74th Arkansas Writer’s Conference

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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.

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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”

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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.

 

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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”

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

Summer Programs of 2017

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Michelle and Carol Dabney and Rod Ragsdale. We had a lot of fun the summer of 2017 playing music for senior centers and for children programs in central Arkansas. Here we are at the Hilary Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center for story hour doing a Hawaiian program on July 18, 2017.

Michelle danced a lovely hula. She was born in the Hawaiian islands. She is a health coach in the Little Rock area.

Rod gave an indoor golfing demonstration and we sold his “The Adventures of Andrew on the Golf Course” book series.

https://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Andrew-Golf-Course-Adventure/dp/1514820870/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1509239591&sr=1-1&keywords=Rod+Ragsdale

We also did a Hawaiian program for the Kids Zone at Fitness 10 gym in Little Rock July 14, 2017. Telling the kids all about Hawaii.

We sang Hawaiian songs and danced the hula.

We also shared our Hawaiian program for the Whole Foods Kids Club September 1, 2017.

The kids enjoyed doing some hula with Michelle. I read the story of “Military Mommy” about my daughter in the army when she was stationed in Hawaii at Schofield Barracks. She is serving in Iraq now.

https://www.amazon.com/Military-Mommy-Second/dp/1480038989/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1509240150&sr=1-2&keywords=Carol+Dabney+Military+Mommy

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Rod and sang for a Hawaiian luau at The Manor Nursing Home in Little Rock, on my birthday in September and I was presented with a cake. We are regulars there and they have become like family to us the past two years.

Rod and I went into the recording studio and made a really awesome new audiobook for children. “Mia, the Mouse Used by God” with an original song “Where You Go” about a mouse who becomes a match -maker for Ruth and Boaz from the bible story out of the book of Ruth. We recorded at Blue Chair Recording Studio in Austin, Arkansas July 27, 2017.

https://www.amazon.com/Mouse-Used-Ragsdale-Carol-Dabney/dp/B074R45NM6/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1509240541&sr=8-1&keywords=Carol+Dabney+Music

https://www.amazon.com/Mia-Mouse-Used-God-Animals/dp/1537353802/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1509240485&sr=1-1&keywords=Carol+Dabney+Mia+the+Mouse

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We had a lot of fun singing this past summer. Hope you will check out all my books available on Amazon. Thank you for supporting local artists and authors.

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

 

Thanks for stopping in. -Carol Dabney

 

 

 

 

 

Summer fun at the Library

I salute our wonderful libraries. The local libraries are always creating new ways to interest kids in reading. Reading can take you places real and imagined. Reading can ignite and inspire.

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Rod and I enjoyed singing and reading our stories at the libraries this summer and taking part in getting children excited about music and showing them some golf adventures.

Reading can change the way you think about your life. When I was young I lived on a goat farm and my sister read Heidi to me. You know the one about a little girl living with goats on a mountainside. What a wonderful story.

The libraries have a theme every summer. A couple years ago the theme was Pause to Read and they had a poster of a puppy reading through a stack of books. Too cute. I enjoyed reading my animal series I had been working on at the time. Well since its a series I guess you could say I am still working on this with my co-author Everett Martindale. I told him The Animals Used By God series would never be finished. There were so many bible stories and animals that I supposed we could just write from now on. That year I traveled to read at the Amador County Library in Pioneer California.

I read my Military mommy book when I read to Sgt Yano Library program at Schofield Army barracks when my daughter was stationed in Oahu. The children and I marched and saluted as I read the pages.

I always like to sing a few songs too. In fact I get asked to sing at the libraries as much as read these days. Libraries are just fun places to go to anytime of the year, but they really work overtime during the summer.

 

 

This year the theme was based all about Sports. Perfect to read Rod’s adventures on golf books. Rod brought his golf club, golf balls, and let the kids try it out first hand. He read his story and sang a couple song with his guitar and the kids loved it. we went to the Children’s Library downtown Little Rock. Maumelle Library. and Nixon Library in  Jacksonville so far this month.

 

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Its fun to do a Hawaiian program for the kids. Show a bit of hula and tell them about whale watching, and sea turtles. I let them play my ukulele, rain stick and bamboo sticks,  and of course they want to see pictures of the volcano.

