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THE TURTLE DANCES by Daniel S. Janik - Excerpt #3 (Family Rated) 

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"Chapter 13 - The Turtle Dances

    "You know what?" The young man offered, thinking of the two turtles they'd been watching. “We danced so well together, I think we might just win!"

"You know, I think so, too,“ replied his partner. “Thanks to our turtle-friends out there," the two finished together.

The couple returned, hand-in-hand, to the dance floor to join the line of competitors. Waiting for the judges to announce the awards, the young man turned to his now self-assured partner, touched the tip of her hand softly much the way the turtles had, and smiled. "The turtle dances," he said softly.

"Yes," she replied, while unseen in the distance, Isla and Surf happily executed a perfect bounce, twirl and slide. "The turtle dances!"

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Continuing the unique tradition of "talking up" rather than down to readers, THE TURTLE DANCES demonstrates the power and beauty of narrative storytelling at its finest. Designed to re-awaken curiosity, discovery in both children and adults, the book is an excellent way to introduce literacy and associated lifelong learning pleasures.

Mulit-award-winning author, naturalist, artist, photographer and movie producer Daniel S. Janik resides in Honolulu, Hawaii with his wife and dance partner, Setsuko Tsuchiya. Together they welcome Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles to Hawaii throughout the year. An Oklahoma painter known for her vivid, almost photographic renditions of nature, illustrator Ruth R. Janik created the 28 naturalistic line drawings in the book specifically for children to color.

THE TURTLE DANCES is the third in the Savant "Color-Me-Please" series, the third in the author's "Pacific Rim Naturalist" group of children's books and recipient of an ANIMALS, ANIMALS, ANIMALS BOOK FESTIVAL AWARD.  

THE TURTLE DANCES
by Daniel S. Janik
80 pp.  8.25" x 6" Softcover book with 28 B&W "Color-Me-Please" Illustrations
ISBN 978-0-9886640-1-2

Available from the publisher, printer, Savant Bookstore Honolulu, Amazon.com, online bookstores and other fine bookstores everywhere.

Daniel S. Janik

Multi-Award-winning author of
    THE TURTLE DANCES (Savant 2013)
          http://www.amazon.com//dp/0988664011

     A WHALE’S TALE (Savant 2009)
          http://www.amazon.com/dp/1442105062

     SOURDOUGH SCOTT'S BEDTIME FAIRY TALES FROM ALASKA (Publication Consultants 2005)
         https://www.amazon.com/dp/159433031X

     FOOTPRINTS, SMILES AND LITTLE WHITE LIES (Savant 2008)
          http://www.amazon.com/dp/1438252358 (softcover book)           
          http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001G0MOVG (Kindle eBook)

     THE ILLUSTRATED MIDDLE EARTH (Savant 2008)
          http://www.amazon.com/dp/1438262418

     LAST AND FINAL HARVEST (Savant 2008)
          http://www.amazon.com/dp/1438268416

     UNLOCK THE GENIUS WITHIN (Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2005)
          http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BY13D2Q

     A NEUROBIOLOGICAL THEORY AND METHOD OF LANGUAGE ACQUISITION (Lincom Europa, 2004)
          http://www.lincom-shop.eu/shop/article_ISBN%25209783895867637/LSNB-01%3A-A-Neurobiological-Theory-and-Method-of-Language-Acquisition.html
          http://www.amazon.com/dp/3895867632

     HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST ENGLISH LANGUAGE SCHOOL IN THE USA (Authorhouse, 2006)
          http://bookstore.authorhouse.com/Products/SKU-000356497/How-to-Choose-the-Best-English-Language-School-in-the-USA.aspx
          http://www.amazon.com/dp/1425934803

Award-winning poet with works appearing in
     VOLUTIONS (Savant 2014)
          http://www.amazon.com/dp/0991562216
     BELLWETHER MESSAGES (Savant 2013)
          http://www.savantbooksandpublications.com
     FIFTY-EIGHT STONES (Savant 2012)
          http://www.amazon.com/dp/0985250658 (softcover book)
          http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I5RVQXK (Kindle eBook)
    WAVELENGTHS (Savant 2011)
          http://www.amazon.com/dp/0982998767
    FIRST BREATH (Savant 2010)
          http://www.amazon.com/dp/0984555226

Award-winning producer of
     "Clean Water, Common Ground" (National Film Network, 1999)
          http://www.amazon.com/dp/0802607055

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

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So, Jim, what other works are you involved in writing and authoring? Any new prospects for Savant/Aignos?
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CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED by Helen R. Davis - Excerpt #2 (This Excerpt is Family Rated)

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"Cleopatra Elder particularly enjoyed sitting with her youngest daughter, reading aloud the stories and history of ancient Egypt in Egyptian from scrolls taken from the famous Library of Alexandria to the wide-eyed youth. She read to her in Greek about the country they ruled, and about glories of Greece, especially Macedonia where the Ptolemaic Dynasty had originated, and in Latin of contentious Rome, the newest empire and Egypt's current principal debt-holder. From earliest age, Cleopatra VII Philopater also heard of her personal protector, the Goddess Isis. When the Queen Mother tired, she would have her teenage maid, Charmion, a beautiful, ebony-colored Nubian slave who would later become Queen Cleopatra VII's personal maid and cosmetic advisor, recite hymns and sing praises in Egyptian to Isis. The first day she saw the young princess, Charmion fashioned an image of Isis made of soft cloth and dressed Egyptian-style in a linen sheath dress, along with a baby that attached to Isis' arm, meant to represent the both the Goddess' mythical son, Horus, and, at the same time, her newest daughter, Cleopatra Younger."

