Wednesday 30 July 2014

Book Blitz Interview & Giveaway - Stolen Dreams by Christine Amsden

Stolen Dreams
Cassie Scot, Book 4
by Christine Amsden

Genre: Urban fantasy, mystery, romance, paranormal, new adult
Publisher: Twilight Times Books
Date of Publication: June 25, 2014 (ebook)
October 15, 2014 (paperback)
Number of pages: 260
Word Count: 84,000
Cover Artist: Ural Akyutz

Book Description:
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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Author Interview

1. Who are your favourite authors of all time?

Jim Butcher, Linda Howard, Orson Scott Card, Catherine Anderson, Karen Marie Moning

2. If you could travel in a time machine would you go back to the past or into the future?

The future! I'm sure the historians are wrong about certain details of the past, and I wouldn't say no to finding out the truth, but I have no information at all about where we're going. That's the dream and the curiosity.

3. If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?

This is going to sound weird, but I'm developing a bit of an aversion to signed books. Every book I've ever had signed by an author – including books by Jim Butcher and Orson Scott Card (listed among my favorites) weren't all that good. And anyway, these days I'd rather have an ebook. :)

4. If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?

Jim Butcher, Linda Howard, Orson Scott Card, Catherine Anderson, Karen Marie Moning … and oh! I need Alton Brown to come cok for us. Darn it. Okay, which author to cut from the list?

5. Have any hidden talents you would like to share?

I'm an excellent card player and respectable baker. Mmmm … homemade bread to lull you into a false sense of security.

6. Do the words come easily most of the time? How do you unblock your writer’s block?

Lately, the words haven't been coming easily at all. And actually, I'm taking the entire summer off. I've used this strategy before; it's one of many I have developed over the years, depending upon the cause of the block. (I plan to host a workshop on the subject at Savvy Authors early next year.) Right now the problem is that I've spread myself too thin. I've spent the past year releasing four books back to back without a break. There's always something to do. I also took on more editing projects than I needed in an attempt to earn more money. I was trying to do too much, and ended up doing too little; it was time to admit that it wasn't working. So I'm taking the summer, focusing on promoting the last of the Cassie Scot series, and then I'm going to focus on writing again, refreshed.

7. Which character is your favourite and why?

Cassie. I know her better than any other character I've written. She's a part of me and she spoke through me. She isn't me, but I really get her.

8. When it comes to writing, what are your strong points? What are your weaknesses?

Characters are my biggest strength (reviewers seem to agree). I'm also good at dialog, description that doesn't get burdensome (I'm a minimalist), world building, romance, and writing in such a way that the words step aside in favor of the story they are weaving. My biggest challenge as a writer has always been endings, although I think I overcame that in the Cassie Scot series. I do have a slight tendency to info dump, especially early in a story.

9. What type of books do you enjoy reading?

I like the ones with great characters. Genre labels don't matter much to me if you give me someone to love.

10. How long does it take you to write a book?

Lately, I've average a book a year.

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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  1. My favorite series was Vampire Diaries by Richelle Mead! It ended really good, I was satisfied. Thank you for the giveaway :)

  2. The cassie scot books look like a great mystery series.

  3. I like a lot of series but my current favorite was 50 shades of Grey and It ended very well :D

  4. I'd have to go with the Divergent series, though the ending killed me it was so worth it. I thought it ended really well

  5. My favourite series is Harry Potter, and it ended well!

  6. Harry Potter and it ended really well!