A New Book is Coming in the Abby & Holly Series for Summer Reading!

I am presently working on Book three in the Abby & Holly Series. Writing these books is a sheer joy to me. I feel like a kid again! Check out the whole series for your MG/PT/YA girls and boys for great summer reading! I will share the cover when it gets closer to publication.

My husband, John, is my illustrator and cover creator extraordinaire! I am keeping him busy in order to complete my goal of five published books this year. This will be a our third. Two more will be coming later this year.

All Jemsbooks for children, middle-graders, preteens and young adults carry life lessons that parents will love. All my MG/PT/YA books do not have any unsavory language or situations. I deal with, in a kind and caring manner, tough subjects like bullying and disappointments in life. All ages are reading this series and enjoying it! Parents and grandparents are reading them then passing them onto their children and grandchildren. It’s time that there are books out there that even a parents feels comfortable sharing with their children at any age.

Hopefully I would like to publish this book by late summer and then begin book 4 and have it completed before the end of 2019. My husband is currently working on Book 1 of a dragon series which may or may not be completed by the end of this year. It takes a lot longer to illustrate than it does to write. There will be six books in this series for children ages PS and up.

While you are waiting for this new book please check out Books 1 & 2 in Abby & Holly Series – Book 1 School Dance, Book 2 Unfortunate Events. Both books have received Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards!

BLURB:

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 6th 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.

REVIEWS ON AMAZON:


Michelle Clements James
5.0 out of 5 starsLoved the anti-bullying message.July 8, 2018Format: Kindle EditionI have long been a fan of Janice Spina’s young children’s books and her middle-grade Davey and Derek Junior Detectives series. I was excited to read the first book in her Abby and Holly series for middle-grade girls, and I was not disappointed.
Abby and Holly are the cousins we met in The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost (Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 5) who helped Davey and Derek solve a case involving a ghost that was residing in Abby’s house. Now they are back seeking the help of their friends Davey and Derek in solving a case of a girl jealously sabotaging another classmate’s chance to go to the 6th-grade dance and plans to do even worse.
The story flows well, and the characters are developed nicely so anyone who hasn’t read any of the Davey and Derek series will have no trouble jumping in with book one of this series. Girls are going to love this series — a touch of puppy love, fantasy, and a mystery to solve all in one book. The lessons of forgiving and forgetting and being kind are well documented in the story, an important reminder for everyone. This is another 5-star book from Janice Spina.


Mrs.D.
5.0 out of 5 starsSay hello to the Abby and Holly series!July 24, 2018Format: Kindle EditionMove over, Davey and Derek? Or maybe not… The duo is back, and the girls and boys are taking the world by the horns with another thrilling adventure! The haunted house! The mysterious ghost! The undying friendship! Good life lessons! And no more bullying!

Abby and Holly are cousins. The girls were first introduced in Book 5 of the Davey and Derek Junior Detectives series.

Janice Spina has beautifully blended two separate series in her new book, which is meant to entertain and educate middle grade readers. This time she sent two girls to solve a mystery that was quite intriguing. While trying to be just normal students, team members are dealing with serious issues so common for sixth graders: jealousy, intolerance, and bullying. The story is fun and adventurous, but the author smartly implants very important seeds that touch on problems so familiar for a middle school audience.

In this new book, Abby and Holly team up with their friends Davey and Derek, two shy but very experienced young detectives. The team needs to find out who is sabotaging one of their classmates, Justine, who plans her sixth grade school dance. Fearing that the girl is being bullied, the team members work closely with each other and their friends.

The story is sweet. It flows smoothly, just like other books from this wonderful author, which manages to surprise the young readers with perfectly developed characters and a wise plot. Even if the readers haven’t had the chance to get familiar with the Davey and Derek series, they won’t feel lost or have a hard time connecting the new story to Davey and Derek. And just like me, I hope the girls and boys will jump into the new adventures with a touch of fantasy, mystery, and some stronger feelings like love, forgiveness, and being kind to each other.

“Abby and Holly: School Dance” is one of those books that will make children feel good about themselves. The lessons of friendship and kindness are nicely incorporated into a fun story, which will put a smile on children’s faces. Trouble. Solution. Sweet first love. Friendship. And kindness. All of these qualities are in one book for young readers to enjoy. Yes, Justine is bullied, but she has a strong group of friends behind her, which helps her to overcome the fear of bullies. And with the help of her friends, the bullies may change their attitude too.

I am delighted that this book carries strong messages about the importance of being compassionate, kind, loving and accepting. It teaches teens to remember how they would feel if their places were reversed. Another entertaining and teaching series for middle schoolers 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 Mrs.D

Abby & Holly Series, Book 2 Unfortunate Events recently won a Pinnacle Book Achieve Award!

BLURB:

Abby and Holly are cousins who are more like sisters. They enjoy doing everything together. Holly lives with Abby and her family in a haunted Victorian. Holly must deal with some difficult decisions in her family when unexpected and unfortunate events come to pass.

Abby is there to lend support to Holly along with two ghostly apparitions, Felicity and Minerva, who live in Abby’s house. These specters provide some magical and helpful advice along the way as they watch over Holly during this difficult time.

The girls’ friends, twins Davey and Derek Donato, from their own series, pop in to support Holly and bring some fun and comical relief to the story.

REVIEWS ON AMAZON:


Michele Rolfe
5.0 out of 5 starsUnfortunate Family EventsOctober 16, 2018Format: PaperbackPoor Holly, Abby’s cousin on their mom’s side, is having to deal with alot of unfortunate events with her family. Thank goodness she has Abby, Davey & Derek the Junior Dectives neighbors, & 2 awesome ghosts, Felicity & Minerva, to help her get through it all! Holly is thrilled her mom (Abby’s mom’s sister) & dad have come home for a visit from their overseas job, but things go downhill when mom gets sick. Great book to read with your youngsters about dealing with family issues. The ending is a nice twist & could lead to the next book!


