Updates on What I’m Doing

Patty’s Gamble is still expected to be published around July 15

patty's gamble ebook cover

If I hear otherwise from my publisher, I’ll let you know.  But for the time being, this date is still the anticipated release date.

Still Planning a July Release for The Earl’s Secret Bargain

the earl's secret bargain new ebook

I got this book back from my awesome beta reader and equally awesome editor.  Now I’m waiting for my other awesome editor. 🙂 I’m also going through it on my end for a final time.  But this book will be out this month.

A Royal Engagement Will Be Out Next Month

a royal engagement ebook cover

After my kids go back to school around August 13, I’ll be getting this one published.  Since I don’t talk about this one a whole lot, I just want to remind everyone it’s a contemporary romance about an ordinary Earth woman attending college who discovers she’s going to be the Queen on another planet.  Technically, it’s a fantasy romance.  It’s not exactly like the Across the Stars Series, but it has the same fantasy feel that Book 3 (His Abducted Bride) had, so if you enjoyed His Abducted Bride, I think this will be equally enjoyable.

Working on a Holiday Romance

Just Good Friends

I am finally (at long last) actually writing this one.  I’ve had the hardest time figuring out how to work through the idea to make a full length book, and now I know what to do.  I actually did an outline before I wrote it.  So far, the outline has expanded to a couple more scenes I didn’t see coming, but everything is going according to plan.  This is a holiday romance.  It starts around Thanksgiving and continues on through New Year’s.  So I have to publish this in October to best fit the season it’s written for.

This is a contemporary romance about two best friends who pretend to be dating when the heroine has to go to her sister’s wedding.  This is the third and final book in the Omaha Contemporary Romance Series.  Book 1 is With This Ring I Thee Dread and Book 2 is What Nathan Wants.  I am bringing in all characters from the previous two books.

I haven’t decided whether to keep the cover as it is or change it.

I’m Getting Back His Convenient Wife

His Convenient Wife ebook cover

Now that I got the three main books (Patty’s Gamble, The Earl’s Secret Bargain, and A Royal Engagement) out of the way, I can get back to working on this one.  I’d like to get this out this fall.  I was thinking October, but we’ll see.

The Rancher’s Wife

TheRancher'sWife ebook cover

Stephannie and I are back to working on this one.  The plan is to publish it in February.

This marks the third book I’m working on at one time, and since three books is my limit, all other writing projects are on hold.

Update on His Brother’s Wife – Putting It Aside Indefinitely

His Brother's Wife

Stephannie and I are putting this on hold.  She has control over The Rancher’s Wife, so I’ve decided to focus on that.  I have control over this one.  I don’t know what I want to do with it, so I’m putting a temporary stop on it.  Since this isn’t a part of a series, I can safely do that.  No one is invested in any of the characters because they haven’t met them.

However, there are other books I need to go through and finish the series for, like Shane’s Deal (book 4 of the Montana Collection), Wagon Trail Bride (which I am going to start over and do a complete rewrite), Love Lessons With The Duke (a Regency that follows The Earl’s Secret Bargain), and Royal Hearts (book 2 in the Enchanted Galaxy Series).

My goal is to clean up as many series or books that lead to other books as possible.  And the book mentioned in the paragraph above are the ones that are in the priority slot.

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I learned that I can’t sprint a book at the beginning.  

I can from the middle moving to the end, but when I’m at the beginning, I don’t know the book enough to be able to type 5,000 words a day in it.  And since I have pretty much used that method to finish up Patty’s Gamble, The Earl’s Secret Bargain, and A Royal Engagement, I am reverting back to my “work on a couple books at a time method”.  I am trying to outline (aka plan) ahead in the current works in progress, but it’s not as easy to make a certain word count when I’m anything less than 25,000 to 30,000 words into a book.

So it’s back to multiple books at a time and pacing myself every day.

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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10 Responses to Updates on What I’m Doing

  1. I am excited about yurt new Earl & Royal Engagement books! I like the covers! My inner cover HO loves them, too!

    • Thanks! I struggled so much with what to do for both covers, so I really appreciate the compliment! And to give credit where credit is due, Stephannie Beman did the Earl book. I sent her the pictures and told her what look I wanted, but she put them together and added the font with the nice border. I wish I could say I’m as good as she is, but I’m not at that level. 🙂

  2. Wow Ruth you are one busy woman! But you sure will make us readers very happy! I love series and sequel books! 🙂

    • I like staying busy. If I sit down and do nothing for even ten minutes, I get restless.

      I love writing series and sequels because I get a chance to return to old friends. If I can find a way to bring one character into another series, I’ll do it. 🙂

  3. I always like to read what’s going on with you and your writing. Thanks.

  4. I admire you for how much you can get out there. Anything new you have to see how it works for you and modify it to your own methods. With all you have going on right now, I am amazed at what you still produce. I am in awe at the wonderful gift God has given you. God bless.

    • I’m not writing as much as I usually do, but even if I can get half a scene in, it’s better than nothing. I do a little at a time.

      I don’t think the same method works for every person, so I think modifying these techniques to best fit the person using them in a good idea. 🙂

  5. I can’t wait to read them all! 😉

    I can definitely see why you can’t sprint the first part of the book. That makes sense to me. And whatever method works for you at the time, then that’s what’s best to use. I’ve always admired how you can work on more than one book at a time. I think I’m going to try that with my next two. Since they are completely different, maybe when I get stuck on one, I can work on the other. 🙂

    • I’ve never been one of those writers who outline the book first. I don’t know the characters until I’m writing the book, and the characters are the ones who direct me on how the story will play out. So many times I’ve tried to get the story figured out ahead of time, but it never works out the way I think it will. I don’t know how plotters do it from the beginning.

      I hope working on two books at a time works for you. I get stuck at least once in every book, so for me, having another to work on is a relief. I hope it works for you. Let me know how things go. 🙂

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