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An update from Maya

Hey gang,

I just wanted to give you guys an update of what’s going on lately. I haven’t been around much. I owe you guys a Be With Me scene too (I haven’t forgotten!)

Things are really insane for me right now. I don’t want anyone worrying. It’s not horrible but it is very stressful and time is a very precious commodity these days. Summer just started and I’m having to once again adjust to having all my children home with me in what is usually my work time where I have few if any disturbances. As I’m typing, I have FOUR 11 year olds girls squealing in the back ground, a barking dog and two boys who are literally running for their lives (away from the hoard of 11 year old girls)

I’m a solitary, cave dwelling hermit, so it’s difficult for me to adjust to having people around all the time :)

I obsessed endlessly over Whispers in the Dark. I wanted it to be perfect and in doing so, I was late turning it in. I don’t regret it. Not one bit. I wanted it to be the story that was in my head. I wanted it to be something my readers would love. But the fact is, I’m having to work long nights to catch up on the other projects that suffered because I took the extra time with Whispers. I’m loving Sweet Addiction. I mean LOVING it. This has evolved into a much better story than I could have ever imagined and I refuse to rush it simply because I’m behind. Again, I want it to be a book that I’m proud of and that my readers aren’t disappointed in. If it takes me longer, then that’s what will happen because I refuse to turn in an inferior book just so I can say I’m “caught up”

Because really, being caught up is kind of a fleeting goal for most writers lololol

My summer is just packed. I do a lot with my family. They come first. My daughter is winding up her spring season of select softball. They made a deep run in the state tournament last weekend and this weekend they won the championship just yesterday evening by going undefeated through the entire tournament. It was their last “regular” tournament of the season and a fantastic way to go out. They are now preparing to travel to Florida for the World Series in less than a month.

My daughter and I will be in NYC next week for RWA. We come back a week and then travel to Florida for her week long tournament. We’re back a week again and then off for our family vacation.

So between work, finishing Sweet Addiction and the Colter Christmas plus the promised Be With Me follow up and my family obligations, I’m not going to be around as much as I’d like for the next two months.

But know this. I’m working very hard to give you books that you will love. That’s my absolute goal.

This Fall my schedule lightens considerably and I’ll look forward to being able to hang out with you guys a lot more!



9 thoughts on “An update from Maya”

  1. Ellie says:

    Maya …

    It looks like you’ve got a lot on your plate and are putting others first but don’t forget –


    We don’t want to see you burnt out. Take care of you – first and foremost!

    Ellie ♥

  2. lasheba winston says:

    hello maya

    i know you are busy this summer, but just wanted to ask when your next Falcon series book will be coming.

    an eager fan

  3. Family definitely comes first for me, so I hope you enjoy your summer with them.

    As for not being around, we’ll be here when you have time, but I would rather you spend the time writing the best books possible than blogging or Facebooking every day. And I’m also so glad to hear that the book comes before the deadline. I would rather wait longer in between books, than have an inferior story (which just makes me want to stop reading that author – I’m just about there with Lora Leigh even though I used to love her stories).

    Thanks for letting us know and I hope you enjoy your summer! Hopefully you’ll be back in time to celebrate the release of In Bed with a Highlander

  4. Claudia Boyles says:

    Dear Maya , thank you for taking the time to update us:-) you are awesome and amazing!! Keeping up with all those duties, I agree with Eliie above take time for yourself :-) as a teacher, wife and mother things get crazy but I find my best quiet moments soaking in the tub, hot cup of tea and one of your books :-) take time to get pampered you know maybe a visit to a day spa ;-) anyway love you:-) claudia 

  5. Melanie says:

    I am excited for more of your books to come out. I am a little confused, though. You are writing a sequel to Be With Me or is it a new book book with the same title!?

  6. Maya says:

    Melanie, I just owe my readers a “scene” with the characters from Be With Me. Kind of like an epilogue but a scene after their HEA from the book, if that makes sense. Basically a glimpse at them NOW. I’ve been working on it, but I’m picky and I keep scratching and starting over :)

    1. Melanie says:

      OOh! Gotcha! I’m excited. So it will be a short novella like Colter’s Wife?

      Yay!! Do you have a ETA on when that will come out?

  7. Susan says:

    Dear Maya,
    I have become a devoted fan over the last year after ‘accidently’ finding your first Colter book while waiting on my fourteen year old in Barnes and Noble one day. I fell in love immediately.
    I understand how busy a summer break can be. There is usually a horde of boys ranging in age from 6 to 15 running thru my house.
    Enjoy your family and we look forward to your next rlease dates this fall.
    Thank you for your wonderful stories,

  8. mallie1 says:

    Family is great isn’t it. As a huge fan of your characters and writing style your books are worth the wait. So happy that Rio is going to be featured. Ever since the description of his home and tactical strategy I kept wondering what his back story was.

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