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drjanik

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Raymond, I know you're an astronomer as well. What's in the Honolulu skies recently?
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Good for you, Helen. I'm sure everyone on here got quite a few eye rolls when they first started writing a book. Don't worry about the negative lot[wink] Just work.
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Right. Natalie, I've found that the only place success comes before work is the dictionary. Let's keep in touch. I need to sign off soon to prepare for my evening. But before I do, here is the third excerpt.



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 LIFE (Booksurge 2009)
Author website at http://helendavisbooks.org/en/

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Oh cool! I'd love to see some of your art, Raymond. Never been to San Fran, but I hear it is lovely. 

LOVE your excerpt, AMassie. Lovely prose. Sounds like we both have male leads with fragile mental states. 
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Absolutely, Helen. Have a great rest of the day. Great excerpt!

Fabulously talented group here. Feel honored to be a part of it.
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Thanks Natalie. AMassie, your work looks intriguing. Multiple personality disorder is a topic of interest to me.
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Thanks for the accolades, Dan. My philosophy has always been to live this life with the greatest gusto that other's seem so desirous of dying for. Don't mean that to sound disrespectful; just trying to put the "gusto" in perspective. 

As for the Southern View from Oahu, I've been enjoying watching the moon, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune with my personal favorite, Saturn, waning. 

As for the stars, Canus Major with its bright red "dog star" Sirius are commanding the same sky over Honolulu. Given Centuarus next to it and says it all about current affairs, doesn't it?


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Raymond, not to be disrespectful, but to quite Cassius, one of Caesar's betrayers, I will say 'the fault lies not in the stars but in ourselves.'

I do have a sci fi work I am trying to polish called ATHENA THE WARRIOR QUEEN OF YAVDOLO.  I also have had some luck finding anothe rpublisher for Evita.

I find the stars and heavens amazing to look at, but I do not believe a celestial body millions of miles away holds the keys to our future

In any case, I've enjoyed talking with all of you. I need to sign off now. See you all in November!
drjanik

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Hey, wait! Did you purposely include Natalie, posting on this chat, in your work, Andrew? If it's coincidence, that's very interesting!


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Is there really such a thing as coincidence? 
drjanik

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So, Raymond, does that mean you believe in fate over serendipity? 
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No, never. Serendipity is, in my humble opinion, the "strong force" that binds the universe together and injects life into our bodies. It's the invisible dark matter of the universe, that, while invisible to us, constitutes the majority of everything that is. 

Is that metaphysical enough a reply?
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Thank you, Natalie. I'm excited to find out how the story of Derek Fisher plays out. Do you have any excerpts to share?

I appreciate it, Helen. I'm enjoying your reimagining history as well.
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QUANTUM DEATH by A. G. Hayes with Raymond Gaynor - Excerpt #3 (This Excerpt is Family Rated):

"As the plane began to descend from cruising altitude on approach to Honolulu, its sole occupant listened, aghast at what was being reported by the Russian military scientists through the Russian interpreter. There would be a flurry of Russian, only a little of which she could understand, then a crusty pause followed by the slow, almost mechanical voice of the military linguistic interpreter. 

"Maybe ten years ago…yes, ten years…the Russian military…tasked a secret…'think tank' I think you would call it…to theorize a weapon that could…destroy a nation's infrastructure…without harming it's basic resources, including its people. Over."

"A 'weapon'? Over." she asked of the disembodied voice on the other end of the crackling but secure line.

"I'm sorry. Exact translation is difficult. Perhaps 'a solution' or 'an approach'…the idea was to theorize a weapon or solution or approach…that could take the place of nuclear weapons. Mutually Assured Destruction—MAD—was never a solution acceptable to our military leaders. Over." 

"And they came up with…?" she probed. 

"They came up with…the kvantovaya mashina smerti…the 'Quantum Death Machine'…which our researchers here believe is…being deployed against the United States of America."

About this Book:

It was an honor and privilege to be asked to join with A. G. Hayes in the continued creation of protagonist Koski and Falk's world of international intrigue. In this fifth in the Koski and Falk series, the two face both a political and technological conundrum of global proportion, which threatens the very foundations of democracy, free trade and capitalism. In QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016), Koski and Falk must pursue separate assignments to find the kvantovaya mashina smerti, or Quantum Death Machine, the pursuit of which seems destined to end in certain death, all while holding desperately onto to their budding feelings for each other. 

In the process, meet Thomas Steward, their handler and ostensible leader of the ultra- secret Cerebrus organization, as he returns to the field in a last swan song. And Kate Keenan, an old flame of Falk's, willing to fight Koski for his love and affection. And Alexei Korov, the affable captain of the Russian Yassin-class fast-attack submarine Severodvinsk, who finds himself center-stage in what might very well be the next and final nuclear war, as well as a host of other larger-as-life characters from what ultimately proves to be Koski and Falk's past, present and future. 

About the Authors:

A. G. Hayes

I was searching for a Koski and Falk adventure in-between THE CHEMICAL FACTOR (Savant 2015) and my next work, FINDING KATE (Savant, currently in editing), and blue-sky chatting with Raymond Gaynor, author of the Tripler and Clark series politico-techno-thriller TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2013), when suddenly, in a synchronous "ah-ha" moment, we came up with the plot for QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016). 

The work emerged in its entirety over the next couple months, with Koski and Falk naturally assuming positions as key protagonists, and Kate Keenan of FINDING KATE (Savant, currently in editing) in an unusual half-antagonist/half-protagonist role. In QUANTUM DEATH the duo becomes a trio, at the least in the sense of a tense romantic triangle and at the worst a doomed ménage à trois, the outcome of which will ultimately determine the course of Koski and Falk's growing relationship. 

The work surrounds the existence of the enigmatic and elusive kvantovaya mashina smerti, or Quantum Death Machine, an imaginary device based on research Raymond and I did surrounding M-Superstring Theory and Quantum Science. 

QUANTUM DEATH is a perfect segue into my next anticipated novel, FINDING KATE, which is actually a prequel to QUANTUM DEATH. Love those relationships, don't you?

Raymond Gaynor

It's difficult to point a finger at whose idea both the plot and romance twists were in QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016). It seemed like both came about simultaneously and serendipitously for both A. G. Hayes and myself during a series of phone chats about a new Koski and Falk adventure between THE CHEMICAL FACTOR (Savant 2015) and his upcoming work, FINDING KATE (Savant, currently in editing). I had the pleasure of experiencing something like this when William Maltese and I came up with TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2013). With William Maltese, it was a directed synergy; with A. G. it was as if the characters spoke to us and told us each what to write. Spiritual, some might call it. 

One of the advantages of being a published author is meeting others, especially those destined for greatness like A. G. Hayes and William Maltese. Writing with them is a thrill I'll never forget. It's one of those "life-events" that determines one's life. With QUANTUM DEATH "in production," A. G. and I have continued our lively phone chats. Who knows what other adventures may pop up? In the end, I can only say that it is the authoring journey that defines one, and, if some suitable stories appear along the way, all the better. 

But now it's time to stop talking about QUANTUM DEATH and commend it to you for your reading. I think you'll find within its pages and its twisty plot all the makings of a can't-put-it-down "good read."

QUANTUM DEATH (2016)
by A. G. Hayes with Raymond Gaynor
344 pp. - 5.25" x 8" Softcover Pocket Book
ISBN 978-0-9963255-3-0

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.

Raymond Gaynor
Co-Author of
     QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016) by A. G. Hayes
     TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2011) by William Maltese
Under the Pseudonym Gary Martine, Award-winning Author of the "Kingsley & I" Series:
     Kingsley & I (MLR Press, 2008)
     Kingsley & I Together (MLR Press, 2009)
     Kingsley & I Reloaded (Pony Press, 2012)
as well as many other works. 

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Sorry for the delayed reply, I fell asleep [frown]

While the ribs are good, no food is ever worth food poisoning.

Welcome Andrew and Natalie! I hope you have a great afternoon, Helen!
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