Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Deanie Humphrys-Dunne and Lesley Fletcher

Welcome to the Friday edition of the author update for writers in the bookstore. And the first author with an update is Deanie Humphrys-Dunne with her latest book – My Life at Sweetbriar: A Life Changed by Horses, an inspiring memoir that shares the story of how she overcame her disability with the help of her equine family. The book is already receiving wonderful reviews.

About the book

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?

Two of the early reviews for the book

Very encouraging! By Deborah S. Hockenberry on May 13, 2017

Can you imagine living on a farm with horses but not being able to ride them? What would it be like to sit there, looking out the window, watching your sisters’ ride, and jumped over fences on them? I think it would be horrible! What if you were disabled and one day your doctor says that you’ll never walk? What would your parents say or do?

This all happened to author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne. She takes us into her world of learning to ride a horse while having a disability. Not only that, but she tells us how she went on to showing the horses and jump them in horse shows! She has the ribbons to show for it, too!It all started when that doctor said Deanie would never walk. Her dad had other ideas contrary to what the doctor said.

Thus, started Deanie’s long journey to the horse shows. It all started with her dad finding her a pony that she could handle and then strengthening her legs so that she could stay up. Then, she learned to walk the horse without falling off; everything up to jumping when she was eighteen. Through the years she’s ridden many horses as she grew and progressed. In this autobiography, the author takes us through all of the up and downs of her life. She tells us of the horses’ barn burning and her mother losing her favorite horse to Deanie finally getting a horse of her own!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.

An inspirational story of a little girl’s determination to succeed! By Jjspina on May 13, 2017

If you are looking for an inspirational and unforgettable read this is the book for you. This book will bring you to tears as you read about this inspiring little girl who learns never to say no to her dreams. She was born with a handicap and her parents were told that she would never walk. With a surprisingly strong will and determination to do what her sisters could do, ride horses and win championships, Deanie learned to ride. She found it very difficult and had to adjust many times to falling off her horse and getting up again and again. She never gave up and finally she did succeed and became a championship jumper.

This is quite a feat for this little girl and through her trials and tribulations she teaches children and adults that perseverance pays off. If you want to live your dream then you must work hard even if you at first fail you must keep trying and never give up. By not giving up you will be rewarded with success and a wonderful feeling of accomplishment. Deanie is a remarkable woman who has inspired me by her example. She is a talented and creative author of four books and continues to pursue her dreams in being a very successful author. I think she is well on her way to success for nothing will keep her from obtaining her goal.

This is an excellent story for middle school and high school students to encourage them to pursue their dreams and proving by Deanie’s example, that no obstacle is too great.

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Also by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

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My second update is for Lesley Fletcher who has a brand new cover for her book Crystal Ball Persuasion and a good opportunity to update with some of the reviews for the book.

About the book

Since being given her mentor’s gift of a premonition at a very young age, Gypsy has had her sights on a life far away from the one she leads. Standing in her way are two men; one who has been waiting a lifetime for her love and one who depends on her gifts for a living wage.

Trusting the Universe, she throws herself into a new life when she finds the seeker who fits the premonition. She sets out with a new identity and a zest for adventure on her quest for the truth. Their journey together leads to questions about what the future will hold and how the past will impact it. There is only one thing is set in stone. Neither will ever return to their former life.

Accompanying her on the adventurous escape and leading the way is Jules, a woman whose life was recently thrown into merciless turmoil. Together they conquer goals, soul search and open their bruised and broken hearts as they travel to far off destinations. Their journey is filled with mystical charm, sisterhood and page-turning events as the story unfolds.

Along the way a question arises – Will building a fresh life based on crystal ball readings, intuition and a premonition, also change destiny?

Two of the reviews for the book

This is a great story that examines how lives intertwine. The first time Gypsy and Jules meet, Gypsy is doing a reading for the woman. From there the author takes the reader into a fascinating story and on an incredible journey. The story is well written and the tale is unique as a search for truth and reaching goals by two women who although it seems have nothing in common at first have a date with destiny.

