The Siren's Tale

The Siren's Tale

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by Anne Carlisle
     
 
Zaddie, a siren in human form, is writing a siren saga based on her family. The second book features the notorious temptress Cassandra, a silent movie actress. Back in the days of the Old West, Cassandra was hexed with a deadly family curse and forced to flee Wyoming. With her paranormal powers, Cassandra lured a man away from a village girl on their wedding day, thus

Overview

Zaddie, a siren in human form, is writing a siren saga based on her family. The second book features the notorious temptress Cassandra, a silent movie actress. Back in the days of the Old West, Cassandra was hexed with a deadly family curse and forced to flee Wyoming. With her paranormal powers, Cassandra lured a man away from a village girl on their wedding day, thus attracting the animosity of dark spirits. The curse continues into modern times and endangers the lives of her descendants and their lovers. Cassandra's ghost appears at a siren reunion to "home school" pregnant Marlena about her siren lineage and to save her life. Will Cassandra's demonic grandson trip up Marlena and her daughter Zaddie, who are striving to lead exemplary lives among human kind? The third book will tell.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016681764
Publisher:
LazyDay Publishing
Publication date:
06/18/2013
Series:
Home Schooling , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Anne Carlisle is the author of the HOME SCHOOLING Trilogy, erotic-paranormal romance novels featuring a family of sirens in human form. Anne Carlisle holds a doctorate in 19th Century British Literature from Case Western Reserve University. Currently Professor and Course Chair at UMUC, she teaches college writing worldwide to U.S. military students. Formerly she served as a dean for Golden Gate University in San Francisco. While working as a newspaper columnist, magazine editor, and theatre reviewer, she authored a book on writing and hundreds of articles. Her homes are in Key West, Seattle, and Wilmington, NC.

