Sunday, December 23, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
The biggest sale of the year has now begun! Now through December 31, every MultiFormat eBook is discounted 20% and every Secure eBook receives a 20% Micropay rebate. These discounts also apply when you use the "Buy this eBook for a friend!" button, which is located right below the "Add to Cart" button on every eBook description page. And Buywise club member discounts combine with these savings, as always! And don't forget, you can give the gift of eBooks or Buywise club memberships using our Gift Certificates system.
Just in time for Christmas! Pick up one or all of the erotic cocktails as gifts for you & all of the adults on your shopping list at a 20% discount. There's nothing quite like erotic altruism.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
For the complete list of finalists, visit the EPIC site. (If that doesn't work, Emily Veinglory's posted the full list on the EREC blog.) Winners will be announced at EPICon in March. Hope to see you there!
Friday, November 30, 2007
Fire and Ice (Rachel Kramer Bussel)
Kindle (Shanna Germain)
The Fire God's Woman (Brenna Lyons)
Slow Burn Blues (Lefty McGee)
Blind Date (Stephanie Vaughan)
Candle Spell (Teresa Noelle Roberts)
Good with His Hands (Sommer Marsden)
The Poem That Will Fuck You Up (Lauren Hynde)
The Secret to Perfect Fondue (Jeremy Edwards)
Desire Becomes Demand (Mari Freeman)
Awake, Love (Laurence Doyen)
wither (Alessia Brio)
Fire (Lisabet Sarai)
Adagio (Vana Lafayette)
A Night at the Inn (Jamie Hill)
Make Me Yours (Rachelle Le-Monnier)
Cold Hands, Warm Heart (Vincent Diamond)
Woman, woman (Justanne Farrow)
Flaming Rescue (Jude Mason)
Bondage Sonnet 2 (Dr. Mabeuse)
Melting Point (Nicole Gestalt)
Ask Alice (Selena Kitt)
Shadow Lover (Sapphire Phelan)
Goddess of Poetry & Fire (Teresa Noelle Roberts)
Flaming Hot (Victoria Blisse)
Spontaneous Combustion (Aurora Black)
Swing It, Baby (Skylar Sinclair)
In Fire (Rebecca Leah)
Rising Phoenix (Samantha Sommersby)
Désir Brûlant (Gabrielle Miel)
Burn Zone (James Buchanan)
Dark Disguises (Lefty McGee)
Inferno (Michelle Houston)
Fire Escape (Shanna Germain)
Drive-In (Tilly Greene)
Creatures of Fire (Teresa Noelle Roberts)
The End of the World (Gwen Masters)
Epilogue: About Coming Together (Alessia Brio)
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Coming Together: For the Cure is a Top Pick in the January 2008 issue of Romantic Times BOOKreviews (magazine):
COMING TOGETHER FOR THE CURE
by Alessia Brio, Editor
RT Rating: ½
Published: January 2008
Type: Erotic Romance (Anthology, E-book)
Phaze's 2007 charitable anthology takes on breast cancer, with proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization. These 20 tales encompass a wide range of encounters, including same-sex male and female and BDSM. Some stories are sweet, some blistering, some artistic, others intellectual. The souls of the writers shine through, showing the beauty of loving relationships in deep and often poignant ways.
Summary: The strongest stories in this collection deal with breast cancer survivors. Other tales follow characters dealing with difficult situations, like the loss of a pet or a relationship, or characters struggling to revive flagging relationships. And some are paranormal tales. There's truly something for everybody. (PHAZE.com, dl $7.00)
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Anyone who bore witness to this event can never again claim that online relationships are not real--or that they are in any way, shape, or form lesser than those taking place offline. The virtual candles glowed just as brightly, the e-hugs were just as warm, and the abundance of love just as palpable. I know that I, for one, will never be the same.For three days in the fall of 2006, an Internet writers' community came together in a heart rending vigil for a tiny baby girl, born before her time and taken from this world far too soon. In her precious hours with us, however, Gabrielle reached more hearts than most people do in decades. Her life was not measured by the number of breaths she took but by the depths of compassion she inspired.
