Spring is Sprouting All Over! But the Weather is Cool Again!

In New England just wait a minute and the weather will change from warm to cold and back again. We hardy New Englanders are used to this. We are ready for anything that nature throws at us. I think! Yikes!

We have had snow in April! That was on April Fool’s Day one year. We were all fooled by Mother Nature that year. This year in 2021 the weather began nice and warm in the 70’s for a couple of days then dropped to 50’s and 60’s with rain and windy weather. What’s next? Snow? Well, snow was predicted up in the White Mountains (aptly names) of New Hampshire this week. Glad I am not there.

I snapped some photos on a warmer day of all the sprouting that is going on in my yard and neighborhood for you to enjoy. Got to keep thinking spring!!!

Daffodils
Daffodils
Bushes sproutin
Rose Bush
More budding b
Rose Bush
Day Lilies greening up
Day Lilies Greening up
Another Rose Bush
Pink Rose Bush that was gorgeous last year

Here are all our bird houses. A few of them are already being used with grass sticking out. The blue birds are preparing their nests for their young. How sweet!

Bird Houses
New Bird house
Bird House (notice grass & sticks on left)
Duplex bird house
Big Bird house
Small Bird house
Small bird house

These bird houses will house some baby birds soon adding to the growing bird population that inhabit our backyard. There is plenty of food being supplied by my husband, the bird man. He loves watching them (so do I) and feeding them. I leave that up to him. I usually am busy, like now, writing about them.

Blue bird feeder with dried meal worms

The blue bird feeder above was being used recently to begin a nesting place for some baby birds. My husband noticed some twigs and sticks inside it along with the worms he had provided for feed. I think the blue birds were enamored by the color blue of this feeder and thought it might be perfect for a nest. John quickly took out the sticks and twigs and added more worms. This would be a cute place to watch the baby birds but also a perfect place for another bird to eat them. Oh no!! I hope the bird parents got the clue not to use it.

I hope you enjoyed this post. I will keep you informed about the nesting going on and of any new arrivals to our feeders. We are expecting humming birds and Baltimore Oriole birds soon! Can’t wait. They are gorgeous and fascinating to watch. I am keeping my ears tuned to the distinctive sound of the Orioles. It’s almost like a screeching sound. They announce their arrival and are excited to see that we have the feeder ready.

One year they came before John could get the feeder ready. The Oriole let us know about that. He squawked like a duck and kept coming back until we had it there. We thought he was going to leave and not come back. But, I guess, this bird was evidently hungry and patient enough to return. Phew!

A special ‘thank you’ to all my new readers. Please keep coming back for more entertaining posts. You never know what I am going to talk about next.

Please check out all my books on the right of this post by clicking on the covers. Watch for two new books coming this year and more later in the fall and winter. I just can’t keep still for a minute. There is always some WIP at Jemsbooks.blog/.com!

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 them. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much! Happy Reading Everyone!

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

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

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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A Gift from Above – Rainbows and a Night out with Friends!

Do you love rainbows? I think they are magical!

We went out to dinner with good friends (Fran & Jim) for the first time in well over a year to a lovely restaurant that serves delicious lamb, beef, fish and Lebanese food. It’s called the Phoenician Restaurant, located in Haverhill, MA. I love this restaurant! I feel doubly blessed to have had a fabulous meal with our special friends who have gotten us through this tough year in 2020! Thank you, Fran and Jim!

If you are looking for the best French fries, lamb, baked stuffed shrimp, rice pilaf and salad with mint, oil, garlic and lemon – go to the Phoenician Restaurant. I had 2 lamb chops, 2 baked stuffed shrimp, rice pilaf, Syrian bread, and 3 grape leaves! Wonderful meal! Of course I began with a glass of red sangria! Tasty! I packed up most of the lamb and rice for another meal. The rest I devoured! The restaurant is large with plenty of room to safely distance diners with a table left empty in between. They also have outside seating. It was a lovely warm night but we opted to sit inside out of the sun.

