April 30th, 2003
Added Chapter 5
of Incommunicado by Mercer & Hill.
First, yesterday I forgot to give Ali Vali's email address to
contact her. It's firstname.lastname@example.org
Second, I understand there is an need for encouragement for one of
the first bards I ever read. Ella Quince needs people to let
her know we are still here and still reading. Apparently there was a
plea for donations to keep her website around and she only got one response.
Let's show her how much we care about keeping sites around! You don't
have to donate to just drop an encouraging line and let her know there's
Where you can e-mail Ella Quince
Ella Quince's Altered Stories
Ella Quince's The Blue Quill
A Writing Reference for Xenaverse Bards, Beta-readers and Editors
April 29th, 2003
-From Ali Vali
Hey guys. Yahoo in cahoots with my computer saw fit to delete all
my contacts in my address file today - ALL OF THEM. Why is she telling
us this, you ask? Well if you'd like to hear form me every so often
for udpdates and such I need to hear from you. Please drop me a line
so I can rebuild my files. Somthing wonderful will happen if you do,
beginning with my great appreciation. Thank you all for y'all's support
and I hope to hear from you.
by PhantomBard *revised version*
This is the story of Gabrielle's life following the disastrous mission
with Xena in Japa. A badly disillusioned Gabrielle travels the known
world, searching for something to restore her purpose and her faith
in life. Along the way, she becomes aware of a threat to the eternal
destiny that she was to share with her soulmate, and a future too horrible
to accept. Bound to her destiny with Xena is the destiny of her descendants,
her ancestors, and the Amazon Nation. She must use all the lessons she
learned from her teacher, become all her soulmate tried to be, and serve
the Greater Good on a scale that even her beloved Xena had never imagined.
The innocent farm girl from Potidaea will become the greatest hero the
ancient world has ever seen. (Revised Version 4/2003, Original
Version posted 5/2002)
Added part 13 of
Vertigo's Hidden Desires
April 28th, 2003
Free Falling Fate by Wizzy
Sequel to Steel Free Fall. The continuation of Brieannah and Tarie's story — a love story filled with the passion and fire we all desire in our relationships — but with all the pitfalls that can betray love.
This sequel is the continuation of what our two beautiful women companions' life and love bestows upon them. Children come into the picture, along with the mix of emotion and business. Will Tarie have her way in this before the story ends?
A powerful entanglement too enticing to miss!
Sweetwater — Mickey
Lederhosen, French Toast and Telemarketing — debkey
Amazons of Fletain Valley — Cormwel
Trouble — StaceyX
Balances — Shadowriter
Conquered — Leslie Ann Miller
April 27th, 2003
Added Chapter 7 and Chapter 8 of the BardCon Round Robin.
Added part 15 of Fate by Kaia
April 26th, 2003
Here are two more from Mavis Applewater's Wednesday Afternoon Series.
Life in prison becomes interesting for Angel when she meets a young imate who needs her help.
Living on the Edge
Kylie is making a routine delivery when a sudden snow storm and mysterious woman disrupt her plans.
Spirit of Murder
by Katia N. Ruiz [original/unfinished]
Sequel to Murder For Sale. Two FBI agents are hot on Ixtchel's trail, and she doesn't know it.
Special Agent Rhiannon Marlowe is in a quandary, she doesn't know whether to be glad the abusers are getting put down one by one, or be angry at the fact that she cannot find the killer. She KNOWS Ixtchel did it, and why, but her sense of what's right and wrong continues to plague her.
April 25th, 2003
Added part 9 of Jules
Matthews' Learning to Trust
Added part 22 of Time's Fell
Hand by LJ Maas
Added part 2 of
Time Traveler: The Pursuit by Liv Simms
April 24th, 2003
Added part 9 of Denic's
Something I Said
April 23rd, 2003
Announcement from Orlando Bardcon-
Chapter 6 of the roundrobin is now up.
Speaking of Bardcon, the Academy/Bardcon 101
Story Premises or Premise, Premise Everywhere And Not A One
Complete or Whole Lotto Stories Going On
is up and being voted on. What a GREAT group of stories! Make your vote
April 22nd, 2003
The remainder of this month's Academy of Bards is dedicated to Meleager.
