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Partners in Passion: A Guide to Great Sex, Emotional Intimacy and Long-Term Love (Paperback)

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Most of us long for intimate relationships, and though texting and emailing may keep us superficially connected, it ultimately cannot create the kind of intimacy necessary to sustain a deep, fulfilling, and lasting partnership. With the divorce rate reaching a staggering 50 percent in 2013 and the breakup rate among unmarried long-term couples even higher, it appears that the more we tweet, the more disconnected we become. So many of us believe that new is better, hotter, and more intense, but love at first sight isn't really love, it's chemistry."In Partners in Passion," Michaels and Johnson provide readers with a fun, step-by-step guide to discovering true, loving, and romantically sexual relationships that will last for decades. Comprehensive and inclusive, "Partners in Passion" is original and provocative, drawing on a variety of sources: cutting-edge science, psychology, the authors' background in tantra, and personal experiences as teachers and as a couple. "Partners in Passion" invites couples to design their relationships and to choose consciously, and is replete with how-to suggestions and exercises, including interviews with couples from diverse backgrounds, relationship styles, and orientations who are enjoying erotically vibrant partnerships.
Winner of the Independent Publisher Award Gold Medal in Sexuality/Relationships

About the Author


Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson, a devoted married couple, have been teaching Tantra together since 1999. Their approach combines traditional lineage-based Tantra with the best contemporary methods so that students can bring heightened awareness and expanded capacity for pleasure into all aspects of life. The authors are senior students of Dr. Jonn Mumford (Swami Anandakapila Saraswati), and have been named lineage holder of the OM Kara Kriya(R) system for the Americas and Europe. Sunyata, co-author of The Jewel in the Lotus, named Michaels his lineage holder in 2001. The two have also studied Bhakti Yoga with Bhagavan Das, and Tantra with Dr. Rudy Ballentine.

Michaels and Johnson have been featured on numerous television and radio programs, including appearances on Naked New York, Good Day Colorado, Afternoon Advice and Nightcalls on Playboy Radio, Go to Bed with Cosmo Radio, The Derek and Romaine Show, and NPR's A Chef's Table. Additionally, they and their work have appeared in Redbook, Latina, Jane, Cosmopolitan, The Village Voice, Metro, More, Rockstar, and Woman's World, and have been quoted in the popular books The Complete Idiot's Guide to Tantric Sex, and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Enhancing Sexual Desire. They have also contributed to various online and print publications, including Chronogram and Debonair, and regularly give sexuality and relationship advice at Dick-n-Jane.com.

Michaels is a graduate of New York University School of Law, a member of the New York State Bar Association, and holds master's degrees in American Studies from NYU and Yale. Johnson is a retired professional operatic soprano, who has performed with the New York City Opera, the Houston Grand Opera, and the Komische Oper Berlin. The authors are co-founders of the Pleasure Salon, a monthly gathering in New York City that brings together sex-positive people from a variety of communities.

They are the authors of Great Sex Made Simple, Tantra for Erotic Empowerment (a ForeWord Book of the Year finalist), and The Essence of Tantric Sexuality (all published by Llewellyn), and a meditation CD set, Ananda Nidra: Blissful Sleep (Projekt Records). Their two Instructional DVDs, Tantric Massage for Lovers and Advance Tantric Sex Secrets, were produced by the Alexander Institute. They live in upstate New York.

For more information about the authors visit TantraPM.com. Awards for Great Sex Made Simple 2013 IPPY (Independent Publisher) Awards Gold Medal in Sexuality/Relationships. 2013 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Silver Medal in Self Help and Finalist in Family and Relationships. 2013 Living Now Awards Silver Medal in Sexuality/Femininity 2013 International Book Awards Winner in Self Help: Relationships. 2013 Eric Hoffer Awards Honorable Mention in Health.

