Janet Nitsick


Acclaimed author Janet Syas Nitsick publications include "The Silver Lining," a 10th place Writer's Digest contest winning story (a free read on Smashwords.com); best of year book, Seasons of the Soul; five-star, historical romance, Lockets and Lanterns, and anthology, Bride by Arrangement.
Seasons of the Soul is a book similar to Chicken Soup for the Soul books. It contains faith stories and a spattering of personal accounts about the author's two different autistic sons - one high-functioning and verbal and the other low-functioning and nonverbal.
Lockets and Lanterns, an inspiring and gripping tale of love, loss and forgiveness, takes readers back to the 1900s when life was simpler, but sustaining love was just as difficult. (HIs secret ... Her broken heart.)
Bride by Arrangement includes two novellas - written by best-selling author Ruth Ann Nordin and Janet Syas Nitsick. Ruth's novella is The Purchased Bride and Janet's story is She Came by Train. The stories begin with two women meeting on a train, traveling from Virginia to Lincoln, Neb., in 1876. They keep in touch but live separate lives. She came by Train to become a governess of two children of a widower businessman. Her employer and a preacher from Virginia vie for her affections. She Came by Train but only her heart will determine if she returns that way. It is in e-book format and in paperback Feb. 1, 2014.

The author is a former journalist and language arts teacher. She is the daughter of late Nebraska State Sen. George Syas. Janet earned her bachelor of arts degree from Omaha’s College of Saint Mary as a nontraditional student.

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The Silver Lining
Price: Free! Words: 1,280. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(4.50 from 6 reviews)
This story received 10th place in the 79th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition in the mainstream/literary short story category. It is a bitter-sweet story of an elderly woman who remembers one afternoon with her daughter. People who enjoy Hans Christian Anderson's work, such as "The Steadfast Tin Soldier and "The Little Match Girl," will love this touching story.

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  • The Path to Christmas on Jan. 12, 2012

    This is a five-star Christmas play. It is easy to produce without requiring a lot of props or character roles. The story is awesome. Each child lets the world engulf them. One child makes it to the scene where Jesus is born. It is heartfelt and great writing, making an excellent play for churches or Christian schools.