MEET NICOLA CORNICK:From the author’s website:

Originally from the North of England, Nicola now lives with her husband in the Oxfordshire countryside.  Genealogy is one of her passions and she has traced her family tree back to the sixteenth century by way of various poets, pirates and a link to the Earldom of Halifax.

Since the publication of her first Regency romance by Harlequin Mills & Boon in 1998, Nicola has become a USA Today, Borders and UK Bookscan bestselling author as well as being shortlisted three times for the US Romance Writers of America RITA Award and twice for the UK Romantic Novelists Association Romance Prize. Nicola now writes for Harlequin HQN Books in the US and MIRA in the UK.

Nicola developed a passion for history at an early age and nurtured it through reading and watching BBC costume dramas with her grandmother. She went to school in the dower house of the stately home Harewood House in Yorkshire where she studied subjects as varied as Anglo Saxon and ballroom dancing. 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 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 on heroes and hero myths was awarded a distinction. She was a speaker at the Oxford Literary Festival on the changing face of literary heroes during the 20th century.

Nicola has a “second life” as a guide and historian working for the National Trust at the beautiful seventeenth century hunting lodge, Ashdown House and she is a speaker on the history of Ashdown and the Craven family. She is also a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and a mentor for their New Writers’ Scheme, which critiques manuscripts for aspiring authors. Nicola has run several courses and workshops on creative writing and was Wiltshire Libraries Writer in Residence in 2008. She loves the excitement of historical research and the friendships that the romance writing community has brought her.

When she is not writing Nicola enjoys taking her dog for long walks in the countryside and travelling the globe. She and her husband have driven across Africa, Iceland and Costa Rica and have enjoyed cruises to the Arctic and the Sea of Cortes. Nicola is also a frequent visitor to the US, where she has family. She and her husband support the UK Guide Dogs charity and have acted as puppy walkers for guide dogs in training.

Nicola loves to hear from readers, writers and history buffs. Email her or chat with her at the Word Wenches blog, the UK Regency Authors blog, Facebook or on Twitter.

Nicola shared her personal story of real-life romance in the lovely collection, Fall In Love Like a Romance Writer.

MBA: Tell us a little about yourself? Likes and Dislikes?

Hello and thank you very much for inviting me to My Book Addiction and More today! Likes and dislikes… Well, I love animals – I train guide dog puppies in my spare time – wildlife, walking in the
countryside, meals with friends, genealogy, music and travel. I dislike coffee,gardening, even though I have tried hard to enjoy it, and newspapers that give you nothing but bad news stories.

MBA: Can you tell our readers why you chose to write historicals?

I’ve always been totally hooked on history.As a child I would watch costume dramas with my grandmother and I read my waythrough her collection of historical novels when I was barely into my teens. Iwent on to study history at university – twice! – and to work as a tour guide and historian in a seventeenth century house. Writing historicals seemed anatural fit for me.

MBA: How hard was it for an author from the UK to get published
in the US?

When I started writing 15 years ago I think the UK and the US markets were very different from one another and that made it difficult. The sorts of books that were popular in the US were not necessarily
to the taste of UK readers and vice versa. Over the years the two markets have come together more closely and I think that has made it easier. These days there are lots of fabulous US authors published over here, which is great, and there are more opportunities for UK authors in the US. I was the first
Harlequin Mills & Book UK author to be published in the US and I think I was very lucky to be chosen because it paved the way for me to move into writing single titles for the US market at a later date.

 MBA: How did you know who would be the hero/heroine of Notorious?

When I’m writing a series like The Scandalous Women of the Ton the heroes and heroines of my books tend to jump up and identify themselves to me! Right from the start of the series I have had
characters queuing up asking for their own stories. In Whisper of Scandal, the first book in the series, the hero has a rakish young cousin called James Devlin. Dev was handsome, charming and very confident with women. It seemed to me that he needed a strong woman to challenge him and so in Notorious I introduce Susanna to turn Dev’s world upside down.

MBA: How did you chose your setting for “Notorious”? 

With Notorious I wanted to write a book that was set completely in London and draw on all the wonderful sights and sounds of the Regency city. This is actually unusual for me; I often set books in the English countryside or in towns such as Bath because I enjoy exploring all sorts of different settings. It was great to return to London and write about Tattersalls and St Paul’s Cathedral and the River Thames and all the other elements of the capital.

MBA: In your own words can you tell our readers a little about “Notorious”, the
characters, etc?

Notorious is a very hot, sexy and emotional story. Susanna, the heroine, is a match breaker
rather than a matchmaker – she is paid by wealthy parents to prevent their offspring from making unsuitable marriages. She uses every asset at her disposal, beauty, wit and intelligence, and she has never failed yet in a commission. But when Susanna is employed to separate the Marquis of Alton from the penniless sister of a fortune hunter, she discovers that the girl’s brother is none other than the man she walked out on nine years before.

I love writing rakish heroes so I had a lot of fun with Dev. He and Susanna have a very deep
connection but it is not a comfortable attraction. They have both had a very difficult past as well so there are lots of obstacles to overcome for them to reach their happy ending.

MBA: Can you tell our readers what’s next for “The Scandalous Women of The Ton”?

Desired, the fifth book in the series, is out at the end of November. I have a real soft spot for this book! Firstly it features Owen Purchase, a gorgeous American sea captain, as the hero. I totally
adore Owen. He’s a true gentleman and this is a protector story. In some ways Desired is the opposite of Notorious because it’s gentler and the hero and heroine fall in love over time. I enjoyed showing their steps along that path.

MBA:  How many books will there be in the “The Scandalous Women of The Ton?

It’s a six book series with the final book, Forbidden, coming out in June 2012.Forbidden is a classic rags to riches story of a maidservant who inherits both a title and a grand estate and it will feature almost all of the characters from the first six books, bringing them together for a grand finale!

 August  2011
HQN Books
ISBN-10: 0373775830
ISBN-13: 9780373775835


Book 4 in the Scandalous Women      of the Ton series

When the ton’s most notorious heartbreaker…

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 to accomplish her mission of diverting a groom-to-be. Until her final assignment brings her face-to-face with the man who’d once taught her an intimate lesson in heartache….

Meets London’s most disreputable rake

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Thanks to Nicola we are offering 1 signed print copy of “Notorious” to 1 lucky commentor.This  giveaway will run from today August 1, until August 8,2011.




NOTORIOUS by Nicola Cornick is an exciting historical romance set in Regency England. It is book #4 in The Scandalous Women of The Ton,but can be read as a stand alone. See
Book #1“Whisper of Scandal”,Book 2 “One Wicked Sin” and Book 3 ” Mistress By Midnight”.This is
a wonderful series that shows not only strong,wicked,sexy,heros,but also strong,beautiful heroines. Who can stand their ground,hold their own against a tough, determined advisory and come out one of the winners. While James Devlin,cousin to the hero of Whisper of Scandal,is London’s most shocking
rake,he needs respectability,a society heiress,and is bored to near death with his so called fiance. Enter,Lady Carew,Caroline,a mysterious woman of Devlin’s past.This story has everything a romance should.It has sweet sensuality,secrets,romance,love,mystery,a ruin engagement,a notorious match
breaker,who is paid by rich parents to end their loved ones  unsuitable engagements, family,deception,and second chances. This is a fast paced,page turning story that will leave you breathless. Nortorious is a must read and a keeper.This is an awesome story of what a young naive couple who find each other again after nine years of secrets can have a second chance at
true love. I enjoy this author’s work and this one is another keeper. This book was received for the purpose of review from the author,Net Galley and the publisher.Details can be found at HQN.
REVIEWED BY: April Renn