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Mind Games
     

Mind Games

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by Christne Amsden
 

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Beware your heart and soul...

Evan broke Cassie's heart two months ago, and she still doesn't know why. She throws herself into family, friends and her new job at the sheriff's department, but nothing helps. The only thing that finally allows her to heal and move on is the love of a new man, mind mage Matthew Blair. Cassie finds him... irresistable.

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Beware your heart and soul...

Evan broke Cassie's heart two months ago, and she still doesn't know why. She throws herself into family, friends and her new job at the sheriff's department, but nothing helps. The only thing that finally allows her to heal and move on is the love of a new man, mind mage Matthew Blair. Cassie finds him... irresistable.

Matthew may also be the only one who can help keep the non-magical residents of Eagle Rock from going crazy over the murder of a beloved pastor's wife. It looks like a sorcerer is to blame, but while Cassie tries to figure out who, others take matters into their own hands. With tensions running so hot, a single spark might set Eagle Rock ablaze. Book 3 in the Cassie Scot series.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
06/15/2014
Being the only family member without magical powers has never been easy for Cassie Scot, although she has decided to resign herself to her normal status and focus on her career as a deputy in the sheriff's department. A powerful practitioner in the magical world has come to Eagle Rock to convince the large population of sorcerers that they should join his efforts to unite all those magic-endowed citizens, but his call for action stirs up the town's nonmagical residents. The conflict between the two groups erupts in violence, and Cassie is caught in the middle. On top of it all, the man she thought she loved is back in town after inexplicably turning his back on her, and when Cassie finally discovers why, her life will never be the same. VERDICT An exceptional urban fantasy series for those seeking a small-town setting, although the small-press publisher means this title might be harder to find (and the cover art is pretty awful). The characters are well drawn, though, especially the heroine and her world of magic wielders.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606192795
Publisher:
Paladin Timeless Books
Publication date:
06/15/2014
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)

