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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Memorial Day-Remember the military members-past and present

Hi everyone,
I hope you're enjoying this important Memorial Day weekend. Please remember and appreciate all of our military members; Army, Navy, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guard and Special Forces.
Our son learned a lot as an aviation support technician in the Navy. It gave him experience and knowledge to prepare him for great job opportunities when he became a civilian again.
We owe a debt to our military members we can never repay so honor them today and always.

copyright 2017 Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

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Friday, May 26, 2017

A Poignant and heartfelt true story-Review by Cathrina Constantine

 **Poignant and Heartfelt True Story**May 25, 2017
This review is from: My Life at Sweetbrier: A Life Changed by Horses (Kindle Edition)
My Life at Sweetbrier is about a young girl diagnosed with cerebral palsy. The doctors told her parents she would never walk. Little did the doctors know about Deanie's father's determination, and he told the doctor where he could go with that opinion. I like that line in the book. My Life at Sweetbrier is filled with Love, Determination, Strength, and Perseverance. A loving family's purpose of helping their baby to overcome her obstacles and reach for the stars. Which she did!!! She not only walked, but she learned to ride horses. And Deanie became a Champion!! I loved the sheer fortitude and "never give up attitude" of Deanie and her wonderful family.

The part about the fire in the barn and her father risking his life to save all the horses was quite heartfelt. I was saddened by the loss of two horses. Through many trials and problems with Deanie's legs and walking, it never seemed to daunt her as she grew, it simply made her stronger.

I loved My Life at Sweetbrier!! And I highly recommend this sweet book!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Celebrate the small things..

Hi everyone,
I hope you had a great week. Be sure to stop by to see what she and her blogging partners are celebrating.
Every Friday we celebrate whatever we like so here's what we're celebrating this week:

  • new things from my sister, who is moving away. I'm really sad she's moving, but she gave us lots of nice things, which we're enjoying.
  • One of my friend's husbands is in the hospital. That's nothing to celebrate, but they thought it was a very serious problem and it turned out to be something much easier to fix.
  • Very nice reviews for my new book, My Life at Sweetbrier. Thank you to those of you who've reviewed it or featured it on your blogs. I appreciate you lots.
  • There's a giveaway of my new book on Goodreads. If you'd like to enter, you can do that til July 21. We're giving away 5 copies. Here's the link:

 I hope you all have lots of things to cheer about. Be sure to let me know.
 Have a super week.

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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