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Elvis, Santa, and Kurt Russell

Last week, I read a USA Today review of the new Netflix movie titled The Christmas Chronicles. It stars Kurt Russell, one of my favorites, as a wonderfully different Santa Claus.

Title - Christmas Chronicles

 

But I panicked when the review talked about him zooming around in muscle cars. I thought, “Ah, man, they’ve got Santa flying in something like the jet sled in my book BIG E and the SANTA MAN.”

Big E and Santa in Jet Sled

 

To my relief, Kurt Russell’s radical sleigh still had reindeer pulling it.

Christmas Chronicles Sleigh with Reindeer

Interesting design, but it can’t fly without reindeer like the Big E’s jet sled can.

 

Santa's Sleigh with Wings

The closest it comes is when the reindeer are accidentally untethered, and wings pop out to glide it down to safety. Unfortunately, one wing clips a water tower, and the sleigh crashes.

You might notice that the next picture shows a different design than the first one. When the sleigh crashed, the elves rebuilt it, and for some unexplained reason, it came out different. That’s why the USA Today writer referred to muscle cars, not just one.

Santa in front of Christmas Chronicles Sleigh

Yes, that’s Kurt Russell as Santa Claus

 

Santa’s sleigh also crashed in my book, and because the elves had just one hour, they did urgent repairs that got it flyable, but looking rather makeshift. After Christmas they rebuilt it just like it had been.

Another interesting comparison between The Christmas Chronicles and BIG E and the SANTA MAN is the people who got to ride in the sleighs/sled so central to the task of saving Christmas.

Santa with Kids on Christmas Chronicles Sleigh

Kurt Russell’s Santa sleigh carries a brother and sister who had discovered it unoccupied while Santa was depositing presents down local chimneys (He doesn’t go down chimneys in this fantasy, but the presents do). The kids climbed in the sleigh and hid in the back. Santa took off without realizing they were there.

In Part 2 of BIG E and the SANTA MAN, two elves get to pilot the jet sled; the oldest elf standing on the seat steering, and the head elf on the floor pushing the accelerator. Deeper into the plot, the old elf gets to fly Santa’s sleigh. One of the cool parts near the ending has him do a buzz dive directly at the bad guy and scare him and his henchmen so bad they run away from Santa’s castle in a frenzied retreat. After that, he was like a folk-hero to the young elves.

Santa's Sack of Presents

Santa’s sack of presents actually factors into the plot of both the movie and my book. When Kurt Russell’s Santa sleigh has its violent crash, the sack is tossed to some unseen place.

But in my story, Santa has lots of sacks of presents and is forced to throw them all out of his sleigh (it’s too long to explain why here). Then, Big E and Santa have to go back in the jet sled to rescue the presents in a race against the villain who’s trying to ruin Christmas.

 

That’s about it for comparisons between The Christmas Chronicles and BIG E and the SANTA MAN. So let’s talk about Kurt Russell as Santa Claus. This is a good photo of him.

Kurt Russell as Santa in The Christmas Chronicles

This is not the popular image of a chubby, ruby-cheeked old Santa. In fact, the USA Today review calls him a “real action hero,” and another review on Polygon.com says “Santa is hot.” They also say, “He’s styled as something of a bearded Elvis, introducing himself by saying, ‘Live and in person, one night only.’”

Santa in Jail singing Santa Claus is Back in Town

In another twist that makes The Christmas Chronicles  unique holiday movie, here we have Santa singing while in a jail cell. You might recognize the tag line as a lyric from the terrific Elvis blues song, “Santa Clause is Back in Town.” The movie soundtrack also includes the Elvis’ classic “Here Comes Santa Claus.”

 

Kurt Russell is 67 years old, and he is terrific as a bearded older Elvis, but look at this:

Kurt Russel in Elvis the Movie

Here he is at 28 in front of Graceland in the 1979 made-for-TV movie that appeared on ABC.

Kurt Russell in Elvis the Movie

 

Kurt Russell Young Elvis

 

Elvis the Movie is available on YouTube if you don’t mind watching it in sections.

The Christmas Chronicles is available on Netflix any time you want to watch it, and I hope you do. It’s a lot of fun, and Kurt Russel is perfect as hot, action hero Santa.

And BIG E and the SANTA MAN is available at Amazon. In my stories Big E is the action hero, and Santa is the willing sidekick.

A strong case could be made that The Christmas Chronicles is the most unusual holiday movie ever made. Well, for three years I have been saying that my book is the most unusual Christmas novel ever written.

And, to make it especially good for you fans, Big E is in it to give you a huge booster shot of Elvis.

Big E Bust

If you have no trouble envisioning Elvis as a brave, daring and resourceful hero, then you will like following Big E in his adventures. This guy is cool, and he and Santa make a heck of a team.

 

Big E and the Santa Man Scroll

 

You also remember me asking for your help by buying copies of BIG E and the SANTA MAN. I’m happy to report your response was so good that the costs of my blog platform and URL have been covered. Thank you very much. I really appreciate it.

But I don’t see why I should stop promoting my book while there is still time for delivery before Christmas. For one thing, I need to sell seven more books to reach the Amazon threshold for withdrawing my royalty money.

So, could I ask a few more of you to get a copy of my book. It’s a great well-written story, Elvis fans have really liked it, and it costs only ten bucks.

OK, I’m going to do one more last thing about Kurt Russell and Elvis, then hit you with the closing pitch on BIG E and the SANTA MAN.


Many of you already know about this, but for the rest of you, this is young Kurt Russell kicking Elvis in the 1964 movie, It Happened at the World’s Fair.

Kurt-Russell Kicking Elvis in It Happened at the World's Fair

 


 

We’ll end with a pretty low-key final pitch for my book. Maybe just a few more tidbits about what makes BIG E and the SANTA MAN so interesting.

