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.
Buy link: https://www.nobleromance.com/Books/325/Unforgiven
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.
Buy link: https://www.nobleromance.com/Books/344/Familiar-Light
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