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Take a peek inside BIG E and the SANTA MAN

If you’re in a bookstore, you read the first few pages of a guide to see in the event you like it before buying. You will have an identical choice at Amazon.com, too. In case you click on on a guide’s cowl picture, a Look Inside link appears.

Look Inside Amazon Book

In case you click on on Look Inside, you’ll be able to learn the primary seven pages of my rock & roll Christmas fantasy.

I’d wish to make it even simpler for you to do this proper here, so you possibly can see what the story is like, how Elvis is portrayed, how properly the writing is completed, and so on. Please learn following Chapter 1 of the ebook. I’m confident you’ll take pleasure in it lots, and perhaps you may be motivated to click on this Amazon hyperlink to purchase a replica. [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, damaged by jagged ice outcroppings, stretched between ridges of foreboding mountains. A solitary determine, with a backpack and guitar case slung over his shoulders, climbed up one of many decrease slopes. He slipped and stumbled, crushed by wind-driven snow, as he fought to succeed in the highest of the ridge.

Without warning, his footing gave means and he slid downward at a daunting velocity. His shoulder bounced off a large crag, slowing him down. He flailed wildly with both palms, and grabbed an outcropping to cease his fall. The person clung there, panting, and shifted his ft around until he found a strong foothold. He pulled himself collectively, checked to see that the guitar case was undamaged, then struggled on.

He clawed himself to the highest and saw the item of his unimaginable trek – an inviting valley, bathed in daylight, with lovely evergreen timber and holly bushes all around.

Santa's Castle at the North Pole

And, right within the middle, stood Santa’s fort. Not removed from it, a tall purple and white object stood by like a sentinel. Even from this distance, the traveler felt sure it was the North Pole.

He took a deep breath and started down the incline towards the citadel with new resolve.  All of the sudden, a shaft of power shot down from the sky, locked onto his physique, and lifted him three ft within the air.

“What the heck!”

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“Weasel, put that man down immediately.” The thin previous man’s outburst shattered the quiet hum of the spacecraft’s command bridge. He managed to get his anger beneath management, however 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 previous 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 gaggle often known as the Humbahs, four elves who had washed out with Santa a number of years earlier. They have been all surly and stubborn, particularly Weasel. He had purple spiked hair, and wore a closely studded, sleeveless black leather jacket. His face sported several piercings, and numerous tats coated his little arms.

The commander turned back to his telescope monitor display and watched as the traveler settled slowly back to the mountainside. Dammit, I actually should maintain these Humbahs beneath tighter management, he thought. Evil elves with no qualms about ruining Christmas should make the appropriate crew for my plot, however typically that unbiased streak of theirs drives me loopy.

Scrooge the Villain

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

“Just having a little fun,” he stated 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 angle. “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 display.

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The traveler settled gently onto the mountain slope. He sat there for a moment, unharmed, questioning what just occurred. Then, he seemed ahead and locked his eyes on Santa’s fort. His mind spun again to the duty at hand, and he stood up, shrugged, and continued his journey.

About halfway down the mountain, the traveler realized it was getting hotter – however the snow was not melting. The lower he went, the warmer it obtained. When the slope leveled off, he thought, it looks like a stunning spring day, however there’s snow on the ground. This is fairly cool. He unzipped his heavy parka and pulled again the hood.

Soon he reached some extent the place he might make out the small print of the North Pole. It appeared to be virtually two ft in diameter and over thirty ft tall. The traveler hadn’t recognized what to expect, however its large measurement stunned him.

The traveler noticed two younger elves forward enjoying within the snow. They seemed up and stared at him, then scurried off around the nook of Santa’s citadel and out of sight.

As the traveler passed the North Pole, he observed a small compartment door about three ft off the bottom. It seemed like it may cowl some type of control panel and had a mixture lock securing it. He questioned why it was so low, then smiled when he realized the reply. That door is about for elf peak. I’ll guess one among them opens it up and works some sort of switches or dials. Marvel what it does?

He trudged forward to Santa’s citadel, a sprawling stone construction with a number of 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 as much as the porch, and paused in front of the door. Properly, that is it. He took a deep breath and knocked on the door.

