Susan Jean Ricci

About Susan Jean Ricci

A late bloomer to the writing life, Susan Jean Ricci's been mighty busy the past six years. The award-winning, internationally read, From Women's Pens author and humorist, Susan's best known for her series of works titled Cindy's Crusades that includes two novels, Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems and The Sugar Ticket, the short chronicle Twilight and Chickadees, and a collection of short stories titled Heart Marks the Spot. Susan's novel Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems is a Multi Award winner. Its Sequel The Sugar Ticket placed first for Outstanding Women's Fiction category in the IAN 2016. The sassy My Sexy Chef won a second place award in the novella category via the Global Ebook Awards 2016, and has inspired the hot sequel Chaos in the Kitchen. Susan also specializes in short stories and novellas. Included are Christmas shorts, but she favors the romantic or humorous side of the equation, and that's what you'll find about her writing the most.

Mr. Mischief: Four-Year Olds Who Shave

Happy Saturday, Ladies! I had a real fun post to share today, until about two hours ago. Fate has decided I reroute my blog, though, because I’ve discovered I’m married to a four-year old who shaves.

Come to think of it, I’m pretty inept in the behavior department myself. Women get naughty too, but that’s not the problem.

We all think we’re in a relationship with splendid, handsome, and infallible partners, and maybe we ARE. My man’s usually above reproach, but not when it comes to sneaking snack food he’s not supposed to eat.

Do you have a partner like mine?

Anyway, Joe had a gastric bypass about twenty years ago, and his diet needs to be restricted accordingly. He’s pretty good about managing it, but today he was naughty, a Mr. Mischief, if you will. He ate a large bag of popcorn on the way home from the store, followed by a Klondike bar, before he even got in the door, during a ten minute ride.

He’s been sick all night, and so have I (emotionally), because who wants to see their bestest friend in the universe suffering? There’s been some terrible side effects from his indulgence, but hopefully, they will dissipate soon and hence, a happily ever after nighty… Which brings me to Happy Tidings and Bunches of Love.

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Chat me up anytime, I do love to hear from you! For now, though, I must go check on Mr. Mischief….

 

Susan Jean Ricci

A late bloomer to the writing life, Susan Jean Ricci’s been mighty busy the past six years. The award-winning, internationally read, From Women’s Pens author and humorist, Susan’s best known for her series of works titled Cindy’s Crusades that includes two novels, Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems and The Sugar Ticket, the short chronicle Twilight and Chickadees, and a collection of short stories titled Heart Marks the Spot.

Susan’s novel Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems is a Multi Award winner. Its Sequel The Sugar Ticket placed first for Outstanding Women’s Fiction category in the IAN 2016. The sassy My Sexy Chef won a second place award in the novella category via the Global Ebook Awards 2016, and has inspired the hot sequel Chaos in the Kitchen.

Susan also specializes in short stories and novellas. Included are Christmas shorts, but she favors the romantic or humorous side of the equation, and that’s what you’ll find about her writing the most.

A Valentine’s Tribute Plus a Kick Recipe…

Having had two failed attempts at marital bliss, my adult kids were astounded when I announced I was remarrying for the third time eight years ago.

Their arguments varied: “He’s marrying you for your money.” (I didn’t have any). “He wants to steal your house.” (He had two of his own). But this one was my all time favorite: “He’s just marrying you for sex,” which cracked me up, because Joe wanting me, and me reciprocating his sentiment, made me the happiest, most content woman on earth.

So, this being the season when true love prevails, thank the good Lord I’ve met the love of my life. Joe’s a true treasure in many ways – he’s a great lover, a forever teammate, and a stimulus enabling me to write HEA romance – with humor, too, because we laugh every day – not all day, but every day.

Joe is a fantastic cook, the pure Italian flambé, and was the inspiration for my steamy novellas in the My Sexy Chef trio, and everything else I’ve ever written. He never complains about preparing our meals when I’m writing a new story, or I’m marketing via social media. As a matter of fact, it’s my guess he’d rather eat his cooking instead of mine, but that’s a boon for me.

On January 15th, the day FLYING UPRIGHT was due for our new Valentine collection SWEET AND SASSY VALENTINES, Joe surprised me with a new creation, a brunch frittata. I was so impressed with his culinary endeavors, I’m sharing his recipe for you all to try and enjoy:

Here’s the skinny: (well, maybe not really…)

3 Eggs lightly beaten

Add ¼ cup shredded cheddar, ¼ cup of Asiago cheese, and a broken slice of American cheese to the egg mixture.

