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Friday, May 19, 2017

Colleen’s #Book #Reviews – “My Life at Sweetbrier: A Life Changed by Horses “ by Author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

  • Title:  My Life at Sweetbrier: A Life Changed by Horses
  • Author: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
  • File Size: 1264 KB
  • Print Length:  142 Pages
  • Publisher: Monday Creek Publishing
  • Publication Date: May 12, 2017
  • Sold By: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0711P67DM
  • ISBN-10: 069287898X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692878989
  • Formats: Paperback and Kindle
  • Goodreads
  • Genres: Children’s literature, Autobiographical
    *I was given an advanced reader’s copy of this book by the author for review purposes*
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?
Do you love horses and stories filled with courage and inspiration? Young, Deanie Humphreys was born a preemie with the debilitating disease called cerebral palsy. At birth, a portion of her brain was damaged. The result was that Deanie had difficulty walking. Now, for most kids, this would be enough to limit their physical activities for life. But Deanie’s father made a huge decision that changed her life. He said, “I’m going to teach you to ride, and you’ll be fine.”
That single decision changed Deanie’s life forever. Deanie took her first steps at four years old. With the grit and determination of someone much older than herself, she set out to prove the doctors wrong. And, let me tell you. Deanie’s journey is filled with the hopes and joys that only reaching for your dreams and succeeding can bring. It was the ability to ride a horse that gave Deanie the freedom and normality she craved.
My Life at Sweetbrier: A Life Changed by Horses, is Deanie’s story based on memories and photos from her childhood. The book is written for children of all ages and filled with the kind of stories that everyone can easily relate to. The underlying theme is clear – perseverance pays off – never give up on your dreams.
I laughed and cried with the young Deanie, and I felt her pain at not being like the other kids. This is the kind of book you want to read and discuss with your children, talking about empathy for those who are different; while at the same time, encouraging children to not just accept their lot in life. The author writes:
“…it is wise to use your challenges to motivate you toward your goals because when you’ve conquered one obstacle, you’ve gained the confidence to tackle your next challenge.”
Also, at the back of the book, the author provides a quiz for the reader to pull from their memory the finer points of the story. Answers are provided giving an additional learning opportunity.
I loved this sweet story of courage in the face of adversity. It was a poignant story of perseverance and motivation to never give up on your dreams. Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is a real champion and motivator. Her journey will inspire you to reach for the stars.
Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 stars

Author, Deanie Humphreys-Dunne, and Peach: Reserve Champions, Mrs. Foster’s Farm Photo Courtesy of Bob Moseder Photography
About the Author
Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is an award-winning children’s author who loves writing captivating books that teach children life lessons. She has 5 books published: Tails of Sweetbrier, Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star, Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes, and Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog.
My tales of Sweetbrier details Deanie’s childhood on a horse farm. What if your one desire was to become a champion equestrian? But your parents were told you’d never walk. What happens next? This true story will inspire your child to never give up on his/her dreams.
Deanie’s other books are told by the farm animals. They’re humorous stories you child will love. Recently, Deanie was featured on a WTNH.Com/CTStyle television program.
Please stop by Deanie’s new You’ll find inspiring stories about real-life children there!
Awards for Tails of Sweetbrier:
CLIPPA finalist (2014)
Feathered Quill Book Awards silver medal (2014)
Purple Dragonfly Book Award: (2015)
Reader’s Favorite Silver Medal: (2016)
Author Award from the (2015)
Here’s where you can find Deanie:
Twitter: @DeanieHDunne
Thanks for stopping by to meet Deanie ❤

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Celebrate the small things..

Hi everyone,
Hope you had a great week. Be sure to stop by to see what's going on with her blogging partners and followers.

Here's what we're cheering about this week:

  • Hooray my new book is finally out. Special shout outs to Janice Spina, and Julie Flanders who have already written beautiful blogs to help us celebrate the release of My Life at Sweetbrier-A Life Changed by Horses. Tomorrow Colleen Chesebro and Lexa Cain will be posting about it so they get advanced thanks for their work on behalf of my book. Also, special thanks to the people who have already posted reviews for the new book.
  • A wonderful Mother's Day with our sons. They spent time with us,worked on my website to update it for the new book and bought yummy pizzas for us.
  • Warm weather-Hooray!
  • Connecting with a friend from a long time ago.
  • If you'd like to read Julie's blog and Lexa's, please visit: and
What are you celebrating this week?
Thanks for stopping by everyone. Enjoy your week.

copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

My Life at Sweetbrier by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne and Marked Beauty by Sheri Larson

My Life at Sweetbrier by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne and Marked Beauty by Sheri Larson

Hello, all! I'm still focused on writing and taking a break from blogging until the June IWSG, but I wanted to pop in and help spread the word about new books from two great blogging friends. First up, My Life at Sweetbrier by Deanie Humphys-Dunne

I read an advanced copy of this book and it is a wonderful five star read!! This is the true story of Deanie's life as a disabled child who dreamed of becoming a championship horseback rider. When doctors tell her parents Deanie would never walk, let alone ride, Deanie and her family set out to prove those doctors wrong. Will Deanie succeed?

