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September 29, 2015

The Barrage Balloon’s Prize by Phineas Redux [Uber/Alt/Complete]
This is an Uberfic set in Great Britain in 1943. Flying Officers Zena Mathews and Gabrielle Parker—members of SOE, Special Operations Executive,—are tasked with investigating a curious incident involving an outlying Balloon unit in the Orkney Islands.

Added Part 6 - The Conclusion of Enter the Dark by Wilbur [Classic/Alt/Incomplete]
The final chapter and things come to a head. Gabrielle and Xena learn more about Eve's past as Livia and Gabrielle finally makes her choice. Will she stay with Xena or start a new life with Deerdra?

Announcement From Brisk Press
Brisk Press is please to announce that two new Susan X Meagher books are now available for purchase.

The Right Time - 514 pages - $16.00 (eBook $8.00)

Timing is critical in so many of the events that make up our lives. Your dismal scores on the SAT forced you to attend your safety school, but you met the people who formed the peer group that has loved and supported you for your entire adult life. If it hadn't been raining, you wouldn't have dashed into the coffee shop and met the cute barista you spent your thirties with. Small decisions, some almost inconsequential, each producing big results.

When Hennessy Boudreaux's boss asks her to talk an insolent young woman into leaving the limo she's commandeered, she never could have guessed that day would change her life. But meeting Townsend Bartley does indeed change her life, for better and worse. Through the years, their lives float together, then drift apart, always with the promise of love just out of reach.

Obstacles, some of them massive, continue to trip them up and make their dreams seem insurmountable. But patience, hard work, and timing can work together to produce a love too strong, too vibrant and too fulfilling for any woman to resist.

Synchronicity: I Found My Heart in San Francisco: Book Nineteen
280 pages - $14.00 (eBook $7.00)

Synchronicity is the nineteenth book in the I Found My Heart in San Francisco series.

Summer is drawing to a close. Jamie's been able to relax, to read, to spend time with her mom, enjoying the fruits of her idleness. Ryan, of course, has filled every day to the brim. If she's not babysitting or tutoring she's working full time on the O'Flaherty cousins' rehab project. But a forced vacation is in her immediate future—if Jordan makes the final roster of the 2000 U.S. Olympic squad.

Wanting only the best for her buddy, Ryan desperately wants Jordan's dream to come true. Even if it means a long trip to the other side of the world. The trip would be more fun if they could talk Catherine into joining them. But her summer has been filled with plans for taking Jennie into her home. She's very determined to make that happen, even if it means she's unable to travel. But it's been a long time since Catherine had to make a child her priority, and her skills might need a little polishing.

Meaningful coincidences create synchronicity, and getting all of them to Sydney will require that and more.

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September 22, 2015

Added Part 5 of Enter the Dark by Wilbur [Classic/Alt/Incomplete]

Angelique - Book 9 By DJ Belt [Original/Alt/Complete]
In an effort to protect French-Israeli (and former Mossad assassin) Angelique and her American spouse, Laurie, The Mossad has hidden them in the American south. Their safety is illusory, however; they find that to survive, they must once again go to war against a ruthless jihadist ideology.

Added Part 7 of A Single Step by Kennedy Northcutt [PostFIN/Alt/Incomplete]
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” ~ Lao Tzu, The Way of Lao Tzu , Chinese philosopher (604 BC - 531 BC).之行,始於足下 Xena is dead. Gabrielle may have possibly moved on. We'll see. This story takes place years after Gabrielle's adventures in Egypt as “the girl with a chakram.” She built a hospice near Amphipolis and lives there with others. And then a stranger shows up and changes everything.

Added Part 5 - Chapter 7 of Earth in Turmoil by Psyche_b [Voyager/Alt/Incomplete]

Looks like we made it by JS Stephens [Original/Alt/Complete]
Judy attends a Barry Manilow concert with her fiancé, Roger, but finds old feelings starting to stir when she runs into her college lover, Angel. Set in the mid-1970's.

