Interview with Author D.G. Kaye!


Please help me welcome author D.G. Kaye to Jemsbooks Blog Segment, Interview an Author. Debby is a wonderful online friend of mine whose friendship I cherish.

Thank you so much for inviting me over here today Janice, what a treat!

It’s wonderful to have you here, Debby. It’s been a long time in coming.

Please tell us something about yourself.

I’m a Canadian nonfiction/ memoir writer with 6 books under my belt and hoping to finish my 7th before this year runs away on me. All my books offer life lessons from my perspective and my own experiences. I liken myself to the Phoenix who rose above adversity from a dysfunctional childhood, a narcissistic mother, zero self-esteem and once upon a time, an extremely abusive relationship. I like to think by sharing my stories I can empower others.

I live in Toronto, born and bred. I also run my blog, which is an eclectic mash of memoir stories, articles about writing and self-publishing, book reviews, author interviews, and my occasional rant on injustices I come across. I’m also part of the Sisters of the Fey blog with 7 other authors where we share our views and knowledge about the spirituaI realm. I’m an empath and believe in angels. I also write a travel column for Sally Cronin’s Smorgasbord Invitation.

I probably should have been an investigative journalist because I’m a great sleuth when it comes to research. But I’m afraid I missed the boat on that one. I loveeeee to travel and socialize. And you’ll always find me fighting for the underdog.

Jjspina: You are an amazing woman, Debby. Out of the ashes you rose triumphant and better than ever.

When did you know that you wanted to be an author?

Now that’s a good question. I’m not sure I ever really aspired to be an author. A writer yes, as I’ve been writing since childhood, but an author was a far away dream for me. In my twenties, I began devouring books and only wondered if I’d ever gain the courage to write a book. But the years and decades passed. I wrote in journals to document the craziness in my life and later submitted a few articles to some local magazines. As my journals grew through the years and my emotional battle with my mother escalated, I began to feel the need to compile some of my stories and so I wrote my first book. Conflicted Hearts – a memoir about how growing up with a narcissistic mother affected my childhood right through to adulthood.

Jjspina: It was a good thing that you did document your life. It made a fantastic book and must have been cathartic for you to release all that angst.

How do you come up with ideas for your stories?

I think I’ve been lucky in that department because I’ve never really sat down and said, “Okay, I want to write a book, what should I write about?” Often, I’ll be doing something unrelated to writing when I get an inspiration to write on a topic. My first book, Conflicted Hearts, I knew was going to be written from the journals I kept. My 5th book I published – P.S. I Forgive You, I knew I had to write that somewhat of a sequel to an unfinished story of Conflicted Hearts, but I also knew I couldn’t write that book until my mother died. I began writing it only a few months before she died as I struggled with breaking ‘no contact’ after 7 years of finally breaking free from her hold on me.

My 3rd book. Words We Carry, is a nonfiction/memoir. I often write in a crossover of both. In that book I share stories about building self-esteem and talk about healthy and toxic relationships.

Menowhat? A Memoir was sparked by one silly night of joking around with my bestie as we compared notes on how menopause was wreaking havoc on all our body parts. We were laughing hysterically as each of us tried to one-up each other with hilarious scenarios about who had it worse. I summed up our conversation by saying, “You can’t even make this shyteup” and decided I should write about it. Ladies who have ‘been there, done that’ can relate, and hopefully find the humor in it. Surprisingly, that book gained quite a few male readers who were curious to learn what their partner’s craziness was all about. LOL.

My book, Have Bags, Will Travel, was a fun write recounting some of my more humorous escapes and learning lessons on travel. And my latest book, Twenty Years: After “I Do” was inspired by my  wanting to write a tribute to my marriage on how to keep a marriage alive and thriving when life throws curve balls.

jjspina: You have some powerful books, Debby. I look forward to reading your latest one. It coming up on my TBR list soon.

What projects are you currently working on?

