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!

DEFENDING-HEARTS

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.

party like it’s Facebook

On Monday the 5th June I’ll be participating in my first-ever Facebook party, courtesy of my fellow American-in-South-Africa author buddy Erica Taylor! From 12:30 PM (US East Coast time) I’ll be hosting a guaranteed eclectic slot replete with eye candy, giveaways and general disjointed banter. Be sure to stop by!

Book Launch Facebook Party for A Suitable Affair

goodreads giveaway!

Hello faithful readers! I’m minutes away from signing off for the holidays – including a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Zimbabwe – but I have a late-breaking opportunity for you to up your festive game!

From 1 January my publisher will be giving away two print copies of CROSSING HEARTS via Goodreads, closing the 19th January. Start off 2017 right by entering here: http://bit.ly/2ilm2ux

Happy holidays to you and yours, and all the best for 2017!

game, set, match!

It’s April 14th, which means two things: only one day left for US citizens to file their taxes, and release day for LOVE IN STRAIGHT SETS! Its release is part of Carina Press’s Sports Week, spotlighting sexy athletes and the men and women who love them.

Love in Straight SetsIn addition to being in Kansas on vacation – where the state has kindly decided to make up for nine months of tropical South Africa by going through three seasons in four days, topping it off with a dusting of snow this morning – I’m all over the web like a zombie plague.

You can win stuff by commenting at Give Me Books and Fresh Fiction and later today at RT, and you can read an excerpt at the Contemporary Romance Cafe.

If you want to see whether this one’s worth the money, there have been some great reviews from the Dirty Girls and my personal intellectual hero, Jackie Horne from Romance Novels for Feminists.

That’s it for now, but watch this space for even more surprise appearances from my tempestuous tennis player Regan and her sexy Zimbabwean super coach!

Bunker-Play Blog Hop

I’m not going to lie to y’all – I’m not a huge fan of professional golf. It takes ages, winners and losers are often determined long before the game is finished, and how seriously can you take a sport where guys like Angel Cabrera can become champions?

Angel enjoys a performance-reducing drug.

I always groan when golf is the sport du jour on the gym TV screens…yet I don’t mind playing a bit of mini-golf or even hitting a few balls at a driving range. Just recently I found myself taking a couple of swings at a golf course here in Johannesburg, and with a cloudless blue sky and incredible highveld vistas I suddenly understood why so many people love to play.

Which brings me to that essential distinction: sports we love to watch vs. sports we love to play.

bunkerhop2I’m a fairly committed middle-distance runner, always training for the next 10K or half-marathon. A colleague recently asked whether I was interested in joining her harriers club, and as I analyzed what turned me off about the prospect I realized that what makes running my favorite activity is that it’s completely solitary. Every run comes down to me versus my personal goals, and having to make conversation or keep up with a group is the last thing I want.

On the flip side, one of my favorite sports to watch – but not play – is football (or soccer for my fellow North American natives). Weirdly, what I love most about it is the team dynamic! I find it fascinating that a player can be a superstar on one team yet become shockingly bad when he moves to the next, or the way the addition of a new player can transform the cohesion of a side. And let’s not forget those on-pitch moments that are practically soap operatic with thrown-up palms and angry pointing!

The Striker's Chance by Rebecca CrowleyHow do your preferences shake out when it comes to playing versus watching? Are there any sports you love to do but can’t bear to sit through on TV? Tell me which sports you love and loathe and why, and one lucky commenter will win a copy of THE STRIKER’S CHANCE, my Carina Press debut about a sexy soccer superstar who joins a failing team and meets his match in – and loses his heart to – the ambitious publicist assigned to revamp his image.

BUT WAIT! As part of the Bunker-Play Blog Hop you also have the chance to enter a Rafflecopter giveaway including some awesome swag from author Lily Malone whose latest, Fairway to Heaven, is available now! Follow the links below for the giveaway and to visit the other amazing bloggers, and be sure to check back here on January 15th to see whether THE STRIKER’S CHANCE will be winging its way to an eReader near you!

Click here to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway!

And click here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list!

guest post and giveaway

I’m talking about holiday traditions over at RR@H Novel Thoughts today, and one commenter will win a free copy of Hero’s Homecoming!

http://rrahnovelthoughts.com/2013/11/22/heros-homecoming-by-rebecca-crowley-guest-blog-and-giveaway/

Release day went off without a hitch and I have a few more exciting guest posts on the way, plus I got some GREAT news yesterday, but I’ll hold off on sharing it for now – everyone loves a bit of a suspense, right?