Fish Are Pets too! New Additions to our Fish Tank!

While I have been working on my newest book in the Abby & Holly Series, my husband, John, has been taking care of our tropical fish tank. Here are many photos of it. It’s quite spectacular with all its colorful fish and now we have some new additions to the tank.

Below are a few of the inhabitants – yellow – Foxface, blue – (Dory) hippo tang, red – tomato clown. There are several more that you cannot see in these photos.

I am constantly taking photos of the new fish in case they don’t make it. That way I have a photo of them to remember. Fish don’t have long lives in a tank. Even though we have had many fish that lived 7-10 years in captivity. They are cared for and loved and treated like any pet, dog, cat, or whatever. I am upset when we lose one. They each have their own distinctive personality. They are a joy to watch and recognize us especially at dinner time. John and I both talk to them and they come right up to the glass and look at us. I wonder what they are thinking – probably, feed us you fools!

They are fed all kinds of fish food, clams, blood worms, shrimp, and occasionally some raw fish we cut off of swordfish before we cook it for ourselves. They fight over some of this but only the starfish can open the clams. they wait around until he does and grab a piece here and there of what is left in the shell after the starfish finishes his meal.

Puffer – Boxfish below has spiny flesh and will blow up when frightened. Other fish stay clear of him – those spines would hurt them I’m sure. Notice his lovely blue eyes.

Orange and white – Clown fish, Blue – Pink tailed Trigger (Sigh – recently died), (lower left) Green Wrasse, and foreground – red chocolate chip starfish.

Here are the new additions since we lost the blue trigger – two anemones. They are about the same size. My husband dropped them into the tank and they move and choose a rock to cling to on their own.

A new Red chocolate chip starfish above joined the one we already have. He is more brilliantly red and larger than the first one below.

The tank is teeming with fish as you can see below. In the center is a good picture of the green Wrasse. He is long and sleek and can maneuver his way around and through any obstacle. There is a another new fish down in the left hand corner – red with black stripes – Flame Angel. He is hard to keep – being very sensitive to water changes. We have lost several over the years. We are hoping this little guy or gal is much stronger than all the others. He is just beautiful! The purple and yellow fish on the right are gamma rays. They have been separated for a long time in the tank but suddenly they are swimming together and have been seen kissing a lot. A romance is budding? Haha!

Above there is a small blue fish with a yellow tail – a Damsel. He is feisty and has to be since he is the smallest fish in the tank. We have had him a long time now. He knows his way around and no one bothers him.

Here’s our tomato clown hosting the two anemones. This is what clown fish do, they mingle with the anemones and swim in, around and through them and even bring food to the anemones. No other fish are able to do this without injury. Remember the movie, Finding Nemo?

Both anemones are tucked up against the live rock. They moved there on their own and clung to the rock for stability. They need plenty of light. One anemone is further to the back and may not survive since it might not get enough light. We may not be able to do anything about that. It chose this spot first then the other anemone situated itself right next to it pushing it further back on the rock. Look toward the back at the tail of the clown fish and you will see smaller tentacles there. That is the other anemone. The one in the front has larger tentacles and is hogging all the light.

While I was snapping these photos the tomato clown looked right at me as if to say, “Yeah, I’m happy. Thank you!” He certainly is in his glory. He will keep the anemone happy too. Hopefully the one in the back will make it also.

Thank you for stopping by to read this post and check out our beautiful fish tank. I give my husband full credit for caring for these creatures. I watch and enjoy them. He does all the work of cleaning and changing filters, adding new water and salt, checking water quality and feeding them. It can be a daunting task but it is something he loves to do.

Please love and care for your pets. They bring much joy into our lives and deserve our love back.

Read about some of our pets, Jerry the Crabby Crayfish (our most popular children’s book), Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab, Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier, and Colby the Courageous Cat. All these books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. You can also click on covers BELOW OR to the right of this post for purchase. Happy Reading!

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Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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Working on Book 4 of Abby & Holly Series!

