Give us the one to two sentence tagline for your book.
The first kiss, like the first glass of wine, is the best!
What surprised you the most while writing this book?
How much I know about a country I’ve never visited!
Why did you pick the setting you used for your book?
I was looking for an exotic location with which produced wine. As I’m already writing a series set on a wine farm in South Africa, I wanted another location. It was while I was watching rugby (Springboks vs Argentina), and they spoke about Mendoza, I got my location. And I always wanted a Latin lover as a hero.
What is the sexiest trait of your hero?
I love two traits of Santiago: One, that although he tries to change it, his emotions dictate his life, overruling his logical thoughts. Two, his love and loyalty for his family.
What is your favorite scene/moment in your book?
When Santiago found out that he and Olivia also had a daughter who hadn’t survived, he surprised Olivia with planting a rose for the little girl, Rosa in the family’s remembrance garden. The scene when he showed her the garden, talking about the family members he lost the last few years had been emotional.
What scene did you have to cut but wish could have been included?
This was one of the strangest books I’ve written. I usually have to cut, but this one I didn’t have to cut any scenes.
Tropes get a bad name, but they’re often the biggest draw for readers. What tropes do you love to write and read?
I love secret babies, second chances (this book have both), and friends to lovers. Oh heck, I love them all.
What are your favorite genres/sub-genres to write in? Are there any you love to read but cannot write in?
I love sports romances, romantic suspense and romantic comedies. I can’t write cowboy stories. I love them, but never thought of writing them.
Which do you love to write best: dialogue, setting, action, love scenes, or other?
I love settings and dialogue, especially when you have a feisty character like Olivia or in a romantic comedy.
Which do you hate to write: dialogue, setting, action, love scenes, or other?
I guess love scenes. It’s not that I hate them, I just write them when they are really relevant to the story.
An Excerpt from Taste for Wine
He frowned, “Why? Couldn’t you wait just a few days as I asked you?”
Olivia snorted. “There is a t-i-n-y little problem with that accusation,” she said as she dragged out the word, pressing her forefinger and thumb at the same time.
“What?” he asked confused.
“You never asked me, arsehole! You disappeared, without a trace, without a word to the wife you professed you’ll never leave. I should never have believed your phoney promises. What was it again? Oh yeah, I now remember. Our love will age like a good red wine. Wasn’t that what you said? Unfortunately I learned some other wine truths since then. You should know. If you don’t treat the wine correctly, it can turn sour. Yes, and I also learned that life is too short to drink bad wine.”
Romance author Francine Beaton published her first romance novel — a contemporary sports romance called EYE ON THE BALL— in April 2018 after she first started writing in July 2016. Her latest novel, PLAYING BY THE RULES, will be the fourth in her PLAYING FOR GLORY SERIES and her twelfth novel. Francine currently calls Pretoria home until the travel bug bites again. She loves travelling to faraway places and considers Scotland her second home. When she’s not reading or writing about love and Happily Ever After, she’s most likely busy painting or taking photos of everything that catches her eye. During rugby season, you’ll either find her next to the pitch or in front of the television, following her favourite teams. It’s probably not difficult to figure out why her debut novel, Eye on the Ball, as well as the series, Playing for Glory, has rugby as a theme.