Since I began publishing, I’ve put out 1-2 books a year, but last year was a chaotic year right up until this past winter. I told myself I wanted to take a year off from book writing. I had lost my book writing mojo temporarily, but thankfully, it’s come back to me recently. Currently, I’m ‘turtling’ along with my next book, inspired by another conversation with a friend about how menopause has sentenced some of our parts to becoming almost unrecognizable after it’s done with us. Again, I’m aiming for humor with many relatable issues, lol. Hey, what can we do right? Sometimes you just gotta laugh! I’m nowhere near finished writing that book but the title is clear – The Change After the Change.

Jjspina: I’m sure it will be fabulous as all the others. 

What is your target audience for your book? 

That’s an interesting question, Janice. Initially, I thought I was writing for a mature female audience. As it turned out. It seems many younger women enjoy my books and surprisingly, quite a few males. I admit, writing personal things about ‘women parts’ was intimidating for me after discovering that men were reading my books too. But I was enlightened by this and happy to learn that men wanted to try and understand what women went through with the mystifying menopause and are also eager to learn more about relationship issues from reading my books.            

Jjspina: I hope those male readers learned something helpful in understanding women. Lol! 

What advice would you give prospective authors? 

Write for the love of writing. Write because it’s your passion. Don’t go into publishing thinking your book is going to be a bestseller and you’re going to get rich because it probably won’t and you probably won’t. Write and build a platform of followers and readers by opening a blog and engaging with readers. Post engaging articles on your blogs and on social media. Build your tribe and have them waiting and wanting to read that first book you publish, and then continue writing and engaging. If we have any aspirations of fame or fortune, with a little luck and a lot of social interaction, we can establish a presence for both ourselves and our books.

jjspina: Wonderful advice, Debby. 

If you could have one wish, what would it be?

I could think of many wishes, but my only wish is for good health. Without it absolutely nothing else would matter. All the money in the world cannot buy health.

Jjspina: That is so true, Debby. I wish that for you, my friend.

What would you do if you were not a writer? 

I can’t even imagine life without writing. I’ve been writing since I was 6 years old. I suppose if I couldn’t write I’d probably be blabbing a lot more and spending way more money on socializing and shopping (my weakness). The extrovert in me thrives on communication so if I can’t write, I’m going to tell you what’s in my head anyway.

Jjspina: I believe you would be productive either way. Lol!

Thank you again Janice for inviting me over to share a bit about myself here on your beautiful blog. 😊

It was my pleasure, Debby. I enjoyed learning more about you and your fabulous books.

Conflicted Hearts

“Somehow I believed it was my obligation to try to do the right thing by her because she had given birth to me.”

Conflicted Hearts is a heartfelt journey of self-discovery and acceptance, an exploration of the quest for solace from emotional guilt.

P.S. I Forgive You

“I hurt for her. She wasn’t much of a mother, but she was still my mother.”

After struggling for decades to break free, Kaye has severed the unhealthy ties that bound her to her dominating mother—but now Kaye battles new confliction, as the guilt she harbors over her decision only increases as the end of her mother’s life draws near.

Twenty Years: After “I Do”

Twenty years began with a promise. As Kaye recounts what transpired within that time, she shows that true love has no limits, even when one spouse ages ahead of the other.

Words We Carry

“I have been a great critic of myself for most of my life, and I was darned good at it, deflating my own ego without the help of anyone else.”

Words We Carry is a raw, personal accounting of how the author overcame the demons of low self-esteem with the determination to learn to love herself.

MenoWhat? A Memoir

“I often found myself drifting from a state of normal in a sudden twist of bitchiness.”

From PMS to menopause to what the hell?

Join D.G. on her meno-journey to slay the dragons of menopause as she tries to hold on to her sanity, memory, hair, and so much more.

Have Bags, Will Travel

In her quest to keep from tipping the scales, D.G. strives to devise new tricks to fit everything in her suitcases on each trip. Why is she consistently a target for Canada customs on her return journeys?

Click on these links to visit D.G. Kayes books:

Conflicted Hearts

P.S. I Forgive you

Twenty Years: After “I Do”

Words We Carry

MenoWhat? A Memoir

Have Bags, Will Travel

D.G. Kaye’s Bio:

Debby Gies is a Canadian nonfiction/memoir author who writes under the pen name of D.G. Kaye. She was born, raised, and resides in Toronto, Canada. Kaye writes about her life experiences, matters of the heart and women’s issues.

