Are you in the mood for a Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Crime Novel?

Are you in the mood to read a novel that will hook you in from the first page and never let you go? You will forget about the laundry, dinner and the family (poor family). I should have put a warning on this book: WARNING: DETRIMENTAL TO YOUR HOUSEWORK AND FAMILY! If this is the kind of book you are looking for, then grab a copy of Hunting Mariah today.

I have heard from fans who could not stop reading this book and forgot all about dinner and their family. They put them on hold until they finished the book. Wow! I was thrilled to hear that but not about forgetting family.

This was the first novel I wrote after writing several books for children and middle-graders. It was quite shocking to write it and also for my readers who mentioned how surprised they were that I could write like this. It surprised me too.

As with a lot of my books this story came to me in a dream when my daughter was in college. There was mention of a rape on campus which frightened me half to death. I of course warned her as did the college security about walking around at night alone. My son also gave her his own warning for he had finished college the year before she began. He knew how dangerous it could be for young woman at night. He was as worried as I was about her. Thank God she did okay and always walked in groups everywhere she had to go and everyone was safe after that. No more reports of such problems.

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

Blurb:

An insane killer, obsessed with blood and death, seeks revenge with those he perceives wronged him. He is now on the loose. His next victim may be Mariah.

Mariah has lost her memory. Will she remember what has transpired in her past? Can Mariah escape this deadly killer’s grasp. Will she finally be safe? Will the killer be apprehended?

Once you finish reading Hunting Mariah move on to Mariah’s Revenge to finish the series. You will not be able to put the second book down either.

Blurb:

This book begins where the first book, Hunting Mariah, left off. This suspense/thriller/crime novel will keep you turning pages as the tension grows. There will be twists and turns and some surprises. Many of the same characters will be in play to give support and encouragement to Mariah along the way.


A new man comes into Mariah’s life that reminds her of someone she wants to forget. He threatens to bring back the horrors that she and her family once endured. While the one she wants to forget suffers from a horrendous attack that puts his life in jeopardy.
Mariah must draw on her strength and resilience to survive danger at every turn. How much more can Mariah endure? How far will Mariah go to protect her family?

This sequel came about after requests from readers to know more about Mariah. It was published in 2018 while the first book was published in 2014. In order to do justice to this sequel I had to read my first book again. I felt like a first time reader since it had been so long since I had gotten into the characters. It frightened me once again how cruel and unpredictable the serial killer was. Get prepared for a wild ride with both books!

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. I hope you will come back again soon. Thank you for your kind support of my books and blog and for all the reviews you may have poste wherever my books are sold.

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

READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING!

Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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Looking for a new book for your children? Do your children love elephants?

I have 18 children’s books for ages 1-8, grades PS-Grade 3. All my books are written in rhyme with life lessons that teach children to be kind, caring and responsible.

It’s a wonderful feeling to see children actively engaged with a book whether they can read or not. Babies are fascinated with books. They look at the illustrations, colors and turn the pages activating their brain cells. It’s a joy to see. I read to my children from the time they were born. They love books and read to their own children when they were young.

By reading to your children from when they are babies you will bring up children who love books, love to read and will pass on that love for generations. Let’s bring up readers and thinkers.

The first children’s book that I wrote was Louey the Lazy Elephant. It is still my favorite. With each post I will focus on one of my children’s books. This post is all about Louey. Introduce your children to adorable Louey today.

If you are looking for an award-winning book, come to Jemsbooks. Louey the Lazy Elephant won a Mom’s Choice Award – Silver Medal! Jemsbooks have won 5 Silver Medals from MomsChoiceAwards.com and 5 Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards.

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

Here are some reviews for Louey.

I have always loved elephants, especially baby elephants. They are so much like children the way they play and interact with their mothers. Children love to read about baby animals and can relate easier to them. That is the reason I have written children’s books about animals. I want to connect with children and teach them important life lessons.

I wrote this book back in 2010 and published it in 2013. It was my first time publishing a book. I can still remember working on the cover and uploading all the book with my husband’s help. He has been my support system, cover creator and illustrator through all 18 children’s books. I couldn’t have done any of this without his help. He is a Godsend.

