I’m almost done finishing up Catching Kent.  As long as everything goes smoothly, that should be available on Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords early next week.  *fingers crossed*

In the meantime, I am already turning my attention to other stuff I’m working on.

Book Stephannie Beman and I are working on.

Book Stephannie Beman and I are working on.

Stephannie Beman’s done with her part so now it’s my turn to work on this book.  🙂  I haven’t touched it since June, so I’m looking forward to reading it through as a complete novel.  Stephannie and I are planning on releasing this book in December.

The Anthology Janet Syas Nitsick and I Are Working On

The Anthology Janet Syas Nitsick and I Are Working On

I’m coming close to the end of my novella in this anthology.  I figure I have 2-3 chapters left to go.

boaz's wager

I’m not exactly sure where the characters are going in this book.  Things haven’t been predictable at all with this pair.  Today while I was writing, an angle did come up that has some promise.  I’ll have to see if it goes anywhere.  Some books are easier to write than others, and this is one that’s going to be challenging.

the earl's scandalous wife

But more challenging than Boaz’s Wager is Perry’s book.   The only part of this book that has been easy so far was the very first scene where the heroine finds out her brother’s going to arrange a marriage for her unless she does something to change her circumstances–hence the scandal.  It’s not necessarily that I don’t know where to go.  It’s just the scenes that connect where I’ve been to where I want to go are a bit fuzzy so it’s slow going.  This is why I have the word count to 250 a day.  I just can’t go faster on this one like I can on the others.

the earl's secret bargain ebook cover

In the meantime, I decided to start a book that I’ve been wanting to write ever since I got the idea while writing His Reluctant Lady.  In His Reluctant Lady, Christopher manages to snag Agatha into a marriage by telling her the news of a wager between Lord Pennella and Lord Davenport for the hand of Miss Giles.  So this book goes more into how the wager came to be and what happened after it was exposed to the Tittletattle.  This one is easier to write than Boaz’s Wager and The Earl’s Scandalous Wife.

wagon trail bride ebook cover 10

I usually work on four books at a time (give or take other works I am proofing or editing at the moment), and I wanted to have a book lined up to start on for when I finish the first draft of The Purchased Bride (my part of the anthology).  As crazy as it is, a couple weekends ago I had a dream that outlined the entire book of Wagon Trail Bride.  I hadn’t wanted to go in a certain direction with the story, but it’s the only way it can go.  The reason I haven’t been able to get past the second chapter is because I’ve been resisting it.  I know what I need to do–or rather what the characters insist I do–and I ought to know by now that I need to follow their guidance if I want the book to get written.  So I’m going to do it.

By the way, Wagon Trail Bride is officially the first book in the Nebraska Romance Collection.  The Nebraska books will span about 30 books before all is said and done, and when Catching Kent is published, 11 books total will be in the series if you count Kent Ashton’s Backstory as part of it.  Kent Ashton’s Backstory was a hard one to place since it’s not a romance, but since it’s a prequel to Catching Kent, I decided to put it in that list.

So anyway, if Wagon Trail Bride makes 12 books in the series, then that leaves me with about 18 more books to go.  That will take years for me to complete.  Some people tell me they want to wait until all the books in the series are done, and that’s fine, but be warned that will be a long time to wait.

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 https://ruthannnordinsbooks.wordpress.com/.
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4 Responses to Updates

  1. dorothypaula says:

    Glad to hear Perry’s story is on the way. Unless I’m getting the characters mixed up, Perry is the one who thinks no woman would choose him because of his handicap, You know from some of my own published stories, that I love to see the “underdog” get the girl, or the guy if the underdog is a girl. As soon as it’s out, I’m definitely ordering the e-book and the paperback, Lord willing. P.S.: I’ve started another novella, this one for the character who lost the girl in “Driscoll’s Daughter”. Oh, and if I make it to next Thursday (10/10) I’ll be 70. Yikes! Lotsa hugs, your loyal fan and friend, Dorothy Paula Freda 🙂

    • Yep, that’s Perry. 😀 I’m not sure what is slowing that book down. Maybe something in my mind has to figure some things out in the plot that I’m not aware of.

      I like to see the underdog get the romance, too. I think what’s thrown me off guard so much in Perry’s book is that deep down, he has a lot more insecurities than I thought he did. He seemed to confident in the other books. I knew Sophie (the one he was engaged to) didn’t think much of him and he accepted that, but I figured he was telling Christopher it was fine because he wanted to protect his pride. Now I’ve started to realize he really doesn’t think any lady is going to be genuinely interested in him. But the heroine has plenty of self-doubts as well (for different reasons) and doesn’t think she deserves him. It’s going to be interesting to see how it all plays out. That’s the part of the fun of writing, right? The author is sometimes the last person to know what’s going on. 😀

      Oh, what fun! I haven’t read “Driscoll’s Daughter” yet, but I’m excited to know the character will be getting his romance! I love it when a character who loses out on love gets another chance. 😀

  2. I have to admit to getting frustrated when I have to wait too long between books. I frequently re-read or skim the previous books in a series inorder to jar my my memory prior to reading the latest book.

    • I understand what you mean about frustration, but in a different way. 😀 I have ten books going on in my head to write at once, but I have to narrow it down to four because that is all I can do at once. I wish I could go faster. The ideas come faster than I can write them.

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