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Nancy Temple Rodrigue lives in the small town of Lompoc, California, where she writes her novels. Besides writing, Nancy enjoys driving her award-winning 1957 T- Bird and showing it at Car Shows.
Writing about Walt Disney and the Disney parks comes easy for Nancy as she has been an avid Disney fan ever since she was 6 years old and went to Disneyland for the first time. Her novels show her admiration and respect for the man who started it all–Walt Disney.
Nancy loves to entertain and educate her readers while providing a means to have a great time inside the realm Walt Disney created. Her first Disney themed novels are in the HIDDEN MICKEY series. The start of the adventure is HIDDEN MICKEY: Sometimes Dead Men DO Tell Tales! The inspiration for the first book came from long-time friend and past Disneyland cast member David W. Smith when he watched the Disney movie National Treasure. His idea was to base a story on Walt Disney being the person of interest behind a hidden treasure.
Smith contacted Nancy asking her to co-author the book with him, and in the 3 months that followed, Nancy created a great cryptic clue driven storyline with three main characters, Adam Michaels, Lance Brentwood, and Beth Roberts. Adam and Lance found Walt Disney's lost Diary, and had to solve the clues left by Walt. Needing help they brought Beth in the mix. Having characters and a complete storyline with over 120,000 words in the novel written, she now asked David to step to add some Disney cast member inside secrets, and a cliffhanger epilogue. This first book was released in September 2009.
With readers immediately hooked, they could't wait to devour more, but the authors had writers block. Nancy's husband suggested a storyline steeped in fantasy, since Walt Disney was all about fantasy. Using a mysterious Wolf character, along with a Red Diamond Pendant (that he designed with a Hidden Mickey in the gold scrollwork) that has special powers due to it once belonging to Merlin. When he made the suggestion, Nancy immediately recognized it as the storyline and Wolf character she previously created for a different novel she was working on. "This is a great storyline to introduce in Hidden Mickey 2", she said. Both authors agreed, so it became the main plot to the sequel HIDDEN MICKEY 2: It All Started… This book was released in September 2010.
Nancy now moved forward with the series as solo author to write HIDDEN MICKEY 3 Wolf!: The Legend of Tom Sawyer’s Island, creating the back story to the mysterious Wolf in book 2. She introduces his family, explains why he has those unusual abilities, his relationship with Walt Disney, and his relationship with Walt's legacy. Wolf's , mysterious powers include an unusual ability to traverse time. She had him bring Walt that mysterious Red Diamond Pendant while he was on a trip to the Jungles of Colombia in book 2, and now we see what the Pendant can do. This book was released on paperback at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books in April 2011.
She then wraps up the Hidden Mickey Wolf segment of the storyline with HIDDEN MICKEY 4 Wolf!: Happily Ever After? (Note the question mark at the end of the sub-title). In this grand finale Nancy has Wolf, Walt Disney, and all her main characters involved in a final battle between good and evil inside the Disneyland park. The book was a pre-order at Disney's D23 Expo August, 2011, and officially released November 15, 2011.
Fans asked, and Nancy listened! Her next work would include readers of ALL ages, 9 and up, in the HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES series. These Action-Adventure Mysteries feature a younger generation of clue solvers.
This series picks up right after book 4 in the HIDDEN MICKEY series, starting with HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES 1: Peter and the Wolf. The series features favorite characters like Wolf, and introduces Lance's son, Peter, as well as other new characters you will come to love. WHAT'S MORE EXCITING THAN A FAMILY DAY AT DISNEYLAND? Ditching their family, Peter Brentwood and his younger brother stumble upon a letter from the Master Storyteller himself, Walt Disney. Following a clue in the letter they are immediately caught up in what they thought was an innocently fun treasure hunt. The quest takes a serious turn when someone in a trusted position begins tracking their every move, hungering for the treasure for himself. The secrets Lance and Kimberly Brentwood have closely guarded could rip their family apart if compromised. At stake is something they hold very dear: Walt's Legacy. Wolf, their friend and protector steps in, but is it too little, too late? Uncover secrets of Disneyland and the Disney Studios in Burbank as we watch the drama unfold. You will neverlook at Disneyland the same again! This book was officially released in September 2012.
Book 2 in the series, HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES 2: Peter and the Missing Mansion, leaves readers breathless as Peter finds himself alone, scared, and in the distant past in front of a hauntingly-familiar Mansion. As Peter gets to know the inhabitants of this mansion, he finds they aren’t as he thought they should be. Wolf and Lance arrive to rescue Peter, but are they too late? Stairways to nowhere, hidden passageways lit only by candles, might lead Lance to his son. Can he trust a woman who might not be as she seems? Is this Disney legend just a story—or is it the truth? Peter, Lance, and Wolf return, only to find they are the only ones who realize something has gone wrong at Disneyland. It is up to them to protect Walt Disney’s legacy. Will they find out what's wrong—and correct it? This book was officially released in November 2013.
