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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.

All our books are available on Amazon Author page, Barnes & Noble, by clicking on books cover to the right side of this post, and on Jemsbooks.com.


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.

Novels 18+

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.

Hunting Mariah (5-star reviews on Amazon)



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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!

Mariah’s Revenge (5-star reviews on Amazon)



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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!

The First Star – A Fairy Tale

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 RevengeAuthorsdb First Lines Contest – 2018

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Book 4Red 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!


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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!

Abby & Holly Series Book 5 is now here!
Abby & Holly Series Book 1-4 (MG/PT/YA Books)
Davey & Derek Series Book 1-3
Davey & Derek Series Books 4-6



All my books are available in paperback at Amazon, BN.com and on Kindle for e-books and as paperback at other online book stores. Some of my books are now available on Sears.com, and Walmart.com!

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.


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!!

Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Books 1 & 2 are now here!

Drystan is available now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble!

Purchase on http://Jemsbooks.com

Amazon Paperback


Barnes & Noble

Children’s book – published in January of 2018 – Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab! This book would make an excellent resource to classrooms for science!

Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab

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.

Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier



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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.

Wish me luck!

Stay safe, stay well, God Bless everyone!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! Soar all year through with Jemsbooks! Happy Reading! Reading is good for your health!

Blessings & hugs!


93 Responses to ABOUT

  1. This professor has a soft spot for children’s novels!

  2. Jancie, you have a lovely site. Thank you for sharing!

  3. doncharisma says:

    Hey, I’ve awarded you the “Inner Peace” and “Sunshine” Awards, yay !



    Warm regards

    Don Charisma

  4. Bipasha says:

    Hi Janice, I’m so excited you visited my blog. I swear by Goodreads & was overjoyed to find your books there. Super respect!

    • jjspina says:

      Thank you Bipasha for your kind words. I appreciate your support. I love Goodreads too. Do you have a book there too? Best regards and thank you for visiting my blog.

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  6. Jennifer Kreft says:

    I do children’s books too…and I’ve also just finished a murder mystery. I was just thinking that these were pretty divergent aspects of my personality (murder + kids = yuck!), so I’m relieved to see I’m not the only one. Good luck with your mystery! Wasn’t it wicked fun to write?

    • jjspina says:

      Hi Jennifer, yes it was! Thank you so much for stopping by. Hope to see you again. Let’s follow each other. I have written three more novels, not edited yet, a YA fantasy, a spiritual/mystery, and a historical novel. I like to write in different genres. Children’s books are fun too! I love to see my grandchildren reading them and the look of delight on their faces.

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    • jjspina says:

      Thank you, Don, for another much appreciated award. I still have to design my Angel Award. I will get to this one right after I complete the other. You are very kind and thoughtful!

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  10. I’ve nominated you for some awards. If you choose to accept them, you’ll find them here:- http://africolonialstories.wordpress.com/2014/05/16/award-time/

    • jjspina says:

      Thank you, Jo, for all the awards. You are very kind. It may be a little while before I get to them. Just returned from 2 weeks in Italy and dealing with over 3,000 emails. Yikes! Got a lot to get through. Vacation was well worth it! Have a wonderful time!

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  12. I’ve tagged you in a My Writing Process Blog Tour here http://africolonialstories.wordpress.com/2014/06/24/my-writing-process-blog-hop/ – join in only if you want to, but I wanted to share my admiration of your writing anyway.

    • jjspina says:

      Thank you, Jo, you are too kind. I am very busy right now editing my novel for publication, copy editing other authors’ books, reviewing books and posting on two blogs. How much time do I have to do this?

  13. Only if you fancy joining in – I’ve tagged you in a Meet My Main Character blog tour here http://africolonialstories.wordpress.com/2014/06/24/meet-my-main-character-blog-tour-2/. Don’t feel obligated to partake though – I just had to add you because you’re the coolest. 🙂

    • jjspina says:

      Thank you, Jo, for your kind compliments. You are the cool one! I will try to do one of these but have never done one before. May need some coaching.

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  15. Hi Janice, I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger award and hope that you will accept. best wishes Sally. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/01/16/the-very-inspiring-blogger-award-and-the-nominees-are/

  16. Janice, thank you for the follow and likes. Hope you like my other artworks. 🙂

  17. Hi Janice, thank you so much for your kind support of my blog and I have nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers award… or…. a bouquet of flowers if you prefer… hugs Sally

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  19. Hi Janice I have tagged you in the Three Day Quote Challenge but only if you have time or the inclination…. hugs https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/06/21/three-day-quote-challenge-day-two/

  20. Very nice blog! Exciting new book!

  21. J Lapis says:

    I’m an automatic fan of anyone who opens the world of books to kids, encouraging them to read voraciously. Reading was my escape as a child, saved me from total meltdown. I must have read Alice in Wonderland nearly 50 times. Going to the library was my favorite “class”!! And when I worked in a library as an adult, gosh it was like being in a candy store–patrons would laugh at me because, in the process of checking out their books for them, I’d be grabbing them and saying, “Oh I want this when you bring it back!!”

