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.

Odd Facts: What is it about the Number Twelve?

Happy midweek between Christmas and the New Year! For some reason, I’ve been thinking a lot about the number twelve today. For example, The Twelve Days of Christmas and how at twelve o’clock midnight this Saturday, the world will begin a new journey around the sun which will hopefully bring us into a clean year with more ups than downs –

Earlier while browsing through my memories on social media, I saw a few significant life changes that happened twelve years ago today: I became engaged to the love of my life, my brother and his lady came to visit me and, the four of us took the train to New York City for a few days to celebrate the new year.

During the trip, my brother took his lady for a carriage ride in Central Park and at twelve o’clock noon, proposed to her.

All this got me wondering why it seemed certain aspects of life seem to revolve around the number twelve, and this is what I discovered on the net:

“The number 12 is strongly associated with the heavens—the 12 months, the 12 signs of the zodiac, and the 12 stations of the Moon and of the Sun. The ancients recognized 12 main northern stars and 12 main southern stars.”

Also: “Number 12 spiritually is associated with reaching a higher consciousness and experiencing spiritual growth. and Angel number 12 is a sign from our angels that good things are on the way to those who are positively focused and trust in the universe.”

Not to mention this number’s significance in The Bible. “Number 12 typically means perfection or authority—and is often used in the context of government. For instance, because Jacob has 12 sons, they form the 12 tribes of Israel. Then we see Jesus chose 12 disciples, and the disciples later replaced Judas Iscariot with Matthias to keep the number at 12.”

I also thought it a cool coincidence I’d recently finished writing my twelfth Christmas book, and it’s available on pre-order now:

“A nanosecond changes the lives of two strangers from the same town forever when they connect during vacation half a world away.

From the moment Dagger sets eyes on Jinx, her image is eternally embedded in his heart and mind – luckily for him, her mutual feelings are sultry and hot.” Only 99 cents! https://www.amazon.com/Double-Lead-Susan-Jean-Ricci-ebook/dp/B0BQ7NV5HF

Thanks for reading and may the New Year bring you nothing but joy and contentment. Until next year…

Holiday Fun – Past and Present, Plus a Giveaway

Now that the USA has kicked off the most wonderful time of the year with our Thanksgiving Day celebration, there’s no need to point out the obvious. Click the link for a Fun Video and enjoy my Christmas Hello! https://www.facebook.com/watch?ref=search&v=1217521251641569&extenal_log_id=097243b9-cc73-46df-80cb-7e8d3c8084e8&q=dancing%20santa%20claus%20video

For me, there are treasured, bittersweet moments combined with the excitement ahead – so, I’ll just caption a few of my favorites and bring you up to date on our latest stories, Christmas and otherwise.

This was mine and Joe’s first Christmas.

My brother Eddie and I – he went to Heaven this past July.
My Grandson Logan wishes you all a Merry Christmas.

Also, some of my friends and I are sponsoring a Christmas giveaway and will be gifting Pay Pal cash, eBooks, and swag. 🎄Books That Sleigh Author Giveaway🎄

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Next, I’m thrilled to announce my Christmas story RIPPLES UNDER THE SEA was a finalist in the Independent Author Contest in TWO categories, Holiday story and Novella. Nothing stirs an author more than having one of her books recognized where the competition is fierce via other prolific and award-winning authors. Get it here: https://www.amazon.com/Ripples-Under-Sea-Christmas-Tale-ebook/dp/B09RZK21TH

I also have a New Release tomorrow called SING ME A SOAP OPERA, a fun tale about a fantasy author bamboozled into a writing assignment that’s not her cup of tea. Available here for just 99 cents: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BKVDR6XY

Our latest Christmas anthologies are joyful, romantic collections ranging from sweet to spicy stories, and always happily ever afters. Here are two sure to entertain you during your down times from Holiday preparations.


Filled with hope, joy, and happily-ever-after, along with a lot of cuddly cuteness, you won’t be able to resist reading these EIGHT HOLIDAY ROMANCES featuring BRAND-NEW, NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED steamy stories from New York Times & USA Today Bestselling, Award-Winning Authors. Get this sugar and spicy collection here: https://www.amazon.com/IRRESISTIBLE-UNEXPECTED-CHRISTMAS-Tamara-Ferguson-ebook/dp/B0BDVPXY3P

And, Another Beautiful Collection!
Celebrate the season with ELEVEN New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Authors as they spin a variety of romances – second-chances, romantic comedies, smalltown, paranormal, historical, beach-theme love stories, and more – in this Unforgettable Miracles of Christmas collection.

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Get your copy of Unforgettable Christmas Miracles here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0BL998MT6

Thank you very much for reading and wishing you a wonderful Christmas and Holiday Season. So long for now!

Make Believe

Sometimes people get tired of pretending they’re all right. Ever notice that?

If the person who’s the faker is me, I step away from negative quicksand and count my other blessings. But it ain’t always easy. I miss the love and fun me and my late husband had.  

