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lynnemckelvey

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Pre-pub nerves?  Absolutely!  What if nobody likes my novel?  What if nobody READS it???

Fortunately, I have a cadre of family, friends, and fellow writers from various workshops I've participated in.  I THINK they'll come through, but you never know. 

Lynne McKelvey, author
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Thanks for joining us, Setsuko. Have a good day, and look forward to hearing from you next month. 

I don't know Walter de la Mare and am not familiar with his work. Has he submitted some poems for the 2017 Savant Poetry Anthology? [cool] Seriously, perhaps you'd like to tells us about him and why you're thinking of including his works in your novel. By the way, Lynne, what is the working title of your upcoming publication?

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I definitely agree. When you're older you have a deeper perspective on life and you know yourself more. [smile]
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Hello everyone! This is Helen R. Davis coming in.

Dan, I was not aware CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED was anywhere near the 500 sales mark. Can you update me please?

Congrats to Setsuko on IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY.

Lynne, interesting thoughts on colleges and universities. I majored in Spanish but have not used my degree much. My career took me into a totally different direction with France, Egypt, Israel and writing/proofing/entertainment.  I hav emy own thoughts on today's university system, but I will hold my tongue on that for now.

As for the 2017 anthology, I have about 45 poems selected so far. There does not seem to be much of a theme in this one as there was in RUNNING FROM THE PACK, so I'm thinking of having a title to reflect the free thoughts and free flowing styles of the artists. 
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Aloha Savanteers! Or should I say Savant-Aignosteers? Now THAT sounds rather upper class English doesn't it? Raymond Gaynor here, co-author with A. G. Hayes of QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016). I'm taking a break from another chat I've been on to check in. 

Raymond Gaynor
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lynnemckelvey

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I've written  a horror novel set in L.A. amid the native plant movement of the 1970s. Somewhere between The Bad Seed and Turn of the Screw it offers readers a frightening take on step parenting and a disturbing testament to the unknown in all of us.


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Helen, glad you are on. It has been an interesting chat.
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Lynne, are you working with Savant or Aignos?
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Aloha Helen and Raymond,

I don't know about you, Helen, but for some reason I'm really excited about this year's poetry anthology. You did such a great job as guest editor for last year's anthology, it's stirred my poet's blood. 

Raymond, how is Quantum Death going? It's interesting that you and A. G. Hayes partnered to do this fifth in the Koski and Falk series. Will you be partnering for another? 
lynnemckelvey

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Helen, poetry was my first love.  I wrote my dissertation on four TS Eliot poems.  Pure joy, the experience of dwelling with them.  I felt I never touched bottom nor lost my sense of wonder.  People give me an odd look when I tell them that writing my dissertation was a "sensual orgy" but, like Eliot, sound is my springboard for reading poetry -- melody, pitch, timbre, rhythm -- the "meaning" falls out of these musical qualities for me.  Meant I didn't have to learn Sanscrit in order to read "The Waste Land." 

Lynne McKElvey,  author
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Dan, de la Mare is dead -- has been for many years, so I'd be really surprised if he's submitting to Savant.  But his poems are eerie, in keeping with my novel.  He wrote a lot of children's poems, which my mother read to me when I was very young. 

Lynne McKelvey, author
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Dan, thank you for the praise on RUNNING FROM THE PACK. I am hoping this anthology does well too. I just have many other projects at the time.

My fantasy/sci-fi novel, first in a series, has been accepted by Christian Faith Publishing. It is called ATHENA THE WARRIOR QUEEN OF YAVDOLO and will probably be an adventure series with a Christian theme for the teenage audience. It may interest you to know that Athena, the princess and later queen of her country, has a close friend and tutor/nursemaid named Cleo.

EVITA has been accepted by Custom Books in Hong Kong. We are pending a title change. I am hoping for THE CONFESSIONS OF EVA PERON, but that is out of my hands.  Dan, I am wondering about excerpts from EVITA and ATHENA, similar to my CLEOPATRA series. Would you be allowed to give me advice on those?

I also shook hands with MJ MIchael, author of THE GENTLE GIANT AND THE BEAUTY QUEEN, and I am going to help her rewrite, republish and market her book.  It is a heartwarming story but it does need some editing. I am also helping Mark Seilier with RIVER'S CHILD, a book that, while not normally my cup of tea, was a joy to edit and work with.

Lynne, will you be submitting poems for the anthology then? I think we extended the grace period till January 31st, if I am not mistaken.
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A. G. Hayes and I have been talking over the phone every couple days about a possible manuscript tentatively entitled "The Bridge at Vittorio Veneto" -- a direct sequel to QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016) where Koski and Falk are sent on R&R to Venice and, while there, do a small, supposedly innocuous assignment which later resurrects each's dark past. So far in the series, Koski and Falk have warmed to each other and are now both work and life partners, but something unspoken as yet stands between them -- each's dark past -- so this volume could remove that final barrier, "could" being the operative word. "Might" might be better. As of yet, we've not scoped out enough to get it into manuscript form, but we've talked about this being their only adventure in which there never a single gunshot is heard. 

Raymond Gaynor
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Author of TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2015)
lynnemckelvey

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Raymond, Quantum Death-- another good title.  I hope to catch up with the Savant authors' books while I'm waiting for my novel to be published -- or "born" as Dan put it.

Lynne McKelvey, author
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Helen, I don't write poetry, but I hope my ear for it infuses my prose, when appropriate.

Lynne McKelvey, author
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