Summer is almost gone but the Rose of Sharon Bushes are Thriving!

I have been sharing our gorgeous Rose of Sharon bushes with you every year as they blossom. This year they have been most prolific. I guess they love the hot and dry weather we have had.

Here are some recent photos of their incredible beauty.

In the closeups you may notice the bees that are busily collecting pollen. They are completely covered in it. I had to be careful not to get in their way as they buzzed around me. I ducked in closer to capture these photos and backed away when they were ready to fly out.

The colors keep changing on the plants from one color white or pinkish purple to both colors on the same bush. The bushes are so tall now that they cover some of our windows. The views from the windows are incredible too. We see the bushes from the top down with myriad buds still not opened yet.

These photos are taken from inside looking out of our window. If you look closely you will see some visitors through the branches and blossoms – wild turkeys.

Here are some pics of our Dipladenia plant on our back deck that loves this warm weather too. It is glorious!

The only plant that did not do well this year was our hibiscus which is now over 10 years old. We cut it back after the season is over and bring it in for the winter. We bring it out back outside in the spring. This year I don’t even want to share a photo since it’s not looking its best. So sad! My son and daughter-in-law gave me the plant for Mother’s Day over 10 years ago.

For many years it flourished and blossomed creating such beauty that I shared with you. Sad to say this is its last year to flower. I has turned yellow and drops leaves like crazy. It hasn’t produced many blossoms this year either. I guess it is its time to go to the place for all plants who die. Sigh!

Here is a photo of its beauty at one time.

Hibiscus

I hope you enjoyed my photos of our Rose of Sharon bushes and other plants. I hate to see the summer end for all the flowers will be gone soon. Luckily the Rose of Sharon will still flower until the first frost.

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What is your favorite genre?

I am an eclectic writer, writing in different genres and jumping back and forth between age groups too. It’s crazy but I love doing it. I feel like I stay fresh if I keep switching things up and challenging myself with something new.

JEMSBOOKS NOVELS FOR 18+ are available on Amazon as paperbacks and ebooks (Kindle) and Barnes & Noble as paperbacks.

Purchase YA books here.

MG/PT/YA books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Jemsbooks Children’s books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

As you can see from what I have written so far – thrillers, mysteries, suspense, crime, detective, paranormal, clairvoyant, short stories in multi-genres, time travel, magic, ghosts and haunted house, children’s, MG, PT, YA and novels for 18 that there is something for everyone.

What is your favorite genre? I’d love to hear from you.

The only genres I do not choose to write in are horror, explicit material and language and zombies. Sorry if you choose one of those. I cannot be convinced to tackle any one of those genres.

My favorite is still writing for MG/PT/YA. Stories come to me easier and quicker in these genres. It’s as if the child in me comes alive to tell the stories. I love the feeling of freedom and flying as my words appear so fast and the story takes form. I may get back to that genre again one day.

In the meantime I will keep on working on my present WIP which is for 18+. I also have several more ideas on the back burner. You never know what I will come up with next! I don’t know either!

Children’s books
New books coming
Novels for 18+

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. I would love to hear what you are reading and what genres you prefer. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Come back again real soon!

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READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING!

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Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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Summer is almost over! Get back to more reading on Nook or Kindle?

As the summer wanes we may find we are bored and need something new to read. Amazon has million upon millions of choices. I hope you will choose some of my books when you are looking for something new and exciting to read. I have 39 books and counting at this time. There never seems to be a time when I am not with a WIP.

I find the best part of my day is when I am either reading or writing! I am hooked on both! Goodreads keeps giving me all kinds of achievement awards for reading! This would make my first grade teacher happy from her grave. Ha!

Once I began to read at an early age I couldn’t stop! I think Amazon loves me for all the books and other stuff that I purchase from the site. I can’t get enough books. My kindle is groaning and now weeping from the weight of all the books I continue to add to it.

There is always a book in my hands or I should say, my kindle. When I travel the kindle is the best way to bring plenty of books along with me. I’ve been averaging seven books a month for reads and reviews. If I keep this up I will have to purchase more books! Yikes! I have about 30 books waiting for me and more on my Nook app. Unfortunately my Nook tablet died on me. But at least I can use the app on my iPad to access the books.

Which do you enjoy reading from actual books or on a device, e.g. kindle or Nook? I do loves books but find it so much easier to read on a device at night with the backlight. Also being able to change the font and print size helps when my eyes get tired.

