Thursday, September 24, 2015

A Universe of Possibility by Christine Amsden, author of Madison's Song

Title: Madison's Song
Author: Christine Amsden
Publisher: Twilight Times Books
Pages: 275
Genre: Paranormal Fiction
Format: Kindle

Her voice is enchanting; his soul is black...

Madison Carter has been terrified of Scott Lee since the night he saved her from an evil sorcerer – then melted into a man-eating monster before her eyes. The werewolf is a slave to the moon, but Madison's nightmares are not.

Despite her fears, when Madison's brother, Clinton, is bitten by a werewolf, she knows there is only one man who can help. A man who frightens her all the more because even in her nightmares, he also thrills her.

Together for the first time since that terrible night, Scott and Madison drive to Clinton's home only to discover that he's vanished! Frantic now, Madison must overcome her fears and uncover hidden strengths if she hopes to save him. And she's not the only one fighting inner demons. Scott's are literal, and they have him convinced that he will never deserve the woman he loves.

Praise for Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective "In this entertaining series opener, Amsden (The Immortality Virus) introduces readers to the eponymous Cassie, a decidedly mundane member of a magical family. ...Readers will enjoy Cassie's fish-out-of-water struggles as she fights magical threats with little more than experience and bravado." ~ Publishers Weekly

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A Universe of Possibility

As a writer of fantasy and paranormal tales, readers often ask: Do you believe in magic? Are there really psychics, clairvoyants, ghosts, or similar otherwordly phenomenons going on around us? I've even been asked if I myself am a psychic or if any of my stories are based on personal experience.

The short answer to all of the above is: No.

I may be a dreamer, but I'm also a pragmatist. I enjoy the escapism of fantasy, but I haven't lost touch with reality. And in the real world I have seen no evidence that would lead me to believe in paranormal phenomena. Call me Scully, if you like.

But like Scully, I'm not close-minded, I'm skeptical and analytical. You think you can read minds? What am I thinking? And none of that, “I'm getting something … it begins with an 'N'… “ Nonsense. You must be thinking of nonsense. :)

I double-majored in computer science and psychology in school. Both of these majors were scientifically based, and psychology helped me to understand people – especially myself. I'm the kind of person who longs for the mystical, but who won't take anything on blind faith.

A few years ago, while doing some research that led into the Cassie Scot series, I read about New Age religions, including Wicca. I found some of their ideas interesting, and in their way no more strange than anything a mainstream Christian believes. Their “spells” reminded me of prayers, and many of the most successful ones made me think of the psychology of self-affirmation. I wrote such a “spell,” meditated upon it for weeks, and in the end I made a positive change to my own life. It wasn't exactly magic, but it left me feeling powerful and in-tune with the universe.

There is a big universe out there. I know and understand little of it; the entire human race knows and understands little of it. One day, I hope, we'll meet a real “alien” and it won't be anything at all like anyone had ever imagined. It can't be written into a science fiction tale because we simply aren't capable of relating to it yet. We may never be.

In this vast universe, anything is possible. But here on Earth, today, I will maintain my healthy skepticism until such time as the possible becomes provable. Meanwhile, I will suspend disbelief for a time whenever I pick up a good book and escape into the wonder of fantasy.

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.

Visit Christine's website.
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