Updates on What I’m Doing

I was going to do an interview based off of yesterday’s post from The Earl’s Inconvenient Wife, but I’m having trouble finding Claire’s picture.  I found Lord Roderick’s picture just fine, but getting her has been harder than I thought it would be.  I keep finding women with dark hair who either look too happy (and Claire’s pissed so she can’t be happy) or too young.  Yes, Claire is 18, but I don’t want her looking like she’s in high school.  I’ll search again tomorrow.

For tonight, I’ll do an update.

1.  To Have and To Hold is back from the editor. 

Now it’s time for me to go over it before the proofreaders get it.

2.  Thanks to everyone for letting me know what I missed in the Regency I’m writing. 

It really does cut down on how much I have to do in the long run to get the basics straightened out.  I have been doing my own research, but it seems that the stuff I’m learning has more to do with the moral climate of the time period and how important it was for some ambitious parents that their daughters marry up, esp. to titled men.  Though I am aware of how often mistresses and lovers were used (discretely, of course), I can’t allow it in my books.  Historical accuracy can only go so far before I say, “It’s fiction and I’m writing these characters my way.” I have to write heroes and heroines I can love.

3.  Bound by Honor, Bound by Love, Mitch’s Win, and Her Heart’s Desire are trucking along.

Due to the kids and I getting the stomach bug again (I blame it on the up and down temps we’ve been having this year), it’s been slow going with my daily word counts.  Some days I can manage them and on others, I do good to write a blog post or answer emails.  Then I have other stuff pop up that demand my attention and like Feb. 1 coming around and needing to get the Giveaway Contest info ready for the Bargain Books for Your Nook blog that I co-administer.  Believe it or not, that is almost a full day’s project. 

Speaking of projects…

4.  I am getting a paperback copy ready for Shotgun Groom and Isaac’s Decision.

5.  I can’t use the ebook covers for the Regency books on paperbacks because the terms and conditions on the site I got them allow for ebooks only. 

So hmm…  I think I’ll get another cover for the paperback (nothing fancy but maybe scenic) and upload the “other cover” thing to share the ebook cover so people know it’s the same book.  Not that my paperbacks are popular or anything, but I like having paperback copies of my books on my bookshelf. 

6.  I have to put Just Good Friends on Hold.

I have tried, unsuccessfully to manage five books at a time, but even at 100 words a day, I can’t swing it.  So I’m putting Just Good Friends on hold until I finish one of the other four books I’m currently working on.  I think four is my limit. 

7.  Got the cover (finally) for The Write Husband, which comes after Runaway Bride. 

I plan to write The Write Husband next year.  I don’t know if I can finish Runaway Bride this year, but I plan to start on it.  The Write Husband should finish up the Across the Stars Series.   So this is the order of books: Suddenly a Bride, Runaway Bride and The Write Husband.  For those who don’t know, The Write Husband is Sandy’s romance.  Sandy is Caitlyn’s best friend from Suddenly a Bride, and in book 2 (Runaway Bride) Caitlyn is going to try to fix her up with Mark (Chris’ friend who came with him from the other planet). 

Mark, of course, won’t be interested in Sandy because he wants Caitlyn’s sister, Lexie.  He elopes with Lexie in Runaway Bride, which causes all kinds of problems with her mother.  Those of you who remember the grief Caitlyn’s mother caused her and Chris in Suddenly a Bride know what kind of woman we’re dealing with here.  😉

So anyway, Sandy is going to be majorly bummed out because no man she’s fixed up with works out and Mark’s the final straw.  So she swears off men and decides to spend the time she used to spend on trying to find a husband on writing a book.  She’s going to pick a fantasy because I want to do something where I don’t have to adhere to the natural laws I’m bound to in my other romances.  She’s going to write this fantasy and the villain in her book doesn’t want to be the villain, so he pulls her into the story to try to talk sense into her.  She won’t fall for it so he’s going to keep her hostage in his palace or something.  I’ll have to work out the details as I write the book, but I’m thinking he’s going to appear to her as a muscular hunk but in reality he’s going to be a nerdy type.  I’ve wanted to do a nerdy hero and this will work.  I expect this to be a fun book since Sandy will have to deal with an irate character who is going to fight her on how he thinks the story should go.

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I think I’ll end the updates here so I can finish the Giveaway page for Bargain Books for Your Nook.

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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6 Responses to Updates on What I’m Doing

  1. dorothypaula says:

    Dear Ruth, please reserve a paperback copy each of “Shotgun Groom” and “Isaac’s Decision” for me. Let me know how much to send you.

    I haven’t had a chance yet to read “Isaac’s Decision” as it’s been a hectic month. I purchased “Death Planet” and it’s on my Kindle waiting as well. I’m eager to read both books, and look forward to Bound by Honor, Bound by Love (I loved the first two); and To Have and To Hold; and Her Heart’s Desire.

    I’m still working on my novella; the first draft is half finished. I work slow (my health problems). and this novella has required a lot of research as it set two thousand years ago. This one is not strictly a romance, though it does have some. It’s more of an inspirational. The book I’m planning after this will be a romance. I enjoy writing in different genres. But I find that love and emotion are always at the core of the stories I write. I can never be as prolific as you, but you inspire me, and your books always entertain me and raise my spirits.

    I hope you and your children are feeling better. I know what you mean about the “up and down temps we’ve been having this year.” Our weather has not been any better. Just this month the temperatures in my area have varied between 50 degrees and 20 degrees. We’ve had rain, warm sunny days, cold teeth-chattering days, freezing rain, foggy days, no snow in our area as yet, winds at 5 miles an hour and winds at 50 miles an hour — all within the space of 30 days. 😦

    Lotsa hugs, 🙂

    • You got it. 😉

      I’m a little miffed because I had added a second part to Death Planet when I revised it, but the changes aren’t in the ebook. I don’t have the file on my computer either since the computer that had it crashed and my floppy disk (which I used back in 2002) has long since been destroyed. *sigh* Oh well. I can’t do anything about those old books so I’m moving on and focusing on the ones I can control.

      Your book sounds like it’ll be a good one. I don’t read many romances. I read mostly non-fiction and then I usually read a variety of genres. I’d say 15-20% is actually romance. Maybe it’s because I write them that I want a break from them when I read.

      The weather’s been crazy. I’ve been wearing shorts for the past three days and I hear we’ll be getting snow in a couple days. No wonder we’re getting sick all the time.

      Hugs back! 😀

  2. “I have to write heroes and heroines I can love”

    It’s your book – do it your way! 😉

    • I self-published to do books my way. I didn’t want someone telling me what I could or couldn’t write. And to be honest, selling books was the last thing on my mind. I just wanted to enjoy writing and reading what I wrote. 🙂

  3. I always enjoy your blog and I think you’re incredibly organised. Hope you’re all over the bugs now and that your writing gets back on plan. The Write Husband sounds brilliant – I’ll certainly be reading that when it’s finished. Excellent cover.
    Right, now back to my writing …

    • Do you have a blog? I’d like to subscribe to it if you do. 🙂

      Thanks. We’re on the mend for the time being, but with the way the temperatures have been up and down, I don’t think we’re completely over anything yet. Usually we have snow, and I’ve been wearing shorts. It reminds me of when I used to live in Florida. Nebraska isn’t supposed to be this warm. LOL

      Thank you about The Write Husband. I appreciate that.

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