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Nicola Cornick - Author

About the Author

Originally from the North of England, Nicola Cornick now lives in the Oxfordshire countryside with her husband and a menagerie of cats and dogs.

She has been a published author since 1998 and started her career writing historical romance for Harlequin Mills & Boon. This was a dream come true for her as she had always loved Mills & Boon Historicals and still has an extensive collection of them on her keeper shelves. Her books have reached the bestseller lists in the UK, sold around the world and have received great acclaim in the US. Publishers Weekly described her as "a rising star of the Regency arena" and Booklist described her 2008 Regency novel, Unmasked, as "a beguiling blend of danger and desire." Her books have also won various awards and have been shortlisted twice for both the UK Romantic Novelists' Association Prize and the US Romance Writers of America RITA award.

She developed a passion for history at an early age and nurtured it through reading and watching BBC costume dramas with her grandmother. She went on to study Medieval History, graduated from London University with an honours degree and worked for many years in university administration, her final job being as an Assistant Academic Registrar and Operations Manager before she gave it all up to be a full-time author. Later, she returned to college in Oxford to study for a Masters degree at Ruskin College. Her dissertation was on heroes and she graduated in 2006 with a Distinction.

She now has a "second life" working for the National Trust at the fabulous stately home Ashdown House.

She is also Membership Secretary for the Romantic Novelists' Association and critiques manuscripts for aspiring authors via their New Writers' Scheme and also for the Romance Writers of America Beau Monde mentor scheme. She has run several courses and workshops on creative writing and was Wiltshire Libraries Writer in Residence in 2008. She is also a speaker on the history of Ashdown House and the Craven Family.

 

Author photo © Andrew Cornick

Featured books by Nicola Cornick

Other books by Nicola Cornick

House Of Shadows

House Of Shadows

Author: Nicola Cornick Format: Downloadable audio file Release Date: 01/02/2019

For fans of Barbara Erskine and Kate Morton comes an unforgettable novel about three women and the power one lie can have over history.London, 1662:There was something the Winter Queen needed to tell him. She fought for the strength to speak.'The crystal mirror is a danger. It must be destroyed - 'He replied instantly. 'It will'.Ashdown, Oxfordshire, present day: Ben Ansell is researching his family tree when he disappears. As his sister Holly begins a desperate search, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to an ornate antique mirror and to the diary of Lavinia, a 19th century courtesan who was living at Ashdown House when it burned to the ground over 200 years ago.Intrigued, and determined to find out more about the tragedy at Ashdown, Holly's only hope is that uncovering the truth about the past will lead her to Ben.'Fans of Kate Morton will enjoy this gripping tale.'- Candis

The Phantom Tree

The Phantom Tree

Author: Nicola Cornick Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/12/2016

`There is much to enjoy in a sumptuous novel that slips between present day and 1557.' - Sunday Mirror My name is Mary Seymour and I am the daughter of one queen and the niece of another. Browsing antiques shops in Wiltshire, Alison Bannister stumbles across a delicate old portrait - supposedly of Anne Boleyn. Except Alison knows better... The woman is Mary Seymour, the daughter of Katherine Parr who was taken to Wolf Hall in 1557 as an unwanted orphan and presumed dead after going missing as a child. The painting is more than just a beautiful object from Alison's past - it holds the key to her future, unlocking the mystery surrounding Mary's disappearance, and the enigma of Alison's son. But Alison's quest soon takes a dark and foreboding turn, as a meeting place called the Phantom Tree harbours secrets in its shadows...

The Confessions Of A Duchess

The Confessions Of A Duchess

Author: Nicola Cornick Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/09/2016

When an ancient tax law is invoked requiring all unmarried ladies to either wed or surrender half their wealth, it's not long before the quiet village of Fortune's Folly is overrun by a swarm of fortune-hunting bachelors. Marry again? Never! Not after what Laura, the dowager duchess, was forced to endure. Even if the arrival of her onetime paramour, Dexter Anstruther, is oh-so-tempting, she knows the secret she's kept from him would destroy any chance at a future together. Young, handsome and scandalously enticing, Dexter suspects Laura has a hidden motive for resisting his charms...and he intends to expose her, by any means necessary.

