Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Guest Blogger Cindy Nord - I Love History

I LOVE HISTORY! And sculpting words into living, breathing creations of the past is what drives my imagination. Passionate characters and their surroundings swirl into life across a milieu of historically accurate events. I also adore LOVE STORIES! And for me, embedding strong, noble heroes into these panoramas is the perfect foundation for a great romance. With this in mind, I’m so proud to present NO GREATER GLORY, book one of my four-book ‘The Cutteridge’ series:

The year is 1862, and the Federal army is pushing southward into Virginia. Her plantation just happens to lie in their path. And 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. Regardless of the responsibilities resting on her slender shoulders, she’ll not let anyone rip 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 conflict with their lives—and their love—intact.

Although bestselling historical romance author, Cindy Nord, entered the writing arena later in life, her creative passions began years before when she crafted a saga that contained all the elements SHE liked best in a hero. But then, she married her ‘real-life’ hero, and the manuscript she so lovingly created was shoved into a box under her bed. One day, however, at the encouragement of her husband, Cindy blew off the dust and sent NO GREATER GLORY to the Romance Writers of America’s national Golden Heart contest, where it finaled in the historical romance category. An agent (the incredible Louise Fury w/the Bent Agency in New York City) & contract (w/Samhain Publishing) soon followed, and upon her book’s debut, Cindy’s lil’ love story zoomed straight to the #1 Civil War Romance spot at Amazon and stayed there for nearly a year. NO GREATER GLORY also became a USA Today Lifeblog ‘Recommended Read’. The second book in her series, WITH OPEN ARMS, releases from Samhain this coming August. Cindy is also pleased to be a contributing author in the delightful SCRIBBLING WOMEN & THE REAL-LIFE ROMANCE HEROES WHO LOVE THEM, an anthology of twenty-eight popular romance fiction writers who reveal the real-life stories of how they met, wed and love their spouses and life partners. All net proceeds from the sales of this top 100 Amazon book benefit W.I. N. (Women in Need), a NYC charity that transforms the lives of homeless women and their children. Please visit Cindy at www.cindynord.com - or - on Tweeter at @cnord2 - or - join her M-F mornings at her popular Facebook page, which she affectionately calls her ‘Coffee Klatch’ … Indeed, true love awaits you in the writing of Cindy Nord. ♥

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/No-Greater-Glory-Cindy-Nord-ebook/dp/B008GWOI9S

1 comment:

Cindy Nord said...

MEG!! I'm so delighted to be invited to sit-a-spell on y'all's wonderful 'front porch' -- Thxs so much for the invitation. Beautiful website. Wonderful writers. Glorious covers. Yes, writing romance is now such a huge part of my life. ♥

~ Cindy Nord