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Last Updated:  8/13/2014


Alone Am I   [Academy Halloween 2013]

The Amazon Way

What was supposed to be a fun couple of days in the company of Queen Melosa's tribe turns into anything but when Xena and Gabrielle find themselves in the middle of a border dispute. As the conflict escalates, it falls upon Xena, Gabrielle and a small group of warriors and inexperienced juniors to defend the village.

The Awakening of Suzanne   [Academy Valentines 2013]

A Big Step For Bards and Warriors

Looking for some peace and quiet after their recent fight against the warlord Abraxus, Xena and Gabrielle set up camp at a picturesque lake at the foot of a waterfall. Plans for a romantic evening are soon forged, but before those plans can be carried out, an old friend stops by causing unwanted complications for Xena and frustrations for Gabrielle....

The Book of Chills

A voice coming from a malfunctioning radio... A nocturnal conversation with a mythical creature... An unwanted gift that becomes a curse... A nightmarish secret in a mental hospital... A young woman's face in a century-old photograph. Strange encounters, supernatural phenomena and otherworldly events - these are some of the elements you'll find in this anthology... the Book Of Chills.

The Book of Chills II

A woman in need getting a little help from her ancestors… An ancient spirit playing a few tricks on some unsuspecting people… Three young friends running into a real vampire on Halloween - or do they…? A cute, cuddly teddy bear with a deranged mind of its own… Two women fighting off an alien invasion force in the desert.

The Book of Chills III

A female firefighter needing all her skills to stay alive in an inhospitable inferno... A serial killer with an insatiable lust for smooth skin... A mother and a daughter finding out that not all abandoned buildings should be explored... A blackmailer getting more than he bargained for... A woman crossing ethereal paths with her dead self...

The Book of Chills IV

A fake paranormal investigator encounters two very, very real ghosts... A recording artist with plenty of ambition but hardly any talent wants to take a shortcut to the top of the charts... A young bard is challenged by the Viking Goddess of the Underworld to tell the best stories of her life - or else she'll lose it... A sensitive teenage girl makes the wrong decision by spending Halloween in a graveyard with her gang... Twin sisters are separated by death but still share a connection... Wicked adventures of the ghostly kind, visitors from the Norse age and messages from the Great Beyond - these are some of the elements you'll find in this anthology, the Book Of Chills, Volume IV.

Cassey & Toni - Five Stories About Two Women In Love

collection of five stories chronicling the lives of two women over a period of nearly two years. When Cassey Peters split from an abusive relationship, she had no way of knowing that she'd soon find genuine happiness and true love in a truck stop in New Mexico - nor that they would appear to her in the shape of Toni Willis, an intriguing truck driver on her way to San Diego.

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Caught in the Crossfire

On March 21st 1945, history records that the Royal Air Force conducted a low-level bombing raid against the Gestapo headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark. What history fails to record are the names of the brave women in the resistance movement who gathered the intelligence and who risked their lives going up against the Nazi occupation forces day-in, day-out for several years. This is a story of two of those women, Henriette Brandt and Vera Holgersen.

Chronicles of the Empress: A Tale of Two Castles

On the heels of a personal tragedy, Lady Bronwyn of Ashburne Castle, daughter of Emperor Jin-Sarnos XII, is forced to go on a diplomatic mission to a neighboring empire to settle a border dispute. With her, she has the best Ranger of her father's armed forces, 'the Huntress' Caid Barlin. The two women and a small band of colorful traveling companions must navigate safely through a world of sweeping landscapes and narrow-minded emperors, mystical Seers and hideous creatures until they reach Lord Lasar-Ihtreg's realm in the Shadowlands.

Chronicles of the Empress: Long Live 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.

Chronicles of the Empress: Quest For the Natfarann Gold

The dramatic events that led to Lady Bronwyn claiming the throne have given way to a calmer and more peaceful life for the Empress and her consort, the Huntress Caid Barlin. As a certain sameness falls over Ashburne Castle, the deep-rooted love between Bronwyn and Caid provides them with all the excitement they need. Suddenly, amid the worst winter storms for generations, travelers from the Natfarann forests in the far north arrive with a desperate plea for help. Thoroughly intrigued, Bronwyn once more assembles her team and sets off to help them.

