Author Interview & Giveaway: Maya Banks Discusses Burn!


Burn (Breathless #3) by Maya Banks
Berkley (August 6, 2013)



Ash, Jace, and Gabe: three of the wealthiest, most powerful men in the country. They’re accustomed to getting anything they want. Anything at all. For Ash, it’s the woman who changes everything he’s ever known about dominance and desire...

When it comes to sex, Ash McIntyre has always explored his wilder side—extreme and uncompromising. He demands control. And he prefers women who want it like that. Even the women he’s shared with his best friend, Jace.

But Jace is involved with a woman he has no intention of sharing. And now even Gabe has settled into a relationship with a woman who gives him everything he needs, leaving Ash feeling restless and unfulfilled.

Then Ash meets Josie, who seems immune to his charms and his wealth. Intrigued, he begins a relentless pursuit, determined she won’t be the one who got away. He never imagined the one woman to tell him no would be the only woman who’d ever drive him to the edge of desire.


Check out our video interview with Maya Banks!

Disclaimer: I was a nervous wreck during this interview! So, please, don’t laugh too hard…


I absolutely loved Maya’s answer on her ideal Girls’ Night Out. I would love an evening like that too. And, honestly, she had me at cupcake. :)


Maya was kind enough to answer even MORE of our questions!

Who is Maya Banks? Who is the woman behind the words?

Maya: I always say I’m frightfully boring and have an equally boring day to day life! My favorite place in the world to be is at home with my family in my comfy clothes with my laptop writing. I’m a very routine oriented person, which sounds ridiculous considering how unorganized I am! So I don’t function well when my routine is disrupted!

Burn hit shelves August 6th. Please tell us a little about it.

Maya: Burn is the final book in the Breathless trilogy and focuses on Ash, the sole bachelor remaining of his business partners and best friends, Gabe and Jace. Ash is a very intense characters, much more so than even his closest friends see. And when he wants something he goes after it. No obstacles too large, no issue too insurmountable. So as you can imagine, when he meets “the one” it’s no holds barred in his pursuit of her. And I love a man who falls hard for a woman and goes after her with everything in his arsenal.

Why do you believe readers would enjoy a romantic book affair with Ash?

Maya: He’s the perfect caring alpha male. He provides EVERYTHING for the woman he loves. Protects her, cherishes her, makes sure she has everything she could possibly need emotionally and physically.

What was the hardest scene to write in Burn? Do you have a favorite scene?

Maya: The hardest scene for me to write was the scene where Josie confronts Ash in his office and breaks up with him. I totally understood where Josie was coming from, but I hurt for Ash in that moment because he completely had the rug pulled out from under him. Even if he did deserve Josie’s hurt and anger.

Do you have a favorite out of this sexy trio: Gabe, Jace, or Ash? Or out of the ladies: Mia, Bethany, or Josie?

Maya: It’s a very tight race, but Ash and Josie hold a special place in my heart. Ash was a favorite of mine from the very first book and I always knew he would be even more intense than both Gabe and Jace.

What is the most unusual resource you have ever used while writing? I imagine the Breathless series required some interesting internet searches.

Maya: I wouldn’t say it was unusual per se, but I made several trips to NYC to get the setting right in my head. I went to the restaurants that are featured in the novels and I took pictures of the brownstone that Josie lived in as well as the apartment building that Ash lives in by the Hudson. I wanted a feel for  the neighborhoods and the streets that are mentioned so I did a lot of walking and took pictures so I’d  have that firmly in my head while I was writing.

What can we expect after Burn? Do you plan on writing more erotic novels?

Maya: Oh definitely. I’ve been writing erotic romances since 2006 and have no plans to quit any time soon. I do love writing in other genres as well. I’d get bored and burned out if I ONLY wrote erotic romances, but by writing in those other genres I always come back fresh and eager to write a new erotic romance.

I have a new trilogy releasing in 2014 called the Surrender Trilogy and it’s set in Houston in the same “world” as the Sweet Series, although it’s not a spin off or actual sequels but you’ll get the same flavor as the Sweet books. I’ll be posting information on the new trilogy soon as well as revealing the covers later in August, so readers can be on the lookout for that!

Thank you so much for stopping by today and answering a few our questions, Miz Banks! Paula and I both couldn't wait to get our hands on Ash. Er, Burned.

Maya: Thank you and I hope you enjoy it! xoxo



About the Author

Maya Banks lives in Texas with her husband, three children and assortment of cats. When she's not writing, she can be found hunting, fishing or playing poker. A southern girl born and bred, Maya loves life below the Mason Dixon, and more importantly, loves bringing southern characters and settings to life in her stories.

Find Maya Online: 
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  1. Yes I am. Out of all three books I think Ash would be my favorite too.

  2. Loved Rush and Fever, looking forward to reading Burn.

  3. I can't wait to read Burn, Maya!!! My favorite series is the Sweet Series! :)

  4. YESSS! Ash is my fave though ;)

  5. Can't wait to read this book!

  6. Can't wait to read this one...i really need a bigger book budget!!

  7. Can't wait to read Ash's story!!

  8. Yes! I can't wait to read Ash's story!

  9. Haven't read any of them but love Maya Banks books so I figure I'm gonna absolutely love all three guys. Thank you for the giveaway.

  10. Yes, I'm looking forward to this one.

  11. I can't wait to read this story! I've waited for it way too long!!!

  12. i cant wait to find out which one she picks

  13. Can't wait to see who the hottie is

  14. Can't wait to read this book!

  15. Can't wait to read her new book.

  16. Oh yesss I am ready! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  17. Yes!! I can't wait! Excitement!!!! <3

  18. Looking forward to reading this one!

  19. i'm just finishing Rush and OMG what an amazing book, i can;t wait to read Fever and Burn, hope i win it :)
    thanks for the giveaway

  20. All of your books are great! Can't wait to read it:)

  21. Thanks for the giveaway, can't wait to read this ;)

  22. I love Gabe so far but can't wait to read Burn

  23. Yes !!!!!!! I'm ready !!!!!!

  24. Wooo!! I can't wait to read it!

  25. Awesome giveaway. I love Maya Banks!


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