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My Life at Sweetbrier now available!

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Hi everyone,

I”m thrilled to announce my new book, My Life at Sweetbrier-A Life Changed by Horses will be released Friday May 12.

Here is a blurb about the book:

My Life at Sweetbrier:                   

A Life Changed by Horses

by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

What if you grew up on a horse farm and your single passion was to become a champion horseback rider? The problem is, you were born with a disability. Doctors tell your parents you’ll never walk, let alone ride. What will happen next? What does her dad do that changes her life? Will a failed racehorse and a handicapped girl become a winning team? This is the author’s true story of her journey. Even if Deanie prevails, will she find exactly the right horse to help her win?  Copyright (c) 2017. All rights reserved.

Here are the 3 endorsements on the back cover:

This book is a fantastic read for children! It shows them weather or not you have a disability you can accomplish anything you want and shows you never to give up! Her writing style helps you feel like you’re with her, sharing every part of her journey. Charlene Johnson Dunworth Creery, former equestrian instructor.

Deanie was my first riding teacher. Her determination and kind manner helped me learn how to persevere and become a good rider. Deanie’s writing draws you into her story and you share in her experiences. She is as encouraging in her writing as she is in person. Deanie not only taught me how to ride a horse, but also how to always follow your dream. Her book shows you that you can follow your dream with a grateful heart no matter what obstacles you have to overcome. Deanie brings her close relationship with her family to life in her story. She shows how each of the horses and ponies have their own personality and how she worked to figure out how to form a partnership with them. My Life At Sweetbrier is a wonderful story that makes you eager to find out what adventure Deanie will encounter next.

Alexis Kiss M.S.Psycholgy, former ARICP riding instructor

My Life at Sweetbrier is a wonderful book about courage and determination and succeeding despite difficult circumstances. Three generations of my family learned to ride at Sweetbrier Farm. Deanie and her family taught me both horse and life lessons that I will never forget and inspired me to go on and own a farm of my own and teach others to ride. I plan to have all my students read this inspirational book.

Jill Kulmann, owner of Epic Farm, Middlefield, CT

And an excerpt from the 5-star Reader’s Favorite Review:

“This is Deanie’s story. My Life at Sweetbrier: A Life Changed by Horses is a motivating memoir by a remarkable horsewoman, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne. The memoir is written to inspire readers of all ages to work towards their goals, their dreams, and to never give up. Deanie and her parents never gave up. Even when she fell from her horse, or her leg was trampled by a frightened horse, Deanie always got back into the saddle again and again. Horses have a way of helping us overcome handicaps, disabilities. Horses don’t judge; they don’t tease or bully. For Deanie, the many horses in her life were her motivation. And being a Humphrys certainly helped, with the family motto: “The Humphrys don’t give up.” Deanie never did give up. A powerful message of compassion and determination. ”

Review by Emily-Jane Hills-Orford

“I was very impressed with this inspirational book and the courageous author who wrote it! I feel it should definitely be in your home library. It will teach your children that they can overcome whatever obstacles life throws in their direction.”
From 5-star review by Deborah S. Hockenberry.


copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne




Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air Your Reviews – Helen Jones, Janice Spina and Judith Barrow

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

We have a wonderful bumper crop of great reviews for you today.. starting with the review for A Thousand Rooms by Helen Jones

About the book

Katie is thirty-two, single, and used to work in advertising. She’s also dead. A lost soul hitching rides with the dying, trying to find her way to… wherever she’s supposed to be.

And whoever she’s supposed to be with.

Heaven, it seems, has a thousand rooms. What will it take to find hers?

The latest review for the book

Keep a box of tissues at your elbow for this one! A Thousand Rooms had me red-eyed and snuffling. This is a character-driven book with a simple plot: Katie, newly dead and unfortunately overlooked in her transition from life, goes on a quest to find “her heaven” and travels through a series of manifestations…

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Who needs an editor and when?


