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drjanik

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Doffing my publisher's hat and assuming my editor's, here's the latest:

Helen R. Davis' second book in the Cleopatra Series, CLEOPATRA VICTORIOUS (Savant, in preparation) is in its second round of editing and is shaping up extraordinarily nicely, and I say that from years of editing experience. Then again, I love historical novels, especially from ancient times, and I catch myself re-reading the first in the series, CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED (Savant 2015) over and over again. 
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I just contacted Richard Rose, whose books THE LAZARUS CONSPIRACIES (Savant 2013) and THE GUMSHOE (Savant 2017) I had the distinct pleasure of editing, regarding a possible Aignos screenplay-novel submission tentatively called "Comic Crusaders" (which I'm already calling "Cosmic Crusaders" in my fertile mind). It would be a nice addition, in the same way that CHANG THE MAGIC CAT (Aignos 2017) was for A. G. Hayes and his currently seven-book Koski and Falk Series of special agent action/adventure stories. 



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It's very exciting to be a part of all the extraordinary talent here.
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I had the pleasure of reading CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED from Helen R. Davis, and did not know it was an award-winning novel! What award did this nice piece of work earn?
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I have read the first chapter of Island Wildlife and I really feel that I am the locations the story is set in, Puerto Rico and New York city. It is really well written!
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Doffing my editor's hat and scrambling about for my author's fedora, here's the latest "real" and "fake" news:

I've momentarily laid aside "The Sword of Kamehameha," my manuscript following a hapless Japanese family that, on a diplomatic mission to 13th century southern China, encounters a typhoon and finds themselves sinking off the coast of Maui. In fact, the protagonist's sword played a central role in the unification of Hawaii under Kamehameha I and, mentioned in King David Kalakaua's book on the legends and meles (historical chants) of Hawaii, was lost and never found. My story follows the life of the protagonist's sword, a priceless masterpiece, till it finds itself in the hands of two contemporary children who discover it in a cave and end up running for their lives from those who would possess it. 

What could possibly be as interesting as "The Sword of Kamehameha" you ask? My sequel to TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2009) I'm temporarily calling "Shadow." This work, almost finished, follows the offspring of the President of New America, a downsized nation with Chicago its capital not so different from Russia and it's former USSR. Set about fifty years in the future, it explores the brave new world resulting from the downsizing of America on a bolder course than has yet to be imagined under "America First."

 
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CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED (Savant 2015) won singular recognition when still in manuscript form at the Pacific Rim Book Festival! It's so successful, it's been re-released as a eBook (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N6E2BK7). 
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Perhaps, the sword of Kamehameha could make an appearance in Shadow the way other historical artifacts have been used in many popular books and films? You could have a character obsessed with recovering the sword for political purposes?
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Good morning everyone! Cleopatra here!
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Both Robert Friedman's ISLAND WILDLIFE: EXILES, EXPATS AND EXOTIC OTHERS (Aignos, in proofing) and Gary "Doc" Krinberg's THE WINTER SPIDER (Aignos, also in proofing) are poised for release later this month or early next month. Bob is a longtime journalist, and "Doc's" newest book is the third in his as yet unnamed series that includes POLONIO PASS (Aignos 2014) and THE DEEP SLUMBER OF DOGS (Aignos 2016). Doc is also editor of the as yet unnamed 2017 Savant Poetry Anthology. 

Keith -- what prompted you to become a serious author? 
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Thanks for the intriguing suggestion, Michael. As you can read, I'm already obsessed with the sword, so much so that I've traveled twice to Japan to research it: once Okayama where it would have likely been forged, and once to the old Royal City of Kyoto where it would have been unveiled. Swords have a certain mystique that other weapons often don't. 
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It's a pleasure to add to our list of this chat's contributors, the famous author, Cleopatra. Actually, Helen R. Davis wrote CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED (Savant 2015) as Cleopatra's memoir, making it even more interesting to have Cleopatra join our chat today. What's up, Queen?
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Now for something completely different (Not really, but I just love that Monty Python line).

Last Saturday, David and I attended the American Library Association convention in Denver and learned a lot about where publishing, libraries, and story telling is going. I noticed a lot of automation that could either free librarians from their more mundane tasks or put them out of work and we conversed with several companies involved with marketing and distributing books. Like everything else in our high tech world, everything is in a state of disruption and change. I did like the robotic book vendor but I am not sure the laptop vendor will catch on.
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Raymond Gaynor here, reporting for duty. 

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
  Multi-award-winning co-author of QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016)
Press Release at https://www.prlog.org/12541533

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What an interesting world to be living in. I am often called back from the Land of Isis to witness this world. I despise seeing my goddess's name so blasphemed by gunmen in Syria!

Dr. Davis, what inspired you to work in the market of books? 

Does anyone else have any questions for me?
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What prompted me to become a serious author? Good question, Dan. I had been writing poetry for around 12 years and felt my interest in it begin to erode a bit. My hometown of Natchitoches, LA has a very interesting history being the oldest settlement in the La Purchase (way back in 1714). As a kid I had always thought it would be cool to write a historical fiction tale about it. Back in 2007 my family was up in Wyoming celebrating my parents 50th anniversary, and I was riding with my brother as we drove past the Grand Tetons on our way to Yellowstone, and my active imagination started getting the best of me as we drove past all the majestic wilderness. It was then I started thinking of the pivotal scene in my first crack at writing a novel (actually it's a novella) called "Legend Upon the Cane". As soon as we got home from vacation, I started writing that book. My imagination hasn't stopped since! So I guess you can say Wyoming had something to do with it lol. 

ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK is now book number 6 for me, with part's 2 and 3 of the trilogy already completed too!  My next project I am thinking of is still in the early stages, but I'm toying with the idea of doing a ghost story next. I haven't quite decided but it's starting to shape up. I just love telling stories that hopefully will intrigue others.
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