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Hi everyone!

Just a quick note to let you know that I now have a new domain name – JEMSBOOKS.BLOG

If you use my former domain – you will be directed Here.

No worries. I checked with WordPress and they said it might take up to 72 to link to all internets. I have tried to connect on Explorer and Bing and couldn’t get there. But Google went through. Please don’t give up. It will all work out. Thank you!

Please come back again to learn of another new book coming to Jemsbooks!

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I am in the process of publishing the newest book – Abby & Holly School Dance, the first book in this Series for girls. Boys will love it too – Davey & Derek are in it causing mischief and laughs.

Soon after this book is published I will begin Book 2 of this Series and right into Book 6 of Davey & Derek Series. Phew! My work is never done! But I am having a wonderful time!

This Middle-grade/PT/YA genre is what I love to write. I hope all my readers young and old will continue to enjoy these adventures, mysteries, magic and fantasies. I would love to hear from you if you do.

Please leave reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble or wherever you purchased one of these books. This is how I know if you are enjoying them. If I get enough feedback I will continue with more. Please keep me busy by responding with reviews! I need something to do! Ha!

Watch for links to new books coming soon! In the meantime check out all Jemsbooks on


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I am excited to have Janice Spina on my blog…

I was honored recently to be on Rhonda Patton’s blog. She was a gracious host. Please stop over and check out my interview and then peruse Rhonda’s lovely blog. Hugs and thanks to Rhonda!

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2018 New England Authors Expo

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Doors open to the public: 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Danversport Yacht Club
161 Elliott St, Danvers, MA 01923

This event is free to the public!

All Jemsbooks will be available at this event. I hope you will be able to come. John and I would love to meet you!

Thank you to Chris Obert of Pear Tree Publishing who makes these events possible for all authors.


List of Publishers and Groups attending:

Association of Rhode Island Authors (NEAE Team)

Books & Boo’s Press

Brass Castle Arts

Haverhill House Publishing (NEAE Team)

Jason Harris Promotions (NEAE Team)

Memory Imprints

The Museum of Printing (Charity/Sponsor)

Pear Tree Publishing (Sponsor – NEAE Team)

Rosstrum Publishing (Sponsor – NEAE Team)

*List and schedule is not complete and could change without notice.


List of Authors attending:

Natalie Alder

Nikki Andrews

Tim Baird

Scott M. Baker

Barbara F. Berenson

Liberty Blake

Martha W. Brandt

Sally M. Chetwynd

Ceara Comeau

Karen Creamer

Artemis Crow

Liz Delton

Liz Delton

Heather Dubnick

Bridget Finnegan

Katrina Fiorella

Donald Germain

Guntis Goncarovs (NEAE Team)

Patricia Hale

Richard Keenan

Linda Kepner

L.S. Kilroy

Elsa Kurt

Stephen Lomer

Jessica Lucci

Mandi Lynn

K.D. Mason (NEAE Team)

John McIlveen (NEAE Team)

Cathryn McIntyre

David Moore

Lindsay Moore

Mike Morin

Olga R. Morrill

Kara Newcastle

Christopher Obert (NEAE Team)

Nancy Obert (NEAE Team)

Maura O’Leary

Laurel Ostiguy

Anita Oswald

Gail Ward Olmsted

Terry Crawford Palardy

Lorenzo Petruzziello

Joe Ross (Sponsor – NEAE Team)

Satin Russell

Katherine Silva

Jane Sloven

Janice E. Spina


M.R. Tighe

Marty Thornley

Robert Uttaro

Mary Vieira

Rob Watts

Jenessa Zurek


Special Guest Stars:

Derek Nikitas
The author of the thriller novels Pyres and The Long DivisionPyres was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best First Novel by the Mystery Writers of America, and The Long Division was a Washington Post Book World Best Book of 2009. He’s also written Extra Life, a science fiction novel for young adults, and he has co-written several “Bookshot” novellas with James Patterson, including Diary of a Succubus and You’ve Been Warned – Again. He teaches fiction writing and screenwriting at the University of Rhode Island.

Frank J. Romano
Frank Romano is Professor Emeritus at RIT and has spent 60 years in the printing and publishing industries. He is the author of 60 books, including the 10,000-term Encyclopedia of Graphic Communications (with Richard Romano), the standard reference in the field. His books on QuarkXPress, Adobe InDesign, and PDF workflow were among the first in their fields. He has authored most of the books on digital printing. One of his books is the 800-page textbook for Moscow State University. He has founded eight publications, serving as publisher or editor for TypeWorld/Electronic Publishing (which ended in its 30th year of publication), Computer Artist, Color Publishing, The Typographer, EP&P, and both the NCPA and PrintRIT Journals. He has consulted for major corporations, publishers, government, and other users of digital printing and publishing technology. He wrote the first report on on-demand digital printing in 1980 and ran the first conference on the subject in 1985. He is president of the Museum of Printing in Haverhill, MA where his 6,000-book library now resides. He is passionate about preserving the rich history of typesetting and printing. He continues to teach courses at RIT, CalPoly, and other universities and works with students on unique research projects.

Please stop by and pick up some great reads from all these talented authors. We look forward to seeing you!



Blessings & Hugs!


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KINDLE (Coming soon)

BARNES & NOBLE  (Coming soon)

I am happy to announce that my newest book, Abby & Holly Book 1, School Dance, for Middle-grade/Pre-teen/Young Adults will be published soon. I hope to complete publishing applications by early July.

The new book is for MG/PT/YA girls but boys will enjoy it too. If you haven’t read Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, Book 5, The Case of the Sad and Mischievous Ghost yet, hurry and pick up your copy at links below so you can find out about the ghosts and how they relate to Abby and Holly. Davey and Derek will be in the new book too.

Book 5 is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble or by clicking on cover on right.

This will be the first of many more books involving the Abby & Holly Series. There will be mysteries and other fun adventures that both girls and boys will love.

