Saturday, July 20, 2013

Blog Tour and Guest Post: Cassie Scot

New Adult / Paranormal Romance/ Mystery

Date Published: 5/15/2013
 Cassie Scot is the ungifted daughter of powerful sorcerers, born between worlds but belonging to neither. At 21, all she wants is to find a place for herself, but earning a living as a private investigator in the shadow of her family’s reputation isn’t easy. When she is pulled into a paranormal investigation, and tempted by a powerful and handsome sorcerer, she will have to decide where she truly belongs.

Author Bio
Christine Amsden has been writing science fiction and fantasy for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.
At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, a condition that effects the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams.
When she's not writing, Christine teaches workshops on writing, usually at Savvy Authors. She also offers professional editing services. She maintains a book review blog on her website with occasional writing tips thrown in for the fun of it.
Christine lives in the Kansas City area with her husband and two children.



My Thoughts: 

Okay, I really thought this was a fun quick read! Cassie is such a great character and definitely falls into my "kick @ss" heroine category that you guys know I love! She's got a LOT to overcome with her lack of abilities, yet she still isn't a whiny little baby about it. (I would be if my family had magic and I didn't!)

The story kept my interest and the characters were pretty solid! Cassie has such a great personality that it's hard NOT to like her! She's smart, funny, and fantastically independent! The perfect combination! She's not a wussy willowy flower, but a chick that can deal!

I loved it!

Guest Post:

Cassie came to me, I didn’t go to her. 

I finished The Immortality Virus late in the fall of 2008, and though I took pride in my second novel, I felt worn out (creatively). When the new year came, bringing with it the opportunity for all kinds of writerly resolutions, I decided I needed to take the year off. I would read, blog, journal, but otherwise give my muse time to heal.

I didn’t make it a year. It turns out, I really am a writer. Writers write. We can’t not write. Taking the pressure off my muse did turn out to have been a great idea, but putting a time frame on it was a bit naive. 

Cassie came to me in mid-February, as I played on the floor with me (then) 9-month-old daughter. I won’t go so far as to say she popped into my head fully formed, but it was close. I sat bolt upright, my eyes probably doing that cartoon bulge, as a light bulb appeared over my head. 

What if… What if the hero of a fantasy story was the only one in it without magic?  I wrote the first line of the story as soon as my daughter went down for a nap. It read: “My parents think the longer the name, the more powerful the sorcerer, so they named me Nicolas Merlin Apollonius Roger Scot. You can call me Nick.”

Okay, so it needed work. It didn’t take me long to realize I wanted a female heroine. Nicolas (who does not go by Nick and might set you on fire if you tried) became the oldest of Cassie’s siblings. After that, Cassie told me new things about herself every day. I had a rough draft by the end of June.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for your wonderful review! I love that people are loving Cassie. I love her, too. She's everything I wish I was. :)

    Just to help you know where this is going, book 2, Secrets and Lies, is only in want of cover art and should be out in 3-4 months. (Maybe sooner in ebook format.) Books 3 and 4, which conclude Cassie's story, are under contract and should be available in the spring and summer of 2014 respectively.


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