Janice (J. E.) Spina’s Books

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Lubelia Alycea: One Hundred Years by J.E. Spina

Lubelia Alycea leaves her native country of Madeira, Portugal to travel to her new home – America. This is the story of how a strong, resilient young girl grows into a formidable woman. She must survive many tragedies in her lifetime, separation from family, sickness, death, betrayal, and a lost love. Will she find happiness and a new love in her life? Will she be strong enough to face the storms ahead and still keep her family together? Will the secrets in her life destroy her and all that she holds dear?

Review by Trish: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Powerful, yet endearing!Reviewed in the United States on May 3, 2021. This is an enjoyable story about the life of a young woman who leaves behind all that she knows to venture into a new world in hopes of making a better life for her children. Follow her through her hardships and successes as she struggles to support her family and fulfill a promise she made to her dying husband. Lubelia Alycea is a strong woman who shows endurance and tenacity. This is a good read for anyone whose ancestors before them left their homeland in hopes of a better life in America. It is powerful and endearing at the same time!

Product Details:
Paperback: 359 Pages
Publisher: Janice Spina (April 28, 2021)
Language: English
Global Library: Fiction (General)
Global Library: Fiction (Historical)
Global Library: Fiction (Romance)

Amazon Print:
https://www.amazon.com/Lubelia-Alycea-One-Hundred-Years/dp/1736167324/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1620220486&sr=

Kindle:
https://www.amazon.com/Lubelia-Alycea-One-Hundred-Years-ebook/dp/B093TT6BX1/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1620220486&sr=

In A Second by J E Spina

Athena feels as if she is going out of her mind. She can’t function after losing her fiancé, Justin, in a car accident, or did she? She keeps having dreams or rather nightmares of being trapped in a car with Justin’s lifeless body. But when she wakes up in the hospital no one will tell her what happened to Justin.

She begins to think that he is a figment of her imagination until she calls his number and he answers. They make a date but then, he doesn’t show up. There are many secrets that Athena’s parents are keeping from her. Can she deal with all the secrets that threaten her whole being? Her only salvation is her Gramma Grace who knows the truth and has the power of clairvoyance to help her.

Athena finally meets someone who could possibly give her a chance at love again but can Lucas give her what she needs or is he asking too much of her? When her psychiatrist, Dr. Nick Jasper, shows an interest in her too she feels overwhelmed and confused. Will Athena be able to choose between Dr. Jasper and Lucas? Will she ever forget Justin?

Review by Michele Rolfe: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Is Athena Going Crazy? When Athena wakes up in the hospital & asks about her boyfriend Justin, no one will tell her anything. She keeps having dreams or maybe visions of her being in a car accident with Justin’s body next to her. She finally gets a call from Justin & they make a date, but he doesn’t show up. What happened to him? There are more than a few secrets her parents & grandmother are keeping from her, too. Will these secrets destroy her or clear things up for her? J.E. Spina has another mystery hit on her hands! I got this book for my honest review.

Product Details:
Age: 18+Paperback: 402 Pages
Publisher: JE Spina (December 30, 2020)
Language: English

  • Grandma’s Book Club: Mystery Action
  • Grandma’s Book Club: Mystery (Thriller & Suspense)
  • Global Library: Mystery (Thriller & Suspense)
  • Global Library: Romance (Mystery Thriller & Suspense)

Amazon Print:
https://www.amazon.com/Second-J-Spina/dp/1736167308/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1609538158&sr=1-1

Kindle:
https://www.amazon.com/Second-J-Spina-ebook/dp/B08RNS7ZGJ/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1609538158&sr=1-1

Drystan The Dragon and Friends Book Series For Children

Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Book 1:
Drystan and Durward Save the Day by Janice Spina

This is a magical series about Drystan the dragon and his friends.

These dragons are colorful, engaging and fun to read about.

They teach children the importance of friendship, caring for one another, being kind to others, and it’s okay to be different.

All dragons are of different colors and their names begin with the letter ‘D’ – a fun way for young children to learn the letter ‘D’ and colors.

In Book 1 Drystan makes a few friend, Durward, who invites him to visit the Land of the Rainbows.

While they are there they have an adventure. Find out what the dragons do to save the day.

5 Star Review: As a grandmother, I know how important friends are to our children and who better to show the way than two beautifully illustrated dragons. As parents and grandparents, we seek to purchase books that will capture the imagination, while teaching valuable life lessons.

*****Award Winning Author Janice Spina and her husband John (illustrator) has created this amazing first book, in this dragon series.

*****Brightly colored illustrations will capture the child’s imagination as they read, or as an adult reads to them. The rhymes will stick in their mind, as he or she discovers a friendship between a red dragon named Drystan and a blue dragon named Durward.

*****The adventure unfolds in the Land Of Rainbows, where the two dragons extend their friendship to a colorful mother blue bird and her family, while lessons about helping others are learned.

*****I highly recommend this book as a good bedtime story, or go anywhere travel book. Five more books in this series are in the creative process. I invite you to purchase ‘Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Book 1’ and watch for each new dragon book as it is published.

Review by Theodocia McLean (Book Marketing Global Network).

Product Details:
Drystan The Dragon and Friends Series Book 1
Paperback: 27 Pages
Publisher: Janice Spina (February 1, 2020)
John Spina (Illustrator)
Language: English

  • Grandma’s Book Club: Age Range: Preschool-Grade 3
  • Grandma’s Book Club: Fairy Tales and Myths
  • Grandma’s Book Club: Dragon Fantasy

Amazon Print:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1732528845?_encoding=UTF8&isInIframe=0&n=283155&ref_=dp_proddesc_0&s=books&showDetailProductDesc=1#product-description_feature_div

Kindle:
https://www.amazon.com/Drystan-Dragon-Friends-Book-Durward-ebook/dp/B084F19KLX/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Drystan The Dragon and Friends Series, Book 2:
Damara Helps Drystan Find His Roar by Janice Spina

This is the second book in the magical series about Drystan the dragon and his friends.

These dragons are colorful, engaging and fun to read about. They teach children the importance of friendship, caring for one another, being kind to others, and it’s okay to be different. All dragons are of different colors and their names begin with the letter ‘D’ – a fun way for young children to learn the letter ‘D’ and colors.

In Book 2 a new dragon is introduced – Damara, a different dragon who does things her own way. As she is traveling by one day, she spies a dragon, Drystan, in distress. She flies down to see what is wrong. It appears that Drystan has lost his roar. What caused Drystan to lose his roar? Can Damara help him get it back? Read this book in rhyme for a comical story that will delight your children. Watch for more books in this mystical series.

Review by Sara123: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. To Be Different is Okay!Author Janice Spina’s second book in her new series, “Drystan the Dragon and Friends” is a fine addition to her ever-growing list of books written for enriching the lives of young readers.In the second volume, “Damara Helps Drystan Find His Roar”, Damara, a green dragon who is different than others, does not worry about what people say. She knows she’s not like everyone else, but owns her differences and is proud of who she is. This terrific message intertwines nicely with the little tale of Damara’s encounter with Drystan, who is also taught a lesson, courtesy of his new friend.The illustrations are lovely, created by the author’s partner in life and work, Mr. John Spina. The terrific team’s growing library is impressive and recommended.

Review by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne (Children’s Author): 5.0 out of 5 Stars. You’ll love Drystan and Damara’s story!Gifted author, Janice Spina has crafted another lovely book for little ones. In this second book in her series of dragon stories, Damara the little green dragon is proud of the fact she is different. She never worries about what other people think. In her travels she meets Drystan, a dragon who can’ t roar. Damara sets out to solve the problem. Did it happen because Drystan ate to many frogs, or fish? Was it something else? Damara and Drystan each learn important lessons from their experience. Young children are sure to remember this story and the messages it shares.

From The Author: I have always loved dragons! So do many children out there! That is why I wrote this book along with five other books coming in this series. These dragon books are written in rhyme with life lessons. All the dragons’ names begin with the letter ‘D’ and are of different colors. Reading these books is a fun way for children to learn the letter ‘D’ and colors while they are encouraged to be kind to one another, respect others, and it’s okay to be different.

I hope children will enjoy reading and learning from these books.

I will be publishing book 2 this year illustrated by my talented husband, John. He will illustrate two more in 2021 and in 2022 to complete the set. It was so much fun to write this series that I may do another series about another animal or mythical creature in the future.

If you enjoy this book or any of my books please write a review wherever you purchased the books. I also love to hear from readers and will post, with your permission, any reviews you write on my blog. Happy reading!

Thank you for your kind support!

Love, Janice

Product Details:
Drystan The Dragon and Friends Series Book 2
Paperback: 27 Pages
Publisher: Janice Spina (April 11, 2020)
John Spina (Illustrator)
Language: English

  • Grandma’s Book Club: Age Range: Preschool-Grade 3
  • Grandma’s Book Club: Fairy Tales and Myths
  • Grandma’s Book Club: Dragon Fantasy

Amazon Print:
https://www.amazon.com/Drystan-Dragon-Friends-Book-Damara/dp/1732528861/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Kindle:
https://www.amazon.com/Drystan-Dragon-Friends-Book-Damara-ebook/dp/B087117TD3/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Drystan The Dragon and Friends Series, Book 3:
Delbert Finds Himself by Janice Spina

Drystan the Dragon and Friends is a series of six books about dragons, friendship, being kind and respectful to one another, and helping others in need.

Children will learn about colors and letters too with the help of the colorful illustrations and rhyming verse. All the dragons’ names begin with the letter ‘D.’

In this book Drystan meets a few friends, Delbert, who has some difficulty meeting others. He is shy and not at all happy that he can disappear from view and blend in with trees.

Read how Drystan helps Delbert realize how important it is to like himself no what color he is – for all colors are beautiful!

