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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Celebrate the Small Things

Hi Everyone,
It's Friday again so we get to celebrate anything we want. Hop on over to to see what she and her blogging partners have to say.
 Here's what we're celebrating this week:

  • I'm waiting for the printed proof of my new book, My Life at Sweetbrier-A Life Changed by Horses, to come in the mail. Once we check it for any necessary changes, we'll be ready to set a release date. A huge thank you to the three people who wrote amazing endorsements for the back cover.
  • My sister and brother-in-law had a fun vacation. They'll be home tonight.
  • One of our son's friends is adopting a young dog from the same rescue place where he got his little dog, George. Our son is going to meet the little dog this weekend. He's really looking forward to it.
  • Our other son is nearly finished with school for the year. He has one more final. We're so proud of his grades and his dedication to his job and schoolwork.
  • A little shopping spree using a gift card from our amazing sons.
What are you celebrating this week?

Video by Rhonda Patton:

Copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Kid's books: Heroes

Do you love kid’s books where the hero emerges to save the day? Do you know any real-life heroes? If you’ve heard of Riley John from Alaska, you might know why he’s being hailed as a hero. One day, Riley  John and his friend, Seth Gerrin, went out for a walk. But in an instant, they’d know why this wasn’t going to be a normal day, or an uneventful walk. Riley noticed a small boy slipped off the bridge and fell into the water.  What was Riley’s reaction?
“He flew down and I was like ‘Oh my God, that’s a really far drop. He hit a rock really hard. He then fell into the water,” Riley told Inside Edition.  “I really don’t know what I was thinking. I reacted as fast I could.”

“He flew down and I was like ‘Oh my God, that’s a really far drop. He hit a rock really hard. He then fell into the water,” Riley told Inside Edition.  “I really don’t know what I was thinking. I reacted as fast I could.”
What happened next?”Securing a grip on the water-soaked clothes worn by Mason Varner, he was able to pull the boy into a safer part of the river. When Riley’s strength failed, he then passed the body off to Seth, who ran Mason to paramedics. ”
Clearly, Riley’s bravery and quick reaction, saved little Mason’s life. Riley and Seth may be shy young men because they left before meeting Mason’s Mom. In fact, his mom had to post a plea on Facebook, asking if anyone knew who the two young men were who rescued her son. Eventually, she got the information she needed. What happened next? The governor presented the boys with a special award, along with other surprises.
Illustration by Holly Humphrys-Bajaj
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Celebrate the small things..

Hi everyone,
It's almost Friday again so the good thing is we can celebrate whatever we want. Hop on over to to see what Lexa and her blogging partners have to say. Here's what we're celebrating this week:

  • One of our sons returned safely from a truck competition in Utah.
  • Lots of work was done on my new book. It should be going to the printer's soon.
  • On a sad note, my friend's Mom passed away. but we will celebrate the life she had, with many great accomplishments and friends who loved her. The lady who passed away was an accomplished violinist and a chemist. She had many talents.
  • My author friend, Deb Hockenberry, i shaving her first interview this week. Congratulations, Deb.

New video by Rhonda Patton:

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

New Video by Rhonda Patton!

Here's the link to a new video by Rhonda Patton. Please check it  out and find out more about my new book, which will be coming soon from Monday Creek Publishing.

copyright: 2017: Deanie Humprys-Dunne

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Celebrate the Small Things

Hi everyone,
Another Friday is almost here so let's celebrate whatever we can and remember to stop by to see what's happening there. Here's what we're celebrating:

  • Easter is almost here. Happy Easter to all of you who celebrate it. May it be a wonderful new beginning for you and your families.
  • It's been a disappointing week for us, but we are happy to report one of our sons will be featured in a magazine with his big blue truck! A reporter interviewed him while he was in a competition. Congratulations, Shane! We're proud of you.
  • My new book, My Life at Sweetbrier-A Life Changed by Horses is almost ready. So excited about that. Thank you to all of you who will be either featuring it on your blog, or reviewing it.
Have a great weekend, everyone and thanks for stopping by.
copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Interview about An Angel Among Us, by Janice Spina

"Hi everyone, today I have the pleasure and honor of welcoming my friend, award-winning author, Janice Spina. We're going to discuss her new book An Angel Among Us. I'm so excited to have you here today, Janice. 
"You're welcome, Deanie. It's always fun to chat with you."

Tell me about your new book An Angel Among Us
This book is dedicated to my friend, Anne Gillis Benedetto, who passed in January of 2017 from breast cancer. A few months before her death I had started this short story collection and decided to write a story just for Anne and dedicate the complete collection to her. It was a labor of love. I was fortunate enough to complete Anne’s story and send it to her before her death. Anne was thrilled with the story and honored to have the book dedicated to her.
 An Angel Among Us is an eclectic collection of genres – romance, grief/loss, sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, paranormal, suspense, and a little bit of horror. I thoroughly enjoyed writing this collection and hope to write another one in the next year or so.
I've read and reviewed this wonderful book. I agree there is a story in this collection that would appeal to everyone.

