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February 28th 2012

Added Part 7 of Slam Dunk by Mickey Minner [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

Xena Warrior Princess Season 2 Episode 36: Destiny by Bard [Classic/Alt/Complete]
We sow the seeds of our own destruction. Looking back, it seems so clear; in the moment, nothing is. A classic Greek tragedy is born.

February 26th 2012

The Ghost and the Machine by Zipplic [Original/Alt/Unfinished]
The year is 1838, and Europe is in love with machines, showmanship, and chess. Since the age of ten, Kit has been on tour with "The Rajah", a stage illusion that involves all three. After twelve years on the job, she knows that most people would prefer to be fooled than to face reality. But when the Rajah is summoned to perform at a remote manor house in Austria, Kit will be forced to confront a number of truths about the woman who originally took her from home, and the women who seem to have plans for her future. Over the course of five days, all the illusions will fall away.

Added Part 2 of Haven by Knightales [Original/Alt/Unfinished]

February 25th 2012

Resolutions by Jennifer Jackson [Original/Alt/Complete]
Haley is unhappy with the way her life is going and decides to make some major changes. She vows to eat healthier, get more exercise, and meet new people. However, when she runs into a fumbling, accident-magnet, she begins to rethink the whole "meeting new people" thing. Fortunately for her, the accident-magnet is as persistent as they come.

February 24th 2012

Another new bard joins us this month. A big hello to Maarten Buitendijk.

Unearthing The Past - Prologue, Chapter One and Chapter Two by Maarten Buitendijk [Original/Alt/Incomplete]
This is the story of Evelynne, a first-generation citizen of the Gallente Federation. Follow her as she discovers that a great many things aren't right in her galaxy, in fact have gone terribly wrong...And she finds a great deal of conflict and betrayal, anger and hurt as she and those around her are tested to their limits, possibly losing her life, mind and soul in the process. Will the love and companionship she finds along the way be enough for her to make it through in one piece?

The Inmates by Geonn Cannon [Original/Alt/Complete]
A woman checks herself into an assisted-living center after the death of her partner and tries to move on with the rest of her life. As she settles in to her new life, she discovers things may not be as peaceful as they first appear.

Push/Pull by Geonn Cannon [Original/Alt/Complete]
After an intimate moment takes an unexpected turn, two women decide to leave their comfort zones for the chance of something amazing.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 1 Episode 4: The Witch (Part 2) by Bard [Buffy/Alt/Complete]
For a town with supposedly no witches, Sunnydale is brimming with cauldrony badness. Or is that goodness?

After the Damage was Done 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?

The 'Kimi'Quandary by D.J. Belt [Uber/Alt/Complete]
Can an android be endowed with a soul? In a North American city a couple of centuries in the future,psychologist Amanda Livingston is hired to do just that, and discovers both the professional challenge and the love of her life.

February 21st 2012

Xena Warrior Princess Season 2 Episode 35: Destiny by Bard [Classic/Alt/Complete]
The world is young Xena's oyster. Then Caesar offers her Rome. Can life get any better? Remember, we shape our destiny, for good or bad. Xena sure does.

February 20th 2012

A new bard joins us today. Welcome Zipplic!

Announcement from The Academy of Bards
Author Nene Adams, whose stories we've enjoyed reading on the Academy of Bards, The Athenaeum, etc., suffered the loss of a leg last year. She is needing our help in purchasing a prosthetic leg so she can get out and about, again. She has more detail on her Chipin site. The link is below.

Any financial assistance you can give would be greatly appreciated. She has received 63% of the $6500 she needs for the prosthesis. Here's a great chance to make a big difference in the life of someone that we know and who has given so freely to us over the years.
And please help spread the word.


Shell Game, Shell Game Part 2 - What She Said and Shell Game Part 3 - Whipped by Zipplic [Original/Alt/Complete]
Life in a remote fishing village in the middle of a civil war is neither safe nor inspiring. So, when an opportunity comes along for village girl Lynn to be kidnapped and enslaved by a ruthless pirate queen, she takes full advantage of it. But Darren is neither as ruthless nor as piratical as she appears at first glance- and Lynn's not exactly what she seems to be, either. In between encounters with old girlfriends, a slow death involving marmalade, and bounty hunters with no sense of humour, Lynn and her new mistress attempt to work out exactly what they are to each other- and who's in charge.

