Working on Book 5 of Abby & Holly Series for MG/PT/YA!

Keeping busy is what we all need to do until this pandemic settles down and things go back to normal. How long will this take? Who knows? But in the meantime I am doing a lot of promos with AllAuthor.com, Theodocia McLean and on my own through blogging, emails and social media.

I think it’s important to keep relevant in today’s world by writing daily, keeping in touch by blogging, social media. It’s also safer to be away from crowds until we know things are safe healthwise for us and our families.

I’m presently working on my current project, Book 5 of Abby & Holly Series. It’s a fun mystery series with ghosts, a haunted house, secret passageways, time travel, friendship and family. It carries important life lessons of loving and caring for others, family and friends are important, think of others before oneself and believe in yourself.

This series for MG/PT/YA is a joy to write. It makes me feel like a kid again! It’s being enjoyed by both girls and boys and adults too. These books have won three Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards and a Readers’ Favorite Book Award – Bronze Medal.

Here are the four books that are available now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Watch for Book 5 coming out later this summer.

Begin reading this series with Book 1, Abby & Holly School Dance above. This series was introduced in Book 5 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives. This book explains more in detail about the ghosts in the Victorian. Read this one to get a feel for the characters, Abby and Holly. Book 5 The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost is below at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

These books will keep your MG/PT/YA engaged as they read about fun adventures, mysteries, ghosts, a haunted house, magic and valuable life lessons about being kind and caring toward others, family and friends are important, respect parents and others, and be the best you can be.

Well, I guess I explained enough about these books for now. I must get back to writing Book 5 of Abby & Holly. The characters are pulling me back and want to tell their story.

I am a pantser when I write as I have mentioned before. I can pick up the story even if I have been away for a long time. The characters take over and push and prod me forward until they get their story told through my fingers. It is an exhilarating feeling to write not knowing where the story is going until the end. It’s always a surprise to me when they tell me the ending. I have at times reined them in when they went to far without my approval. Ha!

I feel pure joy writing for children and hope with God’s help and blessing to continue to write many more fun adventures for children to read and enjoy. I do enjoy writing for MG/PT/YA and 18+ too!

Please leave a review for books you love wherever you purchased them. We authors will love you back and appreciate your efforts to share our work. Word of mouth is the best way to spread word about a book.

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased the books. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and the reviews of my books.

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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New Review of Children’s Book, Drystan the Dragon and Friends!

What children do not love dragons? I love dragons too! That is why I began this series for children to enjoy and learn at the same time about valuable life lessons of sharing, caring and helping others. Bring Drystan the Dragon home with you for your children to enjoy today.

Watch for Book 2 coming in 2020 and Books 3 & 4 in 2021. There will be six books in the series. This series is a fun way for children to learn the letter ‘D’ and colors. The dragons are all colorfully illustrated in different colors and their names all begin with the letter ‘D’. Thank you so much!

If you haven’t checked out Book 1 in this new series for children, Drystan the Dragon and Friends, go to Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Here is a new review below that made my day.

5 Star Review: As a grandmother, I know how important friends are to our children and who better to show the way than two beautifully illustrated dragons. As parents and grandparents, we seek to purchase books that will capture the imagination, while teaching valuable life lessons.

Award Winning Author Janice Spina and her husband John (illustrator) has created this amazing first book, in this dragon series. 

Brightly colored illustrations will capture the child’s imagination as they read, or as an adult reads to them. The rhymes will stick in their mind, as he or she discovers a friendship between a red dragon named Drystan and a blue dragon named Durward.

The adventure unfolds in the Land Of Rainbows, where the two dragons extend their friendship to a colorful mother blue bird and her family, while lessons about helping others are learned.

I highly recommend this book as a good bedtime story, or go anywhere travel book. Five more books in this series are in the creative process. I invite you to purchase ‘Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Book 1’ and watch for each new dragon book as it is published.

Review by Theodocia Mclean (Book Marketing Global Network).

