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RUN TO YOU marks the first of what I hope to be a LONG line of romantic suspense titles with my name on them. It was within these pages I discovered the thrill of torturing my characters (muaahahahaa!) but, dear readers, my love for you is unending. That is why I’m happy to announce the winner of this week’s giveaway as Sandy.Wolters(at)etc. Congratulations, Sandy! Readers, if you would like to be eligible for my next giveaway, simply subscribe by email using the box to your left. As for my characters, here’s a NEVER BEFORE EXCERPTED look at Wyatt, who has quite a few secrets of his own … and it turns out, they’re deadly.

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RUN TO YOU – romantic suspense

Once he’d put some distance between himself and Mattie, Wyatt finally let agony contort his face. Funny how he’d almost forgotten the searing pain while he was with her, but there was no forgetting it now. He figured he needed stitches, but that would mean explaining what happened, and he wasn’t about to do that.

Not when it meant the truth would come out. He wondered if Mattie and Hutch bought the story about storm debris causing the wounds. You might as well kill me yourself, you bastard. The recollection of Angela’s words—along with unwelcome memories of a moment he’d be happy to forget—sent pain rocketing through his forearms. He hadn’t bothered to tell her it would be his pleasure.

Wyatt jumped in the truck like he always did, just in case Mattie still watched him. Tucking his head to hide the grimace on his face, he went to push down his hat out of habit and realized he’d forgotten to grab the one he left in Mattie’s bathroom. Not that it mattered. The wind would have blown it right off his head, which is why he didn’t have one on to begin with. With a defeated sigh, he reached to thump the truck into gear and winced as the muscles in his forearm flexed and reopened one of the wounds.

Swearing under his breath, he made an awkward grab for a napkin out of the glove box to catch the drips. Damn Angela all to hell—that knife had gone muscle deep. One way or another, she was going to pay for what she’d done.

He wiped the last of the blood from his arm and caught the steering wheel just before the SUV took out a mailbox. Once he was safely back in his lane, Wyatt allowed a small smile to play on his lips.

Angela would pay, all right. In fact, some might say she already had.


“This has to be the best romantic suspense novel I’ve read in quite some time…Ms. Ballance understands how to keep a reader engrossed in the story and uses her talent exquisitely.” – The Romance Reviews

“Run To You has all of the elements that are needed to make an awesome romance story: beautiful and independent heroine, gorgeous hero who’s the silent type, sexual tension, mysterious murder, and crazy villain. It is a well written romance that delivers on all of these elements and the result is a romantic suspense that will keep you engrossed from beginning to end.” – Ebook Addict Reviews


Mattie James can’t pinpoint exactly when she lost control of her life, but the moment she decided to take it back made the front page of the local paper. Desperate to dodge the fallout— and the tabloids—she jumps at the chance to spend an off-season week in a tiny resort community by the sea. Making the trip with her ex-lover is a complication she can live with; coming face to face with a dead woman is not.
The last thing Sheriff Wyatt Reed expected to find on the storm-ravaged beach was a beautiful blonde with a jealous sidekick, but one look at Mattie left him wanting more. Their first date takes an ominous turn when he gets the call that a woman was found murdered. With a killer on the loose and a troubling lack of suspects or motive, Wyatt has to put his feelings aside to focus on the case. But his vow not to become personally involved is shattered when he discovers Mattie’s life is on the line, and this time the truth leaves her with a deadly choice . . . and nowhere to run.