Excerpt & Giveaway: Captured by S.J. Harper

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The Fallen Siren Series, Prequel #0.5
GENRE: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance

Join FBI Agents Emma Monroe and Zack Armstrong.

She’s a Siren. He’s a Werewolf.

Their mission is redemption.

Emma Monroe is a Fallen Siren, cursed by the gods and banished to Earth for her failure to prevent the kidnapping of Persephone. She’s had many names and many lives, but only one mission: redemption. Now she works for the FBI and is on temporary assignment in Charleston. Solving this next missing persons case could be the key to ending her ancient curse—unless the temptation that’s her new partner gets in the way.

Zack Armstrong is a Werewolf. Tall, dark, and dangerous, he currently works for one of the bureau’s elite Child Abduction Rapid Deployment teams. In many respects the man is every bit as mysterious as his secret and perilous past. But there are two things he’s certain about, that he’s going to get his man and his woman.

When Zack finds himself suddenly shy a partner and a third child goes missing in Charleston, Emma goes from consultant to CARD team member in the space of a few hours. The abductions of the first two boys ended in murder, an outcome that neither Zack nor Emma can abide. As they race against time to track down the kidnapper and rescue the latest victim, they find themselves fighting something just as treacherous—a growing attraction that can’t be ignored or denied.

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The Fallen Siren Series, Book 1

Meet FBI Agents Emma Monroe and Zack Armstrong.

She's cursed. He's damned.

Together, they make one hell of a team.

Emma Monroe is a Siren, cursed by the gods and bound to earth to atone for an ancient failure. She’s had many names and many lives, but only one mission: redemption. Now that she works missing persons cases for the FBI, it could be just a rescue away. Unless her new partner leads her astray.

Special Agent Zack Armstrong just transferred into the San Diego Field Office. He’s a werewolf, doing his best to beat back the demons from his dark and dangerous past. As a former Black Ops sniper, he’s taken enough lives. Now he’s doing penance by saving them.

Emma and Zack’s very first case draws them deep into the realm of the paranormal, and forces them to use their own supernatural abilities. But that leaves each of them vulnerable, and there are lines partners should not cross. As secrets are revealed and more women go missing, one thing becomes clear: as they race to save the victims, Emma and Zack risk losing themselves.

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Zack looks up at the brand new security camera by the edge of the driveway. “There’s one more thing we can do,” Zack says. “There were security cameras in the grocery store Mikey Nicolson was taken from and more in the parking lot.”

“But you must have already looked at it.”

“Fresh eyes, remember? Unfortunately, the back where the body was found isn’t covered and the space that Mrs. Nicolson parked in was in a blind spot. I don’t know, maybe there’s something you’ll see that we didn’t.”

He slides in behind the wheel.

I open the passenger door. A gust of hot air rushes out. “Do you think the kidnapper could have known that? Maybe we should look more closely at some of the employees.”

The air conditioning is now going full blast. All of the windows are rolled down.

“I don’t think anyone knew,” says Zack. “Footage is recorded and stored. It’s not actively monitored. When I pointed out the blind spot to the manager, he was surprised. Surveillance was originally set up to cover the entire lot. A few months prior to the kidnapping a motor home backed into a light pole one of the cameras was mounted on. The camera had been knocked off line and he assumed it had been fixed.”

I sigh. “Well, right now we don’t have anything else. May as well give the footage another look. How long will it take to get access?”

Zack answers. “No time at all. I’ve got the files loaded on my laptop. I have to warn you, there’s several days’ worth of footage. Even on fast forward, it’s going to take a long time to get through.”

I check my watch. “I’m game if you are. We can order in for dinner.”

“You know, you’re a woman after my own heart. You think about food as much as I do.”

He checks the rearview mirror then rolls up the windows and puts the car in gear. “Your place or mine?” He turns to face me head on. His tone is completely professional. But the question does something to me. Something it shouldn’t. Something dangerous.

Can he sense the quickening of my pulse? Smell the hint of arousal?

I’ve waited too long to answer.

One corner of Zack’s mouth turns up. A slow smile forms. “You’re thinking about that question awfully hard, Agent Monroe.”

I meet his eyes. “Mine,” I answer.

He nods. “A lady who likes to be in control, call the shots.”

I grin. “A lady who is a good shot. You best remember that, Agent Armstrong.”


S. J. Harper is the pen name for the writing team of Samantha Sommersby and Jeanne C. Stein, two friends who met at Comic- Con in San Diego and quickly bonded over a mutual love of good wine, edgy urban fantasy, and everything Joss Whedon.

Samantha Sommersby left what she used to call her “real- life” day job in the psychiatric !eld to pursue writing full- time in 2007. She is the author of more than ten novels and novellas including the critically acclaimed Forbidden series. She currently lives with her husband and terrier pup, Olive, in a century- old Southern California Craftsman. Sam happily spends her days immersed in a world where vampires, werewolves, and demons are real, myths, and legends are revered, magic is possible, and love still conquers all.

Jeanne Stein is the national bestselling author of The Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles. She also has numerous short story credits, including most recently the novella Blood Debt from the New York Times bestselling anthology Hexed. Her series has been picked up in three foreign countries and her short stories published in collections here in the U.S. and the U.K. She lives in Denver, Colorado, where she !nds gardening a challenge more daunting than navigating the world of mythical creatures.

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