Vanilla Extract – Louisa Berry

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When recently separated Lou decided to embark on a new chapter of her life, she had no idea where this journey of self and sexual discovery would lead.

Her lustful appetite for adventure was re-awakened and with every new, tantalising, naughty meeting Lou’s confidence grew, as did her need for more.



Guest post

Today I am happy to share a guest post about Vanilla Extract impacts on readers. Enjoy!


I never dreamt that I would affect the lives of complete strangers, but by publishing Vanilla Extract, I appear to have achieved exactly that. Whilst it’s not a new topic or genre, the erotic words I have compiled seem to have not only moved the earth, but in some instances much more! It has changed opinions and views on what was previously seen as a seedy and sordid topic, to something that every middle-aged woman (and aged either side) can embark upon, should she so desire.

Vanilla Extract sees the start of a journey. The main character, Lou, has recently separated from her husband and, being of a highly sexually driven nature, the world is now her oyster. The world has also moved on since she was married. It is far more liberated and accessible. She can pick and choose exactly what she fancies to feed her lustful appetite and she feels no shame in doing so. Instead, she explores scenarios she possibly never would have done as a younger, less confident woman, and the writing is rather explicit.

Readers have told me that since reading this collection of encounters, they have questioned their own beliefs when it comes to ‘free love.’ One woman said it was her light bulb moment; that she didn’t have to sleep with her date just because he bought her dinner. She learned that it was ok to say “no thank you.” Previously she had been of the opinion that it was part of the deal that she had to regardless. Now she felt empowered to object, quite rightly.

Whilst I expected the readership to be mainly women, I was surprised to hear from so many male readers. One in America told me he read the book twice in quick succession. The first time round he was shocked by the honesty and the humour and during the second read, he took notes! His intention was to write down tips and methods for pleasing his wife because he viewed Vanilla Extract like a guidebook!

A male work colleague responder bought the book as a present for his wife and he was certainly benefitting from her reading it! She would narrate the sections she particularly liked and ask to re-enact them.

I have a large following on Facebook as a result of Vanilla Extract and one reader on there said “Not to sound too rude but your book has helped me and my wife have fireworks again!” How very rewarding and unexpected!

A retired ex-colleague of mine said she found the subject of swinging was now humanised and relatable. Vanilla Extract moved you away from the ‘pampas grass front gardens and key-swapping parties,’ which were images from the 1970’s, to something you could quite easily imagine and know it was within your grasp, should you so decide to go down that path, as Lou most definitely did.

When you hear that people have changed their behaviour as a result of your words, and all for the positive, it does give you a huge sense of satisfaction, particularly when you were not expecting it. It certainly provides you with

inspiration to continue and that’s exactly what I’ve done. I’m hoping to open more eyes to what is more acceptable and achievable in this day and age and to quell the fears of out-dated stigmas of the swinging kind.

Louisa Berry

Thank you, Louisa Berry and RachelsRandomResources


About the author

Louisa lives in Hertfordshire with her four children. While not on ‘Mum-duties’ she works in high finance in London

Social Media Links Twitter – @louisaberry69 Instagram – louisaberry69

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