Book Two Sneak Preview!!

Keegan McKay’s on the hill again today, pitching for the Hot Rod High Speed Demons. He’s had an awesome season and most people say he’s the reason HRH will be going to State this year for the first time ever.

But he’s not the only reason! Not with Kyle McKay stealing bases like crazy and robbing opponents of hit after hit from his shortstop position. And, there’s Deuce Wheeler catching everything hit to centerfield with one miracle catch after the other.

But there have also been two surprise heroes this year. First, there’s Wendy Wheeler breaking the sex. barrier and playing great defense at second base. She’s the first girl to ever play baseball in this league and she’s having a great season.

Nex.t, is HRH’s amazing new catcher. They say this guy never played a minute of organized sports before, but he runs the defense from behind the plate like he’s been doing it all his life. Plus, he’s got the best average on the team and leads the league with 23 home runs. There’s no doubt that Keegan McKay never would have thrown that no hitter without Chili Peppers behind the plate.

Your Destiny Begins with Your Thoughts: Think Good Thoughts

Our fearless crew is now standing in front of a tall cement wall that has a very large black circle painted on it, or so it would appear.

On the wall to their right, about chest high is a small black pipe sticking out of the wall about two inches.

They can see what looks like an ordinary doorbell just to the right of the pipe, and there’s an odd little green note that says simply, ‘ring me.’

Keegan reaches over and rings the bell, and instantly a deep, ominous voice whispers,

“If you’re that rare Racer with courage to spare,
Just push your little car in the pipe over there.
If my circle slides open, step on in if you dare-
You’ll be off on a journey that takes you nowhere.
There’s an eerie pause and then the voice continues,
“Hang on for your lives though you’re in for a scare!”

“Wow, I know that was really scary,” Kyle says trying to sound brave, “but don’t let that voice scare you. Billy said that Raceland just uses voices like that to scare away the wimps because they don’t want any crybabies to get onto the track.”

Keegan says, “That would have been really scary if we didn’t know it was coming, but it happened ex.actly like Billy B. said it would, so we’re doing fine.”

“Billy said that nex.t, we’re supposed to open the flap at the end of the pipe and we’ll see something that looks like hair growing in there. Try it Pocket.”

Pocket pushed the flap down and it looked hairy in there alright. Worse, they could all hear the suction that was coming from the pipe.

He says, “It is very strange, but it does look hairy in there. Now what do we do?”

Keegan replies authoritatively, “We’ve got to push a micro-rod car into the pipe. It will get sucked in immediately and completely disappear.

Then the cap closes itself and the sucking sound stops. Who’s got their micro-rod with them?”

“Backwards” Kyle gently corrects his brother, “we have to push a micro-rod backwards into the pipe. I’m not sure why, but that’s what Billy said.”

Bobby takes a key chain canister off his belt loop, unscrews the top and pulls out a tiny royal blue micro-rod.

He says, “I’ve got Indie Idol right here and I’ll put it in. Just give me a sec . . . Whoa!”

Ex.citedly Pockets yelps, “Wow! Did anybody else see that? The Idol was sucked up and gone in no time flat. In fact, that hairy sucker thing ate your micro-freakin-rod in zero point minus zero seconds, dude!”

The whole group is standing at the back of the Drop Chute and clearly uncomfortable with all this stuff that’s happening around them.

Suddenly, the black painted circle that was right in front of them starts morphing into a huge metal plate that’s 10’ feet tall with big bolts and bigger nuts! Now, it’s a thick steel plate like a huge manhole cover. Everyone is pressing back against the wall as hard as possible and staring at this monster vault-like steel circle, when it suddenly splits in half with a deafening roar and each half slowly grinds aside, revealing a wide opening to another dark tunnel.

Now, they know why everyone calls this thing the Grate•way. It’s huge and it looks just like Billy B. said it would . . . spooky.

They are all just catching their breath and getting acclimated when, out of nowhere, again they hear an ominous, crackly whisper . . .

