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Monday, August 25, 2014

Excerpt and Giveaway: The Marriage Agenda by Sarah Ballance

Published: August 18th, 2014


There's a scandal brewing in Washington... 

Knox Hamilton wants his father’s recently vacated Senate seat, but the only way his conservative constituents are going to vote for Knox is if he loses his playboy reputation. Which means Knox needs a wife. There’s only one woman with whom he's willing to share his life, but after the way he broke things off with her, will she give him another chance?

Chloe Lochlan's job is on the line. If she doesn't grab a big headline, she'll be ousted from her gig at the major newspaper where she works as a reporter. Knox's offer of marriage chills her to the bone. He already crushed her heart once and she has no intention of letting it happen again. But being with him gives her the kind of access to top tier social events rarely granted to media, access that could land her the story of a lifetime. When the truth she uncovers threatens to destroy the man she still loves, will she bury the story...or his career?


As she stood alone in the bar, second thoughts closed in. No one had approached claiming to be her date. Had he taken one look at her and left? Patience—and nerve—waning, Chloe scoured the room, hoping for a sign she should leave. And she found one. A big one.

Watching her intently from a corner table was her ex-everything. And in spite of a strict never-again policy for all things Knox Hamilton, her body melted in traitorous anticipation. His trademark bedroom-tousled hair, the same luscious brown hue as those smoldering eyes, did little to kill the energy coursing through her at the speed of orgasm. Her knees weakened, further threatening her unsteady perch on the stilts a salesclerk had tried to pass off as a wardrobe staple.

Chloe stared at Knox, an uneasy feeling crawling through her chest.

All her synapses fired “flee,” but her GPS was off. Her attempt at escape landed her at the corner of his table, where she nearly collided with a waiter setting something in front of Knox that was suspiciously akin to Chloe’s favorite drink, a strawberry daiquiri. Though the beverage seemed to confirm her suspicions, she eyed the glass with a touch of misplaced jealousy. It wouldn’t surprise her if he had a date. Well-known and filthy rich, up-and-coming politico Knox Hamilton had everything, including his pick of eligible women.

“Chloe.” He drawled her name, adding a seductive syllable or two. “You look amazing.”

Her mouth watered at the sound of his voice. “Hi.” Her voice squeaked with a less-than-dexterous reply.

He grinned. “It’s been too long. Have a seat.”

She eyed the daiquiri. “Actually, I have a date. As do you, it seems.”

His gaze met hers over the deep amber mouth of his beer bottle. “I ordered that drink for you.” The words simmered with the husky promise of the bedroom, slipping from his lips with an odd amount of reckless, deliberate ease.

Entranced, she caught herself staring at his mouth.

He leaned back in his chair, giving her a good, long look at the way his torso shaped his neatly buttoned and pressed shirt. “Will you join me?”

He had no right to look so good. She swallowed, getting a full taste of memories she’d sooner forget. “My date—”

“—is one unlucky bastard tonight. That is, of course, if you’ll sit.”

If she was smart, she’d give Knox a view of her amazing legs and phenomenal ass as she teetered out of the bar on those damned stripper heels. But curiosity would make a dead cat out of her yet.

About the author:
Author Sarah Ballance 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). When not buried under piles of laundry, she may be found adrift in the Atlantic (preferably on a boat) or seeking that ever-elusive perfect writing spot where not even the kids can find her.

She loves creating unforgettable stories while putting her characters through an unkind amount of torture—a hobby that has nothing to do with living with six children. (Really.) Though she adores nail-biting mystery and edge-of-your-seat thrillers, Sarah writes in many genres including contemporary and ghostly paranormal romance.


Mystica said...

High flyers - I like them.

Aurelia Evangelaire said...

Hi and thanks :)
I'd love to know more about how K broke of with his love ^^

nurmawati djuhawan said...

i like the blurbs and the cover..thx u for hosting..

Lori Franklin Hopkins said...

I like it all...possible scandal, a love lost or broken, what's not to like?

Read Book said...

He needs a wife, right there my mind went "blink."

Kah Cherub said...

I love these "fake relationship/surprise/slowly falling in luv" stories. :)

Linda Romer said...

Reading about this juicy scandal intrigues me. Thank you

steve weber said...

who doesn't like to read about a good scandal?

sarahballance said...

Thank you for hosting THE MARRIAGE AGENDA today!

gemiinii said...

The blurb got me wanting more!

Mai Balaibo said...
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Mai Balaibo said...

The excerpt made me curious. I'll be on the lookout for this :)

Ginny said...

I like these marriage of "convenience" type situations, thanks!

Cyndi F said...

This sounds good, I like that he wants to get married to get a senete seat and needs to get a old love back. I bet there will be lots of sparks that are gonna fly!! thank you so much

collenga said...

I enjoyed the excerpt, I want to read more... the cover is very nice, too!

Bella Boo said...

The cover is great, looks like he is debating on this whole marrige thing... lol thank you for the giveaway

Spg Chlomo said...

i love the cover and the blurb

Claudia Parkinson said...

I really like he excerpt it had me wanting reading more ! Also I like this whole Playboy/Badboy situation where he has a reputation and he cannot lose it ! I really want to read the story ! So thank you very very much !

Enrique Herrera said...

I love the amount of detail that is put into the text. Almost like watching a movie! ^_^

Amanda Sakovitz said...

Chloe's dilemma intrigues me.

Thomas Murphy said...

Being about a scandal in Washington intrigues me.

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