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
(A Masters and Mercenaries Novella)
by Lexi Blake
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake comes a new story in her Masters and Mercenaries series…
Brian “Boomer” Ward believes in sheltering strays. After all, the men and women of McKay-Taggart made him family when he had none. So when the kid next door needs help one night, he thinks nothing of protecting her until her mom gets home. But when he meets Daphne Carlton, the thoughts hit him hard. She’s stunning and hardworking and obviously in need of someone to put her first. It doesn’t hurt that she’s as sweet as the cupcakes she bakes.
Daphne Carlton’s life revolves around two things—her kid and her business. Daphne’s Delights is her dream—to take the recipes of her childhood and share them with the world. Her daughter, Lou, is the best kid she could have hoped for. Lou’s got a genius-level intelligence and a heart of gold. But she also has two grandparents who control her access to private school and the fortune her father left behind. They’re impossible to please, and Daphne worries that one wrong move on her part could cost her daughter the life she deserves.
As Daphne and Boomer find themselves getting closer, outside forces put pressure on the new couple. But if they make it through the storm, love will just be the icing on the cake because family is the real prize.
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An Exclusive Interview with Lexi Blake
~ with Jillian Stein of Read Love Blog
Can you tell us why or how you chose to write about this couple for your novella?
According to readers Boomer’s story has been a long time coming. He first showed up way back in 2014 in A View to a Thrill. He’s been a side character in many a book since then. I never meant to write a book for Boomer. He was a comedic character who I just didn’t see as serious, but then one day he just required an HEA and Daphne showed up. The whole plot of this book came to me while I was driving around and listening to old music from my youth. XTC’s “Mayor of Simpleton” came on and the whole thing came together.
Do you do anything to treat yourself when you finish writing a book?
Not really. I used to but I’m at 100 books and wine is not a treat anymore. It’s a necessity. So mostly I pat myself on the back and get ready to write the next one.
If someone were to narrate your life, who would you want the narrator to be and why?
I would like dual narration. Ryan West would do the narrative passages and Kitty Bang would be my voice and inner dialogue. They’re the long-time narrators on my books and I often hear their voices now when I write.