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April 30th, 2012

Announcement from L-Book
L-Book ePublisher News Release

In just five years, L-Book ePublisher has evolved from a concept to a competitive publisher of lesbian fiction. In order to continue growing while offering the best quality of reading material, we must move forward to the next level. With this in mind, I am proud to introduce L-Book ePublisher's new Production Manager, Annabelle Lamarre.

As Production Manager, Annabelle's responsibilities will be to coordinate, guide and monitor the various stages of eBook and print publications. She will also play an active role on the Submission Board and participate in online groups dedicated to lesbian fiction and publications.

Having worked in two LGBT bookstores and a public library, she has a unique perspective of the hurdles authors, readers and bookstores face in our ever-changing world. She has attended numerous literary conventions, readings and seminars, and is an avid reader herself. With the addition of Annabelle to the staff, I will be able to focus more time on marketing and technology strategies.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions feel free to email Annabelle at .

Roxanne Jones, CEO
L-Book ePublisher LLC

Added Part 12 of Lord Conqueror of the Realm by WarriorJudge [Conqueror/Alt/Incomplete]

April 28th, 2012

Please welcome another new bard. Hello TazGirL

Past Imperfect by TazGirL [Uber/Alt/Complete]
Riley is a tough as nails cop who thinks love doesn't exist. Taryn is an aspiring writer in an abusive, loveless relationship. Can these two woman change each other's lives for the better?

Added Part 5 of Remember to Breathe by Freedom [Gen/Alt/Lee and Riley/Incomplete]

April 24th, 2012

We would like to welcome a new bard today. Hello Jennifer Santoro

The Trek by Jennifer Santoro. [Original/Alt/Incomplete]
Skyler was a beautiful Frendy woman destined to be a great warrior. Literally. Gwen was a Princess betrothed to a human Prince in order to save their realms. Bound by honor and duty, the two women trek West through dangerous lands to fulfill their destinies, while trying to not lose their hearts along the way.

After the Last Time by Wendy Arthur [Original/Alt/Complete]
"When another piece of the set collapses at the Olympian Studios, the police begin an investigation and CJ Carson's life is turned upside down. Will Kate's resilience and strength help them both make it through one of the worst weeks of their lives? Can CJ deal with her fear and her anger? Will the adoption run smoothly after the damage is done?"

Waiting My Whole Life by R. P. Martin [Original/Alt/Incomplete]
Piper and Bean reconcile their differences and before they know it, the fireworks between them explode. At this point in their relationship they reluctantly keep a low profile from Piper's father unaware that their secret is actually being monitored. How will this affect the couple?

April 24th, 2012

Announcement from the Academy of Bards
The deadline approach-eth...soon-ish. April 29 to be exact. You still have time to pull together entries for either or both. It's a fun premise with lots of possibilities. See the BC page for all the details:
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Good luck,

Added Part 10 and Part 11 of Lord Conqueror of the Realm by WarriorJudge [Conqueror/Alt/Incomplete]

Added Part 10 of My Lord Conqueror: Taking Chances by Kennedy Northcutt. [Conqueror/Alt/Incomplete]
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.

Added Part 9 of Slam Dunk by Mickey Minner [Original/Alt/Incomplete]
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?

Xena Warrior Princess Season 2 Episode 42: Orphan of War by Bard [Classic/Alt/Complete]
The lie of the Centaurs plays into Ares' hands. Trouble is: Gabrielle visits. She and truth have this thing going and woe to any ear that lands near her mouth.

April 22nd, 2012

Announcement from Jo Fothergill
The LESBIAN FICTION READERS CHOICE AWARDS were started to provide the readers of lesbian fiction a voice and we are extremely proud that the readers responded. In our sixth award period, members nominated 73 books representing more than 60 writers.

We are very pleased to announce the results of the 2011 LESBIAN FICTION READERS CHOICE AWARDS.

In alphabetical order, the Readers' Favorites are:

Favorite Lesbian Fiction Writer

Georgia Beers
R.E. Bradshaw
Denise DeSio
Susan X. Meagher
LL Raand/Radclyffe
Ali Vali

Favorite Lesbian Fiction Anthology/Short Story Collection

The Old Woman and Other Lesbian Stories by Q. Kelly

Women of the Mean Streets: Lesbian Noir - J.M. Redmann/G. Herren (ed.)

