What are you doing to keep busy during COVID-19?

This has been a difficult time for the world with the coming of COVID-19. I hope and pray that you and your families are staying safe and well and doing everything to stay that way according to the CDC and your government regulations.

What have I been doing to keep busy? Being a writer has kept me occupied writing every day in some form – blogging as with this post, emails, and working on my latest project.

My latest project is Abby & Holly Series Book 5 which is nearly finished and will be into the editing stages soon. While I work on this book my husband is working on Book 2 of Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series. I edit each of the pages as he completes them. Of course there will be plenty more editing when he has completed the book.

Here are the other books in the Abby & Holly Series and Drystan the Dragon Series which are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

DRYSTAN THE DRAGON AND FRIENDS SERIES BOOK 1

Blurb:

This is a magical series about Drystan the dragon and his friends. These dragons are colorful, engaging and fun to read about. They teach children the importance of friendship, caring for one another, being kind to others, and it’s okay to be different. All dragons are of different colors and their names begin with the letter ‘D’ – a fun way for young children to learn the letter ‘D’ and colors.In Book 1 Drystan makes a new friend, Durward, who invites him to visit the Land of the Rainbows. While they are there they have an adventure. Find out what the dragons do to save the day.

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/drystan-the-dragon-and-friends-series-book-1-john-spina/1136312343;jsessionid=17450965A86E5CDB169F92C9E2EB9D27.prodny_store01-atgap08?ean=9781732528840

Abby & Holly Series Books 1-4

John and I are always each working on a different book at the same time. That is why you may see two books coming out close together. The writing part of the children’s books take a lot less time to do than the actual illustrations. Therefore, I complete my part of the book for him and he picks it up from there. The MG/PT/YA only needs John to add a small illustration at the beginning of each chapter and a cover. The novels for 18+ only need his expertise for creating the cover. I do all the work on the writing which takes so much longer than any children’s or MG books.

In between all the writing, promoting, marketing of my books I have begun some crochet projects – baby afghans, sweaters, hats. I will be ready when anyone of my nieces or nephews begin a family. I dreamed not long ago about a baby boy being born into our family. I know it’s not me!! I felt that this was a precursor to what will be coming, hopefully to a healthier time in our lives. I will be ready!

Latest crochet project for a baby boy

Besides cleaning house daily I will start cleaning out closets – throw away what is old and give away what is still good that I am no longer using. This will enable me to look for some new spring and summer clothes to put in the places that I clean out. Ha!

Of course I do fun things too like watching some great series with my husband on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu or regular TV channels. There is so much to see that there is not enough time to see it all. If we lose TV I will have to write more which will enable me to pump out even more than 5 books a year! That could be a good thing for me but not for my poor husband who is overworked by me already! Sigh!

I do miss getting out spending time with family and friends and going to lunch or dinner and going to the movies. I believe we will get back to normal before the summer. Right now it looks like we are being kept isolated in our homes until May.

What we can do is order in meals from many restaurants that are opened only for delivery or pickup. This is one way for us to support our local businesses. We can go to drug stores for health items and grocery stories for our food. What we must do when we visit these establishments – be careful not to touch your face, nose, mouth or eyes after touching anything in the stores and wash your hands as soon as you get home or use antiseptic cleanser immediately. We don’t know how long the virus can live on different surfaces.

I saw a video today that made me nervous about going to the supermarket or bringing home takeout. In this video the man mentioned cleaning every item that you brought home with an antiseptic on a paper towel, wash all your fruits in soap and water for 20 seconds, sterilize the outsides of all containers and remove all your items from boxes such as cereal and discard the box and put the cereal into your own containers.

After seeing this video I went crazy and cleaned every item that my husband recently purchased from the supermarket and washed the fruit with soap and water. Of course I washed my hands a hundred times in between touching everything. Sigh!! What a job! I was exhausted after that because I had already cleaned the house from top to bottom with antiseptic cleaner. Phew!

Here is the link to this video:

I know that being older puts me into the danger zone for this virus but I don’t think I am going to make it if I have to do this every time we shop! My energy is now depleted!

There is a point in time where we can over do something. I hope all my efforts keeps my husband and I safe and healthy. I pray that you and your families will stay healthy and safe too.

Keep your kids busy doing their school work daily and spend some fun time reading. Here is my site on Amazon and Barnes & Noble for some reading suggestions. Watch for new books coming this year from Jemsbooks.com!

