I forgot how to use this thing… almost.

Wow… July 31st was my last post? JULY 31?

A lot can change in life… fast. And mine sure has proven that.

On July 24th, I started a new job. Yes, I write books for children. Yes, they pull in some money. No, they don’t pay for cars and houses. So I do have to work in between playing an author writing a blog.

So I decided to follow in the footsteps of my grandfather and work here:



Okay, that’s an old photo.

Here is one that’s more current:



Yep, I’m officially an autoworker. A member of the UAW. I’m building cars.

And what fun it is! No, really… I do enjoy it. The people I work with are fantastic. The money is good. And the machines don’t talk back. What do I do, in particular?

Here is a 2014 Jeep Cherokee:



And what do I do? I install the rear bumper… or fascia, in technical terms.

Oh, I do other stuff, too. But that’s the easiest part to explain.

So why am I writing here now?

Truthfully, I’ve missed it. I’ve missed it terribly. My favorite part was reading comments from perfect strangers from all over the world. But I just haven’t had time… that lame excuse that everyone turns to now and again.

I’m going to strive to make time. Starting today.

Speaking of today… it’s National Popcorn Day. Some of you read this blog because you know that I’ve written a few books for kids.

While I was away, busy building Jeeps, I released my 5th book: Crusty Cupcake’s Happy Birthday. Here is the cover:

Crusty Cupcake's Happy Birthday


It came out back on November 1st… and I think it was the best one yet. The message? Children should learn that having friends is the best gift there is!

Incidentally, since today is National Popcorn Day… and my first book for children was called Pete the Popcorn… what might be going on in my world today?

That’s right! Book #6 is being released on Amazon.com and it is a follow-up to Pete the Popcorn:



Pete the Popcorn 2 introduces a few new characters, including Policeman Parker Popcorn. So many children, especially in inner cities, only look at police officers in a negative light. We wanted to change that. We wanted to teach kids that police officers are here to help… to protect… to serve.

The book also touches on honesty. And we are using this book as a launching point for our series discovering “Popcorn Principles.” Each book will explore a different principle that we as a country hold near to our hearts. And these principles are ones that kids can begin practicing today.

How can you help? As usual, share this post. Take to Twitter and Facebook. Tell folks about the fledgling author that also builds Jeeps. Help me make a difference by buying some of my books on Amazon. And then get a friend to do it, too.

Here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/Pete-Popcorn-Popcorns-Practicing-Principles/dp/1494914859/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1390131829&sr=8-1&keywords=pete+the+popcorn+2

And that’s it.

My life since July in a cute little nutshell.

Talk to you soon. Hold me to that. Please.


Thanks for visiting this blog! As you see, it is not supported by advertising. If you would like to personally support this blog and its authors, here is what you can do:

1. Go pick up a copy of Pete the Popcorn at Amazon! Pete the Popcorn was our first book, nationally recognized as a perfectly subtle anti-bullying message for youngsters. You can LIKE Pete on Facebook by visiting www.Facebook.com/PeteThePopcorn. And you’ll find all sortz of information like videos, photos and school visit PDF files at www.PeteThePopcorn.com.

2. Jump on the Pete bandwagon and purchase Pete the Popcorn 2! This book teaches children all about the Popcorn Principle of honesty! It’s available here!

3. Treat yourself to our popular book Casey and Callie Cupcake! This Frosted Fable About Being Fantastic Just The Way You Are teaches children to accept themselves and their friends for the person they are on the inside! Keep track of our new cupcake book offerings on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/CupcakeBook!

Thanks for all your support! If you want to help out in other ways, please contact us!

Happy National Popcorn Day! Can you do me a favor?

Happy National Popcorn Day!!!

Take a look at the top of this blog— see it? If you didn’t know, I’m a Children’s Book author. And my very first book was called Pete the Popcorn. Here is page one of the book:


I know it sounds silly, but Pete the Popcorn is about Pete, a little kernel that hasn’t popped up yet. He goes to school at Popcorn Prep, with all of the other little kernels. And with help from his friend Patty, he learns that kids (or kernels) should encourage each other every day!

This year, I’ve visited over 50,000 children in school across the country— in 40 cities in 25 states! Oh, this all sounds fancy and lucrative, I know— but we visit schools for free! We do our best when our book spikes on Amazon’s different Best Seller lists!

Therefore, I need your help today!

If we sell only a couple hundred copies of Pete the Popcorn TODAY, we have a very good shot at cracking the Amazon Top 100!

SO, can you go purchase a copy at this link? http://www.amazon.com/Pete-Popcorn-Mr-Nick-Rokicki/dp/1468036467/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358608205&sr=8-1&keywords=pete+the+popcorn

They make great gifts for birthdays, baby showers and Holidays! Or, donate a copy to your local library.

If you cannot help me out by purchasing a copy TODAY in honor of National Popcorn Day, please share the link with your Facebook friends, Tweet it or Reblog this post. Every person that learns about this book TODAY is one step forward for me. You are my one chance to make a splash in social media circles on this day when everyone is thinking popcorn!

As a special treat, here is a video slideshow of the COMPLETE book, being read by the “characters”:

From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for anything you can do to help spread the word about Pete the Popcorn on National Popcorn Day, today!


Napa, Napa… Made me Nap. A.

Whoa, boy… did I have a fun time today…

Keep in mind that this blog is “About the Authors”… so we do talk about our daily lives. During our Encouragement Across America tour, we’re absolutely planning on documenting our travels— during school days and also during days off.

I do apologize in advance for those offended. But today, we went on a mini-tour of wine country in California.

A few sips of wine later, I have to thank our friend Margaret Shirley. She used to be a concierge at one of the wineries in this beautiful area, and today she pointed us in every right direction. We’re supposed to meet up with Margaret and her family later this week in her new home of Paso Robles, California. So I hope we can talk her into appearing in a video. Stay tuned.

For now… here is today’s video update:

Happy Sunday, everyone… this is going to be a fun and very different week with the video updates, because we finally have a few days off. But we will still keep you in the loop.



Thanks for visiting this blog! As you see, it is not supported by advertising. If you would like to personally support this blog and its authors, please visit Amazon to purchase our Children’s Book, Pete the Popcorn! If you don’t have a child in your life, donate a copy to your local school or library! Also, we LOVE it when people LIKE us on Facebook. To learn more about our books, please visit www.PeteThePopcorn.com