Niki Burnham

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Nicole Burnham is the author of several romance novels and books for teens. She writes romances under the name Nicole Burnham and young adult novels under the name Niki Burnham.


Nicole Burnham is originally from Colorado, but was born in Key West, Florida, while her father was briefly stationed there with the military. She graduated from Mannheim American High School in 1988, then obtained her B.A. in political science magna cum laude in 1991 from Colorado State University, where she was Phi Beta Kappa. She went on to earn both an M.A. in political science from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1994. She clerked for a federal magistrate in Colorado and practiced law in St. Louis, Missouri before turning to writing full-time. While at Michigan Law School Burnham was in the same section as Cynthia Leitich Smith, Eric Lefkofsky, and Pat DeWine.[1]

Burnham was a double finalist for the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart in 2000. One of those two finalist manuscripts was Going to the Castle, which went on to become her first published novel the following year. She won the 2004 RITA in the Best Short Contemporary Series category for The Knight's Kiss, her third published novel. She was a RITA finalist again in 2005 for The Bowen Bride and in 2015 for Slow Tango With a Prince.

Burnham is a member of the Romance Writers of America and served on the Board of Directors for four years, first as Region One Director, then as the PAN Liaison.

An Army brat, Burnham has lived in eight U.S. states as well as in Germany. She currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts. She is an avid baseball fan and maintains a blog called The Go-Ahead in which she frequently discusses her two favorite teams, the Boston Red Sox and the Colorado Rockies. She appeared on Jeopardy! in July 2000, losing to eventual Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions runner-up Tad Carithers.

List of works[edit]

Romance novels - Nicole Burnham[edit]

The Royal Scandals series[edit]

  1. Christmas With a Prince (prequel novella) - November 2013
  2. Scandal With a Prince - November 2013
  3. Honeymoon With a Prince - December 2013
  4. Christmas on the Royal Yacht (novella) - October 2014
  5. Slow Tango With a Prince - June 2014
  6. The Royal Bastard - June 2015
  7. Christmas With a Palace Thief (novella) - October 2015
  8. The Wicked Prince - August 2016

These romances follow the Barrali royal family of the fictional island nation of Sarcaccia. The books are set in various locations around the world.

The San Rimini series[edit]

  1. Going to the Castle (Silhouette Romance) - December 2001
  2. The Prince's Tutor (Silhouette Romance) - January 2003
  3. The Knight's Kiss (Silhouette Romance) - May 2003
  4. Falling for Prince Federico (Silhouette Romance) - August 2004

These romances follow four royal siblings in the fictional Italian-speaking country of San Rimini.

Other romance fiction[edit]

  • One Bachelor to Go (Silhouette Romance) - February 2004
  • The Bowen Bride (Silhouette Romance) - November 2004

Young adult novels - Niki Burnham[edit]

The Valerie Winslow series[edit]

This series of romantic comedies centers on high school sophomore Valerie Winslow, whose parents are getting a divorce because her mother has fallen in love with another woman. Valerie's father works as the chief of protocol in a very conservative White House. Since his divorce is taking place during an election year, he is offered a temporary job with the royal family of fictional Schwerinborg, a German-speaking nation in western Europe, to keep any tinge of scandal from the President, who is up for re-election. Valerie must choose whether to live with her mother and her mother's new girlfriend across town (which means attending a new high school), or move to Europe with her father. Valerie opts to go to Europe, where she ends up falling for the royal family's teenage son, Prince Georg.


Other young adult fiction[edit]

Honors and awards[edit]


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