Colleen’s #Book #Reviews – “My Life at Sweetbrier: A Life Changed by Horses “ by Author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

  • Title:  My Life at Sweetbrier: A Life Changed by Horses
  • Author: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
  • File Size: 1264 KB
  • Print Length:  142 Pages
  • Publisher: Monday Creek Publishing
  • Publication Date: May 12, 2017
  • Sold By: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0711P67DM
  • ISBN-10: 069287898X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692878989
  • Formats: Paperback and Kindle
  • Goodreads
  • Genres: Children’s literature, Autobiographical

    *I was given an advanced reader’s copy of this book by the author for review purposes*



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?


Do you love horses and stories filled with courage and inspiration? Young, Deanie Humphreys was born a preemie with the debilitating disease called cerebral palsy. At birth, a portion of her brain was damaged. The result was that Deanie had difficulty walking. Now, for most kids, this would be enough to limit their physical activities for life. But Deanie’s father made a huge decision that changed her life. He said, “I’m going to teach you to ride, and you’ll be fine.”

That single decision changed Deanie’s life forever. Deanie took her first steps at four years old. With the grit and determination of someone much older than herself, she set out to prove the doctors wrong. And, let me tell you. Deanie’s journey is filled with the hopes and joys that only reaching for your dreams and succeeding can bring. It was the ability to ride a horse that gave Deanie the freedom and normality she craved.

My Life at Sweetbrier: A Life Changed by Horses, is Deanie’s story based on memories and photos from her childhood. The book is written for children of all ages and filled with the kind of stories that everyone can easily relate to. The underlying theme is clear – perseverance pays off – never give up on your dreams.

I laughed and cried with the young Deanie, and I felt her pain at not being like the other kids. This is the kind of book you want to read and discuss with your children, talking about empathy for those who are different; while at the same time, encouraging children to not just accept their lot in life. The author writes:

“…it is wise to use your challenges to motivate you toward your goals because when you’ve conquered one obstacle, you’ve gained the confidence to tackle your next challenge.”

Also, at the back of the book, the author provides a quiz for the reader to pull from their memory the finer points of the story. Answers are provided giving an additional learning opportunity.

I loved this sweet story of courage in the face of adversity. It was a poignant story of perseverance and motivation to never give up on your dreams. Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is a real champion and motivator. Her journey will inspire you to reach for the stars.


Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 stars

Author, Deanie Humphreys-Dunne, and Peach: Reserve Champions, Mrs. Foster’s Farm Photo Courtesy of Bob Moseder Photography

About the Author

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is an award-winning children’s author who loves writing captivating books that teach children life lessons. She has 5 books published: Tails of Sweetbrier, Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star, Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes, and Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog.

My tales of Sweetbrier details Deanie’s childhood on a horse farm. What if your one desire was to become a champion equestrian? But your parents were told you’d never walk. What happens next? This true story will inspire your child to never give up on his/her dreams.

Deanie’s other books are told by the farm animals. They’re humorous stories you child will love. Recently, Deanie was featured on a WTNH.Com/CTStyle television program.

Please stop by Deanie’s new You’ll find inspiring stories about real-life children there!

Awards for Tails of Sweetbrier:
CLIPPA finalist (2014)
Feathered Quill Book Awards silver medal (2014)
Purple Dragonfly Book Award: (2015)
Reader’s Favorite Silver Medal: (2016)
Author Award from the (2015)

Here’s where you can find Deanie:



Twitter: @DeanieHDunne



Thanks for stopping by to meet Deanie ❤

Colleen’s #Book #Reviews – “Angel Messages: A Wing & a Prayer,” by Annette Rochelle Aben


  • Title:  Angel Messages: A Wing and a Prayer
  • Author: Annette Rochelle Aben
  • File Size: 1168 KB
  • Print Length: 39 Pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1523901888
  • Publication Date: March 9, 2016
  • Sold By: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01CT5KT4A
  • Formats: Paperback and Kindle
  • Goodreads
  • Genres: Religion & Spirituality, New Age & Spirituality, Angels & Spirit Guides


