Reading is Good for You! 

This is a post I wrote back in 2017 that I wanted to share again. The

Books for all ages!

When we read a book it is like traveling around the world, or to outer space, or to a land that only exists in a writer’s mind, or into the mind of a killer, or into the animal kingdom, or on a visit to an exotic location, or into the world of faeries or science fiction.

We can go wherever we choose to go! All we need to do is pick up a book about whatever interests us. There are millions of books online, in book stores or libraries to choose from. We can escape for as long as we choose to read.

Did you know that reading is good for you? It not only increases your word vocabulary and stimulates your mind, but also gives you a feeling of wellbeing and promotes good health, dispels feelings of loneliness, improves your memory, promotes better patterns of sleep, and don’t forget – it brings families closer when they share and read books together.

As a child you can imagine that you are a beautiful princess, or a strong and brave knight, or that you can fly to outer space, or that you are a super hero, or can do magic. Whatever you desire to be you can have fun imagining while you read.

Do you remember the first time you started to read? What was your favorite book as a child? What do your children like to read? What do you like now as an adult?

As a child I loved nursery rhymes, and reading the classics, like Alice in Wonderland. As a preteen I enjoyed Archie comics, anything to do with Disney Mouseketeers, and mysteries. As an adult I read all of Agatha Christy’s novels, all of my son’s and daughter’s books, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, so we could discuss them together, and anything I could get my hands on at the library about mysteries.

I hope you will find time in your busy life to spend some time reading. It’s enjoyable and entertaining. Please remember to show some love to authors by leaving a review!

Remember: Reading Gives You Wings to Fly! Soar with!

Happy Reading! Watch for more books coming from Jemsbooks for all ages! All my books are available for purchase on the right of this post. Just click on the covers and have fun soaring!

Fill your summer with plenty of books for your children and yourself. Get healthier and get reading!

Here is a past post about the importance of reading. Check it out here.

Blessings & Hugs!


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What Constitutes Success in Life?

Dictionaries state that Success is:

  1. The favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors, the accomplishments of one’s goals.
  2. The attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like
  3. A performance or achievement that is marked by success, so by the attainment of honors.
  4. A person or think that has had success, as measured by attainment of goals, wealth, etc.

I haven’t made it there yet but I think success is to attain what you desire in life. If you want to succeed enough you will realize your dreams by hard work and great persistence and efforts.

Wait a minute! I think I may have attained that! I may not be rich monetarily wise but I am rich in the fact that I have reached my goal of being an author with 24 published books. I have yet to attain my goal of 45 books or reached the Amazon Best-Selling Author status or NY Times Best-Selling Author status or any Best-Selling Author status but I feel I have attained my life-long dream of seeing my books in print and read by all ages, I have my own blog, website and appear on Amazon and Barnes & Noble! I have received 13 book awards and have been a finalist in two other contests. I am honored to receive these awards.

I do not feel that I am a failure because I love what I am doing – writing. Even if I never become famous I will feel fulfilled that I did what I wanted to do with the help of God and hopefully made a difference in children’s lives by creating books for them to read and enjoy. I hope I have enabled children to grow to love reading as much as I do.

Jemsbooks Children’s Books with 5 Book Awards
Jemsbooks MG/PT/YA Books with 8 book Awards and 1 Finalist Recognition for Davey & Derek Book 4 from Red City Review Book Awards
Jemsbooks Novels with 1 Finalist Recognition for Hunting Mariah from Authorsdb First Lines Contest

Most of all I will never give up my dream to reach my goal of writing and publishing 45 books plus before I am called to the hereafter. (I am more than half way to this goal.) I don’t want to get maudlin but we all must leave this world at one time. What’s important is what we do with our time here. Live to the fullest and do all you can to achieve your goals.

I want to be remembered by all as a person who loved to read, write and create stories for all ages! I want to be remembered as a person who cared for others, loved life, loved to see children of all ages reading and enjoying my books. Most of all, I want to be remembered as a good person who helped others on their way to attaining their goals in writing and publishing by promoting them on my blog.

After reading this through I made it sound like I was ready to go. No, absolutely not! I am planning on being around for a long time. (Did you hear that Lord?). I hope He is listening and looks kindly upon me, a humble servant. I hope He will guide my hand to write more wholesome stories for children of all ages that will encourage them to read and grow in good health, mind, body and soul.

