Summer heat and glorious flowers!

This summer is supplying heat and lots of humidity but along with that come the flowers in all their glory.

Here are some of the flowers in our yard. With a few rainstorms in between they have managed to stay healthy and vibrant.

My husband and I went to a lovely spot tonight after a fun movie (Mama Mia – Here We Go Again) and dinner out. I had to snap a few photos of this pond behind one of the many apple orchards in our town. It was serene and eerily quiet and conducive to contemplation. Maybe the backdrop for a new novel or book cover. Hmm! Always thinking about the next book. (All photos here are copyrighted.)

This would be a perfect place to curl up with a good book! Ahh! Maybe bring the bug spray though!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my flowers as much as I do. Their time here is too fleeting. I enjoy them as much as I can and snap tons of photos to share with you.

Thank you for stopping by. Come back again soon, my friends!

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

READING IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH! YES, REALLY, IT IS! Also, it’s fat, calorie and cholesterol free! Enjoy!

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab is climbing on Amazon!

CLARENCE HENRY  THE HERMIT CRAB IS CLIMBING ON AMAZON!

Every so often I check my stats on Amazon. Today Clarence Henry is moving up. I hope he keeps going up! He is presently at #39 in Kindle Books.

Clarence Henry always loved climbing and was excellent at it. He nearly climbed out of the fish tank on a few occasions. Luckily he couldn’t lift the cover. Climb Clarence Henry, Climb!! Help Clarence Henry climb to the top of the fish tank (charts)! Thank you for your support and for helping Clarence Henry get closer to the top. He would have been so proud!

Here’s the blurb for Clarence Henry:

Clarence Henry is different from other hermit crabs. He came to his new home minus one claw and a leg. He needs to protect himself until he can grow new appendages. Will Clarence Henry be able to meet the challenges in his new water world?

Clarence Henry was a real aquatic hermit crab who lives in a saltwater fish tank in our home. We watched him interact with the other creatures in the tank.

He was resilient, intelligent, and a joy to have as a pet. We took some photos of him as he grew his claw and leg and changed shells.

We shared these photos and facts about hermit crabs in the back of the book. I hope you will enjoy them. This book will make a wonderful resource for classrooms.

If you haven’t checked out Clarence Henry yet go to:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

All Jemsbooks for children carry life lessons that will encourage children to behave, love one another, be kind to others, respect parents and elders, be accepting of differences of others, and most of all to remember we are all the same and want to be treated equally and fairly – bullying is never allowed or accepted.

Schools and libraries will love Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab for science classes and the study of hermit crabs. We have listed some fun facts about hermit crabs in the back of the book. This was a real crab that my husband and I had as a pet in a large fish tank – 80 gallons. He was fun to watch as he interacted with the other sea creatures in the tank.

If you love Clarence Henry check out another pet we had – Jerry the Crabby Crayfish. He was quite a character too.

Thank you for stopping by and for your continued and kind support. I am excited to see my books moving up instead of down. It warms my heart, readers. Thank you! I hope you will enjoy all my books and learn important life lessons for your children that will stay with them for a life time.

I hope your summer has been fun. Don’t forget to stock up on some exciting reading from Jemsbooks for all ages! All books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. All you have to do is click on covers to the right of this post to purchase. Thank you so much!

If you want an autographed copy of my books go to the New England Authors Expo on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 from 4-9 pm in Danvers Yacht Club, Danvers, MA. I’d love to meet you!

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

READING IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH!

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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Calling all Authors for Guest Posts or Interviews!

I happened upon a wonderful post today by Mindy McGinnis on her blog. Check it out here. She gives a list of six ways to support your favorite authors. We authors will thank you for all that you can do to spread word of our books. WE NEED YOU READERS!

I am sending out a call to all my fellow authors to come forward for guest posts or guest interviews on my blog. I would love to show you some love and support by helping you spread word about you and your books. Come on down!

You can contact me here on my Contact Page or by email at jjspina(at)myfairpoint(dot)net.

Thank you, readers, for the support you have given me by reviewing my books. Keep those reviews coming! LOL! There can never be enough of them.

I’ve been busy working on Book 2 of Abby & Holly Series. I’m working on Chapter 8 now. Lots more to do but moving right along. The characters have something to say and are taking over. I’m going along for the ride. Sigh! LOL!

If you haven’t checked out my middle-grade series, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Books 1-5 or the new MG series for girls, Abby & Holly, Book 1, click on covers to the right of this post or go to Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Check out these links for some fun summer reading for all ages! Jemsbooks has books for young children PS-Grade 3, MG/PT/YA Grade 4-7, and novels for 18+.

