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.

Please, Don’t Tell a Soul..

Please! Don’t tell a soul, but I’m ashamed to admit my writing almost took precedence over my personal life, for a while.

Gasp – there, I’ve said it – does this apply any other authors out there?

My claim to limited fame is I’m a romance author, albeit with a touch of humor or paranormal, but balancing a career with a bunch of beloveds, like a hubby, adult children (his and mine), and ten grandkids must truly come first.

Thank God I saw the light…

Me and you know who…

This is my sweet sixteen Savannah…

How I make it work:

Scheduling became my priority and adhering to it, most of the time. I’m a late riser, so my hub and I share our lunch together, watch the late news, and then it’s off to the computer for me. Emails are checked, updates on social media are viewed and replied to, and then later, the best hub on the planet does the food shopping. This chore is a tribute to Joe and others like him, since we live in a congested 55 and over township, and our grocery store is packed ALL the time. Plus, I hate food shopping… While Joe’s out conquering the world, I market current projects – our boxed sets, my personal catalogue, and other friends returning the favor. Once or twice a week, we babysit for my youngest grandchild, a three-year old boy who, in spite of his exhausting antics, always makes us laugh.

Speaking of marketing: We at the Authors’ Billboard have a new pre-order in place: Sweet and Sassy Weddings – Happily Ever After Romance: Here’s the blurb: “With this ring I thee wed, says the groom, and the bride smiles, always beautiful, always dreaming of a happy future. Whether she is young or not that young, a hopeless romantic or an Ice Queen, a vocalist or an attorney, a mail-order bride or a poker-bet fiancée, a single mom or a stay home mother and widow, our bride dreams of love and passion, and a walk down the aisle. Celebrate true love and commitment with SWEET and SASSY WEDDINGS, nine breathtaking stories from New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors, all award-winning authors.”

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Last but not least, I’m happy to share I have a pre-order for a new Paranormal Romance in progress: Honeymoon in Coffinville

The skinny: “After buying an ancient mansion in dire need of a makeover, lovers Shannon and Rick Burke are treated to more visions than they bargained for. A well in their back yard reveals a bucket of bones, and an old trunk is found in the attic as if it were intended just for them – loaded with secrets.”  An Amazon exclusive, and part of our about to be released Paranormal Collection, come later this May

Sure hope I’ve shared enough delectable stories to keep YOUR Kindles happy this Memorial Day Weekend – we at The Authors’ Billboard are so grateful you hopped by, as we’d be nothing without YOU! For more of our divine Collections, please visit The Authors’ Billboard website! Happy Reading, People!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Fun Post About Gated Communities for the Young and – Eh, Older

Greetings, My Wonderful Friends:

As many of you know, Joe and I purchased a fixer upper three years ago, and you might also appreciate how much of an adventure AND a challenge the undertaking has been.

After nearly three years of renovating the fixer-upper Joe and I bought May 2015, we’ve completed the mission of having “Our Dream Home.”

The air conditioning quit our second day in the new place, and cost an unplanned $4800 to replace. Leave it to spring to herald in the hottest May on record, while we literally baked in the glory of re-nesting.

Demolishing the dated kitchen was one of the first items on our agenda. We replaced the toilets immediately, and Joe painted my powder room and installed a new medicine chest, and shelves for my knick-knacks. Bulk pick up day arrived and we got rid of the former owner’s ripped, filthy window coverings and the other junk he left behind.

Then, we painted.

My son-in-law installed the new cabinets and the granite guys came to install the counters and the sink. The stainless steel appliances arrived, and Joe had begun the arduous task of getting rid of the glue that remained on the walls so he could paint.

We replaced fifteen windows, the bedroom carpeting, and then in October, Joe had laid laminated word flooring through out the rest of the house. The old kitchen floor was replaced with brand new linoleum just in time for Thanksgiving, and I was finally feeling like I really lived here, instead of being on the weirdest vacation ever.

The Point is, I’m participating in a Sweet and Sassy Light Paranormal Collection to be released early June 2018.

This inspiring life experience led me to pen a novella about two newlyweds, just like us old fogies, who are looking for the home of their dreams. The story is called HONEYMOON IN COFFINVILLE.

Presenting my Cover Reveal:

In the meantime, I hope you’ll consider Our Sweet and Sassy Valentine collection.

“If you’ve ever been struck by Cupid’s Arrow, you know Love has the power to change you and your world. If you’ve ever been in love, then you know there is no feeling more exquisite than being held by the one you love.

