I am Jemsbooks aka Janice Spina, aka J. E. Spina, author, blogger, book reviewer, avid reader, copy editor, and writer of poetry and stories for children of all ages and adults. My talented and handsome husband, John, is my illustrator and cover creator.
When one of my sports’ poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune Newspaper in October 2008 my road to writing got serious. I published my first children’s book, Louey the Lazy Elephant, in July, 2013, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon published in October, 2013, Jerry the Crabby Crayfish in January, 2014, Lamby the Lonely Lamb in March, 2014 and Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear in April, 2014. Hunting Mariah, a murder/mystery/thriller, written under J.E. Spina, in October, 2014, Broose the Moose on the Loose, my sixth children’s books on March 1, 2015. Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Book 1, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone, a middle-grade series, on May 2, 2015, my seventh book. Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey, for PS-Grade 1, joined Jemsbooks family on May 16, 2015 and Book 2 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat, in August, 2015. A paranormal/mystery/romance, How Far Is Heaven, was published in June of 2016 under J.E. Spina, and Book 3 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series in August of 2016. A children’s book, Colby the Courageous Cat, was published in October of 2016. Book 4 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series was published in late 2016. In 2017 look for a children’s book about a giraffe, Book 5 of the detectives series, second edition of Hunting Mariah and a sequel to Hunting Mariah. Over the next few years I will be publishing a YA fantasy series, a series for MG/PT girls, and more children’s books about a dog, a hermit crab, a fairytale and whatever else comes into my head.
Lamby the Lonely Lamb won a Silver Medal from Mom’s Choice Awards in Children’s Picture/Story Books category, and Davey & Derek Junior Detectives won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in Young Adult category and an Honorable Mention from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. Book 2, The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat, won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in Young Adult Category. The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, Book 3, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in Young Adult Category too! Jerry the Crabby Crayfish won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in Children’s Interest Category.
An Angel Among Us (A Short Story Collection) is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. This book was dedicated to my friend, Anne Gillis Benedetto, who passed away on January 3, 2017 from breast cancer. May she Rest In Peace.
Book 5 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Sad Mysterious Ghost will be coming out soon! Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe will be coming soon too! I will post links on the right side of my blog and on my website as soon as they are available.
Follow my blog and progress as I publish more books. I will update you on my books, review other writers’ books, interview other authors, have guest author posts, share my poems, talk about travels and other interesting things.
If you would like me to review your book please contact me on my blog or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. My reading interests include mysteries, thrillers, inspirational, romance, sci-fi, suspense, children’s books, and fantasy – please no erotica, explicit language, zombies and horror.
PLEASE NOTE: I AM NOT TAKING ON ANY MORE BOOKS FOR REVIEW AT THIS TIME.
I am now avidly working on publishing and editing more of my children’s books. My husband/illustrator has completed eleven children’s/MG/PT/YA books and the covers for all my books. Keep a look out for new books coming in 2018 – a YA series for girls, a YA fantasy series and a new edition of Hunting Mariah. I also am contemplating writing a sequel to Hunting Mariah. There is always another story running around in my head just waiting to be written down. It can drive me crazy!
I will share some of my work (poetry) with you in my blog. Hopefully you will enjoy my writing and one day want to buy some of my books.
If you purchase any of my books a review would be greatly appreciated! Thank you for stopping by and for your continuing support. Being an indie author is a hard road to travel and your help along the way is appreciated! Drop me a line some time – would love to hear from you on my Contact Page or by email at jjspina (at) myfairpoint (dot) net.
Wish me luck!
REMEMBER: READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY!
Blessings & hugs!