Ruth Ann Nordin


Ruth Ann Nordin has written almost 100 romances, ranging from Regencies to historical westerns to contemporaries. She plays with other genres from time to time, but her first love is romance. She has been happily married for twenty-two years to a sweet and funny guy, and they have four sons, who are all taller than Ruth now that they're 16, 17, 19, and 20. The good thing is she doesn't need a ladder. She considers herself very lucky to have led such a charmed life. Being able to play with characters and create stories is just icing on the cake. Hopefully, she'll get to keep doing this many years to come.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I was in the 8th grade when I started to write. I became an avid reader during the 6th grade, and I read a lot of romances, ranging from the YA to adult category. After a while, I started looking for specific plots that I wanted to read. I spent a few months getting increasingly upset because it seemed like the exact book I wanted to read wasn't available at the bookstores or library. One day while browsing through the library, it suddenly occurred to me that if I wanted to read the book I had in mind, then I was going to have to write it. I've been writing ever since.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
In short, control over my book.

I didn't want a publisher coming in and telling me what I could or couldn't do with the story I'd written. I write about sweet heroes who are often virgins, which aren't typical in the traditional publishing world. And if they are, this is usually in the Christian romance publishing market. But the Christian publishing market didn't fit me, either, because I include sexual content in my books. Since I couldn't find a publisher that fit what I wanted to do, I published the books myself. Looking back, that was the best decision I'd ever made because I'm very happy with the books I've done. I don't think I would have been happy with my books if I'd written what the publisher(s) had wanted.

