Books by Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina! Promos by BMGN!

Thank you, Theodocia McLean, for this lovely promo of all my books! Sharing everywhere! I appreciate your support and all the promos you create and share of my books.

Books by Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

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This promo above is by BMGN.com – Theodocia McLean. The link above is to my books there. This site is a great way to promote your books. Theodocia is organized, efficient, has affordable prices, and is prompt in getting your work out there at all her many sites. Check her out today! https://www.facebook.com/groups/bookmarketingglobalnetwork/

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Purchase YA books here.

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My goal in writing for children is to encourage them to read daily to enhance their life through good health and increase their creativity. Please read to your children daily even after they can read by themselves. This is a wonderful time to bond, cuddle, and get closer to your children. They will love you for the time you took to spend with them. Please keep reading and I will keep writing! Happy Reading Everyone!

Please consider giving books to all the children on your list for all occasions. There is nothing better than to see a child’s eyes light up when you give him/her a book – even more so when you read the book to them. You are giving them so much more than you could ever imagine, e.g., you spark their imagination, heighten their creativity, lift their spirits, increase their vocabulary, open up a whole new world to them, and encourage them to love reading. The gift of a book is worth more than gold to our children, grandchildren. Keep reading and gifting books to children. Let’s bring up a generation of readers and thinkers. Thank you for your support!

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!

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog, books and for all the reviews you have posted and plan to post in 2022! Please keep those review coming! You don’t have to put more than a few words on a review on Amazon. It still counts for us authors. Amazon will not recognize us until we have at least 25 + reviews, the more the better.

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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Books Read in the Month of December 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 December of 2021. Here are the 10 books I read and reviewed for December. I might have read even more if I didn’t have another WIP. But, I always seemed to have a WIP! I hope you enjoy reading these reviews.

I love sharing my 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 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. Thank you for your kind support of me and my books and for supporting my fellow authors too.

Here are a couple of THANK YOU word art trees to all my online friends/fellow authors/beta readers/reviewers/readers and supporters. Thank you all so much for your unending support all year long in 2021! If I have forgotten anyone, I apologize! Thank you to all my readers here too!

Thank you to my online friends/fellow authors/readers/reviewers/beta readers in 2021.
Thank you to my online friends for their unending support since 2012!

Before We Were Yours is a haunting and riveting story of child abuse by an orphanage in Tennessee. They work under the guise of helping place children in good homes. But what they really do is steal children from their parents and force the parents to sign them over to the orphanage in order to sell them to the highest bidders.

The story which is detailed and horrific is told through the eyes of one twelve-year-old, Rill Foss, who along with her three siblings was stolen from their river boat home. Rill tries desperately to keep her siblings together and watch over them but it becomes too difficult for her to continue to do so.

It is unconscionable what these poor children had to endure under the control of an evil woman who only did this to gain power and money. It is a heartbreaking story but at the same time uplifting in its completion.

I highly recommend this unforgettable story.

Wilbur’s New Home

Wilbur is back again in this cute little story about the red tractor. He gets a new home and has a surprise when he arrives there. Children will love adorable little Wilbur who is shy and has difficulty meeting new people. Wilbur will teach them to be patient and learn how to adjust to new people and places.

The illustrations are colorful and well done and will engage and delight children. They add depth to the story. A lovely sequel to Wilbur’s first book.

The Last Thing She Ever Did is an unforgettable book! It gripped me from the first page and had me holding my breath and praying for Charlie who suddenly disappears from his mother’s sight. It only took a few minutes for her to take her eyes off of him.

Something like this is the fear of all parents – the disappearance of a young child. This book is full of dysfunctional characters. The reader cannot feel empathy for any of them except for poor Charlie. These characters create a scenario that is terrifying. You will not be able to put this book down.

The author did a commendable job of creating a story that keeps the reader engrossed with heart pounding and nerves tingling until the story is at its completion.

I highly recommend this book! You will not be able to forget it! Be prepared to be shocked!

I won a copy of this book from the author.

Ghostly Interference is more than a love story. It is a story full of passion, romance, heartbreaking loss, child abuse, paranormal activity, and how love can heal a broken spirit.

