Author #Top5 with Vanessa Riley


Five shows I cannot watch while writing.


When I slip into my Regency world of 1819, I need to be focused, laser-focused. There are five shows that I cannot, not, not, not watch if I expect to get work done.

1. This is us.

I need to cry about my hero’s or heroine’s problems not Randal’s or Kate’s.

2. Star Wars

Unless my hero is about to go to war against Napoleon, I shouldn’t watch anything with light sabers.

3. Empire

While I love family drama, Cookie Lyon’s feisty, kick-but manner is too absorbing for me to concentrate. And her fashion is to die for. Definitely, can’t write an impoverished heroine with her on my screen.

4. Outlander

Their love is so intense, my eyes are glued to screen. Very hard to write like that.

5. Remington Steele

This is my personal treat show. Remington is dreamy and mysterious. Laura is business savvy and smart. Reminds me a little of Ewan and Theodosia. Remington Steel is my reward for finishing a book, which won’t happen if I watch the show.


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Widow Theodosia Cecil needs a husband to help protect her son. The former flower seller turned estate owner posts an ad in the newspaper, and no one is more surprised than she when her first love, the man she thought dead, reappears.

Ewan Fitzwilliam has been at war for six years. Now, the second son of a powerful earl is back but his beloved Theo needs a husband and will not consider him. She believes Ewan left her—in desperate straits—so she denies the feelings she still harbors for the handsome, scarred soldier. Theo and playwright Ewan must overcome bitter lies and vengeful actions that ruined their youthful affair. Theo must reveal her deepest secret in order to reclaim the love that has long been denied.






Award winning, Amazon Bestselling author, Vanessa Riley, worked as an engineer before allowing her passion for historical romance to shine. A Regency era (early 1800s) and Jane Austen enthusiast, she brings the flavor of diverse, eclectic peoples to her stories. The author of Madeline’s Protector, Swept Away, Unmasked Heart, The Bargain, and Unveiling Love, she has won the Beacon Award, the Colorado Award of Excellence, and placed in the International Digital Awards for her Regency romances. Vanessa Riley is a historical buff who has spent many years researching Regency society. During her undergraduate studies at Penn State, she gained a love of Western Civilization and took as many classes as she could while pursuing Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering. Her love of history has given her a passion for conducting precise research in architecture, customs, and rituals of the times. She lives in Atlanta with her career military husband and precocious child. You can catch her writing from the comfort of her southern porch with a cup of Earl Grey tea.



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