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About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 35 books: 17 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen/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 26 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 11 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Books 1, 2, 3, 5, & 6. Abby & Holly Series, Books 1-6 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 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 1 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. 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.

Are you in the mood for a Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Crime Novel?

Are you in the mood to read a novel that will hook you in from the first page and never let you go? You will forget about the laundry, dinner and the family (poor family). I should have put a … Continue reading

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Looking for a new book for your children? Do your children love elephants?

I have 18 children’s books for ages 1-8, grades PS-Grade 3. All my books are written in rhyme with life lessons that teach children to be kind, caring and responsible. It’s a wonderful feeling to see children actively engaged with … Continue reading

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Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – New Book on the Shelves- #Fantasy – The Legend of the Taken Ones: Gateskin Chronicles Book 1 by Janice Spina

I was thrilled to be on Sally Cronin’s fabulous blog recently. Sally is a wonderful support for her fellow authors and features the on her wonderful site. You must visit it and check out all the interesting posts. She is … Continue reading

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A Book Trailer for new novel – The Legend of the Taken Ones (Gateskin Chronicles Book 1)!

Here is a book trailer that I created for my newest book, a fantasy series for 13+ – The Legend of the Taken Ones (Gateskin Chronicles Book 1). Let the adventure begin! I am excited about this new book. It … Continue reading

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A Touch of fall is here!

Looking around the neighborhood on a recent walk I noticed that the trees (maples) are beginning to show off their early colors of red. These trees are the first one to change. The pear maples show their colors of yellow … Continue reading

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Some New Additions to Our Fish Tank!

We have had so many changes in our fish tank recently. Some fish don’t last as long as others due to stress, changes in the water from the store tank where they were purchased or not compatible with other fish … Continue reading

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A New Review of The Legend of the Taken Ones (Gateskin Chronicles Book 1)!

I am excited to share another review of my latest YA fantasy, The Legend of the Taken Ones (Gateskin Chronicles Book 1)! This was an epic book for me – 500 pages in the paperback. Most of the novels are … Continue reading

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A Trip to Bar Harbor, Maine!

I recently traveled with my husband and another couple to lovely Bar Harbor, Maine. It was an enjoyable time. The area is quaint and lovely with plenty of restaurants, scenic views of Cadillac Mountain and flowers everywhere. We were there … Continue reading

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JEMSBOOKS EXPRESS – Bringing you children’s books for PS-Grade 3 – DRYSTAN THE DRAGON AND FRIENDS SERIES BOOK 6: DRAGANA HELPS A FAIRY! IT’S READING TIME!

Have your children read Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Books 1-6 yet? It’s reading time! Grab your copies today! Hope on the JEMSBOOKS EXPRESS TODAY! Blurb: This is the final book in this magical, mystical series of dragons and … Continue reading

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A Great review of new book, The Legend of the Taken Ones (Gateskin Chronicles Book 1)!

I was thrilled to receive this wonderful review of my new YA fantasy book, The Legend of the Taken Ones ( Gateskin Chronicles Book 1)! Reviews are like gold, treasured and welcome! Thank you, ‘Mystery Fran!’ Mystery “Fran”5.0 out of … Continue reading

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