My Personal Website Was Hacked

GRRRR! I’m pretty angry – Although I know it’s not the end of the world (and it’s probably my own fault), when I was looking to update my website after a LONG absence, I discovered my pages were hacked and riddled with spam.

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Life’s been tough enough for all of us, with Covid 19 and all, and I’m glad to share I’ve been keeping up to date with my writing just fine. However, with Joe heading to heaven not long ago, my focus has been keeping occupied with making sure my family and friends are safe, and entertaining my readers.

Why do these idiot demons insist on ruining what we try so hard to achieve by hacking our social media??? I know I am not alone; plenty of other have to deal with hacking, too.

Anyhow, I’m bailing out from my old domain and pleading for advice: What are my options, in your opinion, and the easiest website for me to begin anew? Please leave your suggestions in the comment section below – I’d consider your help a major favor.

In the meantime, please consider two of my new stories for your Kindle – the first is on pre-order, and I promise it’s a fun read. You can preorder it here: https://www.amazon.com/Tumbling-Into-Midnight-Loves-Salvation-ebook/dp/B08ZY4W4RL

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I’ve also changed up an oldie but goodie titled His Sacred Vow – New Cover, Updated Content, and I hope you’ll be pleased. https://www.amazon.com/His-Sacred-Susan-Jean-Ricci-ebook/dp/B071F5NWTS

I hope by the time you get this post, the update is live – both of my stories are just 99 cents or Free on Kindle Unlimited.

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Now about those website suggestions…I’m seriously needy and totally need your assistance!

Happy Passover and a Blessed Easter to Everyone Who Celebrates from my granddaughter!

What’s on Your Christmas Wish List This Year?

The ‘Prose Composers’ at the Author’s Billboard are delighted to present our exquisite holiday collection DEAR SANTA: A Christmas Wish, a blend of holiday magic sure to capture your hearts. The set is filled with 18 brand new stories about characters who have special wishes to ask the big guy during this season.Get it here at any of your favorite venues: https://books2read.com/DearSanta.

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What better way to entice you to purchase our holiday set than a game of show, rather than tell? For your viewing pleasure, here’s our Dear Santa Video of Books: https://youtu.be/1fnKhSUO4vw

When my cover artist and I created the cover Cruising For Mr. Right for my contribution to the collection, I wanted my character to reveal who she wished to be as a woman, as opposed to maintaining the practicalities of her motherhood and the traditional Christmas with her family. What female in her right mind wouldn’t to savor the admiration of two attractive men?

Lisa Mitchell is a widow who allows herself to be swayed into doing something totally irresponsible. She books a Christmas cruise, hoping to find another chance at love, due to her yearnings of what can never be and loneliness. However, during the voyage, she discovers her dearest Christmas wish is to reconnect with her adult children, even if it means foregoing a possible romance on the horizon.

Let’s take a look at the internet flirtation between Lisa and Jones:

“Do you want to meet me that badly, or is this your version of a practical joke?”

            The drool-worthy guy on Lisa Mitchell’s laptop screen dimpled with a brisk nod.

            “I swear on my parrot I’m not joking, sweetheart. Think how healthy it could be for you to leave the cold Jersey weather in your dust and come sail with me. You can either stay in Orlando where the area’s familiar to you and drive to the seaport in Lauderdale, or there are several nice hotels near the dock with free transfers to the ship every forty-five minutes. Either way, it’s a win-win. For both of us.”

            Jones presented a strong case, but Lisa hedged, unable to commit to such an outrageous plan yet. “Well, yes, it all sounds doable in theory, but I’ve never been away for the holidays. What about my kids?”

            Her screen companion snorted. “Your kids are adults, aren’t they? Maybe they might surprise you.” He raised a brow and sent her an engaging grin. “Come on, Lisa. When was the last time you’ve done something totally selfish?”

            She had to chuckle at his logic, or the lack of it.

            “Never,” she admitted. “Especially not during holiday time. Maybe they’d be disappointed if I wasn’t home to host our traditional Christmas Eve party.”

            “So, how old did you say your son and daughter are?” he teased.

            “Jones, I told you last night Mathew’s thirty three and Amy’s two years younger.”

            “Your son’s married, right? Let his wife handle the Christmas Eve shindig. Why not put it out there you’ve decided to go on a cruise to the Caribbean because the rates are shockingly cheap? You don’t have to tell them it’s a singles cruise. Or, that you’ve been doing late night, flirty face times with a guy you met on an Internet dating site, and he’s the villain inspiring you to leave home at the most wonderful time of the year.”

