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Take a peek inside BIG E and the SANTA MAN

Whenever you’re in a bookstore, you learn the primary few pages of a guide to see when you prefer it earlier than buying. You could have an analogous choice at Amazon.com, too. In the event you click on a guide’s cowl image, a Look Inside hyperlink appears.

Look Inside Amazon Book

In case you click on on Look Inside, you possibly can learn the primary seven pages of my rock & roll Christmas fantasy.

I’d wish to make it even easier for you to do this right here, so you’ll be able to see what the story is like, how Elvis is portrayed, how nicely the writing is completed, and so on. Please learn following Chapter 1 of the e-book. I’m assured you will take pleasure in it rather a lot, and perhaps you may be motivated to click on 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 figure, with a backpack and guitar case slung over his shoulders, climbed up one of the lower slopes. He slipped and stumbled, crushed by wind-driven snow, as he fought to succeed in the top of the ridge.

With out warning, his footing gave approach and he slid downward at a daunting velocity. His shoulder bounced off a big crag, slowing him down. He flailed wildly with each arms, and grabbed an outcropping to stop his fall. The man clung there, panting, and shifted his ft around till he discovered 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 thing 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 in the center, stood Santa’s citadel. Not removed from it, a tall purple 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 fort with new resolve.  Out of the blue, a shaft of power shot down from the sky, locked onto his body, and lifted him three ft in the air.

“What the heck!”

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“Weasel, put that man down immediately.” The skinny previous man’s outburst shattered the quiet hum of the spacecraft’s command bridge. He managed to get his anger underneath 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, however he grumbled, “Yes, sir,” and moved a lever on his management 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 couple of years earlier. They have been all surly and cussed, especially Weasel. He had purple spiked hair, and wore a closely studded, sleeveless black leather-based jacket. His face sported several piercings, and numerous tats coated his little arms.

The commander turned again to his telescope monitor display and watched because the traveler settled slowly again to the mountainside. Dammit, I really should maintain these Humbahs beneath tighter management, he thought. Evil elves with no qualms about ruining Christmas should make the best 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 again. “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 again, “Even if he does, there’s nothing Santa can do about it.”

The commander shook his head in exasperation and turned again to the monitor display.

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The traveler settled gently onto the mountain slope. He sat there for a second, unharmed, questioning what simply happened. Then, he seemed ahead and locked his eyes on Santa’s fort. His mind spun back 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 warmer – however the snow was not melting. The decrease he went, the warmer it acquired. When the slope leveled off, he thought, it looks like a stunning spring day, but there’s snow on the bottom. This is pretty 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 ahead enjoying within the snow. They appeared up and stared at him, then scurried off across the nook of Santa’s citadel and out of sight.

As the traveler handed the North Pole, he observed a small compartment door about three ft off the bottom. It seemed prefer 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 of them opens it up and works some type of switches or dials. Marvel what it does?

He trudged ahead to Santa’s citadel, a sprawling stone construction with a number of turrets and Tudor-style wooden trim on the gables. The snow on the roof made it a picture-perfect picture, 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, this 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 visitor, and stated, “Welcome to the North Pole. We don’t get many guests here, but 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 handed 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 Massive 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 appeared around and took within the grandeur of Santa’s front room. Large beams and durable wooden decking towered over rough-sawn partitions and a dark-pegged hardwood flooring. A huge sofa 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 someway supported an in depth show 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 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.”

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

Big E and the Santa Man

I hope you loved the first chapter of BIG E and the SANTA MAN. Like several good writer, I tried to work in as many things as potential 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 point out of the four musically-inclined elves who will pair up with Huge E to play some critical rock & roll.

In fact, the whole concept is complete fantasy, nevertheless it positive makes for a enjoyable story. I say this every year: BIG E and the SANTA MAN is the right Christmas present for Elvis followers. Please click on here to go to the Amazon page, then e mail the link to your sweetie with this within the subject 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, ship an e-mail to [email protected]  Inform me what inscription you need in your ebook, and I’ll take care of the remaining.

Santa's World Cover

I want to end by paraphrasing the message on the above journal cowl.

Who is that this Huge E guy?

And can 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 just studying ElvisBlog for the first time, I’m positive you recognized them as Santa Claus and Elvis Presley. Nevertheless, in the event you’ve been a reader for the previous two years, then you understand them as Santa Man and Huge E, the characters in my rock & roll Christmas fantasy.

Why do they have totally different names? In my story, Huge 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 once they turned good associates.

OK, so what’s the strange-looking factor they’re flying round in? Again, first-time visitors to this weblog may say: “Appears like a gold Caddy convertible with runners as an alternative of wheels and some variety of pink propulsion flame coming out the again. Lengthy-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 half in their teaming as much as save Christmas in my e-book BIG E and the SANTA MAN.

Big E and Santa in Jet Sled

This sorry-looking drawing was the jet sled picture on the primary 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 costs down because graphic artists are costly. I did should 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 again cowl. I spent the actual cash getting the designer to make a professional-looking entrance cowl. Then, final yr, I saw 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. Extra to the point, they might be the type of sharp, trendy accessories Elvis would want on a prized car. I had made somewhat cash 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 enchancment, so this picture went on the again cover last yr. Still, I wasn’t really proud of it. Then I discovered this image on the internet:

Caddy Convertible front view

I despatched 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 stated, “Sure, but it will take some time and cost you some real money.” I swallowed arduous and stated, “Yes, do it, but be gentle with your bill.” What she produced was outstanding, so it was time for a brand new cowl.

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 ebook cover is a learning expertise. A number of people instructed that because there are two title characters, they need to each be on the duvet. This was not the case on the primary printing, and I might see their level.

