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At times I wonder if fiction or non-fiction has a deeper impact on readers, because this is what I have found… When reading great fiction we may remember the characters, ideas, communication idiosyncrasies, philosophies, era styles, restored or inspired feelings an author’s writing may have brought to the surface and the possible differences certain books made in our lives. Top fiction novels like (in no particular order) Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, The Color Purple by Alice Walker, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Moby Dick by Herman Melville, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Lolita by Vladimir Nobokov, Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey, Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne and The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough have inspired many with their stories and honesty. These books (among other amazing books), have entertained readers and given new writers an energy to create works that are “out of the ordinary box”, and for that I am grateful. I do wonder which one or more books have made a difference in my blog readers lives and why…?

As a young child with a love of writing, the character, Jo March, the oldest sibling in Alcott’s Little Women surprised me when she walked into a publisher and just handed him one of her writings hoping to get published, I was shocked! This was a huge “Ah-ha!” moment for me. She wrote with her heart then expected an editor to give her writings a few minutes of his time and full consideration. And that is exactly how I was hired by the Times, as a columnist decades later; by calling to make an appointment, walking in and simply handing the editor one of my writings. So the novel Little Women absolutely made a big difference in a little girl’s fortitude and direction toward becoming a published writer.

I hope the list of these amazing books has given my writer friends a spark for writing their own manuscripts. I look forward to getting a message from you asking for a book review of your newly published book!

There is a difference between writing fiction and non-fiction. Fiction books seem to flow from the author’s pen and imagination, but if you are writing a non-fiction book for your business you may decide to hire a ghostwriter. I do talk to people about possibly writing their book with them… and just in case you are wondering, this is a little of my writing history how I see ghostwriting:

As a ghostwriter, I write your story in book-form but you are the Author… it’s your life story or your idea/how-to book with your name and intriguing title on the cover. Since just lately it has become mysteriously “prestigious” to say, “I’m writing my book with a ghostwriter.” …Your Authoring experience creates an even more fascinating legacy. 


~ I write in-depth magazine stories about remarkable people with interesting beginnings and motivating paths to success.

~ I traveled the world researching thought-provoking, endearing and humorous stories for my relationship/romance book “Cherries Over Quicksand”.

~ My Barnes and Noble book tours with Author photo announcements on their on their company website and posters at their stores opened doors for keynote speaker presentations and appearances on television and radio. 

~ I write screenplays, including a new (drama/comedy) television miniseries.

~ I have enjoyed interviewing inspiring leaders for my Sunday newspaper column since 2007, for The Californian/The North County Times (acquired by The San Diego Union-Tribune) and continue to write Special to The San Diego Union-Tribune.

~ I co-host the YouTube T.V. show “Love Bites” and the “5-Alive” blog-talk radio show. 


~ I help write the Author’s manuscript/book in the Author’s voice. 

~ Books are the new calling-card but far more interesting. We will talk about how your book will represent you and your inspired message.

~ My book genera’s include: Fiction, non-fiction, business, self-help, how-to, humor, romance, biographies and inspirational books.

~ I offer complimentary telephone consultations to Authors in need of a ghostwriter. Please message me here or email me at rhondaricardo@hotmail.com to schedule a consultation. 

~ I believe the writing process should be an enjoyable experience. I look forward to speaking with you and perhaps writing with you or happily reviewing your amazing new book soon! 

So… what book or books mentioned above are memorable to you or made a difference in your life or do you prefer great non-fiction? I would really love to know!


Short 1 AuthorSecret 1:  If you are going to unveil your new speaking presentation it’s best to be sure the group you will be speaking to is a class act… and that’s exactly what was offered to me! Thank the Lord!

The Murrieta Rotary Club asked me to speak at their monthly lunch meeting, and I know they are an exceptional group of people (and kind) from news stories about the amazing accomplishments they make in the world and in the community.

Secret 2:  Know your what your audience expects. Organizations ask me to speak when they are looking for good-humored stories mixed with innovative information for making a difference in personal, family and business successes. …And I was (almost) prepared with my Authoring/Relationship speech, I just needed to finish the slideshow.

I accepted the speaking engagement and put together my new PowerPoint presentation:

“The Joys of Becoming an Author… and other wild stories…”

 Secret 3:  Pictures speak while you also speak (doubling your audiences smiles). I included my book signing photos, published columns, magazine publications and a few graphic and drawings to illustrate my exciting road to Authoring. I also included my serious and funny photos from shows and speaking engagements, as new authors may want to consider radio and television appearances or creating their own Internet shows!

One of the subjects I covered about writing a book themselves or with ghostwriters was:

What can writing a book bring to your life?

~ Visibility to your cause

~ Suspense (fun topic!)

~ A chance to honor people in your life

~ A platform to make a difference in the world

~Added creditability

~Expert status

~ A legacy for your family

~ …and more

Then I shared some of the humorous relationship strengthening stories out of Cherries Over Quicksand and gave away a signed Cherries Over Quicksand hard back to the person that chose the bookmark with the extra American Flag on the back… bringing cheers to the room!

I had a wonderful time speaking at the Murrieta Rotary Club Lunch… the members have hearts of gold, always thinking of ways to help people in need… including their global mission to eradicate polio.

As a speaker I get to meet all kinds of interesting people… and will share news the about the GREAT works and exciting businesses I find out on my speaking tours, by posting here on my blog and on my social medias including Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. I will also share about the awesome people I discover in my speaking travels! You never know… you might want to meet them too or start a new mission of your own. (Please tell me if you do!)

Something I learned: I was early to the event but… Next time I am going to arrive even earlier, so I can get to know even more of the inspiring people in the room before the meeting starts. There are so many wonderful stories and people at these events. (Maybe it’s the reporter in me too.:))

I am constantly adding new information sources to my presentations to help authors bring maximum success to their authoring experience.

I have been happily surprised when I get to meet business people I have only seen and communicated with on social media… some for years, and I look forward to meeting as many as I can face-to-face.

I will keep you updated!

Rhonda Ricardo


What would be pictured on your book cover?   And for extra credit… why?

This is the my 2nd Edition Cherries Over Quicksand book cover. The reason they look so happy is, well for one thing they are a happy couple. My models are family and they make a point of telling people that they have read the book! lol! My favorite response from readers is that… they just want to be nice to their woman or man because they “get it” now, and want to live the fun romance they began with… forever! That’s always pure happiness for me to hear!

It looks like my next book cover will be a deep ruby red and a little mysterious. Now that my readership is over thirty percent male, I am really having fun with the graphic-creative (is that a word? 😉 ) side of authoring.

I am told by industry professionals that the title and the author name should always be readable from across the book store, that the lettering should not be too fancy and the graphics should tell a story or the theme of the book. I like that my books are placed next to Anthony Robbins books (Ricardo… Robbins) on the book shelves, it’s such a cozy and interesting place to be… and very busy!

What would be pictured on your book cover? And why? Can we have a little hint about your story? ;D

I like to know a little something about my new reader before I sign a brand new book… so I can make the note I write inside Cherries Over Quicksand, personal and fun… but never silly or wild… okay sometimes, but only if the occasion calls for it! ;D

Sometimes I end up talking on the phone with readers especially if they are also aspire writers.  I have made many new friends around the world through becoming an author and hope to inspire others to do the same!

You can message me here or send me an email at: rhondaricardo@hotmail.com if you would like to order a personally signed 2nd Edition, Cherries Over Quicksand… and maybe talk about authoring too!

So, let me ask you… How would you sign your book?

XOXO                                                                                                            Cherries Over Quicksand.Signing                                                                                                                    Rhonda Ricardo