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If you’re a children’s author, or an author of any genre, you might wonder whether you need an editor and when you should  hire one. There are some steps you might consider doing first. Here’s what works well for me, as a children’s author of five books:

  • Have you revised your work enough? For example, have you looked for common overused words that are often not necessary like, “that” “I guess” “maybe” “I think” “sort of”, etc?
  • Have you developed your characters well? Do they have different personalities?
  • Have you described the scenes so readers feel connected to the characters and events?
  • Do you have a good opening to “hook” the readers and make them want to see what happens next?
  • Do you have a conflict, or problem, for the main character to solve? Conflict is important to the success of your story.
  • If you’ve done all of these things, do you have beta readers who can give you their opinions about your work? It’s great to have more eyes on it because it’ll give you a fresh perspective. They’ll likely see things you missed, or give you new ideas.
  • Assuming you’ve done these things, you’re probably ready to send it to an editor. A good editor will check for unrelated scenes, overused or unnecessary words, poor grammar, etc. to be sure your work is as polished and professional as possible.
Thank for stopping by. I hope these suggestions help you create the perfect story.
copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

7 Tips to Help Promote Your First Self-Published Book – by Gloria Kopp…

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Sitting down and writing a novel is a huge achievement and one you should be proud of. The same goes for a non-fiction book – producing work like that takes a lot of time and effort, and it’s something that not many people pull off in their lifetime. However, once your book is written, you have the added pressure of needing to sell it. A lot of writers make the mistake of thinking that dumping their book online is all they need to do to sell their novel, however if you want any sort of commercial success, you’ll need to promote your work. Fortunately, self-promotion is simple when you follow the 7 tips below.

  1. Have a ‘.com’ Domain

If you want to be seen as a professional writer and author then you’ll need a fully-fledged website. People rarely want to spend their money on amateur work as there’s a risk…

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The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy #FREE on Amazon 6/23 & 6/24

A great book you’re sure to love.

Colleen Chesebro ~ Fairy Whisperer

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The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy is Free on Amazon today and tomorrow to celebrate International Fairy Day!

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This is your chance to experience the magic of the fairy nymphs. Here is some insight into some of the ideas behind the symbolism in the story and my use of the number seven, rainbows, and ancient Greek Mythology that I sprinkled throughout the novel.

The number seven is significant in early folklore and Christianity. Seven was creatively used in many myths and fairy stories from our childhood. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is always the first fairy tale that comes to mind that used the number seven.

The Seed of Life,

Seven circles intertwine to form the symbol called “The Seed of Life.” The Seed of Life symbolizes the six days of creation. The central circle symbolizes the day of…

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Celebrate the small things

Hi Everyone,
Hope you had a great week. Every Friday we write about things that make us happy. Be sure to stop by to see what she and her blogging partners have to say this week.
Here’s what we’re celebrating this week:

  • Father’s Day was fun. Our sons came to visit. They mowed the grass for their Dad with our little mower,Wilbur. Here’s his picture. Isn’t he cute?  We love Wilbur so much we’re writing a picture book about him. After the mowing, we went to dinner.
  • Tomorrow my sister-in-law is coming. We don’t see her often,but we always have fun together.
  • First day of summer. I love warm weather.
  • Some of you may know I’m a baseball fan, especially the Yankees. My favorite team is back in first place after having a horrible week last week.

What are you celebrating? I’d love to know.
Have a great week.

copyright: 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

  • Wilbur

#amwriting: Writing a Short Story to a Theme

Life in the Realm of Fantasy

Writing short stories is both difficult and easy. They are easy because you can keep it simple, just a few characters, one problem, and an overarching theme that runs through the whole thing.

However, they are difficult because of those same constraints.

What are the main considerations when writing a short story?

Plot Structure, or the way the story is arranged:

  1. the setup
  2. the obstacle
  3. the turning point
  4. the resolution/outcome

The Set-up: You must have a good hook. In some cases, the first line is the clincher, but especially in a short story, by the end of the first page, you must have your reader hooked and ready to be enthralled.

The theme, or the core of the plot, an idea-thread that runs through a story from the opening pages to the end. Theme binds the four primary elements of characters, conversations, actions, and reactions. Theme is…

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No Wasted Ink Writer’s Links

No Wasted Ink

no-wasted-ink-writers-links-logoIt is time for writer’s links here at No Wasted Ink.  This week is more of a grab bag of general writing tips from authors that I feel have some good advice on the subject.  One with a more humorous bent is the writeaholic article.  I may fall under that label!  Do you?  Enjoy the articles.  There will be more next week!

When Does Writing Get Easier? The 4 Steps to Mastery

Social Media for Authors—Beware of Experts

Is a Writers’ Residency Right For You?

How To Build A Network Of Writer Friends

Can You Be a Writeaholic?

How to Refill Your Writing Tank

Etiquette for MFA Grads

Why You Should Ignore Hemingway’s Advice

Narrative Techniques for Storytellers

How to Nurture (and Keep) the Writing Habit

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