An Angel Among Us – A Short Story Collection!

Do you love short stories? I do! Sometimes I just want to read something quick and entertaining and don’t have a lot of time to spend to get into a long story. Well, that is why I wrote this short story collection.

I had some short stories set aside and didn’t know whether to publish each one separately or put them into a collection. I decided to put them into a collection after connecting with a high school friend who I hadn’t seen for many years. We connected on Facebook by accident one day. When I saw her I friended her and we began to catch up a little.

It’s was so nice to catch up with someone you have lost contact with like my friend, Anne. She was always a lovely person, funny and entertaining with a wonderful sense of humor, dry wit. What she told me was heartbreaking to hear. She had lost her husband a short time before and then she herself got sick. She had stage 4 breast cancer and had refused treatment. She wanted to join her husband.

It was devastating to learn. She suffered greatly and passed in January of 2017. Anne and I did discuss my book. She was pleased and surprised when I told her that I would write a story dedicated to her and put it into my collection of short stories. The title would be dedicated to her too for she was truly an angel among us. She thanked me profusely making me tear up at the thought that she would not be with us long. I tried to hurry up the publication of this book but did not publish in time before her death. I did send her a copy of the story that I had written for her in time. She loved it and was happy to be remembered in my book. She was loved by many whose lives she touched with her kind heart and sense of humor. She is missed by all!

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

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.

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Here are some reviews I received for this book:

Promo by BMGN – Theodocia McLean

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. Please come back again real soon for more entertaining posts about books, reviews, shameless self promos, guest interviews, birds, fish and more. There is always something running around in my overcrowded cranium to share.

Thank you for your support and for all the reviews you have posted wherever you purchased my books. Please keep them coming! I love reviews even it they are just one word. That is all it takes to make Amazon notice us if we have more than 25 reviews. I so need your help to get there. Thank you! Keep reading and I will keep writing! Take care.

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

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

Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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BARNES & NOBLE

BARNES & NOBLE (18+ NOVELS)

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Smorgasbord Bookshelf – Meet the Authors 2022 – Personal Recommendations – #Memoir Pamela S. Wight, #Romance Staci Troilo, #Childrens Janice Spina

In this first feature for the Smorgasbord Bookshelf I am sharing authors whose books I have read and can personally recommend along with one of my …

Smorgasbord Bookshelf – Meet the Authors 2022 – Personal Recommendations – #Memoir Pamela S. Wight, #Romance Staci Troilo, #Childrens Janice Spina

I was honored to be featured with two talented fellow authors on Sally Cronin’s fabulous blog! Thank you so much, Sally! Congratulations to my fellow authors, Pamela S Wight and Staci Troilo!

Please check out Sally’s wonderful blog for all kinds of lovely books – some are hers and fellow authors. I am grateful for all Sally’s support of me and our fellow authors all year long. Thank you, Sally! Much love & Hugs

Thank you for stopping by!

Blessings & Hugs,

Janice

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Hunting Mariah and Mariah’s Revenge – Thrillers/Mystery/Suspense/Crime Novels for 18+!

Have you read my two-book series, Hunting Mariah and Mariah’s Revenge yet? You will not be able to put it down! When I wrote these two books the first in 2014 and the sequel in 2018 they frightened me half to death. I don’t know where they came from. Well, I do know where the idea came from – a dream and an incident that happened at a college. I put these two together and voila the first book was created.

It was also the time when my daughter was in college and there was a rape reported on a campus. I was frightened for her safety and that of other girls. Thank God she was safe and there were no problems on her campus. I did warn her to be careful walking around at night and not to walk alone. The campuses of the local colleges had sent out the same warning after the rape. But this book came from that and would not leave me until I wrote it all down.

Blurb:

AUTHORSDB FIRST LINES CONTEST – FINALIST!

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?

I hadn’t planned to write a sequel until I heard from fans that they wanted to know what happened to Mariah. I felt bad about the fact I did leave them hanging there waiting for a sequel. Well, when I decided to write the sequel it had been four long years since I had begun the story. Of course I did not remember much of it so I had to read it again to get into the killer’s mindset. That was not a pleasant thing to do, believe me. He haunted my dreams once again. It had taken a long time to get him out of my head and now he was back with a vengeance.

Promo by BMGN – Theodocia McLean
Promo by BMGN – Theodocia McLean

Some of my readers were horrified that I could write such violence. Me too! After all, I began as a children’s books author with sweet stories about baby animals and such in rhyme with life lessons. This violent genre for me was a 160 degree turn. It shocked my readers. They let me know it, too! I tried to explain to them what I told you here. It was a dream and would not leave me until I wrote it down the same way as all my books come to fruition. Once it is written down it goes away, all except the killer in Mariah’s books. He was relentless and did not want to go away.

Well, I hope those fans who requested the sequel were happy that the killer (Sage) nearly drove me to the brink of insanity. He is finally out of my head to be replaced by the craziness of my newest WIP, a fantasy series, Gateskin Chronicles. I hope you check that series out too.

Blurb:

AUTHORSDB FIRST LINES CONTEST – FINALIST!

This book begins where the first book, Hunting Mariah, left off. This suspense/thriller/crime novel will keep you turning pages as the tension grows. There will be twists and turns and some surprises. Many of the same characters will be in play to give support and encouragement to Mariah along the way.
A new man comes into Mariah’s life that reminds her of someone she wants to forget. He threatens to bring back the horrors that she and her family once endured. While the one she wants to forget suffers from a horrendous attack that puts his life in jeopardy.
Mariah must draw on her strength and resilience to survive danger at every turn. How much more can Mariah endure? How far will Mariah go to protect her family?

Here are some reviews of this series from Amazon:

I have been contemplating whether to begin another series using Mariah as the main character. It would be a mystery/crime series. What do you think? It’s just a thought that is running around in my head for now. I have plenty to tackle with the new WIP but I may need a diversion to get away from the characters in the fantasy series and do something true to life. Time will decide how to proceed with this new venture. I always give myself an impossible goal to achieve. Sometimes I make it, sometimes I don’t. But it is fun to try to achieve my highest expectations once in a while.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. I hope you will check out this mystery/crime/thriller series. I would love to hear what you think about it. Did it frighten you too? Did you sleep well after reading it or did it keep you up all night?

Please come back again real soon for more entertaining posts about books, guest interviews, new projects, shameful self promos and whatever else pops into my already overcrowded brain. Thank you for your kind support and any reviews you post wherever you purchase my books. I love them! Please keep them coming! I will share them on my blog.

