Another Recipe from Janice’s Kitchen Corner – Beef, Barley, Beans and Kale Soup!

This is another recipe from Janice’s Kitchen Corner – Beef, Barley, Beans and Kale Soup!

I put together this recipe for which is quick, easy and delicious. I love easy and delicious recipes. Don’t you? This is a nourishing and hearty soup. If you choose to make it without meat it can be vegetarian soup.

Here are the other recipes Baked Chicken, Chili, Shrimp Scampi, Shortcakes, Pot Roast, Basil Pesto Shrimp, Spicy Bean Salsa, Stuffed Zucchini,  Cole SlawZucchini BreadZucchini ItalianoGrapenut Custard, Spinach Pita PizzaPortuguese Seafood StewMarinated MushroomsStuffed Portobello MushroomsChicken Marsala, and Rice Paper Veggie Shrimp Wraps. In the past I have also shared recipes for Portuguese Bisquits and Drunken Chicken.

Beef shin bone for soup
Beef for soup
Beef meatballs
Beef bouillon
Beans with barley for soup
Carrots and Celery

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  1. 2-3 Beef shin bones with meat
  2. small meatballs (1/2 lb ground beef)
  3. 2 Tbs olive oil
  4. Beef bouillon (liquid or paste)
  5. small chopped onion
  6. 1-2 cloves of garlic
  7. Water in large soup pan
  8. 2-3 Sliced carrots & celery
  9. Kale
  10. Beans mixed 1/2-3/4 cup
  11. 1/4 Barley

Directions:

  1. Cook dried beans for 1 hour, drain and set aside to be added to soup later (you can used canned beans instead and add at the end)
  2. Brown beef shin bones in 2 Tbs olive oil
  3. Mix ground beef with some of the chopped onion and combine with one egg to form meatballs
  4. Brown in oil leftover from shin bones
  5. Remove all meat and add rest of chopped onions to oil and saute with garlic
  6. Add water and/or bouillon (I used 2 1/2 tsp beef bouillon paste to water)
  7. Slice up meat from shin bones and add to water
  8. Add sliced carrots and celery and cook for 10 minutes
  9. Add Kale and continue to cook for 20 minutes or until tender
  10. Add meatballs that were partially cooked to soup now and cook for a few more minutes
  11. Add beans and barley mix to soup and mix through and shut off heat
  12. Serve with crusty bread, add grated parmesan if you want
  13. Enjoy!

This is a hearty meal that will last for a few days or you can freeze it for later.

Beef, Barley, Bean and Kale Soup

I hope you will stop by again for more easy and delicious recipes. There is always something good cooking in Janice’s Kitchen Corner. Happy eating everyone! Stay safe and well! God Bless!

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased them. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much! Happy Reading Everyone!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and reviews of my books.

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

Jemsbooks.blog

Jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net

AMAZON.COM AUTHOR PAGE (All books)

AMAZON.COM JE SPINA NOVELS PAGE

AMAZON.CO.UK

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NEW REVIEWS OF DRYSTAN THE DRAGON AND FRIENDS SERIES, BOOK 4: DELFINA SOLVES A PROBLEM!

I am thrilled to receive new reviews of my latest book in the Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series! Drystan and his friends love hearing good things about their adventures too!

My talented illustrator/cover creator husband, John, did the illustrations and of course the cover for all the dragon books. Check them all out at Amazon or BN today.

Blurb:

This is a continuing fun series of adventures with Drystan the dragon and his friends. Follow Drystan and his friends as they meet a new dragon named Delfina. Her scales are many shades of purple and pink. She can solve any problem with just a blink. She may be small but is stronger than you think.
When the other dragons meet about a problem with another dragon called Drago who is a bully, Delfina comes to their rescue and promises to help them deal with the bully.
Read what happens when Delfina meets Drago.

Each book in this series of a total of six books have a poem about each dragon that is introduced. There are seven dragons in all. Here are the poems for each dragon.

Durward – Book 1: Blue Dragon with Yellow Spots – Durward is a brilliant shade of blue. Yellow spots appear when he’s happy, it’s true. He can fly so high into the sky that he disappear from view.

Damara – Book 2 Green & Silver Dragon -Damara is different and does things her own way. She’s pleasant and always has nice things to say. She is green with silver wings that shine so bright that she can take the darkness out of the night.

Delbert – Book 3: Brown & Blue Dragon – Delbert is as brown as the bark on a tree. He’s shy and hides away from you and me. He is kind to others and always neat. And loves to eat anything that’s sweet.

Delfina – Book 4: Pink & Purple – Delfina is small but is stronger than you think. A strawberry milkshake is her favorite drink. She can solve any problem with just a blink.

Drago – Book 4 & 5: White & Orange – Drago is a dragon who is completely white. He is not happy that he can’t fly at night. He is mean to his fellow dragons anywhere in sight. To be a different color he wishes with all his might. Drago learned to be kind to others every day. He is now orange thanks to Delfina who changed him this way.

Dragana – Book 6: Burgundy & Cream Dragana is a dragon who likes to dream. Nothing is impossible to her, so it seems. Her scales care colored in burgundy and cream. Fairies, goblins, and ghosts are her favorite theme.

Do your children love dragons? I do! I am just a kid at heart! Check out these reviews on Amazon and introduce your children to this fun adventures series that focuses on colors, numbers, good deeds, friendship and being kind to others. Isn’t that what we want for our children – to learn how to be kind, caring and thoughtful to one another?

All Jemsbooks for children are written in rhyme with life lessons. When your children read my books you will feel good about the content and the lessons they are learning. What parent doesn’t want to see their children busy reading and having fun while they learn important

AMAZON REVIEWS:

Trish5.0 out of 5 stars Different dragons. Reviewed in the United States on January 14, 2021Dragons come in all shapes and sizes. It doesn’t matter
how big or small you are, everyone can learn to be friends and
help each other solve their problems.
Such a cute story with colorful illustrations


Michele Rolfe
5.0 out of 5 stars Dealing with a Bully Reviewed in the United States on December 8, 2020Delfina is a small, quiet Dragon who shows the rest of the Dragons how to deal with a Bully nicely. She flies up to Drago, the BUlly Dragon, with Drystan. They hope to get Drago to stop bullying everyone. What Delfina does is very nice & she & the other Dragons make a new friend!
I really like Delfina’s Purple & Pink scales! I also Love how Janice teaches children how to deal with a bully in a peaceful way.
I received this book in exchange for my honest review

BARNES & NOBLE REVIEW:

5 out of 5 stars.· a day ago  

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/drystan-the-dragon-and-friends-series-book-4-john-spina/1138445177?ean=9781732528895

Love This Little Dragon! 

This 4th book in the children’s series, Drystan the Dragon and Friends, Delfina Solves a Problem, features a new dragon, Delfina. She’s adorable – small, purple and pink, and best of all, she loves to solve problems. Delfina offers to help Drystan and his friends with a problem. Drago the dragon is bullying and treating them badly. When Delfina confronts Drago, she discovers he has a problem of his own that is causing his bad behavior. In a blink, she helps Drago, and makes him promise to be kind and nice to others. Good messages for children as well as adults abound in this book. I can’t wait to share it with my granddaughter once the pandemic is over.

This magical series is new for kids PS-Grade 3! There are six books in the series with a different dragon introduced in each book plus Drystan – the star of the series. There will be seven dragons in all.

It is a fun educational series for children to learn letters, colors and good behavior, friendship, respect and kindness toward others. Check it out today! Your children will love the rhyming and descriptions of each dragon. There is a poem that introduces a new dragon to each book. All dragons’ names begin with the letter ‘D’ and their colors will be in brilliant shades of blue, green, red, purple, pink, orange and brown. A fun series for kids to enjoy and learn at the same time. This series will keep them occupied and happy during this Pandemic and beyond. Children will be reading these books and they will become their favorite books at bedtime and any time.

Here are all the life lessons in Jemsbooks Children’s Books: Parents love these books for all the important life lessons children learn as they read along or are read to by their parents. Parents will never have to fear that there is anything in my books that is not suitable for young children ages 1-7, PS-Grade 3.

Louey the Lazy Elephant – Louey teaches children the importance of not being lazy and always listen to your mother.

Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon – Ricky teaches children to always listen to your mother.

Jerry the Crabby Crayfish – Jerry teaches children that it is okay to be different, be the best you can be and be happy with who you are.

Lamby the Lonely Lamb – Lamby teaches children to accept differences and to be kind to others.

Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear – Jesse teaches children that friends are important and mothers know best.

Broose the Moose on the Loose – Broose teaches children to be kind and accepting of others who are different than you are.

Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey – Sebastian teaches children how important it is to be kind to animals, that animals have feelings too like humans and deserve our respect.

Colby the Courageous Cat – Colby teaches children to love one another and take care of your siblings.

Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe – Jeffrey teaches children to be brave and help others in need.

Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab – Clarence Henry teaches children to work hard and do the best you can do and be happy with who you are.

Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier – Lucy teaches children to be kind to pets, how important a pet can be and how much this pet loves us unconditionally.

The First Star – teaches children that love of family is more important than all the riches in the world.

Drystan the Dragon Series Book 1: Drystan and Durward Save the Day – Drystan demonstrates to children that being kind and helping others is important and the right thing to do.

Drystan the Dragon Book 2: Damara Helps Drystan Find His Roar – Drystan demonstrates the importance of friendship, being kind to others and helping others in need.

Drystan the Dragon Series Book 3 – Delbert Finds Himself – Drystan teaches Delbert, a shy dragon, the importance of loving yourself as you are and that all colors are beautiful!

Drystan the Dragon and Friends Book 4: Delfina Solves A Problem – Delfina helps Drago love himself and teaches him to be kind to others.

Please consider giving books to all the children on your list for all occasions. There is nothing better than to see a child’s eyes light up when you give him/her a book. Even more so when you read the book to them. You are giving them so much more than you could ever imagine, e.g., you spark their imagination, lift their spirits, increase their vocabulary, open up a whole new world to them, and encourage them to love reading. The gift of a book is worth more than gold to our children, grandchildren. Keep reading and gifting books to children. Let’s bring up a generation of readers and thinkers. Thank you for your support!

I feel pure joy writing for children and hope with God’s help and blessing to continue to write many more fun adventures for children to read and enjoy. I do enjoy writing for MG/PT/YA and 18+ too!

Jemsbooks Children’s books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

I am always thrilled to receive a review of any of my books. Reviews are what authors live for when they write. It’s important to receive as many reviews as possible in order to be recognized by Amazon and readers. Thank you, readers and reviewers, for helping to get my books recognized so others will want to read and review them also.

A very special THANK YOU to all my new followers! I love having you visit! Please keep coming back. There will be plenty more to enjoy, books, food, tales about my fish and birds that we feed and whatever else pops into my already overcrowded brain!

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased them. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much! Happy Reading Everyone!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and reviews of my books.

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

Jemsbooks.blog

Jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net

AMAZON.COM AUTHOR PAGE (All books)

AMAZON.COM JE SPINA NOVELS PAGE

AMAZON.CO.UK

BARNES & NOBLE

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Welcome to a New Segment – JEMSBOOKS EXPRESS – Featuring Children’s Books for PS-Grade 3!

JEMSBOOKS EXPRESS is coming into your homes to feature books for your children PS-Grade 3 in this segment!

My husband, John, created this train for JEMSBOOKS! I love it! Don’t you? Woo Woo! Get on the JEMSBOOKS EXPRESS for some fun adventures in reading!

Keep your children entertained with JEMSBOOKS EXPRESS today. Children need to have something to look forward to in this upside down world right now. Having a story time with fun books is a great way to keep them busy and happy.

JEMSBOOKS EXPRESS – LOGO TRAIN – created by John Spina

There are now 33 books in the JEMSBOOKS family of books – 16 children’s books, 12 MG/PT/YA and 4 Novels for 18+ and a short story collection. There is something for all reading preferences.

I will be featuring a different book in each post. I will share my thoughts about how I wrote the books and what inspired me at that time.

Please feel free to leave comments about any of my books. I would love to answer any of your questions too. If your children have enjoyed my books, I would be thrilled to hear that also.

Louey the Lazy Elephant was my first book published for children – PS-Grade 3, written in rhyme with life lessons on July 23, 2013! It feels like a century ago now. Cover & illustrations done by John Spina

Blurb:

WINNER OF SILVER MEDAL –  MOM’S CHOICE AWARDS 10/29/20 Louey is an adorable but lazy elephant who likes to sleep late. One day Louey wakes up to find that the whole herd has moved on without him. Louey is very upset but he is determined to find his herd. Does Louey find his way to his family and friends? Does he learn that it doesn’t pay to be lazy? Take Louey home with you and find out.

As long as I can remember I have always loved elephants but especially baby elephants. They are so adorable and sweet as they follow their mother around and splash through the puddles that they find just like a kid. I want children to feel comfortable with my stories and help them by creating stories with baby animals that they can relate to.

Of course, Louey the Lazy Elephant, does not behave as an elephant should. He didn’t listen to his mother. I created this story to teach each child an important life lesson about always listening to what his/her mother says.

After reading this story with your children, ask them what they learned.

  1. Did Louey make a mistake when he slept late?
  2. Should he have listened to his mother?
  3. What lesson did he learn at the end of the book?

