Thursday, July 28, 2011

Winnemucca, YA Author's Debut and Giveaway

 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:

The giveaway: I have five books and the $15 Amazon gift cert. to giveaway. I'll monitor comments on the blogs and pick a random winner.
Here are the rules: I'm going to giveaway five copies of Winnemucca [the digitally signed, Wounded Warriors Edition] during the blitz and one Amazon $15 gift certificate. To win, I'd like readers to leave their road trip story in thecomments of the blogger [with their email address in case of a win!]. I'd also like them to also "like" me at    Giveaway goes until 10PM July 28th, PST.

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  1. Thanks for helping to celebrate Winnemucca!

    I'll never forget my road trip there. When my kids were little, and I was going crazy, I would 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, when my oldest daughter graduated from college and we were kicking back relaxing after the wonderful ceremony at a little weekend getaway, 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. I even made a book about it on

    Loving the road trip stories:) Looking forward to reading yours.

  2. When I was 18 I blew off everything grabbed three of my friends and headed to Florida from Virginia. We had a great time even if we did have to borrow money from my boyfriend to get back home. Oh the impulsive days of my teen youth. I would love to just up and go again sometime. Shari (My Neurotic Book Affair)

  3. OOO! You are brave:) Sounds like a great trip. It seems like graduations and weddings have been times when people take to the road. Ginny takes to the road when her road blood ripens the day she gets wise to love.

    If you could up and go again, where would you head off to? I think I'd go back to New Orleans, across the desert. I have a real fondness for the desert:)

    Thanks for sharing and for participating in the giveaway! Good luck:)

  4. My fav roadtrip is the one I went with my then boyfriend-now husband to the east coast of Malaysia. Nothing compares to the days before children :D



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