Sunday, February 13, 2022

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Silencing the Siren by Denise L. Balera

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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I have been enjoying this series, The Ever After Mysteries, so I was excited to read Book 7 in the series. Silencing the Siren by Denise L Barela is the debut novel for this author. The series is written by various authors and each book is a retelling of a Classic Fairytale, but told in as Murder Mystery novel. The Silencing the Siren is a retelling of Mermaid.

The story is set in the 1920's. Andrew Grayson is the son of a Wealthy Parents. He thought he needed nothing more, until he meets Annabel Thompson. Annabel is Freak show mermaid extraordinaire, in a wheelchair! She is Beautiful, but he knows she would never be expected by his family. Annabel's legs are joined together, like a Mermaid. Andrew is correct, Annabel is shunned by his parents. They try to convince him to "get rid of her" and "marry someone in their circle of Society Friends". Andrew is devastated to learn that Annabel has died. He is suspicious of why and how she died so suddenly. Will Andrew discover how Annabel died? Who does he suspect for Annabel's death? 

WOW, what a GREAT Mystery Book. The story flows nicely and made for an easy and wonderful read! I really LOVE how Andrew wasn't going to let his family deter him from having a relationship with Annabel. He felt that despite Annabel's disability and her "job" in the Freakshow, she was perfect in his eyes. I LOVE his determination in wanting to know the truth about her death.  Denise L. Barela has a GREAT writing style and this book was a page turner from beginning to end! GREAT BOOK!

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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Hello Readers!

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!

Crazy, right?

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!

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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!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Rita Wray said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for the review. Sounds like a good book.

Stormy Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Silencing the Siren sounds like a must read for me and I love the cover! Thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Happily Managing a Household of Boys! Have a sunshiny day!

Bea LaRocca said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for sharing your wonderful review of this story, it sounds like an excellent read, a must read book and series for me

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