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February 26th, 2009

Innocent Catch by weebod [original/alt/incomplete]
This story takes place in Scotland. Anna Lynch, a Detective in the Drug’s squad is sent undercover to a small Scottish fishing village. There she meets and befriends the charming Heather Keith. As the pair grow closer, Anna finds it increasingly difficult to draw the line between work and pleasure.

To Be Unhuman by Alex Mykals (AKA PsiDraconis) [original/alt/incomplete]
The Varic Imperium is a beacon of culture and peace, home to members of every civilised race south of the Burning Divide. Its Magi create wonders, while its noble warriors battle the savage Unhuman races who traffic with horrific Demons on its borders.

Then the Dynast, sole ruler of the Imperium, falls to Demonic influence and is brought down by his own people. The mysterious crystalline throne which chooses the next Dynast rejects the expected candidate, leaving the Imperial Council in control.

Years later, the half-Elf barmaid Tial is taken from her home by a band of monstrous Unhumans, and it is THERE that the real story begins.

Stalking Jesse by Elaine Kinney [original/alt/incomplete]
Lisa Harte had moved from Chicago to a small town in northern Ohio after an unpleasant break-up with her girlfriend. She'd found the adjustment to small town life difficult until a search for a new job in a larger city had taken her to the local library, where she met the gorgeous resident librarian, Jessica Palmer. Now if she could only bring herself to do more than admire her from a distance.

Added part 6 of Winning Touch by Kim Pritekel

Added revised part 4 of Duality of Hope and Despair by Adam Chiron

February 24th, 2009

A Day in Our Lives by Minerva [original/alt/complete]
New installment in R place series. A Tara/Gab story.

Added Chapters 21-25 of Destiny's Choice by Karen Hockemeyer

Added part 4 of Redemption by Thorn

We're happy to announce our latest book and eBook by Sandra Barret called In Keisha's Shadow.
Thanks for reading!
Claudia Wilde

In Keisha's Shadow
Sandra Barret
204 pp., 5.06×7.81
$13.95 paperback

Dumped by her high school sweetheart for not being out and proud, bi-racial Tori Kahl struggles with college life, her demanding mother, and the legacy of her dead sister Keisha. Her only escapes are riding her horse, drinking, and cutting herself. Then Ashley, the brash and flirty new boarder, shows up at the stables and not only challenges Tori's top rider status, but shakes her world of self-pity as they cope with the pains of growing up.

More information for ordering can be found at:

The eBook version is available at:

We're offering a Coupon for 10% off all your eBook purchases at the Bedazzled Book Peddler Bookshop
through March 15, 2009. Just enter IDESOFMARCH where it says "Redemption Code" on the checkout page. <g>

February 21st, 2009

-from Steph

Next month the Academy of Bards will begin its 10th year of service. We are proud to have witnessed the growth of what was a new art form in the almost decade since we began.  We have 10 volunteers who work on the site in various areas – each donating many hours of their time in order to keep it running smoothly. Some of the volunteers have thousands of hours of work invested and freely given, myself included.

So why am I stating what most of you know? Recently, one writer was alerted to the possibility that another used some of her ideas and her words and passed them off as her own. It appeared that the two individuals involved dealt with this on their own and decided how to proceed.

But that didn't settle the issue for some people. We were drawn into the controversy, even though the people involved had settled it. Many people asked for and some demanded that we make this issue public and name names, etc. The tone of many of these e-mails was harsh and, in some cases, abusive.

Some were supportive and for those, I deeply thank you. For the others, well, I simply am saddened at the tone. That people were demanding we kowtow to their side (and this really was on each end of it) without doing an investigation is amazing.  There was only one person out of all the emails we received, or were forwarded to me from other lists, who took up my request to help. Thank you for that.

The e-mails came to many of us at our personal e-mail addresses, and some of them were very personal. Some of the exchanges got heated. These were all from people who were not involved in the situation - just people who heard about the issue and came to give us their point of view and dammit, their point of view was the only one that was right.

As I stated before, we're volunteers who do this for the community of lesbian fiction readers and writers. We have always tried to be fair when issues like this come up. It has only happened a handful of times, but each time takes a toll on us, especially when you consider how strident some of the notes can be. When things like this happen it makes each of us question whether the hours we spend maintaining the site are spent wisely.

The stand for our site is to continue to investigate charges. We will not change the way we do things. We are proud of our unbiased and fair procedure which, to this point, had been unwritten.  What we’ve gotten out of this is it’s obvious that we must have the policy posted so people know what steps will be taken. I will get a couple of our volunteers to work on a protocol that protect BOTH sides until there is compelling evidence.

And for the people calling for a “stance” on plagiarism from The Academy of Bards? I would seriously hope it’s a no-brainer that we do not support, agree with, promote nor encourage plagiarism. However, we do support and agree with the idea of fairness and the concept of innocence until proven guilty.


February 16th, 2009

Intaglio Publications, Inc. is proud to announce our February releases:

Tumbleweed Fever by LJ Maas.

Tumbleweed Fever
By: LJ Maas
Release: February 2009
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-933113-51-7
Genre: Romance

Available at www.bellabooks.com and www. http://www.scp-inc.biz/

In the Oklahoma Territory of the Old West, Devlin Brown is trying to redeem herself for her past as an outlaw, now working as a rider on a cattle ranch. Sarah Tolliver is a widow with two children and a successful ranch but no way to protect it from the ruthless men who would rather see her fail. When the two come together, sparks fly as a former outlaw loses her heart to a beautiful yet headstrong young woman.

McKee, The Return by AC Henley.