Elves Playing Guitars in Big E and the Santa Man

There are no pictures in my book, but this one comes pretty close to depicting the elves that Big E teaches how to play rock and roll. The four little guys form a tight back-up band and rock out with Big E. You’ll love the concert they put on for Santa and Mama Claus the night after Christmas.

 

Scrooge's Space Station in Big E and the Santa Man

The villain in my story resides in a space station hoovering over the North Pole. His henchmen are bad elves that Santa had kicked out for shoddy workmanship on the presents and constant trouble-making. They hold a grudge and are happy to help in a plot to ruin Christmas.

Big E Close-up

Here is Big E again. Look at his eyes. He’s sending you a telepathic message:

“Buy a copy of this book about me and Santa.
You’ll be glad you did.”

 

Here’s where to get them:

BIG E and the SANTA MAN – Amazon.com webpage

BIG E and the SANTA MAN – Part 2: Amazon.com webpage

 

 

Thank you,

Phil Arnold
Original ElvisBlogmeister (2005-2013)

 

Note: If anyone knows Clay Kaytis, the director of The Christmas Chronicles, please email him a link to this post.

 

Will the Official Graceland Store have Anything Left to Sell on Black Friday?

If you’ve ever bought something from the Official Graceland Store, you are now on their email list. I’m betting it’s a very long list, and the marketing folks at EPE are certainly putting it to good use. Here are the promotions they have emailed me in the past two weeks.

 

Nov. 5 – Shop Elvis Bling:

Shop Elvis Bling 11-5

 

Nov. 8 – Deck the Halls in Elvis Style:

Deck the Halls in Elvis Style 11-8

 

Nov. 9 – Pre-Order Elvis New Releases:

Pre-Order Elvis New releases 11-9

 

Nov. 11 – Veteran’s Day Sale:

Elvis Veteran's Day Sale 11-11

 

Nov. 13 – Elvis Gifts for Her:

Elvis Gifts for Her 11- 13

 

Nov 16 – Elvis Apparel:

Elvis Apparel 11-16

 

That’s a pretty impressive run of sales promotions – six of them in twelve calendar days:

Elvis Bling
Elvis Christmas
Elvis New Releases
Veteran’s Day
Elvis Gifts for Her
Elvis Apparel

 

I’d like to talk about one of these promotions: Elvis Gifts for Her. Any man on the Graceland Store mailing list might find some welcome Christmas ideas for his wife (if she’s an Elvis fan, too).

But what about a female fan scrolling through the offerings, especially if she is the only Elvis fan in the family. If she looks through the choices in the Elvis Gifts for Her and finds something she likes, very possibly she hints to the hubby to get it for her for Christmas. Maybe he never knows what to buy her, anyway, so he’s happy to get the clue.

Which is the same pitch I have used for three years for my book, BIG E and the SANTA MAN.

My Book -- BIG E and the SANTA MAN

I figured, okay, it’s about Elvis and it’s a Christmas story. It’s the perfect Christmas present for Elvis fans.

So ladies, tell your man to go to Amazon.com and type in the book’s name in the search box. The page pops up, and in a couple of clicks, he can take care of a present for his sweetie.

 

My book is inexpensive, but it will get him major points because it’s a great story and you will love it.

And the editors of Santa’s World magazine love it, too. So much, in fact, that they ran a cover story feature about Big E.

Santa's World

Only kidding. I used this picture in my second promotional post back in 2015. There’re a lot of new folks reading ElvisBlog now, so I thought I’d use it again.

But I’m not kidding about one other thing. You will like BIG E and the SANTA MAN if you get a copy. To get one for yourself, please click below.

Amazon page – BIG E and the SANTA MAN

Amazon page – BIG E and the SANTA MAN – Part 2

philarnold@charter.net –  email to get an autographed copy directly from me for $10 (U.S. destinations, others are more).

 

Thanks a lot,

Phil Arnold

Original ElvisBlogmeister (2005 – 2018)

 

Hey, How About Giving Me A Hand Here

It’s time for me to fess up about something. I’m getting old, I’m running low on retirement money, and I’m cutting expenses wherever I can. My wife says if I stopped doing ElvisBlog, I’d save a lot there. She’s right; it costs me money to renew the blog platform and my URL each year.

A few friends have told me for years that I should monetize my blog, and I can’t tell you how many solicitations have come in wanting to advertise on ElvisBlog. But, I’ve been determined to keep it clean. I’m an Elvis fan that wants to do a blog that Elvis fans will enjoy.

And a big part of that has been keeping ElvisBlog free of bothersome ads like you see on Facebook and everywhere else.

I really dislike this stuff and don’t want it on my blog. So, I hope you’ll think of the old Original Blogmeister as a generous person who at his own expense has never diluted your ElvisBlog reading pleasure by clogging it up with ads.

 

Which brings me to the reason for this post. I’d like to ask you readers for a reciprocal favor. I don’t want you to send money, and I’m not starting a Go-Fund-Me page.

What I would really like is for you buy my book.

My Book -- BIG E and the SANTA MAN

I have promoted BIG E and the SANTA MAN here the past few Christmas seasons, and I appreciate all you readers who have ordered a copy. But ElvisBlog has thousands of readers, so I know I haven’t persuaded a whole lot of you yet.

Rather than give you a pitch, here’s an excerpt from a review on Amazon.co.uk.

“This funny, heart-warming and thought provoking story is skillfully written – the author has a way of painting vivid pictures with his words.”

