October 2020 Newsletter

Nobody’s Fool is due out October 17!

This is Book 2 in the Marriage by Design Series.

  • Book 1: Breaking the Rules
  • Book 2: Nobody’s Fool
  • Book 3: A Deceptive Wager

This romantic comedy takes a fun look at one wife’s dream of discouraging her husband from falling in love with her.

I can’t think of a better way to sum this book up than that. It’s a light and fun book. Emilia, the heroine, didn’t ask for the marriage. Her friend accidentally led our nerdy (but lovable) hero, Benjamin, to believe that Emilia was secretly harboring feelings for him. In his excitement, he ran to her father, and a marriage was arranged. This was all in Book 1.

Book 2 opens with their wedding day, and Emilia is determined to figure out a way to get Benjamin to be so appalled by her that he’ll insist they live in separate townhouses. But no matter what ploy she tries, he only falls more and more in love with her. It was a lot of fun to write.

I have it on pre-order if you’d like to reserve your copy now:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Barnes & Noble



I’ll have it on Google Play soon.

A Deceptive Wager will be out in January!

I’m in the process of going through initial edits on this one. I don’t know whether to classify this as a romantic comedy or as a romance with funny moments. I’m hoping in creating a second draft that I’ll know how to better place this one.

This is a battle of wills type of romance. Neither Aaron nor Kitty want to be married, and they are both forced to marry each other. Aaron doesn’t trust ladies and believes Kitty will take lovers, just like his mother did. So his first order of business is to hire a chaperone to watch Kitty at all times in order to make sure she doesn’t give him an illegitimate child. Kitty, however, isn’t one to take things lying down, so she turns around and hires a chaperone to watch him. From there, the battle of wills ensues, and this part of the book was a lot of fun with good humor.

But then, our hero realizes Kitty isn’t the lady he thought her to be, and that’s where things take a more serious turn. So the two need to go through the process of learning to trust each other. I’m not going to say how this happens, but this makes the book more on the sweet (rather than funny) side. And that’s why I might end up referring to this as a tender romance with some humor.

I’m still at 13,000 words in this Larson book.

I’ve spent most of last month editing Nobody’s Fool and finishing up A Deceptive Wager. I have done very little writing in this one. I’m in the process of wrapping up more audiobooks that I had made. I’m going through audio files and listening to make sure they are alright. The rest of this week should hopefully finish those up. Then I need to finish the second draft for A Deceptive Wager.

I think I’ll be able to get back to writing around October 12. So far, this book is a romantic comedy. We’ll see if that holds up.

I’m still in Chapter 1 of Interview for a Wife.

This is going to be Book 3 in the Nebraska Prairie Series.

  • Book 1: The Purchased Bride
  • Book 2: The Bride’s Choice
  • Book 3: Interview for a Wife

I had wanted to add more to the stories I had done for the anthologies I did with Janet Syas Nitsick, and since I got the rights back to the two stories I had done in those anthologies, I figured now would be a good time to add to the series.

This one is going to be a sweet and tender romance. (Note: I’ll have one or two sex scenes in it. I have no way of knowing how many of these scenes will occur. It depends on what the book requires.) So when I say “sweet”, I mean the tone of the story.

The hero is a widower with two young children. He suffered an accident that has bound him to a wheelchair. He needs a wife to help him manage his general store and help him raise his children. He doesn’t feel attractive since he’s bound to the wheelchair, so his stipulation will be that the marriage will have to be platonic. The heroine is a widow and thankful for it since her first husband blamed her for the fact that he never had children. The platonic arrangement suits her just fine. The last thing she wants is another husband who demands she have children when she’s not capable of it.

That’s all I got so far. I’ll have to see how things progress as I write the story.

I’ll start A Perilous Marriage later this month.

The hero in this one suspects the heroine of murder, so he makes it his goal to get close to her to find proof of the crime.

Of course, our heroine has committed no crime, but the hero is going to be suspicious, and he’ll assume the best way to find the proof he’s looking for is by getting close to her. I’ve decided Miss Tumilson (a character I introduced way back in The Reclusive Earl) will be the heroine. I don’t know the details of everything yet.

I grew up watching the TV shows, Colombo and Murder She Wrote, with my mom, and my initial impression for this book is that this is going to have that kind of feel to it. It won’t be dark or gloomy, but there is a mystery the hero is going to have to uncover. In the meantime, he’s going to struggle with fighting his feelings for the heroine while he’s tracking down the clues. I know I’m dating myself with the Colombo and Murder She Wrote references, but that’s honestly as close as I can get to explaining the “tone” of this book.

One Enchanted Evening (Marriage by Fairytale Series: Book 2) is now on Audio!

For those of you who listen to audiobooks, here are the links to this one:




Apple (iTunes)


Google Play



Nook Audiobooks


At the moment, I’m working on uploading The Wedding Pact (Book 3 in the Marriage by Fairytale Series) audiobook, so I should have some links for that next month.

I hope everyone has a great October!

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 https://ruthannnordinsbooks.wordpress.com/.
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