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Nicola Cornick
I write Regency historicals for Harlequin HQN Books and also work as a historian
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It's great that you have come across it at all! I hadn't heard of it. I think it had completely died out in the UK.
Toggle Commented 10 hours ago on The Return of the Skirret at Word Wenches
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Hi Oana-Maria! I have heard of the quince stew and haven't eaten that one but versions of it with other fruits. I will make that next week! My favourite quince recipe is a sort of French toast with quinces and cream which is delicious. I also love merillo, a quince paste, which we eat with cheese. Yum!
Toggle Commented 10 hours ago on The Return of the Skirret at Word Wenches
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Oh, that's very cool! Thanks for passing that on, Melinda, and do let us know if some skirret appears in your veg box!
Toggle Commented 10 hours ago on The Return of the Skirret at Word Wenches
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I've come to love kale through trying out veg boxes, Melinda. I think they are a wonderful thing. I love that you get new stuff to try and identify! Maybe they will slip in a bit of skirret and you'll be the only one who knows what it is. It should grow well in the Pennines!
Toggle Commented 12 hours ago on The Return of the Skirret at Word Wenches
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I love the sound of the Emily Gee book, and will look out for that, Kareni. Thank you!
Toggle Commented 13 hours ago on What We're Reading in November! at Word Wenches
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Nicola here, and today I am talking about food, and in particular historic vegetables. If you look at old menus from hundreds of years ago – for a banquet at Hampton Court Palace for King Henry VIII, for example – there are plenty of dishes that might cause us to shudder. “Meat tile” anyone? It consists of chicken first simmered and then sautéed, served with a spicy sauce of crayfish tails, almonds and… toast. Then there are pies with songbirds in them, lampreys in sauce… It’s all a matter of taste. One thing I had not realised, however, was that... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at Word Wenches
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Nicola here. I'm on a writing retreat in Wales at the moment so today, just for a bit of fun, I'm posting up a quiz. There’s a game that has been around for a few years that I absolutely love. It’s based on the idea of six degrees of separation; the theory that everyone in the world is a maximum of six steps away from each other so that a chain can be established to connect any two people. A while ago the BBC History magazine introduced a game called six degrees of historical separation – a challenge to see... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at Word Wenches
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Nicola here, talking about odd historical phrases and sayings. The topic came to mind this week because I was reading an article about how the UK is awash with peculiar sayings and I’m sure that other countries and other languages are exactly the same. In fact many families share special phrases that have meaning only for them. Many of these have their roots in historical events. In our family, for instance, there are several sayings with Scots origins, reflecting my husband’s Scots roots. "Save your breath to cool your porridge" is one and, “There were bigger losses at Sheriffmuir” is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2016 at Word Wenches
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Today it’s my great pleasure to welcome author Charlotte Betts to the Word Wench blog. Charlotte is a multi-award-winning author of historical novels who describes herself as a daydreamer and a bookworm (so she’s in good company here) who lives in Hampshire in a C17th cottage in the woods. I first met Charlotte years ago as a fellow member of the Historical Novel Society and the Romantic Novelists’ Association. I love that she has written in different time periods and very different settings, from the Great Fire of London, to Revolutionary France to the Regency. Her books are full of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2016 at Word Wenches
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Nicola here. Today I am musing about life in the English village. So many of the historical romances I’ve read are set it cities such as London or Bath, or smaller towns like Brighton or Cheltenham. This makes sense. These places were the epicentres of activity in the Regency era, the venue for balls and other social events, a place where people might go for their health, for sea bathing or to take the spa waters. They were a good hunting ground for ladies looking to secure a titled husband, or for men seeking an heiress. It feels as though... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2016 at Word Wenches
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Wow, what a great list, Kareni. Thank you! I really enjoyed Act Like It and I think it was a favourite book here on teh Wenches. Many thanks for the mention of Beth Elliot's book. She's a writing friend of mine and I really loved that book with its unusual background.
Toggle Commented Sep 30, 2016 on What We're Reading in September! at Word Wenches
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Oops! I thought I had included the author's name. Sorry about that, Frances! It's by Manda Scott who also wrote a series about Boudica.
