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 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 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 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 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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