Twilight Hunger (Wings in the Night Series #7) [NOOK Book]

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Return with Maggie Shayne to the dark, erotic world of wings in the night . . .

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 ...

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Twilight Hunger (Wings in the Night Series #7)

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Overview

Return with Maggie Shayne to the dark, erotic world of wings in the night . . .

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.

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For Morgan DeSilva, fantasy is part of everyday life. As a screenwriter, she takes people's most passionate hopes, dreams, and fears and turns them into larger-than-life stories. At first she believes that the ancient diaries she finds in the attic of an old house in Maine are only the ramblings of a long-dead madman called Dante who fancied himself a vampire -- a source of inspiration she eagerly uses to pave her way to wealth and fame. But, now that she's reached those goals, she dreams of Dante at night...dark, erotic dreams that she fears are somehow dangerously real. For there are marks on her neck that have no other explanation -- and she is undeniably growing weaker and weaker with each passing night. The one thing Morgan doesn't know is whether the Dante who comes to her by night is a creature of darkness, hell-bent on destroying her, or if he is truly destined to be her love throughout eternity -- her only protection against powerful supernatural enemies who hunt them both.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426868801
  • Publisher: MIRA
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Series: Wings in the Night Series , #7
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 224,315
  • File size: 610 KB

Meet the Author


RITA Award winning, New York Times bestselling author Maggie Shayne has published over 50 novels, including mini-series Wings in the Night (vampires), Secrets of Shadow Falls (suspense) and The Portal (witchcraft). A Wiccan High Priestess, tarot reader, advice columnist and former soap opera writer, Maggie lives in Cortland County, NY, with soulmate Lance and their furry family.

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Chapter One


We children were supposed to be asleep....

But we woke, as if in response to some silent summons. We crept to the entrances of our tents and wagons, drawn like moths to the snapping flames of the central fire and the dark, leaping shadows the strange woman cast as she danced.

There was no music. I knew there was none, but it seemed to me that music filled my head all the same as I peered around the painted flap and watched her. She whirled, scarves trailing like colorful ghosts in her wake, her hair, black as the night, yet gleaming blue in the fire's glow. She arched and twisted and spun round again. And then she stopped still, and her eyes, like shining bits of coal, fixed right on mine. Scarlet lips curved in a terrifying smile, and she crooked a finger at me.

I tried to swallow, but the lump of cold dread in my throat wouldn't let me. Licking my lips, I glanced sideways at the tents and painted wagons of my kin, and saw the other children of our band, peering out at her, just as I was. Some of my cousins were older than I, some younger. Most looked very much like me. Their olive skin smooth, their eyes very round and wide, too thickly fringed for the eyes of a boy, but lovely beyond words on little girls. Their hair was uncut, like mine, but clean and raven black.

We were Gypsies all, and proud. The dancing woman...she was a Gypsy, too. I knew that at a glance. She was one of our own.

And crooking her finger at me still. Dimitri, older than me by three years, gave me a superior look and whispered, "Go to her. I dare you!"

Only to prove myself braver than he, I stiffened my spine and stepped out of mymother's tent, my bare feet covering the cool ground by mere inches with each hesitant step. As I crept closer, the others, taking courage in mine, began to come out, too. Slowly we gathered round the beautiful stranger like sinners come to worship at the feet of a goddess. And as we did, her smile grew wider. She beckoned us closer, a finger to her lips, and then she sat down on a log near the fire.

"Who is she?" I whispered to Dimitri, for he had joined us now, too, ashamed of himself, I thought, not to have been leading us all from the start.

"Stupid, do you know nothing? She is our aunt." He shook his head disgustedly at me, then returned his enraptured gaze to the woman. "Her name is Sarafina," he said. "She comes sometimes...though I suppose you are too young to recall her last visit. She's not supposed to be here, though. When the grown-ups find out, there will be trouble."

"Why?" I too was entranced by the mysterious stranger as she lowered herself to the log, spreading the layers of her colorful skirts around her, opening her arms to welcome the young ones who crowded closer to sit on the ground all around her. I sat closest of all, right at her feet. Never had I seen a woman so beautiful. But there was something else about her, as well. Something...unearthly. Something frightening.

And there was the way her eyes kept meeting mine. There was a secret in that black gaze —a secret I could not quite see. Something shadowed, hidden.

"Why will there be trouble?" I whispered again.

"Because! She is outcast!"

My brows drew together. I was about to ask why, but then the woman —my Aunt Sarafina, whom I had never seen before in my life —began to speak. And her voice was like a song. Mesmerizing, deep, beguiling.

"Come, little ones. Oh, how I've missed you." Her gaze swept the faces of the children, the look in her eyes almost painful to see, so intense was the emotion there. "But most of you do not remember me at all, do you?" Her smile faltered. "And you, little Dante. You are...how old now?"

"Seven," I told her, my voice a mere whisper.

"Seven years," she replied with a heavy sigh. "I was here the day you were born, you know."

"No. I...didn't know."

"No matter. Oh, children, I've so much to tell you. But first..." She tugged open a drawstring sack that dangled from the sash round her waist, and from it she began to draw glorious things, which she handed around to one and all. Sweets and confections such as we had never tasted, wrapped in brightly colored paper. Shiny baubles on chains, and glittering stones of all kinds, carved into the shapes of animals and birds.

