Berkley Fast-Tracks New Series from Established Bestseller Banks

Breathless Trilogy Aimed at Readers of Fifty Shades of Grey Will Launch in February 2013

New York, NY, September 17, 2012—Berkley Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), announced today the acquisition of an all-new trilogy of erotic romance novels by New York Times bestselling author Maya Banks. Rush, the first book in the Breathless trilogy will be published in February 2013, followed quickly by the second book Fever in April 2013 and the conclusion Burn in August 2013. Berkley will publish simultaneous digital and trade paperback editions of each book.

Cindy Hwang, Executive Editor of Berkley, acquired World English rights to the trilogy in a seven-figure deal with Kimberly Whalen of Trident Media Group. Whalen also sold Italian rights to Mondadori in a pre-empt and audio rights have been pre-empted by Brilliance Audio in a six-figure deal, with several other foreign rights deals imminent.

"Maya Banks was at the forefront of the erotic romance trend and has been a star on Berkley's list for several years," Hwang said. "Her new trilogy will thrill returning fans and is the perfect introduction for readers who fell in love with the intensely provocative storyline in Fifty Shades of Grey." Hwang also acquired and edited the New York Times bestselling phenomenon Bared to You by Sylvia Day.

In this new trilogy Banks brings her talent for writing edgy, seductive, and darkly sexual novels to a story that will appeal directly to a wide group of readers. The series follows three billionaires—Gabe Hamilton, Jace Crestwell and Ash McIntyre—who are best friends and business partners. The men dominate both in the boardroom and in the bedroom. Each novel in the trilogy will explore the relationship of one of the men as he discovers the woman he will love.

A successful and popular writer in the romance genre, Banks is excited to expand her readership with this new series. "I'm thrilled to be taking another big step with Berkley and my editor, Cindy Hwang. With the mainstream now wide open to the kinds of novels I began writing with the Sweet series in 2007, I look forward to connecting with a whole new array of readers and, of course, my wonderful fans who have been so good to me throughout my career."


For more information, please contact:

Craig Burke, Vice President, Publicity Director, Berkley Books
at 212-366-2606 or

Erin D. Galloway, Senior Publicist, Berkley Books
at 212-366-2153 or

Author photos are available upon request.


About Maya Banks:

Maya Banks is the New York Times bestselling author of the KGI romantic suspense series and New York Times bestselling Sweet erotic romance series for Berkley. Banks is known for her sizzlingly sexy and emotionally intense novels. Fresh Fiction calls her writing "powerful, emotional and steamy hot." Banks lives in Texas. More information about her is available at

About Penguin Group (USA):

Penguin Group (USA) Inc. is the U.S. member of the internationally renowned Penguin Group. Penguin Group (USA) is one of the leading U.S. adult and children's trade book publishers, owning a wide range of imprints and trademarks, including Berkley Books, Dutton, Frederick Warne, G.P. Putnam's Sons, Grosset & Dunlap, New American Library, Penguin, Philomel, Plume, Puffin, Riverhead Books, The Penguin Press, and Viking, among others. The Penguin Group is part of Pearson plc, the international media company. For more information, visit