Readers. Casual or rabid. OH and voters. Dedicated. Oh yeah and feed the bard-ers too. Determined.

What? You want the job. Cool.

Go check out the 17 wonderful competing stories submitted by some of your favorite and soon to be favorite bards. Then voice your choice and vote for your favorite story.

We also have one other story for you too. Make sure you check out B. Soiree's story Peril From the Past. You can feed that bard immediately...and I KNOW you will.

Okay...go read, go vote and, once the voting is over on June 22nd, get ready to feed those bards. http://www.academyofbards.org/contest/challenge19/index.html

Hunger Site Breast Cancer Site Child Health Site The Literacy Site Rainforest Site The Animal Rescue Site  

June 30th, 2008

Aftermath by D [alt/Über/complete]
All decisions have consequences... but a few leave aftermath in their wake.

Her Xena by Wordwarrior [alt/classic/complete]
Summary pending

June 29th, 2008

Added parts 10-13 of Strength in Numbers by Jeanine Hoffman

Added chapter 4 of Ayer Is Human by Phair

June 27th, 2008

Added part 3 of Echoes of the Past by JM Dragon and Erin O'Reilly

June 26th, 2008

Added part 9 of Strength in Numbers by Jeanine Hoffman

June 25th, 2008

The Empty Heart by WordWarior [classic/alt/complete]
synopsis from Lunacyreviews.com
Originally written in the Spring of 1997, this phenomenal story is the final entry in the trilogy WordWarior began with her masterpiece TRUTH OR DARE, and which she followed later with THE CHILD. Starting just after the events in that second story, THE EMPTY HEART has Xena emotionally decimated by the loss of little Ilsa and trying to deal also with the repercussions of a promise she made to a foreign god. Unbeknownst to the Warrior Princess, the fulfillment of that promise has brought into her life perhaps the deadliest enemy she has ever known. An enemy willing to hide in the shadows watching as Xena looses everything and everyone she's ever cared for. Exceptionally written and edited, this story features the return of the ever-popular healer "Widgie" we first met in TRUTH OR DARE and whom we learn a bit more about this time around. THE EMPTY HEART is a dark tale of guilt, regret and revenge all pitted against the power of love to heal and ultimately overcome. It is a treat from one of the finest talents in Xena fan fiction. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

Added part 8 of Strength in Numbers by Jeanine Hoffman

Added part 3 of You Are My Sunshine by Artemis Callaghan

June 24th, 2008

-from Brisk Press and Susan X Meagher

Brisk Press and Susan X Meagher are pleased to announce that "Honesty" the eighth installment of the "I Found My Heart In San Francisco" series is now available for purchase.
To order your copy go to  http://www.briskpress.com/catalog.html


Personally Yours, Bard Challenge #19 is officially over.
This turned out to be one of the most popular challenges with both bards and readers. Especially readers. More votes were cast in this challenge than any other in our history. WOW! It was nice to see that every story got votes too.
Big THANK YOU to the Bards. YOU ROCK! I hope you had fun and you will join us for the Solstice Challenge later this year. Big THANK YOU to the readers and voters. But your job isn't over yet. Once the ID info goes back on the stories, please click the links and FEED THOSE BARDS. And of course...Big THANKS to the Academy Munchkins and da Boss. Everybody welcome Chris to the ranks of Challenge Munchkins. Chris and PT did all the page work. J did an awesome job on the graphic. The Boss? She lets me continue to do all this which ultimately means more work for the Munchkins. Thanks guys.

Now, let me tell you who the winners are:
Our most popular story is by a newbie who was kinda tentative about posting it:
Everything Personal by jaeygatsby WHOO HOO! GO JAEY!
Our honorable mention goes to a seasoned writer and no stranger to these challenges:
One-Two-Oh by AC Henley AWESOME AC!

Let's hear some applause for them both. <.applause.>

Now...GO READ and GO FEED.
The Bards do this for y'all...show them you appreciate it.

June 23rd, 2008


Just in time to add to your summer reading list!
Claudia Wilde


Toe to Toe: Standing Tall and Proud
Zerynthia's Tales 3

A collection of stories dedicated to women who overcome adversity, jump over major hurdles, beat the odds, stand for what they believe in. Women whose stories inspire all of us to be strong and confident as we make our way in this challenging world. Features stories by Lori L. Lake, Renťe Strider, T.J. Mindancer, Milagros Silva, J.E. Knowles, Meg White, and Olga Godim.