Review by Sarah Reviews: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. A Self-Confidence Booster!In “Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Book 3: Delbert Finds Himself” author Janice Spina, the wonderful children’s books author, delivers again. Delbert, who is shy and lacking in self-confidence, is helped by Drystan the Dragon tor appreciate himself, overcome shyness, and learn how to make friends Lovely addition to the growing series that promotes wonderful lessons for kids of all ages.Images by the author’s talented husband are lovely

Review by Mystery “Fran”: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Be happy with who you are!Book 3 in the Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series is a gem! Delbert is a very shy, sweet dragon who is unhappy with his color. Drystan discovers Delbert hiding, and befriends him. He eventually helps his new friend realize that he is special no matter what color he is. This book imparts a very powerful message to children that inspires self-confidence and strength of character – be happy with who you are. Young children and the adults in their lives will be looking forward to meeting more of Drystan’s friends In the future!

Review by Michelle Clements James: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Even if we’re different, we’re still special.Delbert is a brown dragon who can turn blue. He is shy and likes to hide where no one can see him. He is a kind dragon. One day, he was blending in with a brown tree and moved behind a pile of stones and sticks to hide. He didn’t know that Drystan the red dragon was watching him from his cave. When Drystan approached Delbert and asked what he was doing, Delbert said, “I’m trying to hide from you.” When Drystan asked why he was hiding, Delbert replied it was because he was shy. Drystan, being helpful as a good dragon can be, told Delbert to eat blueberries. Delbert turned blue but decided he liked being brown better. He was worried that his family wouldn’t know him. Drystan told him how to turn back to brown. Delbert, being the polite and kind dragon that he was, thanked Drystan. Drystan told Delbert not to be shy because he would always be his friend and that, no matter what color he was, he would always be special.

Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Book 3: Delbert Finds Himself is a darling story that teaches young children to be friendly and kind and that no matter how different we look, we are still special. The author weaves all the books in this series into enchanting stories for the youngest book lovers while demonstrating an important lesson. Her books are beautifully illustrated with colorful pictures by her husband, John Spina. This book makes a perfect gift for young children in your life.

I was given a copy of this book by the author and received no compensation for my honest review

From The Author: I have always loved dragons! So do many children out there! That is why I wrote this book along with five other books coming in this series. I want children to feel good about themselves as Delbert does when he realizes after changing colors that his own color is what he is happy to be. In this troubled world children need to know it’s okay to love the skin you are in.

These dragon books are written in rhyme with life lessons. All the dragons’ names begin with the letter ‘D’ and are of different colors. Reading these books is a fun way for children to learn the letter ‘D’ and colors while they are encouraged to be kind to one another, respect others, and it’s okay to be different.

I hope children will enjoy reading and learning from these books.

I will be publishing book 2 this year illustrated by my talented husband, John. He will illustrate two more in 2021 and in 2022 to complete the set. It was so much fun to write this series that I may do another series about another animal or mythical creature in the future.

If you enjoy this book or any of my books please write a review wherever you purchased the books. I also love to hear from readers and will post any reviews you write, with your permission, on my blog. Happy reading!

Thank you for your kind support!

Love, Janice

Product Details:
Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Book 3
Paperback: 30 pages
Publisher: Janice Spina; Illustrated edition (July 2, 2020)
John Spina (Illustrator)
Language: English

  • Grandma’s Book Club: Age Range: Preschool-Grade 3
  • Grandma’s Book Club: Fairy Tales and Myths
  • Grandma’s Book Club: Dragon Fantasy

Amazon Print:
https://www.amazon.com/Drystan-Dragon-Friends-Book-Delbert/dp/1732528888/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Kindle:
https://www.amazon.com/Drystan-Dragon-Friends-Book-Delbert-ebook/dp/B08C9Q5NV2/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Drystan The Dragon and Friends Series Book 4:
Delfina Solves A Problem by Janice Spina

This is a continuing fun series of adventures with Drystan the dragon and his friends.

Follow Drystan and his friends as they meet a new dragon named Delfina. Her scales are many shades of purple and pink. She can solve any problem with just a blink. She may be small but is stronger than you think.

When the other dragons meet about a problem with another dragon called Drago who is a bully, Delfina comes to their rescue and promises to help them deal with the bully.

Read what happens when Delfina meets Drago.

Review by Michele Rolfe: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Dealing with a Bully. Delfina is a small, quiet Dragon who shows the rest of the Dragons how to deal with a Bully nicely. She flies up to Drago, the Bully Dragon, with Drystan. They hope to get Drago to stop bullying everyone. What Delfina does is very nice & she & the other Dragons make a new friend!I really like Delfina’s Purple & Pink scales! I also Love how Janice teaches children how to deal with a bully in a peaceful way.I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

Product Details:
Drystan The Dragon and Friends Series Book 4
Paperback: 29 Pages
Publisher: Janice Spina (December 5, 2020)
John Spina (Illustrator)
Language: English

  • Grandma’s Book Club: Age Range: Preschool-Grade 3
  • Grandma’s Book Club: Fairy Tales and Myths
  • Grandma’s Book Club: Dragon Fantasy

Amazon Print:
https://www.amazon.com/Drystan-Dragon-Friends-Book-Delfina/dp/1732528896/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Kindle:
https://www.amazon.com/Drystan-Dragon-Friends-Book-Delfina-ebook/dp/B08PQ1RRNC/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Book 5: Drago Does A Good Deed by Janice Spina

In Book 5 of this magical series of Drystan the Dragon and Friends, Drago finds a way to do a good deed when he sees a rabbit in need.

Each of these books will feature a new dragon and a poem. Children will learn letters and colors with these colorfully illustrated pages.

Each dragon’s name begins with the letter ‘D’. Drago is a dragon who is completely white. He is not happy that he can’t fly at night. He is mean to his fellow dragons anywhere in sight. To be a different color he wishes with all his might. Drago learned to be kind to others every day. He is now orange, thanks to Delfina, who changed him this way.

Product Details:
Book Five In The Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series
Paperback: 31 Pages
Publisher: Janice Spina (March 28, 2021)
John Spina (Illustrator)
Language: English

  • Grandma’s Book Club: Age Range: Preschool-Grade 3\
  • Grandma’s Book Club: Fairy Tales and Myths
  • Grandma’s Book Club: Dragon Fantasy

Amazon Print:
https://www.amazon.com/Drystan-Dragon-Friends-Book-Drago/dp/1736167316/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1617320827&sr=8-1

Kindle:
https://www.amazon.com/Drystan-Dragon-Friends-Book-Drago-ebook/dp/B0918P1C19/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1617320827&sr=8-1

Abby & Holly 6 Book Series

Abby & Holly: School Dance (Book 1)
by Janice Spina (Author) and John Spina (Illustrator)

This is Book 1 of a series of Abby & Holly books.

These two girls were first introduced in Book 5 of the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series.

The girls are first cousins on their mothers’ side. They moved to the quiet town of Lindon, New Hampshire and live in a grand old Victorian which is haunted.

The cousins are excited about attending the 6th grade dance.

When their friend, Justine, is bullied, Abby and Holly, along with the help of a ghost and Davey & Derek, work together to formalize a plan to put a stop to the bullying.

This book won a Bronze Medal from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards in August of 2019.

Review by Mrs. D.: 5.0 out of 5 Stars.  Say hello to the Abby and Holly series!

“Move over, Davey and Derek? Or maybe not… The duo is back, and the girls and boys are taking the world by the horns with another thrilling adventure! The haunted house! The mysterious ghost! The undying friendship! Good life lessons! And no more bullying!

Abby and Holly are cousins. The girls were first introduced in Book 5 of the Davey and Derek Junior Detectives series.

Janice Spina has beautifully blended two separate series in her new book, which is meant to entertain and educate middle grade readers. This time she sent two girls to solve a mystery that was quite intriguing. While trying to be just normal students, team members are dealing with serious issues so common for sixth graders: jealousy, intolerance, and bullying. The story is fun and adventurous, but the author smartly implants very important seeds that touch on problems so familiar for a middle school audience.

In this new book, Abby and Holly team up with their friends Davey and Derek, two shy but very experienced young detectives. The team needs to find out who is sabotaging one of their classmates, Justine, who plans her sixth-grade school dance. Fearing that the girl is being bullied, the team members work closely with each other and their friends.

The story is sweet. It flows smoothly, just like other books from this wonderful author, which manages to surprise the young readers with perfectly developed characters and a wise plot. Even if the readers haven’t had the chance to get familiar with the Davey and Derek series, they won’t feel lost or have a hard time connecting the new story to Davey and Derek. And just like me, I hope the girls and boys will jump into the new adventures with a touch of fantasy, mystery, and some stronger feelings like love, forgiveness, and being kind to each other.

“Abby and Holly: School Dance” is one of those books that will make children feel good about themselves. The lessons of friendship and kindness are nicely incorporated into a fun story, which will put a smile on children’s faces. Trouble. Solution. Sweet first love. Friendship. And kindness. All of these qualities are in one book for young readers to enjoy. Yes, Justine is bullied, but she has a strong group of friends behind her, which helps her to overcome the fear of bullies. And with the help of her friends, the bullies may change their attitude too.

I am delighted that this book carries strong messages about the importance of being compassionate, kind, loving and accepting. It teaches teens to remember how they would feel if their places were reversed. Another entertaining and teaching series for middle schoolers by Janice Spina!

Message From The Author: This book came to me after I received a request from a reader for a series for girls like the one I wrote for boys, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives. I introduced Abby and Holly in Book 5 of Davey & Derek series and the idea was born to write a series for the girls.

I think both boys and girls will love this new series since Davey and Derek are in this book and will most likely appear in the next one. The girls and boys will combine their skills to solve more mysteries.

I love to hear from readers about my books and welcome reviews wherever the books are purchased. Happy reading everyone!

With Blessings & Hugs, Janice Spina

Product Details:
Series: Abby & Holly (Book 1)
MG/PT/YA ages 10 +

  • Grandma’s Book Club: Abby and Holly Series
  • Grandma’s Book Club: Fantasy and Magic
  • Grandma’s Book Club: MG/PT/YA Ages 10 +
  • Grandma’s Book Club: Mystery Action

Amazon Print:
https://www.amazon.com/Abby-Holly-School-Dance-1/dp/0998240486/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Kindle:
https://www.amazon.com/Holly-School-Dance-Janice-Spina-ebook/dp/B07F7MW7L6/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Abby & Holly: Unfortunate Events (Book 2)
by Janice Spina (Author) and John Spina (Illustrator)

Abby and Holly are cousins who are more like sisters. They enjoy doing everything together.

Holly lives with Abby and her family in a haunted Victorian. Holly must deal with some difficult decisions in her family when unexpected and unfortunate events come to pass.

Abby is there to lend support to Holly along with two ghostly apparitions, Felicity and Minerva, who live in Abby’s house. These specters provide some magical and helpful advice along the way as they watch over Holly during this difficult time.

The girls’ friends, twins Davey and Derek Donato, from their own series, pop in to support Holly and bring some fun and comical relief to the story.

Review by Michelle Clements James: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. A Stellar Book With Important Lessons

“I am so excited about the Abby and Holly Series for girls, but it could be equally enjoyed by boys. In Abby & Holly Series Book 2: Unfortunate Events, Abby’s cousin, Holly, is faced with some difficult issues. While her parents are away on overseas jobs, Holly is living with Abby. Things go downhill when her parents return for a visit and her mother becomes ill. Throughout this trying time, Holly has a tremendous amount of support from Abby, her Aunt Jane and Uncle Bob, and two ghosts who live in Abby’s house, Felicity and Minerva. Of course, their friends Davey and Derek are there to help, too.

As with all of Spina’s children’s books, Unfortunate Events teaches life lessons such as respect, kindness toward others, and the importance of being polite. This book concentrates on handling the unexpected and overcoming life’s disappointments. The unexpected was Holly’s mother’s illness and hospital stay. With the love of her extended family, Holly was able to cope with her worry for her mother. Disappointment was addressed when her father announced that he was flying out to finish his work overseas. He explained to Holly the importance of fulling his obligations to his employer.

I highly recommend Abby & Holly Series Book 2: Unfortunate Events to all middle-graders, both girls and boys. The story line is one that will keep children interested with its elements of suspense and mystery. Though there are references to a childhood crush, they are not a major component of the story and certainly not enough to deter boys’ interest. And who doesn’t love a friendly little ghost or two! As with all the author’s children’s books, this one is true to her ideals of writing books that encourage children to read while incorporating those all-important life lessons. As a book I think every parent will want their daughters and sons to read, I give Unfortunate Events 5 stars!”

Message From The Author: This book came to me after I received a request from a reader for a series for girls like the one I wrote for boys, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives. I introduced Abby and Holly in Book 5 of Davey & Derek series and the idea was born to write a series for the girls.

I think both boys and girls will love this new series since Davey and Derek are in this book and will most likely appear in the next one. The girls and boys will combine their skills to solve more mysteries.

I love to hear from readers about my books and welcome reviews wherever the books are purchased. Happy reading everyone!

This book won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in 2019!

With Blessings & Hugs, Janice Spina

Product Details:
Series: Abby & Holly Series (Book 2)
MG/PT/YA ages 10 +

  • Grandma’s Book Club: Abby and Holly Series
  • Grandma’s Book Club: Fantasy and Magic
  • Grandma’s Book Club: MG/PT/YA Ages 10 +
  • Grandma’s Book Club: Mystery Action

Amazon Print:
https://www.amazon.com/Abby-Holly-Book-Unfortunate-Events/dp/0998240494/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Kindle:
https://www.amazon.com/Abby-Holly-Book-Unfortunate-Events-ebook/dp/B07JDRGYDK/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Abby & Holly: Secrets Of The Trunk (Book 3)
by Janice Spina (Author) and John Spina (Illustrator)

Join Abby and Holly in Book 3 as the cousins discover a new presence in their old Victorian while they are cleaning out the library of old books.

They are not sure if this specter is benign or otherwise. This being leads them to the old trunk they discovered in Book 2 which holds many secrets and puzzles that they feel compelled to solve.

They enlist the help of their ghost friend, Felicity, who inhabits their home. She is a benevolent entity that once lived in their house from a century ago. She watches over the girls and vows never to leave them unless they request her to do so.

There will be surprises and ghostly visits that will keep readers enthralled as Abby and Holly work together to uncover the secrets of the trunk.

Review by Trish: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Family fun!

“Abby and Holly, cousins and best friends, find themselves intrigued with a mystery they uncover while cleaning the attic in their home. Follow the girls on a treasure hunt leading to danger and excitement. Such fun! I love that the author leaves their story open for future adventures for the cousins. In this day and age, it is great to find such wholesome reading for our children, Nice job, Janice Spina!”

Review by Michele Rolfe: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Ghosts to the Rescue!

“Cousins Abby & Holly have some help from the resident ghosts Felicity & Minerva figuring out the secret of the Trunk! The girls have scary encounter with a “playful” sprite & Felicity & Minerva step in to help & protect the girls. Was worried about the end, but it is perfect beginning to the next book!! LOVED the things the girls go through & how they solve The Secrets of the Trunk!”

Message From The Author: This series is inspired and created for my granddaughter who loves to read. This is the third book in the series and more are coming in 2019 and beyond.

These characters, Abby & Holly, were introduced in Book 5 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series.

I thoroughly enjoy writing these stories. They make me feel like a kid again. I let the characters take over the story and I go along for the ride. All ages love these books. They carry important life lessons that parents appreciate and happily pass along these books to their children and grandchildren to enjoy. I hope you will enjoy them too.

With Blessings & Hugs, Janice Spina

Product Details:
Series: Abby and Holly (Book 3)
MG/PT/YA ages 10 +

  • Grandma’s Book Club: Abby and Holly Series
  • Grandma’s Book Club: Fantasy and Magic
  • Grandma’s Book Club: MG/PT/YA Ages 10 +
  • Grandma’s Book Club: Mystery Action

Amazon Print:
https://www.amazon.com/Abby-Holly-Book-Secrets-Trunk/dp/1732528829/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=janice+spina&qid=1568149059&s=gateway&sr=8-2

Kindle:
https://www.amazon.com/Abby-Holly-Book-Secrets-Trunk-ebook-dp-B07X6RX1YW/dp/B07X6RX1YW/ref=mt_kindle?_encoding=UTF8&me=&qid=1568149059

Abby & Holly Series, Book 4: The Hidden Stairway
by Janice Spina (Author) and John Spina (Illustrator)

Join the cousins, Abby and Holly, as they search for clues about who placed an urn up in their attic with the remains of a young girl who lived a century ago. Their old Victorian holds many secrets and the girls are determined to solve this mystery with the help of two ghost friends, Felicity and Minerva, who inhabit their home.

As the girls are searching for clues in their basement, they discover a hidden stairway. Upon entering the stairway, they find themselves unexpectedly catapulted back in time to a century ago.

Will they be able to return with the answers to the mystery? If not, who will help them get back? Or, will they be forever lost in time?

5 Star Review: ‘The Hidden Stairway’ is Book 4 in the Abby & Holly Series. Even though each book in the series, stands-alone, Author Janice Spina skillfully draws from the previous books, which makes the series very appealing to young readers. For example: This book involves an urn and some jewels the girls found in a trunk in the attic during their adventure in book three. The mystery of who left the remains of a teenager named Annabelle Bradley (from 1880’s) in an urn in the attic and how did Annabelle come to have so much valuable jewelry carries over into book four.

*****The story opens as cousins Abby and Holly return from back-to-school shopping with their mothers. Young readers’ imaginations will soar, when they join these two cousins, as they continue to explore the old Victorian House (they live in) which reveals many secrets and ghosts from the past. The discovery of a hidden stairway, that allows the girls to travel back in time, will keep readers’ turning the page.

*****As a grandmother I can say, this book has a mystery, suspense driven adventure (equal if not better than Nancy Drew) with life lessons woven in, making this book and the Abby & Holly Series a perfect gift and summer reading for the Middle-Grades, Preteen, Teens and Young Adults.

*****Author Janice Spina and her husband, Dr. John Spina, make a great team. Dr. John Spina creates the book covers and story illustrations for all Janice Spina’s books. I am impressed with their attention to detail, as they work together to enhance the reading experience of all ages.

*****Books 5 and 6 in the Abby & Holly series is expected in late 2020 and 2021.

Review by Theodocia McLean (Book Marketing Global Network).

Product Details:
Series: Abby and Holly (Book 4)
Paperback: 266 Pages

  • Grandma’s Book Club: Abby and Holly Series
  • Grandma’s Book Club: Fantasy and Magic
  • Grandma’s Book Club: MG/PT/YA Ages 10 +
  • Grandma’s Book Club: Mystery Action

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Abby and Holly Series, Book 5:
The Copper Key (Abby & Holly) by Janice Spina

The main protagonists, cousins Abby and Holly, find paintings by a young teenager, from the past with a copper key taped to the back of one of her paintings. This teen’s remains were found in their attic in Book 4.

The girls’ search begins to find the source of this key. They hope to use this key to unlock secrets or something valuable from the past. Will this key help uncover another mystery for the cousins? How far will the girls go in their search for truth or will they have to go back to the past? Will they be able to return home without somehow changing history forever?

Review by Mystery “Fran”: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Engaging, exciting, excellent!In Book Five of the Abby & Holly Series, The Copper Key, cousins Abby and Holly are compelled to solve the mystery behind an old copper key they find in the attic of Abby’s home. They are joined in their sleuthing by resident ghosts Felicity and Minerva as they travel back in time to discover what the key unlocks…Suspense, plot twists, and excitement are featured as the girls uncover the real story. The author, Janice Spina, does a great job of character development and seamlessly weaving themes of problem solving, cooperation, and friendship into the book. Fans of this series will love this installment – as I did! Middle school kids and young teens who read The Copper Key will be looking forward to Abby & Holly’s next adventure!

Review by Trish: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Fun, fun, fun!Those adorable cousins are back again! Abby and Holly find themselves faced with another mystery that needs their attention. This fun-loving duo find a strange old copper key in a very unlikely place. Because of their adventurous nature, the girls embark on a new journey to discover what this key opens. Follow them into the past to correct an unjust act of one person in order to help protect another. Janice Spina’s stories will keep your child’s interest while always remaining wholesome and age appropriate. Such fun

From The Author: This series is inspired and created for my granddaughter who loves to read. This is the fourth book in the series and two more are coming in 2020.This book was dedicated to my granddaughter, Leah, and my step-granddaughter, Laura, who love to read these books.

These characters, Abby & Holly, were introduced in Book 5 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series.

