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When Darkness Falls Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 2000

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra (October 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821766929
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821766927
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1.2 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #410,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In the second installment of Drake's "bloody" trilogy, Jade MacGregor, a travel writer and publisher, barely survives a brutal vampire attack while on a tour of Scotland. A year later, back home in New Orleans, Jade has just reached some success with the publication of her first book, but this happiness is soon sidelined by disturbing events. Other survivors of the Scottish attack have begun turning up dead (heads severed and blood drained). If that weren't enough, Jade's dreams are invaded by images of the sensual, amber-eyed stranger who saved her life in Scotland. And Jade must make sense of all this even as her boyfriend is attacked and lies dying in the hospital. Fans of vampire tales may find this novel entertaining, but many will be turned off by the stiff dialogue, clumsy plotting and graphic gore. (Oct.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

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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Customer Reviews

There are also too many sentence fragments.
Forever Young
I'll definitely be getting the first one for Christmas, and the third when it comes out next October.
It had the perfect amount of suspense and yes romance.
K. Lininger

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By "ayounblood" on October 3, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The second book in the Vampire trilogy, When Darkness Falls (the first "Beneath the Blood Red Moon" a five star book) takes us into Lucian's past and future. Lucian, the king of the Vampires returns as well as other characters from Blood Red Moon - Maggie and Sean, Jack, Mike. And introduces us the Jade MacGregor, a writer from New Orleans on vacation/research trip to Scotland over Halloween. But the trip becomes a nightmare in a Scottish cemetery, when the dead come to life and kills the tourists in her group. She and several others are only spare from a bloody death by a handsome stranger. Jade is found naked on a MacGregor tomb in the cemetery, the police find nothing of the handsome hero or the murderers.
Then we skip ahead, Jade's at home in New Orleans a year later trying to put her life back in order. Everything is going in the right direction...her book makes the best seller list, she is surrounded by family and friends, and her wonderful policeman boyfriend and her are about to take the relationship to the next level. But then the dreams of the handsome stranger start and the survivors of the Scottish graveyard are dying. Someone is watching her, knows her every move, ready to rescue her from the evil that is trying to finish what was started in that graveyard.
And excellent follow-up to Blood Red Moon, the returning characters are like visit old friends and finding out where they are in their lives. I would highly recommend, this is a romantic vampire saga worth investing in. The only bad thing was there are a few loose ends that left me wondering. But may reveal themselves in the next book due out in October 2001.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 3, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was exiting, hard to put down, many fasinating characters and action packed, read it in one sitting.
Jade MacGregor is on vacation in Scotland on a tour in an old cemetary when some horrifying and grisley murders occur. No one believes her when she says its vampires. A year later she's home in New Orleans, the same type of murders start in New York and then come to her city. The persons killed are the same people that were on tour with her in Scotland. It appears whoever did these crimes are after her. A mysterious man named Lucian who saved her in Scotland is now stalking her. He's king of the vampires and trying to stop the evil ones from continuing their killing.
This story also had a past history of how Lucian became a vampire in 958 AD. It was so well paced and gave the story more character and depth. There's even a selkie in it.
A perfect spooky read for a Halloween night in October. I highly recommend this book. I loved Lucian, he was so mysterious and very sensual.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tina Engler Keen on October 15, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Overall, the sequel to "Beneath a Blood Red Moon" is a powerful one. There are a couple of complaints I have with it, the most notable one being that Drake/Graham concentrated more on the suspense/thriller angle of the book than on the romance.
You finish "When Darkness Falls" feeling as though the protagonists are only a small step up from being virtual strangers to each other. Very little of the novel, perhaps as little as 50 pages, contains interactions between Jade and Lucien. Most of it concentrates on the gruesome crimes being committed by the vampires Lucien is determined to stop.
From a suspense/thriller perspective, this book is 5 stars. From a romantic perspective, it is 4 stars. Since there is to be another sequel next year, and since there are quite a few loose ends between Jade and Lucien, I can only assume that we will find out more of what becomes of them in October 2001.
Plot Summary: During a trip to Scotland, Jade MacGregor and 3 others survived a bloodbath in a cemetary. The cops tried to convince her that the assailants were occultists bent on drinking blood and killing as an initiation rite, but she witnessed the "occultists" superhuman strength with her own eyes. She knows what she saw was real vampires in action.
A year later back home in New Orleans, Jade receives news that one of the other survivors from the graveyard mass murder in Scotland was found murdered in New York, having died in much the same way that the others did that horrid night a year past. A pattern soon emerges as more dead bodies pop up, and Jade realizes that the vampires mean to find and kill all of the remaining survivors, herself included.
Jade turns to Lucien for help, since he is the man responsible for having saved her life in Scotland.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on September 30, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
While on tour in Paris, Jade MacGregor is fortunate to have survived a ritualistic carnage. Several people died and only the quick work of a handsome stranger helped Jade survive, albeit lying unconscious in a graveyard. Jade insisted vampires killed her fellow tour group members and the stranger simply vanished.

A year later in New Orleans, Jade reads about a similar bloodbath in New York with one of her Paris survivors dying this time. Jade meets the mysterious stranger, Lucien DeVeau who has come to her hometown to keep her safe from the same group that massacred people in Paris and now New York. She begins to fall in love with Lucien, a creature of the night. He reciprocates, but knows the futility of their relationship even if he survives the war with fellow vampires Darian and Sophia.

WHEN DARKNESS FALLS is a fast-paced, action-packed supernatural romance that will fully satisfy sub-genre fans because most of the charcaters seem real. The humans, including old friends, appear genuine while Lucien is a warm hero who makes vampires seem as a matter of fact. Though the villains are too stereotyped as killing machines, Shannon Drake provides a powerful tale that will send the audience seeking her first tale in this trilogy, BENEATH A BLOOD RED MOON.

Harriet Klausner
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