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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.

Jemsbooks for Christmas!

I recently received a surprise. One of the winners of my 5th Blogging Anniversary drawing – Annika Perry – sent me a photo of the book she won, Hunting Mariah. She made it look so festive in the center of her lovely … Continue reading

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My Christmas List of Blessings

Originally posted on Jemsbooks:
I thought it was time to send this beautiful, emotional and heartfelt poem around once again for Christmas in order that more readers would be able to see it. A long-time friend of mine, who I…

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Twelve Days of Christmas!

Back in 2014 I was lucky to win the Twelve Days of Christmas beautiful drawn by talented and lovely soprano, Charlotte Hoather from a contest on her blog. I also won at that time three CDs of Charlotte’s amazing voice. … Continue reading

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First Snowfall – Feels like Christmas!

We had our first snowfall for the year. It began around 12:30 pm on Saturday and continued lightly throughout the night. The accumulation wasn’t significant – only about 5-6 inches but everything is covered in white and glistening. It’s so … Continue reading

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Christmas is Coming! Are you Ready?

Christmas is coming! Are you ready? We are all shopping, wrapping and preparing for the big day! It will be here soon! Everything is so commercialized that we sometimes forget what the true meaning of Christmas really is. Let’s take … Continue reading

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Guest Post of Illustrator/Graphic Designer Anthony M. Grimaldi!

  Anthony M. Grimaldi Please welcome my guest, illustrator/graphic designer, Anthony M. Grimaldi, to Jemsbooks.blog. It’s a pleasure to have you here, Anthony. Please tell me and my readers about yourself. Thank you, Janice, for giving me this opportunity to … Continue reading

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Celebrating 5 Years with WordPress!

I just found out that it has been five years since I first began blogging with WordPress! The time has flown by! WordPress Logo  (5 – compliments of Wikipedia) Well, I actually signed up at the end of 2012 but … Continue reading

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Jemsbooks Autographed for Christmas!

Hi Everyone! Have you ordered any books yet for Christmas? I have some left in my inventory that I can autograph and send out to you in time for Christmas as long as you contact me ASAP. There is a … Continue reading

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Calling All Authors – Books Needed for Special Needs Children!

I am calling on my fellow authors to lend a hand and contribute some children’s books for special needs children through Twin Lakes Civitan. I donated books last year to this wonderful group and will do so again this year. … Continue reading

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Victoria Zigler – Kero Audiobook Promo!

A warm welcome once again to author Victoria Zigler. She is here to share her Kero Audiobook Promo! Please tell us about your audiobooks, Victoria. Thank you, Janice, once again for having me on your blog to share my latest … Continue reading

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