Chronicles of the Empress: Black Death Cometh

Three moons on from Empress Bronwyn's return to Ashburne Castle with the forty gold bars she and her companions took from the lair of the terrible beast in the Natfarann Forest, the dreaded curse has yet to manifest itself. As the weather improves and Spring finally kicks Winter off the land, things are looking bright and cheery for the Empress and her allies. The gold has been put to use for the good of the people like she promised it would be, and yet, some citizens are dissatisfied with the Empress and her grand schemes - some are even harboring sinister plans against her and her consort, the Huntress Caid Barlin.

Class of '88

For Delia Corbett, the party marking the twentieth anniversary of her finishing secondary school turns into a magical, unpredictable evening with plenty of laughter and a few tears. Meeting her old classmates for the first time in years brings back a lot of memories - especially of Vicky Baxter, a honey-blonde beauty who was the first girl Delia kissed.

Culture Clash: The Bard and the Biker

Pamela Johnstone, a quiet, unassuming author of bodice-rippers and cozies, finds herself stretched beyond her breaking point when she is thrown into a series of dangerous situations. She and the tough-as-nails biker chick Robin 'Lone Star' Kendall are forced to work together to fight off a ruthless enemy dead-set on hurting them - but the odds aren't in their favor.

Daisy-Belle and Her Big Bad Bear

Do opposites really attract? It's not something self-confessed hippie Daisy-Belle Cosmick has ever given much thought until she and her folk band the Butterflies get stuck in Cape Whitnell on their way to a music festival. The sheer presence of clean-cut, by-the-book Sheriff Erica Wayne gives the folk singer plenty to think about - including an intriguing possibility of finding love in the unlikeliest of places...

Daisy-Belle's Second Helping

Three months on from their first (a)rousing encounter in Cape Whitnell, the folk singer and hippie bird Daisy-Belle Cosmick and by-the-book Sheriff Erica Wayne are finally back together in Daisy-Belle's hacienda in Coulson, California. Erica has a long-term plan that she can't wait to let the older woman in on, but Daisy-Belle is buried up to her eyebrows in work, stretching herself beyond her limits trying to organize a charity concert at the local community center for New Year's Eve. Will they achieve their goals and dreams, or will the stress from the concert send everything into a tailspin?

Date of a Lifetime   [Academy Valentine 2014]

Double Trouble

On their way to Kelitamenea to help one of Joxer's relatives out of a squeeze, Xena and Gabrielle run into a little problem in a forest - a little problem that soon blossoms into a great, big headache for the Bard who quite literally finds herself in Double Trouble.

EvilXena: Resurrection

After a long and stressful journey, Gabrielle finally returns home from the terrible events in Jappa. She soon discovers that Greece has undergone a drastic change in the year since she and Xena left for the land beyond Ch'in: A merciless warrior second only to Ares, God of War has united the warlords and conquered a great deal of the land; a warrior with a wild, dark mane and piercing blue eyes.

Four and a Half Steps to Heaven   [Academy Valentines 2013]

Gabrielle in the Underworld

Gabrielle is dead! -- When the young bard suddenly finds herself thrust into the Underworld, she doesn't know that it's merely the starting point for her greatest adventure yet. While Xena is travelling to Potaideia with Gabrielle's remains, she hears of a myth that could help her get Gabrielle back. Will Xena succeed, or will they be separated for all eternity?

Happy Nieghbor Day   [Academy Summer Challenge 2012]       ** Honorable Mention **

The Harrison-Starr Detective Agency

Meet Regina Harrison and Stella Starr, the owners of the Harrison-Starr Detective Agency. Unpredictable and unstoppable; undaunted and uncombed, Reggie (the body) and Stell (the brains) always go the extra mile to help people in need. Through various disguises, charades and clever ideas, they go all out to bring the crooks to justice - and as a result, crime fighting has rarely been crazier...

News from the Harrison-Starr Detective Agency

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Last Words from the Harrison-Starr Detective Agency

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

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The Hunt for Cecrop's Emerald

Janice Covington and Mel Pappas explode onto the page with this rip-roaring tale of long lost treasure, of high-jinks and daring-do, of heroics and cowardice, of shady men with hidden agendas, of strange connections to the ancient past - and ultimately of love.

Adventures on the Orient Express

The return of Janice Covington and Mel Pappas sees the two intrepid adventurers traveling from Greece to England on the legendary Orient Express. Along the way, they find humor and romance, meet new friends and run into old adversaries - and discover that greed can corrupt even the most noble of men.

It Happened One Winter Solstice Night

While staying in Amphipolis for the Winter Solstice Festival, Xena and Gabrielle finally understand that they are much more than just 'best friends'.

