Happy Fourth of July – Reading is Fun!

Are you looking for some intriguing books to read over the holiday weekend since we can’t go anywhere? Sigh!

These lovely promos are from AllAuthor.com! They are top notch and always have new promos for each holiday and occasion. Thank you, AllAuthor for these for the 4th of July!

Here are some suggestions for you and your family. Jemsbooks has books for all ages:

Here are the new dragon books for your young children – PS-Grade 4:

Drystan the Dragon and Friends Book 1-3!

Books for MG/PT/YA:

Books for 18+ Novels:

How Far Is Heaven

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased the books. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much!

Please stay safe and well over the 4th of July. God Bless you!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and reviews of my books.

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

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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Drystan the Dragon and Friends Book 3 is Now Here!

I am thrilled to announce that Book 3 Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Delbert Finds Himself is now here! This book comes at a time when our country is in a turmoil with color. I hope this book will teach and heal young children about the color of their skin. It doesn’t matter what color we are – we are all beautiful!

I hope you and your children will enjoy learning valuable life lessons and have fun reading Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series. Three more books will be coming over the next two years.

The book cover was designed by my husband, John. I think Delbert is just adorable and so lovable.

Coming soo to Barnes & Noble too!

Blurb:

Drystan the Dragon and Friends is a series of six books about dragons, friendship, being kind and respectful to one another, and helping others in need. Children will learn about colors and letters too with the help of the colorful illustrations and rhyming verse. All the dragons’ names begin with the letter ‘D.’

In this book Drystan meets a few friend, Delbert, who has some difficulty meeting others. He is shy and not at all happy that he can disappear from view and blend in with trees. Read how Drystan helps Delbert realize how important it is to like himself no what color he is – for all colors are beautiful!

This series is brand new for kids PS-Grade 3! There are six books in all with a different dragon introduced in each book plus Drystan – the star of the series. There will be seven dragons in all.

It is a fun educational series for children to learn letters, colors and good behavior, friendship, respect and kindness toward others. Check it out today! Your children will love the rhyming and descriptions of each dragon. There is a poem that introduces a new dragon to each book. All dragons’ names begin with the letter ‘D’ and their colors will be in brilliant shades of blue, green, red, purple, pink and brown. A fun series for kids to enjoy and learn at the same time. This series will keep them occupied and happy during this Pandemic and beyond. Children will be reading these books will become their favorite books at bedtime and any time.

Drystan – Red Dragon: Book 1 – Drystan is always looking for exciting things to do. He is dynamic which means active and energetic too. He is red but has dragon friends who are brown, green or blue.

Durward – Blue Dragon with Yellow Spots: Book 1 – Durward is a brilliant shade of blue. Yellow spots appear when he’s happy, it’s true. He can fly so high into the sky that he disappear from view.

Damara – Green & Silver Dragon: Book 2 -Damara is different and does things her own way. She’s pleasant and always has nice things to say. She is green with silver wings that shine so bright that she can take the darkness out of the night.

Delbert – Brown & Blue Dragon: Book 3 – Delbert is as brown as the bark on a tree. He’s shy and hides away from you and me. He is kind to others and always neat. And loves to eat anything that’s sweet.

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!

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased the books. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and reviews of my books.

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

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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Happy 4th of July USA!

American Flag flying proudly – Photo – wikipedia

Wishing everyone a Happy 4th of July!

Stay safe and and stay strong

Be proud to be an America

You are free!

Thank every serviceman or woman that you meet

For without them we would not be here.

Have fun this 4th!

God bless you all!

Happy Fourth of July! – Photo – wikipedia

Here are some famous sayings and quotes from https://www.womansday.com/life/g3007/fourth-of-july-quotes/

Thank you for stopping by this holiday. Thank you to Wikipedia and Woman’s Day for the photos and quotes.

MY THOUGHTS: WE ARE ALL ENTITLED TO BEING FREE! DON’T TAKE FREEDOM AWAY FROM OTHERS BY PUSHING YOUR IDEAS ONTO THEM. LISTEN, LEARN, AND BE KIND TO EACH OTHER. WE ARE ALL THE SAME NO MATTER WHAT COLOR WE ARE!

Stay safe, stay well, my friends throughout his holiday! Take care of your family and your country – let’s keep it clean and safe. MAY GOD BLESS AMERICA AND ALL THE WORLD DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME!