 

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I use to take my children to the library all the time when they were little. They would sit on the floor and look at pictures. They would read some and took great care in each picking out books to bring home. And they were Free books too, what a plus. How can you beat that?  My kids read a lot of books and they all did well in school. I think it really helped to have joined in on fun programs and reading challenges at the library. I just love the library. A great way to spend the summer. So just wanted to say Thank you.

my books can also be found on Amazon …

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

 

Tee Time

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It’s summer time, the kids are out of school. What to do? Let play some golf and start them young says Rod Ragsdale, author of “The Adventures of Andrew on the Golf Course”… its a great outdoor sport for the whole family.

 

 

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https://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Andrew-Golf-Course-Adventure/dp/1514820870/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1466683804&sr=1-2&keywords=Rod+Ragsdale

A fun short story for young children to inspire them to get out there and learn the game of golf. In this series of golf stories Rod tells about how there is a lot more going on on the golf course then you’d think. There are amazing trees and flowers, lots of small animals, insects and wonderful birds.

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There is nature all around for families to discover. In his first book he tells the true story about how Andrew saves a little duck, and how golf brings out a person’s character.

Its a tender Go-Ask-Dad story line in each book as Andrew learns how to be a better golfer and about being a better person all around.  golf pictures 027

Golf is a game you can challenge yourself or your friends.

It’s summertime. Let play a game of golf!

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Rod Ragsdale has been in the golf industry for 40 years. Now he is retired and plays golf every morning for fun.

 

Reading and singing at schools

 

I have enjoyed reading and singing for schools. Military Mommy was my first book. This is a wonderful true story about a military family. We salute the American soldier and their families.

http://www.amazon.com/Military-Mommy-Carol-Dabney/dp/1456800329/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

The second storybook was The Happy Pumpkin, Patch. I have read this fun holiday book at the the Good Earth Garden Center Pooches and Pumpkins Festival for 3 years now. They have my books displayed.

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

 

We had lots of fun with Twas The Mouse Before Christmas. Reading at the Arkansas State Capital annual Christmas Tree Lighting and for Holiday House in Little Rock, as well as many schools. We are scheduled to read again in 2016.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Twas-Mouse-Before-Christmas-Tail/dp/1477608370/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

I now have audio books with songs for my stories with the help of Cindy Reyes and Rod Ragsdale. We make a great team and love the work we do teaching children.

http://www.amazon.com/Mouse-Before-Christmas-Carol-Dabney/dp/B0182XWYNM/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1463789102&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=Carol+Dabney+music

 

 

Saturday April 9, 2016 at 10am Children’s Library in Little Rock- hear the stories of The Adventures of Andrew on the Golf Course book series for young children.

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http://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Andrew-Golf-Course-Adventure/dp/1514820870/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1459731721&sr=8-5&keywords=Rod+Ragsdale

 

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Author Rod Ragsdale has been in the golf industry for over forty years. He loves to inspire children to play the great game of golf. His son Andrew started playing when he was just two years old.

 

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Illustration created by Carol Dabney

 

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Aliyah Jane learning at age three

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Great family sport.

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Rod loves to read his stories about golf at libraries and classrooms, he loves to teach golf, but he really loves to play golf. he will be reading the first two books at the Hillary Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center on 10th street in Little Rock Arkansas Saturday April 9, 2016    at 10am along with Carol Dabney… Yes there will be music too bring the whole family. Free event. December 2015 679.early June 285

I’m learning to play too!

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Summer Reading Fun 2015

Carol Dabney children’s author and singer will be reading and singing with sister Cindy Reyes in English and Spanish for several Library Summer 2015 fun reading programs

Bows and Butterflies by Carol Dabney in English and Spanish. Spanish by Cindy Reyes

Bows and Butterflies by Carol Dabney in English and Spanish. Spanish by Cindy Reyes

Saturday June 6 at the Hillary Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center from 10-noon. Local Author Roundup. story time, music, arts and craft. 4800 West 10th Street Little Rock Arkansas 501-978-3870

My story time and singing team Rod Ragsdale, Cindy Reyes and myself at a children's event in Little Rock

My story time and singing team Rod Ragsdale, Cindy Reyes and myself at a children’s event in Little Rock

June 30 children’s story hour at 10am at Hillary Clinton Children’s Library.

Children's Author and Illustrator of Bows and Butterflies Carol Dabney

Children’s Author and Illustrator of Bows and Butterflies Carol Dabney

Wednesday July 15 at the Nixon Library 703 West Main Street in Jacksonville Arkansas story hour at 10:30am

Carol Dabney introducing Carlos the caterpillar who wants to fly

Carol Dabney introducing Carlos the caterpillar who wants to fly

Tuesday July 28 at the Williams Library in Little Rock 1800 Chester Street at 10:30am story hour

Speaking for the young author workshop in Little Rock  2015

Speaking for the young author workshop in Little Rock 2015

Hey Kids, Meet Carlos the Caterpillar!!!