Many of the stories and poetry contained in this volume of Coming Together were written in the wake of Gabrielle's passing. Unlike other volumes in the erotic cocktail series, this one is often sensual, but it is not explicit. It carries a theme of hope. Proceeds from its sale will be donated to BLISS, the U.K.'s premature baby charity.
Your purchase will help the next baby who leaves the womb too soon take more breaths and touch more lives. Thank you.
Anyone who bore witness to this event can never again claim that online relationships are not real—or that they are in any way, shape, or form lesser than those taking place offline. The virtual candles glowed just as brightly, the e-hugs were just as warm, and the abundance of love just as palpable. I know that I, for one, will never be the same.
Many of the stories and poetry contained in this volume of Coming Together were written in the wake of Gabrielle's passing. Proceeds from its sale will be donated to BLISS, the U.K.'s premature baby charity.
Your purchase will help the next baby who leaves the womb too soon take more breaths and touch more lives. Thank you.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Author: Alessia Brio, Editor
Publisher’s URL: http://www.phaze.com/
Genre: Erotic Anthology
Nymphs Rating: 4 Nymphs
Your Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Woodland Nymph
If buying Coming Together 2007 for that reason alone isn’t enough incentive, you definitely won’t want to miss out on reading and enjoying the multiple and various erotic stories. This book contains several m/f, f/f and m/m stories, some of which are very hot and some intentionally are not. There’s something here for everyone to enjoy; BDSM, friendship, romance, love, hope and finding some of them in the unlikeliest of places. There are also a few dealing with sorrow, learning how to cope and finding the strength within one self to survive against all odds.
A few of the highlights are James Buchanan’s Angel On The Wall, a vibrant m/m story that’s sheer poetry; Robert Buckley’s The Glimpse a wonderful m/f story of two mismatched people finding love; Harley Stone’s Photographic Memory a beautiful and sexy f/f short about love and beauty. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, but most of all you’ll be very happy to have read Coming Together 2007: For The Cure, do not miss this book!
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Monday, October 01, 2007
And, while you're surfing, check out ERWA's review of Coming Together: For the Cure. Now available in both ebook AND print from Phaze.
It's erotic altruism at its finest!
COMING TOGETHER FOR THE CURE
Edited by Alessia Brio
Phaze Books, ISBN 978-1-59426-930-1
Reviewed by Lisabet Sarai
Do you hide your erotic reading material? Thrust it guiltily into the bed table drawer, or sneak it under a pile of New Yorker Magazines, or stuff it into a bookcase behind War and Peace? Coming Together for the Cure is an erotic anthology that you can display proudly. I mean that metaphorically but sincerely, since this collection is currently available only as an eBook (although the print version is expected in October). This is virtuous smut!
CTFTC is the latest in Alessia Brio's series of altruistic anthologies, all of whose proceeds are channeled to philanthropy. This volume's profits go to the Susan B. Komen Foundation to support breast cancer research and education. Previous anthologies (this is the fifth) have been devoted to causes ranging from digital freedom to Hurricane Katerina relief, and next year's book, Coming Together with Pride, will be dedicated to HIV/AIDS prevention and research.
Born into a world where transistor radios were high technology, I'm not completely comfortable with eBooks. I'm embarrassed to admit that I print them out in order to read them. Never mind, though; I've started to appreciate the attraction of ePublishing. For one thing, since the cost of printing and paper is not an issue, an eBook can be bigger, full of more juicy scenes and salacious stories than a print anthology. (As an editor who had to cut half of dozen of my favorite authors out of my recent print anthology Cream, I know first hand about the tyranny of page limits.) CTFTC is a whopping 360 pages long, and every page is filled with the good stuff.