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased the books. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and reviews of my books.

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

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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Cover Reveal of New Book – Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Book 3 – Delbert Finds Himself!

This is Book 3 in this series of six books. Drystan the Dragon and Friends – Delbert Finds Himself. This book is coming out at the right time to help children understand the importance of loving yourself for whatever color you are – for – all colors are beautiful!

I wrote this series last year with no thought to what could possibly transpire this year – the year in which this particular book is being published. I hope parents will enjoy reading this book to their children and have an easier time explaining about color. It is written in an easy rhyme with colorful illustrations that will engage and delight children. Children don’t know about bias until they are taught. We need to teach our children that we are all the same no matter what color we are.

Here is the cover created by my talented husband, John. I hope you love it as much as I do. Delbert will touch your children’s heart. He is just adorable! I may write the words but John brings each story to life with fabulous colorful illustrations! Each dragon has his/her own personality too which come alive with John’s magic touch. I feel blessed to have him as my illustrator and collaborator.

Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Book 3 Delbert Finds Himself

Blurb:

Drystan the Dragon and Friends is a series of six books about dragons, friendship, being kind and respectful to one another, and helping others in need. Children will learn about colors and letters too with the help of the colorful illustrations and rhyming verse. All the dragons’ names begin with the letter ‘D.’

In this book Drystan meets a new friend, Delbert, who has some difficulty meeting others. He is shy and not at all happy that he can disappear from view and blend in with trees. Read how Drystan helps Delbert realize how important it is to like himself no matter what color he is – for all colors are beautiful!

Watch for this book coming in July 2020! Each time I introduce a new book in this series I will post a rhyme about the new dragon for each book. Below are the dragons from Books 1-3. Book 1 has Drystan and Durward, Book 2 has Damara and Book 3 Delbert. Of course, Drystan does appear in all books and sometimes more than two dragons will be in a book.

This series is brand new for kids PS-Grade 3! There are six books in all with a different dragon introduced in each book plus Drystan – the star of the series. There will be seven dragons in all.

It is a fun educational series for children to learn letters, colors and good behavior, friendship, respect and kindness toward others. Check it out today! Your children will love the rhyming and descriptions of each dragon. There is a poem that introduces a new dragon to each book. All dragons’ names begin with the letter ‘D’ and their colors will be in brilliant shades of blue, green, red, purple, pink and brown. A fun series for kids to enjoy and learn at the same time. This series will keep them occupied and happy during this Pandemic and beyond. Children will be reading these books will become their favorite books at bedtime and any time.

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 the introductory poems for each dragon: Books 1-3

Drystan – Red Dragon: Book 1 – Drystan is always looking for exciting things to do. He is dynamic which means active and energetic too. He is red but has dragon friends who are brown, green or blue.

Durward – Blue Dragon with Yellow Spots: Book 1 – Durward is a brilliant shade of blue. Yellow spots appear when he’s happy, it’s true. He can fly so high into the sky that he disappear from view.

Damara – Green & Silver Dragon: Book 2 -Damara is different and does things her own way. She’s pleasant and always has nice things to say. She is green with silver wings that shine so bright that she can take the darkness out of the night.

Delbert – Brown & Blue Dragon: Book 3 – Delbert is as brown as the bark on a tree. He’s shy and hides away from you and me. He is kind to others and always neat. And loves to eat anything that’s sweet.

Watch for more books coming in this series in 2021 and 2022.

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased the books. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and reviews of my books.

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

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

Jemsbooks.blog

AMAZON.COM AUTHOR PAGE

AMAZON.CO.UK

BARNES & NOBLE

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Another Recipe from Janice’s Kitchen Corner – Zucchini Bread!

This is the ninth installment of Janice’s Kitchen Corner.

Now that our zucchini plant is producing some beautiful vegetables I have been coming up with my recipes. Today I will be sharing my recipe for Zucchini Bread. This is quick, easy and delicious. I love easy and delicious recipes. Don’t you?

Do you want your kids to eat veggies? Bake them in a bread! That works every time! Add a little spices and sugar and they will eat every bite! Try it out! It doesn’t work for every vegetable but you can use butternut squash, carrots, or pumpkin.