Book 3 in the series, HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES 3: The Mermaid's Tale, continues with Peter, a small Mermaid statue that he found in the Mansion Attic. Going through family mementos in their grandmother’s attic, twins Alex and Catie, along with Peter, stumble on a familiar grey capsule—and pictures of grandma Michael’s past. Thrilled to learn she was a Disneyland Submarine Lagoon Mermaid in 1965, the kids connect the missing link to the beautiful mermaid they found in Disneyland's Haunted Mansion attic. A mysterious woman appears, having received a simple assignment by her boss, Walt Disney, she was unable to complete it and sent away in disgrace. Decades later she’s still trying to make it right, but three kids are in the way. Her dedication to Walt turns fanatical. Disneyland—then and now—is the backdrop of this exciting Mermaid’s Tale. Pieces of the puzzle get closer as three diverse groups are woven together in the past and the present—all of them determined to protect Walt Disney’s legacy. A collision occurrs as this Mermaid’s Tale Continues… This action packed adventure gives readers a glimpse into the past, back when Disneyland's Submarine Lagoon had actual Mermaids. This book was officially released July 2014.
Book 4 in the series, HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES 4: Revenge of the Wolf, takes off right where book 3 ends... the two adversaries face off as they are unwillingly hurled into the past. In this final showdown will these two be able to put the past behind them and work together? Armed with a new set of clues, Peter and Catie find themselves in parts of Disneyland they never expected to see. With Wolf still missing, can Adam and Beth help see the kids when they run into an old enemy? Nimue (Maleficent) is determined to retrieve a cherished possession that has been lost for eons, and will stop at nothing to get it back even if it means sacrificing Peter. Now is the time for Revenge! Disneyland then and now is the backdrop for this exciting tale of revenge as the past and the present come crashing together. Revenge of the Wolf fits more pieces of the puzzle together as our friends and heroes fight to protect Walt Disney s legacy and each other. This book officially released at Disney's D-23 Expo in August 2015.
Book 5 in the series, HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES 5: When You Wish, Nancy ends this series with a tragedy that strikes Adam and Beth. Peter, not only affected by this tragedy, but still hurt and angry by the treatment he received at the hands of Nimue. He is handed a special message from Walt Disney himself. Can Peter get back his love for Disneyland and fulfill his special Hidden Mickey quest? Or will someone's absence be too much for him? Walt exacts a promise from Wolf in exchange for his help. Wolf vowed never to take him on such a dangerous journey. Who will win this ultimate battle of wills? Now is the time to Wish! Disneyland—now and in the future—is the backdrop for this exciting tale of hopes, dreams, and discovery. When You Wish unites families and friends as they work together to keep the Disney magic alive—both for themselves and for Walt’s legacy. This book will officially release at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books in April 2014.
When Nancy wrote the storyline to HIDDEN MICKEY: Sometimes Dead Men DO Tell Tales!, she created a quest that Adam and Lance ran in Disneyland. Readers would comment on how much they enjoyed doing that same quest when visiting the park. This inspired the HIDDEN MICKEY QUESTS series, having Games and Quests to play in the Disney parks. The first is HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES: in Disneyland. This book is full of Scavenger hunt-type Quests, Games, and Challenges you will enjoy doing on your next visit to Disneyland, in California. Then there's HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES: in Disney California Adventure, with Scavenger hunt-type Quests in the new Cars Land, and Buena Vista Street, with Games and Challenges you can enjoy during your next visit to Disney California Adventure, in the Disneyland Resort. Nancy didn't want to leave the east coast out, so she added HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES: in WDW Magic Kingdom as the 3rd fun filled book with Scavenger hunt-type Quests, Games, and Challenges to play during visits to Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, in Florida. More of these game books are coming, a book for each park, so enjoy these Quest/Game books as they allow you to see the Disney parks with a brand new set of eyes!
As a talented and diverse author, Nancy authored The Fan Letter in addition to her Disney themed novels. This Romantic Fantasy is a book readers of all ages will enjoy, a light and fun read, and a nice addition to her other books!
Nancy actively participates in book signings and speaking events, and she loves talking to people who enjoy her novels. Fans can follow Nancy on Facebook or Google+ or Twitter or visit Nancy's personal website and the author's blog where Nancy posts book signings and other events.
Due to the popularity of the first book, Nancy formed The Hidden Mickey Fan Club and it's free to join online. Members get access to behind-the-scenes articles written by various past and present cast members in the Disney parks, advance announcements on future book signings and special events, and special pre-release opportunities for the next books and merchandise available in the Hidden Mickey series.
When you join the Hidden Mickey Fan Club on Facebook and 'Like' the Fan Club page, you will be automatically entered in the "Like us" Contest to WIN a Game book.