The collection begins with a highly personal introduction by Chelsea Summers, mistress of the award-winning "Pretty Dumb Things" blog. Chelsea shares her memories of her grandmother, a breast cancer survivor who never surrendered. Chelsea's message is to celebrate life; that is a theme that runs through the entire collection.
The stories in CFTFC are diverse. You'll find gay, lesbian, het, BDSM, historical, speculative, and paranormal tales, in styles ranging from down-home humorous to mysterious and poetic. The one thing that unites them is their positive tone, their emphasis on sex as an invigorating, nurturing, and healing experience. Those of you who enjoy angst and darkness in your erotica will need to look elsewhere.
One of the pleasures of perusing this tome was the opportunity to encounter many writers who were new to me. Aside from a few familiar names (Alessia herself, Robert Buckley and some gal named Lisabet Sarai) nearly all the bylines were unfamiliar. That doesn't mean that these authors are amateurs. Many of them have published extensively, but often in eBook or in the erotic romance community, both of which have been pretty much foreign territory to me until recently.
I can't possibly give you a full picture of the rich offerings in this book, but I'll steer you to some of my favorites. James Buchanan's "Angel on the Wall" is a tale of magical realism about the physical and psychic connection between two young men of the streets. "If We Were", by Jeremy Edwards, describes what happens when a guy indulges in some playful fantasy with his long-time friend who claims to be "ninety percent lesbian". "The Wet Spot" is Carys Wheldon's well-crafted tale of two outsiders who meet at a sex club where they're determined to do nothing but watch. I adored "Bound to Love", Kelly Maher's romance about the rituals required to reunite soul-mates separated in time and space by a jealous god. Lawrence Doyen offers up "Ecstasy in E Minor", a poetic meditation on desperation and joy set in the seediest and most ethereal city in the world, New York. Sommer Marsden's "Making Me Do Things" had me laughing at her couple's exhibitionistic antics, while Selena Kitt's "Stay" brought me to sympathetic tears as the main character deals with the loss of her husband and her beloved pet.
Several of the stories focus on breast cancer, and the bravery required to face it. Alessia Brio's "Butterfly" gives us a tough, sexually adventurous heroine who thought her breasts were nothing but trouble -- until they were gone. Lee, the cancer survivor in Kate Burn's "Neuva Dia", almost loses the love of her life for fear of getting too close. And in "My Right Breast", Amelia June illustrates the empowerment and growth that can come from being someone's beloved slave.
Don't worry. Coming Together for the Cure is not in the least preachy or depressing. Some of the stories will touch you deeply; others will simply entertain. All, however, will leave you feeling energized and grateful. This book overflows, not just with sex, but with love.
Coming Together for the Cure is available from Phaze Books.
The Phaze order page is:
The Print-on-demand version will be available via the same link as soon as it comes out, as well as from other online booksellers including Amazon.
If you enjoy positive, lively erotic stories with a romantic twist, click on over to Phaze and get yourself a copy of this collection. It will make you feel virtuous -- a novel sensation, I'm sure, for many of ERWA's debauched denizens, but one that should be savored nevertheless.
Coming Together for the Cure
(Phaze Books, ISBN 9781594269301)
Available at: Phaze Books
Friday, September 28, 2007
Coming Together: For the Cure
Wildfire would like to welcome author/editor Alessia Brio and some of the authors of Coming Together: For the Cure, Sommer Marsden, Jeremy Edwards, Selena Kitt, and Carys Weldon. When we asked Alessia to tell us about the inspiration for this project and to fill in as our guest interviewer for this special edition, and she was happy to oblige. It looks like the interview has come together just perfectly--
In the winter of 2005, some amateur authors were tossing around ideas for bundling their erotic short stories and poetry into a self-published series of print anthologies. At the time, none were professionally published. They hammered out the details but got bogged down when the discussion turned to money and how to handle the distribution of the proceeds.
