Giveaways & Sneaky-Peekies!

You already get posts from this blog in your inbox, right? (RIGHT?) So what could you possibly need to subscribe to my newsletter for? Well, I’ll tell you…


That’s right. In my (super infrequent, so you won’t have to worry about being bombarded) newsletter, I offer my subscribers things like:

  • Exclusive giveaways!
  • Super long sneak peeks for upcoming releases (I’m sharing the first THREE CHAPTERS of Shameless)!
  • Early reviewer opportunities!
  • A new car!

Okay, definitely not that last one, but the others are totally legit.😉 Anyhoo, I’m sending out a newsletter tomorrow (May 23rd) with chances to win one of ten (10) $10 gift cards to Amazon/B&N along with the first three (3) chapters of my new erotica, Shameless, which releases in a week on May 30th!

So click here and sign up! 

But don’t unsubscribe from these (also infrequent, because I’m nothing if not consistent in my inconsistency) blog posts, because sometimes I’ll give you information and other cool stuff here rather than go through the hassle of a big newsletter. For instance, because I appreciate you following me here, I’m going to tell you that my publisher is running a giveaway on Goodreads to get a free copy of Shameless, and you can enter for your chance to win here. See? Good stuff all around!

Hope to see you tomorrow in my newsletter! You know, figuratively speaking.😉

Ciao, bellas!

~ GNewsletter-logo

My Weekend with Barbara Vey

BV-Readers-TVHello, wonderful people! I had an amazing time at the 5th Annual Barbara Vey Reader Luncheon–actually, now it’s an entire weekend–and I wanted to tell you all about it.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the event, it’s an amazing opportunity for more than 400 readers and 60 fabulous authors to get up-close and personal over the weekend through games, a Q&A, meet and greet, meals and cocktail hours, and of course, an author signing. This is unlike any other author/reader event out there, and it’s put on by one of the biggest advocates for the romance genre, Ms. Barbara Vey.


Author photo! (I’m the floating head left of center in front of the EXIT sign visible through the window.)

The luncheon is the highlight of the whole weekend. Every author hosts 7 readers at their table. When the readers purchase their tickets–8 months before the event!–they choose the author they want to sit with. If that author’s table is already full (tickets for this event sell out in mere hours), then they try for another author. They might end up with an author they’ve never heard of before, but the great thing about this event is that no matter who they sit with, the readers come away with a ton of gifts and getting to know an author in a way that just isn’t possible at a typical signing event.

Every author picks a theme for their table–something that has to do with their brand or books–and decorates it plus gives each reader at their table a gift of awesome stuff. This is affectionately called Table Wars since the authors typically try to out do each other with the extravagance of their decorations and gifts.

Last year, I only had 3 days to prepare. Barbara asked if I could fill in for an author who had to pull out at the last minute, and I jumped at the chance. Unfortunately, this meant that I wasn’t able to pull together much in the way of decor, so I brought a bag of Hershey’s kisses to scatter over the table (because chocolate) and a glass dildo (yes, you heard right) called the Golden Cock that I won from a blogger in a contest. I was voted the Author Who Readers Most Wanted to Jell-O Wrestle, and I’m very fond of it.😉 It made a big splash with the readers at my table, so I decided to bring it back this year for an encore appearance–because I’m nothing if not incredibly inappropriate in social situations. *LOL* Everyone got a kick out of it and, at the very least, it made for a great ice-breaker and hilarious conversation piece.

Since the last book I released was Tempting her Best Friend in the What Happens in Vegas series, I did a Vegas-themed table and gift bags. I did the same with the door prize–each author brings a loaded-up gift and draws a lucky winner from all the registered readers–and created a Vegas Party in a Bag. It included 3 signed books from the WHiV series, a roulette shots drinking game, a mason jar shot glass with mini-bottles of booze, a book nerd mug, and lots of other stuff. My daughter, Alyssa, was lucky enough to win Patty Blount‘s door prize of 3 signed books and a Kindle Fire!


Eloisa & Barbara

This year’s keynote speaker was the incomparable Eloisa James who spoke of her personal experiences as a romance writer, a woman, and a mother, and how they all intertwined to create the wonderful stories she’s written over the years. Her point was that romance books aren’t the frivolous, empty-headed trash so many people assume them to be. They’re full of the authors’ real-life experiences and emotions. We pour a lot of ourselves into these characters; things that our readers can relate to and feel just as deeply. Whether it makes you laugh, gasp, swoon, or cry, a romance book is designed to make you feel, and enjoying an emotional roller coaster is nothing to be ashamed of. It’s something to embrace. Believe me when I tell you, I wasn’t the only person in the room who was choked up at the end of her speech. It was beautiful.

Piper and Alyssa

Piper and her new BFF!

