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drjanik

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Ah, David, the old ribs gotcha!  I'm usually vegetarian, but a great rack of barbecue ribs will derail me. Were they worth it?
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Ah, yes, Octo! Speak from thy grave!
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I am outraged at being written out of history by Cleopatra and her minion, Helen Davis!!
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Well, to return to being Helen (Davis, not of Troy), CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED was already written when I went to the Promised Land. I have dreamed of Israel since I was a girl, and even was prayed for by my grandpa there. He prayed for my mother to have a baby at the River Jordan and brought home water to baptize me then. I was later rebaptized there.

So, the trip to Israel was research more for CLEOPATRA VICTORIOUS, CLEOPATRA MAGNFICA AND CLEOPATRA TRIUMPHANT.  Judea, with the rise of Christianity, will play a greater role in CLEOPATRA MAGNIFICA and CLEOPATRA TRIUMPHANT, as I imagine the emergence of Christianity in a world wher eAntony and Cleopatra have won. Cleopatra's great-granddaughter will be in Jerusalem for the Easter story, and will patronize John Mark, and even be in secret communication with Paul while she is a prisoner of her cousin in Rome.  Cleopatra X, the fictional great-granddaughter of Antony and Cleopatra, is much like an Egyptian Helen of Troy.   As for CLEOPATRA VICTORIOUS, Cleopatra has an ill son who seeks refuge in the waters of the Dead Sea, and of course, she is troubled by Herod and though she is queen of many lands, is denied Judea.

Israel is beautiful. I cannot speak enough good things about that land. One thing I discovered is that in light of IS and many recent events, a lot of Egyptian things were in the museum in Jerusalem and near their Egyptian border. I wanted so much to purchase one of the heads of Nefertiti, but I didn't know how to transport it back tot eh States unscathed. Oh well. I feel this was my first trip to Israel, but it will not be the last.   I've not ruled out visiting modern Egypt, but I learned a lot about it in Israel, enough to give my books authenticity.

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Octavian, do calm down.  You are not alone, you have your wife Livia with you, do you not?

Mike Davis
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I want my glory and grandeur back, not sitting with all these defeated losers like Hannibal.
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Hello! Raymond Gaynor here! While my mind is more on contemporary things, like the recent release of A. G. Hayes and my new thriller, the fifth in the Koski and Falk series entitled QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016), I'm intrigued by the ancient discussion going on between Helen, Helen, Cleo and Octo. Is there a thriller there waiting to come forth?
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Dan, we have quite an angry Octo here. I think we should try to calm him down.

As for ribs, I cannot be a vegetarian. My father, being a biochemist, does a lot of work with nutrition, and I've discovered my body has a Vitamin B deficiency, so vegetarianism/veganism would be dangerous to my health.

Dave, hope you feel better soon.
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Hello all! Happy Saturday.
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Ah, Octo! Who doesn't crave fame and fortune these days? Don't we all deserve them, after all? Doesn't the world owe us?
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Dear Raymond, this is Cleopatra VII, queen of Egypt.  Helen has been a close, dear friend of mine since the year you term 2009, or Antony calls MMIX.  She is the one who was wise enough to point out Octavian's sliminess and deceit to me, and I owe my throne and crown to her. I plan to reward her with a crown and throne soon as reward for her loyalty.  Helen is not like Charmion or Iras, she will be a loyal friend, but she is not fit to be a maidservant of mine. I trust her more as perhaps a client queen of Gaul or Britannia.  Antony wanted to offer her Hispania, but she said no. Imagine Helen's boldness! She wants Gaul and Britannia and she told him so!  Antony offered her Hispania, but she wanted Gaul!  I remember it well. Antony said 'you may have hispania in return." Helen replied, "I am flattered, but I prefer Gaul." Antony gave it to her, knowing she would not take no for an answer. Even I sometimes do not speak to Antony that way!

Octavian, Octo dear, you thoguht yourself above the gods, so they all struck you down. Pride goes before a fall, as Domina Helen often says. And I've found Domina Helen to be a wise woman.  I wonder though why she worships the god of the Jews. I sometimes find Athena fits her better, as Helen, like Athena is wise. . But Helen is also loyal to all she loves, both in heaven and on earth.




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THE TURTLE DANCES by Daniel S. Janik - Excerpt #1 (Family Rated) 

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Chapter 1 - Peach Moon

"Viewed from the middle of the bay, the night would have been pitch dark, but for the huge, round, blushing pink Hawaiian moon, resting like a big ripe peach just above the horizon. Above and behind, the sky, a black velvet blanket, was dusted with pin-point stars. Ahead, along the sandy beach, the evening trade winds rustled the long fronds of tall coconut trees growing on the far side of a sidewalk that wandered behind low mounds of cool, wet sand. 

"The beach was pretty much as Isla, the Green Sea Turtle, thought it should look, taste and feel from her childhood memories. Of course, it wasn’t exactly the same. There were small differences—the coarseness of the sand granules, their slightly cooler temperature, and something she couldn’t quite put her flipper on..."

Isla, a Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle resting on the beach at Waikiki, notices a dance couple practicing a partner routine for a dance competition. Intrigued, she decides she, too, wants to dance, and more so, partner dance. But how to do it? Written for adults to read aloud to their children, and youth to 16 years of age to read and enjoy. Lavishly illustrated in black and white for reader coloring opportunities.

The third in the Savant "COLOR-ME-PLEASE" children's book series.

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   A WHALE'S TALE (Savant 2009)
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CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED by Helen R. Davis - Excerpt #1 (This Excerpt is Family Rated)

 

The first book of three in a richly imagined ancient world where the course of history is altered by one battle. In this world, Antony and Cleopatra triumph at the Battle of Actium, and Cleopatra emerges as a queen, stateswoman, and politician. Those around her come to life as the reader returns to those days to live them with her.

 

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 at

http://www.savantbooksandpublications.com

 

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

 

Helen R. Davis

Award-winning Author of CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED (Savant 2015)

drjanik

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Well I always knew you had a lot of Gaul, dear Helen/Cleo! [biggrin]
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Aloha Andrew!  What's up?
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