Things I’m Currently Working On

I finally got The Wedding Pact up on pre-order at all retailers, except for Payhip.

The Wedding Pact ebook cover

I also updated the book description.

On her 21st birthday, Ophelia was due to marry her guardian. Only she didn’t know it.

Miss Ophelia Crowe has led an extremely sheltered life. After her parents died when she was five, she went to live at her guardian’s country estate. She went on to live a life where everything was managed for her. From what she could wear to what activities she could do, each and every day had been carefully structured by the servants.

The problem was, she didn’t know who her guardian was.

Until the morning of her 21st birthday when the maids present her to him looking more like a doll than a lady who would like to have a say in her future. And a doll is exactly the way he treats her. She comes to realize just how much he’s structured her life so that she’s been trained to be the kind of wife he wants.

Well, she’s decided she won’t marry him. In a bold move, she runs off on a horse in the night in order to escape the fate everyone has set out for her ever since she was a child.

All Vicar Julian Roskin wants is to lead a quiet life. He’s caused enough trouble in the past. He doesn’t need any more problems. But, late one night, his safe and predictable world is turned upside down when a beautiful young lady ends up on his doorstep in need of protection. Protection, in this case, will require him to marry her.

Reason tells him not to do it. Nothing good can come from marriage to a lady he doesn’t know anything about. But something about her demands he take her up on her offer. Dare he take the risk, or should he do everything he can to send her back?

This is loosely inspired by the Little Red Riding Hood story.

Quick heads up about a special sale I’ll be running when this book releases.

I’m trying something new. I’m asking $3.99 (in USD) for this book on the retailers. But I’m going to offer in Payhip for 50% off. (Payhip is my own storefront that I just set up.) I can’t make a pre-order on Payhip, so this will have to be on the day it’s released. I’m going to put up a mobi and epub file so you can get this uploaded to your preferred e-reading device. So Payhip is the ONLY place where I’ll have this special promotion. Depending on the results of this promotion, I may or may not offer something similar in the future. This is just something new I’m trying out.

If you would rather pre-order this now from the retailer of your choice, here are the links:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Barnes & Noble



Google Play


I’m finally making paperbacks for

A Bride for Tom and A Husband for Margaret.

These are Books 2 and 3 in the Nebraska Series.

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I know it’s crazy that I haven’t done this yet. At one time, I had them both combined into one book, and I didn’t care much for that, so I had removed it from sale. But now that I have some extra time on my hands, I decided to make each one into a separate paperback since I’d rather have both in each individual book for my bookshelf.

This is one of the perks to taking a writing break. It frees me up to finally get to the tasks that I’ve been wanting to get to.

And speaking of getting to things that have been sitting on the back burner for a while, I am also working on this…

I’m in the process of getting my contemporary sweet romance, Online Proposal, ready for ebook and paperback.

Online Proposal Ebook Cover2

This story was first published in this anthology:

If you have this book, you already have Online Proposal.

Bride By Design New Ebook Cover

I have since gotten the rights back to Online Proposal, so I can publish it myself.

Now to explain why I am putting Online Proposal under Ruth Ann Nordin. Back when I thought I was going to write a series of G-rated romances, I created the pen name Barbara Joan Russell. I did this to help separate out the G-rated romances from the spicy ones. BUT then as I kept writing books, my characters didn’t want to go down the “only kiss” path. The only characters who complied were the ones in Online Proposal.

In 2016 when it became apparent I’m just not meant to be a G-rated romance author, I decided to make Barbara Joan Russell a YA thriller and fantasy writer instead of a romance one. So that, in a nutshell, is why I’m publishing Online Proposal under Ruth Ann Nordin.

Online Proposal is a novella, and it’s meant to be a quick and cute read. It’s a contemporary romance. As a side note, I doubt I’ll be writing any more contemporary romances because my heart is more into the historical ones. I like the “feel” of the time period more. I love my historical western and Regency worlds and want to spend all my time “playing” in them. For me, writing is play. I really do enjoy it.


I’m also in the process of transferring all of my pen name’s books to Smashwords and have shut down the pen name’s website.

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I just delisted these books from Draft 2 Digital. I’d rather have my ebooks all under the place. I also deleted the website for Barbara Joan Russell and have transferred the information for those books over to this blog.

I think I’ve finally learned my lesson. I just don’t have the time (or the desire) to maintain to author names. I might as well make the transition while I’m on my writing vacation. Now it’s just a matter of formatting these books to Smashwords and uploading them. Fortunately, the paperbacks and Amazon versions will stay intact. That makes the process of transferring much easier.

These were all stories I wrote before I started writing romances (except for Body Swap which is a short story). They might not reflect my most professional work, but I have an attachment to them and wanted to see them dusted off so I could have them on my Kindle and on my bookshelf. These are not counted in the goal I have for 100 books. Those 100 books are all going to be romances since romance is where my real passion lies.


Honestly, it feels good to finally clean things up and get better organized.

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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11 Responses to Things I’m Currently Working On

  1. Mary McCall says:

    I just cancelled my pre-order on Amazon. I’ll order it from Payhip in July. Will there be the preorder feature on Payhip in the future?

    • Will you let me know how the process of buying it from Payhip goes? I’d like to know if it’s easy or not. I’ve never bought anything from them before.

      I don’t know if Payhip will offer a pre-order feature in the future or not. I’ll keep a lookout and see if they do. I like doing pre-orders because they help me stay organized.

  2. Good luck with the new book!

  3. Erica Rafferty says:

    A Bride for Tom was the first book I read of yours and I haven’t stopped. I have them all. I love them. I do have my favorites that get read over and over. I will look into Payhip to see how to purchase from there. Thanks for writing.

    • Thanks, Erica. 😀 It always means a lot to me when people read the stories again. That’s the highest compliment an author can get.

      Let me know if you run into problems with Payhip. I have never purchased anything from them. I put a book into a cart to see what would happen when I was ready to check out. It came up with a screen for me to pay with a debit or credit card. I didn’t bother going further than that since I didn’t need to buy my own book.

  4. I think you’ve made some very smart moves recently in terms of your writing business. Are you going to keep the thrillers under Barbara? I have very eclectic reading habits, and although I love your romances, I also love your thrillers. I especially enjoyed Secrets, Stalker, and Showdown. Those were so much fun to read!

    • I thought about putting those books under Ruth, but I don’t want to bug Stephannie about it. She has so much on her plate to handle. Also, it turns out Smashwords wants me to make a publisher account. I was hoping I could get by with the disclaimer that the book was under a pen name, but they didn’t like that. So I unpublished them from SW and put them back at D2D. D2D is going to think I’m nuts. 😛

      I don’t make anything from those books, but I’m still glad I got them revamped because I like them. The Dimensions series is my personal favorite. Yeah, the writing isn’t very polished, but the story and characters mean a lot to me. That all being said, I’d still rather write romances. 🙂 It’s even better when I can combine thriller with romance, and I am having a blast with the gothic setting! It’s the best of both worlds.

      • Smashwords wants to make a publisher account? What in the word for? I just used two different accounts for my pen names. Smashwords can be quite difficult sometimes.

        • I could use two different accounts. I just don’t want to. I have enough trouble keeping up with all the pans I have in the fire. The last thing I need is another password and email for a separate SW account. I currently don’t have trouble getting payments from SW like Rose did after she opened a publisher account over there. I don’t want to rock the boat. It’s not worth it for books that never sell a single copy.

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