Category Archives: Nicola’s Books

Long Ago, Far Away

From my earliest years as a reader, the Tudor era always fascinated me. I still treasure the golden box set of books about The Wives of Henry VIII that my grandmother left to me. It sits on a shelf alongside Murder Most Royal by Jean Plaidy and Brief Gaudy Hour by Margaret Campbell Barnes. I don’t … Continue reading Long Ago, Far Away

The Real Lady Susan Vernon

There is a new film called Love and Friendship starring Kate Beckinsale, which brings Jane’s Austen’s novella Lady Susan to our screens. But who was the real Lady Susan on whom the story is based? Read my piece on the UK Regency Authors Blog to hear about “The Cruel Mrs C” another member of the … Continue reading The Real Lady Susan Vernon

London Hero

I feel very fortunate to have been invited to take part in the Goldsboro Books Romance in the Court event this Thursday 26th May in London. It’s particularly special as my latest book, House of Shadows, features a man who was famous in his time for being a London hero. William Craven may not have … Continue reading London Hero

The Stuart Passion for Secret Marriages

The House of Stuart seem to have been particularly prone to making secret marriages, but they were hardly the first royals to do so. Catherine of Valois, the French Princess who married the famous warrior king Henry V of England chose as her second husband Owen Tudor, a Welsh squire whom she allegedly met when … Continue reading The Stuart Passion for Secret Marriages

The Lure of the Timeslip Novel

I’ve been a fan of timeslip novels all my reading life. There are the old favourites from when I was growing up: A Traveller in Time by Alison Uttley, Astercote by Penelope Lively, and later Green Darkness and The House on the Strand. When I discovered Ferney by James Long I was blown away. These … Continue reading The Lure of the Timeslip Novel

Hearts and Flowers for my Readers

The first thing I would like to say is a huge thank you to everyone who has bought, reviewed, tweeted, commented on or emailed me about House of Shadows and given me so much support and encouragement with this, my debut historical romantic mystery. It’s been a very exciting and emotional time for me and … Continue reading Hearts and Flowers for my Readers

Of Cursed Pearls

The mirror and the pearl that feature in House of Shadows are imaginary historical artefacts but like so many aspects of the book they are inspired by historical fact. The idea of the pearl came from the Craven portrait collection on display at Ashdown House. This features a number of 17th century paintings that Elizabeth … Continue reading Of Cursed Pearls