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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    BY ANY MEANS

    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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    HO HO HO

    Posted Dec 9 2017, 10:01 pm

     

    Every Christmas millions of folks ‘deck the halls’ & most include the ritual of hanging bright ‘n shiny baubles & ornaments to their lofty evergreen boughs. But, did y’all know ‘glass ornament hanging’ in the U.S. didn’t even begin until the early Victorian era. Yep, ’tis true. Of course, Christmas trees had already graced homes in Germany as far back as the 15th century & decorated with apples & pastries & cotton-stuffed items. And by the 1700s, that custom traversed the great sea with German & English immigrants to reach our colonial shores.

     

    However, in 1841, the Christmas decorating ‘theme’ was about to change forever when Prince Albert of England, a father of two children by then & missing his own childhood traditions back in Germany [glass beads were first crafted by glassblower Hans Greiner in Lauscha, Germany], decided to decorate the balsam tree at Windsor Castle with his own momentos. Even Queen Victoria, upon seeing the glorious site of their bedecked holiday balsam all aglow with candles & candies, tiny cakes & paper chains, wrote in her diary, “…it is like a dream come true.” —

     

    And from that Christmas forward, cherished heirlooms of glass-blown German ornaments caught the candlelight on a million or more evergreens near & far & Christmas trees would never be the same.

     

     

     

     

     

    In 1870, the first American-made glass ornaments appeared, & in 1880, the salesman, Frank Winfield Woolworth, began selling glass Christmas ornaments at his Great Five Cent Store.

     

    Now, his silver mercury baubles & other glass blown ornaments were affordable for all Americans to buy– & the rest, as they say, is history. Soon, other merchants began selling these shiny little holiday treasures & by the turn of the century the humble lil’ Christmas ornament topped $25 million in sales across America. Today, Christmas tree decorations rank second only to gift purchasing in U.S. seasonal sales. And so, as you’re placing those beloved little baubles on YOUR family’s tree this year, you can share the tale of how all this ornamentation began. Happy holidays, Coffee Klatchers. I truly LOVE this time o’ year.

     

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