BIG E and the SANTA MAN has many other terrific reviews, but I like this one because it mentions “skillfully written” and “painting vivid pictures with his words.” I want you to know this book is no amateur effort. I am a good writer, plus the story was critiqued by ten or so other writers, proofread by three of them, and finally edited by a pro (my wife will never know how much that cost me).

So, I state proudly, this is a really good book, and if you are an Elvis fan, you will like it, maybe love it. That’s the way it’s been since the beginning. No one who has ever read BIG E and the SANTA MAN has had a bad word to say about it. Just lots of good words.

So, I am making my request, confident that if you help me by buying my book, it will be a win-win for you. You will receive a wonderful rock & roll Christmas fantasy starring Elvis, and you will be contributing a little to keep ads off ElvisBlog.

 

Let’s look at the Amazon page for BIG E and the SANTA MAN.

BIG E and the SANTA MAN Amazon Page

You can see the price is only $7.99 – very affordable. I make $2.07 for each copy that sells. I make a little more if you deal directly with me and order an autographed copy using PayPal.

And there is also a Kindle option for $2.99. If you download this to your smartphone, you’ll never stop checking in – wanting to know what happens next with Big E.

I don’t make very much money on Kindle sales, but I’m plenty happy to have them.

 

Amazon Page. BIG E and the Santaman - Part 2

Here’s the Amazon page for BIG E and the SANTA MAN – Part 2. If you really want to help out, you can buy both. The prices are the same.

Plus, Part 2 is a terrific story with two cool new characters, so you will be getting a double shot of good reading.

 

I plan to put out a couple more posts between now and Christmas staying on the theme of keeping ads off ElvisBlog.

 

Of course, I will again ask for your support to buy a copy of my book. But, I will also cover all sorts of fun things about BIG E and the SANTA MAN to encourage you.

 

I’ll start with one on this post. This is what Big E tools around in up there at the North Pole.

Big E's Flying Gold Cadillac

This is his jet sled. It goes on land… and in the air. You readers know all about Elvis’ love for hot cars. Can you imagine how thrilled he would have been to have a flying gold Cadillac? Do you think he would push it to the limit and perform all kinds of amazing maneuvers? Hmmmm. Sounds a lot like what Big E does in my story.

On Christmas Eve, Santa must ride with Big E in the jet sled because it will take both of them (and it) to save Christmas. You’ll love these guys together. Best buddies.

 

Oh, yes, the names in the title. BIG E is the name that Santa’s unexpected visitor wants to be known as. Santa Man is the playful nick-name Big E likes to call Santa once in a while.

 

So, here’s what I hope you will do. Click on one of these links and go to Amazon. Then buy a book or two.

BIG E and the SANTA MAN Amazon page

BIG E and the SANTA MAN – Part 2  Amazon page

 

You Kindle folks can get your downloads right there, too.

 

Or, if you want an autographed copy for $10 delivered, send an email to:

philarnold@charter.net  . (Do not notify me of your interest on Comments.)

There are higher postage rates for destinations outside the U.S.  Please add $5 for Canada, and $15 for Europe. . I don’t know what the adders are to Japan and South America, but there are ElvisBlog readers there, so I guess I better find out. Amazon has really good shipping rates on the non-autographed books ordered there.

Be sure to  let me know what inscription you would like on your copy.

 

On these direct sales, I would prefer payment using PayPal, but checks will work, too. When I get your email, I will initiate billing on PayPal. You approve it and I send the book(s) right out to you.

Or, let me know you want use a check to purchase. I’ll put your name on a copy until the check gets in.

 

Can you handle another tease about the story?

Villain

There are no pictures in BIG E and the SANTA MAN, but this guy is exactly the way I envision the villain. A good story needs a good villain, and this guy gives our heroes all they can handle. Really good villain.

 

We’ll close with one more excerpt from an Amazon review:

“This lighthearted tale had me chuckling all through the book. Phil’s style and spot-on Elvis characterization made this quite an enjoyable read for all fans of Elvis – and Santa Claus.”

 

So, how about it? Can I get a hand here?

BIG E and the SANTA MAN Amazon page

BIG E and the SANTA MAN – Part 2 Amazon page

philarnold@charter.net – Email for direct purchase

 

Thanks in advance for your support.

Phil Arnold

Original ElvisBlogmeister (2005 – 2018)

 

ElvisBlog Mini-Nuggets # 20

Hanging Elvis

I can’t believe it’s been three years since I last posted Elvis Mini-Nuggets. These are always kind of fun. Someday when I retire from ElvisBlog, I might get a Facebook page and do nothing but Elvis Mini-Nuggets. Maybe a new picture every day with comments. I’ve got like a million of them in my files. Anyway, here’s an extra-long mini-nugget post to make up for not having one last weekend.

 

Expressions of Sympathy and Encouragement for My Wife:

Get well wishes from Sweden

After posting a short message about my wife’s lung surgery, twenty-two kind comments came in from ElvisBlog readers. In addition to the one above from Maggie in Sweden, there were also messages from France, England and Canada. My wife and I appreciate all the concern and encouragement from you readers. She is doing okay in a long, slow recovery.

 

International Readers of ElvisBlog:

Top Ten ElvisBlog Countries

Speaking of ElvisBlog readers from different countries, here is the Top Ten. It still freaks me out to realize that only 57% of you readers are from the U.S. If you compare the relative populations of some of these other countries versus the U.S., ElvisBlog is doing really good there.

 

Where’s Elvis?

 

Elvis Army Haircut on Wall in George Jones' Home Barbershop

If you study this picture, you will probably recognize George Jones in the photo top right. This is the room in his Franklin, Tennessee home where he got his haircuts. Look closely at the framed photo to the right of the window. It is Elvis getting his Army haircut. Here’s a bigger view of it.

Elvis Getting His Army haircut.

