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About jjspina

Janice is an award-winning author with nine children's books for PS-Gr 4, five middle-grade/preteen/young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and two novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her children's book, Lamby the Lonely Lamby, won a Silver Medal in the Mom's Choice Awards. Book 1, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Honorable Mention from Readers' Favorite Book Awards. Book 2, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and so did Book 3, The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. Jerry the Crabby Crayfish won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award. All her books are available on Amazon.com, Create Space, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on a mystery series for girls, a sequel to her first novel, Hunting Mariah, and a YA fantasy series will be coming in 2018 along with more children's books. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog https://jemsbooks.wordpress.com for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.

Guest Post by Author Mike Martin!

I am pleased to have Mike Martin back again to do  a guest post about how his wonderful Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series was created. Thank you, Mike, for stopping by. It’s a pleasure to have you back. Thank you, Janice, … Continue reading

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How Often Should I Publish Posts on my Blog?

This question has plagued me continually since I began blogging. How often should I publish posts on my blog? I don’t know the answer, do you? I don’t think there is a strict rule about this. I think it all … Continue reading

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A Beautiful Weekend in the Mountains of New Hampshire!

We headed out on a glorious sunny Friday morning. The sky was a beautiful azure blue dotted with some small puffy clouds. It promised to be a lovely weekend for my niece’s wedding. We certainly all were praying for beautiful … Continue reading

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Happy Halloween and Vacation in Aruba!

This is a busy time of the year for me. This month has been especially busy. We have a family wedding this weekend, a book signing next weekend, a family member is moving any day now, and a trip to … Continue reading

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Interview with Author C.C. Warrens!

I am pleased to have a talented author here today on Jemsbooks Guest Post/Author Interview – C.C. Warrens. Thank you, C.C., for stopping by today to share your work with my readers and me. Thank you, Janice. It’s a pleasure … Continue reading

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Book Release: Circumstances of Childhood by John W. Howell #RRBC #FamilyLife

Congratulations to John W. Howell on another entertaining books! Check out all John’s books and don’t forget to click on the link to purchase a copy of Circumstances of Childhood! I’ve read all John’s previous books and have not been … Continue reading

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Meet Authors/Illustrators Dave Ross & Tom Lemery!

Tom Lemery (left) and Dave Ross I am pleased to have on Jemsbooks Guest Author Segment, Authors/Illustrators, Dave Ross and Tom Lemery. It is wonderful to have you both here today to tell my readers about your exciting new book, T’Bugs, and … Continue reading

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What does it mean to be an Indie Author?

I have been an Indie Author since 2013 and often asked myself this question. What does it mean to be an indie author? There are many things that come to mind. Some of them are positive while others are negative. 1. … Continue reading

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Working on Book 2 of Hunting Mariah!

I have been working on the sequel to Hunting Mariah! It has been a few years since I published the first book. That book was written nearly twenty years ago and sat on a back burner until I was ready … Continue reading

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Something to think about! – Stop putting restrictions on your Happiness

Please check out Sally Cronin’s fabulous blog. In this post she offers up excellent advice on how to be happy without putting restrictions on yourself. While you are there peruse her wonderful site for more helpful information on nutrition, eating … Continue reading

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