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keithrees

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Aloha everyone
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Got a late start today, but very excited about the release of ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK! I can't thank everyone enough at Savant. Helen R. Daivs for her patient editing, the cover artist team, David Shinsato, Mike Davis and of course our hard-working and dedicated publisher, Daniel Janik. It's very exciting for me to have accomplished this and to have this opportunity. I am very grateful for it and ready to get going with it!
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Funny you should ask. 

I'm well into a re-write of "The Edge of Madness," a sequel of sorts to Maltese and my TOTAL MELTDOWN: A Tripler and Clarke Adventure (Borgo Wildside 2011). It's set sixty years into the future of NewAmerica, an American version of the result of the breakdown of the former USSR and, surprisingly, the EU. In it, a significantly reduced sized "America" (formerly USA), with it's new capital in Chicago, now pretty much land locked, reaches the only direction it can: into space, leaving Earth almost an anachronism, not unlike ancient Egypt or Rome. 

It's a fun work to write as I can let my "inner science fiction" buff out with free license to write about the most outrageous aspects of such a re-oriented world. As an aside, I'm looking forward to reading Keith R. Rees' ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK (Savant 2018), though I'm already skeptical as to whether one night could ever be enough to spend there. 

I've been interested in sustainability lately (a hot topic alongside environmental ecology here in the Bay area) and began researching "futuring" and "envisioning" as two resources in investigating sustainability. You know, they are really just synonyms for "science fiction." Interesting to redefine my work as critical sustainability suturing and envisioning. 
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Hi there, Keith. I was just mentioning that ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK is on my critical reading list!
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Good Morning Keith!

Where in the world are you just now? 

Tell us more about yourself, ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK, and what you're up to in your part of the world. One way to address the middle request is to post your first Savant Excerpt now, the second in the middle of the chat, and the last one just before signing off. :-)
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Here, here to more science-fiction, Raymond. The re-write sounds intriguing. I am also curious to hear more about Helen Davis' TRUTH AND TELL TRAVEL THE SOLAR SYSTEM.
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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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Helen's off line, I think for the rest of the chat, but TRUTH AND TELL TRAVEL THE SOLAR SYSTEM is a short, approximately 3,500 word children's book in which two naughty insectoids are whisked away from their planet into our solar system, and in the process of looking for a habitable planet, visit the various planets of our solar systems and discuss their positives and negatives (of course, from a distinctly insect perspective). The work introduces various ideas of science and a sense of what our solar system is made to children. 
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Doing very well, thank you. Here in good old Central Texas looking forward to the possibility of some much needed rain.

As I say I'm just thrilled about the release of ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK.  It's my sixth novel but my first outside of the self-publishing world, so this is very exciting to be with a publisher like Savant. 
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QUANTUM DEATH by A. G. Hayes with Raymond Gaynor- Excerpt #2 (This Excerpt contains Graphic Adult 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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I don't know what your experience has been, but for me, publishing with a "real" (not self- or vanity) publisher is a whole other world. It's easy to see why authors struggle so hard to get a work published by a publishing house. 

For me, Savant, Borgo/Wildside and ML Press have been jewels. Now that I have some publisher resources, my authoring world is totally different, and my works are really getting out there to readers. 
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Nice accolades, Raymond, and much appreciated here at Savant/Aignos. I hope your experience will be equally invigorating, Keith. 

Hey, I just noticed that ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK (Savant 2018) is now available on Amazon at 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0997247290

You'll be hearing from us soon, Keith, about our issuing a press release on your behalf. More congrats!
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ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK by Keith R. Rees - Excerpt #1 (This Excerpt is Family Rated)



Chapter 1 – The Terminal
He had just awakened from what seemed like several hours of sleep. He stretched his toes
in his shoes and tried his best to stretch his arms without disturbing the person sitting next to
him. As he tried to shake the sleep from his eyes, he slowly noticed his surroundings. The seats
in front of him were much further away than normal. He tried to remember if he had been moved
up to first class or business class, but he could not. Lots of leg room, he thought to himself. Very
nice! Glancing over at his seat companion, he could tell that the enormous man was happy about
the ample leg room as well. He was a tremendous man with dark skin and stared straight ahead
as if he were in a trance. Miles straightened in his seat and tried not to stare at him. I'd hate to
tick this guy off, he thought to himself. He gazed around the cabin but no one was standing and
he did not see any flight attendants. He could tell the plane was descending so he assumed they
would be landing shortly. What he did notice was the unusual cabin of the aircraft. The length
and the width were abundantly large. Larger than any plane he had ever been on before. Wow! he
thought. This must be one of those fancy new ones…



Miles Devereaux, an ordinary, working class, family man, is thrust sixty years into the dazzling
futuristic world of 2065 Bangkok, and into a life-and-death game of chess where the players and
pieces' fates depend on each player's acumen. Requiring Miles to match wits and physical skills
with an array of opponents while faced with solving the mystery of his time travel and how to
return to his own time, ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK is a riveting adventure set in what might
very well be our own future.


ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK (Savant 2018)
by Keith R. Rees
222 pp. - 5.25" x 8" Softcover Pocket Book
ISBN/EAN 978-0-9972472-9-9
Suggested Retail Price (SRP) - $16.95
Available directly from the publisher via the Publisher's Store with FREE SHIPPING
ANYWHERE WITHIN THE USA INCLUDING ALASKA AND HAWAII at
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Also available from Amazon.com and Amazon affiliated sites worldwide, Savant Bookstore
Honolulu (http://www.savantbookstorehonolulu.com), and both fine online and "brick and
mortar" bookstores everywhere.
Aignos Publishing, an imprint of Savant Books and Publications, offers avant garde,
experimental and innovative works that "push the leading edge" of publishing. Savant Books and
Publications publishes enduring, transformative literary works with a twist.

Keith R. Rees
Author of ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK (Savant 2018)

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I lived in San Antonio, Texas, as a child and in Seabrook, Texas, while working for NASA on the Shuttle/Space Station, so I have a soft spot in my heart for bluebells and big sky. Also, zydeco and long necks. 

I used to ride horses there, and feel one with the earth and sky. 
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I may need to get some advice on how to attach an image on this platform. I'm pretty savvy with computers but I'm afraid I could not figure that one out. Perhaps on the next 2.
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