Words grow muted . . . (a tanka)

Mary Kendall of a Poet in Time blog shares her talent in this exquisite poem. Please visit her blog for more of her beautiful poetry.

A Poet in Time

words grow muted
and hearing diminished –
I begin to tiptoe
along the lonely curve
of inner silence

arp-sculpture Title Unspecified, by Jean “Hans” Arp (French, b. German), 1950s

This tanka was published in The Ekphrastic Review: writing and art on art and writing on September 13, 2016. The journal is edited by Lorette C. Luzajic as part of the Ekphrastic 20 Challenge.

To visit the site, please click on this link:  http://www.ekphrastic.net/ekphrastic/a-tanka-by-mary-kendall

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Emotional Beats Launch

Writers, please check out this fabulous new book by Nicholas Rossis.

Exciting news! My latest book, Emotional Beats: How to Easily Convert your Writing into Palpable Feelings, is finally available on Amazon. You may remember the book from my poll back when I was cho…

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Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey

Words by Janice Spina
Pictures by John Spina


Sebastian Meets Marvin the MonkeySynopsis

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.

My Review

Janice Spina writes wonderful children’s books which are illustrated by her husband, John Spina.  I’ve recently read Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey, written in verse.  Marvin the Monkey, lives at the zoo and acts like a clown for the visitors who have come to see him.  He is not very entertaining.  Then one day, Sebastion, a kind-hearted boy who loves animals, waits patiently for Marvin to do something.  When the music from his toy phone begins to play, Sebastian dances.  Marvin likes the music and starts to dance, too. The other monkeys start to dance, as well, and soon all the animals at the zoo are doing their own dance. Everyone is watching the animals dance.  When it is time to leave, Sebastion promises to come back and visit all his new friends.

This is a darling story about a little boy who loves animals and is sure to delight all young readers.  The story was inspired by the author’s young grandson Sebastian, a lover of animals. The author’s hope is that children come away with the love and respect Sebastian shows the animals and treat the animals they meet with the same respect and caring.

As with all the author’s books I have read, I highly recommend this book. It is perfect for bedtime or anytime reading and is filled with beautiful illustrations that every child will enjoy.

About the AuthorJanice Spina

Janice Spina is an award-winning author of nine 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, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Book 1 and 2, Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey, copy editor and writer of novels and poetry. 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, July 2016. Book 3 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives was published in August 2016.

Janice has received a Silver Medal from MOM’S Choice Awards for Lamby the Lonely Lamb and the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Book 1, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone.

She is working on two more children’s books, book 4 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, editing a YA fantasy, finishing up a mystery/romance, and a historical novel, and wants to begin a mystery series for PT girls. All of these books, over the next two years, hopefully, will be published.

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, loves 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.

(Author Bio is from Amazon.com)

Janice can be followed:

Blog Jemsbooks

Website: Jemsbooks







Janice’s books can be purchased:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Amazon Canada

Amazon Australia

Barnes and Noble


I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.


5.0 out of 5 starsLife lesson of Sebastian and Marvin

By Gisela H. Sedlmayer, author of the Talon book series on June 3, 2015

What a lovely story and life lesson about Sebastian and Marvin.

One day Sebastian went to the zoo. And here he met Marvin the monkey, seeing him bored sitting on a branch, since he has nothing to do. As Sebastian watched the monkey his toy phone went off and music was heard. Sebastian started to dance.
Marvin loved the music and did his own way of dancing. All the other monkeys watch him.
And suddenly all the other animals in the zoo start to dance in their own way.
Everyone had fun.

A great story for all to learn, that there is more to life than just sitting around. A little music can lift you up and be joyful and let you forget the sad part of your life.

Great and colourful drawings of all the animals in the zoo.

5.0 out of 5 starsIts amazing what fun music can bring into ones life


Its a dance party! This book makes me want to turn on the music and dance around! Even without words, the illustrations in this book tell a story in themselves! Its amazing what fun music can bring into ones life🙂 Thank you Janice for another fun book!

5.0 out of 5 starsAdorable


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.


