Say hello to Bestselling Historical Romance writer, CINDY NORD…the USA Today Lifeblog ‘Recommended Read’ author of NO GREATER GLORY, a #1 Civil War Romance at Amazon for nearly a year, and book one in her four-book ‘The Cutteridge Series’. WITH OPEN ARMS, book two, debuts in August, 2014. Also, Cindy is pleased to be a contributing author in the delightful SCRIBBLING WOMEN & THE REAL-LIFE ROMANCE HEROES WHO LOVE THEM. 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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With Open Arms

A war-weary ex-soldier. An untamable woman. Love doesn’t stand a chance in hell…
How can two mistrusting partners transform their fiery passion into happily-ever-after when all she knows how to do is fight? And all he wants is peace.
WITH OPEN ARMS (book two of my four-book, THE CUTTERIDGE SERIES). A #1 Bestselling Western Historical Romance at Samhain Publishing.

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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 Match Game…Victorian Style

Posted Mar 12 2015, 3:05 pm

aa vesta match

They called ‘em VESTA CASES. And they breathed into life around 1830. Yep, a storage box, of sorts, which held matches [small pinewood sticks impregnated with sulfur tips]. a vesta johnWhen chemist, John Walker created that first ‘friction’ match in 1826, aa vesta matchsticksthose early ‘lucifers’ [slang for matches that continued well into the 20th century] were prone to rub together & ignite.


a vesta fireNever a good thing, of course, as fire destroyed homes and even entire city blocks at an alarming rate in those early years.

aa vesta owl

Enter onto the scene: the Vesta case. Indeed, this clever little swing-top box with the ‘roughened up’ bottom [ribbed to ‘strike’ the match upon] made that ever-so-volatile ‘lucifer’…well, safer.  

aa vesta on chatalaineAnd soon VESTA CASES appeared everywhere: hanging from housekeeper chatelaines to allow ‘laying in a fire’ easier, tucked inside silk vest pockets of gentlemen via Albert chains [named after the good queen’s husband, Prince Albert, who used one for his pocket watch, as well as his Vesta case, etc], a vetsa chainor even tucked away into the reticules of ladies,  far and wide.

aa vesta on chainSo safe were these little cases, in fact, that by the mid-to-late Victorian years & upward through the 1920s, the designs & materials used were too numerous to aa vesta eroticcount. aa vesta swanaa vesta crane



 aa vesta pig

 So, the next time you open a ‘book’ of matches, or flick on that Bic lighter…now you know how the lil’ “flame o’ fire” was originally stored. ☺aa vesta















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