Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Announcing a new book from Sarah Balance 'Her Wicked Sin' Plus Excerpt, Review and Giveaway.


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BOOK DETAILS:
Title: Her Wicked Sin (A Sins of Salem Novel)
Author: Sarah Ballance
Genres: Historical Romance
Categories: NONE
Erotic Elements: NONE
Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Scandalous Line)
Release Date: September 9, 2013
Heat Level: Steamy
Word Count/Length: Approx 55,000 words

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Blurb

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.




Author Bio:
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). Though she adores romantic suspense, she writes in many genres. Her ever-growing roster of releases may be found at http://sarahballance.com.

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Excerpt #1

Murder.

Lydia Colson’s nightmare lived and breathed on these moonless nights. When the world was at its darkest, remnants of her haunted past seemed to lurk in every shadow, denying her again and again 
the chance to start anew. No matter how justified the actions of her past, the peace she had hoped to find in Salem Village escaped her. It was her burden to bear.

The cruelly twisted body in her path was not. 

Though stationary, the sight had crept upon her with silent ease, an aberration on a cold, lonely stretch of road with nothing but the woods to keep company. Lydia purposefully avoided night travels here, but babies did not keep time, and Goody Louder’s child had chosen to make entry in the witching hour. As a physician and midwife, it was Lydia’s purpose to see to the birth, and what a child he was. Healthy and rowdy, the stout babe named John had a roar not to be ignored. The first instance of life never failed to 
bring joy, to make Lydia forget. But now an unsavory reminder of her past misdeed rested in the dirt, nearly buried in forest litter.

And he was not alone. A stallion, the same pitch as the night, danced and pawed the earth. Its capsized rider jerked, his long frame shuddering when the hooves clipped his torso. Might he be alive?

“Easy,” Lydia said, fighting for her own control as she edged closer. She placed her hand on the animal’s rump, her fingers tingling alongside the quivering flesh. The contact revealed tightly bunched muscles alongside a tension made visible in the rolling whites of the beast’s eyes. “Easy, boy.”

At the more intimate distance, she could see the man’s leg caught in the stirrup and bent unnaturally to his position on the ground. He’d fallen from his mount. Had he been dragged? What bit of the path visible in the night showed little sign of disturbance, though the wind might easily have stirred the leaves to hide 
remnants of a struggle.

A smell of sweat mingled with a distant trace of smoke, hinting danger. The horse snorted and hopped, the strain on the stirrup eliciting a groan from the prone man. Would he lash out from his pain?

Lydia bundled her nerves against the perceived threat and scoffed at her insecurities. This stranger was in no position to cause her harm, but should he try, the mistake would be his.

She had killed before, and she would gather within herself to do it again.


My 5 Star Review

I received the book from the author for an honest review.

They say ignorance is bliss, but in this case ignorance showed the foolishness of men and women as you read about this time period, where everything was called sin when it did not coincide with what the Puritans believed. A time of turmoil, witch hunts and manic lies, all to show yourself superior.
The author did a wonderful work in recreating that time and the life they led. She showed how people's perceptive was distorted and used for their own cunning devices. It seemed nothing would stop someone to make false accusations and got away with it, all in the name of witchcraft. Admitting the worst sin imaginable.

Lydia Colson found herself in that position, accused of witchcraft. But before I give the story away let me just say this, I was greatly impressed with her character.
Doing what was necessary to survive she committed a sin. The reason the book is called Her Wicked sin, a fitting name for this well written and authentic historical book. A sin that would led her to Salem where she worked as a midwife and physician. Due to this, she opened herself for unwarranted attention from neighbors, especially Rebecca. 
A canning gossiper if I have ever seen one. Cruel, unforgiving always seeking the worst in everyone else. I really do not like her, but for her role she was perfect.

In rode Henry on a black steed, called Willard, and from the very moment these two were alone their troubles started. It created more trouble but yet...always a but **smile**. Two people could not be more suitable than these two. Even if they had to lie to protect this newly discovered love.
Passion and love flared from the first flickering of light between them. Spontaneous, instant and romantic. This is after all a romance novel. 
Your heartstrings will be pulled, and filled with compassion and love in the story as you read more about them and the trails they faced. 
Henry's character was sincere, strong and he had a mind that brooked no resistance from his very wealthy parents. I was impressed with his charming wit and love for this woman, clearly not from the same stock as him. 
Now I sound like them **giggles**.

The stranger that always lurked in the background would leave you speechless at the final outcome. And you wish the story would continue. 
A wonderful fast paced read I can recommend, that will leave you with no doubt that you want to read more from the author's pen. You will not be disappointed with Sarah Balance newest book.



GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: 
 $25 gift card to Amazon or BN 



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2 comments:

  1. Thank you for your time in reading and reviewing Her Wicked Sin. I adore your review and I'm so glad you enjoyed the book!

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    1. Really enjoyed this book, thanks for the opportunity. Wish you all the best.

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