Book 5 of Mysteries for Boys & Girls for Great Summer Reading!

Here is Book 5 of the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost. I will be sharing and showcasing all six books one at a time, each in their own post. If you haven’t read these yet please share with your MG/PT/YA for fun adventures in summer or anytime reading. This book won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and a Silver Medal in Authorsdb Cover Contest.

I wrote this series for my two middle grandsons who love to read about adventures and mysteries. They are my inspiration to write.

These books are enjoyed by both girls and boys and also parents and grandparents who pass them on to their children. My husband, John, is the illustrator and cover creator for these and all my books. This series has been compared to the Hardy Boys’ Books.

Available also on Barnes & Noble all Jemsbooks. Davey & Derek Book 5.

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Twins Davey and Derek Donato are enlisted by two new characters, Abby and her cousin Holly, to assist them in finding and capturing the spooky beings that haunt their house.

When the boys visit Abby’s house they discover that this old Victorian holds many secrets and shocking revelations.

Davey and Derek soon find that they need the assistance of their Great Aunt Gigi to handle these mischievous phantoms.

I have put in an introduction in each of these books to help children understand the characters and the story line. Each book is a stand alone story with a satisfying ending that will leave children feeling happy and wanting to read another one. There are life lessons to be learned as children read that will please parents.

I believe children of all ages need good, wholesome and clean books to read that will encourage them to want to read more. Reading is good for everyone’s health by bolstering up confidence, spurns creativity and memory, eases stress and chronic pain and makes you feel happier. It’s also an escape from troubles and the craziness in this world around us. Get healthier and start reading!

Here are some reviews on Amazon:


Sarah Reviews
5.0 out of 5 starsAnother Winner!August 9, 2017Format: Kindle EditionThe wonderful and prolific author, Janice Spina, continues to entertain children with another terrific installment in the Davey and Derek Junior Detectives series, “The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost.” In this, the latest installment, Ms. Spina introduces the twins’ new cousins, Abby and Holly, who moved into a neighboring house that is haunted by ghosts. The frightened girls entreat the help of the now famous junior detectives. The twins, Davey and Derek, are not only excited about their new assignment but are also happy for the friendships developing between themselves and the lovely cousins. The story is most engaging and will entertain young readers going along for the ride, as the junior detectives, helped by their fabulous Aunt Gigi, tackle this new adventure.
Highly recommended!!

Mrs.D.5.0 out of 5 starsGhostly Mystery…February 8, 2018Format: Kindle EditionBoo! Another amusing middle grade mystery from accomplished author Janice Spina! The author’s standard for instilling the love of reading in children is impressive and proven.

Davey and Derek are two humble detectives who are very thoughtful of their friends and the people around them. Always helpful, they don’t hesitate to step in when their friend Abby announces that something unusual is happening in their old Victorian house. The twins immediately jump on the new case. What would an old house be without a ghost?

As in the previous books in this series, “The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost” meets the readers’ expectations. The young detectives face some challenges while unraveling the ghostly mystery, but with help from their mysterious Aunt Gigi and some other friends, they untangle it very professionally.

The twins are growing with her stories, and surprisingly they are that age when boys are noticing girls … and sweet friendships are developing between the twins and the pretty cousins.

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne5.0 out of 5 starsA wonderful mystery novel for young readers!July 10, 2017Format: Kindle EditionJanice Spina is such a versatile, talented author. I loved her new book, “The Case of the Mischievous Ghost.” The twins accepted their new case when their friends, Abby and Holly told them strange things were happening in the house. This time, junior detective twins Davey and Derek, set out to solve the mystery of ghosts in an beautiful old house. Were the ghosts really there? If so, why and how could they make them leave? They certainly had some challenges to solve this mystery. Davey and Derek studied ghosts, and definitely needed help from their magical Aunt Gigi. Young readers will love this mystery and they’ll be anxious to keep turning those pages to find out what happens next. This is a fantastic middle grade book, which I highly recommend.
Reviewed by children’s author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Did you know that reading is good for your health and that of your children. When a person reads his/her brain sparks alive with creativity, memory improves, an all over good feeling chases away the blues and all your troubles. You escape to a different place and time.

According to a research on activebeat.com: Overall, the data showed that participants who read a book for just 30-minutes per week reported greater overall life happiness, satisfaction, and social connectedness.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. If you and your children haven’t read any of this series it’s time to check it out and find out what everyone is talking about. You will be hooked and have a fun time reading this summer. If you love these books I would be honored to hear from you and be delighted to receive any reviews.

