Short Stories anyone? Dedicated to a friend who passed from Breast Cancer.

Do you love short stories? I do! I love to be entertained with an enjoyable short read especially if I don’t have a lot of time to read a full-length book.

I had several short stories (15 in all) written and set them aside back in 2017 but didn’t want to make a full-length story out of any of them. I decided at that time to put them together into a collection. Each story had a surprise ending and was of a different genre. There would be something for everyone in one collection.

When I reconnected with a high school friend who I hadn’t seen for years I was inspired to write a story and dedicate it to her once I found out that she was dying from Stage 4 breast cancer. She had also lost her husband the year before. My heart went out to her. We kept in touch, writing back and forth over Facebook and emails until she couldn’t write and converse anymore. I sent her the story I had dedicated to her and promised to publish the book and dedicate it all to her with the title, An Angel Among Us. She was pleased with it and thanked me for the honor. I was glad that she liked the story but was heartbroken that unfortunately she passed before I could publish the collection and send her the book. She was truly an angel among us. She was a kind, caring person with a wonderful sense of humor. She is remembered fondly by all whose lives she touched. RIP Anne!


A collection of short stories that covers several genres including romance, grief/loss, mystery, suspense, sci-fi, fantasy and paranormal. This book is dedicated to a courageous friend who passed this year. The first story is specially created for her and is the inspiration for the title of this book.

I have thought about possibly creating a new collection of short stories with multi-genres over the next year or so. I have a few other irons in the fire to complete first. That is the way I like it – having a variety of projects all lined up to keep me busy and hopping from one genre to another. Just the way I like it.

Here are some reviews from Amazon.

I hope you will check out this short story collection sometime. I would love to hear what you think.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. Please come back again soon. I appreciate your support and any reviews you post wherever my books are sold.

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 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 31 Book Awards and a few Finalists in contests. AWARDS: 6 MOM'S CHOICE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Lamby the Lonely Lamby, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon, Louey the Lazy Elephant, Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear, Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier, The First Star 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 7 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, Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab, Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Book 1 (Drystan and Durward Save the Day) 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 2 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. There are books in the works about an angel and another about a dog for ages 15+. 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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2 Responses to Short Stories anyone? Dedicated to a friend who passed from Breast Cancer.

  1. Darlene says:

    How touching that you dedicated this book to your friend.

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