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I love New Yorkers

I was pondering this on the flight home from NYC this past weekend and laughed over the stereotype that New Yorkers are “rude” This has certainly NEVER been my experience.

Over the last couple of years I’ve made about a dozen trips to the city for various reasons. Business and personal. And I’ve never had a single experience with a “rude” New Yorker.

My love for New Yorkers actually dates back YEARS and I’ll tell you a story :)

When I was a teenager, I spent a summer in France as an exchange student. When I was sixteen I participated in an exchange program and this was also going to be my first flight EVER.

These were the days of no cell phones and no computers to check flight statuses or changes online, nor did you receive “alerts” if your flight was changed or canceled. These were also the days of paper tickets you received in ADVANCE and well you showed up at the airport and just HOPED that your flight hadn’t changed or been cancelled.

I was flying out of New Orleans with a group of exchange students all from Louisiana and we had a connection in Charlotte where we’d meet up with MORE exchange students and then we were flying on to JFK where we’d get our Air France flight to Paris.

I lived in central Louisiana and we had family in Baton Rouge so we drove and spent the night with them the night before my early a.m. flight out of New Orleans. Well, when we arrived at the airport we were met by a harried exchange student representative who said they’d tried to call us the evening before to let me know my flight had been changed to a much EARLIER flight, a flight I had now MISSED and they’d also called every single hotel in the New Orleans area, hoping to “find” us, not realizing we’d spent the night in Baton Rouge.

They then told me I had FIVE minutes to catch a flight to Detroit where I could then connect to Laguardia and a representative would meet me there and we’d take a taxi to JFK. My mother was freaking out and of course didn’t want her baby thrown onto a different flight where I’d have NO supervision or anyone else traveling WITH me but what else were we to do?

My luggage obviously wasn’t going to make it on the flight to Detroit but they assured me it would “catch up to me” They then rushed me to the terminal where the plane was already pulling AWAY from the gate. They called it to come BACK for me (that would SO never happen today lol. Once that door closes there is no reopening it!)

So I get on the plane and everyone is staring at me because they had to pull BACK to get me. The stewardess then very apologetically told me that since I was an unplanned passenger that she had nothing to eat for me but offered me a coke instead.

I flew to Detroit not knowing WHAT I was supposed to do. A very nice agent at least got me to the gate with the connection to Laguardia and I sat on the floor for two hours waiting to board.

I was seated in the very front row of coach and still terrified. I was seated next to a woman who looked to be in her 40s and her teenage son. The woman must have sensed my utter terror and noted the fact that I was an unaccompanied minor and so she asked me my name and where I was traveling etc.

Turns out she was a New Yorker and her and her son had been visiting the university of Michigan and were now returning home. When she learned of my circumstances she instantly mothered me and talked to me the entire flight and took me under her wing and promised to stay with me when we landed until we found a representative. How awesome was she? I’ve never forgotten her to this day.

When we landed, she took me in hand and told me everything would be fine and true to her word, she stayed with me until we found a representative from my exchange program. But her kindness didn’t end there. She took my phone number and promised to call my parents and assure them that I’d arrived safely in NYC and  had met back up with my exchange group.

When I got home a month later, I wrote her a letter to thank her for her kindness and she wrote me back and we exchanged letters for a couple of years. I”ll never forget her. She took a terrified teenager under her wing and kept me from melting down. And she was a supposed “rude” New Yorker *snort*

In all my trips to NYC since all those years ago, I have never encountered rudeness at all. In fact, I’ve found New Yorkers to be some of the kindest, most generous people in the world. And I’ve traveled a LOT since that first flight when I was a teenager.

This past weekend I took my oldest son to NYC for his birthday because my younger two children had gone with me in the past but this was my oldest’s first visit. He too marveled at how NICE everyone was.

So while the “south” may have a reputation for “southern hospitality” we certainly don’t have the market cornered on nice OR hospitable!

And that’s my shout out to all the lovely New Yorkers I’ve met during my travels and especially to the wonderful woman who took a scared teenage girl under her wing and mothered her :)

 

Theirs to Keep winners!

EDITED TO ADD: I’m SUCH a bubble head today I swear! First to answer the question of why only 9 winners. When my assistant came over to get the books so she can mail them on Wednesday we only found 9! I have NO idea where the other copy went to! Sorry guys!

SECONDLY! It would HELP if I gave y’all my email address so you can email me your mailing info. *sigh* I need to go back to bed… It’s maya@mayabanks.com

Ok guys here is the list of winners of the early copies of THEIRS TO KEEP! I’ve posted the entire comment with name and comment number so you can easily tell if it was you or not.

