Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Winnemucca Release Day Blitz + Giveaway

Happy release day to Laura A. H. Elliot, the author of Winnemucca! Not being published myself, I can't fully appreciate how incredibly exciting (and nervewracking) a book's release day must be for an author. I imagine it to be something like having a party and wondering if anyone is going to show up. But instead of working on it for days in advance, you've been doing back breaking work for months and months. (Well, maybe not back breaking, at least I hope). Please read all about Winnemucca below. The story sounds really great. Also, notice how pretty the cover is (I am in love with the purple sky)?  In honour of Laura's book release, she is offering prizes to some lucky winners who comment on the release day blitz postings all around the blogosphere (you can find an official listing of these blogs at The Bookish Snob).


 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?

Buy Winnemucca now from Amazon - signed and unsigned  Kindle editions are available

The giveaway: Laura has five books and a $15 Amazon gift certificate to giveaway. She will monitor comments on the blogs and pick a random winner.

Here are the rules: Laura is going to giveaway five copies of Winnemucca [the digitally signed, Wounded Warriors Edition] during the blitz and one Amazon $15 gift certificate. To win, she'd like you to leave your road trip story in the comments section below  [with your email address in case of a win!]. She'd also like you to also "like" her facebook page at    Giveaway goes until 10PM July 28th, PST.

Press Release:

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.

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  1. Dear Erika,

    Thanks for sharing in my Release Day Blitz! I'm happy you like the cover and the purple sky:) Here's hoping for a few good road trip stories today:) I'll share one here: My road trip to Winnemucca was one I'll never forget. 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. is so great to import pics and make memory books of trips:)

    Your daughter is SO precious. And I love your two little kitties.

    Have a great day! And good luck to your readers:)

  2. Okay, here's mine: When I was younger, my parents took me and my sister on road trips all over the country. I think my most memorable trip was living on a house boat in the Okanogan river (British Columbia) for two days with my dad's coworkers. I learned how to ride a sea-doo, saw my sister drive it into the houseboat, got the worst sun burn of my life because I did not want to get out of the water all day, learned about gambling with pennies and dimes (as my dad's coworkers were doing), and oh yeah...discovered that my terribly sensitive ears hated mountains! And there's probably a ton more I am leaving out too.

  3. I have only been on one road trip and that is with my whole family a long time ago. There are seven of us, and we only had a small white Toyata five seater. I still don't recall how we managed to squeeze in side by side. Anyways, we went all over the state, and stopped at any place that seemed somewhat interesting. We went to thift shops, malls, grocery stores, tourist attractions, and even stopped at the lake for a while. We then stopped at one of my dads old friends house, where we stayed up until 3 in the morning. Then we all took over one of the guest bedrooms (I distinctly recall curling up on the floor next to the door). The next morning we ate a large breakfast, went to the park, and then packed up and drove home. I was about nine or ten when I went on this trip. It was ranked very high on "My Best Days of My Life" list for a very long time.

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  4. Erika,

    Awww...that's great. Full of new ways to have fun and memories--sunburns and earaches aside! It's great that road trips usually mean memories of family. I guess I know what you'll be up to with your little gal one day soon:) Thanks for sharing your awesome road trip story...note to self: google Okanogan river...and thanks for participating in the giveaway! Good Luck!

  5. Meriam,

    Sounds perfect! Nothing better for a 9/10 yr old then staying up late! The lake sounds beautiful--no wonder it made your Best Day of your Life for a long time:) Did you ever see Little Miss Sunshine? That's one of my fave road trip movies. At least they had a van! Thanks for sharing your trip. And thanks for participating in the giveaway. Good Luck!

  6. I like the cover. Refreshingly simple :)

  7. One road trip I went on was a spelunking trip to some unmarked caves in Missouri. It was scary, fascinating, and tons of fun. I got to meet unusual critters that lived underground and many bats. Since I was the newbie in the group, I learned to put my faith in those that were experienced. Letting go of my control was very difficult. It was a life lesson.

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