WIP coming along as an epic production!

My latest WIP, Book 2 of the Gateskin Chronicles Series is coming along. I have been fortunate to be able to work more lately on this continuing fantasy. It is quite an epic production with the myriad characters, lands, spells, creatures and adventures. I have had to make an ongoing list and update it constantly because more characters keep surfacing. Yikes!

The story keeps flowing out of me and I can’t seem to stop the flood. The characters are alive and taking over the story. Just when I think that it’s going to end they pick up the story once again with another situation. They seem determined to keep this story going ad infinitum.

I planned this book to be longer than Book 1 but so far it isn’t even close yet. It feels like I have been typing forever and the words aren’t adding up as fast as I would like. It is well over 400 pages and 58K words at this time but Book 1 was over 500 pages (though narrower margins) and over 70K words. The way the characters keep plugging away they are determined to extend it, I’m sure. I know it is not mandatory to get to the 80K word count but I am aiming for it.

As I mentioned in a previous post I have been busy with other projects, crochet and sewing that keep my idle fingers busy. I find if I keep busy with other things in between writing that I feel energized to write more after completing each project. I never get stagnant and the ideas keep flowing.

If you haven’t read Book 1 yet maybe now is the time to check it out before Book 2 comes to fruition. I plan to get back to two other ideas for books, one of which I already began in a completely different genre. I woke up one night recently with two new stories circling around in my head. I will have to jot down some notes about them soon or they may be lost forever. That is the funny thing about my dreams they come and go quickly. Some I lose while others keep recurring and sticking in my brain. I guess those are the ones that want to be told.

I need to jump around genres every so often so I won’t get stale in one genre too long. This fantasy series will have four more books, that is if I can continue with it, not sure about that yet. I am hoping that the interest in it will be so great that readers will be begging for more. Finger crossed.

I would love to hear if you have read, The Legend of the Taken Ones (Gateskin Chronicles Book 1) and what you think of it. Reviews so far has been very good. Hope to see more reviews soon!

Reviews are so important to authors. Amazon seriously looks at our books only if we have more than 50 reviews. I have not gotten there yet but can with your kind help. Please help me get there, readers. If you love my books or not a few words in a review will suffice. Such as: GREAT BOOK! PICK UP YOUR COPY TODAY! WONDERFUL READ! GRIPPING STORY! FUN READ! LOVED IT! Well, you get the gist! Haha! Right? Thank you so much for your support!


This is Book 1 of a fantasy series that will have six books in all. In this book learn about the three children of King Gateskin and his wife, Queen Solinara. The children have had powers since they were quite young..

Serena was three years old when she learned of her power to move objects with her mind. Her brother, Simon, can fly and their sister, Catalina, can become invisible or blend into her surroundings. They live with their parents in Sovorotskina, the Land of Light.

With these powers comes responsibility. The children must try to use their powers for the common good and responsibly to help others. The three children befriend a Sprite named Spindle who accompanies them on their adventure. Along the way they meet up with their aunt and uncle, their mother’s brother and his wife, Wizard Hotenfaran and Fairy Procelina. The group must travel into the evil land of Parotovina, Land of Darkness, to save King Gateskin, who was kidnapped, and also rescue some of the descendants of their friends and fellow Sovorotskinans who were captured and taken by the Evil Ones. These descendants have been waiting a long time to be free to return to the villages of their ancestors.

The children have many trials and adventures along the way. Will they be able to rescue their father and fellow Sovorotskinans without endangering their own lives? Will the evil King Kaposkaran and his Queen Beregina stop Serena and her siblings from being successful or will they turn Serena and her siblings to their dark ways?

Here are some reviews from Amazon.

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If you need a book to take you away from all the troubles in the world, The Legend of the Taken Ones (Gateskin Chronicles Book 1), is the book for you! LET THE ADVENTURES BEGIN! This epic fantasy will grip you from the beginning until the satisfying end. Fascinating characters and action-packed story line will keep you flipping pages as your heart races with danger at every turn.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. I hope you will have a lovely day and come back again for more entertaining posts about all kinds of things, not just books! Happy reading!

Remember, I will love you for every review you post wherever you purchase my books! Your support is appreciated and needed! Being an Indie Author is not an easy road to write along. My fingers get tired and need a lift along the way as I create more stories for you to enjoy. Thank you for being there!

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 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 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 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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4 Responses to WIP coming along as an epic production!

  1. noelleg44 says:

    This is the fun of writing, Janice! And you’re having a blast!

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