Trish
5.0 out of 5 starsGirl power!October 16, 2018Format: PaperbackAnother fun read from Janice Spina! So nice to see Holly and Abby back again in book two. The girls continue to face new issues, friends, and adventures together. A great read for pre-teens!

Michelle Clements James5.0 out of 5 starsA Stellar Book With Important LessonsOctober 20, 2018Format: Kindle EditionI am so excited about the Abby and Holly Series for girls, but it could be equally enjoyed by boys. In Abby & Holly Series Book 2: Unfortunate Events, Abby’s cousin, Holly, is faced with some difficult issues. While her parents are away on overseas jobs, Holly is living with Abby. Things go downhill when her parents return for a visit and her mother becomes ill. Throughout this trying time, Holly has a tremendous amount of support from Abby, her Aunt Jane and Uncle Bob, and two ghosts who live in Abby’s house, Felicity and Minerva. Of course, their friends Davey and Derek are there to help, too.
As with all of Spina’s children’s books, Unfortunate Events teaches life lessons such as respect, kindness toward others, and the importance of being polite. This book concentrates on handling the unexpected and overcoming life’s disappointments. The unexpected was Holly’s mother’s illness and hospital stay. With the love of her extended family, Holly was able to cope with her worry for her mother. Disappointment was addressed when her father announced that he was flying out to finish his work overseas. He explained to Holly the importance of fulling his obligations to his employer.
I highly recommend Abby & Holly Series Book 2: Unfortunate Events to all middle-graders, both girls and boys. The storyline is one that will keep children interested with its elements of suspense and mystery. Though there are references to a childhood crush, they are not a major component of the story and certainly not enough to deter boys’ interest. And who doesn’t love a friendly little ghost or two! As with all the author’s children’s books, this one is true to her ideals of writing books that encourage children to read while incorporating those all-important life lessons. As a book I think every parent will want their daughters and sons to read, I give Unfortunate Events 5 stars!

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Janice

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What are Your Middle-Graders Reading This Summer?

If you are worried about some of the books out there for middle-graders/preteens/young adults, stop looking elsewhere and go to Jemsbooks.com for good values and family stories with Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Books 1-6 for both boys and girls.

I plan to write a couple more of these mysteries over the next year or two. If your kids have read any of these books and love them, I would enjoy hearing from you and displaying their reviews here. Please contact me at jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net and find out how you can receive a chance to win a free book of your choice in a drawing for all who send in a photo of my book with or without you and a copy of your review from Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Go to this link for more info on how you can get a chance to win a free book from Jemsbooks! This drawing ends June 28, 2019! So Hurry and send in your photo and review! Good Luck Everyone!

We authors love reviews and live for them each day! This is the way we know if the public enjoys our books. The reviews you post are encouragement for us to continue writing for your enjoyment. Thank you so much for your support!

Above is the link to all the books in this series on Amazon. It is also available on Barnes & Noble. You can also click covers to the right of this post for purchase.

This is an award-winning series – earning seven awards (4 Pinnacle Book Awards and 2 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, 1 Silver Medal in Authorsdb Cover Contest) and a Finalist in (Red City Review Book Awards contest).

BLURB: (Book 1 – The Case of the Missing Cell Phone)

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

Reviews on Amazon: (Book 1)

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

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

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

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

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

Kevin Cooper5.0 out of 5 starsA Delightful StoryOctober 17, 2015Format: PaperbackThis is a delightful story; an enjoyable read for any middle grade child, and younger ones who are up on their reading.

The book is very well written. The conversational level and dialect are spot on. I wanted to be a boy again and be there, in on the action. If I had read this as a child, I would have been transported into Davey & Derek’s world in an instant. Both boys and girls alike will enjoy this book… it’s a gem.

The case of the Missing Cell Phone is the first case for the twin brothers who are fifth graders. They soon find out that being junior detectives is not easy work, especially when enquiries lead them to questioning boys who are in the sixth grade and much bigger than themselves. Add to that one who happens to be a bully… Then there are other complications as the mystery unfolds; things are not so straight forward as they may seem, and even the police become involved.

BLURB: (Book 2 – The Case of the Mystery of the Black Cat)

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

Reviews on Amazon: (Book 2)

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


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

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

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

BLURB: (Book 3 – The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant)

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

Reviews on Amazon: (Book 3)

Robbie Cheadle5.0 out of 5 starsAn action packed magical adventureFebruary 24, 2018Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseThis is book 3 in the Davey & Derek junior detective series and it is the best one we have read to date. Michael loves these two adventurous boys and the addition of some real magic in their lives really added to his enjoyment of the tale. Magic wands and books in the hands of 11-year old boys really captivated him and my Dad has made him a wand out of wood, painted metallic blue, so that he could have one too. 

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

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

BLURB: (Book 4 – The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog) (FINALIST IN RED CITY REVIEW BOOK AWARDS)

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

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

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

Reviews on Amazon: (Book 4)

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

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

BLURB: (Book 5 – The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost)

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

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

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

Reviews on Amazon: (Book 5)

Sarah Reviews5.0 out of 5 starsAnother Winner!August 9, 2017Format: Kindle EditionThe wonderful and prolific author, Janice Spina, continues to entertain children with another terrific installment in the Davey and Derek Junior Detectives series, “The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost.” In this, the latest installment, Ms. Spina introduces the twins’ new cousins, Abby and Holly, who moved into a neighboring house that is haunted by ghosts. The frightened girls entreat the help of the now famous junior detectives. The twins, Davey and Derek, are not only excited about their new assignment but are also happy for the friendships developing between themselves and the lovely cousins. The story is most engaging and will entertain young readers going along for the ride, as the junior detectives, helped by their fabulous Aunt Gigi, tackle this new adventure.
Highly recommended!!

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

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

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

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

BLURB: (Book 6 – The Case of the Mystery of the Bells)

Step into another magical and fun adventure with the twin detectives to solve this new mystery. There are clues at every turn, ghostly dreams with strange messages, and a surprise visitor that shakes things up. Even Aunt Gigi and Mianna are at a loss to provide any assistance to the boys.
Will Davey & Derek be able to solve this mystery of the bells? Where do they turn? Will they be able to put all the clues together? Can they use their new birthday gifts in this adventure? Find out what the boys do in this magical mystery.

