Housekeeping

Housekeeping, Happy Birthday, and a Bloody Caduceus  

If that doesn’t get your attention, nothing will. 

Happy two-year-old book birthday to my very first book formerly known as The Waiting. When I began publishing two years ago, I was young and naive regarding the ways of the book world and honestly believed within 6 months, I’d have made my editing investment back and readers would be clamoring for the second installment. Neither of those things happened.  It. Was. Depressing.

I wanted to quit. 

Like seriously, wanted to throw in the towel and walk away from writing forever because in my mind, not only had I wasted money, I’d wasted my time and my editor’s time. But thanks to encouraging friends and family, I didn’t give up, because there’s nothing in this world that brings me as much joy as creating stories. Over the next year, my family went through our lowest time ever. We struggled personally, financially, emotionally. Through it all, I kept writing… pulling the hurt and frustration from my own life and pouring it into the pages of these books. 

Bet you think this story ends with some motivational spiel about how I made it to a bestsellers list or sold thousands of copies of my books. It doesn’t. Not yet, at least. But give me time. Age brings wisdom for sure and experience puts you in touch with those wiser than you. I’ve been blessed with both of those things recently.

My first series (The Waiting Series) is undergoing a complete makeover. In an effort to match the outward packaging to the inward machinations, backstabbing, and revenge we all know these books to be, I’ve changed the name of the series to COUNTERPLAY. For those of you who don’t know much about chess, Counterplay is  is defined as defined as active maneuvering by the player in an inferior or defensive position.

Could that be any more perfect for this tumultuous cast of characters? 

In addition to the series name change, the titles and covers will be different as well. Kathy, my beloved editor, will be making a pass over each book again, and Sarah M. Cradit (who did Witch Dance’s cover) has created compelling and poignant cover art, that nearly took my breath away. The above Cadduses is for the prequel and this is the art for the first cover. 


In addition to allllll these awesome things, I finally have a newsletter. Promise to keep it relevant and spam free. Sign up HERE and receive a COUNTERPLAY short story. 

What I’m working on: 

  • I’ve had the privilege of alpha reading Sarah M. Cradit‘s latest novel, Secrets Amongst the Cypress, and while Sarah is away on business, I’m making a run through. If you like paranormal and New Orleans, you’ll love her. Seriously. 
  • Revising ALL six of the available COUNTERPLAY books, plus editing next one to be published. Not much will be different, but for creative reasons, a few names have been tweaked and situations changed within the series. 
  • Writing COUNTERPLAY’s seventh installment. 

So…two years later, I’m not quitting. I’m not giving up. I’ll keep writing my stories and do whatever it takes to get them seen. But I can’t do it alone, so thank you to all the people who constantly encourage me or listen when I complain. This isn’t an easy profession, but there’s nothing else in the world I’d rather do. ❤️

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  • Had a great release of Witch Dance earlier in the week. I’m so happy to get that book out in the world. It’s the first time I’ve ever written anything other than The Waiting Series and I’m super proud of it. Several reviewers have mentioned to me that it has the same twist and turns they’ve come to expect from an Elizabeth Burgess novel, and I couldn’t be more pleased with that compliment.
  • If you’ve received an ARC or bought the book via pre-order or on/after release, there’s a pretty significant error where all the italics was accidentally removed. (Instances where Starling’s grandfather is speaking to her). My formatter is working to fix this as soon as possible. 
  • What’s next…I’m currently writing the second book in the Hopewell Coven–Queen of Angels. I estimate I’m about halfway done and hope to publish by the end of the year. 
  • The SEVENTH book in The Waiting Series (The Flood) is with my editor. I’m expecting a summer release. 
  • As soon as QoA is complete, I’ll finally return to the Douglases, Caissys, O’Malleys, and Adams. Y’all, I’ve missed these people like crazy. 

I think that’s pretty much it with me. Thank you all so much for reading these stories and giving your support. I really appreciate it. 😀

Housekeeping…

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Hey y’all…

For whatever reason, I’ve not been keeping up with the blog and I hate that. I’ll do better. It’s been a crazy few months around here with a mixture of both good and bad situations consuming my time, and I’m ready to embrace this New Year with open arms. A few points of interest…

  • We’ve got a paperback giveaway on Goodreads NOW!!
  • The Foundation is still FREE on all vendors. Links at the end of the post.
  • The Wanting is with beta readers, and I’m anticipating an early to mid-January release. Just when you think The Waiting Series couldn’t get any crazier, Book 3 takes it up to a whole new level.
  • At the end of November, I finished the first novelette for the series. The title is Endlessly and it’s the story of what really happened to Garrison Adams. This story got me. I don’t know if it was where I was at that moment in life, or actually the story’s content, but I was so broken over this man’s death. At first, I thought I was simply writing it for me to get a clearer picture about who did what and the timeline of events, but I’ve decided to publish this one, likely in the summertime.

