How To Add A Flipboard Sharing Button To Your #WordPress Blog

More valuable blogging info for bloggers from blogger extraordinaire, Hugh Robert! Check it all out. Thanks, Hugh! ❤️

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Flipboard is social media platform I discovered last year. Unfortunately, I never really gave it much attention, but a recent upsurge in traffic to my blog from it has convinced me to give it more attentiveness. However, WordPress don’t have a sharing button for Flipboard, so I’ve found out a way to add one.

In my version, you’ll need a Flipboard account to add the sharing button so other bloggers can share your posts on their Flipboard account. You can set one up by going to the Flipboard site at www.flipboard.com. Once your account is ready, you need never use it unless you want to share the posts of other bloggers to it.

Once you have your Flipboard account set up, take a note of your Flipboard username as you’ll need it to create a sharing button. Then follow my guide below.

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Summer Reading for Kids of All Ages!

Pre-School – Grade 3  – Written in rhyme with life lessons – stories encourage children to behave, to respect others differences, to listen to your mother, show kindness to others, it’s okay to be different, love one another, be kind to animals, family and friends are important.

Purchase links:

Amazon Author Page for all Jemsbooks

Barnes & Noble Page for all Jemsbooks

School will be out in less than two months! Can you believe it? Have you picked out which books you want your children to read yet? Let me make some suggestions for you.

Middle-Grade/Young Adult/Preteen – Stories encourage good behavior, kindness to others, respect of elders and family values.

Amazon Author Page USA for all Jemsbooks

Amazon UK for all Jemsbooks

Amazon.ca for all Jemsbooks

Amazon.au for all Jemsbooks

Amazon.de for all Jemsbooks

Amazon.jp for all Jemsbooks

Barnes & Noble for all Jemsbooks

for more links to other Amazon sites go to http://jemsbooks.com

For Parents or 18+

Amazon Author Page for all Jemsbooks

Barnes & Noble for novels

Jemsbooks for all ages! After all, everyone needs a good book!

If your library doesn’t carry Jemsbooks tell them to check out Jemsbooks today! I have donated books to my local library and also sent some to a library in Florida. All libraries should be made aware of books you like to read. I know that everyone can’t afford to purchase a dozen books at one time so let your library help you out. They will purchase them so that you can read all summer.

There are also direct links to individual books (15 in all so far, more coming) on the right side of this post.

Remember: Reading Gives You Wings to Fly! This summer soar with Jemsbooks!

Thank you for stopping by. I love to hear from readers and welcome reviews of all my books! Please spread the word about any books you enjoy by authors. We authors love that! We write for all you wonderful readers out there!

Have fun reading!

Blessings & hugs!

Janice

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Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 5 Coming!

New Cover Reveal will be soon!

I am excited to share that my new book – Book 5 of the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost will be coming out next month.

Blurb:

Twins Davey and Derek are enlisted by two new characters, Abby Rizzo and her cousin Holly, to assist them in finding and capturing the ghosts that haunt their house. Abby and Holly are also sixth graders like the twins.

When the boys visit Abby’s house they discover that this old house holds many secrets and shocking revelations for all. The twins find that they may need the assistance of their Great Aunt Gigi from her box of magic to handle these stubborn ghosts. 

(Special note – these two new characters will have their own series in 2018!)

I will post the direct link to Book 5 as soon as it is published. In the meantime please check out the rest of the series – Books 1-4 on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Book 1 is $9.99 on Amazon now!

Young adults and all ages enjoy this series which encourages good behavior, respect toward elders, kindness to others, and good family values. This series has received four book awards. These books will provide great summer time reading for your kids!

Thank you for stopping by and for your continued support!

Blessings & hugs!

Janice

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13 Weeks: 13 Quick Blogging Tips: Week 4: How to Schedule A Blog Post On WordPress

Hugh Roberts’ blog has some helpful information for all bloggers that is essential when you have multiple posts to publish. While you are there check out all the wonderful blogging tips! Thank you, Hugh! ❤

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Sometimes, I find myself waiting for ages for a bus, then three come along all at the same time! Sometimes, I find myself waiting for ages for a new blog post from one of my favourite bloggers, then five come along within an hour of each other!