The two main characters, Jag Peters and Rena Jett, are from two different worlds. Jag has always lived a comfortable life with two parents while
Rena was thrown into the state system without a mother and father. She was at the mercy of foster homes where she was abused and treated like less than human. Her only savior at that time was an older brother, Sam, who tried to keep her safe. This horrendous childhood broke her spirit and forced her to distrust anyone who tried to come close to her. When her brother died in the service in Afghanistan she felt as if she had died with him.

Jag meets Rena by nearly hitting her while she is driving her motorcycle. This incident begins their story. It is a passionate tale between them that heats up many times throughout the story.

The author created two characters with their own heartaches that touch your heart as they struggle to find love. The added paranormal touch of Rena’s brother’s spirit appearing brings the story full circle emphasizing that love transcends death.

I highly recommend this lovely story that will have you believing love heals all.

Believing in Horses Out West is a story about a surprisingly strong and resilient young girl of 14, Sadie Navarro. She has done some amazing things in her short life by saving horses and relocating them to new homes.

Sadie travels to Montana to the ranch to check on the most recent horse she saved, Sunny. She wants to make sure that Sunny is safe and happy in his new home. What she finds there in this horse ranch is varied. She traveled with her mother, father, brother and grandmother under the auspices of having a good time riding and taking part in different activities led by the ranch hands.

She meets the main ranch hand, Luke, who doesn’t like her right away. She feels uncomfortable in his presence and doesn’t know why. Some interesting things happen and Sadie is thrust into the midst of some dangerous activities.

The author has created an interesting story about horses with a mystery blending into the tale. This is a book that all horse lovers will want to read. Even though I am not at all an equestrian I thoroughly enjoyed the story.

My Grandpa is a Werecow

Olga D’Agostino is a creative author. She creates unusual and entertaining books for children that teach them about important issues. In this book Grandpa learns that he has a sick heart that needs to be fixed. 

Grandpa has to make some necessary changes in his diet and add exercise to his daily regime in order to get healthy again. The illustrator does an exemplary job of showing the heart as a separate entity and how it is fixed by the doctor. 

The importance of a good diet and exercise is emphasized as Grandpa’s health improves. The added comedic passages about his heart being repaired with a cow valve is funny, reason why Grandpa moos like a cow.

A nice addition to children’s library for any occasion.

Where Did Grandpa Go?

This is an entertaining story about Grandpa who does things his own way even if they are different. The author has done it again with this creative book about being your own person.

Grandma asks Grandpa to do some trips for her to the store, ice cream parlor, Home Depot, pizza place, etc. What Grandpa does is comical. He doesn’t just go to the local stores to pick up what he needs. He goes way beyond that and worries Grandma when he doesn’t return right away.

Children will laugh at Grandpa as he travels far away to stores in different locations to purchase the items. They will learn that it is okay to be different, to do things in your own inimitable way.

Another wonderful addition to children’s libraries that they will enjoy for years to come and want to pass on to their own children one day

Their Last Breath is a suspenseful thriller that is rife with greed, trafficking and murder. There are more suspects as the story grows which kept this reader guessing who did what and when would the killers be apprehended and put to justice.

This is the third book in this series with Detective Carter who is called in out of retirement to aid in solving this mysterious case involving the murder of six women. When some of the evidence doesn’t add up Carter digs deeper with the help of Detective Becky Harris who suspects that something is amiss. That they are intentionally being led in the wrong direction.

The author created a mystery thriller that kept me spellbound until the satisfactory conclusion. A perfect ending to this series.

An unforgettable read! When We fall is a story of love, struggle, depression, betrayal, and sacrifice. It encompasses so many feelings that it can overwhelm the reader!

The author has created an immensely emotional and heartbreaking story of three people, two women and a man who are inseparable in school and growing up. They do everything together. But one day they must make a choice who is one too many in this relationship.

I felt the angst and the heartbreak of the characters as they work to sort out their struggles, feelings and lives. It is a book that I will not forget. It is a read that I highly recommend if you have ever loved someone more than life itself.

This is a well-written story of an independent calico cat, Nyda, who loves to roam and search for adventures and friends. The story is told through the eyes of the kitten as she experiences new things and discovers that she needs a family and a home.

The author created an imaginative story with poetic passages of nature, seasons and of her cat, Nyda’s, adventures from the time she was a kitten until she is a full grown cat. The kitten is taken too soon from her mother’s care because of her mischievous nature, fearless personality and inquisitive spirit. She is quite a remarkable feline who gave much back to all who knew her.

