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So this thing is called the internet? Yes, I do note that whining is very prevalent about everything from food to elections to spouses. Crassus always won his elections by buying them. Julius used his charisma and money to win his. Alas, I was indent just before the battle I lost to the evil woman and her drunken partner.
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Do tell us more about your fall from grace, Octo.

And yes, it's called the internet. A more clever web Arachne herself could not have spun!
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Hi everyone. Raymond Gaynor here. 

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

     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 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, and fine online/"brick and mortar" bookstores everywhere.

Raymond Gaynor
Co-Author of QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016), the fifth in the outsanding Koski & Falk Series by Savant Books and Publications. 

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I meant in debt. It is so hard to borrow money for a war when your troops think you are a weak and sickly coward. I was not either of those but the troops believed that propaganda spread by Cicero Minor. At least my wife is not here so the afterlife is still tolerable.
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Oh, Octavian,  tell us of Livia.  She sounds familiar!
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I did not fall from grace, those damn Egyptian goods pushed me and my Roman gods let them do it. ISIS, piesces, i hate the pyramids and sphinxes!!!!
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Whoa!  I feel like the internet is suddenly being highjacked by gods (?) from the past, and yet the topics, bought elections, borrowing money for war, propaganda sound awfully familiar. Is there some ancient to modern connection?

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Well, I have to run now, PLUTO demands I watch Antony's triumph every day and it runs 12 hours. It is a hell of a punishment.
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Love this chat!  Where else can one chat with a long dead Dictator? How's heaven, or wherever you are these days, Octavian? 
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I need to get going as well, before I go, though I would like to post my third excerpt

CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED by Helen R. Davis - Excerpt #3 (This Excerpt is Family Rated)

 

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"Back in my tent, my thoughts turned to my meeting with Caesar when I was a teenager. What did I really know of the ambitious Roman Consul, and, moreover, of the man? I would need to learn more about the man if I were to attempt to bring him to my side, and this I must clearly do. I knew he was a womanizer. This didn't overly concern me; what man was ever faithful? But it could prove helpful. Still, in the end, it was his conquests—the way he acted—publicly and personally—that were of greatest interest to me, and from what I could already tell, he was the right man to help me regain my throne, if I could but win his attention. My discussion with Azor that evening confirmed my suspicions. Caesar would not only be a formidable ally, but, if I could accomplish it, an interesting champion. I dispatched Mardian to Egypt to meet secretly with Olympos and learn more about the situation in Egypt and everything he could about Caesar's purpose now that Pompey was dead."

 

About this Book:

 

What if Cleopatra and Antony had triumphed at Actium over Octavian, the first Emperor of Rome? Would our world have been changed? What would the Middle East, Europe, and, by extension, the rest of the world, look like if the course of Western history was determined not by Rome but by Egypt?

CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED (Savant 2015), the first of three novels in a series, imagines this scenario. Cleopatra, historically the last queen of Egypt, becomes instead the mother of an Egypto-Roman empire, the greatest the world has ever known. Cleopatra, her family, and those dear to her, as well as those not so dear to her, come to life in this richly imagined  alternate history.

Follow Cleopatra's privileged yet troubled childhood as the third daughter of Pharaoh Auletes, a weak-willed man despised by his subjects, other children, and even his wife. Be there as Cleopatra, his favored child and the only one loyal to him, learns at his feet—and from his errors. Determined to keep her nation alive and her people free, Cleopatra, although of Macedonian Greek heritage, develops a deep bond with the native people of Egypt. Meet Julius Caesar, Pompey, Cicero and his son, Cicero Minor, Marc Antony, and the ambitious but despicable Octavian as well as his wife, Livia, who will stop at nothing to destroy Cleopatra and Egypt.

Open the cover and immerse yourself immediately in ancient Egypt through Cleopatra's eyes as you read her personal memoirs, the ones archeologists have yet to discover!

 

About the Author:

 

Author Helen Davis has been writing since the age of twenty. An interest in strong women protagonists led her to write and publish EVITA: MY LIFE (Booksurge, 2009), an historical novel about the legendary Evita Peron. Intrigued by the legend of Cleopatra since she was in high school, as EVITA was released, Davis took up pen and began work on another historical novel surrounding this queen who sought to control nations in an era in which women had little power. A polyglot herself, the author, in the course of writing the manuscript, developed a strong personal attraction to this legendary queen, whose only crime, like many other women in history, was to be on the wrong side of history books. While writing the novel, Davis began to wonder how the world might be if Cleopatra and Antony had triumphed at the Battle of Actium. It was out of this question that CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED (Savant 2015), the first of three books documenting her imagined new world, came to be.

 

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 from the publisher at

http://www.savantbooksandpublications.com

 

Also available from Amazon.com, Savant Bookstore Honolulu, and fine online and "brick and mortar" bookstores everywhere.

 

Helen R. Davis Award-winning Author of

     CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED (Savant 2015)

     EVITA: MY LIFE (Booksurge 2009)

Author website at http://helendavisbooks.org/en/

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Octavian will be back in December. I will be on here a while longer though.


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Somehow it figures a god would cut and run just when I'm getting interested in talking directly with him. Octavian? Do you know the future as well as your past? If so, is it true that those who remain ignorant of history are indeed subject to repeating it? 
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Yes, "Octo!" Do tell us about Livia. She sounds familiar as an archetype throughout the centuries!
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Octavian will answer in December, around the time of Saturnalia.

You must wait patiently until that time, Dan [smile]

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Well, Dan, Livia was every bit as interesting as Cleopatra.   But I think it best to let Octo speak in December about her.

It was a shame that of the more interesting Roman wives and daughters couldn't fit into the Cleopatra series, but I had to prioritize. I wish Julia, daughter of Caesar's, role, had not been cut as much as it had. I found in the creative process that I adored Julia just as much as Cleopatra did.
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