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

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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

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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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TRICK or TREAT

Posted Oct 31 2014, 6:54 pm

 hallloween victorianAhh…gotta love HALLOWEEN! And one time or another we’ve all probably dressed-up in scary costumes & went trick or treating. But did y’all know that the history of this iconically ghoulish day began nearly 2,000 years ago as the Celtic/Gaelic festival of Samhain [pronounced “sow in”]. Yep, ’tis true. And this festivity actually marked the ‘conclusion’ of the harvest time & the ‘beginning’ of the Celtic ‘new year’ on November 1st. halloween4The Celts lived in what is now Ireland, the U.K. & northern France & believed the dead briefly returned to earth on Samhain evening. They would dress-up in animal skins and hollowed-out heads & build bonfires to pay homage [called ‘souling’) to the deceased. All night they would share treats and play tricks while believing their ‘costumes’ kept away the evil spirits. And together they reveled in another bountiful year. Centuries later, however, according to Encyclopedia Britannica,halloween3 “…as Christianity spread through Celtic and Gaelic lands in the 800s AD, Samhain eventually became incorporated into All Hallow’s Eve.” halloween 1And by the mid-to-late Victorian years [1870s - to 1900s] those ‘pagan souling’ fesitivities became known as ‘guising’ as costumed ‘masqueraders’ began to carry ‘lanterns’ [made from hollowed-out turnips] & go door-to-door singing in hopes of being ‘rewarded’ with cakes, fruit and money. HALLOWEBut it wasn’t until the late 1940s that the ‘family-friendly’ ritual we now know grew into full-force. HALLOAnd from THAT time onward, Halloween has become the second highest-grossing dollar-wise ‘holiday’ [via candy & costumes] event behind Christmas. … **DING DONG — Trick or Treat** …. SQUEEEEEE!

 

 

 

 

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