7 June 1965
New York, United States
|Pen name||Maggie Shayne|
Maggie Shayne (born Margaret Benson) is an American author of more than 50 romance and paranormal novels. She has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA Award. In addition to her work as a novelist, Shayne is active in the Wiccan religion, and is the High Priestess of a coven she founded.
Maggie Shayne was born and raised in a rural area near Syracuse, New York.
Even as a child, Shayne liked to tell stories and rewrite the endings of some she had read, as well as those of the horror movies she loved to watch. Her first attempt at a novel did not come until she was older, when she wove a story in her head while trying to comfort a sick baby. Because she had been in the mood to read a romance novel that day, the story she envisioned was also a romance. Within days, she had transferred her story to paper, writing longhand on a yellow pad. Realizing that if she ever planned to be a published writer she would need a typewriter, Shayne took a job watching a neighbor's horses so that she could earn the money to buy her first typewriter. She soon finished three manuscripts, which she was unable to sell. Her fortunes changed when Harlequin launched their Shadows line. Shayne sent a query letter to let them know that: "I'm just jumping up and down; so happy that you have created a line especially for me!" Although the editor rejected her first book, Shayne's enthusiasm impressed her enough that she asked to see more novels, and purchased the second. That novel became the first of Shayne's Wings in the Night series, which was so popular that Silhouette asked Shayne to continue writing the series even after the Shadows line was closed.
Since then, Shayne has had over 50 novels published, including category romance, contemporary western romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, and time travel romance. She has written for the Silhouette Intimate Moments line and Silhouette Romantic Suspense and for five single-title publishing companies (Avon Books, St. Martin's Press, Penguin Putnam, Spilled Candy Books, and MIRA Books). Her paranormal romances seamlessly "combine the hearts of two such diverse genres as romance and horror" which proclaim that "the key is the redemption of the monster by the sheer power of love." Many of her novels "[blend] mysticism into everyday life in a good vs. evil scenario."
As a sideline, Shayne also worked as a writer for the soap operas Guiding Light and As the World Turns, and even considered accepting the position of co-head-writer before deciding to devote her time to her novels.
Her novels have appeared on the USA Today, Booksense and Waldenbooks bestseller lists, and Twilight Hunger reached Number 18 on the New York Times Bestseller List. Many of her books have been chosen by Doubleday Bookclub, the Mystery Guild, and Rhapsody Bookclub. On her thirteenth nomination for a Romance Writers of America RITA Award, Shayne finally won the prestigious award, which is the romance community's equivalent of an Academy Award. She has also won three Career Achievement Awards from Romantic Times Bookclub Magazine.
Shayne is very interested in the culture and religion of ancient Sumer, and includes some of her research in her novels, including Destiny. After several years of study at the Black Forest Clan, a chartered Wiccan seminary, Shayne has become a High Priestess and an Elder in the Wicca religion, and has been licensed as a minister. Shayne has founded her own coven, the Hawks of RavenMyst, in a "tradition" (similar to a denomination), known as the RavenMyst Circle, that she helped found.