Genre:  Children’s Books, Preschool-Grade 3, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths

Amazon Print:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1732528845?_encoding=UTF8&isInIframe=0&n=283155&ref_=dp_proddesc_0&s=books&showDetailProductDesc=1#product-description_feature_div

Kindle:
https://www.amazon.com/Drystan-Dragon-Friends-Book-Durward-ebook/dp/B084F19KLX/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Barnes & Noble

Thank you, Theodocia Mclean, for this lovely review! Check out BookMarketingGlobalNetwork.com for all your promo needs.

I feel pure joy writing for children and hope with God’s help and blessing to continue to write many more fun adventures for children to read and enjoy. I do enjoy writing for MG/PT/YA and 18+ too!

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased the books. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and the reviews of my books.

Blessings & Hugs!

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

Jemsbooks.blog

AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE

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How is Everyone Doing during this Pandemic?

I pray that you are all safe at home and taking care of each other as my husband and I are. There isn’t too much else to do at this time.

At this difficult time in our lives the whole world seems smaller when a virus can attack and put us all on hold and affect us so profoundly. We are all in this together. Let’s stay strong and help one another get through this. We will do it! We have done this before during other viruses even though this seems to be the worst one yet. Our health care professionals are working tirelessly to help those who have become afflicted while the drug companies are working toward a vaccine. This will happen, just keep positive.

Check out this link to the CDC to find out more about how to take care of you and your family and help your children cope during this pandemic.

I am reading a ton, writing a little and blogging like now and checking emails and updates of the COVID-19 situation. I am nursing a cold which thank God so far is not anything else.

The best thing we can do during now is to drink plenty of fluids (not alcohol if you are sick), eat soup and wash, wash and wash your hands over and over again all day long, stay away from others, do not go to restaurants, movies or other events and watch over each other.

My community has closed schools for a few weeks, all restaurants and movie theaters and other venues are also closed. This is one way to keep us all cloistered in our homes and away from each other and the germs of this dreadful virus.

Please stay safe and well. My heart goes out to those families who have lost loved ones and others who are trying to recover from the Coronavirus. I will keep you in my prayers daily.

God is watching over us. He has kept this virus away from children and it appears to be more dangerous to the infirm and/or elderly (like myself). I am mindful of this and will continue to do all I can to keep the germs at bay. Let us all pray for one another that this will pass soon so that life will go on as usual.

What this has taught us is to be more careful of germs amongst each other. We will wash more thoroughly, cover our sneezes and coughs and take care of each other more closely.

Here is a link to the CDC again to find out more about COVID-19 and how to cope during this crisis. I wish you and your families well. Prayers and love going out to everyone! May God bless you all!

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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How To Keep Your Children Safe and Busy During this Difficult Time of COVID-19!

Like everyone else I keep receiving emails from different businesses, online places I have visited about the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We all must be diligent and keep washing our hands especially the fingertips where all the germs are from touching everything around us.

I don’t proclaim to know any more than any of you about this virus but that we must be careful and take care of ourselves and our families by following all the guidelines provided to us from our countries’ administrations. One of the things I plan to do is stay away from crowds. I had plans this month and next to attend local plays, book signings, etc. Now it looks like some of them are postponing or cancelling them out entirely.

We all know what happened to the sports industry – everything is put on hold until the virus winds down or is controlled somehow. The main reason for their cancellations is the crowds that attend. It is best in their opinion to keep people away from spreading the germs further. We can all pray that it will disappear or be eradicated as all the other viruses we have had in the past.

It is also a hard time for many who will be out of work because of these stoppages. I pray that they will find a way to survive and take care of their families.

As an author I can only suggest that you do what you need to do to keep your children safe at home until this passes. While they are home keep them busy doing projects around the house – give them tasks like setting the table, washing dishes, clearing the table, cleaning their rooms (I can hear the groans now), and other things that must be done around the home.

