First Draft of Ruined by the Earl is Done!

Ruined by the Earl ebook cover

I finished it yesterday afternoon and am currently in the final stages of the initial edits.  (I’ve been editing as I’ve been going on this book, which is why I am behind in my reading of Snake.  Rami, I’m still reading it. 🙂 I just had to put it aside while I was finishing up this project.)

So next up, I’ll send the book out later this week to my editing team.  I’m going to give them a full month to work on it, so this won’t be out until April.  I had been shooting for March, but I don’t want to rush the editing because I want this book to be as polished up as possible before it goes into the world.

This is my favorite Regency to date of the ones I’ve done.  The hero was so much fun to write.  Yes, he was a bit on the conceited side, but he had some of the best lines (and thoughts) that had me laughing through most of the book.  And the heroine was pretty cute, too, with the way she had to justify snooping around his things to learn more about him.  This was one of the funnest couples I’ve ever had the pleasure of writing.  If you get my sense of humor, I think you’ll enjoy it equally as much.  (I know my type of humor isn’t for everyone.)

Anyway, I’m going to estimate the second week of April for this book’s release. 😀

I already have plans for a third Regency series, even though I have one more book (The Earl’s Stolen Bride) to finish for this series.  The next Regency series (Marriage by Arrangement) will feature the same group of characters that have shown up in the other Regency series I’ve done.  I’m going to have Helena (heroine in Love Lessons with the Duke) arrange marriages based on different issues of compatibility, though the couples being fixed up may not agree she picked the right one for them.  This should be a lot of fun.  And already I have planned out Malcolm’s story for that series.  (Malcolm is the heroine’s brother in Ruined by the Earl.)

I’ll go more into the next series next year.  Right now I need to get The Earl’s Stolen Bride done then work on my novella in A Groom’s Promise, Wagon Trail Bride and finish up the Enchanted Galaxy Series.  I’m also getting the first draft blog ready.  (I heard Amazon may or may not have issues with people who do a first draft on a blog when they go to publish a book.  I don’t know if that’s for authors who go into their Select program or for everyone.  I never join Amazon’s Select program because I want my books to be available on the other book sites like Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords, iBooks, and Flipkart.)  Hopefully, there will be no issues that pop up with doing a first draft blog.  If there is, I’ll have to take it back down, which isn’t something I want to do.  So fingers crossed.

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
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6 Responses to First Draft of Ruined by the Earl is Done!

  1. Yay! I can’t wait to read it! *rubs hands together and waits anxiously* And, yeah, I get your humor.

    I love how your mind runs ahead to your next books. You’ll never run out of ideas.

    I really don’t see why Amazon would have a problem with the first draft thing. They aren’t the actual publisher, just the retailer.

    • The idea for the next series came while watching a reality show called Married at First Sight during Christmas break. 🙂 I knew it’d be perfect for the Regency because there’s more leeway in this time period for stuff like arranging marriages than there is in historical west or today.

  2. Donna says:

    Ok… I have something that I think you may be interested in doing. Why not plan a Christmas party with all the characters in the series you are working on? Have it come out Christmas day. Have all of the main characters go out Christmas caroling and have something happen. Just a thought..

    Ruth Ann Nordin’s Blog wrote: > a:hover { color: red; } a { text-decoration: none; color: #0088cc; } a.primaryactionlink:link, a.primaryactionlink:visited { background-color: #2585B2; color: #fff; } a.primaryactionlink:hover, a.primaryactionlink:active { background-color: #11729E !important; color: #fff !important; } /* @media only screen and (max-device-width: 480px) { .post { min-width: 700px !important; } } */ Ruth Ann Nordin posted: ” I finished it yesterday afternoon and am currently in the final stages of the initial edits.  (I’ve been editing as I’ve been going on this book, which is why I am behind in my reading of Snake.  Rami, I’m still reading it. 🙂 I just had to put it asi”

    • It sounds like something to potentially do with all the characters might be something to put in the email list with a new release. I’m not familiar enough with Christmas in Regency times to know how to pull that off. Plus, I don’t even really know what to do with all of those characters. I’ll think about it.

  3. How soon will this story (ruined by the Earl) come out, I have read all the ones Ruth Ann Nordin, however, ‘Love lessons with a Duke’ I did not really care for, and I am surprised because I love the way she writes. Ever since I read Elsa I was hooked. Please tell me this one is better.

    • What is Elsa? I didn’t write any book by that name. You might be thinking of another author whose work you admire. 🙂

      I expect Ruined by the Earl to be around in April. I can’t give an exact date because I need to work with my editors in getting something out at a certain time unless I do a pre-order, and I’m not pre-ordering this book.

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