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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.

Book 2 Mystery Series for Girls and Boys – Abby & Holly Series!

This is Book 2 of Abby & Holly Series, Unfortunate Events. All my series books for MG/PT/YA are stand along books that can be read in any order but I recommend reading them in order. The characters do grow in … Continue reading

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Mystery Series for MG/PT/YA Girls and Boys – Abby & Holly Series, Book 1!

This is my newest series for both girls and boys, Abby & Holly, School Dance. These two characters, Abby & Holly, were first introduced in Book 5 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. If you would like to begin … Continue reading

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Summer in Full Swing and Glorious Flowers!

Here in New England USA we waited through a long wet, cool spring to get to summer. Now it’s brewing us like a summer tea, hot and steamy. All we need is a little ice to cool us off. Phew! … Continue reading

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Fish have Personalities too!

If you have been one of my readers you may know that my husband, John, and I have fish for pets, one tank of fresh water and one with 12 tropical fish. Fish do have personalities. Our 95-gallon tank has … Continue reading

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Interview with Author/Poet Lynda McKinney Lambert and her New Book!

I am happy to welcome new author/poet Lynda McKinney Lambert to Jemsbooks Interview an Author Segment. Thank you for coming today, Lynda. Photo: Lynda McKinney Lambert with her First Prize Winner, Girl on a Bench SeesVisions of butterflies, at the InSights18 international … Continue reading

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Book 6 of Mysteries for Boys & Girls for Great Summer Reading!

Here is Book 6 of the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Mystery of the Bells. I will be sharing and showcasing all six books one at a time, each in their own post. This is … Continue reading

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Book 5 of Mysteries for Boys & Girls for Great Summer Reading!

Here is Book 5 of the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost. I will be sharing and showcasing all six books one at a time, each in their own post. If you haven’t … Continue reading

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Book 4 of Mysteries for Boys & Girls for Great Summer Reading!

Here is Book 4 of the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog. I will be sharing and showcasing all six books one at a time, each in their own post. If you haven’t … Continue reading

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Book 3 of Mysteries for Boys & Girls for Great Summer Reading!

Here is Book 3 of the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant. I will be sharing and showcasing all six books one at a time, each in their own post. If you haven’t … Continue reading

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Book 2 of Mysteries for Boys & Girls for Great Summer Reading!

Here is Book 2 of the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. I will be sharing and showcasing all six books one at a time, each in their own post. If you haven’t read these yet please share with your … Continue reading

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