A YAY contest!

I promised my readers that once I turned in Echoes at Dawn (KGI #5) that I’d have a few giveaways to celebrate. The FIRST, and I’ll do two separate blog posts, is for a chance to win a PRINT copy of The Darkest Hour. If you’ve never given the KGI series a shot, here’s your chance to do it absolutely free. The 4th book in the series, releases January 3rd, so I want to give everyone a chance to read that first book in the series and hey, if you like it, then maybe you’ll give the others a shot as well :)

So this is really easy peasy. If you want a copy, just drop me a comment below and tell me you want to be entered. As always, my contests are open to international entrants. I’ll leave the contest running through this weekend so that I can mail copies out next Monday.

Check back on SUNDAY to see if you win. You’ll only have a short time to claim your book and I won’t track you down, so you’ll need to check back, see if you won and then email me your mailing address.

Sound good? Then let’s get down to it. Ready, set, go!


Thanks to everyone for entering. I decided to have a few bonus giveaways as well so be sure to check below to see if you got an extra goodie!

The winner of the Carly Phillips ARC plus the $25 gift certificate to your choice of Amazon or BN is…

Nancy Walters, comment #58

Also chosen to win a copy of The Darkest Hour are the following. And be sure to tell me if you already HAVE THe Darkest Hour. If you do, I’ll substitute it for another backlist title of mine :)

Margaret Murray Evans, comment #255

Anne M, comment #50

Peggy, comment # 281

Allison Motherway, comment #6

Heather Nathan, comment #104

ALL WINNERS, please email me at maya@mayabanks.com and give me your mailing address so your books can get to you!

And as always, thanks for playing. Love y’all bunches


Carly Phillips giveaway!

So guys, here’s the deal. Carly and I both have books releasing on the same day. Destiny and Whispers in the Dark. And we thought it would be fun to give you guys a chance to win an advance EARLY copy of our books. I’m going to give away an ARC of Destiny right here on the blog and to accompany it, a 25.00 gift certificate to your choice of BN or Amazon just so you can do a little book shopping on the big Black Friday weekend from the comfort of your own home, in your jammies, on your couch :) Who needs crowds to shop anyway?

Here’s more about Destiny!

From New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips comes her second novel set in Serendipity, the quaint upstate New York town where love, fate, and fortune are intertwined…

Nash Barron may be cynical about love, yet even he likes a good wedding. But the only good thing about his brother’s wedding is Kelly Moss. Nash can’t help but admire her confidence and beauty, but he’s forced to keep his distance because getting involved with Kelly could destroy his relationship with his newly discovered half sister, Tess…

Kelly came to Serendipity to give Tess–her half sibling as well, thanks to an illicit affair–a second chance at life. She learned long ago not to rely on anyone but herself. Besides, she doesn’t want to upset Tess’s life by pushing for a fling with Nash. Except the more she gets to know him, the more vulnerable she becomes to the kindness beneath his gruff exterior, and the less she’s able to stay away. But she has other reasons for keeping her distance. Like the secret from her past she knows Nash will never forgive…

AND as a special treat for you guys, here is an exclusive excerpt you won’t see anywhere else!


Kelly couldn’t get out of the bar fast enough. No sooner had she found out that her new best friend had once been married to Nash, than she’d had to watch him fawn over Annie and worry about her welfare. The jealousy had bitten her hard and she hated everything about the situation she suddenly found herself in. Kelly had had enough of awkward triangles to last her a lifetime.

Once in the parking lot, she looked for her Ford Fiesta and realized she had the bad luck to be parked beneath a broken light. Instead of emitting a steady glow, the light flickered and she fumbled for her car keys inside her purse. Finally she pulled them from her bag.


Startled, she dropped the key chain on the floor, Nash’s voice taking her off guard.

“Why did you run out?” he asked, coming up beside her.

“I already told you. I needed air.”

“Why?” Little lines of disbelief crinkled around his eyes, making him even more sexy than usual.

