Converting Life Mate to a Ruth Book

I’m giving this serious thought.  Life Mate was something I originally thought might be an erotic romance, but I think now that the tender side of it is emerging, it might be better off toned down to fit one of the typical romances I write.  I haven’t decided for sure yet, but I’m giving it serious thought.  Life Mate is a great book.   I love the plot and I love the characters even more.  It has some funny moments, but at its core is a tender romance.  I want to keep the title and cover because both are attractive to me, and that is how I judge a book when I’m looking for something to buy.

And let’s face it.  Being contemporary, it’s bound to sell decently.  I sell contemporaries better than my historicals.  Why?  I’m not sure.  But people who’ll read my contemporaries will never touch my historicals, which means, I am alienating a part of the market and limiting my potential.  When my husband retires, it’d be nice to have a financial cushion to fall back on in case he can’t find a job.  Given the economy, I’m not optimistic.  Let’s just say I’m paying off my debt as if I was stuck on the Titanic because who knows when it’ll cost an extra $100 or $200 to keep the heat going in the winter?  I have a gas heater, and if the price of gas keeps going up, prices on other things will go up too.

Anyway, I didn’t mean to go on that tangent.  Life Mate has been one of those books that have been on the fence.  It really could go either way.  And as some friends have pointed out, I may not be an erotic romance author.  Not at heart.  My Ruth books are who at I am heart.  While I enjoy writing other genres (my interests are wide), I don’t necessarily have a the extra passion in my heart for them.  Like fantasy.  I’ve written and enjoyed my fantasy books, but I don’t have this crazy need to give up sleep for it. 

Writing romance books is what gives me a lot of energy.  I know some people think I’m stressing myself out by writing as many romance books in a year as I do, but the truth is, it gives me energy and relieves a lot of stress to be able to write them.  What stresses me out is not being able to…if that makes any sense.

It’s like reading books.  You might be interested in a wide variety of books, but there’s probably one genre that piques your interest a little more than the others.  The same is true for me.  I can happily read just about anything, but I seem to lean more toward one genre over the others.  So when I’m looking for books, I tend to look at western historical romances first.  Hence, why I write so many. 

The more I think about it, the more I’m inclined to put Life Mate under Ruth.  At its core, it best fits me.  I just need to shave off parts of it, which is easy.  It’s a lot easier to delete a scene than it is to write one.  😉 

I’ll have to make the announcement on Kate’s blog today when I do my post.  I think I’ll still keep Kate.  I just won’t write as much for her as I was planning to.  Some authors only publish one book a year.  Some even only publish one book.  I think I’ll let Substitute Bride go under Kate.  It’s fine under there.  Then I’ll see what happens. 

I am not sure what to do with the blog.  I plan to finish up Life Mate on it since I’m already halfway into the book.  But after I’m done with it, do I keep it going or let it go until I’m ready to work on another erotic romance?   I’m not sure. 

The bottom line is Life Mate has more potential than I think ‘Kate’ can give it.  I don’t know if that makes any sense to anyone but maybe another author, but it’s the best way I can explain it.  😀

It’s obvious I already answered my own question on what I want to do with this book.  Sometimes I start a post not knowing what I want to do, but then as I explain the situation, I get the answer.  I know.  I’m so weird that way.  This is why when I’m stuck on a book, it helps for me to write about it.  Speaking of which, I’ll have to do this for Return of the Aliens because I find myself stuck, once again.  The fact that I haven’t written about it might be why I can’t dig my way out of it.

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2 Responses to Converting Life Mate to a Ruth Book

  1. yeah, I don’t see anything wrong with only doing one or two a year for Kate, especially since you’re not hiding the fact that it’s you. I mean surely people can figure out there’s only so much time in a year….

    • That’s what I’m thinking. I still enjoy writing ‘Ruth’ romances more than I do ‘Kate’s’. You know what’s sad? I was jealous that Kate was going to get Life Mate. Then it dawned on me that I can transfer Life Mate over to Ruth. lol That’s what is crazy about having a pen name you’re trying to build that is somewhat similar to what you’re already doing.

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