Incredible Birds – Humming Birds!

I love these little guys! Every day I spend time observing them. They are sweet but quite feisty when other humming birds try to drink from their feeders. They will fight for their place. They are fascinating and entertaining and provide a lift to my spirits each time they visit. I’ll going to miss them when they leave.

I am in awe when I see humming birds. They are minuscule in size and move so swiftly that they can actually fly in place, pivot and fly backwards. We have three feeders for them and fourteen rose of Sharon bushes around our yard which they love to feed from. Their time here is coming to an end. They must tank up to gain strength to endure their grueling trip to Central America near the equator.

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Seeing these little creatures and how resilient they are makes me believe that anything is possible no matter what your size.

Believe in yourself that you can do anything you put your mind to. Don’t  let your fears take over. Be like a humming bird fearless and resilient. I feel more confident that I can do more if these miniature birds can fly extraordinary distances and then return again next year. They are truly remarkable.

Here is a poem I wrote several years ago.

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 It is 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 nectar so sweet.

 I watch it as it moves so effortlessly.

 Its wings beat so quickly it almost seems to stand still.

 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 that there is something greater out there

 That made the glorious humming bird.

My goal this year is easy compared to these birds. I hoped to publish five books. So far l have published two and two more on the way.  I will keep plugging along and will not give up. I love what I do and hope you readers out there love reading my books.

Feel free to drop me a line to share your thoughts and reviews of my books.

Thank you for stopping by. Hope you enjoyed my birds and that you get to see some too to brighten your day.

Blessings & hugs!



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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Book of the Week – How Far is Heaven by J.E. Spina

Thank you, Sally Cronin, for this wonderful sharing of my Books! You are an incredible support and special person who I adore! 😘 love & hugs xx

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Today’s book is the paranormal romance, How Far is Heaven by J.E. Spina who also writes award winning children’s book as Janice Spina.

41YV5IWpyzL._UY250_About 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 the 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 it’s too late. She fears…

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Books, Books, Glorious Books!

The magnificent blogger, writer, and soon to be author shares some of his favorite books and authors on his site. I am honored to be among them! Thank you, dear Hugh! Hugs xx
Please check out Hugh’s wonderful blog and fill up your library.

Hugh's Views & News

Last weekend, I gave you Five Blog Posts I Recommend You Read. This weekend it’s all about books! Check out these five posts and consider downloading at least one book from any of these five wonderful authors. Not only will you make their weekend, but you’ll have a fantastic book ready to read.

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First up, is Sally Cronin, who I’ve often referred to as one of the jewels in the crown of the blogging world. Sally has written many books and by clicking on the link above ‘Tales From The Garden’ you’ll be taken to her post that gives information on some of them as well as some promotional videos. There’s something for everyone in this collection, so go check them out now.

My Books by Sally Cronin

Tales From The Garden by Sally Cronin One of Sally’s Books – Tales From The Garden

Buy the book by clicking here.

Next up is Eloise De Sousa

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My books

Lovely collection of books by talented author, Sally Cronin! Check them out and stock up your library!

Here are my current books available on Amazon, the Moyhill site and  Smashwords. All except for Just Food for Health are available in E-versions for most readers. You can buy all my books from my o…

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Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Book 3 is here!

D & D Book 3 front cover

I am excited to announce that Book 3 of my MG/PT series, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, is now available on Create Space and coming this week to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online stores. Here is a sneak peek of the cover!

Please go to my Amazon author page to check out all Jemsbooks books and for Books 1 & 2 to get in on all the fun with twins, Davey & Derek Donato. You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy these books! They are fun and enjoyable reads for everyone!


Davey & Derek Donato are twins who love adventures and enjoy being junior detectives. In Book 3 of this series their help is enlisted to find an ivory figurine that has been taken from the local museum. 

There are many suspects and danger is not far from the boys as they learn more magic and use their skills to find those responsible for the theft. 

Their Aunt Gigi is close by to lend a hand and at the same time help the twins hone their magical gifts.

I hope you will enjoy this book and the other two books in this series. Kids in grade 5-7 will love them and so will their parents! Check out the wonderful reviews on Amazon. Book 1 Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Missing Cell Phonewon the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award. Get in on all the fun, magic, mystery and sibling rivalry as you read along and experience twin adventures!

Feel free to share this post and comment about my books! I would love to hear from you! Book 4 in the series is coming this fall. A new mystery series for girls (MG/PT) will come by the end of this year or beginning of next.

Remember: Reading Gives You Wings to Fly!

Soar with Jemsbooks – Books for all ages!

Thank you for stopping by.

Blessings & hugs,



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Summer is Flying By!




I can’t believe how fast summer is flying by! Our flowers are doing well even if there hasn’t been much rain. Of course my husband and I water them daily as long as there’s no ban on using water.

We’ve had a hot, humid summer in the northeast, USA, here in New Hampshire. We usually enjoy dining out on our deck overlooking a small pond. But it’s been oppressive and this heat has pushed us indoors into air conditioned comfort. This photo of the pond shows all types of vegetation but little water. It’s still beautiful to look at.

We have the view from inside as we dine but it’s not the same. Before we know it fall will be encroaching. I look forward to the magnificent beauty of the fall foliage dressed in brilliant colors of red, yellow and orange. It’s my favorite time of year. For now, though, I’ll enjoy this warm summer and count my blessings.

I love watching the myriad assortment of birds, especially the incredible humming birds. Here are photos of one, a ruby necked, feeding at my kitchen window feeder. Other photos of birds at our back deck feeders are below. We spend a lot on keeping them fed. LOL!

