Spotlight & Giveaway: For Seven Nights Only by Sarah Ballance

Posted January 28th, 2016 by in Blog, Spotlight / 51 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome author Sarah Ballance to HJ!

Hi Sarah and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, For Seven Nights Only!


Tell us about the book with this fun little challenge using the title of the book:

What a cool idea! And yes, what a long title, LOL. Let’s go for it!

For Seven Nights OnlyS is for Sawyer (I probably should have tried harder on that one, lol)
E is for edible…which Kelsie’s cooking is not
V is for veto, because Sawyer is not going on that boat
E is for ego, because Sawyer’s is both sexy and maddening
N is for nope…Kelsie is NOT interested in a playboy

N is for nope…Sawyer does NOT want a relationship
I is for indecent exposure
G is for gnawing, which Kelsie’s dog does to Sawyer’s ankle
H is for holy hotness on a stick (um, that’s Sawyer again)
T is for taking chances
S is for steamy, sizzling sex

Please share the opening lines of this book:

Friday night. Alone. The situation went beyond an aberration and straight into rainbow-shitting unicorn territory, but it was what it was: Sawyer Chase was bored.

Please share a few Fun facts about this book…

  • The opening scene was inspired by a Lexus commercial Heather Howland saw while she and I were on the phone plot-hashing the book.
  • I mention two specific types of food in every Chase Brothers story, including this one. (Does anyone know what they are?)
  • Sawyer’s fear of water was inspired by a real incident…sort of. The first time one of my kids tried wakeboarding, I felt sick as our boat took off, leaving her sitting there alone in the water. Then the rope caught and she started following us and I felt better, but that horror Sawyer felt was very much my own.
  • Sawyer was never supposed to have his own book. The series wasn’t supposed to be about the Chase brothers, and I’m not sure Heather has ever forgiven me for derailing Plan A.
  • While writing the first draft, I got all the way to the wedding scene before I realized Kelsie, maid of honor, hadn’t had a single conversation with her sister, the bride. Ooops!


Was there a scene in this book that was harder to write than others? 

The scene where Sawyer tries to teach Kelsie to dance was so hard for me. I don’t dance and never have. I had to take bedroom moves vertical to connect with this moment, lol.

“Slow and sensual,” Sawyer said. “Touch yourself.”

Kelsie gaped at him. “I’m sorry?”

He spun her around so her back was to him and flattened his palms on her stomach, then slid them against the satiny fabric of her dress until his fingertips were dangerously close to the apex of her thighs.

Her breath caught and held. Eventually he’d have to move them and…oh God. He traced her hip, then lower, then dragged that slow, sensual touch—along with her hemline—to her waist. She watched, breathless, as he released the silky fabric and the exposed expanse of thigh disappeared.

“Now you try,” he murmured into her ear.

“You want me to do that?” God, she’d never catch her breath again.

“Bonus points if you grind your ass against me while you do.”

She glanced back at him, startled. But never more so than when her face actually touched his from where he’d been bent over her shoulder, whispering instructions. They were two inches from kissing, she a half second from a meltdown.

And it terrified her.


What do you want people to take away from reading this book?

Have sex at the opera. No, I’m kidding. I think most of us take ourselves too seriously, and this book is all about letting go of the fears and insecurities and, well, not quite having sex at the opera. Life’s too short. Take chances. (Except that one, because that’s going to be an awkward jail story.)


Thanks for blogging at HJ!


Giveaway: One commenter will win an autographed paperback copy of FIVE THINGS I LOVE ABOUT YOU, the first book in the Chase Brothers series. ☺ (Open internationally, but if it’s going to cost more than $20 USD to ship to you, I reserve the right to substitute a $20 Amazon gift card.)


To enter Giveaway: Please post a comment to this Q: If an uber-sexy, sweet-talking playboy told you you’d changed him, would you believe him or assume it was another one of his lines? Tell me why you’d LOVE to get to know the Chase brothers.

This contest will close on Monday Feb 1, 2016 8:59 PM (PT) and the winners will be notified via email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to my e-mail before a new winner is selected.

Book Info:

He’s made an offer she can’t refuse…

Kelsie Reed is over bad luck and bad men. Newly dumped, she’s now the pathetically single maid of honor in her sister’s wedding—and her ex is the best man. Her bad luck continues when a plumbing meltdown in her apartment sends her sexy neighbor running to her rescue. He’s got “serial dater”written all over him, which is unfortunate because the man is hot.

