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I will work on my answers for next time, I didn't get done in time. Thank you for the invitation and look forward to next month!

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Well, it's about half an hour before the end of this month's chat, and time to post your third and find excerpt of your work before we close. 

Here's mine as Daniel S. Janik:

THE TURTLE DANCES by Daniel S. Janik - Excerpt #3 (Family Rated) 


 "Chapter 13 - The Turtle Dances

    "You know what?" The young man offered, thinking of the two turtles they'd been watching. “We danced so well together, I think we might just win!"

"You know, I think so, too,“ replied his partner. “Thanks to our turtle-friends out there," the two finished together.

The couple returned, hand-in-hand, to the dance floor to join the line of competitors. Waiting for the judges to announce the awards, the young man turned to his now self-assured partner, touched the tip of her hand softly much the way the turtles had, and smiled. "The turtle dances," he said softly.

"Yes," she replied, while unseen in the distance, Isla and Surf happily executed a perfect bounce, twirl and slide. "The turtle dances!"


Continuing the unique tradition of "talking up" rather than down to readers, THE TURTLE DANCES demonstrates the power and beauty of narrative storytelling at its finest. Designed to re-awaken curiosity, discovery in both children and adults, the book is an excellent way to introduce literacy and associated lifelong learning pleasures.

 Mulit-award-winning author, naturalist, artist, photographer and movie producer Daniel S. Janik resides in Honolulu, Hawaii with his wife and dance partner, Setsuko Tsuchiya. Together they welcome Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles to Hawaii throughout the year. An Oklahoma painter known for her vivid, almost photographic renditions of nature, illustrator Ruth R. Janik created the 28 naturalistic line drawings in the book specifically for children to color.

THE TURTLE DANCES is the third in the Savant "Color-Me-Please" series and the third in the author's "Pacific Rim Naturalist" group of children's books.  

by Daniel S. Janik
80 pp.  8.25" x 6" Softcover book with 28 B&W "Color-Me-Please" Illustrations
ISBN 978-0-9886640-1-2

Available from the publisher, printer, Savant Bookstore Honolulu,, online bookstores and other fine bookstores everywhere.

 Daniel S. Janik

Multi-Award-winning author of
     THE TURTLE DANCES (Savant 2013)

     A WHALE’S TALE (Savant 2009)


 (softcover book) (Kindle eBook)


     LAST AND FINAL HARVEST (Savant 2008)

     UNLOCK THE GENIUS WITHIN (Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2005)



Award-winning poet with works appearing in

     SHADOW AND LIGHT (Savant 2017)

     RUNNING WITH THE PACK (Savant 2016)

     VOLUTIONS (Savant 2014)

     BELLWETHER MESSAGES (Savant 2013)

     FIFTY-EIGHT STONES (Savant 2012)
 (softcover book)
 (Kindle eBook)

     WAVELENGTHS (Savant 2011)

     FIRST BREATH (Savant 2010)

Award-winning producer of

     "Clean Water, Common Ground" (National Film Network, 1999)

Author website at


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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."


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."

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

Also available from, 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

    TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2011) by William Maltese

 Under the Pseudonym Gary Martine, Award-winning Author of

    KINGSLEY & I (Pony Press, 2nd edition in production)

    KINGSLEY & I TOGETHER (Pony Press, second edition in production)

    KINDSLEY AND I RELOADED (Pony Press, 2012)


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If you have the answers, post them now and I'll check them. No use waiting to next chat, eh? There's nothing I enjoy as much as sharing one of my works with an interested reader!

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By the way, if you're still signed in, I'd like to know what your next work will be? Is it written yet? 

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For all the writers, authors, poets, musicians and audiovideo producers or hopefuls visiting this chat, I want to close with a little advice from my 60 years of experience: Most think once published, the work is done. That's simply not true. It's just the beginning. Creating a wide public presence base is absolutely essential to promote author name and work title recognition. It doesn't matter how many channels a publisher opens, if readers don't know the author/title name so they can locate it. Chatting is an important skill towards establishing author/title name recognition. 

It's been a joy and privilege to host and participate in today's chat. Join us next month on Saturday, 21 October 2017 from 7 to 10 a.m. Hawaii Standard Time! See ya' there!
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