Sunday, May 27, 2007

Free @ Phaze

Pantheism 101My short story entitled Pantheism 101: Sexual Synæsthesia is now available as a Phaze Flare (which means it's FREE). It will also appear in the Spring 2007 issue of The Shadow Sacrament.

Sensuality surrounds us--in the air we breathe and the earth beneath our feet. We need only open our selves to the magic. Let Alessia take you on a spiritual journey of erotic exploration.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Now, concentrate!

Yours truly is one of the 18 tiles featured in today's Concentration game at LinkTiles. Have fun!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Stock Up Sale!

FictionWiseA few of the good things about an ebook TBR stack are that: (a) you don't have to dust it, (b) its presence on your nightstand doesn't constantly remind you that there aren't enough hours in the day, (c) your visiting pastor can't see your collection of smut, and (d) you can take it with you wherever you go.

And now -- Yes, right NOW -- at FictionWise, you can beef up your ebook library with all the titles you've been wanting at a 25% discount! Everything's on sale "for a limited time," and that includes my stuff.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

"Time Warp" gets the WHOLE bottle!

Time Warp, by Alessia Brio

Wilga Hill Boomerang of Cocktail Reviews gave my Phaze Fury the highest possible rating! Check it out:
This review isn’t going to give much away about the plot as it will spoil it for readers. I will admit, when I began to read Time Warp, finding out that Alex is married to Dan, that they were about to celebrate their first wedding anniversary, I winced just a little bit at picking a book to read that seemed too peachy, too ‘Alex’s world is wonderful’ for my current mood. It then becomes apparent that things aren’t so ‘cute’.

Scene one: Time Warp begins with Alex making preparations for her first wedding anniversary. All seems wonderful, peachy…

Scene Two: Same scene start, subtle differences. I liked those. Third anniversary, not first. And the small things that creep into a relationship once it begins to age are shown well here.

And then the shocker…

Littered with lines from the song The Time Warp, which, I might add, lends an incredibly creepy/Alex is whacko feel to the whole story, I could NOT put this book down.

Favourite line that had me laughing along with Alex in an insane manner, my eyes narrowed with the excitement and spite of retribution as if I myself were Alex: She chuckled and sang, “That really drives you insa-a-a-a-a-ane.”

I will say no more, except that if you like revenge stories, this is the one for you. If you want to see a deranged woman in action, doing everything you wished you could do to your ex partner, read this.

It makes you feel as if you’ve actually done it. Most satisfying.

Big smile.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Vote for Time Warp as June's Book of the Month!

From the Phaze News list:

EPPIE-winning author, Alessia Brio, has a book in the running for book of the month on Sensual Reads and Reviews! Please vote for her "Time Warp" for June's Book of the Month! And spread the word!

Here's a blurb:
Dan doesn't appreciate Alex any longer, and Alex just does not appreciate Dan's infidelity. When cunning and creativity combine in a woman scorned, revenge turns criminally delicious. Who's really the guilty party in this twisted tale of torment?

Vote for June's Book of the Month

Time Warp by Alessia Brio

Um, yeah -- I removed all the other options. You're gonna have to go HERE if you want to vote against me.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

We have a winner!

Cameo Award Winner

On Saturday afternoon, my book trailer for fine flickering hungers won a Cameo Award in the Amateur Division. Yay, me! Check out the video HERE.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

RRT Reviews ArtiFactual

ARTIFACTUAL is a highly entertaining erotic tale about a pair of likable people and a very unusual erotic shop and museum. The sex is sizzling, the dialogue witty and the character interaction charming. Watching the relationship unfold between Mandy and Bruce from a close friendship in Erotique, to a completely committed couple in Closing Arguments is the best part of the anthology. However, the evolving mystery about Aunt Vivian, Erotique, the shop, and the "haunted" sexual apparatuses in the museum is just as enjoyable. Secondary characters are not really present in the first two stories, but Professor Eddie features prominently in Amichu and Closing Arguments, and Aunt Vivian may be dead, but she's never really far away. While the sex is hot in each story, the last two tales focus more on plot and characterization than on sex -- my favorite of them all is Switch. It was fun, different and extremely sensual.

ARTIFACTUAL is an enjoyable collection of stories about a couple who are realistically and lovingly portrayed with enough sizzling sex to please any reader. Don't miss this fun and sexy read.

Isabelle Spencer

Read the entire review HERE.

Third Time's the Charm

Mrs. Giggles reviews Coming Together v3:

I can see that many of the contributors in Coming Together: An Erotic Cocktail Volume 3 are familiar since they also did their thing in the previous two volumes of this charity anthology series. I suppose by now I can easily skip those that I know will be pretentious literary-erotica wannabe stories but of course, being the genteel person that I am, I will endeavor to be fair and give them my due attention during my reading.

