How Far is Heaven – A Novel that will break your heart!

I wrote this novel, How Far is Heaven, under J.E. Spina many years ago before I retired. It was published in 2016. When I began writing it I cried to think of anything like this really happening to a family. As an author I took the liberty of portraying this family with so much tragedy and heartbreak that you too will be crying. This story came to me in a dream. Once I woke up I had to scribble down my thoughts before they were lost. I didn’t know how this story would end but it finally came to me as I typed away. Cover by John Spina. I hope you will enjoy it!

Please check it out on Amazon and read the reviews. Thank you for your support!

How Far is Heaven

Blurb:

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

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

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

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

REVIEWS ON AMAZON:

Amazon Customer5.0 out of 5 stars“How Far is Heaven” is a page turner. Right …September 7, 2016Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase“How Far is Heaven” is a page turner. Right from the beginning, I was “hooked.”
Mystery, suspense, family morals, and a bit of romance made this novel well worth reading. Also intriguing, was the supernatural element of the story. I definitely look forward to the next novel by Janis Spina.
I was also honored to see my name on the dedication page.

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne5.0 out of 5 starsA captivating story you must have!July 28, 2016Format: Kindle Edition”How Far is Heaven” is a spectacular story of a young family, Parker, his wife, Priscilla and their children, Robbie and Deanna. Parker and Priscilla were deeply in love and enjoying a wonderful life together until Parker mysteriously disappears without a trace. The story is captivating. I didn’t ant to put it down. You can feel the emotions of the story so deeply that it brought me to tears. You’ll be astounded by the connection between Parker and Priscilla that even death can’t sever. There’s no doubt you’ll love the story as much as I did. It’ magical. Award-winning author, Janice Spina, should be extremely proud of her abundant talents. She wove the story perfectly. I highly recommend it. * I was given a gift copy to review.
Reviewed by children’s author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

P.S. Winn5.0 out of 5 starsGreat mystery suspense connected to a wonderful spiritual journeyJune 24, 2017Format: Kindle EditionThis is a beautiful story with a great ending. Patricia Wilfork is a happily married woman. So, when he husband mysteriously disappears she is lost for an answer as to why. Along with her two children, Patricia tries to rebuild her life still not knowing what happened to her husband. When Patricia’s daughter also disappears the story twists and turns with a spiritual edge and readers are taken on a great journey. The author does a wonderful job mixing the spiritual aspect with a mystery thriller that will please readers of all genres.

Sarah Reviews5.0 out of 5 starsA Satistfying Read!July 28, 2016Format: Kindle EditionThe ever-talented Janice Spina does it again. Like in her other books, whether written for young children, teens or adults, “How Far is Heaven” hits the mark. You’ll find it all in this entertaining book; suspense, emotions, good values, and a satisfying ending that fills you with anticipation for Spina’s next creation. Highly recommended.

Lorraine Price5.0 out of 5 starsStunning Portrayal of a Father’s Love and Protection For His Child Even After DeathJune 14, 2016Format: Kindle EditionI absolutely loved this story! I even read it twice. It started with a hook and kept me intrigued the whole way through. I really liked the plot, the romance, the danger, and the ending. There was no dragging. It took me a minute to get all of the nasty boys’ names placed with who and what they were doing, but I just had to back up and re-read it to figure it out. There is a lot of action taking place in this book, and I didn’t want to put it down. Get your copy today!

Michele Rolfe5.0 out of 5 starsLove Beyond DeathJune 6, 2016Format: Kindle EditionMore implied violence & sexual content. Very tastefully written. I was a Beta Reader & LOVED this. The love of a person for his family transcends death especially when his family is in danger. Gave me goose bumps. Awesome read.

Thank you for stopping by. If you are looking for a book for that someone special please check out this book or any of my other books online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble or you can click on covers to the right of this post.

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Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day! 2018
Happy Valentine’s Day 2019

I put two years’ flowers up for you to enjoy!

How many of you know the story behind Valentine’s Day? Well, there are many written online. Here is one that I found that you might like.

https://www.olrl.org/lives/valentine.shtml

Here are some quotes by famous people about Valentine’s Day. These are beautiful words to share.

