2019: So much has happened…

Seriously so much has happened so far this year and it’s only the middle of February. The film adaptation of Between Shades of Gray (Ashes in the Snow) was released and it was fantastic. It was slightly different than I thought it was going to be, but it was still a brutally honest representation of the story at the heart of the book. I am so happy for Ruta at how fantastic the movie turned out. I feel like every person working on it really put everything they had into it. And Ruta just announced it has now become the highest grossing release of all time in Lithuania, which is incredible! I love so much that Ruta has helped so many Lithuanians share their own stories and histories with the entire world.

http://filmneweurope.com/news/lithuania-news/item/117620-ashes-in-the-snow-is-highest-grossing-release-of-all-time-in-lithuania?fbclid=IwAR0vqOkUgDgdw_XvufQgm0LR-V80-hUf9OlCtFZfAqQ9F06nbU4mka8952U

 

The other super exciting thing we’ve seen so far this year is the cover of Ruta’s next book! THE FOUNTAINS OF SILENCE has a gorgeous cover! Set in Madrid in 1957 we get to see Spain in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War. I personally don’t know too much about this era in Spain, so I am looking forward to seeing it through the eyes of these characters.

 

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That secret I had planned for you guys last year? Yeah, life got in the way and while I have most of it put together I still need to get finishing touches done, but soon! I for one am really excited about this surprise and I’ve put a lot of thought into it so far, so hopefully you will get to see it all soon!

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Hannah

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Ashes in the Snow Premiere!

You guys! I have been so excited on Twitter a lot recently and forgot to post some updates on here!

So the first exciting thing….Ashes in the Snow is having it’s premier today at the LA Film Festival! Tickets went on sale for it a few weeks ago and it was so popular they had to add a second screening which is AMAZING! Unfortunately like most of you I am not one of the lucky few who get to go, but I am so happy and excited! and admittedly jealous for all those who are getting to see it all today!

Ruta posted this on Twitter earlier:

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How amazing and cool is that??? Another really amazing thing that happened is there is a music video for a cover of the Bob Dylan song, Ring Them Bells, which will be playing during the end titles of the film.

 

Another image from Twitter:

 

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I have never heard this song before, GJan’s voice is hauntingly beautiful! At first I stumbled across it by chance and didn’t realize these were scenes from the film and then I got an email from Ruta who told me about the video and I realized what it actually was!

Also I want to point out that there isn’t an official trailer released for the film yet. At least not in the US. Someone tweeted me the other day saying they were watching the trailer over and over and I confirmed with Ruta there isn’t an official one out just yet. As far as I know the Ring Them Bells video is the only footage that’s been released widely so far.

Here is the link to the video for anyone who hasn’t seen it!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPCCe3Skktk

I cannot wait to be able to see the film! I remember having lunch with Ruta right after RutaFans came into existence and her telling me she’d been approached about a film for Between Shades of Gray. It’s taken a while but I am beyond excited to finally being able to see it soon! I already know I will have to take a ton of tissues with me. Not only is it going to be amazing to see this incredible book on the big screen, but it is going to be so amazing to see a friend’s story accomplish something as awesome as being adapted for film.

 

I am so proud of Ruta and Between Shades of Gray! I hope this helps more and more people get introduced to Ruta’s books and the history behind them.

You guys will all have to let me know what you think of the film when we all get to see it!

 

-Hannah

 

Fun Stuff!

So I’ve been quiet for the first chunk of the year! Ruta and I have been working together to cook up some fun things for you guys! It was originally going to roll out in time for our birthday BUT things happen and I am hoping it will be coming out a little later this year!

 

Ruta has been busy going all over the place (seriously!) talking to fans and to students. I have no idea how she has the stamina that she does, but can I seriously just hide in her suit case? lol! Speaking of traveling, I cannot remember if I have mentioned this before (I should have!) but Baltic Holidays has a holiday tour specifically for Between Shades of Gray! How incredible is that! I am hoping I will be able to go in the future!

Check out this link! https://www.balticholidays.com/tours/view/between-shades-of-gray-private-tour/

 

Another thing I want to point out is our amazing “Your Story” section. There hasn’t been much going on over there in a while, but I am always looking for people who want to share their story about finding out their family history! If you are interested Tweet at me! Or leave a comment on this post!

 

Hope you are all doing amazing!

 

Hannah