The one she gave to me was a stone of black onyx in the shape of a bat. I shivered when she placed the cold piece into my palm.

When the sack was empty and the children all quiet again, she began to speak. "I have seen so many things, little ones. Things you would not believe. I journeyed to the desert lands, and there I saw buildings as big as mountains —every stone larger than an entire Gypsy wagon! Perfect and smooth they are, and pointed at the top." She used her hands to make the shape of these wonders in the air before us. "No one knows who built them, nor when. They have been there forever, some say. Others say they were built as monuments to ancient kings...and that the bodies of those rulers still rest inside, along with treasures untold!" When our eyes widened, she nodded hard, making her raven curls dance and her earrings jangle. "I've been across the sea...to the land below, where creatures with necks as tall as...as that yew tree there, walk on stilt legs and nibble the young leaves from the tops of the trees. Yellow gold they are, and spotty! With sprouts atop their heads!"

I shook my head in disbelief. Surely she was spinning tales.

"Oh, Dante, it is true," she said. And her eyes held mine, her words for me alone, I was certain. "One day you will see these things, too. One day I will show them to you myself." Reaching down, she stroked a path through my hair and leaned close to me, whispering into my ear. "You are my very special boy, Dante. You and I share a bond more powerful even than the one you share with your own mother. Remember my words. I'll come back for you someday. When you need me, I will come."

I shivered and didn't know why. Then I went stiff at the sound of the Grandmother's squawk. "Outcast!" she yelled, rushing from her tent and jabbing her fingers at Sarafina in the way that was said to ward off evil, the two middle fingers folded, forefinger and little one pointing straight out. She made a hissing sound when she did it, so I thought of a snake with a forked tongue snapping.

The children scattered. Sarafina rose slowly, the picture of grace, and I alone remained before her. Almost without thought, I got to my feet and turned to face the Grandmother. As if I wished to protect the lovely Sarafina. As if I could. My back was toward the woman now, and as her hands closed on my shoulders, I felt myself grow a full inch taller.

Then the Grandmother glared at me, and I thought I would shrink to the size of a sand flea.

"Can you not tolerate my presence even once every few years or so, Crone?" Sarafina asked. Her voice was no longer loving or soft or kind. It was deep and clear...and menacing.

"You've no business here!" the Grandmother said.

"But I have," she replied. "You are my family. And like it or not, I am yours."

"You are nothing. You are cursed. Be gone!" Chaos erupted around us as mothers, awakened by the noise, dashed out of their tents and wagons, gathered their children and hurried them back inside. They acted as if a killer wolf had appeared at our campfire, rather than an outcast aunt of rare beauty, bearing exotic gifts and amazing tales.

My mother came, too. As she rushed toward me I tucked the stone bat up into my sleeve. She stopped before she reached me and met Sarafina's eyes. "Please," was all she said.


Excerpted from Twilight Hunger by Maggie Shayne. Copyright © 2002 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.


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  • Posted August 15, 2013

    I absoultely love this series. I have read it about 8 times :)

    I absoultely love this series. I have read it about 8 times :) Great work Maggie!

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  • Posted February 16, 2012

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    Great Paranormal Romance

    Really good story that keeps you reading!

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  • Posted November 11, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    I love this book!

    I picked up this book not knowing that it was book 7 in a series when I found out I read it anyway. I love this book I couldn't put it down. You must read it I have already picked up five other books in this series and I can't wait to read them all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2007

    Amazing.

    This was the first book I read by Maggie Shayne and it was absolutely amazing. From the second I opened it, it just sucked me right in. I couldn't put it down till I was finished, even when I was finished I didn't want to put it down, it was that great. I love things about vampires whether its movies or books, but this book is a must read!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2006

    I LOVE this book , it was an excellent book !!

    This is an awesome book, everyoneshould read this book.I am a romantic That being said I want my happy endings with my paranormal romance!! The story was great and held my attention from beagining to end.I am Anxiously awaiting the next book, and hopefully a happier romantic ending!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2005

    we will meet again...

    if you read this book, or any of the other books for that matter, you might as well just go buy the whole series. each book is completely absorbing. i missed two days of work because i stayed up all night reading them! i typically read fast but i zoomed through one in under 6 hrs!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2004

    I totally LOVE this book

    My sister had it and she lent it to me to read as I like vampires, witches, etc. I got to tell you the truth, I never thought I would like it, but after awhile I got into the book, and now I am in LOVE with it. You should read it, you never know, you might like it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2004

    A Must Read

    An excellent book! Hate, horror, a touch of mystery, and a love to transform the reader. I loved this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2003

    Very Good

    Twilight Hunger is the first book I've read by Maggie Shayne and I loved is!I have recently finished reading Ebrace the Twilight and I also enjoyed it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2002

    This Book Was GREAT!!!!!