The Scandals Of An Innocent

The Scandals Of An Innocent

Author: Nicola Cornick Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/09/2016

Miss Alice Lister feels anything but respectable. Bad enough that she is a maid-turned-heiress. Now the insufferably attractive Lord Miles Vickery is certain he can gain her fortune by blackmailing her into marriage- even though it was his deceitful charm that broke her heart once before. But she's positive the terms of her inheritance will prove an impossible task. After all, what rake could be completely honest for three long months? For his part, Miles finds his newfound frankness invaluable in entangling Alice in positions deliciously unbecoming of a lady. Of course, he doesn't yet know that he's falling hopelessly in love with this formidable innocent...or that he will soon go to impossible lengths to prove himself hers forever....

One Wicked Sin

One Wicked Sin

Author: Nicola Cornick Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/09/2016

Once the toast of the ton, Lottie Cummings is now notorious for being divorced. Shunned by society, the destitute beauty is lured to become a Covent Garden courtesan. Until a dangerous rake saves her with a scandalous offer. The illegitimate son of a duke, Ethan Ryder rose to the ranks of Napoleon's most trusted cavalry officer...until his capture landed him in England as a prisoner of war. Now on parole, Ethan is planning his most audacious coup yet. But he needs Lottie's help to create a spectacular diversion. Yet their pact ignites a passionate bond that may scandalize even these two wicked souls...

House of Shadows

House of Shadows

Author: Nicola Cornick Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2015

For fans of Barbara Erskine and Kate Morton comes an unforgettable novel about three women and the power one lie can have over history. London, 1662: There was something the Winter Queen needed to tell him. She fought for the strength to speak. `The crystal mirror is a danger. It must be destroyed - ` He replied instantly. `It will'. Ashdown, Oxfordshire, present day: Ben Ansell is researching his family tree when he disappears. As his sister Holly begins a desperate search, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to an ornate antique mirror and to the diary of Lavinia, a 19th century courtesan who was living at Ashdown House when it burned to the ground over 200 years ago. Intrigued, and determined to find out more about the tragedy at Ashdown, Holly's only hope is that uncovering the truth about the past will lead her to Ben. For fans of Barbara Erskine and Kate Morton comes an unforgettable novel about three women and the power one lie can have over history. `Fans of Kate Morton will enjoy this gripping tale.` - Candis

Desejada

Desejada

Author: Nicola Cornick Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2015

Poderia perder o coracao, e o controlo, nas maos do mais incrivel dos homens.De Teresa, a marquesa viuva de Darent, dizia-se que tinha esgotado os quatro defuntos maridos com as suas necessidades insaciaveis. Por isso, nao era de admirar que todos os libertinos da alta sociedade desejassem ir para a cama com ela. Se soubessem...Gracas a casamentos inteligentes com homens que nao lhe tinham exigido intimidade fisica alguma, Tess tinha conseguido conservar a inocencia no que dizia respeito aos "e;assuntos da cama"e;. Mas agora estava a ponto de perder tudo e desejava proteger a enteada, por quem sentia muito carinho.Nesse momento delicado das suas vidas, apareceu o capitao Owen Purchase. O atraente aventureiro americano tinha herdado o titulo de visconde Rothbury. E os rumores que corriam sobre os seus ferimentos sofridos no mar indicavam que podia satisfazer os requisitos de Tess. Mas Tess demoraria pouco tempo a descobrir que os falatorios eram falsos..."e;p>Poderia perder o coracao, e o controlo, nas maos do mais incrivel dos homens.De Teresa, a marquesa viuva de Darent, dizia-se que tinha esgotado os quatro defuntos maridos com as suas necessidades insaciaveis. Por isso, nao era de admirar que todos os libertinos da alta sociedade desejassem ir para a cama com ela. Se soubessem...Gracas a casamentos inteligentes com homens que nao lhe tinham exigido intimidade fisica alguma, Tess tinha conseguido conservar a inocenc

Juego de enganos

Juego de enganos

Author: Nicola Cornick Format: eBook Release Date: 27/11/2014

Una doncella madura, asi era como se consideraba a lady Christina en los circulos de la alta sociedad por haber cumplido ya los treinta anos. Ella era la encargada de ejercer de anfitriona en las fiestas de su padre y de cuidar de sus hermanos, consciente de que nunca podria llegar a disfrutar de un hogar y una familia propios. Sin embargo, no tenia tiempo para lamentarse. Por las noches se transformaba en La Dama, la cabecilla de una conocida banda de contrabandistas de whisky con la que lady Christina mantenia a su empobrecido clan. Lady Christina y su banda siempre iban un paso por delante de la policia del fisco, hasta que aparecio Lucas Black.Lucas, que se ganaba la vida dirigiendo una exitosa casa de juegos, se convirtio en espia para acabar con la banda de Forres, a quien culpaba de la muerte de su hermano. El pensaba que La Dama solo era una solterona aburrida. Ella que Lucas era un nino perdido con infulas de rebelde. Pero cuando salio a relucir la verdad, no fue solo el amor el que se puso en riesgo.

