Embracing Romance Welcomes Guest Author, Cindy Nord

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Cindy Nord Photo Say hello to Bestselling Historical Romance writer, CINDY NORD…author of NO GREATER GLORY, a #1 Civil War Romance at Amazon for nearly a full year, and book one in her four-book ‘The Cutteridge Series’. WITH OPEN ARMS, book two which debuted August 5th, has already zoomed up the charts to a #1 Bestselling Historical Western Romance at Samhain Publishing. Also, Cindy is pleased to be a contributor alongside many NYTimes writers in the delightful non-fiction anthology SCRIBBLING WOMEN & THE REAL-LIFE ROMANCE HEROES WHO LOVE THEM [all proceeds from the sale of this book go to the ‘Women In Need’ shelter in NYC]. Cindy 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. Please join her at her Facebook page for her Monday-thru-Friday morning “Coffee Klatch” — as well as on Twitter at @cnord2. Indeed, true love awaits you in the writings of Cindy Nord.

As a historical author, Cindy loves researching clothing of past eras. What did Victorian women wear when they rose from bed?

Victorian Morning Robes

Cindy - morning cap 1A well-bred Victorian lady met the day in great style. She called her first ‘routine of the day’ her Morning
Negligée, or her “Undress”.  Cindy - morning cap 3
On her hair, our lady would don a lovely cap graced with narrow lace lappets [called Valenciennes] that trailed ever-so-elegantly
over her shoulders. She referred to this hair covering as a morning,
breakfast, or day cap. And these were either simply made or lavished with frills and ribbons.

 

Cindy - robe 1 Cindy - robe Cindy - robe 3

Then she would wrap herself inside a most-versatile garment referred to as her “deshabille robe de chambre” [unstructured robe]. And unlike her day dresses, her first apparel of the morning was a looser fit, with the material gathered in a fan-shape at the back of her waist or flaring wide around her. Beneath the morning robe, our lady would already be wearing her corset, crinolines, and other underpinnings.  She would wear her comfortable morning robe until AFTER the first meal of the day, when she would then dress in her regular afternoon or visiting dress.  Cindy - robe 4 There were many varied designs of morning robes based upon the tastes of the wearer. But, the fastenings would run from neck-to-toe, usually larger buttons, and some even used military frogs slipped over dowels which helped make the garment easier to pull on.  Morning robes were made from glazed cotton, silk, flannel trimmed with quilled ribbons [narrow strips of material rolled into coiled designs], embroidered cambric muslin to maize merino, linen, striped calico and even wool. Pockets usually adorned her morning robe, too.  And the sleeves of the robe were usually fuller, and more times than not in a pagoda shape rather than the tighter-fitting Bishop sleeves found in her day dresses. At the waist, she would choose a loose belt, a heavy cord with tassels or buff plaits of silk.

 

Cindy - lace collars

 

And at her neckline, she would finish
her ‘first ensemble’ with a small collar,
frequently  lace. Cindy - lace collars 1

 

 

Digital Capture

Before heading downstairs to meet servants to pass out daily duties, our Victorian lady would slip her stocking-covered feet into heelless slippers, called nonchalantes.

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NO GREATER GLORY book blurb: 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 Cindy - Cover 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.

 

 

 

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WITH OPEN ARMS book blurb: A war-weary ex-soldier. An untamable hellion. Love doesn’t stand a chance in hell…
Hardened in childhood by the death of her parents, then left to run the family’s southwestern territory ranch when her brother rode off to fight for the Union years before, Callie Cutteridge hides her heartbreak behind a mask of self-sufficiency. Breaking horses for the army proves she’s neither delicate nor helpless. When a former cavalry officer shows up claiming to own her brother’s half of the Arizona ranch, she steels herself to resist the handsome stranger’s intention to govern even one single aspect of her life. After all, loving means losing…to her it always has.
For months, Jackson Neale has looked forward to putting the bloodstained battlefields back east behind him. Callie isn’t the agreeable angel her brother led him to believe, but he’s damned well not the useless rake this foul-mouthed hellion thinks he is, either. His quest for calm stability contradicts sharply with her need for control, yet still their heartstrings tangle. But how can these mistrusting partners transform their fiery passion into a happily- ever-after when all Callie knows how to do is fight…and all Jackson wants is peace?