If you are a lover of cats you will feel an affinity toward Nyda and understand her quirky nature.

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. I hope you will come back again real soon. Please support authors by reviewing their books wherever they are purchased. We authors will love you back!! Happy reading and reviewing! Congratulations to all my fellow authors for these wonderful 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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Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab – Winner of Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for fall 2021!

I was thrilled to learn that my children’s book, Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab, just won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award! Thank you, Pinnacle, for this honor! It is always exciting to receive recognition for one of my books. I feel blessed and grateful! Congratulations to all the winners!

Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab

https://www.bookmarketingprofits.com/PinnacleAwardsFall2021.html

Best Books in the
Category of CHILDREN’S INTEREST

Clarence Henry The Hermit Crab        
    Janice Spina    
https://Jemsbooks.com

Blurb:

Clarence Henry is different from other hermit crabs. He came to his new home minus one claw and a leg. He needs to protect himself until he can grow new appendages. Will Clarence Henry be able to meet the challenges in his new water world?

Clarence Henry was a real aquatic hermit crab who lives in a saltwater fish tank in our home. We watched him interact with the other creatures in the tank.

He was resilient, intelligent, and a joy to have as a pet. We took some photos of him as he grew his claw and leg and changed shells. 

We shared these photos and facts about hermit crabs in the back of the book. I hope you will enjoy them. This book will make a wonderful resource for classrooms.

This book was written when we had a hermit crab in our 90 gallon fish tank. Clarence Henry was quite an interesting fellow. He came to us from an aquarium store. We didn’t realize that he was missing a front right leg and claw until we dropped him into the tank. This story tells his tale of how he persevered even with his handicap to do the best job he could in the tank and let the other creatures of the tank know how important his job was to them.

Children and adults love this book because of the important life lessons it imparts to children. Even if you are different from others that should not prevent you from being the best you can be, always do the best job you can at everything you do, and accept others who are different from you with kindness.

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

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post and for your kind support of my books and blog. Please keep those reviews coming! They are like early Christmas gifts to me all year long! Keep reading and I will keep writing! Take care and God Bless!

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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HAPPY NEW YEAR ONE AND ALL!

I hope that 2022 is a better year for everyone. I thought that 2020 was the worst year with COVID-19 pandemic on the rise. But in 2021 things are still unstable with COVID and its new variant Omicron. Many have gotten sick and continue to enter hospitals.

Prayers are needed for all those who are sick now that they will improve and be able to get back to normal in 2022. There are a varied amount of viruses that are not COVID related that are going around and impersonating COVID. Stay safe and well everyone.

There are many things to be thankful for as I mentioned in a previous post. I look forward to the New Year with hope and promise for myself and my family. I pray that all the health issues will be gone and that everyone will be back to full strength without any more concerns. Please, let’s pray for each other!

Here are some promos from AllAuthor for the New Year! Stay and think positive! Keep reading and reviewing! I will keep writing! Keep in touch and let me know if you like my books. It is always wonderful to hear from readers even if you just want to say ‘hi.’

Many thanks to all my fellow authors for their unending support in 2021 and to all my readers, fans and reviewers, beta readers who I couldn’t do this without their help.

Here are many ways to say HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AND YOURS! Have a wonderful 2022!

Children’s Books in rhyme with life lessons
Children’s Books – award-winning books
Children’s books
Drystan the Dragon Books 1-3
Drystan the Dragon Books 4-6
Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Books 1-3 (MG/PT/YA books)
Davey & Derek Junior Detective Books 4-6 (MG/PT/YA books)
Abby & Holly Books 1-3 (MG/PT/YA books)
Abby & Holly Books 4-6 (MG/PT/YA)
The Legend of the Taken Ones (Gateskin Chronicles Book 1) (Young Adult book – Fantasy Series)
Hunting Mariah and Mariah’s Revenge (Thriller/crime/mystery/suspense 2-books series)
How Far is Heaven (romance/paranormal/mystery/suspense)
An Angel Among Us (Short story collection)
In a Second (mystery/suspense/romance/clairvoyant)
Lubelia Alycea (Historical fiction/romance)

Watch for more books in 2022, God willing that I will be able to keep writing. As long as the ideas keep coming I will keep typing away with the help of my myriad characters. This is what I love to do. If I stopped writing I would be lost and unhappy.

