LASR Anniversary: Nikki Andrews – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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Summer Reading

“I cannot live without books.”
~Thomas Jefferson

Like most of you, I suspect, I read constantly. My parents used to tell me I’d ruin my eyes if I kept reading so much. I’d say they were right, except that my brother, who doesn’t read much, has the same vision problems I do.

Anyway, my days are framed in books, morning to night, 24/7/365. I’ll read anytime, anyplace, but there is something special about summer reading. Those long golden evenings call to me. Even more, I especially love the clear cool mornings, when I can sneak out of bed and spend an hour in my current alternative world before I have to face the demands of the day.

Which brings to mind an adventure. When I was a kid, I not only snuck out of bed, I snuck out of the house. I had a private little nook just out of sight from the house, and I’d wake at first light, tiptoe outside, and read until the neighbor let his dog out. That was my signal to slip back into bed before my household roused. To this day, I don’t believe anyone ever suspected. The memory is very sweet.

A couple years later, in a new home, I tried the same trick. It was a bit harder, because my dad had installed heavier locks after a rash of burglaries in the neighborhood. Still, the call of the early summer morning couldn’t be denied, and I hid in the dense shrubs at the back of the yard, engrossed in a book. Was it still The Black Stallion, or had I graduated to Ray Bradbury? I don’t remember.

I do, however, remember the uproar when my dad got up early and discovered the unlocked door. Alarums and excursions! Roust my siblings, scream and shout, call the cops! I stuck my finger in my book and ambled inside. Sheesh, I was right outside the door. Can’t a gal get some privacy?

Dad grounded me for a week. At thirteen, I welcomed the extra time to read, even if I had to do it in my bedroom instead of out on the grass. Oh, and I had to wash the dishes every night. Fortunately, I’d grown tall enough to prop a book on the windowsill above the sink. As I said, I’ll read anytime, anyplace.

perf5.000x8.000.inddWhen a long-lost painting turns up at Brush & Bevel, a decade-old mystery is reawakened. What really happened to artist Jerry Berger and his model Abby Bingham? Was it a murder-suicide, as the police proclaim, or was it something far more sinister?

Gallery owner Ginny Brent and her loyal staffers, Sue Bradley and Elsie Kimball, each take a different path to unravel the mystery. Together, their discoveries start to form a cohesive whole. But as they get closer to the solution, they discover to their horror that art is not the only thing that can be framed.

About the Author: Nikki Andrews has worked as a picture framer, craft store clerk, and administrative assistant, but in her real life she is a writer, editor, and songmaker. She is a member of Talespinners and the New Hampshire Writers Project, and has published two science fiction novels and several short stories. When she’s not at her desk, she might be releasing salmon fry on the Piscataquog River, making jams or sweaters, or exploring her surroundings on foot, bike or snowshoe.
She lives near a waterfall in New Hampshire with her wonderful husband, a possessive cat, and assorted wildlife.

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LASR Anniversary: John Paulits – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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JOHN The Rest is Silence cover (2)Celebrating the publication of my thirtieth novel (eighteen children’s novels; twelve adult novels) in June, Champagne Publishing’s A DYING FALL, the second volume in THE SHAKESPEARE MURDERS series. It followed THE REST IS SILENCE. Volume three, TO PROVE A VILLAIN, is in preparation. While working on adult novel number thirteen this summer, I’m keeping a close eye on some home-grown Jersey tomatoes outside my window. A terrific crop this year, I’ll no doubt be having a tomato every breakfast, lunch, and dinner soon.

My WIP concerns misbehavior in the Catholic Church and is tending to be a nasty piece of work. But I have to go where it takes me, ugly as it may be.

Reading-wise, I’m a quarter of the way through the 800 page bio of the Beatles, written by Mark Lewisohn. 800 pages and it only goes up to their first record in 1962! Very interesting to see how so many things had to conspire to produce the lightning bolt that made them what they became.

The Jersey weather has been very nice. Only one air-conditioner day so far. With my new backyard fence and deck, I end up there in the afternoons, after a morning at the keyboard (computer, not piano) with that large 800 page book on my lap.

