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The F-Word: or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Romance

 

I’m a feminist. There, I said it – no apologies, no caveats, no justifications. I’m equally unapologetic about my lifelong love of romance fiction and wholeheartedly believe the two can sit comfortably side-by-side – thanks largely to awesome, true-to-life heroines.

 

My mother (an attorney) is also a fervent romance reader, and thanks to her habit of grabbing used Harlequins from the free shelf at the Post Office I began reading romance at around the same time I was working my way through Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. I cut my teeth on all those classic ’80s tropes: angry billionaires and virginal supermodels, cold-hearted bosses and frumpy secretaries, and the ubiquitous, troubling sexual encounter wherein her consent is just ambiguous enough for him to apologize afterward. I still love a good vintage read now and again but I think it’s a testament to the genre that today’s romances have come so far in the portrayal of complicated, nuanced, self-possessed heroines.

 

If you pick up a contemporary romance today, you’re more likely to find a heroine who’s a business owner rather than a secretary, a self-sufficient single mother rather than a pregnant lost soul, and happy with her too-big, too-small, or otherwise imperfect body rather than resigned to singlehood because she wears glasses. It makes me so proud to see romance constantly evolving in the heroines it produces, and I’m hopeful that the heroine in my debut, The Striker’s Chance (which released from Carina Press yesterday) will live up to her kick-ass peers.

 

The Striker's Chance small Holly Taylor is a sports publicist, and landing the PR contract for North Carolina’s new soccer team could take her career to the next level. Her task? Make Kepler “Killer” de Klerk, an athlete with a party-hard reputation, a star. But revamping the sexy footballer’s image while battling her unwanted attraction to him is easier said than done. She finds herself falling for the real man behind the tabloid persona, but when she’s offered her dream job for a price, she’s torn between the career she’s spent years building and the man she doesn’t want to give up.

 

Holly’s an ambitious, success-oriented woman who loves her job and hates the dating circuit. But what I hope makes her truly three-dimensional is that beneath her take-no-prisoners exterior her confidence sometimes falters, her approach to life is somewhat jaded, and she doesn’t always understand her own emotions or actions. At her core she’s complex and conflicted and a little bit of a mess and that, more than her job title or her attitude, is what I hope makes her a great, progressive heroine.

 

What are some of your favorite heroines? What characteristics do you think makes a heroine more relatable, more three-dimensional, or just generally awesome?

Rebecca Crowley inherited her love of romance from her mom, who taught her to at least partially judge a book by the steaminess of its cover. She writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense with smart heroines and swoon-worthy heroes, and never tires of the happilyever-after. Having pulled up her Kansas roots to live in New York City and London, Rebecca recently relocated to Johannesburg, South Africa.

 

Her debut contemporary sports romance, The Striker’s Chance, is available now from Carina Press.

 

Buy links:

 

Carina Press: http://ebooks.carinapress.com/6C5329E4-8BAD-4EBA-A41F-3BC67FE0B8D8/10/134/en/ContentDetails.htm?ID=75CD480F-2BDD-46F0-A8BC-DBAE1ECDC030

 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CV30XDS

 

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00CV30XDS

 

ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-thestriker039schance-1244329-149.html

 

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-strikers-chance-rebecca-crowley/1115375476?ean=9781426896255

 

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