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November 27th , 2012

Added Part 10 of Beyond Always by Carrie Carr [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

Added Part 13 of Hollywood Dreams by Fiur & Vlamme [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

November 24th, 2012

To Mend A Wild Heart by Mikaeli Hooper [Classic/Alt/Incomplete]
The Conqueror is fighting inner demons after Cleopatra's slave's betrayal. But with security problems, a royal wedding, plans to conquer Rome and a palace full of famous people, the Conqueror finds herself losing the battle with the beast inside of her. Until someone shows up at her palace for the Spring festival. This is the sequel to To Tame A Wild Heart.

Added Chapter 14 of It Should be Me by Mikaeli Hooper [Classic/Alt/Incomplete]

November 23rd , 2012

Announcement from Del Robertson

Del Robertson's TAMING THE WOLFF is now available through in both e-book and paperback formats.

ONLY ONE WOMAN... As devastatingly beautiful as she is headstrong, noble-born Alexis DeVale abruptly finds her preordained life in upheaval. Abducted at swordpoint, held for ransom, thrust into a maelstrom of lawlessness and piracy... HAS THE POWER... The strength of her passion, the depth of her love... TO TAME THE WOLFF... Mayhem. Brutality. Murder. These are the tools of the trade - and Kris Wolff is the master of her profession. Captain of the high seas, a roguish pirate, her heart hardened by life, her passion tightly controlled by the secret she's forced to keep. Faced with a new danger, The Wolff finds herself unable to guard her heart from the tumultuous desires that Alexis DeVale has awakened.

Added Part 12 of Hollywood Dreams by Fiur & Vlamme [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

Added Part 7- The Conclusion of Phantom of the Heart by Stein Willard [Original/Alt/Complete]
This story is lucky to have a title, because I have no idea where its going. Its basically writing itself. Please bear with me and lets find out together where this tale is leading us.

Added Chapter 13 of It Should be Me by Mikaeli Hooper [Classic/Alt/Incomplete]

November 20th , 2012

Announcement from Jenny Frame
I would like to announce the new updated version of, The Dylan Morgan Show ebook.

The Dylan Morgan Show - Season 1 as epub

The Dylan Morgan Show - Season 1 as PDF

The Dylan Morgan Show - Season 1 as mobi

A big thank to the cover designer, Lilien Hoffman. I f you are interested in Lilien's designs, you can contact her at Or check out Lilien's website here -!home/mainPage

Announcement from Blue Feather Book
Looking for somthing good to read over the Thanksgiving holiday? Well, look no futher!

Blue Feather Books is vey happy to announce the release of Angela Koenig's debut novel, Rebellion in Ulster :

During a visit to relatives in Ulster, Rhodes Scholar Jeri O'Donnell's plans for a scholarly life are shattered by a tragedy that kills her beloved cousin, Fiona, and sends Jeri to the Armagh Women's Prison. In Armagh, Provo volunteer Jill Leary attempts to recruit the young American for the IRA, while the mysterious Arkadia O'Malley seeks nothing less than Jeri's soul.

When Jeri is released as precipitously as she was imprisoned, she chooses to embrace Fiona's struggle as her own and joins the Provisional IRA. Jeri is sent out of Northern Ireland to be trained, first to the Irish Republic and then to Eastern Europe. Cool under pressure and fierce in action, she becomes the ideal urban soldier whether in Rotterdam, Belgrade, or Belfast.

Attracting women has never been difficult for the intense young woman from South Boston, but Jeri's inconsolable remorse over Fiona's death makes intimacy virtually impossible. Several women try to reach her, but the violence of her life only drives her further from human comfort. Although she can never quit questioning the morality of her actions, Jeri has a taste for fighting that she once hoped to leave behind in the streets of Southie. When a bomb in Belfast explodes early, either through accident or design, the resulting carnage plunges Jeri into a despair that forces her to reconsider what choices, if any, are left to her.

Don't miss this action-packed, fast paced book, available now at in print, and soon, in print and e-book, from Bella Distribution.

Added Chapter 12 of It Should be Me by Mikaeli Hooper [Classic/Alt/Incomplete]

November 18th , 2012

Announcement from Ann McMan
I am thrilled to announce the publication of Aftermath, the sequel to the Academy's 2011 Hall of Fame Top Vote Getter, Jericho.

