Book 2 Mystery Series for Girls and Boys – Abby & Holly Series!

This is Book 2 of Abby & Holly Series, Unfortunate Events. All my series books for MG/PT/YA are stand along books that can be read in any order but I recommend reading them in order. The characters do grow in character development and age.

I enjoy writing in this genre and age group. It makes me feel like a kid again. Who doesn’t want to feel young again even if it is only for a short time while I create these stories. It’s important to me that children of all ages read and read daily. It doesn’t matter what they read, history, science, comic books, novels, magazines as long as they read as often as they can.

Abby & Holly Book 2 won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in 2019! The cover and illustrations of all my MG/PT/YA books are done by my talented illustrator husband, John. Kudos to him for the great job he always does!

BLURB:

Abby and Holly are cousins who are more like sisters. They enjoy doing everything together. Holly lives with Abby and her family in a haunted Victorian. Holly must deal with some difficult decisions in her family when unexpected and unfortunate events come to pass.

Abby is there to lend support to Holly along with two ghostly apparitions, Felicity and Minerva, who live in Abby’s house. These specters provide some magical and helpful advice along the way as they watch over Holly during this difficult time.

The girls’ friends, twins Davey and Derek Donato, from their own series, pop in to support Holly and bring some fun and comical relief to the story.

Here are some reviews on Amazon:


Michelle Clements James
5.0 out of 5 starsA Stellar Book With Important LessonsOctober 20, 2018Format: Kindle EditionI am so excited about the Abby and Holly Series for girls, but it could be equally enjoyed by boys. In Abby & Holly Series Book 2: Unfortunate Events, Abby’s cousin, Holly, is faced with some difficult issues. While her parents are away on overseas jobs, Holly is living with Abby. Things go downhill when her parents return for a visit and her mother becomes ill. Throughout this trying time, Holly has a tremendous amount of support from Abby, her Aunt Jane and Uncle Bob, and two ghosts who live in Abby’s house, Felicity and Minerva. Of course, their friends Davey and Derek are there to help, too.
As with all of Spina’s children’s books, Unfortunate Events teaches life lessons such as respect, kindness toward others, and the importance of being polite. This book concentrates on handling the unexpected and overcoming life’s disappointments. The unexpected was Holly’s mother’s illness and hospital stay. With the love of her extended family, Holly was able to cope with her worry for her mother. Disappointment was addressed when her father announced that he was flying out to finish his work overseas. He explained to Holly the importance of fulling his obligations to his employer.
I highly recommend Abby & Holly Series Book 2: Unfortunate Events to all middle-graders, both girls and boys. The storyline is one that will keep children interested with its elements of suspense and mystery. Though there are references to a childhood crush, they are not a major component of the story and certainly not enough to deter boys’ interest. And who doesn’t love a friendly little ghost or two! As with all the author’s children’s books, this one is true to her ideals of writing books that encourage children to read while incorporating those all-important life lessons. As a book I think every parent will want their daughters and sons to read, I give Unfortunate Events 5 stars!


Michele Rolfe
5.0 out of 5 starsUnfortunate Family EventsOctober 16, 2018Format: PaperbackPoor Holly, Abby’s cousin on their mom’s side, is having to deal with alot of unfortunate events with her family. Thank goodness she has Abby, Davey & Derek the Junior Dectives neighbors, & 2 awesome ghosts, Felicity & Minerva, to help her get through it all! Holly is thrilled her mom (Abby’s mom’s sister) & dad have come home for a visit from their overseas job, but things go downhill when mom gets sick. Great book to read with your youngsters about dealing with family issues. The ending is a nice twist & could lead to the next book!

Trish5.0 out of 5 starsGirl power!October 16, 2018Format: PaperbackAnother fun read from Janice Spina! So nice to see Holly and Abby back again in book two. The girls continue to face new issues, friends, and adventures together. A great read for pre-teens.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read about my book. I hope you will take a minute to look over this and other Jemsbooks for some fun reads for you and your children. There is plenty of summer left to soar with adventures, solve mysteries, and be thrilled and surprised by my stories.

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Janice

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Mystery Series for MG/PT/YA Girls and Boys – Abby & Holly Series, Book 1!

This is my newest series for both girls and boys, Abby & Holly, School Dance. These two characters, Abby & Holly, were first introduced in Book 5 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. If you would like to begin reading that book you can get a better feel for the series. But these books are all stand alone books. I put in an introduction in all the books to help the readers understand the story lines.

This book won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award! It is enjoyed also by adults who have raved about it and have passed the book to their children and grandchildren to enjoy.

At one of my book signings a year or so ago a young woman asked me to write a series for girls similar to my Davey & Derek Series. This is how Abby & Holly came to be. I so thoroughly enjoy writing for middle-graders, preteens and young adults that I continue writing this series with great pleasure. There is a book 2 that I will feature next in another post and more books coming. I am working currently on Book 3 and will begin Book 4 next month.

I hope your MG/PT/YA will enjoy this series and learn valuable life lessons while having fun with mysteries, ghosts, and adventures along with Abby & Holly and friends.

Writing for this age group and genre makes me feel like a kid again. I introduce tough subjects for kids but do so in a kind and gentle way explaining with life lessons. I want children of all ages to learn about things that happen to families and how to deal with them, how family and friends matter and that love and support of family and friends is what keeps us strong. This book deals with bullying and how the characters dealt with this problem.

Blurb:

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.

Here are some reviews from Amazon:


Michelle Clements James
5.0 out of 5 starsLoved the anti-bullying message.July 8, 2018Format: Kindle EditionI have long been a fan of Janice Spina’s young children’s books and her middle-grade Davey and Derek Junior Detectives series. I was excited to read the first book in her Abby and Holly series for middle-grade girls, and I was not disappointed.
Abby and Holly are the cousins we met in The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost (Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 5) who helped Davey and Derek solve a case involving a ghost that was residing in Abby’s house. Now they are back seeking the help of their friends Davey and Derek in solving a case of a girl jealously sabotaging another classmate’s chance to go to the 6th-grade dance and plans to do even worse.
The story flows well, and the characters are developed nicely so anyone who hasn’t read any of the Davey and Derek series will have no trouble jumping in with book one of this series. Girls are going to love this series — a touch of puppy love, fantasy, and a mystery to solve all in one book. The lessons of forgiving and forgetting and being kind are well documented in the story, an important reminder for everyone. This is another 5-star book from Janice Spina.

Mrs.D.5.0 out of 5 starsSay hello to the Abby and Holly series!July 24, 2018Format: Kindle EditionMove over, Davey and Derek? Or maybe not… The duo is back, and the girls and boys are taking the world by the horns with another thrilling adventure! The haunted house! The mysterious ghost! The undying friendship! Good life lessons! And no more bullying!

Abby and Holly are cousins. The girls were first introduced in Book 5 of the Davey and Derek Junior Detectives series.

Janice Spina has beautifully blended two separate series in her new book, which is meant to entertain and educate middle grade readers. This time she sent two girls to solve a mystery that was quite intriguing. While trying to be just normal students, team members are dealing with serious issues so common for sixth graders: jealousy, intolerance, and bullying. The story is fun and adventurous, but the author smartly implants very important seeds that touch on problems so familiar for a middle school audience.