Alert ElvisBlog reader Chris Iroler spotted the Elvis Army haircut picture while watching a uTube video on Jones’ house: (Click here to see). Chris told me about it in a blog Comment, and he advised to go to 5:56 on the video if I didn’t want to read the whole thing. When George Jones died five years ago, I did a post about the connection between him and Elvis. Click here to read it.

 

More Info on Elvis Birthday Cake Photos:

Elvis Birthday Cake During King Creole 1958

Two weeks ago, I posted six photos of Elvis eating cake. Alert ElvisBlog readers commented with more information on several of them. Like the one above where Diana from Long Island wrote:

“I enjoyed the birthday scrapbook! Re: the one with Dolores Hart- I too always thought it was a birthday cake but recently learned from an authority that it was a movie wrap party after King Creole to say goodbye to Elvis before the army, and the cake had a guitar and soldier peeling potatoes and said We Love Elvis on it.”

 

Elvis Cutting Cake at his 27th Birthday 1962

Sharys Wheeler wrote:

“The picture at the Sahara was of Elvis and Milton Prell, owner of the Sahara and a friend of the Colonel.”

 

Feeding Birthday cake to Priscilla in 1960

Sandy Van Horn wrote:

“About the picture of Elvis giving Priscilla a bite of birthday cake. If the year was 1960, and it was a birthday cake, think it had to be Elvis’ Jan. 8th birthday as he left active duty at Fort Dix, New Jersey, on March 5, 1960. Believe Priscilla’s birthday is May 24th.”

 

So, How Did the Elvis Auction Go?

You might remember that we looked at a dozen Elvis items that failed to sell in a 1999 auction and seemingly got stuck in storage until the January 6, 2018 Auction at Graceland. I compared the expected prices then and now, and made comments on several of the items. Here’s a look at how things went.

16mm Film and Acetates of Movie Songs from Love Me Tender:

Elvis Presley 16mm Film of Love Me Tender and Acetate

1999 estimate was $5,000-7,000; current was $1,500-2,500. It sold for $5,000. I wonder why it didn’t go the first time.

 

Original Screen Door from Graceland:

Original Screen Door from Gracelsnd

The 2018 estimate was $1,500 – $2,500, and I said, “Sorry, if I had that kind of money to spend on Elvis collectibles, I’d get something besides a screen door.” But my friend Troy Yeary from the eclectic blog pastimescapes.com had this comment:

“Interesting piece, Phil. Thanks! I don’t know, if I had money to blow, I would seriously consider buying something like a screen door from Graceland. Just think how many times Elvis walked through or slammed that door? He probably interacted with it more than just about any other item in the auction.

Well, lots of folks must have agreed with Troy. Elvis’ screen door had 18 bids and sold for $2,500. Good call, Troy.”

 

Elvis’ Massive Wooden Desk from His Home Office in Palm Springs:

Elvis Presley’s Personal Massive Wooden Desk from His Home Office in Palm Springs

1999 estimate was $40-50,000, no bidders. 2018 estimate was $10-20,000, and I said I thought they would get it. Well, not really, just $7,500.

 

Elvis’ Portable Sauna:

Elvis Presley’s “Scandinavian Products” Portable Sauna - Open

1999 estimate was $8-10,000. 2018 estimate was $3-5000. I said I thought it was weird. Bidders agreed, nobody would spring for the minimum bid of $1,500.

 

Elvis’ Globe-Shaped Wooden Bar from His Beverly Hills Home:

Elvis Presley’s Personal Globe-Shaped Free-Standing Wooden Bar from His Beverly Hills Home - Closed

1999 estimate was $4-5,000. 2018 estimate was $1,500 to $2,500. I predicted it would sell for a good bit more than that. Good call, Phil. It had 38 bids and went for $22,500. Wow.

 

Elvis’ Leather Rocking Chair from the Jungle Room:

Elvis Presley’s Leather Rocking Chair from the Jungle Room

999 estimate was $20-30,000. 2018 estimate was $10-15,000. I said I didn’t think it would sell. Bad call, Phil. It went for $17,500.

 

Original Acetate of Elvis Singing Beatles Songs “Hey Jude” and “Something”:

Elvis Presley Original Acetate of Beatles Songs “Hey Jude” and “Something”

1999 estimate was $650-750. 2018 estimate was $1-2,000. I predicted it would sell for that much or more. Another good call as it had 34 bids and went for $4,000.

 

Signed Title to Elvis’ Circle G Ranch:

Elvis Presley Signed Title to His Circle G Ranch

1999 estimate was $13-15,000. 2018 estimate was $10-20,000. I didn’t make a prediction, but hoped it would go high. It didn’t excite folks drawing just 2 bids and a final price of $6,250.

So, I blew it on the screen door, the desk, and the Jungle Room rocking chair. I had it right on the desk, the sauna, the globe-shaped bar, and the acetate of Beatles songs. I’ll take that.

 

Sincere Thanks for Your Support:

 

Big E and the SANTA MAN Part 2

This was the third year I’ve done pre-Christmas promotion of my book BIG E and the SANTA MAN. It was the best year yet, and I really thank you.

My one disappointment was that I didn’t get Part 2 ready to promote until late November. Next fall I will push it hard, just like the original. As a preview, here is a review by Memphis Music on Amazon:

“I enjoyed this book as it can be read by itself, or as the continuation of the first book. As a lifetime dog lover, I also enjoyed the addition of a good ole hound dog! Kids and adults will enjoy this tale of two beloved icons; Elvis and Santa and their group of special friends. Phil Arnold’s descriptive writing make you feel a part of this adventure where good versus evil comes alive again to save Christmas. At this great price go ahead and get the first book too!

The review gave the book five stars. Every review on both books has been five stars. I’ll be reminding of you about that again later in the year.

