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I have been using Theodocia McLean from Book Marketing Global Network to perform some magic promoting my books. Theodocia has done an amazing job putting together promo photos with me and my books. Check out this website and all the other sites she features authors like me.

Here is the link below to my page for a sample of what she can do. You will not be disappointed. She is easy to work with and always supportive going above and beyond what I expected from her.

All Jemsbooks are available by clicking on covers to the right of this post or on Amazon and Barnes & Noble (Janice Spina) BN.Com (JE Spina).

Here are the promotions she has created for my books below.

MG/PT/YA Books – Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series
MG/PT/YA Books – Abby & Holly Series
Young Children’s Books
Hunting Mariahthriller/suspense/mystery/crime
How Far is Heaven – mystery/romance/paranormal
Mariah’s Revenge – mystery/suspense/thriller/crime
An Angel Among Us – Short Story Collection – eclectic stories

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. I hope you will check out Theodocia McLean for your promotion needs and maybe peruse my books sometime soon. Jemsbooks make perfect Christmas gifts or any occasion gifts.



Please be kind to authors by reviewing their books. We indie authors will love you for your efforts! Happy Reading Everyone!



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How To Make Your Blog Standout From All The Other Blogs Out There

Do you need some help with your blog? Well, this is the post for you. My friend, Hugh Roberts, blogger extraordinaire, can answer your questions and offer some assistance to make your blog the best it can be. I have featured many blog posts by Hugh here on my blog. Check them all out just by putting his name in the search engine.

While you are at Hugh’s fab site check out all the informative posts he has to offer and look over his wonderful books for some entertaining reading that may keep you up at night!

Here’s Hugh’s blog

Thank you, Hugh, for all the information you supply to bloggers like me. We need all the help we can get.

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Have you Noticed the Beauty of the fall in New England?

I recently wrote a post about the fall in New England. I should have waited a little longer for the colors to come out fully in all their splendor. Here are some photos that I snapped as we traveled around our town today (10/10/19).

Fall Beauty
Color around town
Londonderry Country Club
Londonderry Country Club

Even the darkening skies could not blot out the beauty of the local golf course near our home in above two photos. I have gotten incredible shots of this golf course each season. It is breathtakingly beautiful. Wouldn’t you agree?

Red Beauty – even as it drops its leaves
Orange Beauty

I was snapping like crazy today to try to capture the beauty of the kaleidoscope of colors in our neighborhood. The photos are good but could not capture the true beauty that took my breath away! I love New England in the fall!

Before long the leaves will be gone and so will the colors that frame my photos. I want to keep these for all to enjoy for posterity.

Thank you for stopping by to gaze at my photos. If you live in New England you are used to this beauty and sometimes we take it for granted. Sigh. But if you live any other place where you do not have seasons then you will appreciate these photos even more.

There is beauty in life if we only open our eyes to the sights, ears to the sounds and noses to smell the sweet and lovely scents to enjoy it all. I wish you a lovely day wherever you live.


Blessings & Hugs!


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What Books Are Your Children Reading?

Being an author of books for young children’s, middle-grade, preteen, young adult and 18+ I am always interested in what everyone is reading.

We parents, grandparents and caregivers want our children to read good, clean, wholesome books that will inspire them and teach them good behavior in a fun and adventuresome way. I believe my books, Jemsbooks, do just that.

All Jemsbooks children’s books carry life lessons that encourage and teach children through fun, entertaining, and colorfully illustrated stories to be kind to others, listen to your mother, family and friends are important, be respectful of parents, elders and each other, bullying is never tolerated or accepted, accept differences in others, and try to be the best you can be.

The most important thing is that our children read and read daily. If they are not yet reading then please read to them daily. It is a wonderful family time to spend reading and sharing a fun book together. Your children will love it! You even get to cuddle and snuggle together and feel the closeness that we all need. Your children will become closer to you too. What is better than that?

Reading is good for your health and fun too! Get reading and get healthier!

I have already begun my Christmas shopping! How about you? Now is the time to be looking online for the perfect books for everyone in your family. Jemsbooks has books for all ages!

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Jemsbooks for all ages!
Middle-grade/preteen/young adult
Young Children’s Books

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. I wish you happy shopping for the holidays. I appreciate your kind support and all the lovely reviews of my books.

I love to hear from readers about my books and appreciate your reviews.


Blessings & Hugs!


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Are Books Better than Tablets for Children?

This is an excellent question as today’s technology is so important to all of us. I read an interesting and informative post, Study: Books May Foster Bonding Better Than Tablets by Linda Carroll that was published in New Hampshire Union Leader on October 1, 2019.