Publisher's Summary:
Readers everywhere fell in love with Syd, Maddie, David, Michael, Pete, and the irrepressible Roma Jean Freemantle in Ann McMan's 2011 bestseller, Jericho. Now, return to the tiny mountain town in the much anticipated sequel, Aftermath.

Over the past eighteen months, Syd, Maddie, and little Henry have become a family, and things are going surprisingly well for most of Jericho's residents . . . if you don't count the devastating storm that whips through town. In the weeks and months to come, Syd, Maddie, and all of Jericho are forced to pick up the pieces and rebuild their homes, their lives, and their town. The task is sometimes hard, sometimes emotional, and sometimes absurd, but is always full of smart and sassy humor and an abundance of good food and wine.

Aftermath is now available in eBook at: (also available via amazon in Germany, France, Italy, UK, Japan, and Spain) vPaperbacks are available for pre-order.

Ann McMan
Author of Jericho, Dust, Sidecar, and Aftermath.

November 16th , 2012

Added Chapter 11 of It Should be Me by Mikaeli Hooper [Classic/Alt/Incomplete]

November 15th , 2012

Announcement from The Royal Academy of Bards
YIKES! Mouse in the kitchen. The link for the 'mandatory components' was inadvertently labeled as a 'punzle''s all fixed now. If you are competing make sure to view those components and the pantry in it's entirety.

Added Part 7 of Troubles Times Ten by JL Nicky[Original/Alt/Incomplete]
Becky Anne Barton, computer whiz and recently very bored with early retirement finds herself trespassing for a thrill. Discovering an apartment full of foster kids and one very determined young woman trying to raise them. Becky confronts Charlie and convinces her to let others help.

With her resources, patience, and infinite time Becky finds herself helping to erase the haunted looks these kids have built in their young lives. Charlies distrust is another matter. Can Becky ever prove to Charlie that a promise can be kept? Can Charlie ever learn how to show her love to the one person she is falling head over heels with. Trouble takes on a whole new meaning as kids and guardians fight to grow into the kind of family each of them need.

Added Part 11 of Hollywood Dreams by Fiur & Vlamme [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

EvilXena: Resurrection by Norsebard [Classic/PostFIN/Alt/Complete]
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...

November 13th , 2012

Announcement from The Royal Academy of Bards
From today on we also have the Academy punzle online.

November 12th , 2012

Announcement from The Royal Academy of Bards
Hey Good Lookin'...Whatcha Got Cookin'?

Well, how's about the Academy Solstice Challenge (#28 for those keeping count). This Challenge is based on the TV show Chopped. We are supplying you with mandatory components and you creative Bards are going to turn them into delectable treats for our readers. The Roools and items are available here...please read them carefully.

Prizes to the winner(s)...deadline for entries is December 9th. Any Questions? Contact me: Okay Chefs...your time starts...NOW!

Revised version of Facade by Cheyne Curry [Original/Alt/Complete]
This story was originally written last year for Royal Academy of Bards' 2011 Halloween Invitational. I added a few pages to round out the characters.

Added Chapter 10 of It Should be Me by Mikaeli Hooper [Classic/Alt/Incomplete]

November 8th , 2012

Announcement from Bedazzled Ink
We have an organic approach to how we add imprints. Instead of putting the cart before the horse–creating an imprint before we have books to fill it–we let the horse wander up to the cart and give it a nudge. In other words, when we find a book we really want to sign, we'll gussy up a brand new cart if it doesn't fit in the carts we already have. And then the strangest thing often happens. We suddenly have several horses trotting through the gate up to that shiny new cart.

Our latest "cart" is called Bink Books. We've always wanted a fiction version of our nonfiction Rogue Books imprint– so Bink Books is an imprint devoted to fiction that doesn't fit into our other categories.

Our first Bink Book off the presses is A Cowboy Tradition: Poems from the Heart by T.K. Galarneau. Now, it's true, we've said that we don't publish books of poetry. But, as with everything, there are always exceptions. On page 132 is a poem entitled “Dizzy Dazz.” It's a little know fact that Bedazzled Ink is named after Dazz the horse. Here's the publisher with Dazz . . .

