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I’m thrilled today to return with excerpts from my first historical romance! HER WICKED SIN (Sins of Salem #1) releases September 9 from Entangled Publishing’s Scandalous line, or you can pre-order it now using the links below.

In this snippet from the beginning of the book, the heroine, Lydia, has just found the hero fallen from his horse. He’s yet to notice her. It’s the middle of the night and she fears being alone with him, but something about him has intrigued her…

SALEMShe would feel no remorse for moving past, yet her feet did not budge.

If she remained silent, would he not know her there? No, eventually he would wonder what held the reins aloft. She watched, waiting for that moment. Through the profound darkness, she noticed his hair was a nutty brown and longer than that of a Puritan man, though its richness showed no trace of the powder worn by many wealthy travelers. He was a study of contrasts, this man. For all of his finery, he seemed to shun the ways of society, and his roguish nature appealed to those innermost desires she had thought long lost. Her husband, as he were, had ruined her womanhood. 

This stranger, in the most insignificant ways, had roused it.

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Her Wicked Sin | 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.

  • Title: HER WICKED SIN (Sins of Salem #1)
  • Author: Sarah Ballance
  • Genre: Historical Romance
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing
  • Release: September 9, 2013
  • ISBN 13: 9781622662494

HER WICKED SIN is available from: Entangled Publishing, AmazonBarnes & Noble, and KoboClick here to add to Goodreads or here for reviews.