I should note that I do have a few books with a publisher, but the publisher is a small one and I was allowed full control over the content of the books. That publisher came later in my writing career.
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Marriage by Necessity
In this series, mystery or mischief is at play on the course to true love.
The Cursed Earl
Price: $2.99 USD.
Heiress of Misfortune
Price: $3.99 USD.
Husbands for the Larson Sisters
Four sisters figure out creative ways to get married.
Perfectly Matched
Price: $3.99 USD.
Suitable for Marriage
Price: $2.99 USD.
Daisy's Prince Charming
Price: $3.99 USD.
Wyoming Series
On the rugged frontier along the mountain range, these couples face danger as the most feared man in town threatens to take away their happy endings.
The Rancher's Bride
Price: $3.99 USD.
The Fugitive's Bride
Price: $3.99 USD.
The Loner's Bride
Price: $2.99 USD.
Writing Tips
This series includes resources to help authors, new and old, as they pursue their goal of writing fiction they're passionate about. Each book in this series is short in length so writers can get back to doing what they do best: writing the next book!
Nebraska Prairie Series
Whether it be a hero who is deaf, one who stutters, or one bound to a wheelchair, these sweet men find true love in this series.
The Bride's Choice
Price: $2.99 USD.
Interview for a Wife
Price: $2.99 USD.
Marriage by Design
Scandal? A misunderstanding? There are many ways to create the perfect atmosphere for marriage. And these are all done by design.
Nobody's Fool
Price: $2.99 USD.
A Deceptive Wager
Price: $3.99 USD.
Marriage by Fairytale
Each book in this series is loosely based off a familiar fairytale.
One Enchanted Evening
Price: $3.99 USD.
The Wedding Pact
Price: $3.99 USD.
Fairest of Them All
Price: $3.99 USD.
The Duke's Secluded Bride
Price: $3.99 USD.
Nebraska Series
Follow the Larson family and their friends as they find their way to a happily ever after with their true love.
A Bride for Tom
Price: Free!
Eye of the Beholder
Price: $0.99 USD.
The Wrong Husband
Price: $2.99 USD.
Shotgun Groom
Price: $2.99 USD.
Marriage by Fate
Sometimes, when one least expects it, the perfect person comes into one's life. All it takes is a little scandal to make it happen.
Married In Haste
Price: $2.99 USD.
Make Believe Bride
Price: $2.99 USD.
The Perfect Duke
Price: $3.99 USD.
Montana Collection
In a town with few women, men are eager to find a wife.
Mitch's Win
Price: Free!
Boaz's Wager
Price: Free!
Patty's Gamble
Price: $2.99 USD.
Shane's Deal
Price: $3.99 USD.
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Heiress of Misfortune
Series: Marriage by Necessity. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,160. Language: American English. Published: January 7, 2023 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
The heroine seems to have a series of unfortunate accidents following her no matter where she goes. Her father believes someone is trying to kill her, so he hires the hero to watch over her.
Daisy's Prince Charming
Series: Husbands for the Larson Sisters. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 48,660. Language: American English. Published: July 31, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical » Victorian
Daisy’s always envisioned marrying a tall, dark, handsome man with literary prowess and fine taste in classical music. This will be her prince charming. Fate, however, has other ideas when Otis Mills comes along. He is nothing like she envisioned. But she’s going to learn that behind every “frog” is a prince.
Suitable for Marriage
Series: Husbands for the Larson Sisters. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,190. Language: American English. Published: May 15, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » Victorian, Fiction » Romance » Western
Exhausted with Alex’s unending pursuit of her, Erin Larson makes it her goal to find a young woman who will want to marry him. This is a romantic comedy.
The Loner's Bride
Series: Wyoming Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,500. Language: American English. Published: March 13, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » Victorian, Fiction » Romance » Western
Twenty-year-old Katie has fallen in love with a man twice her age. Jeremiah put all thoughts of romantic love behind him the day his infant daughter died and his wife divorced him. He's determined to help Katie find someone much more suitable for someone her age. But when Katie wants something badly enough, she gets it. And she's determined to end up with him.
Making a Realistic Publishing Schedule
Series: Writing Tips. Price: Free! Words: 7,040. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2022 . Categories: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
This ebook was written to help writers figure out a writing schedule that will work with their lives instead of trying to force them to take on more than they can handle.
The Cursed Earl
Series: Marriage by Necessity. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,140. Language: American English. Published: January 9, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
The hero believes he's under a family curse and that he'll die on his 25th birthday. With the clock ticking against him, he must marry so he can have an heir before that fateful day arrives.
Interview for a Wife
Series: Nebraska Prairie Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 45,500. Language: American English. Published: September 25, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General, Fiction » Romance » Western
A widowed father of two bound to a wheelchair and a barren widow looking for a place to stay might discover that despite one's imperfections, love is possible.
An Earl In Time
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 96,940. Language: American English. Published: July 17, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Gothic, Fiction » Romance » Time travel
Julian Azazel, the Earl of Blackwell, has spent the past two centuries under a curse that's trapped him in his estate. Willow Knudson has just inherited the estate and has gone to sell it. Upon arriving there, she finds she is trapped, too. This fairytale Regency romance takes a look at two fated lovers being united through time.
A Perilous Marriage
Series: Marriage by Necessity. Price: Free! Words: 60,490. Language: American English. Published: May 27, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
Poor Miss Tumilson finds her new husband dead before she can consummate her marriage, but that’s the least of her problems. It turns out her husband’s friend thinks she murdered him and is determined to do whatever it takes to prove it.
Perfectly Matched
Series: Husbands for the Larson Sisters. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 50,390. Language: American English. Published: March 27, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General, Fiction » Romance » Western
This cute romantic comedy features two sisters who are eager to married and the poor overwhelmed man who is stuck between them.
A Deceptive Wager
Series: Marriage by Design. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,510. Language: American English. Published: January 17, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
The Earl of Northton is determined he'll never fall in love with his wife...and she feels the same way.
Marriage by Fairytale Boxed Set
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 343,480. Language: American English. Published: January 7, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
This boxed set includes all of the books in the Marriage by Fairytale Series. The books are The Marriage Contract, One Enchanted Evening, The Wedding Pact, Fairest of Them All, and The Duke's Secluded Bride.
Enchanted Galaxy Series Boxed Set
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 268,840. Language: American English. Published: December 7, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
This boxed set includes all of the books in the Enchanted Galaxy Series: A Royal Engagement, Royal Hearts, The Royal Hearts, and Royal Heiress.
Omaha Series Boxed Set
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 191,840. Language: American English. Published: November 20, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
This boxed set includes all of the books in the Omaha Series: With This Ring, I Thee Dread, What Nathan Wants, and Just Good Friends.
Across the Stars Series Boxed Set
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 176,410. Language: American English. Published: October 28, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
This boxed set includes all of the books in the Across the Stars Series: Suddenly a Bride, Runaway Bride, and His Abducted Bride.
Nobody's Fool
Series: Marriage by Design. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,150. Language: American English. Published: October 17, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
This romantic comedy takes a fun look at one wife's dream of discouraging her husband from falling in love with her.
Virginia Series Boxed Set
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 321,470. Language: American English. Published: September 27, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
This boxed set includes all of the books in the Virginia Series: An Unlikely Place for Love, The Cold Wife, An Inconvenient Marriage, and Romancing Adrienne.
Misled Mail Order Brides Boxed Set
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 241,740. Language: American English. Published: September 12, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General, Fiction » Romance » Western
This boxed set includes all of the books in the Misled Mail Order Brides Series. In it are The Bride Price, The Rejected Groom, The Perfect Wife, and The Imperfect Husband.
The Bride's Choice
Series: Nebraska Prairie Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,790. Language: American English. Published: August 30, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General, Fiction » Romance » Western
Shy and clumsy Jack Warren has finally found the woman of his dreams, but her father wants her to marry his brother instead.
The Purchased Bride
Series: Nebraska Prairie Series. Price: Free! Words: 41,070. Language: American English. Published: August 30, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General, Fiction » Romance » Western
Ada Wilcox’s brother sells her off to marry a complete stranger.
The Fugitive's Bride
Series: Wyoming Series. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 58,520. Language: American English. Published: August 29, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General, Fiction » Romance » Western
Wade Gray marries a woman to give his son a mother with no intention of ever falling in love with her.
Chance at Love Series Boxed Set
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 240,980. Language: American English. Published: August 22, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General, Fiction » Romance » Western
This boxed set includes all of the books in the Chance at Love Series, which are The Convenient Mail Order Bride, The Mistaken Mail Order Bride, The Accidental Mail Order Bride, and The Bargain Mail Order Bride.
