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drjanik

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Can't believe I failed to mention the release of two new books!

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Under the Savant Books and Publications label, SHADOW AND LIGHT - 2017 Savant Poetry Anthology (Savant 2017) guest editor Helen R. Davis exceeded herself. It's our largest anthology yet and includes sixty-four selected poems by twenty-two outstanding poets including, in order of appearance, Rose Seaquill, Bipul Banerjee, Dr. Mike, Doc Krinberg, Jock Armour, Mr. Ben, Emily Anderson, Marianne Smith, Carolina Casas, Cigeng Zhang, Thomas Koron, Mark Daniel Seiler, Dwight Armbrust Jr, Uhene, Daniel S. Janik, Lonner F. Holden, Sara Hawley, Ihar Kazak, Barbara Bailey, V. Bright Saigal, Ken Rasti and Teuta S. Rizaj.  Read the list carefully and you'll recognize some of today's chatters. I've always said that while prose is the meat and potatoes of authoring, then poetry is its heart and soul. A colleague just starting out in the authoring world annotated that to read, "while prose is the bread and butter..." :-)

Under the Aignos Publishing label, we have Jim Currie's SADDAM'S PARROT (Aignos 2017). A [parrot] tongue-in-cheek satire on all that's political, this gem also talks to the important role that animals play in hubris-ladden humanity. "

SHOCK AND AWE: Mischief is on the wing and perhaps deliverance for a flock of San Francisco, fringe-dwelling creatives. A precocious and rebellious African grey parrot lands on the shoulder of an elephant whisperer and begins to spout about the Bush White House and Saddam hussein, soon provoking a madcap, desperate blackmail attempt."

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Can't help but love Alex the Parrot. Will there ever again be a whistle blower like Alex who can, indeed, whistle? 
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Good afternoon everyone!
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Yes, Eleanor I intend to provide a couple of methods to overcome some misconceptions about selling and "shyness".
As I mentioned previously, the world requires selling or the economy collapses. Second, everyone should love the books they have created and want to share them with world!

Second, congrats to Dan for 2500 sales of A WHALE'S TALE and its translation into Spanish and Portuguese!!

Third, I think Helen can comment on how sometimes her characters dictate their dialog and actions to her.

Four, I love doing some of the research for Helen's books as once upon a time I did bio-medical research in a galaxy far far way using analog technology.
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2,500 copies.  Wow!  But I'm not really surprised.

Glad to hear that sales can be boosted by gung ho authors!

Lynne McKelvey

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Lynne,

I’d love to explore more of the dynamic between Claire and Mandy! Their relationship is complex and very real, especially, in today’s world where blended families are the norm. How did you prepare for writing their love-hate relationship?


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Hello! I hope y'all are doing well.
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Yes, Lynne an enthusiastic author sells a lot of books but a grumpy author can actually inhibit sales. We have a local author who writes wonderfully about dogs but her sour personality stops a lot of sales!

The topic of A REAL DAUGHTER should have a wide appeal in an age when so many divorces have produced so many blended families. I know my sister at age 20 ended up step parenting children who were only 10 years younger than her age.
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Well I'm not sure characters dictate  to me per se. But I believe that the opening for CLEOPATRA VICTORIOUS was inspired by a power hungry Octavian in Tartarus. Being tempted by Proserpina, the goddess of the dead, as he eats the forbidden fruit of the pomengranate, Octavian is doomed to watch the triumph of Antony and Cleopatra for eternity, after seeing a tantalizing glimpse of his own triumph in 29 B.C., where Antony and Cleopatra are dead and their 3 children are marched in chains.

CLEOPATRA VICTORIOUS is the sequel to CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED. Popularizing on the theme of the many novels about Cleopatra's Daughter that have come out of late, such as the novel CLEOPATRA'S DAUGHTER by Michelle Moran and Stephanie Dray's CLEOPATRA SELENE trilogy, the now famous Cleopatra Selene plays a much larger role in CLEOPATRA VICTORIOUS. But this is a novel that gives Antony and Cleopatra their happily ever after, and also ties into pre Islamic Persia/Iran, as well as the New Testament.
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re characters taking on their own life:  it's true!  Used to think is was "author talk" .  Claire, the main character in A REAL DAUGT HER, actually "forced" me to rewrite the ending several times.  It was so horrific, that I kept resisting, but Claire won out in the end."

And speaking of end, I'm signing off now.  This has been great fun.  And thanks Dan, for your time and patience showing me how to "chat."  I think I have the hang of it now.

Over and off,

Lynne McKelvey

Author of A REAL DAUGHTER

Savant Books and Publishing, 2017

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Aloha Helen and Nicholas!

Well, this is becoming a real chat!  Helen, tell us something about your newly accepted work, CLEOPATRA VICTORIOUS (Savant, in production). 

Nicholas - how are you, man? I'm really looking forward to seeing STORYTELLER (Savant, in production) out. The title itself evokes images of the old story tellers in my life who ultimately inspired me to write. Tell us more about yourself and your work!
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Lynne, thanks for joining us. Claire sounds great!
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Yes, I am glad "Shadow and Light" is out and not just because I have a poem in it and Helen was the editor.

In a little over 2 month, 08/21/2017, there will be a total eclipse of the sun and Casper, WY will be one of the best places to observe it. So the title of this poetry anthology should perfectly fit the the themes of our Wyoming Eclipse festival!

I also intend to have a venue for selling our books at this event. We expect somewhere between 250,000 and 500,000 folks to visit the month of the eclipse in a state that only has 500,000 people.
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CLEOPATRA VICTORIOUS is the sequel to CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED, book 2 of 4 (books 3 and 4 will focus on a fictional great-granddaughter of Cleopatra.)  I have alluded to some of the plot already.   It opens with Antony and Cleopatra celebrating their triumph in Rome and dividing up their empire.  The goddesses return, along with some of Cleopatra's family members, and Cleopatra bears two new children-- Ptolemy Philadelphos, her problem child, and the fictional Arsinoe V, who will become queen of Parthia.  Herod the Great of biblical infamy is the villain this time, holding JUdea-- the one province Cleopatra most wants, but can't have. Caesarion  shines on his own and will live until not long after the crucifixion of Christ in the third novel.  Tragedy will follow one of her children, but I will not say whom.  Her dear servants and friends, Charmion, Iras, Mardian, Rufio, and Olympos all return, as well as an interesting fellow called Rufio Minor. Rufio Minor will be a comfort to Cleopatra later on.
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re characters taking on their own life:  it's true!  Used to think is was "author talk" .  Claire, the main character in A REAL DAUGT HER, actually "forced" me to rewrite the ending several times.  It was so horrific, that I kept resisting, but Claire won out in the end."

And speaking of end, I'm signing off now.  This has been great fun.  And thanks Dan, for your time and patience showing me how to "chat."  I think I have the hang of it now.

Over and off,

Lynne McKelvey

Author of A REAL DAUGHTER

Savant Books and Publishing, 2017



Bye Lynne! Hope to chat again soon and thanks for joining us!

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 And thank you for the compliments on Shadow and Light, Dan. I also am pending publication of 2 other novels not being published with Savant-- THE MOST HAPPY, which is an alternate history that imagines Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's second wife, outliving him and becoming Regent of England and ISABELLA UNASAHMED, an alternate history of Isabella, queen of Spain which I wrote with my friend, Carolina Casas. Both will be published out of Calliope Editorial in Madrid. An ACTING opportunity has opened up for me too, back East!
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