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.

Help Your Kin Painlessly

Yesterday there was a medical emergency regarding my special needs brother which required me to speak to our Medicare provider, only they wouldn’t talk to me…even though I am his sister and legal guardian.

So, here’s a tip on how to solve a problem before it becomes one if you or a relative need an intervention on your behalf due to an illness or HIPPA matter.

Just because you have legal paperwork on hand stating you are who you claim to be, it has to be submitted to the proper channels at the onset. I answered all of Medicare’s dumb identifying and trick questions, but if your legal power of attorney isn’t on file, they will not budge, and you can’t help who you’re trying to help. I was trying to get his coordination of benefits corrected for an upcoming doctor appointment, but whoever set up his profile in the organization that sponsors his living arrangements never put me down as a contact person. It was maddening.

Simply provide any power of attorney or guardianship paperwork to the proper channels before you become ill, so your loved ones don’t get as frustrated/angry as I did yesterday.

Anyhow, here’s a story I wrote about me and Eddie, although I took some literary liberties and changed our names. RUNNING ON ALL FOURS is based on our lives and what it was like to be raised with a severely handicapped sibling back in the days before specialists or support groups existed. It’s available on all venues and here’s the link:

https://books2read.com/u/mVaNqM

If you’re into something lighter, I also have a fun story on pre-order right now called A Whole Lot of Everything. “When a kidnapped social worker dressed as a nun seeks help from a bartender still on parole, a whole lot of everything’s about to commence.”

Available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Whole-Lot-Everything-Loves-Salvation-ebook/dp/B0B3VDWYSC

Last but certainly not least we have EIGHT never before read stories coming up in IRRESISTIBLE: Madly in Love With a Coworker – Preorder Now! Plenty of love to go around! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09WMQJWC5

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.

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Have a safe and happy summer!

A Long Weekend for Reflection and Reading

While we take an extra day to reflect on the courage of our deceased military heroes, may I suggest setting aside some reading time as well, beginning with a few of my favorite collections and new releases? Stories that not only won’t break your piggy banks but will take you to places you didn’t know were worth visiting. For example, how about Florida?

I’m ecstatic to share my new release Just Horsing Around is currently a Number One New Release in its category – Here’s the blurb:

Bella Sinclair has loved her neighbor, farrier Joshua Gable, her entire life, but love is blind and so is he, until a scoundrel Julian Martino moves to town. As Julian’s sinful antics disrupt their peaceful co-existence, if there were any to begin with, he inadvertently releases the couple’s smoldering attraction while they combine their efforts to rid their neighborhood of his unwanted presence.

Please join these two horse ranchers turned sleuths as they endeavor to purge their neighborhood of an unsavory character who’s destroying their precious Florida wetlands – and confront falling love in the process.

Or how about our Irresistible Bad Boys (Irresistible Romance Book 11)

You know you should stay away.
Everything about him spells trouble.
But that’s what makes him irresistible…
Find your happy-ever-after with not just one, but SIX IRRESISTIBLE BAD BOYS in these NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED STEAMY STORIES From New York Times & USA Today Bestselling, Award-Winning Authors.

My story Capture Me, Darling is about a young woman who aspires to teach underprivileged children the joy of dancing, but doesn’t have the capital to do so. Enter Flynn Metrona, a wealthy widower who offers to finance her studio – NO STRINGS.

This story can be found in our brand new collection UNFORGETTABLE BLESSINGS: UNFORGETTABLE MIRACLES.

“The biggest blessing is knowing how blessed you are.”
An event, a person, a tangle of situations: all can lead to encountering that certain wonderful person who makes our heart wake up and zing!
Come into the worlds created by these eight NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Authors. Share the lives of these common yet profound men and women as they discover their Happy Ever Afters, their moments to glow with joy. Be there at their sides when their treasured romances blossom before them, as they give thanks for their perfect love.”

A Milestone Birthday – Is That What They Call It?

Cinderella’s Glass Slipper

I bet all of you can relate to the passage of time – especially when it involves your own life. When I was a kid, I thought it would take forever to become a grown-up, and once that happened, in the blink of an eye I woke up one day and found I was a widowed gramma – one with many blessings, though, and hopefully privy to a few more blinks.

My oldest daughter Stacey treated me to a Disney World trip for this particular old-lady birthday where I was treated like a princess.

We stayed at the beautiful Coronado Springs Resort, had yummy dinners, lunched at the Grand Floridian, and then she took me to a Dessert Party at the Cinderella Castle, with a front-row view of the fireworks.

On our last day, we went to Disney Springs and had a wonderful lunch at The Landing, and shopped. We had a most spectacular time, despite the fact my walking was a bit of a struggle, but that’s another tale for another time.

