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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Celebrate the small things

Hi Everyone,
How was your week? Be sure to let me know what you're celebrating this week. Stop by to find out what she and her fellow bloggers have to say.
Here's what we're celebrating this week:

  • Some good progress with editing 2 of my books.
  • Charlene the Star (revised) should be out in a few days. We're excited about that.
  • A local bookstore will be selling our books.
That's the good news from here. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.

copyright 2017 Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Coming Soon: Revised version of Charlene the Star!

We have a big announcement today. A revised edition of Charlene the Star will be available shortly. Stay tuned for more updates. Here is the back of the book text from Charlene the Star:

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 a children’s autobiography called Tails of Sweetbrier, as well as Charlie the Horse.
 All of Deanie's books have won  "The Fifty Great Books You Should Be Reading" award from, Deanie enjoys spending time with her family and their dog, Elliott. She also likes watching equestrian events, figure skating, and baseball.
Holly’s passion for Art began at an early age under the guidance of renowned artist, Ray Quigley. She earned a Fine Arts degree from Southern Methodist University. She devotes her talents to equestrian and family portraits, along with children’s book illustrations.

 copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Monday, January 16, 2017

What's your goal?

Hi everyone,
Do you believe in setting goals? I think it's a good idea because you have something to work toward. But make your goals realistic. Don't write down you want to make a million dollars this week, or lose 10 lbs in a week. You want to set yourself up for success so keep that in mind. You'll build your confidence along the way.
For example, what if you want to lose 5 lbs. in the next 6 weeks? The first thing to do is write it down because you can review it whenever you want and it'll help keep you focused. Are you an author?Write down your goals as an author. Would you like to sell a certain number of books? Write 3 books this year? Remember, add that to your list if it's one of your goals.
As a children's author, I believe every child deserves to be inspired to follow his/ her dreams.My goal is to reach as many children as possible. My books, Tails of Sweetbrier, Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star and Hattie's Heroes, and Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog, all share valuable life lessons like sharing and helping others.
What are your goals for this year?
For more information on my books, please visit my website:
copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Interview with amazing author/illustrator, Virginia Wright

"Thank you so much for inviting me on your blog, Deanie. I feel honored to be your guest author.  Big Bear Hugs, –Virginia
 How long have you been an author? In 1981, when I sold my first writing to a regional publication Washington County Magazine, is when I consider myself first published. After that, while raising my children, I would write and then tuck away my writings, thinking that one day I might get back to writing. Then it wasn’t until after my mother died in 2007 when I was going through her cedar chest, and I found a yellowed envelope with coffee stains on it that I opened up and inside were old manuscripts that I had given my mother to hold onto. I started writing again as a method of healing the loss of my mum.
I'm glad you found that envelope, Virginia and so are your readers and fans. You're a gifted author and illustrator.
Is it something you always dreamed about? Yes, being a writer is always something I wanted to do, ever since being a young girl I put words to paper. I can remember sitting on the veranda of the house I grew up in with pen and pad in hand—back then, I wrote mostly poetry and haikus. My excitement for writing was realized in 1981, and it continued to grow!
It's important to follow your dreams and use your natural talents, as you are.

How did you get the idea for the story? I got the idea for Buzzzzzzzz What Honeybees Do from being a beekeeper.  But I would like to add to that statement because the book is dedicated to my granddaughter Abigail for a good reason. She came for a visit, and her grandfather took her to the apiary so she could get an idea of what beekeeping was all about and when they got back home, Abigail was full of questions that needed answering. Buzzzzzzzz What Honeybees Do answers her questions.
It's an informative story that children will love and value.
 What age range do you think would enjoy it most? While Buzzzzzzzz is meant for older aged children, I consider it appropriate for all ages. Many adults have told me that they learned things about honeybees, they didn’t know before reading Buzzzzzzzz. 
 I learned new things from it as well, Virginia.     
 Have you gotten comments from some of your readers? Yes, Buzzzzzzzz has many five star reviews on 
I 'm not surprised you've gotten many impressive reviews for it, congratulations.
   The honeybee story has lots of photos. Did you take them? Yes, I took all the photos in Buzzzzzzzz What Honeybees Do. I also took the photo on the cover of the book.  My second love after writing is nature photography.  
  If you'd like to see some of your photography from your honeybee book, please visit your Instagram account:
 What would you most like your readers to remember about Buzzzzzzzz—What Honeybees Do? I would like readers to bear in mind that the honeybee is our greatest pollinator.  And it is important to be good caretakers of these little buzzers.