Here are the other recipes Zucchini Italiano, Grapenut Custard, Spinach Pita PizzaPortuguese Seafood StewMarinated Mushrooms, Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms, Chicken Marsala, and Rice Paper Veggie Shrimp Wraps. In the past I have also shared recipes for Portuguese Bisquits and Drunken Chicken.

Zucchini from our garden (I used one for Zucchini Bread and the other in a previous recipe for Zucchini Italiano.)

INGREDIENTS:

Prep: 20 minutes Bake: 50-55 minutes

Oven 350 degrees F Makes 1 loaf (16 servingsmore like 12 thicker slices)

  1. 1 1/2 C all-purpose flour
  2. 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  3. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  4. 1/2 tsp salt
  5. 1/4 tsp baking powder
  6. 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  7. 1 beaten egg
  8. 1 C sugar
  9. 1 C finely shredded, unpeeled zucchini
  10. 1/4 C cooking oil
  11. 1/2 C chopped walnuts or pecans (toasted or plain)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Grease the bottom and 1/2 inch up sides of 8x4x2 inch loaf pan; set aside.
  2. In medium bowl combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, baking powder, and nutmeg. Make a well in center of flour mixture; set aside.
  3. In another medium bowl combine egg, sugar, zucchini, and oil.
  4. Add zucchini mixture all at once to flour mixture.
  5. Stir just until moistened (batter should be lumpy)
  6. Fold in nuts.
  7. Spoon batter into prepared pan.
  8. Bake in 350 degree oven for 50-55 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean.
  9. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  10. Remove from pan and cool completely on wire rack.
  11. Wrap and store overnight before slicing. (I didn’t do this. My husband couldn’t wait to taste it. I sliced it once it was cooled and it was perfectly delicious!)
Zucchini Bread

Note: You can use this same recipe and substitute apples for the zucchini or anything else you like. It’s a versatile recipe.

I hope you enjoy this easy and delicious way to serve zucchini and that this bread becomes one of your favorites. Your kids will even eat zucchini now! Stay tuned for another recipe from Janice’s Kitchen Corner! Happy cooking and eating everyone!

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased the books. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and reviews of my books.

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

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

Jemsbooks.blog

AMAZON.COM AUTHOR PAGE

AMAZON.CO.UK

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Keeping Busy While Housebound During Pandemic!

It has been since March that I have been housebound during COVID-19. It feels like a lot longer though. I have gone out occasionally to the doctors when absolutely necessary and to having something fixed (my sewing machine). But each time I wore my trusty mask in and out of the buildings, offices until I got into my car.

I really hate these masks. I feel as if I will suffocate. It doesn’t help that I am a bit claustrophobic. Sigh! My husband does all the grocery shopping since I refuse to go where I have to wear my mask for more than half an hour. But John is a trooper and does it without a whimper or complaint. Good guy! Boy, am I lucky! It’s also because he likes to eat. I could skip a meal or eat skimpy but not him!!! Haha!

During this Stay-At-Home Directive I have completed many projects – cleaned out closets, cabinets, drawers. These were not fun but needed to be done. John worked on the garage and needs to complete the basement.

The fun things I completed were two sets of crocheted baby sets, one blue and the other pink which I previously shared in another post. But will share again here.

Published four books, two for young children (picture books), and two for MG/PT/YA.

DRYSTAN THE DRAGON AND FRIENDS SERIES BOOKS 1 & 2

This series is brand new for kids PS-Grade 3! There are six books in all with a different dragon introduced in each book plus Drystan – the star of the series. There will be seven dragons in all.

It is a fun educational series for children to learn letters, colors and good behavior, friendship, respect and kindness toward others. Check it out today! Your children will love the rhyming and descriptions of each dragon. There is a poem that introduces a new dragon to each book. All dragons’ names begin with the letter ‘D’ and their colors will be in brilliant shades of blue, green, red, purple, pink and brown. A fun series for kids to enjoy and learn at the same time. This series will keep them occupied and happy during this Pandemic and beyond. Children will be reading these books will become their favorite books at bedtime and any time.

This 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. Life lessons will also be learned about friendship, family, respect, love and caring for one another! 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!

John completed Book 3, Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series and I finished Book 6 of Abby & Holly Series. Both of these books will be coming out in July 2020. Of course we are in the editing stages on both books now but it won’t be long. Keep watch!!! I will do cover reveals in other posts of these new books.