D.G. writes to inspire others. Her writing encompasses stories taken from events she encountered in her own life, and she shares the lessons taken from them. Her sunny outlook on life developed from learning to overcome challenges in her life, and finding the upside from those situations, while practicing gratitude for all the positives.

When Kaye isn’t writing intimate memoirs, she brings her natural sense of humor into her other works. She loves to laugh and self- medicate with a daily dose of humor.

Please feel free to connect with D.G. Kaye on social media and any of my author and blog pages at: (Of course there’s a story to this name!)

Come join our Literary Diva’s Library Facebook group for writers and authors.

I read a few of D.G. Kaye’s books and thoroughly enjoyed them. Here are two of my reviews.

A Heart-wrenching Decision to Forgive!

on January 6, 2017.  5 stars *****

Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

P.S. I Forgive You: A Broken Legacy is a journal of a rollercoaster of emotions displayed by this author as she deals with a narcissistic mother. This is a journey through life to survive without love and care from a mother who was incapable of loving anyone but herself.

The author opens her heart to the reader as her emotions pour out. She does all she can to make amends but to no avail and is forced to forgive her unfeeling mother and repair the damage done to her and her siblings.

This book is a catharsis to anyone who has had to live with this kind of parent. It helps them deal with the myriad of emotions that continue to bubble up inside and threaten to suffocate oneself.

My heart goes out to this child and her siblings who somehow managed to be strong and resilient even though they were never taught the essentials of parenting and the love that is needed to bring up a child. The author has shown remarkable strength and courage to face head-on the torments that continually threaten her very soul. I recommend this book to anyone who has yet to feel closure from an unhealthy relationship.

A Story of Courage and Resilience!

on November 20, 2016 5 Stars *****

Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

Conflicted Hearts is a story of an amazing woman who had to endure hardships throughout her life beginning with a heartless mother. As a young child she learned how to survive and make her way without her mother’s love.

This author poured out her heart in a cathartic way in order to deal with telling her story. She has faced adversity, serious illness both herself and her husband’s and somehow came out stronger.

Reading this book has been an eye opener for me. We all have to deal with our own demons and disappointments in life but it is how we handle them and come out on top, stronger and more resilient is what matters. I would highly recommend this book!

Thank you, readers, for stopping by to read about this talented author. Please check out her fabulous books on the above links and follow her on social media.


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I’m a Winner of $50 Amazon Gift Card!


I was thrilled to recently be the winner of a $50 Amazon Gift Card from! This site was started by author Carmen DeSousa. Carmen has some amazing books. Check out this link.

My Kindle app on my Ipad is groaning and moaning big time with all the new additions of books I crammed in. Sigh

It was fun to peruse Amazon for books. I did manage to find 12 ebooks to purchase for $49.93. I got as close as I possibly could. I think I did a commendable job of spending the money. LOL! I am good at spending other people’s money. Well, in fact, I spend my own easily enough too.

Needless to say, I have more than enough books to read for the next year or so. I also picked up two free ebooks and purchased another from Carmen DeSousa’s site at bringing the total of new books to 15! Check out this link for some wonderful choices of books.

Thank you, Carmen, for the gift card. I look forward to reading all these wonderful books.

Thanks for stopping by, readers. Maybe you will be lucky too if and when she offers any more rafflecopters and gift cards.


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Interview with Author Antalaya Israel!


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Please help  me welcome author Antalaya Israel to Jemsbooks Blog Segment, Interview an Author.

It’s nice to meet you Antalaya. Thank you for coming.

Please tell us something about yourself.
I am a mother of a 6 1/2 year old girl named Tristan-Malia. I was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. but resided in North Carolina for four years. I received my undergraduate degree with honors in Mass Communications in 2008 from Shaw University and my M.B.A. from Metropolitan College of New York in General Business in 2016. I have dabbled with acting after graduating with my Bachelor’s degree and have been in Gossip Girl, Law & Order and The Rebound (movie) as an extra. I have always loved writing and I actually knew it was something that I was truly good at after I wrote a phenomenal teleplay for my Media Production class.

