Saturday, November 21, 2009

Two EPIC eBook Awards Finalists!


Coming Together is delighted to announce that it has TWO titles which have reached the finals in EPIC's 2010 eBook Awards (formerly known as the EPPIEs). The winners will be announced at EPICon in New Orleans in March.
 
Coming Together: Against the OddsComing Together: Against the Odds (in the erotica/erotic romance anthology category) which benefits Autism Speaks.











Coming Together: Pondering the IndelibleComing Together: Pondering the Indelible by Lefty McGee (in the poetry category) which benefits First Book.

Monday, November 16, 2009

For Her!

Coming Together: For Her
Coming Together: For Her is a collection of erotic fiction by the prolific Laurence Doyen, jointly edited by Lisabet Sarai and Alessia Brio.  Proceeds benefit the National Organization for Women (NOW).
AVAILABLE NOW AT:

ARe (ebook)
eXcessica (ebook)
Scribd (ebook)
Smashwords (ebook)
1Re (ebook)
CreateSpace/Amazon (print)

Sunday, November 01, 2009

November is Prematurity Awareness Month

Coming Together: For Gabrielle
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 was measured by the depths of compassion she inspired.

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.

Alessia Brio
editor

Thursday, October 15, 2009

BAD 2009: Climate Change

Coming Together: Al FrescoThe writers forum I most often frequent is a varied and interesting place. It has been the proving ground for some wonderful amateur writers who have become professionals, an incubator for Coming Together, and the meeting place of many who have subsequently taken their virtual relationships into meat space. (Will Belegon and I met there, for example, and now he's upstairs. We still often post and tweet at one another to communicate, though.)

Anywhere passionate, intelligent eroticists congregate is going to have passionate, intelligent conversation, and -- amazingly -- not all will involve sex. One of the topics that always inspires "lively" (read: contentious) discussion is climate change. It gets quite nasty in the global warming threads. Folks feel strongly about this subject.

From my perspective, there's no question that we must take steps to attempt to slow this climate change process. It doesn't matter to me if it's a cyclic occurrence or if it's entirely the fault of man or (as I believe) a combination of the two, the fact remains that our environment is changing in ways that I find unacceptable. We can do much to ameliorate the damage.

I'm extraordinarily proud that Coming Together has published a volume of sexy stories to benefit Conservation International. The authors who contributed their work are some of the finest in the genre. I'm thrilled that All Romance eBooks (which is the ONLY place you can buy Al Fresco) has waived its cut of the proceeds so that ALL of the revenue from each sale goes to the cause. Appropriately, the collection is only available as an ebook. There is no dead-tree guilt involved with the production or consumption of this book.

Yes, it's priced high ($10) for an ebook, BUT 100% of every purchase goes to protect rainforest acreage via Conservation International. Just think, you get the enjoyment of a book full of outdoor sex stories by some fine authors AND you protect two-thirds of an acre of rainforest at the same time. WIN-WIN!

peace and passion,

~ Alessia Brio
editor

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Dealing with Isabella, by Jenna Byrnes

Dealing with Isabella
The first release in the new Neat line of novella-length ebooks, which benefits Kiva!

Dealing with Isabella

Jason Walden is drawn to the mansion sitting high on a hill in West Seattle and even more drawn to the house's beautiful owner.

Sabrina Kane is gorgeous but uptight and straight-laced. Her twin sister, Isabella, is equally beautiful, but exactly the opposite: foot-loose and fancy-free.

The quiet twin captures Jason's interest, and as he paints their mansion on canvas, he imagines building a life with her. As details from her past emerge, he discovers that before he can move forward with Sabrina, he must first handle Dealing with Isabella.
Available at these fine sites:

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Coming Together Presents

Coming Together PresentsFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
COMING TOGETHER launches elite line of single-author collections

PITTSBURGH, PA – September 3, 2009 – To complement its recently-unveiled novella ebook line, COMING TOGETHER today announced Coming Together Presents, a line of full-length works to be released in both print and ebook. Each title in this line will benefit a charity chosen by its author. The line will be edited by renowned erotica author Lisabet Sarai.

