A special holiday message for all my readers!

I just want to take a moment before the holidays descend to give you guys some serious love <3 <3 <3 I have company coming in this evening and then again tomorrow and we’ll be traveling for actual Christmas so I won’t be on the internet much until after the New Year.

BUT I wanted to take the time to let you guys know how very much you mean to me. 2012 has been an utterly FANTASTIC year for me and I owe every single part of that to YOU. I don’t say these words lightly. I’m not telling you this and don’t mean it. My career is where it is because of READERS. No other reason.

No matter how good of a book or bad of a book I write. No matter what my agent sells or my publisher buys, at the end of the day without READERS going out and buying those books, loving them, talking them up, recommending them and supporting me so wonderfully as you all have done, without YOU my career wouldn’t be possible.

I say this from the bottom of my heart and I hope you all know that I’m utterly sincere in my appreciation and deep love for you all. You’ve made so much possible for me and I want to continue giving back to you, writing really great stories that I hope you’ll continue to love and support as much as you already have.

It is ALWAYS my goal to give readers the best possible book I can every single time I sit down and write one. I know that sometimes it doesn’t work out the way I intend. It’s not possible to give every single reader a book they will love every single time. That’s a fact of the business. BUT my heart is ALWAYS in TRYING to give readers a book that is the best I can make it every single time no matter what. I hate it when I fail and I feel like I let you guys down and it makes me work even harder on the next book because I don’t EVER set out to intentionally disappoint readers.

2013 is shaping up to be a really fantastic year as well. I have a LOT of books releasing and I’m crossing fingers and toes that you guys love them as much as you’ve loved my books in the past.

We start 2013 off with a bang with Shades of Gray in just under two weeks! Yay!

Then immediately following, in February, the Breathless trilogy kicks off with RUSH. In March, Highlander Most Wanted releases. In April, the second Breathless book, FEVER, releases and then in May if you haven’t read the anthology MEN OUT OF UNIFORM with my novella, SOUL POSSESSION, you’ll be able to get it as a digital stand alone.

In July FORGED IN STEELE will release! And then in August the last Breathless book, BURN will release and in September the next Scottish historical which is tentatively titled HIGHLAND EVER AFTER will be coming your way.

Whew! It’s going to be a busy year! And I have many more plans that I’m working on *evil grin* and I hope to be posting more news about more books after the first of the year. I’m going to try VERY hard to get the Tangled Hearts trilogy launched by next fall so cross your fingers that I’m able to make that happen as well :)

I’m SUPER excited about the release of Shades of Gray. You guys put Echoes at Dawn at #7 on the NYT (my best showing to date) and #16!!! on the USA Today which is also my best showing to date on that list BUT I have absolute confidence that together we can rock it out with Shades of Gray and that we have a chance of doing even better with THIS release :))) <3 <3 <3

And if it happens, I’ll have YOU guys to thank for it because you are absolutely the ones responsible for my success.

I want to wish everyone a very happy and SAFE holiday season. I hope you make wonderful memories this season. I know you guys have given me many, MANY wonderful memories of 2012 and I’m looking forward to a terrific 2013 together with you guys.

Much love always,

xoxo

Maya

 

42 Comments

  1. 1
    Sharon says:

    Thank you for all that you do! Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and by the sounds of things, you’re setting up to have a wonderful 2013! I’m looking forward to readinf you in the new year!

    Much love! :)

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    imp says:

    Thank you for your kind words, your good wishes and above all for your books. So far my favourites have been the Sweet series and the KGI novels. But I’ve also ordered the Breathless books! So please keep up your good work!!!
    All the best to you and your family for the season and 2013!

  3. 3
    Allie says:

    I just loved this post. Have a wonderful holiday. I will be spending quite a bit of mine curled up with my snuggly dog and a book.

  4. 4
    Ailish says:

    Merry Xmas from Australia. Your new KGI book will be released just in time to keep me busy on the long flight to the US. Thank you.

  5. 5
    Denise says:

    Thank you for all of your wonderful writings! It looks like you are really setting up to start 2013 off with a bang, and I can not wait to read what you come up with in the coming year. I hope that you and your family had a wonderful Christmas and that you have a very Happy New Year!!

  6. 6
    Karina says:

    Got the biggest surprise at Walmart today! Shades of Gray was on sale! Starting to read it now!

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    tiffany says:

    I love your books and can’t wait for the new releases. I hope your holiday was filled with laughter and happiness.

  8. 8
    Emi says:

    Maya, thank you for giving your readers some of the best romance in the world to read. May your success in 2013 top what you’ve already experienced. Keep those KGI books a comin’!

  9. 9
    Beth A Kripas says:

    December 31, 2012 at 7:37 PM
    I discovered KGI two weeks and have read them all…Wow!
    I just finished Shades of Grey and I LOVED IT!!! I now have a crush on Cole… as well as the rest of these extraordinary men. I liked PJ way more than I thought. Being a girly-girl I wasn’t sure I would relate to her. You have me hooked on this genre. I was a “Fifty Shades” fan and loved the “Gabriel’s Inferno/Rapture” books most recently. Then became a huge fan of Lara Adrian/ Tina St John. Was moving to Regency Romances including Jess Michaels/ Jenna Peterson, Contemporary as well as some paranormal/vampire…mainly Lara Adrian and JR Ward. Wasn’t a fan of gratuitous violence though and didn’t like that part but loved the steam added by twist, turns and suspense. I found KGI on my Nook and fell in LOVE with your writing style. The depth of emotion is breathtaking. I particularly love Cole/PJ, Shea/Nathan and Sam/Sophie…not to in any way diminish the others.
    PLEASE TAKE YOUR TIME WITH DONOVAN…I really want him to be special…as I see others express the same sentiment.

    ****?spoilers?****
    PRETTY PLEASE, could we see more of PJ/Cole later. A novella with some redemption for all she went through…it was the most horrific and heinous act in all the books as far as I was concerned. I would like to see her and Cole able to reignite their passion after what she has been through.
    Thank you for these novels and please keep them coming. There are so many possibilities.

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      Beth A Kripas says:

      …Looking back at my post I would like to add that the violence in your KGI books is not what I would term “gratuitous”… in fact the KGI guys are like knights in ?shining…no, sweaty, steamy hot…armor (fatigues)…and again, thank you for that. I am a Navy Wife…and a nurse, by the way…it isn’t often glamorous…or as steamy as I would like but your books and characters add some much needed excitement…thanks Maya.

      Reply

      • Beth A Kripas says:

        Would like to enter for the ARC please. See above comments. I love your books and would like to try a new series. Thanks Maya and Happy New Year!

  10. 10
    Shea Murray says:

    Sounds like a busy year. Can not wait

  11. 11
    Barb Long says:

    Thank you for all you do! I love your books! Hope 2013 is a great year for you and your family! Be well!

  12. 12
    Vicky Minler says:

    this where we comment for contest because this is at the top. Hope so. :) Love your books!

  13. 13
    Cynthia Cirilli says:

    Just started Shades of Grey. :-)

  14. 14
    Sherry Berry says:

    Can’t wait to read all of the great books you have coming out in 2013. Happy New Year!

  15. 15
    Tonya Novak says:

    Hi Maya! Just got my copy of Shades of Gray today and cannot wait to start it! I have been so excited for this book, I’ll savor every word. Also very much looking forward to your new series launching in February! Happy New Years!

  16. 16
    Kim Fletcher says:

    Love your books!! Keep up the good work :). I look forward to your releases in 2013!

  17. 17
    Josette Schaber says:

    Looking forward to all of your releases over the new year! Didn’t realize Shades of Gray was out! Where have I been? LOL Love the holidays, but there is always so much to catch up on afterwards :D

  18. 18
    Debbie Workman says:

    I hope you choose me to receive a copy. I love all your stories. When I get settled in at night. Ready to read, your books are my dessert. Love them. Keep doing what you;re doing.

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    Laura says:

    LOVE all of your books but especially the Sweet series and KGI…Sweet series was the first I read. I can’t wait to read the new series starting in February. Love that you’re giving away copies in a contest. Keep up the awesome work, Maya! Happy New Year!

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    Lori P says:

    Pre odered Shades of Gray so waiting(not so well :D)for it to come in the mail. Looking forward to this year and sounds like I might need to read some of your other books besides the KGI Series.

  21. 21
    Jessie W. says:

    I hope this is where we enter to win the ARC – I can’t wait to read it!

    Happy Holidays!

  22. 22
    Belinda G says:

    Greetings Maya,

    I must compliment you on your devotion to your readers even when in some cases they don’t deserve it. You seem to try your darnedst to please all people…not possible. I give you kudos for trying. :-)

    I appreciate your gift and your ability to keep us engaged. All of your work is great and I have quite a few of them. I like your versitility, creativity, adventure and sexiness in the stories. They are “can’t put them down until done, page turners”!

