Thinking of joining an Online Dating Service? Take the advice of an expert-Dinosaurs & Cherry Stems 



What's hidden beneath YOUR Taboo Topic Carpet? Find out Cindy's in The Sugar Ticket! 

A tiny trio of shorts, combined with the eccentric and the romantic - or are they? Heart Marks the Spot

Share a birdwatcher's take on surviving one of life's worst moments. Want a short family saga? Twilight and Chickadees 

Endured the worst nature has to offer? My Christmas short, A Super Sandy Christmas may literally blow you away! 


    Welcome to Susan Jean Ricci's                                Website 

  ~Thanks so much for checking in~       

A USA Today, Award-Winning, Bestselling Author and Humorist, Susan Jean Ricci is best known for her Cindy’s Crusades Series, starring the hilarious duo Cindy and Jay DeMatteo. These cherished characters were first introduced in the novel Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems, and return to entertain you in the sequel The Sugar Ticket. Their mischief making continues in these shorts: Two Miracles for Christmas, A Valentine’s Day to Remember, and The Blind Seer. 

Ms. Ricci is also humbled and privileged to have her most recent titles featured in the Authors’ Billboard Collections, as well as in Uvi Poznansky’s Love in Times of War, and the Annie Acorn Anthologies.                                                                                     

New Release! Debuted November 5:

As the daughter of a Native American chief, Remi soon has to rely on ancestral instinct to save herself.
In the public eye, her marriage to Dr. Marshall Wagner is one to be envied, but their intimate life is a farce - her husband is enjoying forbidden sexual adventures elsewhere. Turnabout is foul play. With Marshall's dark secret about to be exposed, Remi’s life is endangered.
When she’s abducted by one of his enemies, watch out for Remi as she digs deep to assure her survival – she’s about to become a real a badass. Exclusively on Amazon

Sharing Sea Glass:

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 are waves 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?

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!

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    What a Fun and Productive Year!

    THE SUGAR TICKET, sequel to Dinosaurs & Cherry Stems and won the IAN Women's Fiction award in August 2016 had a face lift. I've added updated scenes, but the story contains the same award winning content. I hope you like it as much as I enjoyed writing it.  

    To top off 2016, I was asked to participate in the LOVE IN TIMES OF WAR boxed set with 11 other authors, and published by Uvi Poznansky. From this opportunity WHEN SAILORS PLAY was created and included in this international bestselling set.

     THEN, this happened! In early 2017, I was invited to participate in a new group and I'm now a member of Mimi's Gang! Another awesome step forward and one I'm proud to have taken. Three of my stories have been published in three of the Gang's international bestselling boxed sets. 

     Kindly scroll down just a bit longer to check out these fabulous boxed Sets! I promise you won't be disappointed!

     My romance novella FALLING FOR NIAGARA not only earned a 5* review via the Reader's Favorite, the story was also a winner in the IAN for the Novella category 2017. The sequel CHRISTMAS WITH NIAGARA was published October 2017 as a stand-alone novella (sure hope you'll scroll down to see the cover), but the story's also included in the bestselling boxed set UNFORGETTABLE CHRISTMAS: Gifts of Love, with nine NY Times and USA Today Best Selling authors. 

We also welcomed CHAOS IN THE KITCHEN (the sequel to MY SEXY CHEF) in 2016, and late in 2017, the My Sexy Chef Finale TURNING UP THE HEAT was released AND included in the boxed set SWEET HEAT: WHERE ROMANCE & SUSPENSE MEET with five other NY Times and USA Today bestselling authors.  

     PS: Clicking on any of the covers listed below will take you right to Amazon!


From the five-star rated Falling For Niagara, come join Jace and Niagara's return, as their cherished love story expands with new and exciting pleasures. Presenting the eagerly awaited sequel Christmas With Niagara.

When a special needs stranger suddenly appears on their doorstep and inserts himself into their lives, Niagara must decide if his presence will interfere with her and Jace's relationship, or enrich it.

Stay tuned as these beloved characters embark on their way to happiness, in spite of unordinary odds. Share their triumphs, tribulations, and embrace the power of what loving relationships are destined to be.

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My books included in the The Mimi's Gang Offerings are listed on my blog. Why not head over there? Thanks!


                                       My Sexy Chef

 “Once in a lifetime, if you’re lucky, a Coup de Foudre strikes. This happened to me the first time I set eyes on Mark Bouchard.” So begins this fast-paced, romcom, in which Malibu O’Hare, who has always prided herself on her cool demeanor regarding the opposite sex, comes face-to-face with Creole Chef Mark Bouchard and his past. More than the steaks at Scandal restaurant begin to sizzle as Susan Jean Ricci, the beloved From Women’s Pens author of the Cindy’s Crusades series, weaves yet another hilarious, but tangled web. Hang onto your hats, as Malibu calls on her vivacious aunt Cindy for help, and things really get steamy in this first blush novella in Ms. Ricci’s new My Sexy Chef series. You won’t want to miss this one!

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 5.0 out of 5 stars

From the first page, "Two Miracles for Christmas" had me grinning. The main character, Cindy, is vulnerable, making her someone we can all relate to, but she’s earnest, and out to conquer the world, one mishap at a time. On her trip west to visit family for Christmas, she and her adoring husband, Jay, are beset with misadventures galore! But Cindy is up to the challenge, and she’s the perfect character to prove that real miracles, the ones around us every day, spring from courage and love. A delightful, heartwarming read!

  Blurb for Dinosaurs & Cherry Stems:

Twice divorced, cynical Cindy Layton feels like a relic with prehistoric baggage, and doubts she canmuster 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 there's baggage.

Can Cindy and Jay navigate the maze of midlife adolescence to reach each other's hearts?  

The answers are revealed in Dinosaurs and Cherry fasten your seatbelts, there's a bumpy ride ahead!

One of my five star reviews:  "Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems is without a doubt one of the best books I've ever read - bar none, and if you saw the 30+ bookcases in my home, you would know that I'm a voracious reader. Ms. Ricci has provided the reader with a full gamut of emotions. I laughed, I cried, I was entertained, and I have since shared the experience with anyone who would listen. As an internationally known author myself, I can attest to the fact that both the writing and the editing are superb, but the author has gone even further by adding to the mix her spot-on understanding of the human condition. I want my own clone of her hero, and I want to be her heroine. It doesn't get any better than this."  via the Internationally Read, Annie Acorn.