Someone made the suggestion to donate the proceeds to charity. They realized that the sales income, once divided 15 or 20 ways, was never going to amount to much. But, if they came together, they could do some good AND get a wider audience for their work.
The first volume of Coming Together hit the cyber-shelves of Cafe Press in June of 2005. Three months later, a second volume followed. Then, Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, and they decided that they needed to come together for another cause, the Special Hurricane Relief Edition! Since that time, they've had all four self-published volumes picked up by publishing houses that have agreed to continue the charitable contributions (the fifth, a memorial collection of lesbian fiction, would also have a home if the next of kin could be reached). Phaze is the first publisher to perpetuate the project by sponsoring a brand new volume. Coming Together: For the Cure is the first volume to result from an open submission call. It benefits breast cancer research. Coming Together: With Pride (for which submissions are now open) will benefit HIV/AIDS research. A non-erotic, by-invitation-only collection, Coming Together: For Gabrielle, that is planned for November 2007 release, will benefit BLISS, the U.K.'s premature baby charity.
Alessia: Welcome everyone. Tell us, how has your life been touched by breast cancer?
Jeremy: My wife and I have a good friend who has recently been battling breast cancer. So although the ongoing threat posed by this terrible disease to women everywhere is always part of our consciousness, it's been on our minds in an especially personal way this year.
Sommer: I have personally known two women who battled and beat breast cancer. One is a very close family friend who has been like an aunt to me since I was small. The other is the fiesty mother of my step-sister. I was amazed at their courage during their illnesses and amazed at how many lives are touched by this disease. After both of these wonderful women had recovered fully, a group of us "built" a team and participated in the Relay for Life at a local college. It was an awe inspiring and enjoyable experience.
Carys: I lost my paternal grandmother to breast cancer. She was 76 when she was diagnosed, but had known about her lumps for five years. She was afraid to go to a doctor, and was woefully uneducated about early detection increasing recovery rates. When she finally went for care, there was nothing for her to do but go through mastectomy and chemo. After that, she became terribly dehydrated, had several strokes as a result, and ended up dying (technically) of heart failure. Let me encourage women to get checked early and regularly, and to read up on the experiences others have had, so they can be better prepared to deal with treatment and side effects. Dehydration after treatment is a big problem that often affects recovery.
Selena: Last year in November, I lost my best friend to breast cancer that had metastasized to her bones. She and I met in graduate school, and she was almost finished with her PhD in clinical psychology. She was brilliant, beautiful, and a gift in the lives of everyone she touched. She had been diagnosed five years before, which made her a "breast cancer survivor", as she joked with me a few days before she died. She and I were, coincidentally, born three days apart. She would have turned thirty-seven three days before me this last January, if she'd lived. I love her very much and miss her every day.
Alessia: Do you think erotic fiction has a role in the healing process for those experiencing a life-threatening illness such as cancer? If so, why?
Jeremy: Speaking from the outside (as a person who hasn't been in that position), I would hope that something as positive and life-affirming as erotic fiction could play an important role in healing for some individuals. I think that sexuality is, for many, an important part of the essence of life and an important source of vitality and joy. Its expression and fulfillment can be among life's richest experiences. So if a person is able to experience the joy of sexuality--by reading erotica, for example--even when suffering from a serious illness, I would imagine this might help in many ways.
Sommer: Well, I think any kind of fiction can help heal. Any kind of escape can help relax a person and provide pleasure. I find getting lost in a really good book/story can be a wonderful form of something like self-hypnosis or meditation. I like to think erotica fits into this category because we don't stop being sexual beings just because we have an illness. Just like we don't stop needing laughter or love due to an illness. I think if something helps you focus on who you are and not on the disease you have, it can help heal.
Carys: Let's be honest, we all lead stressful lives. Everyone has problems. And most people don't lead the erotic and sensual lives that we often fantasize about. That's what makes erotic fiction such a great escape. But those that suffer from chronic or life threatening illness, like cancer? They need escape from stressing over their reality worse than anyone.