Of course, there are some fun things to do too – coloring, painting by number or with water and magic coloring books, reading all kinds of books, making up stories and writing them down and many more ideas. Amazon has some great fun projects for kids, so does Joanne’s Fabric, Michael’s Crafts, Hobby Lobby, and other online stories. All you have to do is order online, no lines or danger of getting infected.

I hope and pray that you will all be safe. Keep washing your hands and don’t touch your face! It’s a difficult thing to do at times. I know but I keep a bottle of disinfectant liquid close by if I leave the house at all. I have used it so many times that my hands are going to disappear soon. Sigh! Better be safe than sorry.

Here are some suggestions for books for children at Amazon – my author page for books for all ages is below. All Jemsbooks for children are in rhyme with life lessons. Children will have fun reading or being read to about all the adorable animal stories and learn some important and valuable lessons about good behavior and family values. When parents are tired of entertaining children pick up some of these books and let children read them or read to them for an enjoyable time together. Parents love these books too!

Jemsbooks children’s books have won many book awards attesting to the quality and enjoyment of these books. Thank you for your interest in my books!

Jemsbooks Children’s Books – Ages 1-8 PS-Grade 3
Newest book from Jemsbooks! Fun Adventures with Drystan the Dragon and Friends (more books coming in 2020 and 2021 and beyond)
Abby & Holly Series, Books 1-4

There are even books for you parents to enjoy while your children are reading their own books. Go go Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Here is Hunting Mariah the beginning of a series – thriller/mystery/suspense/crime that will keep you up all night from its captivating first page to its explosive ending! There is Mariah’s Revenge (sequel to Hunting Mariah) that will having you skipping meals and laundry just to finish it!

Sometimes we just need an escape to another place during these times. Relax, put your feet up and enjoy a good book. Reviews are welcome and appreciated! Thank you so much! Enjoy reading!

There is How Far is Heaven – romance/paranormal/mystery that will grip you and make you hold onto your children.

Here is a eclectic short story collection with multi-genres that will interest everyone. Good for short reads when you don’t have a lot of time in between your busy day. But once you begin reading this book you will NOT BE ABLE TO PUT IT DOWN! Enjoy!

I feel pure joy writing for children and hope with God’s help and blessing to continue to write many more fun adventures for children to read and enjoy. I do enjoy writing for MG/PT/YA and 18+ too!

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased the books. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and the reviews of my books.

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Well, Stay Safe! God Bless Everyone in this difficult time. I pray for those who have lost loved ones and for those who have gotten sick – to regain their good health.

Janice

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Interview with Author Marie Lavender!

Marie Lavender

It’s a pleasure to welcome author Marie Lavender back to Jemsbooks Blog Segment – Interview an Author. Here and here are her other quest posts on Jemsbooks.blog.

Hi Marie. You have visited my blog in the past with some of your other books – romances, mysteries, etc. Today you are here to introduce your children’s magical series to my readers and me.

1. Please tell us a little about yourself and how you first became interested in writing?

Hi, my name is Marie. I am from the Midwest. I live with my family and two cats. I love to write with gel pens! 😉

I’ve yearned to be an author since I was a kid. As a child, I was obsessed with books, and I’d haunt libraries and bookstores for fun. From the time I could write a legible sentence, it seemed, stories just poured out of me onto the page. I knew this was what I wanted to do for a career. I think the drive was further cemented when I took writing classes, or whenever we were asked to write a story for a project in school. I even entered some young writer’s contests.

jjspina: That is wonderful, Marie, when you know at a young age what you want to be.

2. What inspired you to write for children?

Actually, I stumbled into that. In 2014, I finished a lighthearted contemporary romantic fantasy novella. During the release party for the book, I was asked if there would be a follow-up story. Well, I had no plans for one. The muse, however, had something different in mind. A few months later, a little tale about the characters’ daughter came to me. Rosie needed to tell her story, so I dove into it. 

