What We Leave Behind

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I’m writing this blog from Fort Sill, Oklahoma where I’ve come to welcome my newest grandson, Allan Colin Lewis to the family. He arrived Saturday. I arrived Sunday. We’re a close family. I live in rural Cortland County NY so it was a bit of a trip. Allan is my daughter Jessica and son-in-law Ben’s fourth little boy. Since I had five little girls, all these little boys seem like a lovely way for the Universe to balance the books a little. Allan is my tenth grandchild. We stand now at 3 girls and 7 boys. Every time a new one is born, I relive the emotions that filled me when my very first grandchild came into the world, Ella Josephine, now fifteen. I felt this sense of continuity, this sudden knowing in a way I had never quite known before, that I am eternal. And that we all go on and on and on, in many many ways. One of those ways is through our children, and theirs, and so on and on down through the ages into the future. Part of us will always be here.

Maggie holding little Allan for the first time

Maggie holding little Allan for the first time

Another of the ways we live on is through the things we create while we’re here. The works we do. The stuff we leave behind. For me, that stuff is my body of work. My stories. 54 novels and 27 novellas now by my most recent count. I’m proud of every one of them, and glad they’ll be my voice after I’ve moved on. Just like my family will carry the things I taught them, the example I gave them, the life I lived, through their own, so will my words carry forward all the things I consider sacred. My books contain my innermost beliefs, my values, my perceptions, and my opinions on things, as seen and experienced though the lenses of the characters I create.


As I hang out here in the Southwest, my newest novel is getting ready to release and it, more than any so far, really holds my most cherished ideas.  SLEEP WITH THE LIGHTS ON is a thriller that’s already stirring up a lot of buzz. It’s the first book of a new series we’re calling the Brown and De Luca novels, and you can read the back cover blurb and a big juicy excerpt right here. It’s heroine is a self help author who doesn’t really believe the message she delivers, (or claims she doesn’t.) She’s sarcastic and sassy, a bit jaded, and has just regained her eyesight after 20 years of blindness. Her cornea donor was a serial killer, and soon she starts dreaming of crimes as seen through his eyes. Crimes he seems to be continuing from beyond the grave.

This book gave me the chance to explore things that are important to me, from the deep truths behind the messages of Rachel’s self help books (she might not believe in it, but I do) to the notion that there is more to us than our bodies, and that maybe something survives the transplant process. Since I’ve begun this series (I’m writing the third full length novel now) I’ve been exploring that phenomenon even more. And one of the most fascinating things I’ve found has been a documentary, a snip of which appears on You Tube. Check it out. I’m blown away.

SLEEP WITH THE LIGHTS ON releases on 9/24 followed by an online novella, DREAM OF DANGER in mid October, and then the second novel, WAKE TO DARKNESS at Thanksgiving.

Meanwhile, you can grab my backlist thriller GINGERBREAD MAN Free in all ebook formats until the end of the month. We’ve given away well over 200,000 copies so far, and it’s garnered over 200 reviews, most of them 4 and 5 stars. This is my way of giving new readers a chance to get to know my work, without them having to invest a thing beyond their time.

Links to all of the above are right HERE. I hope you enjoy them. And enjoy the rest of this blog hop. If you like what you see here, pop on over to my Facebook Page and see what other fun things there are to be found or hit me up on Twitter: @MaggieShayne

98 thoughts on “What We Leave Behind

  1. Congratulations on the new addition. You are a wonderful person, so I know you must be an amazing mom and grandmom. Cherish the time you have to spend with the new little one now because they grow up very fast.
    Lots of love to you and your family.

  2. I have been a huge fan since the Silhouette days, and I do believe I’ve read everything you’ve written. You have an awesome way with a story.

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  3. I just finished Gingerbread Man, I just loved it, what a great book. Definitely will be reading more of your books.
    Congrats on your newest grandson
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    • I hope you enjoy them Gladys. I was around when we couldn’t give away a paranormal. Then all of the sudden, Silhouette Shadows came along and changed that. Although the line didn’t survive, the genre it helped create did, and I’ll always be proud to be one of its early authors.

