New Children’s Book – Cover Reveal – Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier!




I am happy and excited to announce this new children’s book, Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier, has joined Jemsbooks family of books for young children Ages 1-8, Grades PS-Gr. 3, written in rhyme. I hope you and your children will love Lucy as much as I do!

Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier is now available on Amazon, Kindle  Barnes & Noble, and on this page on the right – all links are listed under book covers.


This book is based on my dog, Lucy, who I had for 16 years. She was quite a character and did all the things that are in this book. She loved my spaghetti with homemade sauce, watched TV shows featuring animals, hated baths, “sang” when music was played, and had two cherished possessions, a knotted rag and a ball. I hope you will enjoy reading about Lucy. She is no longer with us and can never be replaced.

Lucy was a special kind of dog. I guess everyone’s dog is a special kind of dog. Lucy gave me such joy, cheered me up when I was sad, and snuggled close when I needed a friend. I miss her still today.

My husband, John, created this book. Each time he illustrates one of my books he changes things up a bit and creates something different. When you look at this book you will see what I mean.


Thank you for stopping by and for your kind support!

Blessings & Hugs!


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It has been several months in coming but it is finally here! I am thrilled!





I am excited to announce Mariah’s Revenge, the sequel to Hunting Mariah, is now here! Here is the cover that my husband created. The model is my beautiful niece, Laura, who graciously agreed to model for both books.

Book Blurb For Mariah’s Revenge:

This book begins where the first book, Hunting Mariah, left off. A suspense/thriller/crime novel that will keep you turning pages as the suspense 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? 

All my books are available on and here on my blog on the right by clicking on the covers of each book.

Don’t forget the first book, Hunting Mariah, is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. In order to understand the story and the mind of the killer you should read Hunting Mariah before Mariah’s Revenge.

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Book Blurb for 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?


HAPPY READING if you dare! I would love to hear from readers about these books and welcome reviews on Amazon, Goodreads and Barnes & Noble.

Blessings & Hugs!


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There is hope for all authors, illustrators, artists, creative muses! Check out this interesting post by Nicholas Rossis! There just may be a light at the end of the tunnel!

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International Women’s Day!

Please check out this important post on Sally Cronin’s spectacular blog highlighting women’s equality!

I beseech all women who are in an unhealthy relationship, take a stand, be strong, and move on! God made women strong to bear children and take care of their family. If we can do that we can do anything we put our minds to! Stand tall!

via Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Coffee Morning in honour of International Women’s Day #PressforProgress

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International Women’s Day

Please join Sally Cronin on her informative blog for International Women’s Day on March 8, 2018, for cake, conversation and support. We women must band together for others who are oppressed around the world. Let’s help those women to have the same rights as men in their countries by supporting their efforts to fight back for their freedoms. May God Bless us all!

via International Women’s Day – March 8th 2018 – #PressforProgress – Coffee Morning Next Thursday.

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Sequel to Hunting Mariah Coming from Jemsbooks!


For all you readers who have requested this sequel, MARIAH’S REVENGE, is coming soon. I am presently in my last edit after all my beta readers gave their feedback. I hope to complete this edit by the end of this week and then onto publishing. My husband is working on the cover now. Watch for a COVER REVEAL soon!

I dare you to read, if you haven’t read HUNTING MARIAH yet, here are the links. PLEASE DON’T GIVE AWAY THE ENDING!

If you would like an autographed copy of Hunting Mariah, original cover (with knife), please contact me at There are a limited amount of these left. The new cover is all you will find on my Amazon page.


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Be ready to be shocked and surprised over the twists and turns and ending of the first book and the new book! I did enjoy putting these things in to delight the reader who thinks he or she can figure out the ending or unlock the mystery. There are also some light moments in this book which I put in for my own sake. I think you might appreciate them too.

Please let me share with you how I feel about this sequel. I have to admit this book, along with the first book, have taken a toll on me. They have completely drained me due to the subject matter. I feel uncomfortable with violence. For those of you who are waiting for this book, I hope you enjoy it! It will be my last book in this genre. I will continue to provide mysteries without all the gore and violence. It is too upsetting to me and my beta readers.

I made sure to bring closure to everything from the first book. There will be nothing to continue on in this storyline.

Most of the time I hate to leave my characters in my stories. I develop a bond with them and wish them well and want to continue creating more stories about them. But this time, I feel relief to let these characters go. They have tested my patience and my stamina to go any further with them.

Those of you reading this must think this is strange. To me it is too. I have never felt like this about any of my other books. While I was writing these two books I was depressed, tired, frustrated, angry with an all over feeling of melancholy until I finished them. To read them again and again for editing brings back these strong feelings.

Authors out there who write violent storylines, how do you feel when you write this type of book?

