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Dressing-up at HRR 2018

A lot of the fun at Historical Romance Retreat is dressing in period costumes for the various events.  Here are a few examples.

First of all, High Tea in the Parisian Ballroom …

Stella’s Historical Hussies Team Photo!  From left to right:-  Angelina, Beth, Carol, Me, Wendy, Jacquie, Luciana … and, of course, Terry!

Next, the Speakeasy … everybody Charlestoned the night away – until the raid! I’m here with Wendy Loveridge and Jacquie Tobin.

I wore my copy of the Parfit Knight cover gown several times – here it is on Gambling Night  – I’m with Beau Brummell

And at the Great Book Event …

And finally, the Grand Masquerade Ball – escorted by a mysterious redcoat!

And with new friends, May and Jim McGoldrick

My mask by Sogno Veneziano of Venice; the Parfit Knight dress and the ballgown, by Carrie Wilson of Sew Not History.

Historical Romance Retreat 2018

A word of explanation for those of you who follow me here on the website and don’t know what HRR is.
It’s a place where readers and writers can meet, mix and step back in time by dressing in period costume; it’s taking place over five days at the Mission Inn, Riverside, California – and it starts on September 12th.

 

If any of you can make it to the Great Book Event on the afternoon of the 15th, it would be a pleasure to meet you.  I’ll be there (dressed to kill!) along with many other wonderful authors who will be equally happy to see you.

 

The Rockliffe series was recommended in THE TIMES!

Yes – really!
Here is what Hilary Rose had to say:-

Are you a Georgette Heyer fan? Are you sad that she’s unlikely to write another Regency romance, on account of her having died in 1974? Well, I have exciting news: Stella Riley’s The Parfit Knight; honestly, it’s as good as Georgette. I read all five books in the series back to back on the way to work and loved them all. I finished the last one while actually walking over London Bridge, because I couldn’t put it down. Read it now. Thank me later.


Wow! I certainly never expected this!

3 in a row! It’s a hat-trick!

This has already been an incredible week with awards for
The Marigold Chain and The Mesalliance audio.
But now, to complete the hat-trick (and in addition to its 5 star  Readers’ Favorite!)  THE  PARFIT  KNIGHT has earned a B.R.A.G. Medallion
B.R.A.G. Reviewer’s comment …

‘I’ve found a new favorite author! I really enjoyed this book. I loved Amberley and Rosalind. I also enjoyed seeing how the characters grew over the course of the book – especially Philip. I plan to read the rest of the series.’

Another B.R.A.G. Medallion!

I’m delighted to announce that THE  MARIGOLD  CHAIN
has been awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion.

B.R.A.G. stands for Book Readers Appreciation Group and of the titles submitted to it for consideration, only 20-25% achieve a medallion.  The Marigold Chain now joins  A Splendid Defiance in gaining this honour.

“A very enjoyable read. The writer has a talent that makes even a complicated historical story with many characters smooth reading. I definitely recommend this book and look forward to more from this author.”

 

A Readers’ Favorite Award for THE PLAYER!

THE PLAYER (Rockliffe #3)
has earned a 5 star Readers’ Favourite Award.

“An incredible, page turning historical romance, The Player held me captive until I had finished the last page. I found it difficult to put down; and when I did, it called me to go back to the stage set by Stella Riley and wait for the curtain to rise.”

Available as ebook and paperback from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Smashwords.  Also in audio from Amazon and Audible.

GENTLEMAN’S PISTOLS

A cased pair of gentleman’s percussion pistols by S. W. Berry of Woodbridge – circa 1845 and all completely original.  Everything a gentleman would need; percussion caps, powder flask, mould for making lead shot … and none of it ever used.

Even the label inside the lid of the case is original  and apparently this is rare.  We know it’s original because it is embossed – copies are not.


The amount of detail in the engraving is incredible. Pretty things, aren’t they?

After my two 17th century swords – one cavalry and one naval – pistols seemed a logical step. For those who don’t recall the swords, here they are.