December 13, 2013

Goddess Fish Promotions: Christine Amsden -- Cassie Scot Mystery Series & Guest Post: New Author Advice

Cassie Scot Mystery Series
by Christine Amsden



Book One
Cassie Scot: Paranormal Detective

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.

Book Two
Secrets and Lies

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.

Excerpt (from book one):

At random, I picked up a bottle of perfume from the top shelf and read: “Induces powerful lust. Spray on your intended and make sure you are the first person they see. Lasts about an hour.”

The thing you have to understand about any magic is that there are good ways to use it, and bad ways to use it. The concept of black magic is a hotly debated topic among sorcerers. Even death, in self defense, is a shade of gray. As I stood there, reading the functions of the various love potions, I thought of all the innocent and harmful ways they could be used. A couple in a committed relationship might have a lot of fun with a spray of lust. On the other hand, using it on an unwilling victim...

I shuddered as I replaced the bottle and accidentally knocked one of the neighboring bottles of perfume to the ground. It shattered, splashing perfume all over my open-toed sandals.


What happened?” Evan asked, his voice hard and alert. I could hear him moving closer.

Stop! I don't want to see you right now.”

Which potion was that?” Evan asked, still in that hard-edged voice of command.

I pointed to the row of similar bottles on the top shelf. “Lust.”

One of the little bottles floated away from the shelf, but I did not turn around to see what Evan was doing with it. Instead, I started looking through my purse for a pack of tissues to clean the mess off my feet.

Cassie, I have some bad news for you.”

Worse, you mean?”

This potion doesn't take affect until you actually look at someone. Your hour starts then.”


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Award-winning author Christine Amsden has written stories since she was eight, always with a touch of the strange or unusual. She became a “serious” writer in 2003, after attending a boot camp with Orson Scott Card. She finished Touch of Fate shortly afterward, then penned The Immortality Virus, which won two awards. Expect many more titles by this up-and-coming author.



Guest post: New Author Advice
What would I tell a new author?
Mean it. You can write for fun or for personal reasons, but if you want to be an author (of a published work intended for public consumption) than you can't dabble. You have to mean it. Meaning it is more than just loving it. You can be in love with the idea of writing, or particularly with the idea of getting published. To mean it, you have to embrace the entire process from fledgling attempts that belong in the trash can, through YEARS of growth and practice, culminating in the publication of a work of art. And that work of art isn't going to be the next Harry Potter. If you mean it, then you love it for what it is and not for how many books it sells.
The biggest problem I see with new authors – and I run into a lot of them since I teach workshops and do mentoring – is that they don't want to work for it. They want it to be easy. Somehow they get it in their heads that it is easy. That you're born knowing how to write or that some people are natural writers whereas others never could be.
Do you know why I can write? Because I've been doing it nearly every day of my life since I was eight years old. And I'm still learning knew things. I get better every year.
New authors these days are often seduced by the ease of publishing. You don't have to jump through the same hoops you used to have to jump through. You don't have to get published – you can self-publish. It takes a few minutes to put a kindle up on amazon. And it shows.
I'm not making a case for traditional vs. self-publishing, but I am saying that when I look into the world of authorship I see new authors getting into the professional arena too soon and for all the wrong reasons.
So bottom line: If you want to be an author mean it. Do the work. Do the time. Spend years practicing. Decades. Accept rejection and don't let it discourage you or convince you to take meaningless shortcuts. If it's not hard, it's not worth doing. Mean it.


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  1. Thank you so much for hosting!

  2. Very inspiring post!


  3. Great post, thank you.