Marriage by Obligation Series will Get a Book 5

Those of you who’ve been following my blog for a while know that I’ve been on the fence about whether or not the Marriage by Obligation Series will have more than 4 books. Right now, these are the books I’ve been working on for this series:

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

During the course of writing in Midnight Wedding today, I realized that the story idea I have for the secondary character in Midnight Wedding would be best placed in this series. Specifically, it would fit in after Worth the Risk.

I’ve already picked the title, if it’ll fit nicely on the cover. (Sometimes you think a title will work until you see the way the words are placed on the cover, and then you realize you need to change the title.) I can’t use the cover I originally wanted because the title (The Duke’s Return) no longer works. The hero for Book 5 will be a marquess, not a duke. So I have to go with a new title and a new cover. At the moment, the title will be Anyone but You. The good news is that since I’m making this cover myself, I can adjust the title if I have to. My income has taken such a nosedive that I’m having to cut a lot of things from the budget, and paying cover artists is no longer an option. I will do my best to make it look pretty, but this won’t be a pre-made, and that will mean it won’t be as nice as The Duke’s Return. I have to let The Duke’s Return go because the story line no longer works. I would rather drop the story than force it because forcing a story means it will be awful. I am very happy with this particular series, so I believe it’ll reflect my best work.

Right now, I don’t have ideas for other stories. I expect that other ideas will come in time. The case of burnout I had was worse than I realized. It’s only now that I’m excited about writing again. I’m taking things slow as I recover from it. The last thing I want is a relapse.

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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4 Responses to Marriage by Obligation Series will Get a Book 5

  1. Orinda-Lou Martinez says:

    Good afternoon
    When do you think you’ll be able to write more historical western romance books?
    I love those books.
    I re-read your historical western romance books all the time

    • To be honest, I have no idea. I don’t have a story idea that fits the historical western romance genre.

      What did you think of Daisy’s Prince Charming? That was my last one.

  2. Donna Shelton says:

    Good to see you back.I enjoy your books. I know how it is to burn out take care of yourself

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