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About the author:
In addition to her writing career, Laura also edits the online literary magazine Black Heart while leg-pressing Sumo wrestlers and drinking coffee. She lives in an Apocalypse-proof bunker in sunny SoCal with her artist husband and their literary kitties, and can be found online at Buttontapper.com.
What inspired you to write your book?
Sex toys are something that are still very taboo in American society, and usually relegated to the punchline of a joke, so I wanted to help adults explore these fun additions to their bedroom repertoire without taking things too seriously. While this is meant to be an educational book, it’s also supposed to be FUN. And hopefully it’ll also give people lots of new ideas for ways they can spice up their love lives!
Here is a short sample from the book:
WHAT’S THIS BOOK ABOUT?
Play With Me: Sex Toys from A to Z originally began as a series of blog posts written for the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge – an annual blogging challenge that encourages writers to post daily (except Sundays) on a theme of their choice, using each letter of the alphabet as inspiration.
Those of you who already follow my blog may remember that in 2013 I completed this challenge using the theme “Montreal from A to Z,” which resulted in an ebook entitled Montreal from A to Z. In 2014, I decided to go all the way and take my subject matter to a fun, sexy topic I know quite well: sex toys!
As a sex writer who’s been exploring the ins and outs of the sex trade, both as a journalist and as a writer of erotic fiction, I wanted to shed some light on the topic of sex toys from an educational point of view. With all the hustle and bustle surrounding 50 Shades of Grey, lots of people have gotten their knickers in a knot over sexual play and what it means to use sex toys – to the point that there’s even a sex toy line inspired by the books. So shouldn’t we all be a little bit better educated when it comes to the types of toys we choose to purchase with our hard-earned dollars?
I think so. Because, believe me, there are a lot of cheap, shoddily-made sex toys out there, some of which can even make you physically ill.
Personally, I believe everyone should try out a few sex toys throughout their adult lives. They’re fun, just like toys ought to be, and they bring pleasure. They can be used solo or with a partner, and they’ll spice up your bedroom routine. They can help you get off, and they can help you share fantasies with your lover.
That being said, I don’t intend to review any of the sex toys discussed here, as my aim is sharing subjective information about what each toy does, rather than how well one person believes it performs its duties. I do, however, encourage you to purchase your toys from a reputable seller like Babeland, an online toy shop with brick and mortar locations in New York and Seattle that’s female-friendly, sleaze-free and an excellent source of educational information. Babeland is also an ethical company that only sells high-quality toys made from materials that will never compromise your health or well being for a brief buzz. They don’t sell cheap made-in-China “novelty” toys, and only carry curated items from upstanding companies, including Jimmyjane, Lelo and Tenga, to name a few.
Finally, you’ll notice there are lots of links in this book, including some affiliate links to toys you can buy at Babeland. Full disclosure: I do get a percentage of sales if you purchase items using these links, but all of your purchases are 100% private, so I’ll never know what (if anything) you bought using those links.
So without further ado, let’s start exploring the wonderful world of sex toys from A to Z!