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

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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Book 4 of Mysteries for Boys & Girls for Great Summer Reading!

Here is Book 4 of the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog. I will be sharing and showcasing all six books one at a time, each in their own post. If you haven’t read these yet please share with your MG/PT/YA for fun adventures in summer or anytime reading. This book was a finalist in the Red City Book Reviews Awards Contest.

I wrote this series for my two middle grandsons who love to read about adventures and mysteries. They are my inspiration to write.

These books are enjoyed by both girls and boys and also parents and grandparents who pass them on to their children. My husband, John, is the illustrator and cover creator for these and all my books. This series has been compared to the Hardy Boys Books.

Available also on Barnes & Noble all Jemsbooks. Davey & Derek Book 4.

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Davey and Derek Donato are at it again in this new book. In this case they come across a brown scraggly dog with blood on its paw but when the boys try to stop the dog, it runs away.

Aunt Gigi is here once again to assist the boys with their magic and provide some new spells.

Clues surface that suggest that someone may be injured and in need of help. The boys will have to use their skills and a little magic to solve this case.

I have put in an introduction in each of these books to help children understand the characters and the story line. Each book is a stand alone story with a satisfying ending that will leave children feeling happy and wanting to read another one. There are life lessons to be learned as children read that will please parents.

I believe children of all ages need good, wholesome and clean books to read that will encourage them to want to read more. Reading is good for everyone’s health by bolstering up confidence, spurns creativity and memory, eases stress and chronic pain and makes you feel happier. It’s also an escape from troubles and the craziness in this world around us. Get healthier and start reading!

Here are some reviews on Amazon:

Mrs.D.5.0 out of 5 starsShare the Magic!February 8, 2018Format: PaperbackIn her fourth book, “The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog: Davey and Derek Junior Detectives Series,” Janice Spina has created an impressive mystery story that carries on the thrilling adventures of two brothers, Davey and Derek. The friendly leading characters and thrilling adventures provide plenty of excitement and magic to young readers.

Davey and Derek are now experienced young detectives who have a few solved mysteries under their belts. But this new mystery about the scraggly dog would be not so easy to solve if not for Aunt Gigi and her crystal ball and her magical way of teaching boys how to travel.

What the boys discovered at the end of the story surprised me the most. Well-executed ending of the gripping mystery!

As in her previous books, the author provided plenty of life lessons for children. Janice completed her goal with the most valuable teachings about respect, compassion, and understanding. She wisely underlined the purpose of her series, lessons that are very needed for middle school children.

Michelle Clements James5.0 out of 5 starsDelightful Story for Young ReadersMay 14, 2017Format: Kindle EditionJunior detectives, Davey and Derek Donato, are off again to solve another mystery with the help of Aunt Gigi’s magic and Mianna, the cat in Aunt Gigi’s crystal ball. The boys get into mischief as they try to discover what happened to the scraggly dog and how it’s paw got blood on it. The ending was a wonderful surprise and the kind of ending any child would love.
The author’s goal in writing books for children that bring to light life lessons that the children can learn from. These lessons include politeness (Davey and Derek are both polite boys), kindness (they are kind to the dog and to his owner, as well as to family and friends in this story), and sensitivity (they are concerned that their friend Mickey isn’t left out and that their mom doesn’t worry needlessly about them). Janice Spina accomplished her goal with The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog.
This book is sure to delight. I highly recommend The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog to young readers.
This book was gifted to me by the author in exchange for my honest review.

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne5.0 out of 5 starsAnother amazing mystery by Janice Spina!January 20, 2017Format: Kindle EditionThis time junior detectives Davey and Derek have a new adventure when a mysterious Scraggly dog appears in their neighborhood with blood on her paw. What happened? Where is her owner? Readers will love this mystery and be anxious to find out what happens next. The twins’ Aunt Gigi has her own magic to share and the boys learn more about amazing ways to travel.The story is engaging, as are all of Janice Spina’s tales.There’s even a surprise ending. Be sure to get your copy today.
*I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it.
Reviewed by children’s author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Did you know that reading is good for your health and that of your children. When a person reads his/her brain sparks alive with creativity, memory improves, an all over good feeling chases away the blues and all your troubles. You escape to a different place and time.

