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February 18, 2018

Gabrielle - Rambles through the Arcady by Phineas Redux [Classic/Alt/Complete]
(8th , and last, story in the ‘ Xena's Exploits ' series. Read Part 9 here: An innocently meant erotic fantasy, not extreme at all and done with the best possible taste, on a Theme of Xena and Gabrielle. Xena and Gabrielle, especially the Amazon Queen, engage in a series of personal activities in varying locations in Athens and Boeotia.

Xena's Hard Times by Phineas Redux [Classic/Alt/Complete]
(10th , and last, story in the ‘ Xena's Exploits ' series) Xena perambulates through Athens, meeting people who only want to meet her for her famous connections.


February 15, 2018

Saint Valentina's Day by Norsebard [Original/Alt/Complete]
The young Guthren of Emmerlingen, apprentice to the great sorceress Kriemhild, studies hard to pass the exams that will enable her to become a travelling sorceress, but her mind and her spellcasting are thoroughly jumbled when she meets the breathtaking Lady Siegrid of Oldenburg who has arrived at Kranichburg Castle to take part in the Saint Valentina's Day Jousting Tournament...

Tango & Mochaccino by Norsebard [Original/Alt/Complete]
You never know where a dancing lesson might lead you - even if it's no more than a free introductory class that you've won in a New Year's raffle. Colleen Metcalfe certainly didn't expect to meet the intriguing Ana-Maria Dominguez, a retired world champion dancer, at the academy where the class was held, but meet her she did...

New Release from Desert Palm Press

Lucky 7


Rae D. Magdon

Elena Nevares is on the run. She's a jacker, someone who connects to virtual reality with their brain, and everyone else on her crew was murdered during a mission gone wrong. Sasha Young is planning a rescue. She's a handler, a team leader whose crew has been scattered by an evil corporation: AxysGenerations. Together, they must find the rest of Sasha's crew: Cherry, the engineer and explosives expert; Rami, the master of disguise; Doc, the wunderkind Medical Officer; and Rock, the mechanically modified muscle. But Axys Generations has bigger plans than taking down Sasha's crew. Elena, Sasha, and the rest of the Lucky 7 must go on their most dangerous mission yet—not for credits or tech, but to save the world.
Available at:
Smashwords , Amazon , and soon at Bella Books and CreateSpace

Announcement from Q. Kelly:

I'm happy to say that I have not one book but TWO coming out today. They're sequels to "Knowing Katharine," which came out last year.

“Loving Katharine”: Can Katharine and Veronica figure out a future together?

“Marrying Emma”: Someone out there wants a fairy tale ending—to marry a princess.


Also, if you haven't yet read "Knowing Katharine":


-Q. Kelly

February 14, 2018

Welcome to the Academy of Bards Valentine Day Special edition! Since 2000, our page has supported writers and wannabe writers by allowing them to post their stories. I feel proud at how long our site has survived and of the careers that were in their infancy and have grown.

This year I wanted to do something different with our special. I've engaged with the munchkins - the hard working helpers who do the day to day work for no pay and little recognition - to come up with the best of our 15 prior years of Valentine stories. Originally, I asked for 14 but I couldn't choose so it's a few more. I hope you all enjoy revisiting the following stories. I hope you let the authors know how much we appreciate them. If you have any ideas of authors you'd like to see more of drop me a note at .

~ Steph

Boss's Choice

2016 – Red Vines – Susan X. Meagher

2006 – Team Work – K Darblyne

2004 – Slow Valentine – D. Jordan Redhawk


Staff Picks

2003 – Mulligan K.G. McGregor

2004 – Rock for Remembrance ... and A Canopy for Happy Endings – Ali Vali This is listed as 2 stories, but they really are just 1 big story!

2005 – The Crimson Cage – Nene Adams

2006 – The Colours of 46 – Kamoraskan

2007 – Country Mouse Lois Cloarec Hart

2008 – Leica – Vivian Darkbloom

2009 – Into Your Hands – Shadowriter

2010 – The Anti-Love Club – Artemis Callaghan

2011 – Warriors Need Love, Too – Del Robertson

2012 – Messy Life with Grace – silverwriter01

2013 – Stolen Heart – Kim Pritekel

2015 – Werewolves of Dreamland, TX – Geonn Cannon

2016 – A Distant Memory – Aurelia

2017 – The Incorrigible Janice Covington - Norsebard



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