Update on Works in Progress and Possible Cover for Mitch’s Win

1.  Isaac’s Decision – I’m going through this slowly.  Since I took rewrote, deleted, and added new scenes to it while I was doing the first draft, it’s taking me longer than usual to get through it.  (Well, and being sick didn’t help.  :))  But I’m plugging away a little each day.

2.  To Have and To Hold

Things have slowed considerably in this one.  Dave and Mary are in Maine, which I thought was going to be the easy part.  LOL  Yeah right.  It’s turning out to be tougher than I imagined it would be.  I know where I want to go, but I have to transition things to get to that point.  I might have to bring the characters in for an interview to help work things out.  We’ll see if they’re willing to come “on stage” or not.  I will say I’m enjoying getting back to Dave and Mary again.  Now I remember why I kept writing the Nebraska series books.  Dave and Mary are the ones who got me hooked on writing historical westerns.

3.  Her Heart’s Desire

Everything was pacing fine, but it’s also slow in going.  I usually slow down around the 20,000 word mark, so I just have to trudge through it.  Again, I know where I’m going, but it’s finding the words to get there.  Samuel was a nice twist.  He just showed up to Ethel Mae, so I left it at a rather humorous and fun part.  I just need to get my mind back into my writing routine.

4.  Bound by Honor, Bound by Love

Citlali and Onawa are married, and I’m surprised he turned out to be such a passionate lover, considering how reserved he was in books 1 and 2 of the Native American Romance series.  Well, you know what they say… it’s always the silent ones.  However, this is also an interesting point of conflict because he’s not comfortable with how things went his first time with Onawa.  Currently, he’s on a fast which the chief ordered, and I expect him to meet up with Penelope and Cole (from A Chance in Time, Restoring Hope, and Meant To Be) while he’s there.  From there Penelope and Cole will take their two adopted orphaned Mandan children to the tribe.  So that’ll be a lot of fun.  I love bringing in old characters and weaving them into my current works in progress.  😀

5.  Just Good Friends

Only a little ways in, but I have decided the heroine, Tiffany, is good friends with Elizabeth (from With This Ring, I Thee Dread) because Tyler, the hero, is cousins with Ryan Jackson (from With This Ring, I Thee Dread).  Elizabeth and Ryan married in that other book and now have twins – a girl and a boy.  Since Tyler works for Nathan Rudolph (from What Nathan Wants), I’ll have a scene or two with Nathan and Amy, too.  So I have to dust off the old Kindle (that I haven’t used in about a week due to being sick), and I’ll have to reacquaint myself with those other characters.

6.  Mitch’s Win

Now this one is easy coming along, but I’m not far along, of course.  Currently, Heather’s brother has her for sale at a poker game.  Mitch has shown up to bail his drunk brother out, again.  I’ve decided that his brother, Boaz, is the father of the two kids Mitch is watching.  When Boaz’s wife died in childbirth to twins (a boy and a girl), he didn’t know how to cope and took up drinking.  So Mitch decided to take the kids in to raise them as his own.  (I do plan to give Boaz a second chance in another book.) 

Anyway, Mitch also takes care of his ailing mother, so when he win’s the game (he has to for the plot to work), and he wins Heather’s freedom, she going to ask to be his wife because she has nowhere else to go.  Since he has kids and his mother to take care of, on top of running a ranch, he’s going to agree. 

And since I’m talking about Mitch’s Win, this is a possible cover.  I’m working on others, including some of the shillouette ones and seeing about using the pictures of Mitch and Heather I got.  So this is one of the covers I’m thinking of using. 

Here it is if you’re interested:

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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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4 Responses to Update on Works in Progress and Possible Cover for Mitch’s Win

  1. Kesia Saenz says:

    Owww I love the picture!!! Nice touch with the playing cards at the end of the bouquet too! 🙂

    • Thanks for letting me know you like the picture! I’ve wanted to use another one where the groom is holding the bride, so I think I’ll use it. I made the cards a little bigger so they’ll show up easier when the cover is the size of a thumbnail. I might add some kind of border to the cover, but I think this is the only I’ll go with.

  2. irishmary24 says:

    I bought “Shotgun Groom” for my Kindle and I’m now reading it. I won’t say anything to give plot info away, in case someone on this site hasn’t read it yet. But, I think Joel’s actions are speaking louder than his protests. That may give Ruth an idea of where I am in reading it!
    David and Mary’s story is what got me hooked on this series, too! I can hardly wait for their second book to be out!

    • Yeah, Joel wasn’t as opposed to the whole thing as he pretended to be. I think his male pride was getting in the way of being more cooperative. hehe

      I’m having fun being with Dave and Mary again. it’s funny how the other Larsons see Dave as “boring” when I write their books, but when I write a book featuring him, he has a lot of excitement and personality in him. It’s weird how different each character seems as I write different books in this series. I’m also learning that Mary’s mother was one of the reasons why she wanted to leave Maine. I kind of got that impression from the beginning of Eye of the Beholder, but in the second book, the mother-daughter dynamic is showing up more. I don’t think her mother ever forgave her for going to Nebraska, and it’s showing up in the plot. I have to keep writing to get more insight into the characters and how they interact together. However, I was surprised to learn how much her father wanted to get out of Maine so she could be happy.

      Edited to add: I meant her father wanted her to get out of Maine. 😀

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