Thursday, August 27, 2015

Review: Madison’s Song by Christine Amsden @ChristineAmsden #Giveaway

Her voice is enchanting; his soul is black...

Madison Carter has been terrified of Scott Lee since the night he saved her from an evil sorcerer – then melted into a man-eating monster before her eyes. The werewolf is a slave to the moon, but Madison's nightmares are not.

Despite her fears, when Madison's brother, Clinton, is bitten by a werewolf, she knows there is only one man who can help. A man who frightens her all the more because even in her nightmares, he also thrills her.

Together for the first time since that terrible night, Scott and Madison drive to Clinton's home only to discover that he's vanished. Frantic now, Madison must overcome her fears and uncover hidden strengths if she hopes to save him. And she's not the only one fighting inner demons. Scott's are literal, and they have him convinced that he will never deserve the woman he loves.

*Stand-alone companion to the Cassie Scot series

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Paperback Release: October 15

Audiobook Release: TBA

The Cassie Scot Series

Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective (Cassie Scot #1)

Secrets and Lies (Cassie Scot #2)

Mind Games (Cassie Scot #3)

Stolen Dreams (Cassie Scot #4)


“You do realize that I'm a werewolf, not a vampire,” Scott said after a time. He sounded agitated.

Madison glanced down. Her fingers, she realized, had been toying with the crucifix she wore tucked beneath her shirt. She had bought the necklace after a series of local vampire attacks and had been wearing it ever since. Now, toying with the pendant was just another in a long line of nervous habits she couldn't seem to break. Or if she did, another bad habit would take its place. She had spent a year learning not to bite her nails, only to discover she had nearly chewed her bottom lip off in the process. She stopped doing that, and started twisting her hair, breaking the once beautiful strands. She'd cut her hair short and now she was back to chewing her nails, figuring they were at least a less prominent feature than her hair and lips.

“Sorry.” Madison dropped the pendant, then had to talk herself down from chewing on a nail. This was going to be a long trip.

“It wasn't an accusation. I was trying to start a conversation.”

“Oh,” Madison said. Well, she'd wanted to start a conversation, too. She should follow his lead, but all she could think to say was, “Sorry.”

“Stop apologizing for everything. It's annoying.”

“Sorry.” Oh God, had she really just said that? If she were Cassie, she would have played it off like a joke. That sounded like a good idea, so she forced a small smile.

Scott smiled back. “Cheeky.”

It had worked. Madison's smile grew wider. “Sorry.”

This time, he laughed. He looked so much more human when he laughed. Had she ever seen him do that before?

“It is made of silver,” Madison said. “Doesn't that count for something?”

“Only if you melt it into a bullet.”

“Telling me your weaknesses? Isn't that risky?”

“No. Because first of all, it isn't true, and second of all, you won't tell anyone it isn't.”

“What makes you so sure I won't tell anyone?”

His smile disappeared, replaced by his usual brooding expression. His green eyes grew dark and impenetrable, reminding her of how little she knew about this man. “You wouldn't do anything to hurt Clinton, would you?”  

“No. Of course not.” Madison looked away. So much for her attempt at levity. She shivered, and returned her gaze to the window.

“You know, I'm actually trying to help you. I didn't have to take you along. Do you think you could try not to be afraid of me, at least until moon-rise?”

Madison's head snapped back around. “It bothers you that I'm afraid of you?”

“Yes, it bothers me. I-it bothers me.”

Madison stared at Scott's profile for a long minute, trying to figure out what to make of him. She had tried to see things from his point of view before. Countless times, as a matter of fact. Intellectually she knew he had done nothing to her that hadn't directly led to his saving her life and even her soul. Emotionally, on the other hand...

There remained so many unanswered questions about that night. She couldn't bring herself to ask them, but they floated through her mind nonetheless: How had he even known she needed help? Why was he so far from his usual forest so close to the full moon? And why had he stayed away from her afterward? She wanted to understand that most of all, because there were moments when she swore she thought he wanted her. She could be wrong – she had little experience with men and she wasn't exactly a leggy bombshell like that woman he'd been with earlier in the night – but the way he often looked at her... She didn't want him to look at her like that; it terrified her, but he had saved her life. And sometimes, she was almost afraid to admit to herself, she liked the way he looked at her.
“Why does it bother you that I'm afraid?” Madison asked instead.