Here is the link to read them all.

https://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day/valentines-day-quotations-1

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.Helen Keller

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.Aristotle

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.– Lao Tzu

My bounty is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep; the more I give to thee, The more I have, for both are infinite.William Shakespeare

If I had a flower for every time I thought of you … I could walk through my garden forever.Alfred Tennyson

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Young love is a flame; very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep-burning, unquenchable.Henry Ward Beecher

There is no remedy for love but to love more. — Henry David Thoreau

I hope you enjoyed these lovely words. Don’t we all wish we could have thought of them first?

I feel blessed to have a husband who is a romantic. He buys me roses, takes me out to dinner and a movie just to display his love. I love every minute of his attention to me. He never expects any gifts in return but I do write him a poem each year to express my love for him and appreciation of all he does for me. We enjoy going out to dinner and the movie together as a gift to both of us.

What do I think of love? These are my truisms or lovisms. (I know, I made up that word.)

Love is sharing the deepest part of your heart with another.

Love is sharing all of yourself and being the best you can be.

Love is doing all you can do to make your significant other happy.

Love is thinking of another person more than yourself.

Love is caring for another until death do you part.

Love is loving another even if they have faults.

Love is forgiving another when you disagree and argue with them.

Love is precious and should be cultivated like a garden so it can flower and prosper. Sprinkle liberally with love so it will grow.

Love is being there when you are needed.

Love is loving that person through good times and bad.

Love is loving that person even when they grow old.

Love is loving that person even if their beauty is fading with time.

Love is having a piece or two of dark chocolate and sharing it with the one you love.

Love is keeping that person close to your heart and cherishing your relationship always.

Love is so many things to me that I could go on forever. What does love mean to you?

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. I hope it puts you in the mood to show some love for that special person in your life.

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! 

SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! 

HAPPY READING!

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Blessings & Hugs to all! May you have a lovely Valentine’s Day! Sending warm wishes to you!

Janice

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Watch for New Children’s Book Coming from Jemsbooks!

My husband, John, and I have been working on my first fairy tale which he kindly illustrated for me. I am excited about this book and hope children will love it. It is a rags to riches story. Watch for this book coming soon!

Here is the cover designed by John of THE FIRST STAR!

The First Star – A Fairy Tale

THE FIRST STAR BLURB:

Once upon a time there were two children who loved their father so

much that they missed him terribly each time he had to go away to find buyers for his woodworking.

The two children, Chris and Kim, were each given a gift made by their

father to keep close to them until he could return. They worried whether he would return and prayed on the first star they saw each night that he would come home safely.

This story portrays the love that a father has for his children and them for him in return. It shows that being kind to others before you 

can be rewarding. Also, some things like love and good health are far more important than riches.

As I have done with all my children’s books I create a limerick about each book. Here is the limerick I created for The First Star.

Limerick

There once were two children named Kim and Chris.

Their father being absent, they did miss.

They wished upon the first star.

That he would come back from afar.

Now the family is happily together, they certainly are.

This book will be coming soon. We are still in the publishing and editing mode but hope to have it all completed shortly. It will be available in paperback and e-book through Amazon and as a paperback through Barnes & Noble.

Jemsbooks children’s books carry life lessons that will encourage your children to behave, listen to one’s mother, respect one another, be kind to others, accept differences and family and friends matter.

I feel our children are the most important people in our lives. We must care for them, love them, and most of all assure that they are safe at all times. We must encourage them to read which will inspire them to be more creative, build self-esteem, make them healthier, enable them to be more successful in school, and have more confidence. Children are our future. Treasure them, for they are precious.

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. I hope you will check out my new book as soon as it becomes available. I will post the links for purchase at that time. Thank you so much for your support!

Please show some love for authors by reviewing their books wherever you purchased them. We authors will love you back. Thank you so much for your kindness.

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

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JEMSBOOKS FOR ALL AGES MAKE WONDERFUL GIFTS FOR ALL OCCASIONS!

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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N.E. Patriot’s Win Super Bowl LIII and Championship Parade!

I am an avid fan of the Patriot’s as you can see by this post. I can’t get enough of them. Of course, having them win their 6th Super Bowl was an incredible feeling! Even if you aren’t a fan you have to say that this was a fantastic accomplishment for any team. I am in awe of Tom Brady for what he has done with this team. As all football fans know each year their team is not the same team as the year before. Players leave, are traded and added at will changing the whole aspect of the game.