 

 

©  2018    Philip R Arnold, Original Elvis Blogmeister    All Rights Reserved    www.ElvisBlog.net

 

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Reindeer on TV Christmas Specials

Santa's Sleigh and full moon

Recently, the beloved Christmas animation Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer took a hit on the Huffington-Post website.

 

HuffPost

Obviously they need to come up with a lot of new content every day, so at times stuff shows up that is really out there.  Like this.

Parable on racism & homaphobia

 

I’m not going to explain how the writer came up with that horrible notion.  It would just make you mad, like it did me.

But in reading it, I started thinking about the reindeer in my BIG E and the SANTA MAN book.  As I’ve told you, I’ve always visualized it as an animated Christmas special on TV.  Something that people watch year after year along with Rudolph, the Grinch, and A Charlie Brown Christmas.

 

Then, I realized that I hadn’t explained much about the reindeer in my storiesI’ve told you about the key elves, the villain and his henchmen, Big E’s jetsled, the magic that comes from the North Pole, the four-man elf band called the ELVI’s, the Ghost of Christmas Future, and Big E’s hound dog Snorty.

But all I’ve told you about the reindeer is that they can talk, just like the reindeer in Rudolph.

Stop calling me names

From now on

 

However, I don’t visualize the reindeer in my books as fuzzy doll-like creatures.  Mine are like this.

Reindeer

These are strong, dedicated and focused guys with heroic scenes in both the original book and Part 2.

 

For example, here is a section from the first book when the villain has shot a tractor beam down from his space station, locked on Santa’s sleigh, and started pulling it up toward the craft.

Once the beam had locked on the sleigh, Santa was horrified.  He had no idea what to do.  In desperation, he yelled to the reindeer, “There’s no way we can break loose from this beam.”

Comet yelled back, “There might be one way, but you won’t like it.”

“What?  Tell me.”  Santa’s state of despair was such that he would listen to anything.

“Well, maybe we should dump the sacks of presents,” Comet said with a look of pain in his eyes.

“Oh, no.  No, we couldn’t do that.”

“Santa, I’m sorry, but I agree with Comet,” said Prancer.  “If we reduce our weight a lot, maybe then our reindeer power will be enough to break us away from the beam.”

“No, I just couldn’t do it.  There wouldn’t be any presents for the boys and girls this Christmas.”

Dasher turned his head and yelled from the front of the team back to Santa, “If Scrooge gets his clutches on you now, there won’t be Christmas any year.  You gotta dump the presents.”

Comet, Prancer and Dasher all had important speaking parts in that short scene.  And that reindeer power mentioned by Prancer turned out to be impressive, indeed.

 

Snorty Sniffing

In BIG E and the SANTA MAN – Part 2, there’s a humorous scene when Big E takes his new hound dog Snorty over to the reindeer barn to meet everybody.

The visit had gone well for about fifteen minutes. Then, as he chatted with Dancer, Big E heard Donner yell, “Hey, cut that out!”

Big E rushed over and asked, “What happened?”

“He was sniffing my butt.”

Laughter erupted in the room, but Donner didn’t join in, a perturbed look frozen on his face.

Big E bent over, grabbed the dog’s collar, and made eye contact.  “No, Snorty, no.  Bad dog,” he said in a deep, serious voice.  Then he looked at Donner.  “I’m so sorry.  That’s kind of a dog thing, you know, but I’ll work on trainin’ him not to do it anymore.”

“You better.  If he ever tries that again, he’ll get a swift kick in the nose and won’t be smelling anything for a while.”

 

Reindeer

In addition, there are two dramatic action scenes with the reindeer in Part 2.  The grand final confrontation is a total team effort with all the key characters contributing, including the reindeer.

 

 

So, that’s it — the final pitch in 2017 for my books.  I’ve tried to make these posts as interesting as possible.  I guess they’re working because the sales through Amazon this year have far surpassed last year’s.  I really appreciate the support from all of you who have purchased the books.

 

Big E and the Santa Man Amazon Page

 

For those of you who haven’t bought a copy (or told a family member to give you one for Christmas), it’s not too late.

Please click here and go to Amazon and get the best in Elvis fiction and the wildest Christmas fantasies ever written.

BIG E and the SANTA MAN

BIG E and the SANTA MAN – Part 2

 

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS

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and

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THANK YOU.  THANKYOUVERYMUCH

 

 

Phil Arnold

Original ElvisBlogmeister

Oh, no. Now there’s a part 2.

Big E and the Santa Man - Part 2

Yes, now that Big E and the SANTA MAN has successfully sold in the US, Canada, England and two European countries, of course a sequel was inevitable. To write a good one, I knew I’d have to maintain the same level of conflict, unexpected twists, and exciting action as the original.

Could I think up another plot evil enough to fit the villain’s obsession with ruining Christmas? Actually that turned out to be easier than expected, so our villain has three this time. The main plan, the backup, and even an improvised one after Santa and Big E outsmart and overcome the first two.

Of course I wanted Big E’s jetsled to again be a big factor in saving Christmas. It certainly does that. In a little twist, two elves, Gears and Geezer, also get to fly the jetsled on a rescue mission. Lucky old Geezer also gets to fly Santa’s sleigh during the final exciting confrontation.

And I needed to continue the rock & roll shows staged by Big E, the attractive female elf Corky, and the four-man elf band, the ELVI’s.

George and Paul

As I told you last year, I modeled the ELVI’s after the Beatles. Just for kicks, I played around with Microsoft Paint and merged some images together to get these two guys. That’s GH on the left and Mac on the right. Now, if you have a sharp eye, you will notice I made a mistake. Paul McCartney played a left-handed bass and George Harrison played a right-handed guitar. I’ve got them reversed, but it was so much work that I’m not starting over to get it right.