I look forward with great joy to continuing my middle-grade/preteen/YA series which I began a few months ago. I feel joy, lightheartedness, and free when I write in this genre. I have found my niche.

Please feel free to let me know how you feel about this new book and the first one, Hunting Mariah. What do you think of my MG/PT/YA books in comparison? Do you see what I mean?

There are all kinds of books written in a multitude of genres to cover all tastes in reading. I hope you lovers of mysteries with a violent nature will love these two books. Reviews are welcome and greatly appreciated!

Now for those of you who long for me to get back to my children’s books and MG/PT/YA, I promise to get right back to them once Mariah’s Revenge is completed.

Thank you for stopping by and for your continued support! I couldn’t do this without you readers, fans and friends!


Blessings & Hugs!


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Taking Time off from Writing to Bake!


My oldest grandson’s birthday was a special occasion to bake his favorite, apple pie. He prefers pie to cake to celebrate. I made a small pie especially for him and a large pie for everyone else to share.

I made two little pies – one for my grandson and the other to freeze for another time when John and I had a hankering for apple pie. Mmm!

It was a happy celebration 🎉- he is now 20! What a nice age to be! Right?

Something strange appeared in the large pie that I had to share with you. Please look carefully at this pie below and enlarge it to see what I am talking about. Only in this view of the pie will you see it. Please let me know if you see the faces!

There appears to be three faces besides the one I made with the slits. Two small faces – childlike, one holding the other in his arms and behind these two faces is a gnome-like face with a long beard and a pointy hat. I hope you can see them or you will think I am out of my mind! I showed it around to my family and they could see them! Wow! Thank goodness! I am not crazy after all! Phew!

Well, all in all, it was a lovely day with turkey and all the fixings. I didn’t get to take a photo of the turkey because everyone crowded around as John carved. I completely forgot. It was golden brown and delicious! Maybe the next time I will remember to snap a pic. Sigh!

I found baking relaxing as I rolled out the dough and shaped it into the pie plates. I always loved baking even more than cooking. It is cathartic. I find that it refreshes me.

It was nice to get away from the sequel which is still in another editing mode. Oh boy, will it ever end. I have four beta readers and each one has given their own distinctive feedback on it. They are wonderful eyes to have. There is always something I may have missed on my own work.

Well, I promise to get it out this month – March! I will do my best to continue to polish it. Watch here and on my website – for when Mariah’s Revenge will be published. A cover will be revealed before that time as soon as my husband has completed it.

If you haven’t read the first book, Hunting Mariah, you can check it out on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and on

Thank you for stopping by to read my meanderings. Thank you for your kind support. Please wish me luck in this new book! It has been a difficult thing to complete. I really didn’t want to do it but some of my readers requested it. Sigh! I try to keep them happy.


Blessings & Hugs!


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Check out Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore!

I was surprised and pleased to be among these talented authors on Sally Cronin’s Cafe and Bookstore! Thank you, Sally, for the including me! Hugs xx

Check it out for an eclectic mix of authors and their wonderful books!

via Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Jack Eason, Janice Spina, Amy M. Reade, John W. Howell and C.S. Boyack

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Interview with Author Christine M. Shannon!

Please help me welcome author Christine M. Shannon to Jemsbooks Blog – Interview An Author Segment.

It’s a pleasure to have you here, Christine. Please tell us about yourself and your books.

So sweet of you to do this! I really appreciate this, Janice!

Christine Shannon

1. Tell us something about yourself.
My name is Christine Shannon. I have worked in the banking industry for nineteen years and now retired. I reside in Michigan with my husband and we have one son.

jjspina: That is quite a difference for you from banking to writing.

2. When did you know that you wanted to be an author?
My neighbor, a retired doctor, inspired me to write my first book, Mickey and Hip Hop. It’s about a boy and his pet frog. My neighbor and I were talking to each other in the yard one summer day. We were talking about different critters living around us. Living in a rural area, there are quite a few of them. It was out of the blue he says “Why don’t you write a book?” I replied by saying “Okay, I will” and we laughed, but going back into my house I started thinking about a boy and his pet frog. So with pen in hand, I started writing my thoughts on paper and created my story.

jjspina: Inspiration can sometimes come from many different people and places.

3. What process do you need in order to write?
I need to be in a quiet atmosphere. Comfortable surroundings and a cup of hot tea.

jjspina: Whatever works for you to bring out your creativity. All sounds good to me!

4. How do you come up with ideas for your stories?
They just come to mind from time to time.

jjspina: It’s amazing how they can appear to pop into your head at any moment.

5. What projects are you currently working on?
Tying up loose ends with my new just released book.

jjspina: There does seem to be many of those loose ends of which to take care.

