A Brief History of Wings in the Night

 

Rhiannon-standing-lo-res-2WELCOME to the World of Wings in the Night! You may begin here…

I am the vampiress Rhiannon and this site is under my domain. 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.

 

Original Cover

Original Cover

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 bluetwilightmemories150_2 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.

 

 

 

 

 

TIOne 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 has begun 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….

 

15 thoughts on “A Brief History of Wings in the Night

  1. I started reading the series in the early years and was hooked from the start. Ihave read most of the series and hope to find the books I have missed! Maggie Shayne is one of my favorite authors ! I love her books and can’t wait to get the next! I am associated with Eric and Tamara, Jamie and his spouse along with the “Child of Tomorrow’, Roland and Rhiannion, the grandchildren, Damian and Shannon, There more yet that the names of them blur in my mind. Reading these books help me escape the stresses of today, they are my Calgon take me Away! Stress relievers!

  2. Hi,

    I love this series, I have read every book in the series.!!! I’ve been reading them, since the early nineties – I lived in NYC and read them on the train in my way to college. I love all your books, but this series holds a special place in my heart. It began my obsession with paranormal novels. I can’t wait to read the series again.

    Loyal reader,
    Sylvia

  3. Maggie,
    I truly had to laugh a few years back when my daughter was reading about the sparkly vampires… She was waiting on the last book of the series and was telling me all about the story so far… I chuckled and said “I bet you she will get Pregnant, I know how these stories go” I also figured she was old enough for one of yours; I still have the three originals. I ended up having to dig out the rest of them and you acquired another fan. Love your books Maggie! Always have!
    Lori

    • She’ll love the next one. My kickass heroine is only twenty, but she’s one of my favorites ever. She’s even earning Rhiannon’s grudging admiration. :) Thanks so much for stopping by.

  4. Maggie,

    Thank you for bringing back the Wings In The Night series. I have missed reading your books. I have read every single from the first the last. I have almost the books in paperback as well as on my tablet so one always to read. They take me an other place when this world is too stressful and I need to escape. I can’t to start the new books. Thank you so much.

  5. Maggie, I too, thank you for bringing back the “Wings in the Night” series. I have read every one of your books in that series and I have been impatiently waiting for more. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    • I’m so glad that so many readers of the series are eager for me. I hope we reach lots of new readers too, but even if it’s just us, it’s wonderful. :) Thank you!

  6. I first purchased the novel ‘Edge of Twilight’ about 10 years ago and read over and over, the paperback became very dog-eared. I then got an iPhone and boy oh boy have I had fun re reading that book and all the others in series that I can get my hands on. I think I have read the entire series about four times now and each time another one is released, I start the lot again. I thoroughly enjoy the humour and the angst portrayed in all the books you have written. To my mind you are an author of note. Cheers K from Aussie

  7. I am so happy your bringing back this series! I not only get to enjoy the new characters but visit with some old friends. I have read the other Twilight series but it doesn’t hold a candle to you. My mom was a big Harlequin reader and introduced me to them and to Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer and many other authors in my youth that brought out a love of books! She introduced me to the Shadow series because she isn’t into the supernatural like I am (I love horror movies)and she didn’t like vampires and I just fell in love with these stories and your characters. I am also a history buff like my dad, and I am glad you included characters from all eras and gave them wonderful and interesting backgrounds. I work in the library now and I am happy to see not only your earlier books but your newer ones and if I can help it, they won’t be withdrawn!

  8. Maggie,
    I went shopping one day with my son back in the day,when I found your newly published book “Wings in the Night”. You had me hooked. I have all the books in the series but the last 2. Which I will be getting soon. So I can finish the series before I start getting “The Rhiannon Chronicles”. You are my Favorite author and actually I do a lot of bead embroidery and crocheting. But when I find a new book of yours that gets put in the corner until I read your book. Always a fan. Teri

    • Oh, that’s so wonderful to hear. YAY. So the final two were Twilight Prophecy and Twilight Fulfilled, although there was also a novella in between, Vampires in Paradis in the anthology titled Vacation with a Vampire. After those, you still have Twilight Guardians, and then Rhiannon Chronicles and coming soon, Twilight Vendetta. You’re almost there!

      much love,
      Maggie

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