Memories and New Beginnings

July is drawing to a close and with it concludes a jumble full of memories to me – some are bittersweet sweet and some are endearing on so many levels.

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a widow and my late husband’s birthday was July 5th. Here’s one of my favorite pictures of Joe and I – it was taken the Christmas we got engaged. Looks like he’s tickling me, right? For sure this man tickled my fancy.

Our wedding anniversary was July 11th. We were married on a white sandy beach in Hawaii. Joe always planned something special for Our Day, and I miss the wholesomeness of US more than I can say. He was the love of my life. He and I collaborated on my first novel Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems, and to our delighted surprise, the story became an award winning, bestseller. For this I am extremely blessed.

“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.” https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009BDJ5X0

After Joe died in May 2019, I was encouraged to make new and special memories with friends and family. My daughter Stacey took me to see Frozen in NYC in July 2019 – that was a fun, exciting evening and we dined on lobster rolls before the show – who doesn’t love lobster?

I also attended the RWC in New York City as a visitor last July 2019, and met up with my sweet friend Stephanie. We had a grand time and it’s my hope once the Covid 19 pandemic is under control, NYC will reopen in all its glory, as well the rest of our beautiful world.

Fortunately, life moves forward and this July I’m humbled and honored to be a participating author in many of The Authors’ Billboard Collections, including our new, number one release Sweet and Sassy Summertime: Volume One.

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As you cruise into August, I pray you and your families stay safe, healthy, and embrace those blessings you have tucked in your memory bank – they will surely keep you rich and looking forward to the future.

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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.

4 Replies to “Memories and New Beginnings”

  1. Susan I totally get it. I lost my husband 3 and a half years ago after over 30 years together. It was tough going, but making new memories with family and friends helps. I still tear up when those special days come around or something triggers a memory, but it has gotten better. I can remember with a smile as well as a tear. You are on a good path and I wish you all the best.

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