He was one of the most outspoken advocates of fanfic and feedback to
the bards I've ever met. - Steph
April 21st, 2003
The BardCon/Academy Combo Challenge (number 8, if you are counting) is now up. We have 36 stories of various kinds for your amusement. We have romance, adventure, westerns, sci-fi, comedies and we crammed them all onto one page. Cool, no?
Anywho...these be the roools for voting...
What? Was that a groan I heard? Hmmmmm?
Oh come on...you'd knew there would be roools...there are always roools. Roools...OZ....OZ...Roools...they go together like...well peanut butter and jelly...but not quite as sticky. <.g.>
What? Okay, who just whispered the comment about peanut butter being appropriate since I'm nuts? Sheesh.
We have two categories of entries:
1) those bards who will be having lots of fun going to BardCon in May
2) those bards who are making a big boo boo not going to BardCon in May <.g>
The Category one entries are highlighted in SUNNY FLORIDA HAPPY YELLOW on the link page, Category two entries are highlighted in PALE "I GOTS THE BLUES, CAUSE I CAN'T GO" BLUE.
Voters may vote for ONE entry in each of the categories. ONE entry in each. TWO total votes. Any subsequent votes cast in the same category (mistake or on purpose) after the first one will be discarded. Time stamps will determine which ones get counted.
Voting period runs until May 9th.
I'm a Floridian we have a good understanding of the voting process. <.bg.>
The link to the roools is on the bottom of the contest page. Failure to follow them either as a voter (especially roool 7) or as a bard (especially roool 5) will get you disqualified.
BTW...one of you bards...I shall not name names...skirted roool #6...the smack-happy BardCon member will probably pay you a visit in Orlando. You know who you are...you have been warned. <.g.>
And while I am off the subject just a minute...what was the fascination with #13...I think we had 8 people ask for that premise number. Anywhoooo...
Winners will be announced at BardCon first and then will be announced online.
The top two votegetters in each category will receive a prize packet. The category 1 winners will receive theirs in Orlando during BardCon. THEY MUST BE PRESENT.
The category 2 winners will have theirs mailed to them.
We have some incredible prizes in these packets...much more than were listed originally. All 4 winners will be receiving some items, in the packet, with our official winners circle BC#8 puppy dog logo.
This merchandise will be available to the other participants and the general public after the voting period ends (and without the winners circle designation) in the Academy Marketplace.
Once again, I would like to thank the Bards for participating. Lori for devising the incredible premises. AND the munckins for all the hard work making this work. Y'ALL ROCK!
Now...go read...go vote.
33 Days to BardCon
Jesse has been forced to find her own way in life when her parents literally sell the family ranch out from under her. Jennifer has followed her dreams and traveled over a thousand miles to avoid living the life her father had planned for her. When their paths cross in the small frontier town of Sweetwater, Jesse is being framed for rustling cattle and soon finds herself facing a lynch mob. Jennifer feels compelled to come to Jesse's assistance, a woman she barely knows. Can they uncover the evidence to clear Jesse's name in time to save not only her life but also the chance to explore the growing feelings they are experiencing for each other?
April 20th, 2003
Added part 4 of Spring
Break by Lady J.
April 19th, 2003
Added Part 11-24 (conclusion) of
Balances by Shadowriter
Added Chapter 4 of Incommunicado by Mercer & Hill.
April 18th, 2003
Cleopatra is forced unconscious inside a prototype time machine and
is sent back to the time of Xena and Gabrielle. This is the first part
of a very long series.
Added part 5 of
Colliding Edges by J. W. Heart
DS Bauden has a new site, it's http://www.dsbauden.com.
Bookmarks will have to change since it is no longer hosted by att.net.
April 17th, 2003
Get those Challenge stories in! Tonight at midnight
Pacific Time is the deadline!
Added part 7 of GirlBard's
Added part 12 of
Hidden Desires by Vertigo
April 16th, 2003
S X Meagher will be signing copies of I
Found My Heart In San Francisco at Creative Visions Bookstore
in New York City on Saturday, April 19th from 4:30 to 6:30. The store
is located on Hudson, just north of Christopher Street in Greenwich
Village. S X is also happy to sign books purchased elsewhere and any
other paraphernalia you'd like to bring along.
