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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 http://Jemsbooks.com!

Blessings & hugs!

Janice

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A Tale of Fishes and More!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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

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

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

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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.

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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!

Janice

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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!

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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.

https://www.amazon.com/Davey-Derek-Junior-Detectives-Missing-ebook/dp/B00X4RDMWO/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Books 2 and 3 with plenty of magic and fun adventures for all available on http://Amazon.com/author/janicespina7

Click on covers for links too!

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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!

Janice

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Laughter the best medicine Revisited – Believe it or not 90% of birds (feathered) are monogamus!

Sally Cronin shares some strange and unusual facts to give you some thought. Check out the adorable penguins. Thanks, Sally! ❤️

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Last year I posted several on the subject of worthless facts and statistics. For those of you who missed them… I hope you enjoy.

There are a couple of goodies in this one.. 90% of birds are monogamus… I wonder which ones are in the 10%!

As this video proves….. Penquins mate for life and sometimes swear!

Enjoy and please feel free to comment, share and ridicule!

  1. Mosquitoes are attracted to the color blue twice as much as to any other color.
  2. If one places a tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad and sting itself to death.
  3. Every night, wasps bite into the stem of a plant, lock their mandibles (jaws) into position, stretch out at right angles to the stem, and, with legs dangling, fall asleep.
  4. WEIRD LAWS During the time of Peter the Great, any Russian man who wore a beard was…

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Think Positive! 😜

A profound and insightful post by Erika Kind that will reverberate across your mind and soul. Thank you, Erika, for this wonderful post!

Erika Kind

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God, how I cannot stand to hear that when I am in the middle of difficult circumstances or situations. Then my ego slips into its diva part: “You can talk easily because you are not in that situation. You have no idea how that really feels.” The tricky thing is that my ego cannot convince me anymore. I simply have no excuses. I know exactly that when I dig into the mud I will only find more mud. But sometimes mud is what I need…

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Opening Day at Second Peek Children’s Boutique – Jemsbooks are there!

Please stop by this beautiful shop for some special books, toys, clothes, figurines, jewelry and many other things for you and your family.

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An adorable shop well stocked with all things for children and a little for the moms too. I took a few snaps of the items along with my books, of course.

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Jemsbooks have their own shelf near the register. Take a peek at them at Second Peek Children’s Boutique! Happy Reading!

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There are so many wonderful items sold here you are sure to find something for your children and you too. Johanna Rolfe, owner/manager is lovely and there to answer all your questions about her store. Happy shopping everyone!

Please go to Facebook and Second Peek Boutique’s website for more details.

I will let you know when the official Open House will be. I will be there to sign books and meet and greet visitors.

Thank you for stopping by!

Blessings & Hugs,

Janice

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Rotten Reviews and Terrible Trolls

Check out Jo Robinson’s insightful post about reviews and her fabulous blog for all your publishing needs! She is talented and creative author, blogger and indie author’s best source for publishing. Thanks, Jo! Hugs! ❤️

Lit World Interviews

You will get bad reviews. It’s inevitable, I promise you. Take comfort in the fact that it’s a rite of passage all writers go through. Every – single – one of them, and after the first one has you on the floor, bawling your eyes out, and inexplicably trying to chew your own foot off for a while, they’re not so hard to deal with. Some are pretty funny, and some are just to be ignored. There are people out there who delight in trashing books, and sometimes the authors of books too, for reasons unknown to most decent humans. Sometimes it’s jealousy, and sometimes it’s just because they’re mean. Sometimes also these one star stabs to the soul are perfectly legitimate in their author’s hearts and minds, because they really didn’t enjoy what you wrote for reasons that do or don’t make sense to you. Whatever the reasons are…

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Pray for the Families of the Victims of 911!

 

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It is hard to believe that it has been fifteen years since that tragic day in American history! Everyone remembers where they were when the Twin Towers were hit. It is a day that no one will ever forget. It changed us all but only made America stronger and bonded us together.

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Please take a moment out of your busy day to say a prayer for those who suffered and lost loved ones.

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Thank you for stopping by.

Blessings and hugs,

Janice

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Fantastic Show at Tupelo Music Hall – Nelson Remembered!

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Recently my husband and I, along with our friends, Bob and Linda, went to a wonderfully entertaining show at Tupelo Music Hall, Londonderry, NH, USA to see Nelson Remembered based on the life and music of Ricky Nelson. For those of you who do not know Ricky Nelson, he was the adorable, talented, young star who first started his career on his parent’s show, Ozzie and Harriet Show. Ricky comes from a successful musical family, three generations now including his twin sons, Matthew and Gunnar Nelson.

These talented twins are successful in their own right writing, producing and singing songs since the late eighties. Everywhere they traveled to entertain they were asked to perform some of their famous father’s songs. This is how the show, Nelson Remembered, came to be.

The show was high energy, lots of clapping, singing along and plenty of nostalgia for those of us who were around at the time of this incredible entertainer.

After the show Matthew and Gunnar Nelson met and greeted all who waited, and graciously signed all CDs purchased. Of course I bought one and have enjoyed hearing it again. I was thrilled to get a photo with these incredible entertainers. I look forward to the next show they put on in the future. Can’t get enough of the music!

