Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Winnemucca giveaway!

How would you like to win a copy of Winnemucca or a $15 Amazon
gift certificate??? Keep reading to find out more!

One mistake changes her life forever. One answer will set her free.
Once upon a time Ginny’s road blood ripened, the day she got wise to love. Engaged to the high school quarterback, his quarter-carat ring and enchanting smile should have been enough for her. But, she stands him up and takes a walk where every step questions her happily ever after gone-bad and the fate of the mother she never knew. The mother her father refuses to talk about. Ginny fights to untangle her big, fat, lie-of-a-life on an enchanted road trip to Winnemucca, where she believes all her answers lie, no matter who or what tries to stop her.

Winnemucca, YA Author’s Debut Paranormal Coming-Of-Age Novel, Explores Freedom & Forgiveness To Benefit Wounded Warriors

Monterey Peninsula, CA, July 15, 2011 – Laura A. H. Elliott releases her young-adult debut novel, Winnemucca, for the Kindle on Winnemucca is a small-town fairy tale about a teenage girl’s enchanted road trip to her true self no matter who or what tries to stop her. One of two digital editions includes Laura’s digital signature with a donation to the Wounded Warrior project, in her nephew’s honor. Trailer:

“The story is told in poetic prose that I have not read since the writers of an older age. The tone of the story is set through the voice of the girl runaway before she has even realized her own talents, and is spoken with ‘the sound truth makes being said,’ as Ray Bradbury once coined the term. Emerging from a sea of derivative and formulaic novels, WINNEMUCCA is a fresh view of a world that is at once savage and beautiful, crushing and hopeful, and above all, brings magic back to ancient storytelling by bringing our attention back to the little things that matter, and the shifting nature of perception and reality alike.” -Rachel Coles, YA Book Reviewer and Author of 5 Young Adult Paranormal Fiction Novels

“The voice is distinct and the world she creates is both magical and mundane. As I read the book it reminded me of Neil Gaiman’s AMERICAN GODS.” -Matthew Hill, editor

“The themes in my work are always the same: freedom and forgiveness. I am fascinated how the footprints of our ancestors can follow us into the future. I enjoy illuminating these ideas in my fiction. In this novel, I explore courage and the cost of freedom. I’m hoping WINNEMUCCA will get generations of people talking to each other about the role of freedom and forgiveness in their lives.” - Laura A. H. Elliott. Her favorite quote from the book: “Fear’s as blind as love.”

Laura’s travel and personal essays have been published in The Los Angeles Times and other Southern California newspapers and magazines. She honed her storytelling skills as a multimedia designer at The Los Angeles Times and E! Entertainment Television but learns the most around dinner tables. She has two grown daughters and currently resides on the Monterey Peninsula, with her husband, Joe, and their Aussie shepherd, Oso.

For more information contact:

Laura In The News:
Author Interview with YA Author Abbi Glines
For news coverage about our nephew, Cody:


During this giveaway blitz, the author will be giving away five copies of Winnemucca (digitally signed, Wounded Warriors Edition) and one $15 Amazon gift certificate. To enter in the giveaway, you need to post a comment in this post and tell us about one of your road trip stories. Don't forget to leave your email address in case you are a winner! You must enter before July 28th, 10pm PST.

Also, you need to “like” Laura Elliott's facebook fan page:


  1. We went on a road trip from California to Texas then on to North Carolina. It was not so fun. My Dad drove like a bat out of hell, but I was the one who got lost. At one point I was pulled over in Texas. We will be flying next time :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Dear Rain Maiden,

    SO nice to meet you.

    OOO! OUCH! That hurts. Yeah, I remember when I was little and we took a road trip from Chicago [where I grew up] to Colorado, and my sis was SUPER sick all the way through Nebraska. Um, yeah. It's a long way through Nebraska from East to West, but even longer when your sis is like, PULL OVER...every five minutes. Poor gal! Thanks for the story and GOOD LUCK!

