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Who Loves Short Stories? Part 7

This is Part 7 of Who Loves Short Stories, a new segment of Jemsbooks.blog! 

I recently started this segment to share my blurbs of 15 short stories from An Angel Among Us (A Short Story Collection). Go to Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.

An Angel Among Us.jpg

AMAZON

BARNES & NOBLE

Go to links above to purchase and read reviews there. Also, it can be purchased by clicking on book cover to the right of this post.

If you know anything about me at this point in time from reading my blog, you would know that I am an eclectic writer. I can’t just write in one genre or about one subject or for one age group. I love to bounce all over the spectrum and sometimes outside my comfort zone. This can be scary at times!

In this short story collection I have written 15 stories in the following genres: romance, grief/loss, mystery, suspense, horror, paranormal, comedy, sci-fi, and fantasy. This book was dedicated to my courageous friend, Anne Gillis Benedetto, who lost her fight with breast in 2017.

The seventh story in this eclectic collection is A Last Gift.

This story came to me one day when I was thinking of my grandmother who gave me a rocking chair that belonged to my grandfather. It is precious to me. Anything our parents and grandparents give to us is special.

BlurbA Last Gift (Paranormal)

This story has a magical quality to it that goes beyond time and space. When a grandmother gives her favorite granddaughter a gift there is more to the gift than meets the eye. 

I hope you will enjoy this tender story of the power of a grandmother’s love for her granddaughter. It may have you crying a tear or two when you think about your own grandmother.

REVIEWS ON AMAZON

Thank you for stopping by to read about An Angel Among Us. I love to hear from readers and avidly welcome reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Goodreads.

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Reading is good for your health!

Do you have someone in your life that you think would enjoy this eclectic collection for Christmas? An Angel Among Us is a special collection for those hard to buy for or avid readers who love multi-genres and want a quick and entertaining collection of short stories to read.

Please leave some love for authors by reviewing their books wherever you purchased them. We authors will love you back!

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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Jemsbooks Pre-Christmas Sale – Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Book 1!

PRE-CHRISTMAS SALE – DAVEY & DEREK JUNIOR DETECTIVES, BOOK 1, THE CASE OF THE MISSING CELL PHONE!

AMAZON (sale begins 11/11/18 through 11/18/18)

In plenty of time for Christmas – here is Book 1 of my award-winning series, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Book 1, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone. This is a wonderful series for middle-grade/preteens/young adults to enjoy. All my middle-grade (MG) books have life lessons that encourage older children to show respect to parents and elders, accept differences, be kind to one another, friends matter, and bullying is never accepted or tolerated.

I am offering this book at a discount to get MG/PT/YA to begin reading this series. Once they start they will be hooked. Parents are loving it too!

Pick up a copy for all the MG/PT/YA on your Christmas list today! This series is perfect for all occasions too! This book won two book awards – Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and an Honorable Mention in the Reader’s Favorite Book Awards.

BLURB:

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives is Book One of a series of mysteries and adventures. Davey and Derek Donato are twins who love to play detective. In their first case they must solve the perplexing case of the missing cell phone. There are twists and turns and surprises for all.

They must deal with several suspects, one especially difficult one who is a bully.

The usual price of each ebook is $3.99 on Amazon. I am dropping the price of the  ebook (kindle) to $.99 from November 11, 2018 until November 18, 2018! This is a 76% savings. Hurry and pick up your copies today. As soon as the sale is over the prices will go back up to $3.99. Now is your chance to grab your copy and let your children begin their reading adventures with Davey & Derek in time for Christmas!

Here are some reviews from Amazon:

#Book #Review by @RobertHughes05 of “Davey & Derek – Junior Detectives: The Case Of The Missing Cell Phone” by @janice_spina

https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R2BL5N9NTPWTPE/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00X4RDMWO

https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R35LSIHM5K6BO5/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00X4RDMWO

https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/RY7H4B1QNFTQY/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00X4RDMWO

MORE REVIEWS

Thank you for stopping by and for your continued support!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING!

I love to hear from readers and avidly welcome reviews wherever you purchased my books. Thank you!

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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Who Loves Short Stories? Part 6

This is Part 4 of Who Loves Short Stories, a new segment of Jemsbooks.blog! 

I recently started this segment of my blog to share my blurbs of 15 short stories from An Angel Among Us (A Short Story Collection). Go Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3, Part 4, Part 5.

An Angel Among Us.jpg

AMAZON

BARNES & NOBLE

Go to links above to purchase and read reviews there. Also can be purchased by clicking on book cover to the right of this post.

If you know anything about me at this point in time from reading my blog, you would know that I am an eclectic writer. I can’t just write in one genre or about one subject or for one age group. I love to bounce all over the spectrum and sometimes outside my comfort zone. This can be scary at times!