- 1992-1993 - Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, Best First Book, Reckless Angel
- 1993 - New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf Award for Best Long Contemporary, Miranda's Viking
- 1993-1994 - Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, Series Romantic Fantasy
- 1993-1994 - Affaire de Coeur Magazine Favorite Paranormal Author of the Year
- 1995-1996 - Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, Romantic Fantasy
- 1995-1995 - Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, Best Contemporary Fantasy, Fairytale
- 1997-1998 - Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, Best Mini-Series Romance, A Husband in Time
- 1997-1998 - Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, Best Contemporary Fantasy, Forever Enchanted
- 2005 - Romance Writers of America RITA Award winner, Best Novella, "Her Best Enemy"
- Romantic Times Magazine Women in Search of Heroes (wISH) Award, Twilight Illusions
- Romantic Times Magazine WISH Award, Born in Twilight
- Romantic Times Gold Medallion Award, Twilight Illusions
- Romantic Times Gold Medallion Award, Forever Enchanted'
- six-time Romance Writers of America RITA Award finalist (12-time nominee)
Wings in the Night Series
|1||Twilight Phantasies||Wings in the Night Part 1
|2||Twilight Memories||Wings in the Night Part 1
|3||Twilight Illusions||Wings in the Night Part 1|
|4||Beyond Twilight||Wings in the Night Part 1
|5||Born in Twilight||Wings in the Night Part 1
|6||Twilight Vows||Wings in the Night Part 1
Two By Twilight
|7||Twilight Hunger||Wings in the Night Part 2|
|8||Run from Twilight||Wings in the Night Part 2
Two By Twilight
|9||Embrace the Twilight||Wings in the Night Part 2|
|10||Edge of Twilight||Wings in the Night Part 2|
|10.5||Before Blue Twilight||online novella |
|11||Blue Twilight||Wings in the Night Part 2|
|12||Prince of Twilight||Wings in the Night Part 2|
|17.5||Vacation with a Vampire...and Other Immortals|
|19||Vampires in Paradise||Vampires In Paradise/Immortal|
Wings in the Night: Reborn Series
|1.5||Dead By Twilight||Edge of Darkness||novella|
|4||The Fiona Files|
Fairies of Rush Series
|1||By Magic Beguiled||Once Upon A Time||Formerly Fairytale|
|2||By Magic Enchanted||Once Upon A Time||Formerly Forever Enchanted|
|4||The Fairy's Wish|
Texas Brands Series
- The Littlest Cowboy (in A Brand of Christmas and The Texas Brand: In the Beginning)
- The Baddest Virgin in Texas (in The Texas Brand: In the Beginning)
- Badlands Bad Boy (in The Texas Brand: In the Beginning)
- Long Gone Lonesome Blues FORMERLY The Husband She Couldn't Remember
- The Lone Cowboy FORMERLY That Mysterious Texas Brand Man
- Lone Star Lonely FORMERLY The Baddest Bride in Texas
- The Outlaw Bride
- Texas Angel FORMERLY Angel Meets the Badman
- Texas Homecoming FORMERLY The Homecoming
The Immortal Series
Eternal Love: The Immortal Witch Series
Eternal Love: The Immortal Witch Series
|3||Destiny||Eternal Love: The Immortal Witch Series
Out of this World
Oklahoma All-Girl Brands Series
- The Brands Who Came for Christmas (in A Brand of Christmas and Stranger in Town)
- Brand-New Heartache (in Stranger in Town)
- Secrets and Lies
- A Mommy For Christmas FORMERLY Feels Like Home
- One Magic Summer FORMERLY Dangerous Lover
- Sweet Vidalia Brand
Mordecai Young Series
- Thicker Than Water
- Colder Than Ice
- Darker Than Midnight
Secrets of Shadow Falls Series
|1||Killing Me Softly|
|2||Kill Me Again|
|3||Kiss Me, Kill Me|
|3.5||Kiss Me Goodbye|
The Portal Series
|0.5||Legacy of the Witch||novella|
|1||Mark of the Witch|
|2||Daughter of the Spellcaster|
|3||Blood of the Sorceress|
Brown and de Luca Series
|1||Sleep with the Lights On||Brown and de Luca Collection Volume 1|
|1.5||Dream of Danger||Brown and de Luca Collection Volume 1||novella|
|2||Wake to Darkness||Brown and de Luca Collection Volume 1|
|3||Innocent Prey||Brown and de Luca Collection Volume 2|
|4||Deadly Obsession||Brown and de Luca Collection Volume 2|
|4.5||Cry Wolf||Brown and de Luca Collection Volume 2||formerly The One Who Cried Wolf|
The Shattered Sisters Series
- Reckless FORMERLY Reckless Angel
- Forgotten FORMERLY Forgotten Vows
- Broken FORMERLY Kiss of the Shadow Man
- Hollow FORMERLY The Bride Wore a Forty-Four
The McIntyre Men
Also called Bliss in Big Falls.