Salt & pepper to taste.

After sautéing ¼ cup each of sliced red & green peppers, one small peeled potato, (Joe par boiled the diced potato in advance), half a shallot, a small handful of chopped baby portabellas, and 4 slices of thinly sliced, diced ham in ¼ stick of butter and 1tsp. of olive oil, you add the eggs and cheese, with a splash of milk to the veg’s. Simmer about 3 minutes.

Pour the Cholesterol Bomb into a 9inch cast iron skillet (which has already been seasoned), and bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

Let rest for 5 minutes.

Joe asked me to tell you all to please use an oven mitt, because the skillet will be HOT – he means well, even though nobody removes hot pans from the oven bare handed…he’s just that kind of guy. So thoughtful…

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Thank you so much for joining me tonight, it’s been a pleasure – Don’t Forget to Share the Love!

Susan Jean Ricci

A late bloomer to the writing life, Susan Jean Ricci’s been mighty busy the past six years. The award-winning, internationally read, From Women’s Pens author and humorist, Susan’s best known for her series of works titled Cindy’s Crusades that includes two novels, Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems and The Sugar Ticket, the short chronicle Twilight and Chickadees, and a collection of short stories titled Heart Marks the Spot.

Susan’s novel Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems is a Multi Award winner. Its Sequel The Sugar Ticket placed first for Outstanding Women’s Fiction category in the IAN 2016. The sassy My Sexy Chef won a second place award in the novella category via the Global Ebook Awards 2016, and has inspired the hot sequel Chaos in the Kitchen.

Susan also specializes in short stories and novellas. Included are Christmas shorts, but she favors the romantic or humorous side of the equation, and that’s what you’ll find about her writing the most.

A Christmas Poem and My Christmas Recipe for Yummy Celebrations

Two weeks before Christmas, we set the tree up.

We sat and admired it, having a cup.

We strung up the lights and they were all aglow,

When all of a sudden, I yelled, “Oh, God, no!”

Our fresh tree is neat, from the firehouse nearby,

But, now all I wanted was to cringe, maybe cry.

I saw baby spiders hang down from the boughs,

I gasped but Joe laughed, he said, “Holy Cow!”

Fake trees are sure bug proof, the real are not free,

From insects and spiders, just take it from me.

Next year, please choose wisely, you have to agree,

You won’t want those spiders invading your tree.

#Truth…

Okay, I admit to wrongdoing. I used Raid to dispatch them, which I hated to do cuz I didn’t want to harm the tree, but I haven’t seen any other visitors. Our monster tree is fully decorated, and Joe shared he thought this is the best-looking tree he’s ever seen in his life (and he’s pretty old). *Chuckle*

Here’s a family favorite recipe I plan on making for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and the day after. Since we have a huge extended family, we celebrate this joyous holiday many times, even into the New Year. Ladies, let me assure you, that’s a whole lot of dough! I only wish it was this kind: $$$$

Pepperoni Bread Recipe:

Ingredients: Fresh Pizza Dough

Half Pound of Deli-Sliced Pepperoni

2 Cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

I Egg, lightly beaten (but don’t kill it) 🙂

Flour, just enough to make a mess.

Here’s How:

Bring the dough to room temp in a bowl, lightly floured to keep it from sticking to the bowl.

When the dough is pliable, gently expand it into a square about 16 X 18 inches ona lightly floured surface, again to keep it from sticking.

The dough loves to shrink, so I use clean canned goods from my pantry to keep it anchored in place. You need at least 6-8 cans, or 3 pairs of hands to keep it stable for the next step. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Place the pepperoni evenly across the dough and then sprinkle the mozzarella cheese on top. (Personally, I use 2 and ½ cups, cuz we’re cheese hogs).

Beat the egg, and save for it for after you roll the dough towards you and, when it’s neatly tucked, roll the other part to meet around the loaf on top.

I use the beaten egg wash to seal the ends of the loaf and where the loaf meets in the middle, to secure it so the cheese doesn’t leak out during the baking process. Then I spread the rest of the egg wash over the loaf to insure an even browning.

Bake 30-35 minutes (depending on your oven), until golden brown, and let rest for 8-10 minutes before slicing.

Enjoy the applause from your guests as they sample your succulent creation and maybe curtsey. This is a masterpiece! I bake mine on a silicone sheet, but you can use Pam if you don’t have one.

