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3 Top Tips For Injecting Some Fun Into Your Erotic Activities

Sex is one of life’s greatest pleasures, and something everyone should look forward to as a form of release, a way to connect with a partner and to increase self-confidence.

That is the dream, anyway.

We all know the reality can look very different. Busy schedules and long-term relationships often mean that couples find their sex lives become stagnant or even non-existent.

Whether it is due to a lack of excitement or adventure or simply not having the time to roll around in bed for a whole weekend, having a healthy and satisfying sex life can feel like a luxury that is somewhat unattainable.

If you’re feeling as though your sex life is dwindling, check out our tips for spicing things up and ensuring your fire is one that stays lit!

Explore an area that you haven’t before

Anal stimulation can be extremely erotic and if you’ve never tried this before, it’s well worth considering giving it a gentle go.

Thinking of it as a fun, new adventure and a chance for you both to explore yet-to-be-discovered parts of your bodies, will help to make it seem less intimidating.

Before dipping your fingertips in, so to speak, make sure to have smooth nails, a bottle of anal lube uncorked and lines of communication open.

Start off slowly by using only a finger for stroking, teasing and tapping around the anus before slipping deeper in.

As you both gain confidence and get hotter for more, lubed-up anal beads slipped into the tush one-by-one can offer amazing sensations for the partner on the receiving end.  For a truly mind-blowing experience, insert the anal beads and gently remove them just as they (or you!) are about to reach orgasm.

sh-anal-beadsPlay dress up

Our day to day lives are full of responsibility so sometimes it can be refreshing to pretend to be someone else for a few hours. Let this expand to your bedroom sessions by dressing up for your partner.

There are too many options to count; you can be a sexy maid one day and a formidable Dominatrix the next… Choosing a roleplay persona that fits with your personality makes it a little easier to pretend, but choosing a persona who is your complete opposite is also lots of fun. If you are shy in real life, being a hard-ass cop for a couple of hours could spark all sorts of erotic fires!

Keeping it fun with a bit of roleplay will aid the excitement and mean that neither of you can wait to rip each other’s clothes off and get started…

Sexy Police Outfit

Read erotic books or watch films together

Seeing or reading about other people having sex can be a real turn on and is also a great way to learn a few new moves in the process.

Be sure to talk to your partner about it first and agree on something that you both find sexy. We stock a wide range of erotic books that will be perfect for some bedtime reading.

Tip: Setting your partner the task of finding something you’ll like will give them cart blanche to watch as much porn as they can possibly find time for, as they’ll be searching for something that’ll turn you on. Be as specific as possible – this’ll make it harder to find the right clip or film and they simply ‘have to’ watch lots and lots of sexy stuff – and they’ll be keen to gain your approval once the mission has been completed!

 

 

 

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Introducing Creative Juices

Welcome to Creative Juices, the online hub for readers, writers & lovers of erotic stories.

During a recent workshop at our Hoxton shop, where guests created their very own erotic fantasies, we realized that there is so much talent out there; so many stories that have yet to be written, read or told…

So we invite you, yes – you, to rev up your creative juices, put pen to paper and write down your erotic fantasy – pages that have been created with the sole purpose of getting you off. Because we think that other people will want to read it too. And get off to it.

We’re looking for straight, lesbian, gay, queer, transgender, fan fiction, vanilla, kink, outerwordly… Your fantasy could include only one person or a whole group.

Please note: there are a few things we won’t publish, and these are listed at the bottom of this blog post.

Here’s how to get your erotic fantasy published on Creative Juices:

18+ only: Writers must be 18 years of age or older and legally able to write, submit and read erotic material. All characters in submitted stories must be 18+. You must be the sole creator of the story you submit.

Hobby writers are most welcome to submit erotic stories. You can submit your story anonymously or with pseudonym, but please make sure to include this information clearly in your submission.

Professional writers are also most welcome to submit erotic stories. The stories can be full length or a juicy teaser if a new book is due out. If we stock your book on our website, we will link to it. If we do not stock your book, we will be happy to link to your own website or buy-links on Amazon.

