Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Janice Spina, Pamela S. Wight and Judith Barrow.

Thank you, Sally Cronin for including me in with wonderful authors, Pamela S. Wight and Judith Barrow! I am honored to be on your fabulous blog! Hugs xo Readers please checkout lovely Sally Cronin’s fantastic blog and Bookstore.

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Janice Spina is celebrating as her book Jerry the Crabby Crayfish has won a prestigious Pinnacle Book Achievement Award. It won in the Best Books in Children’s Interest and it is the fourth award for Janice’s popular children’s books.

About Jerry the Crabby Crayfish and a note from Janice about the inspiration behind the story.

Jerry is a crabby crayfish who all day long wishes he could be a fish. One day something happens in the fish tank that makes Jerry change his mind. Read about the valuable lesson Jerry learns.

Here is a little information about Jerry. He was a real Crayfish that my husband and I had as a pet in one of our fish tanks. He was a beautiful shade of blue and quite a character. He was at times a little crabby and would warn the fish in the tank to stay away from him. When…

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Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Jerry the Crabby Crayfish!

Jerry the  Crabby Crayfish just won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award! I am so excited that my most popular book has received this presigious award!

Best Books in the
Category of CHILDREN’S INTEREST

Jerry The Crabby Crayfish
Janice Spina
http://jemsbooks.com

Here is the site of all the winners. I am honored to be among them!

PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

My books have won four times now with Pinnacle! I am so happy that this group likes my books! I feel blessed to have this honor. Jerry is mighty happy too! LOL!

If you haven’t seen or heard about Jerry go to Amazon or Barnes & Noble for a peek or pick up a copy for that special child in your life and watch him/her smile. Jerry has that effect on children and adults too. He makes for a wonderful teaching tool for children in classrooms.

Book Blurb:

Jerry is a crabby crayfish who all day long wishes he could be a fish. One day something happens in the fish tank that makes Jerry change his mind. Read about the valuable lesson Jerry learns.

Here is a little information about Jerry. He was a real Crayfish that my husband and I had as a pet in one of our fish tanks. He was a beautiful shade of blue and quite a character. He was at times a little crabby and would warn the fish in the tank to stay away from him. When he was hungry he would tap the glass and beg for food. He would also warn my grandchildren not to bother him by waving his claws at them. They had a tendency to tap the glass to get his attention. They were sad when he passed. So was I.

Here are a few reviews from Amazon:

5.0 out of 5 stars Jerry The Crabby Crayfish is a delight!, March 11, 2014
By Wynette Mills
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This review is from: Jerry the Crabby Crayfish (Paperback)
Children will be very curious about this little blue creature. Aquariums and fish captivate little minds to ask “why” and “how”. It teaches us that we are all very special in our own way and by helping one another we learn much about ourselves. It also teaches children about the time and care it requires to have a pet as well as some science fun facts about Jerry molting. The illustrations will keep the children looking for more. I will look for more stories from this talented Author.

5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully entertaining and educational!, February 19, 2014
By SRM-Reviews
This review is from: Jerry the Crabby Crayfish (Kindle Edition)
In her new book for children, “Jerry the Crabby Crayfish”, author Janice Spina once again entertains young readers as she teaches them an important life lesson.

Jerry the crayfish, a cave dweller in a fish tank that was populated by various multi-colored fish, was a very unhappy fellow. Jerry was miserable and discontented with being a crayfish and was quite vocal about his desire to be a fish. But when opportunity arose for him to help others in the fish tank, Jerry realized his unique gifts and wished to be a fish no more.

Mrs. Spina lovely story telling abilities and her husband, John Spina’s fabulous illustrations make this kid book a must have!

5.0 out of 5 stars Another Gem, March 24, 2014
By Amazon Customer
This review is from: Jerry the Crabby Crayfish (Paperback)
This is the second book I have read by the author and I loved it. The repetition in the story and the message it reinforces should have children repeating “Swish, swish, swish, I wish I were a fish” all day long. Once again the illustrations by John Spina are a delight for the visual senses and the deceptively simply imagery is colorful and beautiful. Janice weaves another unique and interesting tale with a subtle environmental message about not interfering with what nature does best on her own. I also love the way she finishes each book with “The End” showing the behind (as in bottom) of each central character, which I think will have children giggling with delight. These books are best read out loud, with children turning the pages and listening, but older children will be able to read on their own without too much trouble. As an educational note: Janice introduces some exact names of some types of fish, never assuming that children would not be ready to learn them, which I think demonstrates her dedication to teaching and instructing children, as much as engaging them with the sweet little stories. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading Lamby the Lonely Lamb.