13 Weeks: 13 Quick Blogging Tips

Slow down, bloggers! I love reading your posts, but when you publish them all within an hour of each other, it can be a little overwhelming, and I usually end up not reading any of them.

Haven’t got the time to publish all twenty-six of the new posts you’ve written over the next seven days? That’s where scheduling your blog posts comes in very handy. Allow me to show you how to schedule them.

  • First up, write your post(s).
  • Once it’s finished, click the calendar icon next to the publish button that is in the top righthand corner of the page.

How to schedule a Blog Post on WordPress

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Meet Author, Janice Spina…

A special ‘thank you’ to Marlena Smith for having me on her wonderful blog. It was a sincere pleasure to share my work with her and her readers. Please check out Marlene Smith’s amazing site and books.

Life As I Know It

Hello, bloggers!

I have another wonderful guest for you today… Author, Janice Spina! I am so excited to be hosting this fabulous lady and sharing her story with you! I have no doubt you’ll love what she has to say. So, as always, enjoy…


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I am honored, Marlena, to be here today to do a guest post on your blog. Thank you for having me.

Let me introduce myself. I am a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, friend, author, reader, book reviewer, copy editor, and blogger. I write under Janice Spina for children and YA and under J.E. Spina for novels for 18+.

As long as I can remember I loved to write. I began this love at the age of nine in the form of poetry and greeting cards. My mother enjoyed receiving my homemade cards for her birthday and Mother’s Day. Her encouragement was all I…

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Interview of Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina on Deanie Dunne’s Blogspot!

Hi everyone! I am honored to be on award-winning author, Deanie Dunne’s, lovely blog. Please go check it out. Maybe you will learn something new about me.

http://dhdunne.blogspot.com

Thank you, Deanie, for your kind support of my new book, An Angel Among Us.

If you would like to purchase this book or any of Jemsbooks please go to Amazon or Barnes & Noble. I appreciate all the wonderful reviews received thus far and always welcome hearing from readers.

Thank you, readers, for stopping by. Please take a moment to check out Deanie’s lovely blog and books too.

Blessings & hugs!

Janice

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Janice Spina, Jacquie Biggar and Jaye Marie

Thank you, Sally Cronin, for including me in with these talented authors and their wonderful books! I appreciate your kind support! Readers, please check out all the creative authors on Sally’s blog and Bookstore!

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

It must be Spring! It has been a busy week for the authors in the bookstore and today we catch up on reviews and new releases.

First author up is J.E. Spina.. also known as award winning children’s author Janice Spina. Her latest short story collection, An Angel Among Us is receiving some great reviews.

About An Angel Among Us

A collection of short stories that covers several genres including romance, grief/loss, mystery, suspense, sci-fi, fantasy and paranormal. This book is dedicated to a courageous friend who passed this year. The first story is specially created for her and is the inspiration for the title of this book.

Here are two of the latest reviews for the collection.

A thumbs up! on March 23, 2017

I have read many of Janice Spina’s books and have never been disappointed. She writes with clarity and warmth. She…

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Guest Author – Deb Hockenberry!

Deb Hockenberry

Please help me welcome author Deb Hockenberry to Jemsbooks Blog.

So nice to have you here today to share your new book with my readers and me.

Please tell us something about yourself.
When did you know that you wanted to be an author?

I’ve known that I’ve wanted to be an author since I was in elementary school. I remember telling stories to my siblings and the neighbor kids on my family’s front porch back then. I also remember being at our local branch of the Carnegie Library asking the librarian about books that could tell me how to get started in writing. I was still in elementary school and very nervous about asking her this. But it paid off. She took me into the adult section of the library and pulled several books on writing off the shelf for me. I was still in elementary school here, too. Back then, kids just didn’t go into the adult section for anything. I felt so special!

What process do you need in order to write?
My writing process varies. After I come up with the idea, sometimes, after I get an idea, I can see the whole story in my head. Sometimes on seeing the story, I can write by the seat of my pants. At
other times, what I’ll see are just fragments of the story. Then I’ll outline the story to flesh it out. For non-fiction or historical fiction, I’ll spend a lot of time at my library and on the internet researching. I love to research things!

