Wednesday, July 27, 2011

rrRoad Trip: Winnemucca

a small-town fairy tale
by Laura Elliot
Amazon | Goodreads

Winnemucca is a young-adult coming-of-age, paranormal novel about a teenage girl’s enchanted road trip to her true self no matter who or what tries to stop her.

One mistake will change Ginny’s 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. She must solve the riddle of her past and outrun everyone who wants a piece of her future, including a man determined to see she never has one.

When fear’s as blind as love, how far would you go to find the flesh-and-blood reality of your own happily ever after?

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.


“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.

Meet Laura:
Email: elliwrite
Amazon Author Page

Laura In The News:
Author Interview with YA Author Abbi Glines

News coverage about our nephew, Cody

--~ eBook Giveaway courtesy of author ~--

Win a copy of this ebook!
$15 Amazon gift certificate

Open to all.

Offer ends: July 28, 2011, 10pm PST

TO DO: (3 parts)
1. Tell us your road trip story.

2. Leave your email.

3. "LIKE ME" at Laura's Facebook

Note: Winner will be selected by author.


Contest has ended - winner is here



* part of Winnemucca blitz tour - check out the other stops for more details on this book and goodies

* detour during the rrRoad Trip event


  1. I don't actually have any exciting road trip story, but I really enjoyed the time when my friends and I went on a road trip without any kind of planning, right after we had completed graduation.

  2. Dear Misha,

    Those are the BEST kind, aren't they? The ones where you just GO. And graduation is such an epic time. The perfect time to meet yourself on the road:)

    My road trip to Winnemucca happened when my daughter just graduated from college, too. See, when my kids were little, and I was going crazy with work and activities and just worn out, I'd say, "One day if you wake up and the car's gone, I'm on the road to Mt. Rushmore."

    Well, that trip never happened:) So, just after my oldest graduated from college and we were kicking back relaxing, she said, "Mom, you know how you always wanted to go to Mt. Rushmore, but never did? Let's go!" So we did:) We left LA hit Gold Country, swung up to Winnemucca, saw a girlfriend in Boise, they told us to go to the Sawtooth mountains, we went to Yellowstone, hit Mt. Rushmore and the Badlands and made a beeline back to LA through Denver, with a stop at the Meteor Crater in Arizona because my daughter had to get back to start work in San Francisco. It was epic.

    How do you like to remember your trips? I always buy a special journal. And I like buying books about the unique stories/history of the places too.

    Good luck, Misha! And thanks for entering.

  3. Velvet,

    Thanks for helping to celebrate Winnemucca's release:) I love your rr Road Trip! And took a ride on hwy 66 with you guys this morning:)

  4. 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 all went nuts, waving & shouting. The other cars did too.


  5. Marybelle,

    Now THAT sounds like an adventure. Srsly. Aborigines & spears..I'm in! Makes me want to take the same trip. Your 12-yr.-old self must have been over-the-moon. Great memory. I like the bit about the waving & shouting too:) Thanks so much for sharing your story, and for participating in the giveaway. Good luck!

  6. My big memorable road trip was in 2008 moving from the east coast back to my home state on the west coast via hwy 80 and then hwy 90. It was a family trip of sorts 2 vehicles, hubby, daughter and cat. Because of the cat and hot summer weather we could only do a few stops along the way. Those most notable were Yellowstone National Park and the Corn Palace at Mitchell, SD. Listening to music and singing out loud helped during the monotonous stretches of road. The two albums that I HAD to hear everyday were Favourite Worst Nightmare by Arctic Monkeys and Céu by Céu.

  7. LOL! That sounds like a trip and a half:) I LOVE Yellowstone. And, of course, great road tunes. There's something about singing on the road that's pure magic. I love your story, thanks for sharing and participating. Drawing names now...


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