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Joined 01-30-13, id: 4515429, Profile Updated: 03-30-15
Author has written 12 stories for Supernatural, NCIS, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, and Hawaii Five-0.

I'm updating my profile because I have some news that I'm finally able to share with everyone.

I've mentioned a few times that, in addition to writing fanfiction, I've been working on some original fiction. Like many of us on here, I've always dreamed of writing professionally and I've worked towards that goal for years. Almost a decade ago I finished a manuscript that got me a wonderful agent, but unfortunately it never sold. While I was waiting through the submission process, I wrote a second book. Last January we got an offer on that book.

While the production process went forward, my agent spent the next several months negotiating the contract. In July I signed a three-book deal (with an option on a fourth book) with Midnight Ink, a Minnesota-based publisher that specializes in mystery and suspense. My books are going to be a cozy mystery series called the Auction Block Mysteries and my first book, Death and the Redheaded Woman, is now available.

I know that people come to this site for fanfiction, not original fiction, so I'm not going to go on at length about it. But if you've enjoyed my work and you'd like to see what I do when I'm on my own (or even if you'd just like to look at my pretty book cover), you can find all the details at my website.

I've started another story on here and I will finish it, though it probably won't be terribly long. Other than that, I probably won't be around too much. I'm still working full time in retail and I have two more books to deliver. I still love my shows and my fandoms, though. (I even tried my hand at writing a Supernatural script and my agent was going to try to submit it for me, but when she went to her literary agency's film guy he basically patted us on the head and said, "you're very cute. The world doesn't work that way. Go invent a reality show.")

So, anyway, that's my news! :) Thank you for reading my stories and for being so encouraging all this time!

Loretta Ross (aka Elfinblue)

Grammar notes:

Cas knows, I'm as fallable as anyone, but I try hard to get my grammar and punctuation right and really obvious errors are like fingernails on a chalk board when I see them. I don't usually say anything -- I figure when people ask for reviews they want encouragement, not an English lesson -- but since I have this forum, of sorts, I thought I'd list a few that I see often. I'll add to this as I think of more.

"If you think that, you've got another thing coming" -- I see this ALL the TIME! The saying is, "if you think that, you've got another THINK coming". In other words, "think again".

Effect/Affect -- Effect is almost always a noun. "What effect will this have on you?" "That is the effect we are going for." When it is used as a verb, it means "to bring about". "We need to effect change." It does NOT mean "to alter or have an influence on". That is affect, which is always a verb (except for one really obscure medical usage in the field of psychiatry). "Her scorn was bound to affect him." (Affect can also mean to adopt a mannerism or style of dress or to pretentiously take on some trait, as in, "he affected a British accent".) Clear as mud?

Pass/Passed/Past -- Pass is a verb meaning to go by or exceed. "I'm going to pass that car." "She hopes to pass her test." The past-tense of pass is passed. "We're going in a circle -- we already passed this house three times!" Past is an adjective ("past presidents") or a noun ("we learned about the past") or an adverb ("he walked past the cemetery") or a preposition ("the barn is past the house") but never a verb. It's really understandable that this is confusing. Past started out in the Middle Ages as a deviant of passed, but in modern English the meanings have diverged.

Apostrophes -- Apostrophes are only used for plurals in the case of abbreviations and symbols. "She saw several M.D.'s" or "there are too many @'s in your URL". With regular words apostrophes have two meanings: possession and contraction. Winchesters means "more than one Winchester". Winchester's means "belongs to one Winchester". Winchesters' means "belongs to more than one Winchester. In this area, singular possessive pronouns (his, hers, its) often confuse people. These words are complete alone and don't need apostrophes to clarify their meanings. His means "belongs to him", hers means "belongs to her", and its means "belongs to it". It's is a contraction of the words "it is". In contractions, the apostrophe takes the place of the missing letter or letters, in this case the second i. If I see "there were three angel's in the yard" I'm going to ask "three angel's whats?" (Noting that it would be three of something belonging to one angel.) (It occurs to me that Winchester's can also be a contraction meaning "Winchester is", such as in "Winchester's gonna go postal!" or "Winchester has" as in "Winchester's got a plan". You just have to figure that out from the context.)

Using pronouns in conjunctions -- If you need to use two or more pronouns in a phrase and you're not sure if you should be saying I/me, he/him, she/her, they/their, there's a trick you can use. Just put each of the pronouns in the phrase alone and the right one should be obvious. For example, take the phrase "they gave he/him and I/me a box of chocolates". (I was going to say "a rough time" but I decided I'd rather have a box of chocolates. ;)) Put each pronoun into the sentence alone. "They gave he a box of chocolates"? Nope. So, "they gave him a box of chocolates". Then, "they gave I a box of chocolates"? Doesn't work. You need "they gave me a box of chocolates". So your correct phrase is "they gave him and me a box of chocolates".

Sorry if I'm being pedantic! That's just me.

