Year 2017 in Review! Happy New Year to all in 2018!

This is my second Newsletter for 2017. This is my 2017 year in review.  

This newsletter is my way of keeping you in the loop of new books and happenings with Jemsbooks.

There have been some new additions and surprises to the Jemsbooks family since the last newsletter in July of 2017.


Broose the Moose on the Loose (children’s book) won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in August of 2017.

Broose Cover

This was an exciting time for Jemsbooks to add another award to bring the total to eight.

Broose is about a lonely and sad moose who has no friends because he is different.

He is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble and other online stores.

Broose teaches children to accept others and to treat them with respect and kindness.


My husband, John, is responsible for creating such colorful and eye-catching illustrations and covers. I am blessed to have such a talented husband and he works cheaply. LOL!



All Jemsbooks carry life lessons –respect elders, respect each other, be kind and caring, listen to parents, elders, support anti-bullying, love one another, be patient, friends matter.



In November of 2017 Book 5, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost, won a Silver Medal in Authorsdb Cover Contest. Kudos to John for the beautiful cover! (Award total – 9)

This series has earned six awards alone (3 Pinnacle Book Awards, 2 Reader’s Favorite-HM & Silver Medal, 1 Authorsdb Silver Medal – Cover Contest)



I celebrated five years blogging on WordPress! I celebrated by giving away two copies of my first novel, Hunting Mariah, to one winner in Canada and the other in the UK.


Congratulations to them both!

My husband, John, created a new cover for this novel. Here it is. The model is my lovely niece who was gracious enough to lend her beautiful face to the cover.

HuntingMarahCover6 jpg

The original cover is not available online anymore. But I do have some copies left in my inventory if anyone would like to purchase one for $15.00 plus S&H.



I ran a Goodreads Giveaway from 11/20/17 to 12/20/17 and gave away three autographed copies of Book 4, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog.

Congratulations to the three winners from USA!

My current project is a new children’s book illustrated by John Spina about a Hermit Crab named Clarence Henry. It will have some special photos in the back showing Clarence Henry in action. Watch for a cover reveal coming soon!

Watch for this new book in January 2018!

John created a bookmark that I have been sharing around and give to anyone who orders books directly from me. Here is the two-sided colorful bookmark with children’s books on one side and middle-grade and 18+ books on the other.

If you would like to purchase books from me and receive a bookmark for each book, contact me at

Prices for 2018:

Children’s books are $12.00 + S&H

MG/PT/YA are $15.00 + S&H

18+ Books are $18.00 + S&H

Another project I am working on is a sequel to my first novel, Hunting Mariah. The sequel will pick up where the first one left off.

Watch for this sequel in January 2018 also.

Other new books coming in 2018 are:

Book 6 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives

Book 1 & 2 of a mystery series for middle-grade/preteen/YA girls

A children’s book about a dog

Book 1-4 of Young Adult fantasy series in 2018 & 2019 & beyond!

There are always more stories running around in my head so there could be more!

PUBLICATIONS in 2017: 3 plus a new edition of first novel (goal was 5)

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, Book 5, The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost

Colby the Courageous Cat

Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe

Hunting Mariah (new edition and cover)

Sequel to Mariah coming in January of 2018

New Children’s book – Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab coming in January of 2018!


New mystery series for girls  Books 1 & 2 (middle-grade/preteen/YA)

YA Fantasy Series Book 1

Book 6 of Davey & Derek Junior Detective Series

Another new children’s book

BOOKS READ AND REVIEWED ON GOODREADS FOR 2017:  103 out of 110 (Goal not met! Sigh!) I just may read another book before January 1, 2018!


Visit my Website:

On my website you will find all my books for purchase, other authors’ books, and reviews of my books, Copy Editing Service, and news of more books and giveaways.

Books can be purchased from Website by clicking on book titles under covers on right.



Visit my Blog:

On my blog I write about my books, publishing, give helpful advice to new authors, and support fellow authors with guest posts and interviews, and talk about my travels.

Books can be purchased on Blog by clicking on covers to the right.

All Jemsbooks can be purchased at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and my website. Some books are now available at, and other online stores.

Amazon Author Page: for all Jemsbooks

Barnes & Noble Page for children’s books:

Barnes & Noble Page for 18+ books:



I love to hear from readers/fans and wholeheartedly welcome reviews!! They are like Christmas presents all year round!

I post reviews with your permission on my Blog. If you post a review, please share it with me and provide a photo of you holding the book. Contact me at, if interested.


Wishing you and yours a healthy & Happy New Year from my house to yours!

Thank you to God for all His blessings and enabling me to continue to do what I love to do!

Thank you all for your kind support and readership and for the wonderful reviews on Amazon, Goodreads and Barnes & Noble!

A special ‘thank you’ to all my online friends who have been so supportive of me in 2017 by reviewing my books, sharing my work on social media and on their blogs! I appreciate you and value your friendship! You all know who you are. I have listed many below but if I forgot anyone I apologize. I appreciate everything that you have done to make 2017 special for me.

Thank you to my wonderful Beta Readers, Michelle, Michele and Trish for all that you do to help make my books better.

Without your kind support and friendship I would not be able to do all that I do! 

Thank you to all the wonderful authors that did guest posts and interviews on Jemsbooks blog this year! It was a pleasure to have you here! I hope you will visit again soon!

Thank you to my husband, John, for being my content editor, illustrator, cover creator, top supporter and my rock in everything that I do. He is always there for me! I am blessed to have him!


Thank you for stopping by and for being part of my journey this year! I hope you will join me again in 2018! More books coming your way!

Happy Reading Everyone!

Blessings & hugs,

Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

ADDENDUM: 12/29/17


Best Books in the
Category of YOUNG ADULT

The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost
Davey & Derek Jr. Detectives Book 5
Janice Spina



About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 41 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 6 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 33 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. 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 book 3 of a YA fantasy series an and book 2 in an angel 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. There are books in the works about a dog for ages YA. Her hobbies are crocheting, sewing, 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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24 Responses to Year 2017 in Review! Happy New Year to all in 2018!

  1. Mae Clair says:

    Congrats on all of your wonderful achievements and successes! What a fabulous year you’ve had and a writing journey overall. Wishing you more of the best in 2018. Happy New Year!

  2. What a wonderful year you had! I hope 2018 will be a wonderful one too!

  3. What a great year it has been for you, Janice. Wishing you and your family a wonderfully happy and successful New Year. 🎉

  4. What a year you had Janice. Happy New Year. Have a thriving Thursday!

  5. macjam47 says:

    You had a fabulous year, Janice. Thanks for mentioning me in your post. Wishing you a wonderful, happy, healthy, and successful New Year. Love and Hugs.

  6. Annika Perry says:

    Janice, such a wonderfully creative year for you!! I have my copy of Hunting Mariah to hand and look forward to reading it soon…thank you!! I hadn’t realised it was your niece on the new cover – she looks beautiful and the photo is haunting. Wishing you and your family a wonderful New Year Celebration and may 2018 be filled with joy, laughter, creativity, kindness and love. hugs xxxx

    • jjspina says:

      Thank you, Annika! Wishing you blessings in 2018 and much happiness and success! I am honored to call you my friend! Love & hugs xx Happy New Year!🎆🎊 🥂 🍷

  7. dgkaye says:

    Congrats Janice on your great success. I hope you had a beautiful holiday season and wishing you all good things for this new year. ❤ xx

  8. Congrats on all your success. Must be so wonderful to have such a talented hubby! All the best for 2018. 🙂

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