Monday, October 30, 2006

Phaze Press Release

For Immediate Release

Coming Together with Phaze

CINCINNATI – Phaze, the erotic imprint of Mundania Press, is delighted to announce the publication of its first anthology to benefit charity. The Special Hurricane Relief Edition of Coming Together is a collection of rain-soaked erotica and storm-inspired poetry that includes the work of Phaze authors Will Belegon and Alessia Brio. All royalties generated by the sale of this volume, available 29 October 2006, will be donated to the American Red Cross for disaster relief efforts.

Kathryn Lively, Phaze publisher, notes, "Having lived in the South all my life, I've seen first-hand the devastation a hurricane can do to a community. Though a year has passed since New Orleans experienced Katrina's wrath, we realize there are still wounds to heal, and we are happy to utilize our talents to help this wonderful city any way we can. We hope our readers will do the same in purchasing this terrific book."

The Coming Together anthologies are the result of the collaborative efforts of a diverse group of authors, poets, and illustrators. Four other volumes are also available—with more planned. Regular editions of Coming Together benefit the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which works to protect our online freedom of speech.
"When we, as written word artists, can simultaneously entertain and contribute to a worthwhile cause, everybody wins," says Coming Together's editor, Alessia Brio. "I call it 'erotic altruism'."

For more information about Coming Together, please contact Phaze Promotions Manager, Crystal B. Bright, at Announcements[at]PhazeBooks.com or visit the Coming Together website at www.EroticAnthology.com.

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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Special Memorial Edition : Colleen Thomas (v1)

Coming Together : Special Memorial Edition
From the Introduction:
The internet is a wonderful, terrible place to make friends. Some of us, shy or just in need of a break from 'real-world' intimacy, come here believing we can enjoy the special people we meet without being vulnerable to them. Then someone like Colly proves us wrong.

My first post in the Literotica® Author's Hangout was in response to something Colly wrote in a political thread. I wouldn't have bothered, if I hadn't admired the way she expressed herself. I didn't expect to like her; it was impossible not to. Colly's toughest weapon was her abiding grace and generosity. Nothing defuses a heated feud like a sneak-attack hug that arrives out of nowhere when you're having a lousy day.

We didn't share much about our personal lives, except for the parts we had in common: Southern smalltown families; the challenge of balancing love and loyalty with seemingly unbridgeable ideological differences. It would be easy to say I wasn't close to Colly, if not for the fact that she was so often the first person to welcome me back after an absence or offer her support when she knew I was facing a difficult time.

All things considered, I have to say she was a real friend. The hugs and grins and roses were real, too. The illusion was that I could control how much I cared.

I'll miss you, Colly.

~ shereads


Originally published at Cafe Press, July 2006 (ORDER HERE)

Table of Contents
  1. Foreword (Mel/meekomn)
  2. Preface (Alessia Brio)
  3. Introduction (shereads)
  4. A Separate Peace (Introduced by Rob Graham)
  5. The Run (Introduced by Alex de Kok)
  6. Just Like That? (Introduced by femininity)
  7. Latin I & II (Introduced by cheerful_deviant)
  8. Quality of Life? (Introduced by Dranoel)
  9. Picture Perfect (Introduced by Nirvanadragones)
  10. Football Widow (Introduced by Evil Alpaca)
  11. The Last Fuck, Goodbye (Introduced by matriarch)

Introduction: Special Memorial Edition (Colleen Thomas)

The internet is a wonderful, terrible place to make friends. Some of us, shy or just in need of a break from 'real-world' intimacy, come here believing we can enjoy the special people we meet without being vulnerable to them. Then someone like Colly proves us wrong.

My first post in the Literotica® Author's Hangout was in response to something Colly wrote in a political thread. I wouldn't have bothered, if I hadn't admired the way she expressed herself. I didn't expect to like her; it was impossible not to. Colly's toughest weapon was her abiding grace and generosity. Nothing defuses a heated feud like a sneak-attack hug that arrives out of nowhere when you're having a lousy day.

We didn't share much about our personal lives, except for the parts we had in common: Southern smalltown families; the challenge of balancing love and loyalty with seemingly unbridgeable ideological differences. It would be easy to say I wasn't close to Colly, if not for the fact that she was so often the first person to welcome me back after an absence or offer her support when she knew I was facing a difficult time.

All things considered, I have to say she was a real friend. The hugs and grins and roses were real, too. The illusion was that I could control how much I cared.

I'll miss you, Colly.

~ shereads

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