“Angels are real! Some say Angels have saved their lives, comforted them in their darkest moments and even appeared before them in physical form. I am one of those who believes in Angels. My personal testimony is here in Angel Messages, along with prayers that I have used to thank, summon and to send Angels to others when asked. The beautiful photographs of Angels inside, are designed to evoke deep personal connections. Allow yourself to be inspired by a wing and a prayer by the love of the Angels. Share this book with others. Keep a copy close to you, so you will always have an Angel at the ready. Let it refresh your body, mind and spirit Believe that Angels and Spirit guides are always there for you whenever you call, and so they shall. Love and Angelic blessings, I am Annette Rochelle Aben, a.k.a. Sister Angel.

Annette Rochelle Aben, a.k.a. Sister Angel has spent her life in the company of Angels. Recognizing their presence has been a blessing in her life. Being able to sense an Angel has provided the comfort and support when needed the most. Many people seek her counsel and aid to help them connect with Angels, speak to Angels or merely ask her to send Angels wherever they feel the Angels are needed. For years now, Annette has channeled messages from the Angels which she shares daily on her blog. You are invited to follow her and receive the messages along with the thousands of others who do the same. There is contact information there when you need to reach out for her help.”

Do you feel like you need someone to accompany you on this journey in life? If so, you have found it with Annette Rochelle Aben, a.k.a. Sister Angel. Annette has spent her life in the company of Angels. She can recognize their presence and has written about how the Angels have been a blessing in her life.

She shares this collection of prayers and Angel musings with the hope that it will give comfort and support anytime one feels down and needs a boost. This is the kind of book you will read over and over, and I have. The photos are her own, and the addition of her poetic words is soothing to the soul.

In fact, the author suggests the following, “This book is a terrific way to share some Angel love with someone who needs a lift, a hug, a smile or that person who loves Angels. It is filled with pictures, prayers, and poems that bring the Angel Messages to you.” What a lovely thought, particularly in this Christmas Season.

One of my favorite Angel Messages in the book was this anagram:






This tiny book filled with so much inspiration has found its way into my “Me-Time,” collection. Annette’s message touched my heart and gave me faith that I am never alone. ❤

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 stars

Author & Poet: Annette Rochelle Aben

About Annette Rochelle Aben:

Because Annette has always been aware of the presence of Angels, she thought everyone else was as well. The creation of this book honors not only her lifelong friends, guides, and guardians, but it introduces their love with the world.  Consider Annette Rochelle Aben a messenger, sharing that which comes directly to her from Angels.

Every picture in this book is an Angel here in my home.  Daily, I am able to have them around me and feel their loving energy.  Since I could not possibly have everyone into my home to meet these Angels, I put their pictures into Angel Messages.

Since the book came out, I tell them, “See, everyone loves your book!” Believe me, when I tell you, they ARE excited to share their energy with you and more than happy about this book finally being written.

My suggestion is that you gift a copy to a friend, a family member or even a place where people visit such as a Doctor’s waiting room.  You never know who may pick it up and receive a hug from an Angel when they need it the most.

Thank you so much for acknowledging the Angels. They merely wait to be invited to be by your side.

You can find Annette on Twitter @YouAreTheExpert, Facebook at Annette Rochelle Aben, and on her blog, Annette Rochelle Aben.





What a great Christmas gift this book would make! ❤

Writer’s Quote Wednesday Weekly Wrap-Up from 11/04/15

Writer's Quote Wednesday Wrap-Up

It’s different than you may be accustomed to. But it’s how I do my Reviews and Wrap-Ups. Click the blue links to check out the contributions. All very good this week. Below are my comments to them.

