Check out our Valentine Special! http://www.academyofbards.org/val/special2005.html

 
 

March 31st, 2005

Added part 7 of Phantombard's In an Age Before.

March 30th, 2005

No updates today but a big (to me anyway <g>) announcement. I'm glad we get to do it on the FIFTH! anniversary of the Academy of Bards.

Something I like to do when I can is help good causes. I think that people should do what they can for others whenever they can. Having said that..in real life I'm pretty involved in things, especially things that have to do with kids. My now seven-year-old played on a great baseball team last year. We were so impressed with the other parents and the coaches, we'd thought we'd found a league we'd be a part of for a very long time. This past September I received a call saying there was a good chance the league would not be able to continue due to funds being misappropriated. As soon as there was an inquiry into the missing money, people were ousted and criminal charges were filed. However, this didn't help the league money-wise.

Fast forward to January. During this time, we (because I became one of the new board members trying to make things better) did public outreach and media stories letting the community know about the plight. Some monies came in, including a good part from the Xenaverse after I told some people the story, and it was enough - barely- to get things started. With all the hard work, we still had a long way to go. So I started talking to some of my writer friends and thought having them write stories that we could auction off to benefit the baseball league. I had a really good response to it and thought things were good when my friend SX Meagher said, "Steph, why don't you just publish these stories and make more for the kids." Then my other good friend, Blayne Cooper, agreed with her and even used some of her connections to get things moving. I was flabbergasted. I had no idea we could do something so cool, so big and so fast.

With the help of Kathy Smith from StarCrossed Productions (http://www.scp-inc.biz), Medora MacDougall - editor extraordinaire, and 20 awesome writers, I would like to announce an anthology of some of the top-notch writers in the business!

Telltale Kisses is a compilation of 20 awesome stories. These writers are together in a book for the first time ever for charity! All the profits, 100%, are going straight to help out a league that will benefit 250 -350 kids so that they can continue to play ball. I'm so very proud of this book and hope that with your support in buying it, we're able to make a huge difference. The book should be ready in a couple of weeks. It will be sold through StarCrossed at http://www.scp-inc.biz/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=372 and get a load of the people who contributed - some published for the very first time!

Nene Adams, Lynn Ames, Blayne Cooper, Linda Crist, Vada Foster, Sloane Grayson (Troubleshooter), Seana James, Tara Kerry, K.G. MacGregor, SX Meagher, T. Novan, Mykel Taylor O'Connor (Goesome) , Kim Pritekel, D. Jordan Redhawk, Patty Schramm, Miss Violet Spender, Ali Vali, D.I. von Alacalandra (D), Pat Winterburn and Lara Zielinsky.

I've read the book and it's GREAT! I hope you'll help out and buy the book.

steph

March 29th, 2005

Revised and Complete!

Strong Foundation by Luciddream. [uber, alt, complete]
In this sequel to Hammer and Nails, Jump and Bernadette find themselves trying to make a life for themselves and Ryan. Things get complicated though when they want to make their little family official. Will unforeseen circumstances work to push them apart?

Added part 6 of Phantombard's In An Age Before.  It's backward mortals and Elves by the sea this time.

Added chapter 13 of Dance with the Devil by Harley.

March 27th, 2005

Unfortunately our very own fan fic reviewer, Judith has requested that her Just like Buttah review site be pulled since she isn't reading much, if any, fanfic these days.

Please check out her recommendations at Just like Buttah - it'll be made inactive in the next week to 10 days.

The Academy would like to keep a reviewer on staff though. If you, or someone you know who might be interested, would like to try a hand at reviewing new and old fanfic alike, drop us a line and we'll look at all volunteers and pick someone if there is anyone who sends in an email.

We are looking for someone who has a good grasp of the English language. Someone who understands that shutter and shudder are not synonymous and is able to use a spell checker :)

March 26th, 2005

Six stories by Anne Azel:

All of Them

The Christmas Tree

Christmas Boxes

A Mission Beach Christmas

Three Women

Easter Island Mystery
A spin off short story from the Encounter Series

March 25th, 2005

Added part 5 of Phantombard's In An Age Before.

