Monday, November 13, 2017

New Release!!

It's finally here! My latest book, Into the Ocean, is out now! This book is my first children's chapter book and I'm so excited for you to read it. It is available in e-book form right now with the paperback version coming soon. Read more to learn more about it.

Join GW on an undersea tour. My new release, Into the Ocean, is a fun, educational book that takes you and your children on a submarine voyage into our world's ...oceans with tour guide, GW (the friendliest shark you'll ever meet). Discover some of the amazing marine animals that call the sea their home and other fantastic ocean facts during your tour. Along the way, GW will entertain you with all of his ocean knowledge and silly jokes. Very silly jokes.
Want to learn a little more about me? Check out my interview on Books by Rose.  
I will also be on podcast next week. Join me on my Facebook Page or Twitter @AuthorRLyndsey for more details and links for that.  Happy November!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Happy Fall!

October?? Already? When did that happen? Haha! Been a long beginning of the school year but things are finally starting to calm down and a routine is becoming the norm. I have been able to get some illustrations done….all of them in fact. 😁 So now I’m working on the cover and then it’s finishing up the formatting. I’m hoping to have it published on Amazon by November. Into the Ocean will be my first kids chapter book for early readers. This book explores our world’s oceans and the sea life that calls it home. I will be posting more about it later, on my Facebook page so make sure to follow me.

Are you a fall fan? I’m sad to see the warm temperatures slowly fade away but I love Halloween and Thanksgiving, then Christmas and snow isn’t far away. One of my favorite things about Halloween is creating Halloween decorations in my classroom for our big school event. Love to draw? You should check out for some fantastic how-to draw videos and books by Steve Harpster. My students are having a blast! The decorations this year are going to be Spooktacular! What is your favorite thing about fall?
Time to get back to my cover design! So excited! Can't wait to share!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Happy Book Lover's Day!

Are you a book lover like me? I not only love to write books, I love to read them! Children's books, YA, contemporary romance, paranormal, mystery, and everything in between. Hahaha

In honor of Book Lovers' Day on 9 August, my amazing author pals and I are having fun this week by sharing all the ways we adore reading with the #BookLuvHop.
Visit the awesome bloggers listed at the end of this post who share their libre passion.
So do you have a favorite book, book memory or favorite author? I have many! Does that surprise you? Haha I always had many books growing up. My dad loves to read, as do both my sisters and step-mom. Now my dad on one hand loves thrillers, but my brain likes to take those books and turn them into vivid dreams so I stay away from them....mostly. 😉  Have to say, Harry Potter is one of my all time favorites! Along with the Magic Tree House books, Junie B Jones, Goosebumps and I could go on and on. If you enjoy paranormal books filled with romance, humor, and drama then you need to check out Ann Charles and her Deadwood series. In fact, you can't go wrong with any one of her books. She is an amazing writer!
I love to bring my passion for books into my classroom. My position is art and technology. There are so many wonderful ways to combine art and books. I will often read a story to my students, discuss it along with the illustrations and then have them create their own piece inspired by that book. Deep Space Sparkle has many author/art projects if you want to learn more ways to do this.
I get asked numerous times if my students know I am an author and illustrator and the answer is Yes. I have a copy of one of my books, Imagination Destination, in my classroom as well as the school library.  I haven't created an art project to go along with my books but maybe that is something I will do in this coming school year. I might even see if I can work some of my wonderful author pals into projects as well. Possibly even asking them to Skype with a couple of my classes.
Summer break is about over and yes I want to cry. I have accomplished a lot but not as much as I really wanted to. I did get my new children's book written! I've sent it out to a few friends to get input and so far, so good. I do believe this book will be classified as an Early Reader Chapter book. I still need to decide on illustrations and learn how to format it but I am excited for its release. I am going to try to get it published before Christmas.
If you're looking for a new children's book right now, you really should check out Cat Michaels and Rhonda Pagila's new releases on Amazon. Cat's link can be found below.
Thanks for visiting. Hope you've enjoyed learning a little bit more about my book love. Please visit these awesome bloggers next, who will inspire you and make you smile with more book loving in the #BookLuvHop  #Gr8Blogs
 Enjoy the day and the rest of summer! ☀

Carmela Dutra
A Blog for Your Thoughts

Cat Michaels

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

It's Been a While

Sorry that it's been a while since my last post.  I love to write, but blogging just isn't something I think about a lot so I tend to forget.  Anyway, it is officially summer!! I have never been so thankful. I am enjoying it as much as possible.  My husband and I went on a vacation to Tennessee and had a blast!  I have been spending my time at home reading, painting, and writing.  There is even some house cleaning and organizing going on since my magic wand is on the fritz. Anyone know of a good wand repairer? 😉

I am really close to having my next children's book written.  This one though has had a mind of it's own so I don't think I am going to publish this one as a picture book but as a chapter book, with a few  illustrations thrown in.  I mean come on, I cannot create a book and not create the illustrations that go with it.  As I'm writing it, the images just pop in my head.  I am going to have to be more creative this time because I am going to try to keep the images in black and white with possibly a little color mixed in in order to keep the cost of the book down and the file small.  My love of marine life is the inspiration for this book.  I will reveal more as the project progresses. 

The Fourth of July is in just a few days.  What all do you do to celebrate?  You can comment on my FB author page. Here you can also see some of my latest artwork, if you're interested. I tried to get the comment section here working but for some reason I had no luck.  Guess it wasn't meant to be.  I'm hoping my sisters get to make it in this holiday.  We always like to have a picnic together, then head on out to watch the fireworks display and back home to sit around the fire pit.  It's a day to remember how lucky we are, and to give thanks to those who fought and are still fighting for our independence.  

Okay, well that is the end for this time.  Those dishes are not going to wash themselves, and that book I'm reading isn't going to read itself....hmmmm choices....choices. Hahahaha 

Happy Summer and Happy Independence Day!  Hope to hear from ya on my fb page.