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  1. Just received my paperback copy if Midwinter Magic. The cover us even more beautiful than the tiny picture on Amazon! Where do you find such lovely paintings? So much better than the covers of so many contemporary novels. Although i loved listening to the audio version, i can’t wait to read the print version and enjoy jt all over again! Each has its own advantages and gives one a slightly different experience….but still much pleasure and a enjoyment!
    Happy writing!

    1. Glad you like the cover, Jane – it’s fun, isn’t it? This particular picture is one of a series painted by Federico Andreotti of what appears to be the same (or very similar) group of people at various social events. They’re all very colourful and give the impression of everyone having a good time – which is what I like about them.

      1. Thanks for the information on the cover painting. Yes it is fun and looks as if it was done just for the story. What a wonderful choice!

      2. Hi, I love your books. Best mix of romance and history. Being from Ireland we don’t learn about the English civil war here. I have been trying to get my hands on a copy of Lucifer’s Champion. I am also a major Georgette Heyer fan but I would love to read your novel. Why is it not available on Kindle? I have checked online and I can’t get the book itself anywhere. Thanks, Sonja Kennedy

        1. Hi Sonja. The reason you can’t get hold of Lucifer’s Champion is that I’ve never re-released it and I never will. It was my first attempt at writing and it shows – so I’ve chosen to let it die quietly. There may possibly be one or two very old, used copies lurking around but I honestly advise you not to waste your money.

  2. Just finished listening to Midwinter Magic and Alex Wyndhams amazing reading if it. I treated myself to both the audio and the paperback versions
    for the holidays. And what a perfectly splendid gift it was! Thank you so much for a truly wonderful story and the two charming romances within it.
    I absolutely adore all your characters. .And what a great resolution to Rosalind’s blindness…i wanted to cheer and cry at the same time! The best Christmas gift she and her family could have gotten! And with all her friends there to share the joy, too. I shall miss Rock &Co, but i do have all the paperbacks so i can visit them whenever i wish! Perhaps sometime in the future you will relent and write another story about them? (one can always hope….)
    While i am sorry to see the series end, you could not have found a better way to do it(except making it longer! 🙂
    I can’t wait for the next one in the new series you are writing to come out.
    If i could make a wish it would be that you could write faster and have your books available at least every six months! That not being reality, i’ll take what i can get.
    All the best for the New Year!

    1. So pleased you enjoyed it, Jane. Thank you for your lovely comments. If you could put them into a review on Audible, that would be terrific and very much appreciated.
      Adam Brandon’s story – Under a Dark Moon – is almost completely written and I’ve begun the lengthy editing/correcting/changing my mind phase that has to be done before it will be ready for release. Watch this space/
      A very Happy (and safe) New Year to you and yours.

      1. Already done!
        Can’t wait to read Under a Dark Moon!
        Thank you for so much pleasure!

  3. I have just this very minute finished Midwinter Magic. I hate to see the series come to an end, but I could not have asked for a better ending. Thank you for the early Christmas present!

  4. Hi Stella, I have just bought the paperback of Midwinter Magic and am very much looking forward to reading it – I love all your books and have collected them all. It’s great to have them out in paperback, not just audio, as I find paper books so much more satisfying to read. I see the novella is, sadly, the last of the Rockliffe series. But I wondered if you were going on with the Brandon Brothers series – I am keen to learn the fate of the two younger brothers, both brilliant characters. With best wishes, and Happy Christmas, Polly

    1. Thank you for your kind comments, Polly and I hope you enjoy Midwinter. Sadly, the Rockliffe series had to end at some point – but I daresay some of the characters may re-appear from time to time. Two, in fact, have a part to play in Brandon 2 – Under A Dark Moon. This is Adam’s story and, though it has taken much longer than I anticipated, is now almost completely written – if not edited and all the other things one does to make a book publishable. All being well, it should be out sometime in the early part of 2021.

      1. That’s great – very many thanks Stella. I will look forward to Adam’s adventures next year! Polly

  5. I came across your books quite by accident recently. Someone on Goodreads happened to mention your name in a review and, after Googling you on a whim, I decided to buy “The Parfit Knight.” I’m so glad I did! I’ve delved into the historical romance genre in the past year and haven’t really been satisfied with the books I’ve read. You’re the only author (other than Georgette Heyer) that I’ve truly enjoyed reading. The stories and characters are so well-crafted and evocative. I can’t wait to read the rest of the Rockliffe series and go on to your other works. Thanks for helping me get through a somewhat tedious year of quarantining!

