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
The Darkest Captive
A Lords of the Underworld Novella
by Gena Showalter
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Gena Showalter comes a new story in her Lords of the Underworld series…
For centuries, Galen the Treacherous has been the most hated immortal in the Underworld. With good reason! This bad boy of bad boys has lied, stolen, cheated and killed with abandon. Possessed by the demons of Jealousy and False Hope, he has always lived for a single purpose: destroy everything.
Then he met her.
Former demon turned human femme fatale — Legion Honey — sought to kill Galen, but ended up parting with her virginity instead. Afraid of their sizzling connection, she ran away…and ended up trapped in hell, tortured and abused in the worst of ways. Now she’s free, and a shell of herself, afraid of her own shadow.
Galen’s hunger for Legion has only grown. Now the warrior with nothing to lose must help her rekindle the fire that once burned inside her. But as desires blaze white-hot, will Legion run again? Or will the unlikely pair succumb to love at long last?
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An Exclusive Interview With Gena Showalter:
~ with Jillian Stein of Read Love Blog
OMG I loved Galen and Legion SO MUCH! How did you choose them for this novella?
Thank you thank you. You totally made my day!
Sometimes characters say, “Don’t you dare write about me. I’m not ready.” Then I go ahead and write their story, and it’s agony for everyone, so I torture them extra bad. Sometimes they said, “Me, me, pick me!” Then I do, and…yeah, okay, I torture them extra bad, too.
I’d been torturing Galen as a side character for years, basically taunting him with what he wanted but couldn’t have. (In my defense, he deserved it.) Finally, I felt like he’d suffered enough. Legion, as well. I just, I wanted to see her remerge into the world. Like the butterfly that represents the entire Lords of the Underworld series. She had to fight her way out of the cocoon in order to fly.
Who would you choose to play Galen and Legion in a movie of The Darkest Captive?
I think Ryan Reynolds has a sexy, sarcastic, and wonderfully warped sense of humor that perfectly fits Galen. As for Legion, I’d have to go with the super talented Blake Lively. Not only could Blake capture Legion’s vulnerability, I believe she could showcase Legion’s transformation into a strong and powerful warrioress. Also, Ryan and Blake are married in real life, and their chemistry is off the charts!
What’s the most useless talent you have?
You mean besides eating an entire box of Drumsticks in one day? Who am I kidding—that isn’t useless, that is priceless! Let’s see, let’s see. Oh! Here’s one. I’m never grossed out. I can talk about the most disgusting stuff while eating—or watch something disgusting while eating—and I can write while my dogs fart-up my office.