PLEASE REMEMBER! You MUST email me no LATER than NOON tomorrow to claim your book! Prizes will be mailed out tomorrow afternoon because in addition to having a root canal in the morning, I leave Thursday for the Emerald City Conference in Bellevue, WA so if you want your copy before release day (or at all) you have to check in and email me your mailing info by the requested time!

Without further ado, here are the winners!

Comment 551

Beth Johnson says:

I want to win one for my mom. She is a big fan of yours.

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Comment 264

Patti Fleming says:

Can’t wait!! Love all your books. Thanks for the great giveaway :)

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Comment 342

Amber H. says:

Thanks so much for the giveaway! Can’t wait to read it either way!!!

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Comment 174

Nancy Milligan says:

Would love to win a copy. Love the Colters, as well as Fever, Rush and Burn. I have too many of your books to mention them all!

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bree talley says:

Maya I absolutely love your writing style. It’s never boring and always keeps me on the edge of my seat. Would love to have an early copy of Theirs to keep.

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barb says:

I love your books and am reading BE WITH ME. You are a fantastic author and would love to win one of your books. Thanks for the opportunity.

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Debbie Lemon says:

Would love to win.Have a safe trip.looking forward to this release.Waited along time.

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Kaytee Hazlewood says:

Awesome giveaway!! Can’t wait to start on another fabulous series of yours!

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megan williams says:

I can’t wait to read this book. I already know its gonna be amazing!!

 

Theirs to Keep early giveaway!

I promised you guys I’d give away EARLY print copies of THEIRS TO KEEP and well the only way I’ll be able to fulfill that promise is if I have a QUICK contest and only leave entries open for ONE day so that winners have time to send me their info BEFORE I leave town on Thursday for a conference in Seattle.

So here’s the fine print. You have until tomorrow, Tuesday, October 15th at NOON to enter. At that time I’ll draw winners and you will then have ONLY until NOON on Wednesday, October 16th to claim your book so they can be mailed out Wednesday afternoon!

Otherwise they simply won’t get to you on time.

For those of you attending the signing this Saturday in Bellevue, WA at the Westin Bellevue, I’ll have early print copies of Theirs to Keep at the signing!

Good luck! Just post a comment to enter. Say whatever’s on your mind :)

xoxo

Maya

EDITED TO ADD: I forgot to tell you HOW MANY copies were up for grabs :) I have 10 copies I’ll be giving away, so I’ll be drawing 10 winners tomorrow at noon xoxo

 

Colters’ Gift ARC winners!

Sorry this is so late! I’ve been holed up in a hotel all week working on getting my deadline done and I hadn’t even realized what day it was!

Anyway here is the list of winners. This time, to avoid any potential confusion, I not only posted the name and comment number but the comment itself. So scroll down to see if you won. To compare the comment numbers and comments you have to look back at the ORIGINAL contest post and go to the comment number.

If you WON, please send me your mailing address to maya@mayabanks.com. The ARCs will go out in the mail Monday morning PROVIDED I hear back from everyone and all mailing addresses are submitted.

If I don’t hear from you by Monday morning, I’ll award the book to someone else.

Here’s the list and congrats to all the winners!

Comment 654–Rachel Morrell

Colter’s woman is my favorite, but Colter’s promise is a very close second. This was the first Maya Banks I discovered, other than a couple of Desire books by Maya – so I have a special place in my heart for that particular book.

Comment 304–Tara Duessel says:

Colter’s lady. I loved the dynamics with Lily and the boys!! Awesome!!

Comment 216–Lisa Boykin says:

Love them all, but the original, Colter’s Woman, is the one that hooked me. The way Holly got through Ryan’s walls….. *sigh*

Comment 164–Robin Priddy says:

I have read all of the Colter’s Legacy series and loved all of them. My favorite is Colter’s Woman. I can’t wait to read Colter’s Gift.

Comment 57–Heather Swanson says:

How can a person chose a favorite? I love all your books and fall in love with all your hero’s they are what fantasies and dreams are made of. :) can’t wait for more books from you.

Comment 252–Natasha House says:

Colter’s Woman is my all time fave!! It just caught me so unprepared and I loved it!! The character interaction, the story line – I just found no faults with this book! I could read about all of these characters forever! It will always be a favorite of mine!

