Author Interview – Mike De Lucia – Award-Winning Author!

I was honored to meet Mike De Lucia at the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards Ceremony. Mike’s book, Madness: The Man Who Changed Basketball, won a Bronze Medal. It’s a pleasure to have him here today on Interview an Author on

The floor is all yours, Mike.

Mike De Lucia

Please tell us something about yourself.

I am extremely driven and goal oriented individual; I do not watch TV or do much else besides working as a teacher, spending time with family and friends, and writing. I get up every morning at 4:00 am 365 days a year. I work in every spare minute I’m not occupied with people. When I drive, I either listen to a book on tape or think—no radio. I’ve had a live imagination ever since I could remember. Besides stories and problem solving, I envisioned numerous devices or concepts that came out on the market years after I conceived of them: “Silent” alarm watch, visual baby monitors, blind spot elimination camera on cars, around 1978, the Superman roller coaster where the track is above the car and you get the feeling of flying (mine is better than the Great Flags model), mini tortilla chips/Ritz Bits—the whole mini snack market actually. I also have several ideas now that would be huge if they were able to come out, but I need investors like those on Shark Tank. I have a collection of stories that will take me into the next 10-15 years.2. When did you know that you wanted to be an author?

When I was around 23. I began my latest book, Madness: The Man Who Changed Basketball as a screenplay; I intended to use it “Stallone style,” so that I could act in it. I had every intention of being a film actor in those days. I learned about the story’s protagonist through my father, but when I did the research, I realized that this would be a perfect film. I decided to convert it into a historical fiction novel after I published my first book, Boycott The Yankees: A call to Action by a Lifelong Yankees Fan… I love the Yankees, by the way. The book explains why i wanted to boycott them. 

Jjspina: WOW, you really should go on Shark Tank. Maybe one day we will see you in the movies with one of your books.

What projects are you currently working on?

I’m not currently writing any new material, but like I said, I have outlines that would carry me over the next 15 years. My next book is another sports genre that has the possibility of being a trilogy. It’s about baseball and has been bouncing around in my head for over twenty five years. This one is fiction.

Jjspina: Sounds like you will have plenty to keep you busy.

Settling A Score
Boycott the Yankees

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

​Boycott The Yankees: A call to Action by a Lifelong Yankees Fan: There’s no sport more American than baseball, but has the beloved pastime forgotten its fans? I call on my team to pay more attention to its followers than its cash flow in Boycott the Yankees, a biting critique of the team I worship. I advocate that fans boycott the team until it lowers ticket prices and shows us a little more respect. I rally against an obsession with ego and greed. Like many kids in New York, I grew up playing baseball with his friends and pretending to be a Yankee. I collected baseball cards as tributes to my favorite players, savoring rather than trading them. I cherish the history of the game but trace how corporate America came to be the one cashing in on the home runs, charging higher and higher ticket prices to cover the costs of players and their demands. It’s a labor of love as I call on fans to stand together and force baseball to return to its roots: a game dedicated to the people in the stands instead of the cash in their wallets.

​Settling A Score is a short story that invites readers to the Bronx during the 1960s and into the home of the DeFrancos, where two estranged brothers are forced to play on the same little league team. In the process they learn about life, each other, and the enduring challenges of being brothers.

​Madness: The Man Who Changed Basketball: In the days before the NBA, basketball was a filler sport between baseball and football season. Passing and shooting with two hands was at the center of basketball’s stop-set-shoot philosophy, until Hank Luisetti, a forward from Stanford University, defied the establishment by means of a running one-handed shot. With basketball’s integrity on the line, a promoter from New York arranged a grudge match between LIU and Stanford, in a game that would both test Luisetti’s unorthodox style and determine the unofficial national champion. What followed was a revolution that paved the way to the NBA and the NCAA March Madness competition. Madness: The Hank Luisetti Story portrays the challenges of hall of famer Hank Luisetti to bust past the barriers of haughty basketball purists, as well as his own demons, and usher in basketball’s modern era. Based on a true story.

Jjspina: I will be reading this book soon and will add my review at the bottom of this post.

Please share your links and where to purchase your books.

If you go to my website:, you can click on the book you want and it will take you directly to Amazon where the book is sold. 

What advice would you give prospective authors?

