The book has received an overwhelming amount of praises. Some even hailed it as Connelly’s best work. I couldn’t wait to read it.
The book? Michael Connelly’s 9 Dragons.
As an author, I planned not only to read 9 Drangons for pleasure, I’d read it as a student learning from a master.
I rushed to the store, bought a copy, hurried home, and began to read it . . . and hated it.
When I received the initial email from my agent saying St Martin’s Press was looking for original New Adult fiction, I was visiting Jane Austen’s house in Hampshire. Maybe it was the atmosphere, but an historical idea I’d kept floating around in the back of my mind instantly sprang forth. I pitched that idea, and within a month it was contracted and I was away and writing what would become The Heiresses.
One word: Amazing. The trailer for The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani will have “kids” of all ages gasping to read it. We were totally enthralled and captivated even before the quotes from R.L. Stine and comparisons to J.K. Rowling and Roald Dahl rolled by.
Cassie Scot: Paranormal Detective is the first book in a new urban fantasy series from award-winning author Christine Amsden. Cassie is the daughter of two powerful sorcerers, although she has no magical powers of her own. Caught between two worlds, she’ll have to decide where she truly belongs. The author stops by to fill us in on the origination of Cassie Scot.
All my life I’ve been a voracious reader and writers have been important to me. They’ve helped me to grow and mature. They’ve broadened my mind and my outlook. They’ve inspired me to keep going when things looked grim and to aim for ever loftier goals. Sometimes when I’ve been sick or in physical pain or grief-stricken, they have taken me out of my situation for a few hours and given me respite and relief. In so many ways, writers and the books they wrote have been important to me and my life.
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Cassie Scot: Paranormal Detective by Christine Amsden
Her parents may be powerful sorcerers, but Cassie Scot doesn’t possess any magical powers. That doesn’t stop her from pursuing a career as a private investigator.