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Mind Games 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Beverly_Stowe More than 1 year ago
Sometimes love hurts. Sometimes love is complicated. Sometimes it’s time to move on to a new love, to a new life. This is what Cassie Scot does in Award Winning Author Christine Amsden’s latest novel MIND GAMES: A CASSIE SCOT NOVEL. Or rather what she tries to do. If only her ex-boyfriend would cooperate. Cassie Scot, star of Christine Amsden’s Cassie Scot Mystery series, is back, along with old familiar characters (if you’ve read books one and two) and the addition of some interesting new characters. You’ve heard of love triangles. Well, Cassie is caught in one of those. Her triangle is a bit different to the norm, however. Evan Blackwood, her old flame, has magical powers. Matthew Blair, her new beau, is a mind mage. They’re both determined to protect Cassie, especially from each other. As if two wannabe heroes aren’t enough to deal with Cassie, who has no magic at all, soon finds herself, along with Wesley Blake, her new partner at the sheriff‘s office where she works, investigating a fire, a death, and other weird happenings in town. As she grows closer to the truth, she also discovers more secrets about her past. Sometimes the truth is painful, too. I adored books one and two in the series and was excited when MIND GAMES was published. It did not disappoint. Cassie is brave though not perfect. She makes mistakes. She has doubts. In other words, she’s human, not just a paper character in a book. The author is great at creating characters that are so real the reader can identify with them, the good and the bad ones. Ms. Amsden is also good at throwing in surprises and twists and turns. More than once I said, “I didn’t see that coming.” Since the novel contains a huge cast of characters, keeping track of all of them could be confusing. The author has taken care of that with a listing of the characters at the back, reminding the reader who each one is. I recommend MIND GAMES and the other books in the series for your reading enjoyment. Good news: STOLEN DREAMS, Book four in the series is scheduled for release in July, 2014. I’m so glad because the ending of this book demands more. Happy Reading. ###
ELF-thereadingaddict More than 1 year ago
The series continues to get better and better! 4.5 stars “Mind Games” by Christine Amsden is book 3 in the intriguing ‘Cassie Scot’ fantasy series which features the continuing adventures of the only non-magical member of a powerful magical family. Sadly, Cassie has been betrayed by her longtime friend and romantic interest, Evan Blackwood although their relationship continues to be very complicated. Cassie becomes involved with the powerful Matthew Blair, much to the dismay of those around her, and this, added to the tinderbox that the town of Eagle Rock is becoming as those without magic continue to foment unrest, threatens to destroy everything she holds most dear. Shifting alliances and hidden agendas alter the balance of power and it will require painful choices to try to overcome the dangers that are looming. This exciting addition to a fun new adult fantasy series continues to reveal more about the complicated Cassie Scot who has to juggle her duties to the town as a deputy and the obligations inherent in being a member of a very powerful magical family. The intriguing and startling revelations that are gradually uncovered change the dynamics of power and the various secrets that swirl around her force Cassie to soul-search and decide what she really values. I enjoyed the episodes that revealed more of Cassie’s character although I was dismayed by some of the experiences that she and her family underwent which highlight the dangers of bigotry, no matter who or what the item of contention is. There are several mysteries that I look forward to having solved in the final book and although one might be able to read this story as a stand-alone, it would be much better to start the series by reading the first two books, “Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective” and “Secrets and Lies”. This story does a very nice job of blending fantastical magic and character studies and I anxiously await the conclusion of the series! A copy of this story was provided to me in return for an honest review. Review has been submitted to Night Owl Reviews.
kirstyviz More than 1 year ago
Mind Games surprised me by being the best of the Cassie Scot books. The plot is as full of intrigue and mystery as the other two stories but Christine Amsden supplements this with added tension.  In Mind Games it is the magical community of Cassie's home town, Eagle Rock, which is threatened by an unknown enemy. During the course of Cassie's investigation the reader meets some new characters, and revisits old ones. Although brief, I particularly enjoyed the reappearance of Jason, a favorite mine from the first book, and the ambiguity surrounding his new identity.  Cassie's relationship with Evan is under strain in Mind Games, following his dismissal of her at the end of Secrets and Lies. She attempts to move on, forging a new romance with Matthew Blair. He is an individual I immediately mistrusted him because of his gift as a mind mage and his pursuit of Cassie.  However, it is interesting to see our main character maturing sexually. Although Cassie and Evan are no longer involved he refuses to relinquish his protection of her, in unexpected ways, with often amusing consequences. Mind Games has more action than the previous two books and interaction between magic and non magic peoples, resulting in bigotry and disputes throughout Eagle Rock. This is a fantastic and exciting continuation of the series and I now cannot wait for the fourth Cassie Scot story.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Third in the Cassie Scot, Normal Detective series, Mind Games ups the ante of the overarching story with Cassie, broken-hearted, falling for a powerful mind-mage, while Evan, the cause of her heart-break, still strives to get her back. When the pastor’s home burns, locals turn against the witches in their midst, quoting the Bible and lighting fires. Condemnation overrides kindness, and their ire might burn even those who are merely guilty by association. But Cassie’s job is to find out how and why the first fire was set. Her mind-mage friend works secretly to calm the storm, while Evan works with a powerful new magician who plans to unite all of magic under one government. Big government, didactic churches, love, rejection, betrayal—it’s a heady mix, well-brewed and scarily told. There’s just the right amount of serious soul-searching in this novel to leave readers wondering how easily societies start to fall apart. Then there’s action and relationships, an excellent underlying mystery, good police work, wonderful characters, magical and otherwise, and ideas that invite serious thought... The novel would stand alone quite well, but readers would be well advised to start at the beginning. With so much going on, it’s clear now this series has beginning, middle and end. Now, as the end-game approaches. I’m eager for book four! Disclosure: I’m hosting the author on her blog tour and was given a free ecopy for review.
