Beauty of the fall Season!

Fall is my favorite time of the year. I have said this time and time again but this year has been the best I have ever seen! Due to the drought some of the trees began to transform sooner into things of beauty that could only be painted by God.

I have snapped so many photos whether walking or riding in the car. They take my breath away! These photos don’t even touch on the beauty that my eyes have beheld. Just the same, I wanted to share some of the best with you.

We New Englanders experience this beauty every fall but we never get tired of seeing it or experiencing the joy that it brings to our hearts, minds, souls and lives. Here is a part of this beauty that I share unselfishly with you all. I want you to experience this joy too.

All these photos are property of Jemsbooks.com.

From my car as a passenger – even the rain and dismal day couldn’t take away the beauty!
Dismal day but the beauty is still evident.
The sky is bluer than above – it’s a beautiful day! The colors are glorious from my back deck!
Fall beauty from my back deck around the pond.
Fall beauty from another angle
Fall beauty to enjoy on a beautiful day!
It keeps getting better!
More colors from the side of my house
From my kitchen window I get this view. But I snapped this one on a walk around the neighborhood.
Londonderry Golf Club near my home
Golf course in fall – spectacular!
My husband, John, and I on a walk to take in the fall beauty.

I hope you enjoyed my photos of the beauty of the fall! Did it feel like you were there too? Wishing you blessings and lots of love. Take care, stay safe and well. God Bless!

With the cool weather coming snuggle up with a good book and put the fireplace going. Wrap a snuggly afghan around you and let the story take you away from all your troubles. Happy reading!

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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Another Recipe from Janice’s Kitchen Corner – Shortcakes!

This is the 15th installment of Janice’s Kitchen CornerShortcakes!

I put together this recipe for Shortcakes which is quick, easy and delicious. I love easy and delicious recipes. Don’t you?

Here are the other recipes Pot Roast, Basil Pesto Shrimp, Spicy Bean Salsa, Stuffed Zucchini,  Cole SlawZucchini BreadZucchini ItalianoGrapenut Custard, Spinach Pita PizzaPortuguese Seafood StewMarinated MushroomsStuffed Portobello MushroomsChicken Marsala, and Rice Paper Veggie Shrimp Wraps. In the past I have also shared recipes for Portuguese Bisquits and Drunken Chicken.

Serves 6-12 (half a shortcake or a whole shortcake per person)

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 2 1/2 Cups Gluten free flour (like Bisquick or King Arthur)
  2. 1/2 sugar
  3. 1/3 Cup butter
  4. 3/4 Cup milk
  5. 3 eggs beaten
  6. 1/2 tsp vanilla
  7. 4 Cups Sliced strawberries mixed with 1/4 Cup sugar
  8. Whipped cream

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Mix Flour with sugar
  2. Cut in butter with pastry cutter
  3. Add milk, eggs and vanilla
  4. Mix ingredients together – dough will be thick
  5. Drop by 6 spoonfuls onto cookie sheet
  6. Bake at 425 degrees for 10-12 minutes

Serve with sliced strawberries or other fruit and whipped cream or ice cream on half of a shortcake or put half a shortcake on the bottom of a dish and top with berries, whipped cream and/or ice cream and top with other half of shortcake. It is very filling so you may want to just use half a shortcake. You can also make each shortcake smaller so you can use the whole thing without being so filling. Enjoy!

Sorry I didn’t get to snap a photo of the strawberries and whipped cream and ice cream on the shortcake before my husband could eat it! Sigh!

Here’s a photo a few days later with peaches, ice cream and whipped cream. I snapped quickly before he could gobble it up!

Shortcake with peaches, ice cream and whipped cream

Note: Stay tuned for more recipes 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

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HUNTING MARIAH – MY 7TH PUBLICATION – 2014!

I am featuring a different book in each post until all my 31 books are listed here. Today I am featuring Hunting Mariah in this post which is the first novel I wrote for 18+ readers and the 7th publication in October of 2014 of all my books. Hunting Mariah is in the spotlight today!

I wrote this novel many years ago when my son was in college and my daughter was going into college shortly afterward back in the 90’s. The story lay dormant until 2014 when I thought it was time to edit and publish it.

When I published this book many people were shocked at the violence in it. They were surprised that I would write something so different from my sweet children’s books. I am an eclectic author writing anything from children’s, MG/PT/YA to Novels for 18+ I love to delve into new and different genres and challenge myself to do something new with each book.

