Wednesday, November 24, 2021

"Silencing the Siren" by Denise L. Barela -- Silencing the Siren Epic Book Launch

About the Book

Book: Silencing the Siren
Author: Denise L. Barela
Genre: Christian Historical Mystery, Fairytale
Release date: January 4, 2022

Andrew Grayson thought he had everything… until he met her.
The indulged son of wealthy parents, Andrew has always gotten whatever he wanted almost before he knew he wanted it—clothes, gadgets… even a car!
What more could a young man desire?
Enter Annabel Thompson. Freakshow mermaid extraordinaire… in a wheelchair!
Of course, her beauty attracts him. How could it not? Add to that a kind heart, and Andrew can’t help but fall for her.
Annabel’s connection with the freakshow repels his parents and their society friends. They want him to sever all ties with her and his new friends. Oh, and marry the “right” girl with the “right connections.” But he won’t do it. He’ll defy them and marry his little mermaid.

When Annabel turns up missing, declared dead, things don’t add up, Andrew
begins asking some difficult questions, the most important being, “What
happened to the little mermaid of the Coney Island freak show?”
Find out in this next book in the Ever After Mysteries, combining beloved fairy
tales and mysteries. Silencing the Siren offers a retelling of “The Little
Mermaid” that will keep you gripped to the edge of your seat as you watch the
story unfold.


Silencing the Siren Excerpt One

Andrew paced back and forth, tugging at his blond hair. She couldn’t be dead. Impossible! He’d just seen Annabel earlier that week! How could she be gone so suddenly? 

They’d gone around the island and spent time just sitting on the beach. She had spent the whole time smiling, and seemed so happy. It had been one of his favorite days spent with her. No worries, no interference, and nothing but the love they shared. Even more, it had been the first day for some time that Andrew felt truly carefree. His future had just disintegrated overnight.

Andrew thought back on their final conversation. Her eyes had been bright when she kissed him goodbye and said she couldn’t wait for his next visit. But there had been that fidgeting nervousness that had consumed her for those few minutes.

She’d said she had a surprise for him.

What surprise had she been talking about? Surely, this wasn’t it.

Something was wrong about the whole situation, but Andrew couldn’t imagine what it could be. How she could be there one day and gone the next. Nothing made sense.

Thoughts rushed through his head, drowning him in grief and misery. But one question forced its way into every thought: how could this have happened?



Denise Barela’s passion for fiction, her faith, and general creativity define her
life. In all things, she strives to glorify God, though especially in and through
her writing. She has spent the past six years working for a publicity company
and five years working as the head editor for a publishing company. With an
MFA in Creative Writing and a Professional Writing certificate, Denise enjoys
using her education and work experiences to help authors achieve their own
writing dreams. When she’s not working away at her desk, you might find her
reading a good book or following Alice down the rabbit hole…

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