A beautiful and touching story of overcoming adversity, My Life at Sweetbrier also celebrates the heartwarming bond between humans and animals. It's a great read for animal lovers and anyone who enjoys an uplifting story about never giving up on a dream.

For more about My Life at Sweetbrier, visit the publisher's website. Congratulations and best wishes, Deanie!!you can also visit Deanie's website:

Also, I'm participating in the cover reveal for Marked Beauty by S. A. Larsen! It's a gorgeous cover and the book is sure to be a great read. Congratulations, Sheri!

Title: Marked Beauty
Author: S.A. Larsen
Publisher: Ellysian Press
Release Date: October 2017

Uncovering hidden secrets can sometimes kill you . . . or worse, steal your soul.
Anastasia Tate has a secret. She can feel the emotions of others through their life energy auras. Not a welcome gift for a teenager. Especially when a sinister presence begins stalking her.
Viktor Castle also has a secret. He’s tasked with protecting humanity yet cursed by an ancient evil to destroy it.
After Viktor saves Ana’s life, her abilities grow stronger. Drawn together, she senses Viktor has answers to lifelong questions. Only he shuns her at every turn, knowing he has saved her only to put her in more danger.
As Ana struggles with her attraction to Viktor, he tries everything to bury his unexpected feelings for her. But they must find a middle ground. For only together can they combat the dark forces threatening both their lives . . . and their souls.


About the Author
S.A. LARSEN is the author of the award-winning novel Motley Education, the first book in a fantasy-adventure series for middle grade readers. Her work has appeared in numerous local publications and young adult anthologies Gears of Brass and Under A Brass Moon by Curiosity Quills Press. Marked Beauty is her debut young adult novel. Find her in the land of snowy winters and the occasional Eh’ya with her husband of over twenty-five years, four children, a playful pooch, and three kittens. Visit her cyber home anytime at
Connect with her on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Blog | Goodreads

This is a #hashtag giveaway, where two lucky winners will receive a FREE eBook of Marked Beauty upon its release.
To participate: 
  • Share one of the premade images via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Or write up a blog post using one of the images.
  • Include #MarkedBeauty in your description.
  • for more information, visit Julie's blog:
copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Celebrate the small things

Hi Everyone, Welcome to another Friday celebration! Special thanks to Lexa Cain for hosting this blog. The purpose is to celebrate anything we want that happened during the week. Be sure to stop by to see what's got everyone excited.
Here's what we're celebrating this week:

  • My new book, My Life at Sweetbrier-A Life Changed by Horses, is launching today! I'm not sure yet if it will be on Amazon on May 12 but you can find out more about it from the publisher's website:
  • Update: it will be online everywhere tomorrow May 13!
  • Amazon link:

  • A 5-star review for the new book from Reader's Favorites. Plus 2 new 5-star reviews for my books, Charlie the Horse and Charlene the Star. Thank you to Barbara Mojica and Patricia Moore.

  • Special thanks to everyone who has agreed to mention my book on their blog and/or review it. I so appreciate your support.
  • Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms, Grandmas, Moms-to-be, who have come by to visit this blog. I hope you all have a wonderful day with your families. Where would we be without you?
         What are you celebrating? Have a great week, everyone.
copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

My Life At Sweetbrier-A Life Changed by Horses-Now Available!

Hi everyone,
I'm thrilled to announce my new book, My Life at Sweetbrier-A Life Changed by Horses will be released Saturday, May 13!.

My Life at Sweetbrier:                      
A Life Changed by Horses
by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
Now Available!
Amazon link:
My Life at Sweetbrier from Amazon

Enter to win one of five copies:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

My Life at Sweetbrier by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

My Life at Sweetbrier

by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Giveaway ends July 21, 2017.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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Here is a blurb about the book:

