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January 29, 2012

Ok folks, I added 5 more ARCs just since we had SO many entries! So without further ado, here they are!


Robbye #321


Kristina in GA #272


Lisa B #383


Sasha #483


Deborah #69


Anna #1


Lynda the Guppy #93


Myranda #122


Amanda #679


Annie@UTC #304


Imzadi #277


Jacki Tonyan #53


Lee Keeny #448


Hannah Yarger #655


Shawn Baker #151


Brittany #468


Kim #709


Dawn J #95


Jeena #80


Kim Turner #16


Kim Spinbella #101


CaryLory #415


BethAnn Buehler #169


LadyCobra #204


Chandra Hurlbut #229


If you won, PLEASE email me at maya@mayabanks.com and send me your mailing address so the ARC can be mailed out to you. You'll only have until Thursday morning to claim your prize, so get to emailing!


Congrats everyone!


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January 19, 2012

Ok guys, here's the deal. I love my readers. Adore you guys. And you've all been so wonderful to me. So I wanted to do something in return. A kind of a "I love you to pieces and thank you" pressie :)


Normally ARCs go out to reviewers, bloggers, review sites etc ahead of the release date of a book. But I wanted to do something special this time. I wanted to give the readers who don't normally get a chance to receive these early copies a chance to get their hands on one. So here's what I'm going to do.


I'm going to give away ARCs of Sweet Addiction. I have 38 left, and I'm going to give them away here and on twitter.


A few details to get out of the way. I'll give away 20 copies for this specific blog giveaway. I'm going to leave the contest open for an entire week to give as many people as chance to enter as possible. You MUST check back to see if you win. I won't go looking for you if you don't email me with your mailing address. You have to claim your prize or else it'll be given to someone else. Don't worry, I'll give you a few days to claim it.


Also, these ARCs will be mailed out at the first of MARCH. I'm doing the giveaway now but it's because I need names and addresses well ahead of time because my publicist is on vacation for some of February and I want to make sure she has everything she needs so that she can mail the books when she returns. So I'll post the giveaway now. I'll leave it open until Saturday or Sunday January 28th or 29th (I'm leaving myself the weekend because I'll get busy and I'll totally forget) So start checking back that weekend and I'll give you a few days into the next week to email me.


There are no conditions for receiving an ARC. You don't have to be a reviewer or blogger or anything but someone who wants a chance to read the book early :) It's yours to do with what you want. You can use it to start a fire or you can let your dog chew on it. Totally up to you.


So with all that covered, let's go win some books! To enter, just comment below and tell me what you're favorite Sweet book is in the series. DON'T WORRY. If you haven't read any of the Sweet series, you aren't going to be penalized. The drawing is totally random lol. If you haven't read any of the prior Sweet books, then tell me what your favorite erotic romance novel is.


That simple. Have fun, and good luck!



Maya


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January 16, 2012

If you've spent any time on my Twitter feed or on my Facebook page, you'll know that I've been seriously whining about not having had time to read in a very long time. It's true. It's a truth and an inevitability that I hate even as I acknowledge why. My first priority is to write MY books and give my readers the stories I promise them. Then and only then do I get to indulge in being a reader and fan of OTHER authors' works.


Now I read fast and the thing is, when I do get some precious time to read I an one grumpy bitch if I get interrupted. I binge read to the exclusion of all else. I'll stay up an entire night reading one book after another and once I START a book I am absolutely resentful of ANYTHING that interferes with me finishing that book. I HATE having to close a book in the middle of it.


So for the past few months, I've continued to buy books, even knowing it might be forever until I got to read them. But there is a certain comfort in having the books on my Kindle for "when I get the time" And if I don't buy the book I'm interested in RIGHT THEN, I'm likely to forget all about it and never get to go back and get it. I try to preorder as much as possible just so the books are automatically downloaded and I don't have to worry about missing a great book.


I finally got a chance to do some reading over the weekend. I didn't really have the time to be honest, but I was at "that point" where my brain was just shutting down. I'm tired. I tend to cram into three months what a normal year's worth of work is, so I feel like every three months I NEED some sort of vacation. And I can't just read as soon as I finish up one of those back to back to back deadlines because my brain is seriously so shut down that I can't even fathom opening a book to read.


Reading is…I can't even explain it in words. I mean it's something I've loved since I was a child. A very young child. I never owned a television growing up. Books were my EVERYTHING and I do mean everything. Libraries and my local librarians are absolutely why I'm a writer today. They fed my voracious appetite for books because I simply could not have afford to buy 40 every week to read. So I wore out that library card and read every single thing I could get my hands on.


