Tag Archives: Elvis Saves Christmas

Take a Peek inside BIG E and the SANTA MAN

Customer Reading Book

When you’re in a bookstore, you read the first few pages of a book to see if you like it before purchasing. You have a similar option at Amazon.com, too. If you click on a book’s cover image, a Look Inside link appears.

Look Inside Amazon Book

If you click on Look Inside, you can read the first seven pages of my rock & roll Christmas fantasy.

I’d like to make it even easier for you to do that right here, so you can see what the story is like, how Elvis is portrayed, how well the writing is done, etc. Please read following Chapter 1 of the book. I’m confident you will enjoy it a lot, and maybe you will be motivated to click on this Amazon link to buy a copy. [Note: the illustrations are not in the book, but it is a blogger axiom that you must break up large chunks of text with pictures.]

 

Harsh and Desolate Frozen Landscape

 

– Chapter 1 –

A Trek to the North Pole

 

Late September, 1977…

The relentless arctic wind swirled over a harsh and desolate world. Glacial fields, broken by jagged ice outcroppings, stretched between ridges of foreboding mountains. A solitary figure, with a backpack and guitar case slung over his shoulders, climbed up one of the lower slopes. He slipped and stumbled, beaten by wind-driven snow, as he fought to reach the top of the ridge.

Without warning, his footing gave way and he slid downward at a frightening speed. His shoulder bounced off a large crag, slowing him down. He flailed wildly with both hands, and grabbed an outcropping to stop his fall. The man clung there, panting, and shifted his feet around until he found a solid foothold. He pulled himself together, checked to see that the guitar case was undamaged, then struggled on.

He clawed himself to the top and saw the object of his incredible trek – an inviting valley, bathed in sunlight, with beautiful evergreen trees and holly bushes all around.

Santa's Castle at the North Pole

And, right in the middle, stood Santa’s castle. Not far from it, a tall red and white object stood by like a sentinel. Even from this distance, the traveler felt certain it was the North Pole.

He took a deep breath and started down the incline toward the castle with new resolve.  Suddenly, a shaft of energy shot down from the sky, locked onto his body, and lifted him three feet in the air.

“What the heck!”

~~~~~~~~~~

“Weasel, put that man down immediately.” The thin old man’s outburst shattered the quiet hum of the spacecraft’s command bridge. He managed to get his anger under control, but his disposition remained as dark and grim as his soiled black lab coat and tangle of unkempt hair.

Weasel jutted out his chin, flashing his displeasure with the command, but he grumbled, “Yes, sir,” and moved a lever on his control panel.

The old man continued his rant. “You need to get over this idea that I’m merely a brilliant scientist. I’m also the commander of this spacecraft, and you guys don’t make the decisions. I do. Sometimes you Humbahs are so stupid.”

Weasel headed a group known as the Humbahs, four elves who had washed out with Santa a few years earlier. They were all surly and stubborn, especially Weasel. 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.

The commander turned back to his telescope monitor screen and watched as the traveler settled slowly back to the mountainside. Dammit, I really have to keep these Humbahs under tighter control, he thought. Evil elves with no qualms about ruining Christmas ought to make the right crew for my plot, but sometimes that independent streak of theirs drives me crazy.

Scrooge the Villain

Then the old man twisted to face the elf again. “Weasel, what the hell did you think you were doing?”

“Just having a little fun,” he said with a tone of insolence. “I wasn’t going to hurt the man – just shake him up.”

“We’re not here to have fun. We’re here to complete a mission.”

Weasel straightened up in his chair and puffed out his chest. “Well, we’ve tested our prototype transporter beam on big rocks and stuff, so why not on a person? It didn’t do any harm.”

The scientist snorted at Weasel’s continued defiant attitude. “You better hope there’s no harm. That man is obviously going to Santa’s castle. Suppose he tells what happened to him, and Santa gets suspicious and figures out we’re back with another plot this year to ruin Christmas.”

Weasel shot back, “Even if he does, there’s nothing Santa can do about it.”

The commander shook his head in exasperation and turned back to the monitor screen.

~~~~~~~~~~

The traveler settled gently onto the mountain slope. He sat there for a moment, unhurt, wondering what just happened. Then, he looked ahead and locked his eyes on Santa’s castle. His mind spun back to the task at hand, and he stood up, shrugged, and continued his journey.

About halfway down the mountain, the traveler realized it was getting warmer – but the snow was not melting. The lower he went, the warmer it got. When the slope leveled off, he thought, it feels like a gorgeous spring day, but there’s snow on the ground. This is pretty cool. He unzipped his heavy parka and pulled back the hood.

Soon he reached a point where he could make out the details of the North Pole. It looked to be almost two feet in diameter and over thirty feet tall. The traveler hadn’t known what to expect, but its massive size surprised him.

The traveler spotted two young elves ahead playing in the snow. They looked up and stared at him, then scurried off around the corner of Santa’s castle and out of sight.