    • jjspina says:

      Thank you, J Lapis, for your kind words. I, too, always loved going to the library and perusing and touching the books. I loved book stores like that too! Love the smell of the new books and the feel. Now I read on my Nook device and IPad. It just isn’t the same but it is a lot easier.

      Nice to meet you. Thank you for stopping by. Hope to see you again. More books always coming along. Blessing to you!

      • J Lapis says:

        Oh yes, Book Stores!! I used to spend a fortune….love the feel and smell of those sharp new pages…adds a sensual element to reading that the hi-tech readers just don’t have, sigh.

  22. Toni Pike says:

    Hello Janice – What a wonderful collection of books you have produced. Thanks for stopping by my website.

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  24. A pleasure to meet you Janice. We share a passion for writing and blogging it seems. And how wonderful that your husband is an illustrator! I have published two books (historical fiction and spiritual fiction) and I am currently in the process of editing my first children’s book. After self-publishing my last book I have decided not to publish any more without an agent and/or publisher…so that will be my next project, to find one!

    • jjspina says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Bev. I am blessed to have a talented husband to work with on my books. Best wishes for your search for a publisher and/or agent. 😀

  25. frenchc1955 says:

    Thank you for following my blog! And it is wonderful to meet you.

  26. thatssojacob says:

    Hey there Janice! Just browsing around the blogosphere, finding some fun and interesting blogs to follow to make some new friends in 2016. If you like, hop on over to my world at http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com, and if you see anything you like, comment or follow! Have a great day and happy new year!

  27. cmblackwood says:

    Thank you for the follow, Janice! I love your blog! 🙂

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  30. Love the book titles.
    Thats quite an output too, nice work, and to have your husband as illustrator seems a perfect match.
    Interesting blog you have ☺

  31. C.E.Robinson says:

    Janice, love all of your children’s books! Just read a great review on your latest Davey & Derek one! Your husband’s illustrations are extraordinary! 💛 Christine Elizabeth

  32. lajuani says:

    Wow! I’m so glad I have stumbled across your blog. I’m hoping to be inspired and yours looks like the perfect place. I’m definitely keen to check out some of your books. I used to live in Spain teaching English and I was constantly looking for new and interesting books to share with the students. I also have 3 little dogs and I always say I want to create a children’s book, using them s my characters. With a little twist, I’d love to either write the book for Spanish children learning English and if successful do it the other way round…
    Any words of advice? 🙂
    Also, I’ve just started (after years and years of saying I would) started reading the Harry Potter books! Fab!

    • jjspina says:

      Hi Laulani, so nice to meet you. Thank you for stopping by my blog.

      My inspirations are my grandchildren. I love children and want to see them enjoy reading. Writing is one way to inspire children to read. If you just jot down ideas as you watch your pets or children at play it may help you create a story to put into a book. I write in rhyme but books do not have to be in rhyme. You start with a subject and think about what this subject can do and go from there.

      My stories just come to me sometimes in a dream or I sit down at the computer and write whatever comes into my head then go over it all again and put it into rhyme.

      Harry Potter books are fabulous! I read them all. I haven’t read the newest books about beasts though by J.K. Rowling. She is incredible and someone I look up to and hope one day to emulate.
      Good luck! Hope you like my books! 🙂

  33. Marsha says:

    You are so prolific, Janice. I can’t imagine how you do it! My blogging friend, Carol Sherrit, (theeternaltraveler.wordpress.com) and I took a course in writing children’s book together online. I’m way too much tell and not enough show. I can’t believe how much some people fit into 300 words, which was always our assignment. 🙂

    • jjspina says:

      I’m still learning myself. I am a prolific reader and review over 100 books a year. It’s a wonderful learning process. Thanks for stopping by.😀

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  35. Your books look lovely. I’ll be following 😊

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  37. Hey Janice! Do you ever listen to audiobooks?

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  39. Glad to have found you through Annika Perry’s blog – I’m looking forward to reading your posts!

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  41. Hi Janice,
    I just did a short review of your book Hunting Mariah on my blog. Just to let you know. 🙂

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