Elf

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Of Mice and the Man of Letters by NiDubhchair reviews
Sam's health and Dean's quest to achieve the Perfect Christmas Pie are threatened when mice invade the Bunker. Just a dash of Hurt!Sam, a sprinkle of domestic!Dean, and a heaping spoonful of holiday warm-fuzzies. Rated T for language.
Supernatural - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,824 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 16 - Published: 12/15/2013 - Sam W., Dean W., Kevin T. - Complete
Already Dead by emebalia reviews
Tag to 9x09 so SPOILERS for that episode. Gadreel and Metatron have been out of the game for a long time so there are some facts they're not aware of.
Supernatural - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 827 - Reviews: 21 - Favs: 57 - Follows: 11 - Published: 12/9/2013 - Ezekiel/Gadreel - Complete
Hiding Behind Glass by Scare4irony reviews
Tag to 9X07: He closes his eyes for a moment, mind battling with a decision. Looking at the black bag, he swallows feeling stupid, and half panics when he finds himself hovering outside Dean's room...Sam really hopes that Dean isn't going to hit him. (Angst and fluff - no slash)
Supernatural - Rated: K+ - English - Angst/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,537 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 25 - Follows: 3 - Published: 12/1/2013 - Sam W., Dean W. - Complete
A Moment with My Brother by DeansBabyBird reviews
Just a little late night conversation between Charlie and her big brother. Some season eight spoilers. Thanks to the CW for such great characters. Wish they were mine.
Supernatural - Rated: K+ - English - Family - Chapters: 22 - Words: 28,102 - Reviews: 247 - Favs: 89 - Follows: 85 - Updated: 8/26/2013 - Published: 6/14/2013 - Charlie B., Dean W.
No Greater Love by dragonflybeach reviews
Their father always taught them that monsters were only that - monsters, with no humanity. Their father was wrong. Sometimes the monsters were much more human than the humans were.
Supernatural - Rated: T - English - Friendship/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,007 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 27 - Follows: 2 - Published: 6/12/2013 - Sam W., Dean W., Benny - Complete
In The Wind by S-Jay494 reviews
AU. On Halloween Night 1983, John and Mary Winchester's sons were taken. Ten years later, a young boy with familiar eyes catches John's attention and raises the unthinkable question: Could their sons still be alive?
Supernatural - Rated: T - English - Angst - Chapters: 11 - Words: 58,801 - Reviews: 84 - Favs: 293 - Follows: 87 - Updated: 6/11/2013 - Published: 6/8/2013 - Sam W., Dean W., John W., Mary W. - Complete
The Mediator by Krolenat reviews
Pre-Series: Dean Winchester has always taken his role as the family mediator very seriously, no matter what state he is in. His father and brother's constant bickering will be the death of him. What will it take to stop all the fighting? He is about to find out when an angry spirit puts his life in danger.
Supernatural - Rated: K+ - English - Family/Drama - Chapters: 8 - Words: 14,660 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 67 - Follows: 34 - Updated: 6/9/2013 - Published: 4/30/2013 - Sam W., Dean W., John W., Jessica M./Jess - Complete
Nesting by K Hanna Korossy reviews
Dean's making the bunker home, but not just for himself.
Supernatural - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,394 - Reviews: 104 - Favs: 552 - Follows: 54 - Published: 5/16/2013 - Sam W., Dean W. - Complete
Nun Of That by Lampito reviews
Somebody-or something-is terrorising convents. Is it a religious loony, or is it a job for the Winchesters? Worse, Dean is convinced that somebody has put a chastity curse on him. And who is this mysterious woman who can bitchface (TM) Sam into submission, or throw Dean across a desk without breaking a sweat? (Not that he minds, usually, but hello, chastity curse...) COMPLETE
Supernatural - Rated: T - English - Humor/Family - Chapters: 24 - Words: 62,561 - Reviews: 293 - Favs: 36 - Follows: 17 - Updated: 2/26/2013 - Published: 1/17/2013 - Dean W., Sam W. - Complete
So Not Following the Yellow Brick Road by bambers2 reviews
Knocked unconscious by a witch, Dean has his own little Ozfest journey...
Supernatural - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 8 - Words: 15,582 - Reviews: 127 - Favs: 76 - Follows: 36 - Updated: 10/2/2007 - Published: 6/21/2007 - Dean W., Sam W. - Complete
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I ka pau  Ľole a ma hope loa aku reviews
Did a drunk Steve get kidnapped by aliens or did a concussed Danny imagine the whole thing? Case fic with bromance, a little Danny whump, and an honest to God plot. Updating daily until further notice. Set after the end of season 7 so no Chin or Kono. I'm so sorry! Rated T for some grown-up language. No slash.
Hawaii Five-0 - Rated: T - English - Mystery/Friendship - Chapters: 15 - Words: 39,736 - Reviews: 85 - Favs: 18 - Follows: 35 - Updated: 9/3 - Published: 8/2
