We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Release Day Launch for 1001 Dark Nights: Bundle Eleven, brought to you by 1001 Dark Nights. Introducing Discovery Authors Meghan March and Jessica Scott, the Bundle contains 6 novellas, including novellas from New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors Kristen Proby, Elisabeth Naughton, Laura Kaye, and Donna Grant! Grab your copy of this incredible bundle today!
About 1001 Dark Nights: Bundle Eleven:
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors Kristen Proby, Elisabeth Naughton, Laura Kaye, Donna Grant, and introducing Meghan March and Jessica Scott.
Six Dark Tales. Six Sensual Stories. Six Page Turners.
EASY FOR KEEPS: A Boudreaux Novella by Kristen Proby
Adam Spencer loves women. He’s comfortable with his lifestyle and sees no reason to change it. Sarah Cox has just moved to New Orleans, having accepted a position as a social worker. It’s a demanding, sometimes dangerous job, but Sarah can handle just about anything that comes at her, even the attentions of one sexy Adam Spencer. But the more time she spends with the enchanting man, the more he begins to sway her into believing in forever.
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Adam Spencer is co-owner of The Odyssey, a bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Handsome, and a genuinely nice (and horny) guy, Adam is a confirmed bachelor. Although he loves the ladies and they love him back, Adam has never had the urge to marry and have a family. That is until he has an encounter with a little lady named Hailey.
Hailey is the five-year old daughter of Sarah Cox. The widow of a Miami police officer, Sarah has moved to the Big Easy looking for a new start for both Hailey and herself. It’s been three and a half years since her husband, Kurt, was gunned down in the line of duty. Sarah has finally accepted that life moves on, and she should, too.
Fate steps in and Sarah and Adam meet when Hailey gets lost in a grocery store. It’s Adam who finds the little girl and returns Hailey to her frantic mother, Sarah.
Sarah is initially leery of Adam’s kindness towards her — she’s all too aware that danger comes in many guises. As a social worker assigned to protective services aiding batter women, Sarah is ever vigilant. But once outside the grocery store, Sarah discovers her car won’t start and she’s forced to rely on the kindness of Adam.
While her car battery may be dead, Sarah finds she isn’t anymore. Delighted, Adam is more than willing to give the lovely Sarah’s equipment a boost wherever and whenever she needs it. Some seriously sexy sparks fly between these two and it isn’t long before both Adam and Sarah are overheating in unison.
Sarah’s social work keeps her in the line of danger and after a particularly close call, both Adam and Sarah recognize that what they have together, with Hailey, is a bright future.
Kristen Proby’s Easy for Keeps is Book 4.5 of her highly successful Boudreaux Series and the ninth novella of the 1001 Dark Nights Collection Three.
A well-written novella with great character development, Easy for Keeps is more than just a short steamy read. The subplot concerning spousal abuse is both horrific and informative, clearly timely, and not to be taken lightly. That author Proby has capably incorporated such serious subject matter into a short tale that’s meant to titillate rather than educate exemplifies her talent as a writer. Well done, Kristen Proby, well done.
*ARC received from 1001 Dark Nights via InkslingerPR in exchange for an honest review.
Review originally posted May 24, 2016
UNCHAINED: An Eternal Guardians Novella by Elisabeth Naughton
For thousands of years, Prometheus’s only certainty was his daily torture at Zeus’s hand. Now, unchained by the Eternal Guardians, he spends his days in solitude, trying to forget the past. He’s vowed no allegiance in the war between mortal and immortal, but when a beautiful maiden seeks him out and begs for his help, he’s once again powerless to say no. Soon, Prometheus is drawn into the very conflict he swore to avoid.
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Prometheus is playing with fire — again.
(A little backstory: Prometheus, a Titan, angered the God Zeus by giving the gift of fire to mankind. The infuriated and vengeful Zeus had Prometheus chained to a large boulder, where, for eternity, the Titan’s liver (yes, that’s liver, not lover) was to be eaten daily by an eagle. As an immortal, Prometheus was doomed to regenerate any injury to his body, so by night he would heal, by day he would be devoured anew. Prometheus escaped this damnation when he was rescued by the Argonauts.)
Present day —
Prometheus lives a life of solitude in a castle high on Mt. Parnithia — a castle once belonging to a dark sorcerer. When Prometheus begins to hear a beguiling feminine voice calling out to him, he thinks it to be a hallucination or perhaps the remnants of some dark magic left over from the former tenant.