Reviews on Amazon: (Book 6)

Trish5.0 out of 5 starsWholesome and fun!May 6, 2019Format: Kindle EditionFollow Davey and Derek on another magical journey of adventure in book 6 of Janice Spina’s Junior Detective series. You’ll find the very likable twins on a quest to unfold a mystery surrounding their beloved Aunt Gigi. See what hidden secrets the boys may uncover along the way concerning their ancestors. This is an enjoyable series for middle grade readers.

Michelle Clements James5.0 out of 5 starsI love the way the author portrayed the love and concern between the brothers.April 30, 2019Format: Kindle EditionI’ve read every book in the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives series and enjoyed each one. The Case of the Mystery of the Bells is my favorite so far. As with all of Janice Spina’s children’s books, this book teaches children positive values. The twins are always respectful to others and use good manners. One of the things that stood out for me in book 6 is when Davey had a bad dream, Derek jumped right in and offered his brother reassurance and then fixed him a cup of hot cocoa to calm him down. They always have each other’s back and are friends as much as twin brothers.
The boys Great Aunt Gigi, as we learn from earlier books, has special powers that Laura, Davey and Derek’s mother has inherited to some degree, but Davey and Derek to a much greater degree. The boys are learning how to handle these powers in a positive way and never misuse them. Aunt Gigi is their tutor in these mystical matters.
The characters are depicted in a way that makes them believable, including their powers. I especially love reading about Aunt Gigi. I can picture her greeting the children and inviting them in while bestowing her love upon them as she provides wonderful snacks and mystical experiences.
In Book 6 of the series we are introduced to Aunt Gigi’s twin sister Auriana and various other relatives from the realm of magic.
If you have middle grade children, I highly recommend this and any of the other books in the series, as well as those in the new Abby & Holly series. I can’t say enough about Janice Spina and her books.
As a Beta reader for Janice Spina, I was given an ARC by the author to read and comment back to her. I have voluntarily reviewed this book without compensation. The thoughts presented in this review are my honest evaluation of the book.

Thank you so much for your kind support and readership of my blog and books. I couldn’t do all this without you readers out there! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I hope you will check out all these books and other Jemsbooks on Amazon and Barnes & Noble for some fun adventures in reading for your kids and yourself.

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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Looking for a Paranormal/Romance/Mystery?

Look no further than How Far Is Heaven! This book is perfect for those long, hot summer days when you don’t want to do anything more strenuous than read a book! Grab your copy at Amazon or Barnes & Noble today. Summer is nearly upon us here in New England USA!

This book was written in 2009 and came to me in a dream. I had to write it down before it was lost. I had many other books to publish at that time so I put this book on the back burner until I could edit it. Hope readers will enjoy it.

Be prepared to cry along with Priscilla as she experiences her losses. Keep your children close to you always. This is a beautiful story that will leave you feeling good inside and out. You will appreciate all that you have and hold on tightly to your loved ones. Enjoy!

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.

Here are some of the reviews on Amazon:


DGKaye
5.0 out of 5 starsSuspense, Family and CompassionApril 5, 2019Format: Kindle EditionHow Far is Heaven  offers a great mix of mystery, romance and angelic messages.A seemingly happy couple – Parker and Priscilla are broken up by a tragic incident when Parker ventures out for a business trip but never returns home. Priscilla finds help with trying to find her missing husband from a compassionate police Sargent, Blake, who makes it his mission to solve the mystery of her missing husband.
In the midst of the investigation, more grief fills Priscilla when her 8 year old precocious daughter, Deanna, goes missing. We are left wondering how these two events are connected  and we’re kept hoping through the investigation that Deanna will be found. Through the tragedy that ensues, Priscilla tries to keep it all together for the sake of her missing daughter and for her little boy. As the investigation continues, Blake finds himself taking a great shining to Priscilla as he feels a common bond with Priscilla’s loss and his own recent suffering of a great loss. Blake’s compassion for Priscilla grows into a friendship.Meanwhile, sweet Deanna keeps her hopes of being found alive because of her spiritual connection with her father’s spirit and the ‘promise’ he made her that he’d always protect her.
This book is a moving story of tragedy with faith and love sustaining everyone to keep hope alive while trying to maintain peace and normalcy within a loving family, all the while keeping us glued till the end, as we wait and hope to find out if the little girl will be found and what happened to her father.Love never dies, even after death.


Amazon Customer
5.0 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.


P.S. Winn
5.0 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

If you are looking for other novels for 18+ click on covers to the right of this post or go to Amazon.com.

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New Review of Mariah’s Revenge!

I am happy to share a new review of my book, Mariah’s Revenge! Thank you, Gigi Sedlmayer, for this lovely review!

I wrote this book in 2018 after I was requested by a couple of readers for another book about Mariah. They wanted more closure. Well, here is it! I hope you readers will enjoy this book as much as Hunting Mariah. I would love to hear from you about your thoughts on both books.


New! 
Gigi Sedlmayer, Book Excellence Award Finalist winning author of the Talon series reviewed Mariah’s Revenge (Sequel to Hunting Mariah) Wonderful read, full of excitement June 2, 2019I read the first book, Hunting Mariah, and this book begins where the first ended.
Everything is in this book, from crime to thriller to suspense, from the first page to the last.
Mariah and her family is in danger once more, since the killer, Sage, escaped prison. Now he is hunting them down again. Will they all be killed at the hand of Sage, or will they be saved?
Will Mariah hunt him down?
Find out and get the book.
Author J.E. Spina is a great author

Blurb:

This book begins where the first book, Hunting Mariah, left off. This suspense/thriller/crime novel will keep you turning pages as the tension grows. There will be twists and turns and some surprises. Many of the same characters will be in play to give support and encouragement to Mariah along the way.
A new man comes into Mariah’s life that reminds her of someone she wants to forget. He threatens to bring back the horrors that she and her family once endured. While the one she wants to forget suffers from a horrendous attack that puts his life in jeopardy.
Mariah must draw on her strength and resilience to survive danger at every turn. How much more can Mariah endure? How far will Mariah go to protect her family?

