Ultimate Book Tag

I was tagged by Kathy over at Kathy Bosman—Romance Author to fill out the Ultimate Book Tagquestionnaire.

I tag Rae Rivers, Zee Monodee and anyone else that wishes to participate.


Do you get sick while reading in the car?

As I child, reading in the back seat of the car was no problem. Adulthood, has however, brought on severe bouts of sickness when I look away from the road for even a short time. So, no reading in the car for me.


Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

To me, every author has an unique voice. Some I enjoy, others I don’t. As I read a lot of books, I can’t single out any one author that to me stands out.


Harry Potter series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.

Harry Potter wins hands down. Though I must confess of reading the Harry Potter series and watching the movies while only watching the Twilight Saga movies. In my opinion the Harry Potter series showed more character growth than the Twilight Saga. The Harry Potter series contains some lighthearted fun fantasy elements that I found lacking in the more serious Twilight Saga.


Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is it in (besides books…)?

Nope, but I do have a handbag big enough to conceal a small elephant and leave room for my Kindle.


Do you smell your books?

Who doesn’t? Nothing beats the smell of a book when opened for the first time or one with yellowing pages that you have to handle with extreme care.


Books with or without little illustrations?

I’m not overly fond of illustrated books except when it’s children’s fiction.


What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing? (Ex. I read Twilight before I read HP and thought the writing was amazing but read HP and now think Twilight is a little bit of a joke.)

None, if I liked a book nothing would change my mind about it. When you love a book, you love the whole of it, including the writing style, the writer’s voice and the story.


Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!

Being an only child for more than a decade and learning to read before I turned five years old contributed to me landing in hot water several times. I would become so engrossed in the book I was reading that my parents could call me at the top of their voices and I wouldn’t hear. Needless to say, I became very good at thinking up excuses of why I ignored them for fear that they would take my book away.


What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

Practical Wildlife Photography by Daryl Balour


What is the thickest book on your shelf?

The New Illustrated Oxford Dictionary


Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?

Yes, I write erotic romances and sedate romances (in Afrikaans). If you write stories down, you are an author.


When did you get into reading?

As I stated above, I could read before the age of five thanks to the wonderful attention I received from my parents. They always encouraged me to read and expand my horizons as we moved around a lot and that making new friends every couple of months, became too tiresome. Books quickly filled that void in my life.


What is your favorite classic book?

Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.


In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?

No. I was good at Language Studies, but my best subjects were actually mathematics and science.


If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?

Receiving a book as a present is always special to me, because only people that love me for who and what I am, tend to give such presents. Even if I’d hated the book when I’d read it before, I would accept the gift with gratitude. It’s the thought that counts more than the physical gift.


What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?

Book One in the Aliomenti Saga by Alex Albrinck

The Aliomenti Saga by Alex Albrinck. These books has the potential to become international bestsellers.


What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while blogging?

I get sidetracked easily while researching material for blogposts and end up spending too much time reading unrelated material.


What is your favorite word?

I love words to much to single out one word. (Probably because I usually can’t find the exact one I’m looking for when I get excited.)


Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?

Definitely a nerd.


Vampires or Fairies? Why?

Fairies. They’re mystical, magical, fun and usually friendly. Do I need to say more?


Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

Angels. A good angel doing naughty things holds too much appeal to ignore.


Spirits or Werewolves? Why?

Werewolves! Spirits freak me out a bit….


Zombies or Vampires?



Love Triangle or Forbidden Love

Depending on the plot, I like both scenario’s.


AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

Action-packed novels with a few (or a lot of) love scenes mixed in are irresistible.


Don’t forget to pop on over to Kathy’s blog to see how she’d answered the questions.


Author Interview: Meet Vicki Ballante

Today we welcome erotic romance author, Vicki Ballante to our blog to share some of her life with us.

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.”

Tell us a little about yourself. (What country you are from, where you grew up, married, etc.)

I live in South Africa and grew up in Durban before I branched out into the big wide world although Durban often calls my name. I’m married with three kids – two teenagers and an eleven year old.

What made you decide to write erotic romances?

My husband’s constant nagging! No, he did prod me to try, and I put aside all my inhibitions and took the plunge.

What in your opinion makes writing erotic romances different from writing other romance novels?

To be honest, it’s a lot harder! I write sweet romance too. There you have enough to consider, but bring in writing believable, hot, and varied sex scenes which all move the story forward – well you have a lot more to add to the mix. But besides that, it’s great fun.

What do you enjoy most about writing erotic romance?

It’s always about the romance – what holds the couple apart and what brings them together, but I think what I enjoy about erotic romances is often the sex brings them together and over-rides all their barriers.

What attributes does your typical hero have?

I’ve never been into writing the super alpha male. I like a guy with some kindness and tenderness mixed in with his manliness. And typically, an ordinary everyday guy!

Are you currently working on another erotic romance title?

Um…I’m in the middle of edits for three of my other books and brainstorming a new book, so no, not at the moment. But I have several brewing in my head (although they’re predominantly fantasy novels)

What books do you have published and where can readers find them?

This is my first erotic romance. It’s available for pre-order on Amazon and will be released on the 5 September 2014. Here’s the linkhttp://www.amazon.com/At-Second-Glance-Vicki-Ballante-ebook/dp/B00N5ES6I6


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? 



If given an unlimited budget, what would you love to shop for?

Um…new kitchen cupboards and appliances like a food processor and ice-cream maker.

Thank you for sharing a little about yourself with us today. Don’t forget to grab yourself a copy of Vicki’s new release At Second Glance.