I apologize for not doing a post lately. I have been busy trying to finish up Book 4 of the Abby & Holly Series. I am having a fun time creating this latest book. The characters as usual are taking over the storyline. I never know where they are going to go. I may have to rein them in once again if they go off in the wrong direction.

Sometimes I have to concentrate on what is most important – getting the story completed over doing a post on my blog. I hope you will understand my situation right now.

I have been working on two books simultaneously. While I worked on Book 4 my husband worked on Book 1 of a dragon series. Together we completed this Book 1 and it is ready for publication for February 1, 2020.

Book 4 will be published sometime in February. Not sure of the exact date yet. I need to complete the last eight chapters and then send it along to my trusty Beta Readers for their views.

My husband will be doing the chapter heading illustrations on Book 4 and have them ready in a timely fashion. I will be sharing book covers and blurbs of both books soon. Of course, John created the covers for both books as usual, and has done a commendable job. I wouldn’t be able to do these without him.

Please check out all the books in the Abby & Holly Series to get into the characters and the storylines. The cousins are kind, caring, loving and respectful. They teach MG/PT/YA the importance of these attributes. This series has won three Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards and one Readers’ Favorite Book Award. This series is loved by both MG/PT/YA and parents and grandparents for the life lessons that it contains.

Each book in this series deals with current topics such as bullying, dealing with disappointments, family matters and their love and support.

Here is the link to the series on Amazon below and individually thereafter.They are also available on Barnes & Noble (all children’s books). You can also click on covers to the right of this post for purchase.

Book 3 above won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in December 2019.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. If you love these books a review would be greatly appreciated! Thank you so much for your support!

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Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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Have you Read Hunting Mariah or Mariah’s Revenge yet?

Here are some gifs I created through AllAuthor.com. I’m having fun doing these gifs. It’s a great way to share my reviews but I need more reviews to create more.

Please check out these thrillers/mysteries/suspense/crime novels on Amazon or Barnes & Noble. You won’t be able to put them down and may neglect your housework and skip meals. One recent reader said that he read Hunting Mariah in one night, being unable to put it down until he learned what happened. If you love a book, please spread the word by word of mouth or put a review on Amazon or Barnes & Noble so other readers can see it. Reviews help readers to choose the book right for them and helps authors obtain more readers and the interest of Amazon. We authors will love you!

Both books have been Finalists in Authorsdb 1st Lines Contests.

These books took a lot out of me when I wrote them. I’m sure you will find them as unsettling and disturbing and unforgettable as I did during the writing process. Once you get into the mind of the killer you won’t be able to get him out of yours.

If you have read the first two books and want to read more please let me know at jjspina@comcast.net. A few ideas have been circulating in my brain and may beg to be recorded sooner but I will try to keep them at bay until I complete my current projects for this year.

Check out these Book Trailers: Hunting Mariah trailer was done by Chris Graham, Mariah’s Revenge was created by me (J.E. Spina).

Thank you for stopping by to read this post and for your continued support. Keep those reviews coming! We authors love them! Thank you!

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Blessings & Hugs,

Janice

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Two New Books Coming to Jemsbooks Family of Books for Children, MG/PT/YA!

I have been busy the past few months working on two new books, one for children – Book 1 of a Dragon series for PS-Grade 3, and Book 4 of Abby & Holly Series. My husband, John, has been completing the illustrations on the dragon series while I worked on Book 4. Then we came together to complete the editing phase of the dragon book until we got it just right.

I will be doing a Dragon cover reveal soon. In the meantime I need to finish up Book 4 and and send it along to my beta readers and hope to have both books ready for publication in February.

The dragon series will carry life lessons that will teach children to be kind, caring and sensitive to others’ feelings and that it’s okay to be different.

Watch for these two books coming in February.

All Jemsbooks are available on Amazon as paperback and Kindle and as paperback only on Barnes & Noble (children’s books) Barnes & Noble (Novels 18+).

Here are the first three books in this award-winning series. Each book is a stand alone story. They have won three Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards and one Readers’ Favorite Book Award. They carry life lessons for MG/PT/YA such as be kind to others, respect elders and each other, love one another, accept differences, bullying is never accepted or tolerated, friends and family are important.