In this new book, Abby and Holly team up with their friends Davey and Derek, two shy but very experienced young detectives. The team needs to find out who is sabotaging one of their classmates, Justine, who plans her sixth grade school dance. Fearing that the girl is being bullied, the team members work closely with each other and their friends.

The story is sweet. It flows smoothly, just like other books from this wonderful author, which manages to surprise the young readers with perfectly developed characters and a wise plot. Even if the readers haven’t had the chance to get familiar with the Davey and Derek series, they won’t feel lost or have a hard time connecting the new story to Davey and Derek. And just like me, I hope the girls and boys will jump into the new adventures with a touch of fantasy, mystery, and some stronger feelings like love, forgiveness, and being kind to each other.

“Abby and Holly: School Dance” is one of those books that will make children feel good about themselves. The lessons of friendship and kindness are nicely incorporated into a fun story, which will put a smile on children’s faces. Trouble. Solution. Sweet first love. Friendship. And kindness. All of these qualities are in one book for young readers to enjoy. Yes, Justine is bullied, but she has a strong group of friends behind her, which helps her to overcome the fear of bullies. And with the help of her friends, the bullies may change their attitude too.

I am delighted that this book carries strong messages about the importance of being compassionate, kind, loving and accepting. It teaches teens to remember how they would feel if their places were reversed. Another entertaining and teaching series for middle schoolers by Janice Spina!

* I received this book as a gift from the author and chose to review it without compensation.

Reviewed by children’s author Mrs.D


5.0 out of 5 stars
The First in A Wonderful New SeriesJuly 9, 2018Format: Kindle EditionThe prolific author, Jancie Spina, who introduced the lovely duo, Abby & Holly, in the fifth installment of the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, has given their friends, first cousins Abby & Holly, their own adventure.

In the first book of what will no doubt be another entertaining series for middle schoolers, Abby & Holly are excited to attend the 6th-grade dance. But not everyone is happy at school. Abby & Holly discover that their friend Justine is being bullied. The two girls, helped by their sixth-grade dance partners (no other than Derek & Davey), and the girls’ resident ghost, come up with a plan to protect Justine and bring bullying to a stop.

John Spina, as he is known to do for all of Mrs. Spina’s creations, enhanced the book with a lovely cover and wonderful illustrations.

Reader Mom5.0 out of 5 starsFun Series StarterMarch 13, 2019Format: Kindle EditionThis clean, wholesome book is a fun starter to a series about two 6th grade cousins that should appeal to both girls and boys. The book features cousins, Abby and Holly, and the dates to their first dance, twins, Derek and Davey Donato, who have their own series for young readers. I thought the “twin telepathy” elements were a nice touch and enjoyed the messages on friendship and anti-bullying that the book portrayed.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. I hope you will check out this series and my other series and many of my 24 books on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. If you love my books I would be thrilled to receive a review wherever you purchased my books. Your reviews help indie authors to soar up the charts and become viable authors to Amazon. There are millions of books out there and we are like grains of sand. Please help us to rise above some of the rocks and boulders that stand in our way.

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Janice

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Summer in Full Swing and Glorious Flowers!

Here in New England USA we waited through a long wet, cool spring to get to summer. Now it’s brewing us like a summer tea, hot and steamy. All we need is a little ice to cool us off. Phew!

What is lovely about the hot summer is my flowers love it! At least the hardy ones love it. Here is a photo of my hibiscus. My son and family bought this plant for me one Mother’s Day several years ago. My husband keeps trimming it in the fall and brings it into the house where it stays dormant until we bring it out into the warm weather. It blossoms with multiple flowers coming out all at once. It’s gorgeous in a salmon color.

John planted some plum tomatoes in a topsy turvy planter which he hung from our back deck. Here it is with many plum tomatoes already. Can’t wait to try some. He’ll be making some sauce. Yum!

Two pots of petunias are thriving in this heat also.

Each year we put a new mint plant on the deck to grow and then transplant some of it inside to keep the pests away (mice) and insects in the fall and winter months. It does work! It smells so wonderful and looks beautiful!

Basil and parsley are growing wild above. We can’t use it fast enough. Basil is delicious in tomato sauce and in caprese salad.

Parsley is great with roasted potatoes, other recipes, and as a garnish for many dishes.

In our backyard is a retention pond. Here are photos of it with lush vegetation.

Here it is as the landscapers begin to cut it back. There is a fence around it but in the above photo you can’t even see the fence. We are being invaded by this bittersweet vine that clings to everything and chokes the life out of other plants. One of the main reasons the pond needs to be clipped back every year.

This is a view from our basement slider from under the deck. You can see the vines edging their way to our deck and house as they curl and sway with the breeze until they get a hold on something solid.

View from under our deck

The clearing begins all around the pond first.

Clearing around the pond

Here the workers are stuck in the muck with their tractor. They had to get a larger one to pull the smaller one out.

Stuck Tractor with Back hoe

It took quite a while to get it out but here it is finally getting a grip on some dryer land.

Tractor being towed out of pond

The funny thing about this incident is my husband did warn the landscapers about this happening before with another company. But, alas, they did not believe him. Sigh!

Pond in a mess – partially cleared

Here is the aftermath of the mess and it is still like this a week later. They have not come back yet. We can only hope they will figure out what to do to make amends.

After washing off the tractor using our hose they got it working again in order to drive it out of our yard.

They left behind muddy tracks and clumps of grass all over. Sigh! Now we wait! We’ve been through this before! Phew! This pond is supposed to be cleared out every year or so but this year with all the rain it has grown immensely. It is gotten too far ahead of the landscaper to deal with, but it has to be done.

Hopefully soon I will have some photos of it completed. What a mess!

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Janice

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Fish have Personalities too!

If you have been one of my readers you may know that my husband, John, and I have fish for pets, one tank of fresh water and one with 12 tropical fish. Fish do have personalities. Our 95-gallon tank has a dozen fish of all kinds and in beautiful colors as you can see in photos below.

They are fascinating and relaxing to watch. John is the soul caretaker of the tanks. He does a commendable job keeping them looking pristine. My part is just to enjoy them and take photos. Ha!

Let me tell you a little about them.

Once a fish becomes acclimated to a new environment you can see the personality begin to come alive. Fish are intelligent too. Did you know that?

They know when it is time to eat. They swim around in circles and actually stare at us each time we pass by the tank. If we happen to leave the room you can hear the tapping from them to get our attention. I come back to see what they are up to.

When John reaches for a piece of sea weed, one particular fish, a dark blue pink tailed trigger goes ballistic. He swims back and forth and stares out at John nearly jumping up with excitement. He is the first at the top of the tank to take a bite from John’s hand. It is entertaining to watch him in action as he tugs at the piece with the other fish. It’s like watching a tug of war. He is quite aggressive and has bitten John on one occasion. He is fearless and will make eye contact with us.

The pink tailed trigger is chomping on the sea weed below.

The fish we have are all different in colors, sizes and personalities. Above you will see a yellow and black fish with a black dot – that’s a Foxface. He has sharp spines on his back that can sting a person or even kill another fish. We had that happen with another Foxface. It was shocking to see. One minute another fish was swimming by the Foxface and the next the other fish flew up in the air and landed on the bottom of the tank dead. Foxface must have gotten startled and his spines stood straight up and pierced the other fish’s skin killing him. Foxface is shy at times and will hide but is prominently out if there is food around. He turns brown when he is frightened. John has never been stung by him or any other other Foxface we have had.

