#BookLaunch – Tales from the Irish Garden by Sally Cronin…..

I am thrilled to share the news of my friend, Sally Cronin’s, new book, Tales from the Irish Garden. Check it out below and pick up your copy today. It would make a perfect Christmas gift for those special people on your list. Happy reading! 🤗 xx

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – St. Kitts, Mother Sauces, Family Drama, Music, Short Stories and Humour

Honored to be included in this fabulous week of posts on Sally Cronin’s fantastic blog! Please check out all these wonderful posts for captivating reading and the hilarious videos of dogs and a talking parrot. A real treat is the video of handsome, sexy Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing! Sigh! Enjoy! Hugs to you Sal! Xx

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Twin Lakes Civitan – Helping Special Needs Children to Read!

TWIN LAKES CIVITANHELPING SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN TO READ! BOOKS NEEDED!

I have blogged in the past about this admirable organization, Twin Lakes Civitan, that helps special needs children of all ages to read by collecting books from authors. Read previous posts, here, here and here.

Here is an email I recently received from them.

I just wanted to touch base with you. Our club still collects books through out the year to pack in a book bag and give out to Special Needs children in our area schools. At this point, we give to the following schools: Cotter, Norfork, Calico Rock, Mountain Home, Flippin, and Yellville-Summit schools here in northern Arkansas.  We may add a christian academy this year. We filled approx. 180 book bags last year. The kids and the teachers love the project. It is accually one of our favorite projects.
The books you have sent to us in the past were wonderful and most appreciated. We were wondering if you would be interested in helping us again this year.
Our address is still Twin Lakes Civitan P.O. Box 1613 Mountain Home, AR 72654. Again, thank you very much.
Regards,
Twin Lakes Civitan

If you have helped in the past or would like to help now please contact them at their address above and send along your books to encourage children of all ages to read. Thank you!

My fellow authors, this is one way to get your books into the hands of children. Isn’t that one of the reasons we write – for children to read and enjoy our books? Please spread some joy through reading!

Please help Twin Lakes Civitan enable special needs children to learn how important reading is to their development. Thank you for anything you can do to help these children.

Thank you so much for stopping by and for your continued support.

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR ALL YEAR THROUGH WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM! HAPPY READING!

Reading is good for your health. Start reading today and get healthier.

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update #Reviews – Janice Spina, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne and John Quinn

Thank you, Sally Cronin, for featuring my book, Abby & Holly Book 1 School Dance, on this lovely post with these two talented authors. I appreciate your kind support. 🤗

While you are at Sally’s fabulous blog, check out all the wonderful books she has and her fellow authors. There is something for everyone. Happy Reading!

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Some Unusual Things to Share!


On one of my recent walks with my husband, I noticed some unusual mushrooms. I started snapping photos of them to share on my blog. Of course, my husband thinks I am out of my mind because I take photos of everything! Sigh!

Well, if you are a blogger, you probably do the same thing. You will understand the reasoning behind this craziness. For those who don’t blog, the reason is – it is cheaper and safer to use your own photos rather than purchase them online or take them from a “free” site which turns out to be NOT FREE!

So here are my own photos which I copyright for my own use. See if you can identify each one of these fungi.

These last two mushroom above were from my yard between two Rose of Sharon bushes. They are bulbous, large and look mushy. I didn’t want to touch them for that reason. Yuck!

I don’t know much about mushrooms. All I know is there are many varieties of fungi.

Here is what I found on Wikipedia.

A mushroom, or toadstool, is the fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus, typically produced above ground on soil or on its foodsource.

The standard for the name “mushroom” is the cultivated white button mushroom, Agaricus bisporus; hence the word “mushroom” is most often applied to those fungi (Basidiomycota, Agaricomycetes) that have a stem (stipe), a cap (pileus), and gills (lamellae, sing. lamella) on the underside of the cap. “Mushroom” also describes a variety of other gilled fungi

Medicinal properties

Some mushrooms are used or studied as possible treatments for diseases, particularly their extracts, including polysaccharides, glycoproteins and proteoglycans.[39] In some countries, extracts of polysaccharide-K, schizophyllan, polysaccharide peptide, or lentinan are government-registered adjuvant cancer therapies,[40][41] even though clinical evidence of efficacy in humans has not been confirmed.[42]Historically in traditional Chinese medicine, mushrooms are believed to have medicinal value,[43]although there is no evidence for such uses.