How do you come up with ideas for your stories?
Ideas are everywhere. I’ll get an idea just from thinking, watching something on TV and thinking “what if”, watching people, animals, birds … anything.

What projects are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on a historical fiction for young adults about the War of 1812. I have a story about Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis that I have to correct and tweak so it’s fit for publication. Of course, there are more Hungle Bungle Jungle stories to come.
What do you expect to accomplish in 2017 and next year?
This will be a short answer. The rest of this year will be spent marketing for this picture book. I’m also going to finish my War of 1812 book so it’s ready for publication next year.

What hobbies do you have when you are not writing?
My hobbies vary. I love to talk. I’m a great talker! Most wouldn’t call that a hobby. I love to sit on the back porch and watch the birds, squirrels, chipmunks, and people. I love music, reading other people’s books, and movies. My traditional hobbies would be knitting and crochet. I love to create things.

What is your target audience for your book?
This varies. ‘Where Can We Have The Party?’ and sequential Hungle Bungle Jungle books, I aim at ages 4 to 8. My book about the War of 1812 will be aimed at young adults. The story about Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis is aimed at middle grade readers.

Please share your books with us and a synopsis of each.
Where Can We Have The Party?’ Is my debut book and the synopsis is very simple: Giraffe is playing with three of his friends when hethinks of having a party for his other friend, Chimpanzee. But wherecan he have the party? He asks his friends he’s playing with for ideas.For one reason or another, none of their ideas will work. After much thinking and looking around Hungle Bungle Jungle he finds the
perfect place and they have a great party!

Please share your links and where to purchase your books.
If anyone would like to order ‘Where Can We Have The Party?’ thanks!It would make a great Easter or birthday gift for your
little giraffes! You can buy it at two places right now (hopefully more places in the future):
Amazon 
Barnes & Noble 

By the way, if any of your readers are in other countries, ‘Where Can We Have The Party?’ can be found all of the amazon.com stores by searching for Where Can We Have The Party + Deb Hockenberry.

What advice would you give prospective authors?
I have three pieces of advice to give. #1 This is going to sound so cliché but it’s true: Never give up. #2 Also, get into a critique group. It might take two or three times to find the group that’s the perfect fit, but believe me, it’s worth it. My critique group is invaluable to me! #3 Also, join writer’s groups, go to children’s writer’s conferences, to keep up with the ever changing market. I belong to several Facebook children’s writer’s groups. You can also find several on Linked In. I belong to the online children’s ongoing workshop, CBI Clubhouse http://www.cbiclubhouse.com
Is there anything else you would like to share, a funny story, etc.?
I don’t have a funny story but I thought that I’d tell your readers that I first started working on this story when I was in elementary school! It’s gone through many, many transformations and two titles. I remember the original premise: King Lion is having a birthday party and the cruel monkeys (armed with guns and knives) kidnap him. King Lion had his own security team who sets out finding clues as to where he is. This isn’t a good story for children but the idea wouldn’t let me go at all. So, I kept changing it to make it more ‘kid friendly’.
Also, I’d like to include my links. I did put the buy links for ‘Where Can We Have The Party?’ above but I thought I’d give you my own links.

Website: http://kidztales.weebly.com
Twitter: @debhockenberry
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/dhockenberry1
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/Author-Deb-Hockenberry-234986433292961/
Google +: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108456474548771191270

Thank you, Janice, for having me on your blog.

Here is my review of Deb’s book as posted on Amazon:

5 Stars –  A Fun and Entertaing Book for Kids!

Where Can We Have the Party is a fun and entertaining book for kids. Early readers will enjoy reading this easy reader while younger children will be delighted to hear the story read to them. The colorful and creative illustrations will keep children engaged and turning pages as they anticipate the next part of the story.

Children love animals and will be enchanted as they read how the animals plan a surprise party for Chimpanzee. It will be a learning experience as children watch they animals solve the problems they encounter in planning where to have the party. I highly recommend this adorable book.
I was gifted a copy of this book and I chose to review it.