According to a research on activebeat.com: Overall, the data showed that participants who read a book for just 30-minutes per week reported greater overall life happiness, satisfaction, and social connectedness.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. If you and your children haven’t read any of this series it’s time to check it out and find out what everyone is talking about. You will be hooked and have a fun time reading this summer. If you love these books I would be honored to hear from you and be delighted to receive any reviews.

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

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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Book 3 of Mysteries for Boys & Girls for Great Summer Reading!

Here is Book 3 of the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant. I will be sharing and showcasing all six books one at a time, each in their own post. If you haven’t read these yet please share with your MG/PT/YA for fun adventures in summer or anytime reading. This book won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and a Reader’s Favorite Book Awards Silver Medal.

I wrote this series for my two middle grandsons who love to read about adventures and mysteries. They are my inspiration to write.

These books are enjoyed by both girls and boys and also parents and grandparents who pass them on to their children. My husband, John, is the illustrator and cover creator for these and all my books. This series has been compared to the Hardy Boys Books.

Available also on Barnes & Noble all Jemsbooks. Davey & Derek Book 3.

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Davey & Derek Donato are twins who love adventures and enjoy being junior detectives. In Book 3 of this series their help is enlisted to find an ivory figurine that has been taken from the local museum.
There are many suspects and danger is not far from the boys as they learn more magic and use their skills to find those responsible for the theft.
Their Aunt Gigi is close by to lend a hand and at the same time help the twins hone their magical gifts.

I have put in an introduction in each of these books to help children understand the characters and the storyline. Each book is a stand alone story with a satisfying ending that will leave children feeling happy and wanting to read another one. There are life lessons to be learned as children read that will please parents.

I believe children of all ages need good, wholesome and clean books to read that will encourage them to want to read more. Reading is good for everyone’s health by bolstering up confidence, spurns creativity and memory, eases stress and chronic pain and makes you feel happier. It’s also an escape from troubles and the craziness in this world around us. Get healthier and start reading!

Here are some reviews on Amazon:


Robbie Cheadle
5.0 out of 5 starsAn action packed magical adventureFebruary 24, 2018Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseThis is book 3 in the Davey & Derek junior detective series and it is the best one we have read to date. Michael loves these two adventurous boys and the addition of some real magic in their lives really added to his enjoyment of the tale. Magic wands and books in the hands of 11-year old boys really captivated him and my Dad has made him a wand out of wood, painted metallic blue, so that he could have one too. 

Davey and Derek learn the history and story of Aunt Gigi’s ivory elephant and discover some of this figurines magic. They are concerned for the safety of this figurine when they hear that a similar type of figurine has been stolen from the local museum. Certain local boys seem to be implicated in the crime and when a school peer asks the twins to help solve the case, Davey and Derek are thrilled to oblige. The boys embark on an exciting adventure to unwind the clues relating to the case, with some help and some confusion being provided by their magic books birthday gifts.

I would recommend this book for middle school children. My rating is five out of five stars.

Mrs.D.5.0 out of 5 starsMystery of a Magic ElephantFebruary 8, 2018Format: PaperbackThe author sent me her magical mystery “Davey and Derek Junior Detectives Series, Book 3: The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant” for my honest opinion. I love this series for a few reasons:

1. Janice Spina is a very creative writer who takes risks. From the beginning, she plunges the readers into the thrilling adventure.

2. The “Davey and Derek” series is for middle grade readers, and the author executes them perfectly.

3. The life lessons throughout the book teach kids about empathy, kindness, respect, and teamwork.

4. Through her artistic writing, the author delivers not only the lessons, but also infuses the captivating scenery on each page.

With that said, the readers are sent off to follow two brothers, the self-made young detectives, to solve the mystery of a magical elephant that has vanished from the museum. The burglary happened at a local museum and the twins use their special talents. However, those aren’t enough to crack the mystery, and as in Book 1 and 2, Davey and Derek solve this mysterious enigma with the help of their gifted Aunt Gigi and their best friend, aka as Cat.

As in the first two books, Book 3 is full of thrilling turns and twists, conspiracy and enthusiasm, logical thinking and good fellowship.

With style and poise, Janice Spina has beautifully engaged young children in her great new adventure. The secret of the magic mystery awaits young readers!!

