74th Arkansas Writer’s Conference

Carol Conference 1

I love going to the Arkansas Writer’s Conference. I meet other authors who share so much information about writing and marketing. Some of us set up tables of our books. Its fun to see the covers and artwork on everyone’s newest offerings. I been to a couple years in a row and its becoming liken unto a family reunion, seeing old friends and catching up. Ideas of what we are each doing to share our stories are fascinating and very helpful. I always learn something fresh and leave with new energy.

This year I was one of the presenters. I shared about my first story “Military Mommy” about my daughter who entered the United States Army. The update was she had been gone to Iraq for the past 10 months and we were awaiting her soon return to America. They were ready to board the plane to come home weeks before but a sudden scary illness had them in quarantine at the time of the conference. I am happy to say even though it was a nasty stomach bug, the soldiers returned safely this week. We had a fun family get together this past weekend and she got to see her children. As a mother, I am relieved and thankful beyond words that she is home. God bless America.

Book Covers & CDs 009

A simple poetic story about military families.  “Military Mommy” about my daughter Melissa Dabney. The little book has photographs of the military base at bootcamp in Jacksonville, South Carolina and her first duty station in the Hawaiian island.

That story led to a biography of my father who was a Navyman during WWII. It was to be a short essay but turned into his whole life’s journey. A military love story  “Dance Me Home” took three years and became a 70,000 word book.  I shared a song I wrote for my dad called “Soldier”

Dance Me Home

Dance Me Home 2012 is a military love story biography written by Carol Dabney

My writing turned a corner after dad’s book and I started writing children’s books. I started working as a music teacher at St. Mark’s Day School in Little Rock. I love children. Raised five of my own. They are grown now and having children of their own.

I wrote a whimsical Christmas story about a mouse. “Twas The Mouse before Christmas” I spent a year learning how to illustrate. That was harder then it sounds.

 

harold-1-cover

 

After that, I was asked to illustrate some animals parables for another author. Attorney Everett Martindale. Presently we have 12 storybooks. At the writer’s conference I shared about how my music students help me in the development of songs to go with the stories.  I featured “Wisdom, the Elephant Used by God”

IMG_1188

My sister-in-law Cindy Reyes translates the animal books into Spanish.  I discovered a talented musician in Rod Ragsdale and we found a recording studio and started producing audiobooks of these wonderful stories. Rod is the voice of many of the stories. We add background sounds and have a lot of fun. I recommend Blue Chair Recording Studio in Austin, Arkansas. The engineer Darian Stribling is fabulous.

 

 

I think at the end of my writer’s conference I share a song I recorded when I was just 17. I had been awarded a recording contract with Paradise Records in Nashville, Tenn after winning the national talent award as “Miss Arkansas Teen” The song “Arkansas” really describes my young life being raised on a 40 acre farm in the Ozarks. Southern roots.

Now I live and work in Little Rock and its been an amazing journey. Thank you to all at the conference for so much encouragement. I’m also thankful for the support in buying my storybooks online at Amazon and local bookstores and festival.

Oh and I am happy to announce that Rod and I will be married at the end of summer 2018.

 

Carol and Rod Patriotic

Rod and I will be reading and singing at the Hillary Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center Saturday July 28th at 10am. Hope to see you there.

https://www.amazon.com/Carol-Dabney/e/B0056B1AFW

 

Thank you Arkansas Writer’s Conference for letting me share my personal journey.

 

 

Advertisements

Christmas Fun 2017

_DSC0064

Rod Ragsdale, Cindy Reyes and Carol Dabney will singing Christmas carols and reading our Christmas storybooks at the Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center Saturday December 16 beginning at 10am. Little Rock, Arkansas. This is a free family event. “Twas the Mouse Before Christmas” was the first and is the biggest hit everywhere we go this time of year. I hope you add it to your holiday keepsakes. Thank you for supporting local artists.

