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Nicola Cornick
I write Regency historicals for Harlequin HQN Books and also work as a historian
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Thank you very much for all the comments and the fun discussing Jane Austen and rival interpretations! The winner of the book giveaway is Mary T. Congratulations, Mary!
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on Which Jane Austen? at Word Wenches
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Nicola here. Last week I was in Oxford at the Bodleain Library to see the Jane Austen exhibition. I love “The Bod” as it’s known; when you join you have to swear an oath that dates back to when the library was first open to scholars in 1602. Amongst other things you have to promise not to set fire to the place which suggests that those 17th century students were a bit unruly, not unlike some of their modern Oxford counterparts! The exhibition was quite small, just one room, and I did wonder when I went in whether there was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2017 at Word Wenches
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Nicola here, introducing the Wenches' monthly "What We're Reading" feature, which, this month is a "What We're Watching" as well! Anne: I've had a pretty busy time in the last month and, apart from some rereads of old favorites, the only book of any note I've read recently is Together by Julie Cohen. A friend told me about this book, saying that it was about a romance, but was written backwards, starting at the end of a couple's life and gradually working backwards to when they first met. I was intrigued, so I bought it. In the working backwards, the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2017 at Word Wenches
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Nicola here. After the beach and the sea, a woodland is probably Angus’s favourite place for a walk. I’m not a dog, obviously, but I can imagine just how exciting it might be for him; so many sights, sounds and particularly smells that are different from the garden or the street. There is something special about the woods in lots of different ways: places to run, places to hide, secrets and surprises just around the corner. In the fairy stories, woods are often scary places. I remember Hansel and Gretel as one of my least favourite fairy tales because of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at Word Wenches
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Nicola here, and today I'm talking about pearls. It's two months until my first timeslip novel, House of Shadows, makes its debut in the US and I've been having a wonderful time reminding myself of the themes and inspiration for the book and browsing through the amazing portrait collection at Ashdown House which gave me so many ideas for the story. The mirror and the pearl that feature in House of Shadows are imaginary historical artefacts but like so many aspects of the book they are inspired by historical fact. The idea of the pearl came from the Craven portrait... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at Word Wenches
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Nicola here. I’m sitting outside today in the sunshine (we’ve been having very un-summery weather here in the UK lately so I’m making the most of it) and around me are various ornaments that are, literally, part of the garden design and something I really love having in my garden. There’s Fez, Kiwi and Piwi (who are metal birds) and elsewhere, my badger (in the photo), tortoise and even a peregrine falcon with its beak chewed off by one of the guide dog puppies. I’d never really thought what a feature garden ornamentation is until I read an article recently... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2017 at Word Wenches
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Nicola here. The sort of stately home visits I tend to make usually involve a gorgeously-furnished and decorated historic house, beautiful gardens, a gift shop and afternoon tea (or morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea to be more specific.) Those are usually the National Trust places or the Historic House Association. Alternatively I might go to a ruined castle or a site in the care of English Heritage and it’s always amazing and I learn a lot about the place and the people who lived there. I’ve never “done” a stately home visit like the one I went on last... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at Word Wenches
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It's good to feel that some blogs like the Wenches have longevity and build up a strong community of readers and participants. With the blogs I visit there needs to be a combination of good content and a community feel. There has been such a proliferation of them over the years that some selectivity feels necessary!
Toggle Commented Jul 10, 2017 on How Connected are You? at Word Wenches
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I'd forgotten about Google +! Another way to be connected. And I do think it is so useful to have sites where we can find people with shared interests.With genealogy it must be particularly helpful to find people who can help with your research, I imagine.
Toggle Commented Jul 10, 2017 on How Connected are You? at Word Wenches
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I'm with you there, Sue! That sums up my relationship with Facebook perfectly LOL!
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How fabulous, Patricia! That feels like a really imaginative and interesting way to find a new dance partner, and great that you can link to FB too. I like the inter-connectedness of it all.
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I like how well you have separated out the different social media platforms for different things, Stephanie. That's good way to keep organised! I guess moving to FB is a way for a "blog" to keep going in a different form. Interesting!
Toggle Commented Jul 10, 2017 on How Connected are You? at Word Wenches
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Ah, thank you, Sonya! Your experience bears out this idea that for a lot of us it's about engaging with people who have similar interests and sharing ideas, etc. Engagement is so much more fulfilling than "friend collecting" at least in my experience!
