Goodreads Giveaway – How Far Is Heaven!

HFIH front cover

Goodreads Giveaway of How Far Is Heaven begins 10/23/16 – 11/23/16. I am happy to do this giveaway as I have done with all previous books. Three printed and autographed books will be offered. The giveaway is available to all in USA, CANADA, UK and AUSTRALIA.  Giveaway

Synopsis for How Far is Heaven

Parker and Priscilla Wilfork are happily married with two children. Life seemed perfect and peaceful until Parker goes on a business trip and does not return. Priscilla finds her world turned upside down when she searches for answers to how and why Parker disappeared.

One night Priscilla has a dream that Parker is an angel. Does this mean that Parker is now dead? After two years and no sign of Parker except in her dreams, Priscilla makes an important decision to tell her children that their father has gone to Heaven.

Priscilla tries to get their lives back together until one day Deanna disappears too. Now Priscilla must go on a quest to find her daughter before too late for she fears that her daughter’s disappearance might be connected in some way to her husband’s. Will Priscilla find her daughter in time? Can Priscilla go on with her life if she loses Deanna too?

With the help of a handsome police Sergeant, Blake Furelli, they work together to try to find Deanna and solve the mystery behind Parker’s disappearance. During this trying time, Blake, who suffered a loss of his own, feels drawn to the ethereal beauty of Priscilla Wilfork.

Go to Amazon to see reviews.

Thank you for stopping by. Don’t forget to sign up for a chance to win one of three books.

Reading Gives You Wings to Fly!

Blessings & hugs,


Goodreads Book Giveaway

How Far Is Heaven by Janice Spina

Giveaway ends November 23, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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It’s PartTime for Sally Cronin!

Sally Cronin is a fabulous lady who gives so much of her time to helping others and asks nothing in return. Bless you, Sally! Much love & hugs and congrats on your 3rd blogging anniversary! ❤️ Thank you to Noel Granger for this lovely post and offer of her book.


Today is Sally Cronin’s blog’s third anniversary party and we’ve all been invited. Sally is well known in the blogosphere for her posts on

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Blog with a view – on books, music, humour and health

Here are just a few of the things this energetic woman does:

She’s a writer herself and has serialized some of her books for our delight.

She has tons of sound health and nutrition advice .


She sponsors other authors with guest posts and book reviews.

She advertises our books through her Café and Bookstore.

She sends us humor in words, pictures and videos to give our days a smile and a chuckle.

And best of all, she shares her life with us!      party-hats

Happy anniversary, Sally. I don’t know a more generous blogger.

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Autumn in glorious display!


On a recent walk with my husband I snapped these pics showing nature at its most glorious! The colors are breathtaking and almost too good to be true! The one above was in between the much needed raindrops.


This one is of a small pond we pass on our 2-3 mile walk each day. This time of year is the best to get out and take long or short walks, breathe in the clear and crisp air, and revel in the beauty all around us. It makes you happy to be alive. This above would make a picture perfect postcard, don’t you think! I should be a photographer! Ha!

We are blessed to be able to enjoy long walks and take in the kaleidoscope of colors of the ever-changing seasons. We love New England for that reason. If you don’t like weather too hot or too cold just wait a minute and the temps will change. New England is temperamental or should I say “temperaturemental.”


These photos below are of a golf course down the street from our house. This course is always lovely to look at but especially so when dressed in its fall colors.



Thank you for stopping by!

Blessings & Hugs,


Remember: Reading Gives You Wings to Fly! Soar with Jemsbooks! Check out my website for updates on new books!

Thought for the day: Read to your children daily and experience the joy in bonding.

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New Children’s Book coming from Jemsbooks!


I am excited to share the cover of a new children’s book from Jemsbooks – Colby the Courageous CatColby is now on Amazon, Kindle, Create Space and coming to Barnes & Noble soon.