P1030905

Our holiday books: Big Book of  The Animals Used By God, The Adventures of Andrew on the Golf Course -book four – Golfing with Santa, Twas The Mouse Before Christmas, and Santa’s North Pole Princess. All available through contacting me, or http://www.amazon.com

https://www.amazon.com/Carol-Dabney/e/B0056B1AFW

 

Santa’s North Pole Princess is all about a Princess named Noel, who rides a magical polar bear to gather all the Christmas mail from children around the world for Santa. Have you written your letter yet? This book is about of a wonderful place located in Jonesboro, Arkansas where families can walk through a Disney-like animal animated snowy forest on their way to take pictures with Santa.

https://www.facebook.com/santasnorthpolejonesboro/

I had a lot of fun with reading “Twas the Mouse Before Christmas” and now they have added Santa’s North Pole Princess. If you get to this wonderful adventure-land, look for Carol Dabney storybooks. Great Christmas keepsakes for ages 2-10.

Rod Ragsdale got into the spirit of Christmas by becoming a singing Santa for a Christmas in July party this past summer and as you know he loves golf. Not much golfing goes on in the snow, but with lots of imagination he wrote a Christmas golfing with Santa adventure story about his son Andrew. Book Four in his golfing series. For ages 7-12.

https://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Andrew-Golf-Course-Book/dp/1537450476/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1512917203&sr=1-2&keywords=Rod+Ragsdale

 

 

I had so much excitement with my St. Mark’s music students in writing The Christmas Animals Used by God last year. This is the newest published this year 2017. It can be interactive with walking with Joseph, Mary and the donkey, knocking on the inn keepers doors, making animal sounds. The kids really had fun with the repeating lines.

https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Animals-Used-God-11/dp/1542436869/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1512917633&sr=1-6&keywords=Carol+Dabney+The+Animals+Used+By+God

Its the Christmas story in an easy to read poetic form with lots of colorful pictures for kids to enjoy as they learn about the Nativity . Its also translated into Spanish by my sister Cindy Dabney Reyes. for ages 2-10.

We have read our stories at The Arkansas State Capital, Holiday House, Jacksonville Library and several classrooms. We will be at the Children’s library Saturday December 16 from10-11 and you can get these books then and we will sign them for you. From our house to your…

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS. Carol and Rod

Golfing at the library with Mr. Rod! That’s right. July 12 Summer Event for Kids!!!

Its Tee Time. Rod Ragsdale and Carol Dabney will be sharing the fun adventures of story and music at the Jacksonville Public Library Wednesday July 12 beginning at 10:30am. Free event. Sharing “The Adventures of Andrew on the Golf Course” book one. Plus an inside golf demonstration which was presented last year and the kids lined to experience. It’s fun.

carol-and-rod-patriotic

Singing songs with Miss Carol

 

https://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Andrew-Golf-Course-Adventure/dp/1514820870/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1499701545&sr=1-4&keywords=Rod+Ragsdale

 

click link above to view book details.

 

 

Author Rod Ragsdale and illustrator Carol Dabney. “The Adventures of Andrew on the Golf Course”

https://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Andrew-Golf-Course-Book/dp/1522745602/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1499701545&sr=1-3&keywords=Rod+Ragsdale

click link above and see details of book two.

Story book for children about golf. Rod has a passion that golf is for everyone in the family. Great outdoor sport.

https://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Andrew-Golf-Course-Three/dp/1536960357/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1499701545&sr=1-2&keywords=Rod+Ragsdale

click link above and read details of book three.

touring the libraries around Central Arkansas and telling kids all about golf, and nature out there on the golf course. Telling kids how it builds character. Fun books to inspire kids to learn this sport. Rod’s son Andrew is a golf Pro at DisneyWorld.

June golf with Josh 040

Come join us at the Library. Free event Wed July 12  Jacksonville Public library. Thank you to those who purchase our books and music online. Thanks for supporting local authors.