She's Gay by Xena's Dialectic [alt/classic/complete]
A 'first time' story

FIN Alternatives by Xena's Dialectic [alt/classic/complete]
Which ending do you prefer?

Added the revised version of part 1 of Dead Man's Party by Feral

June 22nd, 2008

Voting for the challenge ends tonight at midnight! So hurry up - not much time left!


Welcome to the Academy, Xena's Dialectic

Live in London [alt/über/complete]
Two women meet by chance at a red light in London and spend 3 days together.

Xena's Vulnerability [alt/classic/complete]
This story based on XWP's Chakram episode explores Xena's vulnerability.

Galaxy Dancer by JA Bard [alt/original/unfinished]
Lonnie Bestrolie had been entertaining passengers on the galactic cruise liners for 19 years. and she enjoyed it. By keeping a tight control of her privacy, she avoided stardom and unwanted publicity. So why on her 20th year, would she accept a deal to end her contract two years early just to nursemaid a fallen diva?

June 21st, 2008

Added part 13, part 14 and part 15 of Destiny's Choice by Karen Hockemeyer

June 20th, 2008

Added part 4 (conclusion) of Piperton by Carrie Carr

Added part 2 of the revised and re-edited story by JM Dragon and Erin O'Reilly Echoes of the Past

Added part 3 of The Oil of Lanius by Korkyra

-from PD Publishing

Barb and I are happy to announce that the following two titles are available for purchase at your favorite bookseller!
Chilling Tales of Terror and the Supernatural, edited by Patty G. Henderson: This is PD's first anthology and we are so pleased at the talent that Patty was able to draw with this project. There are vampires, werewolves, creatures of all sorts, and many boo-scary folks. We have both gay and lesbian stories written by 12 talented authors. This is NOT the book to take to read before going to sleep at night!

Storm by Kim Pritekel: Need I say more? Storm is the latest novel by the multi-talented author and film producer. No one should miss this one, set in medieval Europe!

Come to www.pdpublishing.com to check out these and other titles. Thanks for supporting our authors! ~ Linda

-from Evecho

Second Helpings from ReadTheseLips.com arrives with more stories and an expanded scope. In our new anthology, incredibly talented writers explore what it means to be lesbian and, in so doing, add definition to ours.
Please welcome in Second Helpings the enduring pens of Lee Lynch and Marianne K. Martin; the award-winning insights of Nicola Griffith, Susan Hawthorne and Ruthann Robson; the dynamic voices of Erin Davies and Lorenza Martelli; and the diverse contemporary adult fiction of Ovidia Yu, Fran Walker, Stacia Seaman, Lois Cloarec Hart, Robin Alexander, Fletcher DeLancey, Jac Hills and C.C. Saint-Clair.
Second Helpings is now available to download.
But wait, there's more!
To celebrate the release of Second Helpings, we are giving away a free e-book courtesy of Spinifex Press ! All you have to do is send us a picture of Second Helpings in a funny or unusual location. (Nothing dangerous or X-rated please, as the winning pic will be posted on our blog .)
Click this link to view Spinifex Press's range of e-books
Send us your picture and your contact details by 31 July in an email to info@readtheselips.com, with the subject line: Photo contest. One picture per entrant.
The winner will be announced the week after.
We hope you enjoy the book.
Evecho and Linda Lorenzo, Editors.

June 18th, 2008

Added part 3 of Piperton by Carrie Carr

June 17th, 2008

Welcome to the Academy, Moondancer Drake and SC Knight

Make War Not Love by Moondancer Drake [alt/über/complete]
summary pending

Score For Me by SC Knight [alt/über/complete]
Alex has just be drifted into the NFL, the year is 2020 and things are a little different. Can Alex take her team to the Big Game, can she win the girl in the end.

Added part 2 of You Are My Sunshine by Artemis Callaghan

June 16th, 2008

L-Book Special Announcements

L-Book has a new look. Check it out at http://L-Book.com

L-Books are now available at Amazon.com Kindle store.

All eBooks are also now available in Adobe pdf format.

