I really want to update all of the book covers in the South Dakota Series, but the right ones haven’t come up yet. A lot of authors have become amazingly professional in the look of their covers, so I need to up my game. This is the series in my past books that need to be dealt with. I want the covers to be the best they can be, and my homemade attempts fail in comparison with the skill cover artists have.
This book was based off a dream I had. I rarely ever get an idea for a book, but this was one of them. In the dream was a scene where the hero and heroine were in the kitchen, and he kissed her then thought to himself, “Why am I continually burdened with guilt over betraying my first wife? She’s no longer alive. I shouldn’t feel guilty.”
After the dream, I originally wanted to do a romance where the hero initially loved the heroine’s sister in the book, Bound by Honor Bound by Love (the last book in the Native American Romance Series), but that story never went in the direction I wanted. As it turned out Citlali was only going to marry Woape out of duty. It turned out, though, he did love the heroine, Onawa, the entire time. He was just too scared of admitting his feelings to himself and to her until later in the story when he thought he might lose her. Fortunately, Bride of Second Chances came along.
I was uncertain at first about writing an overtly Christian romance when the sexual heat was going to be high. I know Christian romances are traditionally squeaky clean, and I knew I was going to get feedback from people who hated the direction I was going to go. My initial idea was to tone down the Christian content. But after much prayer and debate, I opted to go with the direction the story really wanted to go. I’ve never regretted that decision. This, along with Loving Eliza and Bid for a Bride, are among my personal favorite books of all I’ve written.
The drama in Jane’s family is loosely based off of real life experiences, but to protect the innocent, I won’t go into detail.
The name “Rebecca” came from a book I read in the 8th grade that I love called Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, but in this case, Rebecca was a lovely woman. Like the heroine in Rebecca, Jane struggled with feeling inferior to her husband’s first wife. (For the record, Rebecca isn’t really a romance. It’s more along the lines of gothic fiction.)
This part is directly inspired from my childhood: “He turned to the window and noted the partly-cloudy sky. Catching a ray of sunlight that filtered through a couple of clouds, he recalled how, as a child, he imagined God taking someone to Heaven whenever there was a break in the clouds like the one he was now looking at.” When I was a kid, every time I saw sunlight making that break through the clouds, I used to think someone was going to Heaven.
Years ago, I think someone asked me if Brian got jealous of Jeremy because Jeremy was the real son while Brian was the adopted son. The answer is no. Brian and John are super tight and close. They have a special bond between them that just developed over time because they both had a secret way of communicating that no one else around them had. Brian loves Eliza, of course, but he is just closer to John. Jeremy, meanwhile, is closer to Eliza, and part of that has to do with being her biological son, but mostly, it’s a personality thing. Brian and John’s personalities mesh well together, and Jeremy and Eliza’s personalities mesh well together. Even with all of this, all members of this family get along very well, and no one feels excluded at any time. I don’t know how things are in your family, but I have four boys. Two of the boys have personalities that are more compatible with my husband while the other two have personalities that are more compatible with me. We don’t have favorites, but I notice the two kids seem to gravitate more toward their dad and the other two seem to gravitate more toward me. The situation with Brian and Jeremy is similar to that.
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.