Wednesday, April 13, 2011


I am thrilled to announce the sale of Laura Ellen's debut BLIND SPOT to Karen Grove at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt pubbing Fall 2012!

Laura Ellen's BLIND SPOT is a murder mystery YA romance that explores what happens to a good girl who's simple wish of fitting in compels her to make way too many wrong choices.

Winter stopped hiding Tricia Farni on Good Friday.

A truck driver, anxious to shave forty minutes off his commute, ventured across the shallow section of the Birch River used as an ice bridge during the winter. His truck plunged into the frigid water, and as rescuers worked to save him and his semi, Tricia’s body floated to the surface.

She’d been missing since the incident in the loft six months ago. But honestly, she didn’t come to mind when I heard that a girl’s body had been found. I was that sure she was alive somewhere, making someone else’s life miserable. Maybe she was shacking up with some drug dealer, or hooking her way across the state, whatever. But she was definitely alive.

Easter morning that changed. 

Fifteen year old Roswell Hart is used to missing things. With macular degeneration, an eye disease that robs her of central vision (and it seems, best friends too), Roz is constantly piecing together bits and pieces to make sense of her life. But sometimes life just doesn't make sense. Like when she has to start high school alone, betrayed by her lifetime best friend, in a special needs class even though she has consistently been an A student, and when the hottest guy in school, Jonathan Webb, seduces her into his fast-paced social circle. Roz's desperate need to be 'normal' manifests in choices that spin all the bits and pieces  of her life wildly out of control. When Roz's classmate Tricia Farni is found dead and Roz was the last person to see her alive, Roz needs to know what she missed that awful night by Birch River. Problem is, she doesn’t remember. 

Although purely fiction, Laura Ellen used her own experiences growing up with macular degeneration as a basis for BLIND SPOT. She was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, has a BA in English, and a MA in Children's Literature. A former middle and high school language arts teacher and special education aide, she now lives in Ann Arbor, MI with her three children and husband and writes full time.  

Congrats Laura and Karen!

April 15, 2011
Young Adult 
Laura Ellen's debut BLIND SPOT, an edgy murder mystery romance that explores what happens to a good girl whose simple wish of fitting in and attracting, then keeping, the hottest guy in her school, compels her to make way too many wrong choices, to Karen Grove at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's, for publication in Fall 2012, by Jill Corcoran at The Herman Agency (NA).


  1. Can't wait to read this - it sounds soooo interesting. Congrats on the sale!

  2. Congrats Laura(and Jill and Karen)! I've enjoyed seeing the evolution of this story in drafts over the years, and can't wait to read it as a published book.

  3. Congrats Laura and Jill! That's awesome news.

  4. Very compelling excerpt and the premise is dynamite. Congratulations to all involved. :)



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