Getting back to rainbows, sorry I digress! Thinking of food does that to me! When we came out of the restaurant it had rained a little and up in the sky was a double rainbow. I heard someone exclaim, ‘look a rainbow!’ I caught my breath and pulled out my phone to snap a few. It was magnificent! My photos don’t do it justice. But, believe me, the colors were brilliant!

Magnificent double rainbows
Double rainbows at Phoenician
Wow – snapped another one from the car window

It was a wonderful way to end a delicious dinner with our special friends. It was so good to be out and about. We plan on doing that every weekend from now on to make up for all that we missed being stuck inside. We are fortunate to have spent the past year with these friends in each other’s homes for dinner. Now that we are fully vaccinated, we are feeling safer to get out with others but still wearing masks in and out of the restaurants and only taking them off, of course, to eat.

I hope that you and your family and friends are staying safe and well and still are cautious and careful about wearing your masks out. There are many who have not been vaccinated yet. Hopefully we will have herd immunity soon and that the doses we have been given provide the necessary efficacy and protection we need. God Bless!

If you would like to read more about rainbows go here. I like to think of rainbows as a gift from above. When we are down and think we are out a rainbow always picks us up and our spirits soar with it. How can you not feel joy and amazement looking at one?

I hope this post has lifted your spirits today. I want to say a special prayer for an online friend of mine, Debby Gies, who recently lost her husband. I will keep her in my daily prayers for strength to go on without him. Please pray for Debby. She is a lovely person and a wonderful author. May God bless you, Debby! Love and prayers going your way! Take care.

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 them. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much! Happy Reading Everyone!

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

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

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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Getting Books for Summer Reading? Books for PS-Grade 3 from JEMSBOOKS EXPRESS! Hop on Board!

Are you in need of some books for your children for their summer reading? I have 17 children’s books for PS-Grade 3, Ages 1 – 7. Now is the time to stock up on fun reading with good values and life lessons for your young children to enjoy. They have missed so much of school the past year since COVID-19 struck. By keeping them busy reading all summer you will increase their vocabulary, heighten their creativity, and stimulate their intellect while they have fun learning new things.

JEMSBOOKS EXPRESS is coming your way today to bring you books for Children PS-Grade 3. There are animal stories featuring baby animals that children can relate to more easily. All the stories end happily to give children a good feeling when they finish reading or hearing the stories.

To make reading time extra special, discuss the books with your children after you read to them. You will be amazed at how much they pay attention to the details of the stories. You will be able to spend quality time with them cuddling and sharing fun stories together. Your children will remember these special reading times and grow to love reading. They may one day do the same with their children. We need to encourage children to read daily to foster a love of reading in them for generations to come. Happy Reading Everyone!

Jemsbooks Children’s books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

JEMSBOOKS EXPRESS – Bringing you books for children PS-Grade 3!
Jemsbooks for Children PS-Grade 3

There is one more book in Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series coming this summer. Watch for Book 5 of this fun and magical series.

Please consider giving books to all the children on your list for all occasions. There is nothing better than to see a child’s eyes light up when you give him/her a book – even more so when you read the book to them. You are giving them so much more than you could ever imagine, e.g., you spark their imagination, heighten their creativity, lift their spirits, increase their vocabulary, open up a whole new world to them, and encourage them to love reading. The gift of a book is worth more than gold to our children, grandchildren. Keep reading and gifting books to children. Let’s bring up a generation of readers and thinkers. Thank you for your support!

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 carry important life lessons for your young children to learn while they are having fun reading the adventures.

Here are all the life lessons in Jemsbooks Children’s Books: Parents love these books for all the important life lessons children learn as they read along or are read to by their parents. Parents will never have to fear that there is anything in my books that is not suitable for young children ages 1-7, PS-Grade 3.

Louey the Lazy Elephant – Louey teaches children the importance of not being lazy and always listen to your mother.

Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon – Ricky teaches children to always listen to your mother.

Jerry the Crabby Crayfish – Jerry teaches children that it is okay to be different, be the best you can be and be happy with who you are.

Lamby the Lonely Lamb – Lamby teaches children to accept differences and to be kind to others.

Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear – Jesse teaches children that friends are important and mothers know best.

Broose the Moose on the Loose – Broose teaches children to be kind and accepting of others who are different than you are.

Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey – Sebastian teaches children how important it is to be kind to animals, that animals have feelings too like humans and deserve our respect.

Colby the Courageous Cat – Colby teaches children to love one another and take care of your siblings.

Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe – Jeffrey teaches children to be brave and help others in need.

Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab – Clarence Henry teaches children to work hard and do the best you can do and be happy with who you are.

Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier – Lucy teaches children to be kind to pets, how important a pet can be and how much this pet loves us unconditionally.

The First Star – teaches children that love of family is more important than all the riches in the world.

Drystan the Dragon Series Book 1: Drystan and Durward Save the Day – Drystan demonstrates to children that being kind and helping others is important and the right thing to do.

Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Book 2: Damara Helps Drystan Find His Roar – Drystan demonstrates the importance of friendship, being kind to others and helping others in need.

Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Book 3 – Delbert Finds Himself – Drystan teaches Delbert, a shy dragon, the importance of loving yourself as you are and that all colors are beautiful!

Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Book 4: Delfina Solves A Problem – Delfina helps Drago love himself and teaches him to be kind to others.

Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Book 5: Drago Does A Good Deed – Drago finds a rabbit in need of his help. He learns that it is better to be kind to others.

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 them. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much! Happy Reading Everyone!

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

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

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

Jemsbooks.blog

Jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net

AMAZON.COM AUTHOR PAGE (All books)

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Getting Ready for Warmer Weather! Are you vaccinated yet? Are you ready to get out and about?

How are you feeling? Are you getting ready for warmer weather? Do you need to get out and about and enjoy yourself more?

We have been cooped up for over a year now. It’s time to get out! My husband and I had both of our vaccines against COVID-19. We’re ready to go out to dinner, lunch or to travel a little further than our back deck as nice as it is. We spend plenty of time there all summer and part of the fall.

It is a wonderful feeling to feel safer and well so far. We didn’t have any serious complications after the second vaccine, thank God, as some have experienced. We are feeling well, other than the usual aches and pains of old age, and want to get out and enjoy the warmer weather that is here. Each day is a little warmer than the previous one. Of course, being in New England there is always a surprise. Wait a second and the weather will change to cold again. But at least now into April we know that it won’t last.

My plants are feeling the same about getting out. They are growing by leaps and bounds and need to spread their leaves and vines and feel the sun on them to produce their gorgeous flowers.

Hibiscus plant with Peach flowers
Hibiscus flower
Passion Flower plant with purple flowers
Passion Flower

Both these plants above will be placed on our back deck for the summer and brought in again in the fall before the freezing temperatures return. The Passion Flower plant is a vine that will grow and cover anything around it. We have to watch it and cut it back every so often. It can take over a yard in no time. It reminds me of the vines that we have in our yard and in the pond – Bittersweet. It was introduced to USA in 1880 and has become invasive to trees and anything in its way in order to grow. There are two kinds of Bittersweet – one that is innocuous and the other that is invasive. We have the invasive type in our yard and in the pond. How do I know this? Well, it has killed trees by smothering them with its vines and choking the life out of them. It is a sad thing to see. I try each year to cut it back but it fights its way to full strength the next year. I fear for my white birch trees that are not strong enough to stand against it. Here is some more information about Bittersweet. Here is more information about Passion Flowers.

While these plants are in the house only the Hibiscus flowered, producing two lovely flowers recently. It knows it’s time to go outside so it can flower profusely. The Passion Flower plant has not blossomed at all. It needs warmer temps than are in my house at this time.