Here are some more reviews from Amazon:


Michele Rolfe
5.0 out of 5 starsMariah’s Stalker is Back!March 17, 2018Format: Kindle EditionWOW! I am a beta reader & lucky enough to have already read this. I did not read the prequel Hunting Mariah, but was still able to follow this 1. Mariah is again in danger & this time through all the twists & turns, she takes matters into her own hands. I was shocked by the violence of being in a serial killers mind! Janice did a wonderful job of making it so suspenseful, I found it hard to put the book down!

Trish5.0 out of 5 starsFull of suspense! Hard to put down!March 14, 2018Format: PaperbackA great read! I am a beta reader and was lucky enough to already read this book. The sequel to Hunting Mariah, is in my opinion, even more suspenseful and action packed than the first book. We find Mariah in danger again but this time, she will take matters into her own hands. I truly think this is Janice Spina’s best work to date.

Cold Coffee5.0 out of 5 starsRevenge Comes In Many FormsJune 1, 2018Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseMariah’s Revenge is the thriller/suspense/crime fiction sequel to Author Janice (J. E.) Spina’s book titled ‘Hunting Mariah’. If you remember in book one, we traveled with Mariah on a psychic journey to recover her memories, as she lived with the consequences of living life with a maniac.

Jump right into book two as we get a better understanding of Sage’s killing spree across New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. While police officers, FBI agents and others are looking for Sage, Mariah buried herself in her studies, as she is determined to move forward.

Sage has encountered an enemy of his own, beyond his wildest imagination. While he is dealing with injuries of his own, he is unaware that someone is watching Mariah and ready to “take over where he left off”. When a body of an old woman, a dog and then another body at Tambor Lake is discovered, the authorities know they are dealing with a psychopath and the body count is sure to rise.

Author Janice (J. E.) Spina uses a full case of supporting characters in this suspenseful, action-driven drama where Mariah finds the courage to take things into her own hands. Mariah is not one to give up. Her heart is open for lasting love when her grandmother shows support for her and Tony.

Mariah showed her courage and determination to handle any situation and I quote. “Mariah pushed open the door and moved her light back and forth. She saw a mess of broken down furniture piled up in one corner of the room and a bed in the other. The covers appeared to be piled up under the bed. She moved closer to look under the pile. She kept her gun out in front of her and the light sweeping back and forth. Mariah wasn’t prepared for what happened next.”

This is a must read if you believe in the kind of fortitude that Mariah uses to work through her tragedies and the kidnapping to forge a friendship and embrace whatever life has next in store.

I, Theodocia McLean, endorse Mariah’s Revenge by Janice (J. E.) Spina as an adventure that is not over. I now wait for the third book in this series to find out what life has in store for Mariah. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on June 1, 2018

Thank you for stopping by to read this new review. I hope you will check out this book and the first one too, Hunting Mariah, to get into the mind of the killer. Also, available on Barnes & Noble.

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Janice

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Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winner for Jemsbooks!

I am thrilled to announce that my book, Abby & Holly Series Book 2, Unfortunate Events, won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award! Thank you, Pinnacle, for this honor! I am truly grateful.

Pinnacle Book Achievement Award

Blurb:

Abby and Holly are cousins who are more like sisters. They enjoy doing everything together. Holly lives with Abby and her family in a haunted Victorian. Holly must deal with some difficult decisions in her family when unexpected and unfortunate events come to pass.

Abby is there to lend support to Holly along with two ghostly apparitions, Felicity and Minerva, who live in Abby’s house. These specters provide some magical and helpful advice along the way as they watch over Holly during this difficult time.

The girls’ friends, twins Davey and Derek Donato, from their own series, pop in to support Holly and bring some fun and comical relief to the story.

Reviews on Amazon:


Michelle Clements James
5.0 out of 5 starsA Stellar Book With Important LessonsOctober 20, 2018Format: Kindle EditionI am so excited about the Abby and Holly Series for girls, but it could be equally enjoyed by boys. In Abby & Holly Series Book 2: Unfortunate Events, Abby’s cousin, Holly, is faced with some difficult issues. While her parents are away on overseas jobs, Holly is living with Abby. Things go downhill when her parents return for a visit and her mother becomes ill. Throughout this trying time, Holly has a tremendous amount of support from Abby, her Aunt Jane and Uncle Bob, and two ghosts who live in Abby’s house, Felicity and Minerva. Of course, their friends Davey and Derek are there to help, too.
As with all of Spina’s children’s books, Unfortunate Events teaches life lessons such as respect, kindness toward others, and the importance of being polite. This book concentrates on handling the unexpected and overcoming life’s disappointments. The unexpected was Holly’s mother’s illness and hospital stay. With the love of her extended family, Holly was able to cope with her worry for her mother. Disappointment was addressed when her father announced that he was flying out to finish his work overseas. He explained to Holly the importance of fulling his obligations to his employer.
I highly recommend Abby & Holly Series Book 2: Unfortunate Events to all middle-graders, both girls and boys. The storyline is one that will keep children interested with its elements of suspense and mystery. Though there are references to a childhood crush, they are not a major component of the story and certainly not enough to deter boys’ interest. And who doesn’t love a friendly little ghost or two! As with all the author’s children’s books, this one is true to her ideals of writing books that encourage children to read while incorporating those all-important life lessons. As a book I think every parent will want their daughters and sons to read, I give Unfortunate Events 5 stars!


Michele Rolfe
5.0 out of 5 starsUnfortunate Family EventsOctober 16, 2018Format: PaperbackPoor Holly, Abby’s cousin on their mom’s side, is having to deal with alot of unfortunate events with her family. Thank goodness she has Abby, Davey & Derek the Junior Dectives neighbors, & 2 awesome ghosts, Felicity & Minerva, to help her get through it all! Holly is thrilled her mom (Abby’s mom’s sister) & dad have come home for a visit from their overseas job, but things go downhill when mom gets sick. Great book to read with your youngsters about dealing with family issues. The ending is a nice twist & could lead to the next book!