In this book I focus on anti-bullying. If you have a child or know of someone else who has been bulllied, this is the book for them. It is handled in a kind and caring but firm manner.

All Jemsbooks are written without anything offensive for children and carry life lessons that will teach children, young and old, the importance of kindness, caring and respect of others.


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.

Abby and Holly are first cousins on their mothers’ side. They moved to the quiet town of Linden, 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 by two other girls, Abby and Holly, along with the help of a ghost and Davey and Derek Donato, the twin detectives, work together to formalize a plan to put a stop to the bullying. 

Watch for links to this new book soon on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Attention Fellow Bloggers: I am looking for some help promoting this new book. Please contact me if you would like to be part of my blog book tour. Go to and put in Subject Line BOOK TOUR – ABBY & HOLLY. Thank you!!

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you will come back again real soon.



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Interview with Author Marcia Meara!

Marcia Meara



Please welcome author Marcia Meara to Jemsbooks Blog Author Interview Segment.

Thank you, Marcia, for coming today.

Lovely to be here today, Janice! Thanks so much for having me.

I’ll step aside so you can begin, Marcia. I look forward to learning more about you.

Please tell us something about yourself.

I’m Marcia (pronounced Marsha) and I live in central Florida. I’m an ardent lover of wildlife and have spent decades birding and canoeing in the many creeks and streams of my home state, far preferring Florida’s quiet, shady swamps to its hot, sunny beaches.

I’m particularly fond of reptiles, especially snakes, and I enjoy sharing the things I’ve learned over the years. I do two or three Meet the Author slide presentations per month at various local venues, speaking as often about our fabulous wildlife and wetlands as I do about books and writing.

Gardening has been a passion of mine for over 50 years, though Hurricane Irma smashed our entire backyard to pieces, and it’s not back up to snuff yet. It will be, though.

My husband and I have been married 32 years and share our home with four cats and two elderly dachshunds, and—saved the best for last—we just welcomed our third grandbaby into the world. Life is good!

Jjspina: That’s wonderful that you are such an avid supporter of wildlife and wetlands. Sorry to hear about the damage to your backyard, and congratulations for 32 years of marriage. That is quite a feat in itself.

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

When I was five years old. I spent hours writing long poems on one of my father’s yellow legal tablets, filling many pages with verses about cowboys and horses. And cats. Cats are another passion of mine.

Of course, my parents thought a career as a writer was a pretty shady deal and insisted I get a business diploma so that I’d be able to support myself. Reluctantly, I did. But I got the last laugh, because 4-1/2 years ago, at the somewhat decrepit age of 69, I finally wrote my first novel. It was a Bucket List kind of thing, but it did surprisingly well, so I just kept going—and I’ve never had more fun in my life!

jjspina: I don’t think 69 is decrepit at all! I am also 69 at present. We are 69 years young! Ha! Congrats also on your first novel being so well accepted. 

What process do you need in order to write?

Peace and quiet. I have my computer desk set up in our library, surrounded by floor to ceiling bookshelves, photo-covered inspiration boards, and 9 days out of 10, fresh roses from my garden in a vase on my desk. I start work as soon as I’ve taken care of the dogs and made myself a cup of Earl Grey, and when the day goes well, I don’t stop until time to fix dinner.

I love my workspace and that’s very helpful to me, but the most important thing of all is total silence. Any noise at all, even music, pulls me out of my story, reminding me that I’m really sitting here at home, instead of in the North Carolina mountains or out in a canoe with my characters, watching over their shoulders and writing down everything they say. For me, silence really is golden.

jjspina: Whatever works for you is good for your muse. It’s nice that you know when to stop to make dinner. I usually don’t! Sigh!

How do you come up with ideas for your stories?

I’m 74 years old. My head is full to the bursting point with stories of every kind, and I got a really late start on telling them. I figure I’ll have to live to be 135 to even come close to writing them all down.

jjspina: I certainly hope you can live long enough to tell all your wonderful stories, Marcia.

What projects are you currently working on?

Since our lives were turned upside down when Hurricane Irma dropped a tree on us, I temporarily stopped work on my 4th Wake-Robin Ridge book and decided to write my 2nd Emissary novella, instead. The first was a spinoff from my Riverbend series, and was the most fun I ever had writing. Plus, I was able to take it from page 1 of the draft to published book in two months.

I thought something quick and easy would be a good way to get back into my writing routine, now that all the roofers, electricians, masons, carpenters, and plumbers are finally gone. Once I publish The Emissary 2, I’ll revisit the Wake-Robin Ridge book and get that out there, as well. I get lots of requests for more stories about Rabbit, and I hate to leave readers hanging.

jjspina: I read your first book and loved it. Look forward to reading more of your books. The Emissary novella sounds intriguing.

What hobbies do you have when you are not writing?

Birding, gardening, and reading, mostly. I used to canoe every chance I got, but my back isn’t happy with that idea these days. Since I don’t have a lot of spare time, what with writing 7 days a week and all, three hobbies are probably enough. 😊

jjspina: Well, you certainly are busy with all the writing and hobbies. That’s what keep you looking so young.

What advice would you give prospective authors?

Read. Read more. Keep reading. You will learn more about what works as a story from reading than just about anything else. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t study the craft, if you have a chance. But keep on reading. After a while, you get a pretty decent sense of what a good book should look and sound like.

jjspina: Excellent advice, Marcia.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

Yep. I’d like to remind you lovely folks that it is NEVER too late to follow your dream. I didn’t go to college. I never took a writing class. And I had long given up on the one thing I’d always known I wanted to do more than anything else. Then someone told me to stop whining, get busy, and do it. So, I did. And you can, too, no matter what your dream is.

Don’t be that sad person years from now, thinking to yourself, “I wish I’d done this.” Or “I wish I’d tried that.” Whatever it is, give it a shot. After all, your dream isn’t going to plop down into your lap like rain from the sky. It’s up to you to take that first step.

