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Moonrise by Twelve20One Teen or Above
'Once upon a moonlit night, a girl, whom wasn't just any ordinary girl, met a boy, whom wasn't just any ordinary boy. . .'
Distorted Love by mocasoul 17 and older
  Keisha is trapped in a world she doesn’t know isn’t real.  Tyler is her fiancé and his years of torturing and terrorizing her never happened.  Outside forces try to bring her to her actual reality and try to help her see Tyler for what he really is…a monster.   Spin-off-ish...
Adaline:The Silent by sha2011 17 and older
SEQUEL to Sasha: the Wallflower. Adaline Lang is an up and coming photographer with more than her own set of problems. During her cousin's wedding she comes face-to-face with the man that she had fallen in love with as a child. Only to find out he was in love with someone else. What will she do to...
NightFall by Elizablu 17 and older
In the land of Gods and Monsters lurking just beyond the veil of day is a beast using the Blue Forests of Luminensce as a hunting ground.
Strange Fruit by Missus James 17 and older
A modern Southern Gothic tale of revenge. While the skeletons from his closet ate him alive with guilt,She devoured his sanity bit by bit.She was the beginning of the shadows that haunted him, And the reason for his inevitable end.And as the others reaped what they sowed,He was saved for last.He waited...
Croy by Alexandria Glass 17 and older
Banner by: Siennna Gray   Croy Martin left her hometown in Texas for her dream job in a small town in Missouri. She falls into a seductive web that is weaved in front of her. Not afraid to fall in love, she dives in head first. Torn between three men, what's a girl to do?
Choosey Lover by CaramelGal Mature Content
  Elle always played it safe and chose wisely. Every accomplishment in her life was meticulously planned. When an old flame from a past complicated relationship comes back into her life, she soon finds out everything doesn't go as planned.   
Modern Love Story by A_Muse_In_Grrl 17 and older
Summary: Modern Love StoryZane was just hitting his stride in the modeling world. He had good friends and family and he enjoyed being able to support himself. However he didn't have one inkling of how hard it was to maintain happiness and good fortune in a world of sycophants and envious frenemies until...
In Name Only by TheOneAndTrueKing 17 and older
Kori Ann has been through more than her fair share of drama in her twenty years of life. All she wants to do is put the lies and pain behind her and keep it moving. Now, with a failed engagement under her belt Kori finds herself in an odd predicament with her ever growing attraction to the new graphic...
The Viking and the Goddess by Fan Fic Lover Mature Content
Tara Thornton flees the small, dead- end town of Bon Temps. She ends up in Shreveport hoping to start a new life. Soon the determined woman meets the cold hearted, thousand year old vampire Eric Northman. Shocking events change their world in the most unexpected way; both are unaware of what destiny...

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The Care and Feeding of Postpartum Parents by Realstone Teen or Above
Part 2 of I am my beloved's...


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Bound by mocasoul 17 and older
Samara, a model/actress, is sucked into the world of BDSM as she tries to figure out who murdered her photographer best friend and roommate, Ana, who belonged to a BDSM club called Bound in which she’s involved with a dominant who has a connection to Samara…Justin, a model by day and a Bound...
Her by islandlass 17 and older
Joshua just wanted to help out his band's singer get over the blues with a little drinking and a little loving- that's all. Right?   ****Sexy banner by the one and only Elizablu****
Then Before Now Once More by HyakkiYagyo Teen or Above
"Why do you wear those wings all of the time?" "What wings?" August 1, 2007. A week before the start of sophomore year. Virginia Nez was murdered in cold blood and everyone totally thinks Solomon Dinétsfósí, the school's pariah, did it. It's so easy to blame the boy for it, too...
Iron Clad by intellectual titmouse Members ONLY: 17 and Older
  Dope-Ass Banner by Elizablu   Detective Nyah McIntyre is a liability to her department, possibly even the city she's taken a vow to protect. Despite the rising insurance claims, no one can argue if she's good at her job. She's one of best detectives her small New Jersey city has ever...
paupers & kings by DaSoulVicious 17 and older
  Love never follows the rules. It is never clear cut. Even with its good intentions and drive to grant others happiness, love will always make a way to bring people to their knees in the wake of destruction.   paupers & kings©2013 by DaSoulVicious   This BEAUTIFUL banner...

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Disclaimers

There is no need for authors to add disclaimers any longer. An automatic standard disclaimer is now included with every chapter. If you wish to include your own personalised disclaimer, then please feel free to do so.


by jacci on 11/24/11 08:33 am
New Help for Beta searches

We have just added a new feature to the Chamber to help people looking for beta readers.  If you go the Members/Authors Link in the menu and change the dropdown to Beta Reader, you will be able to see a list of people who have offered their services as beta. You can then use the contact author form to contact them and ask if they would like to help.


