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About jjspina

Janice is an award-winning author with 12 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 9 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, Davey & Derek Book 6, and Abby & Holly Books 1 & 2 all won Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards. Abby & Holly Book 1 School Dance won a Bronze Medal from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. Book 5 of Davey & Derek also won a Silver Medal from Authorsdb Cover Contest. Hunting Mariah and Mariah’s Revenge were Finalists in Authorsdb First Lines Contest, Book 4 of Davey & Derek Series was a Finalist in Red City Review and received a 5-Star Review from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. 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 4 of Abby & Holly series for girls and a Dragon series for young children. A YA fantasy series will be coming in 2020 and beyond 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 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.

Taking a Break from Everything!

I am taking my yearly break and heading to Aruba for a wonderful and relaxing vacation! While we are there I promise to post a few times with beautiful photos of the island and the delectable food! Sorry if I … Continue reading

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Do your children love mysteries about magic and ghosts?

This is the time of year to look for special books for Halloween. Look no further than Jemsbooks for magical mysteries involving a haunted house, ghosts and spooky beings that will delight your children ages 13+. These are award-winning books … Continue reading

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Do you Need your Book Promoted?

I have been using Theodocia McLean from Book Marketing Global Network to perform some magic promoting my books. Theodocia has done an amazing job putting together promo photos with me and my books. Check out this website and all the … Continue reading

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How To Make Your Blog Standout From All The Other Blogs Out There

Do you need some help with your blog? Well, this is the post for you. My friend, Hugh Roberts, blogger extraordinaire, can answer your questions and offer some assistance to make your blog the best it can be. I have … Continue reading

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Have you Noticed the Beauty of the fall in New England?

I recently wrote a post about the fall in New England. I should have waited a little longer for the colors to come out fully in all their splendor. Here are some photos that I snapped as we traveled around … Continue reading

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What Books Are Your Children Reading?

Being an author of books for young children’s, middle-grade, preteen, young adult and 18+ I am always interested in what everyone is reading. We parents, grandparents and caregivers want our children to read good, clean, wholesome books that will inspire … Continue reading

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Are Books Better than Tablets for Children?

This is an excellent question as today’s technology is so important to all of us. I read an interesting and informative post, Study: Books May Foster Bonding Better Than Tablets by Linda Carroll that was published in New Hampshire Union … Continue reading

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Books Read in September of 2019!

Welcome to Jemsbooks Segment – Books Read in September of 2019. Here are the 8 books I read this month. Hope you enjoy my reviews. It was a busy month and as usual I read some fascinating books. All my … Continue reading

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A Trip To Lovely Vermont!

We recently took a three-day trip to lovely Vermont with our good friends, Jim and Fran. It was perfect weather for leaf peeping. The colors were beginning to brighten up even more as we left. Seeing the beautiful foliage wasn’t … Continue reading

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FALL IS HERE! MY FAVORITE TIME OF YEAR!

I can’t believe how fast summer has flown by. The weather is changing and the trees are revealing their true colors of red, yellow, and orange. There is beauty everywhere you look. This is my favorite time of year! I … Continue reading

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