In a couple of seconds, the door opened to reveal a well-known face. Santa smiled broadly when he saw his new customer, and stated, “Welcome to the North Pole. We don’t get many visitors right here, however we’re real glad to see you, Mister….“ Santa paused.

He didn’t greet me with ‘Hello Elvis,’ so I assume he doesn’t know, or else he’s cuttin’ me some slack. Yeah, that’s in all probability 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 stated as he passed by way of 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 seemed on 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.”

Huge 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 stated. “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 Huge E shed his gloves and coat, he tugged on his unfastened 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 stated. “It’s been centuries since I’ve been trim.” They each laughed.

Huge E seemed around and took in the grandeur of Santa’s front room. Large beams and sturdy wood decking towered over rough-sawn walls and a dark-pegged hardwood flooring. A huge couch and two overstuffed armchairs shaped a semi-circle dealing with the huge stone hearth. Christmas decorations adorned the tables and partitions, and a sturdy Christmas tree by some means supported an in depth display of ornaments.

“Oh, wow,” Massive E stated. “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, Huge E requested, “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.”

Massive E smiled however didn’t reply. Oh, man, that is going to be even better than I assumed.

Big E and the Santa Man

I hope you enjoyed the primary chapter of BIG E and the SANTA MAN. Like all good author, I tried to work in as many issues as attainable to hook the readers. There’s our two iconic title characters, an evil villain and his bad-elf henchman, hints about all of the magical properties of the North Pole, and point out of the four musically-inclined elves who will pair up with Massive E to play some critical rock & roll.

In fact, the whole concept is complete fantasy, nevertheless it positive makes for a fun story. I say this yearly: BIG E and the SANTA MAN is the right Christmas current for Elvis followers. Please click right here to go to the Amazon page, then e mail the link to your sweetie with this within the topic field: I would like this guide for Christmas.

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Or. should you reside in the U.S. and need a signed copy, and you have a PayPal account, send an e mail to [email protected]  Inform me what inscription you want on your guide, and I’ll deal with the remaining.

Santa's World Cover

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

Who is that this Huge E man?

And will he be beneath your Christmas tree?

Thankyouverymuch,

Phil Arnold, Unique Elvisblogmeister

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Who Are These Two Guys?

Santa and Big E in Jet Sled

Even in case you are simply reading ElvisBlog for the primary time, I’m positive you acknowledged them as Santa Claus and Elvis Presley. Nevertheless, should you’ve been a reader for the previous two years, then you recognize them as Santa Man and Massive E, the characters in my rock & roll Christmas fantasy.

Why have they got totally different names? In my story, Massive E is how Elvis launched himself to Santa when he first arrived at the North Pole. Santa Man is just a playful nickname that Huge E gave Santa as soon as they turned good associates.

OK, so what is the strange-looking thing they’re flying round in? Again, first-time visitors to this blog may say: “Seems like a gold Caddy convertible with runners as an alternative of wheels and some sort of pink propulsion flame coming out the back. Long-time blog readers know this is Huge E’s jet sled. It was specially made for him by Santa’s elves, and it performs a big part in their teaming as much as save Christmas in my guide BIG E and the SANTA MAN.

Big E and Santa in Jet Sled

This sorry-looking drawing was the jet sled picture on the first printing two years in the past. I traced the strains of a 1959 Cadillac and drew the runners. I used to be making an attempt to keep the prices down as a result of graphic artists are costly. I did need to pay for her so as to add flames and sky background and to chop and paste Santa and Massive E into the jet sled.

I knew it was pretty amateurish, so I put it on the back cover. I spent the actual money getting the designer to make a professional-looking front cowl. Then, last yr, I noticed this image.

Runners to put on Jet sled

I used to be like “Wow,” that’s the type of runners I would like on Massive E’s jet sled. More to the purpose, they might be the sort of sharp, trendy equipment Elvis would want on a prized car. I had made just a little money on guide 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 metallic runners look so a lot better, and the pink flames have been an improvement, so this image went on the back cover last yr. Nonetheless, I wasn’t actually comfortable with it. Then I discovered this picture on the internet:

Caddy Convertible front view

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

2017 New Front Cover - Big

The title font is identical as on the first printing, and two weeks in the past I defined concerning the change within the tag line.

