Month: January 2015

Cold Coffee Book Review For Charlene The Star and Bentley Bulldog – by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Charlene The Star and Bentley Bulldog - by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Charlene The Star and Bentley Bulldog – by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

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.

Deanie is a graduate of The Institute of Children’s Literature. She enjoys music, singing, spending time with her family and their dog, Elliott. Deanie is also an avid fan of baseball and equestrian events.

Holly’s passion for Art began at an early age under the guidance of renowned artist, Ray Quigley. She earned a Fine Arts degree from Southern Methodist University. She devotes her talents to equestrian and family portraits, as well as children’s book illustrations. Holly has beautifully illustrated all of Deanie’s books.

Cold Coffee Book Review For Charlene The Star and Bentley Bulldog – by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Charlene The Star and Bentley Bulldog – by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is the newest release in her children’s adventure books.

Among some of the characters in this enchanting adventure include Charlene The Star (a horse) from Jumping For Joy Farms who is a competitive jumper, Mary Harris who is Charlene’s owner and rider, Hattie the chicken who loves to wear bonnets, and Bentley the bull dog who learns a valuable lesson about bullying.

Charming animals with unique personalities teach children life lessons on having proper manners, the value of friendships, sportsmanship, accepting and owning our mistakes, apologizing and making amends when we have hurt someone, and even when winning there is always room for improvement.

Parents and teachers should know that at the end of the book there are 8 questions and answers that challenge the child to remember what they have read (enhancing reading comprehension) and congratulates them for what they do remember.

Delightful hand drawn illustrations by Holly Humphrys-Bajaj bring the story and characters to life.

Other adventures that are available include Charlene The Star, Charlie The Horse, Charlene The Star and Hattie’s Heroes and Tails Of Sweetbrier.

Cold Coffee Press endorses ‘Charlene The Star and Bentley Bulldog’ along with author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne other books as educational tools with pure reading enjoyment for young impressionable minds. We obtained a PDF copy of this book from the author. The review was completed on December 26, 2014. For more information please visit Cold Coffee Press at http://www.coldcoffeepress.com

Amazon Customer Reviews
Amazon Print Purchase Link
Kindle Purchase Link
Barnes and Noble Purchase Link

Titles by Author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
Charlie The Horse

Charlene The Star
Charlene The Star and Bentley Bulldog
Charlene The Star and Hattie’s Heroes
Tails Of Sweetbrier

Author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne’s Websites and Related Links:
Children’s Books With Life Lessons
Blogspot

Word Press
LinkedIn
Pinterest

Cold Coffee Press Author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
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Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With Author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With Author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is a children’s book author with five books published at this time: Award-winning autobiography, Tails of Sweetbrier, Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star, Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes and Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog.

All of her books offer positive messages for children. Her sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj, beautifully illustrates her books. All books are available on Kindle.

Tails of Sweetbrier is an inspirational award-winning autobiography about a little girl whose one desire was to become a champion equestrian, in spite of her handicap. This book has won the Silver Medal in the Feathered Quill Book Contest and it’s a finalist for the Clipp Awards. Tails of Sweetbrier will show children that anything is possible if you persevere. This book was chosen “Most Inspirational” by the staff of the Pawling Book Cove in 2009. Tails of Sweetbrier is now published in a second edition. Deanie’s other books, Charlie the Horse, and Charlene the Star, and Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes, are amusing, fictional tales, which contain important life lessons. All of these books are available on Kindle.

Deanie is a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature. She has been featured on several author websites. She has been interviewed several times by renowned, award winning author, Claire Power Murphy on Claire’s program, “Improve Every Year. Her last interview with Claire, “Building character Through Children’s Stories” received top billing. Deanie has just been selected as “Author of the Year” by author/reviewer, Geri Ahearn in 2013.

She has recently received the following blogging award nominations: Liebster Award (2), Shine On Award, Sunshine Award,Dragons Loyalty Award, Very Inspiring Blogging Award, the Super Sweet Award and the Sisterhood of the World Blogging Award nomination, and the I’m a Member of the WordPress.com Family Award. She’s most grateful to everyone who nominated her.