Elephants are known to be very protective and caring parents. They herd together to protect their young as we humans do. Go to learn more about elephants and their habits and habitat from National Geographic.

Please consider giving books to all the children on your list for all occasions. There is nothing better than to see a child’s eyes light up when you give him/her a book. Even more so when you read the book to them. You are giving them so much more than you could ever imagine, e.g., you spark their imagination, lift their spirits, increase their vocabulary, open up a whole new world to them, and encourage them to love reading. The gift of a book is worth more than gold to our children, grandchildren. Keep reading and gifting books to children. Let’s bring up a generation of readers and thinkers. Thank you for your support!

Jemsbooks Children’s books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased them. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much! Happy Reading Everyone!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and reviews of my books.

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

Jemsbooks.blog

Jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net

AMAZON.COM AUTHOR PAGE (All books)

AMAZON.COM JE SPINA NOVELS PAGE

AMAZON.CO.UK

BARNES & NOBLE

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Reviews of My New Novel, In A Second!

I love receiving reviews of my books. It makes me feel that what I am doing is making an impact on readers when they share their thoughts. Thank you, reviewers – Mystery Fran, Trish, and Michele.

I am always thrilled to receive a review of any of my books. Reviews are what authors live for when they write. It’s important to receive as many reviews as possible in order to be recognized by Amazon and readers. Thank you, readers and reviewers, for helping to get my books recognized so others will want to read and review them also.

In A Second – Kindle edition by Spina, J.E. . Romance Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

In A Second by [J.E.  Spina]

Here are the reviews in the form of Gifs created with AllAuthor.com. A wonderful place to create promos for your books!

JE SPINA AUTHOR OF NOVELS ON AMAZON LINK HERE

Novels for 18+ books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble and also by clicking on covers to the right of this post.

Are you still here? What are you waiting for? Hop over to Amazon or Barnes & Noble or click on covers above or to the right of this post of the books you choose to purchase. You will be delighted and spellbound by these thrillers and short stories that you won’t get anything else done. Be prepared to be entertained and forget your troubles! Escape the world into one of my books today! Happy Reading! Thank you so much, Readers!

A very special THANK YOU to all my new followers! I love having you visit! Please keep coming back. There will be plenty more to enjoy, books, food, tales about my fish and birds that we feed and whatever else pops into my already overcrowded brain!

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased them. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much! Happy Reading Everyone!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and reviews of my books.

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

Jemsbooks.blog

Jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net

AMAZON.COM AUTHOR PAGE (All books)

AMAZON.COM JE SPINA NOVELS PAGE

AMAZON.CO.UK

BARNES & NOBLE

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I Missed My 8th Blogging Anniversary in November of 2020! Readers/Reviewers – Enter for a Chance to be Featured here with your reviews!

I have been so busy blogging, writing, publishing and marketing my books that I missed my 8th blogging anniversary back in November of 2020! I saw it and then it vanished from my already cluttered mind. Now that I have completed 33 books and am taking a little breather before going into the 34th and 35th books, I remembered it!

In a previous post I am doing a giveaway of 11 books so I can’t do that to celebrate my anniversary. I have to think of something out of the box. What should I do? Hmmm!

My mind is clicking on all cylinders but is coming up empty of any ideas. That is a first! Maybe I have been taking too much time off or watching too much of the Haven Series on Netflix in order to get in as many episodes before it goes away on January 14th! Yikes!

Jemsbooks Logo

I know! Who would like to be featured on my blog? I will write individual posts of two readers and their reviews. I will not promote any products though. Please do not email me to promote other products. I do not do that.

Now is your time to shine, readers and reviewers! Hop on the train before it gets out of JEMSBOOKS STATION!

This is what you need to do. If you are a reader of Jemsbooks and have done reviews of my books, you may enter for a chance to be featured on my blog with your reviews.

  1. Send me an email of what you would like to say on my blog about my books and share any reviews that you have done on Amazon, BN or Goodreads or other places.
  2. Provide your name, photo, reviews, address, and any background about yourself and what you like to read.
  3. Send all to jjspina@comcast.net
  4. I will accept these emails until 1/19/21.

I will choose two emails out of the ones that I receive and create a post about the two individually. You can share these posts with friends and family and say that you were published on Jemsbooks.blog.

I will send out Jemsbooks bookmarks to all who enter as a ‘thank you’ as long as you provide an address. I will not share your address or email with anyone.

Jemsbooks Bookmarks – two sided with 18 of my books on it. My husband will be doing new bookmarks once these are gone with ones for Novels, MG and Children’s books all done separately. He doesn’t know this yet! Sssh – don’t tell him!

