The Deal (Xena uber novel)

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Title: The Deal
Publisher: Justice House Publishing
Author(s): Maggie Ryan
Cover Artist(s):
Date(s): 1999 (online)
April 2001 (JHP)
Size: 287 pages
Genre: uber, alt
Fandom: Xena: Warrior Princess
Language: English
External Links: The Deal (Wayback link, goes to part 1)
JHP book cover
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The Deal is a Xena/Gabrielle uber novel by Maggie Ryan. The story won a "First Timer" (for new bards) Swollen Bud Award May 1, 2000.[1] It was published as a paperback by Justice House Publishing in 2001.

Publisher's summary:
The Deal is the story of Laura Kasdan, News Director at the number one television station in Dallas. A momentary lapse of control almost costs her career, she makes a deal to save her job and keep a promise and moves to a smaller station, where she meets a charismatic reporter who promises to turn her well-ordered world upside down.

Recs and Reviews

Set in the cut-throat world of the TV news industry, this is a fascinating uber tale from a very promising new bard. The best news director in the business, Laura Kasdan goes hand-in-hand with winning ratings in whatever market she's employed so when she's involved in a little...altercation, her employers decided to move her rather than lose her. After cutting a deal she can live with, Laura takes the reins of the news room at WBFC in Burkett Falls where the transition is made a lot less painful than she expected by a lively staff and one friendly little journalist in particular... Grateful for the opportunity to work with the infamous Laura Kasdan, Chris Hanson is a hardworking reporter and anchor possessed of a natural charm and an almost unreal knack for attracting trouble. Drawn into an unlikely and even puzzling friendship, Laura and Chris soon find themselves working together at every opportunity - discovering an attraction neither can quite deny despite the almost certain heartache it promises to bring. M. Ryan opens for us here a window into the world of TV journalism, painting a rich portrayal that will beckon you in and keep you hitting that page down key. Two very intriguing protagonists, a strong supporting cast, and a well-paced storyline with equal parts action and drama all combined to make this one a MUST READ! VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! [See the follow-up story SEVENTEEN MINUTES] - 449 pgs., 7/18/99[2]


  1. Swollen Bud Awards - May 1, 2000, via Wayback. (Accessed 22 November 2014)
  2. Lunacy's Fan Fiction Reviews: UBER-XENA AND ORIGINAL FICTION REVIEWS - D, 18 July 1999. (Accessed 22 November 2014)