 Do you have a favorite story from this collection?
Yes, the first story which was dedicated to my friend means the most to me and is the title of the book. I feel it is my last connection to Anne while she was alive.
 I know your friend, Anne is proud and honored by your accomplishments.

How did you get the idea for your book?
Since the collection is of multiple genre my ideas came in different ways. Some of my ideas I received in the form of dreams, everyday life, or just something that I saw on TV or in the movies that spurned my creativity.
You have a great imagination, Janice. It's a big help for an author, don't you think? :)
 What would you most like readers to remember about this book?
I hope readers will enjoy the eclectic mix of stories, some with a twist or a bit of surprise in the ending. Those who knew my friend, I hope, will remember her story.
I have no doubt many readers, as well as your friends, will love these stories.

Are you working on any projects now?
Yes, I am currently working on Book 5 of the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. This book will introduce two new characters, girls who are cousins. These girls will have their own series next year. This book will be coming out in the next month or so.
 Also, my husband/illustrator is working on illustrations for a new children’s book about a giraffe that is dedicated to a little boy by the request of his grandmother. I have two more projects waiting for my attention, a re-edit of my first novel, Hunting Mariah, and writing its sequel. These two projects I hope to complete before the end of 2017.
My goodness, you are a busy lady, Janice. We have lots to look forward to with all of your amazing stories. I can't wait to read them.
 If you were advising an author or prospective author, what would you tell them?
Believe in yourself and never give up doing what you love to do – write. Don’t let anyone discourage you from meeting your goals. Most of all write every day in some form so that you will hone your skills. Learn all you can from others online and by reading their books.
That's perfect advice Janice. We all have discouraging moments, when we need to focus on our goals and our passion for writing.
 What do you think is your most effective marketing method?
I feel that the most effective marketing method is…boy, I wish I knew. I use Facebook to keep my readers up-to-date on what I am doing, Twitter to spread the word about new books, Goodreads for meeting other authors and doing giveaways to capture the attention of more readers, and my blog and website for posting updates and providing places to purchase my books. With the help of wonderful online friends like you, Deanie, word is being spread about my books on their blogs. For this, I am truly grateful.
 Word of mouth is the best way to get the word out there about an author’s books.
Marketing can be a huge challenge, but you have given us some good advice. Thank you for the compliment. I'm always happy to help other authors. We can accomplish a lot together.
 What has been your proudest moment so far, as an award-winning author?
That is a good question, Deanie. I felt proudest when I first became an author at the young age of 65 after wanting to accomplish this since I was nine years old. The rest is frosting on the proverbial cake. I was shocked to receive five awards but eternally grateful and humbled to be recognized.
 The main thing I want to accomplish is to see children of all ages reading my books. Then I will know that I am doing something worthwhile.
As my motto says: Reading Gives You Wings to Fly! Soar with Jemsbooks!
You have a great motto, Janice. Reading can take us on unbelievable adventures. You should be proud of all of your accomplishments. It's no surprise you have many fans.
 Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Yes, I want to take a moment to thank you for all that you do to help me and other authors by posting our work on your blog. You are a wonderful support and I am grateful for your friendship. Blessings to you and your readers, Deanie.
 I do want to add that it is of utmost importance that parents and caretakers read to their children daily to help instill a love of reading in their children that will last a lifetime.
Thank you so much, Janice. I love helping you, and other authors. It is most important for parents and caretakers to spend time reading to children. It makes a world of difference to them in so many ways.
 Also, I love to hear from readers and welcome reviews.
Yes, we authors love to hear from our readers. It's a rewarding part of being an author.
 Please include any pictures, covers and links you’d like.
Here are the links to purchase my fifteen books:

Amazon Author Page (all books):

Barnes & Noble: Children’s Books

An Angel Among Us – Barnes & Noble:

Follow me online:

FB Children’s books:
"Thank you, everyone, for stopping by to read this interview with amazing author, Janice Spina."

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Celebrate the Small things

Hi everyone,
Can you believe another Friday is here? It's been a busy week.  I hope you all have super things to celebrate this week. Be sure to stop by to see what everyone has to say.

Here's what we're celebrating this week:

  • My husband got the job he wanted, in his profession, physical therapy. He'll be working in home health, his favorite setting. So proud of all his talents.
  • My new book, My Life at Sweetbrier-A Life Changed by Horses, is edited and will be released shortly. If any of you would like to feature something on your blog when it's released, I'd be so honored. You can check it out here:

  • Our son got a promotion at work and he's very pleased with everything so far.
  • Easter will be here soon so my husband can drink coffee again, He gives it up every year for Lent. Don't you think he should get the medal of honor, or the purple heart? I don't think I'd get much done without it. What do you think?
What are you celebrating this week?