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.

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!

About Life, Reading and Yummy Food

Good morning, my lovelies – I’ve recently had a life changing event and, although my inner essence is more flubbed up than usual, this past summer’s adjustments have given me pause, knowing that I’m not alone.

You’re not either, because you have sisterhood.

Anyway, I had the good luck to spend a great day at the beach last week with my cousins from Detroit, which really made me feel happy, because they’re as nutty as me, and a cool comfort!

So, as we approach the Labor Day weekend, many of you may be thinking how fast the summer sped by, and what we may have to look forward to before the season is over.

Here’s some great news: If you’re fortunate enough to live near an ocean, like I do, September is a lovely month to visit the beach – the weather is still warm enough to bask in the sun, with sunscreen protection, of course, and to enjoy a more peaceful interlude with the sea minus the tourists who’ve now returned home.

If you’re like me, I enjoy the serenity of an ocean backdrop with a good story in hand. Luckily, I’ve plenty of suggestions for those of you who thrive on great storytelling – new releases and multi-authored collections, enough to appeal to every reader’s taste and desire.

Here’s some of my favorites – and so appropriate for beach lovers:

Jo Harrison is a lucky lady. Not only has the incredibly, handsome Peter Mattson saved her from nearly drowning, Jo’s Uber driver Tony is always around for her emotional rescue.
Here’s the glitch: Jo and Peter believe they’re inches away from falling in love, but are Jo’s emotions based on hero worship because Peter saved her life? Is Peter’s attraction to Jo only physical after watching her shower in a wet T-shirt?
Or, does fate have an agenda more everlasting in mind?
Come join these would-be lovers as they discover what made Asbury Park famous, and enjoy a fun ride in Tony’s Uber – You won’t want to miss this one! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FMWWK7M

My new release DEDICATED SERVICE just went live the 27th and I’m so pleased with this hunky cover – he’s so hot, right?

After someone dear to Michael Burke is killed in Vietnam, how far is he willing to go to avenge the tragedy, and still preserve the relationship with the love of his life?
As a high school senior, Michael’s two passions are marrying his sweetheart Ellie and playing major league baseball after college.
Now the shock of his loss causes a hasty turnabout. Will Michael’s determination to avenge his heartbreak isolate him from Ellie, or deepen their love?
Cheer for these bold, young lovers as they face reality’s roadblocks together, and fight for their future dreams. https://www.amazon.com/Dedicated-Service-Susan-Jean-Ricci-ebook/dp/B07WHBLPVC

Interested in a feisty RomCom? Maybe this is your next Kindle addition.

She shuns the law – He’s sworn to uphold it – A romantic comedy

Being sentenced to community service isn’t how Eva Polstick planned her Miami get away. 
After she and her Mustang zoom past his radar, Trooper Sebastian Sherman ignores Eva’s feigned innocence of the traffic violation. Deep down he’s tempted by her allure, but adheres to duty, and places her under arrest.
With no money to cover her fines and a bench warrant out for priors to boot, Eva’s confined to house arrest to carry out her punishment in the same community where Sebastian lives.
As a tentative friendship develops, Sebastian harbors secrets sure to end their fragile connection, but will he do his civic duty and share nothing but the truth?
Please join this unlikely couple as they cruise forward into a most arresting relationship – the jury’s out on this one.https://www.amazon.com/Speeding-Into-Love-Triplets-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B07VM5P278

Here’s one of my favorite multi-authored collections: SWEET AND SASSY AT THE BEACH – GET SWEPT AWAY – FREE on Kindle unlimited or Just 99 cents~

From the Arctic coast to tropical beaches, Greek islands to the Jersey shore, love and romance swell with the tides. Find your perfect pair with Sweet and Sassy at the Beach, twelve titillating tales of love at first sight, second chance romance, Alaska villagers to a beachcomber billionaire, a rodeo clown to a Greek tycoon. Sweet and sassy tales that will keep you grasping your Kindle ’til the battery runs out. Keep your charger handy! You won’t want to miss any of these stories by award-winning, bestselling authors!https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FDQ42QX

How about our most recent edition to our Unforgettable series? UNFORGETTABLE CHARMERS – UNFORGETTABLE HUNKS  (The Unforgettables Book 12), also FREE on Kindle Unlimited or 99 cents:

Why Not Take a Chance on This Collection?