I have always been a great writer and enjoyed it since high school but I did not think that I would be good enough to make it a profession until college. My professors constantly encouraged me to pursue something with writing and admired my work.

jjspina: Wow, I didn’t know you were also an actor. Good for you! Must have been fun to do something like that.

How do you come up with ideas for your stories?
I use my daughter, my nephew and all of their friends experiences and I use my imagination. Nothing is simple with kids and the way that they think. When they play hide and go seek, to us, it may be just a little game but to the kids, it may be a huge hunt filled with mystery, excitement and thrill.

jjspina: Yes, children are an inspiration to observe. You can obtain lots of ideas for stories. They have wonderful unspoiled imaginations. 

What projects are you currently working on?
I am currently working on my second “Sunny the Skunk” book, which will be a part of the series. I also have other books in the works such as my memoir.

jjspina: This sounds like a cute Series.

What do you expect to accomplish in 2018?
I had high hopes that 2018 would bring me out of fear and accomplish things that I have regretted not presenting and pursuing with my all. I did not want this year to go by and I did nothing that truly makes me happy and will help me in my career as a writer and author.

jjspina: Think big and you will succeed – have confidence that you can do anything you put your mind to. You have youth on your side. Good luck with whatever you do.

What hobbies do you have when you are not writing?
I enjoy sewing, creating designs and making clothing.

Jjspina: You certainly are creative, Antalaya.

What is your target audience for your book?
My target audience for this book are children in pre-kindergarten through 3rd grade. This book is relatable that {believe it or not} adults have found it very helpful with dealing with out casting situations because we all go through it, not only children.

jjspina: Yes, many do have problems in everyday life interacting with others who are different. It looks like a cute book for kids.Sunny The Skunk 3D Cover.png

Antalaya’s Links:




What advice would you give prospective authors?
I would tell them to be YOU. People who read your book want to see things through your eyes. Do not let anything discourage you from using your creativity and sharing it with the world. I am a testimony! Never could I truly imagine that I would celebrating being a new author in 2018.

jjspina: Good advice, Antalaya. Congratulations to you for becoming an author in 2018. This is just the beginning for you.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would definitely go to different parts of Africa.

jjspina: I hope you will get there one day.

It was a pleasure to have you here, Antalaya. I wish you much success with your book and future endeavors. Now that you are part of Jemsbooks Blog family feel free to come back again when you have a new release.

Thank you, readers, for stopping by today. I hope you will peruse Antalaya’s links and check out her book.


Reading is good for your health! Please remember to show a little love to authors by reviewing their books wherever you purchased them. We authors will love you!

Blessings & hugs,


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Rose of Sharon Bushes are in Bloom!


I love this time of year when my Rose of Sharon bushes begin blooming. Once they begin to bloom there is no stopping them. They are just gorgeous. Here are some photos I snapped for you to enjoy.

The photo on the right shows a whole row of bushes against the side of my house – 10 in all and each one is a little different even though they came from the same mother plant.

We began with one bush in a light purple color. The original bush is the first photo above which has changed to white blooms since last year. These bushes are amazing in that they can change from year to year to different colors.

We took transplants from the original bush and these plants came up in one or two colors. Some plants have white and light purple on the same bush as the one above on the right and another one above on the left. It has white and purple blooms. As you can see in the photos there are three different colors – white, light purple and darker purple.

We have 17 bushes in all from all the transplanting we have done over several years. It is interesting to see what colors come up on each plant from year to year.

Along with these lovely flowers come the glorious hummingbirds (my favorite bird of all). They are attracted to the deep flower and sweet nectar of the Rose of Sharon blossoms. With so many bushes in bloom you can imagine how many hummingbirds are flying around our yard. It’s fabulous!

Here are some photos I snapped with my IPhone and iPad. I managed to capture a couple in mid-flight. We have three feeders for them which keep them flitting back and forth amongst these and the flowers. There’s plenty for them to eat. They need it too. They expel much energy just flying around forward, backward, up and down and upside down. They are the only birds that can fly upside down.

Some of these are at my kitchen window. They come up to feed and look at me in mid-flight. It’s so exciting to see them up close and personal. Some of these are ruby throated and others are emerald green or gray and black hummingbirds. They are all beautiful!