Colby was my daughter’s pet for nine years and this is my way of keeping his memory alive. He was an outdoor cat who loved to chase squirrels, chipmunks and other little creatures. He was an independent soul and would stay out many nights and only come back home for a quick ‘hello’ and a meal. He was beautiful, fearless, and resourceful and always looked for adventures.


Colby is one of a litter of four kittens. The kittens get into all kinds of trouble. Being the biggest and strongest Colby’s mother expects him to watch over the smaller kittens and keep them safe. Read and find out what Colby does to meet his mother’s expectations?

I hope to complete publication once I receive the proof book and my husband is working on the file for Kindle download. There always seems to be a glitch but we will fix it. All links will be listed here at completion.

Thanks for stopping by! Next up will be a children’s book about a giraffe. I have a few more books in the wings waiting for my husband’s magic touch. He has a lot of work ahead of him. Ha ha! Poor guy! I am a tough boss!

My next project is nearing completion, Book 4 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives. Hope to complete by next month. Stay tuned for more updates and links to new books.

Blessings & hugs!


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Guest Post by Author, Richard Buchanan


I am pleased to have author, Richard Buchanan, here today to introduce his new book, Richard’s Rhyming Poetry. He is a talented poet and writer who I had the pleasure to work with on his new book as his editor.


Richard Buchanan is a retired executive from a Fortune Global 250 company. He retired at 56 to pursue his interests in writing, investing, fitness, and cruising.

Click on book below to go to link to purchase.



Rhyming poetry done well, can be very pleasing to the ear and fun to read. And when the poetry tells a story one can relate to in some way, then I think the poet has succeeded. Some of my poems are based on actual experiences, while others are simply created from something I’ve heard or perhaps seen. I painstakingly create my poetry with true rhymes, consistent rhyming conventions, uniform accents, and strict syllabic rules. Some poems are long and some are short, but all of my poems have been crafted with tender loving care.

Here is the link to Richard’s lovely book.

I reviewed the book below on Amazon.

Richard’s Rhyming Poetry: 20 poems from the heart and mind (Paperback) 5 Stars!

This is a fun and entertaining collection of poetry by a talented writer. Richard Buchanan shows a wonderful sense of humor, timing and rhythm in his poetry. There is something for everyone in this eclectic mix. I thoroughly enjoyed reading and editing this collection.

I look forward to more from this creative author.

I am sure you will enjoy this book as much as I did. Please go to his link on Amazon and check it out.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Remember: Reading Gives You Wings to Fly!

Blessings & hugs,


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Guest Post by Author, Robert K. Swisher, Jr.

I am pleased to have the talented author, Robert K. Swisher, Jr., here today to introduce his newest book, Vent. Robert has written several other books, some of which I have read and reviewed. He has a wonderful sense of humor and timing and his books reflect this. I had the pleasure of working with Robert on this book as his editor. Thank you, Robert, for coming today!


I have spent my entire writing career, forty-nine years and counting, going against the grain of what most writers think is necessary or proper. Of the thirty novels I have written, sixteen, with hard work and luck, have been published by traditional presses, eight of these are still in print and three have been turned into e-books, two were optioned for several years but were not turned into movies because no one could raise the fifty million dollars even though I volunteered to kick in $134.97. I have also indied eight e-books, ranging from funny mysteries, literary, to an off the wall love story.

Later this year OPEN TALON PRESS will be releasing a thought provoking satirical novel written in a way that has never been done before – during the story the reader is asked to circle YES or NO to questions that deal with many of the serious, absurd, weird, and ridiculous topics that seem to permeate our lives. Then there is a space to write your opinion…a literary way to vent.

I am listed in Young Contemporary Authors and Who’s Who in the West. Several of my books have been released as audio books for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. At the moment I am working on a writing book based on a writing course I taught at a small college – the book goes against the majority of things that are taught (other professors hated my class while the students loved it) to my great amusement many of my students are published.

