Guest Blog: Sarah Ballance

I’d like to welcome my first guest as part of the Noble Romance Authors “Timeless Desire” blog tour, Sarah Ballance. Take it away, Sarah…

Do you use a pen name? Why? And if yes, how did you choose it?

I do! I used to write nonfiction, so when I eased into fiction I went with a pen name so as not to confuse the two versions of myself, LOL. Sarah is my real name, and Ballance is a family name on my husband’s side. I wanted to keep his name in some way, so that worked out as a great way to do so.

What’s your favourite published work of yours and why?

Right now, I’d have to give the honor to my new romantic suspense, UNFORGIVEN. I’m a new author—and never even wanted to be an author, at that—but I fell fast and hard for the suspense genre. I’m easing into deeper, more intricate plots with each new manuscript. As such, UNFORGIVEN was a bit of a turning point for me—I really dove in with it and pushed myself out of my comfort zone. My reward has been fantastic reviews, and I’ve got to say it feels great!

What was your ideal career when you were a child?

When I was younger—elementary school aged—I wanted to be a teacher. When I got older I wanted to be an equine veterinarian and actually double-majored in biology and biochemistry in college. My husband and I married when I was 19 (he’s 3.5 years older than me) and we knew from the beginning we wanted to have a large family and homeschool. To that end, I skipped out on vet school in favor of being a full time wife and mom to a brood which now numbers SIX. With homeschooling, I guess I ended up being a teacher after all! ;c)

How do you get yourself in the mood to write?

I used to really struggle with this, and if I wasn’t in the mood I didn’t write. Now, I write whether I’m in the mood or not, and more often than not the mood shows up! I have found, however, it’s advantageous to have background noise—not so much for the noise itself, but to drown out what my kids are doing elsewhere in the house! LOL.

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m finishing up TIDE OF LIES, a novel-length partner to FAMILIAR LIGHT. As soon as that’s all gussied up, I’m digging back in to my new Packing Heat series with the second title, LAST CALL. Readers of the first books will get to know Holden and Maverick in these second titles, but every story stands alone so there’s no need to start at the beginning . . . although I’d love for you to! I have four titles planned in the Packing Heat series, with plenty of room for more once I get the fourth written.

On this post, Sarah is giving away a $5 Noble gift card to a random commenter, so don’t forget to leave a comment for your chance to win. Then hit the rest of the tour to increase your chances of bagging some fab prizes!


Sarah lives a charmed life as the mother of six incredible homeschooled children, all of whom are completely adorable when they’re asleep. Her husband of many years (long, long years, he calls them) is the kind of guy who could teach those heroes from the books a thing or two about romance, not that he’d readily admit it. Completely supportive of her love for writing fiction, he’s generously offered to help with any necessary research for “the good parts.” She’s never had to ask twice.

Although writing romance and romantic suspense initially intimidated Sarah, it has morphed into a favorite pastime since her characters, unlike her kids, actually listen to her … er, sometimes.



Riley Beckett’s past just came back to haunt her . . . and this time, he’s got a gun.

When Gage Lawton finds his brother shot dead on his back porch, every shred of evidence points to one person: Gage’s former lover, Riley. He and she didn’t part ways on good terms, and he’s not planning to rekindle anything now–not when he’s got a revolver pointed at her head and a finger on the trigger.

A year after Riley swore she and Gage were over, he returns in a hail of gunfire. One look into those achingly familiar blue eyes and she knows how wrong she was to let him go, but now far more than their heated past stands in the way. A twist of fate puts them in the crosshairs of a killer, leaving Riley with two slim options: trust her greatest betrayer or face a murderer on her own.

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Seven years of longing comes down to just one night.

Laney Kent returns to Barrier Shoals hoping to reunite with her first love, Bridger. She anticipates his reception might be chilly, but what she doesn’t expect is to become the victim of a deadly obsession … or that this night with Bridger could be her last.

Bridger Jansen tangled a lot of sheets trying to forget about Laney, but his heart knew what the rest of him refused to admit: he could love no one else. He’s determined not to forgive her for leaving him without explanation, but when he fails to protect her from a viscous attack, the person he can’t forgive just might be himself.

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  1. J.S. Wayne

    November 8, 2011 at 6:41 am

    As much as I talk about how busy I am, you put me to SHAME! Every time I remember just how many kids you have, I say a prayer of thanks I’m not you…I’d never get ANYTHING done! 😀 Good luck on the WIPs! 🙂

  2. Drea Becraft

    November 8, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    I never thought of motherhood like a teaching job before but I guess it kinda is lol. Or maybe its the other way around because my kids are always teaching me something new.

    Great interview.


  3. Amy S.

    November 8, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Both books sound great! I love reading romantic suspense books. I wanted to be a teacher also when I was younger.


  4. Sarah Ballance

    November 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    @J.S. LMAO! It’s really not as bad as it sounds. (Or am I just telling myself that for survival? Hmmm….)

    @Drea I mainly call it teaching because of the homeschooling part (clearly the lessons about laundry are lacking something core, LOL) but they’re always watching, waiting for me to slip up. *grin* Thanks for commenting, and good luck!

  5. Sarah Ballance

    November 8, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    @Amy, You think we just got tired of sitting in the classroom and decided *we* wanted to be in charge? LOL! I’m glad you enjoy romantic suspense. Thank you for your comment – good luck!