I have been blessed to be able to write every day since 2012 with this blog. When I blogged my first post I really didn’t know if I would like it but I LOVE it! I hope you are enjoying reading my posts. Please drop me a line so that I know you are out there reading them. Sometimes if feels as if I am writing into a void. My words are spinning around and around and going nowhere. Are you out there reading these words? I hope so!

I am currently working on Book 2 of the fantasy series which I hope to have completed in February or March, fingers crossed. I have been so busy blogging, reading, reviewing and supporting fellow authors since Christmas that I need to get back to the drawing board and get serious. I only have three chapters done. Sigh!

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. I know sometimes I can go on and on. Sorry about that. Keep reading, reviewing authors’ books and we authors will be motivated to keep writing! Thank you for your support in 2021! It’s greatly appreciated!

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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What Are You Thankful for in the year 2021?

Wishing you and yours a Healthy & Happy New Year in 2022! Take care, stay safe and well! God Bless!

There is much to be thankful for in 2021. I am thankful for many things. How about you?

Thanksgiving Word Art

I am thankful for the blessings of God.

I am thankful that it is no longer 2020!

I am thankful that COVID is not as invasive as in 2020. Hopefully it will be controllable soon like the flu and other pandemics.

COVID-19 (SARS COV-2) from Bing

I am thankful for my loving, wonderful husband.

I am thankful for family and friends.

I am thankful for people who I love and love me back unconditionally.

I am thankful for our good health and pray for those who are not well.

I am thankful that I can still continue to write and publish books for all ages!

Jemsbooks Children’s Books

I am thankful for all my readers and fans.

I am thankful for all my online friends and fellow authors and their unending support all year.

Thanks to my online friends

I am thankful for all the good things in life we have.

I am thankful for the blessings of God.

I am thankful for books to read.

Jemsbooks – promo by BMGN

I am thankful for dark chocolate.

Dark Chocolate

I am thankful for apple pie.

Apple pie

I am thankful for lobster and all kinds of seafood.

Lobster

I am thankful that I am still here to enjoy another year.

I am thankful for the blessings of God.

Please stay safe and well and be thankful for all that you have in life. I pray that you will all have a wonderful year in 2022 with all the good things in life that you need.

Jemsbooks

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. Please come back again real soon. 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!

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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Goals I Met or not in 2021!

Each year I give myself extraordinary goals to reach. This year (2021) I gave myself the following goals:

Publish 4 books (I did!) Yay!

Read 90 books (I read 82). (Almost made it! Phew!)

Copy Edit other authors’ books (I did 2).

Complete sewing and crocheting projects. (Many!)

Support fellow authors on my blog through book reviews (I did approximately 5-10 a month)

Here are some of the projects that I completed.

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

Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Books 5 & 6 – Children’s books PS-Grade 3 – Published in July & August 2021 (promo created by AllAuthor)

Children’s books above illustrated by my husband, John. He also created all my book covers.

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

Lubelia Alycea: One Hundred Years – published in July 2021 (Historical/romance/fiction) (promo created by AllAuthor)

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

The Legend of the Taken Ones (Gateskin Chronicles Book 1) – Fantasy Series for YA -Published in August 2021 (Promo created by AllAuthor)

Sewing & Crochet Projects completed:

Wine cozies & eyeglass cases
More eyeglass cases – Boston Bruins
Boston Bruin pillows
More Bruins’ pillows
Bruins’ pillows with appliques
Appliques Bruins’ pillows other sides
NE Patriots’ wine cozy
More Boston sports team wine cozies
More Bruins’ eyeglass cases
More wine cozies!!!
Red Sox Wine Cozies
Celtics’ Wine Cozies
Headband crochet
Baby boy sweater & hat set
Baby boy sweater & hat set
Halloween bag (with appliques)

I will be doing some more crochet but nothing is done to show here. I always have a project going. Sigh!

I hope to give away many of these projects to family and friends. If you are interested in a wine cozy (I have too many), please let me know. I would like to see how many are interested so I can plan a giveaway on my blog. Send me an email to jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net and put in Subject Line WINE COZY GIVEAWAY). If I have enough who would like one I will schedule a giveaway. All I will need from you, if I do this, is your name. If I draw your name in the giveaway I will contact you and then you can give me your address. I will only ask for a small S&H cost from Paypal.

I have offered other giveaways but have never gotten any response. Doesn’t anyone out there like free things? I hope I hear from some of you. If not, I will give them away to friends and family or anyone I meet. Ha!

