Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Maggie Shayne ~ Wings In The Night ~ Guest Post and Giveaway




WELCOME to the World of Wings in the Night! You may begin here…
I am the vampiress Rhiannon. I would like to tell you how I, and my stories, came to be.
In 1991, before “paranormal romance” even existed, my authoress, Maggie Shayne wrote a vampire romance short story she called Twilight Phantasies and submitted it to several fiction magazines. One responded favorably, saying they loved the tale, but had a policy of only buying from their subscribers. So if she would kindly send them the hefty subscription fee, they’d be happy to make her an offer. Maggie was not yet a published author, but she was also not an idiot. (Had she been, I would not have chosen her to tell these tales I’ve been whispering into her brain for the past twenty years.) So she decided to just keep working and the story grew into a novel. In 1992, she submitted it to Silhouette Books’ brand new line called Shadows, a line that was far ahead of its time. It was very well received, but the editor asked her to do some revising. An offer could not be made until she did, because she was so new. The revisions were mainly about cutting back heavily on a secondary character, my beloved Roland de Courtemanche, and keeping the focus on the book’s main couple, Eric Marquand and Tamara Dey. I had every intention of paying the editor a midnight visit for this insult, until she said, “Don’t cut Roland’s scenes. Save them for the sequel. He needs a book of his own.” It was in that moment that the Wings in the Night Series was born, even though the author didn’t realize it at the time.

When the revisions were complete, Silhouette bought the novel for a four thousand dollar advance. Sadly, Shadows was doomed before it began. As I said, ahead of its time. The paranormal romance craze was only a seedling, just beginning to germinate, and nowhere near the phenomenon it would later become. The Shadows cover art had a comic or graphic novel look about it. It did not scream “romance fiction.” No matter. It is my belief that the line’s chief reason for existence was to help give birth to my stories. Once Wings in the Night began, even the line’s eventual demise could not stop it.
My authoress was on fire as I pried open her channels and continued pouring stories into her mind. She didn’t know where they were coming from back then. But it was an effort. When she first began my story, I was drawn as the villainess of the piece, and some weak and pathetic mortal female was supposed to be Roland’s mate! I schooled myself to patience. My authoress was just learning, after all. She did not yet understand who I was.
Trust me when I tell you, she does now.
Twilight Memories, my story, was published next, in 1994. You’ll have to pardon the blue eye shadow. It was the nineties, after all. I did finally get through to my authoress. In fact, I opened the lines of communication so widely, that I dictated the opening of the story. Those first four pages marked “Introduction” truly were my introduction to my authoress. I was speaking to her, telling her who and what I am, warning her that I am no one to be trifled with.
She merely wrote down what I said. And I’ve been dictating the stories of my people to her ever since.

One more novel, Twilight Illusions, featuring the magician Damien Namtar (formerly known as King Gilgamesh of Ancient Sumer) and his fledgling Shannon, was published under the Silhouette Shadows line. Damien is our link to our origins, a link that continues to unfurl all the way through Book 20 of the series. But I digress.
After this book was published, Silhouette Shadows closed down. My authoress received two messages. One from her publisher, telling her there would be no more Wings in the Night. The second was from me, telling her to begin the next book right away. She listened to me, and wrote Born in Twilight over the next eight weeks. Flat.
Shadows died. Silhouette was absorbed by Harlequin. Harlequin has been purchased by Rupert Murdoch. But Wings in the Night lived through it all, and still lives on.
My authoress has taken my advice and broken free of all of them. She will no longer allow fat, rich, mortal men to become fatter and richer from the fruits of her labor, but rather, will continue to share her gift and my voice directly with you. This also means my contact with you will be far less diluted. Less filtered. More like…a direct current.
Wings in the Night includes 15 novels, 4 novellas, and 1 “online read”
So far….
A brand new incarnation of the series begins this year with Wings in the Night: Reborn
Book One, TWILIGHT GUARDIANS will be a September 1, 2014 release in both print and electronic formats, from Maggie’s own label, Thunderfoot. And for those of you who missed the first 20 books, this is a fresh start. You may begin here….

Twilight Guardians

Print Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Thunderfoot Publishing


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"My inspiration has always been Maggie Shayne's Wings in the Night." #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, Christine Feehan

They told 20-year-old Charlie O’Malley that they had a cure for the rare blood condition that would eventually kill her–an untested, experimental cure. All they wanted in return was for her to join their elite military team and train to kill the Undead.

She took the deal, not because she cared so much about extending her life, but because it would make her strong–stronger than ordinary humans. Strong enough to kill the vampire who’d pretended to love her, taken her blood, used her body, and murdered her mother.

Killion was the last of his kind, or so he thought. When he found Charlie, he felt the pull. She had the rare Belladonna Antigen all vampires had as humans. Vampires were compelled to protect those rare mortals they called The Chosen. But with Charlie, the bond was different, more powerful than anything he’s felt before, and impossible to resist, even though surrendering to it will probably get him killed.

Ancient vampire elders Rhiannon and Roland come out of exile, risking their lives to help their mortal friend Roxy reclaim her granddaughter. But before the tale ends, their lives will be forever changed.

Join Maggie Shayne as she returns to her most beloved series of all time with this new beginning….

Wings in the Night: Reborn


About The Author:
Maggie Shayne is best known as the New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 novels, nearly 30 novellas, a former soap writer, (The Guiding Light, As the World Turns,) a former advice columnist (Shayne on You,) and RITA Award winner. But what’s less known about her is that she’s been a practicing Witch for almost as long as she’s been a published author.