I wanted to share some photos before and after the winning game and the fabulous parade in Boston, MA. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. GO PATS!

Super Bowl LIII
Tom Brady Q

Bob Craft Owner of Patriots
Coach Bill Belichick getting soaked!

Duck Boats filled with Patriots and families
Gronkowsky at LIII Patriots Parade
Bob Craft with Trophy
Tom Brady
Julian Edelman MVP of Super Bowl LIII
Patriot Mascot & Cheerleaders
Kyle Van Noy – Linebacker
Jason & Devin McCourty – Safeties
Julian Edelman – MVP
All time greatest coach – Bill Belichick!

Now we look forward to next year to try for number seven. As long as we have Tom Brady things look good but eventually all good things come to an end. In the meantime we will enjoy the six rings that the Patriots have and feel blessed.

Thank you for stopping by and reading this post even if you aren’t a Pats’ fan. I appreciate your support.

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

Blessings & Hugs,

Janice

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The Challenges of Self-Publishing!

I wrote this post back in August of 2013 for a site that was active at the time. PIA is no longer up and running so please don’t try to find it. I thought this post would be helpful for those who are just beginning their venture into self-publishing. I wish you well!

Jemsbooks.com copyright Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

The Challenges of Self Publishing (posted in PiA – August, 2013)

By Janice Spina (Author of Louey the Lazy Elephant)

Just five years ago I started thinking about publishing my children’s books but didn’t know where to start. I bought a couple of books about publishers and agents and how to do query letters. I sent out many letters along with samples of my books to about thirty publishers and several agents. I sat back and waited and waited and waited some more. Some of the publishers sent back form letters of rejection saying, “Thank you for your submission. We are sorry that we cannot accept any more submissions at this time……..” Other publishers and agents didn’t have the courtesy to answer or even reject my work. It was so disheartening. I finally gave it all up last year.

What is self-publishing? Well, if you look it up on Wikipedia it states: “Self-publishing is the publication of any book or other media by the author of the work, without the involvement of an established third-party publisher. A self-published physical book is said to be privately printed. The author is responsible and in control of entire process including design (cover/interior), formats, price, distribution, marketing & PR. The authors can do it all themselves or outsource all or part of the process to companies that offer these services.”

Now in the present time of 2013 there are so many more options to self-publishing. We writers are no longer at the mercy of the big publishing companies. We have a choice. In fact, there are many choices you can make in order to move your work to a venue so that it will be noticed and appreciated. After all our books are our babies. We nurtured them and cared for them for a very long time and became quite attached to them. They are essentially a part or extension of us and who we are. We put our heart and soul into this work and we want it to be recognized. What we write is important to us, correct?

Before you go looking for the right printing company for you please do the following.  I say it as plainly as I can but this is extremely important if you want to succeed in social media.

  1. Set up a website
  2. Set up a blog
  3. Set up a FB account
  4. Set up a Twitter account
  5. Set up a LinkedIn account
  6. Set up a Google account
  7. Set up a Pinterest account
  8. Sign up for Goodreads
  9. Sign up for Amazon KDP Publishing to print and publish your Manuscript once it is thoroughly proofed and edited.

These are the social media sites I set up myself before I even ventured to find a venue for my books.  There are more and more sites out there all the time.  But you don’t want to overload yourself doing too many at once.  I find myself drowning at times in all the links and passwords I have to remember.  I still don’t remember them all and most of the time I guess at them and sometimes I am right?!  Oh boy, I am so scientific about this!  Sorry!

Well, now you have all these sites and you must visit them and check out other’s sites too.  Post blogs once a week or more about your books, writing, etc., and visit and leave messages on other blogs.  This will ensure that these bloggers will visit your blog in turn and leave a message or a like.  It is crazy, I know, but it works.  This is the way to get yourself out there and people will get to know you and your writing.  You may be surprised to obtain a large following after a short time.  You will find that it is fun and you will meet some amazing people in the process.  I have some wonderful friends following me and I am following them this way.  It opens up the world and the world now is so much smaller when you can write and reach people from the USA all the way to Australia.  This is how Paul Day of PIA and I met.  It’s incredible!  I love every minute of it.  I hope you do too.

