Wednesday, April 27, 2022

New Book Teaches Children Love, Acceptance and the Importance of Brushing Their Teeth

Enamel wishes he were like all the other camels who live in Camel-lot, but his front teeth are bigger than anyone else’s.   Enamel has an overbite, which he brushes to a bright, glowing shine. This marks Enamel as different from his fellow camels and he’s the only camel who brushes his teeth.  Because his teeth are so prominent, he gets teased at school. Despite kind words from Enamel’s friends, the bullying gets him down. After being teased one time too many during a student outing at the Big Palm Oasis, Enamel decides he’d rather be alone. But when an epic sandstorm blows in, Enamel saves the day. Using his teeth in a very “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” fashion, Enamel leads his scared classmates home to their worried parents. The town thanks him with an award for heroism, and everyone starts brushing their teeth and smiling.

Enamel the Camel is an upbeat humorous story for children about sticking out, stepping up, and the importance of good dental care written by Dr. Mike King, a pediatric dentist in New York City since 1986.  

In his dental practice, Dr. Mike as he is called, uses jokes, magic tricks, and a calming nature to treat his young patients.  Enamel the Camel is his latest book to help children understand and appreciate their teeth.  He has pioneered the philosophy or “flossophy” as he likes to call it, that smiling and laughing should be part of a child’s dental experience.

Enamel wishes he were like all the other camels who live in Camel-lot, but his front teeth are bigger than anyone else’s.  And they stick out!  He’s the only camel who brushes his teeth – he has to because everyone can see them.

About the Author

Comedian and dentist, Mike King, has built his pediatric dental practice in an unusual manner. He incorporates comedy into his dental office in order to relax the children. Kid’s jokes, and magic tricks are all part of his treatment. Dr. Mike has managed to balance his love for pediatric dentistry with his love for the entertainment business.

 In addition to his thriving practice in Manhattan, Dr. Mike appears weekly at Broadway Comedy Club, New York Comedy Club, and Gotham Comedy Club and is known as The Fifth Dentist. He also takes his hilarious stand-up routine on the road, especially to dental conventions. Mike has appeared on Comedy Central, America’s Funniest Home Videos, and An Evening at the Improv. He has opened many times for Ray Romano and has been featured in Newsweek magazine and the New York Times.

To learn more about Dr. Mike, visit

“Enamel the Camel does a great job inspiring the little ones to flash a big smile and show those shiny, clean teeth.A very cute, endearing book with great illustrations, and a sweet story with an important message. Sure to become a kid’s dental classic.”

Thursday, April 21, 2022

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Johnny might be a nerdy gamer, but not even death can stop him from protecting his kid sister. He’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe—even if he has to do it in the form of a mangy Tom cat.

This short story also includes a sneak peek at Laura DeLuca's full length novel, The Forgotten Pharaoh.

Monday, April 18, 2022

Dark Musicals - Haunted - Inspired by The Woman in White


Rebecca Hope-Patko and her husband Lord Justyn are flying to England to film their first movie, a musical version of The Woman in White. They’re excited to work with an A-list cast, but their costars are harboring some scandalous secrets they’d go to any lengths to conceal. Even Justyn is haunted by the past, and Rebecca fears for his sanity when he starts seeing a mysterious woman in white around every corner. Their director makes light of the pranks on the set, but after a deadly accident, Rebecca realizes if their dark secrets aren’t revealed, the entire cast could burn for their sins.


 Be sure to read the series in order to avoid any spoilers, staring with Phantom.

The "Phantom" was a musical phenomenon that Rebecca had always found enchanting. She had no idea that her life was about to mirror the play that was her obsession. When her high school drama club chooses "Phantom" as their annual production, Rebecca finds herself in the middle of an unlikely love triangle and the target of a sadistic stalker who uses the lines from the play as their calling card. Rebecca lands the lead role of Christine, the opera diva, and like her character, she is torn between her two co-stars-Tom the surfer and basketball star who plays the lovable hero, and Justyn, the strangely appealing Goth who is more than realistic in the role of the tortured artist. Almost immediately after casting, strange things start to happen both on and off the stage. Curtains fall. Mirrors are shattered. People are hurt in true phantom style. They all seem like accidents until Rebecca receives notes and phone calls that hint at something more sinister. Is Justyn bringing to life the twisted character of the phantom? Or in real life are the roles of the hero and the villain reversed? Rebecca doesn't know who to trust, but she knows she's running out of time as she gets closer and closer to opening night. Only when the mask is stripped away, will the twenty-first century phantom finally be revealed.