Deanie is secretary for the Claire Power Murphy Foundation, as well as Tomorrow’s Free Online School. She enjoys watching equestrian events, and figure skating competitions, music and singing, spending with her family, and their dog, Elliott. She is also an avid Yankee fan.

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Interview:

What makes you proud to be a writer from CT? I’m honored to be a children’s author from CT. I love to write entertaining stories with important life lessons for children. My goal is to be a role model for my readers.

What or who inspired you to become a writer? My parents encouraged me to write stories since I was a little girl. They were the first to teach me the importance of a good work ethic.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? My first story, Tails of Sweetbrier was published in 2009. It is now an award-winning autobiography.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? Yes, I learned at a young age that all things are possible if you persevere.

Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? Usually afterward, but now and then, the idea for the title comes before I start the story.

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I prefer writing for children. I feel my writing style fits them. I like to introduce humor in my stories. Sometimes the stories are told from the animals’ point of view. Also, my books highlight good character, which is important, especially for younger readers.

How many published books do your have? I have 4 books published; Tails of Sweetbrier, Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star, and Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes, Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? So far, probably the most rewarding thing was winning the Feathered Quill Book Award for my book, Tails of Sweetbrier and having it nominated as a finalist for the CLiPPA award. I’m so honored that it was chosen.

Have you had a negative experience in your writing career? If so please explain how it could have been avoided? Fortunately, I’ve had very few negative experiences in my writing career.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? I think each of us should pursue our dreams, even when you feel they will never be realized. My personal experiences are proof that anything can happen if you refuse to give up on your dreams.

Who is your favorite author and why? It’s so difficult to choose a favorite author because there are many gifted, accomplished authors who deserve recognition. I would say two people who are friends of mine, Janice Spina and Sarah Mazor, are my favorites. Their stories are always entertaining with important lessons to share. I admire their talent a great deal.

Is there anything else that you would like to share with us? As I mentioned, my goal is to be a good role model for children. I hope that my books highlight important life lessons that readers will find valuable throughout their lives.

Please add questions and the answers to any questions that you believe your readers would like to know.

What was your show horse’s nickname and how did she get it? My show horse’s nickname was Peach. My sister Holly stood behind her one day and noticed that my horse had big round muscles that reminded her of a peach. The name stuck and we thought it was perfect for her.

What did you want more than anything when you were little? I wanted to be a champion horseback rider. My dad helped that dream come true, even though many people thought we wouldn’t succeed.

What made Peach special? Peach was pretty, but that wasn’t the most special thing about her. She loved jumping and she had a beautiful style of jumping. She never got tired of doing it and she knew when she did well.

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Charlene The Star and Bentley Bulldog – by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

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.

Deanie is a graduate of The Institute of Children’s Literature. She enjoys music, singing, spending time with her family and their dog, Elliott. Deanie is also an avid fan of baseball and equestrian events.

Holly’s passion for Art began at an early age under the guidance of renowned artist, Ray Quigley. She earned a Fine Arts degree from Southern Methodist University. She devotes her talents to equestrian and family portraits, as well as children’s book illustrations. Holly has beautifully illustrated all of Deanie’s books.

Cold Coffee Book Review For Charlene The Star and Bentley Bulldog – by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Charlene The Star and Bentley Bulldog – by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is the newest release in her children’s adventure books.

Among some of the characters in this enchanting adventure include Charlene The Star (a horse) from Jumping For Joy Farms who is a competitive jumper, Mary Harris who is Charlene’s owner and rider, Hattie the chicken who loves to wear bonnets, and Bentley the bull dog who learns a valuable lesson about bullying.

Charming animals with unique personalities teach children life lessons on having proper manners, the value of friendships, sportsmanship, accepting and owning our mistakes, apologizing and making amends when we have hurt someone, and even when winning there is always room for improvement.

Parents and teachers should know that at the end of the book there are 8 questions and answers that challenge the child to remember what they have read (enhancing reading comprehension) and congratulates them for what they do remember.

