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nbylotas

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Helen- It is fine name indeed! [thumb]
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We are in Hades not hell. Fidel does not want to talk about his treasonous daughter Alina. Instead he keeps cursing someone called Ray-gun and some else called Che. He is mad that Che is more popular than he is even though he was dictator for almost 6 decades
and claims he ruled with an iron fist. Although both of his fists look quite average to me. 

Oh, he also want us to tell his brother so he does not end up here in Hades. He does have quite an angry looking face and beard.
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Thank you Mr. Davis for the words of encouragement. I'm new to publishing, and while I was told early on that there is a huge difference between being a writer and an author, I'm just beginning to understand what that means. I'm glad for this chat, as I don't naturally get in front of people and talk. I'm looking forward to chatting on other sites in the future. Does Savant sponsor other chats? 
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Well, like you, Octo, Fidel made his own choices.

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Nick,

Sure! That makes sense. But I guess I was thinking of more... philosophical and motivational reasons, rather than practical ones. Could you speak to those?


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Also, when you do the oral defense of your work, remember that you know more about your topic than anyone on the examination committee and don't be afraid to object to absurd questions some committee people seem to ask. In my defense I got asked how plants got their mitochondria, a question no one knows the answer to because no one was there when it happened.
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Setsuko, no problem! 

As far as I know, Savant does not sponsor additional chats. Any future plans, Dan?
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Glad to hear that you're back, Octavian. As I said, I love it when characters from our publications "come to life" (though I'm not certain that living in Hades qualifies you as "coming to life"). All this about Fidel makes me wonder if you are attempting to be a muse to some participating author to encourage him/her to write an historical novel about Fidel. 

Nielson ratings are not really "hard" data; more like social media information. That is, no one has to report a sale of a book, but if they do, it will likely appear on one's Amazon Author Central page under sales. 

Is everyone mentioning the name Nicholas here because it's Christmas time? Is this some authors who haven't necessarily been "good" brown-nosing for gifts? 

What's in a name, especially an author's name or pen name? Anyone here publish under a pen name?
mahalokame

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I'm really enjoying this chat, but I work on Saturdays and have to say goodbye for now. Happy Holidays to everyone.
drmike1953

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Well, I enjoy AG Hayes' stuff and i thought he might do a spy thriller based in Cuba before and after Fidel's death.
Or Helen may do a book on Alina. But really, I just wanted a character in Hades who could provided Octo with internet access who knew how to blame all his problems on other people and countries.
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It makes sense they'd have "hotspots" in Hades, certainly in Hell. You'll just have to find one. 
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So, Scott Mastro. Having published BLOOD MONEY (Savant 2012) and successfully brought two plays to fruition, what advice do you have for other so-aspiring Savant and Aignos authors?


Advice #1 - stay in law school

Advice #2 - learn to play a musical instrument

Advice #3 - drink wine for breakfast at least one day a year

Advice #4 - unless already hitting home runs in one literary form, diversify, and write in as many forms as possible.
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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
80 pp.  8.25" x 6" Softcover Tradebook
28 B&W "Color-Me-Please" Illustrations
ISBN 9780988664012

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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Scott -- where/how did you learn to write plays (and, I would suppose, television scripts, and movie scripts)?
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I'm working on creating a chat on Goodreads. Every author, in my opinion, should be on Goodreads, not just as a reader, but as an author. They provide a "free" author site with blog and several useful publicity and marketing options. I'll let you know more when we create the chat, but it's important that authors be absolutely professional in their texting, meaning, specifically using Savant templates for excerpts, and experienced with text chatting like with this one. 
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