Comment 506–Shay Brown says:

Colters Daughter is my favorite I love that callie has some fire in her

Comment 30–Lisa Sharpton says:

Colter’s woman is my favorite, but have and loved them all!

 

Colters’ Gift ARC giveaway!

Hey gang, I have several paperback ARCs of Colters’ Gift so of course I’m going to give them away :)

To enter, just drop me a line and tell me one of the two following things

What is your favorite installment in the Colters’ Legacy series OR

If you haven’t yet read the Colters’ Legacy series, tell me you’d like to start it with Colters’ Gift :)

I’ll leave entries open until WEDNESDAY of THIS WEEK (Sept 25) and you’ll have until FRIDAY to email me your snail mail address once I post the list of winners. The ARCs will then be mailed out by the following Monday. Sound good?

Then let’s get to it!

xoxo

 

Coming SOON news!

I’ve been promising you all an update on THEIRS TO KEEP, book 1 of the Tangled Hearts trilogy which I had originally planned to publish last fall. I’m happy to say that things have been finalized and that Theirs to Keep will release October 22 of this year! So not a long wait at all and definitely something to tide you over until the Surrender trilogy debuts next February :)

Since I am self publishing this trilogy, it gives me more control over pricing and distribution. I’ll be offering the book at a lower price than my trade editions of the past, and because I’m self publishing it, there will be no geographical restrictions. The book will be available worldwide in digital AND in print.

The print edition will be offered only through online retailers in print on demand. It won’t be stocked in the usual physical bookstores as my other books are, but it was important to me not to exclude my print readership so I ensured that you can at least order the print edition online.

If you saw the original covers on my website or last Fall when I had originally planned to release the first book, then please note that the covers will be different and redesigned. The story remains the same however and if you haven’t yet seen the blurb check it out below.

When Cade Winslow and Merrick Sullivan find Elle hiding in the cabinet of a gun store, they know they can’t just walk away from the fragile woman with no memory of who she is or who tried to kill her. Merrick is training for the title shot in the heavyweight division as a mixed martial artist and can’t afford distractions, but neither can he turn his back on the woman who tugs at his heartstrings.

Elle feels safe with her two protectors, and the longer she spends with them, the more she realizes that she has no desire to remember her past. Not when it could compromise her future with Cade and Merrick.

Cade has his own set of concerns when it comes to Elle, and it quickly becomes clear to the two men that for the first time in their friendship, a woman is coming between them. But what if they just kept her there? Between them. Where she belongs.

The Tangled Hearts trilogy will be written and published in ADDITION to all of my other planned books/series and will not affect the publication of those planned stories. And as such, since I’m fitting the trilogy into an already crowded writing schedule, I won’t announce publication dates for Always Mine (book 2) and Forever Ours (book 3) until I’m certain that the date won’t change. Also, it is my plan not to have long periods of time between the books. Since the books are closely connected, it’s my hope to get them out to readers in fairly quick succession. But also note, even though the books follow the same cast of characters, none of the books end in cliffhangers. Promise! Each story arc will have a definite end and resolution and won’t cut off leaving you to wait for the next story to find out “what happens”

The Tangled Hearts trilogy is a series of stories I LOVE. Theirs to Keep has been written for two years now and wasn’t written under contract. I wrote it because I loved it and it had to be written. My readers have been so utterly fantastic to me this year, and every year of my career to date, and so I wanted this to be a special treat for all of you. An “extra” if you will. And I wanted to set a lower price point, again, as a thank you for supporting me and my career since it began seven years ago.

It’s very much in the same vein as the Colters’ Legacy series. It has the same “feel” and “tone” but a completely different story. But the Tangled Hearts trilogy incorporates MANY of my very favorite tropes. It’s over the top and utterly cracktastic, my favorite kind of book to READ, so it follows that it would be my very favorite kind of story to WRITE :)

I want this to be a FUN and heartfelt read for my readers. It’s emotional and angsty and while it is erotic in nature, the focus is not sexual at all. The emphasis is on the story, emotion and the romance, and in fact, there are few love scenes in the first book. Though the stories follow an untraditional relationship, at its heart, it’s still about romance and falling in love. And it’s absolutely possible to write a story about a polyamorous romance without it being nothing but endless sex and kink. MANY of my “menage” stories are not highly eroticized at all! (Stay With Me, Amber Eyes, Love Me, Still, just to name a few!)

So my hope is that you enjoy the Tangled Hearts trilogy and that you will love it as much as I do :))

xoxo <3 <3 <3

Maya