Native American Romance Series Boxed Set
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 254,900. Language: American English. Published: August 7, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General, Fiction » Historical » USA
This boxed set includes all of the books in the Native American Romance Series. Books included are Restoring Hope, A Chance In Time, Brave Beginnings, and Bound by Honor Bound by Love.
Marriage by Fate Boxed Set
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 310,120. Language: American English. Published: July 17, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
This boxed set includes The Reclusive Earl, Married In Haste, Make Believe Bride, The Perfect Duke, and Kidnapping the Viscount.
The Rancher's Bride
Series: Wyoming Series. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 64,770. Language: American English. Published: June 27, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General, Fiction » Romance » Western
Abigail (Abby) learned early in life that you keep your secrets. Don't tell anyone anything unless you absolutely have to. This is good protection for you and for them. She's about to find out how hard it is to stick to that rule when she stumbles across the man of her dreams.
Marriage by Bargain Boxed Set
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 261,130. Language: American English. Published: June 7, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
This boxed set includes all of the books in the Marriage by Bargain Series. Books included are The Viscount's Runaway Bride, The Rake's Vow, Taming the Viscountess, and If It Takes A Scandal.
Marriage by Arrangement Boxed Set
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 182,070. Language: American English. Published: May 17, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
This boxed set includes all of the books in the Marriage by Arrangement Series. Books included are His Wicked Lady, Her Devilish Marquess, and The Earl's Wallflower Bride.
Online Proposal
Price: Free! Words: 36,220. Language: American English. Published: May 5, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00 from 1 review)
Colleen O'Hara accepts an online proposal from a man she's never officially met. This is a sweet and clean contemporary story.
The Duke's Secluded Bride
Series: Marriage by Fairytale. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 57,950. Language: American English. Published: April 26, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Gothic
Baldwin Darby, the Duke of Edmondstone, has just agreed to an arranged marriage with a lady whose situation is far stranger than he ever could have imagined.
Marriage by Deceit Boxed Set
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 250,000. Language: American English. Published: April 11, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
This boxed set includes all of the books in the Marriage by Deceit Series. The books are The Earl's Secret Bargain, Love Lessons with the Duke, Ruined by the Earl, and The Earl's Stolen Bride.
Marriage by Scandal Boxed Set
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 259,520. Language: American English. Published: March 21, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
Get all of the books in the Marriage by Scandal Series in this boxed set! Set includes The Earl's Inconvenient Wife, A Most Unsuitable Earl, His Reluctant Lady, and The Earl's Scandalous Wife.
Writing for Passion
Series: Writing Tips. Price: Free! Words: 15,810. Language: American English. Published: March 4, 2020 . Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Creativity
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
In this book, Ruth Ann Nordin shares the pitfalls of writing to market and why writing for passion is ultimately the better option.
Breaking the Rules
Series: Marriage by Design. Price: Free! Words: 52,580. Language: American English. Published: February 27, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Miss Lilly Lowell is about to prove that she'll do anything to get the gentleman of her dreams.
The Outlaw's Bride
Series: Wyoming Series. Price: Free! Words: 47,640. Language: American English. Published: January 25, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General, Fiction » Romance » Western
(5.00 from 1 review)
Lillian finds that plans don't always go as expected when a handsome outlaw kidnaps her on her way to marry another man.
Forever Yours
Series: Nebraska Series, Book 9. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,800. Language: American English. Published: November 2, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General, Fiction » Romance » Western
This is Dave and Mary Larson's third (and final) book. It also features Richard, Sally, Tom, Jenny, and Joel Larson.
Nelly's Mail Order Husband
Series: Husbands for the Larson Sisters. Price: Free! Words: 62,250. Language: American English. Published: September 28, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
Nelly Larson's sisters decide to play matchmaker by answering a mail order husband ad on her behalf.
Fairest of Them All
Series: Marriage by Fairytale. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 86,190. Language: American English. Published: August 31, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Gothic
Miss Viola Keane agrees to marry a cursed gentleman who asks her to do one thing: never look at his face.
The Wedding Pact
Series: Marriage by Fairytale. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,280. Language: American English. Published: July 14, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Gothic
When Miss Ophelia Crowe realizes her cruel guardian intends to marry her, she strikes up a wedding pact with the first gentleman she meets.
Kidnapping the Viscount
Series: Marriage by Fate. Price: Free! Words: 52,570. Language: American English. Published: May 18, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Miss Heather Duff's going after the gentleman who got away, even if it'll take some unconventional means to do so.
Shane's Deal
Series: Montana Collection. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 70,240. Language: American English. Published: April 5, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General, Fiction » Romance » Western
Disguised as a man, Madeline Thompson has finally arrived in Lewistown, Montana, to get more supplies for her trip to Canada. But then fate intervenes... Discovering her true identity, prompts Marshal Shane Taft to protect her, but finding she's recently widowed and carrying a child, prompts him to propose marriage. Will this marriage just be a convenient way to solve her problem or so much more?
The Imperfect Husband
Series: Misled Mail Order Brides. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 82,310. Language: American English. Published: March 2, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General, Fiction » Romance » Western
A man disguises himself as a woman in order to figure out the best way to woo his wife.
One Enchanted Evening
Series: Marriage by Fairytale. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,340. Language: American English. Published: January 6, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Gothic
Lord Pruett has met the perfect lady at a masquerade ball, but will he still want to marry her once he discovers she's a servant?
The Perfect Wife
Series: Misled Mail Order Brides. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,790. Language: American English. Published: August 25, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General, Fiction » Romance » Western
Natalie married Mark Larson because she loved him, but she's quickly learning there's more to marriage than love. A lot more. And she's not sure she has what it takes to make it work.
The Perfect Duke
Series: Marriage by Fate. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 70,180. Language: American English. Published: July 21, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
An impoverished duke marries a wealthy lady, not realizing that in doing so, he incurs the wrath of her brother who may ruin his new marriage.
The Larsons: Boxed Set
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 433,130. Language: American English. Published: May 31, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General, Fiction » Romance » Western
(5.00 from 1 review)
At long last, Richard, Sally, Tom, Dave, Jenny, and Joel Larson's stories are in one boxed set, making it easy to follow each Larson as they find true love.
The Marriage Contract
Series: Marriage by Fairytale. Price: Free! Words: 69,740. Language: American English. Published: April 21, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Gothic
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
A widowed countess with a child on the way agrees to marry a gentleman who, some say, killed his first wife. But as she gets to know him, she begins to believe her husband isn’t the beast everyone’s made him out to be. There just might be a gentleman worth loving beneath his hard exterior. Can she get him to let go of the past so he can open himself up to the possibility of a fairytale romance?
South Dakota Series Boxed Set (Books 1-3)
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 199,490. Language: American English. Published: March 31, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General, Fiction » Romance » Western
This boxed set contains the complete South Dakota Series by Ruth Ann Nordin. The books in it are Loving Eliza, Bid for a Bride, and Bride of Second Chances.
Make Believe Bride
Series: Marriage by Fate. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,910. Language: American English. Published: March 24, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
In order to fit in with London society, Lord Whitney pretends to be betrothed. When it comes time for him to produce a lady, he seeks out one who will be willing to play along with his scheme. But then he starts to fall in love with her, and what started out as a simple plan is no longer so simple after all.
The Rejected Groom
Series: Misled Mail Order Brides. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 55,780. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General, Fiction » Romance » Western
Due to a misunderstanding, Velma Murdoch ends up marrying the wrong twin. Tony Larson is a farmer, and she doesn’t know the first thing about housework or caring for animals. Can a man who feels rejected and a woman who doesn’t feel competent on a farm find something as wonderful as love?
Married In Haste
Series: Marriage by Fate. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,470. Language: American English. Published: December 30, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
Lord Youngtown wants to marry. Though he tells everyone it’s because he needs an heir, deep down he’s a romantic at heart and longs for a love match. A simple scandal not of his doing gives him a lady who isn’t the kind of lady he wants, but it might give him the lady he needs.
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Smashwords book reviews by Ruth Ann Nordin