Big E and the Santa Man Final Cover

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

As I discussed two weeks in the past, the tag line in the purple ornament didn’t give any clue what the story was about. So, as soon as I had the brand new jet sled image, it was time for an entire front cover redesign. I’m actually proud of it.

And you may be glad, too, for those who get a replica of this e-book. It is obtainable on Amazon.com. Click right here to go to the ebook’s 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 mention within the first two Christmas season promotional pitches. Although I wrote the e-book to attraction to Elvis fans, it can be loved by adolescent or young grownup readers. The story is squeaky clear. I need to get Graceland to buy my e-book and make it into a one hour animated Christmas special, which might be watched by all ages. Plus my possibilities with Graceland might be enhanced if Huge E is portrayed as straight-arrow sort of man. We all know he used some saucy language in actual life, but 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, if in case you have a younger family member 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 may like this Massive E guy, and you’ll have a gap to tell all of them about Elvis.

However don’t overlook to get a replica for yourself or copies to provide to others. The report for books purchased by one individual to offer to others is eleven. Like I’ve stated earlier than, this is the right Christmas present 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 fairly a dream… Elvis goes up to the North Pole, and Santa welcomes him to reside in the fort with him and Mama Claus and the elves. But there could possibly 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 puts his plot into action 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 in the course of the frantic try and land again on 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 sort of hero stuff? Now as an adult, he will get his probability, and he’s up for the challenge. Not even Captain Marvell Jr received to save lots of Christmas. However Elvis does in my e-book…

BIG E and the SANTA MAN

Don’t get the concept Santa is simply alongside for the journey whereas the confrontations play out. Rest assured that Santa comes by way of with a number of clever tips up his sleeve, too. He may be jolly previous fellow, however he has inside power to draw on when needed.

Yes, teamwork between Santa and Huge E is the important thing to saving Christmas. This story follows the most effective traditions of what are generally known as buddie films. Elvis by no means made a buddie film, so that is as close as you’re ever going to get. You’ll just love Santa and Elvis teaming as much as save Christmas. You just will — in the event you buy this ebook.

BIG E and the SANTA MAN 2017 Front Cover

You will discover this cowl design is totally different than the one I posted the final two years in the course of the ebook’s promotion on ElvisBlog. Gone is the subtitle:

Subtitle on Christmas Ball Ornament

I really appreciated this at first as a result of it was such an correct description of the story. In truth, if Amazon.com had a genre referred to as Rock & Roll Christmas Fantasy, my guide can be the most important vendor. Because there has never been another guide billing itself as that.

However regularly I began to assume a better subtitle would help potential readers understand what the 2 title characters do within the e-book. What I needed was a brief, concise line, so nothing could possibly be higher than:

BIG E and the SANTA MAN new subtitle

There’s also an enormous change in the picture on the duvet of BIG E and the SANTA MAN. I will speak about this in the next promotional submit right here on ElvisBlog. Between now and Christmas, I might be discussing my e-book a number of occasions. However I’ll hold the regular posts coming as nicely.

For now, let me offer you a quick pitch. You frequently learn my weblog and like it. Should you read my e-book, you’ll like it, too. Most necessary, you want Elvis, and this can be a nifty story about him doing brave heroic deeds to save lots of Christmas. Dozens of Elvis followers have learn this guide and stated great issues about it in emails and evaluations. I’m confident you’ll really feel the same method.

The worth is simply $7.99 on Amazon.com. Get the ebook for your self or have any person give it to you as a present.

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 on your Kindle at simply $2.99. A discount, either approach.

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 (in the course of the celebration of Elvis’ birthday) had five rings, and the one on March 4 (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 identical or comparable rings from his favourite jeweler, Lowell Hays. First, listed here are the rings bought in January.

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Elvis Presley's Pyramid Ring in Case

In the last two two auctions I’ve followed this yr, eleven rings owned by Elvis have come up on the market. We’ll in all probability by no means know exactly how many he had through the years, but with this publish, ElvisBlog could have coated over sixty-five within the Elvis’ Fabulous Rings collection.

The first eight rings here have been provided at the Julien’s Rock Icons Auction 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 on this collection required rather a lot of legwork. I might discover one or two rings at totally different auctions or websites, and over time would have enough to fill a submit. This time, I’m fortunate. The just lately completed Auction at Graceland had eight fabulous Elvis rings, and six beat the estimates.

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I don’t know what number of rings Elvis owned in his lifetime, but ElvisBlog has reported on 33 of them thus far in the first three elements of this collection.  Listed here are 9 extra.

Horse Head/Horseshoe Ring;

Elvis' Horse head-Horse Shoe Ring

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It was a sluggish course of assembling the rings for Part 1 of this collection – 13 rings from ten rock and roll memorabilia auctions over a 4 yr period.  Half 2 was somewhat simpler – eleven rings from four auctions plus the web site Elvis Moments in Time.  For “Elvis’ Fabulous Rings — Part 3,” all of them got here from one auction that just ended on August 14.  It was the Ultimate 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 thirteen Elvis-owned rings that had bought at public sale in the previous 5 years.  A number of more Elvis’ rings have changed arms in auctions since then, but numerous web sites have offered pictures of different rings he owned, most together with vital historic 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 live performance pictures of Elvis in his jumpsuits, take a look at his fingers.  You will notice that he often has three or four rings on every hand.  Elvis should have really beloved rings, but he was additionally very beneficiant with them and gave many away.  Because of that, quite a number of have finally ended up at rock and roll memorabilia auctions.  Through the past three years alone, thirteen Elvis rings have been provided at ten totally different auctions.

Diamond Owl Ring:

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