Teaser Tuesday: SWITCHBACK

The release of my newest novel has taken longer than planned, but I am still hard at work and hope to have it out to you all soon. “Switchback” is a modern day romance set in the world of competitive women’s downhill mountain biking. The story follows Sierra Cody, a rising star, and Dr. Kara Davies, an event chiropractor on the medical team, who meet following Sierra’s crash.

I appreciate the outpouring of support and encouragement I have received during my first three novels and hope you will enjoy number four just as much.

Thank you for your patience. As a reward, here is a short teaser for “Switchback”

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“She’s not the type I usually pick up and I seriously doubt I’m what she usually looks for. I mean, look at her. I can’t go over there with some cheesy pick up line. She’s too sophisticated for that. She’s drinking white wine for goodness sakes! And I don’t want to’ wham-bam, thank you ma’am’ her either. I have to do this right.” Sierra exhaled and took another sip of her beer. This was indeed new territory for her, but she was never afraid of trying. After all, nothing good ever happened if you never left the starting gate.

Ronni pretended to gag, then rolled her eyes and shrugged. “Whatever. Just be careful with that one. She seems frigid. She’s already turned down two potential suitors and isn’t doing much talking. If you need me to help break through—“

“No, thank you! I will handle this myself. The last time you ‘helped’ me you started a brawl.” Sierra narrowed her eyes and side-eyed her best friend.

“Yeah, good times, bestie, good times.” Ronni slapped her on the back and staggered to her feet. “Well, if you change your mind, I’ll be with Blake and Harley getting my drink on.”

Harley waved them both over. On many a night, Sierra would have 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 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. With a stop at the bar for two bottles of beer, she then 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.

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 side to side 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 saved you. 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 golden eyes and a newly applied 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 rider 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 a 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.

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I hope you enjoyed this sneak peak. There will be more to come in the weeks ahead.

Look for “SWITCHBACK” this summer on Amazon.

All the best,

S.W.

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