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drjanik

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Tearing off my editors hat and putting on my author's hat:

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..."

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
by Daniel S. Janik

Available worldwide from Savant Books and Publications, on Amazon.com, 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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Hi Mike! We've never formally met. Thanks for your commitment to Savant's authors. I'm looking forward to working with you!
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Hey, I've some other author news: 

A WHALE'S TALE (Savant 2009) has it the 2,500 sales mark and is going to be coming out in Spanish and Portuguese soon! 


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In A REAL DAUGHTER there is, of course, an "unreal daughter". It's not so obvious which is which. 

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I have not been to Tijuana, but Helen and I did visit Ciudad Juarez a few years ago on a day when the Mexican army occupied to stop the violence caused by drug gang shoot outs. Thank God, Helen speaks fluent Spanish and was able to ask an army jeep to lead us back to Texas. So I look forward to learning more about the California/Mexico border area. 

I love the plot of A REAL DAUGHTER. My Father, quite a strong and verbal personality, died  a couple of years ago. It is funny several people asked if I would miss talking to him. My reply was sort of, but he has been in my head and thoughts for over 60 years and I do not expect that to change until I die. So i look forward to this take on the relationship between the living and the dead.
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Glad to fine a fellow Tar Pit lover. In A REAL DAUGHTER the chapter called "The Tar Pits" is one of my favorites.

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Hey, I've some other author news: 

A WHALE'S TALE (Savant 2009) has it the 2,500 sales mark and is going to be coming out in Spanish and Portuguese soon! 




Wonderful! Congrats, Dan!

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Tijuana is probably safer than Ciudad Juarez, but not by much. My novel, A REAL DAUGHTER, is set in the late 70s -- a far less violent time than now.

Lynne McKelvey

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Aloha Lynne,

Having lived part of my life in So Cal, I couldn't have not been to Tijuana at least once. My favorite time was a vacation there with a couple of public health officers. One knew the supposedly "best" tortilla house there: a rather small and dingy place with a potbelly stove and two tables, like out of a Clint Eastwood movie. We ordered, and watched as the owner's wife made the tortillas on her thigh, cooking them on the potbelly stove. Only a trio of public health officers could truly appreciate the experience and, I must add, taste. 

Tijuana was always a good experience for me, so much so that in the last couple years, my partner and I have cruised out of Long Beach to the Mexican West Coast for equally ethnically enjoyable experiences. I love Tijuana stories. 
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Hi, Eleanor, I heard many good things about you and look forward to helping get Savant/Aignos books a bigger piece of the book market. The universe of marketing/selling has some pieces that are timeless plus all this new social media components. In watching Helen sell her books I learned that she was her own best sales person because it was her creation. However, since I was the first editor before Dan did the real editing of Cleopatra Unconquered, I am also very good at selling it. So I hope we can get all the authors, editors, and cover artists to grasp that they are team in selling each book they produce, especially since we all get paid on commission! Also, I have found that marketing/selling is really just providing information and enthusiasm to a prospect buyer.
People like to buy, but they hate to be sold to.

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My oldest grandson was born in Tijuana. While his parents were waiting for his adoption papers to go through, I used to visit him at his foster parents' home there. Three years ago when my daughter and her husband took him to meet his foster parents, it was no longer safe to go to their home.  The foster father is a journalist, and hence a target.  They met finally at a Hilton Hotel.

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Hi, Eleanor, I heard many good things about you and look forward to helping get Savant/Aignos books a bigger piece of the book market. The universe of marketing/selling has some pieces that are timeless plus all this new social media components. In watching Helen sell her books I learned that she was her own best sales person because it was her creation. However, since I was the first editor before Dan did the real editing of Cleopatra Unconquered, I am also very good at selling it. So I hope we can get all the authors, editors, and cover artists to grasp that they are team in selling each book they produce, especially since we all get paid on commission! Also, I have found that marketing/selling is really just providing information and enthusiasm to a prospect buyer.
People like to buy, but they hate to be sold to.



Great points, Mike. It's always challenging to get people interested in your work. Please, don't forget to add something in your marketing/publicity arsenal for those who aren't used to pitching or selling themselves or who are just plain shy.

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As an author, I'm still working on my opus magnus manuscript entitled "Kamehameha's Sword" set in 13th century Japan, Maui and Oahu. Like Lynne, I enjoy the research almost as much as the writing, and I'm planning a trip to Kamekura, Japan, where some of the major action takes place. The story traces the life of a master katana (sword) from it's origins in feudal Japan, across the South Pacific to Hawaii, where it plays a role in the rise and establishment of Hawaii's monarchy through King Kamehameha I. It all started one day in Kyoto, Japan, when I was reading King David Kalakaua's book on the males (historical chants) of ancient Hawaii and I ran across a part telling of a shipwreck off Maui survived by five orientals, one of whom wielded a "magic sword" that could cut through anything. 

Writing is a real gas. My favorite time is when the characters take on a life of their own and begin telling me their story and what to write. Anyone else experience this?
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My younger son used to take the bus (just as Claire does in A REAL DAUGHTER) from L.A. to TJ 30 years ago, walk across the border through the turnstile (no guards, no passports needed then, and take a cheap flight to Puebla, where we spent the summer. 

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Re the border crossing.  Isaac, my younger son was 3 at the time.  Needless to say I was with him!

Please don't confuse me with Claire, the central character of A REAL DAUGHTER.  Even though, I DID frequently make all mhy children peanut butter sandwiches.  (In order to catch the reference, you'll have to read the novel.  ALL of it!)

Lynne McKelvey

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