Enjoy!

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Susan Jean Ricci

A late bloomer to the writing life, Susan Jean Ricci’s been mighty busy the past six years. The award-winning, internationally read, From Women’s Pens author and humorist, Susan’s best known for her series of works titled Cindy’s Crusades that includes two novels, Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems and The Sugar Ticket, the short chronicle Twilight and Chickadees, and a collection of short stories titled Heart Marks the Spot.

Susan’s novel Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems is a Multi Award winner. Its Sequel The Sugar Ticket placed first for Outstanding Women’s Fiction category in the IAN 2016. The sassy My Sexy Chef won a second place award in the novella category via the Global Ebook Awards 2016, and has inspired the hot sequel Chaos in the Kitchen.

Susan also specializes in short stories and novellas. Included are Christmas shorts, but she favors the romantic or humorous side of the equation, and that’s what you’ll find about her writing the most.

Running on all Fours

RUNNING ON ALL FOURS

          “None of us kids escaped running on all fours while we were growing up. We ran from our dad’s abuse, his cruelty towards our mom, and the snickers from the folks in our rural hometown, especially those who were ignorant.

          Only one of us ran on all fours like he was born to it – he was our brother Eddie, who thought he was a dog, and there was no sensitivity in our world for people who were different.”

I was raised with a mentally/physically challenged brother. His name is Eddie. No big deal, right?

Wrong.

Having a handicapped sibling in the 1960’s was far different, as compared to the here and now. Today’s society is much savvier about accepting a mentally challenged individual than it was half a century ago, in every way. There are resources, educated physicians and support groups – the Internet, too. And, I’m certainly not suggesting that raising a handicapped child today is an easier task, far from it.

When I was a kid, my mother didn’t even realize Eddie was physically and mentally challenged until he was nearly ten months old, when he couldn’t roll onto his stomach. He didn’t sit unaided until he was a year and a half old, and wasn’t even diagnosed ‘retarded’ until he was five. (Man, I HATE that word).

My father was an abusive alcoholic, my mother a religious zealot, and I was a scared, bashful kid living in a small town where everyone knew everybody else’s business.

Eddie has what’s now known as Noonan Syndrome and is Schizophrenic. He’s on tons of medications and has terrible ailments, like COPD, Heart Disease, Diabetes, and has to adhere to a chopped diet so he doesn’t aspirate and end up with pneumonia, which has happened more times than I can count.

The point is I’m currently penning a nonfiction tale about what it was like to live in a dysfunctional family, with a handicapped brother fifty years ago. How those childhood experiences shaped me as an adult. What mistakes I’ve made in the past, because I didn’t know any better.

         What it’s like to now be the guardian of an elderly, handicapped man. One who loves Lady Gaga, dances like it’s going out of style, and the guy we call Casanova, who’s been known to grope a cute waitress’s butt when he thinks he can get away with it.

Stay tuned, because all of this scares me – although this WIP should be ready to publish sometime next spring, truthfully, I’ve been avoiding it, as it’s damn difficult to bring a cohesive story together when you’ve lived in it. Plus, I’d rather write humor, because who doesn’t need a laugh now and then?

Anyway, regarding all of the above, thinking of this inspired me to write a sequel to my sweet romance FALLING FOR NIAGARA, which was published by AA Publishing, LLC. in 2016. I’d thought to leave Niagara’s tale as a stand-alone and forget about it, but the reminders of my brother’s story, plus a pain in the ass muse wouldn’t leave me be.

The sequel’s called CHRISTMAS WITH NIAGARA and is included in the UNFORGETTABLE CHRISTMAS Boxed set released earlier this month. Here’s the blurb and a little snippet of what Jace and Niagara’s life was before her half brother entered their lives.

When a special needs stranger suddenly appears on their doorstep and inserts himself into their lives, Niagara must decide if his presence will interfere with her and Jace’s relationship, or enrich it.

Stay tuned as these beloved characters embark on their way to happiness, in spite of unordinary odds. Share their triumphs, tribulations, and embrace the power of what loving relationships are destined to be.

CHRISTMAS WITH NIAGARA

A Day in the Life…

Jace DeMatteo whistled as he wrapped prosciutto and sliced provolone around thin asparagus stalks, like he was tucking tiny, fragile infants into receiving blankets. He gently placed each on a tray, drizzled them with a smidgeon of olive oil, and then set his masterpiece aside to bake.

