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
Ashes to Ink
(A Montgomery Ink: Colorado Springs Novella )
by Carrie Ann Ryan
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Carrie Ann Ryan comes a new story in her Montgomery Ink series…
Back in Denver, Abby lost everything she ever loved, except for her daughter, the one memory she has left of the man she loved and lost. Now, she’s moved next to the Montgomerys in Colorado Springs, leaving her past behind to start her new life.
One step at a time.
Ryan is the newest tattoo artist at Montgomery Ink Too and knows the others are curious about his secrets. But he’s not ready to tell them. Not yet. That is…until he meets Abby.
Abby and Ryan thought they had their own paths, ones that had nothing to do with one another. Then…they took a chance.
On each other.
One night at a time.
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An Exclusive Interview With Carrie Ann Ryan:
~ with Jillian Stein of Read Love Blog
I. Loved. This. Story. So. Much. How did you choose Abby and Ryan for this novella?
Abby had been a side character in my Gallagher Brothers series who I had never planned to write. Her story began and ended with her love and loss in Hope Restored. I even named her the same name I had a character in a previous series. I had no plans to write her.
And then readers asked when she would get her story. When she could be whole enough to get her romance. And because of that, I found myself wondering if I could. As the Gallagher Brothers series was complete but set in the same Montgomery Ink world as my other series, I moved her down to Colorado Springs.
I wrote Ryan for her. I knew who she needed, and he was her counterpart. I even named him after my own name as an inside joke since Abby had the wrong name for a heroine as I don’t like to duplicate.
I know this particular story was hard for you to write. Were there any particular moments you had to take a break from writing and come back to?
Oddly enough, this wasn’t the easiest, but it wasn’t hard to write. Abby’s story begins after she’s grieved and already taken that step into who she could be post-losing Max. She also had a child and that moved her grief into a far different direction than my own.
But I wrote this book because I needed to figure out if I could. After losing my husband, I wasn’t sure I could write romance at all. So writing Ashes to Ink let me think that it’s okay for my characters to break and back. It was also a stepping stone into my current WIP, Shouldn’t Have You, which is about a recent widow and her journey into dating, life, and all the ups and downs that come from that. I think Abby’s strength is allowing me to write this story, and maybe one day write my own. (That is if Chris Evans ever asks me to marry him. The answer is yes, Captain. Just in case.)
Who would you dream cast to play Abby and Ryan?
Emily Blunt and John Krasinski. Hands down. *heart eyes*