New Book Trailer for Mariah’s Revenge!

NEW BOOK TRAILER FOR MARIAH’S REVENGE!

I just made my first book trailer on Word! I can’t believe I did it myself! LOL! My usual go to guy, Chris Graham, no longer does book trailers. Sigh! I was forced to made one myself or hunt for someone else to do it. It was fun to do – but at first I felt a little daunted by the prospect of putting it all together. It really wasn’t too bad. I worked on it over two days until I got what I thought was pretty good for the first time. I would love to hear what you think about it!

MARIAH’S REVENGE Book Trailer by Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Mariah’s Revenge 

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or click on covers on right for purchase

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Blurb:

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?

Reviews of Mariah’s Revenge:

Michele Rolfe
5.0 out of 5 stars
Mariah’s Stalker is Back!
March 17, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition
WOW! I am a beta reader & lucky enough to have already read this. I did not read the prequel Hunting Mariah, but was still able to follow this 1. Mariah is again in danger & this time through all the twists & turns, she takes matters into her own hands. I was shocked by the violence of being in a serial killers mind! Janice did a wonderful job of making it so suspenseful, I found it hard to put the book down!

Trish
5.0 out of 5 stars
Full of suspense! Hard to put down!
March 14, 2018
Format: Paperback
A great read! I am a beta reader and was lucky enough to already read this book. The sequel to Hunting Mariah, is in my opinion, even more suspenseful and action packed than the first book. We find Mariah in danger again but this time, she will take matters into her own hands. I truly think this is Janice Spina’s best work to date.

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Hunting Mariah 

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BARNES & NOBLE

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Hunting Mariah Book Trailer by Chris Graham

Blurb:

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?

Reviews of Hunting Mariah:

Clark Slomin
5.0 out of 5 stars
A heart-pounding thriller
March 28, 2015
Format: Paperback

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I had known Janice Spina as the author of charming, award-winning children’s picture books. So when her thriller novel “Hunting Mariah” hit the market, I was quite surprised! The next surprise (shock, in fact), came in reading the book’s opening. Raw and brutal, yet Spina tells it like it’s completely natural –thereby setting up getting the reader into the mind of the killer. This book started off with a bang!

The twists and turns this tale takes keep the reader off-guard as Mariah retells the events she slowly recalls after surviving her attacker – a man (and there are several men in Mariah’s life in the story) whose identity the reader is unsure of for most of the book. Devious poetry accompanies the text, as the killer verbalizes his justification for his savage desires, intentions, and actions.

This story runs the reader through the gamut of human emotions as Mariah, her friends, and family experience and endure what would be life’s normal course shattered by tragedy at the hands of a psychopath. I found myself deeply moved at one completely unexpected tragic point in the story.

I won’t give much more of the story away. After all, it IS a mystery/thriller, and I want you to be as surprised and entertained as I was.

Tina Frisco
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Mystery Fan’s Delight
January 21, 2015
Format: Paperback

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This book held me on the edge of my seat from page one. The serial killer is introduced in a blood-curdling prologue rife with suspense, leaving the reader most eager to turn the page. When Mariah makes her appearance, she finds herself in a strange place, terrified and suffering from amnesia. This spawns the question: Is she already in the clutches of the “school girl killer”?

The author impregnates her story with intrigue by shrouding her main characters in mystery. Unknown to Mariah, their lives are intertwined and bear on each other significantly. Suspense builds as the veil is slowly lifted on each one’s secret, closely guarded for the sake of Mariah’s safety. Deeply rooted in the past, these secrets now threaten to explode into the present.

With a shocking introduction and seeding her story with crumbs of revelation, J. E. Spina captures and holds the reader’s interest throughout this action-packed tale of mystery and suspense. She gives nothing away until the very end, and then adds an epilogue that will delight horror fans.

I closed this book feeling that I’d just seen a very entertaining movie ~ and wearing a smile of utter satisfaction.

Thank you for stopping by! It’s always a pleasure to have you. Please visit again soon!

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

Happy Reading! I love to hear from readers and always welcome reviews.

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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New Children’s Book – Cover Reveal – Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier!

