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Halloween Invitational 2011


The Royal Academy of Bards Challenge 26
Quoth The Raven, Nevermore


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November 29th, 2011

A new bard joins us today. Welcome aboard XV's Lady Wife!

Announcement from Kim Pritekel
Brand new novella on my ebooks website, !

'Stepping Up': Jillian Salinger is a popular cheerleader from a wealthy family who finds herself in a most delicate condition to her horror. A highly unlikely savior teps up to claim responsibility for the pregnancy in order to save Jillian's reputation as well as possibly her life, as Jillian's father is a hard, demanding man, especially with his only child. AJ Cummings' androgynous good looks win her Jillian's attention. Can her kindness win her heart?

Also, available for the holidays are gift cards for K Productions, where you can purchase a gift card as a gift for someone of $10, $20, $50 or more, and the gift card redeemer gets the stories of their choosing - including future stories - for 10% off the listed price, so your money can go further for them.

Check out for details.
Happy Holidays!

Announcement from Q. Kelly
I have made "The Old Woman and Other Lesbian Stories" free at Smashwords. Once it wends its way through regular distribution channels, it'll be free at BN , iTunes, etc. That may take up to two weeks.
Hope to do Kindle price matching as well. That is, of course, up to Amazon.

This is a limited-time promotion. Get the collection here:
-Q. Kelly
Author of "Waiting," "Strange Bedfellows" and "The Odd Couple" (all available in print and in e-book)
Amazon author page:
Smashwords author page:
Barnes and Noble author page:
Also available in print at

The Love Potion by XV's Lady Wife [Classic/Alt/Complete]
A favourite story of Amazon wisdom about love. Set before the appearance of Xena anf Gabrielle, but we do catch sight of Ephiny, Eponin and Melosa.

Xena Warrior Princess Episode 29: Callisto by Bard [Classic/Alt/Complete]
Xena looked in the eyes of twelve year old Callisto and rejoiced at the hatred directed at her. Eight years later, her creation comes after Gabrielle. When you create monsters, people get eaten.

Added Part 6 of My Lord Conqueror: Taking Chances by Kennedy Northcutt. [Conqueror/Alt/Unfinished]
Xena is no longer Conqueror of the Known World, ruler of Greece or the most feared warrior in the land. After a sound defeat at the hands of Romans and a former ally, as well as a heart-wrenching betrayal by her own brother, Xena is regrouping and preparing to retake Greece and restore her reputation. With the help of a certain green-eyed Amazon queen and her retinue, Xena embarks on a journey to once again conquer the Known World.

November 27th, 2011

Added Part 8 of New Quarters by K-Morgan [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

Added Part 9 of Birdie Part X -Gone by Onesockbard [Classic/Alt/Incomplete]

November 25th, 2011

Announcement from Geonn Cannon
3.12 REIGN IN HELL - Following her loss, Gail Finney goes on a self-destructive streak that results in the death of someone Riley knows. Determined to put an end to the violence, Riley accepts Gail's offer of a final standoff that could have long-reaching consequences for the entire city and could cost Riley something precious. site/?cat=58

Whether you're a subscriber who has been following along all season, or if you've been waiting anxiously for all installments to be up so you could grab them all at once, the end is nigh! The final story will go up on December 2. After that, new subscriptions will be sold throughout December (ending on December 31). The stories will still be available to subscribers after that, but there won't be any new subscriptions sold. You'll just have to wait for the ebook/paperback release (and just to reiterate: all subscription buyers WILL get a free copy of the ebook when it's out!). So if you're looking for a good Christmas gift for yourself, you can't go wrong with angels, angels and sexy sex!

November 24th, 2011

Added Part 2 of Third by Q. Kelly [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

November 22nd, 2011

Dorian's Desire by Capt_Esq [Original/Alt/Complete]
Morgan Alexander has come to a quite New England town to find a new life. What she finds is someone's old one, filled with torment and sorrow. Can the two co-exist in the same house?

Xena Warrior Princess Episode 28: Our Home by Bard [Classic/Alt/Complete]
Amphipolis, the hometown that turned out Xena welcomes her with open arms. Cyrene, her mother, is a different story. A wedding and a funeral balance the scales.

Added Part 3 of Slam Dunk by Mickey Minner [Original/Alt/Incomplete]
SLAM DUNK continues the story of Pat Calvin and Sherry Gallagher started in Fast Break . As Pat and Sherry look forward to a second season of basketball with the Missoula Cougars, they face new responsibilities and increasing pressure to bring home a repeat championship. Can their relationship survive?