5.0 out of 5 stars I am 40 years old and I love it! The illustrations are wonderful and the story …, February 17, 2016
By Amazon Customer
This review is from: Jerry the Crabby Crayfish (Kindle Edition)
I adore this book! I am 40 years old and I love it! The illustrations are wonderful and the story of the crabby crayfish always wanting to be a fish but in the end learning that he is special NOT being one is a wonderful lesson for children to learn. Although they may always hope to be something else, better, or perhaps more….they are special in their own way. 🙂

Thank you so much for stopping by! I am still doing my happy 💃 dance!

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

Blessings & Hugs!

Janice

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Gorgeous Flowers to Share!

When I saw these breaktakingly beautiful flowers I just had to share. Thank you to my friend, Steve, for sending them my way. Words can’t do justice to them.

Do you think God will ever run out of ideas? Enjoy and have a great day.

I hope you enjoyed these as much as I did! Only God could create such magnificent beauty!

The flowers that look like monkeys are incredible! The dancing ladies at the end are so sweet and delicate-looking. Ahh, I love flowers!!

Enjoy each day as if it were your last. Appreciate the beauty around you and love your family, friends and all who need you.

Happy reading with http://jemsbooks.com.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Blessings & hugs,

Janice

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Spring has finally sprung!!

An azalea beginning to bloom

HAPPY SPRING!!

Well, it looks as if spring has finally sprung in New Hampshire, USA! We have had a lot of rainy and cloudy days and it was time for a warmer sunnier day today. My husband and I took our 2-3 mile walk and enjoyed the beautiful weather.

Here are some pics of the first signs of spring in my yard.

An azalea bud up close and personal

Red forest pansy in the circle we tend on our street

This tree above has beautiful red blossoms beginning to open and it will eventually have dark red leaves.

Ash tree showing off its growth

This tree was given to us from an online service and it was only a large toothpick when we planted it ten years ago. It grew by leaps and bounds each year and now is quite impressive.

Beginning signs of a yellow day lily

This lily will be full of flowers when it finally reaches it full height.

Visitors in one of our birdhouses

If you look closely at this little birdhouse you will notice there are some twigs sticking out at the bottom. A sure sign that we have some baby birds in there nesting. We actually see little birds being fed by their mother on our deck. They come up once they can fly and sit on our railings and wait to be fed by their mothers. So sweet!

Three more bird houses for rent – still available but not for long!

My rose bush is coming back slowly.

This bush will be magnificent when it is in full bloom with its prolific red blossoms.  I will be sure to share some pics of its beauty in the summer.

Hammock is up on the deck and the furniture is cleaned and ready!

Let the grilling begin!! I am ready for the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer!

Well, that’s all for now. Hope you are having a wonderful spring or whatever season you are in around the world.

Blessings & hugs!

Janice

REMEMBER:  READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS RIGHT INTO SUMMER!

AMAZON 

BARNES & NOBLE

HAPPY READING!

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How To Add A Flipboard Sharing Button To Your #WordPress Blog

More valuable blogging info for bloggers from blogger extraordinaire, Hugh Robert! Check it all out. Thanks, Hugh! ❤️

Here is my Flipboard site.  Follow me too!

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Flipboard is social media platform I discovered last year. Unfortunately, I never really gave it much attention, but a recent upsurge in traffic to my blog from it has convinced me to give it more attentiveness. However, WordPress don’t have a sharing button for Flipboard, so I’ve found out a way to add one.

In my version, you’ll need a Flipboard account to add the sharing button so other bloggers can share your posts on their Flipboard account. You can set one up by going to the Flipboard site at www.flipboard.com. Once your account is ready, you need never use it unless you want to share the posts of other bloggers to it.

Once you have your Flipboard account set up, take a note of your Flipboard username as you’ll need it to create a sharing button. Then follow my guide below.

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Summer Reading for Kids of All Ages!

Pre-School – Grade 3  – Written in rhyme with life lessons – stories encourage children to behave, to respect others differences, to listen to your mother, show kindness to others, it’s okay to be different, love one another, be kind to animals, family and friends are important.

Purchase links:

Amazon Author Page for all Jemsbooks

Barnes & Noble Page for all Jemsbooks

School will be out in less than two months! Can you believe it? Have you picked out which books you want your children to read yet? Let me make some suggestions for you.

Middle-Grade/Young Adult/Preteen – Stories encourage good behavior, kindness to others, respect of elders and family values.