September 18, 2015

Announcement from D
To 'Da Boss', the Munchkins, and the Academy's faithful readers:

Wow... just wow!! To say I was completely gobsmacked to have been named as the recipient of this year's Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy would be an understatement of epic proportion. It wasn't even a blip on my radar as a possibility, like... ever, so I was literally stunned stupid when the announcement landed in my inbox. It's taken me a couple of days to shake Pink&Fluffy out of their haze to respond.

Thanks to Phil, the Academy was the very first place I sent a story - my first story - and it was the most terrifying and wonderful experience of my life. I'm so grateful that the Academy was there to host newbies like me, and that they continue to do so despite the ever changing landscape of fan fiction and uber/original stories. I am both honored and humbled to have been included in such exclusive company of those who have been recognized before me.

Thank you, Boss, for the award. I am so gratified to have been chosen this year. To OZ... for so many reasons. To the Munchkins - thank you for the work you put into making the Academy a good place to be a bard. And to the Readers... and especially my readers... thank you for reading and feeding. You'll never understand how truly special it is to hear from someone about your work. This recognition is icing on the cake.

Thanks, ya'll!


KMorgan has asked us to post the following note:
Dear readers: Thank you so very much to everyone who sent feedback on Flipped. I asked the Academy to post this note because the response I've received has been so overwhelming and touching that it might take me a few days to reply to everyone. But I will because you are all so wonderful!

I had no idea that so many people, in so many places of the world read my stories, and like them! I'm also sure that the Academy is glad to know of its vast readership.

Authors, like me, who posts stories on the Academy's web page have no way of knowing whether you like, or even read our stories, unless you tell us. So, please, make sure and keep the feedback coming! Thanks for your support. KMorgan

Added Part 9 of Traumatic Love By Capt_esq [Original/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 4 - Chapter 6 of Earth in Turmoil by Psyche_b [Voyager/Alt/Incomplete]
Andromeda and her crew are safely home, but their lives and the lives of all citizens are at risk. This is the continuing story of the officers of Andromeda.

September 16, 2015

Added Part 13, Part 14 and Part 15 - The Conclusion of Flipped by K-Morgan[Original/Alt/Complete]
Flipped is a story about a woman and the phone that changed her life. The story was inspired by a friend who had multiple problems with her cell phone and a dare, to my comment, that I could probably write a story about her phone issues.

September 11, 2015

The Perilous Escape by Norsebard [Uber-Original/Alt/Complete]
After Carol Ann Lawrence's daring breakout from the camp run by the fierce warrior women, she must employ every skill she has to battle horrific insects, hairy beasts and the raging elements to get back to the luxury yacht she arrived on - but as her attraction to the alluring Queen Lexa blossoms, she discovers that nothing is ever easy on Ka'una-Kameha. When things come to a head, Carol Ann is forced into a perilous escape from the island of the Mu-Kwanda...

Added Part 4 of Enter the Dark by Wilbur [Classic/Alt/Incomplete]
After Deerdra's conversation with Michael, she prepares to say goodbye but a run-in with a stranger puts that heartbreaking task on hold. However, this new journey isn't a walk in the park and ends up turning everyone's world upside-down.

September 9, 2015

Announcement from The Academy of Bards
Oz here (along with Da Boss).
I have good news and bad news about our annual Feed the Bards and Hall of Fame endeavors.

First the GOOD...

For the BAZILLIONTH...okay for the 8th time in as many years our Fan of the Year is Carpe Chakram. (

<.BIG round of applause.>

I would also like to give a shout out to Pat Iserman, Wannetta Wilson and Sue Fritz for their participation in Feed the Bards month.

Folks, if you want to continue getting free stories to have to take a minute and send some feedback and kudos to those sharing their talents. How else are they going to know that you are reading and enjoying their works.

What is that phrase again????


Now the BAD...

Noun. Sev-en
1) Cardinal number.
2) One more than six, five plus two or three less than ten.
3) Prime number
or in this case
4) the number of email nominations the HoF received this year.

It's funny. I put the Contest List on no mail every July. Then when the deadline passes, I put aside a couple of hours (on a weekend) and start going through all the postings for the month. I count and recount and make sure that the votes are on the up and up and no one is stuffing the ballot box, so to speak.

I had a lot of free time that weekend.

