I am Jemsbooks aka Janice Spina, aka J. E. Spina, author, blogger, book reviewer, avid reader, copy editor, and writer of poetry and stories for children of all ages and adults, and supporter of my fellow authors. My talented and handsome husband, John, is my illustrator and cover creator.
When one of my sports’ poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune Newspaper in October 2008 my road to writing got serious.
I published my first children’s book, Louey the Lazy Elephant, in July, 2013,
Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon in October, 2013,
Jerry the Crabby Crayfish in January, 2014,
Lamby the Lonely Lamb in March, 2014
and Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear in April, 2014.
Hunting Mariah, a murder/mystery/thriller, written under J.E. Spina,
in October, 2014, Broose the Moose on the Loose, my sixth children’s books on March 1, 2015.
Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Book 1, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone, a middle-grade series, on May 2, 2015,
my seventh book. Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey, for PS-Grade 1, joined Jemsbooks family on May 16, 2015
and Book 2 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat, in August, 2015.
A paranormal/mystery/romance, How Far Is Heaven, was published in June of 2016 under J.E. Spina,
and Book 3 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series in August of 2016.
A children’s book, Colby the Courageous Cat, was published in October of 2016.
Book 4 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series was published in late 2016,
An Angel Among Us, A Short Story Collection, was published on March 7, 2017,
Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, children’s book, was published on May 26, 2017,
and on June 4, 2017 Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, Book 5, The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost joined Jemsbooks.
Abby & Holly Series Book 1 and 2 (MG/PT/YA series) along with Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab and Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier and Mariah’s Revenge joined the Jemsbooks family of books in 2018.
Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Book 6, The Mystery of the Bells was published in 2019 along with my first fairy tale, The First Star. Abby & Holly Series Book 3 was also published in 2019.
In 2020 my first book in a dragon series for children, Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Book 1, was published in February. There will be six books altogether in this dragon series. More books in this series to follow later in 2020 and 2021 and beyond.
Also in 2020 I published Abby & Holly Series Book 4 in February, Drystan the Dragon Series Book 2 in April, Abby & Holly Series Book 5 in April, and Abby & Holly Series Book 6 coming in July of 2020. Drystan the Dragon Series Book 3 will be coming by July too!
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic we have been keeping busy and productive by working on our books more with all the extra time we have on our hands.
A new edition of Hunting Mariah with a beautiful cover available as of August 2017 and its sequel, Mariah’s Revenge was published in March of 2018. This book will pick up where the first one left off. Before you purchase the sequel, make sure you read Hunting Mariah to get a feel for the mind of the killer. There will be some surprises!
The model is my beautiful niece, Laura, who agreed to be Mariah on both covers. She does look mysterious, doesn’t she?
Over the next few years I will be publishing a YA fantasy series, more Abby & Holly books in the series, and more children’s books, and whatever else comes into my head.
The First Star, a fairytale – my first one I wrote many years ago when my children were small is now available!
AWARDS: 19 Awards/ 3 Finalist Recognitions
Lamby the Lonely Lamb won a Silver Medal from Mom’s Choice Awards in Children’s Picture/Story Books Category in 2014.
Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Book 1 won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in Young Adult Category and an Honorable Mention from Reader’s Favorite Book Awards in 2016.
Book 2, The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat, won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in Young Adult Category in 2016.
The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, Book 3, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in Young Adult Category in 2016.
The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, Book 3, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, won a Silver Medal from Reader’s Favorite Awards in Young Adult Category in 2016.
Jerry the Crabby Crayfish won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in Children’s Interest Category in 2017.
Broose the Moose on the Loose won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in Children’s Interest in 2017.
Book 5, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost won a Silver Medal in the Authorsdb Cover Contest in November of 2017.
Book 5, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in December of 2017.
Colby the Courageous Cat, won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in 2018.
Hunting Mariah was a Finalist in the Authorsdb First Lines Contest in 2018.
Abby & Holly School Dance won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in 2018.
Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, Book 4, The Case of The Brown Scraggly Dog was a Finalist in Red City Review Book Awards in 2018.
Book 6, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Mystery of the Bells won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in 2019.
Abby & Holly Series, Book 2, Unfortunate Events won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in 2019.
Abby & Holly Series, Book 1, School Dance, won a Bronze Medal in Readers’ Favorite Book Awards in 2019.
Mariah’s Revenge was a finalist in Authorsdb 1st Cover Contest in 2019.
Abby & Holly Series, Book 3, won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in 2019.
Davey & Derek Series Book 6 won a FINALIST AWARD with Book Excellence Awards in 2020.
Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon won a Silver Medal from Mom’s Choice Awards in 2020
Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in 2020
Hunting Mariah – Authorsdb First Lines Contest – 2018
Mariah’s Revenge – Authorsdb First Lines Contest – 2018
Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Book 4 – Red City Review Book Awards – 2018
An Angel Among Us (A Short Story Collection) is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. This book was dedicated to my friend, Anne Gillis Benedetto, who passed away on January 3, 2017 from breast cancer. May she Rest In Peace.
Book 5 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Sad Mysterious Ghost, and Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe are now available!
A new series for girls – Abby & Holly Series Book 1, School Dance, and Abby & Holly Series Book 2 Unfortunate Events and Abby & Holly Series Book 3 Secrets of the Trunk are now available.
Book 1 Blurb
This is Book 1 of a series of Abby & Holly books. These two girls were first introduced in Book 5 of the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series.
The girls are first cousins on their mothers’ side. They moved to the quiet town of Lindon, New Hampshire and live in a grand old Victorian which is haunted.
The cousins are excited about attending the 6th grade dance. When their friend, Justine, is bullied, Abby and Holly, along with the help of a ghost and Davey & Derek, work together to formalize a plan to put a stop to the bullying.
Book 2 Blurb
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.
Book 3 Blurb
Join Abby and Holly in Book 3 as the cousins discover a new presence in their old Victorian while they are cleaning out the library of old books. They are not sure if this specter is benign or otherwise. This being leads them to the old trunk they discovered in Book 2 which holds many secrets and puzzles that they feel compelled to solve.
They enlist the help of their ghost friend, Felicity, who inhabits their home. She is a benevolent entity that once lived in their house from a century ago. She watches over the girls and vows never to leave unless they request her to do so.
There will be surprises and ghostly visits that will keep readers enthralled as Abby and Holly work together to uncover the secrets of the trunk.
Book 4 Blurb
Join the cousins, Abby and Holly, as they search for clues about who placed an urn up in their attic with the remains of a young girl who lived a century ago. Their old Victorian holds many secrets and the girls are determined to solve this mystery with the help of two ghost friends, Felicity and Minerva, who inhabit their home.
As the girls are searching for clues in their basement they discover a hidden stairway. Upon entering the stairway they find themselves unexpectedly catapulted back in time to a century ago. Will they be able to return with the answers to the mystery? If not, who will help them get back? Or, will they be forever lost in time?
Book 5 Blurb
The main protagonists, cousins Abby and Holly, find paintings by a young teenager, from the past with a copper key taped to the back of one of her paintings. This teen’s remains were found in their attic in Book 4.
The girls’ search begins to find the source of this key. They hope to use this key to unlock secrets or something valuable from the past. Will this key help uncover another mystery for the cousins? How far will the girls go in their search for truth or will they have to go back to the past? Will they be able to return home without somehow changing history forever?
Book 6 Coming in July 2020!
Follow my blog and progress as I publish more books. I will update you on my books, review other writers’ books, interview other authors, have guest author posts, share my poems, talk about travels and other interesting things.
If you would like me to review your book please contact me on my blog or by email jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net. My reading interests include mysteries, thrillers, inspirational, romance, sci-fi, suspense, children’s books, and fantasy – please no erotica, explicit language, zombies and horror.
PLEASE NOTE: I AM NOT TAKING ON ANY MORE BOOKS FOR REVIEW AT THIS TIME.
I am now avidly working on publishing and editing more of my children’s books. My husband/illustrator has illustrated 13 children’s and 10 MG/PT/YA books and created the covers for all my books.
Keep a look out for new books coming in 2020 – Book 6 of Abby & Holly, Book 3 of Drystan the Dragon Series for children, and a YA fantasy series in 2021 and beyond. There may be a new novel for 18+ too in 2021 or 2022. Keep watching for more info!!
Purchase on http://Jemsbooks.com
Children’s book – published in January of 2018 – Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab! This book would make an excellent resource to classrooms for science!
Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier is available now. Lucy was a beloved pet for many years. This book depicts her sweet personality and all the comical things she did to make my life so full and happy.
There is always another story running around in my head just waiting to be written down. It can drive me crazy!
I will share some of my work (poetry) with you in my blog. Hopefully you will enjoy my writing and one day want to buy some of my books.If you purchase any of my books, a review would be greatly appreciated!
Thank you for stopping by and for your continuing support. Being an indie author is a hard road to travel and your help along the way is appreciated! Drop me a line some time. I would love to hear from you on my Contact Page or by email at jjspina (at) comcast (dot) net.
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