Susan Jean Ricci

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.

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!

Summer Reading and My Favorite Seafood Recipe

I don’t know about you, but I’m loving the warm weather that’s finally arrived – especially after the longest winter on record, both in the US and Canada.

To celebrate summer’s arrival, my Multi-Award Winning Novel DINOSAURS AND CHERRY STEMS is on sale for just 99 cents during June and July.

Here’s the blurb:

Twice divorced, cynical Cindy Layton feels like a relic with prehistoric baggage, and doubts she can muster the courage to establish a new relationship, even if it’s on her own terms. 

Her journey out of the Stone Age hits freaky, hilarious turbulence when she joins an Internet dating service. The scammers and weirdoes she meets in cyberspace make Cindy want to crawl back into her cave, until she receives an accidental email from Jay DeMatteo. 

Jay has the dating blues, too, but after meeting Cindy, reconsiders his options. Now it’s up to him to convince her it’s never too late to pursue a meaningful relationship, even when a couple is struggling with midlife adolescence.

Get it here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009BDJ5X0

Its Award-Winning sequel THE SUGAR TICKET is also on sale, featuring newlyweds Cindy and Jay DeMatteo.

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. Join these two midlife adolescents as they learn how to gently overcome their marital hurdles.

Cindy and Jay are always stepping out of the box of normalcy. Never a dull moment with these newlyweds as they explore new adventures, both the humdrum and exhilarating. 

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.

Interested? Get it here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00G767LJY

After their marriage, Cindy and Jay have an extended family. Here’s what the reviewers are saying in this engaging, summer story FALLING FOR NIAGARA, featuring Jay DeMatteo’s son Jace.

Review by Amazon Customer:

Niagara Falls is one place most honeymooners visit. It’s romantic, powerful, and a force of nature. It also may have a bit of magic mixed in. Two single people show up at the Falls, each one for their own particular reasons.

Destiny, fate or something else alerts one of these people to the other. From that moment on this couple knows they are meant to be. They are forever linked. How about you? Think destiny or fate lends a hand at times?

Such a romantic book – It will pull you down in your chair on page one and won’t let you go until THE END. It’s touching and beautiful while still being funny. Well written and with characters you’d find in anywhere, this book will lighten your heart considerably.

Ms. Ricci seems to be able to put words into thoughts in a way that will have you shaking your head in agreement. Just a touch of whimsy keeps you involved. I really like this one.

Available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01EPI6SNU

Another of my favorite stories originates at the Jersey shore where I grew up, and begins with one of my favorite pastimes as a child – gathering sea glass, where the breakers meet the sand. SHARING SEA GLASS

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FMWWK7M

Emotional Rescue: Jo & Peter are waves away from falling in love unless Jo’s emotions are based on hero worship after a near drowning incident. Peter’s attraction to Jo is more than physical, so does fate have an agenda savvier in mind? Plus there’s that Uber guy…

If you’re into anthologies (and who isn’t), find your perfect match with SWEET AND SASSY AT THE BEACH, twelve titillating tales of love at first sight and second chance romances. Pretend the ocean’s tickling your toes with these great beach romances, guaranteed to sweep you away! FREE on KU or just $0.99 You’re just one click away from Rapture.

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, USA Today Bestselling Authors! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FDQ42QX

If you’re a seafood lover, here’s a light easy recipe to tickle your palate.

Lemon Butter Scallops or Shrimp:

  • 2 Tablespoons virigin olive oil
  • 1 pound of scallops or shrimp, brought to room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced (or 1 tablespoon of minced garlic)
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine, or seafood broth
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • Lightly simmer the garlic in the olive oil and butter, five easy minutes in a large skillet. Add the white wine, or the broth if preferred, and the lemon juice. When thoroughly heated, slowly add the seafood of your choice. Turn each piece with a tong after 3 minutes, and simmer 3 minutes more. Serve over rice, but I prefer Orzo. Sprinkle with the parsley and Voila! You’ve a delectable dish easily serving two – three hardy appetites. Want to get crazy? Double the ingredients and invite some guests! I promise they’ll thank you.

Wait a minute ~ Did I mention we’re running a giveaway? Are you interested in winning a gift gift card or a free book? Click here http://authorsbillboard.com to find out more details on this month’s contest! Good Luck and have a Happy Summer!

#MGTAB @mimisgang1

Spring Sparkle and Soaring










The business of writing is a boon to the soul. This past month I’ve been forced to undergo a new lifestyle. As many of you will concur through your own experience, jump-starting into an unknown future is both daunting and exhilarating.

I treasure the memories…

You know the butterflies tickling your belly when you either release a new story, or read one that that makes you say, “Ah?” Those flutters remind me of the time Joe and I went to California and took the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway up the Chino Canyon 18,00 feet up into the clouds, with my brother and his bride. Joe was scared silly and refused to venture onto the rotating platform, while me and my family embraced the scenic view far above the earth.

I’m telling you, we were high enough to imagine we were looking down from an aircraft,
and reminding us of that Soaring attraction in Walt Disney World – exhilarating.

Creating a story is a labor of love, but if an author’s muse has been damaged by personal crisis, it needs time to heal and reflect on better days gone by, as it awaits some semblance of normalcy to return. That’s the daunting part – However, through loving support from its advocates and the natural instinct to fashion entertainment for readers, a muse just needs a little help from its friends, when it’s just a little out of tune.

Please enjoy this selection from The Beatles – the words will explain why my muse is on the road to recovery: https://youtu.be/0C58ttB2-Qg

Speaking of oldies but goodies, why not savor some Spring Sparkle from these fabulous boxed sets by these NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Authors of the Billboard? All Collections are FREE on Kindle Unlimited or just 99 Cents!

“Strong and protective heroes, yet loving and tender men that every woman yearns to meet. Fall in love with our Unforgettable Heroes and fantasize about them for months.
They don’t come along very often, but when they do, they can turn your world upside down and rip the heart out of every woman who dares to love them. The variety of stories we’ve chosen to add to this collection are meant to entertain you.” https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B073RR3PW8
“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

“Come into our world, where guardian angels protect you, Fountain of Youth water revives you, and supernatural beings comfort you. Eight paranormal stories with romance and happy ever after endings by eight award winning and bestselling authors. Enjoy the ride into our mystical fantasies filled with superb entertainment!” https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07D96TQHH



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Thanks for reading and, if you’d like to learn more about me, please visit my author page on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1O9fqt4

#MGTAB @mimisgang1 #SpringSparkle