Interview & Giveaway with Maya Banks

Books-n-Kisses is super excited to welcome Maya Banks back on the blog to chat about her new book Letting Go (The Surrender Trilogy).

Maya, can you please tell us about Letting Go (The Surrender Trilogy)?letting go

Letting Go has some of my favorite tropes (as do all my books) But essentially it’s a second chance at love story. Typically when a heroine has lost or divorced her husband he’s cast as “bad” in order to make the new hero better. In this case Joss was very much in love with her husband and mourns his loss deeply and she feels as though she’ll never find that kind of love again. Except her husband’s best friend has secretly been in love with Joss for years and he’s been waiting for her to be “ready” to move on because he’s determined that  he’ll be that man for her when she’s ready. (Check out Kelly’s review of Letting Go HERE)

How did you come with the idea for this story?

I’m often asked where or how I come up with the ideas for my stories and I can never truly answer it because they literally just pop into my head. Characters start talking to me and telling me their story and I just write it down.

Can you share with us your current work(s) in progress?

I’m just finishing up When Day Breaks, the 9th book in the KGI series and then I’ll be working on the final book in the SURRENDER trilogy, TAKING IT ALL.

What is your most interesting writing quirk?

I wouldn’t say “Interesting” but I’m very linear in my work. I can NOT write out of order and I can NOT work on more than one story at a time. Every story that I write gets my complete and utter focus and I write one story at a time. I’m very rigid that way!

Who is the one author that you would love to meet someday and why?

I actually already got to meet the one author I’d go completely fan girl over. Julie Garwood. She’s always been my inspiration and I’ve often said that everything I’ve learned about writing no matter what genre, I learned from her.

What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?

To be patient. Not give up. Keep writing and don’t get discouraged. It takes a lot of hard work and PERSISTENCE to make a career out of writing. And never let others change your voice or your style. Protect both fiercely.

Would you share with us something off your bucket list?

I’ve always wanted to go to Colorado when the Aspens are in color. Colorado is one of my favorite places on earth and I’ve been there MANY times but never when the Aspens are in color. So ONE DAY I’m going to do that :)

Who is your Celebrity crush?  And what would you do if you ever meet them?

Oded Fehr and The Rock. And I’d just stand stupidly and stare and probably never utter a word lol


Letting Go

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PUBLICATION DATE: February 4, 2014

Josslyn found perfection once, and she knows she’ll never find it again. Now widowed, she seeks the one thing her beloved husband couldn’t give her. Dominance. Lonely and searching for an outlet for her grief and wanting only a brief taste of the perfection she once enjoyed, she seeks what she’s looking for at an exclusive club that caters to people indulging in their most hedonistic fantasies. She never imagined that what she’d find is the one man who’s long been a source of comfort—and secret longing. Her husband’s best friend.

Dash has lived in an untenable position for years. In love with his best friend’s wife and unwilling to act on that attraction. He’d never betray his best friend. And so he’s waited in the wings, offering Joss unconditional support and comfort as she works past her grief, hoping for the day when he can offer her more.

When he finds her in a club devoted to the darker edges of desire, he’s furious because he thinks she has no idea what she’s getting herself into. Until she explains in detail what it is she wants. What she needs. As realization sets in, he is gripped by fierce, unwavering determination. If she wants dominance, he is the only man who will introduce her to that world. He is the only man who will touch her, cherish her…love her. And the only man she’ll ever submit to.

(Check out Kelly’s review of Letting Go HERE)


MayaBanks02_bioMaya Banks is a #1 New York Times bestselling author whose chart toppers have included erotic romance, romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and Scottish historical romance.  She lives in the South with her husband, three children and a variety of pets. Visit her online at,, and




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13 Responses to Interview & Giveaway with Maya Banks

  1. Karen G. January 27, 2014 at 8:39 am #

    Thanks for the post, and interview. I am very excited for this new release/series. I love the Sweet series and miss your strong females and wonderfully dominant men. It will be fun to return to The House! =D

  2. Betty Hamilton January 27, 2014 at 10:08 am #

    I LOVE your books. I’m sure I would love this one too!

  3. erinf1 January 27, 2014 at 10:32 am #

    congrats to Maya on the new release!!! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Lori Meehan January 27, 2014 at 6:17 pm #

    I. Love. Maya Banks. Books. Congratulations Maya Banks on hour newest release. I can’t wait to read it.

  5. Jeanne January 27, 2014 at 6:56 pm #

    Hi Maya, I am an avid reader of romance in any form. Love your books and can’t wait to read this one. I too am from the south and can’t think of a better place to live. I have lived in Birmingham, Alabama all my life and wouldn’t know how to act any other place. Please continue to share your talent with us and thanks for the giveaway!

  6. bn100 January 27, 2014 at 9:15 pm #

    This sounds different

  7. Marcy Shuler January 27, 2014 at 9:26 pm #

    This sounds good and I like that the main characters are a bit older. That’s unusual.


  8. Texas Book Lover January 28, 2014 at 6:30 am #

    This sounds great! I would devour this book!

    Thanks so much!

  9. Carol L January 28, 2014 at 11:31 am #

    Another trilogy for my wishlist. Thanks for the chance. I’m looking forward to reading this series. Love your books Maya. Congrats on this release.
    Carol L

  10. Jen B. January 28, 2014 at 6:01 pm #

    I decided that I would get completely caught up on the KGI series this year. I am 4 books behind. I am excited to hear there is another story in the works! I am also going to finally read Sweet Addiction. I’ve had it in my TBR pile since it first came out but couldn’t bring myself to end the series. I’m glad to hear there is a new series in the work!

  11. Victoria Zumbrum January 28, 2014 at 8:45 pm #

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway. I really want to read this book. Sounds very good.

  12. Adrean Garcia January 31, 2014 at 12:45 pm #

    I’m a huge fan Maya! I can’t wait for this one!

  13. elizabeth gray February 1, 2014 at 9:16 pm #

    Althought I have several Maya Banks books, I am new to her work. Will be adding the series to the tbb list.

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