I thoroughly enjoy writing these stories. They make me feel like a kid again. I let the characters take over the story and I go along for the ride. All ages love these books. They carry important life lessons that parents appreciate and happily pass along these books to their children and grandchildren to enjoy. I hope you will enjoy them too.

Janice enjoys hearing from readers and fans and welcomes reviews wherever her books are purchased.

Product Details:
Series: Abby and Holly (Book 5)
Paperback: 250 Pages
Publisher: Janice Spina (May 5, 2020)Language: English

  • Grandma’s Book Club: Abby and Holly Series
  • Grandma’s Book Club: Fantasy and Magic
  • Grandma’s Book Club: MG/PT/YA Ages 10 +
  • Grandma’s Book Club: Mystery Action

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Abby & Holly Series, Book 6: Faulty Timeline by Janice Spina

Follow along with cousins, Abby and Holly, as they learn about some changes in history from their ghost friend, Felicity, who lived back in 1880.

These changes came about when the girls traveled back to the past to their Victorian when it was once a boarding house. While they were in the past they met a young woman, Annabelle Bradley, who was a talented artist. The cousins became friends with Annabelle in the short time they knew her. They also became involved in her life through her letters and diaries that they found in their home in the future.

The girls are distraught over how Annabelle died and want to go back and somehow change history to prevent her murder. In order to do this, they must enlist the help of their friends, Davey’s and Derek’s, great aunt, Gigi, who is a benevolent witch.

Will Gigi be able to put the girls back in time in the right place to make this change possible? If they do go back, will the girls be able to return without possibly endangering themselves and end up lost forever in the past due to the faulty timeline?

Review by Michelle Clements James: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Exciting story.Book 6 in the Abby & Holly Series is another exciting episode in the lives of the two cousins. This time, the girls want to go back in time once again and try to save their friend from the past, Annabelle Bradley, who they met the last time they entered the past. However, their ghost friends, Felicity and Minerva, are worried they might not be able to get the girls back to the present time, so they enlist the help of Aunt Gigi, a good witch, and her cat, Mianna, who also has powers. They are worried that a faulty timeline will prevent the girls’ return.

All the author’s children’s books teach life lessons. In this book, we learn that the girls have respect for their mothers’ wishes when they express fear that their daughters will be caught in another time. One example of this is when Holly asks, “what if our mothers still refuse to let us go back?” Abby responds, “Then we won’t go. We have to think of our mothers’ feelings, too.”

Abby & Holly Series Book 6 – Faulty Timeline is a wonderful book that will appeal to both boys and girls in middle grades.

I received a copy of Abby & Holly Series Book 6 – Faulty Timeline from the author and received no compensation for my honest review.

Review by Michele Rolfe: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Awesome Series End. WOW!! What a way to end the series!! The cousins Abby & Holly go back in time 1 last time to try to save their friend Annabelle from dying. They get the help of their twin friends, Derek’s & Davey’s Grt Aunt Gigi. a good witch. It was fun to read how the girls went back & what they had to do to keep from being seen by anyone in the past this time around. The twist & surprise at the end, is AWESOME!!

Review by Sara123: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Fabulous!Cousins Abby and Holly are back in author Janice Spina’s latest installment in the fabulous series that follows the girls’ adventures.

In this sixth volume, Faulty Timeline” – the twins go back in time intending to save the life of Annabelle the artist, a friend they met in their previous excursion to the 19th century after finding her letters and diaries. This time, recognizing the danger involved, the girls engage the help of a good witch, their friends Davey and Derek’s great aunt Gigi.

The story is captivating from the start. Abby and Holly and a host of other rich characters that include two resident friendly ghosts named Minerva and Felicity, keep young readers entertained.

Were Abby and Holly successful in their dangerous mission?

Was Annabelle’s life saved?

Read, and you shall find out!

Highly recommended!

From The Author: This series is inspired and created for my granddaughter who loves to read. This is the sixth book in the series and final book. This book was dedicated to my granddaughter, Leah, and my step-granddaughter, Laura, who love to read these books.

These characters, Abby & Holly, were introduced in Book 5 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series.

I thoroughly enjoy writing these stories. They make me feel like a kid again. I let the characters take over the story and I go along for the ride. All ages love these books. They carry important life lessons that parents appreciate and happily pass along these books to their children and grandchildren to enjoy. I hope you will enjoy them too.

Product Details:
Series: Abby and Holly (Book 6)
Paperback: 281 Pages
Publisher: Janice Spina (July 16, 2020)
John Spina (Illustrator)
Language: English

  • Grandma’s Book Club: Abby and Holly Series
  • Grandma’s Book Club: Fantasy and Magic
  • Grandma’s Book Club: MG/PT/YA Ages 10 +
  • Grandma’s Book Club: Mystery Action

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Davey & Derek Junior Detectives 6 Book Series

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives:
The Case Of The Missing Cell Phone (Book 1) by Janice Spina

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives is Book One of a series of mysteries and adventures. Davey and Derek Donato are twins who love to play detective. In their first case they must solve the perplexing case of the missing cell phone. There are twists and turns and surprises for all.

“Davey & Derek Junior Detectives: The Case of the Missing Cell Phone” is a wonderfully written mystery book with interesting twists that will leave you wanting to know what happens next. Love the main protagonists, Davey and Derek, the twin brothers who are as different as day and night. I’m sure kids their age can relate with them and have fun solving the mystery together along them and their friend Mickey aka “CAT”. Great for young readers who love a good mystery!”

“The versatile award-winning children’s books author and novelist, Janice Spina, had delivered once again: This time, a lovely detective story for middle-grade kids. The protagonists in “Davey & Derek Junior Detectives: The Case of the Missing Cell Phone” are twin boys that are easy to relate to, each with a unique personality that is sure to resonate with kids their age. The twisting plot in “Davey & Derek Junior Detectives” is captivating and enjoyable. Perfect for young readers!”

Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers’ Favorite: “The Case of the Missing Cell Phone is the first book in the Davey & Derek: Junior Detectives book series written by Janice Spina. Davey and Derek Donato are ten-year-old non-identical twins. After receiving some sleuthing books for their tenth birthday, the boys decide to imitate the detectives in the stories as they read. The young detectives’ assistant, Mickey (The Cat), had been teaching sign language to Derek for some time. Although Mickey hears well, his younger sister, Jennie, is Deaf and the family communicates in sign language. After Christine Sanders misplaces her expensive cell phone, the twins are on the case, rounding up suspects and investigating the phone’s disappearance. When the police make an appearance at the school, the group of gumshoes challenge themselves to solve the case before the police solve it to solidify their reputations as detectives who get the job done.

Being a fan of good mystery stories, I was keen to read Janice Spina’s new book series starring Davey and Derek. The Case of the Missing Cell Phone was the perfect way to start their detective careers and earn the trust and respect of their peers at school. I was easily able to picture each scene through the eyes of the young detectives, including the nervous reactions of those who were interviewed. Each turn of the page carried new clues, new excitement, and new adventure as Davey, Derek, Mickey and their assistants leave no stone unturned in trying to solve the puzzle. This book is one of the most fun and delightful sleuthing tales I have read in a long time. This book would be great for young readers in the 7-12 age group, and would also do well in school libraries as it teaches children how to assert themselves against bullies while having their friends’ backs at all times.”

Message From The Author: Davey & Derek Junior Detectives is book 1 of a series of adventures and mysteries for middle-grade children ages 9-12, Grades 4-7. This book won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in the Preteen Category and an Honorable Mention from Readers’ Favorite.

Children’s books by Jemsbooks carry underlying themes with life lessons to help children learn to be kind, caring and accepting of others. In this middle-grade book the theme is about bullying and family relationships and how to behave in different circumstances. I hope children will learn the importance of being kind to others and that friendship matters.

Product Details:
Grade Level: 4 – 6
Series: Davey & Derek Junior Detectives (Book 1)
John Spina (Illustrator)
MG/PT/YA ages 10 +

  • Grandma’s Book Club: Davey and Derek Junior Detective Series
  • Grandma’s Book Club: Grade Level: 4 – 6
  • Grandma’s Book Club: Mysteries (Detective)
  • Grandma’s Book Club: MG/PT/YA Ages 10 +
  • Grandma’s Book Club: Mystery Action

Amazon Print:
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Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 2:
The Case Of The Mysterious Black Cat by Janice Spina

Davey and Derek Donato are twins, but not identical. They gleaned the idea to be detectives from a book their parents bought them on their tenth birthday. The twins discover a black cat and some magic when they visit with their Great Aunt Gigi. The cat tries to communicate with the boys. But what does the cat want to tell them?

Product Details:
Grade Level: 4 – 6
Series: Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series (Book 2)
John Spina (Illustrator)
MG/PT/YA ages 10 +

  • Grandma’s Book Club: Davey and Derek Junior Detective Series
  • Grandma’s Book Club: Grade Level: 4 – 6
  • Grandma’s Book Club: Mysteries (Detective)
  • Grandma’s Book Club: MG/PT/YA Ages 10 +
  • Grandma’s Book Club: Mystery Action

Amazon Print:
https://www.amazon.com/Davey-Derek-Junior-Detectives-Book/dp/0692510842/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Kindle:
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Davey & Derek Junior Detectives:
The Case Of The Magical Ivory Elephant (Book 3) by Janice Spina

Davey & Derek Donato are twins who love adventures and enjoy being junior detectives. In Book 3 of this series their help is enlisted to find an ivory figurine that has been taken from the local museum. There are many suspects and danger is not far from the boys as they learn more magic and use their skills to find those responsible for the theft. Their Aunt Gigi is close by to lend a hand and at the same time help the twins hone their magical gifts.

Wonderful Third Installment in a Wonderful Series! Get It! August 10, 2016: “In the third installment of the now eleven-year-old Davey & Derek Junior Detectives series, fabulous children’s book author Janice Spina engages children in the twins’ wonderful new adventure. With elegance and aplomb, Spina allows young readers to accompany the junior detectives as they solve, with the help of their special Aung Gigi and their own special powers, “The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant”. Marvelously entertaining. Another winner for the prolific writer.”

Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers’ Favorite: “The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant is the third book in the Davey & Derek: Junior Detectives series, written by Janice Spina and illustrated by John Spina. While celebrating their eleventh birthday at the Pizza Palace, Davey and Derek Donato’s festivities are suddenly interrupted when restaurant staff discover a would-be thief breaking into their gaming machines. The twins later visit their Aunt Gigi, where they learn the story of Tamba – the beloved elephant of an African village, which died after living a full life. Aunt Gigi’s living room is filled with mementos of her visit to Africa, including a magical elephant figurine, carved from the elephant’s ivory tusk in honor of Tamba’s incredible life. On returning home, Davey and Derek find Peter Reynolds – the party-crasher from their pizza party – waiting at their front gate. Peter asks for the twins’ assistance regarding the theft of an ivory figurine from the local museum – carved from the same tusk as Aunt Gigi’s figurines. With so many suspects to choose from, all with alibis, Davey and Derek are pushed to the limit, trying to solve the case.

Janice Spina’s adventurous tale of twins just coming into their magical powers is one of excitement, suspense and mystery. With each chapter’s header carrying its own unique illustration, the story is one which can easily be enjoyed by children and adults alike. No stone is left unturned as Davey and Derek are given all the tools, they need in order to fully investigate the case. Many exciting surprises are brought to light in The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, with more and more magical characters being disclosed as the story progresses. Having read all three of the Davey and Derek novels, I find myself being lured into the story more and more, almost as if … by magic! I thoroughly enjoyed The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, and recommend it to readers of all ages who enjoy the fun, thrill and adventure of two gumshoe detectives, each of whom has the world of magic at their fingertips, whilst trying to solve the most difficult of cases.”

Message From The Author: This book series was written for my two middle grandsons, Jason and Joey, who are not twins but two years apart. They were my inspiration. They love adventures and solving mysteries.

Children and adults both enjoy these books and the reviews have been wonderful. This book won a Silver Medal from Reader’s Favorite and along with Books 1 and 2 of this series won Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards which made me want to continue to write more in this series.

I hope children will enjoy reading about Davey & Derek Donato and learn valuable lessons about sibling rivalry, getting along, family values, and friendship matters. Reviews are always welcome and I would love to hear from MG/PT students out there about their thoughts. What would you like to see in the next books? Feel free to email me at jjspina@comcast.net or go to my website http://www.jemsbooks.com or https://www.Jemsbooks.blog and leave a message. I answer all my messages. If you want your review from Amazon or other stores to be posted on my sites please send me the link to your review and a photo of you reading the book (with permission from your parents of course).

My motto is Reading Gives You Wings to Fly! I hope that you will soar with Jemsbooks!

Have fun reading all year round!

With love, Janice Spina

Product Details:
Grade Level: 4 – 6
Series: Davey & Derek Junior Detectives (Book 3)
John Spina (Illustrator)
MG/PT/YA ages 10 +

  • Grandma’s Book Club: Davey and Derek Junior Detective Series
  • Grandma’s Book Club: Grade Level: 4 – 6
  • Grandma’s Book Club: Mysteries (Detective)
  • Grandma’s Book Club: MG/PT/YA Ages 10 +
  • Grandma’s Book Club: Mystery Action

Amazon Print:
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Davey & Derek Junior Detectives:
The Case Of The Brown Scraggly Dog (Book 4) by Janice Spina

Davey and Derek Donato are at it again in this new book. In this case they come across a brown scraggly dog with blood on its paw but when the boys try to stop the dog, it runs away. Aunt Gigi is here once again to assist the boys with their magic and provide some new spells. Clues surface that suggests that someone may be injured and in need of help. The boys will have to use their skills and a little magic to solve this case.

Product Details:
Grade Level: 4 – 6
Series: Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series (Book 4)
John Spina (Illustrator)
MG/PT/YA ages 10 +

  • Grandma’s Book Club: Davey and Derek Junior Detective Series
  • Grandma’s Book Club: Grade Level: 4 – 6
  • Grandma’s Book Club: Mysteries (Detective)
  • Grandma’s Book Club: MG/PT/YA Ages 10 +
  • Grandma’s Book Club: Mystery Action

Amazon Print:
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Davey & Derek Junior Detectives:
The Case Of The Sad Mischievous Ghost (Book 5) by Janice Spina

Twins Davey and Derek Donato are enlisted by two new characters, Abby and her cousin Holly, to assist them in finding and capturing the spooky beings that haunt their house. When the boys visit Abby’s house, they discover that this old Victorian holds many secrets and shocking revelations. Davey and Derek soon find that they need the assistance of their Great Aunt Gigi to handle these mischievous phantoms.

Product Details:
Grade Level: 4 – 6
Series: Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series (Book 5)
John Spina (Illustrator)
MG/PT/YA ages 10 +

  • Grandma’s Book Club: Davey and Derek Junior Detective Series
  • Grandma’s Book Club: Grade Level: 4 – 6
  • Grandma’s Book Club: Mysteries (Detective)
  • Grandma’s Book Club: MG/PT/YA Ages 10 +
  • Grandma’s Book Club: Mystery Action

Amazon Print:
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Davey & Derek Junior Detectives:
The Case Of The Mystery Of The Bells (Book 6) by Janice Spina

Step into another magical and fun adventure with the twin detectives to solve this new mystery. There are clues at every turn, ghostly dreams with strange messages, and a surprise visitor that shakes things up. Even Aunt Gigi and Mianna are at a loss to provide any assistance to the boys. Will Davey & Derek be able to solve this mystery of the bells? Where do they turn? Will they be able to put all the clues together? Can they use their new birthday gifts in this adventure? Find out what the boys do in this magical mystery.

Product Details:
Grade Level: 4 – 6
Series: Davey & Derek Junior Detectives (Book 6)
John Spina (Illustrator)
MG/PT/YA ages 10 +

  • Grandma’s Book Club: Davey and Derek Junior Detective Series
  • Grandma’s Book Club: Grade Level: 4 – 6
  • Grandma’s Book Club: Mysteries (Detective)
  • Grandma’s Book Club: MG/PT/YA Ages 10 +
  • Grandma’s Book Club: Mystery Action

Amazon Print:
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Two Fiction Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense Books

Hunting Mariah (Book One) by Janice (J. E.) Spina

An insane killer, obsessed with blood and death, seeks revenge with those he perceives wronged him. He is now on the loose. His next victim may be Mariah.

5 Star Review: Mariah has lost her memory. Will she remember what has transpired in her past? Can Mariah escape this deadly killer’s grasp? Will she finally be safe? Will the killer be apprehended? Jump right into this intense crime, mystery, thriller set in a suburb of New York as author J. E. Spina introduces the reader to the thought process of a serial killer.

*****“His senses were tingling with the sight, smell, and feel of blood. The silky texture of it and its coppery smell and even the intoxicating taste of it. Just the smell alone could cause desire to rush through his body causing a compelling urge to kill. He felt a thrill at the prospect of taking a life.”

*****Meet Mariah Michelle Hampton and Dr. Roberts as he begins the slow meticulous process of bringing her memories back while in a safe place at the Dr. Darin J. Roberts Memorial Hospital in Lindan, New York. Many people care about and are looking out for Mariah whether she fully realizes it or not.

*****There are so many unanswered questions like who was the mystery man that dropped Mariah off at the hospital? How did he know her taste in clothing and detail to sizes when he dropped items off for her? What happened to her and why is it that she can remember some of her childhood memories, but not the last few weeks?

*****Travel with Mariah on a psychic journey to recover her memories and live with the consequences surrounding her trauma and life with a maniac that might still be at large and want to finish what he started.

*****Hunting Mariah by J. E. Spina is the beginning of a great crime fiction series.

Review by Theodocia McLean (Book Marketing Global Network).

From The Author: Hunting Mariah was written about twenty years ago but took a back seat to my children’s books. Once I published five children’s books, I decided it was time to edit my novel and get it published.

I have been asked in several interviews online what influenced me to write this type of story. My answer to this is nothing. The story just strangely came to me one day and I felt compelled to put it on paper. The killer frightened me and will probably scare a lot of my readers too. Chuckle! I did have two children at one time in college and since this serial killer appears on campus it made me think of the time there was some trouble on my son and daughter’s college campus. It is purely fictional and from my vivid imagination, thank goodness.

My future plans are to edit and publish two more novels of different genres over 2015 and will be publishing two more children’s books and a middle grade series. My goal is to have Jemsbooks for all ages.

Product Details:
Book One of Two
Paperback: 349 Pages
Publisher: Janice\Spina (October 19, 2014)
John Spina (Illustrator)
Language: English

  • Grandma’s Book Club: Fiction (Crime Mystery Suspense)
  • Grandma’s Book Club: Mystery (Thriller & Suspense)

Hunting Mariah Book Trailer

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Mariahs Revenge (Sequel to Hunting Mariah) by Janice (J. E.) Spina

This book begins where the first book, Hunting Mariah, left off. This suspense/thriller/crime novel will keep you turning pages as the tension grows. There will be twists and turns and some surprises. Many of the same characters will be in play to give support and encouragement to Mariah along the way.

A new man comes into Mariah’s life that reminds her of someone she wants to forget. He threatens to bring back the horrors that she and her family once endured. While the one she wants to forget suffers from a horrendous attack that puts his life in jeopardy.

Mariah must draw on her strength and resilience to survive danger at every turn. How much more can Mariah endure? How far will Mariah go to protect her family?

5 Star Review: Mariah’s Revenge is the thriller/suspense/crime fiction sequel to Author Janice (J. E.) Spina’s book titled ‘Hunting Mariah’. If you remember in book one, we traveled with Mariah on a psychic journey to recover her memories, as she lived with the consequences of living life with a maniac.

Jump right into book two as we get a better understanding of Sage’s killing spree across New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. While police officers, FBI agents and others are looking for Sage, Mariah buried herself in her studies, as she is determined to move forward.

Sage has encountered an enemy of his own, beyond his wildest imagination. While he is dealing with injuries of his own, he is unaware that someone is watching Mariah and ready to “take over where he left off”.  When a body of an old woman, a dog and then another body at Tambor Lake is discovered, the authorities know they are dealing with a psychopath and the body count is sure to rise.

