What's New june 2009


Femslashday 2009

Royal Academy of Bards The 2009 Summer Challenge


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June 30th, 2009

Added Living in the Past, Book 2: Chapter 7 by Xenamungrrr

June 29th, 2009

Added Part 5 of Twisted Secrets by Mickey Minner

Added part 8 of Innocent Catch by Weebod

Announcement from Bedazzled Ink
Bedazzled Ink is very excited to announce the pending publication of Year's Best Lesbian Fiction 2008, the first annual collection of lesbian short stories published in 2008, selected from over eighty nominations by Fran Walker, author of Lavender Ink: Writing and Selling Lesbian Fiction and judges, Lynn Pierce, moderator of lesfic_unbound and Joan Opyr, author of Idaho Code.

This year's stories originally appeared in Read These Lips: Second Helpings, Haunted Hearths and Sapphic Shades, Periphery: Erotic Lesbian Futures, Khimairal Ink, and Toe to Toe: Standing Tall and Proud. These remarkable stories are by newly-published authors through veterans such as Nebula winner Mary A. Turzillo and Campbell Award for Best New Writer winner Melissa Scott, and range from literary to dark fantasy to light-hearted contemporary fiction. A little something for everyone for the perfect summer reading.

a.. "Sweet Baby Dyke" by Renée Strider
b.. "Silent Journey" by DeJay
c.. "One Horse Town" by Melissa Scott
d.. "The Abomination of the Blue Hibiscus" by Ovidia Yu
e.. "Gay Day" by Sandra Barret
f.. "Mind Games" by Tracey Shellito
g.. "Water Rites" by Mary Douglas
h.. "Games With Chance" by Andi Marquette
i.. "Ewaipanoma" by Mary A. Turzillo
j.. "Kissing on the Ferris Wheel" by Meg White
k.. "Words Like Candy Conversation Hearts" by Kathleen Bradean
l.. "To Dance With No Music" by Lois C. Hart
m.. "The One I Left Behind" by M. Christian

For more information visit:
http://nuancebooks.wordpress. com/books/years-best-lesbian- fiction/

Pre-order your copy:
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Can't wait for the paperback edition? The ebook editions are ready for
download now:
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Thanks for reading!

June 22nd, 2009

Added Chapter 6, Chapter 7 and Chapter 8 of Island of Belleza: For better, for worse by Cam Taylor

June 18th, 2009

Added Epilogue - Part One of When in Rome by Kamouraskan

Added chapter 5 of Taming the Wolf by Sammet

Added chapter 3 of Arena by Sammet

Added chapter 2 of Darkwood by Sammet

June 17th, 2009

Announcement from Bedazzled Ink

A new book from Bedazzled Ink . . .
Do you love women's basketball? You'll love Sweet Turnaround J by P.V. Beck.
"It was going to be the best year of my life. This year we'd go to State and win it all. That's all I thought about. In March, I was going to be cutting down the net and holding a trophy in the air."

Sixteen-year-old All-State, Janey Holmes is devastated, her dream shattered. Her old school suddenly closes over the summer and she finds herself at a new school, on a basketball team that hasn't won a game in over three years.

As the Riverside Ravens climb from a hopeless start to challenge the best teams in the District, Janey learns what happens when her passion for the game and loyalty to her team is threatened by her explosive temper and the free-fall desires of first love.

Official publication date: June 22, 2009

For more information visit:

Read an excerpt:

Rush to SCP to pre-order a copy:

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Remember to use the redemption code JUNEBLOOM when you check out at the Bedazzled Book Peddler for 10% off all the books in your order.

Thanks for reading!

Claudia Wilde


June 16th, 2009

Somewhere only we know by Korkyra [Classic/Alt/Complete]
This fiction takes place after Motherhood. Xena is determined to get to the bottom of what is bothering Gabrielle and is stunned by the bard's confession.

Added Part 4 of Twisted Secrets by Mickey Minner

June 15th, 2009

A new bard joins us today! Welcome Therese Szymanski!

