Monday, February 29, 2016

Author Spotlight feat. Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

I'd like to welcome Deanie Humphrys-Dunne to the blog today. Thank you for sharing your books with us and spending a bit of time here today. I must say that these books are amazing. My daughter has read Tails of Sweetbrier and loved it. She's now reading Charlie the Horse. I recommend each one for your little reader. 

Tails of Sweetbrier:
This is a true story about a little girl who dreams of becoming a champion horseback rider. Deanie was born with a handicap, which made walking difficult. When doctors say she would never be able to walk, what does her dad do? He decides to teach her to ride horses. Will she give up 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 story will show you that nothing is impossible if you don't quit. Deanie Humphrys-Dunne grew up in Easton, Connecticut, where her parents owned the riding school called Sweetbrier. Tails of Sweetbrier has received a number of recognitions including;  Finalist in the CLIPP Award, The Feathered Quill Book award, Purple Dragonfly Book Award and the "50 Writers You Should Be Reading Award for 2015."

This book is beautifully illustrated by Deanie’s sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj. Holly also designed the cover.

Charlie the Horse:
Charlie dreamed of becoming a famous racehorse like his Dad, Charles the Great. Will he have the talent to succeed when he leaves for training at Sweetbrier Racing Stable? What will he do if he’s tired and doesn’t feel like running? How will Charlie react when he faces challenges on the race track? Charlie tells this story just for you. Your child will delight in reading about Charlie as a baby horse with a big dream. All of Deanie’s books convey positive messages for children. Charlie the Horse emphasizes working hard and setting goals.

Charlene the Star:

Charlene the Star was born into a family of famous racehorses. Unlike her big brother, Charlie, Charlene decides she doesn’t like racing. How will she explain this to her Mom?  Wait until you see how Charlene shows her trainers she doesn’t like racing? Will she become a model instead?  Her career takes many twists and turns before she finds her place to shine.  This is an award-winning story shares positive messages for children. They’ll see why it’s okay to have different talents than your friends.

Charlene the Star is Deanie’s third book. She has also written: award-winning stories, Tails of Sweetbrier and Charlie the Horse.

Deanie’s sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj, beautifully illustrated this story. Children will agree her illustrations make the story come to life.

Charlene the Star:

Charlene the Star is becoming known as a fine jumper after winning the Green Jumper Championship at the Sterling Horse Show. She loves jumping, but she’s looking for something new and exciting to do in her spare time. What is her new career? How do her new friends Hattie the Chicken and Wooliam the Sheep help? Charlene and her friends will delight your child with their amusing adventure.  This award-winning tale will remind readers it’s okay to have different talents than your friends.

Deanie’s sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj, drew the adorable illustrations and the cover.

Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes:

Charlene the Star is becoming known as a fine jumper after winning the Green Jumper Championship at the Sterling Horse Show. She loves jumping, but she’s looking for something new and exciting to do in her spare time. What is her new career? How do her new friends Hattie the Chicken and Wooliam the Sheep help? Charlene and her friends will delight your child with their amusing adventure. This award-winning story will show    readers the value of friendship and teamwork while the adorable animals work together to solve problems.

Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes is the second book in the series of Charlene the Star stories. This award-winning story stresses the value of teamwork and friendship.

Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes is beautifully illustrated by Deanie’s sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj. Readers will agree Holly’s adorable illustrations bring the story to life. Holly also created the cover.

Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog:

Charlene the Star makes new friends in this exciting adventure. She wants to win a special award for jumpers. She must learn important things if she wants to reach her goal. Does she succeed? How does Hattie react when she sees the headline in The Gazette? Why is Cherish so afraid? Your child will be fascinated with the amusing adventures of Charlene and her friends. Children will be entertained and learn important life lessons.  Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog is Deanie's fifth book. It's the third in her series of Charlene the Star books. Her other books include her award-winning autobiography, Tails of Sweetbrier, as well as, Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star, and Charlene the Star and Hattie's Heroes. All of Deanie's books encourage children to persevere and strive to do their best. In this story, children will learn how to combat bullying, work together and help others.
Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog is Deanie’s fifth book, and the third in the series of her Charlene the Star series.

Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog is an award-winning tale illustrated by Deanie’s sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj. Children will agree Holly’s adorable illustration show the characters’ endearing personalities. Holly also designed the cover.

My bio:
Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is an award-winning author. She completed two courses at The Institute For Children’s Literature. Deanie has been featured on several author websites and has received a number of blogging award nominations including; The Shauny Award, The Super Sweet Award, The Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

Each of Deanie’s books: Tails of Sweetbrier, Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star, Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes, and Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog, convey positive, character building messages for children such as perseverance, setting goals, working hard, teamwork and generosity.
Deanie will be interviewed on WTNH TV Show, CT Style on February 23, 2016.


book trailers:

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Author Corner

Lil Bits About Me

RaeBeth McGee-Buda was born in southwestern Pennsylvania in 1987, the second daughter of Rachel Yost and Arthur Curtis McGee. RaeBeth grew up with a passion for reading and writing poetry, as well as short stories. Her childhood dream was to become a teacher.