Here are two gifs I created with AllAuthor.com for Book 1. Abby & Holly is a fun series for both girls and boys. Check out all the wonderful reviews on Amazon.

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. I hope you will check out the Abby & Holly Series and introduce your MG/PT/YA to these award-winning books. Thank you for your support and for any reviews that you post on Amazon.

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

Blessings & Hugs,

Janice

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Jemsbooks Newsletter for 2019!

I have been a busy bee all this year! I usually write two newsletters a year but I have been too busy to get around to doing more than one. Here is what has been happening with Jemsbooks aka Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina during 2019.

JEMSBOOKS – BOOKS FOR ALL AGESDECEMBER 2019
READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY!

This newsletter is a way to let you know what’s new to Jemsbooks.

Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina published five new books in 2018 and three in 2019. She hopes to meet her goal of four in 2020.

Jemsbooks now has 12 children’s books for Ages 1-8.

In February of 2019 Janice published her first fairy tale, The First Star.

This story was originally written for Janice’s two children when they were quite young. They are now grown with children of their own.

The First Star – Children’s Book in Rhyme with Life Lessons

In April of 2019 Janice published Book 6 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Mystery of the Bells.

The Case of the Mystery of the Bells Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Book 6

This new book has plenty of magic, mystery and fun for boys and girls to enjoy.

All covers and illustrations were done by Janice’s husband, John. He continues to create beautiful illustrations and covers that bring Janice’s stories to life.

Children’s Books – PS-Grade 3 in rhyme

John has created promos for Janice’s middle-grade books below for Ages 10 +. 

MG/PT/YA Books

Also, here is a promo done through AllAuthor.com for her 18+ novels.

Novels 18+

There is something for everyone with Jemsbooks.

Janice and John are currently working on six books about Dragons for young children. They hope to publish book 1 in 2020 and the rest over the next year or two.

Watch for this fun dragon series!

In August of 2019 Janice’s book, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 6,The Case of the Mystery of the Bells, won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award.

Pinnacle Book Achievement Award
Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 6 – The Case of the Mystery of the Bells

Also in August Abby & Holly Book 1 School Dance won a Bronze Medal from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards.

Readers’ Favorite Book Award Bronze Medal
Readers’ Favorite Book Awards – Bronze Medal Winner
5-Star Review from Readers’ Favorite

Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers’ Favorite

School Dance by Janice Spina is book one in the new series, Abby & Holly. Some readers might already know the two girls from one of the author’s earlier books: they were first introduced in Book 5 of the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. However, you do not need any knowledge of that novel to understand what is happening in the new series. I never read the other book, and had no issues with understanding and enjoying the girls’ story. Abby and Holly are excited because the sixth grade school dance will be soon. They are wondering whether twin boys Derek and Davey will invite them to go with them, but soon they discover a bigger problem. A girl called Justine is being bullied in the meanest way – a way which threatens her health and mental well-being at the same time. The two girls decide to become friends with Justine and find a solution to the situation so that everyone can enjoy the ball. But it seems like the bullies have come up with a new plan just a few days before the ball!

While School Dance by Janice Spina is obviously aimed at younger readers, I did enjoy the light, but quite serious read. It took me back to my own school time, but bullying then was something nobody every really talked about. And not much was done about it. So it’s delightful to see books like this in which the characters make sure that one message comes across: Bullying, no matter the reason, is not okay. The story encourages kids to be brave and stand up for the victims, and it shows that everyone will have a lot more fun if they all just get along. The language and reading level is suitable for pre-teens and young teenagers. The topics will feel familiar to them and it will be easy for kids to be drawn into the plot. It’s also clever to use a bigger font and many white spaces to create a book that makes kids feel like they have read a couple hundred pages. It will feel like an achievement to them, and will encourage them to tackle even more books.

Readers’ Favorite Book Awards Ceremony – Bronze Meal for Abby & Holly Book 1 School Dance
Abby & Holly School Dance – MG/PT/YA Book

Abby & Holly Series, Book 3 Secrets of the Trunk was published on September 1, 2019. Book 4 will be published in early 2020.

