Bits & Pieces
50 Shades of Reality. While you may or may not have enjoyed Those Books - the ones that have been topping the New York Times bestseller list for months on end, breaking publishing records right and left, and bringing an as-yet-unknown number of newbies into the kink communities... you can't argue with their effects. Sales of all the Greenery kink titles are up - in some cases nearly three times their level this time last year - and all our authors are busily fielding telephone calls and emails from reporters and readers eager to learn more about the big beautiful world of kink. Interestingly, although Those Books describe male-dominant, female-submissive play, the rising tide of kink interests seem to be floating all our BDSM titles, including those targeted to femdom and queer playstyles.
While Those Books are not unique in bringing BDSM fantasy to mainstream audiences - titles like The Story of O, 9-1/2 Weeks and Exit to Eden have done so in the past - they will undoubtedly start bringing an unprecedented level of new participants to community events, conferences, workshops and munches. If you're active in your community and/or looking for play partners, be prepared to guide novices through the gap between fantasy and reality - including, of course, suggesting appropriate reading. Books we recommend for beginners include SM 101, the Bottoming and Topping Books, The Mistress Manual, The Sexually Dominant Woman and The Loving Dominant. All are available from the Greenery website at greenerypress.com, or from your favorite on-line or brick-and-mortar bookstore.
The weapon you need to conquer the green-eyed monster!
From the initial stages of trying to agree who can do what with whom, through advanced issues such as coping with logistics and seeking compersion, every relationship sooner or later confronts jealousy - and some relationships do not survive the confrontation.
Between these covers you will find forty-two exercises with supporting text, developed by a professional relationship counselor and refined by hundreds of clients trying to find their own paths through jealousy. They range from basic (Exercise Two, Clarify Your Relationship Orientation) through challenging (Exercise Thirty-Four, Imagine Looking Through Their Eyes and Being In Their Shoes). All can be done solo, with a partner, or under the supervision of a helping professional, and all can be done before a problem emerges or in the throes of a jealousy crisis.
Along the way, you will find solutions to the issues that bedevil even the most happily open relationships.
Only a few people have seen the book so far and they've all been thrilled by it. Here are just a couple of the responses:
"This book knocked me out! An essential resource for people searching for insight on how to resolve jealousy in polyamorous relationships, and open-minded others. An excellent tool for finding answers that can lead to more peaceful hearts and an abundance of love and connection." - Anita Wagner Illig, polyamory educator, coach, advocate and resource provider at PracticalPolyamory.com
"A wonderful resource for anyone struggling with feelings of relationship jealousy or insecurity, and especially for people with multiple loves. Kathy Labriola's exercises and text will guide you through the labyrinth of jealousy and bring you safely out to your widest possible selection of lifestyle choices in the garden of happy endings." - Dossie Easton, MFT, co-author, The Ethical Slut
A counselor and nurse, Kathy Labriola has extensive experience assisting people with the challenges of non-traditional relationships. She is the author of Greenery Press's Love In Abundance: A Counselor's Advice On Open Relationships, as well as many articles and essays. She lives and practices in Berkeley, California.
192 pp., 8.5" x 11", perfect-bound
This beautiful and useful book teaches the reader to design and construct fetishwear, restraints, sensory deprivation devices, toys and whips, professionally elegant and customized to the maker’s individual needs and desires.
Each project includes a detailed pattern with complete instructions for tailoring it to fit the wearer’s or user’s physiology and fantasies. Featuring such never-before-shown luxury items as full-body zentai (spandex catsuits), custom lace-up hoods, fully professional and properly weighted floggers and singletails, and various body harnesses for all genders, The Artisan’s Guide will pay for itself hundreds of times over in the hands of a creative craftsperson.
Author John Huxley has applied his background in physics and mathematics, and his personal interest in kink, to creating patterns and schematics that can be adapted to a wide variety of body types, interests and desires. A lifelong woodworker and crafter, he lives in Newfoundland with his wife and daughter.
224 pp., 8.5” x 11”, extensively illustrated, perfect-bound
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