Once Upon a Time…
Welcome to 1001 Dark Nights… a collection of novellas that are breathtakingly sexy and magically romantic. Some are paranormal, some are contemporary. Each and every one is compelling and page turning.
Inspired by the exotic tales of The Arabian Nights, 1001 Dark Nights features New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors.
In the original, Scheherazade desperately attempts to entertain her husband, the King of Persia, with nightly stories so that he will postpone her execution.
In our versions, month after month, each of our fabulous authors puts a unique spin on the premise and creates a tale that a new Scheherazade tells long into the dark, dark night.
…Happily Ever After
by K. Bromberg
Ryder Rodgers had a plan.
He was going to stride into the conference room, do the required song and dance over the next five days, and win the biggest contract of his career. But when he walked in and heard the voice of one of his competitors, all his plans were shot to hell.
Harper Denton. She was always on top. In college. First in their class. Always using every advantage to edge him out to win the coveted positions. The only one who could beat him. His academic rival. More like a constant thorn in his side. And his ego’s.
When he heard her voice, he was brought back to years before. To the bitter taste of being second best. But the woman who meets his gaze is nothing like the drab wallflower he used to know. Hell no. She was all woman now: curves, confidence, and staggering sex appeal. And no doubt, still brilliant.
The fact that she’s gorgeous and bright won’t distract him. This time, Ryder’s determined to be the one on top. But not if Harper can help it.
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An Exclusive Interview With K. Bromberg:
~ with Jillian Stein of Read Love Blog
I loved this story so much! Ryder and Harper are simply amazing together. How did you choose them for this novella?
Thank you so much. I had recently just stepped outside of the Driven world (my original series) with my book, Sweet Cheeks, and had fallen in love with Ryder. I knew there was more to him and readers felt the same way, so I was pleased to get a chance to use the 1,001 Dark Nights series to be able to do that.
The rivalry between them was done so well. Not over the top and completely relatable to anyone whose ever had to compete for a job in the workplace. What kind of challenges did putting your characters in that position bring while writing?
I think to build any relationship in a novella is difficult because as the author, you need to create the emotions and the energy but in a fast forward speed . . . so for me I think the workplace atmosphere helped the motivation of the story. It helped with setting up that perfect amount of tension where you can see the other person, want them, but can’t touch them. I think the main challenge was to make it believable. To make sure there was enough of a history there that certain situations could arise and it could be believable.
You’ve given these characters two fantastic names. Where do you find your character name inspiration?
I’m very particular about my characters’ names to be honest. I don’t have a rhyme or reason to how I pick them, but I have a list of names that I’ve overheard that I like. For instance, in another novel I write, I overheard a mom at my daughter’s kindergarten class call her daughter’s name and I was like, ‘That’s the name!’ I also go by the theory that I want a reader to hear my characters’ names and be brought back to the book somehow. So for instance, I’d never name a character Christian… because I know when readers hear that name, they automatically think of FSOG.