    I loved Twilight Hunger.I could not put this book down,it made you want to jump in the book and help Morgan and Dante.A feeling of what true love really is. What you would do for the one you love. Im going out and buying the rest of the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2002

    An Erotic Vampire Tale Of Splendorous Lust

    Maggie Shayne is probably the only writer that can keep me entertained from beginning to end, but after reading her books "Eternity" and "Infinity", I must say that I was rather disappointed with my first venture into the vampire series, as opposed to the phenomenal witch series. And while I do admit that the prologue to "Twilight Hunger", which features a lavish vampiress dancing around a demon bonfire while seducing her soon-to-be companion with her dark, mysterious eyes, is a gripping opener at that, soon after "Twilight Hunger" becomes stale with lazy writing and a corny direction in the plotline. The sex scenes are definitely more erotic and the gore is more intense than in previous books by Maggie Shayne, but the characters here have no real depth, nor do they have any personality. I do love the parts when Morgan is reading from Dante's journal, however, which details how his beautiful yet malicious aunt Sarafina transforms him into a creature of everlasting hunger. But other than that and some sweltering lust scenes, I would much rather recommend the aforementioned witch books, including "Destiny" and her short story "Immortal".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2002

    Helps people believe in vampires

    A great book, I would recommend it for those into the world of the paranormal. This books brings you right into the mind of a vampire and helps to understand that the things that ate usually used to describe vampires are false and show the true mind of the undead. Most people believe that vampires are mean and wish only to drink and kill, here it shows what it's truly like to be a vampire and everything they need to deal with. Most people dream of eternal life, those people should read this and see how it really is to live forever, cursed, alone, and outcasted from even their family, to be forced to watch the people you love die while you are alive and the fear of losing those you truly love. So for all those paranormal lovers (like myself) you will find this book to your liking and won't want to leave the world of Morgon De Silva and her lover, the vampire Dante!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2002

    Maggie Shayne?

    I was a bit disappointed with this book. I have read all the previous Wings in the Night series, as they came out. I was rivited by all of them, especially Born in Twilight,if you read no other Maggie Shayne read that one, it was fantastic. Twilight Hunger I felt had to much going on. There were way to many fragments to make this an enjoyable book for me. Also it was very crude and corse, reminding me more of Rosemary Rogers, where I expect it, than Maggie Shayne.It is too bad She felt she had to cram everything into one story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2002

    Ooooh, can this woman write vampires!!

    Suffering from a rare blood disease, Morgan D'Silva has set goals for herself that she wants to hit quickly. The adopted daughter of a famous screen writer and renowned actress, she has always dreamed of being a screen writer herself. Yet tragedy has recently struck her adopted family, and not only did she lose her parents, she lost everything she knew and was familiar with because of the enormous debts they had accrued. Not knowing exactly where to start, she takes an offer from a close family friend to stay in a recently purchased older home. Little does she know she'll not only find her inspiration here, but the love she thought she'd never have. The vampire,Dante had never had a problem before hiding in open sight. But suddenly it is like the world in general, and a particular bunch of vampire hunters specifically, know every move he is going to make. They've found all his hideouts, know all of his secrets. How could this be?? No one knew these things. Fleeing yet another attempt on his undead life, he retreats to a home that he had owned a hundred years before. He is shocked to see that it has been totally restored to the way it was when he lived there, almost down to the last detail. He is even more shocked to see the human mortal woman who lives there, Morgan, and discover that she is one of 'the chosen'. For only the chosen are able to be changed into vampires and survive. She was his for the taking....And she was calling to HIM in the night. Dante. How? How could she know his name? And that this was once his home? Dante soon finds that Morgan knows everything about him...secrets from hundreds of years past. He has to discover how she knows, and who she has told. Could she be the traitor who has turned the vampire hunters on him?? Maggie Shayne has created an incredible story of intrigue, the paranormal, and love story that is to 'die' for. Her characters are so true to life personality, strength and weakness wise, that we can totally relate to them. She made me cringe at some of the things the vampire, Dante, did, while at the same time sympathizing and falling in love with him. She interweaves a secondary story line that will shock you, and pulls it off beautifully without taking away from Dante and Morgan's story. If you're a fan of vampires, you don't want to miss this read!! TWILIGHT HUNTER is a stand alone story, one you'll fall in love with, but is also tied to a series of books by Maggie Shayne, her WINGS IN THE NIGHT series. I had never read them before, and must tell you, this reviewer is on a book hunt for her backlist!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2002

    okay, but not great

    The story is about a Morgan, a screenwriter who discovers very old journals of Dante, a man who believed himself to be a vampire; Morgan believes the man was out of his mind and judging from the age of the journals is probaly dead so she decides to use the journals for a screen play, which becomes a big hit. Through working on the journals she falls in love with Dante even though she believes he is not real. Dante stumbles across Morgan at his old house and is immediately attracted to her, and completely confused of how she knows so much about him so he starts following her to find out. I'll leave the rest to the reader. Though the story was good, the characters were way underdeveloped. The book was okay, but with so many great books out there I would not recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2002

    fantastic reading

    I thought this book was really good. I didn't want to put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2002

    WOW

    I really liked this book. Everyone should read just one and see how they like them. I could not put this book down, it was so interesting it was like I was watching a movie or something. She has a great imagination.

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    Posted November 24, 2010

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