More Memories of Aruba Vacation!

Three weeks in sunny beautiful Aruba flew by and now I an back to reality – snow and cold of New England. Sigh!

View from our balcony on 11th floor this year showing the tip of the island in the distance. We rented this room just for the third week. Next year we will be in the tower one week and in the villas which are in front of the tower. Marvelous view from this height!

Pool and island view of Aruba 2018

Aruba night view of pool 2018

.Night view of the pool which we never used. We prefer the ocean.

My mind is still on the lovely sand beach and under a palapa reading a book or soaking in the warm water of the Caribbean, or sitting at one of the marvelous restaurants enjoying a sangria and some delicious dish of fish (grouper, red or yellow snapper, barracuda, wahoo) and all the fixings – stir fried veggies, plantain, rice, potatoes, and polenta. There are many other choices at the restaurants besides fish if you prefer – steak, pork chops, chicken, lamb. All wonderful too!

Coconut Shrimp on the left  Pork Chop on the right

Red Snapper on left   Seafood Linguine on right

One restaurant we visit each year is Waki Wahoo. We met a wonderful waiter there who looks just like Cheech Marin (the comedian team – Cheech and Chong). What do you think?

Waki Wahoo w C Maren

Sunset Views

Sailing by Sunset (views from our balcony)

Sailing by Day

Good friends we meet each year

Jesse and me in Aruba 2018This young man above is Jesse. He is the boy that inspired me to write Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear which is dedicated to him. He is growing up to be a wonderful young man and so handsome. Jesse was very excited when I told him I would share his photo online on my blog and that it would go around the world. He was impressed!

More scenes from one of our beach parties

We had a beach party on Wednesday of each week where we got together under Trish and Marty’s palapa and shared drinks, snacks and laughs. They were our lovely and generous hosts to these parties. They are fabulous friends to have. I miss them! When Wednesday comes around I will have to have a drink in memory of all the fun we had until next year!

Red Sangria at Giannis 2018

My new favorite drink on the island of Aruba – Red Sangria! Delicious with all kinds of fruit! Here’s to Aruba! Can’t wait to go back next year!

Thank you so much for stopping by to look at my photos of my favorite island! Hope you get to visit this lovely little happy island some time.

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH RIGHT INTO 2019! HAPPY READING!

Don’t forget to shop for books for Christmas gifts – books make perfect gifts! Jemsbooks.com for books for everyone on your list. Happy shopping!

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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Who Loves Short Stories? Part 11

WHO LOVES SHORT STORIES? PART 11

This is Part 11 of Who Loves Short Stories, a new segment of Jemsbooks.blog!

I recently started this segment to share my blurbs of 15 short stories from An Angel Among Us (A Short Story Collection). Go to Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10.

An Angel Among Us.jpg

AMAZON
BARNES & NOBLE

Go to links above to purchase and read reviews there. Also, it can be purchased by clicking on the book cover to the right of this post.

If you know anything about me at this point in time from reading my blog, you would know that I am an eclectic writer. I can’t just write in one genre or about one subject or for one age group. I love to bounce all over the spectrum and sometimes outside my comfort zone. This can be scary at times!

I recently received a review where the reviewer wanted a couple of my stories to continue. I guess she must have enjoyed them that much. It is a sincere compliment when a reader doesn’t want a story to end. After thinking this over I may take one of the short stories and make it into a full-length novel some day. After you read this book let me know which story you would like to see in a novel. You may pick the same one as this reviewer.

In this short story collection I have written 15 stories in the following genres: romance, grief/loss, mystery, suspense, horror, paranormal, comedy, sci-fi, and fantasy. This book was dedicated to my courageous friend, Anne Gillis Benedetto, who lost her fight to breast cancer in 2017.

REVIEWS ON AMAZON:

Sarah Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
March 11, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
Author Janice Spina is a prolific and eclectic writer, whose creativity knows no bounds and whose books entertain readers of all age groups. Having had the pleasure of reading many of Author Spina’s earlier works, I looked forward to reading her newest creation and am happy to report that her first-ever short story compilation is ever so gratifying.
“An Angel Among Us” is fabulous. The characters that populate the short stories are from all walks of life, real and well-developed. Their touching stories resonate, as the protagonists confront and face up to life’s many challenges. Loss, regret, love and hope are ingredients you’ll find in abundance in this stirring and heart-string tugging book. Highly recommended!

