Sarah Ballance: I Write Historical Romance. By Accident. (#Giveaway)

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HER WICKED SIN Sarah BallanceHi. My name is Sarah Ballance, and I write historical romance. By accident.

Yep, you read right. I never, ever intended to write historical. It wasn’t that I disliked historical romance, but that I so intensely loved romantic suspense I didn’t venture outside the genre. In fact, when my foray into historical began, I’d read precisely five historical romances. Ever.

So how the heck does this happen? It was so not my fault—in fact, I blame my friend. I’d recently signed with Entangled Publishing for a supernatural novella and loved it there SO MUCH (because ERMAGERD, they rock) I went to the submissions page for Scandalous, their historical imprint, so I could send some info to my historical-writing bestie. While perusing details for her, the words “Salem witch trials” jumped off the page and positively glared at me, daring me to look away. Salem? Who knew you could write a Salem witch trials romance?  Intrigued, I made a casual comment to my editor that went something like this: Oh Em Gee! I should totally write a Salem historical one day. And, well, she took me seriously. She checked with Scandalous, and they wanted a proposal. Erm, wait. What? Though I was in absolute denial (ie, whimpering in the corner) there was no way I wasn’t going to write this proposal. So I did.

I rocked that proposal, y’all.

And the book was contracted. Two more books were contracted thereafter to create the Sins of Salem series. HER WICKED SIN debuted last fall to great reviews, and I couldn’t feel any better about this new venture of mine. Not only have I expanded my writerly horizons, but I’ve met some of the most incredible authors and have since read some amazing work. I may have found the genre in the most bizarre, backward way possible, but I’m so blessed to count myself as a historical author, and even more so to be a part of this stellar, talented group.

I hope you’ll stay to get to know us all a little better, and to help you out we have a most excellent introductory GIVEAWAY courtesy of author BJ Scott. Then, when you’re all partied out I invite you to head over to Entangled Publishing for a smexy excerpt from HER WICKED SIN. (Yes, Puritans can be smexy!)

Thanks again so very much for visiting Embracing Romance. The party continues tomorrow–hope to see you right back here for a brand new post by another author! In the meantime, click here for the Rafflecopter giveaway. I look forward to your comments and hope you have a fantastic day!

Have you fallen in love with historical romance? What was your first unforgettable historical read? 


SARAH BALLANCE is a multi-published author of contemporary, historical, and supernatural romance and romantic suspense. She’s been married to her own romantic hero for what he calls a “long, long time” (and no, he’ll never hear the end of saying that). Together they have six children…and clearly too much time on their hands. She currently writes for Entangled and has upcoming releases from both Entangled and Samhain Publishing. For more information, click here.

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16 Responses

  1. NancyS.Goodman

    This looks like a wonderful. Can’t wait to read all your books, not just the historicals.Tweeted and shared on FB

  2. B.J. Scott

    This is a wonderful post Sarah. So nice to learn more about your writing journey. I have always been a history nut, but did not start out writing historical romance either. Like you, I started with romantic suspense, but found the pull of medieval Scotland and other past eras too strong to ignore.
    Thanks for sharing

    • sarahballance

      Thank you, BJ! I don’t know why I didn’t appreciate history more in school (I was a math geek instead) but I’m definitely hooked now. I just wish I could write as fast as I plot, LOL! I love how we both started out with romantic suspense. If I ever get my way and get to visit Scotland I just might venture into your era. 🙂

      • B.J. Scott

        Scotland is on the top of my ‘bucket list’ to visit. I have never been either, but feel like that is where my heart is. If lucky enough to go one day, I want to look up relatives who might still be around and see where my grandmother was born. In Kirkintilloch what is now a suburb of Glasgow. The house she grew up in is still there. Her father had a fruit and veg market and they lived over top, but when last I checked it was now an optometrist office. Still there though. One of the RWA groups I belong to Celtic Heart Romance Writers is planning a group trip to Scotland this summer and would love to go, but no passport and not in the cards this year. I am sure they will have a fantastic time. We differ in one area and that is math. That was my worst subject in school. Was into history, geography and English, but never math or the sciences like physics.

      • sarahballance

        What an amazing trip that would be! I do hope you get to go. 🙂 I was actually a biology/biochemistry double major in college. Writing seems like the polar opposite, lol.

  3. Sandra Owens

    Isn’t life funny sometimes. A chance encounter, reading a submissions page at just the right time, and next thing you know you’re writing things by accident. Love it. 🙂

    Great post, Sarah.

  4. Violetta Rand

    Loved finding out HOW you discovered your calling, Sarah.. And the statement Puritans can be smexy made me smile. A must read!

    • sarahballance

      Thank you, Violetta! You know, I was stunned by how un-puritanical Puritans really are. They were SO not sexually repressed. Talk about eye-opening research! LOL.

  5. allybroadfield

    What a fun post, Sarah! We’re glad you stumbled into writing historical romance. My first unforgettable historical read was Through a Glass Darkly by Karleen Koen. The setting, characters, and situations overwhelmed (in a good way!) my fifteen-year-old mind.

    • sarahballance

      Awww, thank you! Historicals have a unique way of completely transporting me as a reader…I only wish I’d discovered them sooner. 🙂

  6. hollybushbooks

    My first unforgettable historical romance was either Parting Gifts by Lorraine Heath or Pride of Lions by Marsha Canham. They both stick in my head but can’t remember which I read first! Great post, BTW. So glad you took a chance on those smexy Puritans!

    • sarahballance

      Thanks so much! I’m adding all these books to my TBR list. I’ve read so few historicals, but I have SO, SO MANY here from which to choose. This pool of authors is unbelievable, and so are the readers. 🙂 I truly appreciate your kind words.

  7. Anna Steffl

    Great post! Looking forward to reading your work. Sounds like a wonderful new avenue of historical romance.