Books Read in January 2021!

Here it is already the end of another month. Where does the time go? I have been busy as usual reading some wonderful books for the month of January of 2021. Here are the 4 books I read and reviewed for January. I might have read even more if I didn’t have two WIPs again. I hope you enjoy reading these reviews.

I love sharing my reads in this Jemsbooks Segment, Books Read in the Month. I hope you will get a chance to look these books over soon. Thank you for your kind support of my work and my fellow authors.

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Her Final Breath is book 2 in a series of thrillers with homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite. Tracy takes on the investigation of a serial killer named ‘The Cowboy’. Will she be able to handle this case when she is still traumatized over her sister’s death and retrial of her case?

Things don’t seem to add up to Tracy as her Captain continues to undermine her authority in the case. There are twists and turns as the body count continues to rise. Will they find the killer before he continues his killing spree? Will Tracy become one of his victims?

I found this story to be engrossing and an enjoyable thriller. The author keeps the reader on the edge as he provides more information to ratchet up the suspense. He has created an intriguing and strong character in Tracy Crosswhite. I have already downloaded the other books in this series and look forward to reading them.

This is Book 3 in the Tracy Crosswhite Mystery Series. I am hooked on Robert Dugoni’s books! He has created a fascinating character in Tracy, strong, level-headed, determined and haunted by personal tragedy.

I couldn’t just read Book 1 or 2 but also 3 and downloaded 4, 5 and 6 in this series. These books are full of mystery, intrigue and twists and turns that keep the reader rapidly turning pages to discover the endings.

In the Clearing is a gripping mystery of two cases – one a cold case back in the 70s and a current one that Tracy is simultaneously working. She never gives up even in the face of danger to discover the truth and help justice prevail.

The author provides evidence in each case but goes one step further he takes the reader back in time to see the murder played out. He definitely does his research in each case to make them authentic and believable.

I loved this book and the other three in the series. I look forward to reading the other three books and visiting with Tracy Crosswhite once again.

Aloa Snow is a fascinating character who is flawed with plenty of problems of her own, an eating disorder and being ousted from her job as a journalist. This doesn’t stop her from trying to solve the mystery of the death of a young athlete whose body is found in the dessert of Nevada.

This is book 1 of a series of Aloa Snow mysteries that will keep you riveted to each page. Aloa is an intriguing character who is fearless and determined to get back her reputation and regain her place as a respectable reporter who will not give up until she succeeds to solve a case.

An enjoyable start to a entertaining series of mysteries. I look forward to reading more in the Aloa Snow Series.

Jjspina5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Start to an Extraordinary Series! Reviewed in the United States on January 25, 2021Verified PurchaseI had already read the first three books in the Tracy Crosswhite Series by Robert Dugoni when I found this short story introducing the character for the series. The series is extraordinary. I am enjoying every minute of reading it.

The Academy solidified the character even more for me. It went back to before Tracy became a member of the police department in Seattle. The author lays out the story highlighting Tracy’s personality as a caring and dedicated person who helps others and strives to do her best in everything she undertakes. Her caring manner is especially exhibited by her behavior toward another woman recruit who is struggling to finish and qualify in a few of her courses. Tracy pulls her aside and coaches her enabling Jenny to pass and join the force.

The death of Tracy’s system keeps her going forward as a police woman who will do whatever it takes to solve each case she is given. She never forgets the reason she is an officer which is to find out who murdered her sister and why.

A thoroughly enjoy story and series! I look forward to more books from Robert Dugoni, a master of crime writing.

These were all excellent reads, some were a little longer than others. I find there are more and more books that are over 300 pages than ever before and some over 400. They take a lot longer to read especially if you only read an hour or so a day like I have. I have been deep into other projects, crocheting, blogging, emails, social media, promoting, and of course working on my WIPs. My latest WIP, an historical fiction, right now is over 500 pages. I may make it into two books if it gets any longer. Phew!

I am always thrilled to receive a review of any of my books as are all authors. Reviews are what authors live for when they write. It’s important to receive as many reviews as possible in order to be recognized by Amazon and readers. Thank you, readers and reviewers, for helping to get my books recognized so others will want to read and review them also.

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased them. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much! Happy Reading Everyone!

