Is That Paprika on Those Thighs?

I’ve sometimes wondered if anyone knows what kind of agonies some authors go through to choose a title for their stories. Some of mine have come easily, but over the years, I’ve gone through more torture coming up with an engaging title than you might think.Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems

Take this one: Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems: I wrote this one in collaboration with my late husband, and the reason we chose this title was that we were over fifty when we met (Dinosaurs), it was about internet dating and courtship, and Joe had a special knack with the cherry stems you find in cocktails.(*Wink*) If you’d like to read the story, it’s Book One of a Six Story Series called Cindy’s Crusades and you can find it here

Our publisher Tamara Ferguson had no trouble entitling our beautiful new set IRRESISTIBLE SECOND CHANCES, Seven IRRESISTIBLE couples risking it all for their second chance at love…

Find your happy-ever-after in these BRAND NEW, NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED STEAMY STORIES From New York Times & USA Today Bestselling, Award-Winning Authors.
TWO HEARTS CAPTURED by Tamara Ferguson, USA Today Bestselling Author: Injured severely and suffering from PTSD, wounded warrior Zander Atkinson is struggling to move forward with his life. When the girl that he rescued as a child appears in his life seventeen years later after her life is threatened by a stalker, can he be strong enough to save her—along with himself?

BEGIN AGAIN by Natalie Ann, USA Today Bestselling Author: They say you never forget your first. When everything changes in Liz’s life, she discovers returning home is the only option. She didn’t expect to run into Christian Butler again nor find out he’s still the same boy she’d fallen for as a teen.

THE SPARK OF LOVE by Alicia Street, USA Today Bestselling Author Tired of always choosing the wrong men, Julie has given up on love. But when she runs into the guy she left behind, his panty-melting gaze and heartwarming smile make her want to believe in second chances.

I LOST MY VIRGINITY AT THE CLOCK MOTEL by Suzanne Jenkins, USA Today Bestselling Author: Gina Perez lives a sheltered life in Mexicantown, a good Catholic girl protected zealously by her mother, Angel. When she meets Freddie Papadakis, captain of the rival high school football team, it’s going to take more than Angel’s overprotective radar to keep Gina safe.

WHERE LOVE ECHOES by Rachelle Ayala, USA Today Bestselling Author The last time Ava saw Cruz, he left her standing at a bus stop with a broken heart. Twenty years later, she is hired by Cruz’s ex-wife to orchestrate a lavish destination wedding at a secluded Caribbean resort, Unexpected Paradise.

IT’S A MATCH by Susanne Matthews, International Bestselling Author: They were a perfect match—until she caught him with another woman. When Marissa canceled the wedding and left her hometown, she refused to listen to Zak’s explanations. Now, she’s in the UK for her sister’s wedding and so is he, determined to set the record straight.

A DELICATE REUNION by Susan Jean Ricci, USA Today Bestselling Author: Melanie Hutchins, a widow with a young child, has recovered from a relationship with the CIA Agent who left her long ago until he strides up the sidewalk and back into her life. Does he really expect her to take up where they’ve left off and forgive him for leaving her to raise their child alone? Or is there a secret he needs to share about his long absence?

I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer and, as always, we thank you for reading our stories. As a special treat, some of the authors of The Author’s Billboard have put together what we entitle a Book Bites collection, which is a FREE book of sample Romantic Suspense stories so you can get a sense of what you might like to purchase going forward. Our latest is called: Book Bites: Protectors (Book Bites Romances 1)

Inside this collection, you’ll find chapter samples of eleven incredibly exciting books. Our hope is that you’ll be so thrilled, you’ll have to continue reading. Best of all, it’s FREE on all venues!

Many of the authors are NYT & USAT bestselling authors who understand that a reader loves to get snippets of a story before clicking that buy link. We’ve gathered these together to make the journey easier for you.
Since this is the perfect way for you to find your next book, we also hope it becomes a trail of discovery to a fresh author and her backlist.

Mimi Barbour – Special Agent Walker
Patricia Rosemoor – Fake ID Wife
Rachelle Ayala – Preying Heart
Dani Haviland – The Midwife’s Son
Rebecca York – At Risk
Denise Devine – Small Town Girl
Susanne Matthews – Sworn to Protect
Calinda B. – Gravestones
Taylor Lee – Forbidden
Cynthia Cooke – Deadly Secrets, Loving Lies
Susan Jean Ricci – Evasion

Enjoy your week and stay safe. xo

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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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