HeadshotWebFinalLaura Lascarso aims to inspire more questions than answers in her young adult fiction. Her debut novel COUNTING BACKWARDS, which deals with mental illness, was awarded the Florida Book Award gold medal for YA lit in 2012. Her most recent novel, RACING HEARTS, tells the story of two star-crossed lovers set in Daytona Beach, the mecca of motorsports, and has been described as a Romeo & Juliet on wheels. She lives in North Florida with her husband, two children and a menagerie of animals. Follow her (me) on Twitter @lauralascarso or sign up here for email updates!

Three weeks ago I tried to run away from home. Now all I want is to go back.

Sunny Meadows is anything but the easy way out, and Taylor has to fight hard just to cling to her sanity as she battles her parents, her therapist, and a group of particularly nasty fellow patients, the Latina Queens. But even as Taylor struggles to hold on to her stubborn former self, she finds herself relenting as she lets in two unlikely friends–Margo, a former child star and arsonist, and AJ, a mysterious boy who doesn’t speak. Sunny Meadows goes against everything Taylor stands for. But is it the only place that can save her?




RH1smallRH2webEighteen-year-old Jesse Copeland learns of a local car race sponsored by his father’s nemesis, Shep Bradley, and the prize money might be enough to keep his family from losing their home—if he can win.

Brooke, Shep’s daughter, is also aiming to compete, with or without her father’s approval. She’ll do whatever it takes to persuade Jesse to make her car race ready. Both are driven, both are risk-takers, and soon it’s more than engines getting fired up. Jesse tells himself their relationship is strictly business, until it isn’t.

Can two star-crossed lovers overcome a family feud as old as Ford vs. Chevy, or will the competition become too explosive for these racing hearts?


BewareCoverCuriosity often leads to trouble…

Thirteen enthralling voices in young adult fiction lead you down the rabbit hole in this nod to the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s timeless character, ALICE. Mystery. Madness. Mayhem.

Each story in this collection will intrigue, bewitch, and enchant. From rich historicals, castle towers and deathly plagues, gritty urban explorations, intrepid reporters, would-be car thieves, watchmakers, wormholes, and secret workshops, to the last human in a world ruled by machines.
What wonders await, oh curious reader? The white rabbit knows the truth.


Questions? Comments. Exclamations! Your punctuations are welcome here. Or if you’d prefer, email me at lauralascarso(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  1. McKenna March 10, 2014 at 5:34 pm #

    I just emailed you, and then found this link. ill just sum up my email. I loved it sooo much, I was happy, angry and sad. I was in tears by the end. thank you for writing such an amazing book


    • lauralascarso April 3, 2014 at 10:25 am #

      Thanks for the love! I’m so glad my story touched you.–Laura


  2. Rigney January 10, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

    I just found your blog and I think your layout is beautiful and inspiring! I’m a follower now and am looking forward to reading more from you. Best of luck with your creative writing!


    • lauralascarso January 11, 2013 at 10:53 am #

      Rigney, thanks so much for your kind words! I have to give credit where credit is due…one of my BFF’s Meredith created my poppy flower and customized my blog a bit. Her work is an fusion of classic lines and splashes of funk. You can see more at http://www.paperw.com

      Welcome to my small, but devoted group and good luck with your YA writing as well!


  3. Brandy November 3, 2012 at 9:39 pm #

    I have just read your book “Counting Backwards” and I can’t tell you how much I am absolutely in love with this book! I can relate to Taylor in so many ways. You really made her come to life in my heart and mind. But the ending killed me, to put that book down and say, “I just finished another book.” I couldn’t say it. Ha-ha. So amazing! And I really hope you continue her story. I would love to now what happens to Taylor. What happens between her and A.J.? Does she visit Margo? What happens to Taylor’s Mom? Ahhh.. So many questions. A fantastic read! I would read it over and over and over again if I could. (: Thank you for writing such an amazing novel.
    With Love,


    • lauralascarso November 3, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

      Brandy, your comment made me so :) Thank you for taking the time to let me know how much my book meant to you. This is my favorite thing about writing!


      • brandyybearr November 4, 2012 at 11:56 pm #

        Aww! Well I’m happy to hear that(: And I really hope you keep writing! :D You’re a wonderful author!! (:


  4. bookseedstudio August 18, 2012 at 11:06 am #

    Laura, hey there! Taylor sounds fascinating. I look forward to reading her story. This site rocks & your photo is super glam! BIG applause. Jan Godown Annino


    • lauralascarso August 18, 2012 at 10:53 pm #

      Thank you, Jan! This is my tough face.


  5. João Victor August 17, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

    Hello ..

    I am a reader / blogger from Brazil and I follow for some time your work. I do not know if he already has publishing here in my country, but anyway ..

    I wonder if I have the honor to receive your autographed something, markers, a copy of his novel, I do not know. So I can help you in spreading, especially in my country, lol.

    Anyway, thank you and success.
    I will always be visiting your site looking for news, rs.

    A hug!


  6. Agata August 17, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    Hi Laura,

    I finished your book in a day and a half, and would have finished it in one day–reading well into the night–if it weren’t socially abhorrent to do so when you have house guests. All that to say I didn’t want to put it down! Thank you for the lovely ride. I’ve been walking around the last few days with my mind still in Taylor’s world.


    • lauralascarso August 17, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

      Thanks for coming out Tuesday night, Agata. I’m glad you liked it!


  7. Ashley Hackenmiller June 24, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

    Hey Laura,
    My name is Ashley and I have been reviewing for almost 5 years. I am super excited for your book and would like to talk to you about an interview around the release date. If that is something you are interested in please feel free to email me. My email is princessashley9@gmail.com

    Thank you!