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

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

Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

Jemsbooks.blog

Jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net

AMAZON.COM AUTHOR PAGE (All books)

AMAZON.COM JE SPINA NOVELS PAGE

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BARNES & NOBLE

BARNES & NOBLE (18+ NOVELS)

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Update on WIP – Book 2 of Gateskin Chronicles!

I took nearly four months off to rest after publishing my epic fantasy series, The Legend of the Taken Ones (Gateskin Chronicles Book 1). I have never taken off that long from working on a book. This WIP took a lot out of me! Sigh! It was quite an undertaking with a myriad cast of characters, villages, spells and surprises. I had to type up the list of characters, villages, names of spells, and notes to remind me of what I was writing about in this enormous WIP. Yikes! The list of characters keeps on growing!

Some days I wonder why I began this series! I would ask myself, are you crazy or what? Then I would place my fingers on my new laptop keys (the previous laptop was nearly letterless with all the typing I do) and continue on with the story as the characters came alive and led the way. These characters are coming up with more crazy new characters and ideas that are driving me insane! Every time I try to veer away from the craziness they pull me back in and create something even more absurd. Oh boy!

Would you believe that my goal is to write and publish four books this year? I don’t believe it either especially if they are all from this series. I don’t know how I am going to do this without going insane from the characters who are haunting me until I write about them, even ones I don’t know yet! What?! I may have to branch out and write something lighter in between Book 2 and 3 to keep my sanity.

I hope you will check out Book 1 soon and let me know what you think. Do you think I am crazy for beginning this? Love to hear your thoughts!

Now I am into Book 2 with over 12K and over 110 words. I plan to have 450 or more pages and over 100K words. Wow! The would be the most I have written so far, I think. Of course with all the blogging I do I have far exceeded that by now since 2012.

Blurb:

This is Book 1 of a fantasy series that will have six books in all. In this book learn about the three children of King Gateskin and his wife, Queen Solinara. The children have had powers since they were quite young..

Serena was three years old when she learned of her power to move objects with her mind. Her brother, Simon, can fly and their sister, Catalina, can become invisible or blend into her surroundings. They live with their parents in Sovorotskina, the Land of Light.

With these powers comes responsibility. The children must try to use their powers for the common good and responsibly to help others. The three children befriend a Sprite named Spindle who accompanies them on their adventure. Along the way they meet up with their aunt and uncle, their mother’s brother and his wife, Wizard Hotenfaran and Fairy Procelina. The group must travel into the evil land of Parotovina, Land of Darkness, to save King Gateskin, who was kidnapped, and also rescue some of the descendants of their friends and fellow Sovorotskinans who were captured and taken by the Evil Ones. These descendants have been waiting a long time to be free to return to the villages of their ancestors.

The children have many trials and adventures along the way. Will they be able to rescue their father and fellow Sovorotskinans without endangering their own lives? Will the evil King Kaposkaran and his Queen Beregina stop Serena and her siblings from being successful or will they turn Serena and her siblings to their dark ways?

Here are some of the reviews from Amazon I have received:

Promo by BMGN – Theodocia McLean
Promo by Allauthor.com
Promos by Allauthor.com

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post and its shameful promos! I can’t help myself. I hope if you read this book you will leave a review and contact me if you like it. If you don’t like it you don’t have to contact me. Haha! Thank you for your support just the same!

Please come back again soon for more entertaining posts and shameful promos of my books! How else am I going to get them out there? Sigh!

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

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

Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

Jemsbooks.blog

Jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net

AMAZON.COM AUTHOR PAGE (All books)

AMAZON.COM JE SPINA NOVELS PAGE

AMAZON.CO.UK

BARNES & NOBLE

BARNES & NOBLE (18+ NOVELS)

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The First Star – Winner of Silver Medal – Mom’s Choice Awards!

I am thrilled and honored to receive a Silver Medal from Mom’s Choice Awards for my children’s book, The First Star! Thank you so much, Mom’s Choice Awards @momschoiceawards!

It is always exciting to receive an honor for my work. I feel humbled and grateful to Mom’s Choice Awards for this award.

Blurb:

Once upon a time there were two children who loved their father so much that they missed him terribly each time he had toleave to go away to find buyers for his woodworking.The two children, Chris and Kim, were each given a gift made by their father to keep close to them until he could return. They worried whether he would return and prayed on the first star they saw each night that he would come home safely.This story portrays the love that a father has for his children and them for him in return. It shows that being kind to others by putting others before you can be rewarding. Also, some things like love and good health are far more important than riches.

I wrote this story many, many years ago when my children were young to help them go to sleep if they were concerned about something. I wanted to instill in them that love and family is more important than all the riches in the world. They are now grown up with children of their own. I’m sure they will be pleased to hear that their story won an award.

If your children haven’t read this story yet, maybe now is the time to check it out. It instills an valuable life lesson about the importance of family and love as I mentioned above. All my children’s books instill important life lessons, have colorful illustrations and except for this fairy tale all others are written in rhyme.

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. I am still jumping up and down with excitement over this award! Thank you for your kind support of my books and blog and for any reviews you have posted wherever you purchased my books. I welcome hearing from readers and am grateful for your reviews!

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

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

Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

Jemsbooks.blog

Jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net

AMAZON.COM AUTHOR PAGE (All books)

AMAZON.COM JE SPINA NOVELS PAGE

AMAZON.CO.UK

BARNES & NOBLE

BARNES & NOBLE (18+ NOVELS)

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Interview an author with Author Sally Cronin!

It is such a pleasure to welcome a fellow author to Interview an Author on Jemsbooks.blog. Today, please help me welcome talented author/poet/nutritionist Sally Cronin!

Thank you so much, Sally, for coming today to share a little bit about yourself and your lovely books. I am excited to have you here! The floor is yours!

Sally Cronin

Thanks very much Janice for the invitation to join you today and it is lovely to travel to see you even if it is virtually.

Jjspina: My pleasure, Sally!

Please tell us something about yourself.

I am not sure what nationality I can claim, since I have lived a nomadic existence from childhood. I do think we have finally settled back in Ireland and whilst I am only 26% Irish according to my Ancestry DNA, my husband is the real deal, having been born and brought up here. I was born in England before moving around the globe with my father who was in the Royal Navy, and that early start gave me itchy feet ever since. I have lived in eight countries so far plus travelled to another dozen or so.