During my years as a writer I have worked for newspapers and several outdoor magazines. In my early years I placed hundreds of poems and short stories to literary magazines before turning my attention on novels. Take a look at my work…there is something for everyone.

Here is Robert’s link to his website and his book.


Blurb for book:

Dear Reader:

First and foremost, because this is a reader participation book let me emphatically state you do not have to write your name, social security number, bank account passwords, or any personal information in this book. If you have a book that asks for any personal information, gives a P.O. box in either Nigeria, Florida, or New Jersey to mail the book to when you are finished, BEWARE, it is a scam – telephone the police immediately and report the issue even though they will not be able to do anything about it anyway – in fact they might be taking a piece of the action.

Vent is a unique book as, besides being the story of two people accidentally meeting, you will be asked questions that run the gamut from modern world problems, political, to the utterly ridiculous things many people take seriously. Do not fret; this is not a test. With each question you can simply circle YES or NO and write your comments in the provided blank or skip it and move on to the next question.

Thank you, Robert, for stopping by to share your amazing new book. I have attached my review below.

This review is from: VENT: The first ever fill in the blank reader participation book. (Kindle Edition) 5 Stars by jjspina

An entertaining and thought-provoking book by a talented and eclectic author that will keep the reader actively involved in this first of a kind book. Vent is unconventional in its concept and style and will stand alone in the long list of books of multi-genres. The author asks questions about politics, everyday things and makes the reader think long and hard about life.

Robert K. Swisher, Jr. has a unique writing style infused with a wonderful sense of humor that is evident in every book that he writes. Vent is a book like no other in that it asks the reader questions and at the same time it has a storyline running through it. When the main protagonist, William Brown, goes to his grandmother’s funeral he finds himself questioning many aspects of life. When he meets Vent, a eccentric drifter, Bill is forced to question his very existence.

I found this to be an enjoyable and refreshing read and look forward to more from this creative author. It was my pleasure to read and review a copy of this book provided by the author. I have enjoyed all of this author’s books.

Thank you, everyone, for stopping by to read about this unique and entertaining book by Robert K. Swisher, Jr. All his books are wonderful and infused with his innate ability to entertain and make his readers laugh.
Blessings & hugs,
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FREE promotion opportunities on Smorgasbord

Amazing Sally Cronin is offering every blogger, writer, author a chance to shine on her fabulous blog. Check it out – you gain more followers and the opportunity to meet lovely Sally! Thank you, Sally, for your generosity! ❤️

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As a writer I believe in sharing other’s work in any of the creative fields. Not only because I receive such generous support from fellow bloggers but because we are a community and what is good for you is good for me.

There are a number of ways that you can promote your blog, poetry, books, art, photography, music and any other creative skill you have.

I am looking for guest posts on all aspects of health, on hobbies and crafts, cookery, recipes and writing of course.

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There is a special place in my heart for short stories and we already have some great ones scheduled. By guest posting your stories here you will reach a new audience to your own blog and take advantage of my social media contacts.

Pet of the week

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Fall is here – my favorite time of year!

Ahh, fall is here! I love the carefree feeling of summer but I really love the cool, crisp, clean feel of the fall, the brilliant display of natures’ colors and the absence of pesky bugs, especially mosquitoes.

While the weather is changing some of the flowers are dying while others are still flourishing. Here’s a picture of ten rose of Sharon bushes my husband and I transplanted on one side of our house. The mother plant as been severely cut back this year due to an invasive weed that attached itself to the middle of the plant and started to choke it. I managed to pull the weed out and the landscaper did the trimming.


Some of the flowers are purple and some are white and this happens on almost all of the bushes. The mother plant used to be all purple but now it is sprouting both colored flowers. They are beautiful, fast growing and resilient. Once they get a foothold they keep flowering every year here even after being given a short haircut by my husband soon.


My rose bush is doing well with bountiful blossoms. St. Theresa is surely smiling down on them.