Added part 2 of For Love by Karyna

Announcement
-from KG MacGregor

I have my own place in cyberspace now. Stop by and visit, http://www.kgmacgregor.com

March 24th, 2005

Curse of the Rhinegold by DJ Belt [Complete]
In this ninth installment of the Mel and Jan series, our two favorite girls travel to Europe to receive their Nobel Prize and search for the cursed Rhinegold, with unforseen and potentially tragic results.

Added part 12of Coward by Phair

March 21st, 2005

Welcome to Thrace, a new bard at the Academy!

Love That Heals [Classic/gen/complete]
Xena, after finding healing in Hercules' love, must end two wars: one between two states, and another within herself. Additionally, her other friends rally around her, including Gabrielle, Iolaus, Auto, Joxer, Salmoneous etc, all supporting her when she is both emotionally and physically hurt. While Hercules works to recapture her heart, Ares works to wipe her off the face of the earth. 

Added part 4 of Phantombard's In An Age Before. 

Added part 3 of The Persian Encounter by Patricia Wiseroostr and Xanjaa [X&G/alt/unfinished] 

March 20th, 2005

eBooks

A Million Reasons - Ali Vali
You Have Mail - DJ Belt
Vampires, Mummies and the Holy Ghost - Ali Vali
Shards - Ladyhawke
In Her Image - Emily Reed
Fool For Love - emyster
Forgotten Heart -Trigar
Our Love is Written on the Wind - JS Connolly
Furkids and Lovers - Pat Winterburn
In the Kingdom of Horses - Mary Morgan
My Dilemma - Greek Warrior
Pizza and Wine - Emyster
Slow Rise - Evelyn C
Selene and Nix - Windstar & Zee
The Traaken - Sandra Barret
Trip Around the Sun - KatharosXG
After the Honeymoon - Mavis Applewater
Riding the Storm - S. Barret
Power of Your Heart - Debbie Dee
Towards a New Life romansilence
Echoes of Darkness - romansilence

March 18th, 2005

Wrung by Siel Le Dain [über/alt/unfinished]
I too late understood that letting go is not giving in. But when your love is tainted with fear, there's no way to overcome the constant gnawing doubts. I let my own fears grow unchecked until my heart was brutally slain. And I was left with nothing but guilt and more doubts about having made the wrong decisions.

Added part 3 of Phantombard's In An Age Before. 

March 17th, 2005

Ready for This by Evelyn C. [alt/über/complete]
When Blair reappears in her life, Ashley is clueless to her attempts to rekindle their relationship.

Announcement
from Cavalier Press

Cavalier Press is delighted to announce the acquisition of the exciting new novel, Penetrate by Kathleen Kelly.  Set in the tropical rainforest of Brazil, this thrilling story brings together the worlds of organized crime and environmental science in a head-on collision.  Caught in the wreckage are two remarkable women, whose chance meeting results in an action-packed journey up the Amazon, and personal consequences neither of them could have foreseen.

Penetrate is scheduled for publication Winter 2005. 
 
 

March 16th, 2005

Added part 2 and part 3 of Double Play by Cruise 

March 15th, 2005

A Delicate Insanity by SB Zarben [original, very short, complete]
This is a little piece that occurred to me last night when I couldn't
sleep. It's the result of a recent conversation I had with my sister
and some disturbing forum posts I read online somewhere. It's in a
similar vein as Burden of Existence and Tunnel Vision, though not
entirely.

Simple Pleasures by Bard Girl [X&G/complete]
Xena and Gabrielle share a quite moment by the campfire.

March 14th, 2005

Added part 16 of Control by Kim Pritekel 

Added part 2 of The Persian Encounter by Patricia Wiseroostr and Xanjaa [X&G/alt/unfinished] 

Added part 2 of In an Age Before by Phantombard [Silmarillion/XWP crossover/unfinished ] 

March 13th, 2005

Hearts and Flowers Border by fingersmith [Über/alt/complete]
A visitor from her past jolts Laura Stewart into memories some funny some heart wrenching but she needs to deal with all of them before she can open the door to allow her past to shape her future. 

A story starting in the present day, narrated by a woman who needs to retell her past before she can move on with her future. There is no fantastic underlying plot, just a simple retelling of events leading to the present day. Most of us will recognise the uncertainty of youth and the first flush of love. 

