Another Recipe from Janice’s Kitchen Corner – Grapenut Custard!

This is the seventh installment of my newest segment – Janice’s Kitchen Corner.

Here are the other recipes Spinach Pita PizzaPortuguese Seafood StewMarinated Mushrooms, Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms, Chicken Marsala, and Rice Paper Veggie Shrimp Wraps. In the past I have also shared recipes for Portuguese Bisquits and Drunken Chicken.

Today I will be sharing my mother’s recipe for Grapenut Custard. This is my favorite dessert even over strawberry shortcake!

Ingredients:

  1. 4 eggs
  2. 3 C milk
  3. 1/2 C sugar
  4. 1 tsp vanilla
  5. Grapenuts Cereal
  6. Dash nutmeg
  7. Butter
  8. Whipped cream

Directions:

  1. Beat eggs, sugar and vanilla together
  2. Gradually add milk and blend some more
  3. Pour egg mixture into custard cups
  4. Add a sprinkle or more of Grapenuts Cereal to each cup and they will sink down to the bottom. It they don’t you can mix it up a little until they do.
  5. Put a dash of nutmeg on top of each custard cup before baking
  6. Put a pat of butter on each cup
  7. Place custard cups into a 13 x 9 inch Pyrex dish filled half-way with water or you can use an 8 in glass dish and place into larger dish with water (this keeps the custard from burning.)
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes to one hour until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  9. Let cool before serving and refrigerate until cold
  10. Serve with whipped cream

I cut this recipe in half and used 6 cups but they were not full. You can use 8 cups for this recipe and fill up nearly to top or use a medium glass dish and put it into a large glass dish with water.

Grapenut Custard with a lot of grapenuts because I love them. You may want more custard so cut down on the Grapenuts.

I hope you enjoy this recipe. It’s quick and easy and delicious!

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 reviews of my books.

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

Janice Spina

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I am a Guest on Sally Cronin’s Fabulous Blog!

I am thrilled and honored to be on Sally Cronin’s wonderful blog along with two talented authors. Thank you, Sally!

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While you are at Sally’s site check out all her books and those of fellow authors. There is something for everyone. She is a kind and caring person who unselfishly supports her fellow authors by featuring them on her blog daily.

Sally is also a skilled nutritionist. She has plenty of medical and health information for you and your family. Stop by and say ‘hello’ to this lovely lady.

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. I hope you will check out all the books on Sally’s site and pick up some entertaining reading for your time at home.

Stay safe and well! God Bless!

Blessings & Hugs,

Janice

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Another Recipe from Janice’s Kitchen Corner – Rice Paper Veggie Shrimp Wraps!

This is the sixth installment of Janice’s Kitchen Corner. I will be featuring recipes each week, one or two, depending on what I make each week. This week I will share Rice Paper Veggie Shrimp Wraps. These are perfect for the hot weather coming to New England soon, I hope.

Here are the other recipes Spinach Pita Pizza, Portuguese Seafood Stew, Marinated Mushrooms, Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms and Chicken Marsala. In the past I have also shared recipes for Portuguese Bisquits and Drunken Chicken.

The Rice Paper Veggie Shrimp Wraps take a little time to prepare but there is no cooking involved so they make a nice cool appetizer for the summer months.

Rice Paper

Ingredients:

  1. Large round extra thin rice paper pkg of several wraps (also can use small ones)
  2. Thin sliced carrots lengthwise
  3. Lettuce leaves cut to fit wrap
  4. Thin sliced celery lengthwise
  5. Cooked Shrimp – use any size, but if large cut into bite sized pieces
  6. Water
  7. Blend together Soy sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, and ginger

Directions:

  1. Mix soy sauce, garlic powder and onion powder to taste in cup and set aside
  2. Put a little water on a large plate and dip rice paper into the water and coat lightly (don’t leave in water too long – they get soft and fall apart)
  3. Place wet rice paper on a flat surface like a cutting board and cut in half
  4. Fill each half with some carrots, celery, lettuce and shrimp
  5. Dribble a little soy sauce mixture over the ingredients
  6. Roll up the wrap tightly and seal with a little water and place onto a plate
  7. Do this with each wrap
  8. Let dry slightly and refrigerate or eat right away
  9. Enjoy!
Rice Paper Veggie Wraps

