Wednesday, July 1, 2015

It's the first Wednesday of the month so that means it's time to share something with you about our doubts or just words of encouragement. Thank you Alex J. Cavanaugh for starting this group. I don't have any new fears this time, amazing as that seems in itself so I'm going to share some words to inspire you ( hopefully)

Recently, I read a short article about courage. Usually, when I hear that word, I think of a hero; someone who actually saves a life. But there may be more to it than that. Here are some examples:

  • When you've edited your work till you're downright bleary-eyed and you're not done. It would be so easy to give up and not finish your work. But would you feel like you've accomplished anything? Would that make you happy? You reflect on it and you persevere. Tomorrow is a new day.
  • You've finally become a published author,  hooray! But now you've gotten a couple of less than stellar reviews. Maybe those reviewers have been blunt. Maybe they made you feel like you ought to pursue another career. Remember, that's only their opinion. Probably if you do a little research, you'll find most people like your work.
  •  No matter what anyone says, if your dream is to become an author, go after it! Nobody knows what you can accomplish if you persevere.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

copyright 2015  Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Inspirational quotes..

Thank you to my gifted author friend, Janice Spina for tagging me for this blog post where we write about inspirational quotes.  Janice is a fantastic person and I'm so honored to be among her many friends. If you haven't visited her blog, you should stop by. She always has interesting things to share so go visit: when you can.

Here are the rules:

1. Thank the person who tagged you.
2. List three quotes and inspire readers over three days or all at once.
3. Tag three or more people.
Here are the quotes I chose:

Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
If you're anything like me, new experiences can be petrifying. I think St. Francis of Assisi had a great idea here. If you start small by doing what needs to be done, you'll see what's possible and before long you'll be amazed what you've accomplished! I remember thinking it would be next to impossible to write a book that would interest anyone who didn't live under the same roof :) But once I started creating Tails of Sweetbrier, it wasn't so hard. Now we've won awards with it. If you don't take that first scary step, you miss so much.

Keep Your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.
 by Theodore Roosevelt
I think one of the secrets to success is to have high expectations. To set goals which challenge you, but to always remain humble. As my Mom always said, "Be grateful for what you have." I try to remember to be thankful for whatever gifts God has bestowed on me and thankful that I use them when possible. People with huge egos and know-it-all attitudes don't appeal to me at all.

It's common today to hear famous people blaming others for their failures. If we are to grow and become the best people we can be, we need to take responsibility for our own actions. We can change so many things in our lives once we take responsibility for what we do. 

I'm tagging these people:

  • Kathleen Andrews Davis
  • Eva Solar
  • Murees Dupe`
  • Deb Hockenberry
I totally understand if any of you are too busy to participate, but I hope that you do.

*quotes and pictures from internet
Copyright Deanie Humphrys-Dunne 2015

Thursday, June 25, 2015

This week we're celebrating...

It's Friday again so let's celebrate whatever we can. Thanks to Lexa Cain for continuing this blog! Stop by to check out her blog.

Here's what we're celebrating this week.....

  • Father's Day was lovely. Our sons came and we grilled things on the new barbeque they gave us. We really loved it and they did a great job as chefs.
  • Emails from my sister: I miss her since she's moved away, but we really appreciate our emails that keep us connected.
  • More progress with editing.
  • A good conference with my marketing expert.
Have a great weekend everyone! Thanks for stopping by.


copyright Deanie Humphrys-Dunne 2015

Thursday, June 18, 2015

This week we're celebrating...

  • Friday's here again so we can celebrate whatever happened during the week. Please stop by to see what everyone is happy about. Here's what we're cheering about:
  •  A press release has been circulated about my award for Tails of Sweetbrier. If you'd like to check it out, please visit:
  • Weather has been nice here.
  • Making progress on editing my book.
  • Father's Day is coming so we'll have a little celebration using our new barbeque grill. Happy Father's Day everyone!
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.


copyright Deanie Humphrys-Dunne 2015

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Writing for Children? Be Sure Your Character Grows

Thank you to Chris, The Story Reading Ape for posting my article about making sure your character changes during your stories. Please stop by to check it out;

Thursday, June 11, 2015

This week we're celebrating...

It's time to celebrate again. As always, we're all grateful to Lexa Cain for continuing this happy blog where we can celebrate all kinds of things. Here's what we're cheering about this week:

  • Our son arrived home safely from his vacation in the mid west. He and his friends had fun camping and they visited with my sister and brother in law.
  • My blogging friend, Eva Solar, nominated me for the lovely " Encouraging Thunder" Award. Thank  you so much, Eva for choosing me. Eva does a great job blogging and reviewing books. You should stop by to say hello: One of her blogs is:
  • My autobiography, Tails of Sweetbrier, has won the Honorable Mention Award in the Purple Dragonfly Book Contest. We are so honored to receive it. There is also a news release about it. You may check it out here:
  • Our lawn mower is coming back from repairs this weekend! We missed Harrison John Deere.
Thanks for visiting. Have a great weekend.
copyright Deanie Humphrys-Dunne 2015


Deanie Humphrys-Dunne announces Tails of Sweetbrier wins Honorable Mention in Purple Dragonfly Contest

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Silver Medal winner, 2014!
Silver Medal winner, 2014!

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[Ware MA June 16, 2015]  Children’s book author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne has announced ‘Tails of Sweetbrier’ has received honorable mention in the Young Adult Nonfiction category of the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards.

‘Tails of Sweetbrier’ is a true story of a little girl who dreams of becoming a champion horseback rider. But this child has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. The doctors say she will never be able to walk. What does her dad do?  He decides to teach her to ride horses.  But what might happen when things don’t go well?  What happens when she falls off her horse?  Even if she prevails, she will need exactly the right horse so they can become a winning team.  This inspirational children’s book shows young people that nothing is impossible if they don’t quit.
“I’m thrilled and honored ‘Tails of Sweetbrier’ has received this award,” Deanie stated. “It’s rewarding that the message this story shares is reaching children, parents and teachers.”
Deanie believes the message that perseverance is the key to accomplishing amazing things is one that can benefit every child. Through her inspiring, real life and fictional works, children will learn that anything is possible if they refuse to give up on their dreams. Through her works, children are reminded that tenacity is the key to success. They will see proof that obstacles can be overcome and that quitting only guarantees failure.
Deanie wants to be a positive influence to children. She loves to write entertaining stories that emphasize important values such as; never giving up, setting goals, and working together to realize great things. Her objective is to write books that build self-esteem and confidence in children. She works tirelessly to write books that would appeal to children and also teach them valuable lessons, presented in an engaging manner. Other books written by Deanie include ‘Charlene The Star’, ‘Charlene The Star And Hattie’s Heroes’, ‘Charlie The Horse’ and ‘Charlene The Star And Bentley Bulldog.
‘Tails of Sweetbrier’ took the Silver Medal in the Feathered Quill Book Awards in the Juvenile/YA Nonfiction category in 2014. It was one of five finalists in the CLIPPA Awards in the 3rd – 4th Grade category.
Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below, or by email at All of her books are available at Amazon. More information is available at her website at
Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is a children’s author with 4 published books. All of her books are beautifully illustrated by her sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj.
Deanie and Holly specialize in books that promote positive, character building messages for children.
Deanie is a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature. She has been featured on several author websites and received top billing in one of her interviews with renowned author, Amb. Claire Power Murphy on In addition she has been honored with numerous blogging awards and nominations including: The Sunshine Award, The Best Moment Award, The Super Sweet Award, The Very Inspiring Blogger Award, The Sisterhood of the World Award, and the I’m Part of the WordPress Family Award.

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