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Launch and Review – 1001 Dark Nights Presents: Kayden/Simon (Bayou Heat Novellas) by Alexandra Ivy and Laura Wright


KAYDEN/SIMON by Alexandra Ivy & Laura Wright, novellas in their Bayou Heat Series brought to you by 1001 Dark Nights, is here! Be sure you check out the trailer and excerpt below, and grab your copy today!










Kayden is obsessed with revenge after his parents disappeared when he was just a cub. Now the gorgeous Hunter has discovered the man responsible for betraying them – Joshua Ford – and it’s time for payback. Beginning with the kidnapping of Joshua’s daughter, Bianca. But last thing he expects is to be confronted with the horrifying realization that Bianca is his mate. Will he put revenge before his chance for eternal happiness?



Sexy male model, Simon refuses to give up his exciting life in New York City to return to the slow heat of the Wildlands. For a decade, many pantera have tried to capture the rogue Diplomat and bring him home, but all have failed. Now it’s Tryst’s turn. The hard, brilliant, and gorgeous, Hunter is the ultimate tracker. But can the admitted beast-girl of the Wildlands capture her prey without losing her heart in the process?




Xavier, the leader of the Geeks, winced at the noise assaulting his sensitive ears.

The center of the Wildlands was usually bustling with activity. It was the heart of the pack. The area where the Pantera gathered to enjoy meals and watch the cubs play in the dappled sunlight.

Over the past few weeks, however, it’d been crowded with the temporary shelters used by the various factions—Diplomats, Geeks, and Hunters—while the main headquarters was being rebuilt.

Standing at the edge of the clearing, the two males studied the roof being nailed down on the large, colonial-styled structure. The new headquarters would look a lot like the old one, although it would be larger, with the latest technology built in.

Xavier had just received an update from the electrician who was preparing to install the solar panels. He was a tall male with mocha-toned skin and brilliant blue eyes. He had powerful shoulders, a broad chest, and sharp features that were emphasized by thebuzzed cut of his dark hair.

Beside him was Raphael, the head of the Diplomats. He was equally tall, although his frame was lean rather than heavily muscled, and his blond hair was long enough to brush his shoulders. His eyes werejade, until his inner puma was aroused. Then they smoldered a pure gold.

The two alphas had been working closely together to not only repair the damage from the recent attack, but to reassure their people they were doing everything in their power to keep them safe.

Xavier was just filling in Raphael on the status of the electronic surveillance they were installing on the border of the Wildlands when he caught sight of the male

Pantera strolling toward him with a grim determination.


The younger male was a fellow Geek with short dark hair that always looked messy to Xavier, but his mate told him was mussed in a sexy way. Just as she claimed that Kayden’s neatly trimmed goatee was sexy. Whatever. Women were the strangest creatures.









KAYDEN and SIMON, co-authored by Alexandra Ivy and Laura Wrightare novellas 21 and 22 (respectively) in the successful Bayou Heat Series, and are the latest offer from the folks at 1001 Dark Nights.

The Bayou Heat Series is a paranormal shifter romance series set in the Wildlands — somewhere in the bayous of Louisiana. The Pantera, the inhabitants of the Wildlands, are puma shifters.  Once thought to be the simply the stuff of legends and myth, discovery of the existence of the Pantera has caused them to be hunted down to near extinction — their DNA is used to create a serum that reverses ageing.


What happens when you discover your mate is the daughter of the man who killed your parents?

Scientist Joshua Ford has been capturing and conduction horrendous experiments with the Pantera for years. Among his victims were the parents of shifter Kayden Segal.  Driven and determined to avenge their deaths, Kayden sets out to destroy Ford.  When he finally breaches Ford’s home, all he finds is Bianca, Ford’s daughter.  Kidnapping her, Kayden soon discovers that Bianca has Pantera blood — and it calls to him.  How is it possible that Kayden’s mate is the daughter of this madman?