Michele Rolfe5.0 out of 5 starsThe next Hardy Boys!September 7, 2016Format: Kindle EditionThe twins Davey & Derek are at it again! Who stole the figurine from the museum & how is it connected to Aunt Gigi’s Ivory Elephant Figurine? This is the first book I have read of Janice’s & LOVED it! I was a Beta Reader for her & received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. This is a great book for kids who enjoy adventures. I LOVED Nancy Drew & the Hardy Boys series as a young girl. Davey & Derek are the next generation of young Detectives, in my opinion. Great work Janice!!

Did you know that reading is good for your health and that of your children. When a person reads his/her brain sparks alive with creativity, memory improves, an all over good feeling chases away the blues and all your troubles. You escape to a different place and time.

According to a research on activebeat.com: Overall, the data showed that participants who read a book for just 30-minutes per week reported greater overall life happiness, satisfaction, and social connectedness.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. If you and your children haven’t read any of this series it’s time to check it out and find out what everyone is talking about. You will be hooked and have a fun time reading this summer. If you love these books I would be honored to hear from you and be delighted to receive any reviews.

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

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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Book 2 of Mysteries for Boys & Girls for Great Summer Reading!

Here is Book 2 of the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. I will be sharing and showcasing all six books one at a time, each in their own post. If you haven’t read these yet please share with your MG/PT/YA for fun adventures in summer or anytime reading.

I wrote this series for my two middle grandsons who love to read about adventures and mysteries. They are my inspiration to write.

These books are enjoyed by both girls and boys and also parents and grandparents who pass them on to their children. My husband, John, is the illustrator and cover creator for these and all my books.

Also available on Barnes & Noble – All Jemsbooks, Book 3 of Davey & Derek

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Davey and Derek Donato are twins, but not identical. They gleaned the idea to be detectives from a book their parents bought them on their tenth birthday. The twins discover a black cat and some magic when they visit with their Great Aunt Gigi. The cat tries to communicate with the boys. But what does the cat want to tell them?

I have put in an introduction in each of these books to help children understand the characters and the storyline. Each book is a stand alone story with a satisfying ending that will leave children feeling happy and wanting to read another one. There are life lessons to be learned as children read that will please parents.

I believe children of all ages need good, wholesome and clean books to read that will encourage them to want to read more. Reading is good for everyone’s health by bolstering up confidence, spurns creativity and memory, eases stress and chronic pain and makes you feel happier. It’s also an escape from troubles and the craziness in this world around us. Get healthier and start reading!

Here are some reviews on Amazon:

Robert5.0 out of 5 starsGreat StorySeptember 1, 2015Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseBeing a grandparent and an avid reader I am always on the lookout for good clean books for my grandkids. Davey and Derek’s Aunt and Uncle settle in town after years of worldly travel, but there is something different about the Aunt that sets her apart from most Aunts – she is a good witch blessed with the gift of magic – one of which is her long deceased cat whoes aura lives on in a crystal ball and still tries to help people. Davey and Derek learn they to have a few magical powers of their own one of which is the cat trying to communicate with them and warn them one of their friends is going to get into serious trouble. The question is can they use this magic and prevent a catastrophy? Cute story – clean- refreshing – and not preachy. The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat will keep a young mind intrigued and reading way past their bedtime.

Gigi Sedlmayer, Book Excellence Award Finalist winning author of the Talon series5.0 out of 5 starsWhat will the black cat do?August 31, 2015Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseDavey and Derek, twin boys, like to play detectives, since their mum bought them a book about an detective.
In the first book they had already fun with and now in the second book, written by Janice Spina, they are going on a hunt again.

After school they have to go to their aunt Gigi, until their mum is coming home from work. And there they help their aunt unpacking some boxes. And what they find there, amazes them but frighten them as well. A Chrystal ball with a black cat.

The next day Mickies sister was missing. Mickey was their best friend and helped them in their detective work. Now, will they find his sister? And most amazingly, how they find her?

Very well written. I recommend that book not only for youngsters, for the young in heart as well.

Mrs.D.5.0 out of 5 starsBox Full of SurprisesJanuary 28, 2018Format: Kindle Edition“Mysterious Black Cat,” by Janice Spina, is the second book in the Davey & Derek series. The twin boys are spending the day with their relatives. To their surprise, Great Aunt Gigi is not an ordinary old lady, as the boys always thought of her. As the hours pass, they start to learn something interesting about Aunt Gigi and her long-dead black cat. What is the dead cat trying to tell them? Before Derek and Davey know it, they are off on another adventure.

As in her first story, Janice Spina incorporates the concepts of friendship and teamwork in tense circumstances. Young readers will lose themselves in exciting setups with thrilling twists and turns as Davey and Derek discover their new magical power. And when something bad happens to their best friend’s CAT little sister, the boys team up with Aunt Gigi and her mysterious black cat…

Another intriguing book for young adults! Just when you think you’ve gotten ahead of the story, something unexpected happens. I love how the engaging plot and magic in the story keeps readers on their toes, and how the author cleverly stirs the twist of magic into the book! A splendid mystery for young boys and girls!

Did you know that reading is good for your health and that of your children. When a person reads his/her brain sparks alive with creativity, memory improves, an all over good feeling chases away the blues and all your troubles. You escape to a different place and time.

According to a research on activebeat.com: Overall, the data showed that participants who read a book for just 30-minutes per week reported greater overall life happiness, satisfaction, and social connectedness.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. If you and your children haven’t read any of this series it’s time to check it out and find out what everyone is talking about. You will be hooked and have a fun time reading this summer. If you love these books I would be honored to hear from you and be delighted to receive any reviews.

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

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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Do Your Middle-Graders and Preteens Love Mysteries?

I have written two separate series for boys and girls ages 8-13, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, Books 1-6, and Abby & Holly Series, Books 1 & 2. Both of these series are enjoyed by boys and girls and parents too.

The Davey & Derek Series was written for my two middle-grandsons who love to read about mysteries. They are my inspiration to write.

I will showcase one book of these series in each of the upcoming posts for MG/PT/YA readers. These books make great summer reading. Children will learn important life lessons as they read and enjoy these fun mysteries.


Blurb:

Davey and Derek Donato are twins, but not identical, who love to play detective. They are always ready for adventure living in the sleepy little town of Lindon where nothing happens. The twins overhear about a sixth grader who lost her cell phone. The fifth grade twins kick into detective mode to solve their first case with the help of their friends, Mickey Catonni, aka Cat. Things don’t seem to add up when a bully gets into the mix.

This story teaches middle-graders about friendship, bullying is not accepted or tolerated, being kind to others, honoring and respecting parents and each other. I firmly believe, as an author, I have a responsibility to provide books that carry good family values for middle-graders/preteens/young adults. This is the age where our children are most influenced by what they read. Let’s give them some good, clean, wholesome stories to read. I encourage parents to read these books too in order to see how much children will learn while reading and have fun in the process.

Each book in this series is a stand alone book but it does help to begin with Book 1. I do have an introduction in each book that gives a little background about the twin detectives. This introduction will help children understand a little about the characters and storyline.

I use a larger font and make my chapters shorter so kids will have an easier time reading and feel as if they have accomplished something. This will encourage them to want to read more.

Here are some reviews on Amazon of Book 1:


Robert
5.0 out of 5 starsA GREAT WHO DONE ITMay 20, 2015Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseDo you want your children to think? Learn how to decipher a problem? Cultivate their imigination? Amateur sleuhs David and Derek, two twins as opposite as they can be, accompanied by their assistant Mickey, code named CAT, are off to discover the mystery behind Christine’s cell phone (she swears she put it in her backpack at school buty it vanished) Being an adult mystery writer – THE CASE OF THE MISSING CELL PHONE – book 1 in an upcoming series- is all a mystery should be – a lot of clues – a few dead ends – and ending that fooled me. All you parents and grandparents this is a great book for all those m iddle grade kids you worry about – might even get them away from that cell phone and video games.


Mrs.D.
5.0 out of 5 starsThink! Learn! Imagine!January 22, 2018Format: Kindle Edition“The Case of the Missing Cell Phone” is the first in the Davey and Derek junior detective series, where two twin boys are trying to solve the mystery of a missing expensive cell phone. I love the fact that this story is for both boys and girls. It makes readers think, act, and discover. It’s also very engaging and entertaining, with an emphasis on teaching superb life lessons in a very delicate way. While reading this story, children are encouraged to communicate and learn how to crack problems and develop their creativity.

David and Derek are two twins, but they are very different from each other. David is a logical kid and Derek is all action. Supervised by their assistant named Cat, the two young detectives are off to discover the mystery behind Christine’s cell phone. As they untangle the mystery of the missing phone, they realize that the job of a detective is very tough and sometimes uncomfortable, such as when they question their classmates and the people they know.

