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MikeDavis1953

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I must sign off now and run some errands before we get 8 more inches of snow in Casper this afternoon.

I have read some "One Night in Bangkok" and I am excited to see how it turns out and marketing for Savant!


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Aloha! This is Setsuko Tsuchiya, author of IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Aignos 2017). 

I was born in Japan. When I was a child, cosplay was not so popular. We mostly did plays in our classes at our schools from first to sixth grade. Recently, cosplay has become very popular in Japan. I think that most cosplay characters are from carton and comic books in Japan, so I don't know them well. But I like to see cosplay costumes, however. They are so real!
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Aloha Setsuko -- Savant Books and Publications has been considering working with a manga artist to create "comic book" versions of our published works. Do you think this might help create a new generation of book readers, and, more specifically, attract them to reading Savant/Aignos works? 
Author Raymond Gaynor

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Hi Setsuko. Congratulations on publishing IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Aignos 2017). As a fiction writer, I often look at non-fiction works with some awe. The attention to correctness and truth makes non-fiction a genre unto itself, placing considerable additional demands on the author. What was it like writing a non-fiction work? Where did the topic come from? 
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Dan, I love that comic book idea!
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The non fiction piece i have done was a paper i did on Cleopatra in 12th grade.
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Aloha!

Non fiction story basically requires one to carefully research evidence and truthfully reflect the people's comments. In fact my favorite writing is philosophy, like life or spirituality and love.

When I talked one of the publishers in Japan about my book, he said that a good quality book is not always the same as a good selling book. In Japan, if you want to sell well, I should write about love and how to find good husband.
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Sorry but i Must sign off now.  here is my 3rd excerpt

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


 

"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 ARGENTINA  (Custom Books 2017)

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

drjanik

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As an author AND video-producer, I've often pondered this question: From where is the "next generation" getting its information. Books? Comics? Television? DVDs? Movies? I had the experience of producing a made-for-television documentary called "Clean Water, Common Ground" (National Film Network, 1992, now out-of-print). It won two Telly awards for different aspects of documentaries. 

Producing a non-fiction work was incredibly time-consuming, especially (1) being careful to indicate what is interviewee opinion from fact, and (2) being careful to separate the veracity (truth) of what was being presented from the emotions that the visual images might be eliciting. In that sense, I believe, as Raymond stated, non-fiction works can involve considerable sensitivity, work, time and expense. This 20-minute work cost about $130,000 from inception to release and took close to three years to complete. Books, on the average, cost about $5,000 and less than a year to bring to release, creating more opportunities for readers to learn about new topics and opinions than viewers. 

I'm in the process of re-publishing this work, and, unlike a book, the difficulty, time and money involved in re-publishing it is many times that of a book. 

I personally encourage reading, as it is better for the mind, and more actively engages curiosity and discovery. 


Setsuko Tsuchiya

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This is Setsuko.

Manga and comic books are not difficult to read and understand. In Japan, I read old history about Japan by comic book. I am not sure that really correct or not deep issue, but It was fun to read by manga.

IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Aignos 2017) is a different genre or story, so this kind of book, I think, would be difficult to reduce to manga. Still, it would be interesting experiment. 
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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 (Savant 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 Savant Books and Publications Publisher's Store at 10% off the Suggested Retail Price with FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE WITHIN THE USA INCLUDING ALASKA AND HAWAII, Amazon.com, Savant Bookstore Honolulu 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

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A WHALE’S TALE by Daniel S. Janik - Excerpt #3 (Family Rated)

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“Chapter 11- Going Home

     My friend knew that Home was the place from which all whales ruled the Oceans, but neither of us knew where it was. The few salmon that knew a little whale song told him they had no idea where Whale Home was. The same thing happened several weeks later when we swam alongside a rocky coastline past a pod of dolphins, and again when we encountered a dangerous-looking pair of killer whales. Each time my friend disappeared briefly to ask them if they knew anything of our Home. He even visited a group of sea otters playing in the surf in some offshore kelp beds, but although they laughed and said that they had heard of it, they also had no idea where it might be. My boyfriend -- yes, we had become boyfriend and girlfriend by now -- seemed shaken, and stopped asking about Home, at least for a while.

     It was a good thing that he stopped trying to talk to all the ocean inhabitants, because the other whales were becoming less tolerant of his constantly leaving the pod and interfering with the Song. We were, after all, supposed to trust and follow the lead Keeper on the journey to find Home. Still, it had been well over a month now, and each of us was secretly wondering what would happen if we didn't find Home...”

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This is the second in the "Pacific Rim Naturalist" group of books for children, continuing the unique tradition of "talking up" rather than down to his readers, demonstrating in A WHALE’S TALE the power and beauty of narrative storytelling at its best. The book emphasizes the natural world, cooperation and humanistic ideals rather than conflict or violence. Designed to awaken curiosity, discovery, and new ways of thinking about the world in both children and adults, the book is an excellent way to introduce literacy with its lifelong learning pleasure to the next generation.