These are hard to handle if too wet so be careful how much water you use. Sometimes you don’t even have to seal with more water since the soy sauce seals it for you as you tightly wrap each one. In above photo I made a few dozen of them for a cookout last year and they went fast. They aren’t filling either and very healthy for all. Almost calorie free too, ladies, so eat plenty of them. They are also gluten free, fat free and almost cholesterol free.

If you like veggie ones leave out the shrimp. They are good either way. You can also substitute crab meat in place of the shrimp. Do whatever you like for fillings to vary them. You can also make them more Asian by using Asian vegetables like bok choy, pea pods, water chestnuts, etc. Have fun making them with the family. I did this at my sister’s house last year with family all pitching in and doing their own kinds of fillings. After completion they were all delicious and quickly disappeared.

I hope you enjoy this summertime recipe with your whole family and friends when you can get together again. When that day comes it will be a celebration for all of us! God bless you all. Please come back again to read about some more recipes that I will be sharing soon.

A very special THANK YOU to all my new followers! I love having you visit! Please keep coming back. There will be plenty more to enjoy, books, food, tales about my fish and birds that we feed and whatever else pops into my already overcrowded brain!

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 reviews of my books.

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

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winner – Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey!

I am so excited to announce that my children’s book, Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey just won a Pinnacle Book Achievement award! I am thrilled to receive this prestigious award for my book. Receiving this award makes me feel truly blessed. Thank you, Pinnacle, for giving me this award!

This book was written for my youngest grandson who said he wanted to have an award for his book – well now he does! He will be excited to hear this news. I called him right away to announce the news. He was very excited! His sister’s book, Lamby the Lonely Lamb received a Mom’s Choice Award back in 2014. He wanted to have his own award!

Pinnacle Book Achievement Award

Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey
    Janice Spina
Children’s Interest
https://jemsbooks.com

Blurb:

When a little boy, Sebastian, goes to the zoo he meets Marvin the monkey. Sebastian loves monkeys and likes to watch them climb the trees. Something amazing happens when Sebastian’s toy phone suddenly plays music.

Children will learn how important it is to be kind to animals and that animals have feelings too like humans and deserve our respect.

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!

My goal as an author of children’s, MG/PT/YA and Novels for 18+ is to encourage everyone to read daily to and with your children to enhance their lives and increase their creativity and good health. Please keep reading and I will keep writing. Happy reading everyone!

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 reviews of my books.

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

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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Janice’s Kitchen Corner – Recipe for CHICKEN MARSALA!

This is the fifth installment of my newest segment – Janice’s Kitchen Corner.

Here are the other recipes Spinach Pita Pizza, Portuguese Seafood Stew, Marinated Mushrooms and Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms. In the past I have also shared recipes for Portuguese Bisquits and Drunken Chicken.

This is another recipe from Janice’s Kitchen CornerChicken Marsala (one of my favorites). It comes out so delicious that I no longer order out at restaurants (when I can go again) and make it solely at home. I hope you enjoy it as much as my husband and I do.

Ingredients:

Chicken and mushrooms in Marsala sauce
  1. 1/4 C flour
  2. Salt & pepper to taste
  3. 4 Chicken Breasts (boned and skinned)
  4. 2 T Olive Oil
  5. 3/4 C of Marsala wine (cooking wine)
  6. 1/2 C chicken stock
  7. 1/2 lemon squeeze in juice
  8. 1/2 C sliced button mushrooms
  9. 1 T chopped or dried parsley
Marsala sauce
Browned Chicken

Directions:

  1. Season the flour with salt & pepper.
  2. Pound chicken breasts and lightly coat with flour.
  3. Heat oil in frying pan on medium heat and place chicken breast in pan and brown on all sides and remove and set aside on paper towels.
  4. Add Marsala wine to pan and bring to boil gently removing the alcohol.
  5. Add the chicken stock, lemon juice and stir in mushrooms.
  6. Lower heat and cook for about 10 minutes reducing Marsala sauce.
  7. Return browned chicken breasts to pan and spoon sauce over chicken.
  8. Cook for 5 minutes more on each to coat well until cooked.
  9. Serve with egg noodles or other pasta.
  10. Garnish with parsley
  11. Enjoy!