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!

I have another book already started – a romance/mystery which I hope to complete by the end of this year or beginning of the next. Then onto more books that are in different stages. Phew! I may still reach my goal of 40 or more books in a year or so.

Besides these projects I recently completed three tossed pillows for our basement room, reason why I had to get my sewing machine repaired. It decided to die on me right in the middle of these projects. Sigh! My machine is getting old just like me! All is fixed now but I am contemplating purchasing a new one later this year to do other projects more efficiently and easier.

Tossed pillows with appliqués

Another project I have been working on since March is a Patriot’s afghan. John and I made a pattern on graph paper (not perfect but something to work from) of the Patriot’s logo and name. It has been quite a project! I work on it while I watch TV at night. I can’t sit still without always doing something to keep my hands and mind busy. The mind works overtime and get antsy if I do not do something. I will definitely share the completed project soon.

I have a new project coming in the mail soon. If it works out I will share it also. But, if it doesn’t, well, then you will never hear about it! Ha!

There is always another project that I will take on especially with all this time on my hands until life gets back to a new normal. I do miss going out to lunch or dinner with my husband and friends, seeing the family at cookouts on our deck and being able to go out to stores without so many restrictions and masks. I do a lot of FaceTiming with my kids and grandkids. I miss them so much!!

I pray that you are staying safe and well and will be able to get out more soon safely. We need to be smart about social distancing for a while longer and take all precautions as directed by our states, country. Take care, my friends!

If you find that you need some entertaining reading go to https://Jemsbooks.com or click on book covers to the right of this post. There is something for everyone with Jemsbooks.

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased the books. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much!

A very special THANK YOU to all my new followers! I love having you visit! Please keep coming back. There will be plenty more to enjoy, books, food, tales about my fish and birds that we feed and whatever else pops into my already overcrowded brain!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and reviews of my books.

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

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

Jemsbooks.blog

AMAZON.COM AUTHOR PAGE

AMAZON.CO.UK

BARNES & NOBLE

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A New Book Coming to Abby & Holly Series – Book 6!

Watch for Book 6 in the Abby & Holly Series coming in July 2020! This is the completion of the series for now unless I receive interest from readers to write more books. I will share the cover soon. It is being designed by my talented husband, John.

I have done the same thing with the Davey & Derek Series. There are six books in all and there will not be any more unless requested by readers.

I have had tons of fun writing these two series and plan to begin another series next year – something different. It’s not established in my mind yet. I just need a title and then my mind will soar with ideas and my fingers will itch to type it all down! Keep watch for more books! I never know what is coming either until my muse wakes me up with the ideas! Such fun!!! Get reading and I will get writing!! Thanks, my friends!

If you haven’t read this series now is the time to check it out for your middle-graders/preteens/young adults. These books are chock-full of mysteries, suspense, ghosts, haunted house, magic and time travel. There are surprises for all!

This 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. Life lessons will also be learned about friendship, family, respect, love and caring for one another! 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 3 Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards and a Readers’ Favorite Book Award – Bronze Medal!

ABBY & HOLLY SERIES BOOKS 1-4 (MG/PT/YA)

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.

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.

BLURB:

Join Abby and Holly in Book 3 as the cousins discover a new presence in their old Victorian while they are cleaning out the library of old books. They are not sure if this specter is benign or otherwise. This being leads them to the old trunk they discovered in Book 2 which holds many secrets and puzzles that they feel compelled to solve.

They enlist the help of their ghost friend, Felicity, who inhabits their home. She is a benevolent entity that once lived in their house from a century ago. She watches over the girls and vows never to leave unless they request her to do so.

There will be surprises and ghostly visits that will keep readers enthralled as Abby and Holly work together to uncover the secrets of the trunk.

BLURB:

Join the cousins, Abby and Holly, as they search for clues about who placed an urn up in their attic with the remains of a young girl who lived a century ago. Their old Victorian holds many secrets and the girls are determined to solve this mystery with the help of two ghost friends, Felicity and Minerva, who inhabit their home.

As the girls are searching for clues in their basement they discover a hidden stairway. Upon entering the stairway they find themselves unexpectedly catapulted back in time to a century ago. Will they be able to return with the answers to the mystery? If not, who will help them get back? Or, will they be forever lost in time?