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

If you’ve made it this far, I’d like to share one of my favorite easy recipes, perfect for a quick dinner after a peaceful day at the beach:

Ingredients:

1 Package of frozen cheese mini-ravioli
1 Shallot
½ carton grape tomatoes, halved
½ cup white wine (or more) to taste
1Tbsp. Olive oil
2 Tbsp. Butter
2 Leaves of Fresh basil
Salt and pepper if desired.

Lightly simmer the shallots and the grape tomatoes in the olive oil for 5 minutes until translucent. Meanwhile, cook the ravioli according to the instructions. Add the butter and wine to the shallots and tomatoes, whisking gently for another 5 minutes, and add the basil. By this time, the ravioli should be done and drained. Add it to the skillet mixture, gently toss, and Voila! You have a simple, delicious dish guaranteed to satisfy the most finicky of palates.

Oh, and if you haven’t already, please be sure to enter our monthly giveaway. We’re giving away gift cards, print books, and free eBooks!

Have a safe, and wonderful Holiday weekend, everyone! Hugs!

@mimisgang1 #MGTAB #SummertimeReading #Recipes

Summer Reading Extravaganza

Since we’re on the cusp of entering the final month of summer, I’d like to suggest several dynamic collections to enhance the rest of your summer reading – and will also take you into autumn, once the kids go back to school!

All of these beautifully written collections are FREE on Kindle Unlimited or just 99 cents~

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FDQ42QX

From the Arctic coast to tropical beaches, Greek islands to the Jersey shore, love and romance swell with the tides. Sweet and Sassy at the Beach provides twelve titillating tales of love at first sight, second chance romance, Alaska villagers to a beachcomber billionaire, a rodeo clown to a Greek tycoon. 

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

Pre-Order Now! 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 – Unforgettable Hunks 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/B07MQS5K5K

Has your summer gotten too hot to handle? Check out: Sweet and Sassy in the Snow: Find Your Winter Romance! 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/B07D63DJXR

“With this ring I thee wed,” says the groom, and the bride smiles, always beautiful, always dreaming of a happy future

Celebrate true love and commitment with SWEET and SASSY WEDDINGS – Happily Ever After Romances, with nine breathtaking stories from New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors, all award-winning authors.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07JMHB9ZW

Need something with a little heat? Get captivated by Unforgettable Thrills – a bundled set of saucy, mind-blowing suspense stories of Passion and Power that will stoke your desire, build a hunger for thrills, and then feed you with a banquet of romantic delights you hope will never end. Our strong, savvy heroines conquer overwhelming odds with their ingenuity and skills – their protective heroes bringing pleasure beyond expectations.

As for me, I’m a USA Today, Bestselling Author Penning Romance, Humor & Other Genres – and I have a Pre-Order happening right now!

Speeding Into Love: Book Three of the Triplets Trilogy

https://www.amazon.com/Speeding-Into-Love-Triplets-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B07VM5P278

“She shuns the law – He’s sworn to uphold it.” Being sentenced to community service isn’t how Eva Polstick planned her Miami get away. 
After she and her Mustang zoom past his radar, Trooper Sebastian Sherman ignores Eva’s feigned innocence of the traffic violation. Deep down he’s tempted by her allure, but adheres to duty, and places her under arrest.
With no money to cover her fines and a bench warrant out for priors to boot, Eva’s confined to house arrest to carry out her punishment in the same community where Sebastian lives
As a tentative friendship develops, Sebastian harbors secrets sure to end their fragile connection, but will he do his civic duty and share nothing but the truth?
Please join this unlikely couple as they cruise forward into a most arresting relationship – the jury’s out on this one.

I love to hear from my Readers
Find out more about my stories on my Amazon author page:
https://www.amazon.com/Susan-Jean-Ricci/e/B0094H8BEC

Hey, wait a second! Did you know we are running a giveaway? Are you interested in winning a gift card or a free book? Click here http://authorsbillboard.com to find out more details on this month’s contest!

Many thanks, stay safe, and enjoy the rest of your summer!