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. It is simple and quick to prepare and your family will love it! Watch for more recipes each week!

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 reviews of my books.

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

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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Spring is Sprouting all over and soon it’ll be Summer!

This year (2020) has been a difficult year for everyone all over the world. Of course it has been harder for those who do not have a home or daily meals. I pray for anyone who is having a horrendous time during the Pandemic and all the violence we are experiencing.

I want to take a minute out of this post to say a pray for all who are in need and for the family of George Floyd. God bless them all.

Even though I haven’t been out and about for a few months I have been walking around our yard and snapping photos of all the trees and flowers that are budding and blooming. It gives my soul a lift to see the life around us goes on in spite of everything that has transpired in the news.

Here are some photos of what is growing around our yard.

Spring Flag
Welcome Flag
Dianthus
Geraniums
Petunias
Petunias with a butterfly
Hibiscus – 6 years old and still going strong!

My son and daughter-in-law gave me this plant above and the one below for Mother’s Day. Hibiscus – 6 years ago and Pasaflora this year.

Pasaflora – still waiting for the blossoms
Roses and Rhododendron
Red roses – Blessings from St. Theresa!
Pink roses in bloom – from all the prayers to St. Theresa, The Little Flower

My husband has been busy planting his garden on the deck – hanging tomatoes, zucchini, and cucumbers. I can’t wait to start picking the first crop.

Herbs – Basil and Oregano
Mint
Zucchini Plant
Zucchini growing by leaps and bounds
Cucumber Plant
Hanging Tomato

Our Rose of Sharon bushes are greening up but no flowers yet until July and August. I will definitely share photos when they are gloriously covered in their summer attire of flowers.

Rose of Sharon greening up but no flowers until July or August
Our pond greening up and coming alive with bull frogs

Just underneath the tomato plant and above photo is our pond. It is greening up and the bull frogs are croaking away big time. A month or two ago we listened to the peepers out in the pond every night. If you left your window open they would keep you up all night. I got used to them and didn’t even hear them after awhile. They become music to sleep by.

I hope you enjoyed seeing all the plants and flowers gracing our yard. They make a house a home in many ways. Stay tuned for more updates on the veggies and photos of the first crop! So excited!!

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 reviews of my books.

A very special THANK YOU to all my new followers! I love having you visit! Please keep coming back. There will be plenty more to enjoy, books, food, tales about my fish and birds that we feed and whatever else pops into my already overcrowded brain!

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

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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NEW REVIEW OF ABBY & HOLLY SERIES, BOOK 5, THE COPPER KEY!

I am always excited to receive a review of one of my books. While perusing my Author Page on Amazon I saw this new review and two others from the month of May 2020. Thank you reviewers for your kind words about my books. I appreciate the time it took for you to write your reviews.

If you haven’t read this book or any of this MG/PT/YA series now is the time to pick up your copies. Check out my offer for Book 1 here and begin reading this fun and adventuresome series with plenty of mysteries, ghosts and haunted Victorian with lots of surprises and treasures to be found.

Blurb:

The main protagonists, cousins Abby and Holly, find paintings by a young teenager, from the past with a copper key taped to the back of one of her paintings. This teen’s remains were found in their attic in Book 4.

The girls’ search begins to find the source of this key. They hope to use this key to unlock secrets or something valuable from the past. Will this key help uncover another mystery for the cousins? How far will the girls go in their search for truth or will they have to go back to the past? Will they be able to return home without somehow changing history forever?

