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About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 37 books: 18 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, one young adult book, written under Janice Spina, and 5 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 31 Book Awards and a few Finalists in contests. AWARDS: 6 MOM'S CHOICE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Lamby the Lonely Lamby, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon, Louey the Lazy Elephant, Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear, Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier, The First Star 11 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Books 1, 2, 3, 5, & 6. Abby & Holly Series, Books 1-6 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 7 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, Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab, Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Book 1 (Drystan and Durward Save the Day) 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 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 book 2 of a YA fantasy series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about an angel and another about a dog for ages 15+. 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.

Happy Mother’s Day! Blessings to all Mothers out there!

I hope all mothers out there have a wonderful day. It’s your day – may all your loved ones make it special in every way! Each Mother’s Day I miss my mother even more. I wrote this poem many years … Continue reading

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A New Review of Gateskin Chronicles Book 1!

I was perusing a site that I use for promotion, BooksShelf.com and noticed review of my book there. Here is an excerpt that was featured there. It filled my heart with joy! Here is the link to my page. https://www.booksshelf.com/books/The-Legend-of-the-Taken-OnesContinue reading

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Turkeys on Parade!

It is that time of year when turkeys strut their stuff by fanning their incredible plumage! They are quite the sight to see! Here are some photos I keep snapping as they parade around our neighborhood and into our yard! … Continue reading

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Looking for an Unforgettable Summer Read for 18+!

Look no further – Jemsbooks has five novels and a short story collection for 18+ that will keep you busy this summer with some unforgettable reads. There will be more books coming over the next couple of years. Keep a … Continue reading

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Summer Reading for YA with Fantasy Series!

All Young Adults out there need some exciting adventures in reading for summer or any time reading. This YA fantasy series will hopefully have six books in all. The Legend of the Taken Ones (Gateskin Chronicles Book 1) is on … Continue reading

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Multi-Award-Winning Author Janice Spina is my Guest Author…

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Award-winning Author Janice Spina I’m delighted to welcome author Janice Spina to my blog today. Janice kindly welcomed me as her guest Author earlier this year and it is a pleasure to return the favour.…

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Drystan the Dragon and Friends Book 1: Drystan and Durward Save the Day won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award!

I am honored and excited to announce that Drystan the Dragon and Friends Book 1: Drystan and Durward Save the Day won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award! It is always exciting to receive an award for one of my books. … Continue reading

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Books Read in the Month of April 2022!

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 April of 2022. Here are the 6 books I read and reviewed for April. … Continue reading

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Hop on JEMSBOOKS EXPRESS for MG/PT for Summer Reading with plenty of Mystery, Magic, Time Travel, Ghosts and Wizards!

Help your middle-graders/preteens discover the MAGIC, MYSTERY, TIME TRAVEL, GHOSTS & WIZARDS for some fun summer or any time reading. There are two series – one for boys and one for girls but both series of books can and are … Continue reading

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More Books in the Works for Jemsbooks!

There is no end to more ideas that keep popping into my head during the day or at night in a dream. I have two WIP at the moment, a book in a fantasy series, a short story collection for … Continue reading

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