Guest Post by Author Mike Martin!

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I am pleased to have Mike Martin back again to do  a guest post about how his wonderful Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series was created.

Thank you, Mike, for stopping by. It’s a pleasure to have you back.

Thank you, Janice, for the offer to come back and do a guest post. It’s a pleasure to be here and share my latest book, A Tangled Web.

Please tell us about your series, Mike.

I often get asked where I got the idea for the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series. First of all, I had no idea that it would become a series. I simply wanted to write a story, and publish my own book. And I had no clue where to start, let alone finish that book. But sometimes time, space and creation all come together in a magical fashion to create great possibilities. That’s what happened to me one day when I was visiting Grand Bank, Newfoundland, on the easternmost tip of Canada.

The reason for my visit to Grand Bank was a vacation with my partner, whose family had grown up there. I was wandering around the waterfront in the fog, gazing out at the lighthouse when it came to me. It didn’t just come to me, he came to me. Sgt. Winston Windflower kind of walked out of the fog and started telling me his story. I went home and started writing it down. I used the mystery genre to set the frame for the story because I understood that format, but everything else was purely from the creative flow.

After a while I realized I could, if I tried very hard, tap into this creative flow, which I believe is in inside all of us. I go there and Sgt. Windflower and the other characters in the stories show up and start yakking at me. My job is to give all of them voice and space and the ability to become real on the pages of a book. But there is one more piece that has to occur in order for this to become a reality. And that’s where you, the readers, come in.

For all of the creative flow, and my humble efforts to capture the story, it truly only becomes real when it’s touched by a reader’s imagination. You take the words on paper and bring them to life. Thank you for doing that. Let’s do it again, together, at least one more time.

Thank you, Mike, for stopping by. I look forward to reading your newest book, A Tangled Web. I’ve enjoyed all the other books in this series.

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Here are the links for Mike’s latest book.

A Tangled Web

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Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Apple Store

Kobo Store

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Amazon.com

United Kingdom

Amazon UK

Canada

Chapters/Indigo

Here are the links to Mike Martin’s other books in this series.

Amazon

If you haven’t read any of them yet you are in for a treat. Please go and check them out. They are entertaining mysteries.

Here is my of Book 1 in the series on Amazon.

5.0 out of 5 starsAn Intriguing Mystery!
ByJjspinaon April 8, 2015
Format: Paperback
The Walker on the Cape is a good beginning for the Winston Windflower Series. I read book 2 in error first but found it and this book intriguing and felt caught up in the series. In this book Winston Windflower, a member of RCMP, is called into service to solve the mystery of the murder of a quiet and reclusive man, Elias Martin. His death turns out to be more than just a heart attack. There are many forces who want to keep this murder a secret. Windflower finds himself up against strong and influentual people who will stop at nothing short of murder. These people do not know how resilient and persistent Windflower really is.

Mike Martin has created a fascinating character in Winston Windflower and I look forward to more books in this series.

Thank you, readers, for stopping by to meet creative author, Mike Martin, and his wonderful mystery series. I hope you will check out his books today.

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Janice

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How Often Should I Publish Posts on my Blog?

This question has plagued me continually since I began blogging. How often should I publish posts on my blog? I don’t know the answer, do you? I don’t think there is a strict rule about this.

I think it all depends on the individual and how much he/she has to say. I find that I feel more verbose when I am rested and energized. If I have had a busy day or too much to do physically around the house I don’t always feel up to a long post. It also helps that my husband starts dinner if he sees that I am typing away. Reason why I am typing furiously right now! LOL! Don’t tell him!

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I write my posts as I write my books – off the cuff. I don’t always know what I am going to say until I type it on my laptop. It’s always a surprise to me. It’s as if I am a reader and just reading for the first time.  I don’t like to write longhand. My hands ache after a page or two.

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Writing off the cuff doesn’t always make for a lot of quick posts. Of course, unless my mind is off and running in all different directions. That is not a pretty thing to witness. Just ask my husband and he will tell you!

Getting back to how often should I post on my blog? I try to do a couple of posts a week or sometimes one every 4-5 days. With all the commitments I have had lately it has been difficult to do even that. Thanks to Hugh Roberts, blogger extraordinaire, for teaching me how to schedule a post, which I do often now. If I can find enough time to write and schedule them then I will be all set. Sigh!