"I was absolutely thrilled when Lisabet agreed to tackle this project!" said Coming Together's Alessia Brio. "She's in charge of who & what gets published and will set her own pace. I have total confidence in her ability to select quality work & polish it to its highest shine."

Sarai, whose credentials as both a writer and an editor are impressive, is no stranger to Coming Together. Her exceptional stories are featured in several volumes.

With the trademark erotic cocktail anthologies accepting material under ten thousand words and Coming Together: Neat publishing novellas between ten and fifty thousand words, the latest addition means the ground-breaking organization's erotic altruism now covers work of any length. The organization has always prided itself on the diversity of its fiction and hopes its recent expansions will diversify its audience by capturing the attention of readers who follow particular authors.

For the time being, publication under Coming Together Presents is by invitation only, but Brio hopes to institute a query process like that used for its new ebook line. Presents will launch with three titles by three stellar wordsmiths: M. Christian, C. Sanchez-Garcia, and Remittance Girl. Their collections will benefit Planned Parenthood, RAINN, and the ACLU, respectively.

Brio is thrilled with the charities selected. "They're wonderful additions to Coming Together's diverse family of causes without being duplicative. And the authors? I couldn't ask for a better starting lineup!"

About her contribution, Remittance Girl said, "These stories were written in the shadows, in a place where the rights of the individual and freedom of speech have no protection under the law. I have admired the 'Coming Together' collections for a very long time. It gives me great pleasure to know that the proceeds of this collection will go to support the ACLU, an organization defending those very rights with such dedication."

"I'm extremely pleased to be with the great and talented folks at Coming Together -- and to have an opportunity to support Planned Parenthood," adds Christian. "As Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood's founder, said: 'No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body. No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother.'"

When asked why he selected RAINN, the Rape Abuse & Incest National Network, Sanchez-Garcia replied, "Because I've always believed Woman is the ultimate fountain of pleasure for Man and the worst sin against God and nature you can do is abuse her."

COMING TOGETHER is a registered, voluntary nonprofit association governed by a board of directors. It was launched in June 2005 to provide a venue for rising talent while simultaneously raising money for worthwhile causes. To date, it has published 13 volumes of erotic fiction & poetry featuring the work of over 165 authors, poets, and illustrators.

CONTACT:
Alessia Brio, founder & managing editor
412.254-3324 (voice/SMS)
866.837-6407 (fax)
presents [at] eroticanthology.com
http://www.eroticanthology.com/presents.htm
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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Neat Oh!

Coming Together: NeatFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
COMING TOGETHER launches line of single-title ebooks

PITTSBURGH, PA – August 30, 2009 – In keeping with its altruistic focus, COMING TOGETHER, unveiled today plans to publish individual ebook titles to benefit Kiva. The line, entitled Coming Together: Neat, will be edited by Will Belegon and feature novella-length erotic romance and erotica.

"We like to keep submissions under ten thousand words for the anthologies so we can include more stories," notes founder & managing editor Alessia Brio, "but I've encountered quite a few authors who've said they'd like to contribute longer work. Well, now's their chance!"

Known primarily for its diverse short story collections, Coming Together bills itself as the erotic cocktail. The new line's title plays on that theme, with Neat referring to an undiluted intoxicant. Authors are encouraged to query using an automated form via Neat's web page at eroticanthology.com/neat.htm

As with all Coming Together publications, 100% of the royalties are donated to charity. The choice of Kiva as Neat's beneficiary was driven by the desire to maximize the impact of each release while allowing authors the opportunity to be involved in the process. Kiva engages in micro-lending, where small amounts can achieve a disproportionate yield. Authors will be encouraged to choose who receives their book's earnings in the form of a Kiva loan. When that loan is repaid, the author will have the opportunity to choose another recipient.

"The decision to explore micro-lending is exciting," says editor Will Belegon. "These types of loans have considerable potential, especially in our planet's most impoverished areas. A couple hundred dollars is negligible in the United States, but that same amount has a much greater reach in less economically powerful nations."

Belegon, a member of Coming Together's Board of Directors, has been involved since its inception. In addition to fiction and poetry, he assisted in the publication of Coming Together: Under Fire. With wildfires again raging in Southern California, the announcement of the new line also serves as a reminder that Under Fire is still available, and the charities it serves are again in need.

