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.
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