Delightful hand drawn illustrations by Holly Humphrys-Bajaj bring the story and characters to life.

Other adventures that are available include Charlene The Star, Charlie The Horse, Charlene The Star and Hattie’s Heroes and Tails Of Sweetbrier.

Cold Coffee Press endorses ‘Charlene The Star and Bentley Bulldog’ along with author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne other books as educational tools with pure reading enjoyment for young impressionable minds. We obtained a PDF copy of this book from the author. The review was completed on December 26, 2014. For more information please visit Cold Coffee Press at http://www.coldcoffeepress.com

Amazon Customer Reviews
Amazon Print Purchase Link
Kindle Purchase Link
Barnes and Noble Purchase Link

Titles by Author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
Charlie The Horse

Charlene The Star
Charlene The Star and Bentley Bulldog
Charlene The Star and Hattie’s Heroes
Tails Of Sweetbrier

Author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne’s Websites and Related Links:
Children’s Books With Life Lessons
Blogspot

Word Press
LinkedIn
Pinterest

Cold Coffee Press Author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
Cold Coffee Cafe Author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Cold Coffee Press Book Review For Hunting Mariah – by J. E. Spina

Hunting-Mariah-by-Janice-Spina

Cold Coffee Press Book Review For Hunting Mariah – by J. E. Spina

Jump right into this intense crime, mystery, thriller set in a suburb of New York as author J. E. Spina introduces the reader to the thought process of a serial killer.

“His senses were tingling with the sight, smell, and feel of blood. The silky texture of it and its coppery smell and even the intoxicating taste of it. Just the smell alone could cause desire to rush through his body causing a compelling urge to kill. He felt a thrill at the prospect of taking a life.”

Meet Mariah Michelle Hampton and Dr. Roberts as he begins the slow meticulous process of bringing her memories back while in a safe place at the Dr. Darin J. Roberts Memorial Hospital in Lindan, New York. Many people care about and are looking out for Mariah whether she fully realizes it or not.

There are so many unanswered questions like who was the mystery man that dropped Mariah off at the hospital? How did he know her taste in clothing and detail to sizes when he dropped items off for her? What happened to her and why is it that she can remember some of her childhood memories, but not the last few weeks?

Travel with Mariah on a psychic journey to recover her memories and live with the consequences surrounding her trauma and life with a maniac that might still be at large and want to finish what he started.

Cold Coffee Press endorses Hunting Mariah – by J. E. Spina as the beginning of a great crime fiction series. This book was given to us in a PDF for review and the review was completed on January 5, 2015. For more information about Cold Coffee Press please visit http://www.coldcoffeepress.com

Amazon Customer Reviews
Amazon Print Purchase Link

Kindle Purchase Link
Barnes and Noble

Janice-SpinaAbout The Author: J. E. Spina is a retired administrative secretary from a school system. She is an award-winning author with five children’s books, Louey the Lazy Elephant, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon, Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Lamby the Lonely Lamb, Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear written under Janice Spina. Lamby the Lonely Lamb received a Silver Medal from Mom’s Choice Awards. Hunting Mariah is her first published novel. She is also a copy editor, avid reader, book reviewer, blogger and supporter of fellow authors. Janice is currently working on two more children’s books and three more novels that she hopes to publish over the next two years.

Author Janice Spina’s Published Books:
Hunting Mariah
Lamby The Lonely Lamb

Louey The Lazy Elephant
Jesse The Precocious Polar Bear
Ricky The Rambunctious Raccoon
Jerry The Crabby Crayfish

Author Janice Spina’s Website
Author Janice Spina’s Blog

Twitter: http://twitter.com/janice_spina
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/janice.spina.9
FB Author page: http://www.facebook.com/janicespina7
FB Novelist page: http://www.facebook.com/jespina7
LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/pub/janice_spina/59/321/901/

Cold Coffee Café Author Janice Spina
Cold Coffee Press Author Janice Spina

Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With J. E. (Janice) Spina

Janice SpinaJ. E. Spina is a retired administrative secretary from a school system. She is an award-winning author with five children’s books, Louey The Lazy Elephant, Ricky The Rambunctious Raccoon, Jerry The Crabby Crayfish, Lamby The Lonely Lamb, Jesse The Precocious Polar Bear written under Janice Spina. Lamby The Lonely Lamb received a Silver Medal from Mom’s Choice Awards. Hunting Mariah is her first published novel. She is also a copy editor, avid reader, book reviewer, blogger and supporter of fellow authors. Janice is currently working on two more children’s books and three more novels that she hopes to publish over the next two years.