Here are some excerpts from this excellent post: Parents and children both appear more engaged when stories are read from a book, researchers say.

Toddlers appear to be much more engaged with their parents when stories are read to them from books rather than digital tablets, a new study finds.

It may be that when parents and toddlers engage over a tablet, it might be harder for them to have moments of connection, said Dr. Tiffany Munzer, a developmental and behavioral pediatrician at the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor who led the study.

Tablets don’t seem to promote the kind of back and forth “behavior that we know is critical for children’s cognitive development,” said Solomon (Dr. Barry Solomon, a professor of pediatrics and chief of the division of general pediatrics at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD.

Study posted in New Hampshire Union Leader on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 by Linda Carroll

Do you purchase books on your tablet, iPad, phone or other device? This study may make you think twice about whether this is a good idea for young children.

In my opinion, I love reading on my iPad or iPhone or Nook or Kindle devices for myself. When it comes to children I always purchase books for them to read. I believe that children love the feel and look of a book in their hands and like to share the illustrations with others.

When I read to my children when they were young we didn’t have tablets or such technology so we only had books. Now that I have grandchildren I read from books to them. Occasionally I read from my iPad to my youngest grandson but I noticed, incidentally, that his attention appeared to wander and wane and I had to grab him in with some funny voices or actions to bring him back. I never thought about the iPad being the culprit. I no longer read from this device to him and always pull out one of his books or one of mine. Ha! I still do the funny voices! He loves them! He does some of his own too!

I still love the feel and, strangely to say, the smell of a new book. The pages are new, smooth, crisp and turn with ease. But my Kindle and Nook devices offer me the ease and space of having many books on one device to take along for trips. Since I am such an avid and fast reader I need to carry several books with me when I travel for a week or more. But I do also take along a physical book or two for a lazy reading day on the beach where there is plenty of light for the small print.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and learned something new about the importance of reading to children from physical books.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. Please come back again real soon for more interesting and informative posts.


All Jemsbooks are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble for all ages. Books can be purchased by clicking on the covers to the right of this post from Amazon.

Children’s Books – PS – Grade 3
Middle-Grade/Preteen/Young Adult Books
Abby & Holly Series Book 3, Secrets of the Trunk
Novels for 18+

Thank you for your kind support and for all the lovely reviews of my books. Please keep those reviews coming! We indie authors live for reviews!

Blessings & Hugs!


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Books Read in September of 2019!

Welcome to Jemsbooks Segment – Books Read in September of 2019. Here are the 8 books I read this month. Hope you enjoy my reviews.

It was a busy month and as usual I read some fascinating books. All my reviews are posted on Goodreads and Amazon. This is an eclectic mix of books, some by indie authors, others by famous ones. I hope that by showcasing all these books each month that I help authors find a place in the wide-world of books on Amazon.

There are an infinitesimal amount of books online today and the amount increases daily. The only way for readers to get to know about a book is by reading reviews. If you are an avid reader as I am, please consider reviewing the books you read for others. This is one way for indie authors to get their books out there and for others to read your reviews. We will love you back and thank you for doing this!

I love to read and help my fellow authors by reading and reviewing their books. Thank you out there who are avid readers and reviewers. You are doing a great deed to help indie authors everywhere get noticed! We indie authors thank you.

Christmas in Newfoundland is a perfect read for the holidays. It’s the kind of read that makes you want to curl up on a comfy sofa with this book and a warm fuzzy blanket. The stories are sweet, heartwarming, and tender stirring up feelings of long past memories of Christmases and family and love.

The author has a lovely way of creating stories with a heart and an intriguing mystery that will grip you in a warm and kind way. His tales of his childhood in Newfoundland make me want to visit and experience the snow so high it reaches the top of fences and nearly roofs. I want to sit in a warm place and watch the snow fall and sip hot chocolate.

I have read all of Mike Martin’s books and have enjoyed escaping to Newfoundland along with all his endearing characters. It’s like visiting a place that feels like home to me even if I have never been there.

The illustrations in this new book were fabulous, done by some talented and artistic children. I was blown away by their creativity. Each illustration complimented the stories perfectly. How sweet to have the children take part in this special book.

I look forward to more entertaining stories by this talented author. I received a copy of this book and choose to review it without compensation. A sweet and worthwhile read!

This is the first book I read by this author and will not be the last. Then She Ran is a non-stop, breath-stealing, heart pounding crime thriller that left me gasping in shock. I couldn’t put this book down but I had to in order to eat and sleep.