Below is my Peace Lily plant that we once had in a fish tank to aid the fish. We do not have that fish tank anymore and decided to plant it in a pot. It seems happier now. It is beginning to show a blossom (white) that lasts for several days.

Peace Lily with white flower

Outside I can see some trees budding and preparing for warmer weather.

Maple trees beginning to bud

I love the spring even though it is not my favorite time of year. The fall is still my favorite. But the spring brings us so many beautiful beginnings to enjoy – budding trees, daffodils, tulips, crocuses and greening up of grass. I will share some photos soon of the pond in the back of our house when it begins to green up. It’s lovely. The cattails grow tall and sway in the summer breezes and give shelter to the beautiful red-winged blackbirds.

I don’t have a photo in my library of a red-winged blackbird but will snap a photo the next time I see one.

Please stop by again to see the new photos of birds, flowers, trees in full summer array and other things that I snap along the way. Nice to have you stop by today.

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 them. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much! Happy Reading Everyone!

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

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

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

Jemsbooks.blog

Jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net

AMAZON.COM AUTHOR PAGE (All books)

AMAZON.COM JE SPINA NOVELS PAGE

AMAZON.CO.UK

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Getting Ready for the Glorious Hummingbirds and Baltimore Orioles Birds!

It is almost time for the arrival of the glorious hummingbirds to New England. They are on their way here, expected to arrive soon.

My husband prepared our feeders today for them. We don’t want to miss their arrival. They remember where they were fed previously.

Baltimore Oriole Feeder
Hummingbird feeder
Hummingbird window feeder

Here is a poem I wrote several years ago about hummingbirds.

HUMMINGBIRD

by Janice Spina

It’s as delicate as a butterfly

And graceful as a lark.

Wings beating in a symphonic rhythm

As it maneuvers around each flower,

And dips its beak to draw out the sweet-smelling nectar.

I watch as it moves effortlessly.

Its iridescent wings rapidly beating

As it hovers like an acrobat in midair.

Its feathers glisten with color and reflect the sun’s rays.

Seeing this bird in its element is to experience pure wonder and joy.

One knows there is something greater out there

That made the glorious hummingbird!

Here are some exciting facts about these amazing little creatures. My source for info below is Wikipedia.

Hummingbirds are birds from the Americas that constitute the family Trochilidae. They are among the smallest birds, most species measuring 7.5-13 cm in length.

Lifespan: 3-5 years

Speed: 49 mps (Maximum, Diving)

My source for information below is defenders.org.

Hummingbirds are small, colorful birds with iridescent feathers. Their name comes from the fact that they flap their wings so fast (about 80 times per second) that they make a humming noise. They can fly right, left, up, down, backwards, and even upside down. They are also able to hover by flapping their wings in a figure-8 pattern. They have a specialized long and tapered bill that is used to obtain nectar from the center of long, tubular flowers. The hummingbird’s feet are used for perching only, and are not used for hopping or walking.

Hummingbirds primarily eat flower nectar, tree sap, insects and pollen.

Their fast breathing rate, fast heartbeat and high body temperature require that they eat often. They also require an enormous amount of food each day. They have a long tongue which they use to lick their food at a rate of up to 13 licks per second.

If you would like more information on these incredible birds, go to Wikipedia, defenders.org or other sites.

As soon as I see them I will share photos and the date they are spotted. In previous years they have arrived in the first week of May. We always put out the feeders early just in case they arrive sooner.

I hope wherever you live you will see these birds and share in the glory of their creation. They are wondrous to behold. My heart fills with joy at the sight of them.

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 them. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much! Happy Reading Everyone!

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

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

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

Jemsbooks.blog

Jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net

AMAZON.COM AUTHOR PAGE (All books)

AMAZON.COM JE SPINA NOVELS PAGE

AMAZON.CO.UK

BARNES & NOBLE

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Who Loves Baby Afghans? Afghans for Sale While They Last!

