The Royal Academy of Bards Challenge #25
The Powers That Be


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June 29th, 2011

Announcement from The Academy of Bards
Dear PunZle-rs
Evil J and I are going off to EVIL CAMP this summer. NO, of course we are not going into hiding. We live for your imaginative (and occasionally gruesome) death threats. It's a coincidence that we are going right before we drop the most beastly, atrocious, diabolical, devilish, iniquitous, evil, sinister PunZle challenge on you.



There are 20 picture Puns.
See, and you say we never give you any info. <.scoff.>

All you have to do is:
#1-Determine the theme of the PunZle and get all 20 answers.

See? Easy.
Oh, you saw that there was a #1 on that, didn't ya?
Right-o. Okay...Yeah, yeah, that usually means that there is something else too. Speaking of which...

#2-Crack the code.

You know the saying...feed a code, starve a Bieber.
(The world should be so lucky <.g.>)


#3-Take a good guess.

The Winner will be the one to get all 20 correct and crack the code. If they also manage #3...they will get a special prize in addition to the regular Winner's prize. If by some miracle...make that M-I-R-A-C-L-E...that there is a tie, then a random draw to determine the winner will be held.

Or I suppose, we could have a PUN-OFF. LOL

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS JULY 9th. Send entries to:
I will acknowledge receipt of it within 24 hours, if I do not, please send it again to or contact me at


The Academy would like to welcome a new bard. Hello Lacey Schmidt!

A Walk Away by Lacey Schmidt [Original/Alt/Incomplete]
Rand Marshall and Katrina Reese are women who think they have it all: dream jobs in places they love, friends to rely on, families to care for, and a sense of purpose in life. A chance meeting in a national park changes what each woman knows about herself. Now they will have to determine if they can walk away from each other without losing what they value most about themselves.

Episode 3: Anarchy by Bard [Star Trek/Alt/Complete]
We place our trust in others and it is returned. Unfortunately, there are snakes who feast on our kindness. Still, in the end, faith is rewarded.

Added Chapter 8 of Dreaming in the Pit by Everett Deane [Original/Alt/Incomplete]
An urban tale of Karima Jenkins, a female ex-criminal who clashes with her tenant Sienna Joffe, a dedicated public school teacher who is instrumental in helping Karima to resist the “pull” of Sincere, a man who has returned from the dead to reclaim his most treasured acolyte, Karima.

June 27th, 2011

Added Part 8 of Turning on a Dime by K-Morgan [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

Added Part 15 of Mountain Memories by Kennedy Northcutt [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

June 26th, 2011

Added Part 9 of Dust by Ann McMan [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

Added Part 10 of I See You by Lady D. [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

June 24th, 2011

Added Part 7 of Turning on a Dime by K-Morgan [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

Added revised version of Unexpected Change by Heidi Dum [Poem/Alt/Complete]

June 22nd, 2011

The Extraordinary Adventure of Brice Johnson - The Sixth Adventure by Silverwriter01 [Original/Alt/Complete]
A year has passed since Brice was dropped into a vat of toxic waste and life has gotten harder for our favorite bus driver. She has shown no sign of mutation, which was her only hope of gaining a superpower, supervillains are chasing her constantly, and Judy Watson wants her children to move out of Brice's home.

Added The Conclusion of Mask of the Highway Woman - Home Sweet Home by Niamh Murphy [Original/Alt/Complete]
The seventh and final chapter; After running away, being kidnapped, escaping, getting caught and running away again, Evelyn has reached her home, only to find her captors laying in wait. Will Bess betray her again? Will she be able to save her father? Can this possibly have a happy ending? The only way you can find out, is to read on… ( My e-mail address for feedback is:

Blondes Have All the Fun by Mochamaker [Rizzoli & Isles/Law & Order SVU/Alt/Complete]
A trip to New York opens more than just the secrets of the heart. Jane and Maura meet several invaluable colleagues and form lasting friendships.

Episode 2: One by Bard [Star Trek/Alt/Complete]
Who is guilty? It is the one who lied to save a friend knowing the dire consequences? Is it the one who deliberately unleashed a killer? Or is it the one that did the foul deed? And if it was not an accident, does the blame rest with the one who perpetrated the original atrocity, setting things in motion? Things are not what they seem; things are exactly what they are. Who is the one?

Added Part 6 of Turning on a Dime by K-Morgan [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

June 20th, 2011

Added Part 9 of Broken Arrow by Mickey Minner [Original/Alt/Incomplete]
(Sequel to Sweetwater, Rolling Thunder, and Fireweed)

Change by Heidi Dum [Poem/Alt/Complete]

My Heart by Heidi Dum [Poem/Alt/Complete]

New Hand by Heidi Dum [Poem/Alt/Complete]

June 19th, 2011

Added Part 2 and Part 3 of deadtown by Phair and Anders [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

June 18th, 2011

Added Part 8 of Dust by Ann McMan [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

June 17th, 2011

Star Trek: UNS Enterprise by bard
A pilot for a Star Trek show about the birth of the Federation, set six years after the events of Star Trek: First Contact.