Secrets of the Trunk

Jemsbooks make perfect gifts for all year round such as baby showers, birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas and any other occasion. Watch for special offers on (Website: Jemsbooks.com) and (Blog: Jemsbooks.blog).

In October of 2019 Abby & Holly Series Book 2, Unfortunate Events won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award.

Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Abby & Holly Book 2
Abby & Holly Book 2 Unfortunate Events
Abby & Holly Award-Winning Series – MG/PT/YA Books

In December of 2019 Abby & Holly Series Book 3, Secrets of the Trunk won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award.

Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Abby & Holly Book 3, Secrets of the Trunk
Abby & Holly Series Book 3, Secrets of the Trunk

Janice loves to hear from readers and fans and welcomes reviews wherever her books are sold.

Janice lists events on her blog and website about book signings she attends a few times each year. If you are in the area of one of these please stop by. She would love to meet you.

Jemsbooks have won 17 awards and a few finalists and many 5-star reviews! She is appreciative and grateful for all these honors.

She can be reached at jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net. Her books are sold at links below.

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Please leave reviews for all books that you read. We indie authors will love you for these reviews. Reviews are how Amazon rates our books and chooses which ones to promote.

Thank you for your support.

Reading Gives You Wings to Fly! Soar with Jemsbooks.com all year through! Happy Reading Everyone! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

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I am Thrilled to Receive a New Review of How Far Is Heaven!

I was thrilled to receive this wonderful new review of my novel, How Far Is Heaven. Thank you, Sherry Ellis, for this lovely review!

Sherry EllisVINE VOICE5.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative Story of a Father’s Undying Love for His FamilyJanuary 1, 2020Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseHow Far is Heaven is the story of a tragedy that befalls Parker and Priscilla, a happy young couple with two small children. When Parker mysteriously disappears, Priscilla’s life is turned upside down. Knowing that Parker will never return, Priscilla enlists the help of Officer Blake who pieces together the parts to discover what happened to her husband.

The story is interesting with a lot of moving parts that come together in the end. It has elements of mystery, suspense, and romance which makes it appealing to a wide number of readers. The most heartwarming part is the message that a father’s love for his family can transcend even death itself. While there is a bit more of telling than showing throughout the story, it is still a very good read and one that many people will enjoy.

This book was written many years ago after I had a dream. Once I began to put my dream on paper it grew into How Far Is Heaven. It is everyone parent’s nightmare that something could happen to their children. We as parents do our utmost to protect our family but having help from a Heavenly source would most certainly be welcome.

Here is the 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.

This and all Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on the book covers to the right of this post.

Thank you for stopping by to read this post and for all your support of my books and lovely reviews. Please keep the reviews coming. They mean the world to all authors. Reviews are needed in order for Amazon to consider our books worthy of promotion. Without readers support authors cannot write. Please help us continue to do what we love to do – write entertaining stories for our readers to enjoy. Thank you!

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Blessings & Hugs,

Janice

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New Books Coming from Jemsbooks aka Janice Spina!

Well, here it is a new year – 2020. I plan to make this another productive year for Jemsbooks. There are two books in the works – Book 1 of a dragon series being illustrated by my husband, John, and I am working on Book 4 of Abby & Holly Series.

Here is a little more info on both series.

The dragon series will have six books in all. Each book will be about a different dragon all done in rhyme with colorful illustrations and life lessons that will teach children the importance of being kind to others, help others in need, value friendship, and it’s okay to be different.

I hope to have Book 1 ready for publication in January.

Abby & Holly Series Books 1-3

As for Book 4 of Abby & Holly Seriesthis mystery/paranormal series is geared to MG/PT/YA and touches on anti-bullying, kindness to others, family and friends are important.

I hope to have Book 4 ready for publication in January. Check out Books 1-3 on Amazon and Barnes & Noble or by clicking on covers to the right of this post.

On the back burner are Books 2-6 in the dragon series which will be published over the next year or two. It takes a lot longer to illustrate than it does to write these stories. My husband has the more difficult job, reason why it takes him so much longer to complete. He has to show me each illustration and I always want to change something. Poor man! I am a tough boss.

