My Guest, Mr. Cornick!

Mr. DiPasqua:  Do you have your dancing shoes on?  My A MIDNIGHT DANCE Blog Party continues!  Lila, the alpha male in me seriously loves being in total command of your blog.  I may not relinquish it. (She’s so cute when she furrows her brow like that and vehemently shakes her head at me.)

Folks, this is an extra special day!  Not only do we have another great RH with us, but the official countdown is on! Only TEN days to go before the release of my lovely and talented wife’s next installment in the Fiery Tales series: A MIDNIGHT DANCE!  Who doesn’t love Cinderella?  I hope you’ll check out this sensual and romantic retelling. 

Everyone, please help me give a warm welcome to today’s wonderful guest–fellow RH, Mr. Cornick!

Mr. Cornick: Thank you very much for inviting me to the A Midnight Dance Blog Party!

Mr. DiPasqua: It’s my pleasure to have you here! Can you tell us who you’re married to and what she writes?

Mr. Cornick: I’m married to Nicola Cornick and she writes historical romance set in the Regency period.

Mr. DiPasqua:  Your wife’s fans would like to know more about the RH (Romance Husband) behind the author. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Scholar? Athlete? Businessman? Artist?

Mr. Cornick: I used to work in business and now I work as a therapist. In my spare time I enjoy photography and natural history. And I have become accustomed to being addressed as “Mr Nicola” when I attend RWA conferences!

Mr. DiPasqua:  Where did you and your wife meet? What convinced you that she was “the one”?

Mr. Cornick: We were at university together and first met at a party where I had taken another girl (sore point!). It was a pancake party and Nicola was the only person who could toss a pancake perfectly. That impressed me.

I knew she was THE ONE when at another party (that was university – all parties and no work!) everyone else went on to the movies and Nicola and I chose not to “go with the crowd” and sat up all night talking before watching the sun rise over London.

Mr. DiPasqua:  I like that!  Very romantic.  Where were you when she got THE CALL from her agent/editor? What was your reaction when she told you she’d sold her first book?

Mr. Cornick:  I remember lots of calls! Early on there were several variations of “don’t call us, we’ll call you” before the Big One. Nicola never gave up on getting published and I admired her for that so I was very happy for her when it finally happened.

The event I most remember is seeing the book in the bookstore for the first time and being incredibly proud of what Nicola had achieved.

Mr. DiPasqua:  I’ve got to say, that is a wonderful, proud-filled moment.  Now, then, is the hero in your wife’s last book:
a. Just like you;
b. The opposite of you;
c. You wish it were you;
d. More like Mr. May in the NYC Firefighter calendar.

Mr. Cornick: a) and d) because I was Mr. May – albeit in January 1990!

Mr. DiPasqua:  On your first date with your wife, were you most like:
a. Prince Charming;
b. Prince (bad boy) Harry;
c. The Artist formally known as Prince;
d. Prince, the family pet.

Mr. Cornick: I think I probably aspired to be a) but ended up being d). Fortunately whatever I did was at least good enough to get another date.

Mr. DiPasqua:  Nowadays when you hear the word “ball” do you immediately think:
a. Baseball
b. Basketball
c. An uncontrollable weeping reaction of fans upon meeting your wife in person?
d. A gathering of lords and ladies.

Mr. Cornick: Well, being British I would have to add e) Cricket Ball! Cricket has been a lifelong passion of mine. C) doesn’t happen in the UK because we are all so British. A brisk handshake and a “how do you do” counts for an effusive greeting from fans and that is absolutely fine because we are all comfortable with that. I’ve been to a few of d) but would generally keep well away – dancing is not my strong suit!

Mr. DiPasqua: Well, you’re doing great at this dance, Mr. Cornick.  How long have you been a RH? (Romance Husband). What advice would you give new RH’s about what you’ve learned being married to a romance author? What should a new RH do or not do when his wife is under deadline?

Mr. Cornick: Uhm, tough question! I’ve been a romance husband a long, long time. My advice to new RHs – First KNOW EXACTLY when the deadline is and plan accordingly. Buy in extra wine to get the creative juices running and hoard food. Don’t speak, just do, and most important NEVER EVER ask “so dear, how’s it going”? Finally enjoy seeing your Romance Wife in the limelight. I’m incredibly proud of Nicola and love seeing her in the spotlight. …. Oh and buy lots of easy-carry luggage!

Mr. DiPasqua: Okay, you know I have to go there . . . What’s your response when asked, “So where does your wife get the inspiration for her love scenes?” (Usually by a guy smirking.)

Mr. Cornick: As I am a therapist I assume a quizzical expression and a special therapist’s voice and ask: “Tell me why you feel the need to ask questions about sexual performance.” They usually back off pretty quickly after that.

Mr. DiPasqua: Ha! I love that!  Which character in your wife’s books would she say most resembles you and/or your personality?

Mr. Cornick: Definitely Prince the loyal, slightly dim but rather aristocratic family dog!

Mr. DiPasqua:  LOL. Tell me something about your wife her fans would be surprised to learn.

Mr. Cornick: Nicola is a professionally trained singer. In her youth she traveled the world as a member of a prize-winning choir.

Mr. DiPasqua:  You’ve been a great sport, Mr. Cornick.  One last question: What would you like us to know about your wife’s latest or upcoming release?

Mr. Cornick: Nicola Cornick’s upcoming release is called Notorious, it’s on sale from 26th July and it features a heroine who breaks hearts for a living. My cover quote would be: “It’s great, she’s great, buy a copy now – the author’s husband.”

Mr. DiPasqua: Hey, that’s a great idea, Mr. Cornick!  They SHOULD start asking husbands for cover quotes.  How many of you out there agree?  :)  Folks, check out this great giveaway!

GIVEAWAY:  A copy of Notorious!  Giveaway open WORLDWIDE!

To win you must:

1. Ask a question or leave a meaningful comment below—We’re men. We can take it. So fire away! :) Remember: the more you comment, the greater your chances at winning the GRAND PRIZE.

2. You MUST be a follower/subscriber of Lila DiPasqua’s blog (through Google Friend Connect).

3. Must be at least 18 years of age.

4. Winner will be selected at random on SUNDAY.

Ways to increase your odds at winning are found at the very bottom of this blog.

Mr. DiPasqua:  Thank you for being here, Mr. Cornick!  It was great fun talking to you.

Everyone, we’ll be taking a break from the A MIDNIGHT DANCE Blog Party tomorrow (Saturday) but I’ll be here Sunday to announce this week’s winners!!   Make sure to join us Monday for another week filled with more entertaining RHs!  And more GIVEAWAYS!

Now, let’s hear your comments or questions!  :)