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About jjspina

Janice is an award-winning author with 12 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 7 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 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. Book 4 of Davey & Derek Series was a Finalist in Red City Review. 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.

A Novel That Touches Your Heart – How Far Is Heaven!

How Far is Heaven is a novel I wrote several years ago in between working. It came to me one night in a dream. It kept repeating in a dream nightly until I began to write it down. This is … Continue reading

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Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Book 6, The Case of the Mystery of the Bells is NOW HERE!

I am so excited to introduce my newest book in the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series – Book 6, The Case of the Mystery of the Bells, for both boys and girls! As with all Jemsbooks, my husband, John, … Continue reading

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Happy Easter and Passover!

HAPPY EASTER AND PASSOVER! To children everywhere Easter is jelly beans, bunnies, plastic eggs filled with candy and money, baskets full of chocolate and all things that are sweet and delicious. To adults it has more meaning – Christ has … Continue reading

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#Adventure Series for Girls and Boys – Abby & Holly Series in ghostly stories that will delight all ages!

I first wrote Abby & Holly Book 1, School Dance followed closely by Abby & Holly Series, Book 2, Unfortunate Events in 2018. I wrote these books for my granddaughter who is now nine years old and enjoying them. Watch … Continue reading

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#Magic #Mystery #Fun Adventures with Davey & Derek Junior Detectives!

Read Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Books 1-6 for #fun #adventures #magic #mystery for both boys and girls. Adults love them too! They are good wholesome fun for all ages! Watch for Book 6 coming soon!!! I began writing these … Continue reading

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update #reviews – Janice Spina, Terry Tyler and Marina Osipova

I am thrilled to be included in this post on Sally’s Cafe & Bookstore along with these talented authors! Thank you so much, Sally! I am honored! Thank you, DG Kaye, for the beautiful review of my book! I am … Continue reading

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Children Learn with Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab that it’s Okay to be Different!

I wrote Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab in 2016. This story is based on a real life hermit crab that lived in a salt-water fish tank in our home. Clarence was a different kind of crab. My husband, John, purchased … Continue reading

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Mariah’s Revenge Featured at Local Library! Book Clubs Wanted!

I was thrilled to learn that my novel for 18+, Mariah’s Revenge, was featured at our local library recently. A good friend of mine frequents the library often and noticed it sitting on a shelf by itself on a stand. … Continue reading

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Learn How to be Brave Like – Award-Winning Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe!

I wrote Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe in 2017 when a grandmother I met at one of my books signings asked me if I would write a book for her grandson who was having some difficulties about being brave. Unfortunately, I … Continue reading

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Cover Reveal – New Book from Jemsbooks – The Case of the Mystery of the Bells, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Book 6!

I am excited to introduce you to a new book coming in the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series! Here is the cover for The Case of the Mystery of the Bells, Book 6 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives! … Continue reading

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