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This file features reviews of stories written by Journs. For any other fiction by this bard please visit any of the Xena fan fiction indexes.

**DAY AFTER (THE) by Journs - [Alt]
This sequel to Journs' RESA continues the story of the former gang leader and writer Jennifer Logan as they indulge in a very private, wonderful reunion after a separation of more than a year. It's a new beginning that has them both feeling tentative, never having experienced the intensity of what they're now sharing with one another. Uncertain but driven by an overwhelming need to be together, the two will face many challenges in the weeks ahead, both internal and external, as they struggle against their own fears, the demands of family, the prejudices of their society and the differences in their cultures to secure the little bit of Heaven they've found in one another and finally put behind them the past that nearly drove them apart. Journs has developed the Resa/Jennifer pairing into a wonderfully compelling, passionate, beautiful relationship that while recalling that of an ancient warrior and bard also addresses the modern hurdles alternate and intercultural couples face today. Though very different, the leads each have a mixture of strength and vulnerability that have you understanding their fears and rooting for them from page one. This one should keep us checking for more in the weeks ahead. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! [unfinished] - 77 pgs., 8/30/00

RESA by Journs - [Alt]
When college student Jennifer Logan is approached by a priest about writing the life story of one of East L.A.'s deadliest former gang personalities, she doesn't expect the project to actually go through, particularly since Father Hector freely admits his intent is for Jennifer to help him keep this particular "lost sheep" on the right course. Uncertain as to how she could do this, Jennifer assumes a first meeting is all she'll get with the infamous Resa Gustavez but one look into those piercing blue eyes leaves her determined to give the one-time "gangera" the one thing she's never had - a trusted friend. It's a decision that will bring the young writer face to face with the danger and desperation, the cruelties and vicious codes of gang life, showing her just how difficult it can be to escape that life...and how easy to get swallowed up by the violence. Journs has done an excellent job integrating elements of the Xena canon into a modern-day story with uber characterizations that are appropriate for the setting and time period but still very much recall those that inspired them. The story is fast paced, suspenseful, entertaining, and ultimately very satisfying. A terrific read for one of these lazy Summer afternoons. DO NOT MISS! [See the sequel THE DAY AFTER] - 255 pgs., 8/10/00
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