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Monday, July 31, 2017

Character Profiles - Rex by Cody B. Stewart, Mark Rogers, and Adam Rocke


Character Profiles

We talked about writing Rex as a TV series (or pushing to have it made into a movie). These are the character profiles, and the actors/actresses we thought would be perfect for the characters.


TJ Beaumont (Andrew Astor) — Bright-eyed and inquisitive, TJ is an adventurous 11-year-old that doesn’t  allow anything to get in his way when it comes to exploring his world, even when that means risking life and limb—or getting into trouble with his mom. TJ’s greatest desire is to have a pet dog of his own. He gets far more than he bargained for when he brings home a strange find from the swamp.

Samantha “Sam” Redfield (Ramona Marquez) — A freckled and feisty 11-year-old Peppermint Patty-type who’s as rough-and-tumble as any boy her age. TJ’s bff, she’s loyal to the core, and ready and willing to stick her neck out for TJ, no matter what the scenario.

Rex — A genetically-engineered dinosaur at the center of a top secret military program. Implanted with a dog’s intelligence and personality, the T-rex will “imprint” on the first human it encounters. But make no mistake, Rex has a dual nature—one side lovable, the other violent—and TJ must contend with both.

Ellen Beaumont (Christina Applegate) — Pretty but ragged from years of hard work keeping things together as a single mom. While TJ and Ellen repeatedly butt heads, the love they share is deeper than the Marianas Trench.


Colonel Brock Horne (Shemar Moore) — Career military. Despite his steely exterior, Horne is a teddy bear at heart who struggles with the morality of the clandestine T-rex program.

Special Agent Osborne (David Morse) — Sinister and slimy, you’ll never see this Black Ops agent without his black suit and creepy scowl. Osborne is the epitome of ruthless and won’t let anything stand in the way of achieving success on this operation, especially not a couple of kids.


Dr. Johan Kruger (Jeff Bridges) — The brains behind the government’s clandestine T-rex program, Kruger has devoted his life to this project, but he’s starting to have second thoughts about the possibility of its success—and perhaps more importantly, the manner in which it will be used.




Rex
Cody B. Stewart, Mark Rogers,
and Adam Rocke

Genre: Middle Grade

Publisher: Common Deer Press

Date of Publication: October 5, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-9959729-1-6
ASIN: B06ZZS4ZRT

Number of pages: 320 pages

Cover Artist: Common Deer Press, Ellie Sipal

Book Description:

When eleven-year-old TJ finds a weird looking egg in the Florida Everglades after a tropical storm rips through, naturally he takes it home for identification. It could be the egg of a mutant duck or something, which would be awesome.

Problem is, the egg doesn’t look like it came from a mallard, even a mutated one—it’s too big and heavy and…strange. So he hides it away in his closet and continues on with his life as usual, doing his best to ignore the creepy men constantly banging at his front door and the significant rise in military helicopter sightings in his typically quiet neighbourhood. Then one day he comes home from school and it’s as though a cyclone has gone through his bedroom.

Suddenly, TJ knows he’s dealing with something a little more interesting—and a little more deadly—than a duck.


Excerpt:
TJ and Sam stood silent and still, too afraid to move or make a sound. “Wait a second,” TJ finally said. “Mess downstairs? We weren’t downstairs.”
          Their eyes met and they shared the same thought. They darted into TJ’s room, emerging a moment later, sufficiently rearmed with the slingshot and bat. Then, they snuck downstairs to assess the damage.
          When TJ saw the extent of the wreckage, he almost let another marble rip. His heart sank when he spotted the demolished cherry pie.
          “Hell-o Kitty,” Sam uttered, marveling at the mess. “I think your house is haunted, TJ. You have one of those polter-geese.”
          “Geist,” TJ corrected. “Poltergeist. Do you think a ghost hatched out of that egg?”
          “I don’t know what it was that came out of that thing, but I know it’s a huge pain in my butt. Since you found it, I’ve almost been eaten by an alligator, shot by a swamp cowboy, and now I’m stuck cleaning up its mess.”
          Sam and TJ grumbled at each other, and ghosts, and the whole world as they scrubbed the floors, wiped the counters, and picked up bits of broken plate and other unidentifiable things. Once the kitchen sparkled, Sam threw her dirty rag at TJ.
          “Not that this wasn’t a fun night or anything, but I’m going home before the ground splits open and we get attacked by mole people.”
          “You’re leaving?” TJ shrieked. “While there’s still a possible ghost goblin poltergeist thingy stalking around my house?”
          Sam shrugged. “Ghost goblin poltergeist thingies got nothing on my dad when I miss curfew. Call me if something tries to eat you.”

***** ***** *****

Fatigue hit TJ hard. He yawned and didn’t stop yawning until he reached his bedroom door. His mind raced in circles. He couldn’t focus on any one thing long enough to even care about poltergeists or alligators or whatever. All he wanted to do was go to sleep with the hope that he’d wake up in the morning with all of his limbs still attached.
          Luckily, TJ’s reflexes were working just fine despite his mostly asleep brain. He opened the door and ducked just in time to avoid getting hit square in the face with a flying sneaker. He dropped to the floor and covered his head with his arms. He peeked up when he was sure the other sneaker wasn’t going to follow. He instantly wished he had his helmet—and the swamp cowboy—because standing on his bed was the thing that had destroyed his room and the kitchen…
A one-foot tall Tyrannosaurus Rex.



About the Authors:

Cody B. Stewart was born in the Adirondacks, in Upstate New York. His love of stories began in those mountains as he vanquished trolls, fought in the American Revolution and discovered his latent mutant powers. Stories have continued to consume his life, but he now plucks them out of his head and puts them down on paper in the form of novels and comic books. He left the Adirondacks to grow into a man, did so, and has since returned with a wonderfully supportive wife and two sons.




Mark Rogers’ career as a travel journalist has brought him to 56 countries and counting. These trips have fed his imagination while at the same time provided authentic experiences and sensory detail that find their way into his novels and screenplays. Mark’s won multiple awards for his travel writing, including an award for his Hurricane Ivan coverage in Jamaica. His work regularly appears in USA Todayand other media outlets. Mark lives in Baja California with his Sinaloa-born wife, Sophy, where they recently built a rock house overlooking the sea.


Adam Rocke never met an adventure he didn’t love. From swimming with great white sharks without a cage, to jumping out of a plane without a parachute, Adam’s adrenaline junkie tendencies play a major role in his writing.Throw in a secondary degree in CryptoZoology, and it’s anyone’s guess where Adam’s literary travels will take him.

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1 comment:

Jennifer Herrington said...

Thanks so much for hosting REX! REX is also on sale on the Common Deer Press website, https://www.commondeerpress.com/product-page/rex

Have a great day!

Jenn @ Common Deer Press