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dvdshinsato

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Wow, I didn't know ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK was your sixth book! My favorite author Brandon Sanderson got his big break from his sixth book.

Here's his story on youtube, I hope it's an encouragement to keep writing!

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Most authors I know are solitary individuals, basically struggling to record their thoughts in relative isolation. I started out as a co-author to William Maltese in the creation of TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2008) and more recently to A. G. Hayes in the creation of QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016). Currently I'm scoping out a third co-authored work, this time once again with A. G. Hayes, tentatively entitled "The Bridge at Vittorio Veneto" -- a Koski and Falk adventure where they come deadly close to ending their lives without a shot ever begin fired. 

It's quite different being a co-author than a singular author. I'm curious, anyone other than me experience this difference? 
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Well, Cleopatra, my Father was an English teacher and had a large library and as a child i read every single book in my elementary school library except 1 that Started but then changed schools. I can't remember the title but it was a sci-fi novel set in a future where humans controlled the solar system but were battling aliens who would not lt them go to other star systems.

Second, i did write several research papers and as you know my daughter has been writing stories for 25 of her 30 years on the planet!

Also, the Davis family seems to have a "gene" for writing as all of my Dad's siblings write extremely good letters and poems like Aunt Marianne Smith who has had several of her poems published in our excellent poetry anthologies.

Finally, as an educator, I want to promote reading as a much better way of learning than the addictive and obsessive clicking of the web and social media. I note with irony that one of Facebook's founders is apologizing on youtube for his role in making social media dopamine addictive and time wasting by design! And now FB censors content they don't like. Fake news is both a combination of lies and removing information that does not fit the narrative that is being sold. How does this effect say science?


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I remember seeing the story about Brandon Sanderson, a very inspiring story! It is indeed encouraging to me.
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Sorry to leave so soon, but I have to go pick up my little one at Girl Scouts. Thanks for the chat, I enjoyed it and look forward to next month. Thanks again, Dan!
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Interesting, Mike. When I co-wrote QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016) with A. G. Hayes, I had the opportunity of delving deep into three areas of contemporary quasi-science: bitcoins, quantum physics and Delphi. I say "quasi-sciences" because, as you pointed out, they don't fit the strict definition of a science (something that is eminently repeatable). This is what first attracted me to them as possible elements in a contemporary Koski and Falk adventure. They all beg the question, "Are they true because they work?" It seems a simple truism, but the more I reflected on it the deeper and wider my thoughts expanded. 

That's not to say that we should abandon the concept of science as being something that is eminently repeatable, but to consider the limits of science, especially in the highly monitored, businessified world where whatever works must be true. 
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THE TURTLE DANCES by Daniel S. Janik - Excerpt #1 (Family Rated) 

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"Chapter 1 - Peach Moon

Viewed from the middle of the bay, the night would have been pitch dark, but for the huge, round, blushing pink Hawaiian moon, resting like a big ripe peach just above the horizon. Above and behind, the sky, a black velvet blanket, was dusted with pin-point stars. Ahead, along the sandy beach, the evening trade winds rustled the long fronds of tall coconut trees growing on the far side of a sidewalk that wandered behind low mounds of cool, wet sand. 

The beach was pretty much as Isla, the Green Sea Turtle, thought it should look, taste and feel from her childhood memories. Of course, it wasn’t exactly the same. There were small differences—the coarseness of the sand granules, their slightly cooler temperature, and something she couldn’t quite put her flipper on..."

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Isla, a Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle resting on the beach at Waikiki, notices a dance couple practicing a partner routine for a dance competition. Intrigued, she decides she, too, wants to dance, and more so, partner dance. But how to do it? 

Written for adults to read aloud to their children, and youth to 16 years of age to read and enjoy. Lavishly illustrated in black and white for reader coloring opportunities.

The third in the Savant "COLOR-ME-PLEASE" children's book series.

