Review of New Novel – In A Second!

I recently received a review of my newest 18+ novel – In A Second. It is always thrilling to see a new review of one’s work. Thank you, Michele!

Michele Rolfe5.0 out of 5 stars Is Athena Going Crazy?Reviewed in the United States on January 1, 2021When Athena wakes up in the hospital & asks about her boyfriend Justin, noone will tell her anything. She keeps having dreams or maybe visions of her being in a car accident with Justin’s body next to her. She finally gets a call from Justin & they make a date, but he doesn’t show up. What happened to him? There are more than a few secrets her parents & grandmother are keeping from her, too. Will these secrets destroy her or clear things up for her?
J.E. Spina has another mystery hit on her hands!
I got this book for my honest review.

I began the first chapter of this book in 2018 and set it aside to publish many other books for children and young adults. Once I completed the YA series of Davey & Derek and Abby & Holly I thought it was time to do a novel for 18+. I had forgotten all about this chapter which I stumbled across when I was looking for other books that are written that needed editing. When I saw it I began to read and jumped right in. I changed the title and wrote a prologue because I didn’t like the first chapter as a start of the story. I like to give my readers a shock right from the first page that rocks them and compels them to read more to find out what is going to happen next.

Since I am a pantser, write by the seat of my pants, I let the characters come to life and tell their story. In this story they were ready and took over quickly. I was into so many other projects at that time and didn’t work on this book more than a couple of times a week. Each time I got into the story I had to stop to have dinner (my husband cooked so I could write). Half way through the book I made an effort to work longer on it because the characters were invading my sleep at night until I let them tell their story. Phew!

It’s not easy being a writer! I’m sure other writers out there will agree. Our characters control our lives at times. I would forget to eat, sleep or do housework or cook if I let them get to me. I try to ignore them and go on with my day. At times it is impossible especially when they are in the final stretch of their tale. I rein them in when they get too crazy in different directions or don’t make sense.

In this particular book, I had to go over some of their ranting and fix it. They know what they are talking about but my readers wouldn’t understand it. I tried to tell them this but they wouldn’t listen. I went about sneakily fixing and adding stuff to tie things together. After four reads and my beta readers thoughts I was finished. Sigh! It’s a good feeling to complete a project but at the same time sad because I am leaving the characters behind. One particular character won’t go away. She wants her own story. I told her to sit tight that I had other books to edit and publish first. Maybe after them I would come back to hear what she has to say. See what I mean! They are tenacious!

Watch for more books coming in 2021 – an historical novel, YA fantasy series, and Books 5 & 6 of Drystan the Dragon and Friends. I have ideas for more books in the Mariah series too and, of course, I didn’t forget the character from my latest book who is in my ear right now. She may get her book or books depending on what she has to share with me that I feel is worthy of my readers. Thank you for listening to my diatribe. I do get verbose at times – but I am a writer, after all! Ha! Much love to all my readers!

If you haven’t picked up your copy of In A Second yet, here is the link to the book below. This book is a mix of genres – mystery/suspense/romance/drama/psychological suspense.


Athena feels as if she is going out of her mind. She can’t function after losing her fiancé, Justin, in a car accident, or did she? She keeps having dreams or rather nightmares of being trapped in a car with Justin’s lifeless body. But when she wakes up in the hospital no one will tell her what happened to Justin. She begins to think that he is a figment of her imagination until she calls his number and he answers. They make a date but then, he doesn’t show up.

There are many secrets that Athena’s parents are keeping from her. Can she deal with all the secrets that threaten her whole being? Her only salvation is her Gramma Grace who knows the truth and has the power of clairvoyance to help her.

Athena finally meets someone who could possibly give her a chance at love again but can Lucas give her what she needs or is he asking too much of her? When her psychiatrist, Dr. Nick Jasper, shows an interest in her too she feels overwhelmed and confused.

Will Athena be able to choose between Dr. Jasper and Lucas? Will she ever forget Justin?

Are you still here? What are you waiting for? Hop over to Amazon or Barnes & Noble or click on covers above or to the right of this post of the books you choose to purchase. You will be delighted and spellbound by these thrillers and short stories that you won’t get anything else done. Be prepared to be entertained and forget your troubles! Escape the world into one of my books today! Happy Reading! Thank you so much, Readers!

Novels for 18+ books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble and also by clicking on covers to the right of this post.

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!


Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!








About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 42 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 7 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 36 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. 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 a YA fantasy series an and book 2 in an angel 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 a dog for ages YA. Her hobbies are crocheting, sewing, 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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8 Responses to Review of New Novel – In A Second!

  1. Congratulations, Janice, on this lovely review. Thanks for sharing a little bit about your writing process.

  2. Darlene says:

    A great review. You must be very pleased. I love how your characters take over.

  3. wolfpug says:

    You are very welcome!

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