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The year in review (and happy holidays to you!)

I’ve stopped with the whole “nothing can top this year evah!” nonsense. I can remember in 2006, I didn’t think I could possibly ever have a year to top that one. So many good things happened that year after a truly horrible 2005. I was grateful that things turned around so dramatically.

Then in 2008, once again I thought wow, it doesn’t get better than this!  Wrong again. :)

2009 has been a marvelous year and I won’t bother saying it can’t get better. I WILL say that wow, if it does get better, just wow.  But I’m looking forward to great things in 2010 and I’ll take what comes and be happy and grateful.

After a few years of being published, 2009 came full circle in that I sold a historical trilogy.  I started out writing historicals back when I was trying to become a published author. I wasn’t sure I’d ever get back to those stories, but I bided my time and when it was “right” I took the leap.  The auction for this trilogy was the most exciting event yet in my publishing career. I’m really thrilled to be writing these books for Ballantine, a publisher I have a lot of respect for, and an editor who’s as excited as I am about this trilogy.

I sold a novella for an anthology with two very dear friends, people I love and am looking forward to working with for years to come.  We’re taking a trip together to Catalina in March and I’m looking forward to spending time with them laughing and having good girly fun.

I sold more erotic contemporaries to my editor at Berkley HEAT, including another Sweet book, book 5 in the series, which will be Connor’s book :)

I sold a four book miniseries to Silhouette Desire for a back to back release in 2011.

Work wise, I had a very productive year despite a few periods where I wasn’t able to write as much as I’d have liked.  I’m hoping to streamline my time and have a more productive year in 2010. *crossing fingers!*

Looking ahead to 2010 will see the debut of my Kelly series from Berkley Sensation. I’m soooo excited about these books.  I’ve already written the first two books in this series, The Darkest Hour and No Place to Run, and up next I’ll be writing book 3, No Place to Hide.  I love the Kelly family and the people they surround themselves with.  I hope readers will love these characters as much as I do :)

Perhaps the most important thing we did in 2009 was take more family time. For the first time ever, my husband took every bit of his allotted vacation time and we traveled with our kids plus we took two trips together just us.  We also finally took the plunge and decided to buy a new house. With three very boisterous, rambunctious children, we outgrew our current house a few years ago, but the time just never seemed right for the hassle of moving.  I finally decided that there never would be a “good” time and so we bit the bullet and just did it.  We closed Dec 15th and we’ll move the first week in January.  Everyone is super excited to begin the new year in our new house and we’re looking forward to building a lot of memories in our new home :)

We’re off to spend Christmas with my family in Louisiana today. I don’t know how much I’ll be blogging between now and the end of the year because I’ll be packing! *sob*  But I wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a wonderful holiday and my wish for a happy new year.  I’m so grateful to readers of this blog and readers of my books.  It’s because of you that I’m able to have a job I love and that I can continue to dream up stories and put them to paper.

To show my thanks and deep appreciation, I want to offer my readers some pressies :)  Here’s what I’m offering.

Signed and personalized Anetakis trilogy (Silhouette Desire) This includes The Tycoon’s Pregnant Mistress, The Tycoon’s Rebel Bride and The Tycoon’s Secret Affair.  I’ll give away three sets of these books.

The first three books in the Sweet series (Berkley HEAT), signed and personalized.  This includes Sweet Surrender, Sweet Persuasion and Sweet Seduction.  I’ll give away two sets of these books.

AND I’ll also pony up an ARC of Sweet Temptation which releases in April 2010.  Please note, this will be a printed, bound galley and will be mailed to winner in MARCH 2010.

Sound good?  I’ll leave this contest open until the end of the year and I’ll post the winners the first week of January.  It will be your responsibility to come back to see if you’ve won. I won’t hunt you down and you’ll have a limited time to claim your prize or another winner will be chosen.

To enter, just drop a comment.  I’ll choose winners at random at the end of the year.

Much love to you all!




128 thoughts on “The year in review (and happy holidays to you!)”

  1. Jen says:

    Thank you for writing such fun books. I have become addicted to them :) I look forward to many many more.

  2. Moran says:

    I just can’t wait to read your books in 2010!

    Every book I read by you so far was great and I’m sure the new books will be just as good :woot:

    Too bad that I’ll have to wait a few more month to read the next book in the Sweet series :(

  3. Judith says:

    Congratulations on the nomination for the CAPA awards. Very Cool and well deserved.
    Best Wishes and all good things for the New Year.

  4. Congrats on buying a new house. I hope the packing/moving part goes well. Good luck with your goals for 2010 and I look forward to reading your upcoming releases.

  5. Penny says:

    Congratulations on a great year! Looking forward to all the new books in 2010 & 2011.

  6. Midnight says:


    wow, lots of changes and more great things to come. keep up the good work


  7. Jessie says:

    congrats on everything! really looking forward to all the new books :)

  8. Lisa F. says:

    Congrats on your wonderful year! Hope you have a great 2010!

  9. Allison says:

    I definitely don’t envy you the move, but I hope your family grows into the new house and that you’ll be happy there for years to come.

    :cheer: Congratulations on a great 2009! :cheer:

  10. Stephanie says:

    Congrats on all the great happenings! Sounds like an exciting time and I hope that the new year exceeds all your greatest hopes.

  11. Maureen says:

    Congratulations on another successful year!

  12. Pam Griffith says:

    Congrats on the new house. Look forward to reading your new books that come out in 2010. Hope you have a great 2010.

  13. Cassandra M says:

    Hey, congrats on the wonderful year, and umm Santa was great to me this year also..3 CARROT…:guitar:sweet, not a house but I’m getting there. Can’t wait to read more of your wonderful and umm sexy books….
    Thanks again….:kneel:

  14. Congrats on a fabulous 2009. :cheer: Happy Holidays! :elephant:

  15. Congratulations on all of your good news, Maya. Wishing you a wonderful 2010!

    Cowboys and Romance,
    Natalie Acres

  16. Angelique says:

    Congratulations on an amazing year! 2009 was pretty good to me too. I finished my Masters degree and got a job! Here’s to hoping 2010 is even better!

  17. Kim says:

    Happy Holidays! I’m so excited for 2010, especially for Sweet Temptation in April!

  18. Lea Ann says:

    I would love to win your books! I also wanted to say thank you for the entertainment, and I hope your 2010 will be an awesome one.

  19. Janet H says:

    Thanks for offering exactly what we all want – Maya’s books! Congrats on the new house. Hope you have a wonderful holiday.

  20. Eva S says:

    Congrats on a great year and wishing you A Happy New Year!

  21. acdaisy95 says:

    Congrats Maya on all of your success this year in 2009. And thanks for the nice contest giveaway.

    I am surely looking forward to 2010. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!!!

  22. chey says:

    Congrats on a great 2009! I enjoy your books!

  23. Arantza says:

    Happy new year! And congratulations on this year’s achievements.

  24. Lisa Guertin says:

    Hope your Christmas was great. What a year!
    I’ve really enjoyed reading your books this year and look forward to your new releases in 2010.

  25. Cherie J says:

    So glad you have had such a successful year and I am looking forward to see more of your wonderful books released in 2010. Happy New Year everyone!

  26. Armenia says:

    Just wanted to wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR !! I can’t believe all the fun I’ve had just following you and those wonderful books you write. Keep them coming !! See you in 2010.

  27. Robin Priddy says:

    What a great contest and a good way to end the year. Be careful on your trip and Happy New Year.

  28. Jennifer M. (NYC) says:

    I’m probably too late but what the heck, I’ll try :) Any chance to win your book sis worth trying. Happy 2010!

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