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Valentine’s Day Self-Love Ideas

Photo snagged from the fabulous Lushaholic Blog

Photo snagged from the fabulous Lushaholic Blog

Though Valentine’s Day can be a wonderful day of the year, our society tends to use it to celebrate partnered love. But the truth is, self-love can be every bit as romantic—and spiritual. So we recommend making Valentine’s Day well-and-truly special by focusing on you and the way you treat yourself. If you are single and are feeling blue about Valentine’s Day, take a leaf from our book and pamper yourself by buying a self-love gift. And who do we suggest you give it to?

That’d be you.

Here are twenty gifts that you can get for yourself. Some of them cost only time and energy, whilst others are gifts that you buy. But all of them are about looking after you on Valentine’s Day. And planning to romance yourself. So mail-order or buy in advance for a special, warm glow.

Enjoy!

1.     A rose quartz crystal to help you feel self-love.

2.     A box of chocolates. We love Lake Champlain.

3.     Our Mermaid Voyage sexual-spiritual course for women, which is FREE on Valentine’s Day.

4.     A deck of oracle cards. We love the Oracle of the Mermaids and Angel Tarot.

5.     A pair of luxury slippers. (Don’t ever underestimate the power of being comfy!)

6.     A BackJack for meditation.

7.     A new self-help book about loving you. We recommend Ecstasy is Necessary by Barbara Carrellas and The Art of Extreme Self-Care by Cheryl Richardson.

8.     A plant for you. Or a single red rose for you. Or a full bouquet for you (if you’ve never done that for yourself, and you can afford it, I recommend it. It’s quite a wonderful feeling!)

9.     A page-turner.

10. New underwear. We’re bonkers about Agent Provocateur, but if, like us, that’s a little out of your range, why not order from Victoria’s Secret or Yandy.com?

11. Cook yourself a meal. Something you adore.

12. A new sex accessory. You can shop online (we love Good Vibrations and Fucking Sculptures) or go to a store yourself. Alternatively, you can also take friends for a fun shopping experience.

13. A yoga subscription to My Yoga Online.

14. A new teddy bear. Seriously, consider it.

15. A DVD that you adore. And if there’s a movie that you already know and love, that’s a wonderful gift to give yourself.

16. Museum membership.

17. Cake!

18. Wine! Beer! Or amazing organic juice!

19. A long walk by yourself, for no reason other than being with you.

20. A long bath—for the very same reason. And, if you’re feeling luxurious, a bath bomb from Lush. If you love those bath bombs as much as we do, it’ll be one of the best baths you’ve ever had.

Enjoy!

Thanks for reading! Guzzle up our sexy reads at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Go Deeper Press (for all e-readers), and we’ll love you forever. You can also receive a free erotic e-book when you join our super-sensitive, sex-positive, freebie-gifting email list. Hearts.

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The Mermaid Voyage: Spiritual-Erotic Love Days

shutterstock_108989024“I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.” –Anais Nin, Mermaid Voyage hero.

Valentine’s Day can be a tough time for those who aren’t involved in romantic relationships. But it needn’t be, if we celebrate our selves. That’s why we’re offering a FREE Mermaid Voyage celebration from February 14th – February 16th, 2014, in which women — and those who identify as women — will fully and deeply enjoy an erotic romance with ourselves. The free Mermaid Voyage Love Days are all about having a romantic, erotic affair with ourselves — one that vibrates with spiritual-sexual energy and doesn’t have to involve romantic partners. (And if you’re interested in why it’s called the Mermaid Voyage, take a look here.)

To give a taster, here is the audio visualization from Day One of the Love Days:

The free Love Days will include:

  • Free daily erotic-spiritual audio visualizations, such as the one you find above;
  • Free video discussions of how to be our own best lovers;
  • Free daily affirmations and spiritual messages;
  • Free solo lovemaking tips;
  • Free Mermaid oracle readings for the whole group.

A fuller 10-day Mermaid Voyage will be launching in March for those who want to go deeper into their erotic romance with themselves, guided by the heart and soul of our Mermaid Voyage community. These 10-Day Voyagers will have full access to the Love Days materials, along with similar and more immersive offerings over the ten days. Prices for the full Voyage will be announced after the Love Days take place. Keep an eye on this blog, Follow the Signs Like Alice, and also the Mermaid Voyage pages, as the Love Days grow closer.

Until then, we’ll be posting updates, mermaid-themed posts, and freebies. Stay tuned. And to join our Mermaid Voyage mailing list you can send a blank email with Mermaid List in the subject line, to: editors (at) godeeperpress.com

Namaste.

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5 Ways to Harness the Erotic You in 2014!

shutterstock_106389134Happy New Year! We’ve been on a prolonged silence because we’ve been over in the UK with less internet than you’d imagine. But we’re back to bring you five ways of harnessing the erotic you, this year. Enjoy!

