LONG LIVE THE KING “Ladies and gentlemen, tonight's the night, the most anticipated event in our lifetime.
Over four billion people will be watching this unprecedented world telecast.
Get ready for the earthquake.”
GEORGE & CHRISTINE GOMEZ’
SPECTACULAR & ENCHANTING NOVEL ABOUT ELVIS PRESLEY THE NUMBER ONE BEST SELLING ARTIST OF ALL TIME SAVING THE KING TO BE RELEASED INTERNATIONALLY BY WALDORF PRESS MARCH 3rd FOLLOWING SENSATIONAL SALES ON AMAZON KINDLE, BARNES & NOBLE NOOK, LuLu
THE FILM VERSION NOW IN HIGH DEMAND
On Monday, March 3rd Waldorf
Press will internationally release the paperback version of the already
highly successful (Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, LuLu) novel,
“SAVING THE KING,” about the number one best selling artist and arguably
the greatest showman to ever step on a concert stage – ELVIS PRESLEY –
an über talent who was worked to death by a greed-soaked manager and an
insatiable public sampling their first sumptuous meal of fame and the
instant satisfaction uncut celebrity can deliver.
But that is not what the novel is about.
And it’s not what all the hoopla about the novel is about.
George and Christine Gomez’ “SAVING THE KING” will take you on a journey
of “what if” and allow you to imagine a world where Elvis Presley is
granted a second chance at life; a life without amphetamines, sedatives,
barbiturates, Demerol and dilaudid; a life without heart-demolishing
junk food; a life without enslaving management; a life without the
cannibalizing press corps, a life with what normal people have – hope,
health, honesty, forgiveness, love and God.
“SAVING THE KING” gives us back Elvis Presley before the Dr. Feel-Goods and the drug dealers devoured him.
Imagine that world. If you can. It’s an inspiring journey.
“SAVING THE KING” was first written as film script, which is being chased by several outlets as we speak.
Waldorf Press’ Barbara Terry was tipped off to the igniting energy
building around the film script. She approached the Gomez’ as to the
possibility of a novel.
The answer was a resounding YES.
“SAVING THE KING,” the novel, is an explosion set to detonate on Monday, March 3rd – in bookstores everywhere,
“SAVING THE KING”
“SAVING THE KING” opens in
1956 at the venerable Ryman Auditorium where a young Elvis Presley saves
a defenseless ten-year-old boy from a menacing stranger after a
sold-out performance, launching a chain of events that ultimately lead
to a mystical encounter with an Angel who sends Elvis on a journey that
redesigns his destiny. The young boy re-enters Elvis’ life as a rich
and powerful international business man who devises a brilliant but
shocking plan that forces The King to confront his demons and his
addictions as a small army of therapists, counselors, dieticians and
trainers deliver us back – The King. There are many enticing threads to
this totally engrossing story, such as the involvement of Johnny Cash
who helps orchestrate the plan while a down-and-out Memphis reporter
investigates the mystery of Elvis' “death,” getting much too close to
the truth and THE STORY OF THE CENTURY. As the tale unfolds, the reader
will be transported to the magical days when The King of Rock ’n’ Roll
held court from an unchallenged throne and when music became the planet
Earth’s intoxicating common language and its most healing commodity. If
“SAVING THE KING” is not only a story about Elvis Presley. It is also a
story about fame, despair, greed redemption, faith, responsibility,
family, friendship, loyalty, forgiveness, hope honesty, love and God.
It’s a page-turner.
It moves at the speed of lightning.
It’s why Hollywood is all over it.
GEORGE AND CHRISTINE GOMEZ
George and Christine Gomez are
the writing team that bring us Saving the King, a drama-fantasy about
Elvis Presley and what might have been if a wealthy fan had stepped in
to save him before it was too late. The story was conceived by George
when he first heard of the King’s death in 1977 but really took life
over the last few years as he and his wife Christine began to
collaborate, breathing life into the story. They have created a very
endearing story about Elvis Presley that will mesmerize the reader and
bring the King back to all his glory. The couple each have two children
from previous marriages. George’s two children, Lane and Atalie have
each blessed him with grandchildren. Christine considers herself
blessed to count her two daughters, Alicia and Teresa, among her closest
friends. George is a Cuban-Dominican and was raised in Nashville since
the age of 3. He works as a registered nurse in the psychiatric field.
He is an avid golfer and a movie trivia buff. Christine is a California
native and works as a software developer for one of the nation’s
premier national laboratories. Together, they have created a truly
heartwarming story that will leave Elvis fans everywhere wishing for
Went off to Fairway on Sunday morning as a needed a few things....milk, eggs (had a rain check to use), cat litter, batteries, lox.
Forgot that tastings are a happening there. Tasting station are set up. First one was in the deli dept. but I wasn't up for pepperoni...I think that's what is was. Stopped to get lox pieces then to the cheeses. Fresh mozzarella was being made. They added some more items to this particular area. Tasting of two cheese spreads. It said, "cheddar cheese and mozzarella". Didn't read the "hot" part. I then asked for a taste of the mozzarella that he was making to calm the "hot". Mmmm...nothing like fresh mozzarella.
Decided to see if there were sample at the bakery counter since I had to pass there anyway. Not sure what I had but it certainly was delicious!
Sushi counter was on the way to where I needed to go. Tasting there, too...plus one across the way.
That woman in the blue? That's their "greeter" Annie. Seek her out if you need assistance anywhere in the Douglaston store. As it turns out, she is responsible for setting up all of these tasting stands. What a smart idea!
Next was some Fairway pasta.
One place that you can always taste is where they make the popcorn snacks.