I feel pure joy writing for children and hope with God’s help and blessing to continue to write many more fun adventures for children to read and enjoy. I do enjoy writing for MG/PT/YA and 18+ too!

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased the books. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and the reviews of my books.

Stay well and safe, my friends! I send love and prayers to everyone! Take care! We will make it through this together. Keep your faith and pray. God Bless everyone!

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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Who Loves Short Story Collections?

If you love short story collections here is an eclectic book of 15 short stories, An Angel Among Us, that will keep you riveted and turning pages. These stories are perfect to fill the time we have while we are staying inside and keeping safe from COVID-19 or for a day on the beach this summer.

I wrote the first story in the collection in memory of my high school friend, Anne Gillis Benedetto, and dedicated the book to her. She was a kind, caring and lovely woman with a heart of gold and a keen sense of humor. She was loved by all.

This book is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on link below or by clicking on book covers to the right of this post.

Blurb: An Angel Among Us – A Short Story Collection

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.

Blurb: An Angel Among Us – A Short Story Collection

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

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

Mae Clair4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to readReviewed in the United States on March 14, 2017Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseThis collection of short stories is diverse and engaging, most with a touch of the unusual thrown in. The author’s imagination is evident in the range of plots and themes, as well as characters who populate the pages. Easy to read, this collection is ideal for grabbing a story here or there on a lunch or coffee break or enjoying all at once on a lazy afternoon or evening, However you choose to read this collection, you’re bound to find your favorites among them. The title story and how it came about is in itself a delightful tale


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


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

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased the books. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and the reviews of my books.

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

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Do You Believe in Angels?

My novel for 18+, How Far Is Heaven, is a romance/mystery/paranormal that will have you believing in angels.

I wrote this story after I had a dream about a ghost one night. Once I began writing the story it flowed and came alive. Readers will feel the connection between the father and his family and see how love can go beyond and conquer even death. Parents will want to count their blessings, keep their children close, and may start believing in ghosts.

This book is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble and by clicking on link below or on book covers to the right of this post.

Blurb: How Far Is Heaven

Parker and Priscilla Wilfork are happily married with two children. Life seemed perfect and peaceful until Parker goes on a business trip and does not return. Priscilla finds her world turned upside down when she searches for answers to how and why Parker disappeared.

One night Priscilla has a dream that Parker is an angel. Does this mean that Parker is now dead? After two years and no sign of Parker except in her dreams, Priscilla makes the decision to tell her children that their father has gone to Heaven.

Priscilla tries to get their lives back together until one day Deanna disappears too. Now Priscilla must go on a quest to find her daughter before it’s too late. She fears her daughter’s disappearance might be connected in some way to her husband’s. Can Priscilla go on with her life if she loses Deanna too?

With the help of a handsome police Sergeant, Blake Furelli, they work together to try to find Deanna and solve the mystery behind Parker’s disappearance. During this trying time, Blake, who suffered a loss of his own, feels drawn to the ethereal beauty of Priscilla.

Book Reviews on Amazon:

5.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative Story of a Father’s Undying Love for His FamilyReviewed in the United States on January 1, 2020Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseHow Far is Heaven is the story of a tragedy that befalls Parker and Priscilla, a happy young couple with two small children. When Parker mysteriously disappears, Priscilla’s life is turned upside down. Knowing that Parker will never return, Priscilla enlists the help of Officer Blake who pieces together the parts to discover what happened to her husband.

The story is interesting with a lot of moving parts that come together in the end. It has elements of mystery, suspense, and romance which makes it appealing to a wide number of readers. The most heartwarming part is the message that a father’s love for his family can transcend even death itself. While there is a bit more of telling than showing throughout the story, it is still a very good read and one that many people will enjoy.

