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August 19th, 2014

Announcement from The Royal Academy of Bards
AHEM...
July is now history. The giant 'sigh of relief' came from the panhandle of Florida. July is the one month of the year that OZ has to do real work at the Academy. Okay, okay, so counting votes is not really 'real work.' I could get a paper-cut y'know? Oh wait, no I can't. The votes are emails. Ummm...we all know that counting votes is not something a Floridian does...quickly. ;o)
It involves borrowing lots of fingers and toes. Don't worry, they were still attached. Anywho, THANK YOU for your patience.

I would first like to announce that our 2014 Feed the Bards endeavor generated a bit fewer emails than 2013 but almost twice the emails than we had in 2012. Please remember no matter the time of year, please take a few moments and FEED THE BARD who is currently writing that story you can't put down. They are sharing their talent for FREE. Show them you appreciate it.

The Fan of the Year honor goes (for the 7th year in a row-OMG WOW!) to:
Carpe Chakram

<.standing ovation/whistle.>

Now, dear readers and voters, I would like you to welcome YOUR CHOSEN
2014 Hall of Fame Bard Inductees:

Lois K

Psyche B

and

Verrath

<.APPLAUSE.>

Now the Story/Series:

The Dalton Family Saga
by Jenny Frame (2013 Bard Inductee, 2013 Story/Series Inductee) --- Top Vote-getter

Guardian Angel
by D (2007 Bard Inductee, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 Story/Series Inductee-whew! <.g.>)

The Dead Can Dance by Windstar and Zee (2010 Bard, 2010 Story/Series Inductee)

The Tell-Me Series by Verrath (2014 Bard Inductee)

and, finally,

Unbreakable by Blayne Cooper (2005 Bard, 2005x2, 2010 Story/Series Inductee)

<.MORE APPLAUSE.>

The Academy awards a personalized/dated tile box to all Bard Inductees and a personalized tile to the Story/Series Inductees...please contact me at PHIL728@aol.com and I'll arrange to get your awards out to you.

Okay...Here is where I turn the announcement over to Da Boss and let her do her 'Lifetime Achievement Award' announcement. Take it away...

The writer who has been chosen for the Academy of Bards Lifetime Achievement Award is one of the all-time favorites and one of *my* favorites as well.

She is a multi-faceted writer who, once she picks a genre, conquers it whether it be humor or suspense. This author has participated and been included in the Academy of Bards since its inception in 2000. Her forays into the publishing world have been extremely popular. What the readers want....well she just gets it.
Please join me in congratulating Blayne Cooper as our newest recipient of the Academy of Bards Lifetime Achievement Award. Rumor is she has something new coming out, here at the Academy we are all very excited!

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Added Part 34a to 35b of So Far from Home by Psyche_B [Andromeda/Alt/Incomplete]

The Conqueror: Sceptre of Fate, Part III: In the Hands of Fate by Harpy and HkdonXetG[Classic/Alt/Complete]

In The Conqueror: Sceptre of Fate, Part III : In the Hands of Fate , Xena's worse fears have come true and knowledge of her relationship with Gabrielle has made Gabrielle a target for those who oppose the Empress. Intrigue, betrayal, and conspiracy imperil alliances, friendships, and lives, and no one is above suspicion as Xena uncovers a plot that threatens the stability of her empire.

Will Xena rescue Gabrielle or will Xena be too late to save her? Will the Treaty with the Amazons be ratified or will the Amazon Queen be collateral damage in the growing conspiracy? Will Xena's plans for conquest be thwarted? Will Xena and Gabrielle be united in love or will unforeseen forces jeopardise their happiness and risk the fate of all they hold dear?

different timeline, a different Xena and Gabrielle - or are they? Read Sceptre of Fate, Part III and find out in this original and refreshing take on Xena and Gabrielle in the alternate timeline of the Conqueror.

August 15th, 2014

Incarnations III: The Garden by Icebard [Uber/Alt/Complete]
A student at a futuristic university is intrigued by a brilliant but eccentric classmate.

3 new KC and Grumps stories (Sweetwater Saga short stories) by Mickey Minner [Original/Alt/Complete]

August 13th, 2014

Added Part 32a to 33b of So Far from Home by Psyche_B [Andromeda/Alt/Incomplete]

August 9th, 2014

Added Part 30a to 31b of So Far from Home by Psyche_B [Andromeda/Alt/Incomplete]

August 8th, 2014

We would like to welcome Icebard to the Academy!

Incarnations I: The Chosen Road by Icebard [Uber/Alt/Complete]
Set in a dystopian near future. When a young woman in an impossible situation witnesses a beating, she wishes she could help the victims; then watches as another woman intervenes. Everything is about to change.

