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If you’re not familiar with my foray into historical romance, let me introduce you. The Sins of Salem series consists of three stories (which work just fine as stand alone titles), each focusing on romance as it might have happened during Salem’s horrific witch trials of 1692 and 1693. These aren’t paranormal tales. Rather, I spent hours researching to ensure historical accuracy, often to the contradiction of what I learned in school. But getting it right mattered, even when the truth didn’t seem realistic. Did you know those arrested were able to leave the Salem jail on a day pass? Or that if a person confessed to witch craft, they were able to walk free? Some of the truths are stunning, making the history even more tragic than we could ever begin to know.
My favorite Salem book is easily HER WICKED SIN. (I think I have a thing for Henry’s horse, who is a bit of a character himself.) But all of the stories are important, and they’re carefully crafted to show the beginning of the hysteria, then life as its height, and finally, the aftermath. It’s an interesting journey through some of colonial America’s darkest times, the Happily Ever Afters hard-won, but they’re important stories. Even if they are fictionalized, the people who lived – and died – during these devastating times deserve to be heard. I invite you to do that now with Sins of Salem.
Here’s a closer look at the series, followed by the blurb and a short excerpt from AN UNEXPECTED SIN.
The Sins of Salem Series (Entangled Scandalous)
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The moment the stranger’s dark eyes meet hers, Anne Scudder’s world is immediately overthrown by chaos. That single flare of desire is immediate, driving away all notions of propriety. Instead, Anne is consumed with sinful thoughts – ones that no unmarried girl should ever have for a man who isn’t her husband…
But Josiah Cromwell is no stranger.
It’s been six years since Josiah stole kisses from Anne, his best friend’s younger sister. Six years since Josiah left after his best friend’s death, burdened by the knowledge that he was responsible for destroying Anne’s family. Now he’s returned to claim the woman he can’t live without. But even as their desire threatens to consume them both – body and soul – the dark workings of suspicion and witchcraft are afoot.
Because in Salem, too much passion can lead a woman to ruin… and condemned to death.
- Title: AN UNEXPECTED SIN (Sins of Salem #2)
- Author: Sarah Ballance
- Genre: Historical Romance
- Publisher: Entangled Publishing
- Release Date: April 14, 2014
- ISBN 13: 978-1-62266-547-1
- Available format(s): ebook
She raked his hair. Clutched desperately at his back. Found it was she who moved against him, for he had eased his grip in favor of taking fierce hold of her breasts. In the dark and through her clothes, he put his mouth over first one, then the other. Desire toppled her sensibilities until she was left arching her back, every part of her begging to be closer. Begging for the kind of fulfillment she knew in her heart only he could deliver.
Begging until he broke free.
Breathing heavily, he bathed her in the lopsided, boyish grin she had long adored. “Your father will see me to the gallows for this,” he said in his low, husky voice.
Though the logic of his words found her, she wanted not for sensibilities. She wanted Josiah. “My father sleeps upstairs.”
Josiah took a deep breath. “It is not often I wish to be a lesser man,” he said, “but a lesser man has a certain advantage when a beautiful woman comes to him in the dark of the night.”
A beautiful woman. Anne had never imagined such a description could belong to her. “You could never be a lesser man.”
“Rest assured, if you return to my room in the dark of the night, I will be nothing more.”
Though his tone was light, she did not miss its undercurrent. His serious nature made his words all the more thrilling, for they left little doubt as to what he wanted—or how badly he wanted it. She could not keep the smile from her voice as she asked, “Are you saying I need only walk from the room for a minute’s time to make a lesser man of you?”
“I would like to think myself more honorable, but I make no promises in my current state.”
“Perhaps we should test that supposition.”
He grinned and leaned in, kissing her softly. “As much as I ache to know every inch of you,” he said, “it is not my desire to make off with your honor like a thief in the night.”
She splayed her fingers across his warm, bare chest and took a deep breath of courage. “You have long stolen my heart. My honor will not be far behind.”
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