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Nicola Cornick

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in Bradford, The United Kingdom



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May 2009


International bestselling author Nicola Cornick writes romantic historical mysteries and witty and passionate Regency romance. She studied History at London and Oxford and was awarded a distinction for her dissertation on historical heroes. It was a tough study but someone had to do it. Nicola has a “double life” as a writer and guide at the stunning 17th century hunting lodge, Ashdown House.

Nicola lives near Oxford and loves reading, writing, history, music, wildlife, travel and walking her dog. She also loves hearing from her readers and chatting to them on her blog at She can also be found on Facebook and Twitter @NicolaCornick

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Nicola Cornick I'm currently working on the revisions to my second romantic historical mystery, which I hope will be out later this year. It's a dual time period…moreI'm currently working on the revisions to my second romantic historical mystery, which I hope will be out later this year. It's a dual time period novel and is set in the Tudor era as well as the present, involving the Seymour family of Wolf Hall. There's lots of lovely history and romance to get my teeth into! Alongside that I am researching my next book which I hope will be a big fat Georgian set story with smuggling and lots of derring do!(less)
Nicola Cornick The first thing I would say to aspiring authors is that there is no "right" way of writing. Do you plot a story out first or just leap straight in? Do…moreThe first thing I would say to aspiring authors is that there is no "right" way of writing. Do you plot a story out first or just leap straight in? Do you write a draft all the way through or go over what you have already written? it doesn't matter as long as it works for you.

Be determined - it took me 12 years to get published and you need to be persistent to achieve your dream. And draw on the support of the romance community. It's a wonderful group of people!(less)
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Long Ago, Far Away

boxxsetFrom my earliest years as a reader, the Tudor era always fascinated me. I still treasure the golden box set of books about The Wives of Henry VIII that my grandmother left to me. It sits on a shelf alongside Murder Most Royal by Jean Plaidy and Brief Gaudy Hour by Margaret Campbell Barnes. I don’t think that as readers we ever forget those early influences. We may move on to read many other boo...

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“Sebastian stretched. Clara stared. She could not help it. He was still in his breeches and shirt and she was riveted by the deliciously tight fit of the buckskins over his thighs.

"You could avert your eyes," Sebastian said mildly.

"I could," Clara agreed, "but I am not going to."

He smiled. "Hussy."

"I know. But I have waited a long time--”
Nicola Cornick, The Heart of Christmas

“In a letter to Sebastian...
"My brother is preoccupied with affairs of state and all the more suitable of his friends are unavailable at present, which only leaves you..."

Seb winced. The minx. She knew how to deliver a neat insult.”
Nicola Cornick, The Heart of Christmas

“He'll admit to his feelings when he's in his cups."

The valet nodded. "That's true, ma'am. If we could get him drunk."

Clara stifled a laugh. "I am not certain I would want a man who has to be drunk to admit his love for me.”
Nicola Cornick, The Heart of Christmas


The 2nd annual Nothing but Reading Challenges' Best 'DRESS'ed Cover Poll. (2012 edition.)

Help us pick out the best DRESSed cover of 2012. If you don't see one of your favorites please feel free to add it. Just make sure you add it to the right dress category and that the cover came out in 2012. We have six categories:

- Red Click here to get to the Poll.
- White Click here to get to the Poll.
- Blue Click here to get to the Poll.
- Purple/Pink Click here to get to the Poll.
- Black/Miscellaneous Click here to get to the Poll.
- Yellow/Gold/Orange Click here to get to the Poll.

Each category has it's own poll and we'll pick the top 3 from each to go in a finally poll to determine which cover had the most beautiful dress. Enjoy!

The colors for this round are Yellow, Gold and Orange:

  27 votes, 22.0%

  16 votes, 13.0%

  16 votes, 13.0%

  14 votes, 11.4%

  12 votes, 9.8%

  11 votes, 8.9%

  7 votes, 5.7%

  6 votes, 4.9%

  4 votes, 3.3%

  3 votes, 2.4%

  3 votes, 2.4%

My Scandalous Viscount by Gaelen Foley (write-in)
  1 vote, 0.8%

  1 vote, 0.8%

  0 votes, 0.0%

  0 votes, 0.0%


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message 5: by Donna

Donna Thank you Nicola for accepting my friend request on Goodreads.
Hope you will have a wonderful holiday season.

Nicola Cornick Hi Elaine!
Truly, Madly, Deeply is the new RNA Anthology of short stories across all different genres of romance. They are then publishing a series of e-books with the print stories and some extras in them. Part 1 features my Regency short story, one from Louise Allen and a historical short story from Elizabeth Chadwick.
Best wishes

Elaine Hi Nicola, just been scanning new books in the next 90 days on Amazon and found Truly,Madly,Deeply,part 1, but no info as to genre.
Would you be able to tell me before I pre-order?
Really appreciate it.
Thank you.

Nicola Cornick Hi Mikky! Good to meet you!

message 1: by Mihaela (last edited Jul 04, 2012 08:07AM)

Mihaela Hi,Nicola! Thank you for the friendship.
Hugs! :)

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