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Vote for your favorite story and writers to add in the Academy of Bards Hall of Fame!

July 31st, 2006

The second season stories for the Between the Lines Series by Linda Crist

2.1 - Warrior Prince (post "Orphan of War")
2.2 - Time to Kill (post "Remember Nothing")
2.3 - Enemies, Friends & Assorted Would-Be Lovers (post "Giant Killer")
2.4 - Reality Bites (post "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun")
2.5 - Fall Into Grace (post "Return of Callisto")
2.6 - Double Trouble (post "Warrior...Princess...Tramp")
2.7 - Serenity, Courage and Wisdom (post "Initimate Stranger")
2.8 - Cherish (post "Ten Little Warlords")
2.9 - The Gift (post "A Solstice Carol")

Added Part 5 of Queen and Goddess by Adam Chiron

July 30th, 2006

Added Part 8 of Stud by S. Berry

Added Part 2 of 1049 Club by Kim Pritekel

Added Part 3 of A Different Time, A Better Time by Adrienne

July 29th, 2006

Added Part 4 of Queen and Goddess by Adam Chiron

July 27th, 2006

Added Part 2 of A Different Time, A Better Time by Adrienne

Added Part 8 of To Hold Forever by Carrie Carr

Added Part 7 of Deception by Erin O'Rielly

Added Part 4 of Remember the Past by Jessica Hudson

Added Part 7 of Stud by S. Berry

July 26th, 2006

Added Part 1 of A Different Time, A Better Time by Adrienne (new author)
"I'm a new, inexperienced author but I have what I hope other's think a great immagination. This is my first try at Xena Fan Fiction. This story is not your regular Xena and Gabrielle story, in fact its far from it. I wanted to do something new and orginal, use characters, specifically one, that other's haven't used in their stories before. I'm interested to know what other's think, so feedback will be more than welcomed."

Added Part 1 of 1049 Club, Part 1 by Kim Pritekel
Have you ever wondered what would happen to your life if you were presumed dead?

One Little Smile by D (complete)

Added Part 3 of Queen and Goddess by Adam Chiron

July 25th, 2006

Just This Once by KG MacGregor ~ Available for preorder!

Wynne Connelly is marketing manager for a major travel organization and her job requires that she attend meetings twice monthly at the company's Orlando headquarters.

Paula McKenzie is second-in-command on the night shift at the Weller Regent - an upscale hotel in Orlando. The same upscale hotel that Wynne Connelly stays in whenever she's in Orlando.

Paula finds herself intrigued by the twice-monthly guest, who possesses an aura of mystery and elegant beauty.

When things grow hectic one night at the front desk, Paula emerges to lend a hand - just in time to greet Wynne at check-in. Their exchange borders on mild flirtatation and both women come away feeling sparks.

Soon they begin spending time together and share more than just a kiss. And while Paula is elated at the prospect of the budding romance, Wynne is alarmed at her loss of self-control. Ever mindful of the obligations back home that she must honor, she struggles to resist Paula's fascination and allure...

July 24th, 2006

Added part 6 of Deception by Erin O'Reilly

Added part 2 of The Queen and the Goddess by Adam Chiron

July 23rd, 2006

Two Cross Side by Cheyne [Über/alt/complete]
A little PWP. A bored executive, in town on business, meets up with an attractive little pool shark who is enticed into a game that just may change her life....

July 21st, 2006

The Queen and the Goddess by Adam Chiron [classic/alt/unfinished]
Following the events of  Afterwards,  a powerful foe bent on vengeance leads Gabrielle back to the Greek Amazons. Still coming to terms with her actions of the past year and what it means to follow the Way of the Warrior she learns secrets from her past that may lead to a destiny she is not ready for and may not want. The warrior bard faces past fears and an uncertain future.