From the Manor Taken by Phair Third in the Manor series

Added part 11 of Coward by Phair

March 12th, 2005

No Turning Back by Mary G [classic/alt/complete]
Part three of the series. An invitation to an Amazon bonding ceremony brings a welcome change of pace. But then again when do things with the Amazoms ever go exactly as planned?

March 10th, 2005

The Cherished Second Chance by Chancercmp [classic/gen/complete]
synopsis pending

In an Age Before by Phantombard [Silmarillion/XWP crossover/unfinished ]
Helluin Maeg-mormenel, a dour Elf of the Noldor, returned to Middle Earth from the Blessed Realm in the exile of her people.  She hoped to explore the Hither Lands as she had been unable to do on the westward march thousands of years before, but what she found instead was a world gone far downhill.  Read of how she talks to trees and they fall asleep mid-sentence.  Discover why Galadriel has been ever jealous and snippy to her.  Even Sauron takes an uncomfortable interest in her dark side.  Not recognizing the best time to leave, she remains in the Mortal Lands and there survives the fading of her people.  Across almost 17,000 years, Helluin's story takes her through the loss of every person she has ever known, to a meeting with a descendant so distant as to be inconceivable.  In a bewildering world grown strange beyond her imagination, the love of strangers becomes her saving grace.

Added part 5 of Blood and Honor by Windstar and Zee 

Announcement
from Miru

Hola a todos:

Pertenezco a un grupo Xenita de trabajo que nos dedicamos a realizar actividades que ayuden a la preservación de nuestro espacio Xenita. Después de terminar de traducir al español las temporadas virtuales 7 y 8 de www.xwpvs.com estamos terminando la  temporada 10 de www.xwpsubtextvs.com. Si deseas ayudar a mantener nuestro espacio vivo, colaborando en este trabajo como traductor/a y participar en la planificación de futuros proyectos, estamos buscando nuevos colaboradoras, que siempre  son necesarios. Y bienvenidos.

Los requisitos para colaborar en el actual trabajo, son: 
conocimientos medios de inglés (40% en adelante): no es necesario un dominio absoluto para su traducción al español, ya que contamos con la ayuda de nuestra asesoría en ingles. 
Muchas ganas de trabajar por preservar el Mundo Xenita. 
disponibilidad de tiempo para traducir un pequeño texto que se reparte cada semana y debe ser entregado igual. 

Para mas información puedes escribir  a xenacentro@hotmail.com, para cualquier duda que tengas.

V
Coordinadora  de Xenacentro

Hello Everyone:

I belong to a group of Xenites that dedicate some of our time to activities that will help to preserve a space in the Xenaverse.  We have recently finished the Spanish translations of Season 7 & 8 of www.xwpvs.com and are now finishing the 10th Season of www.xwpsubtextvs.com.  If you are interested in maintaining this space alive by working with us by translating or planning future projects, we are looking for new members for our group.

We only ask for some minor prerequisites which are as follows:
You must possess at least a 40% understanding of Spanish.  It is not necessary to be able to dominate the language in order to translate since there will be someone available to help with language problems. (This would be a great way to improve you language skills). 
You must possess a great desire to preserve the Xenaverse. 
You must be able to dedicate some time to translating a few pages of text that would be distributed on a weekly basis and translated within a specified time frame.

Please remember this is all done for fun and to preserve the Warrior&rsquo;s Spirit in all of us.  If you would like more information you may contact me at xenacentro@hotmail.com

Vaneza
Coordinador for Xenacentro
 
 

March 9th, 2005

Added part 2 of Tides of Fate by Lena 

March 7th, 2005

Announcement- 

Black by Gaslight by Nene Adams - the long-awaited publication of a novel featuring Victorian mystery, adventure and romance - is now available for purchase from Cavalier Press! For details and to order on-line, go to http://www.cavalierpress.com/store.htm

March 6th, 2005

Riding the Storm by S. Barret [original/alt/complete] 
An erotic supernatural PWP. A succubus, a storm-demon, and a hellovah hurricane. 