I have much to accomplish yet and plan on doing all I can to write many more books over the next several years. I hope you will continue along with me on my journey. I feel confident that with your kind support I can do great things.

I feel that I am a success as a reader. Reading is so enjoyable! I love to read and have read so many books on Goodreads that I am more than half-way to my goal of 95 books for the year! My TBR list is still teeming with books! Can you imagine that? Of course, every week I purchase another book or two thanks to Amazon. Amazon keeps offering me an incentive to buy books by offering me $3.00 here and there on their Daily Kindle Reads. I can’t help myself and continue to buy more.

Watch my monthly book reviews for all the books I have read thus far this year. Here are the books reviewed for January, February, March, April, May! You will find some wonderful reads by my fellow authors there.

What do you think constitutes success? I would love to hear your thoughts. Thank you for stopping by. It is always a pleasure to have you here.


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Calling all Authors for Guest Posts or Interviews!

I happened upon a wonderful post today by Mindy McGinnis on her blog. Check it out here. She gives a list of six ways to support your favorite authors. We authors will thank you for all that you can do to spread word of our books. WE NEED YOU READERS!

I am sending out a call to all my fellow authors to come forward for guest posts or guest interviews on my blog. I would love to show you some love and support by helping you spread word about you and your books. Come on down!

You can contact me here on my Contact Page or by email at jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net.

Thank you, readers, for the support you have given me by reviewing my books. Keep those reviews coming! LOL! There can never be enough of them.

I updated this post to reflect that I now have 24 books published from young children to 18+. There is something for everyone!

I’ve been busy working on Book 3 of Abby & Holly Series. I’m working on Chapter 2 now. Lots more to do but moving right along. The characters have something to say and are taking over. I’m going along for the ride. Sigh! LOL!

MG/PT/YA Books

If you haven’t checked out my middle-grade series, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Books 1-6 or the MG series for girls, Abby & Holly, Book 1 & 2, click on covers to the right of this post or go to Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Check out these links for some fun summer reading for all ages! Jemsbooks has books for young children PS-Grade 3, MG/PT/YA Grade 4-7, and novels for 18+.

Young Children’s Books
18+ Books

If you want a bookmark below send me a review of one of my books and I will mail one to you. You can email me at jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net.

Jemsbooks Bookmarks

Thank you for your support and for stopping by to read this post.



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What Will You and Your Children be Reading this Summer?

It feels like summer will never get here. This spring in New England USA has been rainy and cold. But we New Englanders are a hardy stock and know that if we just show a little patience summer will be here before we realize it. We need to enjoy every warm sunny day that we are blessed to have. It goes all too fleetingly we know.

School will be out in another month, give or take a few days for some who have to make up their quota of 180 days. Luckily we didn’t have much snow and days off for the children.

Getting back to my question is: What will you and your children be reading this summer? Summer is a time to have fun and do all kinds of things outdoors. But also we need to keep our children reading to feed their mind and creativity.

There will be some days that we may feel like cozying up with a good read or when our children ask us to read a new story at bedtime to them. Well, here’s your chance to relax and enjoy what your children are reading. Jemsbooks are for all ages! All children’s books carry life lessons that help encourage children to be kind to one another, show respect to each other, parents and elders, bullying will never be tolerated or accepted, love one another, family and friends are important and do matter, accept differences in others, show patience and understanding to each other, and of course always listen to your mother. If all these life lessons are important to you as a parent then check out my books ( available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble too. Some of my books can also be found at If you don’t see what you need all you have to do is ask them.

My goal is to encourage children of all ages to read and hopefully nurture their creative spirits. I want them to grow to love reading as much as I do. Children will become healthier in mind, spirit and body and have more confidence in themselves. Children who love to read will become more successful one day because reading opens doors to their minds and encourages them to realize that they can do anything they aspire to do or be.

How many books will you and your children read this summer? I have been averaging 10+ books a month. Can you beat me? Let me know. I am curious to see how many books children will read. If your children see you reading they will read more too!

If funds are scarce please feel free to go to your local library and request my books. They will be happy to oblige.

The most important thing to me is that children read my books and other authors’ books too and learn important life lessons to help them along the road to adulthood. Children are the future of this world. Let’s get them reading and learning and aspiring to be all that they can be!

