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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 28 Book Awards and a few Finalists in contests. AWARDS: 4 MOM'S CHOICE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Lamby the Lonely Lamby, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon, Louey the Lazy Elephant, Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear 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 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 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 1 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. 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.

Vacation in Sunny Aruba!

I recently returned from sunny Aruba – One Happy Island! We were there for three weeks! It was quite a vacation in more ways than usual though. Of course it is always wonderful to get back there each year for … Continue reading

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Books for 18+ for Christmas!

Have you made your lists for Christmas yet? It is coming sooner than you think! Books make the best gifts for all ages! Jemsbooks has books for all reading tastes. Sometimes we forget to treat ourselves to a good book. … Continue reading

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Saluting All Veterans on Veteran’s Day!

This is a post I published in a past year that I wanted to share today on Veteran’s Day. A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL VETERANS OUT THERE WHO SERVED THEIR COUNTRY AND GAVE THEIR LIVES OR LIMBS TO KEEP … Continue reading

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore Update – #Reviews – #CrimeThriller Sue Coletta, #Paranormal John W. Howell, #Shortstories J. E. Spina

Welcome to the Wednesday edition of the Cafe and Bookstore with recent reviews for authors on the shelves. The first author is Sue Coletta with a … Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore Update – #Reviews – #CrimeThriller Sue Coletta, #Paranormal John … Continue reading

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Christmas Gifts – Books are Perfect for all ages and sizes! Here are some for your little ones!

How are you doing with your Christmas shopping? This year is a little crazy trying to get just the right item for those on your lists. Time is flying by! The easiest way to finish up your lists is by … Continue reading

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Book for Young Adults – New Fantasy Series – in time for Christmas!

Have you begun your shopping for Christmas yet? Believe it or not it will be here before you know it! Yikes! I have decided to give a lot of gift certificates or things that I made to everyone on my … Continue reading

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Books Read in the Month of October of 2021!

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 October of 2021. Here are the 7 books I read and reviewed for October. … Continue reading

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Some New Activity in our Saltwater Fish Tank!

I know some of you are fascinated by our fish. That is why I put in a post every so often to introduce new fish and happenings in our tank. It is a fascinating environment to watch as the new … Continue reading

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New Review of An Angel Among Us – Short Story Collection!

I was thrilled to receive this new review of my short story collection – An Angel Among Us! Thank you, Richard V. Battle. Reviews are like receiving early Christmas gifts that you didn’t expect! Richard V. Battle5.0 out of 5 … Continue reading

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Books for MG/PT/YA for Christmas!

Days are flying by too quickly for me. I can’t believe that the holidays are fast approaching. Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? I have been busy sewing and crocheting in between writing to complete projects for Christmas. I … Continue reading

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