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drjanik

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i'm curious what made everyone on this chat want to become an author, and what specifically triggered you to write the work you're currently having published with Savant/Aignos. 
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There is a moment in the movie "Full Metal Jacket" where the drill sergeant tells the bumbling private at the firing range, "We finally found something you do well!" That's how I feel about writing. I get such a great feeling of accomplishment whenever I finish a novel, and I just love telling stories.  So I know it is something I will continue to do as long as I can.

I hate to cut this short but I have a lot of irons in the fire this weekend with the move coming up in a few days. Thanks again Dan, and nice to meet you E.M. I look forward to reading ILLEGAL.

Have a great weekend guys!
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I wanted to respond to Dan's posts before I go. I had seen the call for poems on the website. That's quite a challenge as I have not written a poem in some years. I may take a shot at it and come out of poetry 'retirement.'  

I just love to tell stories. I used to tell stories to campers as a camp counselor and I would do it every night to put them to bed. One night a camper missed my story because he was ill and was crying the next day and when asked why he was upset, he said "Because I missed Keith's story last night!" When I learned I could actually write stories (and make them coherent lol), I never looked back after that.

Take care guys.
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Aloha Nature Children's Book Lovers:

IT'S TIME FOR A BOOK GIVE-AWAY CONTEST: 

I'm itching to give-away a signed copy of my award-winning A WHALE'S TALE (Savant 2008) to the FIRST PERSON who can answer all the following questions before thirty minutes from the end of this chat:

1. Of the so far 100 some Savant works in print, how many books total are by the author of A WHALE'S TALE? 

2. A WHALE'S TALE is the second in the Pacific Rim Naturalist and first in the Savant "Color-Me-Please" children's books series. What is the title of FIRST book in the Pacific Rim Naturalist series (hint: it was not published by Savant but it's locatable under one of my many pan-names -- "Dan Janik" and "Sourdough Scott"-- on Amazon.com)?  

3. What is the name of the author and title of the second book in the Savant "Color -Me-Please" series (hint: it's by an author whose first name is that of a kind of bird, and is about ponca-unicorns)?

4. To which URL should a school teacher go on the internet to learn about and take advantage of my free, international, public service project, "Ocean of Whales," associated with A WHALE'S TALE? (Hint: a good place to begin looking is on my author webpage beginning at http://janik.yolasite.com)

5. Who illustrated A WHALE'S TALE?

6. One of our current authors served as the editor for A WHALE'S TALE, though he/she's since retired from editing and is listed on the Savant website only as a Savant author.  What is his/her name (Hint: It's a Savant author originally from Los Angeles, California, whose book, published by Savant in 2009, won three book awards and is the only Savant book to have a jazz CD of the same title)?

7. If someone wanted to acquire five or ten copies of A WHALE'S TALE at a discounted rate to use for birthdays, Whale's Day or Christmas gifts, what URL should he or she go to for the best discount price (Hint: Go to http://www.savantbooksandpublications.com and click on the "Publisher's Store" -- locate the work under "Books, Fiction" and click on the cover image. 

 8.  In my A WHALE'S TALE Savant Press Release, I mention my "true author passion." What is it (hint: All Savant book webpages link directly to our Publisher's Store (aka Savant SquareUp Market) and, in the information portion, include a link to the primary book release press release generally located at the end of the information)?

You must post your 8 answers together in one reply on this chat topic thread. GO FOR IT!

"Have Whale, Will Travel"
Daniel S. Janik, multi-award-winning author of
     A WHALE'S TALE (Savant 2008)
     THE TURTLE DANCES (Savant 2013)
     

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Writing is a second skin to me, so much so, that I didn't even realize that it was truly what I wanted to do until I went through probably, one of the hardest times in my life in 1992.  The pain I felt was released into my first book (self-published) DEATHLINKS.  Having been raised in the arts, working hard at something to make yourself better and better is like giving yourself new life.  Writing is a tonic for me.
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Thank you, everyone.  It was lovely chatting with all of you, but I am due at another engagement.  Can't wait for next month.
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LOVE your point about hubris, E. M. "Working hard at something to make yourself better and better" has always been what writing and authoring are about for me. And it has made me better, at least, I think so. 

What is DEATHLINKS about? Is it available on Amazon? 
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Aloha!

