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About jjspina

Janice is an award-winning author with 32 books: 16 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 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 25 Book Awards and a few Finalists in contests. AWARDS: 2 MOM'S CHOICE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Lamby the Lonely Lamby, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon 9 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Books 1, 2, 3, 5, & 6. Abby & Holly Series, Books 1-4 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 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 a novel and Book 4 of Drystan the Dragon series for young children. An historical novel and 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, 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.

MY GOALS FOR 2021!

Happy New Year Everyone! This past year 2020 has been a grueling, heartbreaking and disappointing year for many. I pray that those who lost loved ones to the COVID-19 Virus find that 2021 will be a healing time for them. … Continue reading

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Books Read in December 2020! I Read 82 Books out of 90 Goodreads Goal in 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 December of 2020. Here are the 7 books I read and reviewed for December. … Continue reading

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Happy Reading with Jemsbooks! How Many Books Did you Read This Year?

Have you been reading more than ever this year due to the Pandemic? I have read 82 out of a Goodreads goal of 90 this year. This is less than last year but I was busy publishing 8 books, that’s … Continue reading

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In A Second – My 33rd Publication – Published in December 2020!

In A Second This is the 33rd publication and one of eight books I published in 2020. It has been a rough year for everyone. I feel blessed to be able to keep busy with writing and publishing. It kept … Continue reading

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Happy New Year Everyone! May 2021 be a Better Year for All! A Year in Review!

This past year, 2020, has been a difficult year for everyone. We have had to keep socially distanced from our loved ones, couldn’t travel anywhere, couldn’t go out to eat safely, couldn’t shop except online, had to wear a mask … Continue reading

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New Novel from Jemsbooks – In A Second is Now Here!

My new novel is now here – In A Second! I am excited to complete this story. A special ‘thank you’ to my wonderful beta readers, Fran, Trish and Michele, for getting their notes and opinions back to me so … Continue reading

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Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Book 4: Delfina Solves A Problem – My 32nd Publication – Published in December 2020!

Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Book 4: Delfina Solves A Problem This dragon series was written and dedicated to all the children out there who love dragons! This series is perfect for Christmas or any time. Grab your copies … Continue reading

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Abby & Holly Series Book 6: Faulty Timeline – My 31st Publication – Published in July 2020!

Abby & Holly Series Book 6: Faulty Timeline I wrote this series for my granddaughter Leah who loves to read. I dedicated this book to Leah and my step granddaughter Laura who gets excited each time she receives a new … Continue reading

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Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Book 3: Delbert Finds Himself – 30th Publication – Published in July of 2020!

Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Book 3: Delbert Finds Himself I wrote this series and dedicated it to all the children out there who love dragons! If you have a child who loves dragons grab your copy of Books … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas to One and All! May You Have a Safe and Blessed Holiday Season and New Year!

Blessings of the season to everyone. May you all stay safe and well during this busy time of year with COVID-19. At least we can be thankful for the vaccine which is now here. I want to invite you to … Continue reading

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