This is a very interesting read for middle school-age students that will keep them tickled and predicting. I love that the author touched on a few very important issues that accrue in every school: the bullying, stealing, and credulity. These are very important subjects for children who are that age. In her book, Janice Spina nicely conveyed these very important messages. Her story sparked some needed discussion about theft, bullying, and teamwork. It is full of interesting twists and turns, details and clues. It really keeps young readers’ attention as they turn page after page.

It is also a fantastic acknowledgment of friendship and what is all right and wrong, which is extremely important for that age, when children know that they’re all different and should be treated equally. Their own unique personality would shine if you gave them the chance.

“Davey & Derek, Junior Detectives” is intriguing for my taste, and I am sure that young readers will agree with me. The exciting story line will leave them wanting to know more and to see what happens next in this engaging series. A great mystery read for middle-school children.


Nicholas C. Rossis
5.0 out of 5 starsA trendier Enid BlytonNovember 6, 2015Format: Kindle EditionSpina’s first book reminded me of Enid Blyton – if she were writing about lost cell phones instead of… erm… treasure? I confess, it’s been a while since I last read the Famous Five, but I got the same feeling of kids being kids, yet going on all sorts of fabulous adventures. In this case, the kids are a bunch of boys helping a sixth grader (gasp) girl (double gasp) find her missing phone. Which turns out not to be so much missing as much as… wait, that’d be spoiling the fun. Read the book and find out.

I loved how Spina managed to convey all the right messages and hit all the right chords about issues like theft and bullying, without ever sounding preachy or condescending. When my kid is old enough, this is one of the books I’ll be sure to give her to read.

I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Su Ann5.0 out of 5 starsLove a good mystery!May 26, 2015Format: Kindle Edition“Davey & Derek Junior Detectives: The Case of the Missing Cell Phone” is a wonderfully written mystery book with interesting twists that will leave you wanting to know what happens next. Love the main protagonists, Davey and Derek, the twin brothers who are as different as day and night. I’m sure kids their age can relate with them and have fun solving the mystery together along them and their friend Mickey aka “CAT”. Great for young readers who love a good mystery!

Thank you so much for stopping by to read about my books. I hope you and your children will enjoy reading them. I would love to hear from you about any of my books you have enjoyed and appreciate and love reviews wherever you purchased my books! Thank you for your support!

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

Have fun this summer, read, read and read some more, and stay safe!

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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A Birthday Celebration and a Mystery!

Yesterday was a lovely day to celebrate my birthday. Thank you to all who had sent kind birthday wishes to me making my day more special than ever!

My loving husband sent me more roses. Our anniversary and my birthday are too close together. We didn’t think this one through. He has to come up with gifts for two occasions. He has done a commendable job so far. God bless him!

Birthday Roses

We went to an upscale restaurant which is also a venue for weddings. The grounds are pretty as you can see here. My sister and her husband came with us. It was a special way to spend my 71st birthday with my wonderful husband and my loving sister and brother-in-law. (We may have to remortgage the house on this dinner!) We don’t go here more than once every ten years so we can save up!

Bedford Village Inn and Restaurant
This is the venue part of it.
The restaurant and tavern are in the yellow section behind this fountain.
Inside restaurant – John & I
My sister & her husband
My dinner – Seafood Bouillabaisse
Fruit & Goat Cheese Salad
My dessert – Triple Berry Sorbet

We snapped some photos with my new IPhone here.

My baby sister and I

It was a beautiful day and celebration with family. I am grateful for this special day and all the memories that I will cherish.

Beta tank minus Bubba Blue

Now for the mystery – when my husband and I woke up this birthday morning we noticed upon feeding our fish in the little 6 gallon tank in the kitchen that the beautiful blue and red beta fish was missing. We took apart the little tank and sifted through the rocks at the bottom but no fish. I recited my prayer to St. Anthony – Dear St. Anthony, please look around something is lost but can’t be found. (Three times) But alas, little Bubba Blue is still missing. We are at a loss to figure out where he could have gone. If he jumped out to freedom he is nowhere in sight on the floor. Sigh. Maybe one day we will find him!? Then we can give him a proper send off down the toilet.

We bought new fish – seven neon tetras but they are so small we will buy more to fill the tank. Still miss Bubba Blue though.

Neon Tetras
Neon Tetras in small tank

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Janice

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Interview with Author Syd Sullivan and her Debut Novel!

Please help me welcome author Syd Sullivan who is here to share her debut novel, Unsolved Case. I recently met Syd at a book signing by New England Authors Expo at Northern Essex Community College. Since she is a new author I wanted to help her get established and introduce her to all my fellow author friends and readers.

