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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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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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Santa Reading Big E and the Santa Man

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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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In the Kingdom of Rock & roll

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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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Big E and the Santa Man

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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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Elvis and his Gold Cadillac Flying Hot Rod

Elvis - 200 Cadillacs DVD

Elvis’ love affair with automobiles, especially Cadillacs, has been well documented. Also, his generosity in giving gifts of automobiles to friends, family, associates and even complete strangers is legendary. In fact, the above 2004 DVD provides pictures and details on 200 Cadillacs Elvis gave away during his lifetime.

 

Elvis' 1973 De Tomaso Pantera

In addition to big roomy elegant sedans, Elvis also owned a variety of high performance models. Above is a 1971 De Tomaso Pantera.

Elvis' 1973 Stutz Blackhawk III

And this is his 1973 Stutz Blackhawk III.

 

Elvis and Linda Thompson on his supertrike

Elvis loved other unique forms of getting around. Here he is with Linda Thompson on his custom-made “SuperTrike.”

Three strange Elvis Vehicles

Here it is on display, along with two other Elvis playthings: a snowmobile he had fitted with wheels for driving around the grounds of Graceland, and a white golf cart in the back.

 

Elvis has been quoted, “While I was driving a truck, every time a big shiny car drove by, it started me sort of day-dreaming. I always felt that someday, somehow, something would happen to change everything for me. I would daydream about how it would be.”

And when that someday did come, he naturally had to own cars like this 1965 gold Cadillac Eldorado designed by George Barris.

1965 elvis Gold Cadillac Eldorado

 

Yes, Elvis loved him some Cadillacs. However, he spent the entire year of 1959 serving in the Army in Germany, so he never had a Cadillac from that year. The closest he came was having Col. Parker purchase 14 “give away” cars in his name for donations to various charities.

Elvis Gift to Charity - 1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville

This 1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville was one of those cars. Can there be any doubt that Elvis would have loved this baby and owned one if he had been home in 1959? This car practically screams ELVIS.

 

So, I ask you to consider a fantasy. Suppose eighteen years later, Elvis ends up at the North Pole living with Santa Claus. He needs some kind of hot rod for getting around. As Elvis ponders over what he would like the elves to make for him, he remembers the incredible lines of the 1959 Cadillac convertible.

1959 Cadillac Convertable

Yeah, just like this, except gold. And no back seat or trunk lid. Just a big open space in the back like Santa’s sleigh. Of course, tires won’t get him around at the North Pole, so it needs runners. And why not go for broke and make the thing fly.

Santa and Elvis in Jet Sled

Yes, that’s it. Elvis’ hot-rod jet sled from my book BIG E and the SANTA MAN.

In the story, Big E (as he is called at the North Pole) doesn’t just have fun flying around in the sky. His jet sled is instrumental in foiling Scrooge’s plot to ruin Christmas. It’s a back and forth battle between the forces of good and evil.

Big E is just what every Elvis fan would want him to be: decisive, nerves of steel, a man of action. The inventive maneuvers he uses in the jet sled to counter Scrooge’s offensive strategies are heart-pumping exciting.

And through all the skirmishes with Scrooge, he keeps his unique sense of humor. This is such a fun story.

BIG E and the SANTA MAN

In previous posts, I have asserted that BIG E and the SANTA MAN is the strangest Christmas story ever written. I also stressed that the book is the perfect Christmas present for Elvis fans.

So, here’s the third point: Elvis is depicted as a true hero who jumps into action when Santa needs help or Christmas will be ruined, not just for one year, but forever. You will love this depiction of Elvis. And even though it is a fantasy, you will believe he could do every bit of it. If you want to read a book that makes you immensely proud of Elvis, this is for you.

 

Amazon Page - BIG E and the SANTA MAN

It’s almost Thanksgiving and the buying of Christmas presents is going on. How about telling a friend or family member that you would like them to give you BIG E and the SANTA MAN. Tell them to go to Amazon and search for it under books, or click here and go right to it.

Or if you want a signed and inscribed copy, send me an email at philarnold@charter.net. I’ll submit a Money Request to PayPal and we’ll go from there.

I haven’t mentioned it before, but there is an inexpensive third option. Amazon also offers a Kindle eBook for just $2.99.

So, pick one of the three ways to get BIG E and the SANTA MAN. You will be glad you did. Next time I will share comments from others who read the book and felt very positive about it.

Thank you,

Phil Arnold
Original ElvisBlogmeister

 

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PS: While working on this blog post, I checked out Google to see if any artists had created a flying automobile sled for Santa Claus. Here are three good ones.

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I’m glad there were no gold Cadillac sleds. That has to be an Elvis exclusive.
So, how about it? Are you ready to order BIG E and the SANTA MAN? Click here. Do it.