I will be reading and singing for a meet the author event with several other local authors at the Hillary Clinton Children’s library Saturday June 6 from 10-noon. Mark your calendars if you live near by and have children that love to go to the library for story hour, music, crafts and snacks. They will be allowing me to sell and autograph books with your child’s name at this event. That’s new. So if you have been wanting my newest spring book “Bows and Butterflies” about Carlos the Caterpillar, this is the place. See a butterfly habitat and learn about the stages of a butterfly’s life. A special friendship with Jane who encourages Carlos to believe in his dreams to fly. Hear a new song “On The Wings of Dreams” composed by Donna Watkins and Rod Ragsdale.

Bows and Butterflies by Carol Dabney in English and Spanish. Spanish by Cindy Reyes

Bows and Butterflies by Carol Dabney in English and Spanish. Spanish by Cindy Reyes

New 2015 book  Bows and Butterflies by Carol Dabney

New 2015 book Bows and Butterflies by Carol Dabney

Speaking for the young author workshop in Little Rock April 2015

Speaking for the young author workshop in Little Rock April 2015

My story time and singing team Rod Ragsdale, Cindy Reyes and myself at a children's event in Little Rock

My story time and singing team Rod Ragsdale, Cindy Reyes and myself at a children’s event in Little Rock. 

Bows and Butterflies for Spring 2015

Bows and Butterflies is here for Spring 2015. A story about a little girl who creates a butterfly habitat with milkweed plants and butterfly houses, befriends a caterpillar named Carlos. Carlos has lots of personality and a big dream to fly. Children will be entertained while learning the stages of a butterfly’s life. Learn about the metamorphosis from egg to butterfly and the migration of the Monarchs. Go through emotional ups and downs with Carlos as Jane encourages him to believe in his dreams. Sold online at Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Bows-Butterflies-Carol-Dabney/dp/1508750939/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1427038326&sr=1-1&keywords=Bows+and+Butterflies

Bows and Butterflies by Carol Dabney in English and Spanish. Spanish by Cindy Reyes

Bows and Butterflies by Carol Dabney in English and Spanish. Spanish by Cindy Reyes

Through The Looking Glass with Kinia

Through The Looking Glass with Kinia. She will be interviewing Carol Dabney about children's book Saturday March 7, at 7pm Eastern time out of Atlanta.

Through The Looking Glass with Kinia. She will be interviewing Carol Dabney about children’s book Saturday March 7, at 7pm Eastern time out of Atlanta.

Kinia and her radio program Through the Looking Glass will be talking with Carol Dabney

Kinia and her radio program Through the Looking Glass will be talking with Carol Dabney

Radio interview with Carol Dabney by Kinia Colbert out of Atlanta Through The Looking Glass Saturday night program March 7, 2015  at 7 Eastern time

Radio interview with Carol Dabney by Kinia Colbert out of Atlanta Through The Looking Glass Saturday night program March 7, 2015 at 7 Eastern time

Growing Bows and Butterflies  - new 2015 children's story book about butterflies  by Carol Dabney

Growing Bows and Butterflies – new 2015 children’s story book about butterflies by Carol Dabney

Why WE Walk written to help children understand  the Alzheimer's Disease by Carol Dabney... New book 2015...

Why WE Walk written to help children understand the Alzheimer’s Disease by Carol Dabney… New book 2015…

author, illustrator and composer Carol Dabney

author, illustrator and composer Carol Dabney

I am so excited to be as to a guest on Through The Looking Glass radio show this coming Saturday night with Kinia Colbert. I have some new children’s books in the works: “Growing Bows and Butterflies” about a caterpillar named Carlos who has lots of personality and big dreams. We watch Carlos go through the many stages of a butterfly’s life from egg to the beautiful winged creature migrating to Mexico for the winter. This story has a wonderful song that goes with it, written by wordsmith Donna Watkins and composer Rod Ragsdale called “On The Wings Of Dreams” We have all become a team this past year working on several stories about winged creatures such as honeybees, birds and butterflies.