In this short story collection I have written 15 stories in the following genres, romance, grief/loss, mystery, suspense, horror, paranormal, comedy, sci-fi, and fantasy. This book was dedicated to my courageous friend, Anne Gillis Benedetto, who lost her fight with breast in 2017.

The sixth story in this eclectic collection is Prince Charming.

I never know where or when a story will come to me. This particular story popped into my head one day and tickled my funny bone. I hope you will find it as amusing as I did when I wrote it.

Blurb:  Prince Charming (romantic comedy)

Sherry makes a mistake one day when she neglects to check over her appearance before going to work. But it wasn’t exactly what she was expecting for an outcome of a mistake. 

She meets two new men who will change her life forever. But are they who they claim to be? Be prepared to have a chuckle!

REVIEWS ON AMAZON

I hope you will enjoy this amusing romantic comedy and that it will pique your interest We all need to take a good hard look at ourselves and laugh. There is something in this eclectic collection for everyone.

Thank you for stopping by to read about An Angel Among Us. I love to hear from readers and avidly welcome reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Goodreads.

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Reading is good for your health!

Please leave some love for authors by reviewing their books wherever you purchased them. We authors will love you back!

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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Week Two in Sunny Aruba!

This is already week 2 in beautiful Aruba! I can’t believe we sailed through one week already! It has been heavenly! Weather has been beautiful 80’s – 90 every day, only one day with a quick shower, water warm and refreshing, windy but good for keeping the bugs away. All in all perfect especially since the rainy season is from September through November.

Here are some gorgeous views of sunsets. I have taken hundreds of these but can’t help snapping more each year. Our first week we had a lovely view of the sunset.

This week we have a great view of the pool, ocean and one end of the island where the lighthouse is situated. The second to the last photo is a view from one of the two balconies we have in this room this week. We were fortunate this year to have this same room for two weeks in a row! Hurray! We usually move to three different rooms. That entails packing and unpacking three times. Yikes!

I promised I would take photos of my food. Here Is one of Chicken Parmesan and linguine. It was delicious! There are plenty of restaurants that have Italian food and other restaurants have a varied menu with all kinds of fish, beef, chicken, pork, lamb, etc. There is something for everyone here!

Marinated seafood – crevice

Lovely friends to dine with who make this an extra special vacation.

My husband has been taking plenty of photos with his camera but I can’t access them to show there here. I will do another post when I return home to share them at that time.

This is the room we will be selling for next year, week #44 room 902 in the tower at the Divi Aruba Phoenix. If you are interested contact me at jjspina(at)myfairpoint(dot)net. Here are some photos of the room and the view. It has 28 or 29 weeks left on it and you can take 9 weeks from the back end of the contract to use. Not every contract has this extra incentive.

It is a one bedroom unit, kitchenette, dining area, 1/2 bath, living room with TV, two chairs, couch that opens up to a bed and there is a balcony. The bedroom is separate from this area with a king-sized bed, TV and has a full bath and a second balcony off the bedroom. It is beautiful!

The reason we are selling this unit is because we obtained two rooms back to back for next year. We need to sell this unit or at least rent it out until we can sell.

Now for the selfies with wild hair and hair pinned back. No one has neat hair! Sigh!

Night time shots of the lobby and friends in the blue lights there.

Night view of the pool from our balcony. It is usually lit up with all colored lights but tonight only white. I will keep checking and snap some of the colored lights. It’s beautiful!

Here they are!

Well, that’s all for today. I am trying to watch the Patriots at the same time as I write this. GO PATS!

Also Congratulatiosn to the BOSTON RED SOX! It is a pretty big deal here with one of our players from Aruba, Xander Bogartz. They even had a parade because he was coming home. I didn’t see it, too busy hanging out on the beach and soaking in the warm water. Sigh!

Thank you for stopping by to read this post and for your continued support!

REMEMER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING!

Make your lists today for Christmas! Jemsbooks.com has something for everyone! Thank you!

Blessings and Hugs from Sunny Aruba! 🌴 🏝 😎 ☀️

Janice

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Who Loves Short Stories? Part 5

This is Part 5 of Who Loves Short Stories, a new segment of Jemsbooks.blog! 

I recently started this segment of my blog to share my blurbs of 15 short stories from An Angel Among Us (A Short Story Collection). Go Part 1, Part 2,  Part 3, Part 4.

An Angel Among Us

AMAZON

BARNES & NOBLE

Go to links above to purchase and read reviews there. Also can be purchased by clicking on book cover to the right of this post.

If you know anything about me at this point in time from reading my blog, you would know that I am an eclectic writer. I can’t just write in one genre or about one subject or for one age group. I love to bounce all over the spectrum and sometimes outside my comfort zone. This can be scary at times!

In this short story collection I have written 15 stories in the following genres, romance, grief/loss, mystery, suspense, horror, paranormal, sci-fi, and fantasy. This book was dedicated to my courageous friend, Anne Gillis Benedetto, who lost her fight with breast in 2017.