Here are the links to some excellent choices for children and adults of all ages to enjoy. – ALL JEMSBOOKS – Children’s Books – Books for 18+

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Here is the newest book for young children:

The First Star – A Fairy Tale


Once upon a time there were two children who loved their father so much that they missed him terribly each time he had to leave to go away to find buyers for his woodworking. The two children, Chris and Kim, were each given a gift made by their father to keep close to them until he could return. They worried whether he would return and prayed on the first star they saw each night that he would come home safely. This story portrays the love that a father has for his children and them for him in return. It demonstrates that being kind to others by putting others before you can be rewarding. Also, some things like love and good health are far more important than riches.

Here is the newest book in the Middle-Grade/PT/YA series.

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Book 6


Step into another magical and fun adventure with the twin detectives to solve this new mystery. There are clues at every turn, ghostly dreams with strange messages, and a surprise visitor that shakes things up. Even Aunt Gigi and Mianna are at a loss to provide any assistance to the boys.
Will Davey & Derek be able to solve this mystery of the bells? Where do they turn? Will they be able to put all the clues together? Can they use their new birthday gifts in this adventure? Find out what the boys do in this magical mystery.

Here are all Jemsbooks at a glance.

Jemsbooks – Children Books for Ages PS-Grade 4
MG/PT/YA Books – Award-Winning Series!

There are mysteries/suspense/crime/thrillers, a short story collection in multi-genres, a romantic/paranormal/mystery something for all reading choices here for 18+. Have fun reading!

Books for 18+
Book for 18+ Thriller/Suspense/Mystery


This book begins where the first book, Hunting Mariah, left off. This suspense/thriller/crime novel will keep you turning pages as the tension grows. There will be twists and turns and some surprises. Many of the same characters will be in play to give support and encouragement to Mariah along the way.
A new man comes into Mariah’s life that reminds her of someone she wants to forget. He threatens to bring back the horrors that she and her family once endured. While the one she wants to forget suffers from a horrendous attack that puts his life in jeopardy.
Mariah must draw on her strength and resilience to survive danger at every turn. How much more can Mariah endure? How far will Mariah go to protect her family?

Newest thriller above from J.E. Spina. Check it out if you dare! It will keep you on the edge of your seat and reading late into the next morning. Forget eating and doing the laundry and all your troubles! Read Book 1 Hunting Mariah too!

Book 1 of 2-part Series – Hunting Mariah


An insane killer, obsessed with blood and death, seeks revenge with those he perceives wronged him. He is now on the loose. His next victim may be Mariah.

Mariah has lost her memory. Will she remember what has transpired in her past? Can Mariah escape this deadly killer’s grasp. Will she finally be safe? Will the killer be apprehended?

If all these books aren’t enough for you, watch for new books coming this year and beyond:

2019 – a series about dragons for young children (Book 1)

2019 – Book 3 & 4 of Abby & Holly Series

2020 – Five more dragon stories in this series (coming in 2020 and beyond)

2020 – YA fantasy series Book 1 (8 books in series) more coming in 2021 and beyond.

There is always another story running around in my head. I promise to try and write them down before they are lost forever. No fear, there is always another one to catch. Haha! All Jemsbooks are illustrated by my talented husband, John. He also creates my book covers! Lucky me!!

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you will stock up on wholesome summer reading for your children and grab some thrillers for yourself for those long hot, lazy summer days. Enjoy!


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I love to hear from readers and fans. Please drop me a line and let me know if you are enjoying my books or want to give me some suggestions on what you would like to see next in genres from me. If you want to share your reviews of my books along with a photo of you and my book, please contact me at jjspina(at)comcast(dot)net.

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Hummingbirds are now here!!


This is a post I wrote previously about hummingbirds that I wanted to share with you again. My husband spotted the first hummingbird to our feeder this year (5/7/19). I missed it but will keep my eyes open for another one. They are ravenous eaters and will visit the same feeders year and after year. We are blessed with many of these gorgeous creatures since we have three feeders just for them. Enjoy the beautiful spring weather and these wondrous birds! Happy spring!

I love these tiny creatures so much that I should write a children’s story about them! I will have to discuss this with my illustrator, my husband, John. I will let you know how that turns out.

This is the second post I have written about these lovely little critters. Here is the previous one.

The bird feeders are out! Now to catch them in action! You have to be quick to see them.

I had my first sighting this year a few days ago. It’s such a thrill to see them coming back.

If you have been reading my blog since March of 2013, you would know how much I love birds, especially hummingbirds! They are the smallest of the birds and the only ones that can hover in mid-air and fly backwards. They are incredible little creatures that are fascinating to watch and catch in motion if you can.