Check out this new review on Amazon:


Michelle Clements James
5.0 out of 5 stars Plenty to keep the reader turning the pageReviewed in the United States on May 25, 2020Cousins, Abby and Holly, are back with another mystery to solve. This time the mystery-solving-duo have found an old copper key and are determined to discover how it got into Abby’s attic and what did it open? Could solving the mystery put the girls in danger? Their ghost friends, Felicity and Minerva, are once again called upon to mitigate any peril the girls find themselves in.

Once again, Janice Spina has created a story to appeal to both girls and boys with characters who are well-drawn and a story that is well developed. The books in this series have a lot of excitement and suspense to keep the reader turning the page. As will all her books for children, the author has created clean-reading for middle-grade students and young teens.

Abby & Holly Books 1-4

This fun series has received three Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards and one Readers’ Favorite Book Award – Bronze Medal. They are all available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble for your reading pleasure.

This series provides more fun and ghostly adventures with cousins, Abby & Holly, as they discover things in their old Victorian and go back to the past to solve mysteries. Life lessons will also be learned about friendship, family, respect, love and caring for one another! MG/PT/YA will be hooked and parents will feel good about the quality of books their children are reading! Adults are reading and enjoying them also!

Watch for Book 6 coming this summer of 2020! There will be more surprises, travel to the past, ghosts and secrets and treasure to discover.

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 reviews of my books.

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

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

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Summer Reading for Kids of All Ages!

This is a post I previously wrote back in 2017 and wanted to share again in time for the summer.

Jemsbooks for all ages for fun summer reading for the whole family!

Pre-School – Grade 3  – Written in rhyme with life lessons – stories encourage children to behave, to respect others differences, to listen to your mother, show kindness to others, it’s okay to be different, love one another, be kind to animals, family and friends are important.

Purchase links:

Amazon Author Page for all Jemsbooks

Barnes & Noble Page for all Jemsbooks

School will be out in less than a month! Can you believe it? Have you picked out which books you want your children to read yet? Let me make some suggestions for you.

Middle-Grade/Young Adult/Preteen – Stories encourage good behavior, kindness to others, respect of elders and family values, bullying should never be accepted or tolerated, 

Amazon Author Page USA for all Jemsbooks

Amazon UK for all Jemsbooks

Amazon.ca for all Jemsbooks

Amazon.au for all Jemsbooks

Amazon.de for all Jemsbooks

Amazon.jp for all Jemsbooks

Amazon.cn for all Jemsbooks

Barnes & Noble for all Jemsbooks

for more links to other Amazon sites go to http://jemsbooks.com

For Parents or 18+

Amazon Author Page for all Jemsbooks

Barnes & Noble for novels

Jemsbooks for all ages! After all, everyone needs a good book!

If your library doesn’t carry Jemsbooks ask them to check out Jemsbooks today! I have donated books to my local library and also sent some to a library in Florida. All libraries should be made aware of books you like to read. I know that not everyone can afford to purchase a dozen books at one time so let your library help you out. They will purchase them so that you can read all summer.

There are also direct links to individual books (29 in all so far, more coming) on the right side of this post by clicking the covers.

Remember: Reading Gives You Wings to Fly! This summer – soar with Jemsbooks!

Thank you for stopping by. I love to hear from readers and welcome reviews of all my books! Please spread the word about any books you enjoy by authors. We authors love that! We write for all you wonderful readers out there!

Have fun reading!

Blessings & hugs! Stay safe and well. God Bless!

Janice

Jemsbooks Children’s Books – Ages PS-Grade 4
Drystan the Dragon Series Books 1 & 2 (book 3 coming this summer) PS-Grade 3

This series is brand new for kids PS-Grade 3! There are six books in all with a different dragon introduced in each book plus Drystan – the star of the series. There will be seven dragons in all.

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

Drystan – Red Dragon: Book 1 – Drystan is always looking for exciting things to do. He is dynamic which means active and energetic too. He is red but has dragon friends who are brown, green or blue.

Durward – Blue Dragon with Yellow Spots: Book 1 – Durward is a brilliant shade of blue. Yellow spots appear when he’s happy, it’s true. He can fly so high into the sky that he disappear from view.

