Twenty-year-old Morgan DeSilva took advantage of all the privileges granted to an adopted daughter of a wealthy Hollywood couple. Then a horrible accident takes her parents' lives and the secret of their drug use and current outstanding debt is revealed. Morgan flees to a family friend's oceanside Maine home, determined to write a screenplay and build back her fortune and family name.

Struck with writer's block, she discovers boxes of old journals describing the life of Dante, a former owner of the house who also claimed to be a vampire. Certain that Dante was deluding himself, Morgan incorporates his scintillating tales into her screenplay.

Five years later, Morgan is a successful screenwriter, penning her third screenplay based on Dante's journals. Her work has become an obsession, however, and she's baffled when Dante springs to life: first in her mind and then in her bedroom.

When another woman, Maxine Stuartwho's investigating the death of a woman who was bitten by a vampire years beforegets on Morgan's trail, the two discover ties they never knew existed and become forced to work together as the lines between good and evil begin to blur.

Once again Maggie Shayne delivers sheer delight and fans new and old of her vampire series can rejoicethere's more to come! (Mar., 400 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
Debbie Richardson