Finally, I’ve latched onto the complete series of Monk (the TV detective, not any religious figure) adventures. One of those a night generally sends me off to bed, ready and willing for a new day in eight hours. That’s the summer for me.

JOHN The Rest is Silence cover (2)Volume 2 of The Shakespeare Murders Series from Champagne Publishing

When the AWB Theatre troupe accepts an invitation to perform on the tropical island of Illyria, they get more than they bargained for. Sudden death. Mark Louis, company member and amateur detective, suspects murder. The actors, however, must return home to New York, forcing Mark to conduct his investigation a thousand miles from the crime.

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About the Author:John Paulits has been writing fiction for over thirty years. A DYING FALL is his eighth novel for Wings, the second in The Shakespeare Murders series. A born and bred Philadelphian, he now lives in New York City and spend summer at the New Jersey shore. Visit his website for more information about his novels for adults and his children’s novels.

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LASR Anniversary: Kathryn Lively – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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Kathryn Lively: Picture it – Sicily, 2014

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I got an email late last year from my mother about a tour of Sicily they had booked. Sicily’s been on her bucket list for a while. Her grandparents were born and married there, and when they first moved to New York they still had land. I’m not sure if they intended to go back periodically throughout their lives, depending on work, but somebody muddled those plans. In the 1930s, Mussolini started confiscating the land of absentee owners, so the family went back to sell their only link to “home.” Once accomplished, they came to America to stay.

My great-grandparents both lived to see their early 90s, and as long as I had known them they didn’t speak English. I often wondered how they were able to get by in the US, but after they died I learned that they knew English, they just didn’t speak it. I have to admit it puts an interesting spin on my memories, watching my aunts holler at them in English and me thinking, Why don’t you just learn a few Italian phrases and meet them halfway?

I certainly wished I’d bothered to learn it myself, because this June I joined my parents after their tour for a few days. Mom intended to see the village her family left behind, and I never turn down free room in a foreign country (almost done paying for the airfare). So away I went.

sicily9 (2)This was only my second trip to Europe, and I’m amazed by the apparent age of the continent. In Florida and Virginia, some landmarks date back to early Colonial times, so we’re talking 1600s at best. You travel to Sicily and you find ruins that go back to Christ. We stayed mainly in Catania – there are no Starbucks, but I found three Catholic churches on the same block. We attended Mass at the one pictured here, which holds the relics of St. Agatha. You hear that Sicily served as home to so many people – Greeks, Jews, Muslims – over the centuries, but the Catholic presence is most obvious. The food is insane, too. I didn’t go hungry.

We took a bus to the village. You know, for years I’ve knocked around the idea of a story set in Sicily. I’d always had my great-grandparents’ home in mind, though I’d never seen pictures. When we arrived, it amazed me to see how the village looked as I’d imagined. Roads are steep and homes are close together. Old men congregate in front of the bars and watch the world pass. Tiny cars weave around people and bop along bumpy roads. I may write that story yet.

Mom found what she wanted as far as genealogy. The records were so old, they had to hand write copies of the birth and marriage certificates. Looking at them, we discovered something interesting: the mothers of my great, great-grandparents had the same last name. Did cousins marry? It’s possible.


Now that I’m back, I can get to writing again. What a summer.

KillingtheKordovas200 (2)WARNING: This book contains rough language, spoilers for a possible sequel to Judy Blume’s Blubber, suggested lyrics for the theme to Sanford and Son, and one very mixed-up romance author.

Words come easily to writer Danni Hewitt. If only success did the same. The news of America’s latest reality sweetheart inking a major book deal sends Danni spiraling into depression, to the point where the idea of soothing her jealousy with a murderous rampage appeals to her.

Of course, this requires getting close enough to Krystal Kordova and her family to draw blood, something Danni achieves when she manages to land a job as Krystal’s ghostwriter.

Is the pen deadlier than the sword? Stick with Danni and find out.

About the Author:Kathryn Lively writes mystery and romance novels, and book reviews and stories about people who end up in bizarre situations. She also drinks a lot of wine.

