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April 25th, 2014

A new bard joins us today. Please welcome TS Hubbard.

Panter's Pride by TS Hubbard [Original/Alt/Complete]
With her regency stolen Tera had been forced to flee Hawk's Peak.She was definitely at her lowest. Now with two years to prepare she was ready to take it back, then incidents started happening. Can a new found friend help or hinder? Is Panter someone who will make that much difference to the cause or will it become more personal?

Added Par5a to 9a of So Far From Home by Psyche_B [Andromeda/Alt/Incomplete]

Added Part 39 to Part 40 - The Conclusion of Slam Dunk by Mickey Minner [Original/Alt/Complete]
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?

Two For One - Part 1 and Part 2 by K-Morgan [Original/Alt/Incomplete]
Is this the final story of the Karen and Addy series? Or could this possibly be another spin to the story? Or maybe a spin off? Or two? What could possibly happen here that might trigger something else?

Xena and the Island Fortress by Phineas Redux [Classic/Alt/Complete]
Xena and Gabrielle have to reach and infiltrate a heavily guarded island fortress to rescue a prisoner, while circumstances seem to be stacked heavily against them.

Revised version of Xena & Gabrielle: A Turn of Fat Part 2 and The Conqueror & Ri: A Twist of Destiny Part 2 by Ahkiken [Classic-Conqueror/Alt/Incomplete]

Announcement from Sapphire Books

New Release from Sapphire Books Publishing

Deep Merge
by – Linda North

Paperback 14.95
e Bundle Price: $ 9.99 - all eBook formats

Available at Amazon Barnes and Noble Kobo Smashword

Genre – Sci-Fi, Dystopian societies

Kaesah, a geneticist from an all female species living on the other side of the galaxy, is stranded on Earth due to the death of her mate who was vital in piloting their starship. Kaesah must report the disturbing events on Earth that could impact the survival of her species. To reach her world, Kaesah has no choice but to find a human woman capable of Deep Merge, a process required to guide her ship through the galaxy. Can Kaesah overcome her aversion to humans to form a harmonious bond with one?

Antonia Lorne, Toni, is mourning the death of her spouse. Retiring to bed one night on the promise to herself to start living again, Toni has no idea that she will awaken on a starship with a new course for her life charted. Can she overcome her fear of the unknown to perform Deep Merge?

Two women, from different worlds, will join together in a profound and unique way that will herald the start of a new path for their planets and a promising future for themselves.

April 15th, 2014

Revised version of Xena & Gabrielle: A Turn of Fate by Ahkiken [Classic/Alt/Incomplete]
A decision made by Xena on the bard's birthday sets the stage for untold events to unfold. Looking forward to settling down with Xena, Gabrielle's happiness is shelved when an old friend from the Warrior Princess past insist on their help to stop an evil daemon. Torn doing right by her soul mate, or sacrificing everything for the Greater Good, Xena is faced with tremendous obstacles. Not only has a wedge formed between her and Gabrielle, but unseen occurrences portend to tear the lovers asunder, as an even powerful enemy patiently awaits to play their hand. Not just threatening Xena's and Gabrielle's world, but another world that's equally important. The Realm of the Conqueror.

Revised version of The Conqueror & Ri: A Twist of Destiny by Ahkiken [Conqueror/Alt/Incomplete]
The Conqueror of the Realm, ruler of the Grecian Empire, has brought peace and prosperity to its lands after nine years of internal war. Now with new ideals happening in Rome, the Conqueror may have to put her thriving country in the woes of battle again. Ri, the Conqueror's hand-maiden, although she can't recall her childhood past, dreams of being a bard and renown around the known world. Almost getting the opportunity, she is at a pause, due to the fact that she feels she will be leaving something behind at the Corinthian castle. However, with a possible skirmish occuring, the Conqueror gives a farewell gift to Ri, whom she secretly loves, causing events to transpire, and forcing the Conqueror to come unknowingly in contact with a being from another world, who resembles her hand-maiden, Ri.

Added Par3a to 4b of So Far From Home by Psyche_B [Andromeda/Alt/Incomplete]

Announcement from Linda T Smith (aka fingersmith)
A big hello to all you readers!

Thought I would let you know that Hearts and Flowers Border has been rereleased through Ylva Publishing (amazon, smashwords and Bella books). Sometimes I find it hard to believe that it has been nine years since I wrote her. Seems like only yesterday that I thought I would like to try to write a story, and now look. Hearts has been revamped and dusted down for 2014 and I can't stop smiling.

So, to celebrate her release, I am offering two signed copies of Hearts and some signed postcards. All you have to do is either come along to my facebook page , like and / or leave a comment, or drop me a line at . This giveaway is open until 11:59 pm Sunday 20 th April 2014.

One of the signed books with be randomly picked, however, the second book is a little more of a challenge. You have to try and guess the book that has been used on the cover of my book. Sound confusing? Not really. Just have a guess. A stab in the dark. A momentary relapse. Anything. Just have a go. Runners up will get a postcard.

