Hidden Mickey: Sometimes Dead Men Do Tell Tales!

Nancy & Dave at Disney's D-23 Expo 2011
Nancy & Dave at Disney’s D-23 Expo 2011

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What would you do if you found Walt Disney’s long-lost diary hidden somewhere in Disneyland? What if it gave a cryptic clue and hinted at a treasure that only those who followed the clue – and the ones to come – could find? Would you drop what you were doing and immediately get to work? Would you put your life on hold as you got deeper into the mystery that the Master Storyteller had put into place over 40 years earlier? What if your friendships were put to the test, possibly strained to the breaking point?

These are the dilemmas facing the heroes of the first novel: Hidden Mickey: Sometimes Dead Men DO Tell Tales! While on a group road rally at Disneyland, Adam and Lance stumble upon Walt’s diary hidden somewhere inside Walt’s apartment over the Fire Station on Main Street. What they do next is the start of a fun-filled, elaborate chase as they track down the clues Walt himself had put into place so many years ago.

Adam, Lance, and, later, Adam’s ex-girlfriend Beth, find themselves face-to-face with condemned buildings, privately-owned property, a missing Studio, glassed-in displays at Disneyland, and darkened warehouses. Adam, the moral compass, points out that what they are doing would be considered “breaking and entering.” Lance, who brushes caution aside with a flick of his hand, suggests to Adam that, “since they didn’t break anything, wouldn’t it just be termed ‘entering’?” Perhaps it will take the family of lawyers behind Lance to get them out of trouble. Too bad he isn’t on speaking terms with any of them…. And Beth, her heart still broken after five long years, with her vast Disney knowledge, struggles to help in any way she can without further damage to her fragile feelings. Can bridges be mended after so many years?

What about you? Do you know a lot about Walt’s history? I designed the story so that many of the chapters end with the next clue. If you want to make Hidden Mickey: Sometimes Dead Men DO Tell Tales! more of a challenge, see if you can figure out where Adam, Lance, and Beth need to go next before you turn the page.

The places they visit are right out of Walt’s life. Through flashbacks, you will even meet Walt himself as he either puts the clue into place, or visits at some point in his life. This way Walt can be the hero of his own story!

I hope you will come along with Adam, Lance, and Beth on this fascinating journey and come to see the Happiest Place on Earth in a whole new light!

All the Hidden Mickey and Hidden Mickey Adventures novels can be found at Amazon.com, Barnes Noble, and my own web site at HiddenMickeyBook.com.

Tales From The Mouse House Ep 96 – Podcast Sunday July 20th, 2014

Welcome to Tales From The Mouse House Disneyland podcast, Episode 96!!
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Happy 59th Birthday Disneyland!!!!!!

On this extra special episode, Al and Joyce share a great conversation with friend and author of the Hidden Mickey Adventure novels, Nancy Temple Rodrigue!
Nancy shares news about her latest installment of the series, from her booth at the 2014 Disneyana Event near Disneyland!

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Nancy with the world famous 'Gold Mickey'
Nancy with the world famous ‘Gold Mickey’
Nancy Temple Rodrigue, and her husband Russ, at the Disneyana Mania Expo July 20, 2014
Nancy Temple Rodrigue, and her husband Russ, at the Disneyana Mania Expo July 20, 2014

As always, If you’d like to send in comments for the show, you can send us an email to talespodcast@cox.net, leave us voicemail on the Hotline at 304-TALES23, leave us feedback in iTunes or leave comments for us on our Twitter account @talespodcast. Heck, you can even find us on FaceBook, just search for Tales From The House House – Disneyland podcast!

Thanks for making us part of your Disney experience and remember…

“Make It A Mickey Day!” ~~ Al & Joyce

“Hidden Mickey 3: The Mermaid’s Tale” is now available!

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Watch the Trailer –> Hidden Mickey Adventures 3: The Mermaid’s Tale

Writing a book is an exciting process. There are ideas, situations, funny stories, and characters that have come to be as familiar as family that we writers want to share with our readers. Many months, sometimes years, can go by before the story is ready and in print. It can seem an extremely long time for the author as well as the readers who are anxious to see how their favorite character is doing.

You well know that most of my stories end with something of a cliff-hanger. I do wrap up the main story line, but I always leave something dangling that will lead into the next book. I, too, worry about my characters and want to see how the problem or danger will work out!

In my last novel, Hidden Mickey Adventures 2: Peter and the Missing Mansion, Peter and Catie were being shadowed by a mysterious woman who seemed to be following their every move. The book ended with Peter being in possession of something that the woman wanted – very badly! And, she made it very clear to Peter that she would do whatever she had to to retrieve it.

