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drjanik

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THE TURTLE DANCES by Daniel S. Janik- Excerpt #2 (Family Rated) 

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"Chapter 3 - Home

Isla was a natural surfer, having not just one, but two permanent surfboards—one above and another below her body. The top board was a shiny green and brown that, from above, made her look like an ocean rock, hiding her from the preying eyes of ravenous seabirds and killer whales. Her lower board, viewed from below, was a creamy sunshine white. Against a bright ocean sky, it made her near-invisible to any sharks or killer whales swimming below... Suddenly she felt the water surge beneath her, and settled inside the crest of the wave, steadying herself using her four flippers and tail for balance and position. Riding the wave, she lifted her head out of the water and smiled with pride. "

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What are the reviewer’s and book festivals saying? 

ANIMALS, ANIMALS, ANIMALS BOOK FESTIVAL AWARD

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Mulit-award-winning author and USA Dancesport Competitor Daniel S. Janik is a former resident of Alaska currently residing in Honolulu, Hawaii, with his wife and competition dance partner, Setsuko Tsuchiya. Together they welcome the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles to Hawaii throughout the year.

"I've long been fascinated by children's reactions to sea turtles—they seem to instinctively identify with them, viewing them without fear, even wading in and swimming bravely alongside them...This book came to me imagining what a sea turtle might think of the fearless, curious, shell-less, upright land-dwellers wading among them. Mightn't a particularly observant and fanciful turtle take things a step further if she clambered onto a beach and happened to see two humans dancing?" says Dan. "Naturalists at heart, the illustrator and I endeavored to keep the appearance and life history of our heroine, Isla, and her turtle-friend, Surf, reasonably true to life."

THE TURTLE DANCES
by Daniel S. Janik/Illustrated by Ruth Janik
80 pp.  8.25" x 6" Softcover Tradebook
28 B&W "Color-Me-Please" Illustrations
ISBN 978-0-9886640-1-2
Suggested Retail Price $12.95

Daniel S. Janik
Multi-Award Winning Author of
     THE TURTLE DANCES (Savant 2013) - Available from Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/dp/0988664011 in softcover, Kindle and Audible Audiobook format
    A WHALE'S TALE (Savant 2009) - Available from Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/dp/1442105062 in softcover and Kindle format

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

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So are you, Dan, and Setsuko actively competing these days? Do you give lessons?
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I'll answer for both of us:  Yes, we're registered competitors in the USA (USA Dance) and Japan (DanceSport Council of Japan). We're offering a series of lessons in "Newcomer American Rumba and International Waltz" for the International Ballroom Dance Club and host a monthly dance at the Hawaii Kai Retirement Center, where Savant/Aignos has it's weekly bookstore. 
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IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY by Setsuko Tsuchiya  - Excerpt #2 (This Excerpt is Family Rated)

"[Ancient Greece's] most important contribution, I think, is the introduction of the idea of rhythm as a method of healing….

"Of the "rhythms," one that constantly appears central to both dancing massage is breathing. The ancient Greeks held that the psyche—that which animates the body—is in fact the breath."

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Originally from Japan, Setsuko Tsuchiya traveled to the USA and earned a BA in Liberal Arts in Dance from Thomas Edison University while studying medical massage therapy at Hawaii College of Health Sciences.  After becoming a licensed medical massage therapist, she began wondering if there might be a truly fundamental commonality among the burgeoning number of somatic therapies, one independent of language and applicable to most cultures.

"My search for somatic therapy began with competitive DanceSport, and took me back in time to the ancient Greeks," said Tsuchiya. "There I learned about eurythmy and followed it through to the present, in the process exploring every form of 'body' therapy I could locate. The result was a set of fundamental movements that provide a new, working definition of somatic therapy."

IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (2017)
by Setsuko Tsuchiya
218 pp. - 6" x 9" Softcover Trade Book
ISBN/EAN 978-0-9972472-3-7
Suggested Retail Price (SRP) $22.95

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

https://mkt.com/savant-books-and-publications/item/in-search-of-somatic-therapy

Also available from 
     Amazon.com (https://www.amazon.com/dp/0997247231),
     Savant Bookstore Honolulu (http://www.savantbookstorehonolulu.com), and
     both fine online and "brick and mortar" bookstores everywhere. 

This work is distributed by Savant Distribution (http://www.savantdistribution.com) but is also available at a lesser discount from major distributors including Ingram. 

Setsuko Tsuchiya MAT FAAIM
     Author of IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017)
     Author website at http://setsukotsuchiya.com

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You make me wish I was in Honolulu with you, Setsuko. I'd like to take some Latin American dance lessons. Instead, I look forward to your next book on dance. 
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QUANTUM DEATH by A. G. Hayes with Raymond Gaynor- Excerpt #2 (This Excerpt contains Graphic Content):

"Mr. Hempsted. It's Agent Falk," he said working his way through the door and cautiously around to the front of the chair. "I visited you earlier, and was wondering if we might…" 

Aaron Hempsted was sitting, head erect, rheumy bloodshot eyes fixed open, staring at Falk, his mouth limply agape, his unshaven face even whiter than before. A bloodless hand gripped each of the threadbare chair arms, making it appear as if he were pushing himself back into the seat. A small rivulet of dark, coagulated blood had worked its way alongside his nose and down one cheek from a small, round entry hole in the middle of his forehead. The man's shocked expression was accentuated by a halo of dark red blood splattered behind the man's resting head onto a white embroidered doily draped over the back of the easy chair. 

Falk squatted, raising his weapon and holding it with both hands as he swept the room…

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Multi-award winning author A. G. Hayes studied television writing at UCLA and has published short fiction, "Cover up" - "Not a Penny Pincher” - "Home" - "Payment in Full" - "Small Wonder" - Fate Magazine-"Guided Through a Mine Field" and other scripts to CBS TV and other television productions. He lives in Northern California, and spends his time writing and traveling to nearly every part of the world. He has used personal experiences gained during service with the British intelligence in Eastern Europe and the Middle East to enrich the characters of his protagonist teams. "Quantum Death is a deeply human story beyond up-to-date that pushes the edge of the envelope," says Hayes. "Despite being parted, their relationship never stops developing and the story never loses the quintessential Koski and Falk." 

Raymond Gaynor is the pen-name of a multi-award-winning, reclusive writer-artist-photographer-videographer, who, in his own words, "lives and breathes" San Francisco. He is co-author with William Maltese on the Tripler and Clarke gay political thriller, TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2011) and is the author of numerous fiction and non-fiction works published under a number of pseudonyms. "When co-authoring a work, it's always first in my mind to preserve the first author's style and voice, which I believe readers will find well accomplished," says Gaynor. "A close second is to add significantly to the work, which was incredibly easy and fun when working with A. G. Hayes. I think this is reflected in the adventure's compelling yet clean, easy read. Love Koski and Falk. Who couldn't?"

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
Suggested Retail Price $16.95

AMSTERDAM BOOK FESTIVAL AWARD

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT QUANTUM DEATH:

4/5 Stars: "Quantum Death left me on the edge of my seat beginning to end" - Karen (Amazon Review)

4/5 Stars: "for those who like intrigue, action, and mystery, yet are really more interested in the why did the event happen or what are the mechanics behind it" - Pandora (Amazon Review)

3/5 Stars: "provide a very unique premise in a genre that, these days, is hard-pressed to come up with anything original" - William Maltese (Amazon Review)

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

https://mkt.com/savant-books-and-publications/item/quantum-death

Also available from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Savant Bookstore Honolulu, and fine bookstores everywhere.