  6. JoAnne Kenrick

    November 8, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    LMAO…. I do the same thing — TV goes on to drown out the noise, or headphones and tunes. Amazing what i can write through now hehe
    best of luck with your releases, sarah! They sound wicked, must add them to my to-read list xxx

  7. Cheryl Lynne

    November 8, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    I’m adding your books to my must read list, they sound great! cheryllynne(at)rocketmail(dot)com

  8. Richard Brown

    November 8, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    6 kids? Well – it would be too predictable to ask how you manage to fit it all in – but even so! Maybe you should have bought a TV?
    Anyway – Lucy has moithered me a few times to get a kindle – maybe I’ll win one and she can say ‘told you so’ when it revolutionizes my reading habits!

  9. Tracey D

    November 8, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    I enjoyed the interview; it was a great read.

    I’m adding two more books to my must have list!

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  10. Chris Bails

    November 8, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    I agree my kids a so adorable when they are asleep. They are great when they are awake, but my daughter is 9 and has started backtalking. I do love my kids though.
    Lucy is a new author for me and would love to win and read her book.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  11. Sarah Ballance

    November 8, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Wow, look at you all come out of the woodwork! *Huge grin!*

    @JoAnne, Thank you so very much! And yes, it IS amazing what we can write through! One day I’m going to be on the news, “No, really, I did not hear the explosion.”

    @Cheryl Lynn, Thank you! I hope if you grab them you LOVE them! :c)

    @Richard, LOL! We have a TV. I even had my *tubes tied* but the H and I got pregnant with the 6th one anyway. Now when people say “do you know how that happens?” we can quite honestly say “no, we do not.” And, PS, I had my tubes removed. We’ll see if THAT works.

    @Tracey D, *high five* – good to see you!

    @Chris, Good to meet you! I SO know what you mean. Mine are 13, 11, 8, 5, 4, and 18m. Just … yeah. I feel you. :c)

    Thanks to all of you for commenting, and good luck in the giveaway!

  12. Gabrielle

    November 8, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Great interview. Thanks for sharing. I have found two more books to add to my growing list.


  13. Sarah Ballance

    November 8, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    @Gabrielle, YAY! Those words are BLISS to an author’s ear. :c) Thanks for commenting!

  14. Shadow

    November 9, 2011 at 12:32 am

    Wow! You amaze me! Six kids and your a wonderful author…so busy!! I couldnt keep up, let alone find time to write. You are amazing! 😉 Both of your books sound great! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Sharazade

    November 9, 2011 at 12:52 am

    I love your pen name–perfect for a busy author. And a great interview!

  16. H.C. Brown

    November 9, 2011 at 2:10 am

    Wow! Wow! Sarah you are a legend, truly. Best of luck with your new releases. Love the covers …Jimmy Thomas mmmmm.

  17. Michelle T (USA)

    November 9, 2011 at 2:24 am

    Familiar Light sounds great, can’t wait to read it. I’d say homeschooling 6 children made you a teacher after all, not sure how you did it. I have two I homeschooled when they were younger and there were days I felt light banging my head against a wall couldn’t imagine teaching 6.

  18. Sarah Ballance

    November 9, 2011 at 3:02 am

    @Shadow … Aw, thank you so much for the warm and fuzzies (and the comments!)

    @Sharazade, I don’t think I could have plotted that name better myself, LOL! Thanks for commenting!

    @HC, Thank you so much. Coming from you, that melts me into a gleeful little puddle.

    @Michelle T, ::clings:: Uh, sorry. I do that every time I find a fellow homeschooler. (Especially a survivor! LOL.) Oh, and PS, I have plaster in my hair. *grin*. Thanks for commenting!

  19. Fedora

    November 9, 2011 at 7:16 am

    Holy moly, Sarah! You’are amazing! I can’t imagine homeschooling my kids (I have only three), much less doing so while writing a variety of fabulous stories! Thanks for giving us a peek at some of those titles–I love a series, and am looking forward to catching up with some of yours!

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

  20. Sarah Ballance

    November 9, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Thank YOU, Fedora! I love it when someone thinks I’m amazing. :c) (Pardon me while I check to see if I’ve brushed my hair today and do a headcount of the kids…LOL). I appreciate your comment and hope you do have a chance to dive in to one of my titles (and that you like what you see, of course. *grin*)

  21. Mary Preston

    November 10, 2011 at 12:55 am

    One very busy lady. You give a great interview. I’ll be looking out for your books.


  22. lisagk

    November 10, 2011 at 3:01 am

    Not only do you have six kids, you homeschool? color me amazed. I could never, repeat never, handle that. WOW, lisagk(at)yahoo(dot)com

  23. tonette

    November 10, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Sarah has been a real inspiration, as I have been slack in my writing.I am getting my house in order, literally and will ‘knuckle-down’.As used to homeschool,I know that if Sarah can crank it out, the rest of us should have little excuse for not trying!

  24. Sarah Ballance

    November 11, 2011 at 4:07 am

    @Mary, thank you so much!

    @Lisagk, LOL! It can’t be as hard as it sounds. It’s not so bad, really!

    @Tonette, I love homeschooler survivor stories! :c) Good to see you!

  25. Sarah Ballance

    November 11, 2011 at 4:58 am

    Thanks to everyone for your comments! Email addresses will be entered into the Kindle and overall prize giveaways. has selected Tonette as the winner of the $5 Noble Romance gift card for commenting on this post. Congratulations, Tonette!

  26. Darcy

    November 14, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Loving the blog tour and can’t wait to read more of your books!
    Hopefully I won’t miss a single blog along the tour…and need some good books to read during the long winter months ahead…*S*
    thank you so much for the great chance to win some wonderful stuff!