A bottle of vodka chilled in the freezer, ready for their Friday night martini. Niagara liked hers dirty, with three olives, while he preferred four.

He smiled, recalling the first time he even considered drinking a martini, the night they’d met at the Top of the Falls restaurant. What a wussy he’d been at the time, and not just about the topic of cocktails.

The asparagus appetizer was one of Niagara’s favorites and he couldn’t wait for her to arrive. He rinsed his hands and dried them with a dishtowel, while his feet danced side to side to one of his favorite oldies songs playing on the XM radio. Trim hips swayed in time to the beat with a panache he’d been proud to conquer.

Ever since Niagara had taught Jace’s clumsy ass how to groove to music, dancing had become one of his favorite pastimes. He never got enough of it, any more than he could resist Niagara’s kisses.

Jace impatiently checked his watch, noting she wouldn’t be finished with her half of the job for another hour. The graphics she created for his computer software were amazing, and he was positive the company wouldn’t have such enormous sales and the following it currently enjoyed, if not for her special gifts with advertising.

He opened a bottle of chardonnay, poured himself a small glass, and retreated to his office.

Booting up his desktop, Jace looked over the news of the day, while the music continued in the background. His foot unconsciously tapped beneath the desk until he grew bored with the headlines. He carefully typed in the password to his business website – correction – his and Niagara’s business website.

Instead of looking at the end of the week profits, he leaned his chin on one hand and sighed with gratitude. That heaven had shown him had such favor six short months before remained a mystery, but one he didn’t try to solve.

On the day destiny changed his life for the better, he’d been standing on the observation deck at Niagara Falls, grieving, alone, and wondering what the hell possessed him to visit there in the first place. It was then he’d spotted her through his binoculars, as she held onto the rails at the bow of a tour boat.

The stranger’s breathtaking beauty had fascinated him. He’d gazed with longing as her long, raven hair streamed behind her at the whimsies of the wind, until the boat had sailed out of sight.

A rainbow had suddenly flared against the clear blue sky, surprising the bejesus out of him. The sky remained a clear, azure blue, and he’d prayed it was a sign of better days to come.

Their chance meeting later that night at dinner had opened the door to a wondrous future and, since then, the couple had formed a loving bond deeper than either of them had ever imagined.

He shook his head in disbelief, even now, that this wonderful creature had become such an integral part his life. He chuckled out loud, too. Thank the good Lord he’d inherited his dad’s penchant for cooking, and his abilities as well. As his stepmom often said, “There’s something about having your own sexy chef slog away in the kitchen to steam up a marriage and make things broil.”

Not that Jace considered either himself or his father sexy, but if their women thought so, far be it from him to correct them.

He smiled, remembering Niagara’s startling announcement, right after they first began dating. “I hope, for your sake, you plan on eating plenty of take out, if we’re to succeed as a couple,” she’d said archly.

“Why would I plan on that?” he wondered, his brow lined with confusion.

She’d flipped her hair over a shapely shoulder like the content of her statement didn’t matter, but then offered him a weak smile. “I can’t find my way around a kitchen, even if you draw me a map and pave the way with diamonds. I keep my lingerie in the drawers, and the oven’s never been used.”

“That’s not such a deal breaker,” he’d drawled. “One of the only talents I possess, besides being a computer geek extraordinaire, is that I’m a decent cook.”

She’d pointed at him with a hardy laugh. “Sold to the woman with the good luck to have a potential mate, whose talents exceed hers in the kitchen.”

“Cooking for you will be my utmost pleasure,” he replied with his hand over his heart.

“Truthfully, I’m ecstatic to know this about you. I get so sick of Chinese or pizza as a regular diet.”

Then, he’d hugged her to him and kissed her soundly, noting with male satisfaction her delicate purrs of surrender.

“It’ll cost you, though,” he’d whispered against her mouth before he took her any further.

“Anything, my darling,” she’d promised.

“Be my dance instructor. Teach me how to stop making an ass out of myself when we go out.”

“Done.”

***

FYI: If you’ve made it this far in my post, I just found out tonight that the cable TV, Internet, and phone landline for my brother’s group home was shut off today, due to our state’s refunding of the DDD money, to a fee for service option, which benefits NO ONE. I’m so freaking pissed I can’t stand it. I live in the most corrupt state in the US. Unbelievable. Who does this to special kids like this?