The main protagonist, Jenny Harris, is on the run from someone who wants her dead. Her boyfriend, Joe, wakes her and their infant daughter one morning and drives them frantically away. He is stopped from getting away but tells her to take their daughter and RUN. Jenny continues to run throughout part of the book not knowing who or what is after her and why.

Detective George Elms is drawn into this case while working on another. He is dealing with some personal issues involving marriage problems and not being able to visit with his daughter. He is so distracted by his personal problems he misses some key clues to this case. He works overtime to make up for what he missed and tries to make amends and help solve the case.

The author keeps the reader in suspense and then brings on the surprising ending that causes shock and dismay. I didn’t see this coming!

When an author can accomplish this surprise from readers then he is doing something right and has a successful book. I look forward to reading more of this author’s work. He knows how to create suspense and keep it ratcheted up at an intense pace. This is my kind of thriller!

5.0 out of 5 starsA Mystery that will keep you engaged!September 11, 2019Format: Kindle EditionThis is an enjoyable family saga involving three families that are connected in many ways – the Warrens, Whytes, and the Morels. They have all grown up together as one big family even though they are not of the same cloth.

Twilight Whispers is a fascinating and engrossing read that kept this reader enthralled till the satisfying ending. There is love, lust, greed, wealth and murder in this tale. There is a mystery threaded though all this that keeps the reader engaged along with love scenes that are sweet and satisfying.

Some of the characters are strong and resilient while others are delicate and suffering to survive. Two of the families are wealthy while the Morels are servants to them but nonetheless important in what they do to keep the families together.

The families, due to their wealth and success in their lives, have gained many enemies who are abreast and could cause them grief. Will jealousy and envy be their demise?

When two of the families children are murdered things get testy amongst the family when the police suspect any one of them of killing them. Will the
Detective Cavanaugh be able to find out who is responsible before destroying the whole family in the process?

This was a thoroughly engrossing read. But I expected this much from Delinsky. She knows how to wind a story with so many twists, turns and characters that make your head spin. Highly recommend this mystery.

I love all of the Lady Justice series. There is a mystery running through each story with some comedic passages thrown in for relief.

Robert Thornhill is an author who keeps things current and relevant in all his books. He covers sensitive subjects and intertwines his stories around them with a positive outlook and satisfying finish.

This book deals with a device that can erase memories and give the receiver a new lease on life with a clean slate. He talks of how dangerous this device would be and how many people, countries would vie to steal it and use it for their own selfish means. This is a frightening premise but with advanced technology today anything is possible.

This is an enjoyable mystery that is a quick read but will leave you wanted more of Thornhill’s easy prose and quick wit.

5.0 out of 5 starsWilbur is an Endearing Little Tractor that children will love!September 11, 2019Format: Kindle EditionThis is a sweet story about a cute little tractor named Wilbur. Wilbur loves working for his owner, Jim, and always does his best for him. One day things change and Wilbur has to leave his home and move to another owner when Jim buys a larger farm that will be too much for the little tractor to handle. Will Wilbur be happy with a new owner?

Children will enjoy this little story about Wilbur and learn a valuable lesson about changes in their lives. Things don’t stay the same forever. They will love the colorful and sweet illustrations and dialogue that perfectly go together.

This is another lovely book from award-winning children’s author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne, that will make a perfect addition to your children’s library

5.0 out of 5 starsAn Incredible Historical Thriller that you can’t put down!September 15, 2019Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseAn historical thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat and gasping for breath as a family struggles against organized crime in New York City in the 1930’s. The story follows the lives of the Rabishevsky’s who must try to manage and stay together after their father dies. The three boys goes their separate ways to find work to help their mother and two sisters.

Harry, torn by his guilt over his twin brother’s accidental death, feels lost and alone and unloved by his family. He turns to and becomes involved with thugs and an organized crime boss. Sol and Morris find work in the garment district after dropping out of school at twelve years old. The Mob is everywhere and soon infiltrate the garment business that Morris and Sol have created. This story chronicles the struggles of these men and others as they try to keep their businesses in spite of the threats of the mob.

The author has created another wonderful story. This one is even more special in that it is based on the life of his grandfather, a brave, courageous and heroic individual. His grandfather stood up to the crime bosses and helped save lives and businesses, in the process enabling the police to clean up the city.

A worthwhile and intriguing read that I highly recommend. Andrew Gross is one of my favorite writers of thrillers.

