Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winner for Jemsbooks!

I am thrilled to announce that my book, Abby & Holly Series Book 2, Unfortunate Events, won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award! Thank you, Pinnacle, for this honor! I am truly grateful.

Pinnacle Book Achievement Award


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

Reviews on Amazon:

Michelle Clements James
5.0 out of 5 starsA Stellar Book With Important LessonsOctober 20, 2018Format: Kindle EditionI am so excited about the Abby and Holly Series for girls, but it could be equally enjoyed by boys. In Abby & Holly Series Book 2: Unfortunate Events, Abby’s cousin, Holly, is faced with some difficult issues. While her parents are away on overseas jobs, Holly is living with Abby. Things go downhill when her parents return for a visit and her mother becomes ill. Throughout this trying time, Holly has a tremendous amount of support from Abby, her Aunt Jane and Uncle Bob, and two ghosts who live in Abby’s house, Felicity and Minerva. Of course, their friends Davey and Derek are there to help, too.
As with all of Spina’s children’s books, Unfortunate Events teaches life lessons such as respect, kindness toward others, and the importance of being polite. This book concentrates on handling the unexpected and overcoming life’s disappointments. The unexpected was Holly’s mother’s illness and hospital stay. With the love of her extended family, Holly was able to cope with her worry for her mother. Disappointment was addressed when her father announced that he was flying out to finish his work overseas. He explained to Holly the importance of fulling his obligations to his employer.
I highly recommend Abby & Holly Series Book 2: Unfortunate Events to all middle-graders, both girls and boys. The storyline is one that will keep children interested with its elements of suspense and mystery. Though there are references to a childhood crush, they are not a major component of the story and certainly not enough to deter boys’ interest. And who doesn’t love a friendly little ghost or two! As with all the author’s children’s books, this one is true to her ideals of writing books that encourage children to read while incorporating those all-important life lessons. As a book I think every parent will want their daughters and sons to read, I give Unfortunate Events 5 stars!

Michele Rolfe
5.0 out of 5 starsUnfortunate Family EventsOctober 16, 2018Format: PaperbackPoor Holly, Abby’s cousin on their mom’s side, is having to deal with alot of unfortunate events with her family. Thank goodness she has Abby, Davey & Derek the Junior Dectives neighbors, & 2 awesome ghosts, Felicity & Minerva, to help her get through it all! Holly is thrilled her mom (Abby’s mom’s sister) & dad have come home for a visit from their overseas job, but things go downhill when mom gets sick. Great book to read with your youngsters about dealing with family issues. The ending is a nice twist & could lead to the next book!

5.0 out of 5 starsGirl power!October 16, 2018Format: PaperbackAnother fun read from Janice Spina! So nice to see Holly and Abby back again in book two. The girls continue to face new issues, friends, and adventures together. A great read for pre-teens

All Jemsbooks carry life lessons as do the middle-grade/preteen/young adult stories. Book 1, Abby & Holly, School Dance, carries these life lessons: be kind to others, respect adults and each other, family is important, bullying will never be tolerated or accepted. Amazon link Barnes & Noble Link

Book 2, Abby & Holly Series, Unfortunate Events carries these life lessons: be kind to others, respect and honor others, love one another, support each other in times of trouble, and family and friends are important.

I believe it is never too late to teach children the importance of these life lessons. That is the reason I create books that are wholesome and clean and can be appreciated by both children and parents. Don’t we parents and grandparents want what is best for our children? Don’t we all need some help enforcing these lessons with our children so one day they will become strong, healthy and happy adults? These lessons can be carried onto their children too one day.

Thank you so much for stopping by! I love having your visit. I hope you will check out both books on Amazon or Barnes & Noble and Goodreads.


Blessings & Hugs!



About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 42 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 7 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 36 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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25 Responses to Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winner for Jemsbooks!

  1. Darlene says:

    Congratulations!! Well done, you. xo

  2. Marcia says:

    Congratulations, Janice! How lovely! 🙂 ❤

  3. Mary Smith says:

    Congratulations, Janice.

  4. Celebrating your EVERY success! ❤

  5. Colline says:

    Congratulations to you

  6. Congratulations, Janice, a wonderful achievement.

  7. Congratulations, thrilled for you.

  8. macjam47 says:

    Congratulations, Janice! This is a well-deserved award.

  9. Congrats, that’s awesome. 🙂

  10. Jennie says:

    Congratulations! 🙂

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