Editing: Stories need not be perfect or polished, especially if you are not a professional writer, but submissions must be spell&grammar checked. We’ll provide space for new writers, but we cannot offer editing services. Ensure your story is in bite-size paragraphs as this will be much easier for the readers. No links or HTML inside stories please – these will be deleted.

Submission format: Please submit your erotic story as attached Word files (.doc), text files (.txt) or Rich Text Files (.rtf). If we are unable to read your story, we won’t publish it

Scheduling: Stories will be slotted into a rolling schedule and we’ll let you know when your story is due to go live. If an author has a book to promote, we reserve the right to publish their submission in accordance with their promotional schedule. Please remember that we have a shop to look after, so bear with us if it takes us a few days to respond to your submission.

Or – check your spam folder as we occasionally end up in there…

Images: You must hold rights to any images you submit alongside your story. We will not publish images of naked body parts (so no dick-pics please!).

Payment: No stories will be paid for – Creative Juices is a purely for the pleasure of creative writing and relaxing reading.

Refusals: We reserve the right to not publish a story if we feel it does not conform to the Sh! ethos: we will not publish stories featuring scat, incest, paedophilia, bestiality or stories with a strong rape theme. Our decision is final.

Creative Juices – may your well never run dry!

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10 Erotic Books to Inspire You

10 Erotic Books to Inspire You

Books. Don’t you just love the smell of them? The feel of a brand new hardback in your hands? Untouched pages, brand new and shiny… Or maybe you’re more of a used-paperback-kinda-gal? Some spend hours, days even, searching through secondhand shops for that perfectly worn copy of a favourite title… Or – you might be in favour of shopping from the comfort of your sofa and ordering bestselling e-books directly to your Kindle?

All of the above are excellent ways of getting your hands on reading materials, but actually, it matters more that you take the time to immerse yourself in a good book, than how you came by it. Whatever your preferred way of shopping, we have done a little bit of the hard work for you and shortlisted 10 books that should be given prime space on your shelf.

Here at Sh! we’ve been championing female sexual pleasure for years, but the acceptance of talking and reading about female sexual fantasy began in 1973 with Nancy Friday’s multi-million-selling collection of real women’s fantasies, My Secret Garden. Forty years on from Friday’s masterpiece, sex writer Emily Dubberley curated a brand new female fantasy classic for the modern era: Garden of Desires. The stories are red hot, all original, and very likely to make your heart beat a li’l faster…

We cannot not include Nancy Friday herself – everyone should, at some point in their lives, read at least one of Friday’s groundbreaking works like Forbidden Flowers: a celebration of a new freedom, where women joyfully accept and rejoice in the awareness of their own inner sexual lives. Liberating and arousing, you won’t be able to put it down.

Sexual Life of Catherine M
Sexual Life of Catherine M

The Sexual Life of Catherine M is the autobiography of a well-known Parisian art critic who likes to spend nights in the singles clubs of Paris and in the Bois de Boulogne where she has sex with a succession of anonymous men. The book is outrageous and liberating in equal measures, and whilst Catherine was perhaps ahead of the times, more and more women are now taking charge of their sexuality and goes to get whatever it is they want. Amen to that!

She Comes FirstThe tongue is far mightier than the sword – when it comes to sexual pleasure, anyway. She Comes First is a guide aimed at the sexually literate man, but we think all genders should read this book. Oral sex has long been considered an optional aspect of ‘foreplay’ (a word we’re not really into) when its real role is as core play. Oral sex is a dish best served moist and hot, and it should most definitely be the main!

Oral Sex Position GuideOral Sex Position Guide – what a goody bag of fun: 69 positions that make fellatio and cunnilingus fantastic and unforgettable! Granted, you do need to be rather nimble for some of the spicier positions, but even if you are not – looking at the photos is a lot of fun too. From mild to wild, each position offers specific benefits such as easier deep throat action, pleasurable prostate play, anal-play access, or maximum clitoral stimulation.

Female Ejaculation & The G-SpotFemale Ejaculation & The G-spot, a classic guide by the Doyenne of the Female Fountain, Deborah Sundahl. Clear instructions,  scientific facts, history and real-life experiences of women & their partners makes this book a must-read if you are curious about female ejaculation and squirting. It also includes a ‘training sequence’ if you fancy giving it a go.

