Maggie Shayne was one of the authors that really pulled me into the whole paranormal genre. I was always fascinated with vampires, werewolves, and anything “supernatural”, but her books were the first ones I read that really pulled the story together and wove such a fascinating and plausible tale that – to this day – I still can’t get enough of the paranormal genre – and her works in particular. I am ecstatic to say they we are finally getting reintroduced to this series with a brand new book!
In two centuries of living death, Eric Marquand had never once cried out against the cruel fate that had condemned him to walk forever in shadow. But then, he found the woman he knew was his chosen one–and understood that to possess her was to destroy her…Tamara Dey trembled at the aura of dread and despair that enshrouded this creature of the night. And yet, against all reason, she saw clearly that her destiny was eternally entwined with his, and that she must know–even welcome–the terror and the splendor of the vampire’s kiss…For centuries, loneliness has haunted them from dusk till dawn. Yet now, from out of the darkness, shines the light of eternal life…eternal love.
Eternally entwined…Roland de Courtemanche had rejected Rhiannon’s affections for centuries, banishing her to exist alone in eternal darkness. Yet now the man she loved and the boy in his care were in serious danger. For Rhiannon to stay away was impossible…Resisting Rhiannon took strength–strength Roland needed in order to protect his young ward. Yet to succumb to his desire and then cast her away would be to drive a stake through her heart…exactly what the avenging mortal on their trail had in mind for them all…For centuries, loneliness has haunted them from dusk till dawn. Yet now, from out of the darkness, shines the light of eternal life…eternal love.
Master of the damned…There could be no doubt that the one called Damien was the master of shadows, the greatest of his accursed kind. But now his ancient mantle of mystic power was threatened by a terrible weakness–a fatal passion for a woman of mortal flesh and blood…Suspicion had first drawn Shannon Mallory into the darkness, in search of the truth behind the legends that swirled around this man–if man he was. But it was not suspicion that kept her there, or even fear–it was pure, stunning desire…For centuries, loneliness has haunted them from dusk till dawn. Yet now, from out of the darkness, shines the light of eternal life…eternal love.
Book #4 – Beyond Twilight (novella)
He was a vengeful vampire hunter–fated for a forbidden love to last an eternity. He was a vengeful vampire hunter – fated for a forbidden love to last an eternity. Pixie-faced vampire Cuyler Jade unwittingly helps carry out the DPI’s plans for agent Stephen “Ramsey” Bachman.
He found her in an abandoned building, half-starved, her face chalk white yet strikingly beautiful. Those violet eyes drew him closer, even though Jameson Bryant knew what she was. Even though she warned him away. But it was too late. With one parting of her lips, the hungry creature of the night took him …Nine months later, their tiny dark angel was born … in twilight.
Book #6 – Twilight Vows (novella)
Rachel Sullivan had hoped to learn his secrets but found herself at the mercy of mysterious vampire Donovan O’Roark. Now her sexy captor was about to discover her own discover: to give up her innocence to the man she’d always loved.
He is every woman’s fantasy, yet he remains alone and untouched. His world is one of secrecy and solitude, darkness and danger. Now one woman has found his journal. She has told his secrets. He must stop her, and there is only one way . . .When struggling screenwriter Morgan DeSilva uncovers the ancient leather diaries in the attic of an old house in Maine, she is swept into the seductive world of a long-dead madman who had believed himself a vampire. Now, though Dante’s story has made her rich and famous, Morgan is wasting away. At night she dreams of him, an erotic fantasy so real she can see the marks on her neck, feel her life’s blood draining from her. Almost as if he were real . . .
He comes to her at night. Watching her. Wanting her. She is one of The Chosen. She can be his, if he desires. And he desires it so much that he is filled with a terrible fear. He knows that his kiss can save her from destiny’s curse, and from the enemies who stalk them both. But to save her, he must trust her. With his life. With his love. With the promise of immortality.
Her beauty is spellbinding. Her hunger is insatiable. Her power is immortal. A creature of the night, Sarafina lives only for pleasure, but love is an emotion she has deemed forbidden. Experience has taught her that love leads only to betrayal and pain, and she wants no more of pain. She cares for no one, tolerating only the presence of those she can control utterly. With her powers, she is convinced she can break anyone. Willem Stone cannot be broken. He is a challenge Sarafina cannot resist–a man as boldly alive as she is, a man with a will of iron, yet a mere mortal. And the only thing stronger than the clash of their wills is the power of their desire. But when vampire hunters take Amber Lily, the only child ever born to a vampire, Sarafina and Willem must put their struggle aside and combine their strengths in a rescue attempt that could cost them their very lives. And in the process, they find the most powerful force of all: love.
Book #9 – Two by Twilight (2 novellas)
In a world of shadows and moonlight, no one is really what they seem . . .“Run from Twilight” – A serial killer who strikes by the light of the full moon has made Mary McLean his next target. She knows she should be cautious, but she can’t stay away from Michael Gray, a mysterious man with an unearthly secret. But is he there to protect her? Or is he the real danger?Savor this classic tale. (Also includes reprint of “Twilight Vows“.)
His name is Edge, and he is the last of a band of Immortals who have been hunt4ed down and murdered by Frank Stiles — an enemy determined to unlock their deepest secrets. Vengeance has become Edge’s obsession. To claim it, he must find the young woman whispered to be the Golden Child. A legend among the undead, Amber Lily is the only half human, half vampire ever born, and is possessed of power even she is unaware of. Amber alone understands the dangerous threat of Frank Stiles. Only she may hold the key to his vulnerability . . . and his doom. Amber shares Edge’s need to get to Stiles. But she needs to keep him alive for reasons of her own. Edge is exciting and dangerous, and despite her own instinct for self-preservation, Amber is drawn into his hunt. In doing so, she will cast her fate to the wings of the night, to a passion that may be her destiny, to an evil she may not be able to defeat — to the edge of twilight where only the Immortals belong.
