It’s HERE!

Barn Town is all up in arms with what is happening across the road. Tearing up fences and massive changes are happening to the big red barn. Are new roosters moving in; is it a new lake for the ducks and geese? What is going on? Stripe is determined to get to the bottom of this new mystery that is happening right under his nose.


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No Internet

We are going on one week with no phone service or internet service. NONE!

NO T.V.! NO MUSIC! My town just slipped back 100 years overnight.

Why? Massive software malfunction by AT&T. Drive 12 miles one way for a connection. Thank you Jesus for old fashion books of paper and ink.

Oh, how I miss my Google.

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Fun Facts at Barn Town

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1 – A rooster will start crowing at 2:30 a.m. (if the moon is bright) and crow off and on until dark that night. (We presently have 13 roosters at Barn Town.)

2 – Our   Great Pyrenees will jump 2 to 3 feet off the ground into the air after hawks flying over Barn Town. Tasha will do this all day long to chase away the hawks. The hawks do leave and go fly elsewhere for a while and then return later in hopes of a chicken dinner. Repeat as needed.

3 – Geese hiss, honk, and squawk at visitors (2 legged and 4) to alert about a threat. They are better than guard dogs. (Our neighbors love us in the middle of the night when their sound carries very well.)

4 – Goats can and do jump four to five feet high to get to a limb of a tree they like so they can eat the tender leaves.

5 – Savannah, the donkey, will bray to say “Hello” to my hubby whenever he’s outside, even if he was just outside five minutes earlier.

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I Saw a Starburst to Flames –


Book Promo: 

With over 100 poems about everything from flapping ears to dancing pizzas, J.R. LaMar’s, I Saw a Starburst to Flames will take you on an out-of-this-world reading adventure. With instant classics like “My Father Is the President,” “I Am a Young Ventriloquist,” and “My Eyes Popped out of My Head” to funny re-imaginings such as “The Tortoise and The Hare,” this collection of loony works will leave you wishing there were more.

About the Author:

J R LaMar

J.R. LaMar is a 26-year-old American children’s poet who lives in Coos Bay, Oregon with his wife Chelsea and their three girls Arya, Chloe, and Hazel. He is a stay at home father and a full-time student with the hopes of becoming a teacher. His wife Chelsea works with disadvantaged children and is in recovery from a nearly fatal post-partum infection. Falling in love with children’s poetry at a young age by reading the works of  Jack Prelutsky and Shel Silverstein, he hopes that his children will one day find the ​same joy reading his work as he did the others. They thank God each day for the ​opportunities they’ve been given.

My Take on this book:

A fun read for children and its poetry!  This is an extraordinary introduction as children begin their love affair with poetry.  The material in this book is fresh, engaging and mind stretches for the readers.  Great for giggles, cuddles and bedtime reading. I think you’ll like this book. I do.


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A New Barn Town Children’s Book!

Available for ebook pre-order now Do Angels Take Naps in Heaven?  The ebook will be available from on March 5, 2019. Print book to follow.

DJ Shaw

DJ Shaw is a speaker, retired educator, author, and member of The Ink Blots and Christian Communicators.
She loves to write about her travels, as well as children’s stories, and devotionals. She conducts workshops on subjects that affect women’s lives.

Doris’s new book deals with the death of a loved one from a child’s perspective.

And as always, Anna Gary’s artwork is exactly right for this new book.  So, give it a read. You’ll enjoy it!

Phototastic Collage - Naps

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Newest Author for Barn Town

DJ Shaw

Meet Barn Town’s newest author: D. J. Shaw.

Her new book, Do Angels Take Naps in Heaven, is scheduled for release in February 2019.

A bit of bio: Doris Jean Shaw is a speaker, retired educator, author, and member of The Ink Blots and Christian Communicators.
She loves to write about her travels, as well as children’s stories, and devotionals. She conducts workshops on subjects that affect women’s lives.

Check out : for all updates.

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Gloom and Doom

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I need your help!


For those of you who signed up for the Barn Town Newsletter between December 20, 2018 and December 28, 2018, I am very sorry to say that your requests for the newsletter were lost. During the snow, high wind, and rain, the power went out as my laptop was completing its back up. I have found that everything for that time frame was lost. Everything has been done to recover the data, but nothing has worked. I am terribly sorry. If you would be so kind as to sign up again I would appreciate it so very much.


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Podcast Interview – WOW!

I was priviledge to do an interview on Jen Lowry Writes Podcast today. I am so excited to give you the link where you can listen. I want to thank Jen for allowing me to have this unique opportunity and I am so appreciative. So, click the link and give a listen please.

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Jen Lowry, Author

I’m so excited!

#6 of #70 – Adventures in Barn Town – LOVED THIS CHAPTER BOOK for young readers – just adorable! The storytelling drew me in and made me smile! ❤️ I can’t wait to interview the #author on my #podcast tomorrow at #jenlowrywrites #chapterbooks #childrensliterature #readaloud#bedtimestories #farmlife #kidsbooks #adventures #animals #talkinganimals#iamreading #challenge


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corrected: Review of FLUNKED

Flunked - coverBook Blurb:

This is the other side of the fairy tale where the ordinary folk live. You know, the trolls, the bad fairies, and in this story the cobbler’s daughter who live in a shoe.

Gillian, Gilly to her friends, is a thief. She steals from the royals to buy food for her family. Then the long arm of the law finally catches up to her and it’s off to reform school.  Where she meets trolls, fairies, magic mirrors, live gargoyles, reformed villains, and really bad villains. It’s up to her and her school friends to figure out who is trying to kill the Princesses Ella, Snow, Rapunzel and Rose and save the day.

Oh, and did I forget to mention that she gets to ride Pegasus. The school has a stable of flying horses that the kids get to ride. There are appearing and disappearing hall ways in the school and the proverbial dungeon for those really bad villains. This book is a fun read. Enjoy!

My Take on This Book:

I really like this book. This is a unique take on fairy tales; the flip side of the coin if you will. With magic mirrors, troubles with parents and other characters from fairy tales as teachers at the school, it’s a blast to read. The humor is well done and the troubles are true to life with a magic twist, of course.  I give this book 5 stars and highly recommend it as a good read.


Jen Calonita

About the Author:

Jen Calonita has always loved writing. Her first published piece was in the sixth grade newspaper where she wrote about an attack snake who bothered her canoe on a class field trip. These days she writes about fairy tale worlds, Hollywood lives and music. 

A big fan of Cinderella as a child, Jen always wondered what would happen if the Wicked Stepmother apologized to Cinderella for her behavior and tried to prove she was now a good fairy tale citizen. Jen figured the Wicked Stepmother might convince other villains to behave and together they would teach children on the path to wickedness how to be good at…Fairy Tale Reform School. The series, which includes many classic fairy tale characters, has its own stories to be told, starting with Misfits. 

For more about Jen, check out her website:

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