Update on Bride of Second Chances and What I Plan To Write Next

Well, I just spent half an hour making this post and lost everything.  Even autosave didn’t kick in.  Ironically, I lost it after I hit ‘publish’.  Let’s try this again…

I decided to go back and add a chapter that is the new chapter 13 to further develop Jeremy and Jane’s relationship as they go from “friends” to more.  I am halfway through this chapter and hope to finish it tonight.

After that I have 1.5 chapters left.  I need to give Jane a secure place as #1 in Jeremy’s life.  The reader and Jeremy know she’s #1, but she has to feel it.  After that, she and Lucy give birth and that’s pretty much it.  So we’re almost there.  I hope to be done by Sunday.  Then I’ll post what I did to finish the book on the first draft blog.

I don’t know how many people saw my post on the first draft blog, but I’ve decided to drop it.  I need to simplify my life.  I’ll be cutting everything but two blogs: this one and the Self-Published Author’s Lounge.  The Self-Published Author’s Lounge blog is actually one I share with a couple of other writers.  It’s just that I tend to be the one who posts the most.  I haven’t had time to go over there for the past month, and it shows.  Joleene Naylor and Janet Syas Nitsick have posted, but that’s it and I know they’re just as busy, if not more so, than I am.  This blog is important because in a world of indie authors where some of them attack other indie authors, it’s good to have a place where indie authors can find support.  Too many people go on the attack when kind words work so much better.  Sadly, the spirit of competition is rampant.  😦

Anyway, since I’ve decided to drop my pen name and the first draft blog, the stress load has lifted and I feel a huge sense of relief.  I will finish Bride of Second Chances on the first draft blog, but once I’m done, that’s it.  I really can’t keep going on the first draft blog.  I’ve been spreading myself too thin.

So now that I’ll have two blogs and Facebook, I can focus more on writing, and since I won’t have people I don’t know that well leaving me feedback while I write, I can turn off the internal editor and focus on being creative, which is what I desperately need to do.  I can’t explain how important that is, but without the creative spark, I shut down and can’t write.

This also frees me up on writing books I want to write instead of books that I think I should write.  So Bound by Honor, Bound by Love will be put on hold.  I need a break from it so I can focus on books that are vying for my attention.

This is one I hope to have the first draft done by mid-September so I can hand it off to my proofreaders.  My hopeful publishing date on this is mid-October.

I also want to work on Runaway Bride because Mark is bugging me about it.  Yes, sometimes characters are vocal in getting their story done.  😉  I’d like this book published in November or December.

I’d like to get started on the first draft of Joel Larson’s story before the year ends.

I might be able to start another story, but we’ll see.  I have no idea what I’ll want to work on after Shotgun Groom.  I guess we’ll have to wait and see.  😀

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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