She tipped her head to one side, wondering why he was questioning her over something so trivial. “Because it was hot in there. Why else?”

“Because you just found out that Annie and I had once been married.”

“Well you don’t pull any punches, do you?” she asked, embarrassed.

He propped an arm on top of her car. “Not when it comes to something … or someone I want.” His hot, serious gaze bore into hers.

At his words, the air left her lungs in a rush, his implication clear. “And since when do you want me?”

He laughed suddenly. Not a light chuckle, but a deep laugh that came from someplace inside him she’d never seen before.

“Since when I have I not wanted you?” He reached out and grabbed a strand of her hair, twirling it between his fingers.

The pull was strangely erotic and she felt the tug low in her belly. She swallowed hard and licked her dry lips. “Maybe I should rephrase. Since when have you wanted to act on it? Just last night we agreed we can’t go anywhere because of Tess.”

He nodded. “And I’ve done nothing but think about Tess since.” He paused. “But this thing between us. It’s electric and undeniable.”

His husky voice sent tremors of awareness darting through her veins.

“Are we really going to let a fourteen year old dictate how we act?” he asked.

Kelly blinked, stunned not just by his change of heart but at the rationale behind it. “I hadn’t thought of it that way.”

“Neither did I until Dare pointed it out.” An embarrassed grin lifted his lips.

“You and Dare talked about me?” God, could this night get any more mortifying?

He shook his head. “We talked about us.” He gestured between them. “Don’t forget Dare’s the one who interrupted last night.”

“Don’t remind me,” she said on a groan.

“He’s also the one who made me see reason. I mean, what he said about not letting a fourteen year old dictate our decisions makes sense.”

Kelly nodded slowly. “It does,” she agreed. “Unfortunately it doesn’t change the fact that nothing more can happen between us.”

He blinked, obviously stunned. “Why not? We’re both adults. We can trust ourselves to act like it before, during … and after things end.”

Well that was an optimistic summary, she thought. But at least he was honest – he’d be looking for something short term. So would she. If she allowed herself to get involved with him. Which she wouldn’t.

“I’ve already been through a relationship with someone who swore their marriage was over and there is no way I’ll put myself through that again.” She folded her arms across her chest, protecting herself with her words and her actions.

Nash placed his hand on her shoulder. She tried to step out of reach but her back hit the car. She couldn’t go far and he liked having her in his personal space. “Annie and I are divorced. She’s the one who initiated the damned thing. Trust me, she won’t hold it against you if you’re with me,” he promised Kelly.

Was the man obtuse? “Exactly my point! She may be over you but you’re not over her. All any observant person has to do is watch how you treat her and it’s obvious you still have feelings for her.”

“Of course I care. She’s sick and she needs a friend who’s aware and who understands. But that’s all we are. Friends,” he insisted. “Platonic friends.”

“Nash – “ Kelly held out a hand to keep a barrier between them.

“Kelly,” he mimicked gently. “You and I are nothing like me and Annie.” He thread his fingers through hers, slowly raising her body temperature. “Not once did Annie and I ever generate heat like this.”

Before Kelly knew what hit her, he’d pulled her forward. Her chest collided with his and their hips pressed together intimately. She found herself locked between his waist and the car, the hard ridge behind his jeans deliciously obvious and her body responded, melting for him. Molten liquid fire flowed through her veins.

Heat exploded between them and he sealed their lips firmly together. He was hungry, his mouth nibbling on hers, tasting, demanding until finally he slipped his tongue between her lips. She moaned and wrapped her arms around his neck, enjoying the sensations. Knowing this was all she could take from him, she eased her fingers through his hair and let him deepen the kiss. After all, how far could they go in a parking lot, but as she wondered, her stomach curled with growing need and an awareness of wanting more.

Which made her regretfully pull back. “You’re right. We’re explosive,” she murmured. “But you’re still emotionally connected to your ex which puts you off limits for me.”

Still shaking, she knelt down, picked up her keys and over his argument, unlocked the car, opened the door and slid inside.