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

After publishing the book in English (I am Japanese and English is a second language), my next challenge is marketing -- how to spread the word about my book to everyone.
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Hi Setsuko!  Congratulations on the publication of your ground-breaking book! I hear that folks in dance, massage, somatic therapy, even the greats as Esalen have requested copies of your book! Being a dancer and former physician, I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy. In your own words, what is the gist of IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017)? 
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QUANTUM DEATH by A. G. Hayes with Raymond Gaynor- Excerpt #2 (This Excerpt is Restricted due to graphic content):

"Mr. Hempsted. It's Agent Falk," he said working his way through the door and cautiously around to the front of the chair. "I visited you earlier, and was wondering if we might…" 

Aaron Hempsted was sitting, head erect, rheumy bloodshot eyes fixed open, staring at Falk, his mouth limply agape, his unshaven face even whiter than before. A bloodless hand gripped each of the threadbare chair arms, making it appear as if he were pushing himself back into the seat. A small rivulet of dark, coagulated blood had worked its way alongside his nose and down one cheek from a small, round entry hole in the middle of his forehead. The man's shocked expression was accentuated by a halo of dark red blood splattered behind the man's resting head onto a white embroidered doily draped over the back of the easy chair. 

Falk squatted, raising his weapon and holding it with both hands as he swept the room…

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Multi-award winning author A. G. Hayes studied television writing at UCLA and has published short fiction, "Cover up" - "Not a Penny Pincher” - "Home" - "Payment in Full" - "Small Wonder" - Fate Magazine-"Guided Through a Mine Field" and other scripts to CBS TV and other television productions. He lives in Northern California, and spends his time writing and traveling to nearly every part of the world. He has used personal experiences gained during service with the British intelligence in Eastern Europe and the Middle East to enrich the characters of his protagonist teams. "Quantum Death is a deeply human story beyond up-to-date that pushes the edge of the envelope," says Hayes. "Despite being parted, their relationship never stops developing and the story never loses the quintessential Koski and Falk." 

Raymond Gaynor is the pen-name of a multi-award-winning, reclusive writer-artist-photographer-videographer, who, in his own words, "lives and breathes" San Francisco. He is co-author with William Maltese on the Tripler and Clarke gay political thriller, TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2011) and is the author of numerous fiction and non-fiction works published under a number of pseudonyms. "When co-authoring a work, it's always first in my mind to preserve the first author's style and voice, which I believe readers will find well accomplished," says Gaynor. "A close second is to add significantly to the work, which was incredibly easy and fun when working with A. G. Hayes. I think this is reflected in the adventure's compelling yet clean, easy read. Love Koski and Falk. Who couldn't?"

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

AMSTERDAM BOOK FESTIVAL AWARD

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT QUANTUM DEATH:

4/5 Stars: "Quantum Death left me on the edge of my seat beginning to end" - Karen (Amazon Review)

4/5 Stars: "for those who like intrigue, action, and mystery, yet are really more interested in the why did the event happen or what are the mechanics behind it" - Pandora (Amazon Review)

3/5 Stars: "provide a very unique premise in a genre that, these days, is hard-pressed to come up with anything original" - William Maltese (Amazon Review)

Available directly from the Savant Publisher's Store with FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE WITHIN THE USA INCLUDING ALASKA AND HAWAII at

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

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

Raymond Gaynor
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   QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016) by A. G. Hayes
Author website at http://garymartine.yolasite.com/raymondgaynor.php

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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 (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 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/"brick and mortar" bookstores everywhere.

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

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I felt challenged to publish a book for my master's degree. It had to be in English, so I almost gave up on my degree program, but now I am so pleased to graduate and see it published. I hope it will be of interest to all future somatic therapists. 

Setsuko Tsuchiya
     Author of IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017)
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Wow. It's not common for a master's thesis to be published as a book outside the university. Who suggested you do this, and why Savant Books and Publications?
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One of my mentors and the chair of my thesis committee, Dr. Zachary M. Oliver, upon reading my thesis, suggested I publish it. He had a book of his own, FALLING BUT FULFILLED (Savant 2012) published by Savant Books and Publications and thought Savant might be interested in my topic. I was so pleased to have the manuscript accepted for publication.
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How did you get into the field of somatic therapy? Your approach is quite different from most. 
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