McKee, The Return
By: AC Henley
Release: February 2009
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-935216-09-4
Genre: Mystery

Available at www.bellabooks.com. And http://www.scp-inc.biz/

Private investigator Quinlan McKee has returned to Los Angeles after a three-year absence, only to find herself embroiled in a world of child slavery and police corruption. Chaos ensues as she finds an unlikely ally in the form of savvy police detective Vivian Walsh, who lives by the letter of the law. Quin unwittingly becomes engulfed in the lives of new friends and old acquaintances during her journey through the seedier side of two cities.

Quin will risk her sanity and her heart while she discovers the truth about a buried past as she travels from Los Angeles back to Chicago where it all began and seemingly all ends. She is pulled into a web of deceit and intrigue as everything she thought to be true is put into doubt. Quin searches for her happy ending where the lines blur between good and evil and friend and foe.

The New Year's Girl by CXW [Über/alt/complete]
Depressed and moody, Natalie Brighton gets coaxed out of the confines of her stuffy apartment for a night on the town with her best gal pal. Quickly, Natalie discovers that love at first sight can indeed occur, and that New Years Eve can easily become the best holiday around.

February 15th, 2009

Ties That Blind by Iseqween [alt/classic/complete]
At the conclusion of Season One's TIES THAT BIND, Xena and Gabrielle ponder personal questions left over from their previous encounter with Ares in THE RECKONING.

Added part 9 of Grappling With The Girl Next Door by Antonia Matheson

Added part 5 of Winning Touch by Kim Pritekel

Added part 3 (revised) of Duality of Hope and Despair by Adam Chiron

February 14th, 2009

Love, love, love, love ... Oh, it unites, you're right ...
~ Callisto

The Academy of Bards Valentine Day Special

Steph has outdone herself once again! Her yearly labor of love has been posted.

Our love to all of you.

February 13th, 2009

We can only learn to love by loving.
~ Iris Murdoch

February 12th, 2009

The heart has reasons that reason does not understand.
~ Blaise Pascal

February 11th, 2009

Love is an electric blanket with somebody else in control of the switch.
~ Cathy Carlyle

February 10th, 2009

Love is the expansion of two natures in such fashion that each include the other, each is enriched by the other.
~ Felix Adler

Added part 3 of A Chance Encounter by Bobbie Halchishak

Added parts 11 - 15 of Secrets, Lies & Deceptions by Cam Taylor

February 9th, 2009

The loving are the daring.
~ Bayard Taylor

February 8th, 2009

Love is the emblem of eternity: it confounds all notion of time: effaces all memory of a beginning, all fear of an end.
~ Germaine De Stael

The Good Parts Version by Geonn Cannon [original/alt/complete]
Patricia Hood-Colby thinks back over her post-divorce life with Jill. Part of my series featuring Patricia and Jill, which begins with "Doing Laundry On Valentine's Day."

February 7th, 2009

Love works in miracles every day: such as weakening the strong, and stretching the weak; making fools of the wise, and wise men of fools; favouring the passions, destroying reason, and in a word, turning everything topsy-turvy.
~ Marguerite De Valois

-from Minerva

It's Minerva. That bitch of a Muse is starting to be real nice to me and I am posting very recent updates to R place, Perspectives, and new stories on my yahoo group as I write them. I'm hoping to shake the White Nights block loose. If you want to take a peek come join the Mindom at themindom@yahoogroups.com.

Welcome to Annette, a new bard at the Academy!
Winter Dreams by Annette [classic/gen/complete]
It is the night of Winter Dreams, when that which we thought unattainable can be ours.

February 5th, 2009

You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have really lived, are the moments when you have done things in a spirit of love.
~ Henry Drummond

All Or Nothing by Spheeris [short/classic/complete]
Set during Season 5 - Aphrodite cares more for a friend than she does for family, but her love doesn't change facts.

-from Intaglio

Sheri Payton and I are very please to tell you, we're releasing Tumbleweed Fever by LJ Maas next month.

Any one who's read LJ's work will know what a great storyteller she was. Before her untimely death, LJ was very happy to have found a home at Intaglio for her work. Well, through our efforts, and the help from LJ's partner, we can release TF and the sequel - Prairie Fire, which will come out later this year.

We've had a swarm of emails about release dates, and we really appreciate everyone's patience.


We are pleased to announce that Del Roberston has been awarded the Alice B. Award's Lavender Certificate (debut author) for The Taming of the Wolffe.

Here's their link- http://www.alicebawards.org/

This is a big honor for Del, and for Intaglio Publications as well.

Kate Sweeney

February 4th, 2009

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.
~ Henry Ward Beecher

Added part 20 and part 21 of Always by Spheeris
Xena is back among the living and on a mission, which Gabrielle is being hunted down. Who is pulling the strings? And will love win out?

Added parts 7 and 8 Grappling With The Girl Next Door by Antonia Matheson

February 3rd, 2009

For one human being to love another that is perhaps the most difficult of our tasks; the ultimate, the last test and proof; the work for which all other work is but preparation.
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

February 2nd, 2009

For one human being to love another that is perhaps the most difficult of our tasks; the ultimate, the last test and proof; the work for which all other work is but preparation.
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Any Day by Minerva [original/alt/complete]
Rewritten version

Reach by Iseqween [alt/classic/complete]
Our girls explore a more traditional version of 'normal' after helping Xena's childhood friend Flora defeat a tyrant in the Season One episode THE BLACK WOLF.

Added parts 6-10 of Secrets, Lies & Deceptions by Cam Taylor

February 1st, 2009

Love is a thing, well, its kind of like quicksand: The more you are in it, the deeper you sink. And when it hits you, you've just got to fall.
~ UB40




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