Her Counterfeit Husband is coming along on schedule!
I’ll be going through it this weekend and sending it back to her for another look. In the meantime, I also have a proofreader looking it over. Then I’ll be correcting whatever they find before handing it off to another proofreader. I expect the book to be published around the end of August to early September.
Bound by Honor, Bound by Love is still in the second draft stage.
I’m now at the end of chapter 11 (out of 17 chapters). I expect to be done with the second draft some time next week, and then it’ll be going to the editor and proofreaders again. I expect it to be published around the first or second week of September.
Extra Scenes of Already Published Books
What I’d like to try out is a series of very short stories that are scenes that never made it into my books. I was telling Mary in a comment that I came across an idea book of scenes that I’d like to write on my blog. These would be 500 to 1000 word scenes like Tom telling Dave to get himself a wife (which would take place right before Eye of the Beholder) and a scene where Mary gives birth to Isaac. I know I can come up with other scenes involving other characters from other books, but those were the two I had written down. Oh, and I had an idea for the day Eliza and John found Brian (this would take place after Loving Eliza ended). I think these could be a lot of fun scenes similar to deleted scenes you see on DVDs. 😀 I plan to write the scenes from time to time, like I do with character interviews and posting excerpts from works in progress. So this will be an ongoing thing.
New Idea and Cover Idea for Another Book
While I was reading Bound by Honor, Bound by Love, I got an idea for Mister Robinson who is Lord Clement (Perry)’s mischievous ward in The Earl’s Inconvenient Wife. I started A Most Unsuitable Husband (am 7000 words in right now but not working on at the moment), and in this book, I introduce Lord Edon’s partner in crime (of sorts). This partner in crime is not Lord Edon’s love interest. She’s a writer, and she writes under a male pen name for the Tittletattle. In exchange for reporting scandals on Lord Edon’s behalf, he takes her stories to a publisher. So no one knows her secret, except for him.
Anyway, her sister happens to stumble upon a part of her book, and in fear of exposing her secret, she says a gentleman wrote it. The sister, eager to see her married then spreads it around that she has a suitor. So one lie tumbles into another (after all, she can’t risk her family knowing the truth), and before she knows it, everyone wants to meet this gentleman. In comes Mister Robinson who (somehow) learns of the ordeal (probably from Lord Edon who is trying to help her out), and Mister Robinson (the happy mischievous sort he is) happily plays along as the doting suitor.
I don’t have any more than that at the moment, and I can’t remember the heroine’s name (my husband has the computer with A Most Unsuitable Husband on it). However, I do have a title, and I decided to morph the contemporary story I decided not to write and call the book The Write Husband because she pretty much writes him into existence with her lies.
I realized the Regencies I’ve been doing have either “husband” or “wife” in the title, so I decided to keep the trend going. I’m also trying to keep the covers similar enough so that anyone browsing my books can tell right away it’s a Regency. Without further ado, here’s what I came up with for the cover:
I decided to use the red background that I had thought about using for The Reluctant Wife. I don’t have a plot for The Reluctant Wife yet, and I might change the title at a later date. But I think the cover for The Write Husband works, so I expect it to stick around. *fingers crossed*
I like the looks of that cover Ruth. Just enough color to stick out but yet folds into the background nicely as well.
Thanks, Judy! That was surprisingly easy to make. I found the picture yesterday while taking a break from Bound by Honor, Bound by Love. Between writing or editing, I like to search through http://www.dreamstime.com, http://www.shutterstock.com, http://www.photos.com, and http://www.istock.com for possible future book cover pictures. The woman happened to pop up, and I liked it enough to tinker with it. Since I had decided not to use the red background for the other cover, I tried it for this one and it worked. Most of the time, I spend days placing different backgrounds behind the women until I get a good fit. But sometimes it clicks right away. 😀
Aren’t you the busy little beaver? 😉 Looks like you are making lots of progress though! I’m liking the new cover for and title for The Write Husband. It sounds like an interesting story concept.
Thanks, Anya! I appreciate hearing your thoughts on the covers since you make great ones. I work on future covers or search for images to relax. Too bad the covers don’t magically produce the book to go with it. LOL
I love the idea of the extra scenes. I’d enjoy reading them and it would act as a refresher and even connect several of the book plots.
I’ve changed the title of “Lilacs in the Spring” to “Lilac in the Spring”, since the heroine’s mother nicknamed her “Lilac” because as a toddler the heroine preferred lilacs to all other flowers. Also, I can’t believe I’ve already typed 8000 words. Unusual for my normal slow. Ruth, you keep inspiring me.
I’m waiting on edge especially for Bound by Honor, Bound by Love. 🙂
My most favorite Ruth Ann Nordin books are: Eye of the Beholder, the Mary and Dave Larson series, Lisa’s story, and the Mandan Indian series. I have read many love stories over the years and forgotten most of them, but your stories stay in my mind. That’s how good a story writer you are.
As far as our new home, we’re adapting to living in our son’s ground-floor in-law apartment, My granddaughter is a sweetheart, smart as a whip, and Loves to Read. This six-year old is reading books to me. (smiling). Lotsa hugs, your e-mail friend and avid fan, dorothypaula 🙂
My problem is coming up with what scenes to write first. LOL I need to make a list of scenes and organize them. That might help me get an idea of what to work on and in what order.
I think it’s neat why you changed your title. Was it hard to change the title? I haven’t tried changing a title. Did you have to put one book in draft and upload the book again to do that?
Thanks for telling me your favorites. It helps to know what people prefer so I can choose what book to do next. As for Bound by Honor, Bound by Love, I am so glad I finally have the Native American Romance Series finished. 😀
I’m glad you’re all settled in. It sounds like your granddaughter is cute. 😀 How fun that she’s reading to you!
I’m halfway through your book and enjoying how many encounters the thief keeps having with the Joseph, Mary and Jesus while he’s growing up. It’ll be fun to see him get saved while he’s on the cross. I always enjoyed that part of the gospel because it means that it’s never too late to believe. 😀
I like this cover! And I’m anxious to read more about Mr. Robinson. He was a good “partner in crime” in The Earl’s Inconvenient wife. 🙂
He was a lot of fun to write. I love the oddball characters that don’t time life so seriously. 😀
Thanks for the compliment on the cover!