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Braking Points awarded prestigious honor by the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association

Novelist Tammy Kaehler’s Braking Points has been named the 2013 Motorsports Book of the Year by the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association (AARWBA).

The largest and oldest organization dedicated to auto racing coverage, the AARWBA ( was founded in 1955.  Each year, the AARWBA presents a variety of awards to those who have made an outstanding contribution to racing.  In addition, the AARWBA selects an All America Team of drivers from Open Wheel, Stock Car, Sports Car, Drag Racing, Short Track, Touring Series and At Large championship categories, and awards a scholarship to an up-and-coming young driver who displays the attributes of a future champion.  The AARWBA also established the Legends in Racing Auto Racing Hall of Fame.

Published by Poisoned Pen Press, Braking Points is Kaehler’s second mystery to feature professional race car driver Kate Reilly.  The Kate Reilly Racing Mystery Series also includes Dead Man’s Switch (2011)and Avoidable Contact, which will be released on August 5, 2014.

Kaehler’s series has garnered high praise from critics, readers, and racing insiders:

“A winning debut…[readers] will appreciate Kaehler’s vivid descriptions of the intricate teamwork involved in racing, the amazing equipment, the split-second decision making required of the driver, and the pulse-pounding race itself.” – Publishers Weeklyon Dead Man’s Switch

“A hot debut….Kaehler’s clear explanations of technical jargon make the racing world come alive. An engaging debut.” –Library Journalon Dead Man’s Switch

“Kate’s second outing is just as fast-paced as her first, balancing mystery and racing adventure all the way to the checkered flag.” —Kirkus Reviewson Braking Points

“A breathless joyride,” New York Times best-selling author William Kent Krueger on Braking Points

“Snappy dialogue, a smart and affable heroine (who calls to mind auto racer Danica Patrick), and pacing reminiscent of 24 combine to make this entry as exciting as a spin around the speedway.” –Publishers Weeklyon Avoidable Contact

I have absolutely loved watching how Kate has developed and enjoyed how close to reality Kaehler has made so many of the racing-related storylines that Kate finds herself in. This series always leaves me wanting more.” –Female IndyCar driver Pippa Mann

Before trying her hand at fiction, award-winning novelist Tammy Kaehler established a career writing marketing materials, feature articles, executive speeches, and technical documentation. A fateful stint in corporate marketing introduced her to the racing world, which inspired the Kate Reilly Racing Mystery Series.  Tammy works as a technical writer in the Los Angeles area, where she lives with her husband and many cars.  Visit Tammy Kaehler on the web at:

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