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Have you been to a pumpkin patch yet?

From last year’s 31 Days of Halloween, don’t miss out on the chance to take the family to your local pumpkin patch!
See Last year’s post to find a pumpkin patch near you!

Christmas Adventures

First off, I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays. December is in full swing, my daughter’s birthday party is coming up this weekend, and then Christmas celebrations begin! It is always a whirlwind this time of year, but it is fun and such a great few months to spend with friends and family that it is all worth it. How do you feel about this time of year?

Seeing as how my viewership is nearly double that of last year, I thought I would point you all in the direction of my Fantastic Christmas Adventures posts from last year. So today you get not one, but multiple Fantastic Adventures. Best of all, I’ll only charge you for one! Oh wait, I don’t have a tip jar on this blog. Well, lucky you, you get them all for free! Happy Holidays!

The Polar Express

Rankin / Bass TV Specials

All I Want for Christmas

Jack Frost

 

 

 

 

Dead Skin Dave, the Pirate FREE e-book!

Say goodbye to Summer and hello to Fall with one last pirate adventure!

Dead Skin Dave, the Pirate! e-book version will be FREE for the next five days!

Click here to get your FREE copy today!

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Family Movie Nights on The Hub Network

Monster House
Monster House

Looking to stay in for the evening with the family? I stumbled upon this ad the other day and wanted to share it, as will be a great opportunity to have a memorable family movie night. Most of the films are from the 1990s or early 2000s, so there is a good chance it has been a long time since your family has seen some of these, if at all.
Among some of the films being shown, I would strongly advise watching The Addams Family, Monster House, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, Nightmare Before Christmas, and Jumanji. 

There will be a different movie every night at 8pm Eastern 5pm Pacific.
Spend some quality time with the family, pop some popcorn and get ready for fantastic adventures!

For more information, visit http://www.hubworld.com and watch the video below!

Dead Skin Dave, the Pirate NOW AVAILABLE!

Ahoy, mateys! Dead Skin Dave, here! I am happy to announce that me grand adventure, Dead Skin Dave, the Pirate is now published! I look forward to meetin’ ye inside the pages o’ me book! Now, I turn ye back over to my author, Ryan R. Palmer.

Thank you, Dave! Without further ado, here is the ordering information for Dead Skin Dave, the Pirate!

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Dead Skin Dave, the Pirate!

Buy it now for $6.99!
Available NOW at CreateSpace or Amazon!

e-book $3.99 at Amazon

Dead Skin Dave hits the e-shelves April 23rd!

Ahoy, junior pirates! Dead Skin Dave, here. I have been busy gettin’ ready fer my big debut next week! The artwork is being finalized as I speak, and me first mate, Tom, is busy settin’ up streamers fer my big debut party! Today, I’d like ta share with ye the teaser for my book! I hope it gets ye in the mood to read the entire story!

Once upon a time , there was a short, skin-peeling mess of a pirate known to the world as Dead Skin Dave. Dave wanted nothing more than to impress his fellow pirates, but he rarely succeeded. Then one day, the feared Hairy Hazelroth sank his ship and left him stranded on an island full of wanna-be pirates!
Join Dead Skin Dave, the Pirate, his dim-witted first mate, Tom Swiftfellow, and the evil Hairy Hazelroth, as they face off across the high seas in an adventure full of laughs and swashbuckling action for the Legendary Lost Cutlass o’ Captain Bo Ben!

 

Until next time,
Dead Skin Dave, the Pirate!

 

 

Me First Mate is a Rare Find, Indeed

tomAhoy, junior pirates! First, I have a mission for you! Captain Dead Skin Dave is orderin’ you to come up with a pirate mascot! Have yer mom or dad leave me a comment here on this post, and I’ll be sure to see them all!

Today I’ll be tellin’ ye all about me first mate, Tom Swiftfellow. No, Tom, I didn’t call you. No, I don’t need anything. Grog? Well, if yer gettin’ some, that’d be great. I said IF. Yes, I want some, but only if yer gettin’ some anyways.

Sorry, folks! Tom sure is a rare find. A lot has changed sine I first washed ashore on the island of Brushwood and met Tom. Of course, I can’t be tellin’ ya about any o’ it, because I don’t want to spoil me new book coming out at the end o’ this month!

Without further ado, I shall do me best to describe what Tom looks like.
A tall gangly man with long brown hair and brown eyes. His outfit consists of a red polka-dot bandana, brown cloth pants tied with a piece of rope, and a white ruffled shirt that is torn in several places. A wooden sword is placed on his waist, held in place by the rope. His large nose looks like a squash sitting on his face, and a single silver earring hangs from his left ear. I feel awkwardly comfortable with the man’s cheesy grin.

I’ll tell ya, as annoying and, uh, not too bright as he is, he has saved me life on more than one occasion. And fer that, I owe him a place as me first mate for a long as I’m piratin’!

I look forward to checkin’ in with ye all again soon! Until next time,

Dead Skin Dave

 

Dead Skin Dave, the Pirate coming April 2013!
Click here for my Books page and get ready for the order button to appear in the next few weeks!