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

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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JEMSBOOKS EXPRESS – Bringing you Books for Children – PS-Grade 3 – Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon!

JEMSBOOKS EXPRESS is coming into your homes to feature books for your children PS-Grade 3 in this segment!

My husband, John, created this train for JEMSBOOKS! I love it! Don’t you? Woo Woo! Get on the JEMSBOOKS EXPRESS for some fun adventures in reading!

Keep your children entertained with JEMSBOOKS EXPRESS today. Children need to have something to look forward to in this upside down world right now. Having a story time with fun books is a great way to keep them busy and happy.

Here’s Ricky coming your way on JEMSBOOKS EXPRESS!

Blurb:

MOM’S CHOICE AWARD WINNER – SILVER MEDAL! Ricky is a rambunctious or very active raccoon who likes to wander around to find something new to eat. One night during his foraging for food Ricky runs into all kinds of trouble. Will Ricky get home safely? Will he learn his lesson to listen to his mother?

Check out the reviews on Amazon:

There are now 33 books in the JEMSBOOKS family of books – 16 children’s books, 12 MG/PT/YA and 4 Novels for 18+ and a short story collection. There is something for all reading preferences.

I will feature a different book in each post and share my thoughts about how I wrote the books and what inspired me at that time.

Please feel free to leave comments about any of my books. I would love to answer any of your questions too. If your children have enjoyed my books, I would be thrilled to hear that also.

Kids will love this tale and chuckle as they read or are read to of Ricky’s exploits. Parents will love it too! I hope you will check out Ricky and all the other 15 books for children from JEMSBOOKS today. Thank you. Have fun reading every day!

When I wrote Ricky I wanted to take a different kind of animal – one that is not seen or known to many of us. It is nocturnal and only seen if you are out at night and happen upon one. We have had some of them on our back deck trying to get to our bird feeders. They are fearless and are not easily frightened away. They really are cute especially the young ones. But please keep your distance. They can attack if threatened and have sharp claws. Learn more about raccoons on Wikipedia here.

I enjoyed writing Ricky’s story and creating a character that gets into all kinds of trouble when he doesn’t listen to his mother. It’s a comical story but at the same time it conveys important life lessons for children. My husband does all the illustrations and book covers and had a fun time drawing the characters that are in this story. I think he especially did a beautiful job with the owl!

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

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, 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!

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

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased them. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much! Happy Reading Everyone!

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

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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Abby & Holly Series Book 1-6 Winners of Series for YA + – Book Marketing Global Network!

Abby & Holly Series Books 1-6 was the winner of Series for YA by Book Marketing Global Network for February 2021! Thank you, Theodocia McLean and Book Marketing Global Network! I am honored and grateful!

Go to my page at Bookmarketingglobalnetowork/Janice Spina to see all my books. Check out how you can market your books at Book Marketing Global Network too while you are there.

If you haven’t read any of Abby & Holly Series check them out on links below.

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

Abby & Holly Series Books 1-6 Award-winning series

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased them. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much! Happy Reading Everyone!

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

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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How Far Is Heaven – Winner of Video Contest – Book Marketing Global Network!

Thank you, Theodocia McLean of Book Marketing Global Network, for choosing the video trailer for How Far Is Heaven as a winner for February 2021! I am honored and grateful!

Visit my page here: Bookmarketingglobalnetwork.com/Janice Spina

Check out Book Marketing Global Network for an inexpensive way to feature your books today. You will get a chance to be in her contests too and spread word about your books!

Watch the winning video trailer of How Far Is Heaven below.

Novels for 18+ books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble and also by clicking on covers to the right of this post.

If you haven’t read this book go to the links above for reviews and more info. If you love romance, mystery, paranormal suspense then you will love How Far Is Heaven!

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

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased them. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much! Happy Reading Everyone!

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

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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Another Recipe from Janice’s Kitchen Corner – Pork Pies!

Here is another recipe from Janice’s Kitchen Corner – Pork Pies! This is quick and easy and makes a tasty appetizer. I have had this recipe for many years, given to me by a friend of my mother’s (Irene). She was a lovely lady and so generous to share this delicious recipe with me so many, many years ago. She is no longer with us. God rest her soul. If you love this recipe – say ‘thanks’ to Irene!

