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MikeDavis1953

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Hi, everybody. I got on late as we had our second significant snow event last night here in Casper and I am the designated snow weather driver. I am excited about our Savant/Aignos sales events. The Kindle ebook versions are all on sale for a week, but today will be the best bargain day as most our our ebooks will be only $0.99 for the first 32 hours of the sale!

Yes, Cleopatra Victorious is a superb extension of my daughter's  first book, Cleopatra Unconquered. I think most everyone will love the first scene set in Hades. I also grew up on Philip Dick, Robert Heinlein, Ray Bradbury, Issac Asimov, and Ursula K Le Guin. I particularly loved "The Lathe of Heaven" as it points out why Utopian planning is doomed to fail.

The Truth and Tell children's book is her foray into children's literature.




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I echo Dan's sentiment and wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. It is a holiday where we should all be grateful for all of our blessings here in the USA and I note sadly that is being pushed out by Halloween, a bizarre take on the afterlife, and all of the December based holidays. 
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Several folks have asked me what Savant/Aignos are up to for 2019, given that we're pledged to remain on the cutting edge of publishing. Well, I'm not ready to give details; however, in terms of new efforts, we're particularly interested in:

1. adding Savant/Aignos branded products like T-shirts, jackets, mugs and writer/author's accessories to our list of books available through both the
     Publisher's Store (http://www.savantbooksandpublications.com from our Publisher's website, or https://mkt.com/savant-books-and-publications/ to be more specific) and Savant Bookstore Honolulu (http://www.savantbooksandpublications.com);

2. reorganizing our Publisher's and our Facebook sites to include a reader-specific section including a newsletter about new and upcoming publications and a monthly free book give away as well as other special offers;

3. continuing working towards the creation of aBooks (digital books that can be sold in brick and mortar bookstores throughout the world), collected works where we hold three or more works by a single author, manga versions of our most popular works and connections to Hawaii's "Little Hollywood" to provide content for movie and television productions;

4. considering a second, fee-for-service imprint that will allow all authors with previously published (including self-published) works to republish with us; and

5. reinstitution of our annual gathering, either here in Honolulu or perhaps in Denver, Colorado, or both. 

Is that enough to qualify as exciting?
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G'Moring Mike! I invite you to comment on and embellish where appropriate my previous post. What's up and coming for 2019 in the Savant/Aignos publicity and marketing world? To start, we're one of the only publishers I know who provide each of its authors with both a pre- and post-release publicity and marketing plan. 
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I would like to add that "One Night in Bangkok" is an excellent book with one of my favorite titles.

Here is a marketing tip for all of us. Remind people that reading is one of the best brain building activities as it uses more parts of our brains than any other activity. Einstein once said that "imagination is more powerful than knowledge" and nothing is better for building our imaginations than reading great books like Keith's, "A Whale's Tale", or "Cleopatra Unconquered."

Besides, you don't need a gaming system to enjoy a good book.
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OMG!  I just read your previous post about sci-fi, and I have to say that my all-time favorite is also THE LATHE OF HEAVEN by Ursula K. Le Guin! The book is set in a barely recognizable Portland, Oregon, of the future and centers about a young man who is tormented by "effective" dreams which, when dreamed, become reality [one of our authors, Tima Z. Newman who wrote ELAINE OF CORBENIC (Savant 2015) is a published psychotherapist particularly interested in lucid dreaming]. 

While ELAINE OF CORBENIC (Savant 2015) isn't about lucid dreaming per se, it reads like a lucid dream, transforming the reader's perception of the medieval past into a dreamy present story addressing many of the outstanding social issues of our time. 
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Raymond Gaynor here -- as Dan would say, "G'Morning!" The weather in San Francisco, my favorite city of cities, would be a crisp, gorgeous, sunny 55 degrees but for the fires more centrally located, making it hazy to say the least. 

QUANTUM DEATH by A. G. Hayes with Raymond Gaynor - Excerpt #1 (This Excerpt is Family Rated):

[12541533-quantum-death-by-hayes-with-raymond-gaynor] 

      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. 