Author Janice (J. E.) Spina uses a full case of supporting characters in this suspenseful, action-driven drama where Mariah finds the courage to take things into her own hands. Mariah is not one to give up. Her heart is open for lasting love when her grandmother shows support for her and Tony.

Mariah showed her courage and determination to handle any situation and I quote. “Mariah pushed open the door and moved her light back and forth. She saw a mess of broken down furniture piled up in one corner of the room and a bed in the other. The covers appeared to be piled up under the bed. She moved closer to look under the pile. She kept her gun out in front of her and the light sweeping back and forth. Mariah wasn’t prepared for what happened next.”

This is a must read if you believe in the kind of fortitude that Mariah uses to work through her tragedies and the kidnapping to forge a friendship and embrace whatever life has next in store.

Mariah’s Revenge by Janice (J. E.) Spina is an adventure that is not over. I now wait for the third book in this series to find out what life has in store for Mariah.

Review by Theodocia McLean (Book Marketing Global Network).

From The Author: AUTHORSDB FIRST LINES CONTEST – FINALIST! This is the sequel to Hunting Mariah. It picks up where the first book left off. There are plenty of twists and turns and surprises for readers. If you want to get into the mind of the killer you should read Hunting Mariah first. These two books will have you turning pages swiftly to find out what happens next.

Product Details:
Book Two of Two
Paperback: 350 Pages
Publisher: Janice Spina; 1st edition (March 13, 2018)
John Spina (Illustrator)
Language: English

  • Grandma’s Book Club: Fiction (Crime Mystery Suspense)
  • Grandma’s Book Club: Mystery (Thriller & Suspense)

Mariah’s Revenge Book Trailer

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Paranormal Romance, Angels, Death, Grief

How Far Is Heaven by Janice (J. E.) Spina

Parker and Priscilla Wilfork are happily married with two children. Life seemed perfect and peaceful until Parker goes on a business trip and does not return. Priscilla finds her world turned upside down when she searches for answers to how and why Parker disappeared.

One-night Priscilla has a dream that Parker is an angel. Does this mean that Parker is now dead? After two years and no sign of Parker except in her dreams, Priscilla makes the decision to tell her children that their father has gone to Heaven.

Priscilla tries to get their lives back together until one day Deanna disappears too. Now Priscilla must go on a quest to find her daughter before it’s too late. She fears her daughter’s disappearance might be connected in some way to her husband’s. Can Priscilla go on with her life if she loses Deanna too?

With the help of a handsome police Sergeant, Blake Furelli, they work together to try to find Deanna and solve the mystery behind Parker’s disappearance. During this trying time, Blake, who suffered a loss of his own, feels drawn to the ethereal beauty of Priscilla.

***** A Satisfying Read! July 28, 2016. The ever-talented Janice Spina does it again. Like in her other books, whether written for young children, teens or adults, “How Far is Heaven” hits the mark. You’ll find it all in this entertaining book; suspense, emotions, good values, and a satisfying ending that fills you with anticipation for Spina’s next creation. Highly recommended.

***** Stunning Portrayal of a Father’s Love and Protection For His Child Even After Death June 14, 2016. I absolutely loved this story! I even read it twice. It started with a hook and kept me intrigued the whole way through. I really liked the plot, the romance, the danger, and the ending. There was no dragging. It took me a minute to get all of the nasty boys’ names placed with who and what they were doing, but I just had to back up and re-read it to figure it out. There is a lot of action taking place in this book, and I didn’t want to put it down. Get your copy today!

From The Author: This book was written in 2009 and came to me in a dream. I had to write it down before it was lost. I had many other books to publish at that time so I put this book on the back burner until I could edit it. I felt it was time to publish now. Hope readers will enjoy it.

Product Details:
Publisher: Janice Spina; 1st edition (June 1, 2016)
John Spina (Illustrator)
Language: English

  • Grandma’s Book Club: Paranormal Romance (Mid-Teen and Up)
  • Grandma’s Book Club: Angles, Death and Grief

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Short Story Collection

An Angel Among Us: (A Short Story Collection) by Janice (J. E.) Spina

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.

Review By Sarah Reviews: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Fabulous! Author Janice Spina is a prolific and eclectic writer, whose creativity knows no bounds and whose books entertain readers of all age groups. Having had the pleasure of reading many of Author Spina’s earlier works, I looked forward to reading her newest creation and am happy to report that her first-ever short story compilation is ever so gratifying. “An Angel Among Us” is fabulous. The characters that populate the short stories are from all walks of life, real and well-developed. Their touching stories resonate, as the protagonists confront and face up to life’s many challenges. Loss, regret, love and hope are ingredients you’ll find in abundance in this stirring and heart-string tugging book. Highly recommended!

Review ByMichele Rolfe: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Wonderful Collection of Short Stories. The stories are tear jerkers & thought provoking. Very well written & hard to put down! I got caught up in the characters & felt like I was a part of their world. I was gifted a book in return for my honest review.

From The Author: I began these short stories about six months ago. They were going to be a collection of holiday and seasonal stories. This all changed when I connected on FB with my high school friend, Anne Gillis Benedetto. We had been following one another there since 2015.

Anne mentioned on her FB page that she had lost her husband. She was in profound torment over his loss. I followed her notes and added my condolences as did many others. We chatted back and forth and she reminded me of the last time we had been together at our fifth high school reunion. We spent the time reminiscing over how much fun we had with many laughs.

In one of her later posts she announced that she had breast cancer with only months to live. This horrific news was devastating not only to me but to many of her close friends in Florida and around the country. I wrote a short story about her and her beloved husband and sent it to her asap. In my letter I told her I wanted to dedicate this book to her.  She wrote a lovely letter of gratitude back to me.  Unfortunately she died before I could present this book to her.

Anyone who knew Anne loved her. She was an incredibly beautiful person inside and out. She had a kind heart and did for others up until the time she passed on January 3, 2017. I pray she is smiling down on this book now. I want this book to keep Anne’s memory alive for all who knew her and introduce her to those who didn’t. Blessings & love to you, Anne!

Product Details:
Paperback: 195 Pages
Publisher : Janice Spina; 1st edition (February 26, 2017)
John Spina (Illustrator)
Language: English
Grandma’s Book Club: Short Story Collections

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Children’s Literature

Broose The Moose On The Loose by Janice (J. E.) Spina

Broose is a sad moose who has no friends until he meets a young boy.

Read what happens when Broose meets a boy with the same name as he.

Review:  Broose the Moose was lonely. He had no friends. The other moose laughed at him because Broose was hurt by a bear. Now he had a big scar. One day Broose the Moose was walking in the woods when he noticed a little blond boy, playing with a toy. There was something different about the boy. One of his legs wasn’t very strong. Broose became friends with the little boy. Then he had something special to smile about. Broose found out he had something else in common with the little blond boy who limped. The illustrations are cute and colorful. The message of acceptance and friendship is most important. Children, parents, grandparents and teachers will value this story and enjoy it. I highly recommend this wonderful story by award-winning author, Janice Spina.review by children’s author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne  Mrs.D.5.0 out of 5 stars A Message of Acceptance and FriendshipReviewed in the United States on January 22, 2018Another wonderful book by the talented team of Janice and John Spina. The lesson of kindness and understanding is one that children must learn at a very early age. It is easy to be judgmental and mean, but children must first understand what compassion and kindness means.

A vicious bear clawed Broose the Moose at a very early age, leaving him with a scar on his face. Even though Broose looked threatening because of his scar, it did not stop the other moose from teasing him.

The sad loner wanders alone through the forests until he meets a similar loner, a boy with a limp leg. Nobody wants to play with the boy, and he spends his time away from the other children. The two become friends, very different by nature but so similar in their situations.

The author and illustrator have created a sweet, simple tale, easy to understand for a young child. The rhyme style was a bonus, and the illustrations enhanced the story. The message of acceptance and friendship is highlighted clearly: accept people for what they are. I love this story because it will bring a very needed discussion to homes, schools, and reading clubs. Children will remember the valuable lesson this book conveys. I applaud the gifted team of Janice and John Spina for another great teaching story.

From The Author: This book is meant to help children understand and accept differences in others. All my books have an underlying theme of life lessons that encourage children to be kind, caring and accepting of others. I hope that your children and grandchildren will learn these valuable lessons at the same that they enjoy reading my stories with the lovely illustrations created by my husband.

Product Details:
Publisher : Janice\Spina (February 15, 2015)
John Spina (Illustrator)Language: English
Grandma’s Book Club: Children’s Classic Literature

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Clarence Henry The Hermit Crab by Janice (J. E.) Spina

Clarence Henry is different from other hermit crabs. He came to his new home minus one claw and a leg. He needs to protect himself until he can grow new appendages. Will Clarence Henry be able to meet the challenges in his new water world?

Clarence Henry was a real aquatic hermit crab who lives in a saltwater fish tank in our home. We watched him interact with the other creatures in the tank.

He was resilient, intelligent, and a joy to have as a pet. We took some photos of him as he grew his claw and leg and changed shells.

We shared these photos and facts about hermit crabs in the back of the book. I hope you will enjoy them. This book will make a wonderful resource for classrooms.

Review by Mrs.D.: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. In the Water World.”Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab” is a wonderful story, based on a true story supported by real pictures. Apparently author Janice Spina and her husband, the illustrator, took real pleasure in observing this resilient creature in their fish tank.

The hermit crab was their pet, which was missing a claw and one of his legs. The story disclosed a few challenges that newcomer met while growing his new claw and leg. Smart, hardworking, and tough, the courageous crab dealt with his disabilities bravely as he moved ahead to his full recovery. He worked hard, keeping himself busy cleaning the tank and getting along with other occupants in his new home.

The photos and facts about hermit crabs that the Spinas share with the readers are educational and entertaining. The facts about the life of these resilient water creatures are an extra bonus. This book will make a good, useful source for teachers and homeschooling and readers like me, people who have no knowledge about the crabs.

Clarence Henry teaches children to have patience, dedication, and stay strong while going through their own tests. The ailing crab did not give up. Instead, he worked hard and bravely overcame his obstacles. He may have felt different from the other occupants in the tank, but it did not stop him from focusing on his goal.