Episode 1: E Pluribus Unum [Star Trek/Alt/Complete]
The first step on the road to stars was taken on July 20, 1969 fulfilling the first part of the quote "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind". With UNS Enterprise and warp drive comes the leap part, 100 years later.

June 16th, 2011

Added Part 5 of Turning on a Dime by K-Morgan [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

Added Part 9 of I See You by Lady D. [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

June 13th, 2011

The Academy of Bards would like to welcome a new bard today. Hello Mochamaker!

Betrayed Cravings by Mochamaker [Classic/Alt/Incomplete]
Sometimes what you want most is right under your nose.

Deception and Distraction by Mochamaker [Rizzoli & Isles/Alt/Complete]
A drink may do more than just quench the thirst; Jane gets an unexpected surprise when she stops in for a drink at a lesbian bar.

What Are You Reading? by Mochamaker [Rizzoli & Isles/Alt/Complete]
Maura ignores Jane, the baseball game, and everything else in order to pay more attention to her work on the laptop. Jane gets irritated and demands to know what is occupying her friend's attention, but it's not what she assumed it would be.

Plan D #3: A Test of Faith by FlyBigD [Classic-Uber/Alt/Complete]
When Gabrielle decides to take a professorship, at a university, over seventy miles away, she discovers her dream job isn't all it's cracked up to be, as life apart from Xena begins to take on a whole new meaning, and the distance between them grows ever greater, the closer the upcoming semester draws near, tearing at her heart and testing her faith in the woman she loves.

Plan D #4: Saving Grace by FlyBigD [Classic-Uber/Alt/Complete]
After a motorcycle accident lands Xena's body in a coma and her soul in limbo, she is forced to stand helplessly by, as an extended bedside vigil, by her family and friends, begins to take its toll on the people she loves the most.

Plan D #5: Brain Damaged and Loving it by FlyBigD [Classic-Uber/Alt/Complete]
On the mend, but with an arm and a leg still in a cast, Xena's still stuck with life being cooped up in a hospital bed. Until, she and Gabrielle hatch a scheme to to get her home and mobile sooner than expected.

Plan D #6: The Reunion by FlyBigD [Classic-Uber/Alt/Complete]
While attending a reunion, of Gabrielle side of the family, warrior and bard find out one of their relatives is much more closely related than they could have ever imagined.

Plan D #7: Palomino Heart by FlyBigD [Classic-Uber/Alt/Complete]
Completely recovered from the accident, Xena sets about getting her beloved motorcycle back on two wheels, as well, and, in the process, sends Gabrielle down memory lane, to their childhood, and love and sacrifice it took to bring the Palomino Heart, to life, the first time.

I'd Never Let In by Heidi Dum [Poem/Alt/Complete]

Added Part 3 and Part 4 of Turning on a Dime by K-Morgan [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

June 12th, 2011

Free to Die, Bound to Live by Iseqween [Classic/Alt/Complete]
In the aftermath of LOCKED UP, TIED DOWN, Xena and Gabrielle sail away from Shark Island Prison on troubled waters the two must navigate as an inescapable element of their journey together.

Blessed by Heidi Dum [Poem/Alt/Complete]

Lost and Found by Heidi Dum [Poem/Alt/Complete]

Unexpected Change by Heidi Dum [Poem/Alt/Complete]

Added Part 7 of Dust by Ann McMan [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

June 11th, 2011

Announcement from The Academy of Bards
Roses are red
The Summer Challenge is green
Click on the link
To see what we mean. <.snicker.>

The premise is posted
Read the roools carefully
BC#25 is called
The Powers That Be

Make your characters heroes
Let them fly or be strong
Or maybe bad guys
Who don't know right from wrong

Characters, story and powers
It's all up to you
Your title MUST come from our list
Now start writing, go on shooo

Please see the roools/premise page for all the important stuff. Deadline for entries is July 9th. Good Luck.
Oh and for those not bardically inclined...there will be a related PUNzle Contest. Stay tuned.

June 10th, 2011

Announcement from Nikki
My name is Nikki Dodgen admin of Missy Good's Facebook Fan Page I and several fandom admins have joined a grass roots, totally fan based campaign to compel NBCUniversal and Rob Tapert to sit back down at the negotiation table and come up with a way to bring US the fans a Xena Movie with the series stars Lucy Lawless and Renee OConnor. We are asking all Xena fans to join together at our Facebook page Xena 2011 Movie Campaign or . We are trying to spread the word to all Xena fans and are asking everyone to help let others know we are here.