There are plenty of books for all ages, all genres with Jemsbooks. Please check out all my award-winning books today and get reading, increase your creativity, broaden your vocabulary, and enhance your health and wellbeing.

Click on covers to the right of this post or go to the following links:

Jemsbooks Children’s books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Purchase YA books here.

MG/PT/YA books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

JEMSBOOKS NOVELS FOR 18+ are available on Amazon as paperbacks and ebooks (Kindle) and Barnes & Noble as paperbacks.

Jemsbooks for all ages!

Wordart.com of all my books

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READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING!

Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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Busy with WIP – Watch for New Book Coming Soon! Last day for $1.99 Kindle Countdown Deal Ends 9/9/22!

I have been so busy working on my WIP that I haven’t had time to write a post here. I am now into the editing stages. After reading through several times I will send it along to my beta readers for their eyes.

The editing stages are sometimes more work than writing the story. Phew! This book is a lot shorter than my last book of the fantasy series, Gateskin Chronicles. But it still takes time to read it through that many times.

When one is editing a manuscript there is a tendency to zone out after many reads. We can add missing words without realizing we are doing that. That is why reading it out loud helps to pick up mistakes.

Well, I will get back to this WIP and try to fit in a post here and there. Don’t forget to check out the Kindle Countdown Deal for The Legend of the Taken Ones (Gateskin Chronicles Book 1).

Blurb:

This is Book 1 of a fantasy series that will have six books in all. In this book learn about the three children of King Gateskin and his wife, Queen Solinara. The children have had powers since they were quite young..

Serena was three years old when she learned of her power to move objects with her mind. Her brother, Simon, can fly and their sister, Catalina, can become invisible or blend into her surroundings. They live with their parents in Sovorotskina, the Land of Light.

With these powers comes responsibility. The children must try to use their powers for the common good and responsibly to help others. The three children befriend a Sprite named Spindle who accompanies them on their adventure. Along the way they meet up with their aunt and uncle, their mother’s brother and his wife, Wizard Hotenfaran and Fairy Procelina. The group must travel into the evil land of Parotovina, Land of Darkness, to save King Gateskin, who was kidnapped, and also rescue some of the descendants of their friends and fellow Sovorotskinans who were captured and taken by the Evil Ones. These descendants have been waiting a long time to be free to return to the villages of their ancestors.

The children have many trials and adventures along the way. Will they be able to rescue their father and fellow Sovorotskinans without endangering their own lives? Will the evil King Kaposkaran and his Queen Beregina stop Serena and her siblings from being successful or will they turn Serena and her siblings to their dark ways?

I will be sharing the cover of the new WIP soon. Watch for it. This book is different from other books I’ve written. I don’t want to say too much but it will be part of a series of four books, maybe more.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. You are always welcome. Thank you for your kind support of my books and blog,

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!

READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING!

Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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Kindle Countdown Deal – The Legend of the Taken Ones (Gateskin Chronicles Book 1) – $1.99 beginning 9/5/22 and ending 9/9/22!

Now is the time to grab your copy of my fantasy series book 1: The Legend of the Taken Ones (Gateskin Chronicles Book 1)! I am featured a Kindle Countdown Deal beginning 9/5/22 and ending 9/9/22! Check it out and LET THE ADVENTURES BEGIN!

Blurb:

This is Book 1 of a fantasy series that will have six books in all. In this book learn about the three children of King Gateskin and his wife, Queen Solinara. The children have had powers since they were quite young..

Serena was three years old when she learned of her power to move objects with her mind. Her brother, Simon, can fly and their sister, Catalina, can become invisible or blend into her surroundings. They live with their parents in Sovorotskina, the Land of Light.

With these powers comes responsibility. The children must try to use their powers for the common good and responsibly to help others. The three children befriend a Sprite named Spindle who accompanies them on their adventure. Along the way they meet up with their aunt and uncle, their mother’s brother and his wife, Wizard Hotenfaran and Fairy Procelina. The group must travel into the evil land of Parotovina, Land of Darkness, to save King Gateskin, who was kidnapped, and also rescue some of the descendants of their friends and fellow Sovorotskinans who were captured and taken by the Evil Ones. These descendants have been waiting a long time to be free to return to the villages of their ancestors.

