Do you love historical fiction and romance?

Well, if you love historical/fiction/romance then please check out my novel, Lubelia Alycea: One Hundred Years, for an unforgettable story of a strong-willed young girl who travels from her homeland of Madeira, Portugal to her new home of America. I wrote this story in memory of and dedicated to my grandmother who lived to be 100.5. I put in the five months because to my grandmother (Avoa) every moment counted in her long, fulfilled life. She thought she would live another five years when she reached 100. I thought so too but she did not and only made it five months longer. She died, appropriately so on Mother’s Day that year. It was her favorite because she was remembered and appreciated more that day besides her birthday, that is.

Several years ago my husband and I visited Madeira where my grandmother was born. It’s a beautiful place that made me feel closer to her and my roots. It was breathtaking with its ocean views, lush green landscape, friendly people and delicious food.


Lubelia Alycea leaves her native country of Madeira, Portugal to travel to her new home – America.

This is the story of how a strong, resilient young girl grows into a formidable woman. She must survive many tragedies in her lifetime, separation from family, sickness, death, betrayal, and a lost love. Will she find happiness and a new love in her life?

Will she be strong enough to face the storms ahead and still keep her family together? Will the secrets in her life destroy her and all that she holds dear?

Here is a book trailer I created with Animoto.

I visited my grandmother once every couple or three weeks just to sit and listen to her. I learned so much from her about her life and how difficult it was. She didn’t complain but relayed the heartaches, difficulties and good times with a smile on her face. I could just imagine where she was going in her mind through those talks. She said she felt like a kid again and couldn’t believe that she was so old. In fact, she never said she was old until she reached 100 years old. He mentality was always of a young woman.

When I wrote this story for her back in 2010 I didn’t plan on publishing it. It was even more difficult right after she died. Once I completed all other projects I picked up the MS again and began editing it. It brought so many memories of my grandmother back that the tears flowed. It made her miss her so much. I did put her personality into the story but it is purely fictional. I thought it was now time to publish it. I felt she was smiling down on me and enjoying every moment.

If you haven’t read this story yet, please check it out for an enjoyable read. It may bring back memories of your own grandmother and make you wish that you had listened more to the stories of her life.

Here are some reviews from Amazon in promos from

I think my cantankerous and resilient grandmother would have loved this story. I hope you do too. Please feel free to share your thoughts with me and in a review on Amazon. Your efforts are appreciated and welcomed even it it is only a few words – GREAT BOOK! UNFORGETTABLE READ! A MUST READ! Haha! Thank you for your kind support. Happy reading!

Thank you for stopping by to read this post and forgive my shameful promos! Thanks for listening! My grandmother thanks you too!

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!


Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!








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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