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November 26th , 2013

Added Part 12 of Hoosier Daddy by Ann McMan and Salem West [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

The Sound of Love by JS Stephens [Original/Alt/Complete]
World famous singer Beverly has a stalker, so her ex-husband hires a security expert. Little does she know that her new bodyguard is JJ, the girl who had a crush on her in high school.

War of the Prophet by JS Stephens [Original/Alt/Complete]
The kingdoms of Edlyn and Coughlan are at war over a holy site that contains both the Tomb of the Prophet from Edlyn and the Sacred Grove of the Lord and Lady of Coughlan. Our action starts when the general of the Coughlan army is captured by the general of the Edlyn army - and she falls in love with his finance, the chief medical officer of the Edlyn army.

November 24th, 2013

We're thrilled to share the our book Hoosier Daddy: A Heartland Romance is now available for purchase in all eBook formats from, barnes&,, and all other indie outlets. Paperback editions are on the way and will be available for soon! Thank you all for your support!
Ann McMan
Author of Jericho, Dust, Sidecar, and Aftermath.

Added Part 4 of Birdie's Song 11 - Six Moons by Onesockbard [Classic/Alt/Incomplete]
( Part 11 of The Birdie Series ) Life is becoming more intense as all of Amphipolis waits for the Roman army. Birdie is impatient to take her place in the militia, but other forces are at work.

Added Part 43 of Hollywood Dreams by Fiur & Vlamme [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

Added Part 23 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?

November 22nd , 2013

Best Friends by JS Stephens [Original/Alt/Complete]
Sherry Cunningham wins a cruise for two and decides to take her best friend, Paula Winstone, since Sherry is currently between boyfriends. Paula reluctantly agrees, still in mourning over the loss of her partner, Rachel. But sparks fly unexpectedly..

Generations: A Love Story by JS Stephens [Original/Alt/Complete]
D.J. Sanders is asked to take a new employee to lunch. She agrees, but wonders if it is a good idea when the new employee turns out to be Randie Calder, who was her high school drama teacher one year. Ms. Calder, the one teacher who pushed D.J. to succeed...and the one teacher D.J. had a crush on.

Long Road to Love by JS Stephens [Original/Alt/Complete]
Tara McIntire is forced to sit next to Emily Kemp, one of the most popular girls in school. But her view of Emily is changed when the girl defends her against the popular crowd. Years later, they meet again, and unexpected sparks fly.

Meeting Like This by JS Stephens [Original/Alt/Complete]
Jesse Hill is an accountant turned rancher. Elizabeth Weeks is a law firm library director. They meet when Jesse meets with her attorney regarding her father's will. There is an instant attraction, but Elizabeth is still getting over the death of her lover and Jesse has never dated a woman...

Announcement from Sophia DeLuna
I just published the fourth story in my Taxi series:

I'll keep it free for the first 50 downloads.

The first book in the series is permanently free, and it can be read as a stand alone story. Here: Or download in different formats here:

Description: Even the best intentions are sometimes difficult to follow through when unfortunate timing persistently upsets the plans. On the other hand, timing can be surprisingly fortunate when it wasn't even intended.

Kind Regards, Sophia

November 19th , 2013

Added Part 42 of Hollywood Dreams by Fiur & Vlamme [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

Fight the Good Fight by JS Stephens [Uber/Alt/Complete]
(Part 6 of the Helen and Brigid Series) Brigid confronts her past and reasons for leaving the church when she is covering a story about holy unions. Meanwhile, Melinda Pappas falls in love again, with a woman she met before she was with Janice Covington (God rest her soul)...

Good Night and Sweet Dreams, My Love by JS Stephens [Uber/Alt/Complete]
(Part 7 - The Final Part of the Helen and Brigid Series) The continuation of the story of Laura Wilkins and Ruby Bills, twenty years later. Leslie Bills falls in love with a professor at the local university while Laura and Ruby start confronting middle age.

Blind Dates and White Roses by JS Stephens [Original/Alt/Complete]
An original comedy of errors. Two women and two men are set up for blind dates by a friend - but they get a little mixed up as to who is intended to be with whom.

First Christmas Alone by JS Stephens [Original/Alt/Complete]
Rosemary has lost her husband and Violet her partner, but they find the meaning of Christmas together.

November 17th , 2013

Announcement from Desert Palm Press
Desert Palm Press has just published the debut novel of S.L. Kassidy.

Scarred for Life

Dane Wolfe is a loner. Forsaken by her family and betrayed by people close to her, she has lost all faith in people and spends her days wondering the streets with no direction or meaning. She drifts through life, existing and nothing more.

Nicole Cardell is a successful, attorney. She has too much faith in people and is being taken advantage of by her boyfriend, Tyler, Dane's cousin. She's tired of his selfish ways and tosses him out. The bad relationship leaves her questioning her judgment.