The photos below are from our back deck feeder. The birds fight over who is going to get there first. They travel back and forth amongst the feeders all day long. I run from one feeder to the other to catch them in action. LOL! 

In the photo below I noticed the Rose of Sharon flower has multi-faceted petals and a different flowery stamen in the middle. They have distinctive differences the closer you look at them. I am in awe of these flowers. Can’t wait each year until they bloom. They delight and surprise me with their variations in color and textures.

I hope you enjoyed gazing at these gorgeous flowers and the amazing and beautiful hummingbirds. It was a pleasure to share them with you. I will keep snapping photos as more blossoms pop up so I can compare them and Fascinating!

Thank you for stopping by and for your kind support!


Stock up for summer reading with fun adventures and entertaining books from! I will love you for it! LOL! Thank you, friends!

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7 Ways To Get More Readers To Your Blog

Hi readers! Did you know there are 7 ways to get more readers to your blog? Well, hope on over to Hugh Roberts’ blog (blogger extraordinaire) and find out what they are.

While you are there peruse his fabulous site for all kinds of interesting blogs, short stories and other fantastic stuff.

Thanks for stopping by! Come back again real soon! Hugs!

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An Unfortunate Change in Plans

Attention Readers: You must read this blog by Charles Yallowitz, author of a wonderful fantasy series. He is taking a hiatus from writing. You can help him by going to his books and purchasing one or more right now. Cheer him up and let him know you love his work! Come on everyone! You know you love fantasy! His books are gripping once you begin the stories you won’t be able to put them down. Hurry over to his blog now and check them out. Check out Charles’ Interview on my site too for more about him and his fabulous books. He has also been on my blog a few other times for cover reveals and a guest post. Don’t forget to leave a review too where you purchased his books. Thank you so much for your support! Hugs xx

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Is it Possible to Write More than one Book at a Time?

This author is doing just that – writing two books at the same time. This isn’t my idea. I have been forced into writing more than one book at a time by my characters. They are taking over once again! Yikes!

This strange thing happened previously when I was in the middle of writing another book which has yet to be published. It is a historical fiction. While I was writing this novel another idea came to me and characters ventured forth compelling me to write down their story in a YA fantasy which is not yet published either. Hopefully next year I will attempt to publish one of them.

Now I am in the middle of Book 2 of Abby & Holly Series and who stops by to interrupt my train of thought but their buddies, Davey & Derek Donato, twin detectives from their series Books 1-5. Sigh! They had me writing up a whole chapter in the middle of the girls’ book before I realized – wait a minute this is not D&D’s book. Get out of here you rascals. You will have your time in Book 6.

Book 6 has Chapter 1 started thanks to D&D. Thanks guys! I need to rewrite Chapter 12 for Abby & Holly. Depending upon whether the twins’ voices interrupt me again I hope to complete Abby & Holly next month and send it along to my beta readers for proofing. Fingers crossed.

Well, in the meantime please check out Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Books 1-5 and Abby & Holly Series Book 1 to get caught up in all the fun adventures, mysteries, magic, ghosts and comical antics. More fun coming your way!

I really love Davey & Derek as their personalities have come to life in each book. I couldn’t get angry with them when they got impatient to begin their new book. But as the author I need to take charge and let them know who’s boss. LOL! I promise to pick up Book 6 once Abby & Holly’s book 2 is completed. Did you hear that D&D? So there!

Give D&D some love by clicking on links below. They maybe, just maybe, they will leave me alone. Sigh! Thank you for your support!

Sorry about all the different sizes of covers! Couldn’t get them to be the same size so I didn’t fight it.

Go to Amazon or Barnes & Noble or click on covers to the right of this post for purchase.

Thank you, readers, for stopping by to read of my dilemma. If the boys behave themselves I will get both books done in no time. LOL!


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Interview with Author Leslie Hachtel!


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Please help me welcome author Leslie Hachtel to Jemsbooks Blog Segment, Interview an Author. 

Nice to meet you Leslie. Thank you for coming today.

The floor is all yours.