  • Pieces on Dec. 06, 2009

    From the description of the book and the prologue, I thought this book was going to begin after Angelique (Angie) McCourt's best friend died and she went on a mission to discover the missing pieces of the puzzle so she could identify the killer. But the story doesn't begin at that moment. It begins with Angie starting med school. Angie is perfect. She has a perfect memory and is gorgeous. In the beginning, she comes off as someone who thinks she's too good for everyone else. I figured that the story would show the evolution of Angie from someone who's "perfect" to becoming human--and I was right. The process of how that came to be was entertaining. It starts when she finally opens up to her roommate, Bernadette Scott, who is pretty much the opposite of Angie. It turns out they complement each other and become best friends. This was actually very interesting for me to read, but I felt sad when Bernadette died. It's hard for me to get attached to a character and watch them die. But this leads Angie on her quest to remember who the killer was, because she saw him murder her friend--it's just that the image is blurry in her mind. What I liked most about this book was the evolution of Angie. It was an interesting journey she took as she sunk into the mind of a serial killer bent on revenge. The process was slow and the more "pieces" of the puzzle she got, the deeper she sank into the dark part of her mind. Parts of it had me on the edge of my seat, so that is always a plus. And I didn't expect the ending. I'd say this book takes a look at the good and bad that all of us possess. It was very well done. Oh, and the writing was excellent. This was flawlessly edited.
  • Tori on March 07, 2010

    A good look at what some people will go through to do the right thing, even at a price. I enjoyed it.
  • Saturday the Fourteenth on March 08, 2010

    I loved what he found in the paper! This was an entertaining short story.
  • Shades of Gray on March 08, 2010