"Will was the obvious choice to manage this line," Brio says. "He is the best continuity editor I've ever encountered. No historical inaccuracy, weapon misuse, or sports faux pas is going to get past him. Plus, he has a great rapport with his authors."

COMING TOGETHER is a registered, voluntary nonprofit association governed by a board of directors. It was launched in June 2005 to provide a venue for rising talent while simultaneously raising money for worthwhile causes. To date, it has published 13 volumes of erotic fiction & poetry featuring the work of over 165 authors, poets, and illustrators.

CONTACT:
Will Belegon, Neat editor
Alessia Brio, founder & managing editor
412.254-3324 (voice/SMS)
866.837-6407 (fax)
neat@eroticanthology.com
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Thursday, August 06, 2009

Into the Light contents set

Coming Together: Into the LightI am thrilled to announce the contents of Coming Together: Into the Light, a collection of revelation-themed erotic fiction that will be published by Phaze Books in January 2010. This volume will benefit V-Day, which works to end violence against women & children.
peace & passion,

~ Alessia Brio
editor

* This is not the final order. They are just alphabetized by story title.

Friday, July 31, 2009

At Last v1 Whip Creamed

Cholla from Whipped Cream writes:
Desire, passion, and love know no boundaries. Not color, race, sex or alien species. In Coming Together At Last Volume 1 all the boundaries are dropped and the world is free to love as it pleases. In the following pages, you are not just free, but encouraged to find your pleasure where you may.

The Colors of Us by Aurora Black starts this amazing anthology off with a seductive and sexy poem. With very few words and vivid imagery, she brings more heat in three stanzas than some authors can in an entire novel.

At First by Alessia Brio & Wil Belegon is a delightful story set in 1963. Vivian is a brazen and outspoken woman, much to Eduardo’s surprise. His more reserved upbringing leaves him at a total loss when dealing with her. However, their first meeting is a magical encounter that later explodes with heat. I loved how much of a ‘modern’ woman she was for the time period and Eddie’s innocence and old world charm were sweet.

Matilda’s Touch by Saskia Walker is a sweet and vivid memory of a first love. Sally is insecure and unwanted, sent to a boarding school to ease her mother’s guilt. Matilda is an otherworldly being and a temptation too strong to resist. This being my first female/female love story, I was pleasantly surprised by the beauty of it.

In Changes by Cerise Noire we are whisked along through the beginning stages of Mike and Wes’ whirlwind relationship. From their first meeting online, to their first physical meeting and through their first real argument, they battle their doubts, revel in their happiness and set the sheets on fire. A very real and relatable story, I could honestly see myself in Sally.

Undercover Lovers by RaeLynn Blue and Shara Azod is the story of two police detectives working undercover and posing as lovers. Each attracted to the other, the cover soon becomes reality. But will it work? Both Lori and Juan are determined to make it so. A very enjoyable story with two endearing characters and one despicable bad guy.

Proud is the Dancer, Pride is the Dance by Lee Benoit is the story of Danny and Calyx. While Danny is a happy and free-spirited young man, donating his time to the GLBT community center, Calyx has a dark past he’s both trying to hide and overcome. Danny fears his lover’s past and yet believes that a whole lot of love and just a little push can bring him back to the present. A very well-written short in which you get so much story in a very few pages.

Francine’s Kid by Jeremy Edwards is a short and steamy story centering around the meeting of Teddy, a regular around the store and Patty, the newest employee. Amazingly hot and sensual for being so short.

In The Pleasure Healing by Andrea Jackson, Claire’s childhood friend, Kenda, is having surgery to repair a long-ago wrong done to her. While Kenda is in the hospital recouperating, Claire realizes she was just as damaged by that event as her friend was. With the help of Russell, she is able to heal her old wounds and find a new life. An amazing story of renewal and rebirth.

Tattoos by Sergio Ortiz is a powerful short poem. With vivid imagery and flowing words, you are swept up and settled just behind the narrator’s shoulder, observing all that she sees and feels.