The Art Of Lesbian Lovemaking: A Lesbian Kama SutraThe Art of Lesbian Love Making by Rose Black & Lilly Gluck is a self-published version of lesbian kama sutra, complete with non-stereotypical images – hurrah! This is an explicit and informative guide to authentic lesbian sexuality written to arouse, educate and reveal fresh possibilities in the world of sapphic sex… Extra bit of info for you: the authors are also the founders lesbiankamasutra.com.

 ZOOM Playing Well With Others by Lee Harrington and Mollena Williams PERFECT PARTNERS Sh! Bondage Tape SH! BONDAGE TAPE £9.00 ADD TO BAG Sh! Bondage Rope SH! BONDAGE ROPE £15.00 ADD TO BAG PreviousNext Playing Well With OthersPlaying Well With Others – your field guide to discovering, exploring and navigating the kink, leather and BDSM communities. In our opinion, this book could also function as a general life guide – that’s how good it is. Lee Harrington and Mollena Williams, with 30-plus years of experience in diverse kink communities: top, bottom and switch; gay, bi and straight; female, male and trans; white and POC, have written an inclusive, engaging and informative guide that could easily earn itself pride of place on your sex-shelf. 

New Book Of BottomingCarrying on the kinky theme, New Book of Bottoming by Dossie Easton and Janet W Hardy offers an eye-opening exploration of what it means to experience the joy of surrender and the bliss of kink-induced endorphin rushes. A must-read for anyone thinking about stepping into a bottoming or submissive role, as well as anyone favouring a more Dominant position during play.

Ultimate Guide to Prostate Pleasure £11.99
Ultimate Guide to Prostate Pleasure £11.99

The Ultimate Guide to Prostate Pleasure – the most comprehensive guide to the prostate and its pleasure potential to date. An indispensable manual to P-spot pleasure, this book covers both solo and partner play. You’ll learn about techniques for building trust and talking about desires, safety and hygiene information, massages, pegging -positions, toys and illustrated tips about achieving supercharged orgasms – wowzers!

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We have a great selection of erotica and sex guides both online and in our award-winning shop at 57 Hoxton Square N1 – come check it out!

 

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Erotic Book Reading: Kay Jaybee & K D Grace

Not one, but TWO award-winning authors will be joining us for an evening of sexy stories (from their books) as well as some funny, unsexy stories  (because there are always things that can’t be unseen) on March 24th.

Kay Jaybee & K D Grace; two peas in a pod, real-life BFF’s and wondrous wordsmiths. Longtime fans of both authors, we are beyond thrilled that they’ll be coming along to Sh!

Enjoy a glass of fizz whilst the authors read and recall anecdotes, and make the most of the trip to this beautiful shop by treating yourself to a new erotic book or thrilling plaything…

Date: Friday 24th March

Time: 6.30-8pm

Address: Sh! 57 Hoxton Square, London N1 6PB

Price: FREE

Book your ticket here: Eventbrite

 


More about Kay Jaybee

With a background in history and archaeology, Kay Jaybee should be sat in a dusty university library, translating Medieval Latin criminal records, and writing research documents that hardly anyone would want to read. Instead, tucked away in the South West of England, Jenny Kane writes stories with one hand, while teaching creative writing classes for her company, Imagine…, with the other.

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Kay spends most of her time in the local coffee shops, where she wrote the novels, The Perfect Submissive Trilogy – The Perfect Submissive, The Retreat and Knowing Her Place, Making Him Wait, and The Voyeur (Xcite, 2012), as well as the novellas, Wednesday on Thursday,  Not Her Type: Erotic Adventures With A Delivery Man, Digging Deep, and A Sticky Situation.

Kay has also written seven anthologies and over 150 short erotic stories – she also writes mainstream fiction as Jenny Kane and medieval crime as Jennifer Ash

Details of Kay’s work, past, present and future can be found at www.kayjaybee.me.uk


Wednesday on Thursday

WednesdayThere are rumours that the coffee guy has “a thing” about words.

