If It Takes A Scandal is Now on Pre-Order at all Retailers

If It Takes A Scandal is now on pre-order!

This will be available on August 31st


This is the fourth and final book in the Marriage by Bargain series.

Here are the books in the Marriage by Bargain series:

  • The Viscounts Runaway Bride (Book 1)
  • A Rakes Vow (Book 2)
  • Taming The Viscountess (Book 3)
  • If It Takes A Scandal (Book 4)

A liberated widow. An impoverished earl. A forced marriage may be just what they needed…

Lady Candace Daniel is finally free from her cruel, abusive husband. He’s in no position to order her around from six-feet under. And with all the fun she’s having on the social circuit, she intends to never let a man have that kind of power again…

Corin St. George has inherited an earldom and a ramshackle estate. He’s toiled for years to restore the property to its former glory, and he has little respect for the noblewomen around him squandering their husbands’ fortunes…

But when Corin is thrust into a compromising predicament at a ball, he’s forced to marry Candace, the unlucky widow who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Neither spouse has an interest in being together… until friends and fate conspire to show them the possibility of love…

If It Takes a Scandal is the fourth and final romance in the Marriage by Bargain series. If you like 19th century settings, stubborn but lovable characters, and second chances at happiness, then you’ll love Ruth Ann Nordin’s marital tale.

You can pre-order this book here:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Barnes & Noble





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Biggest Challenge of Being an Indie Author

I recently had a very good question posed to me.  “What is the biggest challenge you face as an indie writer?”

I had to think over this one for a while, but it finally came to me: the biggest challenge indie writers face is taking over the role of a publisher.

Writing is the easy part.  (And yet, it has its own challenges because you have those times when the story isn’t “coming” to you because the characters are silent or you are going in a direction the characters don’t want you to go in.  There are also days when you don’t feel like writing but have to anyway.)

But the hardest part is playing the role of publisher.  I’ll give you an example of what tasks I have on my list to take care of in the next two weeks.

Marketing and Promoting: I need to get ads scheduled for The Viscount’s Runaway Bride and If It Takes A Scandal.  If It Takes A Scandal is due out soon, and I want to maximize potential effectiveness in launching the book by promoting it via Facebook through an author assistant who helps to promote romance authors.  She’s very effective and knows the right groups to hit with the promos.  I’m not sure if I can say her name, so I’m not going to.  But The Viscount’s Runway Bride is the first book in the Marriage by Bargain Series.  When that goes to free, I can then run a Bargain Booksy ad (via Freebooksy) that promotes an entire series.  Since If It Takes A Scandal is the fourth and final book in the series, now is the optimal time to promote the entire series.  This method has worked well in the past, so I’m doing it again.

Thank you gifts to the people who take time out of their busy days to help me out: I need to send out paperback copies of Taming The Viscountess to my beta readers.  I finally got the paperback approved, and the books are sitting on my desk waiting to be signed and mailed out.

Publishing: I need to make the paperback version of Forced Into Marriage now that my formatter has gotten it back to me.

Editing: I need to edit The Bride Price.  I just finished the first draft yesterday, so I’m onto the edits.  Once I finish the initial edits, I send it off to my editing team which composes of two editors and some beta readers.

Formatting and Publishing: I need to reformat Shotgun Groom so it’s ready when The Bride Price is out.  Sep Wilson is Joel Larson’s younger brother-in-law in Shotgun Groom.  Now that I have written Sep Wilson’s romance in The Bride Price, I need to go back and give Shotgun Groom a table of contents so that Smashwords will approve it for wide distribution.  While I do that, I’m going to advertise The Bride Price at the end of it.  I also need to do a Kindle version and upload it to Amazon.

Copyright Registration: I need to register the copyright to my latest books.  I have to send in the paperback versions because the US Copyright Office wants the very best version, and they have written to me in the past telling me they want the paperbacks.

Marketing and Promoting: I need to update my website and blog to reflect the new books I’m going to be writing soon and to announce when If It Takes A Scandal is released.

Cover Design and Description and Setting Up Pre-Orders: I need to get three covers and descriptions done for three upcoming books.  Now that I know what the titles will be to Books 2 and 3 in the Misled Mail Order Bride Series and I know what the stories will be about, I can move through with getting the books set up for pre-order.  I also finally figured out what to do with Book 3 in the Marriage by Fate Series.  So I’m going to be working on those things as well.  Usually, I hire out for covers, but in this case, I’m doing these myself because I bought the fonts and images and want the same look for the entire series.

Hiring Cover Artist: I want to give the Marriage by Scandal Series (a series that has been out for years) new covers since they need a facelift.  I have already contacted someone about this.

Formatting: Once I get If It Takes A Scandal back from a couple more people, I can move ahead with formatting the ebook version and putting it on Smashwords and Amazon.