It’s lovely to have you here, Syd. Please take the stage and tell us about yourself and your book.

When did you know that you wanted to be an author?

I started writing around 6 yrs old, writing stories about my day and with friends. When I turned 14 that is when it really became something I wanted to achieve.

Jjspina: That is wonderful that you knew what you wanted to do at such a young age.

How do you come up with ideas for your stories?

While writing I tend to zone out and try to focus on 1 main idea and then take several other ideas to create the story.

Jjspina: Nice way to go into your own special place to think.

What do you expect to accomplish in 2019?

In 2019 I will have published 2 books within  one year, that is my big accomplishment.

Jjspina: Congrats on publishing!

What hobbies do you have when you are not writing?

My hobbies include playing basketball, going to movies, and going to the beach when the weather permits.

Jjspina: I like the going to the beach one!

What is your target audience for your book?

My books relate to young adults, but a lot of different age groups tend to enjoy my novel no matter the age.

Jjspina: Perfect, that way you get a broader audience.

What advice would you give prospective authors?

My advice to other authors is to follow your thoughts when writing and just keep true to what you want to write. Let your imagination run wild because writing gives you the ability to bring your characters to life.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

There are thousands of beautiful places in the world and I believe you can’t just stay in one place to witness how big the world is.

Jjspina: Yes, there certainly are, Syd.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Something people don’t know about me is that when I travel throughout the country. I have a tradition that I do and have done for quite sometime now. I pick up rocks. One rock from each state. I currently have 11 rocks. When I return home I put the state abbreviation on that rock from where it comes from. Eventually, I hope to have 50.

Jjspina: That’s a fascinating thing to do. I hope you complete your collection one day.

Blurb:

In the legendary city of Boston, a fifteen year-old, Ariel Smith, lives with her parents and her twin brothers, Aaron and Eric. She then discovers she was adopted by her godparents when she was three months old. Her young parents had been murdered, and their killer was never found. Ariel’s life is turned upside down as she grieves for the birth parents she never knew. While dealing with all that life throws at her, she has a feeling she’s being watched. 

Ariel is determined to solve the mystery of her parents murder, but ends up solving a case of her own, a case called life. 

Please stay tuned for the sequel to Unsolved Case, which will be in book stores soon. 

Author Bio:

Syd Sullivan began writing at age fourteen. She lives in a small town in New Hampshire. Writing is her passion along with her love of basketball. This is her debut book. 

Purchase links- Amazon.com Barnes & Noble.com www.archwaypublishing.com

Official Website- www.unsolvecase.com

It was wonderful to interview and learn more about you today, Syd. I wish you all the best with your new book and all your future endeavors. Feel free to come back again when you have new books to share now that you are part of the Jemsbooks family of authors.

Thank you, readers, for stopping by today to read about this new author and her debut novel. I hope you will take the time to welcome her and check out her book and connect with her on her website.

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Janice

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Do You Love Short Stories?

Short Stories make for great summer reading! Don’t you think? Sometimes our minds wander during the lazy, hazy days of summer. We can’t focus on one thing too long or we become lethargic and may fall asleep. Does that happen to you?

Well, short stories are the way to go. Here is my electic collection of short stories sure to please all tastes. They will keep you mesmerized but for a short time so you don’t fall asleep. Ha! There are 15 short stories in this collection in a variety of genres – romance, grief/loss, sci-fi, horror, fantasy, paranormal, mystery, and suspense.

There is a special story, the first one, for which the book was titled about a dear friend who lost her life to breast cancer two years ago. She was an angel among us for sure! May Anne Rest In Peace.

Blurb:

A collection of short stories that covers several genres including romance, grief/loss, mystery, suspense, sci-fi, fantasy and paranormal. This book is dedicated to a courageous friend who passed this year. The first story is specially created for her and is the inspiration for the title of this book.

Here are some reviews from Amazon:

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne5.0 out of 5 starsAnother wonderful creation by Janice Spina!March 16, 2017Format: Kindle EditionAuthor Janice Spina is talented and versatile as you’ll see when you read this collection of short stories. You’re sure to find stories you love and tales full of surprises. The title story about the author’s friend, Anne, is unforgettable. I highly recommend this book. You’re sure to enjoy these stories and reread your favorites. Pick up your copy today and start enjoying the treasures created by Janice.