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An Oklahoma painter known for her vivid, almost photographic renditions of nature, illustrator Ruth Janik, who lived in Alaska and Hawaii, created the 20 line drawings in the book specifically for children to color. What resulted was an international public service project called the “Ocean of Whales” whereby children can download a larger rendition of a picture from the book, color it, and either scan it to send as an email attachment or mail it to Savant Books and Publication.  Our goal is to collect 10,000 such pictures and make them available to libraries, offices and organizations interested in promoting ocean and whale awareness. 

A WHALE'S TALE is the first in Savant's "Color-Me-Please" children's book series. 

A WHALE'S TALE
by Daniel S. Janik/Illustrated by Ruth Janik
92 pp.  8.25" x 5" Softcover
Color cover take from two original oil paintings
20 B&W "Color-Me-Please" Illustrations
ISBN 978-1442-105065

HOLLYWOOD BOOK FESTIVAL AWARD

Available in paperback, Kindle eBook and audiobook formats

Daniel S. Janik
Multi-Award-Winning Author of
     A WHALE’S TALE (Savant 2009)
     THE TURTLE DANCES (Savant 2013)
    SOURDOUGH SCOTT’S BEDTIME FAIRY STORIES FROM ALASKA (Publication Consultants 2005) - the first book in the “Pacific Rim Naturalist” series

Author website at http://janik.yolasite.com

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QUANTUM DEATH by A. G. Hayes with Raymond Gaynor - Excerpt #3 (This Excerpt is Family Rated):

As the plane began to descend from cruising altitude on approach to Honolulu, its sole occupant listened, aghast at what was being reported by the Russian military scientists through the Russian interpreter. There would be a flurry of Russian, only a little of which she could understand, then a crusty pause followed by the slow, almost mechanical voice of the military linguistic interpreter. 

"Maybe ten years ago…yes, ten years…the Russian military…tasked a secret…'think tank' I think you would call it…to theorize a weapon that could…destroy a nation's infrastructure…without harming it's basic resources, including its people. Over."

"A 'weapon'? Over." she asked of the disembodied voice on the other end of the crackling but secure line.

"I'm sorry. Exact translation is difficult. Perhaps 'a solution' or 'an approach'…the idea was to theorize a weapon or solution or approach…that could take the place of nuclear weapons. Mutually Assured Destruction—MAD—was never a solution acceptable to our military leaders. Over." 

"And they came up with…?" she probed. 

"They came up with…the kvantovaya mashina smerti…the 'Quantum Death Machine'…which our researchers here believe is…being deployed against the United States of America."

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About this Book:

It was an honor and privilege to be asked to join with A. G. Hayes in the continued creation of protagonist Koski and Falk's world of international intrigue. In this fifth in the Koski and Falk series, the two face both a political and technological conundrum of global proportion, which threatens the very foundations of democracy, free trade and capitalism. In QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016), Koski and Falk must pursue separate assignments to find the kvantovaya mashina smerti, or Quantum Death Machine, the pursuit of which seems destined to end in certain death, all while holding desperately onto to their budding feelings for each other. 

In the process, meet Thomas Steward, their handler and ostensible leader of the ultra- secret Cerebrus organization, as he returns to the field in a last swan song. And Kate Keenan, an old flame of Falk's, willing to fight Koski for his love and affection. And Alexei Korov, the affable captain of the Russian Yassin-class fast-attack submarine Severodvinsk, who finds himself center-stage in what might very well be the next and final nuclear war, as well as a host of other larger-as-life characters from what ultimately proves to be Koski and Falk's past, present and future. 

About the Authors:

A. G. Hayes

I was searching for a Koski and Falk adventure in-between THE CHEMICAL FACTOR (Savant 2015) and FINDING KATE (Savant, 2016), while blue-sky chatting with Raymond Gaynor, author of the Tripler and Clark series politico-techno-thriller TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2013), suddenly, in a synchronous "ah-ha" moment, we came up with the plot for QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016). 

The work emerged in its entirety over the next couple months, with Koski and Falk naturally assuming positions as key protagonists, and my new protagonist, Kate Keenan of FINDING KATE fame in an unusual half-antagonist/half-protagonist role. In QUANTUM DEATH the duo becomes a trio, at the least in the sense of a tense romantic triangle and at the worst a doomed ménage à trois, the outcome of which will ultimately determine the course of Koski and Falk's growing relationship. 

The work surrounds the existence of the enigmatic and elusive kvantovaya mashina smerti, or Quantum Death Machine, an imaginary device based on research Raymond and I did surrounding M-Superstring Theory and Quantum Science. 

QUANTUM DEATH is a perfect segue into FINDING KATE, which is actually a prequel to QUANTUM DEATH. Love those relationships, don't you?

