Interview with Authors HL Carpenter!

Please help me welcome, Helen and Lorri Carpenter, to Jemsbooks Blog Segment, Interview an Author.

HL Carpenter

HL Carpenter  (Helen and Lorri)

Thank you for coming today, Helen and Lorri.

Hello, Janice! So happy to meet you! Thanks for the opportunity to guest on your blog!

And hello, readers! We’re delighted you’re here!

Please tell us something about yourself.

We’re HL Carpenter, a mother/daughter author duo. We write from our studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like our stories, is unreal but not untrue. Our books are family-friendly and suitable for ten-year-olds as well as kidults of all ages.

jjspina: It’s so wonderful that you work together to create your stories. I look forward to perusing your links and book. 

How do you come up with ideas for your stories?

Ideas shimmer in the air here in Carpenter Country. Sometimes we’re quick enough to capture them. Sometimes we buy them wholesale at the Land of What-if Idea Store. And sometimes we have to resort to more mundane tactics.

For example, the idea for The Ghost in The Gardens, our latest middle-grade mystery, sprouted when we read an article about a small botanical garden and a woman who spent her entire working career cataloguing the plants in that single garden. Her dedication was inspiring, and we were awed by the variety of plant life in such a small area and how difficult finding a particular plant is.

jjspina: This books sounds fascinating to me as a plant lover.

What projects are you currently working on?

In terms of writing work-in-process, we have a new cozy mystery ready for release and another in the draft stage; we completed the first draft of a themed collection of short stories and are letting the manuscript cool off, and we’re in the revision stage of a collection of contemporary satire. We also have a couple of completed cozies for adult readers that we’re thinking of publishing as a series, along with novellas featuring the same characters.

jjspina: Sounds like you have many projects in different stages.

What hobbies do you have when you are not writing?

Word games! Puzzles, board games, search-and-find, quizzes, crosswords, and television word-game shows.

We also love to read, and we enjoy the outdoors. We garden, bird-watch, walk, and journal the activities of the wildlife in Carpenter Country.

jjspina. You certainly have a lot to keep you busy. The puzzles must help you work out your mysteries in a methodical way.

Please share your links and where to purchase your books.

The central hub for all Carpenter Country adventures is HLCarpenter.com, where you’ll find links to our social media and author pages, free reads, audio excerpts, reader’s guides, and photo-essay updates of the latest happenings in our neck of the human experience.

Our books are available everywhere fine literature is sold. Oh, yes, and they are also on Amazon. 🙂

Thank you again for this opportunity, Janice. And thank you, readers, for reading along with us!

jjspina: It was my pleasure to have you both on my blog today. I wish you both much success with your books. Please feel free to come back again when you have a new book to share now that you are part of the Jemsbooks Blog family.

About HL Carpenter

Mother/daughter author duo HL Carpenter write family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, they enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit HLCarpenter.com to enjoy gift reads and excerpts and to find out what’s happening in Carpenter Country.

HL Carpenter Amazon Link

Amazon Author Page

 HL Carpenter Book Cover

https://www.hlcarpenter.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/hlcarpenter

https://plus.google.com/102212877836673370583

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5820921.H_L_Carpenter

https://www.amazon.com/HL-Carpenter/e/B007SHS9LA

Thank you, readers, for stopping by to read about these two talented authors. Please peruse their links and check out their intriguing book. I appreciate your support of my blog and all my lovely guests.

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Janice

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Interview with Author Sally Cronin!

INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR SALLY CRONIN!

Sally Cronin

Please help me welcome, author Sally Cronin, to Jemsbooks.blog Segment, Interview an Author. Sally is a dear online friend who is a kind and generous supporter of her fellow authors. I am thrilled that she accepted my invitation to be interviewed.

It’s wonderful to have you here today, Sally. Feel free to begin and delight us with your books and story of how you became an author. It’s your turn to shine. The spotlight on upon you, my friend!

