Jeffrey N. Baker is a Sci-Fi/Fantasy author who delights in entertaining readers of all ages. He was first published in early 2011--appearing in eFiction Magazine’s twelfth issue with his cyberpunk-noir short story, “Jazz Night.”
Later that year he was invited to participate in the “Fables For Japan” anthology. Working alongside industry leading illustrators and comic artists, Baker wrote two tales for the anthology. Striving for a traditional feel, he crafted stories involving love, loss, and the dangers of greed. “Hiroko’s Tale” and “The Brothers’ Three” appear in Volumes 1 and 3 of “Fables For Japan” respectively.
Baker keeps himself busy working on his first novel and developing a score of short stories across all genres. Check his blog often to see his thoughts on the writing process and the self-publishing industry.
on July 22, 2012 :
A romantic at heart and a lover of folktales the world over, this short story fills every need I have and i loved the classic 'princess seeks worthy lover for life partner' theme; beautiful Hiroko has turned down beaus offering riches; she seeks someone who truly loves her, something she senses none so far had for her.
A fisherman, Akio loves her from afar and having little to offer, sets down and carves a Daruma doll; but he loses his confidence, thinking she would not want him he leaves the gift and goes away; when Hiroko finds it, she is overjoyed and part of her joy enters the doll and he comes alive, receiving an eye; later a storm brings destruction and Hiroko sets out to find his maker.Will he find Akio in time to save the lovely Haroko? Only if the Daruma can succeed, hindered by his small size and one eye it is nearly impossible with the storm's winds and debris in the way; but don't underestimate the power of love and fate.
i loved its happy ending and the Haru-Dori birds that sing of this great love made this a story to be treasured.
(review of free book)