Updates On What I’m Doing

I’m hoping to have the first draft of The Perfect Duke done by May 28 or 29.

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This is one of those stories that will be closer to 70,000 words. The first draft might have me at 72,000, but once I edit, that will get trimmed back. I always lose about 2,000 words in edits.

I usually average 60,000 words. Since it is a longer book, it’s taken me longer to finish up. I’m in the home stretch (as it were). I know what’s going to happen and how things will play out at this point. I left a thread hanging that I plan to pick up in Book 5 of this series, which is Kidnapping the Viscount. This thread has to do with Ladies of Grace. This thread has been running through the entire series since the end of Book 2.

I’ll let you know when the book is due out once I get it all edited and ready.

The Perfect Wife’s release date has been pushed back.

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It couldn’t be helped. I held off on pushing it back for as long as I could, but given sick kids, car repairs, and house repairs, I lost about a week and a half of writing time. Now that I have to rush The Perfect Duke, this will make my timeline even more unstable. So in order to get things back on track, I moved the release date back to late August. (It was originally supposed to be out in July.)

This story is turning out to be longer than I expected, and I don’t want to rush the ending. I don’t want to ever rush the flow of any book I write. It’s not fair to you if I did that. I want to honor everyone who reads this by giving them my 100% effort. Originally, I was planning on 50,000 words. I’ll be closer to 60,000 words when all is said and done. Right now I’m at 46,000 words. So I’m making progress, but it’s slower than I had hoped. Also, I want to give my poor editing team more time on this one. I just sent out emails this morning asking them to give priority to The Perfect Duke. I don’t want to do that with this book, too.

I’m 1/4 of the way through One Enchanted Evening.

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Progress is slow on this because I’ve been focusing on the two books up above. I hit the 19K word mark yesterday, which is good considering how much I haven’t been able to write in this one. I’m enjoying this spin on Cinderella. It’s fun to work with a heroine who has a dark past that she needs to overcome.

I’m at the halfway point in The Outlaw’s Bride

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My goal is 250 words each writing day on this one, but I typically end up with around 400 words on average. At the beginning of May, I was at 25,164 words into this book. As of yesterday, I reached 29,322 words. This is slow going, but this one isn’t due out for a while anyway. So I have plenty of time on it.

I’m not going to publish this one until Book 2 is up on pre-order.

Now for a look ahead…

I like looking ahead to what’s coming because it helps me stay motivated to stick with my current works in progress. Around the halfway point in the story, I tend to lose steam. The beginning and ending are easy. The middle is harder because everything has to connect from the beginning to the end.

Kidnapping the Viscount will be the next book I’ll start.

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This is book 5 in the Marriage by Fate Series.

  • Book 1: The Reclusive Earl
  • Book 2: Married In Haste
  • Book 3: Make Believe Bride
  • Book 4: The Perfect Duke
  • Book 5: Kidnapping the Viscount
  • I’m not sure there will be a Book 6 or not.

This will be Miss Duff’s romance. Remember Lady Eloise telling Miss Duff not to accept a certain gentleman’s proposal because he was a viscount instead an earl, marquess, or duke? Well, Miss Duff has a lot of regret over letting a good man get away, so she’s going to take matters into her own hands and get him back through any means necessary.

(I told you guys I was going to go back to heroines who are stronger than what I’ve been doing, and this one qualifies. For those who liked the heroine in Patty’s Gamble, you’ll probably like this heroine, too. For those who don’t, this might be a book you’ll want to skip.)

Also, I need Miss Duff to help build up Ladies of Grace. The group only has three members at this point. So this will continue the subplot that’s been running through here for the past couple of books in this series. And yes, Lady Eloise will play a minor role.

The Imperfect Husband will be the last book in the Misled Mail Order Brides Series.

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  • Book 1: The Bride Price
  • Book 2: The Rejected Groom
  • Book 3: The Perfect Wife
  • Book 4: The Imperfect Husband

Annabelle Larson isn’t a mail-order bride, but when I created the series, I didn’t think I’d be doing her story. Since she pops up so much in Book 3, it made sense to have her book in #4. I’m not sure how I’m going to get her married to the hero yet. The details are being worked out in Book 3 as we speak. But I expect this to be a lot of fun since there’s going to be some great humor in it. I’d love for it to be a romantic comedy. We’ll see what happens once I’m writing it. The characters ultimately decide the tone of the book.

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Frustrated Due to Lack of Time to Write

In my opinion, a writer’s greatest source of frustration is not being able to write. I’ve gone through burn-out and writer’s block several times over the past nine years I’ve been seriously writing books, and there is nothing more frustrating to me than wanting to write but not having the time to. I know they say writing is a priority. I’ve read that a real writer makes it a point to write, no matter what.

