Books Read in the Month of August 2022!

Here it is already the end of another month. Where does the time go? We are now more than halfway through the year! I have been busy as usual reading some wonderful books for the month of August of 2022. Here are the 8 books I read and reviewed for August. I might have read even more if I didn’t have a few WIP. But I always seemed to have a WIP! That fact never stops me! I hope you enjoy reading these reviews.

Word Art – Reading & Reviewing

I love sharing my eclectic reads in this Jemsbooks Segment, Books Read in the Month. I hope you will get a chance to look these books over soon. Thank you for your kind support of my work and that of my fellow authors.

If you are an avid reader, as I am, please review the books you love on Amazon or wherever you purchased them in order for others to enjoy your reviews. Reviews are one way for readers to know about an exceptional book. We indie authors love to receive reviews and appreciate the efforts of readers to do them. Once again, I thank you for your kind support of me and my books and for supporting my fellow authors too.

Loved this complete series for its adventures, excitement, non-stop action and creative storyline. This book and the others in the series deserve more than five stars.

The adventures continue twenty-six years after the original Interceptor dies and is replaced by his son Brandon or BJ. Taking on his father’s role as a savior of mankind is quite an auspicious undertaking. It’s not easy being a superhero in everyone’s eyes. Well, maybe not everyone believes in BJ.

There is danger at every turn for BJ. But he feels the love and support of his family and girlfriend that help him to keep going and taking on more than he thought was possible to save the world from those two seek to destroy it.

This is an edge of your seat adventure that you will not be able to put down! I can see this series on the big screen one day! I’ll be one of the first in line.

Highly recommend for all adventure lovers!

An intriguing read that kept me in suspense as it wound down to a shocking ending.

Stevie Turner is a talented writer of short fiction. She creates well-defined and interesting characters with a fascinating storyline.

I really enjoyed this story, though short was full and rich in details and character development with a heart-wrenching premise.

I recommend this enjoyable read.

Impossible to Forget was just that – impossible to forget. The storyline was full of richly detailed characters that were real and likeable, even when they were exasperating as Angie sometimes was.

There are five characters in this story – three of which went to university together – Angie, Maggie and Leon. The fourth one, Tiger, dropped in and out of their lives, being a nomad. These four people knew each other’s likes and dislikes, quirks and weaknesses. Through it all they accepted one another and only grew closer as the years sped by. Only one characters, Hope, didn’t quite fit in but Angie had her reasons for including her in the mix.

Life goes on but it is not always easy for these characters. Angie always took care of herself but was the first to get sick. Each character is outlined in detail, their loves, life and troubles. The author goes back and forth between them. The reader doesn’t know where he/she is being taken until the conclusion of the story when it all comes together.

I don’t want to give anything away. You will have to read this enjoyable and highly recommended book!

Shadow Shepherd is reminiscent of the Bourne series. There is so much action and non-stop adventures for Sam Callahan, former political tracker and now lawyer, that it was like a roller coaster ride with a downhill track that kept going.

Sam is on a new adventure in Mexico. His life hasn’t been easy with a childhood filled with abuse and then his job of tracker that nearly killed him many times over. This time he is thrown into a whirlwind of secrets, hit men, hostile cops and FBI who are all after him. The reason for which he has no clue.
His girlfriend, Natalie, is thrown into the mix. He is forced to find her and who was responsible for kidnapping her and why.

This was a heart-stopping mystery and adventure in this series that had me turning pages and holding my breath at each turn. What was going to happen to Sam? To Natalie? Would they be able to escape and finally find out what was happening?

If you like a mystery that never lets you relax, then read this book. It will keep you on the edge of seat and asking, what’s going on here?

A perfect beginning to a mystery series with plenty of twists and turns and suspects. Bree Taggert, the protagonist is a Philadelphia detective who after receiving an alarming text from her sister, Eric, goes back to her hometown to aid her sister in any way she can. But she is too late, Erin is dead.

What transpires when she arrives there is a true mystery. Bree gets some help from a former officer and his K-9, Brody, to investigate and try to find the person who murdered Bree’s sister.

The author takes us on a journey past and present through Bree and her siblings childhood trauma where their father had murdered their mother and then took his own life. Bree is having a difficult time dealing with her sister’s death and her own demons who keep coming to the surface and threaten her.

This was an enjoyable beginning to this series. I look forward to the next book.

A heart-wrenching story about family, secrets and heartache. Bessie has a secret and cannot share it even with her family. When her marriage is falling apart at the seams she finally decides to do something about it.

Bessie has had a secret since she was 16 years old. She suffered so much shame, heartache and loss. She cannot deal with it even today at the age of 53. She lost her best friend who married Bess’s first love but Bess couldn’t tell her about it.

She does the best she can with her life and puts her secret away. But this secret is slowly destroying her self esteem and her very essence. Will she ever get back to her old happy self before this all happened. Will her husband leave her because of her sullenness? Her brother is the only one who knows about what broker her heart so long ago but he is estranged from her because of it.

This was an emotional read that tore at my heart until the very ending. I wanted to find out what caused Bess to change so drastically.

An enjoyable read that was long but worth the ending.

When She Returned is a frightening story about cults and how deeply the person who has been indoctrinated into the cult has gone. Is the person lost forever? Can this person be rescued and brought back to normalcy?

This book delved into what and how a cult leader, charismatic, controlling and without conscience, can do to a person to pull he/she into his cult family. The story shows the depravity and degradation the person goes through to bend to the will of this leader.

Kate, the captive escapes from the cult with an infant in her arms. Why does she escape? What has she been through for eleven years? Can her family survive while they uncover what Kate has been through? Her husband is now married to another. Will his second wife be able to handle this situation?

There is much discussion back and forth and each character shares his or her own views on this. I found it deeply depressing and unpleasant to think about what had transpired to undermine this woman’s very psyche.

Read it if you can or if your curiosity is piqued. I got through it and was surprised at the heartbreaking ending.

A gripping and suspenseful thriller about a serial killer, Melvin Proctor. The killer wife, Gwen Proctor, struggles to keep her children safe from her monster of a husband. She didn’t realize until too late what kind of a man he was. Now she is doing all she can to put him back behind bars after he escapes and threatens her and her children.

Along with the help of Sam Cade, brother of one of Melvin’s victims, and an FBI agent, friend of Sam’s, they chase down leads to find Melvin and hopefully to kill him before he can kill any more women. Finding this killer is harder than they realized since he has help from someone they never suspected.

This was a thriller with non-stop suspense and twists, turns and surprises. It was an enjoyable story though at times horrific in its storyline.

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. I hope you will check out these books as well as my books (ha) on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Please review any books you love or not wherever you purchase them. We authors will appreciate your efforts to help us spread word about our books.

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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