By S.W. Andersen
Genre: lesbian romance
Sierra Cody is on fire. A rising star in women’s professional downhill mountain bike racing, she has all the tools to become a world champion. All she needs to do is fully commit herself. Something far easier said than done. As stubborn as she is independent, Sierra has always carved her own path, refusing to fall in line with the controlling, commercialized aspects of the sport. Her trademark no-holds-barred, reckless style of riding has earned her as many cheers as it has jeers.
Dr. Kara Davies, a highly regarded and accomplished physician, is well on her way to achieving her dreams in chiropractic research. Commitment to her goals has never been an issue, but her personal life is a different story. Preferring the comfort and safety of her lab over personal relationships, Kara’s one-track mind allows no deviation.
But life is full of twists and turns.
After an accident on the track lands Sierra in Kara’s on-site medical center, the doctor suddenly finds she has more on her mind that work. Blindsided by mutual attraction, Sierra and Kara struggle to accept their feelings for each other and to deal with the change it brings.
Will love be enough? Or will life’s little switchbacks send them both careening off course?
EXCERPT From “Switchback”
Sierra’s ex, the dirty blonde spitfire named Harley, waved them both over.
On many a night, Sierra would’ve accepted the offer, but tonight she preferred to continue her pursuit of the doctor who had already turned down several drink offers. That was one of the reasons she had to do this right. Another reason was that the doctor deserved better than some ridiculous, overused pick-up line. A plan took shape in her mind. Now, all she had to do was figure out how to get her alone so she could make her move.
As soon as the question was posed, an answer presented itself. The doctor excused herself from the table and headed toward the ladies room. Sierra was quick on her feet, searching out a willing accomplice to help get her foot in the door. After a stop at the bar for two bottles of beer, she approached one of the male rookies on the tour, Rob. He was handsome, with dusty blonde hair and crisp blue eyes and had enough of a buzz going to agree to a favor for a free beer. When the doctor returned, Sierra pointed her out and Rob set out to intercept his target.
Anticipation bubbled in Sierra’s chest. “Perfect,” she whispered as she followed a few feet behind him, but was careful to remain hidden.
Thanks to the crowd, the doctor was held up at the far end of the bar. Rob approached from behind and when she was forced to stop, he leaned in and said, “Excuse me. I’m Mr. Right. Someone said you were looking for me.”
Not again. Kara rolled her eyes and took a deep breath. Never one to be rude, she had a polite turn down on the tip of her tongue as she faked a smile and spun around.
“Thank you but…Sierra?” Startled to find the object of her infatuation rather than a mystery man, she quickly glanced right and left in confusion. “I didn’t expect to see you there. I mean…there was just a guy…”
Sierra smiled seductively and took a step closer. In a husky tone, she replied, “Yeah well, I told him if anyone was buying the smoking hot doctor a drink tonight it was me. I hope that was all right.” She looked down and picked at the label on her bottle before meeting Kara’s shell-shocked stare once again. “But…” She shrugged. “If he’s more your type, then I can get him right back here.”
Long, dark lashes framed Sierra’s light amber eyes which shimmered like gold. The touch of black eyeliner accented them to perfection. Mesmerized by the way they sparkled back at her, Kara stood speechless, motionless, frozen in an imaginary tractor beam that kept pulling her closer to the other woman until Sierra’s warm breath tiptoed across her skin. Goosebumps blazed a trail from her collar bone to her scalp. A shiver swept over her. Unable to form words, Kara finally gathered the strength to look away, dipping her head and blushing furiously. Sierra Cody had the power to render her speechless and it was unsettling.
With the stunning woman out of her field of vision, Kara’s short-circuited nerve endings began to fire anew, allowing her to put syllables together in a coherent manner. “That won’t be necessary, but thank you,” she said with a shy smile. She was no stranger to being on the receiving end of flirtation—which she always declined with ease—but with little to no effort, Sierra had managed to put everyone else she had ever encountered to shame. Saying no to her was about as easy as fighting gravity.
About the Author
S.W. Andersen has four novels under her belt.
Her debut novel, “Somewhere Between Love and Justice,” received such rave reviews as “A Riveting Read” and “UNPUTDOWNABLE.”
“The Price of Payback,” is the sequel that has been called “A fantastic follow up” and “A great story about family.”
“Love By Design” is a best seller in lesbian fiction earning reviews such as “An exceptionally well written journey into self-discovery” and “A beautifully written love story” that gave readers “the feels.”
Her latest book, “Switchback,” is a romance set in the world of competitive downhill mountain bike racing.
Having been raised by her mother, a strong female character in her own right, she has always been attracted to stories that depicted independent, determined, capable women. She has spent a large part of her life around horses and rodeos and has always had an affinity for the cowgirl lifestyle. Her love of the mountains, westerns and stories involving strong female characters were the driving forces behind her first two stories. When she isn’t working or writing, she enjoys outdoor activities and traveling with her wife. They share their ten acres in rural Florida with a rambunctious crew of two dogs, four cats and two horses.
From wild west gunslingers to modern day romances, who knows what will be next.
You can follow more at swandersenwrites.com