Please tell us something about yourself.
Thank you so much for inviting me to join you today Janice lovely to be here.
I am an author, blogger, and a nutritional therapist for the past twenty years. Previously I spent 25 years in the hospitality, retail and telecommunications industry. In my mid 40s I decided to retrain in nutrition, which was something I had been very interested in, and I wanted to find something I could do in my 90s if needed. I had always written poetry and short stories, but as I was going through this period of change physically, mentally and emotionally in my life, I decided to write about it in a journal. That became my first book Size Matters in 1998, and I have not looked back since. I love every aspect of blogging, writing fiction and non-fiction as well as supporting other authors. I have lived all over the world both as a child and in the last 38 years of being married to David, and we now are living in Ireland, closer to family.

Jjspina: You have had such a fascinating life with all your traveling. It’s no wonder that your stories are full and rich and delightful!

When did you know that you wanted to be an author?
I can remember thinking in my early teens, as I devoured the books by authors such as Nevil Shute, Wilbur Smith and Stuart Cloete, that one day I would love to be read by others. At that age I was not sure how to make that happen, but I was an avid reader, absorbing as much as I could, by reading the best of classic and modern writers. It took me another 25 years to make it happen, but it is never too late to start.

jjspina: Yes, it’s never too late, Sally. 

How do you come up with ideas for your stories?
Usually I am triggered off by an image, but it also might be something that I live with every day. For Tales from the Garden, it was the statues that we inherited when we bought our Madrid house in 1999. In 2013 when we put the house on the market, we realised that most were too heavy to take with us. I wanted to have a record of them that was fun for children and adults alike, and the stories were the result. I might also see a headline that grabs my attention, and I usually copy and paste some of the story, keeping in a digital folder for future reference.

Jjspina: I loved your Tales from the Garden!  I felt like a kid again reading about all the magical tales.

What do you expect to accomplish in 2019?
Online I would like to increase the level of author and blogger promotion on Smorgasbord. My café and bookstore is an important aspect of that, and I am planning a revamp in the New Year to bring in more elements to encourage readers to buy the books. I am also looking to add more specific columns to the blog, contributed by others who are knowledgeable about various aspects of health, writing, lifestyle etc. Offline we are looking to finish our two year renovation project on the former B&B we bought, with a view to having it ready to sell when the market is favourable. It is too big for us in the long term although we love the house and the area. We would like a smaller place eventually with a view of the sea. One thing is for sure…. I fully intend to be doing what I love, on and offline.

Jjspina: Wow, I can’t imagine doing more than you already do, Sally. You are amazing in so many ways. I wish you luck selling your place and finding a smaller one.

Please share your books with us and a synopsis of each.
Size Matters – Especially When You Weigh 330lb – written between 1996 and 1998 this charted my weight loss project to lose 150lbs. It was not just about the physical causes of my obesity, but the mental and emotional triggers that encouraged me to overeat. I revisited my childhood and young adulthood to discover the reasons that I might have fallen into bad habits. It also includes the programme that I still follow today to be healthy.

Just an Odd Job Girl – 2003 – I had a great many temporary jobs as we were often on the move, and I was regaling guests at a dinner party with some of the stories, and they suggested that I write a book. It became my first fiction release and is a romantic comedy. Imogen is early 50s and her husband goes off with a ‘Fast Tracker’ a younger woman not interested in doing the tougher years and likes her husband ready-made! Imogen revisits the jobs she has done in the past, leading to a new life and romance.

Just Food for Health is my only book not in eversion as it is too big with a great many illustrations. It followed on from my monthly newsletter, and covers the body and major organs, their function and potential health issues. I share the nutrients and foods that are necessary to keep the body and those organs healthy. It was intended at a manual for my clients, but it is also a guide to family health.

Flights of Fancy is a short story collection. Ghosts, romance, friendship of all kinds and revenge form the basis of this collection of short stories. Ghosts hint at a chance of coming back to say goodbye, exact a little payback, or simply to help someone else carry on living. Romance is not just for the young and nor are second chances. As for revenge, well… Never underestimate a group of elderly ladies with contacts from the past.

Forget the Viagra, Pass me a Carrot is a men’s health manual, written in response to the selling of Viagra online, and the health risks to taking it without being examined by a doctor first. It also covers all aspects of men’s health from heart disease to prostate cancer. Plus the nutrition required for men over 50 in particular. It is even more relevant now that Viagra is being sold over the counter in the UK for the first time.

Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story is our Lassie collie’s life story and his adventures in Ireland and in Spain. He covers his introduction to cats, human language, traveling in a car and favourite treats. Also the best way to manipulate your human! My most popular book and I am so pleased that he continues to steal people’s hearts even after all this time.

Turning Back the Clock is an anti-aging programme to ensure that our middle and later years are illness free and that we review our nutrition and our physical, mental and emotional well-being regularly. It covers the various issues that we might encounter and provides a nutritionally balanced eating programme to stay fit and healthy.
Media Training was a short book that I wrote for training programmes that I ran for businesses and charities, to ensure that they were making the most of the social media and press opportunities. I have updated since with a free pdf specifically for authors that is available by contacting me on sally.cronin@moyhill.com

Tales from the Garden in English and Spanish) is a fairy story and fantasy short story collection about the various stone statues in our garden in Spain. For all ages from 5 to 95 and introducing Queen Filigree, her court, and the Guardians who protect them all from humans and danger. There is romance, evil witches, a despotic winter fairy and fire breathing dragon.

What’s in a Name Volume One and Two – Short stories based on the alphabet with names from A – Z. There are names that have been passed down through thousands of years which have powerful and deep-rooted meaning to their bearers. Other names have been adopted from other languages, cultures and from the big screen. They all have one thing in common. They are with us from birth until the grave and they are how we are known to everyone that we meet.

Tales from the Irish Garden
A magic garden in the depths of the Emerald Isle becomes home to a Spanish fairy queen and her court that are in need of sanctuary. They face challenges and adventures as they encounter the folk and the creatures of the garden and the surrounding forest. Everyone with a story to tell in this fantasy fairy story.

Jjspina: I’ve read most of your books, Sal, and thoroughly enjoyed them. They are entertaining and are eclectic in nature. I look forward to reading your new book, Tales from the Irish Garden.

Please share your links and where to purchase your books.
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Sally-Cronin/e/B0096REZM2

What advice would you give prospective authors?
Be a reader first, especially of the genre you are planning to write about. Then have a basic plan of how you are going to get from start to finish, before sitting down to write a draft version. Then go back and read and rewrite, read again and again until you feel as good about your writing as you do about the books you have read. Spellcheck and then pass on to another few pairs of eyes, especially avid readers and ask for constructive feedback. If your book needs the attention of a professional for editing and proofreading, consider it a good investment. Whilst that is all going on, develop a platform from which to launch your book online – blog – social media etc. Above all else enjoy the experience.

Jjspina: Excellent advice from someone who knows. Thank you, Sally.

Is there anything else you would like to share?
I would like to extend an invitation for any author reading this, who would like to benefit from free book promotion in the Café and Bookstore. I keep the authors to around 150 so that I can share news, reviews and new releases on a regular basis. Each post is promoted on my blog; and on my social media platforms, where most of the connections are authors and more importantly readers. My email for promotions is sally.cronin@moyhill.com – together we are stronger.

Jjspina: How kind and generous of you, Sal, to offer this to authors. I hope they contact you. They will benefit greatly from your promotions. I know I have.

Thanks so much Janice for your hospitality, it is much appreciated.

My links for the blog and social media.
Blog: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/
Social Media
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sally.cronin
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sgc58
LinkedIn: http://uk.linkedin.com/in/sallycronin1

You are more than welcome, Sally. It was a pleasure to learn more about you and your fabulous books and to share them with my readers. I wish you much success with all your books. Please feel free to come back again to share new books. Congratulations on the new book today, Tales from the Irish Garden.

Here is one of my reviews of Sally’s wonderful book, What’s in a Name?

(Format: Kindle Edition). See all 8 reviews

on August 13, 2017

What’s in a Name? Book 2 is a wonderful collection of short stories that will touch your heart. You will find romance, tragedy and heartache. Each story is titled with a male or female name which continues alphabetically from Book 1.

Sally Cronin is a consummate storyteller who has the innate ability to weave a fascinating tale that grips the reader from the first sentence. This reader felt lifted when the characters were exuberant and crushed when they had heartache. If an author can enable a reader to feel the joy and angst along with the characters she has created, she is an exceptional writer!