Toggle Commented Sep 30, 2016 on What We're Reading in September! at Word Wenches
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Thanks for visiting, Jami, and for your recommendations. I loved Sea Glass and haven't read it for a while. You have prompted me to pick it up again.
Toggle Commented Sep 30, 2016 on What We're Reading in September! at Word Wenches
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A pleasure, Deborah. It's such a lovely book and I particularly enjoy the way you create such vivid characters and atmosphere. I enjoy Leah Fleming's books although I haven't read that one. We've just been talking about films and TV programmes based on books; so often they can be a let down after you've enjoyed the book so much although sometimes they can be a nice surprise!
Toggle Commented Sep 30, 2016 on What We're Reading in September! at Word Wenches
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Nicola here. It’s the end of September and as usual we’re doing our round up of Wench reading for the month and asking you to recommend some more books for our towering TBR piles! One of the things I love about the What We’re Reading feature is that the recommendations always inspire and enthuse me. It’s lovely to hear people sharing their suggestions with such pleasure! As the nights grow longer here in the UK and the evenings are cool it’s the most perfect time to curl up in front of the woodburning stove. Maybe that’s why the first book... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2016 at Word Wenches
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Nicola here. Yesterday, September 1st, was the official start of autumn, at least according to the meteorologists. Here in the UK the days are getting shorter, the air is getting cooler and there is a misty haze lying over the fields on fine mornings, and dew on the grass. It's back to school, back to work, after the long hot days of summer. The harvest is being gathered in; it doesn't feel quite like full blown autumn yet but you can feel the change in the air. For me this summer will always conjure memories of my two hot dogs,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2016 at Word Wenches
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Nicola here, talking about the Tudors. A few days ago I read an article about the huge number of historical fiction books set in the Tudor period. The author was suggesting that it was time to move away from the wives of Henry VIII and choose some different historical periods and characters to write about. Even Hilary Mantel, with her Booker Prize winning Tudor set novels is saying that we have reached “Tudor peak” and that the market is saturated. As someone whose next book is a dual time period novel set in the present and… Yes, the Tudor era,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2016 at Word Wenches
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Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Oana-Maria. Yes, Beatrice would be a wonderful friend, I think, so strong and loyal. One of my cousins is also a close friend and I value her very much and know how lucky I am to have her. There's nothing wrong in male friends too, of course, (Pooh and Piglet!) but I was thinking of female friends because of the date.
Toggle Commented Aug 1, 2016 on Girlfriends! at Word Wenches
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"I wonder what Piglet is doing," said Pooh. "I wish I were there to be doing it too." Friendships are so important in our lives and today, 1st August, is National Girlfriends Day. All friendships are worth celebrating but those with our close female friends are very special. Girlfriends are so significant in our lives. We need them and we enjoy their company. They bring fun and laughter; they are there when we need to vent, they help to relieve stress, they listen, they boost our confidence and they offer so much support. They bring joy into our lives and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at Word Wenches
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Haha! it might be long but it's an excellent title!
Toggle Commented Jul 13, 2016 on Title Trends at Word Wenches
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I loved your blog piece on Hero inflation a while ago, Mary Jo. So true about those billionaires. A mere million isn't enough these days! I like Bride titles and Scottish titles too. Actually I realise I don't have many peeves about titles unless they are really silly. But this is subjective, I suppose.
Toggle Commented Jul 13, 2016 on Title Trends at Word Wenches
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LOL, Cara/Andrea! So you won't be snapping up "The Duke and the Girl in the Big House"!
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Oh, how nice, Vicki. I do like the idea of the house that has such a lovely and embracing feel to it!
Toggle Commented Jul 13, 2016 on Title Trends at Word Wenches
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Nicola here, with a quick and light-hearted look at title trends. I’m just back from the wonderful RNA Conference where one of the sessions I attended was on fashions in commercial fiction. There was some discussion about the importance of titles and the way that publishers brand a particular style of book. This led us on to the “girl” phenomena. It started with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, I think. Then there was Gone, Girl, the Girl on the Train and many, many other girls in various situations, places and circumstances, mostly with a hint of danger about them.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at Word Wenches
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So true, Pat. Sigh.
Toggle Commented Jul 1, 2016 on House of Lords at Word Wenches
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