Most people that don’t write think that writing is a glamorous easy job. This month I am speaking to authors about How they began writing and their journey to where they are now. Today’s guest is Ruth A. Casie.
Hello Ruth. How are you today? Is the weather beginning to look like spring?
Ruth: I wish it did. We’ve had temperatures below zero and as high as 65 degrees. It certainly has been a weird winter. The only hint of spring are the longer days.
Cat: How long have you been writing:
Ruth: I’ve been writing fiction for almost ten years. I wrote marketing materials and user guides for a major international bank. Nothing really creative.
Cat: Do you have another job or write full-time?
Ruth: I retired five years ago from my day job.
Cat: Tell us a little about your schedule
Ruth: I find it easier to write emotional and descriptive text in the morning. In the afternoon I check my social media and work on the outline for my next book. I usually use the weekend to create and schedule my social media posts
Cat: Do you have a publisher or self-publish?
Ruth: I do have a publisher, but have moved away from traditional publishing to self-publishing. My main book of work is Historical fantasy. For the most part, my romances are behind closed doors. My publisher wanted something hotter.
Cat: Do you ever just feel like giving up? If so why?
Ruth: I don’t think I’ve ever felt like giving up. There are times I hate my story and have found ways to fix it. There are times I’m disappointed I didn’t sell more books and have found ways to fix it. There are times I wish it were easier and I have found ways to fix that too. What I’m saying is it is all under your control. Weak plots can be fixed with additional conflict. Weak sales can be fixed with ads and giveaways. A weak game plan
Cat: What book do you have coming out now?
Ruth: Actually, my newest book released on February 12. But before I tell you all about my new story and the others I’ve written, I want to thank you for hosting me on your blog and giving me the opportunity to talk to your readers.
Title: The Pirate’s Jewel
This story is part of the connected world of the Pirates of Britannia and a crossover to my series, The Stelton Legacy
Author: Ruth A. Casie
Publisher: DragonMedia Publishing
Cover designer: Kim Killion
Genre: Medieval Romance
Wesley Reynolds will do anything to avenge his family’s banishment from Dundhragon Castle even throw in with the notorious pirate, MacAlpin. His plan, ruin Lord Ewan’s trading network. He has a more devious plan for his father’s ‘best friend,’ the man who abandoned them at the eleventh hour. He’ll ruin the man’s most precious jewel, his daughter Darla. Wesley’s so close to ruining the trade network and succeeding he can almost taste it, but revenge is not nearly as sweet as Darla’s kisses.
Darla Maxwell, beloved by her parents has no prospects of marriage. Her father and Lord Ewan search to find her the right husband. Darla’s special gifts are frightening to many. She has visions that often come true. The murky image of a man haunts her, she’s sure it’s Lord Ewan’s soon-to-be son-in-law, but the vision morphs when she meets Wesley. The meaning couldn’t be any clearer to her, her destiny lies with Wesley.
When revelations surface indicating Wesley has been deceived and his revenge misplaced. Will he find the truth of what really happened to his family in time to stop the pirates? Will Darla ever forgive him? Will he ever forgive himself?S
A prickly sensation ran across Wesley’s back. Before he lifted his head from whispering to Therese, thanking her for the pearl, he knew Darla stared at him. “What is it?” Therese asked as she turned and followed his gaze. “Who was that?”
“I don’t think she’s too happy.” Therese pulled her shawl around her.
He hardly made out her words. Before he realized he was going after Darla he was halfway up the lane.
What was she doing, spying on him? When he got a hold of her, he would tell her a thing or two. He rounded the corner and hurried up the lane.
There. Her body shifted and he noticed someone with her. Who was she talking to?
Wesley got a good look. Justin. The man’s clothes were stained, his hair greasy. His sunken eyes were threaded with scarlet so densely they appeared pink.
“Look who’s here. The witch.”
Darla didn’t move. She didn’t flinch.
Curses fell from Wesley’s lips as he raced forward.
“Come on. Leave her alone.” Justin’s friend pulled on his arm, but Justin wiggled out of his hold.
“Are you afraid of a little spell? I tell you all we need is a little of her blood, dab it around the boat, and we’ll be protected. You can’t back down now. You hold her and grab that little pouch around her waist she’s so fond of. I’m told she always carries it.” Justin took out his knife and waved it at her.
“As above so below. As within so without,” Darla chanted with her hands raised and fingers stretched pointing to them. “Let me see, how to finish the curse. I can make you into toads. No, that won’t do. You’d give the little creatures a bad name. Something more particular to you.”
She looked at the sky and tapped her finger on her cheek. The two men bounced from one foot to the other and grew paler by the minute.
“Ah yes. I can make your ballocks fall off. Of course, I’m not proficient with this spell, so you’ll never know when it will happen, when you bathe, relieve yourself, or other more intimate times.”
A well-practiced evil grin spread across her face that left no doubt she enjoyed the torment she inflicted. She stretched her arms and flexed her fingers reaching toward the two men.
“Yes, that will do.”
Justin’s friend took off running down the lane. Darla lowered her arms.
“Oh, what a pity, your friend has left you and the curse is specifically for two people.” Her brow wrinkled. “Ah, but I’m sure I can refocus it all on you.”
