Jemsbooks – Award and 5-Star Reviews!


I feel blessed and thankful for all the good things that have come my way recently. THANK YOU GOD!

Authors are hard workers. I know how hard my fellow author friends online work. Each time we receive an accolade it is appreciated! There is much to do when one is an indie author. We not only write, edit, format, publish, but must promote and actively seek reviews from readers. This is where you readers become our saviors. With each review you take the time to write we feel grateful and euphoric! I thank you!

I had some wonderful news lately that had me on cloud 9!

1. I received a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for my children’s book, Colby the Courageous Cat!
2. I received an excellent 5-star review of Book 4, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series from Red City Review!
3. I received a wonderful 5-star review of Book 4, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series from Reader’s Favorite Awards!
4. I received a 5-star review of An Angel Among Us, A Short Story Collection, on Amazon!
5. My Author ratings on Amazon Central have flown upwards over 3,000,000 other books for Mariah’s Revenge. (Of course this can change in a heartbeat, but I saw it before it changed again. Sigh!)





Book 4, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog



Review #1: Review by Emily-Jane Hills Orford

Reviewed By: 
Emily-Jane Hills Orford
Review Rating: 
5 Stars – Congratulations on your 5-star review! 

Reviewed By Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers’ Favorite
Davey and Derek are twins. They do just about everything together, including solving mysteries and learning a little bit of magic from their Great-Aunt Gigi. On a recent visit to their great-aunt, the boys learned a new magic trick and discovered “a large brown scraggly dog with frightened eyes.” There was nothing to identify the dog, but it did have blood on its paws. So the mystery was definitely bigger than just finding the dog’s home. They conjectured whether there was a murder involved. Just as they were attempting to connect with the dog, it took off. And the mystery deepened.

Janice Spina has a knack for writing mysteries. Her recent addition to the Davey and Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog, is another good twist on what might appear to be a simple mystery. Like the ever popular young boys’ mystery series, the Hardy Boys, Davey and Derek, the two protagonists, make a great team of amateur sleuths. The basic plot of a boy team working together solving the mystery develops simply, mixed in with a little bit of magic, a little bit of boyish fun and a little bit of humor. The reader can’t help but like and even relate to these active youngsters whose minds never stop working. The plot is developed primarily through dialogue, which makes this a good story for an early chapter book reader. There’s nothing better to encourage the reluctant young boy reader than a Hardy Boys-like series mixed with a little bit of magic and a whole lot of fun.


★★★★★  The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog is the fourth entry in Janice Spina’s middle-grade series about twin detectives Derek and Davey Donato. The two boys share a gift for magical powers and a bond that allows them to communicate mind-to-mind, which they’ve termed ‘TT’ or ‘twin telepathy.’ Still fledgling warlocks, Davey and Derek receive training from their Aunt Gigi, who is herself an experienced magic-user. One day during training the trio encounters a startled stray dog, and they immediately launch an investigation into the dog’s owner and condition. The group also receives help from the spirit of a cat named Mianna, who lives inside Aunt Gigi’s crystal ball, and their friend Mickey “Cat” Catonni. With such a dynamic team working earnestly to help a lost dog find its owner, it’s just a matter of time before the case is solved. But what discoveries will solving this mystery bring?
This is a sweet, classically entertaining story about two charming boys, as well as their quirky group of friends and family. Over the course of the series, Spina has built up a collection of characters whose emotional openness and intellectual curiosity will doubtlessly draw in and enthrall young readers. Having established Derek and Davey’s status as novice magicians, one could easily imagine the exciting and hilarious directions in which this series might be diverted. While The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog certainly provides enough appeal to stand on its own, the story’s real pull is in allowing the reader to ask, “What mischief will Derek and Davey get up to next?”
To purchase a copy of The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog
, click here to find it on Amazon.



Review of An Angel Among Us (A Short Story Collection)

5.0 out of 5 starsA Great Short Story Collection By Janice Spina

on May 26, 2018

Format: Paperback

First I have to say how much I loved the author’s choice of many short stories in this book. Each was a page turner and the fact of them being short stories I was able to read several each night. My favorite is “An Angel Among Us”… as the story surrounds my dear friend Anne since 4th grade. As I was reading each page I visualized everything and it brought back memories so special… I totally enjoyed this chapter and all the others… I thank the author, Janice Spina, for being such a wonderful writer and bringing our friend Anne’s heartfelt story to share..and know that Anne’s spirit is still among her family and friends.
Jean M – NH



Mariah’s Revenge is riding up and down on my Author Rank! Hopefully it will keep going up! Go Mariah!! It’s a fleeting thing! When I see a book rising fast I get excited and keep my fingers crossed that it will continue to rise! Cross your fingers too and head over and help keep it up there! Thank you for your support!

Reviews are like early Christmas presents to me! I am so happy to receive them! A special thank you to all who review authors’ books! Reviews are essential to an author’s validity on Amazon. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU ALL!! 🤗 ♥

Thank you for stopping by to read and let me share my exciting news! I appreciate your support, purchases of my books and of course your lovely reviews! Keep reading and reviewing! Bless you all!


Blessings & Hugs!


About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 39 books: 19 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, 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 31 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 2 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. There are books in the works about an angel and another about a dog for ages 17+. 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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23 Responses to Jemsbooks – Award and 5-Star Reviews!

  1. Wow! This is co cool. Congrats lady. 🙂

  2. Mae Clair says:

    Congratulations. With all of those wonderful accolades I’d be on cloud nine, too. Enjoy the spotlight! 🙂

  3. Mary Smith says:

    Way to go! Many congrats, Janice.

  4. Congratulations. These are all awesome boosts. Well done.

  5. Behind the Story says:

    Congratulations, Janice.

  6. Congratulations, Janice.

  7. The Owl Lady says:

    Congrats, Janice! Well deserved! @v@ ❤

  8. macjam47 says:

    Well deserved, Janice! Congratulations!! Love and hugs

  9. robbiecheadle says:

    Congratulations, Janice. That is great.

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