Readers choose to read Romance fiction because it speaks to their need to love and be loved. Presenting our SWEET & SASSY VALENTINE COLLECTION ~ 12 NYT & USA Today bestselling authors. Various Heat levels, from Sweet to Downright Sexy! A Pleasure for every Reader! #KU or #99cents http://a.co/2Te21kK #mgtab #SweetAndSassy @mimisgang1

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Nighty!

Sue xo

 

 

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.

Sweet Heat – Where Romance and Suspense Meet, Plus a Yummy Recipe

There’s something to be said about having your own personal chef, especially when he’s adorable, a talented cook, and a kick ass dancer.

Plus he has other skills , too.

Anyway, about three years ago, my husband was creating culinary magic in the kitchen, which inspired me to begin the My Sexy Chef series. He was cooking Lobster Mac & Cheese. His delights tweaked my muse, thus, the first of a trio of novellas was born.

Here’s the skinny: Joe Ricci’s Lobster Mac & Cheese

Ingredients:

3TBS Butter 3TBS Flour 1 ¼ Cups of Milk (more if necessary) ½ lb. Velveeta Cheese, cubed ½ Cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded ½ lb. elbow macaroni, cooked 4-6 oz. Cooked Lobster, cut up 1-2 slices American cheese, pulled apart Panko breadcrumbs Salt & Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. After pasta is cooked, melt the butter in a saucepan and add flour, whisking briskly, And cook the Roux until golden. Gradually whisk in the milk until smooth and bring to a light boil to thicken.

Slowly add the Velveeta while whisking, then add cheddar cheese. Add the lobster, salt and pepper to taste Place the mixture in a casserole dish. Sprinkle the Panko breadcrumbs on top, plus add the American cheese. We also like a bit more cheddar on the Panko, but you won’t want to overcome the taste of the succulent lobster! Bake approx. 15-20 minutes, and let rest for 2-3 minutes. Dig in and Enjoy!

I recently contributed the My Sexy Chef finale in our sexy collection: Sweet Heat – Where Romance and Suspense Meet – 6 NYT and USA Today Bestselling authors come together to bring you romances guaranteed to make your blood run hot!”

Personally, I love this set, but not just because my work is in it. The collection has fabulous reviews and six stories for every reader’s taste: Passion, suspense, and mystery.

Get this Set for just 99 cents! https://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Heat-Where-Romance-Suspense-ebook/dp/B074XKZ95J/

Then, for kicks and giggles, here’s the cover and an excerpt from the first My Sexy Chef, which won a Second Place Award in the Global Ebook Awards in 2016 and Five Stars in the Reader’s Favorite.

Excerpt: A Note From Malibu O’Hare – In retrospect: “Once in a lifetime if you’re lucky, a Coup de Foudre strikes…this happened to me the first time I set eyes on Mark Bouchard.”

My boss and I had dined that night at a bistro aptly called Scandal. Known as one of the current “it” places in the city, Scandal catered to those with deep pockets and finicky appetites.

Since the eatery seated only a hundred diners at a time, reservations were difficult to come by. That is, unless they were made weeks in advance.

The chairs were fashioned with Moroccan leather – comfy yet classy. Crisp white tablecloths with coordinating napkins fanned between the silverware were positioned just so upon cherry wood tables.

My gaze absorbed the smart ambience within seconds – then came to rest on the oh-so attractive chef working behind the counter. His fine features and skin the color of rich umber conveyed a possible Creole heritage – unable to look away, my jaw dropped with captivated wonder.

My logic immediately gave way to primal urges, a total anomaly for a gal who’d always hit the caution button when it came to romance.

Weird but I wanted him cooking only for me.

There’s something to be said about having your own personal chef, especially when he’s as sexy as this one, I fantasized. The chef’s Alpha profile suggested full lips that begged to be kissed. Pressing shaky fingers against my mouth, I wondered if his lips were as soft as they looked. As I further perused this handsome specimen, I wondered why he was employed in a steak bistro, if he indeed were French.

I never said I was being rational…but if this was insanity, I welcomed it.

The man’s shoulders are downright indecent I nearly said aloud – they were broad and muscular. He was also impressively tall, and towered over his assistant chefs as they scurried around completing their tasks.

An urgent need to know the color of his eyes sent my body another bout of shivers. The reaction was of instant attraction, I suppose, since I’d never been so taken by mere looks before. Certainly, those eyes must be shining intensely, as he turned sizzling steaks and chops on the grill with silver tongs.

Scanning the menu our server had placed in my hand I observed the dishes were created by “Creole Chef Mark Bouchard”. I scrutinized the chef anew and wondered if his eyes were as dark as the unfashionably long hair – neatly tied back in a ponytail.

