Monday, April 21, 2014

Tails of Sweetbrier, by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne, reviewed by Rubina Ramesh


.Tales of SweetBrier is an autobiographical non-fiction.. A story of Deannie Dunne, the writer herself. 

Born with cerebral palsy, it was declared by the doctors that she would not be able to walk properly - ever. Instead of giving up, her dad decided on that day that Miss. Deannie would be a horsewoman.

This starts a story of grit and determination of Deannie's ride to success. It was instilled in her from childhood that the Humphreys never gives up. She herself was a staunch follower of this motto.

There were a number of times she would fall down, only to get up and ride again. During the course of her training, she underwent surgeries too. She could not ride for a year. But as soon as her father declared that her legs were stronger, she was back on the saddle – this round gathering acclaims as she jumped over the posts and won many shows.
Deannie’s love for horses is evident in every line she writes. She understands them and as a reader what I understand is that the horses are therapeutic for her. They are not only her love but also her identity. Her synchronization, her body language and the way she personifies a horse, I can’t imagine her in any other role to play –but that of an equestrian.

Dear Ms. Dunne,

When you asked me to review your book, you never told me it was autobiographical.. I took it up, thinking it was just another book written by a horse lover, will manage a quick read because horses have always interested me. What took my breath away were, those were those goosebump moments, when you fell off your horse and got up again. The way you understand your riding partner. This is one story I would like my little girl and boy to read. Whenever they are down in life, this is one of those stories which would make them face the future with determination and without angst of what had gone wrong.

A special mention for your Dad. You’re one lucky girl! God bless the man who not only motivated you to get up and ride but also for penning such a wonderful story for the future generations. 

It was a pleasure and honor to read your story.

Yours truly,
Rubina Ramesh

About The Author 

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is a children’s book author with four books published at this time: Tails of Sweetbrier, Charlie the Horse, (now on Kindle) Charlene the Star, and Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes (now on Kindle).  All of her books offer positive messages for children. Her sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj, beautifully illustrates her books. She and Holly are currently working on their fifth book together, Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog.  Tails of Sweetbrier has recently won the Silver Medal in the Feathered Quill Book Awards.

Deanie is a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature.  She has been featured on several author websites. She has been interviewed several times by renowned, award winning author, Claire Power Murphy on Claire’s program, called “improve Every Year, on Her last interview with Claire, “Building character Through Children’s Stories” received top billing. Deanie has just been selected as “Author of the Year” by author/reviewer, Geri Ahearn in 2013.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

This week we're celebrating...

As you may know, we find things to celebrate and blog about them on Fridays. Here's what we're cheering about this week:  Special thank you to VikLit for starting this blog. I hope you stop by to find out what other people are happy about this week.

  • My wonderful blogging friends who keep me cheerful.
  •  Easter is coming and we're planning a little family celebration
  • Daffodils are out, but the poor things must have been very cold when we got one inch of snow yesterday.
  • My sister and brother-in-law have rented their house. I'm sad because I'll miss them, but happy for them because they want to live in New Mexico for at least a year.
  • My interview with Amb. Claire Power Murphy went well. If you missed it, you can still listen here:
  • My lovely author friend, Janice Spina gave me 2 blogging awards: The Butterfly Light award and the Inner Peace award. Thank you so much, Janice!
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and Blessed Easter!
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Monday, April 14, 2014

Blogging Awards!

sunshine Award 2
Thank you, Janice Person
Thank you Janice Spina
Thank you, Melissa Janda!

Thank you, Janice Spina
Super Sweet Blogger Awad
Thank you Melissa Janda and
Janice Spina
Shine On Award
Thank you, Melissa Janda

Dragon's Loyalty Award 2
Thank you Janice Spina and Melissa Janda
Best Moment Award
Thank you Melissa Janda
Very Inspiring Blogger Award
Thank you, Janice Spina

Thank you Beverly  Fox, S. Katherine Anthony and  Brandy
Thank you Murees Dupe`

New Review of Tails of Sweetbrier from!

