A Peek at my Halloween Decorations

Hello, everyone! I hope you are enjoying October! Since my blog is ready for all things Halloween, I thought I’d take the time to share a few pictures of my Halloween decorations this year.

As always, don’t forget to check out my 31 Days of Halloween posts by clicking on the banner on the right hand column!

Fantastic Halloween Adventure: Toy Story of Terror

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Ah, it’s October. Leaves browning, cold weather coming in, Halloween decorations begin filling store shelves and front yards…. Unless, of course you are like me and live in Southern California and it is currently 97 degrees with no end in sight to the heat. This is why I must rely on films, TV shows and books to put me in the correct mindset for Halloween.

A new addition to my Halloween Fantastic Adventures segment is the recently released Toy Story of Terror. First aired in October 2013 on ABC, this short 30 minute film doesn’t necessarily take place on Halloween, but is more of an homage to classic spooky monster movies. The toys wind up in a roadside motel when their humans’ car gets a flat tire on a road trip. Once inside, the toys begin disappearing one by one. What is this mysterious creature taking all of the toys? And what is he doing with them? You’ll just have to find out, won’t you.

TRIXIE, MR. POTATO HEAD, REX, MR. PRICKLEPANTS, BUZZ LIGHTYEAR, COMBAT CARLWhy it is a fantastic adventure: This short movie is a great way to introduce your kids to classic spooky movies. There are a lot of “jump” moments with things popping out from behind shower curtains, off the side of the frame, etc. In typical Pixar fashion, it is all done in a kid safe style. It’s not too scary, but just enough of a jump to get your kids flinching.
The tension is easily relieved by humor, and your kids will be screaming and laughing right along with their favorite toy characters.
Get your kids introduced to some spooky entertainment and get them ready for a season of Halloween TV specials and movies!

Toy Story of Terror is available on Blu-Ray and DVD at Amazon.com or other fine retailers.

For more Halloween movie and TV recommendations, please visit my 31 Days of Halloween posts by clicking on the banner on your right and look for Fantastic Halloween Adventures!

Jeremy, the Jack-O’-Lantern HALLOWEEN SALE!

Good evening, readers!

I am pleased to announce that now through October 31st, my children’s picture book, Jeremy, the Jack-O’-Lantern is being sold at a huge 25% discount exclusively through Lulu.com. 

Grab it now for only $7.50! This book is printed on demand, so there is no worry of it selling out. Please share this post with your friends and family!

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What does a pumpkin think about being turned into a jack-o’-lantern? Join Jeremy as he goes from a small pumpkin on a vine to a delightfully wicked jack-o’-lantern! Go on a journey as Jeremy experiences Halloween for the first time!

Welcome to my new site!

Hello, there! Welcome to my new and improved author website!

On the left of the page you will see all of the usual – My photo, Facebook, Twitter, Archives, etc.

On the right, you will find my latest promotions, contests, and other dynamic content as I create it! :)

And, of course, in the middle, you will find my blog!

Look towards the top of the page for links to my Bio, Books, Fantastic Adventures and my Contact Page, where you can book me for readings, conventions, or just drop a line and say hi!

Enjoy!

Movies For Fathers: Big Fish

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Every now and then I like to take time to recognize fathers and provide something enriching. My last entry was about an amazing book for dads with daughters, Oh Boy! You’re Having a Girl! by Brian A. Klems. This time I have a great movie recommendation for anyone who has had a father or father figure in their lives, or anyone who is a father.
The film “Big Fish” by Tim Burton is nothing short of a masterpiece about fatherhood. Coupled with Danny Elfman’s soft, loving score, you are guaranteed to shed a tear. If you’re not familiar with the story, it is about a middle aged man returning to his hometown because his father is gravely ill. Father and son have not spoken in many years because the son got tired of his father’s constant tall tales and feels like he never gets the truth from his dad. He comes back to say his goodbyes and, in the process, learns more about his father than he ever knew, including that all of his tall tales were based on actual events that happened to his father. I won’t spoil the ending, but if you have a father you will call him immediately after the film, and if yours is no longer around you will cry yourself to sleep.

Take some time for yourself and connect with who you want to be as a father. It is a very rare thing here in America for men to get introspective about who we are. We’re told to do certain things and be some sort of caricature of fatherhood. View yourself from your kid’s eyes and build yourself the way you wish to be seen. Be yourself and show your kids that it is okay to have fun, have faults, make mistakes, win, lose, laugh and, most importantly, cry. Go watch “Big Fish”, evaluate yourself as a father, and rejoice in being a father.

How I wrote Kyle McDuffy, Elementary School Investigator

I haven’t been giving much love to the blog as of late. I am currently focusing on getting a first draft of my next book revised. As any writer will tell you, this is the least fun of the entire process. Painstakingly going through every sentence and tweaking, removing, reworking, reimaging is, at times, a mind-numbing process. So, why not take a little break and tell you about how I got my ideas for the stories in Kyle McDuffy, Elementary School Investigator.

I started off by reading the entire original catalog of Goosebumps books. All 62 of them. I loved them as a kid and wanted to capture that same sense of excitement, horror and mystery that made those stories memorable. I also started watching reruns of the show “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” Similar concept to Goosebumps with more of a paranormal bent. Originally, I had envisioned Kyle McDuffy as a paranormal investigation series. Once I started writing, I figured out it is much more interesting to read about the exaggeration of mundane things as can only be seen through the eyes of an elementary school kid.
So, inside my new book you will find several cases. Each case can be considered a chapter in a normal book. Each case deals with something extraordinary happening at the elementary school. For instance, the first case involves the principal’s toupee of terror. Is there really something living under his toupee, or is it just Kyle’s imagination? Or perhaps another case of Polly’s pigtails. How are they so perfect every day? And what’s up with Mrs. Micer’s voice? Could she really be a mouse turned into a human?

The first draft is finished and being revised. I look forward to sharing these great stories with you, and I hope you are excited to read them!
Stay tuned to this blog for official updates and a few sneak peeks as I edit the story.

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