Added Part 7 of New Quarters by K-Morgan [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

November 20th, 2011

The Ultimate Uber List is open for link submission from 21st Nov till the end of the month. Links submitted during this period will be verified and posted onto the list in the first 2 weeks of Dec. after which the list will be open again for submissions. Interested parties can drop us an email via the usual submission channels ( and I'll send them an excel template for them to submit the links that they want up. As long as the links are submitted via template there are no limits on the number of links they want included. Links already listed can be updated via the same way.

November 18th, 2011

Announcement from Geonn Cannon
A bare-bones Riley Parra update this week! Due to computer woes with my Magical Webmistress (she's really quite awesome), this week's story won't appear on the site until at least Saturday. In order to make sure everyone gets their fix on time, I'll send out the story as an email Word Document attachment to everyone who has already purchased it (and to anyone who purchases it between Friday and when the story goes up). Hopefully it won't be too long before the official version goes live, but this will hopefully make the wait a little easier to take. Enjoy!

3.11 PECULIAR GRACES - Priest discovers the truth about the mysterious building, and interrupts Riley and Gillian's engagement party to tell Riley of its importance. To her dismay, Gail Finney and her demonic cohort Gremory have also discovered the building. Riley and Priest become trapped inside with their mortal enemies, setting off a life or death battle that could have long-term consequences on the entire city.

November 16th, 2011

Vows of the Heart by Alex Tryst [Original/Alt/Complete]
Follow the lives of your favorite women from "Love in Photographs," "Georgia on My Mind," and "Stick to the Script." Careers, marriage, and children have these six ladies living on a rollercoaster. Will marriages last? Will careers be sacrificed? Will the vows of the heart withstand the tests of life? Find out in the fourth and final book in the New York Series.

Queen of My Country, Queen of My Heart II: A New Era of Queens by Alex Tryst [Original/Alt/Complete]
Princess Alexa is enjoying her life as the country's most eligible singleton. However, her mother the queen insists the time has arrived for her to become a responsible heir-in-waiting and carry on the family line. As Alexa comes to understand what love truly entails for the first time, family discord leads her to ponder life without the throne. What will ultimately win the battle for Alexa's life? The forbidden love or a her duty to her country?

Queen of My Country, Queen of My Heart III: The People's Princesses by Alex Tryst [Original/Alt/Complete]
Alexa and Lauren's girls are growing up in the public eye. As first in line for the throne, Anastasia, a recent college graduate, is focused on enjoying life to its fullest while making a name of her own. Ever her mother's daughter, enjoying the company of women tops her list, but fate has something else in store for the young heir. Love, faith, and war test the eldest princess as she prepares for her time on the throne.

Added Part 6 of New Quarters by K-Morgan [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

Added Part 3 of Beauty and the Bigfoot by K. Lucas. [Original/Alt/Unfinished]

November 15th, 2011

The Harrison-Starr Detective Agency by Norsebard [Uber/Alt/Complete]
Meet Regina Harrison and Stella Starr, the owners of the Harrison-Starr Detective Agency. Unpredictable and unstoppable; undaunted and uncombed, Reggie (the body) and Stell (the brains) always go the extra mile to help people in need. Through various disguises, charades and clever ideas, they go all out to bring the crooks to justice - and as a result, crime fighting has rarely been crazier...

Xena Warrior Princess Episode 27: I, Legend by Bard [Classic/Alt/Complete]
The story of Xena and Lyceus' childhood concludes. The tale starts sweet and grows darker. We have the courtship and first kiss, and the future teases with possibilities of many more firsts to follow. Then it all turns to ash and warlord Xena emerges from the ruins. A legend is born.

Third by Q. Kelly [Original/Alt/Incomplete]
Helen Franklin is horrified when her dying father leaves her a most unusual inheritance: a woman. Furthermore, the woman, Anne, is anything but ordinary. Helen tells herself she does not have time for Anne. Yalia, Helen's wife, has been distancing herself from Helen for three years, and Helen needs to decide if she wants to save their marriage.
Then the unexpected happens; a romantic relationship develops among Yalia, Anne and Helen. Can the three of them figure out their lives together, especially when time might be running out for Anne?

November 14th, 2011

Announcement from The Royal Academy of Bards
Over in our Challenge department we are offering an amazing special...Bard Solstice Challenge #26 is now available for your creative writing needs.
It won't slice, it won't dice and it won't chop but it will challenge your writing skills and creativity.
The Challenge is called Quoth The Raven Nevermore.
I (actually a few more famous sources you may recognize) provided you with a list of possible quotes to be used in your story. You must choose three to use, so choose wisely.
Go here for the premise, the list and the roools:
Good Luck...deadline is December 12th.

