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Talking with: Sarah Ballance

Today I’m talking with Sarah Balance about Forsaken, her latest release from Samhain publishing.

Forsaken72lgSarah, what inspired you to write this book?

If you ask my husband, he’ll say the idea of this book was born solely to aggravate him, LOL. I don’t remember where I got the idea, but this plot is hinged on a rare gun owned by the heroine. Going in, I knew nothing about guns, but my husband knows ALL THE THINGS. I spent a couple of hours trying to find the right weapon for the job (read: asking him question after question), not realizing what I needed wasn’t so much a rare gun, but a rare caliber. ERMAGERD. Once I got past that little detail, the book practically wrote itself. And my husband decided to stay married to me, LOL, so all is well.  Always good.

What types of books do you enjoy reading? What is on your nightstand?

I have always kept piles of Harlequin Intrigues (category romantic suspense) on a shelf by my bed, while my kindle is full of books from Entangled Publishing. (They are, without exception, SO GOOD—so good that I auto-buy pretty much everything they publish.) When I’m not on a tight deadline I’ll read a book a night. I don’t mean to, but if I don’t read between writing and attempting to sleep, my mind just goes crazy with ideas for my work-in-progress. Then I get wrapped up in the story I’m reading and can’t put it down until I turn the last page.

Tell me about your favorite place to write. What makes it special?

My favorite place is inside the cabin of our boat. The marina is SO peaceful, and the creak of the ropes and the slap of water against the hull make for perfect background noise. SO much better than listening with one ear as my kids tear down the house.  (Not really, but sometimes I wonder!)

How do you make time to write?

I usually do so after dinner. We are a homeschooling family so I spend most of the day with my children, which means at the end of the day, taking time for myself is pretty much a guilt-free endeavor. My kids range from ages 4 through 16, so they’re all old enough to understand that I need to be left alone unless there’s a true urgency. If my husband has to work he usually takes kids with him, and if not my older kids help watch the younger ones. It’s getting easier, but a couple of years ago it was tough! You are busy and productive.

 What is your favorite part about being an author?

The flexibility. I’m a full-time author and can literally work anywhere. My husband (who also has some flexibility) and I love road trips and have made it a mission to take our kids to see all 48 contiguous states, and over the course of our travels I’ve worked pretty much everywhere. There’s something incredibly inspiring about the changing view, and the fact that I can share the astounding beauty of this country with the kids and be paid at the same time is a blessing for which I am truly grateful.

Thanks for stopping by. I’d love to know more about your book.

FORSAKEN Forsaken72lg

Her past is back to haunt her—and this time, it’s got a gun.

When Gage Lawton finds his brother shot to death on his back porch, every shred of evidence points to one person: Gage’s ex-lover, Riley Beckett. The only gun in town that fires a bullet of that caliber belongs to her.

Certain the shooting is payback for his part in the loss of her parents, he abandons his promise to stay out of her life and confronts her, his rage backed up with a revolver. Yet when she steps through the door, all thoughts of revenge burn to ashes.

A year after Riley unwillingly walked away from Gage, she enters her home to find him sitting in the dark, gun pointed at her head. One look into those achingly familiar blue eyes reminds her how wrong she was to let him go. But now there’s more standing between them than their heated past.

A twist of fate—and a hail of sniper bullets—puts them in the cross hairs of a killer, leaving Riley with just two slim options: trust her greatest betrayer, or face a murderer alone.

Warning: Prepare to get caught in a crossfire of profanity, danger, and desire. Intense violence may trigger the desire to wear body armor…and take it off. Very, very slowly.

Find ForsakenSamhain Publishing | Amazon US | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes 


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). To learn more about her work in contemporary, historical, and supernatural romance and romantic suspense, please stalk accordingly. FIND THE AUTHOR HERE:   @SarahBallance     Facebook      Website     Good Reads     Pinterest


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