Spotlight & Giveaway: Keep Me Safe by Maya Banks

Posted October 24th, 2014 by in Blog, Spotlight / 54 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome New York Times bestselling author Maya Banks to HJ!

Hi Maya and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Keep Me Safe!

If you had to summarize the book for the readers here

KMSKeep Me Safe is a LONG awaited story for me. I’ve wanted to write this story and book 3 for SO long. I’ve had those two stories in my head for YEARS. But a concise peek (and I’m not very concise!) is that Ramie has psychic abilities, unique abilities, that enable her to track kidnapping victims by touching an object belonging to the victim. She makes a connection to them, but the downside is that she experiences every thing the victim does once she makes that connection. Everything. So it’s rather horrifying. She’s an empath who is only able to feel or detect the evil in people. Never the good. So her “gift” is more of a curse since she’s never able to feel the GOOD.

Caleb hunts her down when his sister is abducted and they’ve exhausted all leads. He knows he’s racing against the clock and when Ramie refuses because she’s at her breaking point, he “forces” her compliance by shoving his sister’s scarf into her hands and holding her hands around it. And promptly sends her to hell.

Horrified by what he’s done, he’s determined to make it up to her. But she disappears and no amount of searching on his part is able to unearth her. Until she contacts him a year later because she’s in terrible danger and doesn’t know who else to turn to.

And well, thus begins their journey 🙂

Please tell us about the characters in your book?

Ramie is very fragile after coming off one of the most horrifying cases in her history of locating kidnap victims and is being hunted by the killer who escaped justice and seeks revenge on her for coming so close and taking his quarry away from him. But she also possesses a thread of steel, that as the story progresses, becomes more pronounce.

Caleb is intensely driven, very intense and absolutely passionate about protecting the people he loves. Once he makes a promise to Ramie to protect her, he’ll do anything at ALL to keep that promise, although he learns that he is capable of BEING the monster who hurts her the most.

As you wrote your protagonist was there anything about them that surprised you?

Not really, no. I’ve simply had too much time over the years to perfect the aspects of the characters’ personalities and their traits, beliefs, convictions etc.

What scene did you most enjoy writing? Why?

I loved every single word, every page and every scene of this book. After waiting so very long to be ABLE to finally tell this story I savored every single part of the writing process!

What scene was the hardest to write? Why?

The scene I most loved is not one you would probably guess because I’m a complete angst junkie and if I POSTED a snippet, it would be a COMPLETE spoiler because the scene I’m referring to his a HUGE and UNEXPECTED twist late in the book that will shock some readers, appall other, while yet others LOVE just for the emotional intensity and power of that scene!

If you could have given your characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book, what would it be and why?

Just be prepared for many twists, turns and LOTS of actions and yet plenty of tender VERY romantic scenes between Caleb and Ramie 🙂

What are you currently working on? What other releases so you have planned for 2014?

I’m working on the third book in the Slow Burn series. Then right after I’m diving into the 10th KGI book AND then I’ll be working on the first three books in a new erotic series called The Enforcers. I’m SO excited for ALL these books!

As for as 2014 releases, Keep Me Safe is my last “new” release although I’d LOVE to be able to get the second book in The Tangled Hearts trilogy out before the end of the year but I’ll just have to see how it goes! If I hadn’t struggled with health issues, thus getting WAY behind on EVERYTHING, Always Mine (book 2) would have already been released 🙁

Thanks for blogging at HJ!

Giveaway: Print Copy of KEEP ME SAFE, Slow Burn Trilogy #1 (US/CANADA).

To enter Giveaway: Please complete the Rafflecopter form and Post a comment to this Q: How do you guys feel about very real world, non paranormal books set in PRESENT day and not an alternative “universe” but only feature ONE character that has a unique, psychic ability? Love? Hate? Curious? Would you pick up a book that is romantic suspense with a psychic element?

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Book Info:

Nothing is more dangerous than falling in love. . . .

When Caleb Devereaux’s younger sister is kidnapped, the scion of a powerful and wealthy family turns to an unlikely source for help: a beautiful and sensitive woman with a gift for finding answers others cannot. While Ramie can connect to victims and locate them by feeling their pain, her ability comes with a price. Every time she uses it, it costs her a piece of herself. Helping the infuriatingly attractive and impatient Caleb successfully find his sister nearly destroys her. Even though his sexual intensity draws her like a magnet, she needs to get as far away from him as she can.

Deeply remorseful for the pain he’s caused, Caleb is determined to make things right. But just when he thinks Ramie’s vanished forever, she reappears. She’s in trouble and she needs his help. Now Caleb will risk everything to protect her—including his heart. . . .

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Meet the Author:

Maya BanksMaya Banks is a New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling romance novelist. Her works include Echoes at Dawn, Sweet Addiction, Never Love a Highlander, Colters’ Daughter, and Hidden Away, among others. Before becoming a writer, Banks worked as an EMT.



54 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Keep Me Safe by Maya Banks”

  1. Paula Guarneros

    I don’t hate them I’ve read some books that have just one person with a certain ability and I love them

  2. Terri Shortell

    I love these type of books. Someone using psychic ability to find missing people and solve crimes is fascinating. Maya Banks is one of my favorite authors and I have a lot of her books. Getting the back issues when I can and can’t wait to get them all. Hope the second book of the Tangled Hearts series comes out soon, but understand why it hasn’t yet. Glad she’s better. 🙂 Haven’t been able to pick this book up yet so I hope I win. Thanks for the review and giveaway.

