Archive for January, 2009

Six Sizzling Summer Reads. #4

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Best Lesbian Romance 2009: Radclyffe

Who says romance is dead? Certainly not the authors of these powerful stories of lesbians in love — and sometimes in lust. Best Lesbian Romance 2009, edited by the award-winning author of such books as When Dreams Tremble and Turn Back Time, presents the juiciest, most seductive love stories written today. Putting a new spin on the subject, these stories explore the underlying emotions and complex relationships that help define love between women. Radclyffe has assembled a remarkable collection of stories that carry the reader on a journey that tugs at the heartstrings, titillates, and blissfully explores the pleasures of Sapphic lovemaking. From a shy glance across a crowded room, to a casual meeting at a dinner party, to an accidental encounter on a street corner, this delightful potpourri collection of romantic interludes showcases the many ways love can be both lost and found. From the poignant intimacy of discovering love and cherishing loved ones to erotic encounters involving sensuous leather play and steamy hot tub sex in the midst of a snowstorm.

Contributors include Jennifer Fulton, Karin Kallmaker, Radclyffe, Rakelle Valencia, and Alison Tyler.

A first rate anthology for fans of LesFic romance!

Six Sizzling Summer Reads #3

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Best Sex Writing 2009: 

Edited By Rachel Kramer Bussel.
Intelligent, upbeat, and sex-positive, the pieces in Best Sex Writing 2009 offer an in-depth look at sex the way it actually happens in America today.
Gubernatorial sex scandals, rape fantasies, “Dear John” letters, teen sexuality, purity balls, the science of screwing, bathroom sex, and other topics are scrutinized by noted columnists, bloggers, and authors in pieces that are funny, informative, challenging, sexy, and serious. Edited by sex commentator and erotic author Rachel Kramer Bussel and guest judge MSNBC sex columnist Brian Alexander, this collection goes behind the headlines for a very different kind of sex ed. 

With the brain being the biggest sex organ, Best sex writing offers some food for thought. Kramer-Bussel has picked the very best compendium of essays and non fiction pieces that discuss every angle of human sexuality/popular culture. It’s a serious look at sexuality in today’s culture without being dry or overly intellectual. This isn’t one for your erotica shelf. Read it, read it again, discuss it, debate it… You could lend it to a friend to facilitate these discussions… Though we recommend not letting it out of your sight! Tell ‘em to get their own!

                                        Best sex 09

Ode to Lube. (Part 2)

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Water-Based Lubricants   Water-based lubes, such as Pjur Aqua, Swiss Navy, YES! or Astro glide may be used on virtually any body part, vibrator, masturbation sleeve, erection ring or dildo; it is the most universal lubricant, most used by couples, and is shown to be one of the safest. We’ve got the latest and greatest of the water lube world, and they are sure to have you ditching that old fashioned K-Y in no time. The greatest advantage of water-based lube is the easy cleanup: You simply rinse off the toy with warm water, and voila! The lube is gone! However, this “no muss, no fuss” quotient also has a down side — if you like to use waterproof toys (during a bath, in a hot tub, what have you), a water-based lubricant will rinse right off — which really defeats the whole purpose of using lube!You definitely want to use a water-based lube with anything made of silicone. A silicone lube used on a silicone toy will destroy the toy. Silicone lubricants should not be used on silicone solids because the lube will actually start to dissolve the solid! So stick with a water-based lube for your premium silicone toys, and use silicone lube for the purpose for which it was intended! For a water based anal experience (if silicone toys are involved), try a thicker long lasting water based like Astro glide Gel. Silicone-Based Lubricants    The best thing about silicone lubricant is that it lasts…and lasts and lasts. Silicone lubes never really get absorbed or evaporate the way a water-based lube may. On the other hand, this also means that getting your toys (and yourself) clean will take a little more effort, but it certainly doesn’t need to be sandblasted off. A good soapy wash should do the trick and that can be fun in itself! Silicone lubes are the perfect choice for sensual fun in the water. If you love your waterproof toys (or just love having sex in the water), you and a silicone lubricant will be lifetime companions! Of course, a silicone-based lube is not as readily available at your corner drugstore as a water-based lube, but fortunately, you can get plenty in our store or from our online store!Another note to point out, please keep silicone lubes away from silicone toys. We love silicone toys so dearly, that we don’t want them being ruined by using the wrong lube!     Maxxie’s Favorite is the super concentrated Pjur Body Glide, which also comes as Pjur Body Glide Woman, which has been specially formulated for women’s soft and sensitive skin.Oil-Based Lubricants  Oil-based lube should really only be used for heavier kinds of back door play, male foreplay or men’s solo action. These lubes are great for anal play because they’re generally thicker than other types of lubricant, making entry easier. We do NOT recommend using any lubricant with a desensitizer in it, as this may aid in overlooking some medical problems. It is important that any pain or discomfort is not ignored during intimate play. A relaxant however is often desirable, such as Innuendo. Although not a lubricant, Innuendo is all natural and will help relax the muscles to make everything that little bit easier. Do not use an Oil-based lube with anything made of latex -– toys, condoms, gloves or silicone products -– as the oil will destroy the latex (or silicone) on contact. As Oil-based lubes break down the latex in condoms, practice safe sex by opting for non latex condoms (or a water or silicone lubricant) when partaking in anal penetration. Oils tends to irritate a woman’s vagina, so we don’t recommended this type of lubricant for intercourse or for use with any sort of vibrator or dildo intended for vaginal penetration. The female body cannot properly flush out the residual oil left in the body and as a result bacterial growths and other nasties can occur.  Flavored Lubricants   Flavored lubricants are great for oral sex and we highly recommend them. Although some may taste like cough syrup, or a chemically foreign flavor, our Swiss Navy Flavors are delicious! In Strawberry Kiwi, Pina Colada, Passion fruit or Very Cherry! As it contains no sugar, its delicious, long lasting and…makes a great dessert. Mmmm