I have a fictional historical novel written that I would like to publish over the next two years. It is based on and dedicated to my grandmother who lived more than 100 years. I have embellished the story but did get a lot of my ideas from listening to my grandmother and all her stories. Names have all been changed to protect those they represent.

Over the year in 2020 I also hope to begin Book 5 & 6 of Abby & Holly. Another project that I have been toying with is continuing the Mariah series with more books on the main protagonist and what she is doing now. If you haven’t read either one of these books I don’t want to give anything away. If you have read them and want to see more books in this genre – thriller/suspense/mystery please drop me a line at jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net. I always love to hear from readers and fans.

Hunting Mariah
Mariah’s Revenge

These books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble or by clicking on covers to the right of this post.

I guess all these projects will be keeping me quite busy and hopefully will fulfill my goal of publishing four books. Of course, I also have this blog which keeps me hopping writing three or more posts a week besides reading and reviewing books on Goodreads (my goal for 2020 is 90 books), and supporting my fellow authors. I will never run out of things to do because I also promote and market my books on social media which is a full-time job.

Well, I better get working on all these projects. I am feeling the pressure already. Phew!

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. I love hearing from readers and welcome and absolutely love reviews wherever you purchased my books! God bless you for all the support that you give me! Wishing you a healthy and happy year in 2020!

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

Blessings & Hugs,

Janice

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Books Read in December of 2019!

Here it is already the end of another month. Where does the time go? I have been busy as usual reading some wonderful books for the month of December of 2019. Here are the 7 books I read and reviewed for December.

I love sharing my reads in this Jemsbooks Segment, Books Read in the Month. I hope you will get a chance to look these books over soon.

If you are an avid reader as I am, please review the books you love on Amazon or wherever you purchased them in order for others to enjoy your reviews. Reviews are one way for readers to know about an exceptional book. We indie authors love to receive reviews and appreciate the efforts of readers to do them. Thank you for your kind support and for supporting my fellow authors too.

The Forgotten Hours is a story told back and forth from past to present. It jumps around a lot and the reader must stay focused to keep the events straight.

It was an interesting premise but would have been better laid out if the events were more chronologically driven throughout the story. The main protagonist Katie tells the tale of her life with a father who went to prison for raping her friend when she was only 14 years old. Katie continues the story as she tries to deal with her life being torn apart.

What Katie strives to do is to try to bring some closure to her crazy life by putting some of the pieces of the puzzle together about how and why her father committed this horrendous crime. The reader feels the angst that is displayed throughout the story felt by the character.

A worthwhile read!

Jjspina5.0 out of 5 starsAn Interesting Biography of an Incredible Athlete!December 11, 2019Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseI don’t usually read sports’ books but this book intrigued me. Even though I never heard of Hank Luisetti the author has shown what an incredible athlete Hank was. In the short time Hank played he reached great heights and feats on the court. He was a remarkable person also in that he respected others and was a team player, playing unselfishly and sharing the ball. This, you do not see as much today. Hank was an admirable human being who changed the sport of basketball forever and laid the foundation for others to follow in his footsteps.

The author has written an enjoyable story around Hank’s life as he combined emotion, love interest, and family controversy. Mike De Lucia demonstrated through this story that with perseverance and determination how much one person can do to be a success at what he loves in life. Also, what an individual does and how he interacts with others can only make those around him better too.

I highly recommend this book.

This is the first book by this author I have read. Even though I did not read Book 1 I found this book to be engrossing. The author created a thriller with richly developed characters and a storyline that had twists, turns and surprises.

The story is told through the two main protagonists, Ella Borden, a lawyer turned singer, and Dana Goodwin, Deputy Chief of Special Victims Bureau, who are trying to solve a murder. Each gives her perspective of the situation and how they are connected to the victim.

There is a love interest for Ella who keeps her centered. She is tormented by not only her sister’s death but the present death of her friend and former supervisor. The scenes jump back and forth between Ella and Dana keeping the mystery ratchet up and the reader guessing what will happen next.

