Cherries Over Quicksand      by Rhonda Ricardo


2016 Update:  Tender and the instant-meet-a-date apps revolution popularity is growing so some refer to dating as the cavepeople aera with the knock-em over the head with a club and drag them back to your cave mindset. Ouch! 

The different human-heart basics will always be true but dating and relationships are so convoluted with all the online possible friendships that we MUST now, more than ever, learn to laugh, relax and honor relationships for what they are; a blessing, even if a relationship turns out to be a stinky lesson.  Yep, it happens to everyone, even movie stars, rock icons the Curb Your Enthausium couple... okay, that might not have surprised anyone.

I welcome you to Cherries Over Quicksand, the relationship research book and future TV drama-comedy miniseries.          

Rhonda Ricardo  




By Rhonda Ricardo

Many couples reminisce about the breathtaking moment they fell in love… when their eyes met and time seemed to stand still. Whatever the surroundings may have been, everything appeared perfect; a perfect moon, breeze, meal, wine, coffee, sunset, song, porch swing, movie, ice cream or rain storm could be part of the loving look in their eyes. 

The fact that the porch swing squeaked, the ice cream cone leaked or the rain soaked their clothes only added to the magic of the moment when their hearts took off...out of their chests, seemed to fly around their heads then rocket around the moon before returning to the new couple... all while they remained nestled together in loving bliss.  

Then as couple-hood progresses, when things do not proceed as each expects, the squeaky swing, sticky ice cream cones and wet clothes in the rain take a turn toward annoying.  Then comes the moment when time seems to stand still again, but this time their hearts are not soaring through the clouds, their hearts are sinking in quicksand and their feet feel like they are following.  This is decision time.  Do they choose cherries or quicksand?  Hopefully at least one person grabs a strong cherry branch, gets back on that squeaky swing and invites the other to join!  But what if they are already standing too far apart?  How do they get their reluctant man or woman to want to join them?  


After working in the world of Family Law where people asked me questions like, "Why is he doing this?" or "Why is she leaving me?" when they received nothing better than the, "It's not you, it's me," kinds of responses from the ones who were once the other side of their hearts, I decided to use my interviewing skills to find hidden and secret romance answers.  

Now, I would like to welcome everyone to my travels across the United States and parts of Europe, for some of my conversations with men and women who understand the pain of heartbreak and the joy of love as they volunteer to join the ranks of relationship heroes in Cherries Over Quicksand.  Singles and couples reveal their stories for others to learn from while they sometimes get a little giggle at their own insights, as these heroes’ hearts have had time to mend (names and some details are changed).  

While you read the stories you will notice, (just like people you may know in the middle of a break-up), once simple-romance was thrown out the door, their past (automatic) romantic feelings crawled under one of the countless rocks in the backyard for a game of hide-and seek.   The couple may take turns kicking those rocks, (when they have the time), hoping romance might fly out and magically poof their relationship back together, but mostly they just gripe about their soar toes or hurt feelings.  When occasional rock kicking does not restore their love, soar-toed people are shocked to the core when their saddened sweetheart utters the dark phrase, "It's too late!" followed by a door slam.

"That just does not seem fair," one person said, after their other-half zoomed off into the sunset.  Later they admitted to not being able to remember the last time they listened to their partner without wishing they were somewhere else… anywhere else!  “Tired of listening” is a sneaky quicksand scenario that happens in almost all relationships, no one is perfect; some just need a tap on the shoulder with a short wake-up story of "been-there-friend" insight to catapult them over the quicksand.

I enjoyed gathering the many Cherries Over Quicksand relationship heroes' recounts.  Their stories flowed like hot glaze over fresh donuts... and they happily added nuts with sparkling laughter.  More deliciously witty insights into hope and love may be uncovered in a new dromedy-miniseries of the same name (Cherries Over Quicksand) filled with characters of many, shapes, ages, ancestries, hairstyles, experiences, shoe sizes and surprises. 

The Cherries Over Quicksand experience is filled with stories couples may share with each other and for singles ready to find love. The stories reveal how simple-romance from the beginning and throughout the years is extremely important when deciding to build a strong and loving family...and how romance is fun.  Why else would men and women continuously search for the one who will fill their heart... not just a little... but completely

Welcome to Cherries Over Quicksand!

Rhonda Ricardo     




CHERRIES OVER QUICKSAND may be found at popular book stores and book sites.

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