1. Remember that your erotic self lies inside of you. You can be richly erotic whether you are in a relationship, enjoying different partners, or being the solo sexual you. An affirmation to help? I am pure erotic inspiration

2. Enjoy erotica and porn without being restricted. What turns you on? What do you enjoy reading or watching? Give yourself permission to enjoy being aroused, and check out some new sources of erotic enjoyment. We recommend Blue Artichoke Films, Tristan Taormino‘s porn flicks, Kink.com, and the gorgeously queer Crashpad. (Plus you can check out our free Pornocore stories, or buy our books, if they’re for you!)

3. Invest in a new sex toy. Our current loves include the WeVibe, the Magic Wand, and, if you fancy donning a realistic cock this year, check out the Vixskin range.

4. Tell yourself that when you have sex with yourself or other partners, and you really enjoy the experience, you create a more loving you. Check out this great research on oxytocin if you need convincing (thanks to Plos One). And you can also enjoy the Mermaid Voyage this year, if you want to take part in a solo journey of pure, unabashed, erotic self-love.

5.  Look at your genitals in a small hand-mirror and tell them that they are beautiful. It is understandable if you don’t believe this statement as yet — society has shamed our beautiful sexualities for far too long. But tell your genitals anyway. Tell them they’re gorgeous. Tell them you’re grateful that they are a part of you. Because, if you do nothing else this year, loving yourself will take you a very long way.

If you’re a woman or woman-identified person who is interested in a solo journey into erotic self love, check out the Mermaid Voyage, which will be sailing this spring.

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Sex and Mermaids: An Entrepreneurial Start-Up Story

GDP Square1We’re fortunate enough to have had our entrepreneurial start-up story published at Project Eve. Here’s the opening (to read the full story, go here.)

Tell us about your entrepreneurial product or service.
We publish character-driven erotic stories, and we also run a sexual-spiritual course for women called The Mermaid Voyage: A Two-Week Journey of Erotic Self-Discovery. Not only have we been authors and editors for years, but we’re also reiki practitioners and angel readers, so our erotic stories and courses promote erotic wellbeing on every level. We’re passionate about sexuality, peace, and self-love. And we take the erotic very seriously.

What inspired you to launch your business idea?
When I was a girl who was deeply ashamed of her body and sexuality, I discovered the erotic works of Anais Nin. Suddenly, I wasn’t alone any more, and my whole life changed, because I realized that I wasn’t warped or twisted, but simply human. I hid that book under my mattress and prayed it would never be found. Without Nin, I don’t know what I would have done.

So, decades later, my partner Angela and I decided to launch Go Deeper Press and the Mermaid Voyage, in order to promote sex-positivity. We’ve been around less than a year, creating erotic materials that promote love, enjoyment, and pride.

What problem does your business or organization solve?
Right now, with Russia attacking its LGBTQ citizens, and families telling their children that sex is shame, we know that erotica—through its pride in sexuality—can save lives. We also know… [Continue reading here]

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Erotic Mermaids! Win the Mermaid Voyage!

MermaidVoyageLogoSome say that a mermaid is half-fish, half-woman. But I take a different point of view. After all, there are so many people who feel like they are defined as “half and half” when really they are whole—complete and unique—just as they are.  Every time we look at ourselves as “half one thing, half another,” we’re failing to see the whole beauty of ourselves. And part of The Mermaid Voyage: A Two-Week Journey of Erotic Self-Discovery is accepting ourselves, right here and now, as gorgeous and whole.

(Also, ya know, I haven’t heard anyone define angels as half-person, half-bird!)

I sometimes wonder whether the “half-and-half” definition of mermaids has something to do with the stereotypes we buy into. At Go Deeper, for example, when we were designing the Mermaid Voyage, it was hard to find images of mermaids who weren’t skinny, with flat tummies, tiny waists, and (I’m guessing) 34C-sized breasts. And seeing how the Voyage is about romancing your erotic self in terms of body, mind, and soul, how on earth could we justify images of mermaids that always have the same body shape?

Well, we’ve done our best with the images we can afford to buy for the Voyage, but of course, as a small press, we have our limits. That said, we want to add some images and/or descriptions of mermaids with different body shapes to the Mermaid Voyage materials. So! Here’s a chance for you to win the Mermaid Voyage for free.  (Yes, you heard that correctly! A two-week self-love course, with daily audio visualizations and a wealth of other goodies, for zero dollars!) We’re asking you for portrayals of mermaids that crack open the general stereotype. You can describe the mermaid(s) in words or visually, and we’ll publish the winning portrayal on our blog and website. Here are the rules:

  • Submissions must be your own original work.
  • You need to be prepared to share the image on our blog in exchange for a free Mermaid Voyage, launching July 1st.
  • You must email your mermaid portrayal to GDP by June 20th (email address: submissions (at) godeeperpress.com). Please put “Mermaid Contest” in the subject line. Otherwise, we might miss it!
  • The mermaid portrayal doesn’t have to be erotic, but sensual, sexy elements are always warmly welcomed.