BLURB:

The main protagonists, cousins Abby and Holly, find paintings by a young teenager, from the past with a copper key taped to the back of one of her paintings. This teen’s remains were found in their attic in Book 4.

The girls’ search begins to find the source of this key. They hope to use this key to unlock secrets or something valuable from the past. Will this key help uncover another mystery for the cousins? How far will the girls go in their search for truth or will they have to go back to the past? Will they be able to return home without somehow changing history forever?

My goal as an author of children’s, MG/PT/YA and Novels for 18+ is to encourage everyone to read daily to and with your children to enhance their lives and increase their creativity and good health. Please keep reading and I will keep writing. Happy reading everyone!

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased the books. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and reviews of my books.

A very special THANK YOU to all my new followers! I love having you visit! Please keep coming back. There will be plenty more to enjoy, books, food, tales about my fish and birds that we feed and whatever else pops into my already overcrowded brain!

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

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

Jemsbooks.blog

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AMAZON.CO.UK

BARNES & NOBLE

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Another Recipe from Janice’s Kitchen Corner – Zucchini Italiano!

This is the eighth installment of Janice’s Kitchen Corner.

Now that our zucchini plant is producing some beautiful vegetables I have been coming up with my recipes – Zucchini Italiano (with sauce and cheese) and Zucchini Bread. Today I will share the zucchini with sauce since that is what we are having tonight with our meal as I write this. I promised to share the Zucchini Bread next time though. They are both easy and delicious. I love easy and delicious recipes. Don’t you?

Here are the other recipes Grapenut Custard, Spinach Pita PizzaPortuguese Seafood StewMarinated Mushrooms, Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms, Chicken Marsala, and Rice Paper Veggie Shrimp Wraps. In the past I have also shared recipes for Portuguese Bisquits and Drunken Chicken.

Zucchini Italiano
canned tomatoes
Zucchini from our garden (I used on in this recipe and the other in Zucchini Bread which I will share next time)

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Extra virgin olive oil
  2. 2 T chopped onion
  3. 1-2 chopped or minced cloves of garlic
  4. 1 can crushed or diced tomatoes (large can for more than 1 zucchini (I use the small can for 1 zucchiniI)
  5. Sprinkle of basil and oregano (or use a few fresh leaves of both)
  6. Salt & pepper to taste
  7. Dash or two of red pepper flakes (more if you like it hot and spicy)
  8. Splash or more of red wine
  9. 1 or more zucchini sliced into 3/4” – 1” slices with skin on

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In two tablespoons of olive oil in small to medium saucepan (depending on how much you are making) brown onion and garlic until translucent.
  2. Add crushed or diced tomatoes
  3. Add salt, pepper and pepper flakes, basil and oregano
  4. Simmer sauce until piping hot and ingredients are thoroughly blended (20 min – 1/2 hour)
  5. Shut off heat and add sliced zucchini and cover. Let sit for 8-10 minutes (squash will cook slightly but not get mushy.
  6. Serve right away as a side dish or as a main dish over pasta
  7. Grate Parmigiana or Romano cheese over serving
  8. Enjoy!

Note: Zucchini will continue to cook the longer you leave it in the pan or if you reheat for leftovers. I like mine still with a little bite and not mushy. You can add zucchini to heated sauce just before you are ready to eat for more crunch.

My husband makes all the Italian food in our home. He made the sauce and I added the zucchini (a collaboration).

Zucchini Italiano with parmigiana cheese

I hope you enjoy this easy and delicious way to serve zucchini and that this dish becomes one of your favorites. Your kids will even eat zucchini now! Stay tuned for another recipe from Janice’s Kitchen Corner! Happy cooking and eating everyone!

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased the books. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and reviews of my books.

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

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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Dragons are here! A New Book coming in the Series in July 2020!

This series is brand new for kids PS-Grade 3! There are six books in all with a different dragon introduced in each book plus Drystan – the star of the series. There will be seven dragons in all.

