It’s Reading Time! Hop on the Jemsbooks Express and get reading! Free ebook for three children!

Jemsbooks Express (created by John Spina)

Reading is so much fun for all ages! Jemsbooks Express carries fun adventures in reading for kids. Have you checked out all the colorful books in rhyme with life lessons that are showcased to the right of this post and on Amazon and Barnes & Noble?

Encourage your children to read daily. Did you know that children mirror or copy parents habits? That is why we must always put our best foot forward in front of them. We can do this by reading daily, taking our children/grandchildren to the library or book store to find something to read. I assure you if you do this your children/grandchildren will become lovers of books, their vocabulary will be increased, their creativity will be enhanced and their health and wellbeing will improve to make them more positive, happy and fulfilled individuals in their daily lives.

We hear so much about drugs and the dangers of children and teens taking them. We have to teach our children at an early age to beware of taking anything from anyone. Now if someone gives them a book, it’s okay. Phew!

Do you want to encourage your children to read more? Contact me if you are interested in receiving an ebook of any one of my children’s books to get your child reading today. I will offer three free ebooks to the first three requests for a book that I receive. The only thing I ask in return is a review of the book that you receive. Contact me today at jjspina@comcast.net and put in Subject Line – free ebook for children.

Check out all my books below and online to make your selection.

Jemsbooks Children’s books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Jemsbooks Children’s books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Please consider giving books to all the children on your list for all occasions. There is nothing better than to see a child’s eyes light up when you give him/her a book – even more so when you read the book to them. You are giving them so much more than you could ever imagine, e.g., you spark their imagination, heighten their creativity, lift their spirits, increase their vocabulary, open up a whole new world to them, enhance their health and welbeing and encourage them to love reading. The gift of a book is worth more than gold to our children, grandchildren. Keep reading and gifting books to children. Let’s bring up a generation of readers and thinkers. Thank you for your support!

I feel pure joy writing for children and hope with God’s help and blessing to continue to write many more fun adventures for children to read and enjoy. I do enjoy writing for MG/PT/YA and 18+ too!

Here are all the life lessons in Jemsbooks Children’s Books: Parents love these books for all the important life lessons children learn as they read along or are read to by their parents. Parents will never have to fear that there is anything in my books that is not suitable for young children ages 1-7, PS-Grade 3.

Louey the Lazy Elephant – Louey teaches children the importance of not being lazy and always listen to your mother.

Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon – Ricky teaches children to always listen to your mother.

Jerry the Crabby Crayfish – Jerry teaches children that it is okay to be different, be the best you can be and be happy with who you are.

Lamby the Lonely Lamb – Lamby teaches children to accept differences and to be kind to others.

Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear – Jesse teaches children that friends are important and mothers know best.

Broose the Moose on the Loose – Broose teaches children to be kind and accepting of others who are different than you are.

Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey – Sebastian teaches children how important it is to be kind to animals, that animals have feelings too like humans and deserve our respect.

Colby the Courageous Cat – Colby teaches children to love one another and take care of your siblings.

Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe – Jeffrey teaches children to be brave and help others in need.

Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab – Clarence Henry teaches children to work hard and do the best you can do and be happy with who you are.

Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier – Lucy teaches children to be kind to pets, how important a pet can be and how much this pet loves us unconditionally.

The First Star – teaches children that love of family is more important than all the riches in the world.

Drystan the Dragon Series Book 1: Drystan and Durward Save the Day – Drystan demonstrates to children that being kind and helping others is important and the right thing to do.

Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Book 2: Damara Helps Drystan Find His Roar – Drystan demonstrates the importance of friendship, being kind to others and helping others in need.

Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Book 3 – Delbert Finds Himself – Drystan teaches Delbert, a shy dragon, the importance of loving yourself as you are and that all colors are beautiful!

Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Book 4: Delfina Solves A Problem – Delfina helps Drago love himself and teaches him to be kind to others.

Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Book 5: Drago Does A Good Deed – Drago finds a rabbit in need of his help. He learns that it is better to be kind to others.

Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Book 6: Dragana Helps a Fairy – Dragana helps a fairy who is injured and in need. She doesn’t hesitate to help in any way she can and goes above and beyond to help this fairy. Being kind and helping others is what Dragana learns.

