Future Story Ideas

From time to time, I like to think about possible plots for future stories.  Before I go into that, I should give a quick update on where I’m at with everything.  The Cold Wife is almost done.  Though I plan to have it uploaded to Amazon and Smashwords before Monday, I expect it to take until Wednesday before everything goes through. 

Smashwords is changing their premium distribution requirement, which means I can no longer format the books myself to meet their standards.  So I’ll be finding someone else to do the formatting for me.  I just hope they don’t require me to reformat and resubmit all of my already published books because my backlist is somewhere around 24 books.  I’ll be losing another half month to a month just working on getting all of those books organized.  I might not be formatting, but I do still have to go through the headache of reuploading.  So here’s keeping my fingers crossed that they will let my already published and approved books remain as they are.

Oh, and before I forget, once I am done with Bride of Second Chances, I am taking a break from my first draft blog.  My husband comes home in July from South Korea, so I want to spend time with him.  The same is true for Kate Page’s blog.  I don’t know if I’ll start Claiming Lexie and take a break or just wait before I start it in August.  I’m leaning toward starting the book in June and seeing how far I can get before July 1.  So this summer, I’ll be taking July off to spend time with my husband and finally catch up on some reading. 

Okay.  Now that I got the preliminaries out of the way, we can go on to today’s post.  😀


Bound by Honor, Bound by Love

I know.  Technically, we all know what this book is about, but in case anyone is wondering if Penelope and Cole will ever be seen again, they will show up with their adopted children in this story.  The orphans they adopted at the end of A Chance In Time come from the Mandan tribe.  After Hothlepoya went around and raided their village and killed some people, the children became orphans.  I go into more detail in the book.  Julia and Chogan will have a part to play in the book.  They are one of my favorite couples, so I have to include them.  So that is what is happening in that story, besides the main plot of Citlali having to decide which is more important: the chief or Onawa. 

*I plan to start this on my first draft blog in August. 

The Larson family from the Nebraska series….

I am already planning out future plot ideas for Dave and Mary’s children.  These are not definite.  I’m thinking about using these plots, but the stories might change as I get closer to writing them.

1. Two of Joseph and Margaret’s boys (from A Husband for Margaret) will fight over the same Larson girl.  Not sure of the details, but one will win and the other will lose. 

2. The loser will end up with another Larson girl, one he probably won’t be too thrilled to be with at first.

3.  Jonathan from Bride of Second Chances ends up marrying a Larson girl.  After doing the interview, I felt bad for him so I figure I’d better his situation.

4.  Remember that Mitch’s Win novella idea I had?  I’m going to merge it into a Larson book.  Mitch’s name might change.  I’m not sure.  It doesn’t seem like Dave and Mary would pick the name Mitch for their child.  Anyway, their son will end up marrying a woman he saves at a poker game.

So I have four ideas, in addition to Isaac’s story.  That takes care of five of their kids.  I have three more to go.  I’m sticking with the fact that they had eight kids.  One of them will be significantly younger than Isaac.  When he marries Emily, Mary will be pregnant.  So that child will be born in 1894 (Isaac will be 19).  So it’s possible that one of Julia and Chogan’s sons will end up with her.  I’d like to do something like this if it works out.  You know me, I love to bring up the same characters whenever possible.  This, of course, would mean there might be a place for one of Lucy and Brian’s children or Jane and Jeremy’s children with a Larson, too, esp. if Jonathan and Jeremy keep in touch.

Okay.  I’m off to work on Life Mate.  I have about seven chapters to polish up before it’s off to the proofreader.  The estimated publishing date of that one has been moved back to June 30.  I’m trying to get as much done as possible before my husband comes home.

About Ruth Ann Nordin

Ruth Ann Nordin mainly writes historical western romances and Regencies. From time to time, she branches out to contemporaries romances and other genres (such as science fiction thrillers). For more information, please go to www.ruthannnordin.com or check out https://ruthannnordinauthorblog.wordpress.com.
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9 Responses to Future Story Ideas

  1. Christina Busby says:

    eeeeeeeeep. cant wait! 😀

  2. irishmary24 says:

    You have truly been in a think tank, organizing your future books, and determing knew story lines! I’m amazed at this skill! I’ve been buying your books for Kindle- I now have a Ruth Ann Nordin “collection” established on it! What a marvelous invention!
    You husband is coming home, so I am not going to expect a lot of writing from you! I do want you to know how fun and exciting it is for me to be in on the creative phases of your books! I always think about how a tv or screenwriter is motivated. Your blog has really opened up this creative phase for a peek into how a writer creates! So, thanks for that!
    I’ll be thinking of you, and anticipating your next books!!

    • Thanks, Mary. I always appreciate your comments. 🙂 The Kindle is great, isn’t it? I rarely touch paperback books anymore, mostly because the Kindle is so effecient and handy to take with me when I have to go somewhere.

      I love to use characters from other books in other ones. It’s hard to pinpoint where a book belongs sometimes when I try to make series because I like to overlap characters from one series into another. I get attached to the characters, and as crazy as it is, they become real so when I can bring them or their children into another story, I feel like I’m visiting old friends. 😀

    • Christina Busby says:

      Mary aint she a genious? She still has yet to figure out we will survive without her. WAHHHH how on earth I will sruvive with no ruth for a month ahhhhhhhhhhhhh

      • Oh, you’ll all be out enjoying the summer! I have something I hope to do that will be a great addition to the Native American Romance series, but I’m afraid if I say what is, then something will pop up and I won’t be able to do it. *keeping fingers crossed that I can*

      • Christina Busby says:

        is that the thing we are talking about in July? and true I am going to be BUSY. 3 Vacation Bible Schools, Trip to Tennesse to see some friends which they are paying for, Camp trip, Hallelujah Celebration for my husband’s 30th bday, Children’s ministry every week, Bible Study on Thursdays, and a potluck meal in our home sometime this summer, And not to mention proofing some books. :D. So YAH I am BUSY.

        • Yep. It’s the trip to North Dakota, and that’s as much as I dare say on a blog. LOL I don’t want to jinx myself by saying anything else.

          I don’t know. You don’t sound that busy to me. LOL Just kidding, of course.

      • Christina Busby says:

        NOT busy?!?!? My husband KEEPS adding things to do lol

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