Rogue Nights

Hello faithful readers! I am beyond delighted to share that I’ll have a story in the next volume of the Rogue anthologies! ROGUE NIGHTS is now available for pre-order ahead of its 8 November release, and the tales of romance and resistance packed within these pages are stirring and super sexy!

My story, “Parking Lot Cowboy,” is about a strong, silent-type cowboy (who literally wears a cowboy hat and almost never speaks) and an epidemiologist who meet when they both escort at a family-planning clinic in Topeka. Much of the inspiration for this story hearkens back to growing up in Kansas, surrounded by at-times astonishingly radical ideologies, and having to learn to live alongside people whose opinions differ wildly to mine, but also occasionally being taken by surprise by the most delightfully unexpected allies.

If you like a little resistance in your romance, I heartily recommend picking this one up. And the pre-order price is only $0.99 sense so really, what’re you waiting for?

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Hearts in Extra Time

I’m pleased to announce that HEARTS IN EXTRA TIME – Atlanta Skyline #3.5 – is now available for pre-order! This holiday novella features an uptight heroine prone to tension headaches, a charming hero prone to flirting, and a three-day road trip that changes both their lives forever.

HEARTS IN EXTRA TIME is live to pre-order on Amazon, and I’ll be adding links to other retailers over the next couple of days. Happy reading!

Hearts in Extra Time Rebecca Crowley

Swapping her honeymoon trip for a singles cruise should’ve been the one upside to her canceled wedding, but disembarking to discover that a snowstorm has crippled the East Coast flings corporate lawyer Stella Schuster right back into the high-octane anxiety mode she’d been trying to escape. She was supposed to come back from the Caribbean refreshed, relaxed, and ready to become the kind of carefree, spontaneous woman her ex-fiancé left her for. But stuck in Miami with urgent deadlines, no way to get home to Atlanta, and the tension headache from hell, Stella’s facing a long night glued to her laptop in the airport lounge—until a sexy stranger slides into the empty seat at her table.

Defensive midfielder Aaron Jackson may be one of the lesser lights in Atlanta Skyline’s high-profile line-up—he definitely doesn’t get paid like a star—but he gets to do what he loves, and that’s all he cares about. As in, that’s genuinely all he cares about. Aaron lives for the moment, thrives on uncertainty and adventure, fully embraces his commitment phobia and steers well clear of stress-heads too focused on planning every minute to enjoy the one they’re in—stress-heads exactly like the stunning woman scowling at her laptop screen.

Just as Stella decides that an airport quickie might be the perfect way to usher in her new self, their flight goes from delayed to canceled, stranding them in Miami along with hundreds of other passengers. The only way back to Atlanta is on a road trip that will force Stella to focus on today, tempt Aaron to consider tomorrow, and maybe even lead to the shared future neither of them ever imagined they wanted—if they’re brave enough to follow the winding road of fate.

#RWA18

Hello faithful readers! I’m exhausted, bleary-eyed and completely pumped after an amazing trip to Denver to attend my first-ever RWA National Conference. The three days were packed with inspiring craft talks, industry events and lots of wine. I’ve broken the weekend down to three highlights, but these barely scratch the surface of the RWA whirlwind.

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Big in France

The Atlanta Skyline series has recently been released in a French edition, and I had the pleasure of meeting with Pauline Reymond from J’ai Lu, the French publisher. We had a fantastic chat over coffee, covering all of the essential talking points from which French footballers are the hottest…and also which French footballers are the hottest. Having established our shared love for Olivier Giroud, I was fascinated by what Pauline shared about French romance readers and how they vary from American readers. Like Americans they’re very passionate about their genre, however they connect less well to small towns and cowboys and actively write into publishers demanding more diversity. They like real-world stories about real-world people, and I hope Atlanta Skyline gives them exactly that! I really enjoyed learning about romance in another part of the world, and of course it was great to find out that I’m big in France. 😉

Not Reinventing the Wheel

I attended a number of workshops at the conference and made an effort to steer myself away from the more emo sessions I gravitate toward and focus on subjects I need to get better at, like marketing. While those were useful, the workshop that resonated most with me was also the one that broke this rule: Reinvention: The Not-So Straight Path to Success, presented by Tanya Michaels, Monica Murphy, Kate Pearce and Kathy McDavid. The authors on this panel spoke candidly about the ups and downs of the industry, and I  took away a lot about the power of sheer stubbornness and determination when it comes to succeeding as an author. I also especially appreciated Kate Pearce’s comments about valuing your author voice, and trusting that your readers will follow your voice no matter where you take it. I was totally uplifted by these ladies and it was by far my favorite workshop of the conference.