Shrugging off her friend’s concern about the way the man in the cafe stares at her every lunch hour, Wednesday can’t see how his love of words could possibly be hazardous.

The fact is, Wednesday rather enjoys being the centre of an attractive man’s undivided attention. His dark blue eyes alone have provided her with many delicious erotic fantasies, a welcome distraction from the pressures of the real world and a dull job.

It’s totally harmless…

…until there’s an accident with a cup of coffee.

After soaking Wednesday with a hot latte, the coffee guy’s attention suddenly becomes far more enticing—and dangerous.

Drawn into a bizarre world of human behavioural research, where crosswords are used to initiate sexual experiments, Wednesday finds herself driven, not by a desire to further scientific research, but by the need to be rewarded for her hard work by the coffee guy’s captivating research assistant.

A stunning redhead by the name of Thursday…


The Perfect Submissive

The Perfect Submisive - new ropeHidden behind the Fables Hotel’s respectable facade, five specially adapted rooms wait; ready to cater for the kinky requirements of its guests.

When Mrs Peters, the mistress of the hotel’s exclusive entertainment facility, meets the new booking clerk, Jess Sanders, she instantly recognises the young woman’s potential as a deliciously meek addition to her specialist staff. All it will take is a little education.

Under the tutelage of the dominatrix, Miss Sarah, Jess learns to cope with her unexpected training schedule, the increasingly erotic chill she experiences each time she survives a new level of correction, and a truly sexy exercise routine.

Temporarily distracted from her intimidating rule over Fable’s top floor by an enigmatic artist, Mrs Peters begins to plan how she can secure his obedient assistance, in grooming Jess into the perfect submissive…


More About K D Grace/Grace Marshall

Voted ETO Best Erotic Author of 2014, and a proud member of The Brit Babes, K D Grace believes Freud was right. In the end, it really IS all about sex, well sex and love. And nobody’s happier about that than she is, otherwise, what would she write about?

When she’s not writing, K D is veg gardening. When she’s not gardening, she’s walking. She walks her stories, and she’s serious about it. She and her husband have walked Coast to Coast across England, along with several other long-distance routes. For her, inspiration is directly proportionate to how quickly she wears out a pair of walking boots. She loves mythology. She enjoys spending time in the gym – right now she’s having a mad affair with a pair of kettle bells. She loves to read, watch birds and do anything that gets her outdoors.

K D Grace

KD has erotica published with Totally Bound, SourceBooks, Xcite Books, Harper Collins Mischief Books, Mammoth, Cleis Press, Black Lace, Sweetmeats Press and others.


Toys for Boys Blurb:

Boys with ToysAlpha nerd Will Charles teams up with Caridoc ‘Doc’ Jones in a coast to coast walk across England reviewing outdoor gift suggestions for the Christmas edition of Toys for Boys—an online magazine dedicated to the latest gadgets to tickle a man’s fancy. Will is recording their adventures with the latest smart phone technology. Doc is reviewing the latest outdoor gear. The two quickly discover the great outdoors provides even better toys for boys, toys best shared al fresco, toys that, in spite of Will’s great camera work, will never be reviewed in Toys for Boys.


In The Flesh Blurb:

kdgrace-itf-finalWhen Susan Innes comes to visit her friend, Annie Rivers, in Chapel House, the deconsecrated church that Annie is renovating into a home, she discovers her outgoing friend changed, reclusive, secretive, and completely enthralled by a mysterious lover, whose presence is always felt, but never seen, a lover whom she claims is god. As her holiday turns into a nightmare, Susan must come to grips with the fact that her friend’s lover is neither imaginary nor is he human, and even worse, he’s turned his wandering eye on Susan, and he won’t be denied his prize. If Susan is to fight an inhuman stalker intent on having her as his own, she’ll need a little inhuman help.


Spaces are limited so make sure to book your place today!

 

 

 

Q&A: Illustrated Books?

Q&A: Illustrated Books?

Hello. I just found your website today. I would like to buy a book that’s more about the illustrations/ pictures than the words. You have so many books, do you have any like this…maybe a graphic novel?