I’m thankful for good health, a wonderful husband, supportive, loving family, and warm and kind friends online. You know who you are, Sally and Deanie and many others!

I’m thankful for the blessings God has given me. I pray that I can give back as much to others who are in need.

What are you thankful for?

Thank you for stopping by.


Blessings to all!



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Wonderful Reviews of How Far Is Heaven!


I am so excited to receive these wonderful reviews of my new novel, How Far Is Heaven. Thank you to the lovely people who wrote these reviews and thank you to all readers who do reviews! Reviews are like Christmas presents each time I discover one on my author page on Amazon.  Http://

If you haven’t stopped by my page lately please check out these incredible reviews that warmed my heart.

If you read and enjoy a book, any book by any author please take a moment and let that author know how much you enjoyed their work by leaving a review. It means the world to us authors. It not only brings us joy but also encourages us to write more. If you like us please tell us! Let’s make some author’s happy this summer by reviewing their books! I have done hundreds of reviews and have made many authors happy. Only a few words are needed to do a review. This is REVIEW A BOOK MONTH!

Here’s a quick tutorial on doing a review on Amazon:

  1. Find book on Amazon you just read
  2. Scroll down and Press Write a customer review next to ratings
  3. Write a few sentences – what you like about the book
  4. Press submit

Smiles will abound!

Authors everywhere will thank you!

Thank you for stopping by. Check out for books for all ages and bring joy into your lives. You certainly will make this author happy!

Remember: Reading Gives You Wings To Fly!

May God bless you all!

With love,

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Make August WRITE A REVIEW On AMAZON MONTH @TerryTyler4 #AugustReviews

Wonderful post by Marcia Meara about reviewing books on Amazon. Let’s get onboard and review books now. Indie authors need readers and reviewers! We love you for your reviews! Begin now – August is review books month! Thank you! ❤️

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August 2016 is Write An Amazon Review Month! By @TerryTyler4 #AugustReviews

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 On Monday 25th July, book blogger Rosie Amber wrote this post encouraging readers and writers alike to post a short review on Amazon for any book they’ve read and enjoyed ~ following this up, Terry Tyler is starting this initiative along with other writer-bloggers including Rosie, Cathy from Between The Lines, Barb Taub, Shelley Wilson and Alison Williams.

 The idea is that, from August 1st, everyone who reads this uses their Amazon account to post just one review on one book that they’ve read (but feel free to carry on if you get in the swing!).  You don’t even have to have read it recently, it can be any book you’ve read, any time.  The book does not have to have been purchased from Amazon, though if it is you get the ‘Verified Purchase’…

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Jemsbooks at Second Peek Children’s Boutique!

I am pleased to announce that Jemsbooks (children’s and MG/PT books) will be available at this new and exciting store, Second Peek Children’s Boutique, which is coming to Manchester, New Hampshire, USA, grand opening to be September 12, 2016. I will be there to do a book signing some time in October.

You can find Second Peek Children’s Boutique on Facebook and they have a website where you can peruse all the lovely merchandise that will be available and learn of upcoming events from owner, Johanna Rolfe.

Thank you for stopping by. I look forward to working with Johanna.

Reading Gives You Wings to Fly! Happy reading! Soar with Jemsbooks!

Blessings and hugs!


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The Addams Family Musical at Derry Opera House!

The Addams Family Musical



My husband and I went to a play, The Addams Family Musical, put on by the Kids Coop Theater at the Derry Opera House in Derry, New Hampshire on Saturday, July 23. It was quite a fun romp with a darkly comedic twist.

Anyone who remembers the TV show, The Addams Family, and its catchy song will know what I mean by its dark and macabre setting.


Two of my grandsons had leads as members of this famous family. My oldest grandson, Daniel (above with me), was Uncle Fester (this is his last show with the opera house, going to college in the fall, UNH). My younger grandson, Joey, played the role of Pugsley. Both of them did a tremendous job in their roles making this Grammy quite proud.

Here’s Daniel as Uncle Fester professing his love for the moon. I manage to take this at the back of the theater when no one was looking, LOL!


Here’s Joey as Pugsley with my two youngest grandchildren.


The show was quite a production by Kids Coop Theater and their creative director, staff, parents and volunteers. The fabulous music was provided by members of the Londonderry High School Band conducted by their dedicated instructor, Serge Beaulieu. Photos weren’t allowed so I took these after the show.

Here’s Lurch, the butler.


The actors worked tirelessly with many hours of practice each week. The joy of performing was evident in the faces of the smiling high school students. My grandson, Joey, was the youngest actor in the play. He loved every minute of performing with his oldest brother. Acting seems to be in my three grandsons’ blood. They also sing like angels. My middle grandson, Jason, helped back stage since there were no more available parts for him.

This is one of many shows in which they have performed for Kids Coop Theater and also Derry Opera House. Joey and Jason will continue to perform until they, too, reach high school or age 18.

Congratulations to all the incredibly talented actors, hard-working and creative Kids Coop staff, and the amazing and supportive parents for making this fantastic show possible.

I posted a YouTube video on my FB page of this play which I could not copy here. Go to @janicespina7 to view it.

These photos are courtesy of Doug Rathburn, photographer extraordinaire, who covers all the plays for Kids Coop Theater and Derry Opera House.


The cast of The Addams Family members

I look forward to more wonderful shows with my grandsons and other talented actors from several New Hampshire towns.

Thank you for stopping by. Hope you enjoyed this post.

Remember – Reading Gives You Wings to Fly! Http:// for all Jemsbooks – Books for all ages!

Blessings & Hugs!


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