Elsie Maddox
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Joined 02-22-04, id: 399401, Profile Updated: 12-27-12
Author has written 15 stories for General, Essay, Romance, and Young Adult.

I'm Elsie Maddox. (For a long time I was tastethekiss. For a short time I was Nora Westman.) All of this work is still my own and I still retain my rights.


I love reading. I love writing, when I make the time and have the inspiration. I love reading what other people create. I love supporting and encouraging others. That's why I'm here.

Additionally, I love Jesus, orange juice, the New York Yankees, my teddy bear, and big hugs. :)

PS: Please don't steal other people's work. It's rude and could actually get you into legal trouble. Plus it means that people take their stuff off of fictionpress and that really stinks.


"Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it's the only way you can do anything good."
—William Faulkner

"You may not be a Picasso or Mozart but you don't have to be. Just create to create. Create to remind yourself you're still alive. Make stuff to inspire others to make something too. Create to learn a bit more about yourself."
-Frederick Terral

"Convince yourself that you are working in clay, not marble, on paper not eternal bronze: Let that first sentence be as stupid as it wishes."
—Jacques Barzun

“One nice thing about putting the thing away for a couple of months before looking at it is that you start to appreciate your own wit. Of course, this can be carried too far. But it's kind of cool when you crack up a piece of writing, and then realize you wrote it. I recommend this feeling.”
-Steven Brust, fantasy writer

