Spotlight & Giveaway: One Sexy Mistake by Sarah Ballance

Posted November 25th, 2016 by in Blog, Spotlight / 115 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, One Sexy Mistake!


Please summarize the book for the readers here:

one-sexy-mistakeOpposites collide in the biggest Tinder failure in the history of Tinder fails.

Please share the opening lines of this book:

Grady Donovan sucked at this hookup thing. It was 11:00 p.m., he was bored and horny, and most of his previous…assignations with women—whether a friend with benefits or an actual attempt at a relationship—had ended in way too much drama for his taste. After years of careful analysis, he’d come to the conclusion that he wasn’t built for relationships.


Please share a few Fun facts about this book…

The storm that strands Olivia is the same one that snows Liam in at the lodge with Claire in The 48-Hour Hookup. Also, when I needed names, I borrowed them from season one of American Horror Story, so you’ll see a couple of those in there, such as Mrs. Harmon, the old woman who hits Grady with her purse when her cat wanders from the fire escape into his apartment.


Please tell us a little about the characters in your book. As you wrote your protagonist was there anything about them that surprised you?

He’s a software breaker, or hacker, and she’s a program developer. He contacted her because they had that in common. (Boy, did that backfire! Or, um, not.) He doesn’t like playing the relationship game, and she was just unceremoniously dumped by her boyfriend because she was fired from her job. He’s a cynic about romance, and she lives and breathes it.

As you wrote your protagonist was there anything about them that surprised you?

They come from such different places that I thought it would be more of a struggle to bring them together, but they fit together quite well. Took them a while to figure it out, but they gave me plenty to work with. ☺

First Kiss…

She initiates. To shut him up. (He totally deserved it.)

Did any scene have you crying or laughing while writing it? 

OMG, of all the books I’ve written, what Grady does to keep Olivia from taking off is one of my favorite moments ever. It’s hilarious. It’s also a spoiler so I can’t share it, but even Grady refers to it as one of the worst things he’s ever done. It’s also incredibly romantic. Or, you know, a good reason to kill him.


If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would you use for the audition of the main characters and why?

Awkward sex at the beginning. If the characters can nail the awkward sex things, they’ve earned the part. If they don’t nail that, and the chemistry isn’t happening, there’s no story. In this snippet, Grady is trying to get her bra off, and it’s not going well. To the point that she just turned on the TV, the sound of a man’s voice startling him:

Grady jumped, the clasp slipped but stayed stubbornly fastened, and he threw up his hands. “I give up.” He glanced at the noise. “Are you actually watching television?”
“It’s the weather,” she said. “There’s a storm.”
His jaw loosened, but he managed to stop himself from gaping his surprise. “I am literally undressing you.”
“Actually,” she countered, “you are literally not. Hence my decision to check the weather.”


If you could have given your characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book, what would it be and why?

I get that this is supposed to be a one-nighter, but that’s no excuse not to order pizza or something. Getting snowed in without food sucks. ORDER FOOD.


What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2016?

I’m working on a brand new romantic comedy series for Lovestruck (firemen!) which will release in 2017. The year will also bring the remaining two books in my series with Entangled Indulgence (sexy alpha millionaires meeting their match…yes, please).

Thanks for blogging at HJ!


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Excerpt from One Sexy Mistake:

He gestured toward the sofa. She sank onto one end while he searched for a way to ask about the next step. Finally, he joined her and asked, “So how does this work?”
“I believe if you can summon the interest, there’s nudity and penetration involved.”
For a woman who was nervous, she was awfully blunt. He wasn’t used to that. Women he knew were more of the hinting type, only to blame him for not getting it. He liked how forward Olivia was, which was a problem in itself.
This wasn’t supposed to be personal. She wasn’t supposed to snag his attention like this, already making him wish some other nameless, faceless woman could be more like her so he wouldn’t have to hit up the Internet for sex.
Yep. He was in over his head. He’d expected this to be a lot easier. He certainly hadn’t expected to care what she thought or said. It was a one-time encounter. He needed to get that through his head. “Okay,” he said. “What do you like? Feigned romance? Indifference? Something hard and rough?”
She gawked, sexily. “You have to feign romance but not indifference?”
And that was what he got for asking considerate questions: answers that made him look like a jerk. “I am the least romantic guy you will ever meet. I can care without being romantic.”
She hit him with one of those looks he’d come to associate with not fine. “Well, on the heels of that glowing commentary, how about you just go for it?”