NEW CHILDREN’S BOOK IS JOINING JEMSBOOKS FAMILY OF BOOKS!

COVER REVEAL – LUCY THE TALENTED TOY TERRIER!

COVER BY JOHN SPINA

I am happy and excited to announce this new children’s book, Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier, has joined Jemsbooks family of books for young children Ages 1-8, Grades PS-Gr. 3, written in rhyme. I hope you and your children will love Lucy as much as I do!

Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier is now available on Amazon, Kindle  Barnes & Noble, Jemsbooks.com and on this page on the right – all links are listed under book covers.

Blurb:

This book is based on my dog, Lucy, who I had for 16 years. She was quite a character and did all the things that are in this book. She loved my spaghetti with homemade sauce, watched TV shows featuring animals, hated baths, “sang” when music was played, and had two cherished possessions, a knotted rag and a ball. I hope you will enjoy reading about Lucy. She is no longer with us and can never be replaced.

Lucy was a special kind of dog. I guess everyone’s dog is a special kind of dog. Lucy gave me such joy, cheered me up when I was sad, and snuggled close when I needed a friend. I miss her still today.

My husband, John, created this book. Each time he illustrates one of my books he changes things up a bit and creates something different. When you look at this book you will see what I mean.

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Thank you for stopping by and for your kind support!

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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COVER REVEAL OF MARIAH’S REVENGE!

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COVER REVEAL – MARIAH’S REVENGE!

It has been several months in coming but it is finally here! I am thrilled!

MARIAH’S REVENGE IS NOW HERE ON ALL LINKS BELOW:

AMAZON

KINDLE

BARNES & NOBLE

I am excited to announce Mariah’s Revenge, the sequel to Hunting Mariah, is now here! Here is the cover that my husband created. The model is my beautiful niece, Laura, who graciously agreed to model for both books.

Book Blurb For Mariah’s Revenge:

This book begins where the first book, Hunting Mariah, left off. A suspense/thriller/crime novel that will keep you turning pages as the suspense 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? 

All my books are available on Jemsbooks.com and here on my blog on the right by clicking on the covers of each book.

Don’t forget the first book, Hunting Mariah, is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. In order to understand the story and the mind of the killer you should read Hunting Mariah before Mariah’s Revenge.

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Book Blurb for Hunting Mariah:

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?

READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM!

HAPPY READING if you dare! I would love to hear from readers about these books and welcome reviews on Amazon, Goodreads and Barnes & Noble.

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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7 OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL REJECTS!

There is hope for all authors, illustrators, artists, creative muses! Check out this interesting post by Nicholas Rossis! There just may be a light at the end of the tunnel!

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International Women’s Day!

Please check out this important post on Sally Cronin’s spectacular blog highlighting women’s equality!

I beseech all women who are in an unhealthy relationship, take a stand, be strong, and move on! God made women strong to bear children and take care of their family. If we can do that we can do anything we put our minds to! Stand tall!

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International Women’s Day

Please join Sally Cronin on her informative blog for International Women’s Day on March 8, 2018, for cake, conversation and support. We women must band together for others who are oppressed around the world. Let’s help those women to have the same rights as men in their countries by supporting their efforts to fight back for their freedoms. May God Bless us all!

via International Women’s Day – March 8th 2018 – #PressforProgress – Coffee Morning Next Thursday.

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Sequel to Hunting Mariah Coming from Jemsbooks!

SEQUEL TO HUNTING MARIAH COMING FROM JEMSBOOKS!

For all you readers who have requested this sequel, MARIAH’S REVENGE, is coming soon. I am presently in my last edit after all my beta readers gave their feedback. I hope to complete this edit by the end of this week and then onto publishing. My husband is working on the cover now. Watch for a COVER REVEAL soon!

I dare you to read, if you haven’t read HUNTING MARIAH yet, here are the links. PLEASE DON’T GIVE AWAY THE ENDING!

If you would like an autographed copy of Hunting Mariah, original cover (with knife), please contact me at jjspina@myfairpoint.net. There are a limited amount of these left. The new cover is all you will find on my Amazon page.