DGKaye5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense, Family and CompassionReviewed in the United States on April 5, 2019Format: Kindle EditionHow Far is Heaven  offers a great mix of mystery, romance and angelic messages.A seemingly happy couple – Parker and Priscilla are broken up by a tragic incident when Parker ventures out for a business trip but never returns home. Priscilla finds help with trying to find her missing husband from a compassionate police Sargent, Blake, who makes it his mission to solve the mystery of her missing husband.
In the midst of the investigation, more grief fills Priscilla when her 8 year old precocious daughter, Deanna, goes missing. We are left wondering how these two events are connected  and we’re kept hoping through the investigation that Deanna will be found. Through the tragedy that ensues, Priscilla tries to keep it all together for the sake of her missing daughter and for her little boy. As the investigation continues, Blake finds himself taking a great shining to Priscilla as he feels a common bond with Priscilla’s loss and his own recent suffering of a great loss. Blake’s compassion for Priscilla grows into a friendship.Meanwhile, sweet Deanna keeps her hopes of being found alive because of her spiritual connection with her father’s spirit and the ‘promise’ he made her that he’d always protect her.
This book is a moving story of tragedy with faith and love sustaining everyone to keep hope alive while trying to maintain peace and normalcy within a loving family, all the while keeping us glued till the end, as we wait and hope to find out if the little girl will be found and what happened to her father.Love never dies, even after death.

P.S. Winn5.0 out of 5 stars Great mystery suspense connected to a wonderful spiritual journeyReviewed in the United States on June 24, 2017Format: Kindle EditionThis is a beautiful story with a great ending. Patricia Wilfork is a happily married woman. So, when he husband mysteriously disappears she is lost for an answer as to why. Along with her two children, Patricia tries to rebuild her life still not knowing what happened to her husband. When Patricia’s daughter also disappears the story twists and turns with a spiritual edge and readers are taken on a great journey. The author does a wonderful job mixing the spiritual aspect with a mystery thriller that will please readers of all genres

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne5.0 out of 5 stars A captivating story you must have!Reviewed in the United States on July 28, 2016Format: Kindle Edition”How Far is Heaven” is a spectacular story of a young family, Parker, his wife, Priscilla and their children, Robbie and Deanna. Parker and Priscilla were deeply in love and enjoying a wonderful life together until Parker mysteriously disappears without a trace. The story is captivating. I didn’t ant to put it down. You can feel the emotions of the story so deeply that it brought me to tears. You’ll be astounded by the connection between Parker and Priscilla that even death can’t sever. There’s no doubt you’ll love the story as much as I did. It’ magical. Award-winning author, Janice Spina, should be extremely proud of her abundant talents. She wove the story perfectly. I highly recommend it. * I was given a gift copy to review.
Reviewed by children’s author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne


Balroop Singh
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping and positive storyReviewed in the United States on February 16, 2020Format: Kindle EditionHow Far Is Heaven by J.E. Spina is a poignant story of Priscilla whose blissful life takes a sudden turn just with one incident – the mysterious disappearance of her husband. This book is a page-turner, as Spina keeps the readers on tenterhooks, keeping the hopes alive with the investigations and telling her children that their dad would return soon. Despite the darker aspects, this is a heart-warming and feel-good story that breathes positivity.

Spina’s style is simple yet gripping, as she doesn’t waste a single word in dragging the story or dwelling on the emotional upheavals. Her characters find a quick solution to their problems; even Deanna knows how to handle the situation she was placed in. Parker’s presence adds a special charm to the story. Only Blake seems to be implausible but he has his own reasons for being so sweet. Highly recommended.

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased the books. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and the reviews of my books.

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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Do Your Children Love Magical Mysteries?

If your children love magical mysteries then please check out Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Books 1-6. This is an award-winning series that will delight your children with its fantasy, mysteries, magic spells, magic cloaks, hats, wands and fun adventures with twins, Davey and Derek. You will travel along with them as they look for clues to solve mysteries, learn new spells with the help of their Aunt Gigi and Mianna her cat and interact with their dog, Aggy.

This series was written for my two middle grandsons who always loved reading and solving mysteries. I have given them plenty to keep them busy. I know your MG/PT/YA will love this series too and learn valuable life lessons about sharing, caring, being respectful of others and each other, friends and family matter, bullying is never accepted or tolerated.

I feel pure joy writing for children and hope with God’s help and blessing to continue to write many more fun adventures for children to read and enjoy. I do enjoy writing for MG/PT/YA and 18+ too!

All Jemsbooks are available on covers below, Amazon and Barnes & Noble or by clicking on book covers to the right of this post. Thank you!

Blurb: Book 1 – Davey & Derek Junior Detectives The Case of the Missing Cell Phone

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.

