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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Celebrate the small things

Hi everyone,
I hope you had a great week. What happened that was exciting?
Here's what we're celebrating this week:

  • Good weather
  • chats with our boys
  • Father's Day is coming
  • Flag Day
  • My sister in law is doing well recovering from a fall.
Be sure to stop by to say hello to Lexa and keep her spirits up. She's had so much to overcome. I know she'd be happy to hear from you
copyright 2018: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Monday, May 28, 2018

New interview on Laura Hilton's blog featuring Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Tell us about the book:
My Life at Sweetbrier is my personal story about the power of perseverance, family support and horses. I grew up at a riding school called Sweetbrier. I loved the horses and my singular dream was to compete successfully in shows. But, I didn’t start walking until After my dad told the doctor his strong views on that opinion he said not to worry because he would teach me to ride horses and I would be fine. That decision changed my life. He and I set out to prove the doctor wrong.  The family motto was “The Humphrys don’t give up,” so surrender was never an option. It was a challenging journey, but so rewarding.
The story would appeal to families, teachers, dads, anyone with a disability, as well as horse lovers. It shows perseverance is the key to success.
Why do you write the kind of books you do?
My objective is to entertain children with books that inspire them to reach for their dreams. I want readers to welcome challenges and realize that many goals can be met if they don’t give up. All of my fictional stories are told by the endearing animal characters. They emphasize things like setting goals, helping others, kindness, and perseverance.
What is your current work in progress?
I hope to publish my first picture book, with my sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj, as illustrator. She beautifully illustrated all of my fictional books and their covers.

What three things about you would surprise readers?
  • I was a voice student for many years and performed in recitals.
  • I love waltz music and the dresses women wore during that era.
  • I studied medical coding.
What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I’m an avid Yankee fan and I try not to miss any of their games. I love spending time with my family. Music and singing are enjoyable for me, as well as watching equestrian events and figure skating competitions along with reviewing and editing books for fellow authors.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
In the beginning of my writing career, I lacked the confidence to explore becoming an author. But I remembered my dad saying “What’s the worst that can happen?” In this case, I felt if my first book wasn’t published, I’d investigate why and correct the issues. Also, I found doing recorded interviews was difficult because I felt so nervous, but with practice, I became somewhat more comfortable with being interviewed.
for more of Laura's interviews, please check her website:

Share your bio:
 Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is an award-winning children’s book author with six books published at this time: My Life at Sweetbrier, Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star, Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes, Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog and Tails of Sweetbrier.  All of her books offer positive messages for children, such as; setting goals, perseverance, sharing and friendship. Her sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj, beautifully illustrates all of Deanie’s fictional books and designs the covers.  The fictional stories are told by the memorable animal characters, who keep readers entertained with their endearing personalities. The animals find creative ways to help their friends.  All books are available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. You may also order signed copies from Deanie.
 My Life at Sweetbrier is an inspirational award-winning memoir about a little girl whose one desire was to become a champion equestrian, in spite of her handicap. This book is a revised, expanded version of her first book, Tails of Sweetbrier.
Deanie is a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature. Her books have won a number of awards and recognition including her latest awards for My Life at Sweetbrier; The gold medal in the New Apple Book Awards, and the gold medal in the Mom’s Choice award, the Reader’s Favorite silver medal, and two cover awards. Other awards are listed on Deanie’s website:
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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Fun facts about Charlie the Horse

Charlie dreamed of becoming a famous racehorse like his Dad, Charles the Great. Will he have the talent to succeed when he leaves for training at Sweetbrier Racing Stable? What will he do if he’s tired and doesn’t feeling like running? How will Charlie react when he faces challenges on the race track? Charlie tells this story just for you. Your child will delight in reading about Charlie as a baby horse with a big dream. All of Deanie’s books convey positive messages for children. Charlie the Horse emphasizes working hard and setting goals.
Here are some fun facts about Charlie the Horse:

  • Charlie tells the story himself.
  • The horses talk among themselves.
  • Charlie doesn't focus on his training at first. He'd rather munch on the flowers growing around the racetrack.
  • Charlie has a special mentor named General Quick.
  • Find out more about Charlie's story here:

illustration by Holly Humphrys-Bajaj
copyright 2018: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Memorial Day-Remember our heroes-Celebrate the small things

Hi Everyone,
Just a quick post to say I hope you're all doing well. Wishing you a safe and Happy Memorial Day weekend. Please take time to think about your service members. They are all heroes, who protect our nation every day. Nothing would be the same without them.

