Author: Bethany Masone Harar
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The Sirens of Pacific Grove, California are being exterminated, and seventeen-year-old Loralei Reines is their next target. Lora may look like a normal teenager, but her voice has the power to enchant and hypnotize men. Like the other Sirens in her clan, however, she keeps her true identity a secret to protect their species.
Lora's birthright as the next clan leader seems far off, until the Sons of Orpheus, a vicious cult determined to kill all Sirens on Earth, begin exterminating her people. When an unexpected tragedy occurs, Lora must take her place as Guardian of the Clan.
Lora is determined to gain control of her skills to help her clan, but they are developing too slowly, until she meets Ryan, a human boy. When Ryan is near, Lora's abilities strengthen. She knows she shouldn't be with a human. Yet, she can't resist her attraction to him, or the surge in power she feels whenever they're together.
And the Sirens are running out of time. If Lora can't unlock the secret to defeat the Sons of Orpheus, she, along with everyone she loves, will be annihilated.
Bethany Masone Harar grew up in a family with "gypsy feet", as she describes them herself, moving from place to place before settling down in the suburbs of Washington D.C. Between her job as a high school English teacher and her family, she still finds time to write. The official release of her first novel, "Voices of the Sea", takes place today, and Bethany shared with us some insight on the characters in her book:
The Sirens in my book are very peaceful, living among humans for centuries, but keeping themselves hidden to protect their real identity. They look completely human, but have the amazing ability to seduce the opposite sex with either their singing, or with an instrument. (Yes, in my book, both males and females can be Sirens) However, they do not take this gift lightly, and only use it when absolutely necessary.
The ocean sings to the Sirens in my novel, and the song varies depending on the Siren's mood. It even speaks to my main character, Loralei, who will one day be the Guardian of the Pacific Grove, California, clan. For the Sirens, singing along with the ocean's song is very difficult to resist, and is both a treasure and a torment to them as they try to keep up their "human" life.
My Sirens cherish and protect their heritage, aware that their legacy needs to be preserved, but also hidden, because if the world knew what they were, they would not be allowed to live freely. They are gentle, but brave, and are about to face the greatest threat to their existence.
I can't wait to share my Sirens with you, and I hope you love them as much as I do.
Thank you, Bethany! Looking forward to reading more about your Sirens.