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Friday, May 11, 2012

Indelibles Release: Driven by Lisa Nowak

I love promoting my fellow Indelible authors because I know their work is great, they're forward-thinking Indie authors taking this new paradigm by storm, and they're my friends. Win all around! The month of May is seeing a host of Indelibles releases, and today, I'm helping kick off the tour for Lisa Nowak's YA contemporary novel Driven!

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
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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  1. I love reading (and writing) about female characters who push past male boundaries. My MC rides dirt bikes. Love that Jess is so into cars! Congrats to Lisa.

  2. I had a sequoia once, but it ran off.

  3. This book sounds great and I love that cover!

  4. SA, is that book about the girl who rides dirt bikes available yet? I'd love to read it. Bryan, I hope you get your sequoia back. They can be sneaky that way. Thanks, Emily! The car on the cover belongs to the 16-year-old boy I sponsor, the girl is the daughter of one of my critique group members, and the background is one of our local speedways. It was fun putting it together.

    Thank you, Sue, for hosting me.

  5. This book over, first of all, is perfect. Everything about it says personality, speaks to the MC and her first love: cars. Sounds like the book is a wonderful journey of our grease-happy MC discovering the trials and tribs of another love, one where she can't just lift up the hood, kick the tire and ramp up the RPM to figure out how it works.

  6. Wow, Angela. Thanks. :) I love your observation about how Jess would look at having a boyfriend.

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  8. The strand of worrying about foster care really peaks my interest.


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