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 Blacktop Cowboys® Novella)
by Lorelei James
From New York Times bestseller Lorelei James…
Rancher Creston Grant retreats from the world after he loses the love of his life….Can his former flame, rodeo cowboy Breck Christianson prove he’s a changed man who can give Cres a second chance at love?
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An Exclusive Interview With Lorelei James:
~ with Jillian Stein of Read Love Blog
Holy moly, Cres and Breck are off the charts HOT and I loved their story! How did you choose them for this novella?
Breck Christianson has been a recurring character in the Blacktop Cowboys series since Corralled and as the series has progressed, he’s become unhappier and on the verge of pissing everyone off because of his bad attitude—partially because he’s still in the closet. I wanted to break him and rebuild him into a different man, but I knew his character arc wouldn’t warrant a whole book. So in Roped In, when Sutton asked Cres if Breck had “taken care of him” when they were at the Denver Stock Show, a light went off inside my head. I knew then that Cres Grant was gay and hadn’t come out to his family either. In Stripped Down, Cres is out and starting a new relationship. Last fall when we were discussing possibilities for this year’s 1001 Dark Nights story, I pitched my idea to the publishers and they loved it, which sort of shocked me, to be honest. I don’t write male/male (I’ve written male/male/female ménage in Long, Hard Ride and Rough, Raw and Ready in the Rough Riders series) and they’d never published a male/male story, so I was really thrilled they said yes! But before I got to put Breck and Cres together on the page…I had to break Cres too. That was hard.
I adore this big extended family we always get to see glimpses of in your Blacktop Cowboy series. Do you keep a character bible of big giant flow chart somewhere?
I have documents in my computer that I can refer to—I wish I was more organized especially with these spin-off Blacktop Cowboys novellas I’m doing with 1001 Dark Nights since I keep adding more characters. Every time a new character appears that I didn’t expect, I say—ooh, that person intrigues me. Wouldn’t that make a great story? 🙂
Who would you dream cast as Cres and Breck?
No one knows them, but I saw a really hot picture of two guys, like smoking hot—they were shirtless and staring into each others’ eyes with an intensity that stole my breath. It’s an incredibly intimate image, more so than even if they’d been naked because there’s such raw emotion on their faces. My first thought was…those could be my guys!
I loved the way you wrote Beck’s accented dialogue. I totally pictured him in my head speaking that way! Is it ever difficult to write in that way?
Breck has an accent? Haha. I just write them how I hear them speak all around me, so I honestly don’t think about it. But yes, there is a distinct difference between writing a cowboy and writing a business executive from Minneapolis—like in the Need You series—or a martial artist from Denver—like in the Mastered series—or a military guy—like in the Rough Riders Legacy series…