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May 31st, 2002

A Strange Trail by Ri  [Post FIN/Finished] In Egypt the spirit of Xena is miserable and Gabrielle is miserable. Their old freind Aphrodite has to do something so she finds a way for Gabrielle to get her Warrior back.

Added part 23 of Mavis Applewater's The Brass Ring 

May 30th, 2002

Long Nights by Windstar  [Uber/Alt/Unfinished]
The world we live in is a lie. Below it is the truth, that which we don't want to see. Some people don't have a choice, those who hunt the things which lurk in
the dark corners, or those who have no memory of what the world should be like.

May 29th, 2002

Body English by Cephalgia [Uber/Alt/Finished]
A sequel to the PWP "The British Invasion"

Wildflower by Leigh McEoghan [Uber/Finished]
A sort of fairy tale.

May 28th, 2002

Added the second part of Sins of the Mother - Passions by L. Crystal Michallet
With the help of Xena and Gabrielle, Ari must learn to control her passions and violent tendencies, in a world so different from her own. 

May 27th, 2002

Added part 2 and part 3 of Djwood's Scars

Added part 16 (the conclusion) of Girlbard's Houdini's Box

Added part 6 of Kim Pritekel's Again

May 26th, 2002

Sorry about the length of time between updates, my laptop wasn't cooperating with me here in Orlando.

Added part 3 of Grit Jahning's Distances

Code Blue by Katlyn [über/unfinished]
The story of a cop and a doctor.

Games of Life by Ri
Jackie had everything she was beautiful, tallented, smart the only thing she lacked was someone to beleive in her till Tash stumbled into her life.

First Date by Seana James
Conceived originally as a "First Blush" anthology story, "First Date" didn't germinate quite soon enough to go to Jane Doe Press' collection of short stories. The story was meant to show that we often meet our soul mates in very ordinary circumstances-- not in some blinding flash of insight or instantaneous connection-- and that it takes time for even the most confident of us to work up the nerve to ask out someone we're attracted to-- weeks, not minutes; months, not hours. The story is complete as it stands, though I did leave myself some wiggle room if Jo and Mia decide they want the rest of their story told. 

At Your Word by Phair

An American arbitrator falls into the hands of rebels on an island nation long exploited for its hidden treasures.

May 23rd, 2002

Added part 9 of Ana Ortiz's Habana Me

Added part 10 of John S. Gerow's There Must In All Things Be Closure 

May 22nd, 2002

Fractured Tapestry by Kiera Dellacroix
Summary Pending

For those of you who only read completed stories, I have a really good one just finishing up! Added part 55 (the conclusion) of Our Reunion by Jenah. The Academy only has from part 40 on, however, the author of the story is editing the story and we will have it up as a whole very shortly.

Added part 22 of Mavis Applewater's The Brass Ring

New Ebooks:

The Return by Tas
Valiant Interlude by D
Forever - Destacain
A Soldiers Peace - SB Zarben
I'm Only Human by Ri
A New Day Dawns by Ri
To the Manor Sold by Phair
The Warden's Wish by MyOsage
A Nice Quiet Evening? by MyOsage
A Night To Remember or A Little Romance Never Hurt Anyone by MikkiDee
A Breath of Change - Katrinna
Intimate Strangers - The Flophouse
Voices by Ponigirl

May 21st, 2002


- From Eileen Marks

I would like to acknowledge the time and effort that Terri Sampson has put into find 'No Longer Available' stories for the über lists. She has consistently taken the time and used really good search engines to insure that stories remain accessible to the readers.


Sins of the Mother by L. Crystal Michallet
Xena must protect her home against her arch nemesis and at the same time, must face a painful memory from the past.

Added part 2 and part 3 (conclusion) of Destacain's Forever

With Apologies to Bram Stoker by Ernie Whiting
Xena & Gabrielle story

May 20th, 2002

Valiant Interlude by D
The sequel to 'A Valiant Heart'...

A New Day Dawns by Ri
Two people meet during the chaos of natural disaster thinking that they would never meet again. What are the odds they would meet in the same city thousands of miles away? What do the fates have planned? 

