Enjoying Summer Yet?


One of my favorite flowers – Roses!

I wanted to to take a few moments to stop and smell the roses that are blooming in my yard and share them and other flowers with you. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.


I have been so busy working on my newest book, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Book 2 – The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat that I haven’t had time to enjoy all the beauty around that summer has to offer. I have also neglected my online promotions and social media, for all that I apologize. Once I complete book 2 I will have a little time to get back to promoting and media stuff before I begin editing another novel. It isn’t easy being a writer with all the stories going around in my head. I don’t want to ignore them for they may disappear for good. Thanks for bearing with me and waiting for me to get back to blogging.

Summer goes by so quickly with all the parties, cookouts and celebrations that it feels like a whirlwind. I have been fortunate to have my favorite meal a few times this summer – lobster and clams, a good old New England Clambake, as you can see from this dish!  Yum!


In between I am trying to enjoy the beautiful weather before it disappears all too soon.  I hope you are having a fun summer too. Don’t forget to spend time reading yourself and to your children!

Remember: Reading Gives You Wings to Fly!

I will let you know when book 2 is out. It is a middle grade book with lots of surprises, magic and mystery that will keep your children enthralled! I am having a wonderful time writing it and look forward to writing more books in this series. But in the meantime check out Book 1, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives – The Case of the Missing Cell Phone on Amazon BN.com and Create Space to get into the characters. Book 1 has received five 5-star reviews on Amazon.

All Jemsbooks carry life lessons and help to reinforce good behavior in children of all ages. This series will be doing just that too by showing kindness between siblings, polite behavior with others and discouraging bullying of others.

Thank you you so much for stopping by. It is always a pleasure to see you!




About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 37 books: 18 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, one young adult book, written under Janice Spina, and 5 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 28 Book Awards and a few Finalists in contests. AWARDS: 4 MOM'S CHOICE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Lamby the Lonely Lamby, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon, Louey the Lazy Elephant, Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear 11 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Books 1, 2, 3, 5, & 6. Abby & Holly Series, Books 1-6 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 READERS’ FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS - 5-STAR REVIEW - Davey & Derek Book 4 All Janice's books are available on Amazon.com, 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 book 1 of a YA fantasy series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. 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 http://jemsbooks.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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15 Responses to Enjoying Summer Yet?

  1. Deanie Humphrys-Dunne says:

    The pictures are beautiful, Janice. Glad you’re taking time to enjoy the summer.:)

  2. OMG, summer? I would love to have summer. it’s freezing here still, and now it’s raining, no sun, it’s not getting warmer today. summer please come and warm me up

  3. noelleg44 says:

    Enjoy your clambake! One of my favorite treats when I was a kid, and looking forward to some this summer.

  4. Chris White says:

    We are now following each other. Perfect. Good to know you. Good luck with all the wonderful books.

  5. Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures from your home, Janice! I could smell the roses as soon as I saw that one. I’m glad you are having a great summer. Keep up the good work on your book! Hugs. 🙂

  6. Beautiful photos of all of your flowers Janice. Glad you are taking time to stop and enjoy life in the middle of all of the busy times you are having. Looking forward to seeing your new book. Have a great summer.

  7. olganm says:

    Beautiful flowers and the clambake looks delicious. Keep me posted on your new book. I’d love to share it in my blog. Have a lovely week!

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