Award-Winning Olathe Author Spins New Fantasy Tale Affirming the Power of the Underdog


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Award-winning author spins new fantasy tale affirming the power of the underdog

Olathe, KS – Christine Amsden, award-wining author of The Immortality Virus and Touch of Fate, has once again used the power of speculative fiction as a fun way to parallel real-world problems. In Casie Scot: ParaNormal Detective, Amsden poses the question:

In a world of sorcery, what's a girl without magic to do?

Amidst mystery, romance, and family feuds, this "new adult" series shows us that there are many types of strength, and many ways to be a hero. Cassie is smart, compassionate, clever, and brave. Yet she is burdened by doubt because she is the only member of her large family without magical powers. She calls herself a "normal detective," but there is little normal about her.

Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt's Disease at the age of 16, a degenerative eye condition that destroys central vision. Twenty years later, Christine makes the most of her intact peripheral vision, but a world once full of crisp lines and intricate details has been reduced to fuzzy blurs and a variety of colors.

“Blindness in a sighted world is a bit like lack of sorcery in a magical world,” she says. “I have never been able to write a visually impaired character (I've tried), because I'm too close to the subject. Fantasy gives me a way to explore those feelings in a safe way.”

Christine won two awards and an honorable mention for The Immortality Virus, and an honorable mention for her debut novel, Touch of Fate.

What Readers are Saying

From Publisher’s Weekly:

“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.”

Kim Falconer, bestselling author of The Spell of Rosette, had this to say about Casie Scot: ParaNormal Detective:

“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!”

Author Bio:

Award-winning author Christine Amsden has written stories since she was eight, always with a touch of the strange or unusual. She became a “serious” writer in 2003, after attending a boot camp with Orson Scott Card. She finished Touch of Fate shortly afterward, then penned The Immortality Virus, which won two awards. Expect many more titles by this up-and-coming author.

Book Info:

Title: Cassie Scot ParaNormal Detective Author: Christine Amsden Author web site: Publisher: Twilight Times Books Publisher web site:

*Print ISBN: 978-1-60619-275-7 Format: 5.5x8.5 trade paperback; 250 pages; List Price $16.95 *eBook ISBN: 978-1-60619-274-0; Format: ebook in pdf, ePub, Kindle, Mobi, PRC, etc.; List Price $6.50

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