Thursday, November 29, 2012

Celebrate the Dreamer in You

Dream BIG! is the message in the Girls Succeed book. If you have a passion and love a subject, then pursue it and make it your goal to work hard toward a career in that field. Animals, technology, cooking, entertainment? 

Dolly Parton even wrote a song about dreaming big and celebrating that dream, Celebrate the Dreamer in You! Enjoy this lively song and go ahead and dream big for your life!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Sharon Loving: A Career in Horticulture

Sharon Loving, Head of the Horticulture Department at Longwood Gardens
The word, horticulture, may be a big word to you. Horticulture means the science of cultivating or nurturing plants and flowers. The woman in charge of the horticulture department at Longwood Gardens has a big job as well as a big word to describe her job. Sharon Loving is a horticulturalist, someone who nurtures flowers and plants.

Sharon enjoyed digging in the dirt and growing flowers when she was a girl. She has succeeded in developing her passion for plants into her full-time job. When she was a little girl planting, watering, weeding, and mulching her flower beds in her yard, she had no idea she would one day be in charge of acres of display gardens at the world-renowned Longwood Gardens located near the city of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.

Sharon, on the right, didn't know when she was a girl she would be working right here at Longwood Gardens. Pictured in front of one of the fantastic fountains in the display garden.
She is responsible for producing and maintaining quality horticultural displays and landscapes for the entire property. She has the joyful job of overseeing the displays of hundreds of colorful mum plants during the Chrysanthemum Festival in the fall and all of the magnificent Christmas decorations during the holidays.
Poinsettia, the Christmas flower
There's a lot of preparation for the Longwood Gardens Annual Christmas displays. Workers set up seventy-seven lighted trees and string up 500,000 holiday lights outdoors. Inside the glass conservatory which is a greenhouse area, Sharon and the staff decorate gorgeous Christmas trees. Thousands of colorful poinsettias, which are traditional Christmas-time plants, and other beautiful flowering plants offer eye-candy for the plant lovers.

Sharon Loving is one of the successful women featured in the interactive e-book, Girls Succeed: Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women available now at Amazon and Smashwords.

Now sit back and enjoy a peek at the Christmas splendor Sharon and her staff creates.

Friday, November 23, 2012

E-book Girls Succeed Earns 5 Star Review!

Thrilled beyond measure to receive a FIVE STAR Review from Rochelle's Reviews for Girls Succeed: Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women.

Check it out at!

Monday, November 19, 2012

And the Girls Succeed Book Tour Prizes Go To--

The Girls Succeed Book Tour is over. I am a bit sad about it. But thrilled I had the chance to visit so many wonderful places along the way and receive such encouraging words from commenters.

Today I announce the prize winners in the drawing. 

I am reaching into the glass candy dish and fumbling around to draw out the first winner. No, I did not keep the candy in the dish to mix up with all the tiny scraps of paper with names on them. I HAD to eat all the chocolate kisses first!

Here are the lucky folks--

Joylene --$10.00 Amazon Gift Certificate

Meradeth--Free copy of Girls Succeed: Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women

Saundra--Succeed bracelet kit

Susanne--Notepads and gel pens


I believe everyone who left a comment or visited anonymously are all winners because we love reading books. Thank you!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Girls Succeed Book Tour Winding Down--Enter Now to Win Prizes

The Girls Succeed Book Tour is drawing to a close. I want to thank my friends and authors who so graciously allowed me space to introduce readers to the e-book and the stories of the awesome women inside the pages.

Girls Succeed: Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women is a project close to my heart. Girls have so many circumstances to deal with in today's teen lives. In fact, life is different for them compared to my life as a teen. There was no Internet, cell phones, emails, Facebook, and hey, not even microwaves. The problems of body image, availability of huge amounts of fast food and snacks filled with sugar and salt, bullying (well, yes, we did have bullies, but not on the Internet too!), and a life so full of activities the girl never gets to come down to spend time just dreaming big dreams.

I hope this book encourages big dreams and guides a girl toward making a plan for her life and working hard to achieve it. 

There is still time to leave comments here and on the other blogs I visited so you will be entered into the drawings for a $10. amazon gift certificate, free Girls Succeed e-book with format of your choice, and inspirational notepads and gel pens. The link to the blogs are listed below. Winners will be announced at 9 pm Sunday evening.

Thanks for following. Best wishes!

5Barbara Ehrentreu
7Pat McDermott
9Marva Dasef
12Conda Douglas
14Lisa Haselton
15I.B. Nosey
16Penny Estelle
18Announce winners

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Interview with I.B. Nosey on Gum Drop Island

Don't ask me why, but again I am being interviewed by I.B. Nosey, the official, unofficial reporter at Gum Drop Island. It's always a wild and zany place to go. What an island! Full of licorice trees and gum drop bushes. I can't wait to dive into the chocolate river. Come on over to "experience" all the fun at Gum Drop Island. 

