Readers’ Favorite Book Awards for Abby & Holly Series Book 2 and Davey & Derek Series Book 6!

What a wonderful surprise this morning! I received two emails from a fellow award winner with Readers’ Favorite congratulating me on two awards I had just received. I had no idea that I had received them. I am thrilled and excited at the same time! Thank you, Readers’ Favorite, for these prestigious awards! I am truly blessed and grateful!

Here is the link to the 2020 Readers’ Favorite Book Award Winners!

HONORABLE MENTION – READERS’ FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS

YOUNG ADULT – PARANORMALREADERS’ FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS

Winner of Honorable Mention

This series provides more fun and ghostly adventures with cousins, Abby & Holly, as they discover things in their old Victorian and go back to the past to solve mysteries. Life lessons will also be learned about friendship, family, respect, love and caring for one another, and bullying will never be accepted or tolerated! MG/PT/YA will be hooked and parents will feel good about the quality of books their children are reading! Adults are reading and enjoying them also!

READERS’ FAVORITE BOOK AWARD – FINALIST

YOUNG ADULT – MYSTERYREADERS’ FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS

FINALIST

This is a fun and magical series with spells, wands, black cat, good witches, time travel, ghost hunting and more. There are also life lessons that include being kind, caring and respectful to others, listen to parents, be helpful and do chores and bullying is never tolerated or accepted. Parents love this series too! When your MG/PT/YA read these books you will rest easy that they are reading good, clean and wholesome books. What more could you want in a book for your children?

It doesn’t matter how many awards a person wins it is always exciting to be recognized for one’s work. I feel so wonderful to be recognized for these books. These series have been a joy to write. I can’t take credit for them – the characters led me through the stories and envisioned what would happen. I was as surprised as my readers how they turned out at the end of each.

It is always amazing to me that God leads my fingers through my writing. It feels effortless to write when someone else is telling the story through you. I feel blessed to be his vessel to write. Thank you, dear God, for giving me this gift which I will always treasure. I pray that I will be able to continue to write books for all ages for readers to enjoy.

My goal as an author of children’s, MG/PT/YA and Novels for 18+ is to encourage everyone to read daily to and with your children to enhance their lives and increase their creativity and good health. Please keep reading and I will keep writing. Happy reading everyone!

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 the books. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and reviews of my books.

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

Janice Spina

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Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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A Wonderful New Review of Book 3 Drystan the Dragon and Friends: Delbert Finds Himself!

I am thrilled to share the newest review of Book 3 Drystan the Dragon and Friends: Delbert Finds Himself! It was such a special feeling to see a review like this. It inspires me to write some more! Thank you, Mrs. D, for this fantastic review!


Mrs.D.
5.0 out of 5 stars All around, 5 shiny stars!Reviewed in the United States on August 29, 2020I must honestly say that this author has a knack for writing children’s stories that are unique and unlike any others. I find myself saying that over and over again, because I really love all of her books from the “Drystan the Dragon and Friends” series. In Book 3, “Delbert Finds Himself,” Janice Spina has delivered another wonderful lesson, which will teach young readers kindness, empathy, and self-confidence.

At first it seems like not a lot is happening in the story, but yet, all the good things had happened by the time I reached the tipping point and got to the end of the story. I realized how much I was wrapped up in the awesome characters and how much a child could learn from Delbert the brown dragon, who can turn blue, but is very shy, and Drystan the red dragon, who helped the nervous little dragon overcome his insecurities.

This story teaches young readers about diversity, being kind and friendly to others regardless of their look and color, because everyone in this world should have a special place under the sun and feel important. Even though we are all created differently, we are all unique in extraordinary ways.

For those of you who haven’t read Janice Spina’s series yet, you should definitely get her books soon, because there is no better time than now.

“Drystan the Dragon and Friends” is a series of six books, which will teach your children about the true meaning of friendship, being kind and respectful, and helping someone who may need their help.

Bonus: Youngsters will learn colors and letters through the colorful artwork and rhyming poetry. All around, 5 shiny stars!

I hope you will check out this series soon for your children. They will be entertained and delighted to learn about all the dragons in this series. Check out all the wonderful reviews on Amazon.

Available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble today!

Books 1 & 2 of Drystan the Dragon Series

This series is brand new for kids PS-Grade 3! There are six books in all 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 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 will become their favorite books at bedtime and any time.

Drystan – Red Dragon: Book 1 – Drystan is always looking for exciting things to do. He is dynamic which means active and energetic too. He is red but has dragon friends who are brown, green or blue.

Durward – Blue Dragon with Yellow Spots: Book 1 – 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 – Green & Silver Dragon: Book 2 -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 – Brown & Blue Dragon: Book 3 – 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.

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 the books. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and reviews of my books.

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

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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Still Time to Read More Before School Begins!

Are your children getting restless? Soon school will begin in new hybrid forms – online or in classes. Children need to be in school for the socialization but also need to be there safely.

It will certainly be easier on teachers and parents to have children return to school full-time eventually. Hopefully this Pandemic will lose its grip on all of us and once we have a safe and reliable vaccine we will all feel better and confident to return to normal. May God bless all of us during this difficult and trying time.

One way to escape these times is to read. Reading gives us a reprieve and lets us escape in other worlds through books with sci-fi, fantasy, romance, thrillers, mystery, suspense, comedy, short stories, crime, and more. Jemsbooks has all of the above. Happy Reading Everyone!

Jemsbooks are for all ages – children’s books, in rhyme with life lessons, fun adventures, animals, dragons and more. These children’s books have won several book awards!

Available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Children’s Books for PS-Grade 3

Books for MG/PT/YA that have magic, mystery, detectives, ghosts, siblings, haunted house and time travel that will entertain and delight your children. They will learn important life lessons in these books too. Parents will feel comfortable having their children read Jemsbooks. They are good, wholesome books that carry family values. These MG/PT/YA books have won many book awards!

MG/PT/YA – Ages 10+ Grades 47
MG/PT/YA – 10+ Grades 4-7

Now if you have adults over 18+ in your household there are books for them too. These books have been finalists in Authorsdb First Lines Contest. The Mariah Series will grip you and hold on tight until the last page. You will not be able to put them down! Be ready for a rollercoaster of a ride! Watch for more books in the Mariah Series coming in 2021 and 2022!

How Far is Heaven will bring you to tears and make you keep your children close to you. Keep the tissues handy.

An Angel Among Us is an eclectic collection of 15 short stories that will grip you and leave you wanting more. Each story has a surprise ending that will amaze and delight you. Get lost in Jemsbooks today!

Available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Novels for 18+

I hope you will stay safe and well and escape into reading! I love to hear from readers and fans of my work. Feel free to write reviews and share them with others online and with me too. Reviews are what keep me writing! Thank you so much for your support!

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 the books. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and reviews of my books.

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

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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Rose of Sharon Bushes are in Bloom but Barely!

Below is a post I wrote last year in August of 2019 when our Rose of Sharon bushes were blooming profusely. This year, however, in 2020 the blooms are sparse, sad to say.

Here are some samples of the bushes without flowers. The reason for the loss of blossoms is too much trimming. They were trimmed by my husband and then by our landscaping company. This company wasn’t expected to do the trimming that is why my husband did it. Sigh! Now we have plenty of greenery but not too many flowers as in past years.

Rose of Sharon Bushes – 10 in all
Rose of Sharon in front yard with more blooms
Rose of Sharon near road
Rose of Sharon pink blossom small one
Rose of Sharon white blossom

You may think there are a lot of blossoms on above photos but if you look at the ones below from 2019 you will see a stark difference. Of course, I am happy and thankful to see that some did manage to bloom in spite of being cut down so much.

During this difficult time of COVID-19 I am grateful for anything that takes my mind off of these troubling times. Thank you, God, for all the blessings!

ROSE OF SHARON BUSHES ARE IN BLOOM! (Post from 2019)

I love this time of year when my Rose of Sharon bushes begin blooming. Once they begin to bloom there is no stopping them. They are just gorgeous. Here are some photos I snapped for you to enjoy.

