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drjanik

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Good Morning Savant/Aignos Authors, Editors, Cover Artists, Poets, Friends and Public!  It's time for another monthly chat, so let's get started. A special thanks to Helen R. Davis for reminding me of the chat as today we're between contractors tearing apart our water-damaged, asbestos-exposed office. Hopefully by the end of the week we'll be back in the regular office and things can return to normal. :-)

Let's GO!
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Aloha Dan! I am pleased to announce that I am very pleased to have helped edited Keith R. Rees's 'One Night in Bangkok.' I am looking forward to its release. 

CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED, Savant 2015, has received some good reviews on Amazon lately.  Michael H. Davis, our director in marketing has recently met with Polly Lepotsky and said we need to really focus on Amazon sales as that is where the bulk of sales go. He was priveledged to meet her this past month in Dubois, Wyoming.  He has said he will be joining us briefly.

I am excited for Mary Jayne Reed to be joining us today, hopefully, for her wonderful screenplay novel.

How are CLEOPATRA VICTORIOUS and TRUTH AND TELL TRAVEL THE SOLAR SYSTEM coming?
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I normally start the chat wearing my Publisher's hat, but, given the disarray at our Honolulu Office until the asbestos remediation is finished and repairs implemented, I think that takes precedence over just about everything else. Hopefully we'll be back from the Ilikai Hotel in Waikiki to a repaired office by the end of next week at the latest. While things have had to slow down while the repairs take place, we've nonetheless recently released Keith R. Rees' ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK (Savant 2018), a wild, time-traveling science fiction work that takes the reader to 2060 Bangkok and a challenging new world. It's a great read. 

We've several other edited works in polishing including, on the Savant side:

Elizabeth McKague's NAVEL OF THE SEA - THE NAVEL OF THE SEA is a collection of love stories that take place in different countries during select time periods of history, spanning the golden age of ancient Greece to our modern era. The stories are connected by an ongoing narrative about the two writers of the stories, a husband and wife, Claude and Marianne, who live on the Maltese island of Gozo in Italy where they receive postcards from the past that dictate the century and setting for each story. The word ends with a story about how the authors first met and fell in love.

Jamie Dela Cruz's TALKING STORY: STORYTELLING MEETS PHENOMENOLOGYThere are many ways to use this book and to apply it to your individual situation. You might decide that this may be a book to read as you are going through your dissertation to make sure everything is in check. You may also decide to use this book to raise your own performance level and take your existing work or project to the next level. Alternatively, this may simply be a book that you may need as a source of inspiration to keep your drive for continued research going. However you choose to use this book, it is important that you put these lessons into your daily practice to improve your research. It will come down to ensure that you are committed and consistent of making sure that you are your very best each day.

On the Aignos Side look for:

J. G. Matheny's THE PRINCESS IN MY HEADIn a three-part work (novel; screenplay; musical libretto), medieval Princess Aqualine the Wise and modern-day Princess Allison the Benevolent defy logic but not magic to communicate through their dreams. Aqualine inks proclamations and Allison holds webcasts, inspiring their loyal subjects and solving problems through ideas and influence gained from each other’s world. Together they will face their problems, and find a solution over time and space.

soon to be joined by 

Richard Rose's COMIC CRUSADERSWhen a teenage cartoonist uses a magic pen to bring his superhero to life, he unleashes a gang of supervillains who want to take over the world.

With another six works in editing, Savant and Aignos promise readers a year of outstanding reads. 
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Aloha? Anyone?
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here is an update from Mike Davis, our director of marketing and publicity.
Hi, this is Mike Davis reporting from DC as my wife Carol gets ready to music all perrform a requeim at the Kennedy center on 06/18/2018, which happens to be my 65th birthday.


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From Mike Davis, a marketing tip

70 percent of books are sold by Amazon or Kindle, 10 percent by librarys, 10 percent by schools and 10 percent bookstores.  His advice is to use your resources wisely.

