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
(An Eternal Guardians Novella)
by Elisabeth Naughton
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Elisabeth Naughton comes a new story in her Eternal Guardians series…
RYDER–Mysterious, powerful, every woman’s fantasy come true.
For thousands of years, Ryder has reveled in his role as an immortal messenger—a dream weaver sent to seduce and manipulate. Until he’s ordered to deceive a fantasy of his own.
Zakara, the daughter of one of the mightiest Eternal Guardians, is his perfect woman. But she’s impervious to Ryder’s advances. Each attempt to sway her to his will pushes him deeper into a dreamscape she seems to be controlling. To survive, Ryder will need to find a way to master his sexy new prey. Because if he can’t, he risks forever condemning himself and the woman he’s grown to love to a never-ending nightmare drawn straight from the twisted depths of hell.
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~ with Jillian Stein of Read Love Blog
Oh how I adored this story! How did you choose Ryder and Kara for this novella?
I’m so happy you enjoyed the latest Eternal Guardians story! Thank you! And thanks for inviting me to stop by.
Whenever Liz Berry asks for a novella in the Eternal Guardians world, I always have to stop and think long and hard about who to write about. Not because I don’t have plenty of characters to choose from, but because the stories percolating for many of these characters can get pretty long. I really want these books to be an intro into the Eternal Guardians world for new readers, and that means not getting bogged down in too much that has already happened with other characters and plotlines. Anyone who has read the other books (the long books) knows I can easily get sucked into writing multiple storylines and numerous points of view (it’s so fun!) but I can’t do that in these, which means being really careful about who I write about in a novella vs a full-length book.
This story was easy to choose characters for, though. Kara (the heroine) has been mentioned in other books, but not seen much. I knew I wanted to write a story for her, but I also knew that her story wasn’t going to be linked to the overarching plotline happening in the full-length books. I also knew I wanted to write something about Morpheus—the god of dreams from Greek mythology. Dream weavers themselves are pretty well-known in modern culture (hello, Dream Weaver song from the 1970s!) so I decided this would be a perfect story to introduce my cosmic deity, Ryder (AKA Morpheus) to my readers.
I adore your Eternal Guardians series and your take on mythology. Who has been the easiest character to write?
I love hearing that! All these characters are very near and dear to my heart, so I love knowing that readers have fallen for them as well.
The easiest characters for me to write are always the snarky characters in the books. Probably because I tend to have a snarky personality myself. The Guardian books can be a little dark at times, a little intense, a little emotional, so whenever I have a snarky character like Orpheus who can pop onto the page and lighten things up, those scenes just fly off my fingers. WRITING Orpheus’s book (ENRAPTURED) was harder than I expected because I had to get to the bottom of who he was and why he was such a schemer (and a character can’t always be snarky) but it’s really helped me understand him. Now, whenever he appears in a scene, it’s usually unplanned (as it was in ENSNARED) and I have to be careful not to let him take over the entire objective of the scene. (Which is really what he wants.) He is forever a trouble-maker, but I love him, and I think he, and characters like him, really add depth and fun to the series.