Sunday, December 11, 2011


Getting shipped off to live with his uncle Race was the best thing that ever happened to fifteen-year-old Cody. Then a wreck at the speedway nearly ruined everything. Cody’s making every effort to get his life back on track—writing for the school paper, searching for the perfect girlfriend, and counting the days until he gets his drivers’ license—but there’s no escaping the nightmares that haunt him.
A chance to build his own car seems like the perfect distraction. Until Cody realizes he’ll have to live up to Race’s legendary status. But that’s the least of his worries, considering he doesn’t have his dad’s permission. All he has to do is the impossible: keep Race from discovering his lie until he can convince his dad that racing’s safe.
Yeah, sure. That’ll be easy.
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Haven’t read the first book? What are you waiting for? Running Wide Open is on sale now for 99 cents.

Cody Everett has a temper as hot as the flashpoint of racing fuel, and it's landed him at his uncle's trailer, a last-chance home before military school. But how can he take the guy seriously when he calls himself Race, eats Twinkies for breakfast, and pals around with rednecks who drive in circles every Saturday night?

What Cody doesn't expect is for the arrangement to work. Or for Race to become the friend and mentor he's been looking for all his life. But just as Cody begins to settle in and get a handle on his supercharged temper, a crisis sends his life spinning out of control. Everything he's come to care about is threatened, and he has to choose between falling back on his old, familiar anger or stepping up to prove his loyalty to the only person he's ever dared to trust.
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It’s finally finished. Almost six months to the day after I published Running Wide Open, I uploaded Getting Sideways. I’m shooting for three to four months to get Driven done, and I think I might be able to accomplish that, considering that I don’t have to do any landscaping, publish anyone else’s books, take a trip to California, or volunteer for any writing conferences. I also have absolutely no intentions of going camping, and though I am going to treat myself to a trip to Eugene, it will only be for a day. In other words, nothing but writing and marketing for the next three months.
I did my last major landscaping job for the season on Friday, a full two weeks after I’d normally be done. The last ten days of that were spent in colder than usual weather. If Mother Nature’s going to be late with letting the leaves come down, she could at least keep the heat turned up a little longer.
It’s been absolutely exhausting these last six weeks, doing double duty with the landscaping and the publishing. The pace I’ve had to keep up this entire year has been tough, but since the beginning of November, it’s been particularly brutal. I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. Normally during leaf clean up season I can come home and relax for the rest of the day, but when you’re trying to put a book out, that doesn’t happen. But that’s all over with now. The landscaping is done. The book is published. And now I can finally get caught up on the social networking I’ve been ignoring (including reading all those blogs I’ve been neglecting) and make some serious strides with the marketing.
So here it is, launch day for my second title. I’ve busted my butt to get here, and I think it’s time to sit back, relax, and enjoy it. If any of you would like to help me promote the book, feel free to tweet one of the following messages or post it on Facebook. Most of these links go the Running Wide Open, but I’m trying to promote that too, since a lot of people won’t have read it.
"It doesn’t matter if you are a racing fan or not, Running Wide Open will captivate you and capture your heart." – Cari J, Amazon reviewer
“The roar of engines practically explodes off the page in this compelling, heart-thumping debut. Cody Everett is a straight-shooter with attitude, smarts, and whip-cracking wit; he doesn’t pull any punches, and neither does author Lisa Nowak. The collision of Cody and the world of stock car racing makes for a great story, one of the best I’ve read in a long time. Running Wide Open is a book not to be missed.” - Christine Fletcher, author of Tallulah Falls and Ten Cents a Dance
"The racing is easy to understand and does not get in the way of a rattling good story. I still couldn’t put it down on a re-read." – Elisabeth Miles, Amazon reviewer
"We race stock cars during the summer and even though this is a recommended read for Young Adults, we are seniors and enjoyed every page. We can hardly wait for the sequel to come out. MUST READING!" – Maxci Jermann, Barnes and Noble reviewer
"I say read this book, it’s fun, it’s beautiful, it’s a very cool read that will give you a feel-good state of mind. Awesome read." - L.E.Olteano, Butterfly-o-meter Books 
Running Wide Open is on sale for 99 cents. A great read for NASCAR Racing fans
Looking for a great YA boy book? Running Wide Open by Lisa Nowak
A great gift for the #NASCAR #racing fan on your list. Running Wide Open /RWOBarnesandNoblePB
Getting Sideways is now available. Book 2 in the Full Throttle #racing series

In addition to being a YA author, Lisa Nowak is a retired amateur stock car racer, an accomplished cat whisperer, and a professional smartass. She writes coming-of-age books about kids in hard luck situations who learn to appreciate their own value after finding mentors who love them for who they are. She enjoys dark chocolate and stout beer and constantly works toward employing wei wu wei in her life, all the while realizing that the struggle itself is an oxymoron.
Lisa has no spare time, but if she did she’d use it to tend to her expansive perennial garden, watch medical dramas, take long walks after dark, and teach her cats to play poker. For those of you who might be wondering, she is not, and has never been, a diaper-wearing astronaut. She lives in Milwaukie, Oregon, with her husband, four feline companions, and two giant sequoias.

1 comment:

  1. Yay, you got it to work. Thanks for all the extra effort you had to put into this, Rose. I appreciate you featuring me. :)