Blurb: Book 2 Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat

Davey and Derek Donato are twins, but not identical. They gleaned the idea to be detectives from a book their parents bought them on their tenth birthday. The twins discover a black cat and some magic when they visit with their Great Aunt Gigi. The cat tries to communicate with the boys. But what does the cat want to tell them?

Blurb: Book 3 – Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant

Davey & Derek Donato are twins who love adventures and enjoy being junior detectives. In Book 3 of this series their help is enlisted to find an ivory figurine that has been taken from the local museum.
There are many suspects and danger is not far from the boys as they learn more magic and use their skills to find those responsible for the theft.
Their Aunt Gigi is close by to lend a hand and at the same time help the twins hone their magical gifts.

Blurb: Book 4 – Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog

Davey and Derek Donato are at it again in this new book. In this case they come across a brown scraggly dog with blood on its paw but when the boys try to stop the dog, it runs away.

Aunt Gigi is here once again to assist the boys with their magic and provide some new spells.

Blurb: Book 5 – Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost

Twins Davey and Derek Donato are enlisted by two new characters, Abby and her cousin Holly, to assist them in finding and capturing the spooky beings that haunt their house.

When the boys visit Abby’s house they discover that this old Victorian holds many secrets and shocking revelations.

Davey and Derek soon find that they need the assistance of their Great Aunt Gigi to handle these mischievous phantoms.

Blurb: Book 6 – Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series The Case of the Mystery of the Bells

Step into another magical and fun adventure with the twin detectives to solve this new mystery. There are clues at every turn, ghostly dreams with strange messages, and a surprise visitor that shakes things up. Even Aunt Gigi and Mianna are at a loss to provide any assistance to the boys.Will Davey & Derek be able to solve this mystery of the bells? Where do they turn? Will they be able to put all the clues together? Can they use their new birthday gifts in this adventure? Find out what the boys do in this magical mystery.

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased the books. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and the reviews of my books.

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

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AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE

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Do Your Children Love Ghostly Mysteries?

If your children love to read about ghosts and mysteries you should check out Abby & Holly Series Books 1-4. These are award-winning books that are enjoyed by middle-graders, preteens, young adults and adults too. Both boys and girls enjoy this series.

I wrote this series for my granddaughter Leah and my step-granddaughter Laura. They both love to read and have enjoyed this series. I am sure your middle-graders will enjoy reading these books too.

During this difficult time with COVID-19 keeping us in our homes we need some diversions. Books are perfect for keeping everyone occupied, productive and happy at the same time.

My goal as an author of children’s, MG/PT/YA and Novels for 18+ is to encourage everyone to read daily to and with your children to enhance their lives and increase their creativity and good health. Please keep reading and I will keep writing. Happy reading everyone!

Below is the latest book in the series. All books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble or by clicking on the book covers to the right of this post. Watch for Book 5 coming this summer of 2020!

Blurb: Book 1 – Abby & Holly School Dance

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.

Blurb: Book 2 – Abby & Holly Series Unforgettable Events

Abby and Holly are cousins who are more like sisters. They enjoy doing everything together. Holly lives with Abby and her family in a haunted Victorian. Holly must deal with some difficult decisions in her family when unexpected and unfortunate events come to pass. 

Abby is there to lend support to Holly along with two ghostly apparitions, Felicity and Minerva, who live in Abby’s house. These specters provide some magical and helpful advice along the way as they watch over Holly during this difficult time. 

The girls’ friends, twins Davey and Derek Donato, from their own series, pop in to support Holly and bring some fun and comical relief to the story.

Blurb: Book 3 – Abby & Holly Series Secrets of the Trunk

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 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.

Blurb: Book 4 – Abby & Holly Series The Hidden Stairway

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 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.

I feel pure joy writing for children and hope with God’s help and blessing to continue to write many more fun adventures for children to read and enjoy. I do enjoy writing for MG/PT/YA and 18+ too!

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased the books. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and the reviews of my books.

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

Jemsbooks.blog

AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE

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Is spring Here Yet?

I can’t believe it! Spring is finally here but it certainly doesn’t feel like it. Even though we haven’t had a snowy or harsh winter we hardy New Englanders always love when winter is over. THINK SPRING!

spring flag

We can get out more (only in our yards for now) and enjoy the sunshine and warmer temperatures (whenever they arrive) and the glorious new growth on trees, grass and introduction of beautiful blossoms.

Spring is my second favorite time of the year. Fall is still my favorite.

