Visit our Fifth Annual Valentine Invitational

February 28th, 2006

Welcome to the Academy, Claire Lanham!

The Strength Inside by Claire Lanham [alt/über/unfinished]
Two women are letting life pass them by, going through the motions. They meet each other and both are forced to open their eyes and start to live again.

February 27th, 2006

-from Ri
I am very proud to announce my first novel Murder Inc. is now published.
Please to go to Barnes and Noble link below to purchase it.
Thank you so much,

The Cruise by BlueMoonWriter [alt/original/complete]
Some interesting things may happen on a cruise ship...

Added part 3 of Whirlwind by Damnation [alt/Über/unfinished]

Added part 10 (conclusion) of Fireweed by Mickey Minner

Added part 10 of Fast Break by Mickey Minner

February 26th, 2006

-from SX Meagher

I'm pleased to announce that I'm now taking orders for the following books:

Arbor Vitae

I'm self-publishing these books, and I've named my tiny company Brisk Press in honor of my dear friend Anne.

My printer has promised that I'll received these books by Friday, March 3. I'll begin shipping on Saturday, March 4. I've ordered plenty of books, so if you want one and can't swing it right now--don't worry. I'll have enough to go around.

I'll be out of town from Sunday, March 5 until Sunday, March 12, so there will be a short delay in shipping during my absence.

The previous draft of all of the books will remain available on my website.

Go to to order.

Thank you for your support.

The Date by JLNicky and Cherokeeechols [alt/Über/PWP]
Their relationship was in trouble. Dana and Cara were barely talking. Ten years together and they were drifting further apart. Dana couldn't take the distance any more. She loves her wife but they struggled to maintain a civil conversation these days. Surfing the net she found a therapist that had a new and refreshing idea that might bring back the romance in there life. The Date.

February 25th, 2006

Planter's Punch by Barbara Davies [Über/alt/complete]
Sequel to 'A Pirate's Treasure'. Alice's father hires another pirate to get his daughter back.

Added part 2 (conclusion) of Featherheads and Followers by Xena's Girl

Added parts 5 & 6 of Tempus Fugit by Mavis

Added part 6 (conclusion) of Harbour House by WR Haley

February 24th, 2006

Tomahawk'd by DS Bauden [original/alt/complete]
A coming of age story that takes place at a Wisconsin resort. Follow Jackson and Erin from the time they meet as children, through their turbulent adolescence that finds them separated from each other until an emergency in Jack's life brings them back together in adulthood. Tomahawk'd is full of suspense and twists that will make you want to read from cover to cover in one sitting. You'll find characters to love and hate. You'll find the parents that every child wants and the ones that shouldn't have had kids. Most of all, you'll find an entertaining story with two girls you will wish you could know in real life.

[note from steph: for some reason for me the story shows to not be there when I click on it but if you refresh the page it appears. This is a really good story, excellent in fact, so it's well worth the time to take the step if you have the same problem I do with it.]

February 23rd, 2006

Second Chances by Sandra Barrett [alt/über/complete]
Kenya's future as a private security guard seems dismal when she's given the worst assignment - acting as babysitter to Roslyn Hullet, a woman with more money than sense in Kenya's mind. But when Roslyn's stalker turns out to be real, can Kenya maintain her professional distance and protect Roslyn?

Business Trip by Lady J [alt/original/unfinished]
summary pending

Added part 3 of Coup de Grace by Vivian Darkbloom

Added part 50 of Phantombard's In an Age Before

Added part 6 [conclusion] of Phair's From the Manor Taken

February 22nd, 2006

Added part 3 and part 4 of Tempus Fugit by Mavis

Added part 3 of The 2H'ers by Phair

February 21st, 2006

Added part 13 [the conclusion] of Storm by Kim Pritekel

Added part 2 of Tempus Fugit by Mavis

Added part 7 of Renegade by Cheyne

February 20th, 2006

Featherheads and Followers by Xena's Girl [alt/classic/unfinished]
This is the sequel to Resurrection, Tension and Release.

February 19th, 2006

Whirlwind by Damnation [alt/Über/unfinished]
how much do we change, really? can change be measured by time or the distance that we have travelled? what happens, then, when we meet an old love from an old life? can we ever change enough to not let it matter anymore?

Karate Lessons and More by JLNicky [alt/Über/PWP]
Lisa has a crush for her Karate Instructor. Ms. Sashe has an eye on her most promising student. Is it just for her skill or is it more?

Thème Femme pour le gène Butch by JLNicky [alt/Über/complete]
FRENCH version of Femme Theme for the Butch Gene. Est-elle trop Butch? Besoin de la féminiser? NOUS AVONS UN REMÈDE! Un quatuor professionnel de lesbiennes féminines est à votre service.

Visita a Domicilio by JLNicky [alt/Über/complete]
Spanish version of The House Call - La tendré que ver en unos días, pero como trabaja cerca de mi casa podría pasar por el rancho, ¿le gustaría eso? --todavía me estaba abrochando la camisa cuando la miré con confusión y entusiasmo al mismo tiempo—. No le molestaría, ¿verdad? —miró directamente a mis ojos. Su profundidad verde centelleaba con un secreto.