The children have many trials and adventures along the way. Will they be able to rescue their father and fellow Sovorotskinans without endangering their own lives? Will the evil King Kaposkaran and his Queen Beregina stop Serena and her siblings from being successful or will they turn Serena and her siblings to their dark ways?

I wrote this series back in 2010 simultaneously with my historical novel. Jumping back and forth between these two genres was challenging but so much fun! When I got tired of writing fantasy I jumped back to historical. If you haven’t read this book yet now is the time to grab your copy at this special price! You will not be disappointed. It won’t last forever and will go back to its original price of $4.99 on 9/9/22.

Here are what others are saying about this book using AllAuthor.com promos:

Writing for young adults (YA) is challenging. I try to keep any vulgar language out of the story and no extreme gore, at the same time creating a story that will hold the reader spellbound and turning pages to find out what happens next.

When you begin reading a series, no matter what genre, it is best to begin with book 1 to get into the characters and storyline. Once you finish this book, check out book 2 where the story continues with more adventures, magic, and surprises. I plan to work on book 3 in 2023. These are epic books with book 1 – over 500 pages and book 2 – with over 600 pages.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. I hope you will come back again. Don’t forget to pick up your kindle copy at this great price of $1.99 until 9/9/22! Thank you for your kind support of my books and blog. Keep reading and I will keep writing!

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!

READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING!

Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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Sebas Jr. – Hermit Crab Molted again!

Our Hermit Crab – Sebas Jr. has molted again! He keeps getting bigger and bigger. Soon he will need a larger shell.

We are anxious each time he molts. During the molting time a hermit crab can succumb to the rigors of trying to cast off his exoskeleton.

This time we held our breaths until the next morning when we saw the exoskeleton cast off to the side of the tank and Sebas Jr. was once again inside his shell growing stronger before sticking his head out to search for food.

Here are some photos of his latest molting.

Seeing the exoskeleton sitting there it appears to be a second crab, doesn’t it? It is such an amazing sight to see. He is nocturnal so he casts it off at night. The fish sometimes pick at the exoskeleton but have to uncover it first. Sebas buries it so they don’t find it, but they usually do dig it up.

What is left of the exoskeleton that fish picked over.

My husband rewarded Sebas Jr. with a clam which he loves. He devours it quickly before the other fish try to steal it from him. He does fight them off with his claws. He ate the clam and is now resting to regain his strength.

Sebas Jr. resting after molting

Having a hermit crab (this is our third one) is fascinating. They clean the bottom of the tank doing their best to keep the tank pristine. The fish help out too by pushing all the empty clam shells to the front of the tank hinting to us to remove them and clean up their home.

If you want to know more about hermit crabs, check out my book, Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab. There are all kinds of information in the back of the book along with photos I snapped of Clarence Henry in action. He was a productive and entertaining crab, even more so than Sebas. But he was a lot bigger to begin with.

I hope you enjoy reading about our pet hermit crab. I will update you from time to time on his progress as he gets bigger after molting once again.

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. Please come back again soon. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books and love reviews!

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READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING!

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Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winner – Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Book 2: Damara Helps Drystan Find His Roar!

I am honored and thrilled to receive a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for my children’s book, Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Book 2: Damara Helps Drystan Find His Roar! Thank you, Pinnacle, for this prestigious award!

This series was a lot of fun to write in rhyme with life lessons for young children. What child doesn’t love dragons? My dragons are kind, caring, help others in need and are friendly, even the one who is a bully learns to change his ways. I hope your children will love this series and enjoy reading them often.

Pinnacle Book Achievement Award

Best Books in the
Category of CHILDREN’S INTEREST

Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Book 2:      
 Damara Helps Drystan Find His Roar
    Janice Spina    
https://jemsbooks.com

Blurb:

This the second book in the magical series about Drystan the dragon and his friends. These dragons are colorful, engaging and fun to read about. They teach children the importance of friendship, caring for one another, being kind to others, and it’s okay to be different. All dragons are of different colors and their names begin with the letter ‘D’ – a fun way for young children to learn the letter ‘D’ and colors.
In Book 2 a new dragon is introduced – Damara, a different dragon who does things her own way. As she is traveling by one day she spies a dragon, Drystan, in distress. She flies down to see what is wrong. It appears that Drystan has lost his roar. What caused Drystan to lose his roar? Can Damara help him get it back? Read this book in rhyme for a comical story that will delight your children. Watch for more books in this mystical series.