 

What reviewers and book festivals are saying: (pending)

 

Based on the PACIFIC RIM BOOK FESTIVAL AWARDED manuscript

 

Helen Davis has a long interest in history, religion, politics, and all nations. She has studied the ancient world through the gift of books since a very young age, her passion for this era kindled long ago. She has also researched and studied many other times and eras and has a passion for strong women who have governed nations from the past to the present.

 

"Cleopatra's story has been sensationalized to the point where she is has become as much legend and myth as history," says Davis. "In writing this story about what our world might have been like had she and Mark Antony won the dreadful Battle at Actium, it is my hope that readers will begin to appreciate her genius and ultimate impact on the world. The novel begins with a largely historical account of her life, and ends with her, unconquered, after the decisive Battle at Actium. The story is one about triumphing over insurmountable obstacles. It is my sincere hope that this first book in my Cleopatra trilogy will be a fun and enlightening read—one that readers won't want to put down."

 

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, and fine bookstores everywhere.

 

Helen R. Davis

Award-winning Author of CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED (Savant 2015)

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

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Oh, by the way, you mentioned, Jim, that Alex the parrot has his own squawk account now on social media. What is the URL?
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Dan, I am wondering when I would hear back about the Isabella Unashamed MS I have submitted? what about CV?
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Love that cover, Helen. I just can't get enough of it. Did you know that I'm on my 12th re-read of CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED (Savant 2015) and lovin' each re-read. 
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I think as you do that the current educational system has focused on rather dour memorization and propaganda rather than reading and thinking. It is sad to think that students riot at places like Berkley just because someone might say something that makes them feel "unsafe". We know that reading actually involves the most parts of your brain of any activity, but we have swamped out using our imagination for visual stimulation in the forms of movies, tv, videos, youtube, etc. In my opinion we somehow need to incorporate this desire for visual stimulation with our stories.

My idea for a sort of framework of Savant alternative and sci-fi books come from "The Past Through Tomorrow" by Robert Heinein who tied a bunch of his stories to an imaginary family with super long lifespans. It is important that we have really strong cover art and videos that can draw readers into the places each one of our books go. For example, I note several of us writing about the dolphins, whales, elephants, and birds that obviously have intelligence and lessons to teach. As a biochemist I have learned that ecological systems have very important impacts on how DNA is expressed. We have become as arrogant species without wisdom.

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They should have been sent directly to "savantsubmissions@gmail.com" for our Editor-in-Chief and Acquisitions Officer, Mr. David Shinsato to review. His recommendation goes to the board, who, if they believe warrant it, do a marketing survey and report back to the board. If approved (usually two to six months) you'll hear from me with a contract offer. Be patient. While your submission is the most important to you, we receive many, each requiring a thorough and fair appraisal. In the meantime, continue P&M surrounding CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED (Savant 2015), building a critical reader base interested in the sequel. 
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Mike is mentioning several topics that I'm interested in, plus I'm a fan of Taleb. 

I "sorta" know Rupert Sheldrake, the Cambridge biologist, who has strong and provocative opinions on evolutionary biology, nature vs. nurture and what he calls "morphic fields".  Mike probably knows all this.

There are few biologists in the world who know much more about animal behavior and animal consciousness than Rupert. He's probably up on all the biochem as it relates to cognition.  But at the same time, Rupert is also a great story-teller, and his book about animals knowing when their owners are coming home is as hilarious as it is insightful.

This influenced Saddam's Parrot, because Rupert spoke a lot in the aforementioned about his days as a kid raising pigeons and how as a researcher he tried to test hypotheses about the many silly theories that supposedly explained the homing abilities of pigeons.  None of them held up to close scrutiny.

Deeply affected by all of this I made a "pigeoneer" from the old US Army Signal Corps one of the characters in Saddam's Parrot.   In the story he raises and races homing pigeons--I mean world-class pigeons.  I don't want to ruin the story by telling how all of this figures into the resolution, but suffice to say that "the homers" play a key role in the conspiracy.  In the credits to Saddam's Parrot I provide references for further reading and study of the uncanny navigation abilities of pigeons.   

This might actually provide an entre for Dan to throw in something about Isla and sea turtles.   I would like to hear Mike expound on any of the above.

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Dr Mike, I am grateful to have you as a father, and to the intelligent mother I have too. Propaganda, whether far-right or far-left, is dangerous and disastrous.  Dan, as you re-read Cleopatra Unconquered, I ask you to consider my goal to play her. It is a desire of my heart. I can see myself in it, and I am glad to hear you say how much you love it. We need to get more exposure for Cleopatra.

Jim, looking forward to Saddam's parrot.
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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 ARGENTINA  (Custom Books 2017)

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

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Going on in this line of thought, perhaps we can have other animals introduce pour books in youtube videos:

Saddam's Parrot might say :" Here is another sad story of tyranny in human history, told by the woman who survived medieval Spain."

An elephant could introduce your Ike and alien book saying " Here is how the aliens began their takeover of earth"

Anyway, I think I will sign off now and talk to you next  week.
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OMG! How can I have left out my own protagonists, the humpback whale and Isla, the Hawaiian green sea turtle? Too bad we can't sell our works to them. Perhaps it's a matter of presentation of form? Now if we could just discover exactly how whales, turtles, parrots, elephants and dolphins would like to be presented our novels, we would totally corner the market. And I hope they'd find our human works at least amusing. 
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i'm leaving too.  Au revoir everyone!
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Yes, it's time to bring today's chat to a close -- just when it was getting really interesting. As Director of Publicity and Marketing, I give you full authority to explore the potential world of animal readers, and, of course, how to get them credit cards to pay for the works. 

See everyone next chat on 17 June 2017. O-o-o-o. 17 on 17, that's got to mean something!?
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