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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.

What Constitutes Success in Life?

Dictionaries state that Success is: The favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors, the accomplishments of one’s goals. The attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like A performance or achievement that is marked by success, so by the … Continue reading

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Calling all Authors for Guest Posts or Interviews!

I happened upon a wonderful post today by Mindy McGinnis on her blog. Check it out here. She gives a list of six ways to support your favorite authors. We authors will thank you for all that you can do to … Continue reading

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What Will You and Your Children be Reading this Summer?

It feels like summer will never get here. This spring in New England USA has been rainy and cold. But we New Englanders are a hardy stock and know that if we just show a little patience summer will be … Continue reading

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Hummingbirds are now here!!

HUMMINGBIRDS ARE NOW HERE! This is a post I wrote previously about hummingbirds that I wanted to share with you again. My husband spotted the first hummingbird to our feeder this year (5/7/19). I missed it but will keep my … Continue reading

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Where Does Inspiration Come from?

I wonder sometimes where inspiration comes from. I never know when or where my muse is going to inspire me. Plans can be made sometimes to write but they don’t always work out. When I write a book I begin … Continue reading

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Happy Mother’s Day!

This is part of a post from 2018 that I wanted to share once again for Mother’s Day. Below is what we did last year. This year we are going over to my son’s and daughter-in-law’s for dinner instead of … Continue reading

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New Reviews of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Book 6, The Case of the Mystery of the Bells!

I was thrilled to receive my first reviews of Book 6, The Case of the Mystery of the Bells, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series! This series has been a joy to write. I feel like a kid again as … Continue reading

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Taking a Break from Writing – Umm Maybe a Little one!

It’s that time of the year when I take a breather from writing and publishing to rest, relax and unwind with my husband somewhere in the world other than at my laptop. Sigh! Can I do it? Can I not … Continue reading

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Is There Life Before and After Writing?

This is an old post from 2016 that I wanted to share again. I still feel this way about writing and can’t live without it even for one day. How do you feel about writing? Growing up I was always … Continue reading

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Writing in Different Genres!

This is an old post from 2017 that I wanted to share with you again. I wrote this as part of anthology with other authors for best-selling author, Kristina Stanley. Check out this book for more enjoyable posts by other … Continue reading

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