Guest Author: Maya Banks featuring Sweet Persuasion

Thursday, July 30

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Maya Bank’s Sweet Persuasion, the second in the Sweet series, is our featured book today. I have been a long time fan of Maya’s, and was one of those authors that once I read the first one (Colter’s Woman) I knew that I wanted to read all of her backlist. There was no doubt that I had found a new favorite author to follow. I know that when I pick up one of her stories, whether it be her Harlequin series, the ones published by Samhain, or Berkley that it will have everything that I am looking for in a romance.

Sweet Persuasion did not disappoint, and I think it is the most intense book featured this week. Damon and Serena’s story is similar to what I perceived the BDSM lifestyle to be, yet I came to understand and admire Serena’s desire to live her fantasy, and loved that Damon was strong enough to fulfill it for her and be the man she needed him to be. Sweet Persuasion is a powerful, and passionate love story.




For five years, Serena has run Fantasy Incorporated and has devoted her time to fulfilling her clients’ fantasies. Never her own. Until now…

Her most secret desire is to give ownership of her body to a man. Someone who will command her, pleasure her, and have complete authority over her. So she seeks out Damon Roche, owner of an exclusive sex club and a man strong enough to make her do anything he wants. Anything.

Together they’ll journey into a world she’s only dreamed of. She’s given the opportunity to immerse herself in a different life while her normal one waits for her to return whenever she wishes. Damon has no desire to let her go, however. Serena is the woman he’s long searched for, and it’s up to him to convince her to stay when the game is all over with. He wants their fantasy to become their reality and for Serena to remain his pampered, cherished submissive.

Read an excerpt


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  • Welcome to Seductive Musings Maya, for readers who don’t already know about you, tell us a little bit about yourself:

    I live in Texas with my husband and three children. Love to travel, watch football, baseball. When I’m not writing, we like to hunt and fish. Lately we haven’t been able to spend too many weekends on the lake, but we’re planning to remedy that this weekend!
  • Why did you decide to become a romance writer?

    Can’t see myself writing anything else, and I love to write.

  • Tell us about your latest book Sweet Persuasion:

    Sweet Persuasion is book 2 in my sweet series. Damon first made an appearance in Sweet Surrender. Julie was mentioned by virtue of the fact Faith took Nathan to get his ear pierced. Ah and well that’s where their story begins or I should say Julie’s obsession heh. Damon is a guy who knows what he wants out of life. He’s just resigned himself to never having it. Serena is finally reaching out to grab what it is she wants—a strong, dominant lover, and this is where their paths intersect. Damon’s willing to go along for the ride, but the more he gets to know Serena, the more he realizes she’s the perfect woman for him. He very much wants their fantasy to become reality while Serena really just wants a period of time when she can be immersed in the fantasy. It’s an emotional, rocky road for them both, but more so for Serena.

  • Sweet Persuasion is part of the Berkley Heat line, so is considered erotic romance. What do you think makes a great love scene, especially while incorporating the BDSM elements?

    I think any time you include the characters’ emotions, their heart, into a love scene, it’s automatically going to be more powerful. I’m not especially interested in a mechanical sex scene. Now emotion doesn’t always means hearts and flowers and declarations of true love, especially in the beginning. But I think showing the progress of the relationship through the love scenes can be very evocative.

  • In Sweet Persuasion I was surprised by Serina’s desire to enact her fantasy as a sex slave/submissive to Damon. The outward image that she projects is one of a self assured, confident, take charge career woman, yet her secret desire is to experience what it is like to be a submissive in every possible way; to be wholly owned and controlled by someone else. While she desires it, she also seems to struggle internally with this new dimension to her character/personality, and Damon really tests her commitment to his version of the BDSM lifestyle. When reading Serena’s story I have to admit there were some parts that seemed much more extreme and approached the limits to what I am comfortable with, but in the end felt were crucial to her character development. Why do you think it was necessary to push her character to the intensity that you did?

