Friday, April 23, 2010


I have fallen totally behind in my blogging while trying to keep up with the YAAAB (Young Adult Authors Against Bullying) facebook group and anthology (which will hopefully be out of the proposal stage and into a publishing house soon!!). apologies to Kay Cassidy for being behind a week in my blogging. Without further ado, here's some info on THE CINDERELLA SOCIETY. Go out and buy a copy TODAY!!


What a girl to do when the glass slipper fits, but she doesn't want to wear it anymore?

Sixteen year old Jess Parker has always been an outsider. So when she receives an invitation to join The Cinderella Society, a secret society of the most popular girls in school, it's like something out of a fairy tale. Swept up by the Cindys' magical world of makeovers, and catching the eye of her Prince Charming, Jess feels like she's finally found her chance to fit in.

Then the Wickeds--led by Jess's arch-enemy--begin targeting innocent girls in their war against the Cindys, and Jess discovers there's more to being a Cindy than reinventing yourself on the outside. She has unknowingly become part of a centuries-old battle of good vs. evil, and now the Cindys in charge need Jess for a mission that could change everything.

Overwhelmed, Jess wonders if The Cinderella Society made a mistake in choosing her. Is it a coincidence her new boyfriend doesn't want to be seen with her in public? And is this glamorous, secret life even what she wants, or will she risk her own happy ending to live up to the expectations of her new sisters?


I opened the card, my hands trembling in dread and the faint remnants of what I used to call hope, as a tiny silver high-heel pin bounced into my hand.

I juggled the pin for a second, barely managing to keep it from falling, and flipped open the note with my other hand. The words inside were not a message but an invitation that sent shivers down my spine:

Your presence is requested at The Grind.

Tonight, 7 p.m.

Wear the pin.

Discretion MANDATORY.


My second novel, THE LOST SISTER, deals with revenge and the repercussions of what happens when a hazing incident goes too far.

1. I have a "Writing Music" playlist on my iPod. What would be on yours? What one song or artist captures the essence of your book?

I create a playlist for each book. For me, it's a huge help in transitioning from the real world of laundry, ringing phones and domestic crises to the world of the story. The theme song of The Cinderella Society is Soar by Christina Aguilera.

2. What do you tell people is your favorite book/author? Now what is your "real" favorite book/author.

My favorite book/author is the same as I tell people it is. Or the series is, I should say. My favorite books are Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling and Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls series.

3. If you could swap lives with anyone for a day, who would it be and why?

I think it would be neat to swap lives with Oprah for a day. There's so much that goes on behind the scenes in her career that I think it would be fascinating to see how she manages to juggle it all.

4. As a publicist, I know that it's important for every novel to have journalistic hook. For The Lost Sister, it's mean girls, bullies and hazing. What's yours?

An outsider gets tapped to join a secret society of good populars dedicated to defeating the mean girls of the world. It's about dealing with bullies, getting comfortable in your own skin, and staying true to who you are.

5. Just because it hasn't been asked yet, favorite 1980's movie?

Pretty in Pink is actually referenced in The Cinderella Society, but my favorite 80s movie is probably The Breakfast Club or 16 Candles.


Kay Cassidy is the author of teen fiction she wishes was based on her real life. She is the founder of the national Great Scavenger Hunt ContestTM reading program for kids and teens and the host of the inspirational Living Your FiveTM web project. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, movies, music, and reading. Lots and lots of reading. She hopes her debut YA novel, THE CINDERELLA SOCIETY (April 13, 2010 - Egmont), will help girls embrace their inner Cindy.

Kay Cassidy


Founder, The Great Scavenger Hunt Contest