ELVIS and ELVES

Cute Female Elf

There are just four regular-sized people in my book BIG E and the SANTA MAN – Big E, Santa, Mama Claus, and Scrooge. All the other characters, both good and bad, are elves. I’d like to introduce the major ones here, so hopefully you will want to learn more about them by reading the whole story.

As I said before, there are no illustrations in the book, but I’ve dug deeply into Google to find images closest to the main elves in the story. Let’s start with one of the two elf leaders, Corky.

While she doesn’t look exactly like the beauty above, Corky is equally pretty and very talented. She oversees all the creative and design work in Santa’s workshop. Imagine Corky older than the elf above – say about 35. Of course, her everyday attire is nothing like this, but she dresses up in spectacular fashion once in the story. It’s when she sings at the annual North Pole Christmas party held on December 25 after Santa recuperates from his long journey delivering presents. She mesmerizes all the male elves, especially this next guy.

All-business Male Elf

Corky’s male counterpart is Gears, a mechanical genius that can build anything, including Big E’s flying jet sled. He is much more handsome than the fellow above, but he does possesses the same all-business attitude. Gears is in charge of all production in Santa’s workshop. Imagine Gears at about 45.

Paul McCartney as Elf

Here we have an elf picture that looks exactly like the way I imagine him in my story. This is Mac, one of three young elves who Elvis (known as Big E at the North Pole) teaches to play guitar. The others are G.H. shown here…

George Harrison as Elf

 

… and Jonel (pronounced John L).  Sorry, there was no picture available that looked like Jonel, but I’m pretty sure you get the connection. There’s also no picture of Shooter who plays the drums. Together, these four 20-somethings form a band under Big E’s tutelage called The ELVI’s. There’s a lot of music in the book, mainly because my dream is for it to someday be made into an animated Christmas special on TV. Can you imagine how great it would be if Big E and these four fellows teamed up in a concert. Well, it happens in BIG E and the SANTA MAN.

The four members of the ELVI’s aren’t in the story just to add a musical element. They all take part in thwarting Scrooge’s first attempt to ruin Christmas, told in back-story. Elvis and Santa aren’t the only ones doing heroic things.

 

Not all of the elves in the story are good. There’s a group of four that Santa cut from the workshop team because of insubordination and sloppy craftsmanship. These trouble-makers are banished from Santa’s castle, and they devolve into a biker-gang-like group called the Humbahs led by one called Weasel. They hate Santa and are perfectly suited to assist Scrooge in his plan to ruin Christmas.

Bad Elf

Google had a surprisingly large selection of “Bad Elves,” but none quite fit the image of Weasel as described in the book.

He had purple spiked hair, and wore a heavily studded, sleeveless black leather jacket. His face sported several piercings, and numerous tats covered his little arms.

Weasel’s rebellious and argumentative nature results in many confrontations with Scrooge, but the two put that aside when it’s time to launch the plan to ruin Christmas.

 

Big E and the Santa Man Front Cover

 

So, after three blog posts about the book, I’m pretty sure you can see that BIG E and the SANTA MAN qualifies as the:

 

Most unusual Christmas story ever written

 

And it stars Elvis!  If you need something to convince you that it’s also a good read, a well-written novel, an enjoyable fun story, then just check out the five 5-star reviews on Amazon.

Amazon Page for Big E and the Santa Man

In a future post, I will supplement the Amazon reviews by sharing some of the good things people have emailed me after reading the book. I will not be cherry-picking just the good ones. There are no bad ones.

 

PayPal

Amazon is not the only way to order the book. If you want it autographed and inscribed with a message of your choice, the PayPal option is for you. You just notify me by email (philarnold@charter.net) that you want the book and any special inscription you would like. Then, I submit a Money Request to PayPal. They process the sale and let me know, so I can sign the book and send it to you. The Post Office Media mail rate is $2.92 to the US, and $7.00 to Canada. International rates are very high, although a man in France did buy the book in spite of $21.50 postage.

 

So, one final pitch. You are an Elvis fan or you wouldn’t be on this blog. BIG E and the SANTA MAN is the perfect Christmas gift for Elvis fans. You will love him as a hero who teams up with Santa Claus to save Christmas. Why not tell a friend or family member that you want them to give you this book. Make it easy for them when they’re trying to figure out what to get you for Christmas.

Click here to order the book on Amazon.

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Thank you,

Phil Arnold

Original ElvisBlogmeister

 

 

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Elvis Versus an Evil Villain

What does the 2016 Presidential campaign have to do with Elvis? Nothing, but I had some fun with it, anyway.

Donald Trump Talking about Big E and the Santa Man

Ah, yes. The villain that Elvis (called Big E by his North Pole friends) and Santa Claus have to battle to save Christmas in my book, BIG E and the SANTA MAN.