I used to make it all the time to take to parties and different occasions. It was always a hit. I couldn’t find the same kind of dough from Pillsbury that I had used previously but I found a perfect one to use – Pillsbury Dough Sheets. there is only one sheet in the can but it can be rolled out more and cut into smaller squares – which is what I did to make 22 little pies or pockets. I just wish I had bought more of these sheets. They are wonderful to use for so many appetizers. The ideas are endless! Have fun creating!

Sorry I didn’t take more photos. I made a few appetizers to share with our friends and forgot. I will also feature the other two appetizers soon. They were all delicious!

I hope you enjoy this delicious appetizer and make it with different combinations of meats. I used to make it with ground lamb but it is a fatty and cholesterol laden meat. This time I used pork and added a different seasoning. You can add whatever seasonings go with the particular meat you are using or not. You could also substitute veggies in place of the meat and create a meatless pie. Use your imagination and have fun!

Here are the other recipes I have shared here: Pork Pies, Baked Chicken, Chili,  Shrimp Scampi, Shortcakes, Pot Roast, Basil Pesto Shrimp, Spicy Bean Salsa, Stuffed Zucchini,  Cole SlawBeef and Broccoli with Wine, Zucchini BreadZucchini ItalianoGrapenut Custard, Spinach Pita PizzaPortuguese Seafood StewMarinated MushroomsStuffed Portobello MushroomsChicken Marsala, and Rice Paper Veggie Shrimp Wraps. In the past I have also shared recipes for Portuguese Bisquits and Drunken Chicken.

Pignoli or pine nuts browning in butter

Ingredients:

  1. Pillsbury Biscuit Rolls or Crescent rolls or Dough Sheets
  2. 1 lb ground lamb, beef, pork or other meat
  3. 2 Tbs finely chopped onion
  4. 1/4 cup yogurt (I used Greek)
  5. 1/4 cup pignoli or pine nuts sautéed lightly in butter
  6. Salt, pepper and garlic powder (I add allspice for lamb.)

Directions:

  1. Combine meat, onions, yogurt, nuts and seasonings.
  2. Roll out dough.
  3. Place mixture on dough.
  4. Shape in triangle – leaving center open.
  5. Arrange on slightly oiled baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 15 min or until browned.
  7. If not brown enough, place under broiler for a few seconds. (Mine was brown after 15-17 minutes.)
  8. Serve hot or cold. (I think pork is better served hot though, otherwise can be greasy.)
  9. ENJOY!

Makes about 20 small pies (double recipe to make about 3 dozen or more – buy more dough.)

Pork pies made with Pillsbury dough

PS I had leftover meat mixture after completing these little pockets because I only bought one can of dough sheets. Oops! The next day I made my pie crust and separated the pork into two small pie plates. The pies were outstanding! Here’s a photo. It was so filling we shared one pie and froze the other one for another day. This mixture made three meals for us! For a larger your family you will have to adjust and make more. They will gobble them up like crazy! They are addictive!

Pork pies in small pie plates with homemade pie crust!
Pork pie in pie crust

I hope you will stop by again for more easy and delicious recipes. There is always something good cooking in Janice’s Kitchen Corner. Happy eating everyone! Stay safe and well! God Bless!

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

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased them. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much! Happy Reading Everyone!

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

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

Jemsbooks.blog

Jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net

AMAZON.COM AUTHOR PAGE (All books)

AMAZON.COM JE SPINA NOVELS PAGE

AMAZON.CO.UK

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In A Second Cover in AllAuthor Cover Contest – Vote today! Thank you for your support!

They say not to judge a book by its cover but I need you to do just that. If you liked the cover of my book, In A Second, please vote for it for the Cover of the Month contest on AllAuthor.com! 

I’m getting closer to clinch the “Cover of the Month” contest on AllAuthor! I’d need as much support from you guys. Please take a short moment to vote for my book cover here:

Thank you so much for your kind support! Wish me luck! My husband, John, created this beautiful cover! Kudos to John!

Check out AllAuthor for a wonderful site to promote your books, Authors everywhere!

Novels for 18+ books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble and also by clicking on covers to the right of this post.

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased them. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much! Happy Reading Everyone!

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

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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Mom’s Choice Awards Silver Medal Winner – JESSE THE PRECOCIOUS POLAR BEAR!

I am thrilled and honored that my children’s picture book – JESSE THE PRECOCIOUS POLAR BEAR was awarded a Silver Medal from Mom’s Choice Awards! Thank you, @Momschoiceawards for this prestigious award! I am deeply appreciative!

Silver Medal – Mom’s Choice Awards

It is always a wonderful feeling when one of my books get chosen for an award! Jesse is quite happy too. In fact, he nearly fell off the ice shelf again because he was jumping around celebrating and slipped. That didn’t make his mother too happy! Ha! I am doing my own happy dance like Jesse! I can’t jump as high as I used to though! Sigh!

Congratulations to all the MCA AWARD WINNERS below!

MOM’S CHOICE AWARDS

Here is the link to Mom’s Choice Awards to see Jesse looking so handsome and happy!

Blurb:

Jesse is a precocious and very intelligent polar bear. He likes to learn about everything but what polar bears are supposed to know. Jesse has a couple of surprising adventures and learns an important lesson.

AMAZON REVIEWS:

 Reviews5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner! Reviewed in the United States on April 24, 2014Janice and John Spina, a creative husband and wife team, have done it again. Mr. Spina’s wonderful illustrations add loveliness to the delightful story told in rhymes by Mrs. Spina. As in the author’s previous books for children, the ursine protagonist in “Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear” is conferred with human attributes that resonate with children, such as curiosity, a need to socialize, and protectiveness of a good friend. Jessy, who is want of friends, finds one in a baby seal. When the little seal’s safety is threatened, Jesse protects him and shields him from harm. The precocious and kind little polar bear is rewarded in time, as he himself is eventually saved from dangerous waters by the same baby seal.

“Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear” is the fifth in the Spina team’s series of charming kid books that entertain while they instill good values and impart important life lessons. Highly recommended!

Michelle Clements James5.0 out of 5 stars Lesson on friendship Reviewed in the United States on June 18, 2015Verified PurchaseJesse wants a friend. Jesse doesn’t do what little polar bears are supposed to do. While not minding his mother, Jesse gets into trouble and is saved by an unlikely friend. This adorable story emphasizes not only the need to follow instructions, but also how to be a loyal friend. This darling storybook is beautifully illustrated by the author’s husband. It is sure to keep any young child entertained while teaching valuable lessons.

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, 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!

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

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased them. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much! Happy Reading Everyone!

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

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

Jemsbooks.blog

Jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net

AMAZON.COM AUTHOR PAGE (All books)

AMAZON.COM JE SPINA NOVELS PAGE

AMAZON.CO.UK

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Another Recipe from Janice’s Kitchen Corner – Beef, Barley, Beans and Kale Soup!

This is another recipe from Janice’s Kitchen Corner – Beef, Barley, Beans and Kale Soup!

I put together this recipe for which is quick, easy and delicious. I love easy and delicious recipes. Don’t you? This is a nourishing and hearty soup. If you choose to make it without meat it can be vegetarian soup.

Here are the other recipes Baked Chicken, Chili, Shrimp Scampi, Shortcakes, Pot Roast, Basil Pesto Shrimp, Spicy Bean Salsa, Stuffed Zucchini,  Cole SlawZucchini BreadZucchini ItalianoGrapenut Custard, Spinach Pita PizzaPortuguese Seafood StewMarinated MushroomsStuffed Portobello MushroomsChicken Marsala, and Rice Paper Veggie Shrimp Wraps. In the past I have also shared recipes for Portuguese Bisquits and Drunken Chicken.

Beef shin bone for soup
Beef for soup
Beef meatballs
Beef bouillon
Beans with barley for soup
Carrots and Celery

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  1. 2-3 Beef shin bones with meat
  2. small meatballs (1/2 lb ground beef)
  3. 2 Tbs olive oil
  4. Beef bouillon (liquid or paste)
  5. small chopped onion
  6. 1-2 cloves of garlic
  7. Water in large soup pan
  8. 2-3 Sliced carrots & celery
  9. Kale
  10. Beans mixed 1/2-3/4 cup
  11. 1/4 Barley

Directions:

  1. Cook dried beans for 1 hour, drain and set aside to be added to soup later (you can used canned beans instead and add at the end)
  2. Brown beef shin bones in 2 Tbs olive oil
  3. Mix ground beef with some of the chopped onion and combine with one egg to form meatballs
  4. Brown in oil leftover from shin bones
  5. Remove all meat and add rest of chopped onions to oil and saute with garlic
  6. Add water and/or bouillon (I used 2 1/2 tsp beef bouillon paste to water)
  7. Slice up meat from shin bones and add to water
  8. Add sliced carrots and celery and cook for 10 minutes
  9. Add Kale and continue to cook for 20 minutes or until tender
  10. Add meatballs that were partially cooked to soup now and cook for a few more minutes
  11. Add beans and barley mix to soup and mix through and shut off heat
  12. Serve with crusty bread, add grated parmesan if you want
  13. Enjoy!

This is a hearty meal that will last for a few days or you can freeze it for later.

Beef, Barley, Bean and Kale Soup

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased them. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much! Happy Reading Everyone!

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

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

Jemsbooks.blog

Jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net

AMAZON.COM AUTHOR PAGE (All books)

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AMAZON.CO.UK

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NEW REVIEWS OF DRYSTAN THE DRAGON AND FRIENDS SERIES, BOOK 4: DELFINA SOLVES A PROBLEM!

I am thrilled to receive new reviews of my latest book in the Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series! Drystan and his friends love hearing good things about their adventures too!

My talented illustrator/cover creator husband, John, did the illustrations and of course the cover for all the dragon books. Check them all out at Amazon or BN today.

Blurb:

This is a continuing fun series of adventures with Drystan the dragon and his friends. Follow Drystan and his friends as they meet a new dragon named Delfina. Her scales are many shades of purple and pink. She can solve any problem with just a blink. She may be small but is stronger than you think.
When the other dragons meet about a problem with another dragon called Drago who is a bully, Delfina comes to their rescue and promises to help them deal with the bully.
Read what happens when Delfina meets Drago.

Each book in this series of a total of six books have a poem about each dragon that is introduced. There are seven dragons in all. Here are the poems for each dragon.

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

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

Delbert – Book 3: Brown & Blue Dragon – Delbert is as brown as the bark on a tree. He’s shy and hides away from you and me. He is kind to others and always neat. And loves to eat anything that’s sweet.

Delfina – Book 4: Pink & Purple – Delfina is small but is stronger than you think. A strawberry milkshake is her favorite drink. She can solve any problem with just a blink.

Drago – Book 4 & 5: White & Orange Drago is a dragon who is completely white. He is not happy that he can’t fly at night. He is mean to his fellow dragons anywhere in sight. To be a different color he wishes with all his might. Drago learned to be kind to others every day. He is now orange thanks to Delfina who changed him this way.

Dragana – Book 6: Burgundy & Cream – Dragana is a dragon who likes to dream. Nothing is impossible to her, so it seems. Her scales care colored in burgundy and cream. Fairies, goblins, and ghosts are her favorite theme.

Do your children love dragons? I do! I am just a kid at heart! Check out these reviews on Amazon and introduce your children to this fun adventures series that focuses on colors, numbers, good deeds, friendship and being kind to others. Isn’t that what we want for our children – to learn how to be kind, caring and thoughtful to one another?

All Jemsbooks for children are written in rhyme with life lessons. When your children read my books you will feel good about the content and the lessons they are learning. What parent doesn’t want to see their children busy reading and having fun while they learn important

AMAZON REVIEWS:

Trish5.0 out of 5 stars Different dragons. Reviewed in the United States on January 14, 2021Dragons come in all shapes and sizes. It doesn’t matter
how big or small you are, everyone can learn to be friends and
help each other solve their problems.
Such a cute story with colorful illustrations


Michele Rolfe
5.0 out of 5 stars Dealing with a Bully Reviewed in the United States on December 8, 2020Delfina is a small, quiet Dragon who shows the rest of the Dragons how to deal with a Bully nicely. She flies up to Drago, the BUlly Dragon, with Drystan. They hope to get Drago to stop bullying everyone. What Delfina does is very nice & she & the other Dragons make a new friend!
I really like Delfina’s Purple & Pink scales! I also Love how Janice teaches children how to deal with a bully in a peaceful way.
I received this book in exchange for my honest review

BARNES & NOBLE REVIEW:

5 out of 5 stars.· a day ago  

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/drystan-the-dragon-and-friends-series-book-4-john-spina/1138445177?ean=9781732528895

Love This Little Dragon! 

This 4th book in the children’s series, Drystan the Dragon and Friends, Delfina Solves a Problem, features a new dragon, Delfina. She’s adorable – small, purple and pink, and best of all, she loves to solve problems. Delfina offers to help Drystan and his friends with a problem. Drago the dragon is bullying and treating them badly. When Delfina confronts Drago, she discovers he has a problem of his own that is causing his bad behavior. In a blink, she helps Drago, and makes him promise to be kind and nice to others. Good messages for children as well as adults abound in this book. I can’t wait to share it with my granddaughter once the pandemic is over.

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 be reading these books and they will become their favorite books at bedtime and any time.

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 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 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 Book 4: Delfina Solves A Problem – Delfina helps Drago love himself and teaches him to be kind to others.

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, 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!

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!

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

I am always thrilled to receive a review of any of my books as are all authors. Reviews are what authors live for when they write. It’s important to receive as many reviews as possible in order to be recognized by Amazon and readers. Thank you, readers and reviewers, for helping to get my books recognized so others will want to read and review them also.

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

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased them. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much! Happy Reading Everyone!

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

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

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Jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net

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Welcome to a New Segment – JEMSBOOKS EXPRESS – Featuring Children’s Books for PS-Grade 3!

JEMSBOOKS EXPRESS is coming into your homes to feature books for your children PS-Grade 3 in this segment!

My husband, John, created this train for JEMSBOOKS! I love it! Don’t you? Woo Woo! Get on the JEMSBOOKS EXPRESS for some fun adventures in reading!

Keep your children entertained with JEMSBOOKS EXPRESS today. Children need to have something to look forward to in this upside down world right now. Having a story time with fun books is a great way to keep them busy and happy.

JEMSBOOKS EXPRESS – LOGO TRAIN – created by John Spina

There are now 33 books in the JEMSBOOKS family of books – 16 children’s books, 12 MG/PT/YA and 4 Novels for 18+ and a short story collection. There is something for all reading preferences.

I will be featuring a different book in each post. I will share my thoughts about how I wrote the books and what inspired me at that time.

Please feel free to leave comments about any of my books. I would love to answer any of your questions too. If your children have enjoyed my books, I would be thrilled to hear that also.

Louey the Lazy Elephant was my first book published for children – PS-Grade 3, written in rhyme with life lessons on July 23, 2013! It feels like a century ago now. Cover & illustrations done by John Spina

Blurb:

WINNER OF SILVER MEDAL –  MOM’S CHOICE AWARDS 10/29/20 Louey is an adorable but lazy elephant who likes to sleep late. One day Louey wakes up to find that the whole herd has moved on without him. Louey is very upset but he is determined to find his herd. Does Louey find his way to his family and friends? Does he learn that it doesn’t pay to be lazy? Take Louey home with you and find out.

As long as I can remember I have always loved elephants but especially baby elephants. They are so adorable and sweet as they follow their mother around and splash through the puddles that they find just like a kid. I want children to feel comfortable with my stories and help them by creating stories with baby animals that they can relate to.

Of course, Louey the Lazy Elephant, does not behave as an elephant should. He didn’t listen to his mother. I created this story to teach each child an important life lesson about always listening to what his/her mother says.

After reading this story with your children, ask them what they learned.

  1. Did Louey make a mistake when he slept late?
  2. Should he have listened to his mother?
  3. What lesson did he learn at the end of the book?

Elephants are known to be very protective and caring parents. They herd together to protect their young as we humans do. Go to learn more about elephants and their habits and habitat from National Geographic.

Check out the reviews on Amazon:

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, 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.

Thank you so much, readers, for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of my blog and books. Please read to your children daily to help foster a love of reading in them and thus giving them Wings to Fly! Reading is Fun and Good for Your Health! Please leave reviews for books that you enjoy wherever you purchased them. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much! Happy Reading Everyone!

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

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

Jemsbooks.com

Jemsbooks.blog

Jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net

AMAZON.COM AUTHOR PAGE (All books)

AMAZON.COM JE SPINA NOVELS PAGE

AMAZON.CO.UK

BARNES & NOBLE

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