Release Date: August 19th 2014
Series: Storm Siren #1
“I raise my chin as the buyers stare. Yes. Look. You don’t want me. Because, eventually, accidentally, I will destroy you.”In a world at war, a slave girl’s lethal curse could become one kingdom’s weapon of salvation. If the curse—and the girl—can be controlled.As a slave in the war-weary kingdom of Faelen, seventeen-year-old Nym isn’t merely devoid of rights, her Elemental kind are only born male and always killed at birth — meaning, she shouldn’t even exist.Standing on the auction block beneath smoke-drenched mountains, Nym faces her fifteenth sell. But when her hood is removed and her storm-summoning killing curse revealed, Nym is snatched up by a court advisor and given a choice: be trained as the weapon Faelen needs to win the war, or be killed.Choosing the former, Nym is unleashed into a world of politics, bizarre parties, and rumors of an evil more sinister than she’s being prepared to fight . . . not to mention the handsome trainer whose dark secrets lie behind a mysterious ability to calm every lightning strike she summons.But what if she doesn’t want to be the weapon they’ve all been waiting for?Set in a beautifully eclectic world of suspicion, super abilities, and monsters, Storm Siren is a story of power. And whoever controls that power will win.
What inspired me to write Storm Siren
So I have this tattoo on my arm.
It’s what I tell the teen girls I work with. It’s what I tell myself.
I think in my own way it’s a reminder of what I believe – that we are born into this world as passionate, creative beings and THAT is who we are meant to be. Unfortunately, so often it seems like our culture and media are shouting the opposite, or, at the very least, yelling mixed messages of what strength and beauty are. Especially for women. We’re told to “just be ourselves” but then promptly heaped with a host of shallow expectations that can make one feel never quite good enough. It can be intimidating and devaluing, and I think it leaves a lot of people, teens particularly, asking - Can’t I be valued and respected for simply being me?
With that in mind, the inspiration behind Storm Siren came from the conviction that we are ALREADY incredible human beings, each existing for a unique purpose. And that is definitely the story of Nym and Storm Siren...that no matter what expectations have been put on us, or how broken down we’ve been, or even how much we may have failed others, there is beauty in us. There is so much to who we are and who we can impact with our life stories. And as we do? Our stories entwine with others’ and we share in this journey together.
And when we embrace that?
We truly are wild. Beautiful. Untameable. :0)
To each of you hanging out with me here...thank you for sharing in this moment of the journey. May your path be more breathtaking than you ever dreamed.
*quote is by Isadora Duncan, photo by Sarah Kathleen Photography
About The Author:
Officially though: Mary Weber is a ridiculously uncoordinated girl plotting to take over make-believe worlds through books, handstands, and imaginary throwing knives. In her spare time, she feeds unicorns, sings 80’s hairband songs to her three muggle children, and ogles her husband who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California, which is perfect for stalking L.A. bands, Joss Whedon, and the ocean. She likes orange trees, tattoos, and ALL the music. ;0)
BOOK 1 in my YA fantasy STORM SIREN trilogy releases Aug 2014 from Thomas Nelson, HarperCollins. Eep!
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