As the traveler passed the North Pole, he noticed a small compartment door about three feet off the ground. It looked like it might cover some sort of control panel and had a combination lock securing it. He wondered why it was so low, then smiled when he realized the answer. That door is set for elf height. I’ll bet one of them opens it up and works some kind of switches or dials. Wonder what it does?

He trudged forward to Santa’s castle, a sprawling stone structure with multiple turrets and Tudor-style wood trim on the gables. The snow on the roof made it a picture-perfect image, and it beckoned him with an irresistible pull.

The traveler reached the steps, climbed up to the porch, and paused in front of the door. Well, this is it. He took a deep breath and knocked on the door.

In a few seconds, the door opened to reveal a familiar face. Santa smiled broadly when he saw his new visitor, and said, “Welcome to the North Pole. We don’t get many visitors here, but we’re real glad to see you, Mister….“ Santa paused.

He didn’t greet me with ‘Hello Elvis,’ so I guess he doesn’t know, or else he’s cuttin’ me some slack. Yeah, that’s probably it. “Well, sir, aaah, aaah…you can call me… aaah….Big E.”

Santa reached out and shook his hand. “Well, Big E, won’t you come on in?”

“Thank you, Santa,” he said as he passed through the door. “I’m really sorry to show up unannounced like this, but I’m hopin’ I might be able to stay here for a while. There’s some stuff goin’ on with my life, and I need to get away, you know?”

“You’re welcome to stay here as long as you like, Big E.” Santa looked at the guitar case. “I presume you can play that guitar or you wouldn’t have gone to all the trouble to lug it up here.”

Big E laughed. “There’s some debate about that, but I can hit a few licks.”
“Well, four of the elves entertain us with music occasionally,” Santa said. “They would like to play rock and roll, but it’s not going so well. Maybe you could work with them and help them along.”

“Oh, I’d love to. It would be great to get back to makin’ music again, just for fun.”

“Excellent. Say, can I help you get that heavy parka off?”

After Big E shed his gloves and coat, he tugged on his loose pants and shirt. “I guess I lost about fifty pounds making this trek. It’s been years since I’ve been this trim.”

“That’s nothing,” Santa said. “It’s been centuries since I’ve been trim.” They both laughed.

Big E looked around and took in the grandeur of Santa’s living room. Massive beams and sturdy wood decking towered over rough-sawn walls and a dark-pegged hardwood floor. A huge couch and two overstuffed armchairs formed a semi-circle facing the massive stone fireplace. Christmas decorations adorned the tables and walls, and a sturdy Christmas tree somehow supported an extensive display of ornaments.

“Oh, wow,” Big E said. “This is some place you’ve got here.”

Santa nodded. “It suits Mama Claus and me quite well. Say, let’s go out to the kitchen and I’ll introduce you to her.”

As they headed across the room, Big E asked, “I noticed the temperature around your castle is quite mild, but the snow doesn’t melt. Why is that?”

Santa stroked his chin. “For now, let’s just say that it’s one of the many magical properties of the North Pole. I’ll explain it all to you later, but you’ll be happy to know that anyone living at the North Pole never gets any older.”

Big E smiled but did not reply. Oh, man, this is going to be even better than I thought.

 

Big E and the Santa Man

I hope you enjoyed the first chapter of BIG E and the SANTA MAN. Like any good writer, I tried to work in as many things as possible to hook the readers. There’s our two iconic title characters, an evil villain and his bad-elf henchman, hints about all the magical properties of the North Pole, and mention of the four musically-inclined elves who will pair up with Big E to play some serious rock & roll.

Of course, the whole idea is total fantasy, but it sure makes for a fun story. I say this every year: BIG E and the SANTA MAN is the perfect Christmas present for Elvis fans. Please click here to go to the Amazon page, then email the link to your sweetie with this in the subject box: I want this book for Christmas.

 

PayPal

Or. if you want a signed copy, and you have a PayPal account, send an email to philarnold@charter.net.  Tell me what inscription you want on your book, and I’ll take care of the rest.

 

Santa's World Cover

I would like to end by paraphrasing the message on the above magazine cover.

Who is this Big E guy?

And will he be under your Christmas tree?

 

Thankyouverymuch,

Phil Arnold, Original Elvisblogmeister

 

Who Are These Two Guys

Santa and Big E in Jet Sled

Even if you are just reading ElvisBlog for the first time, I’m sure you recognized them as Santa Claus and Elvis Presley. However, if you’ve been a reader for the past two years, then you know them as Santa Man and Big E, the characters in my rock & roll Christmas fantasy.

Why do they have different names? In my story, Big E is how Elvis introduced himself to Santa when he first arrived at the North Pole. Santa Man is simply a playful nickname that Big E gave Santa once they became good friends.