Arising with a guide cowl is a studying expertise. A number of people steered that because there are two title characters, they should both be on the duvet. This was not the case on the first printing, and I might see their level.

Big E and the Santa Man Final Cover

Some observers stated the first cover was too busy, too much stuff. I might see that, too. But, another factor stunned me. Half of the parents I requested had no concept what the constructing was. This was regardless of the presence of Santa in the title, the North Pole close by, and the phrase Claus over the front door. One non-Elvis fan even asked, “Is it Graceland?” Give me a break.

As I discussed two weeks ago, the tag line in the purple decoration didn’t give any clue what the story was about. So, once I had the brand new jet sled picture, it was time for an entire front cover redesign. I’m really completely happy with it.

And you’ll be joyful, too, in the event you get a replica of this ebook. It’s obtainable on Amazon.com. Click on here to go to the e-book’s web page the place you will get it for $7.99 or the Kindle eBook for $2.99.

Amazon Page - Big E and the Santa Man

There’s additionally one thing I failed to say in the first two Christmas season promotional pitches. Though I wrote the ebook to attraction to Elvis fans, it can be loved by adolescent or younger adult readers. The story is squeaky clean. I need to get Graceland to purchase my ebook and make it right into a one hour animated Christmas special, which would be watched by all ages. Plus my possibilities with Graceland might be enhanced if Huge E is portrayed as straight-arrow sort of guy. Everyone knows he used some saucy language in actual life, however not in my story.

The phenomenon of Elvis’ continued reputation is because new generations of followers maintain coming alongside. Where do they get this inclination from? Principally their mother and father or even their grandparents.

So, when you’ve got a younger member of the family who doesn’t find out about Elvis like you do, give them my nifty Christmas fantasy. Once they’ve learn BIG E and the SANTA MAN, they’ll like this Massive E man, and also you’ll have an opening to tell them all about Elvis.

But don’t overlook to get a replica for your self or copies to provide to others. The report for books bought by one individual to offer to others is eleven. Like I’ve stated before, this is the right Christmas current for all Elvis fans. So, how about clicking on this Amazon hyperlink and getting a replica?

Thankyouverymuch,

Phil Arnold


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THEY’RE BACK

Yes, that could possibly be quite a dream… Elvis goes as much as the North Pole, and Santa welcomes him to reside within the citadel with him and Mama Claus and the elves. But there might be extra to this fantasy.

Rather 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 may allow him to do exactly that? And when he places his plot into motion on Christmas Eve, he forces Santa to dump all of the presents over the aspect of the sleigh. If that wasn’t dangerous enough, Santa’s sleigh crashes through the frantic try and land back at the North Pole.

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

However, that’s the place Elvis jumps into motion. Massive E, as he is now recognized to the North Pole family, emerges as a dynamic, resourceful foe for the villain. Do you keep in mind how younger Elvis was enamored with Captain Marvell Jr, and fantasized about doing all that type of hero stuff? Now as an grownup, he will get his probability, and he’s up for the problem. Not even Captain Marvell Jr obtained to save lots of Christmas. However Elvis does in my guide…

BIG E and the SANTA MAN

Don’t get the concept Santa is just along for the journey while the confrontations play out. Rest assured that Santa comes via with a couple of clever tips up his sleeve, too. He could also be jolly previous fellow, but he has internal power to attract on when needed.

Sure, teamwork between Santa and Massive E is the key to saving Christmas. This story follows the perfect traditions of what are generally known as buddie films. Elvis by no means made a buddie movie, so this is as shut as you’re ever going to get. You will simply love Santa and Elvis teaming as much as save Christmas. You simply will — for those who buy this ebook.

BIG E and the SANTA MAN 2017 Front Cover

You’ll notice this cover design is totally different than the one I posted the last two years through the ebook’s promotion on ElvisBlog. Gone is the subtitle:

Subtitle on Christmas Ball Ornament

I actually favored this at first as a result of it was such an accurate description of the story. In reality, if Amazon.com had a genre referred to as Rock & Roll Christmas Fantasy, my ebook can be the most important vendor. Because there has never been one other guide billing itself as that.

