The Royal Academy of Bards
February 24th, 2015
3 new KC and Grumps stories ( Sweetwater Saga short stories) by Mickey Minner [Original/Alt/Complete]
Added Part 3 of Stages of Redemption by Elle Rogue [Original/Alt/Incomplete]
We are so excited to complete the Academy's collection of Vivian Darkbloom's XWP work! Darkbloom's Mel & Janice series is one of the definitive offerings to the Xenaverse and some of the finest writing we've ever seen. Viv's take on our beloved TV show in unparalleled! See the rest of Vivian's stories on her Author Page. http://academyofbards.org/authors/vivian_darkbloom.html
What's to say about The White Trash series? Lunacy says it best: “One of the most original and clever series in fanfic , these stories as a collective effort get my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!”
M e l & J a n i c e
All the Colors of the World by Vivian Darkbloom ( M el /Janice/alt/complete) http://academyofbards.org/fanfic/v/viviandarkbloom_allthecolors1.html
Original and well-written, this Mel/Janice story has the Southerner and archeologist seeing each other for the first time after their initial meeting in Macedonia. Joining forces again to work on translating a newly discovered scroll, the two women begin uncovering also their feelings for one another but it is the warrior and bard from an Ancient time that will show them how to take a chance on love. DO NOT MISS! Lunacy's Fan Fiction Reviews http://lunacyreviews.com/
The Secret Histories by Vivian Darkbloom ( M el /Janice/alt/complete) http://academyofbards.org/fanfic/v/vivdarkbloom_secrethistories1.html
This is a sequel to the story "All the Colors of the World." If you have not read that, you might be a little confused. Hell, even if you did read it, you still might be confused.
Venezia ( mel /Janice/alt/complete) by Vivian Darkbloom http://academyofbards.org/fanfic/v/viviandarkbloom_venezia.html
This is not one of my happier pieces; it's on the melancholy side.
Coup De Grace (Mel /Janice/alt/complete) by Vivian Darkbloom http://academyofbards.org/fanfic/v/vivdarkbloom_coupdegrace1.html
The fabulously ill-tempered archaeologist Janice Covington and Southern-Belle-in-Exile Melinda Pappas gradually discover the real truth at the heart of the Xena Scrolls, in a story that darkly plays with time and memory, loss and desire, and the nature of what is real and what is not. While the story references characters and incidents in earlier stories ("Venezia" and "The Secret Histories") it is possible to read this as a stand-alone piece, particularly if one is drinking heavily.
The Book of the Body by Vivian Darkbloom ( M el /Janice/alt/complete) http://academyofbards.org/fanfic/v/vivdarkbloom_bookofthebody.html
Leica by Vivian Darkbloom ( M el /Janice/alt/complete) http://academyofbards.org/valentine14/2008/viviandarkbloom_leica.html
Stand Alone Mel & Janice stories
In Sorrento by Vivian Darkbloom ( M el /Janice/alt/complete) http://academyofbards.org/fanfic/v/viviandarkbloom_insorrento.html
The Stars Fell Down by Vivian Darkbloom ( M el /Janice/alt/complete) http://academyofbards.org/fanfic/v/viviandarkbloom_thestarsfelldown.html
This tale begins as a Mel/Janice story set in 1953 with the archeologist now leading a small army of fierce...baseball players ;-) After a short, delightfully domestic interlude with Janice and the Carolinian Princess, however, the tale goes back in time to recount Xena and Gabrielle's first time together - an event which the warrior does not seem to remember but the bard remembers all too well! Complete with lots of hilarious guilty thoughts, misunderstandings, lots of love and lust, this is entertaining and FUN! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! - Lunacy's Fan Fiction Reviews http://lunacyreviews.com/
The Fangs of Academe by Vivian Darkbloom ( M el /Janice/alt/complete) http://academyofbards.org/halloween/2003/vivdarkbloom_fangs.html
The White Trash series
1) L ove A nd D eath In T he T railer P ark by Vivian Darkbloom (uber/alt/complete) http://academyofbards.org/fanfic/v/viviandarkbloom_loveanddeathinthetrailerpark.html
Just when you think you've read every type of XWP fan fiction someone could come up with comes along a HYSTERICAL little gem like this to prove you wrong. Simply put this uber Xena story is the stuff television TALK shows are made off! Original does not even come close to describing this tale which has a young factory worker stuck in dead-end existence living a life suitable for discussion on Jerry Springer, when a dark, beautiful stranger sparks a fire within her ;-) Contemporary to the extreme, this is very atmospheric, cute, clever, funny and just a real hoot!! A MUST READ guaranteed to plaster a big ol' grin on your face! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! [Note: story features rough language...actually, the story *IS* rough language ;-) Lunacy's Fan Fiction Reviews http://lunacyreviews.com/
2) W ays T o B e W icked by Vivian Darkbloom (uber/alt/complete) http://academyofbards.org/fanfic/v/viviandarkbloom_waystobewicked.html
