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Lies I Live By

by Lauren Sabel

GENRE: YA Thriller

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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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EXCERPT (Exclusive Excerpt):


“Ask me a question,” Indigo says, officially starting the session. He settles his face into a perfectly blank stare.

“Am I your favorite viewer at the agency?” I ask.

“No.” Indigo’s face stays as blank as a sheet of paper, but I notice that his eyebrows draw slightly upward, making soft lines appear across his forehead, and he cocks his head minutely to the right. Barely noticeable, but telltale micro-expressions of someone who’s lying.

“Easy peasy,” I say, rubbing my hands together to let him know I’m just getting started.

“You can’t ask questions you already know the answer to,” Indigo complains.

“It’s possible you could have another favorite here,” I respond.

“Like who?”

I shrug. “Not satisfied with my question? Fine. You ask one, then.”

“How about this one?” Indigo says. “Tell me which one of these things is a lie: I was born in Indiana under a different name. My father’s name was Joe and he had three cows and a goat named Chicken Little. I got As in school but decided college wasn’t for me.”

I watch Indigo carefully throughout the entire story, noticing every time his eyes shift to the right or he shuffles his feet or touches his mouth. “You were a C student,” I finally say, and he nods. “Real name?” I ask.

“Gary,” he says. “Changed it when I moved here.” Indigo glances at his watch, and a concerned look flickers over his face. He abruptly stands up and smooth’s out the wrinkles in his royal blue pants with glow-in-the-dark stars. Sometimes I can’t believe I work for a dude who looks like his own constellation. “Let’s cut this one short,” Indigo says. “Say hi to your mom for me.”

“You know how she feels about this whole thing,” I sigh.

Indigo’s still under the illusion that my mom signed the legal form for me to work at Branch 13 as a minor. Even though the form said my position was a “governmental internship,” if mom found out even one hint of what I was doing, she would dig until she found the truth. And as Indigo warned me in the beginning—if people know what I do, they could end up being targets of the criminals we are searching for—I knew I couldn’t take the chance. So I threw the legal form in front of mom as she ran out of the house, late for a lecture on astrophysics. She didn’t even ask what she was signing, and “field trip” more than sufficed. To this day, I just maintain that Mom’s uncomfortable with the whole thing, and Indigo never brings it up or asks to meet her.

“She’ll come around eventually,” Indigo says.

I stand up and shrug into my faded hoodie. “Tomorrow, then?”

Indigo salutes me. “Mañana, chica. The good fight continues.”


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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 LIES I LIVE BY. 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.

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