Can they forget the past and move on? AT SECOND GLANCE by @VickiBallante #giveaway

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by Vicki Ballante

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?

 

Enjoy An Excerpt

“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?

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About the Author

Vicki writes erotic and fantasy romance. She loves taking her characters into an alternate world where strange and sexy things happen. She lives with her patient husband and three noisy kids in South Africa. In between being a busy stay-at-home Mom who hates housework and spends half her life cooking everything from scratch, she runs several blogs, writes under another name, and buries herself in the delightful world of her characters. When growing up, her school friends asked her if she wanted to be a nun. She always said “no.” Wonder whether they’d agree if they read her books.

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They cannot resist the passion in THE STAR PRINCESS #MySexySaturday #BeyondFairytales

My Sexy Saturday

Hi peeps! It’s the week 59 of My Sexy Saturday. Here are the details: every Saturday, published and unpublished authors will be sharing 7 words, sentences, or paragraphs from a work-in-progress or an already published story.

This week is all about Sexy Into You, the characters who love each other so much that it doesn’t matter where they are: shack, other planet, a place ravaged by war, the millionaire’s estate. They just want to be with each other, love each other and be together always, no matter how long or short the time.

Here’s seven from my newly contracted story THE STAR PRINCESS.

This story is an erotic new adult science fiction romance. It will be part of the Beyond Fairytales line at Decadent Publishing. This is the only excerpt I’ll share until the story has been edited. Enjoy!

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Set-up: Ro’sa knows she never should have let the prince’s aide kiss and touch her the way he did. After all, she’s not betrothed to him. But she can’t help the way she feels about him. And from his actions, she believes the feelings are mutual.

“Maybe we should say goodnight and you can let me go to my room.” Best to leave him behind than be drawn into temptation again.

He shook his head. “Not until I’ve said what I need to.”

“Then tell me already.” The sweat accumulating on his forehead concerned her. Was he still sick? Would she catch it?

“No.” He ducked inside and pinned her to the wall. Hard muscled bore down on her at every point of contact.

Her heart fluttered. Though she’d dreamed of being this close to him, she never expected it to happen again.

His intense gaze on her, he intertwined his fingers with hers and held her hands to the wall. “I’m sorry, but I need to kiss you again.”

As his lips touched hers, her body tingled with desire. She moaned into his gentle sweeps, unable to control the sound. At the delicate ply of his tongue, she opened to him, her mind filled with a maddening rush of pleasure.

He kissed along her jaw, to her neck. Her synapses exploded and she squeezed his fingers. A ball of desire pooled low in her belly. Her breathing turned ragged, and she yearned for more.

~ About The Star Princess ~

(unofficial blurb)

In one week, Princess Ro’sa will board a spaceship, leaving her home on Minjet to be with her betrothed on Earth. The only problem is, she detests the prince’s selfish and arrogant ways, preferring to spend time with his personal aide, a man who stirs her desires in ways she never imagined possible with his radient blue eyes and smouldering lips. And oh, the way he touches her.

Will she find a way to be with the man who steals her heart, or be forced to marry the egocentric prince?

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A NEW CONTRACT: The Star Princess is set to join the #BeyondFairytales line @DecadentPub @DecadentBFT




Simple and Sexy DecadentA New Contract! I’m pleased to announce that Decadent Publishing has offered a contract for The Star Princess, a story that I wrote based on The Star Money by the Brothers Grimm. It will be part of their Beyond Fairytales line, which are erotic retellings of various fairy tales. Some I’ve heard of, and others I had to look up, including the one I was assigned.

Now, my assigned story wasn’t that long, so I had quite a bit of room to play in interpreting the story. But, I did manage to get the key elements in and tell it in true fairy tale form.

 

Here’s an unofficial blurb:

In one week, Princess Ro’sa will board a spaceship, leaving her home on Minjet to be with her betrothed on Earth. The only problem is, she detests the prince’s selfish and arrogant ways, preferring to spend time with his personal aide, a man who stirs her desires in ways she never imagined possible with his radient blue eyes and smouldering lips. And oh, the way he touches her.

Will she find a way to be with the man who steals her heart, or be forced to marry the egocentric prince?

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The Star Princess is a (approx.) 17,000 word new adult erotic science fiction romance story that deals with arranged marriages, mistaken identity, and war and peace between various planets.

I used Michael Ealy (Dorian from Almost Human) as my inspiration for the hero, and Gaila (the green woman in Star Trek) as inspiration for my heroine and everyone on Minjet. You can see my Pinterest board for the story here. It not only gives you some idea of the characters, but the settings as well.

I look forward to seeing what my cover will be like and being able to announce the story has released. I’ll be sure to keep you posted. :)

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