    1. Thank you, Lindsay – I’m so glad you’re enjoying Rock & Co and delighted they’ve brightened up what has been a pretty awful year for all of us. As you probably know, a final Rockliffe novella (Midwinter Magic) is due for release in roughly 3 weeks. As for my English Civil War books … they are rather different in that there is a great deal of emphasis on the history of the period. I’d suggest that you try A Splendid Defiance first – it’s shorter and therefore easier to swallow! Meanwhile, take care and keep your chin up – that’s all any of us can do at present.

      1. Thank you Stella for saving my sanity during the first lockdown. I found your books following a recommendation by Hilary Rose in The Times and I have enjoyed reading them all – more than once! So much looking forward to the Christmas novella. I have recently been diverted – again by an article in The Times – to the Bridgerton novels of Julia Quinn (quite entertaining but not as wonderful as yours) . I read that they were being filmed by Netflix so looked on IMDB to see the cast. I was amazed (appalled?!) to find that one of the characters is called Genevieve Delacroix. Are you aware of this? Can you do anything about it? It can’t be right to pinch your characters, can it?

        1. If Rock & Co have been any help during the recent unpleasantness, I’m delighted to hear it. You may be amused to learn that the Hilary Rose article appeared while I was on holiday. I knew nothing about it. All I saw was sales of The Parfit Knight rocketing to unprecedented heights and thought it had to be a mistake. It wasn’t until almost a month later that I found out what had caused it.
          As for Julia Quinn’s Genevieve Delacroix … I’ve read The Duke and I and don’t recall a character of that name. But truthfully, Ms Quinn might have written her book before I wrote Hazard – and didn’t pinch from me any more than I did from her. Since one can’t copyright character names any more than one can copyright a book title, it isn’t really an issue … but thank you for minding on my behalf. Will you be watching the Netflix adaptation, do you think? Judging by some of the ‘stills’ I’ve seen, I’m in two minds about it.

          1. I assume it was the scriptwriter who chose the name Genevieve Delacroix – perhaps he/she is a fan of the Rockcliffe series?! But then they would have televised that series rather than Bridgerton – a much better idea. Having said that, I don’t particularly enjoy watching my favourite books on screen, I much prefer my interpretation (and yours, of course)

          2. I agree with you about not always liking the film-maker’s interpretation. And I do prefer characters portrayed on screen to bear at least some resemblance to the way they’re described in the book. But I suspect I’ll watch episode one of Bridgerton before I make a decision!

          3. Dear Stella – (Spoiler alert!) Thank you for Midwinter Magic. Such a delight and so well named! I’m only sorry it wasn’t longer except that I wouldn’t have been able to go to bed tonight. I had so hoped you would resolve Rosalind’s story and you did it beautifully. If that really is the end of the Rockcliffe series I shall have to go back and read them all again while I wait for the next Brandon Brothers book.

          4. Thank you, Helen – so glad you enjoyed it and hope it didn’t keep you up too late! As you probably guessed on reading Midwinter Magic, I wrote it for all the friends of Rock & Co – and also, since I’d been asked for it many times, to complete Rosalind’s story. But looking back, I hope it is also ‘just what the doctor ordered’ for the ending of this dismal year.

      2. I read that you are hesitant to pursue audio recordings of your third and fourth English Civil War books, due to both cost and lack of interest from your U.S. readers. Is that right? I’d just like to say that this stateside reader would love to hear any and all remaining books in the series, and actually, any and all of your work read aloud by Alex Wyndham. Your books are wonderful, as is Mr. Wyndham’s narration. (I still smile whenever I think of his depiction of the disgruntled parrot in The Parfit Knight.) I’ve listened to and loved The Black Madonna and Garland of Straw, and I hope you two will delight all your listeners again by bringing The King’s Falcon and Lords of Misrule into the world of audiobooks.