If you look up self-publishing companies you will get an endless variety and list of vanity publishers, Indie publishers and many well known named self-publishing sites. There are too many to list and I do not want to give any of them kudos since it is up to the individuals to choose for themselves. Whatever you plan to do and whoever you choose to print your book or MS make sure you do your homework about the particular company you plan to work with. Know all about them and what their policies are before you venture forward.  Remember, you are the publisher, illustrator, editor, and all around go to person. This is an enormous task to do all yourself, but you can do it as so many others have before you.  It is not impossible but it can be daunting.

Learn all you can about how to make a template and use Photo Shop. I learned the hard way along with my illustrator husband. We didn’t know anything about making templates and how to allow for bleed and trim on our pages. After dozens of tries we finally got the book in and the cover caused us even more problems. Now we are more experienced but definitely not professionals until maybe our tenth book. We are now on our second. LOL!

You need to be determined and persevere and don’t get discouraged after multiple downloads. I had crying sessions and wanted to throw in the towel on the whole book but then I would look at my husband’s adorable illustrations and couldn’t do that. He had worked so hard as he continues to do now. I wanted more than anything in the world to succeed before my birthday this year to publish my first children’s book. I did it and completed it eighteen days after my birthday. Close enough, huh? I’ll take it!!

Once you get your book into Amazon.com your hard work is just beginning.  Now comes the PR work, marketing yourself and selling your book.  This is not easy but it can be fun.  Make it fun and don’t think of it as work.  Correspond with others and share your thoughts and open up your hearts to them.  They will want to help you.  Buy other writer’s books and do many book reviews on Amazon, Goodreads and other sites.   These writers will remember you for your kindness and your wonderful book reviews (if you like their books, if you don’t stay mum). LOL!  I have never had to do that because I have enjoyed all the books I have read by other indie publishers.

Indie publishers are a talented bunch and are smart enough to know that their books have to be excellent not only in prose but in content and how well they are edited.   Proof your MS again and again and have others look at it to ensure you didn’t miss anything.  It will be well worth it when you actually see it online or in print.  I am still doing all this myself.  It never ends.

Thank you for reading this discourse.  I hope I didn’t bore you too much and that you learned something new and helpful. 

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I hope this information will be encouraging to all who want to travel along this tough road. I wish you well!

I now have 22 books published since 2013 but I am still learning about publishing and finding challenges to overcome. It does get easier to complete each project but the promoting and marketing is still the most difficult things to do. All you can do is keep plugging along and believe in yourself that you can do anything you put your mind to.

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my books.

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Blessings & Hugs,

Janice

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Books Read in January 2019!

Did I ever tell you that I LOVE TO READ?! Well, I do. You can tell by how many books I read in January 2019, the first month of the new year. My goal for the year is 95. Do you think I will make it?

I want to share the books that I read this month (12). There were enjoyable reads by talented authors. Thank you to all these authors for publishing such a wonderful selection of books.

Check out next month for what I will read. I don’t think I will read as many as this month because I plan to write more but I will do my best to make a dent in my overflowing TBR list on my Kindle and Nook apps.

Here they are along with my reviews on Goodreads:

The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz

The Girl in the Spider’s Web (Millennium, #4) David Lagercrantz

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25074850-the-girl-in-the-spider-s-we

The Fallen (Amos Decker, #4)

The Fallen (Amos Decker #4) David Baldacci

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36004075-the-falle

Resolution by Andrew Joyce

Resolution (Huck Finn’s Greatest Adventure Andrew Joyce

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30009309-resolution

Missi's Dating Adventures by Carol Balawyder

Missi’s Dating Adventures: A Getting to Mr. Right’s Series Carol Balawyder 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24073558-missi-s-dating-adventures

Darkest Before the Dawn by Mike  Martin

Darkest Before the Dawn (Sgt. Windflower Mysteries #7) Mike Martin

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41718388-darkest-before-the-dawn

Pattern of Shadows by Judith Barrow

Pattern of Shadows Judith Barrow

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19359329-pattern-of-shadows

Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni by Mary  Smith

 Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni: Real Stories of Afghan Women  Mary Smith

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17049859-drunk-chickens-and-burnt-macaroni