Incarnations II: The Garden by Icebard [Uber/Alt/Complete]
A curious meeting and powerful connection lead to lives of love and happiness - and a garden.

Announcement from Desert Palm Press
We are pleased to announce S. L. Kassidy's revised edition of

Scarred for Life

e-book: $4.99
Available at:

Amazon

Smashwords

CreateSpace

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?

Announcement from Q. Kelly
I've always wanted to write a serial--something like a TV show that has episodes. They've become increasingly popular with the rise of ebooks, and I realized after I started "In Need of Resolution" that it had a terrific foundation for being a serial. I originally envisioned it as a novella or novel but now know it's perfect for a serial.

Serials bring challenges, of course. Do you map out an entire season or plan episodes one by one? What if sales of episode one flop? Should you wrap up the "show" quickly in episode two or keep going and hope sales catch on? How long to wait between episodes? What if you want to go back and change a bit of character history that has suddenly become inconvenient? This move certainly isn't without its risks, but here I come!

The first episode of "In Need of Resolution" is about 28,000 words. I am about halfway finished with episode two and hope no more than a month elapses before it's out. My ideal is to have no more than two months pass in between episode releases.

SALES SITES
Kindle US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MHDTK6I
Kindle UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00MHDTK6I
Kindle Germany: http://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B00MHDTK6I
Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/in-need-of-resolution-q-kelly/1120074503?ean=2940149655854&itm=1&usri=2940149655854
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/465354
Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/in-need-of-resolution

(will appear on Apple, etc. in a few days through Smashwords)

Episode One:
When best friends Lori Chambliss and Josie Cosgrove agree to write a New Year's resolution for each other, the consequences promise to reach far and wide. Josie, a philosophy professor at Portland College in Oregon, is somewhat of a wild lady: sleeps around, not settled down and such. She's more than fine with that and is dismayed when Lori's resolution for her is to attend at least three therapy sessions. Josie's idea to make therapy bearable: seduce the counselor. Once Josie has her mind set on something, she sees the mission through.

Dr. Evelyn Darby is a fifty-six-year-old therapist who has long felt restless and unsettled. She often daydreams about owning a cozy coffee cafe. She is divorced and has two grown daughters who don't talk to her like they used to. Her new patient, Josie Cosgrove, stirs envy and longing in Evelyn. Makes Evelyn want more from life. Before long, Evelyn's strong sense of professional honor collides with her yearning for more.

Meanwhile, Lori, who is also a philosophy professor, has landed in an equally vexing dilemma. Josie's resolution for her is to seduce Reagan Richards, Lori's favorite student from the past semester. Even though Portland College doesn't necessarily forbid professor-student relations and Reagan is no longer Lori's student, Lori is horrified. For one, she hates kissing and sex because they're yucky and germy. For two, she doesn't take risks. She loves her comfortable life. Lori is sure she's setting herself up for humiliation. Turns out Reagan has problems of her own and may be willing to lend a sympathetic body.

This episode is about 28,000 words. Also included is a sneak preview at a scene from episode two.

These stories and more will continue throughout the episodes of IN NEED OF RESOLUTION. Stay tuned!
- Q. Kelly

qkellybooks.com

August 5th, 2014

Announcement from the Royal Academy of Bards
Dear bards and readers, we will soon let you know about the new Hall of Fame inductees. Please stay tuned for the announcement.

Mickey's Big Weekend by Norsebard [Uber/Alt/Complete]
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...

Added Part 28a to 29b of So Far from Home by Psyche_B [Andromeda/Alt/Incomplete]

August 1st, 2014

The Conqueror: Sceptre of Fate, Part III: In the Hands of Fate by Harpy and HkdonXetG[Classic/Alt/Complete]
In The Conqueror: Sceptre of Fate, Part III : In the Hands of Fate , Xena's worse fears have come true and knowledge of her relationship with Gabrielle has made Gabrielle a target for those who oppose the Empress. Intrigue, betrayal, and conspiracy imperil alliances, friendships, and lives, and no one is above suspicion as Xena uncovers a plot that threatens the stability of her empire.

Will Xena rescue Gabrielle or will Xena be too late to save her? Will the Treaty with the Amazons be ratified or will the Amazon Queen be collateral damage in the growing conspiracy? Will Xena's plans for conquest be thwarted? Will Xena and Gabrielle be united in love or will unforeseen forces jeopardise their happiness and risk the fate of all they hold dear?

different timeline, a different Xena and Gabrielle - or are they? Read Sceptre of Fate, Part III and find out in this original and refreshing take on Xena and Gabrielle in the alternate timeline of the Conqueror.

Added Part 26a to 27b of So Far from Home 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 So Far From Home.

 

 

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