In between writing, blogging, reading, tap dancing and exercising on my treadmill, I crochet. I recently completed two baby afghans in white. I am now ready for another new baby to come into our extended family. I became a great aunt in January and will be again in a few months or so.

I like to predict what the gender will be in each birth. I have been correct so far. Here is the afghan, sweater and hat set I created for a new baby boy to my nephew and his lovely wife.

I also crocheted one for a baby girl which I predict will be the next one born. But, in case I am not correct, I have crocheted a white afghan with blue trim below.

I recently completed two blue sweaters to go with the set above. Just found out it will be a boy. Good think I planned ahead and made both pink and blue sets! Ha!

I bought too much yarn for the white afghan and had to make a second one. I have since made another white baby afghan. Here are the three that I will be selling. The other sets above are not for sale.

Baby afghans 38 x 35 approx.

The above white afghans are 38 x 35. The pattern I used calls for a 30 x 24 size afghan but I kept going and expanded it a little. By making this afghan larger it can be used by the child as he/she grows too as a lapghan. It is so soft and cuddly!

If anyone is interested in purchasing one, please let me know. Afghans like these are selling for up to $100 elsewhere. Please contact me at jjspina@comcast.net and put in the Subject Line – Baby Afghan.

The price for each one is $75.00 including S&H. These afghans are available for the USA only. Sorry. If I offered these items for other countries I would have to add a higher S&H fee.

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 them. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much! Happy Reading Everyone!

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

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

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

Jemsbooks.blog

Jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net

AMAZON.COM AUTHOR PAGE (All books)

AMAZON.COM JE SPINA NOVELS PAGE

AMAZON.CO.UK

BARNES & NOBLE

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Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series – Enjoyable Read for MG/PT/YA! A Wonderful Review to Share!

I was flipping through some of my older reviews of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series and came across this wonderful review. I had to share it with you again. If your children haven’t read any of this series, grab a copy of this first book and let them begin the fun adventures with the twins. They will love them as did this adult who wrote the review. Thank you, Hugh A, for this fabulous review!

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives: The Case of the Missing Cell Phone – Kindle edition by Spina, Janice, Spina, John. Children Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives: The Case of the Missing Cell PhoneHughA Sheer Delight Of A Read

August 11, 2016 Format : Kindle Edition | Verified Purchase Twin brothers, Davey & Derek, are up for an adventure. They want to become junior detectives and solve their first case. With the help of their friend Mickey, they soon have their first case to solve after overhearing a conversation their mother has on the phone.

It’s not long before the three boys are on the case to find a missing cell phone. However, the case is not going to be that easy to solve for the Fifth graders, given that the suspects are all in the Sixth grade at their school. When the police get involved, the whole school can talk about nothing else and the three junior detectives become even more determined to solve the case of the missing cell phone.

It’s been a long time since I read a book that has been written for children, but from the opening chapter I was engrossed in this story and could not put it down. Okay, it only took me two hours to read, but for the entire time I was willing on the main characters to quickly find the culprit(s) so they could be brought to justice.

The main characters are very likable and you can’t but want them to succeed in their first case as junior detectives. For me, the Author’s characters remind me of the works of the great Children’s Author, Enid Blyton. Even the villains are written in a way that you can not feel for them and, when you read the book, you’ll get exactly what I mean.

The story moves along at a fast pace and there’s nothing in it that will make the reader wonder if they’ve missed anything. Sure, there is a red-herring, but what’s an excellent detective mystery without the odd red herring thrown in? Given who the Author has written the book for, I firmly believe she’s done an excellent job. It’s a no wonder, then, that the book has already won an award.

I was delighted to hear that there is a second book in the series. Janice Spina is on to a real winner here and I can only see that Davey & Derek are going to become characters that children of all ages are going to love. Now, if only she could introduce a pet dog into the stories like Enid Blyton did with The Famous Five and The Secret Seven, then I think the character selection would be complete.