Added Part 6 of Slam Dunk by Mickey Minner [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

February 19th 2012

Announcement from Blue Feather Books
Hot off the presses! We're very happy to announce the release of Laurie Salzler's debut novel, A Kiss Before Dawn. This tender romance is sure to appeal to everyone, but especially to all you animal lovers out there. A Kiss Before Dawn,

Country girl Chris Martel has struggled all her life to form strong, lasting relationships. For Chris, love, compassion, and trust are critical. In their absence, Chris has turned to her dog and her horse for the emotional fulfillment she craves. Then along comes Mary Jo Cavanaugh.

Fresh out of veterinary school, Mary Jo inadvertently antagonizes Chris with her overconfident assumptions about how to care for animals. She comes to learn that Chris's practical experience provides both a wealth of knowledge and a friendship unlike any she's ever known.

The carefully built walls around Chris's heart begin to crumble as she acknowledges the unfamiliar feelings evoked by being with Mary Jo. Just as she believes she's found the happiness that had always eluded her, someone from Chris's past comes back into her life, intent on winning Chris's affections, no matter what the cost.

Can the love between Chris and Mary Jo survive so that they can share A Kiss Before Dawn?

A Kiss Before Dawn is available now, in print at, or in e-book format at

Haven by Knightales [Original/Alt/Unfinished]
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? something. Can Kennedy get it right when she doesn't really have a clue?

Added Part 13 and Part 14 of A Guardian's Eternity by Stein Willard [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

February 18th 2012

Announcement from Stein Willard
Hi everybody and especially to all the Guardian Series readers out there. Two years ago you guys planted it my head that I could write and that I was apparently not too bad either. Well, guess what… A Guardian's Touch, the first Book in the series has been published. YAY!!! There are some added scenes and the big bonus is that it's in REAL English this time too.

Just to remind you what the book's all about:

For 2 000 years Tahlia had lived on the fringes of humanity as one of the most powerful and feared Royal Vampires in existence. The only ray of light in her endless brutal existence is the reincarnation of her human lover, Aurora. For the past 20 centuries, the blue-eyed beauty's love added a gentle touch to the otherwise deadly veneer of the Vampire Queen. As protector and lover, she passionately loved her mortal partner and jealously guarded her existence.

But that all changes when her lover's birth coincides with the resurfacing of a cunning and elusive enemy set out to upset the Vampire hierarchy. This time the target is not Tahlia—directly. It does however; threaten the Vampire Queen's existence.

Feel free to harass my publisher at for a copy. I can assure you they will not sue you.

February 17th 2012

Words Unspoken by Cam Taylor [Original/Alt/Complete]
Kennedy Threadgoode doesn't usually do Valentine's Day. In fact, she likes to be single at this time of year, so she doesn't have to make an effort. But this year, she's dating a high-maintenance woman, who expects something. Can Kennedy get it right when she doesn't really have a clue?

February 16th 2012

Announcement from The Royal Academy of Bards
Message from OZ.
WOW! Just WOW! When we asked for a few volunteers to become help Munchkins we were hoping at least a couple of folks would respond.
Boy were we wrong. But in a good way.
We got totally overwhelmed by the response.
I want to thank everyone who answered our "help wanted" message. Our core Munchkins are currently going through the respondents to see who has what kind of computer skills and then make up a gameplan accordingly.
It's going to be a huge task to revamp and revise everything but it will result in a better Academy. Thank you for your continued support.

February 14th 2012

When you're in love you never really know whether your elation comes from the qualities of the one you love, or if it attributes them to her; whether the light which surrounds her like a halo comes from you, from her, or from the meeting of your sparks. ~Natalie Clifford Barney

This special is dedicated to all those who believe in love, even in the darkest of times. And for my special person who changed my life and stole my heart. For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.