WickedJ
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Short Story Collection By Janice Spina
May 26, 2018
Format: Paperback
First I have to say how much I loved the author’s choice of many short stories in this book. Each was a page turner and the fact of them being short stories I was able to read several each night. My favorite is “An Angel Among Us”… as the story surrounds my dear friend Anne since 4th grade. As I was reading each page I visualized everything and it brought back memories so special… I totally enjoyed this chapter and all the others… I thank the author, Janice Spina, for being such a wonderful writer and bringing our friend Anne’s heartfelt story to share..and know that Anne’s spirit is still among her family and friends.
Jean M – NH

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
5.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful creation by Janice Spina!
March 16, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
Author Janice Spina is talented and versatile as you’ll see when you read this collection of short stories. You’re sure to find stories you love and tales full of surprises. The title story about the author’s friend, Anne, is unforgettable. I highly recommend this book. You’re sure to enjoy these stories and reread your favorites. Pick up your copy today and start enjoying the treasures created by Janice.
reviewed by children’s author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

MORE REVIEWS ON AMAZON

The 11th story in this eclectic collection is The Well.

Blurb: (The Well – Suspense/mystery/paranormal)

This idea came to me one day when I was reading about wells that are on properties that are neglected. I began to think about the dangers these well could be to anyone roaming around on these properties. And so the story grew out of my imagination. 

I put in a surprise twist at the end of this tale. Be careful where you walk!

I hope you will enjoy this suspenseful mystery and that you are not too frightened by it.

Thank you for stopping by to read about another short story from An Angel Among Us. I love to hear from readers and avidly welcome reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Goodreads.

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Reading is good for your health!

Do you have someone in your life that you think would enjoy this eclectic collection for Christmas? An Angel Among Us is a special collection for those hard to buy for or avid readers who love multi-genres and want a quick and entertaining collection of short stories to read. There is a special story at the end of this collection just for Christmas! 

Please leave some love for authors by reviewing their books wherever you purchased them. We authors will love you back!

Blessings & Hugs!
Janice

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Who Loves Short Stories? Part 10

WHO LOVES SHORT STORIES? PART 10

This is Part 10 of Who Loves Short Stories, a new segment of Jemsbooks.blog! 

I recently started this segment to share my blurbs of 15 short stories from An Angel Among Us (A Short Story Collection). Go to Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9.

An Angel Among Us.jpg

AMAZON

BARNES & NOBLE

Go to links above to purchase and read reviews there. Also, it can be purchased by clicking on book cover to the right of this post.

If you know anything about me at this point in time from reading my blog, you would know that I am an eclectic writer. I can’t just write in one genre or about one subject or for one age group. I love to bounce all over the spectrum and sometimes outside my comfort zone. This can be scary at times!

In this short story collection I have written 15 stories in the following genres: romance, grief/loss, mystery, suspense, horror, paranormal, comedy, sci-fi, and fantasy. This book was dedicated to my courageous friend, Anne Gillis Benedetto, who lost her fight with breast cancer in 2017.

REVIEWS ON AMAZON:

Sarah Reviews

March 11, 2017

Format: Kindle Edition
WickedJ

May 26, 2018

Format: Paperback
Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

March 16, 2017

Format: Kindle Edition

The tenth story in this eclectic collection is The Dream.

Blurb(The Dream – Fantasy/Paranormal)

This story came to me in a dream one night. I found myself inside an old Victorian with dark hallways scattered with dim gas lights that cast shadows on the walls.

When one of these shadows appeared to move I knew it was time to write a story that could curl your toes. Need I say more? Do you dare read this one? Keep your lights on!

I hope you will enjoy this fantasy/paranormal story. You may not be able to sleep.

Thank you for stopping by to read about An Angel Among Us. I love to hear from readers and avidly welcome reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Goodreads.

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Reading is good for your health!

Do you have someone in your life that you think would enjoy this eclectic collection for Christmas? An Angel Among Us is a special collection for those hard to buy for or avid readers who love multi-genres and want a quick and entertaining collection of short stories to read.

Please leave some love for authors by reviewing their books wherever you purchased them. We authors will love you back!

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Thanksgiving

A time to give thanks

A time to show our love

A time to share all that we have

A time to pray together

A time to look forward not back

A time to heal all wounds

A time to forgive all wrongs

A time to give of ourselves to others

A time to savor the precious moments

A time to be thankful to God

Wishing you and yours a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving!

Apple Pie

When I think of Thanksgiving I think of the first visitors to our land – the Pilgrims and how they celebrated their first Thanksgiving with the Indians. They shared their food and gave thanks to God. Now we think of turkey and all the fixings, pumpkin pie and other delicious desserts. But we do say a prayer to give thanks to God for all our blessings. For without Him we would not exist.

Here is my prep for baking pumpkin pies. I made a large one for the family and two smaller ones (for my husband and me to have after Thanksgiving). Yum!

Thank you for stopping by. Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not I wish you wonderful days ahead as this year races towards the end of 2018.

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR THROUGH 2018 AND INTO 2019 WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM! HAPPY READING!

Happy shopping on black Friday and beyond. Don’t forget to purchase Jemsbooks for all the people on your list. Jemsbooks.com has something for everyone!

