Janice Spina – update on a new Paranormal Romance

Janice Spina, who has been featured several times on Reading Recommendations and is included in the Reading Recommendations Revisited list of authors, is back to tell us about a new novel for adults.

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How Far is Heaven
by J.E. Spina
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Parker and Priscilla Wilfork are happily married with two children. Life seemed perfect and peaceful until Parker goes on a business trip and does not return. Priscilla finds her world turned upside down when she searches for answers to how and why Parker disappeared.

One night Priscilla has a dream that Parker is an angel. Does this mean that Parker is now dead? After two years and no sign of Parker except in her dreams, Priscilla makes an important decision to tell her children that their father has gone to Heaven.

Priscilla tries to get their lives back together until one day Deanna disappears too. Now Priscilla must go on a quest to find her daughter before it’s too late for she fears that her daughter’s disappearance might be connected in some way to her husband’s. Will Priscilla find her daughter in time? Can Priscilla go on with her life if she loses Deanna too?

With the help of a handsome police Sergeant, Blake Furelli, they work together to try to find Deanna and solve the mystery behind Parker’s disappearance. During this trying time, Blake, who suffered a loss of his own, feels drawn to the ethereal beauty of Priscilla Wilfork.

Where to purchase Janice’s book:
Amazon Author Page
Barnes & Noble
Direct Amazon link to novel
Direct Barnes & Noble link to novel
Create Space link

Janice Spina – Reading Recommendation Revisited

Janice Spina has been a guest on Reading Recommendations several times – first in May 2014, then she returned for two updates in Dec. 2014 and Oct. 2015. I’ve now invited Janice to become part of the Reading Recommendations Revisited group of Authors, because of her enthusiastic promotion of me, my work, this blog, and the many other Authors who are writing and publishing independently – from around the world! Janice is a valuable member of this writing community and I thank her for the support she’s given to “all a we”, as they say on Bequia!!

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RRR: Since your first promotion on RR, what have you been doing?

JS: Before I answer this question I want to express my gratitude to Susan Toy of RR who has been a wonderful support to me. She has tirelessly continued to post updates about my work. For her kindness and unending support I am truly grateful!1f44d

Since my first promotion on RR I have published three more children’s books, PS-Grade 3, Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear, Broose the Moose on the Loose, and Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey.

I am currently working on a paranormal/mystery/romance, How Far Is Heaven, which I hope to publish this month or next. My husband, John, who is my illustrator, is working on my new children’s book about a cat. Book 3 of Davey & Derek Junior Detective Series is in its early stages as is a mystery/romance novel. I plan to publish Davey & Derek books 3 & 4 this year and the novel in 2017. I have a YA fantasy that needs serious editing which will be another project that I will undertake in 2017. A girl’s detective/mystery series is running around in my head for 2017 also.

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Writing keeps me quite busy but I do spend time posting on my blog JemsBooks writing about my books, helpful tips for authors, guest posts, author interviews, supporting authors, and my travels.

On my website I offer copy editing services for authors. My credentials and references are listed at my website.

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I am an avid reader and book reviewer on Amazon and Goodreads. If you look me up there you will see that I have read extensively and gave myself a reading challenge of 125 books for 2016. In the past few years I have surpassed each of my goals. My reading preferences are eclectic, from children’s books to mystery, thrillers, fantasy and historical fiction. Since I have a long list at present on my TBR list (to be read) I cannot promise to take on any more books for review at this time though.

RRR: What else have you been doing, outside of the writing?
JS: Hobbies: When I can I crochet hats, scarves, afghans, cowls, and amigarumis (animals & other characters) for my grandchildren during the winter months. This gives me a break from my writing and makes my grandchildren happy. That is what makes me happy too.

I plan to keep writing, entertaining and educating children about the importance of reading while teaching them important life lessons and family values.

Children are my main goal in my writing. I have donated my books to libraries and as gifts during Christmas. I recently blogged when asked for help obtaining books by the Civitain group in Arizona that helps special needs children to get up to their reading levels. This post was extremely well received and many authors have donated books to the Civitain group – 31 books at this time. I was thrilled to send copies of all my books to these children. It was a sincere pleasure to assist this group in procuring the books they needed. I thank all my fellow authors for their kindness and generosity in taking part in this needy cause.

I am happy to help any group that needs assistance in spreading the word about their group if it aids children in any way.

RRR: Is there one marketing tip or trick you discovered while promoting your own books that worked particularly well and that you’d like to share with other authors?
JS: I did a guest post on Chris The Story Reading Ape‘s blog about social media needs for authors. Here is the link in case you want to read the complete post.

I have found that when new or aspiring authors are just starting out they need to get their names and work out there on social media. That means starting a website and blog, signing up for FB, Twitter and other sites. Visit, follow and leave comments on other blogs and you will find that these bloggers will respond in kind and follow back. Helping others to promote their work will bring more followers to your blog. I have met so many wonderful people online through social media and many have become good friends and my wonderful support system, such as Susan Toy. It has been a joy to work together with other authors on group promotions and blog hops, etc. I have learned and grown with each new interaction. I look forward to many more rewarding experiences.

RRR: Please recommend three other authors whose work you have “discovered” or rediscovered this past year.
JS: Being an avid reader I have been fortunate to have met some creative and talented authors. There are so many of these authors’ books I have enjoyed and find it difficult to choose just three. If you will indulge me I will list three but also others that I have enjoyed.

