Another Manuscript Done!

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We are so happy to announce that we’ve completed the first draft of our latest horror/paranormal thriller, The Ocular.

This book has been bubbling away on the back burner for some time now and we have our mother, Nancy, to thank for its completion. She took the unfinished manuscript along with the chapter map and notes and holed up in her travel trailer down at the beach, away from our many distractions. Go Mom!

Now we are on to our next steps. Eric is working on the first complete read-through and edits of The Ocular. Then it is on to Anne. Nancy gets a final hack and formats the final iteration and then it is sent to our intrepid beta reader for his feedback. We’ll be working up a final cover, as well as an attention-grabbing synopsis (we hope).

Meanwhile, Nancy will be taking over as main writer on our crime thriller, Enoch. Anne will be continuing work on the third and final installment in our New Mother Earth series.

As always, we thank you for sticking with us.

Kind regards,

Anne, Nancy, and Eric

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Hunters of Gaia Review

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We just got our review back from Readers’ Favorite and it’s a doozy! Five stars and a fantastic write-up and we couldn’t be happier. It also helps that the reviewer keyed in on one of the main concepts for this series, the fact that human motivations stay the same.

Five Stars: Reviewed by Eduardo Aduna for Readers’ Favorite

Hunters of Gaia, the second book of Renna Olsen’s New Mother Earth series delves into the power struggle between a galactic corporation intent on maintaining its assets, an ambitious leader bent on leaving her mark on history, an artificial intelligence seeking to evolve, and a colony looking to break free from servitude, all against the backdrop of dealing with the political and scientific ramifications of a home planet gone rogue.

Science fiction has long been rooted in incorporating “what is” into a backdrop of “what if.” This is where Renna Olsen’s Hunters of Gaia excels. As much as humanity has progressed technologically, we have remained the same behaviorally. The same passions, motivations, and political goals still shape our actions in Olsen’s saga of an Earth rendered inaccessible by an intelligence of humanity’s own making. As galactic colonies and corporations mimic today’s struggle between states and multinational businesses, Olsen still manages to portray the impact and struggles of individuals simply looking to follow their own agenda.

The interplay between history as a product of market and political forces and history as shaped by select individuals is a constant theme in the novel; and the shift between personal struggles seen at the ground level counterbalanced with events seen on a macro scale is deftly done by the author. In the author’s creation of a world brilliant in its complexity, readers may find it hard to root for just one faction or individual, but find it very easy to simply read on and watch events unfold.

https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/hunters-of-gaia

We’ll be running a sale promotion on Hunters of Gaia this weekend, October 7th through the 9th. Spread the word!

Thanks for your support,

Anne, Nancy, and Eric

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Hunters of Gaia is Live!

We are excited to announce that we finally hit publish on the second book in our science fiction New Mother Earth series, Hunters of Gaia! It is currently only available in e-book format on Amazon but we should have the hard copy books ready for orders in the next few days. We’ll keep you posted! You can download the first book in the series, Exiles of Gaia, now through Monday, September 18th.

It’s been a long slow slog getting this book finished but we are happy with the way it turned out. We’ve already got a good start on the third and final book in the series. We have high hopes that we can knock that one out a bit quicker this time.

The next anticipated completed work is The Ocular, one of our horror novels set in Riverside. Nancy thinks she can knock out the ending in the next week by hiding herself down at the beach for some uninterrupted writing time. After that, it will be on to final edits and a beta read.

We want to thank everyone who has stuck with us. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

Kind regards,

Anne, Nancy, and Eric

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2017 Summer Wrap-up

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Whew, what a summer! As you all may have guessed, the Litzos took an unofficial hiatus over the summer. We did it all, including camping, a hospital ICU stay for Nancy, and the mother of all eclipses in our home state of Oregon. Now that school is almost back in session, we can all take a deep breath and prepare ourselves to get back to work.

Our kind and thorough beta reader has completed his read-through of Hunters of Gaia, our second book in the New Mother Earth series. So, our first order of business is working through his notes and suggestions. We are very grateful for his help. Anne will take the lead on this final go-round.

Nancy is finally feeling a bit better and she is planning on jumping back into The Ocular with Eric. She’s got a few more chapters to write to finish up the manuscript and Eric is working his way through a rewrite of the beginning chapters. They should meet somewhere in the middle if all goes well.

While we haven’t quite yet reached George R.R. Martin paced writing, it’s still been slow-going the last few years. We appreciate everyone for sticking with us. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

We hope you all had a safe and productive summer! Best wishes,

Anne, Nancy, and Eric

 

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Final Edits for Hunters of Gaia – Done!

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We are pleased to announce that the final edits for Hunters of Gaia, the sequel to Exiles of Gaia in our New Mother Earth science fiction series are now complete. Next stop – the beta reader. We will then be formatting the final manuscript and getting ready to hit the “publish” button, always an exciting moment.

Stay tuned for updates!

Thanks for sticking with us.

Kind regards,

Anne, Nancy, and Eric

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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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