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October 31st, 2009

Announcement from The Royal Academy of Bards
The Halloween Invitational stories are now online. Enjoy! Bwahahaha

October 30th, 2009

Announcement from Brisk Press
Susan X Meagher and Brisk Press are pleased to announce three new book publications. The Legacy, Outsiders and Intentions: Book Nine of the I Found My Heart In San Francisco series are available for purchase.

The Legacy and Intentions , both by Susan X Meagher, join All That Matters , Arbor Vitae, Cherry Grove, The Lies That Bind, Girl Meets Girl and the first eight books of the IFMHISF series at the Brisk Press online website for purchase.

Outsiders is a new anthology published by Brisk Press. Authors Lynn Ames, Georgia Beers, JD Glass and Susan Smith team up with Susan X Meagher to present 5 novellas in one book. An outstanding collection of original fiction with an underlying common theme.

If you are interested in owning any or all of these wonderful lesbian novels log on to www.briskpress.com/catalog.html . All books purchased on the Brisk Press site will be autographed by Susan. All titles are in stock and ready for shipment.

October 29th, 2009

Announcement from Kim Pritekel
Hey, all! I had my eye surgery this morning, and it was totally successful, and immediate! I was actually able to read a text message 15 minutes after the fact. Amazing. I have to go back to the doc off and on for the next three weeks so they can check on my progress, as well as for me to get fitted with some glasses, which will help my vision even more. So, overall, I'm gonna be okay!


The pic is me in recovery, about 5 minutes after surgery - just enough time to put my own shirt back on.

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

Announcement from FighterInLove
Today, after four years of her passing away, I want to say these words to her and to all her fans and to people who knew or not her.
Lori Jo Maas was the best author ever read in the known world. For me, she was the most talented Xena fanfiction writer, her novels are amazing and as much as I can, I will proclaim that.
While I were through the Xenaverse, (`cause we won't ever let Xena go away), I found at academyofbards.org her fanfictions, her amazing stories. I fell in love with them at that right moment.
I went through:
THE QUEEN SERIES: An extremely well written story, with all the details taken care. Intense love between our favorite couple, a great drama.

OUR LITTLE WORLD: So cute and tender. You will feel automatically identified with the characters.

MERIDIO'S DAUGHTER: 10/10, amazing. This story is very original. What I admire and I love so much about these stories is that LJ represents Xena in all the über fics perfectly. I've read many other great stories but I would stay unsatisfied by the end. LJ has the Xena we know very concretely: Tough, bad tempered, beautiful, passionate, smart, a real warrior. A love story in contemporary Greece.

NONE SO BLIND: This fic is so original, so genuine. Again, very well portraited characters: Taylor and Torrey. You will think: "Hey! Warrior, are you d*** blind or what!". But at last, you'll have what you so much expected since the beginning.

TUMBLEWEED FEVER: First, I was coming around this story, but I was a little held back by the warning of the lack of sex content (what a good girl I am!). But once I got in, I couldn't stop reading! I was at three, four, five in the morning still reading it. So, I highly recommend you not to read it at 10 p.m. For me, this is the best story of all. I watched Conagher and I really loved it. He really behaves like Xena (Devlin Brown). Oh, Dev, she's d*** sexy! Wow! I hope someday I can become a rider too.

THE CONQUEROR SERIES: Maaaaaaaan, I can't describe this completely. Ave Lion of Amphipolis, Lord Conqueror of the known world! Not a bad Conqueror, but a passionate, incredibly intelligent, amazingly gifted warrior. Xena! Xena! Xena! "A mighty warrior princess forged in the heat of battle, the power, the passion, the danger". Yes yes yes yes yes.

And I could stay here making a thousand comments about these stories, but well, I know that anyone who reads them, will have most of my thoughts.
She's got these two books published too: Prairie Fire (a sequel to Tumbleweed Fever) and Rebecca's Cove. I heard and read so many good comments about them! I'm on my way getting them!
LJ... She's talented indeed. Wanna read some really good books? Have her over your bed-table.
You will not get disappointed.
I feel my heart sad and happy. Sad because we will not get more artworks from her. Happy, because she made truly a good contribution to humankind. Thanks God for it. Thanks God for her.

LJ Maas, you will live forever in our hearts.


October 25th, 2009

Added Part 9 of Twisted Secrets by Mickey Minner

October 21st, 2009

A new bard joins us today! Welcome Jennifer Alexander Robinson!

MUSINGS: The Bard & The Warrior by Jennifer Alexander Robinson . [Poem/Classic/Alt/Complete]
A campfire scenario. This is a Xena and Gabrielle vignette, composed as a lyrical story. This story is interspersed with episode references and dialogue snippets from series 1-6. There is more than a little extra blurring of the Xenaverse timeline here.

October 18th, 2009

Welcome the the Academy, Kennedy Northcutt

A Nation's Pride by Kennedy Northcutt. [Classic/Alt/Complete]
This story takes place several months after the events of the third season of Xena. It includes references to the episodes The Bitter Suite, One Against an Army and others that touched on Britannia, Chin, Velasca and the rift that developed between Xena and Gabrielle.
When Xena and Gabrielle arrive at the Amazon village, they are in for more than they bargained for. When a sudden illness takes Gabrielle down, Xena must help the Amazons deal with a threat that could undermine their chances for a peaceful future. Will Xena's efforts on behalf of the Amazons end in disaster? Will the gods interfere, once again? Or will past prejudices and present animosities change the landscape forever?