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Book Info:

Olivia Patton’s life just imploded. One night with sexy hacker Grady Donovan seems like the perfect, ego-soothing plan—until an epic snowstorm shuts down the city and thwarts her morning-after escape. Now the only walk-of-shame she’ll be taking is right back to Grady’s door.

Forced to actually talk, Grady and Olivia realize they can’t stand each other. Forget another round in the bedroom—if it wasn’t his apartment, she’d shove Grady outside to freeze. But with all the blistering sexual tension flying around, a second night with the hacker might be exactly what she needs…if they don’t kill each other first.

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Meet the Author:

Sarah BallanceSarah 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. To learn more, visit Website | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads |




115 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: One Sexy Mistake by Sarah Ballance”

  1. Kate Sparks

    In college, I went on a ‘double’ date of a sort. I went along with a girlfriend to meet a guy for coffee. I ended up going out with him and playing pool. I really didn’t know much about pool, yet I
    ‘ran’ the table on him… no second date there…

    • sarahballance

      The night I met my husband, we went out to shoot pool. I guess it’s a good thing I didn’t beat him (but I did eventually become about the only person who could, lol). I’m impressed!

  2. Joye

    His father came to fix my electricity and wanted me to meet his son. Let’s say “sparks flew” and we married.

  3. debby236

    No odd story, met while talking to a police officer in the parking lot of a grocery store.

  4. lraines78

    I went on a blind date with someone who saw me while I was on recess duty. They were building a house next door.

  5. Sylve T.

    nothing weird or wild for me, dated someone i worked with, which i can say is not the best idea because it got super awkward after we broke up lol

  6. Marcy Whittington Meyer

    Nothing too wild for me. Met my hubby in a bar. Other guys I dated, I met through friends, at a wedding or where from my hometown.

  7. Jen B

    No strange meetings for me, but my parents met in an odd way. My grandparents had a lodger (my Dad) and for some reason he went to the train station with Grandad to pick Mum up, they were married 16 months later.

  8. Mood Reader

    My sister introduced me to her husband’s cousin. They were trying to set us up and it turned out the family doesn’t know he is gay! I’ve never told anyone. He is actually a really good friend now! 🙂 LOL

  9. pamk258

    No weird stories just met him through his sister. Again that is .my family has known his all my life bit they moved away and then back when I was older

  10. Irma

    I met him on a train and felt insta conection. We started dating right afer. It didn’t work out, lol.

  11. Lisa M

    online … my partner liked my profile photo (it was a fantasy image … it wasn’t even my photo)
    neither one of us was actually looking to find someone long distance (we lived 6hrs apart)

  12. LauraJJ

    My strangest was many years ago when I dated my realtor! He was selling my house and helping me look for a new one, and we started dating!

  13. Andrea McParland

    My Dad went back to college and brought the guys home to study. That’s how I met my husband.

  14. natasha lamoreux

    I married my brothers best friend and dared him for about 3 months without my brother knowing.

  15. Bonny B

    Threw MySpace… it hasn’t ended well. He just called off our engagement when I was diagnosed with MS. We are going threw counseling but, it looks like he has started dating. Eight years…. Eight years meant nothing to him!

    • sarahballance

      (((Oh no!))) I’m so very sorry for your diagnosis and for your losing who you thought that guy was. Good riddance, though, to who he turned out to be. (((So many hugs.)))

  16. kermitsgirl

    I was the drunk girl and he was a DD for his friends at a party. We ended up playing beer pong together, with me drinking everything. We worked the tables like professionals…and now we’re married ^_^

  17. Peggy Clayton

    well a few work affairs which were wrong then i found a guy i went to school with and he was a neird then and was so i got away from there . Had been hearing about my hubby from my friend and his ex-mother in law and she was not saying nice things i came to Wi from Ca and he came out of the hole that he was welding for nat gas pipeline and kissed me right on the lips so we instantly hooked up had a long distance found it didn[‘t work then now still married since Jan 1 2003 and happy as now really disabled and he helps me out a lot !

  18. Bee the Bookworm

    I was out to dinner with my date and another couple. The other guy and I hit it off immediately and did most of the talking. We joked around like we had known each other forever rather than just meeting for the first time. A couple days later we started talking and texting as friends…joking…sending memes…fb funnies…stuff like that. It just progressed from there.

  19. Teresa Williams

    Met my husband playing basketball for his brother .This book sounds awesome .Nice cover!

  20. Amy Rickman

    My BFF was dating someone and set me up with his twin brother who I’ve been married to for 23 years. **BFF and other twin didn’t last

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