#MusicMonday with Vanessa Riley


For this Music Monday, I recount the songs that went through my head when writing The Butterfly Bride.


  1. Aretha Franklin’s “I Say A Little Prayer”


Frederica Burghley wakes up with her dear friend, Jasper Fitzwilliam, Lord Hartwell. I am thinking she said a little prayer that they weren’t discovered.






Frederica and Jasper’s first kiss was bad, a pasty dry kiss.




  1. Adele’s “Make You Feel my Love”

Frederica is drawn to Jasper, but they are just supposed to be friends. No sense in wanting  a love that can’t be had.





  1. The Supremes’ “Baby Love”


Jasper wants Frederica, but he’s stuck holding onto the promises of the past. He thinks he can’t love her as she needs. And Frederica wants and deserves everything.




  1. Beyonce’s “At Last”

When Frederica and Jasper finally stop flirting and own up to their feelings for each other.





  1. Boyz II Men’s “I’ll Make Love To You”

Two friends became more than friends.  Frederica and Jasper were finally were in sync.





Don’t miss The Butterfly Bride by Vanessa Riley, out now.



Frederica Burghley wants to be married by Yuletide. Or else her father will set her up with one of his friends. The bonbon-loving illegitimate daughter of the duke wants to choose her own husband. Advertising in the newspaper seems like the way to go. But a sinister response, with threats against her life, leads her to enlist the help of her very handsome, dear friend Jasper Fitzwilliam, Lord Hartwell.

A father and widower, Jasper is not only tasked with keeping Frederica safe but also with helping his vibrant friend choose a suitable husband. The more he tries to keep the ever-surprising woman alive and find her a good match, the more Jasper realizes he cares for her. The two friends risk their lives for each other, so they should be able to risk their feelings for a chance at a deep and true love together. But he’s not looking for marriage and she’s not looking for convenience.









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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