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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




A delight for all ages to read

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August 17, 2017
This review is from: My Life at Sweetbrier: A Life Changed by Horses (Paperback)
“You never know what you can do until you try.”
The author & her family’s lifestyle growing up on a horse farm.
Sometimes perseverance can take you places you’ve never dreamed of in life.
A delight for all ages to read.

I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one.

A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written memoir book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great horse movie, animated cartoon, or better yet a mini TV series. A very easy rating of 5 stars.

Thank you for the free Goodreads; Making Connections; Monday Creek Publishing; paperback book
Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)

copyright: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne: 2017

Survey: What would you like to know about writing a children’s book?

Hi everyone,
I designed a survey so I can write the perfect short perma-free book about things you’d like to know if you’re writing a children’s book. I want to be sure the questions are perfect for you so please take the time to answer these questions. Thank you so much.
Here are a couple of sample questions I’m considering for the book.
copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

to see the survey, please go to :

You may also take the googleform survey here:

Thank you so much.

Just for fun

Hi everyone,
Let’s use our imaginations today.

  • What if you were a pony and you were bored.  What would you do  to show your rider you were totally uninterested?
  • What if you were a horse and everyone in your family loved racing, but you didn’t. How would you show your trainers you didn’t like it?
Hope you”re all having a great day and enjoying the summer so far.
copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

RWD Book Launch Sunday 6th! (Relocation Without Dislocation)

Are you moving? It’s a big undertaking for sure, but Ndeye Labadens has a book with all kinds of helpful hints on how to have a stress-free move. Tomorrow and Monday are the launch days for her new book: Relocation Without Dislocation. She’ll share great hints and resources with you when you need them most!

Do you need to know more? Here are links to help you:

Free eBook available on Amazon.
Relocation Without Dislocation!

Don’t let Moving Defeat you!

Get your book and get ready for any type of relocation!

with Ndeye’s help, you ‘ll. move like a pro!

This handy guide shows you… Tips and resources….

Rock and Roll your relocation!

Share with those relocating friends who may need a copy to help relocate save $10.12

copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne


Perfect Picture Book Friday: Chicken Wants a Nap PLUS Giveaway

Picture Books Help Kids Soar


It’s a good day to review a picture book and I’ve got a fabulous one for you!



Written by Tracy Marchini

Illustrated by Monique Felix

Published by Creative Editions (August 15, 2017)

Ages: 3-8

Themes: Life on the farm, humor, dealing with frustration

Synopsis: From Amazon:

The sun is up, and a happy barnyard chicken is looking forward to a comfortable day—preferably one that includes a relaxing nap. However, every time she tries to find a good spot, something goes wrong. The sun disappears and is replaced by rain. She is driven out of the warm barn by obnoxious noises and smells. The dog is too curious for her to stay on the porch. Finally, the rain stops, and the worms come out. This is good news for the chicken—but bad news for the worms!

Why I like this book:

  • Simple text that…

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How to Help an Author …

Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing

Buy/Borrow, Read, Promote to other readers
… those books you enjoy.


Never expect the author to give you a free copy. But, if they offer to do so, you shouldn’t feel you are under any obligation to either read the book or give it a rave review. Unless you truly enjoyed reading that book. (As far as I’m concerned, I’m always thrilled to death with the thought that someone else may be reading my book!)

Buying or borrowing a copy from the library is the best show of support. (And if your local library does not have the book in their collection or the bookstore doesn’t have it in stock then this is a good time to mention the book to them. Did you know that most libraries encourage their patrons to recommend books that may be added to their collections? Both print and eBooks in most cases ……

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This Little Girl is the Hero Bookmobiles Need

Kristen Twardowski

Orange_County_Public_Library_Bookmobile,_circa_1965.jpg Photo courtesy of Orange County Archives, “Orange County Public Library Bookmobile,” ca. 1965, via Wikimedia.

I was lucky. Growing up, two local libraries that were just a short drive away. But not all kids have access to that many books.

In recent years, the town of Wellington in Carbon County, Utah has had a tight budget. Coal revenues have been falling, so the county commission has had to scramble to find enough money to continue operating local government services. In order to balance finances, the county commission voted to cut funding for the bookmobile and other programs. If this budget was implemented, the people of Wellington would have had their chances to find and read new books drastically cut.

This horrified one local book lover, 10-year-old October Hamilton, who leapt into action.

“We don’t have a library,” October told KSL reporters. “And the bookmobile is the only book…

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