We have a green wrasse above who is sleek and beautiful. He swims effortlessly gliding along in and out of the rocks. He is cool and not at all shy. He comes right up to the glass and will make eye contact.

We have two clown fish – one a tomato clown with one white strip and the other with three stripes (like Nemo and Marlin from the movie). They get along fine now but at first they didn’t like each other. One always becomes dominant. Once that dormancy is established they can get along. They are the two fish above in the lower part of the tank.

Above are great photos of Hippo Tang (Dori from the Nemo movie), wrasse, trigger and the clown. The tang is shy and will hide away when you go near the tank. She (I really don’t know if it is a female or male) is a gorgeous blue with a yellow tail.


Above you can see our beautiful red chocolate chip starfish from the underside. He is quite large and voracious. He cleans up the tank and eats dead fish and debris. He is not shy and, though he moves slowly, gets around the tank quite well and into tight spots.

Below the topside of the red starfish! He is quite impressive, isn’t he?

At the top of the tank next to Dori is a box fish or puffer fish. He is adorable with big blue eyes. He stays at the top of the tank (see puffer at the top of all the photos) and swims back and forth all day long. He is a voracious eater and will eat all five squares of food leaving only tidbits for his fellow fish. He has spines all over his body and will blow up when he is frightened. We have yet to see that happen. But another puffer we had in the past did just that. It was funny to see. My grandkids want to see him blow up but I discourage them from tapping on the glass to frighten him or the other fish. It’s not a good thing for them. The tapping sounds like a loud cymbal to them and can harm them.

In the above photo is the flame angel, red with black strips and yellow tale. He is cautious and will hide if you go near the tank. I had to snap this photo quickly before he hid. He is hard to keep, being fragile, and can die easily if stressed. This is our fourth flame angel.

Above also is the damsel fish, brilliant blue with a yellow tail, who is the last one left. He did have a buddy for a short time but he didn’t make it. He is not afraid of being the smallest fish in the tank. Nothing bothers him.

On the right of the above tank is the gamma fish, purple and yellow, that has another buddy in the tank. They get along well with the larger fish also.

Above is the blue and yellow angel which is hopefully hardier than the flame angel. This is our first one of this type of angel. He holds his own in the tank amid larger fish.

We did have a few anemones which didn’t live more than a week. Our clown fish have actually hosted them like Nemo did in the movie. Clowns are the only fish that can live inside the anemones and not get stung. Here is a photo of our latest one. I think it may have passed and got eaten by the red starfish since we haven’t see it for a couple of days and the starfish is not around either. He is probably busy digesting it. So sad!

I hope you enjoyed learning about our fish. They are interesting and fun to have though caring for them is a heavy task – changing water, lifting buckets to refill water and measure salt, check levels of ph, salinity, ammonia, nitrogen and other chemicals to make sure they are in balance. John does all this on his own. I just enjoy and reap the benefits of a tank full of happy and healthy fish.

Our fresh water tank is below which recently housed a blue and red beta, Bubba Blue, that went missing. I mentioned this in a previous post. He was never found. We have since filled the tank with three swordtails and several neon tetras. This tank is only 6 gallons and cleaned and filtered by a Peace Lily which sits on the top of the tank making it an easy tank to care for. The lily absorbs the detritus and filters out the water. It is somewhat self-sustaining as long as we don’t ever feed the fish or put too many fish into this small tank.

Since I wrote this post all the neons (7) disappeared. I think they must have gotten sucked in by the filter and absorbed by the lily. Sigh. Now we just have three swords. They are too big to go into the filter. We hope!

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Interview with Author/Poet Lynda McKinney Lambert and her New Book!

I am happy to welcome new author/poet Lynda McKinney Lambert to Jemsbooks Interview an Author Segment. Thank you for coming today, Lynda.

Photo: Lynda McKinney Lambert with her First Prize Winner, Girl on a Bench SeesVisions of butterflies, at the InSights18 international exhibition in Louisville, KY.  Lynda creates mixed media fiber art talismans and wall pieces at her River Road Studio, in The Village of Wurtemburg, PA.  She established her fine art studio in 1976.  Lynda’s art is exhibited around the world and she has been in over 400 exhibitions in galleries & museums. Her art is in private and public collections world-wide.

Please tell us something about yourself.

There is only one question that determines what is important to me as an artist and author.  

“How do I serve other people?” 

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what I do that is beneficial to others. For if my work is not valuable to others, then my efforts are inconsequential and has no value.  

In my role as professor at Geneva College, I had a primary purpose in my classrooms, to model and teach my students to be a servant-leader. This was on mission campus wide from the top administrators down. We taught this principle in our classrooms and lived it in our personal life. 

“I asked myself, “What particular aspects are most important to other people in my writing and art?”

I do 2 things:

First, I am a caretaker of memories.  I am the griot, or storyteller, of my own culture and time in the history of the human story, as I know it.

I bring memories to life through my work. 

I consider how I connect with the past history of other people through the ages. My research explores the past as I search for the common threads that lead to the present.

Second, I am the keeper of beauty. I want all of my creative works to reflect the magnificence and splendor of what is lovely and beautiful.  I keep my mind and my focus on this goal in my meditations and thoughts.

I seek out the foundation of exquisite beauty. Each journey brings me deeper into the core of all that is. And, infinite beauty is at the core.

Jjspina: I am in awe of you and your accomplishments, Lynda.

When did you know that you wanted to be an author?

My candid reply is, “I never aspired to be a writer.” I never realized it but I always had the mind of an artist – a maker. I was always creating “something” and forever asking myself, “What if…?”   

I have to say I am a late bloomer.  My academic career began when I entered the university at age forty-two.  I was there for one reason, to study and make art.  I entered the Fine Art program as a painter. And, by the time I entered the university, in 1985, I had already achieved national success and recognition for my work. I already had a career in art and never thought of anything else.

The first years of my young adult life were dedicated to my full-time profession as wife and mother of 5 children. 

I began to paint in 1976. Once I started painting, I painted full-time while being at home and taking care of my family. Once the children left for school in the mornings, I painted most of the day. My kitchen table was my studio. From my first painting, I was doing art exhibitions.

By 1980, I had been selected for my first national exhibition in New York City, the Audubon National Exhibition – and I attended this opening reception by myself. I just flew to NYC, and was there for the opening. A friend met me at the airport, and that marked the beginning of my national and international career in art.

There was nothing more I wanted in my life than to spend my days making art. I was in heaven. I painted during the days, and dreamed of painting all night long. 

I began my academic career after my youngest children were in high school.  That was in 1985, and I was 42 years old that summer.

My earliest memories of the love of literature were in my childhood. 

Over the summer breaks from school, my mother took me to the local public library where I came home with stacks of books.  On hot summer days, I devoured those books while reclining on a glider on the front porch. This is where I encountered the magic of stories.

Later, in high school I had the privilege of being in Mr. Victor L. Brown’s English course where I learned about the power of the spoken word as he read Shakespeare to the class. I was hooked forever on the classics, mythology, and fine literature following that class

I had a mind that was always searching out something new, and being in a classroom was too confining and limiting to me. I was a day dreamer who was constantly looking out the windows of the classrooms. The life of my imagination was far more interesting than sitting in a high school class room. I had very little interest in anything other than reading and art in the late 50s and into the early 60s.

My first book, Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage, was written as my tenure project while I was teaching Fine Arts & Humanities at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA. 

