Thursday, January 2, 2014

Cassie Scot Mystery Series by Christine Amsden ~Goddess Fish Book Tour ~ Excerpt

Cassie Scot Mystery Series
by Christine Amsden

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Q & A: 

Q: Tell us about your latest release.

A: Secrets and Lies is book 2 in the Cassie Scot series. If you haven't read the first book – do. This is one of those series you really need to read in order. Cassie Scot is the ungifted daughter of powerful sorcerers, living between worlds but belonging to neither. 

Each book is framed by a self-contained mystery, but Cassie's personal story continues practically uninterrupted from book to book. There's a romance of course. In fact, Secrets and Lies steps up that romantic subplot quite a bit. At the beginning of book 2, Cassie owes a serious life debt to Evan Blackwood which makes it difficult for her to refuse him anything he really wants. And he wants her. 

For those of you who read book 1: Book 2 answers a lot of questions, reveals a lot of secrets, and at the end, it may shock you. I don't believe in holding back all my big reveals for the last book. 

Q: What have you got coming soon for us to look out for?

A: The rest of the Cassie Scot series – Mind Games (#3) and Dreamer (#4). Tentative release dates spring and summer 2014. After that, I've got two spin-offs planned and I'm working on a new series. 

Q: What song would you choose for Karaoke?

A: Holding Out For a Hero

Q: Which Star Trek or Star Wars character are you most like?

A: I always related most to Wesley Crusher, even though no one's that smart. I think it's the fact that he was always just a little out of place.


Book One

Cassie Scot: Paranormal Detective

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.

Book Two
Secrets and Lies

Cassie Scot, still stinging from her parents’ betrayal, wants out of the magical world. But it isn’t letting her go. Her family is falling apart and despite everything, it looks like she may be the only one who can save them.

To complicate matters, Cassie owes Evan her life, making it difficult for her to deny him anything he really wants. And he wants her. Sparks fly when they team up to find two girls missing from summer camp, but long-buried secrets may ruin their hopes for happiness.


At random, I picked up a bottle of perfume from the top shelf and read: “Induces powerful lust. Spray on your intended and make sure you are the first person they see. Lasts about an hour.”

The thing you have to understand about any magic is that there are good ways to use it, and bad ways to use it. The concept of black magic is a hotly debated topic among sorcerers. Even death, in self defense, is a shade of gray. As I stood there, reading the functions of the various love potions, I thought of all the innocent and harmful ways they could be used. A couple in a committed relationship might have a lot of fun with a spray of lust. On the other hand, using it on an unwilling victim...

I shuddered as I replaced the bottle and accidentally knocked one of the neighboring bottles of perfume to the ground. It shattered, splashing perfume all over my open-toed sandals.


“What happened?” Evan asked, his voice hard and alert. I could hear him moving closer.

“Stop! I don't want to see you right now.”

“Which potion was that?” Evan asked, still in that hard-edged voice of command.

I pointed to the row of similar bottles on the top shelf. “Lust.”

One of the little bottles floated away from the shelf, but I did not turn around to see what Evan was doing with it. Instead, I started looking through my purse for a pack of tissues to clean the mess off my feet.

“Cassie, I have some bad news for you.”

“Worse, you mean?”

“This potion doesn't take affect until you actually look at someone. Your hour starts then.”

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Award-winning author Christine Amsden has written stories since she was eight, always with a touch of the strange or unusual. She became a “serious” writer in 2003, after attending a boot camp with Orson Scott Card. She finished Touch of Fate shortly afterward, then penned The Immortality Virus, which won two awards. Expect many more titles by this up-and-coming author.







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  1. These books look like a great way to get me reading PNR. Thx for sharing

  2. Thanks so much for sharing with your readers. FYI, I hope to have cover art for Mind Games soon. And I've changed the title of the last book -- Stolen Dreams sounds better than Dreamer, don't you think? (100% of people polled so far have agreed. :) )

    1. It is my pleasure, Thank you for stopping by Christine. The series sounds awesome!

  3. I loved the excerpt's cant wait to read!

  4. STOLEN DREAMS sounds good!


  5. I enjoyed these stories and look forward to the others, that does sound like a better title, congrats on the upcoming release. And I liked Wesley as well although I think he was a bit socially inept at times.

    1. Thanks for stopping by ELF, I haven't had a chance to read these but they sound good ;)