This was my first book and after 17 more books we are finished. I do not plan to write and publish any more children’s books. My plan is to continue writing but for older audiences 13+ and 18 and up. But, you never know what can happen. I could have a wonderful story pop into my head from a dream or an idea. For now, 18 is the number at which I stop. I hope you will enjoy all 18 of my children’s books.

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

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

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!

As in all my books children will learn valuable life lessons. Here is the list of life lessons for all my children’s books.

Here are all the life lessons in Jemsbooks Children’s Books: Parents love these books for all the important life lessons children learn as they read along or are read to by their parents. Parents will never have to fear that there is anything in my books that is not suitable for young children ages 1-7, PS-Grade 3.

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.

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

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

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, 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 to be kind to pets, 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 all the riches in the world.

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

Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Book 2: Damara Helps Drystan Find His Roar – Drystan demonstrates the importance of friendship, being kind to others and helping others in need.

Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Book 3 – Delbert Finds Himself – Drystan teaches Delbert, a shy dragon, the importance of loving yourself as you are and that all colors are beautiful!

Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Book 4: Delfina Solves A Problem – Delfina helps Drago love himself and teaches him to be kind to others.

Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Book 5: Drago Does A Good Deed – Drago finds a rabbit in need of his help. He learns that it is better to be kind to others.

Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Book 6: Dragana Helps a Fairy – Dragana helps a fairy who is injured and in need. She doesn’t hesitate to help in any way she can and goes above and beyond to help this fairy. Being kind and helping others is what Dragana learns.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. Please come back again real soon. Thank you also for your kind support of my books and blog and for any reviews you post wherever my books are sold.

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

READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING!

Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

Jemsbooks.blog

Jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net

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Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – New Book on the Shelves- #Fantasy – The Legend of the Taken Ones: Gateskin Chronicles Book 1 by Janice Spina

I was thrilled to be on Sally Cronin’s fabulous blog recently. Sally is a wonderful support for her fellow authors and features the on her wonderful site. You must visit it and check out all the interesting posts. She is an author also. So, check out her exceptional books, fiction and non-fiction alike.

A very special, thank you, to Sally for all she does to promote my books. I can’t tell her how special it is to be on her blog and have her as a supportive friend. Hugs to you, Sally!

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. Peruse Sally Cronin’s site and leave a comment. She appreciates your feedback about her posts and welcomes visitors.

Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy! We authors will love you for taking the time to do that. It means the world to us. Keep reading and reviewing and we will keep writing for your enjoyment! Take care!

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

READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING!

Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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A Book Trailer for new novel – The Legend of the Taken Ones (Gateskin Chronicles Book 1)!

Here is a book trailer that I created for my newest book, a fantasy series for 13+ – The Legend of the Taken Ones (Gateskin Chronicles Book 1). Let the adventure begin!

I am excited about this new book. It is completely different than anything I have ever done. I hope you will jump on the reading wagon and grab a copy of it for you or someone who loves fantasies.

Book Trailer of The Legend of the Taken Ones (Gateskin Chronicles Book 1)

I hope you enjoy this trailer. It was fun to make on Animoto Videos. There is so much to say about this book but I had to limit my frames to 15 otherwise, you may fall asleep with any more.

Just a reminder – Gateskin is pronounced with a short a sound e.g. Gaateskin like in cat. Thank you.

There will be five more books in this series. I am taking some time off this year but will write two more books in 2022 and hopefully two more in 2023 and one in 2024. Then I will be onto another series completely different. I love to jump around with genres. It keeps me fresh. I hope you enjoy the multi-genres too.

Blurb:

This is Book 1 of a fantasy series that will have six books in all. In this book learn about the three children of King Gateskin and his wife, Queen Solinara. The children have had powers since they were quite young.

Serena was three years old when she learned of her power to move objects with her mind. Her brother, Simon, can fly and their sister, Catalina, can become invisible or blend into her surroundings. They live with their parents in Sovorotskina, the Land of Light.

With these powers comes responsibility. The children must try to use their powers for the common good and responsibly to help others. The three children befriend a Sprite named Spindle who accompanies them on their adventure. Along the way they meet up with their aunt and uncle, their mother’s brother and his wife, Wizard Hotenfaran and Fairy Procelina. The group must travel into the evil land of Parotovina, Land of Darkness, to save King Gateskin, who was kidnapped, and also rescue some of the descendants of their friends and fellow Sovorotskinans who were captured and taken by the Evil Ones. These descendants have been waiting a long time to be free to return to the villages of their ancestors.