Amazon Author Page for all Jemsbooks

Amazon UK for all Jemsbooks

Amazon.ca for all Jemsbooks

Barnes & Noble for all Jemsbooks

for more links to other Amazon sites go to http://jemsbooks.com

For Parents or 18+

Amazon Author Page for all Jemsbooks

Barnes & Noble for novels

Jemsbooks for all ages! After all, everyone needs a good book!

If your library doesn’t carry Jemsbooks tell them to check out Jemsbooks today! I have donated books to my local library and also sent some to a library in Florida. All libraries should be made aware of books you like to read. I know that everyone can’t afford to purchase a dozen books at one time so let your library help you out. They will purchase them so that you can read all summer.

There are also direct links to individual books (15 in all so far, more coming) on the right side of this post.

Remember: Reading Gives You Wings to Fly! This summer soar with Jemsbooks!

Thank you for stopping by. I love to hear from readers and welcome reviews of all my books! Please spread the word about any books you enjoy by authors. We authors love that! We write for all you wonderful readers out there!

Have fun reading!

Blessings & hugs!

Janice

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Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 5 Coming!

New Cover Reveal will be soon!

I am excited to share that my new book – Book 5 of the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost will be coming out next month.

Blurb:

Twins Davey and Derek are enlisted by two new characters, Abby Rizzo and her cousin Holly, to assist them in finding and capturing the ghosts that haunt their house. Abby and Holly are also sixth graders like the twins.

When the boys visit Abby’s house they discover that this old house holds many secrets and shocking revelations for all. The twins find that they may need the assistance of their Great Aunt Gigi from her box of magic to handle these stubborn ghosts. 

(Special note – these two new characters will have their own series in 2018!)

I will post the direct link to Book 5 as soon as it is published. In the meantime please check out the rest of the series – Books 1-4 on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Book 1 is $9.99 on Amazon now!

Young adults and all ages enjoy this series which encourages good behavior, respect toward elders, kindness to others, and good family values. This series has received four book awards. These books will provide great summer time reading for your kids!

Thank you for stopping by and for your continued support!

Blessings & hugs!

Janice

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13 Weeks: 13 Quick Blogging Tips: Week 4: How to Schedule A Blog Post On WordPress

Hugh Roberts’ blog has some helpful information for all bloggers that is essential when you have multiple posts to publish. While you are there check out all the wonderful blogging tips! Thank you, Hugh! ❤

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Sometimes, I find myself waiting for ages for a bus, then three come along all at the same time! Sometimes, I find myself waiting for ages for a new blog post from one of my favourite bloggers, then five come along within an hour of each other!

13 Weeks: 13 Quick Blogging Tips

Slow down, bloggers! I love reading your posts, but when you publish them all within an hour of each other, it can be a little overwhelming, and I usually end up not reading any of them.

Haven’t got the time to publish all twenty-six of the new posts you’ve written over the next seven days? That’s where scheduling your blog posts comes in very handy. Allow me to show you how to schedule them.

  • First up, write your post(s).
  • Once it’s finished, click the calendar icon next to the publish button that is in the top righthand corner of the page.

How to schedule a Blog Post on WordPress

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Meet Author, Janice Spina…

A special ‘thank you’ to Marlena Smith for having me on her wonderful blog. It was a sincere pleasure to share my work with her and her readers. Please check out Marlene Smith’s amazing site and books.

Life As I Know It

Hello, bloggers!

I have another wonderful guest for you today… Author, Janice Spina! I am so excited to be hosting this fabulous lady and sharing her story with you! I have no doubt you’ll love what she has to say. So, as always, enjoy…


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I am honored, Marlena, to be here today to do a guest post on your blog. Thank you for having me.

Let me introduce myself. I am a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, friend, author, reader, book reviewer, copy editor, and blogger. I write under Janice Spina for children and YA and under J.E. Spina for novels for 18+.

As long as I can remember I loved to write. I began this love at the age of nine in the form of poetry and greeting cards. My mother enjoyed receiving my homemade cards for her birthday and Mother’s Day. Her encouragement was all I…

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Interview of Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina on Deanie Dunne’s Blogspot!

Hi everyone! I am honored to be on award-winning author, Deanie Dunne’s, lovely blog. Please go check it out. Maybe you will learn something new about me.

http://dhdunne.blogspot.com

Thank you, Deanie, for your kind support of my new book, An Angel Among Us.

If you would like to purchase this book or any of Jemsbooks please go to Amazon or Barnes & Noble. I appreciate all the wonderful reviews received thus far and always welcome hearing from readers.

Thank you, readers, for stopping by. Please take a moment to check out Deanie’s lovely blog and books too.

Blessings & hugs!

Janice

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