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 erotic. 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
Hard As Steel
(A Hard Ink/Raven Riders Crossover)
by Laura Kaye
After identifying her employer’s dangerous enemies, Jessica Jakes takes refuge at the compound of the Raven Riders Motorcycle Club. Fellow Hard Ink tattooist and Raven leader Ike Young promises to keep Jess safe for as long as it takes, which would be perfect if his close, personal, round-the-clock protection didn’t make it so hard to hide just how much she wants him–and always has.
Ike Young loved and lost a woman in trouble once before. The last thing he needs is alone time with the sexiest and feistiest woman he’s ever known, one he’s purposely kept at a distance for years. Now, Ike’s not sure he can keep his hands or his heart to himself–or that he even wants to anymore. And that means he has to do whatever it takes to hold on to Jess forever.
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An Exclusive Interview With Laura Kaye:
~ with Jillian Stein of Read Love Blog
I loved loved loved Jess and Ike together in this story. How did you choose them for your novella?
Oh yay! I’m so glad to hear it because I really adored writing them! Jess and Ike were the perfect choice for a novella because they were secondary characters in my Hard Ink series who go on the run after it’s revealed that Jess has seen a bad guy and is therefore now in jeopardy. After that, their story takes place apart from the rest of the Hard Ink characters, which created lots of opportunities for things to get super hot!
The heat between them was off the charts and I vote it’s your hottest book yet. Is it ever difficult writing and editing sex scenes?
Oooh I love that vote! *grins* I knew these two were going to be hot together, and they definitely were! I really enjoy writing sex scenes, which I know isn’t true for all authors. But I think they’re key moments for growth in the romantic arc, and I like trying to wring everything from them I can! The biggest challenge is layering in the emotional and mental reactions alongside the physical. I never want to write sex just for sex’s sake, by which I mean a sex scene that doesn’t serve a bigger purpose in the story…
Tattoos play a big part of these books and I know you’ve gotten your own new tattoos recently. Do you have plans for any more?
Tattoos do play a big part in the Hard Ink series, and I just love them in general. I love the art, the meaning behind them, how personal they are, and the stories they tell. I have five tattoos now and definitely want more. I think my next one will be an angel for my mom who died in 2005.
I love the suspense aspect of the Hard Ink series. Do you ever run into trouble when trying to think of what will happen next to keep the story moving?
Of all the things I’ve written, suspense is the most challenging. It requires more plotting and outlining than I typically do to make sure I’ve got the suspenseful beats and pacing just right. The real challenge is how to connect the dots—and fit in all the romantic time you want for your characters—while keeping the tension high and the pacing fast.