My favorite was the first story about Kenneth. This story touched me deeply as Kenneth watches the love of his life dancing on New Year’s Eve. I don’t want to give anything away by saying too much. Each story tells an unforgettable tale with a twist at the end. Surprises and twists abound in these fabulous stories. I couldn’t put the book down.

Sally Cronin has many other entertaining books to offer. Several of them I have read and highly recommend them all.

Thank you, readers, for stopping by to read about this lovely and talented author. Please check out her links and books. You will be delighted as I am by her books.

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

Reading is good for your health – get healthy and read!

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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Who Loves Short Stories – Part 2!

This is my new Short Story Segment of Jemsbooks Blog where I share blurbs of my short stories from the book, An Angel Among Usan eclectic collection of 15 short stories. This collection has something for everyone -romance, grief/loss, mystery, suspense, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal.

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Blurb of An Angel Among Us:

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

Last week I shared the first story which is the inspiration for the title of the book. Go here to read about it.

The second story in this collection is A Loss in Time

This tale is about a loss of time in the life of a young woman, full of promise and in love with the wonderful man she is to marry. She must face a horrendous memory that surfaces and get on with living. But can she?

I really don’t know where this story came from. Fortunately for me, I have had no loss in time in my life or have had a memory too terrible to face. As with most of my stories they just come to me. Maybe this is from another life I had or will have. LOL! Who knows, but when my fingers begin to type there is no stopping them once I have a title.

I hope you enjoy this story in the collection. I hope maybe one day to write another short story collection to share with you. But for now please enjoy these.

Watch for the next story in the collection coming next week. I will try to post one or more a week if times affords me that option. Ahh, maybe I do lose time. Ha!

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you will pick up a copy of this collection and follow along with me as I share each blurb in a separate post. Thank you for your support!

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

Reading is good for your health. Get reading and get healthy today!

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

Blessings & Hugs,

Janice

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Logophiles or Lexophiles?

Which are you – a logophile or a lexophile?

Dictionaries define both as a lover or words as in word games and puzzles, palindromes, etc.

Check out this video from Youtube for some phrases that word lovers will enjoy.

Do you have any phrases that logophiles would love? Please share.

To write one of these it takes a knack.

A multiple of words I do not lack.

But I tried and tried, oh, my aching back.

I just couldn’t do it, so I hit the sack.

by Janice Spina

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed these and your funny bone was amused.  Please share some of your own.

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

Reading is good for your health! Get reading and get healthy today!

Blessings & Hugs,

Janice

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How Do You Stay Positive in a Negative World?

Have you ever noticed how much negativity there is in this world? Every day I turn on the television I hear nothing but negative news about everything. I know there are lots of positive things happening every day all around the world but how come we don’t hear about any of it?

Why, you ask, is there more negative news than positive? Hmm, the way I see it is negative news gets more attention from the public than the positive. Most find it boring to hear good things happening. When the bad things happen everyone takes notice.

Sad, isn’t it? I, for one, enjoy hearing what good things have taken place in the world. It makes me feel better about myself and the universe in general. I like to hear the cutesy pieces that some news stations throw in once in a while. They give me a warm, fuzzy feeling in the pit of my stomach. How about you?

Now, to get back to my original question – How do you stay positive in a negative world?

I think there are many ways to accomplish this but these are some of my suggestions:

  1. Think positively every day you wake up no matter what happens.
  2. Stay away from negative people.
  3. Do things that put you in a positive frame of mind daily.
  4. Keep yourself busy making a difference in others’ lives doing good deeds.
  5. Smile at anyone you meet who looks sad. You will be surprised what a difference you can make in others’ lives who have had a bad day and needed your smile.
  6. Show your best self to others in everything that you say and do.
  7. Thank God for all your blessings each day.
  8. Live every day as if it were your last.
  9. Teach your children to be positive by your own positive actions.
  10. Put your best face forward – SMILE!

I find that when you smile and look positive you will feel positive and no negative thoughts or feelings can enter your mind or bother you. I keep positive and happy by smiling at others daily and chatting with parents and their young children especially in the supermarket. I love children of all ages. As I walk around the supermarket I smile at children and wave. Some don’t look very happy to be there but when they see my smile and wave they perk right up and smile and wave back.