    I think anything lacking in intensity would have just convinced her that it was a fluffy fantasy. I don’t think it would have challenged her. Furthermore, I think it was important for her to *see* Damon. If he’d sugarcoated things, it wouldn’t have been honest. I don’t think they could have had an honest relationship going forward. Damon is an intense guy.

  • For someone who has not read Sweet Persuasion, or any of the Sweet series for that matter, what would you say to try and convince someone to buy it?

    To me, it’s a series all about friendships and loyalty. You have a tight knit group of people who are often loud, obnoxious, they play practical jokes, they annoy the piss out of each other. They work and play together. Above all they’re loyal. Seeing them fall in love…well, to me that’s worth the price of admission.

  • So far all of the books in the Sweet series have had some level of BDSM lifestyle, will that also hold true for Sweet Seduction (Nathan & Julie’s story), and Sweet Temptation (Micah and Angelina’s story). Can you tell I’m fishing for more details on these books that I can’t wait to read :)

    Hehe, Sweet Seduction is what I call my breather book. The focus is different. Nathan and Julie were so much fun to write. It’s a fun, rompy kind of story but still has an emotional kick to it that’s hard to ignore. But no, Sweet Seduction is not a BDSM story. As for Micah and Angelina. I’d say this is the most intense story. Micah is….well, he’s hard. But Angelina is so perfect for him. She’s stubborn. She’s loyal. And despite the fact that she knows what kind of man Micah is, she doesn’t let him walk all over her. BDSM does play a role, but the focus is less on obedience. It’s raw and emotional (in my opinion) with a few surprises thrown in for good measure ;)

  • What other books can readers look forward to in the near future?

    I have an e-book out in September called Songbird. The Tycoon’s Secret Affair
    , the third Tycoon book, is coming out in a couple of weeks from Silhouette Desire, then Nathan and Julie in October, and Micah and Angelina next April. My action/adventure romantic suspense series debuts next September from Berkley. I just got the cover for the first book and holy yum! You can see it at my blog ;)
  • Will any of your recent travels and adventures in Scotland and the UK play a part in any of your future stories, because I have to tell you there is a dire shortage of contemporary romances featuring sexy Highlander men in kilts with that killer accent. Can’t get enough of them in any genre :)

    Earlier this year I sold a Scottish historical trilogy to Ballantine. It’ll release back to back probably late summer/early fall 2011

  • And finally, just for fun…if you could write the “fortune” in a fortune cookie, what would it be?

“Just eat the damn cookie”


The Sweet series:








You can find out more about Maya and her books on her website, both of her blogs Southern Sin, and Writeminded, Myspace, & Twitter (maya_banks)






I'm on my way to pick up the final Tycoon book at the end of this week...squee! I can't wait to read that one. So far The Tycoon's Pregnant Mistress has been my favorite from this series, but we shall see...I also can't wait for Sweet Seduction.

Maya in her diabolical geniusness (is that a word?) made sure that her readers had enough temptation in Sweet Persuasion to be compelled to read Sweet Seduction. I must read it, and if you haven't read Sweet Persuasion yet, save yourself some trouble and pre-order Sweet Seduction at the same time.

And if you haven't seen the cover for her romantic suspense, The Darkest Hour, do so it will make your day because that is one yummy cover! She has so many great books coming that I seriously don't know how she does it all. To top it all off she is writing a Highland historical romance series. I'm seriously considering submitting Maya for sainthood because Highland historicals are my fav genre of romance. With all of her great books to choose from I am in some serious booklover heaven...and just a little bit of debt:)

But enough about my love of Maya's writing. The talented Maya Banks has offered to give away not one, but TWO signed copies of Sweet Surrender (1st in the Sweet series) to two lucky commenters!

And don't forget you can earn 5 extra entries to win Lilli Feisty's book Bound to Please by blogging about Maya's guest interview & giveaway at Seductive Musings. See the Monday's Muse post this week for specifics on how to gain these entries.