A tragedy, too many secrets, and a dysfunctional family are the underlying themes of this story. When a horrendous accident occurs it changes this family of four siblings forever. Will they ever forget it? Do they really know what happened?

When the matriarch of the family dies the siblings must come to terms with the secrets that begin to surface that threaten to destroy all their lives. Will they learn the truth and accept it? Or will they refuse to believe the improbable?

I found this story to be overly long getting to the point of the story. I give this story four stars because of this. The characters were sad, troubled and not likable. It was a difficult story to read with this awful tragedy. Also, the story jumps around so much between past and present that it got thoroughly confusing to put together.

It did keep me in suspense until the shocking truth was revealed.

5.0 out of 5 starsAn Enjoyable Romantic Mystery Suspense!September 27, 2019Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseBeautiful Storm is book one of a romantic suspense mystery that begins with a mystery of a woman who is murdered. The underlying theme is based on the main protagonist, Alicia Monroe, a storm chaser, whose father disappears during a storm while flying a plane.

When Michael Cordero comes into the story Alicia loses all interest in lightning and storms. She loses her heart to Michael. They both become embroiled in finding the killer of the woman who Michael knew growing up.

The story moves along at a good pace but abruptly slows down at the ending. I hope the next book will keep the pace going at a faster clip and therefore keep the reader engaged until the last page.

I did enjoy the story up to this point and look forward to reading the next two books in this series. I have enjoyed all Barbara Freethy’s books.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read my book reviews for the month of September of 2019. I hope you will get a chance to check out all these lovely reads on Amazon.


If you are an avid reader as I am, please leave reviews for the books you read wherever you purchase the books. We indie authors will love you for the reviews! Reviews are one way to share books with others as I do each month here. Please come back again for more informative and enjoyable posts at! Thank you for your kind support!

Blessings & Hugs,


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A Trip To Lovely Vermont!

We recently took a three-day trip to lovely Vermont with our good friends, Jim and Fran. It was perfect weather for leaf peeping. The colors were beginning to brighten up even more as we left. Seeing the beautiful foliage wasn’t our main reason to visit this quaint area – Quechee Gorge. It was seeing the Gorge, visiting two farms, Billings Marsh Rockefeller Mansion and Vins Raptor – Bird Sanctuary.

This was a beautiful and relaxing trip that I will treasure with all the memories of fun times with friends. Please peruse my photos and take a trip with me to beautiful Vermont!

This photo shows the color as it was beginning to pop out. I’m sure it is even more beautiful now, a week later.

Vermont Foliage
More Foliage
More Colorful Foliage
Quechee Gorge
Another view of Quechee Gorge
Billings Farm
Young Calf at Billings Farm
Sheep at Billings Farm
Cows in Milking Formation at Billings
Horse at Billings
Turkeys for Thanksgiving at second farm
Horse named Pie and a chicken at second farm
Billings Marsh Rockefeller Mansion – The Hill

We had a lovely tour of this beautiful mansion in photos above and below.

Front Porch of Mansion

Above is only one quarter of the front porch which wraps around most of the mansion. It is a cozy and comfortable-looking place to sit and read a book and enjoy the surrounding landscape.

Front Hall of Mansion
Dining Room
Window Seat in Living Room
Beautiful Wooden Staircase
Wooden Bench
One of many fireplaces in mansion
Gardens of Mansion with Fountain

Another enjoyable trip was to the Simon Pearce Glass Factory and Restaurant with the beautiful covered bridge and waterfall below. We visited the factory and watched the workers create incredible glass shapes. We had a delicious dinner while looking over the falls from our table.

Waterfall at Simon Pearce Glass Factory and Restaurant
Covered Bridge and Waterfall at Simon Pearce
Simon Pearce Glass Factory
Glass Blowing at Factory
My dinner – Halibut

On our last day in Vermont we stopped at Vins Raptor Sanctuary for a show and a walk-thru of all the birds (injured and recuperating) in the cages and a small museum of dinosaurs explaining how modern-day birds are their descendants. The sad thing was that all the birds housed here are unable to be released back into the wild because of their injuries even if they do recover. They will not be able to fend for themselves and live safely on their own.

Curious Owl at Vins Raptor Sanctuary
Hawk at Raptor Show at Vins
Another Hawk at Vins
Dinosaur Fossil
Dinosaur Bones
Snowy Owl
Eagle at Vins

Thank you for stopping by to read about my recent trip. I hope you enjoyed my photos and got a taste of how lovely Vermont is. I find this state to be similar to my home state of New Hampshire with the beautiful foliage, farms and landscapes.