He and I will need to sign off soon. He is going sightseeing and I have other plans.
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I do need to sign off for now. Here is my CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED excerpt

CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED by Helen R. Davis - Excerpt #1 (This Excerpt is Family Rated)

 

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"Prologue

 

"It is with aged fingers but clarity of mind that I take pen to hand to write this brief memoir. What the Gods and Goddesses will ultimately do with it, I know not. These are turbulent times in Egypt, Rome, Greece and Heaven. Whether future generations will read, know or remember my words is known only to the great Goddess, Isis, who in her infinite wisdom, refrains from sharing the whole of the results of our accomplishments with us during our mortal lifetime, be we Pharaoh, Queen, royalty or commoner.

"But this I do know, the Goddess having appeared to me in her many guises repeatedly throughout my life: Whatever my fate, another even more glorious life awaits me when, at last, my spirit returns to her outstretched arms.

"This memoir, then, is not of my life and fate as I will be remembered by mortals—that will be written by historians—but of the promised whole of my life, as the Goddess Isis has seen appropriate to disclose to me."

 

 

The first book of four 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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Good Morning, Helen,

Again, thanks for the wake up call. First off, while Savant/Aignos headquarters is being fixed, I want everyone to know that for now at least, we're not being affected by the Kilauea volcano eruption. We're probably a hundred miles across the ocean from Big Island (technically we're on "Oahu" island; "Hawaii" or "Big Island" is where Kilauea is). We are, however, watching the trade winds as they blow the ash and vapors out to sea, and a sudden cessation of the trade winds could cause some air quality concerns here. No big deal just now, but volcanoes have their own time scale of thousands of years verses our human time scales of less than a hundred, so we've being vigilant. 

The proofreader for Keith R. Rees' ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK (Savant 2018) had only praise for both the storyline and the editing! You two made an awesome team. Will you be hosting an editor's party for the work there in Wyoming or elsewhere? I strongly encourage both editor and cover artist to host book release parties for works for which they've been engaged. I hope Keith will be joining us soon. I'd like to hear what he's got cooking in his neck of the woods, too. 

I'm pleased to be serving as the editor for Helen R. Davis' (meaning your) CLEOPATRA VICTORIOUS (Savant, in editing) and TRUTH AND TELL TRAVEL THE SOLAR SYSTEM (Savant, in editing). The former is book two in the hotly anticipated Cleopatra series, and the latter will be, let's see, the sixth in our Children's COLOR-ME-PLEASE series. I'm thoroughly enjoying both. 

Aren't you editing Richard Rose's COMIC CRUSADERS (Aignos, in editing - soon to be in polishing)? If so, please tell us a bit about it. It will be a change of pace from Rose's intense thriller, THE LAZARUS CONSPIRACIES (Savant 2013) and 1940's style tongue-in-cheek detective story, THE GUMSHOE (Savant 2017). 




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As usual, Savant/Aignos authors, editors, cover artists and staff a busy in every corner of the nation and globe. 

Wishing you a very happy birthday, Michael, and, if you happen to sit next to the President, be sure to mention Savant/Aignos. Maybe a good read would make his day. :-)

Sorry to hear that you're off and running, Helen; however, I wish you the best and am glad to have had this moment to chat with you. I hear the crowds outside my Waikiki window shouting "IO TRIUMPHE! CLEOPATRA FOREVER!" and I think I'll check out the commotion. 
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Well, it's off with the publisher's hat and on with the editor's hat for me. 

Helen R. Davis' second work in Savant's Cleopatra series, CLEOPATRA VICTORIOUS (Savant, in final editing) is in it's third or so edit, and is shaping up nicely. I wondered how the sequel to CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED could eclipse the first book, which, being an Egyptophile, I thoroughly enjoyed reading (and still do on the re-read), but somehow, you did it, Helen. The second in the series is easily the equal of the first. No spoilers here, but I can say that it grabbed my interest from the first chapter. Alternative history (in this Cleopatra series Octavian loses and Antony/Cleopatra win at the crucial last battle) is never easy to write. There's always a ton of loose ends. What makes the sequel so interesting is how Helen not just addresses those loose ends, but weaves them back together into a story that offers the reader a rare "what if" glimpse into today's world! I love this second book!