 

all-souls-baptism-053

Oh yeah baby Book Four has golfing with Santa! Dont just dream about golf in the winter. Golf with Santa. Click link below for details

https://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Andrew-Golf-Course-Book/dp/1537450476/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1499701545&sr=1-1&keywords=Rod+Ragsdale

library-event-1-035

last-of-august-026

 

Rod and Carol Library events for Kids this summer. Grab your friends see you there!!!

July 12  Wednesday Jacksonville Public Library at 10:30am

July 18 Tuesday Clinton’s Children’s Library Little Rock 10am

 

http://www.caroldabney.com

https://www.amazon.com/Carol-Dabney/e/B0056B1AFW

Springtime music 2017

Spring is here.  We are sharing new music and a children’s book.

“Wisdom, the elephant used by God” and the song “I Will Follow”

Grand daughter Aliyah is helping at story time and singing along. Wisdom is about a brave little elephant with big faith to follow God. She and her parents travel from south Africa to north Africa. God protects them through many dangers and they find a man named Noah building an ark. This is a fun adventure animal parable to add to your home library or read in Sunday school class readings.

We recorded the song and audiobook at Blue Chair Recording Studio in Austin, Arkansas during Spring break 2017. Always fun creating new music. Thank you to our engineer Darian Stribling and musician Tim Crouch.

We sang at Scott, Arkansas. The annual dinner is to celebrate all that our Arkansas farmers do to feed America. Thank you Anne Turner. Always a great event.

We sang at a Hawaiian luau at Andover Opry.

We sang at Geyer Springs First Baptist Church Adult Fellowship March luncheon and received a standing ovation. Thank you Max

We recorded four new songs this year: “I Will Follow” and “Joshua” for the Animals Used by God series. “Leap of Faith” a lullaby that Rod and I composed together. and “Nothing Better Than You” a love song written by Rod Ragsdale, that everyone will love. We are in process and hopefully will finish by May. An exciting Spring has begun. Life is fun.

Happy Spring all.

Happy Thanksgiving

The weather is changing, the leaves are falling and it has that holiday feeling in the air. It just all happens so fast. In October Halloween was fun and our school has Miss Pickle Witch who serves pickles with stories in the library. I am reading my  Happy Pumpkin Patch at various schools and selling my little books at fall festivals.

pumpkin-2

Pumpkins are everywhere and they are beautiful.

In November Mr. Rod comes to share stories for Veteran’s Day at our school and we also went to Whole Food Kid’s Club this year and a few others schools. He talks about his submarine while he served in the navy. We sing patriotic songs and wave flags. We love singing patriotic songs. We are blessed to be American.

That means that Thanksgiving is right around the corner. My Happy Pumpkin, Patch is still being read to welcome in this wonderful holiday. It is about how to plant pumpkins and take care of them, how to make a jack-o-lantern and make healthy treats.

The book  is about having faith, and patience. It’s about a pilgrim named Jack, and how he protects his one pumpkin so when it has grown big he can share the many seeds with all his nieghbors so years to come all others will be able to have pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving Day.

pumpkin-1

How the pilgrims and Indians celebrated harvest time and Thanksgiving. This book for very young children is good for reading as a family before eating your Thanksgiving meal. It’s in poetic form the whole family will enjoy. I illustrated with very simple watercolor artwork. Get the book, bring it out and read it every year from Halloween to Thanksgiving. Thank you for your support.

https://www.amazon.com/Happy-Pumpkin-Patch-childrens-Thanksgiving/dp/1480236675/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Yes, I love reading my stories at schools, classrooms or assemblies. I read at festivals and libraries and churches and would love to come to your program. Let me know.

Be the pumpkin.

Happy Thanksgiving to all. Make a Jack-O-Lantern smile, share and eat the seeds and pumpkin pie, Be thankful and be a blessing. -Carol

Veteran’s Day Programs – music and story

America. The flag. Soldiers. We are thankful to all our service men and women who have served this great nation that is our home. We salute the military who are serving now at home and across the sea. This week Rod Ragsdale and myself are singing at several Veteran’s Day programs for schools. We were asked to do more programs, but unfortunately, did not have time for all.

