October 2002

Trick or Treat? You decide...

Make sure you visit the Academy for Halloween TOMORROW!

October 31st, 2002

Go to our Halloween Extravaganza

October 30th, 2002


There are a bunch of announcements today. I just wanted to add ours from the Academy, Happy Halloween and be back here at midnight EST for our Halloween special!

- From Carole Giorgio

Sedona Rain is up for discounted pre-sale on my site. The discount is only for the next few weeks and the first shipment is due to be shipped out on November 8th.


- From Kim Pritekel

I was walking along Charles street, my cane tapping away at the street with every step. It was a Saturday night, and I often strolled the dark London streets then. It was quiet, allowing a gentleman to think. I walked this path every night, seeing all the familiar buildings and trees. The trees are quite breathtaking this time of year. Tip my top hat at a lady passing by on the arm of her husband. Then I stop, noticing something a bit odd. That door was not there last evening. I walk toward the stone building to have a closer look. Indeed, this is new. But how odd. The door is wood, a bit shabby. There is a sign of some sort next to it. Putting my spectacles on, I have a closer look.

The Wayword Inn

What on earth is this nonsense? I looked a bit closer. As I read, it was almost as if I could hear a far off voice talking to me: Writers, readers, poets, you're needed terribly. Come to the Wayword Inn. My curiosity piqued, I reached a hand out, opened that large, shabby door and stepped inside.

Come. Tell us your story. www.coloradobardsplace.com/WIenter

- From The Xena Scrolls

On Friday, November 1st, the Xena Scrolls web site will be presenting a brand new competition for bards, 

The Battle of the Bards Contest

Take your favorite Xena episode and write a "knock your socks off" trailer for it.   Top 3 entries will then compete for the title of "Best Bard."  The winner will receive a hand made Episode Treasure Box, featuring their trailer. Send your entry, along with your name and the country where you live, to The Xena Scrolls, by November 25th.
Finalists to be announced on December 1st.
Battle on Bards!


Here are three more from Mavis Applewater's Wednesday Afternoon Series-

The Long Weekend (Part Eight of Home For The Holidays)
Tressa and Lindsey are back for another Holiday.

Rule 47
A stressed executive is sent away on a retreat to relax.

Here Comes The Bride
A cocktail waitress entertains at a bachelorette party.

Need for Speed by K[über/alt/unfinished]
After two years with no contact, Catherine is surprised to receive a call from a former classmate, who has an unexpected proposition.

One Foggy Night by Colleen [über/alt]
One wrong turn leads to a frightful Halloween night.

Duende by April Hladis [alt/original]
A short supernatural story. A private detective is hired to look into a 'vanishing' of two people. The somewhat flaky client then insists on joining her in the eerie investigation.


At Charon’s Dock – Kate
Aphrodite’s Got a Secret – Lena
Another Day in the Life – Jay
Another One of those Nights – Rab Donald
Bedtime Story – Brian Davis
Another Time, Another Solstice Eve - Beowolf

Fixed eBooks
Gunshy  - Lori Lake

October 29th, 2002

Another Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood by Littlespit [Über; alt]
This is a follow-up to "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood". Darlene and Teri take the commandment "Love Thy Neighbor" to the extreme!

Added part 4 of Culture Clash by nyrdgyrl

Added part 11 of Time's Fell Hand by L.J. Maas

October 28th, 2002

Added Part 3 of Phair's By the Manor Owned

Added Part 6 of Midgit's A Handful of Heaven

October 27th, 2002

Added Part 3 of A Thousand Kisses by Girlbard

Added Part 8 of PsiDraconis' Modern Crusaders: Adeptus Major

Added Part 2 'Up in the Room(an interlude)' of Sam King's XENA and the Fairy Folk

October 26th, 2002

Cruise's & Stoley's Paradise Found is currently out in print with Limitless Dare2Dream Publishing.

Added part 8 of Lois Kay's The Reef

Added part 2 of Julie Baker's Negative Reaction

Added Part 3 of Tonya S. Coley's Murder Has Two Faces

Added Part 13 of Ripples in Time by Lois Kay and Cbar

Part 12 of Cruise's Provenance can be found at www.clububer2000.com.

October 25th, 2002


WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR? Limitless, Dare 2 Dream Publishing invites you to submit letters, poems, short stories, essays, photographs and artwork depicting things you are thankful for this year. The new magazine, Woman 2 Woman, will soon present its Novemeber/December issue and we would like to focus on the many things we all have to be grateful for this year. We encourage you to be as creativeÖor as mushyÖas you like. Submissions should be made to: LimitlessD2D@aol.com and put "Thankful" in the subject line, please. The deadline for entries will be November 5, 2002. Additionally, we would like to remind everyone that we are accepting short stories, poems, essays, photos, artwork and articles of interest to women for the magazine. Thanks and we look forward to hearing from many of you in the near future. Sam Ruskin and Anne Clarkson Limitless, Dare 2 Dream Publishing Woman 2 Woman magazine is a bi-monthly magazine [ISSN 1538-9391] and is available for $25.00 per year at our website. Copies of the premiere issue can be purchased for $5.00 per copy, while supplies last. www.limitlessd2d.net


Added part 3 of Culture Clash by nyrdgyrl

Added part 13 of SB Zarben's Amicus Humani Generis

Added part 5 of L. Crystal Michallet's The Curse of Higuchi

New eBooks
Christmas Eve – Wakar
Dark Prophesy Fulfilled – Gabby’s Hope
Decisions – Beowolf
The Bet – Verrath
Covington’s Kid – Simahoyo
Christmas to Remember – j gardner
Blue Scrolls - Bacchae2
Futher Adventures of Janice & Mel
Resistance and Resurection – ArdentTly
Grecian Affair - ArdentTly
Sacrament series
Absolution - Morrig
Penitencia – Morrig
Confession - Morrig
Amazon Queen series
Amulet of Persephone – LM Townsend
Warrior Goddess of War – LM Townsend
Cyrene’s Tale – LM Townsend
Malatyra 2 – LM Townsend
The Totem – LM Townsend
Warriors and Mothers – LM Townsend
Warrior Bard Priestess – LM Townsend

October 24th, 2002

The Eye of Hephaestus by DJ Belt [alt]
After Xena's untimely death in Japan, Gabrielle has returned to Potidaea, wallowing in deep grief and strong drink. Ares,noting her vulnerability, makes her an offer of power that she is sorely tempted to accept, until Xena's spirit appears to her and they fashion a desperate plan to attemptAres' imprisonment and Xena's own return to the mortal realm. Its success depends upon Gabrielle, however. In her current state of mind, will she be able to pull it off?

Added part 13 of Harley's Poetry in Motion

October 23rd, 2002

Added part 7 of Lois Kay's The Reef

Added part 3 of Verrath's The Crazed Ramblings Of A Madwoman

Updated Eileen Marks' Ultimate Über List

New eBooks
Betrayed - Fantasy
Blind Faith - Ken Rogers

Amazon Queen Series
A God Thing - LM Townsend
Solstice Tale - LM Townsend
Dragons Curse - LM Townsend
Centaur's Tale - LM Townsend
Battle Cry - LM Townsend
Family Matters - LM Townsend
Destiny's Children - LM Townsend
Unveiled Truth - LM Townsend
Rite of Caste - LM Townsend

October 22nd, 2002


Echoes From the Mist by Blayne Cooper (aka Advocate) (ISBN: 1930928785, 228 pgs, $15.95) is now available for purchase in trade paperback ‚ Just in time for Halloween or any other holiday you want to buy books for . Books are in stock and ready for shipping at The Open Book Ltd. and a variety of other online sellers including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc.

As always, thank you to the many readers who support my online and paperback stories! Your encouragement keeps me toiling away.