“I’m stubborn,” he told her as he helped her shut the door.

Then she’d just have to be more obstinate than him.


Here’s all the ways you can learn more about Carly and her books!

website – http://www.carlyphillips.com

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/CarlyPhillipsFanPage

Twitter – https://twitter.com/#!/carlyphillips

Now for the important stuff. How to win! Just leave me a comment to let me know you want the book! To sweeten the pot a little, let me know what book you’re currently reading. I’m always looking for book recs! I’ll leave the contest open until Tuesday morning. That’s November 22. Winner will be posted here on the blog so be sure to check back to see if you win!

And also, Carly is hosting a giveaway on her blog and giving readers a chance to win an advance copy of WHISPERS IN THE DARK, so be sure to hop over, visit her and enter for your chance to win there :))

Winners of In Bed With a Highlander!

Ok guys, here is the list of Kindle and print winners. If you are a winner of a KINDLE copy, please just email me at maya@mayabanks.com so I can get your ebook to you. If you are the winner of a PRINT copy, please email me your mailing address to the same email.

Kindle winners

Kimberly, comment #94
Bobbie, comment #4
Shelly, comment #56
Staci, comment #15
Megan Burton, comment #126
MichelleAB, comment #23
Alisha, comment #70
Amy, comment #33
Suzie Glass comment #85
Alyssa West, comment #34
Jill, comment #104
Teresita, comment #124
Kate Saunders, comment #40


Zeneida, comment #95
Julie, comment #77
Jordan H, comment #57
Jillian, comment #2
Jeanette Juan, comment #65
Diane, comment #17
Kristie S, comment #86
Penny, comment #25
Kristina in GA, comment #75
Lynn Reynolds, comment #105
Sonali, comment #116
Crystal Coleman, comment #46
Rosie, comment #127

In Bed With A Highlander giveaway!

Oh Lordy but when I went to my own website and saw how long it had been since I’d blogged I couldn’t believe that summer is already over, the kids are back in school and that I hadn’t blogged since returning from Ireland. I’d be ashamed if I didn’t know it will happen again lol.

In Bed With A Highlander released two weeks ago and thanks to my amazing readers, it’s been on the USA Today bestseller list for two weeks now. So thank you! You guys rock hard. I’m excited for the second book in the trilogy to release, which is coming up soon! So I thought I’d give some of you who hadn’t gotten a chance to get In Bed With A Highlander yet an opportunity to win a copy here on the blog :)

I’m going to give away print copies and I’ll also give away Kindle copies to you Kindle owners. I apologize to you NON Kindle owners out there. I’d love nothing more than to be able to gift you with digital copies as well but so far Kindle is the only one who makes that possible. I think I heard that Kobo does as well but I haven’t figured them out yet *g*

So anyway I’ll stop babbling and get to the giveaway.

If you want to be considered for a copy, first tell me what books you’re buying this week or last. I know there are releases I wanted but damn if I can remember what they were and I want to go shopping! Then the next really important thing I need you to tell me is what format you’d like. If you want to be considered for a print copy, say you want the print. If you prefer Kindle, just tell me that.

Simple, right?

I’ll leave the contest open until this weekend (sometime) I’m not being too specific because Girlie has a softball tournament and I’m not sure when we’ll be home so I can’t give you a set time that I’ll draw winners. I’d like to have all winners posted by Sunday night but definitely by Monday if we end up playing really late. Please check back early in the week to see if you won! I’ll be asking all winners to email me so I can get the books out to you ASAP.

Ok let’s get this show on the road. Ready, set, go!

The winners!

Ok gang, since there were so many entries and I still have available ARCs, I drew SIX winners. And here they are

#43 Kay James

#73 Susan

#85 Alyssa Sullivan

#108 Ashley Roberts

#160 Tanya

#197 Sherri Dub

Congrats! Now here’s what I need for you to do. I need you to email me your mailing address to maya@mayabanks.com and I need this info SOON. No later than Thursday afternoon. I need to mail these on Friday because I leave for vacation early Saturday morning. So if I don’t hear from you by Thursday, I’m sorry, but you won’t get the ARC.

