NOTE: I do not update these reports after they are posted so some of the links may not work after a while. If you find a broken link check the title in the alphabetical lists of alternative or general reviews at the end of this report.

[Previous report was for 12/28/98]

Hi folks :)

Ella Quince has added some new topics to her resource page for writers, THE BLUE QUILL. "The Dreaded Colon, Semi- And Otherwise" offers grammar advice while "IMHO: A Rant Against Installment Stories" lists some important considerations in deciding how to post a fanfic story. Check out these new articles along with some other very valuable advice from one of our veteran fanfic talents at:

All alt. report tonight.


SILENT NIGHT by Ella Quince
An inn...a shy bard...a warrior willing and able to help her get over her shyness >:) Reading like those much-loved classic alt. romps from the early beginnings of XWP fanfic, Ella's new contribution can only be described as WICKEDLY delightful :) A MUST READ! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! - 3 pgs.

A beautifully written, sensual piece chronicling a passionate surrender amidst the coolness of an evening rain shower. Verrrry nice :) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! - 3 pgs.

ENTHRALLED by S. Derkins
Yet another of those unconventional uber stories, this one a historical one following the struggles of a beautiful captive from the lands of the North as she's forced into a life of slavery, eventually becoming part of an Indian lord's household. Purchased by a sadistic owner, Skye struggles to maintain her dignity with little hope for the future until another heart, also longing for freedom, reaches out to her, awakening the proud Northerner to feelings she's never known before and bringing two soulmates together again. Original premise and original characterizations in a poignant storyline. - 24 pgs.

The fourth installment in T. Novan's RAISING MELOSA SERIES, has Cyrene meeting her granddaughter for the first time as the warrior and bard enjoy a peaceful time with their family. Sweet and playful feel-good tale. DO NOT MISS! - 4 pgs.

Part five in T. Novan's RAISING MELOSA SERIES, this is a gripping tale that finds the happiness Xena and Gabrielle had so recently found cruelly stripped from them as a secret from the past is revealed and the warrior finds herself having to make a choice... Heavy-hitting emotional piece. - 5 pgs.

REUNION by T. Novan
The RAISING MELOSA SERIES continues as a distraught Ephiny tries to look after her grieving Queen and the gods play with the fates of mortals once again... Another very emotional entry in the series. - 6 pgs.

BY THE SHORE by T. Novan
This latest addition to the RAISING MELOSA SERIES, has the warrior and bard happy again and expecting yet another addition to the family. All the while, though, a nervous Xena cannot help her overprotectiveness, well aware of how quickly the Fates can take away those we love... Very loving and poignant depiction of the relationship in this one. DO NOT MISS! - 9 pgs.

The conclusion is now available. A wonderful Christmas surprise for the many Missy fans out there, this DELIGHTFUL follow-up to the extraordinary TROPICAL STORM finds Dar and Kerry feeling increasingly comfortable in their relationship as they enjoy the holidays and make plans for Dar's upcoming birthday party. It is a time for friends and family - for reflecting on the change their lives have taken - and perhaps even for taking more of those emotional risks... In this final update Dar and Karry enjoy some quiet times after the festivities. As usual Missy excels here in capturing the magic of the relationship between her two heroines. Set in Merwolf's home town, this uber series has a terrifically authentic flavor to it (and this is coming from a fellow Miamian so I KNOW ;-). Dar, Kerry and the entire supporting cast are extraordinarily well-drawn characters brought to life by some very skillful storytelling. One for the top of your MUST READ list, this Solstice gift gets my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION! [Note: In order to avoid overtaxing the servers Missy's stories are available from lets please split our use of these guys - if your first name starts with the letters A-M use the first URL below, if it starts with N-Z use the second.] - 40 pgs.

For those of you reading this post who are not familiar with the term alternative (alt.), it refers to ADULT stories that add a romantic element to the relationship between Xena and Gabrielle, depicting them as more than just friends.

Happy reading!

Lunacy 8-)