 


This is NOT a promise of help, we are all volunteers here and nobody is obligated to help if they do not wish to, for whatever reason. We all have busy lives and may be able to help sometimes but not other times. Please be considerate when asking for help.


 


If you would like to get yourself added to this list, go into your Account Info/Edit Bio and select Yes for the beta reader option. if you find yourself already on this list and do not wish to be, please edit your info and set it to NO.


 


If anybody has any issues or problems with this, unsure how to use it, or wishing to report abuse of the system, please contact administrators immediatly at chamber@valentchamber.com


by jacci on 11/19/11 11:55 pm
Military Men Challenge

This month as we move into the holiday season, the time of year when we come together with those we love, the Chamber wants to challenge our writers and some readers too, to pen a tale about our brave military heroes who will be returning home from the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq.


All of us here have either seen our real life GI Joes moving quickly through the airport; or perhaps he is the man in your life, who is on his way back to you.   Who doesn't love a man in uniform?


The story can be a fanfic or an original piece, just get writing as we honor our brave, loyal, sexy, military men. Are you up for the challenge?


 


by KellyKlue on 11/10/11 02:53 am
Constructive Criticism Allowed, Rude Reviews Are Not

Hello Ladies (and Gentlemen),

For the most part, we all want the Chamber to be a positive site and experience for everyone, readers and writers. Unfortunately every now and then there is someone who doesn’t want to play by the same rules as every one else. Disrespect of any kind, in the shoutbox, in reviews, in PMs, is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. Period.

However, in many cases, the only way the moderators will know if reviews/reviewers are abusive is if writers and readers inform the moderating staff. All members, if at anytime you see a review or behavior that is derogatory, offensive, or mean report it immediately.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with constructive criticism. Many writers find it just as motivating and invigorating as reviews that are solely positive. However, when the criticism is no longer constructive and is just critical and mean-spirited, there is a problem.

We have many talented authors here who depend on reviewers to keep them going, but criticism from a reviewer that is not constructive will not be tolerated. Authors please, if you are getting abusive reviews say something. This is a form of bullying and abusive reviews and reviewers need to be reported to the moderators so that action can be taken.

Just like this type of behavior is not tolerated in our personal lives it shouldn’t be acceptable in our internet lives and will not be tolerated. The Chamber is a site that was started with the goal of providing empowering stories about women of color to the public and we should not allow a few bullies to ruin it for the rest of us.

So if you see an abusive review, report it. If you receive an abusive review, report it, if someone gets mean in the ShoutBox report it. We all have to do our part, both writers and readers, to keep the Chamber a positive experience for everyone.


by ChamberAdministrators on 10/24/11 01:47 am
Helpdesk

Due to some persisting problems that we haven't been able to fix with the beta support request script, we are shutting down that system and moving to one that is very similar within the forum.


 


It is very easy to use, although it will require that you be logged into the forum to utilise it. Once you log in, you can access it through the HELPDESK link in the menu. Hopefully we will have a little more luck with this one.


by jacci on 09/12/11 09:53 am
Submission Rules


Authors, members, readers, lurkers, new and old, please take the time to review the new rules that have been uploaded here. All who visit the Chamber are expected to read and abide by them. Thank you for doing your part in keeping the Chamber one of the best sites for stories about women of color. If there are any questions about these rules, feel free to contact a site Admin.



by OliviaD on 08/19/11 08:08 pm
Busted: Romantic Cliches Challenge
You see it in movies, you read about it…… smooching in the surf as the waves wash over you. Making love in a scented candle-lit room. Finding a beautiful engagement ring in a glass of Moet champagne?

Authors, your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to take these romantic clichés and turn them on their proverbial heads.

Sand can get pretty itchy if it gets into the wrong places, plus you have to watch out for that seaweed. Oh, did we mention the sand crabs?

Don’t get to enthusiastic with your lovemaking in that candle lit room – you might kick over a candle and…..whoops!

Oh, wow, you didn’t see the ring in the glass of champagne? You….swallowed it??

No trope is off limits, go where your imagination takes you.

Respond to this awesome challenge Now!






by Onimosity & OliviaDuBelle on 05/16/11 02:23 am
Videos In Summaries/Chapters

We are now adding the option for authors to add video trailers to their summaries or chapters. At the moment the only way to do this is for an author to submit a request to an admin (we are working on fixing this but for now this is the best we can offer)


The vid has to be hosted on youtube, and requests can be submitted through the Helpdesk within the forum. Instructions for submissions can be found here.


Please note though, once the vid is coded in, if the author edits the summary or the chapter, the vid will be stripped and another submission will need to be made to get it back.