If you haven’t read any of my books then read below:

Are you still here? What are you waiting for? Hop over to Amazon or Barnes & Noble or click on covers above or to the right of this post of the books you choose to purchase. You will be delighted and spellbound by these thrillers and short stories that you won’t get anything else done. Be prepared to be entertained and forget your troubles! Escape the world into one of my books today! Happy Reading! Thank you so much, Readers!

Jemsbooks Children’s books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

MG/PT/YA books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Novels for 18+ books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble and also by clicking on covers to the right of this post.

I write under J.E. Spina for all novels for 18+. I now have an Author Page on Amazon just for my novels and short stories here.

I hope to hear from many of you. This is a way to say a special ‘thank you’ to all you dedicated readers and reviewers who support authors everywhere. I look forward to reading your emails.

I am always thrilled to receive a review of any of my books. Reviews are what authors live for when they write. It’s important to receive as many reviews as possible in order to be recognized by Amazon and readers. Thank you, readers and reviewers, for helping to get my books recognized so others will want to read and review them also.

A very special THANK YOU to all my new followers! I love having you visit! Please keep coming back. There will be plenty more to enjoy, books, food, tales about my fish and birds that we feed and whatever else pops into my already overcrowded brain!

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased them. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much! Happy Reading Everyone!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and reviews of my books.

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

Jemsbooks.blog

Jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net

AMAZON.COM AUTHOR PAGE (All books)

AMAZON.COM JE SPINA NOVELS PAGE

AMAZON.CO.UK

BARNES & NOBLE

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Free Books from Jemsbooks! Do I have your attention? Contest ends 1/31/21!

Everyone loves free autographed books, don’t they? Yes, we all love anything that is free.

Well, I have 11 books that I would like to give away. Anyone interested in getting one?

The books I would like to gift are:

NOVELS FOR 18+

An Angel Among Us – 2 books

How Far Is Heaven – 2 books

An Angel Among Us
How Far Is Heaven

MG/PT/YA CHAPTER BOOKS:

Abby & Holly School Dance Book 1 – 3 books

Abby & Holly Series Book 4: The Hidden Stairway – 1 book

Abby & Holly Series Book 5: The Copper Key – 2 books

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Book 3: The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant – 1 book

Abby & Holly Book 1
Abby & Holly Book 4
Abby & Holly Book 5
Davey & Derek Book 3

Now you are wondering what is the catch? Aren’t you? Do I have your curiosity piqued?

I found that I had an overstock of books due to the cancellation of all book signings I had scheduled in 2020. I should have done this sooner in November or December but I didn’t look at my inventory until now. I need to make room for the new books I published this year. I only have so much room for books on my shelves as you can below.

HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

  1. Purchase my new novel, In A Second.
  2. Show proof of purchase from Amazon or Barnes & Noble or other online store.
  3. Email me at jjspina@comcast.net
  4. Supply your name and address in the email and which books you prefer. I will do my best to match you up with your choice. If that is not possible, I will pick one and send it to you.
  5. A review of your purchase is entirely up to you but would be greatly appreciated.
  6. Your name will be entered into this contest for a chance to win one of the autographed books above.
  7. I will inform you at the close of the contest on 1/31/21 if you are a winner.
  8. I will then send you an invoice from PayPal for $5.00 to cover postage of your winning autographed book. Once payment is received I will mail out your book.

This is for anyone in the USA only. Sorry. It costs so much to mail anywhere else.

Link to JE Spina Amazon Author Page here.

Novels for 18+ books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble and also by clicking on covers to the right of this post.

Of course, if you choose to review one of my books, I would love and welcome a review of the book you purchased and the one that you won on Amazon, and/or Barnes & Noble and Goodreads. Thank you for your support!

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE AND HAPPY READING AND REVIEWING!

A very special THANK YOU to all my new followers! I love having you visit! Please keep coming back. There will be plenty more to enjoy, books, food, tales about my fish and birds that we feed and whatever else pops into my already overcrowded brain!

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased them. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much! Happy Reading Everyone!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and reviews of my books.

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

Jemsbooks.blog

Jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net

AMAZON.COM AUTHOR PAGE (All books)

AMAZON.COM JE SPINA NOVELS PAGE

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Taking A Breather between Projects!

I had such a busy and productive year in 2020 that I am taking a breather before going into the next book which needs editing.

What have I been doing?

I have been reading, blogging, answering emails, promoting on social media and other outlets, and recently began a new afghan in crochet.