The photo on the right shows a whole row of bushes against the side of my house – 10 in all and each one is a little different even though they came from the same mother plant.

We began with one bush in a light purple color. The original bush is the first photo above which has changed to white blooms since last year. These bushes are amazing in that they can change from year to year to different colors.

We took transplants from the original bush and these plants came up in one or two colors. Some plants have white and light purple on the same bush as the one above on the right and another one above on the left. It has white and purple blooms. As you can see in the photos there are three different colors – white, light purple and darker purple.

We have 17 bushes in all from all the transplanting we have done over several years. It is interesting to see what colors come up on each plant from year to year.

Along with these lovely flowers come the glorious hummingbirds (my favorite bird of all). They are attracted to the deep flower and sweet nectar of the Rose of Sharon blossoms. With so many bushes in bloom you can imagine how many hummingbirds are flying around our yard. It’s fabulous!

Here are some photos I snapped with my IPhone and iPad. I managed to capture a couple in mid-flight. We have three feeders for them which keep them flitting back and forth amongst these and the flowers. There’s plenty for them to eat. They need it too. They expel much energy just flying around forward, backward, up and down and upside down. They are the only birds that can fly upside down.

Some of these are at my kitchen window. They come up to feed and look at me in mid-flight. It’s so exciting to see them up close and personal. Some of these are ruby throated and others are emerald green or gray and black hummingbirds. They are all beautiful!

The photos below are from our back deck feeder. The birds fight over who is going to get there first. They travel back and forth amongst the feeders all day long. I run from one feeder to the other to catch them in action. LOL! 

In the photo below I noticed the Rose of Sharon flower has multi-faceted petals and a different flowery stamen in the middle. They have distinctive differences the closer you look at them. I am in awe of these flowers. Can’t wait each year until they bloom. They delight and surprise me with their variations in color and textures.

I hope you enjoyed gazing at these gorgeous flowers and the amazing and beautiful hummingbirds. It was a pleasure to share them with you. I will keep snapping photos as more blossoms pop up so I can compare them. Fascinating!

Thank you for stopping by and for your kind support!

Stock up for summer reading with fun adventures and entertaining books from Jemsbooks.com! I will love you for it! LOL! Thank you, friends!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and reviews of my books.

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

Janice Spina

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Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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Jemsbooks Newsletter for 2020!

Newsletter – Jemsbooks for all agesfor January through August of 2020!

Jemsbooks for Children PS-Grade 3

Here is what happened so far in 2020!

This newsletter is a way to let you know what’s new to Jemsbooks.

This year began with a virus – COVID-19 in China which spread to US and the rest of the world. It has caused our world to shut down and keep everyone in their homes for fear of catching this deadly virus which has taken too many lives all over the world.

This is a time for all to hunker down and stay safe and well until this passes and stops infecting anyone else.

Janice has kept very busy writing, reading, blogging, editing and promoting her books. She continues to do this daily to provide you and your family with fun, creative and entertaining reading for all ages.

Please stay safe and well in your homes and keep your children busy with reading and their school work to encourage their minds to be creative and healthy.

I pray that you will all stay well and keep positive. This will be over soon and life will go back to almost normal. We have learned a lot from this virus especially how to wash our hands and stay away from crowds.

This has been a busy year for Jemsbooks. Janice has published six books, exceeding her goal of publishing four books in 2020. Also, her books won four book awards.

Book 6 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Mystery of the Bells won a Book Excellence Award Finalist in January of 2020.

This new book has plenty of magic, mystery and fun for boys and girls to enjoy.

All covers and illustrations were done by Janice’s husband, John. He continues to create beautiful illustration and covers that bring Janice’s stories to life.

In February of 2020 she published Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Book 1: Drystan and Durward Save the Day, a book for young children PS-Grade 3.

This series is an educational and magical, mystical series of six books. Two are to be published each year for a few years.