Spring is a time for the Earth to reawaken its plants, flowers and insects. As soon as the weather warms up into the high 60’s and low 70’s you can see a mass of small insects flying around happy to be reborn.

Jemsbooks.com Book Butterfly

Humans feel alive again too when we cast away the heavy clothes and take out the lightweight ones and look forward to wearing the flip flops again!

flip flops

As you can see I wrote some of the post before the COVID-19 virus attacked the world. Now things are not looking so sunny for the spring and upcoming summer months. All we can do is pray that this virus will stop spreading if people pay attention to the CDC and their country’s administration of what they must do to stop it from harming any more people.

What surprised me the other day on the news were all the young college kids out on spring break having a grand old time partying all over Florida beaches. I couldn’t believe my eyes! What are they thinking? Evidently not thinking at all.

It’s a funny (not haha but strange) thing when you are young you feel invincible, that nothing can touch you. How soon we all learn that this is not so as we grow older and wiser.

At my age which is well over a teenager, I have learned early and often that I am not invincible from anything. I can get sick. When I was young I could bounce back more quickly and reset myself like new. But now, ha, not so. It takes a whole lot longer to get recharged. The battery does not kick back on, is on a slow drain and needs a starter to get going again. Sigh!

Here’s a note to those young party goers – PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE STAY SAFE AND AWAY FROM LARGE CROWDS. STAY HOME, FACE TIME OR SKYPE WITH FRIENDS, HAVE A DRINK TOGETHER THAT WAY. DO THIS NOT JUST FOR YOURSELVES BUT FOR THOSE YOU LOVE WHO YOU COULD INFECT FROM YOUR GATHERINGS WHEN YOU RETURN HOME.

The longer we all stay away from one another the quicker this virus will die down and stop curving upward on the scale. We need to get better at listening to what our doctors tells us to do. I spoke with my doctor today by phone instead of going in for a yearly physical. I am recuperating from a cold but nothing serious he said. I am almost feeling like myself again and itching to get back to my normal routine of cleaning my house. I know I must be crazy, huh? I do love to have a clean house. Can’t help that. It was ingrained in me by my mother. Sigh!

Until that time I am going to keep working on my newest book and hopefully have it ready before summer is here. My husband is working on Book 2 of Drystan the Dragon and Friends. It is an adorable book! I know children will love it as much as they love Book 1. Watch for these books coming this summer!

Here are some lovely spring flowers from last year to enjoy until nature brings them to us this year.

Stay safe and well everyone! My thoughts and prayers are going out to you. Love to all! We will make it through this! Stay strong and think positively!

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased the books. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and the reviews of my books.

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice Spina

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Attention: Book Clubs – Questions for Hunting Mariah and Mariah's Revenge now Available!

Hi readers out there! If you are on Skype or Face-time with your fellow book club members now that you can’t get physically together here are some Book Club Questions for you to consider after you read Hunting Mariah and Mariah’s Revenge.

I am slowly getting better from a cold but will hopefully be ready to Skype or Face-Time with Book Clubs as soon as I get my voice back and no longer sound like a man!

Let me know if you are interested in my books for your Book Clubs. I would be thrilled to interact with you. Have fun reading!

Here are the Questions:

BOOK CLUB QUESTIONS

Hunting Mariah

  1. Heredity vs Environment – What part of Sage’s personality can be attributed to heredity and what part to environment?

2. Would you consider Sage a bad seed? Why or why not?

3. What role did family secrets play in the process and outcome of the story?

4. What role did feelings play between Miguel and Mariah?

5. Do you think the relationship between Tony and Mariah is appropriate or not? And why?

6. There has been some consternation about killing off Mariah’s friend, Amanda. What do you think about this?

BOOK CLUB QUESTIONS

Mariah’s Revenge

1.  What do you attribute to Mariah’s growth in maturity from the first book?

2.  Do you feel any sympathy toward Sage? Why or why not?

3. What do you think has caused the drastic transformation in Sage’s character? Is it for the better? Why or why not?

4. Why was Arabella attracted to Sage?

5. Copycat killer – What do you think are the underlying circumstances that would motivate a person to become a copycat killer?

6. Would you like to see more stories involving Mariah?

If you haven’t picked up your copies of these thrillers/suspense/crime/mysteries here are the links to purchase on Amazon. Also available on Barnes & Noble.

