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About jjspina

Janice is an award-winning author with 13 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 10 middle-grade/preteen/young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 3 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 18 Book Awards and a few Finalists in contests. AWARDS: MOM'S CHOICE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Lamby the Lonely Lamby PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Books 1, 2, 3, 5, & 6. Abby & Holly Series, Books 1-3 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 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe 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 Book 5 of Abby & Holly series for girls and Book 2 of Drystan the Dragon series for young children. 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, 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.

Two New Books Coming from Jemsbooks!

With all the extra time I have on my hands I have been avidly working on Book 5 of Abby & Holly Series and Book 2 of Drystan the Dragon and Friends. I officially completed Book 5 but have plenty … Continue reading

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Books Read in the Month of March 2020!

Here it is already the end of another month. Where does the time go? I have been busy as usual reading some wonderful books for the month of March of 2020. Here are the 7 books I read and reviewed for March. … Continue reading

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What are you doing to keep busy during COVID-19?

This has been a difficult time for the world with the coming of COVID-19. I hope and pray that you and your families are staying safe and well and doing everything to stay that way according to the CDC and … Continue reading

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Who Loves Short Story Collections?

If you love short story collections here is an eclectic book of 15 short stories, An Angel Among Us, that will keep you riveted and turning pages. These stories are perfect to fill the time we have while we are … Continue reading

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Do You Believe in Angels?

My novel for 18+, How Far Is Heaven, is a romance/mystery/paranormal that will have you believing in angels. I wrote this story after I had a dream about a ghost one night. Once I began writing the story it flowed … Continue reading

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Do Your Children Love Magical Mysteries?

If your children love magical mysteries then please check out Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Books 1-6. This is an award-winning series that will delight your children with its fantasy, mysteries, magic spells, magic cloaks, hats, wands and fun … Continue reading

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Do Your Children Love Ghostly Mysteries?

If your children love to read about ghosts and mysteries you should check out Abby & Holly Series Books 1-4. These are award-winning books that are enjoyed by middle-graders, preteens, young adults and adults too. Both boys and girls enjoy … Continue reading

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Is spring Here Yet?

I can’t believe it! Spring is finally here but it certainly doesn’t feel like it. Even though we haven’t had a snowy or harsh winter we hardy New Englanders always love when winter is over. THINK SPRING! We can get … Continue reading

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Attention: Book Clubs – Questions for Hunting Mariah and Mariah's Revenge now Available!

Hi readers out there! If you are on Skype or Face-time with your fellow book club members now that you can’t get physically together here are some Book Club Questions for you to consider after you read Hunting Mariah and … Continue reading

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Watch for New Children's Book Coming from Jemsbooks!

Here at Jemsbooks we are busy creating more entertaining books for children of all ages. My husband, John/illustrator/cover creator extraordinaire, is working avidly now on Book 2 of the Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series! These books are fun adventures … Continue reading

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