Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Mind Games by Christine Amsden: Book Blast with Excerpt and Review


Beware 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.

Mind Games (Cassie Scot #3) Buy Links:

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NOTE:  Book one of this series is on sale for only $0.99 during May! (scroll on down for links)

Now enjoy an excerpt:

“Can you read minds?” The question bypassed my brain and went straight to my mouth. You don't ask sorcerers about their powers. It just isn't done. When I realized what I'd said, I clapped a hand over my mouth and started to apologize.

Before I could, he held up a staying hand. He nodded, once, very slightly.

“You can?” The admission stunned me, since I doubted anyone outside his family would know. Though I supposed if he thought I might use the knowledge against him, he could always erase it later. But it didn't explain why he had told me in the first place.

“I thought being honest with you might help us become friends,” Matthew said.

In this case, I didn't think the truth would help him much. How could I be friends with someone who could read my every thought?

Matthew's face fell. “I understand. It's why I don't tell many people. But it's not like it's something I can help.”

I hadn't meant to hurt him. As a rule, I hated hurting people. Wincing, I wondered what I could do to make him feel better, especially when he could read the truth in my mind – that I really didn't think we could be friends. Words, I could control. Thoughts were something else entirely.

“Can't you block it out?” I asked, finally.

He shook his head. “I think of it as hearing thoughts rather than reading minds. When you say you can read minds, it leaves the impression that you can close your eyes and stop seeing the thoughts. For me it's is a lot more like trying not to hear a loud noise, especially when someone broadcasts her thoughts as loudly as you do.”



I was quite excited when I was given the opportunity to read this, the 3rd installment, in the Cassie Scott series.  This whole series has been terrific and the author even manages to raise the bar with this one. I love the way in which Christine Amsden tells the story; there is always mystery, tasteful romance, lots of twists, and superb character interactions, along with a healthy dose of humor.  

Cassie is a likable heroine who excels at figuring out ingenious solutions to odd-ball situations.  For me, this was a fast, fun read that I hated to let go of.  Diametrically opposed concepts such as magic versus science, nature versus nurture, even good versus evil are interwoven seamlessly into the fabric of the story. The ideas seem to become less distinct and more interconnected as Cassie uncovers more about herself, her family, and her community.  This gives the reader opportunities to examine and perhaps revise personal perspectives in a manner that is both entertaining and unusual.  I cannot wait for the next chapter in Cassie’s peculiar and ever-evolving life.

This book was provided to me in exchange for my honest review.

Reviewed by Laurie-J  


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, 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.

Cassie Scot ParaNormal Detective (Cassie Scot #1) Buy Links:

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Secrets and Lies (Cassie Scot #2) Buy Links:

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Mind Games (Cassie Scot #3) Buy Links:

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Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective ($0.99 in May)

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.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Christine Amsden said...

Thank you so much for being part of my tour!

Rita said...

Sounds like a good book.

Anonymous said...

I don't think I'd want to know EVERYTHING people are thinking (or if they're thinking at all)!