(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.
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.
To explain the inspiration for Siren Song, I should first back up the first book of The Chameleon Effect series, Silken Scales. I’ve always loved the story of Beauty and the Beast. It’s my favorite fairy tale, ever. I also love Shrek, which flipped B&B on its head by having a princess who felt more comfortable as an ogre.
So I set out to write my own twisted version of the fairy tale and ended up with Idris and Cadi, alien orphan’s on Earth in the present day, struggling to understand who and what they are.
When I started writing Silken Scales, I wasn’t one hundred percent sure where the series was going, but one story has led, quite organically, into the next. That said, I haven’t been certain of whose story I’d be telling next.
One thing I knew for sure, however, was that I didn’t want to lose Idris and Cadi. I wanted each of them to have significant roles in the later stories.
In the second book, Perfect Pitch, I keep Cadi in the lime light and drop her between Dean (who gave her her first kiss in Silken Scales) and Idris (her true love), forcing Cadi to make choices about friendship and trust as she navigates relationships (friend and love interest) with the two boys.
Next comes the third book, Siren Song. I knew Idris would play a significant role in this story, and as with the main characters, Rowan and Connell, Idris has his own story arc, one that ties into the series plot arc.
I was inspired when choosing the title, Siren Song, as it relates to Idris’s story arc. My next task was to find a second meaning, because all the series’ titles have double meanings. It was that directive that helped me develop Connell’s character and story arc. I wanted him to be a polarized character, and making him a paparazzo and a Good Samaritan with the power to heal people worked out wonderfully.