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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Huffington Post Review -- Teacher to New York Times Bestseller

From School Teacher to  

New York Times Best Seller

By Jeff Rivera

While her children ran around her, Ruth Cardello wrote in the basement of her tiny house in spare moments, worked on improving her craft, and juggled her day job as a kindergarten teacher.
Then, when the economic slowdown began, and her teaching career became less stable, she took a leap of faith. Her brother had suggested she self-publish. With her husband's support, she turned her attention to learning the business side of publishing. The rest, as they say, is history.
Her first indie published book Maid for the Billionaire skyrocketed up the charts. Over 200,000 people downloaded it almost instantly. That set her on a path to creating a series that would launch her career as an author and have her turning down a 7-figure deal from a Big 5 publisher.
I had the opportunity to ask Ruth about her path to success and her newest book deal with Montlake Books.

How did you get started as a writer?
I've always been a writer, but I finished my first full-length book in 2004. That would eventually be purchased by Montlake Romance and become Taken, Not Spurred. The first draft of that book was awful. I didn't write it thinking that it would ever be published. I wrote it because I love reading romance novels and I wanted to create a world of my own.
Back then, I didn't know any of the rules of writing a novel. I was in and out of everyone's point of view often in the same scene. Also, I hadn't yet met my husband, so the horse in the story had more of a point of view than the hero. At that time, I was riding my own horse six nights a week. The book was full of horse terminology, horse anecdotes, and a few spicy scenes between the heroine and hero. Fortunately, none with the horse.

But how did you go from tinkering with a novel to becoming a bestselling author?
What do you do when you finish a book? How do you know it's any good? My friends said they loved it, but I had to know for sure. I shared the book with an online critique group. There may be many wonderful groups out there, but my experience wasn't the best. My favorite line from one of my critique partners was that my writing was so awful that it made her want to bash your head on the wall until she bled. Needless to say, I was more than a little discouraged.
But I didn't give up.

I found a local chapter of Romance Writers of America because I've always considered failure a challenge and they tout themselves as a place where authors grow. Now, as the youngest of 11 children, and one with eight protective brothers, I didn't go to my first meeting alone. My brother, Gerry, said he was coming with me and told me that he was pulling me out of there if anyone started tearing my writing to shreds. RIRW of Rhode Island was such a warm and wonderful group of women that my brother joined the group with me and started to write just because of the creative energy there.

It was at one of the meetings that I met Annette Blair. She was traditionally published but had gotten there the hard way. She'd written a lot of books, entered them into many contests, received some cutting reviews, and refused to give up. She spoke about the time she put into learning the craft. She thanked all of the people who were patient with her and supportive of her while she was learning. She spoke with eloquence and warmth that I decided right then and there that I wanted to be her when I grew up.

I started entering contests for my writing. I went to workshops on how to improve my craft. I worked with critique partners. I read as much as I could on the rules of my genre. This was the painful adolescent period of my writing career. I was awkward. I was insecure. But I was also determined.

Many beginning writers reading this are struggling with their craft. How did you learn the ropes? How did you hone your skills?

Want to read the rest of the interview? Click here 

Additional thoughts by me:

My Journey Expands
How my writing became a family affair

Two years ago, my niece sent me the most incredible story she had written and asked me if I would help her self-publish it. I gave her a list of about sixty things she would need to do first. She called me back the next day and said, “I’m done. What else should I do?” After that, Danielle Stewart had her auntie’s full support.  She has fourteen books and novellas up now and I couldn’t be prouder. The first book in each of her series is FREE.

Last year my sister, Jeannette Winters, who has a full-time job as an analyst, told me she dreamed of making enough money from her stories to pay for the new roof her home needs. I gave her the same list and told her to bring me a completed romance. If she did that, I promised to get her the best editors I could afford, help her choose covers that would fit her books and teach her the business side of self-publishing. She joined the same author group my brother and I did and finished not only one, but two billionaire romances. And they’re good. They’re so good I could cry.

Her first book is FREE

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Tycoon Takedown is available today!

When it comes to love, two wrongs may finally make a right... 