These authors I list have many books to choose from and I have read a few of each of theirs. I have a good feel as to their distinctive writing styles. Here are my thoughts.

Robert K. Swisher, Jr. is a creative author who incorporates his wonderful sense of humor into his entertaining stories. His stories are eclectic and unforgettable. Robert’s Facebook Page.

Robert Thornhill is a talented author of the Lady Justice Series who mixes mystery/detective stories with humor. His characters are fascinating, well defined, memorable and fun to read. Robert’s Amazon Author Page.

These two authors I have recently discovered and only read one of each of their books.

Christoph Fischer is a talented storyteller of epic proportion. I read his incredible book, The Luck of the Weissensteiners, that tells an unforgettable tale of life during wartime for a family trying to survive. He reminds me of best-selling author Jeffrey Archer. Christoph on Amazon.

Mae Clair is a creative author who knows how to weave a tale of mystery and suspense. I look forward to reading more from her. Mae on Amazon.

Some more of my favorite authors are Sally G. Cronin, Nicholas Rossis, Peter Cimino and, Don Massenzio. I could go on and on about many more wonderful authors. (Sally, Nicholas and Don have all been featured on Reading Recommendations!)

Thank you, Susan Toy, for inviting me here today to your fabulous blog. A special thank you for all that you do for me and other authors to help promote our work.

My slogan is: Reading Gives You Wings to Fly! Happy reading everyone!

Blessings to all!
Janice

Thank you, Janice!

Janice Spina – update on a new book

Janice Spina was previously featured on Reading Recommendations in May 2014 with an update in Dec. 2014. She’s back now to tell us about the second book in a new series for children that she’s published.

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Davey and Derek: Junior Detective Series, Book 2
The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat

by Janice Spina
Genre: Children’s, Middle-Grade Novel

Davey and Derek Donato are twins but not identical. They each have their own distinct talents and are junior detectives by their own design. They live in the quiet town of Lindon, New Hampshire where nothing much happens, which is the reason why the boys look for adventures. They gleaned the idea to be detectives from a book their parents bought them for their tenth birthday on July 15th.

Davey with black hair and green eyes is the older twin by three minutes and teases his brother all the time about being the baby brother. He is an intellectual and is very patient and observant. Davey has an incredible skill where anything he reads he can commit to memory. This is extremely helpful when he has to help Derek who hasn’t done the required reading for school ahead of time. Davey also likes to take things apart in order to find out how they work.

Derek with light brown hair and green eyes, on the other hand, is a thinker and somewhat of a dreamer. He thinks things through and likes to be in control and see things running smoothly. He excels in writing, math and problem solving. He does have an aptitude for getting into all kinds of trouble all by himself. Trouble, unfortunately, seems to follow him but luckily for him Davey always backs him up.

The boys also have a friend, Mickey Catonni, aka Cat, with wiry red hair, who helped the boys in their first case of the missing cell phone. Mickey is a cool kind of kid who knows how to communicate by signing. He has a fun personality, great sense of humor and gets along well with others. Mickey has a little sister, Jenny, who is hearing impaired. Knowing sign language helps Mickey to talk with Jenny.

Where to purchase Janice’s books:

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives: Book 1
CreateSpace eStore
Amazon
Barnes & Noble

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Book 2
Create Space eStore
Amazon
Barnes & Noble

Janice Spina – update on a new novel

Janice Spina was previously featured on Reading Recommendations in May, 2014, and is back now to tell us about her first novel for adult readers!

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Hunting Mariah
by J.E. Spina

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. During his rampages he writes macabre poems for his victims.

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

J.E. Spina’s novel has been a long time coming. She started it over twenty years ago but put it on the back burner until this year when she decided it was time to get it ready for publication. J.E. Spina is the author of five children’s books, one of which received the Silver Medal from Mom’s Choice Awards. She writes her children’s books under Janice Spina.

J.E. Spina has written three other novels – a spiritual/mystery, historical/drama, and a YA fantasy which she hopes to edit and publish over the next two years. In between she will continue to publish more children’s books under Janice Spina. Besides being an author, Janice is also a copy editor, blogger, avid reader, book reviewer and supporter of fellow authors.

Janice’s website
Janice’s blog

Where you may purchase Janice’s books:
Createspace – print
Amazon – eBook

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Lamby the Lonely Lamb – a children’s picture book

Quick description: Lamby is a different lamb because of his color. He is lonely and only wants to be accepted by the other lambs. Lamby learns a lesson when a little girl comes to the farm where Lamby lives.

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Brief biography:
I am a wife, mother, grandmother, author of four children’s books, blogger, copy editor and believer in God and in helping others. I retired in 2010 from an administrative secretarial position in a school department and can now spend more time doing what I love – writing.

Links to buy Janice’s book:
This is my Amazon author page for all of my books.

Janice’s promo links:
Website
Blog
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
PiA (Published Indie Authors)

What are you working on now?
My husband/illustrator is finishing up our fifth book about a polar bear. I am also editing my first novel for publication. There are four more children’s books to complete with illustrations and three more novels to edit.

Janice’s reading recommendation:
I love reading anything by Paul G. Day, Mike Wells and Richard C. Hale, and Peggy Edelheit. I can’t just pick one. There are so many wonderful authors out there. I support many fellow indie authors.

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