I wrote this poem several years ago and updated it to reflect my feelings toward these gorgeous little birds.


by Janice Spina

It’s as delicate as a butterfly

And graceful as a lark.

Wings beating in a symphonic rhythm

As it maneuvers around each flower,

And dips its beak to draw out the sweet-smelling nectar.

I watch as it moves effortlessly.

Its iridescent wings rapidly beating

As it hovers like an acrobat in midair.

Its feathers glisten with color and reflect the sun’s rays.

Seeing this bird in its element is to experience pure wonder and joy.

One knows there is something greater out there

That made the glorious hummingbird!

Another unbelievably beautiful bird is the Baltimore Oriole. The beauty of this bird cannot be captured in my photos here. You must see one to believe the vibrancy of its colors – brilliant yellow and black. It has a strange call which sounds like clicking similar to that of a chattering chipmunk.  It’s a distinctive sound and when we hear it we run to the back deck. This is where the Oriole feeder is kept. These photos are from last year.

(My husband just saw the first Oriole at our back deck but unfortunately he did not have the feeder ready. He promptly put it out there hoping the bird would come back! 5/8/19)


My husband puts out the feeders for both the hummingbirds and the Oriole at the same time in early May. That’s when they are both expected to arrive. It’s quite an exciting time to see them return each year to the same feeder.

In the photos above that I took this year the little guy is looking right at the camera posing for a picture. He doesn’t appear to be frightened in the least and will come to the feeder even when we are sitting on the deck.

Here are some exciting facts about these amazing little creatures. My source for info below is Wikipedia.

Hummingbirds are birds from the Americas that constitute the family Trochilidae. They are among the smallest birds, most species measuring 7.5-13 cm in length.

Lifespan: 3-5 years

Speed: 49 mps (Maximum, Diving)

My source for information below is

Hummingbirds are small, colorful birds with iridescent feathers. Their name comes from the fact that they flap their wings so fast (about 80 times per second) that they make a humming noise. They can fly right, left, up, down, backwards, and even upside down. They are also able to hover by flapping their wings in a figure-8 pattern. They have a specialized long and tapered bill that is used to obtain nectar from the center of long, tubular flowers. The hummingbird’s feet are used for perching only, and are not used for hopping or walking.

Hummingbirds primarily eat flower nectar, tree sap, insects and pollen.

Their fast breathing rate, fast heartbeat and high body temperature require that they eat often. They also require an enormous amount of food each day. They have a long tongue which they use to lick their food at a rate of up to 13 licks per second.

If you would like more information on these incredible birds, go to Wikipedia, or other sites.

I hope you will get to see one of these creatures in action. Happy bird watching!

Thank you for stopping by! Please come back again.


Blessings & Hugs!


Here is a new photo from 2019!

A Beautiful Visitor – Baltimore Oriole – 2019
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Where Does Inspiration Come from?

I wonder sometimes where inspiration comes from. I never know when or where my muse is going to inspire me. Plans can be made sometimes to write but they don’t always work out.

When I write a book I begin with a title. If I don’t have a title I cannot begin to write. Once in a while I need to tweak a title a little as the story may take a twist or turn in another direction. I have only changed the title on two books out of 24 books published so far. With the title selected I feel inspired to begin.

My inspiration comes from first my title, then my grandchildren who love to read, my love of reading, and my desire to inspire children of all ages to grow to love books as much as I do.

I believe that inspiration can come from many aspects of our lives in everyday things. It could be a great book we read, something we heard in passing, an experience that changed our thinking, someone we met that left an indelible mark on our lives or just the fact that we feel inspired to write because we love the joy we experience when we create a new story.

Once I begin a new book I feel the energy flowing, my muse working overtime and the characters taking over the plot. The characters become my inspiration. I let them have their say up to a point. It is an incredible feeling of being free to sit back as if I am a passenger on a journey not knowing where I am going.

I do occasionally write up some notes and a bare bones outline when I feel inspired to do so. Most of the time I let my fingers do the traveling across the keyboard. I try to write every day in one form or another whether I feel inspired or not. I find that once I begin writing I feel inspiration taking over and the words flow. I am in my element at this point and feel blessed.

I try to find some time every day to write whether it’s quiet in my house or not. Once I find a genre to write in nothing can stop me. I thoroughly enjoy writing for MG/PT/YA with my Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series and Abby & Holly Series.