If you’re looking for a book that has the very real prospects of becoming a great series of stories for Junior School children, then look no further than this book. View this book’s reviews on Amazon

Wow! This was a great review! If I hadn’t written this book myself I would have bought it right away! Ha! I hope you feel that way too and will grab a copy on Amazon or Barnes & Noble today. There are six books in all in this fun adventure series that your kids will love. They include important life lessons about being kind to others, friends and family are important and differences should be accepted, and love one another. Each book is a stand alone story with the same characters and some others thrown in from time to time. Now is the time to stock up on summer reading for our kids. Happy Reading! Thank you so much for your support!

Here are all six books on Amazon. Let the adventures begin for your children! I would love to hear from you if they enjoyed them. I feature book reviews from readers/fans on my blog like above. If your children would like to see their review here, send me the link to it on Amazon or Barnes & Noble by email at jjspina@comcast.net and I will be happy to share it. I will send along a Jemsbooks bookmark to you for your children in appreciation. (Of course, you would have to supply your address. I will not share it with anyone. I will destroy the email with it afterward.)

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives (6 book series) Kindle Edition (amazon.com)

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Books 1-6

This series was written for my two middle grandsons when they were just 9 and 11. They are now strapping teenagers. They loved these books and have done book reviews for school from them. I hope you boys or girls will love them too.

Hop over today to Amazon or Barnes & Noble or click on the covers to the right of this post of the books you choose to purchase and let your MG/PT/YA begin adventures that will lift their spirits, make their hearts soar and spark their imagination! Give gifts of books today and you will give them more than just a book, you will give them wings to fly!

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 them. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much! Happy Reading Everyone!

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

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

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

Jemsbooks.blog

Jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net

AMAZON.COM AUTHOR PAGE (All books)

AMAZON.COM JE SPINA NOVELS PAGE

AMAZON.CO.UK

BARNES & NOBLE

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Books Read in March 2021!

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 March of 2021. Here are the 6 books I read and reviewed for March. I might have read even more if I didn’t have another WIP. But, I always seemed to have a WIP! I hope you enjoy reading these reviews.

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. Thank you for your kind support of my work and my fellow authors.

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 of me and my books and for supporting my fellow authors too.

Malice is a psychological thriller that kept me on the end of my seat. The main protagonist, Dr. Daniel Winters, is on top of the world with a great job, earning multi-figures and living well. Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? You are right!

When Daniel meets a gorgeous woman who appears to be into him he falls hard and marries her even though his conscience is strongly telling him ‘NO’. What transpires in this story is surprising to say the least. Daniel realizes not everything in is once perfect life is now perfect, in fact, he is free falling from the top of the ladder to the bottom and fast.

There are many twists and lots of turns in this book that will keep you riveted as I was. Grab your copy today. Jennifer Jaynes is a new author to me that I will be watching closely and reading more.

Grave Descend wasn’t Michael Crichton’s best. It started off okay but then it sputtered and sank along with the ship in the story.

Some of it was reminiscent of a James Bond flick that didn’t do well. The word ‘very’ was used ‘very’ frequently and sometimes twice in a row.

I did find myself squirming a little when the main character, James McGregor, was in the water with the sharks and another time with alligators. These parts were somewhat redeeming.

It was a short read but couldn’t end fast enough for me. The ending was somewhat satisfying but did not enable me to give this four stars.

Don’t Make a Sound is a thriller that will grip you and hold on tight until the explosive ending. There is so much happening in this story that I found myself gasping as I held my breath. I thought a few times that it had ended but no – it kept going on and on! So many possible suspects that my head was spinning. I couldn’t figure it out until the ending knocked me over.

The main characters, three sisters, have endured a horrendous upbringing with abuse by their uncle. Their parents were unfeeling and callous about caring for their daughters. Now that the sisters are grown and trying to make lives for themselves in spite of their traumatic childhood, unforgettable memories keep surfacing that may destroy them.

