Tuesday, September 2, 2014


 As some of you know we write about our fears the first Wednesday of the month. Thank you to Alex Cavanaugh for starting this wonderful group. Please be sure to stop by his blog: AlexJCavanaugh.blogspot.com.

Lately, I've been worrying, which is something we all too often, in my view. We worry about weather we will ever finish our current project. We fret about editing our work so it reflects our best efforts. We worry about where we will get the next idea for a future story. Isn't it a pity we can't get some kind of Ph.D for all of that?
I'd be at the top of the class if those were given out. What can we do?

  • Don't worry about things that can't be changed.  If you get a less than complimentary review, is getting upset going to change anything? We waste lots of time and effort stressing about these things.
  • Most thing we worry about don't happen anyway. I tend to fret about predictions. For example, if the weatherman predicts a cold, snowy Winter, I start imagining snow drifts up to the windows! When you stop to think about it, how often are the forecasters right? It's hard to predict what will happen with something as changeable as the weather. If we think about it all the time, will that make anything change? We have to learn to accept whatever happens and cope with it to the best of our abilities.
So, my humble advice is to relax and take one day at a time. You'll be happier and sleep better as well.
Wishing you all a great day. Thanks for visiting.

Website: www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com
News release: http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1163771
copyright Deanie Humphrys-Dunne 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

This week we're celebrating....

As you may know, every Friday we celebrate things that happen during the week. Thank you to VikLit for starting this group. Please check out her site: VikLit.blogspot.com.
Here's what we're celebrating this week:

  • A nice Skype chat with mom, with the picture working!
  • My award-winning author friend, Janice Spina has her first book signing this weekend.
  • Very nice weather here.
Wishing you a very happy weekend, everyone. Thanks for visiting.
website: www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com.
news release:

Monday, August 25, 2014

Blog hop

Thank you very much to my friend, Deb Hockenberry, for inviting me to this blog hop. Deb has always loved writing stories. She has taken two courses with the Institute for Children's Literature and she continues to take other writing courses. You can find out more about her on her website:
Another of my author friends, Linda Black,joined this blog hop. She is the author of 4 children's books. They are wonderful books, which children will love. Linda has been writing stories since she was 10 years old. I've reviewed her books and loved them.
Here's Linda's blog address:

  •  What are you currently working on editing my new children's book. My sister/illustrator, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj,  has completed the cover and one of the illustrations. We hope to have it ready before the end of the year.

  • How does your work differ from others in the same genre?
      One of my books is an award-winning autobiography called "Tails of  Sweetbrier. It's written as if I'm talking to the reader. My other books: "Charlie the Horse", "Charlene the Star, and"Charlene the Star and Hattie's Heroes,"are told from the animals' point of view.  Readers enjoy their thoughts and words as well.   
    Why do you write what you write?

        I love writing for children and one of my goals is to be a good role model for them. I like to share important life lessons with them. Another objective is to write entertaining stories for children. Whatever you do in life has to be something that you're passionate about. I  feel very strongly that it's important to create good, character-building, stories for children.     
     Describe your writing process.
      I write down interesting ideas or names for characters. Once I get an idea, I decide what the message will be and then start writing. It takes many revisions, but eventually, my story is ready for publishing.

    For more information on my books, please visit my
    website: www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

This week we're celebrating....

Well, Friday is here again. VikLit has started this wonderful group so we can all celebrate small things or bigger things on Fridays. Be sure to stop by VikLit.blogspot.com to find out more.
Here's what we're celebrating this week..

  •  A Skype chat with my mom and sister. We're glad we chatted, but we weren't able to see pictures this time. We have another session scheduled for Saturday so maybe things will work a little better then.
  • My wonderful author friend, Sarah, has returned safely from vacation. So happy that she's home again.
  •  A news release is out about the fact that my book, Tails of Sweetbrier, is a finalist for the Clippa Awards. We're so honored that it received this special recognition. If you'd like to read the release, here's the link :http://ow.ly/Azdl8
  • We'll be visiting with my sister-in-law next week. We always love to spend time with her and we haven't seen her in quite a while.
Wishing you a lovely weekend. Thank you for stopping by.
website: www.Childrensbookswithlifelessons.com.
copyright Deanie Humphrys-Dunne 2014

Friday, August 15, 2014

Tails of Sweetbrier, A finalist for the CLIPP Awards!

I'm honored to announce that my book, Tails of Sweetbrier has been selected as a finalist for the CLIPPA Awards! I'm extremely grateful for the recognition. I'd like to send a special thank you to my sister/illustrator, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj, whose beautiful cover and illustrations make our story come to life. If you'd like to find out more about this award-winning story, please visit my website: www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com.
Congratulations to all of the finalists and  those who won honorable mention!
Press release: http://ow.ly/Azdl8

This week we're celebrating...

It's Friday again. That means we write about whatever we're celebrating. Thanks to VikLit for starting this group. Be sure to stop by: www.VikLit.blogspot.com to check out what everyone has to say.
Here's what we're cheering about this week..

  • My talented author friend, Janice Spina's book, Lamby the Lonely Lamb, won the silver medal in the Mom's Choice Awards! Congratulations Janice and her husband, John, who illustrates their books! It's an adorable story, well-deserving of the award.

  • The weather is beautiful today, after the rain yesterday. I think it reminds us that no matter what is happening in our lives, things will improve.
  • Just found out my book, Tails of Sweetbrier, is a finalist in the CLIPP Awards contest! I'm so excited. Hope you all have a little celebration with us. Here's the link if you'd like to find out more about the contest:
  • http://www.clippaward.com/finalists/
Wishing you all a blessed weekend.
Website: www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

This week we're celebrating..

As you my know, on Fridays we celebrate little things and bigger ones, thanks to VikLit for starting this lovely group! Be sure to stop by VikLit.blogspot.com to check out what other people are cheering about.
Here's what we're celebrating this week:

  • A very nice Skype chat with my mom, once the technical issues were solved.
  • Meeting my exercise goals so far this week.
  • Having our little rosebush recover from losing her leaves- You might recall that we name our cars, and even some of our plants. We named our rose bush Mary Rose, after the young lady who gave it to me. Mary Rose had been feeling poorly so we put her outside by the front porch where she could get more sun. Now she's growing lots of baby leaves!
  • We saw our little deer baby with her mom again. They were napping together in the corner of our yard. I know we wouldn't be excited to see them if we had vegetable gardens because they'll eat them. But they really are cute.
Wishing you a great weekend.
Website: www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com