When did you know that you wanted to be an author?
For as long as I can remember, I have always made up stories. Then one day, years ago, I was cleaning my house and I thought: I can go change the sheets now or I can write a book. So, I sat down and wrote a novel. Granted it was awful, but it ignited my passion.

jjspina: The sheets can always wait but the muse can’t.

What process do you need in order to write?

I don’t really have a process per se. I just need an idea, a keyboard and time.

jjspina: I guess that’s essentially what is needed, especially time.

What projects are you currently working on?
Right now I am working on an anthology that is set in the 1870’s entitled “Grave Importance”. It is a departure from my usual romances. It will be eight separate stories, each author using the same setting, theme and premise. It’s dark and full of murder, intrigue and twists. It is due out December 10 from Perfectly Poisoned Anthologies and I am very excited about it.
I am also working on Book Two of the Morocco series (Catherine’s story).

jjspina: That new books does sound intriguing.

What hobbies do you have when you are not writing?
I have three hobbies. I sew, paint (acrylics on canvas) and I make jewelry. When I need to step away from the writing to plot or develop characters, these other activities clear my mind. Also, the jewelry works great to give as presents.

jjspina: That’s wonderful – three other passions!

Please share your links and where to purchase your books.
All of my books are available on Amazon. “Bound to Morocco”, Captain’s Captive” and “The Dance Series” (bundle) are additionally available on all major sites.
Below are the links to Amazon:


The Defiant Bride


Once Upon a Tablecloth




Captain’s Captive


The Dream Dancer 


Emma’s Dance 


Jester’s Dance


A Dance in Time


The Dance Series (bundle)

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Bound to Morocco


Hannah’s War 


Texas Summer 

jjspina: This is quite an impressive list of books, Leslie.

What advice would you give prospective authors?
Believe in yourself, in your work and don’t give up. Believe me, I know that is easier said than done. Writing is a solitary endeavor and the world is not always very kind. But you can never make a basket if you don’t shoot the ball.

jjspina: Good analogy!

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would love to spend time in a Scottish castle, to experience history first hand and get a taste of how some of the people lived years ago. Or, walk through Ireland and absorb the landscape. Or go back to Rome and sit in a plaza, drinking in the sights. Or…

jjspina: Ahh, so many lovely places to go – hope you get to them one day.

What would you do if you were not a writer?
I would work at a zoo. I spent 18 years as a licensed veterinary technician and I do miss working with animals. And if I could do that again, I would want to be around giraffes and elephants and all the exotic creatures. Just don’t tell my dog.

jjspina: That must have been a fascinating job. I love elephants, giraffes are pretty cute too. Dogs know more than you think! Haha!

Leslie’s Links:



Thank you so much for coming today, Leslie. I enjoyed learning more about you and your books. I will be perusing your books soon. I wish you much success with these books and all future endeavors. Please feel free to come back again to share new releases now that you are part of Jemsbooks Blog family.

Thank you, readers, for stopping by to read about this busy author, Leslie Hachtel. I hope you will check out her links and books soon.


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Do you need a fun read for a book report?


The start of school is rapidly approaching much to the chagrin of all students. Sorry kids, but all good things do come to an end. But it doesn’t have to be dreary – pick up a book from and find a fun reading adventure with animal stories for young children, magical stories with comical twins, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Books 1-5, or ghosts and surprises with Abby & Holly School Dance Book 1 of a Series of fun books for middle-school girls and boys.

Once children begin reading one of these books they will forget all about the beginning of school approaching. They will want to read them all. Then when school does begin their teachers will be impressed with the amount of books they have read for the summer. Parents, you will get stars for encouraging your children to read!

Pick up copies of Jemsbooks on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and on my website – for quick connects to online stores.

Now for parents, I did not forget you. Curl up with one of Jemsbooks for 18+ and you will forget the rest of the world for a little while. Find a hiding place so no one will find you until after you finish a book. Ahh! Life is good!

If you are in the mood for a romance/paranormal/mystery as in How Far is Heaven or an eclectic short story collection, An Angel Among Us, or want to be kept in suspense and riveted by a crime/mystery/thriller, Hunting Mariah and its sequel, Mariah’s Revenge, there is something for all readers. The world will fade as you are swept away with these books. Enjoy! Stock up today and soar with Jemsbooks!

