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J.R. Sparlin discusses things

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.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Sea Change

I am sad to announce that I have decided to take The Sea at Mughain out of print at this time.  I am very grateful to all of you who have supported the book, and I hope to have it published again at some point, either on its own or in a collection of my other stories.  In the meantime, the remaining print copies will be available for sale at Hero Complex Games and Entertainment in Wichita, KS.

If anyone would like to offer me a film deal for a million dollars, just let me know . . .

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Timeless Trouble

Unfortunately, Pugalicious Press, which published my short story "The Angel of the Bastille" in Timeless: An Anthology of Young Adult Romance, is going out of business.  The anthology seems to still be available for Kindle and Nook, but I'm not sure for how long!

Here's one more look at the beautiful cover!


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Castle Dunseverick

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, here is a poem from my young-adult novella, The Sea at Mughain (Sam’s Dot Publishing, 2010).  It’s set in ancient Ireland.

Castle Dunseverick

Now are the sounds of battle stilled
And a still green path
Leads to the broken tower
Overlooking the sea.
Look to the north, Dunseverick
Ancient seat of kings.

Where is the hall at the end of the day
And the king feasting?
Where is the fire to warm a guest
At travel’s end?
Where is the song that cheered the king
Before the darkness of night falls
The waves crash forever
But the hall is no more.

Before the broken tower
The kings of Dal Riata
Looked out to sea
And plotted conquest.
But now
A smooth, green, secret turf
Hides the place of the hall
The laughter of kings is in the waves
The song of the hall is in the wind
Caressing the broken tower.

Here’s a picture of Dunseverick as it is today.  (Photo credit Wikepedia; sorry, former students.)


The Sea at Mughain is available in print or Kindle from Amazon; as an e-book for many formats, including Nook, on Smashwords; and in print at Hero Complex Games and Entertainment in Wichita, Kansas.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  And, as David Letterman said, “What better way to honor Ireland’s greatest saint than by sitting on a curb vomiting into a green plastic hat.”


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thanks to the Kansas SCBWI

Several months ago, I posted the news that I had won the inaugural 2012 Clare Vanderpool Work of Promise Scholarship, awarded by the Kansas chapter of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators.  I was very excited about the award, and looked forward to attending the KS SCBWI conference in October.

Things do not always go as we plan or wish.  We have had an ongoing family emergency for several months.  The day before the conference the situation worsened, and by the next day became alarming.  I emailed Colleen Ryckert Cook, the KS SCBWI regional advisor, and told her I could not attend.  She sent me a kind and gracious email telling me I could keep the award I was so proud of, even though I could not make it to the conference.

The next day, the emergency situation deepened into what I most feared and we suffered an incalculable loss, but I was here at home where I was needed and where I wanted to be.

Thank you to Colleen and the KS SCBWI for giving me a little light in a dark and terrible time.