Book Spotlight & Interview: Mystic Cowboy by Sarah M. Anderson


Today, I am excited to have Sarah here to talk about her new book, Mystic Cowboy.  Have you seen the cover?  All I have to say is that is Rebel is one hot, sexy man and I loved this book.

1. Tell me about your new release.

Mystic Cowboy is a new/old release. It’s been out in ebook for a while, but it’s out in print now and I’m so excited–the cover is even hotter in print than it was on the computer screen!

Mystic Cowboy is about a doctor named Madeline Mitchell who moves out to run a clinic on the White Sandy Lakota Indian reservation.  Once she gets there, she discovers the medicine man, Rebel Runs Fast, is seemingly out to foil her every move.  But before long, things begin to heat up–especially once they go skinny dipping!

2. Where did you come up with the idea for Mystic Cowboy?

It really did come down to an opposites attract situation.  I wanted people who were both trying to make the world a better place and take care of people, but they went about it in totally different ways that placed them in opposition at every turn. Rebel sends people to sweat lodges and Madeline sends them to clinical trials.  In many of the situations, there’s no one right answer–until they have to work together to solve a medical crisis.

Rebel’s name was inspired by a minor-league baseball game I went to.  Small-ball players often have a lot of fun and don’t take themselves too seriously. That night, every single player was introduced with some corny name–Cadillac, McScoochy–and their player headshot featured the same hilariously oversized pair of Elvis sunglasses.  One player had gone with the name Rebel and I thought, man–that’s a great character name! When I thought of the character of a medicine man who never does what people expect, the name was a perfect fit!

3. Do you have any influence on the models for your covers?

I do! Samhain is really wonderful about working with authors to make the cover just right.  I’ll be honest, the first cover looked a bit like Slash, the guitar player for Guns n’ Roses–remember him?–doing a Chippendales  strip tease.  This model was featured on the cover of Cynful by Dana Marie Bell and I said to my editor, why can’t we get a model like him?  And she went and got him. His image is a stock photo, so this exact picture has popped up on…four? Five? I’ve lost count–but a bunch of different romances.

4. Which authors do you feel have been a big influence on you becoming a writer?

I didn’t come from a family of romance readers, believe it or not.  I read Scott O’Dell and Judy Blume, then Stephen King and Dave Barry before I moved onto Charles Dickens and Jane Austen.  I got to the romance eventually! Basically, I just read a lot, across genres and devoured good books.

5. What are you working on now?

I’ve just started The Beaumonts #3,  A Beaumont Christmas Wedding.  It’ll be out in November 2014 from Harlequin Desire.  It’s a new series that kicks off in September 2014 and it’s about a family that owns a huge brewery in Denver, Colorado.  I’m really enjoying it!

Lightning Round:

1. Favorite Food?

Chocolate.  In every form except chocolate-covered espresso beans–I don’t like coffee!

2. TV Guilty Pleasure?

Magnum P.I. I looooove the mustache!!!

3. Most interesting thing that you had to research for a book?

Ohhhh–there are so many weird things–um–I do tend to wander around real estate but I’m also fascinated with historical things, like when modern underwear was invented or how tampons were marketed back in the 1930s.

Oh! I know! For my upcoming May book, Nobody (Men of the White Sandy #3), I had to research interiors to Airstream trailers and you know what? Airstream has the floor plan for every single trailer they’ve ever made digitized and online.  I wandered around there for hours!  You just never know when you’re going to fall down a research hole!

4. Favorite Candy?

You mean, besides chocolate?  Jelly beans or Gummi bears–something light and sweet and perfect for summer (that doesn’t melt all over your hands when it’s hot!)

About the Author:

SarahMAndersonhiresAward-winning author Sarah M. Anderson may live east of the Mississippi River, but her heart lies out west on the Great Plains.  With a lifelong love of horses and two history teachers for parents, it wasn’t long before her characters found themselves out in South Dakota among the Lakota Sioux.  She loves to put people from two different worlds into new situations and to see how their backgrounds and cultures take them someplace they never thought they’d go.

When not helping out at school or walking her rescue dogs, Sarah spends her days having conversations with imaginary cowboys and American Indians, all of which is surprisingly well-tolerated by her wonderful husband and son.  You can learn more about Sarah at



The White Sandy Reservation needs a doctor, and Madeline Mitchell needs to do a little good in the world. It seems like a perfect fit, until she meets the medicine man, Rebel Runs Fast. As far as Madeline can tell, Rebel’s sole mission is to convince her patients that modern medicine can’t help them.  And the fact that he makes her heart race every time he looks at her only irritates her more.

Rebel swore off the white man’s world–and women–years ago. But he’s never met a woman like Dr. Mitchell. She doesn’t speak the language, understand the customs, or believe he’s anything more than a charlatan–but she stays, determined to help his people. He tries to convince himself that his tribe doesn’t need her, but when patients start getting sick with strange symptoms, he realizes that he needs her more than ever.


Jennifer’s Review of Mystic Cowboy

Review (4.5 Stars):  I loved Rebel and Madeline so much that I want a Rebel of my own!  Madeline moves to the White Sandy Reservation to operate their medical clinic, a clinic where previous doctors stayed less than five months.  Madeline is smart, sassy and ends up verbally sparing with Rebel every time that he enters her clinic.  Rebel is considered a medicine man by his community and is leery of the new doctor on the reservation.  But both of them can’t help but be attracted to one another and sparks fly when they finally get together.

I love the cover of Mystic Cowboy and I was drawn into the story within the first few pages.  Rebel was such an interesting character for me.  Handsome, sexy, artistic and he had given up on women before Madeline entered his life.  He took care of so many people in his community, both financially and spiritually, which makes him a hero in my eyes.  He deserved someone like Madeline who could finally be someone he could count on and wouldn’t see him as the poor man to feel sorry for because he lived on the reservation.

Mystic Cowboy was a hot, steamy romance that kept me up late into the night.  Loved Rebel and Madeline’s story and Ms. Anderson has created characters that you can fall in love with. Looking forward to reading Masked Cowboy which will be out in print later this year.


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