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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Christine's review of Charlene the Star!

Charlene the Star by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Children’s author Deanie Humprhys-Dunne has recently done a revised edition of Charlene the Star. This delightful children’s story has a wonderful life lesson. It explores the concept of finding what you do well – and that which you enjoy – and pursuing this.
Charlene the Star by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
Charlene the Star by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
This is the first book in the Charlene the Star series. Charlene is a beautiful chestnut filly with a rich red coat. She is a thoroughbred with a family that has performed well on the track. Although she grows up in a beautiful home and is well cared for, Charlene questions if there might be more to life than running. She just doesn’t seem to have the heart for it.
Following her mother’s wise advice, Charlene decides to give racing a go. After all, it is anticipated that she will do it well – and enjoy it. When this doesn’t seem to be the case, Charlene remembers another piece of advice from her mother. She was told to try her best but if she didn’t like racing, then to find a way to let her trainer and exercise rider know.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Colleen’s #Book #Reviews – “Charlene the Star,” by Deanie Humphrys Dunne
Please stop by to check out Colleen Chesebro's wonderful post about Charlene the Star. Here are some excerpts:
Charlene the Star is a sweet story for young readers who love horses or animals in general. In the beginning, soon after Charlene is born, she learns that she has been born into a family of racehorses. Of course, her family wants her to follow in their footsteps (literally). However, this is a tough act for her to follow. Charlene soon discovers that being a racehorse just isn’t something she enjoys which causes her to have an identity crisis about what her role in life should be.
One thing Charlene does love is jumping, and that leads her to a major life opportunity. She visits the Jumping for Joy Ranch and is introduced to rail jumping, and she ends up excelling at the sport. In fact, after much practice, she proves to be so good that she wins a first and second place ribbon while participating in a competition.
“Deanie Humphrys-Dunne was blessed with the wonderful gift of telling inspiring stories that encourage children to believe in themselves, work hard and achieve their own unique and special dreams. As we well know from our human experience, it is not easy to be born into a family of super-high-achievers.
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copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Celebrate the small things

Friday is here again so we look for things to celebrate. Be sure to stop by to see what everyone has to say.
Here's what we're celebrating this week:

  • This week has been another frazzling one, but this is bounce back day so all is well.
  • NO  snow is forecast next week.
  • Charlene the Star is finally out in the revised format. We were having fits trying to get everything just right.
  • I saw some fantastic horse races recently and some good movies..
  • Sent surprises to my husband and sons for Valentine's Day. I love doing that.
  • A special shout out to Julie Flanders who featured my new book, Charlene the Star, on her blog. You can read her comments here:

What are you celebrating?
Have a great week.

copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Author Deanie Dunne with New Edition of Charlene the Star!

Please welcome today inspirational writer and award-winning author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne, and her creative books. Charlene the Star is in its second edition and more beautiful than ever!
Charlene the Star was born into a family of famous racehorses. Unlike her big brother, Charlie, Charlene decides she doesn’t like racing. How will she explain this to her mom? How does she show her trainers she doesn’t like racing? Will she become a model instead? Will Charlene discover her natural gift? Her career path takes many twists and turns before she finds her place to shine. You’ll love reading about Charlene’s adventures. She may surprise you with her unusual talent.
Charlene the Star is first in the series of Charlene the Star books. The others are Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes and Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog. In addition, she wrote an award-winning children’s autobiography, Tails of Sweetbrier and a fictional story, Charlie the Horse. Her books have won a number of awards and recognitions.
All of Deanie’s books are beautifully illustrated by her sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj.
Here are two incredible illustrations from the book.
Now available on Amazon , Create Space and Kindle.


and website, another blog:

Thank you, Deanie, for stopping by today to share your beautiful book with me and my readers.

I have read all of Deanie’s creative and inspirational books with the beautiful illustrations and covers by her talented sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj. All ages enjoy them. Please check out all Deanie’s lovely books today.
Here is my review of Charlene the Star:

5 Stars A Unique and Inspiring Story for Children
Paperback: May 2, 2013
Charlene the Star is a wonderfully unique story for children of all ages. The writer speaks for the characters in a charming and irresistible way. She teaches children the importance of being yourself and if you work hard you will reach your goals. Charlene is a beautiful horse who comes from a long line of champion race horses. She does not, however, want to race. She has other dreams and goals. Charlene has friends who help and support her along the way. I wrote a more extensive review on my blog at This book is a sweet and sensitive story. The author, Deanie H. Dunne, has written a sequel to this book, Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes which is equally entertaining.
Thank you, readers, for stopping by.
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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Celebrate the Small things..

