My friend Liza O’Connor writes all sorts of books–the Xavier and Vic mysteries I enjoy so much, naughty romances for grown-ups only, and lots more. Today I’m featuring her intense Requires Rescue series of stand-alone YA novels. Those who know me as a writer and as a teacher know that I do not shy away from serious issues. If kids can deal with it, then grown-ups are obligated to talk about it and authors are obligated to write about it, even if it makes us uncomfortable. That’s always been my policy.
Here’s a bit about the first book in the series, Saving Casey:
When 80-year-old Cass Goldman learns she has inoperable cancer, she decides to end her life, peacefully on her terms. So imagine her horror when she wakes to find herself in a hospital with strange rich people staring at her. It’s not until the doctor arrives to examine her that she realizes she’s no longer old. She’s in the body of a seventeen-year-old teen named Casey.
Unfortunately, her new body comes with some serious baggage. First of all, the kid has burned every bridge imaginable. Secondly, those ‘people’ in her room are her outrageously rich parents and while the Dad seems friendly, the mother wants nothing to do with her. The moment they take her home to a horrifically huge mansion, which she dubs Tara, she’s abandoned to the care of the butler.
While Cass is determined to turn this train wreck of a life around, doing so is far harder than she expected. In fact, without help, she’ll end up dead just like the last occupant of this body. Thankfully, her dad has his hunky head of security become her bodyguard. Between her eighty years of life lessons and hunky Troy’s help, she just might live long enough not to be jail bait.
Ready to read more? Here’s an excerpt from Saving Casey by Liza O’Connor.
“What do you do for a living?” Cass asked, trying to discover how wealthy you had to become to afford such a heavenly mode of transportation.
“I’m the CEO of Astervac Technologies.”
She opened her eyes. She’d read a stock recommendation on the company just last week. His company created spaceships for commercial use. Astervac pushed the bleeding edge of space technology, going where not even NASA dared.
“Does that make you a rocket scientist?”
A chuckle rumbled from his chest. “Yes, but before you get too impressed, I’m a dunce compared to my employees.”
She patted his hand. “Good. It’s more important for the CEO to be a great leader and a man of foresight than the best engineer or scientist.”
He stared at her, as if finding her accolades odd. Do teenagers not compliment their parent’s leadership abilities? Probably not. Best make surly and smart-ass comments in the future.
When they arrived at a gated estate the size of a small country, her dad pointed to a giant white mass on a hill about a mile or two away. “That’s your mother’s family estate.”
All this wealth hit home with a sickening thud. God help her; she was a trust fund baby. No wonder Casey seemed so screwed up. How could any girl find her self-worth when they owned billions at birth? How do you ask for a job at McDonald’s when you can buy the whole damn franchise?
You can purchase Saving Casey on Amazon.