Monday, August 20, 2012

Giveaway & Interview with Maya Banks!

Today we have powerhouse author, Maya Banks, on My Secret Romance! I can't believe it!

I had the opportunity to meet Maya back in June at a book club signing here in New York. I nearly freaked when I saw her. 


Why, you ask? Only because it's Maya Banks! One of the biggest New York Times Best-Selling Authors! Everyone has read a book, or five by Maya, and everyone knows who she is. All you have to do is say her first name and you know.  When I received an email to help promote Maya's newest release, Softly at Sunrise, well....I squealed like a little girl on Christmas morning waking up to a Barbie corvette! Yeah, you would have too. Don't lie. 




Rachel Kelly has traveled a long, hard road in her journey back to her husband, Ethan, and the Kelly family. Now, as she and Ethan are poised to move into their new home, safe behind the walls of the Kelly compound, Rachel wonders if she’ll finally be free of the ghosts that have haunted her for so long and if she’ll step into the sun after a past steeped in darkness.





 




Your Sweet books are very popular. Now that they're over, do you plan to write more BDSM books?  Definitely yes. It’s a genre I’ve enjoyed writing in for many years now.

I’ve noticed you’ve released more mainstream softer romance books lately. Are you trying to breakaway from erotic romance? It’s not a matter of breaking away, but rather having the opportunity to write many of the things that I’ve always planned to write. My first love was historicals and what I began writing when I first was trying to become published. I love action/adventure (romantic suspense) and I enjoy the opportunity to keep writing in a variety of genres. It keeps things fresh for me. I have a new erotic trilogy releasing this fall. Book 1 will release in October and hopefully the next early next spring, so I’m definitely still writing erotic romance, but it’s not my only focus.

Is there a theme or genre you would like to try but haven't yet? Not really. Not yet anyway. I’ve written in contemporary, erotic, historical, romantic suspense and paranormal and I’ve enjoyed them all. I can’t think of anything that I haven’t written that I’m just dying to. 

How do you separate your emotions while you're writing a story? It's always going to be your pen that gives us the happily ever after, but have you ever been advised not to put too much emotion or feelings into a story? Oh no, absolutely not. No one’s ever told me to hold back. I’m not sure I’d do very well if I had guidelines. I write from the heart and I love intensely emotional and angsty stories. The more the better and so I’d never agree to “hold back”


What do you want readers to take away from reading your books? The only thing I want for my readers is for them to have enjoyed the story and to have been entertained. If I can take them away for a few hours and they be happy in the end then I’m happy. 

You have a massive backlist. If you could recommend a new reader who reads all genres of romance one of your books, which one would it be? Any specific reason?  My personal favorites are The Darkest Hour, Shades of Gray (upcoming in Jan 2012), Never Seduce a Scot, For Her Pleasure, Amber Eyes (love this one), Stay With Me, and the Sweet Series.


Lightening speed round!
Pumps, Sandals or Sneakers? Flip flops definitely
Beer, Wine or on the rocks? Orange juice!
Boxers, Briefs or Commando? I like boxer briefs
Book or Ereader? Love my Kindle!
Vampire, Demon or Shifter? Uhhh shifter I guess.
Cowboys or CEO’s? Cowboys
Soft and Sensual or Up Against the Wall? Either works for me!
Beach or Snow? Snow
Jeans or Pearls? Jeans
Tattoos or Piercing? Probably tattoos


Maya is offering a copy of Softly at Sunrise to one lucky winner. In order to be enetered in the giveaway, you must answer the question and fill out the rafflecopter. This is a one day giveaway. Thank you and good luck!


Question- A former Navy Seal with black hair and blue eyes. He is the 4th oldest Kelly son. Which Kelly son is this?
a Rafflecopter giveaway

41 comments:

REGINA ROSS said...
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Phuong said...

Ethan

REGINA ROSS said...

Ethan

Drmgrl99 - Dawn said...

ETHAN!!! LOVED THE INTERVIEW! GREAT JOB and I'm so jealous that you got to meet Maya Banks!

miki said...

Ethan. ( older than him it's Sam, garret and donovan)

I hope this is an international giveaway ^^

i absolutely love the KGI serie

all the best and thank you for the interview and giveaway

Kat queenoftarts at thebooktart dot com said...