Xena and the Rose by Ri [classic/alt/complete]
summary pending

Added part 67 of In an Age Before by Phantom Bard

Added part 7 of To Hold Forever by Carrie Carr

July 20th, 2006

Added part 2 of Lost and Found by Xena's Girl


PD Publishing is very happy to announce that Hearts and Flowers Borders by L.T. Smith is available for purchase! Please visit www.pdpublishing.com for purchasing information.

July 19th, 2006

Added part 5 of Deception by Erin O'Reilly

Added part 6 of To Hold Forever by Carrie Carr


Okay y'all...we are a little more than halfway through the busy month of July.  Pop quiz time.

Yeah, yeah, I know...you didn't study...your dog ate your homework...you are getting ready to go on vacation...
too bad.  C'mon it's only a couple of questions.  Ready?

1) Have you fed some Bards lately?

The correct answer is "A"---YES, YES, YES!

July is Feed the Bards Month at the Academy, whereby y'all try to explode bardic emailboxes all over the world.  You stuff them full of praise for your favorite Bards who have touched you with their wit, wisdom and incredible writing talent.  Thank them for sharing their many skills for free on the internet and/or publishing some incredible stories for you to buy and enjoy forever.

If you answered "B" NO...shame, shame, shame.  BUT...you can fix that right away.  Go feed some bards and when you write them, make sure you CC the Academy at  feedthebards@yahoogroups.com.

If you don't CC us, we can't count it toward the Fan Of The Year Contest.  We count strictly by the CCed emails received via the FTB list.  So please make sure you send us copies.  The fan who feeds the most Bards gets inducted into the Academy Hall Of Fame (and a few nifty prizes too).  Which brings up question #2...

2) Have you nominated your favorite Bards and Stories to be inducted into the 2006 Class of the Hall Of Fame?

The correct answer is "A"--- YES, YES, YES!

This year we will be adding 5 more Bards and 10 more stories or series of stories to the Academy Hall Of Fame.  All of them picked by YOU the readers.  This is your chance to honor individual bards for an individual story or for a body of work over the years.  Or you can honor a story that touched your life, one that you find yourself going back to reread again and again.

If you answered "B" NO...shame, shame, shame AGAIN.  
BUT...you can fix that little problem too.   

Send your choice of 5 Bards and 5 stories/series to:
academy_contest@yahoogroups.com <mailto:academy_contest@yahoogroups.com?subject=HOF2006> .  
There is only one Roool you need to follow here...
All Bards nominated must have at least one story (any story) housed AT the Academy to be eligible. All Stories/Series nominated must be housed AT the Academy.  The only exception is Missy Good's...because the Academy is housed on her land.  We call that "close enough."  <.g.>

Okay...question 3...if a plane leaves LA at 3pm heading...

I promised only 2 questions?  Oh, okay...nevermind.  

You have your assignment...Class dismissed.

If you read'm, then feed'm.
See the Academy Hall Of Fame 2005 Inductees <http://www.academyofbards.org/halloffame/>


July 18th, 2006

A Dozen Roses by Crystal Mills [alt/über/complete]
Summary Pending

July 17th, 2006

Added Ghost Town-ing 8 Granite by Mickey Minner

July 13th, 2006

Bourne's Edge by Barbara Davies [alt/über/complete]
A librarian fleeing for her life from a vengeful businessman. An immortal Fae exiled forever from Faerie. What could the two possibly have in common?

The Annals of the Queens by Pysta [classic/alt/complete] Part 3 of a Series
Gabrielle, Xena and the remnants of the Amazons of Thessaly make their way across Aegea's Sea to the Isle of Lemnos - their new home. On the way, Gabrielle shares more about her adventures in Egypt, and she and Xe discover more about themselves than even they had guessed. Xena adds something mysterious to her "many skills" - and Gabrielle does, too.
And a new life begins to be shaped by their capable hands.

