Ready, Set, Jump into Summer 2017 C*U*R*R*E*N*T*L*Y SUMMER BLOG HOP

Sunscreen. Kids playing “Marco Polo” in the pool. Family road trips. Bonfires at the beach. Summer is in the air! What does all of this mean? It means it’s time for another blog hop! My blogger buddies and I are sharing what we’re up to this summer to inspire you to have the greatest summer ever!

What are we thinking about, reading, watching, writing about, listening to, and anticipating? Please have a read and enjoy! Then visit the other #Gr8Blogs listed at the end of this post for some more summer inspiration.


After trying for yet another time, I was unable to finish The Three Princes by Ramona Wheeler. This is a book I really wanted to like. A story set in an alternate reality where the Egyptian Empire never fell piqued my curiosity. Ramona Wheeler is very good at describing the world in such a way that you can almost feel it. The idea of a giant metropolis built around the pyramids with zeppelins flying by is fantastic. 

Where this book falls is in the writing and the characters.Three Princes is just not that interesting, which is surprising considering how intriguing the world is. I started this book last year and forgot about it. That’s how boring I found this book to be. I tried starting over again hoping I would find it to be more entertaining, but I didn’t. I had little interest in the events as they played out and the actual plot is complicated to follow. 

Oh well, C’est la vie Three Princes. I’m very excited to finish my latest book by a new author I discovered Brooklyn on Fire (a Mary Hadley Mystery #2) by Lawernce H. Levy. A turn-of-the-20th-century Brooklyn detective must find a killer to save her brother. Levy does an excellent job of mixing historical characters and situations with his feisty, liberated detective.


Summer is the time when most shows end for the season, but this is also when special shows air, such as Americas Got Talent!! I love this show and look forward to it every year. Season 12 baby! 


Currently, I am working on books number two and three in my new series Exploring STEAM with Little Katie. You may recall I was initially geared toward STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) however, after much deliberation with my publishing house and editor, we all agreed I fit better into the STEAM category (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics). I will still be focusing on educating children in a fun and imaginative way. I’ve been working closely with my editor Marcus and a group of teachers to come up with ideas that can be used in the classroom as part of the curriculum. Both of these books will be addressing some hot topic issues, Coding, and Coral Reefs. Very different from each other, but both equally fascinating. I have finished the manuscripts for both stories; now I am working on the illustrations while my manuscripts are being “cleaned up” if you will.

Thinking about/Making me happy…

I’m always thinking about my little Hammy. Can you believe he turns a whopping year and a half this month!! ACK!!!! He’s also what makes me happy. When instead of working I find myself playing and watching him grow and learn. I’m always amazed at how he maneuvers through things. He’s such a tough little guy! When he falls, he never cries, even when I am expecting him to because he’s just busted open his lip from taking a tumble off the slide. Nope, he just picks himself up and keeps on going.

Seeing through my camera lenses…

In addition to always snapping photos of my beautiful baby boy (yes I’m biased), I have been working with a mother on a four-stage photo shoot of her new baby boy. We just finished his 3-month photos. Next, 6-month pictures!


September marks the 9th wedding anniversary for David I, and this year we are taking a family vacation to Walt Disney World!! I have never been to Walt Disney World or Florida for that matter. Levi has never been to anything Disney before or taking a vacation with his Avo (Portuguese for Grandma) we are all very excited. I am a little concerned about the humidity and how that will affect my asthma, but I will worry about that when I cross that bridge.


That wraps up what I am currently tackling. What are you currently looking forward to this winter or summer? Please drop me comment below and share. Are you curious to see what my blogging buddies are up to? Take a peek and see, their links are listed below.

Tracy Bryan: Tracy Bryan, Children’s Author

Cat Michaels: Cat’s Corner

Sandra Bennett: Sandra Bennett, Author

Auden Johnson: Dark Treasury

Julie Gorges Baby Boomer Bliss

 James Milson : Writing and Things

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5 thoughts on “Ready, Set, Jump into Summer 2017 C*U*R*R*E*N*T*L*Y SUMMER BLOG HOP

  • Sandra Bennett

    Hi Carmy, Great honest opinion about the Three Princes. It’s difficult and frustrating not to finish a book, I know. I tried to read the Hobbit three times, but could never get into it. Shameful I know, but there you go. I did read the Lord of the Rings trilogy though, so who can figure? Enjoy the trip to Florida and Walt Disney World. Would love to have done that when our boys were little. We almost made it to the one in Paris but had to cut our trip short. Never mind, there’s always grandkids one of these days. 🙂

  • Tracy Bryan

    Hi Carmela! That’s so awesome what you’re doing with the Little Katie books-love to see STEAM projects geared towards girls! Can you’re little guy get any cuter?! What a great smile:) You’re coming to Disney? Let me know if there’s any info you need or questions you have-I’m kind of a veteran:) Nice to read about what you’ve been up to…have a great summer!

  • Julie Gorges

    We writers learn from both good books and bad books, so I found your review interesting on why the book you were reading failed to capture your interest. Congratulations on all your success with your children’s books. So very exciting! And that baby boy of yours is just too cute for words! His smile brightened my day. Enjoy your trip to Disney World!

  • Rosie Russell

    Hi Carmela! What a wonderful summer blog hop post! I’m looking forward to looking up the story you’re reading. I also appreciate your feedback on the other book you mentioned. I’ve had books that were hard for me to get into. It’s doesn’t make for a bad book, just one that maybe isn’t “our cup of tea,” and that’s okay.
    I’m looking forward to what you have in the future for your new stories! Sounds exciting!
    It’s hard to believe your little sweet pea is almost a year old. He sounds like a fun little guy and I’m sure he keeps you on your toes.
    You and many other authors that have taken up photography, have completely inspired me to do the same someday. I bet your project is lots of fun. What treasured memories you are creating!
    Enjoy Disneyland! It’s been years since I’ve been there so I know it’s changed a lot. I hope you have a perfect time. I can’t wait to see all the photos.
    Thanks again and have a wonderful summer!

  • Cat Michaels

    Kudos for your work with STEM and STEAM, Carmela. Great way to get kids interested in these subjects.

    I’ll check out Brooklyn on Fire..and an alternate Egypt!

    Have fun down south in Dixie and Disney! Yes, it will be hot and hunid here in September but crowds should not be too bad as kids are back in school. Cannot wait to see what pixtures you’ll also snap there!