Title: SECRETS OF THE DEAD (AN ANYA CALLAHAN NOVEL)
Word Count: 88,000
Anya Callahan has gone through something that a lot of teenagers have to deal with. She lost her first love, the boy she is sure is her soul mate. What makes this experience unique is that Anya loses Cam because he can’t handle watching her be possessed by ghosts. Dedicated and devoted though he is, watching Anya’s features shift and hearing someone else’s voice come out of her mouth is enough to scare him away.
As she spends the next few years learning, both about herself and her abilities, Anya never lets go of Cam. She does make a few discoveries along the way however. Anya has always known that she could see and hear all varieties of spirits but the fact that she can control them comes as a complete surprise.
A grown and more confident young woman Anya starts to take control of her own life. She finds a new job, new friends, new abilities and a way to bring love back into her life. Conflict sets up road blocks in her path, including a run in with a particularly fierce spirit that she has feared since childhood and Anya wonders if she will be able to rise to the challenges that are being presented.
I am Anya Callahan. I’ve always liked my name, partially because my part Cherokee great-grandmother got it from a vision before I was born and partially because it’s pretty. My name is the only thing I really like about myself though. I’m short and pale, with brown hair and blue eyes. I’ve heard myself described as having almond shaped eyes that are the color of sapphires and chestnut hair with glints of gold and skin that gleams like ivory, but the man who said all that was a poet and I think he just got in the habit talking like that. I doubt he believed what he was saying and I certainly don’t see it. My sisters and my mother are the beautiful ones. I am just one of many, one girl in a crowd, nothing to make me stand out. That has always been the way I liked it best however. I’ve always been afraid that if people look too closely at me they will be able to see my secret. I’ve spent most of my life hiding this secret from friends and family…hiding it from everyone in fact. My secret is one of those unbelievable things that you’ve watched movies about and read stories about. I can see and hear the dead. Even saying it out loud sounds slightly ludicrous and funny, but it’s very real and it has controlled most of my life.
Actually to just say I talk to the dead isn’t the complete truth of it.