How Much Writing Should Writers Do Each Day?

As a writer I believe that we should write in some form every day. Will writing every day guarantee that we are successful? That is the question that all writers want answered. How much writing do you do – daily, weekly, etc.?

Writing has become an important part of my life. One that I partake every day in one way or another, with blogging, answering emails, creating new stories, writing book reviews or just putting down thoughts randomly. These all count to helping a writer to become more proficient in his/her craft.

With each book I create words become easier to form together. They are cohesive units flowing with ideas. They swirl around in my head as my fingers rapidly type away to empty my head and transfer these ideas onto paper.

I never know what ideas will come to me next from stories for children to novels for 18+. All I know is that if I don’t keep recording these ideas onto a page they could be lost forever.

If I miss writing just one day I feel like a part of me is missing. I have taken some time off when I go on vacation but find it difficult in the beginning. My mind keeps creating stories as ideas swirl around threatening to drive me crazy. When I do get back to writing again I need to work harder to collect my thoughts and try to retrieve some of the ideas. But soon new ideas fill my mind and take the place of the ones that were lost. Many times the new ideas are better than the original. At least I hope they are since I lost them. LOL!

With each book that I write I feel compelled to write some more. Words become my companions and I am never alone.

I believe that I need to continue to write daily in order to hone my skills and be a better and more creative writer. Of course, we writers do need some time off to awaken our muses in order for our creativity to come alive with new ideas.

If you love to write as much as I do just keep doing what you love and you may one day exceed your wildest expectations. Believe in yourself and anything is possible.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I appreciate your support.

Feel free to practice your writing skills by reviewing authors’ books wherever you purchased their books. We authors will love you for it.

Don’t forget to stop by Zorvino Vineyards, Sandown, NH on Friday, January 19, 2019 from 6-9 pm. I will be there signing 22 Jemsbooks. I’d love to meet you! 

Check out this site for more info and see the guest stars – Mike Girard of the Classic Rock Band, “The Fools”, and Josh Judge, Meterologist of WMUR TV.


Blessings & Hugs!



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Do Your Children Love Dragons?

I have been thinking about creating a new series of books on dragons. What do you think about that? Do your children love dragons?

Last year I read to my grandson’s PK class from my book, Louey the Lazy Elephant.
They loved Louey! He’s so sweet and teaches children about the importance of not being lazy. Check out Louey below.

I asked the two wonderful teachers in this class what the children loved to read about. They both agreed it was DRAGONS! Well, that settled it for me. I wanted from then on to begin my series.

Of course now all I needed was to find time to do that. I am in the beginning stages of Book 6 of the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series and wanted to finish that up first.

Check out the Davey & Derek Series above. I will complete the above book 6 in between these dragon books. Next on my project list are two more books 3 & 4 in the Abby & Holly Series. I was excited to win a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Abby & Holly School Dance. That encouraged me to want to write more in this series.

But these dragons kept nagging me to write about them.

Today I am at my grandson’s taking care of him (not babysitting because he is now 5). He told me I can’t say that anymore because he is BIG! I have a couple of hours while he is at PK to write. Here I am writing a post about writing! Ha!

Well, getting back to the dragons. I have written two stories so far and will write a third one today after this post. I won’t share any more of this series just yet. But please keep a watch for them. Of course my husband/illustrator has to finish up another children’s book first then onto the dragons. He is looking forward to creating some cool dragons for my stories. I can’t wait! Can you?

In the meantime please check out all my books on Amazon and Barnes & Noble for all ages. There is something for everyone there. All Jemsbooks are also on my website for you can click on the covers to the right of this post for quick access.

Just a quick reminder that John and I will be at a book signing on Friday, January 18, 2019 from 6-9 pm at ZORVINO VINEYARDS, SANDOWN, NH USA. If you are in the neighborhood, please stop by. We would love to meet you and chat. Bring friends and family too! There will be plenty of authors and their books to choose from along with Jemsbooks. FREE ADMISSION, prizes, and food and wine is available to purchase. Zorvino Wines are delicious!


Thank you for stopping by to read my latest news. I appreciate your support and all who have purchased and reviewed my books. Reviews are welcomed! Please keep them coming!

Blessings & Hugs!


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An Angel Among Us – Short Story Collection is Now $15.00 for Paperback!

I dropped the price of my paperback, An Angel Among Us, from $18.00 to $15.00 presently. Check it out on Amazon or Barnes & Noble. The price should change in a day or so there.

