Things I’m Currently Working On

I finally got The Wedding Pact up on pre-order at all retailers, except for Payhip.

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I also updated the book description.

On her 21st birthday, Ophelia was due to marry her guardian. Only she didn’t know it.

Miss Ophelia Crowe has led an extremely sheltered life. After her parents died when she was five, she went to live at her guardian’s country estate. She went on to live a life where everything was managed for her. From what she could wear to what activities she could do, each and every day had been carefully structured by the servants.

The problem was, she didn’t know who her guardian was.

Until the morning of her 21st birthday when the maids present her to him looking more like a doll than a lady who would like to have a say in her future. And a doll is exactly the way he treats her. She comes to realize just how much he’s structured her life so that she’s been trained to be the kind of wife he wants.

Well, she’s decided she won’t marry him. In a bold move, she runs off on a horse in the night in order to escape the fate everyone has set out for her ever since she was a child.

All Vicar Julian Roskin wants is to lead a quiet life. He’s caused enough trouble in the past. He doesn’t need any more problems. But, late one night, his safe and predictable world is turned upside down when a beautiful young lady ends up on his doorstep in need of protection. Protection, in this case, will require him to marry her.

Reason tells him not to do it. Nothing good can come from marriage to a lady he doesn’t know anything about. But something about her demands he take her up on her offer. Dare he take the risk, or should he do everything he can to send her back?

This is loosely inspired by the Little Red Riding Hood story.

Quick heads up about a special sale I’ll be running when this book releases.

I’m trying something new. I’m asking $3.99 (in USD) for this book on the retailers. But I’m going to offer in Payhip for 50% off. (Payhip is my own storefront that I just set up.) I can’t make a pre-order on Payhip, so this will have to be on the day it’s released. I’m going to put up a mobi and epub file so you can get this uploaded to your preferred e-reading device. So Payhip is the ONLY place where I’ll have this special promotion. Depending on the results of this promotion, I may or may not offer something similar in the future. This is just something new I’m trying out.

If you would rather pre-order this now from the retailer of your choice, here are the links:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

Apple

Google Play

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I’m finally making paperbacks for

A Bride for Tom and A Husband for Margaret.

These are Books 2 and 3 in the Nebraska Series.

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I know it’s crazy that I haven’t done this yet. At one time, I had them both combined into one book, and I didn’t care much for that, so I had removed it from sale. But now that I have some extra time on my hands, I decided to make each one into a separate paperback since I’d rather have both in each individual book for my bookshelf.

This is one of the perks to taking a writing break. It frees me up to finally get to the tasks that I’ve been wanting to get to.

And speaking of getting to things that have been sitting on the back burner for a while, I am also working on this…

I’m in the process of getting my contemporary sweet romance, Online Proposal, ready for ebook and paperback.

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This story was first published in this anthology:

If you have this book, you already have Online Proposal.

Bride By Design New Ebook Cover

I have since gotten the rights back to Online Proposal, so I can publish it myself.

Now to explain why I am putting Online Proposal under Ruth Ann Nordin. Back when I thought I was going to write a series of G-rated romances, I created the pen name Barbara Joan Russell. I did this to help separate out the G-rated romances from the spicy ones. BUT then as I kept writing books, my characters didn’t want to go down the “only kiss” path. The only characters who complied were the ones in Online Proposal.

In 2016 when it became apparent I’m just not meant to be a G-rated romance author, I decided to make Barbara Joan Russell a YA thriller and fantasy writer instead of a romance one. So that, in a nutshell, is why I’m publishing Online Proposal under Ruth Ann Nordin.

Online Proposal is a novella, and it’s meant to be a quick and cute read. It’s a contemporary romance. As a side note, I doubt I’ll be writing any more contemporary romances because my heart is more into the historical ones. I like the “feel” of the time period more. I love my historical western and Regency worlds and want to spend all my time “playing” in them. For me, writing is play. I really do enjoy it.

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I’m also in the process of transferring all of my pen name’s books to Smashwords and have shut down the pen name’s website.

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I just delisted these books from Draft 2 Digital. I’d rather have my ebooks all under the place. I also deleted the website for Barbara Joan Russell and have transferred the information for those books over to this blog.

I think I’ve finally learned my lesson. I just don’t have the time (or the desire) to maintain to author names. I might as well make the transition while I’m on my writing vacation. Now it’s just a matter of formatting these books to Smashwords and uploading them. Fortunately, the paperbacks and Amazon versions will stay intact. That makes the process of transferring much easier.

These were all stories I wrote before I started writing romances (except for Body Swap which is a short story). They might not reflect my most professional work, but I have an attachment to them and wanted to see them dusted off so I could have them on my Kindle and on my bookshelf. These are not counted in the goal I have for 100 books. Those 100 books are all going to be romances since romance is where my real passion lies.

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Honestly, it feels good to finally clean things up and get better organized.

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Possible Ideas of what I’ll Write This Fall

Earlier this month, I listed out the goals I wanted to accomplish this summer. One was to get my books up on Payhip. I did that. The other was to getting some books on Kobo. I did that. Then there was updating the book descriptions on The Wedding Pact, Fairest of Them All, Nelly’s Mail Order Husband, and Forever Yours. I just finished up with that this morning.

