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Nicola Cornick
I write Regency historicals for Harlequin HQN Books and also work as a historian
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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!
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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.
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Oops, that cut off before I had added an exclamation mark! Plus the comment that it's a fascinating topic but desperately complex especially lacking a written constitution. I do love the idea of our heroes taking an active role in the work of the Lords, though. (And the commons if they are eligible.) Parliament needs good men (and women!)
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Shelagh, you sound exactly like me! I have quite a romantic disposition but good old commonsense so often pulls me back! I thought Culloden was one of the most unhappy and desolate places I've ever been. It's important to experience these places but oh, the atmosphere.
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It's amazing how many people don't realise that though, Anne, isn't it? I'm always surprised that a lot of people think George I had only a distant claim to the throne when in fact he was a direct descendant of James VI and I. Having researched and written about Elizabeth Stuart I have the impression she has been "lost" from history somewhat.
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Yes, beneath the romance and the dashing reputation the Stuarts had pretty poor political judgement IMO! That to me is where history and legend diverge.
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Nicola here. Today I’m talking about an eccentric museum in the Scottish Highlands, a ruined castle, a monument and… The “Harry Potter” train! The thing that unites them all is the Jacobites. A couple of weeks ago, like Bonnie Prince Charlie, I made my way to the Scottish Highlands and enjoyed following in his footsteps around many of the places with connections to the Jacobite cause. (I also enjoyed seeing the wildlife, especially the pine marten in the picture which visited the bird table at the place we were staying!) I’ve always had a soft spot for the Stuart dynasty.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2016 at Word Wenches
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It does seem appropriate, doesn't it, Anne!
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Nicola here. Today, as part of our Word Wench Blog 10th anniversary celebrations, we’re talking about what makes the Word Wenches such a special group to be a part of. Some of us are founder members of the blog and talk about the reasons it was set up in the first place and the ways in which it has grown and changed. Others, myself included, became Wenches along the way and joined a blog that continues to be dynamic, diverse, and fascinating, and a group of writers who are wonderfully insightful and supportive. Then there are our readers and regular... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at Word Wenches
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Crim. Con. is fascinating, isn't it, Sue, although I must say some of those cases made my blood boil! I got very agitated when I watched The Scandalous Lady W. To our society such appalling inequality of men and women is shocking.
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He sounds a total catch, Leslie!
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LOL, Lovely to have you visit us in any guise, Christina!
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