Love in the Caribbean   [Incomplete]

When Lana Ferguson gets an old treasure map for her thirtieth birthday, it's merely the start of a grand adventure that will take her and a friend to the exotic US Virgin Islands. To top it all off, the Captain and the first mate of the boat Lana has hired are charismatic, strong, gorgeous gals - and suddenly, romance is in the air for both Lana and her friend. They came looking for treasure; will they find Love in the Caribbean instead...?

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Mickey's Big Break   [Academy Valentine 2014]

Mickey's Big Weekend

The time has come for Mickey Delany to suit up for her biggest gig yet as a personal assistant to the celebs: the recording star Veronica Masters has asked the boi-ish gal with the take-no-crap-from-nobody attitude to come work for her at a special event at the star's mansion. There, Mickey will encounter stars and starlets, egos and short tempers, sensual jazz, plenty of champagne, and perhaps a surprise or two that could turn it into a big weekend for all involved.

An October's Romance

It's Grace and Helen's wedding anniversary and, like always, they've driven to the romantic Lookout Point Bungalow Retreat to celebrate their special day - however, this year is different as Helen is still recovering from the injuries she sustained in a bad road accident...

On the Fast Track to Love

When author Kathleen O'Malley is asked by renowned race car driver Francesca Carrara to write her biography, little does she know that the charismatic and strong-willed woman will turn her life upside down, and awaken feelings in her she thought she'd never experience again...

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On the Fast Track to Love 2

After sharing a home for several months, the bond between the biographer Kathleen O'Malley and the professional race car driver Francesca Carrara has grown very strong. Unfortunately, the new season brings new problems and as Francesca embarks on the world championship tour, unexpected - and very much unwanted - issues arise that may threaten their relationship and Kathleen's peace of mind.

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Outlaw Blues

The first story in the Strong Wimmen Of Princetown Trilogy. Two women meet by accident on a stagecoach to Princetown, Arizona Territory in 1879 - Mathilda Brown, a young redhead who's just been released after serving three years in a Correctional Institution for Wayward Women, and Blackie Durham, a feared outlaw with a Peacemaker on her hip and a cool glare in her ice blue eyes. What neither of the two seemingly mismatched women know is that their arrival on the dusty streets of Princetown will set events in motion that will turn the entire community upside down.

Lady Yvonne's Reel

The second story in the Strong Wimmen Of Princetown Trilogy. Deputy Sheriff Victoria Lynn Cooper has always been a woman of action - until now. Unable to work after an accident, she slips into a haze of cheap whisky and self-loathing that seems impossible for her to break out of on her own. The fact that her beloved Princetown has been overrun by bandits and cutthroats of all types only worsens her condition... but maybe the kind, mature Nurse Emily Mason can help?

The Ballad of Victoria Lynn

The third and final story in the Strong Wimmen Of Princetown Trilogy. Karla Stuart works at the Circle Y ranch as a horse wrangler and driver for 'Gentleman' George Ballentine. When the boss' daughter, Yvonne, returns to the ranch to learn the ropes, Karla's hopes of a joyful reunion with the green-eyed beauty she used to have a severe crush on when they were teenagers are dashed when she discovers that eight years at a boarding school can really change a young woman - but soon, events transpire that make all the strong women of Princetown band together to save their community...

A Question of Loyalty   [Incomplete]

Traveling close to Amazon lands, Xena and Gabrielle experience first-hand that Queen Melosa has started an all-out war against the neighboring villages and that she is supported by a band of highly skilled warriors who are fanatic followers of the old beliefs. While Xena stays behind to help a town build its defenses, Gabrielle travels to the Amazon camp to try to get Melosa to stop the devastating attacks.

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Rebound

It's always nasty when a relationship comes to a messy end; especially so when someone is thrown out and has the door slammed in her face. When Anita turns up at an old friend's juice and salad bar in downtown Copenhagen to look for a shoulder to cry on after suffering that exact fate, Marlene, the spunky owner of the Juice-n-More, is more than willing to give Anita strength, moral support and plenty of lovin' while she gets back on her feet...

Reunion

After the tragedy in Jappa, Gabrielle returns to Greece to spend some time with her Amazon Sisters. Unfortunately, a certain God of War has other plans for her. As those plans are set in motion, Aphrodite realizes she must take drastic action to put things right again...

Revenge

In this sequel to Reunion, Xena and Gabrielle travel to Treus to be guests at the wedding of Princess Penthea, Queen Diana's daughter - but the joyous event turns ugly when a band of merciless and bloodthirsty thugs interferes, forcing our two heroines to once again embark on a dangerous mission.