Make Believe: Bedtime Stories for Chilren: These stories promote good behavior, encourage children to be kind to others, friends are important, differences should be accepted and that we are all unique and special.

Watch for more books coming in 2023 for children and all ages.

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. Please feel free to come back anytime. You are always welcome. Thank you for your kind support of my blog and books and for any reviews you may post wherever you purchase my books.

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!

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

Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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Fall or autumn is all around us with its beauty!

I can never get enough photos of all the colors of the trees as they transform in a thing of beauty. It takes my breath away. We know it is a scientific thing – lack of chlorophyll as the weather gets cooler at night and warm during the day. It’s still fascinating and wondrous!

Here are some photos I recently snapped of the colors while on a recent walk with my husband around the neighborhood. The trees are still not at their peak. But I will send more as they reach their full glory.

I enjoy this time of year so much but know that all good things must come to an end. The trees will soon lose all their gorgeous colors and be stripped bare throughout the long, cold, snowy winter. Sigh! Of course I have to admit that I love the first snowfall and watching the flakes come down in all kinds of patterns. Each one is unique. I have on occasion tested this out by catching the snowflakes on my palm and looking at them closely before they melt. They are indeed all different in an amazing way.

It’s almost impossible to snap photos of them since they disappear so quickly into a puddle. But I might try it one day. Ha!

I hope you enjoyed my photos and come back again real soon. Thank you for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books and for any reviews you post wherever you purchase my books.

Enjoy each day as if it were your last. Love your family and friends, be kind to others and be the best you can be. That is all that is expected of us while we are here on this earth.

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!

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

Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

Jemsbooks.blog

Jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net

AMAZON.COM AUTHOR PAGE (All books)

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What are your favorite genres?

Since I am an eclectic writer, my reading preferences are also eclectic. What are your favorite genres? As you can see by all my month reads and reviews that I read all kinds of books. Have you been checking out my reviews each month? I hope my reviews help you choose your next read.

I enjoy reading and reviewing books. The only time I will not review a book is if I cannot give it at least three stars. Do you review books you read? If not, please consider doing so to help others choose the next read especially if you really enjoy a particular book. We authors will love you for your efforts and so will readers who can’t decide what to read next.

Are you looking for your next read? I have books for all ages and myriad genres. I have 39 books at present and working on my 40th. You can check them out by clicking on the covers to the right of this post. There is something for all reading tastes and all ages. I have children’s books, books for MG/PT/YA, novels and a short story collection for 18+.

My favorite genre to read is mysteries. I also love suspense, surprise endings, serial crime, romance, paranormal, clairvoyant, short stories, and historical fiction. You will find something in all of these genres with my books.

On a recent mini-vacation I met a little boy of three. He was so precocious and talked non-stop during dinner one table over from us. When I was leaving I stopped by his table to say how much I enjoyed listening to him talk. I gave him a book mark and told him I would send him one of my books of his choice. All his parents had to do was write to me with his choice which I already know. He chose one that he liked right away. He was so cute and got very excited. He kept asking me will you send this book to me? I said I would. I told him parents to contact me. I hope they do, otherwise he will be so disappointed. I even did a pinkie swear with him. My joy is to see children reading and having fun with my books. The more I can encourage them to read, the better. Giving books away is one way to encourage children to read.

Jemsbooks Children’s books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

MG/PT/YA books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Purchase YA books here.

JEMSBOOKS NOVELS FOR 18+ are available on Amazon as paperbacks and ebooks (Kindle) and Barnes & Noble as paperbacks.

Promo by BMGN – Theodocia McLean

I would love to hear what you would like to read next. My WIP is different from what I have written so far. Keep a lookout for it coming in October 2022.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. Please feel free to come back again any time. You are always welcome.

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!

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

Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

Jemsbooks.blog

Jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net

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Books Read in the Month of September 2022!

Here it is already the end of another month. Where does the time go? We are now three quarters the way through the year! I have been busy as usual reading some wonderful books for the month of September of 2022. Here are the 8 books I read and reviewed for September. I might have read even more if I didn’t have a few WIP. But I always seemed to have a WIP! That fact never stops me! I hope you enjoy reading these reviews.