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Interview:

What makes you proud to be a writer from Londonderry, NH? Wherever I lived I would be proud to be a writer because this is something I love to do and I feel as if I am living my dream each day. What or who inspired you to become a writer? I was inspired by the positive things my mother said to me when I was just nine years old. I wrote her poems for her birthday and Mother’s Day. She was very proud and happy to receive them.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? I began writing at age nine – poetry and then children’s stories in my twenties and thirties. I always wanted to be published but did not reach my goal until the ripe young age of 65.

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? I was always a shy and timid child and learned to amuse myself through writing. I think this influenced me to write more and express myself through my writing.

Do you come up with your title before or after you write the manuscript? I always have a title before I begin writing a story, whether it is a children’s story or a novel.

Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I love writing children’s books but also enjoy writing novels in many genres – mysteries, psychological thrillers, romance, spiritual and historical. I have eclectic taste in genres, reading and writing.

What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book that you are seeking promotion for? My inspirations for my children’s books are my five grandchildren who I love dearly. My novel, Hunting Mariah, will be published this year and I hope to promote this book at that time. In the meantime I would like to promote my children’s books.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? Becoming an author, my dream since a young child, has been the most rewarding experience with the writing process. Have you had a negative experience in your writing career? If so please explain how it could have been avoided? The only negative experience I have had has been being rejected by many publishers when I first started writing. I realized that I had to start by publishing my work myself. That is how I avoided the negative experience.

What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? The most rewarding experience has been the many wonderful people I have met online who have been supportive and have become good friends.

Have you had a negative experience in your publishing journey? If so please explain how it could have been avoided? I have been fortunate not to have had any negative experiences but I know there will always be someone who will have negative things to say about my work. I need to develop a thick skin for such negativity and not take it to heart and let it discourage me from doing what I love to do.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Believe in yourself and follow your heart in doing what you love to do. Work hard at your craft and learn everything you can to improve and cultivate your art.

Who is your favorite author and why? I have so many favorite authors but one that I read extensively is Jeffrey Archer. He has the innate ability to create a fascinating tale involving so many creative, well defined and unforgettable characters. I also read some excellent indie authors – Paul G. Day, Mike Wells, and Richard C. Hale.

Is there anything else that you would like to share with us? I want to thank everyone who has ever supported me and continues to support me in all my endeavors. For their friendship and assistance I am truly grateful. I feel blessed to be able to do what I love to do every day of the rest of my life, thanks to God.

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Hunting-Mariah-by-Janice-SpinaCold Coffee Press Book Review For Hunting Mariah – by J. E. Spina

Jump right into this intense crime, mystery, thriller set in a suburb of New York as author J. E. Spina introduces the reader to the thought process of a serial killer.

“His senses were tingling with the sight, smell, and feel of blood. The silky texture of it and its coppery smell and even the intoxicating taste of it. Just the smell alone could cause desire to rush through his body causing a compelling urge to kill. He felt a thrill at the prospect of taking a life.”

Meet Mariah Michelle Hampton and Dr. Roberts as he begins the slow meticulous process of bringing her memories back while in a safe place at the Dr. Darin J. Roberts Memorial Hospital in Lindan, New York. Many people care about and are looking out for Mariah whether she fully realizes it or not.

There are so many unanswered questions like who was the mystery man that dropped Mariah off at the hospital? How did he know her taste in clothing and detail to sizes when he dropped items off for her? What happened to her and why is it that she can remember some of her childhood memories, but not the last few weeks?