Unable to resist the call of the female, Prometheus soon comes to realize that the voice is real, and its owner has a power over him that he cannot and does not want to resist. He seeks out the source of that siren’s call and discovers it belongs to a beautiful witch who calls herself Keia. Prometheus is immediately taken with the sorceress and his feelings for her reawaken the life force in him.
Keia is actually Circe, the most powerful witch in the cosmos, and Circe has an agenda. Like Prometheus, Circe has angered Zeus and her punishment is imprisonment in a cave on Mt. Olympus. Zeus, being Zeus, is not a “forgive and forget” type of God — everything has its price. In Circe’s case, Zeus demands that in exchange for her freedom, Circe has to discover the location of the fourth and final element needed to complete the all-powerful Orb of Kronós. With the intact Orb of Kronós, Zeus will reign eternally over all realms and worlds. There exists only one person who knows exactly where that fourth element resides — Prometheus.
Circe sets about casting her spells to seduce the half-mad Prometheus, but soon realizes that Prometheus has cast the spell of love upon her. The attraction between Prometheus and Circe ignites into a consuming flame. Passionate embraces in an enchanted location, a capture, and more grotesque torture finally lead the lovers to a final confrontation on Mt. Olympus with the crazed Zeus. Back out come the chains, but for whom?
Unchained by Elisabeth Naughton is the latest offering in the 1001 Dark Night Series. A stand alone novella in Naughton’s successful Eternal Guardians Series, Unchained is an urgent, sensual love story filled with all the captivating fantasy and magic that could only arise from the ancient mythologies. Author Naughton weaves her story, set in present time, around characters that grab the reader instantly. Prometheus, Circe and Zeus are so well written — a novella doesn’t seem to do them justice. Perhaps Circe will continue her whispering into the author’s ear . . . .
*ARC received from 1001 Dark Nights via InkslingerPR in exchange for an honest review.
Review originally posted June 16, 2016
HARD TO SERVE: A Hard Ink Novella by Laura Kaye
When Internal Affairs investigates Detective Kyler Vance as part of the new police commissioner’s bid to oust corruption, everything is on the line. Mia Breslin’s career is golden. Now if only she could find a man to dominate her nights and set her body—and her heart—on fire. When a scorching scene with a hard-bodied, brooding Dom at Blasphemy promises just that, Mia is lured to serve Kyler again and again.
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Author Laura Kaye continues her Valentine to the heroes and heroines of Baltimore in her latest offering, Hard to Serve. In a seamless segue from her Hard Ink Series, she sets the scene for her new BDSM series, Blasphemy. Be ready to be grabbed by the throat . . . .
Detective Kyler Vance is restless and edgy. He’s been on desk assignment for weeks since suffering an injury during the gang war that took the life of his godfather. He needs relief, and soon. As one of the owners of the exclusive BDSM club Blasphemy, Kyler (or as he’s known at Blasphemy, Master Kyler) heads out to check in on the action at the club.
Enter Mia Breslin. New to Baltimore, Mia, a submissive, is in the throes of opening her first art gallery. Prior to her move to Charm City, Mia did some research into Baltimore’s BDSM scene and now holds a probationary membership in Blasphemy. The stress from work leads her out to seek some relief at the club.
Kyler spots Mia on a security monitor at the club, and is immediately taken with her — call it Alpha male insta-lust. When the two finally make contact, the chemistry is hot and palpable. (Author Kaye’s keyboard must have melted when she wrote the scenes between these two — the action between these characters is absolutely scorching.)
While Kyler and Mia play at Blasphemy, life outside of the club continues to be complicated. When their paths inevitably cross in real life, both Mia and Kyler are forced to confront the truths about themselves and their feelings for one another.
Hard to Serve is a stand alone novella, and the newest release in the 1001 Dark NightsSeries. It is the introductory story in Laura Kaye’s Blasphemy Series which will explore relationships within the BDSM community. As such, Hard to Serve comes with a caution, as it contains themes that include breath play, as well as forced consent.
Very well written, the story focuses on the relationship between Kyler and Mia, and the scenes between the two at Blasphemy are very graphic, hard core and certainly fall under the heading of erotica. All of the characters, protagonists and ancillary, are well written. Familiar faces from the Hard Ink Series make cameo appearances but are not a distraction to the major plot.