Fairies, Myths, & Magic ~ A Summer Celebration by Colleen M. Chesebro

Fairies, Myths, and Magic – A Summer Celebration Colleen M. Chesebro

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40599539-fairies-myths-magic-a-summer-celebration

Lady Justice and the Magic Dragon by Robert Thornhill

Lady Justice and the Magic Dragon Robert Thornhill

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38327063-lady-justice-and-the-magic-dragon

Vent Revisited by Robert K Swisher Jr

Vent Revisited: The second reader participation book Robert K. Swisher, Jr.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40212537-vent-revisited

The Stolen Girls by Patricia Gibney

The Stolen Girls (Detective Lottie Parker #2) Patricia Gibney

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34863666-the-stolen-girls

The Things you find in Rockpools by Gregg Dunnett

The Things You Find in Rockpools Gregg Dunnett

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38541904-the-things-you-find-in-rockpools

As you can see from this selection of books I have read they are definitely eclectic in nature. These are exceptional books that I highly recommend to all for your reading pleasure.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. I hope you will check out all these wonderful books some time.

Now back to my book in progress. I have spent so much time reading that now I must get back to Book 6 of Davey & Derek Series. These books are so much fun to write. Please also check out all my books by clicking on covers to the right of this post.

Jemsbooks.com copyright by Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

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Janice

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How Do You Encourage Your Children to Read?

Do you read? Do you encourage your children to read? If you say ‘yes’ to both of these questions then congratulations! You are giving your children a wonderful and precious gift.

If your children see you reading avidly all the time then they will in turn pick up a book and read too. There is no greater gift we can give our children in our lifetimes than a book. We open their minds, spark their creativity and make them healthier and wiser to face the world. Children will emulate what you do as a parent. So let’s get reading!

Books are like gold. Did you know that in some areas of the world children do not have books to read. Many of these children do not even know how to read.

If you know someone who doesn’t have any books or does not know how to read please share your knowledge of reading with them. Open up their minds to things that are creative, things that fly, things that go bump into the night, things that are funny, things that are serious, things that are unforgettable, things that make you think, things that help you to learn, things that make you laugh, things that make you sad, things that make you happy, and so on and on.

Children’s Books in Rhyme by Jemsbooks @ Janice Spina

I try to encourage children to read by providing fun, entertaining books with life lessons. When children read my books they not only have fun and laugh out loud but they also learn valuable lessons that will carry throughout their lives.

Jemsbooks by Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina copyrights


When they see Louey the Lazy Elephant learning not to be lazy they will do the same and work harder.

When they see Ricky the Rambuntious Raccoon getting into all kinds of trouble because he didn’t listen to his mother, they will learn to listen to their mothers.

When they see Lamby the Lonely Lamb being cared for and treated equally even if he isn’t the same color as the other lambs, then they will treat others kindly too.

When they see Jerry the Crabby Crayfish realizing that he is happy to be who he is, then they will be happy with themselves too.

When they see Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear realize how important friends are, then they will value and respect their friends too.

When they see Broose the Moose on the Loose being kind to a child who is different than others, then they will treat those who are different from them kindly with understanding.

When they see Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey being kind to animals, then they will do the same.

When they see Colby the Courageous Cat taking care of his siblings with affection and love, then they will treat their siblings that way too.

When they see Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe being kind to others, they will do the same.

When they see Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab working hard to be the best he can be, then they will work hard like Clarence Henry too.

When they see Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier being happy with her owners who love and care for her, then they will love and care for their pets too.

Watch for a fairy tale coming in 2019 and a Dragon series coming in 2019, 2020 and beyond!

I also write for Middle-Grade/Preteens/Young Adults with my series books – Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series and Abby & Holly Series. Each of these books have life lessons that encourage children to be kind to one and other, respect and listen to their parents, show love and respect to others, family and friends matter and do your best in school.

MG/PT/YA Series Books from Jemsbooks @ Janice Spina

When I was a child my parents always taught me to be kind to others, respect elders and others, do unto others as I would want done to me, and most of all to love one another. We each have a gift to bring to this world. Each gift is unique. We may not know what our gift is right away but look into your heart and you will find it there. We all matter and are important. Always remember that and please teach your children how important they are to you and how much you love them.

All Jemsbooks can be purchased on the right of this post by clicking on covers or by going to Jemsbooks.com or Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you will encourage your children to read and do more reading yourself. I do write for parents too!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! READING IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH!