The children have many trials and adventures along the way. Will they be able to rescue their father and fellow Sovorotskinans without endangering their own lives? Will the evil King Kaposkaran and his Queen Beregina stop Serena and her siblings from being successful or will they turn Serena and her siblings to their dark ways?

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. I hope you will come back again real soon. Thank you for your kind support of me and my books and blog and for all the reviews you may have posted wherever my books are sold. Take care.

If you love this book or any of my books I would love to hear from you and read your reviews. Keep those reviews coming and I will keep writing. That is why I write to make my readers happy and provide them with entertaining books to read.

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

READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING!

Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

Jemsbooks.blog

Jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net

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A Touch of fall is here!

Looking around the neighborhood on a recent walk I noticed that the trees (maples) are beginning to show off their early colors of red. These trees are the first one to change. The pear maples show their colors of yellow and orange later.

Did you know that fall/autumn is a perfect time to find a quiet spot outside to sit and read a good book? I love sitting outside to get some fresh air at the same time that I read. As you know, I am an avid reader of all kinds of genres. Check out my monthly reads and reviews for suggestions. Of course, you can click on any of my covers to the right of this post and purchase all kinds of genres for all ages. Have fun reading and relaxing. That is one of my favorite things to do. Take care!

Here is one one of the red maples.

Red Maple
Maples changing to red – which will become brillian over the next month

Our pond is beginning to change too from lush green to brown. It was cleared out back in July because it gets overgrown.

Pond browning up
Trees changing to yellow

Fall is my favorite time of the year. I love the feel, smell and sight of the colors that become breathtakingly beautiful. Many tourists visit New Hampshire in the fall to experience this beauty in the mountains.

We recently were in Maine and we could already see quite a few trees changing. It won’t be long before the process speeds up. As long as we have warm days and cooler nights the colors will come out. Fingers crossed. The weather has been strange to say the least. We have had hotter day temperatures and warmer nights too. This is not good for the trees to change. The colors will still be beautiful but not as vibrant.

I will be doing another post with more photos as the trees keep changing. Keep a watch for them. Hope you will get to travel to New Hampshire and experience the beauty first hand.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. Please come back again real soon. Thank you also for your kind support of my books, blog and for all the reviews you may have posted wherever my books are sold.

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

READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING!

Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

Jemsbooks.blog

Jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net

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Some New Additions to Our Fish Tank!

We have had so many changes in our fish tank recently. Some fish don’t last as long as others due to stress, changes in the water from the store tank where they were purchased or not compatible with other fish in our tank. We don’t always know if a fish will do well with other fish in our tank even after we check carefully with the store about that.

Since we lost a few fish we wanted to replace them with hardier fish. My husband purchased two new fish – a Sergeant Major, a Wrasse and a Sea Cucumber which cleans the bottom of the tank – a good thing to have. The Sea Cucumber is a weird-looking creature.

Here are some photos of the new additions.

Sergeant Major with black and white stripes with Puffer in the upper right hand corner

There is a clown hiding inside the rocks down on the lower right hand side of the tank. Do you see him (orange & white stripes)?

A sleek Wrasse – (we had one before) and a Clown fish checking him out above

Wrasse are fast swimmers and dart in and out of the rocks. They are fascinating to watch.

Wrasse & Puffer swimming side by side
Sea Cucumber getting acclimated in the tank
Sea Cucumber – getting comfortable – looks like a worm but more colorful cleans the bottom of the tank
Wrasse, Clown, Sergeant Major, Puffer on left, Rabbit fish above in center
Clown Trigger (yellow & black with white spots)

This trigger is not to be confused with clown fish. It is not a clown fish. It is aggressive and will take care of itself. The clown fish is territorial more than aggressive.

Five fish swimming around (other clown fish is behind rocks and puffer is on the left out of the photo)

We have seven fish and a red sea cucumber now. One clown fish usually stays behind the rocks. I guess it’s her/his job to guard their territory in the tank. The clown fish are very territorial and will chase any other fish way from their place once they claim it. When we add new fish to the tank we have to make sure that the new additions are aggressive enough to stake their claim to being there.