Added part 6 of At
Last by GirlBard
April 15th, 2003
The Academy of Bards is *very* happy to announce the latest Swollen
Bud Winners! All but one of the stories can be found hosted
by our site! Congratulations to S.X.
Meagher, Linda Crist, Cate
Swannell, Gerri Hill, Ana
Ortiz, K.G.MacGregor, Meghan
O'Brien, Zuke, Ali
Vali, Amber and Dani Sheldon!
April Showers Bring ... Swollen Buds
Just in time to reward those who have dutifully filed
their tax forms -- and to distract those who are looking for yet another
excuse to avoid dealing with them... we are pleased to announce the
Swollen Bud Awards of April 15, 2003!
It's taken awhile -- and when you check out the awards site at http://beyonduber.com/swollenbuds/default.htm
you'll see why. There are 11 awards in all this time around -- including
three novel-length stories and an award for a trilogy of novel-length
stories. The tales being honored this time around include works by Ana
Ortiz, Cate Swanell, Gerri Hill, KG MacGregor, Meghan O'Brien, Zuke,
Linda Crist, Ali Vali, SX Meagher, Amber and Dani Sheldon.
Swollen Bud Awards are announced whenever exceptional fan fiction comes
to the attention of the group of dedicated fan fiction readers who comprise
the Swollen Buds Committee. Stories do not compete with each other for
recognition, but against a standard of writing excellence. Accordingly,
awards may be presented to more than one story in a category or not
presented in every category every time.
X:WP Fan fiction of all types (alternative, general, traditional, and/or
uber AND ranging in explicitness from G and PG to NC-17) is eligible.
(The provocative names of the awards program and of its categories were
chosen for the purpose of catching readers' attention, not to signal
graphic content. <g>) Whatever their nature, stories are NOT considered
for awards until they have been COMPLETED.
Finally, after you check out the winners and enjoy them, FEED THE BARDS!
The Swollen Buds Committee email@example.com
"There have been many circulations of the sap before we detect
the smallest sign of the bud." -- Mary Ann Evans, aka George Eliot
Lederhosen, French Toast
and Telemarketing by dabkey [original/alt/finished]
On a ski trip in the mountains of Colorado, a chance encounter with the
Scott family changes Darcy Max‚s life forever, despite unpleasantness
between Darcy and Kim Scott. Five years later find Darcy and the Scotts
together again, with Darcy and Kim working to make amends for past misunderstandings.
The Amazons of Fletalin
Valley By Cornwel [alt/über/finished]
April 14th, 2003
- From Bardcon
Chapter 5 of the Round Robin is now up
http://www.bardcon.com/roundrobin.htm and we have a
What's New page as well http://www.bardcon.com/whatsnew.htm
Also if you are planning to make reservations at the hotel it is filling up
fast. The new room rate is $84 and you can find the information at
- From Blurb
I'm happy to announce that we're back to Zeen and the Gabwhacker
Reviews. She's put her sights on a couple of Mel & Janice pieces this
week, as well as a G&X first time. Check them out here...
- A First Time For Everything by Amazon
- Who Was Going To Miss An Angel Or Two, Anyway? by The Fallen
- Home Fires by Roo
We'll be back to our regular staff next week, so until then...
- From Julie Dragon:
Due to an oversight the voting has had to be re-started. There were more stories added. We thank you and the readers for your patience. The reader's will be able to vote till the end of April. Thank you. Please go to
http://www.jmdragon.net/wn.html, read them and vote!
Added Part 2 of Incommunicado by Mercer & Hill.
Added Chapter 3 of Elana's Legacy by Pat Winterburn.
In this third and continuing journey of Elana, certain truths are revealed to our young warrior and her mothers. The Gods have meddled once again, leaving Xena and Gabrielle unsure how to protect their daughter.