    • lauralascarso June 24, 2012 at 10:23 pm #

      I’d love for you to participate in my blog tour. I’ll send you the dates!


  8. Kelsey Simpson May 13, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    Hey there, I was just checking through your site and was wondering if your giving copies books/ or Arcs for a review for Counting Backwards review for people. Your stuff seriously rocks good job on your work. If not, no worries, your stuff’s awesome anyway and I will deffinetly still check your story out. Here’s a look at my youtube anyway, http://www.youtube.com/Kelabook I also have a blog too http://www.enchantedbooks.blogspot.com/
    Have a beautiful day
    Kelsey x


    • lauralascarso June 19, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

      Kelsey, sorry for the loooooong delay. I love your vlog–that’s such a great idea! Yes, you can definitely get a review copy. I’ll put you on the list and email you when the books are in.


  9. Rabiah May 12, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

    Hi! (Like many of the comments above) I’d like to request for a review copy of your upcoming novel, COUNTING BACKWARDS. It sounds amazing and something that I would totally love to feature on my blog :) I completely understand if it isn’t possible!

    Thank you so much, and hope you’ll consider me for reviewing your novel!

    Confessions of a Readaholic


    • lauralascarso May 12, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

      Hi, Rabiah, I will put you on the list. Perhaps you’d also like to be part of my end of summer blog tour? Thanks for dropping by!


  10. jacqlineveve April 26, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    Hi Laura,

    I’m a book blogger and I’d love to read and review your book “Counting Backwards”.
    I would also love to put my name down for a chance to get a paperback reviewer copy of “Counting Backwards” if you’re still accepting names. If your not accepting names… that’s fine. I understand -♥- Sincerely Jacqline @ Discover the magic of books



    • lauralascarso May 5, 2012 at 11:28 am #

      Send me your mailing address to my email and I will forward it to my publisher. Perhaps we bridge the ocean betwixt us.


  11. Krista April 16, 2012 at 12:51 am #

    Everyone is asking for an ARC copy, so what makes me any different nothing besides I’m waiting wanting and loving everything about your book. So a little kiss-up will do. I’m a bookreviewer have a book blog http://bookreviewclub.blogspot.com I would so love an ARC copy so I can review. But my main thing is, I’m just a fan, mom of 5 who loves her blog and reads reads! So if you have one too send my way I would jump for joy! Thank you


    • lauralascarso April 16, 2012 at 7:47 am #

      Flattery will get you anywhere! I’ll put you on the list. Thanks for stopping by.


  12. Emily March 14, 2012 at 7:08 am #

    My name is Emily and I’m a blogger (here’s the link: http://emilyscrammedbookshelf.blogspot.com/?m=0)
    I was wondering if you are giving away copies for review of Counting Backwards. It looks really good and I would love a copy.

    Thanks so much for your time,
    Emily :)


    • lauralascarso March 14, 2012 at 10:50 am #

      Yes! I would love to send you a copy. Perhaps you would also like to participate in my blog tour in August-September? Thanks for contacting me!


  13. projectfraeya January 3, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    Dear Laura,

    Donna’s Dream House is a holiday home for children and teenagers with life-threatening or terminal illnesses, situated in the heart of Blackpool, UK. Run by volunteers, it has hosted and helped hundreds of families. Until the 21st December 2011, when arsonists broke into the Dream House, stole essential computer equipment, and started a fire that damaged the building so badly, it may have to be rebuilt completely. More importantly, the fire destroyed many personal items and mementoes.
    The Dream House has had to cancel Christmas for the families that were set to stay there over the holidays. We want to help give them a flying restart in 2012. To that end we have formed Write Dreams, the joint blog of a group of international kidlit writers/bloggers. Last year, we raised money for the Save the Children Emergency Relief Fund; these next couple of weeks we hope to auction kidlit books, critiques, and other prizes to raise money for Donna’s Dream House.

    Would you be willing to help? Any and all items for our auction – books, ARCs, merchandise, critiques – would be so very much appreciated.

    We look forward to hearing from you. In the meantime, if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Best wishes,
    Hannah, Marieke and Amanda


    • lauralascarso January 3, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

      What a great cause and a wonderful fundraiser. I’d be happy to contribute an ARC copy.


      • projectfraeya January 3, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

        Thank you so very much!


  14. Nova December 21, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    Hi, Laura. I’m a YA author who runs a blog where I interview and feature other authors—and I’d love to feature your debut and interview you for my next series. Your book sounds amazing.

    I can’t find an email address for you, though. Could you let me know where to email you, or reply by email to me so I can send details and more info? Thanks!


    • lauralascarso December 21, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

      I feel like such a rock star! Yes, I’d love to do an interview. I’ll email you and we can chat.


  15. Samantha Bousquet November 16, 2011 at 7:41 pm #

    Hi Laura! My name is Samantha Bousquet and i am a book reviewer. I am the blogger of http://bundlesofbooks101.blogspot.com/ . I was wondering if you had an ARC of Counting Backwards for me to read and review for my blog? I hope to hear from you soon!



    • lauralascarso November 16, 2011 at 11:09 pm #

      Samantha, I don’t have any ARC copies yet, but I will contact you when I do. Thanks for checking out the site!


      • Samantha Bousquet December 7, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

        You are so welcome! When do you think ARCs will become available


    • lauralascarso December 21, 2011 at 4:39 pm #

      I don’t know! I’m so new to the biz, but I will put you on the list.


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