FREE Short Story for June:

This month's FREE short story is The Art of Pretending by Jae, the author of Backwards To Oregon. This short story is a spin-off of Backwards To Oregon. Do you remember "Tess"?

For those who have not read Jae's work, this is a great way to see Jae's quality and style of writing.  This short story is estimated at a one hour read.


New Book Release:

Solaria by Fran Heckrotte. This is Fran's first Futuristic Science Fiction.

To celebrate the first science fiction novel for L-Book, we are giving away (FREE) a special collection of Science Fiction classic novels by H.G. Wells with every purchase of Solaria.

This collection has 10 of his best Science Fiction stories. The collection has a value of $50.00. If you purchased each of the individual electronic stories in this collection they would cost you 4.00 to 5.00 each.

Act now to receive your special collection edition by the father of science fiction, H.G. Wells and your own copy of Solaria. This offer is only good until midnight, EST June 18.

Go to http://L-Book.com for more information about Solaria and the stories in the Collection of Ten Classic Stories by H.G. Wells, published by L-Book ePublisher.

Thank You from the staff of L-Book and myself.

Roxanne Jones

You Are My Sunshine by Artemis Callghan [original/alt/unfinished]
Itís the summer of 1958 and Midge Mather is spending it working as a Greencoat at the Greenacres Holiday Camp, the same camp that Ruth James has been persuaded to spend a week at.

June 15th, 2008

Added part 2 of Piperton by Carrie Carr

June 14th, 2008

Echoes of the Past (revised) by J.M. Dragon and E. O'Reilly [original/alt/unfinished]
Author's Note:
Going back over the original Echoes of the Past and in particular the characters of Olivia and Parker, we felt that they were not as fully developed as they should be. Therefore, we reedited the story and, as with all editing, we added changes not only to the characters but the storyline as well. We hope you will find this version a satisfying read.
Olivia and Amelia are living together in a platonic relationship when an old love asks for Olivia's help. Will the old feelings Olivia had for her first love reemerge or will she stay with Amelia? This fast moving story has twists and turns and some you won't see coming.

Payback by IseQween [classic/alt/complete]
WA few months after Season 2ís THE QUEST, an injured Gabrielle brings out a surprisingly different Warrior Princess.

June 13th, 2008

Piperton by Carrie Carr [alt/original/unfinished]
Sam Hendrickson has been traveling around the Southwest for ten years, never staying in one place long enough to call it home. Doing odd jobs to pay for her food and gas, she thinks her life is fine, until fate intervenes. On her way to Dallas to find work for the upcoming winter, her car breaks down in the small town of Piperton. Sam’s never concerned herself over what other people think, but the small minds of a West Texas town may be more than she bargained for – especially when she meet Janie Clarke. Janie’s always done what’s expected of her. But when she becomes acquainted with Sam, she’s finally got a reason to rebel.

Love's Sacrifice by Paully Adams [alt/classic/complete]
Dahok is back, and it is up to Gabrielle to stop him by giving up her life. Xena, however has other ideas.

-from PD Publishing

Barb and I are very excited about our announcements today! Sorry it is so long, but we've been very busy in spite of the record breaking heat in NC. First, we have signed Welcome Home by Glenda Poulter to be published in Summer 2009.

And, the following titles are now available for purchase at your favorite bookseller!
Face Your Fears by Jeffrey Lynn Stoddard, a gay suspense
Deadly Challenge, 2nd ed. by Trish Kocialski, a re-release of a classic
Once by L.T. Smith, another great lesbian romance that'll make you laugh out loud

For more information, please go to our website www.pdpublishing.com - remember, we have excerpts on each of our title pages!! Thanks for supporting PD authors!! ~ Linda

June 12th, 2008

Added part 8 of Mickey Minner's Fortress at the Edge of the World

June 10th, 2008

Added part 2 of Dead Man's Party by Feral

Birdie's Song IX The Road Trip by Onesockbard
Xena the Conqueror, Gabrielle the Bard, Birdie and Rachelle set off for Athens to attend the annual Academy of Bards convention. And a road trip always brings adventures, learning experiences, romance, and surprises.