Added part 9 of Fireweed by Mickey Minner

Added part 9 of Fast Break by Mickey Minner

February 18th, 2006

Welcome to the Academy, Xena's Girl!

Tension [Mel&Janice/alt/complete]
Summary pending...

Release [Mel&Janice/alt/complete]
Summary pending...

Resurrection [postFIN/alt/complete]
Summary pending...

Added part 5 of Harbour House by WR Haley

February 17th, 2006

Added part 3 of Death of Innocence by Terias

Added part 16 of Blindsided by Colleen

from Cavalier Press

Hesed by Maytee Aspuro y Gonzalez is available for pre-order (online only)!
When Elizabeth Ann Kelly, an Episcopalian priest, is violently confronted by a stranger on the street, she has no inkling that she will soon meet her assailant, businesswoman Nicole Isabel Thera, under very different circumstances. Nicole holds a unique philosophy of life, a far cry from Beth’s devout Christian beliefs. In spite of this and their tempestuous beginnings, the women are drawn to one another. Each has a dark history to surmount as they travel on their respective journeys, braving trials that will test them both, and cast their relationship into the crucible. To share their lives Beth and Nicole will have to overcome formidable obstacles, including the greatest obstacle of all . . . themselves.
Visit and follow the pre-order link.

Maytee Aspuro y Gonzalez will have a book signing at Outwords Books ( in Milwaukee, WI on Tuesday, March 21 at 7pm.

T Novan will have a book signing at Equal Writes ( in Long Beach, CA on March 25 at 4pm.

February 16th, 2006

Added part 11 and part 12 of Storm by Kim Pritekel

Added part 2 of Coup de Grace by Vivian Darkbloom

February 15th, 2006

Tempus Fugit by Mavis Applewater [alt/original/unfinished]
In part one of Mavis Applewater's new series, the story begins in 1956 giving a glimpse into the life of Ellen Druette a seventeen year old cheerleader who thinks she knows herself. That summer she learns that she knows nothing at all.

Added part 49 of PhantomBard's In an Age Before.

A Public Service Announcement From OZ:

You've been thinking about a story you read days/months/years ago BUT you can't remember it's name

Whatcha gonna do?

You remember it was set in California or maybe it was maybe it was of those "C" places...maybe

Whatcha gonna do?

The character's name was Alex, Ryan, Abby, Jordan, Casey, Tony, Randi, Jaime, Sam, Megan, Amanda, Charlie, Brie or was is something that sounded like one of those...maybe

Whatcha gonna do?

The main characters were doctors, lawyers, agents, mobsters, artists, rock stars, shoesalesmen (just kidding)...maybe

Whatcha gonna do?

The Royal Academy of Bards is proud to announce a new service for it's loyal readers...ACADEMY 4-1-1. Yes, we now have a yahoo list specifically set aside for folks to ask and receive help in identifying titles and plotlines that are perched on the tip of their tongues or long gone on vacationing braincells.

The Academy is even prouder to announce that we managed to sucker...ummm...coerce...uhhh...I know...convince...yeah, convince two extremely knowledgeable fanfic experts into moderating this group.

Joining the Academy as Information Munchkins are Laurie B and TLC. Both are well-known in the Verse. I won't mention what they are well-known for...well, okay I'll mention. <.bg.>

Laurie has been helpfully providing this ID service for quite awhile now. Usually, she is the first to chime in with a response and a link. While TLC is known primarily for giving OZ a hard time and for knowing EVERY answer to EVERY trivia question EVER posted...EVER.

Minds like steel traps.
Yeppers, we gots a couple of good ones here. :o)

They will be onhand to try to answer any queries posted, however we do encourage anyone with a good memory of fanfic to participate in helping provide the answers to the posted inquiries.

In addition, the list can be used for sharing recommendations of stories/books that you have enjoyed.
Plus there will be weekly reminders/recommendations of past great fiction that newbies may want to check out and longtime fanfic addicts may want to revisit. There will be polls and discussions and I'm sure somewhere along the line "fun" is going to slip in there.

If you wish to join the group...check it out at:

Oh and drop Laurie and TLC a line and congratulate them on becoming Munchkins...OR you can stop by the Academy and visit them in person. Their new offices are just down the hallway from the main library and across from the kitchenette (also known as OZ's fire factory). Really nice offices too...picture windows that overlook the gardens...not like the basement some of us (who shall remain nameless) reside in.