The story behind this novel is, and there’s always a story behind a book, I dreamt of this idea for a story one night. My son was in college at the time and he told me about a rape on campus and how the on-campus security handled it. They instructed all the woman to walk in groups of more than two or, if possible, avoid going out at night. Of course this frightened me. My daughter was going to college the following year and I was distraught about her safety. My son relayed the story to her and stressed the importance of being vigilant and careful at night. Thank God there were no other incidents while she was there. But this story stayed in my mind and I had to put it down. The serial killer would not leave me alone until I told his story. I hope you will enjoy it and that it doesn’t frighten you as much as it frightened me.

Once I completed this book I felt drained and couldn’t look at it again until some of my readers requested a sequel. At that point I took it upon myself to read the book again and begin the sequel which was published in 2018, Mariah’s Revenge. It was cathartic for me to revisit the killer and put him out of my mind when I was through with his story once again.

This is a warning! Be prepared to not be able to put this book or its sequel down until you finish them. You will neglect your family, forget about dinner, laundry and sleeping. Remember I warned you!

I had a reader that could not put this book down. His wife told me that he never reads this kind of book but noticed it on her bedside table one night. He picked it up just to read a little but a few hours or so later he was still reading it. He told her he couldn’t stop until he found out what happened. He then went right to Amazon and purchased book 2! I was thrilled to hear this. Of course he didn’t review it but she felt compelled to tell me which I appreciated profoundly. He berated her for not telling him about it sooner. She still had not read it at that time but told me that she was going to right away because of the comments from her husband. That is why reviews are so important.

Hearing from readers and fans is wonderful! I can’t receive enough reviews either. I love knowing how my readers feel about my work.

I am always thrilled to receive a review of any of my books. Reviews are what authors live for when they write. It’s important to receive as many reviews as possible in order to be recognized by Amazon and readers. Thank you, readers and reviewers, for helping to get my books recognized so others will want to read and review them also.

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Blurb:

An insane killer, obsessed with blood and death, seeks revenge with those he perceives wronged him. He is now on the loose. His next victim may be Mariah.

Mariah has lost her memory. Will she remember what has transpired in her past? Can Mariah escape this deadly killer’s grasp. Will she finally be safe? Will the killer be apprehended?

My goal as an author of Novels for 18+ is to encourage everyone to read daily to enhance their lives and increase their creativity and good health. Please keep reading and I will keep writing. Happy reading everyone!

These books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble and also by clicking on covers to the right of this post.

Here is a Book Trailer done by Christopher Graham:

If you still need convincing that this book is a great book, read these amazing reviews on Amazon:

Tina Frisco5.0 out of 5 stars A Mystery Fan’s Delight Reviewed in the United States on January 21, 2015Verified PurchaseThis book held me on the edge of my seat from page one. The serial killer is introduced in a blood-curdling prologue rife with suspense, leaving the reader most eager to turn the page. When Mariah makes her appearance, she finds herself in a strange place, terrified and suffering from amnesia. This spawns the question: Is she already in the clutches of the “school girl killer”?

The author impregnates her story with intrigue by shrouding her main characters in mystery. Unknown to Mariah, their lives are intertwined and bear on each other significantly. Suspense builds as the veil is slowly lifted on each one’s secret, closely guarded for the sake of Mariah’s safety. Deeply rooted in the past, these secrets now threaten to explode into the present.

With a shocking introduction and seeding her story with crumbs of revelation, J. E. Spina captures and holds the reader’s interest throughout this action-packed tale of mystery and suspense. She gives nothing away until the very end, and then adds an epilogue that will delight horror fans.

I closed this book feeling that I’d just seen a very entertaining movie ~ and wearing a smile of utter satisfaction.

Clark Slomin5.0 out of 5 stars A heart-pounding thriller Reviewed in the United States on March 28, 2015Verified PurchaseI had known Janice Spina as the author of charming, award-winning children’s picture books. So when her thriller novel “Hunting Mariah” hit the market, I was quite surprised! The next surprise (shock, in fact), came in reading the book’s opening. Raw and brutal, yet Spina tells it like it’s completely natural –thereby setting up getting the reader into the mind of the killer. This book started off with a bang!

The twists and turns this tale takes keep the reader off-guard as Mariah retells the events she slowly recalls after surviving her attacker – a man (and there are several men in Mariah’s life in the story) whose identity the reader is unsure of for most of the book. Devious poetry accompanies the text, as the killer verbalizes his justification for his savage desires, intentions, and actions.

