Guest Blog: Sarah Ballance

Hi, y’all! Since I’ve hopped the pond for this party, which Lucy has graciously agreed to host, I’d like to offer you all something a little different. For the last few Sundays I’ve featured six sentence excerpts of my new romantic suspense TIDE OF LIES, so today I’d like to put the pieces together to introduce you to the story via these snippets. Let’s kick things off with the blurb.

Tide Of LiesTIDE OF LIES |  blurb

A devastating secret. A shocking betrayal. A deadly obsession.

Haunted by three unsolved murders, Detective Holden Whitlow is stunned when his cold case takes a heated turn. Julia Cohen, his ex-lover, is back in town, and in the face of a brutal attack she’s ready to run. No matter how tightly she holds her secrets, for Holden, turning away from the woman he’s spent a decade trying to forget isn’t any more an option than walking away from his job . . .even when it threatens to cost Julia her life.

Julia is still reeling from a past she can’t bear to face. When she becomes the target of a killer, fate throws her back into Holden’s arms, but she’s yet to recover from a truth that has stripped her of everything—and everyone—she loves. Will she tell him the secret that will destroy him, or will her lie destroy them both?


Now that you’ve “met” Holden and Julia, let the snippets begin!


(1) Here, Julia and Holden have only recently met again, and he’s heavy on her mind . . . and so is her deception. What he doesn’t know is *she* knows he wasn’t exactly honest with her in the past.

The connection she felt was probably more imagined than real, but it brought to distorted light all he’d been to her. Not for the first time she wondered if she’d meant anything to him at all—or if she even could have. The air between them hung thick with things left unsaid.

“Why did you leave, Jules?”

She jumped at the question. Because we were both liars.

(2) In this next excerpt, Julia still struggles with her secrets, while Holden has no idea she is keeping anything from him.

There was a truth about the past somewhere inside her, but it burrowed a little deeper every time she looked at him. How had she never before noticed the earthen flecks of color rippling through those eyes? “I’m not who you think I am,” she blurted.

Holden leaned forward, settling with his shoulder against the back of the sofa so he faced her. Holding her—captivating her—with his gaze, he said, “Until today, I didn’t even know your name. Convincing me I knew less will be a hard sell.”

(3) This is from Holden’s POV. Things are heating up, but she was recently attacked and he’s afraid he’ll hurt her if he gets too close.

He didn’t know the extent of her injuries so he relied on body language, the grip of her thighs around his hips and the blessed sting of her fingernails under his shirt coming through loud and clear.

His world existed in brutal slow motion—passion on the verge of explosion, the desire to dive into her almost too much to bear. Ten years of pent up emotion made a hell of a mess once set free, and he was drowning in it.

He lowered his head and found her mouth. She met his kiss with a soft breath against his lips, her hands clutching him everywhere they touched. The familiarity of her beneath him didn’t make sense on any level, and the ease at which they fit together only deepened his ache.

(4) In the sentences that follow, Holden has just discovered Julia’s devastating secret. The first line of speech is hers.

“You know.”

It wasn’t even a question, and her voice might not have registered at all if not for the relief therein. Not trusting himself to speak, he looked up from the phone to see her hugging herself through one of his t-shirts. Betrayal ran through his blood, hot and brittle, and for once not a drop detoured to his groin. The only thing lingering in that particular region was remorse, the hours of lovemaking from the night before now seething inside him.

He opened his mouth to speak and snapped it shut again.


Familiar LightWant to know what the secret is? I’m afraid you’re going to have to read the book. *grins* But you don’t have to dive in with TIDE OF LIES. You can start with FAMILIAR LIGHT, which is just $1.50 from Noble Romance, to get the full story leading to the LIES. But . . . you don’t have to. TIDE OF LIES is a standalone story, and if you grab it I’d love to know what you think!





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Thank you so very much for allowing me to visit with you all today. I hope you enjoyed this look at TIDE OF LIES, and I’d love for you to join me at my blog for my weekly gift card giveaways. There’s a whole page of details at, but basically it comes to this: every week, I give away a gift card to Noble Romance, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble (winner’s choice). To enter, all you need to do is subscribe to my blog *by email* and you’ll automatically be included in every drawing for as long as you remain a subscriber. Easy, right? Hope to see you stateside! ;c) Thanks again, and have a wonderful day!


SARAH BALLANCE | about the author

Sarah and her husband of almost fifteen what he calls “long, long” years live on the mid-Atlantic coast with their six young children, all of whom are perfectly adorable when they’re asleep.  She often jokes that she writes to be around people who will listen to her, but her characters aren’t much better than her kids.  Fortunately, her husband is quite supportive, having generously offered to help her research “the good parts” . . .  and she’s never had to ask twice.






3 Responses to "Guest Blog: Sarah Ballance"

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  1. Sarah Ballance

    April 18, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Hi, Lucy! Thanks again for having me. ;c)

  2. Karen C

    April 19, 2012 at 12:09 am

    What a tease you are!! A great look at Tide of Lies – thanks for sharing, Sarah.

  3. Sarah Ballance

    April 19, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Aw, thank YOU, Karen!