No More Snow!


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Here are some pictures in case you didn’t get any snow where you live. It was tough shoveling our back deck. Had to do it in shifts because of the depth and drifts over the past few weeks.

We’ve had more than two feet of snow this winter. Hopefully clear days are ahead and spring is not far behind. The ice dams are starting to melt ensuring there will not be any leaks inside as temps are beginning to climb.

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The one thing I like about the snow is that all the animal tracks are more evident. By the multitude of tracks in these photos you can see there have been many deer, rabbits, and all kinds of birds including turkeys all over our yard.

Hope you are having great weather where you live. I’m praying for spring!

Sorry I haven’t been blogging lately. I am working on three books, a children’s book, a short story collection, and Book 5 of the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. I hope to publish all three this year. More books coming after these.

Stay tuned for more information on publication dates of these and other books from Jemsbooks. Go back to for all my books.

Thank you for stopping by.

Reading Gives You Wings to Fly!

Blessings & hugs!


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Author Deanie Dunne with New Edition of Charlene the Star!

Please welcome today inspirational writer and award-winning author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne, and her creative books. Charlene the Star is in its second edition and more beautiful than ever!




Charlene the Star was born into a family of famous racehorses. Unlike her big brother, Charlie, Charlene decides she doesn’t like racing. How will she explain this to her mom? How does she show her trainers she doesn’t like racing? Will she become a model instead? Will Charlene discover her natural gift? Her career path takes many twists and turns before she finds her place to shine. You’ll love reading about Charlene’s adventures. She may surprise you with her unusual talent.

Charlene the Star is first in the series of Charlene the Star books. The others are Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes and Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog. In addition, she wrote an award-winning children’s autobiography, Tails of Sweetbrier and a fictional story, Charlie the Horse. Her books have won a number of awards and recognitions.

All of Deanie’s books are beautifully illustrated by her sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj.

Here are two incredible illustrations from the book.

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Now available on Amazon , Create Space and Kindle.

Follow Deanie on her blog and website, another blog.

Thank you, Deanie, for stopping by today to share your beautiful book with me and my readers.

I have read all of Deanie’s creative and inspirational books with the beautiful illustrations and covers by her talented sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj. All ages enjoy them. Please check out all Deanie’s lovely books today.

Here is my review of Charlene the Star:

5 Stars A Unique and Inspiring Story for Children

Paperback: May 2, 2013

Charlene the Star is a wonderfully unique story for children of all ages. The writer speaks for the characters in a charming and irresistible way. She teaches children the importance of being yourself and if you work hard you will reach your goals. Charlene is a beautiful horse who comes from a long line of champion race horses. She does not, however, want to race. She has other dreams and goals. Charlene has friends who help and support her along the way. I wrote a more extensive review on my blog at This book is a sweet and sensitive story. The author, Deanie H. Dunne, has written a sequel to this book, Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes which is equally entertaining.

Thank you, readers, for stopping by.


Blessings & hugs,


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Author Marie Lavender with new book!



Please welcome Marie Lavender to Jemsbooks blog. This is the second time Marie has come to my blog to share her books. She has some new and exciting additions to her collection to share with you today. Thank you, Marie, for stopping by.

Thank you, Janice, for welcoming me to your blog once again.

My historical romance/family saga novel, Upon Your Love, book three of the Heiresses in Love Series, releases on February 28th. This is a Victorian era romance and the final book of the series. For now, I have a Goodreads book link, but closer to the date of release, pre-order links on booksellers will be available. I should also have the book trailer developed soon.





Here is the blurb for Upon Your Love:

The Hill family saga concludes as loyalties are questioned, faiths will be tested and undying love may come at a terrible cost…

Fara Hill, mother and faithful wife, is torn between her family at home and her urge to be at sea. Soon, she learns some disturbing truths. Was the past a fairy tale instead of reality?

Chloe Hill, loving wife and young mother, questions her faith when her husband sets an ultimatum she cannot meet. Will she be able to keep her marriage from falling apart?

Adrienne Bellamont Hill, born of a valiant captain and a fiery redhead, is untamed to her core and will bow to no man. Then Christian du Plessis enters her life with an offer she can’t refuse. Discovering the man behind the polished gentleman, she is drawn to him in many ways. Holding out for love is a family tradition, but can she resist the temptation of passion?

Christian finds this young woman to be a fascinating challenge, and is torn between keeping his distance from her and succumbing to her charms. A fierce battle of wills ensues as he sees she is much more than he ever imagined.

But danger lurks, threatening to destroy everything…

Can these two strong-willed individuals unite in the cause before time runs out?

Marie Lavender, Multi-Genre Author Links:
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Thank you, readers, for stopping by. Please check out Marie Lavender’s links above to see all her books. She is a multi-genre author and has something for everyone.

It was a pleasure to have you for a visit today, Marie. I wish you all the best with your wonderful books!


