December 31st, 2005
Welcome to the Academy, Nightowl
Early Morning Train by Nightowl[original/alt/complete]
A very, very bad day...
Added part 13 (revised) and part 14 of AK Naten's Second Son
December 30th, 2005
How Do I Mend a Broken
Heart (Revised) - Ali Vali [alt/über/complete]
Do you remember your first love? Harry Basantes did. She remembered with vivid
clarity the way young love could break your heart leaving you empty inside. Would
seeing the object of her pain and desire sixteen years later drive Harry to forgiveness,
or would it be her turn to walk away without explanations?
December 29th, 2005
Added part 3 of Unanswered Prayers - The Autobiography of Solange Boas by Leslaureate (aka Amy G.)
Added part 2 of Once in a Blue Moon by Insane Englishwoman (This is a continuation of her Halloween 2005 Invitational submission)
Added parts 3 & 4 of Triangles by Dreams2fly
December 28th, 2005
Added part 2 of Unanswered
Prayers - The Autobiography of Solange Boas by Leslaureate (aka
December 27th, 2005
NANO #4: NEWTON'S
SECOND LAW - GRAVITATION by Jules Mills [review
Jules continues one of the best series EVER in XWP fanfic with the fourth entry
in her NANO SERIES. Set a few months after NANO #3: THE CARNOT CYCLE, the story
has Grace and Dana taking it easy at the young doctor's beach house while her
partner recovers from her recent bout with the beta virus. It's a wonderful time
for the two of them as they revel in a new intimacy made possible by Dana's emotional
as well as physical healing...but it is also a happiness fated not to last for
there are forces at work determined to take it from them - individuals that know
just how deadly and valuable Dana Papadopolis is and will never be willing to
give her the peace she craves. If you haven't yet discovered this OUTSTANDING
series you are doing yourself a CRUEL disservice. Jules has created in Grace
and "Doc" two of the most appealing representations of Xena and Gabrielle
to date - placing them in an uber scenario that is cleverly constructed and utterly
fascinating! Hold on to that ticker too because judging from the first part of
NANO #4 this one is going to be a heart-stopper. RUN don't walk to the NANO SERIES
and catch up with the rest of us that are gobbling up this series :) NANO #4
gets my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!
December 26th, 2005
Play it Again,
Grey by Kim Pritekel [original/alt/complete]
Sequel to Dance With Me
Prayers - The Autobiography of Solange Boas by Leslaureate (aka
Amy G.) [alt/unfinished/über]
December 25th, 2005
Simple Pleasures by D [original/alt/complete]
A little Christmas ditty
December 24th, 2005
Added part 43 of In an Age Before by PhantomBard
December 22nd, 2005
OH two days before Christmas the Bard Academy,
gave you 17 new Solstice stories for you go and read.
Read them all once and click the link when done.
Vote for your favorite but only vote for one.
NO cheating, no voting twice and this is not a hunch.
Steph will come and find you and you will be shark lunch.
Winners get nifty prizes sent directly to their home...
And if I had ambition I'd continue with this poem.
Go read, Go vote.
Voting period runs until January 12th.
- from Stephanie Wilson
Stephanie Wilson, a Xenite since birth, a card-carrying HCNB, and
still and forever a member of the completely elusive Xenite mailing
list, is about to embark on a 2,600 mile adventure: she's hiking the
Pacific Crest Trail in order to raise money for the Susan G. Komen
Breast Cancer Foundation.
Inspired by the courage of her aunt who
recently lost her battle with breast cancer, Stephanie wants to raise
$10,000 for the Komen Foundation to help fund the fight for the
future. She needs your help, though. You can pitch in and help
Stephanie meet her goal before she leaves for the trail in early 2007,
by donating through one of the methods listed at her website at http://www.hikeforthecure.com,
or contacting her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks! [from the other steph - read more about Stephanie Wilson at http://www.littlerockpride.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=53]
December 21st, 2005
Past Tense, Future
Perfect by Anne Laughlin [original/alt/unfinished]
In this sequel to House
Shopping, Peg and Allison are together
six months later, crazy in love, and talking about moving in together. An unexpected
call brings Peg's past crashing into her present and Allison must
fight to keep their new relationship from being destroyed as a result. It is
not essential that readers have read House Shopping to follow the events in
this story, but it helps in terms of the evolution of the characters.
Added part 3 of Renegade by Cheyne
Added part 6 of Just Breathe by S. Lynne
December 20th, 2005
The Carnot Cycle - The Nano Series part 3 by Jules Mills
Synopsis and review courtesy of Lunacy
Set a couple of months
#2: EQUILIBRIUM MOMENT OF FORCE, this third
story in the NANO SERIES finds a furious doctor Wilson refusing to accept any
excuses from her now ex-partner Dana Papadopolis for her recent abandonment.