Anyway, here’s the links for Christmas for Niagara and the box set it’s nestled in. Thank you for hopping by, and I appreciate the opportunity to share my stuff.

CHRISTMAS WITH NIAGARA:

https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Niagara-Cindys-Crusades-Book-ebook/dp/B0768BLX1F/

UNFORGETTABLE CHRISTMAS – GIFTS OF LOVE:

https://www.amazon.com/Unforgettable-Christmas-Gifts-Love-Unforgettables-ebook/dp/B0762HSDNB

Susan Jean Ricci

A late bloomer to the writing life, Susan Jean Ricci’s been mighty busy the past six years. The award-winning, internationally read, From Women’s Pens author and humorist, Susan’s best known for her series of works titled Cindy’s Crusades that includes two novels, Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems and The Sugar Ticket, the short chronicle Twilight and Chickadees, and a collection of short stories titled Heart Marks the Spot.

Susan’s novel Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems is a Multi Award winner. Its Sequel The Sugar Ticket placed first for Outstanding Women’s Fiction category in the IAN 2016. The sassy My Sexy Chef won a second place award in the novella category via the Global Ebook Awards 2016, and has inspired the hot sequel Chaos in the Kitchen.

Susan also specializes in short stories and novellas. Included are Christmas shorts, but she favors the romantic or humorous side of the equation, and that’s what you’ll find about her writing the most.

Womb Mates

Dear Mom: Although it’s been a while since I’ve written you a letter or sent you a card, I have some great news to share with you today. You’ve always encouraged me to write about what makes me feel passionate, or what gets get my blood boiling. I also wrote an article called Have a Great Navy Day when you and I traveled to Fleet Week to visit Don in San Fran, but that’s another story to share…

For the past eight years since we’ve last seen each other, I’ve been doing what seems to come naturally. Do you remember when I was about ten or eleven and Grandma gave me that old Underwood typewriter? After I got the hang of typing, I became the youngest publisher/editor you’d ever known, by starting The Hill Weekly. I used carbon paper to make duplicate copies of my little neighborhood newspaper, which was actually an unsophisticated gossip rag. I wrote the happenings of the week regarding what was going on with those that lived around us. I sold each copy for a dime.

You’d sent a copy of the Hill Weekly to President Kennedy and, in return, he gifted me for real autographed photos of himself and his family. I still have them tucked away in my high school yearbook, all these decades later.

In the meantime, Mom:

Joe and I recently traveled to Virginia for a family reunion and to visit friends. Your sister is about to turn 87 years young and we were also going to celebrate our cousin’s milestone birthday. I felt crazy excited to be going, because I hadn’t seen Aunt since 2009, shortly after you passed.

Over the course of the weekend, Aunt and I shared some spirited conversations about life in general and what we’d been doing since last we’d met. However, comments she made most mesmerizing were sharing how it feels to be the surviving twin, once a beloved sibling is gone. Aunt has always referred to Mom as her Womb Mate. Mom was a dependent kind of woman, while Aunt was independent and a doer. She stood close by her sister and took care of her, emotionally and financially, especially after my parents divorced. Whenever Aunt visited us, she used her gifted wit to keep us all laughing. I can’t remember a time that Aunt didn’t have Mom peeing her pants with her outrageous sense of humor.

They were two of a kind in that department, and although Mom was needy, she never lost her own good humor, or the ability to love and be loved. Mom was also a talented artist and her paintings grace the walls of every family member’s homes. That she relied on others bothered no one, because she was a shining star in her own right. So, when we arrived at my aunt’s house, I was totally taken aback with her resemblance to Mom, perhaps for the first time ever. Mom and Aunt are fraternal twins, but as they grew older, their mannerisms and speech patterns became nearly identical. It was like seeing my mother once more. The visit we had shared proved to be a powerful reminder of how much we both loved and missed Mom.

Aunt is now half of a whole and I think she may miss Mom more than I, if such a thing is possible. Those two had a special bond not everyone has the pleasure to share. They were conceived and born of one woman’s body. This makes them Womb Mates. And that’s kind of cool, when you think about it…

This is dedicated to many people, especially my mom, and for those who’ve welcomed me into their professional families as an author. I told Jacquie a few days ago our set Sweet Heat: Where Love and Suspense Meet is going live on Mom’s birthday in a few weeks. I know she’d like to shake your hands, ALL of you. Many thanks!

