Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Guest Post and Giveaway - Mind Games by Christine Amsden

~~~ Guest Post by Christine Amsden ~~~
Learning to Listen

I love audiobooks. At the end of the day when my eyes are tired and I want to lie in bed with a good book, audiobooks let me rest my eyes and relax my body in ways that don't involve juggling a paperback (or even an ereader). I can close my eyes, sink into the mattress, and embrace a story that is as complete as the written form. (Audiobook listeners these days wouldn't stand for abridgement!)

I know I'm biased. I'm visually impaired so for me learning to love audiobooks was a necessity. It was start listening or stop reading – I did choose the latter during college (I was too busy with textbooks anyway) but after I graduated I learned to listen.

The one thing many audiobook naysayers don't realize about listening to a story is that it's a learned skill. Teachers (appropriately) spend years teaching children to read text and retain information with their eyes. We're programmed to gleam information that way, and it's a great method. Really. But it's not the only method.

The first few times I listened to an audiobook I hated it. The readers didn't put the emphasis on the right words. It was a pain to go back and “reread” something I missed later on. I couldn't skim through the bits I used to brush past (like long paragraphs of description). In short, I couldn't use all the reading strategies and skills I had fallen back on my entire life.

But gradually, and in my case due to necessity (I became legally blind at the age of 18), I retained more information from each story. In fact, because I was forced to read every word at a measured pace, I often read a more complete version of the story than I ever did with text. (Yes, that's my impatient personality talking, but there it is.)
I now love audiobooks so much that I'm having my Cassie Scot series recorded and put up on audible. The first two books are already available. Mind Games, which was just released as an ebook on April 15, will be recorded and uploaded in the next few months.
To tell you the truth, it's a little scary listening to my own books read back to me by a narrator. I hear the words in my head a certain way and they don't seem quite the same when they come back at me! But I'm proud to have my books available in audio format for readers who now how to listen.

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 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.

First Chapter: http://christineamsden.com/wordpress/?page_id=3118  (Warning: Contains series spoilers. New readers to the series would be better off checking out the preview of book one below.)

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Other titles in this series:

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.

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Audible (audiobook): http://www.audible.com/pd/Mysteries-Thrillers/Cassie-Scot-Audiobook/B00FA89FZ8/ref=sr_1_1?qid=1379697202&sr=1-1

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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Author Bio

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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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Christine-Amsden-Author-Page/127673027288664?ref=hl
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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
Publisher: Twilight Times Books
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; BN.com Nook; Kobo Books; OmniLit, etc
Release date: April 15, 2014 ebook; June 15, 2014 trade paperback

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*The giveaway begins on April 15, 2014 at midnight and ends on July 16, 2014 at midnight.

Monday, April 21, 2014

AJ Wiliams HIS FINAL BOUNTY Release Day Blast

BOOK TITLE: His Final Bounty
SERIES:  Bounty for Hire, #4
BOOK GENRE: Contemporary Suspense Romance
AVAILABLE FORMATS: epub, pdf, mobi

Eva Rosenberg hacks a secret file of Jefferson's and discovers the man who shattered her heart and her world has one giant secret. 

Jefferson Anders’ current bounty hunting status has allowed him to hide in the shadows, never forcing him to face the secrets of his past. Having spent five years hiding the truth, he never dreamed the secrets of his past would catch up to him. Secrets which cost him both the love of his life and connection to his family. Now, he must face the mistakes of his past. 

With a confrontation looming with Eva and a possible death threat, they must work as a team to find forgiveness and defeat the enemy that waits in the shadows.

HIS FINAL BOUNTY Facebook Release Day Party
Monday, April 21st - 6:00pm - 8:00pm EST

Come join author A.J. Wiliams to celebrate the release of HIS FINAL BOUNTY.  There will be Guest Authors, Trivia Games, a Q&A with AJ and LOTS of prizes to giveaway!

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AJ grew up in a small southern town in Missouri. It was there that she discovered her love of writing. Having the ability to create a story from nothing into something held her spellbound. She holds a bachelors degree, and will on occasion find it useful. Currently, AJ lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with her husband, their two small children and two dogs.

AJ loves learning about new things, playing games with her family, and listening to music. She loves romantic movies as well as science fiction. If truth be told, she loves fantasy and science fiction movies just a little bit more.

At given time she can be found reading to her kids, instilling in them the importance of a good story. Yet do not worry—she is also found by her kids and husband at the computer at any given time typing away.


Giveaway Details: Open Internationally
GRAND PRIZE: On winner will receive a 5.00 Amazon Gift Card, the Bounty for Hire Series eBook Collection (all 4 eBooks), and His Final Bounty hand lotion.

RUNNERS UP:  3 runner's up will receive an eBook of choice from the Bounty for Hire Series

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Alpha Males Madness Giveaway Hop

Alpha Males. You know you love em. And so do we! We're celebrating them and all their delicious alpha male glory for an entire week with giveaways at every single blog. Stop by and check out which males are making us pant with all that sexy swagger they have going on.

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