JR Barker

Biography

Jo Barker has been writing short stories for many years as a hobby and has now finally published.
Her stories take you on weird and wonderful journeys using a combination of fantasy and strange facts that makes the narrative more engaging.
At the moment she is writing children’s tales but there are plans for other other books.
Jo also creates videos with her partner. You can see some of these videos in her Blog at www.jrbarker.info or or you can visit The Ian and Jo Show on YouTube.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the UK, but what influenced my writing was what I read rather than where I lived.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My other half.

I used to write for myself, but when my partner saw what I'd written he encouraged me to publish
Read more of this interview.

Where to find JR Barker online


Books

The Adventures of the Frog Prince
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,150. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
(5.00)
The Prince had problems; he was stranded in a moat and was trying to come to terms with being small, green and surprisingly springy. Now not only must he battle to control his new body, which is frequently prone to malfunction, but he must also avoid being eaten by things that are bigger than him as he tries to find his way back to the castle to find out who wants him out of the way and why.

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Smashwords book reviews by JR Barker

  • The Toy Sorcerer on Feb. 20, 2012

    This book contains spells, potions, incantations, gods, goddesses, elementals, talking animals, flying horses, witches and, of course, witchcraft; the religious sort of witchcraft with gods and elementals, not the fantasy sort of witchcraft with wands and brooms. There are so many aspects to the book that it’s a wonder that the author managed to stitch it all together. But she did, and she did it well. As a result it took me a while to write an adequate review of this book. The main thing that struck me about The Toy Sorcerer was how beautifully written it is. It’s what attracted me to it in the first place. The use of language and imagery really sucks you into the story, at times it’s as if she is painting with words. Laura also has a knack of making you really feel for and care about the characters, which makes you really root for them. There are many characters woven into this tale, some of them are from Myth, some are from the Wiccan religion and some are masterful creations of the authors very own. The author is very adept at inventing worlds for these characters as well as describing the world around her. The real world is painted so vividly as ordinary that is seems a very strange to have something as extraordinary as a fully fledged witch and her familiar running around, fighting demons and casting spells. On the flip side the dream realms allow you to encounter strange lands and even stranger locals that at times seem more real than the real world. This is a steadily paced, well thought out book that I would recommend to anyone. Although there are a few minor expletives so perhaps not for very young children, unless parents are prepared to edit. The only fault in this book that occasionally jarred me from the story are the interactions between the characters. At times mannerisms and turns of phrase tend to swap characters. Some of the conversations between characters felt also felt a little too ‘nice’ or contrived at times. But I have to say that this is me nit picking. I found this book to be extremely well written, gritty and imaginative with well thought out twists and turns, complete with characters that suck you into the story and make you root for them.
  • The Curse Girl on May 11, 2012

    I received this free as a read and review from Read it and Reap I found this to be a nice and easy read and the story was a rather sweet one. I really loved the Fey lands and would like to read more about them, perhaps in another book. There were a few inconsistencies, but these were minor. The descriptions were fantastic and sucked you into the story. However I didn’t gel with the main character as she was a bit of a stroppy mare. Unfortunately the ending felt a tad rushed. That aside, it was a good tale. The witch was witchy, the drama was dramatic. The tale was not quite as old as time (apologies, couldn’t resist) and had a nice blending of the old and new, both in ideals and lifestyles. Would recommend to younger Teens.
  • Underneath on June 27, 2012

    This was a fairly short read, and an easy one too. This story is cleverly written, it's rare that you can follow a character, get inside their head, dislike them intensely and then be completely surprised by a revelation that completely explains why they are the way they are. Hats off to Michael for his clever character portrayals. I recommend this to those that like crime, thrillers and interesting characters.
  • Howl (Kane Wolves, 1) on June 27, 2012

    I don't normally read romance books but I won this one online. I have to say that I'm very glad that I read it. It was well paced and believable. I really felt for Sophie as she struggled between her love of her family and the love of her life. It also showed just how damaging it can be to ignore an integral part of yourself.
  • The Final Prophecy on March 06, 2013

    Laura Harts writing style is incredibly lyrical which makes this story incredibly easy to read. Although this was apparent in the Toy Sorcerer, she has managed to refine her style even more. Everything comes together in this book, the characters have fleshed out more, their back-stories are compelling. My favourite character to date has to be Ruthergore, he appears to be a man of many layers, flawed, damaged and utterly believable. The whole affair has become more sinister as the world sinks into utter chaos, yet you get to see glimpses of humanity and compassion that give you that genuine ahhh moment. Even the dream worlds have less of a Alice in wonderland style and it suits it more. I have to say that if Laura keeps on improving at this rate I cannot WAIT to read the next book!! I know this is a short review, and it deserves a longer one, but I can think of nothing more to say without giving away the storyline except *Gush gush gush*
  • The Final Prophecy on March 06, 2013

    Laura Harts writing style is incredibly lyrical which makes this story incredibly easy to read. Although this was apparent in the Toy Sorcerer, she has managed to refine her style even more. Everything comes together in this book, the characters have fleshed out more, their back-stories are compelling. My favourite character to date has to be Ruthergore, he appears to be a man of many layers, flawed, damaged and utterly believable. The whole affair has become more sinister as the world sinks into utter chaos, yet you get to see glimpses of humanity and compassion that give you that genuine ahhh moment. Even the dream worlds have less of a Alice in wonderland style and it suits it more. I have to say that if Laura keeps on improving at this rate I cannot WAIT to read the next book!! I know this is a short review, and it deserves a longer one, but I can think of nothing more to say without giving away the storyline except *Gush gush gush*
  • Jake on April 04, 2014

    I read most of this thinking; here's a nice teenage boy going through life, not much happening, just about a normal kid living his life and fluffing stuff up like any normal kid, but still it's well told. I didn't get too bored, it was a nice story I could dip in and out of. 3/4 of the way through and things are much the same; life's looking up for Jake and I feel like I've sort of become one of the family in a strange way, but I still wasn't certain if anything was going to happen. Then Wham. Right at the end his world is turned flippedy upside down and it's heartbreaking. I finished this book and couldn't do anything else but sulk for about half an hour because I was so upset. I had to go for a walk and muck out the rabbits.
  • Kiwi's Christmas Tail on April 12, 2014

    This is book six trust me to start near the end! Luckily for me this one can be read as a standalone. Whether you love cats, children's stories, hearty christmas tales or all three I recommend this book to you. Whether it's christmas or not this book is guaranteed to put you in the yule tide spirit. It was like the literary equivalent of drinking hot chocolate with marshmallows and cream. Kiwi's Christmas Tail was kitty good!