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you will get a chance to peruse my books and send me a little love in a review. I will be ecstatic and will even share here!

If you would like to appear on my blog, this is what you can do. Purchase one or more of my books, take a photo of yourself with the book(s) and send the photo to me by email jjspina(at)myfairpoint(dot)net along with your review from Amazon or Barnes & Noble. I will post it here! I hope my books travel around the world. It will be interesting to see where my readers are. Thank you so much for your support! Much love & hugs!

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Interview with Author Darlene Foster!


Darlene Foster

Darlene Foster

Please help me welcome author Darlene Foster to Jemsbooks Blog Segment of Interview an Author. 

It’s lovely to have you here Darlene. Please step up on the soap box.

Please tell us something about yourself.

I’m probably considered a late bloomer as I didn’t start writing seriously until later in life. But I have always loved to tell stories and made up tales in my head growing up on a ranch in southern Alberta. I recall pretending I was in exciting, foreign countries having an adventure. I had two wishes as a child, one was to travel the world and the other was to be a published writer one day. I have been very lucky as I have held wonderful jobs over the years, raised two amazing children, and been blessed with four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. My dreams have come true as I have travelled to interesting places and have had seven books published. Although Canada will always be my home, my husband and I enjoy our place in Spain with our adorable dog, Dot. Dreams do come true!!

jjspina: How nice that you have realized your dream even if it is later in life.

What projects are you currently working on?

I recently finished Amanda in Holland-Missing in Action which is in the hands of my publisher, Central Avenue Publishing, and will be released in 2019. In this, the seventh book in the Amanda Travels series, Amanda Ross visits Holland with her BFF Leah. They enjoy the gorgeous tulip fields, watch wooden shoes being made and learn about the cruelty of war while visiting the Anne Frank House. While in Holland, they find an abandoned puppy and run into a mysterious gardener who is hiding a secret. All the time Amanda wonders what happened to her great-uncle, a Canadian soldier who went to Holland in 1945 and never returned, reported missing in action.

I have just started writing the eighth book in the series. Amanda will be visiting the amazing country of Malta in this adventure.

jjspina: That’s amazing that you can travel to these countries and make up tales for Amana. Children will love your books!

What hobbies do you have when you are not writing?

As most writers will tell you, writing consumes you. You are either writing, researching, thinking of writing, marketing, writing articles, making notes, interviewing people or talking about writing. It doesn’t leave much time for anything else. I like to bake and cook nice meals. I love trying different recipes and entertaining guests. Of course while I’m cooking and baking, I am often thinking about the next chapter in my WIP. I also love to travel but that usually turns into research for a book or travel articles. I also like to read and take every opportunity to do so. I try not to think about writing while I read. (Not always successfully)

jjspina: This makes me chuckle, Darlene. I am the same way!

What is your target audience for your books?

My books are written for 8 to 12 year old. But having said that, you are never too old to read a children’s book. Many adult readers enjoy following Amanda’s adventures. Some even plan their holidays around Amanda’s travels. So perhaps I should say my target audience is anyone who loves to read about other countries and cultures and enjoys an adventure.

jjspina: Yes, I agree about your books. They are for any age because of the traveling aspect of them.Adobe Photoshop PDF

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

Amanda Ross is an average girl living in Alberta, Canada and she is bored. On her twelfth birthday she makes a wish for travel and adventure before blowing out all her candles. The next day tickets to visit her aunt and uncle in the United Arab Emirates arrive in the mail. She has an amazing adventure in the UAE that includes a mysterious perfume flask, a beautiful princess, a loyal camel and a chase across a dangerous desert. You can read about her adventures in book number 1 of the Amanda travels series, Amanda in Arabia-The Perfume Flask.

