Hidden Ink

(A Montgomery Ink Novella)

by Carrie Ann Ryan

The Montgomery Ink series continues with the long-awaited romance between the café owner next door and the tattoo artist who’s loved her from afar.

Hailey Monroe knows the world isn’t always fair, but she’s picked herself up from the ashes once before and if she needs to, she’ll do it again. It’s been years since she first spotted the tattoo artist with a scowl that made her heart skip a beat, but now she’s finally gained the courage to approach him. Only it won’t be about what their future could bring, but how to finish healing the scars from her past.

Sloane Gordon lived through the worst kinds of hell yet the temptation next door sends him to another level. He’s kept his distance because he knows what kind of man he is versus what kind of man Hailey needs. When she comes to him with a proposition that sends his mind whirling and his soul shattering, he’ll do everything in his power to protect the woman he cares for and the secrets he’s been forced to keep.

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An Exclusive Interview With Carrie Ann Ryan:

I just adored Hidden Ink and the emotional connection Hailey and Sloane have. How did you choose them for this novella?

I’m so happy you enjoyed them! Sloane and Hailey had been on my mind for two years. I introduced them in Delicate Ink and knew I wanted to know why they had such a connection and why they weren’t doing anything about it. So when Liz Berry and 1001 Dark Nights asked for a novella from Montgomery Ink, I knew I had to write their story.

I have a couple of people close to me who have suffered through breast cancer and I really admire the attention you’re bringing to the disease. Was it difficult to write about?

This might have been the hardest book, emotionally speaking, I’ve ever written. I knew Hailey was a survivor and I knew that writing her story would peel back layers of my own past I didn’t know if I was ready for. Writing it hurt but was healing in a sense.

You write in both the paranormal and contemporary genres. Is it ever hard to switch back and forth?

I am blessed that I am able to write both genres and have an audience in each. I actually don’t have a problem going from one to the other since I get to stretch my writing abilities in different ways. It’s sort of refreshing to go from one to another!

Can you give us a hint as to what you’re working on now?

I’m doing 100 different things since it’s how I live LOL. I’m finishing up on edits for Mated in Mist (Talon Pack Book 3) which releases in Feb. And I’m also writing An Immortal’s Song (Dante’s Circle Book 6) which releases in April. Next up is Prowled Darkness (Dante’s Circle Book 7) which is already plotted and then I get to go back to Montgomery Ink with Book 5, Ink Enduring. Maya, Border, and Jake have been waiting a long time for me!

Ok, so for 2016 I am going to be playing Mad Libs with the 1,001 Dark Nights authors for a bit of fun! Carrie Ann gave me the list of words needed and here is the final product:


I resolve in the next year I will eat all of my tattoos, just like my mother says. I promise to help bathe my pet sun and help dance the dishes after dinner. I will not at any chocolate that contains cholesterol or couches. I will be polite and thoughtful, and will clear the beds after meals. I will do an attractive deed every day. I will be polite to any cats who are older than I am. And I will never, ever cook my dog’s tail or pour any water on my cat. I will also try to brush my legs and shine my leggings every day. I promise to be really victorious so I can live quietly for the next twelve months. Then I’ll be a truly happy, witty person.


carrie ann newsletterNew York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan never thought she’d be a writer. Not really. No, she loved math and science and even went on to graduate school in chemistry. Yes, she read as a kid and devoured teen fiction and Harry Potter, but it wasn’t until someone handed her a romance book in her late teens that she realized that there was something out there just for her. When another author suggested she use the voices in her head for good and not evil, The Redwood Pack and all her other stories were born.

Carrie Ann is a bestselling author of over twenty novels and novellas and has so much more on her mind (and on her spreadsheets *grins*) that she isn’t planning on giving up her dream anytime soon.

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