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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.

Limerick – Jemsbooks – Jesse!

I’m having a wonderful time writing limericks for my nine young children’s books! I hope you are enjoying them too! If you missed the previous ones go to Louey, Ricky, Lamby, and Jerry. Here’s the next limerick for my fifth … Continue reading

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New Cover for Book 2, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat!

I am excited to share with you the new cover my husband, John, has created for Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Book 2, The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat. I thought it needed to be updated even though at the time … Continue reading

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Limerick – Jemsbooks – Jerry!

If you are just tuning in, I have been writing limericks for my nine children’s books. I posted three previous ones. Go to Limerick for Louey here, Ricky here, and Lamby here. Here is the fourth limerick for my fourth published … Continue reading

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Limerick – Jemsbooks – Lamby!

Here is the third limerick for my third published book (2014) – Lamby the Lonely Lamb. Go to Louey’s limerick here, Ricky’s limerick here. Limerick Lamby the Lonely Lamb There once was a lamb named Lamby, Who had no friends or family. … Continue reading

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Limerick – Jemsbooks – Ricky!

I recently read a limerick on a friend’s website and decided to try my hand at limericks for each of my children’s books. I hope you enjoy them each day. Since I have nine young children’s books I will be … Continue reading

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Limerick of Jemsbooks – Louey!

Recently I perused my lovely friend, Bette A. Stevens’ website, when she posted a beautiful limerick about her beloved butterflies. Check it out here. I found it quite entertaining and decided to give it a try on my children’s books. … Continue reading

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Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air Your Reviews – Janice Spina, Gigi Sedlmayer and Sally Cronin

Originally posted on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life:
Welcome to another post where you can showcase your latest reviews. I do try to catch your reviews but it does help if you let me know by emailing…

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Strange Cloud Appeared!

I looked out my kitchen window tonight and saw a strange cloud suddenly appearing. It began as a mushroom head then kept changing until it finally disappeared. It changed colors as the sun went down to make it even more … Continue reading

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Summer Flowers & Dragonflies Too!

I can’t believe it’s August already! Where did the summer go? I have been busy with cookouts, parties, birthdays and such. Being so active has made days fly by quicker. I need to slow it all down. How about you? … Continue reading

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Writing Short Stories – Odd Jobs and Characters by Sally Cronin

Originally posted on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life:
So far I have published over 60 short stories in collections and the one drawback to this is the amount of diverse characters required to star in a wide…

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