ma reputacao

ma reputacao

Author: Nicola Cornick Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

Era especialista em destruir relacoes... A perigosamente sedutora e pecaminosamente bela Susanna Burney era a pessoa mais procurada nos crculos da alta sociedade londrina para ajudar a terminar relaes. Paga por pais ricos que queriam separar os seus filhos de mulheres que no consideravam adequadas, nunca tinha falhado na sua misso de "e;distrair"e; o futuro noivo. At que a sua ltima incumbncia a obrigou a encontrar-se cara a cara com o homem que no passado lhe tinha dado uma ntima lio sobre coraes partidos. James Devlin tinha tudo o que sempre quisera: um ttulo, uma noiva rica e um lugar na alta sociedade, mas a mulher com quem acabava de cruzar o olhar num salo a abarrotar ameaava destruir tudo o que tinha conseguido at ento. E no era porque Susanna tivesse reclamado o seu corao noutro tempo, ou porque os seus sinuosos movimentos o tivessem deixado sem respirao, mas porque os segredos que guardava podiam custar-lhe tudo o que tinha alcanado. Para deixar o passado definitivamente para trs, Dev teria de enfrentar Susanna com as suas armas

One Night with the Laird

One Night with the Laird

Author: Nicola Cornick Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2014

The Rake She Couldn't Forget Jack Rutherford is everything fashionable society widow Lady Mairi MacLeod dislikes in a man: roguish, arrogant and irritatingly charming. If only she could erase the memory of the sin-filled night she spent in his arms... Resisting her dark attraction to Jack is even harder when he arrives on her doorstep falsely accused of murder. As they work together to uncover the truth, Mairi cannot help but begin to fall for the man she once thought a wastrel. Yet, when the scandals of the past are brought to light, a future together seems impossible.

Noche de amor furtivo

Noche de amor furtivo

Author: Nicola Cornick Format: eBook Release Date: 27/03/2014

Podia nacer el verdadero amor del escandalo?Ella era joven, bella y sofisticada, la anfitriona ms coqueta de Edimburgo. Pero por debajo de su fachada de viuda alegre lata un corazn herido. Lady Mairi an lloraba al marido al que haba perdido dos aos antes, y por muy buen amante que fuera Jack Rutherford, la nica noche de pasin que haban pasado juntos haba sido nicamente un encuentro carnal, y lady Mairi prefera olvidarla. Sin embargo, al verse acosada por sus enemigos, tuvo que aceptar la proteccin de Jack y unir fuerzas con l para descubrir de dnde proceda el peligro. Su pasin se reaviv, poco a poco cayeron las mscaras y sus secretos ms ntimos fueron saliendo a la luz...

Sins and Scandals Collection: Whisper of Scandal / One Wicked Sin / Mistress by Midnight / Notorious / Desired / Forbidden (Mills & Boon e-Book Collections)

Sins and Scandals Collection: Whisper of Scandal / One Wicked Sin / Mistress by Midnight / Notorious / Desired / Forbidden (Mills & Boon e-Book Collections)