As I developed a collection of poems and non-fiction reflections and essays, I began to realize I could actually be a published author.  This book was published by Kota Press in 2002. I am very proud of this first book for it features my writing, drawings, and research while traveling each summer to Salzburg, Austria where I taught a course, “Drawing & Writing in Salzburg.” This achievement gave me confidence and courage to contemplate writing another book, but it would take a long time before I actually wrote and published, “Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems,” in February 2017.  

Below: Photo of drawing:  “Two Friends on a Bench” by Lynda Lambert.

In between writing my first 2 books, I lost most of my sight due to Ischemic Optic Neuropathy, and I retired in 2008 because of profound sight loss.  I went away to an in-residence program at Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services in Pittsburgh, PA for about 3 months of Adjustment to Blindness Rehabilitation.  After 2 years of blindness, I was again able to use a computer, and at that time my writing career officially began.  I started writing a blog and had a website. This all led to the creation of my 2nd book, Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems, in February 2017.3. 

Jjspina: You are an amazing and multi-talented person.

What projects are you currently working on?

I must check the invisible check-list in my imagination for this response.

_____First 

Finishing Line Press will publish my first chapbook, “first snow.”  

A chapbook is a little book that has just a little collection of poems – mine will have 30 poems with a wintry theme.  Since winter is my favorite season, I wanted to write this first chapbook to celebrate what is good and lovely about this cold season.

_____Second 

I will work on a revision of my first book, Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage.” That is on my mind a lot right now. The first book is now out of print and I plant to expand on it for the next publication of the book. I want to go back to my journals, written during my summer trips, and create some additional material from the journals.

_____Third

I have outlined a memoir and will dig in to begin seriously working on it in late 2019 or early 2020. For right now, I am calling it, “Under the Blueberry Moon,” but that can change, of course. I’ve been blessed with an extraordinary life history, and so many times people have told me I need to write my auto-biography. In August, I will celebrate my 76th birthday. Maybe it is time to think about doing it. I think I will! 

Jjspina: I believe you will have much to share and it could lead to a best-selling auto-biography.

Please share your books with us:

Note: I have included one poem from each of the 3 books.

I will begin with my newest book publication.

***My THIRD BOOK: 

Star Signs: New & Selected Poems, KDA, 2019.

Star Signs is a collection of poems and non-fiction stories and memoirs.

145 Pages

4 Sections

53 Poems

Theme: Genesis 1: 14  Creation of the heavens & purpose of the stars.

*****A Poem from this Book – “The Bouquet”

(Photo by Lynda McKinney Lambert)

“The Bouquet”

By Lynda McKinney Lambert

The finest bouquet

is a gift of the spirit –

small scraps, bright fabrics,

wild flowers and Butterflies

spilled from a yellow tote bag.

Carved pieces of abalone shells

glitter among golden beads –

dance in a circle

surround a porcelain medallion,

painted with wild roses and sunshine.

Fresh leafy green salads

blueberries and salty cashews

conversations and laughter

surrounded our mid-summer table.

We opened the amber glass bottle,

drank dark Blackberry wine

we raised our glasses –

Greetings – to the hot summer day-

“Prost!”

Written by Lynda McKinney Lambert, 2013. Revised 2019.

*** My SECOND BOOK:  

Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems, CreateSpace, 2017.

Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Memoirs, Kota Press, 2017.

is a collection of poems and non-fiction stories and memoirs.

239 Pages

16 Poems

27 Non-Fiction Stories

12 Sections – January through December

LISTEN TO A FREE SAMPLE from the PROLOGUE of this book.

The AUDIBLE version was recorded by actress, Lillian Eves..

I think you will LOVE what you HEAR!

Read some REVIEWS, too! 

*** Abbie Johnson Taylor wrote the first book review. Read it here:  Abbie’s book review:  https://abbiescorner.wordpress.com/2019/03/07/thursday-book-feature-walking-by-inner-vision/

***Link to Ann Harris Barnes’ most recent Review of this book: https://annwritesinspiration.com/2019/06/03/featured-book-and-book-review-of-walking-by-inner-vision-by-lynda-mckinney-lambert/

Theme: Take a leisurely year-long journey through the seasons.

Written like journal entries – one chapter for each month of the year.

Each of the sections begins with an introductory poem.

Book Cover Image and additional featured photographs are by Lynda McKinney Lambert.

*** A Poem from this book: “Muddy Hands,” where I explore the shock and challenge of losing my sight almost overnight. Sight loss and blindness are not  themes in my work, overall. But this poem puts it in perspective.  

“Muddy Hands”

By Lynda McKinney Lambert

You turn things upside down! Shall the potter be regarded as the clay, that the thing made should say of its maker, “He did not make me”; or the thing formed say of him who formed it, “He has no understanding”?

—Isaiah 29:16

Breaking News! October 2007

I suddenly lost most of my eyesight.

I did not know night from day.

I could not see a clock. Time vanished.

I could not find a phone number or dial a phone

“Normal” was now upside−down days and nights.

I could dream.

I could still envision wonders.

I could try. I could try, again.

I picked up a piece of wet clay.

Slowly, the muddy substance felt like 

a new possibility in my hands.

The clay brought back memories.

My muddy hands began to do the work

of remembering

Muddy hands gave new confidence inside of me.

Muddy hands brought wholeness.

I dug into the mud, made unexpected treasures. The wet clay gave itself to me. “Magic Spirit Treasure Boxes” emerged. Cherished objects. Wall sculptures to honor the Earth, Nature, and the healing of my broken eyes. When I use my muddy hands, I am completed.

***My FIRST BOOK:  Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage, Kota Press, 2002.

This book is now out of print, but still available on Amazon.  

I have a limited amount of this book at my home and if you want one autographed, please contact me and I can do that for you. My e-mail:  riverwoman@zoominternet.net

You can send a payment of $15.  through PayPal, and I will send it with  

FREE SHIPPING to YOU!  

Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage is a collection of poems and non-fiction stories and memoirs.

96 Pages

50 Poems

5 Historical Notes

3 Sections

Theme: “A profound and humble affirmation of life.” Endorsement quote on back cover, by Bernard D. Freydberg and Akiko Kotani

Book Cover Image is a detail of one of Lynda’s mixed-media paintings that she created in her studio in the Alpine Village of Grödig, Austria.

The book also features a number of drawings she did while traveling.

Drawings and writings in the book were written as she traveled annually in Venice, Italy; Prague, Czech Republic; Villages and cities in Germany, and other locations on her weekend excursions.

For a dozen summers, Lynda created a body of works-on-paper that were later exhibited nationally in a variety of exhibitions in solo and group shows in galleries & museums. Her art is in private and public collections worldwide.

This collection was inspired by the travel journals written by Matsuo Basho, (1644-   November 28, 1694) – Basha lived in Iga, which was a province of Japan.  One of Lynda’s favorite book by Basho, is Along the Narrow Road.

Like Basho, Lynda wrote on her travels and experiences of a journey that is akin to a Pilgrimage. Lynda presents life as a spiritual quest, to be embraced.

Written as a travel journal during her summers in Austria where she taught a course, “Drawing and Writing in Salzburg.”

***** A Poem from this Book:

“Concert in the Fortress”

Concert in the Fortress

By Lynda McKinney Lambert

Red fluted pillars

black ruffles on a swinging skirt

golden metal stars.