        1. Thanks for your kind comments, Francesca – I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed the R&C audios so far. To answer your question … it’s true that, understandably, less of that series are sold in the US than the UK but the real issue for me is cost. I’m independent, I pay for audio production up front and the bigger the book, the more expensive it becomes. The Black Madonna, for example, has yet to break even. All that said, it’s more than likely that Alex and I will plunge into The King’s Falcon some time in the early part of 2021 – Alex’s schedule permitting. The bigger problem which has recently been rocking the audio-authors community is Audible’s policy of allowing unlimited returns for any (or no) reason at all and debiting the authors’ royalties to recoup the costs of them. Abusers of the system are literally listening to book after book on just one credit. I suspect that someone is doing it right now with my Rockliffe series. So, in addition to everything else, I now have to consider whether or not to remain with Audible at all. In the meantime, on a more positive note, Midwinter Magic is under QA review at Audible right now and should be out before too long. Once again, thanks for getting in touch.

  6. You may know already but there are some disobliging reviews of your books on Ebay adverts that appear to have been written by someone who has not actually read your books…I have given a 5* review myself which has bumped up the overall score somewhat but others who subscribe to your wesite and appreciate your work may wish to leave reviews as well do the same so an accurate impression is given!

    Really looking forward to the Novella


    1. Thanks for letting me know, Jane and I’ll get my husband to take a look for me. However, I don’t sell on EBay so if someone is selling my books there, they must have bought them from Amazon at list price in the first place. If the ‘bad’ reviews look as if they may become an issue, I could (as you suggest) invite website subscribers to lend a hand though I doubt many would do it. But thank you for wading in on my behalf!

  7. Please can we have a printed edition, not just an e book for the novella out at Christmas about Caroline Sarre’s house party.

    1. Yes, Jenny. I’ll be releasing the Midwinter Magic paperback at the same time the e-book comes out. But since I can’t put the print version on pre-order at Amazon, it’s not possible to list it there yet.

  8. Hi, Well my husband and I just breezed through the final Roundhead book and enjoyed every moment. Though I still look back on the Black Madonna as my favorite, perhaps because it was the first of your books I read. Anyway, ready for a new fix of excellent history and wonderful characters. Also reading your books has been a learning process for me– late blooming might be writer. Your character development is admirable and dialogue the best I’ve ever run into. So no pressure, but any plans for a new book? Thanks for the wonderful hours of reading & listening. And a quick PS– how did you find Alex Windham? He’s a perfect match for your fabulous dialogue. Cheers- Carol / Austin, Texas.

    1. So glad you’ve been enjoying Alex and the R&C audios, Carol. As for finding Alex – he was one of about 30 potential narrators I auditioned way back at the beginning and it was no contest. Alex was (and is!) far and away the best. We plan to do the other two R&C titles in due course. The timing depends largely on Alex’s schedule of other work and a bit on me as I struggle to get new covers done for Falcon and Misrule. (This is surprisingly time-consuming.) Then there’s the Rockliffe Christmas novella which we’re hoping to bring to audio around the same time as the book. And amidst all this, I am roughly half-way through Brandon Brothers 2; Adam’s story – which is taking much longer than I’d hoped.
      If you haven’t already done so, perhaps you could find a few minutes to review The Black Madonna or, since it’s so newly out, Garland of Straw – on Audible? It would be very much appreciated by both Alex and myself.

  9. Hi Stella – I’ve loved your books for decades and I’m currently re-visiting your audio books titles. Alex Wyndham is brilliant! At the moment I’m listening to the Marigold Chain and I was wondering if you had ever considered telling Giles Beckwith’s story after he leaves London? I’ve always had a soft spot for his character and Alex’s reading has re-ignited my interest. Thanks again for all your wonderful books – With Kind Regards – Anne

    1. Thank you, Anne. I agree with you about Giles – he is a very sympathetic character. From time to time, I have considered continuing his story but never done so. Two reasons for that, really. First, I’ve yet to come up with a first-class story line for him, deciding whether his story takes place in the Caribbean or back in England. And second, some other book has always got in the way. So glad you’re enjoying Alex. He’s currently recording Garland of Straw for me so that should be along fairly soon – hopefully by the end of August.

      1. 8 August 2020

        That advance information helps as Audible is not showing Garland of Straw available for preorder yet. Will the remaining works in the Roundheads and Caviliers series be set to Wyndham’s narration thereafter? If so, when? With appreciation.