  3. Andrea Giang | Cooking with a Wallflower

    I really like this type of mystery. I love the idea that one person has a psychic ability and uses it to solve crimes. Oftentimes, the person with the psychic ability is not believed and has to prove her/himself. I like that the book isn’t focused on the supernatural/paranormal. I’m not always into that. Here, Ramie’s psychic power adds on to the complexity of the book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. cherylsds

    I would absolutely read a book like you described! I’m not stuck on the paranormal side of books. I love all the different romance genres. Thank you for the giveaway!

  5. kateivan

    Last night, I attended a signing event for the author of the book that will debut in the #1 slot on the 11/2 NYT hardcover fiction bestseller list. One of the main characters is a psychic. The plot definitely has some suspense, though I can’t speak as to how much romance (if any) there is in the story as I’ve not yet read the book (having purchased it only yesterday). I definitely enjoy a story set in the present time that features only one character (or a handful) who is blessed (cursed?) with paranormal ability. Romantic suspense adds to the appeal, of course!

  6. Lori Meehan

    I’ve not really thought about it. I love PNR weather it a contemporary or historical.

  7. Marianne W

    I think it’s great when something a little paranormal is written in present day circumstances. It makes it a little more “believable” and I really enjoy it!

  8. Kristy dean

    First of all, I love your writing. You are one of my “one click buy book” authors. As for future and paranormal, I would try it, but I have on read one book that the character went back and forth in time. I had a hard time with it since I had to concentrate a lot because the character was also complex with his actions. I don’t know if I would read another. It could of been the writers style since I have not read anything by that author as well. As for physic, yes. I have read several with physic stuff in them but it depends on the writer and how they use the abilities in the story.

  9. Kathleen O

    I like a present day paranormal setting and if only one person has these paranormal abilities all the better. It makes the story more interesting. Especially if it’s the female who has this ability. It make her a stronger person to have to prove her abilities to the leas male character.

  10. Jane Nelson

    What a great preview of Keep Me Safe! I really like the cover and can’t wait to read it!

  11. elizabeth gray

    I definitely read books as you described. There is a little psychic ability in everyone.

  12. Christine K

    Absolutely, as long as the book still has strong characters and preferably a good alpha male.

  13. Trudy Dowling

    If it is considered a contemporary romance then I would only read if if the psychic ability wasn’t too extreme. It would have to be a little believable.

  14. Colleen C.

    I like normal everyday contemporary, but I also enjoy the variety of types and genres out there in romance… just go with my mood at the time.

  15. Glenda

    Absolutely would read it and, if done well, would love it! So, yeah I think I’ll love Keep Me Safe. 🙂

  16. dutcheja

    I definitely would. I love paranormal twists but I’m not a fan of most of the paranormal stories that are out now. I’m not really into shifter books or vampires or books that take place in an alternate future universe

  17. Cathy P

    I have read several books that take place in present time and have one person with a psychic ability. really enjoyed them.

  18. Trisha Rupert

    I love all the books I’ve read of yours and I would definitely like to read this one!!

  19. jdh2690

    I’m not too fond of the “alternative universe” type of romance. I like romance and suspense put together with just one psychic or paranormal element in a real world so that I can relate better to the heroine and hero. An alternative universe, to me, is just too fantastical and I cannot even say “what if” in my mind while reading such a story; all I can say is “balderdash”! Thanks for the interesting question. Love Maya’s stories!

  20. LindaL

    I’ve read a number of books with PNR elements. I usually enjoy them but it really depends on the author. Maya Banks is my list of authors that I would check out.

  21. AmandaS

    I think books like that can be really interesting! As long as they`re well written and feel believable.

  22. Allison W

    I would be curious. I don’t read tons of romantic suspense, but sometimes I do and psychic ability could be interesting

  23. carol L

    I guess out of curiosity I’d read it. I read so many different genres so I ‘d be willng to give it a go.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  24. Joanne B

    I like the idea that one person has a psychic ability and helps solve crimes. I’d definitely but it.

  25. veRONIca

    It really depends on how its handled. Usually I do like it thought because it adds an element of intrigue to the story

  26. Leanna

    One present day character would be ok. I don’t like paranormal typically but if that was not the focus it would be ok.

  27. belindaegreen

    You asked: How do you guys feel about very real world, non paranormal books set in PRESENT day and not an alternative “universe” but only feature ONE character that has a unique, psychic ability? Love? Hate? Curious? Would you pick up a book that is romantic suspense with a psychic element?

    Yes, yes and yes! I’m a paranormal fan and would be curious enough to read a present day storyline. Since romantic suspense is one of my favorite genre, I definitely read the book. As long as the story is well written and keeps me engaged i’s there. 🙂


  28. Robin B

    I loved all romantic suspense books. I think there are people out there in the real world that have a sixth sense. So I would love to read a book that was like that.

  29. Amy Rickman

    I would pick up a book that is romantic suspense with a psychic element, I have no issues with a book that has a character that has a unique, psychic ability.


    I’ll read anything that is good suspense. A character that has psychic abilities sounds very interesting. I think I would like reading about what happens when she taps into her gift.

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