Forbidden Love Blog Hop

June 1, 2012


Step right up and ink your very own Star Crossed Lovers, folks! 

You know the names of old: 

Romeo and Juliet

Tristan and Isolde

Hero and Leander

Lancelot and Guinevere

Paris and Helen

Mark Antony and Cleopatra

Now's your chance to add a pair of names to the roster!


The Players

Lillie McFerrin

The delightful Janelle of Me & Mia



The Theme

The phrase 'star-crossed lovers' was coined in the prologue of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet:

"From forth the fatal loins of these two foes,
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life" 

We're leaving the term open to interpretation.

You can put your own spin on a classic story

Create a modern retelling

Craft your very own modern star-crossed lovers. 

Plus, you can close your story with any ending you like. Give your lovers a set of matching tombstones or a running chance at Happily Ever After. Their fate is in your hands! 


Bonus Inspiration: We've started a Forbidden Love Blog Hop pinterst board in hopes that it will be a jumping off point for your fertile imaginations! If you'd like to participate, let one of us know and we'll get you set up. 


The Details

The link (below) will be open from June 1 – June 15 

Add the following code to show the links list on your post (I hope!)

In your post, click on html instead of visual and paste it at the very bottom.

<p><!– start InLinkz script –><script type="text/javascript">
                document.write('<script type="text/javascript" src=;' + new Date().getTime() + '"><\/script>');</script><!– end InLinkz script –></p>

Word Count = 300 

Winners will be announced June 22


The Prizes:

1st place: 50 page critique from Lillie McFerrin

2nd place: 20 page critique from Lady Bullish.(me!)

3rd place: Book: Love Letters of Great Men from Janelle. 


Bonus Prize: Because she's full of oooooey-goooooey love, just like a fresh baked brownie (!), Lillie is offering a 5 page critique or query letter critique to everyone who links up and participates in the Forbidden Love blog hop. Just grab her email from the contact tab up top on her blog and email her your pages along with a link to your entry!!



23 Responses to Forbidden Love Blog Hop

  1. June 1, 2012 at 7:02 am

    How fun! Annnnd with it being until the 15th I don't see why I couldn't get something finished on time. Now, if y'all just upped the word count by oh.say. 200 words I'd be ready to enter! ;) I jest, I jest. *wink*

    *hugs all around*

    • June 2, 2012 at 7:35 pm

      Hugs to you, too!!! Can't wait to see what your lovely mind conjures up :)

  2. June 1, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Forbidden love?! FINALLY, something that sounds right up my clandestine alley! :D
    Thank you for twitter-inviting me! My user's been suspended for a while but I found that somehow . . . fate, you say?
    SO excited!
    (Not as much as Angela, up there, though! LOL, bless her!)

  3. June 1, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    20 page critique; that might be kind of harsh.
    When you said forbidden love I wasn't sure fi you were going to talk about same sex relationships, extra-marital affairs or both………yikes, good thing I actually read the post, huh?
    Neo and Trinity of course……….:). 

  4. June 1, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    I am SO in! But you knew that right? :-)

  5. June 1, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Hmmm…this sounds quite fun.  You know…fun in a "and rocks fall and everyone dies" sort of way.  MUWHAHAHAHA

  6. June 2, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Me!  Me! Me! -  Wanna play. No idea what I'll do but me!

  7. June 7, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Where is the code to add the links into my post?

    • Bullish
      June 7, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      Click on the blue froggie guy and a link should open up!! If not, give me or Lillie a hollar on twitter! @bullishink or @lilliemcferrin :)

      • June 9, 2012 at 2:35 pm

        Thanks! I have a link to this page in the post above the stories I submitted, but I will now go add in the code so everyone's links show up at the bottom. :)

  8. June 8, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Can anyone take part in this. I stumbled across it last night?

    • Bullish
      June 8, 2012 at 8:49 am

      Yes, it’s open to everyone!! :)

  9. June 9, 2012 at 3:04 am

    The link to JA Bennett takes me to her blog but I can't find the story and I'd hate to miss out on one of them.  Is there a limit to the number of entries (itchy typie fingers again)?

    • Bullish
      June 10, 2012 at 6:14 pm

      Yes, I had the same trouble with JA Bennett’s entry so Lillie and I will have to get it figure out!! We hadn’t discussed a limit but since I”m late in replying, I see you sent a 3rd story and it’s quite wonderful!! :)

      • June 11, 2012 at 3:08 am

        I made my third entry inelligible so I'm not hogging it, though I'm really thrilled you like it. If there are enough entries at the "close of play" you can decide to include it if you want to.  I'll be away when the voting starts!

  10. June 9, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Hello Bullish.
    Thank you muchly for the inspiration here to write my second piece of flash fiction.  The entries make excellent reading too!
    Just wanted to make sure my entry was valid (#17) as it has a little red 'x' beside it?  

  11. June 12, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Just wanted to say don't know how your gonna choose, as they are all so great.  Also can't seem to find Lora Mitchells one. 
    Amazed at how different they all are despite the common theme, but I suppose thats what makes this great :)

  12. June 15, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    My entry didn't quite go the tragic route, but I hope it's still enjoyable. Thank you for running the challenge!


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