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!

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

Blessings & hugs!

Janice

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About jjspina

Janice is an award-winning author with nine children's books for PS-Gr 4, five middle-grade/preteen/young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and two 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 children's book, Lamby the Lonely Lamby, won a Silver Medal in the Mom's Choice Awards. Book 1, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Honorable Mention from Readers' Favorite Book Awards. Book 2, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and so did Book 3, The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. Jerry the Crabby Crayfish won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award. All her books are available on Amazon.com, Create Space, 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 a mystery series for girls, a sequel to her first novel, Hunting Mariah, and a YA fantasy series will be coming in 2018 along with more children's books. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, 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 https://jemsbooks.wordpress.com 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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