Susan Jean Ricci


Susan Jean Ricci and her husband Joe live in a lovely New Jersey town near the sea. Together they have seven children and nine grandchildren.
An award-winning, internationally read, From Womens' Pens author and humorist, Susan is best known for her series of works titled Cindy's Crusades that includes two novels, Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems and The Sugar Ticket, the short chronicle Twilight and Chickadees, and a collection of short stories titled Heart Marks the Spot.
She has also published what she refers to as her sometimes controversial rants in the Asbury Park Press. Her nonfiction articles have appeared in Parenting Teen Magazine, Aim Intercultural Magazine, and Good Dog Magazine.
Susan has won several awards via the Writer's Digest 78th Annual Writer's Contest and the Philadelphia Writer's Conference.
Her short stories A Super Sandy Christmas and The Christmas Cardinal will appear in Annie Acorn's 2014 Christmas Treasury.
Susan blogs at You can friend her at, and you can follow her at @Susanjeanricci. Her books are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and iTunes.

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Dinosaurs & Cherry Stems
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,060. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Twice divorced, cynical Cindy Layton feels like a relic with prehistoric baggage, and doubts she can muster the courage to establish a new relationship again. Her journy out of the Stone Age hits hilarious turbulence when she joins an internet dating service. The weirdoes and scammers she meets in cyberspace almost sent her back into her cave, as she tries to conquer mid-life adolescence.

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  • Sins of the Father on Sep. 26, 2012

    If you're looking for a scary, paranormal narrative, and one that entertains as well as makes you look over your shoulder in the dark, avoid fire and torture, you've come to the right place with this book. RJ Palmer bends to no one, and pens her prose via her own style, weaving a modern day histronic, based on her own imagination. For this, she deserves a mighty huge nod. I've been reading paranormals for more than I care to admit, beginning with The Exorcist. I thought that story was great. However, after reading, The Sins of the Father, RJ's prose took 'possession' of my mind and swooped me into a completely different level regarding the paranormal and old evils with oh-so-strange histories, combined with the present day. Without giving away any spoiler alerts, the story begins with a young boy, abandoned to some nasty religious zealots in mid-evil times, centuries ago. The youngster is made to pay a hefty penance with his very innocence, all because of a terrible injustice done to his older sister, and ultimately caused by The Sins of the Father. The boy has not known anything akin to kindness, excepting one priest, called Father Jacob...The boy reveres the color purple... Fast forward to the present day, when Reverend Aaron finds himself scathed into an incredible past and joined with an unspeakable bond with The Boy. Reverend Aaron already has issues, and is questioning not only his faith, but his place within God's realm. When Aaron is introdcuced to an autistic child in a pyschiatric facility, (a child with no known origins or history), Aaron's life is changed forever. Forever... Oh, and one more thing, and this is very important, people: I'm an author. RJ Palmer's book, The Sins of the Father, took me away from my own work for several days. I can think of no better praise than that, from one author to another. An intriguing read and well worth your time. RJ Palmer has the gift of sharing worlds we know nothing about...Crazy Cool and that's no joke.
  • Ryann on Nov. 16, 2012

    RYANN is a novella, a mighty fine one at that, and I was drawn into Ryann's world from the first paragraph. RYANN is the story of a young girl approaching maturity. She is an orphan... Ryann has nowhere to go and no one to look after her. She's now a sclava, or what I'd refer to as the New World's version of a bond servant. However, Ryann is an innocent. Pit her against Lord Cala's son, and the author weaves Ryann's future into a different direction, where strife, pain, and poverty are her only friends. Ryann has despaired of ever saving enough coin to seek her freedom. Sclava history has deemed it an impossible feat to purchase what the sclavas want most: Freedom. However, Ryann is no ordinary urchin. Paul Dorset creates a character of substance, and one to cheer for, along with a story to make a reader want to applaud. I read this story over the weekend and will leave you with this: Read the story, because any more of my ramblings will cause spoiler alerts, and I don't want that for this talented author. What I DO want is the sequel! I hope more of RYANN'S story will be forthcoming soon! I'm not completely satisfied...Yet. But, I hope I will be soon.
  • Sexy Witches on Jan. 04, 2014

    Sexy Witches is a wonderfully crafted, humorous collection of interactive short stories, complete with witches, fairies, angels, lost souls and a-don’t-wanna-be-a zombie guy. The stories are scrumptiously wicked, but written so precisely and well, that a reader can’t help but be captivated and inspired to continue reading until the eyes just can’t stay open one more second. I loved how the characters were intertwined in all the short stories that comprise this delicious romp, and I hope someday there’ll be a sequel of sorts. But, wait! It gets even better. If you’re into magical paranormal, coupled with some downright-hot erotica, you’re going to get hooked on this book, believe me. I reread most of the stories, just to laugh out loud again at the witty prose and one-liners that grabbed me the first time I read them. The sex scenes are tender, bold, explicit and generously sprinkled throughout the book. *fanning face* Yes, you heard correctly, Charity Parkerson’s Sexy Witches is that good! I also completely agree with the other reviewer regarding Ms. Parkerson’s talent and her well-deserved awards. That she’s won a Reader’s Favorite Award 2013 comes as no surprise to me. Kudos, Ms. Parkerson – you nailed it with this one!
  • Intact: Cyborg Two on Sep. 09, 2014

    When an author can concoct a fantasy world out of the wistfulness of her own imagination, put out-of-the-realm characters into place, plus add some super spicy sex into the mix, that’s the book I want to be reading. Charity Parkerson is one of the most talented authors I’ve read, and an award winner that brings her stories home. Her books always hit me right in the gullet, not to mention my ‘other parts’. Please read on as I quote Ms. Parkerson regarding the latest book I’ve had the pleasure to read. Intact: Cyborg Two: “The Cyborg team has kept on eye glued to the unrest inside the A.I community for some time. Each member understands the ramifications of a revolt. If war is declared, they could find themselves on the opposite side of the law.” “Dr. Kiston Beck has stood with the Androids since her teenage years. Her inside knowledge of Cryo-Zone – an all-droid community – could mean the difference of a war lost or won. Convincing her to go against all she believes to be right is another matter.” This passage is in the beginning of the story, and if this isn’t enough to hook you like it did me, let me share how much I love looking her scrumptious and oh-so erotic covers. The men on each of the books I’ve read are so sexy and put lesser movie stars to shame. Always a delight to imagine any of the author’s cover models in a most intimate… well, never mind, you get the idea, I’m sure. Ms. Parkerson’s cover guys are characters in her books, so I’ve always an image to look forward to when I find the male character gracing the covers of her books. Since I don’t review and tell (that is, give spoiler alerts), I strongly urge you to purchase, enjoy, and salivate over Intact: Cyborg Two. The male characters are beings you’d love to know much better in the coziest of ways, the female characters you’ll want as your new best girlfriends. All in all, a honey of a sci-fy, erotic tale, and one that you won’t want to miss! I liked the story so much, I read it twice!