My fiercest enemy, revealed!

Hello again, junior pirates! Captain Dead Skin Dave here again. I’ve been gettin’ ready to debut my first book o’ adventures next month! I’ve had my first mate, Tom, go out ta all the party stores and stock up on streamers, balloons, and he even found little plastic treasure chests! It’s sure ta be a grand party, indeed!

Today, I am pleased ta introduce you to the most feared pirate in all o’ the seas, Hairy Hazelroth!
Hairy Hazelroth was the vilest pirate of all the seas! Every visible part of his body covered in dark black hair, green ribbons tied to the end of his enormously long beard, and his giant black Captain’s hat, all made this notorious pirate easily identifiable.
Hairy and his crew were known for pillaging not only Royalty ships, but even the ships of fellow pirates. And soon, he would be coming for Dead Skin Dave!

Well, junior pirates, doesn’t Hairy Hazelroth sound scary? I can assure you, he is! You can read all about my encounter with him when me book is released next month!

Next time I will be sharin’ a little more about me first mate, Tom! I hope ye are lookin’ forward to it, ’cause I am! Until then, have a swashbuckin’ good time!

 

Dead Skin Dave, the Pirate coming April 2013!
For more info, click here!

Fantastic Adventure Christmas Edition: Rankin / Bass TV Specials

rudolph2I am fairly certain there is not a kid out there who has not seen at least one of these TV specials. These puppet based Christmas shows cover all of the classic stories. Rudolph, Jack Frost, Santa Claus, Frosty and more! Without further ado, I shall skip the summaries and dig right in.

Why it is a fantastic adventure: The stop motion puppet animation is timeless and give the shows such a whimsical look that they will stick in your kids’ heads for the rest of their lives. This will help establish your kids’ first sense of Christmas. As soon as they see these images they will instantly be reminded of Christmas cheer.rudolph
The storylines of all of these shows are all full of positive messages and great teachable moments. As always, it is best to open a dialogue with your children after watching or reading anything, and these specials really bring out the best of the human spirit.
Each of these specials will take your kids on a fantastic adventure filled with daring, danger, excitement and good old fashioned holiday cheer. My favorite, A Year Without a Santa Claus, deals with the scary thought of what would happen if Santa couldn’t make it out to deliver the gifts! It is great plot points like these that will have your kids enthralled.

Do not miss these specials! Check local listings, as they are almost always on TV around Christmas. You can also buy them on DVD. The-Year-Without-a-Santa-Clause_RankinBass-Productions_jpg

Fantastic Adventures Halloween Edition: Casper

In the 1990s it was very common for older cartoon shows from the 1970s and 1980s to be released as theatrical movies. Casper was released in 1995 and is based off of the television cartoon show. The main plot of the story revolves around a house haunted by a group of mischievous ghosts. There is one ghost, Casper, who doesn’t like to scare people and is treated as servant by the other three ghosts he is “living” with. Furious that her late father only willed her his gloomy-looking mansion rather than his millions, Carrigan Crittenden is ready to burn the place to the ground when she discovers a map to a treasure hidden in the house. But when she enters the rickety mansion to seek her claim, she is frightened away by a wicked wave of ghosts. Determined to get her hands on this hidden fortune, she hires afterlife therapist Dr. James Harvey to exorcise the ghosts from the mansion. Harvey and his daughter Kat move in, and soon Kat meets Casper, the ghost of a young boy who’s “the friendliest ghost you know.” But not so friendly are Casper’s uncles–Stretch, Fatso and Stinkie–who are determined to drive all “fleshies” away. Ultimately, it is up to Harvey and Kat to help the ghosts cross over to the other side.

Why it is a fantastic adventure: Casper is a fun film to watch around Halloween as it deals with ghosts, a creepy old mansion and lots of crazy antics. There is plenty of humor to keep your kids entertained. Seeing ghosts flying around is surely going to get your kids in the mood for Halloween and is a great way to get their imaginations opened up and ready to create. The special effects still hold up very well to this day and will have your kids believing in ghosts.
There is also a great lesson in friendship and relationships between Kat and Casper. Christina Ricci plays the young Kat, who immediately befriends the misunderstood ghost, Casper. Not only is this a great teaching moment about how it is okay to be different, it is also an introduction for your preteen on relationships and those new feelings that may be springing up about the opposite sex.
On the other end of the spectrum, there are a lot of fun antics in the film that will get your kids wishing they were at Disneyland. A moment that comes to mind is the chair ride that Kat’s dad discovers. This is a fun little interlude that lightens up the mood and gets the energy level in the room up.
Lastly, there are a lot of fun moments with the other “villain” of the movie, Carrigan Crittenden, who will stop at nothing to get the treasure map. She gets picked on by the ghosts and is usually at the wrong end of all of the pranks, including getting electrocuted and having her hair stand up on end! It is small moments like these that your kids will remember, and you can feel good about them laughing at the cartoony violence, because it is happening to the “bad guy”, who always walks away unharmed (until the end).

Casper is available on DVD.