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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!



Last night I was talking with a friend about dating.  “What would you want to do on a date?” he asked.  I’m in the middle of so many deadlines I had to purposely change my thinking channel from writing to dating… I know, that’s kind of odd since I write about dating. lol!

Anyway, I decided that an evening ocean cruise would be fun.  I told him that I have always loved the feel of sea-spray on my face and the wind in my hair.  Lately the closest I have come to sea-spray in my face or hair is driving on PCH with the top down on my car… on my way to visit my dad, but that’s pretty cool too.

As I was thinking of fun times, sailing or cruising through ocean waves, I saw a “Google Alert” on my computer!

I love Google Alerts.  They are usually alerts from businesses that have found my Cherries Over Quicksand books, columns, radio shows or the Love Bites YouTube television show  I co-host with Jon Hansen.

It’s like someone saying, “Hey we found you and we Like You… we really, really like you!”  (Hehe!! I love Sally Field.)

Last night’s “Google Alert” was for Cherries Over Quicksand on Lybrary.com.  I went to the link where I saw that Lybrary.com has my book featured and all set up to sell on their site to people all over the world in their different currencies!   Readers living in Italy, England, Spain, France… or wherever… will be able to buy my book and know exactly the price in their currency at this Lybrary.com site.

I was so happy that someone else (a stranger) had found my book and decided to promote it… Again.  To me, that’s as awesome as a boat ride in the ocean, it was a great night.

A note to writers:  This is what can happen as Author’s get their books and names out on social media.  You never know who will want to have you speak at their event… or Feature you in a magazine, newspaper, on television or the radio… or on their site to help readers actually Purchase your book!

Authoring is fun.  I hope I’m inspiring those of you out there with a book just ready to fly out of your keyboard and onto pages then off to a publisher or printer so your book is available to readers.  I know it’s not easy, but no more waiting… get started okay?

Oh… and this morning, I woke up to a fabulous poem (or song?) about the wind, texted to my phone, from my friend.  Now I’m thinking about that ocean cruise again… poo…  back to work! lol!