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Book Review: Frozen by Christine Amsden

10 May

Print Release: July 15, 2018

Audiobook Release: TBA

 

Apparently, life doesn’t end when you get married.

When a couple freezes to death on a fifty degree day, Cassie is called in to investigate. The couple ran a daycare out of their home, making preschoolers the key witnesses and even the prime suspects.

Two of those preschoolers are Cassie’s youngest siblings, suggesting conditions at home are worse than she feared. As Cassie struggles to care for her family, she must face the truth about her mother’s slide into depression, which seems to be taking the entire town with it.

Then Cassie, too, is attacked by the supernatural cold. She has to think fast to survive, and her actions cause a rift between her and her husband.

No, life doesn’t end after marriage. All hell can break loose at any time. 

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I have read the complete Cassie Scot series by Christine Amsden and was sorry to see it end, so I was thrilled when I learned that she decided to continue writing about Eagle Rock. First, she wrote about Cassie’s best friends Madison and Kaitlin. And now Cassie is back!

Christine Amsden’s writing style flows well and is easy to read. There are a lot of characters in Frozen but they’re easy to keep track of since I’ve read about them and because they’re all unique. 

Cassie is married to Evan and they have a one-year-old who is already powerful. They’re very much in love but they have a lot on their plates. People are dying by being frozen to death, Cassie’s siblings are in trouble, there are hell hound sightings for the first time in 500 years, and Cassie is having weird dreams. There’s a lot going on in Eagle Rock.

Cassie and Evan are both stubborn and there were times I wished I could tell them both, especially Cassie, to grow up! Her pride gets in her way sometimes.

I have grown fond of the characters and the town of Eagle Rock and I’m looking forward to reading more Cassie Scot books. I definitely recommend Frozen but I suggest reading the books in order to get the most out of the books.

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The Cassie Scot Series

Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective (Cassie Scot Book One)

Secrets and Lies (Cassie Scot Book Two)

Mind Games (Cassie Scot Book 3)

Stolen Dreams (Cassie Scot Book 4)

Madison’s Song (Cassie Scot Book 5)

Kaitlin’s Tale (Cassie Scot Book 6)

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Guest Post from the Author

Writing a Series

Cassie Scot was supposed to be a four-book series. Each book centered on a self-contained mystery, while the series dealt with some character growth and struggles. I wrote those four books together, even though they were released a few months apart, so that I had at least a solid rough draft of Stolen Dreams (book four) done before the original Cassie Scot went public.

It was an ideal way to write a series. I had a plan, changed the plan a dozen times, and rewrote to accommodate my new plans.

Then Cassie’s two best friends, Kaitlin and Madison, decided they needed stories of their own. I accommodated them, but it wasn’t as easy. The first four books were now set in stone, the rules of the world fixed, meaning that I had a silent partner in my new books: Younger me!

These days, I’m working on other projects, but Cassie still won’t stay quiet. Before I sat down tow rite Frozen, she kept saying, “Hello? Are you there? I’m not dead. I just got married. Not the same thing.”

It’s great that my character is still talking to me. This makes writing new books in her series easy. The hard part, once again, is that silent writing partner of mine. I no longer have the freedom to go back to book one and make little changes to pave the way for new elements I’d like to introduce. For better or for worse, my world is my world. I now find myself taking something of a leap of faith with each new volume I write, armed with only a few vague ideas of what might happen next.

Frozen is once again self-contained, but it definitely sets up the promise of new adventures to come. Maybe even new, deeper explorations of the world around Cassie. I knew some of this all along, but I’m making up a lot as I go along. I trust my future self can handle it. I also trust she’s going to read this and have some choice words for me when she does. 🙂

Honestly, writing a series is fun. It gives me the chance to go deeper into characters and world than any single book can. It also gives me the chance to revisit favorite characters, and it keeps me from having to reinvent a world from the ground up with each new volume. I like reading series too, and for the same reason. I get invested. I can’t wait to read more about Harry Dresden, Charlie Davidson, Mackayla Lane, Katherine “Kitty” Kat Martini, and others. I hope readers feel the same way about Cassie Scot.

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About the Author

Christine Amsden has been writing fantasy and science fiction 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 relationships, 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, which scars 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.

Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. In addition to being a writer, she’s a mom and freelance editor.

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Book Review: Kaitlin’s Tale by Christine Amsden

16 May

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Kaitlin Mayer is on the run from the father of her baby – a vampire who wants her to join him in deadly eternity. Terrified for her young son, she seeks sanctuary with the Hunters Guild. Yet they have their own plans for her son, and her hopes of safety are soon shattered.

When she runs into Matthew Blair, an old nemesis with an agenda of his own, she dares to hope for a new escape. But Matthew is a telepath, and Kaitlin’s past is full of dark secrets she never intended to reveal.

*Companion to the Cassie Scot Series

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Print Release: July 15, 2016

Audiobook Release: TBA

 

My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book from the author for an honest review.

I read the Cassie Scot series by Christine Amsden and was sorry to see it end, so I was thrilled when I learned that she was writing about Cassie’s two best friends. I read Madison’s Song, which was good, but I liked Kaitlin and her story with Jason so I couldn’t wait to read Kaitlin’s Tale. I have grown fond of the characters and the town of Eagle Rock and I was happy to see that Cassie and her husband had a small role in this book. 

