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About jjspina

Janice is an award-winning author with 31 books: 15 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 23 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.

Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon – My Second Publication from 2013!

I want to feature my second publication from 2013 – children’s book – Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon today! I will be featuring a different children’s book in each of future posts. Stay tuned for more fun books for kids – … Continue reading

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Books Read in September 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 September of 2020. Here are the 6 books I read and reviewed for September. … Continue reading

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Another Recipe from Janice’s Kitchen Corner – Pot Roast!

I apologize. It’s been a little while since I posted a new recipe for you. My husband has been doing most of the cooking on the grill which gives me time to work on my current WIP. Thank God for … Continue reading

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My First Book Published in 2013 – Louey the Lazy Elephant!

Louey the Lazy Elephant was the first book I published in 2013! I feel that Louey has been neglected for a long time. I have been so busy publishing 30 other books since Louey. I think it’s time to shine … Continue reading

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A Walk Around the Neighborhood!

I enjoyed getting out today to walk around my lovely neighborhood. It was nice to get some fresh air for a change. I usually exercise in my basement exercise area. Once the cold and snow come I will not be … Continue reading

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Keeping Positive During Crazy Times in the Year 2020 – The Year that Changed the World!

This Year 2020 will be known as: The Year that changed the world! The Year that stopped the world from living normally! The Year that never was! The Year that time stopped! The Year that killed many! The Year that … Continue reading

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Jemsbooks Make Perfect Gifts for anyone 18 and Over!

Are you looking for an intriguing mystery, adventure, crime, thriller, suspense, paranormal, romance, sci-fi, fantasy, or short story? Well, look no further, please check out Jemsbooks Novels for 18+. You will find mysteries, thrillers, suspense, crime, romance, paranormal, mystery and … Continue reading

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Jemsbooks Make Perfect Gifts for MG/PT/YA!

Are you looking for the perfect gift for those special middle-graders/preteens/young adults in your life. When they reach that age it is difficult to buy clothes and sometimes too expensive to purchase all the coveted technology that they request. Why … Continue reading

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Jemsbooks Make Perfect Gifts for All Occasions for Children!

Do you have a difficult time choosing gifts for those hard to please on your lists for birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, Hannukah, etc.? Well, Jemsbooks aim to please all ages! I gift books all the time and the recipients open the … Continue reading

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Is fall coming soon?

Some days feel like summer is still hanging in there and not wanting to let go. Other days there is that crisp feel and smell to the air that makes you long for the cooler temperatures, pumpkin pie, apple cider, … Continue reading

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