Finished Two Books

I finally did it. 😀 I finished the first draft for Heiress of Misfortune and Secret Admirer.

I’m currently editing Heiress of Misfortune.

This book finishes the Marriage by Necessity Series.

A Perilous Marriage new cover 4 the-cursed-earl-mbn-2 Heiress of Misfortune MBN 3 ebook cover

My goal is to have this edited by August 1. After that, I’ll send it to my editor. My plan is to release this in October. I don’t have a date yet.

When I started this book, I expected it to be a comedy, but it didn’t turn out that way. I also expected it to be more suspenseful than it turned out to be. While there’s a glimmer of suspense, it’s not the focal point. I thought the father was going to be doting on his daughter, but he was more interested in how she could help him look good in the Ton. I expected the hero and heroine to end up marrying about halfway into the book, but that didn’t happen, either.

So this is a book that pretty much took everything I thought it was going to be and flipped it on its head. I might not know what is going to happen in any book I start, but this was one of the hardest ones I’ve had to write because of how it kept going off in a completely different direction from what I had planned. This is probably why it took me so long to write it. Would you believe I started this in November? In that time, I have completed The Cursed Earl, The Loner’s Bride, Suitable for Marriage, and Daisy’s Prince Charming. I’m used to a first draft taking me about 3-4 months to write.

Secret Admirer is done too!

This is the first book in the Marriage by Obligation Series. (Below is the order I’ve decided on for this series. I intend to stop the series with Worth the Risk.)

Secret Admirer ebook cover Midnight Wedding ebook cover The Earl's Jilted Bride ebook cover Worth the Risk ebook cover

I’m waiting until I finish my initial edits on Heiress of Misfortune before I do them for this book. I might be able to write more than one book at a time, but I can only edit one book at a time. When I edit, it takes me about two weeks per book.

I’m planning this one for January. I have no desire to publish even Book 1 in a series unless I’m confident I can finish the entire series. Any time I start a series, I want to complete it. I hate loose ends. I’m hoping I can finish the next three books in this series by the time January comes. At that time, I should have a good idea if it’s worth getting this series out there into the world or not. We’ll just have to see what the future brings.

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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7 Responses to Finished Two Books

  1. You are incredible and so prolific. I wish you have your energy. Keep it up, Ruth.

    • Hi Lydia,

      It’s not as impressive as it looks. I haven’t written much of anything all summer. I’m exhausted. 😀 The life of wife and mother has been rearing its head like crazy.

  2. Erica R says:

    I am very excited about the new books, and you sounded so happy at the beginning of this blog announcing them, that it made me smile. I am sure it must feel real good to finish a book.
    Happy writing on the Marriage by Obligation series. I also hope the driving lessons have gone well.
    Have a super rest of the summer. Thanks for writing.

    • Hi Erica,

      It did feel good to finally finish it, but that was mostly because I started Heiress of Misfortune all the way back in November. I rarely have a book that takes that long to figure out what to do with it. I wonder if it’s because this was an idea that was loosely plotted out in advance. I kept thinking it was supposed to go a certain way, but it kept going in the other direction. That threw me off a few times. 😉

  3. I’m excited to read these!

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