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

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

READING IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH!

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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Wonderful Reviews of Abby & Holly Series, Book 1 School Dance!

WONDERFUL REVIEWS OF NEW BOOK, ABBY & HOLLY SERIES, BOOK 1, SCHOOL DANCE!

I am thrilled to share all the reviews of my new middle-grade series for girls! Please check them out today. If you have any middle-grade children who would love this book, please share.

This book deals with bullying, friends matter and family relationships. Jemsbooks encourage children of all ages to respect one another, be kind to others, be sensitive to others’ feelings and differences, and think of others first.

Here’s the newest review. Go to the link above to see all reviews.

An entertaining book with a valuable lesson!

on July 19, 2018

I loved Janice Spina’s new book “Abby and Holly, School Dance.” The writing style made you feel like you were enjoying the adventures of Abby, Holly and their friends. You’re sure to smile at the twins Derek and Davey’s shyness around Abby and Holly. It’s a delightful story. Trouble comes when one of their classmates, Justine, mysteriously becomes sick. How is the mystery solved? When Justine is bullied, how does the group of friends encourage the bullies to change their behavior. This is an enjoyable book teaches, families, and teens are sure to love and they are likely to remember not only the entertaining adventures, but the important message the story shares. Another wonderful book by Janice Spina.
* I received this book as a gift from the author and chose to review it without compensation.
Reviewed by children’s author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Thank you to all the reviewers who took the time to read and review this book. I am eternally grateful to all of you. Reviews are what keeps this author writing and creating new books for you and your children.

Thank you, readers, for stopping by. I hope you will read the reviews on Amazon and Barnes & Nobles. Come back again real soon, my friends!

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

READING IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEATH!

Blessings & Hugs to all!

Janice

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New England Authors Expo Coming soon!

NEW ENGLAND AUTHORS EXPO COMING SOON – ONE WEEK AWAY! MARK YOUR CALENDARS! COME ON DOWN!

NE Authors Expo

2018 New England Authors Expo

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Doors open to the public: 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Danversport Yacht Club
161 Elliott St, Danvers, MA 01923

This event is free to the public!

 

This event is just around the corner! I am excited to take part in another one of these wonderful expos. This is the third one we have attended this year. It’s fun to meet and greet everyone, mingle with other authors and enjoy talking about our books.

I hope if you are in the neighborhood you will stop by and say ‘hi’. We would love to see you. John and I will be there with all 21 Jemsbooks.

There will be special guests and prizes and free admission. Come on over and check out all the fabulous authors and their collection of books! There will be something for everyone!

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

Reading is good for your health!

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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New Books in the Works for Jemsbooks!

NEW BOOKS IN THE WORKS FOR JEMSBOOKS!

I know, you are saying, “What, is she kidding me?” No, I kid you not. My husband is working on my first fairy tale which I hope he completes in a 2-3 months. It is a difficult book to illustrate but he is doing well.

Not one to remain idle for long, I have begun Book 2 of Abby & Holly Series! As I have mentioned in previous posts, once I have a title I go with it and let the characters take over within reason. Sometimes they can get out of hand. Ha! It’s then that I need to rein them in. My plan is to complete this book by the fall of 2018. I will begin Book 6 of Davey & Derek shortly thereafter.

Writing for middle-grade boys and girls is a joy for me. It makes me feel like a kid again. I can act silly and say and do things that only MG kids do. It will keep me young longer, I hope. I plan to write many more of these.

If you have children ages 9-12 and grades 5-8, they will love these books and so will you. All Jemsbooks for children carry life lessons that encourage and teach children to be kind to each other, be accepting of differences in one another, bullying is unacceptable in any circumstances, show respect toward elders and each other, family and friends matter and always LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER! LOL! My mother would have loved these books. She always taught me to be kind to everyone even if they are not kind to me. Forgive others and love everyone as God would want us to do.

When I was growing up I was bullied at a young age not only by fellow students in school but also by teachers. Many days I would come home crying about someone who hurt my feelings. My mother would let me tell her my tales of woe. She wanted me to be strong even if she was not. She also was bullied as a child. I did what I could to support others who were also bullied and we would stand together against the bullies. I found if we did that the bullies walked away. Safety in numbers really works.