Damara – Green & Silver Dragon: Book 2 -Damara is different and does things her own way. She’s pleasant and always has nice things to say. She is green with silver wings that shine so bright that she can take the darkness out of the night.

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

Jemsbooks for MG/PT/YA Books for Ages 10-15

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

This Davey & Derek Series won (9 awards) – 5 Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards, 2 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards – an Honorable Mention and a Silver Medal, Book Excellence Award Finalist, a Silver Medal in the Authorsdb Cover Contest, Finalist in Red City Review Book Awards and 5-Star Reviews from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards.

Abby & Holly Series Books 1-4 MG/PT/YA Ages 10-15

This series provides more fun and ghostly adventures with cousins, Abby & Holly, as they discover things in their old Victorian and go back to the past to solve mysteries. Life lessons will also be learned about friendship, family, respect, love and caring for one another! MG/PT/YA will be hooked and parents will feel good about the quality of books their children are reading! Adults are reading and enjoying them also!

This Abby & Holly Series has won 3 Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards and a Readers’ Favorite Book Award – Bronze Medal!

Abby & Holly Series Book 5
Jemsbooks novels for 18+

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 reviews of my books.

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

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

Jemsbooks.blog

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Books Read in the Month of May of 2020!

Here it is already the end of another month. Where does the time go? I have been busy as usual reading some wonderful books for the month of May of 2020. Here are the 8 books I read and reviewed for May. I might have read even more if I didn’t have a WIP to edit and prepare for publication in May. I hope you enjoy reading these reviews.

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

I love sharing my reads in this Jemsbooks Segment, Books Read in the Month. I hope you will get a chance to look these books over soon.

Little Voices is a unique tale of psychological suspense that keeps the reader guessing what is happening, why, and how until the end. The main protagonist, Devon Burges, is troubled and determined to save her friend who has been accused of the murder of his nanny.

Devon has suffered in the past from some catastrophic events in her life that she has yet to overcome. She must draw on whatever strength she has left to pull her through as she tries to solve the nanny’s, her friend’s, murder. She somehow must get her life back in order to save herself, her marriage and her friend.

This story had some surprising twists and turns that were unexpected. Just when I thought I knew who the murderer was there were more suspects introduced. This made for a suspenseful and intriguing read.

This is an unusual story that I wasn’t sure I liked at first but as the story moved along I was gripped and invested in how it would end.

The Lonely Cowboy is based upon the life of a real-life champion saddle bronc rider. The author told this cowboy’s story with a gritty, warm, humorous, and touching edge to it.

I was hooked right away once I met Ben Sharps, the main protagonist, in this enjoyable tale of his life’s struggles, loves, demons, and heartaches. The story is told through the eyes of this seasoned and tough cowboy, on the surface, who is harboring many hurts. He has lost many of the people who have ever meant anything to him, his sister, wartime friend, love of his life, father figure, and rancher buddies.

What he doesn’t realize is that he has survived because he believed in himself that he could be the best saddle bronc rider ever. This is what he promised his long-dead sister that he would do with his life. What happens in between realizing his dream tests his courage in adversity and bends his will to survive.

He shares his dreams, loves, losses and friendships with his old horse, Meathead, who listens patiently and unendingly to Ben’s long diatribes of troubles. Ben is like many others who cannot express themselves to others, deal with the heartaches, overcome feelings of inadequacy and love themselves for what and who they are.

This story will grab your heart and bring tears to your eyes as it did to this reader. I found that I wanted Ben to realize how important he really was to others and that he was a good man.

I received a gifted copy of this book and heartily reviewed it without any compensation. I have read other books by this artistic author and am still amazed at his skill in telling an fascinating story with humor and grace.

Andrew Gross does it again! He created a gripping novel about the brink of WWII full of espionage and danger at every turn for the main protagonist, Charlie Mossman. Charlie tries to get his life back together after a horrible altercation resulting in the death of a young man. He pays for his mistake and loses his job, his marriage and his self-respect.

