Celebrate the small things

Friday is here again. That means we can cheer about anything we want. Be sure to stop by LexaCain.blogspot.com to see what she and her blogging partners have to celebrate. Here’s what we’re celebrating this week:

  • We lost electricity twice today, but now, it’s back! We missed it, especially with the cold weather we’re not enjoying now.
  • A little party for “Fat Tuesday. We had extra stuff to eat and dessert.
  • My author friend, Janice Spina has a new book coming out soon.
  • My son found time to do some updates on my website. He did a great job.
What are you celebrating this week?
Thanks for stopping by.
copyright: 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
*reblogged from DeanieHumphrysDunne.blogspot.com

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
Buzzzzzzzz What Honeybees Do

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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copyright Deanie Humphrys-Dunne 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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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/

Celebrate the small things

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

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.
copyright 2017 Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Celebrate the small things

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 LexaCain.blogspot.com 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 http://www.GoSparen.com. 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

Coming Soon: Revised version of Charlene the Star!

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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 TheAuthorsShow.com, Deanie enjoys spending time with her family and their dog, Elliott. She also likes watching equestrian events, figure skating, and baseball.

 

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Charlene meeting Ann and Blossom : illustration by Holly Humphrys-Bajaj

 

 

 

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

*reblogged from dhdunne.blogspot.com

 

Are you setting goals?

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?

copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
reblogged from deanie@dhdunne.blogspot.com

Interview with the 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.

It must’ve been exciting to find that envelope. I’m glad you did and so are your many fans.

 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 for everyone to follow their dreams, like you did, Virginia. You’re a gifted author and illustrator.

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 Amazon.com.
   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.  J
  If readers would like to see some of your photography from your honeybee book, please visit your Instagram account: http://www.virginiawright.com/blog
  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.

I certainly hope everyone remembers to take good care of them.

 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?

Yes, we all need to remember the little honeybees are very important to us.

Thank you so much for spending time with me today and discussing your fun, educational, story Buzzzzz What Honeybees Do.

“You’re most welcome, Deanie, We had a great time together.

 Amazon Buy Link:  https://www.amazon.com/Buzzzzzzzz-What-Honeybees-Virginia-Wright/dp/1451552688

    Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/virginiawright

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/virginiabrownwright

  Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/wright.virginia

     Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/virginia_wright
copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

*reblogged from dhdunne.blogspot.com