To the Manor Sold by Phair
This is a completed Uber Sci Fi tale. It is a Master/Slave relationship so expect violence, sex, bad language, and leather pants. Tess, the reluctant Master of the Manor, finds her life becomes even more complicated when her brother sells her a stolen slave.

The Warden's Wish by MyOsage
Memories from Shark Island ignite unexpected reactions when Xena and Gabrielle encounter the former warden, Thalassa.

A Nice Quiet Evening? by MyOsage
A nice, quiet evening turns into something very different when a surprise attack catches the bard off guard.

Callisto's Challenge by MyOsage
When she switches bodies with Xena, Callisto cleverly issues a challenge that will test the love between the bard and her warrior. 

M'lila's Destiny by MyOsage
As Gabrielle and Xena decide to expand their relationship, they get a vivid reminder from Xena's past love. Will Xena finally let go of her past and embrace her future with Gabrielle? 

Sappho's Inspiration by MyOsage
Sappho has a problem that Aphrodite thinks Xena can solve. But the solution may be unacceptable to Gabrielle. Beware of passionate women on the Isle of Lesbos! 

Added the conclusion of SB Zarben's A Soldier's Peace

Added part 6 of Phair's Countertransference

Added part 15 of Girlbard's Houdini's Box

May 19th, 2002
Hi all

I sent you all a note awhile back saying I was taking down the toutfolie site where I have up spoofs by merwulf, drools thrills, llandllached, etc. The academy of bards site has very graciously agreed to host the goofy stories, so the site has been moved there under the name sheerfolly. yes, we have to keep changing the name.
so for those of you who are interested it can now be found at: http://www.academyofbards.org/sheerfolly
I want to thank the academy..... didn't you always want to say that?
Thanks all
toutfolie over and out

Let's welcome two new bards to the Academy, Tas and Ri!

I'm Only Human by Ri
On her Birthday Pru is given a magical amulet that could make all her dreams come true.

The Return by Tas
A SciFi/Fantasy tale where the lives of two people entwine to continue a Dynasty based on Love and Honor. I donít do angst so there is none and Iím a mushball at heart, read at your own risk.

Cie has created a cover for this story, check it out: http://www.angelfire.com/art2/ciegra/Tas.jpg

Lost Soul 7 - Strained Relations by Ken Rogers

May 18th, 2002

Added part 5 of Designs of the Heart by Heartbrkn

May 17th, 2002

Welcome Nanaabelle to the Academy!

The Beginning of Forever
If FIN didn't happen or if it did and a way was found to bring Xena back, how would it all end? This is a kinder, gentler ending to the greatest love story of all time. 

Added part 13, the conclusion to Impulse:Book I- After All is Said by Mezzo.
Impulse:Book II- IT'S JUST THE BEGINNING Installment One will be coming in a few weeks.

Added part 26 of Lady Savay's Beneath the Brambles

Added part 15 of L.A. Tucker's The Inside Out
We at the Academy of Bards would also like to congratulate LA for signing with RAP Publishing to have the first book in this series, The Light Fantastic, published! We knew it was a good one!

Also, more publishing news--
Under The Gun (the sequel to Gun Shy) by Lori L. Lake, is nearly through with the editing, and with a little luck, it should go to the printer later this month. That would mean that it would perhaps be available as early as July.

Carrie Carr is going to be published once again. In The Blink Of An Eye and Something To Be Thankful For will be published by RAP Books under the Something To Be Thankful For title. This was one of our Halloween stories and I hear there might be an announcement of another of those stories being signed as well!

Congratulations to these fine authors!

May 16th, 2002

Added part 5 of Again by Kim Pritekel

A Night To Remember or A Little Romance Never Hurt Anyone by MikkiDee
This is a rock & roll fantasy in which a gorgeous singer and the love of her life finally come together with a little help from a (sort of) Fairy Godmother.

