Into the Dreaming Imaginative Fiction from Author, Editor, and Writing Coach Christine Amsden

Madison’s Song Gets a Double Win at Global Ebook Awards!!

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Madison’s Song scored big in this year’s Global Ebook Awards, taking home not only the silver in its category but also earning the first-ever Dan Poynter Legacy Award. The Legacy Award was added this year to remember Dan Poynter, the founder of the Global Ebook Awards, and it is given to the best fiction, non-fiction, and “best of” entries. Madison’s Song won for fiction.

And if, like MadisonsSong_medme, you hover over the idea that the book earned second place in its category and first in overall fiction, I would just say this: Fantasy/Contemporary does not fit Madison’s Song like a glove. It was just the most reasonable category from a list of worse options. It’s hard to place cross-genre fiction on bookshelves, into marketing categories, and into prize categories. Which is why I feel so honored by this new and unexpected recognition in the form of the Legacy Award.

Thank you to all my fans for your support, to my publisher for standing behind me, to my beta readers, to my editors, and to the judges at the Global Ebook Awards.

Season 4: Orange is the New Black is Back!

After a disappointing third season of the unexpectedly amazing show, “Orange is the New Black,” I wasn’t in a rush to watch season 4. I noticed it was available, but I was in the middle of some other things and then I went on vacation and then … well, I finally started it a couple of weeks ago.

And all I can say is … Orange is the New Black is BACK! Better than ever. Honestly, season 4 is the best season so far, with more ups and downs than I knew what to do with. From the very first episode to the very last, I loved it!

So, one of the problems with season 3 was Piper’s insane new power trip thing. Well, that got worse but then … well, she’s not really the star of the show anymore.

The prison itself continues to reel from the management of its corporate overlords, culminating in an event that will shock you. Meanwhile, race relations are worse than ever, tension between inmates and guards is worse than ever, the crazy inmates are crazier than ever. And oh yeah, Alex kicks things off by killing someone and getting an education from another inmate in how to dispose of a body. So, that was fascinating. 🙂

If you were disappointed with season 3, forgive it and move on! I promise, you won’t be disappointed.

If you haven’t watched Orange is the New Black at all … where have you been for the past 4 years?????

Now Available in Trade Paperback!!

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Universe of Creativity: A Writer’s Affirmation

Oh universe of creativity,

of light and life that dwells in me.

I see you out there vast and strong,
as curious as time is long.

Through me you’ll find a willing heart
to think and dream and do my part.

I’m a writer through and through;
my words are my gift to you.

I judge them not but set them free,
little wisps of eternity.

Please guide me as I find the strength to set aside internal restraints. I need the courage to challenge fear, that voice of doubt within my ear.

Your beauty is a part of me; I honor that so let it be.

~Christine Amsden

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Kaitlin’s Tale BOOK LAUNCH!!!!

May 16 Event

It’s here!!!!

The long-awaited and much-anticipated spin-off to the Cassie Scot Series starring Cassie’s best friend, Kaitlin, who was last seen running away with a vampire. How’s that working for her? Not too well, as you can see from this sneak preview. Want to know more? All the answers await in Kaitlin’s Tale.

But wait, there’s more! All day today (May 16) I’m having a book launch event, culminating in a Facebook Party this evening (5:30 CST). There will be prizes, early reviews, me reading from my first chapter, special guest appearances by Kaitlin and Matthew, among others, and much, much more! Plus, the Internet is buzzing about the book. For event details, click here.

Today is more than a release day, it’s a BOOK BLAST. I’m asking family, friends, fans, and anyone with a healthy sense of curiosity to buy the book TODAY to help me drive up those Amazon sales figures. Basically, if you plan to buy the book anyway, even if you maybe have a to-read stack ten books high, it would be super, super, super helpful if you would buy it today. And, when you do get a chance to read it, a review is helpful as well. Even if you just say, “It was okay.”

