Monday, July 1, 2013

"When the Siren Calls," by Tom Barry

Book One in the Siren Calls trilogy, this novel tells the story of two driven characters - Isobel and Jay - and their passionate and cathartic affair. It pits the naive against the machiavellian, and asks searching questions about what life and money can do to love. With over 30 five-star reviews, this book is a deal today - discounted to 99 cents.

When the Siren Calls, by Tom Barry

"Tom Barry's Isobel is a woman of personal sorrow who acts out her desperation. He has done a masterful job of capturing the woman's plight. I recommend this book- the sex is not gross or disgusting, but done with a modicum of tact though explicit. Nice job!" -- Amazon reviewer

A story of seduction, deception and betrayal...

When restless and neglected Isobel is invited to an idyllic Tuscan retreat by the suave and streetwise Jay, she imagines a life of excitement outside her stagnant marriage. Despite fear and guilt, she abandons herself in a passionate love affair, but is soon trapped in a web of feminine manipulation, business intrigue, and ruthless ambition, while controlling Jay encourages conservative Isobel to push beyond her sexual boundaries.

But all is not as it seems in the hilltop paradise and as her lover battles for survival, she finds herself a player in a dangerous love triangle. Unable to know who she can trust, she must fight to control both her own cravings and to save what little of herself is left. As her life falls apart, she is torn between the consequences of infidelity, her love for Jay, and fear that he will be her nemesis. For both Isobel and Jay, the excesses and confusions of an uncertain and largely amoral age are about to be brought home to roost, right in the heart of their lives.

Witty and smattered with the best sort of irony, with twists and turns that keep you guessing, When the Siren Calls is a sensual and moving emotional drama that titillates the senses while racing along like a Grisham thriller. The novel will appeal to adult readers of romantic suspense and to fans of Fifty Shades of Grey.

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Meet the Author

You become a writer because you think you've got something to say worth listening to. I chose to be a novelist because I want to entertain my readers, not preach to them. The challenge is to transport readers to times, places and events where they can lose themselves in stories about heroes they can identify with, who triumph against the odds and who change and grow in the process; but most of all readers want to enjoy the ride.

"Back in my consulting days, it was a great buzz to work for household name companies and to meet industry icons like Bill Gates. Not many careers offer that opportunity to you when you are in your twenties and thirties. But like your first born, few things beat the thrill of holding your debut novel in your hand."

Tom is married with three children and currently divides his time between his main home outside London, and San Diego. He is also a lover of all things Italian, and counts Tuscany as amongst his favourite places. He has been an active supporter of a number of UK and overseas charities, and has visited Kenya many times in recent years where he has sponsored individual students and been involved in improving education in village schools. He is delighted to be now supporting the Brit Writers' Awards to promote creative Writing in our schools. His work with UK charities brought him to the attention of Michael Parkinson, and in recognition for Tom's support to the Nordoff Robbins Centre for Music Therapy, Michael invited him for interview on his show. "To sit in the same seat as some of my greatest idols and heroes, people like Muhammad Ali, John Lennon, and Shirley Maclaine, being interviewed by a legend, in front of your family, well it doesn't get much better than that."

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