Updated Eileen Marks' incredible Ultimate Über List


Absolution - Morrig

Snowbound - Queenfor4

Oh Avalon, My Amazon - B-Bard
Last Night I Slept in a Dreamless Sleep - The Fallen
Swing - B-Bard
What Do You Do - Imagine
Treasure of Serpents Isle - Inyx
Empress,Warrior, Woman - T. Novan and Murphy

May 15th, 2002

Added part 14 of Girlbard's Houdini's Box

Added part 2 (and a new summary) of Lady Kate's The Joining [Xena/Ares]
After Ares regains his godhood, Xena's relationship with him takes a new turn. The ensuing events test not only Xena's commitment to her path as a fighter for the Greater Good but her bond with Gabrielle, who is struggling to come to terms with her identity as a warrior. 

Mel makes arrangements for Janice's funeral and pays a visit to her lodgings. A follow-on story from And A Nightingale... and Who Was Going To Miss An Angel Or Two, Anyway?

New eBooks:

Afternoon Meanderings - Xenalicious
Meridio's Daughter - LJ Maas
Undercover - Mavis Applewater
Champions - Kamouraskan
Magic of the Heart (The) - CJ Harte
Warm Wet Circles - Claire Withercross
Waiting To Happen - Claire Withercross

May 14th, 2002

Happy birthday to my pal, Redhawk!

Afternoon Meanderings by Xenalicious
Pure smut <g>

Undercover part of The Wednesday Afternoon Series by Mavis Applewater
Regan is a private investigator who ends up w/her own life being exposed. More smut <bg>

Added part 12 of Mezzo's After All is Said

Personal Preferences by kdbard
Stochasitic Resonance by Barbara Buncle

New eBooks:
The Way by L. Crystal Michallet-Romero
The Water's Edge - Mavis Applewater
The Stakeout - Mavis Applewater
Easter Surprise - Mavis Applewater
What's in a Name - kd bard
Visions in Paradise - kd bard

May 13th, 2002

Added chapter 12 of Cate Swannell's King of the Beach 

May 12th, 2002

A big round of applause goes to to LA Tucker for winning the coveted XIPPY Award for her marvellous story The Light Fantastic!!!

Added part 14 of The Inside Out by L. A. Tucker

More from Mavis Applewater's Wednesday Afternoon Series

The Water's Edge Jobeth takes a long needed vacation at a cabin in the woods to find herself involved in a mystery. 
The Stakeout,part two of Undercover
Easter Surprise An Easter Suprise reunites Lindsey & Tressa from The Home For The Holidays Series. 

Added part 11 of Mezzo's After All is Said

Added chapter 8 of SB Zarben's A Soldier's Peace

eBooksThe Edge of Nowhere by Annemaart
Twelve Days by Colleen
The Binding Tie by Maderlin Bidmead
Gabrielle's Faith by Phantombard
To Find What I Wasn't Looking For by Nickie
The Cold Winter Night by Nickie
Flight 461 by Nickie
What's a Bard to do? by Nickie

May 11th, 2002

Visions in Paradise by kd bard 
Cat & Billie finally take a belated honeymoon as they take advantage of the trip to Aruba their neighbors gave Billie as a graduation present. Their cruise turns out to be more than the simple adventure they bargained for. In this highly suspenseful tale, the warrior and bard appear as well as an old enemy, testing the love Billie & Cat share is tested as evidence points to something amiss onboard the ship. Kleenex rating - 0.5 box. 

What's in a Name? by kd bard 
Cat & Billie are forced to deal with that very question as their daughter Tara is teased at school for having a different last name than her brother. This raises heart-rending questions and revelations, resulting in Cat & Billie decided to legally acopt eacha other's children. They hit a roadblock when they realize the biological fathers would have to give up their rights. What follows is a series of events that places the family in danger, Billie on the defensive, and tests their love and resolve once again. Kleenex rating - 1.5 boxes. 

May 10th, 2002

The Way by L. Crystal Michallet-Romero
Whatever happened to Gabrielle's staff after she threw it into the Ganges River?

Added part 9(conclusion) of The Magic of the Heart by CJ Harte

Added part 31 of Jules Mathews' Download

May 9th, 2002

Welcome Nickie to the Academy! Nickie starts us off with four entries--

Flight 461[Uber/Alt]
A very short uber story of how to occupy your time on a long flight.

