Selfie in Aruba 2016
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 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, An Angel Among Us, A Short Story Collection, was published on March 7, 2017, Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, children’s book, was published on May 26, 2017, and on June 4, 2017 Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, Book 5, The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost joined Jemsbooks.
A new edition of Hunting Mariah with a beautiful cover is now available as of August 2017 and its sequel by December 2017 or January of 2018. Also my husband is working on an exciting new children’s book about a hermit crab which will be out later in 2017 or early in 2018.
Sorry about the huge cover above but I couldn’t make it any smaller. It is effective though, isn’t it? LOL! The model is my beautiful niece who agreed to be Mariah. She does look mysterious, doesn’t she?
Over the next few years I will be publishing a YA fantasy series, a series for MG/PT girls, more Davey & Derek books in the series, and more children’s books about a dog, a fairytale, and whatever else comes into my head.
AWARDS: 9 Awards
Lamby the Lonely Lamb won a Silver Medal from Mom’s Choice Awards in Children’s Picture/Story Books category
Davey & Derek Junior Detectives won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in Young Adult category and an Honorable Mention from Reader’s 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, and a Silver Medal from Reader’s Favorite Awards in Young Adult Category.
Jerry the Crabby Crayfish won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in Children’s Interest Category.
Broose the Moose on the Loose won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in Children’s Interest.
Book 5 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Sad Mysterious Ghost won a Silver Medal in the Authorsdb Cover Contest.
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, and Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe are now available!
All my books are available in paperback at Createspace, Amazon, BN.com and on Kindle for e-books and as paperback at other online book stores. My books are now available on Sears.com, and Walmart.com also carries some of my books!
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 nine children’s and five MG/PT/YA books and the covers for all my books. Keep a look out for new books coming in 2018 – a MG/PT series for girls, a YA fantasy series and a new children’s book.
I am currently writing a sequel to Hunting Mariah which I hope to complete before the end of 2017. My husband, John, is currently working on a new children’s book about a hermit crab. Watch for this book in December.
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! Soar all year through with Jemsbooks! Happy Reading! Reading is good for your health!
Blessings & hugs!