Reflection

Wanting to conduct the ultimate test of Xena's and Gabrielle's abilities in the art of war and survival, Ares puts them through four harrowing trials. In order to make it through unscathed, the two warriors will have to dig very deep and tap into their many skills - will the unique bond that exists between Xena and Gabrielle be strong enough to overcome the God of War's plans?

Playing With Fire

Detective Joanna Powell's twelve years on the police force hasn't prepared her for the elegant - yet fiery - Liliana Zinovia, a woman she meets during a homicide investigation. The attraction is undeniable and sparks fly... but Joanna soon learns the hard way that when you're Playing With Fire, someone is bound to get burned.

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Rebound

It's always nasty when a relationship comes to a messy end; especially so when someone is thrown out and has the door slammed in her face. When Anita turns up at an old friend's juice and salad bar in downtown Copenhagen to look for a shoulder to cry on after suffering that exact fate, Marlene, the spunky owner of the Juice-n-More, is more than willing to give Anita strength, moral support and plenty of lovin' while she gets back on her feet...

Sarah's Choice   [revised]

An introverted, lonely secretary and an extroverted actress... how is that ever going to work? That's the question Sarah Madeleine Michaels asks herself when she meets her dream girl while on holiday at a fitness resort. To some, the answer is blatantly obvious, but for Sarah, finding out takes her on a very bumpy journey where she learns more about herself than she really wants to know...

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Taylor Mackenzie and the Wrath of Lady Alice   [Academy Halloween 2012]

Under Siege

In a small village they're just passing through, Xena and Gabrielle meet a friendly magistrate with a big problem: he has arrested two of Abraxus The Brutal's brothers and, predictably, the feared warlord isn't particularly happy about it. Xena and Gabrielle quickly decide to help the magistrate - but when the situation escalates, they find themselves Under Siege.

Three Hours in Hell: Ricki Warbeck & Jessie Sanders Story

On a cold, gloomy November day, the lives of Ricki Warbeck and Jessie Sanders are turned upside down when Ricki and the class of second graders she's teaching at the Joshua Bradley Elementary School are taken hostage by the depressed, armed Dale Henriksen. Jessie, an expert SWAT sniper, is deployed to the situation and watches everything unfold through the scope of her Remington rifle...

A Weekend with Aphrodite

On their way to Athens, Xena and Gabrielle decide to take a rest in the temple of the Goddess Of Love - perhaps they shouldn't have! The three of them soon find themselves on an adventure unlike any they've ever been on.

White Fever

Strong dames, fast cars, bad boys - WHITE FEVER. Working as an Enforcer for a crime family, Maeve Donnelly spends every night prowling the neon-lit mean streets of the Big City. On a seemingly endless night, she gets reacquainted with an old lover, Staci Hart, encounters a madman with a knife, and runs afoul of a pair of ruthless brothers intent on snuffing her out. Maeve and Staci soon have their hands full, but when the going gets tough, the tough just reload.

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Dames and Dollars

(Sequel To White Fever) For Maeve Donnelly (aka White Fever) and Staci Hart, the mean streets of the Big City just got meaner! When a new and merciless crew executes a series of daring raids against both the Donnelly and the Coluzzo crime families, Fever leaps into action to stop them - but then she receives a 'business offer' she can't possibly refuse.

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Fever vs. The Carjackers

(Sequel To White Fever) For Maeve Donnelly (aka White Fever) and Staci Hart, the mean streets of the Big City just got meaner! When a new and merciless crew executes a series of daring raids against both the Donnelly and the Coluzzo crime families, Fever leaps into action to stop them - but then she receives a 'business offer' she can't possibly refuse.

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Xena's Birthday

Back home in Amphipolis to celebrate Xena's birthday, Xena and Gabrielle have to deal with all kinds of issues, like Ares bringing unwanted news, Aphrodite showing up with an embarrassing gift, Iolaus and Joxer drinking too much sweet ale, Cyrene making so much food that it could support an entire battalion - and someone from Xena's recent past hoping to re-connect with the Warrior Princess.

Xena, Champion of Ares

When Licantus, a feared slave trader and one of Ares' faithful followers, sends further raiding parties to mainland Greece to round up Amazon warriors, Xena and Gabrielle travel to his nerve center on Crete to end his reign of terror - but who will the God of War side with, his new disciple or his old Champion...?