Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Interview with children's author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne by Colleen Chesebro!

Please check out the new interview by Colleen Chesebro! You're going to be impressed! Thank you, Colleen. You can even read a free chapter of my award-winning book. We'd love to know what you think.


Friday, May 22, 2015

Introducing talented children's author, Abbe Reichman

“Hi everyone, I have special treat for you today. You're going to learn more about an amazing new literary talent, Abbe Reichman. We'll be talking about her wonderful children's books, If I Could Reach the Sky and  The Fancy Shirt finds friendship. I know you're going to enjoy this so we'll get right to the questions.

  How did you get the idea to write your first book? 
     My inspiration for “If I Could Reach the Sky” came from a partly sunny day staring at the clouds imagining creatures and characters.  I always had a “knack” for creative thinking, writing and words. The little story evolved out of a poem and had been stored away in my attic for many years. One day during the winter while sorting through my stories, I read this one to my daughters. They both said, “Mom you should make this into a book, little kids would love it.” I decided to do just that and so “If I Could Reach the Sky” was born.

Your daughters had a great idea and a gift for recognizing your talent, Abbe. I'm so glad they encouraged you.

   Did you always imagine you’d become an author?
Throughout my adult life, my friends and family used to tell me all the time that I had a way with words and that one day I would be an author. I always dreamed of becoming one but never took myself seriously. However, when my daughters were young, I became a columnist for their Elementary School Newsletter “Albany Avenews”. Each month I would pick a random topic and create a silly theme or just write about parents and kids acting silly.  I developed a large parent following. They called me the “Ema Bombeck” of Albany Avenue School. I imagined becoming a columnist but never an author of children’s stories.
"Albany Avenews" is such a cute name for a school newspaper. Even parents had the feeling you'd be using your natural gifts for something amazing some day, Abbe.
        Do you have a special message in your books for the readers to remember?
My stories carry lessons and insights of inspiration. The end of the stories offer questions so that parents and teachers can review the theme and involve the children in an art related activity allowing the students imaginations soar.
I think it's a great idea to include questions at the end, Abbe. It helps children to recall the story and express their feelings about it. It's such fun to find ways to help children have lively imaginations.
  What ages are your books most appropriate for?
“If I Could Reach the Sky” is a fabulous story for children 2-6 years old. The bright colored pictures are appealing to young children and the older child can use it as a beginner reader. “The Fancy Shirt” is for children 5-7 years old. Its theme is a little more complex than the first book and the questions are age appropriate.
I've read and reviewed both of your books. I agree children will love them.

         Are you working on any new projects?
I have written many stories for children and I am currently editing them for future publication.
I can't wait to see more of your work, Abbe.

    How did you get the idea to write “The Fancy Shirt finds a friend"?
When I was younger I used to wonder what happens to the clothing in a store that no one wants. As an adult, I thought it would be an unusual theme to be able to follow the adventure of a fancy shirt.
 I loved reading about the adventures of the Fancy Shirt. You did a great job imagining what The Fancy Shirt was thinking and there are surprises for the reader, too.

    Can you please share the links to where your books may be purchased?
      Links for "The Fancy Shirt":

Links for "If I Could Reach the Sky"

What has been the most exciting thing to happen in your writing career so far?
The excitement began when a colleague of mine at work mentioned that she found an illustrator for her stories and knew I also shared her passion for writing children’s stories. It took me a year before I built up enough courage to share my stories with a professional.  I finally came out of my comfort zone enough to send him the story.  He loved the first story and was very excited about making it into a book. I thank my friend who gave me a little push to take the risk.

Is there anything else you’d like to shar
Funny you should ask Deanie…. I just found out that I won an award for “If I Could Reach the Sky”. I was awarded the medal of “Finalist” from The National Indie Book Awards. I am very proud and excited about being given 

Thank you Deanie for giving me the opportunity of this interview.

You're most welcome, Abbe. I hope you enjoyed our time together as much as I did."

Copyright 2015 Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
Website; www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com

Thursday, May 21, 2015

This week we're celebrating....