If Only You Knew by Zoe Nichols is a story of breaking free. Free of society’s idea of right, of your own self doubts, and of an abusive relationship. Kit is a young college student stuck under the thumb of her abusive ex-girlfriend. With the help of a teacher, Andrea, she discovers there is more to herself than she knew. A very touching and emotional story that is all too common in this day and age.

Independence Day by Seressia Glass is a futuristic story of love beyond all boundaries. Despite being from different planets and living in a post-Civil War world, nothing is going to keep Kee and Ananda apart. Two very interesting characters in a very exciting world.

Refuge by Lisabet Sarai, set in a refugee camp in Thailand, introduces us to Nu, a peasant pressed into military service in order to support his widowed mother and younger brother. Through an encounter with a refugee of the camp, Prean, he soon discovers that there is more to life than money and honor. A timeless story, the kindness of one soldier touches a woman and changes her world.

Shot at Love by Yvette Hines is the story of Moni, a wild and reckless woman who never stays with a man for more than one night. Being a domestic goddess was never in her plans. Enter Dee Shelton. Could this one man change her mind about all she’s held true for so long? This is a touching story of a woman who has near-death experience that changes her entire outlook on the world, whether she’s aware of it or not. It’s an honest story, and a hopeful one.

Love Slave by Jax Cassidy is a steamy, sexy poem about love, lust, and submission. Skillfully twisting words into pictures, Jax Cassidy presents a brief scene in the life of a slave to love. Very well done.

Coming Together At Last Volume 1 is an amazing collection of stories covering ground so often left abandoned. Love truly knows no bounds and who’s to say that a couple should be determined by sex, race, age or planet of origin? A very forward-looking anthology that is very much needed in today’s world. Full of well-written and steamy stories, Coming Together At Last is a worthwhile read for anyone who is in love with falling in love against the odds.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

With Pride reviewed

Carole, from Rainbow Reviews, had this to say about Coming Together: With Pride ...

BOOK REVIEW:

Coming Together anthologies published by Phaze are edited by Alessia Brio. Each collection of erotica benefits a different charity. Visit the official Coming Together website for more information. "Coming Together With Pride" benefits AIDS/HIV research.

Reviewing a book published with such good will and to benefit such a good cause is difficult, because the bottom line is that YES, YOU ABSOLUTELY NEED TO BUY THIS BOOK.

That said, and since you are dutifully going to buy the book to support the cause, let me say that, like any anthology, this volume has strong stories and weak stories, stories I loved and stories that didn't appeal to me personally. It is more varied than most because it has het, bi, m/m, f/f, older characters, very young characters, vampires, werewolves ... I can't think it would be possible for anyone to love every story, even though we can appreciate the spirit of giving that each author has exhibited in contributing to this book.

So let me simply say that the awesome introduction by Will Belegon is possibly the very best thing in the book. That essay alone makes the book worth buying, even if it were not a purchase for a good cause.

Read the entire review.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Coming Together: With PrideComing Together: With Pride was a finalist in two categories of the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards! Congratulations to all its wonderful contributors, editor Alessia Brio, and Phaze Books!

Next Generation Indie Book Awards Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Friday, May 29, 2009

Trifecta!

The ebook re-release of the first three volumes of Coming Together has been accomplished via eXcessica. (Thank you, Selena!) Each is now available directly from the eXcessica site in addition to its retail outlets (ARe, Fictionwise, Amazon Kindle, etc.). Print is available via CreateSpace and Amazon. Click the book covers for specifics.

v1 v2 v3

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

4 Stars for At Last v2

Coming Together: At Last v2 is reviewed in the July issue of Romantic Times BookReviews with a 4 Star rating! Woo!

COMING TOGETHER: AT LAST, VOL. II
by Alessia Brio


RT Rating:
Category: EROTICA
Publisher: PHAZE.COM
Published: July 2009
Type: Erotic Romance (Anthology, E-book)

Short stories and poems from 20 different authors cross racial and gender lines, proving that love is blind -- in a good way. Proceeds from this collection will go to Amnesty International.

