Welcome to the webpage of USA TODAY Bestselling Writer Cindy Nord! Ahhhh, Yes — my world, indeed! I’m so happy you’re here. Sit down, have a cup of coffee (or glass of wine, depending on the time of day…LOL) and browse my site. There’s lots to see, book excerpts, recipes, research links…heck, I even have pictures of me ‘n the shelties, Buddy & Katy. And be sure to sign up for my newsletter to stay abreast of any news. Warmest Regards … ☺ ~ Cindy
A USA TODAY Lifeblog Recommended Read.
NO GREATER GLORY … The #1 Civil War Romance at Amazon for eleven straight months!
Amid the carnage of war, he commandeers far more than just her home.
Widowed plantation owner Emaline McDaniels has struggled to hold on to her late husband’s dreams. Despite the responsibilities resting on her slender shoulders, she’ll not let anyone wrest away what’s left of her way of life—particularly a Yankee officer who wants to set up winter camp on her land.
With a defiance born of desperation, she defends her home as though it were the child she never had…and no mother gives up her child without a fight.
Despite the brazen wisp of a woman pointing a gun at his head, Colonel Reece Cutteridge has his orders. Requisition Shapinsay—and its valuable livestock—for his regiment’s use, and pay her with Union vouchers. He never expected her fierce determination, then her concern for his wounded, to upend his heart—and possibly his career.
As the armies go dormant for the winter, battle lines are drawn inside the mansion. Yet just as their clash of wills shifts to forbidden passion, the tides of war sweep Reece away. And now their most desperate battle is to survive the war with their lives—and their love—intact.
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Posted Feb 3 2014, 4:57 pm
AUTHOR’S CHAIN LINK – FEBRUARY 3RD, 2014
WHO PASSED THE BLOGGING BATON TO ME? My delightful new friend from across the big pond…Janis Pegrum Smith. Although predominantly an historical fiction writer, Janis has just finished a sci-fi/fantasy novel entitled “The Book Ark – Black on White” to be published the spring of 2014. Plus, her forthcoming review by the Historical Novel Society regarding her debut novel “More Than Gold” will be featured in their February online magazine at: http://historicalnovelsociety.org/
For more information on the oh-so-talented Janis Pegrum Smith check out her webpage: www.janispegrumsmith.co.uk or follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/JPegrumSmith
Okay…now on to yours truly: Cindy Nord
1) What am I working on? As an historical romance writer, I’m currently penning AN UNLIKELY HERO, the third book in my popular Cutteridge Series. The first novel, NO GREATER GLORY was released by Samhain Publishing in 2012. The second book in my series, WITH OPEN ARMS, is set to debut in August. The fourth book, A RAIMENT FURY, is still tangled up in my heartstrings, but will be Brennen Benedict’s love story set around the historic Cannelton Cotton Mill. Brennen is Emaline McDaniel’s older brother whom we first met in No Greater Glory. At that time, he was a cavalry captain in the Confederate Army.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre? What I enjoy most about writing historical romance is the research. I immerse my readers fully into the time period of my novels. As a Victorian lecturer and historian, I appreciate the indisputable details that breathes my characters to life upon the pages. The pinch of a corset. The plushness of an Aubusson carpet beneath leather house slippers. The burnished steel of a fully loaded, .44 caliber Colt Revolver. Details such as these immerse the reader into the moment. A noted University is even requiring their students to read my first novel, NO GREATER GLORY, as a poignant & emotive depiction of how the war in Virginia evolved. That kind of validation brings me great joy. I also meld the history around a passionate love story filled with sensations that tug at my readers’ heartstrings. Getting my characters to their happily-ever-after is a hard won journey, for sure. This, I believe, is what folks call ‘my voice’ and I feel I do this well.
3) Why do I write what I do? Because I love history. And I love romance. And being able to blend these two elements together into a living, breathing love story sets my soul aflame.
4) How does my writing process work? On most days I write Monday thru Friday, from noon until five (sometimes longer depending if the muse is rolling along fine). I have a writing office (the hubster even built me a wrap-around desk which I love), and I’m surrounded by my own personal inspirations, writing awards, photographs, etc. THIS helps me be productive – or, at least when writer’s block isn’t knocking on the door of my musings…lol) And usually my stories derive from something I’ve seen or someplace I’ve visited, which naturally sparks an interest deep inside. From that point, I get a concept of characters, then I sit down and allow them to tell me their story. Unlike so many others, I choose against plotting or following a particular format…instead I am a ‘pantser’ – which simply means I write from the seat of my pants. While this is most assuredly NOT the best way to write, and I would certainly tell those new to this craft to create outlines and plot cards, etc., to avoid frustration when characters decide they’d rather go right when I want them to go left…all in all, the process does work for me, and I’ve come to enjoy the spats with all my characters headstrong personalities. LOL. Once I’ve decided upon the “who, what, when, where, and how”, I begin writing the dialogue I’ll be using in each scene. Then, I go back and plug in all the sights, sounds, smells, and the PINK … which is what I affectionately call my emotion. As master craftsman, Dwight Swain, said in his fabulous book Techniques of the Selling Writer, one need to know only four things in order to write a solid story: How to group words into motivation-reaction units; how to group motivation-reaction units into scenes and sequels; how to group scenes and sequels into story pattern; and finally, how to create the kind of characters that give a story life. It’s just that easy. And just that hard.