I also want to buy a vibrator. Something soft and maybe not so much vibrating as pulsing. I think. I’ve only ever owned one when I was a teenager and I hated it. I’m thinking the we-pulse or the rabbit ears. I wish I was closer to London so I could visit your shop. I can probably read more of your info about vibrators, but if you could point me towards a book, that’d be helpful.

Hey there,

Many thanks for your email.

We have a couple of graphic novels that might be just what you’re looking for: Kristina – Queen of Vampires and 4 Girlfriends.

Rabbit Ear Vibrator - Used purely for clitoral stimulation, where it thrills the sides of the clitoris..

Many vibrators come with several settings and a good pulsing mode can be fantastic for orgasmic pleasures. The Cute Rabbit Ears Massager has a strong pulse option, and as it is both waterproof and rechargeable, it’s a winner in our eyes. This particular vibe has an ergonomic design and is easy to hold and use with one hand only.

We-Vibe Tango comes with excellent reviews and is a great choice for someone who prefers intense stimulation. It’s a discreet lipstick-style vibe with 8 amazing settings, giving you plenty to explore. USB rechargeable and fully waterproof, We-Vibe Tango is designed to deliver pin-point pleasure.

Love, Team Sh! xx

If you’d like any tailored advice or recommendations, please feel free to drop us a line at advice@sh-womenstore.com and we’ll answer you privately.

We may also share Q&A’s so others may benefit, but if we do it will always be anonymous, with nothing left in to identify you – promise!

 

 

Help Sh! write a sensual story!

Help Sh! write a sensual story!

Hey there lovely people!

Did you know that the 9th of August is Book Lovers Day?  Well, we are certainly lovers of some finely crafted erotica. So we’re going to celebrate in style with a sexy story.

Which we’d like you to write for us.

Here’s the deal. We will start you off with a few lines from Team Sh! (which we have slaved over for your erotic enjoyment). Then you add your line (or however much you like, write until your inspiration runs out) in the blog comments, hopefully by Tuesday we will have a full story straight from the Sh! hive mind.

And if you’re interested in writing something a little longer? Keep your eyes peeled for our upcoming Sh! September Stories Erotic Writing Competition.

 

‘It was raining hard when Ella emerged from Sh!, bag in hand. She’d never visited a, and even her own head she felt compelled to whisper the words, *sex shop* before. And now she had really, she glanced at the bag, really quite a lot of sex toys. She felt a flutter in her stomach that was part nerves part excitement…’ – CG

‘Although, the flutter in her stomach was nothing compared to the twitching that was going on in her down below. It was as if her muff had taken on a life of it’s own, twitching and clenching and…getting moist… She found herself blushing…’ – RD

‘Looking around in case anyone could tell how aroused she was she ducked into a bar get out of the rain to catch her breath. The bar was quiet & she felt comfortable enough to let her mind wander, inspired by the feelings between her legs…’ – AB

‘ … she ducked into the safety of the Ladies room, thankfully deserted. Carefully unpacking her purchases, Ella squeezed each one through the tissue-wrapping to identify the plaything she was looking for a hot pink rabbit...’ – KHjessica-rabbit-sh

‘…she found it and immediately felt an electric bolt in her c***, Ella’s
breathing became heavier and her imagination flew with the throbbing between her legs. Her hand dove down to her clit and gently started stroking herself, quickening and moaning, her muscles began to stiffen as the journey to the cresting wave was properly underway….’ – SW

 

Over to you: What happens next?

 

Erotica Evening at Sh! Women's erotic Emporium 29th july 6-8pm

Join Us for a Free Book Reading | 29th July | 6-8pm

To celebrate this year’s National Orgasm Day, we are bringing you bucket-loads of fun!

We’ll be sharing our best sex toy tips, the A-Z of hot spots, we’ll have a flash competition (keep an eye on our social media where you’ll be able to compete for a truly orgasmic prize) and we’ve even organised a free event with a delectable selection of top authors of erotica – just for you!

Don’t miss this exclusive evening with short story readings, all on our favourite theme: orgasms, orgasms and more orgasms!

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You’ll be able to relax with complimentary refreshments whilst enjoying the aural treats provided by some of UK’s finest female authors:  Zak Jane KeirKristina LloydKD Grace, Cherry Redd and Dragon King’s Daughter +  yet-to-be-revealed guests!