  • This week we're celebrating recovering from a mini-tornado, or Microburst. It's the first time I've ever experienced one. Our town was very damaged and one person died. We lost power for 4 days.
  • We are so grateful to have the power back and no damage to our property.
  • Summer-my favorite season.
Thanks for stopping by.
copyright 2018: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Monday, May 21, 2018

Fun facts about Charlene the Star and Hattie's Heroes

Hi Everyone,
Today we'll talk about fun facts in Charlene the Star and Hattie's Heroes. Charlene the Star is a beautiful red horse who loves jumping. But she and her animal friends are looking for a new career they can  do in their spare time. How do they help their friends?  What is Elliott's specialty? Does Wooliam the sheep have a big dream?

Fun facts:

  • Elliott is a kind dog with a big head. He thinks it shows everyone he has confidence. He was our family pet or over 13 years. We miss him every day.  What did Elliott like to do?
  • Elliott and Hattie the chicken need to write a schedule for the racehorses. How do they do it?
  • Hattie has a surprising specialty? What is it?
  • What is Wooliam's big dream?
  • What kinds of values does Charlene the Star and Hattie's Heroes share?

Hattie and Elliott  writing the schedule
Illustration by Holly Humphrys-Bajaj

  • Elliott loved to build confidence and self-esteem in his friends.
  • As you can see in the illustration, Hattie stood on Ellliott's head and wrote the schedule using her beak and standing on Elliott's head.
  • Hattie loves using her amazing beakmanship to help her friends and she loves planning parties.
  • Wooliam the sheep wants to have his own business to raise money for charity.
  • Charlene the Star and Hattie's Heroes promotes friendship, sharing,  and helping others.

copyright 2018: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Fun facts about Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog

Hi everyone,
Today I wanted to talk about my book, Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog. It's full of fun adventures and learning for children. The story is told though the eyes of the animal characters. My sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj, did a fantastic job bringing the characters to life and showing their endearing personalities.
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  • How did Hattie the chicken get her name? 
  • What was Hattie's favorite thing to wear?
  • What kind of talent does Cherish the chicken have?
  • How does Hattie help lift her friends' spirits and self-esteem?
Illustrations and cover by Holly Humphrys-Bajaj
  • Hattie had part of her shell stuck on her head so her mama named her Hattie.
  • Hattie loved to wear pretty bonnets
  • Cherish chicken loved singing, but she was very shy.
  • Hattie plans a special talent show to help her friends feel gifted.
copyright 2018: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Five fun facts about Charlene the Star

Hi Everyone,
Today we'll talk about my book, Charlene the Star. It's children's fiction, told by Charlene the Star herself. Who is Charlene the Star? She's a beautiful, talented horse who doesn't fit in with her friends.
Here are 5 fun facts about the story:

  • Fact 1: One of the main characters of the story is Charlene's friend, Elliott, the dog. Elliott was our family pet. We rescued him from the pound and we had the honor of having him as part of our family for over 13 years. We miss him every day. We tried to capture his personality in the book.
  • Fact 2: Charlene was beautiful, with her glossy red coat. But she didn't fit in with her friends. Why not? Because her friends loved racing and Charlene thought it was a big bore.
  • Fact 3: Charlene had to show her trainers she didn't like racing. How did she do that? She yawned and found a way to have her own tantrums on the race track.
  • Charlene tells the story herself. Readers will giggle at her amusing thoughts and actions. They'll love the beautiful illustrations by my sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj.
  • Fact 4: How did I get the idea for Charlene the Star's story? I thought about all the children who feel like they don't fit in with their friends and wanted to write something entertaining, that they'd understand.
Charlene the Star and Mama
Illustration by Holly Humphrys-Bajaj

I hope you've enjoyed a glimpse inside Charlene the Star's story.  If you'd like to find out more, please visit my website:

copyright 2018: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne