About Life, Reading and Yummy Food

Good morning, my lovelies – I’ve recently had a life changing event and, although my inner essence is more flubbed up than usual, this past summer’s adjustments have given me pause, knowing that I’m not alone.

You’re not either, because you have sisterhood.

Anyway, I had the good luck to spend a great day at the beach last week with my cousins from Detroit, which really made me feel happy, because they’re as nutty as me, and a cool comfort!

So, as we approach the Labor Day weekend, many of you may be thinking how fast the summer sped by, and what we may have to look forward to before the season is over.

Here’s some great news: If you’re fortunate enough to live near an ocean, like I do, September is a lovely month to visit the beach – the weather is still warm enough to bask in the sun, with sunscreen protection, of course, and to enjoy a more peaceful interlude with the sea minus the tourists who’ve now returned home.

If you’re like me, I enjoy the serenity of an ocean backdrop with a good story in hand. Luckily, I’ve plenty of suggestions for those of you who thrive on great storytelling – new releases and multi-authored collections, enough to appeal to every reader’s taste and desire.

Here’s some of my favorites – and so appropriate for beach lovers:

Jo Harrison is a lucky lady. Not only has the incredibly, handsome Peter Mattson saved her from nearly drowning, Jo’s Uber driver Tony is always around for her emotional rescue.
Here’s the glitch: Jo and Peter believe they’re inches away from falling in love, but are Jo’s emotions based on hero worship because Peter saved her life? Is Peter’s attraction to Jo only physical after watching her shower in a wet T-shirt?
Or, does fate have an agenda more everlasting in mind?
Come join these would-be lovers as they discover what made Asbury Park famous, and enjoy a fun ride in Tony’s Uber – You won’t want to miss this one! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FMWWK7M

My new release DEDICATED SERVICE just went live the 27th and I’m so pleased with this hunky cover – he’s so hot, right?

After someone dear to Michael Burke is killed in Vietnam, how far is he willing to go to avenge the tragedy, and still preserve the relationship with the love of his life?
As a high school senior, Michael’s two passions are marrying his sweetheart Ellie and playing major league baseball after college.
Now the shock of his loss causes a hasty turnabout. Will Michael’s determination to avenge his heartbreak isolate him from Ellie, or deepen their love?
Cheer for these bold, young lovers as they face reality’s roadblocks together, and fight for their future dreams. https://www.amazon.com/Dedicated-Service-Susan-Jean-Ricci-ebook/dp/B07WHBLPVC

Interested in a feisty RomCom? Maybe this is your next Kindle addition.

She shuns the law – He’s sworn to uphold it – A romantic comedy

Being sentenced to community service isn’t how Eva Polstick planned her Miami get away. 
After she and her Mustang zoom past his radar, Trooper Sebastian Sherman ignores Eva’s feigned innocence of the traffic violation. Deep down he’s tempted by her allure, but adheres to duty, and places her under arrest.
With no money to cover her fines and a bench warrant out for priors to boot, Eva’s confined to house arrest to carry out her punishment in the same community where Sebastian lives.
As a tentative friendship develops, Sebastian harbors secrets sure to end their fragile connection, but will he do his civic duty and share nothing but the truth?
Please join this unlikely couple as they cruise forward into a most arresting relationship – the jury’s out on this one.https://www.amazon.com/Speeding-Into-Love-Triplets-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B07VM5P278

Here’s one of my favorite multi-authored collections: SWEET AND SASSY AT THE BEACH – GET SWEPT AWAY – FREE on Kindle unlimited or Just 99 cents~

From the Arctic coast to tropical beaches, Greek islands to the Jersey shore, love and romance swell with the tides. Find your perfect pair with Sweet and Sassy at the Beach, twelve titillating tales of love at first sight, second chance romance, Alaska villagers to a beachcomber billionaire, a rodeo clown to a Greek tycoon. Sweet and sassy tales that will keep you grasping your Kindle ’til the battery runs out. Keep your charger handy! You won’t want to miss any of these stories by award-winning, bestselling authors!https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FDQ42QX

How about our most recent edition to our Unforgettable series? UNFORGETTABLE CHARMERS – UNFORGETTABLE HUNKS  (The Unforgettables Book 12), also FREE on Kindle Unlimited or 99 cents:

Why Not Take a Chance on This Collection?

Meet the reckless and fierce, yet determined and persistent charmers that women can’t resist, especially when they shed their aloof façades to reveal their tender and passionate true natures. They are the Unforgettable Charmers who will captivate your hearts.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors have composed beautiful love stories that range from sweet to spicy, with romance and suspense, to keep you entertained by their charming heroes and the heroines who fall under their spells. You will, too, while reading Unforgettable Charmers. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07VCQZ9X6

If you’ve made it this far, I’d like to share one of my favorite easy recipes, perfect for a quick dinner after a peaceful day at the beach:


1 Package of frozen cheese mini-ravioli
1 Shallot
½ carton grape tomatoes, halved
½ cup white wine (or more) to taste
1Tbsp. Olive oil
2 Tbsp. Butter
2 Leaves of Fresh basil
Salt and pepper if desired.

Lightly simmer the shallots and the grape tomatoes in the olive oil for 5 minutes until translucent. Meanwhile, cook the ravioli according to the instructions. Add the butter and wine to the shallots and tomatoes, whisking gently for another 5 minutes, and add the basil. By this time, the ravioli should be done and drained. Add it to the skillet mixture, gently toss, and Voila! You have a simple, delicious dish guaranteed to satisfy the most finicky of palates.

Oh, and if you haven’t already, please be sure to enter our monthly giveaway. We’re giving away gift cards, print books, and free eBooks!

Have a safe, and wonderful Holiday weekend, everyone! Hugs!

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About Susan Jean Ricci

A USA Today, Award-Winning Author, Susan Jean Ricci is best known for her Cindy's Crusades Series, starring the hilarious duo Cindy and Jay DeMatteo. These characters were first introduced in the multi-award winning novel Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems, and return to entertain you in its sequel The Sugar Ticket. Look for the soon to be published, and final saga Don't Bruise the Bananas 2020. Cindy and Jay's mischief making lives on in these shorts: A Sweet Snafu, Christmas With Niagara, His Sacred Vow, Passion's Secret Ingredient, and Turning up the Heat. Please also consider the other stand alone works of fiction and short stories in Ms. Ricci's collection, with more to come later this year. A member of the RWA, The Authors' Billboard, and the Independent Authors' Network, several of Ms. Ricci's titles have been recognized as the Women's Outstanding Fiction Winner in the IAN 2016 and as IAN finalists in 2017, 2018, 2019.

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