Sarah M. Anderson

Contemporary Westerns with a KICK


Award-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, she had plenty of encouragement to learn everything she could about the tribes of the Great Plains.

When she started writing, 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. Sarah writes for both Harlequin Desire and Samhain Publishing.

Sarah won the RT Reviewer’s Choice Best Desire of 2012 for A Man of Privilege and accepted the award in person in Kansas City at the RT Convention on May 3, 2013.

Combining snarky humor with shirtless cowboys on horseback, Sarah strives to raise awareness of the realities of life on Lakota Indian reservations. She uses proper Lakota translations when her characters speak their native language.

Sarah lives in Illinois with her husband, son, and rescue dogs. She is a writer and editor at Mark Twain Media, Inc., an educational publishing company. When not chasing her son around or writing, she attempts to read, knit, and complete home improvement projects on her historical 1895 Queen Anne house.


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How did you get started writing?

Like every author, I got my start writing by reading. Getting lost in other times and places was one of my favorite things to do as a kid. I always knew I wanted to be a writer, and throughout the years, I took various cracks at it. Those attempts were all pretty terrible. The trick to writing is to keep writing. It’s both that simple and that hard.

How long does it take you to write a book?

I can finish a book in three to four months, depending on what’s going on with my family. Then the book has to make a few rounds between my readers before it gets passed up to my agent and then my editor. It’s not unusual for me to be writing one book, doing revisions on a second book, and proofreading a third one at the same time.

How many books are in this series? When will the next one be out?

A Man of His Word, A Man of Privilege and A Man of Distinction were a loosely related series I call Lawyers in Love. A Real Cowboy was a stand-alone book. The Bolton Brothers include the books Straddling the Line, Bringing Home a Bachelor and Expecting a Bolton Baby. Mystic Cowboy, Masked Cowboy and Nobody are a different series called Men of the White Sandy. Then I’ll be starting a new series with Rodeo Dreams for Superromance. Finally, I’ll round out 2014 with the first three books in a brand-new series called The Beaumont Heirs.

Did you sell the first book you wrote?

No. A Man of His Word was--wait, let me count--the tenth book I wrote. I’ve written nineteen total. The first three books I wrote were how I learned to write. If I hadn’t written them, I wouldn’t have figured out how to build a book. But that doesn’t mean anyone else should ever read them!

Where do you get your ideas? Are your characters based on real-life people?

I have what has been described as ‘an over-active imagination.’ While that wasn’t always a benefit in the classroom, now I appreciate it. I don’t base any of my characters on real people, but I do try to put my characters in real places. Most of the American Indian reservations I use are real places in and near South Dakota.

Some of the reservations you describe are not much more than third-world countries. Are you creating those places or are they real?

Sadly, no. Many American Indian reservations are places of extreme poverty. The Pine Ridge Lakota reservation is the poorest county in the United States. Many of the homes there have no running water or electricity. There are no stores on the rez, as its known, and few schools. Students have to be bussed several hours away, and most drop out before they finish eight grade. Drug and alcoholism is rampant.

Do you support any charities to help the Lakota?

Through blogging, social media, and donations, I support Lakota Pine Ridge Children's Enrichment Project. They collect school supplies and clothing for Lakota children on Pine Ridge and other reservations. I encourage people to stuff a backpack and support their efforts. You can make a difference, one child at a time!

What language do your Lakota Indian characters speak? Is that really Lakota?

My Lakota Indian characters do speak Lakota. Most of the translations were provided by Lakota Language Consortium (, an organization at the forefront of Lakota language revitalization. Other members of the Lakota tribe have generously provided me with translations.

Can you introduce me to your agent and/or editor?

I wish I could, but it’s just not possible. If you’re just getting started with your writing journey, I recommend starting with Editors and Preditors, Query Tracker, and Writers Beware, as well as looking into a trade organization, such as Romance Writers of America. There’s a wealth of information out there. The best thing to do is write, write, write!

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2014 Press Kit


   “You really don’t belong here.”

One cowboy stepped forward. The overhead light hit the brim of his black cowboy hat, casting a dark shadow onto his face. The shadow, combined with the ten-day-old beard he wore, made it almost impossible to read his expression. His hands hung at his sides, the left shoulder at a slightly lower angle, probably from where he’d hit the ground rolling earlier.