One does not have to have read any of the Hard Ink Series to enjoy Hard to Serve and while there were instances where this reader had her heart in her throat, Hard to Serve also has this reader waiting with bated breath for more Blasphemy.
*ARC received from 1001 Dark Nights and the author in exchange for an honest review.*
Review originally posted July 2, 2016
DRAGON FEVER: A Dark Kings Novella by Donna Grant
Rachel Marek intends to expose the truth about dragons to the world – and her target is within sight. Nothing matters but getting the truth, especially not the ruggedly handsome, roguishly thrilling Highlander who oozes danger and charm. Asher is more than just a man. He’s a Dragon King – a being who has roamed this planet since the beginning of time. With everything on the line, Asher must choose to trust an enemy in the form of an all too alluring woman whose tenacity and passion captivate him.
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“This was their planet. From the dawn of time dragons have roamed this world, ruling all. They could’ve easily killed the humans when they appeared, but they hadn’t. The Kings made room for them.”
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Dragon King Asher longs for his home, Dreagan, nested in the Scottish Highlands. Reluctantly, he finds himself in Paris attending the World Whiskey Consortium, representing Dreagan Industries. Dreagan Industries distills the finest Scottish whiskey (yes, whiskey) known to man.
Rachel Marek has made her name in investigative journalism. When presented video evidence possibly exposing the existence of dragons on planet Earth, Rachel jumps at the chance to break this story to the public. Knowing that there will be a representative from Dreagan Industries at the Consortium, Rachel heads to Paris. Once there, Rachel goes undercover as Rae in hopes of collecting evidence supporting the video. Her plan is to seduce Asher.
Rachel is a pretty cool customer, Confident of her skills as a reporter and as a woman, very little rocks Rachel’s boat — that is until she encounters Asher in the flesh. Dragon King Asher is a glorious specimen to behold — dark haired, green-eyed, complete with a devastating burr — he’s irresistible.
Neither Asher nor Rachel can deny the combustion they feel for the other, and this leads to some very fevered, scorching times between the two. But the path of true love and soul mates between the mortal and immortal is never easy, and such is the case between Asher and Rachel.
So what’s it like getting it on with a dragon? Hot — verra, verra, hot!
Dragon Fever is the latest offering from the folks at 1001 Dark Nights, and book 9.5 in Donna Grant’s deliciously hot Dark Kings Series. Dragon Fever is a stand alone novella, and you do not have to be familiar with the series to enjoy this tasty tidbit. There is a little cliffie concerning the overall plot of the Dark King Series, but story featured in Dragon Fever is complete.
A confession: this reader was a bit skeptical concerning dragon/human erotica, but can now report that she happily popped that cherry while reading this book. If you’re a lover of paranormal/fantasy erotica, enter the realm of Dragon Fever. You won’t be disappointed.
*ARC received from 1001 Dark Nights and the author in exchange for an honest review.*
Originally reviewed July 2, 2016
BENEATH THESE SHADOWS by Meghan March
The only permanent thing in my life is the ink I put on my clients.
I drift from city to city, in and out of beds, from one tattoo shop to the next.
Every time I start to put down roots, I rip them up.
Until New Orleans.
She’s everything I’m not.
Full of fire and life. An innocent where I’m a sinner.
I want to consume her. Protect her. Keep her.
But first, I have to escape from beneath these shadows.
BEFORE I FALL: A Falling Novel by Jessica Scott
Beth Lamont knows too much about the harsh realities of life. She’ll do whatever it takes to take care of her father, even if that means tutoring a guy like Noah. Noah Warren doesn’t know how to be a student. All he knows is war. But he’s going to college now to fulfill a promise and he doesn’t break his promises. Except he doesn’t count on his tutor being drop dead gorgeous.
Every Dark Nights tale is breathtakingly sexy and magically romantic.
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About the 1001 Dark Nights: Bundle Eleven Authors-
Kristen Proby was born and raised in a small resort town in her beloved Montana. In her mid-twenties, she decided to stretch her wings and move to the Pacific Northwest, where she made her home for more than a dozen years.
During that time, Kristen wrote many romance novels and joined organizations such as RWA and other small writing groups. She spent countless hours in workshops, and more mornings than she can count up before the dawn so she could write before going to work. She submitted many manuscripts to agents and editors alike, but was always told no. In the summer of 2012, the self-publishing scene was new and thriving, and Kristen had one goal: to publish just one book. It was something she longed to cross off of her bucket list.