As in other inspiring books by the Spinas, children will enjoy this book for many reasons: a true teaching story, educational facts, fascinating photos, and the message this book conveys. Never, never, never, never give up!

From The Author: Clarence Henry was a real hermit crab who lived in a fish tank in our home. My husband took care of him. We took photos of Clarence Henry in action. I even have a video of him changing shells. It was amazing. We share some photos in the back of this book along with some facts about hermit crabs. I hope you will enjoy them.

Product Details:
Paperback: 29 Pages
Publisher: Janice Spina; 1st edition (January 12, 2018)
John Spina (Illustrator)
Language: English
Grandma’s Book Club: Children’s Classic Literature

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Colby The Courageous Cat by Janice (J. E.) Spina

Colby is one of a litter of four kittens.

The kittens get into all kinds of trouble.

Being the biggest and strongest, Colby’s mother expects him to watch over the smaller kittens and keep them safe.

Read and find out what Colby does to meet his mother’s expectations.

Review by Sarah Reviews: A Lovely Story for Little Children October 15, 2016. Award-winning author Janice Spina, in her newest joint effort with husband John, continues to encourage children to read, by publishing yet another adorable children’s book that entertains as it delivers an important value. In “Colby the Courageous Cat”, the author introduces young readers to Colby the cat, who takes his responsibility to care for his younger siblings very seriously. The charming story is told in rhyme and is accompanied by John Spina’s lovely illustrations. Warmly recommended.

From The Author: Colby was my daughter’s cat for nine years. He was fearless, adventurous and quite independent. He often stayed out many nights and only came home for a quick ‘hello’ and a meal.

Product Details:
Paperback: 25 Pages
Publisher: Janice Spina (October 7, 2016)
Language: English
Grandma’s Book Club: Children’s Classic Literature

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Jeffrey The Jittery Giraffe by Janice (J. E.) Spina

Jeffrey is a nervous giraffe due to a terrible storm on the day of his birth.

He remembers that day and is frightened of any kind of noise or unexpected things happening to him.

His mother tells him that he is stronger than he thinks.

One day Jeffrey meets another giraffe who needs his help.

Read this story in rhyme and find out what important lesson Jeffrey learns when he thinks of others before himself.

Review by Mrs.D.: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. An Important Lesson Is Learned!Jeffrey is a scared little giraffe who worries too much. Afraid of his own shadow, he clings to his mother. But smart Mama taught him a little trick: a poem he could say when he was frightened. It did not help until one day, something unpredictable happened. It changed Jeffrey’s attitude and provided the solution that the little giraffe needed.

I must admit, I love Janice Spina’s books, and I am sure children love them too. In this particular book, children will learn how to solve problems and find solutions.

Through the strong narrative, the author conveys a great message to young kids, teaching them how to overcome their insecurity and self-doubts, while building self-esteem and self-confidence. It is a great reminder that there is no limit to improving yourself, and that it always pays to be kind and sensitive to the needs of others.

Children will relate to the simple illustrations done in a child-friendly manner, created by John Spina. They complement Janice’s story, which flows easily and effortlessly.

Review by Sarah Reviews: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. A self-confidence boost for kids!Ms. Janice Spina, a prolific writer of children’s books as well as books for young adults and adults, does it again. In “Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe”, she created a lovely character, through whom she imparts a wonderful message to young kids and teaches them how to overcome self-limiting jitters and reminds them of the reward inherent in being kind to others. Lovely illustrations by John Spina. Great husband and wife teamwork

From The Author: This book is dedicated to a little boy named Jeffrey as requested by his grandmother. I met this grandmother at a book signing about two years ago. I unfortunately do not have her name and hope she will see this book and contact me.

Product Details:
Paperback: 25 Pages
Publisher: Janice Spina; 1st edition (May 18, 2017)
John Spina (Illustrator)
Language: English
Grandma’s Book Club: Children’s Classic Literature

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Jerry The Crabby Crayfish by Janice (J. E.) Spina

Jerry is a crabby crayfish who all day long wishes he could be a fish.

One day something happens in the fish tank that makes Jerry change his mind.

Read about the valuable lesson Jerry learns.

Review by By Chris Graham aka The Story Reading Ape: A great little story with a moral. A lovely little rhyming story, with accompanying coloured drawings that are delightful and well done. The story about Jerry, a crayfish whose only wish is to be a fish and swim around freely instead of being stuck in his hard shell-like body, is a good way to let little readers (and listeners) understand that everyone has a value and what is wished for is not always the best thing.

Review by Werner Stejskal “Author and Producer”: It is alright. I can be me! Another educational little book by Janice Spina. It teaches us to be happy with who we are. Children learn that sometimes they are capable of tasks others cannot perform and that will make them more confident in themselves. Lovely hand-drawn pictures again to join the world of pre-primary and primary school children. I thoroughly enjoyed this little excursion into the aquarium! You will too!

From The Author: Jerry the Crabby Crayfish was a real crayfish that was kept in a fish tank and cared for by my husband for many years. He was quite the character and was a bit crabby. He was named by my two middle grandsons and did wave his claws at them if they banged the glass of the tank.

Jerry would let us know when he was hungry by tapping the glass.

He provided much enjoyment for all of us with his antics.

I hope children will enjoy reading about Jerry and learn a valuable lesson.

Jerry won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in 2017!

Product Details:
Paperback: 36 Pages
Publisher : Janice\Spina (January 31, 2014)
John Spina (Illustrator)
Language: English
Grandma’s Book Club: Children’s Classic Literature

Book Excerpt Link:
http://www.amazon.com/Jerry-Crabby-Crayfish-Janice-Spina-ebook/dp/B00IJCSP6M/ref=la_B00HNET4HG_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1408928023&sr=1-1

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Jesse The Precocious Polar Bear by Janice (J. E.)

Jesse is a precocious and very intelligent polar bear.

He likes to learn about everything but what polar bears are supposed to know. Jesse has a couple of surprising adventures and learns an important lesson.

Review: “Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear” is the fifth in the Spina team’s series of charming kid books that entertain while they instill good values and impart important life lessons. Highly recommended.

From The Author: Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear was written for a little boy I met in Aruba in 2013. When he learned that I was an author he told me his favorite animal was a polar bear. I promised to write a story just for him which I did in 2014. He was thrilled with his book.

Product Details:
Paperback: 33 Pages
Publisher: Janice\Spina (April 17, 2014)
John Spina (Illustrator)
Language: English
Grandma’s Book Club: Children’s Classic Literature

Book Excerpt Link:
http://www.amazon.com/Jesse-Precocious-Polar-Janice-Spina-ebook/dp/B00JSZB82M/ref=la_B00HNET4HG_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1408928023&sr=1-2

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Lamby The Lonely Lamb by Janice (J. E.) Spina

Lamby is a very different lamb because of his color.

He is very lonely and only wants to be accepted by the other lambs.

Find out what lesson Lamby learns when a little girl, Leah, comes to the farm where Lamb lives.

Won A Silver Medal from Mom’s Choice Awards

Review By Amazon Customer: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Another beautiful story.This is another example of colorful, vibrant, rhyming story writing from an accomplished author and illustrator team who go from strength to strength. This wonderful story follows the adventures of one very lonely little lamb. Loneliness is something children understand and appreciate from an early age and is a perfect theme for such a book. This wonderfully told story will engage and educate children. It is easy to read out loud and will resonate also with the adults reading it to their young children. The illustrations, by John Spina are deceptively simple, perfectly arranged and full of color. I love the way the author has followed through from earlier books with that delightful and comical way of ending a book. Just adorable and highly recommended.

Review by Sarah Mazor: The Need for True Acceptance. Lovely Life Lesson for Kids.  “Lamby the Lonely Lamb” is ignored by the other lambs because he is different. Lamby’s coat is purple not white, so the other lambs do not want to play with him. This changed after a heroic act by Lamby, but the little purple lamb was still not happy because he sensed that his new status among his fellow lambs was not due to genuine acceptance. Labmy finally finds happiness when Little Leah, who loves him just the way he is and adopts him. Author Janice Spina and her talented husband, illustrator John Spina, once again relate to children a valuable life lesson in a most entertaining fashion.If you have not already, enrich your kid’s library with “Lamby the Lonely Lamb” and the Spina Team’s previous books, “Louey the Lazy Elephant”, “Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon”, and “Jerry the Crabby Crayfish”.

From The Author: Lamby the Lonely Lamb was written for my four-year-old granddaughter. She asked me to write a story about her favorite stuffed animal, Lamby, and make him purple. It was a challenge but this book won a Silver Medal from Mom’s Choice Awards and my granddaughter was thrilled with the book. Making her happy is what mattered most to me. She has a beautiful smile as you can see on the back cover and is just adorable.

Product Details:
Paperback: 28 Pages
Publisher: Janice\Spina (March 15, 2014)
John Spina (Illustrator)
Language: English
Grandma’s Book Club: Children’s Classic Literature

Book Excerpt Link:
http://www.amazon.com/Lamby-Lonely-Lamb-Janice-Spina-ebook/dp/B00J0BJHNG/ref=la_B00HNET4HG_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1408928023&sr=1-3

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Kindle:
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Louey The Lazy Elephant by Janice (J. E.) Spina

Louey is an adorable but lazy elephant who likes to sleep late.

One day Louey wakes up to find that the whole herd has moved on without him.

Louey is very upset but he is determined to find his herd.

Does Louey find his way to his family and friends?

Does he learn that it doesn’t pay to be lazy?

Take Louey home with you and find out.

Review: “Louey” is a terrific book for young readers. The cute illustrations alone should be enough to keep kids entertained, but Janice Spina goes deeper than that, providing whimsical, easy-to-understand prose and a wonderful moral about the benefits of working hard. Parents searching for a fun, educational children’s book should look no further!

Review by Richard C Hale: Perfect time spent with the granddaughter. A charming story with lovable characters and enchanting artwork that held my granddaughter’s attention and wrapped us in Louey’s world for an afternoon. She loved it and so did I. It’s on our daily ritual of reads now. Louey lives with her every day now and I couldn’t be happier.

Review by Mrs.D.: A great story, which teaches children to overcome difficulties and obstacles!