The Interrogation by Therese Szymanski [Original/Alt/Complete]
Trying to avoid going to jail for a murder she didn¹t commit, Brett Higgins grills Sara Bertram. The interrogation takes on a very heated nature when Sara becomes uncomfortable with how much she¹s revealing and how close Brett is getting to finding the real killer.

Added Chapter 5 of Island of Belleza: For better, for worse by Cam Taylor

Added part 26 of When in Rome by Kamouraskan

June 13th, 2009

Added part 7 of Innocent Catch by Weebod

June 10th, 2009

Added part 16 of Badges and Needles By Warriorangel

Added Island of Belleza: For better, for worse (Chapter 3) by Cam Taylor

Added Island of Belleza: For better, for worse (Chapter 4) by Cam Taylor

June 9th, 2009

Added Section II chapter 9 of The Renegade Lady Sheriff by B. Soiree

Added Section II chapter 10 of The Renegade Lady Sheriff by B. Soiree

Dorcas and the Gypsy Part 1
Dorcas and the Gypsy Part 2
by Barbara Davies
England in the 1860s. A young woman confined to a lunatic asylum and a gypsy banished from her clan ... what will happen when their paths cross? Only the cards can predict.

June 8th, 2009

The Royal Academy of Bards

is proud to present

The 2009 Summer Challenge (BC #21):

<.cue the Go-Gos…two, three, four…>


all I ever wanted…Vacation…had to get away…Vacation…meant to spent alone.

EXCUSE ME? I don't think so. <.g.>

The challenge is to write a vacation story.

Heavenly vacation? Where everything goes sooooooooooo right. YES!

Vacation from hell? Where everything goes horribly wrong. YOU BET…THIS COULD BE FUN!

Oh, and set your vacation story in any season you choose. I'm easy. (ask Steph <.g.>)

XWP ‘Verse, Amazons, Uber or Original story…you choose that too.

The catch? None this time. Really.

Be aware of this bonus opportunity: OZ loves Amazons .

Including “known” XWP ‘verse Amazons in your story will get you a point for each Amazon in the story (up to five points max).

There is only one category of competition this time: Best overall story (voted upon by the public)

ROOOL #1: Participants may enter one story.

ROOOL #2: All competing entries will be posted anonymously.

ROOOL #3: If you choose to participate but not compete in the voting category, your entry will be posted with your identification on it. Since it is not anonymous, you are allowed to include any characters that belong to you (from previous posted stories). Please indicate, clearly on your entry whether or not you are competing.

ROOOL #4: Stories must not be longer than 25 pages in an 11 font.

ROOOL #5a: If you are competing, please do not reveal your participation to anyone who has the potential for being a voter…the only exception being…

ROOOL #5b: You may use a beta reader, but please keep the number of beta readers to a reasonable limit…anything more than three will be considered a violation of…

ROOOL #5c: Posting any of your entries on any other sites or lists (private or public) before the end of the contest is a BIG NO NO.

We ask that the entrants who are only participating and NOT competing to voluntarily obey this roool for the duration of the contest. Once the contest is over and the winners are announced, feel free to post EVERYWHERE,

ROOOL #6: There is no number six.

ROOOL #7: Please do not stuff the ballot box or lobby for votes...we at the Academy have gotten very good at identifying this behavior. We won't publicly embarrass you but we will quietly eliminate you from the contest.

The Academy folks are everywhere and know everything…we will find out.

ROOOL #8: The "Roools Committee" aka the Munchkins and I, reserve the final say on everything and anything concerning this challenge.

It's our sandbox <.Nyah.>

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS July 12, 2009, midnight (pick a time zone)…Send it to: academy_contest@yahoogroups.com

I will acknowledge receipt of it within twenty-four hours, if I do not…please send it again to or contact me at PHIL728@aol.com

The stories will be posted online (and open for reading/voting) on July 18, 2009 to celebrate and support the International Day of Femslash.

The WINNER (plus an honorable mention) will get a personalized framed tile and a gift certificate from their choice of one of several popular online retailers.

