Blog Tour: Wings In The Night: Reborn by Maggie Shayne — with Q & A and Contest

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RhiannonI 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.

1405053When 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.

1206089Twilight 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.

Twilight Illusions OriginalAfter 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 Twilight Illusions Originalright 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….

~Rhiannon

Twilight GuardiansTwilight Guardians
WINGS IN THE NIGHT: REBORN, Book 1
Print Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Thunderfoot Publishing
ASIN: B00LXJGKLU
COMING: SEPTEMBER 1, 2014

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.

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

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Wings in the Night: Reborn


About The Author:

Maggie ShayneMaggie 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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Website / Mailing List / Facebook / Twitter / Amazon Author Page / GoodReads
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Q & A With Maggie Shayne

And Tour Wide Grand Prize Contest

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1) When you write, do you prefer quiet, or do you listen to music? If you like music playing, what is your preferred genre? Do certain characters have their own personal “soundtrack”?

When I first started this career, I had five little girls raising you-know-what all around me. I tucked a desk in the corner of my dining room and wrote and wrote, and the noise didn’t even penetrate. But the girls grew up and I got used to quiet. Now, if you walk across the room I’m in, I get distracted. Funny how things change. Often, though, I like music while writing. I put on something that matches the tone of the book for me, and that’s always different. Mozart or Godsmack seem to suit the vamp books, country music for the Brands, Reggae for some reason, when I’m writing my Brown and de Luca thrillers. So I turn on the music, and then as the writing gets underway, I keep reaching for the remote and turning it down. The deeper I get into the story, the lower the volume goes on the music, until it’s silent, and I’m just gone.

2) Where do you write? In an office, at the dining room table, at a local coffeeshop? Do you prefer to write alone or with a group? If you write with a group, do you also read/critique each other’s work?

I have a desktop in my living room, a desktop in my second floor office, and a laptop that goes wherever I want. My location changes depending on the story. Sometimes I write on the back deck, but mostly on one of the desktops. I work alone, but I do have a critique group of trusted friends and I bounce ideas and problems around with them until a solution is found.

3) What was your first vision of your main character? Was it a scene? A “look”? An attitude?

In TWILIGHT GUARDIANS, Killian came first. I just saw him, collar turned up, walking alone on a road with very large dense coniferous forests around him. I knew two things. He was a vampire, and he was sure he was the last of his kind. I took it from there.

4) What was your favorite Halloween costume (or other costume party costume)?

Probably when I dressed as a saloon girl and Lance (my husband, though he wasn’t then) dressed as a cowboy. It was a great time that year. His mom hadn’t yet passed, and we spent the holiday with her and her hubby, his step dad, and we just had a blast. His step father dressed as a Gene Simmons from K.I.S.S. and his mom wore go-go boots and a mini-skirt (and looked fantastic in both) and was a fan.

5) What was harder to write, the first line or the last line? Why?

First line. Because starting is toughest. The first line is crucial to me. And getting started is tough. By the time I get to the end, I have so much momentum that it just carries me right through.

6) What’s the strangest thing you came across while doing research for this book?

How easy it would be for vampires to travel from Romania to the US by plane without any issues regarding daylight. Because they’re moving from east to west, the sunrise is always behind them, and the night gets extended. Very handy.

7) If you could spend a day with one of your characters, who would be it and what would you do all day?

I’d hang out with secondary character Roxy O’Malley and we’d probably go bird watching.

8) What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to learn to do, but haven’t yet?

Play guitar.

9) If you could have one word removed from the English language, from all dictionaries and out of everyone’s vocabulary, what would it be, and why? If you could ADD one word, what would it be?

I would remove the word “can’t” because I don’t believe it has any valid use. I’d add the word “sprounce” with is the only way to describe the way my bulldog springs up into the air, all four paws leaving the ground, and then lands, nose first, on an unsuspecting cricket. She sprounces. There is no question.

10) What is one thing about you that your friends know and you would love your readers to know as well. Or… if you’re in a giving mood… what is one story that your friends LOVE to talk you into telling that you don’t generally volunteer?

People like me to explain my philosophy on life, sometimes because they think it’s bull and sometimes because they love it. I never hesitate to tell them. I am convinced that everything we experience in life is a reflection of what’s going on in our deepest most secret selves. Where our focus is, what our true beliefs and expectations are, those are the things that show up in our lives. And we say, “See I told you that would happen!” But it’s really only happening because we believed it would. Knowing this, I go through life constantly challenging my limiting beliefs and working to ease them into a place that’s more in keeping with what I want. Seeing isn’t believing. Believe it first, and then you’ll see it.

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18 Comments

  1. Comment by Teresa Bowen:

    Looking forward to the book. 😀

  2. Comment by cindy reifel:

    What a great interview Maggie! The book sounds fascinating, so I will be picking it up for my TBR file.

  3. Comment by Sandra Masche:

    Thank you for your stories. One of my favorite authors

  4. Comment by Bev:

    Thank you for hosting! So excited that Maggie is bringing back “Wings in the Night!” I enjoyed the interview!

  5. Comment by Valerie Dixon:

    I love love love the Wings in the Night series! I am totally psyched about the new book 🙂

  6. Comment by Maggie Shayne:

    We’re getting so excited here as release date draws near. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Comment by Maggie Shayne:

    Thanks Cindy! So glad you stopped by!

  8. Comment by Maggie Shayne:

    That means the world to me. Thank you!

  9. Comment by Maggie Shayne:

    We’re super stoked. One of my editors told me this morning it was the best one yet! Eeeeeee!

  10. Comment by Maggie Shayne:

    Thank you thank you thank you! Me too!

  11. Comment by bn100:

    Interesting sounding series

  12. Comment by Lynn Fredrick (@FredrickLynn):

    Wonderful interview. I am so excited for this release. Love the Wings in the Night series, so this has me excited.

  13. Comment by Jennifer:

    Big thank you to everyone for stopping by. And HUGE thank you to Maggie for letting us help celebrate the new book. I’m excited to see what we have in store.

  14. Comment by Mary Preston:

    I’m new to WINGS IN THE NIGHT. A great post thank you.

  15. Comment by Rhianna of RhiReading:

    This really makes me want to get all the old WitN books from my shelf and read them even though I’m missing a couple.

  16. Comment by wyndwhisper:

    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
    trvlagnt1t@yahoo.com

  17. Comment by Christy Lynn Foster:

    GAH! I read every interview Maggie does and I STILL learn something new every time. I love that she turns the music lower and lower until she’s gone in the story. AMAZING!

  18. Comment by Chelle:

    Lynn, you were the lucky Twilight Guardians winner! I contacted you on Twitter for your email addy and desired eBook format. Congrats!

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