The Journey Home by Tonya Muir

This story starts out a few months after the deaths of Solan and Hope and Xena and Gabrielle are working on healing their friendship. They travel to an old friend of Xena’s who is contending with a growing army outside of the walls of his castle. While helping him with his issues, the women work through theirs.

It’s not an exciting read, by the author’s own admission, but it held my attentions enough to finish it. The ending was definitely left open enough for a sequel. In fact, I thought the other two stories bundled with the file I picked up from pdafiction.com contained a trilogy. Instead, it contains three unrelated stories.

I checked around at a few different sites but couldn’t find a sequel. The author, sadly, passed away in January of 2001 after a battle with cancer.

http://www.pdafiction.com/muir.htm

Alias Smith & Jones by T Novan and Advocate (Blayne Cooper)

If you’re in the mood for a twisted and very funny tale, this is for you. It’s a fairly short Xena Uber that follows Delilah and Dixie, two con-women, on their quest to get rid of their ill-gotten gains.

I’ve read this one a few times and I laugh out loud throughout the thing every time. It’s not a romance, it just a well written, funny romp.

Blayne Cooper and T Novan make a fantastic team and I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read that they’ve collaborated on. I highly recommend this one.

http://www.academyofbards.org/fanfic/t/tn_advocate_asaj.html

The Last Conqueror by Kamouraskan and Lariel

My favorite Xena fics tend to be Xena the Conqueror stories. Almost all of them have that transformation from Xena, Destroyer of Nations, to Xena, Leader of the People. With the help of Gabrielle, of course. Gabrielle takes on all sorts of different roles in these stories, from freedom fighter to body slave, but the outcome is usually the same. I like the conqueror stories because Xena usually gets to show off her fighting and manipulation skills much more than when she’s Xena, the repentant ex-warlord fighting for the greater good.

This story was good and had a bit of a twist right off the bat. Alti is the Conqueror, having dethroned Xena. With very few exceptions, everyone believes Xena has been killed. The reality is that she is being held in the dungeon. Alti still needs her and her inner power. There is a prophecy waiting to be fulfilled and it involves Alti, Xena, and a third person: Gabrielle, of course.

This piece has plenty of mysticism, intrigue, Amazons, and some angst thrown in for good measure. It wasn’t the best Conqueror story I’ve read, but certainly nowhere near the worst. I enjoyed it the most because it was different. And after you’ve read as many fics as I have, different can be very, very good.

http://www.pdafiction.com/kamouraskan.htm

Out of Context by Coolbyrne

I was hesitant to read this one because, at the time, I really wasn’t very familiar with the characters of Law & Order: SVU. And I hadn’t read any crossover fic. And I wasn’t familiar with this author. There was a lot stacked it and just imagine my surprise when I found this to be a very good story. I’ve read it twice.

The basic plot is that Olivia ends up in Larkhall on some undercover duty. There’s a drug ring using children to transport their merchandise from England to the US. Through the joint operation between nations, Olivia ends up spending time with our girls Nikki and Helen.

The story is well written and the characters ring true to their television counterparts. I absolutely recommend it.

http://www.ralst.com/OutContext1.HTM

Everlasting Love by Ally

This is one of my favorite Bad Girls stories. Nikki and Helen meet as teens in this piece. They become the best of friends and then more. Life separates them but neither forgets the other. Nikki is, as most stories depict her, strong, smart, and loyal. And this one has Evil Trisha. One of the great things about Bad Girls fiction is that Trisha is either good or bad, but rarely anywhere in between. I love me some Evil Trisha!

My only complaint about this one is that the 3 year old should really be at least a 5 year old. But if you overlook that, you should enjoy this one.

I’m not sure about anyone else, but I tend to have a soundtrack to my fan fiction. Bad Girls has a soundtrack of Sarah McLachlin, Natalie Merchant, and Everything But The Girl. My favorite song for this particular story is Where I Go by Natalie Merchant. Just wanted to share that.

http://www.ralst.com/Everlasting1-3.HTM

Cooking on High by Creme Brulee

French is world renowned French chef. And not just for her incredible skills in the kitchen. She’s smart, beautiful, sexy, and, according to some, Satan’s spawn. Nothing stands in the way when French wants something. Then along comes Violet Spark, aka Fry. Fry is a kind, generous, sweet young woman home from college for the summer. When these two team up to solve a murder that French has been accused of, comedy ensues. Add to this the odd cast of characters that French and Fry share the story with and this is truly a winner.

This isn’t really a romance but more of a light romantic comedy. The writing is fantastic, the plot is tight and incredibly entertaining. This is, without a doubt, my most recommended fiction. Creme’s writing style is everything I wish mine could be.

http://www.xenafiction.net/scrolls/creme_brulee_coh1.html