The tank is once again full of healthy and vibrant fish. It’s a joy to see them happy, swimming around and getting along with their neighbors. Our tank is so large (95 gallons) that any fish added feel freer than they did in the smaller tanks in the store. I love to see them as they swim back and forth and check out all the nooks, crannies in the rocks to claim as their own when it is time to sleep. Fish do sleep but do not close their eyes. They become still and find a place to nest. We have different lights – day lights and night lights to train them when to sleep. Puffer sleeps during the day and is active at night – making him nocturnal. He finds a corner of the tank and rests on the equipment that helps to clean the tank.

I hope you enjoyed seeing our new fish and learning about them. Thank you for stopping by to read this post. Please come back again real soon. Thank you so much for your kind support of my books, blog and for all the reviews of my books wherever they are sold.

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

READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING!

Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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A New Review of The Legend of the Taken Ones (Gateskin Chronicles Book 1)!

I am excited to share another review of my latest YA fantasy, The Legend of the Taken Ones (Gateskin Chronicles Book 1)! This was an epic book for me – 500 pages in the paperback. Most of the novels are in the 300-400 range. This series of six books are being written for YA, ages 13+. Adults love it too!

Begin the adventure with Gateskin and his family. There are many characters in this book that are fun to visit and travel along with on their adventures. There are plenty of wizards, fairies, magic and delightful Sprites. Check it out today! More books coming over the next couple of years.

It was lovely to read this wonderful new review. Thank you to Michelle Clements James.


Michelle Clements James
5.0 out of 5 stars Wizards, Fairies, Sprites, and AdventureReviewed in the United States on September 10, 2021The Taken are the children of the Provence of Noella who have been missing from their homes for many, many years. They were captured by the Parotovinans to be raised under the evil king wizard. Now, King Gateskin of Sovorotskina, Land of Goodness and Light, through his wizardry learns that the Evil Ones are planning to capture the children of the Provence of Noella once again. With the help of his children, a tree sprite named Spindle, wizards, and fairies, King Gateskin goes to Parotovina to gain release of the Taken Ones. Along the way they will encounter dangerous situations.

Those who enjoy stories of wizards, fairies, sprites, and adventure will find this un-put-downable! This is not my normal genre, but I was mesmerized. The characters are beautifully detailed, and the plot is captivating. The Legend of the Taken Ones: Goatskin Chronicles, Book 1 is a five-star book!

The author gifted me an ARC and I have given my honest review.

Blurb:

This is Book 1 of a fantasy series that will have six books in all. In this book learn about the three children of King Gateskin and his wife, Queen Solinara. The children have had powers since they were quite young..

Serena was three years old when she learned of her power to move objects with her mind. Her brother, Simon, can fly and their sister, Catalina, can become invisible or blend into her surroundings. They live with their parents in Sovorotskina, the Land of Light.

With these powers comes responsibility. The children must try to use their powers for the common good and responsibly to help others. The three children befriend a Sprite named Spindle who accompanies them on their adventure. Along the way they meet up with their aunt and uncle, their mother’s brother and his wife, Wizard Hotenfaran and Fairy Procelina. The group must travel into the evil land of Parotovina, Land of Darkness, to save King Gateskin, who was kidnapped, and also rescue some of the descendants of their friends and fellow Sovorotskinans who were captured and taken by the Evil Ones. These descendants have been waiting a long time to be free to return to the villages of their ancestors.

The children have many trials and adventures along the way. Will they be able to rescue their father and fellow Sovorotskinans without endangering their own lives? Will the evil King Kaposkaran and his Queen Beregina stop Serena and her siblings from being successful or will they turn Serena and her siblings to their dark ways?

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

Hop over today to Amazon or Barnes & Noble or click on the covers to the right of this post of the books you choose to purchase and let your MG/PT/YA begin adventures that will lift their spirits, make their hearts soar and spark their imagination! Give gifts of books today and you will give them more than just a book, you will give them wings to fly!

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 for stopping by to read this post. I hope you will come back again real soon! Keep reading and I will keep writing! Take care!

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

READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING!

Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

Jemsbooks.blog

Jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net

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A Trip to Bar Harbor, Maine!