Soon enough, however, her anger gives way to an acute despair when it becomes
clear that the ex-con is not well - in fact, Dana is slowly becoming the victim
of a killer she knows only too well but before surrendering to that darkness
she needs to see the woman who gave her, if only for a little while, a glimpse
into a life she's never deserved. This latest entry in the series is perhaps
the most poignant as we see the extent of Dana's guilt for a past that once consumed
a young girl and has never allowed her peace since. The hurt/comfort and futuristic
qualities in this third story are particularly pronounced - presenting us with
a premise that should make THE NANOVERSE a *very* popular web site in the weeks
and months ahead. Another success in the making by one of the most welcomed additions
to world of XWP fanfic this year. Jules' third entry in the series also gets
my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!!
New on the Reviews page:
BlackDaemon's Episode Reviews:
Xena: Warrior Princess, "Past Imperfect"
From the Mysterious Reviewer:
Awakening in the Woods by Katie Burnett
Inhuman, Immortal, Accursed by Michael Dobler
McKee By A.C. Henley
Full Circle by Michael Dobler
The Bounty by Michael Dobler
December 19th, 2005
Added part 15 of Hindsight by Lois Kay
Added part 3 of Lissa's The Return of Unity
December 18th, 2005
Dance With Me by Kim Pritekel [Über/alt/complete]
Added part 8 of Lissa's A Journey of Love & Life
Added part 5 (conclusion) of Lena's Tides of Fate
December 17th, 2005
- from PD Publishing
Good Evening, All,
I just wanted you to know that D. Jordan Redhawk's book, Warlord Metal, is
now back in print and ready for purchase.
It actually has been available for over a week. However, Amazon.ca is
having a difficult time getting it listed on its page. We were hoping to
get it up on all the sites before our "official" announcement, but we've
waited LONG enough. You can find it at our website,
www.pdpublishing.com/books.html http://www.pdpublishing.com/books.html ,
to be purchased from all the other vendors (including all the other Amazon
sites - just not the Canadian site).
Sorry for the inconvenience for those of you in Canada - if you don't mind
ordering it in US Dollars, please go to Amazon.com for its purchase. It
will still be filtered through our system to be printed in Canada and arrive
without having to go through customs.
Take a look - a wonderful story back in print. (BTW - another wonderful
cover by Steph!)
Added Chapter 12 (Prophecy of the Sword) of Daughters of Artemis by L.M. Townsend
December 16th, 2005
Updated the Ultimate Über List by Eileen Marks
- from Oz
Challenge #14 is wrapping up...well, sorta. Someone lost the tape. LOL
The original deadline of the 17th has been extended to the 21st.
Why? Ummmmm...the spirit of the season? We wanted to be nice? It's
better to give than to receive?
Forget that last one...or we won't get any more entries. Give...give...give...BC
Actually, 'cause a few bards have to travel this weekend and asked for tiny extensions.
So those of you who make the original deadline (17th) will get a couple of bonus
points in addition to the standard bonus points for the inclusion of X&G&Amazons. However,
the new deadline is the 21st.
The ones I have read so far are so very cool and so very clever in their use
of candy names. I think everyone is gonna love the stories.
Entries get sent here:
OZ, the tired little retail elf.
December 15th, 2005
Beginnings by Fingersmith [über/alt/complete]
Summer – 1974. Hot, sticky and filled with promise. Days filled
with nothing but what my imagination could conjure up – and that could
be pretty frightening.
Lou Turner loves Ashley Richards. Always has … always will. This is
her story … a story spanning thirty years … from the innocence
of childhood to the bitterness of adulthood.
But can Lou use her beginnings to shape her future?
December 14th, 2005
Quicksand by Blayne Cooper [original/alt/complete]
Blayne Cooper, author of Unbreakable, The Last Train Home, Madam President,
and many others, comes Quicksand, a story about sinking into trouble so deep,
there's no way out. Deceit, betrayal, and resisting sexual temptation were never
part of private investigator Belinda Blaisdell's daily life. Until now.
Added part 42 of PhantomBard's In an Age Before
The My Lord Series by Mayt
Conqueror is a woman who rules with a sharp mind and a sharp sword. Her justice
is not "easy to watch" neither is it "grievous." A young
slave enters her household and slowly earns her regard. A relationship develops
between the two women as the Conqueror's realm is challenged by internal and
foreign forces. Their, at times, unexpected terms of engagement, both spoken
and unspoken, mark what becomes a fragile and enigmatic bond.
the events of My Lord, as winter Solstice approaches, the Conqueror is summoned
from a hunting trip to care for Gabrielle who has fallen seriously ill. In the
course of caring for Gabrielle, Xena revisits recent events that have enlightened
their ever-evolving relationship.
Lord: By The Fates
continues her saga of the Conqueror of Greece, Xena of Amphipolis, and her young
Queen, former slave, gifted storyteller, and compassionate healer, Gabrielle
of Poteidaia. In this third installment of the My Lord series, Gabrielle must
come to terms with her past in order to realize her destiny as Queen of Greece.