MG/PT/YA Books by

My next inspiration is Book 3 of Abby & Holly with more ghosts, secrets of the past and mysteries to solve. Fun adventures that can be enjoyed by both girls and boys.

What inspires you to write? Do you write every day whether you are inspired or not? May your muse be at your side every day and inspire you to write! Happy writing!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

This is part of a post from 2018 that I wanted to share once again for Mother’s Day. Below is what we did last year. This year we are going over to my son’s and daughter-in-law’s for dinner instead of a lunch or brunch. She always has quite a spread. I am looking forward to it.

We celebrated Mother’s Day last week with my daughter and her family. My granddaughter and grandson made ceramic figures from a pottery place. An adorable elephant that looks like Dumbo from my grandson and a lovely little candle holder from my granddaughter. Here they are below.



This year we celebrated Mother’s Day the week before the actually day. My lovely daughter-in-law always has my daughter and her family and John and I over to her house for a delicious repast.

This year she outdid herself. She had mixed veggies with ranch dip, Cape Cod chips with homemade caramelized onion dip, shrimp cocktail, and cheese and crackers for starters.

For the main course she served marinated beef strips with roasted red peppers, paprika chicken legs, potato salad, sliced tomatoes and mozzarella, corn salsa with cheese, tossed spinach salad with raisins and walnuts. For dessert my daughter made carrot cake and I brought a mixture of chocolate fudge cake, carrot cake, Boston cream cake, lemon cake. I was good somewhat and only ate a small piece of homemade carrot cake.

Sorry I didn’t think of taking a photo of all the food. We ate it all too quickly!

I received a gift certificate to my favorite local restaurant from my son and daughter-in-law and three grandsons, and from my daughter and family, a pair of comfy slippers and a lovely figurine (chosen by my granddaughter just for me) to commemorate the Monarch butterfly. Here is the paper that came with my figurine which is called Butterfly!

Here is a photo of the beautiful, graceful figurine. It looks like a butterfly, reason for its name.

It was a wonderful day to spend with my family! I feel blessed!

Here is a poem I wrote in memory of my mother.

My mom, Beatrice

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

By Janice Spina

You were always there for me

To guide and pave the way.

You bandaged my scraped knees.

You hugged and kissed the hurt away.

You listened when I needed an ear

To solve a problem you were always there.

You taught me right from wrong

and soothed me to sleep with a sweet song.

When I was sick you stroked my fevered brow.

and slept by me as long as time would allow.

You have been gone now for many a year

but in my heart I hold you forever near.

I miss and think of you every single day.

But I know I will join you when our Lord calls me His way.

Wishing all mothers out there a happy and blessed Mother’s Day! May your family surround you with love on your day!

Thank you for stopping by. You are always welcome! Come again soon!


Do something special this year for your mother! Buy her a book for her special day! Check out for a novel that she will love. Also you can click on covers to the right of this post for purchase.

These are novels by Jemsbooks:

A sweet story of love beyond death – How Far is Heaven.

Two thrillers/suspense/mysteries – Hunting Mariah & Mariah’s Revenge (Sequel)

An eclectic mix of short stories – An Angel Among Us (this book was dedicated to a friend who passed from breast cancer)

Blessings & Hugs!


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New Reviews of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Book 6, The Case of the Mystery of the Bells!

I was thrilled to receive my first reviews of Book 6, The Case of the Mystery of the Bells, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series!

This series has been a joy to write. I feel like a kid again as I create the dialogue for each story. These books carry important life lessons that I hope will teach children of all ages the importance of being kind, caring and compassionate to one another, being respective of parents, elders and each other, bullying will never be accepted or tolerated, family and friends are important, loving one another, and accepting differences in others.

My children’s and MG/PT will never have any profanity or any situations that will make parents uncomfortable. They are good wholesome books. What are your children reading today? Check out all Davey & Derek’s books in this series to see for yourself – fun adventures in reading with mysteries, ghosts, magic, and family interactions for all ages with the twin detectives, Davey and Derek Donato!