I have also recently discovered a series on Netflix that I love – HAVEN! But, I learned that this series with 5 seasons, which is based on a Stephen King book, The Colorado Kid, will be ending on January 14th. I am binge watching it and am only into season 2. I will never be able to finish it. Sigh! I’m doing my best though and hope to complete watching at least 3 seasons in the next couple of days.

Have you seen this series? What do you think about it?

Haven on Netflix

This series is incredibly creative and there is always something unusual happening in this town of Haven, Maine. It’s such a beautiful place. I wonder if it was filmed in a part of Maine. I would love living there in this lovely area. I enjoy looking at the scenery when each story begins. It looks so peaceful, lovely and quaint. Maine is one of my favorite place to visit during the summer months.

Watching this series sparks my creativity more than ever. It makes me want to create a series that is as fantastic as this. We authors all want to be as famous as Stephen King. But there is only one King.

Once this series stops I will get back to my newest book, an historical novel. I wrote it before I retired in 2010 and put it aside since I had so many other books to complete.

What have you been doing since the start of 2021?

Do you need a new book to get into? Check out all 33 of my books on Amazon and Barnes & Noble today for some interesting and entertaining reads. Stay safe and well and get your vaccines as soon as they are ready to supply them to you in your area.

Are you still here? What are you waiting for? Hop over to Amazon or Barnes & Noble or click on covers above or to the right of this post of the books you choose to purchase. You will be delighted and spellbound by these thrillers and short stories that you won’t get anything else done. Be prepared to be entertained and forget your troubles! Escape the world into one of my books today! Happy Reading! Thank you so much, Readers!

Novels for 18+ books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble and also by clicking on covers to the right of this post.

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased them. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much! Happy Reading Everyone!

A very special THANK YOU to all my new followers! I love having you visit! Please keep coming back. There will be plenty more to enjoy, books, food, tales about my fish and birds that we feed and whatever else pops into my already overcrowded brain!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and reviews of my books.

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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A Lovely New Review of My Newest Novel – In A Second!

I love receiving reviews! It’s like opening an early Christmas or birthday gift! Thank you, Trish!

This book was an idea back in 2018 that never grew beyond one chapter. When I was looking through my files on my laptop I found it under a different title. I opened it and began to read. I was hooked and had to work on it but changed the title and added a prologue. The story grew from there as the characters took over the story and never let up. Being a pantser (meaning I write by the seat of my pants) I didn’t know where the characters were going to take me. It’s exciting to experience but can be daunting at times when the characters get out of control and need to be reined in. The best part of the writing is learning how the story is going to end. It’s as if I am a reader like you!

I hope you will enjoy this book as much as my readers who have given me recent reviews.


Trish
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing!Reviewed in the United States on January 8, 2021Great story! Great characters! When main character, Athena, ends up in the hospital she has many questions and no one seems to want to give her the answers. The more she tries to uncover the truth, the more danger she encounters. Is it her imagination or is someone deliberately hiding the truth? The author, Janice Spina, has created a combination of mystery, suspense, and love. Very good read.

Blurb:

Athena feels as if she is going out of her mind. She can’t function after losing her fiancé, Justin, in a car accident, or did she? She keeps having dreams or rather nightmares of being trapped in a car with Justin’s lifeless body. But when she wakes up in the hospital no one will tell her what happened to Justin. She begins to think that he is a figment of her imagination until she calls his number and he answers. They make a date but then, he doesn’t show up.

There are many secrets that Athena’s parents are keeping from her. Can she deal with all the secrets that threaten her whole being? Her only salvation is her Gramma Grace who knows the truth and has the power of clairvoyance to help her.

Athena finally meets someone who could possibly give her a chance at love again but can Lucas give her what she needs or is he asking too much of her? When her psychiatrist, Dr. Nick Jasper, shows an interest in her too she feels overwhelmed and confused.

Will Athena be able to choose between Dr. Jasper and Lucas? Will she ever forget Justin?

Novels for 18+ books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble and also by clicking on covers to the right of this post.

I am always thrilled to receive a review of any of my books. Reviews are what authors live for when they write. It’s important to receive as many reviews as possible in order to be recognized by Amazon and readers. Thank you, readers and reviewers, for helping to get my books recognized so others will want to read and review them also.

A very special THANK YOU to all my new followers! I love having you visit! Please keep coming back. There will be plenty more to enjoy, books, food, tales about my fish and birds that we feed and whatever else pops into my already overcrowded brain!