    This is one of those books that starts off with a bang and keeps going. I couldn't think of one dull moment. Even parts that could have dragged on kept my interest because they advanced the romantic sub-plot between Katelina and Jorick, which led to the question, "How far will someone go to protect someone they love?" The book starts when Katelina recalls finding Patrick (who is sort of a boyfriend but not really) dead in his apartment. Then she gets a phone call from someone telling her that he knows who killed Patrick. She debates on whether or not to go to an isolated spot to find out--and she finally decides to go. From there, her life drastically changes because all of the sudden she's thrown into a world filled with good and evil vampires, and some want to see her dead. I really enjoyed this book. I found the author's sense of humor wonderful, but even with humor, there are some serious moments. The key is to blend the two, and I thought the author succeeded very well with that. I would recommend this for readers who prefer more mature themes. For me, this was a definite plus. Sometimes I get bored of light reads and need something with more substance. It tackled just how evil some vampires could get, and that made me appreciate Jorick even more. Parts of it were spooky, like the house Jorick took Katelina to that had very odd people in it. That was my favorite part, especially when he warned her not to leave her bedroom until he came for her. Of course, I wanted to know why, and the author didn't disappoint me. The story did end with me wanting to read more, so I look forward to reading the next one in the series.
  • Over the Bridge on March 29, 2010

    This was one of those stories where I had to stop reading at night so I could wait until it was daylight. LOL The beginning is set up with a guy on a cell phone who gets this mysterious phone call warning him that he needs to follow the caller's instructions or else he'll end up dead. I do agree with the other reviewer who said that unlike other stories where the main character does something stupid, this guy was smart. I can't say too much without giving the story away, but let's say that what was coming was indeed as freaky as one would expect. Now I want to read everything by this author. I hope he continues to write more!
  • 101 Tips for Traveling with a Vampire on May 05, 2010

    I really enjoyed this book. The tips are so funny and told from the point of view from the human main character in her other book Shades of Gray, which I thought was a neat twist. In fact, the character made sure to give a "truth vs. myth" prologue on vampires. It turns out Hollywood is wrong. *chuckle* Anyway, I'll just share a couple of my favorite tips to give you an idea of the humor you can find here: "Motels will not give you a discount because your friend is 'dead' so don't ask." and "Bottled water isn't only good to drink, it's handy for cleaning up messes; everything from left over carnage to those melted junior mints you accidentally sat on." In addition to the these tips were bonus tips on how to deal with your vampire. One example of that is this: "It's not that your vampire doesn't want to change into a bat in front of you, it's that they can't, so quit bugging them about it." I thought this book was original and refreshing. The pictures came out good and the verion had good formatting. It's a quick read which was fun and light-hearted. Sometimes it's good to sit back and laugh, and this book provided a very nice escape for me.
  • Rapid Recipes for Writers . . . And Other Busy People on Dec. 23, 2010

    Thank you for the recipe book. I hate cooking so this is perfect.
  • My Lord Hades on Dec. 26, 2010

    I've always been intrigued by the Greek myth of Hades and Persephone. However, as a warning to prospective readers, this is not an exact retelling of the classic myth. In this book, Hades fights the Titans to help Zeus become the chief god in exchange for the Sea, but Zeus dupes him and gives him the Underworld instead. In the middle of this, Hades stumbles upon the gardens where Demeter has been hiding her daughter, Persephone, for many years. It's love at first sight, and even as he tries to fight his growing attraction for her, he senses that she is the one who will complete him. I liked the secret admirer part of the book and how they first met, especially in light of the fact that she's never seen a man. Persephone, however, is only naiive and young on the surface. The truth is, she has secrets hidden in her past--secrets she doesn't remember due to Demeter supressing them. As the story unfolds, we are given pieces to the puzzle until the end, which is a lot of fun as I played the guessing game. Hades' reason for abducting Persephone is a good and solid one, so he's not the monster in abducting her that he's often portrayed as being in the classic myth. Even so, Persephone was taken against her will and is grasping with her new identity and has to learn who she once was, so she has her personal issues to deal with before she can embrace Hades completely. PS There are no vampires in the book. What I liked most about this book is that beneath Hades' hard exterior, he was tender in his love for Persephone, and for those of you who like virgin heroes, he qualifies. He can't kiss a woman without his passion nearly killing her which is why he's never had sex before. This is not a problem with Persephone who is the one meant for him, and when they do make love, it's steamy. So I classify this as a sexy read. And yes, Persephone is a virgin too, and as soon as he brings her to the Underworld, they are husband and wife as is the custom of that time. Oh, and Persephone is not the weakling that is often portrayed in the classic myth either, in case anyone wonders.
  • It Waits on Jan. 09, 2011

    This is edited from my earlier review. The author has since expanded the story. The thing that compelled me to read it was the cover, so excellent job on that. The short story is about a creature that lurks in hiding to feed on something that will satisfy its appetite. There are definitely some wonderful horror elements in here that I especially enjoyed. And the ending was awesome. I enjoyed it and will check out more work from this author in the future.
  • Dragons Fire and The Brave Little Prince on Jan. 13, 2011

