Hello everyone! Book Monster Reviews & LITERAL ADDICTION are happy to be helping Delphine Dryden promote her new release today!
After earning two graduate degrees, practicing law awhile, and then working for the public school system for over ten years, I finally got a clue. I tossed all that aside and started doing what I should have been doing all along, writing novels! In hindsight I could see the decision was a no-brainer.
Because which sounds like more fun? Being a lawyer/special educator/reading specialist/educational diagnostician…or writing spicy romances? If you need a hint, just take a gander at the photo on this page which proves that the very least, the professional conferences for romance writers are a LOT more fun!
This is embarrassingly apt.
When not writing or doing “mommy stuff” I read voraciously, noodle around with html and css coding, and play computer games with my darling (and very romantic) husband. I am fortunate enough to have two absurdly precocious children, and two delightful mutts. My family and I are all Texas natives, and reside in unapologetic suburban bliss near Houston.
Delphine is the proud creator of the TRUTH AND LIES series and several notable single titles. You can find information on her entire backlist HERE.
Today, however, we're here to help Delphine promote and celebrate "Toy Box".
Lauren and Rafe have been coasting along since they had kids, letting things in the bedroom match their vanilla suburban lifestyle. But they have a blistering-hot Dominant/submissive history, and this weekend, Rafe will remind Lauren of all the deviant delights awaiting her when they open up…the Toy Box.
Sounds good, right!? Make to add it to your TBR. For now, let's see what Delphine had to say when she ambushed our sites for the day...
It’s not “Mommy Porn”!
TOY BOX got its start (as so many things do, these days) when a group of us authors started talking on Twitter. Then a Yahoo group happened, one thing led to another...and while we didn’t end up with the multi-author series we’d planned, several of us ended up with short novels out of the deal! What set us off? The term “mommy porn”. Oh, I don’t even like to type that. What does that phrase even mean? Porn for mommies? This mother of two doesn’t consider even the spiciest romance novel “porn”; I get my porn from kink.com and it’s pretty hard-core. Porn by mommies? Well, I know plenty of mommies who write the smutty stuff...but I also know plenty of non-mommies who write and read it, too.
We decided to explore one of the less discussed alternatives, the one that was making all the reporters and talk show hosts snicker and giggle like middle schoolers whenever a certain monochromatically titled book was brought up. If our books were to be “mommy porn”, why not make them porn featuring mommies? This would be pure fantasy, of course, because everyone knows that mommies don’t do that (Cue nervous giggles and rolling eyes). And even if they did, nobody would want to read about it. Moms and dads having S-E-X? Ew, gross!
Fortunately, none of us in the group were adolescents, and we didn’t find it gross at all! We found it intriguing, and a challenge, to consider the ways that real people, real mommies and daddies, manage to incorporate romance and sexuality into their lives. It can be complicated, what with kids to get to bed and dogs to take to the vet, hectic work schedules and trying to keep a running shopping list in your head. But it can be done. And Toy Box is just such a tale. About a nice, suburban couple and the things they manage to get up to behind closed doors.
TOY BOX was a joy to write, and so far readers have said the most wonderful things about the characters and how they handle their unique challenges in finding their kinky sexytimes. And it’s short, so it’s a pretty small investment of time and money. A smutlet, if you will. You could afford to buy Toy Box AND some other choice romance with a ten dollar gift certificate to Amazon or Barnes & Noble...and one lucky commenter will win just that!
What do you think of when you hear/read the phrase “mommy porn”?
(You can start playing that bow-chicka-wow-wow music any time now).