With more time on our hands since COVID-19 invaded our lives we need to keep busy and think of positive ways to stay healthy and still feel fulfilled in our homes. Reading is one way to do that. I am spending more time reading, writing and blogging, emailing and keeping in touch with family and friends through social media. Thank God for all the technology we have today that enables us to do so much without gathering together in places.

I plan to also do some readings on my blog for children, MG/PT/YA and 18+ as soon as I have a decent voice back. Stay tuned!

In the meantime I am working on Book 5 of Abby & Holly. The characters are nagging me to get back to it as I write this post. They never give me a break!

I feel pure joy writing for children and hope with God’s help and blessing to continue to write many more fun adventures for children to read and enjoy. I do enjoy writing for MG/PT/YA and 18+ too!

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased the books. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and the reviews of my books.

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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Watch for New Children's Book Coming from Jemsbooks!

Here at Jemsbooks we are busy creating more entertaining books for children of all ages. My husband, John/illustrator/cover creator extraordinaire, is working avidly now on Book 2 of the Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series!

These books are fun adventures for children ages – 0-8, PS-Grade 3. Children will be actively engaged as they read or are read to by others. They will learn valuable life lessons from these books as well as from all Jemsbooks.

Drystan the Dragon books are about different brilliantly colored dragons who all have names beginning with the letter ‘D’. Children will have fun learning colors and the letter ‘D’ and laugh at the antics of these dragons.

Here is the first book in the series that is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Blurb:

This is a magical series about Drystan the dragon and his friends. These dragons are colorful, engaging and fun to read about. They teach children the importance of friendship, caring for one another, being kind to others, and it’s okay to be different. All dragons are of different colors and their names begin with the letter ‘D’ – a fun way for young children to learn the letter ‘D’ and colors.
In Book 1 Drystan makes a new friend, Durward, who invites him to visit the Land of the Rainbows. While they are there they have an adventure. Find out what the dragons do to save the day.

Book Reviews on Amazon:


Michelle Clements James5.0 out of 5 stars Wholesome entertainment for young children.Reviewed in the United States on February 8, 2020Format: Kindle EditionDrystan and his new friend, Durward, are off to have an adventure, but along the way, they stop to help some little birds. Who doesn’t love dragons! And they come in different colors! Drystan is red and Durward is blue. Find out what happens when the dragons are happy. Why are they flying to the Land of Rainbows? This story is about the importance of having friends and helping others. It is a wonderful tale written in rhyme that will appeal to young children, whether they are read to or able to read themselves. Janice Spina has clearly remained true to her belief that books for children should be wholesome and teach life lessons. The book is colorfully illustrated by her husband, John Spina. I highly recommend Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Book 1 Drystan and Durward Save the Day.
I received a free copy of this book from the author and reviewed it without compensation.

Sara1235.0 out of 5 stars Dragons to the Rescue!Reviewed in the United States on February 4, 2020Format: Paperback”Drystan the Dragon and Friends” is author Janice Spina’s new series of fun children’s books.

In the first volume, “Drystan and Durward Save the Day,” Drystan, the main character, meets a new friend and together they go on an adventure. Though the red and blue dragons had a destination in mind, they altered their trip to help those in need. This lovely story with its good message is enhanced by colorful illustrations drawn by the author’s husband, John Spina. The Spinas’ successful collaboration is highly recommended.

Give your children the gift of reading by bringing home this magical and mystical series of Drystan the Dragon and Friends! Your children will thank you and you will feel good about what they are reading. Have fun reading about Drystan!

I feel pure joy writing for children and hope with God’s help and blessing to continue to write many more fun adventures for children to read and enjoy. I do enjoy writing for MG/PT/YA and 18+ too!

Please leave a review for books you love wherever you purchased them. We authors will love you back and appreciate your efforts to share our work. Word of mouth is the best way to spread word about a book.

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased the books. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and the reviews of my books.

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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Working on Book 5 of Abby & Holly Series for MG/PT/YA!

Keeping busy is what we all need to do until this pandemic settles down and things go back to normal. How long will this take? Who knows? But in the meantime I am doing a lot of promos with AllAuthor.com, Theodocia McLean and on my own through blogging, emails and social media.

I think it’s important to keep relevant in today’s world by writing daily, keeping in touch by blogging, social media. It’s also safer to be away from crowds until we know things are safe healthwise for us and our families.