Leave a comment here and/or at Gum Drop Island and you may be a winner in the drawing to be held this Sunday night!! See all the prizes!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Find Out About Flower the Clown Today

Join me today at Lisa Haselton's blog, Reviews and InterviewsShe asks fun questions and I share the story, A Big Red Nose, detailing the path Brenda Marshall discovered to become Flower, a world renowned professional clown. 

Flower entertains the kids in China.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Girls Succeed Blog Tour Continues

Today I am a guest at author Conda Douglas blog Conda has a delightful fantasy series for tweens, the Mall Fairies. Escape from the ordinary day with this fun book. You're invited to stop by today and leave a comment to be the winner in the lucky draw. See you there!!


and More!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Thank a Vet!

Veteran's Day 2012

A day to honor 

and thank veterans 

for their service to our country.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Jane Stroschin: Children's Author and Illustrator

Children's author and illustrator, Jane Stroschin is featured at Marva Dasef's blog, the Cellophane Queen. Jane is a talented artist with paintings enjoyed by art lovers around the country. You'll love how she wrote her Christmas picture book, Emma Lou and the Reindeer Flu, told in Girls Succeed: Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women.

Hop on over to find our more and to enter the drawing for prizes after the book tour. See you there!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Sue Chef Featured Today

Sue Chef cooks up a career.

Sue Chef shares recipes for girls on Pat McDermott's blog. Sue's career in culinary arts is featured in my new e-book on careers, Girls Succeed: Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women, Sue shares some easy recipes for girls to create.

Come on over and leave a comment to win prizes during the book tour!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Election Day 2012-19th Amendment for Women's Right to Vote

Election Day 2012--We Americans take for granted the privilege to vote for our government leaders. It wasn't until August 18, 1920 that our constitution was amended to give the right to vote to women. I don't think we can even imagine not having that right in this day and age. Thank you to those hard-working, determined women who were stirred to fight for the right to vote therefore leading to Congress adding the Nineteenth Amendment to the law of the land.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to our fellow citizens who have suffered devastation and hardship due to Supestorm Sandy's path across the east coast. It will be difficult for them to vote this year, but I know there will be a concerted effort to make it to the polls even in this difficult time. 

It's going to be a close election according to all the pundits, so if you are able, please get out and vote wherever you are!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Time to Celebrate! Launch Day for Girls Succeed

We’re doin’ the happy dance today because this is Launch Day for the new interactive e-book, Girls Succeed: Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women!

This non-fiction e-book is filled with dreams and passion to inspire, entertain, and empower girls. Fifteen remarkable career women in a variety of occupations share their stories in these pages. Explore careers which include women who have discovered cures to stamp out disease, made people laugh, earned Olympic and Paralympic gold medals, and crossed the country in the cab of an 18 wheeler.

Meet the remarkable women in the pages of Girls Succeed!
In a sense today is the fulfillment of a dream I pursued since 2006 when I first envisioned a book about careers which would inspire girls to dream big and empower them to make that dream come true.

So let’s par-tay!! Peek around all the bouquets of bright flowers and you'll see lots of cyber goodies there on that round table in the corner—chocolate chip cookies, chocolate cake, chocolate, chocolate, chocolate as well as some salty favorites like chips and dip, veggies and dip, pizza! Mmmmmm….the punch bowl is in front of the swan ice sculpture on the table to your left. Enjoy the colorful lights and the music. Hey, let’s turn it up a little louder!

CONTEST: Join me on the book tour November 5-November 17 to learn more about the book and the remarkable women who grace the pages. Leave a comment here and on the stops along the tour to be eligible for the random drawing for prizes--$10. Amazon gift certificate, FREE copy of Girls Succeed ebook in your choice of format, “Succeed” beaded bracelet kit, and inspirational notepads and pens.


$10.00 Amazon Gift Certificate

FREE copy of the e-book in your choice of formats
Succeed bracelet kit to design your own

A huge thank you to the generous authors who are hosting this event:

5 Barbara Ehrentreu

7 Pat McDermott

9 Marva Dasef

12 Conda Douglas

14 Lisa Haselton

15 I.B. Nosey 

16 Penny Estelle

18 Announce winners

If you would like to download a free sample of the e-book which includes the Table of Contents listing the careers, go to these links:

Amazon Link  
Smashwords Link 

Connect with J.Q. Rose online at:

Girls Succeed blog 
J.Q. Rose blog 
Author website 
J Q Rose Amazon Author Page 

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Help yourself to some refreshments, leave a comment, and visit with us for awhile.