I remember one time recently while shopping for groceries I noticed a little boy was having a bad day. He did not want to be at the supermarket. As I walked by him I smiled and ask him, “Hey, what’s wrong?” The father stopped and looked up at me and answered for him, “He’s not being very cooperative.”

The little boy dropped his head and wouldn’t look up at his father. I then asked him, “Do you like to read?”

The boy perked up and said, “Yes.” Well, that was my cue to hand him a book mark with all my book covers on it with his father’s permission. The boy gripped onto the book mark and smiled at me. I handed his father one of my cards and explained that I am an author of children’s books.

All covers

After that each time I saw the boy in an aisle he smiled and waved at me. I don’t know if his father bought any of my books but at least I made the little boy happy. The father looked in better spirits too because his son did not bother him any more or whine. That made me happy too.

Each day I try to do something positive to not only lift my own spirits but those of others around me. When you make someone happy by your actions those positive feelings come back to you twofold.

I know we all have our own problems and trials and tribulations in our daily lives. Each time I have to deal with something difficult I pray even harder to God to give me strength to face whatever he throws at me. When I had shingles I thought the world was ending for me with all the pain and suffering I had to endure. But I worked through it and found I could laugh at myself and offer the pain back to Him as I counted the days until it was gone. It took six weeks to leave me. I didn’t share this at first with any of my friends and family and went about my daily duties with a sigh! No one suspected there was anything wrong. But when I refused invitations to go out I had to explain and also wanted to make sure I would not be contagious to anyone who had not been inoculated. It finally passed and I thanked God I got through it. A smile each day and a positive thought helped me along the way.

I love to make people laugh especially those who need to laugh more. We all need to laugh many times a day. Be a child and laugh at the ridiculousness of life’s idiosyncrasies.  I hope that I have put you in a positive frame of mind.

When I write I incorporate positive themes throughout the stories for young children and MG/PT/YA too. I want children be kind to one another, accept differences, respect elders and parents and each other, believe in themselves that they can do anything they put their minds to, and most of all think of others’ feelings when you speak. Words can be hurtful and never forgotten. Please be kind to others.

Please check out all Jemsbooks for life lessons that encourage children to behave and have positive attitudes.

Watch for new books coming this fall!!

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What do you do to stay positive? I would love to hear from you.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you have a positive day today and every day. Keep smiling.

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

Reading is good for your health. Please show some love to authors by reviewing their books wherever you purchased them. We authors will love you back!

Blessings & Hugs,

Janice

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The 2018 Interview Series featuring Staci Troilo

Please check out this lovely interview of author Staci Troilo on Don Massenzio’s blog.  She is a talented writer and has some intriguing books.

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The Afternoon Video – The Crows in my Garden solved their puzzle… and here is another clever one!

These crows are amazing little critters how they can figure out how to get at a food source even if you wire and secure it. They just may be smarter than people!

Check out this incredible crow solve a puzzle to obtain a treat. It’s quite a surprise how he works it out. You can almost see his little brain working as he cocks his head two and fro and looks over the objects. Wow!

Thanks, Sally Cronin, for sharing this fascinating post and video. 🤗

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Abby & Holly, School Dance is on Choosybookworm!

Please check out this wonderful site, Choosybookworm, for promoting your books or finding your newest good read!

You will find my book, Abby & Holly Series, Book 1, School Dance, thereCheck out the link below.

https://www.choosybookworm.com/todays-deals/

I hope you will find something from all these lovely books you would like to read here. Of course, I would be delighted if you chose my book as your next read. You won’t be disappointed. Watch for Book 2 in the Abby & Holly Series coming soon!

In the Abby & Holly Series I delve into tough subjects. Book 1 deals with bullying in middle-grade school. In Book 2 I bring up family issues that affect both families in this household. Each book is a stand alone book. The introduction will give the reader some background about the main and minor characters and their personalities. I want the reader to feel comfortable as they begin reading this series. It is my hope that MG/PT/YA will enjoy this book and others that follow.

Here are some reviews on Amazon:

Mrs.D.

July 24, 2018

Format: Kindle Edition

Move over, Davey and Derek? Or maybe not… The duo is back, and the girls and boys are taking the world by the horns with another thrilling adventure! The haunted house! The mysterious ghost! The undying friendship! Good life lessons! And no more bullying!