Summary: Highlights of this anthology include "Unchained Heart," by Jae Knight, in which vampire Marty Cassidy, a wannabe musician, is attracted to lead guitarist Cameron Lucas, and "Enough Said," by Bridget Midway, in which Sean and Autumn must make the most of their time together before he leaves town. (PHAZE.COM, dl $6.00)

—Jill Brager

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Pondering the Indelible

Coming Together: Pondering the IndelibleColor me biased, but you won't find more consistently evocative erotic poetry than Lefty McGee's. Ever. Available now in ebook and coming soon to print:


All proceeds benefit First Book, a literacy charity. Go buy it. Now, please!

peace & passion,

~ Alessia

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Against the Odds

Coming Together: Against the OddsComing Together: Against the Odds
May, 2009
ISBN 978-1-59426-680-5

All behavior is communication. The trick is to figure out just what it's saying. No behavior communicates as clearly or on as many levels as sex. All the physical and emotional senses are engaged. Add the element of intrigue, and the intellect is engaged as well.

Phaze Books, in partnership with editor, Alessia Brio, is proud to announce the release of Coming Together: Against the Odds, a collection of erotic fiction with a mystery theme, with an introduction written by the one & only Maxim Jakubowski.

All proceeds from the sale of this special anthology will benefit Autism Speaks.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction (Maxim Jakubowski)
  • Will She Kiss Me? (Giselle Renarde)
  • Under a Moving Star (Angela Caperton)
  • Blind Tasting (EllaRegina)
  • Undercover Angel (Alessia Brio)
  • Always a Bridesmaid (Andrea Dale)
  • Choke (Gregory L. Norris)
  • The Booty Call Caper (Kathleen Bradean)
  • Sen-Sen (Alicia Night Orchid)
  • It Had To Be You (GS Wiley)
  • Missing Pieces (Jasmine Black)
  • Claim Mate (Brenna Lyons)
  • Sixth Sense (Teresa Noelle Roberts)
  • No Boundaries (Moondancer Drake)
  • The Arch (Eva Batonne)
http://www.king-cart.com/Phaze/product=Coming+Together+Against+the+Odds/exact_match=exact


Coming Together: Against the Odds (wrap cover)

Friday, May 08, 2009

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Earth Day Exclusive - Al Fresco

Coming Together: Al FrescoNo beds in this book. No bedrooms, either. Coming Together: Al Fresco is all about sex in the great outdoors. This volume is exclusively in ebook and available exclusively from All Romance eBooks. The green proceeds from the sale of Al Fresco will benefit Conservation International.

Check out its great cast:
And read its introduction on the EPIC blog.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

On Amazon: At Last

Coming Together: At Last (v2)Coming Together: At Last (v1)It's rather ironic that our interracial collections would have a printing issue with black ink. I'm happy to report that the issues have been resolved, and both volumes are now shipping. They both popped up on Amazon today, too. Now you can get your juicy goodness with Free SuperSaver shipping 'cause together, they exceed the requisite $25. And they benefit Amnesty International. Win-win! What are you waiting for? Go! Buy!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Volume 1 has a new home!

The inaugural volume of Coming Together is now available in ebook from eXcessica! A print edition will soon follow on Amazon/CreateSpace. Stay tuned!

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Coming Together: Al Fresco

Coming Together: Al FrescoComing Together is proud to announce the contents of its next release. Don't expect beds... or bedrooms... in this collection. All the action takes place in the great outdoors, and proceeds benefit Conservation International. Available to pre-order now, exclusively from All Romance eBooks. The ebook will be released on Earth Day 2009.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Colly's volume reviewed

Leah, of Loving Venus-Loving Mars, reviewed this collection:

Review- Coming Together: Special Memorial Edition: Colleen Thomas by Alessia Brio

Coming Together: An Erotic Cocktail
Special Memorial Edition: Colleen Thomas

Edited by Alessia Brio
July 31, 2006
Anthology/ Lesbian/ bisexual
Novel length

Buy it Amazon, Fictionwise (ebook)

A collection of lesbian erotica by the late Colleen Thomas, edited by EPPIE Award-winning author, Alessia Brio. Each short story is introduced by one of Colleen's peers. Proceeds from the sale of this edition of Coming Together will be donated to the Kaplan Family Hospice Residence in her memory.