Susan Jean Ricci

A late bloomer to the writing life, Susan Jean Ricci’s been mighty busy the past six years. The award-winning, internationally read, From Women’s Pens author and humorist, Susan’s best known for her series of works titled Cindy’s Crusades that includes two novels, Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems and The Sugar Ticket, the short chronicle Twilight and Chickadees, and a collection of short stories titled Heart Marks the Spot.

Susan’s novel Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems is a Multi Award winner. Its Sequel The Sugar Ticket placed first for Outstanding Women’s Fiction category in the IAN 2016. The sassy My Sexy Chef won a second place award in the novella category via the Global Ebook Awards 2016, and has inspired the hot sequel Chaos in the Kitchen.

Susan also specializes in short stories and novellas. Included are Christmas shorts, but she favors the romantic or humorous side of the equation, and that’s what you’ll find about her writing the most.

Lament for the Dead Hairdryer

I’m sure this has happened to most of you ladies – Maybe even the guys, too. When your hair is soaking wet after showering and the darn hairdryer’s dead. It’s quite like the betrayal to womankind, don’t you think?

Not to mention to your pride.

My hair looks like a vulture’s nest when it’s not blown out (not that it’s great anyway), but I take it as a personal affront when I can’t style it due to technicality demise. Puts you right out of your element, in fact – you just don’t feel like yourself.

Here are some suggestions to alleviate this crisis when it happens to you, and it will:

DON’T BE CHEAP: Keep a spare dryer on hand, especially if yours is older than dirt. Mine has been giving me the fidgets for over six months, but I’ve always been able to revive it, once I’ve given it a good shake and some choking. Tonight, though, it bit the dust. We buried it the back yard…

KEEP A FLATIRON ON HAND: Flatirons are not kind to fine hair like mine, but is better than nothing, if you must go out in public.

HAVE A DECENT HAT OR TWO ON HAND (OR HEAD), FOR EMERGENCIES:

You still may end up looking silly, and folks might point at you and scurry away, but no one will notice what a bad hair day you’re having.

CHOOSE A HUSBAND WHO’S A GOOD SPORT: My husband is game enough to hit the store when I’m not looking up to snuff for society, or I’m too embarrassed to leave the house. The point is: MARRY WELL.

Better yet, stick with the guy who understands the foibles of a woman’s vanity, or isn’t afraid to get silly on occasion.

Thanks so much for hopping by -Visit your local MALL as soon as possible for your replacement. You’ll never know when you will need it. (The dryer, not the man).

As you may have guessed, I write Humorous Romance for the most part, Sweet Romance, and Sizzling Romance. (Or, at least I try to). For information about my books, please visit my Amazon Author Page, where there’s everything there is to know about my Award Winning books, the Short Stories and Novellas, my bio, etc. Enjoy Life and Wishing You All a Happily Ever After!

Here’s the link: http://amzn.to/2rXiPcH and hope to see you soon!

 

Susan Jean Ricci

A late bloomer to the writing life, Susan Jean Ricci’s been mighty busy the past six years. The award-winning, internationally read, From Women’s Pens author and humorist, Susan’s best known for her series of works titled Cindy’s Crusades that includes two novels, Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems and The Sugar Ticket, the short chronicle Twilight and Chickadees, and a collection of short stories titled Heart Marks the Spot.

Susan’s novel Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems is a Multi Award winner. Its Sequel The Sugar Ticket placed first for Outstanding Women’s Fiction category in the IAN 2016. The sassy My Sexy Chef won a second place award in the novella category via the Global Ebook Awards 2016, and has inspired the hot sequel Chaos in the Kitchen.

Susan also specializes in short stories and novellas. Included are Christmas shorts, but she favors the romantic or humorous side of the equation, and that’s what you’ll find about her writing the most.

An Author Steps Out of the Box

Good Morning, Ladies.

I thought since I’m a new member of Mimi’s Gang, it might be fun for you to get to know me, as I’m getting to know YOU. So, today I’m tossing protocol aside and allowing my alter ego to question me about my author travels, and prod me into sharing a few highlights of my writing life and goals for the future on board with this fantastic group.

In other words, I’m stepping out of the box. Here goes:

Q: What has been your most formidable challenge with your writing career thus far?

A: Um, let me see. Avoiding procrastination is right up there with time wasted on social media. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Twitter family and Facebook, but for a person with penchant for distraction, the concept of nosing around those sites is quite alluring. While I realize these outlets are a great way to gain new fans and friends, disciplining my time more effectively is key to writing more stories.