Word Art for Reading & Reviewing

I love sharing my eclectic reads in this Jemsbooks Segment, Books Read in the Month. I hope you will get a chance to look these books over soon. Thank you for your kind support of my work and that of my fellow authors.

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

The Lullaby Sky is a story about an abusive relationship but also about finding love afterward. The main protagonist, Hannah O’Malley, has escaped through divorce, an abusive marriage and is ready to begin her life again with her young daughter, Sophie.

Hannah moves back to her childhood home close to her great aunt and friends from school. She opens up her home to other women who have also been battered by their abusive husbands or boyfriends. This is one way for her to help others and regain her own life in a healthy way.

The story is sweet and endearing with the interaction of the adorable Sophie and family and friends. This child pulls the story together with her innocence. Sophie grows through the relationships she makes with the women and their children who come to her house known as Lullaby Sky. As young as she was, she remembers her father being angry and unkind. She must learn to heal along with her mother.

This is a lovely story and touched my heart for all those who have been abused. It was a story for all those who need to heal and learn to live again without fear.

I highly recommend this beautiful story!

Family Money is an intriguing story. It held my interest until the surprise ending. Things are all that they seem to be in this mystery.

I have read several of this author’s books and have not been disappointed. This one was an enjoyable read also. The author has a way of keeping the reader in suspense, creating fast-moving, action-packed scenes that had me holding my breath, and twists and turns throughout.

The main protagonists Alex and Tracy have set up a business with the help of Tracy’s father who has gifted them five million dollars to start up. They had no idea where or how he obtained this much money. They never asked that question but when Tracy’s father, Joe, gets kidnapped on a trip to Mexico things are not adding up. Why was he targeted and by whom?

Alex does not accept what the police tell him and does his own search for the truth. What he finds is not what he expected. There are people out there that will go to the extremes to stop him from discovering the truth.

This was a gripping mystery that kept me on the edge of my seat.

A Year in the Life of Leah Brand is a psychologically disturbing story of a poor woman’s life in a continuous nightmare. Leah tries to get her life back together again after losing her husband, two children and her leg in a car accident.

She is emotionally distraught but meets a charming and charismatic man who sweeps her off her feet with promises of a better life for her. She marries him and moves into his house where his teenage daughter refuses to accept her and treats her rudely and with disdain.

What Leah thought was a new beginning becomes a nightmare where she finds that she is losing her mind. Her best friend, Andrea, is the only one who listens to her tales of woe but soon she tires of it. Leah escapes to the library for the peace, quiet and safety she finds there. While she sits there each day for hours reading she becomes acquainted with the librarian, Bill, who becomes here only friend. She confides in him after a while about the strange things that are happening in here home and how difficult it is to live there each day. He listens and convinces her that she is not insane as her husband and step daughter say she is.

This story was nerve-wracking and deeply disturbing to this reader. The author created a story that was so intense that I felt I was feeling and experiencing what Leah was. If an author can do that then she is truly talented.

I enjoyed the story and couldn’t put it down but was almost relieved when it was over. But this is only book 1. I will have to pick up book 2 to find out more and get answers to the many questions that are swirling around in my head.

If you dare, read this book. You will be hooked and deeply disturbed for Leah Brand. Unforgettable read!

A thriller that delves into family issues too hard to comprehend. The main protagonist, Eva, must deal with the death of her adoptive mother who saved her from a abusive life in a home.

Eva has to decide if finding her birth mother will help put her life back together after her loss. What she finds is not what she expected. Can she deal with more heartache? Will she ever find her mother?

The authors created a story that showcases love of family, even if they are not from birth, can heal a broken heart.

An enjoyable read that kept me interested until the surprise ending.

One Last Scream is an intriguing mystery that keeps the tension going until it’s conclusion. This is book 2 in this thrilling series.

The main protagonist is a strong, fearless Special Agent who will stop at nothing to solve the murders her son stumbles across. Even though one of the murders is 50 years old, she perseveres through multiple attempts on her life. Her only concern is the safety of her teen son.

I enjoyed the myriad characters and how the story unfolded solving the 50-year murder. Ricki James is a resilient and fascinating character who keeps the story interesting. There are men in her life, an ex-husband and a boss who both care about her. Her intentions with both keep you guessing whether she cares for them as much. Since there are more books in this series any thing can happen along with more mysteries to solve and danger at every turn for Ricki James.