My suggestion is that you do whatever is right for you. If you feel like doing a post a day, several posts a week or maybe several posts a day, go for it! Just remember that your readers can’t read them all. They will have to be selective if you have too many.

Whatever you decide to do is fine. Feel free to do whatever you feel comfortable doing. Blog on everyone! Have fun!

Thank you for stopping by and for your continued support. I hope you have a wonderful day!

Remember: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS RIGHT INTO 2018!  

More books coming  this year and next.

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Blessings & hugs!

Janice

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A Beautiful Weekend in the Mountains of New Hampshire!

We headed out on a glorious sunny Friday morning. The sky was a beautiful azure blue dotted with some small puffy clouds. It promised to be a lovely weekend for my niece’s wedding. We certainly all were praying for beautiful weather for her. She was getting married on top of Loon Mountain.

As we drove along, the skies opened up even more and the day got brighter. Our hearts soared as we looked forward to a fabulous weekend with perfect weather ahead.

Once I spotted the mountains in the distance I felt a wonderful feeling. Whenever I visit the mountains of New Hampshire I feel alive as I breathe the clear, clean, crisp air. This day, however, the air was clear, clean but surprisingly warmer than October should be. I missed the crispness but knew that if it was crisp at the base of the mountain it surely would be some degrees colder on the top. That would not be conducive to a wedding.

By the time we arrived in Lincoln, New Hampshire it was time to have lunch. We stopped at Gordy’s Fish and Steak House which was full of New Hampshire memorabilia.

Once we had full bellies we headed over to our hotel.

Views from our hotel room at The Mountain Club at Loon.

We took a two mile walk around the area. Here are some pics of all the beauty we took in.

The peak of Loon Mountain is about 4200 feet above sea level. In order to get up there we had to take a gondola. I am not too keen on heights so this was a trying thing for me to do. We took a ride up after we took our walk. It was quite scary for me with the gondola only holding four people at a time. John and I went up alone in one and it stopped a few times on the way up and did a little swaying motion that made me close my eyes more than a couple of times. It was the longest fifteen minutes of my life! At least it didn’t speed up to get there! John held my hand so I wouldn’t fall apart. Thank God for him! But I made it and survived! Phew!

Here a few photos of us on the gondola and the views from it. We took the ride up and stayed on and came right back down. There were many people at the top waiting to ride down. They all looked a little chilled and well bundled up. This fact made us a little nervous about how the weather at the top of the mountain would be the next day for the wedding.

We had a leisurely dinner with this wall decoration behind me. I felt as if I was being watched.

The day of the wedding loomed and we were all excited. It was another lovely day even warmer than the day before. I didn’t particularly look forward to riding the gondola back to the top of the mountain again but had no choice if I wanted to see my niece get married. I took a deep breath and held onto John’s hand. Such a good husband!

Here we are dressed up and heading back up. The third photo is of the platform at the summit with stadium seating where we sat during the ceremony. It was a gorgeous view and the skies were bright and the air was warmer than I ever expected it to be that high above sea level. We were fortunate that there were many relatives who passed looking down upon us all breathing warm air our way. It was a spectacular ceremony and 🎩 👰 wedding.

Here is the fire pit outside the hall where we would soon be having hors d’euvres and drinks. It was a lovely setting for such a special couple! I am sorry but I will not be sharing photos of the bride and groom but just one of John and I. Please be assured she was the most beautiful bride I have ever seen and her groom was handsome.

Here is a centerpiece that I was given to take home.

Here is the favor my niece and her groom made for guests. I was given two more coasters to take home as a set by a generous guest at my table.

Here is a sample of how the function hall decorates a table in the fall. Our tables did not look exactly like this though.

Here we are at the function hall. We danced from 7-10 pm. I was exhausted afterwards and still tired a day later. But it was a fabulous time and one of the most wonderful and beautiful weddings I have ever attended. I would recommend couples thinking about having a wedding in the mountains but having it earlier than this. We were fortunate that we had so many prayers and family upstairs pulling for this wedding to be a perfect warm fall day.