Vivan returns with an uber sequel to her memorable at LOVE AND DEATH IN THE TRAILER PARK which is even MORE warped than that first offering - and just as delightful! This time around Gabrielle is happily settled down with her sexy firefighter Zina , enjoying that junk food and even going to college but theirs is a lifestyle not everyone approves off and which makes them targets for the homophobes at Ares Ministries, Inc. Put that tongue FIRMLY in your cheek as you begin to read this and then prepare for some serious attacks on your funny bone in what has developed into the best tribute to popular culture since Nene's now classic MYTH SERIES. Wonderfully original and VERY cleverly written, WAYS TO BE WICKED is a truly FUN read folks. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Lunacy's Fan Fiction Reviews http://lunacyreviews.com/
3) M ayonnaise And It s D iscontents by Vivian Darkbloom (uber/alt/complete) http://academyofbards.org/fanfic/v/viviandarkbloom_mayonnaise.html
The best WHITE TRASH series in Xena fanfic continues - actually it's the only white trash series in Xena fanfic but I digress ;-) Vivan made history some months ago with the release of her now classic LOVE AND DEATH IN THE TRAILER PARK which introduced some of the... er ...well, trashiest uber representations of X&G ever! The story of firefighter Zina and her sexy poet Gabrielle continued in WAYS TO BE WICKED as the two conquered a couple of old enemies turned religious fanatics. In this new installment the two decide to use some of Zina's vacation time to go see old friends which of course is easier said than done as the two have to first revisit Zina's wild and woolly past to try to correct an old wrong and then have to face the horrifying prospect of life on the road...with country music on the radio! >:) In this series Vivian has taken the uber archetype in a WHOLE new direction - one which is fresh (literally :), entertaining and just a RIOT folks!!! DO NOT MISS! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Lunacy's Fan Fiction Reviews http://lunacyreviews.com/
4)I've B een To P ocatello , But I've Never Been To Me by Vivian Darkbloom (uber/alt/complete) http://academyofbards.org/fanfic/v/viviandarkbloom_ivebeentopocatello.html
This is a sequel to the "White Trash Trilogy" ("Love & Death in the Trailer Park," "Ways to Be Wicked," & "Mayonnaise and Its Discontents"). An uber tribute (of sorts ;-) to seasons 3-4, Vivan's latest entry in the shamelessly decadent WHITE TRASH SERIES should carry a health warning marking it as EXTREMELY hazardous for your funny bone. In fact, I can guarantee many a funny bone is going to be overstimulated after this latest encounter with the trials and tribulations of Zina the fire fighter and her junk-food-loving poet Gabrielle. Starting with a hilarious and inevitable confrontation between the spunky (if somewhat dense) poet and their ever-so-righteous arch-enemy Callie, the story has Zina reuniting with her old love Boris, the Russian chess player, devising a plan to repay an old... debt...and almost losing her beloved poet to a lascivious exotic dancer named Natalie. With supporting appearances from Zina's pot-loving progenitor, a wise friend from the East and an assortment of other colorful personalities this story makes plodding through seasons 3-4 worth the effort just so you can enjoy the product of one highly skilled and thoroughly depraved bardic mind. So much fun it should probably be declared a sin, Vivian's latest is a MUST READ! VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Lunacy's Fan Fiction Reviews http://lunacyreviews.com/
5) Re quiem For A Bitch by Vivian Darkbloom (uber/alt/complete) http://academyofbards.org/fanfic/v/viviandarkbloom_requiemforabitch.html
The WHITE TRASH SERIES becomes trashier and even more hysterical with this VERY unique uber tribute to seasons 3-4 as Gabrielle connects with the town's resident hippy, the poet's parents learn more about her love life with Zina than they ever wanted to know, and a new girl arrives in town with a familiar-looking face and a score to settle. Proving that soulmates can be trashy too, Vivian continues to give our funny bones a workout with some of the most original and clever writing in fanfic . Her characters are not only hilariously outlandish but at times, disturbingly familiar too ;-) This is a delightful new treat from one of the most gifted authors I've come across. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Lunacy's Fan Fiction Reviews http://lunacyreviews.com/
6) The High Road To Low E xpectations by Vivian Darkbloom (uber/alt/complete) http://academyofbards.org/fanfic/v/viviandarkbloom_thehighroadtolowexpections.html
Number 666 of the White Trash Series. Vivian wraps up the series as only she can! Gabrielle is out of Rhine Gold and nothing else will cure her churlishness. Zina will go to any lengths to satisfy her bard, even if it's Havana. Just when it seems that all's well that ends well, Zina's wicked past rears its ugly head, again. But, she has a plan. The final installment of this fabulous series doesn't disappoint and will leave you with a smile and a fonder feeling for the end of our beloved TV show. ~ PT
From Hair to Eternity by Vivian Darkbloom and LN James http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Bungalow/8725/ubergabs.html#Gabrielle
This (finger quote) "story" started off as a lark with Viv and LN trading parts back and forth, writing where the other left off. It turned into this. It scares us.
Story Notes by Vivian Darkbloom http://www.academyofbards.org/fanfic/v/viviandarkbloom_storynotes.html
Please read the stories first, before the notes, otherwise you might get spoiled… Not current, but good for a laugh. Idea stolen from LN James!
February 22nd, 2015
February 20th, 2015
Gabrielle on the Chalcis Ferry by Phineas Redux [Classic/Alt/Complete]
Added Part 14 of Xena & Gabrielle: A Turn of Fate by Ahkiken [Classic/Alt/Incomplete]
Added Part 14 of The Conqueror & Ri: A Twist of Destiny by Ahkiken
Added Part 4 of The Realm by Warriorjudge [Conquer/Alt/Incomplete]
Announcement from Blayne Cooper
Mid-western college professor Natalie Abbott is estranged from her dysfunctional family. It happened so slowly she barely noticed... Then it was too late. On the cusp of landing her dream job, Natalie is forced to New Orleans in search of her runaway teenaged brother Joshua. Desperately short of clues, she’s grateful that NOPD Detective Adele Lejeune seems to genuinely care.
Detective Lejeune's interest in Joshua's disappearance dangerously shifts from professional to intensely personal, as do her feelings for Natalie. The women doggedly navigate the depths of the city's seething underbelly as they work to solve the tangled mystery that is poised to crush Natalie's heart and leave Adele’s life in ruins.
Best-selling, award-winning author Blayne Cooper exposes the intrigue of the Big Easy in this epic story of dedication, risk and passion.
February 19th, 2015
We are very pleased that we can offer L. N. James' full complement of stories at the Academy. James is one of the first and still one of the best XWP fanfic writers and we're excited to a introduce her to a new group of readers. Chicago 5am was, at one time, published and has been off of the internet for years.
Chicago 5am by L. N. James [Uber/Alt/Complete]
Entire by L. N. James [Uber/Alt/incomplete]
This will be updated as often as humanly possible.
The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Dolls in Love: The Story of Rigid Xena and Posable Gabrielle by Danae and L.N. James [Classic/Alt/complete]
Those two crazy dolls are at it again in this sequel to THE INCREDIBLY TRUE ADVENTURES OF TWO DOLLS IN LOVE which finds the boastful Warrior Princess certain that she can seduce any straight doll much faster than her slow sidekick can. Accepting the challenge, posable Gabrielle decides to teach the warrior a lesson. It's a situation that ends up giving the ex-warlord doll nightmares but does manage to help her get in touch with that oh-so-rigid inner self ;-) There are some lines in this story folks that MORE than make the reading worthwhile. An adorable new entry that should be attempted only with liquids well away from that keyboard. DO NOT MISS! [Note that story comes in two parts]
Lunacy's Fan Fiction Reviews http://lunacyreviews.com/
From Hair to Eternity by L. N. James and Vivian Darkbloom [Uber/alt/complete]
Breaking Bread by L. N. James [Classic/Alt/complete]
Relinquish by L. N. James [Classic/Alt/complete]
Magnetic North by L. N. James [Classic/Alt/complete]
Both Hands by L. N. James [Classic/Alt/complete]
Far Away/So Close by L. N. James [Classic/Alt/complete]
The Gala by L. N. James [Classic/Alt/complete]
Hints by L. N. James [Classic/Alt/complete]
Outlaw by L. N. James [Classic/Alt/complete]
Queen by L. N. James [Classic/Alt/complete]
Swan Song by L. N. James [Classic/Alt/complete]
Welcome Home by L. N. James [Classic/Alt/complete]
Midnight Letter by L. N. James [Classic/Alt/complete]
A Good Day Too by L. N. James [Classic/Alt/complete]
About the Stories by L. N. James http://www.academyofbards.org/fanfic/l/lnjames_stories.html