Selena: I think life goes on, whether you have a fatal illness or not, and that includes an erotic life. Gilda Radner, who founded Gilda's Club, talked about "living with cancer", and I love that perspective. My husband worked there for several years as a program director, and it was an amazing experience to be in the midst of people living with cancer. In some ways, they seemed and felt much more "alive" than most people living out there in the world, perhaps because the prospect of *not* living in it seemed so much closer to them. Reading erotic fiction--good erotic fiction--can be more than just a fun time. At the very least, it can be an escape, a way to forget about present circumstance. At the most, it can be a truly moving experience, even something transcendent, letting us connect to something deeper. Those are things that make life, however long or short, worth living.
Alessia: If you could use your writing to remedy just one injustice, cure one disease, or fix one problem, what would it be and why?
Jeremy: There are so many horrible things in this world. But I have to say that if I could eradicate just one, it would be torture, which I think is the most horrifying of the horrifying.
Sommer: To be perfectly honest, I cannot answer that question. My life has been touched by so many diseases. Breast cancer, Prostate cancer, Leukemia, Lung cancer, Brain cancer. The list goes on. Then there is the subject matter of Spousal Abuse, Child Abuse, Rape, Murder. Again the list goes on. What I can say is, if given the opportunity to improve or save anyone's life with my work, such as contributing to an anthology or raising awareness, I would gladly do so. I would be honored to do so. That's really a gift to me. If my words could help someone else. Even in a very small way.
Carys: Undoubtedly, I would choose depression. I believe it is the single most debilitating problem on the planet. It affects our ability to cope with and overcome everything else including disease, financial problems, and relationship issues. It steals our hope, faith, confidence and ability to function on all levels.
Selena: I would revamp, reform and revolutionize the child welfare system as we know it. Too many children are being hurt within the system. It doesn't work, and it needs to change.
Alessia: Do you believe those in the public eye, such as authors, have a responsibility to increase awareness of social issues and/or causes?
Jeremy: I think that anyone who is in the public eye has the opportunity to potentially educate and enlighten large numbers of people. While we obviously can't demand that authors, musicians, or other artists neglect their careers or shortchange their private lives to become crusaders--nor would we necessarily want or expect them to build "messages" into everything they created--I do think those in the public eye have a certain responsibility to try at least to put in a word here and there, in order to direct attention to important causes and issues. And I think that those who choose to do more--who channel substantial amounts of their time and energy into good causes--are heroes.
Sommer: I don't know if I'd say responsibility. That's places my beliefs on another person. Do I feel I should, given the correct venue? Absolutely. I do so gladly. Do I hope all people in the public eye (to whatever degree it may be) feel the same? Yes. The more people you have paying attention to you, for whatever reason, the greater your opportunity to help make someone's life better or raise awareness of worthy issues. I'm a big believer in the theory that you get back what you put out there and then some.
Carys: Yes, but I believe every person on the planet should be socially conscious. Any time a person is given the opportunity to reach an audience, they should offer useful information, inspire the masses, and make a difference for the betterment of people within their circle of reach. I would like to point out that there is a big difference between informing the public plus encouraging them to do something positive, and shoving a cause down someone's throat.
For example, I am heartbroken over losing my grandmother to breast cancer. I believe her life would have been longer if she had been diagnosed sooner, and received better "after treatment" information before she went in.
I am even more upset to know my best friend has lumps in her breasts and suffers from the same fear my grandmother had, and is too mortified at "thinking she has cancer" to read anything about diagnosis and treatment options. I will do whatever I can to help raise money (and more supporters) to help this cause. The fact is, people everywhere are woefully under-educated.
Here's a major problem I see--my friend doesn't have insurance and is on a low income, but just above the state covered insurance program. She cannot afford to go to the doctor and the place where she is employed offers no insurance. She has no extra money to purchase insurance from other sources.