2009 GCLS Literary Conference and GCLS Literary Awards

http://www.gclscon. com/index. htm

The GCLS Literary Conference is an opportunity for Publishers, Distributors, Authors and Supporters to meet, share ideas, learn and explore the many facets of our growing genre of lesbian literature.

During the weekend of July 23-26, 2009, we will be hosting a variety of events for publishers, authors, supporters and fans with panels, seminars, and workshops focused on encouraging and advancing the art of publishing as well as hosting the Fifth Annual Golden Crown Literary Awards Program.

Plan on joining us in Orlando and taking part in these fun filled events, including door prizes, raffles and many other surprises. The GCLS Literary Conference welcomes everyone. Membership in the GCLS is not required to attend. We hope you will make plans to join us for a fun-packed weekend with your favorite authors.

Missy Good
Special Guest Speaker

Author of the best-selling Dar and Kerry series, Melissa (Missy) Good will be the special guest speaker at the 2009 GCLS Literary Conference. Missy's novels include Red Sky At Morning, Thicker Than Water, Eye of the Storm, Terrors of the High Seas, Tropical Storm, Hurricane Watch, and the soon to be released Moving Target. Long known for her Dar and Kerry series, Missy also scripted two episodes of the infamous Xena Series, Legacy and Coming Home.

Missy will be sharing her experiences about script writing and take part in a coffee chat with fellow authors JM Redmann and Karin Kallmaker.

Announcement from Blue Feather Books
Blue Feather Books is pleased to announce our latest release, a treat for all you sports fans out there!

Playing For First , by Chris Paynter
Lisa Collins feels she has it all as an Indianapolis sportswriter covering the city's minor league baseball team and as a freelancer for the newspaper. Her best friend, bar owner Frankie Dunkin, helps keep her grounded and sane. Her life is uncomplicated- that is until Amy Perry enters her world.

Amy, the all-star first baseman for a professional women's baseball team, dreams the dream most boys do-to play in the major leagues. The Cincinnati Reds are about to give her that chance.

While covering Amy's ascent through the minor league system, out-and-proud Lisa finds herself falling for the closeted first baseman. But as they begin a relationship, something unexpected happens: Lisa realizes her feelings for Frankie Dunkin run much deeper than friendship.

With Amy facing harassment from her male teammates in her quest to break through the gender barrier, Lisa is torn between supporting her and exploring her feelings toward Frankie. Frankie has her own demons to face as painful physical and emotional scars from her past haunt her.

Despite the myriad conflicting emotions raging in Lisa's life, one thing is clear-Frankie and Amy are Playing for First in her heart.

Get your copy of Playing For First now!


The Mirror of Urartu by Kay Bowring - Revised Version [classic/Mel & Janice/Alt/Complete]

June 7th, 2009

Announcement from L-Book ePublisher
New Book Release:

Warrior Demoness by Fran Heckrotte. Book 6 of The Illusionist Series.

She was Sabnock, a demon, who like the Phoenix, lived and died many times because she chose to live amongst mortals rather than spend eternity babysitting the legions of the Underlord. There were no longer battles to be fought in the Underworld so the ex-commander left her realm to live with the humans as human. Falling in love, she now had to choose between her vow to live and die as a mortal or love and live as a demon, not knowing if her lover could accept the truth. The wrong decision would condemn her to a life of lonelinessand for a demon life was eternity.

Note: As per L-Book new release tradition, we are giving away FREE jigsaw puzzle of the book covers of the New Releases. Receive the free gift with purchase of Warrior Demoness eBook. All puzzles are 300 pieces and sizeable to best match different size screens. Free Gift Jigsaw Puzzles by Galore Puzzles. Go to http://L-Book.com for more information.

Thank You for supporting eBooks, L-Books (Audio) and our authors.

The Mirror of Urartu by Kay Bowring [classic/Mel & Janice/Alt/Complete]
Reading through their cache of scrolls after the dig in Macedonia in '40, Mel translates the story of Gabrielle's confusion following Perdicus's death. Now that her best friend inhabits the body of her worst enemy, Gabrielle is unsure what to do. In a far flung part of the Roman empire, Gabrielle discovers the powerful mirror of Urartu in the ruins of an ancient city. Is the story in scroll enought to make Mel & Janice chance the unsure fortunes of war, and try and find the mysterious mirror?

