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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!

Dead Skin Dave one year Anniversary!

Ahoy, mateys! In a few short weeks, it shall be one year since the release of Dead Skin Dave, the Pirate! To commemorate, the paperback copy of the book will be on sale for a limited time starting pretty much as soon as you read this!

As always, you get the e-book FREE when ordering the paperback through Amazon.com!

Be sure to check out all of my Junior Pirate activities by clicking the Dead Skin Dave tab on the menu!

Now is a great time to buy or order a few extra copies for your friends, family, co workers, church, neighbors, homeless guy down the street, your post man….

coverfrontOnce 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 for the legendary lost cutlass o’ Captain Bo Ben in an adventure full of laughs and swashbuckling action!

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Introducing Kyle McDuffy, Elementary School Investigator!

Hello, readers! Today, I am excited to introduce you to my newest character, Kyle McDuffy. He is an adventurous fifth grader on a mission to solve all the mysteries at Pearson Elementary. With the help of nosy Cindy and nervous Will, Kyle will investigate the greatest mysteries of his time.
First Case: ‘Principal Adams and the Toupee of Terror!’

Look for the first case to be released right here, for free, with new cases added every few weeks.
When a substantial amount of cases are revealed to the public, a complete case work collection will be released in one paperback volume.

Be sure to use the Search bar on the right side of the Home screen and enter keyword Kyle McDuffy to see all of the posts!

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!
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Dead Skin Dave coming in April

Get ready for the swashbuckling, witty adventure of Dead Skin Dave the Pirate and his first mate, Tom, coming this April!

Up until that time I will be sharing exclusive photos, concept art and more as I get the book ready for publication.

Stay tuned!

Fantastic Adventure Christmas Edition: The Polar Express

polar-expressMost kids are familiar with the lovely book by Chris Van Allsburg, but lesser known is the somewhat recent film adaptation by Robert Zemeckis.  The film adds several elements to the story, including multiple characters, intriguing plot points, and dialogue that fits right in with the book. The story revolves around a boy and his journey on the Polar Express on its way to the North Pole to see Santa Claus.

Why it is a fantastic adventure: The animation is top of the line technology, as all of the actors actually look and act like themselves due to stellar face and movement recognition software.
The story is filled with adventure as it follows around a group of kids. Not only will your kids be excited for the adventure, they will relish the fact that this journey is from the point of view of kids. They will be hoping and believing that they can go on an adventure just like this one.
Perhaps the best reason to watch this movie with your kids this Christmas: They will undoubtedly believe in Santa Claus and the spirit of Christmas the-polar-expresscheer after watching this film.
Overall, it is a fun film filled with a lot of action sequences and a heartwarming and inspiring ending. Make a batch of hit chocolate and settle in one the couch for an unforgettable adventure.

Recommended Reading

Looking for a good book series to read with your kids? 

Check out this delightfully imaginative and just a bit creepy series, The Books of Elsewhere by Jacqueline West.
Highly recommended. I will be reading these all very soon and will post them up in my Fantastic Adventures Series as soon as I’m done!

The Books of Elsewhere website.

 

Fantastic Adventures Halloween Edition: Garfield’s Halloween Special

Today’s Halloween adventure is a blast out of the past. Garfield’s Halloween Adventure came out in 1985 as a television special and was titled Garfield in Disguise. This story focuses on Garfield and Odie’s strange trip around town while on the hunt for candy. Naturally, Garfield wants all of the candy in the neighborhood for himself, and will do anything to get it. He begrudgingly takes Odie with him in order to collect more candy. Just when Garfield thinks he is done trick or treating, he spies an island off the coast and decides to try his luck over there. On the island, Garfield and Odie enter a creepy and creaky old house inhabited by a small, wrinkled old man who tells them the story of the cursed pirates who buried a treasure on the island and return every Halloween to claim it. Horror and hilarity ensue!

The ghost pirates!

Why it is a fantastic adventure: In the beginning of the cartoon, Garfield begrudged Halloween and would rather sleep. It isn’t until he watches a cartoon clown on TV that he realizes that he is missing out on all the candy. What kid can’t relate to that? Candy is definitely the universal language of kids everywhere. If you watch this on Halloween, this opening sequence will get your kids excited for trick or treating later in the night!
Garfield runs to the attic to concoct a costume. He goes through many different ideas: A rat, bat, old man, nerd, ghost, and eventually settles on a pirate. This sequence is a great kick starter to get your kids brainstorming about different costumes. After the excitement of trick or treating is over, Garfield and Odie head off on a boat to an island where they enter the haunted house. This is where the fun really begins on this spooky Halloween adventure. While the old man is telling the story of the ghost pirates, there is a great little animation of pirate ghosts creeping from under the floorboards and into the house. It is a frightening scene for young kids, but this being Halloween and all, it is entirely appropriate. It is a great way to get your kids spooked for a night of tricks, treats and just plain old fun.
In the end, Garfield lets the ghost pirates keep their treasure that is hidden in the haunted house. This is a good lesson about possessions and what is right and wrong to take. People hand out candy to you, and that is okay, but taking something from someone else is not okay.
The program ends on a high note with Garfield sharing his candy with Odie (another great lesson) and collapsing off to sleep after a grand adventure.

Garfield’s Halloween Adventure is available to stream for free if you have Amazon Prime, or rent if you do not have Prime: http://www.amazon.com/Garfields-Halloween-Adventure/dp/B0083GPSYQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1351548026&sr=8-1&keywords=garfield+halloween