KAYDEN is a quick and exotic read. New to this reader, it took a few chapters of Pantera lore and behavior to grasp the puma shifter universe. Once in it though, it can be said that the Pantera know how to bring on the heat. How can you not love a story about feline shifters when given this sort of material:

“Clearly her kitty wanted to play.”

(Bianca, having recently discovered her puma DNA, reacting to Kayden’s sand-papered tongue.)

Kindle Loc. 886 of 2224


Gorgeous Puma Simon has been denying the Pantera in him for years, and with good reason. Now a hot and successful model, Simon refuses to be trapped in the Wildlands — that place holds nothing but horrible memories for him.  But the Pantera want him back, sending the gorgeous female Hunter known as Tryst to return Simon to the mystical bayous of Louisiana. When Tryst encounters Simon, the heat and attraction cannot be denied, but she has an assignment to complete.  Heated mating occurs between the two and given that neither Simon or Tryst allow their inner cats to emerge, it’s still wild and exotic and delightfully unrestrained.  Simon eventually faces his past and with Tryst as his mate, the Wildlands are again home.

Again, SIMON, like KAYDEN, is a fast and erotic paranormal read. Simon is quite the hot tom cat, and Tryst is an equally sensuous feline. (This reader is very pleased that the mates bite on another as a sign of ownership, as opposed to spraying musk.)

Both KAYDEN and SIMON are hot little reads, and given their premises, they are a fun and enjoyable escape into the paranormal realm of puma shifters.


*ARC received from 1001 Dark Nights in exchange for an honest review.*


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Alexandra Ivy - headshotAlexandra Ivy is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. From Alexandra: “I’m not exactly sure when I fell in love with books. Probably on my mother’s knee listening to her read Dr. Seuss to me. I do remember that I was barely old enough to cross the street by myself when I discovered the delights of the local library.

Could anything be more wonderful than spending summer days surrounded by stacks of Nancy Drew mysteries? Over the years I fell in love with Victoria Holt, Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, and J.R.R. Tolkien just to name a few. I read poetry, essays, biographies, and plays. In fact, I read anything I could get my hands on.

Years later (no, I’m not admitting how many) I’m still an avid reader, and my tastes are still as varied as they were in my youth, which I suppose helps to explain why I enjoy writing regency historicals under the name of Deborah Raleigh, as well as my contemporary paranormals as Alexandra Ivy. For now that is enough to keep me busy, but who knows what the future might hold!

I do have a few other loves in my life besides reading and writing, the most important being my unbelievably patient husband, David, and my two sons, Chance and Alexander. Without their constant support and belief in me, I never could have been able to follow my dreams. They are truly my heroes.




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Laura Wright - headshotLaura Wright is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. From Laura: “Unlike many of my peers in the writing world, I wasn’t a writer or a reader until I left high school. During my youth I was into theater, song and dance, commercials and boys. I loved romance surely, but I had never read a romance novel until my late teens. With that said, I remember the day I did like it was a moment ago – my aunt gave me the Jude Deveraux novel, Knight in Shining Armor and I couldn’t put it down until the very last word. Then I went straight to the library and got another – then another until I’d read everything she’d ever written. After that, it was McNaught, Howard, Schone, Kleypas, and the Silhouette line, Desire. I instantly loved those emotional, sexy reads, so much so that I began to carve out ideas for my own stories, themes that were unique to me and moved me. In 1997 I enrolled in UCLA extension writing classes, met my mentor and critique partners and since have never stopped writing. I was committed then and I still am now; the need to tell my own romantic stories a full on obsession. My first manuscript was rejected, and though the second one was as well the editor who’d rejected it wanted to see something else from me. I had something (note to authors; always keep working, even after you’ve sent in a proposal) and sent it right away. The day I got the call telling me Desire wanted to buy Cinderella and the Playboy was the best day of my life. That is until I married my husband, and had my two beautiful children. But I must say, writing is much like motherhood – tough, grueling, surprising, delicious and for me, a dream come true.”




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