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July 26th, 2013

A new bard joins us today. Welcome The Bumbling Bard aka Nancy Ann Healy!

Salvation by The Bumbling Bard [Classic/Alt/Complete]
This story begins more than 10 years after the death of Xena. It is a story of relationships, questions and unavoidable truths. It is also an adventure. What happens when Lucifer organizes the legions of hell and recruits the Phoenician Gods to be his emissaries on earth? Lucifer seeks to bring hell into the mortal realm and to rule beyond his own domain, both heaven and earth. How will heaven respond? Can the warrior princess return and how will that impact Xena's family? A story of friendship, love, passion, loss, power and the belief in something greater than oneself.

Added Part 8 of Xena & Gabrielle: A Turn of Fate by Ahkiken [Classic/Alt/Incomplete]

Added Part 8 of The Conqueror & Ri: A Twist of Destiny by Ahkiken [Classic/Alt/Incomplete]

July 24th, 2013

Added Part 13 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?

Added Part 12 of Afterglow by Stein Willard [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

Added Part 4 of 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?

Double-Word Score by Geonn Cannon [Original/Alt/Complete]
Two women bond over a series of Scrabble games.

Added Part 24 of Princess of the Realm by Warriorjudge [Conqueror/Alt/Incomplete]

July 19th, 2013

We would like to welcome Nataraja at the Academy.

The Conquest of the Heart by Nataraja[Conqueror/Alt/Complete]
Xena the Conqueror has almost completed her four year quest for a united Greece and is not looking forward to settling down in Corinth. She rescues an innocent spunky farm girl from slavers and finds that even her hardened heart has a soft spot for the energetic trouble magnet named Gabrielle. One adventure leads to another and they both find that they love life on the road together. Will they be able to forgive Xena's dark past and persevere when a touch of the Gods takes Gabrielle on a journey with the Amazons?

Added Part 10 of Chronicles of Darkness Book Two - Heart of an Angel by Fiur & Vlamme [Classic/Alt/Incomplete]

July 17th, 2013

Added Part 7 of Xena & Gabrielle: A Turn of Fate by Ahkiken [Classic/Alt/Incomplete]

Added Part 7 of The Conqueror & Ri: A Twist of Destiny by Ahkiken [Classic/Alt/Incomplete]

Added Part 8 of Joint Venture by KMorgan [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

Added Part 6 of Traumatic Love by Capt_Esq [Über/Alt/Incomplete]
Nydia Gilman is a trauma doctor who has lost her way. She no longer gets the satisfaction out of her job that she used to. Along with that, Nydia is now forced to work closely with the police, a group she long ago lost respect for and now distrusts. Along comes Detective Jo Powers. Can Jo change Nydia's views, or will she only live up to Nydia's low expectations?

Isle of the Mist by SC Knight [Original/Alt/Incomplete]
This is a story set a few years into the future. An old country but new to the world has decide it is time that they enter into the mainstream of the world. The country (Rainier) is a little different then what the world is normally use to. Because of their advance knowledge in science and other ares, the world has demand that they assist in educating the rest of them. In order to meet the new demands the Royals need to send their daughters into the public eye to help. Some will find friendships, some will fine love, some will find heartache, and one will find their soul mate.

July 14th, 2013

Added Part 15 of A Chance Encounter by Bobbie Halchishak [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

July 12th, 2013

Last Words from the Harrison-Starr Detective Agency - Part 1 and Part 2 by Norsebard [Uber/Alt/Complete]
For the fourth and final time, Stella Starr and Regina Harrison return with their special mix of zaniness, outrageous costumes, madcap chases and tons of sweet lovin'. No crook is safe with the unstoppable and unpredictable Stell and Reggie in the house - pickpockets, cheating husbands, armed robbers and warring ice cream vendors stand no chance against the intrepid, hard-working investigators of the Harrison-Starr Detective Agency...

Added Part 23 of Princess of the Realm by Warriorjudge [Conqueror/Alt/Incomplete]

Announcement from Warriorjudge
I wish to let you know that I'll be traveling to Norway from July 12 till July 21 and so I won't be posting next week.

July 10th, 2013

Added Part 35 of Hollywood Dreams by Fiur & Vlamme [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

Added Part 6 and Part 7 of Joint Venture by KMorgan [Original/Alt/Incomplete]
Between raising Alex and racing a horse, Karen and Addy have their hands full. Then there is the matter of the fire and the dead bird in their front yard. Not to mention how a storm brings about an unexpected chapter in their lives. Will the women survive the growing pains? Will Alex be up to her challenges? Will Karen and Addy? And will JP ever change? Be prepared for new twists and turns -- you'll never guess what happens here! And.....for those who've wondered if the stories are real, you may be in for a surprise!

July 7th, 2013

Announcement from Sherri Rabinowitz
I am so excited about this special episode of Chatting With Sherri! Our guest is the wonderfully talented Hudson Leick. In Xena, Warrior Princess she played the complicated and fascinating Callisto. She started a series of wonderful Yoga Retreats all over the world. She is an amazing Spiritual Counselor. And she has just come out with a cd that we will talk about on the show. She has graciously consented to answering fan questions during the last 15 minutes of the show. So get your questions ready.