Blessings & hugs to all!

Janice

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Interview with Author Bailey Ordiway!

Bailey Ordiway

Please help me welcome author Bailey Ordiway to Jemsbooks Interview an Author. It’s a pleasure to have you here, Bailey. The floor is all yours.

  1. Please tell us something about yourself.
    Describing yourself is difficult and hard to not sound arrogant if you’re also trying to sell yourself, so I’ll try and keep it basic. I’m happily married in South Dakota. I love playing music, watching movies, hiking, playing video games, and summer time BBQ with my family and friends. 

Jjspina: Yes, I agree it is a difficult thing to do. You did just fine.

2. When did you know that you wanted to be an author?
Very young actually. My mother was an avid reader and owns hundreds of books. All the way back to when I can remember I used to look up at her shelves and dream of seeing my name up there along side everyone else. It is still quite surreal to pass by my own books at stores.

jjspina: That’s wonderful to realize your dream so young.

3. What process do you need in order to write?

I used to be very heavily routine based. I would get up at a certain time, sit at my desk with a coffee and a certain playlist, and light a candle. Everything was always the same. Now I have a family (wife and step-son) and I will soon have another child, so I find time to write when and however I can. Usually now it is in my recliner early in the morning when everyone is asleep.

jjspina: Congratulations on your new baby coming! How exciting! It may get tougher to find time to write once the baby arrives. Good Luck!

4. What do you expect to accomplish in 2019?

Every November I attempt to participate in NaNoWriMo, every year I find myself way too busy. I really want to buckle down and do that this year. I even have the perfect story! On a more personal level, I would like to get a house that my wife and I are looking at, and travel back home to Michigan to see my family.

Jjspina: I wish for you to realize all your dreams.

5. What hobbies do you have when you are not writing?

I played drums for a decade before I moved away. I haven’t touched a drum set in a couple years now. A close friend of mine and I plan on getting back in to music this year, So I am really looking forward to that. I’m a huge gamer though, as well as a big DnDnerd. My, friends, family and I will get together every Monday to play dungeons and dragons and unwind a lot of days with some Overwatch.

Jjspina: Hope you get back to your music one day. Having hobbies helps you become more creative.

6. What is your target audience for your book?

All of my books are targeted towards different demographics since I strive to be multi-genre. For example, Blackout is YA, while Death Do Us Part is heavily adult themed.

7. Please share your books with us and a synopsis of each.

Death Do Us Part: Not all love stories are happy. Not all tragedies are sad. Not everyone is exactly how they seem, and not every story goes exactly how you would think.

For Mark, life was easy, and he was content… He had no way of knowing he was truly empty inside until he stumbled upon something that made him feel more alive than ever before. Once he felt that way, he could never go back.

A modern tale of love, sex, murder, and everything in between

Blackout: In the future, after the world has succumbed to war. The government we know has collapsed, and the power has been turned off. A new government reigns supreme that wants nothing but control, and to hide the truth. Who will be able to stop us from being held down in a life before freedom or technology? Who will reveal the secrets and get the lights turned back on?
American Holdovers: Contraband, fraternizing, fight clubs, and a hurricane.

In the military there is a group of people known as holdovers. A holdover is someone that was seen unfit for duty once they arrived for basic training. They then wait around, sometimes months on end doing the dirty work on base until they get to go home. This is the untold story of just a few of them.

Based on a true story.

Jjspina: These sound intriguing.

8. Please share your links and where to purchase your books.

https://www.amazon.com/Bailey-Ordiway/e/B00MAHJO6M

9. What advice would you give prospective authors?

The best advice I can give, and what I think any author would give, is to just do it. Procrastination is the easiest to fall victim to, but terrible to allow happen. Don’t worry about if its good, every first draft is garbage, just do it. It also helps at first to establish a routine that you stick to as it helps you get in the right mindset when you are first starting out.

Jjspina: Great advice, Bailey.

10. Is there anything else you would like to share?

Yes! Check out my website/blog at https://baileybee.me/ . I started it years back to write reviews on movies, TV Shows, books, etc. I have won multiple awards and I try to stay relatively active on it. I love it.

11. What would you do if you were not a writer?

I actually run a restaurant. I’ve been cooking in a kitchen since I was fifteen and if I wasn’t a writer I would still do that, just with more free time!