I received this book as the result of a giveaway. I enjoyed the style of writing straight away, it flows well and gets on with the story from the start. I also took a liking to the main characters, so quickly became interested in what happened to them. I know little about the Gypsy life and a little about the places Gypsy and Jules travelled to, but there was enough information to bring the places to life without it being obvious. I read this on my commute to work and there were occasions when I wished my journey was longer so I could continue reading. A thoroughly enjoyable book following the development of a friendship between two women from very different backgrounds.

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Also by Lesley Fletcher

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Thanks for dropping in today and if you have news to share about your books in the cafe then please let me know.

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Author Update – Barb Caffrey, Angie Dokos and Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

author-update-jpgWelcome to the first of the Cafe and Bookstore updates this week and three featured authors. Barb Caffrey, Angie Dokos and Deanie Humphrys – Dunne.


Now for a book released on February 7th by sci-fi/fantasy author Barb Caffrey. In the fantasy romance Changing Faces, a couple find themselves at a crossroads in their lives that might separate them for ever…The Ebook version is currently on offer at 99c.

About the book

Allen and Elaine are graduate students in Nebraska, and love each other very much. Their life should be idyllic, but Elaine’s past includes rape, neglect, and abuse from those who should’ve loved her—but didn’t, because from childhood, Elaine identified as transgender.When Elaine tells Allen right before Christmas, he doesn’t know what to do. He loves Elaine, loves her soul, has heard about transgender people before, but didn’t think Elaine was one of them—she looks and acts like anyone else. Now, she wants to become a man and is going to leave.

He prays for divine intervention, and says he’ll do anything, just please don’t separate him from Elaine…and gets it.Now, he’s in Elaine’s body. And she’s in his. They’ll get a second chance at love.

Why? Because once you find your soulmate, the universe will do almost anything to keep you together—even change your faces.

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Also by Barb Caffrey

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A selection of reviews for The Elfy books.

A Little Elfy in Big Trouble

If you’re a fan of fantasy (Harry Potter anyone), you’ll love this book!  By N. N. Light on January 18, 2016
Thoughts for Elfyverse/Humanity today…  By Jeff  on January 18, 2016

An Elfy on the Loose

I love the rich details and how the author makes the …  By Annemarie L. Grey on July 17, 2016
Fresh, innovative, daring and very different from the rest.  By M.M. on November 21, 2014

Barb is the widow of Michael B. Caffrey (1958-2004), and has vowed that Michael’s work — his words — will live on as long as there are people to read them. It’s because of this vow that she’s republished Michael’s Adventures of Joey Maverick series, which currently consists of “A Dark and Stormy Night” and “On Westmount Station.

Books by Michael Caffrey and Barb Caffrey

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Now for an update for author Angie Dokos who continues to receive excellent reviews for her book Mackenzie’s Distraction.

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Mackenzie’s Distraction is a New Adult Romance about a young lady with a rough past and a promising future. Just when he career is within reach, tragedy strikes. A terrible accident and a family secret turn Mackenzie’s world upside down. She’s sure her life can’t become any more complicated, then she meets Trevor. Will he be just what she needs or the distraction that pushes her over the edge?

This book is not erotica, but does have sexual content. It includes some curse words, but not many. It doesn’t have any major violence.

The latest review

A tragic family accident suddenly turns Mackenzie’s world upside down. But then a long-held family secret is exposed, ripping open old wounds with heart wrenching results.

Fighting her own demons from an uncertain past, Mackenzie, with the help of her family, desperately fights to turn a negative past into a positive future. But that emotional roller coaster has its own challenges, ending up with her pushing away and hurting some people that love her and want to help her, especially Trevor, an unexpected love interest she wasn’t prepared to deal with. Emotions run deep as a family struggling to deal, not only with a tragic accident, but must handle a highly charged secret that threatens the very fabric of their family.