This story runs the reader through the gamut of human emotions as Mariah, her friends, and family experience and endure what would be life’s normal course shattered by tragedy at the hands of a psychopath. I found myself deeply moved at one completely unexpected tragic point in the story.

I won’t give much more of the story away. After all, it IS a mystery/thriller, and I want you to be as surprised and entertained as I was.


Gigi Sedlmayer, Book Excellence Award Finalist winning author of the Talon series
5.0 out of 5 stars On the dark side Reviewed in the United States on February 25, 2015Verified PurchaseI normally don’t read mystery thrillers, but somehow it got to me. I couldn’t stop reading, it held me captive til the end, even I thought right from the beginning who the awful blood thirsty killer person might be. But still I was always pushed back again, could it really be him? There were so many different turns and twists, that you really couldn’t be sure of anything.

Mariah, the innocent school girl was put into a dangerous twist; she nearly couldn’t get out again, shutting herself up to cope with the unexpected. And then you were transported into the mind of the school girl killer. What a blood thirsty individual, killing school girls for practice then killing Mariah’s friend, only to get to her. Everyone longed for justice. But will justice come?

Very cleverly done, JE Spina. She put family values and support into the foreground.

Loved it. Have to give it 5 stars


Colleen M. Chesebro
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Reader Enjoyment: 5 Overall Rate Reviewed in the United States on July 3, 2018Hunting Mariah is written by J. E. Spina, an award-winning children’s author. This novel is her debut into the mystery and crime genre.

The story is set in a New York suburb, where a killer is on the loose, terrorizing a college campus filled with young students.

Be prepared to be creeped out as J. E. Spina gives us an intimate view into the thought processes of a killer. Spina portrays this character as if she channeled the thoughts and actions of a real serial killer. The guy is deranged and takes pleasure in the sight, smell, and the feel of blood. Her descriptions were chilling!

The story revolves around the protagonist, Mariah Hampton who suffers from amnesia and Dr. Roberts, who is helping her to remember the savage attack she endured at the hands of an unnamed man. Through most of the book, this man’s identity is a secret which adds to the suspense building.

As Mariah’s memories begin to resurface, she realizes that the family secrets from her past have exploded into the future. 

J. E. Spina has written a whopper of a murder mystery. She strings the reader along, giving nothing away until the explosive ending!

MY RATING:
Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Fairies

*I received this book as a gift.*

Carol Balawyder5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-Paced Suspense Novel Reviewed in Canada on September 17, 2018Verified PurchaseIt isn’t because Hunting Mariah reminded me of my own in progress novel that I really loved this book, although that didn’t hurt. There’s a serial killer’s hunger for school girls whom Spina gives reasons for his macabre behavior as she allows us to get inside his insane mind and intensifying obsessive need to kill. He will stop at nothing until he satisfies his warped hunger to hunt down Mariah.

The novel contains many plot angles that drive it forward. Of course, there’s why Mariah is being hunted by the serial killer in the first place – a mystery which the author is able to maintain throughout the novel. Why is she kept in isolation in a psychiatric ward and what are her memory blanks about? Why can’t Tony, a man who obviously cares deeply for Mariah but for reasons revealed only much later in the novel, return his love for her? Adding more tension are the secondary characters that inhabit this thriller and Spina has the talent to create suspense around each of them.
Although the author makes clear from the beginning who the killer is I kept wondering, as other characters were introduced and more twists were added, if it could be someone else.
Writing under the name Janice Spina the author is known for writing children’s books – at least over a dozen. Hunting Mariah brings J.E. Spina into the respectful world of fast-paced thrillers which will keep you turning the pages.

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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Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear – My 6th Publication – 2014!

I will be featuring a different book in each of these posts until I have featured all 31 of my books. In this post the spotlight is on Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear. Jesse was published in April of 2014.

Jesse was dedicated to a young boy I met in Aruba while on vacation. This little boy was talking to me in the water. When I told him I was an author of children’s books about animals he announced that his favorite animal was polar bears. I promised that I would write a story just for him about polar bears and bring it with me the following year when I returned to Aruba. His family goes every year too.

Well, I did of course complete the book and brought a copy to Aruba for him the following year. He was thrilled! His family sent me a photo of him with the book. I think Jesse looks quite happy, don’t you?

If you haven’t met Jesse yet please pick up your copy today and bring little Jesse home to your children to enjoy. They will learn important life lessons that will please parents.

