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"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

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A Whip-Smart Invitation to the Best Sex of Your Life

Like a travel guide to the wonderful world of BDSM, As Kinky as You Wanna Be offers a road map to your own kinky self. This guide will help you discover which kinky countries you want to visit, give you tips and techniques on the language of BDSM, and help you navigate the customs and rituals of kinky communities. 

Inside you’ll find out how to: 
  • Discover new pleasures 

  • Talk about kink with your partner, your family or your doctor 

  • Stay physically and mentally safe 

  • Handle the rough terrain of fears and concerns 

  • Put your kinky dreams into practice 


As Kinky as You Wanna Be will be your mentor, your confidant and your expert resource. In addition to advice from author Shanna Germain, the book features informative interviews with BDSM educators such as Cecilia Tan, Jay Wiseman and Lee Harrington, and is sprinkled with stories from top erotica authors like Janine Ashbless and Nikki Magennis that demonstrate the hottest ways to play. 

Whether you are about to embark on your first kinky experience or your thousandth, As Kinky as You Wanna Be will take you by the hand (or perhaps by the hair) to masterfully show you the wild rides of bondage, submission, pain, pleasure and more.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Press (December 9, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1627780629
  • ISBN-13: 978-1627780629
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,269,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this as a Christmas present for my girlfriend, but I decided to read it before I wrapped it. The book is a blend of non-fiction instruction, interspersed with short, fictional erotica. The stories match up to the non-fiction and they were all enjoyable. As a bit of a novice when it comes to the practicalities, the book was helpful. The tone is clear and personal, without attempting to be too intimate. It's far less clinical than a textbook and was enjoyable to read. Overall I found it useful and sexy, just what I was looking for.
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A non-intimidating peak into a world of sexuality that blends real-life advice and guidance with fictional representations of scenarios that will enhance anyone's sexual experience. This book provides an honest view of sexuality that will awaken hidden desires that you did not know you had. Shanna does a great job of spanning the spectrum of "kink" from playful bondage to parter domination - this book offers something for everyone.
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I've read my fair share of how-to BDSM -- a lot more 50 Shades of Gray bashing than anything resembling informational. This book, finally, is about what BDSM is rather than all the things it's not, told in a fascinating way in the voice of a girlfriend over a Saturday lunch date. Shanna Germain shares the language of BDSM culture, the customs and rituals, and everything you need to stay in both psychological and physical health, and the best part, she does it with an open-mindedness and acceptance of all quirks that is -- finally -- friendly and welcoming as well as informational. You're in the kinky club if you want to be in the kinky club. She'll take your hand and show you around.
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What a SMART book; this is what is needed in the wake of so much bondage talk with very little good information to go along with it. I kept reading in the paper about "50 Shades of Grey injuries" and it seems that author Shanna Germain has come up with exactly the right book for the moment. Germain also creates video games you can tell she has a keen mind.

Fantastic book that is truly needed.
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I'm familiar with Shanna Germain for her work on Numenera. Having been married for quite a while, and having seen my sex life sink lower and lower beneath the surface, my wife and I finally had a good talk.

Enter the work in question. This was for my benefit, as my wife has done her own research. Ms. Germain has done a great job of making this an open topic to discuss and read about. It's a mix of her personal life (pretty amazing really), interviews and fiction. I poo poo'd the fiction, then I promptly used the idea for our first mild session. So there you are.

Ms. Germain has a ton of guts. She'd be a neat person to know and I think her work may really help me and my wife out. Thanks for writing this.
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I'm not really a part of the kink community, but I do consider myself an open-minded and curious person, so I really appreciated Shanna Germain's work on this book. This is a considerate and intelligent guide to a world I did not already know, and by the time I finished the book, I really felt like I had learned some important details. The tone is friendly and compassionate, as if you were conversationally talking to a friend in the BDSM community, someone you could trust to answer some questions you might otherwise be too embarrassed to ask. Each chapter, which focused on a different aspect of advice for those new to a kinky lifestyle, also features one or more short pieces of erotic fiction, which were generally quite good. In addition, many of the chapters featured an interview with someone experienced in the BDSM community. I felt these interviews might have been the weakest part of the book, though they were not bad. They were just a bit too formulaic for me; I didn't get a great sense of the interview subject from them, though that did seem intentionally secondary to the advice they offered.

Overall, this book approaches a complicated subject with elegance and thoughtfulness, two strengths that are often apparent in Shanna's writing.
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