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drjanik

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ONE NIGHT IN BANKOK (Savant, in preparation) sounds well beyond intriguing. Personally, I teethed as an author on sci-fi, and today's sci-fi is extraordinarily rich compared to the simplicity of the stories of the past. 

I find that a lot of the richness in my own writing comes from actually visiting places or experiencing events I write about. How about you, Keith, and you, Helen? 

Good morning, Michael. Anything you want to share with us as Director of Publicity and Marketing, given the new year?
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Dan, this is Helen here. Cleopatra will be right back.

I agree with you on writing. Did I ever tell you that a college professor told me that nothing i ever wrote could be based on anything else, including my own experiences?
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Aloha!  Raymond Gaynor, co-author with A. G. Hayes of QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016). Hearing about the Hawaii incident makes me think of how the folks in QUANTUM DEATH must have felt when they were faced with the reality of the total political destruction of the USA by the quantum death machine. Good thing Special Agents Susan Koski and Joseph Falk were there to help unravel the crisis. Too bad Hawaii didn't have a couple like that on the scene!
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An interesting topic, that, Helen. Can one write effectively about something or someone totally outside of a writer's experience? That would be, from the writer's point-of-view, pure fantasy I guess. Anyone here have such an experience?
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Oh I agree totally about visiting places and experiencing events helps in the creative process. I admit I have not been to Bangkok but did quite a bit of research on it before diving into writing ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK. Personal experiences add to the process as well. I visited the Hawaiian Islands many times and did some extensive research on Maui before I wrote my last self-published work called "The Lunas", which is set on Maui. I had the same experience with another book called "Take the Water to the Mountain", which was set on South Padre Island, TX, a place I am very familiar with.  It really does add to the experience as a reader who may be familiar with these places too, just by reading it they will know that the author did their homework!
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Putting on my author hat, i would like to chat a bit about one of my non Savant works. The Most Happy, an alternate history of Anne Boleyn has received a lot of internet buzz. Taking place in 16th century England, this novel imagines Henry VIII perishing in a jousting accident after Anne bears Henry a son. Anne does not die on the scaffold, but instead, rules England as Regent for the next 19 years. It has been reviewed by Robyn Mendolhson, who used to work for the BBC as a producer. SHe gave the work 5 stars, saying that Anne's tragic reality hit her harder than ever after reading it.  I also would like to give a shout out to Carolina Casas, co-author of Isabella Unashamed. This is about Isabella of Castile.


Cleopatra here. I am intrigued to learn of some of the great queens in history that succeeded me.  Boudicca and Eleanor of Aquitaine seem to have been queens that are amazing.  Isabella and Castile and I have met and had our discussions.  We debate often.  Helen, my muse, is intrigued by Gaul and its women-- and its men. Mr. Davis, you are her father-- what is it with Helen and Gaul-- and the men of that country? Is it like me and the Romans? Do tell me!

I believe Helen should post her excerpt next [wink]
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Dan, I think the professor who said that was not anyone whose advice or points of view should be heeded.   Someone who gives advice like that is not anyone who can be taken seriously.  He  privately asked me to publish a pornographic poem of his for Shadow and Light. I respectfully declined.
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Strange that topic should come up, as the plots to both of my published works are, as Dan suggests, "pure fantasy," though, in fact, they are more extensions of what we're experiencing today. Sort of "in-the-future" "what if's." The quantum death machine in QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016) is an example. It's based on a number of newly explored aspects of quantum physics, something in the back of everyone's mind even if one doesn't really understand any of it.
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In TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2013), co-author William Maltese and I explore something less technological and more political: the economic meltdown of the USA, again, something that's got to be in the back of almost everyone's mind today. 
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Putting on my marketing hat, I have been researching better ways to publicize and distribute our books. So far, whilst apparently slow, email marketing, setting up your own website and blog, and personal appearances seem the best way to market and sell books. In my experience people prefer to buy books (and many other products) from people they know, like, and trust. So even in the internet and social media world I advise people to remember that they want everyone to but their books. So try to be as friendly as possible! Know that bashing other people's belief systems and opinions is useless in business and commerce, and frankly in most areas of human relationships.
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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...”

 -----

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 Oklahoma artist Ruth Janik.  

A WHALE'S TALE (Savant 2009)
by Daniel S. Janik / Illustrated by Ruth Janik
Available from the Savant Books and Publications Bookstore, Amazon.com and at fine bookstores everywhere.

Sincerely,
Daniel S. Janik
Author of the award-winning, Savant "Color-Me-Please" children's books
  A WHALE'S TALE (Savant, 2009) at
     https://mkt.com/savant-books-and-publications/item/a-whale-s-tale-1
  THE TURTLE DANCES (Savant, 2013) at
     https://mkt.com/savant-books-and-publications/item/the-turtle-dances

Press Release for A WHALE'S TALE at http://www.prlog.org/10298558

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CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED by Helen R. Davis - Excerpt #1 (This Excerpt is Family Rated)

 

The first book in a series 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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QUANTUM DEATH by A. G. Hayes with Raymond Gaynor - Excerpt #1 (This Excerpt is Family Rated):

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     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. 

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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

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I loved your reply, Keith, and its honesty made me want to get a copy of ONE NIGHT IN BANKOK (Savant, in preparation) and devour it. 

I can say the same with E. M. Duesel's new release, ILLEGAL (Aignos 2018). 

One "test" of whether a work I've published is true to its nature, is if I can re-read it at least ten times without losing interest. 
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As I ponder what's being said in today's chat, I can't help but wonder where alt-history fits? Isn't it really, at heart, sci-fi without the technology? I'm particularly intrigued by Helen posting not only as herself but also as the protagonist in her book. If that isn't sci-fi, or at least hist-fi or alt-hist in the same style as sci-fi, then what is?  
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This is me putting on my parental hat. Yes, my daughter has been fascinated by French culture, literature, language, history and politics since she was about 3 years old. She has been intrigued by politics for about 20 years as well. I will now try to tie this into epigenetics and Quantum Mechanics.
I was also fascinated by France because my Grandfather Davis was a company cook in World War I and an avid advocate against war. So when Helen started speaking French I was sort of able to help her and answer many questions as I had studied the French Revolution and their history for many years.I told her how I did not like President Charles de Gaulle because he was still doing above ground nuclear testing when I was in high school. Also, my parents were in Paris during the events of "The Day of the Jackel".
So I think each of us not only have obvious ties to our family histories, but we have epigenetic signal such as described in "You are what your grandparents ate", but also issues involved in Quantum Entanglement as well. Finally, I had a near death experience in 2017 and that event changed how I view life.

I am appalled that one person caused such mental havoc in Hawaii.


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