The Cold Winter Night [Alt]
Gabrielle is as stubborn as ever. She doesn't listen to Xena and ends up sick in a cave

To Find What I Wasn't Looking For [Uber/Alt]
An uber story about a young woman coming to turns with her sexuality in a new city after being driven from her home. She meets up with a band that plays on the different pubs and clubs in the area.

What's a Bard to Do? [Alt]
After Xena helps the Amazons win another war, the Bard tries a new way to win the warriors heart. No matter what she has to do, her heart is set on getting it.

Added part 10 (conclusion) of Lena's The Awakening

May 8th, 2002

Added part 11 and part 12 (conclusion) of Annemaart's The Edge of Nowhere

Lost Soul 5 - Desperate Endeavor by Ken Rogers
Gabrielle's desperate attempt to return to Japa is blocked.

Lost Soul 6 - Endless Journey by Ken Rogers
In her struggles to reach Japa Gabrielle becomes Slave, Demon, and Savior.

May 7th, 2002

Gabrielle's Faith by Phantombard
After Xena's death in Japa, Gabrielle is disenchanted with the Greater Good, having had to choose between it and her love for Xena, and feeling that she has lost both. She travels through the known world, hoping to find something that will bring her a new sense of completion. Her journey is driven, at first by unremembered dreams, and later by recognition of her destiny. She follows the path that will lead to the achievement of both, finally defeating a challenge to her promised future lives with Xena. 

The New Adventures of XENA: Warrior Princess Meet The In-Laws by Ernie Whiting
summary pending

Added part 8 of Ana Ortiz's Habana Me

Added part 13 of GirlBard's Houdini's Box

Added part 10 of Mezzo's After All is Said

May 6th, 2002

Added chapter 7 of SB Zarben's A Soldier's Peace

Added part 26 of Vertigo's Caution: Under Construction 

Added a revised version of the conclusion of Queenfor4's Snowbound


What Friends Are For by Ernie Whiting
Two Parts of the Whole by Allyson Heisey
Fighting City Hall by kd bard

May 5th, 2002

Added part 7 and part 8 of The Magic of the Heart by CJ Harte

May 4th, 2002

A Big Welcome to a new bard at the Academy, djwood! 

Scars by djwood Scars--we all carry them. Some can be seen, some cannot. Kate and Sam meet online, and as their friendship grows and deepens their scars are revealed. Can they each be healed by the other?

Added Part 11 of Tie Break by Bonnie

Added Part IX of Provenance by Cruise

Fighting City Hall by kd bard
Billie proposes to Cat just as she finishes law school and prepared to make a legal commitment to Cat and Tara. In her first major case as a lawyer, she challenges the state on her own behalf as she literally fights City Hall for the right to marry the woman she loves. This eposide raises serious questions about todays laws, prejudice and the rights we sometimes take for granted. Kleenex rating - 1.5 boxes. 

Two Parts of the Whole by Allyson Heisey
Xena and Gabrielle visit the city of Alexandria and unwittingly anger a patron diety. To exact his vengeance, he separates the two women, but they are destined to always meet. In this case, in a bizarre twist of fate. It's up to Gabrielle to solve the riddle and set things right. 

May 3rd, 2002

Added part 9 of Mezzo's After All is Said

Added Part 20-5 of The Amazon Queen: Daughters of Ares by L. M. Townsend

Added part 13 of The Inside Out by L. A. Tucker

May 2nd, 2002

Added part 21 of Snap's Tempting Trouble

Added part 4 of Kim Pritekel's Again

What Friends Are For by Ernie Whiting

May 1st, 2002

Added part 10 of Annemaart's The Edge of Nowhere


Why Are You Here? by My OSage
The Lie by My OSage
Invitation to Egypt by My OSage
Gabrielle's Dream by My OSage
Aphrodite's Gift by My OSage
The New Adventures of XENA: Warrior Princess - Just Like Old Times by Ernie Whiting
Personal Preferences by kd bard


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