Monday, June 16, 2014

Cassandra Scot Character Profile - Guest Post + Giveaway

Name: Cassandra Morgan Ursula Margaret Scot (Cassie)
Age: 21
Birthday: May 18, 1989 (the series takes place in 2010-2011)
Hair color: Auburn (far more brown than red)
Eye color: Blue
Height: 5'6”
Weight: 140 pounds (she does gain and lose some at various points in the story, but this is her healthy norm)

Cassie has a strong but troubled spirit. The eldest daughter of Edward and Sheila Scot, and scion of one of the most powerful families of sorcerers in the world, she has no magical powers of her own. If you ask her, this is her burden, her greatest regret, and her most singularly defining characteristic. What she wants more than anything else in the world is the magic she was denied at birth.

But Cassie will be going on a (figurative) journey that takes her from defining herself by what she is not to defining herself by what she is.

If you ask me, Cassie's most singularly defining characteristic is compassion. She cares deeply for the people in her life – sometimes too deeply. Even after her parents hurt her, she still craves their love and acceptance. She is a true and loyal friend. She thinks she wants magic more than anything else in the world, but I think she wants to feel needed more than anything else in the world. That's how she chose her friends – Kaitlin already had a reputation as a loose girl in high school, which made her unpopular with the other girls. She pretended not to care, but Cassie saw through it. Cassie also saw that Kaitlin was being abused by her boyfriend and stepped in to stop it. Madison, on the other hand, was in the throes of a deep depression when Cassie befriend here. Madison was invisible, a social nobody, and worst of all her father wouldn't let her sing. (If you're a songbird like Madison, that's no small thing!) Cassie helped her during one of her lowest moments.

Cassie has known Evan Blackwood, the romantic hero of the series, for her entire life. They became best friends in the first grade, and though they went through some rough patches in junior high and high school, they stayed friends. Here again, Cassie befriended Evan because he needed her. When he entered first grade it was as a new student, one who had never been to pre-school or kindergarten, had rarely ever been around other children, and who made a fool of himself right off the bat. Cassie became his champion, standing up for him when no one else would.

Cassie's parents weren't happy about her friendship with Evan. The Blackwoods and the Scots have hated each other for longer than their children have been alive and for reasons that won't be fully revealed until Stolen Dreams, the fourth and final book in the series. Cassie and Evan maintained a friendship despite the family feud, but it had an impact nonetheless. Evan fell in love with Cassie in the first grade. He decided then and there that she was the girl he would marry (even if he didn't understand exactly what that meant at the time) and he never changed his mind. But he also never made a move while they were still minors, under the influence of their respective families. Cassie, who developed a woman's feelings for Evan more gradually as she entered her teens, believed he simply wasn't interested in her. It seemed to her that no one was. While other girls in high school were dating, she wasn't even stealing her first kiss. She finds out in Secrets and Lies (book 2) that everyone except her knew of Evan's interest, and they were too intimidated by him to ask her out.

After school, Cassie spent two years at a junior college where she got an associate's degree of Applied Science in Criminal Justice. She knew she wanted to go straight into law enforcement, and she knew she wanted to do it on her home turf – Eagle Rock – where everyone she knew and loved lived. She got hired on as a deputy in the sheriff's department straight out of school. The fact that her family contributed to the sheriff's reelection campaigns didn't hurt her chances at getting a job so young and straight out of school, but the sheriff saw something of value in her before she saw it in herself. Which was why, when she got discouraged and quit the department six months later to try her hand at private investigation, he kept asking her to come back to work for him.

Cassie's stint as a private eye is going to be short – lasting only to the end of the first book. It was never a good idea, and it is just one of many mistakes Cassie makes throughout the series. She's too young, too inexperienced, and worst of all – it's not what she wants. She styles herself as a “normal” detective almost as an act of defiance. But the truth is that she doesn't want to be normal. More than that, she wants to stand between the mundane citizens of Eagle Rock and the magical citizens, who seem to be above the law. Yet again, she wants to feel needed.

The series is going to take Cassie through some hard lessons and revelations. Her character won't remain static, not even her beliefs about herself. But I'd rather let you experience that transformation rather than tell you all about it. In the meantime, here are a few more biographical facts that don't necessarily make it into the book:

Favorite Food: High quality chocolate
Hobbies: Archery, running, reading mysteries
Brothers and Sisters: Six – all younger
Favorite Song: “Witchy Woman” by The Eagles
Favorite Color: Rainbow

Read the first chapter of Mind Games. (Warning: Contains series spoilers. New readers to the series would be better off checking out the preview of book one.)

Find my review for Book 1 here.
Review for Mind Games.
Check back later this week for my review for book 2 Secrets and Lies.

Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes and Noble
Print release June 15.
Audiobook release TBA.

About the Author: 
Christine Amsden has been writing science fiction and fantasy 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 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’sDisease, 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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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for being part of my tour! I look forward to seeing you again for Stolen Dreams ... which is coming out in just a couple of weeks! (Oh my!)