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. I hope you will come back again real soon. Thank you for your continued support of my books and blog and for all the reviews you may have posted wherever my books are sold. Please keep those reviews coming!

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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A Lovely Review of Fantasy Series – The Legend of the Taken Ones (Gateskin Chronicles Book 1)!

I was excited to receive this new review of my fantasy series, The Legend of the Taken Ones (Gateskin Chronicles BooK 1)! I never tire of receiving another review of my work. It makes me feel vindicated doing what I love to do. Thank you so much, reviewer Trish!


5.0 out of 5 stars Pure magic!
Reviewed in the United States on December 29, 2021Kings and Queens, Fairies and Sprites! This story has it all. Follow the King and Queen of the Land of Goodness and Light along with their amazing children, who are coming into powers of their own. They set out with their followers and some tenacious little sprites determined to rescue the Taken Ones from the land of Parotovina and it’s evil king. Their skills and powers come into action during their difficult quest. The author left us with a cliff hanger for the much anticipated book 2! An enjoyable read of all ages
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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?

Thank you, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I hope you will check out this new series and enjoy it as much as this reader. Please help support authors by reading and reviewing our books wherever you purchase them. Reviews are so important to us. We appreciate your efforts and the time you take to read and review our work. Happy reading!

Thank you, reviewers, for your kind support each time you read and review my books. I can’t tell express my profound gratitude enough for your kindness.

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

BARNES & NOBLE (18+ NOVELS)

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A Wonderful New Review of Abby & Holly Book 1: School Dance!

What a nice surprise when I receive a review of one of my books! I recently received this wonderful review of my series for MG/PT/YA – Abby & Holly School Dance. This is the first book in this fun series for both girls and boys and adults to enjoy.

A special ‘thank you’ to Valerie Ormond for this lovely review.


Valerie A. Ormond
5.0 out of 5 stars A Visit Back to Middle School with Mystery

Reviewed in the United States on December 24, 2021

Verified Purchase Abby & Holly, School Dance was a fun read taking one back to middle school dance days and the awkwardness of that age for both boys and girls. Janice creates interesting characters such as mystery-solving twins who have their own form of mental telepathy communication, a young girl whose parents are overseas helping others instead of being at home with her, and an aunt with supernatural powers. The author weaves in lessons of friendship and doing the right thing while keeping the story fun and mysterious. Highly recommend this book for young readers, especially those who enjoy mysteries.

Blurb:

PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER!

READERS’ FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS – BRONZE MEDAL!

This is Book 1 of a series of Abby & Holly books. These two girls were first introduced in Book 5 of the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series.
The girls are first cousins on their mothers’ side. They moved to the quiet town of Lindon, New Hampshire and live in a grand old Victorian which is haunted.
The cousins are excited about attending the 6th grade dance. When their friend, Justine, is bullied, Abby and Holly, along with the help of a ghost and Davey & Derek, work together to formalize a plan to put a stop to the bullying.

This book deals with bullying at the middle-grade levels and teaches kids that age how to deal with a bully in a kind and understanding manner. They will realize it doesn’t pay to bully others and will get more friends by being kind to one another. Middle-grade is a tough time for kids who are coming into their own and trying to find friends. This is also a mystery that will grip and hold onto their attention until they solve the mystery along with cousins, Abby and Holly. I hope you MG/PT/YA will enjoy this series and get hooked once they begin reading it! I had so much fun writing it! I felt like a kid again! What a freeing feeling!

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. I hope you will check out these books soon for your middle-graders/preteens/young adults. You just might enjoy them yourselves, parents!

Here is the complete series:

You can go to Amazon on above link or click on covers to the right of this post. Happy reading!

Abby & Holly Books 1-6 (award-winning series)

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!

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post! I appreciate your kind support of my blog, books and for all the reviews you may have posted or plan to post! Happy reading!

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

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Calling all my fellow authors! Do You Need to Showcase your Book? Contact me!

I am calling all my author friends who have a book they want to showcase. Contact me at jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net with the information about your book and all your links. Once I hear from you I will send you a list of questions to answer about your book to help put you and your work in the spotlight on Jemsbooks Blog.

It is always a pleasure to help my fellow authors get their books noticed. That is why I do my monthly reads and reviews to highlight other authors’ books. I know how important reviews are and enjoy sharing any reviews I write to help other authors.