Good luck!  And a big “Yay!” to the rich variety of body types that we so value at GDP!

Yay for the Oracle of Mermaids - the mermaid on the cover may be slim, but she has a tummy!

Yay for the Oracle of Mermaids, which I’ll be using with Mermaid Voyagers – the mermaid on the cover may be slim, but she has a tummy!

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Magical, Girly James Deans: An Interview with Author Carolyn Turgeon

Carolyn Turgeon's "Mermaid"

Carolyn Turgeon’s “Mermaid”

Carolyn Turgeon is a mermaid.  In fact, do visit her “I am a Mermaid” blog (where she interviewed yours truly, in fact) to see just why.  I actually discovered Carolyn via her blog and was fascinated by her interviews with people who identify as and/or are connected with mermaids.  What’s more, her books sound wonderful, and I’ve downloaded Mermaid onto my Kindle.  Can’t wait to start it.  Carolyn’s novels include: Mermaid, The Fairest of Them AllRain VillageGodmother, and the middle-grade The Next Full Moon (the latter is young adult).  She’s published by wonderful publishers such as Simon and Schuster and she’s also simply dazzling.

Well, seeing as our Mermaid Voyage: A Two-Week Journey of Erotic Self-Discovery  launches on July 1st, Carolyn is clearly the perfect candidate for a celebratory GDP interview.  Enjoy!

1. What are “Mermaid” and your new book “The Fairest of Them All” about?  

Mermaid came out in 2011 and is a retelling of the original Hans Christian Andersen little mermaid story, but it’s the story of both the mermaid the human princess, who’s almost a non-character in the original but is the one who ends up marrying the prince while the mermaid herself ends up bereft and alone. The book alternatives, chapter to chapter, between their two stories, and becomes more about their complicated relationship as unwitting rivals for the prince’s love than about either of their actual relationships with the prince!

The Fairest of Them All comes out in August from Simon & Schuster and is about Rapunzel growing up to be Snow White’s stepmother. To some extent it’s about what happens after you get the prince—and then get older. And then have a younger, more gorgeous girl getting all the attention. Like Mermaid, it’s more about the complicated female relationships than anything else!

2.  Does erotic love play a big part in your books and stories?  

Well in both Mermaid and Fairest the characters are motivated by their love for hot princes who end up possibly being a little disappointing, as princes often are. In Mermaid, our mermaid changes into human form and has a red-blooded human body, and the intense sexual desire that goes with it, for the first time. She doesn’t know how to navigate these feelings or the social arena she now finds herself in and so behaves in a very uninhibited fashion that might ultimately cost her. (She is at a medieval court). In Fairest, Rapunzel can feel people’s emotions and desires when they touch her hair, which is magical, and first experiences this power with the prince as he climbs her hair into the tower. It’s pretty intimate and intense for both of these characters, dealing with such unbridled feeling they’re not totally equipped to handle. I have three other books, too (Rain Village, Godmother, and the middle-grade The Next Full Moon), and my characters are usually motivated to some extent by erotic love, whether or not it works out for them in the end!

3.  Are any of your characters very erotic or sensual?  

I think they are. Godmother’s about the fairy godmother from the Cinderella story—now an old woman in NYC with wings she has to conceal who’s always remembering the world she had once and lost. The book alternates between her current life and a long flashback to what really happened on the night of the ball, and it turns out that as a fairy she was (like my later mermaid) perfect, immune to pain or desire. When she starts entering Cinderella’s thoughts and dreams, she becomes jealous of human desire and ends up sacrificing everything to experience it for herself. Both my godmother and my mermaid transform from magical creatures into embodied humans and as a result a whole sensual human world opens up to them, for better or worse.

Rain Village is about a strange, tiny girl who feels like a freak, until a sexy ex-circus-star gypsy-like librarian sweeps into town and sees something beautiful in her that no one had ever thought to see before. It turns out that the girl’s tiny body, so awkward on earth, is stunning and brilliant when she gets on the trapeze. She’ll end up a famous aerialist, and will fall in love with a beautiful, sensual tightrope walker who adores her and is baffled by her former insecurities. So she, too, undergoes a transformation that includes an intense erotic awakening.

4.  In your opinion, why do so many people think mermaids are sexy?  

It’s interesting, given that they are half fish and a dangerous magical creature. But they also have that curving S shape, they’re accessible with their long hair (typically) and bare breasts, they live their lives submerged in water, with all its erotic associations, its mystery and danger. They literally come from a part of the world, the deepest ocean, that is terrifying and inaccessible, and they could pull you down there at any moment, but that terror is also associated with the subconscious, death  and birth, desire. They kind of embody what’s most beautiful and most dangerous and intense all at once. They’re like a magical, girly version of James Dean. But the mermaid is very much a powerful female symbol, too.

