Thursday, July 17, 2014

Guest Post & $100 GC Giveaway - What's Next by Christine Amsden @ChristineAmsden

Good-bye Old Friend

Finishing the Cassie Scot series feels like saying good-bye to an old friend, one I will sorely miss. Four books was sufficient to tell her story, but it was not long enough for me to grow weary of her. I still love her character, her spirit, her intelligence, her ability to forgive, and her ability to love.

Readers often ask me what's next, now that Cassie's story is over. As I consider my answer, I find I envy authors who manage to spin an incredible character or story into a dozen books, even if I usually find those series tedious to read after a while. The idea of welcoming a new character into my life after saying good-bye to one who has meant so much … well, sometimes I fear that I've already written the best story I have to offer.


At other times I remember the most important thing Cassie taught me: Be yourself, whoever that is. You don't have to be what others expect you to be.

I still don't know what my next project will be. I do still have spin-offs to finish so I don't have to be in a huge hurry to figure out what's next. But I do know that as I say good-bye to Cassie, I won't just let any character walk into my life. Or any story. Many authors get pinned down, affixed with a genre label and set on that shelf for life. Luckily, I'm an independent author so I don't have to answer to anyone but myself. With luck, whatever I choose to do next, even if it has little to do with what I've done before, my fans will continue to see that spark of life that has kept them turning pages up to now. I assure you that whatever I do you can count on one thing: A strong character. If that's a genre, you can affix me with the label.

Good-bye, Cassie. Hello possibility, wherever you may lead me!

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, 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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The Cassie Scot Series

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.

Stolen Dreams (Cassie Scot #4)

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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