Mad? No.
Disappointed? Very much so.

There was no clear consensus and so there will be no inductions this year.
No rabid reader chosen nominees.

As for the Lifetime Achievement Award...that choice is always left completely up to the Boss. Why? Because she is 'Da Boss', y'know. Before I say 'take it away, Boss', I just want to say that OMG, I am like, no duh, totally, radically, bitchin' happy that this particular person was chosen. ;o)

Go ahead Boss, do your thing.

Since 2005, the Academy of Bards has given out a Lifetime Achievement award. This award is given to the individual who has impacted our site, and many times our lives. We celebrate the 10 years we have done this and our prior ten winners:
2014 - Blayne Cooper
2013 - D Jordan Redhawk
2012 - Nene Adams
2011 - KG MacGregor
2010 - Lucia
2009 - Linda Crist
2008 - Missy Good
2007 - Lunacy
2006 - Wordee (WordWarior)
2005 - DJWP

As you can see the quality of winners is superior. So many deserving people with just one yearly award. This year's recipient is, of course, no exception. I also happen to have a soft-spot for her because everytime I ask her for a story, she comes through (granted many times at the last possible minute :) ). Her writing is outstanding, her humor fierce - please join my in welcoming and congratulating our newest member - D! (

Sooooooooooo Xlnt, fer shur!


Added Part 3 of Enter the Dark by Wilbur [Classic/Alt/Incomplete]
A bruising battle and a revelation shakes the three warriors to their core.

Added Flipped - Part 11 and Part 12 by K-Morgan[Original/Alt/Incomplete]

September 4, 2015

Announcement from The Academy of Bards
Attention Bardies...we have another volunteer. Alexandra is willing to help with Russian phrase translation. Contact her at Watch out Google Translate we are going to put you out of business. <.g.> A big thank you to all the folks who have volunteered to help. Y'all ROCK!


Hey Munchkins? Do you think we should put together a database on the Academy list or even the 411 list with these folks listed so that they are easily found by those looking for assistance? What do y'all think?

Too Scared to Fall by Kerry McNair [Original/Alt/Incomplete]
Too Scared to Fall is set in London, following two main characters Cassidy one of the S&M's London scene best top and Jennifer a newbie trying to find herself. What starts out as fun for Cassidy quickly turns more serious as she begins to feel more.

Mysterous Island by Norsebard [Uber-Original/Alt/Complete]
En route to the Marquesas in the South Pacific, a bad storm sends the luxury yacht owned by Carol Ann Lawrence and her dominating husband, the former Air Force Captain Charles Lawrence, off course into uncharted waters. When they discover a mysterious, bluish-green island that seems ripe for exploration, they head ashore with a small team of sailors - but as the dream of a tropical paradise turns into a nightmare, Carol Ann learns the hard way that some things are better left alone... like the island of the Mu-Kwanda.

September 2, 2015

Announcement from The Academy of Bards
Hey folks...we have another wonderful reader who is willing to help Bards with foreign language phrase translations. Riva is volunteering to help you translate English to Spanish. Contact her at


Friends, writers, Bardies lend me your ears...We have another volunteer translator. You can contact Sam at

Hello there!

I'm not sure how much would someone be in need for Croatian, but I'd be more than glad to offer assistance in that department. I know from personal experience Google Translate sometimes just doesn't work ;) Anyway, feel free to drop an e-mail.

Added Part 2 of Enter the Dark by Wilbur [Classic/Alt/Incomplete]
This new adventure will test the strength of the budding relationship between Gabrielle and Deerdra. Will it bring them closer or drive them apart?
In chapter one, Xena, Gabrielle, and Deerdra encounter an old nemesis--Dahak! Will the three be able to defeat this evil entity unscathed?

Added Flipped - Part 8, Part 9 and Part 10 by K-Morgan[Original/Alt/Incomplete]
Although I know everyone is waiting for the sequel to Waterville (which will come soon), I've decided to release the attached story as a birthday tribute to a friend. Flipped is a story about a woman and the phone that changed her life. The story was inspired by a friend who had multiple problems with her cell phone and a dare, to my comment, that I could probably write a story about her phone issues.


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