So when I go a long time without reading, I get cranky and the longer I go, the harder it is for me to actually be able to open a book and dive back in. Weird huh? So it always takes me a little bit because I resist all the books I have because I'm just so tired and brain dead and I have this fear that especially since I'm trying a "new" book that it won't be awesome or that I'll be disappointed which is WHY I do a LOT of rereading. I have my "comfort" reads and these are the books that I pull out when I'm really dragging the bottom of the barrel and I need my batteries recharged but I don't want to take a risk on a book I won't like. So these comfort reads get read over and over. I have print copies and I have kindle copies because I'm one of "those" readers who will absolutely buy both formats.


Anyway to get to my point, not only was I craving some time to read but I really wanted to branch out and try something new and different. Maybe a little out of my comfort zone. I never read in the genre I'm writing in, and I really have no explanation for that one, but I just don't. I know other authors who are the same way so at least I'm not alone in my neurosis. So the fact that I write so many genres? Well, it limits my options. I've only just recently started reading a few erotic romances simply because I'm not writing as many as I used to. I'm very picky about it so I've been selectively getting a few to read here and there. Since my other two "main" genres at the moment are romantic suspense ( hate that tag. I really don't write suspense. I write action adventure) but anyway and I also write historicals so I'm not reading romantic suspense or historicals. Which leaves me with contemporary….and well, paranormal. And I'll be honest. I don't read a lot of PNR. And I never ever read Urban Fantasy. I just don't. Nalini Singh is like my one exception but she's made of awesome so really, she's worthy of being an exception!


But several months ago I decided to give Kresley Cole's IAD series a try. The current blurb intrigued me so I read it. It wasn't my favorite but I was sufficiently intrigued enough to go read the first in the series. Now. Holy shit. THAT book I loved. Liked seriously had mad love for. So I bought the rest of the series and loved some more than others. Like LOVED some. Was okay with others. But It was definitely enough to make me buy Lothaire and I loved it. Kresley has a very entertaining way of writing that keeps you turning the pages. It's kind of like crack. So maybe she's found a way to be spell her books?


And then I emailed a friend because (and I'm still not sure what prompted me) but I was suddenly and inexplicably intrigued by Patricia Briggs. Now I should explain I do not read first person books. DO. NOT. LIKE. So WHY was I contemplating reading her Mercy Thompson series? I have no bloody idea. In fact I once sent a love letter to Nalini Singh THANKING her for writing an Urban Fantasy series in third person because I was like YES, FINALLY someone broke some implied rule that all UF MUST BE first person. Ok I'll stop now lol.


And then I was told about her Alpha/Omega series which IS in third person so I pounced on that first and very quickly consumed the novella and first two books in the series. And the thing is I love her writing. It's just very evocative. I can't even explain how it makes me feel but it's mesmerizing. (Maybe she and Kresley Cole are onto something with that be spelling thing??)


So then I bit the bullet and bought the Mercy Thompson series and it had the same mesmerizing quality that her writing had for the A/O series (and yes people I do know that Patricia Briggs is a writing team but for my purposes it's just much easier to say HER instead of him/her at every turn) I'm only up to book 2 so far but obviously I'm not stopping until I get to the present book at which point I will bitch and moan ENDLESSLY over having to wait for another goddamn book in the series. I mean I'm already whining because I have to wait until March for the next A/O book. (Patience is not one of my finer virtues, BELIEVE ME)


So the verdict? I have loved THREE PNR/UF series in the past year, people. That's huge for me as before I only read like a very, very (count on one hand) PNR authors.


Let's see what else have I read in my binge? I read two Lisa Marie Rice novellas. They were "snacks" because the thing is I love her full length books so much and it's kind of frustrating for me to read something so short from her because I just want to say NOOOOOOOO where's the rest?? But they were good and satisfying and a good follow up to the original novels.


Awhile back I did a shout out on twitter to see if anyone had read Barbara Elsborg and if so what they thought? I didn't get many response and they were varied but nothing just overnethusiastic. But there were two of her books that I had bought because the blurbs intrigued me. This was a few months ago and I finally decided to take the plunge last night.


Holy fuck, people.


Ok, I get that maybe I might be in the minority. Maybe a lot of people just haven't read her. But wow did I love the two books I read. They were An Ordinary Girl and Strangers. I really don't have the words to describe how compelling I found these books. I mean it was like I just couldn't stop reading. They weren't easy, "fluffy" reads by any means and I kept reading with this sense of dread KNOWING that the entire world was going to go to shit at ANY minute. I was holding my breath at some points and then was cursing because I was like damn it, this is stressing me out. Strangers was my favorite of the two but they were both just so good. Anyone who knows me, knows that I love me some angst and drama, the more the better and Strangers had it in spades. The ending of that book just had a huge knot in my throat and my chest was tight because I just knew what conclusions the hero had drawn based on how they "met" and that he was going to think she was dead because he couldn't find her anywhere. And then they find her abandoned car… Ok I'll stop but wowza, those books just hit all my buttons. They were meaty reads that had me absorbed from beginning to end.


