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.   

Fun WIth My Family in July 2023

In between creating stories, I was lucky enough to travel with my oldest daughter to Isla Mujeres, Mexico in March, checked out Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, Orlando, in May, and had a lovely Florida cousins’ reunion in June. Don’t get me wrong, writing’s my passion, but floating around here and there since my beloved husband resides with the angels has become a thing. However, I must say this past month was excellent fun because we just stayed around where we live.

This is my youngest daughter and me earlier this month when we had a lunch date at a local seafood restaurant near the ocean. It amazes me how much our shore area has to offer, and I understand why tourists flock to the Jersey Shore. Since I grew up here, the gifts our beach town has to offer were often taken for granted – it’s crazy when you live in a super cool area all year long and don’t pay homage to it, right?

My cousin Kathleen and her family recently visited New Jersey from Michigan – Kathleen’s a Jersey girl and I always look forward to July when she returns to her roots – and what a wonderful time we had!

My story Sharing Sea Glass is based on my childhood adventures at the ocean. It’s about a young woman who gets swept out to sea while collecting sea glass and is rescued by a young British man who’s recently moved to the Jersey shore to continue higher education. If you aren’t familiar with sea glass, it’s broken glass that’s been softened and worn into beautiful pieces of glass people like me collect. It sometimes takes over half a century, or more, for sea glass to become useful for jewelry or suitable for seaside decorations. These days, you’re lucky if you can find any at all.

Sharing Sea Glass is part of our latest Unforgettable collection entitled Unforgettable Love: Unforgettable Wonders (The Unforgettables Book 10), and you can purchase it here for just 99 cents, or free on Kindle Unlimited. https://www.amazon.com/Unforgettable-Love-Wonders-Unforgettables-Book-ebook/dp/B0C6L2RRFT.

This Unforgettable Romance Series box set collection will give you tingles and set your heart atwitter. Join these talented and award-winning ladies on incredible and diverse journeys, where lovers find each other for the first time – sometimes under difficult or seemingly impossible conditions – or are reunited by fate after being torn apart by situations or deceptions.

I’m also offering my hurricane tale in this story set in July called Braving the Wild Elements – for those who like a little steam with their humidity if you get my drift.

“Two softhearted sisters throw caution to the wind and rescue a stranded hitchhiker during a mandatory evacuation. Add a homeless veterinarian for good measure and learn the secret of how all four weather the elements during an unexpected hurricane – especially behind closed doors when they face the passionate storms brewing in their hearts.”

Get it here for just 99 cents or read it free on Kindle Unlimited. https://www.amazon.com/Braving-Wild-Elements-Loves-Salvation-ebook/dp/B08F3BQKPH

Thank you always for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your summer. Please don’t forget to check out our monthly newsletter where you will find Free eBooks, Bargains, and New Releases – If you’re not already a member you can also sign up for free – Here: https://authorsbillboard.com/

PS: Go to the boardwalk and indulge in a soft serve like my grandson up there! xoxo

Welcome to a Blog Within a Blog

Hoping I don’t get into hot water here, but I’d like to take this opportunity to announce I finally have a new website and I’d be delighted if you’d help me celebrate by looking it over – the premises are still in the bare bones stage, but that’s where my author buds will come in – https://www.susanjricci.com/blog

I’m looking for guest authors to interview. Here’s the rest of the site and I appreciate your time https://www.susanjricci.com/

Now let’s down to the Author’s Billboards new releases for this month and what you have to look forward to this summer.

We’re back to pre-pandemic prices! All the Unforgettable Book Collections are just 99 cents or free to read on Kindle Unlimited. Here are a few: https://authorsbillboard.com/book-bites/

Attention: New Release: Unforgettable Love: Unforgettable Wonders (The Unforgettables Book 30) Once again, the amazing writers of The Authors’ Billboard have come together to bring you a box set filled with amazing stories of Unforgettable Love: Unforgettable Wonder. The 30th in the Unforgettable Romance Series box set collection will give you tingles and set your heart atwitter. https://www.amazon.com/Unforgettable-Love-Wonders-Unforgettables-Book-ebook/dp/B0C6L2RRFT

Fantastic News: Both Sweet & Sassy New Beginnings and Irresistible Christmas Pets to the Rescue have been selected for Prime Reading on Amazon during June, July, and August – Here are the Set Photos and book links:

Despite thwarting dogs and Mother Nature’s wrath, these couples fight to begin again and forge a new path. Sometimes their second chances arrive where they least expect them or even wave through a window. Whether best friends, co-workers, or strangers, these men, and women struggle with roadblocks that pop up all around them. https://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Sassy-Beginning-Romance-Book-ebook/dp/B098PLHBMT


It’s a season for miracles. FALL IN LOVE with SEVEN BRAND-NEW, NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED STEAMY CHRISTMAS STORIES From New York Times & USA Today Bestselling, Award-Winning Authors https://www.amazon.com/IRRESISTIBLE-CHRISTMAS-RESCUE-Tamara-Ferguson-ebook/dp/B08HSBJGBW

Have a wonderful rest of June and thanks for joining me today. As always, please try to hope by and visit our monthly page, for new releases, free and bargain books, plus AUDIO. Right here: https://authorsbillboard.com/

Happy Reading!