It is a fun educational series for children to learn letters, colors and good behavior, friendship, respect and kindness toward others. Check it out today! Your children will love the rhyming and descriptions of each dragon. There is a poem that introduces a new dragon to each book. All dragons’ names begin with the letter ‘D’ and their colors will be in brilliant shades of blue, green, red, purple, pink and brown. A fun series for kids to enjoy and learn at the same time. This series will keep them occupied and happy during this Pandemic and beyond. Children will be reading these books will become their favorite books at bedtime and any time.

Here are the dragons’ poems from Books 1 & 2.

Drystan – Red Dragon: Book 1 – Drystan is always looking for exciting things to do. He is dynamic which means active and energetic too. He is red but has dragon friends who are brown, green or blue.

Durward – Blue Dragon with Yellow Spots: Book 1 – Durward is a brilliant shade of blue. Yellow spots appear when he’s happy, it’s true. He can fly so high into the sky that he disappear from view.

Damara – Green & Silver Dragon: Book 2 -Damara is different and does things her own way. She’s pleasant and always has nice things to say. She is green with silver wings that shine so bright that she can take the darkness out of the night.

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I think I covered just about every Amazon site where my books are listed. I hope you will enjoy perusing my books on all sites wherever you are located. If you are looking for some special books that carry life lessons for your children plus fun adventures that they will love – go to any of these sites and check out my books.

I had so much fun writing this series. All the books are completed in verse and now need my husband’s magic touch. He will work on two more books next year and the last one the following year unless I can convince him to do all three next year.

This year has been a strange year with the Pandemic keeping us housebound. This has enabled us to work on more books than we would normally complete in one year. At this writing we published four books with two more coming in July of 2020. That is a record for me! I planned on publishing four books – already made my goal! Hurray!

Thank you for your kind support and for perusing my books, blog and website. Enjoy reading these books to your children. You will be surprised that you will love them too! They will leave you with a nice feeling about being kind and caring to others. In this tumultuous time in our world we need more of this. Let’s teach our children these important lessons early and often to make them better people and citizens.

WATCH FOR BOOK 3 IN THE DRYSTAN THE DRAGON AND FRIENDS SERIES which will have a very important lesson in loving oneself!

Drystan the Dragon and Friends Books 1 & 2

REVIEWS OF BOOK 1

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne5.0 out of 5 stars Full of fun and learning for the little onesReviewed in the United States on February 5, 2020Renowned author Janice Spina has created another masterpiece for the little ones. They’ll love reading or hearing about two dragon friends who go on an adventure. Readers will meet Drystan, a bright red dragon and his new friend, Durward, who is blue. What happens to Durward when he’s excited? What do the dragons do on their adventure? They have an opportunity to be heroes by helping a group of little birds. There is no doubt children will love this tale and want to read it again and again. They are sure to enjoy the colorful illustrations by Janice’s as well.. Highly recommended. * I received a free copy from the author and chose to review it without compensation.
Review by children’s author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Sara1235.0 out of 5 stars Dragons to the Rescue!Reviewed in the United States on February 4, 2020″Drystan the Dragon and Friends” is author Janice Spina’s new series of fun children’s books.

In the first volume, “Drystan and Durward Save the Day,” Drystan, the main character, meets a new friend and together they go on an adventure. Though the red and blue dragons had a destination in mind, they altered their trip to help those in need. This lovely story with its good message is enhanced by colorful illustrations drawn by the author’s husband, John Spina. The Spinas’ successful collaboration is highly recommended.


Michelle Clements James
5.0 out of 5 stars Wholesome entertainment for young children.Reviewed in the United States on February 8, 2020Drystan and his new friend, Durward, are off to have an adventure, but along the way, they stop to help some little birds. Who doesn’t love dragons! And they come in different colors! Drystan is red and Durward is blue. Find out what happens when the dragons are happy. Why are they flying to the Land of Rainbows? This story is about the importance of having friends and helping others. It is a wonderful tale written in rhyme that will appeal to young children, whether they are read to or able to read themselves. Janice Spina has clearly remained true to her belief that books for children should be wholesome and teach life lessons. The book is colorfully illustrated by her husband, John Spina. I highly recommend Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Book 1 Drystan and Durward Save the Day.
I received a free copy of this book from the author and reviewed it without compensation.