“Step inside human, there’s nothing to fear. Step inside I said, can you not hear?
Your journey’s ahead, my message is clear
Your past is behind you, and your destiny near.”

What will the crew do next?

No One Likes a Poor Sport

Billy pulls over when he sees Dale, leans across the seat and says, “Hey man, need a lift?”

“I thought you’d never ask,” Dale says in disbelief.

Billy says, “This baby’s a handful, how about you drive?”
“Don’t mind if I do,” says Dale, thankful for the chance to drive his favorite car.

Billy gets out of the car, hands the key to Dale and says,
“Keep it Dale. You’re such a class act that I couldn’t take her from ya. That is, if you don’t mind dropping me off at my place.”

Billy wasn’t sure, but as he got in the passenger’s side, he thought he might have seen Dangerous Dale Yardsale wipe a tear from his cheek. They are riding together down Walker Way, when in front of them they see the Speedway’s exit sign. It reads: “Sunnyvale International Speedway • A very tough place to race • An even tougher place to lose.”

“I’m back,” chortles Cody Caducous, our friendly voice over. As usual, he appears out of nowhere and almost always dressed in a new ensemble. He’s clearly a clothes horse and now he’s out of the coat and tie, opting instead for a casual look-khakis and a polo shirt. He’s got on that awful, beat up old black leather racing jacket again, even though it’s a very pleasant evening.

He’s sitting in a director’s chair on the Speedway roof above the announcer’s booth and far above the track, and facing the parking lot now, instead of the track.

“What a great way to finish the best summer of racing ever! That last race was as close as they get. The racers end up in a photo finish, and still these two rivals treat each other with respect and class. These guys are great ambassadors for the sport, and great recruiters for Hot Rod High’s world renown racing school. They are great ex.amples of how to be gracious when you win and how to be a good sport when you lose. Sometimes it’s as hard to be a good winner as it is to be a poor loser. Though I still have absolutely no idea how I got here, where my summer went or why I’m still talking out loud to myself, it looks like I’ll be here telling you stories about this town, this school and these guys for weeks to come, so please keep me company and stay tuned. This story will make you laugh, make you cry and keep you standing by!”

“See ya in Sunnyvale!”

Game Lesson: Lose any RodKingz race and you lose your car, whether you paid $2.00 or $2 million for it.

Life Lesson: Be a good sport whether you win or lose because nobody likes a poor sport.

Learn more about RodKingz: Family fun for everyone!

RodKingz was created by AJ Loft in 2008. AJ is a Seattle University grad who has specialized in marketing kids licensed properties like Pokemon, Lion King and Harry Potter for many years. He currently lives with his wife and two boys in Canyon Lake, California.

AJ - Keegan -KyleAJ designed RodKingz with the intention of providing kids, like his two adolescent boys, a gaming alternative to current bestsellers like Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty. He didn’t want his boys getting exposed to all the sex, drugs and violence common in these and many of the more popular games available today.

His vision was for a family values based gaming experience that was fun and more compelling and rewarding than anything else in the market. Oh, and one more thing- kids had to be able to play it anytime, anywhere. So, after he designed the board games, trading card games and dice games, AJ brought in his friend, Jim Tate, to design the digital parts of his vision.

Mr. Tate located in Colorado shares AJ’s vision for an innovative, family friendly game concept and has the expertise and experience to build all the digital gaming components. Jim is probably the best ‘digital designer’ and overall internet marketing guru in the country.

Our creative team has grown and will keep growing as we strive to bring kids the coolest and most fun gaming experience in the world. We’re committed to keeping RodKingz challenging, compelling and socially responsible, but RodKingz isn’t really about us. RodKingz is all about kids having fun.

Life is a game…play hard!

Welcome to Sunnyvale, USA

Sunnyvale, USA

For many, our town will feel like a melancholy memory of a different place and time. Maybe not better, or even as good, but surely different than where they live now.