Not only did she publish one book, she’s since published close to thirty titles, many of which have hit the USA Today, New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists. She continues to self publish, best known for her With Me In Seattle and Boudreaux series, and is also proud to work with William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins, with the Fusion Series.
Kristen and her husband, John, make their home in her hometown of Whitefish, Montana with their two pugs and two cats.
Elisabeth Naughton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. From Elisabeth: “I was never one of those people who knew they wanted to be an author at the age of six. I didn’t have imaginary friends. I didn’t write stories in my journal or entertain my relatives by firelight after Thanksgiving dinner. For the most part, I was just a normal, everyday kid. I liked to read, but I wasn’t exceptional at it. And when my teachers complimented me on my writing abilities, I brushed them off. I did, however, always have a penchant for the unique and absurd. And as my mother told me all throughout my childhood, I should have been an actress—I was a drama queen before my time.
“Years ago, my husband bought me Scarlett: The Sequel to Gone With The Wind. If you ever saw the book, you know it’s a long one. I sat and read that thing from cover to cover, and dreamed of one day being a writer. But I didn’t actually try my hand at writing until years later when I quit my teaching job to stay home with my kids. And my husband? After that week of reading where I neglected him and everything else until I finished Scarlett, he vowed never to buy me another book again. Little did he know I’d one day end up sitting at a keyboard all day drafting my own stories.
“My writing journey has not been easy. I didn’t just sit down one day, decide I was going to write a book and voila! sell my very first attempt. As most authors will probably agree, the path to publication is filled with hours of work, pulling all-nighters I thought I’d given up in college, sacrifices, rejections, but a love I discovered along the way I just can’t live without. Instead of a big, thick book to read by lamplight (I do read much smaller ones when I get the chance), I’ve traded in my reading obsession for a laptop. And I’ve never been happier.
“I’m one of the lucky ones. I have a wonderful family and fabulous husband who put up with my writing—and obsessive personality—even when life is chaotic. More than once my kids have been late to swimming or baseball because I needed just five more minutes to finish a scene. Their support and encouragement mean the world to me. I also have amazing friends and a support network I couldn’t survive without. So to all of you out there who have encouraged me along the way, sent me emails and fan letters, phone calls and congratulations, I just want to say, thank you. You make this whole writing gig that much more enjoyable. I truly wouldn’t be here without you.”
Laura Kaye is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in contemporary and erotic romance and romantic suspense, including the Blasphemy, Hard Ink, and Raven Riders series. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. Laura also writes historical fiction as the NYT bestselling author, Laura Kamoie. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.
Donna Grant is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the sizzling Dark King series featuring dragons, immortal Highlanders, and the Fae.
She was born and raised in Texas but loves to travel. Her adventures have taken her throughout the United States as well as to Jamaica, Mexico, and Scotland. Growing up on the Texas/Louisiana border, Donna’s Cajun side of the family taught her the “spicy” side of life while her Texas roots gave her two-steppin’ and bareback riding.
Despite deadlines and voracious reading, Donna still manages to keep up with her two children, four cats, and one long haired Chihuahua.
Jessica Scott is the USA Today bestselling author of novels set in the heart of America’s Army. She is an active duty army officer, a veteran of the Iraq war, is the mother of two daughters, far too many animals, and wife to a retired NCO.
She has written for the New York Times At War blog, War on the Rocks, PBS Point of View Women and War and has been featured in Esquire Magazine as an American of the Year in 2012. She has compiled two nonfiction projects about her time in Iraq and the return home.
She has recently completed a PhD in sociology from Duke University and also holds a a Master’s Degree in Sociology from Duke University, a Masters Degree in Telecom Management from University of Maryland University College, BA in Cultural Studies from State University of New York and an Associates Degree from Central Texas College.
She’s been featured as one of Esquire Magazine’s Americans of the Year for 2012. Learn More at http://www.jessicascott.net
A USA Today bestselling author of over fifteen novels, Meghan March has been known to wear camo face paint and tromp around in woods wearing mud-covered boots, all while sporting a perfect manicure. She’s also impulsive, easily entertained, and absolutely unapologetic about the fact that she loves to read and write smut. Her past lives include slinging auto parts, selling lingerie, making custom jewelry, and practicing corporate law. Writing books about dirty talking alpha males and the strong, sassy women who bring them to their knees is by far the most fabulous job she’s ever had.