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Welcome to Uncial Press!

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Uncial Press offers a variety of fiction genres, including Regency, historical and contemporary romance, mysteries, thrillers, and unusual fantasy, both romantic and epic. Occasionally we add a poetry collection or an interesting (and usually humorous) nonfiction work. We’ve been around since 2006 and plan on offering extraordinary ebooks far into the future. Find us at, or look for our titles at most ebooksellers.

Now enjoy a taste of their summer themed story, Summer Heat.

SummerHeatElectra Hamilton is expecting to welcome a lover. What she gets is his annoying, nerdy brother. The man has always made her uncomfortable, always disapproved of her and, frankly, drives her stark-staring crazy. Yet all her friends seem to think he is perfect husband material.

Drew Bolinger knows that courting the woman he has secretly loved for years will be his toughest challenge yet. She thinks he’s an interfering know-it-all. She also happens to be his brother’s best friend. But when the sleepy town of Little Creek becomes a hotbed of intrigue and murder, Drew not only has to fight hard to keep a skeptical Electra safe, but convince her, at the same time, that he is her true hero.

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Welcome to Camel Press!

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Based in Seattle Washington, Camel Press is an imprint of Coffeetown Enterprises. Camel Press publishes genre fiction: romance, mystery/suspense, science fiction, and mystery. We publish the books that grab you and hold you in their grip long into the night.

We’re featuring one of their summer themed stories today.

SleepingDogsIt’s early August in Rosedale, Tennessee, and July December Powell is alone at the historic Booth Mansion, putting the finishing touches on the Showhouse room she designed for tomorrow’s grand opening. A loud noise draws her to the nursery, where a man lies dying. Not just any man, but Tom Ferris, the love of her life, who she hasn’t seen since he disappeared with no explanation some fifteen years earlier.

Who shot Tom in the back? What drove him away in the first place and made him stay away, even after his parents were killed in a car accident? What was he trying to tell July with his last breath?

The gossip mill is in high gear in the small town of Rosedale, and July is the sister of Mae, a dog breeder and kennel owner who happens to be dating the sheriff, Ben Bradley. Ben’s close relationship with the December family has thrown a wrench in his investigation, forcing him to rely on Detective Wayne Nichols, his deputies, and his office manager Dory to do most of the legwork. Meanwhile July’s marriage is imploding, and Mae already has too much to deal with—including a new corgi puppy and Ben’s four-year-old son. Mae is torn between loyalty to her boyfriend and her sister as she does her darndest to get the bottom of a case that just seems to involve more and more of their friends and neighbors.


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LASR Anniversary: Judy Alter – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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Ah, summertime. And the beach. And a good book. Every woman’s dream, right? Not mine. When I was about twelve I had a heat stroke and such a bad sunburn that I remember being in bed for three or four days. Ever since then, being in the sun makes me woozy and uncomfortable. And I still burn easily. No tanning for me.

I spent last weekend in East Texas, much of the time reading by a really small lake, at a picnic table under an arbor covered by wisteria vines. I’d read, watch the grandchildren play in the water, then read some more. It was warm—probably upper 80s—but there was a delightful breeze. Now that’s summertime to me.

I once wrote a young-adult novel titled A Year with No Summer because the young girl who was the chief character had to work in her mom’s boardinghouse (a la 1920s or so in East Texas) rather than getting the summer vacation most kids enjoy. The publisher changed the title to After Pa Was Shot, and my mother, then elderly, snorted, “More violence!”

Summer is a time out for children and adults, a time to kick back and, yeah, read a lot of books. Enjoy your summer and, hey, maybe try a Kelly O’Connell Mystery. The fifth, Deception in Strange Places, launches July 31—right in the middle of summer.

judy alter book cover Danger-MD (3)A woman desperately seeking her biological mother, a televangelist determined to thwart that search, a hired hit man, and in the midst of it all, a reclusive diva. Kelly has gotten herself involved in a dangerous emotional tangle this time, and Mike doesn’t tell her to back off, even when events take them from Fort Worth to San Antonio.