Sawyer Chase loves women, but settling down? He’ll leave that to his brothers. But when Kelsie confesses she’s a dating disaster and is about to become the laughing stock of her family wedding, Sawyer takes control. He’s got one week to teach her how to land the man of her dreams, and he’ll do it on her terms: no touching, no kissing, and definitelynothing more. But some rules need to be broken, especially when, for once, there’s something on the line worth fighting for…


Meet the Author:

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, but nevertheless, you’ll find her writing sexy contemporary romance for Entangled Publishing until they throw her out.

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51 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: For Seven Nights Only by Sarah Ballance”

  1. Natasha Persaud

    You’re a new author to me and based on the above Q & A and synopsis I added the books to my TBR I love finding new authors

  2. Mary Preston

    I think the word PLAYBOY says it all. Would not make a believer out of me.

    The Chase Brothers do sound like loads of fun.

  3. vadensmommy1

    I would have see what has happened to make him say it, was there a big change in his life. Sometimes people go through major life changes I did. So I would have to follow my heart.
    I would like to read about these brothers because I’m looking for something new and this sound like it is.
    Thanks for the chance

  4. rachbrown2015

    I would assume it was a line. I would love to get to know the Chase brothers because this book sounds amazing!

  5. Tammy Y

    I already won this book from Sarah, so do not enter me. I would believe. I like to trust the ones I love.

  6. Mandy R

    Oh, totally a line. I think the phrase “rainbow-shitting unicorn territory” is totally the reason to get to know the Chase brothers!

  7. Irma

    I believe he could change if he said that line to me after some time (I’m talking weeks) not right away 🙂 And the brothers – yeah, I like ’em bad boys.

  8. DebraG

    I think it would be a line. I have not as yet met these men and look forward to meeting them.

  9. shadowwolf

    I would be sure it would be a line that he was feeding me unless he proved otherwise. I would love to get to know the Chase brothers because they sound totally amazing!! 🙂 Thank you for this giveaway!

  10. kermitsgirl

    I would definitely assume it was a line – because it’s one I’ve heard before! I would definitely like to get to know the Chase brothers 😉

  11. Suzanne

    If a sexy guy told me this, I would probably eat it up and fall forever in love. The problem would be intense if he did not really mean what he said. The Chase brothers are another entity, but sound fun.

  12. peggy clayton

    It all depends on how long i had been with him if it was in the first week i would think it was one of his lines if i had been with him in 6 months well then i would believe him as long as he was the guy i met if he goes back to playboy etc i knew that even after that long he was a good fibber. I would like to meet the Chase boys as I love to read new books and get to know good characters and also new authors where i can read and review. Thank you for the chance!

  13. Amanda Brown

    I’m not sure that I’d believe him until his actions backed up his words. I love meeting new characters and can’t wait to get to know the chase brothers. Thank you for the giveaway

  14. erinf1

    eh– I’m too cynical, so I’d think it was a line until I got to know him better. This series sounds like a lot of fun!!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  15. Joanne B

    I’d probably think it was a line, but I’d give him a chance to change my mind. The Chase brothers sound yummy.

  16. Pennie

    Well, it would depend on if he had shown any noticeable changes then I would believe him. …and YES, I want to read all about the Sawyer brothers 🙂

  17. lorih824

    I would assume it was a lie. However if he could convince me otherwise by noticeable changes then I might reconsider that it was just one of his lines.

  18. bookcaselaura

    I’d be skeptical that it was a line, but I’d most likely fall for it anyway! Based on the synopsis to this book and the others, I’d definitely LOVE to get to know the Chase Brothers!! Thanks for the chance!

  19. Sarah

    I would go with my gut, like I usually do in situations, whatever that feeling may be telling me at the time.

  20. mrsmac19

    I don’t know that I’d believe the words, I’m more interested in actions. The Chase brothers sound like they’re worth my time & energy.

  21. taswmom

    It would really depend on the interactions we’d had before he said it, I think. If we’d barely met, I’d be sure it was a come on. If we’d had a bit of interaction and I could see some difference, I think I’d give him a chance to show me. That kind of happened to me many moons ago. A very casual friend gave me a ride home from a party, and we talked the whole way home, and for a few hours more. Taking only. By the end he said he wanted to marry me. I told him he didn’t even really know me, to go home and see how he felt next time we saw each other. (We did have a class together in college at the time) yeah, it took a week or two for things to be normal again, but they were. We didn’t even date.
    Again, no rafflecopter.

  22. Meredith Miller

    I’d guess it’s a lie. It takes a lot for people to truly change, and even if that’s what they believe, the new feelings are bound to wear off.

  23. Amanda Thompson

    I’d probably believe him though I’d make him prove it. I’d love to meet them because I loooooove bad boys 😉

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