Announcement from Steph-
Don't tell Phil about this but I'm extending the deadline for the
Academy/BardCon Combo Challenge. Because of the amount of premises
still out and the time I have available, I can't get to the coding
until Thursday evening....so I figured why not let these writers have
a few more days. After all, Phil's running scared and hiding
Since we've had quite a few entries already who made the deadline,
I'm gonna offer a deal. For any of the submissions turned in *before*
tonight at midnight, you get 2 free votes. There have been many times
1 vote makes a difference, so...if you want the free votes, turn it
in tonight by midnight Pacific Time. If you need the extra time to
spiff your story up, take the time, you have until April 17th at
midnight. I'll do my best to have them up as soon as I can after this
Get those stories in! The life you save might be Phil's. <bg>
Announcement from Radclyffe-
1. Love & Honor is due to be shipped from
Signed, numbered Collector's editions; autographed volumes; or
unsigned volumes are available.
2. In Pursuit of Justice is due for official release May 5th. I am
going to place an order this week for the signed, numbered
Collector's editions which I
will be personalizing and shipping privately. All of you who have contacted me
will be getting an announcement with the details later. If there is
anyone interested who has not contacted me, this is the last
chance for these volumes. Email me privately at
firstname.lastname@example.org to be included.
3. Love's Melody Lost will no longer be available from Limitless D2D.
A third printing under new cover will be published by BookEnds Press
and released by
within the next few weeks. Signed copies
will be available from the StarCrossed website, as well as in
combination with the Romance package including Love's Tender Warriors.
Added the prologue (revised version) of A Call to Arms by Laststarlite
Announcement from Phil-
The Bard Challenge #8 is winding down...deadline for entries in the
Academy/BardCon Combo Challenge is midnight tonight.
If you have a premise and are still writing...and need just a little more
time...please drop me an email and tell me. I might be able to cut you a
LITTLE slack. Maybe. Steph is already gonna kill me...so why not give her
another valid reason. <.bg.>
If you asked for a premise and have since decided that you didn't want to
write a submission or that RL has intruded, please drop me an email and tell
me. So Steph and I stop looking for it. We have a lot of premises out
Contest entries go to email@example.com
All other emails to PHIL728@aol.com
Remember the deadline is MIDNIGHT.
An announcement from Julie Dragon:
The stories sent in reference to Dragonjuls' Challenge have been posted, please go to http://www.jmdragon.net/wn.html, read them and vote!
Added part 20 and part 21 of Time's Fell Hand by LJ Maas
The Academy yahoo mail was down from mid-afternoon Wednesday until
Friday morning. If you sent in a submission during this time, please
Participants of the Bardcon/Academy Challenge,
don't forget the deadline is tomorrow at midnight!
Trouble! by StaceyX
Xena and Gabrielle and a PWP.....
Added part 8 of Learning
to Trust by Jules Matthews
Added part 4 of Blindsided
April 10th, 2003
Welcome to the Academy - Sarah!
This is the story of Nyx, a girl who, at a very young age, finds herself
alone and fending for herself in a hostile environment where not only
the people, but the planet seem to be fighting against her.
Can a lifetime of prejudice and hatred ever lead to trust? Billie becomes
the one person that Nyx opens her mind to, as they build a relationship
in the midst of a hostile alien invasion that threatens to end the world
once and for all. Will Nyx ever find the stability and solitude she
longs for as she becomes caught up in a battle to save the very people
who tried to destroy her? Will Billie ever understand why Nyx is only
fighting to save herself?
Environmentally, socially and economically, the earth is crumbling,
in the final stages of dying. With the remaining inhabitants either
immoral elitists or subhuman foragers, is there any hope of survival?
Escape? Redemption? The story follows Nyx's journey of self discovery,
as she struggles to uncover the secrets of her past and learn the reasons
behind her world's destruction.
Added part 6 of
Pathfinder by Windstar and sparky
Added part 13 of
Murder Has Two Faces by Tonya S. Coley
The deadline for the current Academy/BardCon Combo Challenge is approaching.
You have until midnight Saturday, April 12th to turn in your entry.