Jjspina: That’s wonderful! That’s something you can always do part-time.

Here are Bailey’s links:


https://www.facebook.com/BaileyOrdiway13/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8207495.Bailey_Ordiway

Https::twitter.com/BeeOrdiway

Thank you for coming today, Bailey. I wish you much success with your books.

Thank you, readers, for stopping by to read this post. Please check out Bailey’s books on his links above.

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

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If you would like to be interviewed on Jemsbooks.com drop me a line at jjspina(at)myfairpoint(dot)net.

Blessings & Hugs,

Janice

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Book Signing at Zorvino Vineyards on Friday, January 18, 2019!

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Book Signing at Zorvino Vineyards 2019

My recent book signing was a fun night of networking and meeting and greeting readers. This is the second time my husband, John, and I have been to this venue.

Zorvino Vineyards is a lovely place to sit and sample wines and have some delicious coconut chicken and waffle fries. Yum!

Stephen Lomer and Artemus Crow (fellow authors at even)

We ate the chicken and waffle fries but no wine. We had to be alert and able to converse with others. LOL!

The Zorvino staff and owners are lovely people and were gracious hosts to us. This venue was coordinated and run by Chris and Nancy Obert of Pear Tree Publishing. They are wonderful to do all that they do for us indie authors. This venue is one of three that they run each year.

Views of Zorvino Vineyards Hall

Last year we did attend the other two but found this one to be the most fun and lucrative for our books. It was nice to see old friends and make new ones.

Staff of Zorvino Vineyards

Chris Obert of Pear Tree Publishing on right, Josh Jude of WMUR TV Meteorologist on left

More of my fellow authors
Joe Ross of Rostrum Publishing on right
Larry Ayers of Book Shelf Design

Nancy Obert of Pear Tree Publishing

Thank you to Chris and Nancy Obert of Pear Tree Publishing for organizing this and other book signing events along with New England Authors Expo.

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support. Check out all Jemsbooks on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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Thank you for any reviews that you may post on Amazon and Barnes & Noble and Goodreads. I love reviews!!

Blessings & Hugs,

Janice

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How Much Writing Should Writers Do Each Day?

As a writer I believe that we should write in some form every day. Will writing every day guarantee that we are successful? That is the question that all writers want answered. How much writing do you do – daily, weekly, etc.?

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Writing has become an important part of my life. One that I partake every day in one way or another, with blogging, answering emails, creating new stories, writing book reviews or just putting down thoughts randomly. These all count to helping a writer to become more proficient in his/her craft.

With each book I create words become easier to form together. They are cohesive units flowing with ideas. They swirl around in my head as my fingers rapidly type away to empty my head and transfer these ideas onto paper.

I never know what ideas will come to me next from stories for children to novels for 18+. All I know is that if I don’t keep recording these ideas onto a page they could be lost forever.

If I miss writing just one day I feel like a part of me is missing. I have taken some time off when I go on vacation but find it difficult in the beginning. My mind keeps creating stories as ideas swirl around threatening to drive me crazy. When I do get back to writing again I need to work harder to collect my thoughts and try to retrieve some of the ideas. But soon new ideas fill my mind and take the place of the ones that were lost. Many times the new ideas are better than the original. At least I hope they are since I lost them. LOL!

With each book that I write I feel compelled to write some more. Words become my companions and I am never alone.

I believe that I need to continue to write daily in order to hone my skills and be a better and more creative writer. Of course, we writers do need some time off to awaken our muses in order for our creativity to come alive with new ideas.

If you love to write as much as I do just keep doing what you love and you may one day exceed your wildest expectations. Believe in yourself and anything is possible.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I appreciate your support.

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Feel free to practice your writing skills by reviewing authors’ books wherever you purchased their books. We authors will love you for it.

Don’t forget to stop by Zorvino Vineyards, Sandown, NH on Friday, January 19, 2019 from 6-9 pm. I will be there signing 22 Jemsbooks. I’d love to meet you! 

Check out this site for more info and see the guest stars – Mike Girard of the Classic Rock Band, “The Fools”, and Josh Judge, Meterologist of WMUR TV. https://newenglandauthorsexpo.com/2019-authors-night-at-the-vineyard/

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

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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