Cover Reveal for Book 5 of Davey & Derek Series!

A lovely cover for Janice Spina’s upcoming Book 5 of the Davey and Derek Series.  While you and your children are waiting for this to debut, check out the other four in the series if you haven’t already done so.


I am excited to reveal the cover for Book 5of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost! I absolutely love this cover! Hope you like it too!! My husband, John, did an amazing job creating it!

Cover_edited-1Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, Book 5, The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost will be coming soon to an Amazon, Barnes & Noble or other online stores near you.  I promise to list links to all Amazon sites to make it easy to find this new book and all my books.

Blurb from Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, Book 5

Twins Davey and Derek Donato, junior detectives by their own design, are enlisted by two new characters, Abby Rizzo and her cousin Holly, sixth graders, to assist them in finding and capturing the spooky beings that haunt their house.

When the boys visit Abby’s…

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You READ – but do you leave REVIEWS?

Another wonderful post by my friend Chris. Posting a review is the best way to thank an author.

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog


If not, why not?

I don’t have time

The author probably spent a heck of a lot more time writing the story than you took to read it, no matter how slow you think you are, so why not take a few minutes to record your feelings about it.

I can’t write long fancy reviews like those I see on book review blogs

You don’t have to, Amazon, for example, only ask you to use a minimum of 25 non repeating words.

I can’t express myself very well

No-one is asking you to produce a literary masterpiece, start off with things you liked, didn’t like or a mix of both about the book, e.g.,

I liked this book because –

it reminded me of –

it made me think about –

it made me so scared I couldn’t sleep for –

it made me feel homesick for –

it made…

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A thought-provoking post from my husband.

Thinkin' Things Over


It was another warm summer night as we walked the quiet streets of this small river town. For as many years as I can remember, this was a common occurrence for my Grandfather and me.  We passed neighbors, shop owners, friends, and others simply outside enjoying the summer evenings.

What I learned at that early age were the “standards” that existed for human interaction.  Standards that I would later learn had a lot to do with the return of the Greatest Generation from WWII.  Simply, respect (people and property), decency, courtesy, fairness, generosity, and responsibility.  These were never spoken of as standards, they were exhibited in everyday behavior.  Simply put, they were expected.  If you violated one of these, you stood out. – I had my share of standing out.

Over the years, we have wandered to a new place.  A place that I question as being good for society…

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How can we encourage more readers to leave reviews for our books?

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

I am very keen to make reviews a prominent feature of the book promotions and encourage readers to review the books that they buy and enjoy, or not as the case may be.

Word of mouth is still the most powerful marketing tool that anyone who is selling a product benefits from. Authors are no different, and our books tend to be judged by the number and quality that they have received.

Part of the problem is that those who are not writers of books or blogs are uncomfortable in offering reviews and feel that what they have to say is not important. Many who do review a book, leave just one line after their star rating, simply saying that the reader enjoyed or disliked a book, but they do not elaborate.

That is obviously very welcome. But whilst a potential reader does not want to read three pages filled…

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Summer Reading for Kids of All Ages

Check out Janice Spina’s blog post for summer reading tips for the children in your life.

Pre-School – Grade 3 – Written in rhyme with life lessons – stories encourage children to behave, to respect others differences, to listen to your mother, show kindness to others, it’s okay to be different, love one another, be kind to animals, family and friends are important. Purchase links: Amazon Author Page for all Jemsbooks Barnes […]

via Summer Reading for Kids of All Ages! — Jemsbooks

Enable Your Reblog Button

Norah Colvin of Norah Colvin blog commented below.  “If you want to share a post (such as on a site) that doesn’t have a reblog button, and you have a WordPress site, you can use the Press This Bookmarklet” This should help those of you who aren’t on

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Why is reblogging so important?

Think of WordPress like a river and from that river come smaller streams that are each individual’s personal “reader.” The Reader is that button in the top left corner that takes you to all the active posts being shared publicly by tag or that you follow. The word “active” is important in this sentence because the posts are shown in real time, as they are being posted, unless you are lucky and get placed into these new features they are creating. Most of us Users use the reader to store and separate the bloggers from the other bloggers we don’t read… like Gary.

What does the reblog button do in this situation?

Well it is simple. The reblog is how you jump a post from your reader to your subscriber’s readers. That’s it, but that is big! Not only did you share the post, but you…

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