#MusicMonday with Vanessa Riley


Top 5 songs to shake you from sadness and restore your smile

by Vanessa Riley

Times are rough sometimes. Anxiety surrounds us. Even an author of happy-ever-after stories is not immune. I feel music can help mind, body and spirit renew. So here are my top five songs which are guaranteed to shake off bittersweet moods.

“Mickey” by Toni Basil


“How Will I Know” by Whitney Houston



Beautiful Day by Jamie Grace


I Say a Little Prayer by Aretha Franklin


“Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” by Wham!

What songs are your mood lifting songs? Let Vanessa know in the comments or find us on Twitter to chat.


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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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