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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra (October 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821772287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821772287
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,126,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New York Times and USA Today best selling author, Heather Graham was born somewhere in Europe and kidnapped by gypsies when she was a small child. She went on to join the Romanian circus as a trapeze artist and lion tamer. When the circus came to South Florida, she stayed, discovering that she preferred to be a shark and gator trainer.

Not really.

Heather is the child of Scottish and Irish immigrants who met and married in Chicago, and moved to South Florida, where she has spent her life. (She has, at least, been to the Russian circus in Moscow, where she wished she was one of the incredibly talented and coordinated trapeze artists.) She majored in theater arts at the University of South Florida. After a stint of several years in dinner theater, back-up vocals, and bartending, she stayed home after the birth of her third child and began to write. Her first book was with Dell, and since then, she has written over one hundred and fifty novels and novellas including category, suspense, historical romance, vampire fiction, time travel, occult, horror, and Christmas family fare.

She is pleased to have been published in approximately twenty-five languages, and has had over seventy-five million books in print. She has been honored with awards from Walden Books, B. Dalton, Georgia Romance Writers, Affaire de Coeur, Romantic Times, the Lifetime Achievement Award from RWA and more. Heather has also become the proud recipient of the Silver Bullet from Thriller Writers. Heather has had books selected for the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild, and has been quoted, interviewed, or featured in such publications as The Nation, Redbook, Mystery Book Club, People and USA Today and appeared on many newscasts including Today, Entertainment Tonight and local television.

Heather loves travel and anything that has to do with the water, and is a certified scuba diver. She also loves ballroom dancing. Each year she hosts the Vampire Ball and Dinner theater at the RT convention raising money for the Pediatric Aids Society and in 2006 she hosted the first Writers for New Orleans Workshop to benefit the stricken Gulf region. She is also the founder of "The Slush Pile Players", presenting something that's almost like entertainment for various conferences and benefits. Married since high school graduation and the mother of five, her greatest love in life remains her family, but she also believes her career has been an incredible gift, and she is grateful every day to be doing something that she loves so very much for a living.

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By the time I reached page 150 or so and STILL didn't know what was going on, I was ready to put down the book.
HeatherLou
This is not Shannon's best........I do not recommend it for first time readers of Shannon's work, but if you are true fan you'll pick it up and read it...........
Mary Anne
It's full of spelling and grammar mistakes, the main character's name changes several times etc... Second: It is excruciatingly redundant.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "lindah93" on October 23, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was well researched and written. It held the readers attention and has to be one of the best I have read...this makes 2 for 2 from the author and now I am purchasing all of her other books (under Shannon Drake and Heather Graham). When I seen the negative reviews I was shocked....this book should be made into a movie, it was original and kept you guessing...I am sure however that reading it during a visit to Salem (in October!) only made it more enjoyable for me because the book gave you quite a history of Salem and it's legends. I encourage anyone looking for a good, organized storyline to purchase this book!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mary Ellen Polosky on July 5, 2006
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I'm new to the Shannon Drake Vampire series. The first 4 books - 1. Beneath a Blood Red Moon, 2. When Darkness Falls, 3. Deep Midnight and 4. Realm of Shadows are excellent books! They are well written and interesting, expecially when the author recesses into the past explain how certain main characters became who and "what" they are. Having said that; I must say that The Awakening is awful! Yes, I said AWFUL! I haven't yet finished the book, at this point I am almost 3/4 of the way through it and I keep skipping pages to get through it faster! I have found the two main characters "Finn and Megan" to be redundant and just plain annoying! I want to say "GET OVER IT ALREADY"! I will read the next book - which is the last in the series (Dead By Dusk) only because I have already purchased the book, but if the series continues on this downward spiral, I will not purchase any more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By anna m. cook on January 15, 2004
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Shannon Drake's first 3 Vampire books were awesome, but this book is so boring it takes a lot of effort to keep reading it. The Awakening isn't a very good title for this particular book, it should be called The Sleeping. That's just what you want to do while reading it. She brings back her characters from her first 4 books which is a good thing. The book does tend to get OK toward the end, but mostly your just glad that you finally finished it and can now put it away someplace where you won't have to look at it and be reminded of the time you wasted reading it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Levade on August 4, 2004
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I loved this book. It's the first Shannon Drake novel I've ever read, but I immediately loved both Finn and Megan. I liked the depth between them and the way the author kept us guessing who was really the satanists.

The first part did drag a bit, but once you get towards the end you realize there was a reason she had to tell the backstory, and a reason for the tension between the two main characters.

I hope to see more of Finn and Megan and definitely advise anyone looking for a good mystery with some romance to pick this up and read it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Katherine M. Sander on January 6, 2004
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Okay, first I have to say that I simply adore Shannon Drake's first three books of her vampire series, so when this one came out I was very excited. Well, it turned out to be a huge disappointment. The book did get better towards the very end, but it took a lot of effort to get there. The main characters in this book did not really interest me.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on October 1, 2003
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Megan and Finn Douglas perform their musical act in Salem, Massachusetts hotel during Halloween week. Instead of a warm return home for Megan, who once lived here, nightmares plague her. She dreams that Finn is evil and wants to harm her. Sex after they fall asleep turns very rough and frightens Megan. At the same time, Megan hears tales about the history of Salem besides the highly publicized historical witch-hunt. She learns that at one time Satanists attempted several times to bring forth the demon Bac-Dal. Several people including her cousin warns her that Finn is evil.
Finn worries about his wife and the strange occurrences including a weird fog that engulfs them. He calls an acquaintance from New Orleans, Lucian, who arrives faster than a human could, comes to help. Lucien and his friends struggle to keep Megan and Finn safe, but against what and who are unknown.
Though ALL HOLLOW'S EVE takes time to set the cast and location, once the troubles begin, this becomes an engaging paranormal romance. The exciting tale keeps readers wondering until the final confrontation who the identity of the bad guys are. Finn and Megan are delightful protagonists and the secondary players bring life to Salem or are a well -developed part of Lucien's pack. Shannon Drake continues to display that she is one of the best authors at providing an exhilarating paranormal romantic thriller.
harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 18, 2004
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The previous reviewers have said it all really.
I awaited this book quite anxiously. I couldnt get involved with the characters at all and in fact the only question I have is when did Ragnor get married?? Have I forgotten?? The "stars" of this book had no impact on me at all. I can only hope along with everyone else that the next one is as good as the previous books that had us all up all night reading!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Moe811 on January 25, 2004
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Two married musicians with a history of problems go to Salem for a Halloween gig and meet witches and demons. I loved the other books of the series but this one was a real effort to get through. I stuck it out til the end which improved once the Alliance characters arrived, but as a person who can read two to three books a day, this one killed my whole weekend. I will continue to read the series as I hope this was a fluke.
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