Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!

Hi everyone,
Just wanted to wish a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving to all of you. I hope you're able to celebrate with your families and that you have much for which to be grateful. I certainly do!
Thank you to each of you for celebrating with me this year!

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

Monday, November 23, 2015

Interview with Amazing author, Mark Koopmans!

 Author, Mark Koopmans

"Hi everyone, I'm thrilled to be spending time with gifted author Mark Koopmans today. Welcome, Mark. We'll get right to the questions.
How did you get the idea for your book?
Thanks, Deanie, for having me over to wrap up the book tour. What a month!
The idea to write REVIVAL came after I spoke to Donald Braswell, who, at the time (2008) had recently finished fourth overall in America’s Got Talent. I interviewed Donald for the newspaper I worked for, but as the “official chat” ended, we continued talking for forty-five minutes and I was inspired by learning more about Donald’s back story. I knew then this could be a project far greater than a simple feature.
You had a great idea, Mark. I'm so happy you decided to write this book! I think it will bring you much success.
I know you’re doing a book tour. Describe some of the highlights of your tour.
The main highlights have been the wonderful blogger friends who have made such an effort to stop by most, if not all days that I posted. Their support definitely bolstered me! Other highlights, for me, came from sharing all the self-taught tips I’ve learnt in writing a memoir.
I'm glad so many great people offered to help you spread the word about your book!
What was the most exciting part of your book tour?
Probably seeing the book available at the publisher’s website and then on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
It is really exciting when you see the proof your book is actually published, isn't it?
What are your plans for the future?
I’m finishing my first novel, a WWII thriller. Then I plan to tackle a modern-day thriller set in Florida. I’m not sure I would ever tackle a memoir again, but they do say, “Never say never.”
Where can we purchase your book?
You can find REVIVAL at:

Pen-L Publishing (my publisher)
"Thank you so much for talking about your wonderful book, Mark. I know it's going to be a smashing success. Everyone will love your special giveaway that's listed on your blog. You have wonderful gifts we would all love to win. 

Copyright 2015: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Saturday, November 21, 2015

An interview with gifted children's author Kevin Christofora

Hello everyone , today I have the pleasure of interviewing talented children's author, Kevin Christofora. He loves writing and today you'll find out lots more about him, his passion and his future plans. Welcome, Kevin, it's great to be speaking to you today. We'll get on with our questions now.

Tell us something about yourself:  
I laugh when people call me an author.  I didn’t grow up ever thinking I would be. Some times I still feel awkward, but I can't deny it with two books done and the third coming soon.  Now I am owning up to it! J   I am a dad.  I grew up in a family business  (a meat market )which taught me many life skills.
 After having children and becoming a coach, I found a huge need.  While doing my own homework on how to make practices more fun, I found major organizations willing to teach groups of parents how to be better coaches. I loved the fact that someone knew all these volunteer parents don’t necessarily know how to coach.Yes, we're  thankful for the coaches time, but it wasn’t the best experience. I took classes and brought the knowledge back to my organization after I became president.  It doesn’t matter what sport you coach,  these classes were geared to teaching kids. Learning kid psychology, and  parent-coach communication skills from experienced veterans. I was dumbfounded at how many kids showed up knowing nothing about baseball. I was exhausted at the end of the day, reading to my kids with slurred speech. Wouldn't it be great to write about baseball to teach kids and parents about the game so they'd know what to do and where to go when we got to the field? I wanted to write a book about what I did every day on the field.
You've accomplished so much, Kevin!
Tell us about your books:
The Hometown All Stars are a series for books for children four to six.They teach children about baseball using real coaching techniques.  In this interactive storybook, kids will find hidden baseballs in the pictures, answer trivia questions, and there’s a page for autographs from their favorite players.  The series is designed to be short-anytime reading books.  You learn how to catch, hit, and throw before you even think about playing a game.
Your books are really fun and entertaining Kevin. I've reviewed them and I can see why kids and parents love them.
Are you working on any new stories?   oh-yes, everyone wants the one what's coming.  What have you done for me lately?  It doesn’t exist- lol  We are deep into book 3. The schedule is to have art complete by the end of December to meet a march release. I am excited.  It is coming out better than I predicted…lots of fun mixed in.  I cant wait!  
Such exciting news, Kevin!
From now till Xmas, all book sold, I will match and donate to children’s hospitals around the country.
I have a great fundraising program, where we sell books at cost to organizations, and they add to registrations or just flat out sell.  Any unused books, we buy back. I think it is awesome to help spread the efforts of more green, less screen. 
The blog on my website is incredible.  I have incredible new help from Mugsy PR.   They have helped create a great image and the content is so useful and what I would declare as normal and useful.  Many new parents are feeling their way. Here they have a chance to see how other parents handle similar situations or conquer the time management with kids and activities and bedtime. We have found many repeat visits, which helps reassure that the content is good.  Who doesn’t want 6-6minute snack ideas?  And healthy ones at that!
Great ideas Kevin, Best wishes! Thanks for spending time with me today! I really enjoyed learning about you and your books!
for more on fundraising information contact Kevin:
Contact: Kevin @ 845-332-3580 or kevin@thehometownallstars.com or P.O. Box 235, Woodstock,  NY 12498

copyright: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne 2015

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Celebrate the Small Things....

Yay! It's Friday so we get to celebrate whatever we want, thanks to Lexa Cain. Please hop on over to her blog: LexaCain.blogspot.com and see what everyone has to say.
Here's what we're happy about this week:

  • A lovely party with our friends and our sons
  • Meeting an an author friend in person today
  • Upcoming Skype chat with my Mom
  • A possible new project
  • My essay is in the finals! That means anyone who would like to can vote again for the winners.
  • Here's the link if you'd like to vote:
  • http://www.wnbnetworkwest.com/WnbAuthorsShow50Writers2015-Finalists.html
  • Thank you so much. I wouldn't be a finalist without you!
copyright 2015: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
website: www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Where do you find ideas for children's stories?

One of the most common problems writers have is coming up with a good idea for a children’s story.
Where do these ideas come from?
Don’t you wish there was a little idea elf who stopped by whenever you need it?
Let’s discuss some ways to find good ideas.
  • Start with your own experiences: Did something happen to change the course of your life? That was the case for my book, Tails of Sweetbrier.The decision my dad made to teach me to ride horses truly changed my life and made it possible for me to realize my dream of becoming an accomplished equestrian. Have your children done something amazing or amusing that you can use as a starting point for your story? How about your pets? Many authors have successfully written about adventures of their pets.
  • How about stories or movies? Sometimes all you need is for a story to stir a particular sentiment inside you; something you can use as a story foundation. Some authors have mentioned they suddenly get ideas in the middle of the night, or they dream about something that would make a good story subject.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog Special Promotion!

Hi everyone,
 I'm excited to announce my latest book, Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog is on sale today for just .$99! (for the Kindle version). Please check it out here:


The price is valid for about 3 days and then it will be $1.99 for another 3 days. I hope you enjoy this story. It's a great Christmas gift!

Website: www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com

Copyright 2015: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Monday, November 16, 2015


Hi Everyone, Just wanted to share the news that my essay made the finals!  Of course, I"m excite and honored. Thank you so much for your previous support. I'm extremely grateful for it. Please vote one more time to choose the winners;

Have a great day everyone and thanks for your support!
Website: www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com

copyright 2015: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne