“Demonology: Book of Gabriel” – On Sale Now…

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We are pleased to announce the release of Demonology: Book of Gabriel. Currently it is available in trade paperback, kindle and nook versions. You can find it by following these links:

Amazon Listing (trade paperback and kindle): 

Barnes and Noble Listing (nook)

Here are what people are saying….

“Demonology: Book of Gabriel is very creative and entertaining; it reads smoothly and keeps you at the edge of your seat. The characters are classic and the plot develops with good suspense and imagery. The author displays a keen sense of writing an incredible tale while keeping it realistic and engaging. I was happy to read this debut by a fresh promising author – it is a story you will never forget.” 

“Demonology, Book of Gabriel is much more than “just another” paranormal, haunting, demon-inhabited, flavor-of-the-week book in this currently popular genre. The writing style is vivid and without clutter. The characters are well-formed, distinct, and engaging. I planned to read only a few pages to be polite as it was gift, and several chapters later, I realized I was A) Hooked; and B) late for an appointment. Reaching the end of the book was that wonderful mix of satisfaction in the journey taken and dismay that there’s no sequel… yet.” 

“Nothing slow about this book. It quickly draws you into the action and makes you feel like you are part of it. Great development of some quirky but wonderful characters. A must for anyone who likes paranormal thrillers.” 

“Once I picked this book up I couldn’t put it down. Elizabyth Burtis is an amazing writer. I was there in the story watching everything unfold. I can’t wait for the sequel.”

“Fantastic book with highly detailed information about demonology from several cultures. You really feel like you’re there with the characters and sit on the edge of your seat turning pages. I couldn’t put the book down! Elizabyth is well on her way to a successful career in writing. Keep up the good work!”

Latest sightings….

darkrecesses_cover_oct2013_finI’m pleased to announce that I’ve made the cover as the featured author in the fall issue of Dark Recesses Ezine. If you are interested in where I came up with some of the ideas for Demonology: Book of Gabriel (or any of the other things I’ve written, I encourage you to head over and check it out. It’s a great publication focusing on the sick twisted imaginations that pump out great horror and best of all – it’s free.

In other news, I just did a presentation on designing covers for eBooks for the Ontario Library (via Skype). That was a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to doing one again soon. I have a  book blog tour and a podcast interview in the works – more information as I have it…

Book Signing at NW Book Festival

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Demonology Author Elizabyth Burtis will be on hand to sign copies of Demonology: Book of Gabriel at the upcoming NW Book Festival in Portland, OR. The festival runs from 11am to 5pm on Saturday, July 27. Ms. Burtis will be at the Coffee House Writers Group tent from 11am to 1pm. Elizabyth is also the co-director of the Portland Coffee House Writers Group.

Link to the NW Book Festival: http://nwbookfestival.com/
Link to the Coffee House Writers Group: http://www.meetup.com/CoffeeHouseWritersGroupPDX/

Author Insight: Character Development

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I’ve been asked where I get inspiration for the locations and characters in my stories. The truth is that a lot of what I write has a small bit of personal history buried somewhere deep inside. Like a grain of sand in an oyster, these experiences are built up with layers and layers of creativity until what you end up with is a pearl of fiction. Drawing from events in my own life is one of the ways I am able to paint a very realistic picture of the world of Gabriel Wolfe and the people around him.

Sometimes even the most irritating situations can be wonderful fodder for stories. For example, a couple of years ago while I was working in Burbank, a friend called me up and invited me to go with her to a “paranormal art” opening at a restaurant. She was well over an hour late. While I waited, nursing a glass of cheap box wine and a watching the current of people coming and going, I came up with a scene for Demonology: Book of Gabriel, where Gabriel meets up with a strange young woman at a very unusual art opening.

