I like character-driven stories about kids in difficult situations—stories about trust, self-discovery and loyalty—so that’s what I write. I believe that humor can enhance any book, and I use it liberally. As a racer and car builder, I draw on my thirteen years of experience to provide the authentic details that bring my writing to life.

Running Wide Open

Cody Everett has a temper as hot as the inside of a combustion chamber, 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.

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Getting Sideway

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, 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 reputation as a driver. 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 his uncle in the dark until he can convince his dad racing’s safe.

Yeah, sure. That’ll be easy.

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16-year-old Jess DeLand believes in making her own luck. But if she were the type to waste time on wishes, there’d be three things on her list: a mom who didn’t drink, a dad who hadn’t deserted her, and a job working on cars. Then Teri Sue Cline, one of the only female drivers at Eugene Speedway, loses her crew chief and asks Jess for help.

A loner by necessity, Jess can’t resist the pull of the racing world, where family is everything, and if you lack one, someone’s sure to take you into theirs.  Someone like Kasey McCormick, a woman who owns a restoration shop and may hold the key to Jess’s automotive ambitions, or Cody Everett, a wisecracking teen racer who won’t take no for an answer. And then there’s Teri Sue’s little brother Rhett, who understands why you can’t stop loving your parents, even when they hurt you.

For the first time in years, Jess is surrounded by people who care. The question is, can a girl who keeps her personal life locked up tighter than Richard Petty’s racing secrets let her guard down enough to risk friendship and her first romance?

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Now that Jess DeLand has escaped her alcoholic mother’s grip, all she wants is a chance to be normal. To hang out with her wisecracking-but-intuitive boyfriend Cody, learn as much she can about restoring cars from her mentor Kasey, and fill in as substitute big sister to Rhett when her friend Teri Sue goes off to college. But when her past crashes headlong into her present, all hopes of normal go spinning off into the weeds. Jess’s attempts to spare her friends—and herself—from the things she’d rather keep hidden, threaten to destroy the new life she’s built. Maybe normal is too much to ask for.

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Dead Heat

A battered teen. A devoted mentor. A bond that transcends the grave.

Alex is a machine whisperer. He can diagnose a broken-down car with a touch. But he’s trapped in a dead-end life, exploited by a father who’d sooner slap him upside the head than say good morning.

For two years Cole mentored Alex, providing a glimpse of kindness and hope. All that vanished with Cole’s death. It’s a broken comfort when he reappears in spirit form, but Alex is willing to take what he can get—until he learns Cole’s efforts to protect him may have doomed his soul.

Caught in a deadly spin, Alex can’t get traction until an ailing ’59 Studebaker steers Jade into his life. With a love of the paranormal and the disarming ability to see the good in Alex, she assures him Cole can reach the Other Side—if Alex escapes his father. But a previous terrifying attempt has convinced him it’s impossible. Can he drum up the courage to try, or will Cole be earthbound forever?

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What if the Pacific Northwest seceded from the United States? In 2063, it has.

The climate crisis that’s devastated all but the Northwest corner of the U.S. is the only reality Piper Hall has ever known. She doesn’t waste a thought on that, the secession that created Cascadia, or the closed border, erected to keep out climate refugees. With her family impoverished by her father’s death, she’s driven by just one goal—winning a scholarship to college and later med school.

When Piper’s little brother starts talking about poor people vanishing, she’s convinced the stories are just rumors. Then she comes home to an empty house. Branded a criminal and forced into hiding, Piper must fight for her freedom, her family, and her future. But those responsible for the disappearances will stop at nothing to protect their secrets, and the only person who can help might be the very boy whose family has displaced her own.

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Piper and her friends have finally gotten to the bottom of the disappearances, but in the process they’ve uncovered a conspiracy far deeper than they ever imagined. Now it’s up to them to save the president’s life—and the future of Cascadia. But when things don’t go quite as planned, they’re faced with challenges that test them to the limit and push them into making a terrifying decision.

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With the fight against Sarto intensifying, Logan and Piper face the daunting task of convincing President Cooper to trust potential allies. Assistance comes from an unlikely source, but when the team receives shocking news, Piper is forced to make a choice that may cost the rebels every bit of the progress they’ve fought so long and hard for.

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What if the Pacific Northwest seceded from the United States? In 2063, it has.

As the rebellion grows and its missions take a more desperate turn, Sarto’s bloodthirsty response demonstrates he’ll stop at nothing to quell the uprising. But with friction threatening to tear apart the core team, and President Cooper increasingly paralyzed by memories of torture and betrayal, Sarto’s counterstrikes might prove to be only the beginning of the rebels’ challenges.

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10 Responses to MY BOOKS

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  2. adam says:

    hi do you have a idea of the release of redline?


  3. Joyce says:



    • Lisa Nowak says:

      Joyce, yes, I’ll put out a newsletter when Redline is available. It’s going to take me longer than I’d originally thought, but I do have a new stand alone book, Dead Heat out now.


  4. andy says:

    Any new news on when Redline is gong to be Released? Really looking forward to it.


  5. Lisa Nowak says:

    Hi Andy, I’m working on it now. I think it will probably be out sometime in late March or early April.


    • andy says:

      Glad to hear it, my mom and dad raced at portland speedway that same time you did. They ran in the street stocks. I race now at Sunset Speedway Park in banks in the street stock class. Can’t wait to read Redline.


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