Alessia Brio

Newsletter ~ December 2007

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Newsletter time rolls around fast! I have great news, too. The 2008 EPPIE Award finalists were announced on December 12th, and I'm thrilled to be a part of two of the finalists! Both Phaze in Verse and Coming Together: For the Cure made the finals in their categories (Poetry and Erotica, respectively). The EPPIEs will be awarded after a formal banquet at EPICon (March 2008 in Portland).  I can't wait!

To add to the festivities, Coming Together: For the Cure was chosen as a Top Pick by Romantic Times BOOKreviews in the January 2008 issue of the magazine! That puts it in the running for the annual awards, too. SQUEE! Read the entire review HERE.

Everybody's buzzing about the new Amazon Kindle e-reader. I want y'all to know that all my ebooks are available in Kindle format from Fictionwise. A recent Fictionwise newsletter states:

"Fictionwise is committed to supporting every major eBook device, and this week we're proud to announce that all MultiFormat eBooks at Fictionwise are now available for the Amazon Kindle and the Sony Reader. This is even true of MultiFormat eBooks you bought in the past!

For Sony Reader just select "Sony Reader (LRF)" and for Kindle select "Kindle (AZW)" from the MultiFormat download menu!

Kindle customers can even register their Kindle email address at Fictionwise and upload wirelessly with a single click from their bookshelf! (Amazon's 10 cent wireless charges apply.)"

So, there you have it ... or, have me! *grin* HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you & yours.

~ Alessia

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New Releases & Coming Soon [TOP]

Knead The Seven The Seven: Revisited

Three of my non-erotic short stories were recently released as Amazon Shorts.
They're available for download at just 49¢ each. Just click on the cover image (above) to order.
I love these stories. I hope you do, too!

Coming Together: Under FireCOMING SOON:
Coming Together: Under Fire (which I'm co-editing with Will Belegon) is a collection of diverse fire-themed erotic fiction and poetry. All proceeds from its sale will benefit relief efforts for the victims of the recent Southern California wildfires. Watch for it early in 2008 in both ebook and print from Phaze!

Introduction (Will Belegon); 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)

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Phaze Fantasies I
ISBN 1-59426-556-9 (ebook)

Four tales of erotic fiction by four Phaze favorites! Alessia Brio continues the Costa Rican adventure that launched fine flickering hungers, her EPPIE Award-winning anthology. Bridget Midway shines with "Service Recall," a tale of relationship rebound done right. Leigh Ellwood opens the door to a magical ménage in "Midnight Passions." And Ann Regentin's "Midnight Conversations" explores the sexual memories of a fixer-upper's past occupants.

"Alessia Brio leads off with ¡Pura Vida!, a sizzling exploration of polyamorous, pansexual relationships."
~ Erotica Revealed

"¡Pura Vida!, by Brio, is the spicy story of Charlie, Stormy and Pietro, who plan to turn a Costa Rican beach into the next vacation hot spot."
~ Romantic Times BOOKreviews

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Interviews & Appearances [TOP]

The Pink Banana BoutiqueOn December 15th, however, I'll be signing books at Virginia Beach's Pink Banana Boutique with a group of naughty authors. I'm hoping we are so busy with the event that I don't have time to covet all the delicious lingerie lining the walls. Last time, I dropped a chunk of change on sexy underthings. *eep*

If you're in the Norfolk-Virginia Beach area, stop in! We'll be signing books from noon 'til 6 o'clock. Scheduled to appear are: yours truly, Bridget Midway (a/k/a Crystal Bright, Leigh Ellwood, Yvette Hines (a/k/a Monique Lamont), Alexis Ke (a/k/a Denise Jeffries), Violet Heart, Sapphire Phelan (a/k/a Pamela Kinney), Cheryl Bonner, Shara Lanel, Barbara Donlon Bradley, and my co-writer, Will Belegon.

Naughty RendezvousThanks to all who voted, one of my book cover designs won a Covey Award in November!  Naughty Rendezvous, by Ms. Victoria Blisse, took the prize for Most Relevant Cover.

Speaking of covers, I've got my fingers crossed for four covers I submitted to EPIC for the 2008 Awards. The category (ARIANA) winners should be announced on Saturday 15th. Each goes on to compete for the QUASAR, which is awarded at EPICon (March 2008 in Portland). The covers I submitted and their categories are:

Lord Carabas (GLBT)
A Gamble Worth Taking (Erotic Romance - Historical)
Phaze in Verse (Poetry)
Tombstone Ranch (Erotic Romance - Paranormal)

Wish me luck!

Venti con Brio [TOP]

From PEPPERMINT to NUDE, this month's 20-word free association comes to you via the sexy, sassy, Bridget Midway:

(1) peppermint » (2) Christmas » (3) candle » (4) wax »
(5) fire
» (6) passion » (7) peace » (8) love » (9) lover »
(10) trust
» (11) bondage » (12) security » (13) boredom »
(14) wanderlust
» (15) journey » (16) quest » (17) orgasm »
(18) release
» (19) free » (20) nude

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Blogging, Contests, Free Reads, etc. [TOP]

On the promo blog, a 4 Angel review for Double Header, the 4.5 Star review for Coming Together: For the Cure mentioned above, and a few cross-posts ...

At MySpace, AlterNet’s Top 10 Sex & Relationship Stories of 2007, a mini rant, my battle cry, and the rapidly-getting-old time sink: Thursday Thirteens.

Poetry [TOP]

Two new poems on the poetry blog this month:  auricle and forked. Enjoy!

My poem wither will appear in Coming Together: Under Fire along with 17 other fabulous fire-inspired poems.  (The full Table of Contents is listed above.)

I began a new poetry project with the lovely Vana Lafayette. We're writing a book of poetry together under the collaborative pseudonym Âme Remous (which, incidentally, means "soul swirl" in French). It's entitled CANDY: Poetry from a Swirling of Souls. And, although we don't know exactly what we're gonna do with it yet, we have created an accompanying poetry blog. (Just what I need: another blog!)


Featured Backlist Title [TOP]

Coming Together: Hurricane ReliefComing Together: Special Hurricane Relief Edition
ISBN 1-59426-547-X
Phaze, October 2006 ($7 ebook)

With 15 rain-soaked stories and 7 storm-inspired poems, the Special Hurricane Relief Edition of the serial anthology Coming Together proves that water cannot put out some fires. All royalties from the sales of this volume will be donated to the American Red Cross for disaster relief efforts. Coming Together is "erotic altruism" at its finest!


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