AND NOW, my bio:
Born in Arizona, bestselling Historical Romance author, Cindy Nord moved from the southwestern desert to southwestern Indiana during her teenage years, then attended college, married and traveled around the country with her husband. Eventually, she found her niche in the secretarial pool…”I could type fast but had no clue where commas went,” she says with a laugh.
After the birth of her two sons, she became a stay-at-home mom. When the boys went down for naps, she settled in to read and escape into the world of historical novels. A thousand stories and a long overdue divorce later, Cindy pulled out her father’s Tower typewriter and decided she would write a saga that contained the elements SHE liked best in a hero.
Cindy met her current husband, Tom, on a Civil War battlefield, where he was portraying a Captain of the 14th Indiana Infantry. Right then and there, she decided to don a corset and become part of a unique little hobby called ‘Civil War Reenacting’; something she and her two young sons could enjoy together as a family. The rest, as they say, is history….and Cindy and Tom were married in June 1993. Since then, they’ve toured many a battlefield, built their dream home, and raised the children to productive adults.
Through the years, Cindy was always surrounded by men…so she knows how they tick. As the only sister between two brothers, she learned how to keep her head above the turbulent waters of male rivalry. She carried that particular understanding into raising her sons. She knows how the male mind works and brings these intriguing elements into the creation of every one of her heroes. And yes…her sassy heroines know exactly how to push their buttons.
Cindy’s writing is fresh and intense, and conflict keeps the pages turning. Born into a family of educators…she eventually learned where all the commas went. And a dozen years later, she handled the grief of her parents’ death by pounding away again at the old Tower typewriter. Several manuscripts later, she landed herself the #1 Agent in New York (the fabulous Louise Fury) who believes her engaging characters should not live in a box under her bed forever.
A member of numerous writers groups, Cindy’s work has finaled or won countless times in chapter 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. After debuting on July 31st, 2012, and for the next 11 1/2 months straight, her novel, NO GREATER GLORY, was the bestselling #1 Civil War Romance at Amazon, as well as a USA Today Lifeblog ‘Recommended Read’. WITH OPEN ARMS, the second novel in her popular The Cutteridge Series, debuts in August. With her third, AN UNLIKELY HERO, in 2015 & A RAIMENT FURY following in 2016.
Cindy is also a contributor in the Amazon Bestseller “Scribbling Women and the Real-Life Romance Heroes Who Love Them” — Twenty-eight romance fiction writers reveal their real-life stories of how they met, wed and love—and are loved and supported by—their spouses and life partners. At times whimsical and laugh-out-loud funny, at others poignant and bittersweet — all unfailingly inspiring, each essay celebrates that most powerful and sacred of human bonds. Love. Happily Ever After isn’t only the stuff of romance novels and fairy tales. It is every woman’s birthright. All net proceeds from sales of the book benefit Win, a NYC charity that transforms the lives of homeless women and their children.
Indeed….true love awaits you in the writings of Cindy Nord. ♥
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And now I’d like to pass the ‘blog baton’ for next Monday, February 10th, to my great friend, the ever-so-talented Marie-Nicole Ryan.
The author of ten romance novels, Marie-Nicole has proven time and again, just how important conflict is to a love story via characters that live forever inside our hearts. Her heroes, strong and well-crafted, spring to life upon the pages. But first, a tad bit about our prolific pal.
Marie-Nicole Ryan was born in a small western Kentucky town, but after college and marriage, she said “Good bye” to small town life. After spending three years as an army wife, she landed in Nashville, TN, where she spent several decades working as an R.N. and case manager. Finally in 2002, she achieved her dream of becoming a published author.
She loves all lawmen and detectives and writes contemporary spicy romantic suspense and erotic historical western romance. TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, won a 2008 EPPIE for erotic romantic suspense. One of her early books, SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS, won the Golden Wings award from the publisher for excellence in romantic suspense. In addition, her mystery/suspense novel, ONE TOO MANY, was a 2009 EPPIE Finalist.
Marie-Nicole is an active member of RWA® and Music City Romance Writers. Recently, she returned to her old hometown in western Kentucky. When she’s not slaving away at her current work in progress, you might find her walking her dog Cassie, a sheltie rescue, or at the Y. But you won’t ever find her in an airplane. No, not ever.