An enjoyable read that kept me in suspense until nearly the end.

A lovely collection of verse, micro fiction and short stories that contains an interesting and enjoyable assortment for all tastes. The verse is written in the author’s eloquent style that captures the attention and heart of the reader.

This book is artistically created by a master storyteller who knows how to grab her audience and keep them captive. I thoroughly enjoyed all the work of this creative author but was spellbound by some of the short stories which I think are her specialty. Sally Cronin has her own unique style in her writing as she spins a story and entwines twists and turns and some surprising elements into the mix that captivated this reader.

Some of the stories are touching, while others are profound as the one about elephants, and still others brought tears to my eyes. I especially loved the one about the grandmother. I won’t spoil it by telling you anything. You must read this book. I’m sure you will be as delighted as I was with this talented author’s latest publication.

I highly recommend this book as well as all her previous creations.

The Friend is an emotional rollercoaster ride as the main protagonist, Sophie, who has had a difficult time in her life must deal with another shock, her son is injured. Sophie met a new woman who has come to her town and finds that they are instant friends. This woman, Emma, has a son around the same age as her son. What she doesn’t know is that this woman may not be who she appears to be.

The author has created a psychological thriller that will rock readers to their cores. There are twists and turns and unexpected events that will lead you to the horrifying truth behind one sinister person who is the cause of heartache for many who come into contact with this being. Sometimes the person you become close to is not always who you think he or she truly is.

An engrossing read that kept me riveted until the last word. I highly recommend! I look forward to what this author will write next.

The 10th Island is a lovely story whether it is fact or fiction created by this author. The Azores sounds like a magical place to visit. Being of Portuguese heritage I thoroughly enjoyed this book that detailed much of the island’s history and its peoples.

The author details her life there on her many visits and how she has interacted and bonded with the island and its inhabitants even though she has no connection through family and ethnicity to the island and its heritage.

The author has a running dialogue with some of the characters on the island and shares many stories within the story of life, loves and island happenings such as the bull running. The story has rich full characters and a fascinating storyline that kept me engrossed. After reading this book I want to learn more about this beautiful little island that holds such magic and island secrets.

A book that will be enjoyed by anyone who loves to learn about island life, its peoples and customs and how the author found joy, beauty and love in Azores.

I’ve read the first two books in this series and have been hooked. Lottie Parker, the main protagonist is not a likable character being dependent on drugs and alcohol and not the best mother to her three children. She never gives up though until she solves her cases even if she puts her own life in danger. She needs, however, to get her life in order.

The many characters in this book were believable and flawed making for an interesting read. Some you will love to hate.
The author has created an engrossing mystery with so many surprises within the story that it kept me guessing until the very end. A thoroughly entertaining story that makes the reader want for more. I look forward to the next book in this series.

A creative and enjoyable book that you won’t be able to put down.

Thank you for stopping by to read about my latest reviews. Please review books that you enjoy wherever you purchased them to help others learn about some new authors and good reads. We authors thank you for taking the time to read and review our books. Bless you!

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!

Janice

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Introducing Sally Cronin and her Wonderful New Book!

I am honored to share, Sally Cronin, my talented author/blogger/friend’s new book, Life’s Rich Tapestry Woven in Words. Sally is an exceptional person, unselfish in all that she does to support her fellow authors on her fabulous blog, Smorgasbord Blog Magazine.

Sally Cronin

When you visit her site check out all her books and those of her fellow authors, plus all the informative health and nutritional advise she has to offer as a dedicated nutrionist. Sally carries many hats and does so many things expertly. You will love her site and her latest book as much as I did. I attached my review at the end of this post.

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Life’s Rich Tapestry is a collection of verse, microfiction and short stories that explore many aspects of our human nature and the wonders of the natural world. Reflections on our earliest beginnings and what is yet to come, with characters as diverse as a French speaking elephant and a cyborg warrior.

Finding the right number of syllables for a Haiku, Tanka, Etheree or Cinquain focuses the mind; as does 99 word microfiction, bringing a different level of intensity to storytelling. You will find stories about the past, the present and the future told in 17 syllables to 2,000 words, all celebrating life. 

