Running Wide Open Now Available at Smashwords

I really should be out mowing lawns right now, but I got my final cover tweaks done yesterday (I changed the title color to yellow to make it more visible) and this morning I decided to try uploading to Smashwords while I waited out the rain showers.

I still have to convert my Word document to the mobi (Kindle) version and Epub version before I can upload to Amazon and Barnes and Noble, but I figured Smashwords would be easy, and it was. I didn’t expect them to make it available for sale so soon. You can buy it here.

Things have been super-busy lately, but I’m closing in on the checkered flag in this publishing deal. The print version should be available in late June or early July and the ebook will be available through and Barnes and probably next week. I’ll work on uploading them later today, but it will take awhile for them to become active. In the meantime you can download any ebook version (kindle, epub, etc.) from Smashwords for only $2.99. Feel free to leave me a review!

What’s it about?

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.

Need a recommendation? Awesome YA author Christine Fletcher wrote this amazing blurb for me. If you haven’t read her books, you should. Here’s what she had to say:

“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.”

Thanks for the blurb, Chris! And thanks, also, to all my friends, relatives, and fellow authors who have helped me along this journey. You guys rock!

Now I’m off to mow those lawns…

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24 Responses to Running Wide Open Now Available at Smashwords

  1. EJ Wesley says:

    Hey Lisa, I’m digging the cover and a BIG congrats on the book release!

    Hi Jan,

    I actually stopped by to say ‘thank you’ for your support during my A-Z blogging month. I’ve created a fun “no strings attached” blog award for you and all of the other awesome bloggers who offered feedback and encouragement.

    You can view the award and my thank you note here:

    Hope you are well and that I see you around in the future!



  2. Eee, how great!
    Is it coming out on iBooks ever? That’s what I use.
    Also, it’s supposed to be sunny this weekend, if that lifts your spirits.


    • Lisa Nowak says:

      McKenzie, is that the same as the Apple Store? If so, it should be available there through Smashwords sometime this week. It’s now up at Amazon and Barnes and Noble, too. I’ll have to look into uploading directly to the other outlets.


  3. macrush53 says:

    Oh yay! congrats on getting this book published. I know it’s been quite the journey for you. You must be thrilled.


  4. Rose says:

    Yahoo!!!! Glad to see things finally coming to a peak!! It has been a long climb but isn’t the end result exhilarating?


    • Lisa Nowak says:

      Rose, you’re right, it has been a long climb. And now the work of marketing begins. But I’ve been brainstorming about that and have some really fun ideas.


  5. Barb says:

    Hang in there, you’re almost at the finish line. Congrats!!


  6. Alice Lynn says:

    That’s great news, Lisa! Can’t wait to check RWO out on Smashwords! And the sun is shining too! Heaven approves.


  7. Angela says:

    Cool!!! Congratulations Sis, you worked hard to get to this point! Can’t wait for it to come out on Nook even though I have the original final draft copy, when it was still called ‘In the Blood’ I want this one too. 🙂


  8. Todd McCann says:

    Congrats on the book release! I’ll be getting the smashwords version ASAP. Vroom, Vroom!


  9. Wow, the yellow really grabs your attention. Great decision to change it from black. And awesome blurb from Christine. 😀


  10. I’m super excited for you. I love the cover and the story! I posted it on my blog and facebook.


  11. Love the new cover. What a great recommendation too. Congrats on a great launch!


  12. Wow, so exciting! I’ll be very happy to have the pod, author-signed, in my hands–and then on my bookshelf reserved for the works of friends!


  13. Beth says:

    I just finished it. Totally awesome. AND I want the “real” book as well!


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