Write! If you use “busyness” as an excuse not to write, you will never finish your work. Writing takes discipline  and a solid plan. My plan is to take care of my job, and my family and friends. The “me time” is all about writing. People say you should always keep writing, but I haven’t followed that advice. I work my book until I’ve given it the best chance of success, and then I start a new project. Outlines are okay, but give your book the attention it deserves before you go putting your energies into something else. maybe your current book is  the one that will make you go viral. Oh… and you need a good editor. 

Jjspina: Good sound advice, Mike.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? 

A tour of the far east.

Jjspina: That would be quite a trip.

If you could have one wish, what would it be?

Besides things like health and happiness for family, friends and me, and other things like world peace and prosperity, I would say to be a writer whose books become blockbuster films, and I’d like to act and direct them as well. I would use the money and fame I have for good. 

Jjspina: I hope you do one day realize this dream.

What would you do if you were not a writer?

An actor and director

Jjspina: With your drive and determination, you may one day do it all.

Do you have any unusual talents? What are they?

I can ride a unicycle. 

Jjspina: That is quite a skill. I don’t think many people can do that.




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Thank you, Mike, for coming today and sharing your books and a little about yourself with my readers. It was a pleasure to meet you. I wish you much success with your books and all future endeavors.

Thank you, readers, for stopping over to read about this award-winning author. I hope you will check out his books on his links above. Please be kind and leave a review wherever you purchase a book. We authors will love you for your efforts.


Blessings and Hugs!


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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair – #Horror Jan Sikes, #Children’s Janice Spina, #Fantasy D.Wallace Peach, #Photography/Blogging Terri Webster Schrandt

I was honored to be among such talented authors on Sally Cronin’s fabulous blog, Cafe and Bookstore! Sally is the kindest, most generous person I have ever met online. She offers her blog to offers for their book promotions. She spends endless hours collating and coordinating these posts to feature me and my fellow authors in her Bookstore each time we have a new book to share. I can’t say enough about Sally and all that she does for her fellow authors but THANK YOU, THANK YOU, AND THANK YOU A THOUSAND TIMES OVER!

Please visit Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore for tons of talented authors and their books. I am thrilled to be among them. Peruse Sally’s site today. I’m sure you will find something for everyone’s tastes in reading.


Thank you for stopping by to read this post and for your kind support of my blog and books. Keep those reviews coming! Thank you so much!

Blessings & Hugs in this blessed season!


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Our First Big Snowfall of the Season – Almost 3 FEET!

Well, I guess it was inevitable to have snow living in New England – New Hampshire, USA! The sky resorts are besides themselves with all this lovely white stuff.

When it began snowing it looked like a winter wonderland! I love it as long as I don’t have to go out or drive in it.

Here are some photos I snapped from all the windows in my home. It was too blustery to go out and capture it.

Snow on deck covered our table and the bird feeders
Notice depth of snow on table on left – looks like 3 feet!
Another view of deck – snow is more than half way up the railing
Snow climbing up the slider on deck
Snow from my front porch
Snow covered trees
View from my basement slider at snow covered pond
Snow covered arborvitae that are leaning over from the weight. A lovely flower on my African Violet plant in the middle.
Gas stove covered in snow

Now the fun begins as my husband has to shovel it off the deck. I bought him a power shovel a few years ago but it only works on six inches or less. Unfortunately, it did not work on all this snow! Poor guy he had to do it by hand. I offered to help, in case you are wondering, but I have a back shoulder and back so he wouldn’t let me. Mostly because he didn’t want to listen to me complain later. Haha!

John trying to shovel with power shovel on deck
John still working at it
Snow almost gone! Taking a break!

Well, we survived our first snowfall and it was a whopper! But it does look beautiful and serene. I love it for a little while until it gets the dirty grungy look as it melts and mixes with the sand, salt and gravel on the roads.

I hope wherever you live that you are warm, safe and happy in your homes. We are blessed to have homes and feel safe. Please pray for those who do not.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support and wish you and yours a wonderful holiday whichever one you choose to celebrate.


Blessings & Hugs,


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Books Read in the Month of November of 2019!

Here it is already the end of another month. Where does the time go? I have been busy as usual reading some wonderful books for the month of November of 2019. Here are the 5 books I read and reviewed for November.

I love sharing my reads in this Jemsbooks Segment, Books Read in the Month. I hope you will get a chance to look these books over soon.

