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MikeDavis1953

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Hi, A.G., I loved both the Solar Triangle and Chang the Magic Cat. I gave the Solar Triangle as a birthday to a retired Army dentist who loves both history and spy novels. He loved the fact that no one really cared about solar power until it was weaponized. I did see that apparently the Nazis had a wild idea of building a big space mirror to toast the towns of their enemies, but it never got off the ground.
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Hi, A.G., I loved both the Solar Triangle and Chang the Magic Cat. I gave the Solar Triangle as a birthday present to a retired Army dentist who loves both history and spy novels. He loved the fact that no one really cared about solar power until it was weaponized. I did see that apparently the Nazis had a wild idea of building a big space mirror to toast the towns of their enemies, but it never got off the ground.
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Okay, here's a Give-Away

Aloha Nature Children's Book Lovers:

IT'S TIME FOR A BOOK GIVE-AWAY CONTEST: 

I'm itching to give-away a signed copy of my award-winning A WHALE'S TALE (Savant 2008) to the FIRST PERSON who can answer all the following questions in the next sixty minutes:

1. Of the so far 100 some Savant works in print, how many books total are by the author of A WHALE'S TALE? Hint: I have several pen names including, for thriller works, Raymond Gaynor. 

2. A WHALE'S TALE is the second in the Pacific Rim Naturalist and first in the Savant "Color-Me-Please" children's books series. What is the title of FIRST book in the Pacific Rim Naturalist series? Hint: it was not published by Savant but by Publication Consultants in Anchorage, Alaksa, USA. It's locatable under "Dan Janik" on both the publisher's website and Amazon.com. 

3. What is the name of the author and title of the second book in the Savant "Color -Me-Please" series. Hint: it's by an author whose first name is that of a kind of bird, and is about unicorns (poncas)?

4. To which URL should a school teacher go on the internet to learn about and take advantage of my free, international, public service project, "Ocean of Whales," associated with A WHALE'S TALE? Hint: a good place to begin looking is on my author webpage at http://janik.yolasite.com

5. Who illustrated A WHALE'S TALE?

6. One of our current authors served as the editor for A WHALE'S TALE, though he/she's since retired from editing and is listed on the Savant website only as a Savant author.  What is his/her name? Hint: It's a Savant author originally from Los Angeles, California, whose book, TROPIC OF CALIFORNIA, published by Savant in 2009, won three book awards and is the only Savant book to have a jazz CD of the same title. 

7. If someone wanted to acquire five or ten copies of A WHALE'S TALE at a discounted rate to use for a birthday, Valentine's Day, Christmas or Whale's Day gift, what URL should he or she go to for the best discount price. Hint: Go to http://www.savantbooksandpublications.com and click on the "Publisher's Store" -- locate the work under "Books, Fiction" and click on the cover image for the URL. 

8.  In my A WHALE'S TALE Savant Press Release, I mention my true author passion. What is it? Hint: All Savant book webpages link directly to our Savant SquareUp Market and, in the description portion, include a "hot" link to the primary book release press release generally located at the end of the information)?

You must post your eight answers together in one reply on this chat topic thread within the next hour. The first person with all the correct answers gets a free copy of the book and accompanying CD! GO FOR IT!

"Have Whale, Will Travel"
Daniel S. Janik
Multi-award-winning author of A WHALE'S TALE (Savant 2008)

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It's hard to decide which of A. G. Haye's nine Savant/Aignos novels I like the best, but I have to give kudos for CHANG THE MAGIC CAT (Aignos 2017).  I don't know when I've enjoyed a read so much, and in today's world a smile or laugh is a rare, but very appreciated commodity.
MikeDavis1953

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Marketing has been undergoing an amazing set of changes. As I helped Helen sell Cleopatra Unconquered I observed that when she spoke to people directly about 20 % of the people would buy a copy. So I advise authors to carry some copies with them in case someone wants to buy one and always be amenable to signing it the way the potential buyer wants it signed.

Second, we found that a personal email campaign as described in the Savant guide was the second most effective way for author and editors and cover artists to sell the books they have worked on and get commissions from. 

Third, If you can get any kind of TV interview or podcast link, these have been very effective tools for Helen, as we live in Casper where the local news is easy to access, and also for Beneath Them by Natalie Roers.

Fourth, right now no one really understands how to effectively link social media to sales very well.
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CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED by Helen R. Davis - Excerpt #2 (This Excerpt is Family Rated)

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"Cleopatra Elder particularly enjoyed sitting with her youngest daughter, reading aloud the stories and history of ancient Egypt in Egyptian from scrolls taken from the famous Library of Alexandria to the wide-eyed youth. She read to her in Greek about the country they ruled, and about glories of Greece, especially Macedonia where the Ptolemaic Dynasty had originated, and in Latin of contentious Rome, the newest empire and Egypt's current principal debt-holder. From earliest age, Cleopatra VII Philopater also heard of her personal protector, the Goddess Isis. When the Queen Mother tired, she would have her teenage maid, Charmion, a beautiful, ebony-colored Nubian slave who would later become Queen Cleopatra VII's personal maid and cosmetic advisor, recite hymns and sing praises in Egyptian to Isis. The first day she saw the young princess, Charmion fashioned an image of Isis made of soft cloth and dressed Egyptian-style in a linen sheath dress, along with a baby that attached to Isis' arm, meant to represent the both the Goddess' mythical son, Horus, and, at the same time, her newest daughter, Cleopatra Younger."

