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drjanik

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Aloha and Welcome to the 19 August 2017 Pre-Eclipse Saturday Savant/Aignos Realtime Text Chat. A few quick reminders:

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Today's one beautiful day at the Savant/Aignos headquarters in sunny Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. You'd never know the Earth, Moon and Sun are aligning for an eclipse (the path of the eclipse will be too far north of Oahu for us to see it). 

Savant Books and Publications, and it's imprint, Aignos Publishing, are in the final stages of melding at last. We're now working on our Facebook and Twitter presence, so that all Savant and Aignos authors and staff will have posting privileges directly onto the Savant/Aignos Facebook and Twitter. In anticipation, Mr. Michael Davis, Director of Publicity and Marketing, has created and is now testing a "Pre-publication Publicity and Marketing Plan" for all Savant/Aignos authors, as well as modifying our already existing and highly effective "Post-publication Publicity and Marketing Plan" to match it. Watch intently for an email to all Savant/Aignos authors announcing their implementation.

We've had tremendous success with several newly released works -- Natalie Roers' BENEATH THEM (Aignos 2017) is now an Amazon multi-genre bestseller! Way to go Natalie! What is the secret of your success? Following closely are A. G. Hayes' THE SOLAR TRIANGLE (Savant 2017) and Jim Currie's SADDAM'S PARROT (Aignos 2017). Next in line for publication are Lynne McKelvey's A REAL DAUGHTER (Savant, in preparation) and A. G. Hayes' CHANG THE MAGIC CAT (Aignos, in preparation). CHANG THE MAGIC CAT represents the start of a new genre at Aignos, that of the screenplay-novel. This new genre combines elements of a screenplay that can be publicly staged, and a novel with strongly visual elements. 

Savant Books and Publications recently appointed the multi-award winning poet, Mr. Gary "Doc" Krinberg the guest editor for the 2018 and 2019 Savant Poetry Anthology (thank you Helen R. Davis for serving the last couple years and producing two great volumes of our so far eight). 

Savant Bookstore Honolulu and Savant Distribution, which serve both Savant Books and Publications and Aignos Publishing, continue flourishing. There is still an open invite to Savant/Aignos authors who live in or visit Oahu to schedule an author or book release party at our bookstore!  


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Off goes the publisher hat, and on comes my editor hat. 

As the editor for Richard Rose's THE GUMSHOE (Savant 2017), I was pleased to hear of the multiple appearance successes in and around the Chicago area. Chicago has a lot of dedicated readers, and having grown up there, a special place in my heart alongside 1940's murder mysteries like THE GUMSHOE. 

Currently, I'm working with Helen R. Davis on the sequel to CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED (Savant 2016), tentatively called CLEOPATRA VICTORIOUS (Savant, in preparation). In CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED, readers follow of historical life of the well-known Egyptian Queen, Cleopatra, from birth through the decisive battle at which she and her lover Roman Marc Antony die. However, in CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED, she and Antony don't die, and instead history takes a turn with the two defeating the upstart Octavian. In the sequel, we experience an alternative history, in which Egypt and Rome jointly rule the know Western world, Egypt and Egyptian ways challenging Western events and eventually permeating Western culture. What would the world today be like if Cleopatra, a genius in her own right, and her second husband, Antony, had ruled the world (her first husband was Julius Caesar)? I hope readers will enjoy this work as much as I am editing it with Helen. 
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And off goes the editor hat, and on comes my author hat.

Busy, busy, busy, I've been working with BabelCube to move my English Savant Bestseller A WHALE'S TALE (Savant 2009) into Portuguese and Spanish editions. Last night BabelCube released the Portuguese edition, and I'm looking forward to seeing it appear in the various book channels. Already, based on the success with the Portuguese edition, I'm being offered to move it next into Japanese and Chinese, after the Spanish edition comes out. Yes!  

