D. A. Bale


Sometimes life emulates fiction.

Life is filled with tragedy and Ms. Bale's writing reflects this reality. However, there is always a silver lining...even if one must spend their entire life searching for it.

In her previous career, Ms. Bale traveled the United States as a Government Relations Liaison, working closely with Congressional offices and various government agencies. This experience afforded her a glimpse into the sometimes "not so pretty" reality of the political sphere. Much of this reality and various locations throughout her travels make it into her writing.

She dreams of the day she can return to visit Alaska.

Smashwords Interview

What do your fans mean to you?
Do you know how amazingly humbling it is when a perfect stranger emails and tells you how much they liked your book and are looking for the next one? It's truly indescribable! When a fan email pops up on my computer, I feel like I just jumped out of and then right back into my skin - okay, that sounds weird. But it really becomes an almost surreal out-of-body experience for a split second. Then I have to email back and say I'm working on the follow-up. I know how disappointed I get when I'm reading a series, only to discover that the next book hasn't been released - and I'm so ready for it to be!!! That's hard when I have to share such news with one of my readers too, but I do understand.
What are you working on next?
The third and final book in the "Deepest Darkness" series. The first was "Running into the Darkness" followed by "Piercing the Darkness" - so now I'm writing "Rising from the Darkness." Do you see a pattern developing here? :-) Throughout the series, we've followed Dr. Samantha Bartlett as she tumbles down, deeper and deeper to the bottom of herself and who she HAS been in order to become who others WANT her to be - a deadly killer. After reaching the bottom, we see in the second book as she faces the consequences of what she's done, the fear of being discovered, and the surprise to realize that there are those who care about and still believe in her. The final book is where Samantha begins to piece the puzzle back together as truth dawns about who these people REALLY are who used her so brutally. But in the quest for justice, she'll lose much once again - our actions have consequences ultimately, and it is the strong person who willingly faces the truth of said consequences - regardless of the cost to self.
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Where to find D. A. Bale online


The Bartender Babe Chronicles
Twenty-six year-old former Dallas debutante Victoria Bohanan tries to keep her nose out of other people's business - and fails.
Think Before You Speak
Price: $2.99 USD.
Knock Before You Enter
Price: $2.99 USD.
Die Before You Wake
Price: $2.99 USD.
Deepest Darkness
How far will you go to seek revenge?


Die Before You Wake
Series: The Bartender Babe Chronicles, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,480. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
What do you get when you combine a coma-inducing career, an ardent academic, and a nefarious nemesis? A Vicki Bohanan hangover cocktail.
Knock Before You Enter
Series: The Bartender Babe Chronicles, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,000. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Your favorite bartender is headed on vacation - and this time it isn't all high heels and handsome hunks. Try gators, a grandmother, and GOLD!
Think Before You Speak
Series: The Bartender Babe Chronicles, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,520. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Vicki Bohanan is at it again, and this time she’s sporting a whole new reputation. On the eve of preseason football, blackmail lands at her feet – and for a woman with an attitude the size of Texas, it’s gonna take more than a pigskin to plug her pie hole.
Look Before You Jump
Series: The Bartender Babe Chronicles, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 58,680. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
When scandal comes calling and Vicki leaps into the fray, you know it’s gonna be big. This here’s Texas after all.
Rising from the Darkness
Series: Deepest Darkness, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 91,160. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
It's finally here - the explosive finale of the Deepest Darkness series by D. A. Bale
Piercing the Darkness
Series: Deepest Darkness, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 63,610. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Get set for the continuation of the Deepest Darkness series with Book Two, the sequel to Running into the Darkness by D. A. Bale.
The Study
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,720. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
(5.00 from 1 review)
The medical community is seeking volunteers for a sleep study - but something goes very wrong.
Running into the Darkness
Series: Deepest Darkness, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 71,750. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(4.67 from 6 reviews)
Samantha never intended to kill the President. As a doctor, she swore an oath to protect life – not take it. But that was before he ordered the murder of her family.

Smashwords book reviews by D. A. Bale

  • The Ballad of Mercy Tyler on Dec. 31, 2011

    This brief work only whets the appetite to read William Brian Johnson's "Hell to Pay". Even though he's a "bad guy" you almost feel sorry for Mercy Tyler's end.