Request for Help


As all of you are well aware, Pat (Teresa's partner) will be undergoing some serious treatment pretty soon that will require their moving to outpatient housing and at some point Teresa will have to provide care 24/7. She won't have a salary through this caring period

I want to encourage all of you to continue to send cards to Pat and Teresa (I have it on good authority that Pat loves the cards). PAT CAN ONLY HANDLE CARDS OR BOOKS THIS TIME AROUND; no flowers, plants, stuffed animals. Here's their address:

Pat Wilson & Teresa Stafford
2763 Sutherland Dr
Thompsons Station, TN 37179

For those who would like to do something else to help with everyday household expenses while Teresa is NOT working, we help out a couple of ways.

1.PayPal - Teresa has a PayPal account the we can use to send money. In order to use PayPal, you need to have an PayPal account. As I just found out, it's very easy to create an account. Go to www.paypal.com and follow the instructions. Once you've created your account, you can send money to Teresa's account. Her account is windborn13 @ bellsouth.net

2. Gift cards - If you don't want to create a PayPal account, you can send them MarterCard of Visa gifts cards. You can purchase these at Walgreens, Eckard, CSV pharmacies. These would also provide a great deal of flexibility for Teresa to get what they need.

June 9th, 2008

Added part 6 and part 7 of Strength in Numbers by Jeanine Hoffman

June 8th, 2008

Welcome to Feral, a new bard at the Academy!
Dead Man's Party [original/alt/unfinished]
This piece is based in the world of Emergency Medical Services and the ICU. Ultimately, however, itís people who make life what it is, and sometimes living is darned hard work. Sometimes you actually have to choose to live, and how you will spend the life you own.

Added part 11 of Cage Undone by Roselle Graskey

June 7th, 2008

Everything For Time by Geonn [original/alt/complete]
A timid watchshop owner who only takes risks in her dreams becomes enamored with a beautiful customer with a broken pocket watch.

Added part 7 of Fortress at the Edge of the World by Mickey Minner

Reloaded the conclusion of The Lost Kingdom by JM Dragon due to two missing chapters.

June 6th, 2008

Added part 3 (conclusion) of Savage by Phair

Added part 5 of Strength in Numbers by Jeanine Hoffman

June 4th, 2008

The Triumvirate by Cinderellanjo [über/alt/complete]
The scrolls in the archives record three islands inhabited by three separate groups of survivors. Is that the truth or was history altered? Alarica and Bellona set sail for Tutela Isle, the isle of the children of the devil to form a bond with their leader that will be forever recorded in history as the Great Triumvirate.

As The Winged Serpent Rises by Silvermoonlight [XWP alternative/Post FIN/unfinished]
Xena and Gabrielle's peace is shattered once more as an Aztec creator god appears on the Greek shores. His cold hated directed at the one who betrayed him, the one who can no longer escape him or her past.

June 2nd, 2008

hi steph, i don't know if you've heard yet. i sometimes get emails from ac henley's yahoo group. i just read today that ac under went surgery for intestinal cancer. they opened her up, took one look, and then closed her back up without removing anything. from what i've read so far, it looks like its terminal. if you would let the group know, i'm sure they could use all the prayers they can get. it saddens me, that such kind and loving people, have to be put through such trauma. thank you, steven.

The Academy sends all our love, hopes and prayers out to A. C., her partner and all who know and care about her.

To read A. C. Henley's stories:

Darkness After Dawn by Lucy Winchester [classic/alt/complete]
Xena and Gabrielle are finally together! In a perfect relationship! Love! Happiness! Ooo yeah there is trouble ahead when a figure from Xena's past returns…she definitely shakes things up!

Strength in Numbers by Jeanine Hoffman [original/alt/incomplete]
Jay has lived for her work the past five years. Suddenly, her past reenters her life, jus as she is questioning the future she faces. As she starts to think about how she is spending her life, two women enter her life and make her consider her present and future.

When a crisis hits one of the women, no one is sure how to react or handle it. All four prepare to do battle with both the crisis and their own issues. Life is about to turn upside down for a lot of people but, there is Strength in Numbers.

Added part 19, the completion of The Message by J. A. Breeze [original/alt/complete]
Jennifer Gibson is a veteran newspaper publisher who has become a victim of blackmail much like many other powerful people in the state. Casey Jarnigan is an Assistant District Attorney working with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation in an attempt to stop the conspiracy. Casey is convinced that Jennifer is the woman who left a message begging for help. Can Casey convince Jennifer to trust her? And will Jennifer find in Casey something she never thought she'd have?


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