How lucky to have a creative side to fall back on, when my family isn’t around to provide an emotional lift or bothering a treasured friend seems cringe-worthy. Let’s face it. Having a job or hobby that brings you joy can clear the fog of unhappiness if it’s used. Cherish its existence and carry on.

If you’re seeking to find a way of achieving self-satisfaction or to step out of a personal prison, think about what would please you and bring it to someone else. Everyone has a hidden talent. This is how I view the process of writing a story. If I can make one person smile, or think about something else besides a personal problem, I feel fortunate indeed.

My Christmas story Double Lead is finished and is included in this wonderful collection

IRRESISTIBLE – UNEXPECTED CHRISTMAS releasing November 4th and ready for pre-order now: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0BDVPXY3P

It’s the Most Magical Time of the Year…
And love might be right around the corner for these unattached couples when sweet, clever canines of all shapes and sizes come packaged as unexpected Christmas gifts.

Filled with hope, joy, and happily-ever-after, along with a lot of cuddly cuteness, you won’t be able to resist reading these EIGHT HOLIDAY ROMANCES featuring BRAND-NEW, NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED steamy stories.

I have a new story releasing for pre-order this weekend, and I had fun writing it, too.

Sing Me a Soap Opera:

“There’s always more to relationships, between the starting gate of your dreams and the finish line of happiness. And sometimes the lucky ones even get a second chance.”

You’d never know it by the way Kendal Harper fights her destiny…

A publisher strong-arms a widowed fantasy author into writing a romance story about love with a co-worker and the conflicts that may arise, using a huge financial advancement as bait. After several failed attempts to complete her assignment, the author accepts a position as a practice manager at a physicians’ office where she learns this job does not support the necessary diagnosis to solve her problem either – until an attraction that’s likely to go nowhere grips her hard, fast, and maybe forever.

Just for fun with a lesson in human nature, The Charming Chameleon is on sale for Halloween:  

When a playful, sensitive man delivers a pizza to a serious-minded young lady, will the old adage ‘opposites attract’ hold true and make believers out of such contrary people?

Pierre’s facial defects from a near-fatal accident are a far cry from the scars consuming his soul and leads him to conceal his true face from the world, but Aimee Josephs is about to change all that.

As karma intervenes and leads the way on the couple’s behalf, will Aimee’s feelings for Pierre be enough for him to reveal his true nature to the woman he’s fallen hard for? 99 Cents or FRR on Kindle Unlimited:

https://www.amazon.com/Charming-Chameleon-Loves-Salvation-ebook/dp/B09BCDBQHW

Remind you of anyone?

Thank you for hopping by and have a beautifully creative weekend, no matter what your talents are.

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Adopting a Dog

And I thought it was tough getting a date…

I have been cautiously debating whether to date or not – but it seems men my age look for women twenty years younger than I, which I think is ridiculous but that’s not my point. I’m trying to adopt a doggie. It’s time. My Emma has been gone four-plus years.

I want a young adult, housebroken female that walks nicely on a leash. Medium-sized. You’d think there’d be thousands out there waiting for homes and I have put in half a dozen applications over the past several weeks. Adopting a dog is a process and rescue shelters/organizations are very particular about who they match their animals up with, which is good when you think about it.

Yesterday I attended an event held by several rescue orgs, and the dog I went to see was so pitifully scared she hid under a table covered with a cloth and I couldn’t coax her out. Maybe some people don’t care if they bond with the dog before bringing them into their homes, because when I contacted the volunteer I was working with, and said I was going to pass on the dog, she told me there were several applications for her anyway. I watched that dog for over an hour after trying to make friends with her, but I didn’t see much bonding going on between her and any other humans.

I do have an application in for another young female (in transit from another state) and if she’s meant to be my new roommate, she will, as I’m a big believer in destiny. Speaking of destiny, I recently wrote a story about two dogs who bring their owners together called Casey’s Charade.

Here’s the blurb:

 “Two years after being abandoned by her lover, Casey Wagner hides behind a profession shrouded with secrecy. Her anonymity and that of her clients are key and keep everyone content until her dog escapes her care and is returned by an attractive, young neighbor.

Royce Cooper is zesty, captivating, and knows how to play a good game of poker. With his talent for bringing out the best in people, Casey considers leaving her unconventional job and the past to start anew with this interesting man – if their dogs approve of their humans’ blooming relationship that’s getting hotter by the second.” On Sale for 99 cents or read FREE with Kindle Unlimited. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09PGXYSYW

I’m very excited to share our new collection will live on August 30th but you can preorder it now: IRRESISTIBLE – Madly In Love With A Coworker: IRRESISTIBLE – Madly In Love With A Coworker:

“Sometimes, love just happens. When you find that special someone, hopefully, it’s convenient.
But what if it’s not?
What if you’re madly in love with a coworker?
Workplace romance can sometimes be complicated, but always unique. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09WMQJWC5

Find your next IRRESISTIBLE happy-ever-after IN THESE NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED STEAMY STORIES From USA Today Bestselling, Award-Winning Authors.” Just 99 cents or free on Kindle Unlimited.

Enjoy your Sunday and thanks for reading!