Updates on What I’m Doing

I am way behind in making a post.  Between some stuff going on in my personal life and having issues pop up around the house, I’ve had little time for anything that isn’t related to actually writing.  Blog posts are the extras I do. 🙂

The Bargain Mail Order is Set for January 7

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This is book 4 in the Chance at Love Series.  (Book 1: The Convenient Mail Order Bride; Book 2: The Mistaken Mail Order Bride; Book 3: The Accidental Mail Order Bride)

This is the last book in the series.  For those of you who like to wait until the entire series is done before buying any of the books in it, this is the last one.  I’m going to miss these characters.  This was one of my favorite series to work on.

I should be uploading The Bargain Mail Order Bride to Amazon today.  It’s already on pre-order at iBooks, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble.

I’m Working on a Short Story for an Anthology

This is not going to be a romance.  It’s going to be a young adult thriller, and it’ll be along the lines of a Twilight Zone episode.  I saw the blog post Joleene Naylor wrote and thought it’d be fun to work on something outside the romance genre.  It’s only going to be about 5,000 words long.  Short and simple.  It’s not scary, per se, but I slipped in a little thriller element to it.  I grew up on Twilight Zones, and I spent my teen years reading teen romances and teen thrillers.  So I enjoy both genres a lot.  It’s just that romance is my first love, so I do it the most.  Anyway, I should finish up with the story tomorrow or Monday, and then I’ll send it off to one of my editors.  After that, I’ll hand it to Joleene to put into her anthology.

Groom For Hire is Close To Being Done

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This is Book 3 in the Pioneer Series.  (Book 1: The Wagon Trail Bride; Book 2: The Marriage Agreement)

I don’t know what it is about this particular series, but every single book has been difficult to write.  The plot lines just never flowed easily like they do in most of the books I write.  But in this series every single book in it has been a series of rewrites and pausing while I try to figure out what in the world the characters want to do.

I can’t hear someone screaming, “Then outline!” Outlines don’t work for me.  Whenever I make one, the characters change it and go off on their own course.  They tell me what to do.  I don’t tell them what to do.

But this book is not going to finish the series.  In this book, I came across an interesting character and a storyline idea that I’ve been itching to write for two years.  So I’m going to make a book 4, and I already have the title: Forced Into Marriage.  I’ll discuss this more in future posts.

The Rake’s Vow is Almost 1/4 of the Way Done


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The Rake’s Vow is Book 2 in the Marriage by Bargain Series.  (Book 1: The Viscount’s Runaway Bride)

As I was writing the scene where the heroine and hero work out the terms of their marriage, she requests that he pretends to be in love with her so she can improve her social standing in the Ton.  I’ve been wanting to do one of these storylines for a long time, so I’m excited to finally get the chance.

The Reclusive Earl Has Finally Been Started


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The Reclusive Earl is Book 1 in the Marriage by Fate Series.  (The heroine is Opal who was Warren’s sister in The Earl’s Wallflower Bride.)

I’m still sorting my way through the bulk of the plot in this one.  Sometimes the plot presents itself right away, and at other times, it develops as I write the story.  In this case, I have to keep writing to figure it out.


I plan to do a post about a look ahead at where I’m going in the Marriage by Bargain Series because I’m really excited about it.  I’ll stop this post here so it doesn’t get too long.

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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2 Responses to Updates on What I’m Doing

  1. I bet you’re glad to almost be done with Groom for Hire. I know you’ve struggled with that series.

    I love Twilight Zone. It’s just creepy enough without being too scary. Like your story. 🙂

    • The Twilight Zone was a great show. Oftentimes, it managed to incorporate some good themes into the episodes, too.

      I finally worked through the snafu I was facing in Groom for Hire. I am in the last chapter. Yay! LOL

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