Other uses

Mushrooms can be used for dyeing wool and other natural fibers. The chromophores of mushroom dyesare organic compounds and produce strong and vivid colors, and all colors of the spectrum can be achieved with mushroom dyes. Before the invention of synthetic dyes, mushrooms were the source of many textile dyes.[44]Some fungi, types of polypores loosely called mushrooms, have been used as fire starters (known as tinder fungi).

Mushrooms and other fungi play a role in the development of new biological remediation techniques (e.g., using mycorrhizae to spur plant growth) and filtration technologies (e.g. using fungi to lower bacterial levels in contaminated water).[45]If you would like to know more about fungi, please go online to Wikipedia or other sources. They have many purposes and have been around longer than us.

Please do not pick mushrooms for consumption unless you know they are edible. There are some fungi that are poisonous. I play it safe and buy all my mushrooms from the supermarket. I love all kinds of mushrooms but usually eat button or white and portobello. I like to stuff my portobello (large) with an easy, delicious stuffing.

Here is my recipe: STUFFED PORTOBELLO MUSHROOMS

4 large portobello mushrooms (Separate stems from mushrooms and chop)

20 – 25 Ritz crackers whole wheat

4 – 6 TBS butter

1/4 C finely chopped onion

garlic powder (few dashes or more)

dash or two of crushed red pepper (more if you like spicy)

1/4 C chopped crabmeat (frozen imitation) or fresh real crabmeat

1/4 C water

1. Saute chopped onion and chopped stems in butter until translucent

2. Add frozen chopped crabmeat, sauté until defrosted

3. Add seasonings to crab and onions while sautéing, and combine well.

4. Take off of heat and set aside.

5. Crush crackers in medium bowl.

6. Add crab mixture to crackers and add a little water at a time until desired thickness is reached.

7. If the mixture is still dry add a little more water and melted butter and combine well. If it is too mushy add more crackers.

8. Using a tablespoon fill cleaned mushroom caps with mixture.

9. Bake covered in foil in 375 degree oven for 35-40 minutes until mushrooms are tender. Last five minutes take off foil and allow stuffing to lightly brown.

Enjoy! I hope you get to try these stuffed mushrooms. I made up the recipe and each time I bring them to someone’s house I am asked for the recipe. Please share your thoughts, if you like them or not.

Thank you for stopping by to read about this post. Please come back again. You never know what I am going to write about next.

I wish I had a mushroom book to share with you but, alas, I haven’t written one. But please check out my middle-grade books, Abby & Holly, and Davey & Derek, for fun ghost stories, magic, mysteries and adventures that your children will love just in time for Halloween!

All my books are available on http://Jemsbooks.com or by clicking the covers on the right of this post.

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING!

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Blessings & Hugs,

Janice 

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Cover Reveal of New Jemsbook!

COVER REVEAL OF NEW JEMSBOOK!

I am excited to announce that my fifth book this year is now on Kindle for purchase.

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ABBY & HOLLY SERIES BOOK 2: UNFORTUNATE EVENTS IS NOW HERE!

AMAZON KINDLE

Coming soon to Amazon Paperback.

Coming soon to Barnes & Noble.

Blurb:

Abby & Holly are cousins who are more like sisters. They like to do 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 & Derek Donato, from their own series, pop in to support Holly and bring some fun and comical relief to the story.

I have had an enjoyable time writing this series for girls. It felt as if I were back in time as a young again. This series began when one of my fans requested that I write a series for girls like the one I did for boys, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives. When I wrote Book 5 of the Davey & Derek Series I introduced Abby and Holly and from there the girls got their own series. My hope is that girls and boys will enjoy both series since the four characters cross over into each other’s ’ series from time to time.

If you haven’t read Abby & Holly Book 1, School Dance yet, you can purchase a copy on Amazon or Barnes & Noble or click on covers on the right of this post, or go to http://Jemsbooks.com. Book 1 deals with the sensitive subject of bullying.


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Blurb:

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.