The author keeps the action going as Charlie discovers some suspicious activity from neighbors living across from his wife and child. He can’t help himself as he gets deeper into the lives of this older couple who are not what they seem. What he finds is beyond what he could imagine.

This story moved along and made this reader hold my breath as things become tense and tenuous for Charlie. I didn’t expect some of the revelations while others were not surprising.

It was an enjoyable and quick read, not his best work but still a worthwhile read. I highly recommend the author’s other books too.

Watching Glass Shatter is an apropos title for this heartbreaking family saga! Olivia Glass is a strong woman whose strength and resilience is tested when her husband’s will drops a bomb into her lap that could destroy her family and its very foundation.

As Olivia reconnects with each of her five sons she realizes that she doesn’t know them like she thought she did. They all have a secret that they have kept from her. As she rediscovers how much she loves her sons she also realizes that she has not always been the best mother. Can she make up for what she lacked and show them how much she loves them? Will she be able to handle all their secrets and one of her own and protect them from being hurt and possibly destroying herself and their families?

This was a gripping story about family and relationships and trusting one another with each others’ problems. The author created a story that will touch your heart whether you are a parent or not.

This book is part of a set of 17 medical thrillers in one book: Do No Harm.

Death Hub is part of a collection of 17 medical thrillers which kept my interest. Even though this book is part of a series it can stand alone. It depicts what could happen or is happening with technology in a medical setting.

With all the new technology in the medical and other fields this story was an eye opener to what could happen if we rely solely on AI to control all facets of medicine in a hospital. The author who is a doctor used his expertise to extend this thriller into hyperdrive at the frightening aspects that the doctors in this hospital were up against.

Two of the characters who are doctors, Mark and Misty (a married couple), discover some discrepancies in medicine that is being given to their patients that caused adverse reactions. This leads to more problems with robotic devices acting strangely and another doctor is suspect in tampering with the computer programs that control these devices. When Mark and Misty can’t solve the mystery on their own they turn to Dr. Jack Bass who has had issues with strange occurrences at this hospital and survived. He comes to their rescue and puts in his experience to the test.

I thoroughly enjoyed the characters in this thriller especially Dr. Bass. He is not afraid to take on the establishment. This is the only book I have read in this series but will not be the last. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a medical mystery that will keep you intrigued until the satisfying ending.

This book is part of a set of 17 medical thrillers in one book: Do No Harm.

Shatter Proof is part of a book with 17 thrillers in one book, Do No Harm, which is not available now. This book kept me on edge as the main protagonist, Dr. Sonia Amon, doctor, professor and veteran of the Army is called back to help her fellow servicemen in another ops in Syria.

Sonia doesn’t hesitate to go back to Syria, the place of her birth, and possibly run into her father, Faisal Muhammad, second in command of ISIS. She knows that her life may be in danger if she goes back. She lived there with her mother and father and only escaped to America with the help of others to get away from her terrorist and cruel father. She and her mother were in protective custody for awhile but now they were both on their own.

The author takes the reader through the Syrian landscape, culture, and heartache of the imprisoned people there. There is intrigue, terrorist attacks, cruelty, heartache, and a love interest between Sonia and Colonel Paul Grayson.

This book kept me enthralled and weeping for the protagonist as she struggles to come to terms with her brutal terrorist father for whom she remembers as one who she once loved when she was a young child. What happened to him to turn him into what he was now she could not fathom.

A worthwhile and quick read that you won’t be able to put down.

This is part of a series of 17 medical thrillers in one book: Do No Harm

Overdose is part of a series of thrillers. I found this to be a gripping medical thriller that will hook you in right away! Ash, the main protagonist, has recovered from a coma. She has headaches and vertigo and can’t seem to get back to normal since having brain surgery by a doctor that she doesn’t trust.

The more she delves into this doctor’s life, Dr. Patel, she finds things don’t add up. Who is he? How come she can’t find anything on him for a good part of his life?

