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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2017, we made it!

nate-christmas                                                              It was all that we hoped for!

The holidays are over and we’re happy to welcome in the New Year. Now, it’s time to get to work. We took a much needed break from writing over the past few weeks. This was the first time we’ve given ourselves permission to not work on our writing. This was different from past creative dry spells, in that, by allowing ourselves the break, we eliminated the “You should be writing,” guilt. We are feeing refreshed and ready to work.

We started off 2017 with a meeting to lay out our writing goals (and food and bullsh#@@ing, always the bullsh#@@ing). Our three current projects are:

  1. The Ocular, paranormal horror, is 3/4 complete, and sitting at just over 70,000 words.
  2. Enoch, a contemporary crime thriller, is 1/3 complete, and sitting at 34,000 words.
  3. Hunters of Gaia, the sequel to our science fiction novel Exiles of Gaia, is complete and in the editing process.

Nancy and Eric will be meeting to flesh out the final chapters of The Ocular that Nancy is writing. Eric is also working on fine-tuning Hunters. Anne is forcing herself to read Enoch from the beginning. She realizes that so much time has passed that the plot is becoming disjointed. She’s hoping that by re-familiarizing herself with the story, that hopefully she can fix the issues.

We also held a giveaway of The Safe Harbor and our short stories as well as discounting all the remaining books over the Christmas holidays. We were happy with the results and will plan another when we finally get one of the ongoing projects put to bed. Finally, we will be looking into porting our hard copy books over from Createspace to the Kindle. Kindle has a new program to print hard copy and it looks like it could simplify things on our end as well as give us a few more advertising options. We’ll keep you posted as we get more information.

Best wishes in the New Year!

Anne, Nancy and Eric

 

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On hiatus through January 1, 2017

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Anne and Nancy spending time together this past weekend

We would just like to let you all know that due to the holidays and a distinct lack of time and energy this month, that the three of us will be on hiatus until the New Year. We will be spending time with our family and friends. Hopefully, this will allow us to recharge our creative batteries and take care of a few sadly neglected items on our to-do lists.

Stay safe and spend your days with people who feed your soul as well as your belly.

Best wishes to you all during this holiday season!

Anne, Nancy, and Eric

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Thankful for Family

The Three of Us - Brenda's Wedding 001_cropWe hope you all enjoyed a good holiday weekend. While the three of us were not together to celebrate Thanksgiving, we are always grateful for our family and friends. We have a lot to be thankful for, as we have each other.

Our star pupil this week is our mom, Nancy. She went to the beach and holed up in her travel trailer to get some uninterrupted writing time. And boy howdy, did she get a lot of work done. She finished up her edits on Hunters of Gaia and sent them on to Anne and she also added three new chapters to the Ocular. Way to go, Mom!

Anne hosted family for the last few days and now that they have returned from whence they came, she has no more excuses for her lack of progress on Enoch.

Eric worked on Hunters of Gaia edits as well as working his day job during the Thanksgiving holiday. Both Anne and Eric will be playing catch-up with Nancy this week.

Warm wishes this holiday season,

Anne, Nancy, and Eric

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Life does go on.

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With as much tumult as the last week has brought, it’s amazing we got anything done at all. But we did! Not as much as we’d like but we still made  some small progress on our writing projects as well as a few personal projects (craft fair, anyone?).

We try to keep our blog and internet presence politic-free and we will continue to do so. That does not mean that we don’t have strong feelings about the election results. We just prefer to discuss our opinions over a cup of coffee, rather than throw them out there to the unwashed masses. We voted. We waited. We threw our hands up in disbelief. And then we needed a few days to process all the new developments.

This week, we’re back to work. We hope you will be taking the opportunity to spend time with loved ones this upcoming holiday season.

Kind regards,

Anne, Nancy, and Eric

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Happy Halloween!

daynor-and-shagnasty                                   Daynor the Dwarf and Snagrat-Shagnasty the Wizard

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We hope you all had a happy and candy-filled Halloween this year. We know we did. Today, November 1st, is the kick-off day for November Novel Writing Month 2016(NaNoWriMo). While we have made the decision to not participate officially in NaNoWriMo, we still have plans to make great strides on our current works-in-progress.

To review what we’ve been working on:

Nancy is working on the manuscript for our horror novel, The Ocular. This story has a more cyber-mixed-with-paranormal bent than our previous horror novels. And, while it is set in our favorite fictional city of Riverside, with a few of our favorite characters, the story is brand new. She’s sitting at 66, 543 words, and we just reworked our chapter map to resolve a few plot holes that should take her to the finish.

Eric is working on rewrites and final edits of the second book in our science fiction New Mother Earth series, Hunters of Gaia. He’s about a third of the way through and is making steady progress.

Anne is working on our serial killer novel, Enoch Rising. She’s made it to chapter twenty-nine, about half way to the finish line.

For those of you participating in NaNoWriMo, we wish you luck. Write long and write fast!

Kind regards,

Anne, Nancy, and Eric

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