Updates on books, writing, preconceived ideas and anything else I can cram into one post

1. Banks Brothers Brides series…

I think everyone knows that I recently had to shift my focus back to the Banks family. So, as of now, I have covers, titles and vague, not-set-in-stone descriptions:

His Contract Bride

Edward Banks has known most of his life that one day Regina Harris was to be his bride–but somebody forgot to inform her…

An avid academic and aspiring scientist, Edward is pleased to find that he wont have to bother with the nonsense involved in courting a young lady.

Young and naive, it doesn’t take much for her social-climbing father to convince Regina the man she’s to marry has requested her hand out of love, but devastates her when she learns the truth.

Now, it’s up to a man who’s more comfortable in a conservatory than a drawing room to prove to Regina that she’s more than just the proverbial sacrificial lamb that helped gain her family their foot in Society’s door and that he–if no other gentleman–is trustworthy. But he just might be the one doing the learning as he’ll be forced to acknowledge that sometimes the most combustible elements aren’t the ones you control, but sometimes the ones you don’t.

His Yankee Bride

Nineteen and virtually after losing his older brother to that horrid fate of blessed matrimony, John Banks decides to board a ship bound for America—oblivious of who he’ll find when he arrives.
Having grown up on a large indigo plantation, the expressive and possibly overdramatic, Carolina Ellis can hardly wait to see what the gentlemen of Charleston will be like. But alas, they were not what she’d been hoping for. Ball after ball and dance after dance, Carolina is disappointed time and again.
Then she sees him…
Boston and Philadelphia held no appeal to John, so on a suggestion from a friend, he headed south to the booming town of Charleston, South Carolina. Not meaning to become the center of attention, John becomes exactly that when he walks right into the largest social event of the Season dressed like nothing more than a poor drifter.
So what is a penniless man to do when in such a situation? The only thing he can do: rely on his sense of humor to extinguish the tension.
Immediately, Carolina takes a shine to this unusual man and his equally unusual humor and is determined she will do whatever it takes to marry him—Southern aristocracy be damned.
His Jilted Bride
It’s her wedding day and there is no groom in sight. But why should Amelia Brice be surprised? Hiram, Lord Friar is known for having no gentleman’s honor to speak of and his jilting her on their wedding day, makes it official.
Elijah Banks cannot allow his childhood friend to continue to be shamed this way. It’s more than an hour past the time the wedding was to start, and that bounder still hasn’t shown up. Unable to sit still a second longer, Elijah does the only thing that seems logical from where he stands: kidnap the bride and take her to Gretna Green in order to escape this scandal with one far more forgiving for a young lady’s reputation.
So then why does his new bride seem angry with him and rebuff his advances?
Elijah is the gentleman she’d always hoped to marry, but though he was merely the third son of a baron and she the daughter of an earl, she’d never felt worthy of someone like him. Especially now. Try as she might, she cannot find the words to tell him of her situation and ruin the good fortune that has befallen her, but neither can she keep the truth from him.
But when Lord Friar threatens to reveal her secret, it’s up to Elijah to save her from public humiliation once more by revealing a few of his own…
His Brother’s Bride
While traveling around America, Elijah Banks makes a promise he’s unable to keep. So to guard his family’s name and his sister-in-law’s feelings, Henry Banks tells this beautiful stranger that he is the brother she seeks and impulsively agrees to marry the stunning beauty who introduces herself as Elijah’s intended.
It might have been a while since she’d last seen the twins in a smokey ballroom in New York, she knows it’s Henry who is claiming to be Elijah—she just doesn’t care. One Banks brother is as good as the next, as far as she’s concerned. Her near ensnarement of and marriage proposal from Elijah was just part of her plan to seek revenge on their family, but Henry will suffice just as well.
When Elijah and his new wife return from their recent trip to Italy, he has a lot of explaining to do. Especially, when, for the safety of his entire family, he has to reveal what he knows about this American beauty: including her plan for revenge.
Now, without giving away either his identity or his heart, Henry must find a way to dissuade his wife from revenge—but he’s soon finding that ideas are easier formed than executed and with each attempt to change her mind, he loses a little more of his heart to this enchanting creature.
Not the dimwit everyone has treated her as her entire life, she knows exactly what her husband is about. But while her mind refuses to accept his advances, her heart can’t deny them. Everything from his carefree manner to his genuine gestures is a stark contrast to the man she’d been married to before.
But when when her opportunity to seek revenge presents itself, she must decide if it’s revenge she longed for, or the love of a good man, because even she knows she can’t have both.
2. Back from RT (Romantic Times) Convention!
A friend and I met in Chicago for five days of craziness as we heard cover models sing karaoke, wore Scottish gowns to dinner, signed books, feared I’d have to get a toe amputated after a near miss by a giant, book-filled suitcase that missed my foot by less than an inch, saw some downright scandalous drawings, got a very thorough education the history of sex–as well as picked up a few new terms for my books…be looking for one that rhymes with urchin–and even met Mark Coker, the owner and founder of Smashwords.
While there, I was very blessed to meet several of my readers and had an exciting time doing so–thank you for coming out, ladies. Thankfully, I didn’t let any of them down with their preconceived ideas about me! (Or at least that’s what they told me…)
3. Writing and book timeframe
Fortunately, before I left, I’d had a good start to His Contract Bride and I look to be done with it by the end of this month, so with any luck, late May or early June it will be hitting the virtual bookshelf.
I think that’s all for today. I hope you all enjoy what’s left of your weekend!