I Love! Love! Love the KGI series :) and I'm so jealous that you got to interview Maya! Pick me for the giveaway :p oh! It 's Ethan lol

Lisa Borbeck said...

Ethan!

Taryn @MySecretRomance said...

Thank you all for entering! Can you please go back and fill out the rafflecopter form? For some reason it didn't show up. I just fixed it and it's up there now. Thank you! xoxo

Tanya said...

Ethan. Great interview, I adore Maya, she is one of my favorite authors. I enjoyed the sweet series and the Colter series. Thanks for the giveaway!

KittyKelly said...

Ethan! I am so jealous that Maya is on your blog!! Congrats! ;)

KittyKelly :)

amandakgc said...

Ethan

Maria D. said...

Thanks for the interview and the giveaway.

Ethan Kelly

Leagh Christensen said...

Ethan! I love the Kelly's and love emotion and angst in my books. When I am talking about the KGI books (Which I do a lot)I tell people they are "Extremely emotional romantic suspense" with emphasis on emotional. My heart hurt the whole time I was reading The Darkest Hour. I felt so bad for Ethan and I can't even explain how I felt for Rachel. Man, what an amazing series. Can't wait for them to find some peace and happiness.

Thank for the great giveaway and thanks for visiting!

Maureen said...

He is Ethan.

Kelsey Summer said...

The answer is Ethan. I know everyone else already posted this, but I did know the answer. I love Maya's books. Thanks for the giveaway!

kesummer69 at gmail dot com

cvonhagen said...

Ethan

Soft Fuzzy Sweater said...

Ethan!!

Soft Fuzzy Sweater said...

annfesATyahooDOTcom

Becki Wyer said...

Ethan!!
Thanks for the interview.
rmwyer@shaw.ca

*yadkny* said...

That guy sounds hot! Ethan

yadkny@hotmail.com

Amber said...

Looking forward to Ethan and Rachel's story
amberdcline at gmail

Lona said...

Lol, Ethan. Thx for giveaway.

blinkysthebest at aol dot com

erin said...

Thanks for a fun interview and giveaway! I'm like the only person who has yet to read Maya's books. But they are on the top of my wishlist :)

I'm gonna take a wild stab and say Ethan ;)

justpeachy36 said...

That would be Ethan.

LM said...

Ethan!
modularmates(at)comcast(dot)net

Gabi W said...

it is eathan.
i hope i can win this new book :-D! thanks maya for this great gift. great interview and best wishes to maya
gabi

gabi dot wurst at arcor dot de

Gabi W said...

ups my fould - it is Ethan ...lol

Slick said...

It's ETHAN!!!!!!!

Slick said...

Sorry I got carried away, love the interview and thanks for the contest:)

Chrisbails said...

Ethan. Great post. have read a couple of Maya's books and loved them. This one looks great and would love to win and read. Thanks for the giveaway.
christinebails@yahoo.com

books4me said...

what a great excerpt...I'm ready to read the whole series!!!

ETHAN is the oldest and sounds like a very HOT man...sigh...

Alex said...

I don't remember which Kelly son it is 100% but I'm gonna guess, Ethan?

Jaime Anderson said...

Ethan! Great interview, thanks for the giveaway!!!
jaimela77 at gmail dot com

sassysue said...

Ethan!!

fcammer2 said...

Ethan! Thanks for the giveaway.

Gabrielle Lee said...

I am a big fan of Maya Banks. Thanks for the great interview!



Gabrielle
meingee@yahoo.com

Gabrielle Lee said...

The answer to the question is Ethan.


meingee@yahoo.com

Mandi Counterman said...

ETHAN!!! Thanks for the contest. Love the series

mandicounter@yahoo.com

Foretta said...

That would be Ethan! I love this series. I was hooked right from the very first one! I can't wait to read the rest of the series!

Thanks so much for the contest. I love love love Maya Banks!
forettarose@yahoo.com

LWolf said...

Ethan.

Love the interview. Thanks for the contest. :)

Terri said...

that would be ethan
thanks for the contest

terrilee.byles@yahoo.com

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