Trish
5.0 out of 5 starsGirl power!October 16, 2018Format: PaperbackAnother fun read from Janice Spina! So nice to see Holly and Abby back again in book two. The girls continue to face new issues, friends, and adventures together. A great read for pre-teens

All Jemsbooks carry life lessons as do the middle-grade/preteen/young adult stories. Book 1, Abby & Holly, School Dance, carries these life lessons: be kind to others, respect adults and each other, family is important, bullying will never be tolerated or accepted. Amazon link Barnes & Noble Link

Book 2, Abby & Holly Series, Unfortunate Events carries these life lessons: be kind to others, respect and honor others, love one another, support each other in times of trouble, and family and friends are important.

I believe it is never too late to teach children the importance of these life lessons. That is the reason I create books that are wholesome and clean and can be appreciated by both children and parents. Don’t we parents and grandparents want what is best for our children? Don’t we all need some help enforcing these lessons with our children so one day they will become strong, healthy and happy adults? These lessons can be carried onto their children too one day.

Thank you so much for stopping by! I love having your visit. I hope you will check out both books on Amazon or Barnes & Noble and Goodreads.

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Janice

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Fabulous Cruise to the Greek Isles on Holland Amerca!

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I was taking some time off from blogging, writing, etc. Well, my husband and I just came back from a fabulous cruise on Holland America to the Greek Isles! Wow, what a wonderful vacation! (12-day Greek Odyssey) booked by our wonderful travel agent, Faye Sell, of Martinelli Travel in Londonderry, NH.

Our journey began on Tuesday, May 14 on an overnight flight. We arrived at our first destination, Rome, on Wednesday, May 15 where we boarded our floating home for the next twelve days.

John on the Bus to the Cruise Ship joking around
Rainy or not let’s get this trip started!

It was a cold and rainy day in Rome. Therefore there was no dawdling. We just wanted to get on board and warm up.

Our first photo beginning of trip

We began our adventure with the fabulous staff of Holland America! They treated us like royalty! I can’t say enough about them all! I promised to mention them here in this post:

Our room stewards extraordinaire were: Dadang & Ari who left our room each day and night sparkling and pristine! Thank you, Dadang & Ari!

Here are some creative towel art by Dadang and Ari!

Mouse Towel Art
Octopus Towel Art

Our wait staff: Bagus (from Bali), Bobbie (from Indonesia) who were very solicitous of our needs and anticipated after only telling them one time what we wanted each night! I wanted to take them home with me! Thank you, Bagus, and Bobbie!

Bagus (Wait Staff and fellow diner, Karen and me)
Bobbie (Wait Staff and Karen, my new friend, and me)

Wine Steward: Arnel (from Phillipines) who brought me my chosen glass of wine each night! Thank you, Arnel!

Arnel (Wine Steward and Karen and me)

They also surprised my husband and I, celebrating an early anniversary, with a cake and serenaded us with a song! How sweet (the cake and the gesture)! Thank you, gentlemen!

Anniversary card and cupcake left in our room the first day!

We had lovely table mates – Karen & Randy and Stephan & Mary to talk to each night over our delicious dinners.

We arrived in Naples on Thursday, May 16. This was also a cool and rainy day. But since we had visited both Rome and Naples before we did not get off the ship and preferred to rest, relax and get the layout of the ship. Good idea!

Our stateroom with Balcony

Each day we were provided with an itinerary of the happenings on board. Here is a photo of one of the days as a sample.

Daily Planner! Boy, we sure needed this!

Our itinerary: Each stop was a delight and a day of joyous discovery!

May 15 – Rome, Italy – Where we boarded our ship

May 16 – Naples, Italy – First stop -beautiful city

Port of Naples

May 17 – At Sea – Lovely relaxing day at sea! I do love these days too!

May 18 – Santorini, Greece – Desert, little rainfall, beautiful views from shopping village on the side of the mountain. Learned my first Greek word – Calameta – Excursion – Best of Santorini (Guide: Gregorios)

Santorini Shopping Area
Views of Santorini

May 19 – Kusadasi, Turkey – Green and lush, visited last home of Holy Mary, Mother of God in Ephesus and later stopped off a carpet factory with incredible hand-made carpets. Excursion – Ancient Ephesus & the Virgin Mary’s House (Guide: Joy)

Port of Kusadasi
Home of Virgin Mary in Ephesus, Turkey

May 20 – Iraklion, Crete – We went to a restaurant at the end of the excursion to have a delicious Greek meal and were entertained by four Greek dancers. I even got up and took part when they needed volunteers! What a fantastic time I had dancing to the Greek music and saying, ‘Oompa!’ Check out the photos below! Excursion: Best of Iraklion: Mind the Minotaur! (Guide: George)

Ruins in Crete
More Ruins
Delicious Luncheon in Crete – this was only part of it – plenty of appetizers before this!
Greek Dancers in Crete
Me Dancing in Crete (Blue top and white shorts second from left)
Me dancing again – behind the lady in red

May 21 – Piraeus, Greece – This day was extremely warm and the Parthenon was spectacular but too crowded to hang around and stopped by to snap photos of the stadium. Excursion: Athens & the Acropolis (Guide: Elen)

Stadium in Athens
Parthenon on the Acropolis (High Point)

May 22 – Nafplion, Greece – We saw the ruins of ancient Corinth, the temple of Apollo, and a canal that connects the Ionean Sea to the Aegean Sea and where people go bungy jumping. Not me! We went to a large store afterwards where I bought earrings. Excursion: Ancient Corinth & Canal (Guide: Giorgios)