In turn, Xena finds herself entangled in a wager between the God of War and the
Goddess of Love. Though the gods' actions challenge the lives of both Conqueror
and Queen, it is the revelation of a past fateful decision that has devastating
consequences upon their union. This is a story that explores the nature of love,
truth and loyalty extending beyond Gabrielle and Xena to include their closest
has become more than a place for the Conqueror and her Queen, it has become a
symbol of the unique bond they share. Mayt continues the story of the Royals
as Xena returns to Corinth to once again rule Greece with Gabrielle. Though there
is peace and prosperity in the realm, regions of discontent remain. The actions
of an enemy of the state, as well as unrelated events, alters the relationships
between the women, and a number of their closest confidants. By story's
end, both the creative and the marring forces of the Fates will be felt by all.
Lord: The Chosen's Promise
a God's Chosen, Gabrielle and Xena feel the burden of being within the
attentive sight of Aphrodite and Ares, respectively. A
promise redeemed causes each woman to revisit promises made to one another and
to abide by their consequences, no matter how difficult. Also, during this
time Xena is presented with an opportunity to revisit her greatest sacrifice.
December 13th, 2005
Moment of Force - Nano Series part 2 by Jules Mills
I can't do this as well as Lunacy so, with her permission, I'm going to use her
Jules picks up the incredible uber tale she began with NANO
#1: EQUILIBRIUM NEWTON'S FIRST LAW immediately where that one left off - with Grace having to return home
after news of her father's illness. It's an opportunity for Dana to meet the
folks and for the two women to continue healing the ex-con's fragile psyche,
but the pressures of family can get overwhelming - particular for someone whose
past never seems far behind and whose fears are always lurking just beneath the
surface. If these two haven't grabbed your heart yet - they'll have it solidly
in hand throughout this sequel as they struggle to fit into one another's worlds,
as they struggle against insecurities and at times even their better judgment
to try to make a life together against all odds. Yet the present sometimes pales
in comparison to the challenges of the past - and the darkness which always seems
to reside there for one of them. This is a sequel which EASILY maintains the
quality of its predecessor. Great characterizations, great story, great drama,
GREAT writing. It gets my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!!
Added part 3 of Riding Out the Storm by Kim Pritekel
Academy's current Bard Challenge: I WANT CANDY!
is approaching the deadline of December 17th. We aren't exactly approaching
rapidly, but we are approaching. ;o)
If you think you are going to need a little extra time to finish your masterpiece...let
me know. I'm easy. We can negotiate what "little extra" means.
Roools and premise are here:
Answers to questions about Roools and premise can be found here (email me):
The premise, in a nutshell...ummm...candy wrapper, is an easy one. All
you have to do is work in a few special words in the content of your story. Easy
right? See the Roools to see the words.
Cool prizes for the winners and runners-up. Winners will also receive a
gift certificate for their addiction of choice...Amazon.com, B&N, Starbucks
December 12th, 2005
Added part 5 of Just Breathe by S. Lynne
December 11th, 2005
Added part 6 of Conflict of Interests (Sausage Sizzler) by Weebod
December 10th, 2005
Added part 5 of Feel Like a Woman by Evecho
December 9th, 2005
Added part 2 of Riding Out the Storm by Kim Pritekel
Added part 11 of Daughters of Artemis by LM Townsend
December 7th, 2005
Added part 8 of Intuition by KM
December 6th, 2005
The Academy of Bards is honored to add to our collection of stories one of
the best early übers out there.
The Nano Series by Jules Mills
Equilibrium - Newton's First
[über/kinda finished/definitely alt]
As Lunacy said way back in 1998, this is a story that will make you keep reading
through the night. Dana "Doc" Papadopolis and Dr. Grace Wilson meet and face
trials and tribulations yet keep finding themselves back with the other, unwilling
and unable to let the other go. Please if you read this, remind Jules how much
we miss her writing! Adding the first 'book' of eight completed. The rest will
December 5th, 2005
Riding Out the Storm by Kim Pritekel [Über/Conqueror/alt/unfinished]
Added part 14 of Hindsight by Lois Kay
Added part 4 of Just Breathe by S. Lynne
December 4th, 2005
Shakespeare's Cure for Wedding Anxiety Disorder by Michael
W.A.D. (Wedding Anxiety Disorder) A condition that precludes a marital ceremony. Common symptoms include, depression, severe mood swings, persistent nightmares, and dead chickens. Can be aggrivated by overly michievous fiancees.
Dinner and a Memory by Michael
Dobler [Mel & Janice/general/complete]
A little two piece regarding JC at the beginning, and some aquaintences that she had. Just a fun little short written as a result of a challenge from friends.
Added part 7 of Lissa's A Journey of Love & Life
December 3rd, 2005
Added part 4 of Spanish Eyes by Mary G
Added part 41 of In an Age Before by Phantombard
December 2nd, 2005
Added part 2 of Renegade by Chenya
Added part 2 of Triangles by Dreams2fly