I began work at fourteen years old after school and at weekends along the seafront in Southsea in Hampshire, and don’t seem to have stopped since. Even though these days, apart from being delighted when a book sells, I am an unpaid volunteer glued to my computer screen for most of the day.

I spent 25 years in management across several industries including hospitality, retail, advertising, cable television and telecommunications. In my mid 40s and carrying far too much weight, I packed it all in to study nutrition and medicine (from books at the time and later online) to sort my weight and health out. Two years later I opened a diet advisory centre here in Ireland followed by practicing in a number of clinics in the UK and consulting on radio following our move to Spain. This led to me becoming a presenter with my own health and interview shows on local radio for six years in the UK.

Now I write about nutrition in books, and on my blog, as well as exercise my creative brain cells by writing cross genre novels and short stories, with a poetry collection published in 2021.

If I was to define what I am now, it would be someone who is doing what she loves, in the company of someone she loves, meeting wonderful like-minded people every day online.  I also consider myself very lucky to have had such an amazing life.

Jjspina: You certainly have lived an amazing, multi-cultured life of travel and experiences, Sally. That is why your books are so rich and varied in their content.

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

I have always enjoyed creative writing and indulged in teenage angst with poems and then song lyrics that were influenced by country music and shared to gatherings accompanied by my guitar. 

Then life intruded as it often does. It wasn’t until I began keeping a journal in the mid-1990s about my journey to obesity, and my subsequent weight loss, that I thought about publishing a book. I got a great reaction to what I considered my one and only book, and then someone, after too much red wine, suggested I should fictionalise my varied job history into a novel. I have loved the process of putting my thoughts and ideas down in writing and releasing it to the world ever since. 

Jjspina: Well, that was a brilliant idea to put down your ideas into wonderful books. We are all blessed that you did.

What process do you need in order to write?

I tend to write my books in my head first when exercising or chopping vegetables. Then I get started on first drafts on the computer, without any distractions, not even music. Once I have completed my mind dump… I will spend considerable time reading it over and over, adjusting and finessing before I pass along to other eyes to read and report back. 

It is interesting to discover when I revisit older stories and books, how much my writing has changed over the last 26 years. This has resulted in some re-editing as books when they morphed from print to E-books. 

Jjspina: That is a good way to write your books but please be careful of the chopping that it doesn’t involve fingers! Yikes! I agree with you. Our writing does change over the years and the many books we write. But, that is a good thing. That means we are improving our craft.

What projects are you currently working on?

I have another collection of short stories interlaced with some poetry due out at the end of the year. I also have a long-term project set during World War II in a fictional village similar to the one where I was born, and loosely based on my mother’s early life.  I also would like to expand on one or two of my short stories that readers have expressed an interest in finding out more about.

Jjspina: Sounds like you will have a busy year ahead of you. All this sounds fascinating, Sally! I will be looking for these projects and adding them to my ever-growing TBR list.

What do you expect to accomplish in 2022?

Apart from getting these writing projects completed I would love to read and review more. I have stepped back somewhat from the blog although still posting daily, and have built in more time to enjoy the books waiting for me on my TBR. 

Having set up my podcast in 2021, I am embarking on a recording programme of my short story collections to share on the blog, but to also compile in audio format to accompany my books on Amazon.

And like many we are hoping to get some travel in at some point this year, especially to see family.

Jjspina: Looks like you will be busy in 2022 between reading and recording books. I hope we will all be able to get back to traveling soon too. It has been too long with this Pandemic. I wish you all the best with all your projects and invite you to come back again when you have another project to share.

Current Bio Sally Cronin

Sally Cronin is the author of fifteen books including her memoir Size Matters: Especially when you weigh 330lb first published in 2001. This has been followed by another fourteen books both fiction and non-fiction including multi-genre collections of short stories and poetry.

Her latest release, Life is Like a Mosaic: Random fragments in harmony is a collection of 50 + images and poems on life, nature, love and a touch of humour.

As an author she understands how important it is to have support in marketing books and offers a number of FREE promotional opportunities in the Café and Bookstore on her blog and across her social media.

Her podcast shares book reviews and short stories https://soundcloud.com/sallycronin

After leading a nomadic existence exploring the world, she now lives with her husband on the coast of Southern Ireland enjoying the seasonal fluctuations in the temperature of the rain.

Sally’s books:

Sally Cronin’s Books

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

Size Matters: Especially when you weigh 330lbs is the journal I wrote when exploring why I managed to become morbidly obese and unhealthy, and the programme I designed to lose weight and regain my physical, emotional and mental well-being.

Just Food for Health – A family health manual covering the major organs of the body, health issues and the nutrients and foods needed to be healthy. In print only.

Just an Odd Job Girl follows a woman whose husband has run off with his secretary (fast-tracker) and realises that she has devoted her life to his needs and those of her children. Whilst she does not regret the time spent on the children, she does regret being taken for a fool by her husband. She needs to go back out to work and as part of the process travels back in time to all the various jobs she participated in. On the way she finds that life and love are not over just yet.

Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story is the memoir of an articulate Lassie Collie from a few weeks old to being in charge of the garden in a Spanish villa in the mountains, with his adventures and friends along the way.

Tales from the Garden and Tales from the Irish Garden – Fairy tales and humour for ages 5 to 95 set in a Spanish garden and then is a damper Ireland.

Five short story Collections of mixed genres – Flights of Fancy, What’s in a Name volumes one and two, Life is Like a Tapestry, and Life is Like a Bowl of Cherries.

Turning Back the Clock is an anti-aging programme from a physical, mental and emotional perspective.

Media Training Manual… book marketing for authors.

Life is Like a Mosaic – Poetry Collection

Jjspina: I read just about all of these books and thoroughly enjoyed them. You are a talented and creative storyteller.

Please share your links and where to purchase your books.

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/default/e/B003B7O0T6


Books and recent reviews
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/my-books-and-reviews-2019-2021/

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7979187.Sally_Cronin

Website/Blog: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sgc58

What advice would you give prospective authors?

Have realistic expectations about publishing books. Yes, there are 20,000 E-books uploaded each week to Amazon, but if you work on the marketing side of the process before publication, and by participating in the online writing community you can get noticed. Even those working with mainstream publishing companies have to be able to market themselves and their books. 