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased them. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much! Happy Reading Everyone!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and reviews of my books.

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

Jemsbooks.blog

Jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net

AMAZON.COM AUTHOR PAGE (All books)

AMAZON.COM JE SPINA NOVELS PAGE

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Do You Need an Inexpensive and Perfect Way to Promote Your Books? What Social Media Do You Use for Promotions?

Check out Theodocia McLean – Book Marketing Global Network where all my books are now listed!

I have been using Theodocia McLean for about five years. She is thorough, prompt, hard-working, efficient, tireless, and pleasant to work with. Thank you, Theodocia, for these great promos of my books on your sites. Visit my page here.

Jemsbooks – Wall of books keeps growing! I took this photo of our wall of books and Theodocia framed it!

Theodocia’s network is growing by leaps and bounds and now has thousands who are part of it and following her work. Jump on the Book Marketing Global Network for an inexpensive and expertly operated venue for promoting your books.

We authors all need ways to promote our books that show results. In this post I am featuring Theodocia. Once I found her I have stayed and have been happy with the results.

I also use another venue and do a ton of work myself promoting on FB, TW, LI, Instagram and Pinterest and occasionally on Flipboard.

Promoting books is a lot of work for one person. I am an indie author who does it all myself. Of course, I have my husband who is my illustrator and cover creator and lends a hand to give me new cover promos to feature on my website and blog. Thank God for him! I wouldn’t know what to do without him.

Do you want to know which social media to use that are most effective in getting your books out there? I had to learn by trial and error. I will share with you what I found, in my opinion.

The best social media to use to post your information on books or anything is INSTAGRAM! I used a venue recently to promote my books and noticed that the most clicks on my books came from Instagram! I was shocked. I have recently started using it more. Now I use it at least twice a week to post my books. I think that people like to look at pictures, photos, colorful posts which is what Instagram is all about.

The second best social media to use is TWITTER! It’s quick and easy and everyone is there!

The third best social media to use is FACEBOOK! Although a lot of fellow authors have opted out of it I still have three pages that get a lot of traffic.

The rest of the social media outlets such as Tumblr, Flipboard, Pinterest and LinkedIn I do not find as helpful to me as an author who wants to get herself out there. There are many more new links on social media to use but I try not to get into too many. I find the three that I use most of the time are effective to keep me relevant. Besides, I don’t want to spread myself too thin trying to update each media site. It’s time-consuming. I would rather spend time writing in my WIP, blogging, answering emails or reading.

What social media and promotional outlets do you use? Please share what works for you.

These promos below were created by my husband, John.

Jemsbooks MG/PT/YA for boys (girls love them too!)
Jemsbooks MG/PT/YA for girls (boys will like them too!

MG/PT/YA books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Jemsbooks Children’s books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Jemsbooks Children’s Books – PS-Grade 3 (Promo created by John Spina)

My goal in writing for children is to encourage them to read daily to enhance their life through good health and increase their creativity. Please read to your children daily even after they can read by themselves. This is a wonderful time to bond, cuddle, and get closer to your children. They will love you for the time you took to spend with them. Please keep reading and I will keep writing! Happy Reading Everyone!

Novels for 18+ books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble and also by clicking on covers to the right of this post.

In A Second – Kindle edition by Spina, J.E. . Romance Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

In A Second – Novel for 18+ (Mystery/suspense/psychological/drama)
Jemsbooks Novels & Short Story Collection for 18+ (Promo created by John Spina)

A very special THANK YOU to all my new followers! I love having you visit! Please keep coming back. There will be plenty more to enjoy, books, food, tales about my fish and birds that we feed and whatever else pops into my already overcrowded brain!

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased them. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much! Happy Reading Everyone!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and reviews of my books.

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

Jemsbooks.blog

Jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net

AMAZON.COM AUTHOR PAGE (All books)

AMAZON.COM JE SPINA NOVELS PAGE

AMAZON.CO.UK

BARNES & NOBLE

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Review of New Novel – In A Second!

I recently received a review of my newest 18+ novel – In A Second. It is always thrilling to see a new review of one’s work. Thank you, Michele!

Michele Rolfe5.0 out of 5 stars Is Athena Going Crazy?Reviewed in the United States on January 1, 2021When Athena wakes up in the hospital & asks about her boyfriend Justin, noone will tell her anything. She keeps having dreams or maybe visions of her being in a car accident with Justin’s body next to her. She finally gets a call from Justin & they make a date, but he doesn’t show up. What happened to him? There are more than a few secrets her parents & grandmother are keeping from her, too. Will these secrets destroy her or clear things up for her?
J.E. Spina has another mystery hit on her hands!
I got this book for my honest review.