February 13th 2012

I love you like crazy, baby
'Cuz I'd go crazy without you.
~Pixie Foudre

KC and Grumps 7 by Mickey Minner [Original/Alt/Complete]

Xena Warrior Princess Season 2 Episode 34: Losing Hope by Bard [Classic/Alt/Complete]
Xena's thread is unraveling and her life hangs in the balance. Gabrielle's love and medical knowledge are not enough. Is this the end? Trust and believe.

February 12th 2012

Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your heart or burn down your house, you can never tell. ~ Joan Crawford

Announcement from Brisk Press
Brisk Press is proud to announce two new books by Susan X Meagher. These books are now available for order in both print and e-Book formats from Brisk Press.

Go to to order your copies.


Most adult women can manage to wake up on time for work. It turns out that Brooklyn York is extraordinary. Yes, she has to be at work at 6 a.m., still…when you have to pay a perfect stranger very good money to be a human alarm clock, it might be time to reassess.

But Brooklyn isn't the most introspective person in town. She's much better at aiming pointed barbs at politicians and celebrities during her mornings on talk radio and her evenings on the college lecture circuit.

Kerri Klein is a wrangler—a talent wrangler. She's very adept at helping celebs stay out of jail and rehab. Actually, Brooklyn is the easiest client she's ever worked with. The only problem is keeping things strictly professional. Brooklyn is charming, generous and kind and Kerri begins to lose the battle. Maybe they could have sex but keep it casual. That wouldn't be hard, would it? Well, would it?

LIFELINE- Book 12 of the I Found My Heart in San Francisco series

Lifeline is the twelfth installment of the I Found My Heart in San Francisco series.

A significant trauma changes lives, and Jamie and Ryan recently learned that lesson the hard way.

The press has been relentless in their pursuit of the couple and both women are more determined than ever to maintain their privacy.

But that determination hasn't made things any easier. Ryan's withdrawn and angry and Jamie's at a loss for how to reach her. She desperately wants to support her, but it's very tough to maintain her own mental health, much less be able to pull Ryan out of whatever dark place she goes when things are tough.

A lovely break over the New Year with Mia and Jordan helps a lot, but when they return the pressure begins anew.

Can they summon the courage and strength to be each other's lifeline back to normalcy?

Angelique Book 3 by D.J. Belt [Original/Alt/Complete]
This is the third story in the Angelique series. It helps to read the first two first, but that's your choice. French-Israeli Angelique and American Laurie are lovers living in Paris. As Laurie's family visits, an Arab jihadist stalks Angelique with deadly intentions.

Added Part 9 of Deadtown by Phair & Anders [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

February 11th 2012

All Love is sweet. Given or returned. Common as light is love, And its familiar voice wearies not ever. ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

The New Dawn by Knightales [Original/Alt/Complete]
This is sequel to The Reunion. It has been over a year since Jamie had changed her life around with Parker. And now she has to overcome her own internal battles before drastic changes are to present themselves...

February 10th 2012

Without love, what are we worth? Eighty-nine cents! Eighty-nine cents worth of chemicals walking around lonely. ~M*A*S*H, Hawkeye

Revised Version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 1 Episode 3: The Witch (Part 1) by Bard [Buffy/Alt/Incomplete]
Sometimes you have to sacrifice a few to save the many. It helps if you are among the many.

Phantom of the Heart by Stein Willard [Original/Alt/Incomplete]
This story is lucky to have a title, because I have no idea where its going. Its basically writing itself. Please bear with me and lets find out together where this tale is leading us.

February 9th 2012

Out of all the people I've ever met, you're the one who makes me draw those silly little hearts on my papers. ~Author Unknown

We would like to welcome a new bard at the Academy. Welcome Knightales.

The Reunion by Knightales [Original/Alt/Complete]
Jamie Singer lost everything. Her job and her girlfriend of seven years. This is the one night she can correct the biggest mistake of her life. Will she succeed?

