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Nicola Cornick
I write Regency historicals for Harlequin HQN Books and also work as a historian
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I reckon we all understand that feeling Sylvia! Sometimes I feel so lost at the end of a book I simply have to get straight back to that world again.
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Hi Cathie! I loved the mystery and danger of Victoria Holt's gothics and Phyllis Witney was another favourite of mine when I was in my teens. Through her books I read about exotic locations that seemed impossibly exciting to a teenager in Yorkshire!
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Well, I guess sometimes a very vivid setting can make you really *not* want to be somewhere, a case of escape from a good book rather than into one!
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Ooh, Trudy, what a treat to be discovering the Outlander series! Enjoy!
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Lynn, I've made a note of 1632 as my current wip is set in the same era and place. It sounds like a must read for me. Thank you!
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Ooh, a shipboard romance! Yes, that's a great world to create and populate!
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Just the title of that book sounds fascinating, Sharon! Enough to make you shiver along with those lost soldiers.
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Thanks, Mary Jo! I enjoyed White Cargo very much too and you make the really good point that world creation - taking the reader with you - can apply to non-fiction too and the best memoirs do that really well.
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And that is the joy of reading, isn't it! One minute in a dystopian future, the next in a bucolic village! Love it!
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Oh, yes! A Traveller in Time is one of my favourite time travel books too, HJ! I have a battered copy on my shelf. Loved it! Romney Marsh is such an atmospheric place for a book setting. That reminds me of Watch the Wall My Darling by Jane Aiken Hodge.
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I love the sound of that Courtney Milan book, Shannon. Greenwich is a really interesting setting and an astronomer hero is right up my street. I will look out for that one!
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Nicola here. There’s a meme going around on Facebook at the moment that is proving very popular. It asks: “You have been transported to the location in the last book you read. Where are you?” The answers flood in, from Scotland to the West Indies, from the New York of the future to London in 1515 and all times and places in between. This meme set me thinking about world building, creating a setting that is real and vivid enough to make readers believe in it, literally to be transported there in their imaginations. Whether it is the fantasy world... Continue reading
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Anne, if you ever get the chance to visit Northumberland, seize it! I know you would love it - I'll offer to come with you!
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A very good answer, Quantum! We visited Holy Island and I went to the Priory. There was a wonderful sense of tranquility there. I've felt a similar atmosphere on Iona and in a few other places. It's very special. Yes, the second picture is Lindisfarne Castle. It's another super place to visit. I hope you get the chance to see inside one day!
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Ha! Thank you, Cara/Andrea! Yes those Highland males are quite something!
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That might have been Lindisfarne Castle, Shannon? It's on an island that can only be reached via a causeway at low tide. On the day we went the tides were very high so even at a "safe" crossing time the water was lapping over the road. There is something terrifically romantic about a castle that can only be reached by boat or at low tide. I think there could be some very useful plot points around that.
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Isn't it gorgeous, HJ? Such a stunning coastline.
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It is a stunning county isn't it, Margaret. I could quite happily live there. I'd love to be by the sea and surrounded by so much history!
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Nicola here and today I'm talking about alphas but in a slightly different way. I’ve recently come back from a trip to Northumberland, in the far north of England. Northumberland is a history-lover’s paradise. It has more castles than any other county in England. It’s past has been shaped by violence and conflict: Viking raids, Scottish incursions, battles and rebellion. I was staying in the village of Bamburgh, in the shadow of the iconic Bamburgh castle, once the seat of the Anglo Saxon Kings of Northumbria. I think of Northumberland as the land of ""alpha castles," big, strong and built... Continue reading
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Another great example of Thomas Hardy's power with words. Thank you, Yvonne!
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Oh, that's so sweet of your son, Lyn! Interesting that books can be so closely associated with phases of our lives and make an unforgettable impression as a result. Harry Potter is a great example.
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Oh yes, the Mayor of Casterbridge! I know some of Hardy's books moved me to tears when I was younger too. Life in all its harshness can be a real shock when you are young and impressionable.
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Thanks for your comment, Prema. Yes, more than one of the Wenches have written books that have made me reach for the tissues for the depth of emotion.
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I'm so pleased you enjoyed Milly's book, Cate. I've heard great things about it. High praise, especially if you don't usually cry at a book!
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Me too, Mary Jo! Self-sacrifice gets me every time!
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