The Dragons have names that begin with the letter ‘D’ and are of different brilliant colors. Children will learn the letter ‘D’ and colors while they read these fun and comical adventures. Each book, as all Jemsbooks for children, carry life lessons that will encourage children to be kind, caring and respectful to others, friends are important and it’s okay to be different.

In February of 2020 Janice published a new book in the Abby & Holly Series, Book 4: The Hidden Stairway for MG/PT/YA readers. This series of books have won four awards.

In April of 2020, Janice published Book 2, Drystan the Dragon Series: Damara Helps Drystan Find His Roar.

Jemsbooks now has 14 children’s books for Ages 1-8.

Also in April, Janice’s book, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon,

won a Silver Medal from Mom’s Choice Awards!

Silver Medal – Mom’s Choice Awards

In May of 2020, she published Book 5, Abby & Holly Series: The Copper Key. The Series has continued with more mysteries, time travel, and adventures with the cousins, Abby & Holly, for MG/PT/YA.

In July Janice published Book 3, Drystan the Dragon and Friends, Delbert Finds Himself. The series continues with life lessons that teach children kindness, respect of others, friendship matters, to help others in need and that all colors are beautiful. Now Jemsbooks has 15 books for young children.

Also in July came Book 6 Abby & Holly Series, Faulty Timeline which continues the mysteries with ghosts, haunted house and new discoveries and time travel. This is the last book in the series unless readers request more.

In June Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award joining 12 other books with this same award.

Pinnacle Book Achievement Award

In August Abby & Holly Series Book 4: The Hidden Stairway won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award.

Pinnacle Book Achievement Award

In September Abby & Holly Series Book 2 won an Honorable Mention from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards.

Honorable Mention – Readers’ Favorite Book Awards
Readers’ Favorite Book Awards – Finalist

Her talented husband, Johnhas created promos for Janice’s middle-grade books below for Ages 10 +.

Abby & Holly Series Book 1-6
Davey & Derek Series Books 1-6

Also, here is a promo for her 18+ novels.

Novels for 18+

There is something for everyone with Jemsbooks.

Janice loves to hear from readers and fans and welcomes reviews wherever her books are sold.

Janice lists events on her blog and website about book signings she attends a few times each year. If you are in the area of one of these please stop by. She would love to meet you.

Jemsbooks have won 21 awards and a few finalists and many 5-star reviews! She is appreciative and grateful for all these honors.

She can be reached at jjspina@comcast.net  or at 508-864-2708.

Please leave reviews for all books that you read. We indie authors will love you for these reviews. Reviews are how Amazon rates our books and chooses which ones to promote.

Thank you for your support.

Reading Gives You Wings to Fly! Soar with Jemsbooks.com all year through! Happy Reading Everyone!

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

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What Have Your Children Been Doing During Lockdown?

Are your children keeping busy during lockdown? Are they reading, crafting or doing other projects to keep from getting bored?

Well, I was pleasantly surprised and delighted to see my granddaughter, Leah, creating her own brand of Tie Dye Clothing during the lockdown! Here are some of the items she has created so far. She continually surprises me with all her talents. She is not only beautiful but extremely creative – a young entrepreneur! I am so proud of her! Go Leah!!!

I asked Leah’s and my daughter’s permission to share all of this with my readers.

PLEASE NOTE: I must tell you that she is only creating these items for family and friends at this time. She is not set up to send nationwide. Maybe one day she will be. I know that she is such a talented young lady and will be famous one day. Watch her soar!

Tie Dye Fun with Leah
Tie Dye items for boys
Tie Dye items for girls
Tie Dye Shorts
Tie Dye ScrunchIes
Tie Dye Shirt Midriff
Tie Dye Shirts
Tie Dye Braided Shirt
Tie Dye Swirls

Isn’t this all amazing for a ten-year old? I am thrilled for her that she is so creative and will pursue her dreams early. Keep a lookout for this talented young lady! She will be a famous designer one day. You may even wear some of the items she creates in the future!

Thank you so much for stopping by today to read about my granddaughter and her new creations.

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 the books. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and reviews of my books.