L. N.'s comments and background on the stories. A wonderful stroll down memory lane.
February 18th, 2015
Added Star-Crossed Lovers by D. J. Belt to the 2015 Valentine's Day Special http://www.academyofbards.org/valentine14/2015/djbelt_starcrossedlovers.html
February 17th, 2015
Added Part 4 of Bitten by KW Jordan [Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Alt/Incomplete]
February 16th, 2015
Welcome to the annual Academy of Bards' celebration of Valentine's Day. This will be our 15th year in existence and with that comes all the bumps and bruises of life. Yet, because of this feeling - sometimes slight, sometimes overpowering - called love, we keep picking ourselves up, brushing off the past and ready to begin again. Today, we have invited some long time favorites to give us an escape from our everyday lives and to transport us to a place they've created. I hope you enjoy the stories and take time to send these authors a note letting them know.
"Love, Ephiny" - Cheyne Curry
A Little Something Extra - Colleen
Werewolves of Dreamland, TX - Geonn Cannon
All In A Day's Work - Kim Pritekel
You Want To What With That? - Mickey Minner
A Very Different Dusk - Texbard (post-FIN)
The Matchmaker - silverwriter01
The Morning of the Fourteenth - Norsebard
My Dearest Wish - Norsebard
A Big Ol' Word - onesockbard
Operation: Officer Lunchbox by CaseyRocks
Donut Heaven - Aurelia
February 11th, 2015
The R-103 Incident by Phineas Redux [Original/Alt/Complete]
The Charioteer: in the City of Har by Susan M. Smith (classic/alt/complete)
Amazons of Dahomey by Susan M. Smith (classic/alt/complete)
The Dead Come Knocking If You Leave the Screen Door Open by Susan Smith (uber/alt/complete)
Announcement from Sapphire Books
6 – 5 star reviews on its first day of release
Military Romance– Read the first 3 chapters here
Life is what happens when you make other plans, and Nic and Claire have just found out that life and the Marine Corps have other plans for their lives.
February 6th, 2015
Part 3 of The Realm by Warriorjudge [Conquer/Alt/Incomplete]
February 5th, 2015
A Play On Words by Jossie [Classic/Gen/Complete]
February 3rd, 2015
Smugglers Cove by Mickey Minner [Original/Alt/Complete]
Revised version of Xena & Gabrielle: A Turn of Fate: Part 13 by Ahkiken [Classic/Alt/Incomplete]
Revised version of The Conqueror & Ri: A Twist of Destiny: Part 13 by Ahkiken [Conqueror/Alt/Incomplete]
Announcement from Sapphire Books
New Release from Sapphire Books Publishing
by award winning author – Linda Kay Silva
What do you do when you're a demon hunter who is also possessed by an ancient demon who needs to feed off other demonic spirits? Where do you turn when that demon's hunger for the deaths of others reaches its apex causing you to become an overzealous killer and murderer of evil? How do you live with yourself night after night as you wade through the detritus that was once a demonic entity destroying human lives? And who can you turn to when your very humanity starts slipping through your fingers as the demon within takes control?
Witches, that's who.
When Denny Silver falls down the rabbit hole of toward a path of her own destruction, only her friends from the local coven have the strength and power to pull her from the darkness...a shadowy blackness that threatens to consume her own soul...a darkness that feeds upon other malevolent forces, transforming her into a mere shade of a human. And as Denny begins losing the battle with her ancient demon, her people, her witches, even her ghost of a best friend rally around her to bolster her humanity and contain the demon that hungers inside of her.
Because Denny Silver is needed.
And if Denny is going to be able to heed the call for help, if she is to become the force that threatens destruction of all things evil, then she must not only learn how to battle her own, she must also be willing to work side-by-side with it. Only by finally accepting who she truly is, can Denny embrace her responsibility as a demon hunter and learn how to control the Demon Within.
Because Denny Silver is needed…and so is her demon..
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