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Pt. 3 of the LEGENDS LEGACY SERIES brings a new complication to Xena's life in the form of one determined little thief. Fun exchanges in this one. - 5 pgs., 12/27/99

Set after the episode FINS, FEMMES AND GEMMES, this is a wicked little exercise in seduction that has the Warrior Princess deciding to take that final step in her relationship with Gabrielle - and discovering a whole new side to the innocent bard. Have that supply of Amazon ice handy for this one >:) A decidedly entertaining read! - 14 pgs., 7/10/98

**BINDS THAT TIE (THE) by Bat Morda
Coming from the keyboard of Bat Morda it should be no surprise that this is one of the BEST Warlord/Slave stories written to date in XWP fan fiction and an absolute MUST READ! To help a monarch who once offered her army shelter, Xena agrees to try to intimidate a neighboring kingdom into abandoning any expansionist plans they may have. In order to do so, however, she must first convince the king there that she is still the feared warlord of old - an image which really doesn't allow for a bard as a companion. For Xena the solution seems simple - to go alone. For Gabrielle another solution is MUCH more rational - to go along as Xena's slave. Guess who wins ;-) Exceptionally well-written and edited, this is a romance that explores the attraction to things dark and dangerous. Words that come to mind - hot, sizzling, burning! DO NOT READ AT WORK (unless your co-workers are used to seeing you flushed and wearing a silly grin). Bat offers a few more warnings herself at the beginning of her story - make SURE to read those. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! [See also the sequel THE BINDS THAT TIE II: THE TACKY SEQUEL] - 36 pgs., 8/21/97
FANFIC ART: Barron Story Cover
[Palm Pilot version available at XENA FAN FICTION FOR THE PALM PILOT]

In an unusual treat we get BOTH the original story and its sequel with this latest by the Xenaverse's favorite flying mammal :) Bat tried a very unique approach in this sequel - basically giving us the same story as the original but from a different perspective - this time as seen through Xena's eyes. The technique works really well enhancing the characterizations set forth in the first tale and revealing to an even greater degree the love beneath the passion. The same words come to mind as in the first story by the way - HOT, SIZZLING, BURNING - so this one gets the DO NOT READ AT WORK warning as well as a reminder to read Bat's disclaimers (they're too funny to miss anyway). VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! - 56 pgs., 9/97
FANFIC ART: Barron Story Cover
[Palm Pilot version available at XENA FAN FICTION FOR THE PALM PILOT]

Set about six weeks after KEOLA'S STORY, this new novel from one of our veteran talents immediately plunges Xena, Gabrielle, their friends and family into a desperate new crisis when Sula, the warrior and bard's adopted daughter, is kidnapped and Lila is critically injured in the process. While the enraged Lion of Amphipolis and the Queen of the Amazons track the kidnappers, Keola must look after the safety of those left behind in Poteidaia, aware now that Sula's kidnappers had helped from a very dangerous enemy. For all involved the coming weeks will test them as never before, plunging the Warrior Princess into a dark place she hoped never again to visit, leaving the bard to fear for both the safety of her daughter and the emotional health of her partner, and sending Keola on a difficult quest to uncover the danger lurking closer to home. Fast-paced and intense, Jim's writing moves the story along quickly while once again bringing these characters to life. He uses extended flashbacks to add some lighter moments to the tale, revisiting the happier days surrounding Xena and Gab's joining ceremony. This is a solid start to what promises to be yet another exciting adventure-drama from a writer who certainly knows how to deliver those. [unfinished] - 54 pgs., 7/24/00

BIT OF FLESH (A) by Katrina
Katrina gets playful...and you should all know by now that when Katrina gets playful, wickedness is at hand! >:) VERY cute story that has the bard stuck in a rather compromising position and the warrior helping her...pass the time ;-) - 3 pgs., 2/17/98

**BITE ME by Katrina
The author describes this story as "wildly imaginative" and she's not kidding! Based on the events which took place in the episode GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN, this tale begins with Ares confronting Gabrielle over Xena's recent preoccupation with her. He is certain Xena's secret obsession with Gabrielle is hurting her skills as a warrior and could possibly get her killed so he simply wants the bard to give in to her own passions for the warrior. Ares knows the real reason Gabrielle fights against those passions - he knows the secret the bard has been hiding since the fateful meeting with Bacchus - a secret which shames her but which ironically may help her understand Xena better. For Xena's sake the two come to an understanding, never suspecting that the warrior will be taking control of the situation soon enough. Definitely unusual but well-written and original. DO NOT MISS! [Note: This is the first story in the BLOOD AND ROSES SERIES] - 10 pgs., 7/11/97
[Palm Pilot version available at XENA FAN FICTION FOR THE PALM PILOT]

This first story from a promising new bard is set DURING the episode THE BITTER SUITE and offers a clever interpretation of the much talked-about opening scene from that episode. Nicely written and quite thought-provoking. [Note: this story is not explicit] - 10 pgs., 2/17/98

The *PERFECT* remake of the BITTER SUITE, this musical odyssey would be the ideal season ender for year four >:) Featuring a familiar cast of characters and some of the best one-liners I've ever read, this HYSTERICAL epic reveals Blade Mast as a master lyricist exceedingly well-versed on the art of making a P-O-I-N-T. The MUST READ of the year, this gets my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION! - 26 pgs., 5/13/99

**BITTER TREAT by Joanna
The most talked about skit of the year is finally here! An ALL-MUSICAL follow-up to Joanna's MATERNAL MISTAKES that will leave you unable to ever look at a Certs with a straight face again ;-) Join the warrior and bard as they travel to the land of Delusia, deconstruct their relationship in a shocking FOOD FIGHT! - then fight to rediscover that tender subtext between them! Along for the ride once again is a decidedly depressed Poteidaian CHORUS along with all of the grrls' love interests, enemies, and enemies which want to be love interests! ;-) Featuring a TRULY unforgettable score, this is a skit of epic proportions guaranteed to leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside - maybe a little hoarse too if you sing along :) Proof positive that our bards are every bit as talented...and demented as the Xenastaff, BITTER TREAT is one of the best things to have ever hit fanfic. It receives my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION! - 30 pgs., 2/16/98
[Palm Pilot version available at XENA FAN FICTION FOR THE PALM PILOT]

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