Thats all for this week… Next time, we’ll give you a peak inside the world of actually using lubes… how much, when… and experimentation.until then… Love Maxxxie!

ELEVEN IS HEAVEN…

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Njoy Eleven

Almighty pleasure toy producers NJOY are internationally recognised for their beautifully designed medical grade stainless steel erotic toys. Whilst we love their plugs and wands, it is their latest toy that literally took our breath away. There hasn’t been a MaXXX team member yet who hasn’t stood agasp and aroused by the mere idea of this toy.

11 inches of seamless hand-polished stainless steel curves at either end into two very different kinds of bulb – one smooth and 2″ wide, the other ridged and a smaller 1.75″ wide. A double dildo with designer appeal! Completely non-porous, ridiculously easy to clean (dishwasher safe), and safe to use with all lubricants.

The Eleven is fit for a size queen, built for a sex goddess and perfect for fans of heavy metal who want the ultimate. Available on-line HERE.

Ode To Lube (in 3 parts)…

Monday, January 12th, 2009

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Let’s face it… personal lubricants make everything feel so good! Whether you’re using a sex toy or grinding up against your lover, you can always have more fun when you use it! Lubricants make sex toys and sex play not only feel better, but also safer. Think about what happens when you’re having sex: the body creates natural lubrication so you and your partner don’t hurt each other with too much friction. While your body can make a lot of it, the kind of “slickness” that lubricants provide can be very sexy and beneficial! By creating an enjoyably tactile arena, Lubes can increase intimacy and enjoyment for both partners. This, may we point out, is a very very good thing! The same logic applies to using toys, either with a partner or during solo play. Really, I don’t think there’s such thing as too much lubrication. Even if you lubricate naturally, a dab of extra lubricant on your toy or a body part is a highly recommended addition. It’s better to be safe and slippery than sorry and sore!

Pick the Right Lube
Lubricants are available in numerous formulations which provide a wonderful variety to suit every individual’s needs. The most common lubricants are water-based, silicone-based, and oil-based.Water-based lube, the most common and most versatile, is most recommended because it is compatible with sex toys, condoms, and is the most gentle lubricant for intimate areas. Silicone-based lube is ideal for staying wet longer. While it is perfect for prolonged lubrication, it can be difficult to clean up and is not compatible with all sex toys. Oil-based lubricants are great for use with anal sex, as they provide a thicker lubrication for easier penetration. Keep in mind that oil based lubes are not condom/silicone safe! Read on for a more in depth look at the wonderful world of lubes!

Over the next couple of weeks we’re going to walk you through these different kinds of lube, and hopefully make selecting and purchasing your next lubricant so much easier.

SIX SIZZLING SUMMER READS #2

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Frenzy: 60 stories of sudden sex.

The subtitle says it all. Sudden sex. Fast and furious erotica that will leave you aching for more. Under the editorial graces of the irrepressible Alison Tyler, we are offered an anthology centred around the idea of ‘sudden sex’. Sudden sex from people meeting the first time, for the last time, and for sex play ranging from relatively vanilla heterosexual, to the homoerotic, to the kinky. Tyler has collected 60 short stories about hot encounters to fit all tastes. Whilst no single story is enough to completely satisfy you, each one offers an explosive glimpse into a world you want to visit time and time again.

Considering the majority of the authors are female, it is understandable to have most fast and furious sex acts to be of a female voice. This only adds to the wild theatrics of these little tales that will have you begging for more, more, more! Tyler yet again delivers a highly diverse, steamy and imaginative anthology which hits “wham, bam, thank you sir” in sixty variations! Available in-store and online now here.

Frenzy by Alison Tyler