    As a mother of four young boys, this was a great book to read to them. They loved the dragon, and without spoiling it, I just want to say the way the royal family resolved the issue with the dragon was wonderful. These are the kind of messages kids should be receiving, in my opinion. There are some good moral lessons such as taking time to listen to the other side and compromising so everyone can be happy. This is a true fairy tale told in such a way that children enjoy. I look forward to more books by this author.
  • Surviving the Theseus on Feb. 01, 2011

    Regina, a SOAD officer, is on what's supposed to be a vacation when she wakes up and realizes everyone on the space cruise ship is gone. All that's left of them are their clothes. Since she's used to danger and fighting, she arms herself and prepares to fight whatever enemy is responsible for this. She runs into two people who may or may not have the answers as to what is going on, and I really enjoyed snippets of the conversation where Regina overheard the man telling the woman they needed to tell Regina but the woman refusing to go along with the idea. Meanwhile, there's a group of people who are given the task of finding the space ship Regina is on, and when they get on board Regina's ship, some of the dots start connecting up because Regina's two companions (and I use that term loosely) are finally beginning to talk. I won't give away anymore because it would spoil it, but this is a great thriller. Wondering what in the world was going on kept me going back to my Kindle to find out what would happen next. The invisible enemy tracking them down and the strange orange light that would periodically show up were definite pluses. This book is action packed so there's never a dull moment. The reason all those people disappeared was actually an unexpected twist which I enjoyed a lot. As for character development, Regina had significant changes to her personality. It was intriguing to watch her gain feeling and softness. I can't say more without spoiling the end of the book, but I was satisfied with the ending and how she ended up because it revealed so much about how she got to be how she was in the first place--and some people would label that as 'cold'. My final thought on this book is that it's for adults only. Mature themes, sexual and violent, are in here, and I would give it an 'R' if this was a movie.
  • The Human Web on Feb. 04, 2011

    I really liked this book. What got me to buy it was the idea of doing life after death experiments. I enjoy that kind of thing. I had hoped it would be Biblically sound, and I was very pleased to find out it was. I'd say the primarily audience are Christians; however, I wouldn't limit it to that group but be aware that there are Christian overtones (just as the author labeled it in the genre selection). I see some books given poor reviews because the reader didn't know it was Christian fiction, which is the only reason I bring it up. If the Christian message upsets you, you won't enjoy reading this. Now onto the book. The plot is solid and original. Stanley and Valerie Cooper are running experiments to see if there is life after death. The point comes when Stanley experiments on himself--telling his wife to make him clinically dead and then bring him back in a half hour. It is along this venture that he steps out of this world and into the next where angels and demons come for him. What grabbed me was the unique twist the author took in the spiritual realm. The demons are building a human web. They are taking souls of the lost people and connecting them all over the world. When this web is complete, angels will no longer be allowed to intervene on humans' behalf and the demons will fnally get to run amok doing whatever they want to on the Earth. It's up to Stanley to stop them. But the question is how? "Big Brother" is watching everything he does, so the task will not prove easy. For those who love futurist stories where our every move is being monitored by the government, this will be a thrill. But the story also alternates between the past(2020s) to the future (2060s) so you get the cause and effect scenario. It was neat to see how one person, Calvin, made a few decisions back in the 2020s that affected the entire world in the 2060s. This is definitely worth a read, and I look forward to reading more of this author's work in the future.
  • Adam (Vampire Morsels) on Feb. 11, 2011

    This story is exactly why I don't go following strange noises down a dark alley. In my opinion, this is a refreshing change from the teen lovelorn vampire story I typically run across when browsing through books. I really enjoyed this peak into Joleene Naylor's world of vampires and look forward to reading more about the characters featured in the Amaranthine world.
  • The Day Long Since Seen on Feb. 14, 2011

    I liked the twist at the end.
  • The Silver Lining on Feb. 17, 2011

    Warning: bring a tissue with you when you read this story. It's about an old woman who opens her small box to look at a paper heart. As she looks at it, she remembers the day her special needs child made it. I won't give away more and spoil it, but you definitely need to have a tissue on hand when reading it because it'll bring tears to your eyes. It's definitely bittersweet.
  • Simply Put: Self-Publishing Basics on March 11, 2011

    This is a great book for someone to begin in the world of self-publishing. It discusses different places you can self-publish for free or cheap (which is important because I wasted $10,000 on vanity presses over six years and wish a book like this came to my attention when I started out in 2002 on my journey). The author gave great tips on formatting the interior file for both paperbacks and ebooks. She also gave tips on making book covers. All I can add to what she did is to say places like and have royalty-free pictures ranging from $5 to $10 you can safely use on your cover. I didn't realize you couldn't use Microsoft Word's clip art on a cover, and thankfully, I haven't, though I almost did one time. So that was a very useful tip. She also discusses ISBNs, links to useful sites, and good reasons to self-publish. She also gave a couple of marketing tips, and I have to echo her in not wanting to come off being obnoxious about having your book out there by mentioning it all the time. I like her marketing approach and think other authors can benefit from it as well. This is a great guide for someone new at self-publishing, and the easy to understand language is a huge plus. So yes, this is worth the read, and even if you're not so new, you might learn something new.
  • eBook Magic: An Overall Approach to Writing and Selling E-books on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes and Everywhere Else on April 13, 2011

