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Winnemucca, a small-town fairy tale [Kindle Edition]

Laura A. H. Elliott
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"A newborn classic."

"Elliott's voice is so unique and captivating, her turn of phrase so poetic and delightful, that it makes this story seem mystical and transcendent in a way that I've not read before."

"Overlaid with a sense of the fairy-tale, the novel combines magical elements with the real world to great effect. In every way, Elliott's debut novel delivers."
When fear's as blind as love, how far would you go to find your own happily ever after? One question 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. To solve the riddle of her past, she must outrun everyone who wants a piece of her future-including a man determined to see she never has one. This is a digitally-signed edition. Includes a BONUS EXCERPT from Artemis Rising by YA author Cheri Lasota.

Recent reviews:

"Exciting from start to finish. Wonderful coming of age book told well. Great characters and a terrific message."

"You'll be laughing, cringing, cheering for Ginny - and hoping she'll make Elliott write her a sequel."

Editorial Reviews


I will admit that when I picked Winnemucca up tonight to read it, I was tired and not really in the mood to read, which is unusual for me. However, it wasn't long before Ms. Elliott's poetic writing had drawn me in and captivated me completely. I quickly knew that I was in for the long haul, so I ran a bubble bath and poured a glass of wine and settled in for the ride. And what a ride it was! Ms. Elliott has created a main character in Ginny that makes you root for her so completely that when something bad happens (and spoiler alter: bad things do happen), you ache for her- you root for her to land on her feet, to fight harder. And Ginny is a fighter- something that I love in a YA main character. There is no whiny, push-over, mopey girl here in Ginny. No way. She's totally kick-ace. Winnemucca is more than a coming-of-age story. It's a tale of a girl from a small town who wants- NEEDS- to discover her true self, to come into her own rather than fall into a pre-cut mold of who others think she should be. This is a novel that is so poetic that it practically reads like a song. The metaphors and descriptions that Elliott uses are a treat and the storyline is both age-old and unique at the same time. I love this book. I love the writing in this book. I highly recommend it to anyone- young and old alike. Seriously- go read it. You'll be happy you did. --Courtney Cole, Author The Bloodstone Saga

Winnemucca is a dreamy, intense journey and coming of age for Ginny. As the reader follows that journey with her, we learn powerful lessons about life and love and the importance of following our feet, wherever they may lead. For Ginny, her restless feet lead her to danger and fear but also to love and answers to her past. Author Laura Elliott's writing voice is very unique. She had me at the first line. There is a lyrical, almost poetic style to her prose, and it lulls you into a dream state as you walk alongside Ginny and root for her to make it through her tribulations unscathed. I highly recommend this book for those who adore coming-of-age stories, strong heroines, and literary fiction. --Cheri Lasota, Author Artemis Rising

Winnemucca is a newborn classic. --Frederick Brooke, Author Andy Ogden Mysteries

About the Author

I love writing about enchanted road trips, shadow worlds, and alien romance while eating lots of popcorn. I live in a tree house on the central California coast. After twenty-plus years as a freelance graphic designer/animator with clients including E! Entertainment Television and The Los Angeles Times, I crossed over into the world of publishing non-fiction and followed my heart to the world of fiction. You can find me on my blog, on Facebook and @Laurawriting and on Goodreads too!

I'm the author of the Shadow Series & the Starjump Series. 13 on Halloween (Shadow Series #1) is about a girl who gets a birthday gift that's literally out of this world. I love this book because it takes a look at one girl's quest for popularity, no matter what the cost.  Shadow Slayer (Shadow Series #2), is my new release and is now available as an audiobook too.  I'm really excited about this book because Roxie is one year older and finds the agony of fitting in at high school nothing compared to saving the world from the shadow onslaught. Transfer Student (Starjump Series #1) is an intergalactic tale of beauty and the geek. This book is near and dear to me because it explores the greatest mystery in the galaxy--what do boys think about girls? And, vice-versa. Ashley & Rhoe solve this mystery by swapping lives. I'm the author of  a couple stand alone novels too. Winnemucca, a small-town fairy tale is inspired by my life-long love of a little-known town and my equal love of enchanted teenage road trips. I love this book because it's about Ginny awakening to her own intuition. The Seven Caves & Other Spine-Tingling Short Stories, is a compilation of my most popular ghost stories. Recently, a lost excerpt from Shadow Slayer has been featured in a paranormal romance anthology called Midnight Surrender.

Product Details

  • File Size: 502 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005BZL274
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #597,950 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Desert Dystopian Fairy Tale July 14, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Winnemucca by Laura Elliot is a powerful re-telling of one of the most ancient of stories: The journey of a strong girl to womanhood in a hard, desolate place. While this story has been told a million times throughout history, Laura Elliot re-frames it not only by placing it in contemporary, western-rural America, but by telling it from the point of view of a girl from a rural population historically ignored. The story is boldly 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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Poetic, powerful and unique July 29, 2011
By Dani
Format:Kindle Edition
"One foot in front of the other."

Seventeen year old Virginia Mae Nolyn has the perfect life - good grades, loving family, and an engagement to her handsome, All-American boyfriend. However, weeks before her wedding, Ginny realizes that the future that's been laid out before her is not the one she wants. She feels as though her life has been managed to the last detail by everyone but her. In a single moment of magical awakening, the road beckons her to leave her empty future behind and urges her feet toward Winnemucca and the mother she's never known. Ginny sets out on an enchanted journey filled with Johnny Cash fairy-godfathers, magical semis, mariachis, sequins, música, boys with tattoos, and narrow escapes from the law. Will she make it to Winnemucca to find answers to the mysteries of her past, discover who she is and determine what her future holds?