The Open Book




Added part 10 of Lariel's and Kamouraskan's The Last Conqueror

Added part 4 of of L.M. Townsend's Daughters of Artemis: Champions of the Sword

Added part 20 and part 21 of Malaurie Barber's Original Sin

New eBooks
Steel Free Fall – Wizzy
Banshee’s Honor – sHaYcH
Eyes Wide Shut – Minerva
Sweet Desire – Cris
Near Miss – Meghan O’Brien
The Eyes Have It – Minerva
See No Evil – Minerva
On A High Cliff – BS Raven
The Longing – L. Crystal-Michallet
The Eyes of the Beholder – Minerva
Point of View – Minerva

October 21st, 2002

The Longing by L. Crystal Michallet-Romero [Über; finished]
An eternity of life alone leads an immortal to search for a companion in the form our her mortal soulmate.

Added Part 2 of Tonya S. Coley's Murder Has Two Faces

October 20th, 2002

Steel Free Fall by Wizzy [Finished]
Brieannah never felt true love before, until Tarie. They learn the meaning of letting go to let true love surround them. It is not easy for either of them to overcome the pain they cause each other. Can they survive it? Will fate bring them together or keep them apart?

Added Part 5 of Midgit's A Handful of Heaven

Added Part 7 of PsiDraconis' Modern Crusaders: Adeptus Major

New Ebooks
The Body Guard - Mavis Applewater
Memory Lane - Mavis Applewater
The Repairwoman - Mavis Applewater
The Heritage - Mikael Helbo Kjaer
The Visitors - Trish Kocialski
Creative Accounting - Mazrat
Once Upon an Uber - Tara Kerry
Seeing is Believing - Minerva
Blinded - Minerva
Looking Within - Minerva
25 Years Without - Jaden

October 19th, 2002

Sweet Desire by Cris [Alt/Finished]
This story is a romantic, but explicit, description of Xena and Gabrielle's loving relationship and first time sexual encounter.

Near Miss by Meghan O'Brien [Uber/Finished]
Two strangers meet and connect when they both narrowly avoid injury during a traffic accident.

Banshee's Honor by sHaYcH [Alt/Original/Finished]
Azhani Rhu'len was one of Y'dan's greatest warleaders, until accusations of betrayal forced her to flee the land she loved. With her beloved Ylera dead, will Azhani have the courage to go on, and clear her name, or will she let the forces of evil steal her honor?

Please welcome another new bard - B.S. Raven!!

On A High Cliff by B.S. Raven [Uber/Finished]
On A High Cliff is a Halloween tale, with a bit of a bizarre twist. The idea of falling in love had never occurred to writer, Jennifer Bauer. That is, until she buys a white cottage on a high cliff bluff and meets a tall, mysterious, notorious Architect named Lian, who regularly strolls the newly purchased estate, without permission, and as if, it was her own domain. The encounters dig up forgotten times, and the two uncover an old secret… A Secret that somehow, concerns their future together. It's a alluring tale of love misunderstood and its wondrous consequences

Added Part 6 of Lois Kay's The Reef

New Ebooks
Omega's Folly - Alexiares
It's the Great Pumpkin, Xena and Gabrielle - Pat Winterburn
Meanwhile Back at the Ranch - JW Heart
Shattered Innocence - Tragedy88
A Fairy Story - Mr Valentine
A Witching Memory - Carole Giorgio
Imagery - JW Heart

October 18th, 2002

Please welcome another first-time bard to the Academy. Remember, encourage the new bards and let them know they are appreciated, if you read it, thank them!

A great big welcome to Julie Baker!!!

Negative Reaction by Julie Baker(alt/Uber/unfinished)
A freaky, fun little serial killer mystery (?) with an uncommon cast of characters. Among the diverse residents of New York City, Nancy and Bess discover each other while trying to uncover a murderer.

