Wednesday, May 17, 2017

My Life at Sweetbrier by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne and Marked Beauty by Sheri Larson

Hello, all! I'm still focused on writing and taking a break from blogging until the June IWSG, but I wanted to pop in and help spread the word about new books from two great blogging friends. 

First up, My Life at Sweetbrier by Deanie Humphys-Dunne

I read an advanced copy of this book and it is a wonderful five star read!! This is the true story of Deanie's life as a disabled child who dreamed of becoming a championship horseback rider. When doctors tell her parents Deanie would never walk, let alone ride, Deanie and her family set out to prove those doctors wrong. Will Deanie succeed?

A beautiful and touching story of overcoming adversity, My Life at Sweetbrier also celebrates the heartwarming bond between humans and animals. It's a great read for animal lovers and anyone who enjoys an uplifting story about never giving up on a dream.

For more about My Life at Sweetbrier, visit the publisher's website. Congratulations and best wishes, Deanie!!

Also, I'm participating in the cover reveal for Marked Beauty by S. A. Larsen! It's a gorgeous cover and the book is sure to be a great read. Congratulations, Sheri!

Title: Marked Beauty
Author: S.A. Larsen
Publisher: Ellysian Press
Release Date: October 2017

Uncovering hidden secrets can sometimes kill you . . . or worse, steal your soul.
Anastasia Tate has a secret. She can feel the emotions of others through their life energy auras. Not a welcome gift for a teenager. Especially when a sinister presence begins stalking her.
Viktor Castle also has a secret. He’s tasked with protecting humanity yet cursed by an ancient evil to destroy it.
After Viktor saves Ana’s life, her abilities grow stronger. Drawn together, she senses Viktor has answers to lifelong questions. Only he shuns her at every turn, knowing he has saved her only to put her in more danger.
As Ana struggles with her attraction to Viktor, he tries everything to bury his unexpected feelings for her. But they must find a middle ground. For only together can they combat the dark forces threatening both their lives . . . and their souls.


About the Author
S.A. LARSEN is the author of the award-winning novel Motley Education, the first book in a fantasy-adventure series for middle grade readers. Her work has appeared in numerous local publications and young adult anthologies Gears of Brass and Under A Brass Moon by Curiosity Quills Press. Marked Beauty is her debut young adult novel. Find her in the land of snowy winters and the occasional Eh’ya with her husband of over twenty-five years, four children, a playful pooch, and three kittens. Visit her cyber home anytime at
Connect with her on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Blog | Goodreads

This is a #hashtag giveaway, where two lucky winners will receive a FREE eBook of Marked Beauty upon its release.
To participate:
  • Share one of the premade images via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Or write up a blog post using one of the images.
  • Include #MarkedBeauty in your description.
  • Optional for extra entry: include Add to Goodreads (with link) in your description.
***Posts MUST contain the hashtag #MarkedBeauty for entry into the giveaway or we won’t be able to find you.
Pre-made tweets (you add the image)
"A lust 4 life energy. An ancient curse. One soul's journey thru death 2 find the cure." #MarkedBeauty #CoverReveal
"Uncovering some secrets can kill you, or worse ... steal your soul." #MarkedBeauty #CoverReveal #YAlit
An ancient race. A timid girl. And a journey to the in-between. #MarkedBeauty #CoverReveal #YAlit
The giveaway begins May 17th and will be open until May 23rd. Winners will be announced May 24th via social media.


  1. Congratulations Deanie and great cover, Sheri!

  2. Thanks so much for sharing, Julie!

  3. Yay for Deanie and Sheri! Wow. What a journey for Deanie. I'd probably cry the whole book through. =) And Sheri, you know how excited I am for you.

  4. Good for you for taking a blogging break. That cover is beautiful. I love butterflies. I always pause when I see one float by. So pretty.

    Elsie Amata

  5. Thank you so much for featuring my new book, Julie.I'm thrilled you enjoyed it.

  6. Congratulations to S. A. Larsen on your beautiful new book.

  7. Grats to Deanie! Sheri, that cover is wonderful!

  8. My Life at Sweetbrier must be awesome. Of to check it out.

  9. These sound like two terrific books. Thanks for taking a break from you break to tell us about them. :) Now, back to work! You have another terrific book of your own to write!

  10. Big congrats to Deanie! I had no idea of her real life challenges as a child. Sounds like a gripping read. Yay for Sheri's cover - I'm so excited to see Marked Beauty finally get its cover and release date after Sheri worked so hard on it!

  11. Congrats to Deanie and Sheri! Hope you are enjoying your blog break.

  12. Congratulations to both Deanie and Sheri!!!!

  13. Congratulations to Deanie and Sheri!!! Hope you are having fun with life and writing, Julie!

  14. Hi Julie - wonderful story Deanie has written - looks to be inspirational ... while Sheri's cover looks so good ... cheers Hilary

  15. That book cover is a beauty. Deanie is a very talented and inspiring writer. Enjoy the break, Julie. Glad you are writing again.

  16. Congratulations to both Deanie and Sheri on their books. Hope you are enjoying your blogging break, Julie.

  17. Thanks for the heads up! Yep, two more for the TBR pile!

    Enjoy the writing!

  18. This was so nice of you to come back and give a shout out to these two! Congrats to both on their books.

  19. Congratulations to Deanie and Sheri! I hope you're having a productive blogging break, Julie!

  20. Wow, that does sound like quite an adversity to overcome, but also uplifting too. Neato:)

  21. Many congrats to Deanie and S.A.! Their books both sound like fantastic reads. Hope you've been enjoying your blogging break, Julie!

  22. Deanie's book sounds very inspiring. I love it when doctors are proved wrong! Sheri's cover is great too.


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