The fifth book in this short story collection is The End of the Rainbow.

This story came to me when I recently saw a travel brochure on this beautiful land. I was in awe of all the greenery and lush rolling hills. This story took flight in a magical way when I began to think of what lies at the end of the rainbow. With some research about this gorgeous country my story began.

Blurb:   The  End of the Rainbow (romance)

Lily and Hailey are best friends from college who decide to take a trip to the Emerald Isle – Ireland. They are two different souls and complete opposites in temperament and personality – Lily being a quiet and shy and introspective person while Hailey is gregarious, outgoing and talkative.

But upon arriving in this beautiful green and  lush land some magic takes place when they both meet men who aim to steal their hearts. Will they take the plunge? Will Lily finally be able to come out of her shell? What lies at the end of the rainbow?

I hope this little teaser piqued your interest in An Angel Among Us. 

You can purchase the book at links above or by clicking on the cover on the right of this post.

Thank you for stopping by to read about this short story collection. I hope you will enjoy it! Thank you for your support!

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

Please leave some love to authors by reviewing their books wherever you purchased them. We authors will love you back!

Blessings & Hugs,

Janice

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Hunting Mariah Cover is Semi-Finalist in Authorsdb Cover Contest!

I was excited to receive an email announcing that my first novel, Hunting Mariah, is a semi-finalist in Authorsdb Cover Contest for 2018!

It is an honor to be amongst all the beautiful covers that are listed on Authorsdb. Good luck to all entrants!

Here is the link to my book on Authorsdb. Please vote today! Thank you!

https://authorsdb.com/2018-cover-contest-results/25311-cover-contest-2018-hunting-mariah

This book was also a finalist in 2018 Authorsdb First Lines Contest! I am thrilled to have this cover considered in the contest. It is a photo of my lovely niece who graciously posed for the cover.

Please check out Hunting Mariah and its sequel Mariah’s Revenge on AMAZON or BARNES & NOBLE today.

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING!

Thank you for stopping by and for your kind support! Reviews are always welcome and appreciated wherever you purchase my books!

Blessings & Hugs from Sunny Aruba!

Janice

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Who Loves Short Stories? Part 4

This is Part 4 of Who Loves Short Stories, a new segment of Jemsbooks.blog! 

I recently started this segment of my blog to share my blurbs of 15 short stories from An Angel Among Us (A Short Story Collection). Go here Part 1, here Part 2,  and Part 3.

AMAZON

BARNES & NOBLE

Go to links above to purchase and read reviews there. Also can be purchased by clicking on book cover to the right of this post.

If you know anything about me at this point in time from reading my blog, you would know that I am an eclectic writer. I can’t just write in one genre or about one subject or for one age group. I love to bounce all over the spectrum and sometimes outside my comfort zone. This can be scary at times!

In this short story collection I have written 15 stories in the following genres, romance, grief/loss, mystery, suspense, horror, paranormal, sci-fi, and fantasy. This book was dedicated to my courageous friend, Anne Gillis Benedetto, who lost her fight with breast in 2017.

The fourth story in this eclectic collection is A New Home.

Most of my stories just pop into my head or come from a dream I may have had that prickles at the back of my brain until I write it down. Sigh!

This particular story is one that popped into my head one day as I was babysitting my grandson after I dropped him off at Preschool. During those two quiet hours I wrote this story.

This story, as one reader mentioned, could be the prequel to a full-length book. Who knows? Maybe one day?

Blurb: A New Home (Suspense)

The Earth is in danger of destruction by forces within it caused by our own neglect. It is dying. Spaceships are scheduled to keep leaving Earth until as many healthy inhabitants as possible can be collected to leave to go to a new planet.

Those left behind will die due to sickness or eventually lack of oxygen as it is being depleted. The last spaceship lifts off and takes the fortunate Earthings to their new home. 

Once they arrive on this unfamiliar planet, which has been checked over by scientists to assure it is habitable, everyone has a job to do and must get to work to build their new homes.

Life begins to settle down until strange things begin to happen that cannot be explained. Will they be able to survive in this new home? Are they no longer alone?

I hope some of these stories will pique your interest. There is something for everyone.

Thank you for stopping by to read about An Angel Among Us. I love to hear from readers and avidly welcome reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Goodreads.

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Reading is good for your health!

Please leave some love for authors by reviewing their books wherever you purchased them. We authors will love you back!

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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Vacation in Aruba!

VACATION IN ARUBA! 

Ahh, need I say more? Most of the day was spent traveling and then unpacking at the hotel. We were both tired and only wanted to eat something quick and then get to bed early.

Here is the view from our 8th floor room in the tower. Notice the beautiful shaded of green and blue in the water. It’s breathtaking and warm but refreshing after a long walk along the beach or walkway.