Dear readers, 

I am so happy to finally share the story of Charles and Melanie with you. Melanie’s determination to do the best for her child will touch your heart. Love won’t come easily to this couple and they’ll both have to overcome their pasts. But, in the end, even a New York City tycoon is no match for a Texan cowgirl.  Charles is one sexy alpha who is about to get taken down.

I'm also excited to share this song with you.  When Charles proposes to Melanie he sings it.  It was made by one of my fans and I love it!   
Listen by clicking this link:

Happy reading! 


Tycoon Takedown (Lone Star Burn, Book 2)

Tycoon Takedown is a Montlake Romance and available exclusively on the Kindle and Kindle Reading app. 

Melanie Hanna has finally worked up the courage to travel to New York and tell an old flame he’s the father of her young son. She’s done hiding and apologizing for that one impulsive night. When her best friend asks her brother to watch over Melanie, her emotional trip takes an unexpected and sizzling detour.

Charles Dery is at the top of his game, but all he can think about is bedding the woman he was asked to protect. When she’s almost killed, he takes what he’d been denying himself and discovers he’ll do anything to keep her—even break his own rules.
When it comes to love, two wrongs may just finally make a right.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Pink Shades of Words: A Fifty Shades of Pink Anthology is available!

Pink Shades of Words: A Fifty Shades of Pink Anthology is available now! Read my short story, WHEN YOU WANT as part of the collection. 

I donated a short novella to this very good cause. I don't talk about it often, but my sister, Judy, passed away from breast cancer more than 20 years ago. I miss her everyday. I receive NOTHING from the sales of this book except the good feeling that comes from remembering someone I loved in a meaningful way.

Not that the story I wrote was about her....nope, WHEN YOU WANT is a short, sexy, novella about two people who meet at an ATM.

Pink Shades of Words is a collaboration of 18 never before seen short stories from 18 New York Times, USA Today, and International Best Selling Authors. (ALL PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT THE AVON WALK FOR BREAST CANCER) 

These authors came together to bring you a collection of romance that is a must read including New Adult, Contemporary, Erotica, and Dark Romance.

Pink Shades of Words is available for a limited time only, so get your copy quick! All proceeds will benefit the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer through the Fifty Shades of Pink team.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Maximum Risk, The Andrades Book Three is available now!

Come fall in love with Max Andrade. Family, suspense, & scenes that will leave you panting.


Dear readers, 

I am so happy to start the new year by introducing you to Max Andrade.  As a native Rhode Islander (born here and returned after years of roaming), I enjoy including favorite places in my books. Although Slater Island is fictitious, it is loosely based on Block Island where I have spent many summer vacations. There actually is a small island off the coast of Rhode Island that bustles with tourists every summer.  However, a hardy community remains there year round. Do they actually deliver pie to each other when they're in need of a boost? You might have to visit the island yourself to uncover that truth.

For now, come fall in love with the youngest Andrade brother. 


Max Andrade: 
Rich, bold, unapologetic. He is a man who doesn’t hear the word no—until he meets Tara. In his obsession to have her, he’ll offer her anything—except his heart. 

Tara Holmes: 
Outspoken, hardworking, levelheaded. She makes her living by exposing unfaithful spouses. She doesn’t believe in love, especially not with a man who sees her as nothing more than a challenge. 

When Madison D’Argenson hires Tara to uncover the truth about Aunt Patrice, Tara is pulled into Max’s world. 
How far would you go to help a man who doesn’t want to be helped? 
And how long would you give yourself over to the pleasure of his touch if you knew it would end as soon as he discovered your lie? 

The Andrades: 
Book 1: Come Away With Me (Free Download) 
Book 2: Home to Me 
Book 3: Maximum Risk 
Book 4: Somewhere Along the Way (Pre-order now! Releases May 26, 2015!) 

Monday, December 8, 2014

December Releases!

I'm bringing you more spice to heat up your holiday! 



Be My Temptation: Book 2 of the Temptation Series
(Released 12/02)

Get it here: 

What would you do if you discovered the man of your dreams was lying to you? 

Would you leave him or would you make him pay? 

When Kate Hale chose between two men, she picked the nice guy. He is every bit as wonderful in and out of the bedroom as she hoped he would be. Until she discovers his secret. He’s the man she wants to grow old with, right after she gives him a taste of his own medicine. 