The hydrangea is still producing flowers but not as bright as previously.


We enjoyed taking our 2-3 mile walk around the neighborhood and I got these incredible shots of a couple of turkey buzzards sunning themselves on neighbors’ roofs. They are huge birds even from this distance.



Did the notice the cloudless sky of a gorgeous azure blue? Is there anything more beautiful in this world? It made me happy to be alive and well to enjoy it.

Here are some fall decorations to put you into the autumn spirit.

I hope wherever you live and whatever the season you have a lovely day!

Thanks for stopping by and letting me share my photos and thoughts with you.

Remember: Reading Gives You Wings to Fly! Every day is a perfect day to read and soar with!

Blessings & hugs!



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A Tale of Fishes and More!


As most of you know I love birds and post about them often. I also love fish (not the eating kind here). But I do eat my share of all kinds of fish and other seafood.

My husband and I have three tanks of fish at our home, one salt water and two freshwater. They are our pets! We love and care for them. They have personalities like any other pet.


This freshwater tank is only six gallons and has a beautiful blue, red and purple beta (Rainbow) above, and a brilliant orange lobster (Larry) below.


The second tank is also freshwater and is 80 gallons with a myriad assortment of fish including a black-tipped shark and two large angels. One angel is at the top of the tank here.


The third tank is a 35-gallon tank with a spider starfish (Spidey), a chocolate chip starfish (Coco), a sea urchin (Urkel), a sea cucumber (Sandy), two clown fish (Nemo and Marlin), a hippo tang (Dory), and three shrimp (two are fire shrimp and one is a cleaner shrimp).


Nemo and Marlin and Dory swimming around together are the best of friends.


Coco, the chocolate chip starfish, loves feasting on shrimp.


Sandy, the sea cucumber, reminds me of Shrek as she lifts up her head.


Spidey, the spider starfish, slinking around the clam that my husband threw in for a treat.

We had two anemones which the clown fish love but they didn’t make it. We may buy another soon. I will share it with you. They are fascinating as they shrink and grow at will with finger-like projectiles that move in the water. Most fish get stung by these projectiles except the clown fish who actually sleep inside these creatures. They are immune to the stings.


I wrote about one of our former special sea creatures, a crustacean, Jerry the Crabby CrayfishJerry was quite a character and very crabby at times. He has become my most popular book of all twelve books so far. Louey the Lazy Elephant is a close second.

With all the colorful sea creatures we have there is bound to be more stories brewing in my head for future books. One that I plan to publish, in the future, is about a hermit crab (Clarence Henry), no longer with us. Stay tuned for more info on this and other books coming.

i hope you enjoyed this post about our pets. They give us a feeling of peace and joy just watching them in their habitats.

Please check out adorable Jerry the Crabby Crayfish and all Jemsbooks here. You can click on the cover or title to purchase above.

Blessings and hugs!


9/28/16 Addendum: Sad news to report! Sandy, the sea cucumber, passed last night. I found Coco having an early morning snack of her remains. Sandy had only recently joined our tank family. We will replace her eventually. It’s difficult when we name each creature and then they die. The large tank we don’t name any of them but the smaller tanks the grandkids enjoy calling the fish by names. Sigh. I did get some great pics of her though.

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Special Promotion – Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, Book 1, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone!

Multi-award-winning book – click on cover for link!


Special promotion for Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, Book 1, The Case of  the Missing Cell Phone, on Amazon beginning September 24, 2016 – October 1, 2016 $1.99 for kindle copy!

Get in on all the fun adventures with twins Davey & Derek Donato! Go to link below.

Books 2 and 3 with plenty of magic and fun adventures for all available on

Click on covers for links too!


Book 4 coming this fall with more adventures for the boys and lots of magic and mystery.

Happy reading!

Thank you for stopping by and for your kind support!

Remember : Reading Gives You Wings to Fly!

Blessings & hugs to all!


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