THE TURTLE DANCES (Savant 2013)
by Daniel S. Janik/Illustrated by Ruth Janik

Available worldwide directly from the Savant Books and Publications' Publisher's Shop, Amazon.com, Savant Bookstore Honolulu and at fine bookstores everywhere. 

Sincerely,
Daniel S. Janik
Author of the award-winning "Color-Me-Please" children's books,
    THE TURTLE DANCES (Savant 2013)
    A WHALE'S TALE (Savant 2009)
Press Release for THE TURTLE DANCES at http://www.prlog.org/12194549

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The bias (i.e. fake news) in science arises like this:

The scientist gets a grant from a company making a new drug that is supposed help condition xyz.

So, the scientist and his team work diligently for 2 years and manage to get data that says their new drug helps condition xyz improve. Yeah, their grant is renewed after they publish.

Now, another scientist and team tries to duplicate this result but their statistics says the drug does not help condition xyz. Now their results are not published because there is a bias against getting negative results published.

In this scenario, I assume no one is lying, it is just that duplicating results, especially in human biology is extremely difficult.

When I am in a sarcastic mood I tell people, tell me who funded the research and I will can tell you the findings.

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While I'm posting on my latest published work, THE TURTLE DANCES (Savant 2013), I want to mention that A WHALE'S TALE (Savant 2009) was recently translated into Portuguese (CONTO DE UMA BALEIA) and is currently being translated into Spanish and French! How exciting to hear that continued longterm interest in the work and topic warrant multi-lingual translations!
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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

AVAILABLE AT 25-95% OFF SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE
DURING SAVANT/AIGNOS' MARCH MADNESS SALE
for both in-store pickup and online purchase
from Savant Bookstore Honolulu

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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QUANTUM DEATH by A. G. Hayes with Raymond Gaynor- Excerpt #2 (This Excerpt contains Graphic 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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Aloha! This is Savant Author Setsuko Tsuchiya!

I ended up watching 2018 Winter Olympic game Men's Figure Skating until 2:00 am last night so I finally got up. When I watched the game last night, all competitors skated beautiful and precise; even some fell down but continued to ice-dance. Japanese skater won the First and Second! I am Japanese, so I am so proud of them! 

I felt the high tension and concentration, much like writing a book. :-)
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Aloha Setsuko -- a pleasure to have you join the chat. I understand that your book, IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017) is generating quite a bit of discussion around the world, much as expected. 

So, what do you think? Is somatic therapy (verses traditional somatic therapy) finally starting to catch on?

Savant textbooks like this one that are a bit more expensive than our regular works will be available at super discount price during the MARCH MADNESS SALE going on at Savant Bookstore Honolulu throughout the month of March 2018. 



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CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED by Helen R. Davis - Excerpt #1 (This Excerpt is Family Rated)

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"Prologue

 

"It is with aged fingers but clarity of mind that I take pen to hand to write this brief memoir. What the Gods and Goddesses will ultimately do with it, I know not. These are turbulent times in Egypt, Rome, Greece and Heaven. Whether future generations will read, know or remember my words is known only to the great Goddess, Isis, who in her infinite wisdom, refrains from sharing the whole of the results of our accomplishments with us during our mortal lifetime, be we Pharaoh, Queen, royalty or commoner.

"But this I do know, the Goddess having appeared to me in her many guises repeatedly throughout my life: Whatever my fate, another even more glorious life awaits me when, at last, my spirit returns to her outstretched arms.

"This memoir, then, is not of my life and fate as I will be remembered by mortals—that will be written by historians—but of the promised whole of my life, as the Goddess Isis has seen appropriate to disclose to me."

 

 

The first book of four in a richly imagined ancient world where the course of history is altered by one battle. In this world, Antony and Cleopatra triumph at the Battle of Actium, and Cleopatra emerges as a queen, stateswoman, and politician. Those around her come to life as the reader returns to those days to live them with her.

 

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, as well as fine online and "brick and mortar" bookstores everywhere.

 

Helen R. Davis

Award-winning Author of CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED (Savant 2015)

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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)

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

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