About Susan Jean Ricci

Susan Jean Ricci is a USA Today, Multi-Award-Winning Author, and 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. The third saga Don't Bruise the Bananas was released in 2021, and Ms. Ricci is currently composing the next story in the series Kissing Off the Maelstrom.    Cindy and Jay's mischief-making continues in these shorts: A Sweet Snafu, Christmas with Niagara, His Sacred Vow, Passion's Secret Ingredient, and Turning up the Heat. Ms. Ricci launched her new series Love's Salvation which includes other stand-alone works of fiction and short stories and, her pride and joy, the nonfiction, best-selling RONE Finalist Running On All Fours, and is penning Restoring Christmas Magic for her Love for the Holidays Series.     A member of the RWA, The Authors' Billboard, and the Independent Authors' Network, Ms. Ricci creates Women’s Fiction, Humor, Romance and Romantic Suspense. Many of her titles earned various awards and have been recognized as Novella and Holiday Novellas in the IAN 2022, Semi-Finalist in the Kindle Book Review Awards 2022, Novella Finalist with the IAN 2021, Outstanding Novella Award Winner with the IAN 2020, Gold Medal Award Winner in the Reader’s Favorite Awards 2020, and Finalist in the Outstanding Novellas Categories 2019,2018, 2017, the Women's Outstanding Fiction Winner in the IAN 2016, Bronze Award Winner for Humor in the Reader’s Favorite Awards and Silver Awards in the Global eBook Awards 2015.   

Hi and So Long, With Hugs…

Looking Forward: I’m thrilled to share my story will be done very soon and included in the Fake Fiancés collection, published by the award-winning, Bestselling, all over the place fabulous author Tamara Ferguson, and we’re looking forward to its release on May 7th.

A fake fiancé…
What started as a ploy transformed into something much much more.
But can a relationship based on deception survive?
Discover how these counterfeit couples finally find their happily-ever-after in these EIGHT BRAND NEW STORIES by New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Authors.

You can preorder it here> https://www.amazon.com/FAKE-FIANC%C3%89S-Tempting-Fate-Book-ebook/dp/B0CV82ZXQF

IN THE REARVIEW: About seven years ago, an outstanding and talented author named Mimi Barbour, the leader of Mimi’s Gang and famous worldwide with more awards and titles than I can count, adopted me into her writing family. Along with the joy I felt professionally, I was fortunate to gain about thirty sisters. It was a privilege not many authors obtain while they pen along during sometimes lonely careers.  

They taught me the skills necessary to succeed on some level in this very difficult industry. Some of them shared their joys and tragedies with me, and I was honored by their trust. Through this group, I was also able to connect with readers, make treasured friends in other parts of the industry, join organizations, and learn things I might not have figured out on my own. I’m very grateful.

I also don’t know how I would’ve gotten beyond the tundra after Joe died without the support of these outstanding, talented, and empathetic women. Sisters in theory who propped me up when it was difficult to stand, who gave me work to do (writing in sets). They gave me a purpose and I hope in some small way I’ve been able to return the many favors.

Some of you I’ve been lucky enough to meet in person, and some I hope to still meet. Please take a peek at my latest banner: Spring 2024. Probably two-thirds of these stories have been written with your help, your guidance, and your support, during my treasured time as one of The Gang.

Thank You for Everything, Ladies! You can always find me here: https://www.susanjricci.com/ https://www.bookbub.com/authors/susan-jean-ricci https://www.amazon.com/stores/Susan-Jean-Ricci/author/B0094H8BEC


See you soon!

A Belated Christmas Gift.

“I’ve become a dinosaur, a relic…” Dinosaurs and Cherry StemsAnd it’s true too, because I’m approaching a milestone birthday this weekend. There are no words of wisdom for me to share except to live happily and with kindness towards others. Try not to dwell on regrets because looking backward wastes time better served looking forward.

So, like a few of the other authors in our group, I was approached by Kindle Direct Publishing to see if I wanted to participate in their beta audio program, so I said what the heck, and went through the process with Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems, and its sequel The Sugar Ticket.