That leaves me with the final goal of coming up with a decision on what to write starting in late August when the kids go back to school. So this is what I’m currently leaning toward.

1. Book 5 in the Marriage by Fairytale Series. (I don’t have a title yet.) 

Here are the books so far:

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I want Marcy’s cousin (someone I introduced at the end of One Enchanted Evening) to find someone. I like the guy. The plot, thankfully, has come to me, and it’s going to have a wonderful gothic feel to it, which fits the tone of the other books in the series.

The basic idea is that he goes out to the country to marry a lady through an arrangement, and when he gets there, he quickly learns that her family is bordering on insanity. The lady is the only sane one, but they all think she’s the crazy one, and they have locked her away to keep her from running off. This is loosely based off the Rapunzel fairy tale. I don’t have much else than that except it would be cool if I can also blend in elements of the short story “The Most Dangerous Game” that I read years ago in college. For anyone who doesn’t know, that is where the villain is hunting the hero for sport. In my story, it would be fun if the hero’s life was in danger at some point.

But…even though I make plans before writing a book, the characters will ultimately decide where to take things.

2. A historical western romance where a very recently widowed woman with a kid or two (or is pregnant) has to get a husband ASAP or else she’ll lose the ranch.

Since she’s desperate, she agrees to take a man who was caught with a group of bandits. The man has no memory of who he is, and he’s in a serious situation. I’m thinking he’s going to be hanged if he doesn’t marry her. I’d have to set this out in the wilderness or something so that there would really be no options available to her but to marry him.

There are a lot of details that need to be ironed out. I’m not sure if this would be a serious story or a comedy. I’d have to start writing it to find out.

3. The Outlaw’s Bride

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My mind keeps going back to this one, and I might as well finish the rewrite. It was originally The Stagecoach Bride.

4. The Rancher’s Bride

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Yes, I did say that I wasn’t going to write four books at a time ever again, but I’m currently at chapter 11 (32,000 words) in The Outlaw’s Bride. I’m over halfway to the end. And I really want to write these two stories. II can get away with writing less per writing day in The Outlaw’s Bride since I am so far into it. Plus, I know how it ends. It’s just a matter of rewriting it out.

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Those are the books I’m looking at right now for August-December. I tried to think of something for one of Tom’s daughters, but my mind is completely blank. I’m not going to write a story where I don’t know what the plot will be because I have no enthusiasm for it. So the Larsons will just have to wait.

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A Look Into The Future

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I wasn’t sure how to title this post. As of late, I’ve been considering possible paths on what I want to be doing in the future. I’m still undecided, but I like to ramble from time to time on this blog because it helps me process the thoughts that are cycling through my mind. Yeah, I’ve tried to privately journal my thoughts, but it just doesn’t work as well for me. I’m not sure why. It just is what it is. This particular method of writing things down work best for me.

Okay, so the particular question that’s been going through my mind over the past year and a half is this: when will it be time to walk away from writing? Deep inside, I can feel that there will be a time when I walk away from it. I don’t know if that will be a break or if it’ll be permanent. But I can feel it welling up inside of me. I love to write, but I’ve been writing nonstop for the past 12 years. My average is producing six novels a year. (In romance, 50K is a full-length novel.)

I ran the numbers tonight, and the total romances (including a couple of novellas I’ve done) is 79. That number does include the novels I will publish later this year. I finished The Wedding Pact, Fairest of Them All, Nelly’s Mail Order Husband, and Forever Yours. If I total the amount of books I’ve done in other genres, the total comes to 92. (A few of those are novellas.) I’ve done six short stories. That’s all within 12 years.

I’ve enjoyed it immensely. Don’t get me wrong. I consider myself extremely blessed to have been able to live at a time when it was possible for me to publish my books regardless of content or length. I didn’t have to have a publisher telling me what I could and couldn’t do. I called the shots. It really is a marvelous time to be a writer.

That all being said, I am considering when I’ll “close shop” (so to speak). I would keep the books I’ve done up for sale as long as the retailers will let me. But I have been asking myself, “What do you want to do when the kids are all out of high school?” My youngest is now going into the 8th grade. That gives me five years to make a plan for the future. And one of the things I’m considering is hanging up the writing hat and doing something else. It might be time to transition to a new chapter in my life.

Anyway, at the moment, I have a goal of completing 100 romances. One of the dreams I had back in the Fall 2007 when I started writing romances was that I would publish 100 books before I died. Back then, I wasn’t thinking of whether they would be romances or include other genres. All I knew was that I wanted to have 100 books out. These weren’t short stories. These would be 100 paperbacks I wrote that I could put in my bookshelf and say, “That was a goal I accomplished in the course of my lifetime.” It was the #1 item in my bucket list. Being able to self-publish my books made that dream possible.

I thrive off of goals. I need something to shoot for. So tonight I sat down and realized I only need 21 more romances to reach a goal of 100 romances. That’s pretty exciting. My average is 6 novels a year. So if I work at that pace, I can reach that goal in 3.5 years. That puts me well in time for my goal to figure out what the next chapter of my life will look like once the kids are all graduated from high school.

Like I said, I don’t know what I’m going to end up doing. I’m just rambling so I can better organize my thoughts. 😀

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