Getting Sideways: Book 2 in the Full Throttle Series
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.
Haven’t read the first book? Running Wide Open is on sale now for 99 cents.
Running Wide Open: Book 1 in the Full Throttle Series
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.
Praise for Running Wide Open:
“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
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.
Connect with Lisa online:
- Twitter: http://twitter.com/Lisa_Nowak
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LisaNowakAuthor
- Google +: http://bit.ly/LisaNowakGooglePlus
- Blog: http://lisanowak.wordpress.com/
- Subscribe to her newsletter for updates about coming attractions: http://bit.ly/LisaNowakNewsletter
I thought you all might enjoy reading about some of the topics we cover in the Rain Boots Required YA Author Tour, so I’m putting my talk about Voice and Believable Dialogue into blog form. We’d like to divide our blog posts three ways – some author talk, some reader talk and some young/new writer talk.
Before I get started on that, though, I’d like to issue an apology. We didn’t have cards at Wordstock and I wrote our web address down on my card for a lot of people. I realized last night that I probably put PacNWYA.wordpress.com on about half of them. That would be our Twitter handle. Ugh. Not trying to mislead anyone, my brain was just plain fried from spending the weekend at Wordstock. Forgive me! And, hopefully you found us with a minimum amount of Googling.
On to the good stuff…
For tween and teen writers, getting into the mindset to write adult characters is just as difficult as it is for me (Stacey Wallace Benefiel) to get into the mindset of a teenager.
Okay, I might have a slight advantage because I’ve been a teenager, but that was, like, twenty years ago.
A lot of things have changed.
When I was sixteen we didn’t have cell phones or the internet or Facebook. I wrote all my stories on an electric typewriter. No e-mail! No digital cameras!
Most importantly, not much YA to choose from. I believe there were twelve YA novels and three of them were V.C. Andrews books.
Yes, it was totally boring and I can’t remember what we did with our time. Probably, we threw rocks at stuff.
So, I’ve developed a few tricks I use to find my YA voice and write believable teen dialogue. I think these tips work well for young writers to use when writing adult characters too.
1. I read. A lot. When I find a YA novel that is written in a style I enjoy, as a writing exercise I copy that style using my own dialogue. Through the process of writing dialogue, copying paragraph structure, learning how someone else writes description, my YA voice emerges.
2. I watch YA TV and listen to how the characters speak. The Secret Circle, TVD, The Lying Game, the Nine Lives of Chloe King, Separated at Birth. My DVR is filled with CW and ABC Family shows. TV as homework, how cool is that?
3. I listen to those around me. Thanks to the Beaverton Civic Theatre, I have the chance to teach and direct young adults in Children’s Theatre once a year. I’ve picked up a lot of insight from simply being around the teens in those plays.
This is even easier for teens, as they’re around adults more often than I get to be around teenagers. Listen to your parents and teachers speaking to each other. How is it different from the way you and your friends talk to one another?
4. I give each character a type of music that fits them. Zellie, the protagonist in my YA trilogy is a 16-year-old pastor’s kid. She gets Taylor Swift. Whenever I hear a Tay Swift song, I think of Zellie and find that she comes to me easily.
Her BFF Claire is a little cooler. She likes Pink. Zellie’s parents, Paul and Grace are Stones and Cyndi Lauper fans, respectively.
I use these tips to find my YA voice and I think they’d be helpful in finding the voice of any character that isn’t a lot like you.
Now, when I get to the editing stage, I have a few more guidelines that I follow to make sure that my intentions and my dialogue are believable and age appropriate. (When I’m talking to teens, I list the inverse of these rules.)
1. Swearing, drinking/drug use and sex are statements. All of these rites of passage have to have a real and valid reason behind them.
2. Slang is allowed to run rampant. YA’s have their own language, made up words and phrases used amongst friends. Honor that.
3. Love/infatuation/lust are all the same thing.
4. The characters are allowed to make stupid, obvious mistakes. That’s how a person learns. Rarely do teenage characters choose the best path first, they haven’t discovered what it is yet. Trial and error.
Thanks for reading! I’d love to hear your thoughts on YA voice in the comments.
Stacey Wallace Benefiel
In August, 2011 authors Angela Carlie and Stacey Wallace Benefiel decided that they wanted to organize a book tour for the month of October around Wordstock. After tweeting and posting on Facebook that they were looking for other Pacific Northwest YA authors to get involved in the tour, Lisa Nowak, Rebecca Knight and Laura Elliott signed on.
The Rain Boots Required YA Author Tour was born!
The group got a booth at Wordstock prior to naming the tour and, on a whim named it Pacific Northwest YA Authors. Prior to Wordstock, the tour made two stops – at Cover to Cover Books in Vancouver, WA, where they spoke to a group of writers about different aspects of YA writing, and the West Linn Public Library, where they spoke to middle grade and early high school aged kids about writing, self-publishing, inspiration and several other topics.
Both events went off without a hitch, with the exception of a loudly beeping video camera, and the authors began to have an inkling that they were on to something.
On the first day of the Wordstock book fair, several people inquired about the name of the booth and wanted to know if they could either join the Pacific Northwest YA Authors organization or have the group come speak at their library/school/book club.
It was meant to be.
The authors realized that they…
1. Enjoyed each others company and worked well together.
2. Had a lot to say about self-publishing and their individual publishing journey’s.
3. All had a passion for encouraging and helping other writers.
4. Could finally stop boring their spouses with enlivened, detailed talks about e-book formatting.
By the end of the day, this website was created and a contact e-mail acquired.
If you’re interested in joining the Pacific Northwest YA Authors or would like to book us for an event, please contact Stacey at email@example.com
Please check back over the next week or so to see how this website evolves. We’re going to be adding video of our talks from the book tour, facts about self-publishing and book formatting and other helpful information.