by Lauren Sabel
GENRE: YA Thriller
These are the facts: My name is Callie Sinclair. I am seventeen years old. I live in San Francisco. I love my boyfriend, Charlie. I work for a secret governmental agency. I am a psychic spy. This romantic, action-packed twist on the classic spy novel is perfect for fans of Ally Carter’s Embassy Row series or for any reader who enjoys cinematic writing and stories of romance and intrigue.
At seventeen, Callie is the government’s youngest psychic spy, trained to track dangerous people and weapons in her visions. When another young—and handsome and witty—psychic joins the agency, Callie’s personal and professional lives get messy all at once. If she can’t find a way to change the events she’s seen in her visions, she could lose the people she loves most . . . and her mind. Literally.
Richly painted against the backdrop of San Francisco and Berkeley, Lauren Sabel’s enthralling novel captures the thrill of exploring a unique power in a dangerous world.
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VIVIAN DIVINE IS DEAD:
“Callie?” Indigo says from across the darkened room. I open my eyes, suddenly realizing that I’ve underlined the word normal, and I’m drawing a dark box around it. “What are you seeing now?” he asks. Indigo’s voice is so familiar by now it amazes me that I’ve only known him for a little over a year. So many things have happened since the Christmas party, things I can never say aloud to protect the safety of our nation, and the people I love.
I look at the word normal stretched across the white copy paper, mingling with the drawings of cargo ships and parts of radioactive bombs. “Sorry,” I whisper, wishing it wasn’t too late to hide the paper. I focus again, this time on what I’m supposed to be looking at. The aircraft carrier.
I let myself sink into a trance again, and my mind feels like it is twisting, stretching. The world slips past me, faster and faster, until the blur makes me dizzy. I fall into the shattering of it, the rough pieces of images real and imagined merging into a kaleidoscope of colors. As the dizzying colors get brighter, my mind wanders to places thousands of miles away, to an ocean I’ve seen a hundred times, but never with my own eyes.
“Callie? Are you okay?” The voice comes from far away, as distant as a dying star, and I’m suddenly remembering the day Mom told me Dad was never coming back, and the way the truth crushed me under its unbearable weight. That was back when I valued truth, and finding out I had been lied to meant something—back before I knew everything was a lie.
“Callie?” the voice says, and now faster, dizzier, into a white space, a space without anything, no walls, no boundaries, just the deep blue ocean, and the reflection of something (me? a bird?) skipping across the water. “She’s not responding,” the voice says, and the backward count begins. “Ten . . . nine . . . eight . . .”
I feel myself being sucked out of this world, and I’m grasping onto nothing, my arms flailing out like a bird, and
“Seven . . . six . . . five . . .”
and then I see it.
About the author
Lauren Sabel lives in the quirky dark spaces of her mind, and she tries to shed light on these spaces in her books. After publishing VIVIAN DIVINE IS DEAD in Summer 2014 with Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of Harper Collins, she confronted her lifelong fear of being psychic by writing OUT OF MY MIND. Since in this YA thriller, teenage psychic spy Callie Sinclair works undercover for the government, forced to hide her real identity from everyone she loves, Lauren is now certain she’s on the CIA watch list.
Lauren will be awarding $30 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.