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Blog Tour Review and Giveaway: Secrets and Lies by Christine Amsden

Blog Tour Review and Giveaway: Secrets and Lies by Christine Amsden
January 12
09:35 2014

Usually when I think of magic, wizards, sorcerers, I think fantasy worlds and supernatural beings of other realms. This was a different kind of experience for me: magic in a very contemporary setting, and I just loved it. Here’s a little more on Secrets and Lies by Christine Amsden:

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. Book 2 in the Cassie Scot series.

“Christine Amsden unleashes her brilliant storytelling magic as the adventures of Cassie Scot escalate to the extreme. Rife with betrayal and a debt too deep for money to clear, Secrets and Lies plunges the reader into an utterly believable world where villains and heroes spring lifelike from the pages. Brace for a whirlwind ride of sorcery, romance and knife-edge peril. A truly original urban fantasy. Not to be missed!” ~ Kim Falconer, bestselling author of The Spell of Rosette, Quantum Enchantment Series 

While this is book 2 in the Cassie Scott series, if you’re like me and start backwards, it won’t be much of a problem. The storyline mixes stand alone parts with ongoing bits, but you catch the drift of what’s going on easy enough.

The small town where the action happens has it all – powerful magic wielders, feuds, evil sorcerers, questionable practices in the magical community, murder, abduction and mystery. Secrets and lies are part of this world to protect the gifted form the rest of the world. But sometimes the secrets and the lies they fuel affect loved ones as well.

I loved Cassie’s struggle for independence. She needs to make it on her own after being disowned by her parents, she needs to keep her head straight while owing a life debt to Evan, all this while struggling to help find two missing girls. Evan has his own tough circumstances to fight. He loves Cassie, but can’t really convey that to her, their families have been at each other’s throats for a long time, his magic fails to locate the girls, plus keeping Cassie safe seems a full time job.

Secrets and LiesCassie and Evan are brilliant together. I was rooting for them throughout the book, no matter how impossible they make it for the other one to fight for the relationship. I warn you, this book will leave you hanging, you will go crazy with want for book 3, to see what happens. I personally don’t mind that bit at all. So grab your copy and read on!

About the author 

Christine is the award-winning author of The Immortality Virus (2011), Touch of Fate (2007), and the Cassie Scot series (2013).

Christine 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.

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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2 Comments

  1. Christine Amsden
    Christine Amsden January 12, 14:02

    Thanks so much for the wonderful review! I’m glad you managed to catch on without reading the first book, although I do strongly advise readers to start from the beginning unless they’ve got a good reason not to. Each book is going to be a little bit harder to jump into — Mind Games still has a stand-alone mystery but the relationship dynamics will be tough to understand without having read the first two. In Stolen Dreams (#4), the mystery itself draws on details I will have spent the whole series laying the groundwork for.

    Mind Games will be out this Spring, Stolen Dreams will hopefully be out this summer. That concludes Cassie’s story, although I’m spinning off a couple of characters who got too big to live in her shadow. 🙂

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    • Alina Popescu
      Alina Popescu Author January 12, 16:26

      Thanks for stopping by Christine! Oh, I can;t wait for the next book 😀 I am happy it won’t be that long of a wait.

      Yeah, I usually don’t read series books out of order, I did this time and thought it was good to mention, just in case someone else does it for some reason.

      I do hope Cassie and Evan get their HEA 😀

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