Facebook contest, here!

Since Facebook won’t let anyone run contests on their pages anymore, I’m going to have my promised contests for ARCs of In Bed With A Highlander here on my blog. There are no strings attached! If you want to get an early peek at the book, simply post here and tell me you want it and if you win, the book is yours. Simple as that.

I’ll leave entries open until at least tomorrow morning (maybe later if I get sidetracked because you all know that happens all the time!) And when I post the winners, you’ll need to check back and then email me your mailing address. I can’t stress this enough. I will post the winners no later than Wednesday of this week. If you don’t claim your book by Friday, you lose out. Sorry! I leave the country on Saturday and won’t be back for 12 days. I’m going to mail all won copies out on Friday of this week so it’s your responsibility to A. check back to see if you won and B. provide me with a mailing address before Friday.

Ready, set, go!

REVIEW copies of In Bed With A Highlander

I have a select few advance copies of In Bed WIth A Highlander that I am offering to reviewers and bloggers who are willing to read and post their thoughts on the story in return for receiving the book early. If you aren’t a reviewer or a blogger, don’t be sad! I also have copies that I will be giving away in a few contests I plan to run. But for this particular blog entry, I am asking for only those who have blogs or will post reviews to respond.

Here’s what I need for you to do and please read carefully because if you don’t follow the procedure it’s likely I won’t see or be able to consider your request.

Send an email to mayaATmayabanks.com with the subject header REVIEW COPY. If you don’t put this, I won’t see it. It’s that simple.

In the body of the email, I need for you to give me the URL to your blog or your review site or wherever it is you plan to post your review or your thoughts, good or bad.

I’m asking that if you send a request and receive a copy, that you read and post your thoughts/review BEFORE August 30th. If you’re planning to post at places like BN or Amazon where you aren’t able until the book releases, please state that in your email.

Requests need to be in no later than July 17th because I’ll mail them out as SOON as I return from the World Series of Softball with my daughter.

Please do NOT POST YOUR REQUEST IN THE COMMENTS SECTION OF THIS BLOG POST. I won’t consider that an entry. I need all the info in the email as stated above. The only “string” or stipulation to getting an early copy is that you review or talk about. You do not have to love it. You do not have to post gushing things about the book. If you hate it, you’re free to say so. I will appreciate each and every person who takes the time to post their thoughts. I will not argue with you, stalk you or otherwise act like an author off her meds ;)

This is also open to international bloggers and reviewers as all my contests are.

On the cut off date of the 17th, I will randomly draw from the entries received since I don’t have enough copies to accommodate everyone. I will then send you an email requesting your mailing address. You will only have one or two days to get back to me because I have to mail them the week of the 17th before I leave on vacation so be aware of all the fine print involved in this giveaway!

I think that about covers everything :)

Pressie giveaway!

I’m a bit late with this. I recently went to NYC for meetings with my publishers and I promised to bring back pressies for my readers! I raided my editors’ offices (boy was that fun) and I also asked them for suggestions for you guys. So many of these were picked by my editors for me to give away :)

Here’s what I have to give away!

Three Emily March titles: Angel’s Rest, Hummingbird Lake and Heartache Falls. These covers are so gorgeous. I love them. And I’ve heard such good things about this trilogy. My editor thought you guys would really enjoy them!

Almost Home by Mariah Stewart

Breaking Point by Pamela Clare

Chosen by Blood by Virna DePaul

Deadly Dreams by Kylie Brant

Savage Nature by Christine Feehan

Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison

Summer at Seaside Cove by Jacquie D’Alessandro

Okay, so here’s what YOU do to in. Tell me which book (or books as in the case of the Emily March trilogy) do you want? Easy right? That’s it. Just tell me what you want to win. I’ll leave entries open until this weekend some time and I’ll post winners Mondayish?