As you know 2009, Rob Tapert walked away from negotiations for a Xena movie because NBCUniversal would not green light a big movie production with stars LL and ROC. NBCUniversal offered $25 million for a direct to DVD release. Here at X2011MC we are seeking some type of happy ending for our heroines, Motion Picture Feature, Direct to DVD ...TV mini-series- just something! But the only way for the powers to be to know the fans are here waiting and wanting is to come together.
We know this is an impossible battle and will take a huge turn out of fans to change the hearts and minds of NBCUniversal and Rob Tapert, but with your added help in spreading the word I know we can make this possible. Please come join our campaign then spread the word to fellow Xena fans and all your friends.
Sincerely Nikki Dodgen

Added Part 2 of Turning on a Dime by K-Morgan [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

Added Part 8 of I See You by Lady D. [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

June 8th, 2011

Added Part 8 of Broken Arrow by Mickey Minner [Original/Alt/Incomplete]
(Sequel to Sweetwater, Rolling Thunder, and Fireweed)

Six More Days of Rain by Geonn Cannon [Rizzoli & Isles/Alt/Complete]
In 1930s Boston, a private investigator and a doctor take on police corruption.

June 7th, 2011

Gray Line Part 2 - The Fallen by Windstar & Zee [Original/Alt/Incomplete]
The contiuation of Zee & Windstar's Halloween Story Gray Line.

Part 1.1  Part 1.2  Part 1.3  Part 1.4  Part 1.5  Part 1.6  Part 1.7  Part 1.8

Surprise by Heidi Dum [Poem/Alt/Complete]
A poem that tells a story of the adventures faced over 4 years. It begins and ends in the same place in time. And includes many life changing events, more than any one person should ever have to face in a single lifetime let alone in a simple span of 4 years.

Added Part11 - The Conclusion of Heart's Resolve by Carrie Carr [Original/Alt/Complete]
Gibson Proctor, a Park Police Officer for the Texas Department of Parks & Wildlife, has returned after twenty years to the rural area she once called home. She's able to easily adapt to the slower pace of the farming communities that surround the town of Benton, Texas, and tries her best to handle the expectations of her family, as well. Gib's comfortable existence is sent into a tailspin when she unwittingly offends Delaney Kavanagh, the fiery-tempered architect who's in charge of repairing the dam at Lake Kichai.
Although Delaney is currently in a relationship, she can't seem to get the amiable officer out of her mind. Not used to the type of attention she receives from the chivalrous woman, Delaney keeps waiting for the "real" Gib to show up. Will she ever accept Gib's acts of kindness as truth, or will she be content to stay in a relationship where she has to constantly fight?

Faekin (Never Forget Me) by Orhea the dreamer [Original/Alt/Incomplete]
Random, average, and just a touch of strange, Kit Larsen reminisces on her life while working in the local pub. So many loves won and lost, so many photos, so many memories. All of them fade quickly into obscurity when her eyes land on two very interesting people. Will her curiosity be her downfall?

June 5th, 2011

Announcement from L-Book Publisher

L-Book ePublisher - Two New Releases

Lights & Sirens
by Jeanine Hoffman

Lesbian Fiction: Romance
Print ISBN: 978-1-934889-79-4
eBook ISBN: 978-1-934889-78-7
Audio ISBN: 978-1-934889-80-0

L-Book Paperback 14.95 - Pages: 262
eBook Price: $ 10.95 - all eBook formats
L-Book Audio: $13.95 - includes all eBook formats. 8:55 hours - mp3

eBook Formats: MobiPocket, eReader, Adobe, ePub
eBook and Audio: Download immediately

Available at L-Book, Bella, Rainbow eBooks, Amazon, Moon Horse Books, Sony eBook Store,

Chloe "Donny" Donavon is a Firefighter/Paramedic who discovers an attraction to, Caity, a dispatcher. She has known Caity for a few years but never thought of her as anything other than a friend and fellow member of the fire department. Their relationship goes against everything Donny has believed about keeping romantic entanglements away from the workplace, especially since she works with Caitys younger sister. Kristy is Donnys mentor, supervisor, and friend at the station. Shes behind Donnys sudden promotion-but that promotion could change her own career as well. Kristy is dealing with things from her past that she can no longer repress. How will that affect her relationships with her protg and crew? What happens when the strongest of the strong finds out that she cant remain an island forever? Lights and Sirens shows a crew of well-meaning men and women who come together to battle fire, fight illness, injury, and death for others-can they hold it together for one of their own?

