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 Stark Ever After Novella)
by J. Kenner
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author J. Kenner comes a new story in her Stark Ever After series…
Despite everything I have suffered, I never truly understood darkness until my family was in danger. Those desperate hours came close to breaking both Damien and me, but together we found the strength to survive and hold our family together.
Even so, my wounds are deep, and wispy shadows still linger. But Damien is my rock. My hero against the dark and violence.
And when dark memories threaten to consume me, he whisks me away, knowing that in order to conquer my fears he must take control. Demand my submission. Claim me completely. Because if I am going to find my center again, I must hold tight to Damien and draw deep from the wellspring of our shared passion.
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~ with Jillian Stein of Read Love Blog
I love checking in with Nikki and Damien. How do you get your inspiration for the new story lines you create for them?
Fortunately, Nikki and Damien have a lot of “meat” to work with. Between their personal demons, their past drama and trauma, and the depth of their connection, I’m able to draw on a lot with which to craft a story! In this case, (tiny spoiler alert) because of the Really Bad Stuff in Lost With Me and Damien, I knew that the characters needed some healing, in their own particular Nikki & Damien way, of course!
How did you choose their character names when you started this series?
I don’t recall specifically where Nichole/Nikki came from, other than I wanted an elegant name that had a girl-next-door nickname. Fairchild was a conscious choice because she’s pretty and did the pageant thing.
I chose Damien because I wanted a name that had a hint of danger to it. Early on, readers don’t know him other than through Nikki’s eyes, and the original book is very much a modern gothic in that the heroine doesn’t know if the man she’s falling for is dangerous or not.
As for Stark, that was straight out of a thesaurus. I wanted a word that meant cold. Evelyn describes him as an iceberg at one point, fitting his cool personality and the fact that you only see part of him. “Stark” is a synonym for cold. (Because I thought that was too obvious, I spelled it Starck in my original proposal to my editor at Bantam. But I decided that looked stupid and changed it back to Stark). Of course, I’m clueless enough that I never thought about Game of Thrones (which I don’t think had launched as a show when I first started writing) or Iron Man. But, hey, me and GRRM and Stan Lee … Not bad company, right? And, really, could there be any other last name for Damien? (Side note, Jackson’s last name of Steele was just as intentional. Unbending and used for building – and he’s an architect. Any readers who’ve read Damien and Nikki but not Jackson and Sylvia are missing out on a great story and a VERY Damien-heavy subplot!)