Dedicated Service

Sunday Blessings, one and all. I was stumped for a while about the content of my post on this Memorial Day Weekend. Then I thought it might be timely to share a few loving memories about my late husband, Joe, and his military service in the US Navy.

While Joe was still with us, I wrote a fictionalized story about his service in the US Navy, as he was very proud of the time he dedicated to our country. Although he had a horrific accident when he was stationed in Bermuda which shortened his military career, he still managed to work as a civilian on aircraft engines at the Lakehurst Naval Base in NJ after his honorable discharge, which is very close to where we lived, and I still do now.

The story is called Dedicated Service and is free on Amazon today through tomorrow, and although I took some literary liberties with the main character’s family life and romantic endeavors, the details of his enlistment, boot camp, and education, plus the accident and grueling recovery are very real. Joe was a very good historian. https://www.amazon.com/Dedicated-Service-Susan-Jean-Ricci-ebook/dp/B07WHBLPVC

The Blurb: “Michael Burke, the rising star baseball player of his high school class, rethinks his future plans after someone dear to him dies in Vietnam.

As Michael’s goals collapse along with his dreams, he forgoes a college scholarship and puts his marital intentions on hold with his high school sweetheart Ellie Roberts.

Will Ellie be able to endure Michael’s sudden decision to join the Navy and leave her behind? Can she sit by the sidelines and wait while Michael overcomes his nightmares regarding his brother’s death?”

I hope you’ll pick it up and someday find a few hours to read it, and I’d like to wish you a safe and happy remainder of this holiday weekend. Please remember those who’ve served our country over the years, throughout the wars, and have given their ultimate sacrifice, so we can presently enjoy the privilege of liberty and all the perks that go along with it.

Thanks so much for reading – (Joe was a major baseball fan) – and see you next time. Please don’t forget to visit our webpage for Free books, Sales, Collections. and Audiobooks right here: https://authorsbillboard.com/

When Motivation’s the Key to Success…

Many writers thrive best in a group environment, and I’d like to share a few reasons why this has come to work best for me as an author. Let me begin by thanking our leader Mimi Barbour for inviting me to join the gang, but in order for you to fully grasp how cool this was for me, perhaps you might listen to what Mimi had to say about The Authors’ Billboard, on a podcast hosted by Rolland and Craig at Hidden Gems.

During the podcast, Mimi explains how the Author’s Billboard originated and where we’re possibly headed as a group. The show is entitled Fully Booked – Rising Together: How Writer’s Groups Foster Community and Collaboration and you’re welcome to watch or listen to it here: https://www.hiddengemsbooks.com/podcast/writers-groups-foster-community-and-collaboration

Mimi is an inspirational and devoted organizer in charge, to say the least, and it took a tremendous effort to get such a large group of writers on the path to success. I’m one of about thirty-two others who are blessed to have benefited from her hard work and the combined talents of the other authors who make the Author’s Billboard Organization function so beautifully.

Being a proud member of this organization, I want to briefly mention a few thoughts of my own about our book business and my place in the Billboard that may surprise you. Mimi invited me to join the group in 2017 and, by agreeing to do so, this has become one of the best decisions I’ve made career-wise – and this tight unit of women also became the rock that anchored me after the death of my husband two years after I was aboard.

These women cared for me as a person and not just as a commodity. There have been a few of us who’ve suffered serious losses, including Mimi, and it’s my sincere hope I’ve reciprocated my consolation to the ladies who needed it, just as they did for me. Anyhow, back to our purpose as authors with the Billboard…  

Here’s one of our beautiful collections: UNFORGETTABLE BLESSINGS: UNFORGETTABLE MIRACLES, Book 26 of the series. (Remember, we started out with Book One). You can get it here for just 99 cents https://www.amazon.com/Unforgettable-Blessings-Miracles-Unforgettables-Book-ebook/dp/B09W1T9BSCUnforgettable Blessings

I’ve grown to love the process of storytelling with a writing prompt – that is when a suggestion is shared within the group about a premise – perhaps a new set may be about single daddies or bachelors who claim they will never marry, whatever. We as members have the option to either participate in a set or not. This is how collections and anthologies are conceived.

We’re also a group that invites other authors to share their books in our weekly newsletter, but we’d be out on our collective rear ends without the readers who keep coming back to us for more. So thank you all very much for being such loyal fans.

We are so lucky our fanbase loves to read Christmas stories all year long. Here’s a collection called IRRESISTIBLE – UNEXPECTED CHRISTMAS which is still in the top ten in Christmas stories for just 99 cents, and you can get it right here: https://www.amazon.com/IRRESISTIBLE-UNEXPECTED-CHRISTMAS-Tamara-Ferguson-ebook/dp/B0BDVPXY3Christmas Romance

All of our sets are available through Kindle Unlimited all year long and thanks so much for joining me today. Please stop by and visit The Author’s Billboard page here. https://authorsbillboard.com/ We have new deals for May just ahead, so stay tuned.