Tails-Of-Sweetbrier coverHaving participated in horse shows as a child, I was immediately drawn into Deanie Humphrys-Dunne’s book Tails of Sweetbrier.   The story details the challenges and excitement of horse showing for those who have done it and defines the horse terms for those who have not.  Ultimately, however, Sweetbrier is not a story about horseshows or horses, but about facing the challenges that life brings us.
The author reveals her own personal battle with a physical handicap and her endless determination to succeed in her personal endeavors.  In Sweetbrier the reader spends time with Deanie as she falls and falls…but never refers to her falls as “fails”.  She just brushes herself off and tries again with the endless support of her father.
The family motto was “The Humphrys don’t give up.” Daddy would pick me up,
give me a kiss, put me back on and start again.
Later in the story, Deanie faces surgery, but again she meets the challenge with a positive and determined mindset:
I’ll be able to ride better than ever.  I’ll be able to walk more like other
people…The doctor said I would be in the hospital for two weeks.
My goal was to come home in ten days.
Tails of Sweetbrier leads the reader through the challenges of having a physical handicap, solutions, recovery and determination in a positive way.  While Deanie loves to win ribbons at her shows, it is clear that her biggest wins are her positive attitude and strength of character.  Deanie tells the reader to keep trying and to meet every trial that life presents head on.  A positive life-lesson story for children ages 8-12.
Learn more about Deanie Humphrys-Dunne and her books

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Inner Peace Award

Conditions For Accepting The Award
The only “rule” for the inner peace award is that you write a short piece on why you are accepting it. I would suggest that you forward on to other bloggers who you think would like it, 3-10 up to you:)

First of all, I'd like to thank my dear and talented friend, Janice Spina, for nominating me for this award. I'm so grateful to have you as my friend and I recognize and revel in your many talents.

Why I'm accepting this award:
Again, I'm humbled by the fact that Janice has honored me with this award. I think it's important for each of us to make a positive difference in the world. With this in mind, I try to encourage people to reach their full potential. I write books with life lessons in hopes that children will share their talents with others. Basically, I try to do the things that would make my Heavenly Father (and Earthly father) proud.Also, I volunteer for the CPM(Claire Power Murphy) Foundation, which as a mission statement," To help people reach their full potential."  One thing my dad taught us was that bravery doesn't always involve not being afraid, but doing the thing that you fear, in spite of your feelings. Whenever I try something new, I'm apprehensive, but I try to do it regardless, and this helps me to grow as a person.

And the Nominees are...
  • Bertha Mukodzani
  • Sarah Mazor
  • Yael Rosenberg
  • Carla Burke
  • Amb. Claire Power Murphy
i wish all of you inner peace and that you may be using your talents to benefit others. Thank you for all you do. I realize that you may not have time to formally accept this award, but I wanted to recognize your efforts to help others.

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Butterfly Light Award

Conditions For Accepting The Award

Here are the conditions for accepting the award :
1. You must write an acceptance post, making sure you link back to the blogger who awarded you and thank them. You MAY NOT lump this award in with a batch of other awards.
2. You must individually name and re-award to a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 9999999 bloggers. You must let them know either personally with a comment on their blog OR a pingback (I’d suggest their about page)
4. You must write a short paragraph (yes only one paragraph – damn this is easy) – Entitled either “How I’m Spreading Light” OR “How I’m A Positive Influence”
5. Display Belinda’s lovely “Butterfly Light Award” badge on your blog.

Thank you so much, Janice for this beautiful Award! It's such an honor to receive it and your confidence is me is amazing. You are absolutely one of the most special people I have ever met. It is a supreme honor to be listed among your many friends.

How I'm a Positive Influence
As you may know, I love writing children's stories with the goal of helping young people to develop healthy self-esteem, and good character. All of my books: award-winning Tails of Sweetbrier, as well as: Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star, and Charlene the Star and Hattie's Heroes, promote positive messages for children.They are illustrated by my gifted sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj, who makes the stories come to life.My objective is to write entertaining stories with enduring, important lessons. I have donated my books to schools, libraries, and individuals. In my view, it's extremely important to teach children good values so that they will use those lessons to make the world a better, happier  place. In addition, I work as secretary to renowned author, Claire Power Murphy, in her organization, The CPM Foundation. Claire and are featured on episode promoting good character. Additionally, I write blogs on my website,,about young people who are amazing role models.
And the nominees are:
  • Sarah Mazor
  • Yael Rosenberg
  • Bertha Mukodzani
  • Lily Blake
I know that Sarah and Yael are very busy and may not be able to fulfill all of the requirements for this award, but they are extraordinary people, and incredible authors. They specialize in children's books that promote good values. You can find out more about their books at:

Please be sure to check out this link:

New interview with Amb. Claire Power Murphy

You're invited to listen to my new interview with Amb. Claire Power Murphy on
You'll find out more about my books and other things that I'm working on with Amb. Murphy.
We hope you tune in and let us know your thoughts. Thank you so much.