Working on Book 2 of Hunting Mariah!

I have been working on the sequel to Hunting Mariah! It has been a few years since I published the first book. That book was written nearly twenty years ago and sat on a back burner until I was ready to edit it and bear my soul with its content. It is a thriller/suspense/serial crime and not the kind of book I would be expected to write as a writer of childrens’ and young adults’ books. I think I shocked a few people.

Well, it was shocking to me too. Some people ask me why I wrote it and where the idea came from. I was in a bad place at the time – many things going on in my life. We all have ups and downs in our lives and happy and sad times. It was during a sad time that I began to write a story about a teenager who was being hunted.

At the time my son was in college and I had heard about a rape on campus. It frightened me especially since my daughter would be going to college once my son was finished. Some of this angst became part of my story. Writing it gave me nightmares for I wrote it through the mind of the killer.

If you have read Hunting Mariah please do not give away the ending. I would like all readers to enjoy it.

Recently I re-edited and published it with a new cover. The cover model is my niece who was Miss New Hampshire, USA, in 2009. She is a beautiful, sweet and wonderful young lady. I was thrilled when she agreed to be on the cover. I think she looks perfect as Mariah! She is intriguing and mysterious.

The sequel will be Mariah’s Revenge, and will pick up where the first book left off. If you haven’t read Hunting Mariah yet, please read it before you read the sequel.

I hadn’t planned on writing a sequel. I changed my mind when a friend, Lorraine, I met while on vacation in Aruba, asked me repeatedly each year to write another book about these characters, I finally relented. I hope to complete book 2 before the end of this year.

Go to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Create Space or other online stores like and to purchase. As always I love to receive your feedback and reviews where you purchased the book.

Stay tuned for more books coming this year and in 2018 and 2019 and beyond! My husband is working on a new children’s book about a hermit crab. I am excited about this book and believe it will be as popular as Jerry the Crabby Crayfish which is our most popular book of the nine children’s books. I plan to put in some extra photos in the back of the book and more material about the hermit crab called Clarence Henry. It will be a wonderful book for schools to use in science class. We hope to have this book out before Christmas also.

Just a reminder: I will be in Methuen, Massachusetts on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 9-3 at a book signing at St. Lucy Church Sodality Craft Fair. I hope you will be able to stop by. I will sign books whether you purchase that day or prior online. Looking forward to meeting and greeting anyone who comes. 

Thank you for stopping by and for your continued support!

Remember:  Reading Gives You Wings to Fly! Soar with Jemsbooks all year through!

Blessings & hugs!


About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 37 books: 18 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, one young adult book, written under Janice Spina, and 5 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 31 Book Awards and a few Finalists in contests. AWARDS: 6 MOM'S CHOICE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Lamby the Lonely Lamby, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon, Louey the Lazy Elephant, Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear, Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier, The First Star 11 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Books 1, 2, 3, 5, & 6. Abby & Holly Series, Books 1-6 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION - Davey & Derek Book 1, READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, Book 3 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - BRONZE MEDAL - Abby & Holly Book 1 READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION — Abby & Holly Book 2 READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 7 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey, Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab, Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Book 1 (Drystan and Durward Save the Day) BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 Authorsdb Cover Contest Silver Medal - Davey & Derek Book 5 FINALISTS: Authorsdb First Lines Contest, - Hunting Mariah and Mariah's Revenge were Finalists Red City Review Awards - Finalist - Davey & Derek Book 4 READERS’ FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS - 5-STAR REVIEW - Davey & Derek Book 4 All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 2 of a YA fantasy series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about an angel and another about a dog for ages 15+. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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