What have you got to lose? I say, go for it! It might turn out to be the best thing you’ve ever done. It was for me. 😊

jjspina: Wonderful, Marcia! You are an inspiration to all to get up and do it!

Thank you again for having me today, Janice!

It was my sincere pleasure to have you here, Marcia.

Here is my review of Marcia’s book, Wake-Robin Ridge.

on March 25, 2017
Wake-Robin Ridge is a unforgettable romance with a supernatural twist. There are two stories going on – one from the past and the other in the present. Each story is based on the past and present occupants of a cottage.

Sarah Gray is the present occupant of this cottage. Things appear to be quiet and peaceful until the past collides with the present involving an angry ghost who is the deceased spouse of the previous owner, Ruth Winn Carter. When Sarah finds a hidden tool box containing letters from Ruth to a man she loved, Frank Everly, Sarah feels compelled to learn more about this mysterious woman and her lover and this disgruntled ghost.

This story is full of richly woven characters along with a creative and beautifully written storyline. I was mesmerized by the way the author incorporated the two fascinating stories together making for a thoroughly enjoyable reading experience. I loved every minute of it!

I look forward to more books by this incredibly talented storyteller.


Marcia Meara’s Books & Blurb/Synopsis  Plus Buy Links

Wake-Robin Ridge Book 1

Wake Robin Ridge Marcia Meara

“A PHONE RINGING AT 2:00 A.M. never means anything good. Calls at 2:00 A.M. are bad news . . .  Someone has died. Someone is hurt. Or someone needs help.”

On a bitter cold January night in 1965, death came calling at an isolated little cabin on Wake-Robin Ridge. Now, nearly 50 years later, librarian Sarah Gray has quit her job and moved into the same cabin, hoping the peace and quiet of her woodland retreat will allow her to concentrate on writing her first novel. Instead she finds herself distracted by her only neighbor, the enigmatic and reclusive, but very good-looking, MacKenzie Cole, who lives on top of the mountain with his Irish wolfhound as his sole companion.

 As   their tentative friendship grows, Sarah learns the truth about the heartbreaking secret causing Mac to hide from the world. But before the two can sort out their feelings for each other, they find themselves plunged into a night of terror neither could have anticipated. Now they must unravel the horrifying events of that murder so long ago. In doing so, they discover that the only thing stronger than a hatred that will not die is a heart willing to sacrifice everything for another.

A story of evil trumped by the power of love and redemption, Wake-Robin Ridge will transport you to the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and introduce you to characters you won’t soon forget.

Wake-Robin Ridge Book 1:

A Boy Named Rabbit: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 2

Robin Marcia Mear

“Evil’s comin’, boy…comin’ fast. Look for the man with eyes like winter skies, and hair like a crow’s wing. He’s the one you gotta find.” The remote mountain wilderness of North Carolina swallowed up the ten-year-old boy as he made his way down from the primitive camp where his grandparents had kept him hidden all his life. His dying grandmother, gifted with The Sight, set him on a quest to find the Good People, and though he is filled with fear and wary of civilization, Rabbit is determined to keep his promise to her. When he crosses paths with Sarah and MacKenzie Cole, neither their lives, nor his, are ever the same again. The extraordinary little boy called Rabbit has the power to change the world for everyone he meets, but can he save himself from the one person his grandparents had hoped would never find him? His dangerous and bittersweet journey will touch you in unexpected ways, and once you’ve let Rabbit into your heart, you’ll never forget him.

A Boy Named Rabbit: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 2:

Harbinger: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 3

Harbinger Marcia Meara

“. . . he felt the wet slide of the dog’s burning hot tongue on his face, and the scrape of its razor-sharp teeth against the top of his head. A white-hot agony of crushing pain followed, as the jaws began to close.” The wine-red trillium that carpets the forests of the North Carolina Mountains is considered a welcome harbinger of spring—but not all such omens are happy ones. An Appalachian legend claims the Black Dog, or Ol’ Shuck, as he’s often called, is a harbinger of death. If you see him, you or someone you know is going to die. But what happens when Ol’ Shuck starts coming for you in your dreams? Nightmares of epic proportions haunt the deacon of the Light of Grace Baptist Church, and bring terror into the lives of everyone around him. Even MacKenzie Cole and his adopted son, Rabbit, find themselves pulled into danger. When Sheriff Raleigh Wardell asks Mac and Rabbit to help him solve a twenty-year-old cold case, Rabbit’s visions of a little girl lost set them on a path that soon collides with that of a desperate man being slowly driven mad by guilt. As Rabbit’s gift of the Sight grows ever more powerful, his commitment to those who seek justice grows as well, even when their pleas come from beyond the grave.

Harbinger:  Wake-Robin Ridge Book 3:

Swamp Ghosts: Riverbend Book 1

Swamp Ghosts Marcia Meara

Wildlife photographer Gunnar Wolfe looked like the kind of guy every man wanted to be and every woman just plain wanted, and the St. Johns River of central Florida drew him like a magnet. EcoTour boat owner Maggie Devlin knew all the river’s secrets, including the deadliest ones found in the swamps. But neither Maggie nor Gunn was prepared for the danger that would come after them on two legs.

On a quest to make history photographing the rarest birds of them all, Gunn hires the fiery, no-nonsense Maggie to canoe him into the most remote wetland areas in the state. He was unprepared for how much he would enjoy both the trips and Maggie’s company. He soon realizes he wants more than she’s prepared to give, but before he can win her over, they make a grisly discovery that changes everything, and turns the quiet little town of Riverbend upside down. A serial killer is on the prowl among them.