 

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:  My webpage:   http://www.cindynord.com

Amazon link (With Open Arms):   http://amzn.com/B00KT23WO0

Amazon link (No Greater Glory):    http://amzn.com/B008GWOI9S

Barnes & Noble NOOK link (With Open Arms):   http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/with-open-arms-cindy-nord/1119742281?ean=9781619225435

Barnes & Noble NOOK link (No Greater Glory):    http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/no-greater-glory-cindy-nord/1112120177?ean=9781619212435

Facebook ‘Coffee Klatch’ site:    https://www.facebook.com/cindy.nord.9

Twitter:   https://twitter.com/cnord2

Goodreads (With Open Arms)https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22441708-with-open-arms

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22 Responses

  1. Sandra Owens

    I love the morning slippers, Cindy. Not only are they pretty, but they look comfortable.

    • Sandra…thxs so much for the lovely invite! And I’m so glad you found the pics pretty! I love all things Victorian. Happy Friday! ♥

  2. laurieg72

    I enjoyed reading your article. I hadn’t realized how cumbersome most of those early morning robes were. They do look warm! Beautiful tatted lace collars, hats and morning shoes.

    • Laurie! Having been a Civil War Reenactor years ago, I can attest to the warmth of the garments in the winter. In the summer, well, now that’s another story. LOL. thxs so much for poppin’ in to share your thoughts. ♥ ~ Cindy

  3. What a wonderful post! The morning slippers are lovely. I have two collars that are very similar to those shown. They belonged to my great grandmother.

    • So pleased you enjoyed the post, Collette…the Victorian era was all about high fashion for the ladies…even in the morning! LOL. And antique collars from a grandmother is are true treasures, indeed. ♥ ~ Cindy

  4. Beautiful clothing. I could do without the caps! I only use head covering when I’m walking in the cold outdoors. (However, I guess their houses weren’t as well heated as ours, so maybe caps came in useful on chilly mornings!)

    • LOL…I hear you about the head coverings. But our foremothers donned ’em every single morning of their lives. Imagine!! LOL. Thxs so much for dropping by, Barbara…enjoy your Friday. ~ Cindy

  5. What a visual feast, Cindy. Thanks for the great post.

    • I am delighted my lil’ historical tidbit caught your eye, Violetta. And thxs so much for your sweet comment. ENJOY your weekend. ♥ ~ Cindy

  6. Wonderful post, Cindy! And I loved both NO GREATER GLORY and WITH OPEN ARMS. Such exciting, passionate, and touching stories!

    • Lorrie! You’re a livin’ doll! And thx you for stopping by & for your kind words regarding my love stories…yours are absolutely wonderful, too!! <3 ~ Cindy

  7. Patricia Kiyono

    I guess I’m not ever going to complain about getting dressed for the day again. I can’t imagine going to all that trouble (especially with the corset) at the beginning of the day! Love your history lessons.

  8. That’s right, Patricia! Imagine going to a grocery store today wearing all these stuff! LOL. And I’m thrilled you enjoy all my lil’ historical ‘tidbits’…thank you for poppin’ in…<3 ~ Cindy

  9. I’m always glorifying the clothes of days past but after reading your post I’m glad for today’s simplicity of fashion. Not that I don’t love it because I do and I would still love to wear some of those beautiful gowns and corsets, just not so early in the morning!

    • I completely understand, Joanna!! Beautiful to look at, sweltering to wear in the summer. 🙂

  10. So glad you stopped by Cindy! Fascinating (and useful) info about Victorian clothes. You always have the most interesting details about real life at that time. That’s why I’m always lurking at your Coffee Klatch!

    • I love lurkers too, Holly! LOL. And biggest hugs to YOU on your kind words regarding my Coffee Klatch. I’m delighted to have been invited to visit with y’all for awhile. ♥ ~ Cindy

  11. So interesting! Thanks for sharing.

    • I’m thrilled my lil’ historical tidbit caught your eye, sweetie! THANK YOU for sweeping in to comment. Gotta love Victorian fashions, even those amazing morning robes. Come visit me on my Coffee Klatch…I post lots more goodies from time to time. Warmest regards, ♥ ~ Cindy

  12. The books sound good; I love historical romances with real history. And I enjoyed learning about Victorian clothes.

    • Pagadan!! I’m beyond pleased my love stories sparked your interest! Music to this writer’s ears! Sweep on into my FB Coffee Klatch where I share lots more fun Victorian tidbits. ♥ ~ All my best, ~ Cindy