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Silencing the Siren by J.E. Taylor
A protector. A lost soul. A siren looking for salvation.
Kylee Paradox never expected to be a protector of humankind, but when hell’s portals open and let loose the creatures of the underworld, she can’t see any other way. Armed with an ultimatum, Kylee has no choice but to embrace her new position as bounty hunter of the damned. Sending these monsters back to purgatory becomes her life’s mission.
The only glitches in an otherwise noble pursuit are those who hold her fate in their hands. They forbid her from using her deadly siren song to lure the beasts back to the pit. If she harms even a single innocent soul in her quest, Kylee herself will become one of the hunted.
Enjoy this excerpt from Silencing the Siren...
The sign over my office door read Kylee Paradox, Paranormal Investigator, but I was really a bounty hunter of unnatural creatures. Honestly, I never expected to be a protector of humankind, but when hell’s portals opened and let loose the creatures from the underworld, I didn’t have a choice. It was hunt, or be hunted.
You can guess which choice I made.
Unfortunately, the perils of being a siren royally screwed up that plan. You see, if I employed my voice to snare these monsters—which, for the record, would be by far the easiest way to send them back to hell—it would drive any nearby humans beyond the edge of reason. I was told there was no acceptable amount of collateral damage, especially if I was ever going to achieve my own salvation.
So, I had to curtail my greatest weapon, and fall back on the warrior skills I had honed over the millennia.
I was kind of a badass.
This era was possibly the easiest to navigate compared to some of the umpteen centuries I’d walked the earth. It was so much easier to blend in and go unnoticed these days. But then again, everyone was preoccupied with their damn electronics. Unfortunately, I had fallen victim to the same technology pitfalls.
My computer buzzed, and I swiveled the chair around, dismissing the view of the Pacific for my oversized cherry desk. I glanced at the instructions that flashed on the screen, clenching my teeth in response. I hated Fate. She was a bitch of epic proportion, and this latest order wasn’t welcomed in the least.
I hadn’t been home in nearly a millennium for a reason.
Now, she wanted me to go back and hunt one of my own. A siren had taken hold of the waters south of Crete and was making everyone within range of its voice go on murderous rampages. The latest nautical victim was big enough to make international news. A cruise ship had been exposed to the siren’s song, and everyone on board was slaughtered. I wondered if I knew the monster luring those poor souls to their death.
As if Fate heard my musings, a name flashed on the screen.
My stomach dropped as I stared at the display. “You have got to be kidding me.” I said.
A swirl of smoke bloomed in the middle of the room. As it dissipated, the blonde bitch stood glaring at me from the center of the damned cloud. Standing in her signature ruby dress that flowed as if she also commanded the wind, Fate crossed her arms, looking down her aristocratic nose at me.
“I do not kid,” she said. Her voice was about as icy as the Alaskan tundra.
“You really expect me to take down my brother?” I said, pointing at the screen.
A truly evil smile flashed, and I just wanted to smash that beautiful face in. She leaned on the desk, narrowing her eyes. “You will do as I order,” she snarled.
“And if I refuse?” I crossed my arms. Two could play the snark game.
“I will personally escort you to your dungeon in hell.” Her lips twitched from a thin line of anger to that of amusement. I never doubted this bitch enjoyed watching me squirm.
About the author...
J.E. Taylor is a USA Today bestselling author, a publisher, an editor, a manuscript formatter, a mother, a wife, a business analyst, and a Supernatural fangirl, not necessarily in that order.
She first sat down to seriously write in February of 2007 after her daughter asked:
“Mom, if you could do anything, what would you do?”
From that moment on, she hasn’t looked back. In addition to being co-owner of Novel Concept Publishing, Ms. Taylor also moonlights as a Senior Editor of Allegory E-zine, an online venue for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror.
She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children and during the summer months enjoys her weekends on the shore in southern Maine.
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