This last week has been a little surreal for me. On Wednesday I learned that BURN was the #1 bestselling book on the USA Today as well as hitting the top spot on the NYT Trade Paperback list, the NYT digital list and the paperback/digital combined list. A clean sweep!
I’ll admit, I did NOT expect to hit the #1 spot on the USA Today or the NYT digital. I had some really TOUGH competition with JK Rowling in the top spot on the Trade Paperback list and her book under her other pen name was #1 on the USA Today last week and still going very strong! Not to mention James Patterson had a new release out on the same day as BURN and he is a very consistent top placing author on those lists! So I was STUNNED when I learned that BURN had earned the top spot.
But you know what? I should have had more faith in my AWESOME, AMAZING readers and for that I apologize! You guys are SO good to me and it’s solely because of YOU that BURN hit that top spot.
I say it every time, but as an author *I* don’t hit those lists. All I do is write the book and unleash it in the wild and hope for the best because once it’s out of my hands, it’s squarely in the hands of the READERS as to whether it becomes a bestselling book or not.
So THANK YOU. I owe you all more than I can ever hope to repay! But I hope to at least give back SOMETHING by continuing to write and give you stories that you enjoy and want more of. I am SO grateful to have such wonderful, supportive readers. Without you, I would not be living my dream of writing stories that fill my mind.
In the very beginning of my career, it was a dream, and in my mind a PIPE DREAM, to even HIT a list like the NYT and the USA Today. The very first time I ever accomplished that (because of YOU!!!) I was flabbergasted and so very grateful.
To a new author, reaching the top spot on ANY list is one of those things you kind of wistfully think in the back of your mind “oh one day… One day I’d love that” but you don’t really ever think it will happen!
So imagine by shock, amazement and utter gratitude when it happened! It finally happened!
I’ve written and published over 50 books in the 7 years I’ve been published. (My 7th anniversary was June 6 of this year) and with each one, I’ve been absolutely humbled and a little baffled at how wonderful my readers have embraced them.
If someone had told me back in June 2006 when I published my very first book that 7 years later I would have a USA Today and a NYT #1 bestseller, I would have laughed and said NO WAY. But it happened. And it happened because of YOU.
I will never be able to properly express my gratitude to my readers. I know it sounds corny, it likely doesn’t sound genuine. Simply because I’ve thanked my readers after every single time one of my books has hit the best seller lists. But you know what? I am one hundred percent sincere. *I* did not hit the best seller lists. YOU did that. YOU put the books there. And for that, I will be eternally grateful and so very humbled by your support.
And PS: I’ll be posting news this week! New covers (OMG are they AWESOME) and blurbs for my next trilogy which will be releasing starting in February 2014 :)) So be on the lookout Tuesday for the reveal!
16 thoughts on “HUGE thank you to all my readers!”
Loved burn well I loved the whole trilogy is there any chance for something more from them not ready for it to be over.
Maya, you deserve all the attention you are getting. You and your books are just great!! Keep it up!
Congratulations!!!! Very well deserved honor! You have every reason to be proud. And thank you for the wonderful stories you create.
Congrats and well deserved. Great series!
I agree with Angelique….definitely want to read more about Gabe/Mia, Jace/Bethany, Ash/Josie and now Kai/Brittany….love love love…these characters.
Omg, what a great trilogy, I am new to Ms BAnks writing,but enjoy it greatly. So please continue to write and I will continue to grow and read.
Personally I think Pop deserves an installment in the sweet series. Those of us in the older generation need hope for romance and companionship.
Will there be anymore to the Breathless trilogy? So want it to carry on with the whole gang. Loved this trilogy!
Just finished the breathless trilogy and have to say already looking forward to Kai and Brittany’s story…. Hope will be out soon.
I LOVED the first book in this series. I read it in 2 days just couldn’t put it down. I’m very bummed that Mia and faves story didn’t continue into the next book. I loved them and didn’t want that to stop like it did. I hope you consider to continue on each of their stories. Seems like a lot of people are requesting the same.
I loved this series. Read all three books back to back over a weekend. But was wondering if you would be doing more of them? All the characters are terrific! I feel like it would be a shame not to hear about Kai and Brittany, or even more about Brandon and Caroline.
¡felicidades! eres una de mis escritoras favoritas y no sabes la emocion que siento al saber que la trilogia sigue, muchas gracias y te mereces estar en el lugar que estas sigue asi y nunca cambies.
OMG!!! I loved these books, I could not put them down til I finished. I had to know what was going to happen next. I feel the same as some of your others readers. I would to see what happens next with all the couples. Jace and Ash’s weddings and what happens to Brittany and Kai. I do truly hope that is not the end. You captured all their most desires and fantasies into words as if we where watching a movie. I look forward to reading more of your books.
Omg I loved the whole trilogy!!! I wanted to know more about their lives!!! You should make more books on their next chapters of their lives! Especially with the weddings!!! I loved the relationship with Mia and gabe!! Please write another trilogy on them!!!!
I’m a little late to the party, but I loved this series! I’m hoping there will be more books in this series. I’d love to see what happens after marriage for Mia/Gabe and Bethany/Jace, Josie/Ash wedding, and/or Brittany/Kai in Vegas. I’m not ready to say good-bye to these characters!
Have you heard the term Book Hangover? Its the struggle a person goes through trying to reconnect with reality after finishing an amazing book…this is totally ME after reading your books. I loved that trilogy and all the characters. I am not so patiently waiting for the release of Taking It All as I have fallen completely in love with this series. You are an amazing author, thanks for the so very amazing reads!!
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