Amanda has the travel bug and when her friend Leah invites her to come to Spain on a holiday with her, she jumps at the chance. She visits Madrid, explores a mountain town with houses hanging on the edge of cliffs, stays overnight in an old, spooky monastery, takes part in a tomato fight and discovers the amazing sights of Barcelona. A young girl, looking amazingly like a girl in a famous painting, shows up wherever Amanda and Leah happen to be. Can Amanda keep this sweet young girl, and her beloved pony, safe from the clutches of an evil horse thief without bringing harm to herself and Leah? This adventure is book number 2, Amanda in Spain-The Girl in the Painting.

Amanda travels to England to spend spring break with Leah where she has to get used to funny accents and cars driving on the opposite side of the road. The girls visit the Isle of Wight where they meet Charlie, a kind old bookseller, and his cat Rupert. They discover a vintage book is missing from a set, meet a couple of dubious teenagers and a suspicious woman. Amanda explores Hampton Court, Harrods, The Tower of London and Windsor Castle while trying to find out what happened to the missing novel and why Charlie is acting so strange. Find out more in Amanda in England-The Missing Novel, book number 3.

Amanda is delighted to show Leah around Alberta when she visits from England. They take in the Calgary Stampede, tour a ranch, go on a cattle drive, visit a buffalo jump, spend time at a dinosaur museum and explore the Hoodoos. When Amanda finds a stone with a unique mark on it, she doesn’t think it’s very important, until everyone seems to want it. Is this stone worth ruining Leah’s holiday and risking their lives? Spend time in Alberta as Amanda attempts to decipher the writing on the stone and keep it from the wrong hands in Amanda in Alberta-the Writing on the Stone, book number 4.

On an exciting river cruise down the Danube, Amanda is given a valuable violin to look after by a homeless musician. She is fascinated by the medieval castles, green valleys and charming villages of Germany, Austria and Hungary, learns about European history and enjoys the beautiful sounds of music along the way. But, she is not sure who she can trust and if the violin can be kept safe for the poor prodigy in Amanda on the Danube-The Sounds of Music, book number 5.

Book number 6 of the Amanda Travels series takes place in New Mexico where Amanda is on a school trip. One of her classmates claims she sees ghosts but Amanda has trouble believing her, until strange things start to happen. The beautiful but haunting landscape, an ancient pueblo and a haunted hotel all hold secrets to a wild and violent past in Amanda in New Mexico-Ghosts in the Wind.

All my books are available on Amazon and other sites that sell good books as well as can be ordered from most bookstores. Although they are numbered, the books do not have to be read in order.

jjspina: Wow, I am impressed over the selection of travel books you have. You must have taken a lot of fascinating trips.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I enjoy traveling and have seen a good amount of this amazing world but one place I haven’t been too and would so love to visit is Australia and New Zealand. I think Amanda would love it there too!

jjspina: I agree that Australia and New Zealand would be wonderful places to visit.

Do you have any unusual talents? What are they?

An interesting question. I’m not sure if this is a talent, but I’m able to carry on multiple conversations at the same time in the same room. I believe that comes from being raised in a large, talkative family. Not everyone can do this and many of my friends think it is quite amazing. It is a good skill to have when you are at networking events or collecting ideas for stories.

jjspina: Yes, it certainly would be ideal to be able to do that.

Please share your links and where to purchase your books.

Amazon author page
WordPress Blog

Darlene’s Bio:

Darlene Foster dreamt of writing, travelling the world, and meeting interesting people. She also believed in making her dreams come true. It’s no surprise she’s now the award-winning author of Amanda Travels, a children’s adventure series about a spunky twelve-year-old who loves to travel to unique places. Readers of all ages enjoy travelling with Amanda as she unravels one mystery after another. A world traveller herself, Darlene divides her time between the west coast of Canada and the Costa Blanca, in Spain with her husband and entertaining dog, Dot.

Thank you, Darlene, for coming today. It was a pleasure to learn more about you and your fascinating books about travel. I will be perusing them soon.

Now that you are part of Jemsbooks Blog family, please feel free to come back again to share more new adventures for Amanda. I wish you much success with these books and all the future ones to come. Happy traveling, Darlene!

Thank you, readers, for stopping by to read about this creative author. I hope you will check out her books and links and look over her amazing books.


Reading is good for your health! Please remember to leave a little love for authors by reviewing their books wherever you purchased them. We authors will love you for them.

Blessings & Hugs!


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