- Oklahoma Christmas Blues
- Oklahoma Moonshine
- Oklahoma Starshine FORMERLY Oklahoma Sunlight
- Shine on Oklahoma FORMERLY Oklahoma Starlight
- Christmas Blues (in Buckles, Boots and Mistletoe and Baby By Christmas)
- Magic by Moonlight FORMERLY Musketeer by Moonlight
- Miranda's Viking
- Everything She Does is Magic
- Stargazer FORMERLY Out-of-This-World Marriage
- Witch Moon
- Zombies! A Love Story
- Forever, Dad
- A Husband in Time
- Million Dollar Marriage
- The Gingerbread Man
- Enemy Mind
- That Mysterious Man
Anthologies and Collections
|Anthology or Collection||Contents||Publication Date||With|
|Forgotten Vows||Forgotten Vows||1994||Lindsay McKenna|
|Strangers In The Night||Beyond Twilight||Oct 1995||Anne Stuart, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro|
|A Sprinkle of Fairy Dust||Fairies Make Wishes, Too||Sep 1996||Elizabeth Bevarly, Elaine Crawford, Marylyle Rogers|
|Bewitched||Everything She Does Is Magick||Oct 1997||Lisa Higdon, Susan Krinard, Amy Saunders|
|Brides of the Night||Twilight Vows||Sep 1998||Marilyn Tracy|
|Moonglow||Musketeer by Moonlight||Oct 1998||Lindsay Longford, Angie Ray and Katherine Sutcliffe|
|Silhouette Sensational: Forgotten Vows...?
/ License to Love / Cowboy Daddy /
Babies On His Mind
|Forgotten Vows||Mar 1999||Barbara Boswell, Marie Ferrarella, Susan Mallery|
|Veils of Time||The Con and the Crusader||Jul 1999||Lynn Kurland, Angie Ray and Ingrid Weaver|
|Sinful||Leather and Lace||Jan 2000||Suzanne Forster, Lori Foster, Kimberly Randell|
|After Midnight||Miranda's Viking
Kiss of the Shadow Man
|Wings in the Night||Twilight Phantasies
|Who Do You Love?||Two Hearts||Sep 2000||Marilyn Pappano|
|Two Novels||Witch Moon Rising||Apr 2001||Lorna Tedder|
|Out of This World||Immortality||Aug 2001||Laurell K. Hamilton, Susan Krinard, J D Robb|
|The Texas Brand: In the Beginning||The Littlest Cowboy
The Baddest Virgin in Texas
Badlands Bad Boy
|At Twilight||Born in Twilight
|Broken Silence||The Invisible Virgin||Apr 2003||Eileen Wilks and Anne Marie Winston|
|Hot Summer Nights||Jun 2003||Lindsay McKenna, Dallas Schulze|
|Midnight Pleasures||Under Her Spell||Nov 2003||Amanda Ashley, Sherrilyn Kenyon and Ronda Thompson|
|Pregnant With His Child||The Baddest Virgin in Texas||Jan 2004||Marilyn Pappano|
|Danger in the Shadows||May 2004||Linda Turner|
|Special Delivery: Doorstep Babies||The Littlest Cowboy||Jun 2004||Cathy Gillen Thacker|
|Stranger in Town||The Brands Who Came for Christmas
|Hot Blooded||Awaiting Moonrise||Aug 2004||Christine Feehan, Emma Holly and Angela Knight|
|Twilight Begins||Twilight Phantasies
|Man of My Dreams||Daydream Believer||Oct 2004||Suzanne Forster, Virginia Kantra, Sherrilyn Kenyon|
|Night's Edge||Her Best Enemy||Oct 2004||Barbara Hambly, Charlaine Harris|
|Burning Bright||Return of the Light||Oct 2004||Judith Arnold and Anne Stuart|
|An Expected Family||Forever, Dad||Nov 2004||Caroline Cross|
|Kick Ass||The Bride Wore a .44||Sep 2005||Mary Janice Davidson, Jacey Ford, Angela Knight|
|Two By Twilight||Twilight Vows
Run from Twilight
|Moon Fever||The Darkness Within||Sep 2007||Lori Handeland, Caridad Piñeiro, and Susan Sizemore|
|Wings in the Night Part 1||Twilight Phantasies
Born in Twilight
|An Enchanted Season||Melting Frosty||Oct 2007||Jean Johnson, Erin McCarthy and Nalini Singh|
|Wings in the Night Part 2||Twilight Hunter
Embrace the Twilight
Run From Twilight
Edge of Twilight
Prince of Twilight
|Weddings from Hell||Till Death||May 2008||Jeaniene Frost, Terri Garey and Kathryn Smith|
|Hearts of Darkness||Love Me to Death||Jan 2010||Susan Krinard and Gena Showalter|
|Darkness Divine||Voodoo||Sep 2010||P.C. Cast, Rhyannon Byrd and Gena Showalter|
|The Heart of Winter||The Toughest Girl in Town||Dec 2010||Linda Winstead Jones and Day Leclaire|
|Paranormal Holiday Anthology Trio||Melting Frosty||Dec 2010||Jean Johnson, Erin McCarthy and Nalini Singh|
|Vampires In Paradise/Immortal||Vampires in Paradise||Mar 2012|
|Eternal Love: The Immortal Witch Series||Eternity
|Once Upon a Time||Fairytale
|Edge of Darkness||Dead By Twilight||Aug 2015||Christine Feehan and Lori Herter|
|A Brand of Christmas||The Brands Who Came for Christmas
The Littlest Cowboy
|Buckles, Boots and Mistletoe||Christmas Blues||Dec 2015||Miranda’s Shayne, River Shayne and Jessica Lewis|
|Baby By Christmas||Christmas Blues||Nov 2017|
|Brown and de Luca Collection Volume 1||Sleep with the Lights On
Dream of Danger
Wake to Darkness
|Brown and de Luca Collection Volume 2||Innocent Prey
- "About Maggie". Witches In Print. Retrieved 2007-04-20.