This magical series is for kids PS-Grade 3! There are six books in the series with a different dragon introduced in each book plus Drystan – the star of the series. There are seven dragons in all – four are male and three are female.

It is a fun, educational series for children to learn letters, colors and good behavior, friendship, respect and kindness toward others. Check it out today! Your children will love the rhyming and descriptions of each dragon. There is a poem that introduces a new dragon to each book. All dragons’ names begin with the letter ‘D’ and their colors will be in brilliant shades of blue, green, red, purple, pink, orange and brown. A fun series for kids to enjoy and learn at the same time. This series will keep them occupied and happy all year round. Children will love reading these books and they may become their favorite books at bedtime and any time. The illustrations and covers were created by my husband, John.

Jemsbooks Children’s books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. I hope you will check out this series soon for your children to enjoy. I appreciate your kind support and any reviews you post wherever you purchased my books. Take care!

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!

READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING!

Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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Award-Winning Books for MG/PT!

Are you ready to get your kids reading again? Are they always into technology, e.g., iPhones, iPads, X-Box, and other stuff? Well, it’s time to get them energized with reading again.

This series is not just for girls. Both boys and girls have enjoyed it along with their parents. Let me introduce this award-winning series to you.

MG/PT/YA books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Abby & Holly Series provides more fun and ghostly adventures with cousins, Abby & Holly, as they discover things in their old Victorian and go back to the past to solve mysteries. There are ghosts, a haunted house, time travel, mysteries, and magic. Life lessons will also be learned about friendship, family, respect, love and caring for one another, and bullying will never be accepted or tolerated! MG/PT/YA will be hooked and parents will feel good about the quality of books their children are reading! Adults are reading and enjoying them also!

This Abby & Holly Series has won 8 Book Awards – 6 Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards and 2 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards – Bronze Medal, and an Honorable Mention!

Abby & Holly Series Books 1-6 with 8 awards (promo by John
Spina)

My goal in writing for MG/PT/YA is to encourage all ages to read daily to enhance their creativity, increase their vocabulary and enable them to live healthier and happier lives. Keep reading and I will keep writing. Thank you! Happy Reading!

MG/PT/YA books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Hop over today to Amazon or Barnes & Noble or click on the covers to the right of this post of the books you choose to purchase and let your MG/PT/YA begin adventures that will lift their spirits, make their hearts soar and spark their imagination! Give gifts of books today and you will give them more than just a book, you will give them wings to fly!

This series was so much fun to write. It took me back to when I was just a kid again. I loved to read ever since I first learned about ghosts and magic. I incorporated both into these books. Also, there is time travel. The cousins, Abby & Holly, were first introduced in Book 6 of the Davey & Derek Series. It was exciting to create another series this way. When I was requested by a reader to create a series for girls I came up with Abby & Holly. But boys have enjoyed it too! Get your kids back to reading today!

Here are some reviews from satisfied readers using promos from AllAuthor.com:

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. I hope you will come back again soon for more entertaining post. Thank you for your kind support of my books and blog.

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!

READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING!

Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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Books Read in the Month of August 2022!

Here it is already the end of another month. Where does the time go? We are now more than halfway through the year! I have been busy as usual reading some wonderful books for the month of August of 2022. Here are the 8 books I read and reviewed for August. I might have read even more if I didn’t have a few WIP. But I always seemed to have a WIP! That fact never stops me! I hope you enjoy reading these reviews.

Word Art – Reading & Reviewing

I love sharing my eclectic reads in this Jemsbooks Segment, Books Read in the Month. I hope you will get a chance to look these books over soon. Thank you for your kind support of my work and that of my fellow authors.

If you are an avid reader, as I am, please review the books you love on Amazon or wherever you purchased them in order for others to enjoy your reviews. Reviews are one way for readers to know about an exceptional book. We indie authors love to receive reviews and appreciate the efforts of readers to do them. Once again, I thank you for your kind support of me and my books and for supporting my fellow authors too.

Loved this complete series for its adventures, excitement, non-stop action and creative storyline. This book and the others in the series deserve more than five stars.

The adventures continue twenty-six years after the original Interceptor dies and is replaced by his son Brandon or BJ. Taking on his father’s role as a savior of mankind is quite an auspicious undertaking. It’s not easy being a superhero in everyone’s eyes. Well, maybe not everyone believes in BJ.