Swamp Ghosts:  Riverbend Book 1:

Finding Hunter: Riverbend Book 2

Finding Hunter Marcia Meara

Before, I never thought about taking a life. Not once. Now, the thought fills my mind day and night, and I wonder how I’ll hide that terrible need, As an old car swings to the shoulder, And stops. ~ Traveling Man ~ Hunter Painter’s darkest fears have shaped his offbeat personality since he was a child, crippling him in ways invisible to those unable to see past his quiet exterior. In a sleepy Florida town known for its eccentric inhabitants, he’s always been a mystery to most. Only one person sees beyond Hunter’s quirky facade. Willow Greene, the new age herbalist who owns the local candle and potpourri shop, has secretly loved him since they were in high school. When, sixteen years later, she discovers Hunter has loved her just as long, Willow hopes her dreams are finally coming true. Soon, Willow learns that Hunter fears happiness at her side isn’t in the cards for him. With her natural optimism and courage, she almost convinces him he’s wrong—that they can really have that life together they both long for—but even Willow can’t stop what Hunter knows is coming. One by one, his worst nightmares become reality, culminating in an unthinkable tragedy, which devastates everyone it touches. Willow’s battle begins in earnest as Hunter is plunged into a bleak, guilt-ridden despair, threatening to destroy not only their love, but Hunter, himself. Finding Hunter is the story of a lost man’s desperate struggle to make his way home again, and one woman’s unshakeable faith in him and the power of their love.

Finding Hunter:  Riverbend Book 2:

That Darkest Place: Riverbend Book 3

Darkest Place Marcia Meara

In Book 3 of her popular Riverbend series, Marcia Meara, author of Wake-Robin Ridge, A Boy Named Rabbit,and Harbinger, takes another look at the lives of the Painter brothers—Jackson, Forrest, and Hunter. While Hunter is home again and on the mend, the same isn’t true for his oldest brother. Jackson’s battle has just begun. There are dark places in every heart, in every head. Some you turn away from. Some you light a candle within. But there is one place so black, it consumes all light. It will pull you in and swallow you whole. You don’t leave your brother stranded in that darkest place.” ~Hunter Painter~ The new year is a chance for new beginnings—usually hopeful, positive ones. But when Jackson Painter plows his car into a tree shortly after midnight on January 1, his new beginnings are tragic. His brothers, Forrest and Hunter, take up a grim bedside vigil at the hospital, waiting for Jackson to regain consciousness and anxious over how he’ll take the news that he’s lost a leg and his fiancée is dead. After all, the accident was all his fault. As the shocking truth emerges, one thing becomes obvious—Jackson will need unconditional love and support from both of his brothers if he is to survive. Just as he begins the long road to recovery, danger, in the form of a sinister, unsigned note, plunges him back into bleak despair. Scrawled in blood red letters, the accusation—and the threat—is clear. “MURDERER!”

That Darkest Place: Riverbend Book 3:

The Emissary: A Riverbend Spinoff Novella

Emissary Marcia Meara

Was Gabe Angelino, the mysterious truck driver in Finding Hunter: Riverbend Book 2, really an angel, as Willow Green believes? Or was he simply a good man, determined to help a stranger in need? Find out, as author Marcia Meara reveals the truth in the first Riverbend spinoff novella, The Emissary. An angel’s work is never done—that’s part of the gig. But angels hadn’t been created to deal with such a vastly over-populated planet, rife with misery, suffering, and general chaos. Helping souls in peril has become a nearly impossible job, and even angelic tempers are frayed. The archangel Azrael has had enough. He believes he’s found a way to ease their burden while saving jeopardized humans, too—hired help. When Jake Daughtry lost his life rescuing a total stranger from certain death, he was on the fast track to Heaven. But that was before Azrael pulled him right out of line at the Pearly Gates. Now, as an Emissary to the Angels, Jake is taking to the highway in a quest to help souls in trouble. But the innate stubbornness of human beings bent on self-destruction is a challenge unlike any he’s ever faced. It’s up to Jake and Azrael to bridge the gap between humans and angels. Will they ever convince the Council of Angels this endeavor is worthwhile? Can Jake figure out how to play by Azrael’s complicated rules? Will Azrael ever master the use of contractions in general conversation? To find out the answers, hop on board Jake’s big red-and-white semi and travel the roads from the Florida Keys to north Georgia on an adventure that will make you laugh hard and cry even harder.

The Emissary: A Riverbend Spinoff Novella:

Summer Magic: Poems of Life & Love
Summer Magic Marcia Meara

Summer Magic: Poems of Life & Love is a collection of contemporary poetry about exactly that–life and love. The first part of the book features poems about the magic a young boy discovers while camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The second part of the book has a sampling of poetry about love, life and death, autumn, and dreams coming true.

Summer Magic: Poems of Life & Love:

Marcia’s Full Bio & Social Media Links

Marcia Meara lives in central Florida, just north of Orlando, with her husband of over thirty years, four big cats, and two small dachshunds. When not writing or blogging, she spends her time gardening, and enjoying the surprising amount of wildlife that manages to make a home in her suburban yard. At the age of five, Marcia declared she wanted to be an author, and is ecstatic that at age 69, she finally began pursuing that dream. Her belief in the redemptive power of love is a unifying factor in both of her popular series and her poetry. Today, she’s still going strong, and plans to keep on writing until she falls face down on the keyboard, which she figures would be a pretty good way to go!

Marcia has published six novels, one novella, and one book of poetry to date, all of which are available on Amazon:

Wake-Robin Ridge
A Boy Named Rabbit: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 2
Harbinger: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 3

Swamp Ghosts: A Riverbend Novel
Finding Hunter: Riverbend Book 2
That Darkest Place: Riverbend Book 3

The Emissary: A Riverbend Spinoff Novella

Summer Magic: Poems of Life & Love

Marcia’s Amazon Author Page

You can reach Marcia via email at or on the following social media sites:
The Write Stuff:
Twitter: @marciameara

Thank you, readers for stopping by. I hope you will go to the above links and check out Marcia Meara’s books today. She is an exceptionally talented writer.


Blessings & Hugs,


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Interview with Author Allan Hudson!


