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July 11, 2012

I wanted to share with you guys that as of TOMORROW, the price of Colters’ Promise will permanently lower to 3.99. I specifically asked about the foreign markets because so many of you were unable to partake of the sale price in Canada, Australia and the U.K. and I’ve been assured that this permanent price reduction will be applied everywhere.


It may take a bit for the price reduction to filter down all the channels and retailers, so if you don’t see the price go down immediately, please be patient and keep checking back. My publisher has assured me that they are making this a priority and have asked that the price drop go into effect ASAP with a target date of tomorrow. (Thursday, July 12)


I’m doing a fist pump and I’m so excited that this has worked out in the readers’ favor. A special thank you to everyone who helped spread the word about the special sale price and for helping send them message that more appropriate pricing for books is important!


I’m also inquiring about the availability of Colters’ Promise through All Romance Ebooks. Many of you have either posted or emailed to ask and I’ve emailed my editor. I’ll let you know as soon as I hear something.


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Published on July 11, 2012 21:29 • 221 views

July 5, 2012

Hey gang, I wanted to tell you all that Colters’ Promise will be going on sale starting TOMORROW and the sale will last through Sunday July 8th. The price will drop to 2.99 and if you only knew how long I’ve been waiting for this to happen!


I’m very happy, that at least for a short period of time, my publisher has agreed to lower the price. It’s something I’ve really fought for since before the book released. I’m just thrilled that you guys will have a window of time to get the book at a much lower price, so be sure to take advantage of the sale while it lasts.


Sometimes it pays to be persistent lol ♥ ♥ ♥


I’ll be posting reminders on twitter and Facebook as well as my blog and website but wanted to give y’all a heads up in advance.


I’m off to the World Series tomorrow and I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! Try to stay cool :)


Love,


Maya


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Published on July 05, 2012 09:57 • 282 views

June 25, 2012

ok gang, as suspected, I didn’t get back home until late last night from Girlie’s softball tournament. They did awesome and came in third!


Without further ado, here are the winners!


Allison, comment #127


Rebecca Skeens, comment #10


Congratulations ladies! If you’ll email me ASAP with your mailing address, I’ll get those ARCs in the mail to you this week. I’m off to the World Series next week so I’ll be out of pocket for a while.


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Published on June 25, 2012 08:19 • 196 views

June 19, 2012

I have two leftover uncorrected bound galleys for Never Seduce a Scot up for grabs. I’m actually finishing up the galley proofs TODAY and what that means is that you’ll be getting an “uncorrected” early copy of the book. Which means you’ll find minor errors or typos that are corrected before the final “finished” copy is released in September. I have several pages of corrections so far so there are definitely mistakes in the uncorrected galley. If this sort of thing ruins the story for you, then I’d advise you not to enter the drawing for those two uncorrected copies.


So anyway now that the explanation is out of the way, let’s get to the good part. I’ll leave this contest open until Sunday nightish. Now, bear in mind, Girlie has a softball tournament out of town this weekend and I likely won’t get home until Sunday afternoon, so it’s entirely possible that I’ll completely forget to post winners Sunday night. It might not happen until Monday :) But the ARCs will be mailed out as SOON as we get addresses from the winners.


And as a side note, you’ll have a day or two max to claim your prize. I won’t hunt you down and find you. It’s your responsibility to check back by Monday to see if you’ve won. If you email me Thursday, I’ll have to regretfully tell you that the book was awarded to another winner.


All my contests are always ALWAYS open to international entries. I always get asked, but I’ve always had them open to international entries and I have no plans to change that :)


So to enter, tell me ONE book you’ve read and LOVED recently. The last book I got to read for pure enjoyment was an ARC of Nalini Singh’s Archangel’s Storm. *sigh* It was SO awesome. She makes me swoon with her writing.


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Published on June 19, 2012 13:29 • 484 views

April 24, 2012

I’m deep in my writing cave, finishing up Shades of Gray, KGI #6 (P.J. and Cole’s story) so that’s why I haven’t been around much. I’ll remain in the cave until I turn in the book next week but wanted to answer a few random questions I’ve been getting frequently in email.


1. Yes, all six Kelly brothers will be getting a story eventually. I just didn’t think it was particularly realistic for them all to fall in love one right after the other *g*


2. Yes, I have plans for Steele, Swanny and Rusty (the three most frequent characters I get questions about other than the Kelly brothers)


3. No, I don’t plan to pair Rusty with one of the Kelly brothers or Steele (two most frequent questions I get in regard to Rusty)


I’ll actually be doing a live Facebook chat on June 7th from the Berkley offices where you are free to ask me questions about any of my books or series. I’ll be posting more about it as we get closer to the date and I’ll post the URL for the Facebook page where the chat will take place.


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April 2, 2012

I always read with interest, usually when a book in a really super popular series releases, the varying viewpoints of readers and then how the author interpreted certain characters, their pathways etc. It’s no denying that readers become invested in their favorite series or their favorite characters. They root for them along the way. They wait anxiously for character B and C to get their own stories. I see this a lot with hugely popular series like J.R. Ward’s just to name one that comes to mind!


But what happens when the reader’s expectation doesn’t reconcile with the author’s vision/interpretation of character B and C? As a reader do you shrug it off and say okay well these are the author’s characters, he/she knows them better and chalk it up to minor disappointment? Or do you become angrier because as a reader you’ve invested countless hours, you KNOW these characters and what you got wasn’t what you expected?


And who’s right?