Added part 10 of Gravity by Lucid Dream

The Hall of Fame voting is open until the end of the month. Have you remembered to vote?
Remember the nice note, probably the last many read from her, that LJ Maas sent because she was added?
Remember how happy many were when DJWP finally allowed us to host Seven Days in Pompeii?
Remember what a great surprise that Wordee started showing up again and reposted the fabulous, Truth or Dare?
How about the new, fantastic stories posted in 2006?
I would name names but I think - based on voting- a lot of you remember them too :)

Support your favorite writer and/or stories.....Remember to send your vote to academy_contest@yahoogroups.com

July 12th, 2006

Welcome to the Academy, Adam Chiron!

Afterwards [classic/general/complete]
Over one year after the events of A Friend In Need , Xena's spirit has moved on and Gabrielle is alone for the first time since joining the warrior princess. Confused and moving down the wrong path she finds enemies from the past closing in to use her for their own desires.

The Little Black Book by Damnation
A short story written on a whim.

Added part 16 of A Journey of Love and Life by Lissa

July 11th, 2006

Added part 11 of Business Trip by Lady J

The rest of the first season stories for the Between the Lines Series by Linda Crist

1.14 - The Greater Good Begins (post "A Fistful of Dinars")
1.15 - The Wedding Party (post "Warrior … Princess")
1.16 - The Strongest Power (post "Mortal Beloved")
1.17 - No Fool (post "Royal Couple of Thieves")
1.18 - Taking Risks (post "The Prodigal")
1.19 - About Nutbread (post "Altared States")
1.20 - Brick by Brick (post "Ties That Bind")
1.21 - Foreshadows (post "The Greater Good")
1.22 - Every Day, Every Day (post "Callisto")
1.23 - What Matters Most (post "Death Mask")
1.24 - Warrior…Princess…Amazon (post "Is There a Doctor in the House?")

July 10th, 2006

Welcome to the Academy, msprism!

Two Weeks at Wandanna Beachs [alt/über/complete]
Solley Rayner and her children visit her sister and her partner at Wandanna Beach, looking for respite from an acrimonious divorce. But Wandanna Beach is anything but quiet this summer as a film crew arrive to film the stunt sequences for a blockbuster.

Diving Into the Turn by Carrie Carr [original/alt/complete]
Riding bulls in the rodeo is the only life Shelby Fisher has ever known, until the day she meets Rebecca Starrett, a barrel racer who comes from a solid, middle-class background. She's had the money and support from her family that Shelby never had. After taking an instant dislike to each other, a chain of mysterious accidents draws them together. Is Rebecca's attraction to Shelby enough to help her stand by the silent and angry bull rider? Will two women, from vastly different backgrounds, be able to become more than friends?

Added part 4 of Deception by Erin O'Rielly

July 9th, 2006

Lady Litigators by bsoiree [alt/über/unfinished]
Life evolves as two competing female litigators at the same law firm test both the depth and character of their personal and professional rivalry.

July 8th, 2006

Added part 5 of To Hold Forever by Carrie Carr Added part 66 of PhantomBard's In an Age Before

July 7th, 2006

Added part 10 of Business Trip by Lady JAdded parts 21 - 26 of Double Play by Cruise Announcement
from Mark of Make Mark's Movie
Hi Steph

My film Futile Attraction is next screening at the Microcinema Fest in Chicago. It screens on Friday August 11th. Only 8 feature films were accepted so it feels like quite an honour. I don't know anyone in Chicago but, as a screening filmmaker, have double pass to the entire festival. Your readers always seem interested in the film and I figure you probably have plenty of readers in Chicago. As a kind of thank you for all the traffic you've sent to my site, would you like the passes as a giveaway?If you put a blurb on your latest news or something getting any Chicago residents to e-mail me, the first one who does can have the passes. I also still have some dvds left for sale at $12.95 for anyone else who wants them.More information on the screening and festival is at http://www.microcinemafest.com Thanks

from Lynne

There is a new Yahoo Group called LesFic_Unbound. Its purpose is to discuss lesbian fiction in all of its aspects. Members are encouraged to post reviews of lesbian novels or stories they have read, make comments or suggestions about the reviews or the writing in general, and to ask any questions they may have about the authors, publishers, awards or anything else that pertains to the literature. There is a database for Beta readers and another database of books that can be loaned and borrowed is in the works. If you would like to join, the contact address is http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lesfic_unbound