Flags of red and white

bouquets of flowers and music

arches frame night skies.

Stone paths, shields, blazons

singing and chess in the town square

Salzburg in July.

Note:  Construction on the Hohensalzburg (fortress) began in the year 1077.  The Golden Hall was added in 1502. 

Concerts are held here under the blue ceiling with the gold leafed buttons symbolizing the stars in heaven.  Four spiral columns of red marble support the ceiling.

In this early poem, written as a journal entry, in the summer of 1991, I introduced a theme of stars and the heavens that continues into the present time. 

This theme became the inspiration of my 3rd book, Star Signs: New & Selected Poems, KDA, 2019.

Jjspina: Beautiful poetry, Lynda. My heart goes out to you over the loss of your sight. You are truly amazing!

If you could have one wish, what would it be?

I share ONE WISH for each of the OCCUPATIONS I represent in my art, writing, education and personal life. 

First – My Author Wish is to serve my audience and keep their memories alive in a way that allows them to be transformed in some way that is unique to each person.

Transformation is a theme in all of my work.

Second – My Educator Wish is that my audience will become aware of their own world view and search to find the connections they have with all that has transpired before them, in our shared human history.

Third – My Visual Artist Wish is to give the world beauty and to bring to life memories of things we forgot.  Things we already know from our past, that somehow,we lost contact with.  

Fourth – My Personal Wish is that I could spend one more day with my Mother, Father, and my younger brother, David. They each passed through that thin veil that separates the living from the dead – to their eternal home.

I would let them know how much I love them and that I appreciate everything we shared together when they were still here with me. And, I want to hear about each of their transformation stories of their life journeys.

I would also like to have one hour with my son-in-law, Denny, who passed away on July 1, 2019.  Our daughter, Salome, is now a widow at the age of 56.  My heart aches for them both. 

Jjspina: So sorry for your loss of your son-in-law at such a young age. My sympathy to you and your daughter.

What is your favorite food?

I wrote a poem about my favorite food – eggplant.

The poem is in my latest book, Star Sign: New & Selected Poems. 

That poem is “Eggplant Parmesan with Spaghetti” (a Tritina poem). 

“Eggplant Parmesan with Spaghetti”

By Lynda McKinney Lambert

its early morning and I feel hungry for breakfast

but foods like sunny side up eggs or oatmeal don’t tempt me today 

so, I put on my jacket and slipped into my outdoor shoes.

I walked through wet morning grass in my waterproof shoes 

when the sun came up in the east, I thought more about breakfast

because this is no ordinary morning, today  

O, no! This is Resurrection Morning – today

A voice in the burning bush said, “Take off your Shoes!” 

“You can have eggplant parmesan with spaghetti for breakfast.”

Eggplant Parmesan for breakfast? Today?  I quickly removed my new shoes.

I write about a variety of the particular aspects of nature and life that I experience and those things that catch my attention. Often, my motifs are mundane and ordinary things that just seem to drift to my field of vision in a moment.

An Aloe Vera plant;

My dogs walking through the snow on a winter day;

A painting in the Andy Warhol Museum;

A picnic lunch delivered by friends;

My jewelry box;

A stone I found while walking home;

My Grandmother’s old cream pitcher;

A walk through the meadow in Autumn

Ordinary, every-day items.

My professor’s hat is always on and I enjoy sharing insight into those motifs and themes in a way that is educational as well as enlightening to my readers. I hope that my readers find joy, peace, and beauty all around them. And, if I am able to point to things they might have missed along the way – to show them something they never saw or experienced before, then I am successful. 

Art history is the most wonderful way to understand the world we live in.  

My poems are fragments from art history and from the livingness all around me.

Success, for me, is to feel satisfaction with the smallest things in my world.

As for the French word for eggplant…aubergine… I just love to hear the syllables roll over my tongue and tumble out of my mouth like a hidden brook in the woods.   It spills out, through my lips, and flows  into the landscape. 

Special words do that to us. 

A word comes to life when we speak it out loud.

Jjspina: Eggplant is delicious, I agree. Words do come to life when we speak them out loud. Very eloquently said.

Do you love animals?

What can I say? Here are some clues: 

We have 2 rescued dogs; 2 rescued cats. 

We regularly feed and give shelter to feral cats who drop by for a meal or some rest in a safe place. 

We drop bits of bread beside the stone mound in our Zen Meditation Garden,

And we sit on the porch in our Amish Rocking Chairs to glimpse the sparrows arriving and departing from the trees in the yard.

Bob and I also put food out on a rock in the woods for any creature to eat as needed.

I remember the creation story as described in Genesis 1. Where we can find the original intention of God as he created everything that exists. One by one, I think of the creatures and animals and birds he created. What a sense of humor he must have. Just imagine the variety of life on earth and in the universe! I close my eyes and hear God breaking out in laughter as he sang and danced the world into existence. I think this is why I love music dance so much. Those things are imbedded in our DNA from the beginning of time.

Jjspina: Thank you, Lynda, for sharing your beautiful thoughts and words.

Here are my links on Social Media –

Lynda’s Authors Page- Amazon:https://www.amazon.com/author/lyndalambert

Lynda’s Official Authors Page: http://www.dldbooks.com/lyndalambert/

Lynda’s  2 Blogs:

Website & Blog:  Walking by Inner Vision – personal blog & website

Scan-A-Blog – A quiet Place of Inspiration, Art, Nature, Literature

I feature other people on this one, and re-blog articles of interest here.

On Facebook, I have the following Pages:

River Road Studio – on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/River-Road-Studio-175785105811956/

SCAN on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/SCAN-782814908467623/

Walking by Inner Vision on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/walkingbyinnervision/

Lynda McKinney Lambert (Timeline): https://www.facebook.com/lyndamckinneylambert

Thank you, Lynda, for coming today to share all your books with us and your fascinating life so eloquently. It was a pleasure to have you. I wish you much success with this and all your future endeavors. Now that you are part of Jemsbooks family of authors please feel free to come back again to share any new projects.

Thank you so much for stopping by today to read about this talented author/poet. I hope you will check out her new book and click on her links and visit her.

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Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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Book 6 of Mysteries for Boys & Girls for Great Summer Reading!

Here is Book 6 of the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Mystery of the Bells. I will be sharing and showcasing all six books one at a time, each in their own post. This is the last of this series. The next series I will be showcasing is the Abby & Holly Series. If you haven’t read these yet please share with your MG/PT/YA for fun adventures in summer or anytime reading.

I wrote this series for my two middle grandsons who love to read about adventures and mysteries. They are my inspiration to write.

These books are enjoyed by both girls and boys and also parents and grandparents who pass them on to their children. My husband, John, is the illustrator and cover creator for these and all my books. This series has been compared to the Hardy Boys’ Books.

Available also on Barnes & Noble all Jemsbooks. Book 6 coming soon to Barnes & Noble.

BLURB:

Step into another magical and fun adventure with the twin detectives to solve this new mystery. There are clues at every turn, ghostly dreams with strange messages, and a surprise visitor that shakes things up. Even Aunt Gigi and Mianna are at a loss to provide any assistance to the boys.
Will Davey & Derek be able to solve this mystery of the bells? Where do they turn? Will they be able to put all the clues together? Can they use their new birthday gifts in this adventure? Find out what the boys do in this magical mystery.

