Nicola Cornick

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Nicola Cornick
Born Yorkshire, England, UK
Pen name Nicola Cornick
Occupation Novelist and historian
Nationality British
Alma mater Gateways High School Leeds
Period 1998–Present
Genre historical romance

Nicola Cornick (b. Yorkshire, England) is a British writer of historical romance novels and timeslip mysteries. She is also a historian specialising in public history.

Her works are recognised for their historical research and well-observed characterisation. Her books have been translated into over 40 languages and she has won a number of awards. She also works as a consultant for TV and radio, and as a volunteer guide and historian at Ashdown House, a 17th-century National Trust hunting lodge in Oxfordshire.

Nicola Cornick is the Chair of the Romantic Novelists' Association[1] She runs writing courses and gives talks on the history of Ashdown House and on other history and writing-related topics.


Nicola Cornick obtained an honours degree in Medieval History from London University. She worked for many years in university administration, becoming Assistant Academic Registrar and Operations Manager at Cranfield University. She returned to college in Oxford, to study at Ruskin College.[2] gaining a Master's degree with distinction in Public History.

She published her first novel in 1998 for Mills & Boon (reedited as Harlequin Enterprises in USA). Since then she has specialized in romances set in the British Regency. In 2006 she moved to HQN Books in the USA and published longer historical romances with settings ranging from 19th century Scotland to the Arctic. In 2014 she signed with Harper Collins to write multiple time period historical mysteries, the first of which, House of Shadows, was published by Harper Collins HQ in 2015 and the second, The Phantom Tree, in 2016.


Nicola Cornick's books have been shortlisted for a number of awards including the Romance Writers of America RITA Awards and have won the Reader's Choice Award, the Laurel Wreath and the LORIES. She has been Wiltshire Libraries Writer in Residence and has spoken at the Oxford Literary Festival on the history and development of the romance novel.

She lives in Oxfordshire, England.


The information below comes from Fantasticfiction[3] and Nicola Cornick's own website.[4]

Traditional Regencies[edit]

  1. True Colours (1998)
  2. The Virtuous Cyprian (1998)
  3. The Larkswood Legacy (1999)
  4. Lady Polly (1999)
  5. Miss Verey's Proposal (2000)
  6. Lady Allerton's Wager (2000)
  7. The Notorious Marriage (2002)
  8. The Earl's Prize (2002)
  9. The Chaperon Bride (2003)
  10. Wayward Widow (2003)
  • The Blanchland Secret (2000)
  • The Penniless Bride (2003)
  • Lord Greville's Captive (2006)
  • The Last Rake in London (2008)
  • Kidnapped (2009)

Blue Stocking Brides Series[edit]

  1. The Notorious Lord (2004)
  2. One Night of Scandal (2004)
  3. The Rake's Mistress (2004)

Regency Historicals[edit]

  • Deceived (2006)
  • Lord of Scandal (2007)
  • Unmasked (2008)

The Brides of Fortune Series[edit]

  1. The Secrets of a Courtesan (2009)
  2. The Confessions of a Duchess (2009)
  3. The Scandals of An Innocent (2009)
  4. The Undoing of a Lady (2009)

Scandalous Women of the Ton Series[edit]

  1. Whisper of Scandal (2010)
  2. One Wicked Sin (2010)
  3. Mistress by Midnight (2010)
  4. Notorious (2011)
  5. Desired (2011)
  6. Forbidden (2012)

The Scottish Brides[edit]

  1. The Lady and the Laird (2013)
  2. One night with the Laird (2013)
  3. Claimed by the Laird (2014)

Multi Period Historical[edit]

  1. House of Shadows (2015)
  2. The Phantom Tree (2016)


Steepwood Scandal Series Multi-Author[edit]

4. A Companion of Quality (2001)
14. An Unlikely Suitor (2002)

Anthologies in collaboration[edit]

  • "The Rake's Bride" in Regency Brides (2002) (with Anne Gracie and Gayle Wilson)
  • "The Season for Suitors" in Christmas Keepsakes (2005) (with Mary Balogh and Julia Justiss)
  • "The Fortune Hunter· in A Regency Invitation (2005) (with Joanna Maitland and Elizabeth Rolls)
  • "The Pirate's Kiss" in Regency Christmas Weddings (2007) (with Miranda Jarrett and Margaret McPhee)
  • "The Unmasking of Lady Loveless" in Together by Christmas (2009) (with Louise Allen and Catherine George)
  • "The Elopement" in Love Me, Loves Me Not" (2010) (with several authors)
  • "On a Wicked Winter's Night in Mischief and Mistletoe (2012) (with several authors)
  • "The Marriage Bargain in Truly, Madly, Deeply (2014) (with several authors)

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