Here are my reviews on Amazon:

Michelle Clements James
5.0 out of 5 starsI love the way the author portrayed the love and concern between the brothers.April 30, 2019Format: Kindle EditionI’ve read every book in the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives series and enjoyed each one. The Case of the Mystery of the Bells is my favorite so far. As with all of Janice Spina’s children’s books, this book teaches children positive values. The twins are always respectful to others and use good manners. One of the things that stood out for me in book 6 is when Davey had a bad dream, Derek jumped right in and offered his brother reassurance and then fixed him a cup of hot cocoa to calm him down. They always have each other’s back and are friends as much as twin brothers.
The boys Great Aunt Gigi, as we learn from earlier books, has special powers that Laura, Davey and Derek’s mother has inherited to some degree, but Davey and Derek to a much greater degree. The boys are learning how to handle these powers in a positive way and never misuse them. Aunt Gigi is their tutor in these mystical matters.
The characters are depicted in a way that makes them believable, including their powers. I especially love reading about Aunt Gigi. I can picture her greeting the children and inviting them in while bestowing her love upon them as she provides wonderful snacks and mystical experiences.
In Book 6 of the series we are introduced to Aunt Gigi’s twin sister Auriana and various other relatives from the realm of magic.
If you have middle grade children, I highly recommend this and any of the other books in the series, as well as those in the new Abby & Holly series. I can’t say enough about Janice Spina and her books.
As a Beta reader for Janice Spina, I was given an ARC by the author to read and comment back to her. I have voluntarily reviewed this book without compensation. The thoughts presented in this review are my honest evaluation of the book.

5.0 out of 5 starsWholesome and fun!May 6, 2019Format: Kindle EditionFollow Davey and Derek on another magical journey of adventure in book 6 of Janice Spina’s Junior Detective series. You’ll find the very likable twins on a quest to unfold a mystery surrounding their beloved Aunt Gigi. See what hidden secrets the boys may uncover along the way concerning their ancestors. This is an enjoyable series for middle grade readers.

Sarah1235.0 out of 5 starsFun reading continues with Davey & Derek Newest Case!May 5, 2019In her newest installment in the fabulous Middle-Grade/Preteen award-winning series, “The Case of the Mystery of the Bells: Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Book 6”, Mrs. Janice Spina continues to entertain her sure to be growing audience of young readers. In this volume, the author introduces new characters to the ever-expanding cast and sets Derek & Davey, the twelve-year-old twin detectives, on a journey to solve the mystery of ringing bells. The writing is lovely and engaging and keeps one turning the pages in delightful anticipation.
The relationship between the two brothers and the twosome’s respectful interaction with their mom Laura and aunt Gigi add much value to these books, as the boys’ comportment makes them excellent role-models to their growing fan base of middle-class readers.
Excellent art enhances the reading experience. Kudos to illustrator Mr. Jonn Spina!
Highly recommended.

Michele Rolfe
5.0 out of 5 starsNew GhostsMay 5, 2019Format: Kindle EditionWe are introduced to Grt Aunt Gigi’s twin sister Auriana & other family member ghosts! When Davey has a bad dream about the ghosts, Derek is right by his side to make him some Hot Cocoa & get him settled back down. Together they need to figure out what is causing the Mysterious Bells they hear ringing alot lately. Aunt Gigi is on hand again to provide some new birthday surprises & new spells for the boys. Another wonderful book!!

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne5.0 out of 5 starsA great, entertaining story for children and teensMay 7, 2019Format: Kindle EditionJanice Spina’s new book “The Case of the Mystery Bells” Davey and Derek’s Mystery Book 6, is another entertaining, wonderful story. This time the twins, Davey and Derek work diligently to solve the mystery of the bells. Why to they hear bells at certain times? Who are the ghosts in their dreams? Why do the boys hear bells in their dreams? Even their gifted Aunt Gigi is baffled from time to time. The boys are introduced to a new member of the family and they even learn more about their ancestry. Young readers are sure to enjoy this story and marvel at the literary skills of its author, Janice Spina. I highly recommend this story. * I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it without compensation.
Review by children’s author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

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Taking a Break from Writing – Umm Maybe a Little one!

Somewhere the Sun sets

It’s that time of the year when I take a breather from writing and publishing to rest, relax and unwind with my husband somewhere in the world other than at my laptop. Sigh! Can I do it? Can I not write for a week or more?

I don’t know if I can do that. Unbeknownst to my husband, John, I will be taking not only my Kindle for reading but also my trusty iPad to jot down a little about my vacation to share with my readers. Please don’t tell him.

Of course, once I return there will be a post all about where I traveled. I will have beautiful photos (hopefully) from my iPhone and John’s camera. He doesn’t use his cell to take special photos when on vacation. He doesn’t think the photos are as good. I agree but I will snap some anyway and share all the best ones with you.