Whilst today self-publishing has never been easier, a book still has to be written and edited to reach a standard that meets a reader’s expectations. There is a great deal of competition within most genres. It is well worth reading a great many books within your chosen genre so that you can create a unique element that makes you stand out from the crowd. If anyone would like a copy of two pdfs I have on book marketing and author public relations I am happy to email a copy and just contact me on sally.cronin@moyhill.com

Jjspina: Wise advice, Sally. If anyone knows how to promote, it is definitely you. You have been such a wonderful support to fellow authors, including me. I am truly grateful for all that you do to help fellow authors spread the word about our books.

Do you have any unusual talents? What are they?

I am afraid I have few natural talents, except perhaps being able to talk a hind leg off a donkey…!

Thank you very much for having me over Janice and looking forward to reading your other author interviews in coming weeks.

Jjspina: You are multi-talented in everything that you do. Thank you, Sally, for coming today. It was a sincere honor and pleasure to have such an immensely talented fellow author and friend here today.

Here is my review of Sally’s book, Life is Like a Mosaic:

Life is Like a Mosaic is a lovely collection of poetry that lifts the heart and the spirit. The author has the innate ability to create beautiful poems, thoughts, rhymes with words as if she has a magic wand.

She weaves ordinary words and creates the extraordinary before our eyes. There are fifty poems to enjoy covering feelings, experiences, hope, love, heartache, joy, friendship among others. She recalls her childhood memories, holidays, friends and other thoughts in flowing and creative rhyming poetry that takes one away to his/her own childhood nostalgically.

The colorful cover tells a tale all its own of life that can be so fractured yet somehow comes together in a beautiful way. The poems she creates give us hope in a troubled world of what is possible if we think positively. As she says in the poem, ‘Hope, Hope still springs eternal’.

I enjoyed all these wonderful poems but especially enjoyed ‘The Sunflower – One, and Sunflower – Two.’ In these two poems Sally expresses her thoughts – ‘Witness the sunflower as she swivels to stare and worship the gold god. Symbol of health and life the sunflower brightens every field that she graces.’

As I read all these poems I felt uplifted and free, all my troubles melted away. It was a beautiful feeling as I traveled along her words to float and flitter, my heart beating rhythmically with her lilting words. I highly recommend this beautiful collection. Thank you, Sally Cronin!

Thank you, Sally, for sharing a little about yourself and your books. It was a pleasure to have you visit today. Please come back again soon to share more about your latest projects. Readers, please check out Sally’s exquisite site with many excellent books to choose from, many of hers and other authors.

Thank you, readers, for stopping by to read this post. Please come back again soon for more interviews, books, reviews and other stuff. Don’t forget to review books you’ve read wherever they were purchased. Thank you, once again, for your support of my fellow authors and me.

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

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

Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

Jemsbooks.blog

Jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net

AMAZON.COM AUTHOR PAGE (All books)

AMAZON.COM JE SPINA NOVELS PAGE

AMAZON.CO.UK

BARNES & NOBLE

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A New Promo for JEMSBOOKS!

I have kept my husband busy doing promos for my books. He created this one recently to bring to book signings and such. That is, if we ever get back to them with COVID still around. It has been a long stretch since 2019 when we had our last book signing with New England Authors Expo.

If I get word of any signings being scheduled I will be sure to showcase them here on my blog. They are fun and sometimes frustrating when there is not a good turnout. We have both kinds. My husband doesn’t particularly like to go. But I need his muscles to haul the myriad books two and fro. I now have 37 and working on 38 now. I keep three of each book in plastic bins that he has to pick up and put on a dolly. I don’t know if this little dolly will take all the weight now with 111 books to carry. Yikes!

Here is the promo Jemsbooks price sign for our next signing.

I think it is pretty cute, don’t you? He put some books as samples of what I have to sell. He is also working on two new bookmarks for me – one for children’s books and one for MG/PT/’YA and novels for 18+. There are 18 children’s books on two sides of one bookmark and the other has the rest of the books for older readers. This way I can give out the correct bookmarks to age groups.

The Young Adults will be the highest price because they will be between 400-500 pages each. The novels are 350+. MG/PT/YA books are 200 – 300 pages. Children’s books are up 36 pages each.

Once I print out the bookmarks, I will share them with you also. Here are the bookmarks that I have at present.

Created by John Spina

If you purchase an autographed book from me here, you will receive a bookmark. I do have some books in inventory but not enough of all. I have a few extras of Abby & Holly Book 1 School Dance if you are interested in purchasing. The price is $13.00 plus S&H. You can contact me by email at jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net to purchase – paid through Paypal. I will gladly fill orders if I have the inventory of any book you request. All you have to do is ask.

If you purchase online, you will not receive an autograph or a bookmark, but you are welcome to do either. I love getting my books out there any way that is possible. Please remember – reviews are welcome and appreciated tenfold!!

Abby & Holly School Dance (promo by AllAuthor.com)
Abby & Holly Series Books 1-6 (promo by John Spina)
Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Books 1-6 (promo by John Spina)
Children’s books – PS- Grade 3 (promo by John Spina)
The Legend of the Taken Ones – Gateskin Chronicles Book 1 (YA Fantasy) (Promo by BMGN – Theodocia McLean)
Novels for 18+ (promo by John Spina)

There are plenty of books in different genres for different ages groups to keep everyone happy. That is what I love to do – write for all ages and in multi-genres. It keeps me motivated and energized to keep writing! I hope you enjoy all my books. If you haven’t read any yet – what are you waiting for?! Get reading and get happy and healthier today!

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post today. Please keep coming back for more. I appreciate your kind support and any reviews you post wherever my books are sold. Take care! Happy Reading everyone!

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

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Bird Visitors – Large and Small!

Do you wonder sometimes how little creatures survive the cold winter months with ice, snow and freezing temperatures? I do all the time. My husband feeds the birds so much that I think they should be added to our taxes as dependents. Yikes!

I don’t venture out to feed them, but he does all winter long. God bless him! I enjoy watching them and take tons of photos of them feeding and flying around our back deck. They are so beautiful and fascinating.

Here are some photos I took recently of a visiting turkey and some bluebirds. The first few photos are of a young turkey who was curious about our deck. The turkeys always stay below the deck to feed off of the seeds that the smaller birds drop. Most of the turkeys and other little critters are content picking up the scraps. But not this particular turkey – he wanted to go right to the source. Of course, once he was up on the deck, he didn’t know what to do. He couldn’t access the feeders because he was too big. Poor guy. He finally gave up and flew away. But it was fun watching him strut around like a proud peacock. It was fascinating to see how they can fly even with their large girth. They are able to fly quite high to get into the tall fir trees to roost at night.