Darla raised her hands again. This time she pointed at Justin’s crotch. Her expression turned intense as she glared at him. The drunk squirmed. His eyes lit with fear. Slowly, he lowered his knife.
Wesley took advantage of the man’s preoccupation and worked his way behind him. As soon as he was in place he tapped the drunk on the shoulder.
Justin gave a small yelp. When he turned, Wesley threw a right fist across his chin and laid him flat. Satisfied the man was out, he marched over to Darla and grabbed her hand.
“Where are you going? What were you thinking? And what is this nonsense about casting a spell?”
“You sound like my father. In what order do you want me to answer those questions?”
Her angry tone startled him. Did she think she could stop Justin’s attack with words?
“What I do is none of your concern.”
A man just threatened her life and it was none of his concern? She turned to move on.
He caught her elbow and hauled her around to face him. Her anger was evident, but he wasn’t sure if it was due to what she witnessed between him and Therese or his action with Justin. She stared at him and said nothing. He didn’t move. He could be just as obstinate.
She shook her hand free of his grip.
“He thought I was a witch so I obliged him.” She stormed away, heading toward Leo’s cottage.
“One minute, I’m not done.” He caught up with her.
“Ballock,” Wesley’s voice was low. “What do you know about, about that?”
She stopped so abruptly he bumped into her.
“It’s a man’s most valued possession. Threatening that would make him reconsider his actions.” She moved on.
“Remind me not to get you angry,” he said and followed.
Praise for The Pirate’s Jewel
“Ruth A. Casie has written a masterful mystery full of magic, dragons, jewels, pirates and romance. This is an amazing read!” ~ B. Michael, Amazon
“These two are on a collision course of truths, betrayals, mystery and romance on the high seas and on land. A book of adventure for everyone.” ~ D. Brown, Amazon
“A fast paced tale with many twist and turns that highlight a mystery that the author handles with wonderful characters and even pirates that kept me quickly turning until the last page! ~ L. Dykes, Amazon
“I was hooked from the very first page. Ruth A. Casie’s first foray into this bestselling series is a gem. Everything from the description of a pirate ship attack to the cryptic dreams of Darla are intricately laid out for the reader to absorb. The characters were easy to connect with and the betrayal is one I didn’t see coming. One of Ruth A. Casie’s best works and I look forward to reading more.” ~ N.N. Light, Goodreads
The Pirate’s Jewel is a Kindle Unlimited book and also available as an e-book or paperback at Amazon. The Amazon link to The Pirate’s Jewel is: https://amzn.to/2VgClfK
Meet Ruth A. Casie
Storyteller | Blogger | Creative Thinker | Dreamer | Good Sport | Teammate
Hi – I’m Ruth A. Casie and I write historical and contemporary romance. You might be wondering what I’m about. Sit back and let me tell you.
I’m happiest when I’m telling stories either chatting in a group or writing them down. I love to put my hero and heroine in tough situations and dare them to work it out—together, always together. They haven’t disappointed. Oh, they complain but in the end their love and relationships are stronger than ever.
Here are five things you probably don’t know about me.
1. I filled my passport up in one year.
2. I have three series and I’m contemplating creating a cozy small town historical mystery series based on my contemporary Havenport Romances.
3. I did a rap to “How Many Trucks Can a Tow Truck Tow If a Tow Truck Could Tow Trucks.”
4. When I cook I dance.
5. My Sudoku book is in the bathroom. I’m not saying anything else about that.
My stories feature strong women and the men who deserve them, endearing flaws and all. Their stories will keep you turning the pages until the end. I hope my stories become your favorite adventures.
I’m a USA Today bestselling author.
* counted cross stitch
* ballroom dancing – not just between the fridge and stove
* reading almost anything
* Sudoko – I’m still staying quiet about that
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Other books by Ruth that may interest you:
The Druid Knight stories are a historical time travel series,
She was his witch, his warrior and his wife. He was her greatest love. 400 years couldn’t keep them apart.
He crossed the centuries to find her. It will be up to her to save them both.
(This book is free if you subscribe to my newsletter)
She would give her last breath for him. He would give up everything to guard her well and love her more.
Knight of Remorse
Releasing December, 2019.
The Stelton Legacy is historical fantasy about the seven sons of a seventh son,
Dare she rely on her knight, Lord Alex Stelton, to find a way to save them both or does she trust her magic and risk exposure and persecution as a witch?
Their destinies are intertwined with hidden passions and a love that will last for eternity.
He refused to take up arms, but would fight to save her no matter what the cost.
(a crossover story to Pirates of Britannia)
Deception and family honor are at stake – so is her heart.
The Pirate’s Redemption
(also a crossover to Pirates of Britannia)
Releasing July, 2019
The only person who can help her and her family is the one person
she’d rather run through with a sword.
Havenport Romances are contemporary stories set in a small coast Rhode Island town.
He was the cause of her fall from literary stardom until he became her salvation.
Lost: One locket filled with memories. Will finding it lead Rachel to peace and happiness?
They both swore to never love again, then again—Never Say Never.
You can’t always trust the ones you love.
Heart of the Matter
Releasing October, 2019
Digging into the past can be murder