Ruins of Corinth
Canal in Corinth that connects Aegean Sea to Ionian Sea

May 23, – Argostolion, Greece – This port was lovely! I could see myself living there! Almost! I did some shopping and met a lovely Greek woman. We exchanged niceties and hugs. I purchased hair bands that I love. Wish I had purchased more! After shopping we boarded buses and went to a cave made by a volcanic eruption that houses a gorgeous turquoise pool of water large enough to hold a view boats at a time as we entered the cave of colorful stalactites. Excursion: Cephalonia Highlights (Guide: Mariza)

Cephalonia
Cave in Argostolion

May 24 – Corfu, Greece – We visited the Palace of Achillion (Achilles) and walked around a beautiful square with shopping and restaurants and a park with gorgeous flowers. Excursion: Achillion, Kanoni & Corfu (Guide: Sophia)

Port and Fort of Corfu
Corfu Flower Gardens
Corfu Plaza

May 25 – Kotor, Montenegro – It rained this day but stopped during our walk. Lovely little square for shopping and seeing churches. Excursion: Kotor on Foot (Guide: Biljana Obradovic) She gave me her card so I could share her email: billy.kotor@gmail.com) if you ever get to Kotor.

Walkway in Kotor Shopping Area

May 26 – Venice, Italy – We couldn’t resist taking another Gondola ride this trip. Loved it and being serenaded tooM! Venice had three cruise ships that day – too crowded to stay long. Excursion: Daytime Gondola Serenade (Guide: didn’t get his name)

We met some lovely people while we were here – Darryl & Donna and Karin & John who sat with us in a Gondola.

Entering Venice Grand Canal by Tugboat
Bridge in Venice
Gondolas going under Bridge of Sighs
Selfie on Gondola

Here are some photos taken by the photographer at different ports.

We met some lovely people at dinner and on the excursions. Our table mates were Randy & Karen, Stephan and Mary. I promised to keep in touch with Karen. After many nights of dining together we became good friends.

Here is the Voyage Planner showing all Live Performances that we enjoyed.

Several wonderful shows were scheduled on this cruise!

Here are a few photos of me with three of the entertainers listed above.

Entertainer – Singer John Philip
Pianist with the Hair, me, Juggler

My husband took over 1000 photos. Of course I will not bore you with all the of them just some highlights of our trip and some selfies.

Special Dinner at Pinnacle Grill
View from our balcony of Santorini
View from our Balcony
Taking a break in Corfu
Another selfie in a port – can’t remember which one!
Another Selfie – John is getting proficient at these!
Our first Gala Night
Our Second Gala Night
Our table mates and new friends – Karen & Randy

These are some of the marvelous staff on Chocolate Surprise Night!

Our wait staff, Bagus, on the right with more chocolate!

Food, glorious food! The presentation was eye appealing and all delicious! These plates will surely have you salivating as they did to me!

Sirloin Steak – Delicious!
Prime Rib
Scallops
Mixed Seafood
Brownie and Chocolate Mouse
Baked Alaska with cherries

Thank you so much for stopping by to read about my trip. I hope you enjoyed my photos of this fantastic trip and will get to visit these beautiful countries on Holland America one day too. Please come back again real soon for more interesting posts.

Blessings & Hugs & Calameta (welcome in Greek) ? spelling?

Janice

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Books Read in the Month of May 2019!

The months are flying by too quickly. The year is nearly half over. I have read 13 books in May of 2019 which I am sharing with you here in this new segment of Jemsbooks.blog Monthly Reads. I hope you enjoy reading my reviews and check out these enjoyable reads. Pick out your next read and enjoy! Happy Reading!

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This is book 2 in a trilogy of this lovely story of two women, Laura and Sofia, from different times who are connected somehow across time and space. The author has created an ethereal romance that makes the reader believe in souls being reborn to live a life again to somehow make up for regrets of their former lives.

Laura is the soul from the past while Sofia lives in the present time. The women each love a man who is difficult and troubled making for an unsettled relationship. Both women are strong and resilient and do not easily give up their chances to hold onto the loves of their lives. The ghost from the past (Laura) appears to Sofia in her dreams and encourages her to follow her love and never give up.

From the beginning of this trilogy the two stories told simultaneously showed some similarities between the women’s lives but did not connect. In book 2 the connection begins to appear solidifying the two women as one soul. I am sure in the final book things will be explained and come together more firmly.

This is an enjoyable story that makes one feel the angst, disappointments, and heartache experienced by the protagonists. The author has created a heart-felt historical wartime romance mixed with a little paranormal and suspense to hook in the reader. I look forward to reading book 3.

I was gifted a copy of this book and chose to review it without compensation.

After reading book 2 in this trilogy I had to read book 3 to find out how the story ends. Here is my review:


Jjspina
5.0 out of 5 starsA Heart-Wrenching Historical Romance that will have you shedding many tears!May 6, 2019Format: Kindle EditionThe Storm is book 3 in The Lady of the Pier trilogy. I read books 2 and 3 back to back and couldn’t put them down until I completed the series. The author has created a mesmerizing story of romance and reincarnation. The story is divided into two separate stories of two women, Laura from the past, and Sofia from the present time. They supposedly share the same spirit.

Laura had a tragic life separated from her love and kept in a loveless marriage by a demented and evil husband. Sofia begins to experience dreams of a woman who looks a lot like her. The woman is Laura, known as The Lady of the Pier. She vowed before her death that she would search until she found her love in another life. Through Sofia she does just that.

This story tore at my heart to see two lovers kept apart like this. Sofia realizes that she is the reincarnation of Laura and does all she can to fight to keep her love, Danny aka Christian, from the past not only for herself but to help Laura realize her dream to be with the one she loved. Laura puts many things in motion in order to assist Sofia in succeeding to be with Danny.

The author has created a heart-wrenching paranormal romantic historical story that will grip the reader and hold on tight until the ending. If you have a heart you will feel the angst of the characters in her elegant prose and shed tears along with Laura and Sofia.

I was gifted a copy of this book and reviewed it without compensation. I highly recommend this series and all books by this talented and creative author.

This incredible author has done it again in my eyes. This book gripped me and brought me to tears. As a mother I could feel the heartache as the main protagonist, Maggie, loses her beautiful five-year-old daughter in a tragic car accident. She continues to blame herself even though it was just that an accident. Her marriage dissolves and she feels as if her life is over.

She moves away from her past and all the pain and memories of her life. She learns to recreate herself in a new community without sharing her past with any of her new friends. But her past does not want to stay buried and will follow her wherever she lives. Her husband has had a difficult time too dealing with their loss. When he suddenly appears in her new hometown she pushes away from him.

Maggie must make tough decisions as her life takes a new turn with friends who need her help and a husband who won’t go away. Can she deal with starting over? Will she jeopardize her parole by helping her friends who are in trouble with the law? 

This was a tough read for a parent when it involves the loss of a child. I shed tears along with Maggie and her ex-husband, Edward. I can’t imagine how anyone could deal with such a tragedy. 

I love all Barbara Delinsky’s books and this was no exception. She knows how to touch on tough subjects and get to the heart of the matter. I highly recommend this enjoyable book.

I purchased this book as two separate books. THE PIT STOP review here:

A short and quick-moving paranormal mystery that kept this reader captivated. I would have liked to see this story as a full-length book because it was so intriguing.

Detective Canale feels compelled to learn more about the deaths of his grandparents after he experiences some ghostly dreams involving his grandfather.  The story picks up pace as the clues pile up and connect to another murder.

The author puts together short stories with quite a punch and keeps the reader engaged with her well-developed characters and story line. This was an enjoyable read.

THE DEPOT review here:

The Depot is a engrossing mystery. This restaurant is haunted by the female bartender’s great grandmother who was said to be murdered there. The few characters that are portrayed in this intriguing mystery are well developed for a novelette and could do well in a full length novel. 

There are sightings of this ghost, murder, and a little romance thrown into the mix to make for a enjoyable read.

This was a quick and interesting read that ended too soon. I wanted to read more. The author did a commendable job of creating a fascinating story line. I have read other books by this talented author and look forward to reading more.

This incredible author has done it again in my eyes. This book gripped me and brought me to tears. As a mother I could feel the heartache as the main protagonist, Maggie, loses her beautiful five-year-old daughter in a tragic car accident. She continues to blame herself even though it was just that an accident. Her marriage dissolves and she feels as if her life is over.

She moves away from her past and all the pain and memories of her life. She learns to recreate herself in a new community without sharing her past with any of her new friends. But her past does not want to stay buried and will follow her wherever she lives. Her husband has had a difficult time too dealing with their loss. When he suddenly appears in her new hometown she pushes away from him.

Maggie must make tough decisions as her life takes a new turn with friends who need her help and a husband who won’t go away. Can she deal with starting over? Will she jeopardize her parole by helping her friends who are in trouble with the law? 

This was a tough read for a parent when it involves the loss of a child. I shed tears along with Maggie and her ex-husband, Edward. I can’t imagine how anyone could deal with such a tragedy. 

I love all Barbara Delinsky’s books and this was no exception. She knows how to touch on tough subjects and get to the heart of the matter. I highly recommend this enjoyable book.

Jjspina5.0 out of 5 starsA Fascinating Story of Greek Mythology! May 13, 2019Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase Aphrodite’s Curse told through the voice of Phaedra, a minor character in Greek Mythology. The author has written in first person in a creative and fascinating way through Phaedra’s letter to her husband. Phaedra has poisoned herself with hemlock due to her embarrassment of loving her husband’s son – unrequited love. She feels she cannot live with this fact and pours her heart out in a letter.

The author displays her love and knowledge of Greek Mythology enabling the reader to feel the angst of the characters, the injustice of being a woman, and loving another without abandon as Phaedra rambles on through writing as the poison slowly works through her body to weaken her. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Greek or Roman Mythology.

Jjspina5.0 out of 5 starsA Fascinating Story of Time Travel!May 13, 2019Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase A creative story of time travel that was gripping with its ever-changing twists and turns in the story line. Joe McLean is a lonely soul whose only joy in life is cheering for his beloved baseball team. Strange things happen when Joe purchases a stadium seat as a memento as his baseball team’s stadium is set to be demolished. What Joe doesn’t know is that this seat is a passageway to travel in time.

This was a fascinating premise that kept me riveted to find out how Joe will change his life each time he traveled in time. Would he be able to put things in order in his life, regain Beth, his ex-wife’s love again, find a way to keep his parents alive longer, help his brother become financially secure, and get his business in order? Can we ever turn back time and correct our mistakes?

I highly recommend this book if you want answers to these questions and love time travel plots. This was an enjoyable read! The author did a commendable joy of keeping each log of time travel straight.

A Quick and Delightful Read!

This author is one of my favorites. This short story was an enjoyable and quick read that kept me in suspense. The characters were well-developed and the story line was perfectly executed. This could have been developed to be a full-length novel, it was that good!

What would you do if your husband disappears before going on a trip to celebrate your first anniversary? The main protagonist is forced to deal with this situation. Why did her husband leave so suddenly without notice? How could he do this to her? Did he still love her?

You will have to read this excellent book to find answers to this story.

This was an entertaining novella which can be a stand alone book. I did not read the Riverbend Series and still enjoyed this story. There are a myriad of emotions that are displayed in this tale about a man, Jake, who becomes an emissary to the angel, Azrael. He is enlisted to aid Azrael in helping humans who are troubled and in need.

Marcia Meara has created well-defined characters who draw the reader in as they feel pain, angst, happiness, or sorrow. This is a creative piece that makes the reader believe that maybe this is all possible.

I was disappointed when the story ended and will have to pick up the next book to learn more about these characters. When a writer can endear her readers to her characters and story line enough that they care about their outcome, then she has successfully created a delightful book. I look forward to more books by this author.

More Glimpses is a creative collection of short stories in different genres such as horror, mystery, suspense. Some of these stories were quite spine-tingling that I only read them in the light of day.

