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About jjspina

Janice is an award-winning author with eleven children's books for PS-Gr 4, seven middle-grade/preteen/young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and three 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 children's book, Lamby the Lonely Lamby, won a Silver Medal in the Mom's Choice Awards. Book 1, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Honorable Mention from Readers' Favorite Book Awards. Book 2, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and so did Book 3, The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Book 5, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost, and Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, all won Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards. Book 5 of Davey & Derek also won a Silver Medal from Authorsdb Cover Contest. Hunting Mariah was a Finalist in Authorsdb First Lines Contest. 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 3 of Abby & Holly series for girls, a fairy tale and Book 6 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. A YA fantasy series will be coming in 2019 along with more children's books. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, 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 https://jemsbooks.wordpress.com for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.

New Children’s Book – The First Star – A Fairy Tale from Jemsbooks!

I am excited to announce that a new children’s book, The First Star, is now available on Amazon as paperback and e-book and soon to Barnes & Noble as a paperback. BLURB: Once upon a time there were two children … Continue reading

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How Far is Heaven – A Novel that will break your heart!

I wrote this novel, How Far is Heaven, under J.E. Spina many years ago before I retired. It was published in 2016. When I began writing it I cried to think of anything like this really happening to a family. … Continue reading

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

I put two years’ flowers up for you to enjoy! How many of you know the story behind Valentine’s Day? Well, there are many written online. Here is one that I found that you might like. https://www.olrl.org/lives/valentine.shtml Here are some … Continue reading

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Watch for New Children’s Book Coming from Jemsbooks!

My husband, John, and I have been working on my first fairy tale which he kindly illustrated for me. I am excited about this book and hope children will love it. It is a rags to riches story. Watch for … Continue reading

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N.E. Patriot’s Win Super Bowl LIII and Championship Parade!

I am an avid fan of the Patriot’s as you can see by this post. I can’t get enough of them. Of course, having them win their 6th Super Bowl was an incredible feeling! Even if you aren’t a fan … Continue reading

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The Challenges of Self-Publishing!

I wrote this post back in August of 2013 for a site that was active at the time. PIA is no longer up and running so please don’t try to find it. I thought this post would be helpful for … Continue reading

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Books Read in January 2019!

Did I ever tell you that I LOVE TO READ?! Well, I do. You can tell by how many books I read in January 2019, the first month of the new year. My goal for the year is 95. Do … Continue reading

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How Do You Encourage Your Children to Read?

Do you read? Do you encourage your children to read? If you say ‘yes’ to both of these questions then congratulations! You are giving your children a wonderful and precious gift. If your children see you reading avidly all the … Continue reading

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Interview with Author Bailey Ordiway!

Please help me welcome author Bailey Ordiway to Jemsbooks Interview an Author. It’s a pleasure to have you here, Bailey. The floor is all yours. Please tell us something about yourself.Describing yourself is difficult and hard to not sound arrogant … Continue reading

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Book Signing at Zorvino Vineyards on Friday, January 18, 2019!

My recent book signing was a fun night of networking and meeting and greeting readers. This is the second time my husband, John, and I have been to this venue. Zorvino Vineyards is a lovely place to sit and sample … Continue reading

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