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Wednesday, November 09, 2011


I'm thrilled to introduce you guys to an author I've recently come into contact with who has a great new book she's excited to share! The coolest thing about Lisa? Okay, see if you can figure out what I think it is based on her bio below.

RUNNING WIDE OPEN by Lisa Nowak (Webfoot Publishing, June 2011)

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.

“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

“With characters that are as real as the dialogue is authentic, Running Wide Open is by turns both heartbreaking and hopeful. Readers will race to the finish of this powerful coming-of-age novel.”

- Casey McCormick, author of the popular YA blog, Literary Rambles, co-founder of WriteOnCon, and creator of the Agent Spotlight series.

And the next book in the Full Throttle series, Getting Sideways, will be coming out in early December!


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.

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Angela Brown said...

I've hears a few good things about this story. And I'm guessing you like the fact that she ... wait...I see :-)

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

Congrats Lisa! And I love the cat-whisperer part (almost as much as the race car driver part)! :)

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PJ Hoover said...

LOL, Angela! I think it is so cool that she was a racecar driver!

I agree, Susan! So fun :)

Raine said...

I did had feeling that author Lisa took up the wheel and zoomed the tracks herself and wow, she did! She has two giant sequoias. :D Congrats on the coming book too. :D ~Raine~

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks for visiting, Raine! Lisa seems like a fun person!

Anonymous said...

Thanks, PJ, for featuring my book. Angela, I'm glad the rumors are good. Sue, sometimes I'm also a cat-yeller. Raine, the book is available now, and my sequoias say "hi." :)