Troy: Hold on, there is nothing going on between Cass and me!
Melissa: Well, I’m confused. Why would Liza send you here, if Saving Casey isn’t a romance?
Troy: I’ve no idea why Liza does anything. However, Saving Casey is a Young Adult Suspense Thriller. Check any of the bookstores.
Cass: Troy, I think I saw a shadow pass the window.
Troy: I need Cass moved to a windowless room now!
Melissa: There’s my library. *leads them to the library*
Troy: *focuses on Cass* Stay here. Do not open this door for anyone. I’ll return once I’ve confirmed the place is safe. *He grazes her cheek with his fingers* I won’t let anything happen to you.
Cass: *nods and manages a faint smile*
Troy: *hurries out*
Melissa: Should we hide under the desk?
Cass: *softly laughs* Sorry for scaring you. I didn’t see anyone run by your window. I just needed Troy to leave before he convinced you Liza had misrepresented her story.
Melissa: So it’s a romance, rather than a suspense thriller?
Cass: *sighs* I’m not sure what it should be called. But Troy is my soul-mate. He fits me as no one ever has. So it’s definitely a love story.
Melissa: You’re only seventeen, how can you know he’s your soul mate? You’ve barely begun life.
Cass: *Laughs bitterly* You’ve no idea how wrong you are. This body may be seventeen, but until a couple of months ago I was an eighty-year old woman diagnosed with cancer. I decided to skip the years of pain and took a faster way out. Then I, inexplicably, wake up in the body of a teen. And meet Troy.
In all my eighty years, I never found anyone who fit as well as Troy. So don’t even try to tell me I’m too young to recognize my soul mate. Troy is my one and only love.
Melissa: And how old is Troy?
Cass: *grimaces* Thirty, which makes me jailbait.
Melissa: So that’s why he denied a relationship between you?
Cass: That’s why he refuses to even consider anything but a platonic love between us.
Melissa: *sighs* Well, he’s right, you know—
Cass: If I were truly seventeen, I might agree. And while I don’t feel ‘old’ anymore, I still have eighty years of life experience, so if anything I could claim Troy is too young for me. But I’ve no problem overlooking his lack of life experience, because I know it’s not that important. When you find your soul mate, nothing else should matter.
Melissa: Well, it will matter to everyone else, so Troy is right to keep it platonic until you reach eighteen.
Cass: Oh, he plans to wait longer than that. But I’m worried, he’ll wait too long.
Melissa: And you find someone else?
Cass: No! Once you find your soul mate, no one else will do. I’m just worried my enemies will kill me before we’ve even had our first kiss.
Melissa: Then your dangers are real?
Cass: Yes. I’ve declared war on this vicious thug who has my schoolmates terrified and who made the prior Casey’s life hell. Before yearend, one of us is going down.
Troy: *reenters the room* Place seems secure for now. But, we should go.
Melissa: But we just started.
Troy: Look, there is no romance to discuss. I am a security specialist, nothing more. Liza should have never sent us here.
Melissa: *watches as Troy slips his hand to Cass’ back and protectively leads her from the room* Well, I apologize for the abrupt ending to my interview, but Liza did send me some information about her book Saving Casey.
Blurb: Having been diagnosed with cancer, Cass Goldman decides to opt out of any futile medical care and end her life. While she has some thoughts on afterlife, she never expects to reincarnate into the body of a seventeen-year-old girl named Casey Davidson.
When she awakens in a hospital, Cass discovers two disturbing facts: One, she is now inside the body of a troubled teenager, and two, the former owner of this body committed suicide, but only Cass knows that. Everyone else believes Casey has survived, but suffered a complete memory loss. Cass has two choices: to take on Casey’s life and turn it around, or to confess the truth about her reincarnation and end up in a mental asylum. Given this second chance to life, Cass decides to take on the future life of Casey—the frightening ghoul-faced teen with short, black, spiky hair.
Every person around Cass has an ulterior motive and discovering the truth of Old Casey’s life is more complicated than the “new math” she is forced to learn in school. In addition, Cass has to contend with raging teenage hormones and the prior crimes of Old Casey, which she might not remember, but everyone else certainly does. However, her biggest frustration concerns her feelings for her father’s rugged security specialist who sees her only as a teenager and doesn’t want to explore the mutual attraction between them.
As determined as Cass is to turn this life around, Old Casey’s enemies are just as determined to end her life. She has no idea whom she can trust, but she knows she’ll never survive going it alone.
Excerpt: (Phone Conversation between Cass and Troy)
“And if I’m scarred, causing little children to scream at the sight of me, will you still love me?” She expected Troy to flounder with his response because it required him to actually admit he loved her, something he’d refused to do. To her shock, he replied at once.
“So explain why you’ll love me without hesitation if I’m hideously scarred, but won’t even kiss me when I’m just ghoulishly tattooed?”
“Simple. Your father wouldn’t mind if I’m the only man in the world who still thinks you’re beautiful. But as long as millions of better alternatives exist, Dan would never forgive me for stealing your future.”
Damn, she hated it when he nailed the truth. If she were really seventeen, she would agree a hundred percent.
Melissa: Well, Troy may be right. This might not be a romance, but I’d say this suspense thriller has a definite love story interweaved into its plot, just one he can’t admit to…yet.
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About Liza O’Connor: Liza lives in Denville, NJ with her dog, Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels. She loves to create interesting characters, set them loose, and scribe what happens.