Well, I’m unable to do that. I do make writing a priority, but sometimes there are other priorities that are more important at the moment. Over the past week, I’ve had the school nurse call about my sick kid (twice), had to take sick kid to the clinic, had my truck almost breakdown in the high school parking lot when I went to get another kid (this truck is now at the repair shop), had to take care of an errand for my husband who was at work and couldn’t do it himself, and had to deal with a writer’s issue that took up a lot of time to research.

I have sat down for 15-20 minutes and have managed to get some stuff down, but it’s not enough to relax me. Writing relaxes me. When I don’t write enough in a week, I get tense. I feel like there’s a build up of pressure in my mind that won’t go away. That probably sounds ridiculous, but it’s the only way I can describe it. I’ve taken a walk and gone to bed early since those things are good for me regardless of what’s happening. This helps to minimize the pressure, but the pressure is still there because, in the back of my mind, I keep thinking, “Your characters are screaming at you to write.” And they are screaming loudly. I love these stories I’m working on. I’m excited about them. But I can’t get to them, and it makes me want to cry in frustration.

So why am I wasting time writing this post? I’m hoping by admitting my frustrations that I’ll clear my head to write tomorrow. Writing my feelings down is therapeutic for me. It helps me focus. And as I write this, some of the pressure is going away.

Today I started to write, but then one kid kept interrupting me and after two hours of this, I gave up. Instead, I’m trying to clear out my inbox. I have left a lot of messages alone because everything going on in my personal life has been so overwhelming. I’m hoping if I can get those answered, then maybe I will have a clear head to focus on writing tomorrow.

At this point, it’s 1:30pm, and the writing day is pretty much over for me. I get up at 4:30am to get the kids out and ready for the bus which comes at 6:40. We live outside of town, so the buses come early. I start writing around 8:30am. Around this time of the day, my brain starts winding down on ideas becuase I have to get ready for the kids to come home. Then I go to bed around 7pm to get a good night’s sleep. I need nine hours. If I get more or less, I’m tired through the next day. I heard some people can get by with six hours of sleep. Sometimes I admire that.

Anyway, for writers who also have a job outside the home, I have no idea how you even do it. You have my admiration and respect.

To those of you reading this, how do you cope when you’re trying to get something done but it seems like everything else keeps getting in the way? I’d love to hear other ways of dealing with this because there might be something I haven’t tried but should. Howver, I should add that I can’t binge on chocolate. I love the stuff and yes, it does help, but it’s not good for my waistline. 🙂

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For Those on My Email List or Who Want to be on My Email List

You’ll need to sign up for my new list on MailChimp IF you want to be on my email list in the future.

This is why:

Recently, the EU passed the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). While I am not in the EU, some of you on my email list are. Because of this, I have to delete my old email list and create a brand new one. (There was a way to keep the old list, but I failed twice to make that list work. I’m not tech savvy. I had to create a brand new list.)

The new list is GDPR compliant. I ran a couple of tests, and everything worked fine.

What the new form is about:

I have to notify you that your information is being stored in MailChimp on my behalf. That means I have access to your email and (optional) first and/or last name. The email is required. I can’t email you unless I have an email address.

I also have to notify you that the purpose of having this information is so that I can send you emails about my new books and the occasional special offer (which is super rare). I usually ONLY email when I have a new book out.

There are two boxes you’ll have to check in order to agree to be on the list. These are required by the new internet laws.

What’s the process for signing up again (or signing up for the first time):

Today I am sending out an email via MailChimp to everyone on my old list. The subject will read: “New Internet Laws Require You To Sign Up Again”.  This will tell you what to do.

Or, if you’d rather sign up through this blog, click on this link. On the page will be a big red circle with the words “Sign Up”. Click on that to get to the form.

What will happen when you click on the link to sign up:

1. You’ll go to a form to fill out. Once you submit the information, you will confirm you are not a robot. After that, an email will come into your email. (Check your spam folder. Usually, it takes a few minutes, but there might be a time delay.)

2. You will get an email saying “Ruth Ann Nordin’s New Books: Please Confirm Subscription” in your inbox. If you still want to be on it, then click the Yes, subscribe me to the list. If you don’t confirm the subscription, you won’t be on the list.

3. You will go to a screen that confirms your subscription.

4. But wait, there’s more. To make sure you really, really, really want to be on this list, another email will come to your inbox. The email confirms your subscription, along with the information you have allowed me (at my MailChimp account) to hold on file. It’s a confirmation of your consent, which is important for GDPR purposes. It helps to cover my bases.

What I do with this information:

All I do with it is send you an email when I have a new release or (rarely) a special offer. I won’t share it. I won’t give it away. I won’t sell it.  Your information is kept private. I don’t store it anywhere but on MailChimp.

I can’t sign up for you. 

You have to do this yourself so that MailChimp knows you really want to be on it. Otherwise, I can be accused of spamming. I don’t want to spam anyone. I only want you on the list IF you want to be on it. And when you do this yourself, you’re telling MailChimp that I have your permission to store your information and to send you emails.

If you still want to be on my email list, here’s the link to do so.

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