"I recommend this book on multiple levels. First, it's such an accessible, practical and authentic introduction to Tantra--this is a great resource for anybody working in the field of sexuality both personally and professionally. Secondly, I recommend this book for professionals, especially aspiring sexuality education writers, as an example of one of the best edited, most thoughtfully composed and formatted books of the non-fiction, how-to ilk ever written!" --Jennifer Pritchett, Founder & Owner of The Smitten Kitten "A straightforward, warm, and refreshingly inclusive road map to physical and spiritual bliss." --Chronogram "Great Sex Made Simple is at once fun and easy to use yet deeply attuned to the very essence of what our best sexual experiences can be." --Suzie Heumann, Founder of Tantra.com "Here is almost--or perhaps a little more than--everything you wanted to know about the ancient esoteric exploratory arts of loving and mind expansion. . . . Attempting to re-instill the erotic wonder that is each of us in the universe, the author-couple has scribed a sort of deep sex-ed book for adults. The clearly written text is not only a how-to book to augment your love lives, but a history of modern sexual attitudes and suggestions for their wholesale, healthy revamping." --Dorion Sagan, co-author of Death and Sex, winner of the 2009 New York Bookbinders Award "Partnered or solo, Great Sex Made Simple bridges the gap between the religious, mystic and basic sexological principles that work to help increase awareness, intimacy, connection, and take your sex to the next level." --Dr. Sonia Borg, Ph.D, . Sex Therapist and author of Oral Sex He'll Never Forget, Oral Sex She'll Never Forget, Spectacular Sex Moves He'll Never Forget, Spectacular Sex Moves She'll Never Forget, and Marathon Sex. "Michaels and Johnson's Great Sex Made Simple is one of the best books I have read on making the more esoteric Tantric techniques accessible and down to earth for real people wanting really good sex." --Tammy Nelson, PhD, Board Certified Sexologist and Author of Getting the Sex You Want and The New Monogamy "If you want to improve your sex life, deepen your connection wit



Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson, a devoted married couple, have been teaching Tantra together since 1999. Their approach combines traditional lineage-based Tantra with the best contemporary methods so that students can bring heightened awareness and expanded capacity for pleasure into all aspects of life. The authors are senior students of Dr. Jonn Mumford (Swami Anandakapila Saraswati), and have been named lineage holder of the OM Kara Kriya(R) system for the Americas and Europe. Sunyata, co-author of The Jewel in the Lotus, named Michaels his lineage holder in 2001. The two have also studied Bhakti Yoga with Bhagavan Das, and Tantra with Dr. Rudy Ballentine.

Michaels and Johnson have been featured on numerous television and radio programs, including appearances on Naked New York, Good Day Colorado, Afternoon Advice and Nightcalls on Playboy Radio, Go to Bed with Cosmo Radio, The Derek and Romaine Show, and NPR's A Chef's Table. Additionally, they and their work have appeared in Redbook, Latina, Jane, Cosmopolitan, The Village Voice, Metro, More, Rockstar, and Woman's World, and have been quoted in the popular books The Complete Idiot's Guide to Tantric Sex, and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Enhancing Sexual Desire. They have also contributed to various online and print publications, including Chronogram and Debonair, and regularly give sexuality and relationship advice at Dick-n-Jane.com.

Michaels is a graduate of New York University School of Law, a member of the New York State Bar Association, and holds master's degrees in American Studies from NYU and Yale. Johnson is a retired professional operatic soprano, who has performed with the New York City Opera, the Houston Grand Opera, and the Komische Oper Berlin. The authors are co-founders of the Pleasure Salon, a monthly gathering in New York City that brings together sex-positive people from a variety of communities.

They are the authors of Great Sex Made Simple, Tantra for Erotic Empowerment (a ForeWord Book of the Year finalist), and The Essence of Tantric Sexuality (all published by Llewellyn), and a meditation CD set, Ananda Nidra: Blissful Sleep (Projekt Records). Their two Instructional DVDs, Tantric Massage for Lovers and Advance Tantric Sex Secrets, were produced by the Alexander Institute. They live in upstate New York.

For more information about the authors visit TantraPM.com.



