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Love and Laughter: Sexy (^Meaningful) Fun for Everyone
Beth Liebling, creator of Darling Way
Beth Liebling is the creator of Darling Way. She has had a vision of what love and beauty might look like together when treated respectfully and honorably for many, many years.
Beth began her professional career as a lawyer specializing in family law because she wanted to make things easier for divorcing families. She helped families and children navigate through difficult situations with caring and compassion. Over the years, she has counseled hundreds of people facing a multitude of relationship issues with or without accompanying legal disputes.
Despite her training and career in a profession that relies so heavily on logical analysis alone, Beth has always been a dreamer, and a complete and hopeless romantic. One of her favorite places is Disney World because it is chock full of happiness, families, laughter and excitement. She has a strong need to bring more happiness to anyone around her, even if it is just a smile or a laugh. She will happily be ridiculously silly or wear a flamboyant accessory if she thinks someone will at least chuckle. In her eyes, there is no such thing as too much happiness or love, nor is there ever too little to share.
This book is about sex.
A lot of books about sex talk about sex the way a doctor would, with clinical words that people don't use too much in real life. I'm not afraid of those words-- words like penis and vagina and nipples and clitoris.
But in this book, I want to talk about sex the way intimate partners talk about sex: intimately.
That means I'll use some words you might not see in a lot of the books you read. Naughty words. I use these words because I want to be honest and talk the way people talk.
This book is about finding ways to make our relationships more sexual and warm and affectionate and endearing and silly and exciting and unexpected and brave and adventurous, and -- most of all-- more fun.
Men and women, from 18 to 110. Mothers, fathers, grandparents, accountants, zoo keepers-- the whole gamut of adults. We want this book to be warm and inviting. We want it to appeal to the heart. We want people who have always been interested in learning more about how to have better sex-- but who may have been intimidated or nervous to take action-- to pick up this book.
What colors do you want to see in your design?
The tone of the book is supposed to be romantic without being reverent. Maybe the words Love and Laughter look boudoir-romantic, but are counterpointed by writing the subtitle or the word "meaningful" in lipstick or chocolate syrup, etc.
We want our book to make people feel first, before they even read the title. Feelings we want to evoke: curiosity, excitement, hope that a great sex life is possible for them-- not just an ideal or fantasy.
Our feel should be:
Lighthearted, warm, engaging. A fun approach to a serious topic.
Think about all the popular puppy and kitty viral videos on social media. They are popular because people feel when they see them, and they aren't ashamed or embarrassed to feel good or feel loving when they see those cute critters being naturally adorable. People want to touch them because they are soft, non-threatening bundles of love without judgement or the possibility of rejection.
That's what we're going for!
We've attached a group of images that convey the tone that we're going for.
What to avoid
We DO NOT want the cover to look porny, cheesy, raunchy, overly erotic, etc.
Most "how to" sex books have images that are unrealistic or unattainable. They show pictures of super sexy people, or caricatures/stereotypes of what's considered "sexy." These images make it difficult for readers to relate-- it scares them off. Steer away from these images.