Maggie Shayne (OMG YAY!) Wings in the Night Reborn Celebration and an INTERVIEW!!
I don’t know if you guys know this but… I am an AVID reader. One year, I read 175 books (one for each night of sleep I didn’t have. Totally worth it. ZERO regrets!). TWENTY of the books I read that year were Maggie’s. I had lost my love of reading somewhere in “real life” (whatever THAT means! UGH!) and found it… then stumbled upon Maggie and have loved her since (’cause… I’m smart like that).
I recently did a small interview with her and am going to share that with you now as well as a bunch of info on her new/revamped (snicker) series. So………. dive on in! ❤
Q1) What was your inspiration for the original Wings in the Night series?
Maggie: Ever since earliest childhood, I was in love with vampire tales. I watched them on TV when I was far too young to watch such things. And I always lamented that the vampire didn’t get the girl. I just always wanted to fix that somehow.
Q2) If you could relive one moment in your life, what would it be?
Maggie: The first time my darling soulmate said “I love you.” We were married on Valentine’s Day this year. I’m blissful.
Q3) If you could have one wish, what would it be?
Maggie: To be as happy as I am right now forever.
Q4) When you are writing, do you have a ritual you do beforehand to get yourself in the right head space or do you just jump in and go?
Maggie: The ritual is very complex. Step 1: Fresh cup of coffee from the Keurig next to my desk. Step 2. Insert ass into desk chair. Step 3. Write.
Q5) Coffee or tea? Other?
Maggie: Oh, coffee, all the way. I’m kind of resentful that it can make my heart race, so I’m having to ease myself over to decaf. I can get by with two cups of half-caf most mornings, and then I have to switch over to decaf for the rest of the day. I only drink tea if I’m sick, and I practically never get sick. But when I was a little girl and I got a cold, my mom would make me tea and toast. I still find that comforting if I don’t feel well.
Q6) When its crunch time for a deadline and you HAVE to stay focused and can’t manage to be human – what is your go-to meal/snack?
Maggie: Whatever Lance puts in front of me. Or Hawaiian pizza from my local pizzeria. I would love even more it if they would start delivering.
Q7) Do you have a favorite item of clothing or something you need near you to write?
Maggie: My favorite item of clothing is a bathrobe I bought last February when I co-hosted Christine Feehan’s FAN Convention. The hotel, LaFayette Park, had robes for our use, and as soon as I put mine on, I went “OHHHHHHH” and made my roomie try hers. They had tags that said they could be purchased in the spa, so we both went and bought one. They are the most incredibly comfortable robes I’ve ever worn. (I’m co-hosting again for 2015 and might just buy another!) However, I don’t have to wear it to write. I can write in whatever I happen to have on.
Q8) If you could be one immortal/mythical creature, what would you be and why?
Maggie: I’d be one of my Immortal High Witches from the ETERNAL LOVE trilogy. They never age, live forever, have cool powers, and get to walk around in daylight and eat regular food. Best of all worlds. 🙂
Q9) I know your health and general wellness is very important to you. Do you have one tip (or more) to share with your readers on how you reach your goals and stay balanced? (Or shall I just point them to Abraham and let him take over for you? 😀 )
Maggie: I’ve trained myself through years of practice and persistence to always be looking for the beauty and wonder and joy around me, and I see it like I never did before. You always see what you’re looking for. So I look for things to bask in and excuses to smile. The more you look, the more you find. Stop what you’re doing to really truly appreciate the little things–a dragon fly landing near you, a “weed’ with a beautiful blossom, the way the sun slants through the clouds, the smile of someone you love, a favorite TV show, meal, or song…there are endless things to appreciate. Do that. Do it all day, every day. Ban complaining completely. Never focus on anything you don’t like, only on what you do. You’ll be healthy and happy for the rest of your life.
Abraham-Hicks.com for those who want more info.
Q10) What did you want to be when you grew up?
Maggie: An archaeologist!
Q11) It’s been a really rough day and I NEED a drink… what would you suggest?
Maggie: A big tall glass of ice cold water. (Non-chlorinated, fluoridated, or anything else-ated.)
Ok… enough of my GUSHING… let’s focus on Maggie a bit, shall we?
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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WINGS IN THE NIGHT
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….
WINGS IN THE NIGHT: REBORN, Book 1
Print Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Thunderfoot Publishing
COMING: SEPTEMBER 1, 2014
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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
In case the hyperlinks above don’t work for you, here are the URLs:
- GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22798222-twilight-guardians?from_search=true
- Amazon US: http://amzn.to/WMnP0T
- Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1z9GnpW
- Amazon Ca: http://amzn.to/1z9Gqls
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.
Thanks for checking out the post! ❤ Hope you enjoyed! XXOO ~ CLF