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, Wall Street Journal 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 Gravedigger’s Son
(A Charley Davidson Novella)
by Darynda Jones
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Darynda Jones comes a new story in her Charley Davidson series…
The job should have been easy.
Get in. Assess the situation. Get out. But for veteran tracker Quentin Rutherford, things get sticky when the girl he’s loved since puberty shows up, conducting her own investigation into the strange occurrences of the small, New Mexico town. He knew it would be a risk coming back to the area, but he had no idea Amber Kowalski had become a bona fide PI, investigating things that go bump in the night. He shouldn’t be surprised, however. She can see through the dead as clearly as he can. The real question is, can she see through him?
But is anything that’s worth it ever easy?
To say that Amber is shocked to see her childhood crush would be the understatement of her fragile second life. One look at him tells her everything she needs to know. He’s changed. So drastically she barely recognizes him. He is savage now, a hardened—in all the right places—demon hunter, and she is simply the awkward, lovestruck girl he left behind.
But she doesn’t have time to dwell on the past. A supernatural entity has set up shop, and it’s up to them to stop it before it kills again.
While thousands of questions burn inside her, she has to put her concern over him, over what he’s become, aside for now. Because he’s about to learn one, undeniable fact: she’s changed, too.
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An Exclusive Interview With Darynda Jones:
~ with Jillian Stein of Read Love Blog
I absolutely LOVED this story and Quentin and Amber. How did you choose them for this novella?
I really wanted to check in on them years after Summoned to Thirteenth Grave, the last official Charley Davidson book, was set. I wanted to know how they were and what they’d been up to, and naturally I had to throw a curve ball at them. Amber and Quentin were Charley fan favorites, and I wanted to give them another peek into the happenings post almost-apocalypse.
I also loved Rune! Is there anyone who you would love play his voice if there was ever a movie version?
I absolutely hear my honey bunny, Tom Hardy, as Rune. His voice is so unique. Deep and gravelly and, well, sexy. Rather like the man who brandishes it, yes?
I love that you have more than a few things in your books based off of your real life. Are there any new characters or places you’ve written that would surprise readers to know it’s real?
I had an absolute blast writing about the famous little town of Madrid, New Mexico. (Wild Hogs, anyone?) The town is very eclectic and, some would say, eccentric and I’ve always wanted to set a story there. It has a rich history and unique presence. I also tried to mention real businesses as well. Anyone who wants to visit will be very welcome!