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Some of It Was Real

by Nan Fischer

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Some of It Was Real by Nan Fischer
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A psychic on the verge of stardom who isn't sure she believes in herself and a cynical journalist with one last chance at redemption are brought together by secrets from the past that also threaten to tear them apart.

Psychic-medium Sylvie Young starts every show with her origin story, telling the audience how she discovered her abilities. But she leaves out a lot—the plane crash that killed her parents, an estranged adoptive family who tend orchards in rainy Oregon, panic attacks, and the fact that her agent insists she research some clients to ensure success.

After a catastrophic reporting error, Thomas Holmes's next story at the L.A. Times may be his last, but he's got a great personal pitch. "Grief vampires" like Sylvie who prey upon the loved ones of the deceased have bankrupted his mother. He's dead set on using his last-chance article to expose Sylvie as a conniving fraud and resurrect his career.

When Sylvie and Thomas collide, a game of cat and mouse ensues, but the secrets they're keeping from each other are nothing compared to the mysteries and lies they unearth about Sylvie's past. Searching for the truth might destroy them both—but it's the only way to find out what's real.

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Sylvie

The outfit is the easy part. It was chosen by a style consultant hired by my agent to create an image. I slip on a sleeveless black silk jumpsuit with crystals along the edge of a plunging neckline, fasten strappy heels and diamond hoop earrings, and slide a platinum ring whose sapphire stones form an infinity symbol on my index finger. On cue, my stomach cramps and I rush into the bathroom, grip the cold porcelain, and lose a late lunch. Moose whimpers then rests his blocky head on my shoulder. He's a 145-pound Great Dane, but despite his size, he's a big baby. "I'm good. Promise."

A kiss between Moose's eyes; swish of mouthwash then I return to the mirror, sweep my dark brown hair into a glossy chignon. On goes a light coat of foundation, blush, eye shadow, dark gray liner, false lashes, and red lipstick. One final look confirms everything is in place. I swivel my chair and rifle through last-minute reminders. When the phone rings, there's no need to check caller ID. My ...

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  1. Sylvie and Thomas both struggle with Impostor Syndrome—the persistent inability to believe that one's success is deserved or has been legitimately achieved. Have you ever suffered from Impostor Syndrome? If so, how did you overcome your fears and embrace your abilities?
  2. Early in the novel, Sylvie calls Thomas "Doubting Thomas" because he only believes what he can see, touch, and prove. Do you require proof to believe things, or can you rely on faith?
  3. Sylvie has no memories before the age of six until she unlocks her past. What is the earliest memory you have? Have your first memories shaped your perception of who you are in the world?
  4. Have you ever visited with a psychic, tarot card reader, or palm reader? What was that ...
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Sylvie and Thomas are believable characters because the author displays their good and bad traits with great timing and good emotional response (windellh). This is not a romance although there is a relationship. It is more of a dual coming-of-age in early adulthood for two people, each with a traumatic past. There is also a family saga involved for each of them. Along with some very poignant animal companion moments. I did cry at one point (Peggy T). The two main characters set off traveling together, both with bad intent, filled with animosity and hate. As they delve into the past, they each end up sharing their basic humanity and vulnerability with the other even though their cross-purposes continue. An intriguing, engaging read (Samantha H)...continued

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Publishers Weekly
[A] pulsating story...Fischer has a natural touch for plotting and clever dialogue, and her fresh, delightful plot charms and entices. Women's fiction readers will devour this.

Author Blurb New York Times bestselling author Andrea Bartz
Fresh, surprising, and compulsively readable, Some of It Was Real sucked me right in with its rich characters, sparkling wit, and captivating story arc. This debut is more than a page-turner; it's an unflinching exploration of identity, trauma, and transcending the past, and it kept me riveted all the way up to its jaw-dropping conclusion.

Author Blurb Tracey Garvis Graves, New York Times bestselling author
Some of It Was Real had everything I love—characters I was rooting for and an intriguing premise that kept me guessing. The ending had me turning the final pages at a breakneck speed. You will simply love this book.

Author Blurb USA Today bestselling author Colleen Oakley
The perfect blend of mystery and love story, Some of It Was Real kept me guessing and turning pages way past my bedtime, all the way to its shocking denouement. An absolute must-read.

Reader Reviews

Swadesh

Mysterious romance
Perusing the portrayal, I didn't figure this book would snatch my advantage however I was wonderfully astonished! By page 2 I was snared! Elegantly composed, fascinating characters and a decent story line that kept me locked in. I read this in 2 days...   Read More
Lupita G. (Plantation, FL)

Not your typical romance book...
This isn't your typical rom-com book, because there's SO MUCH MORE than what has been published lately. Sylvie is a psychic-medium with a huge following, yet she has some secrets of her own. Thomas is an L.A. journalist writing about "grief vampires"...   Read More
Sandra B. (Buda, TX)

What was real?
I enjoyed this book. It kept you guessing as to what was really Sylvia's history and why couldn't she remember. Trying to understand why Thomas felt the way he did about Sylvia's profession and if she was going to change his mind kept you wondering. ...   Read More
Gary R. (Bolingbrook, IL)

I can read your mind?
This was not my typical choice to read but the synopsis sounded interesting, so I took a chance and it was a very pleasant surprise. I really liked the way it was told in alternating chapters by the two main characters, Sylvie, the psychic, or is she...   Read More

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The Psychic Industry in the United States

Neon signage in doorway advertising psychic services In Nan Fischer's novel Some of It Was Real, psychic-medium entertainer Sylvie Young comes under the scrutiny of Thomas Holmes, a reporter determined to expose her as a "grief vampire" who takes advantage of people mourning loved ones. Whether or not you believe their claims of clairvoyance and communication with the dead are real or sincere, self-identified psychics like Sylvie are in high demand, and the performances and services they provide make up a multi-million dollar industry in the United States.

Professional psychic performers can be seen on television shows and in advertisements for psychic hotlines, which give the option of calling a number to talk to someone who can allegedly provide insight about the future. Some ...

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