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2011 was a really terrific year

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.



20 thoughts on “2011 was a really terrific year”

  1. Evan Blanc says:

    We all just love you so much!! Thank you for being so great!!

  2. Vicki says:

    Maya, we just love you so much. Keep up all the hard work you do. Can’t wait for more from you.

    Thank You,

  3. azteclady says:

    Anyone can write a book?

    I guess that’s true, as far as it goes.

    Not everyone can make readers enjoy said book to the point of anticipating new offerings from its author and checking around for back lists.

    Thank you, Ms Banks–and may 2012 bring only more of the same for you.

  4. Quilt Lady says:

    I loved your Highlander series and it left me wanting more of the same. I guess my favorite of the three books would have been Seduction of a Highland Lass yes it brought tears to my eyes. It was one of my favorite reads of the year. They were all good. Can’t wait for your next historicals.

  5. Cindy says:

    I love your highlander series – it’s not been since Julie Garwood that I’ve been able to truly enjoy one – please keep them coming! :)
    I’ve reread the first & am at this moment rereading ‘never love a highlander’ & came here hoping for good news that more is coming – I do believe I read that somewhere (RWA magazine perhaps)? I do hope so!

    1. Maya says:

      Cindy, yes most definitely, I’ll be writing more historicals. I don’t have anything on my coming soon page yet simply because other than a title and a release date, I have no additional information such as a blurb or a cover, though I do know they’re working on the cover as we speak! But my next Scottish historical is titled Never Seduce a Scot and will release in October 2012. Going forward, my release schedule will be evened out with a historical releasing every six months (after October 2012) and I’ll have a KGI title out every six months (after Jan 2012) So I’m working hard to have a consistent release schedule for my series so that readers will know for sure when I have a book coming even if I don’t yet have detailed information on my website.

  6. Terri says:

    We can’t help but love you. Your books are fantastic. Here is to a great 2012.

  7. mbot565 says:

    Maya, even if anyone can write a book, NOT everyone can write a wonderful book let alone several of them. That’s why you’re on the bestseller lists. I love reading yours because I can feel your passion, blood, sweat and tears on every one of them.

    It’s easy for me as a reader to buy your books, because I know my time and money wouldn’t be wasted on them. I didn’t have to worry if I’d be buying and reading crappy books when I bought yours. Trust me, feeling that certain when buying something IS a gift.

    Congratulation on a wonderful 2011! Let’s shoot for another great year in 2012!

  8. Anita McCaskey says:

    THANK YOU Maya for all of the wonderful stories you wrote for us in 2011! I enjoyed all of your books and look forward to reading what you’ve written in 2012. Have a joyous and blessed Christmas.

    Anita McCaskey

  9. mary says:

    Hi Maya,

    Every single one of your books are incredible. I can never just put it down. I have to read it till the end. I always pre order your books at my local book store and if I don’t get it…..I order it on my Kobo. Being a mom who works and has two busy boys as well as being a huge outdoor freak…..I gotta have time for my Maya Banks books. By the way…..I loved your newest KGI book. It was AWESOME!!!! Got it in the mail on the 23rd late in the afternoon and finished it at 1am.Thank you thank you thank you! Congrats on your great year and I know you will have another amazing new year! Merry Belated Christmas and have a Happy New Year! ……Now I just have to wait for the next KGI book and of course….one of my favorite series…. Sweet Addiction ….can’t wait!

    Hugs and kisses

    Mary (from Canada)

    1. Pam says:

      I agree Mary. I love Maya’s books as well. It’s just hard to put them down sometimes. I can’t wait for the next book in the sweet series and I have just downloaded “Whispers in the Dark”

      Thank you Maya. May the New Year be even better than the last for you.

  10. Gina says:

    Just finished your new book,”Whisper in the Dark”, Awesome book! Thank you! the story was worth staying up and missing sleep! Can’t wait until the next one.

  11. Julie McGrath says:

    Hi Maya- I’m so looking forward to reading my new KGI Whispers in the Dark! I love and look forward to ALL your books. I’m especially waiting on Sweet Seduction- it seems like we’ve waited for ever for a sweet series book. Call me an anxious fan, but i love my books – well your books Maya, and I have to say, I agree with all your other fans that not everybody can write a book let alone several AND have them be on the best sellers list like you can!!! It’s called having talent Maya, and you have a special gift for not only writing, but bringing the characters to life, the places to life where you can actually visualize it, and make it enjoyable, and sexy,along with hot and sometimes steamy- which is fun, too! So Maya, you have made my 2011 year much more bearable, considering it was a tough year for me and I was able to lose myself in your books, which helped me more than you know, so keep them coming and give US a great 2012 with you ,ok! Thanks for the grat reads!!! Looking forward to Colter’s Daughter Feb.!!

    Julie McGrath

  12. Dawn Jackson says:

    You deserve it all Maya! Your writing is amazing. You had me hooked from the 1st book I read of yours, “Be With Me” which is still one of my favorites. You keep writing them and we will keep reading them. Always looking forward to your next book. Can’t wait for Sweet Addiction to come out. *Smiles*

  13. Geraldine Mathis says:

    I really enjoy reading the KGI Series, but I really like the “Whispers in the Night” is the book about Shea sister going be on the same level. I can’t wait to read about Donovan and I know I will also enjoy PJ and Cole book. Thanks for the great words and getting the book out on regular basis.


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  15. diane says:

    I have just discovered your books. First i read the coulter series,very sexy with great characers and story. I next read the historical scots trilogy. I loved them! I have not sobbed my way through a book like i did the end of the second book! Please give me more! I am so glad i stumbled over you and look forward to more happy reading. You are a great author.

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