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.

 

 

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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.

http://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Andrew-Golf-Course-Book/dp/1522745602/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1459731721&sr=8-2&keywords=Rod+Ragsdale

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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