I’ve long sided with the author (because hello, I am an author haha) BUT I am a huge reader and I’ve BEEN disappointed when a long awaited character gets a story and it’s not what *I* envisioned. I grumble. I sulk. But at the end of the day, that character is the author’s creation and their worldview and my worldview are going to be vastly different.


Does it mean I break up with the author and swear “never again?”


Usually not. Unless said author breaks my cardinal rules lololol. There are a few things that if an author does, I break up with them forever and ever amen. Killing a major character off will do that. Dissolving a happily ever after that occurred previously in the series. I mean NOOOOO I do not want to read a SECOND book with the hero or heroine from a previous story where I was already invested in the FIRST HEA only to have to reconcile in my head that it didn’t work out and now I’m expected to root for this other person? Is it realistic? Well of course, but realism is NOT why I read fiction. I read because I want to be in my happy place where everything is perfect and everyone stays together and lives happily ever after.


So what say you when an author doesn’t go the way YOU want him/her to go with a story or a set of characters? Is it off with his/her head? Or do you chalk it up to differing visions and move on?


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Published on April 02, 2012 10:18 • 102 views

I always read with interest, usually when a book in a really super popular series releases, the varying viewpoints of readers and then how the author interpreted certain characters, their pathways etc. It's no denying that readers become invested in their favorite series or their favorite characters. They root for them along the way. They wait anxiously for character B and C to get their own stories. I see this a lot with hugely popular series like J.R. Ward's just to name one that comes to mind!


But what happens when the reader's expectation doesn't reconcile with the author's vision/interpretation of character B and C? As a reader do you shrug it off and say okay well these are the author's characters, he/she knows them better and chalk it up to minor disappointment? Or do you become angrier because as a reader you've invested countless hours, you KNOW these characters and what you got wasn't what you expected?


And who's right?


I've long sided with the author (because hello, I am an author haha) BUT I am a huge reader and I've BEEN disappointed when a long awaited character gets a story and it's not what *I* envisioned. I grumble. I sulk. But at the end of the day, that character is the author's creation and their worldview and my worldview are going to be vastly different.


Does it mean I break up with the author and swear "never again?"


Usually not. Unless said author breaks my cardinal rules lololol. There are a few things that if an author does, I break up with them forever and ever amen. Killing a major character off will do that. Dissolving a happily ever after that occurred previously in the series. I mean NOOOOO I do not want to read a SECOND book with the hero or heroine from a previous story where I was already invested in the FIRST HEA only to have to reconcile in my head that it didn't work out and now I'm expected to root for this other person? Is it realistic? Well of course, but realism is NOT why I read fiction. I read because I want to be in my happy place where everything is perfect and everyone stays together and lives happily ever after.


So what say you when an author doesn't go the way YOU want him/her to go with a story or a set of characters? Is it off with his/her head? Or do you chalk it up to differing visions and move on?


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Published on April 02, 2012 10:18 • 353 views

March 7, 2012

To everyone who helped spread the word about the auction, donated, bid and got behind the fundraiser for the Unleeshed girls. The auction was a huge success and we were able to raise the money necessary for the girls to make the trip to Panama City Beach, Florida in July for the World Series!


There is amazing generosity in the romance community and I'm so privileged and honored to be a part of that group of awesome, awesome people.


Love,


Maya and the Unleeshed 12U team :)


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Published on March 07, 2012 20:22 • 153 views

March 3, 2012

Auction update and a way to donate! Hey gang, less than 24 hours before the end of the bidding for all those fantastic signed books and ARCs and a few lunches as well! For a complete list you can go here http://www.ebay.com/sch/forestertjl/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p3686


I've gotten several emails from wonderfully, generous people who have said that the bidding has gotten out of their price range for several of the items but that they'd still really like to help out with a small donation and asked how to do so. First, I can't thank all of you enough for your kindness. I am truly wowed and so grateful for all the fantastic people who've responded to this fundraiser.


On the Unleeshed blog page http://bunaunleeshed.wordpress.com there is a paypal donate button on the upper right. This same button can be found on the team website, http://www.unleeshed.com and donations can be made directly to the team in ANY dollar amount. Every penny counts toward these girls dream :)


I was also asked for the team address so that a check could be mailed. If anyone has interest in doing this, any correspondence can be directed to


Buna Unleeshed 12U

PO Box 121

Buna, TX 77612


Again, thank YOU ALL for helping to spread the word, for your kind words, your support and your bids and donations to help our girls go to the World Series. They are working hard (As I type, they're hosting a tournament as another fundraiser so they've given up their entire weekend, dawn to midnight to put on and work a tournament) and they appreciate all your support as well.


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Published on March 03, 2012 13:26 • 62 views

February 13, 2012

Hey gang,


If you follow me on twitter or read my Facebook or even this blog, you've probably heard me talk about Girlie and her softball team many, many times. This year they're playing as a 12U team and they're planning to go to the World Series of Softball in Panama City Beach, Florida in July. To help them raise money, I thought it would be awesome for romance authors and readers to play a part in sending a girl power team to Florida for this awesome opportunity to play teams from all over the country. We're having an auction Mar 1-3 to benefit the team and thanks to the generosity of many authors and publishers we have some TERRIFIC items to auction off. We have signed books, advanced copies of several upcoming releases and we have a few lunches with authors at this year's RWA conference in Anaheim, CA.


So if you get a chance, go check out the Buna Unleeshed Blog for more details as well as a list of all the items we're auctioning. (Check back because we still have more items to add!) And you can also check out the Unleeshed website to get to know the girls that you'll be helping get to the World Series this year.


Much love, and thank you for helping "my" girls! :)


Maya


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Published on February 13, 2012 22:59 • 168 views