I began the first chapter of this book in 2018 and set it aside to publish many other books for children and young adults. Once I completed the YA series of Davey & Derek and Abby & Holly I thought it was time to do a novel for 18+. I had forgotten all about this chapter which I stumbled across when I was looking for other books that are written that needed editing. When I saw it I began to read and jumped right in. I changed the title and wrote a prologue because I didn’t like the first chapter as a start of the story. I like to give my readers a shock right from the first page that rocks them and compels them to read more to find out what is going to happen next.

Since I am a pantser, write by the seat of my pants, I let the characters come to life and tell their story. In this story they were ready and took over quickly. I was into so many other projects at that time and didn’t work on this book more than a couple of times a week. Each time I got into the story I had to stop to have dinner (my husband cooked so I could write). Half way through the book I made an effort to work longer on it because the characters were invading my sleep at night until I let them tell their story. Phew!

It’s not easy being a writer! I’m sure other writers out there will agree. Our characters control our lives at times. I would forget to eat, sleep or do housework or cook if I let them get to me. I try to ignore them and go on with my day. At times it is impossible especially when they are in the final stretch of their tale. I rein them in when they get too crazy in different directions or don’t make sense.

In this particular book, I had to go over some of their ranting and fix it. They know what they are talking about but my readers wouldn’t understand it. I tried to tell them this but they wouldn’t listen. I went about sneakily fixing and adding stuff to tie things together. After four reads and my beta readers thoughts I was finished. Sigh! It’s a good feeling to complete a project but at the same time sad because I am leaving the characters behind. One particular character won’t go away. She wants her own story. I told her to sit tight that I had other books to edit and publish first. Maybe after them I would come back to hear what she has to say. See what I mean! They are tenacious!

Watch for more books coming in 2021 – an historical novel, YA fantasy series, and Books 5 & 6 of Drystan the Dragon and Friends. I have ideas for more books in the Mariah series too and, of course, I didn’t forget the character from my latest book who is in my ear right now. She may get her book or books depending on what she has to share with me that I feel is worthy of my readers. Thank you for listening to my diatribe. I do get verbose at times – but I am a writer, after all! Ha! Much love to all my readers!

If you haven’t picked up your copy of In A Second yet, here is the link to the book below. This book is a mix of genres – mystery/suspense/romance/drama/psychological suspense.

Blurb:

Athena feels as if she is going out of her mind. She can’t function after losing her fiancé, Justin, in a car accident, or did she? She keeps having dreams or rather nightmares of being trapped in a car with Justin’s lifeless body. But when she wakes up in the hospital no one will tell her what happened to Justin. She begins to think that he is a figment of her imagination until she calls his number and he answers. They make a date but then, he doesn’t show up.

There are many secrets that Athena’s parents are keeping from her. Can she deal with all the secrets that threaten her whole being? Her only salvation is her Gramma Grace who knows the truth and has the power of clairvoyance to help her.

Athena finally meets someone who could possibly give her a chance at love again but can Lucas give her what she needs or is he asking too much of her? When her psychiatrist, Dr. Nick Jasper, shows an interest in her too she feels overwhelmed and confused.

Will Athena be able to choose between Dr. Jasper and Lucas? Will she ever forget Justin?

Are you still here? What are you waiting for? Hop over to Amazon or Barnes & Noble or click on covers above or to the right of this post of the books you choose to purchase. You will be delighted and spellbound by these thrillers and short stories that you won’t get anything else done. Be prepared to be entertained and forget your troubles! Escape the world into one of my books today! Happy Reading! Thank you so much, Readers!

Novels for 18+ books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble and also by clicking on covers to the right of this post.

I am always thrilled to receive a review of any of my books. Reviews are what authors live for when they write. It’s important to receive as many reviews as possible in order to be recognized by Amazon and readers. Thank you, readers and reviewers, for helping to get my books recognized so others will want to read and review them also.

A very special THANK YOU to all my new followers! I love having you visit! Please keep coming back. There will be plenty more to enjoy, books, food, tales about my fish and birds that we feed and whatever else pops into my already overcrowded brain!

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased them. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much! Happy Reading Everyone!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and reviews of my books.

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

Jemsbooks.blog

Jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net

AMAZON.COM AUTHOR PAGE (All books)

AMAZON.COM JE SPINA NOVELS PAGE

AMAZON.CO.UK

BARNES & NOBLE

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