There is danger at every turn for BJ. But he feels the love and support of his family and girlfriend that help him to keep going and taking on more than he thought was possible to save the world from those two seek to destroy it.

This is an edge of your seat adventure that you will not be able to put down! I can see this series on the big screen one day! I’ll be one of the first in line.

Highly recommend for all adventure lovers!

An intriguing read that kept me in suspense as it wound down to a shocking ending.

Stevie Turner is a talented writer of short fiction. She creates well-defined and interesting characters with a fascinating storyline.

I really enjoyed this story, though short was full and rich in details and character development with a heart-wrenching premise.

I recommend this enjoyable read.

Impossible to Forget was just that – impossible to forget. The storyline was full of richly detailed characters that were real and likeable, even when they were exasperating as Angie sometimes was.

There are five characters in this story – three of which went to university together – Angie, Maggie and Leon. The fourth one, Tiger, dropped in and out of their lives, being a nomad. These four people knew each other’s likes and dislikes, quirks and weaknesses. Through it all they accepted one another and only grew closer as the years sped by. Only one characters, Hope, didn’t quite fit in but Angie had her reasons for including her in the mix.

Life goes on but it is not always easy for these characters. Angie always took care of herself but was the first to get sick. Each character is outlined in detail, their loves, life and troubles. The author goes back and forth between them. The reader doesn’t know where he/she is being taken until the conclusion of the story when it all comes together.

I don’t want to give anything away. You will have to read this enjoyable and highly recommended book!

Shadow Shepherd is reminiscent of the Bourne series. There is so much action and non-stop adventures for Sam Callahan, former political tracker and now lawyer, that it was like a roller coaster ride with a downhill track that kept going.

Sam is on a new adventure in Mexico. His life hasn’t been easy with a childhood filled with abuse and then his job of tracker that nearly killed him many times over. This time he is thrown into a whirlwind of secrets, hit men, hostile cops and FBI who are all after him. The reason for which he has no clue.
His girlfriend, Natalie, is thrown into the mix. He is forced to find her and who was responsible for kidnapping her and why.

This was a heart-stopping mystery and adventure in this series that had me turning pages and holding my breath at each turn. What was going to happen to Sam? To Natalie? Would they be able to escape and finally find out what was happening?

If you like a mystery that never lets you relax, then read this book. It will keep you on the edge of seat and asking, what’s going on here?

A perfect beginning to a mystery series with plenty of twists and turns and suspects. Bree Taggert, the protagonist is a Philadelphia detective who after receiving an alarming text from her sister, Eric, goes back to her hometown to aid her sister in any way she can. But she is too late, Erin is dead.

What transpires when she arrives there is a true mystery. Bree gets some help from a former officer and his K-9, Brody, to investigate and try to find the person who murdered Bree’s sister.

The author takes us on a journey past and present through Bree and her siblings childhood trauma where their father had murdered their mother and then took his own life. Bree is having a difficult time dealing with her sister’s death and her own demons who keep coming to the surface and threaten her.

This was an enjoyable beginning to this series. I look forward to the next book.

A heart-wrenching story about family, secrets and heartache. Bessie has a secret and cannot share it even with her family. When her marriage is falling apart at the seams she finally decides to do something about it.

Bessie has had a secret since she was 16 years old. She suffered so much shame, heartache and loss. She cannot deal with it even today at the age of 53. She lost her best friend who married Bess’s first love but Bess couldn’t tell her about it.

She does the best she can with her life and puts her secret away. But this secret is slowly destroying her self esteem and her very essence. Will she ever get back to her old happy self before this all happened. Will her husband leave her because of her sullenness? Her brother is the only one who knows about what broker her heart so long ago but he is estranged from her because of it.

This was an emotional read that tore at my heart until the very ending. I wanted to find out what caused Bess to change so drastically.

An enjoyable read that was long but worth the ending.

When She Returned is a frightening story about cults and how deeply the person who has been indoctrinated into the cult has gone. Is the person lost forever? Can this person be rescued and brought back to normalcy?

This book delved into what and how a cult leader, charismatic, controlling and without conscience, can do to a person to pull he/she into his cult family. The story shows the depravity and degradation the person goes through to bend to the will of this leader.