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The Siren's Tale 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ColleenMBratley More than 1 year ago
A woman's way can be blatant, subtle or anything in between. In this book a siren and her lineage are that and more. Following them in their trek through the years showed just how manipulative sirens can be, but the author also showed that no matter what, the human side of emotions can actually rule the roost. In case you don't know what a siren is, it won't take long to figure it out reading this book. This story changes the Greek mythology principle a bit, but the basic idea remains. The beguiler beckons, and the sailor (man) responds. There are love scenes and explicit details that romance readers will love. The book is well written by a talented author. I do have to say though, the story goes from past to present several times, with a lot of characters. That has always posed a challenge for me. I don't know what it is, but I tend to question who everyone is, how they are connected, and what impact they have on the character or the story. So reading this was more involved than usual, but that's just my crazy reality. The many characters in the book all play a part that impacts the lead character or her descendants, but what you think you understand about one or more of them may surprise you when you turn the page. I thought I had Cassandra all figured out, but of course I didn't. The same held true for some of the others as well. That kind of writing keeps the reader engaged while they try again to figure it all out. Anne was adept at giving the characters human emotions, but also countering that with their siren abilities and keeping you in the dark as to which would win out. She makes you realize that we are all good at manipulating things to get what we want when we can, unless fortunately in certain settings, our conscience rules and keeps us sane, compassionate, and loving toward more than just our agendas. Giving her characters depth and breadth kept them real and interesting. Showing that the character getting what they wanted to happen didn't necessarily make them feel as they expected, brought you a connection to their lives. You felt their emotions. Some authors have a good story, but their writing needs a little work. Anne is already a skilled writer. I would really like to see another book with a lot more magic in it. I think her creative mind would take us on a journey we would remember. If you think you know what you would do if you were a siren, you might be surprised. There is so much more to life with love and enriching relationships that were born from natural and simplistic beginnings. This siren finds out what the difference is and hopes her family will too. The warnings she ignored must not live on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anne Carlisle's The Siren's Tale is an exciting narrative that is reminiscent  of Anne Rice's Interview With a Vampire; however, far less  ghoulish and more life affirming are the passionate sirens than their blood thirsty counterparts.  Adding vivid imagery with surprising  settings, covering vast spans of time and space, one learns of the ways of the siren and their desire for a sensuous life. The tales are revealed through the ethereal voice of Cassandra Vye, the participating narrator  who bears complete knowledge of the generational tree  of sirens and their relations with the various human forms. This is a tale about beings who can become quite uncomfortable with restrictive human values ( the sixties seem to be an exception) as they reside in various communities on earth; an excellent  recipe for a few heart palpitating passages. Ms. Carlisle has proven herself as a great raconteur!  A must read!   J.L.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Before I begin, I was given a copy for an honest review of the book. First, I am normally not a paranormal reader. After reading the Twilight series I completely lost interest in vampires, werewolves, ghosts, etc... What made this book stand out to me was that the paranormal element wasn't something you usually expected. I like the fact that Anne used sirens and later in her book, she brings in some Greek mythology (which I adore) to further explain the role of sirens in her tale. I like that. Though this is part of the HOME SCHOOLING TRILOGY, the book can be read as a standalone. This second installment begins with Chloe Vye's retelling of her mother Cassandra's past to her cousin Marlena Bellum, hoping to educate her about their siren heritage and influence Marlena to come to a decision about her life problems. The history all began in 1900 Alta, Wyoming, where the beautiful redhead Cassandra is hexed by a religious fanatic. Cassandra does have powerful siren powers, but she only uses them on occasion, and prefers her lovers to come to her of their own will. After attracting and then losing many, she finally comes to realize how deadly the curse is. Another thing I must add is that Anne's characters are so vivid!! Cassandra is a paranormal figure, yet she is humanly portrayed. She has powers, but she has problems too. A lot of them. I got to read and feel Cassandra's warring emotions as she struggles to do what was right and what was in her heart. She overcame many obstacles and I was half in awe of her. This woman is one complex figure, but she is not immortal, and I love how Anne does not downplay her flaws. That being said, I really enjoy the book plot and how Anne combines past and present POVs. Though this is NA, the writing style is unique, almost bordering on full adult. It took me some time to get into the book, but once I fell into the characters and the addicting story plot, I was hooked. I just HAD to know what happened to Cassandra, and what Marlena decides. This book kept me on my toes and though the story doesn't end with a cliffhanger, it leaves the reader wanting more of the tale. Cassandra's curse still lives on, and a bitter enemy is quietly closing ranks on their family. Yikes! I will be reading book 1 of this series and definitely book 3 when it comes out!! 5 STARS!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
REVIEWS (Editorial Reviews) 5-star REVIEWS for THE SIREN'S TALE by Anne Carlisle "Everything a great novel should be! Anne Carlisle is a magnificent writer! The Siren's Tale has it all..a superb plot, characters who jump off the page and a wonderfully macabre tinge of supernatural! I loved this book!!" - The James Mason Community Book Club, Rick F. "The dominance of the educated, cunning, and alluring sirens over their male conquests makes Carlisle’s novel a staple on the nightstands of female readers seeking steamy paranormal passion. However, the story also contains abundant suspense, ... -- page to page, chapter to chapter." - DRShoultz Blog, Donn. "Anne does a fantastic job of giving the history behind this siren family." - Paranormal & Horror Lovers, Michele "A five star read!" Goodreads, Beppe "Anne does a great job showing the internal struggle that Cassandra has between her siren part and her human part. Her siren part is wanting to use her powers on men for her own advantage while her human part wants to have a man love her for her, with no tricks. It is very well written." Heather "Great history of sirens in human form, invented by a master storyteller....literature, historical romance, paranormal rolled into one!" Mark
mwiegert2007 More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review. This is the history of the sirens line. Anne does a fantastic job of of giving the history behind this family. Throughout the book there are time jumps, but Anne does a wonderful job of connecting everything together. After I noticed that there where a lot of time period jumps, I was a little hesitant, but glad I read it anyways! I think I'll have to go and get the first book in the series, and than read this again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anne Carlisle combines a distinct merger of erotic, siren-infused romance with a historic fictional view of rustic frontier Wyoming in THE SIREN’s TALE, the second book in the HOME SCHOOLING TRILOGY. The dominance of the educated, cunning, and alluring siren characters over their male conquests makes Carlisle’s novel a staple on the nightstand of female readers seeking steamy paranormal passion. However, the story also contains abundant suspense, capable of pulling readers of all genres anxiously through the novel -- page to page, chapter to chapter.