October 16th, 2009

Announcement from Bedazzled Ink
Hi! Our stories this month are diverse and entertaining. They deal with death, discoveries, and chocolate. Tales that crack the door open for a peek beyond the box and make you wonder if perhaps you should step outside. Enjoy October's issue of Khimairal Ink with authors Anna Caro, Stephanie Bonvissuto, Michael Merriam, WE Marten, and TraceyShellito.
You can find them here:
Thanks for reading!

October 15th, 2009

Welcome the the Academy, Azul Bard

And There She Went by Azul Bard. [Classic/Alt/Complete]
Xena's thoughts after Gabrielle marrying Perdicus in Return of Callisto.

Announcement from Mavis Applewater
Book Signing

Just in time for Halloween, Mavis Applewater, award winning author of Whispering Pines will be appearing at True Colors Books, 4755 Chicago Avenue, So., Minneapolis, MN. Visit

www.truecolorsbooks tore.com or www.yomavis. com for more information.

Available from Blue Feather Books Tempus Fugit and the award winning novel Whispering Pines.
For these and other titles visit www.yomavis. com
Check out the videos at www.youtube. com
http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=nTzEmvUtTxk
http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=inBD4iqX7Mk

October 11th, 2009

Added Part 8 of Twisted Secrets by Mickey Minner

October 10th, 2009

The Path Taken by Annazon Fox.
Shortly after Xena comes back to life in "The Quest," Xena and Gabrielle travel with two of their Amazon friends to an annual Amazonian festival. Gabrielle believes the festival will provide the perfect backdrop to tell Xena of her love for her. As can be expected, complications ensue and Gabrielle find that she must make a difficult choice.

October 9th, 2009

Added Part 4 - The Conclusion of Fractured by Erin O'Reilly

Added Part 4 of Just A Breath Away by Colleen

October 8th, 2009

Added Part 2 of For a Song by Sapphirebard. [Original/Gen/Incomplete]

Announcement from Kim Pritekel
Hello, all. As you know, the auction is over, and it was a COMPLETE success! The surgery and aftercare is going full speed ahead. You guys are amazine, and I've raised plenty to see me through this. THANK GOD! since I will have to see a retina specialist after, as well as buy two paris of glasses - reading and glasses to drive. Yes, my friends, I will be able to drive for the first time in my life! I'm 33, guys. I've never been able to get a license. Any of you in Denver - WATCH OUT!!! lol

Anyway, for you kind donors, I am sending out emails to you as I get payment for your books or items. So, be patient with me. I promise, if your item was won, you'll know about it. : D

Thank you all again, from the bottom of my heart. And, I wanted you to know that with some of the extra I was given, I am going to make a donation in the Xenaverse's name to Lucy's Starship Foundation, as well as I"m going to buy gloves and McDonald's gift certificates to give out to Denver's homeless. Pay it forward, guys.

All my love, Kim Pritekel

October 6th, 2009

The Extraordinary Adventures of Brice Johnson, Bus Driver: The First Adventure by Silverwriter01.
These are the extraordinary adventures of an ordinary lesbian who lives alone with her pets and just happens to drive a bus for a superhero high school.

October 5th, 2009

Added Birdie's Song X - Gone Part 2 by Onesockbard.

October 4th, 2009

Added Part 3 of The Surviving the Storm by Alice D.

October 3rd, 2009

Added Part 3 of Fractured by Erin O'Rielly

October 2nd, 2009

Announcement from BedazzledInk
We are shifting our publication dates to the middle of the month. The October issue of Khimairal Ink will be out on October 15th. Get ready for great stories by Anna Caro, Stephanie Bonvissuto, Michael Merriam, WE Marten and Tracey Shellito. Meanwhile, check out previous issues: http://bedazzledink.com/?page_id=238

Claudia Wilde

October 1st, 2009

Announcement from Intaglio Publications
Hello Everyone, Sheri Payton and I are very pleased to announce something new and exciting. Intaglio Publications is now offering ebooks as well as our printed books. Please visit our website http://www.intaglio pub.com and follow the link to the ebook page. I've uploaded a flyer here, to the files section, so you can see what titles are now offered. In the near future, we'll have all our titles up, and what I'm really looking forward to—having holiday sales throughout the year.

At Intaglio, we're constantly trying to make sure every reader is satisfied, and able to enjoy our books in any media that's available. So, please check out the new ebook store and let us know what you think. We love the feedback.

Thanks for your time, and keep reading! Kate Sweeney and Sheri Payton Intaglio Publications


Announcement from Insane Englishwoman
This is a quick note to apologies to anyone reading my unfinished tale Tin Soldier, where a British soldier loses her legs and is temporarily blinded. The apologies are because this tale is likely to remain unfinished. I began it with every intention of completing it and having my soldier find a future with the nurse who helps her through. I had received the next three chapters back from my beta, had made the required corrections and was ready to post them.

And then a bomb went off in Afghanistan. A 19 year old British soldier was caught in the blast. He lost a leg immediately. The second became infected and also had to be amputated. He was left temporarily blinded and it was touch and go whether his sight came back. I don't personally know him but he is a friend to some acquaintances of mine. From them I have heard of his struggles to regain his life. He doing better, he has a new baby son. And he has (through some very painful processes) recovered partial sight. He's still got a long hard road ahead of him. Recently he featured in a BBC documentary along with several others similarly injured, whose lives are now far from the way they expected.

I always intended my character to go through hell, I wasn't going to gloss over how hard it is to recover. But she is just a character. And suddenly writing some light romance, no matter how much I put her through, seemed almost insulting in the light of his blood, tears and sweat and that of all our dead and injured. I found myself unwilling to post the chapters I had completed and unable to continue the story.

I don't know if I'll ever be able to continue it but, for now, readers should be aware that it will most likely not be finished. I am very sorry.

Insane Englishwoman


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