Since she has two family members who've already gone through mastectomies, I feel like every day my friend goes without diagnosis and care brings us both closer to real heartache. I am afraid that one day I'll be crying over her grave knowing that she could have been saved if she'd received help sooner. Raising money for the cause will surely help us find cures, provide more mammography machines, and affordable treatment centers.
Selena: I think everyone sets an example in their lives, whether they realize it or not, and those who are in the public eye have the burden of having that example, whether good or bad, exposed to many more people than those who aren't. Whether you take responsibility for the example you set or not is a personal choice, of course, but I think everyone admires people in the public eye who are willing to use their celebrity for the greater good.
Alessia: Give me three words that best summarize your experience as a Coming Together participant.
Jeremy: "in excellent company"
Sommer: Fun, exciting, an honor.
Carys: Grateful. Hopeful. Comforted.
Selena: Professional. Enjoyable. Gratifying.
Jeremy Edwards is a pseudonymous sort of fellow whose efforts at spinning libido into literature have been widely published online, as well as in print anthologies. His greatest goal in life is to be sexy and witty at the same moment--ideally in lighting that flatters his profile.
Le Petit D--jeuner, in A is for Amour [ed. Alison Tyler], Cleis Press
Changing Objectives, in Sex and Seduction [ed. Cathryn Cooper], Xcite Books
Any Day of the Week, in Sex and Satisfaction [ed. Cathryn Cooper], Xcite Books
Every Night, in Got a Minute? [ed. Alison Tyler], Cleis Press
Open-Bottle Policy, in Five Minute Fantasies 1 [ed. Cathryn Cooper], Xcite Books
Half Measures, in Five Minute Fantasies 2 [ed. Cathryn Cooper], Xcite Books
Mindy's Pheromones, in Erotic Tales 2 [ed. Justus Roux], Erotictales Publications
Slightly Ajar, in F is for Fetish [ed. Alison Tyler], Cleis Press
If We Were... , in Coming Together: For the Cure [ed. Alessia Brio], Phaze Publications
Beau Nouveau, in Screaming Orgasms and Sex on the Beach [ed. Shanna Germain], Petty Things Press
Mindy's Pheromones, in Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica [2008 edition, ed. Maxim Jakubowski]
Sommer Marsden's work has appeared in numerous online publications and print anthologies including; The MILF Anthology, Love at First Sting, Spank Me, Whip Me, Tie Me Up, and Clean Sheets (www.clean sheets.com). She lives in Maryland with her family and a fat red wiener dog. She loves dirty stories, fruity candy, thunderstorms, and emailing unsuspecting friends--repeatedly. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
The MILF Anthology, Blue Moon Publishing
Five Minute Fantasies, Xcite Books
Justus Roux's Erotic Tales 2, Cleis Press
Love At First Sting, Cleis Press
Whip Me, Xcite Books
Tie Me Up, Xcite Books
Spank Me, Xcite Books
The Anniversary Party, Whiskey Creek Press Torrid
Carys Weldon has won over 120 writing awards in the last 4-5 years. She writes in every genre under various pseudonyms. She is also a motivational speaker who can address any organization on any topic. You can find her in a haunted hollow in the Missouri Ozarks, just above Branson.
Her heroines often deal with social issues, depression, health and weight problems, and stress over money.
