Introduction and Updates – Book Review – JZ Bingham

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For anyone who is just checking out my blog, let me introduce myself.  My name is Janice Spina and I am an aspiring writer of poetry, children’s books and young adult and other novels.  I have been writing since I was a young child.  I was also on my high school newspaper as a writer of poetry.

Something else you might notice is that I  love roses!  I will add some to each of my blogs.  They add a little beauty – nothing wrong with that.

I have not yet published my children’s books or novels but I did have a poem published in the Lawrence Eagle Tribune Newspaper in October of 2008.  This blog was started to introduce my writing to the public.

I have written several children’s books, two of which my husband has illustrated. I sent out one book, Louey the Lazy Elephant, to two publishers recently.  I’m trying to keep positive about the feedback.  There are so many talented writers out there and they are all trying to do the same thing – get published and get known.   My other book, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon, is ready to go to publishing too.  I am working on sending it out within the week as soon as I find the appropriate fit in a publisher.  I think that is very important to know who to send your work to.  Each publisher is looking for a particular genre and you need to make a good match and hope they like your work.

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I am  actively working on my murder mystery, Mariah, cover illustrated by my husband.  He did a beautiful painting for the cover.  I am going to publish this novel through Smashwords as soon as I can finish the editing.  Editing is a slow process and takes almost as long as writing the story.  I am finding this out by trial and error.  I have three other novels that are also in need of editing.  As you can see I have my work cut out for me!

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My blog will cover my updates on my progress as I go from aspiring writer to published author.  I will put in excerpts from my poetry and books from time to time. Here is the first page of Louey.

I also have done book reviews of other authors’ books.  I think we writers have to stick together and help each other along our road to success.  I am always available to help any fellow writer who asks.

Here is my latest book review:


I just finished reading a beautifully illustrated and well written children’s book by JZ Bingham, Dreamy Drums Trouble in Paradise.   I thoroughly enjoyed the rhythmic verse and clever illustrations in this book.  Preschool and school aged children will love this colorful and fun story. The characters are well defined and capture the heart of the reader from the first page.  The story is built around the main character, Sammy, a white puppy, his sister Kat, who is a cat, and their friends, a squirrel and a worm.  This story will keep children actively engaged and captivated as they follow the adventures of these adorable characters.  I felt like a child as I read each page and became completed engaged and concerned about the outcome of the story.  This is the first book in the series of adventures of the Salty Splashes Collection.   I give this book 5 STARS out of 5 – EXCELLENT book!  Well done, JZ!!

Check out JZ’s  amazing website for more fascinating adventures by this talented author at JZBingham.



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About jjspina

Janice is an award-winning author with 32 books: 16 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen/young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 3 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 25 Book Awards and a few Finalists in contests. AWARDS: 2 MOM'S CHOICE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Lamby the Lonely Lamby, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon 9 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Books 1, 2, 3, 5, & 6. Abby & Holly Series, Books 1-4 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION - Davey & Derek Book 1, READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, Book 3 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - BRONZE MEDAL - Abby & Holly Book 1 READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION — Abby & Holly Book 2 READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 5 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 Authorsdb Cover Contest Silver Medal - Davey & Derek Book 5 FINALISTS: Authorsdb First Lines Contest, - Hunting Mariah and Mariah's Revenge were Finalists Red City Review Awards - Finalist - Davey & Derek Book 4 and received a 5-Star Review from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. READERS’ FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS - 5-STAR REVIEW - Davey & Derek Book 4 All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on a novel and Book 4 of Drystan the Dragon series for young children. An historical novel and a YA fantasy series will be coming in 2021 and beyond along with more children's books and novels for 18+. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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4 Responses to Introduction and Updates – Book Review – JZ Bingham

  1. jzbingham says:

    Janice, thank you so much for your review! I believe I accomplished my goal: To bring out the little kid in you. 🙂 JZB

  2. inspire1life says:

    Janice, thank you for visiting and following my blog. I look forward to perusing yours as well. Wishing you much success with your books.

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