February 14th, 2006

I love you - those three words have my life in them.
~ by Alexandrea to Nicholas III ~

Please go to our Fifth Annual Academy of Bards Valentine Special and enjoy the offerings from the following writers:

An Inevitable Arrangement - Creme Brulee

Eye of the Beholder - Lois Cloarec Hart

Late Night Cravings - Alcandre

More Than a Game - Insane Englishwoman

One for the Team - Anais

Sisterly Love - Kim Pritekel

Skipping Stones - Ali Vali

Surreal - KG MacGregor

Team Work - K. Darblyne

The Colours of 1946 - Kamouraskan

Turn Around - Mavis Applewater

Twenty-Four Hour Valentine - D

Unspoken - Fingersmith

Valentine's Eve - S X Meagher

When the Lights Go Down - Linda Crist

February 12th, 2006

Things base and vile, holding no quantity,
Love can transpose to form and dignity.
Love looks not with the eye, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.
~ by William Shakespeare ~

Added part 4 of Harbour House by WR Haley

Added part 8 of Dreams2fly's Triangles

February 11th, 2006

Listening is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be with another which both attracts and heals.
~ by J. Isham ~

Added part 8 of Fireweed by Mickey Minner

Added part 8 of Fast Break by Mickey Minner

February 9th, 2006

I have loved to the point of madness;
That which is called madness,
That which to me,
Is the only sensible way to love.
~ by F. Sagan ~

Coup de Grace by Vivian Darkbloom [alt/Mel&Janice/unfinished but really not]
The fabulously ill-tempered archaeologist Janice Covington and Southern-Belle-in-Exile Melinda Pappas gradually discover the real truth at the heart of the Xena Scrolls, in a story that darkly plays with time and memory, loss and desire, and the nature of what is real and what is not. While the story references characters and incidents in earlier stories ("Venezia" and "The Secret Histories") it is possible to read this as a stand-alone piece, particularly if one is drinking heavily.

No copyright infringement intended, no profit gained. Warning: The writer is as ill-tempered as her protagonist, so please do not crib or steal anything from this story or I will hunt you down and rip out your heart through your throat.

<We will be posting one section of Coup de Grace at a time -weekly. Our goal is to have it for each thursday. The story is complete. - steph>

February 8th, 2006

Love is like a friendship caught on fire.
In the beginning a flame, very pretty,
Often hot and fierce,
But still only light and flickering.
As love grows older,
Our hearts mature
And our love becomes as coals,
Deep-burning and unquenchable.
~ by Bruce Lee ~

Jackpot by JL Nicky [alt/über/pwp/complete]
Rhett, the best woman for her two newlywed friends, was too busy escorting the drunken couple around Vegas until she sends them off on their wedding night. Rhett takes a moment to try Lady Luck when she catches the eye of a very gorgeous entertainer. Her gambling pays off. Jackpot!

Time to Trust by JL Nicky [alt/über/complete]
Trace Carter, a young gay woman, is broke andstruggling to change her life for the better. Amoment between strangersand a gift given without strings has Trace questioning everythingshe'd ever learned about people.Could it be time to trust?

Added part 10 of Storm by Kim Pritekel

Added part 10 of Blood and Honor by Windstar and Zee

February 7th, 2006

....A simple I love you means more than money....
~ by Frank Sinatra ~

Added part 8 (conclusion) of Weebod's Conflict of Interest (Sausage Sizzler)

Added part 2 of Death of Innocence by Terias McKlay!

Added part 3 of Harbour House by W. R. Haley

Added part 48 of In an Age Before by PhantomBard

February 6th, 2006

Love cannot endure indifference. It needs to be wanted. Like a lamp, it needs to be fed out of the oil of another's heart, or its flame burns low.
~ by Henry Ward Beecher ~

Added part 9b of Storm by Kim Pritekel

February 5th, 2006

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength,
While loving someone deeply gives you courage.
~ by Lao Tzu ~

Welcome to the Academy, Terias McKlay!

Death of Innocence [unfinished/alt/Über]
Two young women must save themselves and their city from demons, vampires and a warlock bent on wreaking havoc & destruction upon the populace.

Added part 5 of Lissa's The Return of Unity

Added part 7 of Fireweed by Mickey Minner

Added part 7 of Fast Break by Mickey Minner

February 4th, 2006

Some people come into our lives and quickly go.
Some people move our souls to dance. They awaken us to new understanding with the passing whisper of their wisdom.
Some people make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon.
They stay in our lives for awhile, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never ever the same.
~ by Flavia Weedn

The Aegean Mystery by DJ Belt [Mel & Janice/alt]
While on an idyllic sailing vacation among the Greek islands, Mel and Jan (accompanied by their old friends Mack and Sallie) become involved in a search for stolen artifacts and find their lives in danger as they strive to unravel The Aegean Mystery.

Added part 2 of Harbour House by WR Haley

Added part 11 of Journey of Love and Life by Lissa

February 3rd, 2006

When you love someone, all your saved-up wishes start coming out.
~ by Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973) ~

Welcome to the Academy, W. R. Haley!

Harbour House [unfinished/alt/original]
This is the story of Autumn, a lawyer that moves to a small Central Florida town to take over her uncles law practice. After buying a house she encounters a new love, a 70 year old murder mystery, a psychotic neighbor and an amorous ghost, not necessarily in that order.

Added part 9a of Storm by Kim Pritekel

February 2nd, 2006

I have been astonished that men could die martyrs for their religion -
I have shudder'd at it.
I shudder no more.
I could be martyr'd for my religion
Love is my religion
And I could die for that.
I could die for you.
~ by John Keats ~

Added part 6 of Renegade by Cheyne

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