Swapping Out One of the Books on my “To Write” List for This Fall

I’m still planning on writing these books:

Marcy’s cousin’s book (This is a Regency.)

I finally decided to call The Duke’s Secluded Bride. (I don’t have a cover for this yet, but I have contacted the cover artist about working on it.) It’ll be Book 5 in the Marriage by Fairytale Series. This series has been my experiment in a more gothic type of setting, and I’ve been having so much fun with it that I’m reluctant to part from it. I don’t know if there will be a Book 6, but I know there will be a Book 5.

The Outlaw’s Bride and The Rancher’s Bride (These are historical westerns.)

The Outlaw's Bride ebook cover2Β  The Rancher's Bride ebook cover 2

These are Book 1 and Book 2 in the Wyoming Series.

I have to go back and reread what I’ve written so far of The Outlaw’s Bride because I haven’t touched this one in two years.

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Now for the one I’m swapping out…

Okay, so the book I had to ditch was the historical western idea of the woman with the kid(s) who marries the guy with no memory. I do want to get to this story at some point because I like the premise.

But this is what happened…

I was on the Period Images website looking for a picture of the couple who best fit for historical western idea above. I find it a lot easier to write a book if I have the cover to look at. Anyway, I noticed that Period Images now has a gallery of pre-made book covers. All I would have to do is add the text, name, and/or series (or logo).

And as I was scrolling through the images, I found the perfect pre-made cover for Miss Lilly Lowell and Mr. Morris. They initially showed up in The Earl’s Inconvenient Wife. Lilly was Claire’s superficial sister who wanted a to marry a titled gentleman for the prestige, and poor Mr. Morris had been desperately trying to get her to marry him. Now, I knew they would ultimately end up together, but the details always eluded me. I knew she would do something to trick him into marriage. I just never knew what the trick was or how things would play out. So I was unable to write the book.

After spending all these years looking for the right plot to come along for their book, I saw the pre-made cover on Period Images that made everything click into place. The title came to me, and then I thought, “That’s Lilly and Mr. Morris’ book!”

And I knew Lilly will end up doing a lot of things a proper young lady isn’t supposed to do in order to win the favor of Mr. Morris. I plan to bring in a single Lord Edon and a single Mr. Robinson. This book will take place between the events in The Earl’s Inconvenient Wife and A Most Unsuitable Earl. So we’ll get to see Lord Edon when he was playing the role of a rake, which will be a lot of fun. I love Lord Edon, especially when he’s with Mr. Robinson. I’m not sure what other characters I can weave in.

So far, I have a request for Lord Toplyn, and I think I can bring him in, though it’ll probably be in a small way. The main characters will be Lilly, Mr. Morris, Lord Edon, Mr. Robinson, and someone who is close to Mr. Morris (a friend, sister, brother, etc.). Anyone got any Regency character you’d like me to bring in? I can’t promise I’ll be able to do it, but I’ll try.

Okay, so now for the cover reveal:

Breaking the Rules ebook cover

A quick side note: I am currently rereading The Earl’s Inconvenient Wife where Lilly and Mr. Morris are introduced, and I chuckled when I realized Lilly was a blonde in that book. Stuff like that gets missed when an author’s been away from a book for a few years. I love the cover as is, and I want the woman to keep her dark hair in it. I’m going to have Lilly wear a blonde wig because she thinks blonde hair makes her more beautiful. That’s the way I’m going to explain away the different hair color. I’ll be looking for other little details during the course of reading through The Earl’s Inconvenient Wife.

Back to the post…

I have no idea if this book will be part of a series or a standalone. I’m going to write it and let the story lead me wherever it wants to. I’m tired of trying to come up with a series every time I start a book that is not #2, 3, 4, etc down the series line. I find it easier to relax and just write the story if I’m not worried about what happens after the book is done.

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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8 Responses to Swapping Out One of the Books on my “To Write” List for This Fall

  1. I love the cover of Breaking the Rules! And I look forward to reading them all.

    • Period Images just started offering pre-made covers. I think they might be looking for cover artists who can add covers to their catalogue. Once the cover is sold, they remove it so no one else can take it. I don’t know if something like that interests you, how much time you have, or how much cover artists are paid. You make beautiful covers.

      • I will definitely have to look into it. I’ve been looking for more cover design work lately.

        • I came across Skillshare today. I don’t know if I will offer anything there in the future, but it looks like something worth looking at if you ever want to do something to teach people how to craft or some other thing. It looks like there’s a variety of topics. https://www.skillshare.com/

          I’m trying to think of offering something online that goes in addition to my writing. I’m just not sure what I want that something to be. πŸ™‚ If I come across anything else that seems doable, I’ll let you know.

  2. Erica says:

    I say relax as much as you need as long it it brings us more stories. Whether it’s Westerns or Regency’s I devour them all. Logan is one of my favorite characters and look forward to him making an appearance in Breaking the Rules even if it’s a small part. Lord Steinbeck’s book was also a favorite of mine. Maybe be could make an appearance. I will be re-reading The Earl’s Inconvenient Wife again to be ready for Breaking the Rules. I was just re-reading Kidnapping the Viscount and was wondering if Heather’s brother would get his own story? I’m a sucker for the shy bookish ones.
    Thanks for writing.

    • Thanks, Erica! I’m glad you like Logan. He has a strange sense of humor. Things that amuse him don’t amuse most of the other characters I write. πŸ˜‰ Hmm… I could wiggle something in with Lord Steinbeck. That would actually be a lot of fun since he’s such a snob, and this is a time period where Lord Edon and Mr. Robinson are trying to get into lots of trouble. I don’t think Lord Steinbeck was a member of White’s yet, but that doesn’t mean I can’t show him at a ball or some other place. I’ll have to scan my books and see how long he was there.

      I definitely want to write about Heather’s brother. I just need the right plot. πŸ˜€

  3. I agree with Stephannie about the cover of Breaking the Rules. It’s beautiful. I love red on a cover.

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