Print Book Cover
eBook Book Cover

L-Book ePublisher

The Academy would like to welcome a new bard. A big hello to K-Morgan

Turning on a Dime by K-Morgan [Original/Alt/Unfinished]
Karen needed a miracle when she fell in love with the wrong woman. The wrong woman was very wrong. Addy believed in miracles. Addy was the wrong woman. Could the wrong woman be the right one? Could Addy be Karen's miracle?

Deadtown by Phair and Anders [Original/Alt/Unfinished]
Colby pulled her legs tight under her as she looked up at the sunlight streaking through the skylight above her head. Despite the brilliance of the light, she felt tired and cold. This was what it felt like to still be alive three years after Marty went and got himself cut up like a side of butchers beef.

Ice Flames by Phair and Anders [Original/Alt/Unfinished]
A dog lept, snarling with teeth bared going for her throat. It was a small female with tits heavy with milk. She could have kicked it away with a booted foot, instead she struck out without thinking in rage and frustration and sliced the black beast from ear to ear with her silver blade.

Mercury Calling by Fishermensrib [Original/Alt/Unfinished]
She is still looking out the window, lost in her own world. Even in death, his ghost clings to her. He was a selfish bastard. She would never have been free of him. He would have eventually worn her down with his incessant pleas and his copious tears persuaded her to come back to him again.

Added Part 6 of Dust by Ann McMan [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

June 4th, 2011

In Her Arms by Bardaholic [Classic/Alt/Complete]
The experience of holding and of being held.

Winter Kisses by Bardaholic [Original/Alt/Complete]
A loving moment in the snow.

June 1st, 2011

Announcement from Sapphire Books Publishing

Scarlet Masquerade
by Jett Abbott

Print ISBN-13: 9780982860816

Paperback 14.95
e Bundle Price: $ 9.95 - all eBook formats
eBook Formats: LIT, BBeb , pdf, ePub, Mobi
Personalized e Bundle available only at Sapphire Books Publishing

Available at Sapphire Books Publishing Amazon Barnes and Noble

Lesbian Paranormal Romance – Read the first 3 chapters here

What do you say to the woman you thought died over a century ago? Will time heal all wounds or does it just allow them to fester and grow?

A.J.'s cool veneer is peeled back when she sees the love of her life in a lesbian bar, in the same town, in the same day and time in which she lives. Is her mind playing tricks on her? If not, how did Clarissa survive the plague when she had made A.J. promise never to change her?

Clarissa Graham is a university professor who has lived an obscure life teaching English literature. She has made it a point to stay off the radar and never become involved with anything that resembles her past life. Suddenly, her life is turned upside down when someone tries to kill her. She finds herself in the middle of an assassination plot with no idea who wants her dead.

Always Faithful - GCLS Finalist
by Isabella

Print ISBN-13: 9780982860809

Paperback 14.95
e Bundle Price: $ 9.95 - all eBook formats
eBook Formats: LIT, BBeb , pdf, ePub, Mobi

Available at Sapphire Books Publishing Amazon Barnes and Noble

Lesbian Military Romance – Read an excerpt here

Major Nichol "Nic" Caldwell is the only survivor of her helicopter crash in Iraq. She is left alone to wonder why she and she alone. Survivor's guilt has nothing on the young Major as she is forced to deal with the scars, both physical and mental, left from her ordeal overseas. Before the accident, she couldn't think of doing anything else in her life. In fact, she even had sacrificed love for service, but now she questions the very ideals she once believed in. Was it worth it? Sent Stateside to recover, she finds herself at the Marine Corps base in California where her new job is to inform families of a loved one's death. One of the "informs" will change her life forever.

Claire Monroe is your average military wife, with a loving husband and a little girl. She is used to the time apart from her husband. In fact, it was one of the reasons she married him. Then, one day, her life is turned upside down when she gets a visit from the Marine Corps. She finds herself losing a husband but awakening a long-gone side of herself she never thought she would see again. Is she being disrespectful to the memory of her recently dead husband or is she finally being true to who she really is?

Can these two women come to terms with the past and finally find happiness, or will their shared sense of honor keep them apart?

Added Part 7 of I See You by Lady D. [Original/Alt/Incomplete]
Who hasn't loved from a distance? Well, that is what high school teen Morgan Reed is facing. She has had a thing for Dana Campbell since the early years of high school and has never uttered one word to her. Will a certain popular blonde cheerleader ever go for a loner like her?

Added Part 5 of The Old Spies' Home by phair [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

Added Part 14 of Mountain Memories by Kennedy Northcutt [Original/Alt/Incomplete]
The story you've all been waiting for is finally here. Mountain Memories is the much-anticipated next installment in the Mac & Lacey series that began with Desert Dreams and continued with The Journal of Lacey Stephens.



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