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Today I’m having vanilla tea with Vicky Ballante, another lovely Romance Author of South Africa. Her semi-erotic romance At second glance (Decadent Publishing) was released on 5 September 2014. There is a surprise at the end of this post, so make sure you read right to the end! Before we take a look at a blurb and excerpt of the story, I’ve asked her some questions: Questions: A. Quickies

  1. Tea or wine?

Um, I’d love to drink wine more, but I get a severe reaction to it so I’ll stick to tea. Ginger or vanilla tea is great!

  1. Read or jog?

Read, of course.

  1. Cats or dogs?

Cat person.

  1. Heels or flats?

Flats, for sure.

  1. Boxers or briefs?

Um, I like briefs. They show more definition…

  1. Milk, dark or white chocolate

Dark and dangerous

  1. Sweet or savoury

That’s a hard one. I have a sweet tooth but also like savoury.

  1. Sea or mountains

Another hard one. I like both but probably would choose sea if I had to. B. Five likes and five dislikes Five likes: Lazy Sundays Lying in the sun Reading a good book on my Kindle Knitting Friends and family Five dislikes: Rude and manipulative people Driving Committee or business meetings Religious bigotry or prejudice Roaches, ants and maggots C. Three things on your bucket list Visit Paris and go to the Louvre Write a best seller Learn Mandarin or French (yes, I keep on putting them off) D. What triggered this specific story? Um, I’ve always secretly wanted to help people who struggle with their sexuality. Maybe because I had so many issues as a young adult, so I wrote this book about Merryn who had come out of her shell and wanted to experiment.

Blurb: Four years after her divorce, Merryn decides she’s ready to find someone. Joining an online singles site, she connects with the perfect guy. Funny, sexy, sensitive. When he suggests they meet, excitement compels her to say yes. Kirk pines for his ex-wife, but realizes he must move forward. After several stimulating online chats, he believes she might be the one for him. Smart, sexy, willing to experiment and learn. But when he happens across his ex, all his plans fly out the window. Will Merryn learn to relax and have fun without giving her heart? Can Kirk forget the past and become the man he longs to be?

Excerpt 2 (Semi-erotic – Only for 18+): “Where did you meet this guy?” “Online.” “That’s not safe.” “I trust him.” Fire spurted from her gaze. She’d never trusted him when they’d been married. Never let him take the lead. How come time hadn’t healed the wounds? Instead, they’d festered inside him. Online relationship? He felt the blood drain from his head. “What?” Panic rose in her voice. “Are you Panda?” He considered pretending otherwise. He could make his escape now and forget about the crazy mistake of meeting a strange woman in a restaurant because of an internet connection. Then he wouldn’t remember all those times he’d tried to reach out to her and she’d pushed him away and read her book or gone to sleep. The accusing words when she’d found out he’d been looking at porn. The hatred in her eyes when she’d asked him for a divorce. “Are you?” She collapsed on the chair opposite him. “I…I can’t do this.” He rose. “I’m sorry. You shouldn’t meet guys you don’t know.” “It’s a public place.” There was a catch in her voice. “I don’t remember you being so pale. Blonde doesn’t suit you.” She wrapped her face in her hands and became as stiff as a corpse. A crack of sympathy passed through him for a moment, but he pushed it away. Yet, she was Hedge. The woman who wanted to experiment. Who hurt from a previous relationship. He’d called himself a loser. A laugh came out, sounding out of place, and then he laughed recklessly. She jerked her head towards him, anger evident in the harshness of her features. “I called myself a loser.” “What?” “It’s ironic, isn’t it? If we’d both gotten over all our baggage from our messed up marriage, maybe we wouldn’t be here, digging up all the past hurt.” “I didn’t know who you were. I wouldn’t have said those things to you. It’s the first time I’ve told anyone how I feel.” She didn’t look good with her face screwed up. He glanced at her body. Had that changed? Her breasts pressed tight against the black shirt she wore. He remembered the first moment she’d shown herself to him on their wedding night. Merryn had insisted upon waiting for that special night. Her reserve had made her all the more desirable to him. In the beginning. What if he could have another chance to touch her body? She was still shaped to perfection. None of the other women he’d had compared to the beauty of Merryn’s body. The shape of her twins, those pink taut nipples, and the peaks contrasted against her narrow waist. The gentle dip from her slight stomach to her intimate area. He sighed. “You still want to experiment?” He’d always been impulsive, but seriously, had he said that?

Buy Links

Decadent Publishing: http://www.decadentpublishing.com/product_info.php?products_id=981&osCsid=k5sdhgvla5p4qm55h2ch9a4tg2

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/At-Second-Glance-Vicki-Ballante-ebook/dp/B00N5ES6I6

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/at-second-glance-vicki-ballante/1120271789?ean=2940150427235

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/472159

All Romance Ebooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-atsecondglance-1615164-149.html

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4 thoughts on “Vanilla tea with Vicky Ballante

  • September 10, 2014 at 5:46 am

    What a lovely interview. Feels like I’m having tea right there with you. The boxers or briefs had me thinking and I still can’t decide 🙂

  • September 10, 2014 at 6:24 am

    Thank you for hosting me for a lovely interview, Elsa.

  • September 10, 2014 at 6:25 am

    Thank you, Ylette! Yes, that question got me thinking!

  • September 10, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    Fun interview, ladies! I’m with Vicki…yay for briefs. Lol. But I’ll skip tea for today and go straight for the wine 🙂 A toast to success!

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