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 – Basil Pesto Shrimp!

This is the 13th installment of Janice’s Kitchen CornerBasil Pesto Shrimp! I don’t proclaim to be a professional chef but I do like to eat. I think that qualifies me to post recipes that I like and want to share with my readers.

I put together this recipe Basil Pesto Shrimp. This is quick, easy and delicious. I love easy and delicious recipes. Don’t you?

Here are the other recipes 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.

Pesto isn’t my favorite seasoning to eat but I recently had to do something with my basil plants that were growing taller and going to seed. I thought – voila – pesto! I hope you will try this recipe soon, especially if you have any basil plants going to seed like mine.

Fresh Basil Leaves
Ingredients for Basil Pesto
Basil Pesto

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Fresh or Frozen shrimp (jumbo or colossal) About 4-6 each
  2. Fresh basil 2 cups of leaves
  3. 1/4 cup Olive oil
  4. 1/2 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
  5. 4 cloves of garlic
  6. 1/4 tsp salt
  7. black pepper
  8. 1/2 cup of pine nuts or walnuts (I don’t use these)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Prepare pesto in food processor
  2. Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth
  3. Put in covered containers for 1-2 days or freeze for up to 3 months
  4. Defrost shrimp and remove skins
  5. Place on aluminum pan for grilling
  6. Baste with pesto sauce
  7. Grill at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes until pink
Basil Pesto Shrimp (I ate it so fast I only left two to snap for this photo! Sorry!

Note:

Pesto can also be used on pasta, fish or meats. I even dip veggies into it for snacking such as cucumbers. You can add a little pesto to your tomato sauce too.

Stay tuned for more recipes from Janice’s Kitchen Corner! Happy cooking and eating everyone!

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 the books. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and reviews of my books.

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

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winner – Abby & Holly Series Book 4: The Hidden Stairway!

I am thrilled to receive a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for my MG/PT/YA series, Abby & Holly Book 4: The Hidden Stairway! It is always so exciting to be recognized for writing a book! I never get tired of it! Thank you so much Pinnacle for this prestigious award! I am truly thankful and blessed!

Pinnacle Book Achievement Award

Best Books in the
Category of YOUNG ADULT 

Abby & Holly: Book 4: The Hidden Stairway
  Janice Spina
https://jemsbooks.com

Book Blurb:

Join the cousins, Abby and Holly, as they search for clues about who placed an urn up in their attic with the remains of a young girl who lived a century ago. Their old Victorian holds many secrets and the girls are determined to solve this mystery with the help of two ghost friends, Felicity and Minerva, who inhabit their home.

As the girls are searching for clues in their basement they discover a hidden stairway. Upon entering the stairway they find themselves unexpectedly catapulted back in time to a century ago. Will they be able to return with the answers to the mystery? If not, who will help them get back? Or, will they be forever lost in time?

My goal in writing for children is to encourage them to read daily to enhance their life through good health and increase their creativity. Please read to your children daily even after they can read by themselves. This is a wonderful time to bond, cuddle, and get closer to your children. They will love you for the time you took to spend with them. Please keep reading and I will keep writing! Happy Reading Everyone!

This Abby & Holly Series has won 6 Book Awards – 4 Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards and 2 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards – Bronze Medal, and an Honorable Mention!

Abby & Holly Series Books 1-6

This series provides more fun and ghostly adventures with cousins, Abby & Holly, as they discover things in their old Victorian and go back to the past to solve mysteries. Life lessons will also be learned about friendship, family, respect, love and caring for one another, and bullying will never be accepted or tolerated! MG/PT/YA will be hooked and parents will feel good about the quality of books their children are reading! Adults are reading and enjoying 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 the books. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and reviews of my books.

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

Janice Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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Hummingbirds are getting ready to leave!

This is a sad time for me. The lovely little visitors (hummingbirds) to our three bird feeders have been busily tanking up for their long trip to South America. Watching them is a joy for me especially during our troubling times in this Pandemic and violent year. It won’t be long before they fly away before the weather gets cooler and unsafe for their little bodies to survive.