Also: we all grew up with Splash and The Little Mermaid, so we’re pretty much brainwashed to love them.

5.  What do you think of the notion in folklore that sailors have been lured to their deaths by seductive mermaid song?  

I think mermaids are alluring and dangerous, and that poor Odysseus had to be tied to a pole with wax in his ears to resist them (those were sirens, but still). Hot ladies in the sea (or manatees, as the case may be) would naturally present an occupational hazard to drunk sailors such a long way from home.

6.  If you had to set up a date for a friend with one of your characters, who might you choose and why?  

Honestly, I think most of my characters are a little too dark or maladjusted to be good dates for my friends, but then I guess that’s the case with most anyone. I do, in the crime novel I’m writing, have a genuinely good, loving, gorgeous man who’s engaged to our protagonist (a man she’ll do all kinds of terrible things to hold onto), so he would be a good candidate. Though actually, I think my friends might be too dark and maladjusted for him

7.  Are you excited about the launch of “The Fairest of them All”?  How will you celebrate?

I’m excited, and am doing a bunch of events for it, in NYC and Pennsylvania and San Francisco and Baton Rouge. Lots of stuff! But it’s kind of weird in that I finished that book a while ago and am totally immersed in projects now that are big departures—a historical novel and the crime novel I mentioned. But I love this book, with all its witchery and dark forest, all its eating of hearts, and hope readers love it, too!

Thanks a million, Carolyn!

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I’m an Erotic Mermaid (And I’m Not Alone)

From the amazing "Oracle of Mermaids" by Lucy Cavendish (click on image to buy)

From the amazing “Oracle of Mermaids” by Lucy Cavendish (click on image to buy)

I’m an erotic mermaid.  No, really.  You can go and check out Carolyn Turgeon’s wonderful “I am a Mermaid” blog to find out how and why.  Carolyn, who is the author of the novel Mermaid and the forthcoming The Fairest of Them All, has interviewed me about mermaids and the erotic….and of course the Mermaid Voyage.  And she’s awesome.  Go look, go look!  We’ll also be hosting an interview at the GDP blog with Carolyn soon, so keep an eye out for that, dear readers.

Now.  There is more news.  For example, the Mermaid Voyage: A Two-Week Journey of Erotic Self-Discovery is available for a special discounted rate of $30 for a two-week course. It sets sail on July 1st.  So if you feel like romancing yourself erotically, with audio visulizations and solo lovemaking galore, come join us or shoot me an email with questions.

Also, if you want to write with me, whilst guzzling chocolate and having an inspirational erotic evening, come along to my erotic writing course next week in Boston.  Go Deeper, Baby: Writing Meaningful Erotica is always a delight of an evening.  AND you get a FREE erotic e-book too.  What’s not to adore?

Did you know that you can now buy our bestselling “Femme Fatale: Erotic Tales of Dangerous Women” for just $3.99?

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Modern-Day Mermaid: Love Your Breasts

We thought we’d post my second Modern-Day Mermaid video today.  In it, I encourage you to be you, to love your breasts, your bodies.  Oh!  And don’t forget to listen to our free erotic self-love audio visualization here.

And here’s the vid.  Enjoy!

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Sex with a Mermaid

The Mermaid Voyage: A Two-Week Journey of Erotic Self-Discovery.

The Mermaid Voyage: A Two-Week Journey of Erotic Self-Discovery.

So many of us, no matter how sex-positive, still carry burdens of shame when it comes to erotic self-love.  The notion of having “a romance with yourself” is quite widely accepted, but the notion of having an “erotic romance with yourself” — one that focuses on transformative, solo lovemaking along with self-love — is rarely voiced.  Not only do we need healing in this area and a way to shed the shame that others have handed us, but we also need to take care of our sexual selves and acknowledge that, regardless of whether we are in partnered relationships, we are our own deep source of erotic love and imagination — and no matter what comes, we can always have this.

That’s why we’ve created an online course called the Mermaid Voyage: A Two-Week Journey of Erotic Self-Discovery — a fresh offering from Go Deeper Healing.  And because this is the first time we’ve run the course, we’ll be giving it to you, with or without the gift box, at a very special price, in the hope that you will give us your feedback.  To find out more, including how to sign up for Mermaid Voyage updates, take a look here.

Quite apart from that, we’re also keen to share quotes from Lana’s erotic novel from Harper Collins’ Mischief.  Do take a peek below to get a little taster of Confessions of a Kinky Divorcee.  And if you do read it, we’d love to hear what you think.

May your day be a beauty, dear readers!

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