Buy Links

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

T Minus 6 Days to Launch!!!!

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And the countdown begins …

Kaitlin’s Tale will be available in 6 days, on Monday, May 16. The initial cost will be $3.99 (ebook). The print launch comes in July.

Meanwhile, I’m hoping all my friends and family and fans and strangers who thing “Huh, that looks good!” and people who read the first Cassie Scot book but got sidetracked and may not know all the rest are out and really just anyone and everyone (this is an example of a run-on sentence — you’re welcome) to come to my LAUNCH PARTY Monday night.

Special guests: Kaitlin Meyer, Matthew Blair, Evan Blackwood, and Cassie Scot Blackwood

6:30-8:30 if you’re on the east coast
5:30-7:30 if you’re in the middle with me
4:30-6:30 if you’re in the mountains
3:30-5:30 if you’re out west
2:30-4:30 if you’re in Alaska
12:30-2:30 if you’re in Hawaii

Non-US citizens, I hope you can figure it out from there. You are, of course, welcome.

Kaitlin’s Tale Cover Reveal + Sneak Peek at 3 Full Chapters!

Coming May 16, 2016 …

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Kaitlin Mayer is on the run from the father of her baby – a vampire who wants her to join him in deadly eternity. Terrified for her young son, she seeks sanctuary with the hunters guild. Yet they have their own plans for her son, and her hopes of safety are soon shattered.

When she runs into Matthew Blair, an old nemesis with an agenda of his own, she dares to hope for a new escape. But Matthew is a telepath, and Kaitlin’s past is full of dark secrets she never intended to reveal.

Read First Three Chapters Here

Ebook Release: May 16, 2016

Print Release: July 15, 2016

Audiobook Release: TBA

Facebook Launch

Party: May 16

5:30–7:30 pm US-CST

The Jungle Book

I have fond memories of The Jungle Book from my childhood. My favorite part from way back then: The music. The story itself was a bit flat. Which may be why I was so engrossed in the story that came to life in the 2016 remake of The Jungle Book.

The modern retelling stayed true to the cartoon. Yet the story grew up, even as modern special effects made the animals far more realistic. That visual made the danger more real. Made the struggles more real.

Warning to parents: This movie was frightening to my 7 and 9-year-olds. My 10-year-old was okay with it; I think it was a personality thing more than an age things.

But they watched the movie, and afterward they seemed to have liked it, even though they were scared.

Just like the original cartoon, this movie had some slow spots that had me looking at my watch. Not sure how they could have fixed that; I think I’m just used to too much sizzle and bling from more modern movies. This movie was far more like an old movie reanimated with modern technology.

I recommend it. Let’s called it 4/5 .

Amazon Giveaway

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Keeping Secrets in Romance

I’ve written more than one blog article on the dangers of withholding information from the reader. If the point of view character knows something that the reader does not, the story keeps the reader at a distance and they can’t properly connect to the characters or events.

(Please note, the reader doesn’t need to know a thing that the point of view character does not know. In fact, the reader and main character can enjoy learning secrets together — that’s called a mystery.)

Yet time and time again the romance genre, I see withheld information being the principle “conflict” in the story. The theory seems to be that the reader finds out when the romantic partner discovers the truth, but this is a failing strategy. Let me explain why:

Romantic conflict is a simple formula: That which draws them together vs that which keeps them apart.

When “that which keeps them apart” is a secret, the whole thing falls apart. Why does she keep pulling back? Why does he? The worst part is if they do get intimate before the secret is revealed because there they are, connecting to one another on the page, when I have yet to connect to them.

Here’s the bottom line: Romance writers, you don’t get an exception to this writing rule. It has failed for bestselling authors such as Julia Quinn and Lorraine Heath. It will fail for you, too. Let us get to know your characters, inside and out, and let us feel the true pain of their inability to have a relationship. That’s what romance is all about — that feeling of perfect pain.