How to enter the Maya Banks giveaway:


  • To enter you must leave a meaningful comment

Rules and disclaimers:


  • This contest is open to anyone
  • The contest will end Sunday August 2nd at 11:59 pm EST and the winner will be contacted via email on Monday August 3, 2009
  • Winner will be selected using Random.org
  • The winner will have THREE days from the date they are contacted to provide the requested information. If you do not respond within three days a replacement winner will be selected. NO EXCEPTIONS
  • The book(s) will be mailed directly from the publisher or author and no substitutions are allowed
  • Seductive Musings is not responsible for prizes that are not honored, distributed in a timely manner, lost, stolen, or damaged during transit
  • All giveaways are subject to change/cancellation without prior notice

Good Luck!!!

Join us tomorrow for another special guest, Lauren Dane

47 Comments:

SiNn July 30, 2009 at 7:22 AM  

I love your work and I cant wait to read your new releases and all back books I havent read yet. the covers of your books are always very very hot I do have to say. So ty for your awesome work please keep it up!!

Book Junkie July 30, 2009 at 7:59 AM  

I agree is SiNn, the covers are always AMAZING.... I do love your work Maya you really write such intriguing stories and the characters really stick with me. Keep'em coming ;-)

Mary G July 30, 2009 at 8:20 AM  

Sweet Surrender was my first Maya book so don't enter me. Just wanted to say that I also loved Sweet Persuasion, Unbroken & Reckless from the Red-Hot Summer book. Working on the rest of the backlist.

Cheryl McInnis July 30, 2009 at 9:00 AM  

I have been haunting the bookstores, hoping that the Tycoon's Secret Affair will be on the shelves a little early...they usually are up here in Canada :- )but no luck so far! I am also a huge fan of Maya's stories. I love how tender and emotionally charged the love scenes are, as well as being smoking hot.
And yes, she has the sexiest covers around!

Amy M,  July 30, 2009 at 9:08 AM  

I love your work! I think what really draws me is that there is so much emotion behind each character. The loves scenes are hot, the covers are great and the characters are people you just can't help but love!

Thanks~
Amy M

Tracy July 30, 2009 at 9:32 AM  

I have been wanting to read the sweet series for awhile, and sweet surrender is an excellent place to start. Thanks for the giveaway.

Violet July 30, 2009 at 9:53 AM  

This book sounds really good. I do hope that in spite of being the second in the series, it is stand alone.

Never read her work before, but after reading the expert you provided, I am more than willing to.

Thanks so much for the giveaway.

Beth July 30, 2009 at 9:55 AM  

What lovely, lovely covers on all her books! I'd love to win! With covers like that I may have to pick one up at the bookstore first! :)

BethsBookReviewBlog AT gmail DOT com

LORETTA CANTON July 30, 2009 at 11:26 AM  

I love Maya Banks. When I see a book with her name on it I want to read it. Keep up the good work.

lorettaC,
lbcanton@verizon.net

Nicole Morgan July 30, 2009 at 11:50 AM  

Maya Banks! Thank you Carrie!

If you were to look at any of my facebook, myspace, yahoo or any other profile you would see that she is in my top 5 favorite authors.

My first Maya book was For Her Pleasure, and oh my was it! I fell in love with her writing and ran out and got Coulter's Woman. I had to wait a bit, but when Brazen hit the stand I was right there! Since that time I have wracked up quite a few titles. But, I sadly admit that as busy as I've been lately I haven't picked up Sweet Persuasion YET. I will though, I have to find out what happens with Damon. A part of me (albeit a tiny part) was a little sad that Damon didn't get Faith in Sweet Surrender. Yeah, I know it worked out great with Gray, but Damon was such an intense and sexually arousing character that I was secretly routing for him.

I can't wait to read Sweet Persuasion and see Damon get the happiness he deserves!

Thanks for inviting me Carrie, and to Maya, I thank you for writing such steamy and intense stories that I can't put down!

Winks ~ Nicole

pixie13 July 30, 2009 at 12:18 PM  

Sounds like a great book. I'm always looking for authors I haven't read before, and this book seems like something different. Thanks for the giveaway.

