Children’s Author Blog Hop!

Welcome to the blog hop. Joyce invited me to participate, even though I’m more than a few days late! 🙂 Joyce is a good friend and the talented author of the older YA House of Girls and the middle grade novel, The Casting.


What are you working on right now?

As I finish up publishing my Circle of Spies Series – Vanishing Point (a novella) and Twist of Fate (book 3) will be out in October – I’m plotting and prewriting for a contemporary YA. That’s all I can say because nothing is set in stone yet.

How does it differ from other works in the genre?

It differs from my spy books in that it’s not about espionage or set in an exotic city in a different part of the world. Well, I can’t say that there won’t be any elements of spying in it, but the main character will not be a spy. I’m excited to start on something new.

Why do you write what you do?

I love a good mystery, secret, or impossible challenge for the main characters when reading, so I usually end up incorporating one of those elements into my writing.

What is the hardest part about writing?

This one is easy – not having enough time in a day! J

 Here are the two wonderfully talented authors, I’m passing the baton onto! 

Laura Diamond is a board-certified psychiatrist and a multi-published author of YA, MG, paranormal, dystopian and horror.









ENDURE (Book One of Endure Series)
YA Dystopian
Etopia Press
July 2013

Immortality ends with a few drops of blood…

Seventeen-year-old Justin’s anemic blood is a blessing. Or a curse. It all depends on who you ask.

In the Post-Collapse world where the immortal Vie lord over the rapidly diminishing humans, Anemies like Justin and his sister are rabidly sought after. Their blood is a drug—and a scourge. Justin’s blood causes the Vie to age—a priceless hope for the Earth’s downtrodden humans.

When Justin’s sister is kidnapped by the Vie, he strikes a deal with the human resistance, but they’re nothing more than a cult with delusions that a messianic Anemie will free them all. They believe that person is Justin. Justin thinks they’ll need someone a lot stronger than an anemic kid who can’t run twenty feet without getting dizzy. Between saving what’s left of humanity and saving his sister, Justin can’t decide which will get him killed first.

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E.L. Bates is a writer located on the north shore of Massachusetts. A storyteller from the time she could talk, as soon as she learned to write she began putting her stories down on paper and inflicting them on the general public. Stories of magic and derring-do have been her favorites from almost as young. She is a firm believer in Lloyd Alexander’s maxim that “fantasy is not an escape from reality; it is a way of understanding reality.” Also, it’s a lot of fun both to write and to read.

With two children at home, most of her time these days is spent in writing living epistles. Between those and the pen-and-ink stories, there isn’t much time for anything else, but when she gets the chance, she enjoys quilting, reading, and hiking in the beautiful mountains of New England. Magic Most Deadly is her first published novel.

You can find out more about E.L. Bates via her website,, or on Twitter as, or through her Facebook page


Dorothy L Sayers meets Diana Wynne Jones in this exciting debut novel by author E.L. Bates. Magic, murder, spies, and adventure come together in …

 Magic Most Deadly

For Maia Whitney, life after the Great War is dull, monotonous, and drab. Nursing soldiers in the bloody fields of France hadn’t been easy, but it was better than life at home, standing in her sisters’ shadows. There seems no chance for a change until the night she witnesses a murder in the woods.

The last thing Magic Intelligence Agent Lennox Davies needs is this outspoken, independent lady crashing his investigation. Bad enough that a murder happened on his watch; much less that she had to see it happen. He works alone, and he does not have time for Miss Maia Whitney’s interference.

But as Maia’s own magical talent blossoms and danger thickens around the two with every step they take, before long Len and Maia must rely on each other in a fashion neither has ever done before. If they can’t learn to work together, England itself might topple. Even worse, if Maia doesn’t learn to control her magic soon, she might do more to destroy them even than their shadowy enemy.

Can they set aside their stubbornness and self-reliance in time to save themselves—and all England?

Goodreads – Expected publication is September 30th!

Thanks to Laura and E.L. for joining in on the fun!


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4 Responses to Children’s Author Blog Hop!

  1. Natalie Aguirre September 25, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

    Can so relate to the lack of time. Awesome you’re trying a different genre.

  2. Sheri Larsen September 26, 2013 at 1:39 am #

    I’ve been thinking about going contemporary once I finish my current MG novel. I think it can be a refreshing change. Good for you and best of luck with it! Thanks for sharing the other authors. Go Laura!

  3. Angela Ackerman September 26, 2013 at 3:24 am #

    Good for you for trying something new, Laura! I think it’s always good to stretch! BUT, I would not be surprised if you have something spy-ish sneak in, lol!

    And I love the color wash on Laura’s cover. 🙂

  4. Laura October 1, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

    Thanks! I don’t really consider it a different genre than my spy series, just not a spy story. 🙂 We’ll see how it turns out though. 🙂

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