Raymond Gaynor

It's difficult to point a finger at whose idea both the plot and romance twists were in QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016). It seemed like they came about simultaneously and serendipitously for both A. G. Hayes and myself during a series of phone chats about a new Koski and Falk adventure between THE CHEMICAL FACTOR (Savant 2015) and FINDING KATE (Savant, 2016). I had the pleasure of experiencing something like this when William Maltese and I came up with TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2013). With William Maltese, it was a directed synergy; with A. G. it was as if the characters spoke to us and told us each what to write. Spiritual, some might call it. 

One of the advantages of being a published author is meeting others, especially those destined for greatness like A. G. Hayes and William Maltese. Writing with them is a thrill I'll never forget. It's one of those life-defining moments. Since QUANTUM DEATH, A. G. and I have continued our lively phone chats. Who knows what other adventures may pop up? In the end, I can only say that it is the authoring journey that defines one, and, if some suitable stories appear along the way, all the better. 

But now it's time to stop talking about QUANTUM DEATH and commend it to you for your reading. I think you'll find within its pages and its twisty plot all the makings of a can't-put-it-down "good read."

QUANTUM DEATH (2016)
by A. G. Hayes with Raymond Gaynor
344 pp. - 5.25" x 8" Softcover Pocket Book
ISBN 978-0-9963255-3-0

Available directly from the publisher/printer with FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE WITHIN THE USA INCLUDING ALASKA AND HAWAII from the publisher at

https://mkt.com/savant-books-and-publications/item/quantum-death

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

Raymond Gaynor
Co-Author of
   QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016) by A. G. Hayes
       https://www.amazon.com/dp/0996325530
    TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2011) by William Maltese
       https://www.amazon.com/dp/1434403556

Under the Pseudonym Gary Martine, Award-winning Author of the adult series
   KINGSLEY & I (Pony Press, 2nd edition in production)
   KINGSLEY & I TOGETHER (Pony Press, second edition in production)
   KINGSLEY & I RELOADED (Pony Press, 2012)
       https://www.amazon.com/dp/1470015544

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Aloha, Setsuko here.

I wanted to mention that I'm thinking of dividing IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017) into two new works, updating and more fully developing them: The first would be a work on dance in more detail; the second a work on advances in somatic therapy. More about this as they progress. 
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IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY by Setsuko Tsuchiya - Excerpt #3 (This Excerpt is Family Rated)

"Somatic therapists, beginning with Wihelm Reich, would… include DMT[Dance Movement Therapy] and, massage therapy Rolfing acupressure, acupuncture and Reiki, which have basic, fundamental tools, techniques, approaches and resources. The big question is exactly what they have in common that would further define somatic therapy per se…As such, all…can be expected to have basic, fundamental 'movements' in common that are  part of somatic therapy's tools, techniques, approaches and resources that further uniquely define it."

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About this Book:

IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017) encapsulates the basic fundamental elements underlying dance, eurhymy and the laying on of hands—what I like to call “somatic therapy.” By that, I mean what can happen when humans come into contact with other living things. But it’s more than the somatic experience. It’s about the power to not just heal, but prevent illness and disease in a manner that’s both ancient and new. 

It is my hope that readers will come away with a new perspective on the power of touch and the universal body language that it creates. In today’s world of specialization, I think of somatic therapy as a unifying discipline in which everyone can participate, enjoy and receive benefit. Young or old, active or infirm, irrespective of language and culture, bodies share a group of fundamental characteristics, and these ultimately define somatic therapy. 

Somatic therapy, as I envision it, is the consequence of Dr. Wilhelm Reich’s earliest investigations into healing the mind by healing the body, rather than attempting, as his mentor and colleague, Dr. Sigmund Freud did, to heal the body by healing the mind. 

I hope you will enjoy journeying with me back in time and forward into the future IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY. 

About the Author:

As an amateur DanceSport (ballroom/Latin dance) athlete and competitor as well as a medical massage therapist, I often felt a deep but unspoken connection between the two. During my university studies, I had the opportunity to further explore this connection. Thus began my search for somatic therapy. 

At first, I thought that what dance and massage had in common was Dance Movement Therapy (DMT), a recognized form of psychological therapy. But being Japanese, I wanted something that was less language dependent and more body-based. I ultimately wanted to share what I discovered not only with English-speaking people, but Japanese speakers as well. It was this unique combination of wants that led me slowly away from DMT towards somatic therapy with the emphasis on the somatic or body rather than traditional psychological talk therapy. 

I never thought of myself as an author; however, I found myself writing everything down, and eventually decided to organize and record it all in the form of a master’s thesis. That quickly led to my wanting to share what I’d discovered with a broader audience. I was so pleased when Savant Books and Publications agreed to publish my work. 

In the future, I hope to travel, sharing what I’ve learned IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017). 

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 the publisher at

https://mkt.com/savant-books-and-publications/item/in-search-of-somatic-therapy

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

Setsuko Tsuchiya
     Author of IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017)

     Press release at https://www.prlog.org/12625245

 
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