When Dr. Patel becomes interested in her romantically she goes on a date with him to try to find out more about him and his dead wife. Ash is in a relationship with Michael who is trying to understand what she is doing. She becomes more embroiled in the doctor’s life when the waitress of the restaurant where they dined hands her a pink cell phone as she is getting into a cab. This is the last thing the waitress does before she is shot. Michael helps Ash deal with what she witnessed by the recent murder and what she sees on the cell phone.

The author has created a mystery, thriller, romance that will keep you turning pages until the satisfying ending. I have read other books by this author that were of different genres that I enjoyed also. She did a good job with this genre too.

Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry is a crime thriller reminiscent of the Me Too Movement. The main protagonist, Gina Kane, an investigative reporter receives an email from a young woman, CRyan, who had been abused at her place of employment REL News Network.

Gina won’t let this email go especially since she can’t reach the woman. She feels compelled to follow up this lead and check on REL and its employees. When she begins her investigation she finds there are more victims of abuse and soon there are dead bodies piling up.

The author has created some interesting characters, some you like and become invested in and others not so much. Clark is a master of mystery and suspense. I have almost all of her work and always enjoyed her creative stories. This was my favorite but it was still an enjoyable read.

Unfortunately she has passed away and will no longer grace us with her talent of storytelling – such a great loss.

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How Are Your Children Doing During this Pandemic And All The Violence That Has Erupted?

I worry about our children and grandchildren during this pandemic and all the violence that we are experiencing in our country and around the world. Our first priority has to be our young ones. We much take care of them and explain to them in ways that they can understand what is going on.

My suggestion is to read to them from books that give them life lessons in a kind and caring way. My books are easy for them to understand and done in rhyme that children love to read.

Lamby the Lonely Lamb is about a little purple lamb who has no friends because of his color – he is different from the other lambs. Lamby won a Silver Medal from Mom’s Choice Awards where all mothers go to shop for their children’s books.

This story is perfect for children to learn that it’s okay to be different. It doesn’t matter what color you are – you are important and loved. Children don’t realize bias or discrimination until they are taught it. Let’s teach our children that we are all equal and loved under the eyes of God and are all the same.

Blurb:

Lamby is a very different lamb because of his color. He is lonely and only wants to be accepted by the other lambs. Find out what lesson Lamby learns when a little girl, Leah, comes to the farm where Lamby lives.

Here are the other children’s books that teach children important life lessons and family values. I hope these books will help you teach your children about some difficult times we are having in our lives at this moment in time. Children need to feel safe and loved. I put a lot of love into my books and hope these stories will wrap children up with my love and hold on tight. God Bless all our children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and beyond.

All these books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble or by clicking on covers to the right of this post.

Louey the Lazy Elephant – Louey teaches children the importance of not being lazy and always listen to your mother.

Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon – Ricky teaches children to always listen to your mother.

Lamby the Lonely Lamb – Lamby teaches children to accept differences and to be kind to others.

Jerry the Crabby Crayfish – Jerry teaches children that it is okay to be different and be the best you can be and be happy with who you are.

Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear – Jesse teaches children that friends are important and mothers know best.

Broose the Moose on the Loose – Broose teaches children to be kind and accepting of others who are different than you are.

Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey – Sebastian teaches children how important it is to be kind to animals and that animals have feelings too like humans and deserve our respect.

Colby the Courageous Cat – Colby teaches children to love one another and take care of your siblings.

Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe – Jeffrey teaches children to be brave and help others in need.

Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab – Clarence Henry teaches children to work hard and do the best you can do and be happy with who you are.

Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier – Lucy teaches children how important a pet can be and how much this pet loves us unconditionally.

The First Star – teaches children that love of family is more important than riches.

Drystan the Dragon Book 1 – Drystan demonstrates to children that being kind and helping others is important and the right thing to do.

Drystan the Dragon Book 2 – Drystan demonstrates the importance of friendship, being kind to others and helping others in need.

Please watch over your children and be there for them when they ask questions. Let them read these books and explain to them the importance of the message I have relayed in each. I’m sure you will see a smile on their faces and they will want to read these books again and again. Thank you for your support. Please take care and stay safe and well. God Bless!

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 reviews of my books.

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

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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