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As Kinky as You Wanna Be
Your Guide to Safe, Sane and Smart BDSM
Shanna Germain
ISBN: 9781627780629
Book (Paperback)
Cleis Press
5 1/2 x 8
242 pages
December 9, 2014


"With the film release of "Fifty Shades of Grey," a lot of people are now interested in BDSM but they have no idea to do it. The book As Kinky As You Wanna Be: Your Guide to Safe, Sane and Smart BDSM by Shanna Germain is a great way to learn about how to do this stuff in safe way. Anyone that is new to the world of BDSM will want to check out this book" -–Sex & Love Examiner

"Shanna Germain's stories are gorgeously poetic, emotionally fearless, and torch-your-panties hot. She's the Aztec chile chocolate of erotica — an indulgence good for both body and soul." —Donna George Storey

"This interesting book is not an instructional manual but a guide to what BDSM means, complete with examples. While you might think dry and boring, this is anything but that. After all, it is kinky sex. That being said, it goes over mental and physical health, communication and so much more that you really should think about before exploring your kinkier side. While this sounds like it should be for those who have never tried BDSM, it would still be helpful for those who have. If nothing else, as a reminder of things you should think about. It is well laid out with short stories or excerpts from stories to illustrate the point that that chapter is making. Those stories are wonderful; interesting as well as informative. In the back of the book is a glossary and other tools to make your adventure safe, sane and consensual as well as risk aware consensual kink. Everything might not be for everyone and some things may not interest you today but may tomorrow or never. Regardless of where you are, this is an informative book. I liked that it wasn’t a how to but more of a how would I ever do this type of stuff and what about the rest of the world!" —Night Owl Reviews

As Kinky as You Wanna Be is not an instruction book. It won’t teach you how to tie up your squirming lover or choose the proper lube. Rather, it teaches you how to be a kinky person who has safe, sane, and smart experiences. Like a tourist’s guide to BDSM, As Kinky as You Wanna Be offers a road map to your own kinky self. This book helps you discover which kinky countries you want to visit, gives you tips and techniques on the language of BDSM, and helps you navigate the customs and rituals of the kink community.

With sections on discovering your pleasures; talking about kink with your partner, your family, or your doctor; staying physically and mentally safe; putting your kinky dreams into practice; and dealing with difficult situations, As Kinky as You Wanna Be is your guide and confidant. The book features informative interviews with BDSM experts such as Jay Wiseman and Lee Harrington, and it is sprinkled with stories from top erotica authors like Janine Ashbless and Rachel Kramer Bussel. Whether your first kinky experience or thousandth, As Kinky as You Wanna Be guides you — safely and smartly.

Shanna Germain's poems, essays, short stories, novellas, articles and more have found homes in hundreds of magazines, newspapers, books, and websites. She’s even garnered an award here and there, including a Pushcart nomination, the Rauxa Prize for Erotic Poetry, and the C. Hamilton Bailey Poetry Fellowship. She lives in Portland, OR.
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