Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Blog Swap With J. Q. Rose

Hi, Kay. Thanks for hosting me today so I can tell your readers about the awesome women profiled in my new interactive e-book for girls, Girls Succeed: Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women.

Hello Readers. I’m excited to visit with you today and look forward to your comments.

 Role Models by J.Q. Rose

When I was a kid my role models were the older girls who were funny, classy, friendly, and smart. They were the trend setters and pretty gals. I wanted to be just like them. About the time of puberty is the ugliest time in a girl’s life. Remember being 11, 12, and 13? Oh those school pictures….!!! All arms and legs and funny hair-dos, and let’s not go there with the fashion statements and attempts at make-up. I seem to recall using powder from a compact that colored my pale face into a strange orange.

The best example of trying to be like the cool girls was my attempt at getting a sun tan. My startlingly white skin would never tan so I relied on getting my tan from a bottle. The results were streaky orange legs. I think the new sunless tanning products have come a long way in both color and fragrance.

As I grew older, I still looked to other girls to be my role model, but then I also chose women who I admired such as teachers and ladies in my church. When I was a scared, shy freshman in college, I admired the girl who was the resident assistant on our floor. She always had time to talk and share. She was the one who I mimicked when removing a tea bag from the cup. I had never seen anyone remove a tea bag from the cup with a teaspoon, then wrap the string around the bag and squeeze out all the liquid. No drips at all from cup to saucer. To this day I do this and remember her every time.

Even at my mature age I have role models. You would think I would know it all by now, but I still meet women who make me wish I had their qualities of warmth, kindness, knowledge, and can actually make a tasty pie crust!

A few days ago, I met a new role model in the library. She was checking the large print books because she needed to read them to accommodate her worsening macular degeneration. She was determined the disease would not keep her from reading for as long as she could. She told me her favorite books were the James Herriot’s classic series, All Creatures Great and Small. She traveled to England last summer and visited the places in the book. She had such a wonderful time, she is planning to return this summer. This adventurous woman is 82 years old, but determined to live her life to the fullest and squeeze all the joy she can into this lifetime.

My non-fiction e-book, Girls Succeed: Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women, is filled with role models for middle grade girls. The stories of these successful women inspire and empower girls to dream big dreams and to equip them with ways to make their dreams come true.

It was my privilege to interview fifteen contemporary women who have distinguished careers. These role models are in business, technology, health care, sports, science, education, the arts, and even in transportation (a semi-truck driver.) My heartfelt thanks to them for trusting me to tell their inspiring stories and for allowing me to share them with young girls.

BOOK LINKS: To download a sample which includes the Table of Contents or purchase Girls Succeed, please use these links.

A Study Guide to accompany the book is now available at and

Connect with J.Q. Rose online at

J.Q. Rose blog

J. Q.  Rose Amazon Author Page 

TAG LINE: Inspiring and empowering girls to achieve success in their dream careers.

BIO: After writing feature articles in magazines, newspapers, and online magazines for over fifteen years, J.Q. Rose entered the world of fiction writing with her first published novella, Sunshine Boulevard, released by MuseItUp Publishing in 2011. With Girls Succeed: Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women she returns to her first love, writing about real people.  Blogging, photography, Pegs and Jokers board games, and travel are the things that keep her out of trouble. Spending winters in Florida with her husband allows Janet the opportunity to enjoy the life of a snowbird. Summer finds her camping and hunting toads, frogs, and salamanders with her four grandsons and granddaughter.

Thank you J. Q. Rose for visiting my blog today.

Readers, this is a blog swap so stop over at J. Q. blog
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  1. Hi Kay. Thanks so much for swapping blogs with me. It's great to be able to tell readers about our books. Thanks so much.

    Here's the direct link to Kay's post on my blog so readers can hop on over for her post on love and romance.

  2. I found out something I didn't know yesterday. Our elementary school children are taken to the library once a week and read stories about strong women and men who have made it in this world with all the messages you are getting across to your target audience. Wow, long sentence.

    Nice to start so young. Of course the books are on their level of absorbency.

    Nice going, JQ

  3. Thank you, Lorrie. It's never too early to begin exposing kids to wonderful role models.

  4. It's always good to have role models. Loved your story of the 82-year-old. I want to keep growing the whole time I'm alive.

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