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About Janice Spina
Janice Spina is an award-winning author with 18 children's books, Louey the Lazy Elephant, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon, Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Lamby the Lonely Lamb, Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear, Broose the Moose on the Loose, Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey, and Colby the Courageous Cat, Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab, Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier, The First Star, Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Book 1-5, and MG/PT/YA books, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, Books 1-6, Abby & Holly Series Books 1-6, copy editor, blogger, book reviewer and supporter of fellow authors.
Hunting Mariah is her first novel to be published under J.E. Spina. She published her second novel, a paranormal/mystery/romance, How Far Is Heaven, June 2016. Book 3 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives was published in August 2016 and Book 4 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series in December on 2016. An Angel Among Us, a short story collection, was published in March 2017 and Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, a children's book, in May 2017. Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab, Mariah's Revenge, Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier and Abby & Holly School Dance, Books 1 & 2 in a series were published in 2018. Janice published her first fairy tale in 2019, The First Star. In 2020 four books were published - Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Book 1 in January and Book 2 in April and Book 3 in July. Book 4 Abby & Holly in April, and Abby & Holly Book 5 in May. Book 6 of Abby & Holly in July 2020. In 2021, Book 6 of Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series: Dragana Helps a Fairy. Look for a YA fantasy series, a historical novel and more in the Mariah Series!
Jance has received the following awards for her books:
5 Mom’s Choice Awards - Silver Medals - Lamby the Lonely Lamb, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon, Louey the Lazy Elephant, Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear, Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier
16 Pinnacle Book Achievements Awards - Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the Loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey, Books 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, Abby & Holly Books 1-6
Readers’ Favorite Book Awards - Silver Medal - Book 3, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives,
Readers’ Favorite Book Awards - Honorable Mention - Book 1, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series
AUTHORSDB - Cover Contest - Silver Medal - Book 5, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series
Readers’ Favorite Book Awards - Bronze Medal - Abby & Holly School Dance
Book Excellence Award Finalist - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 6
Readers’ Favorite Book Awards - Abby & Holly Book 2: Unfortunate Events - Honorable Mention
Readers’ Favorite Book Awards - Davey & Derek Series Book 6 - Finalist
AUTHORSDB- FINALIST in First Lines Contest - Hunting Mariah & Mariah’s Revenge
AUTHORSDB - FINALIST in First Lines Contest - Mariah’s Revenge
Red City Review FINALIST - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Book 4, The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog
5-Star Review - READERS’ FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Book 4, The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog
A Novel for 18+, In A Second, was published in December of 2020. She also published a historical novel, Lubelia Alycea, in May 2021 and is working on book 1 in a fantasy series for YA. She published Drystan the Dragon and Friends series Books 1-5 for young children illustrated by her husband, John, in 2020. Her husband is working on Book 6 of the dragon series that will be published in August of 2021.
Janice’s short stories have been published in others’ anthologies and in The Writer’s Newsletter, https://thewritersnewsletter.com/fiction-non-fiction-
Book trailers: https://youtu.be/pLCjyc9Q9tQ (How Far Is Heaven)
https://youtu.be/pLCjyc9Q9tQ (Hunting Mariah) (Both created by Chris Graham)
https://youtu.be/2DIawvOX9aw (Mariah’s Revenge - created by Janice Spina)
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, sewing, exercising to keep in shape, Tapfit, 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. Hopefully some of these hobbies will be enjoyed after 2020 and the COVID-19 Pandemic which curtailed many activities for all. Stay safe and well during this time. God Bless!
Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates and happily welcomes reviews.
Janice can be followed on her blog: http://jemsbooks.blog
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Serena was three years old when she learned of her power to move objects with her mind. Her brother, Simon, can fly and their sister, Catalina, can become invisible or blend into her surroundings. They live with their parents in Sovorotskina, the Land of Light.
With these powers comes responsibility. The children must try to use their powers for the common good and responsibly to help others. The three children befriend a Sprite named Spindle who accompanies them on their adventure. Along the way they meet up with their aunt and uncle, their mother's brother and his wife, Wizard Hotenfaran and Fairy Procelina. The group must travel into the evil land of Parotovina, Land of Darkness, to save King Gateskin, who was kidnapped, and also rescue some of the descendants of their friends and fellow Sovorotskinans who were captured and taken by the Evil Ones. These descendants have been waiting a long time to be free to return to the villages of their ancestors.
The children have many trials and adventures along the way. Will they be able to rescue their father and fellow Sovorotskinans without endangering their own lives? Will the evil King Kaposkaran and his Queen Beregina stop Serena and her siblings from being successful or will they turn Serena and her siblings to their dark ways?
Dragana is a dragon who likes to dream.
Nothing is impossible to her, so it seems.
Her scales are colored in burgundy and cream.
Fairies, goblins, and ghosts are her favorite theme.
Dragana discovers a fairy in need one day while flying around.
Will this fairy be afraid of a big dragon?
What will Dragana do to help the fairy?
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.
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?
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.
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.