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About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 37 books: 18 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, one young adult book, 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 28 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.

Christmas decorations are up! Feeling a lot like Christmas!

We always decorate our house the day after Thanksgiving. It is quite a job and a need a day or two after to relax. Welcome to my house all decorated! Thank you for stopping by to read this post. It … Continue reading

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Happy Shopping for PS-Grade 3 – Jemsbooks are perfect for any occasion!

Finish your Christmas shopping on Jemsbooks.com! One stop shopping site! So happy you are here! Happy shopping! Shop for award-winning books today! One of the most important things to consider when purchasing children’s books for PS-Grade 3 is the good … Continue reading

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Books Read in the Month of November of 2021!

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 November of 2021. Here are the 7 books I read and reviewed for November. … Continue reading

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Good to be home again from our vacation in Aruba! EBook Giveaway!

It’s nice to go away but even nicer to come back home after a three-week vacation! We have a very comfortable home with all the amenities. So, I ask myself – why do we ever go away? Ha! I guess … Continue reading

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Goals I plan to complete for 2022!

Each year I give myself extraordinary goals to complete. I hope I can meet these goals. Check out the goals for 2021 that I did complete. GOALS FOR 2022! Publish 4 books (Gateskin Books 2, 3, 4, Mariah Series Book … Continue reading

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Jemsbooks for Christmas! Happy Shopping!

This is a post I updated from 2020 for shopping for Christmas! It’s never too soon to get shopping! How are you doing with your Christmas shopping? Jemsbooks make perfect gifts for all the people on your list. Why? There … Continue reading

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Our First Snow! Books for Christmas!

On Friday, November 26, 2021 we had a first snowfall – less than a 1/4 of an inch! Ha! But it was still nice to see everything white for a short time. I’m sure there is plenty more to come! … Continue reading

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Happy Shopping for the holidays!

I can’t believe it is almost the end of November with Christmas closing in on us! Yikes! I have lots of books autographed for family and made many items for gifts. Do you have all your shopping done yet? Bring … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving!

If you aren’t from America you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving but maybe celebrate your own kind of thanksgiving. I hope you have a wonderful day with family whatever you plan to do. I wrote this poem in 2019 before COVID-19. The … Continue reading

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Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – #Reviews – #Disability Dawn Doig, #Fantasy Janice Spina

Welcome to the Children’s Reading Room and recent reviews for authors on the shelves. The first book with a recent review is And So, Ahmed Hears by … Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – #Reviews – #Disability Dawn Doig, #Fantasy Janice … Continue reading

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