I recently traveled with my husband and another couple to lovely Bar Harbor, Maine. It was an enjoyable time. The area is quaint and lovely with plenty of restaurants, scenic views of
Cadillac Mountain and flowers everywhere. We were there from September 7th – 11th. The weather was cooler than in our home state but still pleasant most of our stay.

We stayed at a bed and breakfast (first time ever). It was an old house that was tastefully decorated with lovely wallpaper, comfy couches and vases of flowers in the living area. The Sand Bar Cottage Inn was warm and inviting and so were the staff. Heather took care of us to make sure we were comfortable and changed our room to do that. There are no elevators in this inn so we had to traipse our luggage up three floors which wasn’t easy. At our age we didn’t want to be on the top floor so she put us on the first floor which was very nice.

Plaque in front of Sand Bar Cottage Inn
(Daliahs, I think) in front of the bed & breakfast

Julia and Susie served us in the breakfast area while Jason was the chef who created delicious breakfasts of eggs or pancakes, waffles and quiche. Coffee was available all the time as was different kinds of Stash tea, water and orange juice. With each breakfast Susie brought us some kind of baked goods – blueberry muffins, poppyseed bread, cranberry or lemon cake, pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, etc. It was not conducive to my usual diet but I was on vacation after all!

At 4:00 each afternoon they had tea and cakes or cookies – chocolate chip, peanut butter, macadamia chip, oatmeal raisin and other cakes. All were delicious and had to be tasted even if I am not a sweets’ person. I had a little. Sigh! Now that I am back home I need to be better. But, it was, after all, a vacation and time to relax and enjoy. I certainly did that.

5 lb lobster on display at Stewman’s

If you travel to Maine you have to have some seafood, especially lobster. I had a couple of lobster rolls, steamed clams, mussels, bouillabaisse, and seafood stew. All were delicious! Of course, I also had salads too. I think I got my seafood fix for a little while! The prices of lobster were high as was everything else. It’s a tourist area and that is to be expected.

Stewman’s Restaurant – one of the many where we ate lunch or dinner

We went on a hike today in Bar Harbor but did not make it up to Cadillac Mountain. It was a perfect day today too. Here are some photos of the beauty of the ocean on our way.

Thunder Hole Bar Harbor
Porcupine Islands in Bar Harbor
John & I

We had lovely weather for the first two days. On the next two days it rained but we went in and out of the rain with umbrellas. One day it rained so much that we were forced to take a trolley ride up to Cadillac Mountain. When we got to the top it was foggy but at least the rain had stopped.

Views on our walk
A rainy day walk
Rainy day on a walkway

I did not take any photos of my food this time. I am trying to curb my photo taking since I had at one time over 10K photos on my iPhone. Yikes! My iWatch stopped working. It was overloaded. I had to remove most of the photos and download the rest onto my computer. Now my computer is groaning! Haha!

Geddy’s Restaurant

It was a lovely break for me from work. I truly needed to get away from writing, and working on another WIP. Now it’s back to blogging, writing, sewing, and soon crocheting. But I may not complete another book this year. I will be taking it slower for the rest of the year. I published my goal of four books so I feel good about that. There is always next year.

Sentinel Seagull posed for this photo
Sky view with unusual clouds and sun shimmering colors

The above photo was on our way home. I snapped a few of this gorgeous sky view. I had never seen such unusual cloud patterns before. With the sun shining through them it created some beautiful colors. The colors glowed around the sun and were even more spectacular with the naked eye. I couldn’t look directly at the sun too long so I took this photo to remember and share it.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. I hope you enjoyed my photos and traveled along with me to this lovely area of Maine. Maine is my second favorite state to visit. Of course, New Hampshire is my favorite since it is my home state.

Thank you for your support of my books and blog and for all the reviews you have posted wherever my books are sold. Keep reading and I will keep writing! Take care.

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READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING!

Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

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JEMSBOOKS EXPRESS – Bringing you children’s books for PS-Grade 3 – DRYSTAN THE DRAGON AND FRIENDS SERIES BOOK 6: DRAGANA HELPS A FAIRY! IT’S READING TIME!

Have your children read Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Books 1-6 yet? It’s reading time! Grab your copies today! Hope on the JEMSBOOKS EXPRESS TODAY!

