Some Questions I’ve Been Getting

I’ve been getting a couple of questions that I will answer for anyone reading this post.  I thought if one person has a question they ask me in an email or on Facebook, then others probably have the same questions but aren’t asking them.  So I figured I’d answer them now.  😀

1.  When will Runaway Bride and His Abducted Bride be available?

I’m only on chapter 2 of both books.   I’m writing them at the same time since I want to have both out around late winter/early spring of next year.  At the moment I’m not working on anything else.

2.  Will there be a sequel to Substitute Bride?

I’m planning on writing one, but I don’t know when.  Believe it or not, I plan to pair Tammy and Trent up.  It’s why I spent so much time on Trent in the book.  I know, they’re a very unlikely couple, but that’s what makes the chemistry work.  😉

3.  Will there be more Larson books, when and which ones?

There will definitely be more Larson books.  Would you believe there are now nine books in the Nebraska Romance Collection?  I have plans to do at least twenty more.  I’m not going to write them in chronological order, which is why I no longer call the Nebraska books a “series” since series implies they should be read in order.  Instead, I chose to reclassify it as the Nebraska Romance Collection.  A collection, to me, says you can pick any book and read it, regardless of the order.  I’m sure there are some people who will disagree with my definition of collection, but you can’t please everyone all the time.

At the moment, I am working on getting A Most Unsuitable Earl polished up and will then work on Runaway Bride and His Abducted Bride.  So I am not working on any Larson books at the moment.  I do plan to write at least one next year, but it’s too early to tell which one.

4.  Where you can find my books.

I have a link on this site that will lead you to a list of all of my books on Amazon, B&N, Sony, Kobo, Apple, Diesel, and Smashwords.  I can’t guarantee they are all up on all of those sites since some of them are slower to get my books up than others.  Worse comes to worse, I suggest going to Smashwords since that will have all the ebook formats available, and all of my books are there (usually before they’re up anywhere else).

4.  Will Dave Larson be featured in another book?

Yes.  It’ll be Forever Yours.  I’m not sure if there will be more than that.  There’s only so much I can do with the same characters playing the main role in a book.  😀

5.  Where can I find all of your books for free?

I hesitated to bring this one up in this post, but since I’ve gotten this question three times in the past month, I better answer it.  Writing books is my business.  I pay taxes on the income I receive.  By legal standards, I am a sole proprietorship.  I am also the sole provider for my family.   When my husband retired from the military, I asked him to be the stay-at-home dad.  Why?  There were a couple of reason. For one, I wanted to focus on writing more books.  I also wanted to be freed up to do something that I wasn’t able to do while he was working.  I wanted to start speaking at writing conferences to help other authors.  While I love writing my books, I also loved giving the speech with my friend Janet Syas Nitsick to help other authors with their marketing efforts.  Since my husband is now home all the time, I can sign up for writing conferences and offer to be a speaker.  Even if I’m not a speaker, I still want to attend conferences because I also learn a wealth of information on being a better writer, which I then use to make my books even better.  I also participate in writers groups.  All of this is because I am able to make an income off of my books.

I do have some free books.  I also have books at $0.99 and $2.99.  Part of making that living off my work enables me to keep the prices of my books low.  I understand that economically, we’re facing some hard times, and from what I see, these economic hardships aren’t going away.  I support authors who price their books at a higher price.  They have that right, but I decided I’d like to keep my new full-length novels at $2.99 for the upcoming year.  I’m trying to make it easy for everyone to afford my books.  At the same time, I also need to provide food, shelter, clothing, and other necessities for me, my husband, and our four children.  So it’s a balancing act.

Sometimes I run giveaways.  I don’t have the time to do one right now since I’m in the process of moving, but once things settle down early next year, I have plans to run a couple giveaways.  I run them on this blog so that those who have been with me through all these years have the chance to get the free books.  I would much rather give free paperbacks and ebooks to those of you who have always been there to offer a word of encouragement than a stranger on another site.  This is why I don’t participate in blog hops and such.  I see giveaways (free books) as a way to thank you for everything you’ve done for me.  And I really do appreciate everything you have done for me.  😀

***

That’s all I can think of for now.  If anyone has any other questions, feel free to comment below, and I’ll address those in the next post.  😀

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.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to Some Questions I’ve Been Getting

  1. Thanks for all the info about your books. Inquiring minds want to know. 🙂

    That question about the free books really gets under my skin. Would someone walk into a bookstore and ask where the free books are? Would someone walk into a convenience store and ask where the free candy bars are? It just makes my heart hurt.

    You also mentioned supporting authors who price their books higher. I’ve seen a couple of brand new unknown authors who priced their books at $6.99 and $4.99. I think they are setting themselves up for a lot of disappointment.

    Okay, I don’t know HOW I made this comment about pricing books. I’ve been off the radar for the last couple of weeks, so now I’m rambling to catch up. LOL

    • The nice thing about people asking me questions is that it lets me know what I can blog about. I figure only a small percentage ask questions others might have but don’t ask.

      It’s a strange thing with books. I’ve been trying to think of any other profession where the person working would be asked to give away their product for free. I don’t know what it is that is different about books, why they aren’t seen as something worth buying. You’re right. No one would go into a store and ask where the free item is. They would understand that they are going in with the intention of buying it. I guess what bothers me the most is the implication that my books don’t have enough value to warrant the purchase, esp. when I keep my price at $0.99 or $2.99. If I was charging $9.99, I could understand it. But at a price that is rock bottom in the publishing business?

      It looks like traditional publishers are starting to lower their ebook prices. It probably has something to do with the Dept. of Justice lawsuit earlier this year (though I don’t know for sure if it is). If publishers are lowering prices, unknown authors won’t be able to compete. As much as I love self-publishing and have decided all of my books will continue to be self-published, I realize the odds are stacked against me because I don’t have the publisher’s approval to back me up. I know why the unknown authors are pricing at the price they are, but I agree with you about setting themselves up for disappointment. Also, I keep thinking with the economy the way it is, people aren’t as likely to try to an unknown at that high of a price. I understand the whole “you get what you pay for” argument and why they’re doing it, but I don’t think enough people value books enough to pay the price. (Hope that all made sense. I feel like I’m rambling.) 😀

  2. Patsy Ezell says:

    I have all of your books downloaded on my nook I enjoy hem and have recommended your books to several friends who have also downloaded them on the nooks and kindles thank you for good quality stories that I can enjoy without an overload of smut I enjoy the fact that your characters don’t have sex till after marriage.

    • Thank you so much, Patsy! My biggest hope is that I am able to find the right balance between romance and sex, so I really appreciate your comment about not overloading on the smut. That lets me know I’m getting that balance in. 😀 And thank you for letting me know you appreciate my characters waiting until sex to have marriage. That is why I started writing romances to begin with. I got tired of characters not waiting until marriage and finally decided to get the books I wanted to read, I’d have to write them.

Comments are closed.