So anyway, that's my reading report for now. I've been on a great self published search and I've bought a couple of titles but I'm scouring for more because I know there are some hidden gems out there and I'm always very happy when I find a new to me author who knocks my socks off. So I've been hoarding some, buying as I come across them but the search continues :)


And now that I've told you all about what I've been reading, what about you?? Got any awesome rec's for me? I may not be able to READ them right away but my one click finger works VERY well hahahaha. I click and then just know it's there to read later ;)


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January 4, 2012

By now you guys know of course that the 4th KGI book, Whispers at Dark, featured the youngest Kelly brother, Nathan, and that Echoes at Dawn, the 5th book in the series, will feature Rio, one of the team leaders and will release July 2012.


So here is the official announcement for the 6th book in the series, Shades of Gray, which will release in Jan 2013 :)


Shades of Gray will feature Cole and P.J. two of the KGI team members who you've met in the first 4 books and will of course see again in the 5th book as well.


Obviously the series will (hopefully) be longer than six books since obviously there are more of the brothers (Donovan and Joe) to write about but I have plans for some of the team members as well :) (Just in case anyone thought that I would only be writing stories for the six Kelly brothers)


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December 20, 2011

I have my readers to thank for a really wonderful year as an author. 2011 is a year I'll long remember and it's because of you guys. In February, Colters' Daughter hit the NYT and the USA Today for two weeks and was the first digital only book to do so. In March, just a month later, Hidden Away, book 3 in the KGI series hit #11 on the NYT and #43 on the USA Today. It also hit the digital NYT list and the combined print and digital as well as the Publisher's Weekly bestseller list.


Then in April, Sweet Possession hit the trade NYT bestseller list as well as the USA Today list.


In September, my Harlequin Desire, Enticed by His Forgotten Lover hit the NYT and USA Today bestseller list and then again in November when Wanted By Her Lost Love releases so it was a very exciting year for category romance and the Desire line in particular!


Perhaps most exciting was how well received my Scottish historical trilogy was. Believe me when I saw I was terrified. I love writing historical romance. I've always loved it. It holds a very special place in my heart. I was so worried no one would like it and that I wouldn't be able to continue writing those types of romances. But not only did you guys go out and buy them and talk about them and recommend them but you put all three on the USA Today bestseller lists for 10 combined weeks. You also put two of them on the NYT Bestseller list and Never Love a Highlander swept the lists much in the way Hidden Away did back in March by hitting three NYT bestseller lists, the USA Today and Publisher's Weekly. Never Love a Highlander also became my highest placement on the USA Today when it hit #32.


You guys have been absolutely amazing to me and I'll never be able to tell you how much your support means.


Take a look above, because all of that? YOU made possible. Anyone can write a book, but it takes really special, devoted readers to put that book on the bestseller lists.


Thank you for making my year the best year yet.


Love,


Maya


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December 4, 2011

Okay sorry for the late post. I totally thought today was SATURDAY. More proof that I am way too sleep deprived and should probably go to bed for a few days ;)


Anyhoo, without further ado, here are the winners of the Darkest Hour giveaway!


Jenn C. comment #36

Amanda, comment #113

Kimberly Flood, comment #59

TanishaS. comment #9

Jeana, comment #70

Heather Witzman, comment # 86

Daylea Hanzel, comment #22

Melanie, comment #110

Margaret Ethridge, comment #85

Mary, commment #94


AND the two winners of an ARC of Whispers in the Dark are:


Mary, comment #330

Diana, comment #284


Congrats to everyone! Now I need y'all to email me your mailing addresses so I can send out the books early this week! You can send to maya@mayabanks.com


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December 1, 2011

Ok for this one, I have a few ARCs of Whispers in the Dark to give away and here's your chance to win it :) Whispers releases January 3rd so not too long! But here's your chance to get an early peek. I'll leave the contest open until Sunday at which point I'll post winners and you'll have until Monday morning to get back to me with your mailing address. Books will go out Monday or Tuesday so I won't chase you down to tell you that you've won. So be SURE to check back and if you win, email me your mailing address because you won't have days and days to claim your prize. Sound good? Here's a little about Whispers :)



She came to him when he needed her the most


She came to him at his lowest point. The voice of an angel, a whisper in the dark. She's the only thing that gets Nathan Kelly through his captivity, the endless days of torture and the fear that he'll never return to his family. With her help, he's able to escape. But he isn't truly free, because now she's disappeared and he's left with an all-consuming emptiness as he struggles to pick up the pieces of his life. Did he imagine his angel? Or is she out there, needing his help as he'd once needed hers?

