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 


    Welcome to Susan Jean Ricci's                                 Website - Now Under Revival                                                                       

 Here's What I've Been Up To:

A USA Today, Award-Winning Author, Susan Jean Ricci 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. Look for the soon to be published and final saga Don't Bruise the Bananas, releasing April 2021.

Cindy and Jay's mischief making lives on in these shorts: A Sweet Snafu, Christmas With Niagara, His Sacred Vow, Passion's Secret Ingredient, and Turning up the Heat. Please also consider Ms. Ricci's other standalone works of fiction and short stories in her new series Love's Salvation, and her latest release, the nonfiction best seller Running On All Fours.

A member of the RWA, The Authors' Billboard, and the Independent Authors' Network, several of Ms. Ricci's titles have been recognized as Outstanding Novella Winner in the IAN 2020, Outstanding Finalist in the IAN 2020, and Finalist in the Outstanding Novellas Categories 2019,2018, 2017, and the Women's Outstanding Fiction Winner in the IAN 2016.

Ms. Ricci’s stories have been included in the following anthologies: Unforgettable Revenge: Glory and Satisfaction, New Year's Eve Shorts, Dear Santa: A Christmas Wish, The Players - Winner Takes All, Cute But Crazy - Ditzy Dudes, Invincible Diversity, Sweet and Sassy Summertime, Volume One, Summer Shorts, Unforgettable Joy: Unforgettable Pleasure; Cute But Crazy: Wild, Wacky Women; Christmas Shorts; Unforgettable Christmas Dreams: Gifts of Love; Sweet and Sassy Heroes; Sweet and Sassy in the Snow, Unforgettable Charmers - Unforgettable Hunks; Unforgettable Thrills - Passion and Power; the USA Today Bestselling Love, Christmas 2 - Movies You Love; the Sweet and Sassy at the Beach Collection, the Sweet and Sassy Weddings - A Time for Romance Anthology; Sweet and Sassy Valentine Collection; Sweet and Sassy Christmas - A Time for Romance Collection; the Unforgettable Christmas - Gifts of Love, and Unforgettable Heroes - Unforgettable Passion.

Ms. Ricci blogs at You can friend her at, and you can follow her on Twitter: Her titles are available exclusively on Amazon.

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Debuted November 2018:

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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From the five-star rated Passion's Secret Ingredient, 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 she 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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         Blurb for Dinosaurs & Cherry Stems:

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 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 seat belts, there's a bumpy ride ahead!


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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.