Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 6 Coming Soon!

I am excited to announce that I am working on Book 6 in the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series for both boys and girls. This series was inspired by my two middle grandsons who love to read. They are my inspiration to write this series.

These MG/PT/YA books carry life lessons that promote and encourage good behavior in children, to love one another, respect elders and others, family and friends do matter, bullying will never be tolerated, and to be kind to one another.

These books are stand alone books with stories that can be read in or out of order. In each book I put in an introduction to explain a little about the characters and their background which will help the reader to enjoy the stories. These stories are not only enjoyed by MG/PT/YA but also by adults.

These books have won 7 book awards and have been a finalist in another contest.

Jemsbooks – Middle-Grade/Preteen/Young Adults Books

(Amazon link)

(Barnes & Noble link)

Here are some reviews on Amazon for Books 1-5:

Robert5.0 out of 5 starsA GREAT WHO DONE ITMay 20, 2015Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseDo you want your children to think? Learn how to decipher a problem? Cultivate their imigination? Amateur sleuhs David and Derek, two twins as opposite as they can be, accompanied by their assistant Mickey, code named CAT, are off to discover the mystery behind Christine’s cell phone (she swears she put it in her backpack at school buty it vanished) Being an adult mystery writer – THE CASE OF THE MISSING CELL PHONE – book 1 in an upcoming series- is all a mystery should be – a lot of clues – a few dead ends – and ending that fooled me. All you parents and grandparents this is a great book for all those m iddle grade kids you worry about – might even get them away from that cell phone and video games.

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

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

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

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

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

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne5.0 out of 5 starsThis story is a masterpiece you’re going to love from cover to cover!September 21, 2015Format: Kindle EditionJanice Spina has crafted another amazing story for young adults! Congratulations, Janice! This time, twins Davey and Derek learn some amazing secrets from their Aunt Gigi. Many exciting events occur. Even Davy, the practically perfect student gets in a little jam in school. But the most mesmerizing part of the story involves newly discovered powers of Davey and Derek. Something potentially tragic happens to their friend Mickey’s little sister. Davey and Derek look to Aunt Gigi and her mysterious black cat to help them rescue Mickey’s sister. You’re sure to love this story as much as I did. You’ll hate to put it down! I highly recommend this wonderful story.
Review by children’s author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
* I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


Lorraine Price
5.0 out of 5 starsThe Secret of the Magical Ivory ElephantAugust 30, 2016Format: Kindle EditionDavey & Derek are twin brothers who are celebrating their 11th birthday. They share a gift between themselves called, “twin telepathy.” They also have an aunt named, “Gigi, who happens to be a witch with magical powers. She helps the boys to understand that they have powers of their own and teaches them how to use them.

A theft occurs at a local museum and Davey & Derek decide to use their talents to find the answers to the burglary.

Full of magic and mystery, intrigue and excitement. Such a cute story!

Janice has a theme throughout her book and that is to teach kids how to be polite, kind, and sensitive to other’s feelings.

This is the third in a series of books that she has written and can be enjoyed by itself or as a complete set. Give your child the gift of reading!


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

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

Watch for Book 6 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series coming next month. As a mother and grandmother I want children of all ages to know that they are loved and safe in their homes. I want to encourage them to read in order for them to learn, to grow, and to become inspired to reach for their dreams. The more children read the better they will become at their chosen field of study.

Reading is good for your health! Let’s all start reading today and get healthier.

I will share the blurb and cover soon. My husband, John, is working on the chapter illustrations and cover.

These books are available on Amazon as kindle or paperback or on Barnes & Noble. Also, you can click on covers to the right of this post for purchase.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I appreciate your kind support.

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

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Janice

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Spring Has Sprung!

Well, it’s here! Spring! I thought I’d never see it this year! It has been a cold brrr winter albeit not too much snow. I did miss the fact that we did not have much snow. I love snow as long as I don’t have to drive in it. Also, the mountains need the snow for skiing, even though I don’t ski, and local wells need to be refilled by the runoff from the mountains. Sigh! It is all connected.

Now we must depend upon a good rain from time to time this spring to make up for the lack of snow. Sorry for those who hate rain. I don’t mind it as long as I don’t have to drive in it. Haha!