Hi everyone, it's time to celebrate whatever we can again. I hope you'll stop by Lexacain.blogspot.com to see what everyone is happy about this week.
  • First of all, I'd like to wish everyone  a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend. I hope you'll take time to reflect on our military members and the sacrifices they make to preserve our freedoms.
  • My talented author friend, Janice Spina, has just published another wonderful children's book. If you have children or grandchildren in the middle grade age groups they'd love this book. I've read and reviewed it.
Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend, everyone.

copyright 2015 Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
website: www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

This week we're celebrating.....

As you may know, on Fridays we celebrate whatever has happened during the week. Thank you to Lexa Cain for continuing this lovely blog. Be sure to visit Lexacain.blogspot.com to check out her news. Here's what we're celebrating this week:

  • Mother's Day was fantastic. We had a great time with our boys, who came with surprises of all sorts. They're absolutely remarkable.
  • Chris Graham, "The Story Reading Ape" was kind enough to post an article about me on his blog. If you'd like to check it out, here's the link:
  • http://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2015/05/09/read-about-guest-author-deanie-humphrys-dunne/
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy the weekend, everyone.
Website: childrensbookswithlifelessons.com

Thursday, May 7, 2015

This week we're celebrating...

Friday arrived again so we can  celebrate little things or big things that happened during the week. Be sure to stop by LexaCain.blogspot.com to see what everyone is cheering about. Here's what we're celebrating this week:

  • Mother's Day is coming so more time with our sons! Happy Mom's Day everyone!
  • My newest book, Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog, has been revised.. I"m happy with the way it looks now.
  • My talented author friend, Janice Spina, has published a new book. Here is the link:
  • We had a lovely visit with one of our sons last weekend. He's totally awesome. We are so blessed.

Be sure to check it out. Janice is one of my favorite authors and friends. She has countless natural talents.
Website: www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com

If any of you would like to review any of my books, please let me know and I'll send you a free Kindle copy.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

My insecurites and more...

Hi everyone, it's time to post our insecurities again, as we do the first Wednesday of each month.
Thank you to Alex J. Cavanaugh for starting this group. I hope you all stop by AlexJCavanaugh. blogspot.com to see what everyone else has to say.
Here's what I'm a little frazzled about:

  • New things I'm learning to do on the computer. As you may know, anything new takes some practice and adjustment for me.
Some of you may have been challenged by motivating yourself to keep writing. Here's my advice on that topic.

  • What if you've lost the drive to write? I think you should take a little break. Don't blame yourself. Just do things that you love. Relax and put writing out of your mind for the moment.
  • Give yourself permission to do other things. Otherwise, you'll be feeling guilty.
  • While you're on a "writing vacation" you might get ideas for a new story. Write them down. It might inspire you to write about something new and different.
  • Whatever you do, have fun. When you're writing, it should feel like fun. See if you can re-ignite the spark you need.
  • Best wishes in all of your endeavors. Thanks for stopping by.
Website: www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com

Interview links:


copyright 2015 Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Thursday, April 30, 2015

This week we're celebrating..

Can't believe Friday is here again and it's time to share our good news with you. Be sure to stop  by LexaCain.blogspot.com to check out what everyone is happy about.
Here's what we're happy about this week:

  • Our younger son will be starting a new job soon. We're very excited for him because he'll be able to use the skills he learned in the Navy and in aviation school.
  • The weather is finally warm, even though it was 20 degrees one morning last weekend!
  • We'll be visiting with our sons this weekend or next weekend. We always have a great time together so we're looking forward to more time with them.
  • My interview about my new book, Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog is playing all weekend. If you'd like to listen today, May 1-3 just click on this link:
  • http://www.wnbnetworkwest.com/WnbAuthorsShow.html
  • If you'd like to read the first chapter of my award-winning autobiography, please check it out here:
  • http://www.tbcblogtours.com/first-chapter/first-chapter-tails-of-sweetbrier-by-deanie-humphrys-dunne 
Thank you for stopping by and enjoy your weekend, everyone.

  • Website: www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com
copyright 2015 Deanie Humphrys-Dunne