Known within the Craft of the Wise as LadyHawk the Mythmaker, Maggie studied in the Black Forest Circle Seminary for three years, earning her 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree elevations there. A licensed minister of Wicca, Maggie was later made a Craft Elder, and co-founded a new Wiccan tradition called RavenMyst Circle. Her coven, The Coven of the Redtail Hawk, turned out five new high priestesses, several of whom went on to form covens of their own, and making Maggie, according to the Old Ways, A Witch Queen.

Maggie has published westerns, category romances, romantic suspense, paranormal romances, urban fantasy, women's fiction, and just about everything in between. She's a winner of the RITA Award, the romance fiction industry's most prestigious prize, and has won countless others including several RT BOOK RREVIEWS "Reviewer's Choice" Awards, two RT Career Achievement Awards, the Daphne du Maurier Award, The Golden Leaf Award and numerous others.

Maggie's "Twilight" series of vampire novels, officially known as Wings in the Night, began in 1993 with TWILIGHT PHANTASIES from Silhouette Shadows. The series concluded with TWILIGHT FULFILLED in October 2011, but has come back to life now that she has gone indie.

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Since I’m writing this post while sitting beside my daughter’s hospital bed, (don’t worry, she’s on the mend and doing great) I was inspired to write about families. They’re such complicated beings, and it seems every member’s personal well being is tied to every other member’s actions.

My girl (okay, she’s an adult RN with three kids of her own, but still and always my girl) got sick with a post operative infection after a major, but common surgery. And everything in my life went a little bit haywire. I put everything on hold (including this, the first post of my August blog tour, obviously) to be with her. The other four daughters are worried, and popping in to visit when they can. One relative hasn’t been to visit at all and everyone’s kind of upset about that.

It’s funny how we can let our moods and feelings be influenced by what other people do or don’t do. Especially during times of stress. I’ve pretty much broken that habit, other than second guessing every medical decision made so far, because my girl wasn’t getting better fast enough. Bad Mom! Down, girl.

Here’s one of the most important lessons I have learned in my long and eventful life. Jerks are going to be jerks. If you spend your life upset every time a selfish idiot acts like what he is, you’re not going to have a very happy existence. The thing to do is to realize that people cannot be other than who they are, and you shouldn’t expect them to. Nor should you let them being who they are upset your apple cart.

We can only each do what we feel is right. Others can only do what they feel is right. Not what we feel would be the right thing for them, because we cannot know that. We can’t experience life from their perspective.

Families are funny. In the my long running Wings in the Night series, my vampish community are also family. It’s really a great big family saga. When I re-started the series with its new iteration, Wings in the Night: Reborn, that was one of the things I wanted to keep intact. Because family relationships, both functional and dysfunctional as well, speak to all of us. They’re personal. We all get them.

TWILIGHT GUARDIANS is a vampire romance. But it’s really a family saga. There’s a mother-daughter-grandmother relationship that’s all tangled up at its center, and I think it’ll bring a tear to your eye. It did mine. There’s a new romance that is as urgent and passionate and powerful as any I’ve ever written. There are reunions with characters who’ve been among the missing for two years now, and concern for those yet to be accounted for. There’s a lovely little family blessing for two ancient and beloved vampires my readers know well, one that none of them ever expected.

I want readers to know that even those who’ve never read any of the previous Wings in the Night books, can begin right here, with this new chapter and not feel lost. And that TWILIGHT GUARDIANS goes on sale September 1st, worldwide in both print and ebook formats. You can pre-order on Amazon for a discounted price of just $2.99
Maggie is offering up a $100 Amazon Giftcard to a lucky grand-prize winner at the end of the tour, a Runner-Up prize of a new Kindle, PLUS an eCopy of Twilight Guardians for a random commenter at each Tour Stop.
Find the Rafflecopter for the Event here, follow the directions, take action, and mark as ‘Done’.
To see the complete list of tour stops so you can read some great Q&A’s, Interviews, Guest Posts and more check out the full Wings in the Night Reborn Celebration Tour Schedule HERE.

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  1. I'm absolutely thrilled about the next phase of WITN.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Crystal and good luck in the giveaway!

  2. So excited for the new WITN!!! Love Maggie Shayne!

    1. Hi Katie, good luck with the giveaway and thanks for stopping by the blog!

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    1. Good luck with the giveaway and hope to see you on the blog again.

  4. I read one of her novels as an e-book and then the prequel to the WITN series, and now I'm marking every single one of her books as "want to read" on goodreads. I can't wait to find the rest of the series and devour those as well.

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    1. Your not the only one Sara :)
      Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Oh how I wish I'd been a decade older so I could have watched the early WitN series grow. :)

    1. Ha, Rhianna. You have plenty of time to read and grow with this series and author. She is wonderful !

  7. this is the first time i have heard of the series and i am looking forward to reading it. it sounds wonderful. I love the cover, it's gorgeous. :)

    tammy ramey

    1. Tammy ..you are in for a treat!! And yes the cover is an eye catcher!

  8. Wow! This sounds so good! Thanks for sharing!

  9. I love Maggie! & I can't wait for the release of Twilight Guardians!! I have a "thing" for vampires (my boyfriend lovingly pointed this out) and The Wings in the Night series has been one of my favs since I was old enough to actually read romance novels ;)

  10. So excited for the new WITN. Thank you for the awesome giveaway! <3

  11. My very favorite line of ANY book EVER is from Rhianikki. I have loved this series since I started reading paranormal in 2009 and... I am THRILLED its being revamped. *giggle*

  12. So excited to read "Twilight Guardians" !! I started reading the "Wings In The Night" series back in 1999 and have been a faithful Maggie fan since. I am thrilled for the new "WITN Reborn" series. Keep them coming Maggie <3

  13. Random.org winner of the copy of Twilight Guardians is..... Barbara! Barbara, I've contacted you through the contact form on your blog, Unladylike Reviews. Once you get back to me, we'll get you your copy of the book. Congrats!