The Old Woman by Q. Kelly [Original/Alt/Complete]
Jessica is a pretty good best friend, but she goes too far when she dares Rachel to ask an old woman on a date. Rachel has no choice; otherwise Jessica will do the asking, and Rachel has no intention of humiliating the old woman. Turns out maybe Jessica's idea is not so bad. There is a lot more to Ada than her age.

November 11th, 2011

Announcement from Geonn Cannon
We're closing in on the final few stories of Riley Parra Season Three! Thanks to everyone who has purchased so far! The only thing I'll use your emails for is when the official ebook comes out and I send you a free copy. That's cool with everyone, right? Totally thought so. ~g~ Three more stories after this one, leading up to a finale that could... change... EVERYTHING! I've always wanted to say that.

3.10 THIS HELL BOUND TOWN - A quiet missing person case becomes complicated when a body shows up. After the events of the previous story, Priest finds herself inexplicably drawn to an abandoned building in the center of town.

Announcement from Q. Kelly
Because it's the holiday season (my grocery store started stocking decorations BEFORE Halloween) here's a limited-time promo offer. The price of "The Odd Couple" is $4.99, down from $6.99. Not sure how long I'll keep this offer going.
Buy it at Amazon ( Couple-ebook/dp/B005SJRABU/ref =cm_cr_pr_product_top )
BN ( w/the-odd-couple-q-kelly/10092 39436?ean=2940013367227&itm=2& usri=q%252bkelly )
Smashwords ( s/view/93447 ) Here's part of the latest TOC review on Amazon.
I won't go into the details of this story because other reviewers have already done that. I will say that I've never read this story before. That in itself is an accomplishment since it seems that many romance novels are a rehashing of the same events with different names .... The author has a knack for attractions that overcome great obstacles faced by her characters. Give this story a chance. I think you'll like it.
-Q. Kelly
Author of "Waiting," "Strange Bedfellows" and "The Odd Couple" (all available in print and in e-book)
Amazon author page:
Smashwords author page:
Barnes and Noble author page:
Also available in print at

Added Part 5 of New Quarters by K-Morgan [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

November 9th, 2011

Worlds Collide by Geonn Cannon [Rizzoli & Isles/Alt/Complete]
Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles respond to a call that leads to a confrontation with two figures straight out of the history books. (This is just a fun little story I wrote for a friend's birthday and not to be taken too seriously ;-D)"

November 7th, 2011

Added Part 4 of New Quarters by K-Morgan [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

Added Part 2 of Beyond Always by Carrie Carr [Original/Alt/Incomplete]
Set a year after the events of Trust our Tomorrows , everything is going well for the Walters family. The ranch is prospering, the kids are growing - and Lex & Amanda have never been happier. But when tragedy strikes the family, will it bring them closer together or tear them apart?

November 6th, 2011

What If by Kim Pritekel [Classic/Alt/Complete]
This is a story based on "what if" Perdicus had never been killed by Callisto after marrying Gabrielle, and instead, the two had headed off to Potidea to start a life together. Three years pass, and the gods have more in mind for the warrior and her wayward bard.

A Family Reunion by Kim Pritekel [Classic/Alt/Complete]
This story is my theory on the events directly after A Family Affair.

November 4th, 2011

Announcement from Geonn Cannon
The next story in Riley Parra Season 3 is now up for all you subscribers, and all you procrastinators... four stories left after this one! :D

3.09 THIS MORTAL COIL - Sariel involves Riley in a rape investigation when it seems someone is using feather's from angel wings to make women susceptible to his will. Priest comes face to face with her mortality when she is badly injured while pursuing the suspect.

Announcement from L-Book ePublisher
Two New Releases

The Truck Comes on Thursday
by Sue Hardesty

Lesbian Fiction:  Mystery
Words: 108,000
L-Book Paperback 17.95 - Pages: 370
eBook Price: $ 10.95 - all eBook formats
L-Book Audio: $14.95 - includes all eBook formats. 12:00 hours - mp3

eBook Formats: MobiPocket, eReader, Adobe, ePub
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The loss of her partner/lover in a friendly fire shooting sends LA police detective Loni Wagner running back to the quiet, safe life she remembered in a small Southern Arizona town. There she joins the Arizona Highway Patrol, assuming that she can stay out of trouble driving her night shift on the peaceful desert roads. And she's right except for a plane wreck in a graveyard, a serial rapist, a kidnapping, a murder, a freeway pileup during a dust storm, a tornado, dead bodies, drug runners, and human smugglers. And she thought the streets of LA were dangerous.