An enjoyable read!

This book, as well as all the others by Mike Martin, is like going home to a familiar and comfortable place with kind, caring people in a beautiful setting. Newfoundland feels like home each time I pick up a book by this talented author.

The characters in this lovely book about Christmas-time traditions, family life and happy times is full of feel-good celebrations with family and friends. It makes the reader become nostalgic about one’s own gatherings at Christmas, the love that is shared, the good food and good times that we cherish and hold close to our hearts.

This was an enjoyable, heartfelt read that took me back to my childhood and refreshed precious memories of days long past. It made me long for those days again.

Thin Air is a thrilling mystery that will keep you turning pages. The author created a story that is gripping and surprising with a strong female protagonist, Jessica Shaw, who will not give up until she solves the mystery.

The premise is unique in that the person who is delving into the mystery is the person the mystery is all about. That is mind-boggling to image but doesn’t deter Jessica from going the distance to find out who were her parents are and why she was taken from her mother as a young child.

I highly recommend this intriguing mystery!

This is an unforgettable read! This is book 3 of this series. Rachel Caine is an amazing writer! She has created a series that is chock-full of action, adventure, mishaps, danger at every turn and surprises that kept me reading late into the night.

Gwen, the main protagonist and ex-wife of a deceased serial killer, is on the run from all the lunatics that are unforgiving of what her husband did and blame her too for his crimes. She has to be on the lookout for herself and her children for anyone who may try to harm them. Her boyfriend, Sam, is her support system but has secrets of his own that may tear them apart. No matter what she does or where she goes someone is after her.

This book had me gasping for breath at every dangerous situation that Gwen and her children had to endure. I can’t wait to read the next book but may have to take a breather. I don’t think my heart can take another scary adventure with Gwen, kids and Sam just yet.

A thoroughly enjoyable read! Check it out!

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. I hope you enjoyed my reviews. I am an avid reader and reviewer. I know how important reviews are to authors. I also like to share my thoughts with my readers here to show them what I am reading. I hope you will check out all these wonderful books soon. Please don’t forget to check out my books to the right of this post too! Ha, ha! Hugs xx

Please be kind and review books wherever you purchased them. We authors will love you for your efforts! Reviews are one may to help struggling authors to get noticed by other reads and Amazon too. Thank you for your kind support!

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!

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

Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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A Lovely trip to Ogunquit Maine!

We try to take a few days in August or September to travel to Maine. We love this beautiful state especially Ogunquit where we enjoy walking Marginal Way (one mile each way) and visiting the shops at Perkin’s Cove. I never tire of this place or the food which is delicious! If you love seafood – this is the place to go!

When we got on the road, I noticed there wasn’t much change in color of the trees. On our way back though we could definitely see some color bursting out all over. By next week it will be even more vibrant for all the leaf peepers who are out and about to enjoy the beauty of New England fall weather.

Of course, I snapped plenty of photos to share with you. We stayed at a lovely place called, Sea Chambers. The room was surprisingly bigger than we expected. We were delighted with it. It also came with two beds, a nightstand, comfy couch, chair, coffee table, TV, a microwave, fridge, coffee pot, sink, plenty of storage for our things and a nice bathroom. It was wonderful for the price.

Here are some photos of the room.

Scenes on Marginal Way:

The weather was in the high 60’s to 70 each day. It was perfect!

Scenes from Perkins Cove and lunch at Rose Cove and dinner at Barnacle Billy’s, shops at Perkins Cove

Boat trip at Perkin’s Cove to see Nubble Lighthouse – first photo

Flowers with myriad butterflies

Foliage heading home, first photo and third, second photo in neighborhood

It was a wonderful few days there. Hope to go back again next year.

Thank you for stopping by to read this post! I hope you enjoyed my photos and maybe one day visit beautiful Maine. Thank you for your kind support of my blog and books.

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!

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

Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

Jemsbooks.blog

Jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net

AMAZON.COM AUTHOR PAGE (All books)

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Latest WIP in editing stages! Coming in October 2022!

I have been so busy with lots of family commitments lately that I feel somewhat overwhelmed. I am doing my best now that things will quiet down a little after next week.