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  • The Flood (novella after The Wanting) will go to Kathy in May (if I remember correctly)
  • All these pictures were taken with my new Christmas present. I’ve been after this Madisonville lighthouse on the Northshore of New Orleans for a long time now and I couldn’t be any more pleased with the results.
  • There will be an extremely long break between TWS books after The Wanting… and here’s why… I’ve started a new series. I didn’t believe it was possible to love new characters as much as I do TWS cast, but it is! One thing that’s been fun is that The Hopewell Coven is set in New Orleans and surrounding areas also, so I stay connected to my other people in a roundabout way. Tentatively, I have three books planned, likely all larger novellas and tailored more towards younger audiences as well as adults who enjoy that sort of genre.
  • Hope y’all have a very Merry Christmas. It’s low-key for us with our 2nd annual Harry Potter-thon.

City of my Heart

The Waiting Series Prequel is FREE on all vendors

Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B015ZXNX9Q/ref=mp_s_a_1_1…

 

Housekeeping…

So I’ve not done very good (like I said I was) at keeping up the blog, but I am reviving For Your Reading Pleasure starting this Friday. Check back and hopefully, y’all will find new authors to read and enjoy. 

Okay…bullet points because I love them…

  • In a few weeks, we’ll be releasing a prequel to The Waiting Series called The Foundation. Why you ask? Well, in all honesty I didn’t set out to write a prequel, I just needed more details about the “Operation” and wanted to discover how it all came together. In the middle of writing, it was evident that the story could easily function as a prequel. It’s short…less than 20k, and there are only five major characters (Millie, Nash, Stephen Mullins, Layton, and Bob) which is a far cry from the  amounts readers usually see in these books. I hope that a slower introduction will intrigue those readers who may be intimidated by books with a large cast. Also, it will be free to all who subscribe to our mailing list that’s yet to be set up but will be soon. 
  • The Wanting: Book 3 in The Waiting Series has a ballpark release date of December 1 – 21. I had said I wanted to release in Fall 2015, and that’s still my plan. Even if it is December. 
  • I am one-third done with The Flood: Book 3.5, and I am pleased with it so far. It’s release should be in June 2016. Yes, I know that’s a long time to wait but it leads me to my next bullet point…
  • I (Elizabeth) am writing a new series, underneath a different pen name. It’s still in the developmental stages, but the first book is about a young female witch named Starling Hopewell and based on Native American and Celtic folklore. Of course, the books will be set in the south and I doubt will be as racy as The Waiting Series, but I think y’all will enjoy this story. Side note: Starling is the name of my great, great, great grandfather born in 1813. When I discovered his name, I knew it would be in a book one day. 🙂 
  • Today’s picture is of Arlington, my favorite antebellum in Natchez, Mississippi. Clearly, it is abandoned and likely in a total state of disrepair, but it’s still lovely to me. 
  • Thanks so much for reading and sticking with us. ❤️❤️❤️

The Fire is LIVE and other housekeeping items…

Good afternoon from Louisiana, the state where a cold front came thru and it’s still 93 degrees, but hey, we’ll take it. Lots going on: 
-The Fire is LIVE!!

  
 
Amazon link to The Fire
– Today is The Waiting Series first birthday!! On this day one year ago, I hit publish on the very first book in the series, The Waiting!! First year STATS: 2 novels, 2 novellas, 1,527 pages, and 297,000 words. Impossible without our family, friends, editor extraordinaire, Kathy, and especially our readers and reviewers. 

– I am halfway done with what I hope to be a short novella about “The Operation.” For those of you familiar with the series, this story takes place a year before Millie returns to Rivers. I’m considering it as a series prequel, but I’m not 100% yet. Which would make sense as it does happen before the action of The Waiting, but we’ll see how much information it gives away when I’m done. 

Hope everyone has a great Wednesday. ❤️ Elizabeth

Housekeeping…

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Hey y’all,

– Today’s picture is from Greenwood Cemetery in New Orleans.

The Watching is back to me for first edits from my amazing editor, Kathy. Here’s her website (http://www.indiepublications.com/) if anybody’s in need of a professional editor with affordable prices. She’ll be featured here the first weekend in February.

-Speaking of The Watching… we can’t wait for y’all to read the next installment in this series. It’s filled with even more secrets from our favorite South Louisiana families. Hoping for a February release date.

– I’m looking for authors for our “For Your Reading Pleasure” feature. I’ve been booked since October, posting a new author nearly every Monday and Friday, and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know different writers and their processes. So… if you are a writer (published, unpublished, or aspiring) and you’d like to take your readers deeper into how you do it, then shoot an email to elizabethburgessandmariehewes@gmail.com.

The Wanting: Book 3 in The Waiting Series, FINALLY has a complete (but subject to change) outline. Initially, I thought I could do it with my tentative ‘list of things that needed to happen,’ but at the 4th chapter, it became apparent that I needed something a bit more structured.

Hope y’all have a great day.
Elizabeth 🙂