Guest Post-The World is Full of Blank Pages- Christine Amsden (author of the Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective Series)

Friday, April 18, 2014

I'm sure a lot of you remember Christine Amsden-she is the author that kept coming back to my blog and answering all your questions! When She asked me to review her newest Cassie Scot book in the series I said yes. She also asked if I would like her to write a guest post and what I would like her to write about. I told Christine to go over the questions on that post! Below is what she came up with. Now you know she will always answer any and all questions so don't be shy--ask away in the comments. I will be reviewing her newest book in this series "Mind Games" in the near future! April 23rd to be exact and there will be a giveaway! I loved her first two books in this series and have been waiting patiently (?) for this one!!

Here are the two reviews I did of the 1st two books in the series in case you missed them:

Cassie Scott-Paranormal Detective
Secrets and Lies

In Her Own Words-Christine Amsden

The World is Full of Blank Pages-My Duty is to Fill Them

A lot of people ask me why I write or what inspires me to write. To tell you the truth, the answer varies day by day and year by year. I have grown up writing, and writing has been a part of growing up. I have always worked out my own conscious and subconscious issues through the written word. Some people see music and hear it in their heads. Some see stone and picture the sculpture hiding within. Some see numbers and must bring order to the mathematical universe. My husband is an engineer; he is driven to figure out how to make new ideas work. I see a world full of blank pages and it is my duty to fill them.

Ever since I was a little girl I loved the beginning of the new school year. Nothing thrills me more than a blank, untouched notebook or a pencil freshly sharpened for the first time. Even now, as I type this into a word processor document, I can practically smell the wood shavings. I like to keep a notebook handy when I write and I confess I am a bit wasteful. I always want a new one. It's just not the same after I've filled in a few pages. I tear them out, throw them away, and try to pretend it's new, but that only lasts for so long. Cute, little notebooks with hard covers are my favorite because they look new much longer. I don't need inspiration to put words on a blank page (or even into a blank computer document). It is who I am. The more difficult motivation is to finish what I've started once the words have destroyed the perfect potential of the blank page.

People also often asked me how old I was when I started writing. I say I was eight, and my first story was about Cabbage Patch Dolls going to Mars. After some early short stories I knew I wanted to be a novelist, yet I did not finish my first novel until I was 27. (Note: This depends upon how you define “finish” – I do have a couple of completish manuscripts which were never peer edited, revised, or otherwise made it past a rough draft.) I finished Touch of Fate because I needed to prove to myself that I could. I needed to know that I had it in me to be more than the blank page. After Touch of Fate, I knew I could do it. So my motivation changed. Now I wanted to see if I could do it again. Those of you who are paying very close attention may have noticed that Touch of Fate was published in 2006 and The Immortality Virus in 2011. That's quite a gap! And indeed, it was harder for me to finish the second book than it was to finish the first. This was partly because of life – I had a baby late in 2005 and another in 2008. But it was also because I had gone from simply wanting to finish something to trying to decide what sort of writer I wanted to be. Touch of Fate is paranormal suspense. The Immortality Virus is far-future dystopian science fiction. The Cassie Scot series is urban fantasy. Who am I? What do I write? I didn't know, but I wrote The Immortality Virus while I was trying to figure it out and ended up getting that published too.

The Cassie Scot series has been the easiest and most natural thing for me to write. I fell in love with the character from the start and to be honest, I didn't care what genre it was. There was a story inside me that wanted to come out. I started work on that series in 2009 and had it largely complete when the first book came out in 2013, meaning I have been able to release the entire series in not much more than a year. The motivation for writing this series was Cassie. She made me do it! Two secondary characters from that series are now making me write sequels. I've finished Madison's Song and am working on Kaitlin's Tale as I type.

I've tried to write one other book in the midst of all this. It struck me that every book I've written for the past few years (5 books in 5 years, going on 6 books in 6) has relied on Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective. This isn't a series meant to be read out of order. So what if that first book didn't do well? Out of near desperation, I forced myself to think of a new idea and spent many (disconnected) months working on it. The idea is... fine. The characters are... fine. The plot is...complicated. And ultimately the only thing motivating me to write it was a paranoid vision of how my publishing future would look over the next five years if Cassie Scot didn't take off. In case you're wondering, that's not a good reason to write a book. You'll be happy to know that I've buried it, though it was a costly lesson (in terms of time). Kaitlin needs me to tell her story right now, and when I'm done with her I've decided I need to let another character come to me. If no one shows up right away, maybe I'll work on a writing how-to book or something to pass the time.

After all, the world remains full of blank pages and it is my duty to fill them.

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Book Review-Stillwell-A Haunting on Long Island-Michael Phillip Cash

Thursday, April 17, 2014

As promised (and I always keep my promises if at all humanly possible!) here is my review of Michael Phillip Cash's book "Stillwell, A Haunting on Long Island". Now the only book I have not read by this author is BroodX and I Just went in and bought it. All of his books are currently .99 but I am not sure how long that will last! I am also anxiously awaiting the third book in the Battle for Darracia series.

This mystery suspense novel will grab you and keep you guessing till the very end. Imagine being haunted by a demon while you are still grieving for someone you love. In this case Paul was left with two children when his wife died and is inconsolable but knows he has to get himself together for the sake of his children. He begins to have nightmares which ultimately lead him to Stillwell Manor. Will he be able to solve the mystery so his wife's soul can finally be at rest? Well, I'm certainly not going to give away the story, you know me better then that! You really should pick up a copy of this book. You will not be sorry!!