Like the previous volumes, this was previously self-published via Cafépress and is revised this time around with some stories in the previous edition removed and replaced by different stories due to copyright reasons. Oh, and Jess Malarkey opting to be called such this time around instead of "Rumple Foreskin". I suppose it's much more enjoyable to brag to a bunch of charming young folks at the local Starbucks, "I, Jess Malarkey, handsome and debonair author of literary erotica (check out my charming Johnny Depp style goatee), am a published author!" instead of "You know, I am a published author, I really am - just check out the works of Rumple Foreskin, which is my pseudonym... hey, where are you guys running off to? I thought we are all going to my place to read pseudointellectual poetry together?"

Guys and gals, choose your published pseudonym wisely. You never know when it will show up to haunt you.

And finally, all proceeds from sales are, as usual, going to the Electronic Frontier Foundation so it is always a nice thing to purchase this anthology even if the phrase "Rumple Foreskin" no longer shows up in this version of the anthology.

This collection kicks off with Alessia Brio's poem Someone. It probably reflects my own failing here but I have a great time screeching this one aloud in my Natalie Wood on helium mode to the tune of Somewhere from that musical West Side Story.

This one sets off the tone of the collection. This anthology is so much more enjoyable than the dire second volume for both right and wrong reasons. There are more enjoyable tales of smut here that actually have sex, a concept that seems bewilderingly alien in the second volume, and the bad ones are comical rather than excruciating to read while the good ones are, well, good. I can't review all the stories in this collection so I'll just mention the ones I find memorable for various reasons.

I really like Encore by Dave Edgar, a charming little story of outdoor sex and adultery. It will be even better if everyone gets together for a massive outdoor orgy but maybe that's for another day. Web pornographer Vassily in Anna Lyzer's Creativity In The Flesh is such an adorable brute as he teaches an employee how to get the better of a haughty woman who undermined his authority. He's not handsome but he has this irresistibly nasty and politically incorrect air about him that makes him a compelling character. The always charmingly nom-de-plumed Alex de Kok offers a story of teenagers losing their virginities together just in time for college in Take Me By Surprise. This is a sweet love story that makes a nice contrast to some of the naughtier stuff going on in other stories. The sex is too unrealistically prolonged (not to mention too perfect) to me, especially for a first time thing, but still, this one isn't too bad.

Sarah Rose's His Toy Story has a wife surprised and later intrigued by the realization that her husband, which is stereotypically macho and masculine in every way, has a secret yearning to be sodomized by a woman. What is a loving wife to do other than to bring out the strap-on? This one is a very nice balance of rough spicy language and tenderness that reflects very well on how much fun the two are having. It's sexy and fun at the same time, the way things should be. 4degrees' Does Not Do Well is seriously twisted in a fiendish but fun way as our main character is stuck with a brother who is a chronic masturbator in public situations. The brother in question whips out his big buddy when they are trapped in a restaurant while a crazy fellow is shooting at all of them, would you believe it? Our hero can't believe it either but he has to lend a hand, he suppose. AB Guye's Second Chances is a sweet if rather familiar story of two men meeting long after having graduated from high school only to learn that the apparently straight guy is gay and available so it's time to party.

Will Amado's The Blow Job is an interesting and even sensual rambling of a man's thoughts on giving head. Elizabeth McKenna's Private Property: No Trespassing has a familiar premise - reclusive woman meets hot guy skinny-dipping - but the end result is a story that is scorching hot yet sweetly romantic in the most unexpected ways. I think it's my favorite story of the bunch here.

Rumple Foreskin, I mean, Jess Malarkey continues to adventures of the Calamity Jane of sex, Angie, in Angie's Waterfall Woes. I find the previous installment trying too hard to be a script for a Farrelly Brothers movie and I have the same feeling about this one. The funniest thing about this Calamity Jane story would have been the part where it says, most appropriately right below Angie's Waterfall Woes in the header, "By Rumple Foreskin". "By Jess Malarkey" doesn't have the same effect. On the other hand, Rideme Cowgirl gets it right as Anal Sex Is For Buttholes, an account of a painful accident indeed, is too hilarious for words. It has me laughing out loud, which is heartless of me as the main characters are in such pain and humiliation when they are done.

Sherry Hawk offers The Warrior, in which our heroine Sherry Hawk (no, really, this is a third-person story) offers me plenty of Native American mumbo-jumbo but not enough smut to go along with it. How does this story end up in this collection? Where is the sex? I want Pocahontas Gone Wild, not this... whatever this is. I have no idea what shereads' A Walker's Guide To Gulf Stream is doing here. It's about a woman learning to dive in the sea, I think. What this has to do with eroticism, I have no idea. Maybe shereads is taking the whole concept of "intellectual erotica" to unheard-of heights. "Ooh, the sand burps up a stingray! Omigosh, my brain is having an orgasm! Oh, oh, oh!"

Burps aside, Coming Together: An Erotic Cocktail Volume 3 is such a vast improvement that I believe it is actually the best of the three volumes in the series so far. The good stories are really enjoyable while the bad ones are good for a laugh and fortunately few in number. Third time is really the charm, it seems.

Rating: 86