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Be ready to be shocked and surprised over the twists and turns and ending of the first book and the new book! I did enjoy putting these things in to delight the reader who thinks he or she can figure out the ending or unlock the mystery. There are also some light moments in this book which I put in for my own sake. I think you might appreciate them too.

Please let me share with you how I feel about this sequel. I have to admit this book, along with the first book, have taken a toll on me. They have completely drained me due to the subject matter. I feel uncomfortable with violence. For those of you who are waiting for this book, I hope you enjoy it! It will be my last book in this genre. I will continue to provide mysteries without all the gore and violence. It is too upsetting to me and my beta readers.

I made sure to bring closure to everything from the first book. There will be nothing to continue on in this storyline.

Most of the time I hate to leave my characters in my stories. I develop a bond with them and wish them well and want to continue creating more stories about them. But this time, I feel relief to let these characters go. They have tested my patience and my stamina to go any further with them.

Those of you reading this must think this is strange. To me it is too. I have never felt like this about any of my other books. While I was writing these two books I was depressed, tired, frustrated, angry with an all over feeling of melancholy until I finished them. To read them again and again for editing brings back these strong feelings.

Authors out there who write violent storylines, how do you feel when you write this type of book?

I look forward with great joy to continuing my middle-grade/preteen/YA series which I began a few months ago. I feel joy, lightheartedness, and free when I write in this genre. I have found my niche.

Please feel free to let me know how you feel about this new book and the first one, Hunting Mariah. What do you think of my MG/PT/YA books in comparison? Do you see what I mean?

There are all kinds of books written in a multitude of genres to cover all tastes in reading. I hope you lovers of mysteries with a violent nature will love these two books. Reviews are welcome and greatly appreciated!

Now for those of you who long for me to get back to my children’s books and MG/PT/YA, I promise to get right back to them once Mariah’s Revenge is completed.

Thank you for stopping by and for your continued support! I couldn’t do this without you readers, fans and friends!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM!

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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Taking Time off from Writing to Bake!

TAKING TIME OFF FROM WRITING TO BAKE!

My oldest grandson’s birthday was a special occasion to bake his favorite, apple pie. He prefers pie to cake to celebrate. I made a small pie especially for him and a large pie for everyone else to share.

I made two little pies – one for my grandson and the other to freeze for another time when John and I had a hankering for apple pie. Mmm!

It was a happy celebration 🎉- he is now 20! What a nice age to be! Right?

Something strange appeared in the large pie that I had to share with you. Please look carefully at this pie below and enlarge it to see what I am talking about. Only in this view of the pie will you see it. Please let me know if you see the faces!

There appears to be three faces besides the one I made with the slits. Two small faces – childlike, one holding the other in his arms and behind these two faces is a gnome-like face with a long beard and a pointy hat. I hope you can see them or you will think I am out of my mind! I showed it around to my family and they could see them! Wow! Thank goodness! I am not crazy after all! Phew!

Well, all in all, it was a lovely day with turkey and all the fixings. I didn’t get to take a photo of the turkey because everyone crowded around as John carved. I completely forgot. It was golden brown and delicious! Maybe the next time I will remember to snap a pic. Sigh!

I found baking relaxing as I rolled out the dough and shaped it into the pie plates. I always loved baking even more than cooking. It is cathartic. I find that it refreshes me.

It was nice to get away from the sequel which is still in another editing mode. Oh boy, will it ever end. I have four beta readers and each one has given their own distinctive feedback on it. They are wonderful eyes to have. There is always something I may have missed on my own work.

Well, I promise to get it out this month – March! I will do my best to continue to polish it. Watch here and on my website – Jemsbooks.com for when Mariah’s Revenge will be published. A cover will be revealed before that time as soon as my husband has completed it.

If you haven’t read the first book, Hunting Mariah, you can check it out on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and on Jemsbooks.com.

Thank you for stopping by to read my meanderings. Thank you for your kind support. Please wish me luck in this new book! It has been a difficult thing to complete. I really didn’t want to do it but some of my readers requested it. Sigh! I try to keep them happy.

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM!

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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Check out Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore!