Also new this Spring is “Why We Walk” a book for young children to help them understand the Alzheimer’s Disease. Many of my stories are bilingual translated by Cindy Reyes, which adds an enriching cultural experience to young children. We read all fall and straight through Christmas all around the Little Rock area and the children enjoyed our interactive programs which now has stuffed animals and puppets and of course music.

With Spanish teacher Cindy Reyes

With Spanish teacher Cindy Reyes

I am very excited to be working at Blue Chair Recording Studio with musician Rod Ragsdale who has helped composed several songs for our Animals Used By God Series created by Everett O. Martindale and myself. These books will be audiobooks with songs. Rod adds guitar and harmonica as well as vocals to our presentations.

musician Rod Ragsdale

musician Rod Ragsdale

with Musician Rod Ragsdale

with Musician Rod Ragsdale

One of our most exciting events was presenting Christmas music and Twas The Mouse before Christmas at the Arkansas State Capital at their annual Christmas Tree Lighting in December.

With Spanish teacher Cindy Reyes

With Spanish teacher Cindy Reyes

Twas The Mouse Before Christmas

Twas The Mouse Before Christmas

Events coming up is a children’s writers workshop at the children’s library Monday afternoon March 23.
Saturday March 28 is the Central Arkansas Fiction Writers meeting. Other authors such as Heather Sutherlin and others in this writers group have pulled together sharing ideas and helping each other. I love Indie Publishers writers and illustrators.
Saturday April 11 we will be presenting a story and song for the Junior League Little Readers Rocks at the Children’s Library.
I will be attending the Craighead County Author Fair in Jonesboro April 18 and NEA Writers meeting with Linda Nance and Donna Watkins. So many people helped me learn along the way.
St Paul Public Library has invited me to read for their summer reading program June 13.
and a Meet the Author event Saturday June 20 at the Hillary Clinton Children’s Library in Little Rock

I received a contract from Mockingbird Lane Press this week, to look over for them to become my publishers, for my father’s biography “Dance Me Home.” It was endorsed by the Alzheimer’s Association last year and featured in Senior Moments Magazine. Editor Dustin Hood introduced me at a Barnes and Nobles meet the author event last August.

Northeast Arkansas Writers Linda Nance and Donna Watkins  supportive writers at Barnes and Nobles meet the author event hosted by editor Dustin Hood Senior Moment magazine

Northeast Arkansas Writers Linda Nance and Donna Watkins supportive writers at Barnes and Nobles meet the author event hosted by editor Dustin Hood Senior Moment magazine

I illustrated pictured for children’s author Dale Black for his Amanda Adventures and then Donna Watkins asked me to illustrate for honeybee book while we were recording the song for her project. I love illustrating for my author friends. I have a fun time getting to know the characters to their stories this way. They become apart of me. I have cute little bees and butterflies and a bunch of stuffed animals that go with my stories all over my apt. It makes my life colorful.

We loved reading for school assemblies

We loved reading for school assemblies

I returned from my trip to Hawaii in August. I Read for the military children at Schofield Barracks and Sgt Yano Library on base and then at the Amador County Library “Paws To Read” summer reading program in California on my journey home. Great trip. My family sisters and children have been such an inspiration to me and helped me with photography and promotions and editing and losing weight. Hugs to you all. My daughter was deployed and I brought back and kept her two year old daughter Aliyah Jane while she was gone overseas for 3 months. What a kick that girl is!!! That’s when I began writing those stories about a little girl named Jane in the storybook “Growing Bows” All those adorable girls at school wearing huge bows in their hair. Southern Bells who wear bows. I could not resist a story.

Hula and song at Amador County Library  Califonia

Hula and song at Amador County Library Califonia

My grand daughter Aliyah Jane and I at St Mark's School where I teach music

My grand daughter Aliyah Jane and I at St Mark’s School where I teach music

hula is for everyone

hula is for everyone

Cindy, Rod and I had a few birthday parties and luaus along the way as well and a couple more recording sessions to finish our work for Spring. Everett is still coming up with animals. Rod is a sweetheart and has some great ideas of his own that we have started putting together. More to share later. The end of 2014 and beginning of 2015 has been an exciting time so far and now looking forward to my interview with Kinia.

You can find all my books and music on http://www.amazon.com

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

I would love it if you listen to THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS radio show with Kinia Cobert this Saturday March 7, at 7 and call in…

If you have read one of my books please leave a review on amazon for others readers

http://www.amazon.com/Pablo-Donkey-Used-God-Childrens/dp/1484939182/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Thank you so much Carol Dabney