I first started writing in response to the same thought that has probably occurred to nearly everyone at some time or another. You’re reading something dreadful and think ‘I could do better than that.’ So I decided to find out if I actually could write a book … the result being Lucifer’s Champion. Sadly, by the time poor Lucifer was published, it had been through so many incarnations it was neither fish nor fowl – which is why it will never be making a re-appearance in any format.

After Lucifer, I got an agent and wrote The Marigold Chain – my first published work. I should say that the version currently available, is not the 1983 original. It was an early work and changes were needed so I took the opportunity to make them.

Stella Riley

Book List in Order:14 titles


  • Max Brandon is receiving bills for services he never ordered and goods he did not buy. For reasons he can't begin to guess, someone is 'borrowing' his identity to cause him maximum annoyance.When the games move closer to home, almost forcing him to ...


  • The performance finished in a flourish of technical brilliance and the young man rose from the harpsichord to a storm of applause. Julian Langham was poised on the brink of a dazzling career when the lawyers lured him into making a catastrophic mi...


  • ROCKLIFFE SERIES recommended in THE TIMES newspaper by Hilary RoseHazard: a game of Chance and Luck, made riskier when Fate is rolling the dice.For Aristide Delacroix, the first throw summons shades from his past. A man he had met, just once, over a...


  • Sebastian Audley has spent years setting every city in Europe by the ears and keeping the scandal-sheets in profit. Word that he is finally returning to London becomes the hottest topic of the Season and casts numerous young ladies -- many of whom ha...


  • Still tied to his desk in the Intelligence Office, Colonel Eden Maxwell has become increasingly disenchanted with both Oliver Cromwell and his own daily existence; and with the advent of new Royalist conspiracies, he despairs of ever getting away.The...


  • ROCKLIFFE SERIES recommended by Hilary Rose of THE TIMES2018 B.R.A.G. MEDALLION HONOREETragedy 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 se...


  • A tale of war and witchcraft ...plots and playhouses ... love and loyalty.Following his coronation in Scotland, Charles ll leads an army south to reclaim his throne but the dream ends in a crushing defeat at Worcester, leaving no alternative but flig...


  • The marriage of a well-bred Royalist lady and an illegitimate Roundhead Colonel is less a match made in heaven than a union doomed to hell. Unfortunately, Sir Robert Brandon's last will and testament leaves Venetia Clifford and Gabriel Brandon with ...






  • As England slides into Civil War, master-goldsmith and money-lender, Luciano Falcieri del Santi embarks on his own hidden agenda. A chance meeting one dark night results in an unlikely friendship with Member of Parliament, Richard Maxwell. Richard...


  • 2017 B.R.A.G. MEDALLION HONOREEFor two years, England has been in the grip of Civil War. In Banbury, Oxfordshire, the Cavaliers hold the Castle, the Roundheads want it back and the town is full of zealous Puritans. Consequently, the gulf between Cap...


  • ROCKLIFFE SERIES recommended by Hilary Rose of THE TIMESReluctantly, the Duke of Rockliffe is in the market for a wife. His requirements are simple; a lady who will occupy her position with well-bred grace and chaperone his sister, Nell – but who ...


  • When the Marquis of Amberley's coach is waylaid by highwaymen and his coachman shot, he is forced to take shelter at the first house he finds.Oakleigh Manor is the home of Rosalind Vernon who lives alone but for her devoted servants and an ill-manner...


  • England 1666; the year all the prophecies said the world would end. For Chloe Hervaux, marriage to wild, unpredictable Alex Deveril offers escape from a home she hates. For Alex, waking up with an epic hangover, the discovery that he has acquired a ...