6. What do you expect to accomplish in 2018?
Some relaxation, spend time with family and friends for now. Possibly start writing a new book.

jjspina: We all need to relax and kick back once in a while and spend time with others.

7. What hobbies do you have when you are not writing?
Cooking and gardening.

jjspina: Cooking and gardening go hand in hand – from the garden to the table.

8. What is your target audience for your book?
Adults and Teenagers.

jjspina: This is a wide group to target. You should get your books into many hands.

A Mothers Love Forever Cm Shannon

9. Please share your books with us and a synopsis of each.
My currently published book was just released on my birthday January 31, 2018. It’s titled A Mother’s Love Forever about My mother who is deceased and appears to me in spiritual form and in my dreams to warn me that I am in danger of having cancer. I wrote this book to share my story and to let people know that they are not alone. They who have battled this terrible decease and have survived it.

Mickey and Hip Hop CM Shannon
My first book is a Children’s Book titled, Mickey and Hip Hop. It’s about a boy who finds a frog “Hip Hop” in his backyard and they become best friends. Mickey teaches his pet frog tricks and how to count. “Hip Hop” hops off one day and Mickey tries to find him. When he finds him, he discovers that “Hip Hop” has a family of his own.

jjspina: You current book must have been a difficult one to write. The first book appears to be a fun book for kids with a valuable life lesson about family.

10. Please share your links and where to purchase your books.


BARNES & NOBLE (coming soon)



11. What advice would you give prospective authors?
Go with your visions and your dreams. When you wake up in the middle of the night and have thoughts going through your head for your book, by all means, get up and write it down because in the morning it can be forgotten.

jjspina: I agree with this too, Christine. When ideas hit me, I have to write them down or they can be lost forever.
12. Is there anything else you would like to share?
Stay positive and have faith no matter what circumstances you may be facing in your life. Believe in your inner strength. It’s there when you need it most, and it will surely surprise you.

jjspina: Nicely said, Christine.

It was a sincere pleasure to have you on Jemsbooks Blog Interview an Author Segment, Christine. The cover of your latest book is beautiful! I wish you much success with your books.

Now that you are a member of Jemsbooks Blog family, please feel free to come back again to share any new books that you may have with me and my readers.

Thank you, readers, for stopping by to read about another author on Interview an Author Segment. I hope you will check out Christine’s lovely books on the links above.


Blessings & Hugs!


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Interview with Author Stephen Lomer!

Please welcome author Stephen Lomer to Jemsbooks Blog. I met Stephen at the Author Event in Sandown, New Hampshire, USA, at Zorvino Vineyards in February 2018. He is the second author to come forward for an interview from this venue.  Welcome, Stephen!

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Thank you, Janice, for giving this opportunity! It was a pleasure to meet you at the Vineyard.

Stephen Lomer Bio:


A grammar nerd, Star Trek fan, and other things that chicks dig, Stephen Lomer is the author of the hugely popular novel Typo Squad, the short story collections Stargazer Lilies or Nothing at All and B.B. and Red, and the novellas Hell’s Nerds and Belle’s Christmas Carol. He’s also been a finalist in the NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge numerous times, and has featured stories in the anthologies UnCommon Evil, Once Upon a Time in Gravity City, and My Peculiar Family II.

Stephen is the creator, owner, and a regular contributor to the website Television Woodshed. He’s a hardcore fan of the Houston Texans, despite living in the Hub of the Universe his whole life, and believes Mark Twain was correct about pretty much everything.

Stephen lives on Boston’s North Shore with his wife, Teresa.


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1. Please tell us something about yourself.

Okay, here goes: I’m Batman. Just kidding, no, I’m not Batman. Although that’s exactly what Batman would say, isn’t it? Never mind, forget I said anything about Batman.


Jjspina: You do have a quirky sense of humor, Stephen! That’s what I like about you!


2. When did you know that you wanted to be an author?

Well, I’ve been a writer for as long as I can remember, so I guess I’ve always been working toward becoming an author. Of course, if I had known how hard it was to be an author, I might have just stayed writing dirty limericks as my creative outlet.


jjspina: Oh, I see! Didn’t expect that.


3. What process do you need in order to write?

Give me a laptop and a stretch of uninterrupted time and I’ll give you the world. In written form.


jjspina: That’s great! Now just to find that precious time!


4. How do you come up with ideas for your stories?

The ideas tend to find me, actually. I’m usually bored, thinking of something completely unrelated and the story idea will just flash right across my brain. That’s a wonderful feeling.


jjspina: Ah, yes, I  know what you mean.

5. What projects are you currently working on?

I’m finishing up my second novel, Typo Squad II, which, barring any unforeseen circumstances, will be coming out in June 2018.


jjspina: Good luck with it, Stephen! 


