Coming Soon: Revised version of Charlene the Star!


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.


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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

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Children’s books: bravery


 Often we hear discouraging news about teens. News reports spread the word they are irresponsible or in trouble with the law. But Daniel Wesley is a hero. Perhaps someday he’ll write children’s books about the brave, heroic thing he did to try to help someone.

Daniel was driving his car when he noticed a lady lying in the street. She’d been shot.  He ran to help her, along with another person who was already working to save the life of April Peck. Soon after Daniel arrived, April’s attacker jumped out of his car and fired a shot, hitting him in the butt.  The attacker yelled,’If you’re helping her, you’re going to die too.”

Here’s what Daniel said about the events of that day. He spoke from his hospital bed.

“I wish I could have done more because that lady ended up dying,” he said.

They were trying to help Peck, but her attacker jumped from his Chevy Malibu and fired a round, which struck Wesley in the behind, he said.

“He gets out and he yells, ‘If you’re helping her, you are going to die, too,’ and he shot me in the butt and then he ran after everybody else,” the teen recounted.

The man con firing and hit a paramedic unit. No other people were injured, Wesley said. But the man wasn’t done yet.

“On his way back to the car, he shot me again, in the arm… My feet were hanging off the curb and [when] he pulled away, he hit my legs and broke my femur in half,” Wesley said.

It turned out the attacker was the father of April Peck’s two children. He was shot and killed by the police after the left the scene of the crime.

Daniel is the model of courage don’t you think?  He ignored the potential danger to try to help a stranger. He did everything he could to change the outcome that day. Daniel’s family has set up a Gofundme page to help with his medical expenses. If you’d like to help, here is the link:

Part of being a hero is standing up for your beliefs, the way Daniel did. In my children’s  book, Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog, Hattie the chicken stood up against a bully. She helped him see that he was not behaving properly. Hattie acted in spite of her fear, the same as Daniel did. That’s what heroes do, don’t you think? I hope you read Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog and it becomes one of your favorite children’s books.

For more information, read Bristol Palin’s blog “Patheos Insider.”

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Tails of Sweetbrier takes silver medal!

 Silver Medal winner, 2014!

Tails Of Sweetbrier Cover

Goshen, MA  Feb, 26, 2014  Author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne has taken the Silver Medal in the Feathered Quill Book Awards in the Juvenile/YA Nonfiction category for ‘Tails of Sweetbrier’.

‘Tails of Sweetbrier’ is a true story about a little girl who dreams of becoming a champion horseback rider. Deanie was born with a handicap, which made walking difficult. When doctors say she will never be able to walk, her dad decides to teach her to ride horses. This inspirational story shows children that nothing is impossible “if you don’t quit.”

“I’m honored,” Deanie stated, “that my children’s non-fiction book, ‘Tails of Sweetbrier’ received the Silver Medal in the Feathered Quill Annual Writer’s Contest. It was my first experience with entering a contest, so you can imagine how thrilled I was to receive this award. I can honestly say this is a dream come true for me.”

Deanie believes the message that perseverance is the key to accomplishing amazing things is one that can benefit every child. Through her inspiring, real life and fictional works, children will learn that anything is possible if they refuse to give up on their dreams. Through her works, children are reminded that tenacity is the key to success. They will see proof that obstacles can be overcome and that quitting only guarantees failure.

Deanie wants to be a positive influence to children. She loves to write entertaining stories that emphasize important values such as; never giving up, setting goals, and working together to realize great things. Her objective is to write books that build self-esteem and confidence in children. She works tirelessly to write books that would appeal to children and also teach them valuable lessons, presented in an engaging manner. Other books written by Deanie include ‘Charlene The Star’, ‘Charlene The Star And Hattie’s Heroes’ and ‘Charlie The Horse’.

“Young readers,” Deanie continued, “will enjoy ‘Tails of Sweetbrier’ because it’s full of exciting experiences from my childhood. They will find out what decision my dad made that changed my whole life. The story is proof that all things are possible, if they follow their dreams and refuse to quit. Children will be encouraged because they will realize that they can succeed, even against the odds.”

One reviewer stated, “. . .Deanie Humphrys-Dunne encourages discipline, high self-esteem, and a positive attitude throughout this compelling story. The author motivates children to overcome their fears, achieve their goals, and follow their dreams. ‘Tails Of Sweetbrier’ tugs at the heart, is as captivating as ‘Radio’ and as inspiring as ‘Forrest Gump’ . . .’

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below, or by email at All of her books are available at Amazon. More information is available at her website at


Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is a children’s author with 4 published books. All of her books are beautifully illustrated by her sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj.

Deanie and Holly specialize in books that promote positive, character building messages for children.

Deanie is a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature. She has been featured on several author websites and received top billing in one of her interviews with renowned author, Amb. Claire Power Murphy on In addition she has been honored with numerous blogging awards and nominations including: The Sunshine Award, The Best Moment Award, The Super Sweet Award, The Very Inspiring Blogger Award, The Sisterhood of the World Award, and the I’m Part of the WordPress Family Award.


Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

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