Happy book birthday to Skandal, the second book in the Sekret series!
The dramatic sequel to Sekret, this psychic Cold War espionage thriller follows Yulia to Washington, DC, where she fights to discover the truth about her family without
losing control of her mind.
My mind is mine alone.
in Washington, D.C., is not the safe haven Yulia hoped for when she
risked everything to flee communist Russia. Her father is reckless and
aloof, and Valentin is distant and haunted by his past. Her mother is
being targeted by the CIA and the US government is suspicious of Yulia’s
allegiance. And when super-psychics start turning up in the US capitol,
it seems that even Rostov is still a threat. Ultimately, Yulia must
keep control of her own mind to save the people she loves and avoid an
People have been asking me if the series is complete now. Yes! Yulia’s story concludes in Skandal. I’m not opposed to exploring more adventures in this universe, especially secondary characters, but I’m satisfied with Yulia’s arc as it stands. If you’re looking for more stories in the universe, there is an e-novella, KURSED, set at the end of World War II, and there will be a Larissa short story, KRISIS, in the Kisses and Curses Fierce Reads anthology this summer.
Sekret is now available in paperback today, as well, so now’s a great time to start the series!
A high-concept, fantastical espionage novel set in a world where dreams are the ultimate form of political intelligence.
Livia is a dreamstrider. She can inhabit a subject’s body while they are
sleeping and, for a short time, move around in their skin. She uses her
talent to work as a spy for the Barstadt Empire. But her partner,
Brandt, has lately become distant, and when Marez comes to join their
team from a neighboring kingdom, he offers Livia the option of a life
she had never dared to imagine. Livia knows of no other dreamstriders
who have survived the pull of Nightmare. So only she understands the
stakes when a plot against the Empire emerges that threatens to consume
both the dreaming world and the waking one with misery and rage.
richly conceived world full of political intrigue and fantastical dream
sequences, at its heart Dreamstrider is about a girl who is struggling
to live up to the potential before her.
DREAMSTRIDER was a difficult book wrought in a difficult time; I talked more about my inspiration for writing DREAMSTRIDER in this Tor.com article. But I couldn’t be more thrilled with how it’s come together. With how much I learned about my writing and myself in the process. I’m thrilled and deeply grateful for all the kind words I’ve gotten about the cover, the premise, and everything else, and I look forward to sharing it with the world on October 6th.
This thrilling prequel to Lindsay Smith’s SEKRET tells the story of how Yulia’s parents met while fighting Nazis in World War II. Antonina never meant to become a cog in the Soviet machine. She only wanted an opportunity to conduct her research on genetic mutations and psychic ability. But now her research
is being used to find other psychics to carry out Stalin’s demands. And
together they are being sent deep into Nazi Germany to steal secrets.
Antonina fears there is no escape from her life of lies and subterfuge,
until she meets Andrei, who gives her hope that she is gifted, not
I am so thrilled that I get to share Antonina’s and Andrei’s story! This ebook was so much fun to write, and I loved getting to explore the “before” of both of those characters as well as some additional players who’ll turn up in SKANDAL.