Dec 14, 2012

Cover Reveal: Dear Cassie by Lisa Burstein

You know Pretty Amy, right? If not, then let me refresh your memory.

Amy is fine living in the shadows of beautiful Lila and uber-cool Cassie, because at least she’s somewhat beautiful and uber-cool by association. But when the girls get stood up for prom and take matters into their own hands—earning them a night in jail outfitted in satin, stilettos, and Spanx — Amy discovers even a prom spent in handcuffs might be better than the humiliating “rehabilitation techniques” now filling up her summer. Even worse, with Lila and Cassie parentally banned, Amy feels like she has nothing — like she is nothing.

Navigating unlikely alliances with her new coworker, two very different boys, and possibly even her parents, Amy struggles to decide if it’s worth being a best friend when it makes you a public enemy. Bringing readers along on an often hilarious and heartwarming journey, Amy finds that maybe getting a life only happens once you think your life is over.

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If you've read Pretty Amy (or even read the blurb), you'll notice that there's a character named Cassie. Lucky for you, you get to learn more about Cassie in Lisa Burstein's newest novel Dear Cassie, which is expected to be published in March 2013 by Entangled Teen Publishing! Without further adieu, here's Dear Cassie--and your first look at the stunning cover!

What if the last place you should fall in love is the first place that you do?

You’d think getting sent to Turning Pines Wilderness Camp for a month-long rehabilitation “retreat” and being forced to re-live it in this journal would be the worst thing that’s ever happened to me.

You’d be wrong.

There’s the reason I was sent to Turning Pines in the first place: I got arrested. On prom night. With my two best friends, who I haven’t talked to since and probably never will again. And then there’s the real reason I was sent here. The thing I can’t talk about with the guy I can’t even think about.

What if the moment you’ve closed yourself off is the moment you start to break open?

But there’s this guy here. Ben. And the more I swear he won’t—he can’t—the deeper under my skin he’s getting. After the thing that happened, I promised I’d never fall for another boy’s lies.

And yet I can’t help but wonder…what if?

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Isn't that cover great? And to make things sweeter, I have an excerpt from Dear Cassie!

We kept walking on the lake trail, the bullfrogs croaking. There was also a humming in my ears from the nicotine. It could only be from the nicotine. It had nothing to do with being outside, at night, alone with Ben. It had nothing to do with Ben coming to the cabin and taking me instead of Nez and it definitely had nothing to do with the stars above us shining like they were the sky’s tiara. I stopped on the trail and looked up, taking them in, when all of a sudden bright colored lights exploded in the sky—fireworks, one after another, on top of each other, huge kaleidoscopes of light, like sparkling rainbow spiders.“How did you know?” I asked, my voice going softer, like if I talked too loudly they would stop. It was so beautiful, after weeks of so much ugly. Ben turned to look at me, the colored lights in the sky turning his skin pink, blue, green. “I’m magic.” He shrugged.I geared up to tell him to fuck off, because that was some corny-ass shit, but then I realized that he really kind of was. In that moment he was able to actually make me forget being me. “I would try to kiss you,” he said, “but I’m afraid you’d kick me in the balls.”“I probably would.” I laughed, the sky filling with noisy color like paint launching from a giant popcorn popper. “But like I said, it wouldn’t be about you.”“I guess I’ll have to figure out how to make it about me,” he said, taking off his boots and socks and standing. “Come on.”“There is no way I am getting near that water again,” I said.“I’ll make sure nothing happens to you,” he said, holding his hand out to help me up.I looked at his palm, open, waiting, just wanting to hold mine. For once, I didn’t think about anything except that there was a cute, sweet, smart-ass boy standing in front of me with his hand out.I pulled off my boots and socks and took it.  We stood at the lakeshore, our hands still clasped, the water licking our feet, fireworks decorating the sky.I turned to him. He was looking up, his mouth open in wonder like he was trying to swallow the moment.It was definitely one worth keeping.
Lisa Burstein is a tea seller by day and a writer by night. She received her MFA in Fiction from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University. She lives in Portland, OR, with her very patient husband, a neurotic dog, and two cats. Dear Cassie is her second novel. You can learn more about Lisa by visiting her Twitter, Facebook, and website.

Before you go--an EPIC CONTEST alert! To celebrate the cover reveal of Dear Cassie, Lisa Burstein wants you to share diary entries of your favorite fictional characters! (Um, how cool is that?!) You can choose any character from books, television, movies, or even a cereal box; just write a 500-750 word diary entry from their point of view! The top five diary entries will be chosen and the masses will vote on their favorite. The winner will be published in the final version of Dear Cassie--yes, published, with the author's name! The additional four winners will win a $20 book buying gift card. (Win or lose, it's what you do with your writing fingers!) Send your entries to by January 1st! Voting for the top five begins January 7th, and the winner will be announced January 14th! This is a unique and awesome contest, so be sure to enter!

Thanks for stopping by, and thanks to Heather Riccio from Entangled Teen Publishing for putting this whole cover reveal together!

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