Bride by Arrangement (the Anthology Janet Syas Nitsick and I Are Working On) And Possible Story Ideas I Can Do

We have a title and cover.  🙂  It’s Bride by Arrangement.  This is an anthology of novellas (one by me and one by her).  We’re basing the format off of what we’ve seen Harlequin do.  They have two or three authors who write novellas with a similar theme or same world environment with different plots.  I don’t know how to explain it better than that.

The Anthology Janet Syas Nitsick and I Are Working On

Jan already has her story idea.  Her heroine, Opal, is going to be a governess for a boy and a girl of a wealthy widow, and there’s going to be a struggle as she chooses between him and his brother.  I don’t want to say much more than that because the story still needs to be fleshed out.

As for my novella….

I still need to come up with a plot for my novella that will go in this book.  I’m brainstorming ideas.  I got a couple possibilities.

One would be a woman being arranged for a marriage to a man out west and finding out that the man’s brother (maybe two) did it as a joke or maybe because they didn’t want to take care of him.  The hero of this book would be deaf, but people would assume he’s mentally retarded.  I’m not sure if the brother(s) motives would be good or bad.  I can’t know until I work on the book.

Another idea I have is the woman who think she’s going out to marry a man with a young child, but what he really wanted was help with the house on his farm.  This would be a misunderstanding in communication between the hero and her brother.  So when she gets there, instead of meeting this guy she believes is going to want a wife, she comes across a widower who had such a bad first marriage that he doesn’t want to be married again.

Got any preferences?

Since this book takes place in Nebraska, I’m trying to determine if I can fit a character from the Nebraska series in the story, but I can’t make any promises.

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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