March 5th, 2005

Added part 12 of Dance with the Devil by Harley

March 4th, 2005

After The Honeymoon, the sequel to Mavis Applewater's Stewed,Screwed & Tattooed [original/alt/complete] 
Glenda and Aster are enjoying wedded bliss except for one minor problem Glenda's parents have decided to visit.

The Persian Encounter is the second part of the Trilogy by Patricia Wiseroostr and Xanjaa [X&G/alt/unfinished]
In this long awaited sequel to Powers of the Queen, Xena and Gabrielle have fallen into a routine at the camp of the Thracian Amazons, but that is about to change.  Sister Amazons from the Caucus Mountains reach out for help. Dangerous forces are afoot and the future of the Amazon Nation and of humanity stands in the balance.  You will meet new Amazons and Gods from the East and learn about their loves and lives.  This is an old fashioned love story with a heavy dose of drama and adventure thrown in as Xena and company battle an army the likes of which even she could not anticipate.

eBooks

Neighbors, Capers and Heroic Type Things - Allyson Scott
Dog Days - JH
Whispering Pines - Mavis Applewater 
Borrowed Reality - Siel LeDain
Brave - jh
A Day in the Reel Life - Cheeyah
After the Volcano - Mary Morgan
Change of Romance - T.E. Brehm
Chances - Ladyhawke 
Challenges - Ladyhawke 

March 3rd, 2005

The Tides of Fate by Lena [alt/über/unfinished]
Thracy Chandler's beautiful young wife has been murdered and Tracy is the prime suspect. Can her attorney find the truth before the murderer strikes again?

Our Love is Written on the Wind by JS Connolly [alt/über/complete]
Cass and Riley have been together for two years and as Valentine's Day approaches Riley has a gift for Cass that will change both of their lives. Sequel to One Day the Heavens Opened and Sent Me an Angel. 

Announcement
-from debra butler
The Canadian LesFic Addicts have been hard at work organizing and putting on some Southwestern Ontario events.

On Friday, April 1st at 7 pm, join them at The Toronto Women's Bookstore for readings and signings by Radclyffe and Jessica Casavant.

On Saturday, April 2nd from 11 am to 4 pm join them and Matching Accessories Literary Trust, in associations with the UWO Pride Library, in London Ontario at the University of Western Ontario, University College, Rm 30 for "Passions & Pleasures: Reading, Writing & Romance" as they welcome Radclyffe, Anne Azel, Alex Mykals, CL Hart, Linda Hill of Bella Books and KG MacGregor for readings, signings, panels, workshops and an open mic; new books by these authors as well as Lois Cloarec Hart will be on sale. A catered after-event buffet from 5 pm to 7 pm will let the fans meet and talk with the authors in a more causal setting.

On Sunday, April 3rd, 2004 from 1 to 3 pm Glad Day Bookstore presents Radclyffe, Anne Azel and Linda Hill for readings and signings. This event will be held at the Toronto Free Gallery, 660 Queen Street East, Toronto,

All details can be found at the CLFA website: http://www.geocities.com/cdnlesfic/index.htm

March 2nd, 2005

Dog Days by JH
This is a simple story about a girl and her dog. It's also a story about what happens when the girl and dog meet another girl and dog.

Added part 11 of When You Dance with the Devil by Harley

Added part 16 (conclusion) of Whispering Pines by Mavis

Added part 3 of Surrender by Stone

March 1st, 2005 

Trip Around the Sun by KatharosXG
Two women meet at a university faculty mixer. With a little help from their friends, they find a mutual attraction. This is a story about a year in their lives.

Announcement

-from Orlando Bardcon
In a time of parodies, ubers, and originals,  readers are crying out for a hero.  The hero is you...a bard...a mighty bard...forged at the computer keyboard.  The plots, the characters, the imagination.  Your story could re-ignite interest in the classic stories of Xena and Gabrielle. 

CALLING ALL BARDS...

Do you live for the past?  Is "By The Gods" part of your normal vocabulary?  Do you enjoy putting words in Xena's  and Gabrielle's mouths?   Have we got an offer for you...

Please contact the Orlando BardCon Staff at Storybyrd@cfl.rr.com
for all the details.

Orlando BardCon October 21-23, 2005
www.bardcon.net

 


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