6. What do you expect to accomplish in 2018?

Well hopefully, the sky’s the limit. The novel has been such an undertaking that I haven’t looked much past it, but I think it will be fun to get back to writing short stories, either for submission or to pull together as another short story collection.


 jjspina: Sounds good! I enjoy short stories as I am sure many others do.


7. What hobbies do you have when you are not writing?

As a nerd, it’s important for me to spend my leisure time on nerdy things, so I do. I love a good game of chess, checking out the latest superhero movie, and attending comic-cons.


 jjspina: Well, there are plenty of superhero movies to check out too.


8. What is your target audience for your book?

I think proofreaders, copy editors, and anyone with a real and abiding love for the English language will enjoy the Typo Squad series. Also, anyone who likes a good, groan-worthy pun.


jjspina: Sound interesting, Stephen.


9. Please share your books with us and a synopsis of each.


Stargazer Lilies or Nothing at All


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Stargazer Lilies or Nothing at All is a collection of short stories that has a little something for everyone. See what life is like for the poor mother of an insufferable perfectionist in the title story. Find out what’s to be done to save the hipsters in “So Ten Minutes Ago.” Enjoy an updated take on the Goldilocks story in “Trouble Bruin.” Ponder how our choices define our lives in “The Haunting of Flattop Harris.” Stand in the shoes of a young nurse trying to save the tiniest of lives from a city’s destruction in “Wallflower and Casanova.” PLUS! “Royally Screwed,” the story that serves as a prequel to the novel Typo Squad.


Typo Squad

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Typos are lethal to 98% of the population. Be thankful Typo Squad is on patrol …

Richard Shonnary was a Typo Squad legend. He had a gift for seeking out and destroying errorist cells, and was almost singlehandedly responsible for bringing about the end of errorism. But one night, a single errant bullet fired by his brother prematurely ended his career.


Convinced to come out of self-imposed retirement after five years, Richard unknowingly gives rise to his greatest enemy — Anton Nym. Will he and his new partner be able to stop this latest threat before deadly typos are unleashed upon an unwitting world?


B.B. and Red


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B.B. and Red is a collection of high-caliber, cross-genre short stories from the mind that brought you Stargazer Lilies or Nothing at All. The tale of Little Red Riding Hood gets updated with a sexy new twist. A plumber finds out the hard way what’s wrong with a client’s toilet. A scientist achieves his dream of crossing over to another dimension . . . or does he? All of this and more awaits you in the pages of this exciting new collection!


Hell’s Nerds


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Herb and his small group of friends have been playing epic sword-and-sorcery role-playing games together since they were kids. When Herb’s wife and daughter decide to go to the family lake house for the weekend, Herb invites a renowned dungeon master to guide them on an epic, marathon quest. 


But when an unexpected twist sets them on a real-life journey with potentially lethal consequences, Herb and company discover that evil isn’t confined to the realm of make-believe . . . it’s real. Sort of

Belle’s Christmas Carol


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We all know the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the miserable old miser who rediscovers the joy of Christmas thanks to the intervention of Jacob Marley’s ghost and three spirits. 

But what if there was nothing supernatural going on that fateful Christmas Eve? What if everything that happened to Scrooge that night was carefully planned and choreographed to force him to change his ways?

And what if the mastermind behind it was Scrooge’s long-lost love? 

Discover a whole new take on Dickens’ classic tale in Belle’s Christmas Carol!


10. Please share your links and where to purchase your books.

All of my books are available on amazon and are listed on my Amazon Author’s Page.


jjspina: I will be checking them out soon!

11. What advice would you give prospective authors?

If you’re going to be an author, know what you’re getting yourself into. Whether you’re published through a traditional house or you go the self-pub route, it’s going to be a lot of work, and success will come slowly. Still, there’s nothing quite like writing a book and holding it in your hands, so if you really want it, go for it. I did.


jjspina: Good advice, Stephen. 


12. Is there anything else you would like to share?

Yes, one last thought. There’s only one way for an author to truly succeed, and that’s by helping fellow authors succeed. Never think of other authors as competition. They are your brothers and sisters and are on the same journey you are, so do whatever you can to build them up. And keep writing!


jjspina: Amen to that, Stephen. 

Thank you, Stephen Lomer, for spending time with me and my readers today to share a little about yourself and your books. It was a sincere pleasure to have you here. You are now a member of Jemsbooks Blog family. Please feel free to stop by again to share any new projects you have. Keep writing and believing, Stephen!

Thank you, readers, for stopping by to read about this entertaining and talented author. I hope you will take some time to peruse his books online at the links above. If you purchase any books, please remember to leave some love in the form of a review. We authors love reviews!


Blessings & Hugs!


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