Friday Feature: Cindy Nord & Contest for No Greater Glory

Kathy: Author Cindy Nord has stopped by to chat with us today about her newly release historical romance No Greater Glory. Thank you for taking time out of your busy question to answer a few questions for us.

I always have to begin by asking what motivated you to become a writer? How long have you been writing, and was it a long process to become a published author?

Ms. Nord: I began NO GREATER GLORY on New Year’s Eve 1979, but didn’t get serious with my writing until the story became a Golden Heart finalist in 2008. I landed my agent in 2010 and she secured a contract with Samhain for me in 2011.

Kathy: What is a typical day like as author Cindy Nord. Do you write every day? How long does it take you to complete the novel’s first draft?

Ms. Nord: I have completed two novels and am currently working on my third. Monday through Friday I enter my office by 7:30 a.m., do my social marketing on FB & Twitter until around noon, and then I write on my novel until around 5:00 p.m. I leave the weekends open for socializing with my husband.

Kathy: What made you chose to write a historical novel? Do you see yourself writing contemporary fiction at any point in your career?

Ms. Nord: I have a great and abiding love for all things historical…and having spent twenty-five + years as a Civil War reenactor, I’m well-versed in all things Victorian. While I enjoy reading contemporary stories, at this point I am more interested in writing only historical love stories.

Kathy: Are you a plotter, a pantster or a combination of both?

Ms. Nord: I am a pantster…I plot as I go along.

Kathy: Where do you come up with your ideas for plots? Real life? Imagination? Or a combination of both?

Ms. Nord: My characters speak to me. I realize that might sounds absurd but it’s true. I see the story in my mind’s eye long before I ever put it upon paper.

Kathy: Can you tell us a little about No Greater Glory?

Ms. Nord: The year is 1862 and the Army of the Potomac is pushing southward. Emaline McDaniels’ plantation, Shapinsay, just happens to lie in their path. She’s struggled to hold on to her late husband’s dreams. Despite the responsibilities resting on her shoulders, she’ll not let anyone wrest away what’s left of her way of life—particularly a Federal cavalry officer who commandeers her land for his winter encampment. 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 war the conflict with their lives—and their love—intact.

Kathy: What projects are you currently working on?

Ms. Nord: I’ve just finished the follow up novel, SAVING CALLIE. And am now researching for my third.

Kathy: I have enjoyed chatting with you today. Is there anything else you would like to share with us before you go?

Ms. Nord: I’m thrilled because the Library Journal (the buying ‘bible’ for all the libraries in the U.S., Canada, & the United Kingdom) has just reviewed NO GREATER GLORY and gave it glowing marks…comparing it as a “steamier Gone With the Wind.” Also, there is a price-war between Amazon and Barnes & Noble and my story is currently offered at only .99cents. The world-wide (English) Audio of NO GREATER GLORY (via iTunes, Amazon Audible, etc) debuts the month of October and the trade paperback follows in June.

Kathy: Ms. Nord, congratulations on the release of No Greater Glory and thank you so much for visiting with us today. Feel free to drop by anytime you happen to be in the neighborhood.


Title: No Greater Glory by Cindy Nord
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: Novel

Summary:

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. Despite the responsibilities resting on her slender shoulders, she’ll not let anyone wrest 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 war with their lives—and their love—intact.

Product Warnings: This novel contains complex emotions and battlefield gallantry wrapped around the inherent risks of falling in love with one’s enemy.


About Cindy Nord

A member of numerous writing groups, Cindy’s work has finaled or won countless times, 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

Find Ms. Nord on the web: Website * Blog * Facebook * Twitter


To celebrate Ms. Nord’s visit here today, I am giving away a copy of No Greater Glory to one lucky commenter.

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It’s that easy! The winner will be announced Monday September 10th.

***The eBook in this giveaway have been purchased by Book Reviews & More by Kathy.***

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16 Comments

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16 Responses to Friday Feature: Cindy Nord & Contest for No Greater Glory

  1. Annie

    Thank you Ms. Nord for introducing us to your book. I look forward to reading it. Have a great weekend, everyone.

  2. Annie…Aww, thxs so much for your kind words. I hope you enjoy Reece & Emaline’s love story as much as I did in breathing them to life. Enjoy your weekend and I truly appreciate you dropping in.

    Warmest regards,

    Cindy

  3. Fabulous book, Cindy. I’ve already read it and recommend it for anyone who loves historical romance.

  4. Joanne B

    Congrats on the release. This book sounds fantastic. Can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the great interview. I like that you leave the weekends open to connect with your husband. Good for you.

    • *Waving hi to Joanne*…thxs for poppin’ in! NO GREATER GLORY is such a part of my life! Can we become our characters? LOL…if so, I’d like to be Emaline. ;-P And I ‘preciate that you concur with me about leaving my weekends open for socializing. Writers sit all day in front of computers & create. Occasionally we need to get away. Please pop over to my FB page (Cindy Nord) & join, then share your thoughts about my lil’ Civil War love story when you’ve finished. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

      Warmest regards,

      Cindy
      http://www.cindynord.com

  5. Shirl

    I have read No Greater Glory, at first I thought it was going to be a war story, boy was I wrong! It is a beautiful love story full of passion and yearning for the two people who find their love for each other only to be pulled apart by his duties each time the get close. This is a very passionate story that pulls you in from page one. I loved it!

    • Shirl…you are so sweet. I’m delighted you enjoyed reading my story. The Civil War merely framed the angst of falling in love with one’s enemy. I tried to put as much emotions into my characters as possible. Glad you were able to connect with them.

      Warmest regards,

      Cindy

  6. You’re so welcome, Joanne, & thank YOU for poppin’ in. ☺ Please join me over on my FB page (Cindy Nord) where I share all kinds of historical & Victorian tidbits. And be sure to share your thoughts with me in regards to NO GREATER GLORY when you’re finished, good OR bad. I LOVE hearing from readers…it’s how we writers grow. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

    Warmest regards,

    Cindy
    http://www.cindynord.com

  7. Maria D.

    Cindy’s book sounds wonderful, thanks for the mini interview and the information on the book. Also, thanks for the giveaway

    • Maria,

      Thrilled you stopped by…fingers crossed for you. And hope you fall in love with Reece & Emaline’s journey to happily ever after.

      All My Best,

      Cindy

  8. Yadira A.

    This sounds like a great story! I’m all about the independent woman trying to hold her own, so I am definitely going to read this one!

    • Yadira!! Thxs for your reply. Emaline McDaniels is definitely a spirited woman fighting against adversity. She never imagined falling in love with her enemy or that the battlefield would entangle her heartrings. Please share your thoughts regarding NO GREATER GLORY when you’ve finished.

      Warmest regards,

      Cindy
      http://www.cindynord.com

  9. Felicia M. Ciaudelli

    The Civil War era has always fascinated me – especially since all of my brothers are Civil War re-enactors – I know, Cindy, that this is a GREAT book – thank you so much for the interview and the opportunity to win!!!!!

  10. Fedora

    Very cool, Cindy–thanks for the cool post! I don’t recall having read many books set in this time, and it’s rich with potential!

  11. Jane Squires

    please enter me – I signed up for newsletter. Would love to read and review this.