God and country is our musical passion. We also sing at nursing homes and always thank the good folks of that generation for all they have done. Rod’s father was shot during the WWII and his brother was injured in the service of our country as well. Rod served in the navy on a submarine for 6 years, where he learned to play the guitar and harmonica during the quieter moments. My father was in the navy in WWII and was on an air craft carrier. My sister is retired recently, but was a nurse and served as a Lt Col. in the Air Force over in Iraq, Turkey and Germany. and my daughter is a captain in the army serving now.

This year I was honored to sing the national anthem for the annual Alzheimer’s Walk in Little Rock.

This week every year we get to share some things about veteran’s and our personal stories and we sing patriotic songs. Here are some pictures of some of our programs honoring American soldiers. Plus some photos of my books: a children’s book called “Military Mommy” and my father’s biography called, “Dance Me Home.” These books are available on amazon.com

veterans

 

For children to read: fun and poetic

https://www.amazon.com/Military-Mommy-Army-Lieutenant-second-ebook/dp/B00H50JZO0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1478808753&sr=8-1&keywords=carol+dabney

For adults to read: a military love story. Inspiring.

https://www.amazon.com/Dance-Me-Home-American-biography/dp/1499287828/ref=sr_1_1_twi_pap_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1478808898&sr=8-1&keywords=carol+dabney+Dance+Me+Home

 

God Bless America

Fall Festivals October 2016

Fall festivals are my favorite time of year. The weather is cooling down, the leaves are turning colors, the pumpkins give me a happy feeling. Fall begins the holiday seasons of Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. For the next three months I get to read my holiday books at schools and Rod and I are practicing our Christmas songs

.    https://www.amazon.com/Carol-Dabney/e/B0056B1AFW

In Octobter we kicked off the Fall Festivals at Scott’s Plantation Cotton Festival. That is where Rod and I met three years ago. He was playing music and I was selling my books. We have enjoyed getting to know each other, singing music everywhere together, and now writing children’s books together.

The Happy Pumpkin, Patch by Carol Dabbney. Great to read to young children every fall.

https://www.amazon.com/Happy-Pumpkin-Patch-childrens-Thanksgiving/dp/1480236675/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

The Adventures of Andrew on the Golf Course by Rod Ragsdale

https://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Andrew-Golf-Course-Adventure/dp/1514820870/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1477220785&sr=1-4&keywords=rod+ragsdale

Rod spent 40 years developing and working on golf courses. His son is a golf pro at Disney world. Rod has been showing me how to play golf the last year as well. I illustrate his adventure books. Great for young children 10 and under. Rod has four books in his series now, including a Christmas special new this year 2016… The Adventures of Andrew on the Golf Course – book four – Golfing with Santa.

img_0591

https://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Andrew-Golf-Course-Book/dp/1537450476/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1477220785&sr=1-2&keywords=rod+ragsdale

He read the first book at several libraries and showed the children how to putt. They loved golfing at the library.

The Good Earth annual Pooches and Pumpkins Festival. It’s my fourth year.

my artwork. watercolor. I love painting. Very relaxing.

We hope you will go online to amazon and maybe purchase some of our books as Christmas gifts. Thank you for your support.

https://www.amazon.com/Santas-North-Princess-Carol-Dabney/dp/1534781471/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1477222397&sr=1-1&keywords=Carol+dabney

Rod and I will be singing and reading our stories at The Arkansas State Convention Center Saturday November 12 for the Holiday House Santa Event from 9-noon, where we will have our Christmas books for sell and will sign autographs.

Also: The Arkansas State Capital Saturday December 3, from 6-8pm for the annual Christmas tree lighting and Santa event. Saturday December 10 at 11:30 at the Maumelle Library. The Clinton Children’s Library Monday December 19 at 11am. Hope to see you there.