Please welcome author Allan Hudson to Jemsbooks Blog Author Interview Segment.

Thank you, Allan, for coming today.

I’ll turn over the reins to you now. I’m looking forward to learning more about you.

Thank you, Janice, for having me as a guest on your popular blog. It’s great to be here.

  1. Please tell us something about yourself.

I live on the east coast of Canada, in the province of New Brunswick. I’m married to a terrific lady and her name is Gloria. I’m a father, step-father and a grampy and I don’t think I could be happier. I’ve had two careers in my lifetime being involved in the jewelry business for many years as a sales representative and I’m also a carpenter. At present I work at both. Self-employed, building and repairing things during the first days of the week and I work part-time at Peoples Jewelers. I’m getting close to retirement and am looking forward to having more time to write.

Jspina: You certainly are creative, Allan – working in jewelry and a carpenter! I’m impressed.

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

I’ve always been an avid reader as I think all authors are. I can’t remember a specific time when I thought I might like to write my own stories until I saw an ad for a creative writing course. I attended this course and knew then that writing was something I wanted to do. However, I didn’t get started until I was 56. One of my favorite authors, Bryce Courtenay, started writing when he was in his fifties. I was inspired by his testimony that it was never too late. A prod from my wife one time when I was talking about writing got me started.  Can’t remember her exact words, but it was something along the line that I talked about it enough and I should just sit down and do it. I haven’t stopped since.

Jspina: It’s nice to have such a supportive spouse. 

  1. What process do you need in order to write?

I prefer early mornings and no distractions. I have a spot in my garage set up with my laptop, coffee perc, scratch pad and notes where I get most of my writing done in the warmer weather. When the cold starts setting in, I work in my house where we have a work station for our computer.

Jspina: Whatever works for your muse – go with it.

  1. How do you come up with ideas for your stories?

That’s always a tough question even though I have many things I’d like to write about. Looking back at what I’ve written, many ideas come from places and subjects I read about, either in other novels or magazines. For example, in my last novel, Wall of War, I read about the Incas and Peru and was captivated. I knew when I started that the story would have some of both. Sometimes the ideas come from my own surroundings, from people I know or observe, from my work.

Jspina: Sounds fascinating, Allan. 

  1. What projects are you currently working on?

I’m three quarters of the way through my third novel which is different from the first two in that it is historical fiction, rather than an action/adventure novel. It begins in 1911 with the grandfather of my main character from the first two novels. I am trying a different format from the historical fiction novels I’ve read. The novel will cover one decade, 1911 – 1920 in the life of Dominic Alexander. Rather than chapters, the book will be divided in years and what the highlights of each year are. I’m thrilled how it’s taking shape. My hope is for a series of decades in each novel (long-term planning). I’ve also outlined the third Drake Alexander Adventure.

Jspina: It’s nice to mix things up a little.

  1. What hobbies do you have when you are not writing?

Writing has become hobby number one. I’m a stained glass artisan and upon retirement, I hope to incorporate my love of woodworking and stained glass into projects when not writing.

Jspina: Now, that is quite a talent to be able to do so many things.

  1. What advice would you give prospective authors?

Looking back at when I started writing, I knew nothing of publishing and marketing. I was completely overwhelmed at what the Internet has to offer in the way of help, publishers, scams, advice, get rich schemes, etc. I would recommend being leery of many things a new writer will be exposed to and to befriend other authors and gain from their experience. I also suggest joining a writing association and/or a writer’s group.  These folks will offer wonderful help and all have been down the same road so they can answer many questions and help with your writing. Most of all, keep writing as often as you can.

Jspina: Yes, I agree, Allan. It can be daunting. But with all the wonderful fellow authors out there to lend a hand, we can succeed.

  1. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

If I could, I would take three months and visit the places I’ve written about, Bangladesh, Peru, Scotland and Mongolia. I’ve always been intrigued by these destinations and would love to visit them.

Jspina: I hope you get the chance to see all these wonderful places one day.

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

I suppose I should wish for something unselfish, like world peace or a cure for cancer which would be the top of my list. But if I could have a personal wish, it would be a book contract. To write for a living would be my ultimate pleasure.

Jspina: Hear, Hear! I guess all authors want the same thing.

10.What would you do if you were not a writer?

Exactly what I’m doing. I enjoy building things. I love serving people with their jewelry decisions because it’s all about love.

Jspina: Keep doing all these things you love and be happy and content in your life, Allan.

  1. Please share your books with us and a synopsis of each.

Dark Side of a Promise is the first Drake Alexander Adventure.

It’s been three years since Amber Payne died. The man responsible has not been held accountable. They know who he is but no one knows where he`s hiding. Law enforcement have been unsuccessful in their pursuit and have basically given up. Her brother, Williston Payne, turns to his best friend Drake Alexander, an ex-Canadian Commando, to find the man and bring him in…or kill him.

Both Alexander and Payne have the money, the time and the people. They only need his whereabouts. Payne digs deep and with his contacts, Bartolo Rizzato, the man they seek, has been seen in Bangladesh, the most unlikely of countries they anticipated he would surface from.

The men lead a group of staunch ex-soldiers, a lusty French expatriate and a stalwart Bengali cop through the streets and rivers of Dhaka in the chase of their quarry only to discover crimes more terrible in their objectives. The only link connecting the trail of victims is a disturbing mark left on the torsos, the same as found on Amber Payne.

Wall of War is the second Drake Alexander Adventure.

Deep in the wilderness of the Peruvian Andes lies a monument hidden for centuries. Who were the builders? Why was it abandoned? What secrets does it reveal?

In 1953, an amateur rock climber makes a startling discovery. Overwhelmed by the choices he must make, the mountaineer completes his ascent deciding he will document his findings and present them to his superiors as soon as possible. It will take another fifty years before anyone reads what he wrote.