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

It look a few chapters for me to get into this book. Once I began to understand that it was a psychological story I started to get into it and analyzed what was happening to the main character, Vanessa aka Nellie.

The story jumps back and forth between the past and present of the life and marriage of Vanessa and Richard. It is told through the eyes and voice of Vanessa who is a woman who loses herself in her marriage but doesn’t realize what is really happening to her. When she comes to terms about her husband and their strange relationship she writes down everything her husband says and does that does not make sense to her. She studies Richard’s actions and tries to figure out how and why he does what he does to her and their marriage.

I don’t want to give any of the twists and surprises but that you must pay close attention to every word in order not to miss what is happening. You will be surprised as I was, I’m sure.

It is an enjoyable read that will keep you turning pages until the satisfying conclusion. I recommend!

Finding Claire Fletcher is a frightening tale of kidnapping, rape, and torture by a pedophile. This is a subject that parents do not even want to think about. It is too horrendous to imagine.

The author delves into the seedy and sick mind of a pedophile. It is quite upsetting to read of the horrific things he does to his victims without feeling sick. It is even more horrible to think that there are such people out there destroying the lives of not only their victims but also their families.

This is a mesmerizing and heart-stopping story that kept me praying for the victims and families for closure. This is book 1 of a series which is a tough subject to read about but that had a satisfying ending. I will check out the next book in the series hoping that it is not as tough a subject to read about.

I received a copy of this book and chose to honestly review it.

The author is a licensed scuba diver and through his experiences diving he delves deeply into the world of diving and takes the reader along with him on his adventures. It is a fascinating story that begins with some history about the French and English warships and a sea battle that took place in 1806.

Scuba takes the reader on a journey through the eyes of a boy who survives a horrendous experience resulting in the death of his brother then through his life as he tries to overcome the guilt over the loss of his brother. He strives to be successful as a scuba diver in order to find a sunken ship and possible treasure that he learned about from his father.

He goes through life separating himself from his parents and traveling to tropical locations in order to use his new skill as a scuba diver. When he meets some people while pursuing his dream job as a scuba diver/captain of a boat things change for him. He realizes what he lost without family and friends.

This is an enjoyable story about a boy who becomes a man and discovers the importance of forgiving oneself and opening up his heart to others.

My Sister’s Grave (Tracy Crosswhite Book 1) is a suspenseful and riveting story from beginning to end. Homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite feels compelled to solve the mystery of her sister’s disappearance. When her body is found and the killer is put away, some evidence doesn’t add up. Tracy searches to find the truth even if it means the wrong person may have been put away.

There are heart-pounding scenes and others that are heart-breaking as things are not as they seem. Tracy uses her skills to uncover evidence that is not only shocking but disappointing.

This is the first book I have read by Robert Dugoni. The author has created a strong and persistent character who does not give up until she can solve the crimes and bring the perpetrator to justice. 

5.0 out of 5 starsA Memorable Historical Novel that Will Become A Classic One Day!November 27, 2019Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseAn historical novel with epic proportions that chronicles the lives of three generations of Mahoneys. Part 1 begins with Devin Mahoney and his struggles to survive living in Ireland during a famine and how he travels from his homeland to America to begin a new life of prosperity in the Land of Milk and Honey. The author delves into the historical background of the time and how the Irish had to deal with bias and bigotry when they arrived in their new home.

Part 2 takes the reader through the colorful life of Dillon Mahoney as he travels across the West and has encounters with outlaws, an Indian, and nearly loses his life. Being a man of courage and convictions he strives to do all he can to correct what he feels needs to be corrected by stopping the outlaws from doing any more harm to others.

Part 3 comes full circle with the next generation of Mahoneys, David. He is a troubled soul and spoiled by his father who wanted to give him all he could to make the way easier for him. David must find his way on his own.

This story touched my soul and made me think of my grandparents who came to this country and struggled to make their way by working hard and sacrificing for their children. An unforgettable novel that is a must read. Even my husband who doesn’t talk about many books has not stopped talking about this one. He has even told his friends about it. They are now reading it too.

I have read a few other books by this talented author and enjoyed them all but this book, in my opinion, is his best to date. It’s a memorable historical novel that will stay with me for a long time. I wouldn’t be surprised if this becomes a classic and one day we see it up on the big screen. Kudos to Andrew Joyce for creating such a wonderful story.