I wish you a wonderful day wherever you live. God Bless you!


Blessings & Hugs!


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I can’t believe how fast summer has flown by. The weather is changing and the trees are revealing their true colors of red, yellow, and orange. There is beauty everywhere you look. This is my favorite time of year!

I love the crispness of the air, apples (honey crisp my favorite) aplenty at the orchards nearby, the sweet smell of falling leaves, and the gorgeous display of color all over New England! It will soon be leaf peepers time!

Living in New Hampshire we don’t have to travel far to see the colors – right in our neighborhood.

Welcome to fall

We have our fall decorations out early this year. Usually we are so late in putting them out that we only get to enjoy them a week or so before we have to put out the Christmas stuff. I hate to rush the seasons but that is evident in all the stores you visit. They have had Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas stuff out for a couple of weeks already! Yikes!

Scarecrows are visiting
Hang onto that pumpkin scarecrow
Colorful place mats greet us for every meal.
Home is where the love is.
Horn of plenty
A smiling scarecrow to greet you at our door.
Fall basket
My granddaughter gave me this last Thanksgiving. I am supposed to write what I am thankful for. I am thankful for all my family, friends, and our good health and my wonderful husband!

Here are some of the trees in the neighborhood that are showing off their fall colors. All I have to do is look out my kitchen window and there is beauty for the eye to behold.

The colors aren’t as vibrant as in past years but still beautiful. I recently went on a mini-vacation up to Vermont. I will do a post all about it. It was a fun time with our friends and a nice time to getaway!

Here is a photo of the golf course that is nearby our neighborhood. This photo was taken in 2013. The colors were more brilliant.

Golf Course in 2013 copyright

Thank you for stopping by to read my post. I hope you have a lovely day wherever you life.


Blessings & Hugs!


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Wonderful New Reviews on Sally Cronin’s Blog!

Thank you, Sally Cronin, for sharing the new reviews of my book and my fellow authors’ books. Your kind support is appreciated!

Please check out Sally’s fabulous blog while you are there. You will find plenty of talented authors and their books and lots of medical information and advice.

Thank you for stopping by! I appreciate your support and all the reviews of my books. Keep them coming!


Blessings & Hugs,


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A New Review of Abby & Holly Series Book 3 Secrets of the Trunk!

I am excited to share this wonderful new review of Abby & Holly Series Book 3 Secrets of the Trunk! It is thrilling to receive new reviews. It feels like early Christmas gifts when I see one on Amazon or Barnes & Noble! Thank you, reviewers, for making my day! Thank you, Mystery Fran, for sharing your thoughts on my book! I am grateful and happy you enjoyed it.

Mystery “Fran”5.0 out of 5 starsThis is a great book for kids in middle grades (3-5)!September 17, 2019Format: Paperback I recently read Janice Spina’s newest book for middle grade readers, the Abby and Holly Series, Book 3: Secrets of the Trunk. I had not read the previous books, but was immediately engaged with this fun mystery involving cousins and BFFs Abby and Holly. This book has ghosts, an old trunk, secrets, and my favorite, a mystery for the girls to solve. The themes of friendship, respect, and caring are cleverly woven into the story. As a former teacher of reading, I heartily recommend this book to your middle grade children or students!


Join Abby and Holly in Book 3 as the cousins discover a new presence in their old Victorian while they are cleaning out the library of old books. They are not sure if this specter is benign or otherwise. This being leads them to the old trunk they discovered in Book 2 which holds many secrets and puzzles that they feel compelled to solve.They enlist the help of their ghost friend, Felicity, who inhabits their home. She is a benevolent entity that once lived in their house from a century ago. She watches over the girls and vows never to leave them unless they request her to do so.There will be surprises and ghostly visits that will keep readers enthralled as Abby and Holly work together to uncover the secrets of the trunk.

All these books carry life lessons for MG/PT/YA. They will enjoy reading as they learn to be kind, caring and respectful of parents, elders and each other, bullying is never tolerated or accepted, accept differences in others and always listen to your mother.

Here are all the books in this series. I am presently working on Book 4 which I hope to publish later in 2019. This is an award-winning series – 2 Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards and a Bronze Medal from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards!

Available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble!

Book Promo created by Theodocia McLean

Thank you, readers, for stopping by to read this new review. I hope you will check out all these books on Amazon and Barnes & Noble for some fun adventures for your children. PLEASE KEEP THOSE REVIEWS COMING! WE INDIE AUTHORS WILL LOVE YOU FOR THEM!


Blessings & Hugs!


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