Grab a cookie and get ready, because you are in for some fun and learning! Louey the Lazy Elephant is one of those beloved books that instantly put a child and parent in a good mood. It will make parents smile, because at some point in our lives all of us have dealt with lazy kids. It will make children laugh, because many of them will recognize themselves as the lazy elephant. This sweet, bouncy story will make them think about their own behavior and learn something good. During the trip of the little adventurous elephant, they will learn about the consequences of not following their parents’ rules.

The story teaches a few good lessons: Not everyone wants to be your friend. Not everyone is as helpful as your mom. Not everyone is sympathetic to your problems. It will also teach children that they should use good judgment in any situation. There is no need to panic if you are lost or do not know all the answers. In addition, it will teach children that there is always a way out and someone who is willing to help. And if you help someone, they will repay you with kindness.

As I followed Louey’s adventures, I was delighted to see how easily the lazy elephant transformed himself into a caring boy who had learned his lesson. Simple and well-thought-out illustrations give a special charm and personal touch to this lively story. I read it to my nephew’s six-year-old daughter. She fell in love with the adorable Louey. As a children’s author and grandmother, I was glad to see her giggling. When we finished reading, she said: “Louey was not lazy, just tired.” Well, that makes sense too. Janice Spina has created a wonderful read, providing great messages for children and grown-ups!

From The Author: Louey the Lazy Elephant is my first published book. Therefore, it holds a special place in my heart. Once I published it and became an author I felt so happy and fulfilled. Being an author has always been my goal in life. It took many years before I could realize this dream which was after I retired. This is also the first book my husband, John, illustrated. He has illustrated all my books ever since including the cover for my novel.

Product Details:
Publisher: Janice Spina; 1st edition (July 25, 2013)
John Spina (Illustrator)Language: English
Grandma’s Book Club: Children’s Classic Literature

Book Excerpt Link:
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Lucy The Talented Toy Terrier by Janice (J. E.) Spina

This book is based on my dog, Lucy, who I had for 16 years. She was quite a character and did all the things that are in this book.

She loved my spaghetti with homemade sauce, watched TV shows featuring animals, hated baths, “sang” when music was played, and had two cherished possessions, a knotted rag and a ball.

I hope you will enjoy reading about Lucy. She is no longer with us and can never be replaced.

S Reviews: 5.0 out of 5 stars. Heart-warming tale about a dog named Lucy. Anyone who owns or had to say goodbye to a beloved pet would appreciate this tribute to a beloved four-legged family member who warmed everyone’s heart. The prolific, award-winning author Janice Spina (who has penned books for kids, young adults, and adults) pays homage to “Lucy, the Talented Toy Terrier,” her beloved dog, in this sweet tale about a dog whose funny and endearing habits are described in rhyme. Ms. Spina brings the reader inside that circle of warmth by sharing her treasured memories of a dog who was part of the family for sixteen years; a dog known to all as Lucy. Just wonderful.Kudos to John Spina for cleverly mixing media, embedding drawn pictures of Lucy on a realistic background of home photos.

From The Author: This book is based on my dog who I had many years ago. She was a special pup, one that cannot be replaced. Anyone who has had a dog will know what I mean by that. No matter how many dogs you may have in your lifetime, they are all different. They all hold a special place within our hearts and will never leave. I miss my Lucy still!

Product Details:
Paperback: 25 Pages
Publisher: Janice Spina; 1st edition (March 14, 2018)
John Spina (Illustrator)
Language: English
Grandma’s Book Club: Children’s Classic Literature

Amazon Print:
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Ricky The Rambunctious Raccoon by Janice (J. E.) Spina

Ricky is a rambunctious or very active raccoon who likes to wander around to find something new to eat.

One night during his foraging for food Ricky runs into all kinds of trouble.

Will Ricky get home safely?

Will he learn his lesson to listen to his mother?

Review by Eric B. Ruark, author of The Little Tree That Would: Children and parents alike are going to love this little tale of Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon and his adventure when he steps out on his own for the first time.

Ricky wants to run free and thinks that the dark will hide him. Only there are other critters out there in the dark too, and they teach Ricky that maybe, just maybe, there’s a lot of responsibility to “running free”. Ricky learns that he has a lot to learn before he can run free.

Children will enjoy Ricky’s little adventure. It is written in rhyme. Kids will enjoy its lyric quality and they will get a chuckle out of Ricky’s mistakes and gasp at his near misses. They will also enjoy the art work of Ricky’s adventure. I would highly recommend this book to parents of school-aged children. They will certainly want to read this book over and over again.

I think the words of five-year-old J.C. say it best: “Read it again!” Janice Spina’s “Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon” tells a lovely story in rhyme while gently teaching a lesson about rules. The illustrations are perfect with the story, thanks to the other half of the Spina duo, husband John. The Spinas obviously understand what will interest children, how long the story should be, and how to create suspense without scaring young minds. I look forward to sharing more of Janice and John Spina’s children’s books with the little ones and hearing them say “Read it again” each time.

From The Author: Children’s books by Jemsbooks carry underlying themes with life lessons to help children learn to be kind, caring and accepting of others. In Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon the life lesson is that you should always listen to your mother – for “mothers’ know best.”

It is extremely important that children be read to at an early age and often. By doing this parents will create an environment that will promote healthy and happy children and have children who will learn to love books and reading.

My logo is Jemsbooks and my motto is Reading Gives You Wings to Fly!

Thank you for your support!

Product Details:
Paperback: 34 Pages
Publisher : Janice\Spina (October 6, 2013)
John Spina (Illustrator)
Language: English
Grandma’s Book Club: Children’s Classic Literature

Book Excerpt Link:
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Sebastian Meets Marvin The Monkey by Janice (J. E.) Spina

When a little boy, Sebastian, goes to the zoo he meets Marvin the monkey.

Sebastian loves monkeys and likes to watch them climb the trees.

Something amazing happens when Sebastian’s toy phone suddenly plays music.

Review: Adorable! Another Gem by JemsBooks. “Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey” is an fun tale written by award-winning children’s author Janice Spina and illustrated by her talented husband, John Spina, that entertains children and teaches them the value of respect for others, including animals. Go along with Sebastian to the zoo and learn how his love and consideration for the monkeys spread happiness all around. Highly recommended.

From The Author: Children’s books by Jemsbooks carry underlying themes with life lessons to help children learn to be kind, caring and accepting of others. In Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey the life lesson is always be kind to animals.This book was dedicated to my youngest grandson, 19 months old, who loves animals especially monkeys.

Product Details:
Paperback: 24 Pages
Publisher : Janice Spina (May 16, 2015)
John Spina (Illustrator)
Language: English
Grandma’s Book Club: Children’s Classic Literature

Amazon Print:
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Biography:  Janice Spina is an award-winning author with 29 books (14 children’s books, 11 MG/PT/YA books, 3 novels and a short story collection). She has been writing since the age of nine in the form of poetry and greeting cards. She began writing children’s stories in her twenties and novels later.

She always wanted to be an author and realized her dream after she retired from a administrative secretarial position in a school system in Massachusetts. Her goal is to encourage children of all ages to read. Reading is known to be good for your health.

All her children’s and MG/PT/YA books carry life lessons which encourage readers to be kind, caring and respectful of others, bullying is never tolerated, family and friends are important, and always listen to your mother for she knows best.

Her motto is Reading Gives You Wings to Fly! Soar with Jemsbooks.com all year through! Happy Reading Everyone!

Janice Has Received The Following Awards:

  • Mom’s Choice Award for Lamby the Lonely Lamb 2014
  • Reader’s Favorite Awards – Honorable Mention for Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Book 1 2016
  • Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Jerry the Crabby Crayfish 2017
  • Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards for Books 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Reader’s Favorite Book Award – Silver Medal for Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Book 3 2017
  • Authorsdb Cover Contest Silver Medal for Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Book 5   2018
  • Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Broose the Moose on the Loose 2018
  • Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Colby the Courageous Cat 2018
  • Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe 2018
  • Readers’ Favorite Book Awards – Bronze Medal for Abby & Holly School Dance   2019
  • Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Abby & Holly School Dance 2019
  • Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Abby & Holly Series, Book 2, Unfortunate Events 2019
  • Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Abby & Holly Series, Book 3, Secrets of the Trunk 2019
  • Book Excellence Award Finalist for Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Book 6, The Case of the Mystery of the Bells 2020
  • Mom’s Choice Awards – Silver Medal – Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon 2020
  • Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey 2020
  • Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Abby & Holly Series Book 4: The Hidden Stairway 2020
  • Readers’ Favorite Book Awards – Honorable Mention – Abby & Holly Series Book 2: Unfortunate Events 2020
  • Readers’ Favorite Book Awards – Finalist – Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 6: The Case of the Mystery of the Bells 2020
  • Silver Medal – Mom’s Choice Awards – Louey the Lazy Elephant – October, 2020
  • Pinnacle Book Achievement Award – Abby & Holly Series Book 5: The Copper Key – December 2020

Finalist In The Following:

  • Authorsdb First Lines Contest for Hunting Mariah
  • Authorsdb First Lines Contest for Mariah’s Revenge
  • Red City Review Book Awards for Davey & Derek junior Detectives Series, Book 4, The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog
  • Readers’ Favorite Book Review – 5 Stars for Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Book 4

She will be writing more books in the Abby & Holly series for MG/PT/YA girls. She has written five more books in the Drystan the Dragon series for young children which will be illustrated by her husband, John. All of these books will be published, hopefully, over the next few years.

Janice’s short stories have been published in others’ anthologies and in The Writer’s Newsletter: https://thewritersnewsletter.com/fiction-non-fiction

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Her logo is Jemsbooks – books for all ages!
Her motto is – Reading Gives You Wings to Fly!
Come soar with Jemsbooks!
Happy reading!

Janice’s hobbies besides writing are crocheting, exercising to keep in shape, going to the movies with her husband or out to lunch or dinner, reading, book reviewing, blogging and spending time with her five grandchildren who are her writing inspiration.

Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates and happily welcomes reviews.

Amazon Author’s Page:
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Amazon.co.uk Books:
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Barnes and Noble Children’s Book Link:
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Barnes and Noble For 18+ Novels under J.E. Spina:
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