Q: If you were to go back and do things over again, is there anything you’d change about your professional history?

A: No, not a thing. Writing rants for the newspaper when I was raising a family was a true learning experience, and I got a big kick out of seeing those rants published. Much of my work was centralized on being an advocate for the Handicapped or the Military, albeit in writing. I took advantage of problems I saw going on in the community or with our local government, and used them to further educate those who would listen. I wrote several magazine articles regarding true to life issues, such as parenting a teen after divorce, training a dog how to adjust when she’s been relocated, things like that. Of course, writing the next best seller was always the feather tickling my behind, but I’ve come to the conclusion timing is everything. I just want to write more entertaining stories about the DeMatteo’s and NOT have them published posthumously.

Q: Tell us about your characters, Cindy and Jay, from the Cindy’s Crusades Series. Are they based on real life people, or did they begin talking to you when you sat down at your keyboard one day?

A: Cindy Layton was (and is), a real pain in the ass. Her persona evolved when I began writing a journal while dating my husband Joe. Instead of letting me keep my journal the way I wanted to, she kept interfering with my thoughts, until I finally caved in and let her take over. What a great relief it was when Jay DeMatteo showed up and kept Cindy out of my hair for a while. When I decided to write a sequel, there she was again, starting all over with me. By that time, though, I’d grown very fond of her. As far as Jay goes, he’s a great guy, with enough patience for both he and Cindy. Plus, he’s so easy on the eyes Cindy grows amorous whenever he smiles at her, which is often.

Q: Ah, so you and Cindy have traits in common?

A: Oh, definitely. We both appreciate our mates in serious ways, both mentally and physically.

Q: If you could chose between a hot guy and a good dinner out, which would you prefer?

A: Yikes, I’d take the hot guy, as long as he was my hubby – but dinner out sounds like a great plan, too.

Q: Anything special you’re working on right now?

A: I’m writing a nonfiction piece about what life was like decades ago, when a person had a handicapped sibling. I have a handicapped brother, and when my mom passed I became his guardian – a role I’ve been fulfilling my entire life. There’s also a novella I’m penning called Turning up the Heat, both of which I hope will land onboard the Authors Billboard site some day.

Q: What have been your proudest moments during your writing career?

A: First, it’s a given that if I hadn’t met and married my husband Joe, there wouldn’t be a Dinosaurs & Cherry Stems, let alone a sequel. He was the determining factor that got me into the publishing arena in the first place. I’m so proud of him, and rely on his encouragement as my editor to keep me focused. Winning various awards for several of my books floored me, I must say. Being invited to participate in many anthologies with AA Publishing, participating in Uvi Poznanski’s best selling boxed set Love in Times of War have rendered me speechless and deeply grateful. Now I’ve landed here, and am a member of Mimi’s Gang. Does a mid-life, author’s career get any better than all of that, especially this girl got the guy? I doubt it!

Q: Name two little known facts about yourself.

A: I was an aerobic dance instructor and had my own dance business for five years. I also sold real estate. I loved those jobs, but not as much as I love entertaining others with my stories.

Q: One last question – What do you keep in your office that inspires you?

A: I have a post-it note my mother wrote to me. It says, Hey, Sue, more later! <3 Keep writing – You know! I found the note in her desk after she passed away when I was going through her things. I have it taped to my printer, and include the note in my print books, in the acknowledgments section.

Now you know just about all there is to know about the writer in me…and I’d like to get to know all of YOU, too. Let’s chat soon, please, shall we?

Susan Jean Ricci

A late bloomer to the writing life, Susan Jean Ricci’s been mighty busy the past six years. The award-winning, internationally read, From Women’s Pens author and humorist, Susan’s best known for her series of works titled Cindy’s Crusades that includes two novels, Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems and The Sugar Ticket, the short chronicle Twilight and Chickadees, and a collection of short stories titled Heart Marks the Spot.

Susan’s novel Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems is a Multi Award winner. Its Sequel The Sugar Ticket placed first for Outstanding Women’s Fiction category in the IAN 2016. The sassy My Sexy Chef won a second place award in the novella category via the Global Ebook Awards 2016, and has inspired the hot sequel Chaos in the Kitchen.

Susan also specializes in short stories and novellas. Included are Christmas shorts, but she favors the romantic or humorous side of the equation, and that’s what you’ll find about her writing the most.