This collection was dedicated to a high school friend of mine, Anne Gillis Benedetto, who passed in January of 2017. She was a lovely lady who had a beautiful smile, a fabulous sense of humor and a heart of gold. She is missed by me and many other friends. I kept her alive by writing the first story in the book, An Angel Among Us, for which the book was named, just for her. I share notes from her to me and back again in the book. I hope it will touch your heart as it touched Anne’s and mine.



A collection of short stories that covers several genres including romance, grief/loss, mystery, suspense, sci-fi, fantasy and paranormal. This book is dedicated to a courageous friend who passed this year. The first story is specially created for her and is the inspiration for the title of this book.


 Gigi Sedlmayer, Book Excellence Award Finalist winning author of the Talon series5.0 out of 5 starsI couldn’t stop reading March 17, 2017 Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase

I downloaded the book just in the morning. I wanted to have a little peak only, but starting to read, guess what?
I couldn’t stop reading. Particular the first story, about Janice friend Anne.
But each story is different, diverse and engaging, and wonderfully told. I laughed, I cried, I smiled.
I have read many books for her already, and was never disappointed.
Janice is really a great story teller. I love her books

 Robert 4.0 out of 5 starsNice Collection April 26, 2017 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

The collection of short stories in An Angel Among Us run from inspirational to contemporary so science fiction. I liked the difference as I am a big fan of short story collections. In the hustle and bustle of modern life there is always time for a short story. Janice Spina is a good story teller and you can tell by her work she has a caring and kind heart. A nice collection that will keep you interested and engaged – heartwarming, at times sad, but also uplifting.

Michelle Clements James5.0 out of 5 stars A thumbs up! March 23, 2017Format: Kindle Edition

I have read many of Janice Spina’s books and have never been disappointed. She writes with clarity and warmth. She doesn’t shy away from delving into another genre, as is evidenced by this eclectic collection of short stories.
The author’s tribute to her friend is heartwarming and is just the first story in this delightful collection. I recommend An Angel Among Us to everyone, as there are stories from multiple genres that are sure to appeal. This book can be read all at once or story by story. It is perfect for those who don’t have a lot of time but want something to read with their coffee or before bed or whenever they have a few minutes without committing to a full-length book.
An Angel Among Us gets a thumbs up from me.
This book was gifted to me. I was neither paid nor required to give this honest review.

Sarah Reviews5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!March 11, 2017 Format: Kindle Edition

Author Janice Spina is a prolific and eclectic writer, whose creativity knows no bounds and whose books entertain readers of all age groups. Having had the pleasure of reading many of Author Spina’s earlier works, I looked forward to reading her newest creation and am happy to report that her first-ever short story compilation is ever so gratifying.

“An Angel Among Us” is fabulous. The characters that populate the short stories are from all walks of life, real and well-developed. Their touching stories resonate, as the protagonists confront and face up to life’s many challenges. Loss, regret, love and hope are ingredients you’ll find in abundance in this stirring and heart-string tugging book. Highly recommended!

The stories are tear jerkers & thought provoking. Very well written …

669 days ago WolfPug The stories are tear jerkers & thought provoking. Very well written & hard to put down! I got caught up in the characters & felt like I was a part of their world. I was gifted a book in return for my honest review.

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. I hope you will take advantage of the price change on this book and others that are on Amazon while they last.

REMINDER: I will be at Zorvino Vineyards in Sandown, NH on Friday, January 18, 2019 from 6-9 pm. There is free admission and prizes and wine and food to purchase. Please stop by. I would love to meet you. John and I will be there signing our books – all 22 of them.


I welcome hearing from fans and readers and love, love, love reviews wherever you purchased my books! Thank you, thank you and thank you again!

Blessings & Hugs!


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Mariah’s Revenge is on Sale!

If you haven’t read Mariah’s Revenge yet, now is the time to grab a copy. Amazon has been playing around with the cost of this paperback book. Each day it is changing. I spoke with them and they said they reserve the right to change costs of books at their own discretion. Huh?! They assured me that I would still get my royalty on the full price of the book.

Reviews on Amazon:

Michele Rolfe5.0 out of 5 starsMariah’s Stalker is Back!March 17, 2018Format: Kindle EditionWOW! I am a beta reader & lucky enough to have already read this. I did not read the prequel Hunting Mariah, but was still able to follow this 1. Mariah is again in danger & this time through all the twists & turns, she takes matters into her own hands. I was shocked by the violence of being in a serial killers mind! Janice did a wonderful job of making it so suspenseful, I found it hard to put the book down!