To let you know. tomorrow’s Writer’s Quote Wednesday post to link to is:

First in this week

Arcane Owl of A Wayward Scribblez flies in with Charles de Lint. A quote that speaks to the writer in every single solitary one of us. And judging from the comment responses I believe a quote that touched just the right chord with many.

Ronovan from the Ronovan Writes blog shares with us Cesare Pavese quote about love and pain. Two subjects he is quite familiar with. He was actually first in this week, but he somehow thinks he had an unfair advantage. I don’t know why he says that.

Ronovan, guest posting on Meanings and Musings, the blog of Florence Thum. Yes, I got around a bit last week. Two blogs of my friends and LWI team members who needed some coverage. This week I chose a series of quotes about Woman.

Marje (Love this woman silly.) of Kyrosmagica brought it with a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr as well as one of her own. The first I believe has been removed from the subject of which it speaks to, and the second may apply to so many situations including those writing in NaNoWriMo or any other vein at this time.

Greg of Potholes in the Road of Life offers words of wisdom from Charles Haddon Spurgeon regarding character. Each time I see mention of character it reminds me of a story about Peyton Manning. But that’s for another time, and I have it in my Contemporary Southern Romance that is in editing now. Visit Greg and check it out. A solid quote to live by. (Now I have the old Ashford and Simpson song Solid as Rock going through my mind.)

I figured if I had it annoying me, I just needed to share with others. Muahahahaha!!! Evil and Maniacal Laugh!

Cathy Lynn Brooks. Maya Angelou always has something inspiring to say. This week Cathy gives us one of Angelou’s quotes that pushes us to reach our peak.

Lisa Tetting of Rebirth of Lisa gives us Emily Dickinson. I think this one speaks to living in the here and now. A very good one. One we should all read, think about for a moment, and consume to nourish the soul and then feed our bodies to live by. (Wow, I went all like zen, spiritual, mindful like there. Man, I need Colleen to get back soon before I get in touch with my inner being or something. Darnit, Colleen, I’m a sappy love guy, not in touch with my inner being guy.)

Kristin Elise Garrett of Pursuit of A New Adventure. Ah, we have I believe a character quote this week, and from someone I am quite certain is an amazing author. The quote is from the character Coralina. I think I have done part of this quote. I only wish I had done the other. Then the other would have been worth it from having done the other other. Aha, how was that for confusion and delay?

Khansana of My Journey with Hijab: A Day Dreamer’s Diary brought us Rabia Basari. I have to agree with those quotes, although that second one, well, I gotta get my sleep on at times.. And have you visited her other blog? Yum!

Jenn of Stories and Scribblings: quirky, sarcastic, and aggressively uncool. NaNoWriMo inspiration from a Wrimo herself. This goes for pretty much anyone about anything though. Happy Life.

Yecheilyah Ysrayl of Pearls Before Swine. A wonderful idea here, quoting an Indie Author. Anyone who knows me knows I support Indie Authors in a big way. Jahnavi Chintakunta is the author. A very good reminder for all of us in the writing world, and great information about Chintakunta included in the post. Fascinating. Seriously. You’ll find the link to her own blog in the post and a link to her awesomely named book Ctrl+Alt+Delete. You know you want to know what that’s about.

Janice of Ontheland. Dick Van Dyke  has a great quote about how to stay young. Also the 90gernarian should know. There is a video included of everyone’s favorite chimney sweep showing his stuff.

Sarina of Shining Seeds joins in with Mahatma Gandhi. A reason behind the giving of the quote for all of you this week, primarily to do with writing.

Meredith of Meredith’s Musings is the longest running participant of my Weekly Haiku Challenge that is now in its 70th week. She and her sister Martha are called the Literary Angels for their talent and demeanor. I think of them and either I think of sweetness, as M&M often brings such thoughts to many peoples minds, and I think of poetry and class. This week Meredith gives us Joseph Campbell, born in 1904, and actually provides a video of the audio of his conversation about the topic she narrowed in on, Bliss. Campbell may have been a polarizing figure but as with all such figures sometimes they get something right and something wrong, this one I agree with in the quote itself.