Caresses Well Done, Mojocastle Press
PACK Werewolf Series:
Leer: Pack Takeover 2, Mojocastle Press
Fera: Pack City 3, Mojocastle Press
Jack: In the Pack 4, Mojocastle Press
Hood: Pack Trust 5, Mojocastle Press
Bark: Pack Taboo 6, Mojocastle Press
Mark: Pack Attack 7, Mojocastle Press
Josey, Mojocastle Press
Destra and the Lustpire, Mojocastle Press
Mira Starks, Mojocastle Press
Vampirubus , Mojocastle Press
The Dark Lord: Love Bites, Mojocastle Press
The Dark Lord: Soul Searches, Mojocastle Press
Angel B.E.T. , Mojocastle Press
To Claim a Queen, Mojocastle Press
Merry Men and Women, Mojocastle Press
King of Wands, Mojocastle Press
Tower of Loneliness, Mojocastle Press
Three in Their Cups, Mojocastle Press
Selena Kitt, like any feline, loves the things that make her purr--and wants nothing more than to make others purr right along with her! Pleasure is her middle name, whether it's a short cat nap stretched out in the sun or a long kitty bath. She makes it a priority to explore all the delightful distractions she can find, and follow her vivid and often racy imagination wherever it wants to lead her.
This sassy, outrageous author lives with her family in the Midwest, including two dogs and two fellow felines, all of whom she thinks are the cat's meow. Her writing embodies everything from the spicy to the scandalous, but watch out--this kitty also has sharp claws and her stories often include intriguing edges and twists that take readers to new, thought-provoking depths.
When she isn't pawing away at her keyboard, she loves spending her time belly dancing, attending drum circles, gathering in women's groups, and taking beautiful pictures of everything in her world.
Christmas Stalking, StarDust Press
Blind Date, StarDust Press
The Surrender of Persephone, StarDust Press
The Flintstone Experiment in Coming Together Volume ,Charles River Press
A Different Angle in Coming Together Volume 3, Charles River Press
Stay in Coming Together For The Cure, Phaze
The Ride, MardiGras Publishing
The Song of Orpheus, StarDust Press
The Heart of Hephaestus, StarDust Press
The Laundry Chute, MardiGras Publishing
Advent Calender, MardiGras Publishing
Pumpkin Eater, MardiGras Publishing
The Gingerbread Man, MardiGras Publishing
Alessia Brio is the sultry, erotica-writing alter ego of an Appalachian soccer mom. She is "sensual, succulent, and satisfying" even when her creator feels like a hairy warthog. Alessia's first sale, a single-author anthology of erotic fiction & poetry entitled fine flickering hungers, won the 2007 EPPIE Award for Best Erotica. It is available here on ARe, and in print from Amazon.
In addition to her Phaze publications, Alessia's work appears online at Tit-Elation, Oysters & Chocolate, Ruthie's Club, Literotica, and Desdmona. She has won an honorable mention in two of Desdmona's erotic writing contests: Stiletto Flash and Titillating Tattoo. Her & Will Belegon's Surge HeatSheet, Switch, won the 2006 Preditors & Editors Readers' poll for best short story. At Literotica, Alessia was nominated as Most Influential Poet (2004) and Most Influential Writer (2005, 2006) under the nickname "impressive".
Alessia's altruistic personality makes her well-suited as editor of the Coming Together anthologies, collections of erotic fiction & poetry that benefit various charities.
Ms. Brio lives in the mountains near Pittsburgh and is barefoot as much as life allows. She has an obsessive aversion to "to be" verbs in her prose and gets aroused by creative enjambment in her poetry. Her fetishes include SuDoku, rare steak, stainless steel, and office supplies.
Readers can visit Alessia online via her website, blog, and/or MySpace.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
For anyone who has been touched by a loved one with breast cancer or any illness, I would highly recommend Coming Together for the Cure. Alessia Brio and the other talented authors create some uplifting tales that make the reader feel good all over. From grandmothers, and others, who have suffered with what cancer callously inflicts; this book will touch the heart in many ways. The reader really gets caught in all the diverse stories, and the characters, and often learns that life never offers any guarantees. This is great work.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Please pop on over to her blog and leave a comment! For each ten comments received, she'll buy a copy to use as a prize! Thanks, y'all.
UPDATE: The following bloggers have also taken up the cause. Please comment there, too!