All Jemsbooks for children and MG/PT/YA encourage children of all ages to show respect to one another, parents and elders, value friendship, take a stand against bullying, believe in oneself, be kind to others and accept differences. If you want your children to learn these life lessons, then Jemsbooks are the books for them. Children will have fun reading about these magical adventures.

Thank you so much for stopping by and for your continued support. Feel free to share my news! Word of mouth is the best way to spread the news! Thank you so much!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR ALL YEAR THROUGH WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM! HAPPY READING!

Reading is good for your health. Start reading and get healthier today.

Please leave some love for authors by reviewing their books wherever you purchased them. We authors will love you back!

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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Autumn is on its Colorful Way!

AUTUMN IS ON ITS COLORFUL WAY!

Autumn welcome

Autumn or fall is my favorite time of year. Each fall I love to take long walks and snap photos of all the beauty around me. I will share some of the gorgeous colors and scenery that I have seen on my latest walks.

Fall is the time that we start to think of putting away all our summer furniture, close up the pools (I don’t have one but wish I did), clean the yards, and think about what else we need to do in this glorious weather ahead before the winter sets in.

This is the time to go apple or pumpkin picking, make delicious desserts, pies, crisps, apple cider, donuts and whatever we can to use up all the apples from the picking we did.

Apple Pie.pngSoon Halloween will be here with all the ghosts, goblins, and things that go bump into the night. I enjoy decorating inside and outside the house to give it a fall festive feel. Say that three times fast!

Happy fall! Happy Halloween everyone! Stay safe, warm and have fun. Please be careful when you go Trick or Treating – wear reflective clothing or stripes on your costumes so cars will be able to see you. Always let parents check over all goodies in your bags before you eat anything, just to be safe. Only go to houses where you know the people.

Hope you have a lovely day wherever you live.

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. Please come back again real soon.

If you are looking for books with ghosts for your little goblins to read, please check out Jemsbooks.com – Abby & Holly Book 1 School Dance and  Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Books 15 for magical adventures with ghosts, magic and fun. Click on titles above or on your right to the covers for purchase.

All Jemsbooks Available on  AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR ALL YEAR THROUGH WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM! HAPPY READING

READING IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH! START READING AND GET HEALTHIER TODAY!

Please leave some love for authors by reviewing their books wherever you purchased them. We authors will love you back!

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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The Second Person Point Of View Can Captivate Your Readers – by Derek Haines…

Are you confused about POV and when to use first, second or third person in your writing? Read this excellent article by Derek Haines.

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Why do Book Reviews?

WHY DO BOOK REVIEWS?

First, let’s define exactly what a book review is. By the dictionary app that I have on my iPad, a Book Review is a critical description, evaluation, or analysis of a book, especially one published in a newspaper or magazine. I must add also as published on a book site such as Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, etc.

I like to think of Book Reviews as windows to our books through which readers get a glimpse of what is inside. Some reviews are clearer than others and paint a picture that shines through enabling readers to see more. Other reviews are foggy and don’t create a clear view of the content for the reader. Whichever reviews authors receive we are grateful for each and every one.

Now back to my original question: Why Do Book Reviews?

I can’t answer for everyone but here is why I do book reviews.

1. I like to create a clear window for the author and readers to the books that I review.

2. I want authors to know how I felt about their books.

3. It is my way to thank the authors for the quality of their books.

4. It is my way to let the author know if I did not especially enjoy their book and why. (I never give less than 3 stars publicly. If I can’t review a book and give it at least 3 stars then I don’t review it and write to the author and let them know why privately.)

5. I enjoy writing reviews.

6. I know why reviews are important – to get readers to look at your books and let Amazon know that your books are worthy of their attention. (The more reviews we, as authors, receive for our books the more we will get noticed by Amazon.)

7. I love to express my thoughts and share them with other readers.

8. I want to support my fellow authors.

9. I am in the top 10% on Goodreads as a reviewer and now want to be in the top 1%. LOL!

10. It’s fun to do and gets me more free books than I can read in a lifetime.

Do you do book reviews? Why? Write to me and let me know why you do them. If you don’t, why not?