Added Part 11 of Afterglow by Stein Willard [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

Added Part 6 of Xena & Gabrielle: A Turn of Fate by Ahkiken [Classic/Alt/Incomplete]

Added Part 6 of The Conqueror & Ri: A Twist of Destiny by Ahkiken [Classic/Alt/Incomplete]

Added Part 22 of To Mend A Wild Heart by Mikaeli Hooper [Classic/Alt/Incomplete]

July 5th, 2013

Added Part 22 of Princess of the Realm by Warriorjudge [Conqueror/Alt/Incomplete]
Queen Gabrielle is with child and the Conqueror is anxious.Instability in the north behooves the Conqueror to make a momentous decision which greatly effects her firstborn's life and drives a wedge between her and her family creating discord that threatens to destroy her Empire.

July 2nd, 2013

Announcement from The Royal Academy of Bards
Hi Y'all.

It's that time of year again. Yep, it's JULY and you know what that means...

That's right…it's Feed the Bards Month and Hall of Fame nominations time again.

Or as I like to refer to it…”Time to go earn your Academy-keep OZ, you Lazy-Butt.”

You see I am the reader of the emails and world-class voting machine.

Yep, my little ol' eyes and all my fingers and toes.

Okay, so here is what YOU have to do...

First...It's FEED THE BARDS month. We ask that you rabid readers go on a feeding frenzy and stuff those Bardie mailboxes until they burst. Let the folks who continue to write and share their talents with you (FOR FREE) know how much you appreciate them. We ask that when you send your emails to the individual Bards, you CC or BCC us at .

The person who feeds the most Bards, in July, will get a personalized prize designed by the world famous Academy Artists and be named FAN OF THE YEAR.

Second...It's HALL OF FAME time. We ask that you vote for your top 3 Bards and your top 5 stories or series.

Please review the previous winners (from 2005-2011) here:

(You don't want to waste your votes on Bards and Stories already elected---once they are in…they are IN FOR LIFE.)

The only criterion is that the Bards and Stories nominated must be hosted at the Academy. The Bard must have at least one story (any story) posted at the Academy. The nominated Stories must be housed at the Academy. The exception to this is Missy Good. (She houses the Academy---her stuff is in a different room but the same building which, btw, she owns. Yep, she's the landlord.) However, I am pretty sure everything she has ever written is already in the HOF…well, maybe not her latest grocery list but…if it finds its way to the internet, it is fair game.

Also, the stories and Bards do not have to pair up. That is to say, you can nominate five Bards and then five stories written by five other different bards. In addition, if the Bard is already in the Hall of Fame, you may continue to nominate other stories written by that Bard, if you deem them HOF worthy.

Which Bards tickle your fancy, drive you to dramatic distraction, or consistently keep you up all night reading their latest offerings? Which stories are so well written you go back to reread them again and again even though they are engraved in your memory forever? Did one of our recent invitational stories or past challenge stories make a big impression? New favorites? Old favorites? Now is the time to honor them. We will take all your votes and tally them up. By ‘we', I mean me. <.g.>

Yes, I do have a mouse in my pocket...his name is Henry.

The top 3 Bards and top 5 Stories will be our inductions for 2013. The Academy Munchkins will also honor a Bard with a Lifetime Achievement Award as well. But you won't find out who that is until the end of the month. Neener, neener, neener.

These Bards and Stories will receive a special banner on their pages indicating they are your Hall Of Fame choices, as well as listing on the Hall Of Fame main page. In addition, the Academy would love to send each Bard a special personalized item to commemorate their induction. The voting period will run until July 30th. Then we will count up your selections and announce the new Hall Of Fame members. Please list your choices (3 Bards/5 Stories) in a single email and send it here:

Why a single email? I have to count them (hanging chads and all) and I'm from Florida...'nuff said.

AND one last thing…The International Day of Femslash is July 20th. They have all kinds of cool stuff planned for that weekend. You can find more info about the FemslashCon at

The Academy of Bards Staff would like to once again express their deep appreciation to all the Bards who continue to share their talents and provide entertainment and, in some cases, enlightenment to readers everywhere.

Now...go read, go feed, go vote, go write. :o)


Added Part 34 of Hollywood Dreams by Fiur & Vlamme [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

Love Me, Love my Dog by Geonn Cannon [Original/Alt/Complete]
An Underdogs Volume 2 story, set after the events of the first novel. Ari and Dale exchange notes on their anniversary.

Announcement from Geonn Cannon
The second novel in the Underdogs series ( Underdogs: Beware of Wolf ) is coming out tomorrow in ebook form! It'll be available at Amazon, Smashwords, my website's store, B&N, Kobobooks... wherever you buy your ebooks, you'll be sure to find it on July 1.

Everyone in Seattle knows the name Melody Louise Scott. The little blonde girl with a mischievous grin disappeared three days ago, and every night since her photo has appeared on the news with pleas for any information that leads to her being found safe. Not everyone knows the name Jenna Morris who was just reported missing. The only difference between the two girls is that Melody is white and Jenna is black.

Fearing the worst and knowing the police won't give her daughter priority, Jenna's mother hires Ari so she'll know that finding her daughter is the top priority for at least one person. Ari agrees to take the case, putting her at odds with a Detective Lorne, whom she first encountered during the Gavin debacle. Lorne has grown suspicious of what happened that night and uses the opportunity of working together to try and figure out what secrets Ari is hiding.

Meanwhile Ari becomes friends with a British canidae Millicent “Milo” Duncan, another wolf whose intentions may not be as pure as they first appear. With Ari distracted by the case and keeping Detective Lorne at arms' length, Dale becomes more suspicious of the new arrival's true motives for being in Seattle.


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