Brock Foster can’t believe how well everything has worked out. He won the heart of a woman he’s lusted after most of his life and is preparing to propose to her. When a game he thought had finished resurfaces and threatens to tear them apart, Brock must decide exactly how far he’ll go to be Kate’s Valentine. 

**If you missed book 1, you can get it as part of the Naughty & Nice Bundle for just $0.99! 

Get it here: 

Don't miss this one! 
***LIMITED EDITION brought to you by 11 NYT & USA Today Bestselling Authors*** Grab it before it is gone. 
Over 1000 estimated pages. 

Mine For Christmas by J. S. Scott

Twelve Days Of Temptation by Ruth Cardello: 
Kate Hale is about to find out what happens when you ask Santa Claus to put you on his naughty list. Brock Foster has wanted Kate for a long time and is not above using deception to fulfill her steamy Christmas wish. 
Secret Santa by Kathleen Brooks
Christmas With The Alexanders by M. Malone
Rumor by Skye Jordan
Off Season by Sawyer Bennett
Staking His Claim by Lynda Chance
My Love by Melanie Shawn 
A Mermaid Isle Christmas by Cali MacKay
Eggnog and Candy Canes: A Blueberry Springs Christmas Novella by Jean Oram
Wrapped by Evelyn Adams

18+ only.

An Andrade Christmas Novella from Ruth Cardello
Maddy & Richard's story

Get it here: 

Before Abby met Dominic. Before Nicole and Stephan got back together. Confessed secrets drove Madison Andrade away from her family and into the arms of an arrogant, lusty Frenchman. All she wants for Christmas is a place to hide, but she cooks up much more than that in their short time together.

Richard D’Argenson is gaining fame for his talent in the kitchen, but he’s missing the most important ingredient to any recipe—love. 

Will he find it in the steamy night they spend together, and can what they share survive an Andrade Christmas invasion? 

**Recipe For Love was previously published as part of the Ten Christmas Brides Bundle**

**Maximum Risk, Book 3 of the Andrades, will be available on 01/27/15


*available at all major eBook retailers on release day

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

12 Days of Temptation, a Hot Holiday Novella is available now

Warm up this Holiday Season with. . . 

Available now!

Kindle Unlimited

**only $0.99 for a limited time!

Twelve Days of Temptation
How far would you go if you were offered a chance to fulfill your secret fantasies? 

What would you ask someone to do, if you knew they’d do anything? 

After the death of her mother and the abrupt end of her marriage, Kate is desperately unhappy to be spending the upcoming holiday season alone. She vents her frustration in a letter to the one man her mother raised her to believe in—Santa Claus. This year she is rebelliously requesting something guaranteed to raise his eyebrows. 

Brock Foster has wanted Kate since they were in high school. When he finds her letter, her Christmas wish becomes his obsession. Winning her will require skill and deception. Brock initiates a game that will bring them together and tear them apart. 

Join Kate and Brock as they discover what happens when Santa puts you on The Naughty List.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Ten Christmas Brides

Ten Christmas Brides is available now for preorder! 

*Releases everywhere on 10/21!!

Get your copy today for just $0.99! 

Join ten NYTimes, USA Today and National bestselling authors to celebrate the holiday season with a boxed set of stories brimming with emotion, holiday spirit and happy ever afters. From sweet to sexy, suspense to small town drama, travel from Belarus to Africa to the snowy Highlands of Scotland as Santa delivers our gift to you--love, laughter and happiness this Christmas! 

Featuring: Recipe for Love, An Andrade Christmas Novella with brand new bonus scenes! 

The Andrade family was inspired by my own big family and they hold a special place in my heart. Maddy was first introduced as a minor character in Book 2 of my Legacy Collection. As the series progressed, Maddy’s voice became louder and her character started playing a bigger role in the storyline. After many reader requests and Maddy’s voice screaming in my head, her story had to be written. I hope you enjoy Maddy & Richard’s story in Recipe for Love.

It is such a great pleasure to present this bundle and to be partnered with such wonderful and talented authors. I hope you enjoy it!