Will old wounds heal? Can Mackenzie let her past dictate her future, or can she come to terms with the past and accept it? This story conveys a positive message regarding the importance of family, accepting the past, healing, turning your life around, and looking forward to a future Mackenzie dared not to hope for: a promising future with those she loves.

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Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is author of the wonderful series of books for children and young adults (of all ages). Her book Charlene the Star is now available in a revised edition.

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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?

The latest review for the book

Charlene the Star was born into a family of famous racehorses. She had beautiful dark red hair, brown eyes, and nice long legs just perfect for being a racehorse. However, Charlene decides racing is not for her. Charlene does not know how to tell her mother this. Quite a dilemma for a youngster. You will have to read Charlene the Star to find out what happens next in this delightful story by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne. I recommend this book for young readers 7-12, and especially for those who are horse lovers.

If you have not read Tails of Sweetbrier by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne, it is a must do! Tails of Sweetbrier is a touching true story of determination about a little girl that was diagnosed with a condition Cerebral Palsy and was told by her doctor that she would never be able to walk. Her father would not accept that diagnosis and instills faith in his little girl, and he set out to teach her to ride horses and felt if she could do that, she would be okay. Loved this book!

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Also by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

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Thank you very much for dropping in today and it would be great if you could share the updates for these authors across your own networks.. Don’t forget that if you are in the bookstore you can enjoy regular updates as I am happy to feature you at least once a month to six weeks. Thanks Sally

If you are not in the Cafe and Bookstore this is the link to tell you how to get on the shelves.

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Christmas Update – Children’s Books the perfect gift.


Welcome to the latest update from Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore. Throughout the year over 120 authors have been promoted weekly on the blog and their books now reside in the virtual bookstore along with their buy links and websites. In the run up to Christmas I will be visiting all the authors in the store and checking for updates and new reviews on their most recent books. If you are in the bookstore and have recently published a new book, received a rave review then please let me know..

My first update is to congratulate Deanie Humphrys- Dunne for being voted a winner 2016 for ‘50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading’ for her wonderful children’s books. Also an update on reviews for her book Charlie The Horse which was released as for Kindle earlier this year.

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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 feeling 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.

I thought the author did a great job of keeping the reader turning pages after pages, till like me I was finally able to finish this story tonight! This is why I was able to enjoy this ebook and wish now to recommend this for five stars and especially for those who love to read clean,fun horse stories like this I received this ebook for free and in particular to give it an honest review. Super job Deànie! By Angela

An inspiring story for any child. It was a fun experience reading this book by author Deanie Dunne. She put great thought into this book and into the imagination of making the horse (Charlie) talk himself.

Also by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

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My next update is for Gigi Sedlmayer whose wonderful books about Talon the Condor are hugely popular.  Gigi recently passed the 100 reviews milestone for her first book Talon, Come Fly with Me and the whole series has received amazing critical feedback. All of the books would make great gifts but I will feature the first in the series and leave you to catch up with the others on Amazon.


About the Book.

Talon come fly with me is a delightful middle gradestory set in Peru with a family of condors and missionary Australians. Is it possible for condors to understand humans? Suspend your beliefs and watch how an under-sizegirl, Matica, finds friends with a family of condors, after being rejected bythe Indians because of her size.

There are beautiful descriptions of the flight of the condors, and more so when Talon is cared for by Matica. The language suits this age group and does not talk down to the reader.
This is a great inspirational story for everyone. It will lift you up and make you believe in adventures, friendships, acceptance in a whole new light. Come and take the journey that is called Matica’s life. It is filled with rejections, heartbreaks, growth and loneliness, but through it all it will make you feel stronger.

Come Fly With Me is the first book in this series and you will be blown away!!!
In a world full of pain this story gives ones hope

One of the recent reviews out of 105.