In fact, I have already begun book 2 in this new series. Phew! I can’t help myself being compulsive! I always do this while I am waiting for my beta readers to get back to me with your thoughts. It keeps me centered to keep working. With the fall season now here, I feel like writing even more. The weather is cooler and comfortable, and I like to snuggle up with a good book or my latest WIP as the mood takes me.

The cover has already been revealed, created by my husband, John. I will also reveal the blurb soon along with the date of publication of this book.

cover created by John Spina

In the meantime, while you wait with breathless anticipation for this new book, (ha), I hope you will check out all my books – all 39 of them to the right of this post. There is something for everyone on your list for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, etc. My children’s books make perfect gifts for those baby showers too! I also recommend books for Halloween – look mom no cavities or hyper children! They will be quiet while they read my books! Great idea, huh? I think so too! Happy shopping and reading!

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. Keep a watch for my new book coming in October 2022! I am excited about it too! I hope you love it! Please don’t forget to review books wherever you purchase them. We authors need your help!

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!

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

Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

Jemsbooks.blog

Jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net

AMAZON.COM AUTHOR PAGE (All books)

AMAZON.COM JE SPINA NOVELS PAGE

AMAZON.CO.UK

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Fun reading for your MG/PT!

Are your middle-graders and preteens looking for some fun and entertaining reading? Now that school is back in session kids still need to read for enjoyment. Sometimes when kids are forced to read a book, they don’t enjoy it as much as a book they have chosen themselves.

When I wrote my two middle-grade and preteen series, Davey & Derek Junior Detective Series and the Abby & Holly Series, I never imagined that I would win so many awards for my work. It was thrilling and gratifying though and enabled me to continue being motivated to keep writing.

If your MG/PT have not read any of these two series, maybe now is the time for them to begin reading these two award-winning series for fun and entertaining reading. Begin with book 1 of each series to get a feel for the characters even though each book is a stand alone story. Both boys and girls have enjoyed these books and adults too!

When my kids were preteens I read some of their books to see what they were reading. I enjoyed them as much as my children did along with the discussions we had about what we liked about each one. If you have time, it’s a good idea to look closely at what your children are reading. With Jemsbooks there will never be any worries. All my books for children/MG/PT/YA are good, clean and wholesome in content with valuable life lessons that will stay with them for a lifetime.

MG/PT/YA books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Blurb:

PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER!
READERS’ FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS – HONORABLE MENTION!
 
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.

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series is a fun and magical series with spells, wands, a black cat, good witches, time travel, ghost hunting and more. There are also life lessons that include being kind, caring and respectful toward others, listen to parents, be helpful and do chores, and bullying is never tolerated or accepted. Parents love this series too! When your MG/PT/YA read these books you will rest easy that they are reading good, clean and wholesome books. What more could you want in a book for your children? Parents are reading and enjoying them too!

This Davey & Derek Series won (11 book awards) – 5 Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards, 3 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards – an Honorable Mention, a Silver Medal, and a Finalist, Book Excellence Award Finalist, a Silver Medal in the Authorsdb Cover Contest, Top Shelf Awards – First Place and Finalist in Red City Review Book Awards and many 5-Star Reviews from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards.

Blurb:

PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER!
READERS’ FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS – BRONZE MEDAL!
 
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.

Abby & Holly Series provides more fun and ghostly adventures with cousins, Abby & Holly, as they discover things in their old Victorian and go back to the past to solve mysteries. There are ghosts, a haunted house, time travel, mysteries, and magic. Life lessons will also be learned about friendship, family, respect, love and caring for one another, and bullying will never be accepted or tolerated! MG/PT/YA will be hooked and parents will feel good about the quality of books their children are reading! Adults are reading and enjoying them also!

This Abby & Holly Series has won 8 Book Awards – 6 Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards and 2 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards – Bronze Medal, and an Honorable Mention!

Abby & Holly Series Books 1-6 with 8 awards (promo by John
Spina)

Did you know that reading is good for you? It not only increases your word vocabulary and stimulates your mind, but also gives you a feeling of wellbeing and promotes good health, dispels feelings of loneliness, improves your memory, promotes better patterns of sleep, and don’t forget – it brings families closer when they share and read books together.

