Novels that have mystery/suspense/thrills with a touch of romance!

When I write a mystery I sprinkle in some suspense, a few thrills and a touch of romance. In this two-book series I added a lot of suspense and a serial killer on the loose. Are you ready to read this unputdownable series – Hunting Mariah and Mariah’s Revenge?


An insane killer, obsessed with blood and death, seeks revenge with those he perceives wronged him. He is now on the loose. His next victim may be Mariah.

Mariah has lost her memory. Will she remember what has transpired in her past? Can Mariah escape this deadly killer’s grasp. Will she finally be safe? Will the killer be apprehended?

When I wrote this book my daughter was on her way to college. As any mother would be, I was nervous about her going there and walking at night to and from classes. I had heard about a rape on a college campus at that time. This caused me to have a nightmare that became the idea for this book.

I had many more dreams about this as I was writing this book. I couldn’t get the killer out of my head or my dreams, night or day. He drove me crazy because he wanted me to tell his story. I published the first book in 2014 but didn’t want to do another. When I was requested to continue the story by a reader, I took up the task and again had nightmares once the killer invaded my dreams. I waited until 2018 to complete the second book.


This book begins where the first book, Hunting Mariah, left off. This suspense/thriller/crime novel will keep you turning pages as the tension grows. There will be twists and turns and some surprises. Many of the same characters will be in play to give support and encouragement to Mariah along the way.

A new man comes into Mariah’s life that reminds her of someone she wants to forget. He threatens to bring back the horrors that she and her family once endured. While the one she wants to forget suffers from a horrendous attack that puts his life in jeopardy.

Mariah must draw on her strength and resilience to survive danger at every turn. How much more can Mariah endure? How far will Mariah go to protect her family?

Both of these books were Finalists in the Authorsdb First Lines Contest. The prologue is gripping and brutal. You will have to take a deep breath and keep reading as many of these readers did to put my books in the finals of this contest.

Now that I am into many other projects Mariah keeps invading my mind again. I think she wants to continue to tell her story or come up with a new one to share with readers. Since I am into three projects at this time, Mariah will have to wait. I will keep pushing her to the back of my mind until I can take on the task once again.

Here are some reviews on Amazon using promos.

Book trailers – Hunting Mariah by Chris Graham, Mariah’s Revenge by J.E. Spina

Writing this type of story takes a lot out of the writer. I felt exhausted by dealing with the brutal and raw thoughts and deeds of the killer. I hope you hold on tight as you read these books. They will leave you breathless as I was writing them, I’m sure.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. I would love to hear from you about your thoughts on this series. Would you like to see more of Mariah? Pleases come back again soon. Thank you for your kind 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 41 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 6 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 33 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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