BIG E and the SANTA MAN Cover

 

Two weeks ago, I revealed the villain is Scrooge. However, in last year’s promotion, I never mentioned him because it would require a lengthy explanation. After all, Scrooge was last seen in the 1850s, and now I’ve got him alive and kicking in 1977. How can that be?

Scrooge

There aren’t any illustrations in the book, but this picture embodies the despicable traits of Scrooge. Here is an excerpt from the book where Santa tells Big E about how Scrooge reverts back to hating Christmas more than ever.

“So, what’s the story on Scrooge? He couldn’t be around after all these years. And he ended up liking Christmas anyway, didn’t he?”
Santa breathed deeply. “Well, yes he did. In fact, Scrooge truly loved Christmas for several years. But then something happened.” Santa paused. “Look, Big E, don’t ask me how I know this, but I’ll tell you what changed Scrooge and made him hate Christmas again.”
“Okay.”
“The next year after Scrooge had his awakening to the joys of Christmas, he walked around to nearby homes in the city and gave out presents to people he knew. The following year, he bought three times as many gifts and hired a staff to wrap them all. Then they loaded the packages on a wagon. Scrooge walked proudly in front of the wagon, and gave Christmas presents to many, many people.”
“This sounds okay so far,” said Big E.
“Yes, but Scrooge grew compulsive about giving Christmas presents. The next year he had his staff post notices all over town about an event he would have on Christmas Eve in the town square. The announcement said he would give out thousands of presents. But this time he stood on one of the wagons and threw the presents into the crowd. The huge mass of people got greedy and fought over the packages. After that, Scrooge got even more bizarre. He decided he wanted to be the one who delivered the presents at Christmas… to every boy and girl in the world.”
Big E shook his head. “Sounds like trouble.”
“It was,” Santa said. “One day he showed up here at the North Pole in an elaborate sled pulled by a dozen huskies. Scrooge had decided he wanted to buy me out and told me to name my price. I told him I didn’t want to retire because I love what I do. I refused him. Then he argued with me and got kind of nasty. I finally had to tell him to leave the North Pole and never come back.”
“He didn’t get physical, did he?”
“No, but he was furious. As he stormed off, he said, ‘You’ll be sorry for this. If I can’t deliver the presents on Christmas Eve, I’ll make sure you can’t either.’ As he drove away, Scrooge shouted a lot of rambling gibberish, like he had totally flipped out.”

 

Scrooge's Space Station above the North Pole

Here is the explanation of how Scrooge ends up in a space station hovering over the North Pole where he will launch his plan to ruin Christmas. This time it is Scrooge speaking to his henchman Weasel (more on Weasel in two weeks).

Weasel wrinkled his brow. “How did you get this spacecraft?”
“Oh, that’s easy. I bought it on the black market.”
A quizzical look appeared on Weasel’s face. “There’s a black market for space ships?”
“Hmmph, there’s a black market for everything.”
“It must have cost plenty. Where’d you get all the money?”
“With gold. A long, long time ago, I sold my business and converted most of the cash into gold. Then I buried it before I began my quest. You wouldn’t believe how much the price had gone up when I finally went back and retrieved it.”
“Your quest? What was that?”
“My quest for magic… sorcery, actually. I knew if I was going to beat Santa at his game, I would need to put some kind of evil spell on him.”
“Wow.” Weasel’s eyes grew large and he looked intrigued. “I gotta hear about this quest.”
“Actually, it didn’t turn out so well. I went to Haiti and searched for a Voodoo doctor who could teach me his dark arts. I thought I had found the perfect guy, but he turned out to be a phony that was just trying to rip me off. Then I went to China and found a mysterious old magician who was supposed to have all sorts of special powers. This time, I was cautious and had him show me what he could do. He did all these grand demonstrations, but I was able to figure out his tricks. Big charlatan. I couldn’t get any sorcery from him, either.”
“Man, you’re right. It didn’t go good at all.”
“Then it really got worse.” The old man let out a sigh. “I went back to England and managed to find out about a weird scientist who lived alone in a gloomy palace. There were rumors he had vanquished his enemies by putting curses on them. So, I traveled to see him, and I’ll tell you, he was scary. He had the most evil eyes I ever saw. I told him what I was trying to get, and he just laughed at me. That made me mad and we argued, and I yelled some unfortunate epithets at him. And, you know what that bastard did?”
“What?”
“He put a spell on me. I was under his complete control, like a slave. He made me work as his assistant doing all kinds of weird scientific experiments. The only good thing I got out of his spell was that I never got any older. He didn’t either, so he thought he was set forever with a captive slave assistant.”
“Man, how long did that last?”
“About a hundred and twenty years. Until he became big enemies with another mad scientist. But this guy didn’t mess around with spells. He just shot him, and when he died my curse was broken.”
“Yes, yes.” Weasel seemed genuinely happy.
“So, I was free, I knew everything there was about science, and when I dug up my gold, I was incredibly rich.”
“And you still hated Santa?”
“Oh, yes. That never went away while I was under the spell. I came out just as determined to keep him from delivering the presents at Christmas. Then, I realized I didn’t need to cast a spell to stop Santa. I had the knowledge and the means to do it myself. So I bought this spacecraft and hired you Humbahs to be my crew.”
“And in a few weeks we get to carry out your plan to ruin Christmas.”