Elizabeth S. Tyree of Here there Be Dragons. This week we receive a lesson and quotes of Fairy Tales. We are show some personal insights into the meanings of well known fairy tales by using quotes to sum up such writings. If Disney had thought of this, there movies would much shorter.

Lisa of ZEN AND Π gives us Anne Frank. A very good history of Anne Frank and the why children need to continue to read her. BUT THAT IS NOT the reason for the quote. The quote itself and the reasoning behind its choice is why I like this quote.

Unexpected in common hours. The source of the quote is C.S. Lewis. I feel this one has much to do with being a writer. I at times feel just this way. How else to explain the thoughts that come to mind? That was rhetorical? Thank you very much. Find out a brief history and what C.S. stands for without having to search for it.

Lynne Brown of from the sticks to the bricks and back again. William Arthur Ward. A very good one. I enjoyed the quote but the words given to explain its choosing were even better.

Frances Otung of imanikingblog with Dr. Cindy Trimm. A very thought provoking quote and post. I agree and I wish people did and put this in to reality more often. If so, the world would work so much better.

Alka Girdhar of Magnanimous Word. Gives us a quote from Every friend and relative of a writer.

Sue Vincent of Daily Echo. One of my favorite people I’ve met through the course of blogging, and interviewing. She brings us Christopher Reeve. Did she cheat? Yes she did and she openly admits it. And rightfully and proudly should. CLICK THROUGH AND FIND OUT WHY! And if not, click HERE and follow a brand new blog that’s important our friend Sue.

Lance Greenfield, Author of Eleven Miles gives us a post titled The Power of Vulnerability and a quote from Ernest Hemingway. There is great truth here and to accomplish that which has been shared is a difficult thing. It can bring pain but in the long run you have a clear heart and mind and ultimately respect.

JazzyTower, JT, Jazz, you get the point, of Thoughts and Entanglements. Two quotes. I found the first amusing and so true. The second is also true and something to live by. Click HERE to go there.

Tessa Smeigh of Writing is my Life. John Lennon is the inspiration here. This quote nails life as we know it. Over the past couple of decades I think life has gone from 55 MPH to 85 MPH and that means people are doing 95 MPH. Things are flashing by and we don’t even see the billboards along the roadside long enough any longer for them to be worth paying for advertising.

Much Respect, Much Love


Writer’s Quote Wednesday Weekly Wrap-Up from 10/28/15

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It’s different than you may be accustomed to. But it’s how I do my Reviews and Wrap-Ups. Click the blue links to check out the contributions. All very good this week. Below are my comments to them. If things get sort of thin here or there, blame it on the pain medication, blame on the rain, blame on the stars cause they shine at night, but whatever you do, don’t put the blame on you.

First in this week

Sue Vincent of Daily EchoThe Red Lady herself gives us a Samuel Goldwyn and How to Go Viral, and I am glad that’s all she be given us. Oh the poor woman and such an ungrateful son she has. But how dare she be so unkind as to say nay to the sweet little puppy. 😉

Ronovan-Wait, that’s me. Ronovan Writes gives us Annette Rochelle Aben‘s A Haiku Perspective. A brand new book of Haiku poetry with a true purpose attached to it.

Khansana of My Journey with Hijab: A Day Dreamer’s Diary brought us Rumi. Ooo, a nice one and such an insightful post to go with it. You must go and add your opinion. I so love the thinky ones. Ahem, I mean, Argh, she done good wid dis one. Yes, I know I’m a viking and not a pirate, but close enough. Don’t judge me. And have you visited her other blog? MmMMmMMm, next week we meet at her house. Yum! I may not complete the Wrap-Up now. O,O

France Otung of imanikingblog provided Peter this week. And yes, I am a huge fan, just so you know. And that quote applies in so many ways it boggles the mind. I greatly enjoyed the opening paragraph of the post. We forget that so often.