I have put in an introduction in each of these books to help children understand the characters and the story line. Each book is a stand alone story with a satisfying ending that will leave children feeling happy and wanting to read another one. There are life lessons to be learned as children read that will please parents.

I believe children of all ages need good, wholesome and clean books to read that will encourage them to want to read more. Reading is good for everyone’s health by bolstering up confidence, spurns creativity and memory, eases stress and chronic pain and makes you feel happier. It’s also an escape from troubles and the craziness in this world around us. Get healthier and start reading!

Here are some reviews on Amazon:


Trish
5.0 out of 5 starsWholesome and fun!May 6, 2019Format: Kindle EditionFollow Davey and Derek on another magical journey of adventure in book 6 of Janice Spina’s Junior Detective series. You’ll find the very likable twins on a quest to unfold a mystery surrounding their beloved Aunt Gigi. See what hidden secrets the boys may uncover along the way concerning their ancestors. This is an enjoyable series for middle grade readers.

Michele Rolfe5.0 out of 5 starsNew GhostsMay 5, 2019Format: Kindle EditionWe are introduced to Grt Aunt Gigi’s twin sister Auriana & other family member ghosts! When Davey has a bad dream about the ghosts, Derek is right by his side to make him some Hot Cocoa & get him settled back down. Together they need to figure out what is causing the Mysterious Bells they hear ringing alot lately. Aunt Gigi is on hand again to provide some new birthday surprises & new spells for the boys. Another wonderful book!!

Michelle Clements James5.0 out of 5 starsI love the way the author portrayed the love and concern between the brothers.April 30, 2019Format: Kindle EditionI’ve read every book in the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives series and enjoyed each one. The Case of the Mystery of the Bells is my favorite so far. As with all of Janice Spina’s children’s books, this book teaches children positive values. The twins are always respectful to others and use good manners. One of the things that stood out for me in book 6 is when Davey had a bad dream, Derek jumped right in and offered his brother reassurance and then fixed him a cup of hot cocoa to calm him down. They always have each other’s back and are friends as much as twin brothers.
The boys Great Aunt Gigi, as we learn from earlier books, has special powers that Laura, Davey and Derek’s mother has inherited to some degree, but Davey and Derek to a much greater degree. The boys are learning how to handle these powers in a positive way and never misuse them. Aunt Gigi is their tutor in these mystical matters.
The characters are depicted in a way that makes them believable, including their powers. I especially love reading about Aunt Gigi. I can picture her greeting the children and inviting them in while bestowing her love upon them as she provides wonderful snacks and mystical experiences.
In Book 6 of the series we are introduced to Aunt Gigi’s twin sister Auriana and various other relatives from the realm of magic.
If you have middle grade children, I highly recommend this and any of the other books in the series, as well as those in the new Abby & Holly series. I can’t say enough about Janice Spina and her books.
As a Beta reader for Janice Spina, I was given an ARC by the author to read and comment back to her. I have voluntarily reviewed this book without compensation. The thoughts presented in this review are my honest evaluation of the book.

Did you know that reading is good for your health and that of your children. When a person reads his/her brain sparks alive with creativity, memory improves, an all over good feeling chases away the blues and all your troubles. You escape to a different place and time.

According to a research on activebeat.com: Overall, the data showed that participants who read a book for just 30-minutes per week reported greater overall life happiness, satisfaction, and social connectedness.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. If you and your children haven’t read any of this series it’s time to check it out and find out what everyone is talking about. You will be hooked and have a fun time reading this summer. If you love these books I would be honored to hear from you and be delighted to receive any reviews.

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING!

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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Book 5 of Mysteries for Boys & Girls for Great Summer Reading!

Here is Book 5 of the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost. I will be sharing and showcasing all six books one at a time, each in their own post. If you haven’t read these yet please share with your MG/PT/YA for fun adventures in summer or anytime reading. This book won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and a Silver Medal in Authorsdb Cover Contest.

I wrote this series for my two middle grandsons who love to read about adventures and mysteries. They are my inspiration to write.

These books are enjoyed by both girls and boys and also parents and grandparents who pass them on to their children. My husband, John, is the illustrator and cover creator for these and all my books. This series has been compared to the Hardy Boys’ Books.

Available also on Barnes & Noble all Jemsbooks. Davey & Derek Book 5.

BLURB:

Twins Davey and Derek Donato are enlisted by two new characters, Abby and her cousin Holly, to assist them in finding and capturing the spooky beings that haunt their house.

When the boys visit Abby’s house they discover that this old Victorian holds many secrets and shocking revelations.

Davey and Derek soon find that they need the assistance of their Great Aunt Gigi to handle these mischievous phantoms.

I have put in an introduction in each of these books to help children understand the characters and the story line. Each book is a stand alone story with a satisfying ending that will leave children feeling happy and wanting to read another one. There are life lessons to be learned as children read that will please parents.

I believe children of all ages need good, wholesome and clean books to read that will encourage them to want to read more. Reading is good for everyone’s health by bolstering up confidence, spurns creativity and memory, eases stress and chronic pain and makes you feel happier. It’s also an escape from troubles and the craziness in this world around us. Get healthier and start reading!

Here are some reviews on Amazon:


Sarah Reviews
5.0 out of 5 starsAnother Winner!August 9, 2017Format: Kindle EditionThe wonderful and prolific author, Janice Spina, continues to entertain children with another terrific installment in the Davey and Derek Junior Detectives series, “The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost.” In this, the latest installment, Ms. Spina introduces the twins’ new cousins, Abby and Holly, who moved into a neighboring house that is haunted by ghosts. The frightened girls entreat the help of the now famous junior detectives. The twins, Davey and Derek, are not only excited about their new assignment but are also happy for the friendships developing between themselves and the lovely cousins. The story is most engaging and will entertain young readers going along for the ride, as the junior detectives, helped by their fabulous Aunt Gigi, tackle this new adventure.
Highly recommended!!

Mrs.D.5.0 out of 5 starsGhostly Mystery…February 8, 2018Format: Kindle EditionBoo! Another amusing middle grade mystery from accomplished author Janice Spina! The author’s standard for instilling the love of reading in children is impressive and proven.

Davey and Derek are two humble detectives who are very thoughtful of their friends and the people around them. Always helpful, they don’t hesitate to step in when their friend Abby announces that something unusual is happening in their old Victorian house. The twins immediately jump on the new case. What would an old house be without a ghost?

As in the previous books in this series, “The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost” meets the readers’ expectations. The young detectives face some challenges while unraveling the ghostly mystery, but with help from their mysterious Aunt Gigi and some other friends, they untangle it very professionally.

The twins are growing with her stories, and surprisingly they are that age when boys are noticing girls … and sweet friendships are developing between the twins and the pretty cousins.

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne5.0 out of 5 starsA wonderful mystery novel for young readers!July 10, 2017Format: Kindle EditionJanice Spina is such a versatile, talented author. I loved her new book, “The Case of the Mischievous Ghost.” The twins accepted their new case when their friends, Abby and Holly told them strange things were happening in the house. This time, junior detective twins Davey and Derek, set out to solve the mystery of ghosts in an beautiful old house. Were the ghosts really there? If so, why and how could they make them leave? They certainly had some challenges to solve this mystery. Davey and Derek studied ghosts, and definitely needed help from their magical Aunt Gigi. Young readers will love this mystery and they’ll be anxious to keep turning those pages to find out what happens next. This is a fantastic middle grade book, which I highly recommend.
Reviewed by children’s author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Did you know that reading is good for your health and that of your children. When a person reads his/her brain sparks alive with creativity, memory improves, an all over good feeling chases away the blues and all your troubles. You escape to a different place and time.