Sisterhood is Powerful

RWA was undeniably great for professional networking, craft and technique advice, and keeping up-to-date with the industry. But more than anything, I flipping loved spending time with my two writerly besties Erica Taylor and Joss Wood. I don’t regret a minute of sleep I didn’t get because I was busy staying up late, laughing myself to tears with these two. The unforgiving publishing industry plus the vulnerability of writing can make a brutal combination, but when you’ve got friends you can bitch with, wine/whine with, and who won’t judge your best RITA party dance moves, the whole endeavor feels a little more survivable.

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I definitely recommend attending RWA Nationals, whether you’re a published author, an aspiring writer or even just a huge fan of the genre. From rubbing elbows with big names to discovering a next favorite series, RWA is a fun, relaxed, utterly brilliant event. I’ll be back!

release day for SAVING HEARTS!

Happy Tuesday! SAVING HEARTS hits digital shelves today – check out the Books page for full buy links – and while I’m sad to say goodbye (for now) to the men of Atlanta Skyline, I’m excited for readers to finally meet its alpha heroine, Erin, and Brendan, Skyline’s neuro-atypical goalkeeper. You can catch my interview on the HEA blog to learn a little more about the future potential of the series.

This release day finds me in my new home in Houston, so it’s perhaps apropos that as I reflect on the process of writing SAVING HEARTS I realized that huge chunks of it were drafted in airport lounges and hotels. I had two trips to London and one to Amsterdam in the space of about ten weeks, and the overnight flights to and from Johannesburg often left me with a spare most-of-a-day on either end of work training. Here are some fun facts about my own setting for these scenes:

  • Erin’s trip to snoop Brendan’s house was written in the airport lounge at OR Tambo.
  • I wrote the backstory to Brendan’s neuro-atypicality in a hotel in Baker Street.
  • Erin’s visit to Brendan’s hometown was drafted at a spare desk in my company’s London office.
  • Erin realized she was falling for Brendan while I was in Schiphol airport.
  • Brendan fell in love with Erin when I was perched on a stool in the lounge at Heathrow’s terminal 5, with a view over the security lines.
  • I wrote the final scene in the cafe at my gym in Johannesburg, where I knew there’d be no wifi to distract me.

As you can see, Brendan and Erin traveled thousands of miles with me in the couple of months it took to write their story. Maybe that’s why they have an extra special place in my heart. They’re both deeply flawed and prone to awful mistakes and misjudgments, even ethical transgressions, but in the end they want nothing more than to do right by each other, and in the process find that they’re right for each other. I love them and this book to bits, and I hope you will, too.

Homefront Trilogy on sale!

Happy holidays from Houston! If, like me, you’re too sluggish from the onslaught of holiday food to move much further than the distance between your couch and your phone, I’ve got good news: all three books in the broody-sexy Homefront Trilogy will be only $0.99 across all platforms until January 2nd! That’s three military heroes and three HEAs for less than $3!

For complete buy links visit the Books page. Happy reading!

the naughty bits

I don’t know about y’all, but to me, some of the best bits of romance novels are the naughtiest ones! What could be better than reading about two people struggling to find their way to each other emotionally first finding their way physically? Sex scenes play a powerful role in developing relationships on – and off! – the page, and I’m super excited to be part of a competition that celebrates exactly that.

In a moment of potential insanity given the competitors in contests past, I’ve entered Nix’s infamous Sex Scene Championship for 2017! I’m up against a fearsome m/m scene penned by a previous competitor, but I’d appreciate your votes nonetheless. The polls close on Thursday at 4 PM GMT (5 PM in South Africa, 2 PM on the East Coast), oh, and you can enter to win prizes! Go forth and click to vote for Oz and Kate from Defending Hearts!

http://www.scorching-book-reviews.com/sex-scene-championship-2017-mia-west-vs-rebecca-crowley-sscenec2017-miawestwrites-rachelmaybe/

release day for DEFENDING HEARTS!

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It’s release day for DEFENDING HEARTS and it’s an extra special one! To celebrate my tenth book (!!!) I’m giving away ten free digital copies. Comment on my Facebook post to be eligible to win one of ten free downloads of DEFENDING HEARTS! Winners will be drawn at random on Friday, 22nd September.