But this wasn’t the first time I wrote about a child character. Here’s some background. For all three books in my historical romance series, I had written prologues from the perspective of the younger version of the main character. I even submitted one for an assignment when I took a children’s literature class in college, back in 2005.

Jjspina: The muse always knows! Ha!

3. You are an author of multi-genres as am I. What mindset must you put yourself in when you are switching from romance or other genres to children’s stories?

I think it helped to do a youth character worksheet first. Secondly, I made sure that I met the guidelines of a good fantasy story, as least when it comes to the system of magic in the book.The source of Rosie’s ‘magick’ had to make sense.

Jjspina: It is quite different between novels and children’s stories. Good idea to do a character worksheet, whatever works for you.

4. Where do you prefer to write? With music or without?

I often write in bed, just before I go to sleep. But now and then, the muse strikes when I am at the dining table, lounging on the sofa, or while I’m outside on the patio. I think I get more accomplished when the sounds of nature can fade into the background, and I’m not distracted by a bunch of other people in the house.

As for music, it really depends on the project. I usually don’t write with music on, but sometimes the occasional song can inspire a scene or get me in the character’s mindset.

Jjspina: I agree, Marie. Sometimes outside noises, music voices can be distracting.

5. What would you do if you did not write?

I think I’d have to be near books in some capacity. I’m even building my own collection at home. So, I’ve always wondered about owning/running a bookstore, or at least working in one.

Jjspina: That is true book love. I feel it too!

6. Can you tell us a funny story about you and your life?

Sure! When I was a kid, I’d often go around telling everyone that I wanted to be a writer. One time my uncle asked me why, and once he replied, I knew that we weren’t on the same page. He thought I meant ‘rider’, like horseback rider. LOL! From that point on, I knew I’d need to revise my statement a bit. That’s when I started saying ‘author’ or ‘novelist’.

Jjspina: I can see how that could happen. Funny!

7. Do you love animals?

Oh, I adore them…really any kind, except for insects and snakes. Eww! ☹

I love all types of cats, and I have a thing for sloths. 

Not because sloths are slow or lazy or anything, but I know a lot about them. And in the rainforest, they are such agile, graceful creatures. When the forest floods, they can outrun the danger by swinging from limb to limb of all the trees around them. But if they don’t outrun the flooding, they are great swimmers, too. Probably many people think sloths are odd-looking, but I think they’re kind of cute.

Jjspina: I find sloths a little cute myself. I didn’t know they were great swimmers.

8. Favorite – flowers or trees?

Oh, why can’t I pick both? Flowers are so pretty! My favorite flower is a carnation, though I do have a soft spot for hot pink roses as well. 

As for trees, I definitely respect then. There’s so much history in a tree. Some have been around for hundreds of years! It bothers me when I see someone getting theirs torn down in my neighborhood. Plus, they provide natural shade and air conditioning. Geez, how can you really complain about a tree?

jjspina: You are so right, Marie. Trees are necessary for our lives. No complaint there.

BlurbA LITTLE MAGICK

Little Rosie goes to stay with her uncle. There she meets some new friends…and some enemies. She doesn’t know that her emotions will trigger something unusual. So far from home, suddenly Rosie has become a full witch like her mother. For a time, it is great fun to use her powers the way she wants, but can Rosie figure out how to use these newfound powers for good or will she be lost to the dark side forever?

Universal Purchase Link: https://books2read.com/u/mg0eMv

Thank you so much, Marie, for stopping by today to share your children’s series. It looks like a magical and fun series. I wish you much success and many sales. Please feel free to come back again to share a new book in this series. It was a pleasure having you spend some time with my readers and me.

If you would like to be interviewed or do a guest post on my blog use my contact page or email me jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net. No zombies, horror or sexual explicit books are accepted.

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased the books. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and the reviews of my books.

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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How Important is Reading to Children’s Brain Development?

This is a post I wrote in 2015 that I would like to share with you again for its importance to all parents about reading and the development of your children’s brains.