With my lofty goal of 5 books to write and publish this year and my reading goal on Goodreads of 95 books it is taking a toll on me. I need to take this break. Please forgive me but I will promise to write more when I come back.

We have published two books so far in 2019 with three more coming to make the goal of 5. I have been keeping John so busy that he needs this vacation even more than I do. Poor guy! I am such a task master. Sigh! With 24 books under our belts and more coming it’s no wonder he is exhausted!

I have already begun Book 3 of Abby & Holly Series and John is avidly working on the first Dragon book in a series of six books. We will publish both books this year in between our busy lives. But I am not complaining, I wouldn’t know what to do if I didn’t keep as busy as I do. Like everyone we have families that keep us going in every direction with birthdays, other celebrations and get togethers. With the good weather here there will be more gatherings that will keep us away from writing and publishing a bit but this we expect. I still will meet my goals as much as I possibly can. (Fingers crossed!)

I look forward to this trip but once it is behind me I will get right back to work with a joy in my step and ready fingers to fly once again across my laptop. Ahh! I love to write but I do love to travel too! Shhh, please remember, don’t tell John about the iPad that will be tucked away in my carryon.

Leaving you with some warm sunsets and beach scenes from previous vacations.

Another Lovely Sunset
Warm Feeling Basking in the Sunset
I am so ready for this!

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Is There Life Before and After Writing?

This is an old post from 2016 that I wanted to share again. I still feel this way about writing and can’t live without it even for one day. How do you feel about writing?

Growing up I was always shy, quiet and stayed to myself. My mother never had to entertain me or worry about me being bored. I had plenty to do and that was without any of the technology that we have today! You are asking, how old are you? Well, not too old, but old enough to remember a time when life was different and not so complicated by all the techno stuff.

What did I do to keep busy? I wrote poetry, read books, and dreamed of faraway places and what I would do there, where I would go, and what I would see. I also sat by the window and watched the birds while listening to my trusty radio and sang along with the likes of Debbie Reynolds (may she RIP) sing Tammy. I know many of my young readers don’t know who Debbie Reynolds is or anything about the song. It was a dreamy song telling about a girl named Tammy who was in love. As for Debbie Reynolds, she died in 2016 the day after her daughter, Carrie Fisher aka Princess Leila, from Star Wars. Now you know who she is! Ha! I wanted to be a singer/actress like Debbie. But instead I became an author and create stories where people can be anything they want to be.

Here’s a photo of Debbie and some info from online.

Mary Frances “Debbie” Reynolds was an American actress, singer, businesswoman, film historian, humanitarian, and mother of the actress and writer Carrie Fisher. Wikipedia
Born: April 1, 1932, El Paso, TX
Died: December 28, 2016, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
Height: 5′ 2″
Cause of death: Brain haemorrhage
Spouse: Richard Hamlett (m. 1984–1996), Harry Karl (m. 1960–1973), Eddie Fisher (m. 1955–1959)

Here’s the song, Tammy, sung by Debbie Reynolds. Enjoy!

Oops, sorry for digressing a little. I was happy in my own little cocoon writing, singing, reading, and imagining. That was when my creativity began. I knew I wanted to write, sing, and create stories. I dreamed of being a famous author one day. I am still dreaming about that and working on it diligently.

Well, I didn’t become a famous singer but did sing for a short time in a chorus, part of the international Sweet Adoline’s Chorus. We sang acapella which is without music just using our voices in harmony. It is beautiful! I had to leave due to problems with my eyes and driving at night. Which I still have but need to avoid night driving to be safe even after cataract surgeries. My vision is great though otherwise.

I don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t used my creativity back then. Most children made up their own games and played outside. I did too from time to time when my mother kicked me outside to get some fresh air. I did the same thing to my own children, encouraged then to go out and play in the yard.

Writing has always been one of my loves next to reading and singing. Is there life before or after writing – I don’t think so! LOL! I can’t imagine a day without writing in some form either blogging, working on my books or just answering emails. I feel alive when I write and find my mind sparking and raring to go full speed ahead.

As long as I have some strength in this body to type I will continue on this road to writing, publishing, creating more stories. I hope you will come along with me. More books coming this year and beyond!

What are your thoughts on writing? Is it as important to you as it is to me? Are you an avid reader? Do you review books? (I pray that you do! We authors love reviews!)

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