Social Networking (which is really marketing and promoting that a writer would usually do anyway): I also have about 60 emails to go through, some of which are from Wattpad and Facebook.  So I have to get that all answered.  I do try to get to people as soon as I can, but the work above can get overwhelming, and with four kids and a husband, it’s hard to get around to all of the social media stuff in a day.  I answer a couple of emails at a time and then come back to answer more the next day.

I won’t be writing for the next two weeks so I can get caught up on the stuff I’ve been putting off for the last month in order to get The Bride Price finished.

Some authors get personal assistants to help with the stuff I mentioned.  I do hire out for editing and (sometimes) covers and formatting.  Lately, I’ve been hiring out for book descriptions.  I also pay for ads.  I also have an accountant and payroll service.  So I have people helping me for key things, but I do most of the stuff myself.  Some people will say I’m nuts, but I enjoy having my hands in these other details.  I love the writing, but the aspect of controlling the publishing process and setting up deadlines are fun, too.

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Characters in Rebellion in The Bride Price and a Facelift for Her Counterfeit Husband

My characters in The Bride Price (the book I plotted out before writing it) have rebelled and are changing the course of the story.   


First of all, this isn’t just something that comes with plotting.  Pansters go through this, too.  So I’m not saying that this is something negative in plotting.  What I am saying, though, is that characters definitely have a mind of their own.

In The Bride Price, Sep (the hero) decided he didn’t want to wait until the end of the story to confess his love for Angela, which was one of my main plot points to end the book.  So that particular ending is now tossed out.

Then Sep decided he wasn’t going to as weak or reckless as I wanted him to be.  Sep, if you’ll recall in Shotgun Groom, went through a lot of abuse early in life (11-14), and Joel Larson had his work cut out for him in helping Sep heal from all of that.  Well, if I went with what I had plotted out, then all that work Joel did would have been for nothing.  (Something neither Joel nor Sep are all that thrilled about.)  So that changes the second half of the entire book.  Sep wants to prove that he can calmly and rationally handle the conflict that has now been brought to his attention.  I would say what, but that would spoil the book.

Then Angela (the heroine) has also decided she’s not going to follow the things I plotted out.  First, she decided she wasn’t going to have a limp.  In the beginning, she was supposed to have scars and a limp, but she didn’t want the limp so I had to toss that out.  Now, she’s decided she doesn’t want to be clueless that something is bothering Sep.  (This goes into the conflict I was talking about above.)  Right away, she knew something was wrong, and she’s decided she’s going to spy on him until she finds out what it is.  This also changes the entire course of the story.

The villains are also not fully cooperating with me.  I’m not sure what’s going on there, either.

So I’m throwing out the rest of the outline I had made, and I’m going to wing it the rest of the way through.  Honestly, I’m surprised my attempt at plotting lasted halfway into the story, so I wouldn’t call my experiment a failure.  It wasn’t.  I could go back and plot out things again, but I would rather spend that time writing the book.  I would like to have this one all finished and off to my editing team by the time school starts.

When it comes to writing, authors are not the ones in charge.  The characters are.  But that is why writing is so much fun.  It’s neat to see how the characters develop over the course of the story.

Her Counterfeit Husband is getting a facelift.

One of my friends/beta readers pointed out something that had slipped my mind.  Candace (Lady Hedwrett) is the heroine in If It Takes A Scandal (Marriage by Bargain Series: Book 4), and if you’ll recall, I introduced her in Her Counterfeit Husband.  The main characters in Her Counterfeit Husband are Anna and Jason (the Duke and Duchess of Watkins), and since they are Candace’s friends, I brought them back for If It Takes A Scandal.  For those who read If It Takes A Scandal and like it, they might want to go back and read Her Counterfeit Husband.  So I thought I’d get a new cover.

Here’s the old one:

her counterfeit husband


Here’s the new one:

Her Counterfeit Husband smaller ebook new cover

The cover was made by Love, Lust and Lipstick Stains, and I found them at The Book Cover Designer website that features pre-made covers.  The link I posted will take you to the other covers Love, Lust and Lipstick Stains have made, but you can look through other covers by other artists and in a variety of genres on the website.  I was really pleased by the look of the cover I selected.  Once you buy the pre-made cover, they take it off sale.

I am also going to give the description a facelift, too.  For that, I am hiring Best Page Forward to redo that for me.  I can write a novel, but it’s hard to describe it.  I started using this service for The Bride Price and was so happy with it that I’m letting Best Page Forward do other descriptions for me.  Since I’m giving Her Counterfeit Husband a new cover, I decided to give it a new description, too.  I haven’t gotten that yet, but I’ll post that when I publish If It Takes A Scandal so that you can read both of them together if you want.

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