Taking a Break from Writing and Blogging!

After completing five books this year and also working on two more at the same time, that are yet to be published, has been a tiring project. It’s time to take a deep breath and get some much-needed time off.

Each year around this time we travel to our favorite place on Earth – Aruba. It’s a small but beautiful island that has everything you could ever want – sun, fun, surf, fabulous food, seeing returning friends, and relaxation without worries. Ah, I can’t wait!

We will be there for an extended time but I promise to try to pump out a few posts (fingers crossed) during that time. Of course I will share some of the photos from this  fantastic place. I will try not to make you too envious though.

I will be sharing pics of my food, views from our balcony and sea scenes that are incredibly blue in multiple hues from light blue to turquoise to navy.

During this hiatus I hope you will keep visiting and catch up with some of my previous posts you may have missed. There is something for everyone.

If you are one of the authors who have requested an interview on my blog, please contact me no later than Monday, October 22, 2018 in order to be scheduled before I leave. If I don’t hear from you by then I will do another post to request that you contact me later when I return.

My new book, Abby & Holly Series Book 2: Unfortunate Events is now available on:



BARNES & NOBLE (coming soon)



Cover and chapter illustrations were done by my husband, John Spina.

If you haven’t read Abby & Holly Book 1, School Dance, go to:



AH FrontCover

Both of these books are stand alone stories. If you would like to begin at the beginning you can go to Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Book 5, The Case of the Sad and Mischievous Ghost where Abby & Holly were first introduced.

DD 5 Award



Thank you so much for your kind support and for stopping by to read this post.


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About jjspina

Janice is an award-winning author with 12 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 9 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, Davey & Derek Book 6, and Abby & Holly Books 1 & 2 all won Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards. Abby & Holly Book 1 School Dance won a Bronze Medal from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. Book 5 of Davey & Derek also won a Silver Medal from Authorsdb Cover Contest. Hunting Mariah and Mariah’s Revenge were Finalists in Authorsdb First Lines Contest, Book 4 of Davey & Derek Series was a Finalist in Red City Review and received a 5-Star Review from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. All Janice's books are available on Amazon.com, 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 4 of Abby & Holly series for girls and a Dragon series for young children. A YA fantasy series will be coming in 2020 and beyond 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 http://jemsbooks.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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25 Responses to Taking a Break from Writing and Blogging!

  1. Colline says:

    Enjoy your vacation and break.

  2. Annika Perry says:

    Janice, have a wonderful break and I can’t wait for those blue hues and your other holiday posts … they will be very welcome, particularly as the colder darker days descend! Congratulations also on your latest release … now relax and enjoy! 😀

  3. markbierman says:

    Five books this year! Congratulations! I’d say you’re taking a well earned break. Enjoy Aruba.

  4. Mary Smith says:

    Enjoy Aruba – looking forward to seeing the photos.

  5. Darlene says:

    Enjoy your much-deserved break. I love Aruba, although I have only been there once. Thanks for all you do for the blogging/writing community. xo

  6. Enjoy enjoy enjoy, Janice! 🙂

  7. Mae Clair says:

    Wishing you a wonderful time, Janice!

  8. Amy Caudill says:

    Have a great trip, Janice!

  9. dgkaye says:

    Have a fab time Janice! How long you there for? ❤ xxx

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