As I wandered around the restaurant, looking at some of the worst art and photography I have ever laid eyes on, the artist walked up to me. He was dressed like some kind of Goth Andy Warhol clone, minus the charisma and style. Before he had a chance to ask me what I thought of the art, I challenged him to tell me how he got his paranormal images (which looked like dust, insects or odd reflections rather than anything preternatural). He went into a long drawn out explanation of how he set up his shots.

“But have you ever actually ‘seen’ a ghost?” I asked. “Or do you just catch them on film?”

“Oh I never see them,” he replied, with an air of authority. “Nobody ever really sees ghosts. That would land you in the Looney Bin.” He made little spiral gestures around his ears and giggled.

I sighed and politely excused myself. As soon as I got to a table, I pulled out a small notebook I keep for such emergencies and wrote down the entire experience. Except for a few edits to maintain the pace and to accommodate the characters involved, the conversation that appears in the book is almost verbatim.

I’ve spent a lot of time working in or around Hollywood and around the film industry. It exposed me to a wealth of people ranging from actors to paranormal investigators. I’ve taken personality traits from many of the people I’ve come in contact with and adopted them into my stories. Facial expressions, patterns of speech or physical appearances can do wonders for creating believable characters. As the popular saying goes, “Be careful or you’ll end up in one of my books!”

 

Demonology: Book of Gabriel is available on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com


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Latest Update: Release Date Announced

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It’s been a long year, with editing, beta readers, more editing, book cover design etc.

Now we’re doing a final look-through to correct any layout issues. Barring anything serious, the official release date will be May 1, 2013. The book will be available in print and ebook format. Check back for more information, including giveaways, book signings and where the sequel will be taking Gabriel.

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Update on “Demonology: Book of Gabriel”

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Editing has commenced! I just got the first twelve chapters of “Demonology: Book of Gabriel” back from my editor. Good stuff and nothing radical yet. My editor should be done in a couple of weeks – two months earlier than anticipated. If all goes smoothly the final draft will be ready for Beta readers sometime in April/ May. Comment here if you’re interested in participating as a Beta reader. I’m limiting the group to twenty-five.

Demon Traits, Part 1

From the Babylonian Talmud, Book 3:

“The rabbis taught: Six things are said with regard to demons, three in which they are like the angels: they have wings, they float from one end of the world to the other, and they know what is about to be; and three in which they are like men: they eat and drink, they are fruitful and multiply, and they are mortal.

Six things are said with regard to men, three in which they are like angels: they have knowledge like the angels, they go with stature erect, and they speak in the holy language; and three like the beasts: they eat and drink like beasts, and they are fruitful and multiply, and they relieve nature.”

Happy Hogmanay!

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While Americans are popping champagne and watching the ball drop over Times Square, Scots are celebrating the Festival of Hogmanay. This event dates back to the Vikings, but can be traced as far back as the pre-Roman pagan practice of fire and sun worship during the dark months of winter. Later the Roman’s adopted the holiday as ‘Saturnalia’ where the people celebrated without any inhibitions or restraint.The Vikings celebrated a variation of this festival and called it ‘Yule’ which later became the 12 days of Christmas or ‘Daft Days’. The term Hogmanay appeared later, and the name seems to have several possible origins.

There are lots of variations that have evolved locally, most of these involve fire and a lot of drinking. Think Mardi Gras and a pyrotechnics convention put together. That pretty much sums it up. However, some older traditions prevail in rural areas.

In the Highlands, it is customary to celebrate Hogmanay with the saining ( ‘protecting’ or ‘blessing’) of the household and livestock. Early on New Year’s morning, the family consumes water from ‘a dead and living ford’ ( a river crossing that is routinely used by both the living and the dead) and then annoints the house. After the house and all its occupants (including the livestock) are blessed with water, everything is sealed up tight and juniper branches are set on fire and carried throughout the house and barns. Once the smoke is thick enough to cause sneezing and coughing,  all the doors and windows are flung open air out the smoke and everyone sits down to breakfast, which is accompanied by whisky.

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