Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A Toy Story

Over the weekend, I went to a toy party. An ADULT toy party. I can't tell you how much fun it was. My friends will tell you, I'm not one to get out much. To me, it's always just too much trouble. Occasionally I'll go out to lunch or dinner with the family or hit the grocery store or the mall for some necessary shopping but that's about it. So I was a little sceptical about attending this thing. I know the two women who were hosting this though and they wanted me to do a booksigning and talk about my work during the evening.

In the end I went and I'm sure glad I did.My friend's home was lovely and about a dozen women showed up. I think they were expecting more but, as far as I was concerned, it was the perfect number for something like this. I was relieved too, because I'm sometimes uncomfortable in crowds of strangers. This all suited me just fine. A table was set up for the adult toys and I was honestly amazed at the number of products out there. Imagine a dozen women, turning on the equipment, watching these things move around, shimmy and shake. And the COLORS. Everything from hot pink, to pickle green, to vibrant blue. Wild. There was a cream for every predicament that might ail either a women or a man. Who needs viagra? Right?

The food and drinks were spread out and I tried Lemon Drops for the first time. Have no idea what they are made of...vodka, I think...but WOW. Yes, I shoulda stopped at two but I got really brave and had three. After those, I found a nice little place to park my butt and stayed there. I sold some books but found most of the party-goers were more interested in my erotic titles. That's good. I passed out postcards that listed my titles on the backs, mentioned the names of some other stellar authors (which they jotted down), and let everyone play with my e-reader. Before the party, I'd downloaded some of my titles and the girls had a blast reading the naughtiest excerpts out loud. My friends who hosted the party had already read some of my books. One was yelling...read the shower scene! In the end, I think my naughty sex scenes stirred up the crowd as much as the TOYS.

The two hour party turned into a four hour party and I can't recall when I've last had such a good time. I learned some things too. First, I realized that erotic books are much like the toys and in many ways, they might be better. After all, the brain is very tied-in with sex, isn't it? Secondly, I learned that having a booksigning at this kind of party was a good idea. The two seemed to fit, you know? The final thing I learned was that I must get out more! Somewhere out there is a lemondrop with my name on it.


Kelley Nyrae said...

Those parties are SO fun!! I've been to about four of them I think. I always have a blast! So glad you had fun and got to talk about erotic books too!!

Regina Carlysle said...

It WAS fun. I enjoyed it so much. The erotic books and the Adult Toys were a good mix so I'd highly recommend these parties for booksignings and promotion.

Genella deGrey said...

I knew they'd love you!

Regina Carlysle said...

It was a blast. Funny, I think they were really shocked that someone from such a conservative town write such naughty things. LOL

Anne Rainey said...

Wanna know a secret? I've never been to one of those. I wish!

Asylumgirl said...

Aren't they fun? I've never thought of a booksigning to go along with it, but it works. I mean they're both about love, lust and romance. LOL

Anne, you're missing out!


J.K. Coi said...

Sounds awesome! I have been to two of these, and I must say that I had the most fun at the boy/girl version, rather than the girl-only version.

Regina Carlysle said...

Ooooh. A boy/girl version??? How cool! Some of the ladies started out the evening a little shy but by the time they'd imbibed a bit, all bets were off. LOL.

You MUST go to one of these, Anne. It was really fun. Even the appetizers were naughty.

Regina Carlysle said...

Deidre...it worked unbelievably great. Even the ladies doing the presentation thought it was a great addition to what they were doing. Might even have helped their sales a little...snicker.