Raymond Gaynor
Award-winning co-author of
   QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016) by A. G. Hayes

Author website at http://garymartine.yolasite.com/raymondgaynor.php

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Are you still with us, Ihar? I'd love to hear more about your experience with your writers' group and open-mike readings of poetry. Aren't you also working on numerous other prose works?
I'm still here, Daniel. Indeed, the open-mike readings are rather stimulating--at least the audience seems to approve with ever-increasing applause.
We also have on alternating Wednesdays readings of prose. Now I can see how the flash fiction genre is coming in handy because the audience gets somewhat fidgety after 10-15 mins. of reading. Are there many events of this nature in Honolulu?
My idea sister-cities idea may be a bit farfetched, but can Honolulu have a smaller sis? I'm specifically referring to my town of residence here, the city of St. Petersburg, FL, with its enclave Gulfport. It may be a workable idea! I can get you in touch with the local publisher and ya'll may form an imprint situation, should it be agreeable to both sides.
I've finished my lit-translation re: Of Years Gone Askew from the Russian (a memoir by Tatiana Pavlovna Fessenko, publ. in NY in 1963, but still quite factual what with the current confrontations of Ukraine and Russia and other players behind the scenes.
I'm working also on my own prose, slowly but surely.
I understand that the 2019 Savant Poetry Anthology is open for submissions? What is the approximate topic? I'd be ready to submit on (just about) everything of concern to a poet...
Best regards,
Ihar

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My long association with Setsuko as her dance partner is one aspect of life that I cherish. Authoring is another. I think they both have something in common; namely, they are both "performance" efforts. While the tableau may be different, the idea of presenting one's thoughts and actions openly to the public seems quite the same to me. 

Also, both are demanding, lifelong pursuits that become more meaningful with each "practice" or "performance." 

The more I think about this, the more similar they are, given one exists primarily in the realm of thought and the other of the body. 
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Aloha Ihar,

There are, though most of the one's I'm personally familiar with are privately sponsored. We have open mike sessions at several locations here in Honolulu and they are open to having poets drop by and read their work. Most are solo guitarists and/or singers, a number are aspiring standup comedians; we poets are the minority but generally well received. 

Flash fiction does indeed seem to be the "new" genre for the "new" reader/listener, many of whom seem to have a reading/listening period of less than 5 minutes. My favorite flash fiction work was one I read at a flash fiction gathering:

"A man was born.
He lived and died."

I read it more as a tongue-in-cheek comment about my preference for longer, more enduring literary works, but everyone thought it "really cool" something I hadn't heard since the 1960's. :-)

Why can't there be sister-city relationships? I think it's a GREAT idea, and the best thing to do with a great idea is simply go for it!

I'd love to hear more about your prose. 

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Clever flash fiction, Dan. This genre is common here in the Bay Area, which is rapidly becoming an L.A.-like commuting area, where drivers/riders are amenable to flash fiction during the long commutes. 
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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."

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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 FINDING KATE (Savant, 2016), while blue-sky chatting with Raymond Gaynor, author of the Tripler and Clark series politico-techno-thriller TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2013), 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 my new protagonist, Kate Keenan of FINDING KATE fame 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 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 they 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 FINDING KATE (Savant, 2016). 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-defining moments. Since QUANTUM DEATH, 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

https://mkt.com/savant-books-and-publications/item/quantum-death

Also available from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, 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
       https://www.amazon.com/dp/0996325530
    TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2011) by William Maltese
       https://www.amazon.com/dp/1434403556

 Under the Pseudonym Gary Martine, Award-winning Author of the adult publications
   KINGSLEY & I (Pony Press, 2nd edition in production)
   KINGSLEY & I TOGETHER (Pony Press, second edition in production)
   KINGSLEY & I RELOADED (Pony Press, 2012)
       https://www.amazon.com/dp/1470015544

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I wondered why I was getting ads for tango here!
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I've particularly enjoyed today's chat and look forward to the next. For now, the crisp weather and my partner are calling. Till next month!
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Wow - this chat host must follow our keywords closely. Tango? My sidebar advertisement is about how to find Russian women. Must be from Ihar's posts? 
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Dan, which caterpillar in TRUTH AND TELL do you like?
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