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About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 35 books: 17 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen/young adult books, 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 26 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.

Book 1 of a New Fantasy Series for Young Adults (13+) coming from Jemsbooks! Watch for Cover Reveal!

I am excited to announce that I have a new Fantasy Series coming soon – Book 1 will be published (fingers crossed) in August of 2021! There will be six books in the series. I wrote this story many years … Continue reading

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Some More Fish Added to our Tank!

We now have two clown fish, three anemones, a Foxface, Lubbock’s Fancy Wrasse, Gold Spotted Rabbit Fish, a Coral Beauty and a Gamma. They all appeared so far to be getting along. I think the anemones are trying to entice … Continue reading

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My Favorite Way to Celebrate my Birthday! Not Counting Anymore!

I can’t believe that I am this old! Celebrating another birthday this year I will have my favorite meal – steamers, lobster and corn on the cob. I love seafood of any kind but this is my favorite combination. I’d … Continue reading

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A Wonderful Review of my Novel, In a Second!

I am over the moon with this new review of my novel, In a Second, that was posted by Carol Balawyder on her blog. Thank you soooo much, Carol! I am grateful and thrilled that you enjoyed my book and … Continue reading

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New Additions to our Saltwater Tank!

Our 95-gallon saltwater tank is looking so empty with just two clown fish who like to hide and three anemones who like to move around. The anemones are not entirely happy in their new home. If they have a tendency … Continue reading

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Happy 4th of July!

Over the past year and a half the whole world has been in turmoil because of the pandemic of COVID-19. It has taken us this long to get out and about once again. We are still wearing masks at doctor’s … Continue reading

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Books Read in the Month of June 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 June of 2021. Here are the 6 books I read and reviewed for June. … Continue reading

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Jemsbooks Children’s Books – Award-Winning Books for Summer Reading or all year through! GET ON BOARD JEMSBOOKS EXPRESS THIS SUMMER!

I feel blessed to be able to do what I love to do – write stories for children and all ages! I am a mother and grandmother and step-great grandmother. I know what I want my little ones to read. … Continue reading

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Summer Reading for Kids of All Ages!

This is a post I previously wrote back in 2020 (updated to include new books) and wanted to share again in time for the summer. Jemsbooks for all ages for fun summer reading for the whole family! Pre-School – Grade … Continue reading

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Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier won a Silver Medal from Mom’s Choice Awards!

https://store.momschoiceawards.com/index.php?entry_id=11162 I am thrilled to announce that my children’s book, Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier won a Silver Medal from Mom’s Choice Awards! I feel honored and grateful! Thank you, @momschoiceawards! Blurb: This book is based on my dog, Lucy, … Continue reading

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