Helen R. Davis' other work I'm editing, TRUTH AND TELL TRAVEL THE SOLAR SYSTEM (Savant, in editing) at first seems like a total change from ancient Egypt and alt-hist. In fact, the more I work with it, the more I see Davis' previous author's hand, for instance, in the epic style and intriguing pats of alt-hist that crop up. The biggest difference between the Cleopatra series and this work is that this one's for children. Exploring the solar system, it's our first "science" work for children in the highly regarded "COLOR-ME-PLEASE" series. It's proving a lot of fun to edit, too. 
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So now it's off with the editor hat and on with the author hat!  

I had an interesting public moment several days ago in the Ilikai Lounge. A reader and champion of my children's book, A WHALE'S TALE (Savant 2008), asked me about my manuscript for "The Gecko Sings!" It took me by surprise, as I'd laid it aside when I sent it to my mother, who illustrated both A WHALE'S TALE (Savant 2008) and THE TURTLE DANCES (Savant 2013), when she said it just didn't have the impact on her as a reader and illustrator that the other two books had. I wasn't sure why, but assumed that it might be the protagonist, a gecko, which would be familiar to everyone in Hawaii, but not many folks elsewhere, and turned my attentions elsewhere. Now I'm wondering...

Work on "The Sword of Kamehameha" has been suspended until the Savant/Aignos office gets repaired, and I can return to Japan for my final research trip to Kamekura, where much of the action in 13th century Japan takes place. 


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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..."

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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.

THE TURTLE DANCES (Savant 2013)
by Daniel S. Janik/Illustrated by Ruth Janik
80 pp. 8.25" x 6" Softcover Book
28 B&W "Color-Me-Please" Illustrations
ISBN 978-0-9886640-1-2
Suggested Retail Price (SRP) $12.95

Available worldwide directly from the Savant Books and Publications' Publisher's Shop, Amazon.com, Savant Bookstore Honolulu and at fine bookstores everywhere.

Sincerely,
Daniel S. Janik
Author of the award-winning "Color-Me-Please" children's books,
    THE TURTLE DANCES (Savant 2013)
  A WHALE'S TALE (Savant 2009)
Press Release for THE TURTLE DANCES at http://www.prlog.org/12194549

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Good Day, Dan

Author Raymond Gaynor here. It's a sunny 64 degrees here in spring/summer San Francisco. The kind of weather that literally beckons one to get out and explore the city and surroundings. No volcanoes here -- maybe you should consider moving the Savant/Aignos headquarters here?
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QUANTUM DEATH by A. G. Hayes with Raymond Gaynor - Excerpt #1 (This Excerpt is Family Rated):

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     Susan Koski eased out of bed without making a sound. Joseph Falk never moved, the top of his head showing from beneath the covers assured her he was fast asleep. Slowly she crept to the bedroom door, turned the knob...and the bedside phone rang.
     Koski immediately recognized the voice of their boss, Tom Stewart, head of Cerberus, America's ultra-secret "off the board" information and action agency. 

     "[Both of ] you on the line,?" Stewart asked, continuing a moment later, "Good. Now...listen up." 

     There was a soft click and the tone on the line changed. Both Koski and Falk knew what was coming was top secret. "We have a problem." 

     Koski looked across the bed, raised her eyebrows and mouthed the words...Happy Birthday. 

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Koski and Falk come up against what very well may prove to be their most complex and dangerous case yet: The Quantum Death Machine. For the first time, Koski and Falk must separate during a mission. Each faces mortal peril, while, at the same time, their smoldering relationship begins to heat up. The fifth in the riveting Koski and Falk Series by multi-award-winning author A. G. Hayes with Raymond Gaynor, author of TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside) 

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

 Available directly from Savant Books and Publications' Publisher's Shop at 10% off Suggested Retail Price and free shipping within USA including Alaska and Hawaii, Amazon.com, Savant Bookstore Honolulu, and fine online/"brick and mortar" bookstores everywhere. 

Raymond Gaynor
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Press Release at https://www.prlog.org/12541533

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Good Morning, Raymond! That's a tempting offer. If we end up having air quality problems from the volcano, perhaps we'll catch a flight and knock on your door! :-)

Aside from Honolulu, San Francisco is and always will be one of my favorite cities in the world. On really hot September days, and when the urge to drive and keep on driving seize me, I envy you. 

What are you working on these days? Anything more with William Maltese or A. G. Hayes?
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