And now our second book of the day where an author is going outside the norm with her historical romances … and I have to say I’m totally hooked on the idea of Ballance’s Salem series!
But before she gives us a look into her books, Sarah was kind enough to share a bit about herself.
*What do you like best about writing romances?
I swear, I think I fall in love with my husband again with every book I write. Each of my heroes has a borrowed trait or connection with him, so as I develop those hot, sexy characters I’m always getting butterflies for my husband. I’m so grateful for that. He’s an amazing man and I’m so fortunate to be able to see that in new ways with each book I write.
*Which of your characters/books was the most fun to write?
Hands down, THE MARRIAGE AGENDA. It’s a contemporary romance with a lot of heat, and it’s the first time in my entire life that writing sex came easily. I really, really enjoyed that experience. 🙂
*If you weren’t a writer and could be anything you want, what would it be?
My first job is to be a mom to my kids, and I wouldn’t trade that for anything. My husband and I have six of ‘em and we homeschool, so our lives are overrun by offspring. Writing comes second, and while I wouldn’t have it any other way, I’m grateful for the escape I get in the evenings when it’s time to go to my cave (as they all say) and hang out with my characters for a while. 🙂
THE SINS OF SALEM SERIES
People often ask why I wrote a romance set during the Salem witch trials. It’s a good question as Salem, with a reputation of chastity and a history of hanging witches, isn’t exactly associated with romance. The truth is, I didn’t set out to write a Salem romance. In fact, when I landed this contract I’d never written a historical in my life, much less one set during Salem. But the time has always fascinated me, and when I mentioned to my editor that I should write about it, she told me to do it. So I did. The result is a series that explores three distinct points of the trials and how those current events affected the very real people who lived them. History relays the facts, but it loses the romance. The Sins of Salem series finds it, proving that love can happen anywhere, even in 17th century Salem.
Each of the books in the Sins of Salem series can be read as a standalone or in order:
Her Wicked Sin (book one) http://www.entangledpublishing.com/her-wicked-sin/
An Unexpected Sin (book two) http://www.entangledpublishing.com/an-unexpected-sin/
The Sins of a Few (book three) http://www.entangledpublishing.com/the-sins-of-a-few/
Sins of Salem series
by Sarah Ballance
The moment he steps off the boat and into his hometown of Salem, Nathanial Abbot knows the rumors about Salem are indeed true. For in the two years since he’s left Salem—disowned by his family and seeking a fortune of his own—the town has changed. It is dark with discord and suspicion… and accusations of witchcraft. Now all that remains for him is the woman he’s never forgotten.
But Faith Downing isn’t happy to see Nathanial. In his absence, his younger sisters have ignited the chain of hysteria that resulted in twenty deaths—including Faith’s aunt, to whom Nathanial owed his life. Yet through her acrimony, Faith can’t prevent herself from responding to the man Nathanial has become, handsome and kind. A man who kindles something in her that speaks of sin.
Check out an EXCERPT: http://www.entangledpublishing.com/the-sins-of-a-few/
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 in search of that ever-elusive perfect writing spot where not even the kids can find her. To learn more about her work in contemporary, historical, and supernatural romance and romantic suspense, please stalk accordingly.