Thursday, April 7, 2022

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Wilbur was used to attending his college formals alone. The Halloween Ball would be no different. He’s amazed when a beautiful girl in a Victorian gown shows an interest in him. What he doesn’t realize is that another woman has her eye on him as well. The White Lady returns every Halloween to take revenge on the men of the campus for her brutal murder. This year, she's chosen Wilbur as her next victim.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Experience Those Wildwood Days in Demon - Dark Musicals Book 2

For anyone who doesn't know, this author is a South Jersey girl through and through. Though I was born in Philadelphia, my family moved to our summer home in Wildwood, New Jersey before I started kindergarten. Today I live about fifteen minutes inland but our family business is still located in Wildwood Crest. When I started writing Phantom, I decided to set the story a little closer to Atlantic City because it corresponded better with the storyline, but in Demon, a few of the main characters visit my hometown in the first and last chapter of the book. Now you can see and hear a few of the sites Justyn and Becca would have enjoyed on their day trip to Wildwood.

Wildwood is a little island in South Jersey known for its endless miles of free beaches and its amazing boardwalk complete with dozens of rides. It hasn't changed much since my own teenage years when I would spend the whole day hanging out with friends. In high school I even worked on the boardwalk, first at an arcade and later at an ice cream parlor. Here you can ride the Giant Ferris Wheel, feel the heart pound on the Sea Serpent roller coaster, or make a splash on the log flume. Just a few my old favorites, those these days I prefer the beach to the rides.

Wildwood has always been a popular tourist destination. Back in the sixties, a singer called Bobbie Rydell even wrote a song called Wildwood Days.  If you come visit in the summer, you'll hear this song blasting through the speakers on the boardwalk at least once an hour.

In the summer months, the beach is dotted with colorful umbrellas, but like Lord Justyn, I prefer the seashore in the off season. It might be a little too chilly to go swimming, but there's nothing more amazing than finding yourself staring out into the vastness of the ocean when you are the only person around.

Of course, since I  had favorite characters heading to Wildwood, I had to have them stop by and say hello to my family. Our restaurant, Duffy's on the Lake, makes a little cameo appearance in Demon.

"They drove the forty-five minutes to a little tourist town called Wildwood, a resort known for its free beaches and spectacular amusement parks. They spent the day sunbathing, exploring the boardwalk, and stopped for dinner at a little restaurant called Duffy’s on the Lake. Finally, they headed back to the beach to watch the sun set on the nearly deserted shoreline."

 The scenes in Wildwood take place at the beginning and end of Demon. The majority of the book is set on the college campus, but these two scenes are a few of my favorites. I enjoyed them so much, I decided to set the third book in the Dark Musicals Trilogy in another local tourist town. Stay tuned for Hyde when Justyn and Becca will come home for the summer and land a job at a dinner theater in Victorian Cape May. Watch as a new play comes to life both on and off the stage in the thrilling finale to the Dark Musicals Trilogy.  

Demon, Book Two in the Dark Musicals series, inspired by Sweeney Todd is available now in both PRINT and eBook on amazon!

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Dark Musical - Reanimated - Inspired by Corpse Bride

After the birth of their daughter, Rebecca Hope-Patko and her husband Lord Justyn return to their home state of New Jersey to open their dinner theater. For their first season, Justyn tries his hand at directing while Rebecca stars in their small stage adaption of Ghost Bride. Rebecca has also embraced a second role—taking a stand against domestic violence by joining the Underground Railroad, a covert organization that shuttles battered women to safety.

At first, both operations run smoothly, but before long it’s clear the secret agents’ identities have been compromised. Rebecca is stalked and terrorized, and even the theater is under attack. Faced with deception at every turn, Rebecca is afraid to trust anyone and has reason to fear this battle may leave her a widow instead of a bride. Can this diva unravel the mystery of the Ange du Palais Theatre before someone she loves winds up in their grave?