    Thank you for making 2012 a wonderful year. I look forward to reading more from you in 2013. Best wishes to you and your family during the new year!

    Belinda G
    belgre AT comcast DOT net

  23. 23
    Emily Gregory says:

    Hope I am in the right spot for the ARC giveaway. I am a huge fan Maya and just finished Shades of Gray. Love all of your novels!!!

  24. 24
    J. Kim says:

    Thanks for all of the great books that you have given us for 2012. From all the information you have provided us, you will have us reading well into 2013. Thank you for that.

    I hope that you have a great New Year.

  25. 25
    PA Lassiter says:

    You’re not just a great read, you’re also a great pro. I admire how hard you work and how much you care about your readers. Also how much you give to your community. And I’m glad I don’t live close enough to you to have my lawn set on fire. :-)

  26. 26
    lori says:

    I discovered KGI and will read them all soon. Thanks

  27. 27
    holly m says:

    Good fortune to you in the coming year! Looking forward to all new releases! Been reading extra heavy this month as I’ve sick for most of it! LOL happy new year

  28. 28
    Felicia says:

    I just bought “Shades of Gray”. It’ll be here on friday. So excited! Love all your books Maya!

  29. 29
    Melissa Lamb says:

    I wish you all the best in the New Year, Maya! I am such a huge fan of yours and I can not wait to read all of your new releases!

  30. 30
    Laura B says:

    I am huge fan of your books. Just got done reading Shades Of Grey. I was laughing and crying through it all, cheering P.J on.
    Thank you for your stories, they are so entertaining that I am always anxiously waiting for the next one to come out.

    Have a Happy New Year!
    Laura Belter Ca

  31. 31
    Noreen Schofield says:

    I just donated over 300 books today to a second hand book store so I need some new ones :) Happy New Year Maya

  32. 32
    Ellie says:

    Finished Shades of Gray this afternoon and loved it! I had to stop every now and again because of what happened, but I managed to get thru it – with tears streaming down my eyes. Such a beautiful story for PJ and Cole.

    Would love to see what happens in the new book, Rush. Here’s to hoping that I can *crosses fingers & toes*

  33. 33
    Pat Cochran says:

    Happy New Year to all! My
    wish is for many more Maya
    books in our futures! God
    Bless You!!
    C.

  34. 34
    Diana M says:

    Almost done reading Shades of Grey and can’t bring myself to finish it. I don’t want to wait until July to read more about the KGI family.

  35. 35
    Jenn Gitln says:

    Love your books can’t wait to read what’s coming in 2013. Hope you and your family have a great New Year’s!!!

  36. 36
    Angie Lewis says:

    Thanks for the competition. Maya, still loving your work year after year. After each book I think they cant get better. But they do every time. I’ve lived my own fairy tale. From a single parent struggling with 2 kids in England to finding my lovely Texan man, marrying him and moving to Texas to be with him. Just like with the heroes and heroines in your books, it wasn’t an easy road. But it was worth every stumble and every roadblock. Love finds a way to navigate all this, for me and my beloved, and the guys and girls in your stories. Cant wait to read more in 2013. Hope the new year brings love, hope and joy for you and your family.

  37. 37
    Cheryl says:

    I love the colter’s series can’t wait until the next book! Also amber eyes books. Thank you for a great read!

  38. 38

    My favorites where Book 1: The Darkest Hour Book 2: No Place to Run both in the KGI series. Nathan’s is Third, but my favorite character is Garrett! I’m also in love with Donovan, so if you don’t want to write the story that’s cool because the one with me and him going on in my head is working out perfect!

  39. 39
    Suzanne says:

    Just finished Shades of Grey.

    Wow. Not for the faint-hearted (althoguh none of this series is).

    Definitely your best book yet for those who want a real, gritty, truly challenging storyline.

    I don’t know that I would have done what PJ did, but I wouldn’t be a sharp-shooter either!

    SLIGHT SPOILER ALERT

    Without giving too much away, the ending was also really well done without pandering to the totally happily-ever-after conclusion that would ordinarily be expected in the romance genre.

    The earlier books included endings that indicated that there would be a hard road ahead. IMO, the overall tenor of this one was just right and will be appreciated by many survivors.

  40. 40
    Christine Gobbo Petrella says:

    Hey Sharon,

    Clueless me had no idea things were going so phenomenally well for you! Brought a smile to my face today. Congrats to you and Merry Christmas!

    Christine

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