“This is no place for a girl.”

June knew who this cowboy was—she’d know that jaw, those shoulders anywhere. Travis Younkin was the most famous bull rider on this circuit and one of the best bull riders in the last decade. He’d been on the verge of winning the TCB Harley Pro Challenge finals—the major league—in Vegas before that one last ride had taken a few years of his life. She’d followed his career before it got shot to hell and back—well, it was more than that. She’d followed a lot of riders’ careers, studying their rides for what worked and what didn’t. Travis was the one bull rider who’d held her attention in a more personal way, one that went far beyond a good ride. There’d always been something about him…

After his wreck, she’d cried for him.

Now he was trying to claw his way back up to the bigs. Aside from Red and one or two other guys, he was the only one here who could claim to be a real professional.

And he didn’t think she could do this, either.





4 Stars! "Things are heating up as we head back to the Rez. In this the third installment of the Men of the White Sandy series we meet Nobody — the definition of tall, dark and sexy. With a mix of gritty realism and mysticism, Anderson delivers a great story that is just a bit unexpected. The plot is exciting and the characters are heartfelt and down-to-earth."--RT  Book Reviews

5 stars! "Get ready to have your heart broken over and over... The struggle [Nobody] goes through to understand that he is worth loving and trusting is heartbreaking but so worth the journey that I’m honored to have had the chance to read it and gush over it to anyone who will listen. You want this story!"--Books-A-Holic Anon

Recommended Read! “Nobody is one of the best contemporary romances of 2014, thus far. This book held me in thrall from the first word until the last. The story has such heart – even amidst the starkness of life on the reservation. And Nobody is a hero to die for. He is unforgettable, in his quiet way. I encourage readers to read his story...”--Romance Novel News

5 Stars! Nobody is one of those books that reaches right to your heart and squeezes it. --Love Romance Tales

4.5 Stars! I have waited for Nobody’s story since the first book in this series and I loved it! The troubled hero is all that I imagined and I thoroughly enjoyed his tale…I absolutely love the tortured hero trope, and Nobody fits perfectly into my happy place.--Ramblings from a Chaotic Mind

5 Stars! I absolutely love the tortured hero trope, and Nobody fits perfectly into my happy place.--Tome Tender

Grade B! I adored this story…Of course, by the end of the story-Nobody really isn’t just a nobody anymore.  He’s definitely Melinda’s somebody.--Smexy Books

4 Stars! I was very happy and satisfied with this much anticipated story of my favourite hero in the Men of The White Sandy series, Nobody. As always, Sarah M. Anderson creates unique characters, beautiful settings but doesn’t take the easy route. She stays true to her protagonists and their attributes. They are distinctive and layered…I can’t wait to read the next installment!--Swept Away by Romance

4 1/2 stars! I loved finally reading Nobody's story, and being able to visit with the various characters of the White Sandy again. Steamy and sweet with a lovely story and fascinating setting, Nobody is a gem of a contemporary romance. If you love a good tortured hero with a heart of gold, don't miss this book!--The Book Queen's Book Palace

Nobody not only has bad boy sexy down he also has the “strong and silent” persona too. I love seeing guys like Nobody fall for the girl! --Ramblings and Reviews

5 Stars! "I’ve been waiting for Nobody’s book. The mysterious man with the bad reputation and grumpy demeanour has been on my want-to-read pile since he first graced the pages of this series and, by God, he was worth the wait."--Scorching Book Reviews

4 Stars! "Oh, this story is just lovely, lovely and heart wrenching and heartwarming."--Erin Burns' Bookshelf

4.5 Stars! "I’ve enjoyed every romance that Ms. Anderson has put out in the Men of the White Sandy series but I have to say that Nobody is my absolute favorite."--Books-n-Kisses

Grade B! "Nobody is the kind of tortured hero I love."--Red Hot Books

"Nobody is everything that I have come to expect from Anderson, a wonderfully emotional and steamy romance with characters that are different enough, and developed enough, to really capture and keep your attention."--Rosie Reads Romance

"If you are looking for a different contemporary romance, this just might be it…This was a very powerful and emotional story. And I too, learned to love Nobody."--The Many Faces of Romance

4 Stars! "I love the uniqueness of the characters this author writes."--Guilty Pleasure Book Reviews