The Frog Blog

J.R. Sparlin discusses things

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Next Week - Book Launch Party!

On December 1, the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators will be launching its first-ever online BOOK LAUNCH PARTY! The Court Wizard will be there, along with many other fine books by SCBWI authors! Details next week!

Friday, September 25, 2015

5 Stars!

The Court Review got a five-star review on Goodreads! I'm very excited! Read it here: Goodreads Review of The Court Wizard

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Kid Power

My friend Bruce from college is doing good in the world. He put his theatrical gifts to good use by creating a stage show that teaches kids about good nutrition. Now he's creating a comic book and making the electronic version FREE for everyone, for kids to read, for teachers to use in classrooms, and for parents to inspire. Here's the link to download the Kid Power Comic Activity Book!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Court Wizard, now available for Nook, with Fun Fonts!

The Court Wizard is now also available in print or for Nook at! I had some fun with the Nook edition, because I was able to use some interior coloring. For example, the print edition chapter headings look like this:

Chapter One

The Apothecary’s Shop

I wanted to use some colors, but it would have made the print book very expensive and I couldn't have used the trim size (size of book) I wanted. When I converted the file for Kindle, I lost the font and it looks like this:

Chapter One

The Apothecary’s Shop

I'm sure there's a way to do fancy things with Kindle, but I don't know how. I can barely turn the computer on. But with Nook, I could use colors and fonts, although I was afraid to use bigger fonts because things might get weird if people increase the font size. So the chapter headings look like this:

Chapter One

The Apothecary’s Shop

Cool, huh? It's not much, but it's fun. :)

Friday, April 3, 2015

The Court Wizard Available for Kindle!

It has taken me a long, frustrating time, but The Court Wizard is now available from Amazon in both print and Kindle editions. Nook coming soon!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

"The New Red" Published in Every Day Fiction!

My short story, "The New Red," is today's offering in Every Day Fiction! This is a FREE online magazine that publishes one story every day. If you're reading this after February 17, it's still there, just scroll down.

This is an odd little science fiction story. If you're wondering why I've used this terribly clashing red font -- well, it's a hint! :)

If you'd like to read it, here it is:  "The New Red" in Every Day Fiction

Friday, February 6, 2015

"The New Red" To Be Published!

My short story, "The New Red," will be published on February 17 in Every Day Fiction! This is a free Internet magazine that publishes one short-short story every day (as its name implies). This is a humorous science fiction story; they publish all genres. I'll post the link that day!