        1. Garland of Straw went to Audible on Aug 6th and is currently undergoing the usual QA checks. This can take up to 30 days. I am an independent author, commissioning (and paying for!) my own audios – they don’t ‘belong’ to Audible, as such. And, like all the other authors in the same position as me, I don’t have a release date in advance. The first I know of it is an e-mail from Audible on the day it actually becomes available for purchase – which, as you may imagine, isn’t exactly helpful. As for the remaining titles in the R&C series – yes. Alex and I do hope to collaborate on them but as yet no dates etc have been set. Hope this helps!

    2. Thanks Stella – I do hope you find a 1st class story line for Giles at some point in the future – I must admit to being partial to Giles’ story continuing in Caribbean Climes – so many exotic and exciting adventures to be had among the English Colonies and let’s not forget the potential for some Pirate Action!! 😁 I’m listening to The Parfait Knight at the moment and looking forward to re-visiting the rest of the Rockliffe stories on Audible. I have all of your Amazon Audio Books and you have 5 star rating/reviews from me – will keep my eye out for Garland of Straw. I remember borrowing ‘A Splendid Defiance’ from my Public Library when I was @ College in the mid-80’s and the rest as they say – is History! 😉 It’s been lovely to have a chat with you – Take Care – Cheers – Anne

  10. Both of the series listings on iTunes and Smashwords for Cavaliers and Roundheads have A Splendid Defiance as number 1 and the books from Black Madonna to Lords of Misrule as books two through five. Did you mean to do this? If not, it might help to update these books’ information so that A Splendid Defiance is shown as the standalone it is. Including it in the series is probably confusing to new readers.

    1. I didn’t do it, Stefanie – Smashwords did in the days before they installed the series manager on the author dashboard. I’ve now altered it.

      1. Okay. I’m glad you could fix it. On a related note, I see that Garland of Straw is out. If you could also let the folks at Audible know that Black Madonna and Garland of Straw are part of a series I think that would be helpful for listeners. They could click on the series names, and see which other titles are in it. I see that this was set up for the Rockliffe Series.

        1. I think it should already be marked up as a series, Stefanie – though I’ll look into it. However, Madonna was only book one (so not a series at that point, if you see what I mean) and the second book, Garland, only came out a couple of days ago. Things get done piecemeal at Audible – such whispersync.

  11. Hi Stella,
    I’ve been reading your books for almost as long as you’ve been writing them! I have a very old and treasured copy of A splendid Defiance, my favourite. I read both A black Madonna and Garland of Straw as they were released, and loved them. It took me years to discover that you had, in fact, written books 3 and 4. I was in withdrawal until this happened. I’ve also read the Rockliffe saga, which I loved. Looking forward To the next Brandon story x

    1. Thank you so much for your kind comments, Wendy. Adam Brandon’s story is not progressing as rapidly as I would like – but I persevere! On the plus side, you can look forward to a Rockliffe novella in time for Christmas.

  12. Dear Stella
    I have just finished Garlands of Straw. Loved all the characters, so well drawn and the way you integrated the history in the story by using. The characters experiences and conversation was wonderful. I am gobsmacked! I should have known from your other books that you would have an amazing, incredible tie up the loose ends ending! There is absolutely no way I would have even come close to suspecting who the villains were! You are definitely a master at stringing the reader along! Just when one thinks one has the solution….bang you turn the tables on us! I was sorry to see Wat die, that was such a loss and so sad. I do hioe that Gabriel and his mom are able to become reconciled after awhile. It would interesting to read a prequel about Susannah and Robert and Gabriel as a boy.
    Thrilled to read that Garlands of straw is to be read by Alex Whyndam…he really brings your characters to life.
    One question though, at the end of Garland you seem to hint at another story
    In the future “ our children and grandchildren will look for it. And we’ll trust that if the time comes, the Garland will want to be found once more.” I hope after that teaser you do have it in mind to write it!
    On to the next, the King’s Falcon!

    1. Thank you, Jane. If you enjoyed Garland, I think you will like The King’s Falcon. As for the Lacey Garland … perhaps it will come to light in Max Brandon’s lifetime. Who knows?