According to a research on activebeat.com: Overall, the data showed that participants who read a book for just 30-minutes per week reported greater overall life happiness, satisfaction, and social connectedness.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. If you and your children haven’t read any of this series it’s time to check it out and find out what everyone is talking about. You will be hooked and have a fun time reading this summer. If you love these books I would be honored to hear from you and be delighted to receive any reviews.

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING!

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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Book 4 of Mysteries for Boys & Girls for Great Summer Reading!

Here is Book 4 of the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog. I will be sharing and showcasing all six books one at a time, each in their own post. If you haven’t read these yet please share with your MG/PT/YA for fun adventures in summer or anytime reading. This book was a finalist in the Red City Book Reviews Awards Contest.

I wrote this series for my two middle grandsons who love to read about adventures and mysteries. They are my inspiration to write.

These books are enjoyed by both girls and boys and also parents and grandparents who pass them on to their children. My husband, John, is the illustrator and cover creator for these and all my books. This series has been compared to the Hardy Boys Books.

Available also on Barnes & Noble all Jemsbooks. Davey & Derek Book 4.

BLURB:

Davey and Derek Donato are at it again in this new book. In this case they come across a brown scraggly dog with blood on its paw but when the boys try to stop the dog, it runs away.

Aunt Gigi is here once again to assist the boys with their magic and provide some new spells.

Clues surface that suggest that someone may be injured and in need of help. The boys will have to use their skills and a little magic to solve this case.

I have put in an introduction in each of these books to help children understand the characters and the story line. Each book is a stand alone story with a satisfying ending that will leave children feeling happy and wanting to read another one. There are life lessons to be learned as children read that will please parents.

I believe children of all ages need good, wholesome and clean books to read that will encourage them to want to read more. Reading is good for everyone’s health by bolstering up confidence, spurns creativity and memory, eases stress and chronic pain and makes you feel happier. It’s also an escape from troubles and the craziness in this world around us. Get healthier and start reading!

Here are some reviews on Amazon:

Mrs.D.5.0 out of 5 starsShare the Magic!February 8, 2018Format: PaperbackIn her fourth book, “The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog: Davey and Derek Junior Detectives Series,” Janice Spina has created an impressive mystery story that carries on the thrilling adventures of two brothers, Davey and Derek. The friendly leading characters and thrilling adventures provide plenty of excitement and magic to young readers.

Davey and Derek are now experienced young detectives who have a few solved mysteries under their belts. But this new mystery about the scraggly dog would be not so easy to solve if not for Aunt Gigi and her crystal ball and her magical way of teaching boys how to travel.

What the boys discovered at the end of the story surprised me the most. Well-executed ending of the gripping mystery!

As in her previous books, the author provided plenty of life lessons for children. Janice completed her goal with the most valuable teachings about respect, compassion, and understanding. She wisely underlined the purpose of her series, lessons that are very needed for middle school children.

Michelle Clements James5.0 out of 5 starsDelightful Story for Young ReadersMay 14, 2017Format: Kindle EditionJunior detectives, Davey and Derek Donato, are off again to solve another mystery with the help of Aunt Gigi’s magic and Mianna, the cat in Aunt Gigi’s crystal ball. The boys get into mischief as they try to discover what happened to the scraggly dog and how it’s paw got blood on it. The ending was a wonderful surprise and the kind of ending any child would love.
The author’s goal in writing books for children that bring to light life lessons that the children can learn from. These lessons include politeness (Davey and Derek are both polite boys), kindness (they are kind to the dog and to his owner, as well as to family and friends in this story), and sensitivity (they are concerned that their friend Mickey isn’t left out and that their mom doesn’t worry needlessly about them). Janice Spina accomplished her goal with The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog.
This book is sure to delight. I highly recommend The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog to young readers.
This book was gifted to me by the author in exchange for my honest review.

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne5.0 out of 5 starsAnother amazing mystery by Janice Spina!January 20, 2017Format: Kindle EditionThis time junior detectives Davey and Derek have a new adventure when a mysterious Scraggly dog appears in their neighborhood with blood on her paw. What happened? Where is her owner? Readers will love this mystery and be anxious to find out what happens next. The twins’ Aunt Gigi has her own magic to share and the boys learn more about amazing ways to travel.The story is engaging, as are all of Janice Spina’s tales.There’s even a surprise ending. Be sure to get your copy today.
*I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it.
Reviewed by children’s author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Did you know that reading is good for your health and that of your children. When a person reads his/her brain sparks alive with creativity, memory improves, an all over good feeling chases away the blues and all your troubles. You escape to a different place and time.

According to a research on activebeat.com: Overall, the data showed that participants who read a book for just 30-minutes per week reported greater overall life happiness, satisfaction, and social connectedness.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. If you and your children haven’t read any of this series it’s time to check it out and find out what everyone is talking about. You will be hooked and have a fun time reading this summer. If you love these books I would be honored to hear from you and be delighted to receive any reviews.

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING!

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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Book 3 of Mysteries for Boys & Girls for Great Summer Reading!

Here is Book 3 of the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant. I will be sharing and showcasing all six books one at a time, each in their own post. If you haven’t read these yet please share with your MG/PT/YA for fun adventures in summer or anytime reading. This book won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and a Reader’s Favorite Book Awards Silver Medal.

I wrote this series for my two middle grandsons who love to read about adventures and mysteries. They are my inspiration to write.

These books are enjoyed by both girls and boys and also parents and grandparents who pass them on to their children. My husband, John, is the illustrator and cover creator for these and all my books. This series has been compared to the Hardy Boys Books.

Available also on Barnes & Noble all Jemsbooks. Davey & Derek Book 3.

BLURB:

Davey & Derek Donato are twins who love adventures and enjoy being junior detectives. In Book 3 of this series their help is enlisted to find an ivory figurine that has been taken from the local museum.
There are many suspects and danger is not far from the boys as they learn more magic and use their skills to find those responsible for the theft.
Their Aunt Gigi is close by to lend a hand and at the same time help the twins hone their magical gifts.

I have put in an introduction in each of these books to help children understand the characters and the storyline. Each book is a stand alone story with a satisfying ending that will leave children feeling happy and wanting to read another one. There are life lessons to be learned as children read that will please parents.

I believe children of all ages need good, wholesome and clean books to read that will encourage them to want to read more. Reading is good for everyone’s health by bolstering up confidence, spurns creativity and memory, eases stress and chronic pain and makes you feel happier. It’s also an escape from troubles and the craziness in this world around us. Get healthier and start reading!

Here are some reviews on Amazon:


Robbie Cheadle
5.0 out of 5 starsAn action packed magical adventureFebruary 24, 2018Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseThis is book 3 in the Davey & Derek junior detective series and it is the best one we have read to date. Michael loves these two adventurous boys and the addition of some real magic in their lives really added to his enjoyment of the tale. Magic wands and books in the hands of 11-year old boys really captivated him and my Dad has made him a wand out of wood, painted metallic blue, so that he could have one too. 

