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.

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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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Happy New Year

We at Barn Town Children’s Books wish you the very best for this New Year!

Blessings and Squishy Hugs from all of us.

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Little Man’s Letter to Santa

Little Man Santa letter

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Romance Author – Vivi Holt

Vivi Holt


Vivi Holt lives in beautiful Brisbane, Australia with her husband and three young children. Growing up on a farm she learned to love the country life and now she writes about it in her books. History has always fascinated her as well, so writing historical romance seemed a natural progression. She loves horse-riding, hiking, and reading.

Her goal is to write touching, emotional and sweet romance stories that captivate the reader and transport them to another place or time.

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Fanya in the Underworld

Jordan Elizabeth – author

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Aaron Siddall (Illustrator)

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I have reviewed many of her stories and am always on the lookout for her next one. Normally Steampunk is not my genre, but Jordan’s work is the exception. I was also excited to see the cook illustrations by Aaron Siddall. Good job man, good job.

The character of Joy confused me at first, mainly because of who or what he is in the story. However by the end, I was very happy that he had made it all the way through the story.  There were other characters who I rooted for (the mammoths for one) as well as the ones who had evil in their hearts. Overall, it was a well-balanced story I thought. There were many twists and turns and some really unexpected consequences of Fanya’s actions. All in all, it is an interesting, thrilling, dramatic, mysterious, and a little scary story (not for the faint of heart) which I think all readers can enjoy.

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The Writing Life: Write What You Know—Or Not – Pandora’s Box Gazette

November 19, 2018

Michelle Janene

Write What You Know—Or Not

by Michelle Janene

I have often heard workshop and conference leaders say, “Write what you know.” According to these experts it is important for authenticity and grounding readers in your story to stick to information, situations, and locations that are familiar to you.

Well, that leads to a huge problem for writers like me. I have never met a dragon—though it is a dream of mine. I have never travelled to a distant planet. And I don’t have any neighbors who are fairies or elves. Yes, I am a fantasy writer. Other times I write historical fiction, but—again—this is a problem. I have never lived in the Middle Ages. There are some advantages to having access to primary sources for research and a lot of other history buffs out there who have synthesized the research for me. But even with all I can read and research, would it be considers writing what I know?

Currently, I’m writing a sequel to my first publication for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). It’s a story about a spy and a kidnapped woman who ends up running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. Never been kidnapped. Never been in Spain. So does this mean I can’t write about these things? Perhaps it’s time to book a trip to Spain.

But recently, I sat around a table talking writing with a group of friends and I heard something that put a new light on our writing. “Write what you are passionate about. And do your research.” I am definitely passionate about my fantasy worlds. I love creating creatures and locations that are inspired by my experiences yet like nothing I know. I have books on dragons, swords, and a shelf full of volumes about the Middle Ages in Europe. Lately, I have spent a lot of time on YouTube watching others run with the bulls, and on Google Maps strolling down the streets of several cities in Spain trying to find new locations for my characters to be seeing and experiencing.

What if neither of those is completely correct. Could it be that writers need to do both? We have to love what we write about. For if there is no joy in the writer there is no interest in the reader. We still need to know our facts no matter the topic of the writing. I’ve heard more than one author say that a reader found something in their story and took issue with its inaccuracy.

Whether we write, fantasy to women’s fiction, historical fiction to literary non-fiction, or any other combination, we can all include the human experience. We know how it feels to fall in love, be betrayed, or win the prize. Emotions are universal and can reach our readers whether they experience them through the life of a dragon, or a knight, or a kidnapped teacher.

This is truly where our story comes to life—in the lives of the characters. The world they live in and the technology they have access to can add layers. But when all is said and done, people want to root for the hero, celebrate when the villain gets his just punishment, and each of us want to know that we are not alone. There are others out there that feel the same way.

So, dear writer here is your mission—should you choose to accept it. Find your passion. Spend time in quality research. And write what you know of being a person who is surrounded by a world of hurting people.

About the Author

Michelle Janene lives and works in Northern California. Most days she blissfully exists in the medieval creations of her mind. She is a devoted teacher, a dysfunctional housekeeper, and a dedicated writer.

She released her first novella Mission: Mistaken Identity in 2015. God’s Rebel came out in 2016, followed by Rebel’s Son and Hidden Rebel in 2017. She has been published in “Guide Post Magazine” and several anthologies. She leads two critique groups and is the founder of Strong Tower Press—Indie solutions for indie authors.

You can find her at Strong Tower PressTurret Writing, on Facebook, Twitter, and on Goodreads.

You can read Michelle’s column on the 3rd Tuesday each month here at Pandora’s Box Gazette.

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