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drjanik

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Aloha Everyone -

This is your 30-minute warning. If you have excerpts to post, now is the time (technically, it's the time to post your third one). 

Interesting statement, Helen. Can an author write well about some they revile? I don't mean Marvel D.C. Comics style villains (technically antagonists), but a horrid central character? Can you write about such a character without direct experience? It doesn't have to be directly with that particular historical character, but perhaps someone "like" that. I wonder. 
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The more I think about this question, the more it intrigues me. Can one have a combination protagonist-antagonist as a central character? Not one that changes in the course of the story, but is that way from beginning to end? I often think of Truman Capote's IN COLD BLOOD whenever I muse over historical fiction. I couldn't do what he did, but perhaps it would result in a combination protagonist-antagonist that is purely vile and yet is a central character. Hmmm. 
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Here is my excerpt for CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED


CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED by Helen R. Davis - Excerpt #3 (This Excerpt is Family Rated)

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"Back in my tent, my thoughts turned to my meeting with Caesar when I was a teenager. What did I really know of the ambitious Roman Consul, and, moreover, of the man? I would need to learn more about the man if I were to attempt to bring him to my side, and this I must clearly do. I knew he was a womanizer. This didn't overly concern me; what man was ever faithful? But it could prove helpful. Still, in the end, it was his conquests—the way he acted—publicly and personally—that were of greatest interest to me, and from what I could already tell, he was the right man to help me regain my throne, if I could but win his attention. My discussion with Azor that evening confirmed my suspicions. Caesar would not only be a formidable ally, but, if I could accomplish it, an interesting champion. I dispatched Mardian to Egypt to meet secretly with Olympos and learn more about the situation in Egypt and everything he could about Caesar's purpose now that Pompey was dead."

 

About this Book:

 

What if Cleopatra and Antony had triumphed at Actium over Octavian, the first Emperor of Rome? Would our world have been changed? What would the Middle East, Europe, and, by extension, the rest of the world, look like if the course of Western history was determined not by Rome but by Egypt?

CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED (Savant 2015), the first of three novels in a series, imagines this scenario. Cleopatra, historically the last queen of Egypt, becomes instead the mother of an Egypto-Roman empire, the greatest the world has ever known. Cleopatra, her family, and those dear to her, as well as those not so dear to her, come to life in this richly imagined  alternate history.

Follow Cleopatra's privileged yet troubled childhood as the third daughter of Pharaoh Auletes, a weak-willed man despised by his subjects, other children, and even his wife. Be there as Cleopatra, his favored child and the only one loyal to him, learns at his feet—and from his errors. Determined to keep her nation alive and her people free, Cleopatra, although of Macedonian Greek heritage, develops a deep bond with the native people of Egypt. Meet Julius Caesar, Pompey, Cicero and his son, Cicero Minor, Marc Antony, and the ambitious but despicable Octavian as well as his wife, Livia, who will stop at nothing to destroy Cleopatra and Egypt.

Open the cover and immerse yourself immediately in ancient Egypt through Cleopatra's eyes as you read her personal memoirs, the ones archeologists have yet to discover!

 

About the Author:

 

Author Helen Davis has been writing since the age of twenty. An interest in strong women protagonists led her to write and publish EVITA: MY LIFE (Booksurge, 2009), an historical novel about the legendary Evita Peron. Intrigued by the legend of Cleopatra since she was in high school, as EVITA was released, Davis took up pen and began work on another historical novel surrounding this queen who sought to control nations in an era in which women had little power. A polyglot herself, the author, in the course of writing the manuscript, developed a strong personal attraction to this legendary queen, whose only crime, like many other women in history, was to be on the wrong side of history books. While writing the novel, Davis began to wonder how the world might be if Cleopatra and Antony had triumphed at the Battle of Actium. It was out of this question that CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED (Savant 2015), the first of three books documenting her imagined new world, came to be.

 

CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED (2015)

by Helen R. Davis

330 pp - 6" x 9" Softcover Trade Book

ISBN 978-0-9963255-2-3

 

Available directly from the publisher/printer with FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE WITHIN THE USA INCLUDING ALASKA AND HAWAII from the publisher at

http://www.savantbooksandpublications.com

 

Also available from Amazon.com, Savant Bookstore Honolulu, and fine online and "brick and mortar" bookstores everywhere.

 

Helen R. Davis Award-winning Author of

     CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED (Savant 2015)

     EVITA: MY ARGENTINA  (Custom Books 2017)

Author website at http://helendavisbooks.org/en/
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THE TURTLE DANCES by Daniel S. Janik - Excerpt #3 (Family Rated) 

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 "Chapter 13 - The Turtle Dances

    "You know what?" The young man offered, thinking of the two turtles they'd been watching. “We danced so well together, I think we might just win!"

"You know, I think so, too,“ replied his partner. “Thanks to our turtle-friends out there," the two finished together.

The couple returned, hand-in-hand, to the dance floor to join the line of competitors. Waiting for the judges to announce the awards, the young man turned to his now self-assured partner, touched the tip of her hand softly much the way the turtles had, and smiled. "The turtle dances," he said softly.

"Yes," she replied, while unseen in the distance, Isla and Surf happily executed a perfect bounce, twirl and slide. "The turtle dances!"

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Continuing the unique tradition of "talking up" rather than down to readers, THE TURTLE DANCES demonstrates the power and beauty of narrative storytelling at its finest. Designed to re-awaken curiosity, discovery in both children and adults, the book is an excellent way to introduce literacy and associated lifelong learning pleasures.

Mulit-award-winning author, naturalist, artist, photographer and movie producer Daniel S. Janik resides in Honolulu, Hawaii with his wife and dance partner, Setsuko Tsuchiya. Together they welcome Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles to Hawaii throughout the year. An Oklahoma painter known for her vivid, almost photographic renditions of nature, illustrator Ruth R. Janik created the 28 naturalistic line drawings in the book specifically for children to color.

THE TURTLE DANCES is the third in the Savant "Color-Me-Please" series and the third in the author's "Pacific Rim Naturalist" group of children's books.  

THE TURTLE DANCES
by Daniel S. Janik
80 pp.  8.25" x 6" Softcover book
28 B&W "Color-Me-Please" Illustrations by Oklahoma artist Ruth Janik
ISBN 978-0-9886640-1-2

Available from the publisher, printer, Savant Bookstore Honolulu, Amazon.com, online bookstores and other fine bookstores everywhere.

Daniel S. Janik
Multi-Award-winning author of
    THE TURTLE DANCES (Savant 2013)
          http://www.amazon.com//dp/0988664011
     A WHALE’S TALE (Savant 2009)
          http://www.amazon.com/dp/1442105062
    SOURDOUGH SCOTT'S BEDTIME FAIRY TALES FROM ALASKA (Publication Consultants 2005)
         https://www.amazon.com/dp/159433031X
     FOOTPRINTS, SMILES AND LITTLE WHITE LIES (Savant 2008)
          http://www.amazon.com/dp/1438252358 (softcover book)
          http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001G0MOVG (Kindle eBook)
    THE ILLUSTRATED MIDDLE EARTH (Savant 2008)
          http://www.amazon.com/dp/1438262418
    LAST AND FINAL HARVEST (Savant 2008)
          http://www.amazon.com/dp/1438268416
     UNLOCK THE GENIUS WITHIN (Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2005)
          http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BY13D2Q
    A NEUROBIOLOGICAL THEORY AND METHOD OF LANGUAGE ACQUISITION (Lincom Europa, 2004)
          http://www.lincom-shop.eu/shop/article_ISBN%25209783895867637/LSNB-01%3A-A-Neurobiological-Theory-and-Method-of-Language-Acquisition.html
          http://www.amazon.com/dp/3895867632
    HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST ENGLISH LANGUAGE SCHOOL IN THE USA (Authorhouse, 2006)
          http://bookstore.authorhouse.com/Products/SKU-000356497/How-to-Choose-the-Best-English-Language-School-in-the-USA.aspx
          http://www.amazon.com/dp/1425934803
Award-winning poet with works appearing in
    SHADOW AND LIGHT (Savant 2017)
          https://www.amazon.com/dp/0997247282
    RUNNING WITH THE PACK (Savant 2016)
          https://www.amazon.com/dp/0996325557
    VOLUTIONS (Savant 2014)
          http://www.amazon.com/dp/0991562216
    BELLWETHER MESSAGES (Savant 2013)
          http://www.savantbooksandpublications.com
     FIFTY-EIGHT STONES (Savant 2012)
          http://www.amazon.com/dp/0985250658 (softcover book)
          http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I5RVQXK (Kindle eBook)
    WAVELENGTHS (Savant 2011)
          http://www.amazon.com/dp/0982998767
    FIRST BREATH (Savant 2010)
         http://www.amazon.com/dp/0984555226

Author website at http://janik.yolasite.com

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LOVE THE COVER for CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED (Savant 2015)!
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It's been a good chat, Dan.

I will see you in August- or, as we call it in CV, ANTONIUS!
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Well, we're into the last fifteen minutes of the chat. This is the last chance to post, so take advantage of it!  Me, I'm pleased to continue working on my third children's book, written from direct experience with our house gecko, tentatively entitled "The Gecko Sings." Ours love to sing in the late afternoon, I think in preparation for his (or her, I'm not sure which) house rounds. My partner and I have become quite fond this particular gecko. Our last house gecko liked to lurk about under things during the day, leading to some particularly loaded gecko-human encounters, of which my partner was definitely not appreciative. :-)
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Bye Helen; bye Ron -- It was fun chatting. See you next month. Mark your calendars for 19 August 2017!  
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