    • I’m really not all that busy. I spend much more time having fun than working. I read somewhere that if you cut your work time by 30% and increase your fun time by 30%, you will increase your income and and success by 100%. I follow that advice religiously!

  4. I am in the process of reading Gingerbread Man, and I am loving it and am eager to read more of your thrillers. And may I brown nose a bit and say you don’t look old enough to have ten grandkids.

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  5. Congrats on the grandbaby. We also have a new family member. A little girl born in July. Very happy. Now for the blog hop info. Name Nancy Huddleston email- nancymc1012@gmail.com follow on twitter. Facebook shared I am a reader of all books. Live in United States hope I remembered everything. Have a wonderful day.

  6. Name: Catherine Lemanski
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    Comment: I really enjoyed reading your blog. Congrats on your new grandson, they are blessings in our lives. Look forward to your newest release and the next two stories.
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  7. Thanks for sharing the hop and the awesome giveaway. I love your books. I am looking forward to reading the new trilogy. Thanks for sharing the great post. Eva Millien evamillien at gmail dot com Facebook – yes; Blog follower – yes; Reader and US

  8. Hi Maggie,
    Nice page and congrats on becoming a grandmother again! I love being a grandmother. I have followed on Twitter and Facebook and have subscribed to your blog! Good luck with the new baby. :)

  9. Love in look at the family side of Maggie Shayne. My mom had five girls, and seven grandsons and two granddaughters. Maggie was my introduction of paranormal with the Wings in the Night series.

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  10. Congratulations on your newest grandson. What a darling picture of the two of you with the dog.

    Your new book sounds fascinating. I’m off to Amazon to grab a copy of Gingerbread Man and add Sleep With the Light On to my wishlist.

    Thanks for being part of our blog hop. :)

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    Congrats on the new addition to the family and the new release (sounds chilling!)

    I’m a reader/reviewer (among other things) in the U.S.

    I followed the blog but don’t FB or Tweet

  12. I love your writing! I collected your Twilight series and its next on my books to read (although it will feel weird to have a paperback in my hands after having a Kindle for a year!!) congrats on your new grandson!
    I’ve subscribed to your blog and follow you on Facebook.
    I’m a reader from the United States

    • I’m surprised you found the Twilight series in print! I hope you enjoy it. Grab my freebie for your Kindle too before the price goes up.

      • It took a lot of hunting but I finally found them all!! Me and a book loving friend went to a lot of used book stores and collected a few series that we wanted to try….it was a lot of work but a lot of fun at the same time!!!

  13. Name: Jim Miller
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    Congrats on the new grandchild. Aren’t grand kids fun!

    I like the concept of her getting serial killer eyes. Great idea.
    Take care, Jim

  14. Name: Michelle Crowley
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    Comment: Thanks for offering some swag! Love everything you write!
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  15. WOW!! Sleep With the Lights on sounds really good and I can’t wait to read it. I’ll be tracking its release day! I’ve also nabbed a copy of Gingerbread Man, thank you for the free book! I can’t wait to read it. I’ll be looking forward to Dream of Danger and Wake to Darkness as well. I’ve written their release dates down so I don’t forget! You sure are busy!

    Congratulations on your new grandson! The picture is adorable 😀

    I hope everyone has a wonderful day!

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  16. Wow, Congratulations on #10!!! I am eagerly awaiting #1!!! I am so excited, we might be finding out what it is next week.
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  17. Hi, Maggie. Congratulations on all of the wonderful successes of your life and career. I’ve been following your books since the “Wings In The Night” series began with Twilight Phantasies. I still have them, and have read them several times – plus many, many others over the years. God bless you and yours, always.

  18. Hi Maggie! I just love your books and blogs! Congratulations on the new addition, grandkids are just the best!
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  20. Mystery, suspense, murder and mayhem are my usual read. LOVED The Gingerbread Man. Downloaded it thru Amazon. Arrived at your blog via your website. You are a “new-to-me” author. I CANNOT WAIT TO READ MORE!

    Congrats too, on the blessings of grandchildren.

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