Good luck. And thank you SO much for supporting me for all of these years.

Linda T Smith (aka fingersmith)

April 11th, 2014

Added Part 38 of Slam Dunk by Mickey Minner [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

April 9th, 2014

Added Part 37 of Slam Dunk by Mickey Minner [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

Announcement from Geonn Cannon
At long last, the final novel in Claire Lance's long road has arrived!

In 2008, Claire Lance was a detective whose cover was blown by a vicious criminal who chose to make her suffer rather than killing her outright. Accused of murdering her girlfriend, Lance is forced to go on the run. Her flight has taken her from Chicago to Texas, up to Montana and through a bank robbery in Washington. After her last attempt to settle down and start a new life blew up in her face, Lance is once again on the road trying to stay one step ahead of the law.
In What Matter Wounds, Lance and her partner Jodie take to the road together, wandering through the southwest with no particular destination in mind. In the middle of the Nevada desert, they stumble across something neither of them can ignore and walk into the middle of a local sheriff's private kingdom. Offended by the abuse of power the cops display, Lance takes it upon herself to take the sheriff out of power no matter what the cost.
Meanwhile unlikely forces from Lance's past align, shedding new light on Elaine's murder and Lance's alibi. FBI Agent Faye Mallory takes it upon herself to tie everything together and, she hopes, put an end to Lance's running for good. But with Lance facing one of her most brutal enemies to date, her luck may already be running out.

April 6th, 2014

Angelique Book 7 by D. J. Belt [Original/Alt/Complete]
Here it is, the next installment in the Angelique saga. French-Israeli (and former Mossad assassin) Angelique and her American spouse, Laurie, travel to Israel, where Angel joins forces with an old friend in a deadly confrontation against an old nemesis.

Added Part 36 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?

April 4th, 2014

So Far from Home (Prologue to Part 2b) by Psyche_B [Andromeda/Alt/Incomplete]
Year three in the Voyage of Andromeda.  The adventure that started in  Among the Stars, and Beyond the Farthest Planet continues in Far From Home.

Chronicles of the Empress Book 2: Long Live The Empress! by Norsebard [Uber/Alt/Complete]
Part 2 of the Chronicles Of The Empress. Three moons on from Lady Bronwyn's misadventures in the Shadowlands, she has been confined to the castle keep as a bird in a golden cage, and her traveling companions have been banished from the walled city for their part in the Lady's safe return. Yearning for the Huntress, Lady Bronwyn plans her escape from Ashburne Castle, but seeking refuge among the banished in the Sarkhann Forest may not be the best or indeed the safest solution for her...

April 3rd, 2014

On March 31st the Academy of Bards celebrated its 14th birthday. Thank you to all the bards and readers for supporting us for so many years.

Added Part 9 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?

Added Part 33 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?

Announcement from Desert Palm Press
We are pleased to announce the release of

The Second Sister

(Book 1 of the Amendyr Series)

by Rae D. Magon

e-book: $4.99
Available at:



E LEANOR OF SANDLEFORD'S entire world is shaken when her father marries the mysterious, reclusive Lady Kingsclere to gain a noble title. Ripped away from the only home she has ever known, Ellie is forced to live at Baxstresse Manor with her two new stepsisters, Luciana and Belladonna. Luciana is sadistic, but Belladonna is the woman who truly haunts her. When her father dies and her new stepmother goes suddenly mad, Ellie is cheated out of her inheritance and forced to become a servant. With the help of a shy maid, a friendly cook, a talking cat, and her mysterious second stepsister, Ellie must stop Luciana from using an ancient sorcerer's chain to bewitch the handsome Prince Brendan and take over the entire kingdom of Seria.


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

Swakopmund, Namibia

Announcement from Sapphire Books

New Release from Sapphire Books Publishing

The Love Sucks Club
by Award winning author – Beth Burnett

Paperback 15.95
e Bundle Price: $ 9.99 - all eBook formats

Available at Amazon Barnes and Noble Kobo Smashwords

Tragedy and heartbreak drive Dana McComb to a Caribbean island where she sets about to becoming a hermit. Settling into numbness seems to be the only way to suppress the psychic visions that once showed her the death of her soul mate. A failed rebound relationship leaves her even more intent on losing herself in the loneliness of her isolated house on the hill. With her middle-aged, beef jerky obsessed Tom cat, Dana vows to live a life devoid of ups and downs. Making fun of her own state of mind, she and her best buddy start “The Love Sucks Club” which is really just a euphemism for sitting around bitching about their own bitterness about love.

Trying to stay wrapped in her own misery starts to fail when Dana's pesky younger sister and a host of other island misfits insist on poking into her best laid plans for comfort. When a new woman shows up on island, bringing back Dana's visions, she is suddenly besieged by night terrors, vivid hallucinations, and panic attacks. Half-convinced she's going crazy, Dana tries to shut out her past with increasing difficulty. Aware that it may be the only way to put her dead lover to rest, Dana begins a journey that could either shatter her life or save it.


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