Well, it's almost Friday and that means it's time to celebrate. Also time to hop over to t see what's happening there.
Hope you've had a great week.
Here's what we're celebrating:

  • My revised book, Charlene the Star is out!! So excited to share the news. If you'd like to find out more, here is the link to CreateSpace:
  • Amazon is having some issues with links, but it should be fixed soon. You can see the Kindle link here:
  •  But the paperback one they're using now is for the old version.
  • A big snowstorm! I don't like snow much, but today we'll celebrate we're not driving around in it.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.

An interview with Charlene the Star

"Hi everyone, today we're excited to interview the beautiful red horse, Charlene the Star. "Good morning, Charlene. Thank you so much for stopping by to chat today."
"You're welcome, Deanie. I'm so excited to be here."
"I know everyone is excited your new book is out now so we'll get right to the questions, Charlene."
"Oh, I can't wait," said, Charlene, stomping her hoof.

Charlene, can you tell us something about your story?
I'd love to, Deanie. The story starts when I'm a baby. My mom told me about racing. She said everyone in my family loves racing and she'd love to coach me in it when I grew up. Of course, I wanted to know what racehorses do, so I asked about that. She told me they love to run fast. The thing is, I wasn't so sure I'd like it, the way my friends Blossom and Ann did. But Mama said I had to try it anyway, yuck. I stomped my foot to let her know I didn't like that idea.It turned out I had to go to Sweetbrier Racing Stable to learn about racing.
Your mom seems like a wise horse, Charlene. She knew you had to try racing or you wouldn't know if you liked it or not.
What happened when you tried racing?
Yikes, I tried it, but it didn't seem like fun at all. I would've made a horrible racehorse, I think. It was a little tricky trying to show my trainers I was bored with racing.

How did you show the trainers racing wasn't fun?
I gave them lots of hints. I yawned. But in case that didn't help, I had a tantrum in the middle of the racetrack. Finally, they figured it out.
You were clever to plan different ways to show them, Charlene.
What happened next?
 I can't tell you everything about the story, Deanie. That would spoil the surprise for my readers. But I did discover I have a special talent. I really love what I do.
I"m glad to hear that, Charlene. It's important to love your job. I love writing for children, too. I understand why you don't want to tell everyone what you like to do. I thought you might let it slip out, but you're too smart for that. :)
Did you ask your friend, Elliott, to come for the interview? I was hoping he'd stop by.
I did, Deanie, but he was doing an interview with someone else today. He said he's sorry to have missed our chat. But he asked me to remind you to share our cover so our fans will know what I look like. He loved being one of the heroes in the story. He and I love the new cover, by the way.
Would you like to add anything else, Charlene?

Yes, anyone who would like to find out more about my book can go to this link:
or this one:
 My book will be on Kindle very soon. I'd love to hear from my fans about how they enjoy my story.
Thank you so much for spending time with me today, Charlene. We had a great time together.
Baby Charlene and her mama

copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Celebrate the Small things.

Hi everyone,
Another Friday is almost here so it's time to celebrate whatever we want. Be sure to hop over to to see what everyone is cheering about. Here's what we're celebrating this week:

  • We've had horrible colds this week, but they're finally packing up and leaving.
  • Groundhog Day: once we reach this part of the winter, I pretend spring is almost here. If the groundhog says an early spring, he's my hero. If not, I pretend he doesn't know anything. :) This year, 2 of the little fellows are having a dispute. One says early spring and the other says 6 more weeks of winter. They may have to go to arbitration. But, I just found out the CT groundhog, Chuckles, predicts an early spring. Way to go, Chuckles!
  • My sister and brother-in-law's new company is now open. It's called GoSparen. If any of you need rides to LGA, EWR, or JFK airports, check out Their limos will pick you up at home and take you to the airport or vice-versa. It's much less expensive because they pool with other riders so you have no hassle and less traffic, too. You'll save about 40% off regular fares.
What are you celebrating this week?

Copyright 2017 Deanie Humphrys-Dunne