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Awakening the Essence: Book One of the Siren Chronicles Paperback – March 25, 2011

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This novel blends fantasy, mythology, history and the human experience. Lots of symbolism, mystery and subliminal  sensuality..  including language, anthropology, music, and even theology!  --Madeleine Dow - co-founder Boomers Book Club

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Demonstrating a gift for the creation of legend, author Kate Sexton delivers a hypnotic novel of mysteries and profound knowledge and makes real a great dynasty -- a family given to history and mythology, to murder and forbidden wisdom, to song and philosophy; a family that is itself haunted by a dangerous and secretive enemy.
On a mountainside in the south of France, Rory Forsythe, a beautiful woman and successful entertainment executive, awakens from a car accident to discover she has acquired sensory abilities that both mystify and frighten her. While trying to comprehend these new abilities, she is catapulted violently into a worldwide power struggle that began eons ago.
With handsome Irishman Kelsey O'Keefe at her side, Rory takes up the hunt for the hidden location of a venerable family fortune. As these -- fiercely drawn to each other, fall in love and set out to solve the mystery of her past -- the novel moves backward and forward in time from today's Los Angeles and Lyon, France to atop an ancient temple in Babylon and a tribal circle of judgment held 8,000 years ago.
Rory's increasingly inspired yet dangerous moves in this ruthless game bind her to her heritage and the priceless legacy she was born to protect - The Siren Chronicles.
With a dreamlike power, the novel draws us through circuitous, dusky paths to the present. And always - through peril, tension and escape - there swirl around us echoes of eternal war; innocence versus evil, sanity against madness, life versus death.
Journey through time and history as The  Siren  Chronicles are revealed.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Indigo Woman Incorporated; First edition (March 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615323510
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615323510
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,854,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kate Sexton embarked on the journey that would lead her to write this book at age ten when she confronted local religious leaders, refusing to become baptized without verifiable justification for dedicating her life to Jesus. Over the next four years she voraciously studied world religions, often forced to hide books inside the covers of others at the library, until she reached her own conclusions about life and god. In the end, she shared her Aunt Nell's core belief that nothing lasts forever. These findings satisfied Kate until a boyfriend introduced her to Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell. This began a ten-year quest for knowledge that would lead to the first drafts of The Siren Chronicles. The deeper Kate delved, the more she detected a theme - the mysterious origins of the Indo-Europeans, the destruction they wrought in their quest to dominate the civilized world, and their brutal suppression of women. During her years of research Kate discovered Marija Gimbutas' groundbreaking archeological findings, Bryan Sykes genetic work, numerous authors on linguistics and the origins of Indo-European languages, Merlin Stone, James George Frazer, and so many others whose works, each dog-eared and marked with highlighter, now fill seven bookcases. A proud fourth generation workingwoman, Kate Sexton volunteers and works with local visual, literary, and performing art groups supporting programs for young people to find their bliss through art. She resides in Ojai, California. Book Two of The Siren Chronicles, Sirens of the Sunset Realm, is planned for 2013 release.

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Awakening the Essence is a seductive blend of history, music, and romance. Kate Sexton lures the reader with a fantasy steeped in culture and fortunes beyond imagination. The story is set in modern times, but much of the book is dedicated to the ancient tribe who spawned the contemporary characters.

The main character, Rory, was raised by a middle class mom in Southern California after both of her biological parents died. A severe accident brings Rory's true heritage to light and changes her life in ways she could never have anticipated and her newly discovered relatives appear to be both intriguing and dangerous. The book promises to be the first in a series as Rory's journey unfolds. Sexton's unique perspective lends an unusual twist to her compelling characters. Sexton has created a mysterious narrative, can't wait for the sequel.
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