End of January Update

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January has been a month of ups and downs.

Ups –

We got quite a bit of first round editing finished on the Ocular and it’s now sitting at almost half complete. Still a long way to go with another round of editing and formatting left to do but we are pleased with our progress.

We had quite an uptick in our Kindle Unlimited pages read. That most likely resulted from our early January giveaway. Now if we can just get a review or two, that would be great.

Downs –

We did not get as much writing done on our other two projects as we had hoped. There were a number of reasons and many excuses. We promise to do better.

Someone in our family, and it wasn’t always the same person, has been sick every day of January. Our mom, Nancy, has been to the emergency room, either as a patient or as a caregiver, every week for the last five weeks…and now she has the flu. It’s been a rough one on the medical front.

Next week on the blog, we review Kevin Hearne’s new novel, A Plague of Giants.

As always, thanks for sticking with us.

Kind regards,

Anne, Nancy, and Eric

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Movie Review: The Shape of Water

Today on the blog, Anne will be reviewing the new Guillermo del Toro movie, The Shape of Water.

5 out of 5 Stars!

First off, I have a confession to make and that is I am a huge Guillermo del Toro fan so I might be slightly biased.

This movie has been described by others as a weird and wonderful fairytale and I couldn’t agree more with that assessment. It had it all! The Shape of Water is a monster and a maiden’s love story set against a 1960s cold war background. Elisa (played by Sally Hawkins) is a mute cleaning lady with a strange backstory working at a government laboratory. Elisa comes in contact with the monster, a aquatic humanoid creature being kept captive by the government. The villain, played perfectly by Michael Shannon, will stop at nothing to keep the creature out of the hands of the Soviets. Elisa just wants to save him, with a little help from her friends. I want to tell you everything, but no spoilers, so I will stop there.

This movie, to steal a phrase, had all the feels. Funny, tender, and yet at times hard to watch due to its raw portrayals of violence, it kept me glued to the screen. I highly recommend this movie.

When we were not off watching movies, we’ve been working on final edits of The Ocular and new material for Servants of Gaia.

We hope you all have a good week. Thanks again for sticking with us.

Kind regards,

Anne, Nancy, and Eric

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MLK Day

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Our hope for today is that you will be able to love who you will, live where you wish, and pursue your dreams to wherever they lead you. We wish safety, security, and peace for all.  Platitudes aside, the fact that we are still hoping and wishing in 2018 does not escape us. There is still work to be done.

As for the business of writing, only small progress by the Litzos this last week. Nancy did not make it to the beach for her writing retreat due to a family medical emergency. When loved ones call, we answer. Eric continues to make steady headway on the Ocular edits and Anne added a miniscule amount of new material to Servants of Gaia.

So far, no new reviews from our New Year giveaway but we did have an uptick in Kindle Unlimited pages read.

We’ll keep you posted.

Kind regards,

Anne, Nancy, and Eric

 

 

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January Giveaway Results

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To kick off the start of the new year, we held a three-day free e-book promotion of Creek House, Exiles of Gaia, and Hunters of Gaia on Amazon. We were very pleased with the results, with over 200 downloads, 2 sales, and a small bump in our Kindle Unlimited borrows. If we can snag a review or two out of the promotion, then we will count it a great success.

This week marks a return to business as usual, with the kiddos back in school, Eric at work, and Nancy heading off to the beach for a writing retreat. Eric has a few more chapters of edits and rewrites on The Ocular completed and we’ve cleaned up our social media accounts. Nancy is planning on jumping back into our crime thriller, Enoch, while she’s enjoying the solitude down at Fort Stevens State Park. Anne will be working on the third and final installment in our New Mother Earth series. That’s our plan and we’re sticking to it.

As always, thanks for your support, Dear Readers.

Kind regards,

Anne, Nancy, and Eric

 

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2017, Goodbye and Good Riddance

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It’s time to wrap up our 2017, duct tape it, and bury it deep where no one can find it. First of all, we apologize for the long delay since our last blog post. We will try and get back onto our weekly blog schedule in the new year as well as tending to our other social media platforms.

We started our writing journey in December of 2013, almost exactly four years and six published books ago. The self-publishing landscape has changed dramatically since then, both for us and for our fellow authors across the world. The Kindle Direct Publishing platform we use today looks nothing like the original and the current algorithm for advertising and payments seems to no longer work in our favor. It is time to explore different options to get our work out there. Query letters, here we come.

Looking ahead, we are still working on polishing up the manuscript for The Ocular, our paranormal thriller. Rewrites have been slow but steady over the last two months. We also have two works in progress that need to feel some love in the new year. Enoch, our crime thriller, was off to a good start but fell off the radar after our mother’s health scare at the end of the summer. We have also started the third book in in our science fiction New Mother Earth series, Servants of Gaia.

Up next, free e-book promotions for Exiles of Gaia, Hunters of Gaia, and Creek House on Amazon, running December 31st through January 2nd, 2018.

We hope to start up our author interviews on the blog as well, as that was a popular feature and a fun experience for all involved.

We thank you all for sticking with us and we wish you all a wonderful New Year!

Kind regards,

Anne, Nancy, and Eric

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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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