THE TURTLE DANCES (Savant 2013) continues to spread in THE WHALE'S TALE's wake throughout the globe. Building loosely on my own competitive Dancesport experience, THE TURTLE DANCES was written to give children permission to wiggle, walk, jump, run and dance, things which they are uniquely adapted to doing, setting the stage for a future in which physical activity (and hopefully dance) will take on a pivotal role. I'll be doing some partial readings at various sites around Oahu in the upcoming months, accompanied by my bag of Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle children. I have paired the book to the stuffed toy so that children can "read" the book to the protagonist, Isla, or her dance partner, Surf. The third in Savant's unique COLOR-ME-PLEASE series, THE TURTLE DANCES grows increasingly popular alongside competitive and performance Dancesport. 
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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..."

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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/Savant Bookstore Honolulu
from Amazon.com
and at fine bookstores everywhere

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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A WHALE'S TALE by Daniel S. Janik - Excerpt #1 (Family Rated) 

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“Chapter 1 - Twenty Feet Under

     The tropical sky blushed every imaginable color of blue. Gentle waves reached up to the sky like a playful pack of ponies running towards land, their silvery manes fluttering in the gentle trade winds. Brilliant sunlight splashed down from the sky as if on a golden waterfall happily emptying into a bright blue sea. 

     Sorry, little one, I don’t know if it was a school day or the weekend because, well, every day in Hawaii is paradise. But this was not just any day, because, you see, I had just finished my afternoon nap, and opened my eyes twenty feet under water. 

     Twenty feet under water! But that's impossible, you say...”

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With those words begins the adventures of a juvenile humpback whale on his life journey from Hawaii to Alaska. Written by Naturalist Daniel S. Janik for adults to read aloud to children, and for youth up to 16 years of age to read and enjoy, this 92 page,  8.25" x 5" softcover book was written to foster children's curiosity and discovery.  Filled with novel points of view of our world, the book includes 20 B&W "Color-Me-Please" illustrations by noted Oregon artist Ruth Janik. The first in Savant's COLOR-ME-PLEASE series. 

A WHALE'S TALE 
by Daniel S. Janik / Illustrated by Ruth Janik
Available from Savant Books and Publications/Savant Bookstore Honolulu
from Amazon.com 
and from fine bookstores everywhere

Daniel S. Janik
Author of the award-winning, Savant "Color-Me-Please" children's books
 A WHALE'S TALE (Savant, 2009)
 THE TURTLE DANCES (Savant, 2013)
Press Release for A WHALE'S TALE at http://www.prlog.org/10298558

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Aloha!

I'm so pleased to join this chat. I just published my book, IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017), with Savant Books and Publications. It is about the difference between somatic therapy, a psychological method a la Sigmund Freud, and somatic therapy a la Wilhelm Reich, emphasizing the importance of touch and laying on of hands. But it's more than just touch -- the power of somatic therapy lies in breathing, posture, movement and connection. 

Setsuko Tsuchiya
Author of IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017)
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Aloha Setsuko!  It was with the greatest pleasure that Savant Books and Publications agreed to publish your ground-breaking book, IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017). It's a joy to have as knowledgeable an author and as fundamentally important a work this one as part of the Savant/Aignos non-fiction family. I understand the book grew out of a master's thesis, am I right?
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Yes, my university allowed for three Master of Science tracks:  (1) a test; (2) a thesis; and (3) publication of a peer-reviewed work. I chose the latter. My committee was particularly interested in this, as I was one of only a few students who opted for this track. I would encourage other masters and doctoral students to consider this pathway, as it has gotten the word out much better than a thesis, which is shelved in the university library and rarely read. 
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IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY by Setsuko Tsuchiya - Excerpt #1 (This Excerpt is Family Rated)

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"It may seem obtuse, but dance is probably one of the oldest forms of somatic therapy…Young or old, male or female, everyone dances….[and]dance, specially couple dance, has some particularly interesting attributes:

"It maintains mental acuity and memory.

"It promotes awareness of internal rhythm.

"It encourages good posture and deep breathing.

"It includes human-to-human touch.

"It supports social connectivity.

"It provides a creative outlet.

"It creates a pathway for the expression of joy.

"…it [is]…in addition…language-free."

