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 and final novel in her bestselling Cutteridge series, BY ANY MEANS, just released to multiple 5-Star reviews!! Cindy is also honored to be a contributing author alongside notable NYTimes 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. Indeed, true love awaits you in the writings of Cindy Nord
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    A binding contract…five determined nuns…and a runaway French beauty – riverboat gambler, Brennen Benedict has just been dealt a full house, and his queen of hearts holds all the cards. 

     With the Mississippi River his playground, ex-Confederate Cavalry Captain now affluent gambler, BRENNEN BENEDICT lives life by his own rules – until a winning hand saddles him with the deed to a ramshackle Kentucky plantation. Refusing to be tied down, his quick sale is thwarted by Ursuline nuns who hold a lien on the property. To satisfy this obligation and rid himself of the burden, Brennen is forced to fulfill a contract made by the previous owner and provide the nuns with bricks for their new orphanage from a kiln on his property. Annoyed and unable to hornswoggle himself out of this mess, Brennen agrees to the sly Mother Superior’s terms, as well as allowing one of her ‘nun’s’ to oversee his brickmaking progress until the commitment is fulfilled.

    Charged with a murder she did not commit, French-born beauty ANNABELLE SWAN is forced to flee Philadelphia. Offered safeguard by the kind-hearted Ursulines of St. Joseph, she disguises herself in their black-and-white garb and travels with them to Kentucky. On a riverboat en route, she bumps into Brennen, a gambler as charming as he is generous. However enticed she may be, his devilish nature assures her he’s a man best kept at a distance. Once they reach their destination, Annabelle hires an attorney to prove her innocence while she assists with the nuns. Her plans to keep a low profile are shattered when the abbess assigns her to oversee the brickmaker’s progress. Frustrated by the turn of events, she struggles with her ever-growing fascination for the wicked rogue who represents everything she despises in life.
    From the first moment they met, Brennen is suspicious of Annabelle – for the captivating minx with soft, womanly curves and a worldly attitude is like no other nun he’s ever known. Regardless of his doubts, when her true identity is revealed, his attraction for her escalates, vexing him as much as do her dangerous secrets. He damns the draw, determined to return to the riverboat…Still, the needs both try to deny blaze ever hotter. They’re swept into a fiery passion…Until Annabelle’s greatest secret is unknowingly exposed. Can Brennen win the most-important game he’s ever played to save his little minx? Or will the gamble cost Annabelle her life? 


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    The Color Purple!!!!

    Posted Mar 12 2018, 5:37 pm

    Say hello to Sir William Henry Perkin…the gifted scientist behind the creation of MAUVINE. You see, Klatchers, prior to the introduction of this magnificent hue, the world of Victorian fashions was a whole lot grayer. 😉 Discovered by accident when he was only 18 years old, the young chemist had been working on a way to ‘synthesize’ quinine to aid in the treatment of malaria.

    By mixing alcohol with aniline [simplified, of course 😉 ], he somehow extracted an intense purple color! YOWZA, indeed!! What a magnificent creation! So bright. So bold. So breathtakingly perfect…a true boon to the color palette.


    Realizing the impact, Perkin immediately began to mass-produce & commercialize his ‘dye’…which he’d soon dubbed “Mauvine” — For you see, Klatchers, prior to this incredible discovery, the only way clothiers could even make a ‘purple’ was to extract the glandular mucus from mollusks – which was an extremely labor-intensive & expensive process & which could only be afforded by royals!


    Well, naturally, when Queen Victoria was introduced to his creation, she fell in love with the striking color & ordered myriad dresses made for her & her ladies-in-waiting. And this fact only escalated the chemist’s career further. Knighted for his achievements in color-making [he also created Britannia Violet & Perkin’s Green], Perkin lived long enough to see his aniline dyes monopolize the fashion industry!












    So, there you go, ladies! Now, the next time y’all spot this gorgeous color on the fashion racks, you’ll know exactly how the rage began!!









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