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

Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear dedicated to Jesse

Blurb:

Jesse is a precocious and very intelligent polar bear. He likes to learn about everything but what polar bears are supposed to know. Jesse has a couple of surprising adventures and learns an important lesson.

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 some reviews from Amazon:

Gigi Sedlmayer, Book Excellence Award Finalist winning author of the Talon series5.0 out of 5 stars Jesse, the precocious Polar bear. Reviewed in the United States on March 11, 2015Verified PurchaseAnother great and life lesson story by Janice Spina

Jesse the Polar Bear is different from all the others, he is precocious and intelligent as he ask questions about everything. He wants to explore, learn about other animals and make friends. But what animal would like to be friend with a Polar Bear and not be afraid of?

His mother teaches him how to cut holes into the ice to get there food but Jesse didn’t pay attention, he looked around to find a friend.

Suddenly a baby seal flew out of one hole and landed on top of him. Jesse protected him from his mother, who wanted to have him at a meal, and let him go again, to the misery of his mum.

And then an orca swam close to Jesse and the orca wanted to eat Jesse. Well now… I am not telling you everything. You have to buy the book to find out if Jesse will survive the attack of the orca.

It is always good to have friend they can help you. A good deed is what Jesse wanted to do.

Every child will enjoy that beautiful written book with great drawings.

Michelle Clements James5.0 out of 5 stars Lesson on friendship Reviewed in the United States on June 18, 2015Verified PurchaseJesse wants a friend. Jesse doesn’t do what little polar bears are supposed to do. While not minding his mother, Jesse gets into trouble and is saved by an unlikely friend. This adorable story emphasizes not only the need to follow instructions, but also how to be a loyal friend. This darling storybook is beautifully illustrated by the author’s husband. It is sure to keep any young child entertained while teaching valuable lessons.

Trish5.0 out of 5 stars What fun!Reviewed in the United States on June 22, 2014Verified PurchaseThis story is fun for younger children and helps to instill the importance of being kind to others. Jesse learned that one good deed made him a friend for life. It showed him why it is good to look out for others because sometimes you may be the one who needs a helping hand. Another great story by Janice Spina with lively illustrations from John Spina. I am sure there will be many more book to come!


J L. Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Life Lesson!Reviewed in the United States on July 19, 2014Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear
Cover Art: Adorable

Another wonderful story by talented writer Janice Spina with amazing illustrations from John Spina! Mama Polar Bear wants to teach Little Jesse how to hunt, how to cut holes in the ice and bring in delicious food. But Jesse, who has an adventurous mind of his own, wants to look for a friend or two instead, someone to play with from morning till night. Something surprising happens in this story! Does Jesse find an unusual friend? Did he learn how to hunt? Was he ever in danger in the icy waters? Get your copy of Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear to find out what it is!

Your children will enjoy this story and learn valuable lessons that will stay with them for a lifetime. Highly recommended!

Also, check out Janice’s library for more wonderful stories: Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Lamby the Lonely Lamb, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon & Louey the Lazy Elephant

JC5.0 out of 5 stars Good book for curious children Reviewed in the United States on November 24, 2014Jesse is a baby polar bear who not only likes to ask a lot of questions, but also questions the status quo of all the things around him.

As tough as it is sometimes, his mother lets him express his opinions and just once in a while, lets him get away with certain things that are contrary to a polar bear’s best judgment.

In the end, mama’s patience pays off, as Jesse is saved by a dear friend that he would not have, had he followed traditional rules.

The book teaches little ones (and their parents) that sometimes, not everything has to be the way it has always been. It also reminds us to breathe deeply every time our little one asks us repeatedly why, why, why, why???

These books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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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Broose the Moose on the Loose – My 5th Publication – 2015!

I will be featuring a different book in each of these posts until I have featured all 31 of my books. In this post the spotlight is on Broose the Moose on the Loose. Broose was published in March of 2015.

Broose was dedicated to the Moose Hill School in Londonderry, NH. I picked up my grandson from this school one day and noticed the glassed in shelves with all the moose paraphernalia. My grandson said I should write a book about a moose and put it on the shelf. That is what I did. Once the book was completed I brought along a box of books for the kids there and the principal placed my book on the shelves along with the other books and items. Broose was quite happy to be there and so was I to see him there!

If you are ever at the Moose Hill School in Londonderry, New Hampshire don’t forget to stop and look at the shelf with all the moose paraphernalia and find Broose the Moose on the Loose looking quite happy with himself.