June 6th, 2009

We would like to welcome a new bard at the Academy, sapphire_bard

Sorceress Smith by sapphire_bard [Original/Gen/Complete]
An ordinary blacksmith--if you can call a female blacksmith in a medieval village "ordinary" --is caught up in a rebellion. She chooses to take unusual measures to defend herself and her community.

Announcement from Bedazzled Ink
Bedazzled Ink is proud to announce the first book in The Devil's Workshop series, Several Devils by K. Simpson is back in print by popular demand.

Devlin Kerry is the reluctant creative director in charge of sex at an ad agency. Never mind that she's been celibate for six years-for which she's being haunted by her own personal demon, Monica.

Best friend Cassie has dedicated herself to making Dev's life a living hell and, as luck would have it, is the only person who can checkmate Monica. Can Devlin endure all this devilish havoc and still survive the agency's infamous Halloween party?

Read more about it at: http://mindancerpress.wordpress.com/books/mindancer-classics/several-devils/

Rush over to Star-Crossed Productions and pre-order a copy: http://www.scpbooks.com/SeveralDevils.html

Book available everywhere: June 8, 2009

Available NOW as an ebook at the Bedazzled Book Peddler Bookshop. http://bedazzledink.byethost17.com/bookpeddler

We have a special coupon for all ebooks purchases between now and the end of June. Just enter the Redemption Code JUNEBLOOM when you check out for a 10% discount.

Announcing Lesbian Speculative Fiction group - SF/Horror/Fantasy
I just wanted to spread the word we have a few groups dedicated to Lesbian Speculative Fiction.
The Lesbian Speculative Fiction Global group on Facebook will update periodically on authors work for SF/Fantasy/Horror fiction, in print and online. This group is open to authors and readers of speculative fiction that include lesbian characters. Covered topics including magic, space, fantasy, time travel, horror, and more (*wink wink*).

If you dont have Facebook you can still join the LesbianSpecFic yahoo group. I cross post from one to the other for news update.
To Join Facebook visit: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=51669152760
Or join Yahoo LesbianSpecFic group by visiting http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lesbianspecfic/
Or you can follow LesbianSpecFic@ on Twitter <=O M G! Techno Geek

If you really love reading authors like Jane Fletcher, Gun Brookes, some early Radclyffe , Nicola Griffith , Anne McCaffrey , Piers Anthony, Frank Herbert, and other fantastic authors...support the Lesbian Spec Fic group and keep up with new releases, call for submissions, and general authors discussuon. (*clap clap clap*)

A typical news update would be something like the following:
Check out these links to read about SF news for lesbians and beyond... Here is some of the latest Spec Fic News (in General-straight/ lesbian/new stuff) )
Time Travel Daphne du Maurier 's The House On the Strand Article - interesting read.
http://www.tor. com/index. php?option= com_content&view=blog&id=31701

A neat Interview with Kevin J Anderson (co-author - Dune novels)
http://www.tor. com/index. php?option= com_content&view=blog&id=31745

OH MY GOD Saaaaddd! David Eddings dies Age 77
http://www.guardian .co.uk/books/ 2009/jun/ 04/david- eddings-dies
I read his books over and over Belgariad and others.
Fantastic Sci fi author.