All of you who have read the original book will remember that it ended with a Christmas Day concert in Santa’s workshop. I was particularly proud that I took a visual event with music and made it exciting in written form. That’s not easy to do. Now, in Part 2, there is another Christmas Day show with a surprise guest performer. Plus, the ELVI’s  – Jonel and Sunny and the two guys above  – join Corky to do a show for Big E on his birthday.

 

Tease on back of Part 2

This is the tease on the back cover of Part 2. The Ghost of Christmas Future is an interesting addition to the characters. The villain goes after him as a way to lure Santa into a trap. But the fun new character is Snorty the hound dog. Elvis had a lot of dogs, but never a hound dog. You will love the way these two become best buddies. Snorty may do a lot of silly dog things, but he’s right there helping his master during the huge final confrontation.

 

Snorty

I searched for drawings of hound dogs to see if one captured the essence of Snorty. This one comes pretty close, particularly the long ears. They play an important part in foiling the villain’s back-up plan to ruin Christmas.

 

Cover BIG E and the SANTA MAN - Part 2

Here’s the cover for Part 2. I know it isn’t much different from the original, but I’m way over budget for graphic design expenses this year.

 

 

Part 2 Amazon Page

Same as with the original, Part 2 is available on Amazon for $7.99. However, both books aren’t on the same page, so…

Click here for:

BIG E and the SANTA MAN
BIG E and the SANTA MAN – Part 2

And for you readers who like eBooks, the Kindle version is available for just $2.99.

 

Well, how about it you folks who purchased the original? I know you liked it because I have a folder full of emails, letters, and Amazon comments that are 100% positive. Why not get a copy of this second installment of my unique Rock & Roll Christmas fantasy?

 

And to you ElvisBlog readers who still haven’t experienced BIG E and the SANTA MAN, it’s time to let someone you love know that you want the book for Christmas. Make it easy for him. He never knows what to buy for you, anyway. (just kidding)

 

Thank you. Thankyouverymuch,

Phil Arnold, Original ElvisBlogmeister

 

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Yes, that could be quite a dream… Elvis goes up to the North Pole, and Santa welcomes him to live in the castle with him and Mama Claus and the elves. But there could be more to this fantasy.

Much more!

Suppose there’s a diabolical villain hovering above the North Pole in a space station, intent on ruining Christmas.

What if he has invented a device that would enable him to do just that? And when he puts his plot into action on Christmas Eve, he forces Santa to dump all the presents over the side of the sleigh. If that wasn’t bad enough, Santa’s sleigh crashes during the frantic attempt to land back at the North Pole.

At this point, the dream is more like a nightmare about Christmas being ruined.

But, that’s where Elvis jumps into action. Big E, as he is now known to the North Pole family, emerges as a dynamic, resourceful foe for the villain. Do you remember how young Elvis was enamored with Captain Marvell Jr, and fantasized about doing all that kind of hero stuff? Now as an adult, he gets his chance, and he is up for the challenge. Not even Captain Marvell Jr got to save Christmas. But Elvis does in my book…

 

BIG E and the SANTA MAN

 

Don’t get the idea that Santa is just along for the ride while the confrontations play out. Rest assured that Santa comes through with a few clever tricks up his sleeve, too. He may be jolly old fellow, but he has inner strength to draw on when needed.

Yes, teamwork between Santa and Big E is the key to saving Christmas. This story follows the best traditions of what are known as buddie movies. Elvis never made a buddie movie, so this is as close as you’re ever going to get. You will just love Santa and Elvis teaming up to save Christmas. You just will — if you buy this book.

BIG E and the SANTA MAN 2017 Front Cover

 

You will notice this cover design is different than the one I posted the last two years during the book’s promotion on ElvisBlog. Gone is the subtitle:

Subtitle on Christmas Ball Ornament

I really liked this at first because it was such an accurate description of the story. In fact, if Amazon.com had a genre called Rock & Roll Christmas Fantasy, my book would be the biggest seller. Because there has never been another book billing itself as that.

 

But gradually I began to think a better subtitle would help potential readers understand what the two title characters do in the book. What I needed was a short, concise line, so nothing could be better than:

BIG E and the SANTA MAN new subtitle

 

There is also a big change in the image on the cover of BIG E and the SANTA MAN. I will talk about this in the next promotional post here on ElvisBlog. Between now and Christmas, I will be discussing my book several times. But I’ll keep the regular posts coming as well.

For now, let me give you a quick pitch. You regularly read my blog and like it. If you read my book, you will like it, too. Most important, you like Elvis, and this is a nifty story about him doing brave heroic deeds to save Christmas. Dozens of Elvis fans have read this book and said great things about it in emails and reviews. I am confident you will feel the same way.

 

The price is just $7.99 on Amazon.com. Get the book for yourself or have somebody give it to you as a present.

Amazon Page - Big E and the Santa Man

So, why not click here now and order BIG E and the SANTA MAN on Amazon.com? Or, you can get the eBook for your Kindle at just $2.99. A bargain, either way.

 

Thank you, thankyouverymuch.

 

Phil Arnold

Happy 12th Birthday, ElvisBlog

Happy 12th Birthday

Do you know how long internet blogs have been around? At least since late 2004, when I read a newspaper article about this new thing called blogs. It said they were popping up devoted to all sorts of topics, so I thought to myself: I would like to read a blog about Elvis. I wonder if there is one.

So, I Googled Elvis blog, but nothing even close came up in the results. Hmmn. I’m a writer and Elvis fan. I should start one. And I did. On January 31, 2005, ElvisBlog was born. Because it was the first, I created a silly handle for myself: Original ElvisBlogmeister. Nobody has ever challenged this claim, so I guess it’s mine to keep.