Tammy Nelson, PhD, is a world-renowned expert in relationships, a psychotherapist in private practice, and the author of The New Monogamy. In addition, Nelson is a popular lecturer around the world on sexuality and human relationships and global relational change. She is a board-certified sexologist, an AASECT-certified sex therapist, a licensed professional counselor, and a certified Imago relationship therapist. She resides in the New York City area, where she works in her private practice treating couples who are looking to restore passion to their relationships, recover from infidelity, and create their new monogamy, one agreement at a time.

Praise For…


"With a thorough resource guide included, this book runs the gamut on sex education, and the authors’ sex-positivity, feminism, and rejection of gender stereotypes makes it a welcome addition to the genre."
Publishers Weekly

"Those seeking to create conscious, loving partnerships will find a compendium of concrete tools and resources in this important book. I will be encouraging clients, students, and colleagues to share this work. Bravo!"
Nan Wise, PhD candidate
Congnitive Neuroscience, Rutgers-Newark
Certified Sex Therapist, AASECT

"If you’re in a relationship, you need this book. If you’re single, you need this book. If you’re having sex or ever plan to have sex good sex, hot sex, toe-curling sex you need this book. Clear off your night stand. This is the only volume you need."
Jenny Block, author of Open

"Patricia and Mark don't only write about being partners in passion; they are partners in passion. Drawing on their background in Tantra, their own longterm relationship, and the wisdom of other happy couples, Michaels and Johnson know just what it takes to keep things sparkling, sizzling and sexy. Their book is an absolute must if you are in a relationship or hope to be."
Jamye Waxman, sex educator and author Hot Sex: Over 200 Things to Try Tonight and Getting Off: A Woman's Guide to Masturbation

"It's not everyday that I learn something new about sex; the chapter on Tantra is amongst the best introductions to the topic I've ever come across"
Ian Kerner, PhD, NY Times best-elling author of She Comes First

"Gifted teachers and writers, Mark Michaels and Patricia Johnson challenge conventional wisdom and offer bold, fresh strategies for real connection and intimacy in long-term relationships."
Tristan Taormino, author, Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships

"At last! The new Holy Grail for how to sustain sexual fire and keep loving passion alive. The authors reveal the truths about ecstatic and joyful sexual expression--debunking common myths, providing understanding about sexual energy flow, while offering refreshing, sound and sensitive guidance for couples seeking to thrive over time. I love this book."
Dr. Patti Britton, Clinical Sexologist & Sex Coach, author of The Art of Sex Coaching and Co-Founder of SexCoachU.com

"Patricia Johnson and Mark Michaels have done a fantastic job of offering compassionate advice and clear steps to building the kind of relationship that can support and contain the sex life you deserve."
Dr. Charlie Glickman, author of Ultimate Guide to Prostate Pleasure

Dr. Patti Britton, Clinical Sexologist & Sex Coach, author of "The Art of Sex Coaching" and Co-Founder of SexCoachU.com
"Written with emphasis on the kindness, trust, and presence that are required in any healthy relationship, Partners in Passion illustrates delightful depths of insight, providing practical solutions to the very real issues that kill the passion and love in so many partnerships. Every couple needs to read this book!"
Mikaya Heart, author of The Ultimate Guide to Orgasm For Women

"Partners in Passion is a contemporary sexuality book for both the novice and sexually experienced. The authors' practical and casual manner makes it easy to follow and appreciate the many topics ranging from sexual adventuring, safer sex, designer relationships to sexual communication, desire discrepancy, and aging. Reading it is like talking to a big brother or sister about all aspects of sexuality!
Sally Valentine, PhD, FAACS, LCSW, AASECT Certified Supervisor and Sex Therapist

"Partners in Passion is bursting with practical suggestions and sage guidance which will help couples become more sexually fulfilled, more intimate, and more fully human."
Felice Newman, author of The Whole Lesbian Sex Book: A Passionate Guide for All of Us

"Partners in Passion is an outrageous, courageous and much NEEDED endeavor. Michaels and Johnson distill the collective erotic wisdom of the ages, rewrite it with their own unique wit and generosity, and offer it back to us as a true gift! Their book raises the erotic consciousness and ushers in a new erotic paradigm for sexual relationshipssuch that all other erotic instructional manuals are merely supplemental. Read Partners in Passion first!"
Jennifer Pritchett, founder and owner of The Smitten Kitten, MN

