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About jjspina

Janice is an award-winning author with 33 books: 16 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen/young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 4 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 25 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 10 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Books 1, 2, 3, 5, & 6. Abby & Holly Series, Books 1-5 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 and received a 5-Star Review from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. 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 a novel and Book 4 of Drystan the Dragon series for young children. An historical novel and a YA fantasy series will be coming in 2021 and beyond along with more children's books and novels for 18+. 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.

Busy Bird Feeders on our Back Deck!

Our three bird feeders have been used by some hungry birds lately. I think it was since the recent spring snowstorm we had. They are filling up again in case more inclement weather comes about. Smart birds! The birds are … Continue reading

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A New Review of Abby & Holly Series Book 5: The Copper Key!

https://jacqbiggar.com/2021/04/20/bookreview-two-fab-shortreads-by-joanhallwrites-and-janice_spina/?fbclid=IwAR2JlX_0sJwCCozyLIEautPcOkjRK8V2MzmUY9Qd4qPNLlr_JTZxY7Utk9M Check out the post above on Jacquie Biggar’s website for the wonderful review of my book, Abby & Holly Series, Book 5: The Copper Key and another author, Joan Hall and her book, House of Sorrows. I am thrilled … Continue reading

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Don’t Hold Your Breath Yet! Spring is Here Somewhere!

I mentioned in a previous post that hold on a minute and the weather in New England will change again from warm to cold and back again. Well, it happened on 4/16/21! We had snow – about two inches! It … Continue reading

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Spring is Sprouting All Over! But the Weather is Cool Again!

In New England just wait a minute and the weather will change from warm to cold and back again. We hardy New Englanders are used to this. We are ready for anything that nature throws at us. I think! Yikes! … Continue reading

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A Gift from Above – Rainbows and a Night out with Friends!

Do you love rainbows? I think they are magical! We went out to dinner with good friends (Fran & Jim) for the first time in well over a year to a lovely restaurant that serves delicious lamb, beef, fish and … Continue reading

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Getting Books for Summer Reading? Books for PS-Grade 3 from JEMSBOOKS EXPRESS! Hop on Board!

Are you in need of some books for your children for their summer reading? I have 17 children’s books for PS-Grade 3, Ages 1 – 7. Now is the time to stock up on fun reading with good values and … Continue reading

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Getting Ready for Warmer Weather! Are you vaccinated yet? Are you ready to get out and about?

How are you feeling? Are you getting ready for warmer weather? Do you need to get out and about and enjoy yourself more? We have been cooped up for over a year now. It’s time to get out! My husband … Continue reading

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Getting Ready for the Glorious Hummingbirds and Baltimore Orioles Birds!

It is almost time for the arrival of the glorious hummingbirds to New England. They are on their way here, expected to arrive soon. My husband prepared our feeders today for them. We don’t want to miss their arrival. They … Continue reading

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Who Loves Baby Afghans? Afghans for Sale While They Last!

In between writing, blogging, reading, tap dancing and exercising on my treadmill, I crochet. I recently completed two baby afghans in white. I am now ready for another new baby to come into our extended family. I became a great … Continue reading

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Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series – Enjoyable Read for MG/PT/YA! A Wonderful Review to Share!

I was flipping through some of my older reviews of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series and came across this wonderful review. I had to share it with you again. If your children haven’t read any of this series, grab … Continue reading

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