The idyllic town of Endover, New Hampshire, looks innocent. But below its surface a thirst and a desire both powerful and ancient boil fiercely. When two girls go missing, only one person can delve deep enough to find them — Maxine Stuart, a private investigator who has finally started to believe. “Mad Maxie” understands why she was asked to help — no living mortal knows as much about the undead as she. But the dark force controlling Endover can see all, and will use Maxine’s knowledge against her to strengthen his hold on the town. Not even the influence of Lou Malone, the man Maxie most desires, can convince her to abandon the crusade against a madman’s yearning for power…and resurrected love.
Foretold centuries ago, it is a destiny they cannot escape…The immortal Vlad Dracul has wandered for centuries in search of the reincarnation of his wife, Elisabeta. Now he believes he has found the woman possessed by his beloved’s soul and is prepared to make her his for all eternity. Tempest “Stormy” Jones has long sensed the other, someone inside her fighting to to take control, a feeling that burns stronger when the dark prince is near. As Stormy denies the passion between herself and Vlad, she must resist allowing Elisabeta to take over and claim him as her own. When Elisabeta discovers Vlad’s feelings for Stormy, her wrath knows no bounds. She demands that her destiny be fulfilled, leaving Vlad tormented by what was…and what could be. Now only he can choose who will live…and who will die.
Even by vampire standards, Reaper is a loner, and his current mission to destroy a gang of rogue bloodsuckers is definitely a one-vamp job. Then fate takes a hand, and before he knows it, he’s surrounded by a ragtag crew of misfit helpers: the newbie, the princess, the shape-shifter and the human healer. Seth is new to immortality, but he’s sharp and strong–and he’ll risk anything for the rogues’ strange female captive, a secretive creature he doesn’t understand but feels compelled to save. Vixen is confused by the emotions that swirl through her at the sight of her impulsive hero. She only hopes the brutal Gregor and his bloodthirsty renegades will leave her alive long enough to explore them. Or will Reaper himself be the one to destroy them all?
Once Bitten, Twice Shy…Before she joined Reaper in hunting Gregor’s gang of rogue bloodsuckers, privileged princess Topaz was gunning for just one vampire: Jack Heart. The gorgeous con man had charmed his way into her bed, her heart and her bank account, taking her for half a million dollars and vanishing without a word. Now she and Jack–maddeningly attractive as ever–are supposedly on the same side. As Reaper’s ragtag outfit scatters, Topaz sets out to solve a mystery that’s plagued her all her lives, mortal and immortal: what really happened to her movie-star mother, who died when Topaz was just a baby? With four men claiming to be her father, why has she always been alone? And what stake does Jack have in discovering the truth about her past? Topaz is sure he’s up to something–but her suspicions are at war with her desires.
Briar needs just two things: blood and vengeance. The first sustains her immortal life; the second gives it meaning. First on her hit list is Gregor, the renegade vampire who schooled her in brutality, then betrayed and tortured her. To achieve her deadly ends, Briar joins the inscrutable Reaper and his misfit gang of vampires who are also hunting her old mentor. But once she’s destroyed Gregor, she’ll be gone. The group means nothing to her. Not even Crisa—damaged, defenseless, a liability in every way—the childlike vamp with whom Briar shares a blood bond. Or Reaper. Though they shared one moment of pure passion, it’s not as though Briar has feelings for him. Because Briar needs no one. She needs only to satisfy her twin hungers—ones that may ultimately consume her.
Lilith awakens cold, naked and alone, knowing nothing–not even who she is–except that she has to run, run for her life…because someone is after her. When Ethan discovers the terrified woman hiding on his ranch, he knows immediately not only who she is, but what. He’s never forgotten her, not in all the time since he escaped their joint prison, a clandestine CIA facility where humans are bred into vampires willing to kill on command. He refused to accept that fate, and since he won his freedom he’s become a legend to those he left behind. With her own escape, Lilith has become a legend, too, and now–together–they have no choice but to fight those who would become a legend by killing one.
According to ancient prophecy, there’s only one chance to avert the complete annihilation of the Undead. Twins James William and Brigit Pie, part human, part vampire, believe that they are that chance. In truth, the key lies with the reclusive–and mortal–scholar Lucy Lanfair. As Armageddon approaches, antivampire sentiment fuels a war neither side can win, driving James to abandon his moral code and draw Lucy into a deadly battle she wants no part of. But Lucy soon realizes that she holds this powerful immortal’s soul in her hands and that it’s her destiny not only to stop a war but to save him from his inner darkness. If she fails, his race will die–and so will her heart. Is the power of love strong enough to save the world?
Utanapishtim has paid dearly for the sin of creating the vampire race—imprisoned in a living death for centuries, driven to near madness. With a single white-hot glance, he immolates his descendants…and the vampire Armageddon begins. Beautiful and deadly Brigit Poe, not wholly vampire but fiercely loyal to that shared bloodline, is called into action. She abhors yet cannot deny her destiny: to vanquish the once-great king of the immortals and save the vampire race. Two warriors, equally matched in power and determination, are soon locked in an unwinnable battle, only to discover a passion so shocking it threatens every truth they’ve ever known—even as they must face one final battle that seems fated to end in death and heartbreak for them both.
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….