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Elves Can’t Kick

Book 3 in the Elves Series


By Robert Skead


Synopsis

The idea for Elves Can’t Kick was born when I became friends with two MLS goalkeepers—Tim Howard (who played for Manchester United and Everton in the Premiere League) and Paul Grafer (now a soccer coach ). Both men played for the New York MetroStars (now the New York Red Bulls) when I served as the chaplain for the team. I included my friends’ names in the story with a goalkeeper named Paul Howard.

The fictional character does many off-the-wall things, like constantly banging his head into the goalpost when making saves. And he really wants to be a chef instead of a goalie (a trait inspired by Grafer who loves to cook). The goalie also falls in love with the bad girl in the story – the mean-spirited cooking and craft business queen, Bertha Hayworth.

Sebastian's
Bad Guy Girl Profile

Bertha Hayworth, aka “Big Bertha”

Occupation: America’s Cooking & Craft Queen, TV Show Host, Media Mogul—she even has a magazine that bears her name. Owner of the New York Blenders professional soccer team.

Likes: Cooking. Baking. Making things. Home décor. Bossing everyone around. Sewing. Gadgets with her logo on them. Soccer. Picture Frames. Discovering secrets.

Dislikes: Mrs. Claus (now who on earth could anyone not like Mrs. C?!) Playing fair—I’ll show her that you don’t mess with elves—we love fairness!

Good qualities: Hmmm… I’m thinking hard… Ok… she’s amazing at soccer.

The Story Behind the Story

The idea for Elves Can’t Kick was born when I became friends with two MLS goalkeepers—Tim Howard (who now plays for Everton in the Premiere League) and Paul Grafer (now a soccer coach for Chivas). Both men played for the New York MetroStars (now the New York Red Bulls) when I served as the chaplain for the team. I included my friends’ names in the story with a goalkeeper named Paul Howard.

The fictional character does many off-the-wall things, like constantly banging his head into the goalpost when making saves. And he really wants to be a chef instead of a goalie (a trait inspired by Grafer who loves to cook). The goalie also falls in love with the bad girl in the story – the mean-spirited cooking and craft business queen, Bertha Hayworth.

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