About the Author: judyAn award-winning novelist, Judy Alter is the author of five books in the Kelly O’Connell Mysteries series: Skeleton in a Dead Space, No Neighborhood for Old Women, Trouble in a Big Box, Danger Comes Home, and the forthcoming Deception in Strange Places. She also writes the Blue Plate Café Mysteries—Murder at the Blue Plate Café and Murder at the Tremont House.

Judy is retired as director of TCU Press and the mother of four grown children and the grandmother of seven. She and her Bordoodle, Sophie, live in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Joe by H.D. Gordon – Spotlight and Giveaway

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A psychopath planning a massacre. A stuttering young girl with disturbing visions of the future. Six ordinary people who will all be in the line of fire come the day of the disaster.

Joe Knowe is not a boy. She is twenty-one years old, and she sees things before they happen; bad things, and the worst thing she has ever faced is just around the corner. A madman is going to shoot up the college Joe attends. The trouble is, her gift is stingy on the details she needs to divert the impending tragedy. Now, Joe has four days to figure out the mystery and save the lives of many.

From the author of The Alexa Montgomery Saga comes a tense tale that glimpses the mind of a genuine psychopath, follows an unlikely hero, and explores real-life terror in a race against time that will leave the reader breathless.

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They were all so young, so full of life. Why shouldn’t their outlook be light?

Because I knew that it wasn’t.

One of the greatest mercies of life: not knowing what’s going to happen next.

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H. D. Gordon is the bestselling author of THE ALEXA MONTGOMERY SAGA, THE JOE KNOWE SERIES, and THE SURAH STORMSONG NOVELS. She is a lifelong reader and writer; a true lover of words. A mother, a self-proclaimed philosopher and a wordsmith, H. D. is twenty-five years old and lives in the northeastern United States.

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The Eyes Die Last by Teri Riggs – Spotlight and Giveaway

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The Las Vegas Mayoral race is heating up, and the incumbent doesn’t have a prayer. Wealthy real estate speculator Nick Campenelli, who wants to legalize prostitution in Clark County, and former pastor Louis St. Louis, running on a ‘clean-up-Vegas-by-getting-rid-of-the-whores’ platform, are the front runners.

They’re also front runners on the suspect list for a string of murders. Kennedy O’Brien, four-year detective with cop blood running in her veins, and her partner Wilder “Wild Thing” James, a veteran, are determined to find the man who’s murdering prostitutes who work the wrong side of the street, and they don’t care how important or politically active he is.

The killer is a man with a mission. He stalks the women before he kills them, leaving a “BEFORE” photo on their bodies, and sending an “AFTER” shot to the local news hound. Ed Hershey, an aging newscaster with just the right amount of grey in his hair, is determined to turn this story into a network gig, and his interference, along with the LVTVS legal team, are making Kennedy and Wilder look bad. Campenelli’s good looks and charm, and St. Louis’ vitriolic hatred of prostitutes are muddying the waters too, and now the killer seems to have taken a liking to Kennedy.

So the big question remains. Can she get him before he gets her?

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Wilder was fine, just winded. She turned to Elvis, ready to whip some mad on him. “Would you mind explaining what you’re doing here?”

“Sorry, Detective Gorgeous Eyes. I’m trying to find out who killed my Priscilla. I might possibly, have overheard you and your partner talking about staking out the store.”


“I thought I’d have a look myself—undercover. I was doing a decent job of it until I saw Detective James take off like a bat out of hell. I followed in case he needed backup. And, well, here I am.” Elvis sheepishly looked away.

“Undercover? In a fucking, flashing, light up Elvis jump suit?” She looked him up and down, blinking at the lights on his clothes.

“I accidentally hit the on button while running.”

Kennedy turned to Nick, who still had that same grin she suddenly despised, dimples and all, plastered on his face. “What about you, Campenelli? What’s your story?”

“Just out for a stroll, Detective.”

Wilder and Elvis both stifled grins and she shot them a look that shut them down. Wilder should know better than to mess with her when she was pissed, and she was really pissed.