Matica is a young girl who lives in the Andes with her missionary parents and older brother. What makes Matica unique, is that she is nine years-old but has the body of the two year-old child. Her affliction, causes the native Indians to be suspicious of Matica until she proves she is far more than her disability, and in fact her greatest strength is her size because being so small, Matica can fly on the back of a condor.

How this surprising event comes about, is when Matica befriends a male condor who seems to understand everything Matica is saying, and she in turn understand him. When the condor and his mate’s precious egg is stolen by poachers, Matica and her father find, and rescue the egg with the condors’ blessing. Matica and her family care for the egg and when it hatches, Matica is pseudo-mother to a giant condor.

Because of her befriending of the condors, Matica earns the Indians’ respect and admiration, which turns her life around. She gives talks at the school, and becomes special instead of feared. This is a story about how one young girl’s love for nature, turned her own life around and made it into something exciting, and most importantly, gave her disability meaning. This is a wonderfully written, heartfelt story about the power of love to redeem us. It’s about how Nature can heal and give our lives meaning and being us closer to those around us. I really enjoyed this story and would recommend it to readers of all ages. There is nothing in this book that I would read to even a five year-old

The other books in the series


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My final update today is for another very popular children’s author Darlene Foster and her series that features Amanda and her travels around the world. Recently re-published with all new covers. The featured books is Darlene’s recently released.. Amanda on the Danube… The Sounds of Music.


About the book

Twelve year old Amanda Ross finds herself on an elegant riverboat with her bestie, Leah, cruising down the beautiful Danube, passing medieval castles, luscious green valleys and charming villages. When she is entrusted with a valuable violin by a young, homeless musician during a stop in Germany, a mean boy immediately attempts to take it from her.

Back on their cruise, Amanda struggles to keep the precious violin safe for the poor prodigy. Along the way, she encounters a mysterious monk, a Santa Claus look-alike, and the same nasty boy.

Follow Amanda down the Danube, through Germany, Austria and Hungary, as she enjoys the enchanting sounds of music everywhere she goes. She remains on the lookout though, wondering just who she can trust.

One of the early reviews.

Good Reading By LAS Reviewer on November 2, 2016

Amanda is excited. Her family and she are meeting her English friend and her parents to take a boat trip on the Danube. She’s from Canada and Leah is from England so they don’t get to see each other as much as they would have liked. They’ll have lots of sights to see, good music and museums and historical sites galore. What could go wrong?

This book can be read alone but if it’s a good fit for your child others are out there and more will be coming. The author does a good job of writing an interesting story that will keep a child’s attention without being condescending. The mystery is realistic and entertaining. These points make a good book for young ones.

Amanda and Leah are visiting the cities they stop at with their parents. They are allowed to wander alone as long as they stay together. Leah is there but she’s almost always texting with friends at home. That annoys Amanda a bit. Amanda keeps running across the same boy in their travels. He finally hands her a violin case and asks her to keep it safe. That’s going to be harder than it sounds. She hides it well but it’s obvious someone is after it.

As she asks questions she learns more about the violin and also more about the boy. Without trying to, she’s managed to get entwined in a case where thieves are after the violin because of its value. It’s the boy’s only connection to his family and he doesn’t want to lose it. Amanda has her work cut out for her, but she’s up to the task. Recommended.

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The other books in the series

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I hope that has given you some ideas for books for the younger members of the family.. Thanks for dropping in and would be grateful if you could share.. Thanks Sally

Mention in Dispatches – Zombies, Goblins and Humming Birds.

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Welcome to this week’s very small selection of blogs that I have visited this week. Such a wide range of topics available, and a huge volume of work that even five years ago we would not have had access to. It has been a very busy two weeks and thank goodness for this talented group of writers that have given me an excuse to down tools for short periods and recharge my batteries.

chris_the_story_reading_ape.jpgThe Story Reading Ape with author and actor Jack Wallen who brings us the alternative afterlife with his Zombie and horror books.. Thirty of them so far… that is what I call prolific.