Thank you for stopping by to share in my special weekend in the mountains. It was an unforgettable two days. We just may go back next year for a weekend to revel in the beauty of the mountains in the gorgeous state of New Hampshire. The motto of New Hampshire is LIVE FREE OR DIE.

Hope you had a lovely weekend too! Thank you for your support!

Thank you also for giving some love to authors everywhere by reviewing their books.

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR THROUGH 2017 AND INTO 2018 WITH JEMSBOOKS!

All Jemsbooks are available on Jemsbooks.com, Amazon and Barnes & Noble, Sears.com and some at Walmart.com.

At Walmart they do not have me under my name. You need to type in the name of my books to see if they are available. They continue to pick up more day by day. At Sears you can put in my name and find several of my books.

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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Happy Halloween and Vacation in Aruba!

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This is a busy time of the year for me. This month has been especially busy. We have a family wedding this weekend, a book signing next weekend, a family member is moving any day now, and a trip to prepare for in two weeks.

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I am rushing around to get my social online commitments up-to-date and my husband is getting the yard and house in order for the upcoming winter months. It is the time of year that we travel to our favorite island – Aruba. We always go around 🎃 👻 Halloween. We don’t get to see our grandchildren dressed up as ghosts, goblins or other creatures but they always send us a photo which we can add to our Halloween album.

Aruba does it up big for Halloween with cobwebs everywhere, carved pumpkins glowing with candles, islanders dressed up as ghosts, pirates, skeletons, and every creature imaginable. Going out to a restaurant is an event with all this going on. They do it for the tourists because we love it. I will take pictures and send them along in a blog closer to Halloween.

While we are in Aruba I plan to get caught up on some reading – my TBR list is crying out for help! I also will be doing a blog or two and sharing some of the island’s beauty with you. In between walking on the beautiful beach, swimming, and lounging under a palapa, I will do my best to work on my sequel to Hunting Mariah 📖.

When we return it will almost be time for Thanksgiving and then Christmas will be upon us 🌲. This vacation is a wonderful time to get recharged before the holidays. I will have plenty to do to prepare for our families’ celebrations once we return. I may need another vacation afterward. Phew!

I will schedule some blogs ahead of time and will do my best to do one while in Aruba in which I will share some gorgeous sunsets and beach scenes. There will not be any of me on the beach, thank goodness! Maybe some shots at night at restaurants of my delicious entrees.

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I can’t believe the year is flying by. I think back over what I have accomplished and how much more I want to do. I will have two more books published this year for a total of four plus the new edition of Hunting Mariah. I will share my new year’s goals with you right after Christmas.

Watch for a Goodreads Giveaway coming on November 20 and ending December 20, 2017 in time for Christmas. I will announce which book I will be giving away in a blog on November 15, 2017.

Thank you for stopping by. I will do my best to check in on my social media and post on my blog from time to time. Please forgive me if I don’t get to read and respond to everyone’s blogs while I am gone. Some of you post more than once a day. I just can’t keep up with your energy. Sigh!

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I know I am a little ahead of myself in this wish but I hope everyone has a Happy Halloween or whatever you will be celebrating this month.

Remember: Reading Gives You Wings to Fly! Soar through the year with Jemsbooks!

Looking for a book for Halloween? Please check out Book 5 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost. It has ghosts and things that go bump in the night. Leave the light on! Not only will your middle-graders, preteens and young adults love this book, but also you will too!

It’s on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Walmart.com and Sears.com. If you do not see my books at these online stores please enquire about them.


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Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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Interview with Author C.C. Warrens!

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I am pleased to have a talented author here today on Jemsbooks Guest Post/Author InterviewC.C. Warrens. Thank you, C.C., for stopping by today to share your work with my readers and me.

Thank you, Janice. It’s a pleasure to be here.

I will turn the soap box over to you now, C.C.

1. Please tell us something about yourself.
I love frogs (not the lumpy brown toads…ick). I think they’re cute and colorful, and I would love to have a tree frog as a pet.

Jjspina: They are cute, aren’t they?

 
2. When did you know that you wanted to be an author?
I’ve loved to write since I was a child. I used to write stories for my friends to enjoy. But I never really believed I could be an author until my husband encouraged me.

jjspina: Husbands can be wonderful like that. Thank God for him.