“If I had the time I’d haul both of your asses in for obstruction, lock you up, and throw away the key.”

“Well now, it’s lucky for us you’re pressed for time.” Nick sounded smug and he was still smiling. Damn the man.

Wilder turned to Elvis. “You get a good look at the man I was chasing? Could he be the man at the casino taking pictures of you and Priscilla?”

“I’m not sure. He sort of looks familiar. But I’m really not sure where or if I’ve ever seen the dude.”

“The man is my campaign manager, John Tully.” Nick offered, “You may have seen John on TV with me. We’ve been on camera quite a bit lately.”

Wilder, his breathing back to normal, asked, “Mr. Campenelli, how can we reach your campaign manager? There are questions we’re going to need answered.”

Nick scribbled down a few notes on the back of a business card and passed it over. “Try calling these numbers. If they don’t work, I’ll call my assistant and she’ll get you John’s address. He lives in Summerlin, I believe.”

Wilder pocketed the card. “Kenny, I think this stakeout is a bust for the day. I’ll take Elvis to Metro, go through some of the mug shots and get that picture of St. Louis in front of him. We’ll see if he spots anyone.”

“No thanks to these two,” Kennedy snarled.

About the Author:

Teri Riggs was destined to be a writer. As a small girl she didn’t read bedtime stories, she made up her own. Who needed Little Red Riding Hood or The Three Little Pigs when there were so many great tales bouncing around in her head? When she grew up and became a mother to three little girls, she continued the tradition of making up bedtime stories. On the occasions she chose to tell conventional fairy tales, Teri usually gave them a bit of tweaking here and there or added a new ending. Her girls loved it.

After her daughters had the nerve to actually grow up and leave home, Teri discovered she had a passion for writing and jumped right in. It came as no surprise she chose to write mysteries and happily-ever-after’s since that’s the genres she loves to read.

Teri lives in Marietta, Georgia with her husband, one of her daughters and two dogs that seem to think they rule the world. And some days Teri thinks maybe they do.

Teri still frequently tells herself stories as she falls asleep. The only difference now is she wakes up the next morning and turns her bedtime stories into books.

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Q&A with Vanna Tessier

Tell us about Shooting Picasso.

A promising young journalist must struggle confronting ruthless criminals who try to take advantage of the general panic. She defies the lawless bullies who would like to trap her. She fights hard to unmask the culprits. In the life-and-death battle, the heroine has to find the strength and stamina she needs to unearth the truth and change her life.

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Your book

Shooting Picasso describes 9/11 survivors coping in New York.

Your heroine

Journalist Mara discovers life-changing links to the past.

Your hero

Photo-reporter Brooks finds his camera useful.

You as an author

I was struck and deeply touched by 9/11.

Let’s say your book is a movie – which one does it most closely resemble?

Wish Shooting Picasso would be a movie! It would be similar to Flight 93, at least in part.

The subject was very difficult and emotionally draining. This kind of book would make a unique and harrowing movie.

What real-life actors are playing the roles?

Demi Moore might be a fine, inquisitive Mara and Johnny Depp would work well as Brooks, the photo-reporter always-ready-to-snap the most revealing pictures.

Now this movie needs a soundtrack – what songs/tracks best fit your book?

Celine Dion singing My Heart will Go On from the soundtrack of the Titanic might be fitting for this 9/11 movie.

Your characters end up in a world where everyone’s a fashionista – how do they dress and what are they wearing?

The characters wear blue jeans, T-shirts and informal clothes.

What’s their favorite food?

Their taste is simple at the scene of so much destruction. When they find an open restaurant, they gobble down hamburgers and French fries and gulp down Coke, or coffee.

As writers, we are bombarded with ideas every minute of every day. What’s the idea behind this book, and how did it come about?

The terrible tragedy of 9/11 caused a lot of grief in the U. S. and it was shared around the world. These man-caused deaths and devastation struck and moved me to tears. When I visited New York, I found out how beautiful and strong this city is. Fantastic how the City and its citizens withstood all the destruction! New Yorkers took it in stride and rebuilt their lives.