Be warned: This is a story that should not be read by anyone who has been abused. It is a traumatic and gut wrenching read with violence and language that is not for everyone. In spite of all that I feel compelled to read the next two books in the series.

Death in a Red Canvas Chair is Book 1 of a series of mysteries with Rhe Brewster, an ER nurse who has a penchant for solving mysteries and is always in the midst of murder. So begins this series with a strong and fearless woman who works with her brother-in-law, Sam Brewster, who is the sheriff in Pequot, a coastal town of Maine.

Rhe is not afraid of digging deep into solving mysteries which is anything but what her husband wants her to do. Will is a college professor who is forever fearful of losing his wife when she goes off on another tangent to solve a case.

The author has a strong background in anatomy and sailing as is displayed in the descriptive scenes in the story. This gives the mystery a more polished and professional appeal.

A perfect beginning to this murder mystery series that will keep you turning pages. Highly recommend! I will be downloading the next two books in this series soon to visit with Rhe Brewster to see what she is up to once again.

To Die in Vienna was a quick read with the main character on the run throughout the story. It took a while to get into the book and then it dragged a little in spots. Freddie Makin, a spy for hire, is on the run but from what and who?

Even though the story is based in Vienna the author told nothing about the area and what drew Freddie there. There are a lot of characters that come and go throughout but little is told about them for they were either killed off or run away.

The ending did ratchet up the suspense and was a satisfying conclusion to this story. I would be interested in seeing the movie when it comes out. Maybe it will have more action and suspense.

The author has created an unforgettable short story that tugs at the heartstrings and leaves the reader wanting more. A short but wonderful story that will stay with this reader for a long time.

When the main character, Grace Freeman, discovers a letter from her long-lost mother in an old desk the past is brought to light along with heartache, angst, loss and sorrow. Will Grace and her brothers be able to forgive their mother for leaving them when they were so young? Will this letter bring the family together or pull them irreparably apart?

The characters are real and believable. The interchange with the siblings is comical but also sad at times because of the loss they have felt. The story is beautifully told through their emotions and actions.

I highly recommend this lovely story! Congratulations to Jacquie Biggar for another beautiful creation!

I hope you will check out all these wonderful books on Amazon today. They are all enjoyable and worthwhile reads. Happy reading, readers!

I am always thrilled to receive a review of any of my books as are all authors. Reviews are what authors live for when they write. It’s important to receive as many reviews as possible in order to be recognized by Amazon and readers. Thank you, readers and reviewers, for helping to get my books recognized so others will want to read and review them also.

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 them. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much! Happy Reading Everyone!

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

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

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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Happy Easter and Passover!

This year – 2021 – is still somewhat cloistered for many of us. My family will not be gathering yet for large dinners such as Easter. We are still in the process of receiving our herd immunity. My husband and I have had both vaccines at this point. Now we wait until the rest of the family can catch up to us.

Here is a poem I wrote in 2013 about spring that I wanted to share today. We are in the early stages of spring here in New England.

Spring

What does spring mean to me?
It is an awakening of nature to be all that it can  be.

The ground lays dormant all through the winter weather so cold
while down under the ground grows the roots of new grass, we are told.

At the first sign of warm weather the crocuses will pop through opening their faces to the bright sun and sky so blue.
The trees will soon send out their lifeblood from their roots
and before our very eyes can detect new buds will then shoot.
Soon the birds and bees have arrived                                                       
to explore after a cold winter that they somehow survived.

There is a flutter of activity from every hole in the ground
as the chipmunks and groundhogs and other rodents stick their heads out for a look around.

It makes me feel alive once again and know that it is time, my friends
for cleaning and carting away
all the things that clutter the house and the yard this fine spring day.

Just as nature prepares ahead for the mild weather days,
we should get ready to give thanks for yet another lovely spring
God has sent our way.

May your Easter be filled with love and joy.

May you have family and friends closer than before.