What would the Christmas season be without a party? We are holding a Facebook Party- Simply click on the link to win lots of gifts at our ABB Party Place. Be sure to preorder the Dear Santa set so that you’ll have it this month. Here’s the links in case you missed them:

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We offer you a compilation of “FIRST CHAPTERS” from the upcoming 2020 collection of the year.

The long-awaited Christmas season will soon be here. Many readers enjoy stories about the holidays so, in this collection, we’ve tried to give you a peek at what awaits you.

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As for the authors at the Billboard, we too have a Christmas wish:

Please, Dear Santa:

For Christmas, we wish for our latest box set to be a bestseller. Thank you.

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The Beauty of Inspiration

Now that January is almost over, and our remnants of the holiday season are safely stored away, have you embraced the new year?

I have, and one of the reasons is because of the wonderful encouragement and support I have received from my readers.

What is the definition of inspiration? There are many, but I love this one:

“An uplifting influence on another person’s intellect, feelings or imaginativeness.”

I love reading, and, of course, writing. In many ways, reading allows us to armchair travel to exotic locales, cultivating excitement and inspiration along the way through our heroes and heroines.

Who needs inspiration?

Everyone. Your best friend, your children, your significant other. We can never offer too much inspiration and encouragement.

How can we offer inspiration?

By a light touch or word of comfort to a friend.

Sending cheerful emails.

Showing up at a hospital to cheer a loved one.

Quietly listening when your teenager complains.

Reminding your husband or significant other how special they are.

And lastly, as we begin this new year, evaluating the past with a different point of view. Go easy on yourself.

There is a bright 2020 future ahead, just waiting to be explored.

Is there someone in your life you can inspire this week? Please leave your comments below.

New Release! Inspirational Regency Romance! Seeking Rachel.

Rachel clashes with an arrogant ex-sea captain, and she remembers God’s promise: I will not leave you comfortless.

When Nash stumbles upon the outspoken Rachel, his weary heart sparks with life. Can he set a course for a future with her, and trust that God has prepared the way?

When faith is adrift, the heart is the compass leading the way home.
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Do people prove their worth by strength, or by character?

Seasonal Changes And Genre Swapping #MGTAB

While we step into Autumn and adjust to its whims, I’m reminded of the changes a busy author can embrace or forgo, when it comes to her writing.

For those of you who don’t know me, I began my professional writing career penning within the romance/humor genre around 2010. My first successful novel Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems began as a journal I’d been keeping when I was contemplating entering a relationship with a possible boyfriend. Originally I’d thought to publish the story as a nonfiction piece, until a workshop leader at the Philadelphia Writer’s Conference suggested I present the story as fictionalized nonfiction.

Many months later, and after my marriage to Joe, I self-published Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems which won several prestigious awards, and for that I remain humbled and grateful. Although I soon penned a sequel called The Sugar Ticket, unbeknownst to me, my muse was about to turn traitor and venture into uncharted territory.

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“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. 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.”

When I was invited to join the Author’s Billboard three years ago, the opportunity to work with these talented, award-winning, bestselling novelists presented the opportunity to embellish my RomCom comfort zone, and explore other avenues such as suspense, mystery, and sexual innuendo. However, the comedian that encompasses sixty percent of my muse continued to insert hints of humor into all of its endeavors, while taking chances on genre swapping – which according to many in the writing industry claim is a big no-no, and confuses a reader’s fan base.

Example: Turning Up the Heat – A genre switcheroo and FREE this weekend:

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“Mark and Malibu are happily headed towards matrimony, until an old adversary sabotages their plans with a devious scheme. TURNING UP THE HEAT has the perfect recipe for every reader’s taste. With Romance as the main ingredient, add a pinch of Suspense and a dash of Mystery for an Unforgettable Main Course that’s sure to satisfy your reading hunger.”

So, my point is when an author sticks with her dynamic and original genre of choice, the success rate of her series/novels is probably greater than mine, and well deserved. I may be a ‘genre-hopper’, but at the end of the day, I’m still penning comedy in all of my stories, whatever their current label, and having fun doing it, too.

Speaking of dynamic reads, catch up on one of our Christmas collections, to put you in the mood for the Holidays. Sweet and Sassy Christmas – A Time for Romance –

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“Some are Sweet and some are Sassy. Eleven holiday romances to captivate and seduce. NYT & USA Today bestselling authors have joined together to bring you tales from early America, abandoned puppies, military heroes, doctors and more. Get a warm drink, find a comfy seat, and enjoy an armchair cruise into the world of Christmas lovers and their unique stories.”

Oh, and if you haven’t already taken advantage of The Author’s Billboard Contest, please do so – We’re giving away Gift Cards, eBooks and other prizes! Just click on this link to enter: http://authorsbillboard.com

Happy Autumn, Everyone!