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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Indeed, true love awaits you in the writings of Cindy Nord.

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 Devil’s Brew & those Wily Victorians

Posted Nov 20 2014, 10:03 pm

a nip wee1The old adage that a well-bred Victorian lady rarely drank the devil’s brew is a true and utter fallacy–nothing could be farther from the truth. And the higher up the economic scale, the more allowable her indulgence. a nip visitLadies of means, when visiting, even took to toting their own spirits in elegant cut glass ‘flasks’ and adding it to the customary tea — In fact, the ‘taking a wee nip’ rose along with a lady’s social standing.a nip weea nip

a nipperAccording to the Victorian Church of England when speaking of the fairer wealthier sex,“worry is what they suffer from, rest and hope what they want.Thereby, drunkenness gives a rosiness to what is to come. But these fine ladies do not get unsightly drunk, unless on Bank Holidays or at marriages or funerals.” Indeed! LOL.

a nipper1And it is said to be “the regular occurrence for a wealthy lady to slip into a neighbor’s parlor for a drink of whiskey while out shopping.” And yet, another male clergy remarked, “there is an increase in the number of respectably dressed young women given over to drink.”

But the lower the working class a woman belonged, the more chastisement was tossed: “They drink worse than ever,” we are told; and “these women drink to excess more than men. a nipping drudgerya nip rebellion They take to it largely to carry them through their drudgery.” And yet again: “The women are worse than the men, but their drinking is largely due to their slavery at the washtub. Nearly all get drunk on Monday for they only live on four-ale and fried fish.”  Oh my, baby…we HAVE come a long way in the ‘spirit-taking’ world. ☺ 





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