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drjanik

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Doffing my publisher's Bowler and replacing it with my "Robin Hood" feathered editor's cap, I'm pleased to announce that the two authors for whom I'm working as editors, namely Helen R. Davis and now A. G. Hayes are both engaged in editing new works. Helen's book, CLEOPATRA VICTORIOUS, the second in the award-winning Savant Cleopatra series (or should we give the series a different name) is solidly in editing. A. G.'s book, 68 VIA CONDOTTI, the eighth in the multi-award-winning Koski and Falk Special Agent series, is nearing completion. My editing pen is itching to dig into it. In addition, I've overheard A. G. Hayes and Raymond Gaynor, co-authors of QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016) outlining the plot for a sequel to QUANTUM DEATH tentatively entitled, "The Bridge at Vittorio Veneto." It's an exciting time to be a Savant/Aignos editor, and, if anyone reading this has ever wanted to be one, to apply for a position with Savant/Aignos!
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Well, I am told more chapters is small scrolls will arrive by scroll mail over the next few weeks. So I am not sure whether the mystery scroll mail sender is referring to "Ancient Aliens" from the heavenly realms or simply all the non Egyptians moving up from the south to build roads and canals.

I am not sure how to ask him since he did not include a return scroll vial with his message.

But he has promised me more scrolls soon.
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Dr Janik, why would you wish to change the name of Helen's series? My descendant is also a Cleopatra!

Dr Michael, I await your reply!
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Good question, Helen. As I wrote "Savant Cleopatra Series" I wondered if it might be better called something broader, like "Savant Ancient Egypt Series," or "Savant Alt-History Series." I wasn't actually suggesting such, just toying with it on the tip of my tongue. Both alternatives would allow you expand the series beyond Cleopatra and introduce other works in a single series. 
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Unsigned scrolls? Intriguing, Michael. Very intriguing. Certainly both topics are contemporary. Frat's are in the news for the alcohol related frat death, and aliens are always in the news, whether Trump-style or other worldlings among us as A. G. Hayes likes to toy with. His idea is that these aliens among us are actually biotic robots that we can't distinguish from "real" humans, except that they have their own agenda. It's always possible that they are products of our advance "robotic" exploration of space programs, that have learned how to produce themselves and, over the years, have altered their own programming. To what purpose, of course, we don't know. Yet. 
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Ah, parenting. Well, my Father was an English teacher who also raised roses and was very agnostic. My Mother was a scroll mail worker after she spend years selling snacks to boisterous construction workers. I read all the books in my local library and asked many questions. I am so glad we were able to save the Alexandra library in your timeline as in this timeline, it was burnt several times leading to a long period called "the Dark Ages".


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Savant alt history is great!
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Placing aside my feathered "Robin Hood" editor's hat, I don my author's white Panama (or, when I travel outside of Hawaii, my brown Fedora) and report that under my actual name, I'm busy continuing working on "The Sword of Kamehameha," set in 12th century Japan and Hawaii. Interweaving King David Kalakaua's historical meles (ancient Hawaiian songs about their history sung and danced at luaus or parties), the manuscript is complex yet has a feeling of historicity that makes it read to me somewhat like David Clavell's Shogun. As Raymond Gaynor, I'm still scoping out a possible sequel to QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016) with A. G. Hayes. As Gary Martine, I'm reworking my Kingsley and I series for another publisher. Busy, busy, busy!
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Scroll mail will be explained in more detail later in the Cleopatra series.

The answer to your questions about robots versus aliens may come in the next few
scrolls I receive.
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CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED by Helen R. Davis - Excerpt #1 (This Excerpt is Family Rated)

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The first book in a series 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)

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It's winter, and I'm eagerly awaiting the return of the Humpback whales, so I can think of nothing more timely than an excerpt from my children's book, A WHALE'S TALE (Savant 2009). 

A WHALE'S TALE by Daniel S. Janik - Excerpt #1 (Family Rated)

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“Chapter 1 - Twenty Feet Under

     The tropical sky blushed every imaginable color of blue. Gentle waves reached up to the sky like a playful pack of ponies running towards land, their silvery manes fluttering in the gentle trade winds. Brilliant sunlight splashed down from the sky as if on a golden waterfall happily emptying into a bright blue sea. 

     Sorry, little one, I don’t know if it was a school day or the weekend because, well, every day in Hawaii is paradise. But this was not just any day, because, you see, I had just finished my afternoon nap, and opened my eyes twenty feet under water. 

     Twenty feet under water! But that's impossible, you say...”

With those words begins the adventures of a juvenile humpback whale on his life journey from Hawaii to Alaska. Written by Naturalist Daniel S. Janik for adults to read aloud to children, and for youth up to 16 years of age to read and enjoy, this 92 page,  8.25" x 5" softcover book was written to foster children's curiosity and discovery.  Filled with novel points of view of our world, the book includes 20 B&W "Color-Me-Please" illustrations by noted Oklahoma artist Ruth Janik.  

A WHALE'S TALE (Savant 2009)
by Daniel S. Janik / Illustrated by Ruth Janik
Available from the Savant Books and Publications Bookstore, Amazon.com and at fine bookstores everywhere

Sincerely,
Daniel S. Janik
Author of the award-winning, Savant "Color-Me-Please" children's books
  A WHALE'S TALE (Savant, 2009) at
     https://mkt.com/savant-books-and-publications/item/a-whale-s-tale-1
Press Release for A WHALE'S TALE at http://www.prlog.org/10298558

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Aloha Helen:  FYI, the cover photo URL for CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED (Savant 2015) is 

https://www.prlog.org/12515785-helen-davis-cleopatra-unconquered-savant-2015.jpg

You need only place your cursor where you want the image to occur, click on the "photo" icon (it looks to me like a tree) and type in this URL for it to appear in your excerpts. You probably want to update all your excerpts with this URL so you can insert and include the books great cover image!
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Aloha! Happy Holidays!![smile]

Here in Honolulu is a nice blue sky, bright sun, warm weather.

My name is Setsuko Tsuchiya. It is nine o'clock. Woo..,I just got up! Everybody is chatting busily like going shopping for Christmas gifts!
I published book IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017) and am very busy with publicity and marketing. I am originally from Japan and moved to USA so English is my second language, so I am very happy to have published a book in ENGLISH! On the other hand, I am challenged when publicizing and marketing it to Americans, especially academics. 
Writing in English is all right but I prefer talking in English, especially on the phone.
I feel my life is always challenging. 
 
 

drjanik

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Aloha Setsuko!  Nice to chat with you, too, even though it's in English. What a gift to be able to write and converse in multiple languages!

I'm okay with you posting something in Japanese (for any Japanese readers who might come across this chat), but if you do, I hope you will also include an American English translation, since most of our readers are Americans. I don't really know if this chat will accept any languages other than English, so it would be an interesting experiment!

May I ask how are you approaching publicity and marketing at this moment?
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Setsuko -- I would love to share with you my as yet fledgling manuscript on "The Sword of Kamehameha," especially the parts set in Japan, to make sure I've captured the flavor of Japan, especially the surroundings and situation of 12th century Japan. Would you be willing?
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