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drjanik

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This year, several Savant authors asked if we could develop access into "Little Hollywood" as the cinematic production effort here in Hawaii is often called. Several authors also do screenplays, for example, Richard Rose is a novelist, playwright and screenplay writer, and sent us a completed screenplay version of THE LAZARUS CONSPIRACIES (Savant 2013) to pass around, which I've been doing, in the process developing a list of producers interested in new content material. My hope is that, sometime in the future, we can offer authors the additional service of presenting their book(s) to interested theatrical and cinematic producers as part of our publication package. That has some way to go, however. 
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So how exactly did you go about the research for CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED (Savant 2015)?
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Dan, a friend of mine and I are working on an alternate history about Isabella of Castile where she does not expel the Jews, lives longer, and has her youngest daughter, Katharine of Aragon, become the powerful queen regnant of Spain and not the ill fated first wife of King Henry VIII of England.

As for ol' Henry? Well, Anne Boleyn, is going to be his only wife-- but not his only woman. THe other 'merry wives of Windsor' will be mistresses to ol' Henry [smile] And Gloriana will still rule England. I know you said that sounded interesting, so I just wait on my co-author so we have an MSP to submit [smile]

Elizabeth I was the inspiration for my victorious version of Cleopatra that you will see in CLEOPATRA VICTORIOUS.

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DrJanik, my best wishes to Little Hollywood. If it has a ways to go, that's fine. Good things in life are often worth the wait.

For CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED, my research began somewhat without my knowledge. I began studying her and Evita simultaneously in 2001. It was just a hobby, something to occupy my mind in high school, but after I did an essay on Cleopatra in my senior year, it took a hiatus so I could work on Evita. But I continued reading novels and bios of Cleo and imagining myself as her while I continued in college.  In 2009 I began to write Cleopatra but it was after a dream I had of her winning that it became a victory and not a defeat.  My mom's 2009 trip to Israel, Turkey, Greece and Egypt, all lands Cleopatra knew and loved (and Israel which she wanted for her empire!) helped greatly!

My grandfather,  who died last fall, taught JULIUS CAESAR for many years, so I learned a lot of  it by osmosis and also read a lot of books about ancient Rome and the Caesars. So, feeling like a mailman offering my leg to a Rottweiler, I had him read the early drafts of CLEOPATRA. Guess what? He loved it! He said 'Evita was good, but Helen, this is SO much better.' Sadly, he died before CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED was released, but I bet my grandfather is in Heaven asking Cleo, Caesar and Antony right now 'who wrote you better- Shakespeare or my granddaughter?"

My grandfather was a colorful man. Both of them were, actually Both sets of grandparents traveled the world extensively. My  other grandfather actually prayed for me to be born in Israel. So I guess my ties to Israel and Egypt, and by extension, Cleopatra, go back to my conception.

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Dan, keep me updated on Little Hollywood. You know how badly I want to play Cleo!
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CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED by Helen R. Davis - Excerpt #1 (This Excerpt is Family Rated)

 

The first book of three 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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[Change of Hat from Editor to Author]

I'm finally beginning to savor the success of my most recent Savant "Color-Me-Please" children's book, THE TURTLE DANCES (Savant 2013). Built on the outstanding success of my first children's book, A WHALE'S TALE (Savant 2009) which launched Savant's now four, soon to be five-book "Color-Me-Please" series. 

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.

Daniel S. Janik
Author of the award-winning "Color-Me-Please" children's books,
     THE TURTLE DANCES (Savant 2013) available directly from the publisher at https://mkt.com/savant-books-and-publications/item/the-turtle-dances and from Amazon.com at https://www.amazon.com/dp/0988664011.
     A WHALE'S TALE (Savant 2009) available directly from the publisher at https://mkt.com/savant-books-and-publications/item/a-whale-s-tale-1 and from Amazon.com at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1442105062
Press Release for THE TURTLE DANCES at http://www.prlog.org/12194549

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Hello! I'm Setsuko Tsuchiya, author of my upcoming non-fiction work, IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant, in polishing). It's about my search as a competitive dancer and medical massage therapist for the essence of a new form of therapy based on Wilhelm Reich's explorations into somatic therapy. Basically, I wanted to identify the core elements of a body-to-body form of therapeutic communication, rather than primarily talk therapy. As a native Japanese speaker, I have sought over the years for a form of therapy that isn't constrained by language. I hope you will find my book interesting. 
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Aloha Setsuko-sama! I know you work on Saturdays, so I'm pleased to have you check in on our chat. I was talking with our Editor-in-Chief, Mr. David Shinsato, the other day and he says as your editor that the work is in the final stages of polishing. I especially love the cover (see http://www.savantbooksandpublications.com/pending-works.php). Can you share with us a little bit more about your background and perhaps a synopsis of IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant, in polishing)?
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Setsuko, do you also work with aromatherapy?
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Love that cover, Helen, for CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED (Savant 2015). It's going to be a challenge to create one as outstanding for "Cleopatra Victorious" and "Cleopatra Magnifica" when they go into publication here. I'm looking forward to editing both, if at all possible. 
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And CLEOPATRA TRIUMPHANT, Dan. Don't forget, I had to split the story of her great-granddaughter into two novels to fit Savant Publications publishing guidelines!

I would love to have you edit all of the remaining three. I am really enjoying the goddess scenes in CLEOPATRA MAGNIFICA and CLEOPATRA TRIUMPHANT. Our beloved Cleopatra VII is kind of a 'bridge' between Isis and Athena and Christian heaven. We don't see the highest heaven, but Cleopatra VII informs Isis and Athena of what goes on there. And, of course, watches her great-granddaughter. Also joining the heavenly narrators will be Juno, Roman goddess of marriage, although whether she belongs in Heaven is debatable. She is furious that Octavian was destroyed by Isis and vows her revenge!


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Aloha Dan and Helen,

Originally from Japan, I came to the USA and earned a BA in Liberal Arts at Thomas Edison University while studying western body therapy at Hawaii College of Health Sciences. After becoming licensed medical massage therapist, I began wondering if there could be such a thing as a broader somatic (body) therapy that is independent of language and universally applicable to all cultures. I am a DanceSport competitor dancing for both USA and Japan, and a member of the American Dance Therapy Association, Japan Dance Therapy Association, and an honored fellow of the American Association of Integrative Medicine. You can visit me at http://www.setsukotsuchiya.com. 

In brief, what is somatic therapy? Is it about somatic therapy (psychological "talk therapy" that surrounds somatic stimulation) or somatic therapy (sometimes called "somatics," the somatic stimulation itself)? Do different forms of somatic experience, e.g. massage, dance, singing, acupuncture, acupressure and biofeedback have anything in common other than talking about the experience? In IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant, in polishing), I share my journey in search of somatic therapy, and report the surprising discoveries and answers that have revealed themselves along the way. 
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As a Savant editor, I'm looking forward to rolling up the editing sleeves and jumping into the whole Cleopatra series. As a retired physician, I've been eagerly looking forward to reading the results of your search for somatic therapy, Setsuko. I'm curious: How challenging was it to write the work, in English, rather than your native Japanese?
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It was quite "challenging" to say the least. I have many colleagues in Japan who are asking if I will have it back-translated into Japanese. The irony is not lost on me there. 

I would like to continue chatting, but my work calls. I look forward to participating in the December Savant chat. 
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