Kaitlin has been with Jason, the father of her baby and a vampire, for about a year. She has finally realized that she’s not going to get the fairy tale family that she had dreamed of. Jason is no longer himself and she needs to get her son away from him. She doesn’t really have anywhere safe to go that’s close so she ends up going from one bad situation to another. When Matthew Blair shows up, she wants to trust him to take her home but she knows that he hurt Cassie and she doesn’t believe that he can be trusted.

I like Christine Amsden’s characters because they are always complex. Kaitlin has always felt like she didn’t deserve a good man and has some deep, dark secrets. Matthew can read minds so Kaitlin is afraid that he’ll learn her secrets and when he finds out that she is resistant to his magic, he’s scared of her because he can’t wipe her memories. What a couple of messed up people who might just be right for each other!

Kaitlin’s Tale is full of vampires, magic, suspense, and love. It does stand on its own but I enjoyed it even more since I’d read the Cassie Scot series. I definitely recommend all of Christine Amsden’s books, especially if you like series like I do. 

 

 

The Cassie Scot Series

Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective (Cassie Scot #1)

Secrets and Lies (Cassie Scot #2)

Mind Games (Cassie Scot #3)

Stolen Dreams (Cassie Scot #4)

Madison’s Song (a Cassie Scot Companion)

 

About the Author

2016-05-15_2034Christine Amsden has been writing fantasy and science fiction 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 relationships, 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, which scars 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.

Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. In addition to being a writer, she’s a freelance editor, mom, and foster mom.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Stolen Dreams by Christine Amsden

1 Oct

StolenDreams_med-193x300Title: Stolen Dreams (Cassie Scot #4)
Author: Christine Amsden
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: June 24, 2014

Conclusion to the Cassie Scot series!

About the Book (from ChristineAmsden.com):

Edward Scot and Victor Blackwood have despised one another for nearly a quarter of a century, but now their simmering hatred is about to erupt.

When Cassie Scot returns home from her sojourn in Pennsylvania, she finds that her family has taken a hostage. Desperate to end the fighting before someone dies, Cassie seeks help from local seer Abigail Hastings, Evan Blackwood’s grandmother. But Abigail has seen her own death, and when it comes at the hand of Cassie’s father, Victor Blackwood kills Edward Scot.

But things may not be precisely as they appear.

Evan persuades Cassie to help him learn the truth, teaming them up once again in their darkest hour. New revelations about Evan and his family make it difficult for Cassie to cling to a shield of anger, but can Evan and Cassie stop a feud that has taken on a life of its own? Conclusion to the Cassie Scot series.

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I received a free ARC for an honest review.

Stolen Dreams is the fourth book in the Cassie Scot series and, although I liked them all, this is definitely my favorite.

Christine Amsden’s writing style flows well and is easy to read. There are a lot of characters in these books but I had no trouble keeping track of them, which I often do, so her descriptions are good enough to keep everyone straight even for me.

I’ve always liked Cassie and Evan, the two main characters. I get annoyed with Cassie at times because she is so stubborn but at least she is able to work things out eventually. The other characters are all unique in their own way.

Stolen Dreams has it all: action, suspense, a Hatfield/McCoy type feud, everlasting love, and pure evil. It made me laugh and made me cry. I will miss the Blackwoods and the Scots.

I highly recommend Stolen Dreams, but I suggest reading the series in order to get the most out of the books.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Mind Games by Christine Amsden

13 Jun

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Mind Games (Cassie Scot Book 3) 

 

6-12-2014 9-42-31 PMBeware your heart and soul… 

Evan broke Cassie’s heart two months ago, and she still doesn’t know why. She throws herself into family, friends and her new job at the sheriff’s department, but nothing helps. The only thing that finally allows her heal and move on is the love of a new man, mind mage Matthew Blair. Cassie finds him…irresistible. 

Matthew may also be the only one who can help keep the non-magical residents of Eagle Rock from going crazy over the murder of a beloved pastor’s wife. It looks like a sorcerer is to blame, but while Cassie tries to figure out who, others take matters into their own hands. With tensions running so hot, a single spark might set Eagle Rock ablaze.

 

Review:

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

I really like the  Cassie Scot series. Each book stands on its own but the series is even better if you read the books in order.

There is a lot going on in Mind Games. Once again, Cassie has a lot to deal with. There is a murder to solve even though the victim was an evil sorcerer and most people don’t care who murdered him. There is also a lot of hate in the town between Gateway Christian Church members and those who are magical and it is boiling over.

On a personal level, Cassie is dating Matthew, who can read her mind. Evan, of course, is always in the picture. Both of Cassie’s roommates have isolated themselves and she’s having trouble finding out what’s going on with them.

Cassie finds out some important things about herself and Evan. She also continues to mature, which she does in each book.

Mind Games, like all of the Cassie Scot books, doesn’t disappoint. I had to read this one in one day and I can’t wait to read the final book in the series.

 

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Print release June 15. Audiobook release TBA.

 

Author Bio 

6-12-2014 9-42-03 PMChristine Amsden has been writing fantasy and science fiction 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 relationships, 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. 

In addition to writing, Christine teaches workshops on writing at Savvy Authors. She also does some freelance editing work.

 Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. They have two beautiful children.

 

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