It was my pleasure, Deb. I wish you all the best with your book and future endeavors.

Remember: Reading Gives You Wings to Fly!

Please read to your children every day! Help them grow their reading wings so they can soar!

Thank you all for stopping by to read about this creative author. Please check out Deb’s adorable book.

Blessings & hugs,

Janice

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Spring – Where are you?

Happy spring wherever you are!

View of the pond in my back yard – snow is still evident which makes a person question – where is spring? It is officially spring here in New Hampshire but our snow has not completely melted. The weather was milder until March came in like a lion and is not going out like a lamb. Temps have been colder and snowier than all winter combined.

But we New Englanders are a hearty bunch. We bundle up, take a walk or hunker down in the bitterest of cold days. We enjoy the beauty around us even with a mountain of snow and we did get about five feet of snow over this winter. Less snow than has fallen in previous years though.

Each day I am thankful for a snuggly, warm house, a hearty meal, a wonderful husband and family and all you special online friends.

It feels like spring inside my house with my plants flowering. I want to share them with you since I can’t share any in my yard for a while yet. But I promise to share my flowers all spring and summer with you.

Hibiscus (This plant was given to me two Mother’s Days ago by my son and daughter-in-law, and it is still thriving)

Lily (grown by hydroponics with three goldfish in the tank below)

African violet (new plant that replaced one that the cold winter, while sitting on the window sill, killed.)

I hope wherever you live you are happy, healthy, and living life to the fullest.

Thank you for stopping by. I apologize for not blogging more often lately but I have been busy preparing two more books for publication.

My latest book has been well received with several great reviews. Please check out An Angel Among Us, short story collection, on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Create Space. 

Book 5 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives is in the works about a ghost and will introduce two new characters (girls) who are cousins. These two cousins, will spin off and have their own series later next year unless I can get to it sooner. Some of my readers requested that I write a series for preteen/teen girls. See, I do listen to your requests, girls.

My husband, John, is working on a children’s book about a giraffe. I was requested to write this book for a woman’s grandson. I hope this woman is reading my blog and will come forward about this book. I don’t have her name. She stopped by at one of my book signings in Derry, NH two years ago. I told her I would get to it eventually. LOL!

Blessings & hugs to all! Thank you for your kind support! I love to hear from you in the form of reviews. They are like early Christmas gifts that I can open!

Remember: Reading Gives You Wings To Fly! Soar with Jemsbooks!

Janice

❤💐

Addendum: Here it is April 1st and we had another snowstorm with about a foot of snow. Here is a picture of the pond behind my house which is completely covered once again and my back deck. Where is global warming?! It is beautiful though and soon will be gone next week with 40-50 degree temperatures coming. Think spring!!!

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Guest Post by Michael J. Sahno – Blog Tour of New Book!

Please welcome professional writer/author/publisher, Michael J. Sahno, to Jemsbooks Blog as part of his blog tour to announce his new book. Nice to meet you, Michael. Thank you for coming and sharing your expertise on marketing with my readers and me.

Marketing for Indie Authors

The topic of marketing for independent authors can invite speculation, ridicule, and a flurry of advice from “experts.”

The bad news: there is no magic bullet. Marketing is not an exact science, and if you try to hit a home run, you still might strike out. I know this from my own experience.

The good news? You’ve always got another chance.

You see, in our brave new world, the options for indie authors are just about infinite. As Lou Reed once sang, “The possibilities are endless.”

One of the biggest problems I see is authors getting overwhelmed by all the options. In a feeble effort to stand out from the noise, they go on social media and post variations on the same basic theme: Buy My Book!

I could write a whole book on why and how this is ineffective (in fact, I did write a short e-book on Marketing for Authors. Join my email list at https://msahno.com, and I’ll give you the PDF. It’s free). Bottom line, though: if all you do is shout Buy my book, no one will want to buy it.

The best way I’ve heard it described: going on Twitter and posting mainly “buy my book” type self-promotional tweets is like going to a cocktail party and walking up to every guest, introducing yourself, and trying to get them to buy something from you. Obnoxious, right?

