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drjanik

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Good Morning and Happy New Year!

Let the chat begin!
keithrees

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Aloha and good morning Daniel!
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My apologies for the slight delay in getting today's chat going. We're continuing to experience telephone and internet access problems due to a damaged cable. This should be fully resolved in the next couple weeks. 

It's 2018 and all the end-of-year quarter four 2017 royalty statements, payments and IRS 1099 Misc statements have finally been completed and issued. Whew! That brings to completion the end-of-year 2017/beginning-of-year 2018 changeover madness. 

Aignos Publishing is now an established imprint of Savant Books and Publications, and my hope is that this will allow parallel releases, doubling the number of works we can publish per year. 

This year our new year's resolutions are to (1) publicize the Savant Bookstore Honolulu as the regional bookstore/outlet for East Oahu; (2) expand Savant Distribution to include additional sub-distributors targeting bookstores and libraries; (3) develop a set of branded merchandise to be offered through our online Publisher's Store; (4) continue developing a new type of publication which we call a-Books. 

How about you?
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Aloha Keith,

How are you? Where are you? :-) What's up in your authoring career?
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Hello all! Cleopatra, queen of Egypt here!
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Doffing my publisher hat and slipping on my editor's hat, I'm pleased to say that CLEOPATRA VICTORIOUS (Savant, in preparation) is already in it's second edit and looking great! I'm hoping author Helen R. Davis will join us soon and tell us more about her experience editing it and what she has planned for 2018. 

I was pleased to have the opportunity to read ILLEGAL (Aignos 2018), our first release of the year, and look forward to hearing what others think about it. This human drama about the plight of a Tex/Mex border family and the challenges they face is both timely and compelling. Congratulations to author E. M. Duesel and editor Karen Grimshaw!


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There are many online realtime author/book chats, but I think we're the only one that has a queen as a participant. Especially a queen from ancient Egypt who knows how to use the internet. Now there's a storyline worthy of a writer's time: someone notable from the past is somehow connected to to today's internet! I wonder what someone like Cleopatra or her contemporaries might say?
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Dear Dan,

I am glad your cable was restored as when we last spoke they were replacing it as I understand. I talked to David and apparently he will be in Hawaii nest week to show his new child.

Helen and I are working on a screenplay based on a true story of 2 disable people who found love despite society in Ohio from about 1980 to 2010. Thanks to your local scare I added a scene I remember from my childhood only too well. That is when we did the "Duck and Cover" movie and practiced it in class and even on the playground. My favorite moronic quote in that civil defense film is "Even a newspaper can provide some defense against radiation."
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Aloha Daniel. No worries about the delay, I understand that's a hassle with the internet and phone issues out there. Sounds like an exciting time to be a part of Savant Books and Publications! Some very exciting things happening I can see!

I'm checking in from Austin, TX, where we've had a string of frigid days, but now we're back to a normal winter. I'm getting excited for the upcoming release of ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK, a time-travel adventure set in the year 2065 in a dazzling, futuristic setting in Bangkok. Miles Devereaux, an ordinary family man from 2005 New Orleans, mysteriously winds up in the future and immediately is thrust into a real-life game of chess! He has one night to meet the challenge and solve the mystery of his time travel in order to get back to his own time. ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK is currently through the first stage of editing, along with the talented Helen R. Davis, and progressing through publishing process.

My website and blog are available at https://reeskeithr.wixsite.com/krrees, where readers can find previous works that I self-published through the last 10 years.
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Hello Mike and Helen, i.e. Cleopatra!
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Well Dan, this 'internet' is certainly something that the Roman roads would find intriguing!  I believe  Marc Antony would find it useful. I shudder to think what the vile Octavian would do with it. I think the Egyptian people could find it useful.

I am pleased to hear of your works of producing new codexes. I would love to join your library and discuss today's events with many of those alive today.   But for the sake of those who may not care to discuss this, let us discuss these great works of literature. Literature often can enlighten and spark great ideas. 
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I have also read Illegal. It is a fast paced thriller that covers the multitude of issues in border communities involving drug cartels, human sex trafficking, the surveillance state, and how hatred and prejudices come in multiple forms and is not always easy to spot. Congratulations to E.M. Duesel and everyone who worked on the book!
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Exchanging my editor's hat for that of an author, I was surprised when my attention abruptly shifted from two manuscripts I've been slowly developing, namely "The Sword of Kamehameha" and "The Bridge at Vittorio Veneto" were abruptly set aside in order to further an old manuscript I've had lurking in the background called "The Edge of Madness" resurfaced with a vengeance. It was the accidental nuclear strike alert we had last week that made it resurface. 

To most people in the world, it was simply an unfortunate accident of the times, but to those of us who experienced it, it was wholly different: We were alerted on our cell phones early in the morning and told that one or more missiles were incoming to Hawaii, that we should seek immediate shelter, and that this was not a drill. In essence, that mean everyone receiving the message had twenty minutes max to make peace with themselves, their family and maker, before being obliterated from this world. The "cancellation" didn't come for over a half hour, meaning, that, from our point-of-view, we were simply waiting to die. That left Honolulu with over a million post-traumatic stress individuals, something which totally flew past the various apologetic authorities. Who will offer them help resolving the death-conflict? In my manuscript, "The Edge of Madness" a similar situation surrounds one individual who, because of his "madness," can drift partially between various earth-analogs in other universes. 
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What is 'Illegal?' Drug cartels? Human trafficking? It doesn't sound like your world is too different from the one I left!
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I can't imagine the "real" feeling of getting a scare like that. That was an awful situation out there, but fortunately it was just a human error at a keyboard. But to actually be a part of a scare like that like you were, I just can't imagine it. I can definitely see how that would get the creative juices flowing, so that's great to hear about your current project.
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