Blog-gone Procrastination

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May Day has come and gone without an update, and for that, we apologize. We’ll try to do better in the future. We’re sure you’re wondering what we’ve been up to.

  1. We did battle against the IRS and came out victorious.
  2. We half way through our last round of edits for Hunters of Gaia and still on track to finish before June.
  3. The Ocular is undergoing a tune-up, starting from chapter one.
  4. We’re working on an alternate cover for Hunters of Gaia.

This year, we did our taxes on time as usual for a Partnership/LLC. What we didn’t know was that the IRS has changed to due date for Partnership taxes from the traditional April 15th to March 15th. There was no fanfare, just a notice that we owed $585 in fees for filing late. We did our due diligence and had the fees waived for this year, with the understanding that the only reason that was granted was our previous good standing with Uncle Sam. Whew, that would have been a chunk of change.

As for Hunters of Gaia, we are finished with the final edit of 35 out of 70 chapters. Once Anne finishes her hack, it’s off to the beta readers.

Eric is busy fiddling with the beginning of the Ocular, our latest horror novel, while Nancy is fiddling with the ending. Hopefully, they meet in the middle.

And finally, we are in the process of mocking up a new cover for Hunters of Gaia, one more in tune with the first book in the series. We haven’t completely scrapped the first one but we’re considering our options.

Our friend Deborah Wolf has had a fantastic book launch for her fantasy novel, The Dragon’s Legacy, published by Titan Books. If you are looking for a new read, we highly recommend checking out Deb’s book.

You can find it on Amazon at:

We hope you are enjoying the May sunshine. We’ve finally got some here in the Pacific Northwest.

Thanks for your patience,

Anne, Nancy, and Eric

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First Round of Final Edits – Done!

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Hunters of Gaia is the second book in our New Mother Earth science fiction series. The story begins where we left off in the first book, Exiles of Gaia.

We are excited to tell you that our first round, and as of this morning, our second round of final edits on Hunters of Gaia are done! This means we have just one more round to go before we are ready to polish up the formatting and send it off to our beta readers for their input. It has been a long road to get to this point but we finally made it.

In addition to final edits and formatting, we’ll be drafting dedications, writing a cover blurb and synopsis, and fine tuning our cover image. Self-publishing a book is a big job, but at least we get to split the tasks between the three of us.

As for what else we’ve been doing this past week…business taxes. It never gets any easier.

We hope that Spring has brought you more than allergies.

Best wishes,

Anne, Nancy, and Eric

 

 

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Spring Break!

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Spring Break has started in Oregon. The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and the allergies are kicking in. Fear not, dear readers, for we continue to make progress on final edits on Hunters of Gaia, the sequel to Exiles of Gaia. We are very excited to be so close.

As of the end of this week, Eric has finished editing through chapter 60. With only ten chapters to go, he is on track to finish by the end of the month, give or take a few days. Nancy is cleaning up behind him and Anne is ready to do a final read-through. After all that, we’ll polish up the formatting and send it on to our beta readers. We’re shooting to hit the publish button before summer hits.

This week, Anne will be out of town, traveling with family. Nancy’s gearing up to fill her new greenhouse. Eric, poor sod, has to work his real job but he’ll also be squeezing in some time for writing and family.

Happy Spring!

Anne, Nancy, and Eric

 

 

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Spring Fever

Hunters of Gaia Cover 10-15-15.jpgProposed cover design for our second Gaia book, coming soon!

Finally, the weather has improved and so has our productivity. Eric has been editing up a storm the past few weeks, completing work on Hunters of Gaia through chapter 45. Nancy and Anne are struggling to keep up the pace. Barring any unforeseen events, we are on track to finish final edits by the end of March. Once those are done, we’ll do one final read-through and then we’ll pass it on to our beta reader.

We are looking forward to finishing a new book. It’s been a long time since our last one, Holly Virginia, was released over a year ago. We do what we can, when we can but it finally feels like we’re in a good place to get things done. So that’s what we’re going to do.

As always, we appreciate our friends, family and readers. Without your support, we’d have no reason to write. Happy Spring!

Anne, Nancy, and Eric

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Three weeks since our last confession…

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Despite snow in the forecast for us this cold March weekend, we’re keeping Spring in our hearts. And we have been busy, hurrah!

Collectively, we’ve been working on polishing up the second book in our New Mother Earth series, Hunters of Gaia. Eric has managed to complete edits and rewrites through chapter 34 and he’s set himself a deadline of full completion by the end of March. If he keeps up his current pace, it’s doable.

Nancy has also been working on edits, as well as fleshing out two new chapters for our horror novel, The Ocular. She’s also been keeping up with Eric’s rewrites on Hunters.

Anne is the final eye on the new Hunter edits. Once she’s finished with it, we’ll polish up the formatting and then we’ll send it on to our beta reader for a once-over before publishing. We’ve already got an initial cover mocked up and ready to go. Fingers crossed that we can keep up our momentum.

Thank you for your support and patience.

Anne, Nancy, and Eric

 

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Book Review: The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

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Boy, does Anne have a book for you! She just finished reading The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon and she has nothing but good things to say about it…and she can’t say too much because she doesn’t want to give anything away.

From its description on Amazon:

West Hall, Vermont, has always been a town of strange disappearances and old legends. The most mysterious is that of Sara Harrison Shea, who, in 1908, was found dead in the field behind her house just months after the tragic death of her daughter.

Now, in present day, nineteen-year-old Ruthie lives in Sara’s farmhouse with her mother, Alice, and her younger sister. Alice has always insisted that they live off the grid, a decision that has weighty consequences when Ruthie wakes up one morning to find that Alice has vanished. In her search for clues, she is startled to find a copy of Sara Harrison Shea’s diary hidden beneath the floorboards of her mother’s bedroom. As Ruthie gets sucked into the historical mystery, she discovers that she’s not the only person looking for someone that they’ve lost. But she may be the only one who can stop history from repeating itself.

This book kept Anne up late into the night reading and then afterwards, waiting for whatever lurks in dark corners to come and kill her. Luckily, the only creature that showed up with her husband coming to bed. The story was full of surprises and just when you thought you had the plot figured out, the author throws you for a whole new loop.

Anne gives this book 5 out of 5 stars!

As for the rest of the Litzos, we’ve been working  on the final rewrite and edits of our science fiction novel, Hunters of Gaia, the sequel to Exiles of Gaia. The first twenty four chapters are done, unfortunately, that leaves another forty-six to go. Work continues and we’ll keep you posted.

Kind regards,

Anne, Nancy, and Eric

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A Wobbly Three-Legged Stool

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We’ve titled this blog post, A Wobbly Three-Legged Stool, because that is how we often describe our collaborative style. It always seems to be the case that while two of us are banging away, one of us is struggling. The wobbly leg of the stool, if you will. January has been no exception. This month, it’s been Anne’s turn to fall by the wayside but she swears she’ll do better come Monday. That’s the other beautiful thing about working with family. We always understand and we always forgive. (Plus, we don’t want to be left out of family dinners. They are always awesome.)

Eric is our star pupil this month. He’s kicked his rewrite of Hunters of Gaia into high gear and hopefully, he’ll continue the streak through to the bitter end. Nancy has been editing his additions and is ready to pass on the final product to Anne. Anne’s latest contribution is this blog post… The muse is a fickle mistress.

We hope to have more news for you soon and as always, we appreciate your patience.

Kind regards,

Anne, Nancy, and Eric

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