"Partners in Passion by Michaels and Johnson is the most comprehensive compendium on sexuality to date ... This is a book for the whole family."
Dr. Winston Wilde, sexologist, sex therapist, marriage therapist, author of Legacies of Love

"Mark Michaels and Patricia Johnson are the authors of some of my favorite sexuality books, and in Partners in Passion they have taken their unique approach to intimacy to a whole new level ... I look forward to recommending Partners in Passion to my clients!
Dr. Ruth Neustifter, Author of The Nice Girl's Guide to Talking Dirty

"These two passionate partners have done it again! Partners in Passion: A Guide to Great Sex, Emotional Intimacy, and Long-Term Love ought to be the graduate's gift, the newlywed's gift, your lover's holiday surprise and the birthday present for your best friend's 50th, too! Not only will you find intelligent, heartfelt information on many ideas and sexual concepts, your eyes will be opened to some of the myths that hold us back from fully finding pleasure and true intimacy. This is a grand blend of neuroscience, the most advanced thinking on relationship and sexuality education and practicesevery lover's library needs one!"
Suzie Heumann, founder of Tantra.com

"Finally, a smart, sexy and practical sex and relationship book! Mark and Patricia meld their knowledge of tantra and alternative sexuality with accessible, practical techniques for building (or rebuilding) passion in long term relationships. If you're a long term monogamous couple looking to increase your connection or you're thinking about adding kink or openness to your relationship in a way that's healthy and caring, this book gives you the tools to build the relationship you crave."
Jacq Jones, sex educator & owner of Sugar The Shop in Baltimore, MD

"Partners in Passion is the smartest and most comprehensive book on partner sex and erotic relationships available today. Brava, Mark and Patricia! I love this book.
Barbara Carrellas, author of Urban Tantra: Sacred Sex For The Twenty-First Century and Ecstasy is Necessary


"Partners in Passion is not only a sensible, compassionate, readable book; it is the best book I have ever read about the varieties of love and physical/emotional intimacy. The authors explain why basing marriage on the falling in love experience is a poor idea. They expose the common cultural myths that wreck so many contemporary relationships. They include sensible health advice minus the scare factor. They successfully synthesize Western and Far Eastern views about passion. This book is must reading for all people, young and old, of whatever sexual persuasion and culture, who are on relationship adventures seeking fulfilling intimacy and passionate partnership. My clients will benefit hugely from reading it."
Alice Kahn Ladas, Ed.D, co-author of The G Spot and Other Discoveries About Human Sexuality and Women and Bioenergetic Analysis

"Partners in Passion is the perfect title because Mark and Patricia are just that passionate about each other and passionate in their commitment to explore human sexuality together. They share how they have created and maintained a deepening erotic connection through their joint explorations of sexuality."
Betty A. Dodson, Artist, Author and Ph.D. Sexologist

"Partners in Passion comes straight from the heart. Use this book as a gourmet guide to trust, touch, and ongoing adventures of discovery in the vast playing fields of loving relationship."
Gina Ogden, PhD, LMFT, author of Expanding the Practice of Sex Therapy and The Return of Desire

"Other than our need and desire to eat, sex is what we crave the most. It’s what drives us. It needs to be fun and varied. Religion, politics, government intrusion, imposed morals, have all tried to suck the fun out of sex. Partners in Passion puts the fun back! It's a comprehensive and insightful guide for people who take their sex play seriously and are committed to leaving the bedroom with smiles on their faces. Even I can learn a few things from this fascinating book."
Larry Flynt

Partners in Passion also has one of the most helpful and comprehensive resource guides of any book on relationships and sexuality available today. If you are curious about any number of sexual subjects from online erotica to Tantric workshops to retreat centers to sexuality educators you can find it in this book. If you are thinking of anything from opening your relationship and want to know how to go about it, or you want to know more about what the tantric position Yab Yum entails, you will find it here.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781627780285
ISBN-10: 1627780289
Publisher: Cleis Press
Publication Date: February 18th, 2014
Pages: 460
Language: English