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INTRODUCING THE ALL NEW BOOK- MAXIMUM SPEED: PUSHING THE LIMIT - BY JOANNA LEE DOSTER!
I am pleased to announce the NEW EDITION of my exciting stock car racing thriller, MAXIMUM SPEED: PUSHING THE LIMIT.
It features a new cover and book design and a tremendous story that takes you on a high-speed journey through the lives of young racing champion Sean Devlin of DMS Motor Sports and his family who endure the most shocking times of their lives.
Just released by MPI Publishing this Spring of 2014, Maximum Speed is now available online through Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble (BN.com) and other outlets. Click on one of the links to read the synopsis and learn more about this new release. I hope you will order a copy for yourself and enjoy the ride!
Special thanks to Blue Harvest Creative for their fabulous work designing the new Maximum Speed.
When the going gets tough, one family in particular pulls together to find out who is behind a deadly plot to keep them out of them of the most important race of the year. In Maximum Speed: Pushing the Limit, the Devlin family and the Devlin Motor Sports racing team find themselves caught up in a web of danger.
The recurring theme throughout my book is that the family who stays together and rallies for one another is a force to be reckoned with, and that impenetrable force can withstand any outside danger. Ace Devlin, the powerful patriarch of the Devlin family, is the glue that has kept his family safe and protected for many years, instilling in his children from an early age valuable life lessons; helping them to become strong individuals, while also imbuing them with love and encouragement.
There are several life lessons we can learn from Maximum Speed: Pushing the Limit:
- Strong father figures can help instill valuable life lessons and help his children become strong individuals.
- Strong families imbue love and encouragement, which begets the same.
When the chips are down, the Devlins automatically help one another and stick together. We should all take lessons from them. Want to read more about the Devlins? Pick up your copy of the book here.
It’s very hard to develop a thick skin and slough off negative and damaging things that are said or written about you. It’s especially hard to shield yourself when you’re the target of constant criticism like Sean Devlin, the hero in my book. What do you do? First off how do you redirect your anger and feelings of revenge?
This has always been a tough one for me. I remember hearing,” The whole world doesn’t have to love you.” Some people are born with a tough interior and healthy ego and can laugh off negative things said or written about them. Their reasoning is,” What’s wrong with the person making the accusations?” In Maximum Speed: Pushing the Limit Sean and Avery Devlin triumph by reprogramming their painful past and rechanneling their energies into positive experiences. Sean focuses on becoming a champion stock car racer and trains himself to block out negative outside distractions.
After all, “The Whole World Doesn’t Have to Love You.” Here are a few exercises you can try when negative things affect you. Let your anger come out. Curse and rage back but do not respond in writing or via the phone. Engaging in and behaving on the same level will only inflame the situation and ignite it. Try and take deep breaths and think of all the positive things in your life. Hug a loved one or pet.
You’ll see that by behaving on the same level as the person who launched the attacks will not net you anything. Ask yourself were their actions justified? Did you do something to provoke it? And then if the answer is no try and think why would someone want to rebuke you in such a ferocious way? What’s wrong with them? What set them off and made you the repository of their hatred and anger? You might have to seek legal counsel for slander and or libel, or take other actions. I have often heard the Irish saying,”Don’t get angry get even.” As Ace Devlin in my book says to Sean, “Son, don’t go off without a plan of action.” You must be prepared and not let your emotions lead you.
How do champion racers in NASCAR control their anger when a competitor might not have acted in a professional way? Today the drivers are much more disciplined and try and rein in their anger. Sure they swear, slam and bang into each other and even have fights on pit road, but by and large they behave better than their colleagues did back in the day.
In 1979 at the Daytona 500, Donnie Allison and Cal Yarborough were having a spectacular argument on the track that was more akin to a demolition derby than a car race. They were ramming and crashing into each other relentlessly. When the cars were wrecked, Donnie’s brother Bobby Allison joined in on a good old-fashion fist-fight with Cale Yarborough right on the track. Richard Petty won the race, but at that moment, fans were watching the fight.