July 6th, 2006

Lost and Found by Xena's Girl [alt/über/unfinished]
This is a story of finding the one person who completes your heart and soul and looking beyond years of pain loneliness and betrayal and opening your heart.

from StarCrossed

We're blowing out the doors with this one-of-a-kind SCP July Blowout Sale. Drop by the website to see all the great deal we have going on this entire month. We've gotmany of your favorite author's books in stock and ready to ship. New SCP Saver Shipping Program
To make Shopping with SCP even easier, we have revamped our SCP Saver Shipping Program. Now you can start saving on shipping costs with only a $25.00 minimum. Drop by the store today and see all of our great selections!

July 5th, 2006

Added part 2 and part 3 of Deception by Erin O'Rielly

Added part 9, part 10 and part 11 (conclusion) of Death of Innocence by Terias McKlay

July 3rd, 2006

Added part 5 of Nwyn by PsiDraconis

Added part 2 of Our Family by Lissa

July 2nd, 2006

Added part 6 of Whirlwind by Damnation

July 1st, 2006

What's hot, wet and rewarding?

July's Feed The Bards Month, of course. <.eg.>

Annually, we ask that you rabid readers go on a feeding frenzy and stuff those Bardie mailboxes until they burst. Let the folks who continue to write and share their talents with you know how much you appreciate it. We ask that when you send your emails to the individual Bards, you CC us at feedthebards@yahoogroups.com The person who feeds the most Bards, in July, will get a personalized prize designed by the world famous Academy Artists and be named FAN OF THE YEAR.

How cool is that?

In addition, July is also Hall of Fame month. This is the 2nd year we will be letting everyone vote for the newest members to the Academy Hall. We ask that you vote for your top 5 Bards and your top 5 stories or series. Please review the previous winners here:

The only criteria is that the Bards and Stories nominated must be hosted at the Academy. The Bard must have at least one story (any story) posted at the Academy. The nominated Stories must be housed at the Academy.

Now before you start pointing out the glaring oversight, as some folks called it last year. <.g.> Let me clarify something. Missy Good is the Academy's Landlord. Therefore she houses us, not the other way around.

However, a house is a house. So this year, we will accept nominations of her stories.

Which Bards tickle your fancy, drive you to dramatic distraction, or consistently keep you up all night reading their latest offerings? Which stories are so well written you go back to reread them again and again even though they are engraved in your memory forever? Now is the time to honor them. We will take all your votes and tally them up.

The top 5 Bards and top 10 Stories will be our inductions for 2006. The Academy Munchkins will also honor a Bard with a Lifetime Achievement Award as well. But you won't find out who that is until the end of the month. Neener, neener, neener.

These Bards and Stories will receive a special banner on their pages indicating they are the your Hall Of Fame choices, as well as listing on the Hall Of Fame main page. In addition, the Academy will be sending each Bard a special personalized item to commemorate their induction. A Bard will only be inducted once, however, they may have multiple Stories inducted (in future years as the voting merits). The voting period will run until July 28th. Then we will count up your selections and announce the new Hall Of Fame members. Please list your choices (5 Bards/5 Stories) in a single email and send it here: academy_contest@yahoogroups.com . The Academy of Bards Staff would like to once again express their deep appreciation to all the Bards who continue to share their talents and provide entertainment and, in some cases, enlightenment to readers everywhere. Now...go read, go feed :o)

One more thing...please send in your votes for the Hall of Fame only once. Steph knows EVERYONE and EVERYTHING and if you try to pull something sneaky...let's just say...it won't be pretty. ;o)

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