Greg of Potholes in the Road of Life is a Worry Warts this week, and well, hmm, we have a man named Paul and another named R. Whitson Seaman. A good dose of Anti Worry Wart medicine from the good Greg.

Lance Greenfield, Author of Eleven Miles gives us a post titled The Chrysalis Moment and quotes from Richard Bach. I must say I enjoyed the writing style and voice of this post a great deal. Very personable and fluid. Very nice.

Vashti Quiroz-Vega, The Writer Next Door. Her post is about Ambition, with several quotes from varied sources. I agree with her on this particular subject. Vashti is always so cruel to me. Sniff, sniff. I weep with the memories of her stabbing wit. Sigh. Okay, I suppose I should say I’m joking before people think I am serious. Most who have heard of me know I am NEVER serious. Well, maybe sometimes. Unfortunately Vashti knows she’s one of my favorite people and one of my earliest author interviews.

Elizabeth S. Tyree of Here there Be Dragons. This author and mother and educator and…oh and, and, and. AND! Okay, that’s out of my system. Anyway, she brings Burtonisms, as in Tim Burton. Several quotes. And she is now a teammate of Colleen, the Silver one on my site,

Jenn of Stories and Scribblings: quirky, sarcastic, and aggressively uncool. Yes, I had to include that last part. Isn’t that awesome? Jenn brings us John Lennon. Okay, John Lennon is so not uncool. Hmm. Man, a kid always steals the show.

Lisa of ZEN AND Π gives us E.B. White. AWESOME! Okay, I am calm now. This was so cool though. As a historian, and former history teacher I geeked reading this one. Yes, Vikings geek.

Janice of Ontheland. Mahatma Gandhi is the source of her quote this week. She also provides a poem from William Blake.

Lisa Tetting of Rebirth of Lisa gives us Anne Lamott. Short and to the point here. And a very true statement. And man does it make life a lot easier.

JazzyTower, JT, Jazz, you get the point, of Thoughts and Entanglements. Kind of sounds like my hair under the helmet. Okay, so I know initials are PR, I just like playing with Jazzy. So. Two Quotes, two sources. But only takes one click to get there. And that click would be HERE. Thoughts on writing.

Cathy Lynn Brooks. Jim Rohn is the quote source this week. OOOO, a good quote too. And I agree totally. (Does anyone else get a Breakfast Club movie flashback whenever they say or write the word ‘totally’ or is it just me?)

Unexpected in common hours. The source of the quote is Samuel Taylor Coleridge. If you know me, then you know I love a quote about poetry. And our blogger friend here is amazingly a not to far away neighbor of mine, as the crow flies so to speak.

Tessa Smeigh of Writing is my Life. Will Rogers is the inspiration here. Okay, this isn’t really funny but it shore is when it’s late at night, you have mega doses of pain meds for Fibromyalgia in you, and you’ve been NaNoWriMoing and blogging all day. I needed this one. And well, I’m just goofy enough to find the humor in this one, and Tessa’s added comments to it made it even funnier.

Lynne Brown of from the sticks to the bricks and back again. Wow, that’s one long blog title. But oh so fer rizzle. Anne Rice. A nice one to end October with. I have a collection of original comics signed by her of The Vampire Lestat I won many, many years ago when I was an avid comic book collector. This post is a very good one to begin NaNoWriMo with as well. Exellent.

Annie of Gentle Kindness gives us Ralph Waldo Emerson but there is more there than just him.

Ameena of Randoms by a Random. Gotta love some Gaiman, Neil Gaiman that is. An interesting and thought provoking post.

Yuliya of Tiny Expats. Okay, so she doesn’t actually have a quote but she linked back because of her one year blog anniversary. I read her About page. I am exhausted. OMgoodness, have you seen the picture of her little girls on her About page? I gonna go all mushy right now. O,O 

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Much Respect, Much Love