In 2004 news of the strange revelation reaches Drake Alexander. He will become involved whether he likes it or not. People very dear to him are plunged into a nightmare of avarice, impairment and death. Using all his skills as an ex-soldier, with accomplices he can trust, can he save his tormented friends from the raiders that thirst for the secret that lies within the mountains?

Allan’s novels are available on Amazon as an e-book or hard copy.

Here are the links to Allan’s books and social media.

Wall of War  –


Dark Side of a Promise – this book is not available at present – undergoing new cover

Blog –


Twitter –

Google+ –

Thank you, Allan, for coming today. It was a pleasure to get to know you and your books better. I wish you all the best with all your future endeavors and travels.

Thank you, readers, for stopping by to read about another talented author. Please check out Allan Hudson’s books on above links and don’t forget to show an author some love by leaving a review.


Blessings & Hugs,


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Interview with Author Viv Drewa!


Please help me to welcome author Viv Drew to Jemsbooks Blog Interview an Author.

It’s nice to see you, Viv. Please step up to the soap box and do your stuff.

Thank you, Janice, for the welcome today.

  1. Please tell us something about yourself.

I am an avid reader who decided to become an author at age nine after reading “The Whistling Sword” by Green.

I worked as a Pharmacy Tech for over 30 years and in all those years found different characters to use in my books.

About two years ago my friend, Karen Vaughan and I, started Owl and Pussycat Book Promotions to help authors promote their books. Since we are both authors, we found it too expensive to hire someone to promote our books and decided to start a company that had affordable prices.

I started writing in 2013 and have three books and one short story published. I was working on my fourth book when my brother passed away. I have had a hard time getting back into writing. I’ve finally started again and will have that book done this year.

Jspina: So sorry to hear about your brother’s passing. My sincere condolences.

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

I had had two mini-strokes in 2012, and my doctor told me to do puzzles to keep my brain active. I asked him if writing would be something to do instead and he said it would be a great idea. So, I started writing.

Jspina: Oh my goodness, didn’t know you had two mini-strokes. Keeping active writing is a good thing. Take care.

  1. What process do you need to write?

After I get the idea for the book, I want to write I develop my characters. This involves doing an interview with each of them. I need to know everything I can about them including how they look. Then I concentrate on the story.

I call myself a plantster: I start out with a plot then end up writing at the seat of my pants.

One thing I never do is go back if I think of something for a previous chapter. A friend and fellow author, Scott Eder, told me he keeps a notebook by his computer to write things down then when he does his first draft he refers to the notes. I’ve been using this method for all the books I’ve written.

Jspina: That is a clever one, plantster. I like that, Viv!

  1. How do you come up with ideas for your stories?

Mostly the ‘what if’ works for me, but my book Midnight Owl was based on something I saw on Facebook “When you can’t sleep it means you’re awake in someone else’s dream” and that brought the story to life.

I might see or hear something that gives me ideas, too.

Jspina: Yes, ideas come in many surprising way.

  1. What projects are you currently working on?

I have three projects now: Call of the Owl, Book 2 in the Joe Leverette series, a book I’m writing with Author Gerald W. Darnell, and an anthology for Lavish Publishing. 

Jspina: I look forward to hearing more about these new books.

  1. What do you expect to accomplish in 2018?

Get all three books done and start one with Karen Vaughan which will be an anthology of short stories we’ve worked with some new ones to add to it.

Jspina: Best of luck complete completing this work.

  1. What hobbies do you have when you are not writing? Sewing, crocheting, cross-stitching and different crafts.

Jspina: You certainly keep busy, Viv.

  1. What is your target audience for your book? Mostly 18+ mainly because of the violence in my books. I write paranormal/thrillers and mystery/suspense/paranormal.

Jspina: I enjoyed your book and love paranormal thrillers and mysteries.

  1. Please share your books with us and a synopsis of each. “From the Pages of Grandfather’s Life” This is the true story of my grandfather’s escape from Poland. I plan on making it into a novella someday. Blurb: Story of a young man’s escape from Russian ruled Poland in 1913.

The Angler and the Owl 

Blurb: Before retiring France Hunter decides to go to the place where she found her first new species of owl: The Amazon. Her group follows a well-known angler, John Sinclair, and his team, along with a reporter who wants to do a story on Hunter. Once arriving at the site, Sinclair leaves to go further up the river. He has a show to record and is hoping to catch an even larger fish this time. Hunter and the group with her run into a gruesome nightmare with the satellite phone destroyed and one man fighting for life. Sinclair is not due to pick them up for another week. Will they survive?

The Owl of the Sipan Lord

Blurb: Martin and Clare Montgomery worked together as an archaeological team until Martin mysteriously died. Fearing the rumors of a curse Clare vowed never to return that was until a rare blue eyes owl began to haunt her dreams. Was this a sign from her beloved Martin or something more sinister?

Midnight Owl (A Joe Leverette Mystery, Book 1)

Blurb: When the dismembered body of a young woman is found, Detectives Joe Leverette and Philip Marsden are assigned the case. After investigating the Port Huron, Michigan area where the six body parts were found, but there’s a twist in the case: The Murderer goes after each individual who found the parts, one by one. Leverette becomes interested in one of the women, Carole Sage, a sensitive, but because of the case, he’s not able to take it any further. Everyone on the police force sees his infatuation, but Carole does not. Each of the six witnesses has a dream about the murderer removing the particular body part they found that night. They are startled awake and hear an owl hoot three times. None of them want to reveal their dream to the detectives. Carole sees the actual murder and each murder as it happens to the witnesses. The police chief, Billingsley, understands her ‘gift’ and sets up a sting to catch him. It fails, and they have to regroup to think of something else. Two witnesses are dead, and they don’t want a third to die.

This book is for 18+ due to the violence.