    There is a lot of great advice in here. I won't go over them all, but being passionate about what you're writing, keep on writing and publishing when sales drop, and why top profiled books prevail are right on from what I've experienced. He uses his personal experience to back up what he's saying, which I also liked. Some other things that I think are useful are his tips on making a writing schedule, and I liked seeing his and how the numbers can add up fast for writing and publishing books. So if you're struggling with finishing books, I think you'll find his tips helpful. Other topics covered in this book include why finding a niche is important, limiting your marketing time so you have more time to write, and the importance of shelf space. Anyway, from my experience what he says in this book is accurate, so I do suggest taking the time to read it.
  • Alexander (Vampire Morsels) on April 15, 2011

    I really enjoyed this one. Alexander and his family were among my favorite characters in Shades of Gray, so it was fun to get a deeper look into their lives. He longs for a normal childhood, but sadly, he'll never have one. I won't spoil it, but the ending was a powerful one. Definitely one that will stick with you!
  • Arowenia (Vampire Morsels) on April 24, 2011

    I read Shades of Gray and was interested in her kidnapping, and this story leads up to that from her point of view. It gives a better look at her life, something I often wondered about. I agree that this is a book where looks are deceiving because it appears she has a wonderful life, but when you take a deeper look, you find that things aren't so perfect after all. As a side note, the fountain was chilling!
  • Rashnar on July 10, 2011

    This was a fun book. I enjoy lighter fantasies that have a basis in our ordinary world here on Earth. Jack, Phillip, and Tracy are from Earth, and they don't know each other. We are given a look into their lives to see the ups and downs they faced. This is the kind of thing I enjoy because I liked the background information. Their lives on Earth (and how well or bad it was) did affect how they adjusted to being pulled into another realm. While they are going about their lives, each one slips into Rashnar where each is given a special weapon they will use to fight the dark threat coming to Rashnar and its people. And if the teens don't stop this threat, it'll eventually take over the realm we live in, too. I enjoyed this book. Like I said, it was a light read. The teens who didn't know each other developed a good friendship. They had a couple of good adventures where they learned something about the realm and each other. What I enjoyed the most was what this being from another realm who wanted to take over Rashnar wanted to do with the people on Rashnar. The threat was indeed a profound one. The book does end on a huge cliff hanger, as the author says.
  • Krae (Book 2 of the Kantura World series) on July 10, 2011

    This story opens where the other left off, in the middle of the battle where it looked bad for Tracy. In case someone reads the review of this before reading the first book, I won't say whether Tracy lived or died. But the threat coming to the realm was still on its way, and Dashan is leading the way for the power behind him to take over the realm. This threat has been going to different realms to take over, and anyone who refuses to be a servant will die. So the stakes are high, and if this threat isn't stopped, our realm will be up on the chopping block, so to speak. What I liked best about this book is the twist that came in the final battle where the good guy (Roshan) who is helping the teens has to confront the bad guy (Dashan). This is where the reader learns a very neat tidbit about the two. That was my favorite part. This does complete the story started in book 1 (Rashnar). The author mentioned wanting feedback on whether we'd be interested in reading more tales from this world, and I would like to vote yes.
  • Five Little Caskets on Aug. 12, 2011

    Aside from the aliens, this is a rather grim but realistic view of a possible future for America. I've often wondered what it might look like if America fell completely apart, and the author did a great job connecting up the dots. Also, there was a significant part of the story that surprised me at the end, and I'm actually glad for the twist or else I might have spent the rest of the evening depressed. I don't want to spoil it, but it has to do with the title. It's a compelling story that's worth reading. I enjoyed it a lot. The only thing I can think of that would have made it better is if there was a follow-up scene to see what the hero's life was like after he put the five little caskets into the ground.
  • A Firefly Dream on Aug. 12, 2011

    I read this to my kids who are in grade school, and they really enjoyed it. Their favorite part was the ending when the firefly's dream came true. (My favorite part was when the firefly was born, but that's not surprising since I'm a mom.) It's a great story about pursuing a goal that's important to us, even if others don't think it can be done.
  • The Beast in the Mirror on Feb. 19, 2012