It took me nearly sixty years to become a stronger person. I will continue to support others who are oppressed. In this new series, Abby & Holly Book 1, School Dance, I focus on bullying and how it is not acceptable. I pray that if you have children who have been bullied that they will find strength in numbers and stand tall. BULLYING IS NOW AND ALWAYS WILL BE UNACCEPTABLE! 

Please check out Book 1 Abby & Holly School School and Books 1-5 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. All these books are suitable for both boys and girls.

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Book 1 Davey & Derek Junior Detectives has a bully in its story.

Book 2 – begins the magical tone of this series.

Book 3 – shows friends are important.

Book 4 – illustrates dogs are boys’ best friends.

Book 5 – ghosts abound in this book.

This is an award-winning series – 4 Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards, 2 Reader’s Favorite Awards (Silver Medal and Honorable Mention), 1 Silver Medal from Authorsdb Cover Contest.

Thank you all for stopping by. It is a pleasure to see you. Please come back again. If you would like to share something about my books, feel free to leave a review wherever you purchased my books. Also, drop me a line on the contact page of my blog or website.

I would love to hear what you think about my books and if my books made a difference in your children’s lives.  I will post your review here along with a photo of you with the book or just the book. Thank you for your kind support!

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

READING IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH! JEMSBOOKS MAKES FOR LOTS OF FUN SUMMER READING FOR ALL AGES!

Blessings & Hugs,

Janice

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2018 is Flying By!

2018 is Flying By!

Where has more than half a year gone? I can’t believe that Christmas is   Five and half months away! Yikes!

Looking back to 2017 I made goals for 2018. Will I meet these goals in 2018? Well, here is what I proposed to do and what I accomplished so far.

GOALS                                           ACCOMPLISHED SO FAR

  1. Publish 5 books.             –      Published 4 books – one more coming
  2. Read and review 90 books – Read 59 books & counting
  3. Support and reblog fellow authors sites  – Supported several already

I’m going to work hard to make these goals. If any of my fellow bloggers or authors would like to be on my blog, please contact me here or by email – jjspina(at)myfairpoint(dot)net.

A special ‘thank you’ to all who have sent birthday wishes. It was a whirlwind of messages of which to respond. If I haven’t responded to yours I apologize. Thank you.

I had a wonderful day at my son’s house celebrating my birthday with plenty of delicious food, presents and of course cake! I did indulge (Marcia Meara) in a slice just for you. It was a delectable cake with whipped cream and strawberries over a vanilla cake. Yum! I refused to bring any home for fear I would eat it all. Sigh!

  Presents above

Birthday cards on display

An angel for my car

Grandchildren’s cards

I received gift cards to three different restaurants and one to a craft store. I feel blessed to have such a loving family.

My husband gave me earrings and some charms for my Pandora bracelet to represent each book I have published. It is such a nice momento for my books.

Here are some photos of my birthday cookout.

All the guys below & granddog and two out of three grandsons, all the gals & granddog on next photo. One grandson was not here for the photo. He was at a play practice.

My son and daughter

My brother and sister

Yes, I am the midget in the middle! Sigh! I am the runt of the litter. LOL!

We had a lovely day and the weather cooperated – not too hot or cool.

Thank you for stopping by to read about my goals and my birthday celebration. My husband always says, “I don’t know of anyone who celebrates their birthday a whole month!” He’s right, I begin a week before my birthday and continue on for a week after. Ha! Every business now has our birthdays and sends coupons and gifts to us. That is how it has been non-stop. I am not complaining. It’s been fun!

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

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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Happy Birthday – 70th!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! 🎂 🎁 

I can’t believe I am now 70 YEARS OLD! Yikes! Where did the years go? There have been ups and downs but I am still here and kicking strong!

My husband surprised me with a gorgeous bouquet of mixed roses. I love it! Each rose signifies the following:

Red – love, beauty, courage and respect, etc.

 

White – purity, innocence, reverence, etc.

Yellow – joy, friendship, gladness, etc.

Each rose displays how I feel about my thoughtful, kind, and loving husband of 19 years. He gave me red roses two weeks ago on our anniversary. Poor guy. I should have thought about that when we set our wedding day – too close to my birthday. It keeps him on his toes. Ha!

Tomorrow my two wonderful children and their equally fantastic spouses are giving me a birthday cookout at my son’s house. My grandchildren will be there – all five of them. I can’t wait to see them. It has been a little while that we have all gotten together before our trip.

I want to say a big THANK YOU to all my friends online, new and old, who have sent lovely birthday greetings to warm my heart and make my day so special! I can’t thank you enough. This 70 year old needs all the love and support she can get. I am going through a difficult time right now but it too shall pass. Prayers needed for good health.