“Why does it-?” Scott turned his head slightly, scowling at her. “What kind of question is that?”

Madison pushed away her instinctive reaction to his scowl. He wasn't going to hurt her. The wolf inside him wasn't Scott, he'd said so himself minutes before she'd seen the truth for herself in the beast's eyes. And Evan had assured her that wolves could only shift at the full moon. It was the only assurance he had ever given her about Scott; mostly, Evan liked to unnecessarily reinforce her fears.

“You're scowling,” Madison said.

Scott's lips straightened and he turned back to the road. “I was?”

“You do that a lot.”

“I didn't realize that.” He frowned. “Maybe I've gotten hard. I didn't used to be that way, but dealing with a pack of werewolves all the time... I guess it's my turn to apologize.”

“It's okay.”

“No, it's not.” Scott sighed. “And no, I never wanted you afraid. I just didn't think there was any other choice.” He paused before adding, “Is there?”

“Yesterday, I'd have said no.”

“And today?”

Madison hesitated. “Today, there's a werewolf out there who I love and need to find a way to support no matter what.”

“Okay,” Scott said slowly. Then again, “Okay.”

“Maybe we could get to know each other a little better.”

“Okay,” he said again. “Why are you wearing the cross?”

Madison looked down at the cross, which she was once again twisting between her fingers. 

“I bought it after the vampire attacks a while back, but I like wearing it anyway. I am Catholic.”

“You are?”

“Go to mass every Sunday. Sing in the choir.”

“Huh. I wouldn't have expected that from Evan's sister.”

“Half sister,” Madison corrected. “As in long lost and not raised together. My parents were both Catholic. I mean, my mom and my adoptive dad.”

“I'd just think being Catholic would make you think magic was evil or something.”

Madison shuddered. It wasn't the religion at all, it was entirely Phillip Carter. Father Owen had even said that her voice was a gift from God. Of course her gift wasn't exactly magic, but Father Owen didn't know that. Madison still had trouble grasping the difference some days.

“You do have a problem with it,” Scott said. “Is that why you and Evan have been having problems?”

“We're not having problems, exactly, and no, it's not the reason.” Madison had never thought of magic as being evil in other people, only in herself. When she thought about the logic there – or lack thereof – it made her head hurt, but didn't change her feelings.

“Interesting,” Scott said, as if she'd just told him a lot more than she had.

“This is getting awfully personal,” Madison said. “If you're going to ask me about all this, you should tell me something personal about yourself.”

“Like what?”

“Oh, I don't know.” Madison cast about for a subject that wasn't related to his monthly transformations. She wasn't ready for that yet, though she knew she would have to be soon. Unfortunately, the only other subject she could think of was almost as difficult to bring up. “Tell me about that woman who was with you tonight. Jessica?”

Scott's jaw tightened, but he kept his eyes on the road ahead of him. “She's a bitch.”

“A werewolf, you mean?”

“That too.”

Madison almost laughed. Almost. But she saw from the fixed expression on his face that he was absolutely serious. “You really don't like her?”

“She's one of the most selfish women I've ever known. She's not attracted to me, she's attracted to power. She's constantly asking me to work magic for her, and she's in love with my position as alpha. In the few months we've been together, she's already lorded it over the other females in the pack. I've had to intercede a couple of times.”

Madison looked straight ahead into the sunrise, trying to figure out why someone like Scott would be with a woman like that if he hated her. It must be the legs. Men went crazy for long, thin legs.

“She's pretty,” Madison said after a long pause.

Scott snorted. “Not my type.”

“What's your type?”

He glanced at her, his eyes raking her face and torso, settling for a few extra seconds on her chest before returning to the road. “I like curves.”

Madison's cheeks went red. Before she could stop herself, she had glanced down at her own chest, which she'd always thought was too big, much like the rest of her body. But Scott couldn't mean it. He'd only said that to unsettle her. And it was working.

