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Mike Davis channeling Oct
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I also like poetry but I prefer verse that either tells a story like "The Raven", or is satire like all of the songs by Tom Lehrer. Alas, poetry does not seem to be very important in today's educational system which is focused on answering multiple guess questions.
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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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Mike, your poem 'we'll never be happy again' is well done.
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It's always amazing to read about how involved Savant / Aignos authors are in writing, be it poetry or prose, with Savant / Aignos or other publishers. 

Hey, Lynne, have you submitted some poems for the 2017 Savant Poetry Anthology? It's a great way to "get your name out" and the anthology has launched several author careers. I'm pretty sure Helen would be willing to receive them as "late" but viable submissions. Too bad about de la Mare having passed. I like unusual prose and poetry. 

I'm also amazed how publishing with Savant / Aignos can remove one from that frustrating world of writing (meaning writing for oneself rather than publishing for a readership), and thrust one into the complex but rewarding world of authoring (meaning writing and publishing it for a specific readership). I often remark to new members of our stable that there is a 1000-mile gulf between writing and authoring, one to which many are called, but few successfully navigate. As an author, I remind myself and my colleagues that it is the journey and not necessarily its successful completion that is what authoring is all about. 

Daniel S. Janik
Multi-award-winning author of THE TURTLE DANCES (Savant 2013)
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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. "

ANIMALS, ANIMALS, ANIMALS BOOK FESTIVAL AWARD

 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 978-0-9886640-1-2

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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Dan, I took my grandsons to the Galapagos where we SWAM with the sea turtles.  Unforgettable experience. You're right, children do love turtles.  Maybe something to do with their hard shells plus navigating more than one environment?
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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 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 online/"brick and mortar" bookstores everywhere. 

Raymond Gaynor
Co-Author with A. G. Hayes of QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016)
Author website at http://garymartine.yolasite.com/raymondgaynor.php

 
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Mike, Tom Leher is one of my faves.  I need all the satire I can get, these days.  And his lasts from generation to generation.

Lynne McKelvey, author
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Aloha Lynne,

Hey, you posted an intriguing synopsis, but what is the tentative title of your work with Savant? I'm also curious to know what prompted you to write this particular work.

Daniel S. Janik
Award-winning author of THE TURTLE DANCES (Savant 2013)
Mike Davis channeling Oct
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Dear Lynne,

I am glad to find another Lehrer fan. His ability to make fun of any political position conceivable is sorely lacking today. I also wonder why so many modern comics think that swear words by themselves are funny and add something to our culture.

Thanks Helen for liking my poem.
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Aloha Nature Children's Book Lovers:

IT'S TIME FOR A BOOK GIVE-AWAY CONTEST! 

I'm itching to give-away a signed copy of my award-winning children's "Color-Me-Please" book, A WHALE'S TALE (Savant 2008) to the FIRST PERSON who can answer all the following questions in the next sixty minutes:

1. Of the so far 100 or so Savant / Aignos works in print, how many books total are by the author of A WHALE'S TALE? 

2. A WHALE'S TALE is the second in the Pacific Rim Naturalist and first in the Savant "Color-Me-Please" children's books series. What is the title of FIRST book in the Pacific Rim Naturalist series (hint: it was not published by Savant but by Publications Consultants and locatable under one of my many pen-names -- "Dan Janik" -- on Amazon.com)?  

3. What is the name of the author and title of the second book in the Savant "Color -Me-Please" series (hint: it's by an author whose first name is that of a kind of bird, and is about ponca-unicorns)?

4. To which URL should a school teacher go on the internet to learn about and take advantage of my free, international, public service project, "Ocean of Whales," associated with A WHALE'S TALE? (Hint: a good place to begin looking is on my author webpage beginning at http://janik.yolasite.com)

5. Who illustrated A WHALE'S TALE?

6. ONE of our current authors served as acting editor for A WHALE'S TALE, though he/she's not listed on the Savant website as such. What is his/her name (Hint: It's a Savant author originally from Los Angeles, California, whose book, published by Savant in 2009 has won three book awards and is the only Savant book to have a jazz CD of the same title)?

7. If someone wanted to acquire five (5) copies of A WHALE'S TALE at a discounted rate to use for birthdays, Whale's Day or Christmas gifts, what URL should he or she go to for the best discount price (Hint: Just click on the book cover at http://www.savantbooksandpublications.com and see where it takes you)?

8.  In my A WHALE'S TALE Savant Press Release, I mention my true author's passion. What is it (hint: All Savant book webpages link directly to our Savant SquareUp Market and, in the information portion, include a "hot" link to the primary book release press releases. The link is generally located at the end of the book information)?

 You must post your 8 answers together in one reply on this chat thread. GO FOR IT!

"Have Whale, Will Travel"
Daniel S. Janik
Award-winning author of A WHALE'S TALE (Savant 2008)
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     https://www.amazon.com/dp/1442105062

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I'll have to check that poet out; I'm a fan of dark poets and dark genres in general. Annabele Lee will always be one of my favorites. I'm really excited about seeing the anthology come through, too.
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CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED by Helen R. Davis - Excerpt #2 (This Excerpt is Family Rated)

 

 

"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 read—one 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

 

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A give-away contest? That's awesome! 
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Hi Dan, the tentative title is A Real Daughter.  It's a horror novel, about a woman, Claire, whose infant daughter Sarah dies unexpectedly. Claire, feeling guilty, reinvents herself in Los Angeles, amid the native plant movement of the 1970s. Meanwhile Claire imagines Sarah still alive, in her mind marking the child's milestones -- birthdays, Christmas, first day of school--almost as if Sarah never died.

Six years later, Claire marries Jake, a divorced history teacher with an eight-year-old daughter--Mandy--about the age Sarah would be had she lived.  Part jealous, part brash, bossy, and troubled, Mandy turns out to be nothing like Sarah, who still lives on in Claire's imagination.

The clash between the two daughters-- one real, one imagined-- threatens to destroy the careful equilibrium Claire has constructed and to release the demons she has managed -- so far to hold at bay.

As the story hurtles to its harrowing ending, Claire will choose between her new life and her freighted past.



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