|Academy of Bards Contest #23
Take Me Out To The Bard Game
May 30th, 2010
The Sauna by TheGuardian [Classic/Alt/Complete]
May 26th, 2010
Message from OZ:
Now without further delay, allow me to announce our winners:
In the SINGLES category:
In the DOUBLES category:
In the TRIPLES category:
In the HOMERUN category:
Our HOMERUN DERBY winner sent in 5 Grandslam entries (stories M, N, O, P and Q) for a total of 40 points:
and we are adding one extra winner category that I did not purposely announce. I didn't want to influence the HOMERUN DERBY category but I was hoping that someone would attempt to HIT THE CYCLE. And someone did.
CONGRATULATIONS to all our Bard Winners and a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the Challenge. SPECIAL THANKS to our two participating but not competing entries by D and McFluffy.
BTW...D won the bet. Just as she predicted, y'all picked the Trevi Fountain (pic #1) inspired story as your favorite.
Now is where I remind everyone that the Bards are sharing their talent with you for free and I ask the readers to go FEED THE BARDS and they, of course, reply..."You betcha, on my way to do that right now Oz."
It's good to be OZ.
I would like to ask our participating Bards to drop me a line or two. I would like to know if there is a particular challenge format you enjoy more than others. Do you like pictures or scenario set-ups or word lists or single word prompts best? Would you prefer we keep the challenges holiday/season themed or just open them up? Do you like the idea of them being open to all fandoms, uber and original characters? Word limits? I'd like your input. PHIL728@aol. com
Lastly, the PUNZle. Oh yes, the EVIL J/OZ concoction to warp your senses and challenge your brain cells. Did we succeed? Judging from the comments sent in with the entries...that would be a big YEPPERS. LOL
As you know, we like to tie in the PUNZle with the challenge theme...in this instance, it would be baseball. So did you see the Gotham batsignal in the sky? That was J's subtle way of telling you it had to do with Gotham (New York) batmen. All the answers were the nicknames of players who at one point in their careers played for either the New York Yankees, New York Mets, New York Giants or Brooklyn Dodgers. The answer key is posted. AND YES...the last answer was particularly 'punny' and oh so evil. Okay, make that E*V*I*L.
So I'm wondering if our winner AJ ajaldo@verizon. net is celebrating the win or trying to figure out if Brain Bleach will remove all traces of EVIL J and I from their brain.
LOL Oh and btw, all you New York baseball fans...a Red Sox fan won. I find that incredibly ironic and hysterically funny. Now before you start throwing stuff...I was born in New York and I am a Mets fan. However, I really, really do not like the Yankees. <.ducking.>
So until next time...remember. ..IF YOU READ'EM, then FEED'EM
May 25th, 2010
L-Book ePublisher New Book Release
Strength in Numbers by Jeanine Hoffman . Romance. http://L-Book.com/jh-sin.html
All formats: eBooks, Paperback, Audio eBook and Micro/SD Memory Card.
Four women. One ran from her best friend years ago but wants to make amends, if she can. A second has buried herself in work for so long she isn't sure she knows how to do much else. The third has traveled and played the field, while playing some of the finest golf courses of the world. And the fourth is the best friend that had her heart broken so many years ago. She hasn't trusted many since.
All four women have things to face about themselves and the others.
What do these women have in common? A crisis. Their lives are all about to turn upside down and the outcome can only be determined by their faith in the saying, There is Strength in Numbers.
Note: As per L-Book new release tradition, we are giving away Free jigsaw puzzle of the book cover. Receive the free gift with purchase of Strength in Numbers any format. All puzzles are 300 pieces and sizeable to best match different size screens. Free Gift Jigsaw Puzzles by Galore Puzzles.
Thank You for supporting our authors, eBooks, L-Books (Audio) and paperback.
May 24th, 2010
Message from OZ...
May 22nd, 2010
May 19th, 2010
Riley Parra : Ride Along by Geonn Cannon [Original/Alt/Complete]
Revised Version of Part 1 of Dreamin In The Pit by Everett Deane [Original/Alt/Incomplete]
Added Part 2 of Dreamin In The Pit by Everett Deane [Original/Alt/Incomplete]
Added part 8 - the conclusion of First Time by Kim Pritekel
Announcement from Kim Pritekel
May 19th, 2010
Motel Daze by Sandra Barret [Original/Alt/Complete]
My Name Is Brianna by Rae D. Madgon [Original/Alt/Complete]
May 18th, 2010
Added part 7 of First Time by Kim Pritekel
Announcement from Kim Pritekel
May 17th, 2010
Two new Bards join us today. Welcome Sacchi Green and Fishermensrib!
