Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Secrets and Lies by Christine Amsden

Title: Secrets and Lies 
Author: Christine Amsden 
Publisher: Twilight Times Books 
Genre: Paranormal Mystery 
Pages: 270

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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. 


“I faced my former father for the first time since he had announced his intention to disown me. He looked just as he always had, with straight dark hair, brown eyes, a long, angular face, and a wide, curving mouth – curving downward into a frown, that is. 

If Victor was the last person I had expected to see in the diner that morning, then my former father was the last person I wanted to see. Even now, with Victor explaining my part in his unusual scheme for revenge, I didn’t want my former father nearby. I didn’t want his help. I only hoped Nicolas and Juliana hadn’t broken their promise and told him about the life debt, or I would never hear the end of it. 

The air crackled with visible tension. Sparks of shimmering red fire danced around my father’s head. Behind the counter, Mrs. Meyers twisted her hands together anxiously, as if afraid her diner might burn down. Her fears were not unjustified. 

I stepped boldly between them, facing my father. “What are you doing here?“

“We need to talk,“ he said. 

“I have nothing to say to you. You disowned me, remember?“ 

The color seemed to drain from his face as he stared past me, at his oldest enemy. 

Victor raised his water glass in a mock toast. “I’ve known for some time. If it makes you feel any worse, so does everyone else in town who hasn’t been asleep for a week. Or at least, they guess.“ 

“I don’t care what you think you know. Stay away from my daughter.“With that, he grabbed my arm with a hand hot enough to leave a reddened imprint on my skin, and dragged me through the kitchen to the employee room at the back. Only then did he release my injured forearm.” 

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  1. how did you come up with the title?

  2. You are not the only author that I have wanted to ask this question, do you have any say in who designs the cover and what it looks like?

  3. Where did you get the idea for this book?

  4. Thanks for the giveaway! What is your favorite book?

  5. Do you have any tips on writing from a teen perspective?

  6. Which authors have inspired you the most?