Mrs.D.5.0 out of 5 stars The Land of RainbowsReviewed in the United States on June 15, 2020Two dragon friends, Drystan (a red dragon) and his friend Durward (a blue dragon), and one big adventure in the beautiful Land of Rainbows! These two colorful characters will capture a child’s imagination and teach them something really neat: the true meaning of friendship. I hope that the imaginative illustrations and the fun storyline will awaken the desire of kids to help others.

Through the strong narratives, the Spinas convey a great message of kindness, caring, and loving the person next to you. It is a great reminder to the world—improve your act every chance you get, because it always pays to be kind and sensitive instead of mean and cruel.

Another wonderful book by the talented team of Janice and John Spina, which teaches the lesson of humanity and understanding. It’s one that young children must learn at a very early age.

REVIEWS OF BOOK 2:

Sara1235.0 out of 5 stars To Be Different is Okay!Reviewed in the United States on April 13, 2020Author Janice Spina’s second book in her new series, “Drystan the Dragon and Friends” is a fine addition to her ever-growing list of books written for enriching the lives of young readers.

In the second volume, “Damara Helps Drystan Find His Roar”, Damara, a green dragon who is different than others, does not worry about what people say. She knows she’s not like everyone else, but owns her differences and is proud of who she is. This terrific message intertwines nicely with the little tale of Damara’s encounter with Drystan, who is also taught a lesson, courtesy of his new friend.

The illustrations are lovely, created by the author’s partner in life and work, Mr. John Spina. The terrific team’s growing library is impressive and recommended.


Mrs.D.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Message of FriendshipReviewed in the United States on June 15, 2020The Message of Friendship
What do compassion and kindness mean? I hope young readers can find the answer in a new series, “Drystan the Dragon and Friends.”

In this second book by the Spinas, “Damara Helps Drystan Find His Roar,” children are in for a nice surprise. They will meet Damara, a cool green dragon, who likes to help others. She teaches Drystan, who lost his roar how to get it back. She embraces his condition and sees her new friend for what he is.

It is a wonderful message to children, cleverly embedded into the story and lovingly illustrated to help young readers remember that we are all different, but equally important to the world.

The authors have created a sweet, simple little tale, which is easy to understand as well as explain to a young child: accept people for what they are. I love this story because it opens up a very needed discussion about acceptance and friendship. I am sure children will remember the valuable lesson this book conveys. Another great teaching story!

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!

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased the books. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and reviews of my books.

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

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

Jemsbooks.blog

AMAZON.COM AUTHOR PAGE

AMAZON.CO.UK

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Happy Father’s Day!

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This is my special dad!

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

Dad, you were a special man!

You were always there to lend a hand.

You treated us with kindness.

You were always fair.

You showed us how much you cared.

You wore a happy smile upon your handsome face.

And taught us how to appreciate God’s grace.

You made our lives so full and rich.

Teaching us to be good was your main pitch.

You would tease and joke.

While always a cigarette at your lips you would smoke.

You were talented with your hands.

Fixing and creating things on command.

You thought of others before yourself.

Your own troubles you put away on a shelf.

You left this world for a better place.

Leaving here on Earth a large empty space.

You gave us your love in every way.

I love you more than I can say!

I miss you more and more each day!

Happy Father’s Day with Love, Dad!

Your loving daughter,

Jan (my nickname by Dad)

I wish all the fathers out there a wonderful Father’s Day!

Here is another poem I wrote several years ago – WHAT IS A FATHER?

What is a father?

He is someone whose lap you can crawl onto and take a nap.

He is someone who reads you a story at bedtime.

He is someone who listens to you when you need a friend.

He is someone who picks you up and gives you a much needed hug.

He is someone who will play catch with you after you receive a new glove.

He is someone who will laugh at your poor jokes and tell some funny ones of his own.

He is someone who gives you a pat on your back for a job well done.

He is someone who says ‘I love you’.

He is someone who will give you money for your first date.

He is someone who will let you take his car for a drive right after you get your license.

He is someone you can call when you have get into trouble.

He is someone who will listen to you and never lose patience.

He is someone who will never judge you unfairly.

He is someone who has taught you the difference between right and wrong.

And he is someone who one day you will treasure beyond reason when he is gone.

Love and appreciate your father while he is here for life is too short not to.

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased the books. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and reviews of my books.

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

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

Jemsbooks.blog

AMAZON.COM AUTHOR PAGE

AMAZON.CO.UK

BARNES & NOBLE

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