In my book Maximum Speed: Pushing The Limit, Dakota Philips deliberately goes to the inside lane and sideswipes Sean Devlin to get ahead of him. Sean, a determined racer, charges after Dakota to take her down. But, he listens to his crew chief who calms him down and doesn’t retaliate until a little while later. After a necessary pit stop, he waits until the time is right and makes a strategic move by coolly avoiding another swipe from Dakota to find himself at the head of the pack.
How does the saying go? “Revenge is a dish best served cold.” It is always better to “chill-out” first and then after some careful reflection decide on a new plan of action.
I couldn’t help getting emotional watching NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon achieve his 58th career win in a gripping race-to-the-finish at Richmond. It was truly a team effort; a combination of events that gave J.G. every advantage to do what he was born to do. Race and race hard and fast. Like Richard Petty and David Pearson before him, Jeff Gordon earned his place as one of the winningest drivers in NASCAR history
As a fan of stock car racing, it wasn’t long before I came to recognize what it takes to be a champion racer. In my racetrack thriller, Maximum Speed: Pushing The Limit, I mention how it takes a combination of many things like: a laser sharp focus, tenacity, first class professionalism, adaptability in an instant, the ability to race under different track conditions, Olympian strength, great athleticism, and to be as knowledgeable as a mechanic.
I know that sometimes showing grace under pressure is hard to do, especially when racing back in the pack fighting for position. But, a champion must show grace under pressure. Right. This is car racing! There is going to be fender-bending, helmet-tossing and a few bleeped words. Fans eat that up! In the fight for the lead, the standard of a champion racer is to be number one and nothing less.
Congratulations to Jeff Gordon and the 24 team for an outstanding effort!
A good book to read can be hard to find. But when you find one that’s endearing, you know its worth sharing. I think that’s why Maximum Speed: Pushing the Limit received a 5-star rating at Diesel, an online e-books store.
In my book someone’s out to destroy the Devlin Motor Sports racing team, whose stock car racing roots span three generations. A top DMS driver, Jimmy Stanton, is brutally kidnapped. When sexy 23-year-old Sean Chase Devlin tries to intervene, he’s tasered senseless. Two days later, Sean, a champion driver in his own right, barely survives a suspicious accident and a bone-crushing crash on the speedway.
The reviewer said, “if you like stories of underdogs overcoming obstacles, this [book] is a good one to read.”
Other people have similar comments too. Check out What They Are Saying, a new page added to my blog.
As far back as the ancient Greeks in history, there were epic stories about heroes either mythic or real. People worshipped heroes since they were the symbols of what mortals could attain by pushing the limit of what was possible. Courage, selflessness, and honor were the main characteristics of heroes whether they were good or evil. We looked up to them and were inspired by their extraordinary bravery and strength, making great sacrifices and overcoming great odds to go beyond the mortal scope.
The need to revere certain people either for their deeds or their courage in the face of adversity is universal. Remember the biblical story of David and Goliath? We always root for the good guy in movies or books. Good versus evil has been a running theme since the beginning of time.
Children have heroes or role models that they try to emulate. I remember wanting to be a champion ice-skater or a prima ballerina like the stars of the day. My brother wanted to be a famous drummer like Ringo Starr of the Beatles.
In Maximum Speed: Pushing The Limit, our young hero Sean Devlin, the champion stock car racer, talks about one of his childhood auto racing heroes. He was an admirer of the great Carl Zimmer, a long-time champion racer with Villereal/Clayton Racing. Who would have guessed that due to Zimmer’s positive influence, one day Sean would soon become a champion driver himself and one of Zimmer’s most challenging competitors on the race track? Zimmer’s positive influence had a great impact on a boy and perhaps taught him to become a hero himself as a man.
Exceptional people inspire people to do exceptional things. That is why we will always need heroes. They create great role models and help to broaden people’s horizons by pushing them to go far beyond their safety net to achieve remarkable things.