Say hello to Bestselling Historical Romance writer, CINDY NORD…the USA Today Lifeblog ‘Recommended Read’ author of NO GREATER GLORY, the #1 Civil War Romance at Amazon for one full year, and book one in her four-book ‘The Cutteridge’ Series. WITH OPEN ARMS, book two, debuted in August, 2014, and zoomed strait to a #1 Bestselling Western Historical Romance. Book three, AN UNLIKELY HERO, made its’ debut on July 1st, 2016, and by evening had hit the ‘Top 100 list of Romance Books’ at Amazon. Book four in the series, BY ANY MEANS, is set for release the winter of 2017.
 
Cindy is also honored to be a contributing author alongside notable NY Times writers in the delightful SCRIBBLING WOMEN & THE REAL-LIFE ROMANCE HEROES WHO LOVE THEM. All proceeds from this non-fiction anthology go straight to charity. She is a member of numerous writers groups, and her work has finaled or won countless times in competitions — including the prestigious Romance Writers of America National Golden Heart Contest. A luscious blend of history and romance, her stories meld both genres around fast-paced action and emotionally driven characters.
 
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An Unlikely Hero

He’s a hard-as-stone man with a broken past…and she only reminds him of all he’s lost.

Rugged army scout Dillon Reed has met his match in spoiled Boston debutante Alma Talmadge, but an unwanted assignment escorting the beauty across the wilds of America soon evolves into a journey of monumental change for them both. With killers hot on their trail, the odds of staying alive are stacked against them…and yet, falling in love was nowhere in their plans for survival.

 

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No Greater Glory

Amid the carnage of war, he commandeers far more than just her home…
 
When a Union Army officer drenched in obligation collides with an unyielding southern widow locked inside her daily routines, not even the war raging around them is as explosive as the unexpected passion that erupts.
 
NO GREATER GLORY (book one of The Cutteridge Series). An RWA National Golden Heart finalist, a USA Today Lifeblog ‘Recommended Read’, & for nearly one full year, the #1 Civil War Romance at Amazon.
 

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The History of the Candy Cane

Posted Dec 1 2016, 11:51 pm

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Ahh, yes…the CANDY CANE. Those oh-so-delectable hard sugar sticks practically scream ‘the holidays’, don’t they? historical-candy-cane-shepherdsThe legend goes that these sweet treats appeared nearly 350 years ago when a choirmaster in Germany bent white sugar-sticks into canes to represent a shepherd’s staff — although there’s no documentation from the 17th-century to validate such a fact, the story has transcended time. historical-candy-cane-roses-1And then a few years after that, in the mid 1600s, sugar roses were added to the treats. Eventually the roses fell out of favor for the plain white canes until the red ‘n white stripes we love today were added around 1890, and no one really knows WHO introduced the colorful swirls to the white. historical-candy-cane-sugar

But, the FIRST candy canes in America appeared in 1847 when a German immigrant living in Wooster, Ohio looped the tasty candy canes he brought with him from Europe over the boughs of his Christmas tree. historical-candy-canehistorical-candy-cane-treeAfter that, the sale of the treats boomed, and eventually, in 1919, the ‘Famous Candy Company’ [later, Bob’s Candies] in Albany, Georgia took the honor of being the world’s largest candy cane maker. But, way back then, each flavor-filled stick was formed by hand & was quite a timely process.

historical-candy-cane-the-keller-candy-cane-automated-machinehistorical-candy-cane-machineIn 1957 all was about to change when a Catholic priest named Gregory Keller [brother-in-law of the candy company’s owner, Bob McCormick] finally invented a simple devise which was dubbed ‘The Keller’ machine. This implement automated the making of the popular sugar sticks and forevermore streamlined the candy cane process.

Ahistorical-candy-cane-crochetccording to Encyclopedia Britannica, “The legends of the candy cane are many, including that the cane was shaped like a “J” for Jesus, the three red stripes symbolized the Holy Trinity, the hardness of the candy represented the Church’s foundation on solid rock and the peppermint flavor reflects the use of hyssop [an herb referred to in the Old Testament].” historical-candy-cane-vintageOf course, none of these are proven historical facts, but they do make up a wonderful tale. So, come THIS holiday season, when you’re ‘decking the halls’, don’t forget to include a couple o’ Candy Canes…they’ve been welcoming in Christmas for hundreds ‘n hundreds of years.  Oh, and btw, the curved part of the cane is called the “warble,” and the straight part is called the strabe…so there you have it, the history o’ the beloved candy cane. Happy holidays, y’all. ☺ 

 

    

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