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.
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About the Author
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…
More from Denise
I’m so excited to share Silencing the Siren with you! This book was so much fun to write and research. I learned so many fun facts about old cars, old New York, and even doorbells!
Yes, you read that correctly. Doorbells.
These noisy items were such a novelty in the 1920s that they were often given as Christmas gifts!
I wanted both Andrew and Annabel to represent that feeling we have all experienced at least once in our lives. That feeling of not belonging. It looks different for each person, but it’s a uniting feeling.
Annabel will never be accepted by those outside her family, but they more than make up for that. Andrew is popular and well-off in society, but as he comes to know the Lord, he starts to feel that rift with his superficial friends and family. It’s with other believers, Annabel’s family, that he finds that deep relationship he desires. They are more than willing to provide.
This is the beauty of the body of Christ. When we are sick or in need, the body of Christ comes together to support you in that time of need and extend Christ’s love to all corners of the globe.
I hope you enjoy reading Silencing the Siren as much as I enjoyed writing it!
I have had the honor of working with Denise L. Barela for the last several years. I have been blessed to be a part of the Celebrate Lit blogging team since 2017. When I saw that she was releasing her first book, I was super excited for her. Silencing the Siren is in my top 3 of the Ever After Mystery series. This is book 7 in that series.
This is a different take on the Little Mermaid. We see a character, who is in a wheelchair. Annabel Thompson. Freakshow mermaid extraordinaire. Annabel was born with deformities in her legs that has left her in a wheelchair. Annabel was used to people staring and making comments about her. However, Annabel has caught the eye of wealthy Andrew Grayson. Andrew cannot understand why he is so drawn to her. His parents and friends are advising him to forget about her. It was sad to see that his parents cared more about his image - then his happiness.
When Annabel goes missing and is presumed dead, Andrew is devastated. He is determined to try and solve the mystery of her disappearance. Andrew starts out the story as a young naive boy, but evolves throughout the book. The author has crafted a beautiful story that you will not want to put down.
Bravo! I cannot wait until the author's next release. Thank you to the author, and Celebrate Lit Blogging Program for allowing me to read a copy of this book. All thoughts are my own.
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To celebrate her tour, Denise is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!
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