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

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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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Jack-O’-Lanterns!

Posted Oct 24 2014, 10:20 pm

pumpkins3Carving a pumpkin is such a Halloween tradition, and many variants abound of how the Jack-O’-lantern came to be! But, one tale on the practice of creating “jack-o’-lanterns” began in Ireland with turnips and large potatoes. Yep, ’tis true. Once the Irish immigrants came to America, however, they began using pumpkins! pumpkin4The story of their carvings goes back to an Irish folktale about a man named ‘Stingy Jack’ — According to Encyclopedia Britannica, “Stingy Jack invited the Devil for a drink, but true to his name, ‘Stingy Jack’ didn’t want to pay for his drink, so he convinced the Devil to turn himself into a coin that Jack could use. Once the Devil did so, Jack decided to keep the money and slipped the coin into his pocket next to a silver cross, which prevented the Devil from changing back into his original form. Eventually, Jack freed the Devil, but only under the condition that he would not bother Jack for one year and that, should Jack die, he would not claim his soul. Soon after, Jack did die. As the legend goes, God would not allow such an unsavory figure into heaven. The Devil, upset by the trick Jack had played on him of being unable to snag his soul, sent Jack off into the dark night with only a burning coal to light his way. Jack put the coal into a carved-out turnip and has been roaming the Earth with ever since. The Irish began to refer to this ghostly figure as Jack-of-the-Lantern, and then, simply Jack O’Lantern.”pumpkin2 The tales grew far and wide as evidenced by ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ written by Washington Irving & published in 1820, which reflects the headless horseman with a lighted pumpkin on his saddle.pumpkin1 Yes, indeed, the carved pumpkin ‘lantern’s’ association with Halloween is well-recorded, so the next time y’all carve out your ghoulish pumpkin, NOW you can share the story of how it may have all began. But, don’t scare the children…all they’re after is your candy…TRICK OR TREAT! 

 

 

 

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