Updates on What I’m Working On

Before I dive into this, I want to mention a couple to things:

Larson Book List is Finally Here!

I finally got a “Larson Books” list composed on this blog. It’s in the menu bar at the top. This list tells you which Larson character is in which book, and I do give it in chronological order. I’ll be updating the list as I add more Larson books to my catalogue.

I wedged the Marriage by Design Series in between Book 1 and Book 2 of the Marriage by Design Series. This is why.

I also created a chronological list of the Regency books I’ve done. You see, in The Earl’s Inconvenient Wife, I introduced Lilly Lowell and Mr. Morris. Though I made it clear the two ended up together in the epilogue, I had a couple of people mention an interest in reading HOW the two ended up together. I held off on writing it until I had the perfect plot for their story. I never want to write a story unless I have the right plot for the right characters. Well, that finally all fell into place last year.

The Earl’s Inconvenient Wife takes place in 1813. A Most Unsuitable Earl takes place in 1815. The epilogue of The Earl’s Inconvenient Wife where Lilly and Mr. Morris are married takes place in 1814. So I had to wedge Breaking the Rules between The Earl’s Inconvenient Wife and A Most Unsuitable Earl.

While writing Breaking the Rules, I got interested in two of Lilly’s friends that I’m going to write. So Nobody’s Fool and A Deceptive Wager also fit between The Earl’s Inconvenient Wife and A Most Unsuitable Earl.

I updated covers for the Marriage by Scandal Series.

After saving my money for half a year, I was finally able to afford new covers that I feel are more visually appealing to the eye.

Here are the old covers:

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Here are the new covers:

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I realize this drives some people nuts that I go through and update old covers, but I didn’t like the look of the old covers. They were bugging me for the past four years. I just had to save up enough money in order to get the new ones. My next goal is to update the covers in the South Dakota Series because those are bugging me, too.

I like all of my other covers, so I don’t plan to make changes on those, at least not in the near future.

With that aside, here’s what I accomplished in the writing area:

Breaking the Rules (Marriage by Design Series: Book 1)

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I am still going through edits on this one, but my goal is to have it available at the end of next month.

The Rancher’s Bride (Wyoming Series: Book 2)

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I just finished the first draft of this one yesterday. I’m going to put this out in April. I need enough time to go through edits, but I switched my original plan to get The Duke’s Secluded Bride out before this book because the events in this book are closely tied to what happened at the end of The Outlaw’s Bride, which is Book 1 in this series.

The Duke’s Secluded Bride (Marriage by Fairytale Series: Book 5)

The Duke's Secluded Bride ebook cover

I finished the first draft in the middle of last week! This will end the Marriage by Fairytale Series. I plan to have this out in June.

Books I’m going to work on next:

Nobody’s Fool

I ended up getting stuck for a few weeks on The Duke’s Secluded Bride, so I broke down and started Nobody’s Fool because I was wasting time staring at the computer and getting nowhere while I had scheduled time for The Duke’s Secluded Bride. I figured it was better to work on something than spin my wheels and getting nowhere.

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This is Book 2 in the Marriage by Design Series. It takes place right after Breaking the Rules.

Because I ran into that road block in The Duke’s Secluded Bride that lasted for over a month, I am going to keep three books in my “writing” list. I’m not going to restrict myself to two. Even with homeschooling, I do manage to get in a couple of hours a day for writing. After trial and error from the end of August to the end of November, I have finally worked out a good time management system to balance writing with homeschooling. I’m also lucky enough to have a kid who’s old enough to do some independent learning. I can give him assignments and have him do those in another room.

I’ll be starting these two books after February 1.

I have scheduled time off from writing for the next two weeks to give myself a break. This helps to avoid burnout. I’ll be getting back to Nobody’s Fool. I’ll also get to these:

The Fugitive’s Bride (Wyoming Series: Book 3)

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This is going to be Wade’s book.

I don’t know if there will be a Book 4 or not. I’ll have to see how this story goes. But I will be tying up a crucial loose end in Wade’s story.

Perfectly Matched (Husbands for the Larson Sisters: Book 2)

I have no cover for this yet.

This is going to be Patricia Larson’s story. She is Tom and Jessica’s second daughter. Remember Jim in Nelly’s Mail Order Husband who was Val’s good friend? Well, he didn’t end up marrying the woman Val thought he did. It turns out, he hopped the first train to Omaha and gave up the family fortune, thinking that Val’s sisters-in-law are all going to be rich because Val was too embarrassed to tell Jim the truth.

This is going to be a comedy.Β  I expect Patricia and Erin to initially fight over who gets to marry him. From there, I’ll see how things go. I know he ends up with Patricia because I already know who Erin will end up with. I gave a hint to that in Nelly’s story.Β  As for Daisy, she’s still too young to marry anyone. So it has to be Patricia. I have an idea of how things go from their wedding, but things can still shift around. Until I work on a book, it’s impossible to tell how things will go.

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That wraps up everything writing related going on at the moment. πŸ™‚

I want to do another trivia post for one of my books. Does anyone have a book they would like me to do?

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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6 Responses to Updates on What I’m Working On

  1. IrishMary24 says:

    Thanks for the chronological order! It’s very helpful to someone who wants to go back and read your books in order! I do like the new book covers, too.

    • I’m glad the list will come in handy! πŸ˜€ I’ll try to remember to mention if I update the list. I added the stuff on my To Write list to get a head start.

      Thanks for letting me know you like the new covers! I can’t do them the same kind of justice the cover artists can. There are so many talented ones out there. I’m in awe of them.

  2. Stephannie says:

    Yay! I’m looking forward to reading some of these series and finish reading others! πŸ˜€

  3. Susan A Layton says:

    I am really looking forward to the Regencies that you have coming out (I do not read your Western romances). How you got started on Nobody’s Fool when you were stuck for a little bit on the other story is how you have to do it. When you hit a roadblock or wall in one sometimes all you can do is start on a different path. For some reason that tends to break up what is blocking you on the other story you are writing.

    • Now that I think about it, I didn’t even get into Chapter 2 when the block erupted and I was able to finish that book. LOL You’re right. It helped to work on something else. It’s weird how things smoothed out as soon as I did that.

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