Ali Isaac

Ali Isaac​ with another wonderful post on Ancient Irish Culture. Most of the codes of conduct still exist today with a warm hospitality and loyal friendship.   There are some codes that should still be practised today and illustrate how civilised our ancestors were in that age.


Meet the cast of the Hummer movies courtesy of Cindy Knokes. It is an aeronautical display that few of us are privileged to see but in the Holler these beautiful birds gather in the spring migration and can be seen through the magic of Cindy’s camera lens.. Meet Star, Piloto, Darth, Flash and Star


A very in depth article on the pros and cons of submitting your manuscript to a large publishing house or going the Indie route. In fact traditional publishing was always self-publishing. I believe that a successful indie author with two or three books out there proving themselves with good independent reviews and reasonable sales is more likely to do well with a major publisher. The experience is certainly worthwhile as it gives you a better perspective on the benefits of both.


Jack Eason is offering his Goblin Tales FREE over Easter.. And to whet your appetite

The Siren’s Song In which Globular Van der Graff, (Glob), Makepeace Terranova (Make), Byzantine Du Lac (Byz), Eponymous Tringthicky (Mous), Bejuss the one eyed lisping raven with the twisted beak, and finally, curmudgeonly old Neopol Stranglethigh (Neo) are visited by a beautiful stranger. Read the short story over at Have We Had Help


Annette Rochelle Aben with a response to Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge with the theme #Magic.. And some great background stories as well as her thoughts on the subject.


Some Truisms about aging from Elfkat.. I can relate to most of them… What fun it is to be old and cranky.


Deanie Humphrys Dunne posted a blog on Thursday that I think is worth reading by all parents not just those with children facing challenges through physical or mental disabilities. As Deanie writes…“As some of you may know, I was born with cerebral palsy. It only affects my legs, so I’m blessed in that regard. One of the most amazing benefits I had was my parents’ philosophy. They constantly reassured me that I could do anything. Admittedly, certain things would take longer, but they never focused on my limitations.”

Jo Robinson

Every day millions of people are looking for new books to read. Getting their attention is a challenge but with the Internet at our fingertips there are strategies we can use to bring them to us. Read Jo Robinson’s very useful post and put her strategies into action.

D.G. Kaye Author

Debby Gies – author D.G. Kaye reblogs a post that will strike a chord with many writers who face similar comments even from friends and family… I certainly would be a little miffed if I overheard this particular comment and would not be half as restrained!!


Jean Cogdell with an excellent post on the debate of writing in the first person or third person. I prefer to write my longer stories in the first person but tend to write my short stories in the third person.. I am just on book 8 of Bernard Cornwell’s The Last Kingdom series and they are all in the first person.. I know Uhtred far better because of this technique that I ever would if written in the third person as I get inside his head. So much so that my husband now fails to react when I say I am off to bed with Uhtred and that I will see him in an hour or so!!

So there is a small selection from the week of bloggers who have kept me sane!  A couple of posts coming up today that I have scheduled and I will back in with my coffee and tea to make sure you are all behaving yourselves….or not!

Please feel free to comment and share.  I’ll be back!  Sally



Saturday Round Up -Book Trailers, Swans, Bull’s accessories!

They say time flies when you are having fun and they are not in jest. It has been a great week and the sun has been shining most of it and despite cold temperatures at night I have maintained my tan and Vitamin D levels for an hour every afternoon.  This means that I also have enjoyed uninterrupted reading for that hour which is a delightful bonus.

No news on the house yet but with Christmas on the horizon it is likely to be spring before people feel they have the time or inclination to house hunt and then pack up and move.. Still it is out there and just a matter of time.

I have to say a huge thank you for the support for the Tales from the Garden launch procession. Each guest post is different as I wanted to provide something unique for the kind people who invited me into their blog. I hope that you will enjoy the ‘behind the scenes’

There was a competition this week for a personalised story in the format of Tales from the Garden and the three winners have been notified. I am working on their stories in the next few days and hope to unveil them soon.