Bonnie Jean July 30, 2009 at 12:30 PM  

OMG *drool*
I don't even know what else to say - because truly Maya rocks hard!! EVERYTHING she writes is so erotic and sensual and emotional!! PLUS she's just a generous person! -ok fangirl moment- LOL
OH PLEASE I hope I win :D

joder July 30, 2009 at 12:32 PM  

Sounds like an intensely good series! I'm a big fan of interconnected stories so I'm very excited to read these.

Blanche July 30, 2009 at 12:58 PM  

Maya is the BEST and I LOVE all her books!! I'm so looking forward to Nathan and Julie and all the wonderful books you have coming out!!! :)

bridget3420 July 30, 2009 at 1:21 PM  

Ooooh. Fantasy Incorporated sounds fun:)

CrystalGB July 30, 2009 at 1:27 PM  

I am a huge fan of Maya's writing. I just read The Tycoon's Rebel Bride and loved it.

Caffey July 30, 2009 at 1:34 PM  

Hi Maya!! I already have your first (and second book) in your series! I remember buying and pulled it out to read last week and lost it in the house, ROFL. I'm determined to find it and review it on my blog! I've been so looking forward to it It was so good to read your interview! So much to look forward to! I'm thrilled and thank you for all you write!

Laney4 July 30, 2009 at 1:40 PM  

I like your title of Sweet Persuasion. It seems apt based on the excerpt. Thanks for offering such a great contest!

elaing8 July 30, 2009 at 1:54 PM  

I love the covers of the books.I have to admit I haven't read a Maya Banks books,Yet.Seems I'm missing out.They sound like fantastic books and I look forward to reading them.
elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

Cathy M July 30, 2009 at 2:38 PM  

Hi Maya, don't enter me in the contest. Just wanted to pop in and tell you how much I have enjoyed this series. Can't wait to read Sweet Seduction.

JMom July 30, 2009 at 2:38 PM  

I love reading interviews with the authors. Although I haven't read any of Maya Bank's books, just reading her insights about the characters in the books here made me want to read more about them. It shows that she really put a lot of thought in developing their characters. I hope I get a chance to read one of her books.

(jmomblogs@gmail.com)

Armenia July 30, 2009 at 2:56 PM  

Hi Carrie, thanks for getting Maya Banks on your blog. Just like you I became an instant fan with COLTERS WOMAN.

Maya, you are such a prolific writer and each book is intensely emotional and so satisfying, I am never disappointed. And your covers to the Sweet series are enticingly beautiful. Its nice to see curvy women tastefully clad on book covers. Although I can't complain about those rippling muscle, bare-chested covers,either.

Maya Banks July 30, 2009 at 3:10 PM  

Hi everyone and thanks for coming by to visit! :) I really really appreciate those of you who have read and enjoyed my books. I can't say enough about my readers. You guys are just awesome.

I hope for anyone just trying me that you'll enjoy what you read.

*smooch*

Maya

Raonaid Luckwell July 30, 2009 at 3:17 PM  

Friend of mine had introduced me to Maya's works late last year, and my first book was "For Her Pleasure". Very hot!. I have her The Tacoon's Pregnant Mistress and The Tycoon's Secret Affair in my to be read list. Too many books and not enough time. LOL

Anonymous,  July 30, 2009 at 3:33 PM  

congrats on teh books
and great reviews
would love to read this book
such a hot cover
love the writerminds authors

kh
kimehak@yahoo.com

Mitzi July 30, 2009 at 3:33 PM  

Maya, you are the best. I've got several of your books on my keep shelf. And now Scottish Highlander trilogy...Yahoo!! Can't wait. Yummy!!!

mitzihinkey at sbcglobal dot net

Razlover's Book Blog July 30, 2009 at 4:06 PM  

Great interview and post.

I've heard great things and reviews of Maya's books and would love to win a copy.

Becky W. July 30, 2009 at 5:54 PM  

I enjoyed the author's thoughts! This would be a new author for me, so I'd love to win a copy.