May you enjoy the warmer weather, the birds who are now here, the sky so blue and clear, greening up of the trees and grass all around as the spring warmth heats up the ground.

Stay safe and well and may God bless you and yours.

Have a wonderful Easter, my friends!

Please excuse my shameful promotions. I had to share these beautiful promos from AllAuthor.com. They do a wonderful job of creating colorful promos for all occasions. I hope you love them as much as I do. Happy Reading!

If you are looking for some books for your kids to enjoy this Easter or for any occasion, please check out Jemsbooks on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on the book covers to the right of this post.

Jemsbooks Children’s books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

MG/PT/YA books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Novels for 18+ books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble and also by clicking on covers to the right of this post.

Please consider giving books to all the children on your list for all occasions. There is nothing better than to see a child’s eyes light up when you give him/her a book – even more so when you read the book to them. You are giving them so much more than you could ever imagine, e.g., you spark their imagination, heighten their creativity, lift their spirits, increase their vocabulary, open up a whole new world to them, and encourage them to love reading. The gift of a book is worth more than gold to our children, grandchildren. Keep reading and gifting books to children. Let’s bring up a generation of readers and thinkers. Thank you for your support!

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 them. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much! Happy Reading Everyone!

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

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

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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Jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net

AMAZON.COM AUTHOR PAGE (All books)

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BARNES & NOBLE

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

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

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

Jemsbooks.blog

Jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net

AMAZON.COM AUTHOR PAGE (All books)

AMAZON.COM JE SPINA NOVELS PAGE

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Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Books 1-4 Winners of Series for Children – Book Marketing Global Network!

Thank you, Theodocia McLean, for choosing my series, Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Books 1-4 as the winner of a series for children on Bookmarketingglobalnetwork.com!

Here is the link below to my page and awards:

https://bookmarketingglobalnetwork.com/global-authors-directory/janice-j-e-spinas-books/

BMGN – Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Books 1-4 – Winners of Children Series
Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Books 1-4
Book Marketing Global Network – Janice Spina Page

Book Marketing Global Network is a great place to list your books for promotion! Check it out today! Theodocia does a fabulous job of promotions for your book and you can even enter contests there like this one above. She has many sites where she features your book for extra visibility.

If you haven’t read any of this dragon series yet, there are seven dragons in all that your children will meet. Each dragon teaches your children about important life lessons – the importance of friendship, being kind to others, accepting differences, helping others in need and all colors are beautiful.

Jemsbooks Children’s books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

This magical series is new for kids PS-Grade 3! There are six books in the series with a different dragon introduced in each book plus Drystan – the star of the series. There will be seven dragons in all.

It is a fun educational series for children to learn letters, colors and good behavior, friendship, respect and kindness toward others. Check it out today! Your children will love the rhyming and descriptions of each dragon. There is a poem that introduces a new dragon to each book. All dragons’ names begin with the letter ‘D’ and their colors will be in brilliant shades of blue, green, red, purple, pink, orange and brown. A fun series for kids to enjoy and learn at the same time. This series will keep them occupied and happy during this Pandemic and beyond. Children will be reading these books and they will become their favorite books at bedtime and any time.

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 consider giving books to all the children on your list for all occasions. There is nothing better than to see a child’s eyes light up when you give him/her a book – even more so when you read the book to them. You are giving them so much more than you could ever imagine, e.g., you spark their imagination, heighten their creativity, lift their spirits, increase their vocabulary, open up a whole new world to them, and encourage them to love reading. The gift of a book is worth more than gold to our children, grandchildren. Keep reading and gifting books to children. Let’s bring up a generation of readers and thinkers. Thank you for your support!

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 them. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much! Happy Reading Everyone!

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

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

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

Jemsbooks.blog

Jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net

AMAZON.COM AUTHOR PAGE (All books)

AMAZON.COM JE SPINA NOVELS PAGE

AMAZON.CO.UK

BARNES & NOBLE

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