I was surprised and pleased to be among these talented authors on Sally Cronin’s Cafe and Bookstore! Thank you, Sally, for the including me! Hugs xx

Check it out for an eclectic mix of authors and their wonderful books!

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Interview with Author Christine M. Shannon!

Please help me welcome author Christine M. Shannon to Jemsbooks Blog – Interview An Author Segment.

It’s a pleasure to have you here, Christine. Please tell us about yourself and your books.

So sweet of you to do this! I really appreciate this, Janice!

Christine Shannon

1. Tell us something about yourself.
My name is Christine Shannon. I have worked in the banking industry for nineteen years and now retired. I reside in Michigan with my husband and we have one son.

jjspina: That is quite a difference for you from banking to writing.

2. When did you know that you wanted to be an author?
My neighbor, a retired doctor, inspired me to write my first book, Mickey and Hip Hop. It’s about a boy and his pet frog. My neighbor and I were talking to each other in the yard one summer day. We were talking about different critters living around us. Living in a rural area, there are quite a few of them. It was out of the blue he says “Why don’t you write a book?” I replied by saying “Okay, I will” and we laughed, but going back into my house I started thinking about a boy and his pet frog. So with pen in hand, I started writing my thoughts on paper and created my story.

jjspina: Inspiration can sometimes come from many different people and places.

3. What process do you need in order to write?
I need to be in a quiet atmosphere. Comfortable surroundings and a cup of hot tea.

jjspina: Whatever works for you to bring out your creativity. All sounds good to me!

4. How do you come up with ideas for your stories?
They just come to mind from time to time.

jjspina: It’s amazing how they can appear to pop into your head at any moment.

5. What projects are you currently working on?
Tying up loose ends with my new just released book.

jjspina: There does seem to be many of those loose ends of which to take care.

6. What do you expect to accomplish in 2018?
Some relaxation, spend time with family and friends for now. Possibly start writing a new book.

jjspina: We all need to relax and kick back once in a while and spend time with others.

7. What hobbies do you have when you are not writing?
Cooking and gardening.

jjspina: Cooking and gardening go hand in hand – from the garden to the table.

8. What is your target audience for your book?
Adults and Teenagers.

jjspina: This is a wide group to target. You should get your books into many hands.

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9. Please share your books with us and a synopsis of each.
My currently published book was just released on my birthday January 31, 2018. It’s titled A Mother’s Love Forever about My mother who is deceased and appears to me in spiritual form and in my dreams to warn me that I am in danger of having cancer. I wrote this book to share my story and to let people know that they are not alone. They who have battled this terrible decease and have survived it.

Mickey and Hip Hop CM Shannon
My first book is a Children’s Book titled, Mickey and Hip Hop. It’s about a boy who finds a frog “Hip Hop” in his backyard and they become best friends. Mickey teaches his pet frog tricks and how to count. “Hip Hop” hops off one day and Mickey tries to find him. When he finds him, he discovers that “Hip Hop” has a family of his own.

jjspina: You current book must have been a difficult one to write. The first book appears to be a fun book for kids with a valuable life lesson about family.

10. Please share your links and where to purchase your books.

AMAZON

BARNES & NOBLE (coming soon)

BALBOAPRESS.com

FACEBOOK

 

11. What advice would you give prospective authors?
Go with your visions and your dreams. When you wake up in the middle of the night and have thoughts going through your head for your book, by all means, get up and write it down because in the morning it can be forgotten.

jjspina: I agree with this too, Christine. When ideas hit me, I have to write them down or they can be lost forever.
12. Is there anything else you would like to share?
Stay positive and have faith no matter what circumstances you may be facing in your life. Believe in your inner strength. It’s there when you need it most, and it will surely surprise you.

jjspina: Nicely said, Christine.

It was a sincere pleasure to have you on Jemsbooks Blog Interview an Author Segment, Christine. The cover of your latest book is beautiful! I wish you much success with your books.

Now that you are a member of Jemsbooks Blog family, please feel free to come back again to share any new books that you may have with me and my readers.

Thank you, readers, for stopping by to read about another author on Interview an Author Segment. I hope you will check out Christine’s lovely books on the links above.

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM!

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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