I have thoroughly enjoyed all these books and highly recommend them to my readers. Please remember to review, as I have done, to help the authors along their tough road of writing, publishing and marketing their work. We authors thank you from the bottom of our hearts!


Wishing you and yours a blessing holiday whether it is Christmas, Hannukah or Kwanza or something else.

Blessings & Hugs!


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Do You Need a Fun Book for your MG/PT/YA?

Sometimes it’s difficult to please your middle-graders/preteens/young adults at Christmas time. Have you checked out Jemsbooks for MG/PT/YA yet? These books have won many awards from Pinnacle Book Awards and Readers’ Favorite Book Awards.

These two series Davey & Derek Junior Detectives and Abby & Holly are filled with fun adventures, mysteries, ghosts, magic and important life lessons that encourage your MG/PT/YA to be kind to each other, respect elders, parents and each other, family and friends matter, bullying is never tolerated or accepted, and listen to your mother.

Available on Amazon as paperback and ebook and at Barnes & Noble as paperback

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Books 1-3
Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Book 4-6

Blurb: Davey & Derek Book 1

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives is Book One of a series of mysteries and adventures. Davey and Derek Donato are twins who love to play detective. In their first case they must solve the perplexing case of the missing cell phone. There are twists and turns and surprises for all.

Abby & Holly Books 1-3

Book Blurb: Abby & Holly Book 1

This is Book 1 of a series of Abby & Holly books. These two girls were first introduced in Book 5 of the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series.
The girls are first cousins on their mothers’ side. They moved to the quiet town of Lindon, New Hampshire and live in a grand old Victorian which is haunted. 
The cousins are excited about attending the 6th grade dance. When their friend, Justine, is bullied, Abby and Holly, along with the help of a ghost and Davey & Derek, work together to formalize a plan to put a stop to the bullying.

Some Reviews of these series on Amazon:

Michelle Clements James5.0 out of 5 starsLoved the anti-bullying message.July 8, 2018Format: Kindle EditionI have long been a fan of Janice Spina’s young children’s books and her middle-grade Davey and Derek Junior Detectives series. I was excited to read the first book in her Abby and Holly series for middle-grade girls, and I was not disappointed.
Abby and Holly are the cousins we met in The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost (Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 5) who helped Davey and Derek solve a case involving a ghost that was residing in Abby’s house. Now they are back seeking the help of their friends Davey and Derek in solving a case of a girl jealously sabotaging another classmate’s chance to go to the 6th-grade dance and plans to do even worse.
The story flows well, and the characters are developed nicely so anyone who hasn’t read any of the Davey and Derek series will have no trouble jumping in with book one of this series. Girls are going to love this series — a touch of puppy love, fantasy, and a mystery to solve all in one book. The lessons of forgiving and forgetting and being kind are well documented in the story, an important reminder for everyone. This is another 5-star book from Janice Spina.

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!

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. I hope you will check out these books online for your MG/PT/YA to enjoy this holiday season. Thank you for your kind support. All these books are available for purchase also by clicking on the covers to the right of this post which will take you directly to Amazon or Barnes & Noble.


Merry Christmas and other holidays and Happy New Year blessings to all!

Blessings & Hugs,


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Do You Need a Special Book for that Special Person on your Christmas List?

We all have someone who is difficult to buy for all occasions. Do you have someone like that on your list? Well, have you thought of a book for them?

You must check out Jemsbooks for 18+. There are mysteries, thrillers, crime, romance, paranormal, and eclectic short stories for you to choose from.

Promos created by me under

All are Available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Hunting Mariah & Mariah’s RevengeMystery/Thriller/Crime/Suspense
Mariah’s Revenge & Hunting Mariah

Hunting Mariah is the first book in this series followed by Mariah’s Revenge. The books covers’ model is my lovely niece, Laura, who was kind enough to lend her beautiful face to the covers. Thank you, Laura!

This series is a crime/thriller/suspense/mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Both books were finalists in the Authorsdb First Lines Contest. They have gripping dialogue and fast moving storylines that will have you swiftly turning pages as you hold your breath for the next thrilling scene. Don’t read with the lights out!

Check out the book trailers for these books below. Chris Graham created the HM trailer and I did the MR trailer.

