About Susan Jean Ricci

A late bloomer to the writing life, Susan Jean Ricci's been mighty busy the past six years. The award-winning, internationally read, From Women's Pens author and humorist, Susan's best known for her series of works titled Cindy's Crusades that includes two novels, Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems and The Sugar Ticket, the short chronicle Twilight and Chickadees, and a collection of short stories titled Heart Marks the Spot. Susan's novel Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems is a Multi Award winner. Its Sequel The Sugar Ticket placed first for Outstanding Women's Fiction category in the IAN 2016. The sassy My Sexy Chef won a second place award in the novella category via the Global Ebook Awards 2016, and has inspired the hot sequel Chaos in the Kitchen. Susan also specializes in short stories and novellas. Included are Christmas shorts, but she favors the romantic or humorous side of the equation, and that's what you'll find about her writing the most.

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:

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.

If you haven’t already, be sure to enter our monthly giveaway. We’re giving away gift cards and free books! Enter Here and Join the fun! https://authorsbillboard.com/

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

We’re Lighting Up the New Year #MGTAB

As we stow our Christmas décor until next year and say so long to 2019, many of us are left seeking the balance between the darkness and the light, and that can only mean focusing on our inner creativity to brighten the future.

That aura of energy is where we go to embrace the joy of writing and reaching out to others. New Year’s Eve will come and go, but not the written words we offer – and there are many to tempt you into burning long hours on your Kindle. While some of our group ventures into fantasy and romantic, paranormal delicacies, some write about true-life situations, historical, or humorous equations of life ‘s idiosyncrasies – in short, we have something for everyone – and it’s all about the love.

Whichever genre you favor, you can bet we’ll have your backs. The lineup of anthologies, collections, and stand-alone novels we have in mind for 2020 will delight your senses, and blow your minds.

So pending our delicious new reveals, The Authors’ Billboard would like to entertain you with a few of our most recent collections: Presenting Christmas Shorts

The Authors’ Billboard has a special holiday treat for you this year! Spanking new short stories – from the naughty and the nice list – to add fun to your 2019 season and keep your spirits high.
Eighteen of our masters of romance have contributed to this incredible deal for your entertainment this Christmas. Eat goodies, drink hot toddies, read, enjoy, make wishes and… dream.
**NOTE: Some stories contain Adult Content**

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07ZMSNB1L

Looking for a little more intrigue instead? No problem! Please check out this captivating collection: Unforgettable Charmers: Unforgettable Hunks:

Meet the reckless and fierce, yet determined and persistent charmers that women can’t resist, especially when they shed their aloof façades to reveal their tender and passionate true natures. They are the Unforgettable Charmers who will captivate your hearts.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors have composed beautiful love stories that range from sweet to spicy, with romance and suspense, to keep you entertained by their charming heroes and the heroines who fall under their spells. You will, too, while reading Unforgettable Charmers.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07VCQZ9X6

How about some Sweet and Sassy in the Snow?

Spirit me away from icy loneliness, shelter me with warm hugs, and cover me with soft kisses!

Find forgotten (or new) passions in this box set of winter and snow-themed romances by award winning novelists. From Navy aviators to bad boy escorts, lawyers and park rangers to exotic dancers, join our troupe as they battle betrayals and kidnappers, strong emotions and challenging weather to survive and find comfort in each other’s arms. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MQS5K5K

From my personal catalogue and released in November, I’m delighted to offer Sparkles of the Season:

During his son’s visit with Santa, an instant attraction between the injured football player and the widow turned photographer changes everything.
Sonia and Lars’s flirtation is encouraged by both their single parents, but will a hot kiss in the backseat of a limo inspire the young couple to move forward without the parents’ intervention?
Embrace the fun when Sonia’s mom and Lars’s dad alleviate their yesterdays and prove by example that happily ever after’s do exist – Complete the equation with the lure of the Holidays as these four people rediscover the magic of Christmas, with a New Year’s surprise.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07ZKCGDV5

Please don’t forget to enter our monthly contest – YOU can win Amazon Gift Cards and Other Super Goodies: https://authorsbillboard.com/

Wishing you all the Joy of a Healthy, Prosperous and Happy New Decade!

What’s Going On?

Everything to heat up YOUR Kindle, that’s what!

Halloween will soon be over, leaving you with much needed R & R (Reading and Relaxing) time before the holiday season arrives.

