Title: WOLVES & MONSTERS (Siren Problems Book 1)
Author: Dyan Chick
Pub. Date: May 28, 2019
Publisher: Illaria Publishing
Formats: Paperback, eBook
They call me a monster but I’m nothing compared to the other things that go bump in the night.
Sirens have a bad rep. I know that. They say we lure men to their deaths with our songs. But I promise you, I’ve never lured a man. They always come to me willingly. Is it my fault that once they spend the night with me they seem to have bad luck? They make the choice to be with me. At least that’s what I tell myself. If I let myself think about the bodies I seem to leave behind, I would start to feel guilty. And nobody has time for that.
The problem is, I accidentally lured the wrong man to his death. How was I supposed to know the mage who tragically died after having sex with me was the son of the most powerful mage in the supe community? How was I supposed to know that a casual hook up would result in them sending some of the really bad monsters after me?
I’ve only got one shot at staying alive and it’s going to involve finding the one that got away. The only guy I ever loved. The problem is, when I left, I broke his heart. And werewolves don’t take kindly to being dumped. I’m sure nothing about this plan is going to go wrong.
I nodded. “I’m sorry. I should never have let us get so close before.”
He chuckled. “That wouldn’t have worked. We might not have felt the bond right away, but it’s always been there.”
“Now what?” I asked.
“You’re not going to like this, but I think we should go see Jane.”
“How is a mage going to help with this?” I asked.
“She started having visions about a year ago,” he said. “Sometimes she can see the future. She might be able to help.”
“She hates me,” I said. “And honestly, if she weren’t one of your best friends, I don’t think I would tolerate her at all.”
“Does it make you feel better that she asked me not to bring you to her?” he said. “She’s going to be pissed if we show up together.”
“Why would that make me feel better?” I asked.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I can’t think right now. It was as if kissing you turned off the logical part of my mind.”
“I know exactly what you mean,” I said, squeezing my aching thighs together. “And it’s kind of killing me right now that I can’t keep kissing you.”
“It’s worth a try, isn’t it?” he asked.
“Does this mean you forgive me?” A renewed sense of hope rising in my chest made me feel like I was floating.
“Who knew it would take a vampire to get me to stop being so damn stubborn,” he said.
“I should have known it would take something drastic,” I said.
“You could have told me. You didn’t have to leave,” he said.
“If I told you, would you have believed me?” I asked.
He was quiet for a moment. “No, I would have torn your clothes off and made love to you right then just to prove it to you.”
“And you’d likely be dead now,” I said.
“How do you know it really isn’t a coincidence?” he asked.
“I don’t. But I’m not willing to test it out on you,” I said.
My story is probably similar to a lot of other writers out there. As a kid, I was creative, imaginative, and loved to write. I’d write scripts for plays and make my sisters act them out. I got excited about the writing prompts for standardized tests in elementary school. I started writing my first (unfinished) novel in 5th grade. Then started another one in middle school. For a long time, I was a closet writer. I didn’t tell anybody that I had a hard drive full of abandoned stories. After years of not finishing anything, I finally took the plunge and started taking writing, and myself as a writer, seriously. My first novel, Heir of Illaria, published January 23, 2017. Book 2 is right around the corner. It’s gone from closet hobby to full on addiction. Thankfully, I have a wonderfully supportive husband who doesn’t look at me like I’m crazy when I talk about my characters as if they’re real.
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