Had to get ice cream...Three Twins. Didn't know what flavors to get to I bought 4...Mint Confetti, Chocolate Orange Confetti, Cookies and Cream, and Chocolate Malt. www.threetwinsicecream.com
With several regions in Italy, pasta, pizza and
tomato sauce are more of a former American style of cuisine as I learned from
savoring a tasting by Executive Chef Michael DeGeorgio, of Vetro Restaurant and
Lounge in Howard Beach.The menu
explains the course, what area it relates to and why as well as my take on
Cannellini and broccoli rabe puree and burrata, from
the region of Puglia.White beans,
broccoli rabe, garlic and oil cooked into a rich puree with toasted bread and
tomato salad. It is plated with Burrata mozzarella, as well as an apricot and
pear salad.“Puglia is noted for having
the best olive oils, vegetables, beans and seafood.A heavy soup was made in the home.Burrata, was created in this area.”This course is to be eaten with a combined
taste of each to savor the creaminess of the burrata, bitter and salty broccoli
rabe, and sweetness of the fruit.
Ciuppin, from the region of Liguria. Halibut,
shrimp, clams and calamari cooked with tomatoes, chili pepper, garlic, and olive
oil on toasted bread.“This is a more
northern area with small but fruity olive crops.Seafood comes from off of the Northern coast.
Cioppino, as it is most known, was actually created here.” I consider this to
be a “seafood stew” rather than a “seafood soup”.This dish is served with a whole red chili
pepper, which I quickly removed.
Spaghetti Calabrese from the region of
Calabria.Spaghetti sautéed with roasted
eggplant, artichokes, peppers, chili, sundried tomato, anchovies, garlic and
oil.“The area is known for seafood, and
a variety of peppers that include the short red chili pepper, green finger bell
pepper, and cabernet. Many vegetables are grown here. With a location near Sicily,
spicy stews are prominent.”
“I keep a huge pot of boiling water on the stove and
scoop out a small potful for each pasta dish that I cook.This way the cooking method begins with
boiling water to which I add the portion of pasta.I prepare the sauce beforehand using only
fresh vegetables.When the pasta is
cooked to the customer’s order, al dente to just about fully soft, I place the
sauce in a pan, add the pasta and sauté until the pasta is totally coated.
Pasta should always be cooked this way rather than plating the sauce over the
I was invited into the kitchen to watch the master
watch and explain the preparations, requesting to eliminate the chili pepper
and garlic, opting for some shallots instead.
Sogliola di Sassari from the region of Sardegna. Pan
roasted halibut with lemon, tarragon, olive oil and bread crumbs. “Tarragon is
an herb that is much used in Sardinia, a small island, where seafood is also
prominent.They don’t actually have halibut,
but a similar smaller fish.”The dish is
served with water cress, “netted” lemon half, and fresh tarragon.It is a perfect way to make use of the
Lombata di Vitello from the region of Velle di
Aosti.Rib veal chop grilled and stuffed
with lump crab meat and wild mushrooms.Served with Fingerling potatoes and broccoli rabe.“This is one of my signature dishes sometimes
offered on the menu.Velle di Aosti is
known for having finer meats and wild mushrooms.”
That's Chef Michael on the left and owner Frank Russo, Jr. on the right.
These courses are not offered on Vetro’s menu. I did
try one of Chef Michael’s signature dishes, Lobster Cappuccino made with Maine
lobster, tomatoes, cognac and foamed milk that is served with a pastry stick.
Vetro, owned by the Russo family, is located at
164-49 Cross Bay Blvd., a few blocks from their catering Russo’s on the
Bay.Expect high quality food and fine
dining at Vetro.www.vetronyc.com
k.d. lang may have been a bit skeptic about her
Broadway debut until she found the perfect show,After Midnight.This much earned number 1 musical led by the
Jazz at Lincoln Center All Star band is loaded with dance numbers and lots of
movement.k.d. , however,didn’t have to learn lines or
choreography.She simply had to be herself
performing four jazz numbers.
After Midnight takes us to an era of the old Cotton
Club, where singers were the featured guests as k.d. was chosen to sing, “I
Can’t Give You Anything But Love”, “Stormy Weather”, “Zaz Zuh Zaz” and “On the
Sunny Side of the Street”.The first
two were total solo.“Zaz” got some of
the cast joining in song, while “Sunny” gave us not only two female dancers but
k.d.doing a short “ballroom” with
After Midnight has a “host”, the second featured
“guest star” .Psych fans will recognize
Dule Hill.In fact there was a
presentation of “Psych, the Musical” on USA network.Dule told me that this is what prompted him
to be in the show that allows him to show off both his singing and dancing
What can you expect from this show?Duke Ellington music along with others such
as: Ted Koehler & Harold Arlen; Sippie Wallace; Dorothy Fields & Jimmy
McHugh; Harry James & Ben Pollack; and Cab Calloway &Harry White.
You can also expect an hour and a half of some of the
best jazz, tap and swing dancing going.Did I forget the singing?Can’t
miss Adriane Lenox, Karine Plantadir and Dormeshia.Into America’s Got Talent?Julius “iGlide” Chisolm may have not made it
to the top on that show, but he certainly gets to show off on this one.
What an ending!Tap Mathematician/”It Don’t Mean a Thing” has Jared Grimes doing the
tapping with the band backing.The
Company first joins in the songs “Cotton Club Stomp”, followed by the entire
cast (although I didn’t spot k.d.) with “Freeze and Melt”.Just when you think the show is over, The
Jazz at Lincoln Center All Stars are moved up to the front of the stage with
“Rockin’ in Rhythm”.
k.d. will be featured until March 9th.I’m not sure who will be doing these numbers
in between as Toni Braxton and Kenny “Baby Face” Edmonds will be there March
18-30.VanessaWilliams gets her turn April 1st
through May 11th.
After Midnight is at the Brook Atkinson Theatre at
West 47th Street.