Added part 4 of L. Crystal Michallet's The Curse of Higuchi

Added part 3 of Pathfinder by WindStar and sparky

Added Installment 5 of Mezzo's Impulse: Book IV-MOVING ON

October 17th, 2002

It's the Great Pumpkin, Xena and Gabrielle by Pat Winterburn
This is a first attempt at a children's bedtime story. It's also Hallowe'en, and it seems some old friendsÝof ours are concerned about a certain little boy.

Added part 11, part 12, part 13, part 14 and part 15 of Shadowriter's Blood Vengeance. Also, Shadow has a new email address for those who've been trying to contact her, it's now shadowriter2001@yahoo.com and as soon as we get a few free minutes, it'll be changed throughout the Academy.

Added part 2 of A Sweet Surrender by Katia N. Ruiz

Added Part10 of War of the Vampires by Katia N. Ruiz

Added Part 6 of A Sibling's Rivalry by Katia N. Ruiz

Added part 9 of Lariel's and Kamouraskan's The Last Conqueror

Added part 12 of SB Zarben's Amicus Humani Generis

New eBooks
Love's Journey - Carrie Carr
Finding Honor - Windstar
Truth or Dare - Meghan O'Brien
Murder by Association - Tonya S Coley
In Healing Arms - DS Bauden
Suffer the Children - David Duncan
Until Soon - Indigal
Countertransference - Phair
Lorimals Chalace: The Exile - Jane Fletcher
Lorimals Chalace: The Sorcerer - Jane Fletcher
Lorimals Chalace: The Traitor - Jane Fletcher
Lorimals Chalace: The Chalice - Jane Fletcher
Winter of Discontent - JW Heart
All Hallow's Eve - L Crystal Michallet-Romero
On the Road - L Crystal Michallet-Romero
Her Blade - JenX

October 16th, 2002

Added part 10 of Time's Fell Hand by L.J. Maas

Added Installment 4 of Mezzo's Impulse: Book IV-MOVING ON

Added part 2 of Culture Clash by nyrdgyrl

October 15th, 2002

Added Part 12 of Ripples in Time by Lois Kay and Cbar

October 14th, 2002

Truth or Dare by Meghan O'Brien [Alt/original/finished]
Jena is reunited with her college friend and long-term object of devotion, Ryan, at a weekend reunion hosted by mutual friends. She finds it more difficult than she imagined to remain platonic, especially in light of a revealing game of Truth or Dare.

October 13th, 2002

Suffer the Children by David J. Duncan [Finished]
In this piece, the Duboises and their friends try to cope with the GSA attacks. In the process, Xena, Gabrielle, Eve, and the others come face to face with a new enemy. How will they react? How will Dave react? Read on and see.....

Added Part 2 of A Thousand Kisses by Girlbard

Added the Conclusion of Phair's Countertransference

Added Part 6 of PsiDraconis' Modern Crusaders: Adeptus Major

October 12th, 2002

Added Installment 3 of Mezzo's Impulse: Book IV-MOVING ON

AddedPart 5 of Lois Kay's The Reef

Hypatia's Shadow - AH Ladis
Wrong Trail Knife - Jane Fletcher
Three Days - S Lee

Sedona Rain - Carole Giorgio

October 11th, 2002

Murder Has Two Faces by Tonya S. Coley [original/unfinished]
The sequel to Murder by Association. This story pits Johnnie against a former rival, Wilmington's mayor Alexander Ballantine. Ballantine sets his sights on a now retired Johnnie Green, falsely accusing her of wrongdoing. All hell breaks loose when Ballantine is murdered, and all fingers point to Johnnie. Is she capable of killing him? If so, what could drive her to do so?

Added part 3 of L. Crystal Michallet's The Curse of Higuchi

October 10th, 2002

Three Days by S. Lee
In the romantic first story of a trilogy, Kat Green is a singer/songwriter on the verge of super-stardom.She is away for weeks at a time, missing her pregnant partner, Beth desperately. Kat comes home from being away on the road for a visit and the couple have three glorious days to reclaim and reconnect their love.

