(318) 347-1588 Shreveport, Louisiana

Welcome to Books by Rita

Welcome to Books by Rita


About the Writer


Rita Youngblood rabalais

I have been writing stories in my head for decades!  Now that I am retired from teaching full time, I have the opportunity to actually put words on paper.  Telling a good story brings me joy.  I hope reading one brings you joy also!


My Latest Book

The Piano's Song is my most recently published book.  It tells the story of a piano's life and its many homes from the piano's point of view.  Kathern Peal illustrated it using beautiful, original oil paintings.  

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My Mother's Story

My first book, Seventy Times Seven,  is based on a story my mother told me as a little girl.  It is a story of friendship and forgiveness set during the depression era.  If you have ever wanted something, received it, and then lost it too soon, you will be able to relate.

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About The Piano's Song



Published by Ally-Gator Bookbites, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Finding a forever home


Ms. Peal's gorgeous illustrations make each setting come to life!  The piano is moved from place to place, each time wanting to feel needed and loved.

Buying the book


If you would like to purchase an autographed copy of this book,  please contact me at the number or email address above.  Or send me a message using the form at the bottom of this page.    The cost is $19.99 plus tax and shipping costs.

About Seventy Times Seven



Published by Christian Faith Publishing, Meadville, Pennsylvania

A story of Forgiveness and friendship


It's not always easy to forgive someone, but not forgiving them only brings you more pain.

You Tube video -https://youtu.be/LPigODH8kBM

Buying the book


The cost of this book is $19.99 plus tax and shipping.  If you would like a signed copy, please contact me at the number or email address above or contact me with the form at the bottom of this page.  It can also be found on Barnes and Noble's website and on Amazon.  It is available as an eBook as well.

About Handmade Rag Dolls


Hand made rag dolls

After writing the book Seventy Times Seven, I wanted a rag doll to complement the story.  I couldn't find one I liked, so I began making them myself.  The dolls are available for purchase with a book or seperately.


Choosing a doll

You can choose the fabric (I have lots to choose from) and hair/skin color.



The dolls are about 22" long and custom made by me.  The cost is $30 each plus sales tax and shipping costs.


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(318) 347-1588