-----

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 Savant Books and Publications' Publisher's Shop at 10% off Suggested Retail Price and free shipping within USA including Alaska and Hawaii, Amazon.com, Savant Bookstore Honolulu, and fine online/"brick and mortar" bookstores everywhere. 

Raymond Gaynor
  Multi-award-winning co-author of QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016)
  Press Release at https://www.prlog.org/12541533




HelenRuthDavis

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Hello all!
MikeDavis1953

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Well, Dan, over in Publicity and Marketing we are working on increasing Savant/Aignos' presence on Amazon, social media, and youtube as the culture becomes more visual. Also, I do need to point out that marketing is a lot of saying the same thing over and over again in as many similar ways as possible! If Coke still needs to advertise, we must also let everyone know about our wonderful stories. Think of Savant as a pool of superb stories and who needs to read which one.

My posts are taking longer as I have to prove I to AI that am not a robot each time. I am sure the irony of this wold not be lost on any of the Sci-Fi writers we have mentioned.

Speaking of AI, Dan, is that not a part of the 68 Via Condoti world?
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G'Morning, Raymond!  I was just picturing the Bay Area and its piers in my mind, and my greeting flashed as "G'Moring." I don't recall many houseboats in the San Francisco area, but it's always been a fantasy of mine to live on a houseboat like I saw in Seattle, Washington, when I was attending the University of Washington in the late 60's. 

There are sci-fi books, dystopian sci-fi books, bang-bang-shoot-em-up sci-fi books (I think of them as sci-fi westerns), but these all pale in comparison to QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016), an edge-of-your-seat action/thriller/sci-fi work that builds on A. G. Hayes' established special agent duo, Koski and Falk, and introduces a new star, Kate Keenan, this time not as a victim as in FINDING KATE (Savant 2016) but as a colleague of Koski and Falk. Kate's adventures continue after QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016) in the upcoming 68 VIA CONDOTTI serial. I have a particularly vivid memory of Kate Keenan reluctantly letting go emotionally of Falk for Koski. A particularly strong and intellectually brilliant woman, she is for me one representation of the modern and future woman. 
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G'Morning, Helen!  I'm so glad you could join us for today's chat. You have two wonderful works in polishing and I'm hoping you'll say something about each. :-)

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Yes, Michael. In A. G. Hayes' 68 VIA CONDOTTI serial of what is imaged to be three books, the topic of AI (artificial intelligence) is elevated to that of AI embedded in robotic bodies that are not only indistinguishable from biological humans, but in both their possible precursors (alien AI's associated with the many noted but hushed-up past visitations) and at the same time co-inhabitants of this world with their own unique AI agenda. That agenda seems to me to be more in line with the AI's with robotic bodies than the biological humans, causing an interesting tension, in this case, focused around the Vatican's evolving meaning of religion. With AIs, is religion unnecessary and out, different or equally important for their souls. Do they even have souls, and, in asking the question, what is a soul, anyway?
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Sure! CLEOPATRA VICTORIOUS is a thrilling sequel to CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED and will continue into the imagined reigns of Antony and Cleopatra. Much of the work involves the relationship of the great rulers with their children and expanding their empire eastward. What else to say without ruining it?

TRUTH AND TELL TRAVEL THE SOLAR SYSTEM is about two naught insectoids who don't listen to their mother and wind up having to find a new planet. Hoping to instill curiosity in children about science and astronomy with two relatable critters, it's a fun romp through our solar system! Truth is the buggy (I call them 'the buggies') that is more analytical and Tell is the curious, light-hearted buggy that loves life.
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In a sequel I'm writing to TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2011), I begin to explore the idea of what happens when a person passes on from this earth, what the nature of their soul is, and what happens next, all based on the current Multiverse Theory. A lot of writers are moving into the Multiverse just now, I believe because it affords the first contextual explanation of birth, death and spirituality (namely the soul). 
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Interesting concept of multiverses. I don't believe in them but Truth and Tell are from the Andromeda Galaxy.

Dan, has TRUTH AND TELL moved into polishing already? I wasn't aware of that!
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