Hearts and Flowers

Today I had a heavy duty doctor visit and thankfully the news turned out great – which kind of left me breathless on many levels, now let’s get to it.

I began counting my blessings, so please excuse me as I brag about my kids a little – My oldest daughter owns a travel agency and employs about fifty agents. She’s living her dream, but it’s damn hard work. Her oldest, my twenty-three year old grandson, works for Fox News in NYC. He’s a video editor, the guy who edits the ticker tape you see running across the bottom of your TV screen.

My middle daughter is divorced and a single mom who recently left a great job at our local hospital she’d worked for fifteen years, to become a medical assistant at a physicians’ practice so she can spend more time with my four year-old grandson. I admire her choice, even though it means a decrease in pay. Being a single mom full time is difficult, but she steps up to the challenge and I love her.

My son is a Senior Advertising Executive for a firm in NYC – he sells ads to the NFL, the MLB, et al, for those pricy programs sold at professional sporting events. His wife, my daughter in law, is a special needs teacher, and they’re planning a family of their own.

Oh, and look who’s here ~ my brother Eddie and my grand dog Barkley.

Anyway, I think about these kids when I feel blue about losing Joe, but realize I can’t live through my children. I have to live my own life and move on. That’s where The Authors’ Billboard comes in – these talented, award-winning authors are my sisterhood, and I’m privileged to have them as friends, and to work beside them as fellow writers. They inspire me to work hard, even when I don’t feel like turning on the computer, BUT once the computer’s up and running, I’m compelled to write, especially when a premise starts making me giddy (God, don’t ya love it?), or we’re planning new stories for our many anthologies ~

Speaking of anthologies, we’re about to go live with our Irresistible Valentine Collection in a few days, just in time for the most romantic day of the year – and if you haven’t gotten around to pre-ordering it yet I invite you to do so!

Find Your Irresistible Valentine…

Celebrate the season of love with EIGHT BRAND-NEW, NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED STEAMY STORIES From Nine New York Times & USA Today Bestselling, Award-Winning Authors

Ranging from fun and flirty to semi-sweet and suspenseful, this amorous collection of stories will not just hold you captive through Valentine’s Day; it’s romance you’ll find IRRESISTIBLE all year long.

This collection is available for pre-order here  – Read for FREE on Kindle Unlimited or only 99 cents! That’s a whole lot of love!

Get it here: https://www.amazon.com/IRRESISTIBLE-VALENTINE-Irresistible-Romance-Book-ebook/dp/B083BZD46H

My new stand alone Valentine novelette A Sweet Snafu is now available, too, and there’s a reason behind this short:


Blurb: There’s never a dull moment with these two…
From the award-winning novel Dinosaurs & Cherry Stems comes a little snippet of what marriage and its financial challenges bring to a relationship when Jay the accountant retires and lowers the boom on his wife Cindy’s on-line shopping habits. 
As the couple struggle to make ends meet, Valentine’s Day is fast approaching.
“I don’t care. I’m not going to be that wife who goes stingy on her husband’s Valentine’s Day gift,” she maintains. “But I did promise Jay to forgo using my credit card. So, what’s a woman to do on the most romantic day of the year?”
Reluctant to keep secrets from Jay, yet determined to make their Valentine’s Day memorable, Cindy devises a plan to keep the spicy romance flowing in their marriage.
She can only hope Jay will return the favor.

Read for FREE on Kindle Unlimited~ https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B083ZS8BPJ

A Sweet Snafu is actually a prequel to something I’m working on about my favorite character’s final journey ~ a fictionalized, nonfiction story called Don’t Bruise the Bananas. Please look for it sometime in May.

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Happy Valentine’s Day in advance! May all your wishes come true! #MGTAB @mimisgang1

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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.

7 Replies to “Hearts and Flowers”

  1. So loved your post. It was inspiring and heartwarming. I am so glad you had such wonderful news from the heavy duty doctor and enjoyed reading of your lovely family. Your grandson is such a cute smile – as do the others.
    Yes it is a lovely feeling when the hint of a story becomes a rush of energy and turns out to be a gem to write.
    Have fun writing. and even more fresh ideas.

    Love and best wishes,


  2. I loved the blog, Susan and was so pleased to see there was a nice comment for your story also on Triberr. I’ve added it here and want you to know that I said thank you to Keta from you also.

    Keta Diablo8 hours ago
    That’s great news. Happy for you, You go, girl!

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