As I’ve stated previously, nearly each of my published work contains a mention of Elvis, even if only briefly. Below are a few samples from a handful of books…
Available now, but will be released on August 14th as part of a boxed set with other Tales of the Scrimshaw Doll Stories by other authors
Thicker Than Water – Tales of the Scrimshaw Doll
Jake fell silent and flipped on the radio. “Suspicious Minds” by Elvis was playing. She glanced at him from the corner of her eye. Did he remember how much she liked Elvis? How he’d teased her unmercifully about it? Nothing showed on his face, but he must remember. Or had he shoved every memory of their time together out of his mind?
Heart of the Witch:
Ravyn crossed her arms and leaned back in her chair, purposely keeping her gaze above chest level so she wouldn’t see the way the tool belt slanted across his lean hips. “What do you want to know about me? I make candles and jewelry. I have one sister and a mother. I live alone. No pets. I like long walks in the rain and old music . . . you know, Otis Redding, The Platters, Elvis Presley. Anything else?”
He gave a satisfied smile. “See? Was that so hard? My turn. I work construction, and I have two sisters and two parents. One dog, a golden retriever named Dog. I don’t like long walks anywhere, and I’m not crazy about oldies. Not crazy about Elvis’s music, although the later stuff was pretty good. I like his movies, though.”
Caster’s Unfriendly Ghost (Coming this Fall)
“But one of my foster moms, Della, was different. She was good to me. She loved me. Really loved me. She was an excellent cook, and my favorite thing she made was peach pancakes. We’d sit together in the kitchen in the early morning hours before anyone else was awake, and we’d talk about…everything. She was the first person in my life who made me feel important. Who really seemed to care about me.” She paused. Bittersweet memories assailed her. Della’s comforting hugs. Her special smile. Listening to Elvis Presley music with her and watching her sweet face as she seemed transported to another time. Then, the night her husband came home from the hospital, looking ten years older…
Death Notice – Northland Crime Chronicles Book 1
“Suspicious Minds” by Elvis came on the radio and I turned it up, feeling my spirits lift. I had inadvertently become an Elvis fan in college while doing a paper on the impact of celebrities on society. Whether or not one appreciated Elvis’ talent, there was no denying he was a phenomenon, the likes of which had never been seen before and would probably never be seen again. Not only did I find I loved his music, I’d discovered why he had the impact he had. He had this boyish, southern charm, but at the same time, a deeply embedded raw sexuality that was powerful and intoxicating. It was fortunate that he only used that power for entertainment. If he’d been a terrorist or a cult leader, he could have easily taken over the world. I was only six when he died, a few years younger than his daughter. Had I been ten years older, I was certain I’d have been a part of the frenzied, screaming masses, fainting and tossing my panties up on stage.
Liberty Awakened – Isle of Fangs Book 1
Though the music coming from the party was muted, she recognized an Elvis Presley song, “One Night.” She grinned at Eli. “You like Elvis Presley? Isn’t he a little before your time?”
His lips twitched with amusement and he shrugged. “You might say I’m an old soul.”
Soul Seducer (The hero is a Grim Reaper)
He hesitated, clearing his throat before speaking. “I’ve observed a lot of people over the centuries.” He stared past her shoulder. “I remember one time you came out here, your Walkman hanging from your ear. You stood right over there. All by yourself. Dancing.”
A heated flush rose to her face. “You saw that?” She laughed to cover her embarrassment. “I was listening to Elvis Presley music. It made me feel better somehow. I guess that makes me a dork.”
He shook his head. “No. Your goofy dance made you a dork.”
“Hey!” she said with mock indignation. Then she shrugged. “It was kind of goofy.”
“Elvis, though. Not a bad choice. He was a talented guy. Nice guy.”
“You knew him?” A horrifying thought struck her. “Did you…”
“No. No, I didn’t take him. I took someone at one of his concerts. Afterward, I was curious. I followed Elvis around for a few days. I was awed by the effect he had on people. They were so drawn to him.”
“I can see why.” She cocked her head. “I bet you’ve met a lot of famous people. I never really thought about that. You can go anywhere, can’t you?”
End of Lonely Street (Coming January 7, 2015)
Mapleton, Tennessee, November, 1957
Toby Lawson closed her eyes and shut out all sounds of the diner, except for Elvis Presley’s voice. He was crooning about how she was the only one for him…no matter where he went or what he did… he’d spend his whole life loving her…
Rough hands landed on her waist and shattered the fantasy. She caught a whiff of hair tonic and too much cologne, and she snapped her eyes open. Wes Markham’s hateful face replaced the image of Elvis’ beautiful, crooked smile and smoldering blue eyes.
11 responses to “Elvis Presley – Ramblings of a Lifelong Fan – Part 6 – A Mention or Two in My Books”
I love this series of posts on Elvis. You may convert me to an Elvis lover after all. 🙂
Haha, I’m so glad you like it, Diane. Thank you for your continued support. Hey, there are worse things to be than an Elvis fan! 🙂
Elvis is KING and always will be! What fun to work him and his songs into everything you write. Thanks for posting–from another fan!
Yes, it is lots of fun. 🙂 It was especially fun in End of Lonely Street since the Elvis theme was a little more prevelant. Thanks a bunch, Susan…I LOVE that you’re a fan!
Love it, Alicia! Such a cool way to tie someone you love and respect into the thing you love most–writing 🙂 Thanks for a great post.
Of course, Anna…thank you for stopping by and for the kind words. Yes, I love combining things I love, such as writing, Elvis, and baseball. 🙂
Coincidence? Cuz Bo visited today (first time ever), self-proclaimed Numero Uno Elvis fan to death, mother of my godchild Erin Shea (Erin=Aaron), and I read your post and think…you and Pres. Wow. Is this weird or what! No, not really. 🙂
Hmmmm….that IS weird! Sort of. 🙂 I don’t think you commented on last week’s post, it included a quote and pic from B.B. King.
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Oh, I caught it. Great picture, even greater quote. All it needed was a quote from the *other* King. 😉
🙂 I thought I’d included a quote from B.B. I think I was going to, but they were rather lengthy,and I was trying to decide which one, then I just didn’t. Sigh…
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Elvis Presley – Ramblings of a Lifelong Fan – Part 5 – Shades of Elvis & Celebrity Quotes
by Alicia Dean
Below is a just a sampling of quotes about Elvis from celebrities (These quotes are not taken from Shades of Elvis)
“I remember Elvis as a young man hanging around the Sun studios. Even then, I knew this kid had a tremendous talent. He was a dynamic young boy. His phraseology, his way of looking at a song, was as unique as Sinatra’s. I was a tremendous fan, and had Elvis lived, there would have been no end to his inventiveness.” ~ B.B. King