As I mentioned, this year I brought my 16 year-old daughter along as a reader/assistant. She got to sit at Piper J. Drake‘s table for the luncheon on Saturday, and they instantly bonded. Piper is an author friend of mine and one of the most fun people on the planet so I knew Alyssa would take to her instantly. Needless to say, they now Snapchat each other. *LOL* I loved having her with me. We always have a great time together, and she proved invaluable as my assistant during the signing.

Alyssa & Room Service

Alyssa’s favorite part of hotel stays: late night room service.

All in all, the weekend was amazing. I had so much fun hanging out with the readers and authors–ones I’ve known for years and some I’d just met that weekend. Coming together for a common love of romance books is one of my favorite things in the world and something every romance reader should experience at least once in their life. 

I can’t possibly squeeze in all the things that happen at the Barbara Vey Reader Weekend. This post would be 5 times as long, and it’s already long as it is. My recommendation is to get tickets to next year’s event and witness the magic yourself. This year, tickets will go on sale July 30th at midnight. Mark your calendars, set an alarm, and get your clicking finger ready, because I guarantee the event will sell out fast! To keep abreast of all the news about next year’s event, join the Facebook group and turn your notifications on.


Message from Barbara about ticket sales this year.

I’m so thankful I’ve had the chance to be a part of it the past two years, and I look forward to watching it grow and get better (if that’s possible) with each passing year. Barbara and her family work tirelessly all year to put this weekend together, and their passion for it shines through in every aspect. Bottom line, you want to be in Milwaukee next April for this event! Whether it’s as an author or a reader, I know I will be.🙂

Gang of Girls

Gang of Girls at the Q&A: (back) Nancy Naigle, Me, Brenda Novak, (front) Karen Rose, Sheila English

Ciao, bellas!

~ G


Book Signing Update!

Hello gorgeous!  Are you in the Milwaukee area or up for a road trip?  I’m so excited to announce that I’m going to be participating in Barbara Vey’s Reader Appreciation Weekend April 29 – May 1.

This is an amazing event and I would love to meet you there.  Head to Barbara’s website for the details –  There’ll be games, authors & readers, and pizza…Otherwise known as a perfect weekend❤

And now, I’m heading back into the writing cave.  See you all soon.

Ciao bellas



THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT… (…that’s not nearly as big as a movie deal, but considerably larger than, say, winning a lifetime supply of Bazooka Joe bubble gum.) [Take 2]

Thanks to my amazing literary agent, Nicole Resciniti of The Seymour Agency,

Liz Pelletier and

(plus 1 m/m novella, unofficially as of now)

(plus a possibility of adding 1 m/m book to the contract to finish off the series)

The following are reasons this has SUPER AWESOME EPICNESS written all over it, enhanced by images via the Gods of Google:

We Love Firemen!  We Love Firemen!

Um, no, not that kind of firemen…

THESE FIREMEN!!! (Bye-bye, House!)




What’s that? You’re still not sure you know what they look like?

Let me help you. After all, it’s my responsibility to make sure we’re all on the same page here…
(pun totally intended)

Fireman un Fuego!

Damn, he’s hot! No, seriously, I bet it’s hot standing in front of all those flames. Good on him for looking like it doesn’t even faze him!

Nah, man, I'm not here to help. Just here for backup sexiness.

(Insert joke HERE about helping him hold his massive hose.)

That's punny!

Ooh, baby, use your tool to make us all so wet!

Sweet Baby Jesus on fire, come to mama!

Sweet Baby Jesus on fire, come to mama!

Wait a minute, XANDER! Get back to your own series! You're busy in the UFC, you can't be a firefighter, too. Go role play with Sophie, I'm sure she'll appreciate the outfit.

Hey, there, sexy– Wait a minute, XANDER! Get back to your own series! You’re busy in the UFC; you can’t be a firefighter, too. Go role play with Sophie, I’m sure she’ll appreciate the outfit…or what’s left of it.😉 (P.S. Xander & Sophie’s book, Sweet Victory, will be releasing this October!)

Now that we know the series is about firemen, let’s learn more about these

  1. The (as of yet, unnamed) series is set in Boston, 9901724025_03595bd6e6Massachusetts. Not all the guys are from Boston, but they now work as a team on Rescue 2 of the Boston Fire Department (BFD).
  2. The team is made up of 5 extraordinary men who share a bond closer than brothers and always have each others’ backs, both on the job and off.
  3. Before they became firefighters, they were Army Special Forces. They’ve all done at least one tour in Iraq or Afghanistan and have come away from those experiences with different wounds and scars–some you can see and some you can’t.0_faca3_30548fa0_orig
  4. Here are the heroes’ names and their call signs*, in book order:
  1. Erik “Ares” Grady*
  2. Gavin “Dozer” Greer*
  3. Ashton “Smoke” Donovan*
  4. Sean “Bowie” Evans*
  5. Tyler “Preacher” Connelly

* Names/call signs might change slightly between now & publication.
° Preacher’s book isn’t officially part of the deal yet, but I’m hopeful that Entangled will want him to get his HEA like the rest of his brothers.
(Whether it’s novella or single title length, his book will be m/m.)

I wish we were sitting at an adorable cafe, indulging in over-priced coffees with pastries that have higher calorie counts than our calendar year. We’d hang out for hours while I describe each of the men and tell you all about their unique personalities and personal demons. We’d act like high school cheerleaders tittering about the football studs, and you’d giggle and squee and do jumpy claps in your seat, as one does when gushing over book boyfriends–past, present, or future.

But I’d need a shock collar to prevent me from spilling too many beans. Any time I started discussing their heroines and the juicy details of how they meet, fall in love, and all the rest, someone would have to push the button to send a decent ZAP through my system.

Knowing all these things about this series (I’ve never planned out more than one book at a time before, much less an entire series of 5 books, their characters, and plots) is like having the JUICIEST OF GOSSIP and being sworn to secrecy!

GAH! So. Hard. Must. Resist.

Half-naked fireman and a waterfall?! I've died and gone to Hottie Heaven.

Half-naked fireman and a waterfall?! I’ve died and gone to Hottie Heaven.

Hey, stop it with the pouty faces and puppy dog eyes. I can’t do it! You’ll thank me later, I promise. Or maybe not. Either way, I’m not telling. (Although, for those who are in the Maxwell Mob, you’ve already gotten a sneak peek at an excerpt, so you know who Erik’s heroine is.😉 Pays to be in the Mob, people, so go join our ranks as the world’s first ever romance mafia!)

So now you know what I’ve been keeping under wraps since the beginning of the year! I’m currently writing (and almost finished with) Erik’s story, then will be quickly moving onto Dozer’s. The best part about this series for YOU, THE READER, is that these books will be released back-to-back (1 book per month) starting in JANUARY 2016!!! In order to get them out to you quicker, we decided to go with a digital-first plan. This means that January through April (possibly May if Tyler gets his separate HEA) you’ll have a new Gina L. Maxwell book about sexy, alpha ex-Army-turned-firefighters. Then, as long as the sales are good (*cough* up to you *cough*), they’ll be released in paperback in the same back-to-back manner a little later in the year.

And remember that before the end of this year, I’ll be re-releasing ASK ME AGAIN, the book that was included in the Sweet Talk box set, and that book 4 of the Fighting for Love series, SWEET VICTORY, will be released in October. This means, that within the next 12 months, you will have 6 (possibly 7) NEW BOOKS FROM ME!!!

The actual BFD Rescue 2 engine, called the Animal, which is represented by the Muppet Animal in BFD apparel secured to the front grill. :)

The actual BFD Rescue 2 engine, called the Animal, which is represented by the Muppet Animal in BFD apparel secured to the front grill.🙂

Now you know why I’ve been so absent lately. I’m working on making up for my pathetic release record of averaging 1 book per year up to this point. You have all been so loyal and patient and understanding and supportive and lovingI can’t begin to express how much it means to me to be blessed with so many wonderful readers. I hope that you’ll forgive me my initial unprolific career as I hunker down in the writing cave and work my ass off to bring you so many new books in the coming year–even if it means I might be scarce in the Mob and other social media for a while.😉

So what do you think? Thoughts, questions, comments, plans for the weekend? Throw ’em in the comments section below. I’d love to hear from you! Oh, and don’t forget to join the Maxwell Mob on Facebook if you aren’t already a Mobster so you can get the sneak peeks and participate in all the fun there. #MaxwellMob4LifeYo

That’s all for now. I’ll let you know when ASK ME AGAIN is available. I’m shooting for sometime in August, but with my schedule the way it is right now, I’m not willing to guarantee anything. But soon, my lovelies, soon!

Ciao, bellas!

~ G❤

P.S. My website is seriously outdated right now. I’ll try to get that taken care of asap.

Yeah, I suck at this…

So I know you all got an email with a partial blog post an my big announcement. (Which you now know about, but not all the awesome details.) I accidentally hit PUBLISH instead of SAVE. Honestly, WordPress? There’s no “Are you sure you want to PUBLISH this now?” pop-up?! No? It’s just me, then? Okay fine. Whatever. 

Anyway, I apologize for the ridiculous email. The whole thing is going to be a little anti-climactic at this point, but I promise you there’s plenty more to tell you when I finally get this blog post crap figured out. 

Thanks for putting up with me and my blogging incompetency. 

Ciao for now, bellas!