I have much to be thankful for – loving husband, wonderful supportive children and grandchildren and siblings, friends online and elsewhere. My blessings are overflowing. Just thinking about all that I have makes me fill with tears. Thank you, dear God, for all these fabulous blessings and letting me wake up another day! My prayer to Him is that I will have many more years to complete my goals with my books and provide fun reading for children everywhere for years to come.

My handsome hubbie has planned to take me today to a movie to see Antman & the Wasp and then out for a light dinner. I’ve been excited about seeing this movie. I loved the first one. Antman is hysterical and the special effects are outstanding! Laughter is good for the soul!

Thank you, readers, for listening to this old woman go on. Please come back again for more news, reviews, interviews and stuff.

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

Did you know that Reading is Good for your Health! Yes, it is! Keep reading!

Blessings & hugs and much love to all!

Janice

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Book Tour – Abby & Holly is now here!

ABBY & HOLLY BOOK 1 SCHOOL DANCE IS NOW HERE!

Please re-blog and share this post with your readers if you would like to be part of this Blog Tour!

I would appreciate your help in getting this book out there! Word of mouth is the best way to do this.

Thank you all so much!

ABBY & HOLLY SCHOOL DANCE

BOOK 1 OF SERIES FOR GIRLS

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This is Book 1 of a series of Abby & Holly books. These two girls were first introduced in Book 5 of the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series.
The girls are first cousins on their mothers’ side. They moved to the quiet town of Lindon, New Hampshire and live in a grand old Victorian which is haunted.
The cousins are excited about attending the sixth grade dance. When their friend, Justine, is bullied, Abby and Holly, along with the help of a ghost and Davey & Derek, work together to formalize a plan to put a stop to the bullying.

Jemsbooks carry  life lessons and encourage children of all ages to behave and respect one another.

This book touches on a sensitive subject, bullying, that we should be aware of and do all we can to put a stop to it. I believe children should be taught at an early age to treat others with kindness and caring, to treat others as one would want to be treated, and love one another for the uniqueness of each individual. We are all created equal under God.

I handle this subject with care and love in order for middle-grade children to understand the importance of forgiving and saying you’re sorry before things get out of control. I don’t have all the answers about how to stop bullying, but we need to band together to come up with a way to prevent any of our children from coming to harm.

My prayers to all who have been bullied in their lives. I know what it’s like – I, too, was bullied as a child.

Check out the reviews on Amazon and pick up your copy for the middle-grade children in your life and let them read about how Abby & Holly helped their friend.

on July 4, 2018

Thrilled to see the girlfriends of Davey & Derek having their own adventures, too!! Abby & Holly were introduced in Book 5 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives “The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost.” Abby & Holly are 1st cousins. Their moms are sisters!
Abby’s house is haunted & the resident ghost & Davey & Derek help the girls help Justine with her being bullied. It was pretty fun seeing the Ghost back again.
Love how Janice seems to pick up where she left off with book 5 of the boys’ story. It was fun “watching” the kids get ready for their 6th grade dance, also! Such innocence..
It was a joy to read!!

5 stars Good Storyline!
Format: Paperback

Janice Spina has another entertaining story for a middle grade audience. Cousins Abby and Holly are out to solve a mystery while trying to be normal school girls. The story is fun and adventurous while touching on the very important subject of bullying. The author incorporates her familiar characters, Davey and Derek, Junior Detectives, from her on-going series. It’s a great read for both boys and girls.

Watch for Book 2 of Abby & Holly Series coming later this year, fingers crossed! 

To read about Abby & Holly in Book 5, of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost, go to link on the cover to the right or go to:

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Thank you for stopping by to read about this new book for MG/PT/YA. Even though I wrote this book with girls in mind, boys will enjoy it too because Davey & Derek are up to their usual antics and add humor and fun to this book as well as their own series.

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

Attention Fellow Authors & Bloggers: Please feel free to share this post with your readers. I appreciate all the help I can get from anyone who would like to spread word of this book. Thank you and may God bless you!

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY AMERICA!

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY AMERICA!

(Photos compliments of Wikipedia)

Have fun this 4th and always remember

As America celebrates its freedom

Other nations are still fighting for theirs.

Stay safe while you celebrate

With fireworks and cookouts

and fly the Stars and Stripes proudly.

May God bless you all and the Red, White & Blue!

Thank you for stopping by!

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

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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