Blessings & Hugs!


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What’s in the name Sally Cronin?

Adorable critters interview author, blogger, nutrionist, Sally Cronin, and showcase her newest book! Congrats, Sally! Please check out all Sally’s wonderful books.

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I am so excited to be here with you and The Dudes Shehanne.. I have never had a family member quite so small.. But I have to say you have me converted. Can you let me know where to find the talking kind and do you provide training?





I have often asked myself this question and I finally realised it shaped who I am today both positively and negatively. I loved the whole experience from the travelling on planes and ships, to meeting new people and immersing myself in new cultures. Even at a very young age of three or four it gave me a confidence with meeting people, particular adults and I absorbed every moment like a sponge.


That has stayed with me as my husband I have travelled and lived around the world ,but I have to admit that there comes a point when you…

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The Patriots’ Fifth Super Bowl Win!


Here’s a post dedicated to the New England Patriots! It has been quite an exciting time for Patriots fans! Here are photos to share from the game and the fantastic parade! Hope you enjoy them! No words are needed to express the joy of this incredible comeback win! Also, a few photos of the past four wins!

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I look forward to next year when I will once again bite my nails, jump up and down, scream, cry and support them win or lose!

Congratulations New England Patriots!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stay safe, stay warm, keep the faith and read for your health!

Reading Gives You Wings to Fly!

Blessings & hugs!


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New Jemsbooks Available at Second Peek Children’s Boutique!


Jemsbooks shelf at Second Peek Boutique

New Jemsbooks are now available at Second Peek Boutique, Colby the Courageous Cat and The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog, Book 4, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series.

For those who do not live near please go to Amazon  or Barnes & Noble .

If you are in the area of Hanover Street, Manchester, New Hampshire, stop in and check out the eclectic collection of children’s clothes, toys and books. All Jemsbooks’ children’s books are there.


Happy reading!

Reading Gives You Wings to Fly!

Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings & hugs!


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Why I am giving myself a Salary Increase! – And perhaps you should too!

Please check out lovely Sally Cronin’s wonderful blog and her new book coming out soon. She has quite an assortment of fabulous books that you are sure to enjoy!

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

I hope you will indulge this somewhat tongue in cheek look at the crazy world of writing… and have a little fun at the same time.


How many of you feel that you are perhaps a little under paid as an author and a blogger? 

That does not mean that you are under valued, which is not the same thing. I think most of us who are writers love the fact that people buy our books, read and review them and say great things about our posts when they see them.

But when was the last time that you felt that you were getting paid even the minimum wage for the hours that you put into writing, publishing, marketing your books or preparing your blog posts?

Not many of you I would imagine.

I often say that I am doing something I love, that working several hours a day writing…

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13 Weeks: 13 Quick Blogging Tips: Week 2 – How To Add, Delete, and Manage The Categories Of Your WordPress Blog

More advice from the blogger master, Hugh Roberts, for all bloggers out there. Thank you, Hugh, for sharing your expertise.

Hugh's Views & News

In my previous post of this new feature, I gave reasons why adding a search bar to your blog is important. You can read the post by clicking here. This week, I’m going to talk about blog categories.

13 Weeks: 13 Quick Blogging Tips

I read lots of wonderful blog posts and often want to find out if the blogger has written more posts on the same subject.

Here’s an example. I’ve just read a post you published about your Grandmother’s recipe for the world’s best chocolate chip cookies. I ask myself if you’ve published any other recipes and search for a recipe category. Unfortunately, you don’t have one or you don’t categorise any of your posts (so they all fall under ‘uncategorised‘). Yes, I can do a search (if you have a search bar on your blog), but I want to check out all your recipe posts. The only option is to now scroll through all your posts…

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Modesty, Perfection and Promotions (Guest Post by Sally G Cronin)…

Some wonderful advice from Sally Cronin, blogger, author, nutritionist extraordinaire, on promoting yourself. Start today showing yourself a little love and support! 😚

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If it was not for our modesty we would be perfect!

This term is usually reserved for those people that we meet who are brazenly open about their achievements and have no problem as they say ‘In blowing their own trumpets’.

I come into contact with a lot of writers, including when approaching for an interview on my radio shows. The reluctance I met on most occasions was baffling and yet once I managed to winkle these writers out of their modesty shells they thoroughly enjoyed themselves and loved the attention.

Firstly let’s establish why we write. Apart from the odd person who wishes a cathartic experience by writing down their life’s experiences; most of us write to be read. We should also admit at this point that the majority of us do not have a million pound budget or a personal assistant available to market said writing.


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Some Wise Advice in These Funnies!

My friend Steve sent these funnies to me today. They gave me a few good laughs and wanted to share them with you to spread the chuckles.

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Hope you enjoyed these ditties. Thank you for stopping by!

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

Read to your children today and spread the love of reading! Http:// and Http://

Blessings & hugs!


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