Davey and Derek learn the history and story of Aunt Gigi’s ivory elephant and discover some of this figurines magic. They are concerned for the safety of this figurine when they hear that a similar type of figurine has been stolen from the local museum. Certain local boys seem to be implicated in the crime and when a school peer asks the twins to help solve the case, Davey and Derek are thrilled to oblige. The boys embark on an exciting adventure to unwind the clues relating to the case, with some help and some confusion being provided by their magic books birthday gifts.

I would recommend this book for middle school children. My rating is five out of five stars.

Mrs.D.5.0 out of 5 starsMystery of a Magic ElephantFebruary 8, 2018Format: PaperbackThe author sent me her magical mystery “Davey and Derek Junior Detectives Series, Book 3: The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant” for my honest opinion. I love this series for a few reasons:

1. Janice Spina is a very creative writer who takes risks. From the beginning, she plunges the readers into the thrilling adventure.

2. The “Davey and Derek” series is for middle grade readers, and the author executes them perfectly.

3. The life lessons throughout the book teach kids about empathy, kindness, respect, and teamwork.

4. Through her artistic writing, the author delivers not only the lessons, but also infuses the captivating scenery on each page.

With that said, the readers are sent off to follow two brothers, the self-made young detectives, to solve the mystery of a magical elephant that has vanished from the museum. The burglary happened at a local museum and the twins use their special talents. However, those aren’t enough to crack the mystery, and as in Book 1 and 2, Davey and Derek solve this mysterious enigma with the help of their gifted Aunt Gigi and their best friend, aka as Cat.

As in the first two books, Book 3 is full of thrilling turns and twists, conspiracy and enthusiasm, logical thinking and good fellowship.

With style and poise, Janice Spina has beautifully engaged young children in her great new adventure. The secret of the magic mystery awaits young readers!!

Michele Rolfe5.0 out of 5 starsThe next Hardy Boys!September 7, 2016Format: Kindle EditionThe twins Davey & Derek are at it again! Who stole the figurine from the museum & how is it connected to Aunt Gigi’s Ivory Elephant Figurine? This is the first book I have read of Janice’s & LOVED it! I was a Beta Reader for her & received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. This is a great book for kids who enjoy adventures. I LOVED Nancy Drew & the Hardy Boys series as a young girl. Davey & Derek are the next generation of young Detectives, in my opinion. Great work Janice!!

Did you know that reading is good for your health and that of your children. When a person reads his/her brain sparks alive with creativity, memory improves, an all over good feeling chases away the blues and all your troubles. You escape to a different place and time.

According to a research on activebeat.com: Overall, the data showed that participants who read a book for just 30-minutes per week reported greater overall life happiness, satisfaction, and social connectedness.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. If you and your children haven’t read any of this series it’s time to check it out and find out what everyone is talking about. You will be hooked and have a fun time reading this summer. If you love these books I would be honored to hear from you and be delighted to receive any reviews.

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING!

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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Book 2 of Mysteries for Boys & Girls for Great Summer Reading!

Here is Book 2 of the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. I will be sharing and showcasing all six books one at a time, each in their own post. If you haven’t read these yet please share with your MG/PT/YA for fun adventures in summer or anytime reading.

I wrote this series for my two middle grandsons who love to read about adventures and mysteries. They are my inspiration to write.

These books are enjoyed by both girls and boys and also parents and grandparents who pass them on to their children. My husband, John, is the illustrator and cover creator for these and all my books.

Also available on Barnes & Noble – All Jemsbooks, Book 3 of Davey & Derek

BLURB:

Davey and Derek Donato are twins, but not identical. They gleaned the idea to be detectives from a book their parents bought them on their tenth birthday. The twins discover a black cat and some magic when they visit with their Great Aunt Gigi. The cat tries to communicate with the boys. But what does the cat want to tell them?

I have put in an introduction in each of these books to help children understand the characters and the storyline. Each book is a stand alone story with a satisfying ending that will leave children feeling happy and wanting to read another one. There are life lessons to be learned as children read that will please parents.

I believe children of all ages need good, wholesome and clean books to read that will encourage them to want to read more. Reading is good for everyone’s health by bolstering up confidence, spurns creativity and memory, eases stress and chronic pain and makes you feel happier. It’s also an escape from troubles and the craziness in this world around us. Get healthier and start reading!

Here are some reviews on Amazon:

Robert5.0 out of 5 starsGreat StorySeptember 1, 2015Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseBeing a grandparent and an avid reader I am always on the lookout for good clean books for my grandkids. Davey and Derek’s Aunt and Uncle settle in town after years of worldly travel, but there is something different about the Aunt that sets her apart from most Aunts – she is a good witch blessed with the gift of magic – one of which is her long deceased cat whoes aura lives on in a crystal ball and still tries to help people. Davey and Derek learn they to have a few magical powers of their own one of which is the cat trying to communicate with them and warn them one of their friends is going to get into serious trouble. The question is can they use this magic and prevent a catastrophy? Cute story – clean- refreshing – and not preachy. The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat will keep a young mind intrigued and reading way past their bedtime.

Gigi Sedlmayer, Book Excellence Award Finalist winning author of the Talon series5.0 out of 5 starsWhat will the black cat do?August 31, 2015Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseDavey and Derek, twin boys, like to play detectives, since their mum bought them a book about an detective.
In the first book they had already fun with and now in the second book, written by Janice Spina, they are going on a hunt again.

After school they have to go to their aunt Gigi, until their mum is coming home from work. And there they help their aunt unpacking some boxes. And what they find there, amazes them but frighten them as well. A Chrystal ball with a black cat.

The next day Mickies sister was missing. Mickey was their best friend and helped them in their detective work. Now, will they find his sister? And most amazingly, how they find her?

Very well written. I recommend that book not only for youngsters, for the young in heart as well.

Mrs.D.5.0 out of 5 starsBox Full of SurprisesJanuary 28, 2018Format: Kindle Edition“Mysterious Black Cat,” by Janice Spina, is the second book in the Davey & Derek series. The twin boys are spending the day with their relatives. To their surprise, Great Aunt Gigi is not an ordinary old lady, as the boys always thought of her. As the hours pass, they start to learn something interesting about Aunt Gigi and her long-dead black cat. What is the dead cat trying to tell them? Before Derek and Davey know it, they are off on another adventure.

As in her first story, Janice Spina incorporates the concepts of friendship and teamwork in tense circumstances. Young readers will lose themselves in exciting setups with thrilling twists and turns as Davey and Derek discover their new magical power. And when something bad happens to their best friend’s CAT little sister, the boys team up with Aunt Gigi and her mysterious black cat…

Another intriguing book for young adults! Just when you think you’ve gotten ahead of the story, something unexpected happens. I love how the engaging plot and magic in the story keeps readers on their toes, and how the author cleverly stirs the twist of magic into the book! A splendid mystery for young boys and girls!

Did you know that reading is good for your health and that of your children. When a person reads his/her brain sparks alive with creativity, memory improves, an all over good feeling chases away the blues and all your troubles. You escape to a different place and time.

According to a research on activebeat.com: Overall, the data showed that participants who read a book for just 30-minutes per week reported greater overall life happiness, satisfaction, and social connectedness.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. If you and your children haven’t read any of this series it’s time to check it out and find out what everyone is talking about. You will be hooked and have a fun time reading this summer. If you love these books I would be honored to hear from you and be delighted to receive any reviews.

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING!

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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