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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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My Life at Sweetbrier-A Life Changed by Horses by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

What young child doesn’t dream of owning their own pony and becoming a champion rider? I know I did!
Today’s Children’s Author Spotlight falls on a courageous author who shares her own story of growing up on a horse farm, and having a disability.
My Life at Sweetbrier-A Life Changed by Horses by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

My Life at Sweetbrier-A Life Changed

What if you grew up on a horse farm and your single passion was to become a champion horseback rider? The problem is, you were born with a disability.
Doctors tell your parents you’ll never walk, let alone ride. What will happen next? What does her dad do that changes her life? Will a failed racehorse and a handicapped girl become a winning team? This is the author’s true story of her journey.
Even if Deanie prevails, will she find exactly the right horse to help her win?
My Life at Sweetbrier-A Life Changed by Horses by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

About the Author: Reblogged

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is an award-winning children’s author. She spent her childhood in Easton CT. She has written 5 award-winning books; My Life at Sweetbrier, a true story about the power of perseverance, Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star, Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes, and Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog. All of the fictional stories are told by the adorable animal characters.
Her books have won a number of awards and recognition including The Feathered Quill Book Award silver medal, The CLIPPA finalist, The Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention, the Reader’s Favorite silver medal and a cover award bronze medal in the contest. Additionally, she was one of the winners in the contest, “50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading” contest. All of Deanie’s fictional books and covers are beautifully designed by her sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj.
Deanie loves spending time with her family.  She enjoys watching baseball, figure skating, and equestrian competitions.
Deanie has been featured on several author websites such as;, and television show.
Be sure to stop by Deanie’s website: Children’s Books with Life Lessons
You can also follow Deanie’s great books on:

My Life at Sweetbrier: A Life Changed by Horses (Kindle Edition)

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Cherry on the cake!

Hi Everyone,
Just stopped by to share new 5-star reviews for my book with you. Thank you Ndeye, for writing it.

 Cherry on the cake!, July 23, 2017
By Ndeye Labadens
This review is from: My Life at Sweetbrier: A Life Changed by Horses (Kindle Edition)
I loved the writing style of the author.
She takes you through her life and story in beautiful prose.
You do not even realize that you have finished the story.
This book is inspirational for kids and adults loving children books.
Get your copy!

True inspiration on the lesson of perseveranceJuly 23, 2017
This review is from: My Life at Sweetbrier: A Life Changed by Horses (Paperback)
Thank you, Deanie, for writing such an inspirational message to children. The style is delightful, teaching lessons on owning a horse and on riding and jumping plus explaining terms as you go along. Definitions are woven into the story seamlessly. Along the way, you can't miss the lessons in family love, encouragement and loyalty. The last chapter brings this all together with encouraging each child to persevere through all of life's trial and tribulations. The pictures of the farm, you and the horses help the reader remember this is not a novel, but a true story of someone who overcame great odds. Your teacher mode came out with the questions and answers at the end. All aspects were well thought out and brought together so well. I highly recommend "My Life at Sweetbrier: A Life Changed by Horses".

copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Celebrate the small things

Hi everyone,
I hope you've had a great week. Be sure to stop by to see what she and her co-hosts have to say. I hope Lexa is feeling better.
What are you celebrating this week?
Here's what we're celebrating:

  • I finished the first draft of my story about our dog, Elliott. Hoping when it's finished, it shows his personality.
  • Emails from my sister who lives in another country. I miss her lots so when we keep in touch, it's fun Sometimes we have Skype chats. So far, she's enjoying her new home.
  • Making good progress catching up with book reviews. I was feeling sad after Elliott passed away so I got way behind with them.
Happy weekend everyone


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Celebrate the Small things

Hi everyone,
It's almost Friday again so let's celebrate anything we want. Hop on over to to see what's happening there. We hope Lexa is feeling much better and ready to start blogging again.
Here's what we're celebrating this week:

  • I started a new picture book about our dog, Elliott. You might remember he passed away last month and we miss him lots because he was part of the family for more than 13 years. We used to tell our sons that he was their brother and he didn't look like them because he was adopted.
  • Working on reviewing more books and making good progress with it.
  • Had a fun conversation with my friend Charlene today.
What are you celebrating this week? Hope you have lots to share.
copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

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What if you're discouraged?

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What if you're an author who's feeling discouraged? Maybe you're struggling to finish (or even start) a story?  What if you don't have any ideas for a story? Has marketing been a challenge? Your story was rejected? Here are some suggestions:
  • Let's say you're looking for an idea for a great story. Did you have funny or memorable experiences as a child? Did you have a relative you always made you laugh or who gave you amazing advice? You can use these things as a basis for a story. Start writing and see where it takes you. Remember, starting is often the hardest part.
  • In my view, marketing is the biggest challenge. Try engaging more people on your twitter or Facebook network. Be as helpful as you can with them. Retweet for them, or post reviews for them. They'll generally appreciate your efforts. If you wrote a children's picture book, contact the local library about doing a reading. Find ways to get people talking about your book.
  • If your story or article was rejected, try re-editing it. How is the grammar and spelling? Did you miss typos? Are the tenses consistent? Have you included enough conflict to keep the reader turning pages? If you find any of these problems and remedy them, you'd be surprised the difference it can make in your story.r
  • Read your story aloud. How does it sound to you? Do you hear overused  words like that, I guess, maybe, somewhat, rather, very? If you find them, delete them. You'll be glad you did.
I hope these suggestions help encourage you to persevere. In my opinion, perseverance plays a big part on the road to success.

copyright; 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Celebrate the small things

Hi Everyone,
I hope you had a great week with lots to celebrate. Don't forget to stop by to see what's happening there. Hopefully, she'll be feeling better and is able to give us an update.
Here's what we're celebrating this week:

  • Not much rain, which is good because the grass and weeds don't grow as fast. :)
  • We got a little blender system called the Magic Bullet. Have any of you tried it? It's fun and we've made some nice smoothies and other things with it.
  • My author friend, Virginia Wright, featured my new book on her blog this week. She also has a new coloring book out, called "Practice Your Way to Perfect; Seashore Coloring Book. It's another beautiful creation, written and illustrated by Virginia.
  • I'm enjoying reading another author friend, Janice Spina's new middle grade mystery, The Case of the Mischievous Ghost, part of her Davey and Derek series.
What are you celebrating this week? Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.

copyright: 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

What if?

Let's imagine you wrote a story. You thought it was ready for your publisher, but when you read it, something didn't seem right. It's seems flat to you. Here are some things you might check out before it  goes to your editor:

  • Is the opening engaging? Does it make your readers want to know what happens next?
  • What if you develop your main character more? Show his/her personality. Remember you want your readers to identify with this "person." Will your readers root for his success?
  • What if you change the ending? Does it tie up the loose ends in the story? Or does it leave them wondering what happened.
  • What if you check your story for overused words, or words you don't need. Some of these include; that, maybe, some, any, somewhat, I guess, I think, etc. Also, do you have two sentences starting with the same word, i.e. She.. or He.. If so, think about revising those sentences.
  • Did you include good descriptions of the scenes so your readers feel like they're taking the journey with you? Remember, you need to draw them into the story so they can't wait to turn the pages.