Interview with Sarah Ballance, Her Wicked Sin and Giveaway!

Please welcome today’s special guest, Sarah Ballance! Sarah is here to chat about her latest historical romance Her Wicked Sin, and after the interview, enter for a chance to win a $50 gift card!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Sarah] Wife of amazing man. Accidental author. Perpetually frazzled homeschooling mom of six. Sprouts random gray hairs and calls them highlights.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Her Wicked Sin?

[Sarah] It’s set in Salem, MA 1692 during the Salem witch trials. The story kicks off when my heroine comes upon the hero fallen from his horse. She has enough sense to be wary of a stranger, but since he’s hurt she figures she’s got the upper hand if he tries anything. With that in mind, she takes him back to her nearby home to convalesce for the night. When she and the hero are subsequently caught in a compromising—albeit innocent—position, he takes a false identity, acting as her husband to protect her from accusations of adultery, the punishment for which was often death. What starts as a fake relationship leads to real feelings, but when the heroine is arrested for witchcraft, he’s got a terrible choice to make. Fighting for her freedom means revealing his true identity at a time when any association with a witch could lead to his own arrest, to say nothing of the ruin it would bring to his family and his business. Walking away means saving himself and his reputation—and possibly her life—but at an unbearable cost.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Sarah] ERMAGERD. Totally by accident. I saw a mention of Salem on the Entangled Scandalous submissions page, and, well, I love Salem. (Easy for me to say because no one tried to hang me there, right?) So I went caterwauling to my editor over how I should TOTALLY write a Salem historical one day. ONE DAY. She ignored that last part and asked the historical peeps if they wanted Salem. And they did, so my editor told me to write a story proposal. Erma, what? I’d never even attempted to write historical so I panicked a little, then spent some time balled up in a corner sobbing. And everything that happened after that moment has been an absolute blur. I didn’t even know what I was going to write until I saw it on the screen, but the ideas all stemmed from that one very strange moment when I said something in jest and ended up with a contract. (INORITE?)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Lydia?

[Sarah] Decisive, persevering, and heartfelt.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Henry had a theme song, what would it be?

[Sarah] For this book, it’s got to be Hey Pretty Girl by Kip Moore.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Lydia is never without.

[Sarah] The burdens of her past. But if you meant something tangible, her medical bag. (She’s a midwife).

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find on Henry’s pocket?

[Sarah] Oh, MAN, this is tough. If he were a modern hero, I’d say you’d never find phone numbers from other women, so 300+ years ago I reckon you wouldn’t find him with directions to their houses, LOL. You’d also never find tobacco on him. And, erm, a riding crop. Not that a crop would fit in a pocket to begin with, but he wouldn’t carry one.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Lydia’s greatest regret?

[Sarah] The loss of her child.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Sarah] Talking with my editor about a story always gets me SO fired up. And music sets the mood and really propels me into a story, so whichever artist I’m hung up on at the moment gets credit. (Lately, that would be Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan). No single author or book, but reading also gets me going. When I read a great book, I’m incredibly inspired to write. Problem is, if it’s a great book I won’t want to put it down. J

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Sarah] This is probably the most boring answer ever, but here you go: my laptop (preferably with an internet connection for research), background noise (so I’m not distracted by the kids…but the background noise can’t BE the kids), and a drink (usually ice water).

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on Her Wicked Sin?

[Sarah] The research! I’d look for something like marriage rituals and end up reading about Puritan sex scandals. I mean, I’d barely come to terms with the fact Puritans HAD sex (they came across as so chaste when I was in school, lol) when I discovered all the naughty, freaky things they did. SO DISTRACTING!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Sarah] I’ve read so many great ones. I think the last one I could NOT stop reading was “Ripples Through Time” by Rosalie Stanton. Every chapter ends on a huge cliffhanger, so needless to say I was up all night. Amazing book.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Sarah] I’ve read fiendishly for as long as I can remember, so I can’t really say. But the first book that really affected my writing career was “Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch” by BJ Daniels. It was my first Harlequin Intrigue. I read it and immediately fell in love with romantic suspense, which is still my favorite genre to write.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Sarah] Boating (though writing ON the boat at the marina is amazing), hiking, walking, hanging out at the beach, or—don’t laugh—watching re-runs of The Golden Girls or Mama’s Family. I also love to cook, bake, decorate cakes, and ride around in the car. Traveling is fantastic (though not always feasible, lol), but when the kids are driving me NUTS I just love to throw them in the car and drive. (It’s legal—and required—to strap them down in the car. Doing so in the house is frowned upon. I’m just sayin’…)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Sarah] You can find me hiding under the bed, hoping for five minutes of peace from the kids. Also at my links, which are as follows: Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Find HER WICKED SIN @ Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes | Goodreads, and if you like haunted asylums, stay tuned for my upcoming supernatural novella RUBY HILL, which releases September 30 from Entangled Publishing.

Thanks so very much for allowing my visit today!

[Manga Maniac Cafe]  Thank you for stopping by!

Her Wicked Sin  by Sarah Ballance

Genre: Historical Romance

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Number of pages: 147

Book Description:

Salem, MA 1692

On a moonless night, he rides into the winter forest on his beast as black as midnight…

Dashing stranger, Henry Dunham, comes to Salem on a mysterious errand, but is thrown from his horse in the dead of night and rescued by the local Puritan midwife, Lydia Colson.

Haunted by her past, Lydia is running from her own dark secrets, avoiding intrusive questions by pretending her dead husband is simply… away. But when she and Henry are caught in a compromising situation, one punishable by Puritan law, he saves her from scandal by claiming to be her errant spouse… and claiming her bed.