 
3. What process do you need in order to write?
My writing takes on its best shape when I’m alone in a dark, quiet room, lit only by “twinkly lights.” They sort of remind me of fireflies at night, and I find them peaceful.

jjspina: That does sound calming and conducive to writing.

 
4. How do you come up with ideas for your stories?
That depends. I draw on experiences from life for certain elements—like wheelchair basketball, one of the adaptive sports Jace plays. My husband is in a wheelchair and he’s very active in adaptive sports.
The overall plots of the story come from my husband and me going for walks, bouncing ideas off each other. He’ll be the first to tell you that his ideas are usually ludicrous, but they get me thinking.
Character development . . . well, I believe that no good character is truly fictional. We pull quirks, histories, flaws, and traits from people in our lives, from ourselves, even some random person we saw on a sidewalk one day. The trick is pulling those pieces together to create a realistic, relatable character. That is sometimes a challenge.

jjspina: Sounds like your husband is your creative muse.

 
5. What projects are you currently working on?
I’m finishing up the final touches of Cross Fire, the second book in the Holly Novel series.

jjspina: I look forward to checking it out.

 
6. What do you expect to accomplish in the rest of 2017 and into 2018?
I expect to publish book 2, and I’m hoping to expand the audience for Criss Cross, the first book in the series.

jjspina: I wish you all the best with both books.

 
7. What hobbies do you have when you are not writing?
Walking is my fa.vorite hobby, followed by reading, watching movies, and attempting to bake. And I stress the “attempt” part.

jjspina: Well, at least you attempt it. That’s a start. LOL!

 
8. What is your target audience for your book?
I’m not sure I have a specific target audience. I wanted to write a series that anyone could enjoy.

jjspina: That is the hardest thing to figure out at times. Sometimes we just fall into one by accident.

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9. Please share your books with us and a synopsis of each.
Criss Cross is the first book in the Holly Novel series, and it’s from the perspective of a young woman who’s had a very difficult life. She’s a bit quirky, very defensive, and in hiding.

 
Here is the blurb from the back cover:
Holly is living on borrowed time, but when mysterious footsteps follow her home and a cryptic note shows up on her door, she realizes she’s running out of time. The man she’s hiding from has found her. Or has he? When people start dying and old, forgotten memories begin to surface, Holly finds herself wrapped up in a terrifying mystery with God, a pushy southern detective, and a killer with one thing on his mind: her.

Cross Fire CC Warrens
Cross Fire is the second book in the Holly series. Holly is just learning to trust again and build relationships, when her flesh-and-blood nightmare comes back to haunt her.

 
Here is the blurb:
When Holly’s worst nightmare steps back into her life, she has to decide whether to stand and fight or flee and survive. As the threads of her life begin to unravel around her, leaving her displaced from her home, terrified, and caught in the middle of a drug battle, she can’t help but wonder if she made the wrong choice.

 
The first few chapters of both can be found on my WordPress site. Cross Fire will be out this November.

 
10. Please share your links and where to purchase your books.
Criss Cross: A Holly Novel

AMAZON

GOODREADS

FACEBOOK

WORDPRESS

 
11. What advice would you give prospective authors?
If you have a heart for writing, then don’t let anything stop you. Writing connects us with God, with other people, and allows us to reach out and impact the lives of people we’ve never met.
Be prepared for criticism. Sometimes it’s constructive and sometimes it isn’t. But don’t let it discourage you. Not every book is for everyone.
Have faith in yourself.

jjspina: This is wonderful and sound advice, C.C.

 

12. Is there anything else you would like to share?
I’m always open to questions and feedback, so anyone is welcome to contact me through one of my websites, or send me an email: ccwarrens@yahoo.com.
Best of luck to all you writers out there, and thank you to everyone who encourages us, supports us, and spreads the word through reviews, blogs, and word of mouth. It has more of an impact than you know.

jjspina: I definitely agree with you, C.C., about reviews having a enormous impact on an author’s success. I wish you all the best.

Thank you, C.C., for coming today. It has been a pleasure to have you here today. Your books sound fascinating and I will be checking them out soon.

Thank you, readers, for stopping by to read about C.C. Warrens and her books. I hope you will take some time to check them out. As always, thank you all for your kind support.

