Just wondering, my friends, but how do YOU feel about amusement park rides? Or, do you prefer your thrills to arrive on your doorstep in a more subdued package?
Like one from your favorite book vendor?
The reason for my curiosity is because while growing up in a seaside town near the Atlantic Ocean, and even before I was old enough to enjoy them, I’d quickly become fascinated with the faster rides the amusement piers offered – you know, the ones with passengers screaming with delight as the ride hits the pinnacle – or was their yelling from fear?
I was one of those kids who scoffed at tame boat rides and the like – no carrousels for me, thanks! My energy level as a kid sped along the fast lane, and was mainly focused on roller coasters, once the boardwalk along the Jersey shore opened for the summer season.
With the wind gusting through my hair, those butterflies you get inside your belly when your body is swept up into the sky (almost), and then plummeting downwards into spins, twirls, and upside down tornado-like circles left me breathless and wanting more.
I tried to pass my love for the wild side down to my son.
Eh, maybe he wasn’t that much of a fan…
Never one to give up, I next pursued my grandson’s thirst for thrills the first time he and I vacationed in Universal.
As an author, my passions now evolve from the same kind of rush I’d experienced after exiting a wild ride, when I finish a new story and my brain shouts, “Hurray!” Besides, my spine’s a bit on the fragile side, and the spine showing off a new print book suits me much better these days.
In my upcoming novel Don’t Bruise the Bananas my heroine Cindy is enchanted with the idea of zip lining in the Pocono Mountains during she and her husband Jay’s next RV trip – an activity he wants no part of.
Here’s a short excerpt:
I’d been chattering on for ages how our next adventure should include braving the thrill of a zip line.
“Flying through the air on a zip line looks so damn cool, and I’ve definitely added it to my bucket list,” I’d recently pointed out during a vacation commercial on TV highlighting the exhilarating experience. “Look how much fun those people are having, zooming over ravines and down the mountain. Such spectacular scenery, especially viewing it from so high above.”
My handsome husband Jay had shuddered. “It’s supposed to look entertaining, or else no one would be foolish enough to try it,” he told me. “Besides, isn’t your bucket list getting a bit crowded?”
A most unladylike snort bursts forth before I can control it, as I recall Jay’s fearful experience during our trip to California the year before. “I’m managing to eliminate my bucket’s want-to-do’s nicely, thank you very much,” I say, patting his hand. “But, that’s not the real issue, is it? That tram ride we took in Palm Springs in the mountains last year punked you for good, didn’t it?”
Jay’s silver curls bounced as he nodded like a bobble head toy. “Hey, I’m not denying it. It’s the world’s largest rotating mountain tram, for crap’s sake. When you think how high we were as the aerial tram took us over bare rock during the ride up the mountain, it’s a miracle I didn’t throw up.” He clasped his hands and sighed. “Or, we even survived.”
The cartoon of a chicken flapping its wings as it runs from danger tickles my imagination, and I bite my lip. Even though Jay may have thought my odd humor funny in the past, I don’t suppose he’d appreciate it now. For sure he’s distracted, but I can’t figure out why…
Don’t Bruise the Bananas is the third installment of my awarding winning series Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems and its sequel The Sugar Ticket. Bet you can’t wait, right?
This new tale will be available in June, but is also included in a brand new collection of Fabulous Women’s Fiction – Shhh! This is not really top secret, but we haven’t had our cover reveal for the anthology yet, so please stay tuned!
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Just for you: A little snippet from Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems –
Twice divorced, cynical Cindy Layton feels like a relic with prehistoric baggage, and doubts she can muster the courage to establish a new relationship, even if it’s on her own terms.
Her journey out of the Stone Age hits freaky, hilarious turbulence when she joins an Internet dating service. The scammers and weirdoes she meets in cyberspace make Cindy want to crawl back into her cave, until she receives an accidental email from Jay DeMatteo.
Jay has the dating blues, too, but after meeting Cindy, reconsiders his options. Now it’s up to him to convince her it’s never too late to pursue a meaningful relationship, even when a couple is struggling with midlife adolescence.
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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.