 

They say a good villain is a must for a successful novel, and Scrooge fills the bill nicely in BIG E and the SANTA MAN. In fact, two of the five reviews on Amazon specifically mention Scrooge. Now you’ll know what they are talking about.

Big E and the Santa Man Page on Amazon

 

So how about it? Are you ready to read how Elvis and Santa battle Scrooge to save Christmas?

Are you ready to read the strangest Christmas story ever written?

Are you ready to tell someone in your family to go on Amazon and buy this book to give you at Christmas?

 

Hillary Clinton on Big E and the Santa Man

 

Click here to go to Amazon and order BIG E and the SANTA MAN.

 

Thank you,

PHIL ARNOLD

Original ElvisBlogmeister

 

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They’re Baaaack…..

Last year the theme to promote BIG E and the SANTA MAN was:

The perfect Christmas gift for Elvis fans.

 

That’s still true… but this year’s theme is:

The most unusual Christmas story ever written.

BIG E and the SANTA MAN Cover

After the wonderful response by Elvis fans last year, I couldn’t wait to bring BIG E and the SANTA MAN back for the 2016 Christmas season.

So, what’s all this about it being the most unusual Christmas story ever written?

When a novel starts with Elvis going to the North Pole to live with Santa, you know it’s going to be different. Then there’s the extraordinary explanations for all the magic of Santa’s Christmas Eve journey (flying reindeer, for example, and how Santa can deliver presents all over the world in one night). Notice the North Pole behind Elvis (or Big E as he prefers to be called) in the cover picture? It’s not just a marker. In this story, the North Pole collects and stores wondrous powers, then Santa draws on them for Christmas Eve.

 

Next, because this is a Rock & Roll Christmas Fantasy, it has to have music. Big E teaches a group of elves to play guitar and they form a kick-ass rock band called The ELVI’s (pronounced elv-eyes). In keeping with the strangest Christmas story ever written idea, I channeled The ELVI’s after another band you may recognized.

The ELVI's

 

If all that wasn’t strange enough, I chose a character already connected with Christmas to be the villain.

Scrooge

If you recognize Scrooge in this picture, that’s right. Except, in BIG E and the SANTA MAN, he doesn’t have a quill pen and candle. Now he’s got a spaceship hovering over the North Pole filled with the latest scientific gear.

In a future post I will include a page or two from the book that explains how Scrooge is still around 125 years after he was first introduced to us in Christmas literature. And why he hates Christmas even more than before. So much, in fact, that he has hatched a wicked plot to ruin it

BIG E and the SANTA MAN contains good magic from the North Pole and bad magic from Scrooge. The book’s heros also have some nifty sci-fi goodies, especially the jet-powered flying sled the elves build for Big E.

Jet Sled

It’s in the jet-sled that Santa and Big E do battle with Scrooge to save Christmas, and the epic struggle goes back and forth right up to the end.

There is one thing about the story I would like to think is not so strange. It is the portrayal of Big E as a surrogate son to Santa and Mama Claus. They become a tight-knit family with true love for each other. Knowing Elvis’ personality, it’s easy to believe he also becomes fast friends with all the elves. Finally, if you think Elvis had the inherent qualities to be a fearless, action hero, you will love his exploits in BIG E and the SANTA MAN.

There is a big improvement in the marketing of the book this year. As you can see, it can now be purchased on Amazon. Last year, the only way to get it was to send your personal check to my home address. I think that probably turned off some potential buyers.

Amazon Big E Page

 

Please note the Amazon options include a Kindle e-book for just $2.99. A number of Elvis fans in Europe asked about this last year. Also, if you want a low cost way to read BIG E and the SANTA MAN before ordering multiple copies to give as Christmas gifts to your Elvis friends, here it is. (The record last year was eleven copies, and the lady who ordered them said everyone who got the book loved the gift.)

 

PayPal

Some folks prefer signed copies when they buy books, so I have set up a PayPal account to accommodate that. You just notify me by email (philarnold@charter.net) that you want the book and any special inscription you would like. Then, I submit a Money Request to PayPal. They process the sale and let me know, so I can sign the book and send it to you.

 

So, how about it? Are you ready to read about Elvis in the strangest, most fascinating Christmas story written? If so, BIG E and the SANTA MAN is the book for you.

Click here to go to Amazon.com.

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Thank you,

Phil Arnold

Original ElvisBlogmeister

 

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