Now he rushes to save her before it's too late


Shea has been on the run from people who will stop at nothing to exploit her unique abilities. She never wanted to drag Nathan, who'd already suffered so much, into danger, but she doesn't have a choice so she reaches out to him for help. Finally face-to-face after having already formed a soul-deep bond in hell, their emotional connection is even more powerful than their telepathic one. Nathan refuses to consider ever letting her go again, but she worries they can never have a life free of the dangers that dog her every step. He'll protect her with his every breath, but can he convince her that they are meant to face these threats together?


You can read an excerpt here!


Sound good? Then let's get started :) To enter, just tell me you want the ARC!


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I promised my readers that once I turned in Echoes at Dawn (KGI #5) that I'd have a few giveaways to celebrate. The FIRST, and I'll do two separate blog posts, is for a chance to win a PRINT copy of The Darkest Hour. If you've never given the KGI series a shot, here's your chance to do it absolutely free. The 4th book in the series, releases January 3rd, so I want to give everyone a chance to read that first book in the series and hey, if you like it, then maybe you'll give the others a shot as well :)


So this is really easy peasy. If you want a copy, just drop me a comment below and tell me you want to be entered. As always, my contests are open to international entrants. I'll leave the contest running through this weekend so that I can mail copies out next Monday.


Check back on SUNDAY to see if you win. You'll only have a short time to claim your book and I won't track you down, so you'll need to check back, see if you won and then email me your mailing address.


Sound good? Then let's get down to it. Ready, set, go!


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November 22, 2011

I get asked a lot about my "process" and I always kind of laugh and say I'd like to know what it is too! Or at least I'd like to HAVE a process. Because a process hints at some sort of organizational skills at least. Right?


But I was thinking earlier about how anal I actually am about the way I write my books. So I thought I'd give you guys a laugh and to answer all the people who ask about my PROCESS.


The only actual writing process I have is HOW I write and format my manuscripts. In no other aspect of my work am I remotely organized and yet my chapters and stuff have to be written a certain way or the world ends. Weird huh?


Here's how it goes.


I write each chapter as an individual word file. But before that, I create a folder. Under a folder called Books. Original huh? So I have Books on my hard drive. When you click on books, you get folders and folders of stuff that says "KGI" or "Scottish Historicals" or "Berkley HEAT" Very specific, no? LOL. So then when you click on say the KGI folder, then you get the individual BOOKS so yeah yet another set of folders. Are you getting the idea I love folders?


So then I'll have folders for The Darkest Hour. No Place to Run. Hidden Away. Whispers in the Dark. Echoes at Dawn. (And other assorted folders that have character names that I won't mention because it would spoil some of the pairings haha)


Anyway, under each book folder, I have individual chapter files from 1 to however many there are in that book. And that's the way I write them. I create a new file each time I start a new chapter and I save them as "Chapter 1″ and "Chapter 2″ and so on.


BUT and you knew I'd have to further complicate this, right?


So once I get like two chapters of a book written, I then create what I call a "Working Full" file. And this is where I reward myself every time I finish a chapter by copying and pasting it into the "Working Full" file because then I get to see the word count and page count go up each time I insert a new chapters. I like seeing those numbers go up lol.


When I get to the end of a book, you'd THINK I'd just edit the Working Full, right?


Nope. That working full is purely a reward system for me. I then go back and open each individual file starting with chapter one and I edit and when I am perfectly happy with the way that chapter reads, I then create a brand new file and this is the one that I actually name whatever the book title is. So right now I have "Echoes at Dawn" and when I finish editing chapter one, it gets pasted into that main document called Echoes at Dawn. And then I move on to chapter 2 file and I do the same.


Once I've compiled all of the individual chapter files into the main document with the book title as the file name, THEN I am ready to send that bad boy in to my editor. *g*


Now aren't you sorry you ever asked about my process??


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Thanks to everyone for entering. I decided to have a few bonus giveaways as well so be sure to check below to see if you got an extra goodie!


The winner of the Carly Phillips ARC plus the $25 gift certificate to your choice of Amazon or BN is…


Nancy Walters, comment #58


Also chosen to win a copy of The Darkest Hour are the following. And be sure to tell me if you already HAVE THe Darkest Hour. If you do, I'll substitute it for another backlist title of mine :)


Margaret Murray Evans, comment #255


Anne M, comment #50


Peggy, comment # 281


Allison Motherway, comment #6


Heather Nathan, comment #104


ALL WINNERS, please email me at maya@mayabanks.com and give me your mailing address so your books can get to you!


And as always, thanks for playing. Love y'all bunches


Maya


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