An Angel Among Us – Eclectic Short Story Collection – 15 stories

An Angel Among Us is an eclectic collection of short stories – 15 in all – that have genres in romance, grief/loss, mystery, horror, suspense, paranormal, thriller, fantasy, sci-fi. There is something for all tastes here. This book was dedicated to a friend, Ann Gillis Benedetto, who lost her life to breast cancer back in 2017. She truly was an angel among us.

How Far Is Heaven – a paranormal/romance/mystery

How Far Is Heaven is a paranormal/romance/mystery that will touch your heart. Have a box of tissues handy. If you are a mother keep your children close.

Check out the book trailer by Chris Graham below.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope my suggestions for gifts have been helpful to you. Books are always welcome gifts to those who love to read. I love books and reading and welcome your reviews and comments. Please be kind to authors by leaving reviews wherever you purchased books. We authors will love you back. Thank you!

All books available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble or by clicking on covers to the right of this post which will direct you to Amazon or BN.


Wishing you and yours a blessed Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanza, or whatever holiday you choose to celebrate.

Blessings & Hugs!


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Christmas Book Sale – New England Authors Expo – Danversport Yacht Club, Danvers, Massachusetts!

New England Authors’ Expo

Just a reminder: John and I will be at New England Authors’ Expo at Danversport Yacht Club in Danvers, Massachusetts on Sunday, December 8, 2019 from 12 – 6 pm. Free to Public! This is a beautiful venue used by many for weddings and other functions like book sales. Thanks to Nancy and Chris Obert of Pear Tree Publishing for being one of the sponsors and supporters of these events.

Here is what Chris Obert said to tell you:

Come and meet over 35 New England authors including local author (your name here). Also attending is Will Murry author of many classic character books like Dos Savage, The Shadow, King Kong and Tarzan. Will is also the co-creator of Marvel Comics wildly popular superhero Squirrel Girl.

The New England Authors Expo is a grassroots group (authors, illustrators, publishers and others) that network and hold author/book events. We are a very friendly, inviting and accommodating group. We have unknown authors as well as famous authors, publishers as well as self-published and we even have some celebrities. We have book stores, libraries, printers and other interested groups that take part in our events or visit our events. There are some great stories here, maybe even the next New York Times best seller or Hollywood blockbuster!

The place where you can meet the biggest literary stars of today and tomorrow!

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We hope to see you there! It will be a perfect time to stock up on some wonderful books. There will be many authors there besides me for you to check out the multi-genres to choose from.

To read about the original post I scheduled last month go here.

Here’s a photo from last year of me and my table set up.

NEAE Danversport Yacht Club 2018

Stop on over and spend some time perusing all the tables of books and meet and greet some lovely authors besides me (ha). Authors are a chatty bunch. All you have to say is you like our books and we will tell you all about them. All is good though!

Hope to see you this weekend. Take care and keep reading!


Thank you for stopping by to read this post. Come back again real soon! Love to see you!

Blessings & Hugs!


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Jemsbooks for Christmas! Do your children love books?

Jemsbooks Christmas Book Tree – MG/PT/YA Series – Davey & Derek, Abby & Holly

Books make perfect Christmas gifts for everyone! Did you know that there are millions of books online to choose from? Does that fact boggle your mind? Which ones should you choose for your children? Do they offer life lessons that will encourage your children to listen to their mother, be kind to others, respect others, accept differences, bullying will never be accepted or tolerated, friend and family matter, and love one another.

Jemsbooks have all these life lessons. Jemsbooks are loved by both parents and children. Jemsbooks are fun adventures in rhyme for young children.

Children’s Books
Children’s Books
Children’s Books

Jemsbooks MG/PT/YA also have life lessons for older children. Jemsbooks have received 17 book awards.


Davey & Derek Books 1-3 (MG/PT/YA)
Davey & Derek Books 4-6 (MG/PT/YA)
Abby & Holly Books 1-3 (MG/PT/YA)

These two series are award-winning books that are loved by both adults and children. The promos were created by me under

Give the gift of a book that will be treasured for a life time. It is a gift that everyone on your list will love and enjoy.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you will check out all Jemsbooks on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. You can also quickly and easily click on the book covers to the right of this post that will take you directly to Amazon or Barnes & Noble for purchase or go to links provided above and here.