OK, so what is the strange-looking thing they are flying around in? Again, first-time visitors to this blog might say: “Looks like a gold Caddy convertible with runners instead of wheels and some kind of red propulsion flame coming out the back. Long-time blog readers know this is Big E’s jet sled. It was specially made for him by Santa’s elves, and it plays a significant part in their teaming up to save Christmas in my book BIG E and the SANTA MAN.

 

Big E and Santa in Jet Sled

This sorry-looking drawing was the jet sled image on the first printing two years ago. I traced the lines of a 1959 Cadillac and drew the runners. I was trying to keep the costs down because graphic artists are expensive. I did have to pay for her to add flames and sky background and to cut and paste Santa and Big E into the jet sled.

I knew it was pretty amateurish, so I put it on the back cover. I spent the real money getting the designer to make a professional-looking front cover. Then, last year, I saw this picture.

Runners to put on Jet sled

I was like “Wow,” that’s the kind of runners I want on Big E’s jet sled. More to the point, they would be the kind of sharp, stylish accessories Elvis would want on a prized vehicle. I had made a little money on book sales, so I forked out some of it to have the designer put them on my so-so drawing.

Jet Sled Picture to use in Promotion

The shiny metal runners look so much better, and the red flames were an improvement, so this image went on the back cover last year. Still, I wasn’t really happy with it. Then I found this picture on the internet:

Caddy Convertible front view

I sent the picture to the graphic artist an asked, “Can you change it to gold, and replace the wheels with runners, and put Santa and Big E in it?” She said, “Sure, but it will take some time and cost you some real money.” I swallowed hard and said, “Yes, do it, but be gentle with your bill.” What she produced was outstanding, so it was time for a new cover.

2017 New Front Cover - Big

The title font is the same as on the first printing, and two weeks ago I explained about the change in the tag line.

Coming up with a book cover is a learning experience. Several folks suggested that because there are two title characters, they should both be on the cover. This was not the case on the first printing, and I could see their point.

Big E and the Santa Man Final Cover

Some observers said the first cover was too busy, too much stuff. I could see that, too. But, another thing surprised me. Half of the folks I asked had no idea what the building was. This was in spite of the presence of Santa in the title, the North Pole nearby, and the word Claus over the front door. One non-Elvis fan even asked, “Is it Graceland?” Give me a break.

As I mentioned two weeks ago, the tag line in the red ornament didn’t give any clue what the story was about. So, once I had the new jet sled picture, it was time for a complete front cover redesign. I’m really happy with it.

And you will be happy, too, if you get a copy of this book. It is available on Amazon.com. Click here to go to the book’s page where you can get it for $7.99 or the Kindle eBook for $2.99.

Amazon Page - Big E and the Santa Man

 

There is also one thing I failed to mention in the first two Christmas season promotional pitches. Although I wrote the book to appeal to Elvis fans, it can be enjoyed by adolescent or young adult readers. The story is squeaky clean. I want to get Graceland to buy my book and make it into a one hour animated Christmas special, which would be watched by all ages. Plus my chances with Graceland will be enhanced if Big E is portrayed as straight-arrow kind of guy. We all know he used some saucy language in real life, but not in my story.

The phenomenon of Elvis’ continued popularity is because new generations of fans keep coming along. Where do they get this inclination from? Mostly their parents or even their grandparents.

So, if you have a young family member who doesn’t know about Elvis like you do, give them my nifty Christmas fantasy. Once they’ve read BIG E and the SANTA MAN, they will like this Big E guy, and you’ll have an opening to tell them all about Elvis.

But don’t forget to get a copy for yourself or copies to give to others. The record for books purchased by one person to give to others is eleven. Like I’ve said before, this is the perfect Christmas present for all Elvis fans. So, how about clicking on this Amazon link and getting a copy?

 

Thankyouverymuch,

Phil Arnold

 

 

THEY’RE BACK

In the Kingdom of Rock & Roll

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

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

.

“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

.

“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

.

Santa Reading Big E and the Santa Man

.

“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

.

“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

.

“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

.

Back Cover -- Big E and the Santa Man

Back Cover — Big E and the Santa Man

.

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

.

“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

.

“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

.

In the Kingdom of Rock & roll

.

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

.

“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

.

“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

.

Big E and the Santa Man -- Authors Message

.

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

.

“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

.

“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

.

Big E and the Santa Man

.

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.

.

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?

.

.

Thank you,

Phil Arnold

Original ElvisBlogmeister

 

 

ElvisBlog Logo

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

 

ElvisBlog Logo

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.

jet-powered-bentley-santa-sled

jet-powered-sled-sled

santa-in-jet-powered-sled

 

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.

.

Thank you,

Phil Arnold

Original ElvisBlogmeister

 

 

ElvisBlog Lip Logo

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

 

ElvisBlog Lip Logo

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.

.

Thank you,

Phil Arnold

Original ElvisBlogmeister

 

ElvisBlog Lip Logo