Updates On What I’m Doing

The Reclusive Earl (Marriage by Fate: Book 1) will be out May 7!

The Reclusive Earl final cover 2

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This is the first book of a new series, but the heroine (Miss Opal Beaufort) was introduced in The Earl’s Wallflower Bride.  Most of you have read that book.  Opal was Warren Beaufort’s (Lord Steinbeck’s) sister, and she was the one who was pretending to be crazy.  Her past does play a part in this story, but I don’t want to spoil it, so I won’t say how. 🙂  Suffice it to say I got the pleasure of adding a little mystery/thriller element to the story.  I like playing around with that from time to time.

But it is primarily a romance.   It has a few humorous moments.  (For example, a groom hiding from his bride on their wedding night is funny to me.  But then, I have a weird sense of humor.  I know not everyone likes it, but for those of you who’ve read my other books and laughed, I think you’ll enjoy it.)

And yes, you will be given a look into Warren and Iris’ happy ending and their children in this book.  One benefit of writing in the same Regency world is that I get to bring in past characters to continue their happy ending.

Taming The Viscountess (Marriage by Bargain: Book 3) will be finished this week


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This will be out in June (two months earlier than I had expected!)

Books in this series:

  • The Viscount’s Runaway Bride
  • The Rake’s Vow
  • Taming The Viscountess
  • If It Takes A Scandal (being written)

I’m going to miss writing this book.  It is my favorite of all the Regencies I’ve done.  (A Most Unsuitable Earl is my second favorite.  It was my favorite up until this one.)  I really love humor, and this book has a lot of good humor in it.

Right now, I’m at the end of the last chapter.  I should be in the epilogue later today.  This particular book needs one.  (The Reclusive Earl needed one, too, and I did add one.)  I don’t do epilogues unless I think the story needs some extra plot point to wrap things up. I will be doing an additional epilogue for this book and for The Reclusive Earl that will go to those of you in my private Facebook group or on my mailing list.  There has to be some perk for being willing to put up with me on a regular basis. 😉

Forced Into Marriage (Pioneer Series: Book 4) is halfway done


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Books in the Pioneer Series:

  • Wagon Trail Bride
  • The Marriage Agreement
  • Groom For Hire
  • Forced Into Marriage (this is the last one)

My goal is to have this finished before my kids get out of school for summer, which is the second week of June.  Ideally, I’ll get the first draft done by the end of May.  *fingers crossed*  That means I might get it out in July.  At the latest, it could be August.  But at least it won’t be all the way until October, which is what I originally expected.  So that’s good.

I’m really loving this book, too.  (I love writing all of my books, really.)  Anyway, this is the one to satisfy my unhappiness at spaghetti westerns that end with the couple either dying or being separated forever.  It’s nice to put things right.  I see no reason why writers would make people care about the couple only to force them apart at the end.  It goes against everything I want to read or watch on TV.

If It Takes A Scandal (Marriage by Bargain: Book 4) is 1/4 of the way finished


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This is the last book in the Marriage by Bargain Series.  And this time, Celia is going to do some matchmaking in order to help the hero and heroine in this book.  I don’t want to spoil Taming The Viscountess, but Celia inadvertently trapped Corin St. George (Lord Durrant), into a marriage with Candace Daniel (Lady Hedwrett).  Neither wanted to get married.  I go into detail on how the scandal erupted that forced them into a marriage.  For almost a year, they have lived separate lives.  Then, when Celia finds out, she sets up a plan that will forced them to spend three months at his country estate–with no way to get back to London.

Yes, Celia is still making up her schemes, but this time she’s doing it for good instead of evil.  I couldn’t completely knock the schemer out of her character. 😀

Let’s see…  I think I can have this out in September or October as long as nothing interferes with my writing schedule.  The further I am from finishing a book, the harder it is to estimate when it’ll be done.

The Outlaw’s Bride (Wyoming Series: Book 1)


This is the rewrite of The Stagecoach Bride.  I am currently in chapter 2.  Not far, I know, but the goal is to have this out next summer, so there’s no real rush on it.  In this version, I am going to have Mic marry Lillian right away.  So already, the dynamics of the whole book have changed.  However, Lillian’s ex-fiance will be coming for her.  So some things will stay the same.

The Bride Price (Misled Mail Order Brides: Book 1) will be started when I finish Taming The Viscountess


I know some of you thought I was giving up writing more historical western romances, but I had to take a break from heavily writing them for a few months because I had run out of ideas.  I had plenty ideas for Regencies, so I focused on those.  Now the pendulum is swinging the other way.  I’m getting historical western romance ideas again and drying up on Regencies.  This is why I don’t stick to only one genre, and it’s why I do more than one book at a time.  The more variety I have, the better.

Anyway, this is Sep’s story.  I know a lot of you have been itching to read his story, and I’ll finally get started on it.  The heroine in this case will be a young woman who was scarred on one side of her body from being caught in a fire when she was a child.  She’ll also have a limp due to getting her leg stuck during this fire.  Because she’s not “perfect”, she hasn’t been able to secure a marriage in her small hometown.  In desperation, she answers a mail-order bride ad.   And who better than Sep (who has scars of his own, if you recall from Shotgun Groom) is there for her to marry?

That’s the set up for the story.  There’s more to it than that, but I don’t want to go far into it because until I start writing, I’m not completely sure how things will progress.

I’m planning a November release for this one, though (hopefully) it won’t take that 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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3 Responses to Updates On What I’m Doing

  1. I can’t wait to read all these, but especially Taming the Viscountess since it’s your favorite.

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