Alessia Brio kicks things off with a moving description of why Coming Together matters to her:
I'm doing things I believe in with every fiber of my being. Not only do I believe in the rightness and the power of charity, I also believe in the rightness and the power of sex. Writing about sex, whether to educate or to arouse, brings it into the light where it belongs. Sex needs to be celebrated for the joyous, life-affirming, rowdy primal romp that it is. It is only when relegated to dark, forbidden places that sex becomes something shameful. Something that others—media, religion, politics, retail—can use to manipulate and control us.
For those not in the know, Coming Together publishes erotic books and donates all proceeds to charity. She's also posted an excerpt of one of her stories, "Butterfly," which is an amazing example of the healing power of erotica, and appeared quite appropriately in an anthology benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
I'm proud to be part of Coming Together's stable of authors, and my own blog bash post will be up on Feb. 24. Keep an eye out!