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Vertigo by Carmel March reviews
Life was complicated enough. Her job required a clearance, several passports, and lying to her boyfriend. When she gets mixed up with the CIA's fifth most-wanted, she has to go undercover with her partner as his fiancée. It doesn't help that he's overprotective, that they have to sleep in the same bed, or that he manages to get into that little compartment behind her heart.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Drama - Chapters: 23 - Words: 155,108 - Reviews: 1156 - Favs: 451 - Follows: 673 - Updated: 3/18 - Published: 9/8/2012
The Do-Gooder by Jessie L. Star - AKA star123 reviews
Lara Montgomery is a do-gooder...or a dream-ruining, boyfriend stealing sl*t, it really depends who you talk to. In an attempt to atone for past sins she completes good deeds for fellow students who request her help, much to the disgust of Fletcher Townsend, the biggest past sin of them all. **Removed and now available on Amazon and Smashwords!**
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Chapters: 25 - Words: 5,323 - Reviews: 1255 - Favs: 443 - Follows: 569 - Updated: 2/23 - Published: 11/10/2012 - Complete
The Breakup Plan by thenifoundfivedollars reviews
I wanted him. And everyone wanted her. So I crafted the perfect plan: Break them up with a little help from a guy who played girls like it was going out of style. REMOVED.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 5 - Words: 1,246 - Reviews: 82 - Favs: 48 - Follows: 119 - Updated: 3/19/2013 - Published: 7/23/2012
Pseudocliché by xoxluurve reviews
ONESHOT. What's the cut-off gap where a girl is allowed to like someone younger than herself without losing her mind over it? Never mind. Amelia was pretty much doomed from the moment he said hello.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: M - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 10,966 - Reviews: 81 - Favs: 327 - Follows: 17 - Published: 3/20/2012 - Complete
How to Successfully Complete a Successful Story! by glitterjewele reviews
Can’t manage to finish the stories you start? Contracted writer’s block? Need a little help with summaries? Stop dodging flying vegetables. This is for you.
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 6,843 - Reviews: 345 - Favs: 960 - Follows: 49 - Published: 9/29/2004
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So Much Closer reviews
I sobbed as I listened to my ex-boyfriend on the radio. He sang that he needed someone "so much closer," and as I cried, I hoped beyond anything that the person he needed was me.
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 6,981 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 8 - Published: 12/20/2012 - Complete
People Like Us reviews
-Companion piece to Guys Like You- "Because what was Brice Abrams doing with a girl like her? She smelled like beer, and not because she'd had any, and she had lasted a total of ten minutes at a party before bailing. She wasn't popular. She didn't fit in with this crowd. With Brice's crowd."
Fiction: Romance - Rated: K+ - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,016 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 13 - Follows: 2 - Published: 6/1/2012 - Complete
Christian reviews
She was handing out fliers and talking to people. He wasn't sure why he went up to her. She was cute, but nothing special. But she looked nice. And maybe he wanted to pick on her, just a little. -previously published under tastethekiss-
Fiction: Romance - Rated: K - English - Spiritual/Friendship - Chapters: 2 - Words: 772 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 4 - Published: 3/11/2011
Wedding Crashers reviews
I met Justin at a wedding reception, where I introduced myself as Britney. It was too bad that my name wasn't really Britney and I wasn't supposed to be at that reception. -previously published under tastethekiss-
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 9,129 - Reviews: 16 - Favs: 60 - Follows: 2 - Published: 1/2/2011 - Complete
To Say Yes or Say No: A Jumbo Sized Proposal reviews
For the Popping That Question contest / "She saw Neil on one knee before her, holding a black velvet box. Maggie's eyes widened. She wasn't even sure that she could breathe. 'Mags,' he croaked, but she just shook her head, turned around, and ran." -previously published under tastethekiss-
Fiction: Romance - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,979 - Reviews: 14 - Favs: 51 - Follows: 3 - Published: 6/30/2010 - Complete
Season of Love reviews
I had to go to prom. Senior year prom is the most important of the high school dances. Everyone who is anyone goes, even if the music is terrible and the chicken is rubbery. All I had to do was find a date. -previously published under tastethekiss-
Fiction: Young Adult - Rated: T - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 2 - Words: 9,007 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 4/8/2010 - Published: 1/4/2010
Guys Like You reviews
Nila talked to nerdy boys, who played World of Warcraft, who read Starship Troopers, who were on the debate team. Not boys like Brice Abrams, who played football, baseball, and a little pick-up basketball on the side. -previously published under tastethekiss-
Fiction: Romance - Rated: K - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,324 - Reviews: 37 - Favs: 136 - Follows: 10 - Published: 10/3/2009 - Complete
BFE reviews
"Corntowners speak American and we will NOT speak your Spanish or your French or your German and certainly not your Arabic, you Middle Eastern terrorist. And get off of our land before you bomb something. This is Corntown, Pennsylvania. Nice to have you." -Previously published under tastethekiss-
Fiction: Young Adult - Rated: T - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,352 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 3 - Published: 2/28/2009 - Complete
Return reviews
Joel's eyes moved toward the trophy case. The pictures, the medals, they never changed. The people in them did. The girl in the picture loved gymnastics. The girl beside him didn't care for life. -previously published under tastethekiss-
Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,711 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 9 - Published: 11/28/2008 - Complete
I Promise to Love You reviews
People think that when you get married or engaged or something, everything gets easier. But it only gets harder. We're going to fight. I promise you that. I'm going to break your heart. But I promise to always love you, Halle. -previously published under tastethekiss-
Fiction: Romance - Rated: K+ - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 722 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 6 - Published: 12/10/2007 - Complete
You and Me reviews
He invited me on a date in the commons area of the dorm rooms. It was his idea to play Never Have I Ever. That idea was the death of him. But little did I know, there was more to Noah than I ever knew. A continuation of sorts to Love in Loss. -previously published under tastethekiss-
Fiction: Romance - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,121 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 9 - Published: 5/12/2007 - Complete
Love in Loss reviews
If I had any dignity left, I wouldn't have been sitting under the oak tree on campus, sobbing my eyes out. But I was a pathetic case. He helped me anyway. -previously published under tastethekiss-
Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,188 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 6 - Published: 10/17/2006 - Complete
Living Life reviews
So many of us waste away our lives waiting for a special moment, but it's all pointless if you waste the time that it takes to get there. The last thing you want is to look back ten years from now and regret not living for today. -previously published under tastethekiss-
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K - English - Spiritual/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,201 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 2 - Published: 3/6/2006 - Complete
You'll Never Know reviews
In me, you see a friend. I don't want you to think I'm not cool with that. But it's those little moments every now and then when I think of you and smile. It's those little things that build a friendship but also tend to build something more. -previously published under tastethekiss-
Fiction: Essay - Rated: K - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 584 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 4 - Published: 2/17/2006 - Complete
Spice reviews
Spice was just a person that happened to have a household that loved Halloween. What's so wrong with that? Nothing, for most, but this year, Spice is having an unforgetable Halloween. One that she'll take to the grave. -previously published under tastethekiss-
Fiction: General - Rated: K+ - English - Horror/Suspense - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,301 - Reviews: 4 - Published: 6/9/2004 - Complete
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