5.0 out of 5 starsMonkey business in the zoo

By Werner Stejskal, bestselling author of the Oliver and Jumpy series on June 4, 2015

Do you want to know how a mobile phone ring will affect zoo animals? I am not giving it away! You will be amazed when you read this book. Let me suffice to say that your little person will be introduced to many different zoo animals. That in itself will be fun enough. But what are those animals doing? Guess! Nice monkey business, Janice!5.0 out of 5 starsFun for you and everyone at the zoo!


By Deanie Humphrys-Dunne on June 3, 2015

Janice Spina created another marvelous picture book. This time little Sebastian goes to the zoo where he meets a monkey named Marvin. Marvin is a serious monkey. He never seems to have fun. He stares at the visitors and they look back at him. But when Sebastian’s toy radio starts playing music, something surprising happens. Soon the zoo is a very happy place. This is another marvelous, rhyming book by Janice Spina. Preschoolers will love it.
review by children’s author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne


Let’s Talk About #Bookreviews Day 5 A Book Community

The fifth post in Rosie Amber’s series on reviewing books.

Rosie Amber

This August I’ve been helping support “Write a book review on Amazon” month. We’ve been encouraging readers to post a book review then, tweet the URL to the Amazon review on Twitter and use the Hashtag #AugustReviews Terry Tyler has been busy collating the review links and posting them in her Hall Of Fame  – catch up with them here  http://terrytyler59.blogspot.co.uk/


My Book Community

Book Reviewing and reading is a big part of my life, a full time hobby, I do it because I love reading and it’s completely non paid work.

Over the years I’ve set up a book review team, where we offer the opportunity for multiple reviews for a book from one place, we’ll post to Goodreads, Amazon, reviewer’s blogs and I get a copy of each review to post on my own blog. This way a book and its author get a wide exposure opportunity. Posts…

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Pinnacle Book Achievement Award!

Congratulations are in order for Janice Spina!


I am delighted and excited to announce that Book 2 ofDavey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat, just won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in the Young Adult Category! Still jumping up and down!


Best Books in the
Category of YOUNG ADULT 

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives: The Case of the
Mysterious Black Cat
Janice Spina


I have had so much fun writing this series and now with an award for Books 1 & 2 I think I am doing the right genre for me FINALLY! I have jumped around to many age levels and genres until I found the one I love the most!!

Thank you for bearing with me as I jump up and down and share my excitement!!

If you haven’t had a chance to read any of this series please go to http://amazon.com/author/janicespina7 for all Jemsbooks…

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Let’s Talk About #BookReviews Day 4

From Rosie Amber – On Negative and Bad Reviews.

Rosie Amber


We are well over half way through “Write a book review on Amazon ” month and this week I’ve been supporting the campaign with some book reviewing themed posts.

Readers reviewers

At some point in book reviewing everyone will come across a book they really didn’t like, could you still write a review and how could you write it?

Negative and Bad Reviews

I can guarantee this is going to cause a scene.

So what do you do if you really didn’t like a book? People who slam a book and its author publically are often called Book Trolls. Like wise authors who have fans who bully anyone who dares to post a low star rated review, are also connected to the troll label. I suspect this is one of the top reasons why people fear to post a review and it damages the industry as a whole.

Firstly put yourself in the…

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Let’s Talk About #BookReviews Day 3 #wwwblogs

From Rosie Amber – An in-depth look at reviews.

Rosie Amber

August is “Write a book review on Amazon” month and I’m helping support this with a series of book reviewing themed posts.

Make an Author's Day

Most author’s understand the value of  book reviews, our real challenge is reaching the average book reader, for whom writing a book review is not a high priority.

Writing that bookreview – Rosie’s own Point of View. **WARNING – we’re going in deep**  Don’t feel shocked, below are lots of points to consider, but only use a selection in a book review. Otherwise you’ll feel out of your depth.
rosie gardening
So when I wrote my very first book reviews they were only about a couple of lines long. (Good news: Amazon now accepts really short reviews) I would finish a book, think about what I’d read but I only remembered bits especially if I’d read the book over a week or two. I might write something like this “I really liked…

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