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Lies I Live By by Lauren Sabel: Review and Giveaway!

Monday, July 11, 2016
Romance, intrigue, and action collide in this psychic twist on the classic spy novel.

Callie Sinclair is literally out of her mind; as the government’s youngest psychic spy, she finds valuable information for top-secret missions. Her work keeps her headaches at bay, but it means she must lie to everyone she loves, including her longtime boyfriend, Charlie.

When a new psychic arrives at the office, Callie can’t help but flirt; Jasper already knows her in a way Charlie never will.

But as her love life gets more complicated, so do her visions. People halfway around the world seem to be in danger...and people in her own backyard, too. If Callie can’t find a way to alter future events, she could lose the people she loves—and her mind. Literally.

Lauren Sabel’s enthralling, romantic novel captures the thrill of exploring a unique power in a dangerous world.

Goodreads Summary

Psychic and paranormal themes seem to be running rampant in today's world and this book is no exception in all the right ways. Callie is happy in her life with her long term boyfriend and her job for the government as a psychic spy. Her life s turned upside down though when Jasper, a fellow psychic, arrives to work with her. She has so much in common with him and quickly falls under his spell. to complicate things further, she foresees 2 future events that she feels a calling to intervene with. One of them is near home, and one of them is half way around the world.

The premise and story of this book are exciting and captivating in a market that seems to be flooded with this type of story. What sets this book apart from the others was the combination of Callie being a psychic and a spy for the government. It kind of reminded me of the television show "Medium" where a Psychic helps the district attorneys office in Phoenix, Arizona. The author adds a little bit of scandal in the story by having Callie fall for two guys at once. What I liked about the story was that while she was interested in two guys, he isn't pursuing them both mindlessly to he point where she looses her own head. another great aspect of the book is that the author adds her great vivid imagination to the entirety of the book. Scenes are beautifully and uniquely explained, and feelings of the individual characters are portrayed in such a way that you feel as though you are living each event. This is definitely a book to look into if you are into the psychic paranormal genre.


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Author Bio:

Originally from the Rocky Mountains, Lauren Sabel has returned to the cool mountain air of Boulder, Colorado after living in several wonderful cities that she will always love and continue to visit year after year.

Lauren loves her husband, her family, her friends, and stories that end happily. (Unfortunately, hers never do.) She also loves digging into her mind and revealing tiny gems she didn’t know were there. 

Lauren learned to mind dig while getting her MFA in Creative Writing from Naropa, a Buddhist college in Boulder, Colorado. Before Naropa, Lauren studied film in Rome, where she developed her love of crypts and other beautiful creepy things. She also worked in the film industry in New York and San Francisco, focusing mainly on film festivals, as she can never pass up a good party. In San Francisco she worked for Chronicle Books, where she was inducted into the fascinating world of book publishing. 

For the past eight years, Lauren has been teaching college students the joys of creative writing, whether they like it or not.

In 2008, Lauren was published in Undiscovered Voices, an anthology of the best new writers for children in the U.K., where she was living at the time. Then life got very exciting very quickly. She signed with Jodi Reamer Esq. at The Writer’s House Agency in New York, and they made magic happen, and that magic is named Katherine Tegen. (aka: Katherine Tegen Publishing, Harper Collins).

At that time, I was obsessed with reading books about the remote viewers who helped the US government during the Cold War. My book LIES I LIVE BY came out of how that research blended with my imagination. Callie, the 17 year old psychic spy, burst out of me with a voice of her own, and 18 months later, she was ready.

LIES I LIVE BY came out May 2016 with Katherine Tegen Books.

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