So, without further ado, let’s get to it…

I’m doing the Happy Dance ~ my new baby is now available for pre-order! Sparkles of the Season: “Savor the Christmas spirit as two unlikely couples rediscover love and commitment, after a magical meeting with Saint Nick.” Just 99 cents~

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Get it here: https://www.amazon.com/Sparkles-Season-Susan-Jean-Ricci-ebook/dp/B07ZKCGDV5

Bonus: Here’s some tempting new collections to indulge your favorite pastime, and brand new Christmas anthologies The Authors’ Billboard is eager to present ~ ALL are 99 Cents, or Free on Kindle Unlimited:

Available Now! Sweet and Sassy Heroes

Presenting…a new anthology starring a daring display of heroes in action. These men are every woman’s dream come true! Whether fighting to save their families, hot detectives in pursuit of the truth, young sweethearts facing difficult choices, or a strong man offering a broken woman comfort, this SEVEN book box-set from NY Times and USA Today Bestselling authors will get your heart pounding and keep you turning pages long into the night. Get it Here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07YK2XYS4

Available Now!  Unforgettable Christmas Dreams: Gifts of Joy (The Unforgettables Book 14)

As they seek peace, joy, and family life, these dedicated heroes and heroines struggle to heal wounded hearts, reveal dangerous secrets, travel to find a loved one, hide from danger, and work to save desperate patients. But their greatest wish is to bring holiday happiness to those around them. To you, our dear readers, we offer these gifts of joy at Christmas time.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors have mingled Christmas dreams and composed beautiful love stories that range from sweet to spicy, with romance and suspense, to keep you entertained and dreaming in Unforgettable Christmas Dreams. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07ZCBXNRY

Christmas Shorts

The Authors’ Billboard has a special holiday treat for you this year! Spanking new short stories – from the naughty and the nice list – to add fun to your 2019 season and keep your spirits high.
Eighteen of our masters of romance have contributed to this incredible deal for your entertainment this Christmas. Eat goodies, drink hot toddies, read, enjoy, make wishes and… dream.

Now available for Pre-order: 99 Cents ~ Delivered to your Kindle on November 14, 2019 https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Shorts-Mimi-Barbour-ebook/dp/B07ZMSNB1L

Don’t forget to enter our Monthly Giveaway! You can win Amazon Gift Cards, eBooks, and More – Click Here to Enter: http://authorsbillboard.com

Enjoy your week ahead!

Seasonal Changes And Genre Swapping #MGTAB

While we step into Autumn and adjust to its whims, I’m reminded of the changes a busy author can embrace or forgo, when it comes to her writing.

For those of you who don’t know me, I began my professional writing career penning within the romance/humor genre around 2010. My first successful novel Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems began as a journal I’d been keeping when I was contemplating entering a relationship with a possible boyfriend. Originally I’d thought to publish the story as a nonfiction piece, until a workshop leader at the Philadelphia Writer’s Conference suggested I present the story as fictionalized nonfiction.

Many months later, and after my marriage to Joe, I self-published Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems which won several prestigious awards, and for that I remain humbled and grateful. Although I soon penned a sequel called The Sugar Ticket, unbeknownst to me, my muse was about to turn traitor and venture into uncharted territory.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00G767LJY

“From the award winning Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems, the beloved Cindy and Jay DeMatteo return in the sequel The Sugar Ticket, a tale that chronicles their marital journey as they attempt to alleviate a sour past and embrace a sweeter future together. Enjoy their light-hearted humor and occasional rants, while they meet their daily tribulations head on. Cheer them on as they face the most fundamental challenge of all: Staying in love forever.”

When I was invited to join the Author’s Billboard three years ago, the opportunity to work with these talented, award-winning, bestselling novelists presented the opportunity to embellish my RomCom comfort zone, and explore other avenues such as suspense, mystery, and sexual innuendo. However, the comedian that encompasses sixty percent of my muse continued to insert hints of humor into all of its endeavors, while taking chances on genre swapping – which according to many in the writing industry claim is a big no-no, and confuses a reader’s fan base.

Example: Turning Up the Heat – A genre switcheroo and FREE this weekend:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075L4FSWL

“Mark and Malibu are happily headed towards matrimony, until an old adversary sabotages their plans with a devious scheme. TURNING UP THE HEAT has the perfect recipe for every reader’s taste. With Romance as the main ingredient, add a pinch of Suspense and a dash of Mystery for an Unforgettable Main Course that’s sure to satisfy your reading hunger.”

So, my point is when an author sticks with her dynamic and original genre of choice, the success rate of her series/novels is probably greater than mine, and well deserved. I may be a ‘genre-hopper’, but at the end of the day, I’m still penning comedy in all of my stories, whatever their current label, and having fun doing it, too.

Speaking of dynamic reads, catch up on one of our Christmas collections, to put you in the mood for the Holidays. Sweet and Sassy Christmas – A Time for Romance –

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B076GBDV98

“Some are Sweet and some are Sassy. Eleven holiday romances to captivate and seduce. NYT & USA Today bestselling authors have joined together to bring you tales from early America, abandoned puppies, military heroes, doctors and more. Get a warm drink, find a comfy seat, and enjoy an armchair cruise into the world of Christmas lovers and their unique stories.”

Oh, and if you haven’t already taken advantage of The Author’s Billboard Contest, please do so – We’re giving away Gift Cards, eBooks and other prizes! Just click on this link to enter: http://authorsbillboard.com

Happy Autumn, Everyone!