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This magical series is new for kids PS-Grade 3! There are six books in the series 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, orange 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 love reading these books and they will become their favorite books at bedtime and any time.

Blurb:

This is the final book in this magical, mystical series of dragons and their good deeds. In Book 6 a new dragon is introduced, Dragana. Each dragon is a different color and the dragons all have names that begin with the letter ‘D.’

Dragana is a dragon who likes to dream.
Nothing is impossible to her, so it seems.
Her scales are colored in burgundy and cream.
Fairies, goblins, and ghosts are her favorite theme.

Dragana discovers a fairy in need one day while flying around.
Will this fairy be afraid of a big dragon?
What will Dragana do to help the fairy?

This series was written for children PS-Grade 3, ages 1-7. Children love dragons and are fascinated by them. My dragons teach children valuable life lessons about kindness and helping others in need.

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of me and my books and all the reviews that I receive. Please keep them coming! I hope you will keep coming back for more entertaining reading and events about new works, daily news, birds, fish and other things that pop into my already overcrowded head.

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

READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING!

Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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BARNES & NOBLE (18+ NOVELS)

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A Great review of new book, The Legend of the Taken Ones (Gateskin Chronicles Book 1)!

I was thrilled to receive this wonderful review of my new YA fantasy book, The Legend of the Taken Ones ( Gateskin Chronicles Book 1)! Reviews are like gold, treasured and welcome! Thank you, ‘Mystery Fran!’


Mystery “Fran”
5.0 out of 5 stars Wizards, fairies, and sprites, oh my!Reviewed in the United States on September 5, 2021If you are fascinated by the wizards, fairies, and little creatures who engage in battles of good versus evil, you will LOVE the The Legend of the Taken Ones (Gateskin chronicles, Book 1). It has all of these and more. I quickly became engrossed in this enchanting story about King Gateskin, his family, and subjects, as they set out to rescue children who had previously been kidnapped by the evil king of Pantovina. The book is filled with memorable characters and suspenseful situations. It definitely cast a “spell” on me that kept me absorbed until the very last page! Can’t wait for the next episode of the Gateskin Chronicles!

Blurb:

This is Book 1 of a fantasy series that will have six books in all. In this book learn about the three children of King Gateskin and his wife, Queen Solinara. The children have had powers since they were quite young..

Serena was three years old when she learned of her power to move objects with her mind. Her brother, Simon, can fly and their sister, Catalina, can become invisible or blend into her surroundings. They live with their parents in Sovorotskina, the Land of Light.

With these powers comes responsibility. The children must try to use their powers for the common good and responsibly to help others. The three children befriend a Sprite named Spindle who accompanies them on their adventure. Along the way they meet up with their aunt and uncle, their mother’s brother and his wife, Wizard Hotenfaran and Fairy Procelina. The group must travel into the evil land of Parotovina, Land of Darkness, to save King Gateskin, who was kidnapped, and also rescue some of the descendants of their friends and fellow Sovorotskinans who were captured and taken by the Evil Ones. These descendants have been waiting a long time to be free to return to the villages of their ancestors.

The children have many trials and adventures along the way. Will they be able to rescue their father and fellow Sovorotskinans without endangering their own lives? Will the evil King Kaposkaran and his Queen Beregina stop Serena and her siblings from being successful or will they turn Serena and her siblings to their dark ways?

If you are looking for a book to take you away to far-off lands, wizards, fairies, and magical creatures you will love The Legend of the Taken Ones (Gateskin Chronicles Book 1)! Travel on adventures with the powerful children, wizard, fairy and Sprites. They will take you away from your troubles and you will be captivated by the story. Happy Reading!

I will be taking some time off before writing the rest of the books in this series. They will be quite an undertaking with all the characters, places, spells, and situations that book 1 took a lot out of me. I will get back to this project after a short break. I would like to do two books a year in this series. But I may not complete book 2 before the end of 2021.

I hope you enjoy book 1 and will be patient for the rest of them. Thank you for stopping by to read this post. Please come back again real soon. Thank you also for your kind support of my books, blog and for any reviews you may have posted wherever my books are sold. Please keep those reviews coming and I will keep writing!

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

READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING!

Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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Jemsbooks.blog

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BARNES & NOBLE

BARNES & NOBLE (18+ NOVELS)

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