Cold Coffee5.0 out of 5 starsRevenge Comes In Many FormsJune 1, 2018Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseMariah’s Revenge is the thriller/suspense/crime fiction sequel to Author Janice (J. E.) Spina’s book titled ‘Hunting Mariah’. If you remember in book one, we traveled with Mariah on a psychic journey to recover her memories, as she lived with the consequences of living life with a maniac…… (read the rest of the review online)

Jump right into book two as we get a better understanding of Sage’s killing spree across

New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. While police officers, FBI agents and others are looking for Sage, Mariah buried herself in her studies, as she is determined to move forward.

Sage has encountered an enemy of his own, beyond his wildest imagination. While he is dealing with injuries of his own, he is unaware that someone is watching Mariah and ready to “take over where he left off”. When a body of an old woman, a dog and then another body at Tambor Lake is discovered, the authorities know they are dealing with a psychopath and the body count is sure to rise.

Author Janice (J. E.) Spina uses a full case of supporting characters in this suspenseful,

action-driven drama where Mariah finds the courage to take things into her own hands. Mariah is not one to give up. Her heart is open for lasting love when her grandmother shows support for her and Tony.

Mariah showed her courage and determination to handle any situation and I quote. “Mariah pushed open the door and moved her light back and forth. She saw a mess of broken down furniture piled up in one corner of the room and a bed in the other. The covers appeared to be piled up under the bed. She moved closer to look under the pile. She kept her gun out in front of her and the light sweeping back and forth. Mariah wasn’t prepared for what happened next.”

This is a must read if you believe in the kind of fortitude that Mariah uses to work through her tragedies and the kidnapping to forge a friendship and embrace whatever life has next in store.

I, Theodocia McLean, endorse Mariah’s Revenge by Janice (J. E.) Spina as an adventure that is not over. I now wait for the third book in this series to find out what life has in store for Mariah. I purchased this book from Kindle. This review was completed on June 1, 2018

Please check it out today and save while they are still dropping the price. Sigh! You can read this one first or second. Both books can stand alone. I won’t list the price because it keeps changing.

I have had a few issues with Amazon lately and they are still working them out for me. I get discouraged at times with the games they play with us Indie Authors. Are you having the same problems?

I won’t allow them to discourage me from continuing to do what I love – write. More books are on the back burner in different stages.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you will check out all my books on Amazon. They may shuffle around more prices just for the fun of it. Happy shopping!


HAPPY READING! Reviews are welcome wherever you purchase my books!  Thank you so much for your support!

Blessings & Hugs!


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Jemsbooks Signing at Zorvino Vineyards – 1/18/19!

2019 Author’s Night at the Vineyard – Zorvino Vineyards – Sandown, NH 6:00 – 9:00 pm – FREE ADMISSION!

New England Authors Expo Zorvino Vineyards 2018

Please stop by On Friday, January 18, 2019 at Zorvino Vineyards, Sandown, NH – 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. John and I will be there signing all 22 of our books along with many other authors and their eclectic mix of books.

We went last year and had a fabulous time! We look forward to meeting new readers and greeting fellow authors. There will be special guests and surprises and lovely wine and food to purchase.

A special THANK YOU, to our hosts – Chris and Nancy Obert Of Pear Tree Publishing, Joe Ross of Rostrum Publishing and others.

Here is the link to NEW ENGLAND AUTHORS EXPO.

Hope to see you there!


Blessings & Hugs!


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New Books Are Brewing at!

It’s the New Year 2019 and things are brewing up for a full year of new books for Jemsbooks! I took some time off over the holiday to spend time with family and catch up with friends.

Now it’s back to business as usual. I have set some lofty goals (publish 5 books and read and review 95 books) to push myself this year. My muse is back with a vengeance. I guess having a little break was a good thing to do. It gave my muse time to recharge.

I have started a series of stories for children. I plan to have seven in this series. If they do well I may do more. I will share more later about these books.

I need to get back to my middle-grade series, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series and Abby & Holly Series. I was thrilled to receive a Pinnacle Book Award for Abby & Holly Book 1 in late December of 2018. What a wonderful way to begin a new year!


Watch for Abby & HollyBooks 3 & 4 coming in 2019!

Also Davey & Derek will be back in Book 6 with more mysteries and fun adventures.

I have a YA fantasy waiting in the wings that is nipping at my mind. I only have writtenone book so far but I plan to write 5 or 6 more in this fantasy series. It will have to wait until the children’s and MG series are completed.

