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HelenRuthDavis

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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 readone 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://www.helendavisbooks.com

 








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I quite agree that both QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016) and STORYTELLER are, to some extent, more than just novels, but visionary and prophetic works. These is a very different "feel" about the world today. I can't quite put my finger on it, but it has something to do with a new morality coupled with a growing anti-intellectualism. I doubt it's unique in history, but, either because it is different from the milieu in which I grew up, or, it's anti-humanistic flavor in general, I feel a sense of concern, which probably creeps into my own works, A WHALE'S TALE (Savant 2009) and THE TURTLE DANCES (Savant 2013) clearly excluded. Anyone else feel the kind of "over the shoulder" uneasiness?
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Thank you Mike! Yes parts 2 and 3 are already completed. I wrote The One Night Trilogy all at the same time, one after another. Took over a year to finish them all. ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK is the first.
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I feel bad that I joined your chat. You won't see me on here again. Good luck with your books y'all. 
keithrees

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ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK may have some prophetic references in it as well with respect to our ever increasing debate on immigration in this country.  As Dan says, its probably not something unique to history, but seems to be a forefront of discussions lately and has been for some time.
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ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK by Keith R. Rees - Excerpt #2 (This Excerpt is Family Rated)

Chapter 2 – The Pawns
He left the tavern and stepped out into the busy terminal. It was still very crowded with
people going every which way. Glancing up at the marquee, he saw that ground transportation
was just ahead. He stepped onto the crowded moving sidewalk and was whisked away in that
direction. He saw another sign for the outside terminus. He hopped off the sidewalk and made
his way down another speedy escalator. It was longer than he imagined. It must have descended
at least ten floors. When he reached the bottom, he knew it must be the right place. Just outside
the giant entry doors to the terminal he could see the long, sleek, tubular transports that he had
seen from the air. They came in all different sizes; there were some to accommodate many
people and some for one or two passengers. Curling his lip, Miles uttered, "Well at least they still
have buses and taxis."


https://www.prlog.org/12714186-one-night-in-bangkok-by-keith-rees.jpg

Keith R. Rees has been writing professionally for over 20 years. ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK, a
science fiction work, is the first installment in what is projected to become The One Night
Trilogy. He has always been a fan of science fiction, particularly stories that involve time travel,
and writes stories that have both realistic and human sides to them.
"One Night in Bangkok is a time travel adventure that science fiction fans will enjoy but I'm
hoping fans of other genres as well, such as mystery, suspense and humor," says Rees. "The
trilogy is based on time travel but at the heart of it all is a powerful story about family."

ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK (Savant 2018)
by Keith R. Rees
222 pp. - 5.25" x 8" Softcover Pocket Book
ISBN/EAN 978-0-9972472-9-9
Suggested Retail Price (SRP) - $16.95

Available directly from the publisher via the Publisher's Store with FREE SHIPPING
ANYWHERE WITHIN THE USA INCLUDING ALASKA AND HAWAII at
https://mkt.com/savant-books-and-publications/item/one-night-in-bangkok
Also available from Amazon.com and Amazon affiliated sites worldwide, Savant Bookstore
Honolulu (http://www.savantbookstorehonolulu.com), and both fine online and "brick and
mortar" bookstores everywhere.

Savant Books and Publications publishes enduring, transformative literary works with a twist.

Keith R. Rees
Author of
ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK (Savant 2018)
Author website at https://reeskeithr.wixsite.com/krrees

keithrees

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You seasoned chatters will have to show me how to get the jpg link to show up in these posts so the readers can see the book cover.
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One last try before I have to go....

ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK by Keith R. Rees - Excerpt #3 (This Excerpt is Family Rated)

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Chapter 4 – The Knight
The streets were quiet as he walked, but he could hear the faint sounds of activity
somewhere in the vicinity. It almost sounded like another open-air market or a street fair. But
then another sound could be heard. He could hear something that sounded eerily familiar echoing
down the darkened alleys. It was eerie because he could not see it but also exciting at the same
time. What could it be? he thought to himself. The sound came closer. It was either the low
rumbling hum of an engine motor, or the low, sustained growl of a dragon. Whatever it was,
Miles had a feeling it was most certainly meant to get his attention.


