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About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 39 books: 19 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two 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 31 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. 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 2 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. There are books in the works about an angel and another about a dog for ages 17+. 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.

Hottest Summer on Record for New Hampshire! Even the birds are feeling the heat!

This summer has been so hot that we can’t even go out on our deck to eat dinner like we always have done in past summers. We have had some torrential rain from time to time but because it is … Continue reading

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Abby & Holly Series Books 1-6 for MG/PT/YA – Magic/Ghosts/Haunted House/Time Travel!

This series is perfect for middle-graders, preteens and young adults looking for some fun adventures, magic, mystery, ghosts, haunted house, time travel and more. There are six books in this enjoyable series about two cousins who are more than relatives, … Continue reading

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Magic/Mystery/Fun Adventures with Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Books 1-6 – a multi-award-winning series!

Looking for that special series for your middle-graders/preteens/young adults? Summer is flying by but there is still time to do plenty of reading. This is a multi-award-winning series with 11 book awards – 5 Pinnacle Book Awards, 3 Readers’ Favorite … Continue reading

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Drystan the Dragon and Friends Book 1: Drystan and Durward Save the Day won a Runners-up Award from Top Shelf Awards!

I am excited to announce that Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Book 1: Drystan and Durward Save the Day won a Runners-up Award from Top Shelf Awards! It is so thrilling to see one of my books honored like … Continue reading

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Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 4: The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog – won a First Place Book Award with Top Shelf Awards!

I am so thrilled and excited to announce that Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 4: The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog won First Place in Young Adult Mystery Genre in Top Shelf Awards! I am doing my … Continue reading

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Rose of Sharon are Gorgeous!

I look forward each year to the blooming of our 17 Rose of Sharon bushes all around our house. They are absolutely the most beautiful sight each year. Many of our neighbors walk by to gaze at them especially when … Continue reading

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Famous Sayings – Where did they originate?

Did you ever wonder where some of these sayings came from? Here are some familiar ones that you may have used in your daily lives in the past or present. A friend of mine sent these along recently. I thought … Continue reading

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Freddie the Frog doing well!

I never introduced our little freshwater frog named Freddie. He was small when we got him. He has grown quite substantially over the past few months or so. He loves to eat. He is quite an active character. Here are … Continue reading

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The Reviews Keep coming on Gateskin 2 The Unknown Territory!

What a wonderful feeling to receive another wonderful review of my fantasy series, book 2, The Unknown Territory (Gateskin Chronicles Book 2)! If you haven’t read this series yet, please check it out on Amazon. Let the Adventures Begin and … Continue reading

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More Flowers Blooming to share!

With 17 Rose of Sharon bushes around our yard it is quite beautiful to see. I wanted to share more of them with you as they continue to bloom. They lift my spirits and warm my heart each day I … Continue reading

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