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
(A Reapers MC Novella)
by Joanna Wylde
New York Times bestselling author Joanna Wylde returns to the world of the Reapers Motorcycle Club…
Looking back, none of this would’ve happened if I hadn’t dropped my phone in the toilet. I mean, I could’ve walked away from him if I’d had it with me.
Or maybe not.
Maybe it was all over the first time he saw me, and he would’ve found another way. Probably—if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that Shade always gets what he wants, and apparently he wanted me.
Right from the first.
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An Exclusive Interview With Joanna Wylde:
~ with Jillian Stein of Read Love Blog
I loved Shade and Mandy’s story so much! How did you choose them for this novella?
As president of the Reapers Motorcycle Club, Shade has been a background character in several of my other books. I’ve had readers ask for his story, but until I got the idea for Mandy’s character I just wasn’t ready. Then I woke up one Saturday morning with Mandy’s whole life history in my head. I knew she’d be perfect for Shade.
When I started writing, I really thought they’d just be a short story but they kept talking to me. Then they grew into a novella, and now I think it’s safe to say they’re a full book, LOL. Sometimes the story doesn’t go quite the way you expected it!
The soft side Shade has toward Mandy is just fantastic. Is it ever a challenge to give a character those different layers?
I think it’s technically challenging as a writer to portray a character in such a way that the person in your head translates into someone the readers can empathize with, but the characters themselves tend to be very fully developed in my head. I don’t have to sit down and try to come up with a soft side or an emotional angle for my heroes… I don’t change who they are, either. They’re in my head, they’re real and they have their own personalities.
Once a character comes to life in my imagination, all I really do is throw them into a given situation and see what they do. Sometimes they surprise the hell out of me.
How do you come up with your character names?
I started out by doing a lot of research into motorcycle clubs, and learned early on that road names are commonly used among bikers for a wide variety of reasons. From there I started looking at real bikers’ names. I developed my own character names based on those.
It’s always bemused me that one of the earliest critiques of my books was that the names were too unrealistic. Readers informed me that no real biker would have a name like Picnic (who was the president of the motorcycle club I was writing about). They didn’t realize that road names are often whimsical or inspired by specific events.
I took Picnic’s name from the obituary of a real biker in an outlaw club, although his name wasn’t actually Picnic. It was Picnic Table. To be honest, I can’t remember where Shade’s name came from, but it seems to suit him just fine.