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.

Womb Mates

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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.

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Lament for the Dead Hairdryer

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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.

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An Author Steps Out of the Box

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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.

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