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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. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews.

Wonderful Trip to Sicily!

Beautiful Sicily! Buon Giorno! Buon Sera! Buona Notte! Well, I am finally home and back to blogging, email, writing and all the rest of the stuff that I do daily. I enjoyed the time away and the welcome break to … Continue reading

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Davey & Derek Book 5 is Now Here!

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, Book 5, The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost is now here! It’s available on Createspace, Amazon, Kindle, and soon to Barnes & Noble. This is the one your children have been waiting for – … Continue reading

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update – Karen Ingalls, Janice Spina and Fiona Tarr

Originally posted on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life:
Welcome to the update and we begin with an offer from Karen Ingalls whose book, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir is FREE from 4th – 8th June. You can…

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Book Of The Month – An Angel Among Us – by J. E. Spina @janice_spina

Originally posted on Hugh's Views & News:
Welcome to this month’s Book Of The Month Feature. I’m delighted to welcome Janice Spina for the first time to my blog, although I did review one of her books last year.…

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Goodreads Giveaway of Colby the Courageous Cat!

I am happy to announce I have a new Goodreads Giveaway beginning on May 31 through June 30, 2017 of my children’s book, Colby the Courageous Cat! It will be available to USA residents only. I will be offering three autographed books … Continue reading

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Memorial Day – Remember Those Who Served!

Memorial Day is coming soon! Thank a soldier that you know or meet for their service by tapping your chest with your hand and nodding at them. They will know what you mean. Please say a prayer to keep them safe and bring them home soon. MEMORIAL DAY This is a day to remember those […]

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New Children’s Book from Jemsbooks Now Here!

Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe Here is a sneak peek of the cover done by my husband, John! My newest children’s book is now here – Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, for ages PS-Grade 3. It is an easy reader for beginner readers and … Continue reading

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Interview with Author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne!

Please welcome award-winning author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne. Deanie is a talented and inspiring person who did the impossible to reach her goal. I’ll let Deanie tell us about herself and her books. Thank you, Deanie, for coming today to share your … Continue reading

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Why Being Nominated Is a Win – Guest Post by, Mike Martin…

Originally posted on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog:
Sometimes just being nominated is a win, at least it is for me. My book, A Long Ways from Home, just got shortlisted for the Bony Blithe Award. The book…

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Cover Reveal for Book 5 of Davey & Derek Series!

I am excited to reveal the cover for Book 5 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost! I absolutely love this cover! Hope you like it too!! My husband, John, did an amazing … Continue reading

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