Vanessa Riley writes Regency and Historical Romances of "dazzling multi-culture communities with powerful persons of color." Her books often feature Christian themes.

Vanessa holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering and a master’s in industrial engineering and engineering management from Stanford University and worked as an engineer before allowing her passion for historical romance to shine. She has been a radio anchorwoman and church announcer. She is on the board of Christian Book Lovers Retreat where readers escape for a weekend of faith and connection to the Christian author community.

Book List in Order: 22 titles


  • “Richly detailed, vividly depicted, and sweeping in scope, Island Queen is historical fiction at its absolute finest. A stunning must-read!”—Chanel Cleeton, New York Times bestselling author of The Most Beautiful Girl in CubaA remar...



  • Masterminded by the ton's most clever countess, the secret society The Widow's Grace helps ill-treated widows regain their reputations, their families, and even find true love again--or perhaps for the very first time... Surviving a shipwr...



  • Created by a shrewd countess, The Widow’s Grace is a secret society with a mission: to help ill-treated widows regain their status, their families, and even find true love again -- or perhaps for the very first time . . . When headstrong West...



  • Ruth Croome, a Blackamoor heiress, was supposed to get married in a gorgeous wedding gown, made from her father’s exquisite fabrics. Instead, they eloped to Gretna Green and upon returning, their carriage was beset by highwaymen and she witnessed t...



  • Watch out what you wish for... For three couples, a letter promising an anonymous gift of wealth offers worldly success and dreams come true, provided each pair can learn not only to work together, but also to see differences as strengths. A is...



  • 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...




  • A friend''s newspaper advertisement for a groom nets the most famous actor in London, Arthur Bex. Shy heiress Ester Croome proposes to elope with the handsome man, who she''s secretly loved for two years, in order to escape an impending engagement ar...



  • 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 Fitzwill...







  • What if superheroes were mortals who lived and loved during the Regency? The Heart of a Hero Series tells all. The military leaders of the fraught Almeida Siege are dying, but not fast enough for a chef with a grudge to bear and axes to sharpen. Usin...



  • Winning in the courts, vanquishing England's foes on the battlefield, Barrington Norton has used these winner-take-all rules to script his life, but is London's most distinguished mulatto barrister prepared to win the ultimate fight, restoring his wi...



  • Barrington Norton has always despised lies and has formed his life upon a foundation of truth. Yet, discovering the truth of Amora's past sends him to the breaking point. How can he ever make amends for not believing her? Will she ever love him as sh...



  • Barrington Norton has always made the right decisions but desperation, lies, and unexpected truths make things go terribly wrong. Can London's top mulatto barrister save Amora, himself, and their loved ones from ruin? Amora Norton has come to terms w...



  • Amora Norton needs to make all the victims of the Dark Walk Abductor truth-tellers, and she will risk all, her health and her heart, to see justice. She now understands she'll never have peace until everything is made known. Yet, will she survive dis...



  • Winning in the courts, vanquishing England's foes on the battlefield, Barrington Norton has used these winner-take-all rules to script his life, but is London's most distinguished mulatto barrister prepared to win the ultimate fight, restoring his wi...



  • Precious Jewell has lived a life filled with disappointments, and it has caused her to wrestle with her beliefs. Port Elizabeth was meant to be a new beginning, not another chance to dance with death. With her eyes clouded in confusion, how can she p...



  • Time is running out for Port Elizabeth. A missing chief and his daughter, tensions among frightened colonists, and the trembling of a difficult labor threaten to break the fragile bonds of its survival. Precious Jewell will do what is right to protec...



  • The vastness of the cresting ocean isn't enough to drown Precious Jewell's high spirits or her dreams of doing for herself, but a false move and an old nightmare have placed her in more jeopardy, Lord Welling's bedchamber. Captaining his schooner to ...



  • Shy, nearsighted caregiver, Gaia Telfair always wondered why her father treated her a little differently than her siblings, but she never guessed she couldn't claim his love because of a family secret, her illicit birth. With everything she knows to ...







  • Coming to London has given Precious Jewell a taste of freedom, and she will do anything, bear anything, to keep it. Defying her master is at the top of her mind, and she won’t let his unnerving charm sway her. Yet, will her restored courage lead he...




  • If all the young men of England leapt off a cliff, Madeline St. James wouldn't care. Then she'd have peace. Her nightmares of courtship would end,and she'd cozy up with a Psalm in her aunt's quiet sculpture garden. Yet, a chance meeting and a bullet ...


Complete Series List in Order

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1) The Bittersweet Bride (Jan-2018)
2) The Bashful Bride (May-2018)
3) The Butterfly Bride (Oct-2018)
4) The Bewildered Bride (Aug-2019)

Challenge of the Soul

1) Swept Away (Oct-2014)
2) Unmasked Heart (Jun-2015)
3) Unveiling Love (Jan-2016)
3.1) Unveiled Love: Episode I (Apr-2016)
3.2) Unveiling Love: Episode II (Apr-2016)
3.3) Unveiling Love: Episode III (Apr-2016)
3.4) Unveiling Love: Episode IV (Apr-2016)
4) No Hiding for the Guilty (Oct-2017)

Rogues and Remarkable Women

1) A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby (Jul-2020)
2) An Earl, the Girl, and a Toddler (May-2021)

Multi-Author Series List

The Heart of a Hero

No Hiding for the Guilty (Oct-2017)