Blessings & Hugs

Janice

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Third Week in Aruba!

This is the final week in sunny Aruba! This week we did have a little rain but it came and went within an hour and the sun came out again.

It has been a wonderful trip with friends we see each year. We spend time catching up with each other and soaking in the sun, water and delicious food. Need to go on a diet when I get home. Luckily we put in over 10k steps each day and sometimes even 16k steps. We sleep well after those busy days.

This is last night at the famous Gianni’s Italian Restaurant. Everyone must try this restaurant when they are down here. They have a wall above of cheese balls in which they make Pasta Fromaggio – pasta and cheese (expensive version of mac and cheese). They put on a show doing it. Sorry I didn’t take a photo of my Linguine Fruitta de Mare! It was delicious with clams, shrimp and calamari! But John snapped a photo of me enjoying my favorite – red sangri! Love it more than just wine now!

Most nights we were too full to have gelato but did manage to have it a couple of times. There is always next year!!

Check out the enormous Caribbean lobsters in the tank! I have tried them but prefer Maine lobsters – so much better!

Here are some night views of lovely Aruba!

A fun night on Wednesday with good friend at Bavaria Restaurant!

Interesting place but not my favorite food – German – but we had a fabulous time with the waiter laughing and joking and snapping photos of the fascinating stuff that was displayed there. Wonderful evening with friends!

The food above was a hug ham hock, chicken schnitzel Hawaiian (my dinner) and pork schnitzel with onions. I snapped all the food of my friends too to share. This was one time when I did not forget to do that. Sigh!

I promise to share many more photos after I get home from my husband’s camera. He took tons of photos!

Thank you so much for stopping by to read about my memorable trip. Feeling wonderful and relaxed and ready to get back home and work on some more books!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING!

Don’t forget to check out Jemsbooks.com for books for all ages for everyone on your Christmas list today! I appreciate your kind support!

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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A New Review of Broose the Moose on the Loose!

I was thrilled to receive this new review of Broose the Moose on the Loose from teacher, Jennie Fitzkee. She read this book to her kindergarten class. Thank you, Jennie!

I have been following Jennie and connected online. I was happy to share my book with her and her class. She is a fabulous teacher who is innovative in her teaching and puts children above everything she does.We need more dedicated teachers like Jennie.

Broose the Moose on the Loose

AMAZON

BARNES & NOBLE

Blurb:

Broose is a sad moose who has no friends until he meets a young boy. Read what happens when he meets a young boy with the same name as he.

This book shares life lessons for children – accept other’s differences, be kind to others, friends matter.

Broose won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award!

Teacher Jennie Fitzkee & class

REVIEW ON AMAZON:

Friendship and overcoming adversities. November 10, 2018
Broose is a Moose with a scar and a very big heart. He is also on the loose, eager to explore. He meets a boy with a different scar- a bad leg. They understand each other and become friends. Many years later as adults they meet again, and the friendship and understanding still remains.

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. Don’t forget to make your lists for Christmas. It will be here before we know it.

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING!

Jemsbooks make perfect gifts for Christmas for all ages in all genres.

I love to hear from readers and avidly welcome reviews wherever you purchased my books. Thank you!

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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Jemsbooks for Christmas!

JEMSBOOKS FOR CHRISTMAS!

There is something for everyone on your Christmas list with Jemsbooks. Click on covers to the right of this post or go to these links for purchase:

AMAZON

BARNES & NOBLE (Children’s & MG/PT/Teens)

BARNES & NOBLE (18+ Books under J.E. Spina)

Preschool – Grade 3 (Ages: 0-8): All these books carry life lessons that encourage children to be kind to others, respect parents and elders, accept differences, friends matter

Louey the Lazy Elephant

Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon

Lamby the Lonely Lamb

Jerry the Crabby Crayfish

Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear

Broose the Moose on the Loose

Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey

Colby the Courageous Cat

Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe

Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab

Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier

Davey & Derek Book 4

Abby & Holly Book 2

Middle-Grade/Preteen/Teens/YA: All these books carry life lessons that encourage children to be kind to one another, respect parents, elders, friends matter, accept differences, bullying is never tolerated or accepted.

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Books 1-5 (more coming in 2019)

Abby & Holly Series Books 1 & 2 (more coming in 2019)

Mariah’s Revenge

18+ To Adults:

Hunting Mariah (mystery/suspense/thriller/crime)

Mariah’s Revenge (Sequel to Hunting Mariah) (mystery/suspense/thriller/crime)

How Far is Heaven (romance/mystery/paranormal)

An Angel Among Us (Short Story Collection) (genres: romance, mystery, suspense, sci-fi, paranormal, fantasy, comedy)

Jemsbooks Logo

Thank you for stopping by and for your continuing support! I hope you are making your Christmas lists. Books are a perfect way to give the gift of adventure, magic, fun, suspense and the joy of reading! Please encourage children to read! Reading is good for everyone’s health.

