Do you love Fantasy? I’m not sure yet!

Fantasy isn’t my favorite genre. But here I am writing a six-book fantasy series! Who can figure? I didn’t realize how difficult it is to write. I was used to writing children’s, MG/PT/YA and novels for 18+.

Here are books 1 & 2. I hope you will check out these books soon. I would love to hear what you think.

I thought it would be a challenge. Yes, it certainly is! But I also found it fascinating to create lands, people, creatures, magic and the unexpected. My creativity was sparking as I began writing.

After completing two books I felt exhausted however. Now I am taking a break and working on a new novel, a much shorter story than the epic fantasy books. This new WIP will also be a series

There are pros and cons for writing in the fantasy genre.

Pros: Being able to create –

  1. Magic
  2. Myriad strange characters
  3. Whatever I can imagine
  4. Impossible scenarios

Cons: Realizing too late how –

  1. Difficult it is to do
  2. Time consuming it is
  3. What a nightmare it is to edit
  4. Many characters there are to keep track of

I hope you enjoy fantasy more than I do. That way you may want to read my books. I do promise to write books 3 and 4 hopefully in 2023 and books 5 and 6 in 2024. But of course life does have a habit of getting in the way of much of what I plan to do or any of us, for that matter. Right?

Sometimes I put too much pressure on myself (in fact, I do this all the time)! Phew! Everyone tells me this but I keep plugging away. I think I do this because I hope to be a success before I leave this world. It would be nice to see this happen. I need your help! Keep reading and I will keep writing for as long as I can. I’m not getting any younger – but who is?

It is always wonderful to receive a positive review. I received this wonderful review from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards recently.

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers’ Favorite

Within the Territory of Noella Provence, there was a kingdom, Sovorotskina, known as the Land of Goodness and Light. It was ruled by the great wizard King Gateskin and his fairy queen wife, Solinara. They had three children, Serena, Simon, and Catalina, all with special magical powers. They had to keep the magic secret as there was an evil power in a nearby kingdom, in the land of Parotovina, the Land of Darkness. This evil power once stole an entire village’s children to claim the magic for their own people, to use this magic for evil. When King Gateskin is kidnapped, Serena and her siblings combine their powers and resources, enlisting the help of a new friend, a Sprite by the name of Spindle, to rescue the king as well as the descendants of those “taken” children. 

Janice Spina’s young adult novel, The Legend of the Taken Ones, is the first book in a six-book fantasy series, The Gateskin Chronicles. With an exciting plot full of magic and the conflicting powers of good and evil, this story is a real page-turner. The story begins with background information on the taken ones, the children kidnapped by the evil powers of Parotovina. Knowing that evil continues to lurk nearby, the magical kingdom of King Gateskin is always on high alert. The adventure truly begins when the king is kidnapped and the children set out on a journey of their own, intent on rescuing their father and leader. This is an epic, high-fantasy adventure that follows in the time-tested style of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings: the ongoing battles between good and evil and the true magic that is found within one’s heart and in the bonds of family and friendship.

This review spurs me on to continue the saga that needs to continue. LET THE ADVENTURES BEGIN IN BOOK 1 AND CONTINUE IN BOOK 2 AND SO ON!

I recently offered a Kindle Countdown Deal for $1.99 which ended 9/9/22. I hope you grabbed your copy at that time. If not, I may do another one closer to the holidays for one or more of my 39 books.

My goal in the past was to publish 45 books. Now with number 40 coming next month I may up that total to 50. I think I can realistically do that since I have about 10 more ideas on the back burner and more coming all the time.

Jemsbooks – where anything is possible!

Jemsbooks – where anything is possible, anything can happen in different genres and where there is something for all ages and reading preferences. Are you game to find out? Check out my books today! I promise you won’t be disappointed and most definitely satisfied. Happy reading!

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. Come back any time. Your are always welcome! Please remember to review books you love or not. We authors will love you for your efforts! Spread word by telling friends and family and by reviews. Thank you so much for your support!

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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