I am happy to announce that the wait is over! Hidden Mickey 3: The Mermaid’s Tale was officially released July 1st, and now available.

You will find out the identity of this mysterious woman named Omah and why she is so intent on getting the item back – even though it makes no sense to anyone around her. Our favorite security guard Wolf is on hand trying to protect the children. However, Omah seems to stay one step ahead of him at every turn.

Readers will relive the Disneyland of the 1960’s as they get to ride along on the original Submarine Voyage and the Motor Boat Cruise. Stand with Walt Disney himself on the deck of the Chicken of the Sea Pirate ship that stood so elegantly in Fantasyland. Travel with Walt and Lillian to Ireland where he makes a very special purchase.
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Hidden Mickey 3: The Mermaid’s Tale is available for purchase at Amazon.com in paperback and also Kindle, iPad, iPhone, and other Android devices: http://www.amazon.com/HIDDEN-MICKEY-ADVENTURES-Mermaids-Tale-ebook/dp/B00LG6FLPQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1404332368&sr=1-1&keywords=hidden+mickey+3+mermaid

If you prefer Barnes and Noble, use this link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1119392028?ean=2940149815395&itm=1&usri=hidden+mickey+3%3a+mermaid

When “Life Imitates Art” at Disneyland

Running the Quest in "Hidden Mickey Adventures in Disneyland"
Running the Quest in “Hidden Mickey Adventures in Disneyland”

If I may quote Oscar Wilde, he once said that “….life imitates art….” I was given a wonderful example of this when a Hidden Mickey Fan Club member sent me a few pictures of youngsters enjoying the Hidden Mickey Adventures in Disneyland game book.

To explain, here is an excerpt from chapter 1 of my novel Hidden Mickey Adventures 1: Peter and the Wolf. The Brentwood family is on an outing at Disneyland with a new game book that Lance bought for his family to enjoy:

“Okay, Andrew, watch the Dumbo elephants as they go by and find the one that’s numbered twelve. What color is his hat?”
“Where are the numbers? I don’t see any numbers!” The boy jumped back and forth at the black iron gate surrounding the popular ride, eagerly staring at the smiling gray elephants whizzing by overhead as they were being encouraged by Timothy the Mouse.
“See the long red arm that holds the elephants? Look way up on the arm for the number.”
“I see it! I see it!” Andrew declared, getting more excited. “Nine. Ten. Eleven. Twelve! That’s the one.”

You can see in the picture that young Rhiley, age 6, is holding the Hidden Mickey Adventures in Disneyland game book and doing Quest #2 – The Junior Road Rally, and she is on the same question that Andrew, age 7, was doing in the story!

It is always heart-warming for an author to see families enjoying their works. My idea behind developing the game books was just that – families having fun together and doing something different at the Park. So, whether you are 6 or 60, a first-time visitor to the Disney Parks or someone who has gone so many times that it is impossible to count, there is something just for you in the Hidden Mickey Adventures game books. If you are going to Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, or Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, there is a book for you!

If you would like to follow the further adventures of Andrew’s oldest brother, Peter, and his family, be sure to check out my Hidden Mickey Adventures series of novels. Explore hidden parts of Disneyland and see the Park with a new set of eyes, and learn more about the exciting history of the man who started it all, Walt Disney.

All the Hidden Mickey and Hidden Mickey Adventures novels and game books can be found at Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble, and my own web site at HiddenMickeyBook.com.

Game Book Giveaway in Disneyland Resort

Nancy Temple Rodrigue was in the "Disneyland Resort" in Anaheim, California, giving away Game Books.

Nancy Temple Rodrigue was in the Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, CA
Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, CA

She stayed at the Paradise Pier Hotel.

This visit to the park was preparation for the ESPN Zone Hoopla, where she spoke to fans about the Hidden Mickey books.
Fans that found Nancy by locating her Hidden Mickey Flag won their own"HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES in Disneyland", or "HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES in Disney California Adventure" Game book, and they had fun Finding the Hidden Mickeys and doing the Games and Quests afterward!

Fans that spot this Hidden Mickey Flag WIN a 'HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES: in Disneyland' or 'HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES: in Disney California Adventure' Game Book.
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If you couldn’t make it, no problem, just go to the Hidden Mickey Fan Club page on Facebook and "Like" the Fan Club to be entered in the contest to WIN your own Game book!

Get all the Hidden Mickey novels and Game Books by clicking here.