The Steve Exchange reviews
Weird, weird, weird story wherein Steve from the original show and Steve from the remake switch places for a week. Did I mention that it's weird?
Hawaii Five-0 - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 4 - Words: 13,596 - Reviews: 28 - Favs: 15 - Follows: 30 - Updated: 7/9 - Published: 6/12 - Steve M., Danny W.
Hola Punaewele (Protocol) reviews
Cargument for the sake of cargument. Outsider POV. Not intended as slash.
Hawaii Five-0 - Rated: K+ - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,718 - Reviews: 29 - Favs: 23 - Follows: 6 - Published: 5/20 - Steve M., Danny W. - Complete
Gentle Into That Good Night reviews
At the end of a surprisingly long life, Sam finally finds his way to Heaven. This story may seem serious, but don't be fooled. It's mostly crack. No slash. No serious pairings, but slight suggestion of Cas/Hannah. Rated T for mildly raunchy humor. One-shot. COMPLETE.
Supernatural - Rated: T - English - Humor/Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,399 - Reviews: 18 - Favs: 35 - Follows: 6 - Published: 8/31/2015 - Complete
Death Cab for Cutie reviews
When an NCIS agent witnesses something that has him questioning his sanity, Gibbs and his team turn to some old friends for expert help. This is set in the same universe as When Worlds Collide, but is AU in that NCIS now knows about the supernatural. Includes NCIS-NOLA characters. No slash or pairings. Rated Teen for safety. NOW COMPLETE
Crossover - NCIS & Supernatural - Rated: T - English - Mystery/Friendship - Chapters: 7 - Words: 20,104 - Reviews: 188 - Favs: 311 - Follows: 207 - Updated: 5/4/2015 - Published: 2/2/2015
Ghost Rider reviews
Dean, Sam, and a human Cas investigate an old amusement park connected with a series of gruesome deaths. Set in season 9, so spoilers for all aired episodes. No pairings. NO SLASH. Rated T for gore and probable future language. Now complete
Supernatural - Rated: T - English - Mystery/Adventure - Chapters: 7 - Words: 23,106 - Reviews: 92 - Favs: 76 - Follows: 57 - Updated: 1/13/2014 - Published: 8/12/2013 - Sam W., Dean W., Castiel - Complete
Dean's Got A Secret reviews
Long, angry author's rant about The Powers That Be continually recycling the same &# %! storylines over and over and over again, followed by a handful of drabbles mocking them. Pure crack. Rated T, for adult levels of weird
Supernatural - Rated: T - English - Humor/Parody - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,248 - Reviews: 16 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 2 - Published: 8/12/2013 - Sam W., Dean W. - Complete
Sam Chooses Poorly reviews
For such a smart guy, Sam sure does have a continuing knack for making poor choices, doesn't he? Yes, I'm dogging on The Powers That Be today. Three more drabbles. Again, nothing but crack. I'll write a real story next time. Promise.
Supernatural - Rated: K - English - Humor/Parody - Chapters: 1 - Words: 517 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 1 - Published: 6/16/2013 - Sam W., Dean W. - Complete
Limp Sam reviews
A hundred-and-one uses for that ubiquitous Limp!Sam the show keeps giving us. Or, y'know, six uses anyway. (Get your minds out of the gutters, ladies! This fic is rated K!) A series of related drabbles. The author's rant - er, note - is the longest thing in here. Pure and unadulterated crack.
Supernatural - Rated: K - English - Humor/Parody - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,065 - Reviews: 26 - Favs: 21 - Published: 6/16/2013 - Sam W., Dean W. - Complete
When Worlds Collide reviews
When a kidnapped Tony DiNozzo is rescued by legendary - and supposedly dead - serial killers Dean and Sam Winchester, the NCIS team takes over the Winchester investigation. What they find is a file filled with contradictions and impossibilities. This is an attempt to cross these shows but keep both in canon. No slash. No pairings.
Crossover - NCIS & Supernatural - Rated: T - English - Mystery/Adventure - Chapters: 21 - Words: 113,980 - Reviews: 1556 - Favs: 2,943 - Follows: 1,147 - Updated: 6/9/2013 - Published: 2/16/2013 - Complete
Sidekick Envy reviews
Perseus, jealous of Hercules' reputation as "the greatest hero Greece has ever known", decides that the secret to his half-brother's success is having a doting little companion following him around and inspiring him to great deeds with his adulation. So he tries to steal Iolaus.
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys - Rated: T - English - Humor/Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 6,360 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 9 - Follows: 11 - Published: 5/6/2013
Scooby Doobie Dean reviews
An old ally returns - and decides Dean needs a vacation. No slash, no pairings, mostly silliness. Vague spoilers for season 8. Rated T for language and adult themes. Deleted and re-posted because ffnet ate my scene breaks.
Supernatural - Rated: T - English - Humor/Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,724 - Reviews: 30 - Favs: 39 - Follows: 3 - Published: 2/2/2013 - Sam W., Dean W. - Complete