You can listen to a sample if you wish or just read the stories on Kindle Unlimited for free.https://www.amazon.com/Dinosaurs-Cherry-Stems-Cindys-Crusades-ebook/dp/B009BDJ5X0

The Sugar Ticket won First Place in the Women’s Fiction Category in the IAN several years ago . https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00G767LJY

Because I’m celebrating my birthday month this March, and LOVE giving away gifts, I’m offering RESTORING CHRISTMAS MAGIC for FIVE days FREE, beginning Friday, March 1st – 5th. Here’s the blurb:  

“In no mood for holiday cheer, songwriter Dalia Hayes is about to turn off the news when she sees Oliver, the man who recently deserted her, receive a Grammy nomination for a Christmas song Dalia had composed, and that he’s pirated.

Now she’s furious, in the depths of heartache, and is forced to play Nancy Drew to figure out how he pulled it off.” https://www.amazon.com/Restoring-Christmas-Magic-Love-Holidays-ebook/dp/B0CNT5YM57

Hope you enjoy the stories as we get just a little closer to Spring – Merry Belated Christmas.

End of the Year Slide Show

One of my kids gifted me these Writing Dice for banishing a block, and it’s a fun game to play with others, too. In my case, however, it’s been a matter of allowable time to blog. So here’s a snippet of my existence during the past few months in photos, with hopes a few render you a smile.

In September, I went on a cruise up the northeast coast to Maine, St. John’s of Fundie, and was dearly looking forward to visiting Halifax, the reason I booked the cruise in the first place, but the Captain turned the ship around due to several hurricanes barreling towards the east.

This is not my ship but a beautiful view of Maine, where I taught a dozen fellow tourists how to properly eat Maine lobster before we headed back to NYC and anchored in the Hudson for several days.

Next, I flew to Anchorage Alaska with my oldest daughter and her family. Our favorite excursion in Anchorage was a glacier cruise and wildlife tour onboard a ferry purchased from the Port Authority in Staten Island a few years back that had been a crucial part of ferrying first responders back and forth to downtown NYC on 9/11 – this is the Shadow Box onboard to honor those brave first responders.

The glacier above calved, meaning part of it broke off while we were taking photos, and sounded like thunder.

Next. we took the Alaskan Railway to Fairbanks which was an incredible ride because of all the scenery and wildlife we saw during the eight-hour ride. We passed Mt. Denali (one of our Billboard authors knows this place very well, lol) and I tried reindeer sausage during one of our meals on the train.

We stayed at a hotel in Fairbanks called Pike’s Lodge and I was super excited to learn that the Iditarod Dog Sled Race starts there now and then – AND, the Christmas story I wrote last year is featured on that dog sled race, so I was beyond excited to visit this place. My balcony view:

You can purchase Double Lead: Love for the Holidays, here for just 99 cents: https://www.amazon.com/Double-Lead-Susan-Jean-Ricci-ebook/dp/B0BQ7NV5HF

While in Fairbanks, we toured many areas and ‘things’ you hear about on television, or online: The Alaskan Pipeline, the Chena Hot Springs, the University, plus other museums, but our favorite activity was chasing Auroras in the middle of the night.

Which got us home just in time for my grandson’s third birthday and Thanksgiving.

I decorated my home for Christmas and honored my late husband and baby brother Eddie.

While preparing for the holiday, I squeezed in this year’s Christmas story.

You can get it here if you’d like: https://www.amazon.com/Restoring-Christmas-Magic-Love-Holidays-ebook/dp/B0CNT5YM57

Wishing you all a Very Happy, Healthy, and Safe New Year. Thanks for reading and may all your future adventures be the cool kind

Is That Paprika on Those Thighs?