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What is somatic therapy? Is it about somatic therapy (psychological "talk therapy" that surrounds somatic stimulation) or somatic therapy (the somatic stimulation itself)? Do the different forms of somatic experience, e.g. dance, massage, acupuncture, acupressure and biofeedback have anything in common other than afterwards talking about the experience? The author, a competitive DanceSport athlete and registered Hawaii massage therapist documents her journey in search of somatic therapy and the surprises that revealed themselves along the way.

IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (2017)
by Setsuko Tsuchiya
218 pp. - 6" x 9" Softcover Trade Book
ISBN/EAN 978-0-9972472-3-7
Suggested Retail Price (SRP) $22.95

Available directly from the publisher/printer with FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE WITHIN THE USA INCLUDING ALASKA AND HAWAII at https://mkt.com/savant-books-and-publications/item/in-search-of-somatic-therapy

Also available from Amazon.com and fine online/"brick and mortar" bookstores everywhere.

Setsuko Tsuchiya
     Author of IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017)
     Press Release at https://www.prlog.org/12625245-savant-books-releases-setsuko-tsuchyas-new-book-in-search-of-somatic-therapy.html

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I see that your approach to somatic therapy, Setsuko, is from dance. I was just posting about my children's book, THE TURTLE DANCES (Savant 2013), about the importance of dance, especially during childhood. It seems like you regard dance as a particularly important part of somatic therapy, yes?
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Absolutely! The ancient Greeks regarded dance, music and singing together (eurythmy) as the highest form of human knowledge and experience. It is from this that, I believe, somatic therapy has evolved. However, it took a genius like Dr. Wilhelm Reich to focus our attention on the importance of the actual somatic experience rather than the surrounding talk ("talk therapy" psychology). 
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As a Dancesport competitor, I can appreciate this, though it was in your book (which I enjoyed immensely by the way) that I first heard it clearly stated that dance, or eurythmy in its highest form, is so important to our being. Is this why partner dance is often held in higher esteem than non-partner dance? 
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Yes, I believe so. And I also believe that partner dance will always have a unique place in the history of our evolutionary existence. 

IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY by Setsuko Tsuchiya  - Excerpt #2 (This Excerpt is Family Rated)

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[Ancient Greece's] most important contribution, I think, is the introduction of the idea of rhythm as a method of healing….

"Of the "rhythms," one that constantly appears central to both dancing massage is breathing. The ancient Greeks held that the psyche—that which animates the body—is in fact the breath."

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Originally from Japan, Setsuko Tsuchiya traveled to the USA and earned a BA in Liberal Arts in Dance from Thomas Edison University while studying medical massage therapy at Hawaii College of Health Sciences.  After becoming a licensed medical massage therapist, she began wondering if there might be a truly fundamental commonality among the burgeoning number of somatic therapies, one independent of language and applicable to most cultures.

"My search for somatic therapy began with competitive DanceSport, and took me back in time to the ancient Greeks," said Tsuchiya. "There I learned about eurythmy and followed it through to the present, in the process exploring every form of 'body' therapy I could locate. The result was a set of fundamental movements that provide a new, working definition of somatic therapy."

IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (2017)
by Setsuko Tsuchiya
218 pp. - 6" x 9" Softcover Trade Book
ISBN/EAN 978-0-9972472-3-7
Suggested Retail Price (SRP) $22.95

Available directly from the publisher/printer with FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE WITHIN THE USA INCLUDING ALASKA AND HAWAII from Savant Books and Publications Publisher's Store and/or Savant Bookstore Honolulu at https://mkt.com/savant-books-and-publications/item/in-search-of-somatic-therapy

Also available from Amazon.com (https://www.amazon.com/dp/0997247231), and both fine online and "brick and mortar" bookstores everywhere.  

This work is distributed by Savant Distribution (http://www.savantdistribution.com) and is also available at a lesser discount from other major distributors including Ingram Content Group. 

Setsuko Tsuchiya MAT FAAIM
    Author of IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017)
    Author website at http://setsukotsuchiya.com

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So, in essence, your book, IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017) is a spiritual as well as healing and informative work. I think that's what made it so special a read for me. 
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