The Royal Academy of Bards Challenge #28

You Have Been Chopped


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December 29th, 2012

Announcement from Geonn Cannon
This year, each month I wrote a story on my fictional island Squire's Isle. If you missed a month, you can now catch up in a free ebook available at Smashwords!

SUNDAYS ON SQUIRE'S ISLE A small, mostly unremarkable island in the Pacific Northwest where same-sex couples don't have to face secrecy or discrimination and are allowed to be together openly. "Sundays on Squire's Isle" focuses on the most prominent couples on the island for one day each month, providing a snapshot of the island over the course of a year. By the end of that year, lives will be changed and romances will evolve, and the citizens of Squire's Isle will discover that sometimes big changes don't happen with fanfare. Sometimes lives can be changed during the course of a quiet Sunday afternoon.

The Curse of the Pharao by Fiur & Vlamme [Mel & Janice/Alt/Unfinished]
Five years after the hunt for the 'Xena Scrolls', Janice, working for a rich art collector, is trying to solve the riddle of an ancient scroll.
With the help of Melinda she discovers a mysterious amulet in London. Together with Mel's fiancé, they go on an adventure, leading them to Egypt. They soon realize that there is more behind the search for the treasure of the Pharaoh than they thought at first...

XWP Post Episodes Series - Season 1 by Jinxie [Classic/Alt/Unfinished]
This a series that takes place between episodes. The stories build upon the TV series and it is advised that you watch the episodes then read the post-episode (this story) in between. I will write a post-episode for all 6 seasons. Each season will be posted as it's own story with multiple chapters.

What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? by JS Stephens [Original/Alt/Complete]
Rosa was out Christmas shopping when she ran into her old friend from high school, Susan, and they exchange numbers. She sees her again at the Christmas Eve services. Is it too soon to make New Year's plans together?

Added Part 10 of To Mend A Wild Heart by Mikaeli Hooper [Classic/Alt/Incomplete]

December 27th, 2012

Announcement from Stein Willard
I have a million people to wish a merry christmas and a happy new year to, but this is not their year. This year I want to wish the best Christmas and the Happiest New Year to a bunch of people I've never met, but whom I feel deserve it more than anyone readers. Guys, you were in my head and have journeyed through my thoughts with me. You've fallen in love me, cried with me, laughed with me and hated my enemies with me. This might reach you too late, but even if Christmas has passed and the New Year's swallowed the old, I simply can't forget your impact on my life. To each and everyone of you who've read one of my stories or bought any of my've made my year! I can't ever thank you enough for spendijg your valuable time reading my stories or even your hard earned money buying my books, but I thank you. Through your emails, you've made me smile and blush, but you've inspired me all the way. As a so-called writer, I believe writers rock, but our readers RULE. You're a great bunch and I wish you and yours a happy and safe holidays!

Last but not least...the academy munchkins...these guys volunteer their time, away from family and work commitments, to entertain you. I hope more writers, me included, remember to thank them for that. Munckins you ROCK and RULE!!! Thank you for what you're doing...uhm I mean...LOL.

Take care, guys, and hope to hear from you again in 2013!

Stein Willard.

Announcement from Ann McMan
"A Christmas Tree Grows in Baltimore" arrives just in time to stuff your favorite stocking. This delightful holiday misadventure reunites the characters of Diz and Clarissa, exactly one year after the events chronicled in Ann McMan's 2011 Academy Solstice Challenge-winning story, “Nevermore!” It's Christmas Eve, and an old fashioned blizzard has descended upon the city of Baltimore, wreaking havoc on everyone's yuletide celebrations. Diz and Clarissa—the Nick and Nora of lesbian fiction—wrestle with time, the elements, a stolen minivan, a cranky Christmas tree salesman, and each other to bring a spot of much-needed joy to a lonely widow. It's hijinks, love, and Schnitzel on ice in this irrepressible holiday romp.

Here's where to find it:

Ann McMan Author of Jericho , Dust , Sidecar , and Aftermath .

Added Part 23 and Part 24 of January Thaw by CJ Wells [Uber/Alt/Incomplete]

A Merrier Christmas by K-Morgan [Original/Alt/Complete]
Hello Everyone!
For all of you asking about the next Karen and Addy story . . .
I'm still working on it! BUT... since it's Christmas,
I thought I'd let you know what happened on Alex's first Christmas.
Happy Holidays!

Added Part 9 of To Mend A Wild Heart by Mikaeli Hooper [Classic/Alt/Incomplete]

December 21st, 2012

Today a new bard joins us. Welcome Phineas Redux.

Anything to Anywhere by Phineas Redux [Uber/Alt/Complete]
This is an Uberfic set in 1942. Zena Mathews, a young New Zealand woman working as a pilot in the Britiah Air Transport Auxiliary, is given a dangerous mission over enemy-occupied Europe accompanied by her new navigator, Gabrielle Parker.