For others, it’s a fantasy that never could have been. They won’t understand because it didn’t happen to them.

The truth is, it wasn’t that long ago that Sunnyvale could have been Anysmalltown, USA.

This is where we grew up, and it’s still very real, at least it is to us.

Here is an anonymous local’s view of our fine town, that I found just the other day hanging on a sparkling clean wall in the Sunnyvale Chamber of Commerce;

 

Sunnyvale’s the place

where we choose to live

love, learn and race.

Forget or forgive-

Whatever it takes.

The streets are all new,

well lit and wide,

and the people are few

with something to hide.

Windows don’t need bars.

You won’t need a gun. There’s nothing to fear,

and no reason to run.

See, every day is easy,

sunny and bright

racing’s our thing

we never need fight

People know ’bout wrong

but choose to do right.

Our kids are respectful

innocent and good

and do all the things mom says they should.

Everyone’s important

and kids can be kings

And you can still talk to your dad

about any ole thing.

 

Those were good days my friend, that for many, too quickly they came to an end for your children the following story I penned . . .

Your Dreams Won’t Come Chasin’ You

Life lesson: If you want your dreams to come true, you’ll have to work really hard at chasing them, because as my pops told me… Your dreams won’t come chasin’ you.

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This life lesson is one of my favorites. It is also one of the reasons I wanted to write Adventures in Raceland. I wanted to go out and create something, so I did. It was about 4 years ago and still simply a dream waiting to be put to into words. I had all my reasons and plenty of inspiration but it was ME who put pen to paper, or rather fingers to keyboard. I did it and no one else.

Of course I wouldn’t be where I am without the love and support of family and friends, but Adventures in Raceland wasn’t going to write itself.

You can go anywhere in life you desire to. Some of it is luck but about 99% is the work you put into it. Life is what you make of it so reach for the stars and set your goals higher than you can imagine. You might get there eventually but never stop improving yourself and you will prevail. Success is a great place to be but the feeling of accomplishment is even better. 

Never Give Up, Ever!

This week I am bringing to you a sneak preview of the upcoming adventures of Keegan and Kyle McKay. 

Keegan McKay’s on the hill again today, pitching for the Hot Rod High Speed Demons. He’s had an awesome season and most people say he’s the reason HRH will be going to State this year for the the first time ever. images (1)

But, he’s not the only reason! Not with Kyle McKay stealing bases like crazy and robbing opponents of hit after hit from his shortstop position. And, there’s Deuce Wheeler catching everything hit to center field with one miracle catch after the other.

But there also been two surprise heroes this year. First, there’s Wendy Wheeler breaking the sex barrier and playing great defense at second base. She’s the first girl to ever play baseball in this league and she’s having a great season.

Next, is HRH’s amazing new catcher. They say this guy never played a minute of organized sports before, but he runs the defense from behind the plate like he’s been doing it all his life. Plus, he’s got the best average on the team and leads the league with 23 home runs. There’s no doubt that Keegan McKay never would have thrown that no hitter without Chili Peppers behind the plate.

…. So what do you think? Are you ready to read more about the boys and their next big adventures? 

Life Lessons: Win or Lose

Life lesson: Be a good sport whether you win or lose because nobody likes a poor sport.

Going back to my first post about why I created RodKingz, the life lessons included in the book are my direct way of creating wholesome entertainment. Why shouldn’t the fun things in life such as RodKingz instill good values and include positive messages?

Kindness and Sportsmanship

Kindness and Sportsmanship

This life lesson can be applied to a flag football game or even a professional situation. Whether you come out on top or somehow drop the ball, show class either way. It all starts with attitude. If you positively convey the right attitude you can earn respect from others. You can’t learn to respect others until you learn to respect yourself. Start with self-respect, maintain a positive attitude, and uphold these values to everyday situations. You will go far in life with this mindset.

Here are some good sportsmanship examples I would like to share. Read these and think about what self-less acts of kindness you could do. 10 Acts of Good Sportsmanship. These are types of values I also instill in my boys and their team. Though they are winners they proudly hold their titles with class.