I know this is a hassle and not the ideal solution, for now this is the best we can offer, and we are working on improving this system.


by jacci on 05/04/11 09:31 am
New Look:The Fame

Everyone wants to be someone, right? Well at The Chamber we all are. With the classic yet poignant color scheme, you’ll find yourself feeling as fabulous as a Hollywood starlet. Enjoy the lush, bold and elegant look of The Fame skin.


by a_muse_me on 05/04/11 04:29 am
Pasting from Word

If you are having trouble with formatting, especially pasting from Word or any word processor, using the tinyMCE (the thing with the format buttons on), you will likely find a lot of mess and wrong sizing turning up.


 


The best way to avoid this is to press the little clipboard with the W on it (just under the font size dropdown) and paste your text in there. Then press insert. Once you do it that way, all the 'junk code' from the word processor is stripped and you can format your fonts normally to whatever sizes and style you like.


 


The other option is to uncheck the use tinyMCE box and paste your text directly into the box and format manually with code.




by jacci on 04/25/11 02:31 pm
In Colour

In Colour is a new skin avaliable to those who want a very colorful experience at Valent Chamber. Think of an atomic bomb filled with the colors of the rainbow that happened to explode on your computer screen and that perfectly describes In Colour. With an abstract cloud of different textures and elements dipping in the hues of the rainbow, In Colour won't disappoint if you are a colorful character.


Warning: You may be overwhelmed with the psychadelic-ness of this skin!


by Missus James on 04/23/11 10:26 am
The Chamber Needs Beta Readers
Would you like reading stories before they're posted? Would you like to help authors sharpen their skills? Have you ever read a story and said to yourself: "I think this story would be better if..."? Then the Chamber needs you!

If you're interested in becoming a beta reader please reply to the post in the forum or comment on this post along with the types of stories you enjoy reading. We'll do our best to match you and an author who writes your story preferences through our shiny new support system.

We're waiting for you! Thanks!!!



by Happy2bNappy on 04/23/11 02:06 am
The Chamber Adventure Vacation Challenge

Here is another writing challenge for everyone! This time we decided to try something different by creating a trailer instead.


Spring is the perfect season to start an adventure that could last a lifetime. Via road, air, rail or sea what better (worse) way than a planned perhaps even impromptu vacation. Find love, make new friends or ditch old ones. Whether it be beachside, countryside, mountainside or an exotic location, allow your characters (new or old) to get the spring on a new life.


You can respond to the challenge here.




by Puerta Obierta & Missus James on 04/22/11 08:51 am
New Gallery
There has been a new gallery added to the upgraded forum. This gallery will allow people to create their own albums, and load pictures, music or videos. Albums can be open or restricted, depending on member's choice, and people can leave reveiws and comments. It can be found in the forum (follow the Forum link in the menu). If anybody needs help using it, we will try and knock up a nice easy to follow set of instructions.









by jacci on 04/11/11 04:47 am
Move Complete
Hopefully everyone should now be able to access the site. The DNS seems to have propogated, and everythign hopefully is where it belongs.



If you notice anything missing, please let me know and we can track it down. We have lost 1 reveiws i think, so apologies for that. The reveiw tables just would not behave and this was the best i could manage. It will take some time, but nothing will be lost. It might just take a little while.
by jacci on 04/10/11 01:02 pm
Pending TEMPORARY Site Closure
I know nobody is going to be happy to hear this, so please, don't kill the messenger (LOL). There will be a closure of the Chamber soon, probably in the next few days, in order to do some maintenance and changeovers. I have been informed by the host that this will be probably less than 12 hours and at worst up to 48 hours. There is nothing I can do to expedite this procedure unfortunately. During the changeover, there may be two versions of the chamber, depending on your time zone. One will be in maintenance mode and one will be operational. This is also just how it is, and so don't be alarmed if you can't get to the active one, but your friends can. That is irksome, but normal. During this period, I will be closing the site down as anything added will be lost in the changeover. The shoutbox should remain active however and updates will be posted on progress.



It is possible to set up a 'fake chamber' at an alternate address if people need their fixes but please note, if we choose to go this way there can be no submissions/reveiws etc to that one, only reading and browsing. I will let you know when this is going to happen as soon as I can get the last little things organised. I certainly hope to have this over within a week.
by jacci on 04/10/11 05:04 am
Banner Policy
As this site starts to breathe new life, some of the old rules are being reinforced. Once in particular is the banner. Before the set size was 400 x 200. We have decided to up the size just a bit because this particular number makes a lot of difference to some. The new set size or shall I say maximum size will be 420 x 220. Meaning banners are to not be any wider than 420 and no taller than 220. There is no minimum of course.