Added Part 7 and Part 8 of To Mend A Wild Heart by Mikaeli Hooper [Classic/Alt/Incomplete]

Added Part 12 of A Chance Encounter by Bobbie Halchishak [Alt/Uber/Incomplete]
Things are going great for our lovely duo when Luce's troubles at work rears its ugly head. And both women come to a rather startling realization that terrifies both of them.

A Question of Loyalty, Part 2 by Norsebard [Classic/Alt/Complete]
After reuniting in Palladia, Xena and Gabrielle use their many skills to defend the town and its residents from the Amazons. Queen Melosa and Corianyx, the leader of the ruthless band of fanatics known as the Wild Boars, continue their quest to restore the Amazon Nation to its former glory - and now, they have set their sights on the biggest town in the region, Palladia...

December 17th, 2012

Added Part 3 of Parcel of Trust by Kerry McNair [Original/Alt/Incomplete]
The book centres around two characters called Casey Alder and Jodie Flynn. Casey is a mid-twenties cycle courier in London and lives in the area of Finsbury Park which is in the North end of London. She rents a first floor flat from an older lady, who lives in the ground floor of the house. The lady insists that Casey calls her Aunt Essie and she treats her like another grand-daughter. Casey is known as a player though out the gay scene, and is happy with that. That way it is easier to be safe. A childhood in care can make you uneasy of relationships.

Aunt Essie, though feels that Casey could do with being in a relationship, and would love for her to meet her grand-daughter Jodie. This proves harder than she thought and the two girls keep missing each other. Then Casey is shot and sees another person killed as she does a late night pick up for her job.

Added Part 16 of Hollywood Dreams by Fiur & Vlamme [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

All I want for Christmas of Hollywood Dreams by Fiur & Vlamme [Uber/Alt/Complete]

A Question of Loyalty, Part 1 by Norsebard [Classic/Alt/Incomplete]
Traveling close to Amazon lands, Xena and Gabrielle experience first-hand that Queen Melosa has started an all-out war against the neighboring villages and that she is supported by a band of highly skilled warriors who are fanatic followers of the old beliefs. While Xena stays behind to help a town build its defenses, Gabrielle travels to the Amazon camp to try to get Melosa to stop the devastating attacks...

December 16th, 2012

Queens Tarranna and Chandral by Denise Ann [Original/Alt/Unfinished]
The characters in this story are from Queen Tarranna of Georstrie . If you are not familiar with them, it would be best to read it first. This story takes place in an alternate universe where the twins Tarranna and Chandral were not taken from their mother and were raised at home. In this reality they became Queens of Georstrie but Queens who allowed slavery. Gardenya has been destroyed, the ruling family killed. Lili and Tashan are refugees fleeing to Georstrie when they are captured and made slaves of the Queens.

Added Part 2 of Afterglow by Sten Willard [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

December 14th, 2012

Favors of Furtune - Part 4: Beautiful Mess by D [Original/Alt/Complete]

Added Part 6 of To Mend A Wild Heart by Mikaeli Hooper [Classic/Alt/Incomplete]

December 13th, 2012

Announcement from The Academy of Bards
Okay Judges (Readers)...Our Bardic Chefs have taken a few mandatory ingredients (the quote "Lay on MacDuff, a snowglobe and a sparkler) plus our pantry items and did their Bardic magic to turn them into a tasty little appetizer story (500 words or less) for you. You have until Sunday to try them out and vote for the one you think made use of the ingredients in the the most creative way and turned out the tastiest dish...ummm...story. <.g.> Use the voting link at the end of whichever story you only once and only for ONE story. Mangia.

You Have Been Chopped

December 10th, 2012

Added Part 15 of Hollywood Dreams by Fiur & Vlamme [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

Added Part 5 of To Mend A Wild Heart by Mikaeli Hooper [Classic/Alt/Incomplete]

A Battle of Hearts and Minds by DUS [Xena&Ares/Het/Complete]
(Pairing: Xena & Ares) ll that we see or seem, is but a dream within a dream. - Edgar Allan Poe. Of course they also say 'A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,' but when Dahak's intentions on ruling both Olympus and Earth once and for all with a new line of Destroyers bleeds into the picture, will wicked betrayals and unexpected deaths finally overcome Xena's thirst for revenge with the darkness of hatred and violence, or is there still time to save the day? How will Gabrielle cope, and what do a God of War, a rose and Callisto have in common?
Note from DUS: I'd like to introduce a new Xena: WP fiction for the holidays. Please enjoy, there's a *special surprise/game* waiting for you all inside! Send all trivia answers to FFN via the 'reviews' section please:

December 6th, 2012

Added Part 4 of To Mend A Wild Heart by Mikaeli Hooper [Classic/Alt/Incomplete]

December 5th, 2012

Afterglow by Stein Willard [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

Added Part 11 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?