Favorite Lesbian Fiction Romance

96 Hours by Georgia Beers
Before it Stains by R.E. Bradshaw
Jericho by Ann McMan
Parties in Congress by Colette Moody
Sheltering Dunes by Radclyffe
Waking up Gray by R.E. Bradshaw

Favorite Lesbian Fiction Mystery

Cool Side of the Pillow by Gill McKnight

Favorite Lesbian Fiction Adventure

Dying to Live by Kim Baldwin & Xenia Alexiou
High Impact by Kim Baldwin

Favorite Lesbian Fiction Speculative Fiction/Sci-Fi/Fantasy

After the Fall by Robin Summers
Blood Hunt by LL Raand
Indigo Moon by Gill McKnight
Nightrise by Nell Stark & Trinity Tam
Scarlet Masquerade by Jett Abbott

Favorite Lesbian Fiction General

96 Hours by Georgia Beers
Before it Stains by R.E. Bradshaw
Hell's Highway by Gerri Hill
Jericho by Ann McMan
Rose's Will by Denise DeSio

Favorite Lesbian Fiction Historical

Hidden Truths by Jae

Jo Fothergill - LFRCA Administrator

The Way Back by Samantha Paedae [PostFIN/Alt/Incomplete]
Upon her return from Japan, Gabrielle receives a message from an unlikely carrier, and the two embark on an epic quest to revive Xena. Quickly, they become embroiled in a massive conflict that threatens not only the fate of Greece, but that of their souls.

Memory Hunters by Jennifer Jackson [Original/Alt/Incomplete]
Ariel volunteers to help those affected by natural disasters all over the world. While an experienced volunteer, she has never had to surmount so many difficulties while assisting Japanese tsunami survivors. Sexism, ageism, and cultural discrimination nearly derail her efforts. But, one non-traditionalist young woman helps to make her mission successful. Yet, with the loss of her marriage and a tragedy that takes the life of a close friend, Ariel is left to wonder if it was all worth it in the end. This is a story of one soul who travels the globe in search of the reason for her existence.

Heart's Salvation by Carrie Carr [Orginal/Alt/Complete]
Since my latest book, Heart's Resolve, is due to be released on May 10th, I wrote a little short story as a companion piece. Heart's Salvation answers the questions raised in the original short story, "Just Like Old Times"

April 20th, 2012

Added Part 9 of Lord Conqueror of the Realm by WarriorJudge [Conqueror/Alt/Incomplete]

Added Part 2 of Behind the Badge by Karrie V. [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

April 18th, 2012

Announcement from Geonn Cannon
At long last, ladies and gentlemen... the Underdogs novel is available for purchase! I'm so glad to have this out. There are some big changes in the novel that will affect future stories. This is just the ebook release. There WILL be a paperback release at some point in the future, but why make people wait to read the story? :D

UNDERDOGS Ariadne Willow is a private investigator with a secret weapon. She's a canidae , a person with the ability to transform into a wolf at will. Using her heightened senses to track and her shapeshifting to follow people without being seen, she's made a decent business for herself and her associate Dale Frye. When one of the richest women in Seattle wishes to hire her, Ari and Dale think their ship has finally come in. All Ari has to do is observe the client's tabloid-friendly daughter, fresh out of rehab, and confirm that she's truly clean.
Ari thinks the case will be a piece of cake, but a moment of shocking violence changes everything. Soon Ari finds herself backed into a corner with no way out, forced to either run or risk losing everything she holds dear by fighting an enemy with unlimited power and resources. With Dale refusing to leave her side, Ari decides to make a stand to remind her enemies that there's only one rule in betting:
Always bet on the underdogs.

Xena Warrior Princess Season 2 Episode 41: Hooves and Feathers (Part 2) by Bard [Classic/Alt/Complete]
Terreis is the violent past and Melosa stands in the way of peace. Like daughter, like mother, or is there a different path? The future of the Amazons is decided.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 1 Episode 7: Teacher's Pet (Part 3) by Bard [Buffy/Alt/Complete]
Do the dreams end when we awaken? Do they start when we fall asleep? Or do they go as we do?

The Last Ray of a Dying Sun by Bard [Original/Alt/Complete]
The status quo is a fragile thing. One careless breath, one wrong step, one reckless deed, and the dominoes fall.

Added Part 8 of Lord Conqueror of the Realm by WarriorJudge [Conqueror/Alt/Incomplete]

April 16th, 2012

A new bard joins us today. A big hello to Karrie V.

Announcement from Q. Kelly
Hi everyone,
"Switch" is out at Amazon Kindle , Barnes and Noble and Smashwords . It should be out in print in perhaps a week or so. I will update on my website or make a new post when that happens.
I've also added "Switch" to my Kindlegraphs page .
Check out this blog post for a little "set the scene" for "Switch." And here's the blurb again:
Ellora Landry and June Blue Sky meet after they find out a nurse switched them when they were newborns. Ellora and June are forty years old and have led vastly different lives. June, raised by hippie parents, is an out lesbian who has not had the best experiences in the love department. Ellora, from a conservative family, is coming to terms with her lesbian identity and has just left her husband.
Ellora and June experience an undeniable attraction. However, they are reluctant to risk their hearts, especially since that means revealing secrets and telling the entire story behind half truths.
Will they realize that perhaps they were fated to be together since their births? -Q. Kelly

Behind the Badge by Karrie V. [Original/Alt/Incomplete]
Kate Nuccio is a cop, it's in her blood, plain and simple. Elizabeth Rose is an actress meant to be a star at all costs. Kate is coming from a world where allowing herself to feel anything is painful…while Beth is coming from a world where by feeling everything makes her a great success. Can two people from drastically different worlds find happiness?

Added Part 7 of Lord Conqueror of the Realm by WarriorJudge [Conqueror/Alt/Incomplete]

Man of her Dreams by R. P. Martin [Original/Alt/Incomplete]
It all comes down to that exact moment in time where Piper sees the man of her dreams walk into the coffee shop, or does it? Caught in a cycle of what is expected and what she wants, the gallery owner realizes nothing is ever what it seems, especially when it comes to the elusive androgynous Bean.

April 13th, 2012

The Academy would like to welcome a new bard. Hello V. Darms!

Pledged Souls Chapter 1- The End by V. Darms [Uber/Alt/Incomplete]
When the otherwise peaceful streets of Jessica's college town are overflown by riots, she tries to flee back to the safety of her parents home. On her way she gets attacked by a group of bandits. In the last second a mysterious woman dressed in black and with the deepest blue eyes Jessie has ever seen, comes to her rescue...

Pledged Souls Chapter 2 - Together We Walk the Path by V. Darms [Uber/Alt/Incomplete]
Jessica and her savior Senna are hiding in an unfinished skyscraper at a building site until the chaos of the night slowly subsides. Jessie's plan is still to somehow get back home to her parents. When she finds out that Senna is headed in the same direction, she uses her whole charm to coax the dark haired woman into taking her along on the journey. They start off with a search for supplies and retrieving an item Senna simply can't leave behind...

Added Silence - Part 4 by Grit Jahning [Classic/Alt/Incomplete]
She almost lost her soul once. But this time she was going to make sure that it would never happen again. And if that meant conquering Greece and half the world to do it - so be it. This one could be considered an alternative ending to Falling. It isn't, really, but it does pick up an idea from that story.

April 11th, 2012

Xena Warrior Princess Season 2 Episode 40: Hooves and Feathers by Bard [Classic/Alt/Incomplete]
The Amazon nation is gearing for war, starting with Centaurs and then the rest of Greece. Xena and Gabrielle are selling peace but will there be any buyers? Love is about to get tough.

Added Part 6 of Lord Conqueror of the Realm by WarriorJudge [Conqueror/Alt/Incomplete]

Added Part 5 of Haven by Knightales [Original/Alt/Incomplete]
Hayden Oliver returns to her hometown, trying to overcome a tragedy. Maddie Conner finds some sort of refuge in a small town. When their worlds collide, will they be able to go on without crossing any boundaries?

April 9th, 2012

Announcement from the Academy of Bards
Ahhhhhhhhhhhh...spring has sprung and we know that all good RAOB readers thoughts will turn to...a PunZle? Yes, we have come up with a PunZle to go with our Bard Challenge currently underway.
The directions are this:

1) determine who or what each picture represents and

2) tell us what is missing.

Simple no? you go.

Deadline for entries is April 29th, same as the Bard Challenge. Send your guesses to:

One winner will be chosen at random from all the correct entries. If no one gets all the answers correct than the one with the most correct will be our winner. Good Luck.

Added Part 5 of Lord Conqueror of the Realm by WarriorJudge [Conqueror/Alt/Incomplete]

April 4th, 2012

Added Part 4 of Lord Conqueror of the Realm by WarriorJudge [Conqueror/Alt/Incomplete]
During the fourth year of the slave's service to her, the Conqueror is still being tormented by tender feelings she bears her slave.

Added Part 4 of Remember to Breathe by Freedom [Gen/Alt/Lee and Riley/Incomplete]

April 3th, 2012

Added part 5 of Unearthing The Past by Maarten Buitendijk. [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

Slam by JJ Greene
This is just a fun little story in honor of the Final Four. Elena somehow manages to survive an encounter with a few uneducated fans in a sports bar, even managing to get the last laugh. Comments/constructive criticism welcome.

Support women's athletics!

Added Part 3 of Lord Conqueror of the Realm by WarriorJudge [Conqueror/Alt/Incomplete]

Added part 10 of A Chance Encounter by Bobbie Halchishak [alt/über/unfinished]
Kylie Rogers is a young brilliant business woman whose thriving chain of bookstores is the very center of her life. A published and accomplished writer, she also has a hard time making friends. One day after a strange accident, she meets Luce Donovan, a corporate investigator/hatchet man who shows her a moment of surprising kindness. Without expecting to, they strike up a sudden and deep friendship which leads Kylie to a life altering epiphany, forcing her to do some serious thinking about her life.

Sundays on Squire's Isle: Easter Parade by Geonn Cannon [original/alt/complete]
It's time for the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Squire's Isle, and there are some familiar faces in the crowd.

Julia by Bard
Yesterday was the beginning, tomorrow will be the end, but todays stretch endlessly with my best friend.

Idiot Proof by Bard
It is a brave new world, one of comfort and convenience, although a bit overrun with advertising. Welcome to Life with Lenny.



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