Title: Dark Siren by Eden Ashley
Published: July 4th, 2013
To survive, their bond must be unbreakable.
When the mysterious and passionate Rhane rescues Kali from an attacker in the theater parking lot, they form an immediate, smoldering connection. But Kali doesn’t remember Rhane or anything from their past. As far as Kali knows, she’s just a seventeen-year-old kid coping with an insatiable hunger for the “spark” or energy of others, feeding on classmates to survive.
A unique artifact—one that may hold the key to returning Kali’s memories—is uncovered by the archaeology firm where she works part-time, sending Kali and Rhane on a dangerous journey that leads them to the Forbidden City, into the unforgiving Gobi, and into the ruins of Rhane’s ancient homeland. As they fight for survival, Kali begins to discover who she really is and the true power she possesses.
But Rhane still harbors a secret that could destroy Kali…unless old enemies kill her first.
Dark Siren Excerpt: Rhane
Outside was the most gorgeous pizza delivery guy she had ever seen. His eyes were an unworldly shade of green that peered right through her, appearing to glow from within. He was dressed simply, a black t-shirt and dark denim jeans ending in a pair of worn but comfortable looking boots. Kali suspected he spent a lot of time on trails or in the woods.
Discreetly nudging off the fuzzy socks, she opened the door wide. It was his turn to stare breathlessly. Kali was glad she hadn’t changed. “Don’t I know you?” She tapered her voice to make it sound less accusing, “You were at the theater last night.”
He nodded slowly. “Do you remember what happened?”
Kali shook her head. “Only bits and pieces. There was a man…” she stopped mid-sentence and shoved back the blur of jumbled memories trying to rush forward. She refused to relive those terrifying moments. Kali swallowed. “Thank you for helping me…and for bringing me home last night.”
“I’m sorry I didn’t get there sooner.”
“No.” She lowered eyes and then lifted them again shyly. “You were great.”
The stranger responded to her praise with a slow smile. Kali would have recognized that smile anywhere.
He held the pizza box up higher. “May I come in?”
She glanced over her shoulder and turned back to him. “S-sure,” she stammered and barely remembered to step back so he could enter the house.
Kali couldn’t stop watching him. She gave herself a mental slap. Of course, the stranger was really so very hot, but she had always been cool and collected when it came to boys. She was mesmerized and didn’t understand why. Maybe it was because this was a man. And there was something enthralling in the way he carried himself. Glamour and the most tedious grooming couldn’t hold a candle to the confident air that surrounded him. He was a different kind of predator, one she wanted to hunt.
Kali’s pulse fluttered erratically. She didn’t move as he took a few steps into the living room.
He turned to her expectantly. “Would you like this in the kitchen?” He gestured with the box.
“Uh, yeah, let me get that.” She took the pizza from him and found her voice again. “So I know two things about you. You’re a fan of scary movies and you deliver pizza for a living.”
He chuckled softly. “No.”
Not much of a talker. She lifted an eyebrow. “No to one or both?”
“Both. The delivery boy had just arrived when I got here. So I grabbed the pizza for you. I paid him of course and tipped. As for the films…” He scanned the room, taking in every detail and design. His piercing appraisal settled onto her again. “I’ve seen and experienced things far more frightening than any contrivance of the human mind.”
Unable to bear another second under his unflinching gaze, Kali escaped into the kitchen with the pizza, setting it down on the counter. Get it together, Kali. He’s only another guy. With a deep, motivating breath she spun to return to the living room and almost jumped over the counter. He had moved without making a sound and stood only inches behind her.
“I didn’t mean to scare you.” He was eerily still. His peculiar eyes watched her as if they saw everything.
Kali slid her gaze away. “You didn’t,” she said, but her heart disagreed. It was trying to pound out of her chest. His heat was affecting her. Brain getting foggy again, Kali saw his eyes flash. And for a split second, the stranger seemed to be fighting against something very primal, restrained under a fragile veil of calm. Then his features relaxed and she thought she had imagined it.
I’m Eden Ashley and I was born and raised in a small, sunny town in South Carolina. However, it’s the thunderstorms that inspire my best ideas. There are few things I love more than curling up with a good book and a cup of coffee on a rainy day, (except maybe chocolate cake. I love cake.) often reading into the wee hours of morning when something really grabs me. I pretty much love anything with supernatural elements, so writing paranormal romance and fantasy romance seems to be a natural fit.
My first novel, Dark Siren, is best described as paranormal romance artfully wrapped within a plot chock-full of action, adventure, and edge-of-your-seat suspense, while the series has evolved to become a journey of redemption and second chances as two characters understand that sometimes committing evil is necessary to protect what is loved most. I took the siren from Greek mythology (and borrowed a little from mermaid lore), creating an entirely different creature, with its own mythology, and one that Publisher’s Weekly praised for its passion and complexity. This is not just another werewolf/shapeshifter romance or vampire romance. I think this is a story that both adults and teens can enjoy, full of characters to fall in love with!
- Signed copies of books 1-3 (Dark Siren, Banewolf, and Blood Chained) – open to US residents (excluding Hawaii, Alaska, and territories)
- 2x $5 Starbucks gift cards (INTL)