Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Fact or Fiction? I used to love NASCAR racing. My friends and I would travel the east coast, camping out at tracks and watching the races.

Fact or Fiction? I gave Elliott Sadler my phone number at the Winston Cup Preview and he not only used it, but we carried on a whatever-ship for a couple months.
(What a hussy. Kidding! I'm so not a hussy.)Fact or Fiction? Lisa Nowak writes awesome young adult novels about racing. They are exciting and enthralling and make me long for my old days at the racetrack.

The last thing on 16-year-old Jess DeLand’s wish list is a boyfriend. She’d have to be crazy to think any guy would look twice at her. Besides, there are more important things to hope for, like a job working on cars and an end to her mom’s drinking. Foster care is a constant threat, and Jess is willing to sacrifice anything to stay out of the system. When luck hands her the chance to work on a race car, she finds herself rushing full throttle into a world of opportunities—including a boy who doesn’t mind the grease under her fingernails. The question is, can a girl who keeps herself locked up tighter than Richard Petty’s racing secrets open up enough to risk friendship and her first romance?

“The first romance is captured beautifully—just the right combination of natural and awkward, of eager and scared.
~ Bob Martin, writing professor, Pacific Northwest College of Art
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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.

Other books by Lisa that will make your heart race...

Want to win an eBook of one of Lisa's books?
All you have to do is comment below to enter and tell me your favorite kind of car.
It doesn't necessarily have to be fast. It just has to be your favorite.


  1. I've been wondering about these books. Thanks, Karen. :)

  2. This is cute adding your story to it!

    My favorite kind of car is a 1969 Camaro SS.

  3. Karen, we should have hung out back then. :) Thanks for featuring my books.

  4. Jeep Wrangler Dragon Concept (2012) I love jeeps lol

  5. My favorite car is the Nissan Skyline :) That is one sexy car!

  6. My favorite kind is a Mustang! I love them! :)
    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  7. Congrats to Lisa! And that cover art is great!


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