Kate, the captive escapes from the cult with an infant in her arms. Why does she escape? What has she been through for eleven years? Can her family survive while they uncover what Kate has been through? Her husband is now married to another. Will his second wife be able to handle this situation?

There is much discussion back and forth and each character shares his or her own views on this. I found it deeply depressing and unpleasant to think about what had transpired to undermine this woman’s very psyche.

Read it if you can or if your curiosity is piqued. I got through it and was surprised at the heartbreaking ending.

A gripping and suspenseful thriller about a serial killer, Melvin Proctor. The killer wife, Gwen Proctor, struggles to keep her children safe from her monster of a husband. She didn’t realize until too late what kind of a man he was. Now she is doing all she can to put him back behind bars after he escapes and threatens her and her children.

Along with the help of Sam Cade, brother of one of Melvin’s victims, and an FBI agent, friend of Sam’s, they chase down leads to find Melvin and hopefully to kill him before he can kill any more women. Finding this killer is harder than they realized since he has help from someone they never suspected.

This was a thriller with non-stop suspense and twists, turns and surprises. It was an enjoyable story though at times horrific in its storyline.

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. I hope you will check out these books as well as my books (ha) on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Please review any books you love or not wherever you purchase them. We authors will appreciate your efforts to help us spread word about our books.

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!

READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING!

Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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Award-Winning Books for Middle-Graders, Preteens!

Do you find it difficult to get your MG/PT to read? Are their heads always in the latest technology, e.g. iPhones, iPads, iPods, X-Box, etc.? Well, it’s time to get them reading again to charge their minds instead of putting their minds to sleep.

My suggestion is to grab copies of my award-winning books with plenty of action, adventure, magic, ghosts, haunted house, time travel, witches, warlocks, and more. If your older children haven’t read any of these books, now is the time to start.

When I wrote these two series I dedicated them to my grandchildren. They eagerly looked forward to the next installment. Now they are all grown up and beyond the age for these books. But there are adults who are reading these books and loving them.

I felt like a kid again and has so much fun creating these characters. The characters took over the stories and ran with them. I never knew how they were going to end the stories. It was a surprise to me too!

I have often thought about beginning another series for middle-graders since I enjoyed this genre immensely. Who knows? Maybe I will one day after all the projects that are presently lined up waiting for me to complete.

I hope you will discover the fun and entertaining stories and share them with your kids. It would be fun to discuss them together. I did that when my kids were younger. It brought us closer together. I also knew exactly what they were reading and that there was nothing there unfavorable in the writing.

Let me introduce you to these award-winning books today and help get your older children reading in a fun and healthy way. These books are enjoyed by both girls and boys alike plus their parents too!

This Davey & Derek Series won (11 book awards) – 5 Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards, 3 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards – an Honorable Mention, a Silver Medal, and a Finalist, Book Excellence Award Finalist, a Silver Medal in the Authorsdb Cover Contest, Top Shelf Awards – First Place and Finalist in Red City Review Book Awards and many 5-Star Reviews from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards.

MG/PT/YA books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

My goal in writing for MG/PT/YA is to encourage all ages to read daily to enhance their creativity, increase their vocabulary and enable them to live healthier and happier lives. Keep reading and I will keep writing. Thank you! Happy Reading!

Hop over today to Amazon or Barnes & Noble or click on the covers to the right of this post of the books you choose to purchase and let your MG/PT/YA begin adventures that will lift their spirits, make their hearts soar and spark their imagination! Give gifts of books today and you will give them more than just a book, you will give them wings to fly!

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series is a fun and magical series with spells, wands, a black cat, good witches, time travel, ghost hunting and more. There are also life lessons that include being kind, caring and respectful toward others, listen to parents, be helpful and do chores, and bullying is never tolerated or accepted. Parents love this series too! When your MG/PT/YA read these books you will rest easy that they are reading good, clean and wholesome books. What more could you want in a book for your children? Parents are reading and enjoying them too!

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Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. I hope it energizes you to get your MG/PT to read instead of zoning out with technology that creates zombies. Put spirit and creativity back into your kids today with books! Happy reading! Thank you for your kind support of my books and for any reviews that you post wherever you purchased my books.

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!

READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING!

Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

Jemsbooks.blog

Jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net

AMAZON.COM AUTHOR PAGE (All books)

AMAZON.COM JE SPINA NOVELS PAGE

AMAZON.CO.UK

BARNES & NOBLE

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