Stella Riley


B.R.A.G. Medallion honoree and Readers' Favorite award-winning author Stella Riley trained as a teacher in London and now lives in Kent. She enjoys theatre, dancing, reading and travel. She is fascinated by the English Civil Wars and has written six books set in that period. She loves the extravagant fashions of the mid-Georgian period, likes men with long hair and her current passion is for Baroque harpsichord music.

The first 5 books of the Rockliffe series (recommended in The Times newspaper!) are also available in audio, narrated by Alex Wyndham. And Rockliffe Book Six - CADENZA - is newly-published.

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Smashwords Interview

What is your e-reading device of choice?
At present, I have a Kindle Paperwhite
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was thirty years old. At the time, I was a teacher and I began my first book [Lucifer's Champion] during a dismal autumn half-term.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Stella Riley online


Set in London during the 1770's, characters and lives intertwine throughout the series.

The Parfit Knight

Price: $4.20 USD.

The M├ęsalliance

Price: $4.90 USD.

The Player

Price: $5.50 USD.

The Wicked Cousin

Price: $5.59 USD.


Price: $5.95 USD.


Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 131,130. Language: British English. Published: November 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
(5.00 from 1 review)
Harpsichord virtuoso Julian Langham's dazzling career ends when deceitful lawyers lure him into making a catastrophic mistake. Each for their own reasons, cousins Arabella and Elizabeth embark on a daring masquerade which will alter the course of several lives - most notably, their own. They don't bargain for the Duke of Rockliffe's omniscience; Julian doesn't anticipate ducal help.
Series: Rockliffe, Book 5. Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 108,910. Language: British English. Published: February 23, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
(5.00 from 1 review)
A cardsharp turned businessman, a duke’s charming brother, a stubborn, razor-edged beauty and a desperate widow. Four players in a game of Hazard … a game in which Fate is rolling the dice.
The Wicked Cousin
Series: Rockliffe, Book 4. Price: $5.59 USD. Words: 110,690. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
(5.00 from 1 review)
Sebastian Audley’s reputation for dare-devilry stretches from Paris to St Petersburg. He knew that living it down in London society – a place with an insatiable appetite for scandal and gossip – would not be easy. What he had not expected was the added complication of Miranda Silvarez; a beautiful former mistress with a dangerous obsession.
Rockliffe Books 1-3
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 284,690. Language: British English. Published: April 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Rockliffe Series Books 1 - 3. The Parfit Knight, The Mesalliance and The Player
Lords of Misrule - Roundheads & Cavaliers Book Four
Series: Roundheads & Cavaliers, Book 5. Price: $5.25 USD. Words: 205,180. Language: British English. Published: May 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
(5.00 from 1 review)
Increasingly disenchanted with life in general and Oliver Cromwell in particular, Eden Maxwell becomes involved in the dramatic events surrounding a small workshop where some of his disabled former troopers have found employment, thanks to the determination of a young widow, Lydia Neville.
The Player
Series: Rockliffe, Book 3. Price: $5.50 USD. Words: 106,750. Language: British English. Published: March 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
(5.00 from 1 review)
Tragedy drove him into unwilling exile. Death demands his equally reluctant return. In the decade between, he has answered to many names and amassed a variety of secrets. Now the secrets must be carefully guarded and the name, at long last, his own.
The King's Falcon
Series: Roundheads & Cavaliers, Book 4. Price: $5.75 USD. Words: 214,690. Language: British English. Published: October 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
War and witchcraft ... plots and playhouses ... love and loyalty. This is the story of the Cavaliers last stand in 1651 and the long, impoverished exile that followed it. Ashley Peverell, known as The Falcon, continues risking his life to save that of the King and gives his heart to a beautiful French actress who he believes can never be his.
Garland of Straw
Series: Roundheads & Cavaliers, Book 3. Price: $4.90 USD. Words: 212,060. Language: British English. Published: November 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
(5.00 from 1 review)
The marriage of a well-bred Royalist lady and an illegitimate Roundhead soldier is less a match made in heaven than a union doomed to hell due to the bitter resentment of both parties. There is passion, intrigue and danger- both personal and political - as England slides into a second Civil War ... and the King is sent to the block.
The Black Madonna
Series: Roundheads & Cavaliers, Book 2. Price: $5.75 USD. Words: 218,030. Language: British English. Published: May 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
(5.00 from 1 review)
An epic saga of love and revenge, in which the English Civil War and the crucial years leading up to it are seen through the eyes of the Maxwell family and also master-goldsmith and money-lender, Luciano Falcieri del Santi … a man with a hidden agenda. From the power-struggle in Parliament to bloody battlefields, The Black Madonna is a historically-detailed story of intrigue and love.
A Splendid Defiance
Series: Roundheads & Cavaliers, Book 1. Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 124,530. Language: British English. Published: December 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
(5.00 from 1 review)
Banbury, 1644. The Cavaliers hold the Castle, the Roundheads want it back and the town is full of Puritans. Consequently, the gulf between Captain Justin Ambrose and Abigail Radford appears unbridgeable. The key to their fate and that of the Castle is defiance. But is it enough? An enchanting story of forbidden love - and also the true account of one English castle during the Civil War.
The Mésalliance
Series: Rockliffe, Book 2. Price: $4.90 USD. Words: 102,630. Language: British English. Published: September 26, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
The Duke of Rockliffe is thirty-six years old, head of his house and responsible for his young sister. He is therefore under some pressure to choose a suitable bride. Unfortunately, due mainly to her dreadful relatives, the only lady he feels at all inclined to share his life with is not suitable at all. But will he choose to make a mésalliance?
The Marigold Chain
Price: $5.60 USD. Words: 105,480. Language: British English. Published: September 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
(5.00 from 1 review)
The Marigold Chain is a richly-woven tapestry of treachery, danger and love set in Restoration England during the year expected to be Doomsday. In January 1666, Charles 11's Court is in exile from plague-stricken London; by the spring, England is at war with the Dutch; and in September, London is devastated by the Great Fire. Amidst all the turmoil, two people find love.
The Parfit Knight
Series: Rockliffe, Book 1. Price: $4.20 USD. Words: 75,570. Language: British English. Published: August 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Blinded by a childhood accident, Rosalind Vernon lives a sheltered existence with only servants and her parrot for company. The arrival of the Marquis of Amberley with his wounded coachman during a blizzard will change her life. But can Amberley overcome the dark secret that haunts him and how will Rosalind feel when it is revealed? The Parfit Knight is a Georgian Romance set in 1770's England.

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