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 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 28 Book Awards and a few Finalists in contests. AWARDS: 4 MOM'S CHOICE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Lamby the Lonely Lamby, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon, Louey the Lazy Elephant, Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear 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 5 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 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 1 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. 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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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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