I have this reputation for being really organised. Normally, I am. But when it came
sorting out my blog party, something went wrong… in that I forgot to start talking to people early enough. When I’m on deadline, I live in this little bubble and I only know what day it is according to what’s happening first thing in the morning – Monday is piano lesson, Tuesday is guitar lesson and Madam’s swimming lesson, Wednesday is son’s violin, Thursday is veg box day, etc. So three things didn’t occur to me: it's conference season (both the RWA and the RNA). I'm not the only author with a tight deadline. It's holiday season.
So when I asked my next guest if she wanted to be one of my guest bloggers, she said yes, she’d love to, but there was a teensy problem - but she didn't have time to write me a blog piece, because she was packing and just about to go on holiday. (I’ll tell you where when it gets to the giveaway.) But she did say, ‘I’d love to give away a copy of my new book, Lord of Scandal, and I hope you all have a great time.’
So, Nicola Cornick. I first met her at… um… an M&B party. I always seem to end up chatting to the historical authors – probably because of my local history stuff – and Nicola was no exception. We also have other things in common: dogs (she goes a bit further than me as she does a lot to help the Guide Dogs), a love of National Trust properties (again, she’s a superstar and volunteers at Ashdown House – which has its own blog, thanks to her, and I recommend a visit), music and gorgeous men. I also got to know her well while reading stuff for the RNA New Writers’ Scheme – when I’d get these little emails from her: ‘I know you’re on deadline, but this MS is right up your street… and it’s only a partial…’
I love Nicola's books. She's one of these writers whose books have great characterisation, excellent dialogue, a cracking pace – and she's also meticulous in researching the history (without the research showing in huge wodges). And when I read a book set in a period (or a place) I know well, if it’s one of Nicola's I know it will never disappoint me by being inaccurate.
GIVEAWAY: I’m delighted to be able to offer a signed copy of Nicola Cornick’s new book for HQN, Lord of Scandal. Nicola’s asked me to choose a winner (so I’ll try to get my dog to co-operate and pick someone, this time) and she’ll send it as soon as she gets back.
GIVEAWAY QUESTION: When I asked Nicola where she was off to, I went really, really green at the answer: ‘The Arctic. We fly to Spitsbergen and then cruise around the island on a history/natural history tour.’ So the question is – where would you really like to visit and why?