Rae Beth's dream of writing was created in her eleventh-grade literature class where writing became her passion.

RaeBeth married in August 2012 to her husband, Gregory Stephen Buda Jr. and resides in a small West Virginia town of Farmington. RaeBeth is a full-time mother of one beautiful little girl, an angel in heaven, and her rainbow baby son.

She graduated from American Intercontinental University in 2010 with her associates in Business Administration. She enjoys spending her time writing and feels that connecting with readers is her main goal. 
Her objective for her books is to inspire and give hope. She is a Christian author, who firmly believes in God and incorporates her faith into some of her work.


My Top 10 Favorite Songs

1. Oceans by Hillsong United
2. Revelation by Kari Jobe
3. Just Be Held by Casting Crowns
4. This is Amazing Grace by Phil Wickman
5. How He Loves by Flyleaf
6. Worth Dying For by Higher
7. Jesus Freak by DC Talk
8. Different Drum by Blanca
9. You Are My All in All by Hillsong United
10. Mercy Tree by Lacey Sturm

Favorite Movie

I love all the Transformers movies!!

Favorite TV Shows

1. Big Bang Theory
2. Law and Order: SVU
4. Any home improvement shows on HGTV.

My Favorite Books

The Holy Bible
Simply Tuesday by Emily P. Freeman
One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
Keep It Shut by Karen Ehman
Let's All Be Brave by Annie F. Downs

Name a person that you would most want to meet and have dinner with and why?

This one is a hard one because there are several authors who I admire for their work and their faith. I would have to say that I'd pick Emily P. Freeman because we are so much alike. I'd love to sit on our Tuesday bench over coffee and talk with her. She's an inspiration to be the person God called her to be and she brings light to this in her book, "Simply Tuesday".

Here is how you enter the giveaway. Answer Rae-Beth's questions in the comments section we'll pick one of you to win an ecopy of her latest book, Heavenly Realities: Stumbling toward Gratitude !!

What do you incorporate gratitude into your life?
 What is one goal of yours for the 2016 year?


Amber Brown spent her entire existence believing Dave was her father. When her mother reveals this is untrue, she goes through an emotional spiral with depression. It's hard for her to believe her mother had lied to her all this time.

A move to a new home and town causes Amber to be consumed by her "darkness" and reverts to cutting to free herself from her pain.

When Casey, her new friend enters her life, she introduces Amber to parties, drugs, and Amber's new boyfriend Landon. The secret of cutting begins to take effect on Amber as she tries to hide it from her friends and family. In the midst of everything, Amber has the desire to find out who her biological father is.

Follow Amber through her trials of depression and cutting, along with the discovery of love.

In life when one thing goes wrong, it can feel like everything goes wrong. Secrets come to the surface while friendships twist out of control, romantic relationships end, and even a dear loved one can die!

In Silenced: The Overtaking Amber’s life turns to chaos when she finds out Sarah, her childhood friend dies suddenly, her stepfather reveals another devastating family secret, and her boyfriend begins pushing her away.

After all the truth comes out, Amber turns to her darkness for comfort when her worst fear becomes reality. Her secret with cutting is discovered when she loses control and ends up in the hospital. Amber’s long journey to recovery begins with a battle. While she’s fighting her way to freedom, she discovers the one love she’s been missing her entire life.

Will Amber overtake her darkness of cutting or will the darkness overtake her?

The journey of pregnancy brings hope, joy, and love for the expecting mother. The hope of giving birth to a new life. The joy of feeling this new life grow inside of her. The love that starts with a test that doesn't ever end. Dreams for the unborn child flood the new mother’s mind, as well as those around her. Each step of the pregnancy is a cherished moment. The anticipation of meeting her cherished baby builds from the very first month and ends after birth.

This is the story of one mother and how a few words changed her life forever. How a piece of her faded when she heard these words: “There’s no heartbeat.” When Rae-Beth Buda laid in the hospital in labor, she and her husband heard those dreaded words.

What happens when all of those dreams are shattered in a moment’s notice? How does one cope with the loss of their child? This is the story of their journey and of the devastating grief of the loss of her daughter, Dakota Emily Buda.

Gratitude is often thought of as a gift or a blessing. By choosing gratitude, we teach ourselves to see the blessing in all situations, which leads to a more thankful life. 

This thirty-day challenge will take you on a journey, which will have you looking at different parts in life to find gratitude and give thanks. We will focus on the meaning of gratitude, seeing gratitude in difficult moments, ungratefulness, thankfulness, and even focus on saying thanks to friends and family who deserve recognition. When we choose gratitude, we teach our children to be more thankful and live a life with "eyes of gratitude." 

Join me in this journey to better your life with joy, happiness, and an attitude of gratitude. 

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