Added Part 3 of To Mend A Wild Heart by Mikaeli Hooper [Classic/Alt/Incomplete]

December 4th, 2012

Announcement from Bluemoonwriter
Hi there,
Not sure if you recall but I'm actually a writer :) It's been a while since I've last posted anything but I'd kind of like to hope that people still remember my stories fondly, or at least remember them period..
I'm in need of some financial help and so figured I might as well offer something I know how to do... so I'm offering my writing services. In other words, I will write a story by demand. If there is something specific you would like to read, a particular plot with particular characters, that is what I will do.
I have set up a paypal account (though I'm quite new to that as well and don't really know how to use it) where the order/request can be sent along with the payment. I am not planning on putting a price on these stories as I think each person who orders should pay whatever they feel is fair. The account is:
which also serves as my email where anyone interested can of course contact me.
Thanks in advance,

December 3rd, 2012

A new bard joins us today. Welcome DUS.

Announcement from Geonn Cannon
It's finally here! This year I took way too long getting everything together with the season, so I decided to forgo the subscription process (which would have spread out the release for a few months) and just skip ahead to the full ebook release. People have waited long enough (the last story of Season 3 was posted in December of last year, I think. Yeesh, bad author, no biscuit!) and I wanted the entire season to be available at once when it finally "premiered." This is like getting the DVD box set without seeing it on TV first. Hopefully that's a good thing instead of a bad thing.
RILEY PARRA SEASON FOUR The war is at a detente, but the battles rage on...

With the war on hold until Marchosias names a new champion, a group of acoyltes for the side of Good arrive in the city to bolster Riley's advantage through the power of prayer. But a lack of hostilities doesn't mean there's peace. A new demonic player soon begins making his name among the Five Families, making a power play that would consolidate every demon in the city under his command. Riley chooses the devil she knows over an unknown threat, but bringing down the new arrival may cost her more than she ever thought possible.

Faced with powerful and unexpected enemies, her loved ones threatened by danger both supernatural and mundane, Riley makes a monumental decision concerning her status as champion and discovers that peace just may be more destructive than all-out war.

Available at, through my website's store ( ), or Smashwords ( ) for a variety of non-Kindle formats.

Food for Thought by DUS [Xena&Ares/Het/Complete]
(Pairing: Xena & Ares) A short one shot taken from Xena's POV in 'Ten Little Warlords' about her thoughts on Ares' mortality and the kiss that almost happened aboard Sisyphus' ship.

Added Part 14 of Hollywood Dreams by Fiur & Vlamme [Original/Alt/Incomplete]
This extraordinary story about love and schemes is set in present Los Angeles, in the glamorous world of movie making, among the society of the "rich and the beautiful".

December 1st, 2012

The Academy would like to welcome a new bard today. A big hello to Denise Ann!

Announcement from Sapphire Books
New Release from Sapphire Books Publishing

Executive Disclosure
by Award winning author - Isabella

Available at Amazon Barnes and Noble Kobo

Lesbian Romance and Intrigue – Read the first 3 chapters here

When a life is threatened, it takes a special breed of person to step in front of a bullet. Chad Morgan's job has put her life on the line more times that she can count. Getting close to the client is expected; getting too close could be deadly for Chad.

Reagan Reynolds wants the top job at Reynolds Holdings and knows how to play the game like "the boys". She's not above using her beauty and body as currency to get what she wants. Shocked to find out someone wants her dead, Reagan isn't thrilled at the prospect of needing protection as she tries to convince the board she's the right woman for a man's job.

How far will a killer go to get what they want? Secrets and deception twist the rules of the game as a killer closes in. How far will Chad go to protect her beautiful, but challenging client?

Queen Tarranna of Georstrie by Denise Ann [Uber/Alt/Complete]
(WARNING: Contains non explicit same sex partnerships. Please do not read this if this will offend you. Non explicit domestic violence is discussed as is slavery and physical assault. )

Queen Tarranna of Georstrie is the introduction to the characters in a series of yarns. As such, it focuses on the characters and how they interact with each other. The main character is Tarranna who was born into a world where four of the five surrounding kingdoms are ruled by murderers, slavers and dictators.

This is story about a young girl who fights her way out of an abusive childhood to become Queen. It tells of how she develops as a person and finds love and a family.

Georstrie slowly becomes a land ruled by Queen Tarranna who is determined to exterminate evil, slowly and forever. Even if it means destroying the foundations of the world she currently lives in. In order to build this better world, Queen Tarranna is on the cusp of building a new religion, societal structure and even creating a little magic.

Added Chapter 15 of It Should be Me by Mikaeli Hooper [Classic/Alt/Incomplete]
This is the last installment of the series, sequel to I Will Be and Turning Tables. Xena has left Gabrielle once more and returned to Amphipolis where she receives a letter with heartbreaking news. Will she finally be able to fix things with Gabrielle or is she much too late?

Added Part 2 of To Mend A Wild Heart by Mikaeli Hooper [Classic/Alt/Incomplete]
The Conqueror is fighting inner demons after Cleopatra's slave's betrayal. But with security problems, a royal wedding, plans to conquer Rome and a palace full of famous people, the Conqueror finds herself losing the battle with the beast inside of her. Until someone shows up at her palace for the Spring festival. This is the sequel to To Tame A Wild Heart.



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