Obsessions by J. Brownell [über/unfinished]
A story about obsession and how the lives of two women and the people who love them are forever changed.

Added part 3 of of L.M. Townsend's Daughters of Artemis: Spirit of the Sword

Added part 8 of Lariel's and Kamouraskan's The Last Conqueror

The Winter of Discontent by J.W. Heart
This is the 3rd in the Trace and Shannon series. I suggest that to fully comprehend what's happening here, you might want to read….Summer of Need and Meanwhile Back at the Ranch. Be Warned! strong holiday themes ahead. Altercations with vicious elves and children in the thrall of Santa's arrival make for some pretty ugly scenes.

New eBooks
Adventure of Gabrielle - Claire Withercross
And It Continued With A Skunk - Alexiares
Another Chance - Nalysia
After the Seige - UDK_Bard
The Amazon Way - Barderella
Birthright - LM Townsend
Asarete in your Life - Rab Donald
Immortality & Greek Wizardry Part 4 - Patricia Winterburn

October 9th, 2002


Heartbrkn wants us to let you guys know that the UFFD has only been temporarily disconnected, it's not gone. The domain transfer has taken longer than expected, plus some real life issues have come up (and she says she's just fine, don't worry) that have prolonged this. Things should be coming back soon.


Welcome to first time bard, nyrdgyrl, to the Academy! You guys make sure to take special care to send a note of encouragement to newer bards. Let them know what it's like to get fed!

Culture Clash by nyrdgyrl [original/unfinished]
This is a Fantasy/Soft SciFi tale set on a planet populated by women.

All Hallow's Eve by L. Crystal Michallet-Romero
On All Hallow's Eve, Gabrielle plans a very special night with her warrior, in hopes of pleasing the spirits. But their night of camping under the stars doesn't go as planned as the spirits play some good old fashion tricks on the two lovers. All Hallow's Eve will never be the same for the Gabrielle and Xena.

A Fairy Story By Mr Valentine [uberish]
A dream about what is good and what is beautiful and what is valuable, as the dreamer is taken through Fairyland to enjoy its hospitality and learn about its games.

Added part 7b to Psyche_B's Mountain Love

Added part 21 of Bonnie's Tie Break

Added part 4 of Midgit's reworked A Handful of Heaven

New eBooks
A Place to Heal - Carole Giorgio
What a Difference a Day Makes - Carole Giorgio
And Baby Makes - Carole Giorgio
Circle - Brian Davis
Circle II - Brian Davis
Chained - Lariel
The Chalice - The Norm
Fixed eBooks
Light Fantastic - LA Tucker

October 8th, 2002


Added part 6 of S. Eliot's It's Only a Game Show

Added part 41 of Vertigo's Caution: Under Construction

Added part 7 of Lariel's and Kamouraskan's The Last Conqueror


Shopping with the Conqueror - Carola Eriksson
The Rest Break - Linda Lockwood
Rebirth of the Xenaverse - Xenamour
Redemption - Darkone
The Release - Claire Withercross
Always - Grit
And It's Only Love - Kamouraskan

Fixed eBooks
Love's Many Blessings - Psych B

October 7th, 2002

Reunion Parts 1-3 by JenX [classic/alt/alternative timeline]
After being seperated for twenty years, Xena seeks out Gabrielle, finding that the bard has missed her just as much.