Broose the Moose at Moose Hill School with me and my husband and grandchildren and Bonnie Breigarten-Kindergarten Coordinator
Broose Displayed at Moose HIll School

Blurb:

Broose is a sad moose who has no friends until he meets a young boy. Read what happens when Broose meets a boy who has the same name as he.

If you and your children haven’t met Broose now is the time to pick up a copy and bring him home for your children to enjoy. Broose would be a happy moose. Your children will learn the following important life lessons.

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

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!

These books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Here are some reviews on Amazon:

Mrs.D.5.0 out of 5 stars A Message of Acceptance and Friendship Reviewed in the United States on January 22, 2018Another wonderful book by the talented team of Janice and John Spina. The lesson of kindness and understanding is one that children must learn at a very early age. It is easy to be judgmental and mean, but children must first understand what compassion and kindness means.

A vicious bear clawed Broose the Moose at a very early age, leaving him with a scar on his face. Even though Broose looked threatening because of his scar, it did not stop the other moose from teasing him.

The sad loner wanders alone through the forests until he meets a similar loner, a boy with a limp leg. Nobody wants to play with the boy, and he spends his time away from the other children. The two become friends, very different by nature but so similar in their situations.

The author and illustrator have created a sweet, simple tale, easy to understand for a young child. The rhyme style was a bonus, and the illustrations enhanced the story. The message of acceptance and friendship is highlighted clearly: accept people for what they are. I love this story because it will bring a very needed discussion to homes, schools, and reading clubs. Children will remember the valuable lesson this book conveys. I applaud the gifted team of Janice and John Spina for another great teaching story!

eanie Humphrys-Dunne5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful story with an important message to share Reviewed in the United States on March 12, 2015Broose the Moose was lonely. He had no friends. The other moose laughed at him because Broose was hurt by a bear. Now he had a big scar. One day Broose the Moose was walking in the woods when he noticed a little blond boy, playing with a toy. There was something different about the boy. One of his legs wasn’t very strong. Broose became friends with the little boy. Then he had something special to smile about. Broose found out he had something else in common with the little blond boy who limped. The illustrations are cute and colorful. The message of acceptance and friendship is most important. Children, parents, grandparents and teachers will value this story and enjoy it. I highly recommend this wonderful story by award-winning author, Janice Spina.
review by children’s author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne


Allen Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect For Young Children With A Great MessageReviewed in the United States on January 16, 2017What a great little book for young children with a super message that conveys very positive thoughts. Children learn about friendship in this cute little book and how we can relate to each others differences and hardships in life. The color illustrations are wonderful and they show a lot of action. Broose the Moose and Bruce become the best of friends for life after meeting when they are younger. Don’t we all wish we had many friends like that? This book made me smile and I know it will bring joy to the hearts of many young readers!

MBKs5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner by Team SpinaReviewed in the United States on March 12, 2015A lonely moose whose name was Broose
Was sad and knew no joy
Until one day, a lucky day
He bumped into a boy

What to know what happened then? Read the book!””

The fabulous children’s books author Janice Spina and husband, the incredibly talented illustrator John Spina, once again, bring to life a wonderful animal character, a friendless young moose who is shunned by other moose because of his facial disfigurement. The Spinas entertain young readers as they convey important life lessons about friendship and kindness.

Highly and warmly recommended.
Be sure to check out Team Spina’s other children books: “Jerry the Crabby Crayfish”, “Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear”, “Lamby the Lonely Lamb”, and “Louey the Lazy Elephant”.+

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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A Lovely New Review of Abby & Holly School Dance (Book 1 in Series)!

It is always exciting to receive a review of one of my books! In checking out my Author Central Page I came across this new review. It fills my heart with joy to read that a child enjoyed my book! Thank you, Riley!

Riley5.0 out of 5 stars Granddaughter loved it! Reviewed in the United States on September 19, 2020Verified Purchase She’s in second grade but it kept her attention and she was able to sound out a few words that were difficult. Captivating story!

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.

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. 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 6 Book Awards – 4 Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards and 2 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards – Bronze Medal, and an Honorable Mention!

Hop over today to Amazon or Barnes & Noble or click on the covers to the right of this post of the books you choose to purchase and let your MG/PT/YA begin adventures that will lift their spirits, make their hearts soar and spark their imagination! Give gifts of books today and you will give them more than just a book, you will give them wings to fly!

These books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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

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Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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A Walk on Londonderry Rail Trail!