I’m presently working on my current project, Book 5 of Abby & Holly Series. It’s a fun mystery series with ghosts, a haunted house, secret passageways, time travel, friendship and family. It carries important life lessons of loving and caring for others, family and friends are important, think of others before oneself and believe in yourself.

This series for MG/PT/YA is a joy to write. It makes me feel like a kid again! It’s being enjoyed by both girls and boys and adults too. These books have won three Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards and a Readers’ Favorite Book Award – Bronze Medal.

Here are the four books that are available now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Watch for Book 5 coming out later this summer.

Begin reading this series with Book 1, Abby & Holly School Dance above. This series was introduced in Book 5 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives. This book explains more in detail about the ghosts in the Victorian. Read this one to get a feel for the characters, Abby and Holly. Book 5 The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost is below at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

These books will keep your MG/PT/YA engaged as they read about fun adventures, mysteries, ghosts, a haunted house, magic and valuable life lessons about being kind and caring toward others, family and friends are important, respect parents and others, and be the best you can be.

Well, I guess I explained enough about these books for now. I must get back to writing Book 5 of Abby & Holly. The characters are pulling me back and want to tell their story.

I am a pantser when I write as I have mentioned before. I can pick up the story even if I have been away for a long time. The characters take over and push and prod me forward until they get their story told through my fingers. It is an exhilarating feeling to write not knowing where the story is going until the end. It’s always a surprise to me when they tell me the ending. I have at times reined them in when they went to far without my approval. Ha!

I feel pure joy writing for children and hope with God’s help and blessing to continue to write many more fun adventures for children to read and enjoy. I do enjoy writing for MG/PT/YA and 18+ too!

Please leave a review for books you love wherever you purchased them. We authors will love you back and appreciate your efforts to share our work. Word of mouth is the best way to spread word about a book.

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased the books. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and the reviews of my books.

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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New Review of Children’s Book, Drystan the Dragon and Friends!

What children do not love dragons? I love dragons too! That is why I began this series for children to enjoy and learn at the same time about valuable life lessons of sharing, caring and helping others. Bring Drystan the Dragon home with you for your children to enjoy today.

Watch for Book 2 coming in 2020 and Books 3 & 4 in 2021. There will be six books in the series. This series is a fun way for children to learn the letter ‘D’ and colors. The dragons are all colorfully illustrated in different colors and their names all begin with the letter ‘D’. Thank you so much!

If you haven’t checked out Book 1 in this new series for children, Drystan the Dragon and Friends, go to Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Here is a new review below that made my day.

5 Star Review: As a grandmother, I know how important friends are to our children and who better to show the way than two beautifully illustrated dragons. As parents and grandparents, we seek to purchase books that will capture the imagination, while teaching valuable life lessons.

Award Winning Author Janice Spina and her husband John (illustrator) has created this amazing first book, in this dragon series. 

Brightly colored illustrations will capture the child’s imagination as they read, or as an adult reads to them. The rhymes will stick in their mind, as he or she discovers a friendship between a red dragon named Drystan and a blue dragon named Durward.

The adventure unfolds in the Land Of Rainbows, where the two dragons extend their friendship to a colorful mother blue bird and her family, while lessons about helping others are learned.

I highly recommend this book as a good bedtime story, or go anywhere travel book. Five more books in this series are in the creative process. I invite you to purchase ‘Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Book 1’ and watch for each new dragon book as it is published.

Review by Theodocia Mclean (Book Marketing Global Network).

Genre:  Children’s Books, Preschool-Grade 3, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths

Amazon Print:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1732528845?_encoding=UTF8&isInIframe=0&n=283155&ref_=dp_proddesc_0&s=books&showDetailProductDesc=1#product-description_feature_div

Kindle:
https://www.amazon.com/Drystan-Dragon-Friends-Book-Durward-ebook/dp/B084F19KLX/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Barnes & Noble

Thank you, Theodocia Mclean, for this lovely review! Check out BookMarketingGlobalNetwork.com for all your promo needs.

I feel pure joy writing for children and hope with God’s help and blessing to continue to write many more fun adventures for children to read and enjoy. I do enjoy writing for MG/PT/YA and 18+ too!

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased the books. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and the reviews of my books.

Blessings & Hugs!

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

Jemsbooks.blog

AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE

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