My goal in writing for MG/PT/YA is to encourage all ages to read daily to enhance their creativity, increase their vocabulary and enable them to live healthier and happier lives. Keep reading and I will keep writing. Thank you! Happy Reading!

MG/PT/YA books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Here are some reviews of these two series from Amazon using promos from AllAuthor.com. Read what others are saying about these award-winning books.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. Feel free to come back any time. Thank you for your kind support of my books and blog.

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!

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

Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

Jemsbooks.blog

Jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net

AMAZON.COM AUTHOR PAGE (All books)

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Birds, Birds and More Birds!

While having my morning coffee I witnessed this display or should I say frenzy of birds as they fought over dried meal worms in a bluebird feeder!

This feeder has only one hole to enter and exit. The birds. Sparrows, love these worms but fight over who goes first into the feeder. I snapped many photos of these birds as the fought in and out of this feeder. It was quite comical to see.

My husband refills this feeder almost daily lately besides the other feeders. He can’t keep up with the birds the way they eat!

I showcased some photos here in a gallery and put some of the gallery separately so you can really see the birds in action.

The hibiscus plant below the feeder is a waiting station for the birds. At one point there must have been half a dozen birds waiting on the branches for their chance to eat. Things finally died down after most of the birds had their fill or maybe the worms were depleted. John will be on the spot to refill the feeder again.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. I hope you enjoyed seeing these birds in action, so to speak. They are fascinating to watch. Please come back again real soon. You are always welcome.

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The Origins of Halloween!

This is a post I published in 2021 and wanted to share it with you again with a few updates.

Many do not know the origins of Halloween. Do you? I had to look it up to find out more about it. I knew it was a pagan ritual but that was all. Here is a link to the origins of Halloween on the history site. Thank you to the History.com site for the use of this information.

Here are some photos from 2021 that I snapped while walking around the neighborhood.

Grim Reaper

Here is a poem that I wrote in 2013 for Halloween.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

If you look in the windows of stores everywhere

You will see all kinds of signs that Halloween is near.

There are ghosts, goblins and pumpkins galore.

And cobwebs and spiders and much more.

There are costumes for princesses so fair,

Or monsters that will instill a little bit of fear.

There will be tons of candies to choose from

To fill all the children’s bags to your houses they will come.

Halloween is a magical and mysterious time.

As I relate all this through this holiday rhyme.

But parents and children, please beware.

Check over all the candy and give your children their fair share.

Children, please remember to be polite and have fun out there.

Halloween is a fun time for children everywhere.

But, please be careful out there!

I hope you enjoyed learning about the origins of Halloween. Hope to see you back real soon. Thank you for stopping by and for your continued support of my books and blog and for all the reviews you post wherever my books are sold.

If you would like to purchase books instead of candy for your children, please click on covers to the right of this post or go directly to Amazon or Barnes & Noble. There are plenty of choices that are better than candy. Don’t you think so? They are fat-free, gluten free, calorie free, dairy free, nut free, casein free, and vegetarian too! What could be better for your precious little and bigger ones? Happy Reading!

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!

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

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Fall is definitely in the air!

Well, I guess fall is here to stay. Weather has gotten a little cooler and rainy. Trees are creating their own beauty everywhere you look.

We put up our fall decorations. Here are some of them to get you in the mood for fall and the upcoming holidays. Before we know it Halloween will be at our doors, then Thanksgiving and onto Christmas. Yikes! The year is flying by!

Are you in the mood for fall? It is my favorite time of year. I love the crispness of the air, the smell and the tastes of it too. I’m taking about apple or pumpkin pie, turkey and all the fixings at Thanksgiving time.

Fall makes me feel alive and energized to take a long walk. Of course if I do that I will take tons of photos as usual. I can’t get enough of the beauty all around with the unbelievable transformation of the trees.

Like we hear all the time on TV – Are you ready for some football – yeah I am! But I say – Are you ready for some fall? If you haven’t visited New England in the fall you are missing out on some spectacular beauty and cool and comfy weather. New Englanders love tourists – visitors help our economy while enjoying yourselves with all the fun activities with our mountains, lakes and ponds. Come on over.

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. Feel free to come back any time. You are always welcome. Thank you for your kind support of my blog and books and for any reviews you post wherever you purchased my books. I am grateful!

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!

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

Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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