I have to admit, it took me a little while to grow accustomed to Elliott's uniquely descriptive and thought-provoking writing style, as it is so different from the books I normally read. But the further I dove into Winnemucca the more charming I found it. Using one-of-a-kind descriptors to create a very poetic view of the world, Elliott gives Ginny a voice that's powerful, musical and all her own.

The book is largely introspective as Ginny, our first person narrator and tour guide, takes us on a journey through her doubts, her epiphanies, her discovery of the enchanted, and even the mundane. As this book is about a realization of self, Ginny is a bit lost, wandering and at times floundering, throughout the book. Elliot does an admirable job of demonstrating this not only through Ginny's internal dialogue, but also through her writing style.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coming of Age in Central California August 11, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This well-constructed coming of age novel tells the story of Ginny Mae, a sensitive girl living in small town Central California, who looks beyond the horizon of her close-knit, provincial world and dreams of bigger and better things in life. The story begins with Ginny, engaged to be married to the local heart-throb, suffering a sense of emotional conflict and loss which results in her abandoning her intended and her quirky family and setting off on a journey in search of answers. In discovering and embracing her "road-blood," Ginny Mae sets in motion a series of actions which have dire consequences for all concerned. The journey she undertakes involves imaginative plot lines--with episodes of page-turning drama--and a sparkling cast of characters, all set in the richly-drawn milieu of Central and Southern California.

Elliott has created a fascinating world, full of memorable, well-crafted characters, and the reader is carried along by the author's assured prose to experience Ginny's struggle with her choices in life and her conscience. Overlaid with a sense of the fairy-tale, the novel combines magical elements with the real world to great effect. In every way, Elliott's debut novel delivers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Written! Absolutely Captivating! July 26, 2011
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Winnemucca is one of the most beautifully written YA novels I've ever read. Ms. Elliott's voice is unique. It keeps you captivated and makes putting Winnemucca down, impossible.
Ginny is the main character and in so many ways the reader can relate to her life. Everyone in her life knows what is best for her and they don't care what Ginny wants. Like so many of us Ginny has to find the courage to fight for her dreams, her desires, and the guy she loves. The story begins with Ginny walking down a dusty road confused and scared of the future that is being mapped out for her by her family and boyfriend. Everyone believes she is living the perfect life but it isn't what Ginny wants. She is unhappy and lost. Needing to get away from a horrible mistake and wanting to find the mother she has never known Ginny sets out on an adventure that will have you crying, cheering and laughing while you read how one young girl fights for her choices in life instead of just sitting back and accepting fate.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting Tale of Self-Discovery August 1, 2011
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Doesn't everybody want to find that magical place in life that's uniquely their own? That place that feels so right that it resonates truth somewhere deep down in our soul? Well so does Ginny, only every detail of her life has been planned by others and all with very little thought to what feels right to her.

Laura Elliott takes us on a journey of self-discovery as told through the amazingly profound introspection of a young girl as she finds wisdom, truth, and happiness in a life that's much more magical than anything she ever could've anticipated. Elliott's voice is so unique and captivating, her turn of phrase so poetic and delightful, that it makes this story seem mystical and transcendent in a way that I've not read before. I look forward to her future works to see what philosophical gems and charming use of language she might enchant me with next.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Wow. Much bad. Very junk.
Upon searching for something else, I came across this book and since my hometown IS Winnemucca and the font on the cover is exactly how all the local 'swag' pieces look (T-shirts,... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Rachel Spangler
2.0 out of 5 stars Winnemucca - small and boring
I got the kindle version because A. I've been through Winnemucca, Oregon and thought it'd be interesting and B. the book was highly rated. I was quite disappointed. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Karen Force
3.0 out of 5 stars Modern Fairy Tale
Nineteen, where dreams and reality collide, poor decisions seem like the right ones and the desire to transform yourself into what you hope wins.
Published on April 23, 2013 by Sylvia Linnens
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting
This was really different, with a bit of the supernatural. I was not sure what was going on but I liked it a lot.
Published on April 5, 2013 by AMG
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Rythmn
Really well paced. A very different sort of tale that kept the tension at the right level of vibration. I could taste the dust and smell the air.
Published on March 21, 2013 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Angst is a street in Winnemucca
Such a long stretch of bad road and poor choices. Winnemucca is no journey to El Dorado, but young Virginia's quest to find out who she is is gold in the heart. Read more
Published on March 12, 2013 by RocketDog2
2.0 out of 5 stars Did not enjoy this book at all
I did not enjoy this book and was disappointed as I bought it after reading favourable reviews. It does not flow well and the writing style is not what I call easily readable -... Read more
Published on March 9, 2013 by charms
2.0 out of 5 stars Whaaaaat?
I read constantly and I can honestly say there are only about five books in my life I have given up on before finishing them. This was one. Read more
Published on March 7, 2013 by Nancy Brewster
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been shorter
I enjoyed this book but found myself skipping through parts looking for things that mattered to the story. Could profit from more editing
Published on March 4, 2013 by Artzee
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece
Laura Elliott had me from the very beginning of this book. It's enchanting, beautiful, heart-wrenching... a real modern day fairy tale. Read more
Published on September 12, 2012 by Suzy Turner
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My passion is to uplift and inspire people with exotic/humorous stories in the hopes of spreading world peace one friendship at a time. Visit me at where I write about travel, spirit and passion.

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