February 8th 2012

When love is not madness, it is not love. ~Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Announcement from The Royal Academy of Bards
Do you love fanfic? Do you have mad computer skills that you are just dying to show off? Do you find yourself with too much time on your hands?
Well, we want to help.
How'd you like to acquire the title of Academy Munchkin?
Say it with me...A-cad-a-my Munch-kin.
That just rolls off the tongue, doesn't it.
And looks really good on the ol' resume.
The Royal Academy of Bards is looking for someone to help update and maintain the Academy Annex. You will be responsible for updating the different fandom listings with the backlog of stories and then maintaining the listings with the new stories coming in daily.
Come on and join the one of the chosen few.
We'll even give you a virtual office in our virtual headquarters
BUT not the dungeo....ummmm....basement.
That belongs to EVIL J and I.
But you can visit.
We like that.
Bring chocolate.
Oooh, or cupcakes.
Yeah. :o)

Contact us here at the Academy if you are interested.

Revised Version of The Dalton Family Saga: Book One: The Road to Dencotte House by Jenny Frame [Uber/Alt/Complete]
London - 1950. Elizabeth Bentley sets off towards a new life, leaving her small countryside village of Ambleton. There she meets the Mysterious Lord Dalton, who introduces her to friends and a way of life that she could never have dreamed of. Meet the characters and read about the places that will change Beth from a shy naive young girl into a woman.

February 7th 2012

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.
~William Shakespeare, Mid-Summer Night's Dream , 1595

We would like to welcome a new bard at the Academy. A big hello to Jenny Frame!

Announcement from Kim Pritekel
Hey, all! Brand new story on my ebooks website: 'Where One Ends', which is a 55 page story where: Dr. Rachel Henderson is thrilled when her 12 year old emotionally troubled daughter, Courtney finds a friend in 13 year old Mina Culvertson, who has had to be an adult and champion for her dying mother, Tanya. As the years go by, the two are able to comfort each other, and when Mina grows into a young woman, Rachel begins to question her motives. A story of questions, tragedy and walking a line of right and wrong. Check it out at: . And, for right now, all PayPal payments need to be sent to .

The Dalton Family Saga: Book One: The Road to Dencotte House by Jenny Frame [Uber/Alt/Complete]
London - 1950. Elizabeth Bentley sets off towards a new life, leaving her small countryside village of Ambleton. There she meets the Mysterious Lord Dalton, who introduces her to friends and a way of life that she could never have dreamed of. Meet the characters and read about the places that will change Beth from a shy naive young girl into a woman.

Seasonal Passion series, Vol. 5: To You I belong by maggielassie [Classic/Alt/Complete]
After the siege of Amphipolis, our two heroines go back to Cyrene's house, and Gabrielle wants some clear explanations from Xena regarding what happened in Ares' Temple. Cyrene finds out that the Warrior Princess and the battling bard may be more than ‘just friends', before the two lovers get an unexpected godly visit in the evening...

February 6th 2012

True love is when you put someone on a pedestal, and they fall - but you are there to catch them. ~Author Unknown

Sugar Daddy by Alex Tryst [Original/Alt/Complete]
A gender bender PWP for anyone with a cheerleader fantasy. When the game is on, lustful naughtiness ensues. Sunday night football has never been so much fun!

February 5th 2012

You know you are in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams ~ Dr. Seuss

Added Part 5 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?

February 4th 2012

Love is missing someone whenever you're apart, but somehow feeling warm inside because you're close in heart. ~Kay Knudsen

Announcement from Blue Feather Books
Our second release of the year is here! Soulwalker, a gripping, futuristic story by Goldie award winner Erica Lawson, is now available!

Soulwalker , Erica Lawson

A loner. An outcast. A killer.

A hundred years into the future, in a near-totalitarian state, there exists a group of feared Government assassins called The Black Shadow Corps.
They are albinos, able to send their inner shadow to kill in the name of the law.

Tarris Waite is leader of The Black Shadow Corps. But she is different from them, visibly marked by her pale blue eyes. Her teammates consider her a half-breed, to be feared and despised.

A childhood accident left Tarris a paraplegic, yet she has never given up looking for a cure. Asher Hyrea is a medical researcher investigating nerve regeneration, and Tarris believes she may hold the key to her walking again.

But Tarris soon learns that nothing is as it seems. Suddenly, even the most trusted members of her Shadow Corps team are suspect. Could her meeting with Asher be more than mere coincidence?