  1. Please share your links and where to purchase your books.

Amazon  – From the Pages of Grandfather’s Life

From the Pages of Grandfathers Life

Amazon – The Angler and the Owl

Barnes & Noble-= – The Angler and the Owl

Books-A-Million-The Angler and the Owl

Rakuten-Kobo – The Angler and the Owl

The Angler and the Owl

Amazon – The Owl of the Sipan Lord

Barnes & Noble – The Owl of the Sipan Lord

Books-A-Million – The Owl of the Sipan Lord

BookDaily – The Owl of the Sipan Lord

Rakuten-Kobo – The Owl of the Sipan Lord

The owl of the Sipan Lord – Midnight Owl

Apple iBooks – Midnight Owl

Barnes & Noble – Midnight Owl

Books-A-Million – Midnight Owl

Rakuten-Kobo – Midnight Owl

Midnight Owl
     11. What advice would you give prospective authors? Know the genre you want to write. Read what’s out there. And never give up!

There are two different ways to publish your book: Indie or Traditional. I’m an Indie, but I have a publisher, and this works for me. I don’t have to spend time editing, proofing, cover design or layout and, some publishers, promote so that I can concentrate on my next book. My publisher, Southern Owl Publications does it all.

Jspina: Great advice, Viv.

    12. Is there anything else you would like to share? Not that I can think of right now, but I’ll probably think of something once my interview is published I probably will.

    13. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? I’ve wanted to go to England since I was little and still do. I’d also love to go to Japan.

Jspina: I certainly hope you get to go both places.

    14. If you could have one wish, what would it be? One wish? That this world would get it’s act together.

Jspina: Amen to that, Viv!

   15. What would you do if you were not a writer? My hobbies and do the flea market circuit.

   16. Do you have any unusual talents? What are they?

No, I’m just plain ole’ Viv.

Jspina: Oh, I would say you are a special and extraordinary person, not at all plain, Viv. 

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I read Viv’s book, The Owl of the Sipan Lord. Here is my review.

on September 13, 2015

The Owl of the Sipan Lord is a mystery dealing with past
civilizations of a paranormal nature. The main protagonist, Claire Montgomery, is an archeologist who worked on a dig with her husband, Martin, when he was killed in a freak accident two years ago. She has not been able to recover from this devastating loss and starts to have dreams of the site where it happened.

In her dreams she is drawn to the site and feels compelled to go back to find out what caused this accident and why. Claire discovers more than she can handle on her own and turns to a long-time friend, Cord, who gives her support and love.

I found this to be an interesting story. 

Thank you, Viv, for stopping by. It was a pleasure to learn more about you and your books.

I also want to mention that Viv is a fabulous supporter of her fellow authors. She goes above and beyond to help me and many other authors. A great big ‘thank you,’ Viv! 🤗 😘

Thank you, readers, for tuning in to read about Viv Drew and her creative books. I hope you will hop over to her links and check out her books soon.


Blessings & Hugs!


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It’s Release Day!

Check out my friend, Don Massenzio’s, newest book, Extra Innings! You will be entertained by this talented writer. Peruse all his books while you are at his site. Congrats, Don!

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There is No Place Like Home!


Now that we are back home it has been an adjustment due to the time changes, food, environment, elevation, etc. We are still trying to get into a regular schedule of sleeping and eating. It’s been tough. It may take a little while but we will eventually get back to normal.

I apologize to all my online friends whose blogs I have yet to peruse. I fear I will not get to read every one of your posts but will do my best skimming and liking them. Please forgive me. It is almost an impossibility to read everything I have missed and all 1000 of my emails which I am still looking through and deleting. If you have tried to reach me by email and I haven’t responded, please email me again and put IMPORTANT in Subject Line so I can find it. I am floundering right now.

Here are a few reasons to come back home – my gorgeous roses and other flowers are in full bloom.

Here’s a poem I wrote about my traveling.


I love to travel to far away places.

To see things I’ve never seen before.

Meet all kinds of people of different races.

From Madeira with its painted doors,

To Italy with its leaning tower.

One sea to shining sea.

Beautiful lands with gorgeous flowers.

Are there for all to see.

From one country to another.

Though far apart, we’re all sisters and brothers.

The wonders of this world

Are precious beyond belief.

Before our eyes they unfurl.

As I near our home though, I feel relief.

For no matter to what faraway lands I roam

There is still no place like good old home!

I am happy to be home to sleep in my own bed with my own pillow, to eat our regular food and follow our normal routine. It’s comforting to get back to all this. Sigh!

I have been so busy traveling, I didn’t get to do a Father’s Day post. I hope all fathers out there had a Happy Father’s Day.  I  fondly remember my special dad and miss him every day. Love you Dad!

My husband and I just celebrated our 19th anniversary. He surprised me with some beautiful roses. I feel blessed to have such a thoughtful husband. It’s been 19 wonderful years.

This has been a hectic time for us. In two weeks I will be celebrating my 70th birthday! I can’t believe that I will be that old! Sigh!

I want to thank everyone for their kind support this year so far in 2018. We are half-way through the year already! Thank you for purchasing my books, for writing the wonderful reviews, and for your continued support.

Watch for two new books from Jemsbooks if we can ever get back to completing them. Sigh! I am reviewing my beta readers’s note at present and hope to complete after final beta reader sends me her thoughts on the new book.

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. Free free to come back again real soon! Happy Solstice!


Blessings & Hugs!


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More Views of Beautiful Madeira and Lisbon Portugal!


If you are just tuning in, this is the second post about my trip to Madeira and Lisbon, Portugal. Go here to read the first post.

A special thank you to the staff at the gorgeous Porto Mare Hotel! I have never stayed at any place as beautiful and luxurious as this one. Thank you, Marisela Pinto, at the reception desk for your helpful suggestions for tours. We took your advice and traveled to all points of interest.

This magnificent island was quite a treat for all our senses. Every where we went we found incredible views, fantastic food and plenty of places to tour. We toured the east and west and the mid-section of the island.