“Anything else you want to know?” Scott asked.

“Why are you with her if she's not a nice person?”

“I'm not a nice person.” He paused then added, quietly. “I'm not even a person.”

“Oh, Scott.” And for the first time in his presence, Madison didn't feel afraid. She felt something else entirely.


I received a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion.

Madison is the shy girl, a friend of Cassie’s in the Cassie Scot Series novels that Christine wrote. If you haven’t read the Cassie Scot Series then it is ok because Madison’s Song is a standalone and a spinoff from the Cassie Scot’s Series. But I do suggest that you read the other books to learn more about Madison and because the Cassie Scot Series are great books too. Besides it being a great series you will find out more about some of the other characters in Madison’s Song.

Madison has really been through a lot her whole life. Madison has magic but she doesn’t use it because she was taught by her dad that magic was evil and wouldn’t allow her to use it. Her best magical talent is singing. Madison has the most sweetest, charming and magical voice. Her friends finally convince her that magic is like people. There are good and bad people just like there are good magic and bad magic.  So with Madison being a good person she is not going to use bad magic unless someone she loves and cares about is in danger and it is the only way to save them.

Worrying about magic is not the only problems Madison has either. There is this guy; Scott that turns into a werewolf during a full moon. Madison really likes Scott a lot but she is afraid of what he becomes when the moon is full. When he turns into a werewolf he is no longer Scott, he is beast that will tear a human apart. Madison hates it when the moon is full. She stays awake all night long when the moon is full and has nightmares on all the other nights. Scott is afraid of what the monster that he becomes on the full moon so he stays as far away from Madison as possible besides he knows she is very scared of him and he doesn’t ever want to hurt her in anyway.

But when her brother calls her and tells her that he is in trouble the only person she can call for help is Scott. Scott wants to help her save her brother and will do whatever he can for her but with him being the leader of his pack he has rules that he must follow and if anyone in his pack messes up they have to pay the price for their crimes. Madison and Scott run into a lot of trouble while looking for her brother. While trying to save him they end up in the same position as her brother and have to figure out a way to hopefully save all of them.

I have read all of the Cassie Scot books and loved them all and Madison’s Song was just as good. I loved reading more about Madison and finding out more about her magical ability. Madison may have been a quiet shy little mouse but when the big dogs came out to play she brought out the big guns and let them have it hard. When it came to the people she loved she didn’t play around. She showed them what she was made of and how to kick butt. I missed Cassie but I did enjoy reading about Madison and Scott. I hope this will not be the end of the spinoffs. I hope we get to read more about some of the other characters. And maybe one day we will find out more about Cassie, Evan and their new baby.

If you have not read Madison’s Song then I highly recommend that you do. I think you will fall in love with Madison and Scott just like I did. I also recommend that you read the Cassie Scot Series as well. You don’t want to miss out that adventure either. Madison and Cassie both will take you on a ride that you have never been on before.  So grab your copies today and leave a review so that we will know what you think.

 About the Author

Christine Amsden has been writing fantasy and science fiction for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and relationships, and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.

At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, a condition that effects the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams. In addition to writing, Christine teaches workshops on writing at Savvy Authors. She also does some freelance editing work. Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. They have two beautiful children.

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Christine Amsden said...

Thanks for hosting and for the great review!

Audrey Stewart said...

Yes. The greatest fear I overcame, was diving off the high diving board. Once I did it, I wasn't afraid anymore.

The Avid Reader said...

Your welcome, Christine. Thank you for visiting with The Avid Reader!

The Avid Reader said...

I don't if it counts as to what you are asking or not but one of my greatest fears is/was talking to people. I have not totally overcome that one yet in person or on pc but I made a giant leap about 10 years ago when I met my soulmate and married him in 2007. I was so scared to talk that by the time I got up the nerve to say what I wanted to the conversation had already changed. But I have come a long way with the help of my wonder husband.

The Avid Reader said...

Thanks for stopping by Misty. That is a great accomplishment I don't even know how to swim. Yeah I know but I have lived in this little fish bowl all my life. But thanks to my wonderful husband I do manage to go out sometimes.