This volume of the Coming Together series is a nice eclectic mix of lesbian erotic stories. While a few are strictly lesbian stories, there are a few first timer or coming out stories as well, which I enjoyed. The flavor of each story is so different and unique and I found them all to be nicely written and highly erotic. I think Alessia Brio did a great job in putting together this anthology, which offers so much. I've never read anything by Colleen Thomas, so this is a nice intro to her work.

A Separate Peace- I really enjoyed this story a lot. It was very different. Sarah is working for the US gov. as a spy in Israel in search of a most wanted Palestinian terrorist known as the Jackal. She is captured during a bombing by some Palestinians and wakes up tied up in a room, with a woman, Ablaa, talking to her. To Sarah’s surprise Ablaa just happens to be the Jackal. This woman is very intense with her, talking to her about how the US gov is the real terrorist and goes on to describe the horrendous life she’s had to lead, while at the same time she seduces Sarah sexually. Sarah starts to see that all is not so black and white. The Jackal lets Sarah escape and it’s years later…

What I enjoyed about this story is that it’s a story about how people can connect on a very basic human level regardless of beliefs and ideological differences. These two women are very sweet and intense together and I really got off on that. (A)

The Run- This was a very interesting sci-fi story about a woman who is a “runner,” a person who is basically a hired body guard/ assassin. Margo is a huge, formidable woman and one of the best runners out there. She’s hired by a cosmetic company to be a body guard for the head of the company, a woman with a hit out on her. Margo brings in another woman who is a computer geek to take care of the tech side of what’s needed. This woman, Lana, is very attracted to Margo, and Margo, while having some attractions for women, has never been with a woman. As they work together, they both explore each other sexually as well. What I liked here is that both are sexually inexperienced with women and it was very hot and kind of innocent how they get together.

The sci-fi part of the story was very intricate and kind of riveting on its own as well. Many interesting concepts were introduced. (A-)

Just Like That- this is a purely erotic fantasy and not really my cuppa due to the “doing it for men” part of the story, but the sex was pretty hot. A woman is in a bar and notices three woman hanging together and dancing, one having a camera. She chats with one of them and it turns out they run a website showing real life girl-on-girl action to whoever pays to watch. What they do is try to find a regular, non pro, woman who wants to have sex on camera.

First, this woman has never had sex with a woman nor does she want to, but the girls convince her to go along and the smexing with the camera rolling starts straight away in the car. That’s all. All three women do her on film and she gets off on it. (B)

Latin I and Latin II- Oh I totally loved this story. It’s a story of revenge, but done in a way that the recipients of the revenge learn something about themselves and how horrid they were acting. Mandy is a high school student who is ridiculed on a regular basis because she’s out as a lesbian. One of her teachers routinely picks on her for no reason and the “cool” girls not only mess with her but push others to ride her as well. She gets a hold of a book of spells and goes to a well known empty, haunted house and does a spell to conjure up a malevolent spirit to help her get revenge.

This was so deliciously hot. Mandy’s nasty teacher just happens to be a preacher’s wife who thinks sex is just for procreation. Mandy puts a spell on her having her do all kinds of things, completely controlling her, making her want sex with Mandy only. Then she seduces the mean girl and does the same. What I thought was interesting in these two stories is that while Mandy is getting her revenge she’s never cruel and those women, while hating that they are having sex with Mandy, also come to really want it. Great story. (A-)

Quality of Life- This was a strange story. Another sci-fi/ futuristic story about a satellite prison in space where gays and lesbians are sent because they are an abomination to the current society. This was a total downer with a lot of social statement about how gays and lesbians are treated and the prejudice they have to deal with. Basically this prison is purposely destroyed by the powers that be locking out air, with a few survivors left, but not for long. There isn’t any sex in this story, which was OK, but the ending is just kind of rough. Like I said, downer. But it was uniquely written. (C+)

Picture Perfect- Oh yeah, this was such a hot story. And it’s a May/Dec, teacher/student story, which I get off on. Dana is a student in University who keeps taking Dr. Helen Smith’s classes because she’s attracted to her. Dana is a newbie at being with women, so she gets constant advice from her butch friend who is sleeping with everyone, including a few professors. For a paper Dana has to do for Dr. Smith’s class, she goes to get some books for her topic and one book she needs hasn’t been taken out for 20 years, so its in a special room. In this book she finds a pin-up semi nudie photo of a woman from the 40’s and becomes obsessed with finding out who it is. When she finds out that Dr. Smith was the last person to take out the book, things get interesting.

