The Rhiannon Chronicles

Rhiannon Chronicles-1The Rhiannon Chronicles is a FREE, new serialized novel that is being released raw, as it is written, via email, to subscribers only.

Later in 2015, it will be fleshed out, doubled in size, and released as a novel. But of course, at that point, it will no longer be free.

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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….

 


Not all the Twilight Books have “Twilight” in the title….

There are five stories within Wings in the Night that do not have “Twilight” in the title. Here is the reason why.

demonskissAfter publishing 13 Wings in the Night novels and novellas, the publisher decided that we wouldn’t be able to attract new readers to an old series, and asked us to step “outside the box” and write about some vampires who were not a part of our core group and to use titles that did not contain the word “Twilight.” Their thinking was that a self-contained trilogy would sell better than books 14, 15 and 16 of an ongoing series. This was their marketing strategy. We presumed they knew best and went along with it. And so my authoress Maggie Shayne wrote three books that were connected to each other, but not so much to the rest of the series.

 

 

 

 

 

 

loversbiteAt least, she attempted to. Naturally I was having none of that and so I popped in and insisted that I, at least, be involved. And so the miniature series within the series, called The Reaper Books by some, was born. DEMON’S KISS, LOVER’S BITE and ANGEL’S PAIN. And the publisher did not refer to them as Wings in the Night Series, even though, really and truly, they were.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We did not see a huge different in sales as a result, so the publisher then decided my authoress should try the same strategy again, this time writing just one, a single-title, stand-alone vampire book about a pair of characters outside the core gang, and try it that way.

Not a trilogy within the series, just a single stand-alone vampire novel.

 

 

 

 

 

So we came up with BLOODLINE. But again, it was virtually impossible for Maggie to create a vampire novel that was not a part of her already-existing vampire world. And so as she wrote BLOODLINE, I was whispering into her ears, giving her ideas of where the rest of our “family” could fit into the story (near the end, it turned out.) And since she cannot resist my whispers, she put us in.

 

bloodlineLater, readers were very confused about these four titles. Were they Wings in the Night, or were they not? And if they were, then where did they fit into the reading order?

Sidenote: The original cover art for BLOODLINE was done in russet and gold shades, and the model was lying on her back, face up, no fangs, flat chested, and resembled Sleeping Beauty awaiting the kiss of her prince. Pretty, yes. A true reflection of Lilith? Not even close. We convinced them to rethink the cover and got this blood-rinsed look and a model with fangs and cleavage.

 

 

 

 

After the books were released, Maggie convinced the publisher that in her mind, they were all Wings in the Night books, and should be labeled as such. So now they are, and they are books 14, 15, 16, and 17 in the Wings reading order.

Sidenote: The men on the Reaper Gang covers are very mixed up. Clearly the model on the cover of Angel’s Pain belongs on the cover of Demon’s Kiss. He’s far more Seth than Reaper. The fellow on Lover’s Bite is our idea of Reaper, and so he belongs on Angel’s Pain. And as for Jack of Lover’s Bite, none of the three models really fit for him. We’d have a whole new model. So to shorthand it, Seth is on Reaper’s cover, Reaper is on Jack’s cover, and the guy on Reaper’s cover doesn’t belong on any of them. Yet another reason we are giddy with joy that we are doing our own covers going forward. We can make the models match our inner vision. 

VACATION_WITH_VAMPIRE1.inddIn addition, there was a single novella, titled “Vampires in Paradise” that was released in an anthology called VACATION WITH A VAMPIRE that did not contain the “Twilight” signature title. That was because its release date fell smack in between TWILIGHT PROPHECY and TWILIGHT FULFILLED. Those two books, which were intended as the series finale, were tightly connected and we wanted them to be read together, back to back. So we didn’t want the novella, which took place on a tropical island and was removed from the action taking place in the rest of our vampiric world, to distract readers from the stunning conclusion of the series.

Of course, I always knew it wouldn’t be the end. If my authoress thought I was going to stop giving her stories about my kind and insisting she write them down, she must have been deluded.

More soon,

Rhiannon