Gigi Sedlmayer, Book Excellence Award Finalist winning author of the Talon series
5.0 out of 5 starsI couldn’t stop readingMarch 17, 2017Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseI downloaded the book just in the morning. I wanted to have a little peak only, but starting to read, guess what?
I couldn’t stop reading. Particular the first story, about Janice friend Anne.
But each story is different, diverse and engaging, and wonderfully told. I laughed, I cried, I smiled.
I have read many books for her already, and was never disappointed.
Janice is really a great story teller. I love her books.

Sarah Reviews5.0 out of 5 starsFabulous!March 11, 2017Format: Kindle EditionAuthor Janice Spina is a prolific and eclectic writer, whose creativity knows no bounds and whose books entertain readers of all age groups. Having had the pleasure of reading many of Author Spina’s earlier works, I looked forward to reading her newest creation and am happy to report that her first-ever short story compilation is ever so gratifying.

“An Angel Among Us” is fabulous. The characters that populate the short stories are from all walks of life, real and well-developed. Their touching stories resonate, as the protagonists confront and face up to life’s many challenges. Loss, regret, love and hope are ingredients you’ll find in abundance in this stirring and heart-string tugging book. Highly recommended!


Robert
4.0 out of 5 starsNice CollectionApril 26, 2017Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseThe collection of short stories in An Angel Among Us run from inspirational to contemporary so science fiction. I liked the difference as I am a big fan of short story collections. In the hustle and bustle of modern life there is always time for a short story. Janice Spina is a good story teller and you can tell by her work she has a caring and kind heart. A nice collection that will keep you interested and engaged – heartwarming, at times sad, but also uplifting.


Mae Clair
4.0 out of 5 starsEasy to readMarch 14, 2017Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseThis collection of short stories is diverse and engaging, most with a touch of the unusual thrown in. The author’s imagination is evident in the range of plots and themes, as well as characters who populate the pages. Easy to read, this collection is ideal for grabbing a story here or there on a lunch or coffee break or enjoying all at once on a lazy afternoon or evening, However you choose to read this collection, you’re bound to find your favorites among them. The title story and how it came about is in itself a delightful tale!

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Janice

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Happy 4th of July USA!

American Flag flying proudly – Photo – wikipedia

Wishing everyone a Happy 4th of July!

Stay safe and and stay strong

Be proud to be an America

You are free!

Thank every serviceman or woman that you meet

For without them we would not be here.

Have fun this 4th!

God bless you all!

Happy Fourth of July! – Photo – wikipedia

Here are some famous sayings and quotes from https://www.womansday.com/life/g3007/fourth-of-july-quotes/

Thank you for stopping by this holiday. Thank you to Wikipedia and Woman’s Day for the photos and quotes. Stay safe, stay well, my friends!

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

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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A Successful Book Sale at Northern Essex Community College sponsored by New England Authors Expo!

The Book Sale sponsored by NEAE was a success! If you happened to come by on Saturday, June 29, 2019, I thank you!! Also, thank you to our sponsors, New England Authors Expo and Nancy and Chris Obert of Pear Tree Publishing and others for setting up this lovely venue.

Here are some photos of the venue and many of the other authors plus me. It was nice to see many authors from previous venues and meeting new or established authors.

Book Sale at Northern Essex Community College
Author Ronnie LeBlanc
Jen & Author Steven Hobbs
Norma & LarryAyers – Wood Crafts

Here are some of the wood crafts made by Larry Ayers. Larry and his wife Norma, lovely people, were the only ones with crafts. All the others were authors and their books. Larry is a very talented woodworker and has some clever and adorable pieces.

More wood crafts by Larry Ayres
This is my favorite of Larry’s crafts.
A view of the 50 or so authors and their tables
My husband, John in the foreground
Jemsbooks on display
Author Michael Cramer
Author Brian D. Campbell
More authors

It was a pleasant day networking with other authors and meeting some lovely prospective buyers. A special ‘thank you’ to our sponsors, New England Authors Expo and Nancy and Chris Obert of Pear Tree Publishing and others.

We expected to have a rainy day but luckily it turned out to be a nice one. There were not the crowds we expected but John and I did better than expected with our books especially because of the children’s books. We were one of three of the 50 authors who had children’s books.

Thank you for stopping by today. Please check out all these authors and Ayers Crafts.

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

Please be kind and leave reviews for authors wherever you purchased their books. We authors will appreciate your efforts and kindness. Thank you so much!

Blessings & Hugs,

Janice

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