I can’t wait to see my flowers begin to sprout new leaves and my roses budding along with the trees. It’s a beautiful time of year. Once they begin to show growth I will start sharing my pics.

In the meantime here are some signs of spring from last year that will make you yearn for more.

Rhododendrons
A spring bouquet just for you!
Easter Lily
Flowering Cactus – this Cactus flowers each spring at this time and through Easter and fall around Thanksgiving and into Christmas!

Birds

We have all kinds of birds visiting our bird feeders year round. We just noticed that the Red Wing Blackbirds are back. They are migratory and love swampy areas. We have a pond in the back of our house with cattails and reeds that they love to nestle in all spring and summer long. I will try to capture a photo of them soon.

Here in the Eastern half of USA we are in the first day of spring. If you are having a different season where you live in this beautiful world please share some of your pics. I would love to see them. I will share more as the season progresses, I promise.

For now, enjoy whatever season you are experiencing. Here in New England USA our seasons are swift in the spring and summer but long in the fall and winter. We enjoy every good day that we are fortunate to have in each season.

Thank you for stopping by today. Please come back again. I will have plenty more books, reviews, spring and summer photos and helpful advice for authors to share.

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Reading is good for your health! Get reading and get healthier today!

Jemsbooks are for all ages! Check out the colorful collection of children’s books today. We also have middle-grade/preteen/young adult and 18+ books. Watch for Book 6 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series coming soon with a cover reveal created by none other than my handsome and talented husband, John! He cringes when I do this, brag about him. I appreciate all the hard work he does for me to bring my stories to life. God bless him! Check out our newest children’s book, The First Star, a fairy tale, a rags to riches story. I have written six books for children about dragon stories which John is currently working on. Watch for the first book in this series later this year.

Jemsbooks carry important life lessons and are written in rhyme about baby animals in order for children to relate better to the story. They learn as they read or hear the story aloud. Parents love Jemsbooks too! Jemsbooks have won many book awards as you can see by the covers.

Children’s Books
MG/PT/YA Books
Hunting Mariah – 18+
Mariah’s Revenge – 18+
An Angel Among Us – 18+
How Far is Heaven – 18+

All Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Jemsbooks.com and by clicking on the covers to the right of this post.

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Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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Davey & Derek Junior Detectives: The Case of the Missing Cell Phone

A wonderful review of Book 1, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Seriesis a must to share with my readers! Thank you so much, Kevin Cooper, for this fab review! Davey & Derek are smiling as much as I am! I feel blessed! Happy reading everyone! Thank you all for the support.

Blessings & Hugs!
Janice

Kevin Cooper

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

Review: This is a delightful story; an enjoyable read for any middle grade child, and younger ones who are up on their reading.

The case of the Missing Cell Phone is the first case for the twin brothers who are fifth graders. They soon find out that being junior detectives is not easy work, especially when enquiries lead them to questioning boys who are in the sixth grade and much…

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Do Your Children Love Elephants?

Are your children lazy? Do they not listen when you tell them what to do? If you are having problems with your children not paying attention? Check out this adorable book, Louey the Lazy Elephant. This is the first book that my husband and I worked on together and published back in 2013.

I have been so busy publishing 23 more books since then that I have forgotten about poor little Louey. This book holds a special place in my heart. He is so sweet and adorable. He will help your children learn an important lesson about laziness and how it does not pay.

All Jemsbooks children’s books carry important life lessons and are written in rhyme.

Here is a limerick I wrote about Louey.

Louey the Lazy Elephant

There once was an elephant named Louey,

Who overslept one day, oh phooey!

He woke up to find

The herd left him behind.

Now he’ll no longer be lazy Louey!

Available also on Barnes & Noble

Blurb:

Louey is an adorable but lazy elephant who likes to sleep late. One day Louey wakes up to find that the whole herd has moved on without him. Louey is very upset but he is determined to find his herd. Does Louey find his way to his family and friends? Does he learn that it doesn’t pay to be lazy? Take Louey home with you and find out.