Before we left for Florida, I released my fun-loving tale Ripples Under the Sea as a single and it can be read for FREE on Kindle Unlimited. https://www.amazon.com/Ripples-Under-Sea-Christmas-Tale-ebook/dp/B09RZK21TH

Here’s the Blurb: “Join marine biologists Merrilee & Travis as they’re swept away by the current of love in this charming tale of aquatic antics, sorrow, and separation as they live their dreams, and then some at the most wonderful time of the year.”

This story is also included in our Christmas collection entitled Unforgettable Christmas Promises: Unforgettable Blessings (The Unforgettables Book 24) Here’s the blurb: Ten New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Authors bring you stories of love, wonder, and surprises. With puppies, mermaids, talking dogs, letter-writing snowmen, department store Santas, firemen, feuding families, and holiday traditions, these tales promise to make your Christmas merry and bright. So, grab your favorite yuletide beverage, curl up on the couch by the fire or in a beach chair by the ocean, and enjoy Unforgettable Christmas Promises, brought to you by THE AUTHORS’ BILLBOARD. http://uct/B09KZ2CC9X

As for me, my latest novella Just Horsing Around is available for pre-order: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09Z282QB7

Here’s the blurb: Bella Sinclair has loved her neighbor, farrier Joshua Gable, her entire life, but love is blind and so is he, until a scoundrel Julian Martino moves to town. As Julian’s sinful antics disrupt their peaceful co-existence, if there were any to begin with, he inadvertently releases the couple’s smoldering attraction while they combine their efforts to rid their neighborhood of his unwanted presence.

Please join these two horse ranchers turned sleuths as they endeavor to purge their neighborhood of an unsavory character who’s destroying their precious Florida wetlands – and confront falling love in the process.

Thanks for reading my blog and savor every second of your existence. It goes by so fast. My current work in progress, Capture Me, Darling, touches upon that very subject. You will find that story in this exquisite collection: Unforgettable Blessings: Unforgettable Miracles (The Unforgettables Book 26)

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09W1T9BSC

“The biggest blessing is knowing how blessed you are.”
An event, a person, a tangle of situations: all can lead to encountering that certain wonderful person who makes our heart wake up and zing!
Come into the worlds created by these eight NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Authors. Share the lives of these common yet profound men and women as they discover their Happy Ever Afters, their moments to glow with joy. Be there at their sides when their treasured romances blossom before them, as they give thanks for their perfect love."

Humanity…

I think a few members of humanity have forgotten the true reason we’re actually here…

The horrific invasion of Ukraine by Russia and Putin’s war crimes frightens me and I can’t pretend otherwise. I can, however, offer temporary escapes in the form of our latest releases, especially for our lovers of clean, clever romances or the steamy kind, fraught with humorous diversions, and lovers’ suspense.

“You know you should stay away.
Everything about him spells trouble.
But that’s what makes him irresistible…

Find your happy-ever-after with not just one, but SIX IRRESISTIBLE BAD BOYS in these NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED STEAMY STORIES From New York Times & USA Today Bestselling, Award-Winning Authors.” https://smile.amazon.com/IRRESISTIBLE-BOYS-Irresistible-Romance-Book-ebook/dp/B09P8MFQJ7

My latest release has been getting some FIVE-star love.

“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.” https://smile.amazon.com/Caseys-Charade-Susan-Jean-Ricci-ebook/dp/B09PGXYSYW

How about our Cute but Crazy Quirky Careers? This is the fourth installment of our Romantic Comedy Series, and we at the Billboard doubt it will be our last!

“What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever heard of? An ostrich groomer? A Lego inspector? A toothpick tester? How about a barroom Santa, exotic dancer, or a woman who repairs chain saws and lawnmowers?

Some of your favorite Romantic Comedy authors are returning with NEW stories to take the edge off the hassles of the day and life in general. The Word Wranglers of the Wacky, Wonderful Women, Ditzy Dudes, and Unique and Unpredictable CUTE BUT CRAZY box set collections have taken on another topic: Quirky Careers.” https://smile.amazon.com/Cute-But-Crazy-Quirky-Careers-ebook/dp/B09GYKGCGM

How about a Pre-Order where mermaids swim with the dolphins? Guaranteed to make you sigh, “Aw…”

“After Merilee earns a coveted position at an aquarium, she discovers the love of a lifetime with Travis Swanson, a fun and flirty whale expert who says seals bore him, but not cute mammal trainers who perform with the dolphins.” https://smile.amazon.com/Ripples-Under-Sea-Christmas-Tale-ebook/dp/B09RZK21TH

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