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Some older info that was pretty interesting. .. CORALINE - a nifty article on writer Neil Gaiman and his total wierdness as a writer!!! <g>
http://scifiwire. com/2009/ 01/coraline- director- henry-selick- on-how-not- to-mess-up- neil-gaiman. php

This is not lesbian based but still spec fic related. Its a link to the Science Fiction books listed for the TOP 1000 Novels you should read in your lifetime.
http://www.guardian .co.uk/books/ 2009/jan/ 22/1000-novels-science-fiction-fantasy-part-one

Solitaire by Kelley Eskridge
Ammonite by Nicola Griffith
Fire Logic by Laurie J. Marks

A link to more Science Fiction for Lesbians
http://www.lesbians ciencefiction. com/LSFCharbyAut h0002.html

The Hive Mind is a group of like-minded writers who share a love of the speculative fiction genre —in all its forms—including science fiction, fantasy, horror, and the supernatural. The Authors of the Hive Mind have between us, a number of publishing credits both online and in print ( http://wrywriter. com/Hivemind/ )
The collective is a part of a new approach to online publishing made possible by the Internet, in looking to reach out to connect with their readers directly. Our aim is to share new works that have never been previously published or posted anywhere else, making The Hive Mind a one-of-a-kind, one-stop hub for our readers to visit and enjoy our work. This content will include anything from: novelettes, short stories, flash fiction , chapters of serialized novels, and maybe even the odd podcast.
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Happy Fathers Day ( June 21st ) - JLNicky

June 5th, 2009

Added part 10 of Grappling With The Girl Next Door by Antonia Matheson

June 4th, 2009

Added Part 3 of Twisted Secrets by Mickey Minner

Announcement from the Academy
We have a new Bard who is asking for help to translate her spanish story into english. The story is approximately 8 pages long. If you would like to help please contact her under keire_gijon@hotmail.com

Island of Belleza: For better, for worse (Prologue)
Island of Belleza: For better, for worse (Chapter 1)
Island of Belleza: For better, for worse (Chapter 2)

by Cam Taylor [Uber/Alt/Incomplete]
No longer a teenager, Rayna is now faced with adulthood. Married and having children of her own, she has to face grown-up problems while faced with a new threat to the women of Belleza. It's not only Rayna with issues, Keera is unhappy and Bedilia and Gayle are having problems of their own. Does life ever run smoothly?

June 3rd, 2009

Riley Parra: Open and Shut, No. 2 - All Mortal Flesh by Geonn Cannon [Original/Alt/Complete]
Part of my continuing Riley Parra series, the second in the "Open and Shut" series. These are short stories that take place between the larger stories that make up the rest of the series. All of my Riley Parra stories can be found as free PDF downloads on my website: http://www.geonncannon.com/riley_parra.html
Riley Parra, Open and Shut No. 2: All Mortal Flesh
Immediately following the story "Losing My Religion," Priest encounters another angel during her recuperation.

Added part 5 of A Chance Encounter by Bobbie Halchishak

June 2nd, 2009

We would like to welcome a new bard at the Academy, ShyBard

Dark by ShyBard [Uber/Alt/Complete]
Seventeen year old Beth is sent to live with her father, whom she has not seen in several years. She is dismayed at the condition of her "new" home and school. Beth encounters a tall, black haired girl who, at first, she believes to be her nemsis. Soon, though, it becomes clear that Toni is her biggest defender and ally.

PD Announcement
Barb and I are very excited to announce that we've signed two new titles and we have two new releases available to purchase. First, the newly available books:

  • Mickey Minner's Fireweed is available for purchase. Jesse and Jennifer continue their adventure and, of course, trouble is always around the corner!
  • Koda Graystone's The Path Taken is available for purchase. Nicky searches for a new path for her life. She meets up with Jay while walking the Pacific Crest Trail and their path together is filled with both beauty and danger.
Both of these titles can be found at SCPBooks.com, or your favorite bookstore, along with other PD titles.

Next, two new contracts have been signed by talented authors. These titles are to be in print Summer 2010.
  • L.T. Smith (Fingersmith) has signed her latest story, See Right Through Me.
  • Geonn Cannon has signed his latest story, The Following Sea. Don't forget that Geonn has a recent release, Gemini, that is available as well
Thanks for supporting these and all the PD authors! ~ Linda

God Backwards by IseQween [Classic/Alt/Complete]
Horace gives his canine perspective on the 6th season’s OLD ARES HAD A FARM, in which the former God of War must adjust to the mortal state he chose to save Xena in MOTHERHOOD.

Announcement from the Academy
Infamia by Vivian Darkbloom is now available in four parts


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