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Nicola here and today I’m talking about social media. Later this week I’m heading to the Romantic Novelists’ Association Conference in Telford, Shropshire, where one of the talks I’m doing is a joint workshop with Sarah Morgan called “Let’s Get Social.” There’s a certain irony in my talking about authors and social media, or even social media in general. I have a love/hate relationship with it to say the least. But perhaps that can be useful because whilst Sarah is a social media guru extraordinaire, I’m more the person who grumbles because I know that these days it’s an integral... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at Word Wenches
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Nicola here and today it’s my huge pleasure to be interviewing our very own Andrea Penrose about her new Regency Set Historical Mystery, Murder on Black Swan Lane, which is released tomorrow! (And I'm loving the black swan in the photo!) There was much excitement at Cornick Cottage when a copy of Murder on Black Swan Lane arrived for me to read. Not only do I love a historical mystery, I have been a fan of Andrea’s writing for years, so I knew I was in for a treat. I was not disappointed. This book was just what I needed... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at Word Wenches
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Nicola here, asking a personal question. Do you sniff your books? It’s something that non-readers apparently find weird, something that is perhaps best done in the privacy of one’s own home to avoid strange looks and odd explanations. But if, like me, you are a book sniffer, then you understand perfectly that the smell of a book can be a wonderful thing. Scientists say that there is a rational explanation for the attraction to the smell of old books. The paper, adhesive and ink that make up books degrade over time, giving off a volatile chemical compound. The lignin in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at Word Wenches
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Nicola here, talking about dukes, as you do if you are an author of historical romance. I’ve live in Britain all my life and I’ve never met a duke. In fact they are the only rank of the peerage I haven’t met. There are currently only 24 of them in existence which in a population of 65 million must make them amongst the rarest creatures in the country on a par with the Scottish wild cat. At times during the UK's history there have been no more than two or three; at others – the mid 1700s – there were... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at Word Wenches
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Nicola here. The recent hot weather in the UK (3 hot days and a thunder storm, as the old adage suggests) has given us lots of lovely opportunities for being outside, whether sitting reading a book, eating, or doing some much needed gardening. Two hundred years ago if I had been sitting in this spot it would probably have been a vegetable garden and pen for the pig. The cottage would have been newly built, two rooms up, two down. It looked out across a rough track rather than a paved road, and there was a stream that ran down... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2017 at Word Wenches
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I too loved those crime and mystery writers, Janga, and was quite apprehensive when I saw that Sophie Hannah was writing some Agatha Christie style books but I found the first one, The monogram Murders, quite good and close to her style. Also Antony Horowitz's Magpie Murders was an old-style crime story with some excellent twists!
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I loved Rosemary Sutcliff's books too, Sue, and would love to find a modern day equivalent. I do enjoy a lot of YA books, actually. They so often seem to capture the excitement and have the imaginative appeal I remember enjoying as a younger reader. I also love Emily Larkin. Haven't read Lillian Marek's books and will look out for those.
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This is a great place for like-minded readers, Catherine! Thank you very much for your recommendations.
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Hi Patricia and thank you very much for your comments. I totally agree on the lyricism of Tolkien and Ursula Le Guin. It is beautiful writing. Whilst Game of Thrones is a powerful series I too find the sex and violence very difficult to read (or watch.) No matter how the writers justify it, it feels gratuitous to me, a part of the move towards prolonged description and away from imagination. I haven't read Rothfuss but probably wouldn't pick up a book in any genre with a detailed rape scene. Just my personal taste but I don't feel any scenes of any nature need to be laboured.
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Nicola here, introducing this month’s Ask A Wench where we are talking about old and new treasures on the bookshelf, which is a riff on the “if you like this author, you’ll enjoy this one” idea. Amazon in particular makes a point of recommending authors on the basis of the books you order from them. Sometimes their recommendations are spot on and you discover another great author in the same genre. Other times, their idea of similar authors is a bit wayward. I cherish the occasion I ordered a copy of Jo Beverley’s St Raven and Amazon recommended I also... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at Word Wenches
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Nicola here! A couple of weeks ago I went on a family visit to my native county of Yorkshire. It was a great opportunity to catch up with the places I used to love visiting as well as with family and friends. When I was a child one of my favourite local places was a house called Lotherton Hall near Leeds The name itself sounds exactly the sort of place you would find in a Bronte novel and I remember wandering through its rooms lapping up all the historical displays and soaking up the atmosphere. It was one of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2017 at Word Wenches
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Nicola here, and today I am talking about award ceremonies, those amazing, glittering, special occasions that always run like clockwork, right? Hmm… I love a good award ceremony. The glamour, the excitement in the air, the love in the room… And hopefully no mistakes when it comes to announcing the winners! A couple of weeks ago I was in a taxi heading across London to the Romantic Novelists’ Association 2017 award ceremony in the beautiful location of the Gladstone Library in Whitehall Place. When I arrived and threw open the doors to make my entrance… The room was empty because... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2017 at Word Wenches
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