We took a walk with friends on our local Rail Trail. It was straight all the way no hills and easy to traverse – no aching knees. Yeah!

It was a beautiful fall day in the upper 60’s and pleasant. There were several people riding bikes along the trail and a few other people walking. We didn’t need to wear masks since we were socially distanced.

Londonderry Rail Trail
Pathway of Rail Trail
Wetlands
More wetlands
Rail Trail Wetlands

This Rail Trail connects to other trails that go to Derry, NH and up to the Manchester Airport. We walked over four miles this day but it didn’t feel like it because it was without any elevation or hills. Easy peasy! It certainly was easier than my recent climb in the mountains. Sigh!

It was a pleasant walk and a lovely time spent with good friends who we have been with since before the Pandemic. We stopped off at a local restaurant with outdoor dining and extended an enjoyable day.

Since we have not been able to fly anywhere it is nice to be able to travel locally and have a good time. I hope you have been able to get out and about safely 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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Recent Trip to the Flume in the White Mountains of New Hampshire!

With the change in the weather and the beautiful colors of the leaves we thought it was a good time to travel up to the mountains to take in all the beauty. It was a perfect day in the low 70’s and dry.

I included some of the information about The Flume from the booklet that we received. I thought you might enjoy learning more about it. It’s fascinating.

Riding up to the mountains
Lovely drive up to the mountains
A Glimpse of Mountains peaks
A little bit of color showing
More mountain views
Getting closer to the mountains
The Flume
Beautiful covered bridge
A lovely view with some color in the trees
View from one of the bridges
On top of the bridge
Rocks bare of water due to the drought
Table Rock where the water from the top of the mountain rushes over the flattened rocks – but there was very little water due to the drought.
Walking over the wooden pathway
A long way to go to the Flume
Stairway to the Flume
Avalanche Falls – the water is usually rushing so full and high that it splashes everyone as we walk by. But with the drought it was just a trickle.
Stopping for a selfie at the Flume
Another view of the falls
Another lovely view
View of the front of the building of The Flume looking from the inside.
The Building which houses a restaurant and restrooms to The Flume
Moose at The Flume Building
Stagecoach at The Flume Building

After our trip we stopped at the Woodstock Inn in Lincoln, New Hampshire for a burger which was delicious! Tables were safely distanced with plastic screens between booths and masks were worn until seated and eating. We felt comfortable and safe.

Reservations for The Flume must be made ahead of time through your phone. Masks must be worn on the trip throughout the two-mile round trip climb and you must keep six feet or more between other climbers. We didn’t know about the reservations until we arrived there. The two attendants were accommodating and helped us through the process of reserving our tickets. We were able to get right into the group that was scheduled at that time, so there was no waiting. We just had to show our tickets from my phone and get in line safely distanced. There were only a couple of families of four or more ahead of us. We always felt safe walking and not at all crowded. People were polite some times while other times some younger ones ran by us without excusing themselves. We do tend to walk a little slower.

I have to say that The Flume was very pleasant to walk through even though I was feeling it a little in my knees when we had to climb and coming back down was quite steep. I used to be able to traverse this climb without getting out of breath. I guess I am getting up there in age. Sigh!

We had more color back at home in Londonderry, New Hampshire than we saw in the White Mountains. I think it was past peak by a week or more.

Well, I guess this will be it for this year until 2021 when we may go back for another visit but earlier so we can see more color in the trees. Like I said previously it is all due to the drought – the trees lost color sooner and there was less water at the falls. I still think it was impressive and enjoyable.

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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Lamby the Lonely Lamb – My 4th Publication – 2014!

I will be featuring a different book in each of these posts until I have featured all 31 of my books. In this post the spotlight is on Lamby the Lonely Lamb. Lamby was published in March of 2014.

Lamby is happy to be here to share a little about his book. He is a littl.e shy and feeling quite lonely. Please pick up a copy and take him home to your children. You will make him happy and feel no less lonely.

Blurb:

Lamby is a very different lamb because of his color. He is lonely and only wants to be accepted by the other lambs. Find out what lesson Lamby learns when a little girl, Leah, comes to the farm where Lamby lives.

This book was dedicated to my granddaughter when she was four years old. She requested that I write a book about her lamb but I had to make it purple, her favorite color. It was a challenge at first but then the story came to me. She was happy with the results, thank goodness. She was even happier when Lamby won a Silver Medal – Mom’s Choice Awards!

All Jemsbooks children’s books important carry life lessons that parents will love. 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.

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

These books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Here are some review on Amazon:

Gigi Sedlmayer, Book Excellence Award Finalist winning author of the Talon series5.0 out of 5 stars Everybody needs acceptance Reviewed in the United States on March 12, 2015Verified PurchaseLonely Lamby was alone and lay into the meadow of purple flowers. You see, Lamby fell as a baby into purple dye. And now the other nice white lambs didn’t want to play with him.

One day, Lamby lay in the meadow dreaming of acceptance, when he suddenly saw a wolf approaching the other white lambs. He jumped up and down, shouting to let the others know about the danger.

The white lambs ran to the barn, hiding, He had saved them. But now the wolf was looking for him. But Lamby lay flat in the meadow and the wolf couldn’t see him. So he trotted away, hungry, missing out of his meal.

The white lambs were grateful that Lamby saved them but Lamby wanted to be accepted for himself not just for what he could do.

And then one day came a little girl, Leah, dressed in… But I won’t spoil it. You have to read the story to find out what happen to Lamby.

5.0 out of 5 stars A Cute Story Teaching A Lesson In Adapting Reviewed in the United States on May 7, 2014Verified PurchaseLamby The Lonely Lamb is a cute story teaching a lesson in adapting, but not conforming to what the norm is. In other words, just because you are different (in this case a different color) doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t fit in: beauty is in the eye of the beholder. In this case it was, a little girl dressed in purple from head to toe, exactly the same color of the little lamb, who was different than all the other lambs, which were white. It also teaches a lesson in tolerance for those who are different than the so-called norm. Janice Spina, the author hits just the right note in teaching a valuable lesson in acceptance in a world where being different doesn’t matter after all. The illustrations were adorable and well done.


Michelle Clements James
5.0 out of 5 stars The story of a purple lamb Reviewed in the United States on June 18, 2015Verified PurchaseLamby fell into a vat of purple dye and was purple from head to toe. The other lambs didn’t want to play with Lamby because he was different. Lamby gets his wish to be accepted for whom he is, not for the way he looks.
Lamby the Lonely Lamb is a adorably written and illustrated picture book for the young reader. It was written for the author’s granddaughter.

Mrs.D.5.0 out of 5 stars Nobody Wants To Be Rejected Reviewed in the United States on January 22, 2018“Lamby the Lonely Lamb” is one of those books that expose children to the real world, where not everyone is kind and likes to share a place under the sun. Just as in real life, the young readers will learn how others feel when nobody wants to accept them. In her enlightening book, Janice Spina teaches children the lesson of acceptance. Children will easily follow the tale of the little purple lamb, which was different from other lambs because he was purple. As often happens in reality, the little purple loner was rejected from a group of white lambs, which did not want to bother with him because of his color. The lonely lamb spends most of his time with nature. Feeling blue and disappointed, he comforts himself in a field with the purple flowers. As in every tale with lambs, here comes the wolf!! NO, NO! He did not eat the sad little lamb, which blended in with the purple flowers. His eyes were on the white, snobby lambs that did not want to accept the purple lamb.

And guess who comes to the rescue?

In “Lamby the Lonely Lamb,” children will find themselves around animals that are acting like they do sometimes. This story has a happy ending and very useful life lesson. Through the story, the young readers will develop logic and compassion, and receive a good education about real-life situations. Sometime, someone may rescue you when you least expect it. A great teaching book with moral lessons!


J L. Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THE ENDING! GREAT STORY! Reviewed in the United States on April 14, 2014Lamby the Lonely Lamb is a wonderful story about a little purple lamb, because of his color the other lambs did not want to play with him. Feeling sad and lonely, he hid out in the field, amid the purple flowers. No one could see him, not even the big bad wolf that crept in–heading straight to the little white lambs, ready to snatch up his meal for the day. But Lamby was quick– he jumped to his feet and gave a big shout to all his friends. The lambs heard the purple lamb’s cry and quickly ran to the barn away from the wolf’s hungry eye. The puzzled wolf looked all around for Lamby, but could not see him!

After the lambs were saved by Lamby, they gathered around to thank him–and promised to always play with him. This made him so sad, because he wanted to be accepted for who he is and not the heroic act he performed. This story has a wonderful life lesson for kids–and a great ending!