    This is a short story. It's perfect if you're looking for something sweet and light that you can read in under half an hour. With that disclaimer aside, the story ia about Christopher who dated a witch who (upon being dumped) cursed him with a beastly face. Horrified, he ran and hid in some ruins. The story begins when he's been there for a couple of years, always reminded of his hideous appearance whenever he looks into a mirror that he can't break. Rose, the heroine, is an artist who takes an interest in the ruins. From the moment he sees her, he falls in love with her but knows she'll never love someone as ugly as him. Unable to resist her, he talks to her from another room but refuses to let her see him. I won't say any more because I don't want to spoil it, but I enjoyed how being alone for years forced Christopher to understand why being a playboy wasn't a good way to live. I also enjoyed the sweet tone to the story and the moral that real beauty is on the inside, not the outside. There is a twist at the end which was neat, too. It's something I can't recall being done in any versions of the Beauty and the Beast type of stories I've read. So I recommend it for people who want something short, light and sweet.
  • The Gnome on April 29, 2012

    I really enjoy this horror novel. It starts out with Tara Reed inheriting her grandmother's house, and on the first day she moves in, the sheriff, Jake Tyler, warns her that even though her grandmother was reported as dying from a heart attack, she had made a call to 911 saying "something" was after her. This sets the stage for what happens in the rest of the book. At first, Tara notices small things, like strange noises and the lawm gnome shifting positions. She assumes it's a prank by some local kids having fun, but she's soon to find out it's far more sinister than that. When her friends come for a visit, they find themselves in a horrifying struggle for survival. I won't spoil the book, but I will say I enjoyed not being able to tell what would happen next. I'd think the story was going to go in one direction, but it would veer off in another. I really liked the twist at the end on how the human sacrifice was resolved. It wasn't what I expected, and I thought it was a clever way to resolve things. Plus, it had a very sweet romantic subplot, so if you like some horror and mystery with a dose of romance, you might enjoy this book.
  • Sapphire Blue in the Straw (Jenny's Story) on Feb. 24, 2013

    I loved the set up for this romance--a hero who needs a cane to walk because of an accident early in life. The heroine (Jenny) doesn't notice the hero (Ron) until he saves her life. After that, she tries to become friends with him, but for some reason, he won't let her close to him. She ends up giving up. Years later after college, their paths cross once more, and when Ron's father has a heart attack, they are thrown together by a couple of meddling (but sweet) mothers who hope to make a love match. I really like romances that feature a crippled hero who has to learn that he's worthy of love, and this novella didn't disappoint. It's a sweet romance. The characters are likable, and I love how that the economic differences between Jenny's family and Ron's family didn't prevent them from getting along. It's people (not money) that is ultimately important. That was a wonderful lesson that was presented in the book, in addition to the love that looks beyond someone's outward appearance to seeing the value within.
  • Lilac in the Spring on March 09, 2013

    Wow! This was such a beautiful Christian romance. It's my new favorite of all the author's books. I love the plot: a wallflower type of teenage heroine who falls in love with a gorgeous upperclassman and holds onto the memory of that one special evening she spent with him only to end up working with him when they're adults. Helen is awkward and plainer than her fellow classmates in high school, and she's sitting alone at a dance when she falls down. Kurt, the popular guy who has his choice of girls, rushes to help her up and dances with her to ease her from embarrassment. From there, they exchange a few hellos in the hallway but soon he graduates and moves on. A few years later, she's working at a publishing company, and the new editor hired to train her is Kurt. Is this the chance she's been waiting for to be with him at long last? This story was just so beautiful. You were never quite sure if Kurt returned Helen's feelings or not. There were moments where it seemed that he might, but then the moment would go away and you were left wondering. In everything he did, he was respectful toward her. This is the kind of hero you can fall in love with again and again.
  • Love Comes to Cookesville on Sep. 01, 2014

    Love Comes to Cookesville features two romances, but they are wrapped up in the same story. One is between Wade and Hope, and the other is between Jason (aka Jay) and Shayla. After Jason broke Wade's trust, the possibility of him ever marrying Shayla (Wade's sister) was destroyed. Turning to drugs and alcohol to deaden the pain of his betrayal, he ends up falling in the wrong crowd and living a very loose life, running from one woman to another, never satisfied with any of them. Shayla, tired of watching this, decides it's time to go live with her brother Wade and help him with the horses. Meanwhile, Hope is coming to Arizona in hopes of finding a long-lost relative. Not knowing where this relative might be, she decides to work for Wade, but just as soon as they start developing feelings for each other, something happens which forces her to leave without saying anything. (I won't say what because I don't want to spoil it.) But there are a couple questions that pop up. Can Jason do anything to redeem himself and restore the friendship he lost with Wade and his future with Shayla? Will Hope find her long-lost relative? Is all hopeless for Wade who's been longing for love for the longest time only to find it elude him when he thought he would get it? My favorite character was Wade. He was such a sweetheart, and he was a very sympathetic character. To top it off, he was a virgin, something hard to find, especially in contemporary romances. What I liked most about this book is how imperfect the characters were. I love to see characters who've really messed up, realize it, and try to better themselves. And while Wade was a sweetheart, even he had his moments. So what we're really dealing with are characters who are human. They have faults, but by their actions they show it's possible to be redeemed. I also enjoyed the love scenes, which happened after marriage, because they were realistic. If you like these kinds of romances, I believe you'll enjoy this book.