental connection with H and R was very moving and the 'rescue' *sigh*

Then the homecoming was so beautiful. This story has been such a treat! 



Author's Response:

Thank you for the kind words.  AS I was writing it, I kept thinking "this is too much, it's too dark, it's too violent".  And then, I just stopped editing myself and let it fly.  I'm glad it worked for you.  

Yeah, Draco was pretty horrible, but he needed to be.  Makes the retribution that much sweeter.

and I love Ron, too.  I always want Ron to be treated with respect.  I mean, in the first book, he was the hero.  And I can see him growing up into this powerful man. 

I kind of felt like they had to go through all of this for the payoff at the end.  And I'm so glad that you liked it.  Thank you for the kind words.  

Costume by Ozma_katiebell Rated: MT - Mature Themes starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 2]
Summary: Remus and Tonks can't agree on costumes for a fancy dress party.
Categories: The Broomshed > Drabbles
Characters: Nymphadora Tonks, Remus Lupin
Genres: Comedy, Drabble, Romance
Time Period: None
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 437 Read Count: 1101
[Report This] Published: 04/23/2007 Updated: 04/23/2007
Reviewer: mapleandmahogany Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 04/26/2007 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

lol -I remember reading this the first time around. Very cute. I liked that you made his sexy growl a 'joke'  - cause, yeah. *nods*

Vermilion Hunger, Cerulean Thirst by Thevina Rated: RT - Restricted Themes starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 4]
Summary: Dean discovers that he can't resist the colour red, though being attracted to Ron isn't exactly the smoothest of roads.
Categories: The Broomshed > The Changing Room
Characters: Rufus Scrimgeour, Ron Weasley
Genres: Drama, Romance
Time Period: None
Warnings: Drug Usage, Masturbation, Minor Character Death, Rimming, Slash, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 21662 Read Count: 476
[Report This] Published: 04/24/2007 Updated: 04/24/2007
Reviewer: mapleandmahogany Signed starstarstarstarstar
Date: 04/26/2007 Title: Chapter 1: Vermilion Hunger, Cerulean Thirst

Well, I had looked forward to this for so long, and then I realized why - because it was a monster fic. Took me 2 days to read (what with real life and all) and another 2 days to figure out what to say about it. You always make me think real hard about the beauty of the words you use and subtlety of the words you don't use.

You know I'm avid H/R shipper and I'm quite sensitive about character death, but you used it here so 'respectfully' without dwelling on the heartbreak of it (cause I might not have been able to cope otherwise) but you still portrayed the impact it had on Ron. He was always honest but never 'betrayed' his love for Harry.

I liked the journey you took Dean on, starting with him still crushing on Seamus a bit. (another ship I really enjoy) You have the amazing ability to infuse detail in the tiny things, describing clothing, food, furniture, without losing the tone or flow of the story. It's not boring, in other words.

I was intrigued by Dean's alcoholism and for the first time, I encountered 'pause' at his use of recreational substances (we all have negative experiences with something, right?) and I quibbled with my protagonist doing something that pains me to see. I don't mention this to critisize, but to let you know that you took me beyond my comfort level and made me still want to read. I generally like it when the protagonists do something I don't like, it makes them more real. But that was an issue for me that you carried me past.

The image of those two tall, striking men on the dance floor is a lovely one, to be sure. 

I liked how you wrote his fantasy and how Ron intruded on it. The night they finally hooked up really had an aire of excitement and tension and vulnerability for both of them, and so very sexy. Ron sort of flubbed it afterward, in typical, unintentional Ron fashion.

It was fitting that Dean finally got to hook up with the fantasy bloke, and even though it was sexy and a relatively good experience for him, it served the purpose of making Dean realize that even the perfect fantasy isn't all that fulfilling and Ron, in spite of his flaws, was capable of giving him that.

I really enjoyed their meeting of the minds at the end (and I really want to read that missing scene! :P  )

Well done! 



Author's Response: Oh Maple, thank you so very much for your detailed, thoughtful and enthusiastic review. I'm thrilled!! You bring up so many things, I'll contact you off-list to address them, but suffice it to say, I'm so pleased that you enjoyed this. The image of those two tall, distinctive, handsome men is one that certainly worked for me while writing this! ::loves::