Circumstances bring Dane and Nicole together and a friendship brings them closer. They're able to heal each other and bring balance to each other's lives. Their peace is shattered when family causes trouble and tears them apart. Will they find their path back to each other and to the love that was slowly growing?

Amazon at

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Added Part 22 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?

November 15th , 2013

A new bard joins us today. Welcome Soulgyrl53.

Soul Engagement by Soulgyrl53 [Classic/Alt/Complete]
A short story relaying my version of righting the wrong of a dead Warrior Princess. Family, old friends (plus a few new ones), Heaven, and even a faction of the underworld come together to save X's soul from the clutches of Lucifer...

Added Part 16A of Mountain Love by Psyche_B [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

Plan in Action by R.P. Martin [Original/Alt/Complete]
Part 7 of A Suitable Suitor Series (Part 1: Man of Her Dreams (complete), Part 2: Waiting My Whole Life (complete), Part 3: Walking Away , Part 4: The Stalker , Part 5: The Nightmare Part 6: You Will Be Mine). All of the pieces of the puzzle come together and the stalker puts his plan into action. Acting on instinct, to get rid of the key players so he can claim his queen, will the stalker's plan work or will it fall short? Finally, will Piper get the chance to bear her soul?

Announcement from Sapphire Books
Hot New Release from Linda Kay Silva and Sapphire Books Publishing
Echo's Revenge

by Award winning author – Linda Kay Silva
Paperback 16.95
e Bundle Price: $ 9.99 - all eBook formats

Available at Sapphire Books Amazon Barnes and Noble Kobo Smashword

The recipe for disaster is evident when empath and mentor Echo Branson steps into the ring once more to face off against Genesys labs and her evil father. Caught up in an intrigue of someone else's design, Echo must find a way to save the supernaturals held captive on a Hawaiian island before it's too late. Alone and in the lab where Genesys performs excruciating experiments on others like her, Echo learns that she is far more powerful than even she realized...but even that power, even her incredible supernatural abilities cannot save everyone she loves. In an effort to destroy Genesys completely and for good, Echo must face her greatest fears and finally let go of the one person responsible for creating her.

Is her attempt to crush her father's plans of creating more supernaturals worth the price she has to pay in the end?

Is Echo's Revenge ultimately the end of Echo Branson?

November 12th , 2013

The Academy of Bards would like to welcome a new bard today. Hello Dava Gamble.

Silver Journeys by Dava Gamble [Original/Alt/Complete]
Laura Ravencouer and Amanda Bennett - beautiful, intelligent, wanton, iron willed, deadly, magic. These women return from Naofa to battle the Evil Ones yet again, loving each other and themselves as they work to transform the wills of their beloved earthlings. Journey with them and all their holy priests and priestesses as their destinies take them to mounting risk, growing danger, selfless sacrifice, and an outcome directed by the ancients in the quest to protect Mother, her domain, and the ultimate reunion of the universe.

Added Part 11 of Hoosier Daddy by Ann McMan and Salem West [Original/Alt/Incomplete]
Jill Fryman (her friends call her Friday) is a Line Supervisor at a truck manufacturing plant in a small southern Indiana town. Life on the assembly line is almost as predictable as her love life. When it comes to matters of the heart, Friday always seems to be making the wrong choices. Things go from bad to worse when a sultry labor organizer from the U.A.W. sweeps into town to try and unionize the plant, right after it's been bought out by a Japanese firm. Sparks fly on and off the line as the two women fight their growing attraction for each other against a backdrop of monster trucks, pork chop suppers, and a bar called "Hoosier Daddy."

Added Part 41 of Hollywood Dreams by Fiur & Vlamme [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

Added Part 15 of Mountain Love by Psyche_B [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

The Past is Prologue by JS Stephens [Uber/Alt/Complete]
(Part 4 of the Helen and Brigid Series) The intertwined stories of Melinda Pappas and Janice Covington and of Helen Pappas and Brigid Anderson, told in flashbacks.

Puppy Dog Blues by JS Stephens [Uber/Alt/Complete]
(Part 5 of the Helen and Brigid Series) Brigid badgers Helen for a dog. Helen resists, but is overcome when a dog comes to them.

Announcement from Q. Kelly
I have a lot of goodies to announce! For the entire thing, go here:

Otherwise, here are the highlights.
"Miss Lucy Parker and Other Short Stories" audiobook:
(will be on Amazon and iTunes in a few days)

A bunch of books newly in print (that were available only in ebook before), including "Reality Lesbian." Amazon:

A freebie collection. Smashwords:

"One Hour" has also been published as a separate novella and is still available in the "Green Pill" collection.

- Q. Kelly

November 8th , 2013

Angelique: Book Six by D.J. Belt [Original/Alt/Complete]
This is the sixth story in the series. French-Israeli Angelique and American Laurie are lovers living in Paris. This time, Laurie is tested to her limits as opposing factions within the American CIA engage in a vicious contest – with her as the objective.