But it's what takes place in the light of day that has her life in total disarray as things keep happening in the small town where everybody knows everybody else's business and where things keep coming back to bite her in the ass. She not only works out of the same police station with high school enemies, she has a red-neck sexist police chief who loads her down with jobs beyond her shift that leave her exhausted and sleep deprived. And, on top of her need to help an old friend with troubles he doesn't even know he has, she adds her Native Indian grandparents to her worries: her grandmother is not well, and cattle rustling and vandalism on their ranch is about to break them.

Still mourning the death of her partner, Loni makes an effort to connect with other women she finds intriguing—Jenny, the art teacher, and Tory, the new town veterinarian while she also attempts to avoid dealing with Dorothea, her old high school interest. But it's Lola, the dispatcher at work that Loni believes is straight, who really occupies her mind, the one who challenges Loni to accept what is and to understand what coming home really means.

" I savored every carefully chosen word of this novel. It's fine stuff and the stories are truly priceless. Some of the passages are lyrically beautiful in the way of the desert, and the entire book portrays parts of the Native American culture and the American West with great affection. The pictures Sue Hardesty creates are rich with detail, yet I was caught up in the tale of a hurting police officer come home to start a new. " ~~ Lee Lynch

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Rainbow Inn
By J. Summers

Lesbian Fiction:  General
Words: 41,000
Paperback 9.95 - Pages: 132
eBook Price: $ 6.95 - all eBook formats
L-Book Audio: No Audio

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Kim and Katie purchased an Inn expecting it to be a nice, tranquil, even uneventful way to earn a living. They were looking forward to catering to lesbians from all over the world, from all types of careers and walks of life.

The mixture of guests, friends, music, parties, sun, and fun make Kim and Katie's lives chaotic. Then a private party proves to be more than they bargained for when guests introduce drugs into the mix.

To top things off their private get away to Mexico becomes a wild ride into the dark, dangerous drug underworld where anything and everything is likely to happen.

Available at
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November 2nd, 2011

After Vermont by Wendy Arthur [Original/Alt/Complete]
Life goes on for CJ and Kate as they continue on a blissful wedded journey. Work is busy for both actress and FBI agent. They are happy and together, supporting one another on the everyday path of business and pleasure. But life's path always has a bump or two. Doesn't it? (Sequel to After The Storm and After the Honeymoon)

Added Part 3 of New Quarters by K-Morgan [Original/Alt/Incomplete]
After life turned on a dime for Addy and Karen, it took them to their “New Quarters” in Scotland. They are now together, they are in love and their lives are about to take a whole new turn when Addy has a bright idea that throws them into a new spin. What fun, drama, perils, and adventures could possibly be awaiting them as they face a new life together? Will Karen survive the twists and turns? Will Addy hold her ground? Will there be more miracles? What else could possibly happen in this story to maybe give us yet another one?
Reader be warned: You will laugh and you will cry.

November 1st, 2011

Added Parts 26 -30 of Like Life by Gin [The Devil Wears Prada/Alt/Incomplete]
( Third story in the 'Like' series. Part 1: Like Andrea , Part 2: Like Family ) It's not as much a 'story' as Like Andrea, just a continuation of that universe, much like “Like Family” was.

Sessions by Geonn Cannon [Original/Alt/Complete]
A police detective's relationship is on the rocks when her district attorney girlfriend becomes infected with a vampire virus.(I wrote this story for the Academy's Halloween Invitational, but I thought it was a touch too dark. The story I ended up submitting isn't all flowers and kittens, but this one's ending leaves it up in the air as to whether it's just sad or totally tragic. I leave it up to you!)

Undercover Homecoming by Geonn Cannon [Original/Alt/Complete]
A closeted woman's girlfriend comes up with a way to go back home without revealing her secret. A bit of fluff to make up for the darkness in the other stories!

Added Part 2 of Beauty and the Bigfoot by K. Lucas. [Original/Alt/Unfinished]
Jessica Cooper is a bright, spirited researcher, and doctor of anthropology from Tennessee. Although she loves teaching, her true passion is cryptozoological research, and proving that “monsters” really do exist. During a weekend hunt for bigfoot she meets Constance Blackhawk, a veterinarian that operates her family's farm and has a spiritual connection to the land of her ancestors. The two women are immediately drawn to one another and soon find themselves caught in the middle of protecting the mysterious creatures of legend, and protecting themselves from a maniacal scientist willing to go to any lengths for what she wants. Can love blossom amid a hunt for bigfoot; it most certainly can!

Xena Warrior Princess Episode 26: Lyceus and the Dusk by Bard [Classic/Alt/Complete]
The twilight of childhood is here. The naiveté and innocence of youth are fading yet hope shines brightly. Xena and Lyceus' bond is tested and renewed, and sparks flare in the teenage hearts.



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