 Is there anything else you’d like to add? Yes, I would like to add that as a caretaker of this amazing insect, it is important to leave garden space to plant flowers that honeybees enjoy.  If we cut all our grass and don’t plant bee specific plants, where will the honeybees find food to continue surviving?
 I certainly hope children will remember how important the honeybees are.
 Thank you so much for spending time with me today and discussing your fun, educational, story Buzzzzz What Honeybees Do.
You're welcome, Deanie. I enjoyed our time together as well."
copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Celebrate the small things

Hi Everyone,
What are you celebrating this week? I hope you have lots of things to celebrate. Remember to stop by to see what everyone is happy about.
Here's what we're celebrating this week:

  • warm weather today
  • We're really enjoying the movie channels our sons gave us for Christmas. They also include TV channels; one my husband loves and one I love.
  • I finished editing one of my books. Now it goes to the pros for editing and we'll have a beautiful new cover too.
  • Thanks to everyone who stopped by to read the interview with Colleen Chesebro. She's getting lots of great comments on her book.
  • Today is the 6th anniversary of my husband's hip surgery. We call it a hippaversary. We're having a little celebration in honor of it. :)
Have a great week everyone and thanks for stopping by.

copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne


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What is good conformation?

Peach and Me
Photo by Bob Moseder
from Tails of  Sweetbrier
Deanie and Peach

If you’re a horse owner or rider, you should know some basic facts about the horse’s conformation and examples of what “good confirmation” includes.
The word “conformation” refers to the body structure of the horse and other important characteristics.
My dad was a professional horseman for many decades. Our family owned a farm called “Sweetbrier.” Dad did a great deal of studying about horses. One of the first thing he studied when he was considering buying a horse was it’s eyes. Why is that? Well, you may have heard the expression “A person’s eyes are the window to the soul.” You can draw a similar conclusion with horses. My dad shied away from a horse with small, sunken eyes, often called “pig eyes.” What do pig eyes signify? A horse with a nasty disposition. Even with training, you can’t change a horse’s temperament. Look for a horse with big eyes and a kind expression. Dad could tell a great deal by the expression of a horse’s eye.
What about the head of the horse? Look for a wide space between the eyes and a little curved or “dish” in his head, not a rounded nose. Horses with round noses are called “roman-nosed” and are more apt to be stubborn.
What about balance? In order to be properly balanced, a horse needs good proportions. He shouldn’t have more weight in front, than behind.  Another important factor is the length of his back. A short back is always preferred. Why? He’ll be much better balanced with a short back and he’ll cost less to feed. When you look at the horse, is his topline shorter than the bottom line? If so, he should be well-built.
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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Celebrate the Small Things...

Hi everyone, hope your New Year's celebration was fun. We all celebrate little things and bigger ones on Fridays, thanks to Lexa Cain and her partners. Be sure to check in at to see what everyone has to say. Here's what we're celebrating this week:

  • A fun interview with my author friend, Colleen Chesebro about her new book "Heart Stone Chronicles; The Swamp Fairies." It's a great book and I hope you check it out. Her interview is posted on this blog site.
  • A quiet but nice New Year's Eve: We watched the Times Square celebration on TV, but we didn't see the ball come down. Does anyone know why they didn' t show it?
  • One of our sons did very well on his final exam at school. We're proud of his hard work.
Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.

copyright; 2016 Deanie Humphrys-Dunne