March 12, 2020:

For the next 30 days, Magic Most Deadly, From the Shadows, and Candles in the Dark will all be FREE at all ebook retailers except Amazon, where they are $0.99 (if you want them free there as well, please do use their “report lower price” tool. I would love for them to be free across the board). This is my small way of contributing something good to the world in the face of the fear and uncertainty spreading as a result of COVID-19.

Links for Magic Most Deadly: Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Smashwords, Amazon

Links for From the Shadows: Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Smashwords, Amazon

Links for Candles in the Dark: Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Smashwords, Amazon


Welcome to StarDance Press, where books born under dancing stars can be found. In other words, the home of stories where there may be tears and trials in the middle, but the reader can trust there will be hope, joy, and love at the end. Or as Madeleine L’Engle put it:

A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.

Madeleine L’Engle, Troubling a Star

E.L. Bates is an independently-published author of fantasy and sci-fi. Her debut novel, Magic Most Deadly, is the start of her Whitney & Davies magical mystery series, a combination of magic and Golden Age detective fiction. The seed for the series was planted one day upon finishing an Agatha Christie novel and idly wondering what it would be like to add magic into that sort of story.

She has also written the stand-alone space opera From the Shadows, a story born out of her love for Star Wars, Star Trek, the Vorkosigan saga, and other stories of that ilk.

Under the name Louise Bates (in order to avoid confusion with her speculative fiction), she has written the historical mystery novella Candles in the Dark, with the goal of expanding it into a series. Candles is set in Louise’s hometown of Canton, NY, and any future novellas would take place in the same general region of the Adirondacks and Thousand Islands.

When not writing, Louise teaches her two children at home. In her free moments, she enjoys knitting, ice dancing, discussing the implications of Story as Truth with her theologian husband, and trying to love the outdoors as much as she ought. She is usually seen with a cup of tea in hand, and keeps a stash of dark chocolate hidden in her desk for emergency inspiration.

Perhaps as a result of reading and writing so many adventures, she can’t help but feel that life is best lived with a sense of anticipation, seeking adventure around every corner, looking for the magic that still lurks in the hidden places of the world, waiting for those with the eyes to see it.

4 thoughts on “Welcome”

  1. Hi Louise! Thanks for sharing! I look forward to enjoying the magic in your books. Hope all is well. Daniela aka Gufa

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