Added part 5 of PsiDraconis' Modern Crusaders: Adeptus Major

Added part 11 of SB Zarben's Amicus Humani Generis

Added Installment 2 of Mezzo's Impulse: Book IV-MOVING ON

October 6th, 2002

Added part 4 of Lois Kay's The Reef

New eBooks up:
A Day Off - Lariel
Never - Grit Jahning
So Close, So Far - Dimples
Love's Many Blessings - Psych B
Waking Up With the Conqueror - Candid Eyes
Warrior For Our Time - Sam Ruskin
Waking Up Quest For a Queen - LJ Maas
Warrioir...Conqueror...Queen...Bard - Mark Annetts
Welcome Home - jtd
Full Steam Ahead - Mezzo
A Piece of My Soul - Alexiares
Reflections - Wakar
Images - Wakar
Nice, Comfy, Sensible Slippers - The Norm
Pillow Talk - Claire Withercross
Nightkiss - Elad Avron
The One God of War - Elad Avron
Transformation - TC O'Neill
Murder For Sale - Katia Ruiz
You Should Have - L. Crystal Michallet-Romero

Fixed eBooks:
Aphrodite's Gift - MyOsage
Will You Remember Me - HM McPherson

October 5th, 2002

Added part 11 of Ripples in Time by Lois Kay and Cbar

October 4th, 2002

Installment One of Impulse: Book IV-MOVING ON, the next novella in the Impulse Series by Mezzo
WARNING: Be prepared for a tearjerker.

October 3rd, 2002

Lunacy is a Pretty Funky Word by Verity
This is what the author says about the story - I have no idea what this story is about. I'm insane and was suffering from creative constipation and after a shot of inspirational ex-lax this is what came out. It's is no where near as dark as my last fic and probably shouldn't even be posted but I'm a masochist and a feedback whore so sue me. Plus the little people kept whispering in my ear for me to post it and this was the only way to shut them up. They're some persistent little buggers I tell ya. Why are you still reading this? Go read the story already. You know you're curious. Just don't shoot me when you're finished. I'd appreciate a bottle of Evian with a splash of lime though.The bullets itch.

Added part 6 of The Last Conqueror by Lariel and Kamouraskan

Added part 2 of L.M. Townsend's Daughter's of Artemis series, Guardian of the Sword

October 2nd, 2002


As many of you know, the Shakespeare by the Sea Theater Company had a ROCkin' good production run of Macbeth this past summer. Well, they were ROCked yet again, this time badly, when after the last performance of the season their lighting and sound equipment was stolen. From ROCket highs to ROCkbottom lows.

Well, Orlando BardCon is there...heading up an effort to raise funds to help them replace what they lost in the theft. The OBC has chosen SbtS as the object of their 2002-2003 fundraising endeavors. You will hear more about these in the coming weeks.

First up will be the ROCtober Raffle.

The Raffle will run from ROCtober 1-31, 2002. The drawing will be held November 9th, and Missy Good will be drawing our winners. Winning numbers will be announced on the list (and also be posted on the BardCon Raffle site) along with the prize that was won.

A list of the prizes will be posted shortly. If anyone would like to donate some additional raffle prizes please contact the OBC at eventsorganizer@bardcon.com

Prices for the tickets are:
1 Raffle Ticket - $5

5 Raffle Tickets - $20

20 Raffle Tickets - $50

50 Raffle Tickets - $100

They can be purchased via credit card (Paypal) or personal check. Your tickets will be (snail) mailed to you. We will be keeping a record as well. Some winners will be put in contact with Kat Lodge, who has graciously donated some of the prizes.

Go here http://www.bardcon.com/raffle.htmto find all the details about making the donation and buying your tickets.

Good Luck Everyone...Let's ROC' and Roll !


Immortality and Greek Wizardy Part 4 by Pat Winterburn
It seems Gabrielle and the wizard are sharing the same nightmare. After missing for 400 hundred years, a small snowy owl returns to bring Tapesus into the one realm that brings death and destruction to Gabrielle and her Amazon nation. Will the wizard have to sacrifice Xena's life in exchange for Gabrielle's?

Added part 3 of A Handful of Heaven by Midgit

Added part 2 of L. Crystal Michallet's The Curse of Higuchi

Added part 3 of Lois Kay's The Reef

Updated Eileen Marks' Ultimate Über List

October 1st, 2002

Added part 2 of Pathfinder by WindStar and sparky

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