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Nicola Cornick
I write Regency historicals for Harlequin HQN Books and also work as a historian
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Thanks for all the thoughts on Wolf Hall. I found it unlike anything I'd ever read before and I had to work pretty hard at it. Like Shannon I was intrigued that Hilary Mantel was able to make Thomas Cromwell such an attractive character. I have Bring up the Bodies to read on my holiday. Such an interesting selection of books this month - I am going to take a look at Broadsides and Midnight Riot - and thank you for all the other recommendations!
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Thanks, Ella. I think that is always the difficulty, isn't it - how to make a character like that realistic and sympathetic enough for the reader to engage with her. A great challenge for an author!
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I like the sound of Lady Freyja, Carol. Will check that one out. Thank you!
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Hi Kanch! I thought the production was tremendous and liked most of the musical bits although some were a bit too much! Moll's charisma was riveting. I found it surprisingly sympathetic towards Moll's character for an early 17th century play.
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Isn't the Cosmo cover great, Mary Jo? I found it on a news archive website. I think you need quite a mathematical mind as well as creativity to be good at needlework in all its forms. Love the idea of your dowager and her granddaughter bonding over embroidery!
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I loved Mr Impossible, Shannon! I do have a soft spot for bluestocking heroines who have to hide their learning from society or family disapproval. Sylvia Andrew wrote a great book with a code-breaking heroine as part of the Steepwood Scandal series.
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Absolutely, Artemisia. The "feminine arts" were and are extremely skilful and a fascinating background to any heroine's experience, I think. I love stories that feature heroines skilled in embroidery or art or music etc.
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Thank you, Mary Jo. I love the term "an Original!" So descriptive!
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Very interesting points, Sonya, thank you. I agree that to contrast "traditional" feminine talents unfavourably against a hoyden heroine can be very irritating. I agree that whilst it's clear that wayward women did exist, it's unlikely that their families and society in general would be very indulgent of their antics!
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Nicola here. Last week I had the fabulous treat of a trip to Stratford-On-Avon to see the play “The Roaring Girl,” written by Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker, who were contemporaries of William Shakespeare. The poster for it is on the left. I love the Swan Theatre at Stratford; it is small and intimate with the stage projecting into the audience and a three-sided gallery. You feel transported back to the sort of theatre that 17th century audiences would have visited, though probably these days we have more comfortable seats. The Roaring Girl is the story of a character called... Continue reading
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Thank you! I hope you enjoy the Scottish Brides!
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I've just looked up Mexican Martini, Glenda. Sounds delicious. I must give that a try.
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Nancy Alice, that sounds great! If you would like a fellow traveller on your whisky tour I volunteer!
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Hot spiced cider. Yum! Sounds delicious and very warming, Vicki!
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Wow, Jackie, the glogg sounds amazing! I'm a huge fan of tea too. I have several cups a day.
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Well there is something exceptionally fine about a good cup of coffee, Faith! Thank you, I'm glad you like the covers. The lady with the parasol is the MIRA UK cover. They always give my books very pretty covers.
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Delicious, Sue!
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Hi Sandy! Thank you - I hope you enjoy Christina's story! As for the alcohol - so true. It's not all it's cracked up to be. Drink wisely would be my motto.
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Thanks, Shannon! I got into drinking iced tea recently in Texas and wish I could get it here! The cider sounds delicious. Have a great vacation and enjoy your reading.
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Yum! Hot chocolate with whipped cream on top is one of my absolute favourites, Linda!
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Thanks, Tai! I'm like you - I don't really care for the way whisky burns. I drank it when I was young but have given up now. That said, I had some with lemon and honey last night as a nightcap and it was great. But I didn't waste a malt whisky on that!
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Thanks for your reply, Quantum. We enjoyed a tour of the Talisker distillery a few years ago but not even that could give me a taste for malt. It did give me lots of note for my research, though! Iona is a very special place, I think, one of the most atmospheric sites I have ever visited. Whilst we were there we also took a boat to Staffa to see Fingal's Cave. What an experience that was. I hope you make it north of the border again and that the current debates don't discourage us all from visiting!
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Good choice!
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Thanks so much, Sonya. I am thrilled that you enjoyed the book! My dh often adds ginger ale to whisky - unless he is drinking a malt.
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Good to stick with Pepsi when you like it, Beth! I've tried some stuff that tastes foul and it gives you a nasty surprise when you first try it!
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