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MS BCFrom the moment she was born, Madison Carter has had an unexpected gift. She can influence people with just her singing alone. Sometimes doing so is an accident. She doesn’t want people to do what she wants them do. It’s just that her emotions are tied to her singing, and it affects those around her whether she wants it to or not.

Christine Amsden has written another wonderful addition to the Cassie Scot ParaNormal Detective series. This time, we have a story told from Madison’s point of view. As some of you know, Madison’s life hasn’t been hunky-dory. It’s gone up and down, and all around. The poor woman has had to deal with so many disappointments that she’s no longer sure of what is the truth and what is not.

This standalone novel gives us a little more insight into Madison’s life and past, as well as to what makes her tick. We also get an in-depth look into her relationship with Scott. Who wouldn’t want a gorgeous werewolf by their side? Granted, such things always come with unexpected results, but it’s a chance Madison is willing to take.

In this book, Christine also tells us more about the lore she’s created surrounding the werewolves. We get to know who there are, how some of them became what they are now, as well as know more about Scott’s past, too. The fact that Madison is caught in the crossfire adds intrigue to the plights they find themselves in.

Madison also has to deal with the chaos surrounding her own family. She has to step up to the plate and right all wrongs, something she’s loathe to do. Though things are difficult, she knows that if she tries her best, she’ll be able to do what she needs to do when the time comes. I love this about her. She might be afraid and insecure, at times, but she’s willing to do whatever is necessary to complete the task at hand.

I honestly enjoy this wonderful series. Each book brings us closer to the Scots, their friends, and the beautiful world Christine has created with her beloved characters. Whether they’re in trouble, in love, or just trying to exist, we get to see each step her characters take in doing what they have to when the time comes. I so can’t wait to see what Christine has in store for us next with this diverse and quite delightful series.
Synopsis:

Her voice is enchanting; his soul is black…

Madison Carter has been terrified of Scott Lee since the night he saved her from an evil sorcerer – then melted into a man-eating monster before her eyes. The werewolf is a slave to the moon, but Madison’s nightmares are not.

Despite her fears, when Madison’s brother, Clinton, is bitten by a werewolf, she knows there is only one man who can help. A man who frightens her all the more because even in her nightmares, he also thrills her.

Together for the first time since that terrible night, Scott and Madison drive to Clinton’s home only to discover that he’s vanished. Frantic now, Madison must overcome her fears and uncover hidden strengths if she hopes to save him. And she’s not the only one fighting inner demons. Scott’s are literal, and they have him convinced that he will never deserve the woman he loves.

*Stand-alone companion to the Cassie Scot series

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Paperback Release: October 15

Audiobook Release: TBA

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)

 

 

Excerpt:

“Silence,” David commanded.

Her throat continued to work, but no sound emerged. She felt like a fish being gutted, choking and spluttering as David returned to the work of cutting into the soft, sensitive flesh of her belly. Yet even as tears refilled her eyes and fear devoured her heart, some part of her recognized that her guts remained intact. Whatever David was doing to her with the dagger involved tracing shallow patterns across the surface of her skin.

Fight the pain. Take deep breaths. Ground and center. She was not in the empty living room of a house she had not quite moved into yet, she was at church, singing in the choir. Above her, Jesus hung from a cross, a crown of thorns atop his head, a soft glow surrounding him. She usually found the magic within that glow. She reached for it…

“Stop that!” David slapped her hard across the face.

Once again her eyes flew open. She saw the dagger dripping with blood – her blood. Had her feeble grab for magic actually made a difference? David seemed to have noticed something, but what?

“You’re just making this harder on yourself,” David said.

“What do you want?” Madison tried to ask. Her mouth moved, her lips forming the question, but no sound emerged.

She didn’t think he would answer; he couldn’t even have heard the question, but to her surprise he only hesitated a moment before saying, “Your soul.”

 

 

CA PictureAbout 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, 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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