- "Maggie Shayne". eHarlequin.Com. Retrieved 2007-04-20.
- Sheftel, Bea. "An Interview with Paranormal Author Maggie Shayne". Gotta Write Network. Retrieved 2007-04-20.
- Thompson, Dorothy (2003). "Interview with Maggie Shayne". The Writer's Life. Retrieved 2007-04-20.
- Shayne, Maggie. "The Darker Side of Romance". Romantic Times. Archived from the original on 2006-10-28. Retrieved 2007-04-20.
- "Maggie Shayne". Paranormal Romance Reviews. Retrieved 2007-04-20.
- Klausner, Harriet (December 2000). "Stands alone, but incredible follow-up to fabulous novel Eternity". Paranormal Romance Reviews. Retrieved 2007-04-20.
- Shayne, Maggie (December 2000). "Destiny Cameo/Excerpt". Romantic Times. Archived from the original on November 22, 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-20.
- "International Best-Selling Author Maggie Shayne". Maggie Shayne Official Website. Retrieved 2007-04-20.
- "Good Reads Series Reading Order". Good Reads. December 16, 2019.
- "Printable Book List" (PDF). Maggie Shayne's website. December 16, 2019.
- "Vacation with a Vampire...and Other Immortals". Good Reads. December 16, 2019.
- "Vampires in Paradise / Immortal". Good Reads. December 16, 2019.
- "Forgotten Vows". Good Reads. December 12, 2019.
- "Strangers in the Night". Good Reads. December 12, 2019.
- "A Sprinkle of Fairy Dust". Fantastic Fiction. December 12, 2019.
- "Bewitched". Amazon. December 11, 2019.
- "Brides of the Night". Good Reads. December 12, 2019.
- "Moonglow". Good Reads. December 12, 2019.
- "Forgotten Vows / License to Love / Cowboy Daddy / Babies on His Mind". Good Reads. December 11, 2019.
- "Veils of Time". Good Reads. December 11, 2019.
- "Sinful". Google Reads. December 11, 2019.
- "After Midnight". Good Reads. December 12, 2019.
- "Who Do You Love?". Good Reads. December 12, 2019.
- "Two Novels". Amazon. December 11, 2019.
- "Out of This World". Good Reads. December 12, 2019.
- "Broken Silence". Parkland Library. December 12, 2019.
- "Hot Summer Nights". Good Reads. December 12, 2019.
- "Midnight Pleasures". Good Reads. December 13, 2019.
- "Pregnant With His Child". Good Reads. December 13, 2019.
- "Danger in the Shadows". Google Reads. December 13, 2019.
- "Special Delivery: Doorstep Babies". Amazon. December 13, 2019.
- "Man of My Dreams". Good Reads. December 12, 2019.
- "Burning Bright". Good Reads. December 13, 2019.
- "An Expected Family". Fantastic Fiction. December 13, 2019.
- "Kiss Ass". Good Reads. December 13, 2019.
- "Moon Fever". Good Reads. December 13, 2019.
- "Darkness Devine". Amazon. December 13, 2019.