I’ve sometimes wondered if anyone knows what kind of agonies some authors go through to choose a title for their stories. Some of mine have come easily, but over the years, I’ve gone through more torture coming up with an engaging title than you might think.Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems

Take this one: Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems: I wrote this one in collaboration with my late husband, and the reason we chose this title was that we were over fifty when we met (Dinosaurs), it was about internet dating and courtship, and Joe had a special knack with the cherry stems you find in cocktails.(*Wink*) If you’d like to read the story, it’s Book One of a Six Story Series called Cindy’s Crusades and you can find it here https://www.amazon.com/Dinosaurs-Cherry-Stems-Cindys-Crusades-ebook/dp/B009BDJ5X

Our publisher Tamara Ferguson had no trouble entitling our beautiful new set IRRESISTIBLE SECOND CHANCES, Seven IRRESISTIBLE couples risking it all for their second chance at love…

Find your happy-ever-after in these BRAND NEW, NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED STEAMY STORIES From New York Times & USA Today Bestselling, Award-Winning Authors.

TWO HEARTS CAPTURED by Tamara Ferguson, USA Today Bestselling Author: Injured severely and suffering from PTSD, wounded warrior Zander Atkinson is struggling to move forward with his life. When the girl that he rescued as a child appears in his life seventeen years later after her life is threatened by a stalker, can he be strong enough to save her—along with himself?

BEGIN AGAIN by Natalie Ann, USA Today Bestselling Author: They say you never forget your first. When everything changes in Liz’s life, she discovers returning home is the only option. She didn’t expect to run into Christian Butler again nor find out he’s still the same boy she’d fallen for as a teen.

THE SPARK OF LOVE by Alicia Street, USA Today Bestselling Author Tired of always choosing the wrong men, Julie has given up on love. But when she runs into the guy she left behind, his panty-melting gaze and heartwarming smile make her want to believe in second chances.

I LOST MY VIRGINITY AT THE CLOCK MOTEL by Suzanne Jenkins, USA Today Bestselling Author: Gina Perez lives a sheltered life in Mexicantown, a good Catholic girl protected zealously by her mother, Angel. When she meets Freddie Papadakis, captain of the rival high school football team, it’s going to take more than Angel’s overprotective radar to keep Gina safe.

WHERE LOVE ECHOES by Rachelle Ayala, USA Today Bestselling Author The last time Ava saw Cruz, he left her standing at a bus stop with a broken heart. Twenty years later, she is hired by Cruz’s ex-wife to orchestrate a lavish destination wedding at a secluded Caribbean resort, Unexpected Paradise.

IT’S A MATCH by Susanne Matthews, International Bestselling Author: They were a perfect match—until she caught him with another woman. When Marissa canceled the wedding and left her hometown, she refused to listen to Zak’s explanations. Now, she’s in the UK for her sister’s wedding and so is he, determined to set the record straight.

A DELICATE REUNION by Susan Jean Ricci, USA Today Bestselling Author: Melanie Hutchins, a widow with a young child, has recovered from a relationship with the CIA Agent who left her long ago until he strides up the sidewalk and back into her life. Does he really expect her to take up where they’ve left off and forgive him for leaving her to raise their child alone? Or is there a secret he needs to share about his long absence?

I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer and, as always, we thank you for reading our stories. As a special treat, some of the authors of The Author’s Billboard have put together what we entitle a Book Bites collection, which is a FREE book of sample Romantic Suspense stories so you can get a sense of what you might like to purchase going forward. Our latest is called: Book Bites: Protectors (Book Bites Romances 1)

Inside this collection, you’ll find chapter samples of eleven incredibly exciting books. Our hope is that you’ll be so thrilled, you’ll have to continue reading. Best of all, it’s FREE on all venues!


Many of the authors are NYT & USAT bestselling authors who understand that a reader loves to get snippets of a story before clicking that buy link. We’ve gathered these together to make the journey easier for you.
Since this is the perfect way for you to find your next book, we also hope it becomes a trail of discovery to a fresh author and her backlist.

Mimi Barbour – Special Agent Walker
Patricia Rosemoor – Fake ID Wife
Rachelle Ayala – Preying Heart
Dani Haviland – The Midwife’s Son
Rebecca York – At Risk
Denise Devine – Small Town Girl
Susanne Matthews – Sworn to Protect
Calinda B. – Gravestones
Taylor Lee – Forbidden
Cynthia Cooke – Deadly Secrets, Loving Lies
Susan Jean Ricci – Evasion

Enjoy your week and stay safe. xo