Working on Sequel to First Novel, Hunting Mariah!


I need to spend some serious time working on my sequel to my first novel, Hunting Mariah. There have been so many distractions and now I need to give it all my attention.

My husband just completed illustrating my new children’s book, Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab. LINKS NOW AVAILABLE BELOW:



No matter how many books I publish there are always some snags that have to be taken care of whether it is downloading to CS or to Amazon Kindle. We are dealing with them without pulling out what hair we have left! Just keep on smiling, I say, and keep moving forward. Things will come to fruition!

Clarence Henry jpg

Now that John completed the children’s book (1 book done out of my goal of 5) he can concentrate on working on the cover for book 2 of Mariah. I would like to use my niece’s lovely face again if she can supply us with her likeness.

I am working on the last few chapters of the book but need to do some intensive editing then only to Beta Readers for polishing it up some more.

Please excuse me if I don’t post for a little while. I may share some of my friend’s posts, like, Hugh Roberts and Sally Cronin’s, for example. There are also plenty of posts for you to look through on my blog until I can get back here.

Please check out my website too for updates on events. I have a Multi-Author’s Event coming up on February 2, 2018 in Sandown, New Hampshire. Stay tuned for more updates as we get closer and I have more information to share.

Thank you for stopping by and for continuing to visit! It is a pleasure to have you. Please keep coming back. I will have more news about publications coming and author events and book signings.


Blessings & Hugs,



About jjspina

Janice is an award-winning author with 12 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 7 middle-grade/preteen/young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 3 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 children's book, Lamby the Lonely Lamby, won a Silver Medal in the Mom's Choice Awards. Book 1, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Honorable Mention from Readers' Favorite Book Awards. Book 2, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and so did Book 3, The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Book 5, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost, and Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, all won Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards. Book 5 of Davey & Derek also won a Silver Medal from Authorsdb Cover Contest. Hunting Mariah was a Finalist in Authorsdb First Lines Contest. Book 4 of Davey & Derek Series was a Finalist in Red City Review. 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 3 of Abby & Holly series for girls, a fairy tale and Book 6 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. A YA fantasy series will be coming in 2019 along with more children's books. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, 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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10 Responses to Working on Sequel to First Novel, Hunting Mariah!

  1. mihrank says:

    This is so exciting and interesting presentation on the mentioned book review, so great to read and enjoy it!!

  2. Mary Smith says:

    Good luck and I hope your time out is creative and productive. I think I’ll have to do the same in February and keep my head down.

  3. Annika Perry says:

    Janice, good luck with your sequel and nearly there!! So exciting! I have just downloaded the final file on CS and it feels intense – so worried I’m doing something wrong but all being well their review is back in 24 hours and I can release my first paperback!! It is an amazing feeling! xxx

    • jjspina says:

      Best of luck! Doing children’s books with so many illustrations is difficult to download especially on Kindle. We may not do a kindle copy on this latest book. They aren’t as good as the paperback. 💕

      • Annika Perry says:

        Janice, this is something I’ve been pondering and I know myself that I would always prefer an actual book with the illustrations for younger children. Thanks for the tip! xx

      • jjspina says:

        I know some people like ebooks but for children I think they would enjoy the physical feel and touch of a paperback. Xx

  4. Cheering you on, Janice! 🙂

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