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Mind Games by Christine Amsden-feature and Review

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Mind Games (Cassie Scot Book 3) Beware your heart and soul… Evan broke Cassie’s heart two months ago, and she still doesn’t know why. She throws herself into family, friends and her new job at the sheriff’s department, but nothing helps. The only thing that finally allows her to heal and move on is the love of a new man, mind mage Matthew Blair. Cassie finds him…irresistible. Matthew may also be the only one who can help keep the non-magical residents of Eagle Rock from going crazy over the murder of a beloved pastor’s wife. It looks like a sorcerer is to blame, but while Cassie tries to figure out who, others take matters into their own hands. With tensions running so hot, a single spark might set Eagle Rock ablaze.
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MIND GAMES BY CHRISTINE AMSDEN-FEATURE AND REVIEW 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. First Chapter:
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MIND GAMES BY CHRISTINE AMSDEN-FEATURE AND REVIEW Secrets and Lies (Cassie Scot Book 2) 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.
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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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Praise for the Cassie Scot Series From Publisher’s Weekly:
“Amsden continues the story of the only mundane member of a supernaturally-gifted family in this middling sequel to Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective. Cassie, stubborn and proud, is bravely trying to live on her own after her family disowns her. Struggling to make ends meet, she accepts a case involving a pair of magical girls who disappeared from summer camp. With the aid of the handsome Evan Blackwood, to whom Cassie is attracted despite her family’s disapproval and her own better judgment, she follows the trail of the missing girls. What she finds is a dark side of the magical world, and the hidden depths of her family’s past force her to reconsider long-held assumptions. The growing complexity of Cassie’s world makes this an entertaining installment, focusing as much on the will-they, won’t-they romantic chemistry between Cassie and Evan as on the primary mystery. An inconclusive ending is clearly intended to feed into the next volume.” Kim Falconer, bestselling author of The Spell of Rosette, Quantum Enchantment Series, had this to say: “When sorcerers call the shots, what’s a girl without powers to do? Get ready for a ripper of a murder mystery full of romance and intrigue, where magic potions bubble, passions spark and vampires are definitely not your friend. Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective grabs you by the heart and won’t let go until the very last page. Well written, immersive and unputdownable. This is urban fantasy at its best. More please!” Book Specifications Title: Mind Games: a Cassie Scot novel Author: Christine Amsden
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Publisher: Twilight Times Books url: Genre: paranormal fantasy
*Print ISBN: 978-1-60619-279-5    Format: 5.5x8.5 trade paperback; 276 pages; $17.95 USD *eBook ISBN: 978-1-60619-278-8; $6.50 USD Format: ebook in pdf, ePub, Kindle, Mobi, PRC, etc. Distributors: Amazon Kindle; Apple iBookstore; Nook; Kobo Books; OmniLit, etc Release date: April 15, 2014 ebook; June 15, 2014 trade paperback
Mind Games (Cassie Scot #3)Mind Games by Christine Amsden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Mind Games by Christine Amsden is a 2014 Twilight Times publication.
I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Evan breaks things off with Cassie after he learns a shocking secret that changes the entire dynamic between them. He can barely cope with the knowledge himself and he knows once Cassie finds out, things could never be the same between them. For all intents and purposes their relationship is done.
Cassie has no idea why Evan suddenly turned on her, but no matter what the reasons are, she's done playing games with him. A suspicious fire that kills the pastor's wife has the magical communtiy in an uproar. Cassie and her new partner, Wesley, are on the case and trying to keep the people in the community from letting their emotions override their common sense. She doesn't have time to think of Evan.. and besides that, Matthew Blair has developed an interest in Cassie. Although she is very cautious around Matthew it's not long before she finds herself leaning on his protection. Are her feelings for Matthew real or is she being manipulated? And why, oh why does Evan INSIST on protecting her all the time?
In the previous installment of this series, we get an idea of why Cassie's family has such an animosity towards Evan's family. This book leaves us with no doubts whatsoever as to why they feel that way. The big secret is finally out of the bag and it's just terrible. Imagine if you had wealth your entire life and thought the money was yours. Then you found out it didn't belong to you after all. The person it belongs to wants it back. How would you feel? Well, this situation is even worse . Evan has had magical abilities since birth. He doesn't know any other way of life. To lose it would be a physically painful process of transferring it to someone else. But, that isn't what scares him. What scares him is that his magical abilities are a part of who he is, it's what has defined him his whole life. How could he possibly make such an adjustment? Cassie doesn't know any of this as the story opens. She's in the dark , just like she has been from the beginning. Although Cassie hasn't the magical abilities her family and many others in the community has, she is one smart cookie. it won't take her long to figure it out and when she does...
Well it's a conundrum. Cassie does want her birthright- it is rightfully hers after all. Wouldn't you? Cassie has been scorned her entire life because she doesn't have magical abilities. Now it looks as if that wasn't just some fluke. For the first time in her life Cassie could stop feeling like an outsider. This is something she has longed for more than one could possibly imagine. It's the reason she is in constant need of protection, because she doesn't have the abilities she should have. With all that big drama going on, the case of the pastor's wife dying in the fire takes on a life of it's own. The pastor and his church blame the death on sorcery causing a panic and emotions to run high. Some in the community have decided to take advantage of that situation. Cassie could find herself a pawn in deadly game, especially since her new boyfriend is a powerful mind reader.
This series just keeps getting better. I know, I said that after I finished the last book, but this one was just as good. I could understand Evan's feelings, although I was rooting for Cassie. I think Cassie is really the stronger one of the two. Don't you? She has lived with this issue her whole life and is better equipped to handle it than Evan. However, if I had suffered all that Cassie had, I would want what was rightfully mine to begin with. The really sad thing is this has caused two people who love each other to have to end their relationship.
The tensions are high and the danger level is off the charts as Cassie absorbs one shock after another. This is a great mystery novel, there is humor , love, emotions, good and bad people and the still emerging strength of Cassie who continues to amaze . I loved it! This one is an A++ (5 stars)

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