Working on these projects will keep me busy for two years and more.

Did I mention my husband is working on illustrations for another children’s book? Sigh!

I will be keeping John busy with all the chapter illustrations that will be needed to complete these series. Stay tuned for more info here and at

Thank you for stopping by to hear about my new projects. I appreciate your kind support in 2018 and hope you will follow me and my books in 2019.

Please review authors’ books to show them how much you enjoy reading their books! We will love you for each review! Reviews are one way we authors learn what our readers like or not about our books. Thank you so much!


Blessings & hugs,


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HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! This is a special way to celebrate the New Year with an award!

I am thrilled to announce that Book 1 of my new series for Middle-graders/PT/YA, Abby & Holly, School Dance, just received a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in the Young Adult Category! I can’t say how excited I am, well maybe I can! LOL! Thank you, Pinnacle!




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

This is a fun and entertaining book for both boys and girls. It encourages and fosters good values and behavior in young adults. This series, as well as Davey & Derek Series, is a good clean read that even parents will enjoy.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read about my award! I am on Cloud 9 right now! I appreciate your kind support. Please remember to show some love for authors by reviewing out books! We will love you back!

Reviews are of the utmost importance to authors. How many reviews a book receives determines if we will be noticed by Amazon and its readers and for possible promotions. Please help us.



Blessings & Hugs,


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HAPPY 2019!


This year in 2019 my goals will be high as in the past. I find that if I give myself a challenge I will try to rise up to it! I feel most people, if given a lofty goal, will do their best to reach it!

In 2018 I gave myself a Goodreads Challenge to read and review 90 books. I reached my goal and read 102 books and reviewed them all on Goodreads, Amazon and Barnes & Noble!

In 2018 I gave myself a goal to write and publish 5 books. I did it! I reached my goal!

In 2018 I supported my fellow authors by interviewing them, guest posts on my blog and theirs.

In 2018 I gave away and offered promotions on many of my books.

In 2019 my goals are:

Read and Review 95 books

Write and Publish 5 books

Help my fellow authors by interviews and guest posts on my blog

Give away more books from my blog contests


The Books I plan to Write in 2019 are:

Book 6 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series

Book 3 of Abby & Holly Series

Book 4 of Abby & Holly Series

A children’s book about a Dragon

Book 1 of a YA Fantasy Series

Here’s a link to my Newsletter to read more about what Jemsbooks has accomplished in 2018.

Being an indie author I wear many hats: writer, author, publisher, promoter, marketer, blogger, editor and supporter of other authors.

Sometimes these positions become all encompassing, taxing, and overwhelming for one person to complete successfully. I have had to lean on many of my wonderful friends online to bolster me up by their kindnesses in spreading the word about my books through re-blogs and sharing on social media. For all that they do, I am truly grateful.

Here are many of them listed below. I promise to continue to support all of you in 2019!

Authors & Friends

I apologize if I forgot anyone. Thank you all for your continuing support in 2018!

More Authurs & Friends

Whatever I do in 2019 I will enjoy writing and publishing as many books as I possibly can.

I will continue to write children’s stories in rhyme with life lessons that encourage children to be kind to others, respect elders and each other, listen to your parents, accept differences in others, not to be lazy, and not to accept bullying.

I will continue to encourage parents to read to their children daily.

I will continue to welcome hearing from readers and supporters about my books.

I will continue to LOVE receiving reviews! LOL!


All Jemsbooks can be found on, Amazon and Barnes & Noble or by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for reading!

Please leave some love for authors by reviewing our books throughout the year. We will love you back! Thank you so much for your support! Keep reading and I will keep writing!

Thank you for stopping by and for your kind support. Stay strong, stay positive and stay well, my friends!



Blessings in 2019 and hugs!


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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all!

I want to extend a very Merry Christmas & a Healthy & Happy New Year to all my readers and friends. I wish you many blessings in 2019!

New Year Tree

With the busy holidays here I need to take a breather and spend time with my family and share the joy of this blessed holiday. I will be back again after the New Year.

May your blessings be as abundant as the flowers on my Christmas Cactus.

Christmas Cactus in Bloom
Portuguese Cookies for Christmas

Until we meet in the New Year here are some delicious Portuguese cookies to snack on. Don’t begin your diets until after the New Year!


Please leave some love for us authors by reviewing our books! We will love you back! Thank you so much for your kind support! Watch for more new books from Jemsbooks in 2019 and beyond!

Blessings & Hugs!


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