The Frog Blog

J.R. Sparlin discusses things

Friday, January 2, 2015

The Court Wizard Now Available!

Now available in print from Amazon! The Court Wizard is a fantasy adventure for ages 12 and up. (Don't want to ruin the story -- but it does have a court and a wizard!) It will also be available soon for Kindle and Nook.

Winnifred lives a quiet life in Sedonia with her aunt. But all that changes when the old apothecary’s shop explodes and she pulls him from the rubble. Together they flee Sedonia and embark on a dangerous path, joined by a mysterious and handsome stranger, Beldon. And finally, Winnifred learns the secret of her true destiny, and must decide whether to embrace it. 

Friday, December 26, 2014

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Thanks Again to the Kansas SCBWI!

In 2012, I was thrilled to be the inaugural recipient of the Clare Vanderpool Work of Promise Scholarship. It was awarded by the Kansas chapter of the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators, and gives the lucky winner the chance to go for free to the annual KS SCBWI conference in Kansas City. This award was established in honor of Newbery Award winner Clare Vanderpool (a Kansas resident).

Sadly, that year a terrible family emergency kept me at home. But they very kindly asked me back last year, when to my embarrassment I had already made a commitment for the weekend. And then, also very kindly, asked me back again this year . . . so here I am, finally, with the 2013 and 2014 winners!

Thanks again to Clare Vanderpool, Colleen Ryckert Cook, Sue Gallion, Theresa Love, and all the KS SCBWI!    

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Guest Blogger - Me!

I was invited by author Anne E. Johnson to contribute to her blog. This is very exciting. So I wrote a short essay, "Threads," about how I got the idea to write The Sea at Mughain.

I've read one of Anne's books, Trouble at the Scriptorium, and really enjoyed it.  It's a medieval tween mystery.

If you'd like to read the essay, here it is:  Jester Harley's Manuscript Page

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


I finally have the new Kindle edition ready!  I must say this was a challenge, as I am not what you would call computer-savvy.  It's available on Amazon, along with its print counterpart.  Now I'll start working on Nook . . .

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Sea at Mughain Republished!

Well, I got annoyed with The Sea at Mughain being out of print.  It was still selling copies here and there so I thought . . . why not?  I self-published it, under the imprint Dragon Central Publishing, with very minor changes to the text.  It is now available in print from Amazon, and I am working on Kindle and Nook editions, which should be ready at some point.  Here’s the new cover!

Cover photograph copyright Pierre Leclerc/Shutterstock.