When Joy Prevails With Mixed Emotions

Personally, February presented me with a whirlwind of ups and downs – First, I traveled to California to visit my youngest brother Don and his lovely wife and, in spite of my fear of the coronavirus outbreak, had a terrific time visiting Disneyland during the busiest weekend of the year – President’s Day Weekend. The wine tasting tours were nothing to sneeze at, either.

While I was staying with Don, I needed to do a conference call with social workers, case managers, nurses, and supervisors regarding my brother Eddie, many of whom you know is physically and mentally challenged – and now very ill. The conference call was to set up palliative care for him, a challenge for all parties concerned since he resides in a group home with minimal staff. Long story short, he’s currently on hospice at the group home with 24/7 care, but will not be receiving treatment for his pancreatic cancer. (This is a bummer.)

Christmas 2019

Professionally speaking, February has been outrageously joyful for several reasons. Before I left for California, our new Romance collection IRRESISTIBLE VALENTINE (Irresistible Romance Book 3) went live and achieved a Number One New Release Status in the Love and Romance category, among others on Amazon almost immediately – which brought professional cheer to a sore heart since this author’s story is associated with an Amazon Bestselling Set. The best part? This Collection was Published via the sweat and tears of the talented, Internationally Read, USA Today Best Selling Author Tamara Ferguson. She’s amazing!

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Then, just this past week, The Authors’ Billboard launched its FIRST Romantic Comedy Collection, another set I’m privileged to have contributed to: Cute But Crazy: Wacky, Wonderful Women: Enjoy EIGHT side-splitting tales of love and screw-ups from this international slate of USA Today and NY Times Bestselling Authors. With gracious thanks to the Multi-Talented Dani Haviland, an Internationally Read, USA Today Best Selling Author who harbored a dream and inspired the other authors in this set with her wisdom, clever words, and total patience to make this set rock and cares for us all. Take that curtsy, woman! You deserve the lime light here!

Undeterred by misadventures and challenges, these strong-willed ladies take life and love by the ears, embracing the men they have chosen through good times and bad. Furious ex-wives – ghosts and angels with their own agendas – the challenges of PTSD and imaginary friends – even Cupid, chickens, and a bumper crop of marijuana won’t get in the way of true love for these wacky, wonderful women. You can call them cute. Just don’t call them crazy.

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These wonderful collections have only been made available during the past three weeks – so, if you’re a reader with romance, suspense, humor and lover’s hijinks embedded in your mind, these are your current, go-to collections. I promise you’ll love them.

Hey, I’d certainly be remiss if I didn’t mention our fearless leader, the incomparable Mimi Barbour, the New York Times Best Selling Author who made certain we were all able to follow our dreams, via her expert guidance. If I were to write a story about Mimi, I’d call it She’s A Joy to Work With.

One more thing: As always. The Authors’ Billboard is about to hold their March 2020 Reader’s Contest – You can win Amazon Gift Cards, FREE eBooks, and have a dang good time. Won’t you join us here > http://authorsbillboard.com

Thanks a bunch for tuning in! I appreciate you.

#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.

8 Replies to “When Joy Prevails With Mixed Emotions”

  1. Hi Susan, I do pray your brother receives the medical care he needs. We are now so understaffed in the care homes over here. I have a mother of 98 years and needs special care. I just hope the home is not closed.
    Your posts always inspire. I agree wholeheartedly Mimi is a Joy to Work With along with our Wonder Woman Dani Havilland they keep the show rocking.

  2. Thanks so much, Jacquie – I saw him earlier today and he looked a bit perkier than last time. Of course it could’ve been the stuffed doggie I brought him for his birthday, xoxo

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