- Jessica D. Russell
- Tilly Greene
- Kathryn Lively
- Samantha Sommersby
- Tammi Flora
- Victoria Blisse
- your name here
- your name here
UPDATE: Laurie Damron is having a drawing for 1 copy from those who comment on her blog.
UPDATE: Alison's blog has reached its 250-comment goal!
peace & passion,
~ Alessia Brio, editor
Coming Together: For the Cure
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Barry Eisler, NYTimes best-selling author
Monday, August 06, 2007
Q&A with Animal Attraction editor, Vincent Diamond
Q: Tell us about Animal Attraction. How did you come up with the anthology?
A: This project started out in a Torquere Press live chat. I'd initially proposed the idea as a Taste Test but no one else followed up with me on it, so I decided to try it as an antho. So many of my own stories involve animals, like “Lions and Tigers and Snares” currently in Men of Mystery from Haworth Press, and “Wrestling Gators” which is in Country Boys.
Plus, I live in Florida. There are animals everywhere!
Q: You’re donating part of your proceeds to animal charities. Why?
A: Because animals can’t get together and do their own books. There’s a dark part of me that realizes we’ve screwed over most of the animal kingdom, one way or another, so helping out Peace River Refuge & Ranch along with In Harmony with Nature, is a small way to give back. I can’t save all the endangered species on the planet but I can help feed a once-abused tiger or buy some hay for a horse who was starving.
Q: Tell us one thing about yourself that your readers would be surprised to know.
A: I did my Master's Thesis on serial murderers. No, really, I did.
Q: You write as well as edit -- which do you find harder and why?
A: Oh, writing is so much harder for me. I like the "having written something" part of the process because that feels really good, but man, the actual writing part? Gads. Grim agony most of the time. Mostly because I can't shut off the internal editor, which is my own fault.
Q: What is your favorite genre to edit? To write? To read?
A: I'm pretty flexible when it comes to editing. Well, I do like fiction more than non-fiction and lemme tell ya, some of the non-fic projects I've done... Let's just say I know *way* more about software implementation than I really want to.
For writing, I like it all. I write mainstream fic, a little horror, quite a bit of erotica, and I'm shopping an action-adventure novel right now. (About a tiger; is anyone surprised?) For short stories, when I see a call for submission, if I don't have a solid idea within about ten minutes after reading the call, I'm not going to and anything I write without that bam of initial inspiration is going to feel forced and tired.
For novels, of course, it's a whole different dog to walk. You've got to love the story enough to work on it for months on end and dream about it and know everything about your characters you possibly can. Fun, but grueling.
Genres? Horror, suspense, mainstream, erotica. Wait, pretty much only male/male erotica, to tell you the truth. Traditional romances don't really work for me, and I can't say I'm a fan of Clancy-esque military/political thrillers.
Q: What's the best part of editing? What's the hardest thing about editing?
A: The best part is helping an author to really polish up a piece and make it glitter. Or getting a really wonderful submission and know that readers will love it.
The hardest part for me is trying not to mess with an author's voice too much in the name of consistency and coherence. Some authors do have a distinctive way of working words, and you don't want to go too far in revising that. I probably haven't mastered that skill just yet.
Q: What kind of characters appeal to you the most? Does the answer change if you're coming at it as an editor or as a writer?
A: Characters need to feel real to me, as a writer or an editor. They have to be flawed and show those flaws in some way. They need to have some emotional depth and it needs to be on the page. Flat characters, blithely jumping from one bed to another don't work for me in romance/erotica. If they don't care whose bed they're in, why should I? As a writer, I work pretty hard on "show, don't tell" so as an editor, I'm a stickler for that.
What are you working on now?
A: Proofing and editing multiple projects for various clients.
Prepping my application for a writer's workshop next year.
Sorting out a novel-length story in my head, getting ready to make that oh-so-scary commitment to actually write it. Gulp.
Practicing to pick up the correct diagonal when trotting a horse clockwise. Counter-clockwise, I'm fine but for whatever reason, clockwise? I ain't got it.