Children, parents and teachers will love this entertaining book with its charming rhymes and colorful illustrations. Get your copy; it is definitely another amazing story to add to your collection, along with the author’s other books: ‘Louey the Lazy Elephant’ ‘Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon’ and Jerry the Crabby Crayfish’

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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Jemsbooks.blog

AMAZON.COM AUTHOR PAGE

AMAZON.CO.UK

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Jerry the Crabby Crayfish – My 3rd Publication – 2014!

I will be featuring a different book in each of these posts until all of my 31 books have been featured. The spotlight, this time, is on Jerry! Jerry the Crabby Crayfish was published in January of 2014.

Jerry is quite a crabby crayfish! He needs some love. Please give Jerry some love by picking up a copy today and bring him home to your children. They will love him and make Jerry less grumpy. That would be a good thing. Jerry is one of my most popular children’s books.

Jerry is a real crayfish that lived in a 35 gallon fish tank in our home. He was quite a character and never failed to entertain us. He really was a brilliant blue! He is missed by us and grandchildren who loved watching him in the tank.

Blurb:

Jerry is a crabby crayfish who all day long wishes he could be a fish. One day something happens in the fish tank that makes Jerry change his mind. Read about the valuable lesson Jerry learns.

All Jemsbooks children’s books important carry life lessons that parents will love. 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.

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.

Jerry won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award!

These books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Here are some reviews from Amazon:

Wynette Mills5.0 out of 5 stars Jerry The Crabby Crayfish is a delight! Reviewed in the United States on March 11, 2014Verified PurchaseChildren will be very curious about this little blue creature. Aquariums and fish captivate little minds to ask “why” and “how”. It teaches us that we are all very special in our own way and by helping one another we learn much about ourselves. It also teaches children about the time and care it requires to have a pet as well as some science fun facts about Jerry molting. The illustrations will keep the children looking for more. I will look for more stories from this talented Author.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Jerry the Crabby Crayfish and Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon Reviewed in the United States on March 26, 2014Verified PurchaseVery clever story lines in both of these publications that will be enjoyed by all ages….adult enjoyment becomes intensified by the expressions seen on a child’s face as the story and art work progress…

Amazon Customer5.0 out of 5 stars Another Gem Reviewed in the United States on March 24, 2014This is the second book I have read by the author and I loved it. The repetition in the story and the message it reinforces should have children repeating “Swish, swish, swish, I wish I were a fish” all day long. Once again the illustrations by John Spina are a delight for the visual senses and the deceptively simply imagery is colorful and beautiful. Janice weaves another unique and interesting tale with a subtle environmental message about not interfering with what nature does best on her own. I also love the way she finishes each book with “The End” showing the behind (as in bottom) of each central character, which I think will have children giggling with delight. These books are best read out loud, with children turning the pages and listening, but older children will be able to read on their own without too much trouble. As an educational note: Janice introduces some exact names of some types of fish, never assuming that children would not be ready to learn them, which I think demonstrates her dedication to teaching and instructing children, as much as engaging them with the sweet little stories. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading Lamby the Lonely Lamb.


SRM-Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully entertaining and educational! Reviewed in the United States on February 19, 2014In her new book for children, “Jerry the Crabby Crayfish”, author Janice Spina once again entertains young readers as she teaches them an important life lesson.

Jerry the crayfish, a cave dweller in a fish tank that was populated by various multi-colored fish, was a very unhappy fellow. Jerry was miserable and discontented with being a crayfish and was quite vocal about his desire to be a fish. But when opportunity arose for him to help others in the fish tank, Jerry realized his unique gifts and wished to be a fish no more.

Mrs. Spina lovely story telling abilities and her husband, John Spina’s fabulous illustrations make this kid book a must have!

Amazon Customer5.0 out of 5 stars I am 40 years old and I love it! The illustrations are wonderful and the story …Reviewed in the United States on February 17, 2016I adore this book! I am 40 years old and I love it! The illustrations are wonderful and the story of the crabby crayfish always wanting to be a fish but in the end learning that he is special NOT being one is a wonderful lesson for children to learn. Although they may always hope to be something else, better, or perhaps more….they are special in their own way. 🙂

Werner Stejskal5.0 out of 5 stars It is alright. I can be me!Reviewed in the United States on January 25, 2015Another educational little book by Janice Spina. It teaches us to be happy with who we are. Children learn that sometimes they are capable of tasks others cannot perform and that will make them more confident in themselves. Lovely hand-drawn pictures again to join the world of pre-primary and primary school children. I thoroughly enjoyed this little excursion into the aquarium! You will too!

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

BARNES & NOBLE

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