All the info about the challenge, including the Roools™ page is
here: Academy/BardCon Combo Challenge
We have some very cool prize packages up for both categories. The list
of prizes on the web page does not begin to cover what's in the prize
packets..we have added some things since it went up. I think all the
winners will be very pleasantly surprised. Entries must be in by midnight
April 12th...send them here:
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE
April 9th, 2003
11 of Hidden Desires by Vertigo
Chapter 4 of the Round Robin story for the Orlando BardCon is
6 of Homestretch by GirlBard
5 of At Last by GirlBard
3 of Lady J's Spring Break
The Greatest Gift Carrie Carr
Something to be Thankful For Carrie Carr
A Royal Proposal Carole Giorgio
Life¹s Little Edge Roselle Graskey
A New Day - Phalkon
April 8th, 2003
An announcement from Mullaney aka Phair
In a shameless act of self promotion, I'm forwarding the following
The Aethereal Sea by Marguerite Mullaney is available for pre order
at Barnes and Noble
If you go to Barnes and Noble online and type in my book title, The
Aethereal Sea, or author name, Marguerite Mullaney, my book should pop
Eve-R-Clear by Chelle
"This is my best guess as to how Eve learned of the death of her mother,
Xena, the Warrior Princess. It's a musical, set in Indus. As you can imagine,
it's a happy tale with some internal dialog."
Added part 5 (conclusion)
Little Edge by Roselle Graskey
April 7th, 2003
Added part 4 of
Team by Shirley Roberts
April 6th, 2003
by J. P. Mercer and Nancy M. Hill [original/alt/unfinished]
Incommunicado is an intriguing story of lies, deceit, and death that
spans from the U.S/Mexico border and the panoramic beauty of the unforgiving
Sonoran Desert to the contrasting magnificence along California's coastline
and the Santa Barbara wine country.
The story revolves around two strong, independent women, one a lawyer
who was born to rule the prestigious Cipriano Vineyards, the other a forensic
pathologist who has made her work her life. Both live in emotional isolation,
emotionally scarred, afraid to live, afraid to trust, to love. Until they
encounter each other against the backdrop of murder. Will their walls begin
to crumble? Will they survive the menace of unscrupulous Mexican coyotes
and drug traffickers, and family betrayal? Or will love elude them, silenced
and lost amid the expectations of life?
Something to be Thankful
For by Carrie Carr [original/finished/alt]
Randi Meyers returns to her hometown to attend the funeral of an uncle
she barely knew. During the graveside services, she's beseeched by a young
boy to follow him into the woods to help his injured sister. After coming
upon the unconscious woman, Randi realizes that the boy has disappeared.
She brings the woman to the hospital and finds out that the woman's name
is Kay, and that her brother Jared was killed five years earlier by a drunk
driver. Kay has a broken ankle, but is otherwise fine.
Although the two women quickly become friends, circumstances and job
loyalties force them apart, sending Randi back to her home in Ft. Worth,
while Kay starts a new job to support herself. Will the two ever get together?
Sequel to In the Blink
of an Eye, originally done for the Academy of Bards Halloween Special
The Greatest Gift by Carrie
Finally happily together, Kay and Randi have started their new lives.
But will outer forces pull them apart, or bring them closer? Is love the
Greatest Gift, or the biggest heartache? Sequel to Something
to be Thankful For
Echos of a Lost Soul — Silence
Elemental — jtd
This is a First Time Story — Temora
Everlasting Love — Erin Jennifer
Making Up — Jaden
Eternal Night — Red Raven
Love Amazon Style — Anais & Idryth
A Long One — Ardently
My Dearest Friend — Barderella
Gabrielle's Destiny — Candideyes
Little Echoes — Carole Eriksson
My Cup of Tea — dikern
Motherhood Revisited Again — Lena
Man Who Killed Xena — Richard Frankie
Missing You — StaceyX
Midnight Musings — The Norm
Miss Amphipolis - Xenalicious
April 5th, 2003
New Review from Judith's Just Like Buttah reviews-
Chance Encounter by littlespit http://www.academyofbards.org//fanfic/l/littlespit_chanceencounter.html
Gillian a successful writer and Jacqueline a restaurateur
have a, yes you guessed it, Chance Encounter of the best kind:}
littlespit writes the budding romance in a way that is
In a world that has lost the art of courtship and tends
to lean towards vulgar and coarse, this tale is Thoroughly romantic. Genteel,
if you will. Deliciously mushy. But not without a bit of heat. I found
littlespit's style to be Very readable. You might call this
an old-fashioned romance. That is something we need to see more of in this
Will they make it last?