Inside our room – a studio with a kitchenette, bed, living area and bathroom and a nice little balcony to enjoy the beautiful views of beach and sunset.

My handsome hubby relaxing before we go out to dinner.

I never get tired ot snapping sunset views during this first week. I caught a sailboat as it passed right through the sunset on the ocean. Fabulous photo! I will have to share it in another post because the internet went down just as I was trying to place it here. I will try to post it in the next blog. Sorry about that. Enjoy these two below though.

Internet is not dependable reason why this is our second day and will probably be our third day before I get this posted.

We are here for three weeks. The first week we are in the tower on the 8th floor as noted above with the sunset views. The second week we are on the 9th floor in a one-bedroom unit on the opposite side of the building and do not have sunset views. I am not that early a riser so don’t have sunrise views. Sorry. We will be in another one-bedroom unit in this tower for the third week. Don’t know what floor yet though. I promise to do a post for each week to share our views from the rooms.

View of the ocean from sitting on our balcony.

We spend our days walking, swimming, reading under our palapas (wooden umbrellas) and then walking to dinner at night. There are more than enough restaurants to dine at a different one each night we are here. We do have our favorites and will visit them a couple times each over the 21 days – Driftwood, Chalet Suisse, Blossoms,  to mention a few. The food is delicious, fresh fish catch of the day every day and plenty of beef from Argentina and New York. Yes, I said New York, USA! They also have chicken, and all kinds of seafood – shrimp, scallops, clams, mussels, calamari and octopus. Yum! I love it all!

Another lovely view from our balcony.

I promise to take some photos of my food if I don’t eat it before I remember to do that. Sigh! So far on our third day here I have eaten all my food before taking a photo. Sorry! LOL!

Mahi mahi on day one, Chinese fare on day two and tonight a mouth-wateringly delicious NY sirloin in one of our favorite restaurants (Chalet Suisse)! Tomorrow may be a pizza and gelato. Yum!

Thank God I am feeling better. I was sick for two weeks before I arrived here and couldn’t eat for almost that whole time. I am back eating everything in sight! Walking up a storm (9-14K miles daily) and swimming every day too. Nothing like the warmth and all the Vitamin D from the sun to heal a body and soul! Ahh!

The people are lovely here, friendly accommodating and they always welcome us back HOME. It does feel like a home away from home.

What makes it even more special are lol the returning friends we have met over the years. We can’t wait to see each other and catch up! We have fun on the beach with wine and champagne on Tuesdays or whatever day we decide and mango punches on Wednesday or whenever. Who cares which days they are we are all together having a grand time.

I was surprised to sell two of the four books that I brought down with me – Abby & Holly Books 1 & 2 as Christmas gifts. I was thrilled a friend passed the word about my books to her friend. If I could bring more books I would sell them better down here than back home.

Wonderful few days in our favorite place to be – Aruba – One Happy Island! Sigh! Stay tuned for more!

Thank you for stopping by! Wish you could be here one day too!

We will be selling one of our timeshares for week # 44 (next week to begin next year). It’s a one bedroom, 1 1/2 bath, kitchenette and living area with two balcony’s. Anyone interested? Email at jjspina(at)myfairpoint(dot)net. I will share photos of the views and the room next week. We have acquired another timeshare for next year for two weeks back to back to use and don’t need this one any more. It’s a beautiful room!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH!  HAPPY READING!

Start making your Christmas lists – Jemsbooks make perfect gifts for all ages!

Blessings & Hugs! (Bon Bini – Welcome/hello/good day in Papiamento)

Janice

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Fun Books for Halloween!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

FUN BOOKS FOR HALLOWEEN!

Are you looking for some fun books for Halloween for your middle-graders/PT/YA?

Look no further! Jemsbooks has two series with lots of adventures, excitement, ghosts, phantoms, specters or whatever you want to call them, along with magic, mystery and a good witch and warlocks. Check out these books below for some fun reading that will put you in a Halloween spirit.

All Jemsbooks are available on:

AMAZON

BARNES & NOBLE

JEMSBOOKS.COM

Or click on covers to the right of his post for purchase.

Abby & Holly Book 1

Abby & Holly Book 2

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Book 1

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Book 3

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Book 2

Davey & Derek Book 4

Davey & Derek Book 5

Keep your kids safe this Halloween! Pick up copies of these books for a safe way for children to enjoy Halloween – reading about fun adventures, mysteries, magic, ghosts, specters, phantoms, a good witch and two warlocks. Your kids will love these books and so will you. All Jemsbooks promote good behavior in children of all ages.

Thank you for stopping by and for your kind support!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH!  HAPPY READING!

All authors love to receive reviews! Please leave a little love by reviewing our books wherever you purchased them. Thank you! We authors will love you back!

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

 

 

 

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