When he turned and placed two sizzling platters on the counter, I was finally rewarded. Even from this distance, I could see they were like pitch and almond shaped, as unique as the rest of his features.

An amused thought crossed my mind that surely, when he laughed, little crinkles were sure to appear at both corners. I didn’t know whether to be grateful our table wasn’t situated closer to the galley, or not.

The warmth of the lamps shining down on the counter for keeping the food hot would have been too much for me, in my current state. Too close for comfort regarding my keen awareness of this man, whom I didn’t even know… If the galley hadn’t been fashioned with a large, overhead mirror, I wouldn’t have noticed the soft-looking, dark hair on his muscled forearms.

Or, the fleur de lis tattooed upon his left wrist… What a creative innovation. It was evident that the mirror was strategically placed for the diners to enjoy the professional chefs at their best. And wow, was I appreciating the view.

Then, I shook my head at my inconsistency. Never before had I been attracted to a man of Creole heritage. Nor had I ever drooled over a man, simply by watching him work.

My Sexy Chef: https://www.amazon.com/Sexy-Chef-Susan-Jean-Ricci-ebook/dp/B00UDCMDNW/

The sequel Chaos in the Kitchen came afterward. To my surprise, when I was asked to participate in the Sweet Heat Collection, I found myself penning the finale: Turning up the Heat, which can be found in this super set.

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I sure hope Spring will arrive soon, and our readers will indulge themselves in Sweet Heat: Where Romance and Suspense Meet, or perhaps check out the beginning of the My sexy Chef series.

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Wishing you all warm sunshine – because we sure do deserve it!

Oh, and by the way, please do check out our Romance collection: Sweet and Sassy Valentine: Another Winning Anthology of Romance:

 

 

If you’re interested in my personal collection, please check me out on my Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Susan-Jean-Ricci/e/B0094H8BEC/

 

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.

We, at the Author’s Billboard, wish to bring you the very best of our happily ever after endings, via our stories. We write about our husbands, our lovers, and imaginary characters our subscribers and fans can relate to, and hopefully will adore reading about. Some of our ideas are born from life experiences, other via a humorous, lovely, or just plain devious muse – my ladies here can relate to what I’m saying, right?

That being said, please allow me to share a few of my favorite box sets our muses have created, and there are SO many to choose from. These wonderful collections are ALL #Free on #KU or just 99 cents!

UNFORGETTABLE HEROES-UNFORGETTABLE PASSION: Get that Friday Feeling With Our Hunky Heroes – They don’t come along very often, but when they do, they can turn YOUR world upside down~ Unforgettable Heroes – Unforgettable Passion~ Strong, protective guys women yearn to meet. http://amzn.to/2ug5u0r

SWEET AND SASSY CHRISTMAS – A TIME FOR ROMANCE – Some are Sweet and some are Sassy. Eleven holiday romances to captivate and seduce. NYT & USA Today bestselling authors have joined together to bring you tales from early America, abandoned puppies, military heroes, doctors and more. Get a warm drink, find a comfy seat, and enjoy an armchair cruise into the world of Christmas lovers and their unique stories. http://bookShow.me/B076GBDV98

SWEET HEAT – WHERE SUSPENSE AND ROMANCE MEET ~ Forget the Housework This Weekend and Get YOUR Thrill on~ Presenting SWEET HEAT: WHERE ROMANCE & SUSPENSE MEET~ Six Tales to Satisfy Every Reader! Romance, Mystery, Suspense! #KU/99c http://bookShow.me/B074XKZ95J

UNFORGETTABLE CHRISTMAS – GIFTS OF LOVE This festive #Bestselling Collection will bring the joy of Christmas straight to your heart, all year long. #KU/99c Grab your favorite Kindle e-reader & cozy up with these nine amazingly romantic tales that are guaranteed to be…UNFORGETTABLE. http://amzn.to/2xori7W 

How About a Taste of Love? This is where it really hits home for me tonight – Presenting SWEET AND SASSY VALENTINE: Authors choose to write romance because they understand that Love is the greatest force on earth. We write, not fantasy, but the reality that love can be found when one least expects it. Just ask any senior citizen who is in love what it feels like. She or he will tell you that it feels the same way at eighty as it felt at eighteen. http://amzn.to/2DQm8pW

Anyhow, thanks for checking in, I do appreciate the time you spent reading my post. If you’d like to know more about my shenanigans, or review my personal catalogue, please check out my Amazon Author page: http://amzn.to/1PxE4ab

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.