When her loyalty is questioned, Tarris is left with no choice but to run. She is driven underground, where she discovers a horrifying secret that threatens the very fabric of society. Now Tarris is in a desperate fight to save her life and, more importantly, to save those who turned their back on her. But no one ever leaves the Corps alive.

Don't miss this book! Get your copy now, at, or in e-book format at

February 3rd 2012

We're all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness - and call it love - true love. ~Robert Fulghum, True Love

Storm Gathering by Anders [Original/Alt/Complete]
This is the companion story to (1) bone by starlight , (2) blood hawks , (3) rider on a dark horse and (4) end game . Copies of which are found on my site.

February 2nd 2012

I'm so in love, every time I look at you my soul gets dizzy. ~Jaesse Tyler

Darkest Desires by Alex Tryst [Original/Alt/Complete]
A tale of two women so caught up in their careers and family, they have forgotten what it is like to be lovers, at least until one of them decides to do something about it. Plotting a night of seduction, Carrie takes Jess on a journey of previously unexpressed desires, proving that even after a decade of marriage, there can still be some surprises.

February 1st 2012

Poetry spills from the cracks of a broken heart, but flows from one which is loved. ~Christopher Paul Rubero

A new bard joins us at the Academy. Welcome Twinsparadox!

Announcement from AH-Ladies
Hello everybody, Ah-ladis here with a little announcement: My first vanity press book “On the way” has been published under pen name April H! My story is a revamp of “The Burning Candle” and I do mean revamp. There are some similarities to TBC such as character names and premise but now it takes place in medieval Middle East during the Crusades. Yes, yes reworked stories have been done, done, DONE and you've been told ‘this one is different and better, blah, blah, blah…' of course I believe my creation is different and better etc…but hey, don't take my word for it—read the free sample pages for yourself here: , and different free sample pages here: .

‘On the way' is a Kindle ebook and can be purchased in paperback form available now at . It will also be available in paperback on in a few days. Heartfelt thanks to everyone on the ‘net. Your encouragement over the years made this book possible.

Kardia by Twinsparadox [Classic/Alt/Complete]
Ever wonder where that lovely heart pendant Gabrielle starts sporting in Season 6 came from? Oh no? Just me, then? Well, here's my take on it ;) Xena and Gabrielle enjoy a little moment together. Fluff central.

Added Part 3 of Remember to Breath by Freedom [Original/Alt/Incomplete]
There are two types of people that live in this world. Those that live in the light and those that live in shadow. Those that live in the light spend their lives making this world a better place for no other reason than that they believe it should be. Those that live in shadow spend their lives seeking the opposite purpose. For Lee this in an undeniable fate. This tale is the first section in an ongoing novel. This story will bring you love, hate, hope, despair, forgiveness, damnation, and redemption. It is amazing what you can endure if you remember to breathe.

Revised version of Denial by Rae Magdon [Rizzoli & Isles/Alt/Complete]
Jane's complicated life becomes even more confusing when she asks Maura and her mother to help her solve a murder during her stay at the hospital. But will anyone believe her? Denial v. 2.0, steals a few plot points from Hitchcock's Rear Window.

Added Part 6 and Part 7 - The conclusion of Alternating Currents by Rae Magdon [Law & Order - SVU/Alt/Complete]
Olivia Benson tries to balance a long-distance relationship with Alex Cabot, help her friend Abbie woo the gun-shy Serena Southerlyn, rescue a child, and assist a very different Casey Novak than the ADA she once knew. Will she be able to protect her friends?

What I Want by Rae Magdon [Rizzoli & Isles/Alt/Complete]
"Until this moment, my instinct has been to serve... But I have decided that tonight will be different. Tonight, instead of being possessed, I want to be the possessor." Smutty Jane/Maura oneshot.

All The Pretty Things by Rae Magdon [Original/Alt/Incomplete]
Tess Daubney is preparing for the biggest move of her career: running for the United States House of Representatives to follow in the footsteps of her father. However, she is hiding a deep dark secret, and someone is threatening to expose her. Can a handsome FBI agent help her stop the blackmailer before she loses everything?



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