Remember:  READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS ALL YEAR LONG!

Give some love to authors by reviewing their books! They will love you for it!

(If any author would like to be featured here in a interview or guest post, please contact me by email: jjspina@myfairpoint.net and put in SUBJECT LINE – GUEST POST/INTERVIEW.)

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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Book Release: Circumstances of Childhood by John W. Howell #RRBC #FamilyLife

Congratulations to John W. Howell on another entertaining books! Check out all John’s books and don’t forget to click on the link to purchase a copy of Circumstances of Childhood!

I’ve read all John’s previous books and have not been disappointed. There is action, adventure and unexpected happenings – a thoroughly enjoyable read.

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Meet Authors/Illustrators Dave Ross & Tom Lemery!

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Tom Lemery (left) and Dave Ross

I am pleased to have on Jemsbooks Guest Author Segment, Authors/Illustrators, Dave Ross and Tom Lemery. It is wonderful to have you both here today to tell my readers about your exciting new book, T’Bugs, and its beautiful cover!

First please let me fill you in on how I met Dave Ross. On a vacation in May in Sicily (I posted about this trip in May 2017) Dave Ross and his lovely wife, Kathy, were part of our small group of twelve travelers. As we were talking, Dave mentioned that he was an author/illustrator and had written several books. Of course, being an author myself, I was quite excited to find someone to talk to about my work too. We had a wonderful discussion, sharing our promotion ideas, publishing, writing, etc. All those fantastic things we authors can’t get enough of. LOL!

When I mentioned about having him on my blog, Dave jumped at the chance to promote his work. He was kind enough to send me copies of his fabulous books. I read and shared them with my grandchildren who are thrilled to have them. I will be reading and reviewing this newest book, soon.

Well, now Dave and Tom, please tell us about your book,  T’Bugs. 

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Bugs by Dave Ross and Tom Lemery

Our collaboration began almost ten years ago when Tom and I worked together on a project for Helping Hands School. Helping Hands is a preschool for special needs students in Clifton Park, NY. At that time, Tom owned Creatacor, a local business.

He wanted to celebrate Creatacor’s 20th anniversary by giving back to the community. I was head of building and grounds at the school. Tom reached out to our school and we sat down to brainstorm the best way to make use of his generosity. Turns out, we both brought an interesting skill set to the problem. Tom was the CEO of a company that created and built high end trade show exhibits for companies like GE, Sylvania, LEGO, Virgin Atlantic and many more.

My background included writing and illustrating children’s books. We were
both visual artists, but with very different careers. We designed and built a decorative fencing solution to keep our young students safe while playing outside.

We both enjoyed the creative process of solving this problem and decided to seek other ways we could use our talents together. Since we both were big fans of full-length animated movies, we decided to try our hand at screen writing. More brainstorming resulted in a unique cast of genetically engineered characters.

Technobuggies [as we first called them] were half insect and half electronic devices. We imagined a not-to-distant future where computers could walk, cellphones could fly, and lightbulbs could think. We started by trading a storyline back and forth via email and took turns revising and expanding the original concept.

Several years later, we had Technobuggies the screenplay, a Hollywood agent, and a few nibbles from various producers in Tinseltown. Following a couple more years of frustrating wheel spinning with the movie business, we decided to fire our agent, and rework the screenplay into T’Bugs, a chapter book for young readers.

Last month T’Bugs was published by Create Space and is currently available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle versions.

Purchase Links:

Create Space

Amazon

Connect with Dave & Tom on their website.

Thank you, Dave and Tom, for stopping by and sharing your beautiful new book. It looks like it will be a lot of fun for middle-graders/preteens, young adults, and those who are young at heart.

I have just begun reading their fascinating book and promise to post my review here when finished.

Thank you, everyone, for stopping by. I hope you will check out Dave and Tom’s book on Amazon. Please be kind and leave reviews for authors. They will love you for it! I know how much I appreciate receiving them.

Remember:  READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS!

Blessings & hugs!

Janice

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What does it mean to be an Indie Author?

I have been an Indie Author since 2013 and often asked myself this question. What does it mean to be an indie author? There are many things that come to mind. Some of them are positive while others are negative.