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How important is reading to children’s brain development? I recently read an article by two doctors, Dr. Mehmet Oz & Dr. Michal Roizen, in my local newspaper that stated that ‘Reading is brain food for kids.’  Google this interesting article by these two prominent doctors.

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In my opinion reading to young children has proven to be beneficial not only in helping them read by the time they start school but also in helping them with their speech and language skills. Reading to your children from birth on will provide a valuable bonding experience for both of you. You will find that your children will want to spend time with you and will share more of themselves with you later on.

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Once your children learn to read let them read to you. It will give them confidence and help them learn pronunciations of words and inflection of the storyline. It is also fun to create stories between you and act them out. This promotes creativity in your child and will be entertaining to image

both of you. Oh, I know, that is asking too much to act out a story! We authors just love reading out loud and acting out the storyline. Lol! Sorry! But all you have to do is read – that is important. Leave the acting to the children. They will love it!

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We must all remember that our children and grandchildren will grow up much too fast for our liking. Spend as much time as you can with them as they develop in mind and body. A parent’s job is a difficult one and takes time and effort but is most rewarding in the long run if we just take the time to read and listen to our children and grandchildren.

Here are some more information about the important of reading to children: https://www.all4kids.org/news/blog/the-importance-of-reading-to-your-children/

How Reading Impacts Your Kid's Brain

Most of all have fun reading to and with your children. They will love you for it!

I feel pure joy writing for children and hope with God’s help and blessing to continue to write many more fun adventures for children to read and enjoy. I do enjoy writing for MG/PT/YA and 18+ too!

Jemsbooks Children’s Books – ages PS-Grade 3
AVAILABLE ON AMAZON AND BARNES & NOBLE

Newest children’s Book from Jemsbooks!
AVAILABLE AT AMAZON AND BARNES & NOBLE

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased the books. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much!

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives – Grades 4-7
Abby & Holly Series Books 1-4 – Grades 4-7

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased the books. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much!

I feel pure joy writing for children and hope with God’s help and blessing to continue to write many more fun adventures for children to read and enjoy. I do enjoy writing for MG/PT/YA and 18+ too!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and the reviews of my books.

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 6 is a Finalist in the Book Excellence Awards!

I am thrilled to announce that Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 6 is a Finalist in the Book Excellence Awards for 2020. This was exciting to learn since I had forgotten I had even entered the contest. At times I am so busy that this can happen so it was even more of a surprise that I won!

This series has been a joy to write. I feel like a kid again as the story progresses purely with the characters leading the way. I am even surprised at the ending they create. I am just along for the ride. It is a real thrill! I hope you will enjoy them as much as I enjoy writing them.

I feel pure joy writing for children and hope with God’s help and blessing to continue to write many more fun adventures for children to read and enjoy. I do enjoy writing for MG/PT/YA and 18+ too!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/15_FAdAh23cDEQfNH3rseDuzmvNV7MYCE/view

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.

If you or your MG/PT/YA haven’t read this book or any of the award-winning series please go to Amazon or Barnes & Noble and check them out.

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased the books. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and the reviews of my books.

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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A New Review of Jerry the Crabby Crayfish!

I am thrilled to receive this wonderful new review of my children’s book, Jerry the Crabby Crayfish. This is why I write to see others enjoy my books! It’s thrilling to receive a review.

If you love a book please leave a review wherever you purchased the book. Your review would enable others to read and enjoy that book too. Word of mouth is what spreads books to others for their enjoyment too. Books connect us in so many ways and bring joy to our daily lives. Thank you for your kind support.

Blurb:

Jerry is a crabby crayfish who all day long wishes he could be a fish. One day something happens in the fish tank that makes Jerry change his mind. Read about the valuable lesson Jerry learns.

Jerry was a real crayfish who lived in a fish tank in my home. He was quite a cantankerous fellow and always made his demands by tapping on the glass of his tank to let us know that he wanted to eat. He also made his feelings evident if my grandchildren tapped on the glass. He would wave his claws at them to stop.

