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About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 35 books: 17 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen/young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 5 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 26 Book Awards and a few Finalists in contests. AWARDS: 4 MOM'S CHOICE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Lamby the Lonely Lamby, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon, Louey the Lazy Elephant, Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear 11 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Books 1, 2, 3, 5, & 6. Abby & Holly Series, Books 1-6 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION - Davey & Derek Book 1, READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, Book 3 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - BRONZE MEDAL - Abby & Holly Book 1 READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION — Abby & Holly Book 2 READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 5 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 Authorsdb Cover Contest Silver Medal - Davey & Derek Book 5 FINALISTS: Authorsdb First Lines Contest, - Hunting Mariah and Mariah's Revenge were Finalists Red City Review Awards - Finalist - Davey & Derek Book 4 READERS’ FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS - 5-STAR REVIEW - Davey & Derek Book 4 All Janice's books are available on Amazon.com, 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 1 of a YA fantasy 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. Her hobbies are crocheting, 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 http://jemsbooks.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.

Anemones – Down to Two – Still no hosting by Clown Fish!

But wait! I see the third anemone hiding in between the rocks and spaces! Hurray! We thought we lost it! Here is a photo of the three of them once again! So relieved! They keep moving around though we don’t … Continue reading

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Lazy, Hot Days of spring not quite summer yet! Summertime Reading!

We have had a stretch of extremely hot days lately and it’s still spring. What’s it going to be like in summer? I will be cranking up the AC all summer long and staying indoors if this is any indication … Continue reading

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Happy Father’s Day!

Here is a post for Father’s Day that I posted in 2020! It says all that I feel for my dad. I pray that all fathers out there had a wonderful day and were treated like kings. This is my … Continue reading

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Celebrating our 22nd Anniversary!

I was surprised at 10:00 am with a gorgeous bouquet of colorful roses of different colors from my thoughtful husband! I love it! I wrote a poem for him. Wow, time sure does fly! We celebrated our 22nd anniversary recently … Continue reading

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Another Recipe from Janice’s Kitchen Corner – Coconut Shrimp!

Here’s another recipe from Janice’s Kitchen Corner – Coconut Shrimp! I put together this recipe for which is quick, easy and delicious. I love easy and delicious recipes. Don’t you? My husband and I love coconut shrimp and only have … Continue reading

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Anemones are Getting Settled in their new home!

Where once there were three anemones, now there are two. We are still searching for the third anemone. I hope he surfaces soon to eat. They weren’t too expensive, thank goodness, $20 each. Some fish cost $50-$100 or more. We … Continue reading

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Sad Day – Our Trigger fish and Dori, a Hippo Tang both passed!

I recently wrote a post about our cantankerous Trigger fish. He was quite a fellow and controlled the tank. Today we woke up to find him and his buddy, Dori, a Hippo Tang, both gone to the hereafter. So sad. … Continue reading

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Sometimes I just want to write and talk to you about this or that! Feeling freer now? Go grey or not?

Sometimes I just want to write and talk to you the only way I can – in my posts. Are you feeling safer now with restrictions being lowered since the Pandemic? Tell me how you feel. I am just starting … Continue reading

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A Lovely Trip to the Flume in the White Mountains of Laconia, New Hampshire!

We have traveled to the White Mountains just about every year since we’ve been married and enjoy it thoroughly each time. We invited our friends to come with us this time. It was an invigorating walk and beautiful day – … Continue reading

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Time to Stock up on Summer Reading for MG/PT/YA! Get on Board the JEMSBOOKS EXPRESS for Fun Reading for Ages 8+!

Do you realize that it is almost summer here in New England? Do you know what time it is? It’s time to stock up on summer reading for your middle-graders/preteens/young adults. Here at JEMSBOOKS EXPRESS there is plenty of fun … Continue reading

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