Forced to fake a marriage, Lydia and Henry find their passion overwhelming and their vows a little too real. As their lies become truths, a witch hunt closes in on Lydia, threatening not only their burgeoning love, but her life.

About the Author:

Sarah and her husband of what he calls “many 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 never dreamed of becoming an author, but as a homeschooling mom, she often jokes she writes fiction because if she wants anyone to listen to her, she has to make them up. (As it turns out, her characters aren’t much better than the kids).

When not buried under piles of laundry, she may be found adrift in the Atlantic (preferably on a boat) or seeking that ever-elusive perfect writing spot where not even the kids can find her.

She loves creating unforgettable stories while putting her characters through an unkind amount of torture—a hobby that has nothing to do with living with six children. (Really.) Though she adores nail-biting mystery and edge-of-your-seat thrillers, Sarah writes in many genres including contemporary and ghostly paranormal romance.

Her ever-growing roster of releases may be found on Amazon , Barnes & Noble, Kobo, For the Muse Publishing, and coming soon to ENTANGLED PUBLISHING.



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25 thoughts on “Interview with Sarah Ballance, Her Wicked Sin and Giveaway!

  • September 24, 2013 at 6:07 am

    It is always so hard to believe that people were tried and killed for being witches in our country. What a terrifying time it must have been.

  • September 24, 2013 at 8:26 am

    So true, Maureen. Even looking back, the circumstances are jaw-dropping. Living it … I just can’t imagine. Thanks for commenting!

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  • September 24, 2013 at 11:25 am

    ooooh… this sounds fantastic! I immediately added it to my wishlist 🙂 Congrats to Sarah on the new release! Any more plans to write in this era?

  • September 24, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Thank you, Erin! SQUEE! And yes, definitely more plans. There are two more books contracted in the Sins of Salem series, both of which should be coming to Entangled Scandalous in 2014.

    I’m so glad Her Wicked Sin captured your interest – I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

  • September 24, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Salem witch hunts seem scary enough just learning about them. I can’t imagine being a midwife and potentially being accused of something more than just being helpful!
    Thanks so much for the chance to win, Sarah! Congrats on the new release!

  • September 24, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Great interview. I always enjoy learning more about an author and just love Sarah’s sense of humor. Her Wicked Sin was a great story and I’m so looking forward to the subsequent books in the series.

  • September 24, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Great interview, it was fun learning more about Sarah and Her Wicked Sin. This sounds like a fantastic story and I’m looking forward to reading it.

  • September 25, 2013 at 1:13 am

    Oh Yeah! This is going to be a very GOOD story!! SO looking forward to reading it! Thank you so much for having such a generous giveaway!!

  • September 25, 2013 at 3:09 am

    I find watching reruns of The Golden Girls in no way funny– I find it awesome. And not just because I do the same thing 😉
    Directions to ladies houses– CLASSIC!

  • September 25, 2013 at 6:40 am

    Congrats! I am looking forward to reading a new author. The book sounds and looks great.
    Thanks 🙂

  • September 25, 2013 at 7:17 am

    i want to read her wicked sin….
    thx u for hosting this giveaway…;)

  • September 25, 2013 at 7:19 am

    The Puritans had sex scandals? I suppose human nature hasn’t changed…great interview, and this sounds like a fascinating historical.

  • September 25, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Great post, and thanks for the giveaway – fingers crossed!

    ~Lindsey V.

  • September 25, 2013 at 9:07 am

    The book sounds very intriguing. Thank you for the giveaway chance.

  • September 25, 2013 at 10:51 am

    I recently fount out that my great-great….great grandfather was put in jail by the puritans for opposing views so I’m very curious about this time period.

  • September 25, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Great interview. This book sounds wonderful. I love the story, the setting, and the cover. I am looking forward to reading it.

  • September 25, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Great interview! WOW! Six kids! That’s some patience!

  • September 25, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Thank you all so, so much for your kind words and comments! Forgive the next paragraph, which is sure to look like a blur:

    Ari, very true. Scary times. Karen, you rock! Barbara, I’m so happy you want to read it! Lisa, YAY! I’m glad you’re excited! Chelsea, there’s a Golden Girls DVD in right now, LOL! And answering for a historical is HARD! o.O Directions to houses, indeed. ;c) Lori H, thank you. I am honored. 🙂 Nurmawati, I’m so glad. I hope you enjoy it! Mer, they did indeed. I was stunned, seriously. O.o Lindsey and Lori M, thank you! Diane, that’s amazing! I’d love to hear more about that if you know more! Anita, thanks so much! Texas, ERMAGERD. I’m packing ’em all for a very, very long road trip. I have NO patience and extra gray hair. We’re going to be the next National Lampoon’s movie, I swear! Veronica, thank you so much for your comment!

    I’m just thrilled by the response here. Thank you all for such a warm welcome!

  • September 25, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    THanks for the awesome giveaway. I would love to read this book. Sounds good.

  • September 26, 2013 at 6:47 am

    Great interview! Thanks for the giveaway.

  • September 29, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Your book sounds interesting

  • September 29, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Great interview. The book sounds goods so I’ve added it to my GoodReads to read list. Looking forward to read it.

  • October 8, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Victoria, Ashfa, Stephen, and Alexisa, thank you all for your comments! I’m thrilled the book captures your interest and hope you’ll enjoy it if you ever have a chance to read it. 🙂

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