He was entertaining and fun to watch in action but sadly is no longer with us.

Jerry has become our most popular book. Children and parents both love him for all the life lessons he teaches children – be the best you can be, help others in need and it’s okay to be yourself.

I feel pure joy writing for children and hope with God’s help and blessing to continue to write many more fun adventures for children to read and enjoy. I do enjoy writing for MG/PT/YA and 18+ too!

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased the books. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and the reviews of my books.

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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A New Review of Abby & Holly Book 4!

I am always thrilled to receive a new review of my latest books. This one made me smile. Thank you Trish!


Trish
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Janice SpinaReviewed in the United States on February 21, 2020Format: Kindle EditionAbby and Holly are at it again! These girls are so much fun to follow on each of their adventures. This time the cousins find a hidden staircase that enables them to travel back in time for a wonderful journey. Janice Spina’s writing is wholesome and always has a lesson in kindness and respect for the reader. Very enjoyable

If you haven’t checked out this book or any of the series of books 1-4 please click on the link to purchase on Amazon or Barnes & Noble or by clicking on the covers to the right of this post.

I feel pure joy writing for children and hope with God’s help and blessing to continue to write many more fun adventures for children to read and enjoy. I do enjoy writing for MG/PT/YA and 18+ too!

All these books carry life lessons that encourage mg/pt/ya to be kind and caring toward others, think of others before yourself, respect parents and others, friends and family matter.

These are fun adventures with ghosts, haunted house, two girls who are cousins, and secrets and mysteries that need to be uncovered. Your MG/PT/YA will love these adventures as they read and try to solve the mysteries along with the cousins. They are good, clean and wholesome books that parents will love too. You never have to worry about Jemsbooks having anything inappropriate for children oF all ages.

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased the books. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and the reviews of my books.

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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New Review of Abby & Holly Book 2 by Readers’ Favorite Book Awards!

I am thrilled to share a wonderful new review of my book, Abby & Holly Series Book 2, Unfortunate Events. This series was a delight to create with the cousins, Abby and Holly, and their ghost friends, Felicity and Minerva. Watch for Book 5 coming in 2020 and Book 6 in 2021 with more mysteries, ghostly events, time travel and more!

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Reviewed By Ruffina Oserio for Readers’ Favorite

Unfortunate Events is the second book in the Abby & Holly Series by Janice Spina. A novel with paranormal activities, well-crafted for young readers, it has strong themes of family, friendship, and adventure. Readers are introduced to Abby and Holly, cousins whose bond is very strong. Holly is with Abby’s family at the haunted Victorian house. She is dealing with unfortunate situations and is rather sad. When her parents come home on a visit from abroad, it should be a happy experience for Holly, but her mom gets sick. It is in this dire moment of vulnerability that Holly gets support from Abby. Abby’s Aunt Jane and Uncle Bob and the two ghosts who live in the house, Felicity and Minerva, are of great help as well. And then there are Davey and Derek Donato, the twin detectives who are their friends. 

Unfortunate Events is beautiful and told in a tone that is engaging and compassionate. I enjoyed the way Janice Spina explores the relationship between the characters, developing themes of family and friendship with skill. While readers will follow the conversations and want to see Holly overcome her challenges, there are finer values that are ingeniously communicated and etiquette that young readers will learn. This author shows readers what it is like to be friends and sisters, and demonstrates the power of positive attitudes like respect, courtesy, mutual support, and compassion. The story is filled with realism, the characters are deeply human, and the plot features scenes that are focused and enjoyable. It is a great read, indeed.

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.

If you or your MG/PT/YA haven’t read this series please check it out on Amazon, Barnes & Noble. There will be another book in the series coming this year. Watch for Book 5! This series carries life lessons for kids as do all children’s/middle-grade/preteen/young adult books.

Abby & Holly Series Books 1-4

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased the books. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and the reviews of my books.

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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