Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Wild Rose Blog Tour - Today's Guest - Maya Blake!

Today is the first day of the Wild Rose Blog Tour - and I'm totally delighted to welcome author Maya Blake to my blog. 

Hi, I’m Maya Blake, I’m a thirty-something romance writer whose life-long dream of writing finally came to true last year when my debut novel was published by The Wild Rose Press. I’m the fourth of five siblings and I live in Kent, England with my husband and two (sometimes, lol) adorable kids.

So, Maya, what's on your 'to be read' pile for the holidays?

What’s on my Christmas TBR Pile?

First off, the words Christmas and read always evoke such a warm, wonderful feeling. Christmas at my house (like most, I expect) involves too much eating, drinking mulled wine and flurry of present opening (no, I don’t wait until Boxing Day, lol).

But all through the merriment, I savour the thought of sneaking upstairs back to bed, diving under the covers and reaching for a book (my TBR pile is handily next to my bed). And since I read more than one book at a time, my bedside table always holds a treasure trove of brand spanking new novels waiting to be devoured.

So what’s on my Christmas TBR Pile? The one book I’ve been meaning to read is The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. Ironically, this was a Christmas present from my sister-in-law two years ago. I’ve deliberately not seen the movie because I want to read the book first but friends tell me it’s a brilliant book so I’m looking forward to it.

If family and friends and the general madness that comes with Christmas lets off a little, I also plan to read Clive Cussler’s Skeleton Coast. Clive has been an autobuy for me since I read my father’s copy of Atlantis Found years ago. Dirk Pitt, one of the main recurring characters in the Cussler novels is engaging and funny, even in the face of extreme danger so I know when I pick up a Cussler novel I won’t be disappointed.

Next on the list (and I’m straying into wish list TBR here) are a couple of Harlequin Presents novels – Bought For His Convenience of Pleasure? by Maggie Cox and Memoirs of a Millionaire’s Mistress by Anne Oliver. I say wish list here because four books in two weeks on top of personal writing deadlines is ambitious, but who knows, the phone might not ring with friends and relatives demanding attention, the kids may wash, cook, feed and entertain themselves, DH will decide not to pop in for a chat every few minutes or invite me to watch a move with him…yes, I can see ten lovely pigs flying past my window now.
Oh well, the mince pies and mulled wine will help things along splendidly, I’m sure.

What about you? What do you plan to read this holiday season?

Let me know and you’ll be in with a chance to win one of my prizes. You can win by commenting on this post and subscribing/following my blog, Tweeting about this post on my Twitter page or by becoming a fan on Facebook. For a full list of prizes to be won on this blog tour, click on this link.

Good luck and Happy Christmas!

Hostage to Love is available from The Wild Rose Press and as both e-book and paperback.

Crushed by betrayal, Belle Winkworth-Jones flees the shambles of her short-lived marriage, only to be kidnapped by a vicious rebel soldier determined to keep her for himself. Nick Andreakos mounts a ruthless rescue to save the wife who walked away from him, even though he's resentful Belle could dismiss their marriage so easily.

On Althea, their private Greek island where Belle recuperates, passion ignites, taking hold with relentless force. But in the shadows, danger lurks. The rebel soldier is determined to recapture Belle.

Can Belle and Nick set aside their differences in time to fight this threat and save their love, or will it be too late…?
Thank you so much for visiting today, Maya. I'm appearing today on Rae Summers blog, and will be offering a prize throughout the blog tour of some lovely sparkly bling (pictures coming soon -made by me!) in either festive red, or holly green, a necklace and matching earrings, so to be in for a chance to win, follow my blog, and comment after any of my blogposts at the sites I'm visiting over the next month.


  1. I'm here!!! Thanks so much for inviting me to hang out, Sally! Can't wait for the party to start :)

  2. Hostage to Love sounds great! I do like a nice hot Greek, especially when the temperatures dip!

    Good luck with it, Maya and I hope you get to do lots of reading.



  3. Thanks Rachel. Yes, a good Greek can be quite handy for chilly nights. Way better than a hot water bottle or a stiff gin, eh? So great of you to stop by :)

  4. I take one Greek to go then, congratulations on your book and Happy Sales

  5. Oh I do love the Greek boyz. Sounds yum! judy

  6. Here you go, Joanna. Did I tell you he comes with his very own private island in the Aegean? Enjoy!

  7. Thank you, Judy. Nick's got a yummy cousin too, if you're interested, lol!

  8. Hostage to Love is on my TBR pile. All this talk of hot Greeks and private Aegean Islands is rapidly moving it up the pile!

  9. Lol, thanks Romy! Hope you enjoy when you get to it :)

  10. This tour is "forcing" me to expand my TBR list. lol! Your book is now on my list.

  11. I'm with Lilly. The list is growing!

  12. I have to admit, I read Clive Cussler and I love Dirk Pitt. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

  13. Yayyy, Lilly, great to see you here and thanks so much. Hope you enjoy it!

  14. I know what you mean, Liz. Mine's been growing for years (I have @ 60 at the moment) divided into sub-categories, lol.

  15. Happy Thanksgiving to you and everyone celebrating it today! I haven't read Clive for a while, PL, so I'm really looking forward to it!

  16. Maya, I didn't realize you live in Kent. We used to visit a friend in Tonbridge. Great interview.

  17. Yes, I'm quite near Tonbridge (about 25 miles) and my MIL lived in Tunbridge Wells for 30 years until last July so I know the area quite well. Thanks for stopping by, Caroline :)