Author Spotlight – Jill Sammut

Writer's Treasure Chest

jill-head-1Welcome! 

 

  1. When did you start writing? 

I wrote my first books at the kitchen table around the age of six.  Constructed with paper, crayons, and random staples, I even managed to design advertisements for future “books” in my series on the back of each creation.

 

  1. What motivates you to write? 

My current work is a series of chapter books for tweens.  The books celebrate children living with issues such as anxiety and cerebral palsy while encompassing a diverse set of characters.  Someone needs to tell the story of kids who are not typically well-represented in traditional literature.  Every time I hear from a reader who saw themselves reflected in my work, it motivates me.

  1. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre? 

I am currently writing books that target tweens.  A particular child with anxiety who couldn’t find…

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Celebrate the small things

It’s Friday again so we can celebrate whatever happened during the week. Hop on over to LexaCain.blogspot.com to check out what everyone is cheering about.
Here’s what we’re celebrating this week:

  • Bounce back day last week was pretty successful. No relapses. We’ve got a plan moving forward and for that we are grateful.
  • I received some very nice reviews recently so shout outs to Gigi Sedlmayer, Theodore. J. Cohen, Virginia Wright, and Yossi Lapid for the wonderful reviews. Also, special thanks to everyone who featured Charlene the Star on their blogs; Julie Flanders, Janice Spina, and Colleen Chesebro. You all did a fantastic job.
  • I recovered from one disappointing experience this week. Last week’s practice bounce back day helped.
  • Warm sunny weather for the last couple of days.
What are you celebrating? Have a great week.
copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Charlene the Star is another delightful story by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

 February 9, 2017
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This review is from: Charlene the Star (Kindle Edition)
Charlene the Star was born into a family of famous racehorses. She had beautiful dark red hair, brown eyes, and nice long legs just perfect for being a racehorse. However, Charlene decides racing is not for her. Charlene does not know how to tell her mother this. Quite a dilemma for a youngster. You will have to read Charlene the Star to find out what happens next in this delightful story by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne. I recommend this book for young readers 7-12, and especially for those who are horse lovers.

If you have not read Tails of Sweetbrier by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne, it is a must do! Tails of Sweetbrier is a touching true story of determination about a little girl that was diagnosed with a condition Cerebral Palsy and was told by her doctor that she would never be able to walk. Her father would not accept that diagnosis and instills faith in his little girl, and he set out to teach her to ride horses and felt if she could do that, she would be okay. Loved this book!

-Virginia Wright, Author of
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Good book for discussion of emotions and bullying…

February 21, 2017
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51cppgrf4pl-_uy250_This review is from: Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog (Kindle Edition)
This cute story begins with Charlene the Star (a horse) who begins telling the story. She and her friends talk to other animals but not humans. Charlene the Star is preparing for a big jumping competition. She wants to win an award for being the best jumper in the whole state of Kentucky. She notices a bulldog (Bentley) on the sidelines and befriends him. Bentley turns out to be quite the sarcastic bully. He is invited to his first horse show, but Charlene hopes he will have good manners. But will he behave? Will Charlene win the award at her show? You will have to read this story to find out the answers. I recommend this book for introducing talk about what a bully is and how to respond in an uncomfortable situation where bullying is going on.
If you have not read Tails of Sweetbrier, it is a must do! Tails of Sweetbrier is a touching true story of determination about a little girl that was diagnosed with a condition Cerebral Palsy and was told by her doctor that she would never be able to walk. Her father would not accept that diagnosis and instills faith in his little girl, and he set out to teach her to ride horses and felt if she could do that, she would be okay. Loved this book!
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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.

Charlene the Star

Charlene is under the care of some observant handlers. When they realise that her heart isn’t in racing, they consider what else she could do.

Charlene the Star is a short story made up of some delightful characters. It is beautifully illustrated by Deanie’s sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj.

For those who are looking for horse books for their young readers, you can’t go past Deanie’s books that are for children, with life lessons. There is always a moral to the stories and they are positive. At the end of this story is a set of questions to test reader’s memory and comprehension of the book.

Author: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
http://childrensbookswithlifelessons.com/
Fiction – children
In My Library? As an ebook copy, yes!
Want it? Get it now at Amazon.

reblogged from Christine’s site:http://equus-blog.com/charlene-the-star-deanie-humphrys-dunne/

Colleen’s #Book #Reviews – “Charlene the Star,” by Deannie Humphreys Dunne

Thank you for such a wonderful blog about Charlene the Star.

Word Craft ~ Prose & Poetry

  • Title:  Charlene the Star
  • Author: Deannie Humphreys-Dunne
  • Illustrator: Holly Humphrys-Bajaj
  • File Size: 1207 KB
  • Print Length: 100 Pages
  • Publisher: Self-Published by Author
  • Publication Date: February 8, 2017
  • Sold By: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06X3RH9SN
  • Formats: Paperback and Kindle
  • Goodreads
  • Genres: Literature & Fiction, Children’s Books

*I was given a publication copy of this book from the author for review purposes*

IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS:

“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…

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Celebrate the small things

Celebrate the small things

Friday is here again so we look for things to celebrate. Be sure to stop by LexaCain.blogspot.com 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.
What are you celebrating?
Have a great week.
copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
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