Turkey checking out deck

Checking out the feeder
Getting ready for lift off

Here are some beautiful bluebirds at our special bluebird feeder. This feeder contains dried meal worms which are their favorite. There is only one hole on the front for them to enter and leave. Some birds are a little skittish about going in. They must be claustrophobic like me. Others are brave and fly in and out with precision. They are amazing! They pick up a few worms and fly back out maybe to feed their mates or friends or just to snack on themselves. I was lucky to capture three lovely bluebirds this time. They usually don’t stay there too long. They wait their turn to enter and feed.

I have a video of these birds going in and out of the feeder, but this blog does not support such videos. Sorry. It was a good one too.

Three Bluebirds at feeder

Here is another not so welcome visitor. In this photo you may be able to spot a hawk in the center of the photo in white. I couldn’t get any closer. It suddenly got eerily quiet outside on our deck. This is why. The birds all flew away to safety when they spotted this hawk. He stayed there for a long time until he grew tired of waiting for the birds to come back. Thank goodness he was not successful in grabbing one.

Hawk – white spot up in tree in center of photo

It is amazing that these tiny creatures are so resilient. They fly in and out of our arborvitae bushes where they stay to keep warm. They don’t have to go far for food on our deck.

An old photo of birds in winter trying to survive

Here are the arborvitae bushes where the birds roost. I have walked by these bushes different times of the year and could hear the birds in there. If you get too close, they may come out to scare you away.

Arborvitae bushes where the birds roost

The deer that pass through our yard nibble on these bushes. If you look closely, you can see how they are narrower at the bottom. My husband now puts Irish Spring soap on a string inside the bushes to keep the deer away. It seems to be working. They haven’t eaten anymore like some other bushes in the neighborhood.

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. I hope you enjoyed it. I love watching the birds and snapping photos to share here. Come back again soon for more. Thank you for your kind support.

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

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Interview an author with Author Stevie Turner!

It is such a pleasure to welcome a fellow author to Interview an Author on Jemsbooks.blog. Today, please help me welcome talented author, Stevie Turner!

Thank you so much, Stevie, for coming today to share a little bit about yourself and your lovely books. I am excited to have you here! The floor is yours!

Stevie Turner

 Please tell us something about yourself.

I grew up in the East End of London and was fortunate enough to attend an excellent primary school which encouraged creative writing. After winning an inter-schools’ writing contest, I began to keep a diary and often added little stories and poems to it as the years went by. However, I did not take up writing seriously until 2013. By this time my two sons had left home and I had more time to myself.  I like to focus on Romantic Suspense, Humour, Paranormal stories, and Women’s Fiction (family dramas).  

One of my short stories, ‘Lifting the Black Dog’, was published in ‘1000 Words or Less Flash Fiction Collection’ (2016). I also wrote an article ‘Look on the Bright Side of Life’ that was included in the 2016 book ‘They Say I’m Doing Well’ which contains articles about mental illness, (proceeds go to the charity MIND).  My screenplay ‘For the Sake of a Child’ won a silver award in the Spring 2017 Depth of Field International Film Festival, and my novel ‘A House Without Windows’ gained interest in 2017 from De Coder Media, an independent film production company based in New York.  ‘Finding David’ reached the quarter-finals of the 2019 ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Competition, and my latest book ‘His Ladyship’ reached the finals and long list of the 2021 Page Turner Writing Award.

jjspina: Wow, Stevie! That is quite impressive! I read A House without Windows and was blown away by it!

 What process do you need in order to write?

I need complete silence in order to think, and so off go the TV, radio and CD player.  I also prefer nobody else in the room.  My husband works from home in one of the upstairs bedrooms, and I work at my computer which is downstairs in the front room. Sometimes we even speak to each other!

jjspina: Haha! Whatever works for you. I understand how you feel. I like complete silence but don’t always get it!

 How do you come up with ideas for your stories?

Usually/mainly from news items, and sometimes I’ll re-write something I’ve watched on TV.  I’m also a people watcher, and gain inspiration from everyday folks going about their business.

jjspina: Yes, I agree about seeing and observing what goes on around us.

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

Paranormal novella:  ‘Finding  David’:

When Karen and Mick Curtis attend a demonstration of clairvoyance for the first time, Karen is singled out by the medium, Rae Cordelle. Rae has a message from Karen’s son David, who passed over to the spirit world many years before. The message shocks Karen and sends her on a journey of discovery, rocking her previously happy relationship with second husband Mick, David’s stepfather.

Paranormal/Time Travel novel:  ‘Partners in Time’:

John Finbow, a successful writer, and his wife Kay move into Southcombe Rectory, a large Victorian house that has been empty since the 1960s. It had previously been owned by the Cuthbertson family who had lived there for generations. Their marriage is under strain, as John, 39 would like children before he gets too old, but Kay, 34, does not.
When John is working in his study soon after moving in, he is disturbed by the sight of a young woman who appears out of the blue on his sofa. Emily Cuthbertson, whose old bedroom is now John’s study, was 25 at the time of her death and the youngest of 8 offspring of the late Reverend Arthur Cuthbertson and his wife Delia. Emily had died in 1868 but is now unwilling to leave behind her old life on earth, due to having missed out on a family of her own whilst being a companion to her widowed mother. Emily is still desperate for a husband and children, and John is the answer to her dreams.

One hundred and thirty years separate them. Will Emily and John’s love survive time’s relentless march?

Paranormal/Historical Fiction:  ‘Lily: A Short Story’.

Lily is 92 and failing in health. Her family told her she was going on a little holiday, and although she finds herself still on her beloved Isle of Wight, to her horror she is now living permanently in a residential home at the mercy of Bridie, the ‘horrible’ one.

To make what is left of her life happier she thinks about years gone by, and once again wonders about the strange disappearance of her 14 year old sister Violet in 1897. Her depression lifts when another new resident manages to shed some light on the 76 year old mystery….

LGBT novel: ‘His Ladyship’:

Norman Wicks is 57, overweight, and has diabetes. He is sick of his life. He has never left home, had a girlfriend, or held down any kind of job. The only friends he has are online, as he prefers to stay in the comfort zone of his bedroom. His devoted 92 year old mother Agnes waits on him hand and foot.

Norman has a secret he has kept hidden from the world for the majority of his life, but now he is desperate to bring it out into the open. He is terrified of how his family will react. However, for his own happiness and peace of mind, Norman must find a way to tell his mother and siblings exactly what they do not want to hear.

HIS LADYSHIP reached the finals and the Longlist of the 2021 Page Turner Awards.

Romantic Suspense:  ‘A House Without Windows’

Dr Beth Nichols thinks she has been held captive by Edwin Evans for about 8 or 9 years now. Amidst her grief she often looks back and thinks about her fiancé Liam. She lies awake at night staring at the one light bulb that is never switched off, and prays that Liam is still out there somewhere searching for her.

Humour:  ‘No Sex Please, I’m Menopausal!’

After going through the menopause Lyn finds that she no longer wants sex. This is unfortunate, as her husband Neil still does. When he discards her after 35 years of marriage like an old worn out shoe, Lyn moves to Cornwall to start a new life. However, new friends are hard to find, and she feels lonely. On the spur of the moment she decides to join an online dating site, ‘MatchULike’, just for companionship. Amongst the peculiar people she meets is Peter; shy, and conscious that his ‘gentleman’s’ operation has rendered him an unattractive prospect in the marriage stakes. Lyn makes a friend of Peter, but when Neil gets to hear about the friendship he realises too late that there is more to a relationship than just sex, and he suddenly starts to appear back on the scene and wants to turn her life upside down all over again!

Humour:  ‘The Pilates Class’.

Roger is a down-to-earth builder type, Judy is the harassed single mother of four teenage boys, and Thelma is a librarian who usually looks as though she’s been sitting on a wasps’ nest for most of her life. Neville is on the lookout for a woman (any woman will do), and Julian just wants to be young again. Edie is the wrong side of 70, and Roz is a size zero fitness queen.

These characters, together with one very overweight Alice, all meet up for the first time at their local Pilates class. Petra, the class instructor, has no idea what she has let herself in for!

Suspense:  ‘Cruising Danger’.

When Pauline Edmunds agrees to accompany her workmate Shirley on a Caribbean cruise, she is disappointed to be left alone almost at the start when Shirley starts a holiday romance with Joe Collins, a guitarist in a band working on board the ship. However, Pauline does not like the look of Joe, and tries to dissuade Shirley from continuing the affair. When Shirley cannot be found one morning, Pauline begins to investigate her friend’s disappearance, opening up a whole can of worms amidst a background of Caribbean scenery and sunshine.

Suspense:  ‘A Marriage of Convenience’.

Gerrie Hermann, aspiring rock star from a rich South African family, has an unusual proposal for Sophie Woods when he meets her for the first time in their university canteen. Strait-laced Sophie has never done anything out of the ordinary in the whole of her 19 years. When she decides to take Gerrie up on his offer she has no idea that her decision is going to affect the rest of her life in ways that she could never have foreseen, even in her wildest dreams.

Suspense:  ‘Scam!’ (won the 2020 Electric Eclectic writing competition).

Lauren West and Ben Hughes are saving frantically for their forthcoming marriage and mortgage deposit. When Lauren sees an advert online from a firm of brokers extolling the profits to be gained by buying and selling Bitcoins, she is interested enough to pursue it further.

Lauren clicks on the advert. She is soon contacted by Paul Cash, a knowledgeable stockbroker whom Lauren trusts straight away. He is affable, plausible, and seemingly genuinely interested in her welfare. Lauren looks forward to making enough money to be able to surprise Ben and bring the date of their wedding forward, and also to put a deposit down on their ideal house.

What could possibly go wrong?

Suspense:  ‘Examining Kitchen Cupboards’.

Jill Hayes discovers that not all is as it seems in her new post as a college examinations administrator. When she turns whistle-blower and tries to report her findings to the authorities, she is horrified to discover that some people will stop at nothing to ensure her silence.

Suspense:  ‘For the Sake of a Child’.

Ginny Ford is pleased to win the coveted job of housekeeper to the directors of PhizzFace Inc. However, her joy becomes tarnished by an accidental find whilst cleaning, leading her to suspect that all is not as it should be on the managerial corridor. Delving deeper, she is shocked to uncover corruption and a secret paedophile network that has remained hidden for years, involving the very people she has come to know and trust. Unable to live with her conscience any more, she decides that she cannot keep quiet and that she must find a way of helping all the children involved. However, by trying to help the children she discovers that she has unwittingly put her entire family at risk…

Suspense:  ‘The Noise Effect: A Short Story’.

What lengths would you go to in order to ensure a peaceful existence? Newlyweds Eve and Leigh Chandler are thrilled to be given a council house on a recently built estate after living with Eve’s parents for a year, and are eager to get to know their new neighbours. Eve quickly forms a friendship with Tessa Patterson at number 16, but things turn sour when Mark Denny moves into number 18 with his two teenage sons.
The Dennys enjoy playing their music loud enough for the whole street to hear. Leigh and Eve, both normally easy-going and placid, complain to the council after being driven to distraction by noise emanating from the house next door. However, this only serves to make them a sitting target for Mark Denny’s anger, causing Eve to discover a previously hidden side of her new husband that she was totally unaware of.

Romance:  ‘A Rather Unusual Romance’

Erin Mason, divorced and with two teenage sons, finds her world begins to fall apart when she undergoes what is termed a “life event”, and is diagnosed with cancer. Not too far away somebody else, Alan Beaumont, is also suffering a similar fate. Their paths slowly come together in this inspiring and humorous tale which is partly based on actual events, and shows how love can flourish in the most unlikely of circumstances.

Women’s Fiction:  ‘The Daughter-in-law Syndrome’.

The Daughter-in-law Syndrome investigates the complicated relationship causing much friction between Grandmother Edna Deane and her daughter-in-law Arla. In addition it focuses on the sometimes tumultuous partnership between Arla and her husband Ric.

Arla Deane sometimes likens her marriage to undergoing daily psychological warfare. Husband Ric will never voice an opinion, and puts his mother Edna up high on a pedestal. Arla is sick of always feeling that she comes in at only second best to her mother-in-law, who much to Arla’s fury is never told anything by Ric or his sisters that she would not want to hear.

This novel explores the husband/wife, mother/son, and mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationships. After twenty eight years of marriage, Arla, the daughter-in-law, is at the end of her tether and persuades a reluctant Ric to accompany her for marriage guidance. As they look back over their lives with Counsellor Toni Beecher, Arla slowly comes to realise her own failings, and eventually discovers the long-hidden reason why Ric will never utter a cross word to his mother.

Also, adding to Arla’s stress is the fact that her son Stuart will soon be marrying Ria, a girl whom Arla feels is just looking for a free ride. Arla is convinced that Ria will be no asset to Stuart at all; her new daughter-in-law just wants to be a mother and has no intention of ever working again once the babies start to arrive. After visiting Stuart and Ria for Sunday lunch, Arla is convinced that her son is making the biggest mistake of his life…

Women’s Fiction:  ‘Revenge

Teacher Alistair Veale is just coasting along in his 20 year marriage to Ann. His two sons Tom and Jake are growing up fast and have their own interests, but he still enjoys a close relationship with 13-year-old daughter Jessie, his ‘Princess’. When Alistair takes 14 children from his tutor group on a week-long school trip to the Isle of Wight, a new Science teacher, Carly Jessop, goes along to keep an eye on the 6 girls. Alistair notices a growing attraction between himself and Carly, which cannot be ignored. However, when Alistair and Carly begin an affair the consequences are horrific and far-reaching, threatening not only Alistair’s livelihood, but also his peace of mind and the relationship he has with his own three children.

Women’s Fiction: ‘Barren’.

Esme Jones and husband Aron have completed their family and have twin sons Jared and James. Esme’s older sister Eden Reece is desperate for a child, but a hysterectomy has put paid to any chance of her becoming a parent. When Esme offers herself as a surrogate, Eden and husband Billy are delighted. However, when Esme notices the first fluttering of life inside her and a scan reveals that she is carrying a girl, both sisters are not prepared for the outcome which threatens to tear the fabric of the whole extended family apart.

Women’s Fiction:  ‘Legless and Chalaza: A dark novelette’.

When Jeff Jackson is told he needs a major operation on his right Achilles’ tendon, to his horror he realises there is only one person he can ask to look after him for a whole six weeks afterwards until the plaster cast is taken off and he can put weight on his leg again. That person is his wife Bea, who currently hates the sight of him and has moved out!

Women’s Fiction:  ‘Repent at Leisure’

Paul McAdam wakes up to find a mysterious woman in his bed, but has no memory of how she got there. Soon, Cat Taylor worms her way into his life and eventually moves into his flat. This arrangement suits Paul well — until he meets his ideal woman, Anita Fairfax.

Soon after, they find Cat dead in Paul’s apartment. Despite little evidence, the police suspect him of murder. Anita stands by her new husband, but doubt soon creeps in as his behavior becomes increasingly erratic.

Could Paul be responsible for the murder – or is there more to it than meets the eye?

Women’s Fiction:  ‘Mind Games’.

Frances Andrews is sick of her husband Martin’s addiction to pornography, and has lost her trust in him. Martin views porn as a harmless pastime, but when Frances threatens to leave, he is distraught and begs her to go with him for marriage guidance therapy. Counsellor Rhona suggests they take a holiday in the first instance, and start talking to one another again. Frances just wants out of the marriage, but finally agrees to go on a cruise…as long as they have separate cabins.

Told from both Frances and Martin’s perspectives, Mind Games shines a light on the effect that an addiction to pornography can have on a previously happy marriage.

Women’s Fiction:  ‘The Donor’.

When you know you have met the love of your life, the last thing you expect is for your sister to lure him away. Clare Ronson is faced with this scenario when her sister Isabel marries singer and guitarist Ross Tyler. To compound Clare’s jealousy and bitterness, Ross hits the big time and becomes a wealthy tax exile, relocating to France with his family. Clare cannot bring herself to speak to Isabel or Ross for the next 30 years. However, when tragedy occurs in 2002 causing Ross to arrive back in England at Clare’s doorstep, Clare must try to put the past behind her for her sister’s sake.

Memoir:  ‘Waiting in the Wings’

At the grand old age of 92, my mother Dot suddenly starts telling me that she loves me. I am quite dumbstruck at these outbursts of emotion, as she has never mentioned the fact before in all of my 58 years. Over the entire course of my lifetime we have often argued bitterly, and have never really seen eye-to-eye over anything. I squirm with the inner knowledge that she wants me to reply in a similar vein, but try as I might, I cannot.

The guilt I feel at being unable to grant Dot her wish is overwhelming. As Dot’s health deteriorates more towards the final chapters of her life, I take on the role of carer. I find the only way to bring her out of her perpetual misery is to reminisce on past events by showing her old family photographs, and by helping her to remember holidays and happier times. We look back without anger and sometimes with a lot of laughter, getting to know each other better, raking over the past, and talking more than we have ever done. The process helps me, a middle-aged woman, understand the perils of ageing that I might one day face, and also the struggles that elderly people suffer on a day-to-day basis while stoically attempting to maintain their independence.

This is a true story, told in flashbacks and in modern-day often humorous conversations with my mother.

YA/Coming of Age:  ‘Alys in Hunger-Land’.

Alys Linford, 18, is depressed. She has become as fat as her mother, and hates it that the pair of them spend their days just sitting on the sofa, watching TV, and eating junk food. As another new year begins, she is determined to lose weight and find a boyfriend. She joins a slimming club and starts exercising, much to her mother’s disgust.

Will Alys lose half her body weight and find romance, or will she be forever doomed to follow her mother’s terrible diet and lifestyle?

jjspina: You have some wonderful books here, Stevie. I will be stocking up my TBR list for 2022! I also read, The Daughter-in-law Syndrome and enjoyed it immensely, I look forward to reading His Ladyship and a few others listed above. Since I have not yet read your new book, I will post my review of His Ladyship later here and on my monthly reads for January 2022.

Please share your links and where to purchase your books.

All my books are available on my Amazon Author Page:  https://www.amazon.com/Stevie-Turner/e/B00AV7YOTU

Book covers and purchase links can be found on my Amazon Author Page:  https://www.amazon.com/Stevie-Turner/e/B00AV7YOTU

Links to blog and website:

Website:  http://www.stevie-turner-author.co.uk/

Blog:  https://steviet3.wordpress.com/

Links to social media:

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/StevieTurner6

Google: https://plus.google.com/u/0/105747643789021738179/posts/p/pub

Pinterest:  https://uk.pinterest.com/stevieturner988/

Amazon Author Page:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Stevie-Turner/e/B00AV7YOTU/

Email: stevie@stevie-turner-author.co.uk

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7172051.Stevie_Turner

YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClWFuLQHDqGmOM3KbKJ-Z0g

About Me: https://about.me/stevie_turner/   

What advice would you give prospective authors?

Don’t rush your first novel; just write when you want to.  Don’t repeat the same words in one sentence, and look out for bad grammar and using too many adverbs. Don’t submit to agents unless the book has been edited.  Also…don’t expect to be able to live off your earnings as a writer.

Jjspina: Excellent advice, Stevie. Thank you so much for sharing your books with me and my readers today. I know my readers will be checking out all your wonderful books for the new year!

Here is Stevie Turner’s book I am showcasing today.

Blurb:

Norman Wicks is 57, overweight, and has diabetes. He is sick of his life. He has never left home, had a girlfriend, or held down any kind of job. The only friends he has are online, as he prefers to stay in the comfort zone of his bedroom. His devoted 92 year old mother Agnes waits on him hand and foot.

Norman has a secret he has kept hidden from the world for the majority of his life, but now he is desperate to bring it out into the open. He is terrified of how his family will react. However, for his own happiness and peace of mind, Norman must find a way to tell his mother and siblings exactly what they do not want to hear.

HIS LADYSHIP reached the finals and the Longlist of the 2021 Page Turner Awards.  It already has 3 good reviews on Amazon.

Stevie’s links:

About Me: https://about.me/stevie_turner/

Website http://www.stevie-turner-author.co.uk

Amazon page: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Stevie-Turner/e/B00AV7YOTU/

Blog:    https://steviet3.wordpress.com/

Here is my review of His Ladyship.

His Ladyship is a story of a sad, lost and confused soul who is trapped inside a man’s body but has all the emotions of a woman. But what can he do? He can’t get a job because he is not interested in doing what men do. When he tried he was tormented for being different and not manly enough. He longs to take a job in an office with women which is what he truly thinks he is.

Norman Wicks struggled from childhood with mixed feelings. On the outside he was a male but on the inside he was a female. As a child he only wanted to play with his sisters’ dolls and push around their pram. No one can understand that he doesn’t want trucks, cars and toy soldiers to play with. He wants a doll to dress and change.

He wasted most of his life before he made a life-changing decision to become a woman. This story is a heartbreaking tale of how some poor souls in life have had to struggle to find themselves and be who they longed to be. It took great courage and stamina for Norman to finally have a life and find love and acceptance from his family.

The author has done a commendable job getting inside the mindset of this tortured soul. Anyone who has struggled as Norman has will gain confidence from reading this story.

Thank you so much, Stevie, for coming today. It was fun learning more about you and your books. Please feel free to come back again when you have another book to share with me and my readers. Best of luck with this and all your wonderful books!

Thank you, readers, for stopping by to read this post about this talented author. I hope you will check out this book and all Stevie’s books soon at above links. Thank you for your kind support of me and my fellow authors by reading and reviewing our books wherever you purchased them.

If you are an author and would like to be showcased on my blog, please contact me at jjspina@comcast.net or by leaving a message on my contact page. I will take first come first served authors and post according to my schedule. If you would like me to read and review your book, please provide a pdf or word or other form of your book. I will also include my review on my monthly reads, and if read in time, on your interview post too. Thank you.

Since I am presently working on Book 2 of my fantasy series, Gateskin Chronicles, I will limit how many authors I will feature in each month. So hurry and get in touch with me.

I know how important reviews are to authors and would appreciate your kind support by reblogging and sharing to social media all these posts. Word of mouth is the best way to spread word of our books! Thank you so much!

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

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

Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

Jemsbooks.blog

Jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net

AMAZON.COM AUTHOR PAGE (All books)

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Busy on my WIP and Crocheting and More!

The weather is in the deep freeze here in New England – low temps to below zero. I am staying in and keeping warm by working on my WIP and at night crocheting with blanket yarn that sits on my lap and warms me up. Love it!

As usual I have many projects lined up this year – several crochet projects that will be given as gifts throughout the year. This is the perfect time to do crochet since it is so cold. I cannot crochet in the summer unless I am working with some very light yarn.

Crocheted pillow with blanket yarn
Crocheted Blanket Afghan

I also have several guest posts for author interviews lined up over the next few months. I hope you enjoy these. I love to support my fellow authors and learn more about them and how they write. I have gained an enormous amount of valuable information from them. They are all so talented and creative. Go to Interview an Author.

Another project is to share more of my recipes with readers. I hope you are trying these out or will soon. Check out all my tasty, easy and quick recipes here under Janice’s Kitchen Corner. Here is a link to recipes.

Beef Stew – recent recipe

My WIP progress is coming along slowly but I am pleased by what the characters are telling me where to go with the story. I am now on Chapter nine. I only stop each day to prepare dinner. If I wasn’t married I would probably forget to eat. My lovely husband reminds me that it is time to start dinner each night. Sigh! I should be happy about that because I could waste away without food or sleep otherwise. Haha! At least I could lose some weight that way!

Here is The Legend of the Taken Ones Book 1 of Gateskin Chronicles on Amazon. Get into the adventures and see what other readers love about this fantasy series. That way you will be ready for Book 2! I plan to keep writing in this series all year and hopefully complete Books 2-5! Crazy, huh? My goal is to publish four books this year as I did in 2021. I may get tired of doing one series and do another genre in between. You just never know what where my muse will take me.

Blurb:

This is Book 1 of a fantasy series that will have six books in all. In this book learn about the three children of King Gateskin and his wife, Queen Solinara. The children have had powers since they were quite young..

Serena was three years old when she learned of her power to move objects with her mind. Her brother, Simon, can fly and their sister, Catalina, can become invisible or blend into her surroundings. They live with their parents in Sovorotskina, the Land of Light.

With these powers comes responsibility. The children must try to use their powers for the common good and responsibly to help others. The three children befriend a Sprite named Spindle who accompanies them on their adventure. Along the way they meet up with their aunt and uncle, their mother’s brother and his wife, Wizard Hotenfaran and Fairy Procelina. The group must travel into the evil land of Parotovina, Land of Darkness, to save King Gateskin, who was kidnapped, and also rescue some of the descendants of their friends and fellow Sovorotskinans who were captured and taken by the Evil Ones. These descendants have been waiting a long time to be free to return to the villages of their ancestors.

The children have many trials and adventures along the way. Will they be able to rescue their father and fellow Sovorotskinans without endangering their own lives? Will the evil King Kaposkaran and his Queen Beregina stop Serena and her siblings from being successful or will they turn Serena and her siblings to their dark ways?

Here are some reviews from Amazon.

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