Photo Finish – A Preview

Are you wanting a preview in Raceland? Are you wondering what the McKay brothers have been up to? Well… you’re in luck! For today’s  post I have opted to share with you a preview of Chapter 1 from Adventures in Raceland. Are you excited  yet?  Well… you should be! Don’t forget to buckle up, folks.

Cody Caducous is new at this job and he didn’t have any time to dress up for it, so he’s still wearing his racing gear and a beat up old black leather racing jacket. He’s sitting in a big leather executive chair behind a huge oak desk watching some races from high above a track, when his memory finally starts coming back. Although he knows he’s alone in the room, he speaks out loud.

“Nice office…The chairs along has to cost a fortune. They’re made from the softest leather I think I’ve ever touched.  And wow! This place is huge and really cool. I’m pretty sure I’d get comfortable here in a hurry, but what the heck am I doing in here?” 

He stands and walks around the big oak desk and reads the name placard on the front of the desk – “Kevin James McKay” 

“Oh yeah, that’s it! I’ve heard about the McKays. Yeah, now it’s coming back to me.” 

He rubs his temples and closes his eyes. It hurts, but he keeps talking.

“There were two brothers named McKay that would both be attending Hot Rod High this year and they had everyone talking. The girls were excited because they thought both the brothers were handsome and nice. The guys at HRH were excited also because these guys were supposed to be great football players too.”

“That’s right. Their dad was supposed to be a college football legend named KJ McKay and now he is the big boss at RodKingz Entertainment. It’s gotta be the same guy, so I must be standing in KJ McKay’s new office at the Sunnyvale Speedway.” 

He picks up today’s racing program off the desk.

“So it’s Labor Day and I’m watching the RodKingz World Championships at the Sunnyvale Speedway right now? Wait! This can’t be right. Just a minute ago, I was charging toward the finish line in Hot Rod High’s annual ‘Graduation Championship’ race. That was in May on Memorial Day. How could I miss a whole summer? this is getting freaky and I’m starting to get scared. I don’t even know why I’m talking out loud, but I can’t stop so I hope someone’s listening.  If you can hear me or you’re reading our story, don’t be afraid. I mean, I think you’ll be find. It’s just me that seems out of place. I’m not sure why I’m here, but hey, I’m still in Sunnyvale and I’m at the Speedway – my very favorite place to be. It’s just that there’s this very strong power that seems to have control over my, and I’m lost and getting tired; too tired to fight it anymore.” 

What do you think will happen next? How would you like to see this story unfold? 

A Forward: Sunnyvale, USA

For this week’s blog post, I am bringing to you the Forward from Adventures in Raceland as a preview for what will come in the book. If you’re interested in purchasing a copy, simply click  here

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For many, our town will feel like a melancholy memory of a different place and time. Maybe not better, or even as good, but surely different than where they live now.

For others, it;s a fantasy that never could have been. They won’t understand because it didn’t happen to them. The truth is, it wasn’t that long ago that Sunnyvale could have been Anysmalltown, USA. 

This is where we grew up, and it’s still very real, at least it is to us. 

Here is an anonymous local’s view of our fine town, that I found just the other day hanging on a sparking clean wall in the Sunnyvale Chamber of Commerce;

Sunnyvale’s the place where we choose to live, love, learn and race. Forget or forgive – Whatever it takes. The streets are all new, well lit and wise, and the people are few with something to hide. Windows don’t need bars. You won’t need a gun. There’s nothing to fear, and no reason to run. See, every day is easy, sunny and bright – racing’s our thing, we never need fight.  People know ’bout wrong but choose to do right. Our kids are respectful, innocent and good – and do all things mom says they should.  Everyone’s important and kids can be kings. And you can still talk to your dad about any ole thing.

Those were the good days my friend, that for many, too quickly they came to an end for your children the following story I penned…