About this Book:
As he awakens on a plane, Miles Devereaux is confused, disoriented and otherwise oblivious to
what has happened to him. As the plane descends into an eye-popping spectacle of a city that is
unlike any other, he soon discovers he has awakened sixty years in the future in the dazzling city
of Bangkok. Soon, he is on a visionary adventure and battle to save himself in a real-life game of
chess. Miles is challenged with quickly adapting to an array of ingenious technology and
engineering marvels of the future as well as the ancient and deadly arts of the past. He must
match wits and physical skills with an array of colorful opponents, all the while catching a
glimpse of the sensational future. He slowly pieces together the mystery of his time travel and
how he can return to his own time before time runs out. What he does not know is he only has
one night to accomplish the impossible. One night to discover. One night to survive. One night in
Bangkok!

About the Author:
I've always been a storyteller. Even before I knew I could be a writer I loved telling stories. In
summers during my college days I worked as a counselor at summer camp for kids in East Texas.
Each night at bedtime in our cabin, I would sit in the middle of the floor and tell the kids science
fiction stories about outer space. The kids were never so quiet until these times as they would
hang on my every word. And each night after that, they would all remind me where I left off the
night before, which was a good thing because I was just making it all up as I went along!
I've always been inspired by other author's stories, movies and especially music. I had the good
fortune to be able to travel in my teens. I spent my first year in college overseas as an exchange
student on the island of Malta with my brother. After that we got to see a great deal of Europe as
well. And since then I have been able to see many fascinating places around the world. I've
observed how other countries live and the ways of their cultures. Everywhere I go though, I
always have some music with me and my vivid imagination.
It was these experiences and my propensity to use music as my springboard to bring my
imagination to life in words. At the age of twenty-six, I discovered I could write poetry. I became
obsessed with it. I could never find a pen and pad fast enough when ideas came pouring from my
mind. But during these twelve years of writing poetry, I always kept actual story ideas in mind,
brewing on the back burner as one might say. Some ideas I jotted own, some I just kept in my
head. And in 2007, I made the leap from poetry to novel writing. Eleven years and five novels
later, I haven't looked back. I even managed to put together two collections of my poetry during
that time. But writing novels has become my passion.
ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK is now my sixth novel and first with Savant Books and
Publications. It is the first of what is to become the One Night Trilogy. Parts two and three
(novels seven and eight for me) of this trilogy are already completed. And I've just begun work
on number nine, which is going to be a good old fashioned ghost story.
My stories are from multiple genres, including modern literature, fiction, historical fiction and
now science fiction with ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK. They are all available on Amazon.com
and other popular book sites.

ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK (Savant 2018)
by Keith R. Rees
222 pp. - 5.25" x 8" Softcover Pocket Book
ISBN/EAN 978-0-9972472-9-9
Suggested Retail Price (SRP) - $16.95

Available directly from the publisher via the Publisher's Store with FREE SHIPPING
ANYWHERE WITHIN THE USA INCLUDING ALASKA AND HAWAII at
https://mkt.com/savant-books-and-publications/item/one-night-in-bangkok
Also available from Amazon.com at https://www.amazon.com/dp/0997247290, Amazon affiliate
sites worldwide, Savant Bookstore Honolulu, Savant Bookstore Honolulu (http://
http://www.savantbookstorehonolulu.com), and both fine online and "brick and mortar" bookstores
everywhere.