Barnes & Noble

Wishing you and yours a wonderful and blessed Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza or whatever holiday you choose to celebrate.


Thank you for your kind support and for all the lovely reviews you have written for my books. Reviews are like Christmas gifts to me! Please keep them coming!

Blessings & Hugs,


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Abby & Holly School Dance – New GIF Created!

This is the first GIF I created through! I think it’s fabulous!

This is Book 1 of this award-winning series. There are three books in all. Watch for Book 4 coming in late December or early January of 2020. There are plenty of fun adventures, excitement, thrills, ghosts, haunted house, friendships, and mysteries for all to solve while providing valuable life lessons that parents will love.

Available at Amazon

Check out Abby & Holly School Dance and the rest of the series for that special MG/PT/YA on your Christmas list.


Blessings & Hugs!


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Award-Winning Author Interview – Richard V. Battle!

I am happy to introduce a fellow author who I met recently at Readers’ Favorite Book Awards to Interview an Author. Richard V. Battle won a Gold Medal for his book, Unwelcome Opportunity. Congratulations, Richard!

Thank you for coming today. The stage is now yours.

Richard V. Battle and me at Readers’ Favorite Ceremony
Award-Winning Author Richard V. Battle

What name do you write under?  Is this a pseudonym?  Do you use more than one name when you write?

Richard V. Battle – No – No

Tell us the first time you realized that you were an author or were going to be an author.

I never dreamed of writing one book, much less six (to-date).  I’m sure my high school English teachers would be flabbergasted.

My first book was published in 1988 after working on it daily for 13 months.  Then, I never dreamed of writing a second book.

All of my books are based on personal experiences and there is a story behind each of them.

​​The Volunteer Handbook: How to Organize and 

​​​Manage a Successful Organization​​– 1988

​​Surviving Grief by God’s Grace​​​– 2002

​​​Writer’s Digest – Honorable Mention


​​The Four Letter Word that Builds Character– 2006

​​The Master’s Sales Secrets​​​​ 2018

​​Unwelcome Opportunity: Overcoming Life’s

​​​​Greatest Challenges​​​– 2018

​​​Readers Favorite – Gold Medal – 2019

​​​Reader Views – 2nd Place  – 2019

​​Conquering Life’s Course: Common Sense in

​​​Chaotic Times​​​​​– 2019

jjspina: I’m sure your books are quite inspiring.

What genre(s) do you write in, and why?

I describe my genre as Personal Growth, but that isn’t an official genre used by the industry.

Sub-genres include:  Leadership, Work Ethic, Sales Strategies, Faith, Grief, Overcoming Life’s Greatest Challenges, Common Sense and Inspiration.

Jjspina: There are always new genre popping up, Richard. This could be the Newest one.

What genres are your favorites to read and why?

Non-Fiction including history and biography.

Jjspina: Reading in the same genre as you write is one way to learn more about your craft and genre.

What inspires you?

My hope is to share my personal experiences and lessons learned with others with the desire that they will benefit and lead more satisfying and fulfilling lives. 

Jjspina: That is most compassionate of you to do that.

How do you respond when people ask you what you do, then make that face if you say “I’m an author”?

I have mixed feelings because I admire people who create fiction so highly and that is not a talent that I possess.

I’m proud however because I have accomplished what some others merely dream or talk about, and have received feedback from so many who have benefitted from my efforts.

Jjspina: You have every reason to be proud of your many accomplishments.

Finally, tell us where to go to find you (Twitter, Facebook, Blog, on-line bookstores, physical stores, etc.)  List them all for us please.

Facebook – Richard V. Battle or Richard V. Battle Published Works

Books are available through any bookseller

Amazon author page displaying all six books.

  1. Youtube Link to 1:46 video introducing Unwelcome Opportunity (Readers Favorite Gold Medal and Reader Views second place)
  1. Link to Motivational speech from House chamber in Texas Capitol in October 2019.

Thank you so much, Richard. It was a pleasure to have you on my blog and to learn more about you and your inspirational books. I wish you all the best with your books and future endeavors. Please feel free to come back again with new books to share. You are now part of Jemsbooks family of interviewees.

Thank you, readers, for stopping by to read about this fascinating author. I hope you will check out his books on his links above.


Blessings & Hugs,


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