Will the fates conspire to keep them apart?
Is this friendship too good to be true?
Will something drastic come between them:}
I am not telling, that is for you to read and discover.
I will say...
I loved all the long, wet, intimate kisses.
An exceptional late night phone call<g>
For this reader's sensibilities there was just enough
sexual content to titillate but not overwhelm with too much information.
Just a very nice read.
Please don't forget to write the bard and let them know
you liked it, and thank them for sharing.
Just a reminder that the
BardCon/Academy Combo Challenge #8 "Whole Lotto Stories" deadline is
approaching. The final deadline is Midnight April 12th in whatever time
zone Steph wishes to invoke, since she and the munchkins handle the coding.
The interest in this challenge has been phenomenal...and it is my only
hope, that everyone who got a premise does not wait until 5 minutes to
the deadline to turn the stories in...
Please, PLEASE, PUL-EEZE don't wait until the last minute. The life
you save will be mine. :o)
If anyone who has not signed up for a premise, but still wants to give
it a last minute shot...email me (with your pick of a number between 1-101)
and I'll be happy to send you one. Deadline is still the same, however.
The top two winners in each category will be receiving some really cool
prize packages. Matter-of-fact, I'm still adding stuff to them.
Some of the items in each prize packet will be merchandise from the Academy
All the details, prize lists and roools are available here:
Good Luck Everyone....can't wait to see the stories.
Royal Academy of Bards--http://www.academyofbards.org
50 days to Orlando BardCon---http://www.bardcon.com
Updated Eileen Marks' Ultimate Über List
April 4th, 2003
Added part 4 of
Edges by J. W. Heart
All or Nothing — Leslaureate
Beaver Hunt — LZClotho
The Beginning of Forever — Nanaabelle
Angel in my Eyes — Paully Adams
Angry Man — Rab Donald
Destiny Conquered — Linda Crist
A Valiant Life - D
Warrior, Witch, and Nightmare — Verrath
April 3rd, 2003
Chapter 2 of the Round Robin story for the Orlando BardCon is
As some of you guys figured out, our little April Fool's trick was to
put up (after promoting it a bit on various lists) A
Valiant Kiss by D which was about a 6 word story, although a very
good one <g>. If you clicked on The End? you would have gone to the
actual new Valiant Story which is A Valiant Life.
A Valiant Life by D
What the bard wrote:
They are on their honeymoon. If you need more summary, you don't need
to be reading this story. <g>
What the OZ enhanced:
In this sequel, Randi and Gwen are on their honeymoon. Their looooonng-awaited
honeymoon. If you need more info, you kinky critter, read the story. <g>
P.S. Send Help Zoe C.
One God of War — Elad Avron
April 2nd, 2003
- from Lori Strobel
Not too long ago I saw a post on one of the lists that someone was
trying to sell a few of their used books so the idea of a Book Exchange
I have set up a very simple site with a classified ad system so that
individuals can sell and trade their unwanted books for free. If the interest
is high enough I will set up a better classified ad system that is hosted
directly on the site.
Added part 9 and part
10 of Jenna Dixon's The Reason
Added part 8 of Denic's
Something I Said
eBooks Removed at Author's Request
The Blaze — Ardently
The Inferno — Ardently
I Drove All Night — KarthosXG
The Sad One — Verrath
Chance Encounter — Littlespit
My Guardian, My Friend — DS Bauden
Spells Really Do Come True — Di Kern
Trouble with Ancients — Cephalgia
Young and Innocent — Deb Barry
Wide Awake — Kim Pritekel
More Unlimited Sexual Favors — Cephalgia & MJ
Spark of Hope — Patsbard
Solstice to Forget — Panda
April 1st, 2003
A Valiant Kiss by D
This is the latest offering in the Valiant "Alphabet" Series following
the wonderful A Valiant Interlude.
It's no secret that this writer is a favorite of many; I defy anyone to
say that this particular piece is less than spectacular. WOW! Classic opening
and it keeps you on the edge of your seat right through the fairytale ending.
The piece is short, but believe me, this storyteller makes every word count.
My Guardian, My Friend
by D.S. Bauden
Every good butch needs a story written about them and everyone needs
a protector at least once in their lives. This is the first of a