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About jjspina

Janice is an award-winning author with 14 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 11 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 19 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 6 of Abby & Holly series for girls and Book 3 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.

A Recipe from Janice’s Kitchen Corner – Beef and Broccoli with Wine!

This is the 11th recipe that I am sharing on the cooking segment of my blog. I hope you have been enjoying it so far. Today I want to share an easy and tasty recipe using left over roast beef … Continue reading

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New Book from Jemsbooks – Cover Reveal!

I have been working on the newest book in Abby & Holly Series, Book 6, Faulty Timeline. Here is the Cover Reveal! My talented husband, John, created this colorful and striking cover for the final book in this MG/PT/YA series … Continue reading

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Jemsbooks’ Children’s Books to be Featured on Leach Library’s YouTube Channel in July 2020!

I am excited to announce that Leach Library in Londonderry, NH will be featuring my children’s books on their YouTube Channel beginning on July 6, 2020. They will choose one book at a time to read on their channel on … Continue reading

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Books Read in the Month of June 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 June of 2020. Here are the 8 books I read and reviewed for June. … Continue reading

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Happy Fourth of July – Reading is Fun!

Are you looking for some intriguing books to read over the holiday weekend since we can’t go anywhere? Sigh! These lovely promos are from AllAuthor.com! They are top notch and always have new promos for each holiday and occasion. Thank … Continue reading

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Drystan the Dragon and Friends Book 3 is Now Here!

I am thrilled to announce that Book 3 Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Delbert Finds Himself is now here! This book comes at a time when our country is in a turmoil with color. I hope this book will … Continue reading

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Happy 4th of July USA!

Wishing everyone a Happy 4th of July! Stay safe and and stay strong Be proud to be an America You are free! Thank every serviceman or woman that you meet For without them we would not be here. Have fun … Continue reading

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Cover Reveal of New Book – Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Book 3 – Delbert Finds Himself!

This is Book 3 in this series of six books. Drystan the Dragon and Friends – Delbert Finds Himself. This book is coming out at the right time to help children understand the importance of loving yourself for whatever color … Continue reading

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Another Recipe from Janice’s Kitchen Corner – Zucchini Bread!

This is the ninth installment of Janice’s Kitchen Corner. Now that our zucchini plant is producing some beautiful vegetables I have been coming up with my recipes. Today I will be sharing my recipe for Zucchini Bread. This is quick, … Continue reading

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Keeping Busy While Housebound During Pandemic!

It has been since March that I have been housebound during COVID-19. It feels like a lot longer though. I have gone out occasionally to the doctors when absolutely necessary and to having something fixed (my sewing machine). But each … Continue reading

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