I, personally, LOVE to receive reviews on Amazon, Goodreads and Barnes & Noble or anywhere else you purchase my books! I appreciate your support. When you do a review, you show some love for authors! We love you back for each one you do! Thank you for your readership!

My books can be found at the links below waiting patiently and anxiously for your reviews.

AMAZON

BARNES & NOBLE

GOODREADS

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. I hope you are in the group that does reviews. They are extremely important for all authors. They make us authors relevant. Thank you for your help in making us relevant.

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR ALL YEAR THROUGH WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM! HAPPY READING!

READING IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH! Get Reading and Get Healthy today!

Blessings & hugs,

Janice

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Interview with Authors HL Carpenter!

Please help me welcome, Helen and Lorri Carpenter, to Jemsbooks Blog Segment, Interview an Author.

HL Carpenter

HL Carpenter  (Helen and Lorri)

Thank you for coming today, Helen and Lorri.

Hello, Janice! So happy to meet you! Thanks for the opportunity to guest on your blog!

And hello, readers! We’re delighted you’re here!

Please tell us something about yourself.

We’re HL Carpenter, a mother/daughter author duo. We write from our studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like our stories, is unreal but not untrue. Our books are family-friendly and suitable for ten-year-olds as well as kidults of all ages.

jjspina: It’s so wonderful that you work together to create your stories. I look forward to perusing your links and book. 

How do you come up with ideas for your stories?

Ideas shimmer in the air here in Carpenter Country. Sometimes we’re quick enough to capture them. Sometimes we buy them wholesale at the Land of What-if Idea Store. And sometimes we have to resort to more mundane tactics.

For example, the idea for The Ghost in The Gardens, our latest middle-grade mystery, sprouted when we read an article about a small botanical garden and a woman who spent her entire working career cataloguing the plants in that single garden. Her dedication was inspiring, and we were awed by the variety of plant life in such a small area and how difficult finding a particular plant is.

jjspina: This books sounds fascinating to me as a plant lover.

What projects are you currently working on?

In terms of writing work-in-process, we have a new cozy mystery ready for release and another in the draft stage; we completed the first draft of a themed collection of short stories and are letting the manuscript cool off, and we’re in the revision stage of a collection of contemporary satire. We also have a couple of completed cozies for adult readers that we’re thinking of publishing as a series, along with novellas featuring the same characters.

jjspina: Sounds like you have many projects in different stages.

What hobbies do you have when you are not writing?

Word games! Puzzles, board games, search-and-find, quizzes, crosswords, and television word-game shows.

We also love to read, and we enjoy the outdoors. We garden, bird-watch, walk, and journal the activities of the wildlife in Carpenter Country.

jjspina. You certainly have a lot to keep you busy. The puzzles must help you work out your mysteries in a methodical way.

Please share your links and where to purchase your books.

The central hub for all Carpenter Country adventures is HLCarpenter.com, where you’ll find links to our social media and author pages, free reads, audio excerpts, reader’s guides, and photo-essay updates of the latest happenings in our neck of the human experience.

Our books are available everywhere fine literature is sold. Oh, yes, and they are also on Amazon. 🙂

Thank you again for this opportunity, Janice. And thank you, readers, for reading along with us!

jjspina: It was my pleasure to have you both on my blog today. I wish you both much success with your books. Please feel free to come back again when you have a new book to share now that you are part of the Jemsbooks Blog family.

About HL Carpenter

Mother/daughter author duo HL Carpenter write family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, they enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit HLCarpenter.com to enjoy gift reads and excerpts and to find out what’s happening in Carpenter Country.

HL Carpenter Amazon Link

Amazon Author Page

 HL Carpenter Book Cover

https://www.hlcarpenter.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/hlcarpenter

https://plus.google.com/102212877836673370583

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5820921.H_L_Carpenter

https://www.amazon.com/HL-Carpenter/e/B007SHS9LA

Thank you, readers, for stopping by to read about these two talented authors. Please peruse their links and check out their intriguing book. I appreciate your support of my blog and all my lovely guests.

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING!

Reading is good for your health. Get reading and get healthy today!

Please leave some love for authors by reviewing their books wherever they are purchased. We authors will love you back! Thank you!

Blessings & Hugs,

Janice

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