But regularly I started to assume a better subtitle would help potential readers understand what the two title characters do within the ebook. What I needed was a short, concise line, so nothing could possibly be better than:

BIG E and the SANTA MAN new subtitle

There’s additionally an enormous change in the image on the duvet of BIG E and the SANTA MAN. I’ll speak about this in the next promotional submit here on ElvisBlog. Between now and Christmas, I can be discussing my ebook a number of occasions. But I’ll maintain the regular posts coming as properly.

For now, let me offer you a fast pitch. You commonly read my weblog and prefer it. Should you read my ebook, you’ll like it, too. Most essential, you want Elvis, and this can be a nifty story about him doing brave heroic deeds to save lots of Christmas. Dozens of Elvis fans have learn this e-book and stated nice things about it in emails and evaluations. I’m assured you will feel the identical approach.

The worth is just $7.99 on Amazon.com. Get the guide for your self or have anyone give it to you as a gift.

Amazon Page - Big E and the Santa Man

So, why not click on right here now and order BIG E and the SANTA MAN on Amazon.com? Or, you will get the eBook in your Kindle at simply $2.99. A discount, both method.

Thank you, thankyouverymuch.

Phil Arnold


Elvis -- Diamond and Opal Ring - Side View

The previous two Auctions at Graceland have been loaded with Elvis rings. The one on January 7 (through the celebration of Elvis’ birthday) had 5 rings, and the one on March four (through the opening celebration for Elvis Presley’s Memphis) had six. And one ring at first appeared to have been bought at each auctions, however a better look revealed they are examples of Elvis purchasing multiples of the same or comparable rings from his favorite jeweler, Lowell Hays. First, listed here are the rings bought in January.

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Elvis Presley's Pyramid Ring in Case

Within the last two two auctions I’ve adopted this yr, eleven rings owned by Elvis have come up for sale. We’ll in all probability by no means know exactly what number of he had through the years, but with this submit, ElvisBlog may have coated over sixty-five in the Elvis’ Fabulous Rings collection.

The first eight rings right here have been provided at the Julien’s Rock Icons Public sale in Might 2016.

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4 Elvis Rings from Auction at Graceland

Within the first five elements of this collection, ElvisBlog has featured over 50 rings Elvis owned.  He positive did love rings, didn’t he? The January 7, 2016 Auction at Graceland had a number of more, so let’s have a look.

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Five Elvis Rings

The earlier 4 articles in this collection required a number of legwork. I might discover one or two rings at totally different auctions or websites, and over time would have sufficient to fill a publish. This time, I’m fortunate. The lately completed Public sale at Graceland had eight fabulous Elvis rings, and six beat the estimates.

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I don’t know how many rings Elvis owned in his lifetime, but ElvisBlog has reported on 33 of them thus far within the first three elements of this collection.  Listed here are nine more.

Horse Head/Horseshoe Ring;

Elvis' Horse head-Horse Shoe Ring

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It was a sluggish process assembling the rings for Part 1 of this collection – 13 rings from ten rock and roll memorabilia auctions over a four yr period.  Part 2 was just a little simpler – eleven rings from 4 auctions plus the website Elvis Moments in Time.  For “Elvis’ Fabulous Rings — Part 3,” all of them got here from one public sale that simply ended on August 14.  It was the Final Elvis Auction held in Memphis by Heritage Auctioneers over Elvis Week.  Let’s take check out ten extra rings Elvis owned and gave away to a girlfriend, music associates, and Memphis Mafia buddies.

Diamond Cluster Ring:

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In March 2011, ElvisBlog introduced a pictorial essay displaying 13 Elvis-owned rings that had bought at auction in the previous 5 years.  A number of more Elvis’ rings have changed palms in auctions since then, however numerous web sites have offered photographs of different rings he owned, most together with vital historical or worth info.  So, let’s take a look at ten extra of Elvis’ fabulous rings.

Diamond and Opal Ring:

The subsequent time you take a look at concert photographs of Elvis in his jumpsuits, take a look at his fingers.  You will notice that he often has three or four rings on each hand.  Elvis should have really beloved rings, however he was additionally very generous with them and gave many away.  Due to that, fairly a number of have finally ended up at rock and roll memorabilia auctions.  Through the previous three years alone, 13 Elvis rings have been provided at ten totally different auctions.

Diamond Owl Ring:

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