 

ElvisBlog - Elvis Jukebox Rankings

This was the first post, all 228 words of it. There were no pictures until two and a half years later when I posted an article on Elvis outfits and wigs.

ElvisBlog - Being Elvis for Halloween

Today, pictures and photos are the main appeal of ElvisBlog, with a bit of text to add interest and sometimes a little humor.

 

Happy Birthday ElvisBlog

Every two or three years I publish a Happy Birthday, ElvisBlog post. The above from the 2007 mentions 108 blog articles so far. Now the total is 730 posts.

ElvisBlog - 730 Posts

 

Also, on the second birthday post, I mentioned that the total hits over the two-year period had reached 80,000. For the year 2016, the total was 301,336, up 4.4% from the previous year.

2016 ElvisBlog Stats

Visitors is a more important number to me. People accessed ElvisBlog almost 168,000 times last year. I am very proud and grateful for this support. Thank you.

 

Elvis Blog on Google Search

Please indulge me with one more brag. Today, the results are much different than in 2004 when you search for Elvis blog. 18 million results? The brag is that for the time being, ElvisBlog is higher in the results than Graceland’s official Elvis Blog. I am sure this position will reverse sometime soon, with their huge mailing list and Graceland Insiders membership. I have praised this blog in several posts and provided links to it. It is quite good, and you should check it out. (but don’t skip this blog to do that).

 

Here’s a list showing the international spread of ElvisBlog readers.

2016 ElvisBlog Stats by Country

Japan used to be in the top 10 ten, but they have dropped off and Brazil has moved in. I have no idea why.

2016 ElvisBlog Stats - - Minor Country

This is the bottom of list (cut off at a minimum of 20 page views). Somebody in Iraq has been checking in to read ElvisBlog. Do you think they run the risk of being beheaded if they are caught reading about Elvis?

And where in the world are Guernsey and Reunion located?

 

There is one last picture I would like to show you. This fall, I will be introducing another book: BIG E and the SANTA MAN – Part 2. Here is the artwork for the cover.

Big E Flying Caddy Jet Sled

Isn’t this outstanding? I am so grateful to Carol Stephens at 2D Creative Designs for her brilliant work creating this picture of Big E’s gold Cadillac jet sled. He and Santa will be flying around in it to defeat another plot by Scrooge to ruin Christmas. After the success of the first book, I was moved to write a sequel. Stay tuned for more news on BIG E and the SANTA MAN – Part 2 as we get closer to the Christmas season.

 

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One Last Pitch

Big E and the Danta Man

Christmas is fifteen days away, but Amazon promises six days or better delivery on my book, so you can still get it in time.

Sales have really picked up this past week, so lots of folks must have decided they’ll take a chance on what I call the perfect Christmas present for Elvis fans.

They won’t be disappointed, at least not according to these happy readers:

 

“I bought Big E and the Santa Man for myself, being an Elvis lover… But… my kids and grandchildren enjoyed it as much as I did. A nice fun read!!”

Robert Devenney, Harvey Cedars, NJ

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“This book affirms what all fans of the ‘King of Rock ’n’ Roll’ know to be true—that the spirit of Elvis Presley will live on forever. Every Elvis fan, young and old, will enjoy reading Big E and the Santa Man this and every Christmas season to come.”

Alan Hanson, Spokane, WA

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“This book is a little masterpiece, and believe me there are not many books able to make the reader dream like Big E and the Santa Man did. All the Elvis fans and others must read Big E and the Santa Man.”

Francis Mauge, Tonneins, France

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“Only a fertile imagination could conceive of pairing two of the world’s greatest legends together in a Rock & Roll Christmas fable. Big E and Santa hit it off right from the start, and a good thing, too, for Scrooge is back with a cadre of Santa’s rejected elves determined to spoil Christmas for everyone. I know I loved it, and am moved to tell the author, “Thank you, thank you very much.”

Bob Strother, Greenville, SC

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“I loved the whole thing…so exciting to read. Phil Arnold has a fantastic imagination. I would like to see it animated on TV, because it would show the kids all the goodness in Elvis. And he makes a great hero.”

Shirley Romitz, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

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“Because Big E and the Santa Man is ‘A Rock & Roll Christmas Fantasy,’ anything that can be imagined can happen … and does. I give Big E and the Santa Man a big ‘E’ for Entertaining.”

Jerry Osborne, Port Townsend, WA

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Back Cover -- Big E and the Santa Man

Back Cover — Big E and the Santa Man

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Big E and the Santa Man is an entertaining, creative story. Phil Arnold weaves together old, familiar Christmas names with fun and imaginative new characters. Secrets of the North Pole are revealed! As I read the book, it was as if I could hear the voice of Elvis telling me the story himself. With a space ship and a flying car, Big E and the Santa Man brings Santa and Scrooge into the modern world.

Carol Stevens, Canoga Park, CA

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“Phil, I truly believe that this wonderful story would be both perfect and magical as an animated version you aspire to!! I certainly hope you attain this dream, for we will benefit with a wonderful Christmas delight.”

Clementine Moriarty, St Louis, MO

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“I purchased a bunch of Big E and the Santa Man last year thinking they would make terrific Christmas presents for friends, family & me. I thought the copies of this fun book would be read and put away by the recipients. BUT NO — I was mistaken. Phil’s book is on display and read YEAR ROUND. I SO recommend giving this cheery book. It’s an all year HO, HO, HO!”

Jean Pyle, Hawthorne, NJ

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Big E and the Santa Man is a fantastic world that Phil Arnold has created. Taking two magical characters and bringing them together works in this very imaginative story. Elvis always loved Christmas and I am sure he would have enjoyed this tale.”