A couple of new features for the run up to Christmas.. Book Trailers are very useful for marketing new releases and also for giving previous books a boost.  For example, if you have three or four books in a series putthing them together in a video trailer and embedding in your books page on WordPress gives you an opportunity to set the scene for the next in the series. You do not need a huge number of images as you can fill in gaps between covers with short snippets of your blurb etc. There is software available but if you feel that you need the services of a professional check out The Story Reading Ape… – I am not on commission but I might be in for a handful of nuts!!

Anyway on with the show and I thought we might start with some music to put us in the mood. Here is William Price King’s choice of Christmas music this week. Ella Fitzgerald with Sleigh Ride.. details of the songs history are in the post.

New Series – Book Trailers




The Christmas Grotto.

I am going to be finishing this series on the 10th of December so that I can focus on promoting those books and gifts already in the Grotto.. I have a couple of spaces left so if you would like to be included please contact me.




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Tales from the Garden Book Launch

Reviews are so essential to the success of a new book and I am so grateful to Deborah Bowman and Annabelle Franklin (Pearl the Literary Lurcher) for their wonderful reviews that are now also on Amazon and Goodreads.

Here are the winners of the personalised fairy story for Tales from the Garden.

Memories are made of this 1984.. Friesian bulls, Against all Odds and Footloose.

What’s in a Name – Short Story – ‘F’ for Fionnuala – The Swan – A young Irish girl face a testing time from the resident school bully…


Size Matters and Health

41MyNOQWWNL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_The last part of this serialisation and I will leave it available until the New Year so that if you have missed any of the 18 chapters you can catch up.


New Feature… shared on Facebook this week with links to the contributors.

Susan Ricci

Thank you so much for dropping by.. it means a great deal.  Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Hugs Sally



Book Trailers – Books of Deanie Humphrys-Dunne – Tails of Sweetbrier

Today’s book trailer is for the books of Deanie Humphrys-Dunne and her very inspirational stories. The first Tails of Sweetbrier was her autobiography followed by fictional books including Charlie the Horse, Bentley the Bulldog and Hattie’s Heroes. All with important life lessons for children.

The first book is Tails of Sweetbrier.

 51HBkXAzJCL._UY250_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. She is a graduate of the Institute for Children’s Literature and a member of Cambridge Who’s Who. Tails of Sweetbrier has received a number of awards and recognitions.

What some of the many readers say.


Wonderful book about Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Dreams By Sherry Ellis VINE VOICE on March 1, 2011

Father Gives Daughter the Gift of Freedom of Movement By Cold Coffee Cafe on September 12, 2015

Here is the book trailer for Deanie’s books produced by Christopher Graham, The Story Reading Ape.

A selection of other books by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne


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About Deanie Humphrys-Dunne


Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is an award-winning children’s author. She spent her childhood in Easton CT. Her first book, Tails of Sweetbrier, an autobiography, won the silver medal in the Feathered Quill Book Awards, was a finalist in the Clippa Awards and Honorable Mention in the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards. Her fictional books: Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star, Hattie’s Heroes, Bentley Bulldog, are amusing stories told from the animals’ points of view. They all convey important life lessons for children.

All of Deanie’s books are beautifully illustrated by her sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj. Holly also designs the covers for them.Deanie has been featured on several radio shows, including She has also been interviewed on various other radio shows. She has also received numerous blogging award nominations.Deanie loves watching equestrian events and figure skating competitions, as well as spending time with her family and their dog, Elliott. Elliott is featured in 3 of Deanie’s books!

Connect with Deanie via her website and social media.


If you would like to have a professional book trailer made then I recommend that you talk to The Story Reading Ape directly.


Don’t forget to let me have your links for your book trailers.. it helps me if they are on Youtube and I also need your Amazon author page link (a good idea to have one) and the title of the book in the trailer… sally.cronin at  What have you got to lose.

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