Added Part 14a to 14b of Mountain Love by Psyche_B [Original/Alt/Incomplete]
Two women from very different parts of the country are brought together by destiny and love. This is the story of the trouble they go though to be together. Set in the majestic Adirondack Mountains at the turn of the 20th century. A time when survivors of the War between the States still live to rehash old battles.

Good Old Argo by JS Stephens [Uber/Alt/Complete]
(Part 1 of the Helen and Brigid Series) Janice Covington's dog, Argo III, dies while Melinda's niece, Helen Pappas, is away at college. Helen comes home at spring break to find the dog missing.

Helen of the Plains by JS Stephens [Uber/Alt/Complete]
(Part 2 of the Helen and Brigid Series) Dr. Helen Pappas, a new history professor, meets her neighbor, Brigid Anderson, as Helen is moving in to her house. Sparks fly - but Brigid is a senior in high school. Will they find a way to be together, or will Helen's career fears keep them apart?

Marching for our Lives by JS Stephens [Uber/Alt/Complete]
(Part 3 of the Helen and Brigid Series) Brigid is now a journalist, and is assigned to cover the 1993 March on Washington for LGBT rights. She wants Helen to go with her, but Helen is afraid if she is seen, she will be fired from her college.

Announcement from Desert Palm Press

We are pleased to announce the release of a novelette by AJ Adaire

The Interim

e-book: $2.99

Available at:



Devastated that her partner cheated, Melanie flees to a new job in Maine where she meets Ren Madison. Ren is dealing with issues of her own after losing her partner Brooke in a plane crash. 

What happens in the interim after one relationship ends and you're really ready to love again? For Ren Madison, Melanie was what happened. 

The Interim fills in the details of Ren Madison's life on Sunset Island after Brooke but before Lindy.


Published by Desert Palm Entertainment (CC/2007/2385) trading as Desert Palm Press

Swakopmund, Namibia

November 5th , 2013

Added Part 40 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".

Homecoming by JS Stephens [Classic/Alt/Complete]
(Part 25 of Xena & Gabrielle Series) Gabrielle convinces Xena to make good on her promise to visit Gabrielle's family. Her father still isn't happy about her marriage to Xena, and tells her so. Hecuba tells Gabrielle of Aphrodite's prophesy, and the bard confronts the Goddess of Love about it.

Yesteryear by JS Stephens [Classic/Alt/Complete]
(Part 26 of Xena & Gabrielle Series) Lis, a friend of Xena's from childhood, comes home for her mother's funeral. This stirs up painful memories between the women of their youthful romance, and its bitter ending.

Rebecka's Turn by JS Stephens [Classic/Alt/Complete]
(Part 27 of Xena & Gabrielle Series) Rebecka Diedra, Xena, and Gabrielle go to Corinth for Lila and Marcus's son's wedding. Rebecka meets a young lawyer named Saul and is quite intrigued by him.

A Death in the Family by JS Stephens [Classic/Alt/Complete]
(Part 28 of Xena & Gabrielle Series) Xena defends her family one last time, but this time, she loses.

Wait for Me! by JS Stephens [Classic/Alt/Complete]
(Part 29 - The End. Yes, truly the end of my Xena/Gabrielle saga.) Gabrielle is depressed following Xena's death, and is eager to respond when Ephiny asks for her help fighting The Horde. Meanwhile, love is in the air between Cyrene Ruth and a woman who comes to the inn to spin her tales.

November 3rd, 2013

Added Chapter 41A to 42B (conclusion) of Among the Stars by Psyche_B [Andromeda/Alt/Complete]

November 2nd, 2013

Added Chapter 38A to 40B of Among the Stars by Psyche_B [Andromeda/Alt/Incomplete]

November 1st , 2013

Added Chapter 35A to 37C of Among the Stars by Psyche_B [Andromeda/Alt/Incomplete]

Changes by JS Stephens [Classic/Alt/Complete]
(Part 23 of Xena & Gabrielle Series) Joxer and Diana travel to Corinth on business, and meet Marcus and Lila. Meanwhile, Xena receives word that she is a grandmother.

Beginnings And Endings by JS Stephens [Classic/Alt/Complete]
(Part 24 of Xena & Gabrielle Series) Diana and Joxer have another daughter, Cyrene Ruth. Meanwhile, Gabrielle and Lila travel home to see their parents, Hecuba and Horace. Diana's mother, Diedra, is having problems with her memory, and Diana wonders what to do.

Added Part 13 of Xena & Gabrielle: A Turn of Fate by Ahkiken [Classic/Alt/Incomplete]

Added Part 13 of The Conqueror & Ri: A Twist of Destiny by Ahkiken [Classic/Alt/Incomplete]

Added Part 7 of Blue Furred by Kim Phoenix [Original/Alt/Incomplete]
Three thousand years and beasts dominate the world. Technology is long forgotten, but magic is surfacing to change what is now to what it used to be. With Thomas cooped in a deep valley, she strives to find the things she lost.


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