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Some of Ricky’s most famous songs are Hello Mary Lou, Poor Little Fool, Travelin’ Man, Garden Party, Fools Rush In, Lonesome Town and many more. What made this show so special were the films the twins showed of their father’s life on and off the show, and little tidbits of comical information about his career. These multi-talented young men had perfect timing and a great sense of humor when delivering all the fun antidotes about their father. They were like a finely tuned comedy act as they bounced quips off of one another.

What many people do not know is that Ricky was in competition at the time in the 70’s with Elvis Presley as their popularity rose and their music climbed the billboard charts. They recorded some of the same songs within a week or so of each other. Ricky Nelson was the only singer in history back then to give Elvis a run for his money at the top of the charts. They were good friends and Ricky mourned Elvis’ death in 1977. Ricky Nelson died in a tragic plane crash in 1987. The world lost a powerful performer.

Matthew and Gunnar Nelson relayed how they grew up with celebrities coming and going throughout their house. They didn’t think anything of it at the time to call a wiry-haired man uncle, (Bob Dylan), and Mama Cass Elliott was their babysitter. They were friends with Elvis and his wife and still visit Priscilla Presley to this day.

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This is the second time we have gone to see this show. It was that good!! This time we brought our friends so that they could enjoy it too. The venue, Tupelo Music Hall, is an intimate setting with 275 seats, some tables, and food provided along with a wine and beer cellar where patrons can purchase a bottle or two to bring into the hall. At the end of this year Tupelo will be leaving this site and building a larger facility in neighboring Derry, NH with over 500 seats. We will definitely be there!

I hope you get to see Nelson Remembered in your hometown. The Nelsons put on an amazing show, and they sell out fast!

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed reading about this unforgettable show.

Blessings & hugs to all!

Janice

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Introducing Third Book in John J Cannon Trilogy!

I am happy to help John Howell spread the word about his new book. Please check out this talented author’s new exciting book! Congratulations and best of luck with it.

Introducing the third book in the John J. Cannon Trilogy – Our Justice

Click to go to Amazon

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Blurb

The terrorist leader and financier Matt Jacobs has figured out a way to eliminate the President. He is relying on John Cannon’s stature as a hero to help him carry it off. John finds himself walking the fine line of pretending to help Matt while trying to figure out a countermeasure to the plan.

The action begins with John fearing for his life. Clearly, whoever is trying to get him has a mission to accomplish and the elimination of John is at the top of the to-do list. The quest to survive takes John and his love, Stephanie from the beaches of Port Aransas to West Virginia and finally to Matt Jacob’s corporate headquarters at the Embarcadero Center in San Francisco. There John finally understands what he needs to do to protect both he and Stephanie from further mayhem.

The third book in the John J. Cannon Trilogy brings together two strong wills for a showdown. The question to be answered is who will feel the satisfaction that the achievement of justice delivers? John, Matt or neither?

Our Justice is available on Amazon and KDP now in e-book format for preorder at $2.99 with shipments starting on September 23rd. The paper edition will be available on Amazon September 23rd at $14.99. Here is the link for pre-order of the e-book https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LDFM9WM?ref_=pe_2427780_160035660

Excerpt.

I see out of the corner of my eye that Ned is on the phone. Hopefully, he’s calling in reinforcements since it looks like the SUV is gaining on us. Just as the rear window of the Focus blows inward, he finishes the call. Hundreds of pieces of glass hit Ned and me. Luckily, it’s shatterproof stuff, so we’re mostly okay cut wise. Ned crouches down and fires three quick shots with his 9MM. In the mirror, the SUV swerves to the left and almost explodes after it rams a parked car. “Stop,” Ned yells.

I slam on the brakes, which nearly tosses Ned through the windshield. “For shit’s sake, I don’t have a seatbelt on, junior, so take it easy. Just stop and turn around.”

John Howell

Author BIO

John’s main interests are reading and writing. He turned to writing as a full-time occupation after an extensive career in business. John writes fictional short stories and novels as well as a daily blog. His first novel, My GRL is available on Amazon and wherever e-books are sold. His second, His Revenge is available on Amazon and KDP Select.

John lives on a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of South Texas with his wife and spoiled rescue pets.

Other places.

Blog Fiction Favorites – http://johnwhowell.com/

Facebook– https://www.facebook.com/john.howell.98229241

Twitter –https://www.twitter.com/HowellWave

Authors db –http://www.authorsdb.com/authors-directory/6604-john-w-howell

LinkedIn –http://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-w-howell/48/b59/462/

Google +https://plus.google.com/+JohnHowellAuthor/

Goodreads –https://www.goodreads.com/johnwhowell/

Amazon Author’s page –https://www.amazon.com/author/johnwhowell

Martin Sisters Publishing –Http://www.martinsisterspublishing.com

Thanks for stopping by! Please check out all John’s books. I am currently reading,

His Revenge, now. I will post a review as soon as I finish it.

Remember: Reading Gives You Wings to Fly!

Blessings & Hugs to all!

Janice

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