Travel with Mariah on a psychic journey to recover her memories and live with the consequences surrounding her trauma and life with a maniac that might still be at large and want to finish what he started.

Cold Coffee Press endorses Hunting Mariah – by J. E. Spina as the beginning of a great crime fiction series. This book was given to us in a PDF for review and the review was completed on January 5, 2015. For more information about Cold Coffee Press please visit http://www.coldcoffeepress.com

Amazon Customer Reviews
Amazon Print Purchase Link
Kindle Purchase Link

Barnes and Noble Purchase Link

Author Janice Spina’s Published Books:
Hunting Mariah
Lamby The Lonely Lamb

Louey The Lazy Elephant
Jesse The Precocious Polar Bear
Ricky The Rambunctious Raccoon
Jerry The Crabby Crayfish

Author Janice Spina’s Website
Author Janice Spina’s Blog

Twitter: http://twitter.com/janice_spina
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/janice.spina.9
FB Author page: http://www.facebook.com/janicespina7
FB Novelist page: http://www.facebook.com/jespina7
LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/pub/janice_spina/59/321/901/

Cold Coffee Café Author Janice Spina
Cold Coffee Press Author Janice Spina

Cold Coffee Press Book Review For Here Today, Zombie Tomorrow – by Connie Vines

Here Today, Zombie Tomorrow - by Connie Vines

Here Today, Zombie Tomorrow – by Connie Vines

Meredith Misso, best-selling author of Steampunk romance novels and an unwilling sponsor of the annual Zombie Walk Festival in Long Beach realizes the event has gone terribly wrong when she wakes up in a body bag.

Meredith withdraws to a cabin in the small mountain town of Forest Falls to complete her novel before Valentine’s Day. Becoming a zombie and dealing with the entire raised from the dead issues isn’t easy for her. Pippa, her sister, soon-to-be-ex-husband Viktor, cute teddy bear hamster along with a small circle of friends consume her days.

Victor, who is intense and undeniably sexy knocks on her door and infuses himself right back into her life. Meredith senses that while still driven by his work, he seems more intense than he had been in the past. Puzzled by his behavior, she searches for a way to tell him her secret.

I invite you to come follow Connie Vines’ sassy, fun fantasy series which is packed with adventure and romance in another realm. Whether you are a zombie groupie or this is your first introduction to the zombie world like it was for me, you will get caught up in the fun characters and interesting story of the undead.

Cold Coffee Press endorses “Here Today, Zombie Tomorrow” by Connie Vines as a fun new series, novella in length, easy to read and entertaining. This book was given to us in a PDF for review and the review was completed on January 1, 2015. For more information about Cold Coffee Press please visit http://www.coldcoffeepress.com

Kindle Purchase Link
Amazon Customer Reviews

Resized Connie VinesAbout The Author: Award-Winning author, Connie Vines lives deep in the quirky suburbs of Southern California in a butter-yellow house shaded by mimosa and magnolia trees with her husband.

Connie has published over one hundred fiction and nonfiction articles, seven genre novels and educational student activity books. She has also ghost-written two literary novels and one screen play. Under the pseudonym of Addison Murray, Connie published with Kensington/Zebra where her romance novels were translated into more than ten languages.

Connie has been a member of Orange County Chapter of Romance Writers of America since 1986. She has also served on the executive board of the International Chapter of Romance Writers as Vice-President, Secretary and Newsletter Editor of the YA Writers’ National Network, and is currently the President of The GothRom (Gothic Romance) Chapter of Romance Writers.

Taking full advantage of her nomadic childhood, Connie weaves her regional and international experiences into her novels and novellas.

Author Connie Vines’ Published Books
Brede (Rodeo Romance Book 2)
Here Today, Zombie Tomorrow

Lynx (A Rodeo Romance Book 1)
Ride A Wild Heart/Summer Magic (Double Delights #22)
Whisper Upon The Water

Author Connie Vines’ Website
Author Connie Vines’ Blog

Cold Coffee Café Author Connie Vines
Cold Coffee Press Author Connie Vines