About the Book: (from Amazon)

Paul Russo’s wife just died. While trying to get his family’s life back in order, Paul is being tormented by a demon who is holding his wife's spirit hostage on the other side. His fate is intertwined with an old haunted mansion on the north shore of Long Island called Stillwell Manor. Paul must find clues dating back hundreds of years to set his wife's soul free.

Read a Chapter or two here

Purchase the book Here (all books by this author are .99 at the time I wrote this)

About the Author: (from Amazon)

Born and raised on Long Island, Michael has always had a fascination with horror writing and found footage films. He wanted to incorporate both with his debut novel, Brood X. Earning a degree in English and an MBA, he has worked various jobs before settling into being a full-time author. He currently resides on Long Island with his wife and children.

Authors Website
Authors Blog

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Book Review-Tennessee Tails, Pets and Their People-Kathryn Primm, DVM

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

This book is not what you would normally expect when you consider the author is a veterinarian. What it is--the heart warming and sometimes heartbreaking stories of some of her patients and their owners. The pets and people's identities are fictitious, not so the stories. Katherine Primm is not only a caring vet and human being-she is a great writer who will immerse you in these stories involving you and drawing you right in to the laughter and predicaments only a person who owns a pet will truly understand.

If you have ever owned a pet then I urge you to read this short book. It took me less then an hour to read but I plan to re read it several times--it was that good.

About the Book: (from Amazon)

From the Author

If you have ever wondered what it is like to be a veterinarian, this book shows you an inside glimpse at all the fun and emotions that happen every day.

From the Back Cover

This memoir is a privileged glimpse in the life of a caring and capable healer. Personal and medical details paint a charming picture of the author's love for her patients, respect for their owners, and complete dedication to her profession. ~Simon Pereira Shorey
A charismatic and skilled vet, Dr. Primm's personal writing style brings you into the challenging and amusing world of the dog and cat hospital she has built.
America's Veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker: "The heart of veterinary medicine beats inside thousands of vets who give their all for animals. Kathryn's book shows why I'm so proud of my profession and proud she is my colleague. Animal lovers will love this book."

Did that REALLY happen? Fun, touching and Intriguing stories from a real life vet!
Give TWO gifts in ONE! 100% of proceeds (after costs) from Tennessee Tails for the 1st year go to animal rescues!
America's Veterinarian, Dr. Marty Becker says, "Animal lovers will love this book."
A charming picture of the author's love for her patients, respect for their owners and dedication to her profession.

Purchase the Book

About the Author: (from Amazon)

Dr. Primm graduated from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. She is owner and chief veterinarian at Applebrook Animal Hospital in Ooltewah, Tennessee. Dr. Primm has been invited to speak to veterinarians, students and animal lovers alike about how pets enrich our lives.

Tennessee Tails : Pets and Their People is her first book. Since publication on June 4, 2013 it has been enjoyed around the world. It is available in paperback and Kindle format. It can be found on, Barnes and Noble booksellers (online and select stores) and always at Applebrook Animal Hospital. Since Dr. Primm feels passionately that we should be responsible stewards of the animal world, any proceeds from book sales beyond costs to produce and promote the book will be donated to the non-profit organizations, The Pet Placement Center and our local HES. Dr. Primm is also donating signed copies to the rescues for them to give to patrons who make donations or to sell as they see fit.

For those that have asked for "more tails", Dr. Primm is working on her next book.

Author Website

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$25 PayPal/Amazon GA- #SpringSprung -Spring Has Sprung Hop WW-Ends 5/2

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

LeahSay’s Views and Planet Weidknecht have done it again. They have brought together a bunch of great bloggers who will each be offering you Giveaways valued at minimum $25.00. See the linky list below for all the participants in this hop! The event will run April 15th - May 2, 2014.

It was in the 70's here on the weekend and I certainly hope it is here to stay. I have just about all I can stand of being bundled up in winter clothes and still being cold! I have been seeing Robin Redbreasts hopping around which to me means it is Spring and all the little birds are busy gathering materials for their nests.

At any rate I decided to go the PayPal or Amazon Route for this giveaway. We all could use something new for this season's spring wardrobe. Or maybe you have something else you have in mind that you need? It is your decision!

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$50 Amazon GC - Oh The Things You Can Buy -Ends 5/6 #WhatWouldYouBuy

Welcome to the What Would You Buy $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway sponsored by Oh the Things You Can Buy and hosted by The Parenting Patch!

Oh the Things You Can Buy features cool, amazing, weird, geeky, and just plain awesome products that you can buy. From a Star Wars Chewbacca Onesie to a Glow-In-The-Dark Mushroom Kit, OTTYCB scours the internet daily for some of the most amazing products for sale imaginable.

I think one of the unusual things they have that I actually would love to have is the Water Bottle Ice Cube Tray! I always keep a bottle pf water in my car in the summer-would love for that water to stay cooler for a bit longher then it does now. AND I would still have quite a bit of the $50.00 to spend on other things!

One lucky reader of The Parenting Patch and Miki's Hope will win one (1) $50 Amazon gift card courtesy of Oh the Things You Can Buy. To enter for your chance to win the What Would You Buy $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway, simply use the following Rafflecopter form. Good luck!

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The What Would You Buy $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway is open to legal residents of the United States of America. The What Would You Buy $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM CST on May 6, 2014. One winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter. The winner will be sent an email and will have forty-eight hours to respond. If no response is received within forty-eight hours, another winner will be chosen. The Parenting Patch and Miki's Hope are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

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