Press Release at https://www.prlog.org/12714186

This work is distributed by Savant Distribution (http://www.savantdistribution.com) but is also
available at a lesser wholesale discount from Ingram Book Content and other distributors.
Aignos Publishing, an imprint of Savant Books and Publications, offers avant garde,
experimental and innovative works that "push the leading edge" of publishing. Savant Books and
Publications publishes enduring, transformative literary works with a twist


Keith R. Rees
Author of
ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK (Savant 2018)
THE LUNAS (Lulu 2016)
THE HANA SUN DOES SHINE (Lulu 2014)
TAKE THE WATER TO THE MOUNTAIN (Lulu 2012)
SHAKING THE TREE (Lulu 2009)
THE BRAZILIAN (Lulu 2008)
LEGEND UPON THE CANE (Lulu 2007)
QUILL AND INK (Publish America 2007)

drjanik

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Bunnies? Hmmm. I'm trying to envision a couple of largesse alien caterpillars visiting our solar system who intrinsically hate bunnies and how child readers might interpret that. Why would Truth and Tell hate rabbits (I assume you mean rabbits and not Hugh Hefner Bunnies)?

Keith - Welcome!  I'm re-reading your book for the, what is it now, third time? I've mentioned to you that, as an avid follower of M-Superstring Theory, I'm always intrigued by time travel. 

Nicholas - I'm sorry to hear about your loss of interest in authoring and reading. They are the very lifeblood of my existence. Publishing can be challenging, but I've always taken the approach that publishing, at least to some extent, like authoring has to be a business if one wants to communicate with large numbers of others. That has always been the challenge of moving from writer to author. It's a tough calling and not everyone can make the transition, though all of us strive to make it. 

Raymond - I was re-reading QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016) the other day while waiting for a business meeting, and it caught the eye of several others who are apparently thriller-addicts. One of my favorite parts is where an apparent Russian antagonist turns out to provide a key assist to Koski and Falk, quite literally saving Falk's life!

Michael - What can I say, dear friend and colleague. You're always there to help writers make that difficult change to authors. Always. My heartfelt "thank you" not only as a publisher, but as an author.

Helen - What a road we've traveled these past couple years, yes? There is nothing that warms my heart more than seeing a fellow dedicant blossom in their livelihood and self. I've enjoying editing your second Cleopatra Series book, CLEOPATRA VICTORIOUS. When editing, I have the opportunity to "get completely, totally into" a work, and ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome are three of my personal favorite times. 
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I finally figured it out 😉
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I noticed, Keith. Nothing like the heat of a chat to master something new!
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Well, I note that now that he is dead, Philip K. Dick's visions of the future are being turned into movies and TV routinely, i.e. "The Man in The High Castle" series. I also read that he told several people that an "angel" had given him the inspiration for many of his novels. They do seem particularly prophetic in terms of the strange vibe going on at this time and the overreaching nature of both government and corporate spying and mind control efforts. 

Both Storyteller and One Night in Bangkok also seem to have captured this atmosphere as well. But, I am sure this has happened before and will probably happen again in human history. In my first post I equate social media hysterics to the same destructive power as nuclear weapons because I sense they both cause enormous short term and long term damage to humans.
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he just hates ra bbits, Dan. it's something i thought was funny.
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Did I mention that I'm working on a sequel to TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2009)? I'm already at 44,000 words and should be bringing it soon to an end so I can submit it to Savant. The work is tentatively called "The Edge of Madness" and, like Keith Rees' work, ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK (Savant 2018), travels forward in time to a not so distant future, picking up obtusely where TOTAL MELTDOWN leaves off. The gist of the "new world," however isn't recognizable to the protagonist, who is so wrapped up on his own progression from childhood to young adulthood that he can't really see beyond himself. Isn't that a lot like what many people experience? I hope so. I hope that will be the topic link that will connect "The Edge of Madness" with today's readers. 
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Sorry I have to go so soon but I have a little one waiting patiently on me. Plus we're heading into town soon for the big reading and book launch tonight at Malvern Books, which is right off the "drag" near the Univ of TX. 

I'm getting more and more author events lined up as the weeks go by to get this thing off the ground and hopefully pick up some new readers along the way. As always, a big thank you to Dan and Mike for their great advice and 'roadmaps' to go along with this journey. 

Good to see everyone and good luck with the upcoming new releases. looking forward to them!
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