I feel peace when I watch them as they feed. I have a feeder at my kitchen window and love watching them as they greet me with wings that flap so rapidly that they look like they are standing still. It’s amazing.

This little guy looked right at me and didn’t fly away! (Ruby-throated hummingbird)

I have posted each year about them coming with a joyful heart. Now I am posting with sadness to see them preparing to leave. They are wondrous creatures! But they will be back again next year like clockwork!

Here are the links, and here, to previous posts about hummingbirds if you would like to know more about them.

Hummingbird busily feeding
Hummingbird at deck feeder 1 (Emerald one)
Hummingbird at deck feeder 2 (Emerald one)

We have had so many hummingbirds trying to feed at the same time but they fight over space. They don’t want to share the feeders. Alas, we do have three feeders, one on my kitchen window and two on our back deck. There is plenty of room for a few birds to sit at each feeder with social distancing too.

Bee at feeder

Above is a bee visiting the feeder to feast on the sugar water. Hummingbirds wait for the bees or hornets to leave before they move in for their own taste. They must have felt the sting of the insects at one time or another.

Well, it’s Adiou to these little creatures who spread a lot of joy in my part of the world. I will enjoy them as much as I can until one day they will flit away. I’m thankful to God for creating these magnificent creatures for all of us to enjoy!

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 the books. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much!

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Another Recipe from Janice’s Kitchen Corner – Homemade Spicy Bean Salsa!

This is the 12th installment of Janice’s Kitchen Corner.

I put together this recipe Homemade Spicy Bean Salsa with different kinds of beans to make a delicious and easy salsa that can be refrigerated for up to four days or more. It is addictive! You will never buy another salsa again! This is quick, easy and delicious. I love easy and delicious recipes. Don’t you?

Do you want your kids to eat veggies? They will love this salsa. Just don’t make it too spicy for their delicate tummies.

Here are the other recipes Stuffed Zucchini, Cole Slaw, Zucchini BreadZucchini Italiano, Grapenut Custard, Spinach Pita PizzaPortuguese Seafood StewMarinated Mushrooms, Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms, Chicken Marsala, and Rice Paper Veggie Shrimp Wraps. In the past I have also shared recipes for Portuguese Bisquits and Drunken Chicken.

Beans and other ingredients
Salsa & more ingredients
Rinsing beans before addings
Salsa ingredients together
Salsa ingredients mixed in large bowl

Serves many – 8 or more!

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 1 can (15 oz) black-eyed peas, rinsed & drained
  2. 1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinsed & drained
  3. 1 can (15 oz) red kidney beans rinsed & drained
  4. 1 can (15 oz) whole kernel corn, drained (or 2 cups frozen)
  5. 1 can diced tomatoes
  6. 1/2 C chopped red onion
  7. 1/2 C chopped green bell pepper
  8. 1 jar (4 oz) diced jalapeño peppers (use 1/4 cup if you like it less hot)
  9. 1 C Italian style salad dressing (I just use Extra Virgin olive oil and red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar)
  10. 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  11. 1/2 tsp onion powder
  12. Dash or two of cumin

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a large bowl combine peas, beans, corn, onion, green pepper, jalapeños and tomatoes
  2. Season with Italian-style salad dressing and garlic & onion powder
  3. Mix all ingredients well
  4. Cover and refrigerate overnight to blend flavors
  5. Serve with taco chips
  6. Enjoy!
Spicy Bean Salsa finished product

Note: If you want to cut this recipe down, purchase smaller cans of ingredients and adjust seasonings to taste. When I make this, it is usually for company. Two people can’t possibly finish this in a week.

I hope you enjoy this easy and delicious salsa for the whole family. Your kids will eat tons of it! Stay tuned for more recipes from Janice’s Kitchen Corner! Happy cooking and eating everyone!

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 the books. Your reviews will enable others to enjoy the books too. Thank you so much!

REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS.COM ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING! Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers to the right of this post. Thank you for your kind support and reviews of my books.

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

Janice Spina

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Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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