  3. Dear Tishia,

    Sounds like you and I have a lot in common! I've been a graphic designer for WHOA! way longer than I want to admit. Good luck with your classes:) I love design. But, I discovered I love writing more:) But, yaknow they go pretty well together. [I designed my cover]. Anyhooo...I grew up the the guys cooling down? Anyway, thanks for helping me celebrate Winnemucca's release! Have a great day.

  4. A few years ago, my family took a road trip across Canada. We were aiming for 7-10 days of lots of sight-seeing and fun towns to visit. It was eventful alright but not in a good way. The van broke down, we were chased by an unleashed pit bull, got lost on a very isolated trucking route (eerie), it unexpectedly snowed on the return trip and we ended losing all our pics because the memory card was corrupted. Whew. At least we did get to spend time together as a family! :-)


  5. Na,

    NO WAY! That's crazy. Isn't it funny how one thing leads to another on trips and they snowball. I had a camera disaster on my road trip to Winnemucca too. Only I'd forgotten about it until I read your post. I had this brand new digital camera. And I got all distracted and LEFT IT, yup--you guessed it, LEFT IT in a restaurant and when I remembered and went back it was gone. It took a couple days of road tripping until the sting lessened a little bit! Great story. Thanks for sharing and thanks for participating in the giveaway. Good luck!

  6. Hi
    I live in Mexico and once I was traveling with my parents in the south east of the country. We've been traveling the whole day and asked for directions and the ones given were wrong and we ended up in a mountain road in the middle of the night. That road seemed to have no end and both my mom and I wanted to go to the bathroom so bad that we almost stopped in the middle of nowhere to "go". Fortunately we found a gas station (in the middle of nowhere I swear)... anyway, it was quite an experience. We promised not to ask for directions again or ask a few people before taking the road.
    Thanks for this giveaway.


  7. When I was about 12, my family crossed the Nullabor Plain from Adelaide to Perth, AUSTRALIA. It was a dirt road back then. Hundreds of miles of nothingness, but dirt, sun & scrubby bushes. Several times we actually saw Aborigines by the side of the road with spears. It was memorable. When ever we saw another car we al went nuts, waving & shouting. The other cars did too.


  8. Thank you so much for sharing about this interesting book and for the giveaway opportunity. There is always something fun about a road trip, one weekend we just got in the car and just drove. We ended up way up the coast from where we lived and found the most wonderful street fair celebrating avocados. They had almost every imaginable use ever thought up for an avocado and for only a dollar you got to take home a huge bag. There was no great moral to the story or any spiritual revelations, other than sometimes just be open to surprises - you never known you might go home with a huge sack of avocados. :)


  9. My husband and I took a road trip to about 8 different states and we got pictures with each state sign. It was kind of crazy getting out of the car on the highway!!
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  10. Daniela,

    There is NOTHING like feeling lost in the dark. And getting bad directions! Wow. Sounds scary. I'm glad you guys were alright. Nice that you were with your mother and father. Isn't it funny how that gas station turned up. You must have been SO relieved:) Thanks for sharing your story and for participating in the giveaway. Good luck!

  11. Marybelle! Nice to see you here:) I love your story. Aborigines and spears and desert, oh MY!

    Denise Z, so fun to happen across something really random like an avocado festival:) I bet you picked up some great avocado tips!

    Aubrey, How fun is that? My daughter & I meant to, but we just forgot a bunch of times [too busy talking] I really love those signs. The state of Arizona and New Mexico signs play a part in Winnemucca:)

    Thanks so much for sharing your stories and participating in the Giveaway:) Good Luck!

  12. Thanks everyone for stopping by my blog! I have to say that my road trips haven't been nearly as exciting as all of yours!!

    Laura, thanks so much for being here! And nope - is hasn't cooled down any in the midwest. It's so hot and humid!

  13. Hey all! To read the random winning road trip stories and the formal Giveaway Winners Announcement visit [and details]:

    I just wanted to stop by and say that Paranormal Opinion is a lucky place:) It hosted 2 winners!

    Winner of a digitally-signed Wounded Warriors edition of Winnemucca is:


    Winner of a $15 Amazon Gift Certificate is:


    YAYYY! Congrats and thanks so much to everyone for participating:) I hope you had as much fun as I did!