Nancy Temple Rodrigue and David W. Smith at Compass Books Downtown Disney, Anaheim
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Nancy Rodrigue with Tony Baxter at the Disneyana Convention
HIDDEN MICKEY: Sometimes Dead Men DO Tell Tales!
[Double R Books] (September 2009)
By Nancy Temple Rodrigue and David W. Smith - An Action Adventure Mystery novel about Walt Disney and Disneyland. Readers of all ages will
discover Fact with Fiction in this 488-page action-adventure Novel.
HIDDEN MICKEY 2: It All Started...
[Double R Books] (September 2010) By Nancy Temple Rodrigue and David W. Smith -
The sequel and second book in the HIDDEN MICKEY novel series. Another Action Adventure Mystery novel about Walt Disney and Disneyland. Historical Fact is again blended with Fiction to make this 456-page action-adventure mystery Novel.
HIDDEN MICKEY 3 Wolf!: The Legend of Tom Sawyer's Island
[Double R Books] (April 2011) By Nancy Temple Rodrigue -
The third book in the HIDDEN MICKEY novel series. Another Action-Adventure Mystery-Fantasy novel about Walt Disney and Disneyland. The mysterious element in "Hidden Mickey 3 Wolf!" is "Things that happen in the Future, affect the Past!". This is once again Historical Fact blended with Fiction and Fantasy in another exciting 440-page Novel.
HIDDEN MICKEY 4 Wolf!: Happily Ever After?
[Double R Books] (August 2011) By Nancy Temple Rodrigue -
The fourth book in the HIDDEN MICKEY novel series. Another Action-Adventure Mystery-Fantasy novel about Walt Disney and Disneyland and the mysterious character Wolf! Join the heroes—past and present—as they unite for one last stand against the forces of evil in a showdown that will rock the very foundations on which Disneyland was built! This is once again Historical Fact blended with Fiction and Fantasy to make a 424 page Novel.
HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES 1: Peter and the Wolf
[Double R Books] (September 2012) By Nancy Temple Rodrigue -
The first novel in the new HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES novel series. This new series continues the Hidden Mickey saga of Action-adventure Mystery adventures about Walt Disney and Disneyland with a younger generation of treasure seekers. Once again, Historical Fact blended with Fiction to make a 280 page Novel.
HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES 2: Peter and the Missing Mansion
[Double R Books] (November 2013) By Nancy Temple Rodrigue - The 2nd novel in the HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES series. Join Lance's son, Peter, and the mysterious Wolf, as they embark on an action packed adventure when Peter finds himself in front of a seemingly familiar looking Mansion of the past and by his actions he accidentally alters present day Disneyland. You will once again be immersed into the life of Walt Disney and our favorite park, Disneyland. Look for it's release in November 2013.
HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES 3: The Mermaid's Tale
[Double R Books] (July 2014) By Nancy Temple Rodrigue - The 3rd novel in the HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES series. Join Peter, the mysterious Wolf, and the small Mermaid statue that Peter found in the Mansion Attic, and he faces a new foe in this action packed adventure. Readers get a glimpse into days gone by, when Disneyland's Submarine Lagoon had actual Mermaids. You will once again be transported to Walt Disney's Disneyland as the adventure continues.
Hidden Mickey Adventures: in Disneyland
[Double R Books] (May 2012) By Nancy Temple Rodrigue -
Games - Quests - Scavenger Hunt Challenges - FUN for ALL Ages.
Hidden Mickey Adventures: in Disney California Adventure
[Double R Books] (August 2013) By Nancy Temple Rodrigue -
Games - Quests - Scavenger Hunt Challenges - FUN for ALL Ages.
Hidden Mickey Adventures: in WDW Magic Kingdom
[Double R Books] (June 2012) By Nancy Temple Rodrigue -
Games - Quests - Scavenger Hunt Challenges - FUN for ALL Ages.
THE FAN LETTER
[Double R Books] (2011) By Nancy Temple Rodrigue - A Romantic Fantasy novel about Leslie Nelson, a television series fan that sent a short story, a photo of herself, and commendation for her favorite actor's acting abilities. Their lives soon intertwine when her letter sets off a chain of events that affect both her life, as well as this actor’s life and career. Leslie finds her whole world is changed, now becoming intermingled with favorite television stars she had only admired from the safety of her living room. Follow the action and romance as this outsider becomes an insider in the fascinating world of Hollywood. This 258 page Novel was written with the adult in mind, but appropriate for all ages.
Nancy's books are available at Barnes & Noble bookstores, and many smaller independent bookstores, as well as online at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com, DoubleRbooks.com, and more. In addition, many local Public Libraries also have Hidden Mickey on their shelves. If your Bookstore or Library doesn't have them, just ask and they will order them for you.