In my book, I wrote about how horrible it would be to be taken hostage in one of the planes that hit the North or the South Towers. Could fiction do justice to reality? It would be nice if fiction could change what happened, but it doesn’t and all we can do is talk about the tragedy and remember the World Trade Center and the 3,000 victims. The reverberations of all the deaths and losses will go on.

Tell us a bit about you, and something we don’t know/wouldn’t expect about you.

I always like to discover new ideas and hope to find out what I didn’t know anything about. Knowledge is like power and is something we can’t do without.

What’s your favorite moment of the day, and why?

My favorite moment of the day is in the early morning when I see Harry, my Siamese cat’s big blue eyes looking at me expectantly. He purrs happily when I offer him his dish full of kibble.

What’s your biggest indulgence?

Choco-mania is my main indulgence, especially after a day spent writing. I know I’m addicted to dark chocolate, orange creamsicles and doughnuts just out of the Doughnuts Mill.

Biggest peeve?

My biggest peeve is someone who cuts in front of me in the grocery line, particularly when I’m holding a heavy basket to unload by the cashier.

What unique factor do you think you bring to the book/story market?

The unique factor I bring to the book market is based on different life experiences. The search for the truth is essential and may lead to amazing discoveries.

Best advice you’ve received, and that you’d want others to know?

A hard-to follow advice I have received is to surprise your readers who deserve to be treated only to the best. You have to write, write, write.

shooting picasso coverThe 9/11 surprise attack on the World Trade Center creates unimaginable chaos and grief in New York City. Ruthless opportunists try to take advantage of the ensuing panic, but a promising young reporter known for her no-holds-barred story-chasing hunts them down and soon finds herself at the heart of a criminal underworld.

How deep into that underworld, and her own past, is she willing to go? And more importantly, will she have the strength to face a drastic life change?

About the Author: Shooting Picasso Author PicVanna Tessier writes about the world we live in today. She believes reason and modern technology can enrich the quality of life allowing us to face changes affecting modern society.

Her fiction is at times broadcast on CBC Radio and her book reviews appear in The Edmonton Journal and The Edmonton Sun.

Gypsy Drums, her collection of short stories, was a finalist for the Howard O’Hagan Award. Another collection of short fiction, Thistle Creek, appeared before her book Sandweaver. She translated from Italian, The Last Waltz of Chopin, a novel by Gilberto Finzi.

In 2002, Peppermint Night won The Poets’ Corner Award.

She examines the challenge of survival within a forever mutating environment influenced by the onerous demands of our civilization coping with the threat of terrorism.

The author agrees we could find a refuge within the realm of our imagination leading us to discover a balance between reality as is and as we would like it to be.

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Stolen Dreams by Christine Amsden – Spotlight and Giveaway

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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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“Don’t say it,” I warned Evan.

“Say what?”

“You know what.”

“That deep down inside you’re still in love with me.” Evan made it a statement, not a question.

I snorted, but when I looked at him, I saw something in his eyes that gave me pause. There was hope, but also something akin to fear. It was gone almost as soon as I noticed it, his mask more or less back in place, but I’d seen it, and it made me nervous.

“Don’t bet on it,” I said.

He stared at me, openly, and though at first I tried to stare back, I couldn’t maintain the stance. Something was going on inside that brain of his, but I couldn’t work out what and didn’t think I wanted to know.

“I will bet on it,” Evan said, suddenly.


“I bet you’re still in love with me.”

“You’ll bet that I’m still in love with you?” Maybe the confusion potion was still working after all. I eyed the exit, considering.

“Exactly,” Evan said, his voice rising in enthusiasm.

“We’ll ask James Blair, human lie detector, to settle the truth of it. He owes me a small favor.”

“Am I dreaming now?” I asked.

Evan didn’t even crack a smile. “I’m serious about this.”

“All right then, assuming you’re serious, what do I get when I win?”

“If you win.”

“When.” Seriously, did he think I wouldn’t know? He definitely had to be suffering the aftereffects of the confusion potion.


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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