So we have a cowboy poet in our midst and think that's pretty cool . . . and gives us a good excuse to go to cowboy poetry festivals. T.K.'s poems tell stories of ordinary people who spent their lives living and working on the land. Some of the characters like Charley are fictional, but could have very easily existed in a time long since passed. Most are based on real people from T.K.'s youth . . . many are family who have passed on and left their stories in her care.

Check out our new imprint and authors:

Bedazzled Ink Publishing

Announcement from Q. Kelly
My newest novella, "Love's Spell," is out!

Amazon: Smashwords:

Here's a link to a blog post that has the blurb and two excerpts:

I want to talk really quickly about not believing in something vs. believing in possibilities. I've copied and pasted part of my dedication here: I dedicate this novella to my wife, Melanie, to our cats, Dopey and Flirt, and to our dog, Chester. Dopey died during the writing of this novella, which is ironic in a way because the character of Mrs. Purr was already in full force as a combination of Dopey and Flirt. In Mrs. Purr, part of Dopey will always live on. Part of Flirt, too. I don't believe in abracadabra magic, but there is no denying that after Dopey died, Flirt (who is a year younger than Dopey) started taking on many of Dopey's behaviors—behaviors Flirt had never done. Who knows, maybe magic does exist.

This novella will always remain super extra special to me for the above reason. - Q. Kelly

Added Part 10 of Hollywood Dreams by Fiur & Vlamme [Original/Alt/Incomplete]

Added Chapter 24 - The Conclusion of To Tame A Wild Heart by Mikaeli Hooper [Classic/Alt/Complete]
The Conqueror leaves Greece to visit Cleopatra and meets a slave/gladiator named Gabrielle but all is not what it seems.

Added Chapter 9 of It Should be Me by Mikaeli Hooper [Classic/Alt/Incomplete]
This is the last installment of the series, sequel to I Will Be and Turning Tables. Xena has left Gabrielle once more and returned to Amphipolis where she receives a letter with heartbreaking news. Will she finally be able to fix things with Gabrielle or is she much too late? November 6th , 2012

November 8th , 2012

Added Part 7 - The Conclusion of Cold Stone by Kennedy Northcutt [Original/Alt/Complete]

Added Part 5 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.

Sundays on Squire's Isle, November 4: Sunday Drive by Geonn Cannon [Original/Alt/Complete]
Two days before the election, the mayor's wife has her driver take her for one last spin around the island.

Election Day by Geonn Cannon [Original/Alt/Complete]
Patricia Hood-Colby's political career hangs in the balance when the residents of Squire's Isle head to the polls.

November 4th, 2012

Added Chapter 23 of To Tame A Wild Heart by Mikaeli Hooper [Classic/Alt/Incomplete]
The Conqueror leaves Greece to visit Cleopatra and meets a slave/gladiator named Gabrielle but all is not what it seems.

November 3rd , 2012

Added Part 9 of Beyond Always by Carrie Carr [Original/Alt/Incomplete]
Set a year after the events of Trust our Tomorrows, everything is going well for the Walters family. The ranch is prospering, the kids are growing - and Lex & Amanda have never been happier. But when tragedy strikes the family, will it bring them closer together or tear them apart?

Halloween by Orhea (The Dreamer) [Original/Alt/Complete]
This is a Halloween short I wrote yesterday in one sitting. It is pretty tame, no explicit material, but I think it has it's merits. It's been such a long time since I've had something complete to post! Please enjoy!

Added Part 9 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".

Added Chapter 22 of To Tame A Wild Heart by Mikaeli Hooper [Classic/Alt/Incomplete]
The Conqueror leaves Greece to visit Cleopatra and meets a slave/gladiator named Gabrielle but all is not what it seems.

Added Part 20 - The Conclusion of Queen of the Realm by Warrior Judge [Conqueror/Alt/Complete]
This story is a sequel to the story “Lord Conqueror of the Realm”. The Conqueror, Queen Gabrielle and their daughter Princess Athena travel together to Amazon lands in order to catch the one responsible for a series of mysterious attacks committed against the Amazons, threatening to disturb the peace in the region. While there a major event occurs that drives a wedge between the Conqueror and Queen Gabrielle, which forces them to examine their complex relationship.


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