Thursday, October 23, 2014

This week we're celebrating...



It's Friday again so we celebrate whatever we can, big or small. Thank you to VikLit for starting this group.
Here's what we're celebrating this week:

  • My gifted author friend, Janice Spina has just published her first novel, Hunting Mariah.  As part of her blog hop, I published a blog about it on this site so be sure to stop by to find out more. If you'd like to read about it on Amazon, here's the link:
  • http://www.amazon.com/Hunting-Mariah-J-E-Spina/dp/0692317171/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1414007473&sr=1-1&keywords=Hunting+Mariah
  • My husband's little  English sportscar, Margaret, has been on her best behavior lately. Would you like to know why he says t's exciting to drive her?  He says you never know whether you're going to arrive at your destination or not. That's why he carries an array of tools and spare parts wherever he goes! D
  • This week we'll celebrate each of you who is kind enough to stop by to read my blog.  Thank you and  I wish all of you a great weekend.
Website: www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com
copyright 2014 Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

5 things about me




My friend and aspiring author, Murees Dupe` mentioned me and tagged me to post 5 things about myself so here we go:

  1. I love chicken. Whenever I had a bad day, my Mom would cheer me up by making it for dinner.
  2. I love the Summer season. Every winter, I miss the weather in Florida, where we used to live.
  3. I love music, especially classical music.
  4. I used to be a voice student.
  5. Any dessert with coconut would be at the top of my list. If it happened to have chocolate, too, that would be heavenly.
Thanks for thinking of me, Murees. Wishing you blessings, as always.
These are the people I will tag to write 5 quick facts about themselves. Of course, you may choose not to participate if you like.
  • Linda Black
  • C. Lee McKenzie
  • Ann Morris
  • Crystal Collier
Website: www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com

Hunting Mariah is here!



My dear and talented friend, Janice Spina, has just published her first novel. I'm celebrating with her taking part in her blog hop to share the news about her amazing book!


Hi everyone! I am very excited to announce that my first novel,  Hunting Mariah, is now published on Create Space. My husband, John, created the beautiful cover!
Hunting Mariah is now on Amazon for paperback and coming soon to Kindle in five days and other sites in 6-8 weeks. I will post the link here and on my website and to FB, Twitter and other sites.
I have already been interviewed on Fiona McVie’s blog which I re-blogged recently where I talked a little about my new novel. I will also be on Nina Soden’s blog on October 27th where she will interview me also. After reading all the interviews and posts about me over the next month you may get to know everything about me. Alas, I will keep some things private. Ha! More interviews and visits to other blogs coming up over the next month.
There are more than a dozen friends, supporters and followers who have offered to spread the word about Hunting Mariah. Bless them all – they are wonderful people and are my support system. I couldn’t do this without them.
This Book Blog Tour has officially begun and will continue through November 24th. I will have a giveaway on Goodreads.  Stay tuned for more and please like all the blogs where you see me to help support my friends.
Here is a synopsis of my first novel:
An insane killer, obsessed with blood and death, seeks revenge with those he perceives wronged him. He is now on the loose. His next victim may be Mariah. During his rampages he writes macabre poems for his victims.
Mariah has lost her memory. Will she remember what has transpired in her past? Can Mariah escape the deadly killer’s grasp? Will she finally be safe? Will the killer be apprehended?
Let me tell you a little about how I came up with this book and how long it took me to complete.  I don’t know why this story came to me but it did and I just had to write it down. It started as a romantic mystery but then evolved into a crime/mystery/thriller.
When I write a story the title always comes to me first. The story flows as I sit down at my laptop from my fingertips. Don’t ask me how, it just does. The characters take on a life and tell their own story as I type. This particular character, the killer, was quite frightening to me. I would look behind me a lot to make sure he wasn’t watching me! I am careful at night and don’t walk alone! Lol! He seemed so real as did the other characters. Once the story is completed and I publish it, it leaves me alone.
This story was started over twenty years ago but sat without being published. I was still working at the time and didn’t have time to work on it. I knew at that time it was not ready and the story was scattered and not what I wanted it to be. I knew I needed to work at it some more but didn’t get a chance until I retired four years ago. So, you could say it took me 24 years to complete! Wow, if my next novel takes that long I won’t be around to publish it! LOL!
I do have three other novels in draft and outline forms which should go a lot faster than this one. I can’t wait to get them out to you over the next two years.
I hope you will check out my book and let me know what you think. Did the killer scare you as much as he did me? Please leave a kind review on Amazon, BN, Goodreads, Create Space or any other place you may purchase it. It would be greatly appreciated.
Oh, I almost forgot something very important – please do not give the ending away to anyone for it would ruin the story for the next person. 
Thank you so much for your support and kindness.
REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY!
Blessings!
-Janice-

Thursday, October 16, 2014

This week we're celebrating...


Thank you to VikLit for starting this group where we celebrate all kinds of things on Fridays.
Please visit her site: www.VikLit.blogspot.com.
This week we're celebrating..

  • My friend Janice Spina is releasing her first novel  called Hunting Mariah next month! Congratulations, Janice. I'll be interviewing her on my blog once it's released.
  • A lovely Skype visit with my Mom last weekend.
  • More progress with editing my books, slowly but surely it's coming alo
Thank you for stopping by and wishing you all a great weekend.

Website: www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com

copyright Deanie Humphrys-Dunne 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014

This week we're celebrating..

Thank you to VikLit for starting this group whose members celebrate things every Friday.
Stop by VikLit's site; www.VikLit.blogspot.com and check it out.
Here's what we're celebrating this week:

  • A wonderful special dinner with lots of surprises from our son, Shane and his girlfriend.
  • Editing of my two books is coming along, thanks in part to the help of my author friend, Janice Spina who helped me.
  • Our son, Brendan, is enjoying his business trip. We're looking forward to his return in a few days.
Wishing everyone a great weekend. Thank you for stopping by.

Website: www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com.

Friday, October 3, 2014

My insecurities this month....

First of all I offer my apologies for not posting this on time. I totally forgot till this morning! Thank you to Alex J. Cavanaugh for starting this group. Please be sure to stop by his blog to check it out.
Here's what I've been fretting about lately.

  • I''ve been editing my new book for so long it's making me practically cross-eyed! Now I wondering if even more things need to be changed. Fortunately, I found some mistakes that would have made the story confusing. The whole process is just so frustrating sometimes because I'm not sure if what I'm doing is right. But so far I"m trusting my intuitions on it so we will see what develops. We are planning to have the new book out before Christmas so we're anxious to polish it up and get all the kinks out.
Wishing you a great weekend everyone.

website: www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com

Thursday, October 2, 2014

This week we're celebrating.....

As you may know on Fridays we celebrate things that have happened during the week. Thank you to VikLit for starting this wonderful group. Please stop by to visit her blog at VikLit.blogspot.com.


  • We had a lovely birthday celebration with Brendan last weekend. We tried a new restaurant and everyone was impressed.
  • Brendan called to say he arrived safely for his business trip. We are so grateful.
  • We look forward to our visit with our son Shane this weekend.
  • We didn't win the Clippa  Contest with my book Tails of Sweetbrier so we're celebrating the fact that we were finalists.
  • We have regularly scheduled Skype visits with our Mom now so we look forward to out chat on Saturday.
  • My dear friend, Sarah Mazor has published another incredible children's book, The Mitzvah Gang. It's really fun to read and has a marvelous message. Here is the cover picture and the link:
  • http://www.amazon.com/Mitzvah-Gang-Childrens-Picture-Holidays-ebook/dp/B00O2RBYIY/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1412251610&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Mitzvah+Gang

Website:www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com