 

What reviewers and book festivals are saying: (pending)

 

Based on the PACIFIC RIM BOOK FESTIVAL AWARDED manuscript

 

Helen Davis has a long interest in history, religion, politics, and all nations. She has studied the ancient world through the gift of books since a very young age, her passion for this era kindled long ago. She has also researched and studied many other times and eras and has a passion for strong women who have governed nations from the past to the present.

 

"Cleopatra's story has been sensationalized to the point where she is has become as much legend and myth as history," says Davis. "In writing this story about what our world might have been like had she and Mark Antony won the dreadful Battle at Actium, it is my hope that readers will begin to appreciate her genius and ultimate impact on the world. The novel begins with a largely historical account of her life, and ends with her, unconquered,after the decisive Battle at Actium. The story is one about triumphing over insurmountable obstacles. It is my sincere hope that this first book in my Cleopatra trilogy will be a fun and enlightening readone that readers won't want to put down."

 

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, and fine bookstores everywhere.

 

Helen R. Davis

Award-winning Author of CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED (Savant 2015)

EVITA; MY ARGENTINA (CUSTOM BOOKS 2017)

THE MOST HAPPY: (Calliope Editorial 2017)

ATHENA: THE WARRIOR QUEEN OF YAVDOLO (Christian Faith Publishing)

Author website at http://helendavisbooks.org/en/

 

 

Setsuko Tsuchiya

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Aloha, This is Setsuko Tsuchiya from Honolulu, author of IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017).
My book is about prevention for good life and health. It begins with several chapter on body movement, mainly dance, and ends with a definition of "somatic therapy." 
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Hi Setsuko!  What a wonderful non-fiction work!  IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017) is a landmark work in that you elevate somatic therapy out of the world of talk therapy and back into the world of true somatic therapy. I understand that you're submitting a copy to the Esalen Institute, is that correct?
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Setsuko, I need to check that one out. I'm really into smells and perfumes.
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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 (Savant 2013)
by Daniel S. Janik
80 pp.  8.25" x 6" Softcover Tradebook
28 B&W "Color-Me-Please" Illustrations
ISBN 978-0-9886640-1-2

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

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Just a heads up that I will be leaving in about 15 minutes. Dan, should I post my 3rd excerpt, or would you take care of that?
MikeDavis1953

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Dear Setsuko, I have started your book and I find it very interesting. As a biochemist I have been following the and lecturing on the topic of epigenetics or how all environmental factors such as diet, exercise, self-talk, meditation, music, dance, etc. can alter how our DNA is expressed. In other words, your DNA is more of a toolbox than your destiny. So, going back to the mental health tag line, it is important that we expose ourselves to positive environmental inputs versus toxic ones. Read a good book instead of passively watching something on a blue screen. 
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IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY by Setsuko Tsuchiya - Excerpt #1 (This Excerpt is Family Rated)

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"It may seem obtuse, but dance is probably one of the oldest forms of somatic therapy…Young or old, male or female, everyone dances….[and]dance, specially couple dance, has some particularly interesting attributes:

"It maintains mental acuity and memory.

"It promotes awareness of internal rhythm.

"It encourages good posture and deep breathing.

"It includes human-to-human touch.

"It supports social connectivity.

"It provides a creative outlet.

"It creates a pathway for the expression of joy.

"…it [is]…in addition…language-free."

What is somatic therapy? Is it about somatic therapy (psychological "talk therapy" that surrounds somatic stimulation) or somatic therapy (the somatic stimulation itself)? Do the different forms of somatic experience, e.g. dance, massage, acupuncture, acupressure and biofeedback have anything in common other than afterwards talking about the experience? The author, a competitive DanceSport athlete and registered Hawaii massage therapist documents her journey in search of somatic therapy and the surprises that revealed themselves along the way.

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

http://www.savantbooksandpublications.com 

Also available from Amazon.com, Savant Bookstore Honolulu, and fine online/"brick and mortar" bookstores everywhere.

Setsuko Tsuchiya
     Author of IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017)

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Aloha Dan -- Yes, I'm sending a copy to an Esalen Institute body worker and to several of the faculty there. I'm hoping there will be much interest in somatic therapy. 

Aloha Helen -- Aromatherapy is an important part of somatic therapy, but I spent most of my time establishing a definition of somatic therapy as a body-focused therapy rather than a talk therapy, leaving the details like aroma therapy for another book. I noticed in a prior chat that you mentioned that Cleopatra or one of her attendants was very adept at perfumes. 

Aloha Michael -- Thank you for the compliment. I didn't think about somatic therapy in terms of epigenetics, but it certainly fits. It's the somatic experience rather than talk about the experience that would cause an epigenetic change, right?
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well, i am heading off. I have plans with a friend. Aloha everyone.

Here is my 3rd 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 ARGENTINA (Custom Books 2017)

ATHENA: THE WARRIOR QUEEN OF YAVDOLO (CHRISTIAN FAITH PUBLISHING 2017)

THE MOST HAPPY (CALLIOPE EDITORIAL 2017)

CO-AUTHOR TO ISABELLA UNASHAMED (CALLIOPE EDITORIAL 2017)

Author website at http://helendavisbooks.org/en/

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