Any images found to exceed this new size limit, will be warned by the banner police. If the banner has not been taken down within 24 hours of receiving a warning message, the BP (Banner Police) will remove it.
by PassionK on 04/06/11 05:31 am
Contact Author Fixed
Finally managed to fix the contact author option. You should now be able to use it to email authors. If anybody has an problems, please let us know. Also, if you have any problems with stalkers etc, let us know. Hopefully people will play nice with this.
by jacci on 04/05/11 04:34 am
Pure Gold

Like gold, the beauty and poise of a strong woman is timeless. Check out a brand new skin called PureGold featuring an iconic and beautiful woman of colour; Queen Nefertiti. It has all the new features we've come to love, but, it also retains some original chamber features you may have missed!
Enjoy it, ladies!

by Valhalla on 04/01/11 11:16 pm
With a new website face-lift comes a new skin!
SilverScreen is a new skin available in the skins dropbox. It’s a fluid skin meaning that if you adjust your Internet window then the text and objects within that window adjust as well. This skin is definitely recommended to those who have wide-screen monitors and laptops. Lena Horne, Eartha Kitt, and Dorthory Dandridge are the stars of this black-white-silver themed skin. Reminding all of us that flashy items and looks don’t define what glamour and beauty, personality does.


So take a look!


by Missus James on 03/26/11 05:56 am
New Features & Debug Help
Hey everyone, need some help here if possible. Have just added some new features. Need people to help me debug them and make sure they are working properly.



1. Print story/chapter to word. On each story you should see a little word icon, which will enable you to print directly to word. (pdf is not possible at this time). Now, it seems the icon was always there, but likely didnt work as the module was never installed. It has now been activated and a quick test has it working for me.



2. Added a story tracker. As close as I can manage for bookmarking your place in stories at the moment. You can access your tracked stories via the browse menu (and the Tracked Stories in the Tis season menu). So far it is in only one skin, Tis The Season (which is serving as my tester skin for experimental stuff). On the right you should see a little option for track/stop track this story, and last read on date. Not really sure if this is working properly, so if people could try it and let me know, if it is working, I can then add it to all the skins, so you should have access to it everywhere.



3. Added a recommendation module which can be accessed via the browse option in the menu. If this proves popular, we can get it in the main menu as well. It will allow recommending off-site fics.


4. Would like to have a member suggested featured section of stories, maybe 5 or so, rotated each month/fortnight/whenever displayed on the front page. Good or bad idea?


5. Contact author is still broken and it looks like it will require a script upgrade and I can't do that just yet until the changeover is complete and have full access to everything. It is on my to-do list though and hopefully will get it fixed soon.


by jacci on 03/24/11 08:40 am
Baby-Fic Challenge!


It's Spring Time at The Chamber and that means we've come over all maternal thanks to new flowers, lambs and Easter bunnies! We're Challenging all current and future writers to post a pregnancy or baby-fic story. It can be as long or as short as you like and you can use any characters in your arsenal or introduce us to some new ones. All you have to do is include a little bundle of joy!


by Valhalla on 03/23/11 08:29 am
Intros & Thanks
Hello everyone. Time for an introduction. My name is Jacci, and I will be looking after The Chamber from now on. Have already instituted some changes and when things settle down, hopefully there will be many more improvements, once we get organised. For now, things may take a little time, and I apologise for that, just learning my way around and getting to know some people, and finding out what people want to see. I appreciate your patience.


I also want to thank everyone for such an incredibly warm welcome. I have been overwhelmed by people's generosity and willingess to help. I am humbled and incredibly grateful for this, it means a lot to be so welcomed into this fandom, as I know that I am an unknown. I want to do right by the site and welcome all input and suggestions. Once things settle down a little, things will be far more organised and I will endevour to deal with all issues as soon as I can.


Once again, thank you all for your incredible welcome and support. It means so much to me.
by jacci on 03/23/11 07:32 am
Resurrect the Shoutbox Campaign
Many may have noticed that the shoutbox isn't what it used to be. We wish to restore it to its former glory, where unlimited shouts are allowed, as well as who is actually online in chat, and a bunch more of cool features.

We need to scrape up some money to pay for the continued subscription. If anybody would care to donate to this cause, please, you can you donate here, just follow this link to the donate page.



Thanks, your help is appreciated



A full accounting of any money coming in and going out will be given. I am for 100 percent transparency in the dealings with the site. If anybody who donates would prefer to remain anonymous, please let me know.



by jacci on 03/22/11 06:07 am
Spring is in the Air
Time for a spring cleaning, will get a proper challenge up later, and hopefully we will see some new fresh challenges and ideas up. Sorry for the tardiness here.
Please foward ideas on this via the comments link underneath.

by jacci on 03/22/11 04:04 am