This book is also recognition of the value to a writer, of being part of a generous and inspiring blogging community, where writing challenges encourage us to explore new styles and genres.

(Sally’s Bio) Link to her Blog about her book.

I have been a storyteller most of my life (my mother called them fibs!). Poetry, song lyrics and short stories were left behind when work and life intruded, but that all changed in 1996.

My first book Size Matters was a health and weight loss book based on my own experiences of losing 70kilo. I have written another twelve books since then on health and also fiction including three collections of short stories. My latest collection is Life’s Rich Tapestry : Woven in Words.. verse, micro fiction and short stories.

I am an indie author and proud to be one. My greatest pleasure comes from those readers who enjoy my take on health, characters and twisted endings… and of course come back for more.

As a writer I know how important it is to have help in marketing books.. as important as my own promotion is, I believe it is important to support others. I offer a number of FREE promotional opportunities on my blog and linked to my social media. If you are an author who would like to be promoted to a new audience of dedicated readers, please contact me via my blog. All it will cost you is a few minutes of your time. Look forward to hearing from you.

You can connect to Sally on the following sites.

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/sgc58
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sally.cronin
LinkedIn: http://uk.linkedin.com/in/sallycronin1
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ie/cronin1423/

Here is my review of Sally’s lovely book.

Jjspina5.0 out of 5 stars A Captivating Book Full of Rich Prose and Stories!December 17, 2019Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseA lovely collection of verse, micro fiction and short stories that contains an interesting and enjoyable assortment for all tastes. The verse is written in the author’s eloquent style that captures the attention and heart of the reader.

This book is artistically created by a master storyteller who knows how to grab her audience and keep them captive. I thoroughly enjoyed all the work of this creative author but was spellbound by some of the short stories which I think are her specialty. Sally Cronin has her own unique style in her writing as she spins a story and entwines twists and turns and some surprising elements into the mix that captivated this reader.

Some of the stories are touching, while others are profound as the one about elephants, and still others brought tears to my eyes. I especially loved the one about the grandmother. I won’t spoil it by telling you anything. You must read this book. I’m sure you will be as delighted as I was with this talented author’s latest publication.

I highly recommend this book as well as all her previous creations.

Thank you so much for stopping by to learn about Sally Cronin’s newest book. It is sure to be a best seller. I hope you will check it out and discover the magic of Sally’s creative storytelling power.

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH IN 2020!

Blessings & Hugs,

Janice

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New Year’s Resolutions!

Each year I find that I need to make some New Year’s Resolutions. Do you do this too? Do you keep all your resolutions?

This year I wrote several that I plan to keep.

Don’t eat any more cookies!
Keep smiling!

Here are some Resolutions.

Don’t eat any more cookies!

Say something nice to someone every day.

Do a good deed to others in need.

Eat and drink in moderation.

Have fun and be like a child again.

Smile more often.

Dance a little every day.

Exercise daily to keep the body from falling apart.

Wish upon a star that you are healthy every day by far.

Open your eyes to the world around you and be happy you are still here.

Thank God every day for all your blessings.

Enjoy your family.

Sing every day about whatever pops into your head.

Laugh often and enjoy every day.

Smile – you could be on Candid Camera!

Write, read and do something productive every day.

Write, Read and do something productive every day.

Strive to be the best you can be.

Keep positive no matter what happens.

Don’t let negative thoughts keep you from your goals.

Most of all, keep looking forward and never stop reaching for the stars!

REACH FOR THE STARS – THE FIRST STAR – CHILDREN’S BOOK on Amazon or BN.com

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. I hope you have your own resolutions to keep you positive and working towards your goals too. Thank you for your support and all the lovely reviews of my books. I love to hear from readers and avidly welcome reviews of my books. You can reach me at jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net.

All Jemsbooks are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Watch for new books coming in 2020!

HAPPY NEW YEAR – BLESSINGS IN 2020!

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Blessings & Hugs in the New Year!

Janice

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