Abby and Holly are cousins. The girls were first introduced in Book 5 of the Davey and Derek Junior Detectives series.

Janice Spina has beautifully blended two separate series in her new book, which is meant to entertain and educate middle grade readers. This time she sent two girls to solve a mystery that was quite intriguing. While trying to be just normal students, team members are dealing with serious issues so common for sixth graders: jealousy, intolerance, and bullying. The story is fun and adventurous, but the author smartly implants very important seeds that touch on problems so familiar for a middle school audience.

In this new book, Abby and Holly team up with their friends Davey and Derek, two shy but very experienced young detectives. The team needs to find out who is sabotaging one of their classmates, Justine, who plans her sixth grade school dance. Fearing that the girl is being bullied, the team members work closely with each other and their friends.

The story is sweet. It flows smoothly, just like other books from this wonderful author, which manages to surprise the young readers with perfectly developed characters and a wise plot. Even if the readers haven’t had the chance to get familiar with the Davey and Derek series, they won’t feel lost or have a hard time connecting the new story to Davey and Derek. And just like me, I hope the girls and boys will jump into the new adventures with a touch of fantasy, mystery, and some stronger feelings like love, forgiveness, and being kind to each other.

“Abby and Holly: School Dance” is one of those books that will make children feel good about themselves. The lessons of friendship and kindness are nicely incorporated into a fun story, which will put a smile on children’s faces. Trouble. Solution. Sweet first love. Friendship. And kindness. All of these qualities are in one book for young readers to enjoy. Yes, Justine is bullied, but she has a strong group of friends behind her, which helps her to overcome the fear of bullies. And with the help of her friends, the bullies may change their attitude too.

I am delighted that this book carries strong messages about the importance of being compassionate, kind, loving and accepting. It teaches teens to remember how they would feel if their places were reversed. Another entertaining and teaching series for middle schoolers by Janice Spina!

* I received this book as a gift from the author and chose to review it without compensation.

Reviewed by children’s author Mrs. D

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

July 19, 2018

Format: Kindle Edition
I loved Janice Spina’s new book “Abby and Holly, School Dance.” The writing style made you feel like you were enjoying the adventures of Abby, Holly and their friends. You’re sure to smile at the twins Derek and Davey’s shyness around Abby and Holly. It’s a delightful story. Trouble comes when one of their classmates, Justine, mysteriously becomes sick. How is the mystery solved? When Justine is bullied, how does the group of friends encourage the bullies to change their behavior. This is an enjoyable book teaches, families, and teens are sure to love and they are likely to remember not only the entertaining adventures, but the important message the story shares. Another wonderful book by Janice Spina.
* I received this book as a gift from the author and chose to review it without compensation.
Reviewed by children’s author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
Trish

July 6, 2018

Format: Paperback
Janice Spina has another entertaining story for a middle grade audience. Cousins Abby and Holly are out to solve a mystery while trying to be normal school girls. The story is fun and adventurous while touching on the very important subject of bullying. The author incorporates her familiar characters, Davey and Derek, Junior Detectives, from her on-going series. It’s a great read for both boys and girls.

Thank you for stopping by today and for your kind and continuing support of me and my books.

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

Reading is good for your health! Please leave some love for authors by reviewing their books wherever you purchased them. We authors will love you back! Thank you!

Blessings & hugs,

Janice

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Learn How to Teach Children!

Recently I received this link to an informative post about Learning How to Teach Children from Ella on KidsEnglishCollege.com. This is an excellent resource for parents, teachers, and schools. Thank you, Ella, for sharing this exceptional post.

If you are having difficulty teaching your children, please check out this  helpful post for both you and your children. Happy learning!

http://kidsenglishcollege.com/learning-how-to-teach-children

 

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – While the Bombs Fell by Robbie Cheadle and Elsie Hancy Eaton

I am excited to help spread the word of Robbie Cheadle and Elsie Hancy Eaton’s new book, While the Bombs Fell. Check it out on Sally Cronin’s lovely Cafe and Bookstore below. I will add this book to my TBR list and look forward to reading. Happy reading everyone!

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