As an author, I think Twitter is an excellent place to meet and follow (and be followed by) other authors and readers. Thanks to posting interesting quotes and images, using hashtags judiciously, and retweeting other people’s posts, I’ve seen my own Twitter audience grow to over 12K. Each month, I gain about 1,000 new followers. On social media, it’s all about providing value, and building an audience requires just that.

Where Else to Go?

Of course, Twitter is just one of many platforms, and I have an entire course on where to go and what to do there. Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn. They’re all different, they all have difference audiences and slightly different functions.

And social is just one prong of what needs to be a many-pronged approach. Book blogs, reviews, the Amazon author page, and using Goodreads should all be part of an author’s marketing approach.

In marketing my current book, Miles of Files, I’ve actually started a re-launch campaign. You see, I think it’s my strongest book, but sales haven’t reflected that…at least not yet. This current blog tour is part of a marketing campaign that also includes a new cover, Facebook ads, and outreach to various media.

If you think all this sounds like a lot of work, you’re right. It is. But your books are your babies, aren’t they? And no sane author would launch their baby down the river in a basket, Moses-style. You’ve got to keep pitching, and I know I will.

Meanwhile, here’s an excerpt from Miles of Files. Don’t read it while you’re eating!

At 5:38 on the morning of his forty-first birthday, Graham Woodcock awakened to the sound of a cat retching. He heard three distinct thumps as the cat’s larynx contracted, then a sound with a different quality, liquid, gurgling: no doubt the discharge of some vomitous hairball. Or, worse, an entire meal. He saw it in his mind’s eye as he glared through the dark at the red numbers of the alarm clock.


When he finally decided to rise—after another hour’s sleep—he was roused not by the urgency of cat puke, but by the urgency of the breakfast hour. Not his—the cats’. One of them leapt on the bed and nuzzled his outstretched hand with phony affection, a clear message: get up, get up. Giddyup.


Graham crept into the kitchen, trailing the cats in darkness. He scanned the floor to avoid any cat vomit that might be there, but there was none. He flipped on lights and fed the cats, then wandered from room to room in search of vomit. Nothing.


He sat down to eat his breakfast, and everything was fine until one of the cats began to move its bowels while Graham was finishing his cereal. It was Truman, no doubt, whose bathroom routine was maddeningly predictable.


He decided to ignore it and finish the cereal in spite of the odor. Then Truman strutted into the kitchen, waving his tail like a dog. Somehow he’d managed to snake his tail across the gloppy pile of excrement in the litter pan, and a streak of it glistened in his fur like a grotesque flag.


“Bloody hell.”

Michael J. Sahno Executive Bio

Michael J. Sahno began writing stories at an early age. Eventually, he was selected for Editor-in-Chief of his high school literary magazine. The quality of his work led to several honorary titles and academic awards by his senior year, which made it clear he was predestined to serve a role in literary excellence.

Mr. Sahno earned his Bachelor’s from Lynchburg College and later went on to earn his Master’s in English from Binghamton University.

After college, Mr. Sahno served in several management positions, including Director at a marketing research firm, Assistant Vice President at a Tampa-based mortgage company and college professor in the field of English composition.

Sahno became a full-time professional writer in 2001 and, in the following years, wrote more than 1,000 marketing articles on a wide range of topics. His quality copy put him in high demand, and his work has appeared in a variety of national magazines, including Fortune, Entrepreneur, Bloomberg Businessweek, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, and Woman’s Day.

Mr. Sahno has written and published three novels: Brothers’ Hand, Jana, and Miles of Files. He is the founder of Sahno Publishing and available for professional speaking engagements upon request. For further information, contact info@msahno.com.

Author links:
Website
Twitter
Facebook
Goodreads
Amazon Author Page: https

Buy Links for Miles of Files

Thank you, Michael, for the helpful tips on marketing. I wish you all the best with your book. I will be checking out your site soon.

Thank you, readers, for stopping by. Please check out Michael’s site and new book. While you are there pick up your free PDF.

Reading Gives You Wings to Fly!

Blessings & Hugs,

Janice

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