Healing by Sacchi Green [Original/Alt/Complete]
Synopsis: New Hampshire State Trooper Jo Benoit turns to the natural surroundings of the Mount Washington Valley to help her heal from wounds—both physical and emotional—incurred in the line of duty. But nature has more tools for healing than just deep forests and mountain vistas, as Jo discovers when summer-theater actress Katzi Burns makes offers she can't refuse.
Note: I'm editing an erotica anthology (my sixth) on the theme of Lesbian Cops. If anyone would like the guidelines, contact me at sacchigreen@ gmail.com . The deadline for submissions is August 1, 2010. Original fiction only.
The Secret Life on Annabelle Lee by Fishermensrib [Original/Alt/Complete]
Announcement from Kim Pritekel
May 16th, 2010
Announcement from Blue Feather Books
In Come Back to Me, author Angie Cantinnini (who writes under a male pseudonym) is brought back together with the love of her life, Meryl McCain, whom she hasn't seen in more than a decade. Meryl is the book review editor at the prestigious New York Banner, and has no idea that the book she's just ripped to shreds in her article was authored by none other than Angie, writing as Zach England. Fate has reunited them, but Angie's secret identity and a painful past trauma from Meryl's childhood threaten to destroy their happiness. Their hearts beckon to one another, "Come back to me," but can they overcome the barriers that have kept them apart?
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Someone is killing beautiful young college women in Pennsylvania. Angela Wedgeway and her softball teammates worry who the killer is and who the next target will be. Mysterious Shelley Brinton enrolls at Spofford College and joins the softball team - stealing Angela's position at first base in the bargain. Losing her spot on the ball field is the least of Angela's worries when another murder victim turns up in a nearby town. As Angela and the others learn more about Shelley, they can't help but wonder if she's tied to the murders in some way. Angela befriends Shelley and soon becomes her only ally. Late one night in a dark chemistry lab on campus, Angela discovers that she has a lot to learn about Shelley and the murders. Who is Shelley Brinton? And will Angela regret Staying in the Game?
Added part 6 of First Time by Kim Pritekel
May 15th, 2010
Welcome to a new bard at the Academy, Foxfire!
Coming Home for a Coming Out by Foxfire [Classic/Alt/Complete]
Added part 5 of First Time by Kim Pritekel
May 14th, 2010
First Time by Kim Pritekel [Original/Alt/Incomplete]
May 11th, 2010
Gabrielle In The Underworld by Norsebard [Classic/Alt/Complete]
May 7th, 2010
White Fever II - Dames Dollars And Death by Norsebard [Über/Alt/Complete]
May 6th, 2010
Announcement From The Academy Of Bards
The writing part of Bard Challenge #23 is now over. It's time for the readers to step up to the bat.
We gave the Bards 18 pictures to use as inspiration for their stories. And inspired they were...we ended up with 32 competing entries and two non-competing entries. This time around you get to vote for five stories. Yep, FIVE. One in each category of competition. One single, one double, one triple, one home run and one grand slam. Read the entries and pick the ones that you like best. Deadline for voting is May 22nd. Just click on the voting links at the bottom of your chosen entries to send in your votes.
As for the non-competing entries...please read and feed. The one (or actually 10) written by D was a direct result of my asking. Ok...begging. LOL Even though this entry is not competing…D and I have a side bet going. So if you are so inclined, please drop me a line at PHIL728@aol.com and tell me which story bit (of these ten) you liked best. Moo Juice and Oreos are on the line here. Yes, it's that serious of a bet. <.bg.>
The answer key of the PUNzle will be posted soon but we will hold off announcing the winner until we announce the winners of the writing challenge. Yes, we are that EVIL. duh.
Now go read, go vote, go feed.
May 4th, 2010
Added Part 4 of The Icarus Reversal by Adam [Multi fandom Crossover/Alt/Incomplete]
May 2nd, 2010
Academy Munchkin Ruth reporting back from London...
White Fever by Norsebard [Über/Alt/Complete]
Anybody's Girl by Iseqween [Classic/Alt/Complete]
Bad Dreams by TheGuardian [Classic/Alt/Complete]
Added Part 8 (conclusion) of Lost And Found by Kim Pritekel [Original/Alt/Incomplete]
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