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?  Copyright (c) 2017. All rights reserved. 
Here are the endorsements on the back cover:
This book is a fantastic read for children! It shows them weather or not you have a disability you can accomplish anything you want and shows you never to give up! Her writing style helps you feel like you’re with her, sharing every part of her journey. Charlene Johnson Dunworth Creery, former equestrian instructor.
Deanie was my first riding teacher. Her determination and kind manner helped me learn how to persevere and become a good rider. Deanie's writing draws you into her story and you share in her experiences. She is as encouraging in her writing as she is in person. Deanie not only taught me how to ride a horse, but also how to always follow your dream. Her book shows you that you can follow your dream with a grateful heart no matter what obstacles you have to overcome. Deanie brings her close relationship with her family to life in her story. She shows how each of the horses and ponies have their own personality and how she worked to figure out how to form a partnership with them. My Life At Sweetbrier is a wonderful story that makes you eager to find out what adventure Deanie will encounter next. 
Alexis Kiss M.S.Psycholgy, former ARICP riding instructor
My Life at Sweetbrier is a wonderful book about courage and determination and succeeding despite difficult circumstances. Three generations of my family learned to ride at Sweetbrier Farm. Deanie and her family taught me both horse and life lessons that I will never forget and inspired me to go on and own a farm of my own and teach others to ride. I plan to have all my students read this inspirational book. 
Jill Kulmann, owner of Epic Farm, Middlefield, CT
And an excerpt from the 5-star Reader's Favorite Review:
"This is Deanie’s story. My Life at Sweetbrier: A Life Changed by Horses is a motivating memoir by a remarkable horsewoman, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne. The memoir is written to inspire readers of all ages to work towards their goals, their dreams, and to never give up. Deanie and her parents never gave up. Even when she fell from her horse, or her leg was trampled by a frightened horse,
Review by Emily-Jane Hills-Orford
A compelling testimony to the life-transforming ripple effects of love, support and determination!May 16, 2017
This review is from: My Life at Sweetbrier: A Life Changed by Horses (Kindle Edition)
The powerful message of this masterfully written and beautifully illustrated autobiographical book is to always stay positive, never lose hope, and always try your best. This is the inspirational story of a determined little girl who adopted such a courageous “can do” attitude.. It is also the story of a loving father and a supportive family who also adopted the potent “can do!” antidote to adversity..... a compelling testimony to the life-transforming ripple effects of love, support and determination. A must-read for readers of all ages!
ONE STEP AT A TIME...May 16, 2017
This review is from: My Life at Sweetbrier: A Life Changed by Horses (Paperback)
This book is an inspiring autobiography that will be a source of hope and model of perseverance for anyone who has a physical handicap. The author was born with cerebral palsy; she did not take her first steps until the age of four. One dream kept her moving forward; she loved horses and wanted to ride. Her father bought a horse farm in Easton, Connecticut and encouraged his daughter to overcome all obstacles to achieve that dream. Deanie grew up in this rambling yellow Victorian house surrounded by sweetbriar roses. She faced many setbacks, including her physical disabilities and a disastrous fire. Despite all of these, Deanie persevered until she became a champion.
Middle-grade students who have faced handicaps or bullying will find solace and hope in this tale. The author introduces her readers to a loving family and the tender relationships between the family and their horses. Recommend the series for any reader age eight and over.
Parents of special needs children and special education teachers might want to consider this book as a read aloud.
A Book About True Grit…May 16, 2017

by Theodore J. Cohen:
 As chronicled in “My Life at Sweetbrier”—a ‘can do’ story if ever there were on—the reader will learn of the struggles and the tears, the disappointments and setbacks, and finally, the joys and the triumphs that mark those among us with the courage to ‘play the hand we are dealt’ and live life on OUR terms. ... Whether or not your life has been touched by adversity, you and your children will enjoy this heartwarming story. As well, there isn’t a person I know who couldn’t learn something about overcoming the obstacles thrown in our paths by simply reading the Deanie Humphrys-Dunne’s new book.
I give it FIVE STARS all the way.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Celebrate the small things

Hi everyone,
Another Friday is almost here. That means we can celebrate whatever we want. Be sure to stop by to see what everyone is happy about.
Here's what we're celebrating this week:

Wilbur got some compliments so he wanted everyone to see how cute he is. What do you think?
  • My sister and brother-in-law returned safely from their vacation. They had a great time and met some nice people.
  • One of our sons made the Dean's List. We're so proud of him.
  • I'm still waiting for the print copy of my new children's book, but some of you who have been kind enough to offer to review it have given it lovely comments. We're expecting it this week.
  • We have 3 great endorsements of the new book for the back cover.  Big thank you to the people who wrote them.
  • Wilbur, our little lawn tractor woke up after his long winter's nap and worked hard to mow the grass last weekend for the first time this year. We love Wilbur.
  • We had a freak accident last week and one of my teeth got broken,but our dentist fixed it up better than new.
  • A visit and pizza party with our younger son.
Thank you to all of you who stop by. You're the best. 
What are you celebrating this week? Wishing you a great week.

New video by Rhonda Patton:


copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Insecure Writer's Support Group

Hi everyone,
As you may know, every first Wednesday of the month, we write about our insecurities and answer a question from Alex. J. Cavanaugh  and his blogging partners. Be sure to stop by and see what everyone has to say this month.

The question this month is: What's the weirdest/coolest thing you ever had to research?

Here's my answer to the question:

When I was a student with the Institute of Children's Literature, I chose to write about George Washington. It was fun to learn little trivia that most people may not know. For example, did you know George always had trouble with spelling? He couldn't remember if cough should be cough or coff. Also, he loved good manners and he wrote several books on the subject. I had fun studying about the things George liked and disliked.
This month my insecurities have to do with editing. I've spent a lot of time editing my new book and still, I don't feel confident about it. Thankfully, my publisher, Gina McKnight of Monday Creek Publishing, was helpful.  I think no matter how much time you spend on writing, there is always more to learn.I remember thinking the same about horseback riding :)
What are your insecurities this month?


copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne