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Sleep with the Lights On (A Brown and De Luca Novel Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Maggie Shayne
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Book Description

Through the eyes of a killer… 

Rachel de Luca has found incredible success writing self-help books. But her own blindness and the fact that her troubled brother has gone missing have convinced her that positive thinking is nothing but bull. 

Her cynicism wavers when a cornea transplant restores her sight. The new eyes seem to give her new life, until they prove too good to be true and she starts seeing terrifying visions of brutal murders—crimes she soon learns are all too real. 

Detective Mason Brown's own brother recently died, leaving behind a horrific secret. In atonement, Mason donated his brother's organs, though he's kept the fact quiet. Now he wants to help Rachel find her brother, but when he discovers the shocking connection between her visions and his own brother, he suddenly has to do everything in his power to save her from a predator who is somehow still hunting from beyond the grave.

Editorial Reviews


"Shayne crafts a convincing world, tweaking vampire legends just enough to draw fresh blood."

--Publishers Weekly on Demon's Kiss

"Maggie Shayne is better than chocolate. She satisfies every wicked craving."

--New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Forster

"Tense . . . frightening . . . a page-turner in the best sense"

--Romantic Times Magazine on Colder than Ice

"A tasty, tension-packed read."

--Publishers Weekly on Thicker Than Water

About 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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 761 KB
  • Print Length: 380 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0778315541
  • Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (September 24, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CN0N7LO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,104 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New FRESH Story ~ Witty & Grabbing!! September 24, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
WHOA! What a fresh, original, awesomely badass novel! I was completely sucked into the story from the first page and found myself chuckling at the snarky attitude of the heroine and then swooning at the gruff, yummy police officer. I mean, its not every day you get mowed down by a cop then have to team up with him later. Right?

The settings were so real and I found myself, more than once, thinking "its like she knows my inner me!" The pacing was perfect and I had the most difficult time putting it down (and only did because I was between flights or the pesky flight attendant asked me to turn off my ereader for landing. Pfft! Let's risk it... something amazing was happening on my screen, hello??). I devoured this book and cannot wait for the next one!

The thought that a transplant patient can get memories, habits, thoughts, feelings, or even visions from their donor is both scary and incredible! I just cannot gush enough about how much I love this idea. VERY well done, Maggie!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing something.. September 28, 2013
By Cindy O
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Sleep with the Lights on is a paranormal thriller. Not much in the romance department and it's a continuing series which means you are left hanging on many points at the end. The plot isn't a new one, blind woman receives a cornea transplant and then suddenly starts having visions/nightmares through the eyes of the killer. The main characters are both liars too. I liked them, but the secret Detective Mason Brown chose to keep to himself was highly unethical even if he thought he was doing it for a good reason. I'm honestly torn on my feelings about this book. Even though it's a paranormal and unrealistic things happen in that type of book it wasn't clear to me exactly the who/what/why of the killer persona that manifested itself in many men. The overall story itself was interesting and there is plenty of thrilling moments but I felt unsatisfied at the end.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute BLAST to read!!! September 24, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition

This book was an absolute blast to read!!!! And I cannot wait to read the next one, WAKE TO DARKNESS, which is due out November 26. But first there will be a short novella released mid-October named DREAM OF DANGER, the exact date is yet to be determined.

Rachel is one of the best heroines I have ever encountered in a book. Before and after corneal transplant, she is fiercely independent, foul-mouthed like a dock-worker, loyal with family and the few friends that she has, big hearted and moody as all get out, just like a real person. She is funny as hell and doesn't beat around the bush, she has a softer side that she doesn't like to show so instead she turns prickly or flippant. This is starting to sound like a self description...... except for the part where she is young, beautiful and a very successful author!! Theeere is the reality check!

Rachel is coping with the sudden recovery of her sight really well, in fact I would say she is running with it. Even the nightmares that come with it, she seems to take in stride at first. Until there is a direct link to current events, only then does it start freaking her out. But even freaked out, she doesn't cower, she gets pissed off, angry, and determined to get to the bottom of whatever the hell is going on. With or without Mason's help. That is one strong cookie.

Myrtle is a great addition, she softens Rachel up just a tad, enough to even out the roughest edges just in case there were some who couldn't see beyond the gruff exterior. She also provides some comical relief in tense and scary circumstances.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sleep with the lights on... I had to September 26, 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Well I would have had to sleep with the lights on but I couldn't put this book down long enough to sleep.this was an all night marathon clear your calendar kind of thing. I was in the edge of my seat the entire time (except when I stopped to double check the locks). This is some of Maggie's best work and I should know. I have read it all
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Okay, look. I am clearly working from a certain bias, because I work in eye surgery. But if you also work in eyes? Don't read this.

I'm 25% of the way in, and I just can't any more. I managed to swallow the "unwrapping the layers of gauze from the eyes" bit (after a DSEK you get plastic patches taped on over gauze pads, there's no movie-drama moment there). I ignored that she was sitting up in bed the next morning, waiting for said gauze to be removed ( With DSEK, there's an air bubble injected to physically push the Descemet's layer against your own corneal tissue, and you have to lay flat as possible for a few DAYS to keep the air bubble pushing in the right place).

But chapter 5, I'm done. It starts with "I'd been seeing twenty-twenty for a solid six weeks." Like, pretty much right after the surgery. And she has a car, because she drives now. After being blind since age 12. No. No, no, no. Corneal transplants are not magic. You don't get one and soon get to 20/20. You don't just get a driver's license right away (if you ever do) after being blind since you were a preteen.

(And finally, it is so rare for an organ/tissue recipient to meet the donor family, because of all the HIPAA hurdles. But here it's presented like it's no big deal at all.)
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Too much profanity
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fell in love with her writing style. Hard to put down!
Published 10 days ago by Dolly Jo M. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Once you read the first book, you will want to find out what happens...
I enjoyed this book enough to purchase the next three installments. Also, I wanted to see what happens between Rachel and Mason....hope they end up together.
Published 12 days ago by Cindy Hill
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It was intriguing.
Published 20 days ago by Kathryn Colburn
1.0 out of 5 stars Ugh. Just ugh.
Just, unreal. These two characters deserve each other.


So, the lady writes self-help for a living, making millions, yet she calls her own work... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Cat99
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
everything was great
Published 27 days ago by Theresa White White
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
It kept me reading, Maggie Shayne is a wonderful author she write so that you can see what's she's describing.
Published 29 days ago by J. Anderson
1.0 out of 5 stars there was a story here?
i can't even remember the story so i am guessing i didn't finish the book. it is so great having library books and i don't have to spend a fortune on amazon like i did in the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by RedShoesGirl
5.0 out of 5 stars sleep with theights on
I liked the book and would recommend it to others to read. It was recommend to me by a friend to read.
Published 1 month ago by maamah
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Excellent work, only a couple errors within the story regarding gaming hardware and software. Otherwise, keeps you wanting to read more.
Published 1 month ago by Wayne Hazen
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Sixteen-time RITA Award nominee, One-time RITA winner, former soap writer (Guiding Light, As the World Turns,) and New York Times Bestselling author Maggie Shayne published 61 novels for several major NY Publishers before launching her indie career on her own label, Thunderfoot Publishing, in 2014. That same year saw the release of her final title for Harlequin MIRA, DEADLY OBSESSION, book 4 of her award winning Brown and de Luca series of thrillers, and her first independent original novel, TWILIGHT GUARDIANS, spinning her Wings in the Night Series of vampire romances into part two, Wings in the Night: Reborn.

Maggie has released two western series on her indie label, and they are wildly popular. The Texas Brands Series, and the Oklahoma Brand Series. These two series have delighted more readers than anything Maggie has ever written, and if you like warm, small town, family oriented books, a lot of them with holiday themes, these are for you.

Maggie lives with her husband and soul mate Lance in a tiny town called Taylor (phone exchange: Truxton, mailing address: Cincinnatus, tax map: Cuyler. Smalltown folks understand!) in New York State's little known but sprawling and gorgeous dairy & wine country near the Fingerlakes region. Together they have a pair of Old English Mastiffs (Dozer & Daisy,) a chubby little bulldog (Niblet), an arrogant cat (Glorificus,) a come-lately cat who thinks he's a dog (Butters) and his mother, once we caught her, Luna aka Lulu, a saltwater reef aquariums and a life of utter contentment and joy.

Maggie has a fabulous team behind her. Her indie books, her contests and promotions, her newsletter, her indie cover art and tons more are handled by Jessica Lewis at The Author's Life Saver (.com)

Her proofreading line editing and copy editing for her indie works are handled by Jena O'Connor at Practical Proofing (.com).

She's represented by literary agent Eileen Fallon and her editor for most of the past 20 years at Harlequin was Leslie Wainger (who also has a book doctor business that's thriving on the side.) LeslieWainger-Bookdoctor (.com)

Her street team is headed up by the unsinkable Chelle Olson of Literal Addiction (.com)
Chelle also designs a lot of Shayne Swag at Chelle-Belle Designs.

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