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Friday, November 29, 2013

Secrets and Lies Blog Tour - Review + Kindle Fire HD Giveaway: Secrets and Lies (Cassie Scot #2) by Christine Amsden

Author: Christine Amsden
Series: Cassie Scot
Number in Series: 2
Format: Paperback
Release Date: November 15, 2013
Pages: 268
Publisher: Twilight Times Books
Genre: Mystery/New Adult/Paranormal/Urban Fantasy

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Synopsis from Goodreads

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. Book 2 in the Cassie Scot Mystery series.

"Christine Amsden unleashes her brilliant storytelling magic as the adventures of Cassie Scot escalate to the extreme. Rife with betrayal and a debt too deep for money to clear, Secrets and Lies plunges the reader into an utterly believable world where villains and heroes spring lifelike from the pages. Brace for a whirlwind ride of sorcery, romance and knife-edge peril. A truly original urban fantasy. Not to be missed!" –Kim Falconer, bestselling author of The Spell of Rosette, Quantum Enchantment Series.


    Secrets and Lies is the sequel to Amsden's Cassie Scot series. This book picks up where book 1 left off. Cassie is now on her own, well, without the help of her parents. After refusing Evan's proposal and her family's last act of charity, Cassie wants to be independent for once. It will be hard, but she will do what she can. So on top of trying to figure out how she will get her next paycheck, she has to figure out how to get out of the debt with Evan. Things are tough, but things become bad when Evan asks her to investigate the disappearance of two young girls at a camp. They aren't sure what they are in for, but it may be bigger than they anticipated.

    Amsden has done it again. This series is very hard to put down. I really love the world Amsden has created for us and the characters within it. Cassie is such a great lead. She is very stubborn and strong, but she is always there for people or as much as she can be. Cassie still doesn't have any powers or anything, but for some reason, everyone seems to want her especially men, sorcerers to be exact. She doesn't know why, but she knows it isn't good. I really enjoyed Evan in this book. Everyone in town is still very scared of them and we his family. We even get the chance to meet his father who hates Cassie's father. The feuds between these two are very interesting. We learn quite a bit which I was dying for from the first book. I love how much we learn of this interesting town with each book. We get more of the dads and some other side characters as well especially some of Cassie's friends that have an interesting addition the book. Oh, you have no idea. 

    This story is fast paced and a lot of fun. Cassie doesn't like the fact that she is indebted to him and that debt means he can control her. She has just been forced to move away from under her parents' roof and doesn't need to be forced into anything else. She needs to find herself first. She knows he won't her, but she doesn't know if he will wait forever before he forces marriage on her. But Cassie and Evan are such an intriguing pair. They are forced to work together when two girls disappear at a camp near town. The girls may have a little magic in them and it seems magic may have been involved. But even though the girls may have been kidnapped, it seems Cassie is the main person the kidnapper wants. I love how well Amsden mixes mystery and paranormal together. 

    This book gets very intense, both with the crime and with Cassie herself. There are plenty of this story that will make your head spin. The ending kind of had me screaming. I need more now, right now! I love what we learn about the feud between Evan and Cassie's families. This book is quite the pageturner. You will be so invested in this world. It balances the mystery, laughs, action, magic, and just all around fun beautifully. This story will not disappoint at all. I can't wait for book 3. Again, the ending was crazy. Highly recommended!


*This book belongs to the following challenge*
Under The Covers Book Blog 2013 Immortal Reading Challenge!

Check out Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective (Cassie Scot #1) review:


About Christine Amsden

Christine Amsden has been writing science fiction and fantasy 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 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. (You can learn more here.) 
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. 
Her latest book is Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective




Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, November 18
Book review and 1st chapter reveal at Miki’s Hope
Tuesday, November 19
Book review and Guest post at Quilted Reviews
Wednesday, November 20
Book featured at Jody’s Book Reviews
1st chapter reveal at Wanted Readers
1st chapter reveal at Queen of All She Reads
Thursday, November 21
Book reviewed at Secret Southern Couture
Friday, November 22
1st chapter reveal and review at Read 2 Review
Tuesday, November 26
Book reviewed at Carol’s Notebook
Book featured at The Fiction Enthusiast
Wednesday, November 27
Book featured at Moonlight, Lace and Mayhem
Guest blogging at Carol’s Notebook
Thursday, November 28
Book reviewed at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
Friday, November 29
Book reviewed at Offbeat Vagabond


  1. Wow! Thank you so much for this awesome review. I'm sorry I couldn't say thank you properly on the day you posted -- I've been away for the holiday. I'm back now, ready to start work on a story starring Kaitlin (one of Cassie's friends who didn't end up fitting into Cassie's books). Mind Games is tentatively scheduled for April right now, and the fourth book (which may undergo a name change), is tentatively scheduled for JULY! I JUST heard this from my publisher so here's hoping. I can't wait for readers to get the whole story. There's so much more I haven't had a chance to tell you yet and honestly, I hate keeping secrets! LOL! Why did I write a series if I hate keeping secrets? :)

    Thanks again.

  2. Awesome giveaway, Christine. I'm reading your second book and loving it. How long does it take you to complete a book?

  3. Hi Mayra! Glad you're loving the book! I tend to take about a year on a book, BUT I had this series done before I started publishing to the books will be coming out about 6 months apart. The two spin-off sequels, involving Kaitlin and Madison, will probably not be out for another year after that.

    I keep trying to write faster, but I don't seem capable of it. I don't follow a formula when I write, so there's no real pattern to follow. I do what the characters seem to need, and that takes time to do properly. Plus, I have to work to fund my writing career (until you hit the bestseller lists, it just doesn't pay the bills... sometimes not even then). So realistically, it's about a year per book.

    I look at it this way: In ten years, I'll have ten more books out. :)

  4. Thank you for the amazing giveaway! :)


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