I love to hear from readers and welcome reviews wherever you purchased my books.

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

Blessings & Hugs!

Jaanice

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Who Loves Short Stories? Part 9

WHO LOVES SHORT STORIES? PART 9

This is Part 9 of Who Loves Short Stories, a new segment of Jemsbooks.blog! 

I recently started this segment to share my blurbs of 15 short stories from An Angel Among Us (A Short Story Collection). Go to Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6 and Part 7, Part 8.

An Angel Among Us.jpg

AMAZON

BARNES & NOBLE

Go to links above to purchase and read reviews there. Also, it can be purchased by clicking on book cover to the right of this post.

If you know anything about me at this point in time from reading my blog, you would know that I am an eclectic writer. I can’t just write in one genre or about one subject or for one age group. I love to bounce all over the spectrum and sometimes outside my comfort zone. This can be scary at times!

In this short story collection I have written 15 stories in the following genres: romance, grief/loss, mystery, suspense, horror, paranormal, comedy, sci-fi, and fantasy. This book was dedicated to my courageous friend, Anne Gillis Benedetto, who lost her fight with breast cancer in 2017.

REVIEWS ON AMAZON:

Sarah Reviews

March 11, 2017

Format: Kindle Edition
WickedJ

May 26, 2018

Format: Paperback
Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

March 16, 2017

Format: Kindle Edition

The ninth story in this eclectic collection is Calista Rose.

Blurb(Calista Rose – Sci-Fi/Fantasy)

This story came to me when I was looking over my children’s books and trying to come up with a new story. This is NOT a children’s story. Beware – all is not as it seems. Who and what is Calista Rose?

I hope you will enjoy this sci-fi fantasy story. Don’t trust everyone.

Thank you for stopping by to read about An Angel Among Us. I love to hear from readers and avidly welcome reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Goodreads.

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Reading is good for your health!

Do you have someone in your life that you think would enjoy this eclectic collection for Christmas? An Angel Among Us is a special collection for those hard to buy for or avid readers who love multi-genres and want a quick and entertaining collection of short stories to read.

Please leave some love for authors by reviewing their books wherever you purchased them. We authors will love you back!

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Buy a Book for Christmas – #Children – Victoria Zigler, Jann Weeratunga, Janice Spina, Bette A. Stevens and Gigi Sedlmayer

I am honored to be featured along with some wonderful fellow authors on Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore! Thank you, Sally! Time to make your Christmas lists! Books for all readers here! Happy shopping and Reading! 🤗

via Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Buy a Book for Christmas – #Children – Victoria Zigler, Jann Weeratunga, Janice Spina, Bette A. Stevens and Gigi Sedlmayer

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Who Loves Short Stories? Part 8

 

This is Part 8 of Who Loves Short Stories, a new segment of Jemsbooks.blog! 

I recently started this segment to share my blurbs of 15 short stories from An Angel Among Us (A Short Story Collection). Go to Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6 and Part 7.

An Angel Among Us.jpg

AMAZON

BARNES & NOBLE

Go to links above to purchase and read reviews there. Also, it can be purchased by clicking on book cover to the right of this post.

If you know anything about me at this point in time from reading my blog, you would know that I am an eclectic writer. I can’t just write in one genre or about one subject or for one age group. I love to bounce all over the spectrum and sometimes outside my comfort zone. This can be scary at times!

In this short story collection I have written 15 stories in the following genres: romance, grief/loss, mystery, suspense, horror, paranormal, comedy, sci-fi, and fantasy. This book was dedicated to my courageous friend, Anne Gillis Benedetto, who lost her fight with breast in 2017.

The eighth story in this eclectic collection is The Clown.

BlurbThe Clown (horror)

This story comes from a recurring dream I have had about a clown. Many children and adults are afraid of clowns for many reasons. One of them is that they are downright creepy. I hope this short story won’t have you too frightened to close your eyes. Warning: Move all clowns out of not only your bedroom but also out of the house. 

I hope you will enjoy this creepy story. Just keep saying to yourself – it is only make believe and out of the mind of this author and can’t hurt me.

REVIEWS ON AMAZON

Thank you for stopping by to read about An Angel Among Us. I love to hear from readers and avidly welcome reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Goodreads.

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Reading is good for your health!

Do you have someone in your life that you think would enjoy this eclectic collection for Christmas? An Angel Among Us is a special collection for those hard to buy for or avid readers who love multi-genres and want a quick and entertaining collection of short stories to read.

Please leave some love for authors by reviewing their books wherever you purchased them. We authors will love you back!

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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