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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!

 

BUY LINKS

TIDE OF LIES @ NOBLE ROMANCE  https://www.nobleromance.com/Books/409/Tide-of-Lies

FAMILIAR LIGHT @ NOBLE ROMANCE https://www.nobleromance.com/Books/344/Familiar-Light

AMAZON (author link) http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B003WKYEJI

BARNES & NOBLE (author link) http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/sarah-ballance

 

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 http://sarahballance.wordpress.com, 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.

WEBSITE  http://www.sarahballance.com/

BLOG  http://sarahballance.wordpress.com/

AMAZON  http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B003WKYEJI

TWITTER  http://twitter.com/#!/SarahBallance

FACEBOOK  http://www.facebook.com/sarah.ballance.author.news

eBook Review: Familiar Light by Sarah Ballance

Familiar LightFamiliar Light by Sarah Ballance is classed as a sensual romance, but also has a healthy dollop of suspense thrown in for good measure. Part of the Timeless Desire range of books (I reviewed one by KevaD here) from Noble Romance, Ballance gives us a very tense, sensual read.

Familiar Light tells the story of Laney Kent, a girl who left her hometown of Barrier Shoals to go to college. She promised her first love, Bridger Jansen, that she would return – and she does, but by the time she does, it’s seven years later. Understandably, Bridger is not impressed and gives her a chilly reception, despite being secretly thrilled to see her – he’s never loved anyone else.

Determined to make amends, Laney sticks around. However, when she’s the victim of an attack, it seems that someone is really not happy with Laney’s return to Barrier Shoals. But who? And why?

This is the first title from Sarah Ballance that I’ve read, but it definitely won’t be the last. Ballance does a brilliant job with the longing, emotion and tension in this book and I found it a real page turner. She is also mistress of the cliffhanger – meaning I hope there’s a sequel in the works!

Overall, if you enjoy sensual, action-packed reads, then you should definitely get your hands on a copy of Familiar Light.

Available from:
Amazon UK
Amazon US
Noble Romance

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!

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AUTHOR BIO
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.

Website: http://www.sarahballance.com/
Blog: http://sarahballance.wordpress.com/
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B003WKYEJI

UnforgivenUNFORGIVEN

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

Familiar LightFAMILIAR  LIGHT

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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As part of the Noble Romance Authors Blog Tour, we’re giving away some fantastic prizes, including: a Kindle, some fantastic sex toys kindly donated by SexToys.co.uk, gift cards, author swag, eBooks and much, much more. Just leave a comment on this post (please leave your email address in the body of the comment), then hit the next blog on the tour by clicking the button below. If you visit each and every post today and leave a comment, you’ll increase your chances of winning. Good luck!
 


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Unforgiven (Packing Heat #1) by Sarah Ballance

UnforgivenRiley 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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