closkot More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!!! ***Received the ebook for free for an honest review The cover has intrigue with the burning house on it, and I don’t know what it is about the moon, but I love it :) Christine really is a fabulous writer.  I always get pulled into Cassie Scot’s world and think it would definitely be an interesting place to live.  Never a dull moment :)  It always amazes me the twists that she throws in and how action packed her story lines are.  Her writing style is just awesome.  I always love reading this series, and this book was no exception.  I will admit that there are several men I would have slapped if I were Cassie and probably repeatedly ;)  I’m so torn because I’m mad at Evan, but I really want her and Evan to have this amazing fairy tale ending that I secretly hope for.   Cassie is this amazing detective who manages to get herself into and out of so much trouble.  It seems to follow her around.  I admire how much she wants to help people and her common sense that seems to be lacking in the real world.  I love a heroine who is strong and smart that can stand on her own two feet, and this is definitely Cassie. The story ended way to quickly, and now I have to wait again for more.  Have I mentioned before I’m not good at being patient??  Christine write fast because I want book 4….like NOW :) I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves paranormal and mystery together with lots of action and drama.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
Amsden is off and running with this one from the first page.  It was captivating and suspenseful while remaining entertaining and engaging.  Amsden also works in the suspense without taking away from the approachability of the story.  This author’s brilliant descriptions bring her world to life in full colour.  There’s also an extra intellectual component found in this novel that we don’t see in its predecessors.   I love the new characters that we meet in this novel.  Amsden introduces us to each of them naturally, as if they were our new neighbours.  At the same time, she doesn’t forget those we’ve already come to know.  These characters continue to grow based on their new experiences, without becoming completely different people.  Overall???  I couldn’t put this one down.  I read it in a single sitting.  It fits perfectly with the series (but definitely read the other books first)  and is a phenomenal read in and of itself.   Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
Mind Games is the 3rd book in the Cassie Scott series. Cassie Scott-Paranormal Detective (Book 1) Secrets and Lies (Book 2) This is definitely a series you should read in order. It takes off seamlessly from the prior book and the ending--well has you wanting that book immediately if not sooner! Cassie is still heartbroken over the way Evan just seemed to drop her and is now living with two of her friends in an apartment. A new guy comes into her life, Matthew, but he is not all he seems to be. Meanwhile there is a preacher in town who is really on a witch hunt! Cassie is working with the Sheriffs department to try and find out why people are dying or are they being murdered? Cassie finds herself in this book, she also finds out some truths about herself that she was never told! Another book I finished in one sitting--and I can honestly say that I love the way this author writes! Of course she is darn good at leaving you hanging at the end too-------5 Star for sure!
MayrasSecretBookcase More than 1 year ago
Mind Games is the much awaited third installment in the new adult mystery series, Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective. Talented author Christine Amsden keeps delivering a great story filled with interesting characters, romance, mystery, and the paranormal, lots of it. In this episode, Cassie still doesn’t know why Evan broke her heart two months ago, and the mystery gnaws at her big time. She decides to keep busy and make herself useful at the sheriff’s department. She also meets charismatic mind mage Matthew Blair…much to Evan’s distaste. At the same time, Eagle Rock is teeming with hate from the religious community, a reaction to the recent murder of a much-esteemed pastor’s wife by what the people believe was a sorcerer. The town is about to snap, with tensions between the magical and non-magical communities. And in the center of all this, is Matthew, whom Cassie finds irresistible. But can she trust him? According to Evan, no way. But then, Evan isn’t the most objective person when it comes to Cassie. Evan and Cassie have a history, as well as a secret connection, that keeps them bound in spite of themselves. Will Cassie discover the real culprit or culprits behind the pastor’s wife’s murder, as well as the real face behind the anti-magical propaganda and demonstrations? Most importantly, will she wake up and see Matthew for who he really is…and find the courage to face Evan for what he did to her—when she finds out? I love this series and thoroughly enjoyed this instalment! There’s something about Cassie’s voice that makes her really likable. She has a good heart and is witty, too. But best of all, she is just an ordinary girl next door trying to do her best in spite of everything that happens around her—which is usually pretty remarkable, as is often the case in paranormal stories. Her relationship with Evan keeps evolving organically and there’s a major revelation in this book about their connection and the secret behind their rival families. Matthew is a great addition to this episode, adding tension with his charismatic personality and inciting sparks of jealousy from Evan. The conflict between the religious and the magical communities is also well done. Mind Games kept me reading late into the night, wondering what would happen next. If you haven’t read any books in this series before, I urge you to pick up book one first, Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective. The books are best read in order. You won’t be disappointed.