1. I am my own boss.

2. I need to promote my work tirelessly.

3. I need to keep up with all social media.

4. I need to update my blog and website with my work often.

5.  I need to actively engage my target audience in order to sell books.

6. I need to do book signings and donate books to libraries and schools.

7. I need to actively gift books to readers with the hope of receiving reviews.

Everything I do is not only time consuming but can be tedious. Being an Indie Author takes a whole lot of energy in order to be somewhat successful. I am still working diligently to getting even just a little of that.

I do all this because I love what I do – writing for all ages. I do this because I want to encourage all ages to read, to realize the importance of reading and the multitude of benefits it provides.

I appreciate everyone who has ever purchased my books and written reviews. I appreciate the support I have received from all the fellow authors, writers, readers who have become my friends online. You know who you are. There are too many to mention here. It is because of you that I continue on this difficult road to publishing.

As long as I can physically continue to write and publish as an indie author, I will do so. I will also continue to support all my online friends in return for their tireless support.

I read an article recently about being an Indie Author. Here is the link. You might enjoy reading it. (Sorry, I  lost the link or maybe it doesn’t exist anymore.)

Please show some love for authors by reviewing their books. It is like an early Christmas gift.

Thank you for stopping by and for your continued support.

All Jemsbooks are available on Jemsbooks.com, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Sears.com and some at Walmart.com.

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR!

Blessings & Hugs,

Janice

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Working on Book 2 of Hunting Mariah!

I have been working on the sequel to Hunting Mariah! It has been a few years since I published the first book. That book was written nearly twenty years ago and sat on a back burner until I was ready to edit it and bear my soul with its content. It is a thriller/suspense/serial crime and not the kind of book I would be expected to write as a writer of childrens’ and young adults’ books. I think I shocked a few people.

Well, it was shocking to me too. Some people ask me why I wrote it and where the idea came from. I was in a bad place at the time – many things going on in my life. We all have ups and downs in our lives and happy and sad times. It was during a sad time that I began to write a story about a teenager who was being hunted.

At the time my son was in college and I had heard about a rape on campus. It frightened me especially since my daughter would be going to college once my son was finished. Some of this angst became part of my story. Writing it gave me nightmares for I wrote it through the mind of the killer.

If you have read Hunting Mariah please do not give away the ending. I would like all readers to enjoy it.

Recently I re-edited and published it with a new cover. The cover model is my niece who was Miss New Hampshire, USA, in 2009. She is a beautiful, sweet and wonderful young lady. I was thrilled when she agreed to be on the cover. I think she looks perfect as Mariah! She is intriguing and mysterious.

The sequel will be Mariah’s Revenge, and will pick up where the first book left off. If you haven’t read Hunting Mariah yet, please read it before you read the sequel.

I hadn’t planned on writing a sequel. I changed my mind when a friend, Lorraine, I met while on vacation in Aruba, asked me repeatedly each year to write another book about these characters, I finally relented. I hope to complete book 2 before the end of this year.

Go to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Create Space or other online stores like Walmart.com and Sears.com to purchase. As always I love to receive your feedback and reviews where you purchased the book.

Stay tuned for more books coming this year and in 2018 and 2019 and beyond! My husband is working on a new children’s book about a hermit crab. I am excited about this book and believe it will be as popular as Jerry the Crabby Crayfish which is our most popular book of the nine children’s books. I plan to put in some extra photos in the back of the book and more material about the hermit crab called Clarence Henry. It will be a wonderful book for schools to use in science class. We hope to have this book out before Christmas also.

Just a reminder: I will be in Methuen, Massachusetts on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 9-3 at a book signing at St. Lucy Church Sodality Craft Fair. I hope you will be able to stop by. I will sign books whether you purchase that day or prior online. Looking forward to meeting and greeting anyone who comes. 

Thank you for stopping by and for your continued support!

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Blessings & hugs!

Janice

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Something to think about! – Stop putting restrictions on your Happiness

Please check out Sally Cronin’s fabulous blog. In this post she offers up excellent advice on how to be happy without putting restrictions on yourself. While you are there peruse her wonderful site for more helpful information on nutrition, eating healthy, promotions for authors and great books to read.

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