Thanks for the opportunity!

kysmom02 AT hotmail DOT com

I Heart Book Gossip July 30, 2009 at 6:58 PM  

I'd love to read this book. How did you ever get into erotic romance Maya?

Please count me in.

cindyc725 at gmail dot com

Pamk July 30, 2009 at 7:29 PM  

This series is fantastic. I don't read historical books but for Maya I am going to make an exception cause I've loved everything she's wrote and yep other than this one and maybe one more I've read this all.

Dani July 30, 2009 at 9:08 PM  

Awesome interview!!

Maya Banks is one of my fav authors. She never fails to please. I was hooked after reading 'be with me' and Coulters' Woman. My goal is to own all of her books.

Jess July 30, 2009 at 9:25 PM  

Great review and I love the cover. I'm always looking for new authors to try. Maya I've seen your books but I've never read one before I'm hoping that this will be my chance. My library as with most unfortunatelly don't carry your books or at least not many.
jessica(at)fan(dot)com

Rhonda July 30, 2009 at 11:36 PM  

Maya, I love your books, but just realized that I don't have the Sweet series, not sure what happened. If I don't win, I will for sure be picking this series up.

Rhonda
rwolf(at)evansville(dot)net

Lori July 31, 2009 at 2:33 AM  

Thanks for the interview! I do love Maya's books! I don't think that anyone out there writes MFM better. While I've been known to enjoy a good MFM book for the pure *whispers* s.e.x. value, I honestly love Maya's books for the emotion contained in them as well.

I haven't read this series yet, so I would love to get the first book to get started.

flchen1 July 31, 2009 at 10:39 AM  

Thanks for the great interview and the introduction! I've got a couple of Maya's books and have heard consistently wonderful things about her writing. A great balance of emotional writing with plot and hot scenes!

And LOL at your fortune cookie fortune--I'd love to get that one the next time I'm at a restaurant! ;)

pams00 July 31, 2009 at 12:45 PM  

I haven't gotten to read the sweet series yet but definitely hope to soon. I love your work.

and The Darkest Hour cover - wow - it's awesome, can't wait for this one either ;)!!

Pam S
pams00@aol.com

Kathleen O July 31, 2009 at 1:30 PM  

Maya I am a big fan. I have read all the Tycoon story's so far and am looking forward to the next book. I have also loved your Sweet Series and again my hands are itching to get the next books..
I look forward to reading you again and again. You will always be on my TBR list.

tetewa July 31, 2009 at 1:42 PM  

I'm always looking for new authors and series to read, these sound good!

Erica B. July 31, 2009 at 2:43 PM  

I cannot wait to read this book. It's driving me insane.

Penny August 1, 2009 at 11:57 AM  

I love your books and can not wait until Sweet Seduction and Sweet Tempation come out.

Alexa August 1, 2009 at 5:23 PM  

I haven't read the sweet series yet, but from just the excerpt, I'm totally hooked.

lovinfitch(at)aol(dot)com

Debs Desk August 1, 2009 at 9:06 PM  

Great review. I have not read anything by this aurthor but would love to. Please include me in your giveaway.
Thanks
Debbie
debdesk9(at)verizon.net

Kris August 1, 2009 at 11:29 PM  

Great interview. I love Maya's books and would love a chance to win this one. The blurb is very sexy. i am off to read the excerpt now :)

Calila1988 August 2, 2009 at 8:08 PM  

I love your book covers.

Collette August 2, 2009 at 11:52 PM  

I love Maya's books and I'm just putting this one on my wishlist as we speak.

Kytaira August 3, 2009 at 12:09 AM  

Maya - I love your Desire books. Your other books are ALL on my TBB list. Unfotunately I haven't read them yet. I do have one of the others as an ebook waiting on my new ereader!
lynda98662 @ yahoo dot com

conb00 August 3, 2009 at 12:20 AM  

LOVE your books MAYA! keep up the GOOD work! your one of a kind!! c(dot)barkowski(at)yahoo(dot)com

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