  13. Hello Stella I am just re visiting the rockcliffe series and wondered is there would be another book where Rosalind would regain her sight, that would be a wonderful ending to the series

    1. Hi Christine … you can look out for a Rockliffe Christmas Novella in December – but as to what is (or isn’t) in it, that would be telling, wouldn’t it?

  14. I have just devoured the Rockliffe novels and I adored them! Thank you so much for such beautiful, rich characters. I’m not ready yet to say goodbye to them all so I feel I must download the Audible versions! I came across your books after I google searched “books similar to Georgette Heyer” and I’m a glad I did, I was not disappointed

    1. Thank you, Roseanne! If you’ve enjoyed reading the books, I’m sure the audios won’t disappoint – Alex Wyndham is terrific. As well as Rockliffe, there’s also A Trick of Fate (Brandon Brothers #1) – I’m currently working on #2. And you can look out for a Rockliffe novella in time for Christmas. Happy reading and listening – and if you could spare a few moments to review on Amazon, that would be greatly appreciated. Stay safe.

  15. Dear Stella, thank you for whisking me off into the Georgian era again with A Trick of Fate. It’s right up there with The Wicked Cousin on my list of faves – lots of engaging “bickering” between the main characters, plus a tour through Scotland! What fun. And I have finally warmed to the Earl of Sherbourne… it just took me a while to get there.
    Looking forward to more Brandons in the future. And curious to know if any likely scenarios are percolating in your mind yet with regard to Toby and a final R&C book. It would be tremendously entertaining to see him finally meet his match. 😉
    With thanks for many an enjoyable hour spent with nose in book,


    1. So glad you enjoyed A Trick of Fate, Judy – and decided Ralph Sherbourne wasn’t such a bad guy after all. He was my first attempt at ‘rehabilitating’ a semi-villain and it was an interesting exercise. As for Toby Maxwell … no plans as such at present. I’m currently concentrating on Adam Brandon’s story and looking forward to working with Alex Wyndham later in the year when he’ll be recording Garland of Straw.

  16. I just read a little further in Cadenza and saw that you changed Dolly back into Nell. Sorry to have bothered you😕. I meant what I said in my last post. You’re my new favorite author🤩 —Melissa

    1. It sounds as if you have confused Dolly Cavendish with Nell Caversham, Melissa. Nell, as you know, is Rock’s sister and married to Harry Caversham. Dolly, Lady Cavendish is an influential society matron and has been popping in and out of the Rockliffe series since Book 2. Hope that clears things up for you! For the rest, so glad you’ve been enjoying Rock & Co; but if you plan to give the Roundheads & Cavaliers a try, I suggest you begin with A Splendid Defiance – it’s shorter than the others and will give you a chance to decide if you like the change of period.

  17. Hi,
    I’m reading you Rockcliffe series. Love love love them. I’m a little confused though. In Cadenza everyone keeps calling Lady Cavendish “Dolly”. I’m assuming you mean Nell. “Dolly” keeps yanking me out my suspension of disbelief. I know that’s too late to change my Kindle copy, but could you change it back to Nell for future copies? This could at least be changed for future Kindle readers? I don’t want this to seem like I emailed you to complain about a nit-picky thing that drives me crazy. I love your writing. I’ve eaten up this series and, after I’m done with Cadenza, plan on reading the Brandon brothers and that English Civil War series (can’t remember the name.) Keep writing. Thanks. —Melissa

  18. I just finished listening to the audiobook of The Black Madonna, and I was absolutely blown away! I discovered your work through Audible and you have become my favorite author. I have listened to all of your audiobooks except A Splendid Defiance. I’m holding back because I want to savor the last one that is currently available on Audible…I don’t want it to be over! Your beautiful writing and Alex Wyndham’s talented performances are true pleasures, especially in these days of forced isolation. I have never contacted an author before, but I wanted to let you know how much I admire and appreciate your work. I will definitely seek out your printed novels as well. Thank you!

    1. Hi Shelly – nice to hear from you and thank you so much for your kind comments. I’m delighted that you enjoyed The Black Madonna and have good news for you. All being well (one has to say that in times like these) Alex will be recording Garland of Straw (R&C book 2) through June/July which means a new audio some time in August. Meanwhile, if you haven’t already done so, perhaps you could find a few minutes to review? That would be very much appreciated!

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