Check out all my monthly reads and reviews while you are here. If you take part in an interview and want me to read your book, please supply your book as a pdf or other form and I will read your book and review it and post it along with other books reviewed. Since I have a full TBR list right now I will put your book on my TBR list for 2022.

The only genres I will not accept or read are horror and explicit material. I consider my blog to be family-oriented. Thank you so much for your understanding.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. I hope my fellow authors will contact me and participate in an interview. I love learning more about my fellow authors. I will post a few interviews in the month of January 2022 so get contact me as soon as you can so you can be one of the three. All others will be posted in later months.

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Wishing you a healthy & Happy New Year!

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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Jemsbooks.blog

Jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net

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A Recipe from Janice’s Kitchen Corner for Pea Soup for the Holidays!

We had some family up for Christmas dinner early with a ham and all the fixings. I saved the ham bone for my famous PEA SOUP. If you love pea soup, you will love this recipe. I don’t like to waste anything, and the ham bone makes a delicious soup.

I don’t know if you have problems when you begin a recipe but as I get older, I am more forgetful. This year I realized once I began to prepare the soup, I did not have some ingredients! Yikes! I mentioned in the ingredients below what you can substitute which I had to do. I couldn’t bother my husband to run to the store since he was busy doing other stuff around the house.

One year I actually forgot the split peas. Sigh! Well, of course I couldn’t make the soup until I sent my poor husband out to the store. On his way there I thought of something else I had forgotten. I naturally called him right away and he finally answered when he was almost finished shopping. I could just imagine he rolled his eyes a few times as we talked about what else I needed!

You should have seen me this year with my nose at every spice I had trying to find a substitute for thyme. Some just did not do it for me. My husband watched me in action and just shook his head and of course the eyes rolled!

It’s a wonder we are still married! Haha! But he loves my pea soup so he can’t complain too much! Well, enough about my troubles and woes. Here is the recipe. I hope you enjoy it.

Split Peas

PEA SOUP

INGREDIENTS:

Ham bone

Ham chunks

Chicken bouillon liquid or paste (I used about a Tbs or a little more of the paste.)

1 Lb pkg Split peas 

2-3 carrots sliced

2 stalks celery sliced (celery seed if no celery available which is what I had to do today)

1 onion chopped

2 cloves garlic chopped

Parsley a few dashes (optional)

2-3 bay leaves (or bay leaf mix in a cotton wrap)

Thyme a few dashes (Rosemary can be used if no thyme available which is what I had to use.)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In large sauce pan lightly sauté chopped onion and garlic in olive oil.
  2. Add water and bouillon (3/4 way up to pan) with ham bone
  3. Add split peas, carrots, celery
  4. Add bay leaf, thyme or rosemary and parsley (I did not have thyme, so I substituted rosemary.)
  5. Add pepper and salt to taste
  6. Simmer covered for one hour or more until peas are thickened. (I cook it longer but if I put too much water in the pan it is thinner. Not to worry because it usually thickens as it cools.)
  7. Add more water if too thick
  8. Once cooked remove bone and take off any meat and add this meat back to the pan.
  9. Enjoy with crusty bread or soda or saltine crackers.
Pea Soup (with bone sticking up)

This recipe will last three days in the fridge but can be frozen. If frozen, thaw completely and add more water if necessary because it will become thicker.

Enjoy!

I mentioned in the past that I wanted to put together a cookbook with all my favorite recipes. Well, this year I still don’t have anything ready. I am getting to think that it won’t happen since I have other books to write and publish this year. I also think it would be too great an undertaking since I would have to hire someone to photograph my recipes professionally for the book. It would become too costly to do. Sorry. But I will still share my recipes on my blog under Janice’s Kitchen Corner. Stay tuned for more.

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. I hope you enjoy this recipe and check out all the others here. There are plenty for the holidays, gatherings or anytime. I would love to hear from you if you do try any of my recipes. Please share all your troubles as I did. We can laugh together. If you have a funny story about cooking or baking you want to share, I would be happy to feature it here too.

Happy eating, shopping and reading everyone! Stay safe and well! Don’t forget to check out all my books to the right of this post by clicking on them or go to the links below for purchase. I couldn’t resist putting in another plug! Please forgive me! I did, after all, give you a lovely recipe! Haha!

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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Jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net

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BARNES & NOBLE

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