When we were in Funchal, capital of Madeira, we visited the old section of Funchal and were delighted to discover these works of art. We stumbled upon these amazing painted doors. It’s evident that this island has many talented artists. My great uncle who is my grandmother’s twin brother, John, was a creative and amazing artist. I wish I had some of his work today.

Check out these beautifully painted doors – you will be astounded by the variety of these unbelievable creations. There were several more but this is an excellent representation of their skills.

We took tours of the island with one tour group to see the colorful fishing boats and lovely views along the way. We stopped at a viewing site that has a glass walkway that hangs over a cliff. I stood on the grate part of it and then got braver and moved over to the glass but didn’t look down. It was a frightening view if you did look. I had to stand there to prove that I could do it! I did! Phew! My husband took this photo quickly before I changed my mind. Ha! Check out the photo showing the metal post and the drop from there! Yikes! Would you go on this? I did! I am in the middle of the crowd looking at the camera. I was afraid to look anywhere else!

We stopped for lunch at Cachalate which is a restaurant built around volcanic pools. It was an enjoyable time with our fellow travelers getting to know them better. We snapped plenty of incredible photos below of the volcanic pools.

The next day Angelo Gomes, our taxi-cab guide, took us for a trip around the island to see the houses and many gardens of vegetables the Madeirans planted since they settled on this island. We went up to Monte and the botanical gardens and saw the tramway from the top which traveled from Old Funchal at the bottom. Also, at the top of Monte are the famous wooden sleds which are pushed by two strong men down the hilly, winding streets. Unfortunately it was a Sunday and they did not run that day. John snapped a few photos of what they look like now and in the past 100 years.

The following day we traversed the island and went up into the mountains at 2,000 ft. above the clouds to see the gorgeous views with our taxi-cab guide, Angelo Gomes. He made us feel comfortable and told us to take our time snapping pictures and looking around at all the beauty of this magnificent island. We stopped at the painted a-frame houses that are still used today. In one of them a man greeted us and gave us shot glasses of a coffee liqueur that was tasty along with a cookie. It left me wanting more of this delectable liqueur! Some of the other painted houses are used as shops for tourists – filled with painted plates, cups, etc., clothes that are hand weaved, postcards, and many other items of interest.

We then stopped at the large statue of Christ which is a smaller replica of the one in Brazil.

In each section of the island you will discover some fascinating sights. We then traveled to Lisbon, Portugal by plane – 1 1/2 hours long. We arrived at our next hotel, Mundial Hotel, which is in the center of the city of Lisbon. We took some photos of the city from our room and one of St. George fort at the top of the hill.


The weather here was also cooler than we expected with strong gusts of wind – not a good hair day at all. I needed a sweater during the day and a jacket at night when it got downright chilly.

We visited my cousin, Birgit, while in Lisbon, Portugal. She met us at our hotel, Mundial Hotel, and took us to areas we had not seen on our last trip there in 2002.

Here’s a few photos of my beautiful cousin and her son, Fabian, and the fabulous out of the way restaurants she took us to with incredible ambiance and delectable food. I tried rabbit for the first time. It was delicious – tastes something like chicken! Ha! I also had some small fish called Carapau which were out of this world! I wish I could have some more in the states but we don’t have them here. I also enjoyed one of my favorites, sardines, which I haven’t had since our last trip there in 2002.

We went to a beautiful castle, stopped at a place that had houses, a school, a castle, a beer hall, restaurant, shoemaker, dentist, and many other places built in miniature. It was a quiet day there luckily for us because my cousin said it can get crazy busy and hectic with all the children who visit with their families.

We did purchase a few items but were careful how heavy they were. After all, we had only one carryon and had to lift and tote it from place to place in the busy airports. They are a few mementos of our marvelous trip that will always be appreciated later when our memories fade.

Here are the items we purchased. I also snapped a photo of the wrapping paper that the clerks used to carefully wrap our treasures. It depicted the area and items in the shops.

After a full day of traveling around and seeing sights in Ericeria, Mafra, Portugal and having a lovely dinner, Birgit drove us back to Mundial Hotel where we packed up and got to bed to rest up for the long trip home ahead. Sigh! All good things come to an end but we were beginning to miss home a little.

It was an unforgettable trip that will stay in our memories each time we look at our 904 photos. I couldn’t share all of them with you – you would have said – ENOUGH ALREADY! But I did share the best ones.

In 2002 on our first trip to Portugal I wrote this poem which I want to share with you today. To me it tells the essence of this beautiful and cultural country of Portugal, the home of my ancestors.


Beautiful country of my forefathers many

Who came to America in a flow

To find the land of dreams and plenty

So far from Portugal they would go.


Portugal exudes history, culture and beauty all around

As you walk over the cobbled stone streets

You can hear the language’s shushing sound

And the air is riff with the scents of delicious things to eat.

Stop by a table laden with all kinds of fish

Attended by a woman in a apron and kerchief

For something for you to make a tasty dish

Through the ice covered fish she does sift.

You can shop in the quaint little stores,

To buy a beautiful lace shawl,

Or to admire the detail of needlepoint artistry and more.

Then take a break and stop in for a cup of coffee at one of the sidewalk cafes,

On a warm summer’s day.

Watch other shoppers going here and there,

As you sit and sip your strong coffee without a care.

A visit to a winery to taste of the region’s wine

Will be a wonderful treat.

In a very short time you will be feeling mellow and just fine

 They line up more glasses of port wine as you take a seat.

You could rent a cabana and sit by the shore

Listening to the sound of the sea

And find that you only want more

Because there is no other place you would rather be.

Churches and castles are many you will see

And a visit to Our Lady of Fatima is a must

To light many candles for you and me

And your prayers in God you can entrust.


Beautiful country of my forefathers many

Who came to America in a flow

To find the land of dreams and plenty

So far from Portugal they would go.

Thank you for stopping by to read about my fabulous trip! I hope you will be fortunate one day to visit this enchanting island to experience its beauty, culture, food and lovely people.


Blessings & Hugs!


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