The Earl’s Inconvenient Wife is Available on Amazon and B&N, Got an Idea for the Plot to Patty’s Gamble, Update on Her Heart’s Desire, and Next Works in Progress

Wow, all I can say is that both Amazon and B&N are fast with getting a book up.  Amazon is usually quick anyway, but I was surprised by how quickly it went live on B&N.  I guess when you are used to it taking a month or longer, you start expecting it.

Anyway, here is the Amazon link:

And here is the B&N link:

I did check through the formatting on my Nook, and everything looks good.  It actually looks better than the way Smashwords’ Meatgrinder formats my books.  I credit the Atlantis Word Program for making this possible.  I’m relieved.  After all the trouble I had with formatting To Have and To Hold, it’s nice to have it work the first time.  😀 

I was making a comment to Kesia on this blog about the cover to this book when the idea for the plot came to me.  I knew the heroine would be manipulating things so that she got to marry the hero (so on her part, it was a gamble because it could have turned out to be a miserable marriage.  But I write romance, and I believe romance means you’re promised a happy ending so it all works and the hero ends up loving.  So the gamble pays off. 

Anyway, in The Keeping of Greg Wilson (which was the original version of this story and only 14,000 words long), I had Patty and her father scheme to get Greg to marry her at gunpoint so she wouldn’t have to marry the unsavory John Meyer.  However, in Patty’s Gamble, I’m going to switch things around.  In this rewrite, Patty’s father is going to save Greg from losing his family’s ranch to John Meyer, but as part of the bargain, Patty’s father stipulates that Greg marries Patty so he can combine his land with Greg’s.  Patty’s all for it because she’s been in love with him since childhood.

Here’s my tentative description for the book:

Greg Wilson is in a real fix.  Upon his father’s death, he expects to inherit the ranch.  Only, he can’t because his father owed a substantial amount of money to John Meyer and he doesn’t have enough to settle the debt.  Now in order to protect the land and livestock, he must make a very unpleasant agreement.  He must marry Patty Dixon.

Patty has been in love with Greg since childhood, and when her father offers to buy Greg’s land to keep it safe from John, she sees this as her chance to finally marry him.  With a little plotting, she convinces her father the best way to ensure the land stays in the family is if she marries Greg and has children with him.

Seeing the brilliance in her plan, her father tells Greg the only way he’ll hand the land back over to him is if he marries Patty.  Reluctant to give up his bachelorhood, Greg agrees.  Patty’s determined to prove that Greg’s better off being married.  But that is easier said than done.  Will her gamble pay off  or is this bet going to lead to heartache?

Anyway, that’s my tentative summary for the book.  😀

I’m about to get this book back from my last proofreader.  I’m going to work on it this weekend when I will be in a car for eight hours.  So I should be able to finish it up and get it ready to be published around June 1 or so.  So I expect the first week of June for it to be available at Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords.  Ideally, it’ll be ready sooner, but we’ll see how things go. 

What I’m Working On Next

I want to get Mitch’s Win out there.  I put it on hold for the longest time, but now that I have gotten The Earl’s Inconvenient Wife and Her Heart’s Desire done, I can work on it again.

I did finally get the description to this book written down:

When Mitch Grady goes to a saloon to take his wayward brother home, he finds that his brother’s horse isn’t the only thing being offered in a poker game.  Heather Curtiss’ brother has bet her as well.  Vowing an innocent woman won’t be forced to give up her virtue to a disreputable gambler, Mitch joins in the game of poker, and with luck, he wins and frees her.   

Heather sees this as her chance to get away from her brother and appeals to Mitch’s kindness to marry her, offering to help him care for his ailing mother and the two children under his roof.  He agrees, and they become husband and wife. 

But Heather isn’t exactly sure what her new role as a wife means, and her scheming brother hasn’t gone away.  Can she find her happily ever after with her prince charming?  Or will her uncertainty and brother ruin her happy ending?

I am still working on this one.  It’s not going to be available in July as I hoped.  The rewrite on the Regency pushed me back.  I don’t know when this will be out, but I will keep the word count widget to the right side of this blog updated so you can see my progress. 

All I have for the description is a pretty short blurb.  I’m not sure if it’s sufficient, but it almost seems if I add more, I’ll be repeating myself.  Anyway, this is what I have:

The day Onawa eagerly anticipated has finally come.  She is to be Citlali’s wife.  But what she doesn’t realize is that he’s devoted to his ambitions to be the next chief.  Will he ever love her or must she play second best to their tribe.

I have started this one.  Here’s the description:

The Duchess of Watkins’ husband just died, and her unscrupulous brother-in-law is ready to step in as the Duke of Watkins.  In desperation, she enlists the help of the butler, and the two determine to quietly bury her husband and pretend he’s still alive.  It will be a secret they will keep to their graves in order to protect the estate.

After burying him in a forest in the middle of the night, they come across a man who has been beaten and left for dead.  And this man happens to look just like her husband.  Seeing this as the answer to their prayers, they take the man home in hopes he’ll agree to be the new Duke of Watkins.  There’s only problem.  When he wakes up, he doesn’t remember who he is, and a search for anyone who might know him leaves his true identity a mystery.  Taking their chances, the Duchess of Watkins and the butler convince him he’s her husband.

Unlike her first husband, this one is everything she’s ever hoped for.  But when he learns the truth, can he forgive her for her lie or will he go back to the life he had before?


As for the next giveaway, I plan to start it this week.  I won’t complete it this week, though.  I’ve decided to offer a few paperbacks like last time.  I expect the amount of posts I need to make for the giveaway to be a couple of weeks or so.  I’ll be suing Dave and Mary Larson, and it’ll take some time to get the testimonies done.  😀

About Ruth Ann Nordin

Ruth Ann Nordin mainly writes historical western romances and Regencies. From time to time, she branches out to other genres, but her first love is historical romance. She lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her husband and a couple of children. To find out more about her books, go to
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2 Responses to The Earl’s Inconvenient Wife is Available on Amazon and B&N, Got an Idea for the Plot to Patty’s Gamble, Update on Her Heart’s Desire, and Next Works in Progress

  1. I love the plot to Patty’s Gamble. I also can’t wait to read Her Counterfeit Husband. That one peaked my interest when you first mentioned it awhile back. 🙂

    • I’m really enjoying the Regencies. I wasn’t sure if I would when I started the first one, but I thought I’d try it since I hadn’t done it before and found I had a lot of fun. I guess you never know if something will work unless you try it. 😀

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