Here are some reviews on Amazon:

Amazon Customer5.0 out of 5 starsReminiscent of Ferdinand the BullSeptember 2, 2013Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseAs an author myself, it is no secret that I love children’s books. One such book that stands out in my own childhood is Ferdinand the Bull. He was lazy and slow and always stopped to smell the flowers and was never where he was meant to be. Louey reminds me of Ferdinand, adorable, sweet and always in a bit of a pickle. This lovely little book is written by a talented author and illustrated by an equally talented artist. The drawings are simply beautiful with their hand drawn textures and soft colors. The story will be very familiar to children who would have been told many times not to be lazy or this or that might happen to them. I remember as a kid not being told to play in the pool too long or the family might go out one day and leave you behind and that’s exactly what happened. This is a delightful and captivating read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I bought the Kindle version and the print version is on the way in the post. I cannot wait to see it in print.

On Kindle: Louey the Lazy Elephant
Paperback: Louey the Lazy Elephant

By the Author of this review: Red Bear and the Indian Chief (The Misadventures of Red Bear)5 people found this helpfulHelpfulCommentReport abuseBette A. Stevens5.0 out of 5 starsCharming!October 4, 2013Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseThe rhymes of this charming tale make it perfect to read to the little ones. Louey the Lazy Elephant’s adventure takes us on a journey to help him find his family. Louey was so ‘busy’ being lazy that he was left behind sleeping when his family moved away. Louey is a very lazy elephant, you see. What will he do? He doesn’t know how to find them. Louey seeks help from several animal friends as he sets out to find his family. Some are willing to help, others are too lazy to bother. Will Louey find his family? Who will help him? Who will not? Louey discovers that being lazy is not such a good idea after all. A great bedtime read for lazy little liseners. ~ Bette A. Stevens

Barbara MojicaTop Contributor: Children’s Books5.0 out of 5 starsSLEEPING INJanuary 30, 2016Format: Kindle EditionPerfect picture book for preschoolers. Louey is a lazy elephant who loves to sleep in. Despite his mother’s warning that the herd will be moving the following morning, Louey decides to ignore her. When Louey finally rouses himself, the herd is gone. Now he is frightened!

Louey searches everywhere and seeks help from animals like the hyena and snake. A bird up above has been watching and observing; she has a proposition for Louey. Will Louey ever find his family? Has he learned a lesson not to be so lazy?

The illustrations in the book are reminiscent of a crayon book. My urge was to scratch them because they look like a finished coloring page. Large print is appealing to young readers; the rhyme makes the book a fun read aloud or bedtime story. Highly recommended for parents, grandparents and teachers

Thank you for stopping by to read about Louey. I hope you will share Louey with your children for some fun reading time together.

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Janice

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

This is a post I scheduled back in 2013 that I wanted to share again.

An Irish Blessing

(A Blessing from St. Patrick)
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
May the rains fall soft upon your fields,
And, until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand
(Traditional Irish Blessing; origin unknown, although some attribute it to Saint Patrick.)

Source: Insights Plaques: Irish Blessing

Blessings of the day to you and wishing you good luck always!

Janice

Addendum:

Here is an interesting story about the origins of corned beef and cabbage that my friend, Steve, sent.

The Story of Corned Beef – By AOH National Historian Mike McCormack

With the recent St. Patrick’s festivities behind us, I can’t count the number of times I was told Corned Beef and Cabbage is not an Irish dish as if we who enjoyed it were being duped by store managers with an abundance of the stuff. I enjoyed telling them the truth only to see their eyes open wide and to know that the nex time they have it, they’ll think of us.

In the Nineteenth century, the Irish tenant farmer had been forced to rely on potatoes as a main food since it produced the greatest yield per acre and most of the land belonged to English landlords. On special occasions one might enjoy a bit of bacon and cabbage with the potatoes, but potatoes were the staple. When blight hit the potato in 1845, it caused a major deficiency in the dietary staple and many were forced to emigrate to survive but that’s another story.
Upon arrival in America without resources, they were generally forced to settle in the least desirable parts of the cities in which they landed. In New York this was the slums of the lower east side around the notorious Five Points. Unskilled and unschooled, they tried to scratch out a living and send a few pennies back to those they were forced to leave behind. Personal gain eluded them as prejudice and No Irish Need Apply signs hindered their climb to economic stability, yet they persevered and eventually succeeded against incredible odds.

Among the hardships families had to endure in a slum environment was the lack of nourishing food. It was generally up to the mother to prepare a healthy meal for her family and in this situation, her ingenuity left us a tradition.

In the mid-19th century, New York was a major port in the China tea trade. From 1841 through 1860, clipper ships dominated that trade. These were the fastest sailing ships in the world at the time. When fully rigged and riding a tradewind, they could reach speeds of more than 16 knots which meant that the trip to China and back would only take about nine months, depending on the route taken. However, an unlucky ship could spend an additional three weeks crossing due to Doldrums – a part of the ocean where they might encounter calms, squalls, and shifting winds.

Carrying a crew of 50 to 60 men, the ships were originally provisioned before leaving New York with enough fresh water, flat bread, oats, coffee, rum, and salted beef to last until they reached China. After gastric complaints about re-provisioning in China for the trip home, many began to carry double provisions for the round trip. These always included a bit extra in the event of doldrums. Upon arrival back in New York, the excess provisions were generally dumped in the harbor for what else could one do with lumps of beef that had been soaking in brine for nine-months.

It was then that coincidence and circumstance collided and the Irish mothers seeking nourishment for their families spotted the floating beef in the river and fished it out. Fortunately, before the advent of power boats, the river was cleaner then. They took it home and soon developed a method of preparing it so that their diet would have meat at least once a week – or at least when the ships came in. They would boil the beef to remove the salt, discard the water and boil it again. They found that repeating that process three times – once each for the Father, Son and Holy Ghost – would remove enough salt to make it palatable, however, while the salt was gone, so was the flavor! That’s when a head of cabbage was added. The last time the beef was boiled, it was boiled in water that had boiled a head of cabbage and a flavor was introduced to the meat. It didn’t take long for ship’s crews to realize there was a market for the old brined beef and returning ships soon saw women lining up for the leftover salted beef which was now sold at a penny a pound. It was a far cry from the bacon and cabbage they might have enjoyed in Ireland, but still it was a welcome dish. In later years, the dish became a traditional favorite for it brought back memories of a mother’s love although the modern dish is far more palatable than the one mom dragged out of the river.

On Saint Patrick’s Day, many people enjoy corned beef and cabbage and some even believe it to be an Irish dish. In a manner of speaking it is, but it should not remind us of Ireland. Rather it should remind us of the ingenuity of Irish mothers, their dedication to their families and their determination to overcome any obstacles put in their path in caring for their families. It should also remind us of the hardships endured by our immigrant ancestors who persevered and overcame the difficulties imposed on them in a tenement slum to bring their descendants to a better life so that we could enjoy a dish of corned beef and cabbage in pleasant company and more enjoyable surroundings.

There you have it! Now when you enjoy corned beef and cabbage just be thankful you didn’t have to pull it out of the river! Enjoy!

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have a lovely St. Patrick’s Day! Don’t forget to wear your green. Everyone is Irish on St. Paddy’s Day!

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

Check out my short story collection for an enjoyable read. I have an Irish story included in there! Click on cover of An Angel Among Us for your copy or Amazon or go to Barnes & Noble.

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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A Short Story Collection for Everyone!

Also available on Barnes & Noble

Blurb:

A collection of short stories that covers several genres including romance, grief/loss, mystery, suspense, sci-fi, fantasy and paranormal. This book is dedicated to a courageous friend who passed this year. The first story is specially created for her and is the inspiration for the title of this book.

There is something for everyone in this eclectic short story collection. There is even a story for St. Patrick’s Day for you who love Ireland and anything Irish. I am not Irish but was once married to an Irishman. That is as close as I can get to being Irish. LOL!

Here are some reviews from Amazon:

Gigi Sedlmayer, Book Excellence Award Finalist winning author of the Talon series5.0 out of 5 starsI couldn’t stop readingMarch 17, 2017Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseI downloaded the book just in the morning. I wanted to have a little peak only, but starting to read, guess what?
I couldn’t stop reading. Particular the first story, about Janice friend Anne.
But each story is different, diverse and engaging, and wonderfully told. I laughed, I cried, I smiled.
I have read many books for her already, and was never disappointed.
Janice is really a great story teller. I love her books

P.S. Winn4.0 out of 5 starsCoincidence, fate or maybe an intervention from the other side?June 23, 2017Format: Kindle EditionThis is a collection of several short stories that bring heart touching messages to all of us. I found the first story the most beautiful, but all of the stories will bring a smile of tenderness and a warm feeling to your heart. The author did a great job bringing together amazing short stories that are a pleasure to read

Robert4.0 out of 5 starsNice CollectionApril 26, 2017Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseThe collection of short stories in An Angel Among Us run from inspirational to contemporary so science fiction. I liked the difference as I am a big fan of short story collections. In the hustle and bustle of modern life there is always time for a short story. Janice Spina is a good story teller and you can tell by her work she has a caring and kind heart. A nice collection that will keep you interested and engaged – heartwarming, at times sad, but also uplifting.

Sarah Reviews5.0 out of 5 starsFabulous!March 11, 2017Format: Kindle Edition Author Janice Spina is a prolific and eclectic writer, whose creativity knows no bounds and whose books entertain readers of all age groups. Having had the pleasure of reading many of Author Spina’s earlier works, I looked forward to reading her newest creation and am happy to report that her first-ever short story compilation is ever so gratifying.

“An Angel Among Us” is fabulous. The characters that populate the short stories are from all walks of life, real and well-developed. Their touching stories resonate, as the protagonists confront and face up to life’s many challenges. Loss, regret, love and hope are ingredients you’ll find in abundance in this stirring and heart-string tugging book. Highly recommended!

Michelle Clements James5.0 out of 5 starsA thumbs up!March 23, 2017Format: Kindle EditionI have read many of Janice Spina’s books and have never been disappointed. She writes with clarity and warmth. She doesn’t shy away from delving into another genre, as is evidenced by this eclectic collection of short stories.
The author’s tribute to her friend is heartwarming and is just the first story in this delightful collection. I recommend An Angel Among Us to everyone, as there are stories from multiple genres that are sure to appeal. This book can be read all at once or story by story. It is perfect for those who don’t have a lot of time but want something to read with their coffee or before bed or whenever they have a few minutes without committing to a full-length book.
An Angel Among Us gets a thumbs up from me.
This book was gifted to me. I was neither paid nor required to give this honest review

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International Women’s Day!

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY – Photo Courtesy of https://www.internationalwomensday.com/IWD2019
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY – Photo Courtesy of https://www.internationalwomensday.com/IWD2019

Check out this video with some of my female authors. This video was created by Margot Kinberg for International Women’s Day on March 8, 2019. Thank you, Margot!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1n_3g32-rQVkOeY4CGjA87wQAyVFSeboE/view?ts=5c7ee9a4

Women all over the world will be celebrating this day. We women have accomplished great things and will continue to do all we can to make this world a better place.

We authors are doing our part by writing and publishing books to entertain, teach and encourage other women to follow their dreams. There is nothing that we cannot do if we truly believe in ourselves and work hard to accomplish our goals.

Here are the authors who took part in this video:

K.B. Owen – https://twitter.com/kbowenwriter

Annette Rochelle Aben – https://Twitter.com/YouAreTheExpert

Margot Kinberg – https://twitter.com/mkinberg

Jane Risdon – https://twitter.com/Jane_Risdon

Harmony Kent – https://twitter.com/harmony_kent

M.J. Payne – https://twitter.com/MJPayneAuthor

Cat Connor – https://twitter.com/catconnor

Sarah Ward – https://twitter.com/sarahrward1

Sue Coletta – https://twitter.com/SueColetta1

Dawn (D.S.) Nelson – @dawnnelson

Debbi Mack – https://twitter.com/debbi_mack

Patricia Loofbourrow – @pattyloof

Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina – https://twitter.com/janice_spina

Happy International Women’s Day! What will you do to make this world a better place for all? Women Strong! Thank you, Margot, for asking me to be a part of this wonderful video along with these lovely and talented authors. Hugs to all!

Thank you for stopping by. Come back again soon! Your kind support is appreciated.

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Janice

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How Safe is Social Media?

https://nicholasrossis.wordpress.com/2019/02/17/how-safe-is-your-online-data-infographic/#comment-39442

Check out this insightful infographic on the site above to learn more about How Safe is Your Online Data! Nicholas Rossis gives a thorough explanation about several online sites. Thank you, Nicholas, for making us more aware of these sites.

Thank you for stopping by. Let’s be careful out there in cyber land.

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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New Email for Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina of Jemsbooks!

I have been busy changing things up a little beginning with my email. I am now with Comcast for my internet. Here is my new EMAIL: jjspina@comcast.net

Please make a note of this new email – jjspina@comcast.net

I will no longer be receiving emails on my former email of jjspina@myfairpoint.net

Please do not send anything there. If you have been trying to reach me and I have not responded, please forgive me. It has been crazy getting this new system up and running. Of course, now I have to change everything. What a nightmare!!!

I am in the process of updating my website, blog and online media and will be for a long time. Please be patient with me. I am recreating myself. Hopefully I will be better and more improved. LOL!

Thank you for your patience and continued support. God knows I need all I can get from you! Sigh!

In the midst of all these changes I am working on a new book, Book 6 of Davey & Derek Series and published my first fairy tale, The First Star, which is on Amazon and soon to Barnes & Noble. Also, you can click on the covers to the right of this post for purchase. Do you feel like clicking? Go on, have fun and click away!

Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate your kind readership and support.

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Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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Books Read in February 2019!

In between writing I managed to read eleven books which I reviewed on Goodreads and Amazon. Each month I will share the books I’ve read in a post per month. My goal for this year on Goodreads is to read 95 books. Last year I read 112 books. I did not want to push myself as much this year due to my publishing goal of five books in 2019.

As in my own multi-genre writing I enjoy reading in different genres. These books cover a wide range of genres by talented authors. I recommend all these books to my readers.

Here are my reviews on Amazon and Goodreads:

ELLIS Andrew Joyce

https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R39JNEVDJT36KH/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B079NSFK86

The Raven Witch of Corfu Episode 1 Effrosyni Moschoudi https://www.amazon.com/Raven-Witch-Corfu-episode-fantasy-ebook/product-reviews/B07J4V96RP/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_show_all_btm?ie=UTF8&reviewerType=all_reviews

Ayn Rand’s “Character Loops” Mark Tier

This book was not on Amazon but is available on Goodreads where I put my review reason why I don’t have a cover of it to feature here. Here is my full review.

A Helpful Guide to Character Loops!

I received this book and chose to review it without any compensation.

This is an insightful guide for writers on the act of developing characters and looping them into a story. The author shares his expertise and that of other authors’ on creating characters, names, traits, visual, and emotional tags by examples throughout the book. 

I have drawn some much needed knowledge from this resource that will hopefully help me in my future books.

House of the Hanging Jade Amy M. Reade

Go! Hold On 2! Peter Darley

Jackson: A Novel Max Byrd


The Neighbor Lisa Gardner

(Because there were so many reviews I couldn’t find mine on Amazon to embed the link, I had to post it below from Goodreads. This books is that good!)

I have read books by Lisa Jackson before and have never been disappointed. She is a talented writer and creator of suspenseful mystery thrillers that keep you on the edge of your seat.

The Neighbor was an exceptional read! I couldn’t put it down reading late into  two  nights until I finished it. There were so many twists and turns, suspects, and secrets that finally were revealed. 

It was gripping, shocking, spine-tingling but oh so exciting and enjoyable. I only wish that I wrote this  book.

I highly recommend anything written by this incredibly talented author. I look forward to reading more in this detective series.

The Joy of the Gospel Evangelii Gaudium

Queen Esther’s Big Secret: A Purim Story

Killing Kind Gregg Dunnett

One Night of Grace Terry O’Dell

This was a novella which I received as a gift from the author. It is not listed on Amazon or Goodreads. You can only receive it directly from the author. It was a quick enjoyable read.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you will check out these wonderful books. Please come back next month for more books I have read and my reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. Please show some love for authors by reviewing their books wherever you purchased them. We authors will love you back.

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

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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