Red Robinson, Vancouver, BC

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“Great Table Book. Phil Arnold brings his smooth, witty writing style to two of our favorite things — Elvis Presley and Santa! A great read for fans of all ages. Can’t wait for the next one.”

Carol Austin, Memphis, TN

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“I just finished reading Big E and the Santa Man today, and I must say, I absolutely loved it. It is a good prospect for an animated Christmas special. I can totally see that. It would be pretty cool if that happened.

Gerard Montz, LaPlace, LA

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Big E and the Santa Man -- Authors Message

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Big E and the Santa Man tells the tale of where Elvis really went – the North Pole. Who else but Elvis could teach the elves to play rock and roll music, turn Santa’s sleigh into a red rocket Cadillac, and save Christmas from evil Scrooge? This lighthearted tale had me chuckling all through the book. Phil Arnold’s style and spot-on Elvis characterization made this quite an enjoyable read for all fans of Elvis – and Santa Claus.”

John Migacz, Ware Shoals, SC

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“I read this book, and all I can say is ‘I loved it.’ I can easily see it as an annual Christmas movie. Very, very, interesting.”

Darwin Lamm, Palm Springs, CA

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“Phil Arnold has written a witty and insightful Christmas fantasy… a good read you will enjoy this Christmas and each one to come. In chapter after chapter of Big E and the Santa Man, the characters, the dialog, and the surroundings become more vivid. The exchanges involving “Big E” convey Elvis’ mannerisms, his good heart, and his vocal Inflections, and in doing so breathe life into the pages.”

Jeff Schrembs, Virginia Beach, VA

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Okay, that’s the last pitch until next Christmas season.

Click here to buy the book. You’ll be glad you did.

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS

 

Merry Christmas

 

Phil Arnold

Original Elvisblogmeister

 

My sincerest appreciation goes out to all the folks who emailed me these nice comments or posted them on Amazon. Thank you so much.

 

A Pitch about Quality

I got my first Amazon check today (actually a direct deposit) for BIG E and the SANTA MAN. The response to my book has been most gratifying, and I thank all of you who bought a copy.

Minions Holding Big e and the Santa Man

It’s been fun coming up with entertaining ways to pitch the book here on ElvisBlog. There’s been four posts so far, and I’ve tried to keep them interesting so people would read all the way through.

 

On this post, I’d like to get more serious, so I hope I don’t lose you. Even though the sales of the book are good, there’s lots of potential readers who might still be unconvinced. Over 12,000 visitors come to ElvisBlog each month, so what’s holding some folks back? I think it might be three things.

Elvis He is Alive

 

The whole premise of the novel is that Elvis didn’t die in August 1977. Instead, he went off to a remote, but very special place, to start a new life – living with Santa Claus at the North Pole. I know some Elvis fans are totally turned off by what they call the Elvis is Alive nonsense. Okay, fine, but this story says right on the cover that it is a Rock & Roll Christmas FANTASY. If you lighten up and just go with the premise, BIG E and the SANTA MAN is wonderful fun story.

Perhaps another thing causing doubt is a concern that the book is just too weird to be any good.

Elvis living with Santa – ridiculous
Scrooge converted to a mad scientist in a space craft – get real
A flying 1959 Cadillac jet sled – impossible

All I can say is that the story was conceived as an animated TV Christmas special, and people who have read it say they can see the drama, and action, and humor playing out on the screen. They started reading with an open mind and loved the story. Although it is the strangest Christmas story ever written, it is not too weird to be any good. No, it is very good.

Joe Biden Holding Big E and the Santa Man

 

The third possible stumbling block for some people may be their doubt that the host of a blog could craft a good piece of fiction on his first try. Actually, it is my second novel.

Elvis Claus Cover

Elvis Claus is what I wrote first to hone my fiction writing skills. I plan to publish it next year. It might be even harder for folks to get beyond the Elvis is Alive premise on this one, because it’s not a fantasy, it’s a love story.

Writing fiction is a lot more challenging than writing non-fiction, but my extensive production of magazine articles has contributed to a sound grasp of grammar, punctuation, and other factors that can make your work look amateurish if you don’t get them right. BIG E and the SANTA MAN is clean, very professional looking.

Elvis International magazine winter 1999

For what it’s worth, I have written 54 articles for Elvis International magazine, including “Artist of the Century” in this issue.

 

ELVIS The Early Years

I am very proud of the quality of my writing. I was hired by famous Elvis photographer Al Wertheimer to write the forward for his book ELVIS: The Early Years.

 

ELVIS He Touched Me

The author of Elvis: He Touched Me hired me to write two chapters and the “About the Author” section.

 

Okay, that’s enough proving I’m a good writer. You get the idea. I just wanted to emphasize any way I could that BIG E and the SANTA MAN is a quality work of fiction.

BIG E and the SANTA MAN

I am also very proud of the book’s cover. I engaged a top-notch graphic artist to create it, and she came through big time. She also did the cover for Elvis Claus. Scroll back and look at the outstanding job she did aging Elvis. She also did the Joe Biden and Minions pictures above.

 

So, that’s my pitch about quality. I truly believe this is the perfect Christmas present for Elvis fans. All you need to do is tell someone to type BIG E and the SANTA MAN into the Amazon search box, or click here and buy it yourself.

Amazon Page Big E and the SANTA MAN

If you want a signed copy, and you have a PayPal account, send an email to philarnold@charter.net, and I’ll take care of the rest.

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Santa World Cover

I would like to end by paraphrasing the message in the above picture.

Who is this Big E guy?
And will he be under your Christmas tree?

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Thank you,

Phil Arnold

Original ElvisBlogmeister

 

 

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