Did Covid Change My Life for the Better?

Yes, you read that right. After receiving both vaccinations in early 2021 and adhering to the suggested scientific data, Covid caught up with me anyway. Did I get sloppy? Maybe. I was in three different, public places within days of each other. But here’s the skinny – getting Covid may have changed my life for the better. Here’s one of the many reasons to stay healthy and quit smoking:

I felt so bad the possibility of dying entered my mind. Covid had landed inside my head, behind my eyes, invading my nose which was swollen beyond belief, behind my cheekbones – between my ears and encompassing my brain. I couldn’t keep my head upright for any length of time. It was like taking a melon and plunging it onto a spike a hundred times a day – the melon was my head, the spike my neck. I was alone – my kids left me some care packages, but the day-to-day things one does were a whole lot harder to deal with when there’s no one to ask for a glass of water.  

I was blessed I didn’t get the cough and laid around wherever I landed – from the bed to the couch or back to my bed – but I could breathe AND it was during this crazy awful time I quit smoking.

My sense of taste and smell is iffy but is coming back stronger than ever, thanks to eliminating nicotine and smoking from my life. I still feel like I have a cold coming on, but that’s NOTHING compared to the sinus/headachy/can’t go outside in the sun due to photosensitivity, or working on the computer. The screen was painful to look at until a dear friend suggested I adjust the white screen to a mild blue. This was after two weeks of abstaining from what I love to do most, and that is storytelling.

Now that I’m recovering, I’m tidying up my story for the new Cute but Crazy collection – Quirky Careers. Here’s my book description for Just Horsing Around. “Horse ranchers turned sleuths, Joshua and Bella endeavor to purge their neighborhood of an unsavory character who’s destroying their precious Florida wetlands – and confront falling love in the process.”

Just Horsing Around is included in the next Cute but Crazy: Quirky Careers Collection -it’s available for pre-order here and releasing December 12, 2021: https://www.amazon.com/Cute-But-Crazy-Quirky-Careers-ebook/dp/B09GYKGCGM

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Wishing you all a very Happy Holiday Season and I’ll leave you with a few of my personal Christmas favorites, written by yours truly and I hope you enjoy the video! I promise this will get you in the Christmas Spirit! https://www.youtube.com/watch?

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About Susan Jean Ricci

Susan Jean Ricci is a USA Today, Multi-Award-Winning Author, and 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. The third saga Don't Bruise the Bananas was released in 2021, and Ms. Ricci is currently composing the next story in the series Kissing Off the Maelstrom.    Cindy and Jay's mischief-making continues in these shorts: A Sweet Snafu, Christmas with Niagara, His Sacred Vow, Passion's Secret Ingredient, and Turning up the Heat. Ms. Ricci launched her new series Love's Salvation which includes other stand-alone works of fiction and short stories and, her pride and joy, the nonfiction, best-selling RONE Finalist Running On All Fours, and is penning Restoring Christmas Magic for her Love for the Holidays Series.     A member of the RWA, The Authors' Billboard, and the Independent Authors' Network, Ms. Ricci creates Women’s Fiction, Humor, Romance and Romantic Suspense. Many of her titles earned various awards and have been recognized as Novella and Holiday Novellas in the IAN 2022, Semi-Finalist in the Kindle Book Review Awards 2022, Novella Finalist with the IAN 2021, Outstanding Novella Award Winner with the IAN 2020, Gold Medal Award Winner in the Reader’s Favorite Awards 2020, and Finalist in the Outstanding Novellas Categories 2019,2018, 2017, the Women's Outstanding Fiction Winner in the IAN 2016, Bronze Award Winner for Humor in the Reader’s Favorite Awards and Silver Awards in the Global eBook Awards 2015.   

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