The readings will be followed by an opportunity to browse the shop, and if you feel inspired to carry on celebrating throughout the night, we’ll be offering some orgasmic discounts too!

 

This event is likely to fill-up so be sure to book your space by emailing us at Events@sh-womenstore.com in order to secure your name on the guestlist

 

 

 

Best of British

Best of British Erotica | Friday 22nd April | FREE

Come one, come all – join us for a fun evening of Best of British erotica! It’s 400 years of Shakespeare, English Language Day and World Book Night this weekend so we wanted to celebrate with some of the Best of British, a celebration of very best in erotic English.

A whole host of fantastic, female authors will be sharing favourite snippets from their juicy books and stories on Friday 22nd April 2016, 6-8pm.

We have, as usual, a great line up for you:  Zak Jane Keir,  Anna Sky,  Lola SparklesHelen J Perry,  Cherry Redd,  Molly Moore,  Meg Philip plus Special Guests!

The focus will be on Dirty Sexy Words and we’re expecting to hear kinky tales about spanking, bondage and domination…

There will be plenty of time to browse the shop, and as a nod to the Best of British theme we will offer discounts on many of our most popular own-brand, handmade bondage products, such as blindfolds and leather cuffs.

Where: Sh! 57 Hoxton Square, London N1 6PB

When: Friday 22nd April 2016, 6-8pm

Price: FREE

Book a Space: Events@sh-womenstore.com

ALL WELCOME

GWoV Talk

Talk & Book Signing: Jamie McCartney on The Great Wall of Vagina

Meet Jamie McCartney, the man behind The Great Wall of Vagina! Make the most of this rare appearance by asking him all your burning questions about women, vulvas and his wonderful art. Jamie will be at Sh!, talking about his epic sculptures and what – or rather who –  inspired him to create The Great Wall of Vagina. He will also sign copies of The Great Wall of Vagina Book – the official book of the project, complete with photographs. Copies of the book, along with other fun GWoV merchandise such as mugs and postcards will be available to purchase on the day.

Date: Saturday 2nd April 2016

Time: 12.30pm

Adress: Sh! 57 Hoxton Square, London N1 6PB

Tickets: FREE

Jamie McCartney, a revolutionary wih a bucket of plaster, cast 400 vulvas for his 5-year long project The Great Wall of Vagina. The volunteers included mothers & daughters, identical twins, trans women as well as pre-and post natal women, and a woman pre- and post labia plasty.

From 18 to 76, the women volunteered to have their labia immortalized by McCartney and the work has been exhibited all over the world. Select pieces from The Great Wall of Vagina can now be enjoyed at Sh! The exhbition is free, and open Monday – Sunday 12-8pm until the end of April.

It’s an amazing exploration of human variety.

 

Jacky Donovan

Instant Whips and Dream Toppings: October Book Reading

Join us for a humorous and mindbogglingly revealing evening with Jacky Donovan as she shares her bizarre lifestory and reads sexplicit and quirky excerpts from her recently published autobiography Instant Whips and Dream Toppings: A true-life dom rom com!

When: Thursday 30th October at 6.30pm

Where: Sh!, 57 Hoxton Square, London N1 6PB

How to Book: Email Events@sh-womenstore.com

How Much: It’s FREE!

Jacky Donovan CoverWhat happens when you swap M&S shoes for S&M boots?
An MP with a choux fetish. A Paddington Bear with a penchant for pinnies and a squirming Batman in baggy blue Batpants for a start!
From mouth gags to witty gags, Jacky’s unique tales of her life and curious sessions with her submissive clients will leave you begging for more.

Nothing like 50 Shades of Grey, the book’s content and Jacky’s engaging approach always result in hilariously interesting discussions with her inquisitive audience!

Instant Whips and Dream Toppings: A true-life dom rom com is available on Amazon in paperback and kindle.

This is a FREE event, but please email us at Events@sh-womenstore.com if you’d like to attend.

Once the event has come to an end, the store will remain open for 30 minutes during which guests can browse and make purchases.