by Alex Hayes
(The Chameleon Effect #3)
Publication date: October 15th 2019
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Connell Kurēn doesn’t love being a paparazzo…
He’s a member of the most scorned profession in Hollywood, but he’s good at it, and a hard-ass to boot.
He might also be called an ambulance chaser, though not for the disreputable reason he chases celebrities. Connell has the ability to heal, and at the sound of a siren, he is drawn to those in need.
Life is just fine until his pushy paparazzi nature almost gets someone killed.
Rowan Bren suffers post-traumatic stress and a permanent headache following a near-death experience at the hands of her mortal enemy. After months, she still isn’t right, but she won’t be held back from seeking her bond mate, Con, any longer.
She travels to Los Angeles motivated to help her friend, Idris, with his brilliant plan to locate their missing people. But Rowan’s top priority in the City of Angels is to find Con. She doesn’t know where he lives, but she’s not worried, because her crystal will lead her straight to him.
When she trips into his world, she finds a man so different from the person she expects, she fears he might not be Con at all. That he might be possessed by an evil force like the one that almost killed her.
Siren Song is the third novel of the Chameleon Effect series.
A soft hum rising from my crystal tells me she’s here. I’d thought it was a warning when I first picked up that vibration. Like an alarm. But now, the sensation seems pleasurable.
Azera spoke of sirens, beautiful creatures who lure sailors to their deaths. Did they go down smiling?
Java Brew is on the second floor. I head upstairs and through the glass entry. The smell of fresh-ground coffee and sugary pastries hit me as I swing, without conscious thought, in her direction.
The couples chatting over their cappuccinos and families with strollers and laughing toddlers dissolve as I tunnel in on the heavy dark-red curls falling over her shoulders. Her face is like porcelain in the side light angling through the windows.
The perfect subject waiting to be digitally frozen in time.
My fingers itch for the camera in the courier bag slung over my shoulder. Not because of my paparazzi instinct. No, this is something purer. An artistic impulse. A photographer presented with the photo op of a lifetime. That singular moment when subject and light come together and create something sublime.
Or maybe it’s the twisted desire to have a life-size portrait of this girl posted on my bedroom wall.
With effort, I resist the urge to point a lens in her face.
Her eyes remain stuck to the wooden café table in front of her. No distractions. No phone.
Nah, because her phone’s nestled, warm and safe, in my jacket pocket.
I wish I felt as determined to talk to her now as I did when I proposed this meeting. Instead, nervousness billows inside me, and all I want to do is disappear into a crack in the tiled floor.
I stop behind the empty chair across from her and get ahold of myself. “Hi.”
Her eyes blink like she’s a princess waking from a hundred-year sleep. Another portrait opportunity that will never be realized. Her lips ease into a hint of a smile. “Hi.” Her voice is soft, hesitant.
So are the feelings curling in my chest. Separating and reforming like the vapors of a magic potion.
“Okay if I sit?”
She nods, though barely. Uncertainty reverberates off my breastbone.
Yeah, I get it. These are her feelings I’m picking up. But how the hell?
I park my butt and straighten my shoulders. “I’m Connell Kurēn. Nice to meet you… Officially, I mean.”
Alex Hayes wrote her first fiction story when she was twelve. Inspired by her mother’s storytelling, she began work on her first novel, Ice Cracks, at eighteen.
She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. In her twenties, she moved from Marin County, California to Boston, Massachusetts, where she built a career as an IT professional in database engineering. In 2004, she self-published Ice Cracks, which became a semi-finalist in the 2005 IPPY Awards.
Alex splits her time between Grand Junction, Colorado and Guanajuato, Mexico. When she isn’t writing, she’s helping her partner, Lee, renovate a 450 year old hacienda. She is mother to one beautiful daughter and many wonderful cats.
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