Hugh Roberts is a creative writer who knows how to draw his readers in and keep them hanging onto his every word until the dramatic and shocking ending of his stories. Many of his tales are reminiscent of the show, The Twilight Zone. where you expected the unimaginable to happen.

I highly recommend this new collection of short stories for those fans of horror and the unusual genres. You will be surprised and delighted by these entertaining stories and will wish there were more.

I have read both of Hugh’s short story collections and thoroughly enjoyed them. I look forward to the next collection with eager anticipation.

Jjspina5.0 out of 5 starsA Suspenseful Mystery!May 28, 2019Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase Book 1 of Swamp Ghosts is a intriguing mystery rote with monsters both on two legs and four or none at all. The story centers around the main protagonist, Maggie Devlin, owner of a tour boat who loves to be on the water and exploring. When she meets wildlife photographer, Gunnar Wolfe, a giant among men she is drawn to him in more ways than she wants to admit.

The story demonstrates the physical attraction between these two well-defined characters as the storyline begins to create suspense. A mystery evolves around a killer at large when the couple find some bones of more than one victim in the swamp.

The question is: were these victims killed by an alligator or a human? The author keeps the reader guessing. All the pieces fit together eventually and leads to a shocking conclusion.

I enjoyed the characters in this book – flawed but strong, resilient, and fearless under dire circumstances. This was an intriguing beginning to this series and I look forward to the next book.

I was thrilled to win this book in an online contest. The book I received was under a different title: Finding Maylee. It was changed afterward to Search for Maylee.

The author put her emotions into this story about the kidnapping of a teen a few months short of her high school graduation. There are plenty of twists and turns and surprises as Maylee’s Aunt Autumn goes on a hunt to find her after the police and Maylee’s mother give up.

Autumn moves to the state where Maylee was last seen and discovers in her search how seedy and dangerous the world around her really is. She is however not ready to give up and stumbles upon a network of human trafficking even the police could not find. She befriends two men, one a detective who was on Maylee’s case and the other, a neighbor and manager of her new apartment.

How will Autumn be able to go up against these dangerous men who may have her niece? Can she do it alone or will she turn to the detective who makes her tremble and her heart beat in overdrive?
Some of those who she trusts may not be who they claim to be.

An interesting and fast-paced thriller that kept me on edge until the end.

Thank you for stopping by to read my monthly reviews. I hope you will check out all these wonderful authors and their fabulous books. Come back again for more interesting posts! I love having you visit!

Watch for more reviews coming up for the month of June!

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

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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Memorial Day – Remember Those Who Served!

Here is a post I wrote in 2018 that I wanted to share again. May God bless all those who honor and serve their country.

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Memorial Day is coming soon! Thank a soldier that you know or meet for their service by tapping your chest with your hand and nodding at them. They will know what you mean. Please say a prayer to keep them safe and bring all who are away home soon.

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MEMORIAL DAY

This is a day to remember those who died.

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They put everything else aside.

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They fought for your country with pride.

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They sacrificed their lives for others.

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Unselfishly they did this for their mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers.

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To all of us they have given their best.

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May now in peace shall they rest.

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Let us not forget what these brave men and women have done for us all!

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May God Bless them and keep them safe!

My father served in World War II as a Marine. I remember how proud he was of his service. He received a Purple Heart after he was injured in combat.

Here’s my handsome dad in his Marine uniform proudly marching. I couldn’t edit this to resize it reason why it is so large! He was larger than life in my eyes!

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What I did notice was how difficult it was for my father to talk about what he witnessed while he was in the service during WWII. He never really talked about the events until one day when I was a teenager.

I pushed him that day to talk about his experiences. All he could say was, “This war is something you can never forget. I lost many of my buddies. They were picked off and dropped down right next to me. I was lucky to survive with just a bullet wound.” My father passed away after a wonderful life in 2001. I miss him!

Thank you for stopping by!

Blessings & hugs to all! A special thanks to all you servicemen and woman for keeping us safe!

Janice

(Photos compliments of Wikimedia)

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Summer Reading for Kids of All Ages!

This is a post I previously wrote back in 2017 and wanted to share again in time for the summer.

Jemsbooks for all ages for fun summer reading for the whole family!

Pre-School – Grade 3  – Written in rhyme with life lessons – stories encourage children to behave, to respect others differences, to listen to your mother, show kindness to others, it’s okay to be different, love one another, be kind to animals, family and friends are important.

Purchase links:

Amazon Author Page for all Jemsbooks

Barnes & Noble Page for all Jemsbooks

School will be out in less than a month! Can you believe it? Have you picked out which books you want your children to read yet? Let me make some suggestions for you.

Middle-Grade/Young Adult/Preteen – Stories encourage good behavior, kindness to others, respect of elders and family values, bullying should never be accepted or tolerated, 

Amazon Author Page USA for all Jemsbooks

Amazon UK for all Jemsbooks

Amazon.ca for all Jemsbooks

Amazon.au for all Jemsbooks

Amazon.de for all Jemsbooks

Amazon.jp for all Jemsbooks

Amazon.cn for all Jemsbooks

Barnes & Noble for all Jemsbooks

for more links to other Amazon sites go to http://jemsbooks.com

For Parents or 18+

Amazon Author Page for all Jemsbooks

Barnes & Noble for novels

Jemsbooks for all ages! After all, everyone needs a good book!

If your library doesn’t carry Jemsbooks ask them to check out Jemsbooks today! I have donated books to my local library and also sent some to a library in Florida. All libraries should be made aware of books you like to read. I know that not everyone can afford to purchase a dozen books at one time so let your library help you out. They will purchase them so that you can read all summer.

There are also direct links to individual books (24 in all so far, more coming) on the right side of this post.

Remember: Reading Gives You Wings to Fly! This summer soar with Jemsbooks!

Thank you for stopping by. I love to hear from readers and welcome reviews of all my books! Please spread the word about any books you enjoy by authors. We authors love that! We write for all you wonderful readers out there!

Have fun reading!

Blessings & hugs!

Janice

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