Author: Nicola Cornick Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2014

SINS AND SCANDALS COLLECTIONSix luscious Regency novels by international bestselling author Nicola Cornick. Enjoy the adventures of these Scandalous Women of the Ton!WHISPER OF SCANDAL"e;One whisper of scandal and a reputation dies..."e;London, May 1811 Widow Lady Joanna Ware has no desire to wed again but that doesn't stop the flurry of suitors knocking on her door. Desperate to thwart another proposal, Joanna brazenly kisses Arctic dventurer Alex, Lord Grant. Joanna knows she's just set the gossip mill turning.ONE WICKED SIN"e;I hired you as a novelty, an attraction, the most notorious woman in London..."e;London, July 1813 Once the toast of the ton, Lottie Cummings is now notorious for being divorced - and without a penny. Shunned by society the destitute beauty is forced to become a Covent Garden courtesan. Refusing to oblige her customers, Lottie's about to be turned out onto the streets. Until a dangerous rake saves her with a scandalous offer.MISTRESS BY MIDNIGHT"e;To have one unfaithful wife could be construed as a misfortune. To have two would be worse than careless. "e;London, November 1814Merryn Fenner is on a mission to ruin the Duke of Farne. A beautiful bluestocking with a penchant for justice, Merryn has waited ten years to satisfy her revenge against sensual, mysterious Garrick Northesk. Her family name had been tarnished at his hands, her life destroyed. And now she intends to return the favour - by finding the true heir to the duke's title and disinheriting Garrick.NOTORIOUS'Devlin squared his shoulders and prepared to be introduced to the wife he had thought was dead.'London, June 1816 Dangerously seductive and sinfully beautiful, Susanna Burney is society's most sought-after matchbreaker. Paid by wealthy parents to part unsuitable couples, she's never yet failed. Until her final assignment brings her face to face with the man who'd once taught her an intimate lesson in heartache... James Devlin. Let the scandal of the season begin...DESIREDCovent Garden, London, October 1816 Tess Darent's world is unravelling. Danger threatens her stepchildren and she is about to be unmasked as a radical political cartoonist and thrown into gaol. The only thing that can save her is a respectable marriage. But when it comes to tying the knot Tess requires a very special husband - one who has no desire to consummate their marriage... Owen Purchase, Viscount Rothbury cannot resist Tess when she asks for the protection of his name. But he has no intention of making a marriage in name only.FORBIDDENScandal isn't just for rogues, as the daring women in USA TODAY bestselling author Nicola Cornick's scintillating series prove.... As maid to some of the most wanton ladies of the ton, Margery Mallon lives within the boundaries of any sensible servant. Entanglements with gentlemen are taboo. Wild adventures are for the Gothic novels she secretly reads. Then an intriguing stranger named Mr. Ward offers her a taste of passion, and suddenly the wicked possibilities are too tempting to resist....

Falsas cartas de amor

Falsas cartas de amor

Author: Nicola Cornick Format: eBook Release Date: 26/09/2013

Lady Lucy MacMorlan podia haber renegado de los hombres y del matrimonio, pero eso no le impedia obtener algun beneficio escribiendo cartas de amor para los amigos de su hermano. Cartas que llegaron a ser cada vez mas picantes conforme su fama fue creciendo. Hasta que, inadvertidamente, arruino el compromiso matrimonial de un conocido laird... Robert, el gallardo marqus de Methven, estaba al tanto del secreto de Lucy. Y ciertamente no pretenda dejar que la encantadora lady Lucy tuviera la ltima palabra, sobre todo cuando sus cartas sugeran que era bastante experimentada. Sin embargo, el conocimiento de Lucy no se fundamentaba de manera emprica. Si continuaba escribiendo cartas iba a necesitar documentarse de primera mano. Y Robert estaba absolutamente dispuesto a ayudar a una dama en apuros, sobre todo cuando necesitaba desesperadamente una novia

The Lady and the Laird

The Lady and the Laird

Author: Nicola Cornick Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2013

An Indecent Proposal Bluestocking darling and secret scribe Lady Lucy MacMorlan has no interest in marriage. Putting herself second to a man is definitely not for her. Instead, she makes a profit from matchmaking others and her clandestine love letters are the hushed talk of Scottish society. Except now her talent is causing distress-one of Lucy's more provocative letters has just cost Robert, Marquis of Methven, his much-needed betrothal. It doesn't help that Robert is a bitter enemy of the MacMorlan family with a personal vendetta against Lucy. His revenge? She must marry him or he will wage war on what is left of her good reputation...

Uma grande dama

Uma grande dama

Author: Nicola Cornick Format: eBook Release Date: 16/06/2013

Aquele homem era a sua perdicao. Lady Polly nao podia aceitar nenhuma das numerosas propostas de casamento que recebia porque nao conseguira esquecer o homem que rejeitara ha cinco anos. Ouvira dizer que lorde Henry Marchnight estava arruinado e que se convertera num viciado no jogo, mas quando reapareceu na sua vida e a beijou, Polly soube que a paixao nao tinha desaparecido. Aquele homem continuava a ter o poder de a fazer perder a razo apenas com um toque, mas o que ela necessitava naquele momento era bom senso para enfrentar lorde Henry e averiguar se todos aqueles rumores eram verdadeiros. Devia continuar a rejeitar pretendentes ou devia fazer o que desejara durante cinco anos: confiar no amor que sentia por ele e seguir o que lhe ditava o corao?