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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Celebrate the Small things

Hi Everyone,
Hope you had a great week. Every Friday we write about things that make us happy. Be sure to stop by to see what she and her blogging partners have to say this week.
Here's what we're celebrating this week:

  • Father's Day was fun. Our sons came to visit. They mowed the grass for their Dad with our little mower,Wilbur. Here's his picture. Isn't he cute?  We love Wilbur so much we're writing a picture book about him. After the mowing, we went to dinner.
  • Tomorrow my sister-in-law is coming. We don't see her often,but we always have fun together.
  • First day of summer. I love warm weather.
  • Some of you may know I'm a baseball fan, especially the Yankees. My favorite team is back in first place after having a horrible week last week.
What are you celebrating? I'd love to know.
Have a great week.

copyright: 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
  • Wilbur

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Author feature with Erica Graham

AUTHOR FEATURE: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is an award-winning children’s author. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature and has been featured on several author websites. Her books have won a number of awards and recognition including; The Feathered Quill silver medal, The Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention, Center for Literacy and Primary Poetry Award Finalist, Reader’s Favorite silver medal, and The “50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading.”
Her story, My Life at Sweetbrier, is a captivating book that teaches children life lessons such as perseverance and setting goals. Deanie believes children should be inspired to reach for their dreams because you may accomplish more than you imagined. You may even overcome the odds, like she did.
All of Deanie’s books convey positive messages for children, such as setting goals, sharing, teamwork, perseverance, and helping others. The fictional books are all told by the adorable animal characters. If you read her books you’ll meet Hattie the Chicken, Elliott, the dog, Charlene, the beautiful red horse, Wooliam the cuddly sheep, and others. The animals work together to help their friends solve problems. They’re an entertaining group, sure to keep young readers entertained and engaged.
Deanie’s sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj, has beautifully illustrated four of Deanie’s fictional books: Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star, Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes, and Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog.
To discover more about Deanie, please visit her at:
*Please make a note that Tails of Sweetbrier has been discontinued. The new, revised and expanded version is My Life at Sweetbrier-A Life Changed by Horses.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Celebrate the Small Things

Hi everyone,
Friday is almost here again. Do  you ever wonder where the weeks go? I hope you had a great week full of good things to celebrate.
Hop on over to to see what everyone is cheering about. Hope you have a fun week and be sure to tell me what you're happy about this week.

Here's what we're celebrating this week:

  • My husband misplaced his cell phone but he found it! So happy about that. I hate when I can't find something. Do you notice when things are missing, you usually find them when you're looking for something else?
  • Progress on one of my upcoming picture books.
  • I'm working on reviewing some children's books for my author friends.
  • Father's Day is coming. Hope you all have a fun day.
Thanks for coming by. Happy weekend.


copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Celebrate the small things

On Fridays we celebrate anything we want. Speaking of celebrating, be sure to stop by to see what she and her blogging partners have to say. Here's news from our house to yours:

  • It's been a difficult week for us. We had to have our very special dog, Elliott, put to sleep after 13.5 years of being our "third son." He was having a great deal of trouble walking and the doctor said it was likely he had tumors. We used to tell our sons it was okay that Elliott didn't look like them because he was adopted. He was the best dog ever and we will forever miss him, but now he can play in Heaven and have fun like he couldn't do here anymore. We will celebrate his life with us.
  • My sister and brother-in-law moved far away. We already miss them, but we can still Skype and email.
  • We'll celebrate all of you who visit my blogs and website. Where would I be without you?
Here's an illustration with Elliott and Hattie the chicken by Holly Humphrys-Bajaj.
Have a great week with lots to celebrate.

copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Insecure Writer's Support Group

On the first Wednesday of the month, we share our thoughts about our insecurities as writers and we answer a question. This month the question is: "Have you ever quit on writing and what made you come back?"

A long time ago, I took a writing course that really made me feel discouraged. The teacher never gave me compliments on what he thought I did well so it ruined my confidence in my skills as a writer. I never finished the course, but eventually I signed up for a different course to write for children. This experience was much more positive and I completed two of them. I learned a great deal.
Still farther down the road, I expected to have a job doing medical coding, but instead, I had an intuition to publish my first book. My sister agreed to illustrate it so my writing career was launched.
I encourage all of you to persevere and follow your passions. If writing is what you love, pursue it. You could surprise yourself with what you accomplish. I did. :)
Be sure to stop by to see what everyone is sharing this month.
copyright Deanie Humphrys-Dunne 2017

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

A tribute to Elliott-our very special dog

Today is a very sad day for our family because we had to have our beloved, dog, Elliott, put to sleep. He was at least 15-years-old and had been part of our family for 13 and a half years. He was the best ever and we are honored to have rescued him from the pound all of those years ago.
Elliott was something of a fixture at the local pound. He'd been there for six months when we met him. It was a few days after our chocolate lab, Riley, died after being hit by a car. Who would fill the big hole in our hearts? We planned to adopt a yellow lab named Molly, but when our son, Shane, met Molly, he didn't see anything special in her. Besides, people were lined up to adopt her.
Then we met Elliott. He was smiling from ear to ear and so excited to meet us. He jumped in my lap and planted a big, sloppy kiss on my cheek. He even pressed his tongue against my cheek and slid it, just to make sure I was impressed.
Elliott made us smile all the time. He loved to jump on our bed and sleep between us in the morning after he had breakfast. One of his other favorite pass times was to stick that big handsome head of his into the waste baskets and take out tissues. He looked so funny with pieces of tissues dangling from his chin. Sometimes he's carry them to his water bowl and  drop them in. I think Elliott was a decorator at heart because when he'd sneak into the porch, he loved sticking his sizable head into the recycle bin. Then he'd go down the stairs and redistribute all the containers around the yard until he thought it looked just right.
Now he's in doggie Heaven where he can play with lots of other dogs and have fun, the way he couldn't do on Earth anymore.
Elliott, we miss you, but you're unforgettable. You'll always be a star.
Elliott is featured on and in two of my books so I"m sharing his picture with all of you today. Shane had tons of pictures of him on his phone, but it was stolen, so these are the best pictures we can share with you.

copyright: 2017 Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Celebrate the Small things

Hi everyone,
I hope you had a great week. Be sure to stop by to check on what Lexa and her blogging partners are celebrating this week.
Here's what we're celebrating;

  • Special thanks to those of you who reviewed my new book, My Life at Sweetbrier, this week: Cathrina, Barbara Mojica, and Gigi Sedlmayer. I really appreciate your wonderful comments.
  • We sold our grand caravan, but we will miss him in the winter because he has 4-wheel drive and our Honda doesn't.
  • There was a tornado warning not too far from us last night, but no one got hurt. It's very unusual for our area.
  • My friend, Charlene's husband is doing much better. He's home from the hospital.
What are you celebrating? Be sure to let me know.

Video by Rhonda Patton:


copyright: 2017 Deanie Humphrys-Dunne