13 thoughts on “Updates on books, writing, preconceived ideas and anything else I can cram into one post”

  1. Well I’m a little sad that you are putting your westerns on the shelf for a bit because I’m instersted to see what you can do with that genere. BUT I love the discriptions of these books and it will be nice to continue on with the Banks Family. I will be waiting as patiently as I can for you to finish and get them live so I can spend a night reading the first one. I”m glad you had a great time at the confrence.

    1. Karen, didn’t I explain about the westerns already? I’ll have to go back and look…

      Anyway, I am thrilled to be back to writing about the Banks family. I love them. I just do.

      I did have a great time at RT. I was nervous before going, but it was a lot of fun!

      1. I think you did explain I just can’t remember at the moment. I knew you were going to swich to the Banks brothers. But as long as you have a book out soon its all good. Between you and Ruth both running into delays with your books I’ve been getting a little impatient. But then I remind myself that I want a well written book not one just thrown together.

  2. I’m jealous, Rose. You have the best titles, descriptions and covers ever! What’s your secret to those descriptions? Do you brainstorm what to write down, does it just come to you, do you scan other romance book descriptions? You always make the books seem like a “must read now” tyep of book. It’s amazing what a gift you have. 🙂

    As for Mark Coker, isn’t he a great guy? He’s so down to earth and nice. It’s really a pleasure to meet someone like him.

    You can make anything sound interesting. Whether it’s a wallet, a guy at the food court, or something falling near your toe, you manage to make it sound exciting. Meanwhile, I had a fantastic weekend because I met cool people and learned some neat things to pass along on a blog. Doesn’t sound so interesting when I write this stuff. LOL

    1. LOL! The descriptions just come to me. I just try to summarize the book as if I were writing a book report. Or, I’ll make a brief overview/outline for my own purposes then pare it down so I don’t give it all away. That’s my secret.

      TItles are easy. I didn’t think so when I first started, but now I do. Now I just try to find similar wording and change only one word. I like your titles, by the way.

      As for the covers–I hire those done. I just don’t have the imagination for those.

      Mark Coker is GREAT. Very nice, open minded and intelligent guy.

      I’m glad you think that I can make anything amusing. I try. Quite frankly, I feared for the safety of my toe. I really did. On the first full day there, this lady tripped me with her suitcase full of bricks–oops, I mean books–and that’s when I knew I was going to have some great blogging material. Just wait, I haven’t told what I think has to be the funniest thing yet…

      1. I agree with Ruth, your discriptions are always so well done. They make me want to read them right then and there never mind that half the time they are not written yet.

  3. Love the covers and book descriptions. So glad you had fun at the convention and met some fans of your writing. I am looking forward to reading about your experiences there.

  4. I am looking forward to the westerns… but I love the Banks family and I am glad you are continuing with them, love the covers and descriptions… thanks Rose for the great writing you do I get lost in your books …. it’s great after a long work day.

  5. I am going throught Rose Gordon withdrawal – thank heaven that you are releasing a book, any book, very soon. I’m thrilled that you are moving forward with the Banks family but life without a new Ruth Gordon masterpiece has caused me to suddenly take to fits of housecleaning, dieting, exercising at a gym and organizing my closets….please Ruth write faster..this is sheer insanity!

    1. LOL Linda. I am having “something out new” withdrawals. So I guess we’re in the same boat. However, my case of insanity might not be as bad as yours, I have begun exercising like mad, but housecleaning? I still hate that.

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