This is a very engrossing story with a bit of a mystery involved and a sweet coming together of two women sexually. I liked that Helen is 45 and has as much or little experience as Dana who is in her early 20’s. So the sex is more exploratory in nature than experienced seduction, which I enjoyed. (A-)

Football Widow- this is a story about a woman who marries her high school sweetheart, but after they had split up and she had a lesbian affair with a Haitian professor at her college. She’s been married now for 10 years and is basically ignored by her husband during the whole football season. At a kickoff party that she and her husband have, a lesbian co-worker of her husband seduces her. She realizes how much she’s missed being with women and this woman turns her on totally.

This is a typical neglected housewife story, which kind of made it OK for me that she has sex with this other woman. What I didn’t like is how aggressive the lesbian is. She’s definitely the butch one and comes on very strong and pushy with the housewife. But I think in this case lesbians who like the butch/femme dynamics will like this story.

I also didn’t like that the lesbian woman in this case is thinking about making this affair long-term not by breaking up the marriage, but having the affair on the side without the husband’s knowledge. Not my thing that kind of idea really. Still though, the sex in this story is very steamy. (B)

The Last Goodbye Fuck- This is another kind of sad story. Two lesbians are having their last goodbye sex, which is very intense and lasts for hours. This is because one works on a fishing boat and goes out to sea for months at a time. What I liked about this story is that the women are so different. The butch one is big, fleshy and hairy, while the other one is tiny and thin. They both really love each other and really only have each other as both families have cut them off for being lesbians. The little details are what made this story for me. They are poor and make do with so little and it had a good feeling for me in that, like two people working against the odds. The sex is amazing in this story, but then ending really sucks. I guess that’s what you get when it’s not romance but erotica. (B+)

As a book of lesbian erotica, I think this collection is well done and offers a lot. But what I really enjoyed is that it’s also got many different kinds of sexual scenarios, something for everyone and especially something for those of us who like to read stories that are more interesting for the bi curious reader.

Sex rating: Orgasmic- f/f, ménage, strap-ons, anal,

Grade: B+

Sunday, January 18, 2009

At Last - At Last!

FINALLY!

Phaze Books, in partnership with editor, Alessia Brio, is proud to announce COMING TOGETHER: AT LAST, a collection of interracial erotic fiction which celebrates the diversity of desire. With an introduction by NYT Bestselling Author L.A. Banks!

Volumes 1 and 2 feature stories by Bridget Midway, Saskia Walker, Seressia Glass, Aliyah Burke, Alessia Brio and Will Belegon, and many more!

All proceeds from the sale of this special anthology will benefit Amnesty International.


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Coming Together is erotic altruism at its finest!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Against the Odds contents selected

Coming Together: Against the OddsIt is with great pride that we announce the contents for Coming Together: Against the Odds:

This collection of mystery-themed erotic fiction will be released simultaneously in ebook & print from Phaze Books during June 2009.

Love Romances Cafe nominations


Coming Together has a couple of nominations in Love Romances Cafe's year-end polls. Your votes would be much appreciated!

Best Anthology 2008:
Coming Together with Pride (Phaze)

Best Series 2008:
Coming Together (Phaze)

Voting runs until Jan. 17th. Winners are being announced at a special party on Jan. 19th from 7-9 p.m. ET

To vote, simply be a subscriber to the Love Romances Cafe Yahoo!Group and visit the polls.

Thanks for your support!

Thursday, January 01, 2009

P&E Nominations

The Preditors & Editors 2008 Readers Polls are now open. Coming Together would greatly appreciate your support in the following polls:

Anthologies
Coming Together: With Pride
http://www.critters.org/predpoll/antho.shtml

Print/Electronic Book Editor
Alessia Brio, Coming Together
http://www.critters.org/predpoll/bookeditor.shtml

In order for your votes to be counted, you must verify your email address -- but you only have to do it once. Thanks, y'all. HAPPY NEW YEAR!